Here’s something you probably didn’t know: the college basketball season officially tips off in 99 days. Credit the guys at SBNation.com for alerting us. As a way to celebrate, the site published a fun post Tuesday that offers 99 college hoops thoughts, facts and predictions for the 2012-13 season. And, of course, the Big Ten is represented. See a sampling of some of the best ones in this post.
The countdown of my top 2012 Big Ten football games continues with games 60-79. That’s right, I’m ranking all the Big Ten games this season. Yesterday, I did games 80-96, and I’ll continue to work my way to the top games each of the next three days. Like rankings like this? You need to check out my Rankings archive, where I rank all things Big Ten, including my top 2012 Big Ten units. Also, get all my latest Big Ten football posts right here.
If you don’t know the names yet, familiarize yourself with Yogi Ferrell, Gary Harris, Sam Dekker, Mitch McGary and Adam Woodburry before the college basketball season tips off. The way talent evaluators speak of these Big Ten incoming freshmen — among others in the deep and talented class — the future of the conference is in excellent hands.
Felix Aronovich is a Penn State gymnast competing for Israel in the upcoming Summer Olympics. His journey to make the Olympic team is a long and winding one, and Aronovich explains in his first Big Ten Olympic journal for BTN.com. Read his first entry in this post and find more journals here.
The 2012-13 college bowl schedule was released Tuesday afternoon. There’s a total of 35 bowl games this upcoming season, including eight with Big Ten tie-ins.
It’s hot out there, people. Be careful. Stay inside, and click on these cool Big Ten football links.
Iowa men’s basketball coach Fran McCaffery has signed a seven-year contract, Iowa Director of Athletics Gary Barta announced Tuesday morning. McCaffery, who is 29-37 in two seasons at Iowa, will make a minimum average of $1.66 million annually over the length of the contract, beginning with a base salary of $1.3 million in 2012-13.