With the Super Bowl behind us, college basketball now becomes the center of the sports universe. And the Big Ten will get a lot of that attention this week with a collection of nice games headlined by Michigan State’s titanic visit to Ohio State on Saturday in a showdown between the top two teams in the Big Ten. In this week’s Big Ten Whiteboard, I draw up my game of the week, a sleeper matchup, the head-to-head battle between players you need to see, plus a few more items. Game of the week: Michigan State at Ohio State, Saturday, Feb.
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
Another week of Big Ten basketball is in the books, and that means it’s time to consider the best plays from Jan. 30-Feb. 5 action. There was a lot of competition as the calendar flipped to February, but which plays made BTN.com web editor Brent Yarina’s Hardwood Highlights? See Brent’s top 10 plays in this post. Don’t agree? Cast your vote for the top play at the bottom of this post. Also, keep up with all the best highlights from across the Big Ten with our Did You See This? archive. Oh, and don’t forget BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart
The knock on Indiana this season was that while the Hoosiers are nearly unbeatable at home, they’re almost the opposite on the road. To wit, the home and away efficiencies are Stevenson-esque in conference play: Offensive Points Per Possession Defensive Points Per Possession Indiana at Home 1.19 1.08 Indiana on the Road 1.01 1.13 The numbers here represent IU’s performance prior to the win over Purdue in West Lafayette. After rolling over the Boilermakers, Indiana no longer looks like a team doomed to falter in a postseason filled with neutral courts. BTG favorite Victor Oladipo came
Wisconsin big man Jared Berggren displayed his footwork and acrobatic ability against No. 3 Ohio State on Saturday. Early in the first half of Wisconsin’s 58-52 loss, Berggren backed his way into the lane against star Jared Sullinger, did a half spin and, with his back to the basket, flipped it in for two points. ESPN color analyst Dan Dakich thought there may have been a travel on the play, but either way, it was a nimble and impressive bucket for the big man. Watch the play now. Find more “Did You See This?’ videos, see other Wisconsin’s Best videos,
No. 20 Indiana solved its road woes with a 78-61 victory over archrival Purdue (recap) on Saturday night. In other action, No. 3 Ohio State beat No. 20 Wisconsin to remain in first place (recap) and Iowa took down Penn State (recap). Catch up on all the games with our Big Ten scoreboard and get stats, video and recaps in this post. Also, keep up with all the latest highlights from across the Big Ten in our Did You See This? archive. And don’t forget about the latest Big Ten standings and Big Ten stats, either. Ohio State 58, Wisconsin
This week on “The Journey: Big Ten Basketball 2012,” we took a look at the special friendship between Ohio State’s Jared Sullinger and Michigan’s Trey Burke and went on campus with Penn State’s Tim Frazier and Illinois’ Brandon Paul. Also, we met Wisconsin’s Otto Puls, the Badgers’ team scorekeeper for four decades. Watch a clip from the show now and see a few bonus clips in this post. Find more on past episodes over here and follow the show on Twitter: @BTNJourney. Learn more about Jared Sullinger and Trey Burke’s friendship: Tour Burke’s bedroom: See Burke’s trophy collection:
It’s time for my weekly Three-Pointers and I’m firing shots as quickly as I can grab a basketball, giving you a quick look back and forward in the Big Ten. From Michigan State’s tough road loss at Illinois to the steady play of the Big Ten’s big men, it’s been another busy seven days of hoops. There are three men’s games on Saturday, including Indiana at Purdue at 7 p.m. ET on BTN/BTN2Go. Then there are three more Sunday games, including Minnesota at Nebraska (1 p.m.) and Northwestern at Illinois (3 p.m.). Both games are on BTN and BTN2Go, too.
Michigan picked up a nice home win over Indiana that was, depending on your point-of-view, either not as close as or a lot closer than the final margin suggests. John Beilein’s team jumped out to a big early lead, which peaked at 20 points before the Hoosiers got going. Indiana then took momentum into halftime and maintained it out of the break. The Hoosiers were able to whittle the difference down to two points on multiple occasions, but they just couldn’t get over the hump. Michigan then finished with a flurry to arrive at the final 12-point margin. This breakdown of
Big Ten schools often roll out interesting changes to team uniform and equipment design, and it most definitely strikes a chord with fans from all schools. So we launched Big Ten Clothes Call, our home for news on crazy theoretical helmet ideas, throwback uniforms, special football jerseys, unique basketball jerseys, and plenty more like this video from a few seasons ago on the evolution of Illinois’ uniforms. And while we keep our eyes out for the interesting uniform news, come tell us if you see something cool. Further down in this post BTN.com’s Brent Yarina looks at how Big Ten