And they’re off! Conference play began last night, and we’ve already been treated to a close game and a Wisconsin blowout–two things we’ll probably see plenty of over the next two-and-a-half months. Let’s get to the details. In the first B1G conference game of the season, Illinois and Minnesota played an entertaining–if not always well-played–double-overtime thriller. Late in the first half, it started to look like the Illini would run away with the game, taking a 13-point lead before a banked three by Rodney Williams cut it to 10 at the break. Still, Illinois put together a very nice half of
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(AP) Ryan Evans scored a career-high 22 points and No. 11 Wisconsin defeated injury-plagued Nebraska 64-40 in the Cornhuskers’ inaugural Big Ten game Tuesday night. The Huskers closed within five points early in the second half, but the Badgers went on a 27-5 run to put the game out of reach. Jordan Taylor added 15 points as the Badgers (12-2, 1-0) won their ninth consecutive Big Ten opener. Toney McCray led the Huskers (8-4, 0-1) with 16 points and nine rebounds. Read the full AP recap, view the box score and check out our Big Ten scoreboard. Check out our
The Indiana Hoosiers, one of the nation’s final six undefeated teams, continue their ascent in the major college basketball polls. Indiana (12-0) lands at No. 15 in the latest Coaches Poll, released Monday. The Hoosiers, who were No. 18 last week, knocked off Howard and UMBC this past week to enter Big Ten play with a perfect record. Ohio State remains at No. 2, while Wisconsin comes in at No. 11, Michigan No. 16 and Michigan State No. 17. The Big Ten schedule tips Tuesday night, with Illinois hosting Minnesota (7:30 ET, BTN) and Nebraska entertaining Wisconsin (9, ESPN2). See
As we wind things down for this holiday weekend, the team here at BTN.com offers up some of our favorite things. We house a whole bunch of great videos inside but we also rolled out BTN2Go this fall. The reviews have been strong so far but go see it for yourself. Like you, BTN.com loves cool Internet videos. That’s why we created a “Did You See This?” running archive of great nightly Big Ten moments, like this one. And this one. And, yes, this one. Just bookmark it already. And on the topic of cool videos, “The Journey 2012” debuts
Wednesday’s and Thursday’s games marked the end of non-conference play for many Big Ten members. With the holiday break looming, let’s run down who has been naughty and nice. It wasn’t easy, but Penn State handled a pesky Cornell squad by seven points. This was basically a three-point shooting contest, and the Big Red jumped ahead early by making those deep shots. The Nittany Lions were able to stay in the game by virtue of their offensive rebounding, and they finally took control late in the second half when their own threes started to fall. Cammeron Woodyard came up big
The start of the Big Ten men’s hoops season is just around the corner. Next Tuesday, in fact, Minnesota-Illinois (BTN) and Wisconsin-Nebraska tip off the conference slate. With the holiday break here, BTN.com web editor Brent Yarina decided to release his latest Big Ten Player Rankings. Watch our interview with Michigan’s Tim Hardaway Jr. now and see Brent’s complete top 10 list in this post. Agree? Disagree? Tweet @BTNBrentYarina. PLAYER RANKINGS 1. Jared Sullinger, Ohio State – Sullinger can’t seem to stay healthy, but the super sophomore continues to produce. In two games since returning from back spasms, not including
Illinois once again put on a dismal offensive display against Cornell. Things started out well, with Bruce Weber’s team taking a 10-3 lead out of the gate, but the offense completely fell apart from there. But we’ve seen numbers like this from Illinois before: Points Efficiency First 6 possessions 10 1.67 Middle 41 possessions 26 0.63 Final 17 possessions 28 1.65 It’s nice that the Illini were able to crank up the efficiency down the stretch and avoid a bad loss, but this makes it three out of four games in which their offense was putrid for long stretches. As a
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. See Brent’s rankings in this post. Also, watch our interview with Aaron Craft, whose Buckeyes host Lamar at 8:30 ET Tuesday on BTN. 1. Ohio State (10-1) – Remember how Deshaun Thomas would enter games last season and
Five Big Ten men’s basketball players have been named candidates for the Bob Cousy Award, handed out annually to the nation’s top collegiate point guard. The list includes Michigan’s Trey Burke, Ohio State’s Aaron Craft, Penn State’s Tim Frazier, Purdue’s Lewis Jackson and Wisconsin’s Jordan Taylor. See the complete list of candidates here. Here’s a sampling of the award’s previous winners: Jameer Nelson (St. Joseph’s), Raymond Felton (North Carolina), Dee Brown (Illinois), Acie Law (Texas A & M), DJ Augustin (Texas), Ty Lawson (North Carolina), Greivis Vasquez (Maryland) and Kemba Walker (Connecticut).