This week provided some clarity, with Maryland and Iowa asserting their muscle. Meanwhile, Indiana, Michigan and Purdue all took steps back, with the Wolverines suffering the biggest setback. [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Scoreboard | Standings | Stats | Polls | Win a trip for two to the Big Ten tourney ] Here is a look at the week that was. B1G’s BEST Best stat line: Corey Sanders had career highs of 39 points, 12 assists and eight rebounds in Rutgers’ triple-overtime loss vs. Illinois on Wednesday night. Sanders’ scoring total was the most ever by a Rutgers’ freshman, breaking the
Four Big Ten games were on the schedule Saturday. Catch up on all of the day’s action on our Big Ten scoreboard. Penn State upset No. 22 Indiana, 68-63, on BTN. No. 10 Michigan State rolled rival Michigan, 89-73, behind Bryn Forbes’ career-high eight 3-pointers, Nebraska took care of Rutgers, 87-63, despite losing star Shavon Shields to injury, and No. 4 Maryland fended off No. 18 Purdue, 72-61, thanks to another balanced effort. Catch the latest episode of “The Journey: Big Ten Basketball 2016.” Watch preview clips here. Watch our favorite highlights of the day below.
Look around the Big Ten, and one would struggle to find a more improved player than Matt Costello. The Michigan State senior forward nearly is averaging a double-double (9.8 points & 8.3 rebounds) — he has four in Big Ten play and six on the season, if you were curious. No doubt, Costello is enjoying the new role and all of his success. A couple weeks ago, if you remember, Costello bear-hugged and twirled Tom Izzo after he was taken out of the game in the final seconds of a big victory vs. Maryland. Saturday, the Spartans’ double-double machine came
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Let’s turn the clock back one year and look at the Big Ten recruiting rankings for from 247Sports. Whose fortunes rose? Whose fell? Eight of the 14 teams rose in the ranking by 247Sports from 2015 to 2016. The team that made the biggest jump was Michigan, which went from No. 48 to No. 5, a rise of 43 places. Having over a year to woo this class was a boon for Jim Harbaugh. Will he one day land the nation’s No. 1 class? He may. The next biggest jump was made by Minnesota, which made a jump of 15
Why is it that everything about Indiana is about the schedule? How many Big Ten teams do you see reaching the NCAA Tournament? Is Greg Gard doing a good enough job to satisfy Wisconsin A.D. Barry Alvarez? You brought the questions and BTN's Tom Dienhart has his answers.
Could Iowa's Drew Ott get a fifth season of eligibility? Nebraska looks like it upgraded their pass coverage defense. There is QB news at Ohio State and Wisconsin. Plus, No Big Ten school inked a better collection of wideouts than Michigan State. Let's get into all of Friday's Big Ten headlines now.
BTN.com's Tom Dienhart caught up with 247Sports national writer Kevin Ryan to really dig into 2016 Big Ten recruiting. Best class? Overrated class? Underrated class? And what does he think of Jim Harbaugh's tactics? That and more are covered in this Q&A.
The dust has settled on Signing Day. Here are my eight observations from the big day! Jim Harbaugh makes news just getting out of bed—or it seems that way. There has been tree climbing, Tweeting at rappers, sleepovers, satellite camps. Now, this: The “Signing of the Stars” spectacular which was a pep rally on steroids trumpting the arrival of the 2016 class. There was Derek Jeter, Tom Brady and John Harbaugh pumping up the event that has set a new standard in over-the-top hype in a recruiting system that already is overloaded on hype. How will Harbaugh top this next
It was a great day for Mark Dantonio and the Michigan State Spartans. MSU put together an outstanding 2016 recruiting class, which currently has 19 commits and ranks No. 18 in the nation, according to scout.com. The Spartans’ class currently features 12 four-star standouts, including four outstanding four-star receivers. “We’re very excited about our class,” Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio said. “These guys are in the mix for the next four or five years here and it’s going to be very exciting to watch their development.” We had eight straight hours of #SigningDayOnBTN coverage today. Mike Hall (@BTNMikeHall) anchored the