The Big Ten is in the final week of the regular season. Teams are battling to enhance their postseason resumes, jockeying for seeding in the Big Ten tourney, which starts March 8 in Indianapolis. And schools also have their eye on the NCAA tourney. I caught up with CBSSports.com NCAA bracketologist Jerry Palm to get his read on where the Big Ten schools sit in his latest bracket projections. Click inside to listen to our conversation this morning. Among other things, we discuss the likelihood of a Big Ten team earning a No. 1 seed, Northwestern’s bubblicious existence and if
Draymond Green showed just how good he is in a loss to the Hoosiers, but he also proved that no one is good enough to beat Indiana at home by himself. Green racked up 29 points on 17 shots while his Michigan State teammates poured in 26 points on 34 shots. Against IU at Assembly Hall, that’s tough to overcome. The home/road splits for this team in conference play are stunning: Points Per Possession Opponent Points Per Possession Efficiency Margin Home 1.19 1.06 +0.13 Road 1.03 1.10 -0.07 That impressive home efficiency has allowed
No. 20 Indiana snapped No. 5 Michigan State’s seven-game winning streak (recap) and No. 15 Wisconsin clinched a bye in next week’s Big Ten tourney by rallying past archrival Minnesota (recap) on Tuesday night. Catch up on all the action on our BTN.com scoreboard and get stats, video and recaps in this post. Like highlights? Bookmark our Did You See This? feature, where we archive some of the best Big Ten highlights, including these dunks from the Michigan State-Indiana game. Coming up on our Super Wednesday doubleheader, presented by Buffalo Wild Wings: Penn State vs. Purdue (6:30 ET) and No.
Throughout the 2011-12 Big Ten men’s basketball season, we’re spotlighting Gus Johnson’s best calls. The popular play-by-play announcer is calling men’s hoops for BTN all winter long, and we’ll clip and post his best calls and archive them here. Feel free to bookmark the page and come back all season right up through the Big Ten tourney. Right now, watch Johnson’s call of Andre Hollins’ driving bucket and get all of the announcer’s best calls from Tuesday’s Minnesota-Wisconsin game in this post. Johnson: “And one!”
Entering the final week of the season, Draymond Green’s reign as the Big Ten’s top player isn’t threatened as he’s on course to take home the league’s Player of the Year honors (announced next Monday). Why not? Green is the lone player who averages a double-double. And his leadership is off the charts, as Green already has led the Spartans to a share of the Big Ten title. But what has happened to Jared Sullinger, who is in the worst funk of the season? As Sullinger has slipped, the Buckeyes have faded from Big Ten contention. Wisconsin’s Jordan Taylor, Penn
While the Ohio State at Michigan State game has lost luster with the Buckeyes’ defeat at home to Wisconsin on Sunday, it still looms as the most attractive game of the week. Also, it’s a big week for Wisconsin, which wants to finish fourth to earn a bye in the Big Ten tourney. Purdue and Indiana are giving chase, but the Badgers own the tiebreaker over both and only need to win one of their final two to guarantee a bye. And can Northwestern finish fast to build its NCAA resume? 1. Ohio State at Michigan State, Sunday, March 4.
It’s time to release my latest Big Ten men’s hoops power rankings. The rankings are not meant to mimic the Big Ten standings. What fun would that be? They aren’t scientific, either. They’re simply my thoughts on where each Big Ten team stands right now and who would win on a neutral court. Agree? Disagree? Tweet @BTNBrentYarina or leave your comments below. Also, did you see my top 10 Big Ten plays from the past week? Watch them and vote for your top play. The latest national polls are out, as well. 1. Michigan State (24-5, 13-3) – Winners of
The last week of the regular season is here. Where’s the drama? Michigan State already has sewn up at least a share of Tom Izzo’s seventh Big Ten title thanks to the Spartans pushing their winning streak to seven and Ohio State and Michigan both losing—at home, no less—over the weekend (standings). Michigan State can claim the outright title with a win at Indiana on Tuesday, potentially taking any remaining pizzazz out of that season-ending visit to East Lansing by Ohio State. So, if you want storylines, keep your eye on Northwestern and its quest to finish strong and push
The Big Ten men’s basketball coaches held their weekly Big Ten teleconference Monday with reporters from around the league, and we’ve posted the audio from each phone interview in the post below. BTN.com will post these media sessions each Monday right up to the Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament, and all of our audio can be found in our BTN.com audio archive. Listen to coach Crean: Listen to coach McCaffery: Listen to coach Weber: Listen to coach Carmody: Listen to coach Chambers: Listen to coach Painter: Listen to coach Izzo: Listen to coach Ryan: Listen to coach Beilein: Listen to
Monday night on The Pulse, at 7:30 p.m. ET, Rick Pizzo, Derek Rackley, Tim Doyle and Mateen Cleaves discuss whether Michigan State is bound for the Final Four. The crew also makes its case for Northwestern to reach the dance and announces its Pulse-Cars (as in The Oscars) for Performance In A Leading Role (Player of the Year), Best Original Score (Play of the Year), Best Director (Coach of the Year) and Best Picture (Storyline of the Year). See the nominees in this post. Performance In A Leading Role Our Player of the Year nominees are… Draymond Green Jared Sullinger