Just days away from the Big Ten tournament, each team is looking to either make their case for the NCAA Tournament, or ruin someone else’s chance at glory. This conference is built on pride and tradition, and no matter how a teams’ season has gone, they will be diving for every ball, and playing until the final whistle. Here’s a look at the favorites and sleepers for the B1G tourney!
The young, run-and-gun Spartans are not only the best team in the Big Ten, but the best team in the country. Averaging about 5 blocks a game, the lengthy Michigan State Spartans are hard to score on. With four freshmen and one sophomore starting, the Spartans are young and fast, always looking to push the tempo. With future lottery pick Miles Bridges, the Spartans could be scary not only in the Big Ten Tourney, but in March as well. Read Full Article Here!
In September of 2017, Arizona basketball assistant coach Emanuel “Book” Richardson was arrested following a two-year corruption and bribes investigation. Richardson reportedly accepted $20,000 in bribes and paid for a recruit to sign with Arizona. In exchange, Richardson agreed to encourage Arizona players to sign with Christian Dawkins and financial advisor Munish Sood. Dawkins worked for Andy Miller, an ASM Sports agent. Richardson has since been charged with six felonies, facing up to 60 years in prison as well as $1.5 million in fines.
In October, Arizona head coach Sean Miller denied being aware of the alleged scheme. However, recent findings imply that Miller was not only aware of the scheme, but involved.Read Full Article Here! ->
As conference play nears the halfway point, the cream of the college basketball crop have begun to separate themselves from the pack. Villanova, Virginia, and Purdue are leading the way in their respective conferences, and are clustered at the top of the AP poll as well. Traditional blue bloods in Duke and Kansas have looked the part thus far, whereas youthful Kentucky and Arizona squads have struggled with consistency. Ohio State, Texas Tech, TCU, and Arizona State -each in the conference title hunt- have experienced surprisingly quick turnarounds under relatively new regimes. On the other hand, Texas A&M and USC have failed to meet the preseason hype, but still have time to salvage their seasons.
As we near March, it’s time for title contenders to solidify their position and for struggling ball-clubs to turn their seasons around. I have evaluated each tournament-hopeful team’s current status, which includes both marquee wins and bad losses.Read Full Article Here!