The 2015 NBA Draft is just hours away. [ MORE: Get all of our 2015 NBA Draft coverage ] Have you caught up on the experts’ latest mock drafts? If not, do so here. At worst, three former Big Ten standouts will be selected tonight. All three are likely first-round selections, with D’Angelo Russell pegged to be a top 5 pick. Russell and Wisconsin’s Sam Dekker and Frank Kaminsky will be in the Green Room in Brooklyn, while the Big Ten’s other prospects will be watching the draft in their hometowns. Also: Don’t forget that former Purdue star Robbie Hummel
A look at the special teams units in the Big Ten West begins in Lincoln, where the Cornhuskers boast a boffo punter (Sam Foltz), a deadly return man (De’Mornay Pierson-El) and an emerging kicker (Drew Brown).
It’s been a few days, it seems, since Jim Harbaugh has done something that gets people talking on social media. [ MORE: Like this post? Check out our Gone Viral section ] He did something about that Thursday, taking to the Ann Arbor streets with several recruits. There’s proof of it in the four-second video above, courtesy of 2016 recruit Naseir Upshur. Harbaugh is only on camera for about a second, but he doesn’t disappoint. In fact, one Michigan writer has already changed his Twitter icon to commemorate the video.
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Yes, football ticket sales are down at Iowa. But A.D. Gary Barta stands by Kirk Ferentz, the Big Ten’s longest-tenured coach. “My response to you is, Kirk Ferentz is a proven and terrific leader, and he’s won at Iowa,” Barta said in an interview with the Des Moines Register. “I’ve made it clear that I’m 100 percent behind him and I’m 100 percent behind his staff.“ *** Count Lloyd Carr among the growing legion of Jim Harbaugh fans. Mlive.com notes that schools like OSU, Michigan State and Notre Dame continue to establish strong recruiting roots in the Midwest, but Carr
BTN is airing 18 different classic games, ranging from 2007-2014, as part of our new “Big Ten Classics” series. Tonight’s game, which will air at 8 p.m. ET on BTN/BTN2Go, is Iowa football’s 2007 double-overtime victory over Michigan State. This game went down as one of the most entertaining contests of the Big Ten season. Trailing 17-3 at halftime, Iowa came storming back behind a dominant running game and defeated Michigan State, 34-31, in a double-overtime thriller. Albert Young led the Hawkeyes’ rushing attack with 179 yards and two touchdowns, while backup RB Jevon Pugh punched in a one-yard TD
Just a few years ago, Wes Major didn’t know he could fly. The Wilmington, Del., native lost the use of his legs in a motorcycle accident at the age of 20, and his dream of learning how to pilot an aircraft seemed like something that would be forever out of reach. But after hearing about the Able Flight program at Purdue University, which helps people with physical disabilities learn how to fly, Major drove his adapted car more than 700 miles from his home to the school’s campus in West Lafayette, Ind., in the summer of 2012. “I didn’t fly
It’s NBA draft day! Before things get underway at 7 p.m. ET, it’s time to take one last look at the experts’ updated mock drafts. Actually, before we do that, don’t forget that former Purdue standout and current Minnesota F Robbie Hummel will take over @BigTenNetwork during the draft. Have a question for Hummel? Use #AskRobbie! The mocks, as has been the case for the last few months, have three ex-Big Ten stars going in the first round. D’Angelo Russell (Ohio State) is a consensus top 5 pick, with a majority of the mocks predicting him to go No. 3
Which Big Ten team has the best fight song? It’s Michigan’s “The Victors,” according to a recent NFL.com ranking, part of its daily 15 for ’15 series. “The Victors” took the publication’s No. 2 spot, behind only Notre Dame’s “Victory March.” Two other Big Ten fight songs made the cut, with “On Wisconsin!” and “Buckeye Battle Cry” opening the ranking at No. 15 and No. 14, respectively. See what NFL.com said about the Big Ten’s fight songs below: No. 15: “On Wisconsin!” A mighty interesting back story, as it was written in 1909 as “Minnesota, Minnesota” because that school was
Louisville coach Rick Pitino offered a bold take on former Ohio State guard and NBA prospect D’Angelo Russell, a Louisville native, in a recent ESPN interview. [ VIDEO: Watch Rick Pitino talk D’Angelo Russell in ESPN interview ] “In the last 30 some odd years, outside of Magic Johnson, he’s the best passer I’ve seen come along in a long time,” Pitino said. “He’s a great basketball player, has great instincts, really understands the game very well. I love his game.” Click the link above to watch Pitino’s full take on Russell. Russell, a first-team AP All-American and the 2015