Other B1G Team Notes 2022-23

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#10 UCLA and USC (Big Ten teams in 2024) square off tonight.

USC next season has the #1 2023 prospect in the nation coming to USC to play, guard Judea Watkins, and the #49 prospect, point guard Malia Samuels. UCLA has the #32 prospect coming in, post/center Amanda Muse.



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UCLA won in a close one 59-56.

 

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UCLA won in a close one 59-56.

Ex Gopher Kadi Sissoko with a nice game for the Trojans. 40 minutes, 20 points on 8-15 shooting. 8 boards a steal and 3 turnovers. Looks like she's having a break-out season for the Trojans so far. Nearly 17 points and 6.5 rebounds per game with a team leading 31 minutes a game.

 

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Billie Moore, who was the first U.S. Olympic women's basketball coach and led UCLA to the 1978 national championship, died Wednesday night at her home in California. She was 79.

 

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Making basketball news...

High school dunking phenom Toby Fournier of Toronto is coming to college basketball in 2024. Her final choices include two Big Ten teams.

She dunks routinely, including during several of her games posted online.

 

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Inside NU ranks the B1G:

At last, we have finally hit the conference scheduling portion of the Big Ten’s basketball season! Although it’s still quite early (note: first edition), we’ve done our best to rank the Big Ten top to bottom, and we know that these power rankings will change mightily throughout the season. Currently, a pair of undefeated teams are in the conversation for the top spot, while several few-loss teams are jostling for the ranks behind them. Northwestern may sit near the bottom at the moment, but with the rest of the conference still on the schedule, anything is possible.

1. No. 3 Ohio State Buckeyes

Record: 13-0 (2-0 B1G)

Next game: @ Northwestern

Since beginning the season ranked 14th in the AP Poll, the Buckeyes have reached new heights up to the third rank in the nation. Their unblemished 13-0 record features ranked victories over No. 5 Tennessee, No. 18 Louisville and No. 16 Oregon. Although Ohio State needed a miracle to beat South Florida last week, a strong win against the Ducks showed the Buckeyes should get right back on track.

2. No. 4 Indiana Hoosiers

Record: 12-0 (2-0 B1G)

Next game: @ Michigan State

Like their counterpart Buckeyes, the Hoosiers also boast an undefeated record, with ranked victories over both No. 11 Tennessee and No. 6 North Carolina. Unlike Ohio State, they haven’t had a real scare to their perfection. Indiana currently has the number one overall defense in the Big Ten while also shooting the best percentage on offense; that’s a great recipe for success moving forward.

3. No. 12 Iowa Hawkeyes

Record: 10-3 (2-0 B1G)


Next game: vs. Purdue

Since falling to No. 3 UConn and No. 12 NC State consecutively a month ago, the Hawkeyes have found their groove again with five straight wins. That includes two large victories over Wisconsin and Minnesota. On Thursday, Iowa will finally face difficult Big Ten competition when it takes on Purdue, who’s currently right on the fringe of being a tournament team, and will almost certainly be a good matchup. Caitlin Clark continues to wow once again, leading the conference in points per game by over seven, and as long as she’s on the court, the Hawkeyes will be contenders.

4. No. 14 Michigan Wolverines

Record: 11-1 (1-0 B1G)

Next game: @ Nebraska

The Wolverines are coming off a massive win against No. 6 North Carolina, ensuring that Dec. 8th’s defeat to Toledo was merely an anomaly and moving up five spots in the AP Poll as a result. Michigan has already dipped its feet into Big Ten play, struggling against Northwestern in early December, but now it’ll have a huge opportunity to continue momentum Wednesday against a strong Nebraska team.

5. Nebraska Cornhuskers

Record: 10-3 (2-0 B1G)

Next game: vs. No. 14 Michigan

AP Voters may not be ready to rank the Cornhuskers as the fifth-best Big Ten team yet, but I am. Since its 31-point defeat to No. 9 Virginia Tech on Dec. 1, Nebraska has rattled off five straight victories by an average margin of victory of nearly 22 points a game. Oh yeah, and that includes two ranked opponents in formerly No. 20 Maryland (90-67) and recently No. 20 Kansas (85-79, 3OT).

6. No. 16 Maryland Terrapins

Record: 10-3 (1-1 B1G)


Next game: vs. Minnesota

Minus Angel Reese (whose LSU Tigers are currently 12-0), it would be foolish to say the Terrapins haven’t skipped a beat. However, they have been far from a disappointment. Maryland hit a bump in the road when it lost by 23 to the aforementioned Cornhuskers, but massive victories over No. 7 Notre Dame, Purdue and No. 6 UConn have shown the potential this team holds.

