CHICAGO — Thad Matta and Ohio State threw everything they had at North Carolina on Saturday afternoon in the CBS Sports Classic at the United Center. [ MORE: Buckeyes talk unique CBS Sports Classic court design ] A zone defense, a man-to-man defense, even a full-court press, but nothing seemed to work in the 82-74 loss. The 24th-ranked Tar Heels dominated the 12th-ranked Buckeyes down low, to the tune of a 34-20 advantage in paint scoring and a plus-13 rebounding margin. At 9-2, and with both losses against the only two ranked teams they’ve faced (lost at Louisville in ACC/Big
Illinois gets to retain Braggin’ Rights for the second consecutive season, and they have Rayvonte Rice to thank. The star senior hit a ridiculous buzzer-beating fadeaway triple to send the Illini to an exciting 62-59 victory over border rival Missouri on Saturday afternoon in St. Louis. A season ago, Illinois carded an equally exciting 65-64 win over the Tigers. Here’s a nice look at the victory celebrations the last two years. This time, it was all about Rice, who finished with 19 points and also had a key offensive rebound down the stretch. Here’s a great look at the game-winning
It was a rough day for Big Ten men's basketball teams. The conference went 4-6 on Saturday, as Illinois edged Missouri, 62-59, at the buzzer to earn Braggin' Rights, while Indiana took down No. 23 Butler in the Crossroads Classic to highlight the day's busy slate. Catch up on all the action inside!
Four of the nation’s top men’s basketball programs are in Chicago on Saturday for the CBS Sports Classic. The event, which pit Ohio State vs. North Carolina and Kentucky vs. UCLA, was played on a head-turning and attention-grabbing court design at the United Center. What made the design so unique? Each team’s logo – a rather large version of it – was represented on the floor, accounting for nearly all of the space outside of the key to the sideline on both sides. What’s more, the second “S” in the CBS Sports Classic text under each basket extends onto the
Students at Big Ten universities aren’t waiting until they get out into the “real world” to make a difference. Find out how they’re working together to create positive, meaningful change in this BTN LiveBIG series: the Student Section. Before she even arrived at the University of Illinois, Hannah Taylor knew she wanted to be a member of Orange Krush. Although she didn’t fully understand what being part of the University of Illinois’ basketball cheering section entailed before she came to Champaign, Taylor sensed it would be a meaningful experience. And today, she couldn’t be happier with her decision to join
Minnesota's Charles Buggs threw down an incredible dunk in Minnesota's win over Seattle on Friday night. Check it out inside!
Carlos Morris scored a season-high 19 points and Minnesota romped past Seattle 92-57 Friday for its sixth straight victory. Catch up on all the action here!
BTN's basketball coverage boasts its most-ever original programming with the addition of A Taste of Coaching with Seth Davis. The six- episode series will debut Jan. 4.
There were four Big Ten basketball games on Wednesday. Catch up on all the action inside!
This week, our BTN hoops analyst gives his take on Penn State's surprising start, Nebraska's inconsistent play and Minnesota's big man Mo Walker.