Year Two under Tim Beckman brought hope in the form of an improved won-loss record, as Illinois went from two victories to four. The credit goes to a revived offense, as new coordinator Bill Cubit altered the scheme and maxed out the skills of senior quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase. Illinois averaged 29.7 points and 426.7 yards in 2013 after averaging 16.7 points and 296.7 yards in 2012.
If you’re on Twitter, you can vote in our ongoing series of Big Ten Twitter polls for our weekday TV show #BTNLive, weekdays at 6 p.m. ET. On tonight’s #BTNLive show, our experts discuss this question: Which unit will face the toughest challenge in its BCS game? The options: #MSUOffense, #MSUDefense, #OSUOffense, #OSUDefense.
Tom Izzo liked how buddy Tom Crean and Indiana honored longtime official Ed Hightower last month so much that he decided to do the same Tuesday. With 2:01 left in an easy win over North Florida, Izzo grabbed the mic and thanked Hightower – who will retire at the end of the month and was officiating his final game at the Breslin Center – for his 32 years as an official.
Michigan State and Purdue cruised to easy victories Tuesday night. The Spartans drilled North Florida, 78-48, while Purdue throttled Maryland Eastern Shore, 79-50. Catch up on all the action and watch video highlights in this post.
Michigan State honored the football team’s seniors during a first-half timeout of Tuesday night’s game vs. North Florida. The seniors, the leaders of the 2013 Big Ten championship team and the first Spartans team to make the Rose Bowl since 1987, were recognized at midcourt. The Stagg Trophy was there, too. To no surprise, the Breslin Center faithful showered the seniors with applause.