It’s time to release my latest Big Ten men’s hoops power rankings. The rankings are not meant to mimic the Big Ten standings. What fun would that be? They aren’t scientific, either. They’re simply my thoughts on where each Big Ten team stands at that time. Agree? Disagree? Tweet @BTNBrentYarina or leave your comments below.
We already knew Wisconsin was headed to the Rose Bowl this bowl season. That much was decided with Saturday night’s thrilling victory over Michigan State in the inaugural Big Ten Football Championship Game. The rest of the bowl pairings were announced Sunday night, and when all was said and done, the Big Ten accepted a record 10 invitations. Here’s the list: Illinois (Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl), Michigan (Sugar Bowl), Michigan State (Outback Bowl), Nebraska (Capital One Bowl), Northwestern (Meineke Car Care Bowl), Ohio State (Gator Bowl), Penn State (TicketCity Bowl), Purdue (Little Caesars Pizza Bowl) and Wisconsin (Rose Bowl). See all the pairings in this post.
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There were five Big Ten men’s hoops games Sunday, including a doubleheader on BTN. No. 8 Baylor took down Northwestern (recap) in the first game and Mississippi nipped Penn State (recap) in the nightcap. In other action, Indiana thrashed Stetson (recap), Michigan State drilled Nebraska Omaha (recap) and Creighton topped Nebraska (recap). Get halftime and final recap stories from all the games in this post. Catch up on all the day’s action and stats on our Big Ten scoreboard and watch our video from Indiana’s victory over Stetson now.
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One of the Big Ten’s most underrated stars, Penn State’s Tim Frazier is quietly making a name for himself. The junior point guard entered Sunday night’s game against Mississippi averaging 19.5 points, 5.8 rebounds, 6.9 assists and 2.5 steals per game – all team highs – and he provided two of the louder and more impressive points of his season on a highlight-reel alley-oop. Watch the 6-foot-1 Frazier soar and throw it down against the Rebels now.
Big Ten title game champ Wisconsin moved to No. 8 in the latest Coaches’ Poll, released Sunday morning. The Badgers, also the Leaders Division champs, pace the Big Ten and are followed by No. 12 Michigan, No. 13 Michigan State, No. 20 Nebraska and No. 23 Penn State. The Wolverines moving up to No. 12, from No. 16, is the biggest development, because teams seeking a BCS at-large berth must finish inside the top 14. By moving up four spots, it could be enough when the final BCS Standings are released tonight.
BTN2Go, BTN and NET plan to offer live coverage of the five Big Ten teams that are hosting NCAA Women’s Volleyball Tournament action this weekend.
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Two nights does not a season make, but the Big Ten certainly boosted their reputation as the nation’s preeminent basketball conference by wrapping up the Big Ten/ACC Challenge by an 8-4 margin. But beyond the scope of the Challenge, there are resumes to be built here–let’s see who hurt and helped their cause this week.