The new year is fast approaching, which means that Big Ten play is just around the corner. A total of six Big Ten teams will hit the hardwood on Saturday, highlighted by a quadruple-header of hoops in store on BTN.
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Michigan will be without preseason All-American Mitch McGary after head coach John Beilein announced today that the sophomore forward has elected to have a surgery performed on his lower back.
Minnesota football coach Jerry Kill has announced that he will continue to coach from the press box in tonight’s Texas Bowl matchup against Syracuse. According to the StarTribune.com, Kill contemplated the idea of coaching from the sideline, but after a meeting late Thursday night, he decided it is best to remain in the box for the seventh consecutive game.
If you’re on Twitter, you can vote in our ongoing series of Big Ten Twitter polls for our weekday TV show #BTNLive weekdays at 6 p.m. ET. On tonight’s #BTNLive show, our experts discuss this question: Which Big Ten freshman will have the biggest impact in a bowl game? Our choices today: #BTNBosa (Joey Bosa), #BTNButt (Jake Butt), #BTNShelton (Sojourn Shelton) or #BTNMaxx (Maxx Williams)
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 photo of former Illinois football player Mike Hopkins on a Christmas Eve spacewalk.
We sit mere days away from Big Ten play, so it seems a proper time to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the conference’s defenses. Possibly the best way to do that is through detailed shot data. The best defenses will limit open threes and shots at the rim while forcing opponents to take low value two-point jumpers.
First-year coach Darrell Hazell surely had no idea about the size and scope of the mess he was inheriting from the ruinous Danny Hope era. Hazell and Co., tried. They really did. But the talent level never has been lower in the history of the program. And, it showed in what was arguably the worst season in school history.