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Big Ten Tournament - Day 1 Standouts/Flops

Posted on 12. Mar, 2010 by Marcus Kwamie in NBA Draft, Tournaments



Conseco Fieldhouse is the setting for the Midwest’s finest teams, as the Big 10 Conference Tourney tipped off on Thursday with a slate of 3 opening round games.



 Day 1 Standouts

Manny Harris, Michigan

Manny Harris led the way for the Wolverines with 22 points showing a versatile scoring touch and good range.  He connected on a variety of jumpers from all over the court and scored in a variety of fashions. Harris combined an explosive first step with a fierce scoring mentality and was aggressive offensively throughout the game. The Michigan junior was able to get to the basket and consistently draw fouls on the opposition, where he shot 9-10 from the line. Harris was active on the glass, hauling in an impressive 9 boards and showed his quickness on the defensive end as he snagged 3 steals for Michigan, who will face Ohio State in the next round.

Cully Payne, Iowa

In a losing effort, Iowa freshman guard Cully Payne had a memorable outing.  He scored a season-high 25 points and single-handedly kept Iowa in the game with silky shooting and a myriad of momentum shifting baskets. Payne was lights out from downtown serving up five treys, a couple from beyond NBA range. The loss ends Iowa’s faint hopes of sneaking into the tournament, but keep an eye on Payne in the future, because there is always a spot on any team for a shooter.

Day 1 Flops

Talor Battle, Penn State

Junior guard Talor Battle came into the tournament averaging 18.8 PPG on the season. Battle was a second-team all-Big 10 pick but did not show up today.  He was frustrated by Minnesota’s zone, making just 3 of his 10 shots and only ending up with 10 points.  As a result, Penn State was outclassed 76-55. Battle was over-reliant on his jumper, settling for low-percentage attempts early in the 1st half and never got into any sort of rhythm. Although he logged a game high 37 minutes, Talor Battle seemed to disappear for large stretches of the game. At times Battle appeared to be overly passive on the offensive end, allowing his teammates to try and create their own shots. Battle will be best served by returning to Happy Valley as a senior and adding another aspect (aside from jump shooting) to his offensive repertoire.  If he can do this, he will greatly improve his draft prospects.


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