What can $1.99 get you in Kentucky? A brand new Kentucky basketball shirt. Problem is, the shirt will make you look silly. That’s because the “Pursuit of Perfection”shirts are no longer relevant following No. 1 Kentucky’s loss to No. 2 Michigan State on Tuesday night. See the shirt in this post.
There will be a new No. 1 next week, and assuming Michigan State can avoid an upset vs. Columbia on Friday night, it will be the Spartans atop the polls. But Michigan State didn’t want to hear about that following its thrilling 78-74 victory over No. 1 Kentucky on Tuesday night at the United Center.
Ohio State played Tuesday night, and that means Sam Thompson put on another individual highlight reel. And, once again, this one featured yet another alley-oop on an inbound pass under Ohio State’s basket. He did it Nov. 3 vs. Walsh, and he did it a handful of times last season. One of these days, opponents will understand they have to keep the atheltic junior from running toward the hoop on inbound plays.
Down goes No. 1! No. 2 Michigan State dropped top-ranked Kentucky, 78-74, on Tuesday night in the Champions Classic at the United Center. The Spartans’ big win was just one of seven Big Ten games on the night. Get game recaps, stats and video highlights from all the games in this post.
Jerry Kill joined Monday night’s #BTNLive to talk about the white-hot Gophers, his dance moves and his view from the coaches box during the team’s four-game winning streak. Kill, who is focused on getting his epilepsy under control, said he plans to stay in the box for the rest of the season. Why not? The team is 4-1 under acting head coach Tracy Claeys. Watch our interview with Kill in this post.
Michigan State trailed Iowa, 2-0, in the Big Ten Field Hockey Tournament finals, but the Spartans scored three unanswered goals to rally and claim the championship. And no goal was more impressive than Adelle Lever’s go-ahead and eventual game-winner. Watch Lever put the Spartans ahead in this post.
Make it three Big Ten players who have been ejected as a result of college football’s new targeting rule. On Saturday, Indiana’s David Kenney was the latest to be given the boot for his hit on Illinois quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase late in the fourth quarter. Watch the hit in this post.
Everybody’s celebrating Minnesota’s 8-2 start and four straight wins. Yes, even Jerry Kill. The coach might be on a leave of absence to deal with his epilepsy, but he’s been in the booth watching his team during its hot streak. Following Minnesota’s 24-10 win over Penn State, the program’s first since 2004, Kill showed off his dance moves in the locker room. Watch the great scene in this post.
Excuse the Gophers for being a little excited after beating Penn State on Saturday. Not only did the win clinch its fourth consecutive Big Ten triumph, it marked the team’s first win over the Nittany Lions in nearly a decade. So, when the Gophers finally got their hands on the Governor’s Victory Bell – for the first time since 2004 – they were so pumped that they busted the bell. Watch it happen here.
Sam Thompson is a highlight waiting to happen, and the exciting and athletic Ohio State junior wasted no time adding to his impressive individual reel in Saturday’s season opener. Thompson hammered home a pair of big-time alley-oops in the team’s 89-50 win over Morgan State. Watch both alley-oops in this post.
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Ohio State’s Shannon Scott entered his junior season with a grand total of 12 3-pointers. In Saturday’s season opener vs. Morgan State, Scott hit a trio of early treys in succession, the first coming at the 19:03 mark and the final at 17:55. That’s three 3s in 1:08 of game time. Not bad for a guy who’s known for his defense.
How close was Purdue to possibly dropping its season opener to Northern Kentucky on Friday? Answer: Really close. The Boilermakers denied Northern Kentucky on three potential game-winning buckets in the final seconds to hold on for the 77-76 win. Strong defense, indeed. But, make no mistake, it was closer than any Purdue fans had envisioned. Watch the wild finish in this post.
Rocker Tommy Lee wound up spinning at the Nebraska Cornhuskers season opener tonight at the new Pinnacle Bank Arena. You may recall the Motley Crue drummer “attended” Nebraska way back in 2004 for an NBC-TV reality show. His performance Friday night was part of the opening of the Huskers new arena.
