Hard to believe we only have a few more days of the Big Ten regular season. Next week, at this time, we’ll be getting ready for the opening games of the Big Ten tournament. There’s plenty of games to be played before that time, though. In this week’s Three Takes, I spotlight Aaron White’s terrific play, consider possible All-Big Ten teams and state the case for why teams should foul when leading by three points in the final seconds. See my latest Three Takes below. 1. Aaron’s “White Hot” Hawkeyes It was a tormenting bus ride from Chicago back to
The Big Ten office released its latest Big Ten Players of the Week on Monday. See the latest honorees in this post.
BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart caught up with Aaron White as Iowa prepares to play host to Ohio State on Saturday. Read the full Q&A in this post.
In many ways, Aaron White is the epitome of Iowa basketball, a try-hard guy who continues to emerge as one of the Big Ten’s most versatile and indispensable players largely because of hard work. Bottom line: White is a player any coach would love to have. His ability to impact the game on myriad levels is unique. It didn’t take White long to make an impact upon arriving in Iowa City in 2011-12, averaging 11.1 points and 5.7 rebounds with 14 starts. He moved into the starting lineup as a sophomore last season, upping his averages to 12.8 points and
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
The weekend is officially here. So that means it’s time for my weekly survey of seven Big Ten hoops writers. This week’s question: Who is the Big Ten’s most underrated player? Check out the responses. No consensus, but some interesting responses. [ MORE: Week in review: Contenders begin to pull away ] Graham Couch, Lansing State Journal: Aaron White, if he’s underrated anymore. You don’t hear his name with other stars, but he makes it go at Iowa. Nathan Baird, Lafayette Journal Courier: Austin Hollins isn’t even the highest-regarded Hollins on his own team, but he helps Minnesota in so
The Big Ten basketball season is approaching the midway point and the conference picture is beginning to take form. Michigan (5-0) and Michigan State (7-0) are the only remaining unbeaten teams in the Big Ten, while Iowa is close behind at 4-1 and climbing up the national rankings. So, we ask, who is the best team in the Big Ten at this point? I debated that question with BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart. [ MORE: Dienhart: Is Stauskas the Big Ten’s best shooter? ] Dienhart: It looks like a three-team race, with Michigan State, Michigan and Iowa a cut above
The easy narrative for Wisconsin’s win over Iowa is that Fran McCaffrey was hit with a double technical foul when his team held a 2-point lead, and that those four points gave Wisconsin the lead, the momentum, and the margin of victory. VIDEO: #Hawkeyes Fran McCaffery addresses ejection in postgame presser – http://t.co/AlHFDt79LY — Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) January 6, 2014 But is that true? Iowa held an 11-point lead at halftime, and up until the technical (which were assessed before Nigel Hayes could attempt his free throws on a foul called just prior), Wisconsin was closing fast. If we
This was a big weekend for the middle of the Big Ten. So far this season, there have been two teams that clearly look a cut above the rest—Ohio State and Wisconsin—and then there are a lot of teams that haven’t hit their upside. Many of those teams were tested this weekend, and every one of them failed. The action started on Friday, where Iowa established the theme of the weekend—get a lead, and blow it late. The Hawkeyes had a 10-point lead over a tough Cyclones team in the first half, but this was a back-and-forth affair in the
Indiana’s Yogi Ferrell and Will Sheehey, Iowa’s Aaron White and Michigan State’s Adreian Payne were named to the 2013 USA Basketball Men’s World University Games Team. The Big Ten quartet made the team after five days of training camp at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. [ USABasketball.com: Read the official release and view final roster ] The field started with 26 players on June 24 before the list was trimmed to 16 finalists. The 12-man roster was finalized Saturday. The 2013 World University Games (WUGs) will be played July 7-16 in Kazan, Russia. Will and Yogi