The Big Ten office released the official 2016-17 men’s basketball conference schedule. [ MORE: View BTN’s loaded non-conference schedule ] It all gets started Dec. 27, with a quartet of games. Reigning Big Ten champ Indiana opens its title defense the following day, Dec. 28, vs. Nebraska. Check out the full conference slate below. DECEMBER 27 Illinois at Maryland Michigan State at Minnesota Northwestern at Penn State Rutgers at Wisconsin 28 Iowa at Purdue Nebraska at Indiana 30 Northwestern at Michigan State *** JANUARY 1 Michigan at Iowa Minnesota at Purdue Nebraska at Maryland Ohio State at Illinois Penn State
Thirteen stops down, and one to go. The second-to-last stop on the annual BTN bus tour had the BTN crew watching Illinois practice Wednesday. Read BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart's fun takes inside.
The penultimate stop on the 2016 BTN bus tour took us to Champaign, Illinois, to watch Lovie Smith's first Illinois squad practice. Get BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart's takeaways from Wednesday's practice inside.
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Darrell Hazell needs a big year. It’s no secret. He has yet to get this program off the ground in his first three seasons. The struggles can’t be sugarcoated or minimized, as Hazell has gone 6-30 overall and 2-22 in the Big Ten. Three of the victories have been vs. FCS foes; another was vs. a MAC team. Will 2016 be the year the script is flipped? Hazell will move forward with a veteran roster that has potential and a staff that has two new coordinators. Here is what I’ll be watching at Purdue practice. 1. Quarterback. The quarterback situation
We're headed your way, Purdue fans. That's right, the annual BTN summer football tour is destined for West Lafayette, Indiana, to check out Darrell Hazell's fourth team.
The slate features six matchups of teams that appeared in the 2016 NCAA Tournament, including the defending national champion Villanova Wildcats at Purdue on Nov. 14 as part of the Gavitt Tipoff Games and the 2014 national champion Connecticut Huskies at Ohio State on Dec. 10.
Northwestern's top specimen? Its nagging question. BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart offers several fun takes from Northwestern's practice Tuesday inside.
The BTN bus tour was in Evanston, Illinois, on Tuesday, to check out Pat Fitzgerald's Northwestern Wildcats, Click inside to see what BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart learned from the practice.
Hopes are high in Champaign, as Illinois takes the wraps off the Lovie Smith era. Will he be the coach to deliver a consistent winner to the Illini Nation? Smith arrives from the NFL with a big reputation, but he will be Illinois’ fifth coach since 1997 following Ron Turner, Ron Zook, Tim Beckman and Bill Cubit. The defensive line looks strong, and Dave Revsine believes running back Ke’Shawn Vaughn is going to be one of the top breakthrough players in the conference this season. Here is what I’ll be looking for at Illinois practice. 1. How is offensive line