NBA All-Star Weekend is upon us, and the BTN.com team thought it would be fun to choose Big Ten participants for the annual Saturday night events and the All-Star Game. See our picks for who would compete in a mythical Big Ten Skills Challenge, Three-Point Shootout, Slam Dunk Contest and the All-Star Game in this post.
There was a tripleheader of Big Ten hoops action on Saturday, highlighted by Purdue’s commanding 82-64 win over in-state rival Indiana. In other action, No. 16 Iowa dropped Penn State, 82-70, and Ohio State topped Illinois, 48-39. Catch up on all the scores, stats and video highlights in this post.
This week on “The Journey: Big Ten Basketball 2014,” we learn how and why Ohio State’s Shannon Scott and Sam Thompson traded places in the starting lineup and sparked the Buckeyes. Also, see why Chris Collins’ most important recruiting win at Northwestern so far was keeping senior Drew Crawford in Evanston. We also explore the special family connection between Michigan State’s Denzel Valentine and his brother Drew.
There is no greater asset to a team than a good homecourt advantage. And, there are several intimidating venues in the Big Ten. I polled seven writers who cover the league and asked them what they thought was the most intimidating Big Ten arena.
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It’s Friday, which means it’s time for Three-Pointers, a chance to take the temperature of the Big Ten in several different areas. It’s a good time to be John Beilein and Michigan. Conversely, it’s not such a good time to be Tom Crean and Indiana.
Something strange happened last night: There was no chaos in the Big Ten. No upsets. No unranked teams winning on the road vs. ranked teams. And, as you know, that’s not normal. So, instead of zaniness, we got a dose of predictable outcomes: Michigan State whipped Northwestern in East Lansing, and Wisconsin took care of business in the Kohl Center vs. Minnesota.