Minnesota kicks off spring practice Thursday. As part of our daily spring “Football Fix” feature, I caught up with MarQueis Gray, the Golden Gophers quarterback who is trying to build on a breakout 2011 season and lead Minnesota to a bowl. Gray started 10 games last season after splitting time between quarterback and receiver earlier in his career. The focus on quarterback benefited Gray, who hit 108-of-203 passes (50.7 percent) for 1,495 yards with eight touchdowns and eight interceptions. Read the Q&A in this post.
Tuesday night on Big Ten Football Report, Rick Pizzo, Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith looked in on Michigan State’s pro day, discussed the difficulty of putting together a good non-conference schedule and broke down the conference’s wide receivers. Also, Griffith sat down with Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson. Watch the full interview now.
Find out more about: Denard Robinson
Four Big Ten teams are in the Sweet 16, which tips Thursday. Three of the teams — Michigan State, Ohio State and Wisconsin — play Thursday, while Indiana is in action Friday. The times and opponents are known, but what about the announcing teams for the games? Those have been announced, too, and you can find them in this post. Oh, and here’s the interactive NCAA bracket.
Find out more about: NCAA Men
With spring practice underway, BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart is scouring the web for the best Big Ten football headlines. Tuesday’s links include a story about Devin Gardner’s possible expanded role, Nebraska’s desire to extend its recruiting footprint south and an update on Penn State’s quarterback battle, among other things. Get all the links, plus Dienhart’s take, in this post.
It’s been a while since Indiana made it to the Sweet 16. The year was 2002, to be exact, and the Hoosiers advanced all the way to the national title game, where they lost to Maryland. Considering that, plus the program’s recent struggles, it comes as no surprise that Indiana was in the celebrating mood following its exciting comeback victory over VCU on Saturday night (recap). Watch the Hoosiers celebrate their long-awaited Sweet 16 berth in this post.
Twitter is to go to get instant reaction from big events, so it’s always fun to take a spin around the Twitterverse during March Madness to see what some notable names are tweeting. For instance, Drew Brees still keeps an eye on his Boilermakers. Check out a handful of selected tweets below, and find a big list of Big Ten athletes on the Twitter page for BTN.com Brent Yarina. He’s @BTNBrentYarina and the full list is right here. All of BTN’s Twitter accounts are listed on our BTN social media page.
Find out more about: Big Ten Tweets
Rodney Williams scored 21 points to lead Minnesota to a 78-60 victory over Miami in a second round NIT game Monday night. The Gophers never trailed after starting the game on a 12-0 run. Williams scored 16 in the first half. Minnesota (21-14) advances to the quarterfinals at Middle Tennessee on Wednesday night. The Blue Raiders efeated Tennessee earlier Monday. Read the full AP recap, see the box score and get Tom Dienhart’s analysis in this post.