With the Super Bowl behind us, college basketball now becomes the center of the sports universe. And the Big Ten will get a lot of that attention this week with a collection of nice games headlined by Michigan State’s titanic visit to Ohio State on Saturday in a showdown between the top two teams in the Big Ten. In this week’s Big Ten Whiteboard, I draw up my game of the week, a sleeper matchup, the head-to-head battle between players you need to see, plus a few more items.
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Former Michigan State star linebacker Greg Jones won a ring and handed one out Sunday night in Indianapolis. That’s right, the New York Giants’ rookie proposed to his girlfriend, Mandy Piechowski, as confetti fell from the rafters of Lucas Oil Stadium following Super Bowl XLVI. Evidently, Jones had practice squad tight end Christian Hopkins hold the ring during the game and give it to him after the final play. Piechowski said yes, of course (see pictures of the proposal!). And here’s a picture of the proud groom-to-be, courtesy of teammate Mark Herzlich’s Twitter account.
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Got the “Super Bowl hangover blues” today? Have no fear. Here are some Big Ten links to perk you up after over indulging on the Rotel dip and Yoo-Hoo.
The Big Ten men’s basketball coaches held their weekly Big Ten teleconference Monday with reporters from around the league, and we’ve posted the audio from each phone interview in the post below. BTN.com will post these media sessions each Monday right up to the Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament, and all of our audio can be found in our BTN.com audio archive.
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The Big Ten Conference released its weekly Wrestler of the Week honor Tuesday. The latest award of the season went to Penn State’s Frank Molinaro. See what he did to earn the honor in this post.
On Monday’s Big Ten Pulse, former Michigan State star and two-time Big Ten Player of the Year Mateen Cleaves joined our guys in the studio. The crew interviewed Michigan State senior Draymond Green, fresh off a 14-point, 16-rebound effort against Michigan, and took its first look at the bubble teams. Which current Big Ten bubble team has the best chance to make the tournament? The guys debated it. Also, Pulse-ntages returned, and our crew conidered if Ohio State will lose another Big Ten game, among other topics.
Impact the World is a powerful new original series that shifts the focus from the playing field to the world stage where Big Ten professors and students are making their presence known. Hosted by Dennis Haysbert, this week’s episode will showcase ground-breaking medical developments from Illinois, Iowa and Nebraska. The episode will air at 8 PM ET on Tuesday, Feb. 7, with re-airs at 11 p.m. ET Thursday, Feb. 9; and 11 AM and 5 p.m. ET Sunday, Feb. 12.