For the first time since D.J. White and Eric Gordon suited for the Hoosiers, Indiana is ranked in both major college basketball polls. Indiana, fresh off its upset victory over then-No. 1 Kentucky on Saturday, came in at No. 18 in AP Poll and No. 20 in the Coaches Poll, its first national ranking since the 2007-08 season. The Hoosiers are 9-0 and visit instate foe Notre Dame on Saturday. Ohio State remained No. 2 despite its loss at Kansas, while Michigan State also debuted in the polls. See the latest rankings.
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No doubt that after the Hoosiers’ dramatic win over top-ranked Kentucky that the talk centers on whether Tom Crean’s rebuilding job of the once-proud program is complete. There are certainly a lot of reasons to think so, even aside from the whole just-beat-the-best-team-in-the-country thing. For one, let’s take a look at the talent on the roster.
Everyone knew Ohio State’s Braxton Miller was talented and likely headed for a promising college football career. But few thought he’d have a big impact as a true freshman in 2011. Miller was thrust into the starting lineup early in 2011 and proceeded to enjoy the best season of any Big Ten freshman. This is why the precocious Miller, the Big Ten’s Thompson-Randle El Freshman of the Year, headlines BTN.com’s 2011 All-Freshman Team.
Every Sunday night during the hoops season, BTN.com web editor Brent Yarina recaps the week that was on the men’s hardwood and hands out his weekly honors. See Brent’s latest installment, for action from Dec. 5-11, in this post. Also, watch Christian Watford’s last-second 3-pointer to stun No. 1 Kentucky and the resulting celebration Saturday at Assembly Hall. And get ready for the coming week of Big Ten action with our Big Ten scoreboard.
It was a tough day for Big Ten women’s hoops teams Sunday. The conference went 3-3, with losses to Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan and Drake, and No. 12 Purdue lost for the second time in as many days. On the bright side, No. 17 Penn State took care of business, thumping Maryland-Eastern Shore, 76-51. Catch up on all the action on our Big Ten scoreboard and see recaps from all the games in this post. Watch our highlights from Minnesota’s win now.
It was a busy day of Big Ten men’s hoops Saturday, headlined by Indiana upsetting No. 1 Kentucky at the buzzer (recap). Get all the video, reaction, tweets and photos from the upset. In other action, Michigan State beat Gonzaga (recap), Purdue drilled Eastern Michigan (recap), No. 16 Wisconsin took down UNLV (recap), No. 19 Michigan held off Oakland (recap), Nebraska rallied past TCU (recap) and Minnesota topped St. Peter’s (recap), while No. 2 Ohio State lost at Kansas (recap) and Penn State fell at Duquesne (recap).
Wisconsin running back Montee Ball finished fourth in the Heisman Trophy voting Saturday night in New York City. Baylor QB Robert Griffin III won the award, with 1,687 total points, followed by Stanford’s Andrew Luck (1,407), Alabama’s Trent Richardson (978), Ball (348) and LSU’s Tyrann Mathieu (327). Ball, who accounted for 2,071 total yards and 39 TDs, including his 25-yard scoring pass to Russell Wilson, received 22 first-place votes, the fifth-most. See tweets and photos from Ball’s trip to NYC in this post.