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Big Ten Conference Men’s Basketball News

 

BIG TEN MEDAL OF HONOR 100TH ANNIVERSARY SPOTLIGHT

Illinois’ Dee Brown

Brown won the Big Ten Medal of Honor in 2006 following a stellar four-year career at Illinois. The Maywood, Ill., native won the Bob Cousy Award as the nation’s top point guard as a senior in 2006, along with collecting Consensus Second-Team All-America honors. In 2005, Brown led the Fighting Illini to the national championship game and was named a Consensus First-Team All-American. Brown collected first or second-team All-Big Ten honors all four years of his career and was a two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree. He was named a finalist for Illinois’ Male Athlete of the Year in 2006 and was also recognized as a Senior CLASS Award finalist.

 

Michigan State Named Preseason Big Ten Favorite:

Michigan State was chosen as the unanimous Big Ten favorite heading into the 2013-14 men’s basketball season as voted on by a panel of conference media. The media also tabbed Spartan sophomore Gary Harris as the Preseason Player of the Year. Michigan and Ohio State were selected to finish second and third, respectively.

 

Harris led a six-member preseason All-Big Ten team, as the media vote resulted in additional honorees due to a tie. He was joined on the team by the Wolverines’ Mitch McGary and Glenn Robinson III, Michigan State’s Adreian Payne, the Buckeyes’ Aaron Craft and Penn State’s Tim Frazier.

 

2013-14 BIG TEN PRESEASON RANKINGS

1. Michigan State (Unanimous)

2. Michigan

3. Ohio State

 

2013-14 PRESEASON BIG TEN PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Gary Harris, Michigan State

 

2013-14 PRESEASON ALL-BIG TEN TEAM

Mitch McGary, Michigan

Glenn Robinson III, Michigan

Gary Harris, Michigan State

Adreian Payne, Michigan State

Aaron Craft, Ohio State

Tim Frazier, Penn State

 

Preseason Prognostications:

The Big Ten was well-represented in the USA Today Coaches and Associated Press preseason polls, with five conference teams ranked among the top 25 in the coaches’ poll, and four teams earning preseason recognition in the AP poll.

 

Michigan State enters the season ranked No. 2 in both polls, while Michigan is ranked No. 7 in the AP poll and No. 9 in the coaches’ poll. Ohio State checked in at No. 10 in the coaches’ poll and No. 11 in the AP poll, while Wisconsin is ranked No. 20 in the AP poll and No. 21 in the coaches’ poll. Indiana enters the season ranked No. 24 in the coaches’ poll. Iowa received votes in both preseason polls, while Illinois collected votes in the coaches’ poll and Indiana received votes in the AP poll.

 

Back in the B1G:

The Big Ten welcomes back 15 players that have earned All-Big Ten distinction, including Ohio State’s Aaron Craft, a first-team selection last year, and Penn State’s Tim Frazier, who collected first-team honors in 2012. Michigan State returns a trio of second-team All-Big Ten honorees this season, including guards Keith Appling and Gary Harris and center Adreian Payne.

 

Returning third-teamers include Iowa’s Roy Devyn Marble and Aaron White, along with Minnesota’s Andre Hollins and Purdue’s Terone Johnson. Northwestern’s Drew Crawford also earned third-team All-Big Ten honors in 2012.

 

Honorable Mention selections set to return this season include Indiana’s Yogi Ferrell, Michigan’s Glenn Robinson III, Penn State’s D.J. Newbill and Wisconsin’s Ben Brust and Sam Dekker.

 

In addition, Dekker, Purdue’s A.J. Hammons, Harris, Ferrell and Robinson III were named to last year’s Big Ten All-Freshman Team and return in 2013-14, while Craft, Michigan’s Jordan Morgan and Ohio State’s Shannon Scott return from last year’s All-Defensive Team. Also set to return is Indiana senior forward Will Sheehey, who was tabbed the 2013 Big Ten Sixth Man of the Year.

 

Early Honors:

Several Big Ten players have received preseason honors from a variety of outlets over the last several weeks. Michigan’s Mitch McGary was named a first-team All-American by the Sporting News, while Michigan State’s Gary Harris collected second-team honors and Ohio State’s Aaron Craft was recognized as a third-team All-American. McGary was also tabbed a first-team All-American in the USA Today Sports 2013-14 College Basketball Preview Magazine.

