Wisconsin basketball fans were treated to a very special moment prior to the Badgers’ season opener on Friday night. [ MORE: Check out our Big Ten men’s basketball scoreboard ] The 2014-15 Wisconsin men’s basketball team was honored as the Final Four banner was lifted into the Kohl Center rafters. Several young Wisconsin fans delivered the banner to center court as last year’s team members joined them for the presentation. We were able to get it all on camera. Check it out in the video at the top of this post. Great moment!
Michigan’s Aubrey Dawkins kicked off the 2015-16 Big Ten basketball season with a bang! [ MORE: Check out our Big Ten men’s basketball scoreboard ] The Wolverines’ talented sophomore guard put on a dunk show in Michigan’s 69-41 victory over Northern Michigan on Friday night. The first must-see slam came midway through the first half, as Dawkins charged the basket and threw down a thunderous one-handed put-back dunk. Check it out here. But Dawkins wasn’t done there. Early on in the second half, Caris LeVert found a cutting Dawkins for a nice two-handed flush. Oh wait, there’s more! With just
Ohio State shut out Rutgers 4-0 and Maryland advanced after beating Indiana 3-2 on penalty kicks after two overtimes in the 2015 Big Ten Men’s Soccer Tournament semifinals held Friday at Ohio State. Both winners advance to Sunday’s championship, which airs live at 1 p.m. ET on Sunday. Here’s a look at the tournament to date. First round No. 9 Penn State def. No. 8 Michigan State, 2-1 (OT) Quarterfinals No. 2 Indiana def. No. 7 Wisconsin, 1-0 No. 3 Maryland def.. No. 6 Michigan, 5-2 No. 4 Rutgers def. No. 5 Northwestern, 2-0 No. 1 Ohio State def. No. 9. Penn State, 1-0 (OT)
Indiana is set to kickoff the 2015-16 college basketball season with a matchup against Eastern Illinois tonight at 7 p.m. ET on BTN Plus. [ MORE: Watch tonight’s Eastern Illinois vs. Indiana on BTN Plus ] Expect the Hoosiers to be sporting their traditional cream and crimson colors in tonight’s opener, but that won’t be the case in next week’s Maui Invitational. For the first two games of the tournament, Indiana will be wearing its new “Iced Out” uniforms by Adidas. According to Adidas, the uniforms feature a reflective finish that is highlighted when a camera hits the jerseys. Check
Iowa's Kirk Ferentz will be the Big Ten Coach of the Year. Minnesota was right to remove the "interim coach" tag from Tracy Claeys. Like it or not, this is an historic run by Ohio State. Read these takes and more in BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart's last-minute prep for Saturday's football games.
Can Jae’Sean Tate will Ohio State to a Big Ten championship? Can Mark Turgeon manage the Terp talent? Who will step up for the Badgers? BTN men's basketball analyst Jess Settles poses one burning question for each of the 14 teams as we get set to tip off the 2015-2016 season.
BTN will air both Big Ten Men’s Soccer Tournament semifinal matches live on Friday from Ohio State, and both game are also available on BTN2Go. At 1 p.m. ET, top-seed Ohio State faces Rutgers before No. 2 seed Indiana faces Maryland at 3:30 p.m.. The Big Ten’s tournament central page at BigTen.org has lots of information, including how the bracket has played so far. Follow @socceronbtn for in-game updates and video highlights, too. Friday’s winners advance to Sunday’s championship, which also airs live on BTN and BTN2Go. Here is the link to watch Sunday’s match. Friday’s matches are below. 1 p.m.
"If there's confusion about who the guy is who's going to the lead the Boilermakers in 2016, let's dispel that," Purdue's athletic director told BTN. Watch that and read more football and men's basketball headlines from around the Big Ten on this Friday.
Iowa hosts Minnesota at 8 p.m. ET Saturday night on BTN and BTN2Go. In anticipation of the game, we whipped up a little interactive Vine that will either drive you crazy or bring you a small sense of accomplishment. You mission: Can you catch Floyd with your mascot of choice? See the Vine video in this post. More on the game: Find BTN on your TV system here. Watch the game live via BTN2Go. Use our online scoreboard for live stats, too. In-game video highlights on Twitter for Minnesota and Iowa. Follow @IowaOnBTN and @MinnesotaOnBTN Follow us on Facebook at BTN’s
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. While the University of Illinois’ basketball team is getting up a few last-minute practice jumpers and running layup lines, there’s another group of Illini who are also preparing for the spotlight. Orange Krush, the school’s student cheering section, has a pregame routine that’s just as important to them. “We let the kids in to the Great West Hall, they can get warm,