Michigan State men’s basketball coach Tom Izzo and women’s basketball coach Suzy Merchant both made entertianment-themed entrances to the basketball teams’ Midnight Madness event Friday night. Izzo arrived as part of a “Mission Impossible” act while Merchant drew cheers when she had some fun at the expense of fans of Michigan State’s top rival. Izzo has made a number of dramatic Midnight Madness entrances over the years. There was KISS, there was Iron Man, there was a jet pilot – watch them all here. But this year, Izzo made quite another Hollywood-themed entrance. Watch it in the video in this
On this week’s “The Journey: 2015 Big Ten Football,” our TV show chronicled the last play of the Michigan-Michigan State game in their own cinematic way. Cameras were rolling from the sideline and captured not only the mishandled punt and touchdown but the raw emotion from both teams and their fans. The show re-airs today (see the TV schedule for all times). Also, the entire episode can be seen on demand via BTN2Go. Are you on social media? Follow “The Journey” on Twitter and go behind the scenes with show producers running @BTNJourney for updates, photos, videos and more. We’re also on
Which Big Ten football team has been the most impressive through seven weeks of the college football season? That is one of several questions we ponder as we head past the midway point of the season. BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart and BTN,.com web editor Sean Merriman hand out some superlatives heading into this week’s Big Ten action. Joined by several national college football writers, here’s where Dienhart and Merriman stand heading into Week 8 of the college football season. BEST GAME: Michigan State 27, Michigan 23. Were there more exciting games from start to finish? Yes, probably. But good luck finding
With the Big Ten Conference's Independent Medical Spotter system in it's first year, BTN Senior Writer Tom Dienhart checks in to see what the conference has learned about spotting injuries in football games. What is the exact process? Who are the spotters and what have they seen through 42 non-conference games and 20 conference home games so far? Read Dienhart's update here.
Basketball season is almost here and this weekend BTN offers two basketball events streamed live. Subscribe ahead of time to BTN Plus on BTN2Go and be ready to watch Michigan State’s Midnight Madness (subscribe to watch here) and Indiana’s Hoosier Hysteria on Saturday (subscribe to watch here). Also, exhibition men’s basketball season starts next Thursday. Click here to see the full schedule of those games also offered via a BTN Plus subscription on BTN2Go. Not familiar with BTN Plus? It includes non-televised games and events available on our BTN2Go app with a purchase of a BTN Plus subscription. A subscription to BTN Plus
Here’s a loaded question for you to ponder: If you had one game to win, which Big Ten coach would you choose to lead your team? I asked some esteemed and sage media members for their answer. Check it out. Steve Greenberg, Chicago Sun-Times, Bleacher Report, Rolling Stone: Easy. Urban Meyer. Mark Dantonio next, followed by Jim Harbaugh. But Meyer has the big-game chops those guys still don’t quite have. You’d better believe other coaches are cowed by him, too, whether or not they care to admit it to themselves. Tom Oates, Wisconsin State Journal: Mark Dantonio. The Spartans always
The 2015 college football season has reached the midway point, meaning midseason All-America teams are being released at a rapid pace. BTN.com took a look at four of those All-American teams on Wednesday, listing all of the Big Ten honorees from ESPN, CBS, Sports Illustrated and USA Today. The biggest takeaway from the All-American teams: Penn State star defensive end and former walk-on Carl Nassib is receiving the attention he deserves. The same goes for guys like Wisconsin’s Joe Schobert, another former walk-on, and Iowa’s Desmond King, a Detroit native who wasn’t offered by Michigan and Michigan State. So, we
During football and basketball games, BTN LiveBIG will spotlight notable examples of research, innovation and community service from around the conference. In-Game stories will provide more background on these features, and the opportunity to view the videos again. Being someone who works with cow poop, it’s a good thing Jim Wallace has a sense of humor. Just don’t ask him if he knows any good gags about manure. “I seriously don’t have any cow manure jokes,” he said with a laugh. “Sorry.” Wallace, who graduated from Michigan State with an environmental engineering Ph.D., regularly gets his hands dirty in his work,
Who wins Week 8 Big Ten football games? The BTN.com team and Nebraska beat writer Tom Shatel have made their picks. Now, go ahead and cast your winners inside.
The college football season has reached the midway point, meaning midseason All-America teams are the hot topic entering Saturday’s action. [ MORE: Week 8 scoreboard | Week 8 previews | Polls: Who wins Week 8 games? | Power Rankings | Bowl Projections | Player Rankings | Mailbag | Q&A: Chris Laviano | Barrett named Ohio State starter | Watch Mark Dantonio dance | Watch OSU student do jump pass vs. Barrett | Hear your coach’s teleconference | Big Ten standings | Big Ten stats | Latest polls ] The midseason teams are plentiful. No surprise, right? Below, I took a