Several women’s basketball teams were in action on Thursday night including Iowa. The Hawkeyes held off a late rally by Iowa State to win 50-42. Watch the highlights now and jump inside for an interview with Iowa coach Lisa Bluder, plus a roundup from around the conference.
At the start of each week we post a compilation of the week’s top dunks in Big Ten basketball. But since we launched our latest batch (see the video at the top of this post), we’ve seen more slams, too. We’ve added them below in this post below.
I remember watching Brian Butch score, rebound, and defend in the 2003 McDonald’s All-American Game and he looked exactly like a kid that would thrive in Bo Ryan’s offensive system at Wisconsin. This was a high school all-star game that featured LeBron James, Chris Paul, Luol Deng and Charlie Villanueva. And Butch, a 6-foot-11 standout from Appleton, Wisconsin, held his own.
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A third consecutive trip to the Rose Bowl is something to celebrate for Wisconsin. But the euphoria is muted a bit by the unknown of who will be the next Badger head coach with Bret Bielema off to coach Arkansas after seven seasons and a 68-24 record.
Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez announced Thursday morning that he will coach the Wisconsin Badgers in the Rose Bowl after the Badgers players asked him to lead them in Pasadena.
It’s true: There is other Big Ten news NOT involving Bret Bielema shocking the hemisphere by ditching Wisconsin for Arkansas (Arkansas?!). I have some below in my daily links. Really. The headliner: Purdue took the wraps off a new era with a press conference to announce the hiring of … ta-dah! … Darrell Hazell as head coach.
Ever wonder what it’s like to be inside the locker room with Tom Izzo at the half? The legendary Michigan State coach gave BTN an all-access pass Wednesday night, and it didn’t disappoint. Watch Izzo, he of six Final Four appearances and seven Big Ten titles, address his team in this video.