There were three Big Ten men's basketball games on Tuesday night, highlighted by two contests on BTN.
Indiana guard James Blackmon Jr., the team's second-leading scorer, is out indefinitely with a right knee injury.
Yes, it’s only early January, but it’s never too soon to check in on the mock brackets by Jerry Palm of CBSSports.com and Joe Lunardi of ESPN. [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Power Rankings | Player Rankings | Best of week that was | Win trip for two to the Big Ten tourney | Polls | Standings | Stats | Scores ] As of now, Palm and Lunardi have five and six Big Ten teams in the Big Dance, respectively. JERRY PALM No. 1 Michigan State vs. play-in team in East No. 2 Maryland vs. No. 15 Idaho in Midwest
Conference action is gaining steam with one week in the books, as teams look to make early statements. No squad has spoken louder than Iowa, which has knocked off No. 1 Michigan State and No. 14 Purdue. Will any team make a move this week? [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Power Rankings | Player Rankings | Best of week that was | Win trip for two to the Big Ten tourney | Polls | Standings | Stats | Scores ] Here is a look at the week ahead. Game of the week: Maryland at Wisconsin, Saturday. These aren’t the Badgers
For the second consecutive week, Maryland sits atop my Big Ten Power Rankings, presented by ArcelorMittal. The Terrapins edged Penn State in their Big Ten opener and cruised to victory at Northwestern to improve to 13-1.
With the stat-stuffing games that dominate the nonconference season now history, it's a lot easier to assemble a weekly Big Ten Player Rankings. The first week of conference play featured no shortage of impressive individual performances.
The Big Ten released its weekly men’s basketball honors Monday, and Maryland freshman Diamond Stone swept the honors. [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Power Rankings | Player Rankings | Best of week that was | Win trip for two to the Big Ten tourney | Polls | Standings | Stats | Scores ] Player and Freshman of the Week: Diamond Stone, Maryland, C – 6-11 – Fr. – Milwaukee, Wis. – Dominican Averaged 24.5 points, 7.5 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game in leading the Terrapins to wins over Penn State and Northwestern For the week, shot 73.7 percent (14-of-19)
On Monday, the 14 Big Ten coaches held a teleconference with reporters from around the country. We posted the audio for each coach on the call here, so jump in and take a listen.
The lid has been taken off Big Ten play, and five schools are off to 2-0 starts. Two of them aren’t a shock, as Maryland and Indiana are out of the gates quickly. But it’s a surprise to see Michigan, Ohio State and Iowa also 2-0 in Big Ten action.
The Illinois-Ohio State men’s basketball game Sunday night featured an exciting finish. The teams traded baskets down the stretch, and the game wasn’t decided until the final shot. Trailing 74-73 after a Malcolm Hill 3-pointer with three seconds left, Illinois fouled Marc Loving, who hit the first free throw and missed the second. Hill grabbed the missed free throw, took a few dribbles and heaved a potential game-winner from the other side of the court. The shot looked like it was on line, but it went to the left the rim, meaning Ohio State survived, 75-73, and moved to 2-0