Following Sunday’s quartet of Big Ten games, every team has played at least nine conference games, exactly half of its league schedule. [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Power Rankings | Big Ten midterm grades | Best of week that was | Players of the Week | Bracketology | Scoreboard | Standings | Stats | Polls | Win a trip for two to the Big Ten tourney ] Halfway home, it’s seems like a great time to hand out some midseason grades. Get my report card for all 14 teams below. Illinois (10-12, 2-7): D. Injuries have impacted this roster greatly.
Charles Woodson put on the pads one final time at the 2016 Pro Bowl on Sunday. The former Michigan star and 1997 Heisman Trophy winner announced his retirement during the season, the 18th of his no-doubt Hall of Fame career. Woodson, who spent 11 seasons with Oakland, spanning two stops, and seven with Green Bay, finished his career with 65 interceptions, tied for fifth most all-time, twice (2009 & 2011) leading the league in the category. More accolades: Woodson was a member of Green Bay’s Super XLV championship team, he scored 11 career touchdowns, he was a member of the
Michigan State doesn’t need an excuse to remember or honor Lacey Holsworth. [ MORE: AP: 12th-ranked Spartans pound visiting Rutgers ] Holsworth’s story captivated the nation. Her well-chronicled friendship with the Spartans, in particular then-star Adreian Payne, was something so genuine. Neuroblastoma took Holsworth’s life in April of 2014, but, with it being Coaches vs. Cancer Week, teams and coaching staffs across the country, not just Michigan State or the Big Ten, have worn gold shoelaces to honor “Princess Lacey” and support the fight against pediatric cancer. It was the Spartans’ turn Sunday night. Making the occasion all the more
The Big Ten men’s basketball schedule featured four games Sunday, including a trio involving ranked teams. [ MORE: Catch up on all of Sunday’s action on our Big Ten scoreboard ] No. 8 Maryland held off Ohio State, 66-61, behind Jake Layman’s double-double, No. 3 Iowa took care of Northwestern, 85-71, thanks to Peter Jok’s hot hand, and No. 12 Michigan State rolled Rutgers, 96-62, with the help of a school record-tying 17 3-pointers. In the other game, Wisconsin knocked off Illinois, 63-55, at Assembly Hall Check out our favorite plays from Sunday’s four games below. *** *** ***
Former Maryland coach Randy Edsall has been hired as the Detroit Lions’ director of football research and special projects. Edsall, who has more than 30 years of coaching experience, was fired by the Terrapins in October after compiling a 22-34 record in four-plus seasons and overseeing the program’s transition from the ACC to the Big Ten. According to reports, Edsall figures to be an assistant to new Detroit general manager Bob Quinn, who served as a graduate assistant at UConn during Edsall’s first season as the Huskies head coach. The 57-year-old last worked in the NFL from 1994-97 as a
The debates pop up all the time. “Who was the greatest player to play at your school?” “Where would that current player rank on your school’s all-time team?” And so on. That’s why we created survey pages for each Big Ten men’s basketball program where fans have been ranking their favorite players over the past few weeks. At first look, it can seem like an easy task. But as you roll through any list, one realizes it’s a little harder. Where would Illinois’ Kendall Gill rank on the Fighting Illinois list? With Indiana’s long roster of talented players, who makes that
It was a discovery of epic proportions — so much so that the people who saw it had to pull examples from science fiction in order to describe it. Ohio State astronomy professor Krzysztof Stanek and his colleagues were recently the first to observe what could be the largest supernova ever viewed from Earth. To illustrate the significance of this possible exploding star, Stanek turns to — what else? — a “Star Wars” reference. “The Death Star can destroy a planet in one second,” he said of the Empire’s ultimate weapon. “This supernova is like a million Death Stars. If
It was a super Saturday for Michigan athletics. [ MORE: Derrick Walton Jr. flirts with triple-double in win vs. Penn State ] The sixth-ranked Michigan hockey team took down No. 15 Penn State, 6-3, on Saturday night to clinch a sweep in the inaugural BTN Super Saturday doubleheader at Madison Square Garden. Earlier Saturday, the Michigan men’s basketball team beat Penn State, 79-72, to improve to 7-2 in the Big Ten. Watch our favorite goals from Michigan’s win over Penn State below.
This week’s episode of “The Journey,” the 100th of the award-winning series, airs at 9:30 p.m. ET Sunday, or immediately following the Wisconsin-Illinois men’s basketball game. The milestone episode will look at the amazing path Iowa’s Peter Jok has taken from war-torn Sudan to Des Moines to Iowa City, where he is now one of the Big Ten’s top players. [ MORE: ‘Journey’ celebrates 100 episodes | Journey 100 All Stars Part I & Part II | Q&A: OSU walk-on & ‘Journey’ subject Mark Titus ] We’ll also hear NBA MVP Stephen Curry talk about Maryland super sophomore Melo Trimble, and
A.J. Hammons played the kind of game players dream about in Purdue’s 89-74 victory over Nebraska on Saturday. [ MORE: Watch Purdue honor Keady, 1994-96 three-peat team | Purdue busts out throwback uniform ] The senior big man scored a career-high 32 points, on a head-turning 14 of 17 from the field, to go along with 11 rebounds, five assists, four blocks and a steal. Simply put, Nebraska had absolutely no answer for Hammons, who also committed just one personal foul in 29 minutes. “A.J. Hammons is the best center in college basketball,” Matt Painter said after the game. It’s