Iowa’s Jarrod Uthoff remains atop my latest Big Ten Player Rankings, but Michigan State’s Denzel Valentine is closing fast. [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Power Rankings | Big Ten midterm grades | Best of week that was | Bracketology | Scores | Standings | Stats | Polls | Win a trip for 2 to B1G tourney ] New to the list this week: Maryland’s Robert Carter Jr., who has been on the list a few times this season, and Michigan State’s Matt Costello, who continues to compile silly statistical nights. Check out my latest list below. 1. Jarrod Uthoff, Iowa.
adidas and Nebraska unveiled a new Black History Month collection to pay tribute to Wilbur Wood, the Huskers’ first African-American basketball player, Tuesday morning. [ MORE: Get all of the latest Big Ten uniform news ] Nebraska will sport the alternate uniform, which features red tones and a cream stripe across the jersey with the classic “N” logo, vs. Penn State on Feb. 13, as well on the road at Indiana on Feb. 17 and Penn State on Feb. 25. Wood lettered from 1908 to 1910 and was one of the first black players to gain prominence in collegiate hoops.
Signing Day is a day when rosters are stocked and every recruit looks like a can’t-miss prospect. I took a look back at the last four years of recruiting in the Big Ten to see which schools have lived up to hype generated on National Signing Day as compared to their record over that same span. Scout.com was the source of the recruiting data. Schools are ranked based on won-loss records. Editor’s note: Figures for Maryland and Rutgers are for just the two seasons they have been in the Big Ten. 1. Ohio State 50-4 overall 31-1 Big Ten Average
Jarrod Uthoff and Iowa are kind of a big deal. [ MORE: Dienhart: Midseason report cards | BTN analysts pick best of the first half ] At the unofficial midpoint of the Big Ten conference season, Uthoff is the frontrunner for Big Ten Player of the Year and the Hawkeyes, despite a grueling first-half schedule, are tied atop the Big Ten standings. Uthoff and Iowa’s reward for the program’s best start? A spot on the cover of Sports Illustrated. The star senior is featured on a regional issue of the publication’s latest magazine, with the headline “Holy Buckets! (…and blocks,
There are three games this week that will go a long way in shaping the season. Is this the week Maryland finally loses a Big Ten home game? Can Michigan stay hot? And maybe we’ll get an upset along the way. [ MORE: Power Rankings | Big Ten midterm grades | Best of the first half of B1G play | Previewing the week ahead | Ranking the week’s games | Bracketology | Scoreboard | Standings | Stats | Polls | Win a trip for two to the Big Ten tourney ] Here is a ranking of this week’s action. 1.
The season has hit the halfway point, and the race for the top remains fast, furious and wide open with Iowa and Indiana leading the pack. Here is a look at the week ahead. [ MORE: Power Rankings | Big Ten midterm grades | Best of the first half of B1G play | Previewing the week ahead | Ranking the week’s games | Bracketology | Scoreboard | Standings | Stats | Polls | Win a trip for two to the Big Ten tourney ] Game of the week: Michigan State at Michigan, Saturday. Nothing beats a rivalry. And no rivalry is
Max Bielfeldt is averaging career bests across the board, and now the Indiana forward returns to the place where his college career started. The former Wolverine will be back at the Crisler Center on Tuesday night, this time, for the first time, as the enemy. Bielfeldt played three seasons in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and graduated last spring before opting to go to Indiana as a graduate transfer, to earn a master’s degree from the Kelley School of Business. The decision has paid off, as Bielfeldt is shooting 58 percent and averaging 8.1 points, 4.6 rebounds, one steal and 0.5 blocks
This is pretty neat: An interactive analysis of Wisconsin recruiting from 2006-2015 from Madison.com. The map and graphs show a detailed look at Wisconsin football recruiting since 2006. On the map, each red circle represents a scholarship recruit signed by Wisconsin. The graphs show a breakdown of recruits by state, class and rating. There are more guys from California than you’d think. *** Penn State and James Franklin are in better shape for 2016 than you think, according to StateCollege.com. Penn State’s returning players for the 2016 season have a collective 276 starts to their credit. That’s more than twice
On Tuesday, the Big Ten men’s and women’s lacrosse coaches took questions from the media. Listen now and hear what the coaches had to say as their teams prepare for the 2016 lacrosse season.
We are officially in the second half of Big Ten Conference play. For some teams the schedule gets, somewhat, easier, while for others, such as Indiana, it gets considerably more challenging. [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Power Rankings | Big Ten midterm grades | Best of the first half of B1G play | Previewing the week ahead | Bracketology | Scoreboard | Standings | Stats | Polls | Win a trip for two to the Big Ten tourney ] While I predict that the elite programs in the conference will begin to separate themselves from the pack, this is where