On Monday, the 12 Big Ten men’s basketball coaches joined the Big Ten teleconference to discuss non-conference action and look ahead to conference play, which tips off on New Year’s Eve. We’ve posted the audio for each coach on the call here, and will do so again when weekly calls begin in January.
What makes Michigan State’s stingy defense, well, so stingy? The unit is strong and talented at all three levels, to be sure, but BTN analyst Howard Griffith feels there’s no more important group than secondary coach Harlon Barnett’s defensive backs. Or, as Griffith calls them, the “unsung heroes” of the Michigan State defense. Watch Griffith’s “Film Session” with Barnett in this post.
The Big Ten wrestling season is just a month old, but BTN analyst Jim Gibbons already is looking forward to the Big Ten Championships. We had Gibbons recently look into his crystal ball and offer his picks to win each and every weight class at the Big Ten Championships, held March 8-9 in Madison. Watch Gibbons’ early championship picks in this post.
If you’re on Twitter, you can vote in our ongoing series of Big Ten Twitter polls for our weekday TV show #BTNLive, weekdays at 6 p.m. ET. On tonight’s #BTNLive show, our experts discuss this question: Which BCS bowl game is the Big Ten most likely to win? There are three answers: #BTNRose, #BTNOrange and #BTNBoth.
Wisconsin continued to roll, with a win over Marquette on Saturday. For whatever reason, the Golden Eagles have been an annual root canal for the Badgers. Entering the game on Saturday, Bo Ryan was 6-6 against Marquette, despite the fact that Wisconsin has clearly been the better team on balance over those seasons.
The latest men’s college basketball polls were released Monday, and Michigan State has fallen out of the top spot following its home loss to North Carolina in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. The Spartans dropped to No. 5 in the Coaches Poll, while perfect Ohio State moved up to No. 2. Arizona is the new No. 1. As for the AP Poll, three Big Ten teams land in the top 5. See the latest polls in this post.