BTN.com's Sean Merriman takes a look at the top moments from the Big Ten basketball season.
The resume of Michigan State’s Connor Cook glistens. A three-year starter who finished his career as the winningest quarterback in school history with 34 victories (34-5 overall record, 23-2 vs. Big Ten opponents), Cook did it all for the Spartans during a spectacular career. The Big Ten Quarterback of the Year and the Unitas Award winner in 2015, Cook left campus as an all-time great. Now, the Spartans’ BMOC is gone. What’s next? Michigan State is one of several Big Ten squads that face a yawning hole under center. In fact, there are no less than nine schools with some
The 2015-16 Big Ten season officially came to an end Friday night, so it’s time to starting look ahead to next season. [ MORE: Read all of Jon Crispin’s Big Ten basketball coverage ] Right? Right! On Saturday night’s “B1G Finale,” BTN host Dave Revsine asked me to select my 2016-17 players to watch. Easy enough. See my super-early picks for players you should have your eye on next season in the video above.
Spring practices are in full swing across the Big Ten, as schools begin to answer questions as they prepare for 2016. And no position across the conference may be under more scrutiny than offensive line, which from my estimations will be a top priority for nine schools to shore up. Here is a look at the most critical offensive line situations in the Big Ten, listed alphabetically. Illinois Guard Ted Karras was the team’s top blocker. Now, he’s gone. This unit needs to get a better push after the Illini ranked last in the Big Ten in rushing (129.3 ypg)
At the beginning of the basketball season, our panel of Big Ten men's basketball experts came together and made some predictions. Some were pretty good, others not so much. See what they predicted and how it compares to the end results.
Four Big Ten women’s basketball teams played in the WNIT on Thursday night. Rutgers won in thrilling fashion as Kahleah Copper made a game-winning shot with two seconds remaining to lift the Scarlet Knights to a 57-55 victory over Georgetown at the RAC. Rutgers will host Virginia at the RAC in second round action on Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. ET. In other action, Ball State topped Iowa, 77-72, Nebraska fell to UNI, 64-62, and Northwestern lost to San Diego, 69-65. The website www.womensnit.com has a useful page with links to watch all of the WNIT games live online. Catch up
Five Big Ten women’s hoops teams play their opening games of the 2016 NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament Friday and Saturday. Click the matchups in this post to go to the live game center pages for each game. On Friday, No. 4 seed Michigan State plays No. 13 Belmont at noon ET on ESPN2 followed No. 3 seed Ohio State playing No. 14 seed Buffalo at 2:30 p.m., also on ESPN2. Saturday’s games are No. 2 Maryland vs. No. 15 Iowa (1:30 p.m., ESPN2) No. 11 Purdue vs. No. 6 Oklahoma (1:30 p.m., ESPN2), and No. 9 Indiana vs. No. 8 Georgia
Big Ten fans were treated to four outstanding games on Thursday. No. 11 Nebraska and No. 12 Illinois pulled off big upset victories, while No. 8 Michigan and No. 7 Ohio State held on to advance to the tournament quarterfinals as well. With four great games, there were plenty of phenomenal individual performances. BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart and Sean Merriman were there to take in all the action. Here is a look at their All-Thursday team. DIENHART Michigan’s Zak Irvin. A former Indiana Mr. Basketball, Irvin was back home in the Indianapolis area and played big. He finished with 19 points and eight rebounds.
Michigan arrived in Indianapolis most likely needing to win at least two games in the Big Ten tourney to earn an NCAA bid. It got one today when it downed Northwestern 72-70 in overtime. Let's get ton the details.
Day 2 of the Big Ten tourney tips Thursday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. [ MORE: View our Big Ten tournament central page ] Before the slate of four games starts, I wanted to take a quick look at three players who I think you should watch. Here goes! Mike Gesell, Iowa. Obviously Jarrod Uthoff and Peter Jok have to play at a high level if Iowa wants to advance past Illinois and make a March run. Uthoff and Jok are the second-highest scoring duo (34.6ppg) at Iowa in the last 40 seasons. But the reason they get so many