As a captain and guard on the Wolverines basketball team, David Merritt was the kind of selfless team player who helped others look good. And today, this 26-year-old University of Michigan alumnus is still helping others look good — and positively impacting young people’s lives in the process.
This week on the annual Senior Night episode of “The Journey: Big Ten Basketball 2016” we see how Iowa’s senior class of Jarrod Uthoff, Anthony Clemmons, Mike Gesell and Adam Woodbury put together a memorable final season. Plus, learn about Minnesota senior Joey King’s special friendship and watch Nebraska’s Shavon Shields make it back from injury for one more game.
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If the Boilermakers make a march to big things in coming weeks, Rapheal Davis will have played a big role.
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Melo Trimble and Jake Layman scored 18 points each, and No. 14 Maryland celebrated Senior Night with the team’s best game in weeks, an 81-55 rout of Illinois. Also, Northwestern spoiled Senior Night at Penn State and beat the Nittany Lions, 71-61.
Before the Penn State men’s basketball team took on Northwestern in the Nittany Lions’ last home game of the season, the program honored their seniors, which included Brandon Taylor, Jordan Dickerson, Devin Foster, and Donovan Jack. Watch the whole ceremony in the video in this post.
On Thursday night, the men’s basketball teams at Maryland celebrated their outgoing seniors in the latest round of Senior Night events. The Terrapins honored their seniors, including Jake Layman and Rasheed Sulaimon.
How rare are outright championships in Big Ten men’s basketball? Here is a look at the last time each men’s program won the Big Ten outright. The biggest surprises: Purdue hasn’t done it since 1996, Iowa since 1970 and Michigan State since 2009.