Denzel Valentine made his return from knee surgery in Sunday’s 92-65 win at Penn State. [ MORE: Watch replay of No. 5 Michigan State at Penn State on BTN2Go ] After missing the last four games, including the Spartans’ first three Big Ten games (2-1), the Michigan State do-it-all star entered the game with 15:23 left in the first half and finished with 10 points, four rebounds, four assists and two steals in 23 minutes. Valentine, who was among the early leaders for player of the year before the surgery, entered the game averaging 18.5 points, 8.3 rebounds and 7.1
The Big Ten hoops season is starting to gain steam. Which team has been most impressive? In my weekly Big Ten survey, I posed the question to some esteemed members of the media who cover the league. Thoughts? Leave them in the comments section below. Kevin Noon, BuckeyeGrove.com (@Kevin_Noon): I think it is Maryland. Michigan State has shown that it relies too heavily upon Denzel Valentine and I think Maryland is more diverse with its weapons and set up for a solid run this year. Steve Greenberg, Chicago Sun-Times/Bleacherreport.com (@SLGreenberg): Michigan State — the Denzel Valentine version — impressed me
With 2015 football behind us, we turn our attention to the season premiere of “The Journey: Big Ten Basketball 2016,” which debuts at 8 p.m. ET Sunday, right after the Purdue-Illinois men’s basketball game on BTN. This week, our crew looks at Purdue’s Rapheal Davis’ transformation into a premier defensive player while restoring some of Purdue’s “Play Hard” mentality over the last two years. He also discusses how being a father to his daughter motivates him. We also explore how Wisconsin basketball is adjusting to Greg Gard being named interim coach after Bo Ryan stepped down and examine a career path
The 2016 NCAA Convention is next week, and a vote will be taken on the Big 12 and ACC's proposal to deregulate rules surrounding league title football games. What exactly does that mean? Also in Friday's Big Ten headlines, two Big Ten football players wrote public letters to fans but for different reasons. Plus, Ohio State is dealing with seeing nine players entered the NFL Draft. Catch up in this post.
If someone asked you about the first thing that comes to mind when you think of inspirational art in Paris, your mind would probably turn to some grand, well-known example. The Mona Lisa, perhaps, or one of the many other paintings or sculptures in the Louvre. Or maybe you’d conjure up a mental image of an architectural masterpiece like the Eiffel Tower or Notre Dame Cathedral. The last place you might think to look is among the trinkets and decorations in a regular Parisian apartment. But photographer and Michigan State professor Peter Glendinning did look there, and that’s a big
There were two Big Ten men's basketball games on the slate Thursday.
AthlonSports.com has a very early football Top 25 for 2016. Yes, you knew it was coming because they come every year and we roll our eyes at them and then read them anyway because they're fun to talk about. The national title game for this season hasn’t even been played and college players still can declare for the NFL draft until Jan. 18. Regardless, early, early, early Top 25 lists wait for no one.
Ohio State's Kyle Snyder will debut this season. Iowa won the Midlands again. Penn State is packed with talent. Plus a look at a few key upcoming conference showdowns. BTN wrestling analyst Shane Sparks has all this and more in hos weekly wrestling report.
Michigan State closed out its season with an uninspiring 38-0 loss to Alabama in this year’s College Football Playoff semifinal at the Goodyear Cotton Bowl. Despite the loss, this was an outstanding year for Mark Dantonio and the Spartans, finishing 12-2 and winning a Big Ten championship. With the graduation of Connor Cook, Shilique Calhoun, Jack Allen and several other key players from this year’s team, the Spartans will have a number of important questions that need to be addressed heading into next season. Here is a look at five burning questions facing Dantonio and the Spartans in 2016. Who
Yes, it’s only early January, but it’s never too soon to check in on the mock brackets by Jerry Palm of CBSSports.com and Joe Lunardi of ESPN. [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Power Rankings | Player Rankings | Best of week that was | Win trip for two to the Big Ten tourney | Polls | Standings | Stats | Scores ] As of now, Palm and Lunardi have five and six Big Ten teams in the Big Dance, respectively. JERRY PALM No. 1 Michigan State vs. play-in team in East No. 2 Maryland vs. No. 15 Idaho in Midwest