We’re now at the official halfway point of the conference season, so it seems an appropriate time to glance at player stats. We’ve already thrown around some Big Ten POY discussion, but we have enough data now that we can start to look a little deeper.
On Friday, Olympic gold medalist Shawn Johnson made her BTN debut as the analyst for the Illinois women’s gymnastics meet vs. Iowa. Johnson, born and raised in Des Moines, IA, took the nation by storm during the 2008 Summer Olympics when she captured four medals, including gold on the balance beam. Six years have passed since returning from Beijing, but Johnson has never stepped out of the limelight. Now Johnson begins this exciting new chapter in her life as a BTN analyst, in which she will be on the call for a number of upcoming meets and the Big Ten Women’s Gymnastics Championships on March 22.
Did you miss something while you stepped away from your computer? We’re tracking some of the best Big Ten social media happenings and posting them all right here. Check out today’s edition, including a great photo captured immediately following the end of Super Bowl XLVIII.
Editor’s note: In the first edition of this story, Michigan State’s Earl Morrall was not accounted for as a Super Bowl-winning quarterback. Morrall came off the bench and replaced Johnny Unitas in the Baltimore Colts’ Super Bowl V win.
Five Big Ten teams are ranked in the latest Coaches Poll, released Monday. Michigan State leads the way at No. 8, while Iowa (No. 13), Michigan (No. 16), Wisconsin (No. 24) and Ohio State (No. 25) round out the Big Ten contingent. See the Coaches and AP polls in this post.
By now, we all know the past week was a crazy one on the Big Ten men’s hardwood. There were upsets all over the place, and the craziness resulted in a logjam in the standings, pretty much from fourth to 12th place. Want to read more about the wild week? Do so here and here. Or, just watch our latest installment of Big Ten Rewind in this post. Enjoy!
The upside down world that has become Big Ten basketball continued over the weekend. The latest installment of craziness was unranked Indiana’s home win over No. 10 Michigan, the last Big Ten squad unbeaten in league play. Who saw this coming? This was a Hoosiers club that had lost three of four—including a home loss to Northwestern and a loss at Nebraska–coming into the meeting yesterday. Don’t try to understand it. Just enjoy it.