In the Twitter and message board era, there's even more pressure on big-time coaches. BTN analyst Jon Crispin hopes fans and administrators take notice and place more value on the process of building a true winning culture that these coaches are responsible for developing and maintaining.
College basketball season is in the books, but the NBA playoffs are right around the corner. Here are ten former Big Ten players to watch in the Association's second season.
The Big Ten watches and waits for its next basketball national championship. The league has come close to winning it all since Michigan State did it in 2000 in the now-demolished RCA Dome in Indianapolis vs. Billy Donovan and Florida; in fact, it’s played in six title games since (Indiana, 2002), (Illinois, 2005), (Ohio State, 2007), (Michigan State, 2009), (Michigan, 2013) & (Wisconsin, 2015). But on each occasion, the Big Ten team came up short. Since MSU’s Tom Izzo won his only national title in 2000, Duke and UConn have won three apiece, Florida and North Carolina have both won
With the 2016-17 season in the rear-view mirror, it’s time to take a way-too-early look at the 2017-18 season. Today's topic: Story to watch.
The AP released its all-time Top 100 college basketball rankings Wednesday, rewarding consistency in appearances and elite programs who have occupied the No. 1 spot.
The season isn’t officially over, as the Final Four is this weekend. But let’s go ahead and cast our eyes to 2017-18. Players still could turn pro and key recruits added in the spring signing period, but here is an early, early, early look at how the conference could stack up next season.
The dynamics of Illinois and Indiana's basketball programs are different, but the desires of their fan bases as new coaches take over are similar: Get the program back to some version of what it used to be.
Illinois fell behind big early at UCF in Wednesday night's NIT quarterfinal and couldn't complete a late-game comeback against the Knights despite 29 points from senior Malcolm Hill. The Illini finished the season with a 20-15 overall record.
Remember way back when the national narrative was “the Big Ten is down?” It seems like a silly notion now, doesn’t it? The Big Ten has more than acquitted itself in the opening two rounds of the NCAA tourney.
Illinois is going to play fast under new coach Brad Underwood. Speed being Underwood's thing, I had to ask him some rapid fire questions when he visited the BTN studio Tuesday. Get to know the new Illinois coach below.