BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart spent the season covering Big Ten football, and now it’s time for his team-by-team season recaps. Every day, Dienhart will post a recap for each Big Ten school, in alphabetical order. Up next: Michigan State. Watch our championship game video feature on the Spartans’ “Rocket” play now and read Dienhart’s season recap in this post. And look back at recaps for Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, and Michigan here, then get ready for Minnesota coming up.
Illinois advanced to the school’s first NCAA volleyball championship match with a win over USC in five sets (25-27, 25-18, 25-22, 18-25, 15-10). Illinois will face UCLA for the title on Saturday at 8:30 p.m. ET live on ESPN2. Relive an entire live blog at FightingIllini.com, check out their photo gallery, and find the entire updated interactive tournament bracket at NCAA.com. NCAA.com also has video highlights. You can also follow the Illinois volleyball team’s Twitter account @IlliniVball. Earlier, UCLA advanced to its first national championship match since 1994 with a sweep of Florida State in the other semifinal (25-16, 25-17, 25-21).
BTN lead basketball analyst Jim Jackson needs no introduction. The former Ohio State star and two-time Big Ten Player of the Year has his number retired in the Value City Arena rafters, after all. He also had a long and successful NBA career. Oh, and he has a son, Traevon, who is a freshman basketball player at Wisconsin. Prior to Wisconsin’s game Wednesday night against Savannah State, Jim went one-on-one with his son at the Kohl Center. Watch the feature now.
BTN analyst Jim Jackson talked one-on-one with his son Traevon who is a freshman on the Wisconsin basketball team as the elder Jackson was in Madison calling Thursday night’s game. No. 15 Wisconsin used stingy defense to defeat Savannah State 66-33 while in the other game Northwestern topped Texas Southern 81-51, thanks in part to hitting 13-of-30 threes for a 43 percent night. Jump inside for recaps, stats and video highlights.
Purdue athletic director Morgan Burke said on Wednesday that he will talk about extending Danny Hope’s contract after the season. Hope has three years left on his deal, which calls for a review by Dec. 31.
You have questions, I have answers in my weekly mailbag. It seems many of you are obsessing about new Ohio State coach Urban Meyer. I answer questions about the new Buckeye boss and others, including a look into Iowa’s prospects of someday getting back to the Rose Bowl.