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.
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.