There was a trio of Big Ten men’s basketball games Sunday, and all three were decided by double digits. [ MORE: Catch up on all of Sunday’s action on our Big Ten scoreboard ] No. 5 Michigan State cruised past Penn State, 92-65, in Denzel Valentine’s return, Indiana destroyed Ohio State, 85-60, in a meeting of 3-0 Big Ten teams, and Illinois upset No. 20 Purdue, 84-70. A few notables from Sunday’s action: Valentine finished with 10 points, four rebounds, four assists and two steals in 23 minutes off the bench, his first action since Dec. 19; the Hoosiers’ easy
Denzel Valentine made his return from knee surgery in Sunday’s 92-65 win at Penn State. [ MORE: Watch replay of No. 5 Michigan State at Penn State on BTN2Go ] After missing the last four games, including the Spartans’ first three Big Ten games (2-1), the Michigan State do-it-all star entered the game with 15:23 left in the first half and finished with 10 points, four rebounds, four assists and two steals in 23 minutes. Valentine, who was among the early leaders for player of the year before the surgery, entered the game averaging 18.5 points, 8.3 rebounds and 7.1
It was alumni day Saturday at the Wisconsin men’s basketball game. [ MORE: Remember this? Sam Dekker’s mom tweets picture of son mowing yard ] Former Wisconsin star and current Houston Rockets forward Sam Dekker learned this via text message from his mother, who said that Dekker should be at the Kohl Center. He would have been had he not entered the 2015 NBA Draft following his junior season, one that saw the Badgers make their second consecutive Final Four run, ending with a loss to Duke in the national final. The message also included a funny jab, with Dekker’s
Three games were on the Big Ten men's basketball schedule Saturday, highlighted by No. 3 Maryland's dramatic 63-60 win at Wisconsin.
Melo Trimble has had so many great games during his one and a half seasons at Maryland. The star point guard compiled one of his most impressive days in No. 3 Maryland’s dramatic 63-60 win at Wisconsin on Saturday afternoon. Trimble scored 21 points, several of which came in highlight fashion, and dished out five assists. It was his last shot that made the performance extraordinary, however. With the score tied at 60 and the final seconds ticking off the clock, Trimble, one of the Big Ten’s top free-throw shooters and foul creators, dribbled the clock down before opting for
The Big Ten hoops season is starting to gain steam. Which team has been most impressive? In my weekly Big Ten survey, I posed the question to some esteemed members of the media who cover the league. Thoughts? Leave them in the comments section below. Kevin Noon, BuckeyeGrove.com (@Kevin_Noon): I think it is Maryland. Michigan State has shown that it relies too heavily upon Denzel Valentine and I think Maryland is more diverse with its weapons and set up for a solid run this year. Steve Greenberg, Chicago Sun-Times/Bleacherreport.com (@SLGreenberg): Michigan State — the Denzel Valentine version — impressed me
With 2015 football behind us, we turn our attention to the season premiere of “The Journey: Big Ten Basketball 2016,” which debuts at 8 p.m. ET Sunday, right after the Purdue-Illinois men’s basketball game on BTN. This week, our crew looks at Purdue’s Rapheal Davis’ transformation into a premier defensive player while restoring some of Purdue’s “Play Hard” mentality over the last two years. He also discusses how being a father to his daughter motivates him. We also explore how Wisconsin basketball is adjusting to Greg Gard being named interim coach after Bo Ryan stepped down and examine a career path
There were two Big Ten men's basketball games on the slate Thursday.
No team has been a bigger surprise so far than Iowa. And no player has been as surprisingly impressive as the Hawkeyes Jarrod Uthoff. [ MORE: Win a trip to the B1G tourney | Standings | Stats | Scoreboard | Polls ] The 6-9, 210-pound senior from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is averaging a league-high 18.6 points to go along with 6.1 rebounds. The last two times out, Uthoff has scored 25 points in helping the Hawkeyes dump Nebraska and overcome a 17-point deficit at then No. 14 Purdue to prevail. He also had 10 points and six blocks in a
With Wednesday night's games behind us and more basketball ahead, here are my latest "Three Takes." This week I look at Ohio State, Jarrod Uthoff, and the Big Ten's best dunkers.