With one week left in the season, the NCAA brackets seemingly are coming into sharper focus. Jerry Palm of CBSSports.com and Joe Lunardi of ESPN.com each has lots of love for the Big Ten.
That gutty overtime win by Iowa at Penn State on Saturday likely sealed an NCAA bid for the Hawkeyes. So, after that two-game skid that saw Iowa lose at home to Minnesota and at Northwestern, the Hawkeyes have won four in a row, something an Iowa team hasn’t strung together since the 2005-06 season. Iowa improved to 10-6 in the Big Ten and 19-10 overall. It’s the program’s first winning Big Ten season since 2006-07. The Hawkeyes were 9-9 in each of the past two seasons. Iowa picked up its sixth win in the month of February, something that hasn’t
With the penultimate week of the Big Ten regular season behind us, Tom Dienhart takes a look back at the best of the last seven days.
For the second time since 2012, Wisconsin was rocked by an unexpected coaching defection. First, it was Bret Bielema bolting for Arkansas after the 2012 season. Next, Gary Andersen took off for Oregon State after last season. But Wisconsin A.D. Barry Alvarez turned to a native son this time, tabbing Madison denizen, former Badger player and assistant and Wisconsin grad Paul Chryst for the post. And Chryst—who coached Pitt prior to coming home–will walk into a good situation. In fact, Chryst’s team should be tabbed the favorite to win the Big Ten West. But for that to happen, work must
BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart asks five Big Ten writers to pick which coach they felt “interacted” with officials the most.
Happy Friday! In today's Big Ten links we review Minnesota's big win, take look at Iowa's tourney hopes, and found an interesting IndyStar.com story on the perils of social media. Also, Michigan State's Mark Hollis is all for discussion of freshman preparedness, but he would vote against ineligibility. Let's dive in and read some more.
The Big Ten debut for Rutgers was a success, as Kyle Flood led the Scarlet Knights to a bowl and a fourth-place finish in the rugged Big Ten East. It was RU’s fourth postseason appearance in succession, as the Scarlet Knights finished with three wins in their last four games. Now, Flood will try to move Rutgers up the food chain in the East. And he’ll have lots of key players back to help that cause. But work must be done. [ MORE: View Tom Dienhart’s other Big Ten spring previews ] Here are three key areas Rutgers must focus
How does the Big Ten basketball tiebreaker work? Are the Terps for real? Could Iowa make some noise in the Big Ten tourney? BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart tackles those questions and more in his weekly mailbag feature.
In Thursday's Big Ten links, we present an update on the NCAA bracketology (because the tourney is coming at us fast). Also, various outlets and reporters tell us about Michigan DB Jabrill Peppers, the QB race at Northwestern, Nebraska's Mike Riley, and more.
Two seasons, four wins. That’s it. No one said Darrell Hazell had an easy job, but it’s time to show a pulse after getting one Big Ten win in two seasons. This is Year Three. The roster is improving, but there still are glaring needs—especially from a speed standpoint. [ MORE: View Tom Dienhart’s other Big Ten spring previews ] Here are three key areas Purdue needs to focus on this spring. 1. Find playmakers. This offense lacked significant, steady explosion with speedy running backs Akeem Hunt and Raheem Mostert—two go-the-distance talents. Now, both are gone. Who will stretch defenses