It’s been a struggle for Michigan State at the free-throw line this year. [ MORE: You see this incredible dunk? | Iowa honors Roy Marble ] The Spartans entered Saturday’s game at Indiana shooting 62.9 percent as a team from the charity stripe. They went 11-of-20 (55 percent) in the wild 74-72 road win, which lowered the season total to 62.7 percent. Funny thing is, Tom Izzo wanted them to go 10-of-20, as he told Marvin Clark Jr. to miss a free throw with 0.7 seconds left and the Spartans leading by one. Clark hit the shot, and Izzo’s reaction
Iowa legend Roy Marble was honored at halftime of Iowa’s season finale vs. Northwestern on Saturday. Iowa director of athletics Gary Barta joined Marble on the floor, where he was honored at center court. Marble was presented with his No. 23 Iowa jersey, and here’s what was said over the PA system: “The University of Iowa, and the men’s basketball program, would like to honor former standout Roy Marble, for his contributions and dedication to the Hawkeye basketball program. A letterman from 1986 to 1989, Roy scored 2,116 points in 134 games. He remains today as the only Hawkeye to
There have been some incredible dunks this season, but it’s hard to say, without any shadow of doubt, that any bests the one we say Saturday at Assembly Hall. Hanner Mosquera-Perea’s high-flying putback, left-handed, mind you, was that good. It was so good, in fact, former Indiana player and coach and current ESPN color commentator Dan Dakich said, “That’s the best dunk I’ve seen, ever, at Assembly Hall.” It might be a little bit of hyperbole, but the dunk has to be in the conversation. I mean, look at how high Mosquera-Perea got off the floor, and how extended he
Northwestern broke the shot clock in Carver having a dunk contest before the game. @BigTenNetwork pic.twitter.com/zu9wXxD4wP — Blake Jorgensen™ (@Blake_Jorgensen) March 7, 2015 This happened Saturday prior to the Northwestern-Iowa game at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Blake Jorgensen, an Iowa journalism major, tweeted the picture above, saying the damage occurred when the Wildcats were dunking in pregame. Jorgensen said the hoop was lowered to set the shot clock upright again, and the basket is ready to go. Luckily, it happened well before the game, with 42:08 left before tip-off. Watch Iowa host Northwestern in both teams’ season finale at noon ET on
Much of the talk during the final week of the Big Ten men’s basketball regular season revolves around the expanded conference tourney field, and, in particular, the coveted double-byes. The top four teams receive double-byes into next Friday’s quarterfinals at the United Center. Big Ten champ Wisconsin and Maryland have clinched double-byes, but who can claim the remaining two? BTN researcher Harold Shelton lays out the possible Big Ten Tournament scenarios below after Thursday night’s action. 1. Wisconsin (15-2): at Ohio State Already clinched double-bye and #1 seed 2. Maryland (13-4): at Nebraska Already clinched double-bye and #2 seed 3.
The final weekend of the regular season is on our doorstep. And, there isn’t much drama at the top. Wisconsin has sewn up the Big Ten title outright, doing so with a win at Minnesota last night. Maryland, Ohio State, Michigan State and Iowa have NCAA bids basically wrapped up. But Purdue, Illinois and Indiana have some urgency, as they fight to enhance their NCAA resumes this weekend before the Big Ten tourney starts next week in Chicago. Indiana plays host to Michigan State on Saturday needing to taste victory. The Hoosiers began Big Ten play 5-1 and thinking big.
Take a spin around Friday's Big Ten headlines starting with Wisconsin's impressive run to the regular season title. Also, we've got a great story on how Iowa's Aaron White revived the Hawkeyes and a few more updates on a handful of Big Ten football teams. Spring football games are less than a month away. Read on.
Sam Dekker is making sure his name is mentioned when talking about the top dunkers in the Big Ten this season. Holding onto a 27-15 lead over Minnesota midway through the first half, Dekker drove baseline and threw down a thunderous one-handed slam over the outreached arm of Minnesota’s Joey King. “Bringing down the barn, big fella,” said ESPN’s Rece Davis, following the incredible dunk. Dekker finished with 20 points as Wisconsin clinched the Big Ten regular season title outright with a 76-63 victory over Minnesota. With the victory, the Badgers secure the No. 1 seed in next week’s Big
There is one Big Ten men’s hoops game tonight: Wisconsin at Minnesota (7 p.m. ET). Much of the talk during the final week of the regular season revolves around the expanded Big Ten tourney field, and, in particular, the coveted double-byes. The top four teams receive double-byes into next Friday’s quarterfinals at the United Center. Big Ten champ Wisconsin and Maryland have clinched double-byes, but who can claim the remaining two? BTN researcher Harold Shelton lays out the possible scenarios below after Wednesday night’s action. 1. Wisconsin (14-2): at Minnesota; at Ohio State Already clinched double-bye Can clinch #1 seed
The Big Ten season is coming to a close—and the journey hasn’t followed the preseason script in many respects. That’s not unusual. There always are surprises—good and bad. Wisconsin began the season as the league favorite. And the Badgers have delivered. But there have been some twists and turns among others teams along this junket to the Big Ten tourney, which starts next week in Chicago. I asked five Big Ten writers who they think has been the biggest surprise team and the biggest disappointing team. Pete DiPrimio, Fort Wayne News-Sentinel: Surprise: Purdue and its rise from last place last