Monday, December 3, 2012
Quickly catch up on the week’s results and happenings in Big Ten Basketball with Late Night Hoops and their B1G BRIEFS!
Big Ten teams in the AP and Coaches Polls released Monday, December 3:
Indiana (#1 AP/#1 Coaches)
Ohio State (#7/#7)
Michigan State (#19/#17)
Player & Freshman of the Week:
POW: Andre Almeida, Nebraska
The big 6’11” center from Brazil didn’t play last year due to injury, but this week at Wake Forest he helped the Huskers to a win with a 20-point, 11-rebound, 3-block performance. Almeida shot 9/10 from the field.
FOW: Nik Stauskas, Michigan
The young Canadian is the first Big Ten player to capture a second POW or FOW award this season. Staukas scored 22 and 20 points, respectively, in his two games this week. For the season he’s averaging 14.3 points per game and shooting an incredible 75.0% eFG%, including 18/29 (62.1%) from 3-point range.
Big Ten Standings through December 2, 2012
Have our Thoughts Changed?
Compared to the consensus view, we differed on several teams:
Indiana – We believe they’ll lose a few games in February and won’t be No. 1 in the nation. No change in our thinking here.
Illinois – We were much higher on the Illini than others. No change in our thinking here.
Purdue – We were lower on the Boilermakers than others. No change in our thinking here.
Michigan – Numerous projections, including our own, suggested Michigan was receiving too much preseason praise. So far, they’ve shown up the doubters. Some of ours expectations have been in-line: Mitch McGary isn’t making as large of an impact as some expected, but Tim Hardaway is better than many projected. The difference has been in the play of freshmen Nik Stauskas and Glenn Robinson. What they’ve done thus far isn’t sustainable (right?!), but it’s been impressive. Really, really great job by these kids so far. If you want to crown, crown ’em. We’re not there yet, but no doubt the Wolverines have been excellent so far this season.
Big Ten in the NBA Development League
(Through Sunday, December 2)
Daily Results per BigTen.org
#1/1 Indiana def. #14/13 North Carolina, 83-59
Virginia Tech def. Iowa, 95-79
#3/3 Michigan def. #18/18 NC State, 79-72
#21/rv Minnesota def. Florida State (rv/rv), 77-68
Nebraska def. Wake Forest, 79-63
Maryland (-/rv) def. Northwestern, 77-57
Illinois def. Georgia Tech, 75-62
Miami (Fla.) def. #13/14 Michigan State, 67-59
#2/2 Duke def. #4/4 Ohio State, 73-68
Boston College def. Penn State, 73-61
Purdue def. Clemson, 73-61
Virginia def. Wisconsin (rv/rv), 60-54
Indiana def. Coppin State, 87-51
Iowa def. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, 88-59
Michigan def. Bradley, 74-66
Michigan State def. Nicholls State, 84-39
Minnesota def. North Florida, 87-59
UIC def. Northwestern, 50-44
Ohio State def. Northern Kentucky, 70-43
Penn State def. Penn, 58-47
Xavier def. Purdue, 63-57
Wisconsin def. California, 81-56