Men's Basketball

Thursday's Big Ten Hoops Roundup

Purdue's Lewis Jackson

Purdue at Penn State - Men's Basketball Highlights

Penn State smothered Purdue’s shooters as the Nittany Lions beat the Boilermakers 65-45 Thursday at the Bryce Jordan Center for Penn State’s first Big Ten win of the season. At Indiana, Christian Watford scored 25 points and grabbed seven rebounds to lift No. 12 Indiana to a 73-71 win over No. 13 Michigan at Assembly Hall in Bloomington.

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Did You See This? Minnesota's Williams

Minnesota's Rodney Williams

Rodney Williams Putback

Give Rodney Williams an inch anywhere near the rim, and he’ll make you look silly. The Minnesota junior has springs in his shoes, something Iowa witnessed in the second half of Wednesday night’s game at Williams Arena. On this particular play, Williams turned a Julian Welch missed 3-pointer into a gem of a highlight. The Hawkeyes forgot to account for Williams on the glass, somehow, and he made them pay with a powerful putback of the errant shot. And Williams hung on the rim for style — and to avoid landing on Zach McCabe, we suppose. Watch the play now.

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Did You See This? Illinois' Leonard

Illinois' Meyers Leonard

Meyers Leonard Dunks on Northwestern

It’s no secret that Illinois’ Meyers Leonard is blessed with a lot of athleticism. The 7-foot-1 big man moves and leaps unlike most guys his size, and he displayed it once again Wednesday at Northwestern. Late in the first half – a frustrating one for Leonard and the Illini – the breakout sophomore jumped out of the gym on a one-handed slam. Look at how high he got up there. And listen to that rim rattle! As BTN color commentator Shon Morris put it: “I think that rim is going to file assault charges.” Watch the dunk now and see his game-sealing block in this post.

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Jan. 4 Big Ten Hoops Roundup

Minnesota's Rodney Williams

Meyers Leonard's Big Block Secures a Win

That was exciting! The season’s first BTN Super Wednesday doubleheader, presented by Buffalo Wild Wings, came down to the final second in both games. In the first one, Meyers Leonard swatted away a shot to seal Illinois’ win over Northwestern (recap). And in the nightcap, Iowa denied Minnesota on the final possession (recap). Catch up on all the action on our Big Ten scoreboard and view our Super Wednesday schedule.

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The Journey Returns for Fifth Season on Sunday

The Journey 2012 logo

The Journey 2012 Open

BTN’s first original series and its highest rated last year, he Journey: Big Ten Basketball 2012 returns at 8 p.m. ET Sunday.  The Emmy-nominated, documentary-style program takes viewers deep inside Big Ten basketball programs, spending consecutive days with different conference teams to follow the season’s most compelling storylines during the 10-week march toward the Big Ten Tournament.

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Burke, 2 other Big Ten PGs named Cousy Finalists

Only a freshman, Trey Burke is playing like one of the nation’s elite point guards. And the nation is taking notice, evidenced by Burke being named a finalist for the annual Bob Cousy Award on Wednesday. The Wolverine averages 14 points, 3.2 rebounds and 5.0 assists per game, and he’s joined on the list by Big Ten rivals Aaron Craft, of Ohio State, and Jordan Taylor, of Wisconsin. See the complete list of finalists.

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Big Ten Geeks: First Team to 50 Is a Big Ten Title Contender

Wisconsin and Michigan State squared off last night in a game that will not help the Big Ten’s national image. Via a combination of slow pace, good defense, and missed shots that both teams would normally make, the Spartans and Badgers labored for points. It took Michigan State over 13 minutes of game time to break into double digits–and even then they were only down two points. Wisconsin’s shooting nightmare that began against Iowa persisted, and it truly looked like the first team to 50 would win.

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