Illinois’ Meyers Leonard declared for the NBA draft Monday (story), and on Wednesday, it was Ohio State’s Jared Sullinger’s turn (story). With Leonard and Sullinger, both sophomores, leaving early and the deadlines to declare for the draft approaching (April 10, NCAA; April 29, NBA), BTN.com’s Brent Yarina considers some of the previous Big Ten sophomores – plus freshmen – who have left early since the new millennium. How did the decisions work out? Find out in this post.
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The Big Ten Network will stream Minnesota’s spring football game live at noon ET on Saturday, April 21, on both BTN2Go and the Big Ten Digital Network. BTN also will have highlights and analysis from that day’s Big Ten spring games on at 7 p.m. ET on B1G Tonight Spring Football Edition with Dave Revsine, Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith. The Minnesota game will be televised at 7 p.m. ET on Sunday, April 22.
The nation still is buzzing over the greatest six-point performance in NCAA title game history. Thank you, Anthony Davis. Here’s what’s buzzing around Big Ten gridirons.
Minnesota is in the Frozen Four for the first time since 2005. The Gophers, which beat North Dakota in the West Regional finals, take on No. 1 seed Boston College at 8 p.m. ET Thursday at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. Beat Boston College, and Minnesota would play the Ferris State-Union winner at 7 p.m. ET Saturday. See GopherSports.com’s Frozen Four Preview and Frozen Four Central page, plus watch all of GopherAthletics YouTube videos.
The NCAA men’s basketball championship game is Monday night, but here at BTN.com, our fans already have crowned the 2012 Big Ten Football Uniform Bracket champion. And the winner is Michigan, the top seed in the field. The Wolverines toppled No. 5 Iowa in the title matchup. See the final tally for the championship tilt in this post and check out all of the tournament’s matchups: Finals | Semis | Quarters | First round.
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The Big Ten Conference released its Big Ten Softball Players of the Week for March 26-April 1 action Monday. See all the winners and check out what they did to earn the distinctions in this post.
Northwestern unleashed a six-run fifth inning Sunday at Wisconsin on its way to an 8-3 win and the series win. Leadoff hitter Emily Allard recorded her second four-hit game of the season, while also adding two runs and an RBI. Northwestern moves to 14-18 overall on the season with its win, 2-4 in the Big Ten. Wisconsin now is 14-12 on the year with its loss, 3-3 in the conference. Read full recap at NUSports.com. And don’t forget to watch our Northwestern-Wisconsin highlights now and get video and recaps from all of Sunday’s games in this post.