D.J. Richardson scored 18 points to lead Illinois to a 62-41 victory over Northwestern on Sunday night. Tracy Abrams added 13 points off the bench for the Illini (19-8, 6-7 Big Ten), who have won four straight and got revenge for a 68-54 loss to Northwestern last month. Reggie Hearn led Northwestern with 11 points. The Wildcats (13-13, 4-9) have lost three straight and five of their last six. Illinois scored the first 16 points of the second half after ending the first half on a 10-0 run. [ BOX | AP RECAP | SCORES | ALL PHOTOS | CONNECT
Illinois exorcised some demons in a 20 point blowout of Purdue. The Fighting Illini seniors had never beaten the Boilermakers, but they changed that in emphatic fashion by attacking the offensive glass and limiting turnovers. In all, Illinois attempted 13 more field goals than Purdue, and those extra looks enabled John Groce’s team to score 1.20 points per trip despite 29 percent shooting on jumpers. It was Illinois’ best output since the win at Gonzaga, and it appears that the Illini of the season’s first month have returned. Illinois also did a good job defensively, especially when it came to
Deshaun Thomas scored 22 points and No. 13 Ohio State used a late 12-0 run to beat Northwestern 69-59 on Thursday night, the Buckeyes’ 32nd consecutive home win against the Wildcats. Lenzelle Smith Jr. added 12 points – all in the first half – with Sam Thompson adding 11 and Amir Williams a career-high 10 for the Buckeyes (18-6, 8-4 Big Ten). Pesky Northwestern (13-12, 4-8) led throughout the second half despite having only seven scholarship players due to injuries. Catch up on all the action on our Big Ten scoreboard and get video, stats and recaps in this post.
On tonight’s Super Wednesday presented by Buffalo Wild Wings, we invite you to check out our new and improved online hub for in-game conversation, updates scores and stats, and more. BTN Connect is worth checking out today and every day throughout the season. Nebraska plays at Indiana at 7 p.m. ET while Purdue plays at Illinois at 9 p.m. It all starts with our “Big Ten Tip-Off Show” at 6:30 p.m. How do you use BTN Connect? It’s simple. Just click over to there now and poke around. We have pages for each school and the topics that are trending for each
There’s more bad health news to report from Evanston, Ill., as graduate student and former Louisville player Jared Swopshire underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Tuesday and will miss the rest of the season. Swopshire, who was just featured on the latest edition of “The Journey: Big Ten Basketball 2013,” injured the knee in the second half of Saturday’s loss at Iowa. [NUSports.com: Swopshire to miss remainder of 2012-13 season ] Swopshire is the second Wildcat starter to suffer a season-ending injury this year, joining senior star Drew Crawford, whose injured shoulder put him out of commission in early
It’s amazing what a week can do. Just ask Illinois. Fresh off a week in which the Illini upset No. 1 Indiana and tripped up No. 18 Minnesota, John Groce’s team, for all intents and purposes, saved its season. Where does Illinois land on my latest Power Rankings? Find out in this post. Oh, and feel free to send me your thoughts, either in the comment box at the bottom of the post or on Twitter (@BTNBrentYarina). [ RELATED: Where is your Big Ten team ranked in latest national polls? ] 1. Indiana, (21-3, 9-2) – The most amazing part
Wisconsin picked up an overtime win over Michigan in a contest with plenty of late-game drama. Wisconsin and Michigan both found themselves with plenty of fouls to give at the end of regulation on Saturday, but neither team opted to hack to deprive the opponent of a desperation heave. While I believe Wisconsin committed error when it opted not to foul Michigan before Tim Hardaway Jr. knocked down a three-pointer to break a tie with just a few ticks left, I don’ think Michigan did anything wrong by forcing Ben Brust to make a contested 40-foot runner at the buzzer.
The Big Ten men’s basketball coaches held their weekly Big Ten teleconference Monday with reporters from around the league, and we’ve posted the audio from each phone interview in the post below. BTN.com will post these media sessions each Monday right up to the Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament, and all of our audio can be found in our BTN.com audio archive. Listen to Coach Crean: Listen to Coach McCaffery: Listen to Coach Groce: Listen to Coach Carmody: Listen to Coach Chambers: Listen to Coach Painter: Listen to Coach Izzo: Listen to Coach Ryan: Listen to Coach Beilein: Listen to
Devyn Marble broke a lengthy slump with 21 points and Iowa beat Northwestern 71-57 on Saturday to snap a two-game losing streak. Josh Oglesby added 10 for the Hawkeyes (15-9, 4-7 Big Ten), who won for just the second time in six games. Marble, Iowa’s second-leading scorer, put together his best scoring night in nearly two months as the Hawkeyes bounced back from a double-overtime loss at Wisconsin on Wednesday. Marble entered play in a staggering spiral, with just 21 baskets on 83 tries in Big Ten play and just two points in his last two games. [ BOX |
On Saturday night after the men’s basketball game between Michigan State and Purdue, BTN airs the next episode of “The Journey: Big Ten Basketball 2013” around 9:30 p.m. ET. The episode looks at Michigan State forward Adreian Payne, both in the classroom and on the court. Also, get to know Northwestern forward Jared Swopshire who is in his final year of eligibility after already graduating from Louisville. We also visit with Illinois’ D.J. Richardson, the latest piece of Champaign’s “Peoria Pipeline.” Viewers can also watch our usual behind-the-scenes footage, and this weekit’s from the Michigan-Indiana game. This week’s show will also air in its regularly scheduled time slot on