With basketball season rapidly approaching and a lot of information to digest from around the conference, I thought it was high time we hear from bloggers representing them. We finish off the series in roundtables with our last seven today! We hope you enjoy the feature and give us plenty of feedback, and be sure to check out Part One.
Introducing our comrades from around the B1G we start off with Rick Reese of the Iowa Blog Black Heart Gold Pants; Brian Rosenthal, Lincoln Journal Star writer and Husker Extra writer; Penn State writer for StateCollege.com Ben Jones; Philip Rossman-Reich writer for Lake the Posts ; Jonathan Foster, writer for From the Barn, one of my favorite B1G blogs.
I honestly had issues trying to round up bloggers for TTUN and for the Fighting Illini, and have the only Michigan fan I like helping out in Giuliano, (So Fla Wolverine to his twitter mates). tBBC main man for basketball Eric will do us the honor of covering the Illini.
Rick Reese. Black Heart Gold Pants. Iowa Roy Devyn Marble, Aaron White and Zach McCabe are Iowa’s returning starters. There’s also Gabe Olaseni and Melsahn Basabe coming off the bench. Marble holds a slight edge over Aaron White as the teams top returning scorer. Marble averaged 11.5 points per game last season while White averaged 11.1. White was a do-it-all freshman that as freshmen do, only got better as the season carried on. McCabe and Basabe averaged 7.8 and 8.2 rebounds per game. Basabe suffered the dreaded sophomore slump but will hopefully benefit this season with the return of a true center in Iowa’s lineup.
Up next on our preview list is the Nebraska Cornhuskers. They will be in their first year of Big Ten play after joining the conference last summer.
The name “Nebraska” obviously doesn’t have the same ring to it when mentioning Basketball as it does with Football. One of the biggest reasons for this is that they haven’t won a conference title since 1950. They are also one of only 3 BCS schools to have not won a NCAA tournament game. For those keeping track at home, that makes two now in our conference – the other being Northwestern. Maybe we could get South Florida to join as well and round out the three?
Doc Sadler is in his 5th season as the head coach and Nebraska is coming off a promising 19-13 2010-2011 season in which they made the NIT. After a surprising 13-2 start to the season, they ended with a middle of the road 7-9 conference record last year, in their final season in the Big 12. On the positive side, they’ve actually been invited to the NIT in 3 of the previous 4 seasons, suggesting they’re on the cusp of getting back into the dance.
The most exciting news coming out the Nebraska basketball program is probably is the opening of the new Hendrix training complex. The 18.7 million dollar facility will be home to both men’s and women’s basketball training as well as wrestling and other sports.
They did lose the #1 and #3 top scorers from last years team in Lance Jeter and Christain Standhardinger respectively. Standhardinger had lots of promise as only a sophomore but was kicked off the team midway through last year. If you have some time read the back story on that situation. It makes for some funny laughs. Humor aside, this leaves for a very experienced team having 5 seniors and 6 juniors leading the way. Read More