With the NFL Wild Card weekend complete, it’s time to take a look at how Big Ten names fared in Saturday and Sunday’s playoff games. Former Ohio State linebacker Ryan Shazier highlighted the participants, registering 13 tackles and two forced fumbles, including the one that led to Pittsburgh’s dramatic game-winning drive in the final seconds. Other notable performances: Whitney Mercilus (Illinois) recorded eight tackles and three sacks in Houston’s loss to Kansas City, Fitz Toussaint (Michigan) totaled 118 yards in Pittsburgh’s aforementioned victory, Cliff Avril (Purdue) notched five tackles and three sacks in Seattle’s comeback win at Minnesota, and Trae
Purdue took advantage of a monumental occasion Sunday afternoon, welcoming home Purdue Athletics Hall of Famer Katie Douglas, earning head coach Sharon Versyp her 207th win as the Boilermaker head coach and regaining control of the Barn Burner Trophy with a 63-53 victory over visiting archrival Indiana at Mackey Arena. With the win Versyp becomes the winningest head coach in program history, surpassing Lin Dunn, who has held the record since 1996. The Boilermakers honored Versyp with a postgame celebration after the win with words from athletics director Morgan Burke, senior associate athletics director Nancy Cross, associate head coach Nadine
There was a trio of Big Ten men’s basketball games Sunday, and all three were decided by double digits. [ MORE: Catch up on all of Sunday’s action on our Big Ten scoreboard ] No. 5 Michigan State cruised past Penn State, 92-65, in Denzel Valentine’s return, Indiana destroyed Ohio State, 85-60, in a meeting of 3-0 Big Ten teams, and Illinois upset No. 20 Purdue, 84-70. A few notables from Sunday’s action: Valentine finished with 10 points, four rebounds, four assists and two steals in 23 minutes off the bench, his first action since Dec. 19; the Hoosiers’ easy
Denzel Valentine made his return from knee surgery in Sunday’s 92-65 win at Penn State. [ MORE: Watch replay of No. 5 Michigan State at Penn State on BTN2Go ] After missing the last four games, including the Spartans’ first three Big Ten games (2-1), the Michigan State do-it-all star entered the game with 15:23 left in the first half and finished with 10 points, four rebounds, four assists and two steals in 23 minutes. Valentine, who was among the early leaders for player of the year before the surgery, entered the game averaging 18.5 points, 8.3 rebounds and 7.1
Purdue has a well-deserved reputation as one of the top engineering, technology and science universities in the United States. It’s widely recognized in areas ranging from space exploration to supercomputers. But that doesn’t mean the school lacks an artistic side. As a series of photos from the previous year shows, there’s plenty of creativity on offer in West Lafayette, Ind. Here are a few pictures from a recent “year’s best” list of Purdue photography that show the innovative work that the school’s “right brains” produced in 2015.
It was alumni day Saturday at the Wisconsin men’s basketball game. [ MORE: Remember this? Sam Dekker’s mom tweets picture of son mowing yard ] Former Wisconsin star and current Houston Rockets forward Sam Dekker learned this via text message from his mother, who said that Dekker should be at the Kohl Center. He would have been had he not entered the 2015 NBA Draft following his junior season, one that saw the Badgers make their second consecutive Final Four run, ending with a loss to Duke in the national final. The message also included a funny jab, with Dekker’s
Three games were on the Big Ten men's basketball schedule Saturday, highlighted by No. 3 Maryland's dramatic 63-60 win at Wisconsin.
Melo Trimble has had so many great games during his one and a half seasons at Maryland. The star point guard compiled one of his most impressive days in No. 3 Maryland’s dramatic 63-60 win at Wisconsin on Saturday afternoon. Trimble scored 21 points, several of which came in highlight fashion, and dished out five assists. It was his last shot that made the performance extraordinary, however. With the score tied at 60 and the final seconds ticking off the clock, Trimble, one of the Big Ten’s top free-throw shooters and foul creators, dribbled the clock down before opting for
It was another highly successful season for former Big Ten stars in the NFL. [ MORE: Big Ten names on NFL playoff teams ] None were more impressive than San Francisco LB NaVorro Bowman (Penn State), Cleveland T Joe Thomas (Wisconsin), Houston DE J.J Watt (Wisconsin) and Baltimore G Marshal Yanda (Iowa), all of who made the 2015 All-Pro Team, released Friday. Bowman racked up a career-high and NFL-best 154 tackles, Thomas played every snap for the ninth time in as many seasons, Watt, the reigning AP Defensive Player of the Year, registered an NFL-leading 17.5 sacks, and Yanda allowed just
No Ohio State fan will soon forget standout and do-it-all running back Ezekiel Elliott. [ MORE: Like this post? Check out our full Gone Viral section! ] Elliott helped carry the Buckeyes to the 2015 national title, the first of the new playoff era, and totaled 4,125 yards and 41 touchdowns in his two seasons as the starter, including an eye-popping 12 scores in four career postseason games. For all of his efforts and accolades, Elliott figures to go down as one of Ohio State’s all-time greats. The Ohio State fan pictured in the tweet above knows this, and that’s