The Big Ten Conference announced the hockey All-Conference teams and individual award winners on Monday as selected by the conference’s coaches and a media panel. Minnesota’s Adam Wilcox was named Big Ten Player and Goaltender of the Year. Fellow Gopher Mike Reilly earned Defensive Player of the Year honors, awarded to a defenseman or forward, while Minnesota head coach Don Lucia was tabbed Coach of the Year. Michigan’s JT Compher collected Freshman of the Year laurels.
The Big Ten is home to some of the nation’s elite basketball players and coaches. The conference also boasts an impressive who’s who of players-turned-assistants. From a familiar Big Ten name, Dane Fife, to a familiar national name, Chris Quinn, the Big Ten could field a very competitive pickup game featuring assistants. View my All-Big Ten assistant team in this post.
March is when schools and coaches earn their reputations. The stakes are high, the chips are down and the pressure is on. Which Big Ten teams are feeling the most urgency to deliver big results in March? Glad you asked. My March Pressure GAUGE will tell us.
Big Ten tourney champ Michigan State jumped to No. 11 in the latest AP Poll, released Monday. The Spartans, who were No. 22 before its tourney run, was the biggest mover in this week’s poll. Big Ten regular-season champ Michigan paces the Big Ten at No. 7, one spot higher than last week. See the full poll in this post.
Everyone is talking hoops. And why not? But here’s some spring football for ya. First, Nebraska, where work has begun on developing the offensive line—among other things. And many are watching the quarterback spot, where Tommy Armstrong is the man to beat. It will be a big shock if he doesn’t keep the job. Would Bo Pelini dare hand over the reins to a neophyte like Johnny Stanton in his critical season? Nah.
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On Sunday morning, with just a handful of games left to be played, we took a last look at the Easy Bubble Solver. As a reminder, the Easy Bubble Solver involves adding together the KenPom rank and RPI rank for every team, then ranking them in ascending order. It’s a way to get a feel for which teams are in the field without spending all the time necessary to scrutinize every team’s resume.
Tim Beckman announced Wednesday that former Illini quarterback Juice Williams is joining his staff as director of alumni and former player relations. Williams broke Illinois records for career and single-season total offense, career starts by a quarterback and career and single-season rushing yards by a quarterback while leading the Fighting Illini to the 2008 Rose Bowl.