The Big Ten saw six players get drafted in the 2016 NBA Draft on Thursday night. Two of the former standouts (Denzel Valentine – No. 14 to Chicago & Caris LeVert – No. 20 to Indiana; traded to Brooklyn) were selected in the first round. With the draft in the books, I thought it would be fun to take a look back at the best Big Ten player taken in every spot of the first round, 1-30. Did I miss one? Tweet me your opinions (@BTNSean). 1. Magic Johnson, Michigan State NBA team: Los Angeles Lakers Year: 1979 College stats:
When you think of Nebraska, you think of ground-pounding offenses. Mike Riley wants to commit to the rush game in 2016. But, he’ll surely also want to take advantage of what looks like the top set of pass catchers in the West Division. [ MORE: Ranking Big Ten West offensive lines | 2016 Big Ten West predictions ] Here is my ranking of the Big Ten West pass-catchers. 1. Nebraska. No shortage of options for QB Tommy Armstrong with seniors Brandon Reilly, Jordan Westerkamp and Alonzo Moore leading the way. And speedy junior De’Mornay Pierson-El is back from injury. He
Michigan State men’s basketball player Denzel Valentine was named the 2016 Big Ten Jesse Owens Male Athlete of the Year and Minnesota women’s basketball standout Rachel Banham was tabbed the Big Ten Female Athlete of the Year, the conference announced on Wednesday. Valentine is the third Michigan State player to win Male Athlete of the Year accolades, after ice hockey standout Ryan Miller claimed the honor in 2001 and men’s basketball’s Draymond Green won the award in 2012. Valentine capped off his senior season by winning six National Player of the Year honors, earning the awards from the Associated Press
Earlier this week, the Big Ten released the 2016-17 men’s basketball league schedule. And, as usual, some teams have more challenging draws than others. And that could impact the league race. Most early forecasts have Indiana, Michigan State and Wisconsin at the top. After that, Purdue and Michigan look primed to make a push. And Maryland, Illinois, Iowa, Penn State, Northwestern and Ohio State could make moves. Still, the Hoosiers, Spartans and Badgers are the teams to beat … at least in late June. Indiana, the defending Big Ten champ, lost Yogi Ferrell and Troy Williams, but Thomas Bryant, James
BTN.com's Sean Merriman gives a look at what a one-round draft of former Big Ten players in the NBA today would look like.
I continue my look at Big Ten units with a ranking of the offensive lines in the Big Ten West. Once again, Iowa looks to have a stout front. But keep an eye on Wisconsin, whose front looks to be back up to its usual stellar form.
It's Father's Day, and that means it's time to honor all of the dads in our lives. The editors of The Journey, our award-winning series, dug through their archives to compile a father-child montage.
Don't forget, Big Ten fans: Father's Day is Sunday. To celebrate all of the Big Ten dads out there, BTN.com scoured social media for pictures of former Big Ten standouts with their children.
Rebel. Prisoner. Leader. Nelson Mandela was all of these things and more. He led the fight against the injustice of the South African apartheid state and was jailed for nearly three decades because of it. Then, shortly after he was freed, he became the father of the “new” South Africa when he was democratically elected as president of the “rainbow nation.” Though he passed on in 2013, Mandela’s name and legacy endure both in his home country and around the world, thanks in part to programs like the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders. Several Big Ten universities are
Is Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh getting too much attention? Who will win the Big Ten East? And what’s up with that perceived chip on the shoulder at Michigan State? I get into all of that—and more–in this super terrific mailbag. Why do you continue to be a publicist for Jim Harbaugh? Is he paying you to keep his name alive in your columns? The last time I looked, there were 13 other coaches in this league. Do they do nothing? – David Walimaki OK. I have received several emails along these lines. Seems some in Big Ten Nation are suffering from