Our friends over at ESPN.com recently released a list of the 25 college basketball teams most likely to have success over the next three seasons. In order to come up with this detailed list, a group of ESPN college basketball experts were asked to rate programs on a scale, 1-to-10, consisting of five different categories: Coaching, Current Talent, Program Power, Recruiting and Stability. The group then compiled the results and weighted each category, giving the school’s overall score on a scale of 100. Five Big Ten programs appear on the list, headlined by Michigan State, which comes in at No.
Big Ten basketball fans should love Mike DeCourcy’s recently released preseason top 25. The Sporting News scribe and BTN contributor placed six Big Ten teams in his poll, including four in the top 15. In other words, DeCourcy has half the Big Ten among his top 25 teams. [ MORE: Sporting News’ preseason rankings for 2013-14 ] Michigan State leads the group, at No. 2, behind only No. 1 Kentucky. His other top 25 Big Ten teams include: No. 7 Michigan; No. 11 Ohio State; No. 14 Wisconsin; No. 23 Iowa; No. 25 Indiana. Five of the teams are no
Big Ten basketball fans were treated to some incredible games last season. To this day, we continue to talk about Wisconsin’s shot at the buzzer vs. Michigan to send the game to overtime; Illinois upsetting No. 1 Indiana; and Indiana’s late comeback win at Michigan to clinch the Big Ten regular-season title. What great matchups are in store for the upcoming season, you ask? Let’s find out as I rank my top 10 B1G games on the 2013-14 schedule. [ RELATED: View the 2013-14 men’s basketball schedule ] 1. Michigan State at Michigan, Feb. 23. Outside of Duke-North Carolina and
In case you didn’t hear, the 2013-14 men’s basketball conference schedule was released Wednesday. In a conference as strong as the Big Ten is expected to be, there are several can’t-miss games. Like, Purdue hosting rival Indiana with revenge on its mind for last year’s blowout losses. Or, Nebraska opening up Pinnacle Bank Arena against reigning national runner-up Michigan. The list goes on. [ RELATED: View the 2013-14 men’s basketball schedule (PDF) ] But which game are Big Ten fans most looking forward to? I asked the question on Twitter, and here are some of the responses. https://twitter.com/therealbencory/status/372787093648711680 @BTNBrentYarina Spartans
The Big Ten announced its 2013-14 men’s basketball conference schedule Wednesday afternoon, and there will be at least 49 games televised by CBS Sports or an ESPN Network. Remaining network assignments will be announced at a later date. The Big Ten schedule will begin with four games on Tuesday, Dec. 31, including a New Year’s Eve doubleheader on ESPN2 featuring defending Big Ten Tournament Champion Ohio State at Purdue, followed by reigning Big Ten Champion Indiana at Illinois. [ RELATED: View the 2013-14 men’s basketball schedule (PDF) ] The Big Ten season concludes on March 8 and 9, including a
The times and dates have been finalized for the 15th annual Big Ten/ACC Challenge, which will be played Tuesday Dec. 3 and Wednesday, Dec. 4. See when and on what network your Big Ten team will play in this year’s event inside. [ RELATED: Our guy ranks the 2013 Big Ten/ACC Challenge pairings ] This year’s Challenge includes all 12 Big Ten teams and 12 of the ACC’s 15 schools, including first-year members Notre Dame, Pittsburgh and Syracuse. Clemson, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest, the ACC’s three bottom teams from 2012-13, sit out of the event. Last year, the two conferences
How do you kill time while waiting for a flight to board? Prior to its flight Sunday to London, the Iowa basketball team used one of the moving walkways at O’Hare International Airport to shoot an impromptu music video. Best of all, Iowa posted the masterpiece to YouTube. [ LostLettermen.com: Iowa BB performs moving sidewalk dance ] Yep, that’s Mike Gesell on the moving walkway and Peter Jok dancing in front of it to, of all things, Soulja Boy’s “Crank That (Soulja Boy)” 2007 song/video. Kind of random, yes, but they deserve props for doing something like this in public.
Iowa sophomore Mike Gesell is expected to miss 4-6 weeks after suffering a broken bone in his left, non-shooting, hand Thursday night during a summer league game. Gesell started 30-of-34 games as a freshman, ranking third on the team in scoring (8.7 ppg), steals (40), and assists (89). A stress reaction in his right foot forced him to miss four games down the stretch, however he still became the only Hawkeye freshman to post 295+ points, 85+ rebounds and 85+ assists in a season. Iowa, which posted a 25-13 record a year ago and return 11 lettermen, is scheduled to
Indiana’s Yogi Ferrell and Will Sheehey, Iowa’s Aaron White and Michigan State’s Adreian Payne were named to the 2013 USA Basketball Men’s World University Games Team. The Big Ten quartet made the team after five days of training camp at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. [ USABasketball.com: Read the official release and view final roster ] The field started with 26 players on June 24 before the list was trimmed to 16 finalists. The 12-man roster was finalized Saturday. The 2013 World University Games (WUGs) will be played July 7-16 in Kazan, Russia. Will and Yogi
Indiana’s Yogi Ferrell and Will Sheehey, Iowa’s Aaron White and Michigan State’s Adreian Payne were named finalists for the 2013 USA Basketball Men’s World University Games Team. The finalists were announced Wednesday following three days of training camp at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. [ USABasketball.com: Read the official release and view all 16 WUG’s finalists ] The Big Ten quartet will continue to train in Colorado through Sunday, at which time the roster will be trimmed to 12 prior to the team’s departure for Russia on Monday. Iowa guard Devyn Marble did not make the