Michigan State men’s basketball coach Tom Izzo and women’s basketball coach Suzy Merchant both made entertianment-themed entrances to the basketball teams’ Midnight Madness event Friday night. Izzo arrived as part of a “Mission Impossible” act while Merchant drew cheers when she had some fun at the expense of fans of Michigan State’s top rival. Izzo has made a number of dramatic Midnight Madness entrances over the years. There was KISS, there was Iron Man, there was a jet pilot – watch them all here. But this year, Izzo made quite another Hollywood-themed entrance. Watch it in the video in this
On this week’s “The Journey: 2015 Big Ten Football,” our TV show chronicled the last play of the Michigan-Michigan State game in their own cinematic way. Cameras were rolling from the sideline and captured not only the mishandled punt and touchdown but the raw emotion from both teams and their fans. The show re-airs today (see the TV schedule for all times). Also, the entire episode can be seen on demand via BTN2Go. Are you on social media? Follow “The Journey” on Twitter and go behind the scenes with show producers running @BTNJourney for updates, photos, videos and more. We’re also on
[youtube https://youtu.be/bliM5y80F88?list=PL2RRF9GtC9s3Y3eVqV2DlYjVJawTXSyZZ] Bill Cubit has Illinois playing well this season, outscoring their opponents 171-118 through six games. The team is off to an impressive 4-2 start with Wisconsin coming to town this weekend. So, what does Cubit do to get his players fired up before a big conference game? Now you have the chance to find out! Thanks to our exclusive Field Pass cameras only available with BTN2Go or via our YouTube page, Big Ten fans will get an early live look at both Illinois and Wisconsin coaches and players before Saturday’s game at 3:30 p.m. ET on BTN. This Field Pass link
Which Big Ten football team has been the most impressive through seven weeks of the college football season? That is one of several questions we ponder as we head past the midway point of the season. BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart and BTN,.com web editor Sean Merriman hand out some superlatives heading into this week’s Big Ten action. Joined by several national college football writers, here’s where Dienhart and Merriman stand heading into Week 8 of the college football season. BEST GAME: Michigan State 27, Michigan 23. Were there more exciting games from start to finish? Yes, probably. But good luck finding
What lies ahead for an undefeated Iowa squad? Let's hope the Ohio State QB drama has run its course. There is a one very likely spoiler out there - we're looking at your Nebraska. And let's pick he best QB in the conference right now. BTN's Tom Dienhart lays out ten Big Ten football thoughts in this post.
With the Big Ten Conference's Independent Medical Spotter system in it's first year, BTN Senior Writer Tom Dienhart checks in to see what the conference has learned about spotting injuries in football games. What is the exact process? Who are the spotters and what have they seen through 42 non-conference games and 20 conference home games so far? Read Dienhart's update here.
A look at the rise of Penn State's Carl Nassib. Another look at how Michigan punter Blake O'Neill handled adversity. What are Ohio State's Cardale Jones' options? Is Iowa's 7-0 start "lucky" or a product of design? Find these Big Ten football stories and more in Friday's Big Ten roundup.
It’s a moment in life that no one forgets — the moment they’re handed the keys to their first home. And for Nereyda Garza, that moment was extra special. Garza, a Bloomington resident who had been living in a one-bedroom apartment with her three children, gratefully received the keys to her brand new home on Oct. 3. Her family now owned the roof over their heads and had room to live and breathe, thanks to Garza’s own hard work and the dedication of the IU community. For the sixth-straight year, Indiana’s Kelley School of Business partnered with Habitat for Humanity
Basketball season is almost here and this weekend BTN offers two basketball events streamed live. Subscribe ahead of time to BTN Plus on BTN2Go and be ready to watch Michigan State’s Midnight Madness (subscribe to watch here) and Indiana’s Hoosier Hysteria on Saturday (subscribe to watch here). Also, exhibition men’s basketball season starts next Thursday. Click here to see the full schedule of those games also offered via a BTN Plus subscription on BTN2Go. Not familiar with BTN Plus? It includes non-televised games and events available on our BTN2Go app with a purchase of a BTN Plus subscription. A subscription to BTN Plus
If you happened to watch the late afternoon portion of action a week ago, then you were a witness to some of the most historical moments in recent Big Ten history. [ MORE: Week 8 scoreboard | Week 8 previews | Polls: Who wins Week 8 games? | Power Rankings | Bowl Projections | Player Rankings | Mailbag | Barrett named Ohio State starter | Watch Mark Dantonio dance | Watch OSU student do jump pass vs. Barrett | Hear your coach’s teleconference | Big Ten standings | Big Ten stats ] In Ann Arbor, Michigan mishandled a punt that