Up is down. In is out. Black is white. Welcome to Big Ten basketball 2012, a season filled with twists and turns that have jumbled the race (standings). And the conference season isn’t even half over. This past week was filled with tumult that scrambled the league standings and made one thing perfectly clear: This is going to be a wild race for the Big Ten championship.
It’s certainly been an interesting start to the Big Ten season. Wisconsin looks vulnerable, Indiana looks much improved, and Minnesota is still fighting after losing its star. But what do that numbers say at the one-third mark?
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In the second installment of the award-winning show “The Journey” tonight at 8 p.m. ET, our crew takes you inside several more compelling stories during this Big Ten Basketball season. We went to Lincoln for the Huskers’ first Big Ten game. In Ann Arbor, we’ll show you more about the Wolverine senior leader Zack Novak and then take you to Champaign to learn how Meyers Leonard went from a small town to the big time. We also spend time with first-year Penn State coach Pat Chambers.
Joe Coleman scored 23 points and grabbed five rebounds and Rodney Williams added 14 points and eight boards as they teamed up to lead Minnesota to an 80-66 victory over Penn State on Sunday (box score). Lenzelle Smith Jr. scored 28 points and grabbed seven rebounds to lift No. 5 Ohio State to an 80-63 win over No. 8 Indiana (box score). In the third game of the day Wisconsin beat Nebraska 50-45 (box score).
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In his first interview since being fired by Penn State two months ago, Joe Paterno, the winningest coach in Division I football, told The Washington Post he’s “shocked and saddened” by the scandal that enveloped the place where he spent more than six decades. Speaking to Washington Post reporter Sally Jenkins, the 85-year-old Paterno refused to bash the school or say a bad word about the man at the center of the turmoil. Paterno said he “didn’t know which way to go” after an assistant coach came to him in 2002 saying he had seen retired defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky sexually abusing a boy. Read the full story here.