Lots of recruiting questions in my mailbag this week, with some hoops sprinkled in. So, let’s get right to it!
Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh is taking his football team down south for spring practices, and it's causing a bit of a stir. Also, we've got a few more recruiting updates from a variety of Big Ten football teams. And could a really fast Big Ten football player win a really big prize at the upcoming NFL Combine? Dive into Wednesday's Big Ten headlines.
We have a new finalist for “Big Ten Dunk of the Year” honors, and it came in Tuesday night’s Maryland vs. Bowie State game on BTN. Late in the first half, with Maryland holding onto a 38-26 lead, Rasheed Sulaimon drove to the basket and threw down a huge one-handed dunk in the face of a Bowie State defender. Check out the highlight play in the video at the top of this post. Sulaimon has had some outstanding plays this season since transferring from Duke, but this one takes the cake. You can tell by the home crowd reaction that
We had three Big Ten men's basketball games on the schedule Tuesday, highlighted by two contests on BTN.
(AP) The Southeastern Conference is asking for a rule preventing football teams from holding practices during spring break. [ MORE: Get more coverage at FOXSports.com ] The move comes nearly a week after Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh said on national signing day that the Wolverines would practice in Florida over spring break starting later this month. SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey said Tuesday that ”intentionally public and prominent” decision seems to be a move in ”the wrong direction” amid the talk about easing time demands on athletes. CBSSports.com first reported the SEC’s request presented to the new NCAA Football Oversight Committee,
We often overuse the word “greatness” in sports. You don’t just roll out of bed one day and become great; greatness is cultivated over time through hard work. In the case of Minnesota’s women’s basketball player Rachel Banham, greatness has arrived. I chatted with Banham after her epic 60-point performance at Northwestern, a showing that broke the Big Ten women’s basketball single-game scoring record, tied the NCAA one, and had the basketball world buzzing this weekend. [ MORE: Kobe Bryant tweets his congratulations to Banham ] The last time a Division I women’s basketball player scored 60 in a game? It was
What a few days for Rachel Banham. Two days after pouring in a Big Ten women’s single-game record and NCAA-tying 60 points (watch all of them) in a double overtime victory Sunday at Northwestern, the Minnesota star got a Twitter shout-out from her favorite player, Kobe Bryant, who is no stranger to reaching the 60-point plateau. The tweet happened early Tuesday afternoon, and Banham couldn’t believe it when she saw it in her timeline. BTN’s Lisa Byington asked Banham about Bryant in a “B1G Women’s Sports Report” interview Monday night, and playfully mentioned that the NBA star, an active Twitter
Former Michigan State wide receiver Bennie Fowler didn’t register an official catch in Super Bowl 50 on Sunday night, but he’ll likely be on the receiving end of future Hall of Famer Peyton Manning’s final NFL pass. [ MORE: Here’s how Big Ten names fared in Super Bowl 50 ] Confused? Don’t be. Fowler caught the two-point conversion that gave Denver a 14-point lead in the final minutes of its 24-10 win over the Carolina Panthers at Levi’s Stadium. But, for whatever reason, two-point conversion attempts don’t count in the official stats. Still, everyone knows the play happened. Fowler certainly
Former Michigan guard and Academic All-Big Ten regular Zack Novak will be in the Big Ten Network studio Wednesday night for the Wolverines’ game at Minnesota (9 p.m. ET, BTN/BTN2Go). Novak, Michigan’s all-time leader in career minutes (4,357) and just the second Wolverine to serve as captain for three seasons, gradated in 2012 and spent the 2012-13 season with Landstede Basketbal in Zwolle, Netherlands. That proved to be Novak’s one and only pro season, as the Ross School of Business graduate opted to put his degree to work. He has spent the past year as an operations associate at Uptake
It goes without saying that we will discover the true colors of Indiana this week. And could Maryland finally lose a Big Ten home game? Here is a ranking of this week’s 12 games. [ MORE: Power Rankings | Player Rankings | Game Rankings | Bracketology | Big Ten weekly honors (Feb. 8) | Polls | Standings | Stats | Scoreboard | Win a trip to B1G tourney ] 1. Iowa at Indiana, Thursday. Remember when the Hoosiers were riding a 12-game winning streak? Now, IU is 2-2 in its last four games and faces a rugged slate of games.