The Big Ten season is coming to a close—and the journey hasn’t followed the preseason script in many respects. That’s not unusual. There always are surprises—good and bad. Wisconsin began the season as the league favorite. And the Badgers have delivered. But there have been some twists and turns among others teams along this junket to the Big Ten tourney, which starts next week in Chicago. I asked five Big Ten writers who they think has been the biggest surprise team and the biggest disappointing team. Pete DiPrimio, Fort Wayne News-Sentinel: Surprise: Purdue and its rise from last place last
Lots of great stuff in Thursday's Big Ten links, including a look at what Wednesday's men's basketball results men for the tournament bid picture. Also, why is Jim Tressel talking about Jim Harbaugh and Michigan? And if you didn't see this crazy shot from last night's Ohio State-Purdue game, watch it. We're still amazed.
No position garners attention like quarterback. And, it’s an unsettled position at several Big Ten schools, as spring drills have begun to open. Here is what we know: Penn State (Christian Hackenberg), Minnesota (Mitch Leidner), Iowa (C.J. Beathard), Illinois (Wes Lunt), Nebraska (Tommy Armstrong), Michigan State (Connor Cook), Maryland (Caleb Rowe) and Indiana (Nate Sudfeld) all appear to have a good grasp on who will be their starter in 2015, eliminating much drama in spring drills. But the quarterback situation on some other campuses isn’t as clear. Here’s a look at the “Six Spring Quarterbacking Hot Spots” in Big Ten
I have sifted through my Big Ten Mailbag to answer your questions. Postseason basketball is on your collective mind. See my answers to your questions inside.
In Thursday's collection of links from around the Big Ten, we spotlight an interesting look at the expected breakout players in spring football. Also, what does Iowa's hoops win over Indiana mean (video highlights included)? And here's an odd tale about an accidental text message sent to a football recruit. Dive in for more.
Who does D'Angelo Russell model his game after? What's the craziest Big Ten arena he's visited? Check out Tom Dienhart's Q&A with the Ohio State star inside.
Much has been written about the stipend that will be granted by “Power Five” conference schools beginning in 2015-16 as part of radical NCAA reforms. David Jones of Pennlive.com put together an interesting story and graphic on the subject. Now, student-athletes will not just receive tuition, books and room-and-board but also an extra amount to be used toward incidental living expenses—Little Caesar’s crazy bread, gas for the Vespa, iTunes downloads, “Cracked” magazine subscriptions … stuff like that. It is known in university parlance as “cost of attendance.” Me? I like to call it “kicking around cash,” or “Friday night loot.”
The final 14 games of the Big Ten regular-season are here. In other words, it’s time to put-up-or-shut-up with the postseason around the corner.
Oh-oh: Wisconsin senior point guard Traevon Jackson may not be back for the Big Ten tourney. But, the Badgers have been doing pretty well without him, going 11-1 in Jackson’s absence. Bo Ryan was asked Monday during the Big Ten coaches teleconference if Jackson, who has been out since breaking his right foot in mid-January, had a chance to return for the conference tournament next week. “That might be tough,” Ryan said. “I can’t rule anything out because the coaches are the last to know anymore. His clearance may be two weeks, who knows?” Jackson has missed 12 games since
The final week of the season is here. And, the docket is filled with many enticing matchups that will go a long way in helping determine NCAA seeds—and maybe even who makes the Big Dance.