John Groce’s Illini continued their torrid play this week, dispatching Purdue and Northwestern, teams they lost to earlier this season. Winners of four straight, Illinois has moved to No. 5 in my latest Power Rankings. Where does your team land? Find out in this post. Oh, and feel free to send me your thoughts, either in the comment box in this post or on Twitter (@BTNBrentYarina). [ RELATED: Where is your Big Ten team ranked in latest national polls? ] 1. Indiana, (23-3, 11-2) – About Will Sheehey‘s perfect 9-of-9 effort from the field in Saturday’s 83-55 rout of Purdue,
We’re only a few weeks away from Selection Sunday, and there’s only a handful of games left for teams to pick up signature wins. This weekend, some did, and some didn’t. Iowa picked up an important win over Minnesota on Saturday, rallying from an early 16-point deficit to an impressive 21-point win. And frankly, this game was over about midway through the second half. The turning point came when Fran McCaffrey deployed a zone defense, which flummoxed the Gopher attack. This isn’t the first time that Minnesota has looked confused against a zone—Northwestern sprung the upset against the Gophers by
Will Sheehey scored a career-high 22 points, on a perfect 9-of-9 effort from the field, and Cody Zeller had 19 as No. 1 Indiana rolled over Purdue 83-55 on Saturday, routing the Boilermakers for the second time in 2 1/2 weeks. Indiana (23-3, 11-2 Big Ten) bucked the recent trend of No. 1 teams losing and will likely keep the top spot for a third straight week. It also will retain at least a share of the league lead. The Hoosiers have won eight of their last nine games. [ BOX | AP RECAP | SCORES | ALL PHOTOS |
Illinois exorcised some demons in a 20 point blowout of Purdue. The Fighting Illini seniors had never beaten the Boilermakers, but they changed that in emphatic fashion by attacking the offensive glass and limiting turnovers. In all, Illinois attempted 13 more field goals than Purdue, and those extra looks enabled John Groce’s team to score 1.20 points per trip despite 29 percent shooting on jumpers. It was Illinois’ best output since the win at Gonzaga, and it appears that the Illini of the season’s first month have returned. Illinois also did a good job defensively, especially when it came to
Entering Wednesday night’s game at Illinois, Purdue had lost three of its last four contests. That being the case, Matt Painter and his staff were probably already a little frustrated before things tipped. And that frustration only got worse as Purdue couldn’t hold onto the ball (16 turnovers) and allowed offensive rebound after offensive rebound (22). Eventually, it all boiled over. [ RELATED: Want to share a BTN.com video? Here’s how! ] With 8:08 left and Purdue trailing 64-46, Painter decided he had seen enough and was hit with a pair of quick technical fouls to earn an ejection. But,
D.J. Richardson scored 18 points and Illinois opened up a big first-half lead that buried Purdue 79-59 on Wednesday night. The win was the third straight for Illinois (18-8, 5-7 Big Ten), which is clawing its way back into the postseason picture. The other wins were resume-builders over No. 1 Indiana and then-No. 18 Minnesota. A dunk by Tyler Griffey with 8:46 remaining put Illinois up 64-46. The margin was too much for a Boilermakers team that had already tried to dig out of a 16-point first-half hole. Griffey scored 12 points and Joseph Bertrand had a career-high 12 rebounds.
On tonight’s Super Wednesday presented by Buffalo Wild Wings, we invite you to check out our new and improved online hub for in-game conversation, updates scores and stats, and more. BTN Connect is worth checking out today and every day throughout the season. Nebraska plays at Indiana at 7 p.m. ET while Purdue plays at Illinois at 9 p.m. It all starts with our “Big Ten Tip-Off Show” at 6:30 p.m. How do you use BTN Connect? It’s simple. Just click over to there now and poke around. We have pages for each school and the topics that are trending for each
Just as we do every Wednesday night, we’re live blogging during tonight’s Super Wednesday doubleheader, presented by Buffalo Wild Wings. No. 1 Indiana blew away Nebraska. in the first game and Illinois dropped Purdue in the nightcap. In addition, click over to BTN Connect and bookmark that page for a live stream of tweets about all four teams: Nebraska, Indiana, Illinois, and Purdue.
It’s amazing what a week can do. Just ask Illinois. Fresh off a week in which the Illini upset No. 1 Indiana and tripped up No. 18 Minnesota, John Groce’s team, for all intents and purposes, saved its season. Where does Illinois land on my latest Power Rankings? Find out in this post. Oh, and feel free to send me your thoughts, either in the comment box at the bottom of the post or on Twitter (@BTNBrentYarina). [ RELATED: Where is your Big Ten team ranked in latest national polls? ] 1. Indiana, (21-3, 9-2) – The most amazing part
Wisconsin picked up an overtime win over Michigan in a contest with plenty of late-game drama. Wisconsin and Michigan both found themselves with plenty of fouls to give at the end of regulation on Saturday, but neither team opted to hack to deprive the opponent of a desperation heave. While I believe Wisconsin committed error when it opted not to foul Michigan before Tim Hardaway Jr. knocked down a three-pointer to break a tie with just a few ticks left, I don’ think Michigan did anything wrong by forcing Ben Brust to make a contested 40-foot runner at the buzzer.