The annual Big Ten/ACC Challenge tipped off Monday night, with Rutgers and Minnesota hosting ACC counterparts. [ MORE: Power Rankings | Player Rankings | Polls | Standings | Stats | Scoreboard ] Wake Forest rallied to nip Rutgers, 69-68, in the opening game, while Minnesota got the Big Ten on the board with an 89-83 victory over Clemson. The Challenge ledger entering Tuesday night’s slate of six games sits at 1-1. Here is Tuesday’s schedule: Michigan at North Carolina State; Northwestern at Virginia Tech; Virginia at Ohio State; Miami (FL) at Nebraska; Purdue at Pittsburgh; Maryland at North Carolina. View
Indiana was in action Monday night, meaning Troy Williams was flying through the air with regularity. [ MORE: View Monday night’s Big Ten basketball scoreboard ] The athletic forward soared for dunks, rebounds and blocks in a 112-70 win vs. overmatched Alcorn State at Assembly Hall. The biggest highlight, it being Williams and all, was his first dunk of the night. It came on a perfect pass from point guard Yogi Ferrell, and the alley-oop brought the Indiana faithful to its feet. Williams provided the highlights, but it was James Blackmon Jr.’s career-high 33 points that fueled the Hoosiers to
There are two new Big Ten names appearing on my latest Big Ten Player Rankings. One was on my preseason list (Illinois’ Malcolm Hill), while the other is making his debut (Maryland’s Robert Carter Jr.). [ MORE: Power Rankings | Polls | Standings | Stats | Scoreboard ] The top four remains the same this week, with Michigan State do-it-all star Denzel Valentine coming in at No. 1 for the second consecutive week. See my full latest list below: 1. Denzel Valentine, Michigan State. The Denzel Valentine show hit the West Coast this week for the Wooden Legacy, and those
That didn’t take long! There’s a new team atop my latest Big Ten Power Rankings, presented by ArcelorMittal, and it’s impressive Michigan State. [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Polls | Standings | Stats | Scoreboard ] The Spartans (7-0) replace Maryland, undefeated itself, atop this week’s list because, well, no one is playing better than Denzel Valentine’s team. Don’t worry, Terrapins fans, your team is still among the nation’s best. Editor’s note: Team records are through Sunday, Nov. 29 action. See my full latest list below: 1. Michigan State (7-0). The Spartans are playing the best basketball in the country. Denzel
Over the past few years, the style of play and “entertainment value” of college basketball has been under attack. Most of the individuals who took issue with the occasional lack of scoring and slow pace don’t even coach or play the game. Even UConn women’s coach Geno Auriemma voiced his displeasure, calling the men’s college game, “boring.” Truthfully, his opinion on the men’s game doesn’t matter, but numerous rule changes to (ideally) free up the game and make it more entertaining and fair were implemented this season. [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Power Rankings | Polls | Standings | Stats
The Big Ten office released its weekly Big Ten men's basketball honors on Monday, and freshly minted John Wooden Legacy champ Michigan State swept the laurels.
Bryn Forbes scored 18 points to lead Michigan State past Providence, 77-64, in the Wooden Legacy final Sunday night.
Basketball enthusiasts and hoops junkies like myself will get a chance to see two great college basketball players face off in the Wooden Legacy Tournament final at 10 p.m. ET tonight. Michigan State’s Denzel Valentine and Providence’s Kris Dunn are two of the nations best playmakers and scorers, and they alone are worth the price of admission. [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Big Ten standings | Big Ten stats | Polls ] Valentine enters the title game averaging nearly a triple-double, checking in with averages of 20.3 points, 9.3 rebounds and 9.2 assists through the first six games. If he
Thanksgiving is just hours away. Before you start thinking about the turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and all of the other Thanksgiving staples, I wanted to share some of my latest Big Ten observations.
Big Ten fans were treated to six men’s basketball games on Tuesday. [ MORE: Check out our Big Ten men’s basketball scoreboard ] Indiana kicked off the day with an impressive 83-73 win over St. Johns. Northwestern also impressed with a 67-62 victory over Missouri, while Nebraska cruised by UAPB, 67-44. No. 2-ranked Maryland finished a jam-packed night of Big Ten basketball by blasting Illinois State, 77-66. In other Big Ten men’s hoops action, Penn State lost to Radford, 86-74, while Ohio State fell to Louisiana Tech, 82-74. With two games on BTN, and another one on BTN Plus, we