It’s time to dig into my Mailbag. This week, Big Ten fans are curious about zone defenses, particularly Syracuse’s version, possible March surprises and consistency. Check out all my answers to your questions in this post. Oh, and feel free to use the form at the bottom of the post to send me your questions.
It’s no secret that the Big Ten is home to some of the best and most respected basketball coaches in the nation. But all of them, from Tom Izzo to Bo Ryan, have trusted sidekicks who make them better every night. Here’s my ranking of the conference’s top hoops assistants.
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Who’s the best team in the Big Ten? The latest polls say it’s Ohio State. Barely, though. The top of the Big Ten is loaded, to the point where the No. 1 team could be up for debate on a weekly basis. This week, I have undefeated and tested Wisconsin atop my latest Power Rankings, presented by ArcelorMittal.
It’s time for my latest Big Ten Power Rankings. This week, Penn State is the biggest mover, ascending two spots to No. 8 following a strong showing in the Barclays Center Classic. Before the highly anticipated Big Ten/ACC Challenge tips off tonight, check out where I have your team ranked.
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Seven Big Ten men’s hoops teams remain undefeated. Three are ranked in the top 10 of the latest AP Poll, headlined by No. 1 Michigan State. Yep, it’s going to be a fun year! Here’s my latest look at how the Big Ten teams stack up.
Victor Oladipo and Rodney Williams have moved on, but don’t think for a second that the Big Ten is lacking on highlight-reel dunkers. Sam Thompson is back, after all, as is Glenn Robinson III. Also, there’s plenty of new blood delighting Big Ten fans high above the rim. See Stephen Bardo’s top 5 dunkers in this post.
We’ve seen every Big Ten men’s basketball team play at least three games, so it’s time for BTN analyst and former Flyin’ Illini Stephen Bardo to unveil his first 2013-14 Big Ten Power Rankings.
Stephen Bardo needs no introduction to Big Ten fans. A key cog to Illinois’ 1989 Final Four team, dubbed the “Flyin’ Illini,” and a respected broadcaster since his retirement, Bardo is about to become even more synonymous with Big Ten hoops. That’s because the Illini product is BTN’s newest hire, and he’ll serve as one of our basketball analysts. Read our Q&A with the Illini product in this post.
The Big Ten race is starting to firm up—at least a little bit. Ohio State, Michigan State, Michigan and Wisconsin look like they may be the best teams in the league. But it’s too early to count out Indiana and Illinois. It’s gonna be a fun title chase to watch unfold.