Indiana clinching the men's basketball title means Tom Crean should be Coach of the Year. Iowa's lost four in a row, so what is going on? Michigan's Caris LeVert is shut down for the season, and Nebraska agreed to a home-and-home with a Big 12 powerhouse. Those are a few of the basketball and football headlines in today's news digest.
For the second time in the last four seasons, Indiana is the outright Big Ten champion. [ MORE: Get Tuesday’s Big Ten basketball scores ] The Hoosiers, who already owned a share of the conference crown, their 22nd in program history, outlasted No. 16 Iowa, 81-78, on Tuesday night at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Indiana also took the outright title in 2013, when Cody Zeller and Victor Oladipo led the team to a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament. The outright-clincher was in doubt down to the finals seconds, but Peter Jok’s potential game-tying 3-pointer was off the mark, yielding an
Iowa’s 2016 senior class will be remembered for quite some time. The five players, featuring Anthony Clemmons, Mike Gesell, Okey Ukah, Jarrod Uthoff and Adam Woobury, have helped the Hawkeyes reach the postseason every year en route to compiling 87 career victories. The class was part of Iowa’s NIT runner-up team as freshmen, and in a little more than a week it will add a third consecutive NCAA tourney berth to its impressive list of career accomplishments. Watch Fran McCaffery and Iowa honor the five players in the video above.
There will be no shared Big Ten title. No. 12 Indiana outlasted No. 16 Iowa, 81-78, on Tuesday night to claim the outright Big Ten title, its second in the last four years. Catch up on both of Tuesday’s Big Ten games on our Big Ten scoreboard. In other action, No. 15 Purdue handed Nebraska its worst loss (81-62) in the short history of Pinnacle Bank Arena. It was senior night at Nebraska and Iowa, and both teams held pregame ceremonies. Watch Nebraska, and Iowa. Throughout tonight’s action, we’ll clip our favorite highlights below. *** PURDUE 81, NEBRASKA 62: No.
Tim Miles had never spoken at a senior night. Until now. That’s how special Nebraska’s Shavon Shields and Benny Parker are to the gregarious head coach. “Benny and Shavon are guys that bought in on a dream and led us to the NCAA tournament for the first time in 16 years in 2014,” Miles told the crowd during the team’s senior night festivities Tuesday night. “They have built a foundation that will be lasting for a long time and have future success.” Shields goes down as one of the Huskers’ all-time greats, and Parker made his mark as a quick,
Big Ten fans know all about Purdue’s much-talk-about “Skyline.” [ MORE: Watch Purdue at Nebraska on BTN2Go ] The perfectly named frontline, featuring Isaac Haas (7-2), A.J. Hammons (7-0) and Caleb Swanigan (6-9), stands just under 21 feet. These aren’t just tall players who take up space, though. Their great talents, averaging a combined 34.6 points, 20.3 rebounds and 3.7 blocks. BTN analyst Shon Morris recently took to the court with Haas and Hammons, the veterans of the Skyline, to learn more about their games. Watch the feature in video above.
Urban Meyer has lived a charmed life since taking over Ohio State in 2012, posting a 50-4 overall record and a 31-1 Big Ten mark. His crowning feat was winning the 2014 national championship, and last year’s team looked poised to repeat before a late-season stumble at home vs. Michigan State. [ MORE: Get all of Tom Dienhart’s Big Ten spring football coverage ] Now, Meyer faces some big challenges next season. Yes, he will have some building blocks for his fifth squad, but questions loom. A big one: Who will be the running back with Ezekiel Elliott gone? Bri’onte
This is it. The final week of the Big Ten regular season tips Tuesday night. [ MORE: Power Rankings | Player Rankings | Game Rankings | Bracketology | Best of week ahead | Best of week that was | Early look at B1G bracket | Standings | Stats | Scores | Polls ] Before the final week gets underway, it’s time to share my latest Big Ten Player Rankings. See the full list below. 1. Denzel Valentine, Michigan State. Like a great quarterback, Valentine anticipates where his teammates will end up on the court, and delivers perfect dimes (7.4 apg)
Considering the way the regular season ended with the champion being decided on the final day, fasten your seat belts, because the 2016 Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament could rival an Indy 500 finish. With the regular season behind us, I have five things to look forward to in the tourney. [MORE: Tourney bracket | All-Big Ten teams | BTN2Go games | YouTube highlights ] Reminder: The tournament tips off at 1:30 p.m. ET Wednesday with No. 13 Wisconsin vs. No. 12 Northwestern, followed by No. 14 Illinois vs. No. 11 Penn State at approximately 4 p.m. No. 2 Ohio
This is it - the final week of the regular season before the Big Ten Men's Tournament tips off in Indianapolis. BTN.com's Tom Dienhart lays out all of the remaining games as the Hoosiers aim for at least one more win and the outright crown.