With the 2013 Big Ten tourney bracket set, it’s time to unveil BTN.com’s 2012-13 Dunk of the Year bracket. The bracket includes one dunk from every Big Ten team, which fans decided via polls, and it’s seeded in accordance with this year’s Big Ten tourney. Once again, fans will vote on each matchup until a dunk is crowned Sunday. Hop on in and vote for all of the Round 1 winners. [ RELATED: View our 2013 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament page ] No. 8 ILLINOIS vs. No. 9 MINNESOTA Brandon Paul posterizes, fittingly, Trevor Mbakwe: Rodney Williams left-handed alley-oop:
The Big Ten announced Sunday night the bracket for the 2013 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament, which will be held March 14-17 at the United Center in Chicago. Indiana, thanks to Sunday’s late comeback victory at Michigan, earned the No. 1 seed after claiming its first outright Big Ten title since 1993. See all of the seeds and Day 1 matchups in this post. [ RELATED: View the official 2013 Big Ten tourney bracket (PDF) ] Thursday, March 14 Game 1: No. 8 Illinois vs. No. 9 Minnesota, noon, BTN/BTN2Go Game 2: No. 5 Michigan vs. No. 12 Penn State,
Before the Big Ten’s final two regular-season games tip, let’s take a look at how the results will impact Big Ten tournament seeds. Here’s what we know before Indiana-Michigan and Northwestern-Michigan State close out the Big Ten’s regular season: Indiana is the No. 1 seed, Northwestern is No. 11, and only seeds 3-5 are up for grabs. [ RELATED: View our 2013 Big Ten tournament homepage ] Also on the line – and far more important – Michigan and Michigan State are playing for a share of the Big Ten crown. If Michigan knocks off Indiana and Michigan State beats
Following Saturday afternoon’s 89-73 victory over Minnesota, Purdue held its Senior Day to honor Dru Anthrop and D.J. Byrd. Both players received framed personalized jerseys and delivered a speech to the Mackey Arena faithful. Head coach Matt Painter also talked about the seniors and their impact on the program. Watch Purdue honor its seniors now. [ RELATED Want to embed BTN.com video? Here’s how! ] And here’s the Minnesota-Purdue game highlight:
D.J. Byrd and Rapheal Davis each scored 18 points as Purdue rolled past Minnesota 89-73 on Saturday. The Boilermakers (15-16, 8-10) won for only the third time in seven games as they head into next week’s Big Ten tournament. [ RELATED: Vote for Purdue’s best 2012-13 dunk | And Minnesota’s ] For Minnesota (20-11, 8-10), it was another dreadful day on the road. Forward Trevor Mbakwe got into early foul trouble and the Golden Gophers looked flat as they fell into an early 15-point deficit. They never recovered. Andre Hollins scored 24 points, Rodney Williams added 13 points and Mbakwe
The Big Ten tournament bracket comes out Sunday night. Here at BTN.com, we’re trying something new around the release of the bracket that we hope Big Ten fans enjoy. It’s a bracket with 12 slots that features each team’s best dunk from the 2012-13 season. Watch Purdue’s dunk of the year candidates in this post and vote for the slam that will represent the Boilermakers in our new tournament. [ RELATED: Vote for other teams’ Dunk of the Year ] Here’s how it works: BTN.com provides the finalists choices for all 12 teams. Big Ten fans will select the top
In what amounted to an elimination game for a potentially shared Big Ten title, Michigan State steamrolled Wisconsin by 15 points. This game was certainly no work of art, as both teams struggled mightily to score in the half court set. The defense had the upper hand at both ends of the court, but the difference came in the form of Wisconsin live-ball turnovers. When the Spartans got steals, they were able to score in transition. Otherwise, the Badgers played their typical shut down defense–Michigan State scored only 0.77 points per trip in possessions that did not follow a steal.
Trey Burke had 26 points and five rebounds to lead No. 7 Michigan’s rally to an 80-75 victory over Purdue on Wednesday night. Terone Johnson scored a career-high 35 points and Rapheal Davis added 15 for Purdue (14-16 7-10 Big Ten), who have lost five of their last seven games. [ VIDEO: “Big Dog” & “The Custodian” greet Coach Keady ] Nik Stauskas had 17 points and Tim Hardaway, Jr. had 16 points and five rebounds for the Wolverines (25-5, 12-5), who have won four of their last five games and remain in the race for a share of the
Legendary Purdue coach Gene Keady, currently an assistant at St. John’s, attended Wednesday night’s Michigan-Purdue game at Mackey Arena. And he had a couple distinguished visitors track him down during the first half. Former Purdue stars Glenn Robinson and Brian Cardinal found Keady’s seats and visited the coach for a few moments. Watch the encounter here. Purdue fans must LOVE this sight – even if it happened in a painful loss. Good timing, we assume, helped make this meet-up possible. Keady’s St. John’s team is off until Saturday, and Wednesday’s opponent just happens to feature Robinson’s son, Glenn Robinson III.
Ohio State shook up the Big Ten title race with an impressive victory at Indiana. This one was all about the Buckeyes’ defense, spearheaded by Aaron Craft and Shannon Scott, as they held the Hoosiers to their second-lowest output of the season (Indiana actually scored slightly worse in the win at Iowa, albeit in a lot more possessions). The lifeblood of the Hoosiers’ offense–frequent trips to the foul line–was cut off by the foul-averse defense we’ve come to expect from Thad Matta’s teams, and Indiana shot a lowly 39 percent on twos to boot (thanks in no small part to