This feature is called “Three Takes,” but I’m going to bend the rules and offer four thoughts this week. [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Power Rankings | Player Rankings | Ranking this week’s games | Best of week ahead | Scoreboard | Standings | Stats | Polls | Win a trip for two to the Big Ten tourney ] Here goes! Indiana, Iowa & Michigan State Indiana and Iowa have rolled to undefeated 7-0 records in conference play, and Michigan State seems to be back on track with Denzel Valentine returning to form. Something all three teams have in common:
Iowa and Indiana have proven to be the class of the Big Ten so far. But keep an eye on Maryland, which can score a huge win when the Hawkeyes visit College Park, Maryland, on Thursday. Could IU go down when it visits Wisconsin? Hmmmm. [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Power Rankings | Player Rankings | Ranking this week’s games | Best of week ahead | Scoreboard | Standings | Stats | Polls | Win a trip for two to the Big Ten tourney ] Here is a ranking of this week’s games. 1. Iowa at Maryland, Thursday. The “game
The fifth week of the season is on our doorstep. All eyes will be on College Park, Maryland, for a battle of ranked teams between Iowa and Maryland. This also is a big week for Northwestern, which can make statement with games vs. Michigan State and Iowa. And can Indiana remain perfect in the Big Ten? [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Power Rankings | Player Rankings | Ranking this week’s games | Best of week ahead | Scoreboard | Standings | Stats | Polls | Win a trip for two to the Big Ten tourney ] Here’s my preview to
On Sunday, Jan. 31 at 9:30 p.m. ET, Big Ten Network will air the 100th episode of The Journey, the network’s signature original series. The Journey, a documentary-style show covering both football and basketball, has taken viewers behind the scenes with compelling stories of the Big Ten’s student-athletes and coaches since 2007. Over the next seven days, BTN will take a trip down memory lane with the best moments and stories from The Journey’s past nine years on Facebook, Twitter and BTN.com. ‘Journey Week’ will include reliving 12 of the most popular features in Journey history, an updated look at
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
(AP) Jarrod Uthoff scored 13 of his 22 points in the first half and ninth-ranked Iowa toppled No. 22 Purdue 83-71 Sunday for its ninth straight win. [ MORE: Big Ten scoreboard | Big Ten standings | Big Ten stats ] Adam Woodbury added 13 points and 10 rebounds for the Hawkeyes (16-3, 7-0 Big Ten), who’ve beaten four ranked teams since late December ahead of Thursday’s meeting at No. 7 Maryland. Iowa broke open a tight game with a 23-6 run to start the second half, getting baskets from seven different players during that stretch. Vince Edwards had 19
Before Purdue (17-3, 5-2 in the Big Ten) plays at Iowa (15-3, 6-0) at 1 p.m. ET Sunday on BTN/BTN2Go, have a look at a few fast facts on both the Boilermakers and the Hawkeyes. [MORE: Get Jon Crispin’s preview | Watch Purdue at Iowa on BTN2Go | A look at the last 5 meetings | Latest standings | Big Ten scoreboard ] You can follow the BTN stats guys on Twitter @BTNStatsGuys all season, too. Iowa has won 12 consecutive Big Ten games dating back to last season, marking it’s longest streak since 1969-70 (14 straight). Iowa is looking for its
Heading into Sunday's Big Ten showdown between Purdue and Iowa on BTN, men's basketball analyst Jon Crispin calls Iowa "one of the most consistent teams in college basketball." How can Purdue avoid another loss to Iowa this season? What must the Hawkeyes do to complete the regular season sweep? Come read what Crispin says.
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.
Sunday isn't all about the NFC and AFC conference championship games. There's also a top 25 Big Ten matchup to start your inevitable day in front of the TV, as No. 9 Iowa hosts No. 22 Purdue at 1 p.m. ET on BTN/BTN2Go. In this post, we look back at the last five Iowa-Purdue games, including their most recent meeting on Jan. 2, 2016.