This week on the annual Senior Night episode of "The Journey: Big Ten Basketball 2016" we see how Iowa’s senior class of Jarrod Uthoff, Anthony Clemmons, Mike Gesell and Adam Woodbury put together a memorable final season. Plus, learn about Minnesota senior Joey King’s special friendship and watch Nebraska's Shavon Shields make it back from injury for one more game.
Iowa senior Jarrod Uthoff is a Big Ten MVP candidate. Michigan State senior Denzel Valentine is being compared to another Spartan great. Purdue freshman Caleb Swanigan's path to West Lafayette was a long and winding road. Each are profiled this Sunday at 9:30 p.m. ET on "The Journey: Big Ten Basketball 2016."
No team has been a bigger surprise so far than Iowa. And no player has been as surprisingly impressive as the Hawkeyes Jarrod Uthoff. [ MORE: Win a trip to the B1G tourney | Standings | Stats | Scoreboard | Polls ] The 6-9, 210-pound senior from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is averaging a league-high 18.6 points to go along with 6.1 rebounds. The last two times out, Uthoff has scored 25 points in helping the Hawkeyes dump Nebraska and overcome a 17-point deficit at then No. 14 Purdue to prevail. He also had 10 points and six blocks in a
Jarrod Uthoff gave Iowa fans something to cheer about in the first half vs. Gonzaga on Sunday night. The junior forward did it by soaring for a poster dunk that seemed to excite the pro-Gonzaga faithful in Seattle, Washington. Uthoff, from just beyond the 3-point line, gave an eyebrow fake to get past his defender, drove the lane and elevated for the right-handed dunk. Unable to stop his momentum after the flush, Uthoff finished on the floor. He didn’t stick the landing, but it was still a fantastic flush. “Uthoff coming with the heat!” play-by-play announcer Spero Dedes said of
At 3-1, Iowa is tied atop the Big Ten standings, along with four other teams, including preseason favorite and rival Wisconsin. The Hawkeyes are where they are thanks in large part to Jarrod Uthoff. The junior has been on a roll since Big Ten play tipped. He was at his best in Tuesday night’s late win at Minnesota. Not only did Uthoff hit the game-winner in the final seconds, he erupted for a career-high 22 points, on 7-of-10 shooting, and added five rebounds, four blocks and a steal. Not a bad day. Watch his game-winning shot above. Also, hat tip
With news of former Minnesota quarterback Philip Nelson transferring to future Big Ten member Rutgers, we decided to take a look back at some of the conference’s other Big Ten-to-Big Ten transfers. Check out our list in this post. Are we missing someone? Let us know in the comment box at the bottom of the post. FOOTBALL Philip Nelson – Minnesota to Rutgers Miles Shuler – Rutgers to Northwestern Brian Bobek – Ohio State to Minnesota Ryan Nowicki – Penn State to Illinois Justin Boren – Michigan to Ohio State Kim Royston – Wisconsin to Minnesota John Kerr – Indiana
With one-third of the conference schedule in the books, it’s time to take an early look at some of the leading candidates for the Big Ten’s top end-of-the-year awards. See my top 3 players for Player of the Year, Coach of the Year, Freshman of the Year and Sixth Man of the Year in this post. Editor’s note: Player stats and team records are through January 21 action. PLAYER OF THE YEAR 1. Keith Appling, Michigan State. Teammate Gary Harris leads the Big Ten in scoring, but Appling’s development at the point- he’s averaging four assists and owns a 1.75