As far as senior days for little-used walk-ons go, it’s tough to top Jordan Smith‘s experience Sunday night. The Wisconsin fifth-year senior probably couldn’t have written a better script, in fact. Not only did the Orono, Minnesota, native see action for just the seventh time this season, but he immediately grabbed a defensive rebound and hit a pair of free throws, his fourth points of the season and the 15th and 16th of his career, in Wisconsin’s 68-57 win over Michigan. Best part of it all: Smith was taken out of the game following the second free throw so he
Fran McCaffery and No. 8 Iowa suffered another heartbreaking loss Sunday night at Ohio State. The 68-64 defeat, Iowa’s fourth in its last five games, put a big dagger in the Hawkeyes’ Big Ten title hopes; in fact, Indiana clinched a share of the Big Ten title, its Big Ten record-tying 22nd, with the result. If Iowa doesn’t beat Indiana on Tuesday night, the Hoosiers will claim the outright crown. McCaffery was obviously frustrated following the latest loss, one that featured what he and the Iowa bench thought was an Ohio State foul on Jarrod Uthoff that went uncalled in
This isn’t the first time Patrick Chambers will leave East Lansing, Michigan, frustrated with the officials. [ MORE: Rewatch Penn State at No. 6 Michigan State on BTN2Go ] The Penn State head coach was hit with back-to-back technical fouls and ejected with 4:53 remaining in the first half of Sunday’s loss at the Breslin Center. Chambers was upset with an offensive foul call on Penn State star Brandon Taylor, and needed to be restrained by assistants before walking off the court. In last season’s 66-60 loss at Michigan State, Chambers was assessed a crucial technical foul, prompting him to
The Big Ten title race came into sharper focus on the second-to-last Saturday of the regular season. [ MORE: View the latest Big Ten standings | Check out Sunday’s scoreboard ] We have Purdue to thank for it, as the 20th-ranked Boilermakers held off No. 10 Maryland, 83-79, at Mackey Arena. With the outcome, Purdue improved heated instate rival and Big Ten leader Indiana’s pursuit to the Big Ten crown. The Hoosiers can clinch a share of the Big Ten crown as early as Sunday, with an Ohio State win over Iowa, and wrap up the outright title as early
Ezekiel Elliott will turn plenty of heads at the 2016 NFL Combine. [ MORE: Get all of our Big Ten pros coverage ] Between the former Ohio State running back’s do-it-all skills, his much-talked-about midriff, and his head-turning St. Louis/Ohio State-inspired Nike custom cleats, he’s going to be tough to miss in Indianapolis. Elliott, a St. Louis native, tweeted the pictures above late Wednesday morning. Safe to say, Ohio State fans are going to love the Buckeyes-inspired design. Elliott will work out Friday at Lucas Oil Stadium. View the full Combine schedule.
Who said linemen can't dunk? 🤔😂 300LB CLUB lol A video posted by HADDY (@jihadward) on Feb 21, 2016 at 2:37pm PST Former Illinois defensive lineman Jihad Ward is looking to make a name for himself before the 2016 NFL Draft. Consider it done. Ward, who tips the scales at 296 pounds, posted a video to Instagram of himself throwing down a reverse dunk. Ward stands 6-foot-5, but it’s impressive to see a guy as big as he is do something like this. In two seasons in Champaign, Ward collected 12 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks.
Fourth graders at Scottish Corners Elementary School in Dublin, Ohio, received an interesting lesson about law and courts Monday. The hypothetical case presented to the children involved, of all people, Ohio State’s Urban Meyer and Braxton Miller and Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh. Even weirder: Miller and Harbaugh are “friends” in the hypothetical case, and the former is conspiring to help the rival Wolverines steal Ohio State’s plays. There’s more: Meyer knows about the friendship, plus he has proof that his former star sent Harbaugh a letter. Harbaugh and Miller weren’t on the same page about the letter. Harbaugh said Miller was
Earlier this month, WWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair attended Michigan’s “Signing of the Stars” on National Signing Day. [ MORE: Ohio kids learn about courts in Meyer-Harbaugh hypothetical case ] Monday night, Jim Harbaugh and members of his staff attended WWE’s Monday Night Raw in Detroit. Harbaugh sat ringside, and the WWE cameras spotted the second-year Michigan coach getting pumped up during the action. Watch a GIF of Harbaugh in the tweet above. In case one couldn’t tell from Flair’s invitation to “Signing of the Stars” or Harbaugh’s excitement Monday night, he’s a big wrestling fan. More importantly, this
Two weeks remain in the Big Ten men’s basketball regular season. [ MORE: Power Rankings | Game Rankings | Bracketology | Ready for the week ahead? | Best of week that was | Early look at B1G tourney bracket | Standings | Stats | Scoreboard | Polls ] Indiana is atop the standings, but there’s a logjam behind it. Iowa sits a half-game off the pace, and Maryland is one game out. Interesting twist: The Hoosiers’ final two games are, you guessed it, against Iowa (Iowa City) and Maryland (Bloomington). So, most likely, this thing is going to come down to
It’s not strange to see basketball players slap the floor as they set up on defense following a made basket. Typically, players do it once, and while the opponent is bringing the ball up the court. Saturday night at Nebraska, Ohio State sophomore Jae’Sean Tate was a little too emphatic and delayed with his floor slap(s). Guarding the ball just inside the midcourt line in the final minutes of regulation, Tate slapped the floor three times, allowing Tai Webster to attack the rim and draw a foul on his defender. Ohio State won 65-62 in overtime to improve to 10-5