No shortage of good matchups this week, including a clash between ranked teams in Mackey Arena when Michigan visits Purdue on Thursday. Here is a look at the best of the coming week.
As we wade deeper in January, this much is clear: Purdue looks like a Final Four team. In fact, no squad in America is hotter, as the Boilermakers have won 15 in a row. This much also is clear: Ohio State, which is tied with Purdue atop the standings, is for real.
No. 22 Ohio State picked up a 67-49 win over Minnesota Saturday afternoon at Madison Square Garden. Keita Bates-Diop paced the Buckeyes with 17 points and 12 rebounds while Kaleb Wesson added 15 points and eight boards.
Chris Holtmann became the first coach in 95 years to win his first seven Big Ten games as No. 22 Ohio State defeated Northwestern 71-65 on Wednesday night.
There's a new team atop BTN analyst Jon Crispin's Big Ten Power Rankings, presented by ArcelorMittal. It's white-hot Purdue, which has won 13 consecutive games. See Cripsin's full list inside.
Michigan (No. 23) and Ohio State (No. 22) debut in the latest AP poll, released Monday, giving the Big Ten four ranked teams. No. 3 Purdue, up two spots, paces the Big Ten for the first time this season, while Michigan State falls five spots to No. 9.
The Big Ten office released its latest weekly Big Ten men's basketball honors, and the winners were familiar names. Keita Bates-Diop claimed his third player of the week honor of the season, and his second straight, while Jaren Jackson Jr. took home his third freshman laurel.
Keita Bates-Diop scored 20 points, grabbed nine rebounds and Ohio State beat Rutgers 68-46 to remain undefeated in Big Ten play this season and tied atop the conference standings.
As winter sets in, this much has become clear: Purdue is the Big Ten favorite. But don’t count out Michigan State. And it looks like Michigan and Ohio State will be factors. Here is the best of the week in Big Ten action.
Keita Bates-Diop was 6 for 8 from beyond the 3-point line and totaled 26 points in leading Ohio State to a 91-69 rout of Maryland on Thursday night.