Prior to Tuesday night’s Big Ten opener at Assembly Hall, Illinois coach Bruce Weber allowed BTN cameras inside the Illini locker room for his pregame speech. The behind-the-scenes access resulted in some terrific footage. Watch Weber’s motivational words moments before Illinois took the court against Minnesota in the first Big Ten game of the season. As for the game, the Illini topped the Gophers in double overtime.
The time is now for the Big Ten. It’s bowl season. And it’s a chance for the Big Ten to make amends for a rugged 2010 postseason, especially a New Year’s Day that left the Big Ten with a hangover. It all began with Northwestern getting tripped by Texas Tech, 45-38, in the TicketCity Bowl. And the hits kept on coming on one of the darkest bowl game days in Big Ten annals.
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Oregon is notorious for pushing the envelope when it comes to uniforms, thanks in large part to Phil Knight’s involvement with the school, so it’s no surprise the Ducks will be sporting a head-turning look when they take on Big Ten champ Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl on Jan. 2. Nike recently released Oregon’s latest duds, and they are conversation starters, to say the least. There is a Darth Vader-like shiny black helmet, there are black wings on the shoulders of the jerseys, and so much more you must see. See a photo gallery of the uniforms, courtesy of LostLettermen.com.
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Week 16 of the NFL season is in the books, and Big Ten products compiled impressive numbers. All season long, use our Big Ten NFL Stat Tracker to see how ex-Big Ten stars perform. Simply click on a player’s name, and the link will lead you to his NFL.com game log. Every Tuesday, Brent Yarina singles out the best offensive, defensive and special teams performances, plus links to their NFL.com highlights. See Brent’s Week 16 winners in this post.
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There were two Big Ten women’s hoops games Tuesday night, and the conference split the contests. Indiana throttled Texas A&M Corpus Christi, while Northwestern fell to Toledo, 75-56. Catch up on all the action in this post.
Illinois released a statement Tuesday announcing that sophomore guard Crandall Head has left the Illinois basketball program. Head played in 26 career games with the Illini, averaging 1.2 points. Last season he played in 17 games and nine games this season. “We are disappointed with Crandall’s decision not to continue his career at Illinois, but ultimately we want what is best for him,” Illinois coach Bruce Weber said in the statement.
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As a quarterback at Purdue, Drew Brees became the Boilermakers’ and the Big Ten Conference career leader in passing attempts (1,678), passing completions (1,026), passing yards (11,792), passing touchdowns (90) and total offense (12,692). On Monday night Brees added another record to his impressive resume: He broke Dan Marino’s 27-year-old single-season passing yard mark.
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