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B1G Announces Year-End Award winners

Published by Source on March 5th, 2012

The B1G Conference has released their year-end award winners and all-conference teams. There are two sets of winners, one chosen by the twelve B1G coaches and one chosen by a select group of media members. Congrats to all of the honorees!! You will find the full lists below:


All-B1G First Team: Jordan Taylor (Wisconsin), Robbie Hummel (Purdue), John Shurna (Northwestern), Draymond Green (Michigan State), Jared Sullinger (Ohio State)

All-B1G Second Team: Trey Burke (Michigan), Tim Frazier (Penn State), William Buford (Ohio State), DeShaun Thomas (Ohio State), Cody Zeller (Indiana)

All-B1G Third Team: Keith Appling (Michigan State), Brandon Paul (Illinois), Matt Gatens (Iowa), Tim Hardaway Jr. (Michigan), Drew Crawford (Northwestern)

All-B1G Freshman Team: Trey Burke (Michigan), Dave Sobolewski (Northwestern), Branden Dawson (Michigan State), Aaron White (Iowa), Cody Zeller (Indiana)

Honorable Mention: Meyers Leonard (Illinois), Christian Watford (Indiana), Aaron Craft (Ohio State), Jared Berggren & Ryan Evans (Wisconsin)

Player of the Year: Draymond Green (Michigan State)

Coach of the Year: Tom Izzo (Michigan State)

Freshman of the Year: Cody Zeller (Indiana)

Defensive Player of the Year: Aaron Craft (Ohio State)

Sixth Man of the Year: DJ Byrd (Purdue)

*media selections after the jump*


Future B1G Players hit BIG shots

Published by Source on March 1st, 2012

If you have watched SportsCenter at all since Tuesday night, you have no doubt seen the video of future Michigan State Spartan Gary Harris hitting a buzzer-beating game winner from near half court. The senior star at Hamilton Southeastern banked in an unbelievable shot from about 35 feet to advance the Royals to the second round of the state playoffs. The losing team, Indianapolis North Central, featured two future B1G players, as well, with Purdue-bound Ronnie Johnson and future Iowa Hawkeye Patrick Ingram (both seniors). Harris finished the game with 35 points and the play of the game, which has been featured as SportsCenter’s #1 Top Play.

But Harris wasn’t the only player to hit a game-winner in Indiana sectionals that night. Future Indiana Hoosier Jeremy Hollowell advanced his Lawrence Central team into the second round with a smooth lay-up in the final seconds of a tie game against Arsenal Tech. While it wasn’t a half-court bank shot, Hollowell made an incredibly impressive play by weaving through defenders into the lane and hitting the shot over Tech’s sophomore sensation Trey Lyles (another future Hoosier). Time expired and Hollowell’s teammates rushed the court in what turned out to be quite an exciting game. What made this shot more amazing is that the game was being played at Arsenal Tech High School. Both videos are linked below, after the jump:


Indiana state playoffs kick off with sectional play

Published by Source on February 28th, 2012

Across the state of Indiana, a number of B1G and local committed prospects will be looking to advance their high school teams through sectionals. Play kicks off Tuesday night and 4 future state champions begin their journey to glory. Indiana separates high schools into 4 separate classes based on enrollment size (4A has the biggest schools, down to A with the smallest). A number of huge games will take place tonight, as the blind draw put several high profile teams against each other in the first round. Below is a breakdown of where the notable players will be and when you can check them out (all commits are 2012 unless noted otherwise, some times will be approx. as they may depend on previous game):


Sec. 1: Glenn Robinson III (Michigan) and Lake Central face Munster at Gary West Side (Tues 8pm/7 CT)

Sec. 6: VJ Beachem (Notre Dame ’13) and New Haven will play Jay County at Huntington North (Tues 6pm/5 CT)

Sec. 8: Ronnie Johnson (Purdue), Patrick Ingram (Iowa) and North Central face Gary Harris (Michigan State) and Zak Irvin (Michigan ’13) at Noblesville (Tues 7pm/6 CT)

Sec. 10: Jeremy Hollowell (Indiana) and Lawrence Central will meet Trey Lyles (Indiana ’14) and Arsenal Tech at Tech (Tues 6pm/5 CT)

Sec. 10: Collin Hartman (Indiana ’13) and Cathedral faces Basil Smotherman (Purdue ’13) and Lawrence North at Tech (Tues 7:30/6:30 CT)

