The 2016 ESPY Awards took place Wednesday night in Los Angeles. The annual awards ceremony was filled with memorable moments, including a touching speech from TNT analyst Craig Sager, who was honored with this year’s Jimmy V award. In honor of the ESPY Awards, I went ahead and made up a Big Ten-themed award list of my own, honoring the top performances of the past academic sports year in Big Ten athletics. Here is what I got. Did I miss one? Tweet me your thoughts, @BTNSean. All opinions welcomed! BIG TEN AWARD WINNERS Best Male Athlete: Denzel Valentine, Michigan State
Pat Summitt, the winningest coach in Division I college basketball history who lifted the women’s game to national prominence during her 38-year career at Tennessee, died Tuesday. She was 64. With an icy glare on the sidelines, Summitt led the Lady Vols to eight national championships and prominence on a campus steeped in the traditions of the football-rich south until she retired in 2012. Her son, Tyler Summitt, issued a statement Tuesday morning saying his mother died peacefully at Sherrill Hill Senior Living in Knoxville surrounded by those who loved her most. “Since 2011, my mother has battled her toughest
If you’re a subscriber on BTN Plus, you know that BTN Student U is the leading production branch of BTN’s Big Ten Olympic Sports coverage. These crews produce more than 1,000 live events each year. Student U cultivates real world experience for more than 500 students per year with events that stream live on BTN2Go or air on delay on BTN. Our team went ahead and compiled some of the best moments from 2015-2016. Have a look in the video above. BTN Plus programming includes non-televised games and events like these on BTN2Go with a purchase of a BTN Plus subscription.
Michigan senior Madison Ristovski scored a team-high 19 points, but the Wolverines fell to Florida Gulf Coast, 71-62, in a WNIT semifinal matchup on Thursday night.
Michigan rallied from a 15-point deficit and Hallie Thome scored the go-ahead basket with eight seconds remaining to defeat Temple, 77-76, in the quarterfinals of the WNIT on Monday night at Crisler Center. [ MORE: Read MGoBlue.com’s full game recap ] Michigan was down by one point, 76-75, following a Temple basket with 51 seconds remaining. U-M got six looks at the basket on its ensuing possession, capped by Thome grabbing her own miss and converting to nudge the Wolverines in front by one. Junior Danielle Williams stood in and took a charge on Temple’s next possession, giving the ball
Katelynn Flaherty scored a game-high 24 points to lead Michigan to a 78-51 win over San Diego in a WNIT matchup on Tuesday night.
The men’s and women’s NCAA basketball tournaments just began, and we’ve already seen plenty of surprises. For the Big Ten, some of those have been pleasant (Indiana) and others not so much (Michigan State). But no matter how far the women’s and men’s basketball teams in the conference go in the tourney (and even if they didn’t make it this season), their supporters can take pride in how people associated with those programs perform off the court. This round-up of LiveBIG stories with a b-ball bent shows off the Big Ten’s talent waaaayyyy beyond the arc: Quinn Buckner Helping Hoosiers
Five Big Ten women’s hoops teams play their opening games of the 2016 NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament Friday and Saturday. Click the matchups in this post to go to the live game center pages for each game. On Friday, No. 4 seed Michigan State plays No. 13 Belmont at noon ET on ESPN2 followed No. 3 seed Ohio State playing No. 14 seed Buffalo at 2:30 p.m., also on ESPN2. Saturday’s games are No. 2 Maryland vs. No. 15 Iowa (1:30 p.m., ESPN2) No. 11 Purdue vs. No. 6 Oklahoma (1:30 p.m., ESPN2), and No. 9 Indiana vs. No. 8 Georgia
In the opening games of the 2016 Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament, No. 12 Northwestern edged No. 13 Wisconsin, 76-72, in overtime, and No. 11 Penn State held off No. 14 Illinois, 75-66. Northwestern faces No. 5 Minnesota on Thursday, while Penn State moves on to play No. 6 Purdue. Get set for four more games on Thursday, and all games are available on BTN2Go. Tourney scoreboard: Wednesday | Thursday | Friday THURSDAY’S GAMES (all times ET) Game 3: No. 9 Iowa vs. No. 8 Michigan – noon. BTN2Go Game 4: No. 12 Northwestern vs. No. 5 Minnesota – 2:30 p.m.
“B1G Women’s Sport Report” announced the 2015-16 All-Big Ten Women’s Basketball Teams and individual honors Monday afternoon. [ MORE: View the Big Ten tourney bracket ] Back-to-back Big Ten champ Maryland and Ohio State each had two first-team honorees on the coaches and media teams to lead the way. Minnesota’s Rachel Banham (Big Ten Player of the Year), Nebraska’s Jessica Shepard (Big Ten Freshman of the Year) and Indiana’s Teri Moren (Coach of the Year) highlight the individual award winners, sweeping their respective category. The wildest part of the 2015-16 All-Big Ten teams? The coaches and media had the *exact*