Sam Dekker is making sure his name is mentioned when talking about the top dunkers in the Big Ten this season. Holding onto a 27-15 lead over Minnesota midway through the first half, Dekker drove baseline and threw down a thunderous one-handed slam over the outreached arm of Minnesota’s Joey King. “Bringing down the barn, big fella,” said ESPN’s Rece Davis, following the incredible dunk. Dekker finished with 20 points as Wisconsin clinched the Big Ten regular season title outright with a 76-63 victory over Minnesota. With the victory, the Badgers secure the No. 1 seed in next week’s Big
The snow version of the College Football National Championship Trophy! #GoBucks #buckeyes pic.twitter.com/FxsuJPfhyH — The Buckeye Nut (@TheBuckeyeNut) March 4, 2015 It’s been a long, cold winter in the Midwest and throughout Big Ten country. With winter comes snow, and with snow comes snowmen, snow angles and snow sculptures. One Ohio State fan put together a must-see snow creation of this year’s College Football Playoff National Championship trophy, which of course, belongs to the Ohio State Buckeyes. Check it out in the photo on top of this post. Can anyone sculpt a Big Ten Championship trophy? If so, send me
There is one Big Ten men’s hoops game tonight: Wisconsin at Minnesota (7 p.m. ET). Much of the talk during the final week of the regular season revolves around the expanded Big Ten tourney field, and, in particular, the coveted double-byes. The top four teams receive double-byes into next Friday’s quarterfinals at the United Center. Big Ten champ Wisconsin and Maryland have clinched double-byes, but who can claim the remaining two? BTN researcher Harold Shelton lays out the possible scenarios below after Wednesday night’s action. 1. Wisconsin (14-2): at Minnesota; at Ohio State Already clinched double-bye Can clinch #1 seed
The Big Ten season is coming to a close—and the journey hasn’t followed the preseason script in many respects. That’s not unusual. There always are surprises—good and bad. Wisconsin began the season as the league favorite. And the Badgers have delivered. But there have been some twists and turns among others teams along this junket to the Big Ten tourney, which starts next week in Chicago. I asked five Big Ten writers who they think has been the biggest surprise team and the biggest disappointing team. Pete DiPrimio, Fort Wayne News-Sentinel: Surprise: Purdue and its rise from last place last
Day 2 of the 2015 Big Ten Women's Basketball Tournament is in the books. Fans were treated to four games on Thursday, highlighted by Minnesota's 82-78 victory over Purdue in the nightcap.
Lots of great stuff in Thursday's Big Ten links, including a look at what Wednesday's men's basketball results men for the tournament bid picture. Also, why is Jim Tressel talking about Jim Harbaugh and Michigan? And if you didn't see this crazy shot from last night's Ohio State-Purdue game, watch it. We're still amazed.
The 2015 Big Ten Wrestling Championships are held this Saturday and Sunday at Ohio State, and BTN’s Kara Lentz talked to BTN wrestling analyst Shane Sparks for a quick preview of each weight class. Watch their overall team preview in the video above, then dive into a preview of every class from 125 pound up through the heavyweights. BTN is offering live coverage of the 2015 Big Ten Wrestling Championships from Columbus this Saturday and Sunday. Learn how to watch all of the action on TV and online over here. You an also find live scoring and updates at OhioStateBuckeyes.com.
Inspired by their experiences in college and elsewhere, these Pathfinders are passing by the typical, well-trod career paths and blazing their own trails. We’ll explore the unconventional approaches these Big Ten alums are taking to work. The Ojibwe tribe — the fourth-largest among the remaining Native American nations in the United States — has more than 200,000 members that reside throughout the Midwest. But only a small portion of its elders can actually speak the language of the tribe. At the University of Minnesota, assistant professor Erik Redix and his colleagues in the American Indian Studies department are on a
Illinois, Michigan State and Penn State honored their men’s basketball seniors on Wednesday night with special ceremonies, the latest in the annual series of Senior Nights. BTN carried all three events live on BTN2Go. Michigan and Purdue honor their seniors Saturday, while Minnesota and Nebraska do the same Sunday. Go to this BTN2Go game schedule page and click on your team’s game before it starts to watch each team’s celebrations. *** ***
The 2015 Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament kicked off with two games on Wednesday. No. 12 Indiana started the night with a 68-63 win over No. 13 Penn State. No. 14 Purdue followed that with an impressive 58-56 victory over No. 11 Wisconsin. Looking for the 2015 Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament bracket? We have that right here. Also, here’s a look at Thursday’s four games, which can be seen on BTN/BTN2Go. Catch up on all of Wednesday’s action here. INDIANA 68, PENN STATE 63: BOX | RECAP Freshman Amanda Cahill scored a season-high 20 points to lead No. 12