We are officially in the second half of Big Ten Conference play. For some teams the schedule gets, somewhat, easier, while for others, such as Indiana, it gets considerably more challenging. [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Power Rankings | Big Ten midterm grades | Best of the first half of B1G play | Previewing the week ahead | Bracketology | Scoreboard | Standings | Stats | Polls | Win a trip for two to the Big Ten tourney ] While I predict that the elite programs in the conference will begin to separate themselves from the pack, this is where
The debate over the Big Ten’s best men’s basketball team is one that includes at least a couple of candidates. [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Power Rankings | Big Ten midterm grades | Best of week that was | Players of the Week | Bracketology | Scoreboard | Standings | Stats | Polls | Win a trip for two to the Big Ten tourney ] For what it’s worth, the latest national polls, released Monday, agree that the answer is Maryland. The Terrapins come in at No. 4 (AP) and No. 3 (Coaches) to pace five Big Ten teams in
Recruiting never ends. Once one class is signed, schools cast their eyes to the next one. Offers are always going out … and being accepted. Schools are putting the finishing touches on their 2016 classes. I talked to Allen Trieu, the Midwest Football Recruiting Manager for Scout.com, to get his insights on all things Big Ten recruiting as we head toward Signing Day on Wednesday. Q: How has the conference been doing heading toward Signing Day? A: I think the conference has done extremely well. You have five teams in the Top 20, and that should true through Signing Day.
The Big Ten office released its latest weekly Big Ten men's basketball honors Monday. See all of the latest honors and watch select video highlight inside.
How did former Michigan State star Draymond Green celebrate his NBA-leading ninth triple-double of the season? [ MORE: Get all of our latest Big Ten pros coverage ] By spending his off day at the NBA office in New York City. Hours after registering a historic 20-points, 10-rebound, 10-assist line that included a perfect performance from the field (9 of 9) Sunday night at Madison Square Garden, the 2012 Big Ten Player of the Year and 2015 NBA champion was treated like the star that he is. Green had plenty of fun, too, between playing pop-a-shot and designing a custom
The Big Ten race is bunched at the top, with Iowa, Indiana, Maryland and Michigan leading the pack. And keep an eye on Purdue. [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Power Rankings | Big Ten midterm grades | Best of week that was | Players of the Week | Bracketology | Scoreboard | Standings | Stats | Polls | Win a trip for two to the Big Ten tourney ] Here is a look back at the week that was. Biggest surprise: Wisconsin. Don’t count out the Badgers from returning to the Big Dance just yet. Greg Gard’s program ended Indiana’s
Following Sunday’s quartet of Big Ten games, every team has played at least nine conference games, exactly half of its league schedule. [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Power Rankings | Big Ten midterm grades | Best of week that was | Players of the Week | Bracketology | Scoreboard | Standings | Stats | Polls | Win a trip for two to the Big Ten tourney ] Halfway home, it’s seems like a great time to hand out some midseason grades. Get my report card for all 14 teams below. Illinois (10-12, 2-7): D. Injuries have impacted this roster greatly.
Michigan State doesn’t need an excuse to remember or honor Lacey Holsworth. [ MORE: AP: 12th-ranked Spartans pound visiting Rutgers ] Holsworth’s story captivated the nation. Her well-chronicled friendship with the Spartans, in particular then-star Adreian Payne, was something so genuine. Neuroblastoma took Holsworth’s life in April of 2014, but, with it being Coaches vs. Cancer Week, teams and coaching staffs across the country, not just Michigan State or the Big Ten, have worn gold shoelaces to honor “Princess Lacey” and support the fight against pediatric cancer. It was the Spartans’ turn Sunday night. Making the occasion all the more
The Big Ten men’s basketball schedule featured four games Sunday, including a trio involving ranked teams. [ MORE: Catch up on all of Sunday’s action on our Big Ten scoreboard ] No. 8 Maryland held off Ohio State, 66-61, behind Jake Layman’s double-double, No. 3 Iowa took care of Northwestern, 85-71, thanks to Peter Jok’s hot hand, and No. 12 Michigan State rolled Rutgers, 96-62, with the help of a school record-tying 17 3-pointers. In the other game, Wisconsin knocked off Illinois, 63-55, at Assembly Hall Check out our favorite plays from Sunday’s four games below. *** *** ***
The debates pop up all the time. “Who was the greatest player to play at your school?” “Where would that current player rank on your school’s all-time team?” And so on. That’s why we created survey pages for each Big Ten men’s basketball program where fans have been ranking their favorite players over the past few weeks. At first look, it can seem like an easy task. But as you roll through any list, one realizes it’s a little harder. Where would Illinois’ Kendall Gill rank on the Fighting Illinois list? With Indiana’s long roster of talented players, who makes that