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
As the Big Ten hoops season comes down the final stretch, the play of several freshmen could make-or-break a team’s NCAA Tournament chances. Be it on the offensive or defensive end on the court, there are plenty of Big Ten freshmen who have made their presence felt. Here is my ranking of the top 10 freshman performers. [ MORE: Check out Stephen Bardo’s latest Big Ten Power Rankings ] 1. Noah Vonleh, PF, Indiana. Vonleh has been outstanding in his first year in Bloomington. The 6-10, 240 pound big man is averaging 11.7 points and 9.4 rebounds per game, which
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
Matt Painter announced Monday that senior guard Sterling Carter will miss the remainder of the season after suffering a knee injury in Sunday’s loss at Nebraska. Carter tore his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and his medial and lateral meniscus in his right knee while making a drive in the second half. “We are obviously disappointed for Sterling and really feel for him,” Painter said in the team release. “It’s very unfortunate to see his collegiate career end like this. Sterling gave all he had for the program this year and did everything we asked of him since his arrival last
That was a fun day of Big Ten hoops, wasn’t it? No. 20 Michigan dropped No. 13 Michigan State to move into sole possession of first place and Nebraska stayed hot by dropping Purdue. Catch up on all the action and watch highlights in this post. [ MORE: Enter our Trip to the Big Ten Tournament Sweepstakes! ] NEBRASKA 76, PURDUE 57 | RECAP | BOX | PLAY-BY-PLAY (AP) Terran Petteway scored 29 points to lead surging Nebraska, which won its fifth straight game, over Purdue 76-57 Sunday. Nebraska (16-10, 8-6 Big Ten) used a 26-8 second half run to
It was just last week when I released my team-by-team breakdown of who would make the Mount Rushmore of Big Ten basketball players. This week, let’s go ahead and take it one step further. Here is a decade-by-decade look at which Big Ten stars would land on my Mount Rushmore, starting with the 1960’s and counting up to current day. Did I miss someone? Comment in the box at the bottom of the page or tweet me at @BTNSean. [ MORE: Who is the best dunker in the Big Ten? ] 1960’s Cazzie Russell, Michigan (1963-1966) Jerry Lucas, Ohio State
If you haven’t already made an appointment for the psychiatrist’s couch, do so. The craziness that is 2014 Big Ten basketball continues with plenty more to come. Keep that straightjacket handy. Here’s my weekly look back at what we just witnessed—with a peek ahead. THREE STOCKS TO BUY 1. Wisconsin. The Badgers started 16-0, then lost five of six games. To say that self-doubt crept into the mind of Bucky is an understatement. But since that funk, Wisconsin has won four in a row, including triumphs over the likes of Michigan State (home) and Michigan (away). Welcome back, Bucky! 2.
Before a very important weekend of games, let’s take a quick look at where Big Ten teams currently rank in KenPom relative to where they were ranked in the preseason. For those unfamiliar, Ken Pomeroy uses an objective system to come up with preseason rankings for every DI team. I’ll let Ken explain it: The system is largely the same as in recent seasons. It independently predicts a team’s adjusted offensive and defensive efficiency. As a reminder, it uses information split into two categories: – Base level of the program. This takes into account the last five seasons of data for the
Gary Harris scored 25 points, grabbed three rebounds and handed out three assists as No. 13 Michigan State defeated Purdue 94-79 on Thursday in West Lafayette. Also, Terran Petteway led five Nebraska players in double digits with 26 points as Nebraska (15-10) defeated Penn State 80-67 in Lincoln. Catch up all the stats, scores and watch video highlights in this post. [ MORE: Enter our Trip to the Big Ten Tournament Sweepstakes! ] NEBRASKA 80, PENN STATE 67 | VIDEO | RECAP | BOX | PLAY-BY-PLAY Big Ten Standings (through 2/20) Conference Overall W-L W-L Michigan State 11-3 22-5 Michigan 10-3