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Michigan State Slips Past Rutgers, 62-52

Against Rutgers on Tuesday night, freshman Jaren Jackson Jr. racked up 11 points and eight blocks, helping lead the Spartans to the 62-52 win. (Source: Rey Del Rio – Getty Images)

PISCATAWAY, N.J. — The 2017-18 season introduced a new conference play format for the Big Ten Conference.

Teams now play a pair of conference games in the month of December, as the conference tournament was moved up a week. Instead of finishing on the afternoon of Selection Sunday, as it has done in the past, the Big Ten Tournament will now finish a week prior to the field being announced for the NCAA Tournament.

With the changes, teams from the Big Ten played their first two conference games from Saturday through to Tuesday night. It gave fans some insight into how their teams stack up against conference foes, serving as a good measuring stick moving forwards.

On Sunday, the Michigan State Spartans opened up Big Ten play with a big home win over the Nebraska Cornhuskers, 86-57. The Spartans’ opponent on Tuesday, the Rutgers Scarlet Knights, weren’t as successful in their Big Ten opener.

Rutgers fell to the Minnesota Golden Gophers on the road, 89-67, extending their losing streak to two games in the process.

Tuesday night saw two teams going in different directions match up with one another. The Spartans had won six straight games after a loss in the Champions Classic, while Rutgers had lost two straight after a 6-0 start.

It was an even first half, as the teams were tied at 26-all at the break. In the second frame, Michigan State pulled away down the stretch, extending their winning streak to seven with a 62-52 win over the host Scarlet Knights. Continue reading Michigan State Slips Past Rutgers, 62-52

Williams scores 23 points to lead Rutgers past Central Connecticut State, 71-67

Mike Williams scored a game-high 23 points in his season debut, leading Rutgers to the 71-67 win over Central Connecticut State. (Source: Asbury Park Press)

PISCATAWAY, N.J. — College basketball games are 40 minutes in length, and on Sunday against the Central Connecticut State Blue Devils, the Rutgers Scarlet Knights needed every minute to come away victorious.

Rutgers opened their season with a 94-38 win over the CCNY Beavers on Friday, and they did so without Mike Williams. With Williams back in the lineup, they were looking to move to 2-0 in the early stages of 2017-18.

The Blue Devils came into Sunday on the heels of a one-point loss to the Hartford Hawks in their opener, a game in which freshman guard Tyler Kohl emerged as a potential go-to guy on offense for coach Donyell Marshall. They were looking to notch their first win on the year, and they took the fight to Rutgers from the opening tip and didn’t make things easy.

Central Connecticut State led for most of the first half, but Rutgers fought their way back and took a slim one-point lead into the break.

A back-and-forth second half ultimately led to the Scarlet Knights opening up a double-digit lead, only to see the Blue Devils come back and make Rutgers work to the final buzzer to secure the win.

When all was said and done, Rutgers held down home court and came away with the 71-67 victory. Continue reading Williams scores 23 points to lead Rutgers past Central Connecticut State, 71-67

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.
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RECAP: Hawkeyes Get Much Needed Home Win Behind Peter Jok and Company

Peter Jok and the Iowa Hawkeyes picked up a much-needed win on Sunday over Rutgers to get back on track in Big Ten play. (Source: Jeffrey Becker - USA Today Sports) (Header: Iowa Basketball)
Peter Jok and the Iowa Hawkeyes picked up a much-needed win on Sunday over Rutgers to get back on track in Big Ten play. (Source: Jeffrey Becker – USA Today Sports) (Header: Iowa Basketball)

Coming into Sunday’s game, the Iowa Hawkeyes had played back to back games that went into overtime, one against the Michigan Wolverines and the other against the Nebraska Cornhuskers.

They were also 1-2 in conference play with a possibility of dropping to 1-3 if they were to lose to Rutgers. When it starts to look like a team is going off the deep end, getting a nice win against a quality opponent at home can be a much needed boost, and that is exactly what the Hawkeyes got on Sunday. Continue reading RECAP: Hawkeyes Get Much Needed Home Win Behind Peter Jok and Company

College Court Report Preseason All-Conference Teams: Big Ten

Melo Trimble is the lone starter back for Maryland in 2016-17, but that's enough to keep the Terrapins in contention. (Source: G Fium - Getty Images)
Melo Trimble is the lone starter back for Maryland in 2016-17, but that’s enough to keep the Terrapins in contention. (Source: G Fium – Getty Images)

With the exhibition season in full swing, and coming to a close early this week, that can mean only one thing.

The 2016-17 college basketball regular season is just around the corner!

Things get underway Friday, November 11th at Noon EST with the first regular season game of the season, and there will be a plethora of talent on display across all 32 conferences all season long.

Before the season gets started, we decided to hand out some preseason hardware, in the form of our Conference Player of the Year award and All-Conference Teams.

Along with that, we have the College Court Report All-Americans, and the Mid-Major Player of the Year Preseason Watch List. Links to all of the conference awards and the Watch List can be found at the bottom of each article.

Below, you can find the All-Conference Teams and Conference Player of the Year for the Big Ten Conference. Continue reading College Court Report Preseason All-Conference Teams: Big Ten

Top 100 Players in College Basketball for the 2016-17 Season

Kris Jenkins made the final basket in the 2015-16 season, sending VIllanova to the National Championship. With Ryan Arcidiacono gone, Jenkins becomes a big focal point for the Wildcats. Where does he rank in our list of Top 100 Players for the 2016-17 Season?
Kris Jenkins made the final basket in the 2015-16 season, sending Villanova to the National Championship. With Ryan Arcidiacono gone, Jenkins becomes a big focal point for the Wildcats. Where does he rank in our list of Top 100 Players for the 2016-17 Season?
The 2016-17 college basketball season is just around the corner, and the excitement is building with each passing day. More and more teams are releasing their schedules for the upcoming season, and some teams are on their preseason trips around the world.

With the current season in mind, we assembled our list of the Top 100 Players in College Basketball for the 2016-17 Season!

You’ll notice quickly that there are NO freshmen on the list. There’s one simple reason for that: they have yet to play a regular season game at the Division I level. They can’t be the best in college basketball when they haven’t yet played a game for their school.

The following 100 players are the top 100 returning players from across the country. They were evaluated on two fronts: their overall role on their respective team, and their statistical performances over their collegiate career.

Let us know your thoughts on the list, by either leaving a comment or letting us know on Twitter and Facebook!
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