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,
With the regular season complete, BTN will present the exclusive, live announcement of both coaches’ and media All-Big Ten teams, as well as 16 Big Ten football awards during BTN Live on Monday, Nov. 30 and Tuesday, Dec. 1.
The regular season is over, so bowl projections figure to be of interest to Big Ten fans. Here is CBSSports.com expert Jerry Palm’s latest list. [ 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 ] Palm has 10 Big Ten teams in bowls, including two with
The Big Ten office released its weekly Big Ten men's basketball honors on Monday, and freshly minted John Wooden Legacy champ Michigan State swept the laurels.
Yes, Ohio State can’t win the Big Ten. But, it still could get into the playoffs–maybe. The key: Florida must topple Alabama in the SEC title game. Could it happen? Sure. Will it? Not likely. But, the Buckeyes can cling to that hope. *** Mark Dantonio deserving of national coach of the year consideration? Interesting. I can’t say that I disagree. Mlive.com points out that this 2015 campaign might represent the best coaching job of Dantonio’s tenure in East Lansing when one considers the rash of injuries, difficulty of schedule and staff adjustments without former coordinator Pat Narduzzi. Now, the