Well, that was an interesting and entertaining opening week of conference play, wasn’t it? Put it this way: If the rest of the regular season is anything like the first week, we are all in store for a fun ride to the Big Ten tourney and NCAA tourney.
The easy narrative for Wisconsin’s win over Iowa is that Fran McCaffrey was hit with a double technical foul when his team held a 2-point lead, and that those four points gave Wisconsin the lead, the momentum, and the margin of victory.
Iowa coach Fran McCaffery addressed his ejection following Sunday night’s loss at Wisconsin. The coach, of course, was asked plenty of questions about the ejection, which came eight minutes into the second half after he was rung up for two technical fouls and appeared to make contact with an official. Watch McCaffery address the media in this post.
Once again, Ohio State, Wisconsin and Michigan State are Nos. 3-5, respectively, in the latest AP Poll, released Monday morning. The biggest Big Ten news from this week’s poll: Illinois (13-2, 2-0) debuts at No. 23. Iowa, which lost a heartbreaker Sunday night at No. 4 Wisconsin, moved up to No. 20.
Ben Brust played with a heavy heart during Wisconsin’s 75-71 win over Iowa on Sunday. Constant thoughts were running through the mind of the Badgers’ senior shooting guard. What could have been. What was. What isn’t anymore.
Iowa basketball coach Fran McCaffery was not happy with the officials Sunday night, and he let the crew knew about it during a timeout in the second half of Sunday’s loss at Wisconsin. It appeared that McCaffery was upset about a foul being called on the previous play when Iowa forward Gabe Olaseni was whistled for a hand check foul on Wisconsin’s Nigel Hayes.