With the lid being taken off of conference play, the action in the Big Ten is starting to heat up. Michigan State (2-0), Nebraska (2-0) and Wisconsin (1-0) are the lone undefeated teams left. Here's a look at the second week of Big Ten play.
BTN.com editor Alex Roux previews three Big Ten basketball games to watch as the second week of conference play gets underway.
Conference play is beginning in earnest, as the race to the Big Ten championship is underway. Michigan State and Nebraska are off to strong 2-0 starts.
(AP) Malcolm Hill scored 20 points to help Illinois escape with a 75-70 win over Ohio State on Sunday night. Tracy Abrams added 16 points and Leron Black grabbed a career-high 15 rebounds for Illinois. Hill drove to his left for a layup to give the Illini a 71-67 lead with 55-seconds left. Jalen Coleman-Lands and Abrams each made two free throws from there to seal it. Illinois (11-4, 1-1 Big Ten) looked like a different team against the Buckeyes, making stops and going on runs to help its lead. The Illini built a lead that reached as much as
Ohio State escaped with a narrow 79-77 victory over UNC-Asheville Thursday behind 17 points apiece from JaQuan Lyle and Jae'Sean Tate.
Northwestern got 19 points from Scottie Lindsey to lead the Wildcats past Houston Baptist Thursday at Welsh-Ryan Arena. HBU led for most of the first half, but Northwestern pulled away to move to 11-2.
Keita Bates-Diop, Jae'Sean Tate and Kam Williams each scored 15 points as Ohio State took advantage of poor-shooting Youngstown State in a 77-40 blowout Tuesday night.
The Big Ten Network saw its highest viewership for non-conference men’s basketball in history on Saturday during the Crossroads Classic matchup between No. 9 Indiana and No. 18 Butler. BTN earned a 0.59 HH rating in the network’s 12 metered markets,* topping its previous record set just one month earlier by over 40 percent (Purdue vs. Villanova; 0.41 HH rating). Four of the top five non-conference games in network history have taken place within the past two months. Along with the Hoosiers and Bulldogs matchup this past Saturday, Purdue vs. Villanova (11/14/16), Purdue vs. Butler (2015), Ohio State vs. Connecticut
No. 2 UCLA pulled away from Ohio State in the second half Saturday to pick up an 86-73 win at the CBS Sports Classic in Las Vegas.
It's time for BTN analyst Jon Crispin's latest Big Ten Power Rankings, presented by ArcelorMittal. The top three teams, once again, remain the same, but there is some movement toward the middle of the list. See Crispin's top 10 inside.