Yesterday, we looked at Big Ten East breakout players, guys who never have started before and range from redshirt freshmen to seniors. Here’s a look at breakout players from the Big Ten West.
Draymond Green is a gregarious personality, an NBA champion and, most recently, a very rich man, this after signing a five-year deal worth $85 million. [ MORE: Draymond Green helps lead Golden State to NBA title ] With all of his fame, Green is no stranger to hearing from internet trolls; in fact, he’s responded to several Twitter trolls in recent days, often correcting their grammar and providing quick quips. See them at @Money23Green. The former Michigan State star and 2012 Big Ten Player of the Year had the perfect response Wednesday to someone saying, “No one likes you.” Read
As of Wednesday, we’re 56 days from Michigan (at Utah) and Minnesota (vs. TCU) kicking off the 2015 college football season. Now that we’ve reached the under-two-month mark, Athlon Sports has released its preseason bowl projections. The publication likes the Big Ten, too, putting all but three of the conference’s teams in the postseason, including reigning national champ Ohio State in the second annual College Football National Championship Game. See Athlon’s full Big Ten breakdown below: Cotton/College Football National Championship: Ohio State vs. Alabama Rose: Michigan State vs. USC Citrus: Wisconsin vs. Tennessee Outback: Nebraska vs. Arkansas Holiday: Penn State
We recently looked at the best- and worst-case scenarios for the Big Ten East. Here’s a look at the Big Ten West. [ MORE: Get all of Tom Dienhart’s preseason Big Ten coverage ] ILLINOIS Best case: The arrival of co-defensive coordinator/d-line coach Mike Phair has the desired impact for a moribund defense that too often under Tim Beckman is equal parts punching bag/piñata. This defense finally has honest-to-goodness teeth. QB Wes Lunt stays healthy and puts it all together for an offense with underrated wideouts and the best line yet under Beckman. Say “hello” to the Pinstripe Bowl. Worst
The Big Ten Conference announced on Wednesday that 781 students competing in intercollegiate athletics have earned the Big Ten Distinguished Scholar Award. The list includes students from every institution and 38 different sports who have recorded a minimum grade-point average (GPA) of 3.7 or higher for the previous academic year. [ MORE: View the full list of distinguished scholars (PDF) ] The 2014-15 class of Distinguished Scholar Award recipients includes 119 students who maintained a perfect 4.0 GPA during the previous academic term. This group of honorees is pursuing diverse fields of study with a list of majors that include
At 8 p.m. ET tonight on BTN/BTN2Go, we’re airing Michigan’s unforgettable 87-85 victory over Kansas in the Sweet 16 of the 2013 NCAA Tournament. This game will be remembered for Trey Burke’s incredible game-tying 3-pointer in the final seconds of regulation, which allowed Michigan to best top-seeded Kansas in overtime. Burke scored all of his 23 points after the first half, while Mitch McGary added a game-high 25 points and 15 rebounds in the victory. The win marked the first time Michigan had advanced past the Sweet 16 since the Fab Five era. Here is a breakdown of the game.
Remember how Cardale Jones performed vs. Alabama in the Sugar Bowl? Impressive. Turns out, the Tide didn’t respect Jones. “Looking back, when we had exit interviews with our players where you look in hindsight, I asked every kid, Landon Collins, Nick Perry, Jarrick Williams, the really smart (players) on our team, ‘Where did we go wrong? What did we do wrong?’ All three of them said ‘We did not respect the quarterback.’ Our job as coaches was to make them respect the quarterback,” Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart told 680 The Fan. Let that be a lesson to you, kids.
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Every school needs them. They are breakout players. They may come out of nowhere to become key contributors this fall. Or, expectations may be big for these “breakout” players.
Ohio State had a banner 2014-15 season, no doubt about it. In fact, the Buckeyes won five of the Big Ten’s single-season record 10 national titles, it all beginning with the football team’s memorable run to its first national crown since 2002. Wrestling, pistol, synchronized swimming and rowing followed suit, the latter becoming the first to three-peat in the sport’s history. The Buckeyes had some success on the hardwood, too, as the men made their seventh consecutive NCAA tourney and D’Angelo Russell was the No. 2 pick in the 2015 NBA Draft, and the women bounced back to make the