By now, we all know the past week was a crazy one on the Big Ten men’s hardwood. There were upsets all over the place, and the craziness resulted in a logjam in the standings, pretty much from fourth to 12th place. Want to read more about the wild week? Do so here and here. Or, just watch our latest installment of Big Ten Rewind in this post. Enjoy!
Want to talk about an efficient day? Indiana point guard Yogi Ferrell had one of the more efficient performances you’ll ever see in Sunday afternoon’s 63-52 victory over No. 14 Michigan. Ferrell scored 27 points on just 10 shots, thanks in large part to a career-high seven 3-pointers. The star sophomore finished 7-of-8 from distance and 8-of-10 overall, plus he hit four free throws. Watch Ferrell’s 3-point barrage in this post.
Both of the Big Ten’s early Saturday games came down to the wire and were won by the visitor by one point following last-second misses from the home team. In the first game, Sam Dekker missed a would-be game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer in No. 13 Wisconsin’s loss vs. No. 23 Ohio State. Then, Minnesota had a couple chances to win it at the buzzer in its loss vs. Northwestern. Watch the finishes in this post.
No doubt about it, Shannon Scott has struggled during Ohio State’s recent Big Ten slide. The junior guard came off the bench for the first time this season Saturday at Wisconsin, and he just so happened to help lead the Buckeyes to a 59-58 road win. Oh, and he also tallied one of the best assists you’ll see all season. Let’s just say, Scott caught Wisconsin’s Frank Kaminsky by surprise on his dime to Trey McDonald. Watch the highlight pass in this post.
Bo Ryan and sideline scowls are a common occurrence. Bo Ryan and sideline dances, however, are not. The passionate Wisconsin basketball coach gave us both the common and rare occurrence all in one hilarious sequence early in the second half of Wisconsin’s 59-58 loss to Ohio State on Saturday afternoon. Watch it in this post.
After a 9-4 season concluded with an impressive win over Georgia in the Gator Bowl, Nebraska fans are already getting amped up for the 2014 college football season… And rightfully so. The Huskers return a lot of talent on both sides of the ball, including All-Big Ten running back Ameer Abdullah on offense and All-Big Ten defensive end Randy Gregory on defense.
The term “posterize” has become popular among some of the top dunkers in the Big Ten this season. But of all the great “posterizing” dunks we have seen this year, A.J. Hammons’ dunk over Nik Stauskas on Thursday night may top the list.
Who says that offensive linemen don’t ever get to have any fun? Former Ohio State and current New York Jets standout Nick Mangold got to take part in this video, released by Vogue Magazine, which features American model Kate Upton taking snaps from the All-Pro center.
Prediction: D.J. Newbill won’t soon forgot his performance in Wednesday night’s win at No. 23 Ohio State. Not only did Newbill score a game-high 25 points, but he hit the game-winner with 1.9 seconds left in overtime to help the Nittany Lions snap their 18-game losing streak to the Buckeyes. Even better: Newbill beat all-world defender Aaron Craft on the final dagger. Watch the shot in this post.
If you ever wondered if a player could pick up his dribble from outside the 3-point arc and get to the hoop for a layup without being called for traveling, he can. Keith Appling did it in Tuesday night’s overtime win at Iowa, and the no-call didn’t sit well with Iowa fans or Fran McCaffery; in fact, McCaffery was hit with a technical foul. ESPN commentator Jay Bilas said this about the play: “It’s hard to believe, but I think that would have been a walk in the NBA.”
Nik Stauskas and Michigan had plenty of reasons to celebrate following their rivalry win at No. 3 Michigan State on Saturday night. Not only did the decision hand Michigan State its first loss and give Michigan sole possession of first place, it marked the team’s third consecutive win over a top 10 team, with two of the wins coming on the road. So, how did Stauskas celebrate? By blowing a kiss to the Breslin Center crowd after the final buzzer.
In an effort to raise awareness of the fight against cancer, college basketball coaches across the country are wearing sneakers with their suits this weekend. But from the looks of it, Purdue players are taking it to a whole new level.
Iowa’s Gabe Olaseni had a day to remember in Saturday afternoon’s 76-50 win at Northwestern. The junior tallied his third double-double (14 points, 10 rebounds) of the season in just 17 minutes, plus he had the game’s top highlight on a vicious one-handed putback in the first half. Watch the highlight-reel flush in this post.
How do you reward a team for winning a school record 24 straight football games? How about a football with each individual player’s name on it and all 24 victories listed as well?
Joe Cox is a standout freshman forward for Michigan State’s men’s ice hockey team, but if hockey doesn’t work out for Cox, he may have a future in professional wrestling.
Saturday’s Michigan vs. Michigan State men’s basketball game is without question the biggest Big Ten hoops game of the year, up to this point. The Spartans (7-0, 18-1) and Wolverines (6-0, 14-4) are the only two remaining undefeated teams in the Big Ten conference.
The “Free Beiber” trend is sweeping the nation and some Penn State basketball fans decided to partake in the madness during Thursday night’s Penn State-Nebraska men’s basketball game.
Illinois and Ohio State had their share of misses from the field Thursday night. After all, the Illini shot 41 percent and the Buckeyes came in at 42 percent in the 62-55 Ohio State win. But there was one miss that neither team – nor anyone watching – will forget. That, of course, would be Lenzelle Smith Jr.’s 3-pointer in the second half that got stuck on top of the backboard. The ball remained there until Illinois big man Nnanna Egwu, with the help of a floor mop, jumped up at knocked the ball loose. Watch the scene in this post.
The incredible story of former Rutgers football player Eric LeGrand just added another inspiring chapter. LeGrand, who was paralyzed during a 2010 football game against Army, received his college diploma this week. He graduated with a degree in labor studies and is working to make a transition from playing football to the broadcasting booth.
Former Ohio State Heisman Trophy winner Eddie George will always be remembered as one of the top running backs in Big Ten history. But did you know that George has quite the singing voice as well?
There are certain dunks that simply make you say “wow”, and then there is the type of dunk that Austin Hollins had in the second half of Wednesday night’s win over Wisconsin. Minnesota’s senior guard drove to the basket and exploded for a huge one-handed slam over Wisconsin freshman Nigel Hayes. Even better, Hollins was fouled on the slam. Watch it in this post.
Here’s a safe assumption: Caris LeVert wouldn’t have been able to pull off the kind of highlight he did in Wednesday night’s win over No. 10 Iowa. The steal part, sure, he could have done. As for the driving to the hoop and jumping off his wrong foot and throwing down a powerful left-handed poke, we’re not so sure. Watch the highlight in this post.
Purdue had plenty of support on the road Tuesday in Evanston, and it wasn’t just from Boilermaker fans. That’s because members of The Wildside, Northwestern’s student section, wrote “Stand With Purdue” on their chests to show support for the visitors (see photo below), who had a fatal shooting at their school earlier in the day. The Wildcats also held a moment of silence prior to the tip. Talk about classy!
We don’t think this is quite what Michael Jordan had in mind when he popularized sticking out his tongue on the basketball court. Either way, how great is this shot of Nebraska’s Shavon Shields and Ohio State’s Aaron Craft? Classic, right?
Nebraska entered Monday night’s contest vs. Ohio State winless in the Big Ten (0-4) and o-fer vs. the Buckeyes (0-6) since joining the Big Ten. So, one knew if the Huskers pulled off the upset of the 17th-ranked team, a court storming could be in store. The Huskers carded the upset, 68-62, and the fans did the expected. Watch the Nebraska fans celebrate Monday night’s win in this post.