5:12 PM EST, Tue February 18, 2020
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Tuesday Big Ten Preview: A Big One In State College

Tuesday Big Ten Preview: A Big One In State College

Matthew OHaren-USA TODAY Sports Plus Madison and College Park Somewhere Jim Delany is smiling. The former Commish is the architect of the Big Ten’s move eastward—adding Penn State in the 90s, then Maryland and Rutgers in the 2010s. Tonight, two of those teams are first and second in the conference, with the third tied for third. Both the first place team (Maryland) and second place team (Penn State) have home games tonight. Game of the Night: -Illinois Fighting Illini at Penn State Nittany Lions Time/TV: 6:30 PM EST, FS1 KenPom Spread: Penn State (-7) Oh, Illinois. I could have...
18 hours ago
PSU Cracks The Top 10 Nationally

PSU Cracks The Top 10 Nationally

Matthew OHaren-USA TODAY Sports See where the Big Ten landed in the latest rankings. The AP and USA Today Coaches’ polls were released earlier this week for Week 16 of the season and five Big Ten teams were fortunate enough to make the cut. What was arguably even more impressive is that four other teams received votes in the Coaches’ Poll. All told, it was an encouraging performance for the Big Ten. Here is where the Big Ten landed: Week 16 AP Poll: No. 7 - Maryland No. 9 - Penn State No. 20 - Iowa No. 25 - Ohio State Receiving Votes: Michigan State, Michigan, Illinois,...
19 hours ago
Maryland and Michigan Split Week 15 Big Ten Honors

Maryland and Michigan Split Week 15 Big Ten Honors

Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports Two Big Ten teams split the Big Ten weekly awards. The Big Ten released its weekly award winners for Week 15 of the regular season and Maryland and Michigan ended up splitting the awards. Anthony Cowan was named Big Ten Player of the Week and Franz Wagner was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week. Cowan had quite a week for the Terps, leading Maryland to wins over Nebraska and Michigan State and averaging 18.5 points and six assists per game. He was particularly impressive in the team’s win in East Lansing on Saturday, as he hit shot after shot down the...
Feb 17, 2020
Sunday Big Ten Recap: Iowa Scores Dramatic Win

Sunday Big Ten Recap: Iowa Scores Dramatic Win

David Berding-USA TODAY Sports Recap all the Big Ten action from Sunday night. The Big Ten had two notable games on Sunday afternoon, with a ranked Iowa on the road against Minnesota and Michigan hosting Indiana. Only one of the games ended up being competitive, but both outcomes had significant consequences. Let’s take a look at what happened. Game of the Night: -No. 21 Iowa Hawkeyes 58, Minnesota Golden Gophers 55 Whew. What a game. This one went back and forth throughout. Iowa took the lead early, Minnesota battled back after that, and things eventually came down to the final...
Feb 17, 2020
Week 15 Big Ten Power Rankings - Maryland Leads

Week 15 Big Ten Power Rankings - Maryland Leads

Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports Check out BTP's latest Big Ten power rankings. What a week of college basketball. Things continue to heat up across the nation as we move closer to Selection Sunday and the Big Ten was no exception. Everyday seemed to come with a marquee matchup and a few teams rose, as others fell. And perhaps no Big Ten team looks as great as Maryland right now. So, with that, let’s jump into this week’s Power Rankings. But before you do jump into the Power Rankings, a reminder about how my rankings are made. Once the season starts, my Power Rankings reflect actual...
Feb 17, 2020
2/17: BTPowerhouse Top 25 Poll: Ohio State Is Back In The Mix

2/17: BTPowerhouse Top 25 Poll: Ohio State Is Back In The Mix

Joseph Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports See how the Big Ten stacks up against the rest of the country. The back half of the poll again descended into chaos this week as eight teams dropped at least one game. For the Big Ten, Ohio State entered the poll again as they have won five out of their last six. Take a look at how things shake out according to BTPowerhouse. Entered Poll CreightonOhio State Dropped Out LSUTexas Tech Biggest Rises BYU +5Villanova +4Arizona +4 Biggest Falls Louisville -7Seton Hall -6Michigan State -4
Feb 16, 2020
What We Learned: Michigan Dominates Indiana

What We Learned: Michigan Dominates Indiana

Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports What can we takeaway from Michigan’s win over Indiana on Sunday? On Sunday afternoon, the Indiana Hoosiers headed up north to face off against the Michigan Wolverines in what figured to be an interesting battle between two teams desperate to look up NCAA at-large bids. It was also set to be the only regular season meeting between the two teams this season. Early on, the teams went back and forth. Indiana would hit a big bucket and the Wolverines would respond at the other end. But Michigan gradually took control as the game approached halftime thanks to...
Feb 16, 2020
Nebraska Guard Matej Kavas To Miss Remainder Of Season

