If you aren’t on it already, you may want to jump on the Michigan bandwagon before it hits 88 mph and vanishes. The Wolverines are legit, notching another big win last night. This time, hard-charging and high-flying Iowa was the victim, as the Wolverines moved to 6-0 in the Big Ten. And, they are doing all of this without injured Mitch McGary, out with a back injury. Oh, and Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway, Jr., also are gone. It’s incredible, really.
There are certain dunks that simply make you say “wow”, and then there is the type of dunk that Austin Hollins had in the second half of Wednesday night’s win over Wisconsin. Minnesota’s senior guard drove to the basket and exploded for a huge one-handed slam over Wisconsin freshman Nigel Hayes. Even better, Hollins was fouled on the slam. Watch it in this post.
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.
Here’s a safe assumption: Caris LeVert wouldn’t have been able to pull off the kind of highlight he did in Wednesday night’s win over No. 10 Iowa. The steal part, sure, he could have done. As for the driving to the hoop and jumping off his wrong foot and throwing down a powerful left-handed poke, we’re not so sure. Watch the highlight in this post.
We had two terrific games tonight on the Big Ten Network. Michigan kicked off the action with an impressive 75-67 win over Iowa in Ann Arbor. Minnesota followed with an 81-68 upset victory over Wisconsin at the Barn.
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The Big Ten basketball season is approaching the midway point and the conference picture is beginning to take form. Michigan (5-0) and Michigan State (7-0) are the only remaining unbeaten teams in the Big Ten, while Iowa is close behind at 4-1 and climbing up the national rankings. So, we ask, who is the best team in the Big Ten at this point?