Articles Tagged ‘Big Ten’

Ohio State Buckeyes

Good Wins: N-Cal, Florida State, @Purdue, Wisconsin, @Michigan State Bad Losses: N-North Carolina Strengths: 1. Evan Turner. When you have one of the top two players in college basketball, you can chalk that up as being a major strength. While Turner will never have an illusionistic nickname, he reminds me of Earvin “Magic” Johnson by… more »

Big Ten’s Pre-Christmas Breakdown

You want a laugh, find a copy of Bill Cosby’s “Himself” DVD. You want a chuckle, look at this season’s preseason prognostications, one month later. Before Kentucky’s Billy Gillispie came out for Kentucky’s Midnight Madness and tried to secure a dozen letters of intent from 8th graders in the crowd and before Tom Izzo turned… more »

Head-to-Head: Michigan State vs. Texas

Bracketography analysts Chris Mackinder (Big Ten) and Jonathan Wall (Big 12) take a look at the upcoming weekend game between Michigan State and Texas. Each writer will argue why his respective conference’s representative will come out on top in this critical non-conference matchup. Mackinder’s Michigan State Analysis During Michigan State’s win against The Citadel on… more »

How will the Big Ten fare in the NCAA Tournament?

“The Big Ten was bad this year. No way around the truth.” – Bracketography’s David Mihm on Selection Sunday. Lost in all the Selection Sunday madness was any discussion of the Big Ten. And, because of the questionable season the entire conference put together, maybe the lack of discussion was warranted. That said, only four… more »

Big Ten Tournament Preview

Regardless of what happens in Indianapolis at this week’s Big Ten Tournament, Wisconsin, Purdue, Indiana and Wisconsin all are dancing. One team – Ohio State – still has realistic dreams of a landing on the right side of the Selection Sunday bubble. That makes this year’s Big Ten Tournament a little mundane, but there are… more »

2007-2008 Purdue Boilermakers

Record: (23-7, 14-3 Big Ten) Key Wins: @Wisconsin, Wisconsin, Michigan State, N-Louisville Key Losses: Wofford, Iowa State, @Missouri, @Ohio State Key Stats: 8.2 – Purdue’s steals per game, second in the Big Ten. 87.9 – Purdue’s defensive efficiency (points allowed in 100 opponent possessions), 11th in the country Key Numbers: RPI: 31; SOS: 90; NCSOS:… more »

What is up with Minnesota?

The calendar only just turned to 2008, but take a guess at which team is No. 3 in the Big Ten. Wisconsin? Nope. Illinois? Try again. Purdue? This might take all night. Believe it or not, the Minnesota Golden Gophers are a step behind the Spartans and Hoosiers in the Big Ten rankings. The 8-1… more »

On Point: Know Your Opponents

When analyzing matchups, experts tend to look at the obvious: rankings, star players, and big-name coaches. All of these play a factor, but sometimes a win just comes down to knowing your opponent. How does the opposition score? From the foul line? Mid-range jumpers? Three-pointers? And, almost as important, where are your team’s defensive weaknesses?… more »

2007-08 Big Ten Preview

For the first time in years the Big Ten’s “best” don’t include the names Illinois, Ohio State or Wisconsin. This season is expected to belong to Indiana and Michigan State while a handful of other teams fight for the third spot. The big change in Big Ten country this season is two added conference games…. more »

2007 ACC-Big 10 Challenge Preview

Apparently the Big 10 has nine lives. The annual ACC-Big 10 Challenge is still going strong despite eight straight losses by the Big 10. That’s right; the conference has never come out on top in this event since its inception in 1999. Overall, the ACC is 48-27 in individual games. In the early years of… more »

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