Northwestern is coming off a special season in which it won 10 games. And it was a much-needed elixir for a program that was coming off consecutive 5-7 seasons. Now, can the Wildcats continue their evolution? [ MORE: Get all of Tom Dienhart’s Big Ten spring football coverage ] The offense needs to get better after ranking last in the Big Ten in scoring (19.5 ppg) and last overall (327.1 ypg). The passing attack lacked big-play ability, as NU ranked—what else?—last in the conference (138.5 ypg). No staff changes were made, so any improvement will have to come through maturation.
Good to see former Wisconsin star DB Jim Leonhard return to Madison as DB coach. Leonhard will replace Daronte Jones, who left Wisconsin earlier this month to take an assistant defensive backs coach position with the Miami Dolphins. Leonhard, 33, began his Badgers career as a walk-on in 2001 and went on to play 10 years in the NFL before retiring after the 2014 season. He is a classic Badger. *** Michigan’s offensive line should be pretty good next season. But there’s a big hole at center with Graham Glasgow gone. A possible solution: moving left tackle Mason Cole to
What Big Ten player is the most exciting? Who would you plunk down your hard-earned cash to watch? Who brings you out of your seat and makes you say “AHHHH!”? I asked some media members for their choice. Jess Settles, Big Ten Network: Denzel Valentine. Magic Johnson passes, hits H-O-R-S-E shots in big games, always a triple-double threat. Fearless. Marcus Fuller, St. Paul Pioneer Press: Most exciting to me is A.J. Hammons. In today’s world, the 7-footers are mainly shot blockers and rebounders. Or you’ll see them trying to be guards and hanging out on the perimeter. But Hammons is
Minnesota is still celebrating an incredible upset win. Illinois's new AD has challenges ahead. Which Iowa player has the highest NBA potential? We round up all of Friday's top headlines in this Big Ten news digest.
Iowa is coming off a season of glory in which it raced to a school-record 12-0 start before losing its final two games of the season in falling in the Big Ten title game and the Rose Bowl.
No team in the Big Ten or the nation is hotter than Wisconsin. The Badgers are riding a seven-game winning streak that has them fourth in the Big Ten with a 16-9 overall record and an 8-4 Big Ten mark. Tonight, they face Michigan State. BTN.com's Tom Dienhart talked to Badgers guard Bronson Koenig ahead of the game.
Penn State scores a big win over Iowa. Nebraska announces the spring football date. What's all this about a former Penn State football player's tattoo? And Ohio State's strength coach talks about the football team's progress. Read our Thursday Big Ten news digest now.
Do the Badgers will make the tournament? What's ahead for Minnesota basketball? Read Tom Dienhart's answers to your weekly emails, then drop him your own note. he reads them all and responds to the best ones each week.
The Associated Press reports that Illinois has picked a new A.D.. How many freshman does Urban Meyer expect to play next fall? Iowa's Mike Gesell is closing in on an impressive record. Get these stories and more in today's Big Ten news digest.
The season is hitting the home stretch. And everyone is chasing Iowa, which sits atop the Big Ten standings a game head of Maryland and Indiana. And, it doesn’t look like the Hawkeyes are in peril of losing this week. [ MORE: Power Rankings | Player Rankings | Game Rankings | Bracketology | Debate It: Player of the Year? | Best of the week that was | Standings | Stats | Scoreboard | Polls | Win a trip to B1G tourney ] Indiana, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan State and Purdue have all reached the 20-wins plateau. Michigan enters tonight’s game at