It was a tough weekend for Indiana. First, the Hoosiers got dumped at Penn State on Saturday, with Iowa and Michigan State on deck. Then, IU sees Bob Knight speak at a Purdue function in Indianapolis after not attending the Hoosiers’ celebration of their 1976 team. It was weird to see this story unfold, as Knight even wore what looked like a gold sweater while feting Gene Keady. *** Yes, Iowa is playing well. But so is Indiana—before the PSU loss. And the big reason for the Hoosiers’ push up the standings is defense. Yogi Ferrell, however, is the straw
The 2016 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament is set to tip off March 9 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. [ MORE: View official tourney bracket | Check out latest B1G standings ] A month out, we decided it was a good time to start providing a weekly look at what the tournament would look like if the season ended today. No. 5 Iowa closed the latest week of conference play with a 77-65 win at Illinois on Sunday afternoon; with the win, coupled with Penn State’s upset of Indiana on Saturday night, the Hawkeyes (10-1) are in sole possession
Make no mistake, Illinois is struggling on the hardwood. The women’s team is 1-11 and in last place, while the men’s team is 3-8 and ahead of only winless Minnesota and Rutgers. [ MORE: Big Ten standings (Men) | Big Ten standings (Women) ] Illinois men’s basketball great and 2005 Big Ten Player of the Year Dee Brown is aware of the struggles, and the special assistant to the director of athletics doesn’t want “Illini Nation” to give up on the programs in the wake of another pair of disappointing seasons. So much so that Brown recently penned a letter
This week provided some clarity, with Maryland and Iowa asserting their muscle. Meanwhile, Indiana, Michigan and Purdue all took steps back, with the Wolverines suffering the biggest setback. [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Scoreboard | Standings | Stats | Polls | Win a trip for two to the Big Ten tourney ] Here is a look at the week that was. B1G’s BEST Best stat line: Corey Sanders had career highs of 39 points, 12 assists and eight rebounds in Rutgers’ triple-overtime loss vs. Illinois on Wednesday night. Sanders’ scoring total was the most ever by a Rutgers’ freshman, breaking the
Just over three minutes into the second half, Iowa's Peter Jok stole the ball from Illinois guard Khalid Lewis and glided to the other end of the court for a two-handed dunk.
Four Big Ten games were on the schedule Saturday. Catch up on all of the day’s action on our Big Ten scoreboard. Penn State upset No. 22 Indiana, 68-63, on BTN. No. 10 Michigan State rolled rival Michigan, 89-73, behind Bryn Forbes’ career-high eight 3-pointers, Nebraska took care of Rutgers, 87-63, despite losing star Shavon Shields to injury, and No. 4 Maryland fended off No. 18 Purdue, 72-61, thanks to another balanced effort. Catch the latest episode of “The Journey: Big Ten Basketball 2016.” Watch preview clips here. Watch our favorite highlights of the day below.
Look around the Big Ten, and one would struggle to find a more improved player than Matt Costello. The Michigan State senior forward nearly is averaging a double-double (9.8 points & 8.3 rebounds) — he has four in Big Ten play and six on the season, if you were curious. No doubt, Costello is enjoying the new role and all of his success. A couple weeks ago, if you remember, Costello bear-hugged and twirled Tom Izzo after he was taken out of the game in the final seconds of a big victory vs. Maryland. Saturday, the Spartans’ double-double machine came
Shavon Shields took a hard fall and was carted off the court in the second half of Saturday afternoon’s 87-63 victory vs. Rutgers. The Nebraska star attempted to block D.J. Foreman’s shot in the paint with 8:49 left, but the Rutgers forward pump faked and Shields, already in the air, landed on his back. Shields spent several moments on the floor before being carted off on a stretcher. According to the school, Shields was “knocked out and unconscious for a while.” Trainer R.J. Pietig told Nebraska beat writer Brian Rosenthal that Shields has full movement in all extremities and was
It’s time for my latest “Three Takes,” and this week I’m offering my thoughts on Indiana’s 25-0 run to close the first half at Michigan, Illinois star Malcolm Hill and Rutgers true freshman Corey Sanders. Get my latest thoughts below. So, that Indiana run happened Indiana’s 25-0 run at Michigan to end the first half was an explosive outburst that only a few teams in the country are capable of pulling off. This is how the 19-4 Hoosiers can dominate when everyone is playing hard and smart together. Indiana trailed 15-4 early in the contest, and for a few minutes
As the Big Ten men’s basketball season rolls on, so does our weekly show “The Journey: Big Ten Basketball 2016.” At 10 p.m. ET tonight, after the No. 21 Indiana-Penn State game, our award-wining show spotlights personalities from four Big Ten schools. We’ll introduce you to Michigan strength and conditioning coach Jon Sanderson, who has made “Camp Sanderson” an off-season tradition. Also, learn why Andrew White III left Kansas for Nebraska, go behind the scenes with Penn State coach Pat Chambers, and see how Max Bielfeldt is flourishing at Indiana as a graduate transfer from Michigan. As usual, we’ll have