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
This weekend, Ohio State and Michigan will meet on the football field in one of the most storied rivalries in all of sports. However, in order to grab a spot in the Big Ten title game, the winner of that game will need some help. To have a chance at playing in the conference title game, Ohio State and Michigan need Michigan State to lose to Penn State on Saturday. If the Nittany Lions were to pull off an upset over the Spartans, then the winner of the Ohio State vs. Michigan game would represent the Big Ten in the
Jalen Coleman-Lands sank a 3-pointer from the corner at the buzzer, allowing Illinois to escape with an 82-79 victory over Chicago State Monday night.
Javon Bess scored nine of his 13 points in the first half and matched a season high with six rebounds to help No. 3 Michigan State pull away to beat Eastern Michigan 89-65 Monday night.
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