The Big Ten title race came into sharper focus on the second-to-last Saturday of the regular season. [ MORE: View the latest Big Ten standings | Check out Sunday’s scoreboard ] We have Purdue to thank for it, as the 20th-ranked Boilermakers held off No. 10 Maryland, 83-79, at Mackey Arena. With the outcome, Purdue improved heated instate rival and Big Ten leader Indiana’s pursuit to the Big Ten crown. The Hoosiers can clinch a share of the Big Ten crown as early as Sunday, with an Ohio State win over Iowa, and wrap up the outright title as early
The penultimate Saturday of the regular season included a pair of Big Ten men’s basketball games. [ MORE: Get all of Saturday’s scores & stats on our Big Ten scoreboard ] In the opener, Northwestern walloped Rutgers, 98-59, behind Tre Demps’ hot shooting and Alex Olah’s double-double. No. 20 Purdue closed the day’s festivities by holding off No. 10 Maryland, 83-79, thanks to a balanced attack that featured five players in double figures. Watch our favorite plays from Saturday afternoon’s action below. *** PURDUE 83, MARYLAND 79: A.J. Hammons scored 19 points to lead five Purdue players in double figures,
The Michigan women’s track & field team won the 2016 Big Ten Indoor Track & Field Championships on Saturday at the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio. The Wolverines posted four individual titles and claimed one relay to secure Michigan’s ninth Big Ten Championship and first since 2006. Michigan tallied 109 team points, while Purdue was second with 102 points. Penn State was third with 96.5 points, while Minnesota finished fourth with 89 and Iowa was fifth with 50 points. The Wolverines recorded first-place finishes from Erin Finn in the 3,000- and 5,000-meter runs, Devon Hoppe in the 800-meter run and
Nebraska won the 2016 Big Ten Men’s Indoor Track & Field Championships on Saturday at the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio. The Huskers claimed two individual titles en route to winning their second consecutive Big Ten Championships. [ MORE: Huskers.com: Nebraska men repeat as Big Ten champs ] Nebraska recorded 116 team points, while Wisconsin finished in second place with 73. Minnesota was third with 72 points, Michigan finished fourth with 71 and Ohio State ended the championships in fifth place with 63.5 points. The Huskers earned first-place finishes from Landon Bartel in the high jump and Kaiwan Culmer in
Maryland clinched at least a share of the Big Ten regular-season title Saturday afternoon, thanks to Michigan State downing Ohio State in triple overtime. The Terrapins (15-2) secure their second Big Ten title in as many seasons in the conference, and it can make it another outright crown with a season-ending victory over Minnesota on Sunday. Lose to the Golden Gophers, and the Terrapins and Buckeyes will share the title. The Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament will be held March 2-6 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. Tickets can be purchased at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse box office, Ticketmaster.com or
One of the many things we’ve noticed since BTN launched is that Big Ten fans enjoy a good shoe highlight. Sounds odd, we know, but it’s true. It doesn’t happen often, although it makes for entertaining television when a player loses a shoe in the middle of the action. Does said player continue to play? Does said player do something highlight-worthy sans the shoe? Northwestern’s Jordan Ash came out of his shoe late in Northwestern’s easy win vs. Rutgers on Saturday. He continued to play, for the record, but it was official Ted Valentine who made it into a highlight
How did Purdue's A.J. Hammons prepare for his final game against Indiana at Assembly Hall? What drove Nigel Hayes transformation into a team leader at Wisconsin? And had you heard about Indiana's manager-turned-walk-on Jackson Tharp? See these stories at 10 p.m. ET Sunday on "The Journey."
The finish line is in sight, and we are in a very tight three-horse race for Big Ten Coach of The Year. [ MORE: Follow @BTNJessSettles on Twiter! | Standings | Stats | Scoreboard | Polls ] To me, the leading candidates are simple: Indiana’s Tom Crean, Iowa’s Fran McCaffery and Wisconsin’s Greg Gard. I break down each coach’s case below. Fran McCaffery Fran McCaffery has 11-4 Iowa within striking distance of the Hawkeyes’ first regular season title since 1979. Remember, no team other than Wisconsin lost more impactful upperclassmen than McCaffery. Sixth man of the Gabe Olaseni and first-team
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 challenge was simple enough to grasp: All the students of Dr. John Starkey’s mechanical engineering capstone course had to do was design something that will change the world. “The goal is to provide something that is revolutionary,” said Kat Frangos, a student in the course. Students are first presented with a problem statement, according to the course website. From there, they
There is an outstanding crop of freshmen in the Big Ten this year. Tom Dienhart and Sean Merriman debate who is the best freshman in the Big Ten.