Michigan State’s Denzel Valentine is in a tight race with Oklahoma’s Buddy Hield to be national player of the year. At least according to Kyle Austin of Mlive.com. Hey, I’m not gonna argue that. Valentine may be the best all-around player in the nation, a multi-purpose threat who can do it all and is pushing this team to great heights. Is any Big Ten team playing better? Nope. After a three-game stretch during which he’s averaged 27 points and 11 assists, Valentine is firmly back in the national player of the year race that some had called for Buddy Hield
The Big Ten has become a three-team race, with Indiana, Iowa and Maryland battling at the top with two weeks remaining in the regular season. Don’t sleep on Michigan State, either. [ MORE: Power Rankings | Ready for the week ahead? | Best of week that was | Early look at B1G tourney bracket | Standings | Stats | Scoreboard | Polls ] Here is a look at this week’s action. Game of the week: Wisconsin at Iowa, Wednesday (BTN/BTN2Go). The Hawkeyes have been in a bit of a funk, losing two of their last three games. Iowa lost at Maryland, then got stunned
Northwestern is coming off a special season in which it won 10 games. And it was a much-needed elixir for a program that was coming off consecutive 5-7 seasons. Now, can the Wildcats continue their evolution? [ MORE: Get all of Tom Dienhart’s Big Ten spring football coverage ] The offense needs to get better after ranking last in the Big Ten in scoring (19.5 ppg) and last overall (327.1 ypg). The passing attack lacked big-play ability, as NU ranked—what else?—last in the conference (138.5 ypg). No staff changes were made, so any improvement will have to come through maturation.
Good to see former Wisconsin star DB Jim Leonhard return to Madison as DB coach. Leonhard will replace Daronte Jones, who left Wisconsin earlier this month to take an assistant defensive backs coach position with the Miami Dolphins. Leonhard, 33, began his Badgers career as a walk-on in 2001 and went on to play 10 years in the NFL before retiring after the 2014 season. He is a classic Badger. *** Michigan’s offensive line should be pretty good next season. But there’s a big hole at center with Graham Glasgow gone. A possible solution: moving left tackle Mason Cole to
What Big Ten player is the most exciting? Who would you plunk down your hard-earned cash to watch? Who brings you out of your seat and makes you say “AHHHH!”? I asked some media members for their choice. Jess Settles, Big Ten Network: Denzel Valentine. Magic Johnson passes, hits H-O-R-S-E shots in big games, always a triple-double threat. Fearless. Marcus Fuller, St. Paul Pioneer Press: Most exciting to me is A.J. Hammons. In today’s world, the 7-footers are mainly shot blockers and rebounders. Or you’ll see them trying to be guards and hanging out on the perimeter. But Hammons is
Minnesota is still celebrating an incredible upset win. Illinois's new AD has challenges ahead. Which Iowa player has the highest NBA potential? We round up all of Friday's top headlines in this Big Ten news digest.
Iowa is coming off a season of glory in which it raced to a school-record 12-0 start before losing its final two games of the season in falling in the Big Ten title game and the Rose Bowl.
No team in the Big Ten or the nation is hotter than Wisconsin. The Badgers are riding a seven-game winning streak that has them fourth in the Big Ten with a 16-9 overall record and an 8-4 Big Ten mark. Tonight, they face Michigan State. BTN.com's Tom Dienhart talked to Badgers guard Bronson Koenig ahead of the game.
Penn State scores a big win over Iowa. Nebraska announces the spring football date. What's all this about a former Penn State football player's tattoo? And Ohio State's strength coach talks about the football team's progress. Read our Thursday Big Ten news digest now.
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