The days of the regular season are dwindling in Big Ten volleyball and it is time to take a look at the NCAA tournament hopes of the nation’s premiere volleyball conference. One team that is a certainty for this year’s postseason is the Minnesota Golden Gophers. After missing out on the tournament for the first time since 1998 last season, Minnesota is poised to win its first conference title since 2002. Hugh McCutcheon’s team avenged its only conference loss last weekend with a straight set sweep of then No. 1 Penn State in overwhelming fashion. It was Minnesota’s first win
First impressions in the world of college basketball can often be deceiving, especially with questions surrounding the quality of many unknown non-conference opponents. Michigan State has certainly passed its first major test of the season, and that answered a lot of questions about Tom Izzo’s Spartans. Indiana continues to excite me with an upbeat style of play and a bright green light for anyone who can drain a 3-pointer. Then there is Wisconsin, who many already count out because of the opening day loss to Western Illinois. Here is my initial take on these three Big Ten programs and their
It's almost here. Week 12 football games. None of the games is bigger than Michigan State at Ohio State in a battle between two of the best teams in the Big Ten. Our Tom Dienhart looks at all of the games and lays out his weekly upset alert, best matchups, spotlight players and more. Plus, watch the video to look back at recent history between Ohio State and Michigan State.
Who wins Week 12 Big Ten football games? Get the BTN.com team's picks, including Purdue beat writer Mike Carmin, and cast your winners inside.
Arkansas coach Bret Beilema offered an idea that garnered plenty of attention on social media Wednesday. Speaking to the media, the former Wisconsin coach proposed a Big Ten/SEC Challenge to help with future non-conference scheduling.
All but one Big Ten team (Northwestern) has played multiple games through the first week-plus of the 2015-16 season. That's given me the chance to consider the entire Big Ten landscape and formulate several super-early opinions.
Who will replace Michigan State record-breaking quarterback Connor Cook next season? [ MORE: Like this story? Check out our full Gone Viral section! ] The answer is to be determined, of course. In completely unrelated news, actor Michael B. Jordan was on The Dan Patrick Show on Wednesday, and Patrick asked the Friday Night Lights star to go into character as Vince Howard, the quarterback of East Dillon High School, and pick his college. His choice? Michigan State, over Michigan and instate power Texas. “I’ve decided to go to …” Jordan said, in character, before delaying for drama. “Michigan State.
If it comes to bowls fighting over 5-7 teams, how will it be decided which sub-500 teams get picked first? BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart takes a look at the scenarios.
Michigan State senior Denzel Valentine is an outstanding talent. On Tuesday night, the college basketball world took notice. The Spartans’ senior star became the fourth player in MSU Basketball history to record a triple-double, recording 29 points, 12 rebounds and 12 assists while leading the Spartans to an impressive 79-73 win over Kansas in the State Farm Champions Classic at the United Center. Valentine was one of several stars in Tuesday night’s four-team classic, which saw No. 2 Kentucky run past No. 5 Duke, 74-63, in the opening game of the evening. Here is a look at the top moments
Denzel Valentine joined a rare group in No. 13 Michigan State’s 79-73 comeback win over No. 4 Kansas in the Champions Classic on Tuesday night. [ MORE: Get caught up on Tuesday night’s action and highlights ] The star senior did it all en route to becoming just the fourth player in Michigan State history to record a triple-double (29 points, 12 rebounds and 12 assists), joining Magic Johnson (8 times), Draymond Green (3) and Charlie Bell (1). “I’m proud of the assists,” Valentine said, in response to ESPN reporter Shannon Spake asking him about his favorite number of the