That didn’t take long! There’s a new team atop my latest Big Ten Power Rankings, presented by ArcelorMittal, and it’s impressive Michigan State. [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Polls | Standings | Stats | Scoreboard ] The Spartans (7-0) replace Maryland, undefeated itself, atop this week’s list because, well, no one is playing better than Denzel Valentine’s team. Don’t worry, Terrapins fans, your team is still among the nation’s best. Editor’s note: Team records are through Sunday, Nov. 29 action. See my full latest list below: 1. Michigan State (7-0). The Spartans are playing the best basketball in the country. Denzel
Over the past few years, the style of play and “entertainment value” of college basketball has been under attack. Most of the individuals who took issue with the occasional lack of scoring and slow pace don’t even coach or play the game. Even UConn women’s coach Geno Auriemma voiced his displeasure, calling the men’s college game, “boring.” Truthfully, his opinion on the men’s game doesn’t matter, but numerous rule changes to (ideally) free up the game and make it more entertaining and fair were implemented this season. [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Power Rankings | Polls | Standings | Stats
How good was Denzel Valentine’s triple-double vs. Kansas? So good, it played a big role in the Michigan State star winning Big Ten Player of the Week. [ MORE: Power Rankings | Player Rankings | Big Ten award winners | Polls | Standings | Stats | Scoreboard ] The historic performance also was enough to place Valentine atop my latest Big Ten Player Rankings. That’s right, Valentine, previously No. 2 on my list, has taken the top spot from Maryland’s Melo Trimble. Check out my latest Big Ten Player Rankings below: 1. Denzel Valentine, Michigan State. Valentine’s epic performance against
Maryland is still No. 1 this week, but there's a new No. 2. And that team is Michigan State, fresh off an impressive week that included a comeback victory over then-No. 4 Kansas.
The Big Ten took center stage in the college basketball world on Friday night. There were a total of eight games featuring Big Ten men’s basketball teams, highlighted by No. 3 Maryland’s 65-58 win over Rider. The conference went 4-4 overall on Friday as Michigan State cruised by Arkansas-Pine Bluff, 92-46, Minnesota topped Missouri State, 74-69, and Northwestern got the best of Columbia, 83-80. On the losing end, Wisconsin fell to Georgetown, 71-61, Penn State lost to Duquesne, 78-52, and Michigan fell short to Xavier, 86-70. Here is a look at the top highlights from Friday’s action. Maryland’s Diamond Stone
First impressions in the world of college basketball can often be deceiving, especially with questions surrounding the quality of many unknown non-conference opponents. Michigan State has certainly passed its first major test of the season, and that answered a lot of questions about Tom Izzo’s Spartans. Indiana continues to excite me with an upbeat style of play and a bright green light for anyone who can drain a 3-pointer. Then there is Wisconsin, who many already count out because of the opening day loss to Western Illinois. Here is my initial take on these three Big Ten programs and their
All but one Big Ten team (Northwestern) has played multiple games through the first week-plus of the 2015-16 season. That's given me the chance to consider the entire Big Ten landscape and formulate several super-early opinions.
There were six Big Ten men’s basketball games on the docket Tuesday night. No. 13 Michigan State rallied past No. 4 Kansas, 79-73, behind Denzel Valentine’s triple-double (29 points, 12 rebounds, 12 assists) in the Champions Classic at the United Center The inaugural Gavitt Tipoff Games also got underway Tuesday, with Penn State defeating DePaul, No. 11 Villanova handling Nebraska, and No. 3 Maryland dropping Georgetown to give the Big Ten an early 2-1 advantage in the series that continues through Friday night. Catch up on all of the action below: PENN STATE 68, DEPAUL 62: BOX | PBP |
One week is in the books, meaning it's time to take a look at my updated Big Ten Player Rankings. My top two players remain the same, however there's a bit of change among the rest of the top 10, including Illinois' Mike Thorne Jr. and Purdue's Caleb Swanigan debuting.
The upsets we saw in the first day of the college basketball season rivals that of the last two NCAA tournaments combined. Many coaches and players are already getting back to work in hopes of fixing correctable errors and restoring confidence as the college basketball season is a marathon, not a sprint. On Friday night, I got to call the Wisconsin-Western Illinois game and walked away with a few thoughts for the Badgers and a little perspective for The Grateful Red. In the broadcast, we talked a bit about the youth and what was lost to the NBA from last