If it’s Friday, it’s time for my survey. This week, I asked Big Ten media members who is the best dunker in the conference. A guy from Ohio State was a popular choice. [ MORE: Review and Preview: Badgers, Huskers riding streaks ] Ben Jones, StateCollege.com: Branden Dawson had some pretty impressive dunks prior to injury. With that in mind, I’ll go with D.J. Newbill who doesn’t have many but all of them have been impressive. His two dunks against Wisconsin on the road last year (here & here) are as good as you’ll see not in transition. Brian Neubert,
If you haven’t already made an appointment for the psychiatrist’s couch, do so. The craziness that is 2014 Big Ten basketball continues with plenty more to come. Keep that straightjacket handy. Here’s my weekly look back at what we just witnessed—with a peek ahead. THREE STOCKS TO BUY 1. Wisconsin. The Badgers started 16-0, then lost five of six games. To say that self-doubt crept into the mind of Bucky is an understatement. But since that funk, Wisconsin has won four in a row, including triumphs over the likes of Michigan State (home) and Michigan (away). Welcome back, Bucky! 2.
Before a very important weekend of games, let’s take a quick look at where Big Ten teams currently rank in KenPom relative to where they were ranked in the preseason. For those unfamiliar, Ken Pomeroy uses an objective system to come up with preseason rankings for every DI team. I’ll let Ken explain it: The system is largely the same as in recent seasons. It independently predicts a team’s adjusted offensive and defensive efficiency. As a reminder, it uses information split into two categories: – Base level of the program. This takes into account the last five seasons of data for the
Illinois shocked Minnesota in the Barn on Wednesday, dealing a serious blow to the Gophers’ NCAA tournament hopes. Minnesota actually got off to a great start in this game, leading 14-3 after eight minutes, but it was all Illinois after that. The Gophers had a terrible night from the outside (4-for-25, 16 percent), and the turnovers mounted as they tried to make plays going to the basket. All told, the Illini held Minnesota to its lowest output of the season, and a big night from freshman Kendrick Nunn (19 points, 5-for-7 from three) was enough to carry the offense. Nnanna
Former Ohio State standout Evan Turner was acquired by the Indiana Pacers on Thursday in a trade with the Philadelphia 76ers, and Turner’s arrival in Indianapolis will surely bring back some memories. The fourth-year small forward sank an unforgettable shot against Michigan in the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals in 2010. The Pacers play in that same arena – Banker’s Life Fieldhouse. Look back at that shot – we dug out this feature “I Hit It To Win It” – and listen to Turner describe the entire play himself.
This week on “The Journey: Big Ten Basketball 2014” we learn how Purdue freshman Kendall Stephens is following in his father’s footsteps and how Nebraska’s Terran Petteway transformed himself from an under-the-radar transfer into a potential All Big-Ten player. We also chronicle the story of Ohio State team manager Derek Upp, who hasn’t let physical limitations hinder his involvement with the Buckeye basketball team. The new episode airs Sunday at 6:15 p.m. after the Purdue-Nebraska game. Also in the next episode: Game highlights from the Indiana-Purdue and Northwestern-Ohio State . [ MORE: Enter the Buffalo Wild Wings Trip to the
If there is a theme to this Big Ten season, it would be “expect the unexpected.” Down is up … up is down … in is out … out is in. You get the idea. Each week is like a roller-coaster, as upsets seemingly have become the norm. Heck, we even had one last night, with last-place Illinois winning at Minnesota. Here’s a look at the 12 biggest upsets so far this season, in no particular order. At the bottom, you can vote for your favorite one. Oh, and keep your seat belt fastened—you know more craziness awaits between now
Ever see 10 consecutive free throws in a game? You have if you saw Ohio State’s 76-60 victory over Northwestern on Wednesday night. A scuffle with 5:24 left in the second half led to the ejections of Northwestern’s Nikola Cerina and Ohio State’s LaQuinton Ross, and after an extended delay to sort out all of the penalties, the Buckeyes shot four free throws and the Wildcats six. Watch it in the video above. [ MORE: Nikola Cerina gets one-game suspension for throwing punch ] Here is the scuffle: VIDEO: There's a delay in the NU-OSU game as officials review the
Northwestern’s Nikola Cerina has been issued a one-game suspension for throwing a punch in Wednesday night’s scuffle at Ohio State, according to Big Ten official Ray Perone. Cerina, who was thrown out of the game, along with Ohio State’s LaQuinton Ross, will sit out Saturday vs. Indiana. Ross, who was ejected for pushing Cerina and Drew Crawford, will not be suspended. [ MORE: Scuffle leads to 16-minute delay, two ejections, 10 free throws ] Read the official statement by Big Ten official Ray Perone: Here's the official statement from Big Ten official Ray Perone on NU-OSU incident. (via @OSUADAthComm) pic.twitter.com/J0gNZGYRe2
Remember when Ohio State’s new Nike alternate uniform was supposed to have a gray jersey and scarlet shorts (see tweet below)? Luckily, the Buckeyes opted not to go with the design that Nike first offered vs. Michgian, and instead donned an all-gray look. Syracuse, however, had no problem with the multi-colored design. New Hyper Elite Dominance uniforms for MSU, Kentucky, OSU, Duke, Oregon, Syracuse, & UNC pic.twitter.com/EbSO2ojTI4 — Heidi Burgett (@heidiburgett) January 30, 2014 According to @LindLGHL‘s sources, the Buckeyes may go with an all-scarlet look March 2 at Indiana. About Brent Yarina BTN.com senior editor Brent Yarina covers football