It is no secret, Big Ten fans love their basketball. Here’s the latest proof: The Big Ten Conference led the nation in attendance (3,195,137) during the 2014-15 season, according to data released Monday by the NCAA. For some perspective, the total is the second-highest number in history, trailing the 16-team Big East Conference’s 3,259,992 in 2006-07. Four Big Ten teams finished in the top 10 of all-games attendance, paced by Big Ten champion and national runner-up Wisconsin, which finished second (711,115 fans) behind Kentucky (845,594), which was chasing a perfect season until the Badgers topped the Wildcats in the national
News that the 2015-16 season will be the 15th and final run for iconic Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan shook the college hoops world last week. So, we gathered around the Keurig machine in the break room of the Big Ten Network skyscraper and thought: Who are the five best players who have toiled under Ryan since he arrived in 2001-02? I asked six media members who cover the Badgers for their opinion. I awarded five points for a No. 1 vote, four for a No. 2 and so on. Cue “On, Wisconsin!” The results … 1. Frank Kaminsky, 2011-15: 29
The Kohl Center will host a Milwaukee Bucks preseason game this fall, the University of Wisconsin announced Monday afternoon. The Bucks, who also will host training camp from Sept. 29-Oct. 2 in Madison, will play the Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday, Oct. 20 at the Kohl Center, marking their first appearance in the Badgers’ home since an Oct. 19, 1999 exhibition game vs. Dallas. “The passion for basketball in Madison is unparalleled, not only throughout the state but across the country,” Bucks General Manager John Hammond said in a Wisconsin release. “The Bucks proudly represent the entire state of Wisconsin. We’re
The 2015 NBA Summer League opened this past weekend in Orlando (July 4-10), and several former Big Ten stars compiled strong efforts. [ MORE: Five Big Ten players selected in 2015 NBA Draft ] No one was as good as Frank Kaminsky (Wisconsin), the unanimous 2014-15 national player of the year and the No. 9 pick of the Charlotte Hornets, who averaged 16.5 points, 10 rebounds, 1.5 steals and one block in two games. The former Badger made quite the first statement, putting up 19 points, including four 3-pointers, and 12 rebounds en route to a double-double in his debut
At 8 p.m. ET on BTN/BTN2Go, we’re airing Indiana’s 44-24 victory over Penn State in the 2013 Big Ten regular season. This game will be remembered as one of the top victories for Indiana’s football program in recent memory, as it marked the first win for the Hoosiers over Penn State. Nate Sudfeld completed 23-of-38 passes for 321 yards and two touchdowns to lead Indiana to a memorable win that snapped a 16-game losing streak in the series. Perhaps even more impressive is that this victory marked the Hoosiers’ first win in a Big Ten opener since the 2000 season.
Ohio State senior quarterback Braxton Miller created a stir last week when he tweeted that he had a good appointment with a doctor and his surgically repaired right shoulder looks good. Now, the question begs: Will he remain in Columbus and compete with Cardale Jones and J.T. Barrett? Urban Meyer expects Miller back. Miller is expected to make a statement this week. Stay tuned. *** Indiana is moving its national championship banners in Assembly Hall. It’s all in the name of facility progress. *** Great read from Jesse Temple of FOXSports.com on how Barry Alvarez transformed Wisconsin football. It is
Imagine we could get rid of Tay-Sachs disease, hemophilia, sickle-cell anemia, cystic fibrosis and other genetic disorders without any new medicines. What once might have seemed impossible now appears plausible, thanks in part to the efforts of researchers at the University of Illinois who have been observing how certain proteins can be used for precise gene editing in DNA. The findings of their work, which were reported in a paper published in the June 2015 edition of Nature Communications, present some intriguing possibilities about the future of genetic engineering in plants and humans. “Studying the behavior of proteins and understanding
Carli Lloyd, a Rutgers women’s soccer player from 2001 to 2004, scored the fastest three goals in Women’s World Cup history as the U.S. routed Japan 5-2 for the championship in Vancouver on Sunday. Lloyd scored the rare hat trick in just 16 minutes. During her four years at Rutgers, Lloyd became the program’s all-time leader in points (117) and goals (50). She was also a three-time All-American and a semifinalist for the Hermann Trophy. Read more about here here. Let’s have a look at the best Lloyd photos from Sunday games.
Indiana senior Samantha Schmidt brought home a big victory for the Hoosiers this summer when she won the national writing championship at the 2015 Hearst Journalism Awards in June. And with five of the eight finalists in the writing category, the IU Media School had a great overall showing in the competition. Through her work at the Indiana Daily Student, Schmidt has already built a reputation as someone who is not afraid of a difficult story. She’s also shown the best way to tell a good story is by building relationships. BTN LiveBIG recently caught up with the Plymouth, Minn.,
To commemorate this Independence Day, BTN LiveBIG is looking back on some of the incredible stories we’ve shared recently. Read the articles below to learn more about the interesting, important work that your fellow Americans (and Big Ten students, alums and faculty) are doing. Rutgers students put in long-term effort to help Jersey Shore recover from Hurricane Sandy Northwestern alumnus launches start-up business incubator for veteran entrepreneurs Michigan State alumna shows perseverance as she breaks a swimming record and beats breast cancer Penn State grad and Marine vet intends to make his mark in journalism Illini Paralympian Josh George rises above