Indiana big man Cody Zeller has been named a finalist for the 2012 Wayman Tisdale Award, presented annually to the men’s National Freshman of the Year. Zeller is averaging 15.4 points, 6.4 rebounds, 1.4 steals and 1.4 blocks per game, all while shooting a Big Ten-leading 64.8 percent. One of only a couple new faces for the Hoosiers this season, Zeller is the biggest reason for Indiana’s turnaround, which has seen the team go from 12-20 a year ago to 19-6.
It came in a losing effort, but Minnesota high-flyer Rodney Williams struck again Tuesday night. The Gopher junior put back a Julian Welch missed 3-pointer in a way only Rodney Williams can in Minnesota’s 78-68 defeat against No. 6 Ohio State. The left-handed rebound-throwdown came in the final minute with Ohio State up 11 points, so it’s very possible Williams caught the Buckeyes thinking about everything but boxing out on a late trey.
(AP) William Buford scored 24 points to spark No. 6 Ohio State, and Jared Sullinger backed him up inside with 23 points and eight rebounds to guide the Buckeyes to a 78-68 victory Tuesday over Minnesota that moved them a half-game ahead of Michigan State in the Big Ten standings. Buford also had eight rebounds and five assists for the Buckeyes (22-4, 10-3), who snapped back after a humbling home loss to the Spartans. Rodney Williams had 21 points, nine rebounds and two blocks for the Gophers (17-9, 5-8), who tumbled into 10th place in the conference race. Read the full AP recap and see the box score.
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Tuesday on Big Ten Football Report, BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart joined Dave Revsine, Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith on the weekly show. The crew tackled plenty of topics, including the NCAA Rules Committee proposing to move kickoffs to the 35-yard line and the Football Bowl Association considering increasing the number of wins for bowl eligibility, from six to seven. Watch the video now to see what our guys think about the issues and cast your vote on both in this post. Also, watch DiNardo’s interview with new Illinois coach Tim Beckman inside.
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Ohio State’s Jared Sullinger or Michigan State’s Draymond Green? Who is the best player? It may be neither. Perhaps it’s Wisconsin’s Jordan Taylor or Indiana’s Cody Zeller. And how does it compare to my list from last week?
Tonight on The Big Ten Football Report, BTN senior writer Tom Dienhart joined host Dave Revsine and analysts Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith to give you their takes on the latest football news. Our crew took a look at the top linebackers returning for next season. Plus, they discussed the impact on a couple possible rule changes. And DiNardo sat down with new Illinois head coach Tim Beckman to talk about his plans for the Illini. Watch the interview now and see a clip from the show in this post.