Wednesday’s and Thursday’s games marked the end of non-conference play for many Big Ten members. With the holiday break looming, let’s run down who has been naughty and nice.
Everything Aaron Craft does, it seems, begins on the defensive end. The sophomore guard led the Big Ten in steals (2.9) entering Thursday night’s game against Miami (OH), and he only added to his total in the game on BTN. Early in the second half, Craft turned one of his latest steals into an impressive and-1 opportunity. Watch Craft get the steal, drive the floor and finish despite the contact now.
No. 2 Ohio State drilled Miami (OH) (recap) and No. 19 Michigan put away Bradley (recap) in a BTN doubleheader Thursday night. In other action, No. 20 Michigan State dropped pesky Lehigh (recap), No. 24 Illinois lost to Missouri (recap), Iowa topped Boise State (recap), Minnesota held off North Dakota State (recap), Northwestern fell at Creighton (recap) and No. 18 Indiana flattened UMBC (recap). Catch up on all the action on our Big Ten scoreboard and get stats, recaps and video in this post.
Night in and night out, Indiana’s Cody Zeller continues to dazzle and show why he was so highly recruited. The talented freshman entered Thursday night’s game against UMBC averaging 15.3 points, 7.4 rebounds 2.3 steals and 1.6 blocks per game. Those numbers may get better following Thursday’s action. One thing’s for sure: Zeller added two more highlight-reel plays to his first-year resume tape. Watch his powerful jam, set up by a terrific pass from Victor Oladipo, and see his breakaway jam in this post.
During halftime of Thursday’s Bradley-Michigan game on BTN, our cameras were given behind-the-scenes access to the Wolverines’ locker room. It wasn’t as jovial of a place as John Beilein would have like, as Bradley hit a buzzer-beating 3 to tie the score, but it’s great video nonetheless. Watch Beilein address his team and check out the entire halftime period in this video now. Also, you can watch assistant Bacari Alexander’s passionate pregame speech that focused on team unity in this post.
Just as we did during 2010-2011 hoops season, we’re archiving Gus Johnson’s greatest calls this season. Johnson is calling men’s basketball for BTN all winter long. We clip and post his best calls and archive them here during games, so bookmark the page and come back all season right up through the Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament. Right now you can watch Johnson’s best calls from Thursday’s Bradley-Michigan game, including one involving the opponent. See his other calls in this post.
(AP) Indiana forward Will Sheehey has injured his lower left leg and is listed as day-to-day. In a release issued late Wednesday night, the 17th-ranked Hoosiers said the injury occurred during practice earlier in the day. The sophomore forward has played a key role in Indiana’s resurgence. He is one of five Hoosiers scoring in double figures (10.7) and is the second-highest scoring non-starter in the Big Ten. Read the full AP story.