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Purdue senior center JaJuan Johnson was named Big Ten Player of the Year by both the coaches and the media on Monday night. His coach, Matt Painter, was named Coach of the Year by both entities as well.
Indiana, meanwhile, received no on-court performance honors whatsoever. No Hoosier even received honorable mention for the All-Big Ten team, and there was no one on the All-Freshman or All-Defensive team.
The teams follow. (more…)
On Saturday, Tom Crean said Indiana was blown out by Illinois because of a lack of will. On the Big Ten teleconference on Monday, he said it was a lack of belief.
“I think what happened Saturday more than anything else is too early in the game these guys lost the belief that they were going to win the game,” Crean said.
Crean said he thinks the team’s shooting woes compounded into lost confidence. It was by far Indiana’s worst offensive output, as they finished with a season-low 48 points and shot just 31.6 percent from the field.
“ The biggest thing to me, the most glaring thing is that we’re not shooting the ball very well,” Crean said. “Anybody. … We’ve just gotta keep trusting that these shots are gonna go in because again we got some very good open looks the other day and we just didn’t knock them in. I think when you’ve struggled shooting the ball over a period of time, that can play on you and play into your head more than anything else. It can slow your feet down, it can slow your mind down. When all those things start to go your confidence goes.” (more…)
All-Big Ten ballots were due last night and the team will be released tonight. I presented some of the justification for my votes in today’s paper, but I thought I should at least post who I voted for here for the sake of argument and discussion. Picking Jared Sullinger over JaJuan Johnson for Player of the Year was a tough decision, and I’m really not sure if it was the right one, so I’ll concede that there are lots of valid arguments that I was wrong there.
Regardless. My ballot follows.
Player of the Year: 1. Jared Sullinger, Ohio State. 2. JaJuan Johnson, Purdue. 3. Jordan Taylor, Wisconsin.
All Big Ten First Team: Jared Sullinger, Ohio State; JaJuan Johnson, Purdue; Jordan Taylor, Wisconsin; E’Twaun Moore, Purdue; Jon Leuer, Wisconsin.
All Big Ten Second Team: Talor Battle, Penn State; Willam Buford, Ohio State; Darius Morris, Michigan; Draymond Green, Michigan State; Trevor Mbakwe, Minnesota.
All Big Ten Third Team: Jon Diebler, Ohio State; David Lighty, Ohio State; Kalin Lucas, Michigan State; John Shurna, Northwestern, Michael Thompson, Northwestern.
Rookie of the Year: 1. Jared Sullinger, Ohio State. 2. Tim Hardaway, Jr., Michigan. 3. Melsahn Basabe, Iowa.
Coach of the Year: 1. Thad Matta, Ohio State. 2. John Beilein, Michigan. 3. Bo Ryan, Wisconsin.
Pat Knight has been fired as the head coach at Texas Tech, according to RedRaiderSports.com’s Chris Leval.
Knight was 50-60 overall in just more than three years on the job, which he inherited from his father, Bob, after he stepped down.
Texas Tech was 13-18 this season, though, and 5-11 in the Big 12. He had not taken the team to the NCAA Tournament — the best finish was a 19-16 season last year, ending in the NIT quarterfinals.
It should be noted that since Bob Knight left Texas Tech, it has replaced its president and athletics director. The predecessors were “Knight guys,” while the new guys in those positions hold no such allegiances.
With the win over Minnesota on Sunday, Penn State clinched the No. 6 seed and will play No. 11 Indiana in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.The game will be broadcast on the Big Ten Network.
No. 8 Northwestern and No. 9 Minnesota play at 2:30 p.m. Thursday followed by No. 7 Michigan State against No. 10 Iowa. No. 1 seed Ohio State gets the winner of Northwestern-Minnesota on Friday. No. 2 Purdue gets the winner of Michigan State-Iowa and No. 3 Wisconsin gets the winner of Penn State-Indiana. No. 4 seed Michigan and No. 5 seed Illinois play each other.
The Big Ten’s release on the bracket follows. (more…)
For winning the Conference-USA championship last night with a win against East Carolina. It is the school’s first conference championship (that it has not shared) since 1990.
And also congrats to Bob Knight for being Bob Knight.
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