Indiana’s Yogi Ferrell and Michigan State’s Denzel Valentine are 2016 Wooden All-Americans, it was announced Monday night. [ MORE: View the full 2016 Wooden All-America Team ] The Big Ten stars are two of 10 players recognized on the prestigious annual team, selected by nearly 1,000 national college basketball media members and the Award’s former winners. Ferrell averaged 17.3 points, 3.8 rebounds and 5.6 assists to help Indiana claim the outright Big Ten title, the second conference crown of his decorated career. The point guard, Indiana’s all-time assists leader, was first-team All-Big Ten and a member of the All-Big Ten
The Big Ten claimed two of the five spots on the 2016 Associated Press All-America First Team, it was announced Monday. [ MORE: Read more about Rachel Banham | Read more about Kelsey Mitchell ] Minnesota’s Rachel Banham and Ohio State’s Kelsey Mitchell join UConn’s Breanna Stewart and Moriah Jefferson and South Carolina’s A’ja Wilson on the annual postseason first-team. Banham, the Big Ten Player of the Year, averaged a Big Ten-record 30.5 points in conference play, including a conference single-game record and NCAA-tying 60 points in a double-overtime victory at Northwestern, and is just Minnesota’s second player to earn
Who doesn’t love a surprise? We all do. And the Big Ten basketball season was filled with some good ones. Here are my three most surprising teams of the 2015-16 season. INDIANA The Hoosiers figured to be good. But few envisioned an outright Big Ten title with a 15-3 record. But, that’s what Indiana accomplished behind the play of star senior point man Yogi Ferrell. This was the Big Ten’s top offensive squad—even with James Blackmon Jr. going down with a season-ending injury in December. But it was a selfless commitment to defense that helped propel Indiana to the unexpected
The resume of Michigan State’s Connor Cook glistens. A three-year starter who finished his career as the winningest quarterback in school history with 34 victories (34-5 overall record, 23-2 vs. Big Ten opponents), Cook did it all for the Spartans during a spectacular career. The Big Ten Quarterback of the Year and the Unitas Award winner in 2015, Cook left campus as an all-time great. Now, the Spartans’ BMOC is gone. What’s next? Michigan State is one of several Big Ten squads that face a yawning hole under center. In fact, there are no less than nine schools with some
As I look back at the 4 years I have had at Indiana University, I can think about how Hoosier nation has treated me not only as a basketball player, but as a person as well. The love and support I have received these past 4 years have been something special and I'm forever grateful to have played for such a historic university. I gave everything I had all 4 years day in and day out because I wanted to learn, adapt, and grow. That's why to come up short this year hurts but I'm proud of this team because
Chad Leistikow of HawkCentral.com has 10 things on Iowa’s spring to-do list. Keep an eye on the linebackers, as Iowa has to replace second-leading tackler Cole Fisher on the weak side. On the outside, starter Ben Niemann is out for the spring. *** Michigan State has a “best kept secret.” And his name is Andrew Dowell, who is emerging at linebacker. Dowell was the surprise of Michigan State’s camp last fall, and after earning playing time as a true freshman, he begins spring as a projected starter at linebacker, according to Mike Griffith of Mlive.com. The Spartans’ linebacking corps is
Through a long and winding journey that took her from Turkey to West Lafayette and many places in between, Gozdem Kilaz hasn’t forgotten what’s most important in her teaching. “It’s all about the students,” said the assistant professor at Purdue’s school of engineering technology. “They continue to amaze me. They’re so savvy, so enthusiastic and can do so much. People think the professors are the ones who go to the labs and everything, but we’re more like the fire chiefs — make sure they don’t hurt themselves.” Still, Kilaz has quite a bit to teach them. In addition to her
Tony Butler came to the plate in extra innings Sunday afternoon as the owner of zero career home runs. [ MORE: BigTen.org: View the latest Big Ten baseball standings ] The former Virginia and Madison College infielder changed that with one powerful swing in Indiana’s 5-3 extra-inning win over instate foe Indiana State at Bart Kaufman Field. After bunting two balls foul, while attempting to advance the leadoff runner to second base, Butler faced a 1-2 count in the bottom of the 10th inning. No worries, the second baseman roped a shot into the Indiana bullpen over the left-field wall
Down to its last out, Ohio State needed some kind of heroics to stay alive. [ MORE: BigTen.org: View the latest Big Ten baseball standings ] Two-hole hitter Jacob Bosiokovic had some heroics up his sleeve, all right, drilling a mammoth two-run walk-off home run to send Ohio State to a 5-4 victory over Northwestern on Sunday afternoon. The home run was Ohio State’s third long ball of the day, the first two of the solo variety, and it helped the Buckeyes clinch the Big Ten-opening series. Watch Bosiokovic’s long blast and the Ohio State celebration in the video above.
Moments after Maryland concluded its season with a disheartening loss to Kansas, senior guard Rasheed Sulaimon expressed hope that the team's appearance in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament would serve as a "springboard" for the future of the program.