How rare are outright championships in Big Ten men's basketball? Here is a look at the last time each men's program won the Big Ten outright. The biggest surprises: Purdue hasn’t done it since 1996, Iowa since 1970 and Michigan State since 2009.
And then there were eight as No. 6 seed Purdue and No. 10 seed Rutgers both won Thursday night at the Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament to advance to Friday’s quarterfinals. Rutgers held on to upset No. 7 Nebraska, 66-63 before the Boilermakers topped No. 11 seed Penn State, 70-59. Earlier Thursday, No. 12 seed Northwestern won for the second time in two days stunning No. 5 seed Minnesota, 84-74, while No. 9 Iowa topped No. 8 Michigan, 97-85, and advances to play No. 1 seed Maryland on Friday. Here are Friday’s matchups with all games airing live on BTN TV. Use the
BTN will offer its most extensive baseball and softball coverage ever in 2016, with over 360 games airing on BTN/BTN2Go and BTN Plus for the upcoming season. BTN’s television coverage of Big Ten baseball begins with a non-conference showdown between Purdue and No. 5 Louisville on Wednesday, March 23 at 6 p.m. ET. Last season, Illinois won its 30th outright Big Ten title, but Michigan won the Big Ten Tournament Championship and appeared in the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2008. The Big Ten coaches voted the Wolverines as the 2016 conference favorite, however they figure to face
There is a report that Wisconsin is preparing an offer to Greg Gard for the full-time job. Did you see the Ivy League has removed hitting from football practice? And it looks like Michigan has a new position for Big Ten Freshman of the Year Jabril Peppers. Get caught up on Thursday links in today's news digest.
A revolution in teacher education is taking place on the campus of the University of Iowa. And the epicenter is the not-so-humble N110 space in the College of Education’s Lindquist Center. According to Christopher Morphew, executive associate dean for research and innovation, the newly redesigned suite is a hub that brings four of the college’s academic support offices together under one roof. “We wanted a space where the offices associated with our teacher education program could better collaborate on issues related to teacher leadership and the integration of technology into [education students’] learning and, eventually, their own classrooms,” Morphew said.
Very quickly, Khalil Iverson is gaining a lot of steam in any discussion pertaining to the Big Ten’s top dunker. The athletic Wisconsin wing put his name on everyone’s radar with a highlight-reel dunk in last Wednesday’s win at Iowa. One week to the day, Iverson was living above the rim again, this time in a 62-49 win at rival Minnesota. Funny thing is, Iverson’s first flight through the air ended in a blooper that Big Ten fans will be seeing for some time. It’s OK, though, because a little more than two minutes later, Iverson made up for it,
No. 2 Michigan State and Wisconsin carded victories in the season’s final Super Wednesday doubleheader. [ MORE: Catch up on Wednesday’s action with our Big Ten scoreboard ] The Spartans drilled Rutgers, 97-66, behind Bryn Forbes’ Big Ten single-game record 11 3-pointers, and the Badgers held off rival Minnesota, 62-49, to notch its 11th win in its last 12 games. Catch up on all of the action below. MICHIGAN STATE 97, RUTGERS 66: Bryn Forbes scored a career-high 33 points, hitting a Big Ten Conference record 11 3-pointers, and No. 2 Michigan State woke up in the second half to
Joey King’s senior season hasn’t gone the way he envisioned. [ MORE: Watch all of our Big Ten senior day videos ] After all, Minnesota brought a 2-14 Big Ten clip into its home finale Wednesday night vs. rival Wisconsin. But the Eagan, Minnesota, native has played a big role for his home team in each of the past three seasons, scoring more than 1,100 career points and ranking as the program’s best free-throw shooter (84 percent). King received one last round of applause during the team’s pregame senior night festivities. Watch the ceremony in the video above. *** The
Bryn Forbes has had many memorable nights from distance during his senior season. None, however, compare to what he did in No. 2 Michigan State’s 97-66 victory at Rutgers on Wednesday night. The Big Ten’s leading 3-point shooter hit a Big Ten single-game record 11 3-pointers, doing so on just 16 attempts from deep, good enough for 69 percent, and despite coming out of the game just midway through the second half. Following the historic night, the Cleveland State transfer and Michigan State sharpshooter has 103 triples and is shooting 51.5 percent from behind the arc on the season. Watch
Change is the theme as James Franklin begins this third season at the helm of Penn State. [ MORE: Get all of Tom Dienhart’s Big Ten spring football coverage ] The staff has been altered radically. Franklin fired offensive coordinator John Donovan and shockingly saw defensive coordinator Bob Shoop leave for Tennessee. And offensive line coach Herb Hand also high-tailed it, bolting for Auburn. Plus, a raft of players transferred after a season that ended with four losses in a row. Is this a cause for alarm? No matter your spin, there is no denying that 2016 is a big