 

Blue Ribbon Yearbook revealed its preseason All-America Teams, with Adreian Payne collecting first-team plaudits, McGary being recognized as second-team, Craft receiving third-team honors and Harris claiming fourth-team laurels. Craft and McGary were both named second-team All-Americans, while Payne collected third-team All-America honors from CBSSports.com.

 

Oscar Robertson Watch List Has Big Ten Ties:

The Big Ten led all conferences with four players named to the U.S. Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) Oscar Robertson Trophy Preseason Watch List, presented annually to the national player of the year. Michigan’s Mitch McGary, Michigan State’s Gary Harris and Adreian Payne and Ohio State’s Aaron Craft all garnered preseason recognition. The Oscar Robertson Trophy is the nation’s oldest player of the year award and the only one named after a former player. Big Ten players have won the Oscar Robertson Trophy in two of the last four years, with Michigan’s Trey Burke winning last year, and Ohio State’s Evan Turner claiming the honor in 2010.

 

Running Point:

The preseason watch list for the 2014 Cousy Award, recognizing the top point guard in the country, includes Indiana’s Yogi Ferrell, Michigan State’s Keith Appling, Ohio State’s Aaron Craft and Penn State’s Tim Frazier. The candidates will be narrowed down to 20 in early February, then five finalists by early March. A selection committee appointed by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame will review the candidates in contention for the award, which is named after legendary point guard Bob Cousy.

 

Leaders of the Pack:

The Big Ten returns four players who have scored 1,000 or more points in their careers, led by Northwestern’s Drew Crawford, who has scored 1,418 points in his career. Crawford is followed by Michigan State’s Keith Appling (1,135), Iowa’s Roy Devyn Marble (1,134) and Penn State’s Tim Frazier (1,035). Indiana senior forward Evan Gordon, a transfer from Arizona State that will be immediately eligible, has also scored 1,186 points in his college career.

 

Putting Up the Points:

The Big Ten returns six players that led their respective teams in scoring last season, including three of the top eight scorers in the conference. Penn State’s D.J. Newbill (16.3 ppg), Iowa’s Roy Devyn Marble (15.0), Minnesota’s Andre Hollins (14.6), Purdue’s Terone Johnson (13.5), Michigan State’s Keith Appling (13.4) and Wisconsin’s Ben Brust (11.1) all return as their team’s leading scorer from last season. Penn State’s Tim Frazier also led the Nittany Lions in scoring (18.8) during the 2011-12 campaign. Newbill ranked fifth in the Big Ten in scoring a year ago, while Marble and Hollins ranked seventh and eighth, respectively.

 

Full House:

During the 2012-13 season, the Big Ten led the nation in men’s basketball attendance for the 37th consecutive year according to figures released by the NCAA. The Big Ten led all conferences with an average attendance of 13,114, which is over 2,400 more fans per game than the next-closest conference. During the regular season, the Big Ten welcomed 2,937,630 fans over 224 games, which set the conference’s total attendance record for the second-straight season, and is the 21st straight year the conference eclipsed the two-million mark. In addition, the 2013 Big Ten Basketball Tournament set the total attendance record, as the conference welcomed 124,543 fans to the United Center in Chicago for the four-day event.

 

Welcome Aboard:

The Big Ten welcomes two new coaches to its sidelines in 2013-14. Richard Pitino takes over at Minnesota after leading Florida International to its first winning season in 15 years during the 2012-13 campaign. Chris Collins takes the reins at Northwestern after serving 13 years on Mike Krzyzewski’s coaching staff at Duke, including the last five years as the associate head coach.

 

Stay Glued to the Tube:

The 2013-14 season marks the seventh consecutive year that every Big Ten men’s basketball conference regular season and tournament game will be broadcast nationally. The Big Ten’s most recent media agreements will result in nearly 175 regular season and postseason games appearing on BTN, CBS, ESPN, ESPN2 or ESPNU.

 

Postseason Back in Indy:

The 2014 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament returns to Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis for the ninth time in event history. This season’s tournament will tip off on Thursday, March 13, and the champion will be crowned on Sunday, March 16.

 

The Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament will also be played at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in 2016, and will be held at the United Center in Chicago in 2015.

 

All-session tickets for the 2014 Big Ten Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournaments are on sale now. For more information, visit bigten.org.

 

http://www.bigten.org

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY & A COURTESY OF BIG TEN CONFERENCE

Bearcats men’s basketball opens with North Carolina Central Friday night

 

 

CINCINNATI – The University of Cincinnati men’s basketball team begins regular-season play Friday when it welcomes North Carolina Central to Fifth Third Arena. The game tips at 8 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on ESPN3.

