Sporting News and BTN correspondent Mike DeCourcy has been busy compiling his top 10 position lists. With all the talent the Big Ten returns in 2013-14, it’s only fitting that the conference boasts its share of representatives. There’s eight players, to be exact, headlined by Michigan’s Mitch McGary, the No. 1 center, and Michigan State’s Gary Harris, the No. 1 shooting guard. POINT GUARD 3. Yogi Ferrell, Indiana “As a freshman, he was mostly expected to defer to all those veterans and only occasionally to upstage them, but he is an elite athlete and capable shooter who could experience a
At 8 p.m. ET June 17, BTN will air a special NBA Draft edition of The Journey: Big Ten Basketball 2013. [ RELATED: Read all of BTN.com’s NBA draft coverage ] The episode will profile Michigan’s Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway Jr., Ohio State’s DeShaun Thomas, and Illinois’ Brandon Paul as they prepare for the 2013 NBA Draft. The episode also will take a look back at memorable moments from each of their Big Ten careers. Follow the Journey crew on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
The Big Ten released 2013-14 basketball single plays Tuesday. See who all 12 teams will face only once this winter in this post. Illinois: Michigan, Purdue, at Northwestern, at Minnesota Indiana: Ohio State, Iowa, at Purdue, at Minnesota Iowa: Purdue, Nebraska, at Penn State, at Indiana Michigan: Northwestern, Penn State, at Ohio State, at Illinois Michigan State: Nebraska, Minnesota, at Purdue, at Wisconsin Minnesota: Indiana, Illinois, at Michigan State, at Nebraska Nebraska: Wisconsin, Minnesota, at Iowa, at Michigan State Northwestern: Illinois, Penn State, at Ohio State, at Michigan Ohio State: Michigan, Northwestern, at Wisconsin, at Indiana Penn State: Iowa, Wisconsin, at Michigan,
Sure is nice to be Mike Conley, isn’t it? The Ohio State product has the Memphis Grizzlies one win away from the NBA Western Conference Finals – a run that many analysts feel puts the point guard on the verge of stardom. Sports Illustrated is a believer. Conley is featured on the cover of the magazine’s latest issue, with the headline: “True Grit.” According to the cover, the author, Lee Jenkins, spent a week with Conley and the Grizzlies to get an inside-look at the “NBA’s most intriguing postseason sleeper.” The sleeper, of course, refers to Memphis, which rallied from
At its spring meetings in Chicago, the Big Ten may discuss if it should have divisional play in basketball, as Rutgers and Maryland are set to join the league in 2014 to make the conference a 14-team entity. My advice: The Big Ten should take a lead from the other major conferences—ACC (12 teams), SEC (14), Pac-12 (12), old Big East (15), Atlantic 10 (16)–and not have divisional play. Yes, having divisions would make for some fun races down the stretch, as more teams likely would be jockeying for division championships. But in the SEC’s instance, it had some years
It’s time to talk the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. The event might be six-plus months away, but the 2013 matchups were released Wednesday afternoon. This year’s event is Dec. 3-4, with six games each night, and it features first-year ACC members Notre Dame, Pittsburgh and Syracuse. That last part, the addition of the three perennial Big East contenders, makes this event even more intriguing and far more daunting for the Big Ten. Not only does the ACC gain those three teams, but with 15 teams total, it gets to keep last year’s three-worst teams (Clemson, Virginia Tech & Wake Forest) out
April 28 was the deadline for underclassmen to enter the NBA Draft, so the draft pool is now set. The big day comes June 27, but before that comes the draft lottery on May 21. The Big Ten saw five players leave early: Ohio State’s Deshaun Thomas; Michigan’s Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway, Jr.; Indiana’s Cody Zeller and Victor Oladipo. The conference also saw some star underclassmen stay as Gary Harris and Adreian Payne opted to return to Michigan State after contemplating jumping to the NBA. Think you know which Big Ten underclassmen will find the most success in the
Five Big Ten underclassmen declared for the NBA Draft this spring, and all five were featured prominently on episodes of BTN’s “The Journey 2013.” Indiana’s Cody Zeller and Victor Oladipo, Michigan’s Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway Jr., and Ohio State’s Deshaun Thomas all have their eyes on the June 27 draft happens at the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.. So look into your crystal ball and tell us which one you think will have the most successful pro career. We’ve asked that question on Twitter, and we’re tabulating results on BTN Connect. Go to the BTN Connect main page and scroll
Yesterday, I took a stab at my way-too-early 2013-14 All-Big Ten teams. Today, it’s time to take a way-too-early look at next season’s Big Ten statistical leaders. From scoring to steals, I offer the top candidates for each category and pick my winners. You have a say, as well. Choose your winner for each category in the polls in this post. INDIVIDUAL STAT LEADERS SCORING Drew Crawford, Northwestern Gary Harris, Michigan State Andre Hollins, Minnesota Devyn Marble, Iowa LaQuinton Ross, Ohio State Dark horse: Terone Johnson, Purdue My winner: Drew Crawford – People are sleeping on Crawford, whether it be
As we still await Adreian Payne’s NBA draft decision, I thought it would be fun to take another way-too-early look ahead to the 2013-14 season. This time, I’ll do it in prediction form, offering five things I’m confident about in 2013-14. See all five in this post. Have a prediction of your own? Feel free to leave it as a comment. 1. Ronnie Johnson, not Yogi Ferrell, will be best point guard in Indiana – No disrespect to Ferrell, whose role is certain to increase in the wake of Indiana losing Jordan Hulls, Victor Oladipo, Christian Watford and Cody Zeller.