Illinois’ weaknesses were exposed in a road loss against a mediocre Purdue team last night. The concerning thing isn’t so much that Illinois lost—Purdue isn’t a terrible team, just a terrible offensive team—it’s that it lost to Purdue despite hitting 10 three-pointers (38% from three on the night). Thus, it appears the “Illinois wins when it shoots well” maxim is incorrect. This team can shoot well, and still lose.
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Ohio State played Wednesday night, which means sophomore Sam Thompson delighted viewers with another incredible dunk. Seriously, it’s nearly becoming an every-game occurrence. On this night, Thompson added another alley-oop to his already loaded individual highlight reel.
Deshaun Thomas outscored Nebraska in the first half 18-17 and finished with 22 points to lead No. 8 Ohio State past the Cornhuskers 70-44 on Wednesday night in the Big Ten opener for both teams. Lenzelle Smith Jr. added 17 points for Ohio State (11-2, 1-0), which won its 15th consecutive Big Ten home opener. The Buckeyes have a tough test on Saturday at No. 11 Illinois.
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Just as BTN & BTN2Go did for football this past fall with BTN Field Pass, we’re turning on pregame cameras before selected Big Ten men’s basketball games this season to give fans a glimpse of their teams before the TV cameras go live. The experience starts tonight 30 minutes before both BTN games – Nebraska vs. Ohio State Court pass goes live at 6 p.m. ET and the court pass at Illinois vs. Purdue goes on at 8 p.m. You can watch these live online feeds via BTN2Go.
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And just like that, it’s time for the Big Ten season to tip. It was a highly successful nonconference season, with the Big Ten owning the national polls. We have even more to look forward in the coming months, however, as many feel this could be one of the better conference races in recent history. Check out my All-Big Ten Nonconference Teams in this post.