Since his 360 slam in mid-December, Rodney Williams has been uncharacteristically quiet on the jaw-dropping dunk front. He’s had his share of slams (watch in our Dunk Archive), but nothing to the level we’re accustom to. That changed Wednesday at Northwestern, when Williams was on the receiving end of a nice alley-oop. To be honest, the pass, from Joe Coleman, might have been as pretty as the dunk. Watch it now.
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Earlier this season, Indiana coach Tom Crean dropped a piece gum on the court and put it right back in his mouth (watch it here). To be fair, as Crean later tweeted, it was a fresh piece that he fumbled in the process of putting in his mouth. The five-second rule applies there. But what about a wet mouthpiece that rests on the floor for several seconds?
BTN analyst Tim Doyle has been repping Jared Berggren’s underrated athleticism for some time now. To be fair, it’s pretty easy to do so after the Wisconsin senior threw down the second dunk in this clip vs. Penn State.
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Heading into Wednesday night’s game at No. 13 Illinois, No. 10 Minnesota still had its doubters. This was, for the most part, the same team that missed the NCAA tournament last season. So, it was only normal that it would have naysayers despite a 14-1 record, the lone loss coming to No. 1 Duke abroad.
Last night, it was Sam Thompson putting A.J. Hammons on a poster (Watch it). Wednesday night, it was Brandon Paul doing it to Trevor Mbakwe. Paul’s posterizing flush was as impressive as any we’ve seen this year, but it also was a little controversial. The Illini senior was called for a charge on the play, and yet the bucket counted. Maybe because the dunk was just THAT good? Watch the slam now and see the Twitter reaction to it in this post.
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Sam Thompson is quickly becoming the media’s best friend. Pretty much every game, the Ohio State sophomore gives us something to talk about, something to watch over and over. And we all appreciate it. Of course, I’m referring to his unbelievable dunks.
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No. 2 Michigan came up with more than its share of highlights (watch all of them) during Sunday’s victory over Iowa. None, however, were bigger than Tim Hardaway Jr.‘s terrific one-handed slam. In transition, Hardaway Jr. outraced several Hawkeyes down the floor, took the pass from Trey Burke, and threw it down over Iowa’s Eric May. Watch the dunk here, and see some Twitter reaction in this post.
Minnesota senior MarQueis Gray will have no trouble remembering what he did on 12/12/12. The quarterback-turned-receiver-turned-quarterback-turned-receiver got married Wednesday. Gray tweeted a picture of the happy couple, with the message: “Thanks everyone for the best wishes!! From the newlywed couple @MissAlleyBehr and myself!!” See the picture in this post.
Minnesota’s Tubby Smith notched his 500th career coaching victory in Saturday night’s 71-57 win at Southern Cal. A 22-year coaching veteran, Smith’s also been the head man at Tulsa (79 wins), Georgia (45) and Kentucky (263), where he won the 1998 national title in his first season in Lexington. Smith is 113-65 in five-plus season in Minneapolis, and he owns a career 500-210 clip.
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Purdue made it official Wednesday night, introducing Kent State’s Darrell Hazell as its new head football coach. A former Ohio State assistant, Hazell replaces Danny Hope, who was fired last month after four seasons. As previously reported, Hazell will coach Kent State in its bowl game Jan. 6, 2013, and come to West Lafayette for good the following day. Check out some of the tweets on Hazell in this post.
Yahoo! Sports writer and “Big Ten Football & Beyond” correspondent Pat Forde set off quite the firestorm Tuesday when he reported Bret Bielema was headed to Arkansas. The move came out of nowhere and surprised everyone. After all, Bielema and the Badgers are headed to their third consecutive Rose Bowl. Check out some of the best tweets on Bielema’s move in this post.
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The finalists for the 2012 Heisman Trophy were announced Monday night, and there are a couple surprises: 1. The list includes only three players; and 2. neither Braxton Miller nor Montee Ball received an invite. No. 1 is the real shocker, however, considering there have been five finalists two of the past three years. The last time there were three: 2008.
Purdue fired football coach Danny Hope on Sunday. In four seasons as the head man, Hope went 22-27 overall and 13-19 in the Big Ten. With Saturday’s win over Indiana, he got the Boilermakers (6-6) to their second consecutive bowl game. In the end, though, it wasn’t enough. Several of Hope’s players went to Twitter to react to the news. See some the tweets in this post.
Every Sunday during the college football season, BTN analyst Gerry DiNardo hits Twitter to share his thoughts from the previous day’s slate of games. What did DiNardo have to say about about the final week of the Big Ten regular season? Check out all of his Sunday Ruminations in this post.
As BTN’s Gerry DiNardo mentioned during Tuesday’s coverage of Rutgers joining the Big Ten, there are three variables to consider when creating the conference’s new divisions: 1. Competitive balance; 2. geography; and 3. rivalries.
Penn State senior point guard Tim Frazier will undergo surgery to repair a torn left Achilles tendon Tuesday, putting him out for the remainder of the 2012-13 season. Frazier, who suffered the injury in Sunday’s loss to Akron, is eligible to apply for a medical redshirt.
Minnesota wide receiver A.J. Barker tweeted Sunday that he had quit the football team and plans to transfer. Barker, a junior, is Minnesota’s leading receiver in every major statistical category, with 30 receptions, 577 yards and seven touchdowns, despite missing the last three games due to an ankle injury. See Barker’s tweet in this post.
Every Sunday during the college football season, BTN analyst Gerry DiNardo hits Twitter to share his thoughts from the previous day’s slate of games. What did DiNardo have to say about Week 12 Big Ten action? Read all of his Sunday Ruminations in this post.
Every Sunday during the college football season, BTN analyst Gerry DiNardo hits Twitter to share his thoughts from the previous day’s slate of games. What did DiNardo have to say about Week 11 Big Ten action? Read all of his Sunday Ruminations in this post.
Every Sunday during the college football season, BTN analyst Gerry DiNardo hits Twitter to share his thoughts from the previous day’s slate of games. What did DiNardo have to say about Week 10 Big Ten action? Read all of his Sunday Ruminations in this post.
Trevor Mbakwe is very confident in his team, to the point that he’s making a guarantee. The Minnesota power forward tweeted Saturday night that he’ll pay back this season’s scholarship if the Gophers don’t make the NCAA tournament. See the tweet in this post, plus a couple follow up ones.
It’s Oct. 31 and Big Ten fans are celebrating Halloween all over. As you can tell from the video in this post, we think we know what costumer Tom Izzo will be wearing. So we’ve taken to Twitter to collect some great Halloween-themed shots posted by the fans. See a few in this post and check out all of the photos at BTN.com/connect.
Minnesota senior linebacker Mike Rallis hadn’t cut his hair his entire college career. He finally got a haircut Monday night. Rallis, along with other Minnesota student-athletes, shaved his head to raise money and awareness for pediatric cancer research. See the before and after shot of Rallis in this post.
Every Sunday during the college football season, BTN analyst Gerry DiNardo hits Twitter to share his thoughts from the previous day’s slate of games. What did DiNardo have to say about Week 9 Big Ten action? Read all of his Sunday Ruminations in this post.
During Thursday’s Big Ten Basketball Media Day, first-year Nebraska men’s basketball coach Tim Miles had a playful moment with the press. He took out his phone and took a panoramic photo of the media in the room, then posted it to the Internet via his Twitter account @CoachMiles. See the picture and the tweet in the rest of this post.