Sitting around a restaurant table, four coaches who have experienced the highs and lows that accompany Big Ten basketball shared treasured stories and their passion for the game for the Big Ten Network. Their conversations were captured for season three of A Taste of Coaching, hosted by Steve Lavin and debuting at 9:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, Feb. 12. The four-episode series will air on Sunday evenings in February and March as part of a 90-minute block of studio and original basketball programming following a men’s basketball game. Things get started this weekend with Northwestern at Wisconsin, followed by the
BTN will once again dedicate eight hours of programming to cover National Signing Day on Wednesday, including: BTN analyst Gerry DiNardo’s visit to College Park for a one-on-one feature with Maryland’s DJ Durkin BTN analyst Howard Griffith’s trip up north to Minneapolis for an exclusive interview with Minnesota’s P.J. Fleck Interviews with coaches and signees already on campus In keeping with Signing Day tradition, BTN will honor the fax machine. Fans can submit their recruiting questions during the eight hours of National Signing Day coverage by fax – yes, by fax – to Mike Hall, Griffith, DiNardo and Allen Trieu
BTN and Riot Games, the creator of League of Legends, today announced the launch of the official BTN League of Legends season. The new pilot program, in which clubs from Big Ten Universities take part in a season-long competition, will result in one school being crowned the BTN League of Legends Champion in the most played PC video game in the world. Clubs from Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Northwestern, Ohio State, Purdue, Rutgers and Wisconsin will all play in the inaugural season, which will kick on off Jan. 30 on BTN2Go and watch.lolesports.com. The Big Ten
The Big Ten Network saw its highest viewership for non-conference men’s basketball in history on Saturday during the Crossroads Classic matchup between No. 9 Indiana and No. 18 Butler. BTN earned a 0.59 HH rating in the network’s 12 metered markets,* topping its previous record set just one month earlier by over 40 percent (Purdue vs. Villanova; 0.41 HH rating). Four of the top five non-conference games in network history have taken place within the past two months. Along with the Hoosiers and Bulldogs matchup this past Saturday, Purdue vs. Villanova (11/14/16), Purdue vs. Butler (2015), Ohio State vs. Connecticut
This fall, FOX Sports University and the Big Ten Network teamed up to offer a unique learning experience with an exciting, competitive twist to students at three Big Ten schools. A trip to the Big Ten Championship game in Indianapolis was on the line for the team that presented the most comprehensive campaign strategy. Students from Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business, Nebraska’s School of Journalism and Mass Communications and Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism were challenged to work with the FOX Sports Consumer Insights team to research into the College Football fan, and develop a strategy that will
Monday night, BTN will honor the 10-year anniversary of the historic ‘Game of the Century’ by debuting a special documentary, The Game: 2006…Remembered, featuring the legendary matchup between unbeaten No. 1 ranked Ohio State and unbeaten No. 2 Michigan on Nov. 18, 2006. The documentary is set to air at 9 p.m. ET following the men’s basketball matchup between Western Carolina and Ohio State. Following the documentary at 10 p.m. ET, BTN will also air an enhanced replay of the game. The documentary, produced by BTN Originals, tells the behind-the-scenes story of the first-time Ohio State and Michigan played each
The Big Ten Network saw its highest viewership for non-conference men’s basketball in its history on Monday night, with the Top-15 non-conference matchup between No. 3 ranked and defending National Champion Villanova visiting No. 15 ranked Purdue. BTN earned a 0.41 HH rating in the network’s 12 metered markets,* topping its previous record set in December 2015 by 10 percent (Butler vs. Purdue). *Source: Nielsen Arianna Overnights (11/14/16). Metered Markets: Baltimore, Chicago, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, Detroit, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, New York, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C.
BTN will become the first college sports network to produce a live football game in virtual reality. The network has partnered with VOKE, one of the world’s leading virtual reality (VR) providers, to bring fans an immersive view of the Minnesota at No. 19 Nebraska football game. In addition to VOKE’s VR experience, the battle between the Gophers and the Huskers will be shown on BTN in primetime at 7:30 p.m. ET.
BTN will provide extensive coverage of the 2016 Big Ten fall championships and tournaments, including live broadcasts and streams of the Big Ten Field Hockey Tournament, Big Ten Men’s and Women’s Soccer Tournaments and the Big Ten Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Championships. Championship coverage starts off with live coverage of the Big Ten Cross Country Championships, hosted by Minnesota, at 11 a.m. ET on Oct. 30. The Big Ten has a four nationally ranked men’s teams, including No. 14 Michigan, No. 18 Wisconsin, No. 19 Indiana and No. 29 Michigan State. On the women’s side, three Big Ten teams
This Saturday from noon E.T. – 1 p.m. ET, BTN will offer a live and unprecedented look inside one of Indiana Basketball’s practices with Tom Crean. Coach Crean, along with BTN analyst Jon Crispin, will wear microphones throughout the practice and discuss drills, the IU roster and a team scrimmage in real time for viewers. The Hoosiers finished ninth in last season’s final USA TODAY Sports men’s basketball coaches poll and look to build on a trip to the Sweet Sixteen. Indiana will be led by the trio of OG Anunoby, James Blackmon Jr. and Thomas Bryant. Anunoby is tabbed