It’s time to release my latest Big Ten men’s hoops power rankings. The rankings are not meant to mimic the Big Ten standings. What fun would that be? They aren’t scientific, either. They’re simply my thoughts on where each Big Ten team stands at that time. Agree? Disagree? Tweet @BTNBrentYarina or leave your comments below.
The Big Ten Conference announced its latest Men’s Basketball Players of the Week for Nov. 28-Dec. 4. Three players were honored, including a player who has now been honored three times this season. See all the recipients in this post. Also, check out the women’s honorees.
Sometimes, it is how you lose. In the big picture, losing by 3 on Xavier’s home floor is no reason for Purdue fans to be upset. But that’s a tough sell in light of the fact that the Boilermakers enjoyed a 19-point lead with under 10 minutes to play. Matt Painter’s team dominated the first 30 minutes of the game on defense, forcing 20 turnovers. But over the final stretch, the Boilers forced two. Meanwhile, the Musketeers’ offense (especially Tu Holloway) came to life, and outscored Purdue 30-8 over the final quarter of the game. It should be noted that Robbie Hummel battled cramps throughout the game, and that certainly might have affected his performance down the stretch. But it’s no secret that Hummel isn’t the most durable player–even beyond his two ACL tears he’s missed games for smaller injuries. I don’t see why that would change this season, so Purdue should expect to be without its best player for at least stretches of games. What that means is that Matt Painter needs to find a second scorer to support Hummel while he’s healthy, and to lead the offense when he’s hurt.
There were five Big Ten men’s hoops games Sunday, including a doubleheader on BTN. No. 8 Baylor took down Northwestern (recap) in the first game and Mississippi nipped Penn State (recap) in the nightcap. In other action, Indiana thrashed Stetson (recap), Michigan State drilled Nebraska Omaha (recap) and Creighton topped Nebraska (recap). Get halftime and final recap stories from all the games in this post. Catch up on all the day’s action and stats on our Big Ten scoreboard and watch our video from Indiana’s victory over Stetson now.
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At halftime of Sunday’s game against Stetson at Assembly Hall, Indiana honored its 1987 national championship team. Star and Big Ten icon Steve Alford was there, as was Keith Smart, the man who hit the game-winning jumper against Syracuse to clinch the national title, among others. Watch now as the school introduced its popular champions to the Assembly Hall faithful Sunday night. And the current Hoosiers treated the 1987 team to an easy 84-50 win. Check out the AP story from the game.