It’s almost time for the NBA draft, and I wanted to get creative and ask Big Ten fans where they want their favorite Big Ten players to land. The consensus is that Indiana’s Noah Vonleh, Michigan’s Nik Stauskas, and Michigan State’s Gary Harris and Adreian Payne are all first-round locks. Michigan’s Mitch McGary and Glenn Robinson III could also be first-round selections. But where will these former Big Ten stars call home? Here is a look at the responses we got, as well as where several NBA experts have thesm landing. This should be fun. Noah Vonleh, PF, Indiana Chad
Get your popcorn ready, ladies and gentlemen. The 2014 NBA Draft is hours away, and there are a number of Big Ten prospects who will their name called on Thursday night in the Big Apple. Noah Vonleh, Gary Harris and Nik Stauskas are said to be ‘lottery locks,” but lets go ahead and go deeper in the rankings. The BTN.com team combined their hoops knowledge to bring you our top 10 Big Ten prospects in the NBA Draft. [ MORE: Get all of our NBA draft coverage | Track the draft Thursday night ] 1. Noah Vonleh, PF, Indiana: This
CHICAGO – As one of the premier basketball conferences in the country, the Big Ten is expected to once again be heavily represented in the 2014 NBA Draft. Through a series of feature segments, sit-down interviews and in-depth analysis, BTN will prepare fans for draft night with a 60-minute NBA Draft Preview edition of Big Ten Basketball Report at 7 PM ET on Wednesday, June 25. [ MORE: Get all of our 2014 NBA Draft coverage ] Hosted by Dave Revsine alongside analyst Jim Jackson, the show will include several features that provide viewers with an inside look at how
The Big Ten led the nation in men’s basketball attendance for the 38th consecutive season, according to figures recently released by the NCAA. The Big Ten set a conference record with an average attendance of 13,534 per game, including regular season home games and all six sessions of the Big Ten tourney, for a total of 2,896,322 patrons, the 22nd straight year the conference eclipsed the two-million mark. In addition, the Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament welcomed 111,427 fans over six sessions at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, an average of 18,571 fans per session and the largest total attendance in Indianapolis.
The first day of summer is June 21. With the Big Ten athletic season complete, it is “summer,” for all intents and purposes. So, I decided to do something random – something I hoped would be fun – with Big Ten fans on Twitter. I asked them to pick two players, past or present, from their Big Ten team to use in a mythical Big Ten NBA JAM. See their selections in this post.
While the Big Ten’s borders stretch from the plains of Nebraska to the shadow of New York City, the iconic conference still remains anchored in the heartland of America. And, that’s the way it should be. Today’s announcement quelled any fears to the contrary, as the conference is committed to Chicago and Indianapolis as anchor cities for its marquee events. [ MORE: Read the official BigTen.org release ] News that the Big Ten football championship game will remain anchored in Indianapolis through 2021 and that the hoops tourney will rotate between Chicago (2019 and 2021) and Indianapolis (2020 and 2022)
With the Big Ten athletic year now complete, we decided to compile a fun list. No, this isn’t a list that ranks the top athletes or breakout players. It’s one that’s all about puns on Big Ten basketball players’ names, both past and present. Whether you’re a horse racing fan or a fantasy sports geek, you’ll appreciate these creative names. Have a fun team name for a Big Ten athlete? We encourage you to submit it in the comment box at the bottom of this post. Enjoy! B1G ALL-TIME GREATS Lucas, I am Your Father Havlicek Yourself Before You Wreck
Who are the top current coaches throughout college basketball? Our friends over at ESPN are working on a series, listing the top 50 coaches in the nation. Three Big Ten coaches appear in the first installment, which ranks Nos. 25-50: Minnesota’s Richard Pitino, No. 49; Iowa’s Fran McCaffery, No. 33; and Nebraska’s Tim Miles, No. 32. Check out the complete list here. [ MORE: Top 10 NBA Draft steals in Big Ten history ] No. 49: Richard Pitino, Minnesota ESPN on Pitino: “Someone made an impression in his first Big Ten season, huh? Richard Pitino, all of 31 years old,
Several Big Ten players will begin a new, exciting chapter in their lives after being selected in the upcoming NBA draft. Where former Big Ten stars such as Noah Vonleh, Gary Harris and Nik Stauskas end up is anyone’s guess, but all three have been pegged for the lottery in mock drafts. Those three will likely join a long list of Big Ten players who have become early NBA Draft picks and gone on to have strong pro careers. But not every Big Ten player who has had success in the NBA was selected at the top of the draft.
The Big Ten is known as being one of the best college basketball conferences in the nation. We have seen countless All-Americans sport Big Ten jerseys and go on to have outstanding NBA careers, from John Havlicek to Earvin “Magic Johnson to Isiah Thomas, to name a few. We know some of the all-time greats, but what kind of NBA talent has the Big Ten produced in recent years? I studied the past 10 years and looked back at all the Big Ten NBA draft picks since 2004. I took note of how many players were drafted each year, where