Rutgers will begin its third Big Ten season under transition. Kyle Flood is out. Chris Ash is in, hired away from his job as defensive coordinator at Ohio State. Ash has work to do, especially on a defense that ranked No. 13 in the Big Ten overall (462.0 ypg) and 12th in scoring (34.9 ppg). The offense will be undergoing a scheme change, making this a critical spring on both sides of the ball. One of the biggest position battles will come at quarterback between Chris Laviano and Hayden Rettig. Other talent back on offense is RBs Josh Hicks and
Duncan Robinson has a story you won’t believe. It’s a tale of the rise of player from Division III obscurity to the big time. It’s the stuff of movies. [ MORE: Watch Rutgers at Michigan at 7 p.m. ET tonight on BTN2Go ] Just two years ago, he was averaging 17.1 points playing for Division III Williams College in Massachusetts. Now, Robinson is a key play for a rising Michigan team that’s looking to get back into the Big Dance after missing last season. Robinson is Wolverines’ top marksman, a deadly shooter from long range who can light up a
A raft of players is exiting Illinois. The loss of some is no biggie. But to see LB T.J. Neal bolt hurts. With Neal leaving, the Illini will be without six of their top seven tacklers from 2015. Safety Taylor Barton is the lone returnee. *** Iowa QB C.J. Beathard has had a sports hernia operation. The guy was nagged almost all season but still battled on. Tough guy. Iowa spokesman Steve Roe said that coach Kirk Ferentz would be able to address health-related matters at the Feb. 3 National Signing Day news conference. C.J.’s father, Casey, told HawkeyeNation.com that
And then there was one. Nigel Hayes scored a game-high 31 points and added five rebounds as Wisconsin snapped No. 19 Indiana’s 12-game winning streak with an 82-79 victory in overtime on Tuesday night. With the Badgers’ victory over the Hoosiers, Iowa is now the only remaining unbeaten team in Big Ten play this season. Ethan Happ added 25 points and eight rebounds as the Badgers won their 14th straight home game against the Hoosiers, dating back to 1998. Yogi Ferrell scored 30 points, while Thomas Bryant added 16 points and seven rebounds for the Hoosiers. We made it a
As we approach the end of January, it may be cold outside, but a few Big Ten teams are heating up! This week we take a look at who’s hot, and who’s not? Who’s hot? Two teams are currently on five-game winning streaks: Maryland and Nebraska. The Terrapins’ offense is currently ranked fourth in the NCAA and, over their current streak, they’ve revved up on both ends of the floor with a commanding +21.8 average margin of victory. Their only hiccup thus far in Big Ten play was vs. the third-ranked offense in the country, the Ohio State Buckeyes. However,
It’s time to vote for the best players in Wisconsin basketball history. Who gets your vote? We created a list of 14 Badger greats, and now it’s your job to rank them. Read each player’s bio below, then scroll down and rank them, 1-14. The results of the fan survey will be announced on TV’s “BTN Live” in February. We’re rolling out a survey per school throughout the coming weeks. Sam Dekker 2012-15: Most Outstanding Player of NCAA Tournament West Region (2015). Member of two Final Four teams (2014-15) and the 2015 Big Ten Regular Season and Tournament Championship teams.
The 2016 Pro Bowl selections are changing by the minute, it seems, but there will be plenty of Big Ten representation at the annual event Sunday at Aloha Stadium. [ MORE: View the complete Pro Bowl roster at NFL.com ] As of Tuesday afternoon, 13 former Big Ten stars will suit up in Honolulu, Hawaii. That figure doesn’t include Tom Brady (Michigan), who was named to the team but withdrew, Kawann Short (Purdue), who will miss the game due to playing in Super Bowl 50, or a trio Nebraska players who all played before their schools entered the Big Ten.
Last offseason, former Penn State defensive lineman Anthony Zettel tackled a tree. [ MORE: Like this post? Check out our full Gone Viral section ] This offseason, Wisconsin linebacker Vince Biegel, in true Wisconsin fashion, is tackling snowmen. “Hey, in Wisconsin, we practice football 12 months a year,” Biegel says to open the video he tweeted Monday night. Biegel proceeds to destroy the snowman, leaving nothing but its base still intact. Watch the video in the tweet above.
The 2015-16 school year for Iowa is shaping up to be one for the ages. [ MORE: Power Rankings: Iowa comes in at No. 1 | Player Rankings: Peter Jok enters the list | Game Rankings: Iowa-Maryland tops week’s slate ] The football team started it all, jumping out to a school-best 12-0 before finishing 12-2, dropping the Big Ten title game to Michigan State and the Rose Bowl to Stanford. It was Iowa’s first Rose Bowl since the 1990 season. Still, the 2015 Hawkeyes will forever have a special place in the hearts and memories of Iowa fans, as
The Big Ten office released its wrestler of the week Tuesday. See the latest honoree and watch a video highlight inside.