Earlier this week, the Big Ten released the 2016-17 men’s basketball league schedule. And, as usual, some teams have more challenging draws than others. And that could impact the league race. Most early forecasts have Indiana, Michigan State and Wisconsin at the top. After that, Purdue and Michigan look primed to make a push. And Maryland, Illinois, Iowa, Penn State, Northwestern and Ohio State could make moves. Still, the Hoosiers, Spartans and Badgers are the teams to beat … at least in late June. Indiana, the defending Big Ten champ, lost Yogi Ferrell and Troy Williams, but Thomas Bryant, James
Having a strong running game is key to any team’s success. But a good passing game enhances any stout ground attack. And you need good wideouts to stretch the field. [ MORE: Ranking Big Ten East offensive lines | Big Ten East predictions ] This fall, there will be no shortage of good pass-catching options across the Big Ten East, headlined by Penn State. But Michigan’s corps also looks stout. Here’s my ranking of the receiving corps in the Big Ten East. 1. Penn State. Talent galore. And that’s good news for the new QB, most likely Trace McSorley. Juniors
Indiana University’s board of trustees on Friday officially approved a $53 million proposal to enclose the south end of Memorial Stadium. The enclosure will add 66,575 gross square feet of facility space to the south end of IU’s football stadium.
LSU’s Ben Simmons looks like the clear No. 1 overall pick in the 2016 NBA draft, which takes place on Thursday night. [ MORE: Watch D’Angelo Russell show sense of humor in commercial ] But where could Big Ten players get selected? It looks like Michigan State’s Deyonta Davis will be the first Big Ten player picked, followed closely by teammate Denzel Valentine. After that? Check out some recent mock drafts. Bleacherreport.com No. 13 Suns Deyonta Davis, Michigan State No. 16 Celtics Denzel Valentine, Michigan State No. 23 Celtics Caris LeVert, Michigan *** CBSSports.com No. 9 Deyonta Davis, Michigan State
I continue my look at Big Ten units with a ranking of the offensive lines in the Big Ten West. Once again, Iowa looks to have a stout front. But keep an eye on Wisconsin, whose front looks to be back up to its usual stellar form.
The Michigan QB race is one of the most watched in the nation. And Wilton Speight believes he closed spring drills on top of the depth chart. He may be right. But, will he stay there? I think John O’Korn is still the guy to watch. Why? He has more upside. “You certainly can’t fake the amount of work you put in during the offseason,” O’Korn said recently to Mlive.com. “I’d echo that, (Harbaugh will) find out and we’ll all find out. We’ve all been here together, but you’ll find out Aug. 8 who put in the extra work and
Ask any coach: Football is won and lost in the trenches.
How many games could Penn State win this fall? Here comes the NBA Draft - who is the most intriguing prospect? Michigan's Jim Harbaugh had QB campers do an interesting drill. Read these stories and more in Monday's Big Ten news digest.
Just why do we think Jim Harbaugh holds these football camps? Tom Izzo talks Draymond Green. One Iowa writer goes looking for advice for Hawkeyes QB C.J, Beathard. These stories and more in Thursday's Big Ten news digest.
Is Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh getting too much attention? Who will win the Big Ten East? And what’s up with that perceived chip on the shoulder at Michigan State? I get into all of that—and more–in this super terrific mailbag. Why do you continue to be a publicist for Jim Harbaugh? Is he paying you to keep his name alive in your columns? The last time I looked, there were 13 other coaches in this league. Do they do nothing? – David Walimaki OK. I have received several emails along these lines. Seems some in Big Ten Nation are suffering from