Former Michigan State standout Le’Veon Bell, who is set to enter his third NFL season, has already developed into one of the top running backs in the league. The 23-year-old running back rushed for 1,361 yards last season, which ranked second in the NFL, to go along with 83 receptions for 854 yards and three more scores. Bell was named a first-team All-Pro and was selected to his first NFL Pro Bowl this past season. However, NFL Draft Analyst Mel Kiper Jr. did not give Bell great reviews coming out of Michigan State, and Bell went off on the analyst
We have a tripleheader of Big Ten hoops tonight: Ohio State at Penn State (6 ET), Purdue at Michigan State (8) and Nebraska at Illinois (10).
The debate lasted most of the 2014 season, and it doesn’t appear to be slowing down as the 2015 NFL Draft approaches. Along the way, though, the debate has gone from arguing the Big Ten’s best running back to the NFL’s top running back prospect. Is it Melvin Gordon, the Big Ten Running Back of the Year and 2014 Heisman Trophy finalist? Is it Ameer Abdullah, the all-time all-purpose yards leader at Nebraska and NFL Combine star? Is it Tevin Coleman, the star out of Indiana? Or, is it former Georgia star Todd Gurley? It’s Coleman, according to former Chicago
Hard to believe we only have a few more days of the Big Ten regular season. Next week, at this time, we’ll be getting ready for the opening games of the Big Ten tournament. There’s plenty of games to be played before that time, though. In this week’s Three Takes, I spotlight Aaron White’s terrific play, consider possible All-Big Ten teams and state the case for why teams should foul when leading by three points in the final seconds. See my latest Three Takes below. 1. Aaron’s “White Hot” Hawkeyes It was a tormenting bus ride from Chicago back to
No position garners attention like quarterback. And, it’s an unsettled position at several Big Ten schools, as spring drills have begun to open. Here is what we know: Penn State (Christian Hackenberg), Minnesota (Mitch Leidner), Iowa (C.J. Beathard), Illinois (Wes Lunt), Nebraska (Tommy Armstrong), Michigan State (Connor Cook), Maryland (Caleb Rowe) and Indiana (Nate Sudfeld) all appear to have a good grasp on who will be their starter in 2015, eliminating much drama in spring drills. But the quarterback situation on some other campuses isn’t as clear. Here’s a look at the “Six Spring Quarterbacking Hot Spots” in Big Ten
On Tuesday night’s “BTN Live,” Glen Mason shared who he thought each Big Ten football team would miss the most in 2015. Watch the full feature in the video above, and see his answers in the text below. ILLINOIS: Reilly O’Toole, QB “You look at Reilly O’Toole, how he hung in there, how he persevered, how he competed, and the victory against Penn State, the victory against Northwestern that enabled them to go to a bowl game, I think that next year Coach Beckman will say, ‘You know, I wish Reilly O’Toole was still around here.'” INDIANA: Tevin Coleman, RB
I have sifted through my Big Ten Mailbag to answer your questions. Postseason basketball is on your collective mind. See my answers to your questions inside.
In this week’s “5 Things I Know” with BTN women’s basketball analyst Stephanie White, we look back at the conference awards and ahead to the Big Ten and NCAA tourneys. And with Maryland rolling through the regular season, White spotlights three teams that could give the Terrapins a run for the tourney title. 1. Special thanks to the other Players of the Year I’d like to send a special thanks to all of the media relations’ folks and the teams behind the teams that have helped make this season so successful. You all get the game-winning assist for helping us day
Northwestern and Rutgers honored their men’s basketball seniors on Tuesday night with pregame ceremonies. BTN carried both events live on BTN2Go – find more upcoming Senior Nights live stream plans here. Watch highlights of the Northwestern ceremony above, and find the Rutgers ceremony below. After Northwestern’s ceremony, Tre Demps hit tying 3-pointers at the end of regulation and the first OT, Alex Olah scored 25 and Northwestern beat Michigan 82-78 in double overtime. Rutgers went on to lose as No. 10 Maryland won its sixth straight game, a much-harder than expected 60-50 victory over the Scarlet Knights on Tuesday night.
In Thursday's collection of links from around the Big Ten, we spotlight an interesting look at the expected breakout players in spring football. Also, what does Iowa's hoops win over Indiana mean (video highlights included)? And here's an odd tale about an accidental text message sent to a football recruit. Dive in for more.