The Big Ten announced its postseason volleyball awards on Tuesday, with standouts from Minnesota, Nebraska and Wisconsin earning individual recognition following the conclusion of the 2015 regular season. Nine Big Ten teams will be competing in the NCAA tourney, starting Thursday. Read more about the tourney here. See the complete complete list of All-Big Ten honorees, individual award winners and Sportsmanship Award honorees below: PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Daly Santana, MINN DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Justine Wong-Orantes, NEB SETTER OF THE YEAR: Lauren Carlini, WIS FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR: Samantha Seliger-Swenson, MINN COACH OF THE YEAR (COACHES AND MEDIA):
The annual Big Ten/ACC Challenge tipped off Monday night, with Rutgers and Minnesota hosting ACC counterparts. [ MORE: Power Rankings | Player Rankings | Polls | Standings | Stats | Scoreboard ] Wake Forest rallied to nip Rutgers, 69-68, in the opening game, while Minnesota got the Big Ten on the board with an 89-83 victory over Clemson. The Challenge ledger entering Tuesday night’s slate of six games sits at 1-1. Here is Tuesday’s schedule: Michigan at North Carolina State; Northwestern at Virginia Tech; Virginia at Ohio State; Miami (FL) at Nebraska; Purdue at Pittsburgh; Maryland at North Carolina. View
Indiana was in action Monday night, meaning Troy Williams was flying through the air with regularity. [ MORE: View Monday night’s Big Ten basketball scoreboard ] The athletic forward soared for dunks, rebounds and blocks in a 112-70 win vs. overmatched Alcorn State at Assembly Hall. The biggest highlight, it being Williams and all, was his first dunk of the night. It came on a perfect pass from point guard Yogi Ferrell, and the alley-oop brought the Indiana faithful to its feet. Williams provided the highlights, but it was James Blackmon Jr.’s career-high 33 points that fueled the Hoosiers to
BTN Live announced the official 2015 All-Big Ten Defensive Team and select individual award winners Monday tonight. See all of the honorees inside.
There are two new Big Ten names appearing on my latest Big Ten Player Rankings. One was on my preseason list (Illinois’ Malcolm Hill), while the other is making his debut (Maryland’s Robert Carter Jr.). [ MORE: Power Rankings | Polls | Standings | Stats | Scoreboard ] The top four remains the same this week, with Michigan State do-it-all star Denzel Valentine coming in at No. 1 for the second consecutive week. See my full latest list below: 1. Denzel Valentine, Michigan State. The Denzel Valentine show hit the West Coast this week for the Wooden Legacy, and those
On Monday, Iowa’s C.J. Beathard, Austin Blythe and Cole Fisher and Michigan State’s Connor Cook, Jack Allen and Shilique Calhoun held a teleconference with reporters from around the country to preview the 2015 Big Ten Football Championship Game. Take a listen as they look ahead to the game. The Hawkeyes, the undefeated and Big Ten West champs, and the Spartans, the Big Ten East champs, play at 8:17 p.m. ET Saturday at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. On Sunday, Kirk Ferentz and Mark Dantonio met the media. Hear what they had to say. BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart is really
That didn’t take long! There’s a new team atop my latest Big Ten Power Rankings, presented by ArcelorMittal, and it’s impressive Michigan State. [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Polls | Standings | Stats | Scoreboard ] The Spartans (7-0) replace Maryland, undefeated itself, atop this week’s list because, well, no one is playing better than Denzel Valentine’s team. Don’t worry, Terrapins fans, your team is still among the nation’s best. Editor’s note: Team records are through Sunday, Nov. 29 action. See my full latest list below: 1. Michigan State (7-0). The Spartans are playing the best basketball in the country. Denzel
Over the past few years, the style of play and “entertainment value” of college basketball has been under attack. Most of the individuals who took issue with the occasional lack of scoring and slow pace don’t even coach or play the game. Even UConn women’s coach Geno Auriemma voiced his displeasure, calling the men’s college game, “boring.” Truthfully, his opinion on the men’s game doesn’t matter, but numerous rule changes to (ideally) free up the game and make it more entertaining and fair were implemented this season. [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Power Rankings | Polls | Standings | Stats
The Big Ten office released its Week 13 award winners Monday morning. See all of the honorees and watch select video highlights inside.
Some call it “Bloody Sunday,” the day after the end of the regular season. It’s the day many coaches lose their jobs. A sad day. [ MORE: Best of Week 13 | Week 13 scores | Big Ten stats | Big Ten standings | Latest polls | Power Rankings | Bowl Projections | Dienhart: Fun Big Ten title matchup | What Tom Dienhart learned | Week 13 picks revisited | Gerry DiNardo tweets | Week 13 award winners | Michigan honors late Chad Carr, 5 | YouTube highlights ] The head coaching changes grab the headlines. In the Big Ten,