Northwestern showed no ill effects from its 10-day layoff in a 30-point shellacking of Texas Southern. The impressive results, as usual for the Wildcats, were at the offensive end, where they posted the second-highest efficiency allowed by the Tigers all season. Texas Southern has faced a couple teams relevant to the Wildcats, so the efficiencies posted by each team against the Tigers may be enlightening: Off. Eff. Def. Eff. Northwestern 1.18 0.74 Baylor 1.11 0.82 Michigan State 1.05 0.57 Northwestern posted the best offensive efficiency of the three and actually defended Texas Southern better than Baylor did. Of course, it’s
It’s another light week for college basketball with many students enduring finals, and the Big Ten is no different. Still, we got a few interesting games last night that are worth discussing, plus the quiet period provides us a nice chance to catch up on some individual player stats. Let’s jump right in. Minnesota continues to impress without Trevor Mbakwe, as it handled Central Michigan by 20 points. The Gophers are now 5-0 since the ill-fated Dayton game, but that in itself isn’t much of a story–after all, they’ve only faced one decent team in that stretch. Instead, let’s take a
Each of the 12 Big Ten men’s basketball coaches took part in the Big Ten Conference teleconference. Dive inside for audio from each coach and beginning Jan. 9, the teleconference’s will take place weekly. Listen to coach Crean: Listen to coach McCaffery: Listen to coach Weber: Listen to coach Carmody: Listen to coach Chambers: Listen to coach Painter: Listen to coach Izzo: Listen to coach Ryan: Listen to coach Beilein: Listen to coach Matta: Listen to coach Smith: Listen to coach Sadler:
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. Watch Gus Johnson call Ben Brust’s sixth 3-pointer from Saturday’s win over UNLV now and see the rankings in this post. 1. Ohio State (8-1) – The Buckeyes just suffered their first loss of the season, but remember
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 Dec. 5-11, in this post. Also, watch Christian Watford’s last-second 3-pointer to stun No. 1 Kentucky and the resulting celebration Saturday at Assembly Hall. And get ready for the coming week of Big Ten action with our Big Ten scoreboard. Player of the week: Draymond Green, Michigan State – Green scored a career-high 34 points and added three assists and three steals in a big road
It was a busy day of Big Ten men’s hoops Saturday, headlined by Indiana upsetting No. 1 Kentucky at the buzzer (recap). Get all the video, reaction, tweets and photos from the upset. In other action, Michigan State beat Gonzaga (recap), Purdue drilled Eastern Michigan (recap), No. 16 Wisconsin took down UNLV (recap), No. 19 Michigan held off Oakland (recap), Nebraska rallied past TCU (recap) and Minnesota topped St. Peter’s (recap), while No. 2 Ohio State lost at Kansas (recap) and Penn State fell at Duquesne (recap). Catch up on all the action on our Big Ten scoreboard. Don’t forget
Purdue freshman Anthony Johnson brought down the house at Mackey Arena on Saturday afternoon. With Purdue leading overmatched Eastern Michigan in the second half, the exciting young guard threw down a huge dunk off of a Robbie Hummel missed 3-pointer. Perhaps the most impressive part of the play, Johnson sprinted in from outside of the arc to send Hummel’s shot down with authority. Watch Johnson’s big-time dunk now.
During Saturday afternoon’s telecast of the Eastern Michigan-Purdue men’s hoops game, former Purdue standout and current NBA player Brian Cardinal joined the BTN telecast. Cardinal, who won the NBA championship with the Dallas Mavericks this past season, joined the guys to talk about his successful Purdue career, his future in the NBA and his recent role with his old school, among other things. Watch our entire interview with Cardinal now. As for the game, the Boilermakers drilled EMU, 61-36.
Wednesday night brought a slew of closer-than-expected games for Big Ten teams. Most were able to escape without deflating losses, but the way they played may tell us more than the final result. Let’s dive right in. Fresh off a rollicking defeat of Gonzaga that pushed them into the Top 25, the Illinois Fighting Illini squared off against a sneaky good St. Bonaventure squad. Things started out well enough, with Illinois scoring 17 points on their first 11 possessions, but what followed was some of the worst offensive basketball you are ever going to see. Points Efficiency First 11 possessions
It was a struggle for the Big Ten on Wednesday night. The conference eked out several wins against inferior opponents, including Illinois over St. Bonaventure (box), Nebraska over Florida Gulf Coast (recap) and Purdue over Western Carolina (recap), while Penn State lost to Lafayette (recap). There were a couple drama-free games, though, as Wisconsin drilled Green Bay (recap) and Michigan State blew away CCSU (recap). Catch up on all the action on our Big Ten scoreboard. In women’s hoops, Illinois and Minnesota carded victories, while Iowa and Indiana lost. Read all about the games with our women’s recap. Michigan State 89,