Men's Basketball

Big Ten Player Rankings: Robert Carter Jr. makes debut

Nov 28, 2015; College Park, MD, USA; Maryland Terrapins  forward Robert Carter (4) drives to the basket against Cleveland State Vikings center Aaron Scales (32) at Xfinity Center. Mandatory Credit: Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports

Robert Carter Jr. gets up for Maryland slam

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There are two new Big Ten names appearing on my latest Big Ten Player Rankings. One was on my preseason list (Illinois’ Malcolm Hill), while the other is making his debut (Maryland’s Robert Carter Jr.).

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Jon Crispin: My take on the new 'Freedom of Movement' rule

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Over the past few years, the style of play and “entertainment value” of college basketball has been under attack. Most of the individuals who took issue with the occasional lack of scoring and slow pace don’t even coach or play the game. Even UConn women’s coach Geno Auriemma voiced his displeasure, calling the men’s college game, “boring.” Truthfully, his opinion on the men’s game doesn’t matter, but numerous rule changes to (ideally) free up the game and make it more entertaining and fair were implemented this season.

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Michigan State sweeps weekly Big Ten basketball honors

Nov 27, 2015; Fullerton, CA, USA; Michigan State Spartans forward Deyonta Davis (23) dunks as Boise State Broncos forward Nick Duncan (13) looks on during the second half at Titan Gym. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Denzel to Deyonta for the alley-oop

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The Big Ten office released its weekly Big Ten men’s basketball honors on Monday, and freshly minted John Wooden Legacy champ Michigan State swept the laurels.

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Jon Crispin: A little perspective on white-hot Denzel Valentine

Nov 27, 2015; Fullerton, CA, USA; Michigan State Spartans guard Denzel Valentine (45) drives as Boise State Broncos guard Anthony Drmic (3) gestures during the second half at Titan Gym. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Denzel Valentine drops another dime!

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Basketball enthusiasts and hoops junkies like myself will get a chance to see two great college basketball players face off in the Wooden Legacy Tournament final at 10 p.m. ET tonight. Michigan State’s Denzel Valentine and Providence’s Kris Dunn are two of the nations best playmakers and scorers, and they alone are worth the price of admission.

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Three Takes: Jess Settles on Indiana, Iowa & Andrew White III

Nov 24, 2015; Lincoln, NE, USA; Nebraska Cornhuskers guard Andrew White (3) shoots the ball against the Arkansas-Pine Bluff Golden Lions at Pinnacle Bank Arena. The Cornhuskers won 67-44. Mandatory Credit: Steven Branscombe-USA TODAY Sports

Watch our UAPB-Nebraska highlight

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Thanksgiving is just hours away. Before you start thinking about the turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and all of the other Thanksgiving staples, I wanted to share some of my latest Big Ten observations.

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