When someone tells Amanda Mercer she can’t do something, that’s exactly when she decides she’ll do it, no matter what. Mercer graduated from Michigan State in 1990, but her Spartan spirit is still strong, and it helps her face challenges every day. The most notable example of that spirit was Mercer’s record-breaking swim across the English Channel with five friends on July 27, 2012. They swam the 42 miles across the channel and back in a relay that lasted 18 hours and 55 minutes. That sounds like a long time — and it is, when you’re swimming in cold, choppy
When it comes to picking a team outside of Kentucky to win this year’s NCAA Tournament, Wisconsin has been a popular choice across the nation. [ MORE: View Barack Obama’s full NCAA tourney bracket ] Well, according to the President’s bracket, that’s not the case. As he’s done for each of the past six years, Barack Obama filled out his NCAA Tournament bracket in a recent ESPN special, and selected Kentucky to win it all. Obama has Wisconsin and Maryland as the only Big Ten teams to advance to the Sweet 16, with the Terps losing in the round of
Can you feel it? March Madness is here, and the field of 64 is set to begin on Thursday. A total of seven Big Ten teams are set to partake in this year’s NCAA Tournament, which marks the seventh straight year the Big Ten has had five or more teams in the tournament. Wisconsin received the conference’s automatic bid after winning the Big Ten Tournament, while Indiana, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan State, Ohio State and Purdue received at-large berths in the “Big Dance.” But here’s an interesting question: Is your favorite Big Ten hoops team the same as others in your
If you’re someone who keeps up with today’s technology trends, you are well aware of the use of emojis. The fun-filled faces are often used for text messaging, but that isn’t the only use. The Washington Post recently designed emojis for all 68 NCAA Tournament teams, and it is awesome. Here is a graphic that includes all seven Big Ten teams in this year’s NCAA Tournament: Indiana, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan State, Ohio State, Purdue and Wisconsin. Check it out. What do you think of your Big Ten team’s emoji?
It's that special time of the year... The NCAA Tournament has arrived.
The Greensboro Aquatic Center in Greensboro, N.C., will play host to the 2015 NCAA Women’s Swimming & Diving Championships, which begins Thursday and concludes Saturday. Preliminary sessions begin at 11 a.m. ET each day, with nightly finals slated for 7 p.m. This year’s championships will feature 70 Big Ten student-athletes from 10 different schools. Big Ten institutions have won 30 individual titles, including a conference-leading 10 crowns from Michigan student-athletes. Six Big Ten squads are ranked in the top 25 of the latest national polls. Minnesota appears at No. 14, followed by No. 15 Indiana and No. 17 Michigan. Purdue
In Wednesday's Big Ten links, we look at Illinois' first-round knockout in the NIT. Plus, what's the status of Wisconsin's Traevon Jackson? And did you see this great list of ten top NCAA tourney videos? Get caught up on this morning's Big Ten headlines.
On the season finale of “The Journey: Big Ten Basketball 2015,” debuting Wednesday at 9 p.m. ET, our crew takes you inside the 2015 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament chronicling all the moments from the teams’ arrivals to the final celebration. Watch a bonus scene from this week’s show to get a taste of all that our crew filmed last week. Then join us at Wednesday for the final episode of the 2015 season. Follow “The Journey” on Twitter and go behind the scenes with show producers running @BTNJourney for updates, photos, videos and more. We’re also on Facebook and
In this week's "Stick Check" Big ten men's lacrosse notebook, BTN analyst Mark Dixon looks at Ohio State's big upset win, Michigan's road win, Maryland's dominating defense, and more.
On Tuesday the six Big Ten hockey coaches held a teleconference with reporters from around the country to preview the Big Ten Hockey Tournament being held in Detroit March 19-21. Jump inside to listen to the coaches and get details on how to watch all of the games. Listen to each of the six men’s coaches below. Beginning Thursday and running through Saturday, all games of the 2015 Big Ten Men’s Ice Hockey Tournament air live on BTN TV and BTN2Go from the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan. The postseason honors came out Monday afternoon. Below are the BTN2Go links for