Throughout the Big Ten wrestling season, BTN’s Kara Lentz delivers the BTN Wrestling Report, an online video segment spotlighting the wrestlers from around the conference. In talking with Northwestern’s Jason Tsirtsis ahead of this weekend’s wrestling action on BTN and BTN Plus, Lentz learned that Tsirtsis is a “Star Wars” fan who can do a very good Chewbacca imitiation. Could he answer a few questions in Chewbacca’s native language? “I don’t quite have the language down perfectly,” Tsirtsis tells Lentz,”but I can do my best.” Ever the good sport, Tsirtsis does exactly that. Watch the video above to get his answers to
Mike DeCourcy of Sporting News takes a look at 16 teams that could win it all in March. Stewart Mandel of FOXSports.com has built his dream football coaching staff. Who made the cut? And attention Penn State: There might just be a new "Linebacker U" in town. Catch up on Thursday's Big Ten basketball and football headlines.
The histories of African-Americans and the universities of the Big Ten have intertwined for decades, centuries even. And they continue to move forward together, blazing new trails in areas ranging from the social sciences to social equality. In honor of Black History Month, we’re looking back at some of the stories we’ve told about how students, faculty and alumni at Big Ten schools are preserving the African-American story — and adding new chapters to it. An academic partnership between Nebraska and Maryland is exploring the historic, heroic struggle of African-Americans before the Civil War to fight their own enslavement through
Former Michigan star Zack Novak visited the BTN studio Wednesday night, and we had him all over social media during the Michigan-Minnesota BTN Super Wednesday doubleheader game. [ MORE: Follow Zack Novak (@novak3159) on Twitter ] Novak sat down with us to watch the Wolverines and take over @MichiganOnBTN during the game. He answered a wide array of questions, ones ranging from his thoughts on whether a hot dog is a sandwich to his favorite/least favorite Big Ten arenas. Check out some of our favorite highlights from Novak’s Twitter takeover below. *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
Another Super Wednesday is in the books. Wisconsin opened the action by taking down Nebraska, 72-61, for its sixth consecutive victory, and Michigan closed the night by holding off Minnesota, 82-74, to snap a two-game losing streak. Catch up on all of the Super Wednesday action on our Big Ten scoreboard. Throughout the Wolverines-Gophers game, former Michigan guard Zack Novak was in studio and took over @MichiganOnBTN. Relive the top questions and answers here. Watch our favorite Super Wednesday highlights below. And here is a look at the game wraps.
This could be a special season for Maryland, a season that includes a Big Ten title, Final Four appearance … and maybe a national title. [ MORE: Power Rankings | Player Rankings | Game Rankings | Bracketology | Big Ten weekly honors (Feb. 8) | Polls | Standings | Stats | Scoreboard | Win a trip to B1G tourney ] Robert Carter Jr. knows that. The 6-9, 235-pound junior from Thomasville, Georgia, is doing his part to fuel the Terps’ push. After sitting out last year following his transfer from Georgia Tech, Carter is making a huge impact by averaging
Michigan was voted the preseason favorite to claim the 2016 Big Ten Baseball Championship, as voted on by the conference coaches and announced on Wednesday. The coaches voted on the top six teams and also selected three students from their own squads to a Players to Watch list. The Wolverines were followed in the preseason poll by Maryland in second place, No. 3 Indiana, Iowa in fourth place, No. 5 Illinois and Michigan State in sixth place. Michigan is coming off its first trip to the NCAA Tournament since 2008 and posted a 39-25 record. The Wolverines return 19 letterwinners
Jim Harbaugh and Michigan want to take part of spring practice on the road to talent-laden Florida. [ MORE: Like this post? Check out our full Gone Viral section ] The SEC wants Michigan to have no part in this – even if it is during the University of Michigan’s spring break. The conference made that fact known Tuesday. Early Wednesday afternoon, Harbaugh sent out the tweet embedded above. Think the two are related? For what it’s worth, Harbaugh also tweeted a cryptic message after the San Francisco 49ers fired Jim Tomsula, who replaced Harbaugh.
There is a lot to work on this spring in Champaign for an Illinois squad coming off a 5-7 record. Bill Cubit has shaken up his staff in hopes of impressing the administration with a good 2016. [ MORE: Get all of Tom Dienhart’s Big Ten spring football coverage ] Ex-Illinois signal-caller Nathan Scheelhaase will coach running backs; former Illini quarterback Jeff Hecklinski has been tabbed to coach tight ends and special teams; ex-Illinois o-line coach A.J. Ricker is back to reprise his role. Co-defensive coordinator Tim Banks has left, with Mike Phair taking over sole coordinator duties after sharing
Amara Darboh did it in a game, so certainly he’d have no trouble doing it in practice. The Michigan wide receiver who dropped jaws with his Odell Beckham Jr.-like catch last fall vs. BYU is at it again. This time, it came vs. air in the team practice facility; nevertheless, the leaping-full-extension-one-handed catch was impressive. The most impressive part of the video might be the ease with which Darboh hauled it in. It isn’t that easy, folks. Watch the catch on a pass from Wilton Speight in the video above. *** If you, somehow, missed the aforementioned catch vs. BYU,