Category Archives: Big Ten

4th Annual College Court Report 351-Team Ultimate Bracket

Zach Collins, Nigel Williams-Goss (5), and the Gonzaga Bulldogs are the top seed in our 351 team ultimate bracket.
Zach Collins, Nigel Williams-Goss (5), and the Gonzaga Bulldogs are the top seed in our 351 team ultimate bracket.

Every year, teams see their dreams of making the NCAA Tournament come true, while others accept bids into other post-season tournaments.

Last season, 68 teams made the NCAA Tournament, 32 made the NIT, 16 made the College Basketball Invitational, 32 made the CollegeInsider.Com Tournament, and 8 teams took part in the inaugural Vegas 16 tournament. If the math is correct, that leaves 195 teams without a spot in post-season play.

Some teams aren’t even eligible for post-season play due to off-court issues, whether it’s due to low APR scorers or self-imposed bans.

That’s where we come in. We don’t discriminate, and even teams who aren’t eligible in the real world are welcome in our eyes. Living up to the Canadian stereotype of always being nice, we have included all 351 teams into one hypothetical post-season tournament.

For the fourth year in a row, the College Court Report 351-Team Ultimate Bracket is back to give a look at what it would be like if every single team in the country took part in the same post-season tournament. Continue reading 4th Annual College Court Report 351-Team Ultimate Bracket

RECAP: Jok returns, Hawkeyes win third in a row

 

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Jordan Bohannon drives to the rim in Hawkeyes’ win over Nebraska (Rob Howe)

The Iowa Hawkeyes took down the Nebraska Huskers, notching their third conference win in a row, improving their overall record to 14-10 (6-5 Big Ten).

The Hawkeyes’ will have to learn how to play without Senior star Peter Jok next season and if the past games without him have been any sign, they will be in good hands. They had to play back to back games without him and went 2-0 in those games. But, it was nice to see him back on the court and the Hawkeyes kept their winning ways with Jok with them this time.

The first half was back and forth, and the Hawkeyes barely went in to halftime with a lead, 38-36. But, the second half would be a nine point advantage for the Hawkeyes’, propelling them to an 11 point win. The return of Peter Jok was huge for the Hawkeyes’, but Jordan Bohannon also had his own story. He set the record for most made three-pointers in a season by a Hawkeye Freshman with 54 and counting.

For Nebraska, they have fallen a long way from starting 3-0 in Big Ten play. With this loss, they fall to 10-13 overall (4-7 Big Ten). Tai Webster, their best player, had 14 points and 6 assists. For him, that is a very quite night and it shows with the tough loss for Nebraska.

C0-Stars of the game: Jordan Bohannon (15 points, 5 rebounds, 4-6 3pt) and Peter Jok (12 points, 5 assists, 5 rebounds)

Up next for Nebraska is a huge game against the best team in the Big Ten Wisconsin. They will host the Badgers Thursday.

The Hawkeyes’ will travel to Minnesota to take on the Gophers on Wednesday, with the chance to get their fourth win in a row.

 

RECAP: Wisconsin Stays Unbeaten at Home Despite Scare From Michigan

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(Photos courtesy of Wisconsin Athletics)

Coming into Tuesday’s game against the Michigan Wolverines, the Wisconsin Badgers had not lost a game at home in over a year. But, the Wolverines gave it their best shot, but ended up coming up just short of an upset win.

The first half was a back and forth battle and the Badgers went into the halftime break only up by 5, 26-21.

The second half was just as exciting and the Wolverines were in this game until the final buzzer. Led by Zak Irvin, who scored 20 points and had 6 rebounds, the Wolverines were giving the Badgers a tough time on offense, but just couldn’t score enough down the stretch to steal a win on the road. Continue reading RECAP: Wisconsin Stays Unbeaten at Home Despite Scare From Michigan

Big Ten Power Rankings: Does anyone have a shot at the national title?

Caleb Swanigan is a top contender for the Wooden Award, and his play has the Purdue Boilermakers near the top of the Big Ten standings.
Caleb Swanigan is a top contender for the Wooden Award, and his play has the Purdue Boilermakers near the top of the Big Ten standings.

Despite an up-and-down start to the year for several teams in the Big Ten, conference play always presents new opportunities.

