This feature is called “Three Takes,” but I’m going to bend the rules and offer four thoughts this week. [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Power Rankings | Player Rankings | Ranking this week’s games | Best of week ahead | Scoreboard | Standings | Stats | Polls | Win a trip for two to the Big Ten tourney ] Here goes! Indiana, Iowa & Michigan State Indiana and Iowa have rolled to undefeated 7-0 records in conference play, and Michigan State seems to be back on track with Denzel Valentine returning to form. Something all three teams have in common:
Iowa and Indiana have proven to be the class of the Big Ten so far. But keep an eye on Maryland, which can score a huge win when the Hawkeyes visit College Park, Maryland, on Thursday. Could IU go down when it visits Wisconsin? Hmmmm. [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Power Rankings | Player Rankings | Ranking this week’s games | Best of week ahead | Scoreboard | Standings | Stats | Polls | Win a trip for two to the Big Ten tourney ] Here is a ranking of this week’s games. 1. Iowa at Maryland, Thursday. The “game
The fifth week of the season is on our doorstep. All eyes will be on College Park, Maryland, for a battle of ranked teams between Iowa and Maryland. This also is a big week for Northwestern, which can make statement with games vs. Michigan State and Iowa. And can Indiana remain perfect in the Big Ten? [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Power Rankings | Player Rankings | Ranking this week’s games | Best of week ahead | Scoreboard | Standings | Stats | Polls | Win a trip for two to the Big Ten tourney ] Here’s my preview to
On Sunday, Jan. 31 at 9:30 p.m. ET, Big Ten Network will air the 100th episode of The Journey, the network’s signature original series. The Journey, a documentary-style show covering both football and basketball, has taken viewers behind the scenes with compelling stories of the Big Ten’s student-athletes and coaches since 2007. Over the next seven days, BTN will take a trip down memory lane with the best moments and stories from The Journey’s past nine years on Facebook, Twitter and BTN.com. ‘Journey Week’ will include reliving 12 of the most popular features in Journey history, an updated look at
After Sunday’s domination of Purdue, is there any question that Iowa is king of the Big Ten? Of course not. Yes, I know all about Indiana, but its resume pales compared to Iowa’s. [ MORE: Big Ten scoreboard | Big Ten standings | Big Ten statistics ] Here is a look back at the week that was. Biggest surprise: Nebraska. The Cornhuskers began the Big Ten season 0-3. Then, they won four in row—three of them on the road–the latest a surprising win at No. 11 Michigan State on Wednesday night. Nebraska fell vs. Michigan on Saturday, but it’s still
Michigan State’s Matt Costello had himself a game on Saturday. The Spartans’ senior big man had 15 points and 12 rebounds in MSU’s impressive 74-65 victory over Maryland at the Breslin Center. This came just three days after Costello twisted his left ankle in a 72-71 home loss to Nebraska. His foot was in a walking boot this week leading up to the game. It was a heroic effort by Costello, but the best moment came in the final seconds as the Spartans’ big man ran to the sideline, picked up head coach Tom Izzo, and twirled him around in
We had a quartet of Big Ten men’s basketball games Saturday. [ MORE: Catch up on all of Saturday’s action on our Big Ten scoreboard ] In the first game of the day, No. 23 Indiana took care of Northwestern, 89-57, to improve to 7-0 in the Big Ten for the first time since 1993. In other action: Michigan knocked off Nebraska, 81-68, Michigan State topped Maryland, 74-65, and Illinois got by Minnesota, 76-71. Watch Saturday’s top plays in the videos above and below: You gotta see this! @MSU_Basketball's Matt Costello gets a HUGE block and knocks down Kenny Goins
We have seen some loud alternate uniforms in the Big Ten over the past couple of seasons. Michigan State is taking the term “loud” to a whole new meaning on Saturday. According to the Spartans’ official basketball Twitter account, @MSU_Basketball, the Spartans will be sporting new “Mean Green” Nike Hyper Elite Disruption uniforms vs. No. 5 Maryland (6:30 p.m. ET). Check out the photo at the top of this post. The tweet set Twitter on fire, as fans shared their opinions on the new uniforms. MSU quarterback Damion Terry appears to be a fan of the new look. 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥 https://t.co/TuWJ5cHqsn
Iowa? Ohio State? Michigan? Some other team perhaps? BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart asked a handful of football writers to make their incredibly early predictions on a 2016 Big Ten football champion. Here's what they said.
BTN wrestling analyst Shane Sparks brings you latest on Big Ten wrestling and looks ahead to a few key matches this weekend. Plus, watch this week's BTN Wrestling Report video segment as Kara Lentz talks with Indiana's Nate Jackson as the Hoosiers get set to wrestle Michigan State, Friday at 7 p.m. ET on BTN/BTN2Go.