When we say the students, faculty and staff, and alumni of the universities of the Big Ten Conference “live big,” we aren’t overstating our case. Last year, we reported stories that took our readers from exotic locales like Sri Lanka and Uganda to galaxies far, far away. Whether it’s on-campus or in outer space, the Big Ten community is innovating, inspiring and improving. We told more than 200 of those stories in 2015. We loved them all, but there were a few that stood out to us as especially interesting and high-impact. Here are some of our favorites from the universities
The lid has been taken off Big Ten play, and five schools are off to 2-0 starts. Two of them aren’t a shock, as Maryland and Indiana are out of the gates quickly. But it’s a surprise to see Michigan, Ohio State and Iowa also 2-0 in Big Ten action.
The Illinois-Ohio State men’s basketball game Sunday night featured an exciting finish. The teams traded baskets down the stretch, and the game wasn’t decided until the final shot. Trailing 74-73 after a Malcolm Hill 3-pointer with three seconds left, Illinois fouled Marc Loving, who hit the first free throw and missed the second. Hill grabbed the missed free throw, took a few dribbles and heaved a potential game-winner from the other side of the court. The shot looked like it was on line, but it went to the left the rim, meaning Ohio State survived, 75-73, and moved to 2-0
Every week during the 2015 football season, BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart, Brent Yarina, Sean Merriman and a Big Ten beat writer made their Big Ten game predictions. [ MORE: 2015-16 bowl schedule | Dienhart: Best of Big Ten bowls ] We also provided polls for Big Ten fans to pick their winners. With bowl season complete, it’s time to see how we fared with our postseason picks. Check out our predictions and the final season standings below. Rotating Beat Writer: Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB), foxsports.com 2015 record: 99-24 Bowl record: 6-4 Big Ten bowl picks: Duke 33, Indiana 27; UCLA 41, Nebraska
The Big Ten college football bowl season is officially in the books. Yes, the Big Ten came up short in its bid to defend the national title won last year by Ohio State. But the conference had some memorable moments during its 5-5 postseason.
There’s an old Hollywood saying: “The trouble with movies as a business is that they’re an art; the trouble with movies as an art is that they’re a business.” For Northwestern grad Ira Deutchman, such “trouble” has led to a prolific career spanning 40 years as a producer and marketer of independent films. Over those four decades, Deutchman worked with legendary directors like Robert Altman, John Sayles, Jonathan Demme and Gus Van Sant. Now, Deutchman will donate the personal papers from his life in film to the University of Michigan Library’s Mavericks & Makers Collection. You may be wondering: Why
Purdue point guard Johnny Hill had one of those “are you kidding me” dunks against Iowa on Saturday night. Trailing 55-50 with just under five minutes remaining in the game, Hill drove the lane and threw down a thunderous one-handed dunk over two Iowa defenders. The Mackey Arena crowd rose to their feet and erupted in cheer following the huge flush. Check it out in the video at the top of this post. This has to be up there with the best dunks we have seen this season. Congrats, Mr. Hill. You have officially earned the title of #BTNStandout!
There was a great scene in the visitor’s locker room following No. 1 Michigan State’s 69-61 road win over Minnesota on Saturday afternoon. Injured Michigan State star Denzel Valentine presented Tom Izzo with the game ball, five days after the death of the coach’s father, Carl, 90. The Spartans lost the first game following Carl Izzo’s death, Tuesday night at Iowa, their first loss the season. The presentation would have happened in Iowa City had the Spartans won, but Valentine and the Spartans didn’t have to wait too much longer to recognize their coach. “It was tough to come up
There are good players. There are great players. And then there is Purdue basketball legend Rick Mount. The Boilermakers’ all-time leading scorer was honored at halftime of Saturday’s Purdue vs. Iowa men’s basketball game on BTN. Take a look at the full video at the top of this post. Mount left Purdue as the Big Ten’s all-time scoring leader with 2,323 points through only three varsity seasons. That record was later broken and is currently held by former Indiana standout Calbert Cheaney. The Boilermaker legend led Purdue to a 56-20 overall record during his career. Enjoy, Purdue fans!
Penn State standout quarterback Christian Hackenberg is set to take his talents to the NFL. Following Penn State’s 24-17 loss to Georgia in Saturday’s Taxslayer Bowl, Hackenberg announced that he will forgo his senior season and declare for the 2016 NFL Draft. Hackenberg finishes his Penn State career as one of the most decorated quarterbacks in school history. The former Big Ten Freshman of the Year is PSU’s all-time leader in multiple passing categories, including career completions, yards, and 300-yard passing games. In Penn State’s Big Ten regular season finale against Michigan State, Hackenberg passed Matt McGloin as the school’s