Entering the 2017 calendar year, odds-makers from across the country still had a handful of Big Ten teams among the best betting odds to be cutting down the nets in Phoenix come the first Monday of April.

The likes of the Indiana HoosiersWisconsin Badgers, and Purdue Boilermakers look to be the conference’s best bets to have a Big Ten cut down the nets.

However, the National Championship is still over two months away, and the Big Ten conference is a mess. There’s no clear-cut favourite at this moment in the season, teams are losing games they should win, and vice versa. There are several ‘good’ teams in the conference, but no ‘great’ teams.

We tried to dissect the teams in the conference, and rank them to the best of our abilities. So, here goes nothing.
Continue reading Big Ten Power Rankings: Does anyone have a shot at the national title?

PREVIEW: Hawkeyes’ Elite Offense Key to Winning Third Straight Game

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William J. Adams/ For the Press-Citizen

After taking down the 17th-ranked Purdue Boilermakers, the Hawkeyes have their eyes set on Northwestern, and getting their third straight win.

Offensive fire power was the key in beating Purdue, along with a group of tough-minded Freshman and one of the best scorers in the country in Peter Jok. If the Hawkeyes want to go to Northwestern’s home court and get a win over a quality team, they will do so behind that skilled offense. Continue reading PREVIEW: Hawkeyes’ Elite Offense Key to Winning Third Straight Game

RECAP: Hawkeyes Complete Huge Upset With Passion and Heart

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William J. Adams/ For the Press-Citizen

Well, if anyone remembered what happened to the Hawkeyes last time they played Purdue, they sure aren’t talking about that anymore. Tough defense, great scorers, and a nerve-wracking ending was exactly what the people watching the most recent game wanted. The Boilermakers needed to take care of business on the road, and the Hawkeyes needed a much needed home win against one of the best teams in the country; and that’s exactly what they did.

From the tip-off the Hawkeyes were in the game, even until half time it was within reach. Peter Jok came out and played exactly like the superstar that he is and the rest of the team rallied behind him. Jordan Bohannon was running the offense to perfection and the pick-and-roll was the Boilermakers’ weakness the entire first half. It was back and forth until the 2:47 mark where Purdue went on a 6-0 run and ended the half up by 9, 47-38.

The first half for Purdue was tense, but they wouldn’t complain going into halftime with a nine point advantage. Caleb Swanigan, Purdue’s superstar big man, had 13 points at the break, and Vince Edwards chipped in 11. They were getting beat by the pick-and-roll, but their offense was shooting the ball well from behind the 3-point line and they were forcing the Hawkeyes to give it all they had.

Three minutes into the second half and three made shots in a row by Jok, and the Hawkeyes were only down by 1, 48-47. With 14:38 left in the game, Bohannon would knock down a much needed 3-pointer to give the Hawkeyes their first lead of the half.

The rest of the game was a back and forth battle of two of the best players in the nation; Jok and Swanigan. Every time the Hawkeyes looked like they would pull away and the crowd would rise to their feet, the Boilermakers would come down the court and knock down a much needed bucket. Fast forward to 11 seconds left in the game and the Hawkeyes were up by 1, 79-78, and Bohannon walked to the free throw line with hopes of putting the Hawkeyes up by three. He went two for two and the Hawkeyes were up by three, 81-78. The Boilermakers came down the court, shot their best shot to tie the game but it was no good and the Hawkeyes grabbed the rebound. The Boilermakers would foul Nicholas Baer with one second left and he would make two free throws to put the nail in the coffin; UPSET COMPLETE.

This win was the Hawkeyes second win over a ranked team this season and puts them at 11-7 on the season, 3-2 in Big Ten play. The best player for the Hawkeyes and for the game was Peter Jok, who had 29 points, 8 assists, and 6 rebounds. Jordan Bohannon also had a big game with 12 points and 9 assists.

The Boilermakers fall to 14-4, 3-2 in Big Ten play, despite a nice game from their best player. Swanigan posted 17 points and 8 rebounds. Up next for the Boilermakers is a home game against the Fighting Illini from Illinois.

The Hawkeyes will travel to take on a good Northwestern team that has a record of 14-4.