SI.com has a fun 16-team bracket featuring the best college basketball teams not to win a title. Four extremely talented Big Ten teams make the cut: 1975 Indiana (No. 2 seed); 1993 Michigan (No. 4); 2005 Illinois (No. 8); 2011 Ohio State (No. 16). [ MORE: SI.com: Vote for Big Ten teams in the bracket ] You can help a Big Ten team win the bracket. Vote here! For those who like to look ahead, here’s a good sign: Big Ten teams don’t meet up in any of the matchups, meaning all four could advance. The Elite Eight will be announced
BTN will televise a record number of men’s conference basketball games this season. The slate features 77 conference matchups, including 10 straight weeks of “Super Wednesdays” and five Big Ten Tournament games for the first time in BTN history.
How long would it take you to hit 15 NBA 3-pointers? It took former Michigan star Nik Stauskas just 46 seconds. Oh, and he did it on 15 shots. Watch it in this post.
Surrounded by a group of young campers at halfcourt, Nik Stauskas made the shot you just knew he would make. Even better than the shot? That would be the reaction of the campers.
The Big Ten recently unveiled what its 2014 men’s basketball tourney bracket will look like going forward now that the conference has 14 teams. The format will feature a double-bye for the top four seeds. This has Mike DeCourcy of Sporting News wondering if some coaches should worry. [ Team schedules: Illinois | Indiana | Iowa | Maryland | Michigan | Michigan State | Minnesota | Nebraska | Northwestern | Ohio State | Penn State | Purdue | Rutgers | Wisconsin ] It seems the extra time off isn’t always desirable for coaches. Instead of sitting for the first two
BTN Live released the new format for the Big Ten men’s and women’s tourneys on Thursday night. Now that the conference boasts 14 teams with the addition of Maryland and Rutgers, the events will start a day earlier and run Wednesday-Sunday. This year’s women’s tourney will be March 4-8, and the men’s March 11-15. See the brackets in this post. Wednesday will feature two games: No. 12 vs. No. 13 and No. 11 vs. No. 14. Also new: The top four teams will receive double-byes and open play Friday. [ Team schedules: Illinois | Indiana | Iowa | Maryland |
Austin Hatch took the court for the first time as a Michigan player Sunday night during the team’s exhibition opener in Italy. Hatch, a two-time plane crash survivor who has lost his mother, father, brother, sister and stepmother in the crashes, played the final three minutes and went scoreless. Get our latest Gone Viral moments: No matter. It was all about getting on the court. After all, it was just a little more than three years ago that the second fatal crash left Hatch in a medically induced coma and later required physical therapy to regain his walking ability and
Lefties, today is your big day! Aug. 13, 2014 marks the 22nd annual International Left-Handers Day. In honor of the special day, I created a list of some of my favorite left-handed Big Ten athletes. Did I miss one? Let me know in the comment box below, or tweet it to me @BTNSean. Here goes: Morten Andersen, K, Michigan State Jim Abbott, P, Michigan Baseball Calbert Cheaney, G, Indiana Basketball Mike Conley Jr., G, Ohio State Basketball Kirk Gibson, Michigan State Baseball/Football Mark Mulder, P, Michigan State Baseball Glen Perkins, P, Minnesota Baseball Morris Peterson, F, Michigan State Basketball Zach
The Big Ten and ESPN announced Tuesday the tip-off times and television information for the 2014 ACC/Big Ten Challenge, Presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods. See you’re team’s time and network information in this post. [ MORE: Ranking 2014 ACC/Big Ten Challenge games ] Monday, Dec. 1 Nebraska at Florida State, 6 p.m. (ESPN2) Rutgers at Clemson, 6 p.m. (ESPNU) Tuesday, Dec. 2 Pittsburgh at Indiana (6 p.m., ESPN2) Minnesota at Wake Forest (6 p.m., ESPNU) Syracuse at Michigan (6:30 p.m., ESPN) NC State at Purdue (8 p.m., ESPN2 or ESPNU) Illinois at Miami (8 p.m., ESPN2 or ESPNU) Ohio State
The NBA held its annual rookie photo shoot over the weekend in New York City. There were plenty of photos taken, of course, but there was also a lot of fun had while the players waited their turns in front of the camera. There was an impromptu dunk contest, among other things, and former Michigan forward Mitch McGary easily threw down the best dunk. Check out our other Gone Viral moments: Here’s the proof: McGary and his former Michigan teammates Glenn Robinson III and Nik Stauskas also did this: Challenge goes out to all rookies on this one! My boy