Football season has surpassed the midway point, meaning it’s only a matter of time before college basketball is part of our lives again. On Thursday, in fact, it’s Big Ten Basketball Media Day, the annual event that precedes the opening tip across the conference. With that in mind, it’s time to offer my predictions on statistical leaders and present my preseason All-Big Ten Teams.
A day ago, Brent Yarina released his Preseason Top 10 Player Rankings and Preview in preparation for Tuesday night’s Hoops Hysteria show. Today, it’s time for the preseason power rankings. Every week during the hoops season, Brent posts his latest rankings. As a reminder, the rankings are not meant to mimic the Big Ten standings. What fun would that be? They aren’t scientific, either. They’re simply Brent’s thoughts on where each Big Ten team stands at the end of each week. Agree? Disagree? Tweet @BTNBrentYarina. Watch Tom Izzo’s entertaining Midnight Madness entrance now and check out Brent’s rankings in this post.
On Tuesday night, Mike Hall and two-time Big Ten Player of the Year Jim Jackson brought you Big Ten Hoops Hysteria, spotlighting all the highlights from last weekend’s Midnight Madness events. We had highlights, interviews and behind-the-scenes looks from Indiana, Michigan State and Minnesota. With the season less than a month away, Brent Yarina decided to unveil his preseason Top 10 Big Ten Players and offer some 2011-12 predictions. Watch Jackson’s top three storylines for the season now and see Brent’s blog in this post.
At 10:30 p.m. ET Tuesday, Mike Hall and our expert analyst Jim Jackson bring you Big Ten Hoops Hysteria, spotlighting all the highlights from this past weekend’s Midnight Madness events at Indiana, Michigan State and Minnesota. We’ll show you the best from the dunk contests, scrimmages and let you hear all of our interviews with special guests. Plus, Jackson will give his take on the things to watch and the top storylines for the 2011-12 season. Watch our interview with Indiana’s highly touted freshman Cody Zeller now and check out all the Midnight Madness videos in this post.
Saturday night at Hoosier Hysteria, a concert broke out. No, Bloomington native and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer John Mellencamp didn’t put on an impromptu show. Instead, it was sophomore Victor Oladipo showing off his pipes. The high-flying guard performed Usher’s “U Got it Bad” to a pumped up Assembly Hall crowd. Watch the whole video and compare it to Usher’s original version in this post.
Tonight is Midnight Madness, and so now is as good of a time as any to have our award-winning The Journey begin rolling out some really cool promos. Follow the show producers’ Twitter account @BTNJourney. You can find these clips on the YouTube page for The Journey, too.
According to an Indiana press release, junior guard Maurice Creek underwent surgery Monday to repair a torn Achilles’ tendon he suffered away from the basketball court in his left leg. His status for the upcoming season has not been determined.