Who is the Big Ten’s best football player as we prepare for next month’s spring games? It’s Ohio State stud defensive end Joey Bosa, according to Athlon’s pre-spring player rankings. Bosa, the 2014 Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, beat out Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook for the top spot. The publication ranked Bosa No. 1 because “he should be one of college football’s top defenders in 2015.” Indeed. Bosa was dominant in 2014, recording 55 tackles, 21 tackles for loss, a Big Ten-leading 13.5 sacks and four forced fumbles, and he should only get better in 2015. Ohio
A season after a memorable Final Four run, Wisconsin is a No. 1 seed for the first time in program history. Like last season, the Badgers are in the West Region, and they could meet a couple of the same foes (Oregon and Arizona) on their way to another Final Four. Get my Wisconsin NCAA tourney capsule below. No. 1 WISCONSIN vs. No. 16 Coastal Carolina, Friday, Omaha, Neb. Bo Ryan NCAA record: 20-13. Made Final Four in 2014 Last tourney appearance: 2014, lost to Kentucky in Final Four Best-case scenario: National championship. The Badgers already have a program record-tying
It was an incredible Big Ten debut for Maryland,which finished second en route to punching its first NCAA tournament berth since 2010. The Terrapins, the No. 4 seed in the Midwest, open the tourney Thursday vs. No. 13 Valparaiso, one of five Indiana teams in the region. Get my Maryland NCAA capsule below. NO. 4 MARYLAND VS. No. 13 Valparaiso, Thursday, Louisville Mark Turgeon NCAA record: 5-5. Last tourney appearance: 2010, lost to Michigan State in second round Best-case scenario: Sweet 16. Enough with the belly-aching about the No. 4 seed. Yes, Maryland was jobbed and deserved a No. 3
Friday brings a renewal to the rivalry between the Wisconsin and Minnesota women’s hockey teams as the Badgers (29-6-4) meet Minnesota (32-3-4) in the semifinals of the 2015 NCAA Frozen Four. The game is in Minneapolis at 5 p.m. Last week the Gophers advanced with a 6-2 win over RIT while the Badgers dominated Boston University 5-1. Find video highlights in this post. This is the second straight season the Badgers and Gophers meet in the Frozen Four; Minnesota beat Wisconsin 5-3 last year. This season Minnesota went 3-0-1 against Wisconsin. The winner advances to Sunday and plays the winner of Harvard-Boston College. Here’s
Michigan State is back in the NCAA tournament for the 18th straight season, tying the Big Ten record (Indiana, 1986-2003). Tom Izzo and the Spartans, the No. 7 seed in the East, draw No. 10 Georgia in their opening game Friday. Get my Michigan State NCAA tourney capsule below. NO. 7 MICHIGAN STATE vs. No. 10 Georgia, Friday, Charlotte Tom Izzo NCAA record: 42-16. Won national title in 2000; reached Final Four in 1999, 2000, 2001, 2005, 2009, 2010 Last tourney appearance: 2014, lost to eventual national champ UConn in regional final Best-case scenario: Final Four. The Spartans arrive on
BTN is going dancing with the seven Big Ten teams headed to the 2015 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament by providing highlights and analysis on nightly airings of BTN Basketball & Beyond.
This week's cover: @BadgerMBB's Frank the Tank http://t.co/qt6HgDaeTj pic.twitter.com/avdIYDgiqx — Sports Illustrated (@SInow) March 17, 2015 Add Sports Illustrated cover boy to Wisconsin star Frank Kaminsky’s growing list of recent accolades. [ MORE: Read our Frank Kaminksy feature ] Kaminsky, the Big Ten Player of the Year and Big Ten Tournament Most Outstanding Player, is featured on the cover of this week’s March Madness-centric edition. The photo features Kaminksy, standing in snow, with a tank behind him, a play on his “Frank the Tank” nickname. Wisconsin, the Big Ten regular season and postseason champ, earned its first No. 1 seed
For the first time since 2005-06, Iowa has made the NCAA tournament in consecutive seasons. The Hawkeyes, the No. 7 seed in the South Region, open the tournament Friday vs. No. 10 Davidson. Get my Iowa NCAA tourney capsule below. NO. 7 IOWA vs. No. 10 Davidson, Friday, Seattle Fran McCaffery NCAA record: 2-6. Last tourney appearance: 2014, lost to Tennessee in opening round Best-case scenario: One-and-done. Iowa arrived in Chicago for the Big Ten tourney as one of the hottest teams in the conference, winners of six in a row. Alas, the Hawkeyes stumbled, losing their opening matchup to
Michigan State is a trendy pick in the NCAA bracket, as Tom Izzo has his team peaking at the right time. Mlive.com has 18 tidbits from the Spartans’ run of 18 consecutive trips to the Big Dance. *** It’s fun to look ahead on the NCAA bracket and anticipate possible matchups. And Iowa has a good potential game down the pike. How about playing Iowa State in the Sweet 16? Yes, please. *** One of the opening games I’m most looking forward to watching is No. 7 Wichita State vs. No. 10 Indiana. Great matchup and clash of styles, as
Former Wisconsin linebacker and 2013 Big Ten DPOY Chris Borland announced Monday that he is retiring from the NFL over concerns about head trauma. See tweets about his decision inside.