We are now past the halfway point in conference play, and we have certainly learned a lot. There is still plenty of basketball to be played, but it’s time to start to identify the teams that are maintaining a high level of play and/or trending upward at the moment. [ MORE: Power Rankings | Player Rankings | Game Rankings | Bracketology | Big Ten weekly honors (Feb. 8) | Polls | Standings | Stats | Scoreboard | Win a trip to B1G tourney ] The parity in college basketball and in the Big Ten in particular makes these rankings a
Maryland men’s basketball lands at No. 2 in the AP Top 25 poll and Iowa follows up at No 4 in the latest AP Top 25 poll. Also Monday, Maryland is at No. 2 in The USA Today Coaches Poll, while Iowa received three first-place votes and landed at No. 5 overall. [ MORE: Power Rankings | Player Rankings | Bracketology | Big Ten weekly honors (Feb. 8) | Polls | Standings | Stats | Scoreboard | Win a trip to B1G tourney ] Maryland received 13 No. 1 votes in the AP poll and moved up two spots from No
The second half of conference play rolls on. It’s Monday, and that means it’s time to unveil my latest Big Ten Player Rankings. [ MORE: Power Rankings | Player Rankings | Game Rankings | Bracketology | Big Ten weekly honors (Feb. 8) | Polls | Standings | Stats | Scoreboard | Win a trip to B1G tourney ] There isn’t much movement this week, with Robert Carter Jr.’s jump from No. 9 to No. 7 marking the biggest change. See my latest list below. 1. Jarrod Uthoff, Iowa. Is anyone in the country playing better at both ends than Uthoff?
The Big Ten office released its latest weekly Big Ten men’s basketball honors Monday. See all of the latest honors and watch select video highlight below. [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Power Rankings | Player Rankings | Best of week that was | Scoreboard | Standings | Stats | Polls | Win a trip for two to the Big Ten tourney ] See all of the latest honorees below. Player of the Week: Denzel Valentine, Michigan State, G – 6-5 – Sr. – Lansing, Mich. – Sexton Posted a near triple-double with 21 points, nine rebounds and eight assists
Now that the Super Bowl is over, college basketball season officially has begun. Of course, I jest. But, no doubt, the second half of the season is gaining steam. This week’s slate has some key games that will shape the conference race. It’s a huge week for Indiana. [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Best of week that was | Scoreboard | Standings | Stats | Polls | Win a trip for 2 to B1G tourney | Early look at B1G tourney bracket ] Game of the week: Iowa at Indiana, Thursday. It won’t get much better than this, as two Big
It was a tough weekend for Indiana. First, the Hoosiers got dumped at Penn State on Saturday, with Iowa and Michigan State on deck. Then, IU sees Bob Knight speak at a Purdue function in Indianapolis after not attending the Hoosiers’ celebration of their 1976 team. It was weird to see this story unfold, as Knight even wore what looked like a gold sweater while feting Gene Keady. *** Yes, Iowa is playing well. But so is Indiana—before the PSU loss. And the big reason for the Hoosiers’ push up the standings is defense. Yogi Ferrell, however, is the straw
The 2016 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament is set to tip off March 9 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. [ MORE: View official tourney bracket | Check out latest B1G standings ] A month out, we decided it was a good time to start providing a weekly look at what the tournament would look like if the season ended today. No. 5 Iowa closed the latest week of conference play with a 77-65 win at Illinois on Sunday afternoon; with the win, coupled with Penn State’s upset of Indiana on Saturday night, the Hawkeyes (10-1) are in sole possession
Make no mistake, Illinois is struggling on the hardwood. The women’s team is 1-11 and in last place, while the men’s team is 3-8 and ahead of only winless Minnesota and Rutgers. [ MORE: Big Ten standings (Men) | Big Ten standings (Women) ] Illinois men’s basketball great and 2005 Big Ten Player of the Year Dee Brown is aware of the struggles, and the special assistant to the director of athletics doesn’t want “Illini Nation” to give up on the programs in the wake of another pair of disappointing seasons. So much so that Brown recently penned a letter
This week provided some clarity, with Maryland and Iowa asserting their muscle. Meanwhile, Indiana, Michigan and Purdue all took steps back, with the Wolverines suffering the biggest setback. [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Scoreboard | Standings | Stats | Polls | Win a trip for two to the Big Ten tourney ] Here is a look at the week that was. B1G’s BEST Best stat line: Corey Sanders had career highs of 39 points, 12 assists and eight rebounds in Rutgers’ triple-overtime loss vs. Illinois on Wednesday night. Sanders’ scoring total was the most ever by a Rutgers’ freshman, breaking the
Just over three minutes into the second half, Iowa's Peter Jok stole the ball from Illinois guard Khalid Lewis and glided to the other end of the court for a two-handed dunk.