Everything went Ohio State’s way in Tuesday night’s 85-63 win over No. 4 Duke in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge (recap). At one point even, point guard Aaron Craft attempted to pass to Jared Sullinger through an opponent’s legs, only to have it deflect off Miles Plumlee’s leg and go right to himself in rhythm for a layup. If you didn’t watch it closely, it almost looked like Craft went five-hole to set himself up for the easy bucket. Either way, it was a great play on a night where it was all Buckeyes.
Seeking its third consecutive win in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge, the Big Ten jumped out to a 4-2 lead in the annual series Tuesday night. No.2 Ohio State blasted No. 4 Duke (recap), Northwestern beat Georgia Tech (recap), Illinois topped Maryland (recap) and Purdue put away Miami (recap), while Michigan fell at Virginia (recap) and Iowa was no match for Clemson (recap). Catch up on all the action and stats on our Big Ten scoreboard.
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Like we do every year, us Geeks took to an email exchange to get our season previews in order. What you see below is that exchange, followed by our predicted order of finish.
The Big Ten/ACC Challenge tips off in a matter of hours. With that being the case, coupled with the fact Trevor Mbakwe has been lost for the season, BTN.com web editor Brent Yarina thought it was time to release his latest Big Ten Player Rankings. See Brent’s top 10 list in this post. Agree? Disagree? Tweet @BTNBrentYarina.
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At this point, any discussion of Minnesota’s 86-70 loss to mid-major Dayton is academic. Generally, this is the sort of non-conference loss that really comes back to bite an at-large hopeful. Theoretically, I’d talk about how the Flyers appear to be an also-ran in the Atlantic 10, but could end up knocking on the Selection Committee’s door in a few months, vying for consideration among the 68 teams. Hypothetically, I’d point out that, although it should count as just another game, it’s going to be hard for said Committee to give only that amount of weight to the fact that Dayton simply blew the doors off when the two teams matched up in November.
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It’s Monday, and there are no Big Ten men’s hoops games for the first time since Nov. 10. That means it’s the perfect time to release my latest power rankings. The rankings are not meant to mimic the Big Ten standings. What fun would that be? They aren’t scientific, either. They’re simply my thoughts on where each Big Ten team stands at that time. Agree? Disagree? Tweet @BTNBrentYarina.
(GopherSports.com) University of Minnesota Medical Director Dr. Brad Nelson confirmed Monday that senior forward Trevor Mbakwe suffered an ACL tear to his right knee. Mbakwe will be lost for the remainder of the season. Surgery to repair the injury will be scheduled in the upcoming weeks.
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