Bo Spencer has been a revelation for Nebraska in what is his one and only season in Lincoln. He transferred from LSU where he was a two-year starter, sat out 2010-11 and has proceeded to be the top player on a Cornhusker squad that recently ended a four-game losing skein with an impressive 80-57 demolition of Illinois Prior to arriving in Lincoln, Spencer averaged 14. 5 points as a junior at LSU in 2009-10 and 11.4 as a sophomore, so scoring always has been a specialty for the 6-2 native of Baton Rouge, La., who transferred after failing to meet
While I wait for some Big Ten team – any Big Ten team – to take charge of this way-crazy, makes-no-sense Big Ten race, it’s time for this week’s 3-pointers from a cornfield somewhere outside Decatur, Illinois, on I-72. Check out my latest mailbag and drop me a note, read my Q&A with Ohio State’s William Buford, and let me know what you think of the season so far in the comments box at the and of this column. I also plan to attend and cover Wisconsin at Illinois on Sunday, and who knows how that one could go? Three
It’s another light week for college basketball with many students enduring finals, and the Big Ten is no different. Still, we got a few interesting games last night that are worth discussing, plus the quiet period provides us a nice chance to catch up on some individual player stats. Let’s jump right in. Minnesota continues to impress without Trevor Mbakwe, as it handled Central Michigan by 20 points. The Gophers are now 5-0 since the ill-fated Dayton game, but that in itself isn’t much of a story–after all, they’ve only faced one decent team in that stretch. Instead, let’s take a
It’s time to release my latest Big Ten men’s hoops power rankings. The rankings are not meant to mimic the Big Ten standings. What fun would that be? They aren’t scientific, either. They’re simply my thoughts on where each Big Ten team stands right now and who would win on a neutral court. Agree? Disagree? Tweet @BTNBrentYarina or leave your comments below. Watch Gus Johnson call Ben Brust’s sixth 3-pointer from Saturday’s win over UNLV now and see the rankings in this post. 1. Ohio State (8-1) – The Buckeyes just suffered their first loss of the season, but remember
Indiana’s Christian Watford wasn’t the only Big Ten men’s hoops player beating the buzzer in Saturday’s action. Nebraska’s Bo Spencer hit a buzzer-beater, as well, and while he didn’t win the game with his shot, it sure gave the Huskers plenty of momentum in their come-from-behind victory at TCU. Watch the buzzer-beater in this post.
It’s Monday, and there are no Big Ten men’s hoops games for the first time since Nov. 10. That means it’s the perfect time to release my latest power rankings. The rankings are not meant to mimic the Big Ten standings. What fun would that be? They aren’t scientific, either. They’re simply my thoughts on where each Big Ten team stands at that time. Agree? Disagree? Tweet @BTNBrentYarina. 1. Ohio State (6-0) – The Buckeyes lead the Big Ten in scoring, at 85.2 points per game, and they’ve assisted on 66 percent of their baskets. While Jon Diebler and David
Every Sunday night during the hoops season, Brent Yarina recaps the week that was on the men’s hardwood and hands out his weekly honors. See Brent’s first installment, for action from Nov. 14-20, in this post. Co-players of the week: Tim Frazier, Penn State – The Nittany Lion point guard stuffed the stat-sheet on his way to leading Penn State to a 3-1 week, the lone loss coming against No. 2 Kentucky. Frazier shot 50 percent from the field and averaged 21 points, 5.8 rebounds, 6.8 assists, two steals and 0.5 blocks in a busy four-game week. He also twice