The regular season complete, it’s time to take a look at where Big Ten teams land on the final USA Today Baseball Coaches Poll, released Monday. [ MORE: View our 2015 Big Ten Baseball Tournament page ] Illinois, despite a pair of wins to close out the season on a 26-game winning streak, stayed at No. 5, while Iowa dropped four spots to No. 21. The Illini claimed the Big Ten regular-season title, their 30th in program history, and the top overall seed in the Big Ten tournament with its win over Nebraska on Thursday, coupled with Iowa’s loss at
Illinois claimed the 2015 Big Ten Outdoor Track & Field Championships on Sunday at Ralph Young Track & Field in East Lansing, Mich. The Illini posted three individual crowns and two relay titles en route to their 29th title, and first since 1994. Illinois totaled 145 points to claim the championship, while Nebraska (108 points) and Iowa (81 points) came in second and third, respectively. See the full standings in the tweet below. The Fighting Illini picked up first-place finishes from the 4×400- and 4×100-meter relays made up of Cam Viney, David Kendziera, Joe McAsey, DJ Zahn and Mo Maat,
The Big Ten has announced the 2015 Big Ten Baseball Tournament bracket, with Illinois earning the No. 1 seed after clinching its 30th conference championship. [ MORE: View the 2015 Big Ten Baseball Tournament bracket ] The tournament is a double-elimination format that will begin on Wednesday at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minn, with the title contest slated for Sunday afternoon. The tournament champion will earn the conference’s automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament. First pitch of the tournament is scheduled for 10 a.m. ET on Wednesday, when No. 3 Michigan takes on No. 6 Indiana. BTN will provide live
The Big Ten released the 2015 Big Ten Baseball Tournament bracket on Saturday, with Illinois securing the top seed after winning the program’s 30th Big Ten title.
It was quite a busy day of Big Ten baseball, including four conference games and one non-conference matchup. Michigan took on Oklahoma State in a game that aired live on BTN. Watch the replay on BTN2Go. Catch up on all of Saturday’s Big Ten baseball action below. Michigan 6, Oklahoma State 2 The University of Michigan baseball seniors drove in five of the Wolverines’ six runs on Senior Day, and the U-M pitchers struck out 15 in a 6-2 win over No. 13 Oklahoma State Saturday afternoon (May 16) in the regular-season finale at the Wilpon Complex, home of Ray
Fans were not shy about expressing their opinions on the slow pace and tempo of men’s college basketball games this past season. Now, it looks like changes are in the works, and college basketball could have a different look next year. The men’s basketball rules committee met on Friday and announced that it would recommend a number of changes in men’s college basketball, including shortening the shot clock from 35 seconds to 30. @Marchmadness, which is the official NCAA March Madness Twitter handle for all things Division I NCAA Men’s Basketball, tweeted out the list of proposals on Friday afternoon.
The letters keep rolling in. BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart reaches into his email inbox and answers some of your more pressing queries.
Illinois’ magic number was two heading into Thursday. Following an Iowa loss at Rutgers and a 6-3 win over Nebraska on Thursday evening, the Fighting Illini have reached that magic number.
Illinois football players, past and present, took to Twitter on Thursday to show their support for the program and head coach Tim Beckman. Last Sunday, former offensive lineman Simon Cvijanovic sent out a flurry of critical tweets that accused Beckman of running a culture of player mistreatment. Cvijanovic, who tore his meniscus vs. Ohio State on Nov. 1 and missed the rest of the 2014 season, stopped playing football because, “I was asked to push myself past pain until I didn’t want to play anymore.” The offensive lineman started 29 games at Illinois during his final three seasons. He was
Three more games. That’s all that remains in Illinois’ historic 2015 regular season. Winners of a program-record 24 consecutive games, including six straight Big Ten series sweeps, the Illini (43-6-1, 19-1) host Nebraska on the season’s final weekend. Illinois’ magic number is two, so it could clinch the Big Ten title as early as Thursday night, with a victory and an Iowa (37-12, 18-3) loss at Rutgers. Before the Illini open up their final series, BTN.com caught up with Illinois beat writer Scott Richey, of The News-Gazette, to get his take on the special season. Follow Richey on Twitter (@srrichey)