The Big Ten office released the official 2016-17 men’s basketball conference schedule. [ MORE: View BTN’s loaded non-conference schedule ] It all gets started Dec. 27, with a quartet of games. Reigning Big Ten champ Indiana opens its title defense the following day, Dec. 28, vs. Nebraska. Check out the full conference slate below. DECEMBER 27 Illinois at Maryland Michigan State at Minnesota Northwestern at Penn State Rutgers at Wisconsin 28 Iowa at Purdue Nebraska at Indiana 30 Northwestern at Michigan State *** JANUARY 1 Michigan at Iowa Minnesota at Purdue Nebraska at Maryland Ohio State at Illinois Penn State
The slate features six matchups of teams that appeared in the 2016 NCAA Tournament, including the defending national champion Villanova Wildcats at Purdue on Nov. 14 as part of the Gavitt Tipoff Games and the 2014 national champion Connecticut Huskies at Ohio State on Dec. 10.
Denzel Valentine hit a buzzer-beater to force overtime and hit another buzzer-beater in overtime to send the Chicago Bulls past the Minnesota Timberwolves, 84-82, in the NBA Summer League championship game Monday night.
The 2016 ESPY Awards took place Wednesday night in Los Angeles. The annual awards ceremony was filled with memorable moments, including a touching speech from TNT analyst Craig Sager, who was honored with this year’s Jimmy V award. In honor of the ESPY Awards, I went ahead and made up a Big Ten-themed award list of my own, honoring the top performances of the past academic sports year in Big Ten athletics. Here is what I got. Did I miss one? Tweet me your thoughts, @BTNSean. All opinions welcomed! BIG TEN AWARD WINNERS Best Male Athlete: Denzel Valentine, Michigan State
Don't know Miles Bridges' name yet, Big Ten fans? Get familiar with it, because the Michigan State freshman will be one of the nation's top newcomers in the 2016-17 season.
With the 2016 NBA Draft in the books, it’s time to take a ridiculously early look at the 2017 NBA Draft class. Plenty of sites released their first 2017 mock drafts following last Thursday night’s draft. Here’s a look at several of them. BleacherReport.com 11. Thomas Bryant, Indiana 15. Miles Bridges, Michigan State 25. Melo Trimble, Maryland 26. OG Anunoby, Indiana CBSSports.com 5. Thomas Bryant, Indiana 24. OG Anunoby, Indiana 25. Miles Bridges, Michigan State 29. Nigel Hayes, Wisconsin *** NBADraftRoom.com 9. Thomas Bryant, Indiana 17. OG Anunoby, Indiana 19. Miles Bridges, Michigan State *** TheBigLead.com 4. Thomas Bryant, Indiana
The 2016 NBA Draft is officially in the books. A total of six Big Ten players heard their name called on Thursday night. See where every Big Ten player was selected.
The Big Ten saw six players get drafted in the 2016 NBA Draft on Thursday night. Two of the former standouts (Denzel Valentine – No. 14 to Chicago & Caris LeVert – No. 20 to Indiana; traded to Brooklyn) were selected in the first round. With the draft in the books, I thought it would be fun to take a look back at the best Big Ten player taken in every spot of the first round, 1-30. Did I miss one? Tweet me your opinions (@BTNSean). 1. Magic Johnson, Michigan State NBA team: Los Angeles Lakers Year: 1979 College stats:
Michigan State men’s basketball player Denzel Valentine was named the 2016 Big Ten Jesse Owens Male Athlete of the Year and Minnesota women’s basketball standout Rachel Banham was tabbed the Big Ten Female Athlete of the Year, the conference announced on Wednesday. Valentine is the third Michigan State player to win Male Athlete of the Year accolades, after ice hockey standout Ryan Miller claimed the honor in 2001 and men’s basketball’s Draymond Green won the award in 2012. Valentine capped off his senior season by winning six National Player of the Year honors, earning the awards from the Associated Press
Earlier this week, the Big Ten released the 2016-17 men’s basketball league schedule. And, as usual, some teams have more challenging draws than others. And that could impact the league race. Most early forecasts have Indiana, Michigan State and Wisconsin at the top. After that, Purdue and Michigan look primed to make a push. And Maryland, Illinois, Iowa, Penn State, Northwestern and Ohio State could make moves. Still, the Hoosiers, Spartans and Badgers are the teams to beat … at least in late June. Indiana, the defending Big Ten champ, lost Yogi Ferrell and Troy Williams, but Thomas Bryant, James