The Big Ten is losing some serious four-year talent. The list of names is nothing short of impressive, and it is, no doubt, headlined by Big Ten Player of the Year Denzel Valentine. Other top names who have exhausted their eligibility: Yogi Ferrell, A.J. Hammons, Caris LeVert and Jarrod Uthoff. Talk about a scary starting 5. You can create a strong bench, too, with the likes of Rapheal Davis, Jake Layman and Shavon Shields, among others. With all of the talent headed out the door, Lisa Byington asked me to play word association Tuesday night on “BTN Live.” Thing is,
Who doesn’t love a surprise? We all do. And the Big Ten basketball season was filled with some good ones. Here are my three most surprising teams of the 2015-16 season. INDIANA The Hoosiers figured to be good. But few envisioned an outright Big Ten title with a 15-3 record. But, that’s what Indiana accomplished behind the play of star senior point man Yogi Ferrell. This was the Big Ten’s top offensive squad—even with James Blackmon Jr. going down with a season-ending injury in December. But it was a selfless commitment to defense that helped propel Indiana to the unexpected
Spring practices are in full swing across the Big Ten, as schools begin to answer questions as they prepare for 2016. And no position across the conference may be under more scrutiny than offensive line, which from my estimations will be a top priority for nine schools to shore up. Here is a look at the most critical offensive line situations in the Big Ten, listed alphabetically. Illinois Guard Ted Karras was the team’s top blocker. Now, he’s gone. This unit needs to get a better push after the Illini ranked last in the Big Ten in rushing (129.3 ypg)
At the beginning of the basketball season, our panel of Big Ten men's basketball experts came together and made some predictions. Some were pretty good, others not so much. See what they predicted and how it compares to the end results.
The Penn State Nittany Lion wrestling team posted a perfect Friday night at the 2016 NCAA Wrestling Championships in New York’s Madison Square Garden and finds itself on the brink of yet another NCAA National Championship. Head coach Cael Sanderson’s squad was unbeaten in five national semifinal bouts as well as consolation action in session four of the three-day event. Penn State’s five semifinalists roared through the session perfectly, going 5-0 with a pin and a tech fall while the Nittany Lions picked up a sixth All-American with a perfect run through consolation action. The Nittany Lions lead the team
No one said it was going to be easy for Iowa – and it wasn’t. But it sure has to feel good for a program to win an opening NCAA game after the Hawkeyes wheezed across the finish line, going 2-6 in their last eight games and getting dumped by Illinois in the Big Ten tourney game. In short, the Hawkeyes fought through it. No. 7 Iowa can thank big Adam Woodbury, who caught an air ball by Mike Gesell and put the errant shot off the glass and into the hoop as time expired for a 72-70 win in
The Penn State Nittany Lion wrestling team closed out day one of the 2016 NCAA Wrestling Championships in New York’s Madison Square Garden in first place. Head coach Cael Sanderson’s squad will have six, a full two-thirds of its nine qualifiers, in the national quarterfinals tomorrow morning.
Four Big Ten women’s basketball teams played in the WNIT on Thursday night. Rutgers won in thrilling fashion as Kahleah Copper made a game-winning shot with two seconds remaining to lift the Scarlet Knights to a 57-55 victory over Georgetown at the RAC. Rutgers will host Virginia at the RAC in second round action on Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. ET. In other action, Ball State topped Iowa, 77-72, Nebraska fell to UNI, 64-62, and Northwestern lost to San Diego, 69-65. The website www.womensnit.com has a useful page with links to watch all of the WNIT games live online. Catch up
Five Big Ten women’s hoops teams play their opening games of the 2016 NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament Friday and Saturday. Click the matchups in this post to go to the live game center pages for each game. On Friday, No. 4 seed Michigan State plays No. 13 Belmont at noon ET on ESPN2 followed No. 3 seed Ohio State playing No. 14 seed Buffalo at 2:30 p.m., also on ESPN2. Saturday’s games are No. 2 Maryland vs. No. 15 Iowa (1:30 p.m., ESPN2) No. 11 Purdue vs. No. 6 Oklahoma (1:30 p.m., ESPN2), and No. 9 Indiana vs. No. 8 Georgia
During football and basketball games, BTN LiveBIG will spotlight notable examples of research, innovation and community service from around the conference. In-Game stories will provide more background on these features, and the opportunity to view the videos again. It may fly in the face of conventional wisdom, but in Postville, Iowa, everyone looks forward to when the dentists come to town. And at the end of their whirlwind, one-day visit, everyone’s smile is a little brighter, thanks to the University of Iowa’s Project SEALED. Along with their portable dental equipment, the Hawkeye dentists bring stuffed animals and toys and oversized