This is a big year for Indiana. The Hoosiers need to rebound from a sub-par season that saw them go 17-15 overall and 7-11 in the Big Ten. Back in 2013, IU won the Big Ten and was one of the top teams in the nation. A key to any return to the form expected from IU fans will be the play on the interior. “You have to be able to rebound,” said Crean. But, how will the Hoosiers do on the glass? And can they also get points on the interior after the unit lost some key personnel inside?
Are you ready for basketball season? It’s on our doorstep, with Big Ten Media Day 2014 here (watch live on BTN2Go.com) and the season right around the corner. The Big Ten storylines are plentiful: Wisconsin looks again to reign supreme, Michigan State moves on without stalwarts Adreian Payne and Gary Harris, and great expectations await Nebraska. There also are plenty of questions as a new era of 14-team hoops begins with the addition of Rutgers and Maryland. As I begind to straddle two sports in the busiest time of year, here are my three questions for each school. Tell me
This much is clear: Big Ten writers really like Wisconsin and Frank Kaminsky in 2014-15, and rightfully so. See our annual beat writers' All-Big Ten team and predicted standings inside!
Big Ten media day is Thursday, and that means it's time for the BTN.com team to release its annual preseason All-Big Ten teams and honors.
Eamonn Brennan of ESPN.com recently released a list of the top 10 college basketball court designs. Which Big Ten court designs land on the list? Find out inside!
SI.com has a fun 16-team bracket featuring the best college basketball teams not to win a title. Four extremely talented Big Ten teams make the cut: 1975 Indiana (No. 2 seed); 1993 Michigan (No. 4); 2005 Illinois (No. 8); 2011 Ohio State (No. 16). [ MORE: SI.com: Vote for Big Ten teams in the bracket ] You can help a Big Ten team win the bracket. Vote here! For those who like to look ahead, here’s a good sign: Big Ten teams don’t meet up in any of the matchups, meaning all four could advance. The Elite Eight will be announced
BTN released its 2014-15 Big Ten men’s basketball schedule Tuesday afternoon, and the slate is full of great matchups. In all, BTN/BTN2Go will air 77 conference matchups and five Big Ten tourney games, both network records. See my top 10 games in this post. 10. Penn State at Wisconsin – Dec. 31, TBA It’s New Year’s Eve, and it’s the Big Ten opener for Wisconsin, the reigning national semifinalist and Big Ten favorite. 9. Purdue vs. Notre Dame (Indianapolis) – Dec. 20, 5:15 p.m. ET In-state rivals battle in the always fun Crossroads Classic at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. 8. Rutgers
BTN will televise a record number of men’s conference basketball games this season. The slate features 77 conference matchups, including 10 straight weeks of “Super Wednesdays” and five Big Ten Tournament games for the first time in BTN history.
The Big Ten recently unveiled what its 2014 men’s basketball tourney bracket will look like going forward now that the conference has 14 teams. The format will feature a double-bye for the top four seeds. This has Mike DeCourcy of Sporting News wondering if some coaches should worry. [ Team schedules: Illinois | Indiana | Iowa | Maryland | Michigan | Michigan State | Minnesota | Nebraska | Northwestern | Ohio State | Penn State | Purdue | Rutgers | Wisconsin ] It seems the extra time off isn’t always desirable for coaches. Instead of sitting for the first two
BTN Live released the new format for the Big Ten men’s and women’s tourneys on Thursday night. Now that the conference boasts 14 teams with the addition of Maryland and Rutgers, the events will start a day earlier and run Wednesday-Sunday. This year’s women’s tourney will be March 4-8, and the men’s March 11-15. See the brackets in this post. Wednesday will feature two games: No. 12 vs. No. 13 and No. 11 vs. No. 14. Also new: The top four teams will receive double-byes and open play Friday. [ Team schedules: Illinois | Indiana | Iowa | Maryland |