This is it, the last week of Big Ten action. And, that means one thing: Expect the unexpected. As for the title chase, there isn’t much drama left, as Michigan already has wrapped up at least a share of the championship. Other schools are looking to enhance their NCAA resumes. One story line to watch: Who will finish fourth, thus earning a first-round bye in the Big Ten tourney? Iowa and Nebraska are tied with a 9-7 mark, while Ohio State is 9-8. [ MORE: View Stephen Bardo’s latest Big Ten Power Rankings ] Game of the week: Nebraska plays
Michigan clinched at least a share of the Big Ten title this weekend, as it took care of business against Minnesota at home while Michigan State was upset by Illinois in East Lansing. Michigan mostly let Minnesota hang around until the last couple of minutes until it flipped the #WinTheGame switch. For once, Michigan’s defense showed up, as it held the opponent to under a point per possession for the first time since the first week of February. Nik Stauskas, Caris LeVert, and Glenn Robinson III once again powered the offense, combining for 46 points on 36 shots. For Minnesota,
On Monday, the 12 Big Ten men’s basketball coaches joined the Big Ten teleconference to take questions from the media. We’ve posted the audio for each coach on the call here, and will do so every Monday throughout the basketball season. Listen to coach Tom Crean: Listen to coach Fran McCaffery: Listen to coach John Groce: Listen to coach Chris Collins: Listen to coach Patrick Chambers: Listen to coach Matt Painter: Listen to coach Tom Izzo: Listen to coach Bo Ryan: Listen to coach John Beilein: Listen to coach Thad Matta: Listen to coach Richard Pitino: Listen to coach Tim
For the fourth time in as many tries, Indiana knocked off a ranked Big Ten team at Assembly Hall. This time, the Hoosiers dropped No. 20 Ohio State, 72-64. In other action, No. 19 Iowa held off Purdue, 83-76, and No. 14 Wisconsin took down Penn State, 71-66. Catch up on all the scores, stats and video highlights in this post. [ MORE: View Sunday’s full Big Ten basketball scoreboard ] INDIANA 72, OHIO STATE 64 | RECAP | BOX | PLAY-BY-PLAY (AP) Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell scored 20 points and Will Sheehey added 19 on Sunday, leading Indiana past No.
The Big Ten officially released a breakdown of the 2014-15 men’s basketball matchups. This will be the first Big Ten hoops season for new members, Maryland and Rutgers. The 14 conference teams will play 18-game league games, playing five teams both home and away and eight teams once. Each team will play four of its single-play opponents at home and four on the road. Here is a look at all 14 team’s single-play opponents, compliments of BigTen.org. ILLINOIS Home: Indiana, Maryland, Penn State, Rutgers Away: Iowa, Minnesota, Ohio State, Wisconsin Home/Away: Michigan, Michigan State, Nebraska, Northwestern, Purdue INDIANA Home: Iowa,
An interesting week in the Big Ten, as Michigan surged to the top of the conference as it looks for its outright conference championship since the 1985-86 season. Wisconsin also is rolling. What has happened to Iowa? Check it all out in this week’s Three-Pointers, and use our scoreboards to get updated TV info and times for this weekend’s six games. Three stocks to buy 1. Michigan. What a week for the Wolverines, who have to feel like a team of destiny after pulling out that miraculous overtime win at Purdue on Wednesday night. Michigan opened the week with a
Penn State celebrated an early senior night (the Nittany Lions still have another home game remaining, but I guess they didn’t like their chances against Wisconsin) by rallying from an 11-point first half deficit to take down Ohio State. PSU got a big game out of junior guard D.J. Newbill (23 points, 9 shots), who had a better game than LaQuinton Ross (19 points, 12 shots). I mention those two because, outside of them, there was not a lot of offense. Tim Frazier had 16 points, but it took 12 shots to get there and it came with 6 turnovers.
There were two Big Ten men’s hoops games featured on our Super Wednesday doubleheader. In the first game, No. 16 Michigan rallied and beat Purdue, 77-76, on a buzzer-beater in overtime. Illinois notched a 60-49 victory over Nebraska in the second game. Catch up on all the action and get video highlights in this post. [ MORE: View Wednesday night’s full Big Ten scoreboard ] ILLINOIS 60, NEBRASKA 49 | RECAP | BOX | PLAY-BY-PLAY (AP) Illinois freshman Kendrick Nunn and Malcolm Hill combined for 23 points and the Illini ended Nebraska’s five-game win streak on Wednesday night, 60-49. Nunn
You don’t have to tell Purdue’s Rapheal Davis that this has been a disappointing season. He’s living it. And, it’s not much fun. But the sophomore guard is soldiering on as the losses mount and the hope dwindles in West Lafayette. Davis and the Boilermakers will try to stop the bleeding when first-place Michigan comes to Mackey Arena on Wednesday night. Purdue is coming off one of its most numbing losses of the season, falling 76-57 at Nebraska in a game that wasn’t even that close. The loss—the most lopsided of the season for the Boilers–also may have been rock-bottom.
At first glance it’s not a great menu of games this week, but we all know anything can happen. As the Big Ten hits the homestretch of the season, Michigan has a one-game lead in the title chase and the Wolverines should cruise in its two games this week. Michigan State sits one game out and Wisconsin trails by two. Can the Spartans and Badgers keep pace? Here’s a look at all the games this week. Don’t forget that our real-time scoreboards have times and TV info, too. 1. Iowa at Minnesota, Tues., Feb. 25: Two teams that have been