So you think the Big Ten is all about running the ball and defense, huh? Think again. As the sport has evolved and become a passing game recently, the Big Ten has done its part and produced some of the game’s top wide receivers. The 2000s is no exception. The decade featured some of the elite receivers in Big Ten annals, both from a talent and numbers perspective. Michigan State’s Charles Rogers and Michigan’s Braylon Edwards both won the Biletnikoff Award, while Purdue’s Taylor Stubblefield finished his career as the NCAA’s all-time leading receiver (325 catches). Watch a clip from Tuesday’s show now and see the entire top 10 list in this post.
CHICAGO – America’s favorite play-by-play announcer, Gus Johnson, returns for his fourth basketball season on BTN. Johnson is scheduled to call nearly 30 men’s basketball games this season, including the network’s four Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament games, plus bitter rivalries like Indiana-Purdue and marquee matchups such as Butler-Indiana. (Watch and rate Gus Johnson’s 2010-11 BTN calls)
In the latest “BTN Soccer Report,” Kevin Egan highlights Penn State winning the Big Ten regular-season title for the 14th consecutive season by talking with Nittany Lion standout Maya Hayes. BTN Soccer Analyst Kyndra de St. Aubin also calls in and gives her predictions for the Big Ten Tournament, which begins play on Nov. 2. You can catch the semifinals and finals live on BTN.
The Big Ten is loaded with standout players on both sides of the ball. There’s Wisconsin quarterback Russell Wilson, Illinois defensive end Whitney Mercilus, Iowa offensive tackle Riley Reiff, Nebraska linebacker Lavonte David and Michigan State wide receiver B.J. Cunningham, who joined The Next Level on Tuesday night. Watch the interview now.
More promos for The Journey: Big Ten Basketball 2012! In this unforgettable moment, Evan Turner shocks the world with a buzzer beater to stay alive in the Big Ten Tournament and cement his status as a legend of Big Ten basketball. To experience The Journey 24/7 check back to this blog often and follow The Journey crew on Twitter @BTNJourney.
There are a few absolutes entering the 2011-12 Big Ten men’s basketball season: 1.) Reigning champ Ohio State is the Big Ten favorite; 2.) Jared Sullinger and Jordan Taylor are the Big Ten’s best players; and 3.) Thad Matta will win 20 games yet again. How about some bold predictions, though? Brent Yarina is here to offer one for every Big Ten team.
It’s Week 9 of the Big Ten football season and we just posted the audio for all 12 Big Ten coaches on the Big Ten Conference Tuesday teleconference with reporters as we do each and every week. Also, our friends at @B1Gfootball usually chronicles the call live on Twitter so follow them for updates from the conference.