The nation is abuzz over Jim Harbaugh’s arrival at Michigan. And Ohio State is coming off a national title behind Urban Meyer, while Michigan State has emerged as an elite program under Mark Dantonio. But keep an eye on Penn State and James Franklin in the uber-tough Big Ten East.
The final week of the regular season is here. So much is on the line this weekend, as five of the six teams in the Big Ten Lacrosse Conference are still alive for the tournament. I’ll bring you up to speed on each team in this post. Plus, you can watch our six team-by-team video reports detailing each squad. Johns Hopkins (6-6, 3-1 Big Ten) Too many times this season the Blue Jays have played in dramatic games. Hopkins has surrendered more leads than the Homewood faithful would care to see. Not this time. Playing before a sun-splashed Homecoming crowd
The trend in recent years has been for NFL teams to avoid drafting running backs in the first round. The first back didn’t come off the board in 2014 until the 54th pick. The Big Ten hasn’t been immune to that trend. [ MORE: View all of our NFL draft coverage ] In the last 10 drafts, since 2005, the Big Ten has had just three running backs taken in the first round: Minnesota’s Laurence Maroney (2006), Illinois’ Rashard Mendenhall (2008) and Ohio State’s Beanie Wells (2009). And five drafts have passed since Wells was the last Big Ten back
In Thursday's Big Ten links, Tom Dienhart looks at the simmering controversy around Big Ten football teams setting up camp in SEC country. Also, what did Jim Harbaugh say this time? And how is Michigan State football giving Western Michigan football a boost? Get the answers to these questions and more in this post.
Students at Big Ten universities aren’t waiting until they get out into the “real world” to make a difference. Find out how they’re working together to create positive, meaningful change in this BTN LiveBIG series: the Student Section. Anything that’s described as being the “world’s greatest” can be viewed with skepticism. Still, it’s hard to argue with Indiana University’s claim that the Little 500, taking place this weekend in Bloomington, is “The World’s Greatest College Weekend.” So what makes this 200-lap, 50-mile relay bike race so special? Well, it brings out tens of thousands of spectators and hundreds of participants,
Big Ten fans have seen a number of outstanding plays on the diamond this season. On Wednesday, it was Cody Strong’s turn to join the fun. [ MORE: Check out other #BTNStandout plays ] With Purdue holding onto a 6-0 lead and one out in the ninth inning, Strong tracked down a fly ball to shallow right field and made an outstanding over-the-shoulder catch to help preserve the shutout. Check out the highlight in the video above. Can you say, “Web Gem!”
Ohio State freshman D’Angelo Russell, along with OSU head coach Thad Matta, will be available to the media at 3 p.m. Thursday at the Buckeyes’ practice gym to discuss Russell’s future plans for the 2015-16 season. [ MORE: Four Big Ten stars in SI.com’s first round NBA Mock Draft ] The 6-5, 180-pound point guard led all freshmen in the nation in scoring this season (19.3), while also averaging 5.7 rebounds and 5.0 assists. He was named a unanimous Freshman All-American and a first-team All-Big Ten member, leading the Buckeyes to a 24-11 mark. Earlier Wednesday evening, ESPN.com’s Paul Biancardi
There must be a few Iowa fans among the construction crew renovating the sound end zone at Iowa State’s Jack Trice Stadium. [ MORE: Read more about the stadium’s renovation at cyclones.com ] How else can one explain the “Iowa” going up before the “State” on the outside of the stadium (see above)? Sure, the letters need to be centered and we’re trained to do all things letter-related left to right, but it’s a little interesting that the “Iowa” was State-less for as long as it was on Iowa State’s stadium. (Just look at the timestamps of the tweet above
It has been 10 years since Illinois has won an outright Big Ten baseball regular season championship. That trend looks like it could come to an end this season, as the Fighting Illini are in the midst of a truly memorable 2015 season.
It was a special night Tuesday at the Kohl Center, as Wisconsin celebrated its national runner-up men's basketball team, which lost to Duke in the title game earlier this month.