Big Ten schools on Thursday announced football games to be televised in primetime by ABC, ESPN or ESPN2 during the 2015 season. Minnesota and Ohio State lead the way with three night games on those networks, while Michigan State boasts a pair of primetime matchups. Michigan, Nebraska, Penn State and Rutgers will each take part in one night contest on those networks. The Big Ten non-conference home schedule will feature two primetime games on ABC, ESPN or ESPN2. Minnesota hosts TCU to kick off the season at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN on Thursday, Sept. 3, and Michigan State faces
Another Big Ten star has announced he will return to school for the 2015-16 college basketball season. Just two days after Michigan’s Caris LeVert made his official announcement to return to school, Indiana’s James Blackmon Jr. announced he will do the same. Blackmon Jr., who was named All-Big Ten honorable mention as a freshman this past season, averaged 15.7 points and 5.3 rebounds for the Hoosiers. His return ensures IU will be one of the top-ranked teams in the Big Ten heading into next season. “I just felt the best situation for me was to come back and play my
Ohio State freshman star D’Angelo Russell is turning pro. No surprise, as Russell is widely projected as a lottery pick. Russell was a sensation in 2014-15, living up to his billing as the top incoming player in the Big Ten en route to earning Freshman All-American and consensus first-team All-Big Ten honors. The 6-5, 180-pound Louisville, Kebntucky, native led all freshmen in the nation in scoring (19.3), entering double-figures in 33 of 35 games. Russell also averaged 5.7 rebounds and 5.0 assists. Russell’s departure creates another hole in an Ohio State roster that already must replace guard Shannon Scott, forward
The nation is abuzz over Jim Harbaugh’s arrival at Michigan. And Ohio State is coming off a national title behind Urban Meyer, while Michigan State has emerged as an elite program under Mark Dantonio. But keep an eye on Penn State and James Franklin in the uber-tough Big Ten East.
The final week of the regular season is here. So much is on the line this weekend, as five of the six teams in the Big Ten Lacrosse Conference are still alive for the tournament. I’ll bring you up to speed on each team in this post. Plus, you can watch our six team-by-team video reports detailing each squad. Johns Hopkins (6-6, 3-1 Big Ten) Too many times this season the Blue Jays have played in dramatic games. Hopkins has surrendered more leads than the Homewood faithful would care to see. Not this time. Playing before a sun-splashed Homecoming crowd
The trend in recent years has been for NFL teams to avoid drafting running backs in the first round. The first back didn’t come off the board in 2014 until the 54th pick. The Big Ten hasn’t been immune to that trend. [ MORE: View all of our NFL draft coverage ] In the last 10 drafts, since 2005, the Big Ten has had just three running backs taken in the first round: Minnesota’s Laurence Maroney (2006), Illinois’ Rashard Mendenhall (2008) and Ohio State’s Beanie Wells (2009). And five drafts have passed since Wells was the last Big Ten back
In Thursday's Big Ten links, Tom Dienhart looks at the simmering controversy around Big Ten football teams setting up camp in SEC country. Also, what did Jim Harbaugh say this time? And how is Michigan State football giving Western Michigan football a boost? Get the answers to these questions and more in this post.
Students at Big Ten universities aren’t waiting until they get out into the “real world” to make a difference. Find out how they’re working together to create positive, meaningful change in this BTN LiveBIG series: the Student Section. Anything that’s described as being the “world’s greatest” can be viewed with skepticism. Still, it’s hard to argue with Indiana University’s claim that the Little 500, taking place this weekend in Bloomington, is “The World’s Greatest College Weekend.” So what makes this 200-lap, 50-mile relay bike race so special? Well, it brings out tens of thousands of spectators and hundreds of participants,
Big Ten fans have seen a number of outstanding plays on the diamond this season. On Wednesday, it was Cody Strong’s turn to join the fun. [ MORE: Check out other #BTNStandout plays ] With Purdue holding onto a 6-0 lead and one out in the ninth inning, Strong tracked down a fly ball to shallow right field and made an outstanding over-the-shoulder catch to help preserve the shutout. Check out the highlight in the video above. Can you say, “Web Gem!”
Ohio State freshman D’Angelo Russell, along with OSU head coach Thad Matta, will be available to the media at 3 p.m. Thursday at the Buckeyes’ practice gym to discuss Russell’s future plans for the 2015-16 season. [ MORE: Four Big Ten stars in SI.com’s first round NBA Mock Draft ] The 6-5, 180-pound point guard led all freshmen in the nation in scoring this season (19.3), while also averaging 5.7 rebounds and 5.0 assists. He was named a unanimous Freshman All-American and a first-team All-Big Ten member, leading the Buckeyes to a 24-11 mark. Earlier Wednesday evening, ESPN.com’s Paul Biancardi