On Monday, March 27 at 6 p.m. ET, BTN will air the first live esports match in network history when Maryland takes on Illinois in the BTN League of Legends Championship. The match will be held at the NA LCS Battle Theater in Los Angeles and can be seen on BTN2Go. Over the course of the inaugural season, 12 clubs from Big Ten universities were separated into BTN East and West divisions to compete against each other in the most played PC video game in the world. Not including Monday’s championship, seven matches have been streamed across BTN2Go, Facebook and
Remember way back when the national narrative was “the Big Ten is down?” It seems like a silly notion now, doesn’t it? The Big Ten has more than acquitted itself in the opening two rounds of the NCAA tourney.
Three Big Ten teams remained in the NCAA women's basketball tournament heading into Sunday, and two (Maryland and Ohio State) won to advance to the Sweet 16.
Maryland topped West Virginia on Sunday to advance to the Sweet 16, but that might not have been the biggest story. That’s because Destiny Slocum drained a shot, a three-quarter court overhead heave, like you’ve probably never seen. The accuracy is one thing, but how about the strength, with both feet planted on the court, to get the ball to travel all of the way to the hoop? Watch the highlight buzzer-beater in the tweets below. DESTINY SLOCUM, WE ARE NOT WORTHY #SCtop10 #FearTheTurtle pic.twitter.com/7QVTNmy2cZ — Maryland WBB (@umdwbb) March 19, 2017 OH MY! 😮 #SCtop10 pic.twitter.com/YzAlvMd8jR — SportsCenter (@SportsCenter)
Four Big Ten teams earned NCAA women's basketball tournament bids, and all four were in first round action Friday. Three of them (Maryland, Ohio State, Purdue) advanced to the Round of 32.
No. 11 Xavier was too much for No. 6 Maryland, as the Terrapins fell 76-65 in its opening NCAA game. The Terrapins were fueled all season by junior point man Melo Trimble.
For what it's worth, Barack Obama doesn't see the Big Ten having much success in the NCAA tournament. See the former President's full bracket inside.
BTN will offer its most extensive baseball and softball coverage ever in 2017, with over 400 games airing on BTN/BTN2Go and BTN Plus during the upcoming season. BTN’s television coverage of Big Ten baseball begins with a conference showdown between No. 21 Michigan and Maryland on Saturday, March 25 at 7 p.m. ET. Last season, Minnesota won the outright Big Ten title, but Ohio State won the Big Ten Tournament Championship for the first time since 2007 en route to the NCAA tournament. The Big Ten coaches voted the Maryland Terrapins as the 2017 conference favorite; however, they figure to
Wrestlers from all 14 Big Ten schools will head to the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, to compete in the 2017 NCAA Wrestling Championships, which begin Thursday morning and conclude Saturday evening.
If one of the Big Ten's seven teams is going to reach the summit, a key player for each squad will need to step up. And, here is that key player, according to BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart.