Frank Kaminsky clearly had a nice game last night, but where does the Wisconsin single-game record 43 points rank among the Big Ten’s other top single-game performances of the past five seasons? See where the Big Ten Geeks rank Kaminsky’s career night in this post. Honorable Mention: Frank Kaminsky, 11/19/2013 vs. North Dakota There are others that fit into this category. But this one happened last night, so I’ll give it a bit more attention here. Numbers: 43 points (19 shots), 6-6 from 3, in 28 minutes. Geek Numbers: 191.0 Offensive Rating, 28.0% Usage Why it Mattered: It doesn’t, really.
Indiana held serve against Michigan State to move into a tie with Michigan atop the Big Ten standings. Normally, I’d use this opportunity to point out that although Indiana won by 5, the outcome actually suggests that Michigan State is the better team. But I don’t think that’s true here, because Indiana was equal to or better than the Spartans in all but one category—three-point shooting. MSU made 11 of its 23 attempts from behind the three-point line, and I’ll go ahead and call that an aberration. While IU’s perimeter defense isn’t exactly a strength (teams are more than willing
At 10 p.m. ET tonight, “The Journey: Big Ten Basketball 2013” spotlights the Big Ten’s top point guards. The show airs immediately following the Wisconsin-Iowa game, and then airs again at 3 p.m. Sunday following the Indiana-Northwestern game and again at 8 p.m. Sunday. The point guards featured include Trey Burke, Aaron Craft, Tim Frazier and Andre Hollins. Read more about the show in this post. Here’s what you can expect on the show: We profile Michigan’s Trey Burke, who discusses how returning to school for his sophomore year has made him a better player. Also, we talk to Burke
Minnesota point guard Andre Hollins knows what’s at stake on Thursday night when No. 5 Michigan visits the Barn. The winner will remain on the heels of Big Ten front-runner Wisconsin. The loser will have two Big Ten losses, shrinking the margin for error as January is about to bleed into February. Each team is coming off a similar loss, with both rallying from big deficits only to come up short after a furious run (Minnesota at Indiana, and Michigan at Ohio State in what was the Wolverines’ first loss of the season). The matchup within the matchup that many
This weekend featured a lot of games where the home team came out of the gate strong, though there were some second half scares as well. Indiana ran all over Minnesota in the first half on Saturday, opening up a 23-point lead after the first 20 minutes. Team Two-Point Pct. Three-Point Pct. Turnover Pct. Points per Possession Indiana 66.7 63.6 12.5 1.63 Minnesota 53.8 38.5 37.5 0.91 Throw in the fact that the Hoosiers secured half of their (rare) misses, and this is about as close as you’ll find to offensive perfection. There was not a single statistical category in
In the opening game of the conference season, Minnesota held serve at home by pulling away from Michigan State in the final minutes. Over the last 10 minutes of the game, the Gophers outscored the Spartans 22-6, erasing a three-point lead by MSU. This was a game between two teams that play very similar styles. For the most part, neither squad is blessed with outside shooting, and they know it—only Purdue shoots fewer three-pointers than these teams. Instead, both squads rely heavily on getting second chance opportunities, and it showed on Monday. Michigan State grabbed 39 percent of its misses,
Indiana made a living at the foul line in a chippy 13-point win over visiting Illinois. For about 30 minutes, this was a tight, back-and-forth game, with six lead changes and 14 ties. Over the final 10 minutes, however, the Hoosiers took advantage of the foul-riddled Illini to pull away. Indiana not only got to the foul line at an astounding rate; it also shot incredibly well from there, going 35 of 42 (83 percent). Paired with the Hoosiers’ customary accuracy from the field and a low turnover rate, it powered Indiana to a scorching 1.26 points per possession, the