Behind Bryn Forbes' career-high 32 points, No. 1 Michigan State outlasted Oakland 99-93 in overtime on Tuesday night, the Spartans' first game since Denzel Valentine had minor knee surgery on Monday morning.
We had a loaded slate of men’s basketball games on Tuesday as seven Big Ten teams were in action. [ MORE: Catch up on Big Ten scores with our college basketball scoreboard ] Indiana got things started with an impressive 99-72 victory over Kennesaw St. on BTN. Michigan State followed with a 99-93 win over Oakland in overtime. With the victory, the Spartans improve to 13-0, which marks the best start in program history. Purdue topped Vanderbilt, 68-55, in the second game on BTN. In other action: Nebraska topped Prairie View A&M, 81-50, Iowa cruised by Tennessee Tech, 85-63, Ohio
Big Ten fans have been treated to some outstanding dunks during non-conference play. However, Vince Edwards’ dunk against Vanderbilt could very-well top the list. Trailing 13-10 midway though the first half, Edwards faked out his defender, drove to his right, and threw down a huge one-handed slam over Vanderbilt’s Josh Henderson. Check out the dunk at the top of this post. Mackey Arena absolutely erupted following the dunk from Edwards, which you can see in the video as well. Congrats, Mr. Edwards. You have officially earned the title of #BTNStandout!
It’s the final week of non-conference play. That’s right, on Tuesday, Dec. 29, the Big Ten conference season tips off. [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Power Rankings | Big Ten award winners | Big Ten standings | Big Ten stats | Big Ten scoreboard | Polls ] Before the games really start to count, and before you check out for the holiday break, it’s time to share my latest Big Ten Power Rankings, presented by ArcelorMittal. Editor’s note: All records are through Sunday, Dec. 20 action. See my latest list below: 1. Michigan State (12-0). Tom Izzo is still working
Alex Olah scored 21 points, Tre Demps added 17, and Northwestern pulled away from Sacred Heart 103-67 on Monday night for its eighth straight win.
No. 1 Michigan State will be without arguably the nation’s No. 1 player for the next two to three weeks. [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Power Rankings | Big Ten standings | Big Ten stats | Big Ten scoreboard | Polls ] Tom Izzo said Monday that Denzel Valentine had a piece of cartilage removed after an injury in practice Sunday. He calls it “very, very, very minor.” “There isn’t even a thought of lasting effects,” Izzo said. Valentine, who has registered a pair of triple-doubles this season, leads Michigan State in scoring (18.5), rebounds (8.3), assists (7.1) and steals
Big Ten preseason favorite Maryland is back in the top 5 of the latest AP and Coaches polls, released Monday. [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Power Rankings | Big Ten standings | Big Ten stats | Big Ten scoreboard | Polls ] The Terrapins come in at No. 4 in both polls, this after being No. 6 (AP) and No. 7 (Coaches) last week. Undefeated Michigan State (12-0), one win away from setting its best start in program history, remains No. 1 for the third consecutive week. Purdue, fresh off its first loss of the season, drops five spots in
The Big Ten released its latest Big Ten men's basketball honors Monday. Check out all of the award winners and watch select video highlights inside.
With Monmouth and its highly popular “Bench Mob” on the Big Ten schedule Sunday afternoon, we knew there would be plenty of bench celebrations on BTN. [ MORE: Track Samford at Nebraska | Watch the game on BTN2Go ] @MonmouthBench was up to the task in its win at 73-67 win Rutgers. In fact, check out some of its best celebrations in the Vine at the bottom of this post. What we did not expect was a well-executed choreographed celebration in the Samford-Nebraska game at Pinnacle Bank Arena. Channeling its inner-Monmouth, the Bulldogs pulled off the perfect celebration to a
By now, most every college basketball fan has heard about the Monmouth bench and its popular choreographed celebrations. [ MORE: AP: Monmouth holds off Rutgers | Relive the game on BTN2Go ] After all, @MonmouthBench has been featured on all of the highlight shows this season, and it even visited The Today Show on Saturday. Big Ten fans got a first-hand look at the “Bench Mob” during Sunday afternoon’s win at Rutgers, and it didn’t disappoint. Among the fun were Star Wars- and baseball-themed celebrations. There even was a holiday-inspired celebration. Watch our favorite celebrations in the video above and the