The Big Ten wrapped up women’s nonconference play Sunday and will open the conference season Thursday night. Four teams enter the conference slate ranked in the AP and Coaches polls: Penn State (No. 15; No. 17), Purdue (No. 17; No. 19), Nebraska (No. 18; No. 15) and Iowa (No. 22; No. 25). There’s also an undefeated team, Indiana, which is 13-0 and off to the best start in program history.
Since the beginning of November, we’ve been sharing the inspiring stories of Big Ten students, faculty and alumni who are making a difference in the world through innovations in research, education and community service. In an effort to shine a light on even more wonderful Big Ten happenings, we’ll be serving up positive headlines every Monday morning, right here on the BTN LiveB1G blog.
The conference hoops season tips off New Year’s Eve. I hope you’re excited, too! Before the games really start to count, here are 14 (random) thoughts I have entering 2014. For the record, no, these thoughts are in no particular order.
With the conference hoops season set to tip, it’s time to consider BTN.com’s top 10 dunks from the nonconference season. See our complete list in this post. Did we miss one? Feel free to leave your favorite dunk in the comment box at the bottom of the post.
On Sunday night’s “BTN Football Report: Rose Bowl Preview,” Dave Revsine, Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith took a look ahead to the 100th Rose Bowl. Watch our interview with Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio here and our talks with players Shilique Calhoun, Connor Cook and Darqueze Dennard in this post.
The Big Ten went 5-1 on Saturday to close out the nonconference season with a bang. There were plenty of memorable moments early on this year, so how do we go about summing up 12 teams and 153 total nonconference games? Simple — We follow the rules of twitter.
The 51st Ken Kraft Midlands Championships got underway Sunday at Welsh-Ryan Arena. After Day 1, Iowa (112) sits in first place, well ahead of second-place Illinois (57), the event’s reigning champion. Michigan is in fifth, while Wisconsin, Purdue and Northwestern all land in top 10. The action continues all day Monday, and the finals will air live at 9 p.m. ET on BTN/BTN2Go.