Tuesday’s Michigan State-Illinois game was far from a thing of beauty. In the final minutes of the first half, in fact, ESPN play-by-play guy Mike Tirico begged, “This half NEEDS to end!” As inept as the offenses were in the 42-41 decision at Assembly Hall, there were a couple highlights: Meyers Leonard’s alley-oop and Brandon Paul’s poke.
Illinois upset No. 10 Michigan State, 42-41, (recap) and No. 20 Wisconsin topped Penn State, 52-46, for its sixth consecutive win (recap) Tuesday night. Perhaps worse than the loss for the Spartans, Draymond Green left the game with a left knee injury (AP story), and he’ll undergo tests Wednesday. Catch up on all the action with our Big Ten scoreboard and get stats, video and recaps in this post.
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LeBron James’ ridiculous dunk against Chicago on Sunday and Blake Griffin’s silly slam against Oklahoma City on Monday got us thinking about the best dunks of the 2011-12 Big Ten season. Rodney Williams, Victor Oladipo and Sam Thompson’s highlights immediately come to mind, but there have been so many other memorable dunks. See my top 10 slams in this post. Did I forget a dunk? If so, click “other” on the poll or enter your selection in the comment box at the bottom of this post. Also, check out a collection of our dunk-centric highlights with our Did You See This? archive.
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Following back-to-back losses to Ohio State and Penn State, the Iowa wrestling team rebounded with a 19-17 victory over Minnesota this past weekend. The win also helped Iowa’s 125-pound wrestler Matt McDonough nab Big Ten Wrestler of the Week honors. Kara Lentz recaps all of the action, and BTN analysts Tim Johnson and Jim Gibbons look ahead to the weekend’s upcoming matches between Michigan-Ohio State and Nebraska-Minnesota. Both events can be seen on BTN and BTN2Go.
The race for top honors continues to be a battle between Ohio State’s Jared Sullinger and Michigan State’s Draymond Green. But the Big Ten also is marked by good point guard play, with players like Wisconsin’s Jordan Taylor, Michigan State’s Keith Appling, Michigan’s Trey Burke, Ohio State’s Aaron Craft, Purdue’s Lewis Jackson and Penn State’s Tim Frazier, among others, excelling.
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With a big basketball game around every corner and football recruiting’s big day on Wednesday, there’s a lot going on in the Big Ten as January prepares to melt into February. I surf the Internet to stay on top of Big Ten news, then give you the links I like best.