The days of the regular season are dwindling in Big Ten volleyball and it is time to take a look at the NCAA tournament hopes of the nation’s premiere volleyball conference. One team that is a certainty for this year’s postseason is the Minnesota Golden Gophers. After missing out on the tournament for the first time since 1998 last season, Minnesota is poised to win its first conference title since 2002. Hugh McCutcheon’s team avenged its only conference loss last weekend with a straight set sweep of then No. 1 Penn State in overwhelming fashion. It was Minnesota’s first win
With the season about to conclude, awards soon will be handed out. On that note, who has been the top defensive player in the Big Ten? I asked some of my esteemed Big Ten media colleagues. [ MORE: Week 12 previews | Big Ten scoreboard | Polls: Pick Week 12 winners | Big Ten standings | Big Ten stats | Power Rankings | Bowl Projections | Mailbag ] My choice? It has to be Penn State defensive end Carl Nassib, who has emerged from a former walk-on to become an All-American who should be a very high draft pick. NFL
First impressions in the world of college basketball can often be deceiving, especially with questions surrounding the quality of many unknown non-conference opponents. Michigan State has certainly passed its first major test of the season, and that answered a lot of questions about Tom Izzo’s Spartans. Indiana continues to excite me with an upbeat style of play and a bright green light for anyone who can drain a 3-pointer. Then there is Wisconsin, who many already count out because of the opening day loss to Western Illinois. Here is my initial take on these three Big Ten programs and their
On Thursday’s “Big Ten & Beyond” show, we profiled the special relationship between Ohio State linebacker Joshua Perry and his brother Jahred, who is on the autism spectrum. Learn about the Perry family and how both Joshua and Jahred have helped each other throughout their lives. Undefeated Ohio State takes on Michigan State this Saturday in Columbus. [ MORE: Week 12 previews | Big Ten scoreboard | Polls: Pick Week 12 winners | Big Ten standings | Big Ten stats | Latest polls | Power Rankings | Bowl Projections | Mailbag | Q&A: Jason Cabinda | Highlights on YouTube ] Watch more
It's almost here. Week 12 football games. None of the games is bigger than Michigan State at Ohio State in a battle between two of the best teams in the Big Ten. Our Tom Dienhart looks at all of the games and lays out his weekly upset alert, best matchups, spotlight players and more. Plus, watch the video to look back at recent history between Ohio State and Michigan State.
Having one college degree already, Michigan QB Jake Rudock embraces the "old man" label. And Michigan's opponent on Saturday, Penn State, says goodbye to a senior class that has seen a lot over their careers. Also in today's Big Ten headlines roundup, look at all of the Ohio State natives on Michigan State's football roster and updates on two big men in Big Ten men's basketball.
During football and basketball games, BTN LiveBIG will spotlight notable examples of research, innovation and community service from around the conference. In-Game stories will provide more background on these features, and the opportunity to view the videos again. The kids who go to Camp Odayin in Stillwater, Minn., all have one thing in common: They all suffer from some kind of heart disease or defect. In fact, that’s why the camp was founded — to give kids with heart issues the carefree summer experience they may not get otherwise. But while they might not have a great deal of heart
Big Ten fans were treated to three exciting men’s basketball games on Wednesday night. [ MORE: Check out Wednesday’s Big Ten men’s basketball scoreboard ] Purdue kicked off the action with an impressive 96-61 win over Incarnate Word, while Northwestern followed with a 79-72 victory over Fairfield. The inaugural Gavitt Tipoff Games continued Wednesday as Illinois lost a close one to Providence, 60-59. Here is a look at the top highlights from Wednesday’s Big Ten hoops action. Northwestern’s Joey van Zegeren throws down a huge put-back slam Purdue forward Vince Edwards takes it strong to the rack for the dunk
Braxton Miller will go down as one of the most accomplished players in Ohio State’s rich college football history. The two-time Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year will be playing in his final game at Ohio Stadium on Saturday afternoon when the Buckeyes host Michigan State in a much-anticipated matchup. Miller took to Twitter on Wednesday to speak out about his final home game as a Buckeye. Check out the tweet at the top of this post. Miller and his senior teammates will be honored on Saturday during Senior Day at the Shoe. Ohio State and Michigan State are
Who wins Week 12 Big Ten football games? Get the BTN.com team's picks, including Purdue beat writer Mike Carmin, and cast your winners inside.