Let’s turn the clock back one year and look at the Big Ten recruiting rankings for from 247Sports. Whose fortunes rose? Whose fell? Eight of the 14 teams rose in the ranking by 247Sports from 2015 to 2016. The team that made the biggest jump was Michigan, which went from No. 48 to No. 5, a rise of 43 places. Having over a year to woo this class was a boon for Jim Harbaugh. Will he one day land the nation’s No. 1 class? He may. The next biggest jump was made by Minnesota, which made a jump of 15
Why is it that everything about Indiana is about the schedule? How many Big Ten teams do you see reaching the NCAA Tournament? Is Greg Gard doing a good enough job to satisfy Wisconsin A.D. Barry Alvarez? You brought the questions and BTN's Tom Dienhart has his answers.
BTN.com's Tom Dienhart caught up with 247Sports national writer Kevin Ryan to really dig into 2016 Big Ten recruiting. Best class? Overrated class? Underrated class? And what does he think of Jim Harbaugh's tactics? That and more are covered in this Q&A.
There are good shots. There are great shots. And then there is the shot Rutgers freshman Corey Sanders hit on Wednesday night against Illinois. Trailing 87-84 in the final seconds of the first overtime, Sanders missed a game-tying 3-pointer, got his own rebound, dribbled back beyond the 3-point line and hit a fadeaway 3-pointer at the buzzer to tie the game and send it into a second overtime. The reaction is just as you would expect, as Sanders’ teammates mobbed him in celebration. Check out the shot at the top of the post. Sanders went on to post career highs
There were three Big Ten men’s basketball games on Wednesday night, highlighted by two outstanding contests on BTN. In the first game of the night, Malcolm Hill scored 32 points as Illinois outlasted Rutgers 110-101 in a triple overtime thriller. Iowa followed that with a commanding 73-49 win over Penn State behind 14 points from Jarrod Uthoff. Maryland closed out the evening with a 70-65 road win over Nebraska. We made it a point to capture the top moments from all three games. Here is a look at the top highlights from Wednesday’s Big Ten men’s basketball action. We see
The dust has settled on Signing Day. Here are my eight observations from the big day! Jim Harbaugh makes news just getting out of bed—or it seems that way. There has been tree climbing, Tweeting at rappers, sleepovers, satellite camps. Now, this: The “Signing of the Stars” spectacular which was a pep rally on steroids trumpting the arrival of the 2016 class. There was Derek Jeter, Tom Brady and John Harbaugh pumping up the event that has set a new standard in over-the-top hype in a recruiting system that already is overloaded on hype. How will Harbaugh top this next
It’s always interesting to look at what states schools dipped into the most to assemble their recruiting classes. [ MORE: Check out the 2016 All-Big Ten Signee Team ] Here is a look at the number of states each school signed a player from, and which state produced the most signees for each school, according to the school’s signing day releases. Purdue: 16 states (Florida 4) Wisconsin: 15 (Wisconsin 8) Illinois: 14 (Florida 7) Nebraska: 14 (California 4) Michigan: 13 (Florida, New Jersey 6) Minnesota: 12 (Minnesota 11) Ohio State: 11 (Ohio 10) Iowa: 10 (Illinois, Iowa 5) Indiana: 9
It’s National Signing Day, and the national letters of intent are still being sent to schools across the country. [ MORE: BTN2Go: Watch our eight-hour #SigningDayOnBTN special ] One of the most popular days of the year for college football fans, we thought we’d take our annual look at how every Big Ten team announced its signings to its loyal fan base on Twitter on Wednesday morning. Every team had a social presence, of course, and several of the teams also included video highlights of their 2016 signees. See how all 14 Big Ten teams announced their signings on Twitter
Illinois wrapped up National Signing Day with 26 commitments in the 2016 recruiting class. According to Scout.com, the Illini’s class currently ranks No. 60 in the nation. Illinois’ 2016 class is very balanced, featuring 13 defensive players, 12 offensive players, and one on special teams. BTN had you covered as we aired eight straight hours of #SigningDayOnBTN coverage today. Mike Hall (@BTNMikeHall) anchored the festivities along with BTN analysts Gerry DiNardo (@gerrydinardo) and Howard Griffith (@HowardGriffith) and Scout.com’s Allen Trieu (@AllenTrieu). Here is a look at some of the top highlights from Illinois on National Signing Day. A quick look
It’s the first Wednesday of February, and that means one thing: It’s National Signing Day. We’re airing eight straight hours of #SigningDayOnBTN coverage, until 5 p.m. ET, and you can watch it all live on BTN TV and via BTN2Go. Mike Hall (@BTNMikeHall) is anchoring the festivities along with BTN analysts Gerry DiNardo (@gerrydinardo) and Howard Griffith (@HowardGriffith) and Scout.com’s Allen Trieu (@AllenTrieu). We have reporters across many Big Ten campuses, too. Use this link to get all of their updates. Are you on Twitter? Use the Twitter hashtag #SigningDayOnBTN to submit your questions to our on-air panel, and they’ll