Michigan was voted the preseason favorite to claim the 2016 Big Ten Baseball Championship, as voted on by the conference coaches and announced on Wednesday. The coaches voted on the top six teams and also selected three students from their own squads to a Players to Watch list. The Wolverines were followed in the preseason poll by Maryland in second place, No. 3 Indiana, Iowa in fourth place, No. 5 Illinois and Michigan State in sixth place. Michigan is coming off its first trip to the NCAA Tournament since 2008 and posted a 39-25 record. The Wolverines return 19 letterwinners
Lots of recruiting questions in my mailbag this week, with some hoops sprinkled in. So, let’s get right to it!
We often overuse the word “greatness” in sports. You don’t just roll out of bed one day and become great; greatness is cultivated over time through hard work. In the case of Minnesota’s women’s basketball player Rachel Banham, greatness has arrived. I chatted with Banham after her epic 60-point performance at Northwestern, a showing that broke the Big Ten women’s basketball single-game scoring record, tied the NCAA one, and had the basketball world buzzing this weekend. [ MORE: Kobe Bryant tweets his congratulations to Banham ] The last time a Division I women’s basketball player scored 60 in a game? It was
What a few days for Rachel Banham. Two days after pouring in a Big Ten women’s single-game record and NCAA-tying 60 points (watch all of them) in a double overtime victory Sunday at Northwestern, the Minnesota star got a Twitter shout-out from her favorite player, Kobe Bryant, who is no stranger to reaching the 60-point plateau. The tweet happened early Tuesday afternoon, and Banham couldn’t believe it when she saw it in her timeline. BTN’s Lisa Byington asked Banham about Bryant in a “B1G Women’s Sports Report” interview Monday night, and playfully mentioned that the NBA star, an active Twitter
It goes without saying that we will discover the true colors of Indiana this week. And could Maryland finally lose a Big Ten home game? Here is a ranking of this week’s 12 games. [ MORE: Power Rankings | Player Rankings | Game Rankings | Bracketology | Big Ten weekly honors (Feb. 8) | Polls | Standings | Stats | Scoreboard | Win a trip to B1G tourney ] 1. Iowa at Indiana, Thursday. Remember when the Hoosiers were riding a 12-game winning streak? Now, IU is 2-2 in its last four games and faces a rugged slate of games.
We are now past the halfway point in conference play, and we have certainly learned a lot. There is still plenty of basketball to be played, but it’s time to start to identify the teams that are maintaining a high level of play and/or trending upward at the moment. [ MORE: Power Rankings | Player Rankings | Game Rankings | Bracketology | Big Ten weekly honors (Feb. 8) | Polls | Standings | Stats | Scoreboard | Win a trip to B1G tourney ] The parity in college basketball and in the Big Ten in particular makes these rankings a
Maryland men’s basketball lands at No. 2 in the AP Top 25 poll and Iowa follows up at No 4 in the latest AP Top 25 poll. Also Monday, Maryland is at No. 2 in The USA Today Coaches Poll, while Iowa received three first-place votes and landed at No. 5 overall. [ MORE: Power Rankings | Player Rankings | Bracketology | Big Ten weekly honors (Feb. 8) | Polls | Standings | Stats | Scoreboard | Win a trip to B1G tourney ] Maryland received 13 No. 1 votes in the AP poll and moved up two spots from No
Tonight’s “Wrestling in 60” recaps the best seven matches from the past week in Big Ten wrestling, including a heavyweight match between Michigan’s Adam Coon and Rutgers’ Billy Smith. The show debuts at 10 p.m. ET with re-airs later on (see our full TV schedule here). “Wrestling in 60” airs every Monday night. Find all available show times for “Wrestling in 60” on the show’s TV schedule page. This rest of this week’s spotlighted matches include: 165 pounds: Steven Rodriguez (ILL) / Austin Wilson (NEB) 133 pounds: Ryan Taylor (Wisc) / Anthony Giraldo (RU) 174 pounds: Alex Meyer (IA) / Nathan Jackson (IU)
Now that the Super Bowl is over, college basketball season officially has begun. Of course, I jest. But, no doubt, the second half of the season is gaining steam. This week’s slate has some key games that will shape the conference race. It’s a huge week for Indiana. [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Best of week that was | Scoreboard | Standings | Stats | Polls | Win a trip for 2 to B1G tourney | Early look at B1G tourney bracket ] Game of the week: Iowa at Indiana, Thursday. It won’t get much better than this, as two Big
When the Ebola virus — which killed or infected nearly 40,000 people in Africa — entered the United States in 2014, a public panic ensued. The collective fear eventually subsided, thanks to medical and public-health officials effectively containing and stopping the virus’ spread through action, education and vigilance. If the Ebola outbreak had a silver lining, it was in how it brought to light the fact that many countries lack the resources needed to respond to a pandemic threat, said Dr. John Deen, a professor at University of Minnesota’s College of Veterinary Medicine. “It wasn’t simply the identification or presence