Change is afoot in Evanston, as the Northwestern basketball program moves away from the Princeton offense and into a new era. Will that change bring immediate success? After 13 seasons, the Bill Carmody era has ended. It can be easy to forget after last season’s struggles, but Carmody elevated the Northwestern basketball program from “horrid” to “mediocre” in his time there. To wit, the Wildcats made four straight NITs before last season’s injury-plagued campaign. Four NITs might seem like a silly accomplishment to tout, but let’s not forget that this program went to only three NITs over its entire pre-Carmody
Did you miss something while you stepped away from your computer? We’re tracking some of the best Big Ten social media happenings and posting them all right here. Check out today’s edition, including a great Mike Ditka costume. Is it Ohio State coach Urban Meyer? You be the judge. Like what you see? We do this every weekday. Visit our Clicks archive. Here are Friday’s B1G Clicks: Urban as Ditka. Amazing. RT @spinnershells: Look who showed up at our house tonite!!! Recognize this guy?? pic.twitter.com/aiDWkJSzNh — Chris Vannini (@CoachingBuzz) November 1, 2013 Our take: Is this Urban Meyer or not?
Big Ten Basketball Media Day was a chance for the media to be introduced to some of the top players and the coaches around the conference. It was also a chance take in all the sights and sounds around the Big Ten, and there were plenty of good ones. With that said, here is a rundown of the best moments from Thursday’s Big Ten Media Day. [ More: Media Day: One-on-one with the Big Ten’s best ] Best dressed: Shavon Shields, Nebraska Shavon Shields is a candidate for best dressed @ #B1GMediaDay. Pinstripe suit, Nebraska Red tie and hipster glasses. pic.twitter.com/mFGGKyZBPg
The city of Chicago was filled with college basketball’s best on Thursday as the top players and coaches from around the Big Ten gathered at the annual Big Ten Media Day. It was a chance to ask some out-of-the-norm questions and find out who really are the best personalities around the Big Ten. I conducted a Big Ten poll, asking one player from every team a series of five questions. See what they had to say here in this post. Editors note: Player responses are anonymous. Players could not use their teammates/stadium/city/uniform/coach in their answers. [ More: Hoosiers reload with
Minnesota’s Richard Pitino and Northwestern’s Chris Collins are the new kids on the Big Ten block. And, each has a big hill to climb to keep pace with the likes of Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State and Wisconsin, among other programs. The Golden Gophers are coming off a 21-win season that included a win in the NCAA tourney under Tubby Smith. The 30-year-old Pitino—son of Rick—has one season of experience, guiding Florida International to an 18-14 mark last season. Is he ready for this colossal step? Hard to say. But Pitino’s early impressions of the Big Ten are interesting.
Here are the podium press conference sessions from all 12 Big Ten men’s basketball coaches. Indiana’s Tom Crean: “We have a lot to learn. I think the biggest thing we’re trying to get accomplished right now is to get our team to understand — this team to understand what it takes to practice at a championship level and showing the standards of last year, not necessarily who it was, but how it was done, I think is the most important thing.” Illinois’ John Groce: “We want to play faster this year. Have we built ourselves for more speed? Yes. Will
Michigan State has been chosen as the unanimous Big Ten favorite heading into the 2013-14 men’s basketball season as voted on by a panel of conference media. The media also tabbed Spartan sophomore Gary Harris as the Preseason Player of the Year. Michigan and Ohio State were selected to finish second and third, respectively. Harris led a six-member preseason All-Big Ten team, as the media vote resulted in additional honorees due to a tie. He was joined on the team by the Wolverines’ Mitch McGary and Glenn Robinson III, Michigan State’s Adreian Payne, the Buckeyes’ Aaron Craft and Penn State’s
Today’s Big Ten Basketball Media Day press conferences were streamed live and for free from Chicago on the Big Ten Digital Network. Head into this live blog to watch your Big Ten men’s coach talk to the media. Also, BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart and web editor Sean Merriman will file reports all morning. Follow them on Twitter via @BTNTomDienhart and @BTNSean and get more BTN updates from the events with the live blog in this post. First, track #B1GMediaDay tweets right below. MORE: Men’s exhibition live streaming schedule | Men’s schedules | Women’s schedules
A new basketball season is upon us. Before the ball tips early next month, let’s take a look at some of the new uniform and court designs we’ll see around the Big Ten this season. A little warning, there aren’t nearly as many changes this year as there were last, and that goes for both the uniforms and the courts. Some good news: After talking to team representatives, it seems like we won’t see the adidas “Bleed Out” or Nike “Hyper Elite Road” uniforms that debuted last season. That doesn’t mean the companies won’t come out with some other new
Big Ten basketball media day is Thursday, so it’s time for the BTN.com team to release their All-Big Ten Teams, predicted standings and predictions. See what Stephen Bardo, Tom Dienhart, Sean Merriman, Brent Yarina and the Big Ten Geeks have in store for the 2013-14 season. [ MORE: Big Ten beat writers’ All-Big Ten teams, superlatives ] STEPHEN BARDO, BTN analyst FIRST TEAM: Aaron Craft, Ohio State; Tim Frazier, Penn State; Gary Harris, Michigan State; Mitch McGary, Michigan; Adreian Payne, Michigan State. SECOND TEAM: Keith Appling, Michigan State; Yogi Ferrell, Indiana; Andre Hollins, Minnesota; LaQuinton Ross, Ohio State; Glenn Robinson