There was a technical foul called late in Illinois’ 59-54 victory at Michigan State that drew plenty of attention. It all happened with Travis Trice attempting the front-end of a 1-and-1 with 33.2 seconds left and Illinois leading 55-53. Trice made the free throw, but Illinois’ Jaylon Tate, the man in charge of boxing out the shooter, was hit with a technical foul after using his backside to box out Trice. It appears Tate hit Trice below the belt, and that’s definitely the way Trice reacted. The technical gave Michigan State two extra free throws and the ball, not to
The rivals are set to play on BTN at 9:40 p.m. ET Saturday night at Soldier Field, home of the NFL's Chicago Bears. Watch the game on BTN/BTN2Go.
Thought of the day – What a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive! – Sir Walter Scott — Coach Harbaugh (@CoachJim4UM) February 7, 2015 Heralded running back prospect Mike Weber, out of Detroit, was torn between Michigan and Ohio State leading up to National Signing Day last Wednesday. Weber picked reigning national champ Ohio State, partly due to his relationship with Ohio State running back coach Stan Drayton. Well, on Thursday, Drayton took a job with the Chicago Bears. Weber didn’t receive the news very well. Just look at this tweet. [ MORE: Brutus trolls Michigan
There were four exciting Big Ten men's basketball games on Saturday. Catch up on all the action inside this post!
Every Big Ten school has produced leaders who have reached the pinnacle of their professions, whether business, government, science and technology, medicine or education. High Profile takes a look at how these alums rose to the top of their field. It’s a pretty big deal when The New York Times singles you out as “not only our most relevant writer, but maybe our best.” Still, Stuart Dybek, Distinguished Writer in Residence at Northwestern University’s Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, is modest about the acclaim. A seasoned writer in multiple mediums, Dybek has been described a “virtuoso” of the short
This week on “The Journey: Big Ten Basketball 2015” we show you what life is like for a young assistant coach when we go behind the scenes with Ohio State’s Greg Paulus. The name is familiar, isn’t it? Hint: He played at Duke. Plus, meet Iowa’s Gabe Olaseni and see his unique path from England to Iowa City. See portions of their stories in the videos in this post. Also this week, learn about the special relationship between Nebraska’s Shavon Shields and his father Will Shields, a former Nebraska football star and newly-minted Pro Football Hall of Famer. We also
Last weekend had m ore heated rivalries as Wisconsin faced Minnesota and Michigan State took on Michigan at Detroit’s Joe Louis Arena. Michigan State managed to snap Michigan’s seven-game win streak last Friday night, and the teams meet again Saturday in the Hockey City Classic at Chicago’s Soldier Field. FRIDAY, JAN. 23 MICHIGAN STATE 2, No. 13 MICHIGAN 1 MINNESOTA 7, WISCONSIN 5 SATURDAY, JAN. 24 PENN STATE 4, No. 14 Vermont, 2 WISCONSIN 4, MINNESOTA, 4 (Badgers won in SO, 3-2) All six Big Ten teams play this weekend: No. 14 MICHIGAN VS MICHIGAN STATE When: Saturday, Feb. 7 at
Who is the Big Ten coach of the year up to this point? There are some good candidates. You can make a case for Purdue’s Matt Painter, Maryland’s Mark Turgeon and Wisconsin’s Bo Ryan, among others. I asked five leading Big Ten writers for their choices. Lee Barfknecht, Omaha World Herald: Bo Ryan. Who else loses his three-year starting point guard and keeps winning? Get off my lawn, Bo says. Mike Miller, Bloomington Herald-Times: Everyone else has been a flavor of the week. The Badgers have more talent than before, but they’re still a reflection of Ryan’s consistency. Matt Charboneau, Detroit News: Bo
This week, Jess Settles takes a look at Wisconsin point guard Bronson Koening, Illinois' trio of sophomores and the Big Ten's top second-year players.
If you can believe it, Duke already has started spring football practice in preparation for the 2015 college football season. The Big Ten won’t break out the pads until March. When it does, the work will begin on replacing some star players. Earlier, I looked at the five biggest shoes to fill for each Big Ten club – read them all here. We all know players come and go each year, which means these departures below make way for a new wave of names to step up and make their mark. So ahead of the Big Ten’s spring football season,