 

The Bearcats earned a pair of exhibition victories during preseason action, posting a 77-63 win over Canadian power Carleton on Oct. 26 and an 84-72 win against NCAA Division II perennial title contender Bellarmine on Nov. 2.

 

Senior guard Sean Kilpatrick led the Bearcats in each game and averaged 22.0 points in exhibition action. Senior forward Justin Jackson also recorded a pair of solid performances while averaging 16.5 points and a team-high 8.0 rebounds.

 

Kilpatrick and Jackson are the two returning starters (and are among eight returning lettermen) from last season’s 22-12 squad that made the school’s third consecutive appearance at the NCAA tournament.

 

North Carolina Central posted a 22-9 overall record last season, including a 15-1 mark and second-place finish in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.

 

Friday’s matchup will be the first in series history between the two programs.

 

Fans can purchase tickets to 2013-14 season opener or any regular-season game at GoBEARCATS.com/tickets.

 

Game at a Glance

Series Info: First Meeting

Coaches: Mick Cronin is in his eighth season at Cincinnati (135-100); 11th season overall (204-124).

LeVelle Moton is in his fifth season at NCCU (61-61); fifth season overall (61-61).

Rankings: Cincinnati and North Carolina Central are not ranked in the preseason USA Today or AP polls.

Radio: 700 WLW; Dan Hoard provides play-by-play alongside color analyst Chuck Machock.

TV: ESPN3; Jim Barber provides play-by-play with color analyst Mark Adams. Larry Jacquemotte produces.

UC Twitter Page: @GoBEARCATS

 

Cincinnati Storylines

-Cincinnati tips off its 113th season on Friday against North Carolina Central. It marks the earliest season opener in school history. The previous record was Nov. 9, 2007 at home against Belmony (L, 86-75).

-Friday’s game also marks the beginning of a seven-game homestand for the Bearcats. The first four contests are part of the Global Sports Shootout.

-The Bearcats are 91-21 (.813) in season openers, including an 80-10 (.889) mark at home.

-The 2013-14 Bearcats return two starters and eight lettermen from last season’s team that finished 22-12 overall and advanced to the NCAA tournament for the third consecutive season.

-Kilpatrick, who was named first team All-American Athletic Conference by the league’s coaches, averaged 17.0 points, 5.2 rebounds and 2.41 three-pointers last season and leads all current AAC players with 1,444 career points.

-Senior forwards Justin Jackson and Titus Rubles man the UC frontcourt. Jackson ranked eighth in the BIG EAST Conference in blocks (1.37) last season. Rubles is UC’s returning leader in rebounds (5.9) and assists (2.0).

-The Bearcats were picked fourth in the American preseason coaches’ poll. UC received 58 points to finish behind predicted league champion,Louisville (81 points), UConn (69) and Memphis (68). Temple was picked fifth with 40 points, followed by SMU (39), Houston (28), USF (27), UCF (24) and Rutgers (16).

-UC earned a pair of exhibition victories at Fifth Third Arena during the past two weeks in preparation for today’s season opener. The Bearcats posted a 77-63 win over Carleton University (Canada) on Oct. 26 and an 84-72 victory against Bellarmine on Nov. 2.

-UC is 52-9 (.852) in nonconference home games during the Mick Cronin coaching era. The Bearcats have won 39 of their last 43 non-league home games.

-UC plays host to NC State on Nov. 12 at 5 p.m. ET as part of ESPN’s College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon.

GoBEARCATS.com

 

GAME PREVIEW WRITTEN BY Andre Foushee, COURTESY UC SPORTS COMMUNICATIONS

Miami RedHawks men’s basketball opens at #21/22 Notre Dame on Friday

Miami at No. 21/22 Notre Dame
Friday, November 8 - 7 p.m.
Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center - Notre Dame, Ind.

Television: ESPN3 (Dan Gutowsky; Darrin Horn)
Radio: Miami IMG Sports Network (WMOH 1450 Hamilton; WFMG 101.3 Richmond; WONE 980 Dayton; WDBZ 1230 Cincinnati)

REDHAWKS TIP OFF SEASON AT NO. 21/22 NOTRE DAME: Miami University’s men’s basketball team begins a three-game road stretch to start the season when the RedHawks travel to the University of Notre Dame for a 7 p.m. game on Friday, Nov. 8. With eight new faces on their roster, the RedHawks will have a different look than a season ago but will be challenged early by a Notre Dame squad that returns nine letterwinners, including four starters, from a team that advanced to the NCAA Tournament second round a season ago. Of Miami’s six returning players on its roster, four were starters in 2012-13.

