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Ohio State AD Gene Smith expresses confidence in Thad Matta

Ohio State is sticking with coach Thad Matta. Athletic director Gene Smith said in statement Wednesday that Matta has job security despite a second consecutive disappointing season that will end with the Buckeyes missing the NCAA Tournament.

Competitive 2016-2017 season drives 11% ratings increase over previous year

After an extraordinarily competitive 2016-2017 season, BTN’s men’s basketball live game coverage drew an 11% increase in overall household delivery over last season, fueled by a 22% growth in Super Wednesday doubleheaders*. 52 conference games were decided either in the final minute or overtime, and 31 of those were featured on BTN, including 10 of the 12 overtime contests. Additionally, BTN saw six of the top 10 conference games in network history take place during the 2016-2017 season. Along with the Maryland at Minnesota game on Jan. 28 that set the record, Minnesota at Wisconsin (March 5), Michigan State at

Check out the 2016-17 Big Ten Men's all-conference teams

The Big Ten Conference announced the annual men's basketball awards on Monday's "BTN Live,"and we've got the full list right here as well as a season's worth of highlights for every single player.

BTN presents week-long coverage of the Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament

BTN will provide a full week of comprehensive coverage of the Big Ten Tournament from Washington D.C., including five games, pre- and post-game analysis, coach and player interviews, and a 90-minute B1G Basketball & Beyond: Selection Sunday Special. Coverage begins at 5 p.m. ET today with the exclusive, live announcement of the annual Big Ten basketball awards on the BTN Live: All-Conference Selection Show. Host Mike Hall and analyst Shon Morris will reveal All-Big Ten selections, as well as Big Ten Player, Freshman and Coach of the Year. Interviews with select award winners will also be included. At 5 p.m.