Tom Dienhart and Sean Merriman recently released their updated Big Ten Player Rankings heading into Week 8. See who else made their countdowns inside.
Like bold predictions? Of course, you do! Well, BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart offers his Week 8 bold predictions and observations in this post.
Best Big Ten campus? Loudest student section? Best Big Ten pro prospect? See the results of our annual Big Ten player survey inside!
The Big Ten has a number of touted freshmen entering the league this season. There’s Indiana’s James Blackmon, Maryland’s Melo Trimble and Northwestern’s Vic Law, to name a few. But the best of all may be Ohio State’s DeAngelo Russell, the favorite to be Big Ten Freshman of the Year. According to some recruiting services, Russell was the No. 3 shooting guard in the nation. He also is the 11th McDonald’s All-American inked during the Thad Matta era. “I think with D’Angelo, all I can say right now is I’m very pleased with how he’s playing in practice, the strides
Some interesting games dot the Big Ten map, including a key West Division tilt with Nebraska visiting Northwestern (watch on BTN/BTN2Go) and an interesting intra-divisional clash with Iowa at Maryland. And could we see an upset when Purdue visits Minnesota? Here’s a look at the Best of Week 8. BEST GAME: If the last three games are any indication, the Nebraska at Northwestern clash should be memorable. The Wildcats tallied a 28-25 win in Lincoln in 2011 behind backup quarterback Kain Colter. The Cornhuskers returned the favor in 2012 with a stirring 29-28 comeback in Evanston, after trailing 28-16 in
BTN2Go aired all 14 women’s basketball coaches’ press conferences live from Chicago’s Big Ten Basketball Media Day. We’ve clipped the first seven and posted them here. See the other seven coaches speak in this post. ***
BTN & BTN2Go aired the 2014 Big Ten Basketball Media Day live on Thursday. The Big Ten Media Day TV show will air again at 8 p.m. ET Thursday. Video of each coach’s press conferences is also posted inside this post. A topic of conversation at Big Ten Media Day was the new scheduling format, which was necessitated with the additions of Maryland and Rutgers to make the Big Ten a 14-team league. League teams will play five double-plays and eight single-plays each season. It will be a true rotation without protected rivals or preference to geography. Previously, Big Ten
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
Can a player from the Big Ten win the honor for the first time since Ohio State’s Troy Smith in 2006? Find out inside!