The University of Illinois and State Farm announced Monday that the school’s basketball arena, long known as Assembly Hall, will be renamed State Farm Center.
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Adreian Payne is staying at Michigan State, which means we know exactly who will be back on campus in 2013-14. Knowing this, it’s time for my annual way-too-early look ahead to next season’s All-Big Ten teams. See my teams in this post. Did I miss someone? Feel free to post your teams in the comment section below.
It’s official: Adreian Payne is returning to Michigan State for his senior year, stamping the Spartans as the Big Ten favorite and top national title contender next season. Payne struggled with the decision, waiting until the final day (April 28) to render a choice. He was projected by many to be a first-round draft choice. Payne will return to a roster that welcomes back all of its key components, save for departed senior big man Derrick Nix.
The NFL draft is here. Hallelujah! But, Thursday night’s opening round may not be a joyous occasion for the Big Ten. In fact, the league may not have a first-round choice for the first time since—are you sitting down?–1953. Gulp. Yes, that’s 60 years.
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Nik Stauskas promised it on Twitter. On Wednesday, he delivered the goods. The Michigan guard put on another remarkable shooting exhibition (watch earlier one) on his outdoor court and posted the proof on YouTube. Once again, the sharpshooter drained trey after trey despite bad weather conditions. This time, Stauskas traded the cold for rain.
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You can never underestimate the importance of strong guard play, and based on the names returning in 2013-14, the Big Ten will have plenty of it next season. To be honest, one could fill an All-Big Ten Team with guards alone. But the talent isn’t just at the top. It’s deep. Very deep. Check it out.
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Tom Crean announced Wednesday that Maurice Creek, who graduates next week, will not play for the Hoosiers next season. Creek will look to play his final season immediately at another school and begin work on a graduate degree.