The Big Ten race is bunched at the top, with Iowa, Indiana, Maryland and Michigan leading the pack. And keep an eye on Purdue. [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Power Rankings | Big Ten midterm grades | Best of week that was | Players of the Week | Bracketology | Scoreboard | Standings | Stats | Polls | Win a trip for two to the Big Ten tourney ] Here is a look back at the week that was. Biggest surprise: Wisconsin. Don’t count out the Badgers from returning to the Big Dance just yet. Greg Gard’s program ended Indiana’s
Following Sunday’s quartet of Big Ten games, every team has played at least nine conference games, exactly half of its league schedule. [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Power Rankings | Big Ten midterm grades | Best of week that was | Players of the Week | Bracketology | Scoreboard | Standings | Stats | Polls | Win a trip for two to the Big Ten tourney ] Halfway home, it’s seems like a great time to hand out some midseason grades. Get my report card for all 14 teams below. Illinois (10-12, 2-7): D. Injuries have impacted this roster greatly.
The debates pop up all the time. “Who was the greatest player to play at your school?” “Where would that current player rank on your school’s all-time team?” And so on. That’s why we created survey pages for each Big Ten men’s basketball program where fans have been ranking their favorite players over the past few weeks. At first look, it can seem like an easy task. But as you roll through any list, one realizes it’s a little harder. Where would Illinois’ Kendall Gill rank on the Fighting Illinois list? With Indiana’s long roster of talented players, who makes that
That Maryland win over Iowa was impressive, wasn’t it? Two of my latest “Three Takes” focus on the Terrapins, more specifically on a pair of players who helped Maryland hand Iowa its first Big Ten defeat in its last 13 conference games, dating to last season. Check out my latest “Three Takes” below. Sulaimon does it all Rasheed Sulaimon needed a big game against No. 3 Iowa in the worst way. The athletic wing had made just two of his last 15 shots and scored 10 combined points in the previous two games, and Maryland was on the verge of
If you heard the terms “student-athletes” and “Pro Day” in the same sentence, you’d probably think of 40-yard-dash times, vertical-leap measurements and Wonderlic scores. But at the University of Minnesota, the Pro Day for student-athletes involves polishing up résumés, compiling references and putting on business-formal attire. In other words, it would be recognizable to any regular professional who’s ever attended a career fair or recruiting event. Minnesota’s Pro Day was the brainchild of Gophers swimmer Ben Bravence. Like most of his fellow student-athletes, Bravence knew he wouldn’t be doing his sport for a living after graduating college. Yet he found
In the days leading up to the 100th episode of the BTN Originals series "The Journey," we asked members of the show's production team to look back on seasons past. These are the people who travel across the conference each week of the football and basketball seasons to tell the stories around and inside the games. What were their favorite stories? Who were their favorite people? What were the best games? Read what they told us and watch some of their favorite stories. The 100 episode airs Sunday at 9:30 p.m..
Got a case of the winter blahs? Missing your pigskin fix? Why not look ahead to the football season? No better way to prime the 2016 pump than by looking at the top seven non-conference games of the coming season, listed by date. Know this: Sept. 17 is a big Saturday in a season in which Big Ten schedules now feature just three non-league games and nine conference tilts. Wisconsin vs. LSU at Lambeau Field, Sept. 3. These schools met in the 2014 season opener in Houston, with the Tigers taking a 28-24 victory. LSU also won the two other
Time for me to reach into my mailbag and answer your pressing queries. It seems a white-hot Iowa team has the attention of many of you. The Hawkeyes have a big game tonight. With that, let’s get going. Who do you have winning the Iowa-Maryland game in College Park, Md., on Thursday? – Braydon Dobereiner I know the Terrapins are tough with Melo Trimble and Co. But how can you go against the Hawkeyes, winners of nine in a row overall and 13 Big Ten game in succession dating to last year? Even on the road in a tough environment?
This past weekend I was reminded that anything can happen on the wrestling mat. Everybody is beatable. Every single match has its own set of circumstances in comparison to the one before it. As I have noted before, winning a single match at this level is difficult. One match last week at 157 pounds was a battle of unbeatens and it became the talk of the wrestling world: Reigning national champion and top ranked Isaiah Martinez of Illinois vs. Penn State’s Jason Nolf (No.3). That match had been analyzed and talked about for countless hours by wrestling media and fans
We have seen some bizarre plays this season. But what happened in Minneapolis on Wednesday night in the Purdue vs. Minnesota men’s basketball game takes the cake. With Purdue leading 59-54 late in the second half, A.J. Hammons lost his shoe at one end of the court, picked it up, then ran the distance of the court and grabbed a rebound for the Boilermakers before a timeout was called. Check it out in the video at the top of the post. Watch Purdue coach Matt Painter grab Hammons and give him a pat on the back following the incredible play.