Who has the best shot to get to the title game: Wisconsin or Michigan State? How do you defend Duke big man Jalil Okafor? Thoughts on Iowa QB Jake Rudock going to Michigan? BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart takes on those reader questions and more in this week's mailbag. Read on.
In Thursday's Big Ten links, we take a look at a number of basketball and football stories. Wisconsin looks loose headed into the Final Four. Michigan State shares some things in common with last year's NCAA champs. Maryland's Melo Trimble is staying at Maryland. Christian Hackenberg is refocusing at Penn State. Read all that and more in this post.
San Diego is thousands of miles from State College in a geographic — and possibly cultural — sense. Still, the California city will be the site of Penn State University’s (PSU) newest classroom next fall. What’s the connection between the campus in the shadow of Mount Nittany and “America’s Finest City?” Craig Weidemann, Penn State’s vice president for outreach and vice provost for online education, explains. “We have a long history of educating members of the armed forces, and they were really interested in working with us to provide another learning institution,” he said. “San Diego was the natural choice;
He hasn’t given many one-on-one interviews since officially being named the head football coach at the University of Michigan, but BTN College Football Analyst Gerry DiNardo sat down with Jim Harbaugh to talk to him about a variety of topics in an interview on “BTN Live.” (Follow “BTN Live” on Twitter and Facebook.) Michigan’s spring football game airs live on BTN and BTN2Go this Saturday at noon ET. Here’s the link to watch the event live online. In the interview, DiNardo asked Harbaugh about coaching mentors, rivalries and Madonna, in addition to several other topics. Check out the full interview
Who’s ready for some football? Michigan’s annual spring football game will take place on Saturday at Noon ET and can be seen on BTN/BTN2Go. [ MORE: Watch Michigan’s spring game at noon ET Saturday on BTN2Go ] The Maize and Blue team rosters were released today, with defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin coaching the maize team, while offensive coordinator Tim Drevno will coach the blue team. The game will feature four 10-minute quarters, with a two-minute break between quarters and a five-minute halftime break. Here is a look at the rosters. BLUE TEAM 2 Blake Countess DB 3 Bo Dever WR
The Final Four is just three days away, and two teams from the Big Ten will be represented for the first time since 2005, when Illinois and Michigan State advanced to the national semis.
Frank Kaminsky needs no introduction. The Big Ten Player of the Year has a game that makes people take notice. Here's a fun look at how Kaminsky became a star.
The NFL draft has not been kind to Maryland of late, as the Terps have had a total of only two players drafted in the last three years; six players in the last five drafts. [ MORE: Check out Tom Dienhart’s Big Ten NFL draft snapshots ] This year’s draft, held April 30-May 2 in Chicago, may be more fertile. Wideout Stefon Diggs and defensive tackle Darius Kilgo look primed to be picked—especially Diggs, who turned pro early. Fellow wideout Deon Long, quarterback C.J. Brown and linebacker Yannik Cudjoe-Virgil may be late selections. Here is a breakdown of how Maryland
The Big Ten will win its first NCAA men’s basketball title since 2000. And it will be Michigan State, the same team that won the last one. [ MORE: Dienhart: This is Tom Izzo’s most surprising Final Four ] At least, that was the result of a (cute) segment on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” on Tuesday night that had puppies predict the winner. Four bowls of food were laid out, one for every Final Four participant, and the puppies were the biggest fans of Michigan State, at one point having three of the five dogs eating from it.
For the eighth time—and the first since 2005--the Big Ten has two Final Four teams. BTN.com sat down with BTN analyst Jess Settles to preview Saturday's national semifinals.