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.
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.
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:
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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.
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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.
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.
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