Whether you loved them or hated them, you won’t see Michigan State wear its much-talked-about neon Nike “Hyper Elite Disruption” alternate uniform again this season, according to Joe Rexrode. The Spartans debuted the design in Saturday night’s victory vs. then-No. 5 Maryland. The reaction, to no surprise, was polarizing, with the younger generation liking the “Mean Green” color, as Nike called it, and the older generation disliking it. “I know they’re crazy, but 17-year-olds like them,” Tom Izzo said. “And right now, I like 17-year-olds more than 80-year-olds.” Izzo is right. These loud, head-turning designs are all about recruiting, the
Over the past nine years and 99 episodes, “The Journey” has told the story of hundreds of Big Ten athletes as they navigate the twists and turns of football and basketball season. In celebration of the 100th episode, we selected 10 of the most successful athletes ever to appear on “The Journey” as our “Journey All-Stars.” The show airs Sunday at 9:30 p.m. ET. We’re posting Part One here and Part Two is here. Remember to find re-air times on our TV schedule page. Also, every episode of “The Journey” – this season and past – is available on BTN2Go,
It’s time to take the temperature of the Big Ten’s NCAA hopes with a weekly check of the mock brackets from Jerry Palm of CBSSports.com and Joe Lunardi of ESPN. [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Power Rankings | Player Rankings | Ranking this week’s games | Best of week ahead | Scoreboard | Standings | Stats | Polls | Win a trip for two to the Big Ten tourney ] The Big Ten continues to look like a six-bid league. In fact, no other Big Ten teams are on the bubble, according to either bracket expert. The big news: Iowa
Tom Izzo now stands tied with Gene Keady on the all-time Big Ten wins list with 512. This is perfect. Has there ever been two coaches more alike? Rough, tough, defensive-minded. … The only league coach with more Big Ten wins is Bob Knight with 661. Can Izzo catch The General? Probably not. But, who cares? Izzo is an all-time great. “The only way you accomplish things like that is two things, you’ve got to have an administration that keeps you around, and you’ve got to have good players that have played for you, and I think I’ve got both,”
(AP) Ohio State coach Thad Matta pushed a couple of buttons to help the Buckeyes beat Penn State 66-46 on Monday night and snap a two-game losing streak. The first came two days before the game, when he sat down Keita Bates-Diop to talk about a scoreless performance against Purdue his last time out. “I told him ‘I need you to be more aggressive,'” Matta said. The sophomore forward took the message to heart and responded with a game-high 22 points against the Nittany Lions. “When he said that, I didn’t want to let him down, come out and do
Every week, we put out my Power Rankings, presented by ArcelorMittal, and it often brings forth a variety of emotions from Big Ten fan bases. Some think their team is too high, some think their team is too low, and the rest just seem to think I’m clueless. Truth is, you all may be right to some extent. [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Power Rankings | Player Rankings | Bracketology | Ranking this week’s games | Best of week ahead | Scoreboard | Standings | Stats | Polls | Win a trip for two to the Big Ten tourney ]
The matchup is set, and it will be the Carolina Panthers and the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl 50. [ MORE: See how Big Ten names fared in AFC, NFC title games ] A total of 16 former Big Ten stars are on Super Bowl 50 active rosters, not including former Maryland TE Vernon Davis, who played for the Terrapins before they entered the Big Ten. Here are some more Big Ten-centric Super Bowl 50 stats: Of the two competitors, Denver has the most ex-Big Ten players (9). Ten Big Ten schools have at least one player in the Super
Who gets your vote for the best player in Indiana basketball history? We came up with a list of 12 Hoosier greats, and now it’s your job to rank them! Read each player’s bio below, then scroll down and rank them, 1-12. The results of this fan survey will be announced on TV’s “BTN Live” in February. We’re rolling out a survey per school throughout the coming weeks. Steve Alford 1983-87: Two-time Consensus First-Team All-American in 1986 and 1987. Two-time Big Ten Player of the Year in 1986 and 1987. Earned first team All-Big Ten honors three times. Alford was a
There’s not much change atop my latest Big Ten Player Rankings, other than Denzel Valentine and Melo Trimble flipping spots at No. 2 and No. 3. [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Power Rankings | Player Rankings | Bracketology | Ranking this week’s games | Best of week ahead | Scoreboard | Standings | Stats | Polls | Win a trip for two to the Big Ten tourney ] That said, there are a couple new names on the list, as Iowa’s Peter Jok makes his season debut and Illinois’ Malcolm Hill returns. Editor’s note: All stats are through Sunday, Jan.
Just how high would Iowa soar in the latest men’s college basketball polls? [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Power Rankings | Player Rankings | Ranking this week’s games | Best of week ahead | Scoreboard | Standings | Stats | Polls | Win a trip for two to the Big Ten tourney ] That was a common question following the Hawkeyes’ victory over Purdue on Sunday afternoon, improving Fran McCaffery’s crew to 7-0 in the Big Ten. The answer is in, and Iowa comes in at No. 3 (AP) and No. 4 (Coaches) in the latest national polls, released Monday.