7. Illinois Fighting Illini

Record: 11-2 (1-1 B1G)

Next game: @ Wisconsin

The Illini finished the 2021-22 season with a 7-20 record. In less than half as many games, Illinois has already surpassed last year’s win total (and equaled its conference win total), thanks in part to Dayton transfer Makira Cook. Cook is currently seventh in the Big Ten with just under 18 points per game, and her 33 points almost single-handedly took down Indiana in early December.

8. Purdue Boilermakers

Record: 10-2 (1-1 B1G)

Next game: @ No. 12 Iowa

In his latest Women’s Basketball Bracketology prediction, ESPN’s Charlie Creme ranked Purdue as the first team outside of the NCAA Tournament as of this moment. The Boilermakers are a wildcard in the Big Ten, ranking seventh in offense and eighth in defense, and currently stand as a team that needs strong conference play to sneak into March Madness. Purdue defeated Michigan State in overtime in early December, but fell to No. 20 Maryland the next matchup in a three-point affair.

9. Michigan State Spartans

Record: 8-5 (0-2 B1G)


Next game: vs. No. 4 Indiana

The Spartans have had a tough go at things early. After starting 6-0, Michigan State dropped five straight, including a 31-point walloping from No. 5 Iowa State and close losses to No. 18 Oregon and No. 3 Ohio State. Add in tight defeats to Georgia Tech and Purdue, and you have a brutal last-month stretch. Things won’t get any easier either, as the Spartans have No. 4 Indiana coming to East Lansing Thursday.

10. Penn State Nittany Lions

Record: 9-4 (0-2 B1G)

Next game: vs. Rutgers

Despite having fewer losses than the aforementioned Spartans, Penn State slots in behind Michigan State due to its strength of schedule. The Lady Lions have dropped four of their last six contests, with two of them (Minnesota, Drexel in OT) coming to teams with a NET ranking outside the top 100.

11. Minnesota Golden Gophers

Record: 8-5 (1-1 B1G)

Next game: @ No. 16 Maryland

On Dec. 3, Minnesota took down Penn State in double overtime. Unfortunately, that’s really been one of the only good things to happen to the Gophers this season, as Minnesota seems like it’s on another track for a losing season.

12. Northwestern Wildcats

Record: 6-5 (0-1 B1G)


Next game: vs. No. 3 Ohio State

In the Big Ten, Northwestern ranks as the worst shooting team, worst three-point shooting team and second-worst free throw shooting team. That’s not exactly a good recipe for success. The Wildcats have dealt with inconsistency all season as the team has struggled to find its identity post-Veronica Burton, and the results have reflected that. Northwestern was blown out by No. 20 Oregon, No. 9 Notre Dame and Duke (now receiving votes) before finally keeping things close against No. 17 Michigan in early December. If the ‘Cats want to show significant improvement going into conference play, they’ll need more scoring from their young stars like Jillian Brown and Melannie Daley.

13. Rutgers Scarlet Knights

Record: 6-8 (0-2 B1G)

Next game: @ Penn State

One of just two sub-.500 Big Ten teams, Rutgers has had a brutal schedule early, facing three ranked opponents, as well as tough foes Illinois, Princeton and South Dakota State. The Scarlet Knights rank last in the Big Ten in scoring offense and scoring defense, and their schedule definitely won’t get any easier moving forward.

14. Wisconsin Badgers

Record: 4-9 (0-2 B1G)

Next game: vs. Illinois

It hasn’t been easy sledding for the Badgers, who have yet to pick up a Power Five victory this season. Wisconsin has suffered losses to the likes of Illinois State and VCU, the latter of which has a NET ranking of 193. The Badgers also lost their two conference matches by a combined 59 points, leaving it anyone’s guess if/when they’ll pick up a Big Ten win this season.
 


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As Bfan posted in the non-conference thread, the Buckeyes are without Sheldon and Greene. Now, Rikki Harris and Taylor Mikesell are sharing the point guard duties.

Wednesday, head coach Kevin McGuff announced after the Buckeyes’ 81-48 victory over Northwestern that Greene’s done for the remainder of the season. Also, there’s no sure timetable for Sheldon’s return, although it’s likely this season. Those injuries create a hole for the Scarlet & Gray, but so far coach McGuff’s “point guard by committee” is working.

That’s what the coach McGuff calls Ohio State’s current position at point guard. Unlike UConn, the Buckeyes don’t have a star-studded list of five-star recruits at the position. Instead, they have a pair of guards who bring different skillsets to the role. The primary name being Rikki Harris.
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“We practice with Rikki (Harris) at the one, T-Mike (Mikesell) at the one, Rikki at the two, T-Mike at the two, so we’ve all seen different kinds of positions, we’re all kind of used to it,” said McMahon. “It’s nothing major. It has been a little bit of an adjustment, but nothing too crazy.”

Now, the committee of the Buckeyes welcome their biggest test when the Michigan Wolverines come to town on New Year’s Eve. Win and maybe it isn’t such a big deal?
 

