The Big Ten will lose one of its most unsung, talented and classy players soon, as Northwestern’s Drew Crawford figures to be suiting up for the last time in his Wildcat career in the Big Ten tourney this week. Enjoy every last dribble.
If you watched the latest episode of “The Journey: 2014 Basketball” this past weekend, you got an inside look at three stories. The show’s crew went behind the scenes on the Senior Nights at Penn State, Wisconsin and Michigan State where they tracked Tim Frazier, Ben Brust, and Adreian Payne, respectively. Watch a portion of that episode in this post.
As spring practice dawns, Nebraska seems to be primed for some big things. I know, I know. It seems the Cornhuskers are primed for big things each year, but it may really happen in 2014 for a team that could have one of the top defenses in the Big Ten.
The Big Ten tourney kicks off on Thursday in Indianapolis with four games. Teams seeded No. 5-12 will play. The bad news for these clubs: Just one team seeded lower than No. 4 ever has won the Big Ten tourney: No. 6 Iowa in 2001.
The debate will rage: Who is the Big Ten Coach of the Year? The Big Ten media bestowed the honor on John Beilein. The Big Ten coaches bequeathed the award on Tim Miles. Probably a good idea to just split it. A great case can be made for each guy. Personally, my vote would have gone with Beilein, who just isn’t comfortable with these things. And he means it, too.
On Monday’s #BTNLive, we announced the all-Big Ten basketball teams and award winners for 2013-2014, and Michigan’s Nik Stauskas swept the player of the year award from both the coaches and the media.