The regular season is over. Now, it’s off to Indianapolis for the Big Ten tourney, where top seeds Indiana and Michigan State look like the teams to beat. [ MORE: View the official Big Ten tourney bracket ] Before we turn all of our focus to the tourney at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, let’s take a look at the best of the last week of the regular season. Best win: Rutgers vs. Minnesota. There were several big wins by the contenders, but it has to be the previously winless Scarlet Knights’ 75-52 win vs. Minnesota on Saturday. The blowout victory snapped
It’s always good to register a win on senior night, and No. 15 Purdue did just that Sunday. [ MORE: View the official Big Ten tourney bracket ] The Boilermakers topped Wisconsin, 91-80, in their season finale at Mackey Arena, and they honored seniors Rapheal Davis, A.J. Hammons, Johnny Hill and Stephen Toyra in a postgame ceremony. All four players received an introduction, which included videoboard highlights, followed by head coach Matt Painter speaking about the seniors. After that, it was time for the seniors to take the mic. Watch the entire ceremony above or check out the individual player
It was another banner day for No. 12 Indiana on Sunday. [ MORE: View Sunday’s full Big Ten scoreboard ] Five days after clinching the outright Big Ten title, the Hoosiers notched a strong 80-62 season-ending victory over No. 14 Maryland on senior day at Assembly Hall. Following the team’s fifth consecutive victory, Indiana honored its decorated seniors, including start point guard Yogi Ferrell, and cut down the nets to celebrate the program’s second outright crown in the last four seasons. Here’s a look at the scene postgame at Assembly Hall: *** Watch Ferrell’s speech in the video above, plus
Nick Zeisloft will remember the final week of his last regular season quite fondly. The Indiana senior helped the Hoosiers clinch the outright Big Ten title last Tuesday, and he played a big role in the team’s 80-62 season-ending victory over No. 14 Maryland on senior day Sunday night. Zeisloft averaged 10 points in his last two regular season games. Pretty solid for a guy who averages 6.7 points on the season. But he also provided the best highlight of his two-year Indiana career. It came in Sunday’s win vs. Maryland, and it happened when Zeisloft tipped a Maryland pass,
What a day of Big Ten men’s basketball. We had three conference games on Saturday, highlighted by Michigan State’s commanding 91-76 win over Ohio State on Senior Day. In other Big Ten action: Rutgers earned its first Big Ten win of the season with a 75-52 blowout victory over Minnesota and Iowa notched an impressive 71-61 victory over Michigan to close out the action. With three games on the slate, we were able to grab the top moments and post them here. Check out the best highlights from Saturday’s Big Ten men’s basketball action! We love this play by Matt
Michigan State’s 2016 senior class is a decorated bunch, one that could become even more decorated this March. The second-ranked Spartans honored seniors Matt Costello, Bryn Forbes, Denzel Valentine and Colby Wallenman following their 91-76 victory over Ohio State on Saturday afternoon. Before the official postgame senior day festivities, the quartet of seniors had its chance to kiss the midcourt logo, as so many other Michigan State greats have done before them, in the closing seconds of the runaway victory. One by one, starting with Costello and finishing with Valentine, the seniors got down in the push-up position, kissed the
It’s the final day of the regular season, and the Big Ten tournament picture becomes clearer and clearer after every game. [ MORE: View Sunday’s full Big Ten scoreboard ] With two games left, we know the No. 1 (Indiana), No. 2 (Michigan State), No. 7 (Ohio State), No. 8 (Michigan), No. 9 (Northwestern), No. 10 (Penn State), No. 11 (Nebraska), No. 12 (Illinois), No. 13 (Minnesota) and No. 14 (Rutgers) seeds. We’ll figure out seeds Nos. 3-6 tonight. Here’s the latest look at each team’s tourney scenarios, via @BTNStatsGuys. 1. Indiana (14-3) Clinched #1 seed and double-bye. 2. Michigan
As a captain and guard on the Wolverines basketball team, David Merritt was the kind of selfless team player who helped others look good. And today, this 26-year-old University of Michigan alumnus is still helping others look good — and positively impacting young people’s lives in the process. Merritt is the founder of a new clothing line called Merit, which produces apparel with an understated tone. Many of Merit’s offerings have themes relating to his home city of Detroit — appropriate given that the company’s sales go toward helping underprivileged students in that city. Twenty percent of Merit’s proceeds go
This week on the annual Senior Night episode of "The Journey: Big Ten Basketball 2016" we see how Iowa’s senior class of Jarrod Uthoff, Anthony Clemmons, Mike Gesell and Adam Woodbury put together a memorable final season. Plus, learn about Minnesota senior Joey King’s special friendship and watch Nebraska's Shavon Shields make it back from injury for one more game.
If the Boilermakers make a march to big things in coming weeks, Rapheal Davis will have played a big role.