Following Sunday’s quartet of Big Ten games, every team has played at least nine conference games, exactly half of its league schedule. [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Power Rankings | Big Ten midterm grades | Best of week that was | Players of the Week | Bracketology | Scoreboard | Standings | Stats | Polls | Win a trip for two to the Big Ten tourney ] Halfway home, it’s seems like a great time to hand out some midseason grades. Get my report card for all 14 teams below. Illinois (10-12, 2-7): D. Injuries have impacted this roster greatly.
Michigan State doesn’t need an excuse to remember or honor Lacey Holsworth. [ MORE: AP: 12th-ranked Spartans pound visiting Rutgers ] Holsworth’s story captivated the nation. Her well-chronicled friendship with the Spartans, in particular then-star Adreian Payne, was something so genuine. Neuroblastoma took Holsworth’s life in April of 2014, but, with it being Coaches vs. Cancer Week, teams and coaching staffs across the country, not just Michigan State or the Big Ten, have worn gold shoelaces to honor “Princess Lacey” and support the fight against pediatric cancer. It was the Spartans’ turn Sunday night. Making the occasion all the more
The Big Ten men’s basketball schedule featured four games Sunday, including a trio involving ranked teams. [ MORE: Catch up on all of Sunday’s action on our Big Ten scoreboard ] No. 8 Maryland held off Ohio State, 66-61, behind Jake Layman’s double-double, No. 3 Iowa took care of Northwestern, 85-71, thanks to Peter Jok’s hot hand, and No. 12 Michigan State rolled Rutgers, 96-62, with the help of a school record-tying 17 3-pointers. In the other game, Wisconsin knocked off Illinois, 63-55, at Assembly Hall Check out our favorite plays from Sunday’s four games below. *** *** ***
The debates pop up all the time. “Who was the greatest player to play at your school?” “Where would that current player rank on your school’s all-time team?” And so on. That’s why we created survey pages for each Big Ten men’s basketball program where fans have been ranking their favorite players over the past few weeks. At first look, it can seem like an easy task. But as you roll through any list, one realizes it’s a little harder. Where would Illinois’ Kendall Gill rank on the Fighting Illinois list? With Indiana’s long roster of talented players, who makes that
Who gets your vote for the top players in Michigan State basketball history? We came up with a list of 13 Spartan greats, and now it’s your job to rank them! Read each player’s bio below, then scroll down and rank them, 1-13. The results of the fan survey will be announced on TV’s “BTN Live” in February. We have rolled out a survey for every school recently. Mateen Cleaves 1996-2000: Member of 2000 National Championship team and three Final Four teams (1998-2000). Most Outstanding Player and member of 2000 NCAA All-Tournament team. Member of three Big Ten Regular Season
If you had to pick one Big Ten player to take a last-second shot to win a game, who would it be? I posed the question to those who cover the league. Jess Settles, BTN: Denzel Valentine. He already has hit many late-game shots in his stellar career. He’s not afraid of the moment and he has the skill set to make a game winner in a variety of ways. GopherHole.com: Melo Trimble for sure. He’s confident, he’s got great range and can get a shot off with very little separation. Cold blooded. Kevin Noon, BuckeyeGrove.com: I know a lot
In the days leading up to the 100th episode of the BTN Originals series "The Journey," we asked members of the show's production team to look back on seasons past. These are the people who travel across the conference each week of the football and basketball seasons to tell the stories around and inside the games. What were their favorite stories? Who were their favorite people? What were the best games? Read what they told us and watch some of their favorite stories. The 100 episode airs Sunday at 9:30 p.m..
We had three outstanding Big Ten men’s basketball games on Thursday night. Maryland kicked off the action with an impressive 74-68 victory over Iowa. Michigan State followed with a commanding 76-45 win over Northwestern. Ohio State closed out the evening with a thrilling 68-63 victory against Illinois in overtime. With three games on the slate, we made it a point to capture the best moments from the action. Here are the top highlights from Thursday’s Big Ten men’s basketball action. Anthony Clemons! Watch the @IowaHoops guard blow by Maryland's defense and throw down a huge one-handed slam https://t.co/gvoohk5uQZ — Iowa
Got a case of the winter blahs? Missing your pigskin fix? Why not look ahead to the football season? No better way to prime the 2016 pump than by looking at the top seven non-conference games of the coming season, listed by date. Know this: Sept. 17 is a big Saturday in a season in which Big Ten schedules now feature just three non-league games and nine conference tilts. Wisconsin vs. LSU at Lambeau Field, Sept. 3. These schools met in the 2014 season opener in Houston, with the Tigers taking a 28-24 victory. LSU also won the two other
Time for me to reach into my mailbag and answer your pressing queries. It seems a white-hot Iowa team has the attention of many of you. The Hawkeyes have a big game tonight. With that, let’s get going. Who do you have winning the Iowa-Maryland game in College Park, Md., on Thursday? – Braydon Dobereiner I know the Terrapins are tough with Melo Trimble and Co. But how can you go against the Hawkeyes, winners of nine in a row overall and 13 Big Ten game in succession dating to last year? Even on the road in a tough environment?