With the 2015-16 Big Ten women’s basketball season coming up, the Big Ten handed out preseason All-Big Ten teams from both the coaches and the media. Ohio State’s Kelsey Mitchell garnered Big Ten Preseason Player of the Year accolades. She is joined by Michigan State’s Aerial Powers and Northwestern’s Nia Coffey as unamoius first-team All-Big Ten selections. Maryland’s Brionna Jones and Shatori Walker-Kimbrough, Minnesota’s Rachel Banham, Nebraska’s Rachel Theriot, Ohio State’s Ameryst Alston, and Rutgers’ Kahleah Copper also earned nods as Preseason All-Big Ten honorees from both the coaches and the media. Iowa’s Ally Disterhoft was voted to the coaches’
Lots of juicy matchups dot this week’s menu, but there is just one headliner: Michigan State vs. Michigan. Jim Harbaugh will get his first shot at Michigan State when the Spartans come to Ann Arbor. That will be must-see TV. [ MORE: Week 7 scoreboard | Polls: Pick Week 7 winners | Week 7 previews | Best of Week 7 | Power Rankings | Bowl Projections | Mailbag | Big Ten standings | Big Ten stats | Latest polls | Maryland fires Randy Edsall | Find your team’s homepage ] Unbeaten Iowa plays at Northwestern in a key West Division
Thursday’s Big Ten Basketball Media Day signals the arrival of hoops season on the Big Ten Network. With media day coverage, a full lineup of basketball games and nightly studio coverage, BTN is the college sports fan’s home for Big Ten basketball. Thursday’s basketball media day coverage, B1G Basketball Media Day: 2015-2016 hosted by Rick Pizzo, runs from 9 a.m. ET to 11 a.m. ET and will feature the media availability of each men’s basketball coach, beginning with Bo Ryan (Wisconsin) at 9 a.m. ET. The women’s basketball coaches’ press conferences will run concurrently, beginning with Matt Bollant (Illinois) at
Each Tuesday morning during the Big Ten football season, the 14 Big Ten football coaches hold a Big Ten teleconference with reporters from around the country. We post the audio for each segment of the call here.
This week on the season premiere of “The Journey: Big Ten Football 2015” at 9 p.m. ET we learn about the special friendship between Northwestern’s emerging star at linebacker Anthony Walker and his father. Also, see how Wisconsin’s Tanner McEvoy pulls off one of the toughest tasks in college football playing as a two-way starter. Plus, how are No. 1 Ohio State and No. 1 Michigan State dealing with the burden of high expectations? We’ll also have our usual cinematic highlights – this time from Northwestern vs. Michigan and Wisconsin vs. Nebraska. Are you on social media? Follow “The Journey”
An interesting week is headlined by Michigan State’s visit to Michigan in one of the biggest meetings ever between these intense rivals. Iowa can make another big statement that it’s the best team in the Big Ten West by winning at Northwestern, too.
The Michigan-Michigan State rivalry is always must-see theater. Michigan State has owned the series in recent years, claiming six of the last seven meetings, but this rivalry is about to be turned up several notches with Jim Harbaugh's arrival.
For the past five years Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith have battled each Saturday for the right to wear “The Belt,” the reward for picking the most winning games on BTN’s “Big Ten Football Pregame Show.” Now you can get involved by sending us a quick video, and you may even get to raise “The Belt” victoriously yourself. Here’s what you do: Watch Monday’s “BTN Live” to find out which games to pick. The show airs at 6 p.m. ET. Rank your confidence in your picks from 6 (most confident) down to 1 (least confident) Include your picks – with confidence
It’s that time of the week when I reach into my Big Ten Mailbag, fish out some provocative letters and answer them. Let’s go!
The Big Ten Network saw its highest viewership in its history on Saturday, with four of the top-18 football teams in the country playing on the network. For the day (12p-12a), BTN earned a 2.04 HH rating in the network’s 12 metered markets,* and topped its previous record set in November 2014 by 30 percent. BTN’s games were the highest rated across all cable networks in Baltimore, Chicago, Columbus, Cleveland, Dayton, Detroit and Washington, D.C. and second in Indianapolis, Milwaukee, New York and Philadelphia.** “The heightened interest in Big Ten football around the country has generated increased enthusiasm for the