It’s been reported and talked about it a lot since it became official. The shot clock in men’s college basketball is going from 35 seconds to 30 seconds this season. [ MORE: Follow Jon Crispin on Twitter (@BTNJonCrispin)! ] How will the five-second change impact the game, the players and the coaches? BTN analyst Jon Crispin and his brother Joe Crispin, both former Penn State basketball players, take a look at what the shortened shot clock will do to the game below. JOE CRISPIN In all my years as a professional, I never heard a single player say, “Man, I
When you’re the Ohio State marching band, you get to do really cool stuff. For example, you get to perform pregame at an NFL game in London. That’s exactly what The Best Damn Band in the Land will do prior to this week’s Buffalo Bills and Jacksonville Jaguars game at Wembley Stadium in London. The game, the first in NFL history to be streamed (Yahoo!), will kick off at 9:30 a.m. ET Sunday. See some pictures from the marching band’s experience in London below:
During football and basketball games, BTN LiveBIG will spotlight notable examples of research, innovation and community service from around the conference. In-Game stories will provide more background on these features, and the opportunity to view the videos again. For a long time now, The Ohio State University has been a formidable presence in college athletics. Now the Buckeyes are finding themselves leading the pack in another team effort: energy efficiency in automobiles. Ohio State’s 40-person crew placed first in the EcoCAR 2 National Competition last year, where they re-engineered a Chevy Malibu to travel on electric power and produce far
Michigan State men’s basketball coach Tom Izzo and women’s basketball coach Suzy Merchant both made entertianment-themed entrances to the basketball teams’ Midnight Madness event Friday night. Izzo arrived as part of a “Mission Impossible” act while Merchant drew cheers when she had some fun at the expense of fans of Michigan State’s top rival. Izzo has made a number of dramatic Midnight Madness entrances over the years. There was KISS, there was Iron Man, there was a jet pilot – watch them all here. But this year, Izzo made quite another Hollywood-themed entrance. Watch it in the video in this
On this week’s “The Journey: 2015 Big Ten Football,” our TV show chronicled the last play of the Michigan-Michigan State game in their own cinematic way. Cameras were rolling from the sideline and captured not only the mishandled punt and touchdown but the raw emotion from both teams and their fans. The show re-airs today (see the TV schedule for all times). Also, the entire episode can be seen on demand via BTN2Go. Are you on social media? Follow “The Journey” on Twitter and go behind the scenes with show producers running @BTNJourney for updates, photos, videos and more. We’re also on
[youtube https://youtu.be/bliM5y80F88?list=PL2RRF9GtC9s3Y3eVqV2DlYjVJawTXSyZZ] Bill Cubit has Illinois playing well this season, outscoring their opponents 171-118 through six games. The team is off to an impressive 4-2 start with Wisconsin coming to town this weekend. So, what does Cubit do to get his players fired up before a big conference game? Now you have the chance to find out! Thanks to our exclusive Field Pass cameras only available with BTN2Go or via our YouTube page, Big Ten fans will get an early live look at both Illinois and Wisconsin coaches and players before Saturday’s game at 3:30 p.m. ET on BTN. This Field Pass link
Which Big Ten football team has been the most impressive through seven weeks of the college football season? That is one of several questions we ponder as we head past the midway point of the season. BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart and BTN,.com web editor Sean Merriman hand out some superlatives heading into this week’s Big Ten action. Joined by several national college football writers, here’s where Dienhart and Merriman stand heading into Week 8 of the college football season. BEST GAME: Michigan State 27, Michigan 23. Were there more exciting games from start to finish? Yes, probably. But good luck finding
What lies ahead for an undefeated Iowa squad? Let's hope the Ohio State QB drama has run its course. There is a one very likely spoiler out there - we're looking at your Nebraska. And let's pick he best QB in the conference right now. BTN's Tom Dienhart lays out ten Big Ten football thoughts in this post.
With the Big Ten Conference's Independent Medical Spotter system in it's first year, BTN Senior Writer Tom Dienhart checks in to see what the conference has learned about spotting injuries in football games. What is the exact process? Who are the spotters and what have they seen through 42 non-conference games and 20 conference home games so far? Read Dienhart's update here.
A look at the rise of Penn State's Carl Nassib. Another look at how Michigan punter Blake O'Neill handled adversity. What are Ohio State's Cardale Jones' options? Is Iowa's 7-0 start "lucky" or a product of design? Find these Big Ten football stories and more in Friday's Big Ten roundup.