The Big Ten men’s basketball season is really heating up as we enter a third week of league action, so it’s time to roll out the first installment of my Monday basketball column. We’re calling this my Big Ten Whiteboard, because I’ll be drawing up all the good stuff you’ll need to keep track of in the week ahead.
The Big Ten men’s basketball coaches held their weekly Monday morning Big Ten teleconference with reporters from around he league and we’ve posted the audio from each group 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.
Every Sunday night during the hoops season, BTN.com web editor Brent Yarina recaps the week that was on the men’s hardwood and hands out his weekly honors. See Brent’s latest installment, for action from Jan. 2-8, in this post. And get ready for the coming week of Big Ten action with our Big Ten scoreboard.
No. 13 Michigan put away No. 19 Wisconsin (recap), No. 12 Indiana held off Penn State (recap) and Purdue bounced back to beat Minnesota (recap) on the Big Ten men’s hardwood Sunday. Catch up on all the action on our Big Ten scoreboard and get stats, recaps and video in this post. Gus Johnson was on the call for the Purdue-Minnesota game, and here are a few of his best calls. Also, BTN.com’s Brent Yarina has posted his latest Best of the Best weekly column.
Indiana struggled to put away Penn State late in Sunday’s 88-82 decision. The Nittany Lions never gave up – even after star point guard Tim Frazier fouled out – and Jermaine Marshall was a big reason for that. The sophomore was driving and moving around constantly, and in the final minute he slammed home a powerful dunk, cutting the Indiana lead to four points. To make the dunk all the better, Marshall also posterized Indiana’s Matt Roth on the his way up. Watch Marshall’s slam now.
(AP) Bill O’Brien took the podium, looked straight ahead and uttered the kind of words you’d expect from someone who had just been introduced as Penn State’s new head football coach. “This is unbelievable.” Pronouncing himself as the new leader of Penn Stateon Saturday, O’Brien read a statement, then took questions from the media before posing for pictures. He reiterated his intention to remain offensive coordinator for the New England Patriots for the duration of their playoff run. Read the full AP recap and check out GoPSUSports.com’s story. Also, watch our one-on-one interview with O’Brien now.
There were a couple of Big Ten women’s hoops games Saturday and both resulted in rather surprising upsets, including Michigan handing bitter rival and No. 11 Ohio State its first loss in a 73-62 decision. In the other game, Michigan State upset No. 19 Penn State, 75-65, on the road. Taylor Alton scored a career-high 20 points to help the Spartans card the upset. Catch up on all the action on our Big Ten scoreboard and get recaps and stats in this post. Also, watch highlights from Michigan’s victory over Ohio State now.