How great were Big Ten defensive linemen during the 2000s? Consider this: Eight of the 10 players on “The Big Ten’s Best: Defensive Linemen of the 2000s,” which debuted Tuesday night on BTN, were first-round NFL picks. The other two guys, for what it’s worth, also were drafted. Yes, NFL teams often draft on potential or impressive NFL Combine performances, but all of these defensive linemen, including Nebraska’s Ndamukong Suh, were flat-out college stars.
In the latest webisode of “BTN Soccer Report,” host Kara Lentz and Chicago Fire Goalkeeping Coach Aron Hyde recap the opening weekend of women’s conference action, including Nebraska’s decisive victory over Northwestern in the school’s first Big Ten event. Aron gives his thoughts on what stood out the most and gets you ready for the latest action on the pitch. Watch the webisode now and check back next week for a fresh new show that focuses on everything Big Ten soccer.
As if the competition of the Big Ten wasn’t a big enough adjustment, the Nebraska volleyball team also must adapt to a new schedule in its first season in the Big Ten. Unlike the Big 12, Nebraska’s previous conference, the Big Ten plays its weekend conference games on back-to-back nights, Friday and Saturday. It’s something that will take some getting used to. No. 10 Nebraska hosts No. 5 Penn State in the teams’ Big Ten opener at 8 ET Wednesday on BTN. Our Big Ten Women’s Sports Report discussed the Huskers’ adjustment in this web-only segment.
Week 4 marks the final full week of nonconference football action. That said, our analysts on “The Next Level” tell you what they want to see Saturday before Big Ten play begins. One of our guys has his eye on the Illinois defense, which goes up against Western Michigan and talented quarterback Alex Carder, another wants to see Nebraska star cornerback Alfonzo Dennard’s return from a leg injury, while the final one has his sights set on a former Wildcat in the NFL. Watch the special Web-only segment now.
Seeking their first Big Ten win of the season Minnesota Gophers quarterback Adam Weber connected with wideout Ernie Wheelwright seven times for 116 yards and three touchdowns in Evanston against the Wildcats. Get the full list of this season’s of upcoming Greatest Games right here.
Everywhere Keith Smart goes, it seems, someone wants to talk about “The Shot.” It’s to be expected, though. After all, Smart was the one who hit the memorable baseline jumper in the final seconds of the 1987 national championship game to lift Indiana past Syracuse. Watch Smart’s iconic play here. Since that day, Smart went on to play pro ball, including one season in the NBA, and now has entered the coaching ranks, most recently serving as the Golden State Warriors head coach last season. Watch now as we ask the former Hoosier about his greatest Indiana highlight, excluding the shot, and his best Bob Knight story.
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In a look ahead to this weekend’s football games, the Tuesday afternoon Big Ten Blast brings a few injury updates from Nebraska and Wisconsin. Also, looking for the weekly lineup of our TV broadcasting teams for this Saturday’s football games on BTN? Look no further…
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