With the 2011-12 regular season nearly upon us, we here at Big Ten Geeks will be previewing all 12 conference members over the next couple weeks, in reverse order of expected finish. In other words, sorry Penn State fans; you’re up first.
Eight teams—four from each division—are bowl eligible, filling all of the Big Ten’s bowl slots. For now, I just don’t see the Big Ten getting a second BCS bowl slot, but there’s still lots of football left.
Eight Big Ten men’s basketball players were named to the 2011-12 Naismith Trophy Preseason Watch List, released Monday. The candidates are the same as the ones that made the Wooden Award Watch List, minus Minnesota’s Trevor Mbakwe. See all the stars who made the cut for the award handed out annually to the men’s player of the year in this post.
The Big Ten Trophy Tracker is coming into sharper focus as the season hits the final stretch. With only three week left in the season, there’s a new player on top of Graham-George Offensive Player of the Year checklist. And it’s a big, physical running back from the Legends Division who just may carry his team to the Big Ten title game.
At 6:30 ET on the Big Ten Pulse, Rick, Rack and Timmy D discuss the wild weekend in the Legends Division, what with Northwestern upsetting Nebraska and Iowa fending off Michigan. Michigan State men’s hoops coach Tom Izzo will join the show to talk about his history of scheduling tough opponents and playing aboard an aircraft carrier Friday. Also, our crew will debate who had the better 81-yard touchdown: Braxton Miller (watch and rate the play!) or Jeremy Ebert (watch and rate the play!)?
On Monday’s Big Ten Breakdown, at 7 p.m. ET, Howard Griffith breaks down the offensive line’s role in Wisconsin RB Montee Ball‘s success and Chris Martin shows us how Iowa’s defense shut down Denard Robinson and Michigan. The crew also will take a look at MarQueis Gray‘s progression the last couple of weeks, plus Northwestern’s do-it-all star Kain Colter will join us to talk about his team’s upset win at Nebraska.