This week on “The Journey 2013” presented by Chase Freedom our crew spotlights Indiana’s Maurice Creek and trace his path back from multiple major injuries into the Hoosier rotation. We also look at Ohio State’s Sam Thompson and Minnesota’s Rodney Williams, two of the best dunkers in the Big Ten.
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Deshaun Thomas overcame a slow start to score 19 points and No. 18 Ohio State used a 16-0 second-half run to beat Minnesota 71-45 on Wednesday night. Shannon Scott added 11 points and LaQuinton Ross 10 for the Buckeyes, who have won the last six meetings with the Golden Gophers overall and the last six in Columbus.
During a timeout in the first half of Ohio State’s win over Minnesota on Wednesday, Ohio State legend and Big Ten Icon (No. 8) Jerry Lucas was recognized on the court. Lucas, a three-time All-American, three-time Big Ten Most Valuable Player, two-time National Player of the Year and two-time Final Four MVP, received his NCAA Tournament Top 75 Player trophy. Watch the ceremony here.
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Indiana pulled out a huge road win over Michigan State, thanks largely to the all-around heroics of Victor Oladipo. The surging national player of the year contender made things happen all over the court. On the offensive end, Oladipo was about as efficient as it gets, attacking the tin (he went six for seven on dunks and layups, ridiculous numbers for a guard) while turning it over only once.
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The Big Ten men’s basketball coaches held their weekly Big Ten teleconference Monday with reporters from around the league, and we’ve posted the audio from each phone interview in the post below. BTN.com will post these media sessions each Monday right up to the Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament, and all of our audio can be found in our BTN.com audio archive.
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On Monday night’s “Big Ten Football Report,” Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith joined the show to share some of the ideas discussed at the latest conference meetings. Smith touched on several topics, including the annual date of the Michigan-Ohio State game, plus the possibility of Michigan and Ohio State landing in the same division and of November night games. Watch Mike Hall’s full interview with Smith here.
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John Groce’s Illini continued their torrid play this week, dispatching Purdue and Northwestern, teams they lost to earlier this season. Winners of four straight, Illinois has moved to No. 5 in my latest Power Rankings. Where does your team land? Find out in this post. Oh, and feel free to send me your thoughts, either in the comment box in this post or on Twitter (@BTNBrentYarina).