The Big 12 got its wish, as the NCAA voted to deregulate rules surrounding league championship games. The league can hold a league title game as soon as next season under its current 10-team, one-division configuration. Rules were in place that required conferences to have at least 12 teams and two divisions in order to have a league championship game. But the NCAA vote means that as long as the Big 12 continues to play a round-robin schedule, it can hold a title game. For the record: The vote by the NCAA Division I Council passed 7-2. The Atlantic Coast
There are some more coaching changes around the Big Ten, but Indiana's Kevin Wilson isn't one of them after landing a new contract. Can James Franklin and Penn State win more than seven games next year? And with football signing day coming up, One writer takes an interesting look at how this season’s final Top 25 actually fared in recruiting the past five years. These stories and more in today's Big Ten news digest.
During football and basketball games, BTN LiveBIG will spotlight notable examples of research, innovation and community service from around the conference. In-Game stories will provide more background on these features, and the opportunity to view the videos again. Did you know time travel is possible at the University of Iowa? No, the school doesn’t have something that could have come out of an H.G. Wells novel, a device with the ability to send human beings back to a specific year long before the present. But Iowa’s Center for the Book offers sensory experiences that can transport people to an age
JaQuan Lyle had himself a night on Wednesday. The Ohio State standout freshman had 16 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists in Ohio State’s commanding 94-68 victory over Rutgers. Lyle’s triple-double was the first of his young career, and just the fifth in Ohio State basketball history. It was the second ever triple-double for the Buckeyes in Big Ten play, with the first coming last year from D’Angelo Russell against Rutgers as well. Other Buckeyes to record triple-doubles include Evan Turner (2), Dennis Hopson and Russell. Well done, Mr. Lyle. JaQuan Lyle after triple double vs Rutgers. Ohio State wins
It's Rutgers vs. Ohio State (6:30 p.m. ET) ahead of Penn State at Purdue (8;3) p.m. ET) on BTN's latest #SuperWednesday. So we're asking fans to rank these Penn State greats in our latest Mt. Rushmore poll.
Super Wednesday featured two Big Ten men's basketball games on BTN.
Northwestern has never made the NCAA tourney. How many times have you heard that factoid? It is one of the longest and most notorious droughts in sports. And, it just may end this year. If it does, you can thank Wildcat guard Bryant McIntosh. [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Power Rankings | Player Rankings | Game Rankings | Bracketology | The week ahead | Polls | Standings | Stats | Scores ] The 6-3, 185-pound sophomore is a catalyst who paces the team with a 16.1 scoring average. He also is tops in assists, with 7.1 per games for NU,
Who gets your vote for the best player in Ohio State basketball history? We came up with a list of 13 Buckeye greats, and now it’s your job to rank them! Also, tune into BTN tonight to watch the Buckeyes take on Rutgers at 6:30 p.m. ET. Watch on BTN2Go. Read each player’s bio below, then scroll down and rank them, 1-13. The results of this fan survey will be announced on TV’s “BTN Live” in February. Read each player’s bio below, then below that rank them No. 1 through 12 via our SurveyMonkey poll. You can only submit your list
Is your team breaking in a new starting quarterback next season? [ MORE: 2015-16 bowl results | View final 2015 polls | Way-too-early 2016 polls ] Don’t worry, it’s not all gloom and doom. In fact, there’s this amazing stat: Six of the last seven national championship teams have had a first-year starter under center. The streak started in 2009, when Greg McElroy helped lead Alabama to the title, and it’s happened every season since except for 2012, when A.J. McCarron and Alabama won its second consecutive crown. For what it’s worth, Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State, Penn State and Wisconsin
The Michigan State machine rolls on. The 2015 season marked the fifth time in the last six years that the Spartans won double-digit games to go along with three Big Ten championships. And the program has played in major bowls each of the last three seasons, reaching the playoffs for the first time last season. [ MORE: Get all of Tom Dienhart’s players to replace posts ] Mark Dantonio has a strong foundation laid. Players come and go, but the Spartans always play well. That’s a credit to a strong coaching staff that has been marked by stability. Still, replicating