We’re officially one month into the 2015-16 college basketball season. [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Big Ten standings | Big Ten stats | Big Ten scoreboard | Polls ] The first month saw a lot of good, from Michigan State and Purdue’s perfect starts to Spartans star Denzel Valentine’s across-the-board individual performances. But what has been the best of the best of the opening month? BTN.com writer Sean Merriman and BTN analyst Jess Settles break down the best teams, players, coaches and more from an entertaining first month. Best team: Michigan State (11-0) The Spartans are ranked No. 1 in the
No football, no problem. The first Saturday sans Big Ten football features 11 Big Ten men’s basketball teams in action. Earlier on BTN, Penn State held off Louisiana-Monroe in its return to Rec Hall, No. 6 Maryland cruised past Maryland Eastern Shore, and Indiana topped McNeese State. In other Big Ten men’s basketball action: Ohio State lost to Connecticut, Michigan cruised by Delaware State, Wisconsin came up short against Marquette, Illinois got by UIC, Purdue beat Youngstown State, Rutgers fell to George Washington, and Michigan State remained unbeaten with a win over Florida. Catch up on all of today’s action
It was a great night of Big Ten basketball as the conference went 4-2 in six games on Wednesday. [ MORE: Catch up on all of Wednesday’s action on our Big Ten scoreboard ] There were two games featured on BTN Wednesday night. Michigan State kicked off the action with a 78-35 win over Maryland Eastern Shore, while Wisconsin followed with a 68-67 loss to Milwaukee. In other Big Ten men’s basketball action: Indiana cruised by IPFW, 90-65, Purdue ran past Howard, 93-55, Illinois topped Yale, 69-65, and Nebraska fell to Creighton, 83-67. With two games on BTN and another
Let’s talk facts, OK? [ MORE: Full 2015-16 bowl schedule | Best of the Bowls | Ranking the bowls, 1-40 | Big Ten bowl bags | Big Ten bowl factoids | Get all of our bowl coverage ] The Big Ten is home to the reigning national champ (Ohio State). The SEC hasn’t won the the national crown since 2012, this after its unbelievable run of dominance at the end of the BCS era. The Big Ten has one team (Michigan State) in the second annual College Football Playoff. The SEC also has one (Alabama). The Big Ten went 2-2
In this week’s “Three Takes,” I offer some insight on Maryland guard Rasheed Sulaimon, the Big Ten’s number of impact transfers and Michigan’s familiar struggles. [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Power Rankings | Player Rankings | Big Ten weekly honors | Big Ten standings | Big Ten stats | Big Ten scoreboard | Polls ] Rasheed Sulaimon’s instant impact Maryland Coach Mark Turgeon has had a great relationship with Rasheed Sulaimon and his family for years. If it wasn’t for the power of the Duke brand, the McDonald’s All-American would’ve probably committed to Turgeon and Texas A&M in high school.
You have questions? I have answers in my Big Ten Mailbag. Is Michigan State’s offense better than Alabama’s? Did I rank the Iowa-Stanford Rose Bowl matchup too low in my bowl rankings? Will Nebraska whip UCLA in its bowl? I address those topics and others. [ MORE: Full 2015-16 bowl schedule | Best of the Bowls | Ranking the bowls, 1-40 | Big Ten bowl bags | Big Ten bowl factoids | Get all of our bowl coverage ] Will Michigan State be better off running screens and draws instead of running into the teeth of Alabama’s defense? – Jeff
Bad news, Big Ten fans: Purdue's A.J. Hammons is starting to heat up. The reigning Big Ten Player of the Week returns to Jess Settles' latest Big Ten Player Rankings, checking in at No. 6. The top 5 remains the same as last week.
Defense lives here, the Mackey Arena sign reads. [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Power Rankings | Big Ten weekly honors | Big Ten standings | Big Ten stats | Big Ten scoreboard | Polls ] Purdue’s Johnny Hill know this. Monday night, the Purdue point guard flashed his defensive abilities on a must-see block that delighted the Purdue faithful in a 80-53 win over IUPUI. The block came in transition, after the Boilermakers turned the ball over, as Hill came from behind to reject Mason Archie II’s would-be layup nearly midway through the second half. Aside from the block, Hill
Iowa and No. 11 Purdue cruised to easy home victories Monday night. The Hawkeyes drilled Western Illinois, 90-56, while the undefeated Boilermakes made easy work of IUPUI, 80-53. Catch up on all of the action below: IOWA 90, WESTERN ILLINOIS 56 BOX | PBP | AP RECAP Jarrod Uthoff scored a career-high 27 points and Iowa beat Western Illinois 90-56 on Monday for its fourth consecutive win. Uthoff grabbed nine rebounds and was 10 of 16 from the floor, helping the Hawkeyes (7-2) shoot 50 percent (33 of 66) from the field. Dom Uhl scored 15 points and Adam Woodbury
It's Monday, and that means it's time for me to share my latest Big Ten Power Rankings, presented by ArcelorMittal.