After the injury to Trevor Mbakwe, I fully expected this to be somewhat of a “what if?” season for the Gophers. And that certainly appeared to be the case through four conference games, as Minnesota stumbled to a 0-4 start in the Big Ten. But Tubby Smith’s team has responded by winning three straight games, most recently in a stomping of Northwestern at The Barn. And although Minnesota had dropped some close games over its losing streak, the turnaround isn’t simply a matter of fortunate ball bounces:
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Ten of the 12 Big Ten women’s basketball teams were in action Sunday, including No. 12 Ohio State, which took down Illinois 96-84. Samantha Prahalis scored 28 points in the victory to move the Buckeyes one-half game behind Purdue for the Big Ten lead. Track all the action on our Big Ten scoreboard and find stats, video and recaps in this post.
Ohio State beat Nebraska 79-45 on Saturday night. In the other games, Michigan lost at Arkansas while Michigan State used its efficient offense to power past Purdue 83-58 on Saturday in East Lansing. Michigan State (16-4) shot 60 percent from the field (30-of-50). Draymond Green picked up the Spartans with eight points, 12 rebounds, and seven assists. We put in-game updates and other links in this post.
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The third episode of “The Journey: Big Ten Basketball 2012″ airs in its regular spot on TV on Sunday night at 8 p.m. ET but it will debut Saturday night too immediately after the 8 p.m. ET men’s basketball game between Ohio State and Nebraska.
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After a long break in which it moved into first place, Illinois saw its offense lay an egg in a losing effort at Penn State. It was clear that, despite the rousing win over Ohio State, this is still the same Illinois team we’ve watched all season. Let’s again roll out what we’ll have to start calling the Illini table:
While I wait for some Big Ten team – any Big Ten team – to take charge of this way-crazy, makes-no-sense Big Ten race, it’s time for this week’s 3-pointers from a cornfield somewhere outside Decatur, Illinois, on I-72.
Expectations are big at Ohio State. And William Buford and the Buckeyes aren’t running away from them. It’s Final Four or bust for the Buckeyes. Why not? This team is loaded with talent, including Jared Sullinger, Aaron Craft, Deshaun Thomas, among others.