The spotlight this week swings on Ann Arbor, where Michigan will play host to Michigan State in a battle between Big Ten front-runners this weekend. Each squad is 10-3 in league action. Wisconsin and Iowa are right behind the Wolverines and Spartans. And, ironically, the Badgers and Hawkeyes meet in a big game in Iowa City this week.
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Who would make your Mount Rushmore of Big Ten basketball players? That has been a common question asked after four-time NBA MVP LeBron James selected Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird and Oscar Robertson. The same question can be posed to Big Ten fans. With so many good options, it is tough to choose just four top players in Big Ten basketball history.
Indiana’s season reached a new low in Saturday’s drubbing at Purdue. The Boilermakers busted the game open after intermission, and the one thing that had been a relative constant for the Hoosiers–a solid defense–went by the wayside. To be fair, some of this was just Purdue having a fantastic afternoon from the perimeter (10-for-18 on threes), but Indiana didn’t offer much resistance either.
Welcome to Upset Sunday! No. 21 Wisconsin took down No. 15 Michigan, 75-62, at the Crisler Center, Nebraska stunned No. 9 Michigan State, 60-51, at the Breslin Center, and Minnesota won, 54-48, at Northwestern. Catch up on all the action in this post.
NBA All-Star Weekend is upon us, and the BTN.com team thought it would be fun to choose Big Ten participants for the annual Saturday night events and the All-Star Game. See our picks for who would compete in a mythical Big Ten Skills Challenge, Three-Point Shootout, Slam Dunk Contest and the All-Star Game in this post.
There was a BTN doubleheader of Big Ten women’s basketball Saturday, and it started with Minnesota running away from Northwestern, 82-64, and finished with Michigan State cruising to an impressive 70-49 win over Ohio State. Catch up on all the scores, stats and video highlights in this post.