Athlon ranked the top 25 football players in the Big Ten - can you guess who is No. 1? Also, Jim Harbaugh got some more attention on Twitter. One writer says Minnesota made a mistake keeping Jerry Kill involved in the program. These stories and more in Friday Big Ten news digest.
The Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament semifinals are set. Maryland, Northwestern, Ohio State and Michigan State advanced in Friday’s quarterfinal in Indianapolis. In the opener, No. 1 seeded Maryland eliminated No. 9 Iowa, 75-55. No. 12 Northwestern followed that with an impressive 79-73 upset victory over No. 4 Indiana, while No. 2 Ohio State cruised by No. 10 Rutgers in the third game, 73-58. No. 3 Michigan State closed out the action with a thrilling 65-64 win over No. 6 Purdue. The day 1 recap is here and the day 2 recap is here – both with video highlights from each game.
One of the most fun parts of LiveBIG is the pictures we get to see — and share — with the stories we tell. When the subject matter ranges from supernovas to woolly mammoths, the imagery can get pretty interesting. Over the years, we’ve shared many of our favorites on the LiveBIG Instagram account. Here are some of the recent highlights: An Inspiring Team Captain The Hawkeyes find motivation on gamedays from their “Kid Captains,” young patients at the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital who get to take the field with the team. Behind the Scenes Northwestern alum and legendary Hollywood producer Ira Deutchman was recently named as
Melo Trimble and Jake Layman scored 18 points each, and No. 14 Maryland celebrated Senior Night with the team’s best game in weeks, an 81-55 rout of Illinois. Also, Northwestern spoiled Senior Night at Penn State and beat the Nittany Lions, 71-61. [ MORE: Catch up on Thursday’s action with our Big Ten scoreboard ] Catch up on all of the action below. MARYLAND 81, ILLINOIS 55: Jared Nickens and Robert Carter Jr. had 14 points apiece for the Terrapins, who never trailed. Maryland (24-6, 12-5 Big Ten) had lost three of four since climbing to No. 2 in the AP
Before the Penn State men’s basketball team took on Northwestern in the Nittany Lions’ last home game of the season, the program honored their seniors, which included Brandon Taylor, Jordan Dickerson, Devin Foster, and Donovan Jack. Watch the whole ceremony in the video in this post. [MORE: See all our Senior Night videos so far. ]
On Thursday night, the men’s basketball teams at Maryland celebrated their outgoing seniors in the latest round of Senior Night events. The Terrapins honored their seniors, including Jake Layman and Rasheed Sulaimon. [ MORE: Watch previous Senior Night videos | Watch upcoming Senior Nights on BTN2Go ]
For Purdue this spring, BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart will be watching three areas for the Boilermakers: Quarterback, offensive line, and defensive line. And there is work to do in all three areas.
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