Monday, November 19, 2012
Get caught up quickly on how teams around the Big Ten fared this past week with Late Night Hoops and their B1G BRIEFS!
Big Ten teams in the AP and Coaches Polls released Monday, November 19:
Indiana (#1 AP/#1 Coaches)
Ohio State (#3/#3)
Michigan State (#15/#19)
Also receiving votes: Minnesota (26th/29thth), Wisconsin (27th/ranked)
The Illini won 89-64 at home against St. Francis (NY) before traveling to Honolulu. There, they took on Hawai’I and survived 78-77 in overtime.
- D.J. Richardson is shooting 31.0% 3FG (9/29). The rest of the team is connecting at a 45.6% rate (26/57). Tyler Griffey (5/11) has used the 3-pointer to push his average up to 9.7 points per game.
- Brandon Paul leads the team in scoring with 19.7 per game, which isn’t a surprise. Not far behind is sophomore guard Tracy Abrams at 16.7 points per game and only 7 turnovers in total this year.
- The Illini received a fifth commitment for 2013 when Austin Colbert chose them. Colbert is a long and athletic 6’9” forward from New Jersey.
The Hoosiers beat a solid North Dakota State team 87-61 and destroyed Sam Houston St. 99-45. Both games were at home.
- NDSU shot a respectable eFG% of 48.2% against Indiana.
- Will Sheehey moved into the starting lineup, replacing senior Christian Watford. Said Watford about coming off the bench, “Just give 100% on both ends of the floor and everything will take care of itself.” Good comments from Watford, but the finite minutes available for a roster filled with talent will continue to be something coach Crean must navigate carefully.
The Hawkeyes played three relatively easy home games and came out unscathed: 73-61 over Central Michigan, 66-36 over Howard and 65-56 over Gardner Webb.
- Nine Hawkeyes are averaging more than 13 minutes per game.
- Aaron White hasn’t been in a sophomore slump so far. He’s averaging 14.8 points and 8.0 rebounds per game. The 6’8” forward has been to the line 39 times already this year and is grabbing offensive rebounds at a rate of 17%.
- Junior Roy Devyn Marble leads Iowa in scoring at 15.5 per game.
- Freshman point guard Mike Gesell hasn’t shot well, but is averaging 28.5 minutes and playing solid basketball.
No problem this week for the Wolverines. They played two games at Crisler Center and won both easily: 91-54 over IUPUI and 77-47 over Cleveland St.
- The team is shooting an amazing 65.6% eFG thanks to making 34 of 64 3-point attempts (53.1%).
- Tim Hardaway, the player we’re keeping an eye on most this year, is averaging 17.3 points per game and shooting 81.5% eFG, including 8/11 3FG (72.7%). Hardaway is also averaging 7.7 rebounds a night.
- Trey Burke leads the team in scoring at 18.3 ppg. In addition to Burke and Hardaway, freshmen Glenn Robinson (13.3) and Nick Stauskas (11.0) are also averaging double figure scoring.
Michigan State (2-1)
The Spartans earned a 67-64 victory over Kansas in a neutral court game in Georgia and followed that up with an easy home win over Texas Southern, 69-41.
- Gary Harris won Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors. He’s leading the Spartan scoring attack with 16.0 ppg this year.
- The team is shooting just 25.0% (10/40) from 3-point range this season. Other than Keith Appling (5/9), that percentage is 16.1%.
The Gophers started off with big leads and cruised to victory over Toledo (82-56) and Tennessee State (72-43) before getting a bit of a test from Richmond before pulling away for a 72-57 win. All of Minnesota’s games have been within the friendly confines of Williams Arena.
- Opposing teams have been limited to a 31.5% eFG. Five Gophers are averaging one or more blocks per game and the team has 35 on the year.
- As they did last year, Rodney Williams and Austin Hollins have led the way, both averaging 14.5 points per game.
- Williams has been excellent and has his usage rate over 21% while maintaining an offensive rating of approximately 127. In addition, he’s been a key to the defensive dominance the Gophers have enjoyed so far this year.
- Trevor Mbakwe played a season-high 27 minutes against Richmond and the tentativeness that he appeared to have in the first two games of the season looks to be a thing of the past. He looked like his old self against the Spiders, grabbing 12 boards.
The Huskers survived Valpo 50-48 and beat Nebraska-Omaha 75-62, both games at home.
- Of their top four scorers, three are seniors (Ubel, Talley, Almeida) and one is a junior (Gallegos). Combined, they’ve scored 81.2% of the team’s points this year.
Three home games this week for the Wildcats and three wins: 79-49 over Texas Southern, 81-68 over Mississippi Valley St. and 80-53 over Fairleigh Dickinson
- Reggie Hearn has led the scoring with 15.3 ppg and an eFG% of 84.8%.
- Freshman center Alex Olah is averaging 20.3 mpg, 8.3 ppg, 6.0 rpg and 2.0 bpg.
Ohio State (3-0)
Ohio State won their home opener, downing Albany 82-60. The Buckeyes then went on the road to Connecticut and won games on back-to-back days over Rhode Island (69-58) and Washington (77-66).
- Who will score for this team besides Deshaun Thomas, Aaron Craft and Lenzelle Smith? How relevant is that question? Thomas is happy to carry more of the scoring load. Through 3 games, he’s averaging 25.5 points and 7.0 rebounds, has turned it over only 4 times and has an eFG% of 60.0%.
- Thomas also earned Big Ten Player of the Week honors.
- Aaron Craft is averaging 17.0 points and 5.0 assists per game. The junior point guard has an eFG% of 61.7% and has made 50.0% of his 3FGA (7/14). His turnover rate has been high during his first two seasons in Columbus, but has limited his miscues to just 1.0 per game this year.
- The Buckeyes received a pledge from 2014 forward Keita Bates-Diop of Illinois. A very nice addition for Ohio State.
Penn State (2-2)
The Nittany Lions dropped games to North Carolina State (72-55) and Akron (85-60) and beat Providence (55-52 in overtime). All three games were played in Puerto Rico.
- Tim Frazier went out with an injury just several minutes into the Akron game Sunday. The senior guard was holding his left ankle, but was eventually able to hobble off the court. The team will take a closer look at Frazier back in Pennsylvania, but there is a wide range of possible severity here. Any significant missed time for Frazier would be a huge blow to Penn State.
- Impact transfer D.J. Newbill is putting up 14.5 points per game.
Purdue beat Hofstra at home 83-54 before traveling to New York and dropping a heart breaker to Villanova (89-81 in overtime) and another to Oregon State 66-58. Coming into the year, we were down on Purdue compared to the consensus media picks (we slotted them as the tenth best team in the Big Ten, ahead of only Penn State and Nebraska) and are not surprised by their start.
Nonetheless, some of the Purdue freshmen have shown they can play and it’ll be interesting to see what Matt Painter can get out of this team.
- D.J. Byrd (11.0 ppg) is the only player averaging more than 9 points per game, but his shot has not been falling (8/27 3FG for 29.6%).
- As a team, the Boilermakers have shot 25.0% from 3-point range (19/76).
Florida throttled the visiting Badgers 74-56 on Wednesday. Wisconsin returned home and did the same to Cornell 73-40.
- Jared Berggren leads the team with a scoring average of 16.0 points and has also pulled down 7.0 rebounds per game.
- Ben Brust has been very good, averaging 12.7 points and 8.3 rebounds and maintaining a 3-to-1 assist to turnover ratio.