Four weeks down in Big Ten play, and it seems like things are finally taking shape. Check out BTN analyst Jon Crispin's latest Big Ten Power Rankings inside.
The Big Ten race is gaining a sharper focus, with Maryland Wisconsin moving out ahead of the pack. But keep an eye on Purdue and Northwestern—yes, Northwestern, which looks primed to earn its first NCAA bid. And Indiana looks like it’s finding its stride, too.
The Super Bowl LI matchup is set, and thirteen former Big Ten stars are listed on the active rosters for the New England Patriots (7) and Atlanta Falcons (6).
Some great, fun games this week, including a few that included game-winning shots in the final moments. Amid those thrilling finishes, it’s becoming clearer that Wisconsin and Maryland are the teams to beat as each is 5-1 in league action.
Caleb Swanigan had 19 points and 12 rebounds, and No. 21 Purdue built an 18-point halftime lead and coasted to a 77-52 victory over Penn State on Saturday.
Before Matt Painter and Patrick Chambers faced off Saturday afternoon, the two head coaches had a fun interaction. While waiting for their customary pregame BTN interviews, the former began interviewing the latter, when BTN analyst Stephen Bardo handed Painter the mic to make it real. Painter knew what to do, and asked Chambers, “What would you think are going to be the keys against Purdue today?” Chambers’ response: “We’re going to need a good whistle today.” The interview had both coaches laughing out loud. Also: It sure looks like Painter is comfortable on the other end of the mic. Watch
If you could pick one Big Ten player to build a team around, who would you select? BTN.com's Tom Dienhart asked a few other writers.
Two Big Ten basketball games were played Wednesday, and both came down to last-second game-winning buckets by the road team.
James Blackmon Jr. scored 17 points and hit a buzzer-beating three to sink Penn State, 78-75, in Happy Valley. The win evened Indiana's Big Ten record at 3-3.
BTN men's basketball analyst Jess Settles looks at three of the most intriguing storylines as Week 4 of Big Ten play ramps up.