The preseason Coaches Poll is out, and six Big Ten teams made the list. Reigning national semifinalist and preseason Big Ten favorite Wisconsin leads the conference at No. 4. [ MORE: Get all of our Big Ten men’s basketball media coverage ] Michigan State (No. 18), Ohio State (20), Nebraska (21), Michigan (23) and Iowa (25) round out the Big Ten teams. Coaches Rankings Rankings as of 10/16/2014 Rank School Votes Prev Rank 1 Kentucky 0-0 785 (24) NR 2 Arizona 0-0 746 (3) NR 3 Duke 0-0 715 (2) NR 4 Wisconsin 0-0 706 (3) NR 5 Kansas 0-0
The Big Ten has a number of touted freshmen entering the league this season. There’s Indiana’s James Blackmon, Maryland’s Melo Trimble and Northwestern’s Vic Law, to name a few. But the best of all may be Ohio State’s DeAngelo Russell, the favorite to be Big Ten Freshman of the Year. According to some recruiting services, Russell was the No. 3 shooting guard in the nation. He also is the 11th McDonald’s All-American inked during the Thad Matta era. “I think with D’Angelo, all I can say right now is I’m very pleased with how he’s playing in practice, the strides
BTN & BTN2Go aired the 2014 Big Ten Basketball Media Day live on Thursday. The Big Ten Media Day TV show will air again at 8 p.m. ET Thursday. Video of each coach’s press conferences is also posted inside this post. A topic of conversation at Big Ten Media Day was the new scheduling format, which was necessitated with the additions of Maryland and Rutgers to make the Big Ten a 14-team league. League teams will play five double-plays and eight single-plays each season. It will be a true rotation without protected rivals or preference to geography. Previously, Big Ten
Are you ready for basketball season? It’s on our doorstep, with Big Ten Media Day 2014 here (watch live on BTN2Go.com) and the season right around the corner. The Big Ten storylines are plentiful: Wisconsin looks again to reign supreme, Michigan State moves on without stalwarts Adreian Payne and Gary Harris, and great expectations await Nebraska. There also are plenty of questions as a new era of 14-team hoops begins with the addition of Rutgers and Maryland. As I begind to straddle two sports in the busiest time of year, here are my three questions for each school. Tell me
This much is clear: Big Ten writers really like Wisconsin and Frank Kaminsky in 2014-15, and rightfully so. See our annual beat writers' All-Big Ten team and predicted standings inside!
Big Ten media day is Thursday, and that means it's time for the BTN.com team to release its annual preseason All-Big Ten teams and honors.
Eamonn Brennan of ESPN.com recently released a list of the top 10 college basketball court designs. Which Big Ten court designs land on the list? Find out inside!
BTN released its 2014-15 Big Ten men’s basketball schedule Tuesday afternoon, and the slate is full of great matchups. In all, BTN/BTN2Go will air 77 conference matchups and five Big Ten tourney games, both network records. See my top 10 games in this post. 10. Penn State at Wisconsin – Dec. 31, TBA It’s New Year’s Eve, and it’s the Big Ten opener for Wisconsin, the reigning national semifinalist and Big Ten favorite. 9. Purdue vs. Notre Dame (Indianapolis) – Dec. 20, 5:15 p.m. ET In-state rivals battle in the always fun Crossroads Classic at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. 8. Rutgers
BTN will televise a record number of men’s conference basketball games this season. The slate features 77 conference matchups, including 10 straight weeks of “Super Wednesdays” and five Big Ten Tournament games for the first time in BTN history.
The Big Ten recently unveiled what its 2014 men’s basketball tourney bracket will look like going forward now that the conference has 14 teams. The format will feature a double-bye for the top four seeds. This has Mike DeCourcy of Sporting News wondering if some coaches should worry. [ Team schedules: Illinois | Indiana | Iowa | Maryland | Michigan | Michigan State | Minnesota | Nebraska | Northwestern | Ohio State | Penn State | Purdue | Rutgers | Wisconsin ] It seems the extra time off isn’t always desirable for coaches. Instead of sitting for the first two