There were many familiar faces at this year’s Big Ten Men’s Basketball Media Day, and quite possibly more than there would have been were it not for a new NCAA rule. In January the NCAA announced it would set a last-chance date of May 25 (10 days after the NBA Combine) for NBA hopefuls to withdraw from the NBA Draft. Most importantly, the NCAA eliminated the limit on the maximum amount of times a player could enter the draft, which previously stood at one. Prior to January, underclassmen had to choose definitively whether to stay in school or enter the draft and
BTN.com's Tom Dienhart doesn't know it all, but he does know what he thinks. Here's his weekly look at what he believes heading into Week 7 of the Big Ten football season.
The Big Ten officially kicked off the 2016-17 basketball season with media day in Washington, D.C., today. Talent like Denzel Valentine, Caris LeVert, A.J. Hammons, Yogi Ferrell and Jarrod Uthoff is gone. Still, there is a lot to like about the conference, writes BTN.com's Tom Dienhart.
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This Saturday from noon E.T. – 1 p.m. ET, BTN will offer a live and unprecedented look inside one of Indiana Basketball’s practices with Tom Crean. Coach Crean, along with BTN analyst Jon Crispin, will wear microphones throughout the practice and discuss drills, the IU roster and a team scrimmage in real time for viewers. The Hoosiers finished ninth in last season’s final USA TODAY Sports men’s basketball coaches poll and look to build on a trip to the Sweet Sixteen. Indiana will be led by the trio of OG Anunoby, James Blackmon Jr. and Thomas Bryant. Anunoby is tabbed
This season hasn’t gone as planned for Iowa and quarterback C.J. Beathard. But the Hawkeyes are coming off a big win, and they control their own destiny in a season that still has lots of promise for the defending Big Ten West champ
Every week during the 2016 football season, the BTN.com team makes its Big Ten game predictions. We also provide polls for Big Ten fans to select their winners, and to compete with BTN’s Tom Dienhart and Brent Yarina all season long. See our Week 7 predictions below, and scroll down to vote for your winners. Big Ten fans 2016 record: 43-15 Week 7 picks: See polls below Tom Dienhart (@BTNTomDienhart) 2016 record: 42-16 Week 7 picks: Minnesota 28, Maryland 24; Iowa 35, Purdue 17; Rutgers 31, Illinois 30; Michigan State 17, Northwestern 14; Nebraska 29, Indiana 27; Ohio State 30,
BTN Live announced the 2016-17 preseason All-Big Ten Team on Monday night. Wisconsin senior Nigel Hayes, the lone unanimous selection and one of three Badgers to earn accolades, claims the preseason player of the year award. Teammates Ethan Happ and Bronson Koenig join Hayes on the list. The only other team to boast multiple honorees is Indiana (James Blackmon and Thomas Bryant). View the full preseason team below. 2016-17 PRESEASON BIG TEN PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Nigel Hayes, Wisconsin You are looking at the 2016-17 preseason @B1GMBBall player of the Year. Also, the only unanimous selection. pic.twitter.com/5BKLDZmaXm — Big Ten
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The headline act Saturday is No. 2 Ohio State’s trip to No. 8 Wisconsin. In fact, depending on how things play out, this could be a preview of the Big Ten title game. And it also will feature two standout defenses. The schools arguably have been the best in their divisions in recent years. The Buckeyes have won the last four meetings and seven of eight. The last Badger win was in Madison in 2010—two coaches ago. The Buckeyes won the last time they visited Camp Randall Stadium, taking a 21-14 decision in 2012. The schools last played in 2014