D.J. Newbill and his Penn State teammates are making a run in this year’s Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament as the senior Nittany Lion doesn’t want to see his college basketball career end just yet. Last week on”The Journey” BTN profiled Newbill and went back to his Philadelphia roots. It was a touching profile and you can watch the entire segment here. The No. 13-seeded Penn State advances to play Purdue on Friday in the men’s tourney. On Thursday, Newbill scored 18 points, and Penn State shut down Iowa in the second half of a 67-58 victory. On Wednesday, Newbill scored 26 points, Shep
It’s been a season full of close losses for Penn State. In D.J. Newbill’s final regular-season game Sunday at Minnesota, the Big Ten’s leading scorer wasn’t about to let the Nittany Lions suffer another heartbreak. With the score tied and the clock winding down, Newbill took his time before calmly getting into position to launch a deep 3-pointer, with a defender in his face. He nailed the difficult trey to give Penn State the 79-76 win. Newbill must have known it was going in, because he waited until the clock nearly expired. Or, maybe he didn’t want to give Minnesota
On the next episode of "The Journey: Big Ten Basketball 2015," debuting Sunday at 9:30 PM ET, our crew continues our tradition with the annual Senior Day show.
Finally, after six losses in a row, Penn State has some momentum. It is much-needed. On Wednesday night, the Nittany Lions took down visiting Minnesota, 63-58, with Brandon Taylor—the team’s second-leading scorer–out with a knee injury. Before that, Penn State toppled Rutgers, 79-51, to earn its first Big Ten win of the season. Now, the Nittany Lions will play at Illinois on Saturday with a modest two-game winning streak and a bit of swagger. One player who deserves credit for the mini-surge is senior guard D.J. Newbill, the hub of this team that began the season with a 12-1 mark
Before we shift our complete attention to Big Ten play, which starts Tuesday, BTN.com's Brent Yarina shares his non-conference All-Big Ten team.
D.J. Newbill knows how to get himself on the national highlight shows. Whether it’s with a highlight dunk or a cold-blooded game-winner, Newbill is no stranger to compiling the impressive play. The Penn State star showed that again in Monday afternoon’s 69-49 win over Dartmouth, driving for a buzzer-beating dunk to end the first half. Not only was this a rare buzzer-beating dunk, but Newbill also put the poor Dartmouth defender on a poster.
The Big Ten office announced its latest Big Ten Men’s Basketball Players of the Week, and Maryland’s Melo Trimble garnered two honors. Co-Players of the Week: Melo Trimble, Maryland, G, Fr. Averaged 21.3 points, 3.3 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.0 steals per game in leading Maryland to four wins over Arizona State, #13/13 Iowa State, Monmouth and VMI For the week, shot 63.6 percent from the field, 62.5 percent from three-point range and 91.7 percent from the free throw line Named the CBE Hall of Fame Classic Most Valuable Player Scored 31 points, including four three-pointers and a 13-of-14 effort
Seven Big Ten stars were named to the Wooden Award Preseason Top 50 watch list, released Monday. Wisconsin’s Frank Kaminsky, the media’s Preseason Big Ten Player of the Year, headlines the list that also includes teammate Sam Dekker. See the full list of Big Ten players at the bottom of this post. Here, I want to consider the biggest Big Ten snubs, the players who could play their way into the race when the list is cut down to 25 in January. 1. D’Angelo Russell, Ohio State. A freshman, sure, but he’s the go-to guy on a contender. 2. Denzel
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 Monday’s show we asked: Which player is the biggest omission from the All-Big Ten first team? The answers for this debate are: Yogi Ferrell, Adreian Payne, Caris LeVert, D.J. Newbill or Aaron Craft Select your choice below and tweet out your vote. Anytime you use one of those hashtags, you cast a vote. Spread the word. We’re tabulating the hashtag totals. The hashtags are: #NoYogi for Yogi Ferrell #NoPayne for Adreian Payne #NoLeVert
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.