Ever wonder what it’s like to be inside the locker room with Tom Izzo at the half? The legendary Michigan State coach gave BTN an all-access pass Wednesday night, and it didn’t disappoint. Watch Izzo, he of six Final Four appearances and seven Big Ten titles, address his team in this video.
No. 19 Michigan State held Arkansas-Pine Bluff scoreless for almost 10 minutes and went on to win 76-44 on Wednesday night. Garry Harris scored 13 points, Travis Trice had 12 and Branden Dawson added 10 for the Spartans (7-2).
Tyreek Duren scored a career-high 29 points as La Salle beat Penn State 82-57 Wednesday night for the Explorers’ fourth straight victory. The win moved La Salle to 5-1 this season, its best start since 2005-06, when the Explorers began the season 7-0.
The Ohio State basketball teams will have a late present waiting for them when they return to the hardwood following the winter holiday. According to The Columbus Dispatch’s Bob Baptist, Value City Arena is getting a new floor that will be ready after Christmas. The design rivals that of Illinois’, particularly the school logo at midcourt superimposed over an outline of the state of Ohio.
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It’s been a bit of a quiet week for Big Ten basketball, with most teams facing tune-up games against over-matched opponents. Let’s take a quick look at the games that weren’t complete blowouts.
Trey Burke had 20 points and seven assists, and No. 3 Michigan eased past Western Michigan for a 73-41 victory Tuesday night. The Wolverines (8-0) had actually lost their previous two games against the Broncos, but that was more than a decade ago.
Brandon Paul scored 14 points and No. 13 Illinois earned a 72-64 win over Western Carolina on Tuesday. Western Carolina tied the game at 54-54 with 6:15 left. Illinois guard D.J. Richardson hit 3-pointers on back-to-back possessions for a 62-56 lead. Richardson finished with 13 points.