It’s time to take the temperature of the Big Ten’s NCAA hopes with a weekly check of the mock brackets from Jerry Palm of CBSSports.com and Joe Lunardi of ESPN. The Big Ten has gone from a six-bid to a seven-bid league this week. Say “hello” to Wisconsin. [ MORE: Power Rankings | Player Rankings | Game Rankings | Bracketology | Debate It: Player of the Year? | Best of the week that was | Standings | Stats | Scoreboard | Polls | Win a trip to B1G tourney ] JERRY PALM No. 1 Iowa vs. No. 16 Montana, West
An interesting week that is highlighted by a couple of rivalry games, with Purdue at Indiana and Michigan at Ohio State. But neither is even the best game—that’s Wisconsin at Michigan State. Plus, Iowa has a dangerous road game at Penn State. [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Power Rankings | Player Rankings | Debate It: Player of the Year? | Best of the week that was | Standings | Stats | Scoreboard | Polls | Win a trip to B1G tourney ] Here’s a look at this week’s action. Game of the week: Wisconsin at Michigan State, Thursday. Neither team
Anymore questions about Greg Gard after that monster win at Maryland? I hope not. Here’s hoping the “interim” tag gets taken off at some point for Gard, whose team is riding a seven-game winning streak and making a push for the Big Dance. *** I am still miffed as to why Maryland’s Diamond Stone wasn’t booted from the game Saturday for intentionally trying to ram the head of Wisconsin’s Vitto Brown into the court. Officials say because Stone used an open hand instead of a closed hand, it wasn’t a flagrant 2 foul … just a flagrant 1. Open hand,
An eventful week, with Maryland seeing a long home winning streak end, Indiana enduring highs (win vs. Iowa) and lows (loss at Michigan State) and Wisconsin emerging as the hottest team. When the dust settled, the Hawkeyes stood alone atop the Big Ten. [ MORE: Big Ten standings | Big Ten stats | Big Ten scoreboard | Polls | Win a trip to B1G tourney ] Here’s a look back at the week that was. B1G’s BEST Best win: Wisconsin at No. 2 Maryland. No Big Ten team had ever won a conference game at Maryland. Until Saturday night, that is,
In his fifth season in Bloomington, Indiana, Kevin Wilson enjoyed a breakthrough by leading the Hoosiers to their first bowl since 2007. Now, he wants to take the program another step toward: winning a bowl. Wilson and Co., are on track. But work needs to be done to move up the pecking order in the rugged Big Ten East. [ MORE: Get all of Tom Dienhart’s Big Ten spring football coverage ] The offense loses some key players but should be OK with Wilson’s steady hand guiding things. The defense? It remains an albatross around the neck of the program,
Assembly Hall. Xfinity Center. Breslin Center. What is the most intimidating arena in the Big Ten? I asked some media members who cover the league, and here’s what I got. Bill Landis, @BillLandis25, Cleveland.com: Maryland. When that place gets going, that wall of students behind the basket has to be very intimidating for opposing teams. Maybe the loudest building I’ve ever been in. Tom Kakert, @HawkeyeReport, HawkeyeReport.com: It’s really close. Based on what I have seen and what players have indicated, I’d have to say Maryland. Very active and involved student section is always the key and they have that
In men's hoops, Indiana turned some head by dropping No. 4 Iowa while Penn State is set up for a run at the postseason. In football, The NCAA is proposing new video reviews of targeting fouls. And one Big Ten athletic director announces he is stepping down. Read all about that and more in Friday's headlines digest.
The invite list for the NFL Combine is out. And, it is loaded with Big Ten players–58 in all. [ MORE: These 10 players leave the biggest shoes to fill ] Ohio State leads the way among league schools with 14 players invited to the Combine, which will be held Feb. 23-29 in Indianapolis. All 14 schools have at least one player going. Jack Allen, C, Michigan State Geronimo Allison, WR, Illinois Eli Apple, CB, Ohio State Vonn Bell, S, Ohio State Austin Blythe, C, Iowa Briean Boddy-Calhoun, CB, Minnesota Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State Anthony Brown, CB, Purdue Aaron
Here is a look at the 10 biggest shoes to fill around the Big Ten.
Mike DeCourcy of Sporting News takes a look at 16 teams that could win it all in March. Stewart Mandel of FOXSports.com has built his dream football coaching staff. Who made the cut? And attention Penn State: There might just be a new "Linebacker U" in town. Catch up on Thursday's Big Ten basketball and football headlines.