Our producers here at BTN.com wanted to get a closer look at some of the star women basketball players around the Big Ten, so we started a new series of interviews called “Court Convo.” We’re excited to post the second one here. In this edition, BTN’s Taylor Rooks chatted with Rutgers’ Kahleah Copper about a number of things, including how she felt after scoring her 1,000th career point against Wisconsin, her playing style and life on the Scarlet Knights. We’ll be posting others for the rest of the 2014-2015 season, too. Court Convo #1: Michigan’s Cyesha Goree:
Each Monday morning during the Big Ten men’s basketball season, the 14 Big Ten men’s basketball coaches hold a Big Ten teleconference with reporters from around the country. We post the audio for each segment of the call here, and we do this every Monday afternoon.
With the inaugural season of Big Ten women’s lacrosse set to begin on Jan. 31, Maryland was the unanimous choice by the conference coaches as the preseason favorite to claim the first Big Ten Championship. The coaches voted in the preseason poll and selected three players from their own team to a Players to Watch list. The Terrapins were followed in the preseason poll by Northwestern in second place, Ohio State and Penn State tied for third place, Rutgers in fifth place and Michigan in sixth place. Maryland captured its 12th national championship last season and is ranked No. 1
March Madness isn’t too far away, believe it or not. How do the top bracket experts size up the Big Ten when it comes to NCAA tourney bids? Take a look at the Coke (Lunardi) and Pepsi (Palm) of bracketology. [ MORE: View the latest national polls | Best of week ahead ] Joe Lunardi, ESPN.com No. 2 Wisconsin vs. No. 15 North Carolina Central, Second Round game, South No. 3 Maryland vs. No. 14 William & Mary, Second Round game, East No. 7 Indiana vs. No. 10 Colorado State, Second Round game, Midwest No. 8 Michigan State vs. No.
The Big Ten office released its Big Ten Men's Basketball Players of the Week on Monday afternoon, and Ohio State freshman D'Angelo Russell swept the honors.
Minnesota is one of the Big Ten’s fast-rising programs as Jerry Kill enters his fifth season on the job. [ MORE: Minnesota team homepage | 2014 Minnesota stats ] The Golden Gophers are coming off consecutive eight-win seasons with a second-place finish in 2014. Kill will be looking to take the program to an even higher level in 2015. And he’ll have some talent to work with, including on offense quarterback Mitch Leidner, some emerging receivers (KJ Maye) and three linemen led by tackle Josh Campion. Corners Briean Boddy-Calhoun and Eric Murray, end Thieren Cockran, tackle Steven Richardson and linebacker
The #RHoops game versus @MSU_Basketball slated for a 9 PM tip-off tomorrow night at the RAC has been POSTPONED. Additional details pending. — Rutgers Basketball (@RutgersMBB) January 26, 2015 Tuesday night’s Michigan State at Rutgers men’s basketball game has been postponed due to weather, according to @RutgersMBB. The Piscataway area is expected to experience “historic” snowfall in the next 24 hours; in fact, at 1 p.m. ET today, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie declared a state of emergency. The game was scheduled to tip at 9 p.m. ET Tuesday on BTN/BTN2Go. We’ll provide further details as soon as they are
Four weeks down in the conference season, and preseason favorite Wisconsin sits alone atop the Big Ten standings. Get all of the best of the week ahead inside.
Good podcast from Pennlive.com. Among the subjects: Can the Nittany Lions compete with Ohio State in the uber-tough Big Ten East? Whether or not Penn State can be factor depends on coach James Franklin’s ability to continue adding talent to a program that was decimated by three seasons of NCAA sanctions. The early results on the recruiting trail are promising, and the Nittany Lions have potential to take significant steps forward beginning in 2016. *** What a win by Ohio State over visiting Indiana on Sunday. In fact, it was the biggest win of the season for the Buckeyes. D’Angelo Russell
It’s a big challenge: make sure every single one of the 9 billion-plus people living on Earth in 2050 is well-fed and nourished. But it’s one that students attending Big Ten universities are up for, as demonstrated by the honorees in the inaugural Global Food Challenge Emerging Leaders for Food Security fellowship, sponsored and operated by Land O’Lakes Inc. Following a rigorous application process, 10 college students from across the United States were chosen late last year to take part in the program. Of those, seven were from universities in the Big Ten. Since their selection, they’ve participated in a