What is the most powerful fan base in college football? Collegespun.com recently published an article listing the 16 most powerful fan bases, and four Big Ten schools appear on the list. Factors that were taken into account while creating the list include program worth, program revenue, television contracts, social media followings, attendance and a number of others. Leading the way is Ohio State, which is listed at No. 1 overall. “Ohio State has always been among the strongest programs and fan bases in college football, but winning the 2014 national championship seems to have woken something up in the Buckeye
Fans have reason to cheer for Minnesota senior Joey King. BTN.com's Sean Merriman has the story here.
A familiar name to Big Ten basketball fans returns on this Saturday’s episode of the “The Journey: Big Ten Basketball 2016,” as we take you behind the scenes to watch former Ohio State star Evan Turner (remember this shot?) get his No. 21 jersey raised to the rafters at Ohio State. The show airs at 9 p.m. ET right after the Ohio State-Nebraska game. And we of course have our usual special game highlights. This week we were at Michigan vs. Ohio State game and Wisconsin vs. Maryland. Remember, if you miss the debut of the show, you can find
What Big Ten player is the most exciting? Who would you plunk down your hard-earned cash to watch? Who brings you out of your seat and makes you say “AHHHH!”? I asked some media members for their choice. Jess Settles, Big Ten Network: Denzel Valentine. Magic Johnson passes, hits H-O-R-S-E shots in big games, always a triple-double threat. Fearless. Marcus Fuller, St. Paul Pioneer Press: Most exciting to me is A.J. Hammons. In today’s world, the 7-footers are mainly shot blockers and rebounders. Or you’ll see them trying to be guards and hanging out on the perimeter. But Hammons is
The National Championship Dual series highlights this weekend as eight Big Ten teams host six Division I conference champions from around the country and two wildcards. In his weekend preview, BTN wrestling analyst Shane Sparks takes a closer look at No. 1 Penn State's matchup.
Illinois men’s basketball coach John Groce suspended Leron Black indefinitely after a Thursday night incident that led to Black’s arrest by police. According to this report by the Champaign News-Gazette, University of Illinois Police said Black, 20, was arrested for aggravated assault after he allegedly threatened a security employee of the Canopy Club, 708 Goodwin, U. In a Friday morning statement, Groce said, “We are aware of the incident involving Leron Black. He has been suspended indefinitely from all team activities as we await the legal process.” Black has missed 19 games this season with a knee injury. In his seven
Illinois announced Josh Whitman as the school's new Athletic Director on Thursday. Here is his entire opening statement as well as his answers to media questions.
Minnesota is still celebrating an incredible upset win. Illinois's new AD has challenges ahead. Which Iowa player has the highest NBA potential? We round up all of Friday's top headlines in this Big Ten news digest.
How are you spending this weekend? If your answer to that question is dancing without stopping for two straight days, there’s a good chance you’re a Penn State student participating in the giant annual dance marathon — a.k.a, THON — to raise awareness of and funding for treatment of children’s cancer. And if you’re planning to spend the weekend resting after a grueling relay run across Central Pennsylvania, you’re likely a PSU alum or another member of the Nittany Lions community supporting the same cause as the THON dancers through Hope Express. From 6 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 19, until
What a night of Big Ten basketball! Minnesota kicked off the action with a memorable 68-63 win over No. 6 Maryland, snapping a 14-game losing streak and giving the Gophers their first conference win of the season. The crowd at Williams Arena stormed the court when time expired to celebrate Minnesota’s first Big Ten regular season win since beating Michigan State back on Feb. 26, 2015. The second game of the evening belonged to Denzel Valentine, who had 24 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds in Michigan State’s impressive 69-57 victory over Wisconsin. With two games on the slate, we