On a special day and at a special time, we bring you the latest BTN Live at 3:30 p.m. ET today. We’ve reached Week 13, the final week of the regular season, so we’re asking our viewers to vote for their Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year, in addition to their Week 13 picks. Cast your votes in this post, send your comments to our Twitter account, @BTNLive, or use #BTNLive, and tune in Friday afternoon to watch our show live.
Believe it or not, it’s been five years since iconic Michigan coach Bo Schembechler died one day before No. 2 Michigan played at No. 1 Ohio State in the 2006 season finale, a game many called a BCS National Championship Game preview. Saturday’s Michigan-Ohio State game marks the sixth playing of The Game since Schembechler’s passing. Before the Wolverines and Buckeyes kick things off in Ann Arbor (Read the AP preview), watch former Wolverine and current LSU coach Les Miles reflect on his coach.
If you ask most national observers about John Beilein’s coaching style, you’ll hear phrases like “live and die by the three” or “offensive-minded.” In Maui, Michigan used none of the above to get an impressive win over Memphis. The Wolverines took their threes, sure, but they weren’t particularly good from there. Instead, they dominated the Tigers in the paint, making those national observers’ collective heads explode.
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The turnaround has been remarkable. Last year, Michigan finished last in the Big Ten in passing defense (261.9 ypg) and scoring defense (35.2 ppg) and 10th in rushing defense (188.9 ypg). This year, the Wolverine defense is No. 5 (316.0) in the Big Ten overall, vs. the run (131.6) and vs. the pass (184.4). And one of the reasons for the turnaround is end Ryan Van Bergen.
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At 6 p.m. ET Wednesday, Dave Revsine, Gerry DiNardo, Chris Martin and Teddy Greenstein bring you Big Ten Football & Beyond. On tonight’s show, our crew debates whether Michigan State, which wrapped up the Legends Division last week, should have a different approach for this weekend’s game. The guys also will answer which game they’d watch if both were on at same time they couldn’t flip channels: Ohio State-Michigan or Penn State-Wisconsin. See what else we’ll be talking about in this post.
We’re in the third week of the college basketball season, and it’s time to point out the Big Ten’s best new faces thus far. You know, the first-year players who are off to fast starts, the ones Big Ten fans probably don’t know very well at this point in the young season. These are the guys who may become household names this season and who may be the Big Ten’s top players in coming years.
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