BTN.com web editor Sean Merriman take a look at the past five Big Ten freshman classes and compares them to some of the top newcomers in this year's class from a statistical standpoint.
“What could we do?” That question went through the mind of Nishana Ismail for years while growing up in her native India and attending the University of Illinois. She knew several people who’d been victims of all kinds of assault in both places, which demonstrated the universal nature of this problem. “This is something that has always been very close to my heart,” she said. “I’ve had friends get mugged, some very close to their homes. You would assume it would be difficult, but in many cases, their phones were either taken away or it was so aggressive that they
Tim Beckman enjoyed a breakthrough in his third season, moving the Illini into a bowl for the first time since 2011. Now, he’s looking to push Illinois up the food chain in the Big Ten West. There still is lots of work to do, including finding a tight end and settling the kicking and punting situation, among other things. This spring, the roster will be bolstered by nine early enrollees (six junior-college transfers and three prep players). ILLINOIS SPRING TO-DO LIST 1. Develop QB Wes Lunt. He had a solid debut after transferring from Oklahoma State, hitting 63 percent of
Malcolm Hill is one of the Big Ten's most improved players. He's taken his game to another level since star Rayvonte Rice was injured and then suspended. Read our Q&A inside.
The Big Ten basketball season is about to enter the stretch run, so it's time to take a look at several teams' NCAA tournament hopes.
Can anyone catch Wisconsin? The Badgers (9-1) lead a quartet of teams by three games with just eight dates remaining. Get one stat for every Big Ten team inside.
Enter the Buffalo Wild Wings Trip to the Big Ten Tournament Sweepstakes for a chance to win a trip for two to the 2015 Big Ten men’s Basketball Tournament yet? There’s still time but the event wraps up Feb. 22. And yes, you can enter daily. Each week we award $100 gift cards, and then the grand prize is all-session admission for two to the 2015 Big Ten Tournament, which starts March 11 in Chicago. The prize includes two round-trip coach airfares and one hotel accommodation for four nights. Read the full rules here for more information. How do you enter? It’s
The top three of Jess Settles' Big Ten Player Rankings remains the same this week. After that, much like the conference race, there's a logjam of very talented candidates.
Time to take the temperature of the Big Ten’s NCAA tourney hopes. And, a couple of interesting developments have taken place this week. Illinois has made it into the brackets of Jerry Palm of CBSSports.com and Joe Lunardi of ESPN.com. Each has the Fighting Illini in a first-round (play-in) game as a No. 12 seed. The other big development: Palm does not have Michigan State in his bracket. He has the Spartans among his “First Four Out.” Lunardi has MSU as a No. 9 seed. It’s also worth noting that Purdue is among Lunardi’s “Last Four Out.” Palm has no
The Illinois football team is set to return to historic Soldier Field for a three-game series vs. rival Northwestern beginning in 2015, Director of Athletics Mike Thomas announced Monday. Illinois will play Northwestern at Soldier Field on Nov. 28, 2015, in a game originally scheduled for Memorial Stadium in Champaign. The two teams will also play at Soldier Field in 2017 and 2019. The Illini played Washington at Soldier Field in 2013. “It’s exciting to seize the opportunity to further engage our incredible number of Illinois alumni and fans in the Chicagoland area with these three football games coming to