Nebraska Guard Matej Kavas To Miss Remainder Of Season

Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports Tough news for Husker fans. On Sunday, the Nebraska Cornhuskers got some tough news as it was learned that senior guard Matej Kavas would miss the rest of the season after suffering an injury in Saturday’s loss to Wisconsin. Kavas had some high hopes entering the season and many hoped he would be able to help in the team’s stretch run. Nebraska announced a few minutes ago that Matej Kavas will miss the remainder of this season with an injury, effectively ending his career. Really sad to see.— Thomas Beindit (@tbeindit) February 16, 2020 Kavas...
Feb 16, 2020
Saturday Big Ten Recap: Maryland Scores Huge Win

Saturday Big Ten Recap: Maryland Scores Huge Win

Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports Recap all the Big Ten action from Saturday night. The Big Ten had an absolutely loaded slate of games on Saturday. There were games from noon well into the evening and a number of them came with some pretty dramatic results, including huge wins for Maryland and Rutgers. Let’s take a look at what happened. Game of the Night: -No. 9 Maryland Terrapins 67, Michigan State Spartans 60 Heading into Saturday’s matchup between these two, these two had taken very different turns. Maryland seemed to be gaining strength as the season continued, as Michigan State had...
Feb 16, 2020
Sunday Big Ten Preview: Minnesota In Search Of Crucial Win

Sunday Big Ten Preview: Minnesota In Search Of Crucial Win

Matthew OHaren-USA TODAY Sports At 12-11 the Gophers are running out of chances. There are two early games today, both of which could have NCAA Tournament implications. Game of the Day #21 Iowa Hawkeyes at Minnesota Golden Gophers Time/TV: 1:00 PM ET (FS1) After falling to Indiana earlier this week Iowa has now lost their last three road games and besides a win over Northwestern haven’t won on the road in conference play. Even more problematic is the Iowa defense continues to be dreadful as they gave up 104(!) to Purdue and 89 to Indiana in their last two road games. Now they play at...
Feb 15, 2020
Big Ten’s Best Chances to Snap National Championship Drought

Big Ten’s Best Chances to Snap National Championship Drought

Shanna Lockwood-USA TODAY Sports Big Ten hasn’t won a National Championship since 2000 Big Ten country has a lot in common with Kansas City Chiefs’ head coach, Andy Reid, beyond just their love for an oversized burger. Like Reid, the Big Ten has developed a reputation for consistently being one of the best in the business, while falling just a bit short when it really matters. Since Michigan State won it all in 2000, the conference has made seven appearances in the National Championship, losing all of them. With Reid finally getting the monkey off his back, maybe that signals a turn...
Feb 15, 2020
Saturday Big Ten Preview: Maryland Travels To East Lansing

Saturday Big Ten Preview: Maryland Travels To East Lansing

Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports Plus four more games in Big Ten play The Big Ten has another jam-packed day of action on Saturday as five matchups showcase different teams and storylines as everyone’s eyes turn to March. Let’s take a look at what to expect from each game and how things might shake out. Game of the Day: -No. 9 Maryland Terrapins at Michigan State Spartans Time/TV: 6:00 PM EST, ESPN KenPom Spread: Michigan State (-4) Just a massive game from East Lansing in the overall Big Ten race. The Spartans, sitting two games back in the standings, need to this game badly...
Feb 14, 2020
11 Big Ten Teams Remain Projected in Friday’s Fox College Hoops Bracket Reveal

11 Big Ten Teams Remain Projected in Friday’s Fox College Hoops Bracket Reveal

Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports This afternoon, Fox College Hoops’ Mike Decourcy revealed his Friday bracket projection update and the Big Ten is slotted once again with 11 teams getting into the NCAA tournament. We’ve seen theses projections get up to as many as 12 of the 14 Big Ten teams. At this point in the season it is looking very likely that the Big Ten will get 10 teams in at a minimum. The conference teams’ non-conference performance combined with the cannibalistic nature of the Big Ten this year has been historic. Louisville drops down to a 3 seed in @tsnmike's latest...
Feb 14, 2020
Thursday Big Ten Recap: Indiana Beats Iowa

Thursday Big Ten Recap: Indiana Beats Iowa

Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports Recap all the Big Ten action from Thursday night. The Big Ten only had one game on Thursday night, but it was a significant one for the league standings and two teams’ postseason hopes. Iowa went on the road to face Indiana and was hoping to grab a key road win. Instead, it lost by double-digits. Let’s take a look at what happened. Game of the Night: -Indiana Hoosiers 89, No. 21 Iowa Hawkeyes 77 Anytime you put two teams against each other in mid-February with NCAA implications on the line, it’s going to make for a compelling matchup. And that’s...
Feb 14, 2020
What Is Wrong With Northwestern Basketball?

What Is Wrong With Northwestern Basketball?

Photo by Rich Schultz/ At what point does being bad replace being young? I wouldn’t blame any reader for not watching a Northwestern game that doesn’t involve their team of choice. The Wildcats have won only once in conference which slots them into last place in the league. Chris Collins has really struggled to build off of their first Tournament appearance three seasons ago despite bringing in a lot of talent on paper. Three of the four highest-rated recruits in Northwestern program history, according to 247Sports, are underclassmen on the roster right now. The wings...