Edwin Baker says he’s skipping his senior season at Michigan State to enter the NFL draft. Baker tells The Associated Press he told Spartans coach Mark Dantonio of his decision Friday, a day after defensive tackle Jerel Worthy declared himself eligible for the draft. Baker ran for 665 yards and five touchdowns last season, sharing carries with Le’Veon Bell. Read more here and look at Baker’s season’s stats here. On the same day the school announced defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi would be staying at the school.
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For now, football is in my rear view window and the road for me ahead has plenty of Big Ten hoops. In my first installment of my Big Ten Three-Pointers, my aim is to fire up 3-pointers from around the Big Ten as I look back at the previous week’s news and then ahead to what’s coming. Ready, set, shoot …
BTN will provide live television coverage of two men’s ice hockey games this weekend, beginning at 8 PM ET Friday when Wisconsin opens a two-game homestand against Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). On Saturday, Notre Dame will visit Mariucci Arena for the first time when it faces Minnesota for the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Game. The puck drops at 8 PM ET. Gopher right wing Zach Bulish checked in to preview the game.
As part of our continuing series of video gems from around the Big Ten Conference, here’s another from Minnesota. During Wednesday’s home loss against Iowa, Minnesota junior Julian Welch took the ball down the floor and drew a foul on his shot attempt. What happens next in this short clip illustrates just how tough camera operators have to be when they take a position under the hoop. Want to see and share more clips like this? Of course you do.
Illinois picked up a much needed victory at Northwestern, but they sure didn’t make it easy on themselves. The Wildcats came out executing their offense to the tune of 1.13 points per possession in the first half, a very solid showing against a good Illini defense. John Shurna was at the forefront of the attack, putting up 17 first half points. Northwestern built a double digit lead before a late Illinois run made it closer at the half.
One of our popular shows returns this season with “The Journey: Big Ten Basketball 2012,” and the first show airs at 8 p.m. ET Sunday on BTN TV and BTN2Go. It’s a fantastic weekly show that takes you inside the games and practices – just look at season debut opening clip in this post. Every week before each episode airs, BTN.com will chat with someone involved in the production of the show. This week before the season debut we spoke with Julian Darnell, a BTN senior features producer who works on the show.