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
How does an Indiana kid get out of the Hoosier State to play basketball? Could Bryant McIntosh beat Chris Collins one-on-one. Find out in the Q&A inside.
Great win for a hot Maryland team last night over Wisconsin. How about Dez Wells?! Nice 26-point effort. The Terps remained in the race for the Big Ten title with the victory. And no doubt enhanced their NCAA stock. Meanwhile, the loss could sink Wisconsin’s efforts for a No. 1 seed—for whatever that is worth—which isn’t much. But that court-storming? Well, I’ll let ESPN’s Seth Greenberg handle that, calling it “absolutely embarrassing.” *** Now hear this: Michigan State’s Tom Izzo thinks the Big Ten is getting a bad rap. Don’t try telling the King of Big Ten Coaches the conference
The James Franklin debut was interesting and exciting. It also was promising, giving a glimpse into a future that looks bright.
Two weeks remain. Wisconsin can clinch its first Big Ten title since 2008 this week, and it will face a couple of stiff challenges, traveling to Maryland and hosting Michigan State.
Big Ten spring football officially kicks off today. Yep. It’s true. The calendar still says “February,” but they have the neck rolls and J-pads out in Ann Arbor for Jim Harbaugh’s first spring practice. The Detroit Free Press will be at every practice, Tweeting about each broken shoe lace, Harbaugh whistle blow and bobbled snap—in addition to these five things to watch. At the top of the list? Do you really have to ask? *** This is amazing: The draft stock of Michigan State’s Connor Cook continues to soar—and he’s not even in the draft. Funny how this works, isn’t
Welcome to the penultimate week of Big Ten basketball. And it could be the week that Wisconsin wraps up its first league regular-season title since 2007-08.
Fresh off an unforgettable national championship run, Ohio State has some work to do this spring. Tom Dienhart spotlights the three biggest areas inside.
Bracketologists Jerry Palm of CBSSports.com and Joe Lunardi of ESPN.com each has eight Big Ten teams in the field. For what it's worth, no conference has more than that.
Don’t look now, but Michigan State is coming on. The Spartans scored a big win on Sunday at Illinois to remain in a second-place tie in the Big Ten and to polish an NCAA resume. MSU has come to life since a home loss to Illinois on Feb. 7. MSU was 3-3 in its last six games after that defeat to the Illini, and some wondered if this was an NCAA team. Since then, Michigan State has won four in a row. This team appears to be peaking at just the right time. *** Speaking of MSU … Nice piece