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.
Athlon ranked the top 25 football players in the Big Ten - can you guess who is No. 1? Also, Jim Harbaugh got some more attention on Twitter. One writer says Minnesota made a mistake keeping Jerry Kill involved in the program. These stories and more in Friday Big Ten news digest.
One of the most fun parts of LiveBIG is the pictures we get to see — and share — with the stories we tell. When the subject matter ranges from supernovas to woolly mammoths, the imagery can get pretty interesting. Over the years, we’ve shared many of our favorites on the LiveBIG Instagram account. Here are some of the recent highlights: An Inspiring Team Captain The Hawkeyes find motivation on gamedays from their “Kid Captains,” young patients at the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital who get to take the field with the team. Behind the Scenes Northwestern alum and legendary Hollywood producer Ira Deutchman was recently named as
Melo Trimble and Jake Layman scored 18 points each, and No. 14 Maryland celebrated Senior Night with the team’s best game in weeks, an 81-55 rout of Illinois. Also, Northwestern spoiled Senior Night at Penn State and beat the Nittany Lions, 71-61. [ MORE: Catch up on Thursday’s action with our Big Ten scoreboard ] Catch up on all of the action below. MARYLAND 81, ILLINOIS 55: Jared Nickens and Robert Carter Jr. had 14 points apiece for the Terrapins, who never trailed. Maryland (24-6, 12-5 Big Ten) had lost three of four since climbing to No. 2 in the AP
How rare are outright championships in Big Ten men's basketball? Here is a look at the last time each men's program won the Big Ten outright. The biggest surprises: Purdue hasn’t done it since 1996, Iowa since 1970 and Michigan State since 2009.
BTN will offer its most extensive baseball and softball coverage ever in 2016, with over 360 games airing on BTN/BTN2Go and BTN Plus for the upcoming season. BTN’s television coverage of Big Ten baseball begins with a non-conference showdown between Purdue and No. 5 Louisville on Wednesday, March 23 at 6 p.m. ET. Last season, Illinois won its 30th outright Big Ten title, but Michigan won the Big Ten Tournament Championship and appeared in the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2008. The Big Ten coaches voted the Wolverines as the 2016 conference favorite, however they figure to face