Maybe you say it every year: This is the season that I’ll go to the Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament. Or maybe you go every year and you’re feeling lucky. Now’s the time to enter the Buffalo Wild Wings Trip To The Big Ten Tournament Sweepstakes for a chance to win a trip for two to the 2012 Big Ten tourney in Indianapolis. The prize package includes tickets to all of the tournament games, flights to Indianapolis, and hotel accommodations. Enter over on our BTN contest page.
As we wind things down for this holiday weekend, the team here at BTN.com offers up some of our favorite things. We house a whole bunch of great videos inside but we also rolled out BTN2Go this fall. The reviews have been strong so far but go see it for yourself. Like you, BTN.com loves cool Internet videos. That’s why we created a “Did You See This?” running archive of great nightly Big Ten moments, like this one. And this one. And, yes, this one. Just bookmark it already. And on the topic of cool videos, “The Journey 2012” debuts
Wednesday’s and Thursday’s games marked the end of non-conference play for many Big Ten members. With the holiday break looming, let’s run down who has been naughty and nice. It wasn’t easy, but Penn State handled a pesky Cornell squad by seven points. This was basically a three-point shooting contest, and the Big Red jumped ahead early by making those deep shots. The Nittany Lions were able to stay in the game by virtue of their offensive rebounding, and they finally took control late in the second half when their own threes started to fall. Cammeron Woodyard came up big
The start of the Big Ten men’s hoops season is just around the corner. Next Tuesday, in fact, Minnesota-Illinois (BTN) and Wisconsin-Nebraska tip off the conference slate. With the holiday break here, BTN.com web editor Brent Yarina decided to release his latest Big Ten Player Rankings. Watch our interview with Michigan’s Tim Hardaway Jr. now and see Brent’s complete top 10 list in this post. Agree? Disagree? Tweet @BTNBrentYarina. PLAYER RANKINGS 1. Jared Sullinger, Ohio State – Sullinger can’t seem to stay healthy, but the super sophomore continues to produce. In two games since returning from back spasms, not including
Illinois once again put on a dismal offensive display against Cornell. Things started out well, with Bruce Weber’s team taking a 10-3 lead out of the gate, but the offense completely fell apart from there. But we’ve seen numbers like this from Illinois before: Points Efficiency First 6 possessions 10 1.67 Middle 41 possessions 26 0.63 Final 17 possessions 28 1.65 It’s nice that the Illini were able to crank up the efficiency down the stretch and avoid a bad loss, but this makes it three out of four games in which their offense was putrid for long stretches. As a
It was garbage time, there was little reason to watch, and then little-used Purdue reserve Dru Anthrop gave us some excitement in the final seconds of Purdue’s 81-56 victory over IPFW. Anthrop had just saved the ball from going out of bounds, when his momentum took him off the floor and would have put him into the expensive seats, if not for some serious athleticism and balance. Anthrop jumped onto a scorer’s table, kept going toward the fans and landed on a railing, where he somehow gained his balance. Tony Hawk would have been impressed. AP: Purdue blows away IPFW
Have any doubts whether Purdue senior Robbie Hummel is healthy from his two major knee surgeries? Yeah, um, Hummel showed just how good he’s feeling with an athletic play to end the first half of Tuesday’s game against IPFW. It looked as though Kelsey Barlow was going to end the half with a running layup, but the ball caromed off the rim, and Hummel, who never gave up on the play, was there for the thunderous putback, milliseconds before the buzzer sounded. The refs reviewed the play, but as you can tell, it was good. Watch the putback now. AP:
Purdue took care of IPFW (recap) and No. 2 Ohio State topped Lamar (recap) in a BTN doubleheader Tuesday night, while Nebraska nipped Central Michigan (recap). Catch up on all the action on our Big Ten scoreboard and get recaps and video in this post. Gus Johnson was on the call in Columbus, and we posted his best calls from the Ohio State win. Check out our archive of Johnson’s latest calls. Did you see Robbie Hummel’s thunderous putback to end the first half tonight? If not, watch it now. Purdue 81, IPFW 56: BOX | AP RECAP | SCOREBOARD FINAL:
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 right now and who would win on a neutral court. Agree? Disagree? Tweet @BTNBrentYarina or leave your comments below. See Brent’s rankings in this post. Also, watch our interview with Aaron Craft, whose Buckeyes host Lamar at 8:30 ET Tuesday on BTN. 1. Ohio State (10-1) – Remember how Deshaun Thomas would enter games last season and
Five Big Ten men’s basketball players have been named candidates for the Bob Cousy Award, handed out annually to the nation’s top collegiate point guard. The list includes Michigan’s Trey Burke, Ohio State’s Aaron Craft, Penn State’s Tim Frazier, Purdue’s Lewis Jackson and Wisconsin’s Jordan Taylor. See the complete list of candidates here. Here’s a sampling of the award’s previous winners: Jameer Nelson (St. Joseph’s), Raymond Felton (North Carolina), Dee Brown (Illinois), Acie Law (Texas A & M), DJ Augustin (Texas), Ty Lawson (North Carolina), Greivis Vasquez (Maryland) and Kemba Walker (Connecticut).