That didn’t take long! There’s a new team atop my latest Big Ten Power Rankings, presented by ArcelorMittal, and it’s impressive Michigan State. [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Polls | Standings | Stats | Scoreboard ] The Spartans (7-0) replace Maryland, undefeated itself, atop this week’s list because, well, no one is playing better than Denzel Valentine’s team. Don’t worry, Terrapins fans, your team is still among the nation’s best. Editor’s note: Team records are through Sunday, Nov. 29 action. See my full latest list below: 1. Michigan State (7-0). The Spartans are playing the best basketball in the country. Denzel
Over the past few years, the style of play and “entertainment value” of college basketball has been under attack. Most of the individuals who took issue with the occasional lack of scoring and slow pace don’t even coach or play the game. Even UConn women’s coach Geno Auriemma voiced his displeasure, calling the men’s college game, “boring.” Truthfully, his opinion on the men’s game doesn’t matter, but numerous rule changes to (ideally) free up the game and make it more entertaining and fair were implemented this season. [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Power Rankings | Polls | Standings | Stats
How good was Denzel Valentine’s triple-double vs. Kansas? So good, it played a big role in the Michigan State star winning Big Ten Player of the Week. [ MORE: Power Rankings | Player Rankings | Big Ten award winners | Polls | Standings | Stats | Scoreboard ] The historic performance also was enough to place Valentine atop my latest Big Ten Player Rankings. That’s right, Valentine, previously No. 2 on my list, has taken the top spot from Maryland’s Melo Trimble. Check out my latest Big Ten Player Rankings below: 1. Denzel Valentine, Michigan State. Valentine’s epic performance against
Maryland is still No. 1 this week, but there's a new No. 2. And that team is Michigan State, fresh off an impressive week that included a comeback victory over then-No. 4 Kansas.
Michigan State and Purdue made significant jumps in the latest AP and Coaches polls, released Monday. [ MORE: Power Rankings | Player Rankings | Big Ten award winners | Polls | Standings | Stats | Scoreboard ] The Spartans, who recorded a comeback victory over then-No. 4 Kansas last week in the Champions Classic, went from No. 13 in both polls to No. 3 (AP) and No. 4 (Coaches). The Boilermakers, fresh off their Hall of Fame Tip-Off tourney crown, rose eight spots (No. 23 to No. 15) in the Coaches Poll and five spots (No. 21 to No. 16)
Rapheal Davis scored 18 points to lead five players in double figures and No. 21 Purdue beat Florida 85-70 to win the Hall of Fame Tip-Off tournament.
There were three Big Ten men’s basketball teams in action on Saturday. [ MORE: Check out our Big Ten men’s basketball scoreboard ] Purdue kicked off the day with a commanding 61-39 win over Old Dominion behind 18 points and six rebounds from big man A.J. Hammons. In other Big Ten action, Rutgers got by Central Arkansas, 87-84, and Illinois fell to Chattanooga, 81-77. Here is a look at the top highlights from Saturday’s Big Ten men’s basketball action. Enjoy! Rutgers’ Corey Sanders throws down a huge one-handed flush Illinois’ Malcolm Hill with the steal and the dunk Rutgers’ Corey
Big Ten fans were treated to three exciting men’s basketball games on Wednesday night. [ MORE: Check out Wednesday’s Big Ten men’s basketball scoreboard ] Purdue kicked off the action with an impressive 96-61 win over Incarnate Word, while Northwestern followed with a 79-72 victory over Fairfield. The inaugural Gavitt Tipoff Games continued Wednesday as Illinois lost a close one to Providence, 60-59. Here is a look at the top highlights from Wednesday’s Big Ten hoops action. Northwestern’s Joey van Zegeren throws down a huge put-back slam Purdue forward Vince Edwards takes it strong to the rack for the dunk
One week is in the books, meaning it's time to take a look at my updated Big Ten Player Rankings. My top two players remain the same, however there's a bit of change among the rest of the top 10, including Illinois' Mike Thorne Jr. and Purdue's Caleb Swanigan debuting.
The Big Ten office released the 2015-16 season's first men's basketball award winners on Monday. See all of the first honorees below.