The Big Ten season is coming to a close—and the journey hasn’t followed the preseason script in many respects. That’s not unusual. There always are surprises—good and bad. Wisconsin began the season as the league favorite. And the Badgers have delivered. But there have been some twists and turns among others teams along this junket to the Big Ten tourney, which starts next week in Chicago. I asked five Big Ten writers who they think has been the biggest surprise team and the biggest disappointing team. Pete DiPrimio, Fort Wayne News-Sentinel: Surprise: Purdue and its rise from last place last
The 2015 Big Ten Wrestling Championships are held this Saturday and Sunday at Ohio State, and BTN’s Kara Lentz talked to BTN wrestling analyst Shane Sparks for a quick preview of each weight class. Watch their overall team preview in the video above, then dive into a preview of every class from 125 pound up through the heavyweights. BTN is offering live coverage of the 2015 Big Ten Wrestling Championships from Columbus this Saturday and Sunday. Learn how to watch all of the action on TV and online over here. You an also find live scoring and updates at OhioStateBuckeyes.com.
Illinois, Michigan State and Penn State honored their men’s basketball seniors on Wednesday night with special ceremonies, the latest in the annual series of Senior Nights. BTN carried all three events live on BTN2Go. Michigan and Purdue honor their seniors Saturday, while Minnesota and Nebraska do the same Sunday. Go to this BTN2Go game schedule page and click on your team’s game before it starts to watch each team’s celebrations. *** ***
Big Ten basketball fans were treated to three entertaining men's hoops games on Super Wednesday, highlighted by Michigan State's impressive 72-66 win over Purdue.
We have a tripleheader of Big Ten hoops tonight: Ohio State at Penn State (6 ET), Purdue at Michigan State (8) and Nebraska at Illinois (10).
No position garners attention like quarterback. And, it’s an unsettled position at several Big Ten schools, as spring drills have begun to open. Here is what we know: Penn State (Christian Hackenberg), Minnesota (Mitch Leidner), Iowa (C.J. Beathard), Illinois (Wes Lunt), Nebraska (Tommy Armstrong), Michigan State (Connor Cook), Maryland (Caleb Rowe) and Indiana (Nate Sudfeld) all appear to have a good grasp on who will be their starter in 2015, eliminating much drama in spring drills. But the quarterback situation on some other campuses isn’t as clear. Here’s a look at the “Six Spring Quarterbacking Hot Spots” in Big Ten
On Tuesday night’s “BTN Live,” Glen Mason shared who he thought each Big Ten football team would miss the most in 2015. Watch the full feature in the video above, and see his answers in the text below. ILLINOIS: Reilly O’Toole, QB “You look at Reilly O’Toole, how he hung in there, how he persevered, how he competed, and the victory against Penn State, the victory against Northwestern that enabled them to go to a bowl game, I think that next year Coach Beckman will say, ‘You know, I wish Reilly O’Toole was still around here.'” INDIANA: Tevin Coleman, RB
The final week of the Big Ten regular season tips off Tuesday night with a trio of games, including two on BTN/BTN2Go (No. 9 Maryland at Rutgers & Michigan and Northwestern).
BTN is offering live coverage of the 2015 Big Ten Wrestling Championships from Columbus this Saturday and Sunday. Learn how to watch all of the action on TV and online in this post. [ MORE: View the Big Ten Wrestling Championships brackets ] On Saturday, all mats will be covered live on BTN Plus, our subscription package via BTN2Go. It starts with the 10 a.m. ET sessions and runs through the 6 p.m. sessions (see the links below). On Sunday, all mats from the 1 p.m. sessions through the consolation matches will again be covered live on BTN Plus on BTN2Go. Learn
Much has been written about the stipend that will be granted by “Power Five” conference schools beginning in 2015-16 as part of radical NCAA reforms. David Jones of Pennlive.com put together an interesting story and graphic on the subject. Now, student-athletes will not just receive tuition, books and room-and-board but also an extra amount to be used toward incidental living expenses—Little Caesar’s crazy bread, gas for the Vespa, iTunes downloads, “Cracked” magazine subscriptions … stuff like that. It is known in university parlance as “cost of attendance.” Me? I like to call it “kicking around cash,” or “Friday night loot.”