Sam Dekker is making sure his name is mentioned when talking about the top dunkers in the Big Ten this season. Holding onto a 27-15 lead over Minnesota midway through the first half, Dekker drove baseline and threw down a thunderous one-handed slam over the outreached arm of Minnesota’s Joey King. “Bringing down the barn, big fella,” said ESPN’s Rece Davis, following the incredible dunk. Dekker finished with 20 points as Wisconsin clinched the Big Ten regular season title outright with a 76-63 victory over Minnesota. With the victory, the Badgers secure the No. 1 seed in next week’s Big
There is one Big Ten men’s hoops game tonight: Wisconsin at Minnesota (7 p.m. ET). Much of the talk during the final week of the regular season revolves around the expanded Big Ten tourney field, and, in particular, the coveted double-byes. The top four teams receive double-byes into next Friday’s quarterfinals at the United Center. Big Ten champ Wisconsin and Maryland have clinched double-byes, but who can claim the remaining two? BTN researcher Harold Shelton lays out the possible scenarios below after Wednesday night’s action. 1. Wisconsin (14-2): at Minnesota; at Ohio State Already clinched double-bye Can clinch #1 seed
The Big Ten season is coming to a close—and the journey hasn’t followed the preseason script in many respects. That’s not unusual. There always are surprises—good and bad. Wisconsin began the season as the league favorite. And the Badgers have delivered. But there have been some twists and turns among others teams along this junket to the Big Ten tourney, which starts next week in Chicago. I asked five Big Ten writers who they think has been the biggest surprise team and the biggest disappointing team. Pete DiPrimio, Fort Wayne News-Sentinel: Surprise: Purdue and its rise from last place last
The 2015 Big Ten Wrestling Championships are held this Saturday and Sunday at Ohio State, and BTN’s Kara Lentz talked to BTN wrestling analyst Shane Sparks for a quick preview of each weight class. Watch their overall team preview in the video above, then dive into a preview of every class from 125 pound up through the heavyweights. BTN is offering live coverage of the 2015 Big Ten Wrestling Championships from Columbus this Saturday and Sunday. Learn how to watch all of the action on TV and online over here. You an also find live scoring and updates at OhioStateBuckeyes.com.
Inspired by their experiences in college and elsewhere, these Pathfinders are passing by the typical, well-trod career paths and blazing their own trails. We’ll explore the unconventional approaches these Big Ten alums are taking to work. The Ojibwe tribe — the fourth-largest among the remaining Native American nations in the United States — has more than 200,000 members that reside throughout the Midwest. But only a small portion of its elders can actually speak the language of the tribe. At the University of Minnesota, assistant professor Erik Redix and his colleagues in the American Indian Studies department are on a
We have a tripleheader of Big Ten hoops tonight: Ohio State at Penn State (6 ET), Purdue at Michigan State (8) and Nebraska at Illinois (10).
No position garners attention like quarterback. And, it’s an unsettled position at several Big Ten schools, as spring drills have begun to open. Here is what we know: Penn State (Christian Hackenberg), Minnesota (Mitch Leidner), Iowa (C.J. Beathard), Illinois (Wes Lunt), Nebraska (Tommy Armstrong), Michigan State (Connor Cook), Maryland (Caleb Rowe) and Indiana (Nate Sudfeld) all appear to have a good grasp on who will be their starter in 2015, eliminating much drama in spring drills. But the quarterback situation on some other campuses isn’t as clear. Here’s a look at the “Six Spring Quarterbacking Hot Spots” in Big Ten
On Tuesday night’s “BTN Live,” Glen Mason shared who he thought each Big Ten football team would miss the most in 2015. Watch the full feature in the video above, and see his answers in the text below. ILLINOIS: Reilly O’Toole, QB “You look at Reilly O’Toole, how he hung in there, how he persevered, how he competed, and the victory against Penn State, the victory against Northwestern that enabled them to go to a bowl game, I think that next year Coach Beckman will say, ‘You know, I wish Reilly O’Toole was still around here.'” INDIANA: Tevin Coleman, RB
The final week of the Big Ten regular season tips off Tuesday night with a trio of games, including two on BTN/BTN2Go (No. 9 Maryland at Rutgers & Michigan and Northwestern).
BTN is offering live coverage of the 2015 Big Ten Wrestling Championships from Columbus this Saturday and Sunday. Learn how to watch all of the action on TV and online in this post. [ MORE: View the Big Ten Wrestling Championships brackets ] On Saturday, all mats will be covered live on BTN Plus, our subscription package via BTN2Go. It starts with the 10 a.m. ET sessions and runs through the 6 p.m. sessions (see the links below). On Sunday, all mats from the 1 p.m. sessions through the consolation matches will again be covered live on BTN Plus on BTN2Go. Learn