The Big Ten race is bunched at the top, with Iowa, Indiana, Maryland and Michigan leading the pack. And keep an eye on Purdue. [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Power Rankings | Big Ten midterm grades | Best of week that was | Players of the Week | Bracketology | Scoreboard | Standings | Stats | Polls | Win a trip for two to the Big Ten tourney ] Here is a look back at the week that was. Biggest surprise: Wisconsin. Don’t count out the Badgers from returning to the Big Dance just yet. Greg Gard’s program ended Indiana’s
Need another reason to prove the Wisconsin football program is getting it done? [ MORE: Get all of our latest Big Ten pros coverage ] Russell Wilson picked up Offensive MVP honors of the 2016 Pro Bowl on Sunday in Honolulu, Hawaii, marking the second consecutive season the Badgers have had one of the annual game’s superlative winners. A season ago, all-world defensive end and former Wisconsin walk-on J.J. Watt claimed Defensive MVP honors. On Sunday night, Wilson, the one-year Wisconsin standout, completed 8 of 12 passes for 164 yards and three touchdowns to help lead Team Irvin to an
It will be nice to see Evan Turner’s No. 21 jersey hang in the rafters of Ohio State’s Value City Arena. Ohio State announced recently that it will hang the No. 21 in the rafters during halftime of the Buckeyes’ game against Michigan on Feb. 16. Turner’s number will be the fifth to hang in the rafters, joining Jerry Lucas (11), Gary Bradds (35), Jim Jackson (22) and John Havlicek (5). “It’s unbelievable for our program,” Matta said last weekend. “The one thing here is it’s very difficult to get your jersey hung in the rafters. As I reflect back
To celebrate its 250th anniversary, Rutgers University — one of America’s oldest institutions of higher education — is getting the entire RU community involved in a new exhibit both at its Zimmerli Art Museum and online. This “art project,” called HereNow, features photographs submitted by Rutgers students as well as faculty and others affiliated with the university, creating a tapestry and a clear image of what it means to be a Scarlet Knight. “It occurred to me we needed to do something that would be rather like a gift to the whole university,” said Marti Mayo, the director of Zimmerli.
Johns Hopkins was selected as the unanimous preseason favorite to claim the Big Ten Men’s Lacrosse Championship in a poll conducted by the conference’s six head coaches. The Blue Jays were followed in the preseason poll by second-place Maryland. Johns Hopkins made its record 43rd NCAA Tournament appearance last season and advanced to the Final Four after sharing the inaugural Big Ten Championship with Maryland and winning the first Big Ten Tournament. The Blue Jays are ranked No. 5 in the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) preseason poll. The preseason poll and complete Players to Watch list can be
Maryland was the unanimous choice by the conference coaches as the preseason favorite to claim the 2016 Big Ten Women’s Lacrosse Championship. The conference’s coaches voted in the preseason poll and selected three players from their own team to a Players to Watch list. The top-ranked Terrapins, who won the inaugural Big Ten crown and captured its 13th national championship last season, were followed in the preseason poll by second-place Penn State. View the full preseason poll and complete Players to Watch list below. 2016 BIG TEN WOMEN’S LACROSSE PRESEASON POLL 1. MARYLAND 2. Penn State 3. Northwestern 4. Ohio
Following Sunday’s quartet of Big Ten games, every team has played at least nine conference games, exactly half of its league schedule. [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Power Rankings | Big Ten midterm grades | Best of week that was | Players of the Week | Bracketology | Scoreboard | Standings | Stats | Polls | Win a trip for two to the Big Ten tourney ] Halfway home, it’s seems like a great time to hand out some midseason grades. Get my report card for all 14 teams below. Illinois (10-12, 2-7): D. Injuries have impacted this roster greatly.
Charles Woodson put on the pads one final time at the 2016 Pro Bowl on Sunday. The former Michigan star and 1997 Heisman Trophy winner announced his retirement during the season, the 18th of his no-doubt Hall of Fame career. Woodson, who spent 11 seasons with Oakland, spanning two stops, and seven with Green Bay, finished his career with 65 interceptions, tied for fifth most all-time, twice (2009 & 2011) leading the league in the category. More accolades: Woodson was a member of Green Bay’s Super XLV championship team, he scored 11 career touchdowns, he was a member of the
Michigan State doesn’t need an excuse to remember or honor Lacey Holsworth. [ MORE: AP: 12th-ranked Spartans pound visiting Rutgers ] Holsworth’s story captivated the nation. Her well-chronicled friendship with the Spartans, in particular then-star Adreian Payne, was something so genuine. Neuroblastoma took Holsworth’s life in April of 2014, but, with it being Coaches vs. Cancer Week, teams and coaching staffs across the country, not just Michigan State or the Big Ten, have worn gold shoelaces to honor “Princess Lacey” and support the fight against pediatric cancer. It was the Spartans’ turn Sunday night. Making the occasion all the more
The Big Ten men’s basketball schedule featured four games Sunday, including a trio involving ranked teams. [ MORE: Catch up on all of Sunday’s action on our Big Ten scoreboard ] No. 8 Maryland held off Ohio State, 66-61, behind Jake Layman’s double-double, No. 3 Iowa took care of Northwestern, 85-71, thanks to Peter Jok’s hot hand, and No. 12 Michigan State rolled Rutgers, 96-62, with the help of a school record-tying 17 3-pointers. In the other game, Wisconsin knocked off Illinois, 63-55, at Assembly Hall Check out our favorite plays from Sunday’s four games below. *** *** ***