What was it like playing for Nick Saban at Michigan State before his days coaching in the NFL and SEC? Former Michigan State quarterback Tony Banks experienced that firsthand during his senior season with the Spartans. I sat down with Banks at the Big Ten Network after he finished shooting a segment of “BTN Football Report” and asked him to tell me some of his best memories from his playing days at Michigan State in my latest installment of “Big Ten Tales.”
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UW-Oshkosh scored the game’s first seven points, but Wisconsin quickly recovered to cruise to a 96-44 exhibition victory Wednesday night at the Kohl Center. Jared Berggren scored 16 points, on 7-of-10 shooting, to pace a quintet of Badgers in double figures. Ryan Evans tallied a double-double, with 11 points and 10 rebounds, and freshman point guard George Marshall chipped in 11 points and committed only one turnover.
In its final exhibition game at the Devaney Center and its first action under new coach Tim Miles, Nebraska took down Midland, 68-40, Wednesday night. Six Huskers scored at least eight points, led by Dylan Talley’s 10. Andre Almeida and David Rivers contributed nine points apiece, while Brandon Ubel and Sergej Vucetic both chipped in eight. Nebraska limited Midland to 28 percent from the field (15-of-53).
The 2012 Big Ten Men’s Soccer Tournament got underway Wednesday at Lakeside Field. No. 5 Michigan State, No. 3 Michigan and No. 2 Northwestern all advanced to Friday’s semifinal action, beating No. 4 Indiana, No. 6 Wisconsin and No. 7 Ohio State, respectively. On Friday, it’s No. 1 Penn State vs. Michigan State (1 ET) and Northwestern vs. Michigan (3:30 ET), both live on BTN/BTN2Go. Catch up on the action in this post.
On Wednesday night’s “The Journey 2012: Big Ten Football,” we featured Minnesota wide receiver Connor Cosgrove and Iowa linebacker Anthony Hitchens. Both players have emotional stories, as the former’s battling leukemia and the latter’s mentor recently needed a liver transplant. Watch a clip from Wednesday’s show that tells the powerful story of each Big Ten personality now and catch a couple bonus clips in this post.