There were six Big Ten men’s basketball games on the docket Tuesday night. No. 13 Michigan State rallied past No. 4 Kansas, 79-73, behind Denzel Valentine’s triple-double (29 points, 12 rebounds, 12 assists) in the Champions Classic at the United Center The inaugural Gavitt Tipoff Games also got underway Tuesday, with Penn State defeating DePaul, No. 11 Villanova handling Nebraska, and No. 3 Maryland dropping Georgetown to give the Big Ten an early 2-1 advantage in the series that continues through Friday night. Catch up on all of the action below: PENN STATE 68, DEPAUL 62: BOX | PBP |
A pair of ranked Big Ten teams were in action Monday night, and both cruised to home victories. [ MORE: Get Jess Settles’ latest Big Ten Player Rankings ] No. 14 Indiana drilled Austin Peay, 102-76, behind Yogi Ferrell (22 points) and James Blackmon Jr. (20), while No. 24 Michigan made easy work of Elon, 88-68, thanks to Derrick Walton Jr.’s all-around game (24 points, six rebounds, seven assists) and Duncan Robinson’s hot shooting (6-of-6, including five triples). Tuesday night, the inaugural Gavitt Tipoff Games begin, starting at 5 p.m. ET. See the full schedule here. And track all of
Stop me if you’ve heard this before: Troy Williams turned heads with his play above the rim Monday night. The Indiana star forward hammered home a trio of dunks in Indiana’s easy 102-76 win over Austin Peay at Assembly Hall. Much to the delight of the Indiana faithful, Williams got fancy on a pair of the dunks, both times opting for a reverse jam. Watch both of the dunks in the video above. Williams did far more than just dunk, though, finishing with a strong all-around line of 15 points, five rebounds, five assists, one block and two steals. Get
The inaugural Gavitt Tipoff Games opens at 5 p.m. ET Tuesday, with Penn State hosting DePaul in the first of eight games across four nights. [ MORE: View the latest national polls | See Jess Settles’ player rankings ] The event, which pits the Big Ten vs. the BIG EAST and will span eight years, honors the late Dave Gavitt, a Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer who had a profound and lasting influence on the sport of basketball on the collegiate, professional and Olympic levels. A little more background on the new event: Each BIG EAST team will participate
One week is in the books, meaning it's time to take a look at my updated Big Ten Player Rankings. My top two players remain the same, however there's a bit of change among the rest of the top 10, including Illinois' Mike Thorne Jr. and Purdue's Caleb Swanigan debuting.
The Big Ten office released the 2015-16 season's first men's basketball award winners on Monday. See all of the first honorees below.
Purdue knocked down a school-record 18 three-pointers as they rolled over Vermont, 107-79, while Thad Matta recorded his 300th win at Ohio State as the Buckeyes handled Mt. St. Mary’s, 76-64. Later in the day Iowa broke the 100-point barrier for the fifth time under Fran McCaffery and beat Coppin State, 103-68. Get Sunday’s basketball scores and news on our college basketball scoreboards. Find selected video highlights in this post as well as on our YouTube page. Dakota Mathias scored 17 points and Isaac Haas added 16 in Purdue’s win. Purdue’s 18 3-pointers is a school record and tops the 16 the Boilermakers
The upsets we saw in the first day of the college basketball season rivals that of the last two NCAA tournaments combined. Many coaches and players are already getting back to work in hopes of fixing correctable errors and restoring confidence as the college basketball season is a marathon, not a sprint. On Friday night, I got to call the Wisconsin-Western Illinois game and walked away with a few thoughts for the Badgers and a little perspective for The Grateful Red. In the broadcast, we talked a bit about the youth and what was lost to the NBA from last
Wisconsin basketball fans were treated to a very special moment prior to the Badgers’ season opener on Friday night. [ MORE: Check out our Big Ten men’s basketball scoreboard ] The 2014-15 Wisconsin men’s basketball team was honored as the Final Four banner was lifted into the Kohl Center rafters. Several young Wisconsin fans delivered the banner to center court as last year’s team members joined them for the presentation. We were able to get it all on camera. Check it out in the video at the top of this post. Great moment!
Michigan’s Aubrey Dawkins kicked off the 2015-16 Big Ten basketball season with a bang! [ MORE: Check out our Big Ten men’s basketball scoreboard ] The Wolverines’ talented sophomore guard put on a dunk show in Michigan’s 69-41 victory over Northern Michigan on Friday night. The first must-see slam came midway through the first half, as Dawkins charged the basket and threw down a thunderous one-handed put-back dunk. Check it out here. But Dawkins wasn’t done there. Early on in the second half, Caris LeVert found a cutting Dawkins for a nice two-handed flush. Oh wait, there’s more! With just