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
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.
Who are some of the top true freshmen in the Big Ten we should expect to see on the field in 2015? BTN.com web editor Sean Merriman takes a look at one "instant impact" commit from every Big Ten school.
There was a technical foul called late in Illinois’ 59-54 victory at Michigan State that drew plenty of attention. It all happened with Travis Trice attempting the front-end of a 1-and-1 with 33.2 seconds left and Illinois leading 55-53. Trice made the free throw, but Illinois’ Jaylon Tate, the man in charge of boxing out the shooter, was hit with a technical foul after using his backside to box out Trice. It appears Tate hit Trice below the belt, and that’s definitely the way Trice reacted. The technical gave Michigan State two extra free throws and the ball, not to
This week, Jess Settles takes a look at Wisconsin point guard Bronson Koening, Illinois' trio of sophomores and the Big Ten's top second-year players.
If you can believe it, Duke already has started spring football practice in preparation for the 2015 college football season. The Big Ten won’t break out the pads until March. When it does, the work will begin on replacing some star players. Earlier, I looked at the five biggest shoes to fill for each Big Ten club – read them all here. We all know players come and go each year, which means these departures below make way for a new wave of names to step up and make their mark. So ahead of the Big Ten’s spring football season,
Jesse Delgado (125), Illinois’ two-time defending national champion, is back from an injury that sidelined him for two months. In this week’s “BTN Wrestling Report,” host Kara Lentz is joined by BTN wrestling analyst Shane Sparks to talk about Delgado’s return. Sparks also talks about the race for the Big Ten Championship and what’s ahead this weekend. Catch Sparks matside when No. 6 Penn State hosts No. 1 Iowa on Sunday at 1 p.m. ET live on BTN/BTN2Go. View the full InterMat team rankings here, and see how the Big Ten landed an impressive 11 teams in the Top 25. On Twitter? Interact with us
In Thursday morning's roundup of Big Ten stories from beat writers, we collected a number of interesting "day after Signing Day" links, including one that says Ohio State's offensive coordinator is certain Braxton Miller will return. Also, who flipped? And which two schools had surprisingly good days? All that and more in this post.