It was a crazy day of Big Ten hoops Saturday, highlighted by a pair of exciting upsets. No. 15 Indiana knocked off No. 2 Ohio State (recap) and Iowa stunned No. 11 Wisconsin at the Kohl Center (recap). In other action, Purdue defeated Illinois (recap) and No. 17 Michigan State held off Nebraska (recap). Catch up on all the action on our Big Ten scoreboard and get recaps, video and stats in this post. We have the call from the final seconds of Indiana’s upset win ready for your viewing here.
There’s a reason Thad Matta says Sam Thompson may be the best athlete he’s ever coached. The freshman has unreal athleticism, and he showcased it in Saturday night’s contest at Indiana. On an inbound play, Thompson broke for the hoop, seemingly jumped out of the gym and completed the alley-oop with a vicious throwdown. You may not see a better dunk all season. Seriously. Check out the ridiculous slam now. Those replays are beautiful, aren’t they?
Indiana’s Victor Oladipo has made himself a regular on our latest feature, “Did You See This?” Well, the Indiana sophomore was at again in Indiana’s upset of No. 2 Ohio State on Saturday night (AP recap), tallying back-to-back steals that led to a pair of easy baskets, including a powerful dunk of his own on the second poach. Watch the terrific 20 seconds of game action from the Indiana sophomore right here. Think he enjoyed hanging on the rim there? We sure think so.
During Saturday afternoon’s Michigan State-Nebraska men’s hoops games, BTN cameras gave viewers a behind-the-scenes look at Nebraska’s new Hendricks Training Complex. The 84,000 square-foot facility is home to the men’s and women’s hoops teams and wrestling team, and it is remarkable. Watch our quick feature of the impressive complex that cost nearly $19 million now. It’s safe to say the Huskers are taking basketball, both men’s and women’s, very seriously after watching this piece.
The conference season is officially underway, as every B1G team has played a game (isn’t that 12-team balance nice?). Let’s take a look at the opening performances from Wednesday and Thursday.
Predictions. Everyone has them, and rarely do people prognosticate correctly. As the saying goes, that’s why they play the game. I’ve been burned with predictions several times, the most recent one coming when I said Illinois was for real and a Rose Bowl contender. We all know how that turned out! With the calendar flipping to 2012 Sunday, it’s time to offer up some more educated guesses, posted in a multiple choice test format to give it a different wrinkle. Feel free to post your answers or fill in your “other” selection in the comment box. The predictions are listed in chronological order and, just for clarity, many of the football ones take into account likely early NFL departures.
(AP) Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 26 points, and freshman Trey Burke added 13 points and seven assists to lead No. 18 Michigan over Penn State 71-53 on Thursday night in the Big Ten opener for both teams. Evan Smotrycz chipped in 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Wolverines (11-2, 1-0), who have won six straight since losing to Virginia in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. Michigan won its conference opener for the first time in coach John Beilein’s five seasons. Tim Frazier had 20 points and four assists for Penn State (8-6, 0-1). Read the full AP recap and see the box score.