We’re approximately at the midway point of the conference schedule, so it’s a logical time to check in our preseason predictions. Were we close? First, let’s look at the records we predicted against the current KenPom projections for final records: Team BTG Predicted W-L Current KenPom Projected W-L Deviation Indiana 14-4 15-3 +1 Ohio State 13-5 12-6 -1 Michigan 12-6 14-4 +2 Michigan State 12-6 12-6 0 Wisconsin 11-7 12-6 +1 Minnesota 11-7 11-7 0 Illinois 9-9 6-12 -3 Iowa 8-10 8-10 0 Purdue 7-11 6-12 -1 Northwestern 6-12 7-11 +1 Penn State 3-15 1-17 -2 Nebraska 2-16 4-14 +2
With every Big Ten team having played at least nine conference games, we’ve reached the midway point of the Big Ten season. It’s been a fantastic race thus far, with Indiana one game ahead of the pace, and it should only get better. Halfway home, it’s a good time to consider early All-Big Ten teams. See my teams in this post. For the record, I factored in both nonconference and conference play, with a bigger emphasis on the latter, of course. FIRST TEAM G: Trey Burke, Michigan Per Game Team G GS MPG PPG RPG APG SPG BPG TOPG PFPG
On Saturday night’s “The Journey: Big Ten Basketball 2013,” we put the spotlight on Ohio State’s Deshaun Thomas, Purdue’s Johnson brothers and Wisconsin’s new point guards. In this clip, you get a taste for all three of the latest episode’s storylines. Best of all: We have family video of Terone and Ronnie Johnson as youngsters, and it’s nothing short of cute. Check out the Johnson’s family footage from 1993 in this video. Did you miss the debut of the latest episode? We’re airing it three times Sunday, at 6:30 p.m. ET, 8 and 11.
Reggie Hearn scored a career-high 26 points to lead Northwestern to a 75-60 victory over Purdue on Saturday. Jared Swopshire and Dave Sobolewski each added 13 points for the Wildcats (13-10, 4-6 Big Ten), who snapped a four-game losing streak to the Boilermakers. Purdue freshman center A.J. Hammons didn’t start because he was late for the team bus from West Lafayette, Ind., according to a team spokesman. Hammons did lead the Boilermakers (11-11, 4-5) with 19 points and 13 rebounds. Travis Carroll started in Hammons’ place, and Hammons entered with 16:44 to play in the first half. The Boilermakers scored
Take a look around the Big Ten, and you’ll see many of them: freshmen playing big roles for teams. In fact, it has become common for freshmen to come in and not just contribute but grab the starring role. That’s the case at Michigan. The No. 1 team in the nation has arguably the best collection of freshmen in the Big Ten that includes Glenn Robinson III, Nik Stauskas, Mitch McGary, Caris LeVert and Spike Albrecht. The Wolverines quintet is joined by other standout freshmen who are helping make the Big Ten so good this season, including the likes of Wisconsin’s Sam
Cody Zeller scored 13 of his 19 points in the first half, Christian Watford added 17 points and No. 3 Indiana routed rival Purdue 97-60 on Wednesday night to hand the Boilermakers their worst loss at Mackey Arena. The Hoosiers (19-2, 7-1 Big Ten) have won four straight overall and five consecutive road games in league play dating to last season. They remained tied for the Big Ten lead with No. 1 Michigan. The Wolverines also won Wednesday night, beating Northwestern 68-46, to set up a Saturday night showdown between the league leaders in Bloomington, one of the most highly
It was just a few days ago that BTN analyst Tim Doyle insisted Purdue freshman A.J. Hammons is a serious threat to compete for next season’s Big Ten Player of the Year. It was a bold claim, and it’s one Doyle won’t soon regret. Certainly not after Hammons’ latest coming out party against No. 3 Indiana. It came in a blowout defeat, but, man, Hammons was terrific. There was the career-high 30 points, the five blocks, and the dunks. Watch Hammons’ third and best flush of the night now and catch the others in this post. [ RELATED: Want to
In a matchup of the Big Ten’s two best defenses, it was Ohio State that prevailed with a nine-point home victory over Wisconsin. Both of these teams rely on good old fashioned B1G defense: make you miss (without fouling), then secure the carom. Turnovers are optional. True to form, both defenses controlled the glass at their respective ends, and neither team got to the foul line on a regular basis. In fact, for the first time in Bo Ryan’s 12 seasons, the Badgers failed to earn a single free throw. This is a rare occurrence, to be sure, but Wisconsin’s
It’s Super Wednesday, America. That means two games on BTN, including No. 3 Indiana at Purdue, one of the best rivalries in college sports. The Hoosiers want to remain in the Big Ten title hunt, while the Boilermakers are fighting for their postseason life and need all the quality wins they can muster. Let’s start daily links there. Yes, many of the players on the teams are very familiar with each other from AAU and prep days. Eight players who are expected to start tonight are from the state. In 18 Indiana-Purdue games over the past 10 years, there have never
No. 1 Michigan took down Northwestern (recap) and No. 3 Indiana blew out rival Purdue (recap) in our latest Super Wednesday doubleheader, presented by Buffalo Wild Wings. As we do for every Super Wednesday, we live blogged throughout the action. Catch up on what BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart and Brent Yarina and the Big Ten Geeks said right here.