Last Saturday was a big one for the Big Ten West, a division that often is maligned and perceived to be less-than when compared to an East division that features power/elite programs like Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan State and Penn State.
For years, I have listened to my fellow pundits around the country make comments and predictions about Big Ten basketball. Whether it be that they felt it was a “down year,” or if the style of play just doesn’t provide a favorable matchup for Big Ten teams, I always got the feeling that they never took a good enough look at what makes Big Ten basketball elite.
And as November flies by, so too do our weekly installments of the Big Ten Animated GIF Tuesday posts. It seems like only – let’s see, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 – nine weeks ago that we kicked this all off. And to think they said it wouldn’t last.* (* Nobody really said that.) Please, take note: We’re on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Vine, Instagram, and Snapchat (bigtennetwork). And we have links to available highlights below, too. BTN FAQ: Video highlights on social media BTN football highlights on Facebook BTN football highlights on YouTube Illinois football highlights Indiana football highlights Iowa football highlights Maryland football highlights Michigan
Each Tuesday morning during the Big Ten football season, the 14 Big Ten football coaches hold a Big Ten teleconference with reporters from around the country. We post the audio for each segment of the call here.
We had a trio of Big Ten men’s exhibition games on the BTN family of networks Monday night. [ MORE: Relive all of the 2015 men’s exhibition action ] Indiana and Michigan State carded victories over Bellarmine and Ferris State, respectively, on BTN Plus, while Nebraska had no trouble with Northern State in a special Student U production on BTN. With the exhibition season now complete, check out Jon Crispin’s power rankings and Jess Settles’ player rankings. Get our favorite highlights from the three exhibitions below: INDIANA 73, BELLARMINE 62 *** MICHIGAN STATE 93, FERRIS STATE 57 *** NEBRASKA 95,
You know the drill: I reach into my Big Ten Mailbag and answer your love letters. Lots of buzz about Michigan. And is there any way an unbeaten Iowa club could be kept from the playoffs?
On Wednesday, Nov. 11, BTN will debut a unique look at the country’s premier volleyball conference. B1G Volleyball Extravaganza, beginning at 7 P.M. ET, features live look-ins at all 14 Big Ten women’s volleyball teams playing in seven conference matches throughout the evening. The whip-around coverage will join the Purdue at Maryland, Indiana at Rutgers and No.18 Illinois at No. 12 Ohio State matches in progress at 7 P.M. ET, and continue to spotlight additional matches for three hours throughout the night. Full matches can also be streamed via the web, smartphones, tablets and connected devices on BTN Plus on
The Big Ten office released its Week 10 award winners Monday morning. See all of the honorees and watch video highlights inside.
With news that Illinois has fired athletic director Mike Thomas, the Big Ten now has two schools being led by interim ADs. [ MORE: Illinois fires director of athletics Mike Thomas ] Minnesota is being spearheaded by interim A.D. Beth Goetz after Norwood Teague was let go in August. Paul Kowalczyk is filling in for Thomas at Illinois. And both schools also have interim football coaches in Tracy Claeys at Minnesota and Bill Cubit at Illinois. The turnover at athletic director has been rapid in the Big Ten, as five of the current ADs have been hired since 2010. Once
Big changes this week in the bowl projections of Jerry Palm of CBSSports.com, as the Big Ten went from eight bowl teams last week to 11 this week. [ MORE: Best of Week 10 | Week 10 scores | Big Ten standings | Big Ten stats | Latest polls | Power Rankings | Bowl Projections | Mailbag | What Tom Dienhart learned | Week 10 picks revisited | Week 10 award winners | Dienhart: Iowa isn’t going away, America | Gerry DiNardo tweets | Watch Nebraska celebrate in locker room | New Week 10 uniform designs | Mini LEGO stadiums