It is no secret, Big Ten fans love their basketball. Here’s the latest proof: The Big Ten Conference led the nation in attendance (3,195,137) during the 2014-15 season, according to data released Monday by the NCAA. For some perspective, the total is the second-highest number in history, trailing the 16-team Big East Conference’s 3,259,992 in 2006-07. Four Big Ten teams finished in the top 10 of all-games attendance, paced by Big Ten champion and national runner-up Wisconsin, which finished second (711,115 fans) behind Kentucky (845,594), which was chasing a perfect season until the Badgers topped the Wildcats in the national
To commemorate this Independence Day, BTN LiveBIG is looking back on some of the incredible stories we’ve shared recently. Read the articles below to learn more about the interesting, important work that your fellow Americans (and Big Ten students, alums and faculty) are doing. Rutgers students put in long-term effort to help Jersey Shore recover from Hurricane Sandy Northwestern alumnus launches start-up business incubator for veteran entrepreneurs Michigan State alumna shows perseverance as she breaks a swimming record and beats breast cancer Penn State grad and Marine vet intends to make his mark in journalism Illini Paralympian Josh George rises above
Three former Big Ten standouts were selected in the first round of the 2015 NBA Draft, with two more landing in the second round. Now that this year’s draft is in the books, experts are already looking ahead to next year’s big event. ESPN NBA Insider Chad Ford recently released his 2016 draft sneak peek, where he gave readers an inside look into some potential top picks in next year’s draft. While Ford did not list any Big Ten players in his “Top 5 2016 prospects,” he did list three Big Ten stars later on in his article. Maryland incoming
BTN is airing 18 different classic games, ranging from 2007-2014, as part of our new “Big Ten Classics” series. Tonight’s game, which will air at 8 p.m. ET on BTN/BTN2Go, is Minnesota’s incredible 59-58 upset victory over Indiana in the 2008 Big Ten Tournament. This game will always be remembered for Blake Hoffarber’s buzzer-beating shot to sink Eric Gordon, D.J. White and the Hoosiers. With 1.5 seconds remaining, Travis Busch, from under Indiana’s basketball, threw a baseball pass to Hoffarber, who caught the pass, spun around, and heaved up a left-handed shot that went in as time expired. Damian Johnson
When broaching the sensitive subject of healthy eating and body weight with their children, parents often feel like they’re biting off more than they can chew. To explore this subject further, a team from the University of Minnesota published a study that examines how parents talk to their adolescent children about eating and weight, and how that differs based on a household’s status as food-secure or -insecure. And that, in turn, can have some interesting downstream effects on people’s health throughout their lives. “It isn’t always easy for parents to know what to do or say,” said Dianne Neumark-Sztainer, a
A look at the special teams units in the Big Ten West begins in Lincoln, where the Cornhuskers boast a boffo punter (Sam Foltz), a deadly return man (De’Mornay Pierson-El) and an emerging kicker (Drew Brown).
The Big Ten West is home to some fine secondaries. And it all begins with a loaded Minnesota defensive backfield that teems with talent and experience.
There is no linebacking corps in the Big Ten East that can match Ohio State’s unit in the East. But there is a lot to like about some of the linebacking units in the Big Ten West.
With the 2015 NBA Draft set to take place one week from today, it's time to have some drafting fun.
This is one of the most glorious Saturdays of the year. It’s rivalry week, with eclectic trophies up for grabs—and maybe some division titles and bowl bids.