Two Big Ten men’s basketball teams remain unblemished: Wisconsin (11-0) and Ohio State (9-0). Both recorded another win Wednesday night, and both have a good shot to enter Big Ten play unscathed. But, which one will be the last to lose? I break it down in this post. Let’s just start with the near future, OK? There’s no need to start looking ahead to February or March and entertaining thoughts of an undefeated regular season. Maybe we can do that in a month or so, but not today. [ MORE: View the latest Big Ten standings ] Noncon games left:
It’s hard to believe, but nearly a third of the 2013-14 regular season is already in the books. There’s still a lot we don’t know about the Big Ten, but certain trends and qualities have emerged. With preparation for final exams taking precedence over meaningful basketball games this week, let’s take this opportunity to pause and evaluate what we’ve seen. LaQuinton Ross Has Emerged In our Ohio State preview, we compared LaQuinton Ross’ sophomore conference season to that of Deshaun Thomas with the following table: Poss% Shot% eFG% 3PA/FGA Free Throw Rate Assist% TO% ORtg Deshaun Thomas, sophomore 20 25
On Monday, the 12 Big Ten men’s basketball coaches joined the Big Ten teleconference to discuss non-conference action and look ahead to conference play, which tips off on New Year’s Eve. We’ve posted the audio for each coach on the call here, and will do so again when weekly calls begin in January. 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
The Big Ten office released its latest weekly men’s basketball individual honors Monday morning. See who took home Player of the Week and Freshman of the Week in this post. Player of the Week: LaQuinton Ross, Ohio State, F – Jr. – 6-8 Averaged 21.5 points and 6.0 rebounds per game in the Buckeyes’ wins over Maryland and Central Connecticut State Shot 61.5 percent (16-of-26) from the field and 50.0 percent (4-of-8) from three-point range Scored 20 points, including four three-point field goals, and pulled down six rebounds against the Terrapins Poured in 23 points on nine field goals (9-of-13)
Saturday wasn’t just about the 2013 Big Ten Football Championship Game. No, there was more than enough men’s basketball today to keep you entertained all day. There was a total of nine games, including Wisconsin beating instate foe Marquette to stay perfect. Get scores, stats, updates and video highlights in this post. [ MORE: View today’s Big Ten men’s basketball scoreboard ] INDIANA 89 NORTH FLORIDA 68 | RECAP | BOX | PLAY-BY-PLAY (AP) Evan Gordon scored 15 points and Yogi Ferrell had 14 points with seven assists to help Indiana rout overmatched North Florida 89-68 on Saturday. Noah Vonleh
Here’s a random, but accurate, statement: Sam Thompson is the Big Ten’s elite weapon on inbound passes under his own basket. The Ohio State junior boasts a thick scrapbook of flying in for jaw-dropping alley-oops on said plays. Somehow, opponents haven’t accounted for it. Watch Thompson’s latest inbound alley-oop in this post. INSTANT HIGHLIGHT: @OhioStateHoops' Sam Thompson dunks inbound pass. Yes, again! #orvillemoment WATCH – http://t.co/cSA6KA3tgI — Ohio State on BTN (@BTN_Ohio_State) December 7, 2013 What about the previous inbound alley-oops? We have a few of those for your viewing pleasure. INSTANT HIGHLIGHT: @OhioStateHoops' Sam Thompson alley-oops the inbound pass.
Wednesday night went much better than Tuesday night for the Big Ten, as a 4-2 showing salvaged a second-consecutive tie in the Challenge. Overall, this was a good result for the conference, but the discussion at the end of the night focused on who to blame for the Big Ten’s failure to outright win the thing. So if results hold, who deserves more blame: MSU or Illinois? — Josh and Mike (@bigtengeeks) December 5, 2013 Responses were mixed, but a slight majority pointed their fingers at Michigan State, a team that was ranked #1 in the polls and was playing
Gary Williams may be best known for leading the Maryland Terrapins on that memorable National Championship run back in 2002, but before that, Williams served as the head coach at Ohio State from 1986-1989. During that three year span, Williams led the Buckeyes to a combined 59-41 record, including back-to-back 20-win seasons and an NCAA Tournament appearance in the 1986-87 season. Williams was honored before Wednesday’s Ohio State vs. Maryland game for his outstanding coaching contributions, one year before the Terrapins are scheduled to join Ohio State in the Big Ten conference. “He’s been one of the real leaders here
Sam Thompson wasn’t shy about showing off his leaping ability Wednesday night in Ohio State’s Big Ten/ACC Challenge game vs. Maryland. The junior forward, in true Sam Thompson form, soared for four impressive alley-oops. Yes, in one game. Watch all four of Thompson’s highlight-reel dunks in this post. [ MORE: AP: Ross scores 20, Ohio State beats Maryland 76-60 ] Alley-oop No. 1: VIDEO: Teams should account for Sam Thompson in the open court, or this will happen. @OhioStateHoops WATCH – http://t.co/rZs2UCUMqs — Ohio State on BTN (@BTN_Ohio_State) December 5, 2013 Alley-oop No. 2: VIDEO: What's better than one @OhioStateHoops'
The Big Ten went 4-2 in the second night of the Big Ten/ACC Challenge, which led to a 6-6 tie between the two power conferences. No. 1-ranked Michigan State fell to North Carolina, 79-65, while Ohio State, Wisconsin, Purdue and Nebraska all had impressive victories Wednesday night. Here are the final scores from Wednesday’s Big Ten/ACC Challenge: Ohio State 76, Maryland 60; Wisconsin 48, Virginia 38; North Carolina State 69, Northwestern 48; North Carolina 79, Michigan State 65; Purdue 88, Boston College 67; Nebraska 60, Miami (FL) 49. [ MORE: View our Big Ten scoreboard | Ohio State honors Gary