The Big Ten regular season is complete, and now it’s time to turn our attention to the Big Ten tourney. [ MORE: View the official Big Ten tourney bracket (PDF) ] Outright Big Ten champion Indiana is the No. 1 seed in the event that tips at 4:30 p.m. ET Wednesday, and runs through Sunday afternoon, at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. The Hoosiers, along with No. 2 Michigan State, No. 3 Maryland and No. 4 Purdue, receive double-byes and open the tourney Friday. Here is the official bracket: WEDNESDAY Game 1, 4:30 pm. ET ESPN2: No. 13 Minnesota vs.
The regular season is over. Now, it’s off to Indianapolis for the Big Ten tourney, where top seeds Indiana and Michigan State look like the teams to beat. [ MORE: View the official Big Ten tourney bracket ] Before we turn all of our focus to the tourney at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, let’s take a look at the best of the last week of the regular season. Best win: Rutgers vs. Minnesota. There were several big wins by the contenders, but it has to be the previously winless Scarlet Knights’ 75-52 win vs. Minnesota on Saturday. The blowout victory snapped
It’s always good to register a win on senior night, and No. 15 Purdue did just that Sunday. [ MORE: View the official Big Ten tourney bracket ] The Boilermakers topped Wisconsin, 91-80, in their season finale at Mackey Arena, and they honored seniors Rapheal Davis, A.J. Hammons, Johnny Hill and Stephen Toyra in a postgame ceremony. All four players received an introduction, which included videoboard highlights, followed by head coach Matt Painter speaking about the seniors. After that, it was time for the seniors to take the mic. Watch the entire ceremony above or check out the individual player
No. 1 Penn State claimed its fifth Big Ten wrestling championships in the last six seasons Sunday. [ MORE: View HawkeyeSports.com’s Championship Central ] The Nittany Lions racked up 150.5 points at Carver-Hawkeye Arena, finishing 24.5 points ahead of host and runner-up Iowa (127). Ohio State, last season’s winner and NCAA champ, finished third with 126 points. View the full final standings here. Three wrestlers claimed individual Big Ten championships, as Zain Retherford (149 pounds), Bo Nickal (174) and Morgan McIntosh (197) won their respective weight classes. Watch every champion and his BTN interview below. *** 125 pounds: Nathan Tomasello,
It was another banner day for No. 12 Indiana on Sunday. [ MORE: View Sunday’s full Big Ten scoreboard ] Five days after clinching the outright Big Ten title, the Hoosiers notched a strong 80-62 season-ending victory over No. 14 Maryland on senior day at Assembly Hall. Following the team’s fifth consecutive victory, Indiana honored its decorated seniors, including start point guard Yogi Ferrell, and cut down the nets to celebrate the program’s second outright crown in the last four seasons. Here’s a look at the scene postgame at Assembly Hall: *** Watch Ferrell’s speech in the video above, plus
Nick Zeisloft will remember the final week of his last regular season quite fondly. The Indiana senior helped the Hoosiers clinch the outright Big Ten title last Tuesday, and he played a big role in the team’s 80-62 season-ending victory over No. 14 Maryland on senior day Sunday night. Zeisloft averaged 10 points in his last two regular season games. Pretty solid for a guy who averages 6.7 points on the season. But he also provided the best highlight of his two-year Indiana career. It came in Sunday’s win vs. Maryland, and it happened when Zeisloft tipped a Maryland pass,
Shatori Walker-Kimbrough scored 19 points and No. 5 Maryland beat No. 19 Michigan State 60-44 on Sunday night for its second consecutive Big Ten tournament title.
Sammy Brooks made headlines with his 184-pound Big Ten championship Sunday. But, it was his post-match interview with BTN’s Shane Sparks that made the biggest headlines. Brooks, who has a personality to match his fantastic hairdo, delivered a one-of-a-kind mullet-inspired interview after defeating Nebraska’s TJ Dudley. Watch the interview in the video above and get his best soundbites below. On how loud Carver-Hawkeye Arena was during his victory: “I think these fans just respond really well to a good haircut. That’s what I was working on coming in here, making sure I had it fluffed and feathered the right way,
It’s official: Future NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning has retired. The former Indianapolis and Denver signal-caller made the announcement Sunday, nearly one month after leading the Broncos to Super Bowl 50. Manning finishes his career with a laundry list of NFL records, including all-time touchdown passes (539). For a little fun, and to put a Big Ten perspective on Manning’s retirement, let’s take a look at the Big Ten names who caught at least one of the quarterback’s 539 career scoring strikes. Dallas Clark (Iowa): 44 Eric Decker (Minnesota): 24 Ken Dilger (Illinois): 7 Anthony Gonzalez (Ohio State):
No. 1 Penn State holds a huge lead after day one of the 2016 Big Ten Championships on Saturday. [ MORE: View HawkeyeSports.com’s Championship Central ] The perfect Nittany Lions dominated the action at Carver-Hawkeye Arena en route to jumping out to a 27-point lead over second-place Iowa. With a sizzling quarterfinal round in which it went 6-1, Penn State leads the team race with 133.0 points while Iowa is second with 106.0 and Ohio State is third with 100. The Nittany Lions will have six wrestlers in Sunday’s championship finals, which air live on the Big Ten Network and