Most teams go an entire season, if not longer, without even attempting an alley-oop on an inbound pass. Then again, most teams don’t have an athlete quite like Ohio State’s Sam Thompson. Only a freshman, Thompson was on the receiving end of his second such play in Big Ten action alone Wednesday night. Which inbound alley-oop was better, though: Tonight’s or the one at Indiana on New Year’s Eve? Watch both incredible plays and vote on the best one in this post.
From Jay Paterno’s moving tribute to his father to the various speeches from across the Penn State football family, we’ve posted videos from BTN’s coverage of Thursday’s “A Memorial for Joe” held at Penn State. Thursday’s public memorial service for the late Penn State football coach was carried live on BTN, BTN2Go, and BTN.com. You can watch the entire event again on BTN2Go and on the Big Ten Digital Network.
By now, you’re well aware Penn State has elevated its ice hockey program to varsity status, starting with the 2012-13 season. But what will the team’s future home look like? GoPSUSports.com recently posted a photo gallery of artist renderings for Pegula Ice Arena. See one of the renderings in this post.
Minnesota’s legendary Herb Brooks, who coached the 1980 Olympic hockey team’s “Miracle on Ice” after leading the Gophers to three national titles, is profiled Friday in the return of Big Ten Icons, presented by Discover. Hosted by Hall of Fame broadcaster Keith Jackson, the first of six new episodes airs at approximately 10:30 p.m. ET, following the Minnesota-St. Cloud State hockey game.
Who’s the best player in the Big Ten? It’s a spirited debate. Many feel it’s Ohio State big man Jared Sullinger. Others think Michigan State’s Draymond Green is the top talent. But what about Penn State guard Tim Frazier? That’s right: A player off of a last-place Big Ten team. Before you dismiss the notion, watch Frazier play—and look at his numbers. Neither lies.
Michigan picked up its first road win of the season in a hard fought two-point victory over Purdue. This was a mild upset, as Vegas had the homestanding Boilermakers favored by five points and KenPom had Purdue by four. This outcome certainly changes the season outlook for both squads.
Now that the deadline to declare for the 2012 NFL Draft has passed, it’s a lot easier to analyze what could be in store for the Big Ten next season. This is far too early, admittedly, but you can find my list of the top candidates for the 2012 Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year in this post. Disagree? Did I leave someone off the list? Leave your thoughts in the comment box, or tweet @BTNBrentYarina.