Purdue entered the NCAA tourney as a hot team, winners of six of seven before losing a hard-fought Big Ten title game to Michigan State. But that mojo didn’t continue in the Big Dance, as the No. 5 Boilermakers were stunned in double-overtime by No. 12 Little Rock. Little Rock is a well-coached team that plays tenacious defense and did a good job keeping Purdue’s big men in check. And it hit some big shots in outscoring Purdue 21-7 over the final five minutes of regulation on the way to an 85-83 double overtime win. Just like that, the Boilers’
Who’s ready for March Madness? The NCAA Tournament is officially underway as two Big Ten teams, Purdue and Indiana, will be in action today. Here is a look at 64 Big Ten facts heading into this year’s NCAA Tournament. 1. This is the sixth straight season that the Big Ten has had at least six teams selected to play in the NCAA Tournament. 2. Michigan State coach Tom Izzo is one of four active coaches to appear in at least six Final Fours, joining Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski, Louisville’s Rick Pitino and North Carolina’s Roy Williams. 3. The four No. 1
The Big Ten Hockey Tournament got underway with two exciting games on Thursday night. Twitter: @HockeyOnBTN | @MSU_Hockey | @umichhockey |@GopherHockey | @OhioState_MHKY | @PennStateMHKY | @BadgerMHockey | @B1GHockey In the opener, No. 3 Penn State eliminated No. 6 Wisconsin, 5-2. No. 4 Ohio State followed that with a thrilling 4-3 win over No. 5 Michigan State in OT. Every game of the 2016 Big Ten Men’s Hockey Tournament airs live on BTN (and BTN2Go) through Saturday’s title game. All games are at the the Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Minnesota is the No. 1 seed and earns a
Five Big Ten women’s hoops teams play their opening games of the 2016 NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament Friday and Saturday. Click the matchups in this post to go to the live game center pages for each game. On Friday, No. 4 seed Michigan State plays No. 13 Belmont at noon ET on ESPN2 followed No. 3 seed Ohio State playing No. 14 seed Buffalo at 2:30 p.m., also on ESPN2. Saturday’s games are No. 2 Maryland vs. No. 15 Iowa (1:30 p.m., ESPN2) No. 11 Purdue vs. No. 6 Oklahoma (1:30 p.m., ESPN2), and No. 9 Indiana vs. No. 8 Georgia
After Michigan's First Four win, more Big Ten men's teams take the NCAA stage today and tomorrow. Can Purdue make a run? What about Indiana? Plus, we've got a smattering of Big Ten football updates, too. Read Thursday's news digest now.
During football and basketball games, BTN LiveBIG will spotlight notable examples of research, innovation and community service from around the conference. In-Game stories will provide more background on these features, and the opportunity to view the videos again. It may fly in the face of conventional wisdom, but in Postville, Iowa, everyone looks forward to when the dentists come to town. And at the end of their whirlwind, one-day visit, everyone’s smile is a little brighter, thanks to the University of Iowa’s Project SEALED. Along with their portable dental equipment, the Hawkeye dentists bring stuffed animals and toys and oversized
Michigan would not be denied, roaring back for a 67-62 victory over Tulsa on Wednesday.
Rachel Banham recorded her third 40-point game of the season, leading the Gophers (20-11, 11-7 Big Ten) to an 87-80 win over UW-Milwaukee (19-12, 12-6 Horizon) in the opening round of the WNIT. Banham’s 48 points were the most scored by an individual college player, women’s or men’s, in Williams Arena history, and set the record for most points in a WNIT game. Banham became the first player in program history to record three 40-point games in their career. Mikayla Bailey, Carlie Wagner, and Shayne Mullaney also reached double-digit in scoring, with 14, 10, and 10 respectively. This was the
Expect to hear plenty of Michigan State football players’ names in this year’s NFL Draft. The Spartans held their annual Pro Day on Wednesday on the campus of Michigan State. The list of MSU Pro Day attendees included center Jack Allen, wide receiver Aaron Burbridge, defensive end Shilique Calhoun, offensive lineman Jack Conklin, quarterback Connor Cook, and others. BTN’s Lisa Byington, Jim Miller and Russ Lande were in East Lansing to take in all the action. Here is a look at highlights and interviews from MSU’s Pro Day. Is there a better college football coach at developing talent? @MSU_Football's Mark
There are seven Big Ten teams in the NCAA tourney. Michigan is the first to take the plunge, tipping off tonight in a First Four in clash with fellow No. 11 seed Tulsa. What is the best-case scenario in the Big Dance for the Wolverines? I tell you that, as well as my best-case scenario for each Big Ten squad in the NCAA tourney.