Michigan State has been one of the Big Ten’s top programs in recent years, winning 11 or more games four times in the last five seasons. But the NFL draft doesn’t reflect that success. [ MORE: Check out Tom Dienhart’s Big Ten NFL draft snapshots ] Instead, it reinforces the notion that Mark Dantonio and his staff have few peers when it comes to developing talent to fit their system. The results are prodigious, with bowl wins in each of the last four years, as Dantonio routinely turns three-star recruits into five-star studs. This year’s draft, held April 30-May 2,
With the men’s basketball season in the books, BTN.com asked a writer from every school for his/her team’s player to watch in 2015-16. See all of the writers’ picks inside.
Here is a neat look at Wisconsin’s 17 consecutive NCAA trips. Since 1999, the Badgers have made eight Sweet 16 appearances, four Elite Eight trips, three visits to the Final Four, and one shot at the championship game. Very impressive. No more doubts on if this program has reached the “elite” level. It is there. *** Tom Izzo has had enough of opponents shooting more free throws than his Spartans. The loss to Duke in the national semifinal apparently was the last straw. “I’m going to drive it a little more, and then a little more after that, and then
John Beilein announced Wednesday that junior guard Spike Albrecht has undergone right hip surgery, and the recovery will require four-to-five months of rehabilitation. Albrecht may consider a similar procedure on his left hip later in the offseason. “There is no player tougher than Spike Albrecht,” Beilein said. “He proved that this season playing through injury and continual pain in both hips. He never used it as an excuse and I will always admire him for that. We have some of the world’s best doctors at the University of Michigan and we are confident he will only get better following this
Everyone watching the national final Monday night saw the CBS replay that showed Duke was the last to touch a ball that went out of bounds in the closing minutes. Turns out, the refs didn't see the best angle of the replay and awarded Duke the ball.
Every Big Ten women’s lacrosse team has played two conference games, and two teams remain unbetaten: Maryland and Penn State. That’s a good place to start this week’s “Stick Check.” Don’t forget to check out the BTN TV schedule for lacrosse, as well as the BTN Plus live streaming schedule. Can anyone challenge the Terps? Two games into Big Ten play, and Maryland has yet to play a game decided by fewer than 11 goals. The Terps are the clear dominant force in the league, and, as stated last week, will be unbeaten when the Big Ten Tournament takes place
It’s time to look forward and point toward 2015-16. How will the Big Ten look? Check out BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart's very early predictions inside.
The ink is barely dry on the 2014-15 season. So, that means it’s time to look toward to next season. Yes, the early, early Top 25s for 2015-16 are out, and people are high on the Big Ten.
With the men's basketball season in the books, BTN.com asked a beat writer from every school for his/her team's 2014-15 MVP. See all the beat writers' picks inside.
CBSSports.com is reporting that football conference title games will be deregulated in 2016. And, that’s OK. NCAA rules say a league must have at least 12 schools, and teams must play every other team in their division, if a conference wants to play a title game. The ACC, Big Ten, SEC and Pac 12 all have such a configuration, with two division winners meeting for the title. The Big 12 is the lone “major” league that lacks a conference title game, as it has only 10 schools. Now, the Big 12 and ACC want to change the rules—for different reasons,