Why is it that everything about Indiana is about the schedule? How many Big Ten teams do you see reaching the NCAA Tournament? Is Greg Gard doing a good enough job to satisfy Wisconsin A.D. Barry Alvarez? You brought the questions and BTN's Tom Dienhart has his answers.
Could Iowa's Drew Ott get a fifth season of eligibility? Nebraska looks like it upgraded their pass coverage defense. There is QB news at Ohio State and Wisconsin. Plus, No Big Ten school inked a better collection of wideouts than Michigan State. Let's get into all of Friday's Big Ten headlines now.
BTN.com's Tom Dienhart caught up with 247Sports national writer Kevin Ryan to really dig into 2016 Big Ten recruiting. Best class? Overrated class? Underrated class? And what does he think of Jim Harbaugh's tactics? That and more are covered in this Q&A.
There are good shots. There are great shots. And then there is the shot Rutgers freshman Corey Sanders hit on Wednesday night against Illinois. Trailing 87-84 in the final seconds of the first overtime, Sanders missed a game-tying 3-pointer, got his own rebound, dribbled back beyond the 3-point line and hit a fadeaway 3-pointer at the buzzer to tie the game and send it into a second overtime. The reaction is just as you would expect, as Sanders’ teammates mobbed him in celebration. Check out the shot at the top of the post. Sanders went on to post career highs
There were three Big Ten men’s basketball games on Wednesday night, highlighted by two outstanding contests on BTN. In the first game of the night, Malcolm Hill scored 32 points as Illinois outlasted Rutgers 110-101 in a triple overtime thriller. Iowa followed that with a commanding 73-49 win over Penn State behind 14 points from Jarrod Uthoff. Maryland closed out the evening with a 70-65 road win over Nebraska. We made it a point to capture the top moments from all three games. Here is a look at the top highlights from Wednesday’s Big Ten men’s basketball action. We see
The dust has settled on Signing Day. Here are my eight observations from the big day! Jim Harbaugh makes news just getting out of bed—or it seems that way. There has been tree climbing, Tweeting at rappers, sleepovers, satellite camps. Now, this: The “Signing of the Stars” spectacular which was a pep rally on steroids trumpting the arrival of the 2016 class. There was Derek Jeter, Tom Brady and John Harbaugh pumping up the event that has set a new standard in over-the-top hype in a recruiting system that already is overloaded on hype. How will Harbaugh top this next
National Football Signing Day is always a big day for the nation’s college-bound high school stars. But as you scroll through the lists and the rankings and the player ratings, keep in mind that every one of these players has their own personal story. [ MORE: All-signee team | All-name team | States that produced most B1G recruits ] Here are several interesting stories from this year’s Big Ten class that I discovered while doing my own research for this year’s #SigningDayOnBTN show. Let’s start with Wisconsin’s Dallas Jeanty, a three-star linebacker who battled homelessness and spent two months one
Mike Riley’s second recruiting class at Nebraska is a good one. According to Scout.com, the Huskers have 21 commits and the No. 28-ranked class in the nation. “It’s a big day for Nebraska and an exciting day for Nebraska football,” Riley said on the Huskers’ 2016 group. “We went through the day, in one good way, we had no real surprises. Everybody that was supposed to sign, everyone we thought was going to sign, they did.” We had eight straight hours of #SigningDayOnBTN coverage today. Mike Hall (@BTNMikeHall) anchored the festivities along with BTN analysts Gerry DiNardo (@gerrydinardo) and Howard
So, what type of team could you build if you assembled the highest-ranked players at each position who signed with Big Ten teams? A pretty good one. Check back in four or five years to see how many of these guys are first-team All-Big Ten in 2019 and 2020. [ MORE: Meet Michigan’s Rashan Gary, the nation’s No. 1 recruit ] Ohio State leads the way with nine guys. Michigan has seven. In all, eight different schools are represented: OSU, Michigan, Michigan State, Penn State, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Minnesota and Maryland. 2016 ALL-RECRUIT TEAM, based on rankings by 247Sports.com OFFENSE WR
Every year, it’s one of the best parts of National Signing Day. [ MORE: 2016 All-Big Ten signee team | Most fruitful states for B1G teams? ] The all-name teams, that is. The Big Ten’s latest recruiting class features no shortage of all-name worthy names. There are plenty of lists out there, for sure, but we had BTN analyst Mike Hall provide his list at the end of our eight-hour marathon SigningDayOnBTN coverage. Find Hall’s 2016 name team in the tweet above. Some other good ones: Quayshon Alexander (Nebraska); Devin Asiasi (Michigan); Max Bortenschlager (Maryland); Ko Kieft (Minnesota); Qwuantrezz Knight