With Wednesday night’s Big Ten games behind us and more basketball ahead tonight, here is my latest edition of “Three Takes!” This week I look at Michigan State vs. Iowa, Illinois’ ability to shut down Purdue’s big, and Michigan’s outstanding 3-point shooting. Spartans vs. Hawkeyes Tonight’s showdown in East Lansing will not make or break the season for the Spartans or the Hawkeyes, but it is a battle that is very significant in the Big Ten race. Michigan State is looking for revenge and can’t afford to fall two games behind the Hawkeyes after dropping a game in Iowa City.
When Mel Kiper Jr. releases an NFL Mock Draft, both college and NFL football fans take notice. [MORE: Top replacements for 2016 | What are J.T. Barrett’s Heisman outlook? | Big Ten’s 2015 football season stands out | Final 2015 football standings ] The ESPN NFL Draft guru released his initial first round mock draft today, and it features six Big Ten names. Check out his Kiper’s full 2016 NFL Mock Draft 1.0 here. Highlighting the list is Ohio State DE Joey Bosa, who Kiper has going No. 1 overall to the Tennessee Titans. “Every team wants great D-linemen, and Bosa has the
With the 2015 season officially in our rear-view mirror, we take an early peek into the fall of 2016 and how it may shape up. BTN.com's Tom Dienhart presents his premature forecast for the Big Ten East division, and we've included a link for the readers to contribute to the fans' overall prediction from No. 1 to No. 7.
The Michigan State machine rolls on. The 2015 season marked the fifth time in the last six years that the Spartans won double-digit games to go along with three Big Ten championships. And the program has played in major bowls each of the last three seasons, reaching the playoffs for the first time last season. [ MORE: Get all of Tom Dienhart’s players to replace posts ] Mark Dantonio has a strong foundation laid. Players come and go, but the Spartans always play well. That’s a credit to a strong coaching staff that has been marked by stability. Still, replicating
One year after Ohio State claimed the inaugural College Football Playoff national crown, the Big Ten compiled another successful season that saw Michigan State make the national semifinals. [ MORE: 2015-16 bowl results | View final 2015 polls | Way-too-early 2016 polls ] A total of six Big Ten teams finished in the final AP poll, released Monday, including four in the top 12: No. 4 Ohio State; No. 6 Michigan State; No. 9 Iowa; No. 12 Michigan. No. 21 Wisconsin and No. 23 Northwestern round out the Big Ten contingent. Here are a couple more 2015 factoids: This is
At a table for four, coaching legends Jud Heathcote, Gary Williams and Tom Davis share the losses they never got over, the best players they coached and faced and their thoughts on NCAA basketball today. Their conversations were captured for season two of A Taste of Coaching, hosted by Steve Lavin and debuting at 9 PM ET on Monday, Jan. 18. The five-episode series will air on Monday evenings in January and February.
The 2015 college football season just ended, you say? Give us at least a day to digest it all before looking ahead to the 2016 season, you say? [ MORE: Six Big Ten teams land on final AP & Coaches polls ] Not a chance. Not in today’s world, one in which the annual way-too-early polls start being released pretty much as soon as the the national championship game ends. Well, the second annual College Football Playoff National Championship Game was Monday night (it was a great one, too), so the way-too-early polls are out in full force. Check out
The second annual College Football Playoff title game was Monday night, with No. 2 Alabama holding off No. 1 Clemson in an absolute thriller. [ MORE: Relive all of the bowl action on our 2015-16 bowl schedule ] With the 2015 season now completely in the rearview mirror, the AP and Coaches polls released their final rankings Tuesday. Six Big Ten teams are ranked in each poll, paced by Ohio State (No. 4 AP/No. 4 Coaches), last season’s national champ. The Buckeyes took care of Notre Dame in the Fiesta Bowl to finish 12-1, the lone loss coming on the
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It’s time to take the temperature of the Big Ten’s NCAA hopes with a weekly check of the mock brackets from Jerry Palm of CBSSports.com and Joe Lunardi of ESPN. [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Power Rankings | Player Rankings | Game Rankings | Bracketology | The week ahead | Polls | Standings | Stats | Scores ] See both of the experts’ latest mock brackets below. @jppalmCBS No. 1 Michigan State vs. No. 16 play-in team in the East No. 2 Maryland vs. No. 15 East Tennessee State in the Midwest No. 4 Iowa vs. No. 14 UT-Arlington in the West