I took my usual spin around the Internet this morning and found my five conversation starters for Thursday. Click inside for a look at those stories, my take on each, and more links to the Big ten stories you need to read today.
The first day of the 2012 Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament featured four games on BTN/BTN2Go as Michigan beat Illinois, Nebraska handled Northwestern, Minnesota beat Wisconsin, and Michigan State eliminated Indiana. Get caught up on all of Thursday’s action on the interactive bracket or the scoreboard and get video highlights, interviews and recaps in this post.
Wednesday was Senior Night at Mackey Arena, and that meant it was Purdue fans’ final chance to say goodbye to Robbie Hummel, as well as Lewis Jackson and Ryne Smith. As great as Jackson and Smith are, Hummel was the star of the festivities. The forward, of course, came to Purdue along with JaJuan Johnson and E’Twaun Moore, and the trio put Purdue back on the national map. Unfortunately, injuries plagued Hummel throughout his career and kept him off the court for a year and a half. I went to Twitter to ask Purdue fans for their favorite Hummel moment or memory. See the responses in this post.
Throughout the 2011-12 Big Ten men’s basketball season, we’re spotlighting Gus Johnson’s best calls. The popular play-by-play announcer is calling men’s hoops for BTN all winter long, and we’ll clip and post his best calls and archive them here. Feel free to bookmark the page and come back all season right up through the Big Ten tourney. Right now, watch Johnson’s call of the exciting final sequence in Wednesday’s Ohio State-Northwestern game and get all of his calls in this post.
No. 11 Ohio State beat Northwestern in the final seconds (recap) and Purdue dropped Penn State (recap) in our Super Wednesday doubleheader, presented by Buffalo Wild Wings. In other action, Iowa took down Nebraska (recap). Catch up on all three games on our BTN.com scoreboard and get immediate halftime and final recaps in this post.
In early February, people gobbled up our post that spotlighted a designer’s renderings of fake Big Ten helmets. The designer, Charles Sollars, also does uniforms, and he just released a bunch of Michigan designs. I know what you’re thinking: “Why would Michigan ever change uniforms?” It isn’t, and it probably won’t any time soon. These are all for fun and to spark some conversation. See renderings of Sollars’ Michigan uniforms in this post.
Big Ten football is almost back. Spring practices are set to begin with Northwestern kicking off on March 3 and most sessions culminate with a spring game of sorts. Three schools have new head coaches (Illinois, Ohio State, and Penn State) and the usual roster turnover hits every squad, too. In anticipation of these practices, I took a quick look at three primary areas of development for each school. And here’s the list of spring dates I posted a while back.