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Surging Illinois just missed top 25, first team out.

Ohio State holds at #3.

Indiana falls 2 to #6.

UCLA down 2 to #12.

Maryland up 3 to #13.

Michigan at #14.

Iowa down 4 to #16.


Next season Gophers to make list.


 


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How odd to do this in the middle of the season. Hope she's okay.
 



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2020-21 unanimous honorable mention All-Big Ten

2021-22: Started 16 games, averaging 33.7 minutes per game, ... ranked second on the team with 12.8 points per game, ... scored in double figures in 15 games ... shot a season-best 54.8% from the field

This season: She no longer appears in current player stats to easily see the stats this season.

Glancing at her recent games her production is off and down in those games despite playing lots of minutes.

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This article says,

"The 5-foot-11 guard from Monroe missed the first eight games of the basketball season, but her return might be just in the nick of time for the Badgers....

“I’m really thankful to be out there in general,” she said. “I’m not really looking at stats or anything, just trying to play and do what I can for this team. And like I said, I’m just happy to be out there.”

Before her comeback, Hilliard had not played a game in 10 months. She took a leave of absence for the final nine games of last season and this year had to fully recover from off-season surgery on her right knee before seeing the floor.

The injury, although mine wasn’t too bad, you had to be careful with it,” she said. “When I first came back to practice, I could feel that I wasn’t quite where I needed to be, but being able to step in and do the reps in practice and now being able to do it in games has helped me a lot.”"



 

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Some highlights from the Big Ten Women's Basketball news release:
  • For the first time in 8,072 days (more than 22 years), Illinois earned a place in the national polls this week, as the Fighting Illini were ranked No. 24 in both the Associated Press and Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA)/USA Today Top 25 polls. Illinois, which was last ranked on Nov. 27-28, 2000 (also 24th in both surveys), is the seventh different Big Ten Conference program to be ranked in the Top 25 this season, while the Big Ten currently leads all conferences with six Top 25 programs in both polls, as well as a season-high four schools ranked in the top 10 in one or both polls.

  • Following Sunday’s 87-81 win over Illinois, No. 3/3 Ohio State continues to extend the best start in school history, now at 17-0 and one of three remaining unbeaten teams in the country (along with South Carolina and LSU). This year’s record eclipses the Buckeyes’ previous best start in 2011-12 (15-0), while the 6-0 record to begin Big Ten play is OSU’s best since 2009-10, when it won its first seven conference games.

  • Two Big Ten programs captured their first conference wins of the 2022-23 season on the home hardwood over the weekend, with Rutgers downing Nebraska, 57-45 on Saturday (on Theresa Grentz Day at Jersey Mike’s Arena) and Wisconsin edging Minnesota, 81-77 on Sunday at the Kohl Center.

  • Big Ten Conference women’s basketball is reaching new heights in its television exposure this season. Of the 26 highest-rated women’s basketball games in 2022-23, 11 of them (42.3 percent) have involved a Big Ten program, including two of the top five and five of the top 13. The Nov. 27 Iowa-UConn game at the Phil Knight Legacy in Portland drew 597,000 viewers on ABC (second in the nation), while the Dec. 11 Maryland-UConn game on ABC (the first-ever Big Ten regular season home game on ABC) had 470,000 viewers, fifth in the country. These figures do not yet include the Jan. 7 Iowa-Michigan on FOX, the first-ever Big Ten women’s basketball game televised on the FOX broadcast network.

  • There have already been eight Big Ten Conference women’s basketball games this season that have attracted more than 200,000 viewers after four Big Ten games reached the 200,000-viewer mark last season. In addition, the Nov. 8 Ohio State-Tennessee game on Big Ten Network drew 100,000 viewers, the second-largest audience for a regular season women’s basketball game in BTN history.

More news at:

 


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Maryland moved up to #9 in the AP Top 25. That is a jump of 4 spots from last week.
 



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Sara Scalia's stats in her last game at Indiana:

--1 of 10 field goal shooting for 10%, 1 of 6 three-point shooting for 16.7%, 4 rebounds, 2 steals, 2 assists, and 3 turnovers.
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Sara Scalia's stats YTD at Indiana:

--35.1% field goal shooting, 30.5% three-point shooting, 91.7% on free throws for 205 points. 26 turnovers and 26 assists. Has made 25 three-pointers so far this season. Averages 13.7 points per game average, if I did that math right.


By comparison at Minnesota:

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"Led the team in scoring with a career-high 17.9 points per game while shooting a career-high 41.3 percent from three and 39.6 percent from the floor while starting all 33 games... Posted the best single-season free throw percentage (91.5) in program history... Hade one of the best offensive seasons in program history, hitting the second most threes in a single season with 111."

 




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