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For the second consecutive week, there’s a new team atop my Big Ten power rankings. This week, it’s Michigan, the team that held the top spot two weeks ago. See where your team lands on my latest list in this post. Don’t agree with the rankings? Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comment box at the bottom of the post. Or tweet it my way (@BTNBrentYarina).
Cody Zeller scored 21 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, and No. 2 Indiana beat Northwestern 67-59 on Sunday. Jordan Hulls added 15 points, Christian Watford 14, and the Hoosiers (16-2, 4-1 Big Ten) hung on after things got tense down the stretch.
Twenty years to the day of his death, Iowa honored former basketball player Chris Street at halftime of Saturday’s game against Wisconsin. Street died in a car accident on Jan. 19, 1993, during his junior season in Iowa City. On Saturday, the Hawkeyes welcomed back Street’s family, honored every Iowa Chris Street Award winner, first handed out in 1993, and aired a video montage of Street as a player and person. Watch the tribute now.
Aaron White scored 17 points and Iowa hung on to beat Wisconsin 70-66 on Saturday night, knocking the Badgers out of first place in the Big Ten. Devyn Marble added 13 for the Hawkeyes, which picked up their biggest win of the season on the 20th anniversary of the death of former player Chris Street.
Iowa didn’t only beat streaking Wisconsin on Saturday, it did so with some flair. The Hawkeyes have plays from Melsahn Basabe and Eric May to thank for that. Each player helped lift the roof off Carver-Hawkeye Arena with slams that should make all the highlight shows. Both dunks were nice, but they were even bigger because they came off great defensive plays. Which dunk was better? Watch both now and cast your vote in the poll inside.
Keith Appling made two free throws with 7.9 seconds left and finished with 15 points to help No. 18 Michigan State beat Ohio State 59-56 on Saturday night. The Buckeyes had a chance to potentially tie the game in the closing seconds, but Shannon Scott didn’t come close on a running 3-point attempt.
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Earlier this season, Indiana coach Tom Crean dropped a piece gum on the court and put it right back in his mouth (watch it here). To be fair, as Crean later tweeted, it was a fresh piece that he fumbled in the process of putting in his mouth. The five-second rule applies there. But what about a wet mouthpiece that rests on the floor for several seconds?