The John R. Wooden midseason top 20 list is out and Big Ten women’s basketball is well represented with seven of the 20 finalists. Since the inception of the award to the women’s game in 2004, no Big Ten player has ever won the Wooden award. Seven names leads all conferences this season, so could this be the year it happens? Let’s take a look at the Big Ten’s finalists who may have the best shot. The Women’s Award was established in 2004 and presented annually to the outstanding collegiate female basketball Player of the Year. There is also a five-women
Northwestern had a big bounce-back season in 2015, posting 10 victories after consecutive 5-7 campaigns. A 10-win season preceded that 2013-14 slump. Pat Fitzgerald looks to keep the mojo going in Evanston and avoid a repeat of a backslide after a big season. [ MORE: Get all of Tom Dienhart’s players to replace posts ] The Wildcats will have plenty of building blocks in 2016. The offense will have players like QB Clayton Thorson, RB Justin Jackson, Ts Eric Olson and Black Hance, WR Austin Carr, SB Garrett Dickerson and WR/RB Solomon Vault, among others. The defense has back CB
It’s time to take the temperature of the Big Ten’s NCAA hopes with a weekly check of the mock brackets from Jerry Palm of CBSSports.com and Joe Lunardi of ESPN. One thing is becoming abundantly clear: The Big Ten is looking like a six-bid league, but keep an eye on Ohio State, Northwestern and Wisconsin. Last week, Palm had five Big Ten teams in his field. This week, he has six, with Michigan joining the fray. No. 2 Iowa vs. No. 15 North Florida, South Region No. 2 Michigan State vs. No. 15 Texas A&M CC, West Region No. 4
Iowa is perfect through five Big Ten games for the first time since 1996-97, and the No. 9 Hawkeyes take on No. 22 Purdue this Sunday at 1 p.m. on BTN/BTN2Go. That's just one of the top games in Tom Dienhart's weekly rankings of the action ahead.
Iowa's basketball team is ascending rising, and so is Peter Jok. Northwestern has hit some bump times. Get a few updates from the football programs at Michigan, Nebraska, Rutgers, and Indiana. Plus, did you look at Michigan State's football schedule next season? It is not easy. Those are the headlines in Tuesday's Big Ten links.
Freshman Caleb Swanigan had 12 points and 13 rebounds, and No. 22 Purdue held a 63-23 advantage on the boards in beating Rutgers 107-57 on Monday night, handing the Scarlet Knights' their worst home loss.
Iowa is white hot, jumping out to a 5-0 Big Ten clip, its best start since the 1996-97 season. [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Power Rankings | Player Rankings | Best of the week that was | Big Ten award winners | Polls | Standings | Stats | Scores ] It’s been a collective effort for the Hawkeyes, but there’s no doubt that senior forward Jarrod Uthoff has been the key. The Iowa star is playing so well that he has taken the top spot from Maryland point guard Melo Trimble in my latest Big Ten Player Rankings. Editor’s note:
The latest AP & Coaches men’s basketball polls were released Monday, and each has five Big Ten teams ranked. [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Power Rankings | Player Rankings | Best of the week that was | Big Ten award winners | Polls | Standings | Stats | Scores ] Maryland paces the handful of Big Ten teams, at No. 7 (AP) and No. 5 (Coaches). Undefeated Iowa, which is 5-0 in the Big Ten for the first time since the 1996-97 season, comes in at No. 9 in both polls. Michigan State, fresh off a pair of losses, drops
How about the Iowa Hawkeyes?! After last week’s wins at then-No. 4 Michigan State and vs. Michigan, the Hawkeyes improved to 5-0 in Big Ten play. [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Power Rankings | Player Rankings | Best of the week that was | Big Ten award winners | Polls | Standings | Stats | Scores ] If you’re keeping score at home, Fran McCaffery and company have won 11 consecutive Big Ten games, dating to last season. Even more impressive: Three of the wins this season have come vs. the then-No. 1, No. 14 and No. 4 teams. The
All eyes will fix their gaze on East Lansing, where the Spartans will play host to Maryland. This is a huge game for the Spartans, who lost two games last week when it fell vs. Iowa and at Wisconsin to fall to 3-3 in the Big Ten. And Northwestern has a great chance to buff its NCAA resume. [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Power Rankings | Best of the week that was | Big Ten award winners | Polls | Standings | Stats | Scores ] Here is a look at the week ahead. Game of the week: Maryland at