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
Before the NCAA banned on-court stickers, Tom Izzo and several of his fellow coaches made it known they weren’t fans of them. It’s not because the stickers resulted in an eye-sore, but because they were a slipping hazard and caused injury. ESPN found another way to get the Big Ten/ACC Challenge logo on the courts during this week’s event. The network digitally inserted the “stickers” on the court. And, you wouldn’t have known the stickers were missing unless you attended one of the games. These ACC-Big Ten Challenge emblems are being inserted digitally by ESPN. Wild: pic.twitter.com/U4Tcj0Aof9 — Land-Grant Holy
Did you miss something while you stepped away from your computer? We’re tracking some of the best Big Ten social media happenings and posting them all right here. Check out today’s edition, including a must-see touchdown dance by a former Big Ten star. Like what you see? We do this every weekday. Visit our Clicks archive. Here are Wednesday’s B1G Clicks: These ACC-Big Ten Challenge emblems are being inserted digitally by ESPN. Wild: pic.twitter.com/U4Tcj0Aof9 — Land-Grant Holy Land (@Landgrant33) December 5, 2013 Our take: Technology is so great, isn’t it? THE CARLTON 😂 RT @heatgang34: Yessssss @L_Bell26 https://t.co/6GMEdbK3Kb — LeVeon
The Big Ten will enter Wednesday’s second and final night of the Big Ten/ACC Challenge trailing 4-2, and needing to win five of the six remaining games to take the annual event. Here’s our preview and predictions for Wednesday’s Challenge games. [ MORE: Catch up on Tuesday night’s Big Ten/ACC Challenge results ] Maryland vs. Ohio State Pomeroy Says: Ohio State by 11. The Teams: Ohio State enters the game undefeated, though it has not faced any elite teams, yet. Maryland has one bad loss (at home, to Oregon State), and one good loss (a one-point loss to UConn in