With Ohio State, the Big Ten’s final basketball team left in the men’s or women’s NCAA tourney, falling Saturday night in the national semifinals, it’s time to shift focus to spring football. In just two weeks, after all, the spring games will begin. Watch the latest spring videos from the schools’ YouTube channels in this post.
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Jaron Long came out on top in a pitcher’s duel with Michigan State’s Tony Bucciferro as Ohio State nipped the Spartans, 1-0, in Game 1 of a three-game set Saturday afternoon at McLane Stadium. With the win, the Buckeyes improve to 14-10 on the season, 2-2 in the Big Ten, while Michigan State falls to 15-8, 0-1 in conference play. Read the OhioStateBuckeyes.com recap. Also, watch analysis from the game now and see other video in this post.
(AP) Bruce Weber knows that Kansas State fans may not accept him right away. That much became clear when a small rally for another coaching candidate turned into a protest of his hiring. The former Illinois coach doesn’t have a problem with that, though. Weber is up for any challenge.
Iowa posted a doubleheader sweep over Illinois on Saturday at Pearl Field. The Hawkeyes won 5-1 in the opener before downing the Fighting Illini, 9-1, in six innings in game two. “I am proud of the kids for how they came out, took this week of practice and really implemented it in the ball game,” Iowa head coach Marla Looper said. Read the HawkeyeSports.com recap. Also, watch our highlights now and get scores and recaps from all of Saturday’s action in this post.
There’s no shortage of newsworthy Big Ten items right now, what with Ohio State headed to the Final Four in New Orleans, spring practice in full swing and ex-Maryland QB Danny O’Brien deciding to commit to Wisconsin over Penn State, among other schools.
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Former Illinois men’s basketball player Jereme Richmond, who left school last season for the NBA but went undrafted, sat down with BTN producers to talk about life and his future in basketball. Richmond shot 53 percent from the field and averaged 7.6 points, five rebounds and 1.8 assists per game as a freshman in 2010-11. See a clip of Richmond talking about his pro prospects now and watch him talk about his former coach, Bruce Weber, in this post.
What has been anticipated for a few days became reality Thursday as Illinois named Ohio’s John Groce as its men’s basketball coach. Will it be a good hire? A bad hire? Who knows? It’s absurd to draw a conclusion on something like that on the day of an introductory press conference. But a few things are without dispute.