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.
So, the latest drama in the heated Michigan-Ohio State rivalry is an interesting one. Here’s the full timeline, if you missed any of it the last 24-plus hours: Tuesday afternoon: Ohio State AD Gene Smith, while at a soccer press conference, was asked about the possibility of the football team taking a portion of a future spring practice to Florida, as rival Michigan did this earlier month. Smith shot the idea down, saying, “If we were jump starting our program, I’d probably try to do that too.” Tuesday night: After hours of speculation that Smith’s comment was a jab at
Who knows if college football teams will be permitted to take parts of spring practice to, say, Florida in the future, as Jim Harbaugh and Michigan did earlier this month. [ MORE: Like this post? Check out our full Gone Viral section ] If the rules allow for it, don’t expect Michigan’s fierce rival Ohio State to leave Columbus, Ohio, for spring break. Ohio State AD Gene Smith alluded to this while speaking to the media Tuesday. See his direct quite in the tweet above. Urban Meyer seems to agree, although he did previously seem open to the idea. Interesting
Kelsey Mitchell had a day to remember Sunday afternoon. [ MORE: NCAA tourney bracket | AP recap | Box score ] The Ohio State star poured in an eye-popping 45 points, the fourth-most in NCAA tourney opening weekend history, to lead Ohio State to an 88-81 victory over West Virginia. With the win, the Buckeyes advance to the Sweet 16, their first regional semifinal appearance since 2011. Harris reached 45 points, thanks to 18 made free throws, which ties for the most in NCAA tourney opening weekend annals; she also added five rebounds, two assists and three steals. Mitchell’s output
Dorian Finney-Smith had 16 point and 12 rebounds Sunday to help No. 2 seed Florida beat third-seeded Ohio State 74-66 in the second round of the NIT.
At 5-foot-9, A.J. Harris isn’t a regular when it comes to the highlight-reel dunk. But, as he proved Sunday afternoon, the Ohio State freshman sure is capable of doing so. Harris threw down a powerful one-handed posterizing dunk over 6-foot-9 Florida forward Kevarrius Hayes in Ohio State’s season-ending NIT defeat at Value City Arena. The highlight came in a loss, yes, however it’s worthy of recognition. “He’s 5-foot-9 and he dunked on the entire state of Florida!”‘ ESPN color commentator Dan Dakich said. Watch Harris’ posterizing slam in the tweet above. *** We’ve seen Harris flash his athleticism before.
With Penn State wrestling’s fifth NCAA title in the last six years Saturday, the Big Ten has claimed the last 10 national crowns. [ MORE: View full NCAA brackets | View final team standings ] Incredible, right? Four Big Ten teams (Iowa – 3; Minnesota – 1; Ohio State – 1; Penn State – 5) have contributed to the conference’s dominant streak, and, to no surprise, it was all Big Ten in the latest NCAA Wrestling Championships, this one at Madison Square Garden. In addition to the Nittany Lions claiming the conference’s 10th straight crown, the Big Ten put six
The men’s and women’s NCAA basketball tournaments just began, and we’ve already seen plenty of surprises. For the Big Ten, some of those have been pleasant (Indiana) and others not so much (Michigan State). But no matter how far the women’s and men’s basketball teams in the conference go in the tourney (and even if they didn’t make it this season), their supporters can take pride in how people associated with those programs perform off the court. This round-up of LiveBIG stories with a b-ball bent shows off the Big Ten’s talent waaaayyyy beyond the arc: Quinn Buckner Helping Hoosiers
The Penn State Nittany Lion wrestling team posted a perfect Friday night at the 2016 NCAA Wrestling Championships in New York’s Madison Square Garden and finds itself on the brink of yet another NCAA National Championship. Head coach Cael Sanderson’s squad was unbeaten in five national semifinal bouts as well as consolation action in session four of the three-day event. Penn State’s five semifinalists roared through the session perfectly, going 5-0 with a pin and a tech fall while the Nittany Lions picked up a sixth All-American with a perfect run through consolation action. The Nittany Lions lead the team
Aerial Powers scored 27 points, Jasmine Hines added 24 and fourth-seeded Michigan State pulled away in the fourth quarter to beat No. 13 seed Belmont 74-60 on Friday in the first round of the women’s NCAA Tournament. Later, No. 3 seed Ohio State handled No. 14 seed Buffalo, 88-69. Kelsey Mitchell scored 27 points for the Buckeyes. [ MORE: Big Ten women’s scoreboard | NCAA women’s scoreboard | NCAA.com interactive bracket | BTN YouTube videos | Big Ten women’s hoops on Twitter] On Saturday, it’s No. 2 Maryland vs. No. 15 Iowa (1:30 p.m., ESPN2) No. 11 Purdue vs. No. 6 Oklahoma (1:30 p.m., ESPN2),