The matchups for the 2014 ACC/Big Ten Challenge have been announced, and now it’s time to rank the 14 games. Remember, this year, Maryland switches sides and Rutgers also is added to the Big Ten ledger. See my rankings in this post. In case you’re wondering, the ACC leads the event, 10-3-2, although the Big Ten has won or tied each of the last five seasons. [ MORE: 2014 Big Ten/ACC Challenge matchups announced ] 1. Duke at Wisconsin – Wed., Dec. 3 Duke brings all-world recruits Jahlil Okafor, the nation’s top recruit, and Tyus Jones into Madison to face
By now, you’ve surely heard about 2013 Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston being cited for stealing crab legs from a local Publix. If not, check out the Twitter buzz. Well, the Nebraska women’s basketball team decided to join the fun. Assistant coach Shimmy Gray-Miller tweeted a picture of a recent team meal, which included crab legs, with the text: “Our student athletes get their crab legs for free. #steaktoo Our student athletes get their crab legs for free. #steaktoo pic.twitter.com/BgzQUW2NwW — Shimmy Gray-Miller (@shimmy33) April 30, 2014 Well played, Huskers. Really, that whole meal looks steal-able. About Brent Yarina BTN.com
As we should see in next month’s NFL draft, the Big Ten is losing some serious talent. From the offensive side of the ball to the defensive side, there are plenty of All-Big Ten honorees and superlative winners to replace. Which NFL-bound players will be missed the most? See my top candidates, listed in alphabetical order, in this post. [ MORE: View all of our NFL draft coverage ] Jared Abbrederis, WR, Wisconsin. It’s been talked about at length, that the Wisconsin passing game wasn’t exactly stellar in 2013. In fact, the unit’s 2,562 passing yards ranked 82nd in FBS.
According to reports, former Michigan basketball player Jamal Crawford has won his second NBA Sixth Man of the Year. Crawford, who spent one season at Michigan, averaged 18.6 points, 2.3 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 0.9 steals and 2.3 3-pointers to help the Clippers earn the No. 3 seed in the Western Conference. Crawford also won the prestigious award in 2010. View Crawford’s player page.
ESPN’s Jeff Goodman released his Fab 50 for 2014-15, a ranking of his top 50 men’s hoops teams, on Tuesday. Ten Big Ten teams make the list, including newcomer Maryland (No. 30), paced by reigning national semifinalist Wisconsin (No. 3). The No. 1 team? That’s Kentucky, of course. See Goodman’s analysis of all 10 Big Ten teams in this post. [ MORE: Yarina: My super-early 2014-15 Big Ten predictions ] No. 3 Wisconsin This is a team that was one shot away from playing for the national title game and also a group that will return seven of its top
The SEC announced its new scheduling policy Sunday, and the conference will continue to play eight league games. The “new” wrinkle: Each team is required to schedule at least one non-conference game vs. an opponent from the ACC, Big 12, Big Ten or Pac-12. Yahoo! Sports columnist and BTN contributor Pat Forde thought the decision was interesting – so much so that, in an attempt to be cute, he ripped Indiana on Twitter. The Hoosiers took it in stride and replied with a classic response. Don't everyone call Indiana all at once, SEC schools. — Pat Forde (@YahooForde) April 27,
BTN’s Lisa Byington gave Michigan State fans a sneak peek at the team’s Rose Bowl ring during Saturday afternoon’s spring game. The ring, which the Spartans haven’t seen yet, is quite impressive. It’s large, too. Like, really large. See a few pictures of the ring in this post. [ MORE: Watch all the top highlights, moments from Michigan State’s spring game ] Our @LisaByington gives you a first-look at @MSU_Football's Rose Bowl ring. pic.twitter.com/WJCk3GrYRo — Brent Yarina (@BTNBrentYarina) April 26, 2014 A couple more looks at @MSU_Football's Rose Bowl ring, modeled by @LisaByington. pic.twitter.com/Cxcy9XQv15 — Brent Yarina (@BTNBrentYarina) April 26,
Michigan State is the reigning Big Ten champ, and football fans will get a friendly reminder of that any time they tune in to a Spartans game this fall. The Spartans added “2013 Champions” under the “B1G” logos on the field and put a “Big Ten Champions” patch on the jersey. See pictures in this post. [ MORE: Get your first look at Michigan State’s Rose Bowl ring ] Thinking this is a first: @MSU_Football puts "2013 Champions" under B1G logos on field. pic.twitter.com/3aOXgah7ZK — Brent Yarina (@BTNBrentYarina) April 26, 2014 Spartans wearing Big Ten Championship patch on today's jerseys
With Mitch McGary announcing Friday that he will enter the NBA draft, we officially know what each Big Ten team will return for the 2014-15 season. So, naturally, that means it’s time to take a SUPER-early stab at next year’s standings and All-Big Ten teams. See my way-too-early predictions in this post. [ MORE: Big Ten roster updates: Who’s on the move? ] BIG TEN STANDINGS 1. Wisconsin – Everyone but Ben Brust is back from the Final Four team. 2. Nebraska – Terran Petteway and a healthy Shavon Shields form a fantastic 1-2 punch. 3. Michigan State – Speaking
Illinois’ Wes Lunt and Reilly O’Toole are involved in a heated quarterback battle, but one would have never guessed it based on their demeanor prior to the team’s spring game. While warming up, the two signal-callers sang Backstreet Boys’ “I Want It That Way,” which was playing over the PA system. They took it seriously, too, with O’Toole, at one point, saying, “Dude, I’m killing this song. Hey, I’m killing this song.” Here are some other outtakes from the quarterbacks: “No way they’re having as much fun over there.” “This is a great song!” “They’re going to love that. I