This week BTN men's basketball analyst Jess Settles takes a closer look at the rolling Boilermakers, the rising players in the conference, and Northwestern's latest progress.
December is here, which means the college football season is coming to a close and basketball is in full swing. [ MORE: Track all of our 2015 Big Ten Championship coverage ] The Big Ten is set to crown a conference champion in football this weekend as Iowa takes on Michigan State in the fifth annual Big Ten title game. The winner of that game will likely punch their ticket to the College Football Playoff. In basketball, three Big Ten teams are ranked in the top 11 in the country, as two of them (Michigan State and Purdue) remain unbeaten.
Big Ten fans were treated to a loaded slate of games in the third and final night of the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. Michigan State kicked off the action with an impressive 71-67 win over Louisville, while Wisconsin notched a big victory as well, defeating Syracuse 66-58 in overtime. Iowa finished the evening with a thrilling 78-75 overtime win against Florida State, securing an 8-6 victory for the Big Ten in this year’s challenge. In other Big Ten action: Penn State topped Boston College, 67-58, Illinois fell to Notre Dame, 84-79, and Indiana lost to Duke, 94-74. Here is a look
The second night of the annual Big Ten/ACC Challenge took place on Tuesday, with six Big Ten teams in action. [ MORE: Power Rankings | Player Rankings | Polls | Standings | Stats | Scoreboard ] Michigan kicked off the night with an impressive 66-59 victory over NC State, while Northwestern followed with a thrilling 81-79 overtime win at Virginia Tech. No. 2 Maryland fell to No. 9 North Carolina in the premier matchup of the night, 89-81. In other Big Ten hoops action: Ohio State fell short to Virginia, 64-58, Nebraska lost an overtime thriller to Miami (FL), 77-72,
The annual Big Ten/ACC Challenge tipped off Monday night, with Rutgers and Minnesota hosting ACC counterparts. [ MORE: Power Rankings | Player Rankings | Polls | Standings | Stats | Scoreboard ] Wake Forest rallied to nip Rutgers, 69-68, in the opening game, while Minnesota got the Big Ten on the board with an 89-83 victory over Clemson. The Challenge ledger entering Tuesday night’s slate of six games sits at 1-1. Here is Tuesday’s schedule: Michigan at North Carolina State; Northwestern at Virginia Tech; Virginia at Ohio State; Miami (FL) at Nebraska; Purdue at Pittsburgh; Maryland at North Carolina. View
Indiana was in action Monday night, meaning Troy Williams was flying through the air with regularity. [ MORE: View Monday night’s Big Ten basketball scoreboard ] The athletic forward soared for dunks, rebounds and blocks in a 112-70 win vs. overmatched Alcorn State at Assembly Hall. The biggest highlight, it being Williams and all, was his first dunk of the night. It came on a perfect pass from point guard Yogi Ferrell, and the alley-oop brought the Indiana faithful to its feet. Williams provided the highlights, but it was James Blackmon Jr.’s career-high 33 points that fueled the Hoosiers to
There are two new Big Ten names appearing on my latest Big Ten Player Rankings. One was on my preseason list (Illinois’ Malcolm Hill), while the other is making his debut (Maryland’s Robert Carter Jr.). [ MORE: Power Rankings | Polls | Standings | Stats | Scoreboard ] The top four remains the same this week, with Michigan State do-it-all star Denzel Valentine coming in at No. 1 for the second consecutive week. See my full latest list below: 1. Denzel Valentine, Michigan State. The Denzel Valentine show hit the West Coast this week for the Wooden Legacy, and those
That didn’t take long! There’s a new team atop my latest Big Ten Power Rankings, presented by ArcelorMittal, and it’s impressive Michigan State. [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Polls | Standings | Stats | Scoreboard ] The Spartans (7-0) replace Maryland, undefeated itself, atop this week’s list because, well, no one is playing better than Denzel Valentine’s team. Don’t worry, Terrapins fans, your team is still among the nation’s best. Editor’s note: Team records are through Sunday, Nov. 29 action. See my full latest list below: 1. Michigan State (7-0). The Spartans are playing the best basketball in the country. Denzel
Over the past few years, the style of play and “entertainment value” of college basketball has been under attack. Most of the individuals who took issue with the occasional lack of scoring and slow pace don’t even coach or play the game. Even UConn women’s coach Geno Auriemma voiced his displeasure, calling the men’s college game, “boring.” Truthfully, his opinion on the men’s game doesn’t matter, but numerous rule changes to (ideally) free up the game and make it more entertaining and fair were implemented this season. [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Power Rankings | Polls | Standings | Stats
The Big Ten office released its weekly Big Ten men's basketball honors on Monday, and freshly minted John Wooden Legacy champ Michigan State swept the laurels.