The 2015-16 men’s college basketball season came to a thrilling close Monday night, which means it’s time to scour the web for the inevitable way-too-early 2016-17 top 25 polls. We took a look a seven insanely early rankings below, and the Big Ten fares quite well. Take all of this for what it’s worth – not a lot – because there are so many unknowns, starting with several to-be-determined NBA draft decisions. BleacherReport.com 5. Michigan State 11. Indiana 12. Wisconsin 20. Purdue CBSSports.com 6. Michigan State 12. Indiana 13. Maryland 15. Wisconsin ESPN.com 8. Indiana 9. Wisconsin 13. Michigan State
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Rapheal Davis committed to Purdue as a freshman in high school. Needless to say, the Boilermakers have held a special place in the 2015 Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year’s heart for a significant portion of his life, a fact he referenced in his senior night speech earlier this month at Mackey Arena. Late Monday night, Davis went to Instagram to offer one last “thank you” to Purdue nation. Read Davis’ full message above. Davis isn’t the first departing star to hit social media to show his appreciation, as Michigan State’s Denzel Valentine and Indiana’s Yogi Ferrell recently did
The Big Ten is losing some serious four-year talent. The list of names is nothing short of impressive, and it is, no doubt, headlined by Big Ten Player of the Year Denzel Valentine. Other top names who have exhausted their eligibility: Yogi Ferrell, A.J. Hammons, Caris LeVert and Jarrod Uthoff. Talk about a scary starting 5. You can create a strong bench, too, with the likes of Rapheal Davis, Jake Layman and Shavon Shields, among others. With all of the talent headed out the door, Lisa Byington asked me to play word association Tuesday night on “BTN Live.” Thing is,
At the beginning of the basketball season, our panel of Big Ten men's basketball experts came together and made some predictions. Some were pretty good, others not so much. See what they predicted and how it compares to the end results.
Purdue freshman Caleb Swanigan has announced his intention to declare for the 2016 NBA Draft, but will not hire an agent, maintaining his amateurism. Swanigan will put his name into the NBA Draft, making him eligible to be drafted on draft night on June 23, 2016. He will be able to start attending workouts scheduled by NBA teams on April 26 and is eligible to compete in the NBA Draft Combine on May 10-15, 2016, in Chicago. He then has 10 days (May 25, 2016, deadline) to weigh his options and keep his name in or withdrawal for the NBA
We are smack in the middle of the 2016 NCAA Tournament, but that hasn’t stopped college basketball publications from getting a step ahead of the game. [ MORE: Indiana-UNC preview | @BTNStatsGuys crunch the numbers ] College hoops guru Ken Pomeroy, who uses a statistical formula for rankings, released his Top 10 rankings for the 2016-17 college basketball season. Pomeroy posted his rankings on Twitter early Monday morning. He lists two Big Ten teams, Indiana and Wisconsin, in his Top 10. The Badgers come in at No. 8 on his list, while Indiana is listed as the No. 9-ranked team
Three Big Ten women’s basketball teams were in action today in the NCAA Tournament, while Michigan took on Bucknell in a WNIT contest. Purdue and Maryland took the floor first on Saturday afternoon. The Terps cruised to an impressive 74-58 victory over Iona, while Purdue fell to Oklahoma, 61-45. Indiana closed out the night with a 62-58 win over Georgia, marking its first NCAA tourney victory since 1983. Michigan got a commanding 95-72 win over Bucknell in WNIT action. Catch up on all of Saturday’s Big Ten women’s basketball action. Maryland 74, Iona 58: Shatori Walker-Kimbrough scored 19 points, and