So, the postseason hasn’t gotten off to a stellar start for the Big Ten. The league is 0-2, as Minnesota lost to Syracuse in the Texas Bowl and Michigan got drubbed by Kansas State in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl. But all is not lost. The Big Ten has five bowls left, offering plenty of opportunity for redemption and image rehabilitation.
In a matter of hours, Michigan State will kick off its first Rose Bowl since the 1987 season. Naturally, the Spartans and their fans are just a bit excited about the trip, the opportunity, the game, and pretty much everything surrounding about “The Grandaddy of Them All.”
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We’re hours away from ringing in 2014. Before we officially say good-bye to 2013, though, we have several end-of-the-year top 10 countdown lists for your enjoyment. From top 10 football plays to top 10 moments on BTN, we have a list for you.
Johnny Orr, the fist-pumping basketball coach who led Michigan to the national title game and Iowa State into national prominence, has died. He was 86. His death was confirmed Tuesday by Iowa State, where Orr led the Cyclones to a school-record 218 wins from 1980 until 1994.
If you’ve ever attended a Big Ten men’s basketball game, you know the excitement builds as the crowd files in. Players run drills on the court as the pep band runs through the set list, all contributing to the growing buzz. Now we offer Court Pass, a live online camera delivering exclusive pregame video from selected BTN TV games throughout the Big Ten men’s basketball season. And it starts tonight.
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News flash: The Ohio State defense has holes, but Urban Meyer thinks coordinator Luke Fickell can fill them. We shall see. A big Orange Bowl clash vs. Clemson and its high-flying offense looms on Friday. I am expecting a shootout. How can the Buckeye defense be fixed in a few weeks? Exactly. It can’t.
Iowa crowned three champions en route to running away with their record 23rd Midlands Championships title Monday night at Welsh-Ryan Arena. Iowa’s Thomas Gilman (125), Derek St. John (157) and Mike Evans (174) each won his first career Midlands crown. Watch our highlights here and see our interviews with Gilman and Michigan’s Adam Coon in this post.