GRAND OPENING: For the 38th time in program history, Miami hits the road to open its season. The RedHawks are 15-22 when opening the season on the road and are 72-36 in all-time season openers. Miami has won four of its last six season openers, however, the RedHawks have lost their last three when opening their campaign on the road, including a 97-59 loss at No. 6 NC State last season. The RedHawks’ last win in a season opener was in Oxford in overtime against Dayton on Nov. 15, 2011, 72-67. Miami’s last win in a season opener on the road was at Liberty to tip off the 2003-04 season, 71-55.

ABOUT THE FIGHTING IRISH: Notre Dame returns nine letterwinners, including four starters, from a team that posted a 25-10 mark and advanced to the NCAA Tournament second round a year ago. The Fighting Irish are ranked No. 21 in the preseason Associated Press poll and No. 22 in the USA Today Coaches preseason poll. The Fighting Irish begin their first season in the Atlantic Coast Conference after 18 years in the BIG EAST. Notre Dame returns its top scorer from last season in senior guard Jerian Grant, who averaged 13.3 ppg and 5.5 apg, and is a Preseason All-ACC selection. Eric Atkins (11.2 ppg, 5.5 apg), Pat Connaughton (8.9 ppg, 4.7 rpg) and Tom Knight (5.5 ppg, 3.5 rpg) are the other returning starters for the Fighting Irish. Notre Dame defeated Indianapolis, 95-69, in its first exhibition game and produced a decisive 93-44 win over Tusculum College in its second exhibition.

THE SERIES WITH NOTRE DAME: Friday marks the ninth meeting between Miami and Notre Dame in a series that began in 1909 and is tied at four wins apiece. The RedHawks have won four of the last five meetings with the Fighting Irish with the last game decided by a mere point in Oxford on December 8, 2001 in a 70-69 loss for the Red and White. Miami’s last trip to Notre Dame was on Dec. 9, 2000 with the RedHawks capturing a 73-64 win, which was MU’s last win in the series. The last time the Fighting Irish defeated Miami at Notre Dame was on Dec. 9 1944, 68-36. When playing at Notre Dame, the series is tied, 2-2.

UP NEXT: Miami continues a three-game road stretch to start the season when the RedHawks travel to Arizona State for a 9 p.m. (ET) game on Tuesday, Nov. 12. Eight days later, the RedHawks travel to local foe Xavier for an 8 p.m. game on Wednesday, Nov. 20 Miami returns to Millett Hall to host Wilmington in its home-opener at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 23.

MIAMI SPORTS NETWORK FROM IMG COLLEGE: In its seventh year of its partnership with IMG College, the Miami Sports Network from IMG College continues its coverage of Miami men’s basketball with a group of affiliates blanketing most of Southwest Ohio and Southeast Indiana. “The Voice of the RedHawks” Steve Baker delivers the play-by-play coverage, while Terry Bridge provides color commentary. Tune in to one of Miami’s game-day affiliates: WMOH-AM 1450 (Hamilton, OH), WFMG-FM 101.3 (Richmond, IN), WDBZ-AM 1230 (Cincinnati, OH), WONE 980 (Dayton, OH), MURedHawks.com (All-Access Subscription).

TURNING 109: Miami’s game at Notre Dame on Friday, Nov. 8, marks the start of the 109th season of Miami University Basketball.

WILL POWER: Miami should have plenty of “Will” power this season. In addition to returners senior forward Will Felder and junior guard Will Sullivan, Miami added sophomore guard Willie Moore, a transfer from the University of Oregon, to the mix this season. The trio combined for 28 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists in Miami’s exhibition game against Northwood on Oct. 30.

“POLLING” RANK: For the second straight year, Miami opens it season against a ranked opponent. The RedHawks tipped off the 2012-13 campaign at NC State, who received a No. 6 ranking in the preseason polls. This season, Miami travels to No. 21/22 Notre Dame to begin the 2013-14 season. It is also the second straight year Miami has opened the season at an ACC school.

FELDER TABBED EAST DIVISION PRESEASON ALL-MAC: Senior forward Will Felder was named to the Mid-American Conference East Division Preseason Team in a poll of a 25-member MAC News Media Panel that was released by the conference office Oct. 29. An honorable mention All-MAC selection as a junior, Felder was the leading rebounder for the RedHawks a season ago and was the team’s top scorer in MAC play. He averaged 11.6 ppg and 5.3 rpg over 31 games and averaged 13.3 ppg and 5.8 rpg in MAC action. Felder ranked fifth among conference leaders in field goal percentage, shooting 52.1 percent for the season and 54.3 percent in conference games. Felder ranked among MAC statistical leaders in six categories in 2012-13.

