It's Wednesday, and that means it's time for BTN analyst Jess Settles' final Three Takes of the 2016-17 regular season. Get Settles' thoughts on Jordan Bohannon, Purdue's Big Ten title, and Northwestern's rough final week inside.
This is a giant week on the hardwood, Big Ten fans. By week's end, we should have a much better idea of how the Big Ten title race will break down. As we enter Wednesday night's action, Jess Settles takes a look at Maryland's important week, Derrick Walton Jr.'s torrid play and Nebraska's improvement.
Emerging trends and key injuries taking a toll are among three things on BTN basketball analyst Jess Settles' mind in Week 3 of conference play.
Before Wisconsin and Indiana tip off the second week of Big Ten play Tuesday night, let's take a look at three of the biggest things on BTN analyst Jess Settles' mind following a wild and unexpected opening week.
What's on Jess Settles' mind. A lot, including Northwestern's Vic Law, Rutgers' improved rebounding and Nebraska coach Tim Miles' big challenge this week. Read all about it inside.
Indiana, Maryland and Wisconsin are playing against Spartan-like fire power this weekend.
It’s hard to believe that when Maryland and Michigan State faced off for the lone time in the regular season, on January 23 in East Lansing, the Terrapins were building a Final Four resume and the Spartans were riding a three-game losing streak, including two home losses. At the time, Michigan State was desperate for a win, let alone a signature win against an elite team. [ MORE: View our Big Ten tournament central page ] Oh, how times have changed. Michigan State is everyone’s favorite to return to the Final Four, and Maryland arrived in Indy having lost four
It’s the semifinals of the Big Ten tourney, and, chances are, role players will play a significant role in helping guide their team to Sunday’s Big Ten final. [ MORE: View our Big Ten tournament central page ] Who are a few likely candidates, considering recent play and semifinal matchups? Here are my picks! P.J. Thompson, Purdue. Purdue’s regular-season finale vs. Wisconsin had the feeling of a championship game. Both teams were battling for a double-bye in the Big Ten tournament. Purdue was hoping to make history with a school record 17th home win. A victory for Wisconsin would’ve probably
The finish line is in sight, and we are in a very tight three-horse race for Big Ten Coach of The Year. [ MORE: Follow @BTNJessSettles on Twiter! | Standings | Stats | Scoreboard | Polls ] To me, the leading candidates are simple: Indiana’s Tom Crean, Iowa’s Fran McCaffery and Wisconsin’s Greg Gard. I break down each coach’s case below. Fran McCaffery Fran McCaffery has 11-4 Iowa within striking distance of the Hawkeyes’ first regular season title since 1979. Remember, no team other than Wisconsin lost more impactful upperclassmen than McCaffery. Sixth man of the Gabe Olaseni and first-team
It’s time for my latest “Three Takes,” and this week I’m offering my thoughts on Iowa’s senior class, Indiana’s losses and Nebraska’s Big Ten Tournament chances. Get my latest thoughts below. Iowa’s senior class of Jarrod Uthoff, Adam Woodbury, Mike Gesell, and Anthony Clemmons has consistently played at a high level during conference play. Their improvement and experience has Iowa in sole possession of first place in a tight Big Ten race. Over the last four years, Woodbury, Gesell, and Clemmons have contributed to 87 wins, tying the 1983 class for third most wins in school history. Throw in veteran