Two Big Ten men’s basketball teams remain unblemished: Wisconsin (11-0) and Ohio State (9-0). Both recorded another win Wednesday night, and both have a good shot to enter Big Ten play unscathed.
It’s hard to believe, but nearly a third of the 2013-14 regular season is already in the books. There’s still a lot we don’t know about the Big Ten, but certain trends and qualities have emerged. With preparation for final exams taking precedence over meaningful basketball games this week, let’s take this opportunity to pause and evaluate what we’ve seen.
On Monday, the 12 Big Ten men’s basketball coaches joined the Big Ten teleconference to discuss non-conference action and look ahead to conference play, which tips off on New Year’s Eve. We’ve posted the audio for each coach on the call here, and will do so again when weekly calls begin in January.
Wisconsin continued to roll, with a win over Marquette on Saturday. For whatever reason, the Golden Eagles have been an annual root canal for the Badgers. Entering the game on Saturday, Bo Ryan was 6-6 against Marquette, despite the fact that Wisconsin has clearly been the better team on balance over those seasons.
Saturday wasn’t just about the 2013 Big Ten Football Championship Game. No, there was more than enough men’s basketball today to keep you entertained all day. There was a total of nine games, including Wisconsin beating instate foe Marquette to stay perfect. Get scores, stats, updates and video highlights in this post.
If opponents aren’t careful, Wisconsin’s Sam Dekker has shown he’s more than willing to put them on a poster. The sophomore sensation showcased his leaping ability and power on an impressive two-handed slam in the first half of Saturday’s 70-64 win over Marquette at the Kohl Center. Watch Dekker delight the Badger faithful in this post.