As college basketball fans know well by now, Michigan State will play top-ranked North Carolina on the flight deck of the USS Carl Vinson on Friday night in the inaugural Carrier Classic. What college basketball fans may not know is that Michigan State will wear camo uniforms for the highly anticipated Veterans Day game. Watch the Big Ten Pulse’s interview with Michigan State’s Tom Izzo now and see the Spartans model the special uniforms in a MSUSpartanAthletics YouTube video in this post.
With the 2011-12 regular season nearly upon us, we here at Big Ten Geeks will be previewing all 12 conference members over the next couple weeks, in reverse order of expected finish. In other words, sorry Penn State fans; you’re up first.
Eight Big Ten men’s basketball players were named to the 2011-12 Naismith Trophy Preseason Watch List, released Monday. The candidates are the same as the ones that made the Wooden Award Watch List, minus Minnesota’s Trevor Mbakwe. See all the stars who made the cut for the award handed out annually to the men’s player of the year in this post.
Indiana rolled out the ball on Saturday and coasted to an easy 90-72 victory over the University of Indianapolis. Will Sheehey paced the Hoosiers with 18 points and freshman Cody Zeller added 16 points and eight rebounds. Watch now as former Hoosier and current Los Angeles Clipper Eric Gordon break down the game results. Read the full game recap from IUHoosiers.com.
Draymond Green scored 15 points and grabbed nine rebounds in Michigan State’s second exhibition game, an 80-58 win over Hillsdale Friday night. The balanced Spartans had eight players with at least seven points, with centers Adreian Payne and Derrick Nix and freshmen Travis Trice and Branden Dawson each scoring 10. Payne also had 10 rebounds, while Trice had six assists and no turnovers.
The University of Michigan men’s basketball team defeated Wayne State, 47-39, in an exhibition contest on Friday night at Crisler Arena. Sophomore guard Tim Hardaway Jr. led the scoring and rebounding for the Wolverines with 20 points and nine boards, while senior guard Zack Novak recorded 14 points and freshman guard Trey Burke tallied six points with four assists. Watch a wrap-up of the action from David Nows and Denny Blount.
One of our favorite things about The Journey is that we get a chance to introduce you to more than just the stars of the Big Ten Conference. For anyone that watched our senior night episode of The Journey: Big Ten Basketball 2010, this was an unforgettable moment. The story of Mark Titus remains a favorite for all of The Journey crew.