We are halfway through the Big Ten season, and the conference hasn’t disappointed. All of that preseason hype about being the top conference has proven to be true, with Indiana and Michigan already haven taken turns sitting atop the national polls. And Michigan State, Minnesota and Wisconsin all have impressed to varying degrees. Here’s how I size up the conference at midseason. FIRST TEAM G Trey Burke, Michigan G Victor Oladipo, Indiana F Deshaun Thomas, Ohio State F/C Adreian Payne, Michigan State C Cody Zeller, Indiana SECOND TEAM G Keith Appling, Michigan State G Tim Hardaway Jr., Michigan G Aaron
Fresh off an impressive week that included a rout at rival Purdue and an eight-point win over then-No. 1 Michigan, Indiana reclaims the top spot in my weekly Power Rankings. Where does your team land on my latest list? 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, (20-2, 8-1) – No. 1 again, both in the national polls and right here, the Hoosiers
Indiana reclaimed the top spot in the polls after it held off Michigan in Bloomington. The Hoosiers lit up the Wolverines’ defense to the tune of 1.17 points per possession, the highest mark allowed so far this season by John Beilein’s team. And the reality it that it could have been much worse, as careless turnovers were about the only thing that slowed down the IU offense. Michigan had the opposite problem—while it took care of the ball by only committing 8 turnovers in a 69 possession game, the Wolverines were atypically inaccurate on both twos (49 percent) and threes
We’re approximately at the midway point of the conference schedule, so it’s a logical time to check in our preseason predictions. Were we close? First, let’s look at the records we predicted against the current KenPom projections for final records: Team BTG Predicted W-L Current KenPom Projected W-L Deviation Indiana 14-4 15-3 +1 Ohio State 13-5 12-6 -1 Michigan 12-6 14-4 +2 Michigan State 12-6 12-6 0 Wisconsin 11-7 12-6 +1 Minnesota 11-7 11-7 0 Illinois 9-9 6-12 -3 Iowa 8-10 8-10 0 Purdue 7-11 6-12 -1 Northwestern 6-12 7-11 +1 Penn State 3-15 1-17 -2 Nebraska 2-16 4-14 +2
Reggie Hearn scored a career-high 26 points to lead Northwestern to a 75-60 victory over Purdue on Saturday. Jared Swopshire and Dave Sobolewski each added 13 points for the Wildcats (13-10, 4-6 Big Ten), who snapped a four-game losing streak to the Boilermakers. Purdue freshman center A.J. Hammons didn’t start because he was late for the team bus from West Lafayette, Ind., according to a team spokesman. Hammons did lead the Boilermakers (11-11, 4-5) with 19 points and 13 rebounds. Travis Carroll started in Hammons’ place, and Hammons entered with 16:44 to play in the first half. The Boilermakers scored
Trey Burke had 18 points and eight assists, and No. 1 Michigan was nearly flawless at the start Wednesday night en route to a 68-46 victory over Northwestern. The Wolverines made 10 of their first 11 shots and went the entire first half without a turnover. They didn’t commit a foul, either, until the final minute of the half. Michigan took over the top spot in the AP poll this week for the first time since the 1992-93 season. The Wolverines can now prepare for Saturday night’s showdown at No. 3 Indiana. Michigan played without forward Jordan Morgan, who sprained
In a matchup of the Big Ten’s two best defenses, it was Ohio State that prevailed with a nine-point home victory over Wisconsin. Both of these teams rely on good old fashioned B1G defense: make you miss (without fouling), then secure the carom. Turnovers are optional. True to form, both defenses controlled the glass at their respective ends, and neither team got to the foul line on a regular basis. In fact, for the first time in Bo Ryan’s 12 seasons, the Badgers failed to earn a single free throw. This is a rare occurrence, to be sure, but Wisconsin’s
No. 1 Michigan took down Northwestern (recap) and No. 3 Indiana blew out rival Purdue (recap) in our latest Super Wednesday doubleheader, presented by Buffalo Wild Wings. As we do for every Super Wednesday, we live blogged throughout the action. Catch up on what BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart and Brent Yarina and the Big Ten Geeks said right here.
Just a couple weeks ago, Minnesota was 15-1 and in the top 10 of the national polls. Fast forward to today, and the Gophers have lost four straight – a funk that keeps them dropping in my Power Rankings. Where does your team land on my latest list? 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. Michigan, (19-1, 6-1) – The nation’s new No.
This is a nice week that is anchored by a Titanic prime-time clash on Saturday: No. 1 Michigan at No. 3 Indiana, which began the season No. 1. This should be a battle of first-place teams, with the winner in the driver’s seat to win the Big Ten. There are some other tantalizing matchups, including Wisconsin at No. 11 Ohio State, Indiana at Purdue, Iowa at No. 23 Minnesota, Illinois at No. 13 Michigan State and Wisconsin at Illinois. There is nothing better than a Purdue-Indiana hoop game in late January to heat up your house. You just know the