Eight Big Ten men’s basketball players were named to the 2011-12 Naismith Trophy Preseason Watch List, released Monday. The candidates are the same as the ones that made the Wooden Award Watch List, minus Minnesota’s Trevor Mbakwe. See all the stars who made the cut for the award handed out annually to the men’s player of the year in this post.
The Big Ten Trophy Tracker is coming into sharper focus as the season hits the final stretch. With only three week left in the season, there’s a new player on top of Graham-George Offensive Player of the Year checklist. And it’s a big, physical running back from the Legends Division who just may carry his team to the Big Ten title game.
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On Monday’s Big Ten Breakdown, at 7 p.m. ET, Howard Griffith breaks down the offensive line’s role in Wisconsin RB Montee Ball‘s success and Chris Martin shows us how Iowa’s defense shut down Denard Robinson and Michigan. The crew also will take a look at MarQueis Gray‘s progression the last couple of weeks, plus Northwestern’s do-it-all star Kain Colter will join us to talk about his team’s upset win at Nebraska.
The Big Ten Conference announced its Week 10 Football Players of the Week on Monday morning. Five players were recognized, including Co-Offensive Player Kain Colter, who filled in for an injured Dan Persa in the second half to lead Northwestern to an upset win at ranked Nebraska. Colter accounted for three touchdowns, two on the ground and an 81-yard scoring strike to Jeremy Ebert. See all the winners in this post.
Every week during the football season, Brent Yarina posts his latest Big Ten Power Rankings. Week 10 featured a big-time upset, as Northwestern went into Memorial Stadium and upset previously streaking Nebraska. As for the power rankings, they are not meant to mimic the Big Ten standings. What fun would that be? They aren’t scientific, either. They’re simply Brent’s thoughts on where each Big Ten team stands after its latest game and entering its next contest. Agree? Disagree? Tweet @BTNBrentYarina.
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The first Saturday in November was filled with a big surprise: Northwestern winning at Nebraska. That scrambled the Legends Division race, which may come down to a battle between Michigan State and Iowa. Here’s what else I learned on Saturday.
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The votes are in, and our viewers selected Northwestern’s upset victory at then-No. 10 Nebraska as our Big Ten Football Game of the Week. Catch the game at 8 p.m. ET Sunday on BTN. If you didn’t catch it the first time, you don’t want to miss it tonight. The Wildcats held off the Huskers late in the fourth quarter, despite losing starting quarterback Dan Persa to injury. Backup Kain Colter was more than up to the challenge, though, leading Northwestern to a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns. Watch our highlights of the game now and tune in for the replay at 8.