Nine Big Ten men’s basketball teams opened their 2013-14 seasons Friday night, including No. 2 Michigan State and No. 7 Michigan, and every team emerged victorious. Watch all of the top highlights and get scores, stats and recaps for all of the games in this post.
How close was Purdue to possibly dropping its season opener to Northern Kentucky on Friday? Answer: Really close. The Boilermakers denied Northern Kentucky on three potential game-winning buckets in the final seconds to hold on for the 77-76 win. Strong defense, indeed. But, make no mistake, it was closer than any Purdue fans had envisioned. Watch the wild finish in this post.
Rocker Tommy Lee wound up spinning at the Nebraska Cornhuskers season opener tonight at the new Pinnacle Bank Arena. You may recall the Motley Crue drummer “attended” Nebraska way back in 2004 for an NBC-TV reality show. His performance Friday night was part of the opening of the Huskers new arena.
So, Michigan State’s Branden Dawson had a powerful pair of back-to-back plays in Friday night’s season-opening 98-56 rout of McNeese State. First he dunked with one hand, then he dunked it with two hands. Watch the dunks in this post.
Nebraska and Iowa both advanced to Sunday’s championship game of the Big Ten Women’s Soccer Tournament after winning their semifinal games on Friday afternoon at host site Illinois. No. 7 seed Iowa shut out No. 3 seed Penn State 1-0 before top-seed Nebraska dropped No. 4 seed Indiana 3-1. Sunday’s championship airs live on BTN/BTN2Go at 2 p.m. ET.