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
All but one Big Ten team (Northwestern) has played multiple games through the first week-plus of the 2015-16 season. That's given me the chance to consider the entire Big Ten landscape and formulate several super-early opinions.
Michigan State senior Denzel Valentine is an outstanding talent. On Tuesday night, the college basketball world took notice. The Spartans’ senior star became the fourth player in MSU Basketball history to record a triple-double, recording 29 points, 12 rebounds and 12 assists while leading the Spartans to an impressive 79-73 win over Kansas in the State Farm Champions Classic at the United Center. Valentine was one of several stars in Tuesday night’s four-team classic, which saw No. 2 Kentucky run past No. 5 Duke, 74-63, in the opening game of the evening. Here is a look at the top moments
Denzel Valentine joined a rare group in No. 13 Michigan State’s 79-73 comeback win over No. 4 Kansas in the Champions Classic on Tuesday night. [ MORE: Get caught up on Tuesday night’s action and highlights ] The star senior did it all en route to becoming just the fourth player in Michigan State history to record a triple-double (29 points, 12 rebounds and 12 assists), joining Magic Johnson (8 times), Draymond Green (3) and Charlie Bell (1). “I’m proud of the assists,” Valentine said, in response to ESPN reporter Shannon Spake asking him about his favorite number of the
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.