Exhibition Week is an exciting time for the basketball enthusiast around the country. While it is simply the week before the start of the official season, it is the first time you get to see your favorite team in action against someone other than themselves. [ MORE: BTN Plus (subscription) airs 11 exhibition games this week ] To a lot of fans, exhibition games are viewed as the equivalent of The Globetrotters playing the Washington Generals. To most, it should be a game of dunks, high shooting percentages and kid-friendly entertainment. As someone who played in and actually lost one
The Big Ten men’s basketball exhibition season continues this week, and BTN Plus is the place to catch all 11 exhibitions. [ MORE: Six Big Ten teams ranked in preseason AP Poll | Follow @BTNJonCrispin! ] Indiana hosts Ottawa at 7 p.m. ET Tuesday to open the week’s festivities, which will feature six ranked teams in action, including No. 3 Maryland (7:30 p.m. ET Friday vs. Southern New Hampshire). All of this week’s games require a subscription to BTN Plus. Beginning Nov. 13, a number of regular season non-conference Big Ten men’s games will also be available via BTN Plus
I can’t speak for any trick-or-treaters, but Goldy the Gopher sure followed Jim Harbaugh’s tip for children to get the most candy on Halloween. [ MORE: Like Halloween? Check out these Big Ten football costumes ] “I advised them to get two costumes, to be go-getters,” Harbaugh said last week. “You can hit the neighborhood in one costume — and better to jog and run from house to house, then you can get more candy than anybody else. Then come home make a quick change into the second costume and go hit those same houses again.” Goldy the Gopher put
Time to take the Big Ten’s bowl temperature. That means checking in with the great Jerry Palm of CBSSports.com. No changes at the top, but Illinois and Nebraska have fallen from Palm’s projections. That drops the Big Ten’s projected bowl teams from 10 to eight.
It’s all about the holy trinity of Ohio State, Michigan State and Iowa, which replaces Michigan, in my latest Big Ten Power Rankings, presented by ArcelorMittal.
The beat goes on for Iowa, which can smell perfection from here. Purdue finally tasted Big Ten victory, while the unimaginable hard times continue for Nebraska. As for Minnesota … that loss to Michigan is gonna leave a mark.
It's Sunday, and that means it's time for Gerry DiNardo's weekly Sunday Ruminations. Check out the BTN analyst's 140-character Week 9 takes inside.
With top dogs Ohio State and Michigan State off, the weekend lacked big stakes. But Iowa stayed perfect, and Michigan won a game it should have probably lost after losing a game it probably should have won the last time out.
Week 9 of the Big Ten football season had a little bit of everything. We saw Christian Hackenberg have a monster day through the air, and Corey Clement have an outstanding game running the ball. [ MORE: Best of Week 9 | Week 9 scoreboard | Big Ten standings | Big Ten stats | Latest polls | Power Rankings | Bowl Projections | What Tom Dienhart learned | Dienhart: Hackenberg has Penn State on a roll | Week 9 picks revisited | Week 9 top performers | Watch Minnesota honor Jerry Kill | Gerry DiNardo’s tweets | Like Halloween costumes?
The 2015 college football season has been filled with plenty of wild and crazy finishes. [ MORE: Week 9 scoreboard | Big Ten standings | Big Ten stats | Dienhart: Hackenberg has Penn State on a roll | Watch Minnesota honor Jerry Kill ] There was another one on Saturday, and this one came in a primetime matchup between Michigan and Minnesota. Trailing 29-26 with under 30 seconds remaining in the game, Minnesota quarterback Mitch Leidner threw a perfect fade pass to Drew Wolitarsky, which was inititally ruled a touchdown. However, the replay showed his knee was down at the 1-yard