So, Michigan State’s Branden Dawson had a powerful pair of back-to-back plays in Friday night’s season-opening 98-56 rout of McNeese State. First he dunked with one hand, then he dunked it with two hands. Watch the dunks in this post.
Here’s something awesome: Nebraska had Ron Kellogg III go undercover on campus to ask fans about last week’s thrilling game, his Hail Mary, the team’s quarterback situation and this week’s game at Michigan. To no surprise, the video didn’t disappoint. It was hilarious, actually. Watch it in this post. Nice week, Nebraska!
Monday night, #BTNLive welcomed Ron Kellogg III to the show to discuss his game-winning Hail Mary pass Saturday. Tuesday night, we invited Jordan Westerkamp to the show to talk about his catch. Westerkamp wasn’t alone, though, as we had former Nebraska receiver and current radio analyst Matt Davison join him. Davison, of course, caught the 1997 game-winning deflected pass at Missouri.
Last week, the Wisconsin football team posted a YouTube video that showed most of Madison, Wis., doing Melvin Gordon and James White’s touchdown dance. It was fantastic, and you can watch it again in this post.
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Michigan State played above the rim for much of its 83-45 exhibition victory over Indiana (PA) on Monday at the Breslin Center. And that’s a good thing, because it’s exactly what one expects to see from the No. 2 team vs. a far inferior preseason foe. Check out all of Michigan State’s top dunks, including a trio from Adreian Payne, in this post.
It’s not often that the No. 1 highlight on a top 10 plays list is as unanimous and obvious as it was in Week 10. No play, though, was even in the same ballpark as Nebraska’s memorable and unbelievable last-second Hail Mary to stun Northwestern. That play took the top spot in our latest countdown, but check out our other top Big Ten highlights in this post.
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Attention, Ohio State opponents: Make sure to account for Sam Thompson on each and every inbound pass under the Ohio State basket. We’ve said it so many times during Thompson’s career, but the high-flying junior soared for another one of his trademark inbound alley-oops in Sunday’s exhibition game vs. Walsh. And, just like the handful or so before it, this one was pretty.
Yes, Nebraska fans, Saturday night’s last-second Hail Mary was real. There’s no need to check your eyes, that was third-string quarterback Ron Kellogg III throwing a 57-yard bomb to redshirt freshman Jordan Westerkamp, he of zero career touchdowns. Just as Bo Pelini and Tim Beck drew it up, right? Relive all the reaction to the memorable finish in this post.
Michigan fans, look away. Michigan State fans, grab some popcorn and enjoy. Following Saturday’s dominant 29-6 win over rival Michigan – Michigan State’s largest margin of victory in the series since 1967 – the Spartans celebrated and danced with the Paul Bunyan Trophy in the locker room. And, of course, it was captured on camera. Check out the video in this post.
Nebraska third-string quarterback Ron Kellogg III orchestrated arguably the most ridiculous finish of the 2013 college football season Saturday. Down 24-21, and on his final attempt to rally the Huskers, Kellogg III unleashed a deep Hail Mary that was deflected by a Northwestern defender and fell right into Jordan Westerkamp‘s arms for a 49-yard game-winner.
Other than Michigan-Ohio State, there may not be a better Big Ten rivalry than Michigan-Michigan State. The two teams don’t like each other at all, and the hatred is in full force as the Spartans and Wolverines are battling for the Legends Division crown. Prior to the game, Brady Hoke and Mark Dantonio exchanged pleasantries, and we asked for your captions for the photo.
It took less than a minute for No. 4 Ohio State to get on the scoreboard Saturday at Purdue, and it hasn’t slowed down since. To start things off, Doran Grant picked off Danny Etling and returned it 33 yards for a touchdown just 57 seconds into the game. It’s been a highlight show ever since, including a pair of unconventional touchdown passes, one from Braxton Miller and another from Kenny Guiton.