How good was Denzel Valentine’s triple-double vs. Kansas? So good, it played a big role in the Michigan State star winning Big Ten Player of the Week. [ MORE: Power Rankings | Player Rankings | Big Ten award winners | Polls | Standings | Stats | Scoreboard ] The historic performance also was enough to place Valentine atop my latest Big Ten Player Rankings. That’s right, Valentine, previously No. 2 on my list, has taken the top spot from Maryland’s Melo Trimble. Check out my latest Big Ten Player Rankings below: 1. Denzel Valentine, Michigan State. Valentine’s epic performance against
Maryland is still No. 1 this week, but there's a new No. 2. And that team is Michigan State, fresh off an impressive week that included a comeback victory over then-No. 4 Kansas.
Michigan State and Purdue made significant jumps in the latest AP and Coaches polls, released Monday. [ MORE: Power Rankings | Player Rankings | Big Ten award winners | Polls | Standings | Stats | Scoreboard ] The Spartans, who recorded a comeback victory over then-No. 4 Kansas last week in the Champions Classic, went from No. 13 in both polls to No. 3 (AP) and No. 4 (Coaches). The Boilermakers, fresh off their Hall of Fame Tip-Off tourney crown, rose eight spots (No. 23 to No. 15) in the Coaches Poll and five spots (No. 21 to No. 16)
The Big Ten office dished out its weekly Big Ten men's basketball award winners on Monday afternoon. See the honorees below.
Rapheal Davis scored 18 points to lead five players in double figures and No. 21 Purdue beat Florida 85-70 to win the Hall of Fame Tip-Off tournament.
Nebraska will debut a new adidas alternate uniform vs. Southeastern Louisiana at 7 p.m. ET tonight on BTN (watch on BTN2Go). The design is a nod to the past, bringing back the script “Huskers” and using the school’s scarlet and cream color scheme. Cream is almost always a nice touch on alternates, and this is no exception. Here’s to guessing a majority of Nebraska fans will like this alternate. Adidas revamped Nebraska’s uniforms this season, so the Huskers have debuted several designs to open the 2015-16 campaign.
There were three Big Ten men’s basketball teams in action on Saturday. [ MORE: Check out our Big Ten men’s basketball scoreboard ] Purdue kicked off the day with a commanding 61-39 win over Old Dominion behind 18 points and six rebounds from big man A.J. Hammons. In other Big Ten action, Rutgers got by Central Arkansas, 87-84, and Illinois fell to Chattanooga, 81-77. Here is a look at the top highlights from Saturday’s Big Ten men’s basketball action. Enjoy! Rutgers’ Corey Sanders throws down a huge one-handed flush Illinois’ Malcolm Hill with the steal and the dunk Rutgers’ Corey
The Big Ten took center stage in the college basketball world on Friday night. There were a total of eight games featuring Big Ten men’s basketball teams, highlighted by No. 3 Maryland’s 65-58 win over Rider. The conference went 4-4 overall on Friday as Michigan State cruised by Arkansas-Pine Bluff, 92-46, Minnesota topped Missouri State, 74-69, and Northwestern got the best of Columbia, 83-80. On the losing end, Wisconsin fell to Georgetown, 71-61, Penn State lost to Duquesne, 78-52, and Michigan fell short to Xavier, 86-70. Here is a look at the top highlights from Friday’s action. Maryland’s Diamond Stone
First impressions in the world of college basketball can often be deceiving, especially with questions surrounding the quality of many unknown non-conference opponents. Michigan State has certainly passed its first major test of the season, and that answered a lot of questions about Tom Izzo’s Spartans. Indiana continues to excite me with an upbeat style of play and a bright green light for anyone who can drain a 3-pointer. Then there is Wisconsin, who many already count out because of the opening day loss to Western Illinois. Here is my initial take on these three Big Ten programs and their
Big Ten fans were treated to three exciting men’s basketball games on Wednesday night. [ MORE: Check out Wednesday’s Big Ten men’s basketball scoreboard ] Purdue kicked off the action with an impressive 96-61 win over Incarnate Word, while Northwestern followed with a 79-72 victory over Fairfield. The inaugural Gavitt Tipoff Games continued Wednesday as Illinois lost a close one to Providence, 60-59. Here is a look at the top highlights from Wednesday’s Big Ten hoops action. Northwestern’s Joey van Zegeren throws down a huge put-back slam Purdue forward Vince Edwards takes it strong to the rack for the dunk