With a little more than a week to go, it has come down to Michigan State, Ohio State and Michigan in the race for the Big Ten title. But other story lines exist. Which four teams will secure first-round byes in the Big Ten tourney? The Spartans, Buckeyes and Wolverines look like locks for three of the slots. But who will get the fourth? Wisconsin? Indiana? Purdue? Or, how about white-hot Iowa?
A handful of Big Ten women’s basketball games on Thursday night including Purdue at Michigan. Brittany Rayburn scored 15 points to help Purdue break a three-game losing streak with a 60-49 win over Michigan. Loads of other action tonight. Track the scores on the Big Ten scoreboard and dive inside this post for highlights from around the conference.
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In the latest installment of “I Hit It To Win It,” BTN’s Jordan Cornette sits down with former Ohio State player Matt Sylvester to discuss his buzzer-beating shot that handed the 2004-2005 Illinois team their only regular season loss. This is an ongoing series of interviews and we store them all in our “I Hit IT To Win It” section. Previously, Cornette spoke with Nick Anderson, who hit an incredible shot against Indiana to win the game at Assembly Hall in Bloomington. Watch the video of the shot and Cornette’s interview with Anderson now right now.
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By now, every Big Ten team knows that Ohio State’s Sam Thompson is a highlight waiting to happen. And yet, the freshman seems to consistently find open spaces around the rim, which, more times than not, leads to a jaw-dropping alley-oop. Thompson struck again in Tuesday night’s win over Illinois. This time, the pass came from Shannon Scott, not the usual Aaron Craft, but it was just as nice. And for good measure, Thompson also had a great block in the revenge win. Watch Thompson’s alley-oop now and see the terrific block in this post.
No. 13 Michigan beat Northwestern in overtime for the second time this season (recap) and No. 9 Ohio State got revenge on reeling Illinois (recap) in men’s hoops action Tuesday night. Catch up on both games on our BTN.com scoreboard and get stats, video and recaps in this post.
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With his play in recent weeks, Michigan State’s Draymond Green has solidified his hold on the top spot in my weekly player rankings. The senior is a do-it-all talent who’s driven to leave campus standing side-by-side with players like Mateen Cleaves and Magic Johnson as an all-time great en route to leading the Spartans to a Big Ten title and spot in the Final Four. I am not gonna bet against him.