With Big Ten conference play tipping off Tuesday night, it’s time to take a look back at the best from an entertaining and successful non-conference season. There were several highlights along the way to today, none bigger than Michigan State cruising to a program-best 13-0 start on its way to sitting atop the national polls. Also of note: The Big Ten registered victories over Kansas (Michigan State) and Kentucky (Ohio State), and it won the Big Ten/ACC Challenge, 8-6, running its unbeaten streak in the annual series to seven seasons. Get BTN analysts Jon Crispin and Jess Settles’ best of
Not all Big Ten conference schedules are created equally. And, that doesn’t make for a fair and level playing field when it comes to crowning a conference champion. But, no one said life is fair. Back before the conference expanded beyond 10 teams, the Big Ten had a nice cut-and-dried system that saw every school play twice—home and road. It was scheduling perfection. But as the league has grown, a round-robin schedule hasn’t been possible. Now, with a 14-team conference, Big Ten squads play five teams twice and eight teams once (four home; four road). And, depending on the rise
The team that opened my preseason Big Ten Power Rankings atop the list will open Big Ten conference play in the same spot. Maryland, which spent the last four weeks at No. 2 or No. 3, wrestles away the top spot from undefeated and No. 1 Michigan State this week.
Before Big Ten conference play gets started Tuesday night, I wanted to share my latest look at the top 10 players in the Big Ten. Not much changed from last week, with the exception of Northwestern guard Bryant McIntosh making his debut on the list, at No. 10, fresh off pouring in a career-high 33 points Sunday night. Get my latest Big Ten Player Rankings below. 1. Melo Trimble, Maryland. How efficient has Trimble been this season? He’s averaging 14.8 points despite attempting just 8.6 shots per game, thanks in large part to shooting 54 percent from the field and
Three Big Ten teams remain ranked in the latest AP and Coaches polls, released Monday. [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Power Rankings | Player Rankings | Big Ten award winners | Win a trip to the B1G tourney | Standings | Stats | Scoreboard | Polls ] The polls view the trio of Big Ten teams similarly, too, as Michigan State (No. 1), Maryland (No. 4) and Purdue (No. 14) are ranked the same in both polls. The Spartans (13-0), off to the best start in program history, are atop the polls for the fourth consecutive week, receiving 64 of
The Big Ten handed out its latest weekly men's basketball honors, and Michigan State's Bryn Forbes and Purdue's A.J. Hammons share the top honors. See all of the plaudits inside.
There’s a new No. 1 atop my latest Big Ten Player Rankings, and it’s a familiar name. [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Power Rankings | Big Ten award winners | Big Ten standings | Big Ten stats | Big Ten scoreboard | Polls ] Maryland point guard Melo Trimble, my preseason No. 1 player, returns to the top spot in the wake of Michigan State star Denzel Valentine’s injury. See my full latest list below. 1. Melo Trimble, Maryland. With Denzel Valentine sidelined, the Big Ten’s best point guard takes over the top spot. But don’t worry, Michigan State fans,
This is one of the most incredible moments you will see at a college basketball game, and it didn’t even happen until after the game was finished. [ MORE: Top highlights from Tuesday’s Big Ten basketball action ] Following Purdue’s 68-55 victory over Vanderbilt on Tuesday night, walk-on Stephen Toyra got on one knee and proposed to his girlfriend in front of his teammates and Boilermaker fans. Check it out in the videos – we have multiple angles! The best news of all — she said yes! Well done, Stephen!
We had a loaded slate of men’s basketball games on Tuesday as seven Big Ten teams were in action. [ MORE: Catch up on Big Ten scores with our college basketball scoreboard ] Indiana got things started with an impressive 99-72 victory over Kennesaw St. on BTN. Michigan State followed with a 99-93 win over Oakland in overtime. With the victory, the Spartans improve to 13-0, which marks the best start in program history. Purdue topped Vanderbilt, 68-55, in the second game on BTN. In other action: Nebraska topped Prairie View A&M, 81-50, Iowa cruised by Tennessee Tech, 85-63, Ohio
Big Ten fans have been treated to some outstanding dunks during non-conference play. However, Vince Edwards’ dunk against Vanderbilt could very-well top the list. Trailing 13-10 midway though the first half, Edwards faked out his defender, drove to his right, and threw down a huge one-handed slam over Vanderbilt’s Josh Henderson. Check out the dunk at the top of this post. Mackey Arena absolutely erupted following the dunk from Edwards, which you can see in the video as well. Congrats, Mr. Edwards. You have officially earned the title of #BTNStandout!