It’s a shame Michigan and Ohio State are guaranteed to meet just once on the hardwood this season. That one time is tonight, as No. 22 Ohio State hosts No. 15 Michigan at 9 p.m. ET. It’s a huge game, both in terms of the rivalry and the Big Ten title race. Our guys offer their game analysis in this post. [ MORE: AP: Michigan at Ohio State preview ] Will Nik Stauskas bust out of his slump? Tom Dienhart: No. Ohio State’s defense will clamp down on him. And I have to think Stauskas’ confidence is wavering a bit,
Another week of action is at our feet, and the best game of the week is the first game: Michigan at Ohio State. In fact, this is a big week for the Wolverines, who also play host to Wisconsin. Here are links to the daily game schedules through Sunday: Tonight, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. Also, click on your school’s name below to find the remaining scheduled games. Now, here is my weekly look at all 11 games coming up. 1. Michigan at Ohio State, Tues., Feb. 11. A classic battle between rivals. The Wolverines come in having lost two
The Big Ten coaches were buzzing Monday about this weekend’s incident where Oklahoma State’s Marcus Smart shoved an opposing team’s fan. Smart later apologized and was subsequently suspended. “I’m sure every coach in the country is going to be reminding their team of it today, if they didn’t yesterday,” Indiana coach Tom Crean said Monday. “You can’t ever let anybody get in the way of your career, in the way of your responsibility to your team.” Here Crean below: [MORE: Hear Big Ten coaches on the weekly teleconference here. ] And watch the Smart incident below. It seems some want
Iowa pummeled Michigan on Saturday with an offensive attack that’s as good as we’ve seen this season. Iowa missed 32 shots and rebounded 15 of them. Seven turnovers. 59 percent from three. The Lakers don't beat a team with those numbers. — Patrick Vint (@HS_BHGP) February 8, 2014 Those are some terrifying numbers, and they added up to 1.4 points per possession for the Hawkeyes. Roy Devyn Marble led the attack with 26 points (17 shots), which included a 6 for 10 performance from behind the three-point line. Maybe Iowa was due. After all this team shot much better in
On Monday, the 12 Big Ten men’s basketball coaches joined the Big Ten teleconference to take questions from the media. We’ve posted the audio for each coach on the call here, and will do so every Monday throughout the basketball season. Listen to coach Tom Crean: Listen to coach Fran McCaffery: Listen to coach John Groce: Listen to coach Chris Collins: Listen to coach Patrick Chambers: Listen to coach Matt Painter: Listen to coach Tom Izzo: Listen to coach Bo Ryan: Listen to coach John Beilein: Listen to coach Thad Matta: Listen to coach Richard Pitino: Listen to coach Tim
It was a great week for Ohio State basketball players, both current and former. The Buckeyes went 2-0, including a big road win at Iowa, and ex-Ohio State star Jared Sullinger dominated the NBA en route to picking up Eastern Conference Player of the Week. In three games, Sullinger registered a trio of double-doubles and averaged 20.3 points, 12.7 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.7 blocks. Sullinger is the first ex-Big Ten player to earn NBA Player of the Week honors this season. Jordan Crawford, who started his career at Indiana before transferring to Xavier, won the honor for Dec. 2-8.
An interesting week awaits, as teams jockey to improve their NCAA resume. As for the Big Ten title chase, Michigan State’s loss at Wisconsin on Sunday made things more interesting. The Spartans don’t have much very heavy lifting this week. Conversely, this will be a big week for Michigan, which is trying to keep pace. Here’s a look at what’s ahead. Game of the Week: Michigan at Ohio State. Teams seemingly going in opposite directions. This is the only meeting of the season between these rivals. And, it’s a biggie. After losing five of six games, the Buckeyes have come
The Big Ten office released its weekly Big Ten Men’s Basketball Players of the Week on Monday, and Ohio State’s Aaron Craft (Player of the Week) and Wisconsin’s Nigel Hayes (Freshman of the Week) took home the latest hardware. Read more about both players in this post. [ MORE: Get Tom Dienhart’s weekly preview | See Stephen Bardo’s Power Rankings ] Player of the Week: Aaron Craft, Ohio State, G – Sr. – 6-2 Averaged 12.0 points, 5.0 assists, 4.5 steals and 3.0 rebounds per game in leading -/#25 Ohio State to a pair of Big Ten wins over #17/15
Watch a conference enough, and you can’t help but notice that every team has a common theme that gets mentioned in every broadcast. Chances are, you know your team’s topic of conversation. But what about the rest of the Big Ten teams? Here’s my recurring subject for every Big Ten team. Illinois. Bruce Weber didn’t recruit Champaign native Rayvonte Rice. Indiana. Yogi Ferrell has a new role now that Victor Oladipo and Cody Zeller are in the NBA. Iowa. Depth! Michigan. Tie: Nik Stauskas isn’t just a shooter. And, the Wolverines are without preseason All-America Mitch McGary. Michigan State. Injuries!
There were four Big Ten hoops games on Saturday. Nebraska kicked off the action with a 53-49 win over Northwestern. Iowa followed with an impressive 85-67 victory over Michigan, Ohio State knocked off Purdue, 67-49, and Minnesota got the best of Indiana, 66-60. Catch up on all the scores, stats and video highlights in this post. [ MORE: Enter our Trip to the Big Ten Tournament Sweepstakes! ] MINNESOTA 66, INDIANA 60 | RECAP | BOX | PLAY-BY-PLAY (AP) DeAndre Mathieu had 10 of his 16 points in the second half, helping Minnesota overtake Indiana for a 66-60 victory on