The Big Ten season is coming to a close—and the journey hasn’t followed the preseason script in many respects. That’s not unusual. There always are surprises—good and bad. Wisconsin began the season as the league favorite. And the Badgers have delivered. But there have been some twists and turns among others teams along this junket to the Big Ten tourney, which starts next week in Chicago. I asked five Big Ten writers who they think has been the biggest surprise team and the biggest disappointing team. Pete DiPrimio, Fort Wayne News-Sentinel: Surprise: Purdue and its rise from last place last
Day 2 of the 2015 Big Ten Women's Basketball Tournament is in the books. Fans were treated to four games on Thursday, highlighted by Minnesota's 82-78 victory over Purdue in the nightcap.
Lots of great stuff in Thursday's Big Ten links, including a look at what Wednesday's men's basketball results men for the tournament bid picture. Also, why is Jim Tressel talking about Jim Harbaugh and Michigan? And if you didn't see this crazy shot from last night's Ohio State-Purdue game, watch it. We're still amazed.
The 2015 Big Ten Wrestling Championships are held this Saturday and Sunday at Ohio State, and BTN’s Kara Lentz talked to BTN wrestling analyst Shane Sparks for a quick preview of each weight class. Watch their overall team preview in the video above, then dive into a preview of every class from 125 pound up through the heavyweights. BTN is offering live coverage of the 2015 Big Ten Wrestling Championships from Columbus this Saturday and Sunday. Learn how to watch all of the action on TV and online over here. You an also find live scoring and updates at OhioStateBuckeyes.com.
Inspired by their experiences in college and elsewhere, these Pathfinders are passing by the typical, well-trod career paths and blazing their own trails. We’ll explore the unconventional approaches these Big Ten alums are taking to work. The Ojibwe tribe — the fourth-largest among the remaining Native American nations in the United States — has more than 200,000 members that reside throughout the Midwest. But only a small portion of its elders can actually speak the language of the tribe. At the University of Minnesota, assistant professor Erik Redix and his colleagues in the American Indian Studies department are on a
Illinois, Michigan State and Penn State honored their men’s basketball seniors on Wednesday night with special ceremonies, the latest in the annual series of Senior Nights. BTN carried all three events live on BTN2Go. Michigan and Purdue honor their seniors Saturday, while Minnesota and Nebraska do the same Sunday. Go to this BTN2Go game schedule page and click on your team’s game before it starts to watch each team’s celebrations. *** ***
The 2015 Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament kicked off with two games on Wednesday. No. 12 Indiana started the night with a 68-63 win over No. 13 Penn State. No. 14 Purdue followed that with an impressive 58-56 victory over No. 11 Wisconsin. Looking for the 2015 Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament bracket? We have that right here. Also, here’s a look at Thursday’s four games, which can be seen on BTN/BTN2Go. Catch up on all of Wednesday’s action here. INDIANA 68, PENN STATE 63: BOX | RECAP Freshman Amanda Cahill scored a season-high 20 points to lead No. 12
Matt Costello brought everyone to its feet Wednesday night at the Breslin Center. Late in the second half vs. Purdue, the junior grabbed an offensive rebound and proceeded to put a pretty spin move on Purdue big man Isaac Haas on his way to hammering home a reverse dunk. It all happened in front of the Michigan State bench, and Costello’s teammates absolutely loved it. As did BTN announcers Gus Johnson and Stephen Bardo. And, of course, the fans. It was a great individual highlight, from the offensive rebound to the spin move to the flush. Check it out in
Big Ten basketball fans were treated to three entertaining men's hoops games on Super Wednesday, highlighted by Michigan State's impressive 72-66 win over Purdue.
Sam Thompson is known for his theatrics off inbound passes, slamming home countless alley-oops following a foul or timeout during his Ohio State career. In Wednesday night’s win at Penn State, the high-flyer scored off another inbound pass, this time as a defender. Really. The Buckeyes were in a full-court press, and Thompson, guarding the inbounder, got his hand on the pass, deflecting it into the air above the basket. Next thing you know, the ball deflects off the backboard and through the net – almost like it was planned. Ever see something like this before, Big Ten fans? So,