The Big Ten/ACC Challenge tips off in a matter of hours. With that being the case, coupled with the fact Trevor Mbakwe has been lost for the season, BTN.com web editor Brent Yarina thought it was time to release his latest Big Ten Player Rankings. See Brent’s top 10 list in this post. Agree? Disagree? Tweet @BTNBrentYarina. PLAYER RANKINGS 1. Jared Sullinger, Ohio State – The thinned-up version of Sullinger is every bit as lethal as last year’s oversized one. The preseason Big Ten Player of the Year has improved in every statistical category in Year 2, the most impressive
It’s Monday, and there are no Big Ten men’s hoops games for the first time since Nov. 10. That means it’s the perfect time to release my latest 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 at that time. Agree? Disagree? Tweet @BTNBrentYarina. 1. Ohio State (6-0) – The Buckeyes lead the Big Ten in scoring, at 85.2 points per game, and they’ve assisted on 66 percent of their baskets. While Jon Diebler and David
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 Nov. 21-27, in this post. Player of the week: Jared Sullinger, Ohio State – The sophomore sensation compiled a terrific week, averaging 19.3 points, 12.7 rebounds, three assists and 2.3 steals in three Ohio State victories. Sullinger posted three double-doubles and shot a ridiculous 72 percent on the week, plus he tied a career-high with five assists and set a career-high with four steals in an
Five Big Ten men’s basketball teams played Saturday, and you can catch up on all the action and stats on our Big Ten scoreboard. Only one Big Ten women’s team played Sunday – Michigan vs. Marquette. Purdue and Wisconsin both cruised to victories today, with the Boilers drilling Coppin State, 78-57, and the Badgers routing BYU for the Chicago Invitational title. Watch our highlights from the Badgers’ tournament title win now and get recaps from all the day’s action inside. Purdue 78, Coppin State 57: SCOREBOARD | BOX | AP RECAP FINAL: Robbie Hummel paced Purdue with 24 points to
It may be Black Friday and football may be on, but there’s still Big Ten hoops to review. The conference has started to show some cracks, with two Big Ten teams losing games they probably shouldn’t have and another couple struggling with lesser opponents. Let’s get right into it. Back under the chandeliers, Illinois once again followed up an excellent first half with a shaky second half in defeating Illinois State by only four. At the break, the Illini had scored 1.26 points per possession on the strength of a low turnover rate and solid shooting. Much like the Richmond game, it
Purdue point guard Lewis Jackson stands 5-foot-9, a generous figure to many people who know him. So it comes as no surprise that the senior entered Wednesday’s game with no career dunks. That all changed against Western Michigan, though, as Jackson threw down for the first time in a game. And what a first jam it was. Something tells us Jackson won’t soon forget this poke. Watch the powerful dunk now.
It was a night full of Big Ten hoops Wednesday. There were eight games, including a BTN doubleheader. In the first game, Ohio State scored 107 and routed VMI. Nebraska wasn’t as lucky in the nightcap, as Oregon handed it its first loss. Catch up on all of Wednesday’s action and get all the stats on our Big Ten scoreboard. You can also find video highlights and analysis, plus halftime and game recaps for every game, in this post. Speaking of highlights, did you see Purdue senior Lewis Jackson’s dunk Wednesday night? He’s 5-foot-9, and it was the first dunk of
We’re in the third week of the college basketball season, and it’s time to point out the Big Ten’s best new faces thus far. You know, the first-year players who are off to fast starts, the ones Big Ten fans probably don’t know very well at this point in the young season. These are the guys who may become household names this season and who may be the Big Ten’s top players in coming years. Watch our interview with Nebraska coach Doc Sadler now, catch up on Tuesday night’s Big Ten hoops action and see Brent Yarina’s best new faces
Next up on our Big Ten season previews are the Boilermakers, who lost stars E’Twaun Moore and JaJuan Johnson but return the other popular Baby Boiler, Robbie Hummel. What’s a reasonable range of expectations for Matt Painter’s team? We have them finishing in third place. Purdue 10-11 Overall Record: 26-8 10-11 Conference Record: 14-4 10-11 Conference Efficiency Margin: 0.13 Percent of Returning Minutes: 64.5 Percent of Returning Freshman Minutes: 14.0 How does a big increase in usage affect the efficiency of a role player? That is the question at hand for the 2011-12 Purdue Boilermakers. It’s hard to imagine a
The last two years Robbie Hummel has suffered season ending knee injuries. From talking to head coach Matt Painter at Big Ten Media Day, Robbie looks as good as ever. From talking to Robbie at Big Ten media Day, he is excited to get back on the court that he loves so much.