The way Rachel Banham is torching the nets, we should just expect Kobe Bryant to tweet after every Minnesota game. Eight days removed from scoring a Big Ten women’s single-game record and an NCAA-tying 60 points, a performance the future NBA Hall of Famer tweeted about twice (here & here), Banham drained a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to send Minnesota past Iowa on Monday night. Naturally, Bryant went to Twitter to congratulate one of his biggest fans, tweeting, “Clutch @rachelbanham15 not many players can side fade, let alone for a game winner #mambablood.” Banham finished the game with 35 points, to go
Sunday night on “B1G Basketball & Beyond,” Mike DeCourcy brought up the point that now that we have reached the mid-point of February it is unofficially acceptable to begin to discuss the “Bubble.” [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Power Rankings | Player Rankings | Game Rankings | Bracketology | Debate It: Player of the Year? | Best of the week that was | Standings | Stats | Scoreboard | Polls | Win a trip to B1G tourney ] Initially, I would have felt that our Big Ten Bubble Team would be Ohio State, but Wisconsin continues to make statements and
BTN will televise seven winter Big Ten Championships, including wrestling, men’s and women’s swimming & diving, men’s and women’s indoor track & field and men’s and women’s gymnastics and the entire Big Ten Hockey Tournament in 2016. Coverage begins with the Big Ten Women’s Swimming & Diving Championships from Michigan on Feb. 22 at 7 p.m. ET, while the Big Ten Men’s Swimming & Diving Championships will air at 7 p.m. ET on Monday, Feb. 29, from Purdue. The opening night relays and preliminary rounds for both women (Feb. 17-20) and men (Feb. 24-27) can be viewed live on BTN
An eventful week, with Maryland seeing a long home winning streak end, Indiana enduring highs (win vs. Iowa) and lows (loss at Michigan State) and Wisconsin emerging as the hottest team. When the dust settled, the Hawkeyes stood alone atop the Big Ten. [ MORE: Big Ten standings | Big Ten stats | Big Ten scoreboard | Polls | Win a trip to B1G tourney ] Here’s a look back at the week that was. B1G’s BEST Best win: Wisconsin at No. 2 Maryland. No Big Ten team had ever won a conference game at Maryland. Until Saturday night, that is,
(AP) Peter Jok scored 27 points and Jarrod Uthoff had 24 points, 15 rebounds and six blocked shots to help fourth-ranked Iowa hold off skidding Minnesota 75-71 on Sunday night. [ MORE: View Sunday’s complete Big Ten scoreboard ] Iowa rebounded from Thursday’s loss at Indiana to regain sole possession of first place in the Big Ten. Nate Mason scored 14 points to lead Minnesota, which has lost 14 straight games. Uthoff overcame a slow start shooting by recording a big dunk, three blocks and a pair of free throws in the final 1:17 to help secure the victory for
The invite list for the NFL Combine is out. And, it is loaded with Big Ten players–58 in all. [ MORE: These 10 players leave the biggest shoes to fill ] Ohio State leads the way among league schools with 14 players invited to the Combine, which will be held Feb. 23-29 in Indianapolis. All 14 schools have at least one player going. Jack Allen, C, Michigan State Geronimo Allison, WR, Illinois Eli Apple, CB, Ohio State Vonn Bell, S, Ohio State Austin Blythe, C, Iowa Briean Boddy-Calhoun, CB, Minnesota Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State Anthony Brown, CB, Purdue Aaron
It’s time for my latest “Three Takes,” and this week I’m offering my thoughts on Wisconsin’s six game winning streak, the Wolverines’ 3-point shooting and Michigan junior guard Derrick Walton Jr. Get my latest thoughts below. Remember early in the season when Wisconsin’s Nigel Hayes and Bronson Koenig had to play great in order for the Badgers to have any chance of winning? Those days are now over. Multiple players have stepped up during Wisconsin’s six game winning streak and the Badgers now have a true team. In last night’s win over Nebraska, four Badgers scored in double figures, and
Another Super Wednesday is in the books. Wisconsin opened the action by taking down Nebraska, 72-61, for its sixth consecutive victory, and Michigan closed the night by holding off Minnesota, 82-74, to snap a two-game losing streak. Catch up on all of the Super Wednesday action on our Big Ten scoreboard. Throughout the Wolverines-Gophers game, former Michigan guard Zack Novak was in studio and took over @MichiganOnBTN. Relive the top questions and answers here. Watch our favorite Super Wednesday highlights below. And here is a look at the game wraps.
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!