Does the player of the year in the conference have to come from the best team in the conference? We seem to have that debate every February and March, writes BTN's Jon Crispin. We know about Iowa's Jarrod Uthoff and Michigan State's Denzel Valentine. If conference record or standing is not a determining factor, then add another name to the discussion: Illinois' Malcolm Hill.
It’s time for my latest “Three Takes,” and this week I’m offering my thoughts on Iowa’s senior class, Indiana’s losses and Nebraska’s Big Ten Tournament chances. Get my latest thoughts below. Iowa’s senior class of Jarrod Uthoff, Adam Woodbury, Mike Gesell, and Anthony Clemmons has consistently played at a high level during conference play. Their improvement and experience has Iowa in sole possession of first place in a tight Big Ten race. Over the last four years, Woodbury, Gesell, and Clemmons have contributed to 87 wins, tying the 1983 class for third most wins in school history. Throw in veteran
What is the best Big Ten city for football fans? WalletHub.com recently published an article on the best and worst cities for football fans, and East Lansing, MI, home of Michigan State, ranked No. 5 overall, making it the highest-ranked Big Ten city on the list. WalletHub’s list consisted of 245 of the largest U.S. cities, and the list is based on 18 key metrics, ranging from the best performing teams in both the NFL and college to average ticket prices. All 14 Big Ten cities were named on the list, with East Lansing (Michigan State), State College (Penn State)
Basketball fans were treated to an outstanding NBA All-Star Weekend, highlighted by one of the more memorable dunk contests in league history. The 3-point contest was incredible as well, with Golden State’s Klay Thompson taking home his first title in the event. This got me thinking… What would an All-Big Ten Dunk and 3-Point Contest look like? There are plenty of high-flyers and 3-point gunners in the conference this season to put together quite a list. Here is what my Big Ten Dunk and 3-Point Contest would look like this year. BIG TEN SLAM DUNK CONTEST Charles Buggs, Minnesota Aubrey
Do the Badgers will make the tournament? What's ahead for Minnesota basketball? Read Tom Dienhart's answers to your weekly emails, then drop him your own note. he reads them all and responds to the best ones each week.
Illinois appears to have found the person to run its athletic department in Josh Whitman, and he is expected to be formally introduced this week. After that, Whitman will have a lot of work to do. These haven’t been golden years of late in Champaign. Illinois’ flagship school has seen its marquee programs of football and men’s basketball lag behind its peers. Whitman needs to foster and build an environment in which those sports and all the others can thrive for a proud institution with plenty of academic heft. Former athletic director Mike Thomas couldn’t get it done. He was hired
The Associated Press reports that Illinois has picked a new A.D.. How many freshman does Urban Meyer expect to play next fall? Iowa's Mike Gesell is closing in on an impressive record. Get these stories and more in today's Big Ten news digest.
Illinois’ Malcolm Hill hit one of those shots that you dream of making growing up as a kid. It happened in Illinois’ 82-66 victory over Rutgers on Tuesday night at the State Farm Center. Leading 57-39 with under 12 minutes remaining in the game, Hill heaved up a shot from just inside the half-court line as the shot clock wound down. The shot swished through the hoop as the Orange Crush let out a roar from the stands. Check out the shot at the top of this post. Well done, Mr. Hill. That shot earns you the title of being
The 2016 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament is fast approaching. [ MORE: Power Rankings | Player Rankings | Game Rankings | Bracketology | Debate It: Player of the Year? | Best of the week that was | Standings | Stats | Scoreboard | Polls | Win a trip to B1G tourney ] Just three weeks remain in the regular season, in fact. We know it’s early, but we also know Big Ten fans enjoy taking an if-the-season-ended-today look at the tourney bracket. Here’s the latest look, entering Tuesday night’s trio of games: WEDNESDAY (MARCH 9) Game 1: No. 13 Rutgers
The season is hitting the home stretch. And everyone is chasing Iowa, which sits atop the Big Ten standings a game head of Maryland and Indiana. And, it doesn’t look like the Hawkeyes are in peril of losing this week. [ MORE: Power Rankings | Player Rankings | Game Rankings | Bracketology | Debate It: Player of the Year? | Best of the week that was | Standings | Stats | Scoreboard | Polls | Win a trip to B1G tourney ] Indiana, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan State and Purdue have all reached the 20-wins plateau. Michigan enters tonight’s game at