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Video: Johnny Hill comes from behind for the big-time block

Defense lives here, the Mackey Arena sign reads. [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Power Rankings | Big Ten weekly honors | Big Ten standings | Big Ten stats | Big Ten scoreboard | Polls ] Purdue’s Johnny Hill know this. Monday night, the Purdue point guard flashed his defensive abilities on a must-see block that delighted the Purdue faithful in a 80-53 win over IUPUI. The block came in transition, after the Boilermakers turned the ball over, as Hill came from behind to reject Mason Archie II’s would-be layup nearly midway through the second half. Aside from the block, Hill

Big Ten roundup: Iowa, No. 11 Purdue roll to home victories

Iowa and No. 11 Purdue cruised to easy home victories Monday night. The Hawkeyes drilled Western Illinois, 90-56, while the undefeated Boilermakes made easy work of IUPUI, 80-53. Catch up on all of the action below: IOWA 90, WESTERN ILLINOIS 56 BOX | PBP | AP RECAP Jarrod Uthoff scored a career-high 27 points and Iowa beat Western Illinois 90-56 on Monday for its fourth consecutive win. Uthoff grabbed nine rebounds and was 10 of 16 from the floor, helping the Hawkeyes (7-2) shoot 50 percent (33 of 66) from the field. Dom Uhl scored 15 points and Adam Woodbury

It's time to see what's inside 2015-16 Big Ten bowl gift bags

Every year this comes out, and I love to check it out. It’s a look at the contents in the bowl goody bags given to players. And some of the loot is pretty sweet. [ MORE: Full 2015-16 bowl schedule | Ranking the bowls, 1-40 | Big Ten bowl bags | Big Ten bowl factoids | Get all of our bowl coverage ] Watches, sandals, sunglasses, $300 gift cards to Best Buy … even something called a Ogio backack with hydration bladder. I guess I want one. I don’t know. Maybe. Check it all out. It’s a nice haul for

Michigan State takes over top spot in AP & Coaches polls

Tom Izzo and Michigan State are on a roll, winning their first nine games to open the 2015-16 campaign. [ MORE: Power Rankings | Big Ten standings | Big Ten stats | Big Ten scoreboard | Polls ] The Spartans are playing so well that they are the new No. 1 team in the latest AP and Coaches polls, released Monday afternoon. Two other Big Ten teams are ranked in the polls: Maryland falls to No. 6 (AP) and No. 9 (Coaches) following its first loss of the season, at North Carolina, while Purdue checks at No. 11 in the

These Big Ten state signs could be the perfect holiday present

Need a holiday present for the Big Ten fan who seems to have everything? [ MORE: Like this post? Check out our full Gone Viral section ] You may be in luck; that is, if you know someone who is a Michigan, Nebraska, Ohio State, Penn State or Wisconsin fan who loves representing his/her school and state. Groupon is currently running a sale on NCAA College State Signs, with the aforementioned five Big Ten schools included in the collection, for $36.99. Each sign, which weighs roughly 4.5 pounds, is the shape of the school’s state and includes geographical features. Click

Dienhart: Rutgers football hires rising defensive mind Chris Ash

Rutgers recently hired a new A.D. Now, the school has hired a new coach in Chris Ash to replace Kyle Flood. [ MORE: Watch the Rutgers press conference live at 1:30 p.m. ET on BTN2Go ] Ash is one of the nation’s rising defensive minds, looking to improve the fortunes of a Rutgers program that went 4-8 overall, 1-7 in the Big Ten last year. Ash will face challenges navigating a rugged Big Ten East, but he won’t inherit a full-on rebuilding job. There is talent to work with as players like QB Chris Laviano, RBs Josh Hicks and Robert