Penn State celebrated an early senior night (the Nittany Lions still have another home game remaining, but I guess they didn’t like their chances against Wisconsin) by rallying from an 11-point first half deficit to take down Ohio State. PSU got a big game out of junior guard D.J. Newbill (23 points, 9 shots), who had a better game than LaQuinton Ross (19 points, 12 shots). I mention those two because, outside of them, there was not a lot of offense. Tim Frazier had 16 points, but it took 12 shots to get there and it came with 6 turnovers.
First, a recap of the weekend’s games. But jump to the end for our take on the Big Ten’s best defensive players so far this season. Or as I’ve come to know it—Our Annual Solicitation of Hate Mail from Buckeye Fans. Let’s start things off with Michigan, shall we? The Wolverines took firm control of the conference race by completing their sweep of the in-state rival Spartans. The Wolverine offense—and Nik Stauskas in particular—could not be stopped in the second half. What has to make this loss burn even more is just how well Michigan State played at the other
If you’re a sucker for those Make A Wish features – who isn’t, really? – you’ll love this piece on how the Ohio State basketball team helped make a young leukemia survivor’s dream come true. Prior to Ohio State’s game vs. Minnesota on Saturday, the Buckeyes hosted A.J., a young Aaron Craft fan from Orlando. A.J. spent shootaround with his hero and the Buckeyes. VIDEO: Young leukemia survivor wants to meet Aaron Craft, & Make A Wish & @OhioStateHoops make it happen. WATCH – http://t.co/ICJNi15TAv — Ohio State on BTN (@BTN_Ohio_State) February 22, 2014 About Brent Yarina BTN.com web editor
It’s a shame Michigan and Ohio State are guaranteed to meet just once on the hardwood this season. That one time is tonight, as No. 22 Ohio State hosts No. 15 Michigan at 9 p.m. ET. It’s a huge game, both in terms of the rivalry and the Big Ten title race. Our guys offer their game analysis in this post. [ MORE: AP: Michigan at Ohio State preview ] Will Nik Stauskas bust out of his slump? Tom Dienhart: No. Ohio State’s defense will clamp down on him. And I have to think Stauskas’ confidence is wavering a bit,
The Big Ten office released its weekly Big Ten Men’s Basketball Players of the Week on Monday, and Ohio State’s Aaron Craft (Player of the Week) and Wisconsin’s Nigel Hayes (Freshman of the Week) took home the latest hardware. Read more about both players in this post. [ MORE: Get Tom Dienhart’s weekly preview | See Stephen Bardo’s Power Rankings ] Player of the Week: Aaron Craft, Ohio State, G – Sr. – 6-2 Averaged 12.0 points, 5.0 assists, 4.5 steals and 3.0 rebounds per game in leading -/#25 Ohio State to a pair of Big Ten wins over #17/15
Watch a conference enough, and you can’t help but notice that every team has a common theme that gets mentioned in every broadcast. Chances are, you know your team’s topic of conversation. But what about the rest of the Big Ten teams? Here’s my recurring subject for every Big Ten team. Illinois. Bruce Weber didn’t recruit Champaign native Rayvonte Rice. Indiana. Yogi Ferrell has a new role now that Victor Oladipo and Cody Zeller are in the NBA. Iowa. Depth! Michigan. Tie: Nik Stauskas isn’t just a shooter. And, the Wolverines are without preseason All-America Mitch McGary. Michigan State. Injuries!
This week on “The Journey: Big Ten Basketball 2014” we see why the Michigan-Michigan State game took on a special meaning for longtime friends Gary Harris of the Spartans and Zak Irvin of the Wolverines. The new episode debuts Saturday at 9:30 p.m. ET right after the Iowa-Illinois game on BTN/BTN2Go (full schedule here). Also this week, learn how Ohio State guard Aaron Craft and his sister Cait help each other in the game of basketball. Plus, find out how Aaron White, lightly recruited out of high school, has helped put Iowa basketball back on the national map. We’ll also
We don’t think this is quite what Michael Jordan had in mind when he popularized sticking out his tongue on the basketball court. Either way, how great is this shot of Nebraska’s Shavon Shields and Ohio State’s Aaron Craft? Classic, right?
Toughness. It’s needed in any sport to be successful. And there are many definitions of toughness, which is displayed in various ways. Show me a successful team—and I’ll show you a tough team. Knowing that, I asked some writers who cover Big Ten hoops teams who they felt is the “toughest” player in the conference. [ MORE: Ups and Downs: Reviewing and Previewing Hoops ] Mark Snyder, Detroit Free Press: Aaron Craft. Whether by design or accident, he takes more bumps than a pinball — at both ends. Seth Gruen, Chicago Sun-Times: Keith Appling. Smallest guy on the floor and
If you’re on Twitter, you can vote in our ongoing series of Big Ten Twitter polls for our weekday TV show #BTNLive weekdays at 6 p.m. ET. On tonight’s #BTNLive show, our experts discuss this question: Who is the mid-season Big Ten Men’s Basketball MVP? Our candidates for this poll: Keith Appling (#BTNAppling), Sam Dekker (#BTNDekker), Roy Devyn Marble (#BTNMarble), Nik Stauskas (#BTNStauskas), or Aaron Craft (#BTNCraft). Select your choice below and tweet out your vote. We’ll be tabulating the hashtag totals all day and throughout the show. The hashtags are: Keith Appling – #BTNAppling – see his stats Sam Dekker