It is no secret, Big Ten fans love their basketball. Here’s the latest proof: The Big Ten Conference led the nation in attendance (3,195,137) during the 2014-15 season, according to data released Monday by the NCAA. For some perspective, the total is the second-highest number in history, trailing the 16-team Big East Conference’s 3,259,992 in 2006-07. Four Big Ten teams finished in the top 10 of all-games attendance, paced by Big Ten champion and national runner-up Wisconsin, which finished second (711,115 fans) behind Kentucky (845,594), which was chasing a perfect season until the Badgers topped the Wildcats in the national
To commemorate this Independence Day, BTN LiveBIG is looking back on some of the incredible stories we’ve shared recently. Read the articles below to learn more about the interesting, important work that your fellow Americans (and Big Ten students, alums and faculty) are doing. Rutgers students put in long-term effort to help Jersey Shore recover from Hurricane Sandy Northwestern alumnus launches start-up business incubator for veteran entrepreneurs Michigan State alumna shows perseverance as she breaks a swimming record and beats breast cancer Penn State grad and Marine vet intends to make his mark in journalism Illini Paralympian Josh George rises above
Three former Big Ten standouts were selected in the first round of the 2015 NBA Draft, with two more landing in the second round. Now that this year’s draft is in the books, experts are already looking ahead to next year’s big event. ESPN NBA Insider Chad Ford recently released his 2016 draft sneak peek, where he gave readers an inside look into some potential top picks in next year’s draft. While Ford did not list any Big Ten players in his “Top 5 2016 prospects,” he did list three Big Ten stars later on in his article. Maryland incoming
When Northwestern hired Spencer Allen, he became the first African American Big Ten baseball coach, in addition to the first at a Power 5 conference school since 1983.
BTN is airing 18 different classic games, ranging from 2007-2014, as part of our new “Big Ten Classics” series. Tonight’s game, which will air at 8 p.m. ET on BTN/BTN2Go, is Northwestern’s memorable 2007 victory over Michigan State. Northwestern quarterback C.J. Bacher was great in this contest. The Wildcats’ junior QB passed for a school-record 520 yards and five touchdowns while leading Northwestern to a 48-41 overtime win over Michigan State. His fifth TD pass came in overtime, when he hooked up with Omar Conteh for a 12-yard score, which secured the victory. The victory had a sense of revenge
A look at the special teams units in the Big Ten West begins in Lincoln, where the Cornhuskers boast a boffo punter (Sam Foltz), a deadly return man (De’Mornay Pierson-El) and an emerging kicker (Drew Brown).
The Big Ten West is home to some fine secondaries. And it all begins with a loaded Minnesota defensive backfield that teems with talent and experience.
There is no linebacking corps in the Big Ten East that can match Ohio State’s unit in the East. But there is a lot to like about some of the linebacking units in the Big Ten West.
Thanks to advances in treatment, HIV and AIDS don’t instill the same dread that they did in the 1980s and early 1990s, when those diseases were largely misunderstood and spreading rapidly. But they’ve hardly gone away: Today, more than 1.2 million people in the United States are living with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. And with the pace of new infections continuing at a rapid clip here and throughout other parts of the world, it’s as important as ever to find a way to knock HIV out cold. Fortunately, Northwestern University researchers are in the early stages of creating a new
With the 2015 NBA Draft set to take place one week from today, it's time to have some drafting fun.