With the stat-stuffing games that dominate the nonconference season now history, it's a lot easier to assemble a weekly Big Ten Player Rankings. The first week of conference play featured no shortage of impressive individual performances.
On Monday, the 14 Big Ten coaches held a teleconference with reporters from around the country. We posted the audio for each coach on the call here, so jump in and take a listen.
The lid has been taken off Big Ten play, and five schools are off to 2-0 starts. Two of them aren’t a shock, as Maryland and Indiana are out of the gates quickly. But it’s a surprise to see Michigan, Ohio State and Iowa also 2-0 in Big Ten action.
Purdue point guard Johnny Hill had one of those “are you kidding me” dunks against Iowa on Saturday night. Trailing 55-50 with just under five minutes remaining in the game, Hill drove the lane and threw down a thunderous one-handed dunk over two Iowa defenders. The Mackey Arena crowd rose to their feet and erupted in cheer following the huge flush. Check it out in the video at the top of this post. This has to be up there with the best dunks we have seen this season. Congrats, Mr. Hill. You have officially earned the title of #BTNStandout!
There are good players. There are great players. And then there is Purdue basketball legend Rick Mount. The Boilermakers’ all-time leading scorer was honored at halftime of Saturday’s Purdue vs. Iowa men’s basketball game on BTN. Take a look at the full video at the top of this post. Mount left Purdue as the Big Ten’s all-time scoring leader with 2,323 points through only three varsity seasons. That record was later broken and is currently held by former Indiana standout Calbert Cheaney. The Boilermaker legend led Purdue to a 56-20 overall record during his career. Enjoy, Purdue fans!
There were six Big Ten men’s basketball games on Saturday, five of which were on BTN/BTN2Go. [ MORE: Catch up on all of today’s games on our Big Ten scoreboard ] Iowa highlighted the slate with an incredible 70-63 comeback win over Purdue. In other Big Ten action: Michigan rolled Penn State, 79-56, to move to 2-0 in Big Ten play, Wisconsin dropped Rutgers, 79-57, to hand Greg Gard his first Big Ten victory, No. 1 Michigan State picked up an impressive 69-61 win at Minnesota, Indiana topped Nebraska, 79-69, and Maryland cruised by Northwestern, 72-59. See the day’s full
Big Ten fans will get their football fix New Year’s Day, and they’ll get their basketball fix Saturday. BTN/BTN2Go will air five of the day’s six games, as part of a 10-hour marathon, starting with Penn State at Michigan (noon ET) and ending with Maryland at Northwestern (8 ET). View the full scoreboard. We asked BTN analyst Jon Crispin to tell us why each team in the five-game marathon can win, and you can read his thoughts below. PENN STATE at MICHIGAN (NOON ET) Penn State will win if … it can limit Michigan to 60 points or fewer by
Big Ten men’s basketball conference play got underway Tuesday night with back-to-back games on BTN. [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Player Rankings | Big Ten award winners | Win a trip to the B1G tourney | Standings | Stats | Scoreboard | Polls ] Purdue topped Wisconsin in the first game of the night, 61-55, while Iowa took down No. 1 Michigan State in the second game, 83-70. For video highlights, be sure to follow these Twitter accounts: @PurdueOnBTN, @WisconsinOnBTN, @MichiganStOnBTN, and @IowaOnBTN. Also, catch up on the top highlights from Tuesday’s Big Ten men’s basketball action here. Don’t forget: On
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If you haven’t heard, Big Ten plays tips off Tuesday night, and BTN/BTN2Go is place to watch both openers. Things get started with Purdue at reigning Big Ten champ and national runner-up Wisconsin at 7 p.m. ET (watch on BTN2Go), followed by No. 1 Michigan State visiting Iowa (watch on BTN2Go). Below, in my latest “Three Takes,” I preview both Big Ten opening night matchups and offer my top long-distance shooters. Purdue at Wisconsin Purdue was only 2-of-19 from downtown against Vanderbilt, but that didn’t slow it down. The Boilers crushed Vandy, 68-55, behind 14 offensive rebounds and a stifling