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Indiana reclaimed the top spot in the polls after it held off Michigan in Bloomington. The Hoosiers lit up the Wolverines’ defense to the tune of 1.17 points per possession, the highest mark allowed so far this season by John Beilein’s team. And the reality it that it could have been much worse, as careless turnovers were about the only thing that slowed down the IU offense.
On Saturday, Iowa defended its home court with a win over Wisconsin. The Hawkeyes raced out to a 30-10 lead before the Badgers finally got something going on offense, though I think that early start for Wisconsin overshadows what kind of game this really was.
Illinois’ weaknesses were exposed in a road loss against a mediocre Purdue team last night. The concerning thing isn’t so much that Illinois lost—Purdue isn’t a terrible team, just a terrible offensive team—it’s that it lost to Purdue despite hitting 10 three-pointers (38% from three on the night). Thus, it appears the “Illinois wins when it shoots well” maxim is incorrect. This team can shoot well, and still lose.
When talking most improved player, the Big Ten boasts plenty of candidates. There are proven guys who have taken their game to another level, such as Indiana’s Victor Oladipo, and there are previously unproven guys who have made the most of extra playing time, such as Ohio State’s Shannon Scott.
On this week’s episode of “The Journey,” our crew spotlighted the recent Big Ten battle for the top spot between Michigan State and Ohio State, which featured Big Ten Player of the Year candidates Draymond Green and Jared Sullinger. We also profiled Indiana’s Tom Crean and his marriage into a famous coaching family. Watch our segment on Crean and the Harbaugh’s now and see four bonus clips in this post.
Reggie Hearn has come a long way since starting his Northwestern career as a walk-on. Averaging 11.9 points the last eight games, the junior has become a mainstay and a force in Bill Carmody’s lineup. It all started in the upset victory over Michigan State in January, and Hearn’s been a nice weapon ever since. In Wednesday’s game at Indiana, however, Hearn registered one of the best highlights of his career — an impressive drive and dunk. Watch Hearn’s highlight-reel jam now and see John Shurna’s creative and-1 in this post.