The calendar says “October,” which means leaf raking, pumpkins and apple cider. But glorious hoops season is here. Really. It’s not all about neck rolls, eye black and J-pads right now. The basketballs have been inflated and rolled out onto the court. Practices have started and, for now, the possibilities seem endless for Lincoln to Piscataway.
Big Ten Media Day is today, which means it's time for BTN.com to share its annual preseason Big Ten men's basketball predictions.
Maryland’s Melo Trimble has been chosen as the Big Ten Preseason Player of the Year heading into the 2015-16 men’s basketball season. [ MORE: BTN.com’s preseason hoops predictions & All-Big Ten team ] Trimble was a unanimous selection to the preseason All-Big Ten team, along with Michigan State’s Denzel Valentine, Purdue’s A.J. Hammons and Wisconsin’s Nigel Hayes. Indiana’s James Blackmon Jr., and Yogi Ferrell, Iowa’s Jarrod Uthoff, Maryland’s Jake Layman, Michigan’s Caris LeVert and Wisconsin’s Bronson Koenig also earned preseason All-Big Ten plaudits. Trimble was named a first-team All-Big Ten honoree by the media contingent last season, and was a
With the 2015-16 Big Ten women’s basketball season coming up, the Big Ten handed out preseason All-Big Ten teams from both the coaches and the media. Ohio State’s Kelsey Mitchell garnered Big Ten Preseason Player of the Year accolades. She is joined by Michigan State’s Aerial Powers and Northwestern’s Nia Coffey as unamoius first-team All-Big Ten selections. Maryland’s Brionna Jones and Shatori Walker-Kimbrough, Minnesota’s Rachel Banham, Nebraska’s Rachel Theriot, Ohio State’s Ameryst Alston, and Rutgers’ Kahleah Copper also earned nods as Preseason All-Big Ten honorees from both the coaches and the media. Iowa’s Ally Disterhoft was voted to the coaches’
Lots of juicy matchups dot this week’s menu, but there is just one headliner: Michigan State vs. Michigan. Jim Harbaugh will get his first shot at Michigan State when the Spartans come to Ann Arbor. That will be must-see TV. [ MORE: Week 7 scoreboard | Polls: Pick Week 7 winners | Week 7 previews | Best of Week 7 | Power Rankings | Bowl Projections | Mailbag | Big Ten standings | Big Ten stats | Latest polls | Maryland fires Randy Edsall | Find your team’s homepage ] Unbeaten Iowa plays at Northwestern in a key West Division
Thursday’s Big Ten Basketball Media Day signals the arrival of hoops season on the Big Ten Network. With media day coverage, a full lineup of basketball games and nightly studio coverage, BTN is the college sports fan’s home for Big Ten basketball. Thursday’s basketball media day coverage, B1G Basketball Media Day: 2015-2016 hosted by Rick Pizzo, runs from 9 a.m. ET to 11 a.m. ET and will feature the media availability of each men’s basketball coach, beginning with Bo Ryan (Wisconsin) at 9 a.m. ET. The women’s basketball coaches’ press conferences will run concurrently, beginning with Matt Bollant (Illinois) at
Each Tuesday morning during the Big Ten football season, the 14 Big Ten football coaches hold a Big Ten teleconference with reporters from around the country. We post the audio for each segment of the call here.
An interesting week is headlined by Michigan State’s visit to Michigan in one of the biggest meetings ever between these intense rivals. Iowa can make another big statement that it’s the best team in the Big Ten West by winning at Northwestern, too.
For the past five years Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith have battled each Saturday for the right to wear “The Belt,” the reward for picking the most winning games on BTN’s “Big Ten Football Pregame Show.” Now you can get involved by sending us a quick video, and you may even get to raise “The Belt” victoriously yourself. Here’s what you do: Watch Monday’s “BTN Live” to find out which games to pick. The show airs at 6 p.m. ET. Rank your confidence in your picks from 6 (most confident) down to 1 (least confident) Include your picks – with confidence
Time to check up on the bowl projections of the great Jerry Palm of CBSSports.com, who has pushed the Big Ten bowl teams from 10 last week to a would-be conference record 11 this week. The new addition: Illinois.