It’s time for my latest look at the week that was. It’s good to be an Indiana Hoosier. And how about those Maryland Terrapins? [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Win trip for two to the Big Ten tourney | Polls | Standings | Stats | Scores ] Biggest surprise: Indiana. Yes, the Hoosiers have lost star James Blackmon for the season to injury, but the team is hot. Last week, Indiana grinded out a 59-58 win vs. Wisconsin in which the unbeaten 1975-76 team was honored. On Sunday, the Hoosiers clubbed visiting Ohio State, 85-60. OSU had won seven in a
There was a trio of Big Ten men’s basketball games Sunday, and all three were decided by double digits. [ MORE: Catch up on all of Sunday’s action on our Big Ten scoreboard ] No. 5 Michigan State cruised past Penn State, 92-65, in Denzel Valentine’s return, Indiana destroyed Ohio State, 85-60, in a meeting of 3-0 Big Ten teams, and Illinois upset No. 20 Purdue, 84-70. A few notables from Sunday’s action: Valentine finished with 10 points, four rebounds, four assists and two steals in 23 minutes off the bench, his first action since Dec. 19; the Hoosiers’ easy
No Ohio State fan will soon forget standout and do-it-all running back Ezekiel Elliott. [ MORE: Like this post? Check out our full Gone Viral section! ] Elliott helped carry the Buckeyes to the 2015 national title, the first of the new playoff era, and totaled 4,125 yards and 41 touchdowns in his two seasons as the starter, including an eye-popping 12 scores in four career postseason games. For all of his efforts and accolades, Elliott figures to go down as one of Ohio State’s all-time greats. The Ohio State fan pictured in the tweet above knows this, and that’s
Braxton Miller will go down as one of the most liked players in Ohio State history, and that is an impressive list to be on. To thank all of his fans, Miller wrote a heartfelt thank you letter to Buckeye nation on the Players Tribune website. The star quarterback-turned-wide receiver spoke about everything from his upbringing to his favorite players ever to wear an Ohio State uniform. He also talks about his memorable play this season against Virginia Tech. Need a reminder? Here it is! The Braxton Miller spin move, in three beautiful @USATsportsImage shots. pic.twitter.com/7LqKW1KXdx — Big Ten Network
Purdue's Rod Woodson, Wisconsin's Tim Krumrie, and Ohio State's Tom Cousineau were among the 14 players and two coaches announced as members of the 2016 College Football Hall of Fame class on Friday. Come see a few video clips of each Big Ten legend.
The Big Ten hoops season is starting to gain steam. Which team has been most impressive? In my weekly Big Ten survey, I posed the question to some esteemed members of the media who cover the league. Thoughts? Leave them in the comments section below. Kevin Noon, BuckeyeGrove.com (@Kevin_Noon): I think it is Maryland. Michigan State has shown that it relies too heavily upon Denzel Valentine and I think Maryland is more diverse with its weapons and set up for a solid run this year. Steve Greenberg, Chicago Sun-Times/Bleacherreport.com (@SLGreenberg): Michigan State — the Denzel Valentine version — impressed me
The 2016 NCAA Convention is next week, and a vote will be taken on the Big 12 and ACC's proposal to deregulate rules surrounding league title football games. What exactly does that mean? Also in Friday's Big Ten headlines, two Big Ten football players wrote public letters to fans but for different reasons. Plus, Ohio State is dealing with seeing nine players entered the NFL Draft. Catch up in this post.
What is your favorite place to watch a college football game? According to a group of recruits taking part in this weekend’s U.S. Army All-American Game, Ohio State has the best game day atmosphere in college football. The popular recruiting website, 247 Sports.com, conducted a poll of recruits at the high school all-star game. A total of 40 recruits were asked to choose the best game day atmosphere, and 10 of them went with OSU. Alabama came in second with nine votes, while Clemson and Texas A&M each received six tallies. Michigan, Michigan State, Nebraska and Penn State each received
AthlonSports.com has a very early football Top 25 for 2016. Yes, you knew it was coming because they come every year and we roll our eyes at them and then read them anyway because they're fun to talk about. The national title game for this season hasn’t even been played and college players still can declare for the NFL draft until Jan. 18. Regardless, early, early, early Top 25 lists wait for no one.
With Wednesday night's games behind us and more basketball ahead, here are my latest "Three Takes." This week I look at Ohio State, Jarrod Uthoff, and the Big Ten's best dunkers.