Sec. 10: Devin Davis Jr. (Indiana ’13) and Warren Central will face the winner of the Lawrence Central/Tech game on Friday at Tech (6pm/ 5CT)

Sec. 11: Austin Burgett (Notre Dame) and Avon take on Southport at Southport (Tues 7pm/6 CT)


Harris and Ferrell make McDonald’s Rosters

Published by Source on February 9th, 2012

Two current B1G commitments have been named to the prestigious McDonald’s All-American game, being held March 28th at the United Center in Chicago. Michigan State-bound shooting guard Gary Harris will play on the East team while point guard and Indiana verbal Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell will play for the West. Ferrell is out of state title contender Park Tudor School in Indianapolis and Harris plays at Hamilton Southeastern High School in nearby Fishers, Indiana.

Despite the game being in Chicago, these are the only two B1G players to participate in the game. Michigan’s top commitment Mitch McGary, a Chesterton, Indiana native, is ineligible for the game because he is a 5th-year prep student. In fact, the only other players from B1G country are North Carolina-bound Marcus Paige (Marion, Iowa) and still undecided Amile Jefferson (Philadelphia, PA).


Updated 2012 Scout Rankings

Published by Source on January 31st, 2012

Just as ESPN did last week, has updated their Top 100 list for the class of 2012. Below is a list of the B1G and local prospects that made the cut:


* Jeremy Hollowell 6’7″ 200 (Indianapolis, IN – Lawrence Central)  

                                                             || #6 SF | 4 stars // Top 100 #26

* Hanner Mosquera-Perea 6’8″ 190 (LaPorte, IN – LaLumiere)          

                                                             || #5 PF | 4 stars // Top 100 #32

* Yogi Ferrell 6’0″ 180 (Indianapolis, IN – Park Tudor)                        

                                                             || #4 PG | 4 stars // Top 100 #33



Updated 2012 ESPNU 100 Rankings

Published by Source on January 26th, 2012

ESPN has updated their ESPNU100 list for the class of 2012. Below is the breakdown of B1G and local Big East schools. ESPN assigns each player with a overall score and a star level. Those can be found at the end of each line. Bolded players have made the Top 100 list and their overall rank is listed.


* DeJuan Marrero 6’6″ 195 (Gary, IN – Bowman Academy)        || #50 SF | 89 | 3 stars

* Jodan Price 6’7″ 170 (Southfield, MI – Detroit Country Day)   || #61 SF | 88 | 2 stars


* Michael Orris 6’3″ 180 (Crete, IL – Crete-Monee)   || #22 PG | 89 | 3 stars



Conference Opener Results (Tues, Wed, Thurs Games)

Published by Source on December 30th, 2011

Conference play got underway for most of the college basketball world this week. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday featured some high quality match-ups in the B1G, Big East, MAC, Horizon and Missouri Valley. Below are the results for the 3 days worth of games, plus some highlighted individual performances.

Note: Bottom team is home, bold italic indicates winner, all ranks are from the AP, any overtimes are indicated above the score.



72    Minnesota (12-2, 0-1 B1G) – R Sampson III: 22 pts, 9 reb, 2 blk / J Welch: 15 pts, 3 ast

81    Illinois (12-2, 3-0 B1G) - M Leonard: 20 pts, 11 reb, 5 blk / B Paul: 21 pts, 7 reb, 6 ast


64    #11 Wisconsin (12-2, 1-0 B1G) - R Evans: 22 pts, 6 reb, 9-11 FG / J Taylor: 15 pts, 5 ast, 3 stl

40    Nebraska (8-4, 0-1 B1G) - T McCray: 16 pts, 9 reb, 2 stl / B Ubel: 8 pts, 9 reb


59    #22 Pittsburgh (11-3, o-1 Big East) - T Zanna: 13 pts, 12 reb, 5-10 FG / A Gibbs: 12 pts, 5 ast

72    Notre Dame (9-5, 1-0 Big East) - A Dragicevich: 22 pts, 2 reb, 4-7 3pFG / J Cooley: 8 pts, 14 reb, 2 blk



New look AP and Coaches Polls

Published by Source on December 12th, 2011

It’s Monday afternoon, and that means the latest editions of the AP and ESPN/USA Today Coaches polls have been released. Two B1G teams have made their poll debut this week, while the conference continues to hold strong overall.

