Purdue is headed to a bowl for the first time since the 2007 season, and just like that year it will be playing in Detroit. Danny Hope and the Boilermakers take on Western Michigan in the Little Caesars Bowl at 4:30 p.m. ET Dec. 27.
In Big Ten men’s basketball, the Wisconsin Badgers beat Mississippi Valley State 79-45. ordan Taylor sparked the Badgers, as he scored 17 points and knocked down 5-of-9 shot attempts in the win. Jared Berggren had a quality shooting game, nailing 4-of-7 shots from the field and scoring 15 points. All teams are off Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Get caught up on both leagues via the men’s stats and men’s standings as well as the women’s stats and standings.
Illinois announced Friday that senior running back Jason Ford and redshirt freshman wide receiver Jake Kumerow are academically ineligible under NCAA rules and will not participate in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl.
Purdue announced that coach Danny Hope has been given a two-year contract extension, pushing his deal through Dec. 31, 2016. Hope’s deal had three years remaining on it.
Wednesday’s and Thursday’s games marked the end of non-conference play for many Big Ten members. With the holiday break looming, let’s run down who has been naughty and nice.
On January 10, BTN will debut a powerful new original series called Impact the World, which shifts the focus from the playing field to the world stage, where Big Ten professors and students are making their presence known. Impact will take viewers on a journey around the world to illustrate how breakthroughs at all 12 Big Ten universities are improving lives. The actor Dennis Haysbert is hosting the series. Watch a promo for the series right here and learn more in this post.