The #11 Ohio State Buckeyes (15-2, 2-2), have dropped two consecutive games and 8 positions in the national rankings. Now they travel to The Barn to play the Minnesota Golden Gophers (13-4, 2-2). Ohio State is coming off a bit of a beat down against Iowa, while Minnesota took MSU to overtime before losing 87-75. Both teams sit at middle of the pack in conference play and need to start winning, since they have each lost against B1G leader Michigan State. In overtime, no less..
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The transfers are out, coaches are making suggestions to improve the college game, and the hardwood is becoming “painted wood that you play basketball on.” There is a lot of news and commentary to get to this Thursday. Let’s hit the listeners with a frickin’ FUNKY BOOM. Here is your weekly Notebook jam — We gettin’ funky with Black Joe Lewis and the Honey Bears today!
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Everybody is getting into the the hardwood makeover! We should expect one at Minnesota in the next few years with renovations expected to their basketball facilities. This season, we saw a new floor at Value City Arena with renovations taking place at the Schott. In 2011, Northwestern, Illinois, Michigan and Purdue made changes to their home floors.
This year, it’s Nebraska — who unveils the brand new Pinnacle Bank Arena next season, has made some drastic improvements. First and foremost, they have shrunk the block N at mid-court to respectability. They have have also added an outline of the state of Nebraska, with a star on the city of Lincoln — the home of Nebraskatball, and the capital of the state. Nebraska’s design also has a nice finish around the wings and top of the key, and around the perimeter. In fact, It looks like they got their floor plans from a very solid program. Truth is it looks tons better than the original design, and doesn’t go way overboard. Just because your campus isn’t on the beach FIU, doesn’t mean you have to bring the beach to the university.
It’s been an interesting start to the off-season to say the least. In Minny, athletic officials have found what they hope to be their diamond in the rough. The Pitino name will ring loud through the B1G in the upcoming seasons. The question is will he be audible to potential recruits when selling the program he adopted. It seems that Minnesota officials have somewhat landed on their feet, despite going into the coaching search without a true developed game plan.
Meanwhile, Northwestern had it’s ducks in a row before they told Bill Carmody his Princeton offense wasn’t welcome back to Chicagoland. Whether you like it or hate it, Chris Collins has been the plan of the future for quite some time.
And for incoming Rutgers, any future of success entering the B1G got ugly in a hurry. Now that they have wiped their slate clean, hopes of success — instead of embarrassment are a true possibility. The university now looks for it’s Scarlet Knight in shining armor to save the day.
Today’s inaugural notebook opens up with the latest in coaching changes in the Big Ten Conference.