What Big Ten player is the most exciting? Who would you plunk down your hard-earned cash to watch? Who brings you out of your seat and makes you say “AHHHH!”? I asked some media members for their choice. Jess Settles, Big Ten Network: Denzel Valentine. Magic Johnson passes, hits H-O-R-S-E shots in big games, always a triple-double threat. Fearless. Marcus Fuller, St. Paul Pioneer Press: Most exciting to me is A.J. Hammons. In today’s world, the 7-footers are mainly shot blockers and rebounders. Or you’ll see them trying to be guards and hanging out on the perimeter. But Hammons is
Minnesota is still celebrating an incredible upset win. Illinois's new AD has challenges ahead. Which Iowa player has the highest NBA potential? We round up all of Friday's top headlines in this Big Ten news digest.
What a night of Big Ten basketball! Minnesota kicked off the action with a memorable 68-63 win over No. 6 Maryland, snapping a 14-game losing streak and giving the Gophers their first conference win of the season. The crowd at Williams Arena stormed the court when time expired to celebrate Minnesota’s first Big Ten regular season win since beating Michigan State back on Feb. 26, 2015. The second game of the evening belonged to Denzel Valentine, who had 24 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds in Michigan State’s impressive 69-57 victory over Wisconsin. With two games on the slate, we
Nate Mason had 18 points, six rebounds and six assists to help Minnesota get its first Big Ten win of the season with a stunning 68-63 upset of No. 6 Maryland, the Golden Gophers' first victory in more than two months.
When the Minnesota women’s basketball team plays at Michigan State at 1 p.m. ET Sunday on BTN/BTN2Go, fans will be able to watch Minnesota star Rachel Banham much more closely than usual. That’s because BTN2Go will also offer a live dedicated camera tracking Banham for the entire game. Here is the link to watch the game live on BTN2Go, too. Banham, a senior guard averaging a Big Ten-leading 26.4 points per game, is riding a much-talked-about hot streak. On Super Bowl Sunday, she scored 60 points in a double-overtime win at Northwestern, which set a new Big Ten women’s basketball
It’s time for my latest “Three Takes,” and this week I’m offering my thoughts on Iowa’s senior class, Indiana’s losses and Nebraska’s Big Ten Tournament chances. Get my latest thoughts below. Iowa’s senior class of Jarrod Uthoff, Adam Woodbury, Mike Gesell, and Anthony Clemmons has consistently played at a high level during conference play. Their improvement and experience has Iowa in sole possession of first place in a tight Big Ten race. Over the last four years, Woodbury, Gesell, and Clemmons have contributed to 87 wins, tying the 1983 class for third most wins in school history. Throw in veteran
What is the best Big Ten city for football fans? WalletHub.com recently published an article on the best and worst cities for football fans, and East Lansing, MI, home of Michigan State, ranked No. 5 overall, making it the highest-ranked Big Ten city on the list. WalletHub’s list consisted of 245 of the largest U.S. cities, and the list is based on 18 key metrics, ranging from the best performing teams in both the NFL and college to average ticket prices. All 14 Big Ten cities were named on the list, with East Lansing (Michigan State), State College (Penn State)
From Minnesota's high-scoring Rachel Banham to the top three most accurate shooters in the nation, Big Ten women's basketball is drawing national attention. BTN women's hoops analyst Shelley Till takes a look at the biggest stories this week.
Basketball fans were treated to an outstanding NBA All-Star Weekend, highlighted by one of the more memorable dunk contests in league history. The 3-point contest was incredible as well, with Golden State’s Klay Thompson taking home his first title in the event. This got me thinking… What would an All-Big Ten Dunk and 3-Point Contest look like? There are plenty of high-flyers and 3-point gunners in the conference this season to put together quite a list. Here is what my Big Ten Dunk and 3-Point Contest would look like this year. BIG TEN SLAM DUNK CONTEST Charles Buggs, Minnesota Aubrey
Do the Badgers will make the tournament? What's ahead for Minnesota basketball? Read Tom Dienhart's answers to your weekly emails, then drop him your own note. he reads them all and responds to the best ones each week.