In its exhibition finale, Minnesota dropped 3-happy Southwest Baptist, 86-59, Monday night at Williams Arena. The Bearcats attempted a whopping 36 3-pointers, hitting just 10 on the night (27.8 percent), while the Gophers shot 53 percent from the field. Rodney Williams scored 13 points and grabbed eight rebounds and swatted two shots, both game highs, while Joe Coleman put in a game-high 15 points.
Two exhibition games down, Glenn Robinson III sure is living up to the hype. The talented freshman scored a game-high 17 points to lead Michigan past Saginaw Valley State, 76-48, in the team’s exhibition finale Monday night at Crisler Center. Star point guard Trey Burke, who was suspended for the first exhibition game, contributed 16 points and dished out a game-high eight assists. Watch the best highlights from the game in this post.
No changes at the top of my bowl projections this week with Nebraska and Michigan taking care of business, and Wisconsin and Northwestern being off. But the “lower-tier” bowls are in flux.
It’s time for my latest Big Ten Player Rankings. There are a couple of names making their debut on this week’s list, and both play in Columbus, Ohio. What other movement was there? Find out in this post.
Coaches will go to extreme measures to pump up their players. We saw a perfect example of it prior to Saturday afternoon’s Penn State-Purdue football game. There, on the sideline of Ross-Ade Stadium, Penn State strength and conditioning coach Craig Fitzgerald took off his shirt and did a belly flop, of sorts, to get his players excited. It seemed to work, as Penn State cruised 34-9. Watch Fitzgerald in action now.
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Here’s a hypothetical for Big Ten fans: Which Big Ten quarterback would you want leading your team on a final drive? BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart and Brent Yarina discussed the topic a few weeks ago, and here were their answers. Plenty has changed since then, though, so we posed the question to our “Football Report” analysts Monday night. Watch their answers in this video.