An interesting week awaits, as teams jockey to improve their NCAA resume. As for the Big Ten title chase, Michigan State’s loss at Wisconsin on Sunday made things more interesting. The Spartans don’t have much very heavy lifting this week. Conversely, this will be a big week for Michigan, which is trying to keep pace. Here’s a look at what’s ahead.
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The Big Ten office released its weekly Big Ten Men’s Basketball Players of the Week on Monday, and Ohio State’s Aaron Craft (Player of the Week) and Wisconsin’s Nigel Hayes (Freshman of the Week) took home the latest hardware. Read more about both players in this post.
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Maybe all of those concerns about Ohio State and Wisconsin were all for naught. The two teams both went 2-0 this past week, including a statement win for each, and have combined to tally five straight victories. That being the case, the top five of my Big Ten Power Rankings, presented by ArcelorMittal, has returned to normalcy. See where you team lands on my latest list in this post.
If we’ve learned one thing from Traevon Jackson during his Wisconsin career, it’s that he isn’t afraid to take – and make – the big shot. The junior, who has a handful of late game-tying or game-winning shots to his name, added another game-winner in Sunday’s 60-58 victory over No. 8 Michigan State. This time, following an Adreian Payne game-tying triple, Jackson answered with a jumper to avoid overtime and a possible fourth straight home loss.
Watch a conference enough, and you can’t help but notice that every team has a common theme that gets mentioned in every broadcast. Chances are, you know your team’s topic of conversation. But what about the rest of the Big Ten teams? Here’s my recurring subject for every Big Ten team.
That was a fun day of Big Ten basketball. No. 24 Wisconsin took down No. 8 Michigan State in the final seconds, and Illinois dropped Penn State to snap its eight-game slide. Catch up on all the scores, stats and video highlights in this post.
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