The subject in the photo above is Northwestern’s all-time leading scorer John Shurna. [ MORE: Like this post? Check out our full Gone Viral section ] For real. The former baby-faced Big Ten star is playing overseas, and the now-famous beard was the catalyst for his Spanish Liga ACB team’s (Valencia) 28-game winning streak, which started in October and, amazingly, spanned six countries. Valencia finally lost last Tuesday, to Limoges of France, and the beard came off the following day. It took a half-hour to shave, if you were wondering. “My sister came to visit over the holidays, and she
Donald Trump held a rally Tuesday night at the University of Iowa, and several Iowa football players and wrestlers joined the Republican front-runner on stage. [ MORE: Like this post? Check out our full Gone Viral section ] The football team, a month removed from completing one of the best seasons in program history, joined Trump on stage first. Trump raved about the players’ size, joked about the team’s disappointing Rose Bowl defeat, and said this about popular quarterback C.J. Beathard: “We’ve got the next Tom Brady right over here. The quarterback, he’s gonna be the next Tom Brady.” As
Over the past nine years and 99 episodes, The Journey has told the story of hundreds of Big Ten athletes as they navigate the twists and turns of football and basketball season. In celebration of the 100th episode, 10 of the most successful athletes ever to appear on The Journey were selected as members of “Journey All-Stars.” Part One is here; Part Two is in this post. This week’s episode of “The Journey” airs Sunday at 9:30 p.m. ET. Remember to find re-air times on our TV schedule page. Also, every episode of The Journey – this season and past – is available
Rutgers will begin its third Big Ten season under transition. Kyle Flood is out. Chris Ash is in, hired away from his job as defensive coordinator at Ohio State. Ash has work to do, especially on a defense that ranked No. 13 in the Big Ten overall (462.0 ypg) and 12th in scoring (34.9 ppg). The offense will be undergoing a scheme change, making this a critical spring on both sides of the ball. One of the biggest position battles will come at quarterback between Chris Laviano and Hayden Rettig. Other talent back on offense is RBs Josh Hicks and
Duncan Robinson has a story you won’t believe. It’s a tale of the rise of player from Division III obscurity to the big time. It’s the stuff of movies. [ MORE: Watch Rutgers at Michigan at 7 p.m. ET tonight on BTN2Go ] Just two years ago, he was averaging 17.1 points playing for Division III Williams College in Massachusetts. Now, Robinson is a key play for a rising Michigan team that’s looking to get back into the Big Dance after missing last season. Robinson is Wolverines’ top marksman, a deadly shooter from long range who can light up a
A raft of players is exiting Illinois. The loss of some is no biggie. But to see LB T.J. Neal bolt hurts. With Neal leaving, the Illini will be without six of their top seven tacklers from 2015. Safety Taylor Barton is the lone returnee. *** Iowa QB C.J. Beathard has had a sports hernia operation. The guy was nagged almost all season but still battled on. Tough guy. Iowa spokesman Steve Roe said that coach Kirk Ferentz would be able to address health-related matters at the Feb. 3 National Signing Day news conference. C.J.’s father, Casey, told HawkeyeNation.com that
And then there was one. Nigel Hayes scored a game-high 31 points and added five rebounds as Wisconsin snapped No. 19 Indiana’s 12-game winning streak with an 82-79 victory in overtime on Tuesday night. With the Badgers’ victory over the Hoosiers, Iowa is now the only remaining unbeaten team in Big Ten play this season. Ethan Happ added 25 points and eight rebounds as the Badgers won their 14th straight home game against the Hoosiers, dating back to 1998. Yogi Ferrell scored 30 points, while Thomas Bryant added 16 points and seven rebounds for the Hoosiers. We made it a
As we approach the end of January, it may be cold outside, but a few Big Ten teams are heating up! This week we take a look at who’s hot, and who’s not? Who’s hot? Two teams are currently on five-game winning streaks: Maryland and Nebraska. The Terrapins’ offense is currently ranked fourth in the NCAA and, over their current streak, they’ve revved up on both ends of the floor with a commanding +21.8 average margin of victory. Their only hiccup thus far in Big Ten play was vs. the third-ranked offense in the country, the Ohio State Buckeyes. However,
It’s time to vote for the best players in Wisconsin basketball history. Who gets your vote? We created a list of 14 Badger greats, and now it’s your job to rank them. Read each player’s bio below, then scroll down and rank them, 1-14. The results of the fan survey will be announced on TV’s “BTN Live” in February. We’re rolling out a survey per school throughout the coming weeks. Sam Dekker 2012-15: Most Outstanding Player of NCAA Tournament West Region (2015). Member of two Final Four teams (2014-15) and the 2015 Big Ten Regular Season and Tournament Championship teams.
The 2016 Pro Bowl selections are changing by the minute, it seems, but there will be plenty of Big Ten representation at the annual event Sunday at Aloha Stadium. [ MORE: View the complete Pro Bowl roster at NFL.com ] As of Tuesday afternoon, 13 former Big Ten stars will suit up in Honolulu, Hawaii. That figure doesn’t include Tom Brady (Michigan), who was named to the team but withdrew, Kawann Short (Purdue), who will miss the game due to playing in Super Bowl 50, or a trio Nebraska players who all played before their schools entered the Big Ten.