TERRE HAUTE —
It was a very interesting week in men’s college basketball, especially in the Big Ten.
Michigan State finally lost a game, Indiana and Purdue both lost games at home, and Minnesota not only won for the first time in the league but won twice on the road.
Ohio State, meanwhile, rebounded from its second setback on the road to flex its muscles against IU.
Going into the week, Michigan State and Illinois are tied for first with 4-1 marks. Ohio State and Michigan both are 4-2 and Purdue is fifth at 3-2.
Illinois’ victory over OSU was one of the best college games I have seen in some time.
Brandon Paul had a career night, hitting 43 points — going 8 of 10 from 3-point range — and snaring eight rebounds. His point total ranks third in the Illinois record books and was the most scored by the team in a Big Ten game since 1999.
Illinois and MSU both have one game on the road this week and face tough opponents at home. The Illini go to Penn State and meet Wisconsin in Assembly Hall, while the Spartans are at Michigan tonight and entertain Purdue on Saturday.
Purdue also faces Iowa at home tonight and will play host to Michigan next week. IU plays at Nebraska for the first time on Wednesday and returns home to face Penn State on Sunday.
Meyers Leonard of Robinson, Ill., is having a super season with the Illini. He’s averaging 29.8 minutes per game, is tied for second in scoring with a 13-point average and has averaged 7.8 rebounds per game while blocking 38 shots.
• Tourney time — Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference boys basketball teams were tournament winners last week.
Indianapolis North Central bested league rival Ben Davis 65-61 to win the Marion County Tourney. Center Grove defeated Class A power Edinburgh 68-55 to take Johnson County Tourney honors.
Little Illini Conference boys and girls teams commence conference tourney action this week at Red Hill and Lawrenceville.
Flora’s boys handed Casey its first conference setback of the season last week and are 18-2 for the year.
• Tom-Cattin’ It — Tyler Talpas of Union hit the 1,000-point mark on Saturday against New Harmony when he scored 33 points. He has been among the state scoring leaders all year and will be there again this week.
• The NCAA will reconsider its legislation that would provide for a $2,000 expense allowance for student-athletes. Any high school seniors who were promised the amount when they signed last fall will receive whatever was promised.
• We did OK on our NFL picks last week considering the upsets. We went 2-2, losing on both of the NFC games.
We like the Giants and Patriots to win this week, but both title games could be close. It would be neat to see an all-Harbaugh Super Bowl with the Ravens and 49ers making it to Indy.
• In last week’s USA Today prep girls basketball poll, Hamilton Southeastern was ranked 16th in the nation and third in the Midwest Regional. The Hamilton Southeastern boys were seventh in the Midwest list.
• Towson recently set an NCAA mark in men’s basketball, losing its 35th game in a row.
• Indiana State fan Charles Uhl marked a milestone last week. He turned 90.
• Shalene Flanagan was the winner in the U.S. Olympic marathon trials last week in Houston. She is one of the athletes who competed in college in NCAA meets in Terre Haute and is the daughter of ISU Hall of Famer Cheryl Treworgy.
• Andy Carey, former major leaguer in baseball, died recently. He played for Kansas City, Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago White Sox and for the New York Yankees from 1952 to 1959, and was part of four double plays in one game.
He also was at third base when Don Larson hurled his perfect game in the World Series in 1956.
• Matt Carlino is a former Bloomington South cager who went to UCLA after leaving BHSS after his junior season. He recently became eligible at BYU and has been doing well on the court.
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TERRE HAUTE —
It was a very interesting week in men’s college basketball, especially in the Big Ten.
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Time flies when you’re having fun … and playing basketball.
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Checking out some basketball polls and rankings -- colleges first:
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A few words of wisdom for this Christmas season
Tis the day before Christmas, a day set aside for observing the birth of Jesus Christ.
Merry Christmas to you all and your loved ones. We'll take this time to publish some words of wisdom from one of the cards sent our way – this person is No. 1 among card senders in our book. To wit:
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