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BTN to provide extensive baseball and softball coverage for the 2016 season

BTN will offer its most extensive baseball and softball coverage ever in 2016, with over 360 games airing on BTN/BTN2Go and BTN Plus for the upcoming season. BTN’s television coverage of Big Ten baseball begins with a non-conference showdown between Purdue and No. 5 Louisville on Wednesday, March 23 at 6 p.m. ET. Last season, Illinois won its 30th outright Big Ten title, but Michigan won the Big Ten Tournament Championship and appeared in the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2008. The Big Ten coaches voted the Wolverines as the 2016 conference favorite, however they figure to face

Michigan picked to win 2016 Big Ten baseball championship

Michigan was voted the preseason favorite to claim the 2016 Big Ten Baseball Championship, as voted on by the conference coaches and announced on Wednesday. The coaches voted on the top six teams and also selected three students from their own squads to a Players to Watch list. The Wolverines were followed in the preseason poll by Maryland in second place, No. 3 Indiana, Iowa in fourth place, No. 5 Illinois and Michigan State in sixth place. Michigan is coming off its first trip to the NCAA Tournament since 2008 and posted a 39-25 record. The Wolverines return 19 letterwinners

Looking for video highlights? Big Ten Network is on YouTube

Are you a fan of Big Ten football in-game video highlights? How about interviews from your favorite Big Ten basketball coaches? If so, we’ve got you covered, with our new BTN YouTube page. In the fast-paced world of sports and social media, BTN.com now offers in-game Big Ten highlights, interviews and features on our YouTube page, which can be seen here! When a huge play happens or a memorable moment occurs, BTN.com video editors will post and share the video right after they happen. Looking for your favorite play from Week 1 of the season, but don’t want to scroll

Nine Big Ten teams listed on D1baseball.com's top 100 programs

Big Ten baseball is coming off its best season ever, and the nation is taking notice. A few months after sending a conference-record five teams to the NCAA tournament, D1baseball.com placed nine Big Ten programs on its list of the top 100 programs of the current era in college baseball. How does that compare to the nation’s premier conferences? It’s just one fewer team than both the ACC and the Big 12; the SEC featured 13 teams. Indiana (No. 23) paced the Big Ten, while Vanderbilt (No. 1) and Virginia (No. 2), the participants in the last two College World

Happy Left-handers day! Here's our favorite lefty plays from this year

It’s time to celebrate, lefties! Today, Aug. 13, 2015, marks the 23rd annual International Left-Handers Day. Last year, I put together a list of our favorite Big Ten lefties, which consisted of names like Kirk Gibson, Calbert Cheaney and Morris Peterson. Today, I dug into the archives and put together a great list of my favorite highlights from left-handed Big Ten athletes over the past season. Did I miss one? Let me know in the comment box below, or tweet it to me @BTNSean. Here we go! Ohio State’s D’Angelo Russell drops an incredible pass to Sam Thompson for the

Big Ten announces Outstanding Sportsmanship Award winners

The Big Ten announced on Wednesday the 28 honorees named Outstanding Sportsmanship Award winners for the 2014-15 academic year. These standouts were chosen from a group of more than 350 students honored throughout the academic year who had displayed positive sportsmanship. One member of each varsity sports team on every campus was chosen by his or her institution as a Sportsmanship Award honoree, and two Outstanding Sportsmanship Award winners were then selected from each institution. All of the Sportsmanship Award winners have distinguished themselves through sportsmanship and ethical behavior. In addition, these honorees must be in good academic standing and

BTN.com's favorite plays from Day 3 of Big Ten baseball tourney

Big Ten fans have been treated to plenty of outstanding individual plays in the first three days of the 2015 Big Ten Baseball Tournament. [ MORE: View our Big Ten tourney page | Watch #BTNStandout plays ] One day after a go-ahead grand slam and an unbelievable catch in the stands, we saw some incredible heroics in Friday’s two elimination games. Like, a catcher turning an incredible double play. Or, another grand slam, which landed in the 200 level seats at Target Field. See our favorite plays from an entertaining Day 3 below. *** *** *** ***

#BTNStandout: Michigan State's Mark Weist goes into stands to end game

Surely, you’ve seen the Derek Jeter play where he makes the catch in foul territory and flies into the stands. [ MORE: View our Big Ten tourney page | Watch #BTNStandout plays ] Michigan State third baseman Mark Weist made a Jeter-esque play Thursday afternoon in the Big Ten tournament. Only, Weist’s marked the final out of the game. In an elimination game, to boot. With two outs in the top of the ninth inning, moments after the Spartans erupted for six runs in the bottom of the eighth to take the lead, Weist tracked a fly ball to his

#BTNStandout: Spartans' Ryan Krill demolishes go-ahead grand slam

Ryan Krill had a dozen home runs entering Thursday afternoon’s elimination game in the 2015 Big Ten Baseball Tournament. [ MORE: View our Big Ten tourney page | Watch #BTNStandout plays ] No. 13 was the biggest, and arguably longest, of the season. Krill demolished a go-ahead grand slam to deep right field in the bottom of the eighth inning to help No. 5 Michigan State rally past No. 8 Nebraska, 9-7. The blast, Michigan State’s first grand slam of the season, was part of a six-run eighth that saw the Spartans erase a four-deficit. Watch the video above or