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With college basketball’s official start just around the corner, let’s take a look at some of the top players who will be making their Big Ten debuts this season.
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It’s that time of year when analysis, anticipation, and a few surprises rule the day. That’s right, it’s NBA Draft time, the 2014 version. The Big Ten figures to be well-represented in the June 26 draft, with as many as five players listed as first-rounders in most mock drafts.
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Big Ten Network college hoops analyst Stephen Bardo was a guest on today’s edition of #BTNLive, where he announced his picks for the top five returning Big Ten basketball players. Sure, it’s a little early, but after another outstanding Big Ten hoops season, we always love the chance to look ahead.
Welcome to championship day! It’ll be No. 1 seed Michigan vs. No. 3 seed Michigan State battling for the Big Ten tourney title Sunday at Banker’s Life Fieldhouse. Believe it or not, this is the first time the two rivals have ever met in event history. Michigan swept the season series en route to claiming its first outright Big Ten crown since 1986. Get Stephen Bardo’s video preview in this post.
Ready for Saturday’s Big Ten tourney semifinals? First up, it’s No. 1 Michigan vs. No. 5 Ohio State. In the second game, it’s No. 2 Wisconsin vs. No. 3 Michigan State. Both games are the second meeting between the teams, and the Buckeyes and Spartans will be eying revenge. Get my quick video previews in this post.
Former Flyin’ Illini and current BTN analyst Stephen Bardo is in Indianapolis for the Big Ten tourney, and he’s providing quick video previews. Get his thoughts on today’s quarterfinal games before the action tips off in this post.
Ready for today’s four opening games of the Big Ten tourney? If not, don’t worry, former Flyin’ Illini and BTN analyst Stephen Bardo is posting quick preview clips to his YouTube channel throughout the tournament. Check out Bardo’s previews for No. 8 Indiana-No. 9 Illinois, No. 5 Ohio State-No. 12 Purdue, No. 7 Minnesota-No. 10 Penn State and No. 6 Iowa-No. 11 Northwestern in this post.
The regular season is in the books, and what a year it was! Michigan won its first outright Big Ten crown since 1986, however no team may be hotter than Nebraska. Yes, Nebraska. The Huskers jumped up to No. 2 in my latest Big Ten Power Rankings, presented by ArcelorMittal. See where your Big Ten team lands in this post.
Before he called Sunday’s Northwestern-Purdue game on BTN/BTN2Go, BTN analyst Stephen Bardo filed a video preview from Mackey Arena. Watch Bardo’s thoughts about the game and see what matchup he’ll be watching on the final day of the regular season.
After posting two more wins and clinching at least a share of the Big Ten title, the Wolverines maintain the top spot in my latest Big Ten Power Rankings, presented by ArcelorMittal. See where your Big Ten team lands on my latest list in this post.
After completing a season sweep of Michigan State, the Wolverines maintain the top spot in my latest Big Ten Power Rankings, presented by ArcelorMittal. Wisconsin continues to rise up the rankings, as well, taking the No. 2 spot from Michigan State. See where your team lands on my latest list in this post.
Even after a week that saw Big Ten co-leaders Michigan and Michigan State suffer Sunday home losses, the top of my latest Big Ten Power Rankings, presented by ArcelorMittal, remains the same. The biggest change is at No. 3, where Wisconsin has surpassed Iowa. See where you team lands on my latest list in this post.
Maybe all of those concerns about Ohio State and Wisconsin were all for naught. The two teams both went 2-0 this past week, including a statement win for each, and have combined to tally five straight victories. That being the case, the top five of my Big Ten Power Rankings, presented by ArcelorMittal, has returned to normalcy. See where you team lands on my latest list in this post.
Drew Crawford had a big decision to make. It was last April, and the season was finished. Crawford, who redshirted after having surgery to repair his injured right shoulder, was finishing his undergraduate work toward his degree at Northwestern.
Just when you thought the Big Ten couldn’t get any wilder, it does. Every day, it seemed, there was a thrilling upset. Like, Northwestern over Wisconsin. Or, Penn State over Ohio State. Or, Indiana over Michigan. Naturally, the unexpected results were felt in my latest Big Ten Power Rankings, presented by ArcelorMittal. Find out where your team lands in this post.
The Big Ten is more balanced than ever right now. I love it because every game is an adventure. Is this good for the conference? Will the teams eat each other up and bring down the number of teams that get into the NCAA tournament?
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This was quite the week in Big Ten basketball action. With all the shakeups that took place, my latest Big Ten Power Rankings, presented by ArcelorMittal, certainly look a little different. As expected, there’s a new No. 1 following Michigan’s impressive win over Michigan State. This week, the Wolverines get to stake claim to the top stop. Find out where your team lands in this post.
With all the upsets we saw this past week, my latest Big Ten Power Rankings, presented by ArcelorMittal, look a lot different. As expected, there’s a new No. 1 following Wisconsin’s back-to-back losses. This week, it’s Michigan State that stakes claim to the top stop. Find out where your team lands in this post.
Assembly Hall is one of the nation’s most recognizable arenas, and former Flyin’ Illini star and current BTN analyst Stephen Bardo has many fond memories of the Hoosiers’ sacred home. Watch Bardo discuss his favorite Assembly Hall memory in this post.
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It’s fun for me to see when the light finally comes on for younger players, particularly freshmen. Their game appears to the fans as though it’s blossomed out of nowhere, when, in fact, it’s just starting to bloom.
With Ohio State losing a pair of games this past week, there was quite the shakeup near the top of my Big Ten Power Rankings, presented by ArcelorMittal. There also was movement at the bottom, as Northwestern is no longer in the cellar.
It would be tough to find anyone with knowledge of college basketball who would argue against the Big Ten being among the top conferences in the country this year. We are in early January, and already, the conference features nine teams with double-digit wins, five of which are currently ranked in the AP Top 25 poll.
Let’s face it, there’s a lot of talk about college basketball’s new hand-checking rules and officiating, in general. Fans are passionate about it, naturally, and that’s very evident from the latest emails I’ve received. Read my Big Ten Mailbag in this post. Have a question for me? Enter it in the form at the bottom of the post, and I’ll answer the best ones.
That was a fun first week of the Big Ten men’s hoops season? Five teams escaped the week unblemished, including Ohio State and Wisconsin, both of which are undefeated on the season.
Big Ten play is less than a week away, can you feel it? That means it’s time for my latest and greatest Big Ten Power Rankings, presented by ArcelorMittal. This week, Purdue made a big jump after an impressive win over West Virginia, while Indiana and Michigan fell in the rankings.