The 2016 NBA Lottery is Tuesday night, which got us thinking about recent Big Ten lottery picks. There’s been a dozen from the Big Ten in the last 10 drafts, none higher than Ohio State’s Greg Oden (No. 1; 2007); three Big Ten names have gone No. 2 (Evan Turner, 2010; Victor Oladipo, 2013; D’Angelo Russell, 2015). A couple more Big Ten lottery factoids: Indiana and Ohio State pace the conference with four lottery picks apiece since 2006. The 2013 draft was the most fruitful lottery for the Big Ten, with three picks. See all of the Big Ten lottery
Stewart Mandel released his way-too-early top 25 college football poll earlier this month, and now it’s time for another respected FOX Sports personality to do so. Bruce Feldman shared his list Monday, and, like Mandel, he has Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State included. Both put Michigan and Ohio State at No. 5 and No. 9, respectively. They disagree on Iowa and Michigan State, though, with Feldman placing Iowa at No. 14. See where Feldman ranks the Big Ten teams, plus get a portion of his team-by-team analysis, below. 5. Michigan: Jim Harbaugh won 10 games in his debut
Northwestern is coming off a stellar season that saw the Wildcats win 10 games. And NU is thinking big in 2016 as it looks to win what looks like a wide-open Big Ten West. And, it just may happen, as this could be Pat Fitzgerald’s most talented team yet. But it faces a daunting schedule that offers little relief. [ MORE: Dienhart: Northwestern’s offseason to-do list ] Here’s a breakdown. Toughest non-conference game: vs. Duke, Sept. 17. The Wildcats waded into Durham, North Carolina, last year and took a 19-10 decision. This was a good Blue Devil squad that would
Chris Ash continues to put his stamp on the Rutgers program after taking over for Kyle Flood. Job No. 1: change the culture. Offense? Defense? Special teams? It all needs work. Rutgers ranked No. 13 in the Big Ten in total defense in 2015 (462.0 ypg) and 12th in scoring (34.9 ppg). The back seven needs a lot of work, as the linebacking corps is being rebuilt and a young secondary needs to mature. The offense has work to do, as well, as it is undergoing a scheme change. RU will use a “power spread” scheme that is similar to
Great news here: Former Minnesota coach Jerry Kill is going home, becoming the associate athletic director at Kansas State. Kill, who was 29-29 in his five seasons at Minnesota, is expected to serve as chief administrator for the K-State football program. If you’re wondering, no, Kill isn’t the coach-in-waiting for legend Bill Snyder. Kill insists his coaching days are over. *** Chad Leistikow of HawkCentral.com says Iowa should extend Kirk Ferentz’s deal through 2023 but shouldn’t overpay. A year ago on the spring banquet circuit, many wondered if Ferentz would make it past 2015. Now, 2025 seems possible for a
The 2015 season didn’t go as scripted for Minnesota. Jerry Kill abruptly retired and the Gophers finished with their first losing record since 2012. [ MORE: Dienhart: Get Minnesota’s offseason to-do list ] Now, Tracy Claeys is leading the Gophers. And he wasted little time putting his stamp on the program, letting go offensive coordinator/offensive line coach Matt Limegrover and quarterbacks coach Jim Zebrowski. Jay Johnson was hired from Louisiana-Lafayette to run the offense and coach quarterbacks, while Bart Miller was tabbed to coach the line. Work remains to be done if Minnesota wants to improve on a 6-7 mark
With a nickname like “The Unicorn,” Mike Shawaryn has to be quite the talent. The Maryland starting pitcher is just that. Ask the hitters he’s aced, if you don’t believe it. Those hitters are batting .203 vs. the Maryland right-hander, and they’ve nearly struck out once per inning (.93 Ks per inning). His other 2016 stats look like this: 4-4, 3.33 ERA. We recently profiled Shawaryn, and you can watch the full feature in the video at the top of the post.
There was a terrific highlight in the Michigan State-Iowa baseball game Sunday. It saw Iowa 2B Mason McCoy sprinting in and diving to catch a batted ball that deflected off pitcher Ryan Erickson. Watch it in this post.
BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart offers his offseason to-do list for the Purdue Boilermakers.
Remember when Caleb Swanigan flipped from Michigan State to Purdue? He now has declared for the NBA draft but took time to reflect on his switcheroo.