We’re officially one month into the 2015-16 college basketball season. [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Big Ten standings | Big Ten stats | Big Ten scoreboard | Polls ] The first month saw a lot of good, from Michigan State and Purdue’s perfect starts to Spartans star Denzel Valentine’s across-the-board individual performances. But what has been the best of the best of the opening month? BTN.com writer Sean Merriman and BTN analyst Jess Settles break down the best teams, players, coaches and more from an entertaining first month. Best team: Michigan State (11-0) The Spartans are ranked No. 1 in the
Advice for Indiana opponents: If the Hoosiers miss a long shot, make sure to get a body on Troy Williams. [ MORE: Catch up on all of Saturday’s action on our Big Ten scoreboard ] If you fail to do so, the Indiana high-flyer will do what he did vs. McNeese State on Saturday night, and what he has done so many times in his career. Williams’ latest highlight-reel putback came off a James Blackmon Jr. missed 3-pointer from the top of the arc. Williams, who was just to the right of Blackmon Jr. when the shot went up, read
Fresh off dismantling Delaware State, 80-33, Chad Carr's brothers, C.J. and Tommy led the team in singing "The Victors."
No football, no problem. The first Saturday sans Big Ten football features 11 Big Ten men’s basketball teams in action. Earlier on BTN, Penn State held off Louisiana-Monroe in its return to Rec Hall, No. 6 Maryland cruised past Maryland Eastern Shore, and Indiana topped McNeese State. In other Big Ten men’s basketball action: Ohio State lost to Connecticut, Michigan cruised by Delaware State, Wisconsin came up short against Marquette, Illinois got by UIC, Purdue beat Youngstown State, Rutgers fell to George Washington, and Michigan State remained unbeaten with a win over Florida. Catch up on all of today’s action
Ohio State associate head basketball coach Dave Dickerson missed Saturday’s game at Connecticut due to the death of his sister, Gloria Heyward. To honor Heyward, the Buckeyes wore “GH” patches on their jersey and the Ohio State coaching staff donned “GH” pins on their suit coats. Dickerson, the former coach at Tulane, came to Ohio State in 2010 and was promoted to his current position in 2011.
Spike Albrecht’s Michigan basketball career is over. [ MORE: Relieve these Spike Albrecht plays ] Albrecht announced today he has elected to step away from the court for the remainder of the season due to injuries. Albrecht has battled a genetic hip condition for almost two years and has struggled to return to full health this season. “This has been the toughest decision I have ever had to make,”Albrecht said. “After taking a hard look at what is best for me, and this team, I will be stepping away from the game that has meant so much to me.” Albrecht,
Michigan's Spike Albrecht is done with college basketball after the senior guard announced Friday will concentrate on rehabilitation after his bilateral hip surgery last summer. We collected a few of his better plays from last season in this post.
There were two Big Ten men’s basketball games on the slate Thursday night. [ MORE: Check out our college basketball scoreboard ] Penn State began the night with an impressive 81-67 win over Canisius, while Iowa followed with a heartbreaking 83-82 loss to in-state rival Iowa State. There were several outstanding plays in Thursday’s games, and we were able to capture the best of the best. Here is a look at some of the top highlights from Thursday’s Big Ten men’s basketball action. Jarrod Uthoff ties a career-high with this shot Josh Reaves with the steal and the one-handed slam
Maryland and Michigan appear to have lined up key new additions to their football staffs. Michigan hoops could use a spark. What about Nebraska vs. Kansas State in football? And here's one writer's look at the season of QB play at Ohiop State. Get your Thursday Big ten headlines in this post.
Big Ten basketball fans got a chance to see several outstanding individual performances on Wednesday night. However, there were two individuals who stood out above the rest. [ MORE: Top highlights from Wednesday’s Big Ten basketball action ] Indiana’s Yogi Ferrell and Wisconsin’s Nigel Hayes both put up career-highs in points in their team’s respective games. Ferrell hit 12-of-18 shots on his way to a career-high 38 points in an impressive 90-65 win over IPFW. The Hoosiers’ senior point guard was 4-of-8 from 3-point range in his 112th career game at Indiana. Ferrell’s 38 points was just four shy of