Did you know the Big Ten has more recent Final Four appearances and a more diverse collection of teams in the Final Four over the last two decades than anyone else? We talk about that story and catch up on some football headlines in Thursday's Big Ten links.
Nebraska will close out its first spring under new coach Mike Riley with its annual spring game Saturday on BTN/BTN2Go. Tom Dienhart caught up with the former Oregon State coach in this Q&A.
Michigan State has been one of the Big Ten’s top programs in recent years, winning 11 or more games four times in the last five seasons. But the NFL draft doesn’t reflect that success. [ MORE: Check out Tom Dienhart’s Big Ten NFL draft snapshots ] Instead, it reinforces the notion that Mark Dantonio and his staff have few peers when it comes to developing talent to fit their system. The results are prodigious, with bowl wins in each of the last four years, as Dantonio routinely turns three-star recruits into five-star studs. This year’s draft, held April 30-May 2,
Here is a neat look at Wisconsin’s 17 consecutive NCAA trips. Since 1999, the Badgers have made eight Sweet 16 appearances, four Elite Eight trips, three visits to the Final Four, and one shot at the championship game. Very impressive. No more doubts on if this program has reached the “elite” level. It is there. *** Tom Izzo has had enough of opponents shooting more free throws than his Spartans. The loss to Duke in the national semifinal apparently was the last straw. “I’m going to drive it a little more, and then a little more after that, and then
It’s time to look forward and point toward 2015-16. How will the Big Ten look? Check out BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart's very early predictions inside.
The ink is barely dry on the 2014-15 season. So, that means it’s time to look toward to next season. Yes, the early, early Top 25s for 2015-16 are out, and people are high on the Big Ten.
CBSSports.com is reporting that football conference title games will be deregulated in 2016. And, that’s OK. NCAA rules say a league must have at least 12 schools, and teams must play every other team in their division, if a conference wants to play a title game. The ACC, Big Ten, SEC and Pac 12 all have such a configuration, with two division winners meeting for the title. The Big 12 is the lone “major” league that lacks a conference title game, as it has only 10 schools. Now, the Big 12 and ACC want to change the rules—for different reasons,
In Tuesday's Big Ten links, we look at a few angles of Monday's national championship game and the officiating on the court. Plus, Big Ten spring football talk heats up as Urban Meyer has a recruiting idea, one writer has five players to watch at Michigan State, and there's a new tackling technique that's all the rage. Dive in.
Duke rallied past Wisconsin, 68-63, in the national final Monday night at Lucas Oil Stadium. With the win, the Blue Devils claimed their fifth national title and denied the Badgers their second.
With a win tonight over Duke, Wisconsin would win the Big Ten's first national title since 2000. A lot has changed since Michigan State cut down the nets, as evidenced by the fun nuggets inside.