As we still await Adreian Payne’s NBA draft decision, I thought it would be fun to take another way-too-early look ahead to the 2013-14 season. This time, I’ll do it in prediction form, offering five things I’m confident about in 2013-14. See all five in this post. Have a prediction of your own? Feel free to leave it as a comment. 1. Ronnie Johnson, not Yogi Ferrell, will be best point guard in Indiana – No disrespect to Ferrell, whose role is certain to increase in the wake of Indiana losing Jordan Hulls, Victor Oladipo, Christian Watford and Cody Zeller.
Michigan’s John Beilein recently broached a good idea: Make the NBA draft like the MLB draft. “(My preference would) probably be very much like baseball,” Beilein said. “I think that would be a great thing. If there’s a Kobe (Bryant) or LeBron (James) out of high school, he can get that big contract and go. “If not, go (to college) for three years and make an educated decision. Then guys can redshirt and do all these things. That’s ideal in my mind.” Really, it’s a brilliant idea that I would love to see adopted. We know the colleges would like
We’re now officially in the college basketball offseason, a long seven months where the NBA playoffs, major league baseball, and eventually football serve as poor stand-ins for our sports attention. But before we shift into that fruitless exercise, let’s take a quick look at what awaits us beyond the gap. While these numbers will likely change over the next week (especially for Michigan), here’s a current summary of what each team returns for 2013-14: With these numbers in mind, here’s a few thoughts on each team: Indiana will take a major drop, but it helps to drop from such a
It’s never too early to look ahead to next season, right? Actually, yes, the day after the completion of one season is entirely too early to start analyzing the next. But even if we don’t know which stars will return and which ones will go pro, it’s fun to consider what next season may bring. See my super-early 2013-14 power rankings in this post. And once all the NBA decision are made, I’ll update this list. [ RELATED: How did I do with last year’s super-early rankings? ] No. 1: Michigan State – If Gary Harris and Adreian Payne stay
The 2012-13 hoops season now complete, it’s time to look back at all of the alternate/throwback uniforms Big Ten teams wore during the successful campaign. By my count, there were 13 new special looks, four of which came from NCAA runner-up Michigan. See all of the uniforms and get my grades for each one in the gallery in this post. Did I miss one? Leave it in the comment box below or send it to me on Twitter (@BTNBrentYarina). To see the grades, click on any image and it appears in the text portion at the bottom of the photo.
In 25 years of coaching Purdue, Gene Keady never made it to a Final Four. But, he has made it to the College Basketball Hall of Fame it was announced on Monday night. And, it’s a well-deserved honor despite that one void in an otherwise stellar resume. Keady, 76, came to Purdue in 1980, compiling a 512-270 record along with six Big Ten championships. He won three in a row from 1994-96 and led three teams to No. 1 NCAA seeds in 1988, 1994 and 1996. Keady’s best team was in 1987-88. A squad led by seniors Troy Lewis, Everette
Kevin Foster scored 34 points to lift Santa Clara to an 86-83 win over Purdue on Monday at Mackey Arena in West Lafayette in the College Basketball Invitational. Santa Clara (23-11) shot 49 percent from the field (29-of-59). The Broncos were on fire from beyond the arc during the game, shooting 41 percent (9-of-22). Santa Clara went 19-of-28 from the charity stripe as a team (68 percent). Raymond Cowels III shot 5-of-9 from the field and scored 13 points for the Broncos. More Santa Clara scoring came from Marc Trasolini (10 points). Ronnie Johnson had 27 points and made 11-of-21
The Big Ten Digital Network will air the Santa Clara-Purdue CBI game live at 7 p.m. ET tonight. The Boilermakers, the first Big Ten team to compete in the CBI, advanced to Round 2 following a 81-67 victory over Western Illinois on Wednesday; the Broncos dispatched Vermont, 77-67, to make it to Round 2. [ RELATED: Purdue home | Purdue stats | Purdue roster | Purdue schedule | Santa Clara home ] Use our Big Ten scoreboard to track all the action tonight. So far this postseason, the Big Ten is a combined 13-3 in the NCAA tourney (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan,
Purdue used its efficient offense to power past Western Illinois 81-67 on Wednesday at Mackey Arena in West Lafayette in the College Basketball Invitational. Purdue (16-17) hit 58 percent of its field goals (31-of-53). The Boilermakers went into the locker room with the momentum and came out of the second half flying as well. Trailing 30-22 with 7:24 to go in the first half, Purdue went on a 20-6 run to seize a six-point advantage early in the second half. Even in defeat, Don McAvoy III came through for Western Illinois (22-9), with 16 points and 5-of-9 shooting from the
As we sit on the cusp of postseason play for nine Big Ten teams, it feels an appropriate time to revisit where we were just four short months ago, previewing a season that was about to unfold before us. Did we nail it, or do we need to turn in our Geek cards? Here’s our projected Big Ten records from November compared to the actual results: Team BTG Predicted W-L Actual W-L Deviation Indiana 14-4 14-4 0 Ohio State 13-5 13-5 0 Michigan State 12-6 13-5 +1 Michigan 12-6 12-6 0 Wisconsin 11-7 12-6 +1 Minnesota 11-7 8-10 -3 Illinois 9-9