It is no question that football and basketball rule the world of college athletics. Ohio State is considered a “top-notch” national powerhouse when it comes to college football, and the same can be said about Michigan State when talking about college hoops. But what schools are dominant in both sports? Our friends over at ESPN the Magazine recently published an article titled “The Undisputed Two-Sport Champ,” which uses a detailed formula to determine which college programs rule both football and basketball. The formula takes the following three factors into consideration: On-field success (which accounts for 50 percent of the final
Come basketball season, Seth Davis is all over your television screen. This winter, that will include BTN/BTN2Go. Davis, along with former “Flyin’ Illini” star Stephen Bardo, highlights the new additions to BTN’s 2013-14 hoops talent roster. The SI and CBS Sports personality will serve as a game analyst and hopes to also find the time to do some studio work. [ MORE: Follow @SethDavisHoops on Twitter! ] What brought Davis to BTN? “First of all, the BTN is terrific,” he said. “I’m a fan. I watch it. It’s high quality production and a high quality product.” Most of all, Davis
CHICAGO – BTN will be the fans’ destination for high-quality hoops this season, with more than half of all Big Ten Conference matchups airing on the network, including nine straight weeks of doubleheaders on “Super Wednesdays.” In all, BTN will televise 67 men’s conference basketball matchups, including four Big Ten Tournament games and an additional number of non-conference games. “After an unbelievable 2012-13 season that included record ratings for the network, we’re looking forward to another competitive men’s basketball season,” said BTN President Mark Silverman. BTN also has added new talent to its men’s basketball roster. The network’s lead analysts,
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.