On a day where Northwestern’s John Shurna came within one 3-pointer of tying the Big Ten record (10), it was one of his buckets near the rim that everyone buzzing. With the game well in control in the final minutes, Shurna made a backdoor cut and hammered home an alley-oop pass from junior Drew Crawford. Shurna, a dunk contest winner during his high school career, exhibited his ups and hang time on this play, because Crawford’s pass was a little short, forcing him to readjust in midair before throwing it down. Watch it for yourself now.
Sunday featured a Big Ten men’s hoops doubleheader on BTN, and Big Ten teams cruised to victories in both contests. Penn State snapped a three-game skid with its victory over Mount St. Mary’s (box) in the first game and John Shurna drained nine 3-pointers to help Northwestern put away Eastern Illinois (recap) in the nightcap. Catch up on all the action on our Big Ten scoreboard and get final recap stories, video and stats in this post.
Have you seen the inside of the new Iowa basketball practice facility? In a world where you almost need the latest, greatest facilities to stay alive in the recruiting game, the Hawkeyes are more than doing their part. The $47-million facility looks terrific. Iowa SIDs gave BTN cameras access to the facility prior to Saturday night’s game against Drake. BTN color analyst Keno Davis, the son of legendary Dr. Tom Davis, was a fan, saying, “It’s great for the student-athletes at Iowa.” Watch the quick video tour now.
Michigan State freshman Travis Trice knows a golden opportunity when he sees one. In Saturday night’s game against Bowling Green at the Breslin Center, Trice proved exactly that when 5-foot-6 BGSU guard Jordon Crawford appeared to have an easy breakaway layup. Trice, of course, had other ideas. He trailed Crawford, closed the gap at the last second and emphatically swatted the would-be layup from behind. To make the play even better, BGSU grabbed the rebound, only to have the ensuing putback blocked by Brandon Wood. Typical Tom Izzo defense. Watch the block now.
It was a busy Saturday of Big Ten men’s hoops, with nine teams in action. The Big Ten went 7-2, headlined by No. 20 Indiana moving to 10-0 with a win over Notre Dame (recap). Also victorious, Iowa took down Drake (recap), Nebraska dropped Alcorn State (recap), No. 23 Michigan State topped Bowling Green (recap), Northwestern held off CCSU (recap), No. 18 Michigan blew away Alabama A&M (recap) and No. 2 Ohio State rallied past South Carolina (recap). On the losing end, No. 19 Illinois lost to UNLV (recap) and Purdue fell to Butler (recap). Catch up on all the action on our Big Ten scoreboard and get video and recaps in this post.
(AP) Ohio State forward Jared Sullinger left the game against South Carolina after getting kicked in the left foot Saturday. X-rays showed Sullinger did not have a fracture in the foot, but he did not return after heading to the locker room early in the first half. Sullinger limped to the locker room less than five minutes into the second-ranked Buckeyes game at the Colonial Life Arena.
Normally this space is reserved for agonizing over the numbers, details, and minutiae of the Big Ten. Today, I’m instead going to focus criticism on Shane Ryan’s criticism of Bo Ryan, Wisconsin, and slow basketball in general. I’ll leave it to John Gasaway to put to bed the ridiculous notion that pacing a basketball game at 60 possessions instead of 65 possessions means the demise of Dr. Naismith’s gift. Instead I’ll focus on Shane Ryan’s apparent insight into the workings of Bo Ryan’s mind (the Ryans are not related so I’ll henceforth refer to the coach as “Bo” to avoid confusion). Ryan’s telepathy informs us that Wisconsin plays slow in order to “neutralize talent.” Specifically, Bo wants to “limit opportunities” and avoid “a fair fight, because he knows he’d lose.”