Michigan and Michigan State had been immune to most of the zaniness that has come to define this Big Ten season. But all that ended on Sunday for the league’s first-place teams.
The Big Ten office released its latest Big Ten Men’s Basketball Players of the Week on Monday, and three players were honored. Nebraska’s Terran Petteway and Wisconsin’s Frank Kaminsky shared Player of the Week honors, while Wisconsin’s Nigel Hayes claimed Freshman of the Week.
Welcome to Upset Sunday! No. 21 Wisconsin took down No. 15 Michigan, 75-62, at the Crisler Center, Nebraska stunned No. 9 Michigan State, 60-51, at the Breslin Center, and Minnesota won, 54-48, at Northwestern. Catch up on all the action in this post.
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.