In his latest review of Big Ten football spring games, BTN.com's Tom Dienhart looks at the latest developments at Purdue. Here are five things he learned about the Boilermakers this spring.
BTN is the home for a complete 90 hours of Big Ten spring championships coverage in May, televising events in the sports of baseball, softball, rowing, and men’s and women’s lacrosse, golf, tennis and outdoor track and field. Broadcast coverage of Big Ten spring championships begins on Sunday, May 1, when BTN will televise the Big Ten Women’s Golf Championships at 11 a.m. ET, while the Big Ten Men’s Golf Championships follow at 12 p.m. ET. The Northwestern and Ohio State women’s teams shared the 2015 Big Ten Championship, while Illinois took home the men’s title. Championships coverage continues on
Reports of a new Big Ten TV deal are coming out and at least one national writer says the six-year deal would make sense. Also, there are departures at Michigan State's and Iowa's football teams while another Big Ten star is testing the NBA Draft waters. Read Wednesday's Big Ten headlines digest now.
University League of Legends is working with the Big Ten Network to broadcast the first ever BTN Invitational: A University League of Legends Event live at noon ET this Friday at PAX East. Watch live via BTN2Go and see it again on TV on April 25 at 7 p.m. ET. Can you guess which two Big Ten schools are playing?
BTN.com's Tom Dienhart and Sean Merriman look at the most intriguing quarterback races in the Big Ten this season.
This is cool: Jamal Crawford has done something no player in NBA history has done. [ MORE: Eighteen Big Ten names on 2016 NBA Playoff rosters ] The one-and-done Michigan star and current Los Angeles Clippers guard claimed the 2016 NBA Sixth Man of the Year on Tuesday, becoming the award’s first three-time winner. Crawford also earned the honor in 2010, as a member of the Atlanta Hawks, and in 2014, also with the Clippers. Something else cool: At 36, Crawford is the oldest player to win the award, which was created before the 1982-83 season. Crawford averaged 14.2 points,
Michigan State has been one of the Big Ten’s top programs in recent years, winning 11 or more games five times in the last six seasons. But the NFL draft doesn’t reflect that success. Instead, it reinforces the notion that Mark Dantonio and his staff have few peers when it comes to developing talent to fit their system. [ MORE: Watch the Michigan State spring game at 3 p.m. ET Saturday on BTN2Go ] The results are prodigious, with nine bowl trips including an appearance in the College Football Playoff last season under Dantonio, who routinely turns three-star recruits into
To put it mildly, Mike Riley’s debut didn’t go smoothly. Nebraska struggled, no doubt about it, but the squad finished 3-1 in its last four games with a bowl win vs. UCLA in an otherwise vexing 6-7 season that forever will be remembered by myriad tough losses. [ MORE: Watch replay of the Nebraska spring game on BTN2Go ] There was plenty to work on this spring, as the Huskers welcomed back lots of talent on both sides of the ball, giving the staff a nice nucleus to work with. The progression of quarterback Tommy Armstrong was key. Did he
Could former Wisconsin OT Chris McIntosh be the successor to Barry Alvarez as Badger A.D.? McIntosh is an associate A.D. now in Madison, and he’s a rising star in the athletic department. Jeff Potrykus of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel notes that sources say they won’t be surprised to see McIntosh eventually succeed Alvarez. Alvarez, who turns 70 in December, is in his 12th year as athletic director and is under contract through the 2019-20 academic year. He has not talked publicly about retirement, but clearly he believes McIntosh has a bright future. *** Tough blow for Purdue during its spring game
The 2016 NBA Playoffs tipped off Saturday, and there are plenty of Big Ten names still playing. Eighteen of them, to be exact, according to NBA.com’s team roster pages. Golden State do-it-all star Draymond Green (Michigan State) headlines the list, and is one of three former Big Ten player of year award winners in the postseason, joining Boston’s Evan Turner (Ohio State) and Charlotte’s Frank Kaminsky (Wisconsin). If you’re wondering, Michigan’s four playoff players pace the Big Ten, followed by Michigan State, Ohio State and Wisconsin, which have three apiece. Here’s the full list. ATLANTA HAWKS Tim Hardaway Jr., Michigan