The first day of the Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament had it’s share of excitement. Illinois beat Minnesota 51-49 with a Brandon Paul jumper at the buzzer while Michigan handled Penn State, 83-66. Later, No. 7 Purdue fell to No. 10 Nebraska, 57-55. The last game of the night: No. 6 Iowa eliminates No. 11 Northwestern. Tune into BTN/BTN2Go tonight after the games for the most complete coverage of all four Big Ten games on “The Big Ten Finale.” BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart (@BTNTomDienhart), web editor Brent Yarina (@BTNBrentYarina), and Big Ten Geeks bloggers Josh Reed and Mike Portscheller (@bigtengeeks) are delivering their insights
See part one of our discussion here. Mike: Miles has done a great job in his first season. I had expected something akin to 2008-09 Indiana—a sub-200 KenPom ranking, one or two conference wins, and general misery. Instead, his Huskers managed to beat a few solid teams and rarely got blown out. That’s a hugely successful season in my mind. Unfortunately, things are probably going to get worse before they get better. Three of Miles’ more productive players won’t return, and while his 2013 recruiting class looks solid, it is still composed of 3-star freshmen. Furthermore, there is basically no
These squads met in the first round of the Big Ten tourney last season, when Purdue prevailed. And just like the 2012 tourney, this year’s winner will advance to play Ohio State. The Boilermakers bring plenty of mojo to the United Center and could be a dangerous team capable of a run, as Matt Painter’s team is playing its best basketball of the season. See the highlights in this post from the last time these two teams played. Thursday’s game starts at 6:30 p.m. ET. The skinny on Purdue: The Boilermakers enter the tourney playing some of their best basketball
We hope you’re enjoying your holiday weekend. To help celebrate, we decided it’s a good time to share our favorite photos from a memorable and historic 2012-13 men’s basketball season. See 100 of our favorite shots, courtesy USAToday Sports, in this post.
BTN delivers team coverage of the Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament Thursday-Sunday from Chicago’s United Center and continues through the NCAA Tournament selection announcement on Sunday. For all tournament games, senior writer Tom Dienhart (@BTNTomDienhart), web editor Brent Yarina (@BTNBrentYarina), and Big Ten Geeks blogger Josh Reed (@bigtengeeks) will be court side delivering insights and analysis on BTN.com and via Twitter. We invite you to track them as well as other BTN experts and Big Ten fans on BTN Connect where you can also find tweet maps by school, fan photos, and live scores. Check out the rest of this post for the entire
Dan Dakich has heard the drumbeat all season: The Big Ten is the nation’s best conference. And, he’s not going to argue that notion. “It has been great,” said the former Indiana Hoosier (1981-85) and current Big Ten analyst for ESPN. “So many good players, teams and coaches. And most of the games I have done have been spectacular.” No doubt, it has been a spectacular regular season for the conference. Indiana opened as the No. 1 team in the nation. It slipped along the way but is poised for a No. 1 seed in the Midwest region in the
As we do every March, Josh and I take to a back-and-forth format to recap everything we saw in the regular season. Here’s part one, covering our all-conference team and other thoughts on half the conference members. Mike: It’s hard to believe we’re already done with the 2012-13 regular season, and what a season it was. There’s lots to discuss, but let’s start with a tradition unlike any other, the All-Geek team. Like everybody else, I’ve got the Obvious Four (Trey Burke, Cody Zeller, Victor Oladipo, Deshaun Thomas), then I’m a bit undecided on the last spot. I feel Andre
BTN made the exclusive announcement of the annual Big Ten basketball awards during the live “All-Conference Selection Show” on Monday night. See the full list of teams and award winners in this post, including the All-Big Ten teams and superlative winners, as selected by both the coaches and media. Plus, watch our video interviews. Familiar with BTN.com/Connect? Use it to track all the fan conversation on Twitter. Big Ten tourney links: 2013 Big Ten Men’s Tournament Bracket Day 1: Thursday scoreboard Day 2: Friday’s scoreboard Day 3: Saturday’s scoreboard Day 4: Sunday’s scoreboard More tourney info at BigTen.org [ RELATED: View
What a season, huh? It might not even be hyperbole to say it was one of the best we’ve seen. From the Big Ten dominating the national polls to the countless upsets to the incredible finishes, the 2012-13 season is one we won’t soon forget. There also were more than our share of memorable plays. I rank the top ones (non-dunks) in this post. I’ll have an all-dunk post later this week. [ RELATED: Tom Dienhart ranks top 10 games of 2012-13 season ] 10. Jordan Hulls drains 30-foot 3-point jumper in flow of game at Michigan State 9. D.J.
The regular season now complete, it’s time to release my final 2012-13 Big Ten 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). 1. Indiana, (26-5, 14-4) – As hard as it is to believe, Indiana, a program with five national championships, just won its first outright Big Ten crown since 1993. Some perspective: Freshman Yogi Ferrell wasn’t even born the last time. Last week: No. 1 [ RELATED: In defense of Victor Oladipo as Big