An interesting rivalry week ends with Indiana riding atop the Big Ten. But Iowa and Maryland are just one-half game and one game off the pace, respectively. That said, could Michigan State be the best team in the Big Ten? [ MORE: Big Ten standings | Big Ten stats | Big Ten scoreboard | Polls ] Here’s a look back at the week that was. BEST OF THE B1G Best stat line: Denzel Valentine vs. Wisconsin. The Big Ten Player of the Year candidate had 24 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds, leading No. 8 Michigan State to a 69-57 victory over previously white-hot
Michigan claimed the 2016 Big Ten Women’s Swimming & Diving Championship on Saturday at the Canham Natatorium on the campus of the University of Michigan. The title marks the Wolverines 15th conference crown, and first since 2004. Michigan compiled 1,361 total points throughout the four-day event. Indiana finished second after collecting 1,207.5 points and Minnesota was third with 927.5 points. Ohio State finished fourth with 859 points, while Purdue recorded 766.5 points to finish fifth. The Wolverines took home titles in the 100-yard freestyle, 100-yard backstroke, 200-yard freestyle, 200-yard backstroke, 200-yard individual medley, 400-yard medley relay, 400-yard freestyle relay and
In 1962, Ken Coleman arrived at the campus of The Ohio State University with a big dream: to graduate and find a job as a math teacher. It might not seem all that audacious today, but this was the early 1960s, and Coleman was a young African-American man living in the town of Centralia in downstate Illinois. And neither his mother, a maid, nor his father, a day laborer, graduated high school. Still, none of those things kept Coleman from chasing his dreams — which, as it turned out, went well beyond becoming a math teacher. Because of his experience
It’s not strange to see basketball players slap the floor as they set up on defense following a made basket. Typically, players do it once, and while the opponent is bringing the ball up the court. Saturday night at Nebraska, Ohio State sophomore Jae’Sean Tate was a little too emphatic and delayed with his floor slap(s). Guarding the ball just inside the midcourt line in the final minutes of regulation, Tate slapped the floor three times, allowing Tai Webster to attack the rim and draw a foul on his defender. Ohio State won 65-62 in overtime to improve to 10-5
There was a trio of Big Ten men’s basketball games on Saturday. [ MORE: Get all of Saturday’s scores & stats on our Big Ten scoreboard ] Penn State kicked things off by beating Rutgers, 70-58, to record its third win in its last four games. Ohio State followed that with a 65-62 win over Nebraska in an overtime thriller. Indiana closed out the action with an impressive 77-73 victory over in-state rival Purdue. Watch all of the top highlights from Saturday’s action below. Watch the game wraps here.
What is the most powerful fan base in college football? Collegespun.com recently published an article listing the 16 most powerful fan bases, and four Big Ten schools appear on the list. Factors that were taken into account while creating the list include program worth, program revenue, television contracts, social media followings, attendance and a number of others. Leading the way is Ohio State, which is listed at No. 1 overall. “Ohio State has always been among the strongest programs and fan bases in college football, but winning the 2014 national championship seems to have woken something up in the Buckeye
A familiar name to Big Ten basketball fans returns on this Saturday’s episode of the “The Journey: Big Ten Basketball 2016,” as we take you behind the scenes to watch former Ohio State star Evan Turner (remember this shot?) get his No. 21 jersey raised to the rafters at Ohio State. The show airs at 9 p.m. ET right after the Ohio State-Nebraska game. And we of course have our usual special game highlights. This week we were at Michigan vs. Ohio State game and Wisconsin vs. Maryland. Remember, if you miss the debut of the show, you can find
What Big Ten player is the most exciting? Who would you plunk down your hard-earned cash to watch? Who brings you out of your seat and makes you say “AHHHH!”? I asked some media members for their choice. Jess Settles, Big Ten Network: Denzel Valentine. Magic Johnson passes, hits H-O-R-S-E shots in big games, always a triple-double threat. Fearless. Marcus Fuller, St. Paul Pioneer Press: Most exciting to me is A.J. Hammons. In today’s world, the 7-footers are mainly shot blockers and rebounders. Or you’ll see them trying to be guards and hanging out on the perimeter. But Hammons is
Minnesota is still celebrating an incredible upset win. Illinois's new AD has challenges ahead. Which Iowa player has the highest NBA potential? We round up all of Friday's top headlines in this Big Ten news digest.
It’s time for my latest “Three Takes,” and this week I’m offering my thoughts on Iowa’s senior class, Indiana’s losses and Nebraska’s Big Ten Tournament chances. Get my latest thoughts below. Iowa’s senior class of Jarrod Uthoff, Adam Woodbury, Mike Gesell, and Anthony Clemmons has consistently played at a high level during conference play. Their improvement and experience has Iowa in sole possession of first place in a tight Big Ten race. Over the last four years, Woodbury, Gesell, and Clemmons have contributed to 87 wins, tying the 1983 class for third most wins in school history. Throw in veteran