It looked like New Year's Day was going to be another underwhelming one for the Big Ten. Then came the Rose Bowl.
Defense wins championships.
Don't believe it? Just ask the Michigan State Spartans and the Stanford Cardinal.
Holiday tournament season chugs along this week and Monday night saw the finale of a few big tournaments, including the McDipper and State Farm Holiday Classic.
Happy New Year!
No, not the ushering in of 2014. Before the clock strikes midnight Wednesday morning, there's a different, brand-new year beginning: Big Ten basketball season.