On Monday, the 14 Big Ten men’s basketball coaches held a teleconference with reporters from around the country to preview the Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament. Dive in and hear from each coach. Remember: BTN will provide a full week of comprehensive coverage of the Big Ten Tournament from Indianapolis, including five games, pre- and post-game analysis, coach and player interviews, and a 90-minute Selection Sunday Special. Coverage begins at 6 p.m. ET today with the exclusive, live announcement of the annual Big Ten basketball awards on the “BTN Live: All-Conference Selection Show.” Host Rick Pizzo and analyst Jon Crispin
New Illinois athletic director Josh Whitman showed the league he means business about exacting change—now—by firing Bill Cubit on his first day on the job and hiring Lovie Smith two days later. [ MORE: Twitter: Illinois football family reacts to Love Smith hiring ] The future is now. No sense in waiting to turn the page. It’s all about authoring a better tomorrow in Champaign for a consistently underachieving program. So, Whitman felt Cubit wasn’t the future. And, he acted. With lightning speed and authority by inking Smith to a six-year deal that will pay him $2 million annually for
The Big Ten regular season is complete, and now it’s time to turn our attention to the Big Ten tourney. [ MORE: View the official Big Ten tourney bracket (PDF) ] Outright Big Ten champion Indiana is the No. 1 seed in the event that tips at 4:30 p.m. ET Wednesday, and runs through Sunday afternoon, at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. The Hoosiers, along with No. 2 Michigan State, No. 3 Maryland and No. 4 Purdue, receive double-byes and open the tourney Friday. Here is the official bracket: WEDNESDAY Game 1, 4:30 pm. ET ESPN2: No. 13 Minnesota vs.
The regular season is over. Now, it’s off to Indianapolis for the Big Ten tourney, where top seeds Indiana and Michigan State look like the teams to beat. [ MORE: View the official Big Ten tourney bracket ] Before we turn all of our focus to the tourney at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, let’s take a look at the best of the last week of the regular season. Best win: Rutgers vs. Minnesota. There were several big wins by the contenders, but it has to be the previously winless Scarlet Knights’ 75-52 win vs. Minnesota on Saturday. The blowout victory snapped
No. 1 Penn State claimed its fifth Big Ten wrestling championships in the last six seasons Sunday. [ MORE: View HawkeyeSports.com’s Championship Central ] The Nittany Lions racked up 150.5 points at Carver-Hawkeye Arena, finishing 24.5 points ahead of host and runner-up Iowa (127). Ohio State, last season’s winner and NCAA champ, finished third with 126 points. View the full final standings here. Three wrestlers claimed individual Big Ten championships, as Zain Retherford (149 pounds), Bo Nickal (174) and Morgan McIntosh (197) won their respective weight classes. Watch every champion and his BTN interview below. *** 125 pounds: Nathan Tomasello,
No. 1 Penn State holds a huge lead after day one of the 2016 Big Ten Championships on Saturday. [ MORE: View HawkeyeSports.com’s Championship Central ] The perfect Nittany Lions dominated the action at Carver-Hawkeye Arena en route to jumping out to a 27-point lead over second-place Iowa. With a sizzling quarterfinal round in which it went 6-1, Penn State leads the team race with 133.0 points while Iowa is second with 106.0 and Ohio State is third with 100. The Nittany Lions will have six wrestlers in Sunday’s championship finals, which air live on the Big Ten Network and
Illinois is turning the page … again. [ MORE: Miss Josh Whitman’s press conference? Watch it on BTN2Go ] New A.D. Josh Whitman isn’t wasting any time in putting his stamp on the program, dropping a bomb by firing Bill Cubit on Saturday, his first official day on the job. What’s next for Illinois, a school that since 2011 will have had four football coaches, three athletic directors and two hoops coaches? Illinois’ football program remains mired in tumult. Just last August, then A.D. Mike Thomas fired Tim Beckman a week before the season started amid allegations he had mistreated
New Illinois athletic director Josh Whitman has fired first-year football coach Bill Cubit, saying the program needs a new coach to work toward long-term success.
It’s the final day of the regular season, and the Big Ten tournament picture becomes clearer and clearer after every game. [ MORE: View Sunday’s full Big Ten scoreboard ] With two games left, we know the No. 1 (Indiana), No. 2 (Michigan State), No. 7 (Ohio State), No. 8 (Michigan), No. 9 (Northwestern), No. 10 (Penn State), No. 11 (Nebraska), No. 12 (Illinois), No. 13 (Minnesota) and No. 14 (Rutgers) seeds. We’ll figure out seeds Nos. 3-6 tonight. Here’s the latest look at each team’s tourney scenarios, via @BTNStatsGuys. 1. Indiana (14-3) Clinched #1 seed and double-bye. 2. Michigan
BTN wrestling analyst Shane Sparks looks ahead to this weekend's Big Ten Wrestling Championship. Plus, get the initial brackets as well as details on how to watch all Saturday and Sunday matches live.