HONORING COLES: This season, the Miami University men’s basketball team will wear a special patch on both its home and road uniforms to honor the memory of long-time Miami head coach and 1965 alumnus Charlie Coles. The circular black patch has the initials CC in white. Coach Coles, who spent 16 years at the helm of the RedHawk program, is Miami’s all-time leader in wins and is the Mid-American Conference record holder for career conference wins. Coach Coles retired on March 5, 2012 following the RedHawks’ last game of the season. He passed away on June 7, 2013, at the age of 71.

THE RETURNERS: Miami returns six players, including four starters from a season ago. The RedHawks return four starters in senior guard Quinten Rollins, senior forward Will Felder, junior guard Will Sullivan and sophomore guard Reggie Johnson. Sophomore guard Geovonie McKnight is the other letterwinner to return for Miami. Senior forward Bill Edwards also returns after being sidelined much of the season due to an injury. The RedHawk returners have made a combined 171 career starts for MU. Despite returning just six players from a season ago, that group accounted for 56.4 percent of the RedHawks’ scoring and 53.6 percent of its rebounding a season ago.

THE NEWCOMERS: Miami adds a large and diverse class of talented newcomers to its 2013-14 roster. After sitting out last season due to NCAA transfer guidelines, sophomore center John Hawkins is able to suit up for the RedHawks in 2013-14. Miami also added senior forward/center Blake McLimans, who is pursuing his master’s degree at Miami after earning an undergraduate degree at the University of Michigan, as well as sophomore guard Willie Moore, who is a transfer from the University of Oregon and will compete for the RedHawks this season. Miami has two talented freshmen who hail from Australia in forward Joshua Oswald and guard Jaryd Eustace. Joining the team but sitting out the season due to NCAA transfer guidelines is junior guard Eric Washington, who played at Presbyterian College the last two seasons. The RedHawks also have two walk-ons in senior guard Philip Bennett and sophomore forward Brian Oddo.

CLOSING IN ON 1300: This season, Miami University’s men’s basketball program seeks its 1300th all-time win. The Red and White have amassed a program record of 1298-1092 over the past 108 years.

EXHIBITION ACTION: In a tune-up for the season, Miami hosted Northwood on Oct. 30, defeating the Saints, 76-71. Five RedHawks scored in double figures. Sophomore guard Willie Moore led all players with 16 points, sinking 6-of-8 field goals, including three from 3-point range. Freshman guard Jaryd Eustace chipped in 14 points, while senior forward/center Blake McLimans added 13, senior forward Will Felder tallied 12 and sophomore guard Reggie Johnson added 10 points in the winning effort.

ODDS ‘N ENDS: The RedHawks return 56.4 percent of their scoring and 53.6 percent of their rebounding from a season ago … Miami was predicted to finish fifth in the MAC East Division in a poll of the MAC News Media.

A MIAMI WIN WOULD …

• Be the RedHawks’ fifth win in six games against the Fighting Irish.

• Be the RedHawks first win over a ranked opponent since 2001.

• Make Miami 73-36 in season openers.

 

A MIAMI LOSS WOULD …

• Be Miami’s third straight loss when opening the season on the road.

• Drop the RedHawks to 15-23 in season openers on the road.

• Give Notre Dame a 5-4 lead in the all-time series.

 

www.MURedHawks.com

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Angie Renninger, COURTESY MIAMI ATHLETICS COMMUNICATIONS

Willie Moore to miss nine Miami (Ohio) games due to NCAA violation

(courtesy Miami University)


The Miami University Athletics Department has announced that men’s basketball student-athlete Willie Moore will miss the first nine games of the 2013-14 season for a violation of NCAA rules, which occurred prior to his enrollment at Miami University.

John Cooper Quote

“It’s a tough situation, and we accept the decisions that the NCAA made on this. Willie has made a positive impact on our program and has been an upstanding young man since arriving on our campus. It’s been a tough situation for him with the transfer process and some family matters. He is a part of our family and we treat him as such. No team is made up of one player and we will work hard to step up to the expectations and play as a team. Willie will continue to practice with us, and we look forward to his return to game competition once he is permitted to compete.”

 
www.MURedHawks.com

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Angie Renninger, COURTESY MIAMI ATHLETIC COMMUNICATIONS

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