Field goals aren’t the most thrilling play in football. But when a struggling kicker makes a 47-yard field goal to lift a team to a bowl win, it draws its share of attention. Dan Conroy’s game-winning boot in Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl is proof of that. Where does the kick land on BTN.com’s top 10 most-viewed videos of the past week? Find out in this post.
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Minnesota kicks off the first of seven football bowl games involving Big Ten teams when the Gophers face Texas Tech on Friday night. On Saturday, Michigan State plays TCU. On Sunday leading up to five Big Ten bowls on New Year’s Day, watch our “Bowl Preview Show” at 7 p.m. ET on BTN/BTN2Go.
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Here’s something Big Ten hoops fans learned quickly this season: Michigan freshman Nik Stauskas can shoot. Like really well. Through his first 12 games, the sharpshooter is nailing 51 percent of his shots, including 56 percent from distance (34-of-61).
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Happy Holidays! I have a “present” for you. It’s my latest Big Ten Power Rankings. So, if you manage to get some free time from all the family and delicious eats, take a moment to see where your team ranks before the conference season tips off.
Every week during the NFL season, BTN.com’s Brent Yarina singles out the top performances by Big Ten products. Check out his Week 16 honorees in the photo gallery in this post. As a reminder, each player’s stats is listed below his photo.
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During Sunday’s Penn State game on BTN, a trio of Penn State coaches, including football’s Bill O’Brien, joined the telecast. O’Brien sat down with our crew following the first media timeout. The Big Ten Coach of the Year spent several minutes with us, and even provided his share of analysis. Watch O’Brien break down the action now. Looks like the coach has a career when he’s done coaching.
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It was another busy Saturday on the Big Ten hardwood. Seven teams were in action (catch up on all the games), and even though Illinois (Missouri) and Ohio State (Kansas) fell in the day’s biggest tests, there were plenty of highlights and strong individual performances. Watch Saturday’s top plays and see the top statlines in this post.
Injuries have kept Iowa senior Eric May from being the player many thought he’d become following an impressive freshman campaign. That doesn’t mean he isn’t capable of the occasional big game or highlight-reel play, though. May flashed his incredible athleticism – not to mention strength – on a silly And-1 flush during Saturday’s win vs. Coppin State. Watch the dunk now.
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It’s heat-check time, and Iowa junior Devyn Marble keeps hitting. The guard, fresh off a 30-point effort Saturday, hit 6-of-8 3-pointers on his way to scoring 27 points in Wednesday’s 90-46 victory over South Carolina State. If it weren’t for the lopsided score, Marble, who sat much of the second half, probably would have tallied his first back-to-back 30-point games. Either way, Marble’s night was remarkable. Watch all six of Marble’s treys now.
As it did last year, Michigan will wear a special adidas uniform for its bowl game, the 2013 Outback Bowl. Like last year’s look, this one is a white road uniform. It features several new wrinkles, of course, the most obvious being the addition of a matte helmet.
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It’s Monday, and that means it’s time for my latest Big Ten Power Rankings. There’s a new No. 1 team on the list following Indiana’s loss to Butler on Saturday in the Crossroads Classic.
Every week during the NFL season, BTN.com’s Brent Yarina singles out the top performances by Big Ten products. View all the former Big Ten players on NFL active rosters. Check out our Week 15 honorees in the photo gallery in this post. As a reminder, each player’s stats is listed below his photo.
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When talking most improved player, the Big Ten boasts plenty of candidates. There are proven guys who have taken their game to another level, such as Indiana’s Victor Oladipo, and there are previously unproven guys who have made the most of extra playing time, such as Ohio State’s Shannon Scott.
Every week this season, BTN.com’s Brent Yarina (@BTNBrentYarina) and Tom Dienhart (@BTNTomDienhart) offered their predictions for each Big Ten football game and provided polls for fans to pick their winners. We’re doing the same this bowl season. Heading into the games, BTN.com fans are atop the season standings, two games ahead of Dienhart. See our bowl predictions and choose your winners in this post.
Minnesota senior MarQueis Gray will have no trouble remembering what he did on 12/12/12. The quarterback-turned-receiver-turned-quarterback-turned-receiver got married Wednesday. Gray tweeted a picture of the happy couple, with the message: “Thanks everyone for the best wishes!! From the newlywed couple @MissAlleyBehr and myself!!” See the picture in this post.
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As we await the start of bowl season, it’s a good time to look back at the Big Ten’s best plays of the 2012 season. From Devin Smith’s one-handed TD grab in Week 1 to Montee Ball’s highlight-reel touchdown run in the Big Ten title game, here are my top 10 plays of the 2012 season.
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A month-plus into the men’s basketball season, it’s time to debut the Big Ten Power Rankings. With six teams landing in the top 19 of the latest major polls, it’s not an easy task to rank the top half of the conference. Indiana and Michigan are the top two teams so far, but what about after that? See my complete rankings in this post.
Every week during the NFL season, BTN.com’s Brent Yarina singles out the top performances by Big Ten products. View all the former Big Ten players on NFL active rosters. Check out Brent’s Week 14 honorees in the photo gallery in this post. As a reminder, each player’s stats is listed below his photo.
Minnesota’s Tubby Smith notched his 500th career coaching victory in Saturday night’s 71-57 win at Southern Cal. A 22-year coaching veteran, Smith’s also been the head man at Tulsa (79 wins), Georgia (45) and Kentucky (263), where he won the 1998 national title in his first season in Lexington. Smith is 113-65 in five-plus season in Minneapolis, and he owns a career 500-210 clip.
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There are posterizing dunks, and then there is Victor Oladipo’s in-your-face slam from Saturday night. Oladipo, he of several highlight-reel dunks in his two-plus seasons (remember this one?), threw down perhaps the best poke of his career in the first half against Central Connecticut State. In transition, no one accounted for Oladipo, and he drove to the rim, where Terrell Allen went for the block. Needless to say, Allen didn’t get it.
The Nittany Lion in a flight suit. The Nittany Lion balancing on a pair of rifles. The Nittany Lion marching and twirling a rifle. It was a special afternoon Saturday at the Bryce Jordan Center, as Penn State hosted Army, on the same day the service academy played its annual rivalry game vs. Navy on the gridiron. And with the Black Knights in town, the Penn State mascot teamed with Army Cadets to provide the halftime entertainment. Watch the Nittany Lion entertain the crowd now.
Only a sophomore, Sam Thompson has plenty of individual highlights ahead of him. Thing is, the high-flying Buckeye may have a difficult time topping the highlight reel he directed in Saturday’s rout of Long Beach State. Thompson made a living high above the rim, throwing down a pair of impressive alley-oops and slamming home an inbound pass. Watch Thompson dunk the inbound pass now, and see his two alley-oops in this post.
No doubt about it, Indiana fans are passionate about their men’s basketball program. How much so, you may ask? Enough to light up a house this holiday season in a way that would leave every Indiana fan impressed. Check out a YouTube video of the house that screams Indiana basketball right here.
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Purdue made it official Wednesday night, introducing Kent State’s Darrell Hazell as its new head football coach. A former Ohio State assistant, Hazell replaces Danny Hope, who was fired last month after four seasons. As previously reported, Hazell will coach Kent State in its bowl game Jan. 6, 2013, and come to West Lafayette for good the following day. Check out some of the tweets on Hazell in this post.
With the recent additions of Maryland and Rutgers, the Big Ten will feature 14 teams in the near future. Here at BTN, we’re asking fans for their answers to the key questions surrounding conference expansion.