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big ten basketball
Apparently, the Big Ten is morphing into a high school basketball league:
Penn State 38, Illinois 33
Normally, I find that people who speak out about the weakness of Big Ten basketball to be stupid considering the number of final four teams we've produced over the last decade (9), which beats the Big 12 (6), the Big East (4, 6 if you count appearances by C-USA teams that have since defected), the Pac-10 (4), and the SEC (4), tying the ACC (9) for first. However, this is just ridiculous.
So, Manny's accidental elbow (and subsequent BS ejection) on Saturday, and the annoying Chris Kramer on the floor bleeding, got me thinking about all-time annoying/pain in the ass/jerky Big Ten basketball players. The ones you wouldn't mind seeing take an accidental knee to the nuts. Or even have secretly enjoyed them getting jacked in the face by a punch.
Some of the ones I thought of besides Kramer were Lucas Johnson (Illinois' resident jerk of a few years ago) and Tom Coverdale (who pissed me off for reasons I can't totally explain). I'm sure some others have some personal "favorites", right?
I'd rather limit this to Big Ten, because if we go for all of college basketball this will turn into a thread full of people mentioning a bunch of past Duke players, and Tyler Hansbrough.
A crazy thought just crossed through my head, is there any chance we could win a B10 championship in basketball this year? State (supposedly the #1 B10 team) was crushed my UNC, and Purdue (the #2 team) lost to duke by a point more than we did the first time, and we obviously just beat duke the 2nd time. Maybe 1st in conference is a stretch, but is top 3 a real possibility?