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Posts Tagged ‘Big Ten’

Post-Thanksgiving Husker Thoughts

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Nebraska CornhuskersI’m sitting here watching Nebraska play their last day-after-Thanksgiving game as a member of the Big 12 conference. I don’t know if bittersweet is the right word, but it’s…something. I was actually a pretty big Husker fan in high school. I even had one of my senior pics taken in a Tommie Frazier jersey. (I’ll spare you the actual pic. For some reason I thought white socks looked good with soccer sandals. Geez, the fashion of late 90s Iowa!)

How will the Huskers football team fare in the Big Ten? That’s probably the biggest question here in west central Iowa. Most of my buddies lean towards Iowa City, but a few even lean towards Ames, while fewer still lean towards Lincoln. The general consensus, bias considered, is Nebraska will be a middle-of-the-conference team. Hawk fans don’t think they can beat the Hawks. Cyclone fans are glad to get rid of them. Husker fans don’t care because they’re Husker fans and Nebraska football is all there is…the opponent doesn’t matter.

Husker thoughts for you after the jump… >>

Tom Crean Went OFF

Tom Crean

It’s been a trying season for the Indiana Hoosiers and head coach Tom Crean. A 9-18 record (3-12 in the Big Ten); a knee injury for stud-freshman, Maurice Creek (averaging 16 points at the time he was hurt); a current nine-game losing streak featuring some ugly, ugly 83-55 and 78-46 types of lopsided scores. In short, it’s not the kind of season Indiana fans or Crean wanted or envisioned. Granted, the Creek injury was huge, but still, if you are Crean, you don’t expect your team to get absolutely blindsided, again and again.

Apparently, last night’s lose to Wisconsin was Crean’s breaking point, and at the 9:53 mark of the second half, Mount Crean erupted. Like, Mount St Helens.

After the jump, we’ll have more from Crean’s epic ejection, including more pictures >>

The Big Ten Beat the ACC?

Bo Ryan

And it’s not football? What gives? While the Big Ten did win the ACC/Big Ten challenge, they needed to survive a couple of close calls to pull it off. Wisconsin survived a nail-biter against Kyle Singler and his Dukies, which earned a court-storming, while Illinois provided us with its greatest come-from-behind victory in the school’s history. Had either one of these gone the ACC’s way, the 6-5 final tally for the Big Ten would be reversed.

It was the Big Ten’s first victory over the ACC since the series began 11 years ago.

As you can see, even Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan is surprised at his conference’s success.

Results:

Wisconsin 73, Duke 69
Illinois 76, Clemson 74
Boston College 62, Michigan 58
Miami 63, Minnesota 58 — Odd score, considering the BC/Michigan final tally.
Ohio State 77, Florida State 64
Purdue 69, Wake Forest 58
North Carolina 89, Michigan State 82
Maryland 80, Indiana 68
Northwestern 65, North Carolina State 53
Virginia Tech 70, Iowa 64
Penn State 69, Virginia 66

Largest margin of victory? 13 points, courtesy of Ohio State win over Florida State. Eight of the eleven games were decided by single-digits, a few of which were one and two possession victories. Nevertheless, it doesn’t matter how much you win by, just that you win. And the Big Ten, after 10 years of ACC/Big Ten match up futility, finally comes out as the series victor. Now all they need is 10 more years of winning streaks to even the score.

Georgia On My Mind

Knowshon Moreno

USA Today released their Preseason Top 25 College Football Coaches Poll today and as expected, Mark Richt’s group of Georgia Bulldogs sits atop these rankings. There were six teams receiving first place votes (Georgia, USC, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Florida and LSU — who make up the top six teams) with Georgia leading the way with 22.

Now, as with all things poll-related, there is disagreement about who should be at the top and in college football, because these polls matter (even now), these discussions can get awfully loud and contentious. In fact, Deadspin makes sure to point out Georgia’s ranking disparity between SEC coaches and national coaches. Apparently, the feeling is the national coaches are giving Georgia too much love for bitch-slapping Hawaii in Sugar Bowl last season.

Whatever the case, teams like USC and OSU will get their chances to prove their worth; however, if somehow the Bulldogs make it through their ungodly SEC schedule with none or only one loss, it’s going to be hard to keep them out of BCS Championship Game.

Moving on. Here’s a breakdown of the Top 25 by the big-six conferences. Did somebody say 27 — as in, 27 days left until kick-off?

* ACC – three teams (#9 Clemson, #15 Virginia Tech, #23 Wake Forest)

* Big 10 – five teams (#3 Ohio State, #12 Wisconsin, #19 Illinois, #22 Penn State, #25 Michigan)

* Big 12 – five teams (#4 Oklahoma, #7 Missouri, #10 Texas, #13 Kansas, #14 Texas Tech)

* Big East – two teams (#8 West Virginia, #21 South Florida)

* Pac-10 – three teams (#2 USC, #16 Arizona State, #20 Oregon)

* SEC – five teams (#1 Georgia, #5 Florida, #6 LSU, #11 Auburn, #18 Tennessee)

This means only Brigham Young and Fresno State are the only two mid-major conference teams in the top 25. Based on that, it’s hard to see a BCS-busting team like Boise State or Hawaii (to a lesser extent) making it through this season.

The Basketball Conference Awards

The “regular season” for college basketball ended this past weekend and the conference player awards have been announced. So, instead of making you go to all the conference sites to verify your picks for ACC Player of the Year, we’ve decided to handle the heavy lifting and list the All-Conference teams and the Conference POY awards.

For the sake of avoiding scroll-monster posts and with absolutely no offense to the mid-majors, we’ve limited our lists to the power conferences. See if you agree or disagree with these results:

See the major conference awards after the jump ››

Intentional Upset: Ohio State Rebounds Against Purdue

The Buckeyes of O-H-I-O kept their slim NCAA Tournament hopes alive last night by dispatching 15th-ranked Purdue, 80-77 in overtime. Ohio State was led by Jamar Butler’s 25 points, 23 of which came in the second half.

As indicated, the victory puts OSU at 18-12 (9-8), keeping their Big Dance dreams alive; however, their performance in the Big Ten tournament will probably determine their fate. The Purdue win also ended the Buckeyes’ 4-game losing streak.

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Weekly Pwnage: IU Basketball

Kelvin SampsonTo say Indiana University is having a bad week is an understatement. Not only did they lose to Wisconsin in Bloomington last night, but their coach, Kelvin Sampson, now has to deal with some recruiting violations from his tenure at Oklahoma.

While the NCAA’s blotter reads “5 Major Recruiting Violations,” essentially, Sampson is under fire for abusing his cellular phone privileges while he was with the Sooners.

Apparently, they don’t like it when you take advantage of the Fave 5/talk-as-much-as-you-want packages… As it stands, Sampson’s future at IU is on shaky ground and many aren’t sure he’s going to survive this little run-in:

Read more about the trials of Kelvin Sampson ››