Big Ten fans have seen several tremendous plays on the diamond this past week. On Tuesday, we saw Ohio State third baseman Nick Sergakis made an outstanding stop down the line and throw out a runner from one knee. Then, on Wednesday, Evansville’s Josh Jyawook made an incredible catch, leaping over the outfield fence and holding onto the ball with his body falling over the wall. Well, we have another top play, and this one came on Friday from Iowa CF Eric Toole. Watch Toole extend his entire body and make an outstanding catch in center field, robbing Northwestern of
The 2015 NBA Draft is more than two months away, but it’s never too early to speculate. Chris Mannix of SI.com recently released his 2015 NBA Mock Draft 1.0, which features four Big Ten names. [ MORE: Terran Petteway to enter the 2015 NBA Draft ] Ohio State’s D’Angelo Russell is the first name to appear on the list, going No. 6 overall to the Sacramento Kings. “Questions about Russell’s athleticism are drowned out by praise for his playmaking and brilliance in the pick-and-roll,” Mannix says. “Russell is an ideal complement to DeMarcus Cousins.” Russell has not formally declared for
The NFL draft kicks off on Thursday, April 30 at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University in Chicago.
This week, the 14 Big Ten football coaches and a player from each team are fielding questions from reporters around the country. On Wednesday, reporters spoke with West Division coaches and players. Check back on Thursday to hear from players and coaches from the East Division. Illinois: Tim Beckman and Wes Lunt Indiana: Kevin Wilson and Jason Spriggs Iowa: Kirk Ferentz and Drew Ott Maryland: Randy Edsall and Andrew Zeller Michigan: Jim Harbaugh and Joe Bolden Michigan State: Mark Dantonio and Shilique Calhoun Minnesota: Jerry Kill and Briean Boddy-Calhoun Nebraska: Mike Riley and Jordan Westerkamp Northwestern: Pat Fitzgerald and
Proof that time flies: This will be Pat Fitzgerald's 10th season at the helm in Evanston. And, it has been an interesting ride. Check out Tom Dienhart's Q&A with Fitzgerald inside.
Three games into the Big Ten season, and Maryland has continued to dominate the league. The Terrapins are the nation’s only unbeaten team and have not played a game within five goals since conference play began. However, Maryland is not the only unbeaten team in Big Ten play, as the Terps have company in the form of the Nittany Lions atop the standings in this week’s “Stick Check.” Check out the BTN lacrosse schedule, as well as the BTN Plus live streaming schedule to see when your team will be featured on the network. Can Penn State keep pace? In an
The best way to describe Northwestern’s NFL draft success the last 10 years? Modest. The Wildcats have produced just 11 picks—with one first-round selection (Luis Castillo, 2005).
There were four spring games on Saturday, with Minnesota, Maryland, Nebraska and Northwestern finishing drills. It’s one last time to kick the tires on each team before a long offseason. Here are some things I learned—or didn’t learn–from each program, upon further review. Maryland has some work to do in the trenches on both sides of the ball. The good news: The Terps may have found a stud in Kingsley Opara. That’s good, because DT Darius Kilgo has to be replaced. DE Jesse Aniebonam also looks to have a bright future. Former five-star OT Damian Prince may be a star
For nearly 70 years now, the Fulbright Program has given scholarships, international exposure and professional opportunities to some of the brightest minds among university students and faculty the world over. Historically, the Big Ten Conference has been well represented among Fulbright Scholars and Students, and this year is no exception. Five Big Ten universities had six faculty members apiece among U.S. Fulbright Scholars in 2014-5, according to The Chronicle of Higher Education, which placed them in a tie for fifth-place among all U.S. research institutions. Additionally, eight Big Ten member schools landed in the top 25 for U.S. Fulbright Students
Pat Fitzgerald and Northwestern know how to put a bow on practice. They have a watermelon eating contest to mark the end of Camp Kenosha, and they have a dizzy bat race to signal the end of spring drills.