After Sunday’s domination of Purdue, is there any question that Iowa is king of the Big Ten? Of course not. Yes, I know all about Indiana, but its resume pales compared to Iowa’s. [ MORE: Big Ten scoreboard | Big Ten standings | Big Ten statistics ] Here is a look back at the week that was. Biggest surprise: Nebraska. The Cornhuskers began the Big Ten season 0-3. Then, they won four in row—three of them on the road–the latest a surprising win at No. 11 Michigan State on Wednesday night. Nebraska fell vs. Michigan on Saturday, but it’s still
It’s a strange situation: Even as football has reached the height of its popularity, there are serious doubts about its future viability. And the main reason for that is the health problems caused over time by concussions, which often go undiagnosed after they occur. This issue grabbed headlines in recent years with the untimely deaths of former professional players who believe they suffered cognitive and emotional problems later in life because of untreated injuries to their brains. (And a big-budget film, “Concussion,” was just released that depicts the medical investigation into the issue.) Beyond the immediate issues that creates for
We had a quartet of Big Ten men’s basketball games Saturday. [ MORE: Catch up on all of Saturday’s action on our Big Ten scoreboard ] In the first game of the day, No. 23 Indiana took care of Northwestern, 89-57, to improve to 7-0 in the Big Ten for the first time since 1993. In other action: Michigan knocked off Nebraska, 81-68, Michigan State topped Maryland, 74-65, and Illinois got by Minnesota, 76-71. Watch Saturday’s top plays in the videos above and below: You gotta see this! @MSU_Basketball's Matt Costello gets a HUGE block and knocks down Kenny Goins
Iowa? Ohio State? Michigan? Some other team perhaps? BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart asked a handful of football writers to make their incredibly early predictions on a 2016 Big Ten football champion. Here's what they said.
BTN wrestling analyst Shane Sparks brings you latest on Big Ten wrestling and looks ahead to a few key matches this weekend. Plus, watch this week's BTN Wrestling Report video segment as Kara Lentz talks with Indiana's Nate Jackson as the Hoosiers get set to wrestle Michigan State, Friday at 7 p.m. ET on BTN/BTN2Go.
Indiana brought new meaning to the phrase “making it rain” on Tuesday night in Bloomington, IN. [ MORE: Yogi Ferrell sets Indiana all-time assist record ] The Hoosiers hit a school-record 19 3-pointers in a commanding 103-69 victory over Illinois at Assembly Hall. Perhaps even more impressive, the Hoosiers’ 19 3-pointers made is the most ever by a Big Ten team in a conference game, according to our @BTNStatsGuys. Indiana hit 19-of-36 from beyond the arc, breaking a previous school record that was set against Minnesota just last season. Yogi Ferrell led the way with five of Indiana’s 19 3-pointers.
There were two Big Ten men’s basketball games on the slate Tuesday night. [ MORE: Catch up on all of Tuesday’s action on our Big Ten scoreboard ] No. 25 Indiana kicked off the action with an impressive 103-69 victory over Illinois in the opening game of the night. No. 7 Maryland followed that with a thrilling 62-56 overtime win against Northwestern in the nightcap. With two Big Ten games, we make it a point to capture the best moments from both contests. Here is a look at the best highlights from Tuesday’s Big Ten men’s basketball action. There is
Records are meant to be broken… Indiana senior Yogi Ferrell set another record on Tuesday as he dished out his 546th career assist, making him the school’s new all-time leader in that category. Leading Illinois 17-11 midway through the first half, Ferrell drew a double team and threw a perfect no-look pass to Max Bielfeldt for the basket. Check out the video at the top of this post. Former Indiana standout and current Orlando Magic star Victor Oladipo chimed in on Ferrell’s record-breaking assist, which we made sure to capture as well. Congrats to the little bro Yogi Ferrel for
It’s time to take the temperature of the Big Ten’s NCAA hopes with a weekly check of the mock brackets from Jerry Palm of CBSSports.com and Joe Lunardi of ESPN. One thing is becoming abundantly clear: The Big Ten is looking like a six-bid league, but keep an eye on Ohio State, Northwestern and Wisconsin. Last week, Palm had five Big Ten teams in his field. This week, he has six, with Michigan joining the fray. No. 2 Iowa vs. No. 15 North Florida, South Region No. 2 Michigan State vs. No. 15 Texas A&M CC, West Region No. 4
Iowa is white hot, jumping out to a 5-0 Big Ten clip, its best start since the 1996-97 season. [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Power Rankings | Player Rankings | Best of the week that was | Big Ten award winners | Polls | Standings | Stats | Scores ] It’s been a collective effort for the Hawkeyes, but there’s no doubt that senior forward Jarrod Uthoff has been the key. The Iowa star is playing so well that he has taken the top spot from Maryland point guard Melo Trimble in my latest Big Ten Player Rankings. Editor’s note: