It’s time to take the temperature of the Big Ten’s NCAA hopes with a weekly check of the mock brackets from Jerry Palm of CBSSports.com and Joe Lunardi of ESPN. One thing is becoming abundantly clear: The Big Ten is looking like a six-bid league, but keep an eye on Ohio State, Northwestern and Wisconsin. Last week, Palm had five Big Ten teams in his field. This week, he has six, with Michigan joining the fray. No. 2 Iowa vs. No. 15 North Florida, South Region No. 2 Michigan State vs. No. 15 Texas A&M CC, West Region No. 4
Iowa is white hot, jumping out to a 5-0 Big Ten clip, its best start since the 1996-97 season. [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Power Rankings | Player Rankings | Best of the week that was | Big Ten award winners | Polls | Standings | Stats | Scores ] It’s been a collective effort for the Hawkeyes, but there’s no doubt that senior forward Jarrod Uthoff has been the key. The Iowa star is playing so well that he has taken the top spot from Maryland point guard Melo Trimble in my latest Big Ten Player Rankings. Editor’s note:
How about the Iowa Hawkeyes?! After last week’s wins at then-No. 4 Michigan State and vs. Michigan, the Hawkeyes improved to 5-0 in Big Ten play. [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Power Rankings | Player Rankings | Best of the week that was | Big Ten award winners | Polls | Standings | Stats | Scores ] If you’re keeping score at home, Fran McCaffery and company have won 11 consecutive Big Ten games, dating to last season. Even more impressive: Three of the wins this season have come vs. the then-No. 1, No. 14 and No. 4 teams. The
All eyes will fix their gaze on East Lansing, where the Spartans will play host to Maryland. This is a huge game for the Spartans, who lost two games last week when it fell vs. Iowa and at Wisconsin to fall to 3-3 in the Big Ten. And Northwestern has a great chance to buff its NCAA resume. [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Power Rankings | Best of the week that was | Big Ten award winners | Polls | Standings | Stats | Scores ] Here is a look at the week ahead. Game of the week: Maryland at
The AFC and NFC championship games are set, and it will be New England at Denver and Arizona at Carolina, respectively. Check out how former Big Ten names performed in NFL divisional playoff action Saturday and Sunday below. Editor’s note: Stats are from foxsports.com box scores. ILLINOIS Jeff Allen, OL, Kansas City Chiefs – No stats Tavon Wilson, DB, New England Patriots – No stats INDIANA Cody Latimer, WR, Denver Broncos – 2 rec., 18 yards IOWA Bryan Bulaga, T, Green Bay Packers – No stats Scott Chandler, TE, New England Patriots – No stats Mike Daniels, DT, Green Bay
It was a big week for Iowa, which solidified its status as the team to beat in the Big Ten with a rousing triumph at No. 4 Michigan State on Thursday and a victory over a hot Michigan club on Sunday. [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Polls | Standings | Stats | Scores ] And keep an eye on Indiana, which has won 10 in a row, and is tied with Iowa atop the Big Ten standings after the first three weeks of conference play. Biggest surprise: Nebraska. How about those Cornhuskers? After opening Big Ten play with losses to Northwestern,
College basketball is in full swing, and in just a few weeks, we’ll be talking about seeds, bubbles and Cinderellas. But there’s another tournament that kicks off sooner: Student Startup Madness (SSM). This tournament features 64 startup “teams” created by students from 38 public and private colleges and universities across the country. And the Big Ten is well represented in this competition with 18 teams, more than a quarter of the total. As with men’s basketball, Michigan State is particularly strong, with 12 teams, the most of any university. The first two rounds of the “SSM64” will be held online,
Four Big Ten men’s basketball games were featured on Saturday’s slate. [ MORE: Track all of Saturday’s action on our Big Ten scoreboard ] No. 3 Maryland throttled Ohio State in the first game of the day, 100-65, reaching the 100-point plateau in regulation of a conference game for the first time since 2002. Indiana held off Minnesota to improve to 5-0 in conference play, Nebraska took down Illinois, 78-67, and Penn State beat Northwestern, 71-62. Check out all of the top plays from Saturday’s Big Ten men’s basketball action:
After making an early prediction for the order of finish in the Big Ten East for the fall of 2016, BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart gives his take on how he thinks the Big Ten West will wind up. Lots can happen between now and then, including developments from national signing day and spring football. Have a look at Dienhart's early outlook and rank the teams your way, too.
One veteran Big Ten writer says the Big Ten hoops race is in two clear camps with six that look headed for the Big Dance and eight that do not. Also, Iowa is now the team to beat in the Big Ten after thrashing Michigan State. How good could Northwestern's Bryant McIntosh be? Read these stories and more in today's Big Ten roundup.