Michigan State men’s basketball player Denzel Valentine was named the 2016 Big Ten Jesse Owens Male Athlete of the Year and Minnesota women’s basketball standout Rachel Banham was tabbed the Big Ten Female Athlete of the Year, the conference announced on Wednesday. Valentine is the third Michigan State player to win Male Athlete of the Year accolades, after ice hockey standout Ryan Miller claimed the honor in 2001 and men’s basketball’s Draymond Green won the award in 2012. Valentine capped off his senior season by winning six National Player of the Year honors, earning the awards from the Associated Press
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.
BTN.com's Sean Merriman gives a look at what a one-round draft of former Big Ten players in the NBA today would look like.
There’s a day for everything, it seems, these days. [ MORE: Like this post? Check out or full Gone Viral section ] National Selfie Day? Yes, there’s that, and it’s Tuesday. Several Big Ten sports Twitter handles joined the #NationalSelfieDay fun. We did, as well, from @BigTenNetwork. Check out some of the examples below. #NationalSelfieDay pic.twitter.com/wNO01B1Fok — Indiana Basketball (@IndianaMBB) June 21, 2016 Look who's home! #NationalSelfieDay @Dez32Wells pic.twitter.com/WRw7o6GIMC — Maryland Basketball (@TerrapinHoops) June 21, 2016 Celebrating #NationalSelfieDay with a few favs. #WeAre pic.twitter.com/4VDTiAGwg0 — Penn State Football (@PennStateFball) June 21, 2016 #NationalSelfieDay, you say…? pic.twitter.com/sjbIaF3aZc — Wisconsin Basketball (@BadgerMBB)
Ohio State and Michigan State have been among the top college football programs in the nation over the past couple of years. In fact, the Buckeyes and Spartans have combined to go 74-9 over the past three seasons, with each school making an appearance in the College Football Playoff, and the Buckeyes winning the inaugural playoff in 2014. NFL.com College Football 24/7 writer Chase Goodbread is the latest to recognize the job both Meyer and Dantonio have done at their respective schools, which includes developing a lot of NFL talent. Goodbread recently made up a list of the top 16
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
NBA rookies are young, of course, and there is no such thing as them receiving too much advice about being a pro. Former Ohio State star D'Angelo Russell knows this all too well.
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.