Team USA finalized its 2012 men’s basketball roster Sunday, and the Big Ten will be represented in Illinois’ Deron Williams. Williams, who helped the “Redeem Team” win gold during the 2008 games, will team with 11 other NBA superstars in search of another gold medal, starting July 29. Fifteen Big Ten players have suited up for USA and won a gold medal, not counting coaches, but Williams could become the first to win two. Check out the Big Ten’s history in the Olympics in this post.
Emily Zurrer was a star soccer player for Illinois. After playing for Team Canada in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Zurrer is back again with Team Canada in the 2012 London Olympics. She’s also one of a handful of Big Ten names chronicling their Olympic adventures for BTN.com. Find more journals here.
Here’s a fun project: I am ranking each 2012 Big Ten football game, from 96 to 1. Up first today: 80-96. In the next four days, I will send in groups of 20. If you see anything crazy, let me know. Like rankings like this? You need to check out my Rankings archive, where I rank all things Big Ten, including my top 2012 Big Ten units. Also, get all my latest Big Ten football posts right here.
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Here’s to hoping you had a great Fourth of July week. Now that everyone is back at work, why don’t you check out our top 10 stories from the week that was.
Longing for some basketball? The 2012 NBA Summer League tips off July 9-13 in Orlando, with eight teams represented, and continues July 13-22 in Las Vegas, with a record 24 teams in action. They’ll be no shortage of Big Ten products involved, including 2012 first-round picks Meyers Leonard and Jared Sullinger. See all the Big Ten products who will be in action in this post.
For the Fourth of July, we were feeling patriotic and decided to post 12 polls, half of which were holiday- or political-centric, with the hope of providing Big Ten fans a little holiday enjoyment. The polls have closed, and now it’s time to see how you voted. Which Big Ten coach do fans wish could get a second term? And which Big Ten player’s game is most fireworks-inducing? See the results for all 12 polls in this post.