Indiana, fresh off of a huge upset of #1 Kentucky Saturday night, enters the polls at #18 (AP) and #20 (Coaches). This marks the Hoosiers’ (9-0) first appearance in the national rankings since March of 2008, and the first week under Tom Crean. Kentucky fell to #3 in each poll after the loss, but still received 4 first-place votes in the AP.

Michigan State (8-2) is ranked for the first time this year, earning #21 from the AP and #23 from the coaches. The Spartans started the season 0-2 with losses to North Carolina and Duke, but have not lost since then and enter the rankings on an 8-game winning streak.

Ohio State (8-1) held on to the #2 ranking in both polls despite losing in Lawrence to the Kansas Jayhawks. The Buckeyes have been without their star All-American candidate Jared Sullinger for two games, and the absence of the big man clearly had an impact on Saturday’s loss to KU.

Wisconsin (8-2) holds in the middle of the pack at #14 AP / #15 Coaches. Illinois extended its undefeated season to 10-0 and stands at #19 in both. Michigan (7-2) makes it 7 ranked teams for the B1G Conference, as they are #20 AP / #18 Coaches.

Regional Big East team Marquette is also undefeated (9-0) and stands at #11 in both polls. Creighton suffered its first loss of the season (7-1) to unranked Saint Joseph’s Saturday but still held onto a #25 AP / #24 Coaches ranking.

After the jump, you can check out the full rankings:


B1G Wins Third Straight Challenge over ACC

Published by Source on December 1st, 2011

After losing each of the first ten years of the Big Ten / ACC Challenge, the B1G Conference has turned the table and won it for the third straight year. In the first year of a 12-team conference (and therefore a 12-game challenge), the B1G took 8 of the games and won the annual event 8-4. Below we have the results of all 12 games, as well as some stats for each. The B1G won 4 out of 6 games in each of the two days and entered Wednesday needing 3 wins to clinch. After winning the first 3 games of the day, the conference fans could rest easy and enjoy some solid basketball in the Wednesday late games.

(home team listed on bottom, winning team in bold italic)


63    #4 Duke (7-1, 0-1 away) – A Rivers: 22 pts, 3 ast, 8-18 FG

85    #2 Ohio State (7-0, 7-0 home) - A Craft: 17 pts, 5 reb, 8 ast


1 Weekend Down!

Published by Source on November 14th, 2011

One weekend down and all 12 B1G teams have officially kicked off their seasons. Also, the local Big East teams Marquette, DePaul and Notre Dame have gotten things going as well, in addition to all the local mid-major programs.

All 12 B1G teams have won a game so far except for Michigan State, who fell to top-ranked North Carolina in the Carrier Classic Friday night, 67-55. The schedule does not get easier yet for the Spartans, who travel to Madison Square Garden to face #6 Duke in the Champions Classic Tuesday night. Also facing off that night are #2 Kentucky and #12 Kansas in the new event that will feature these four teams for the next several seasons as they all get the opportunity to play each other.

Indiana has emerged as the “first place” team after a 2-game weekend with wins over Stony Brook (96-66 on Fri.) and Chattanooga (78-53 on Sun.). All other conference teams besides MSU and IU are 1-0, with the game results as follows:

FRIDAY: #3 Ohio State def. Wright State 73-42; #18 Michigan def. Ferris State 59-33; Purdue def. Northern Illinois 96-34; Minnesota def. Bucknell 70-58; Nebraska def. South Dakota 65-48; Iowa def. Chicago State 96-53; Illinois def. Loyola (IL) 67-59.

SATURDAY: #14 Wisconsin def. Kennesaw State 85-31; Penn State def. Hartford 70-55.

SUNDAY: Northwestern def. Texas-Pan American 60-36.

Other local teams, besides NIU, Loyola and Chicago State mentioned above, were in action and their results follow:

FRIDAY: #21 Marquette def. Mount St. Mary’s 91-37; DePaul def. Texas-Pan American 91-72; E Michigan def. Illinois-Chicago 68-57; Valparaiso def. Georgia Southern 90-81; Indiana State def. Eastern Illinois 79-72; Creighton def. N Carolina A&T 97-65; Fresno State def. Illinois State 55-47.

SATURDAY: Notre Dame def. Miss. Valley State 80-67; Evansville def. Butler 80-77 (OT); Ohio Dominican def. Southern Illinois 64-63.

SUNDAY: #16 Arizona def. Ball State 73-63; Creighton def. Chicago State 95-61; Bradley def. UMKC 68-58.