As the Big Ten seasons hits the halfway point, clarity is needed. Perhaps definition will come to the conference chase this week. One thing is certain: Wisconsin remains the team to beat.
No. 5 Wisconsin sealed the season sweep of rival Iowa and No. 21 Indiana bounced back against Rutgers to highlight Saturday Big Ten’s action. Catch up on all of Saturday’s scores on our Big Ten scoreboard. In other action, Illinois held off Penn State, 60-58, Minnesota took down Nebraska, 60-42, and Purdue bested Northwestern, 68-60. Looking for the latest Big Ten standings? We have those right here. National polls? We have those, too. And here are the latest Big Ten statistical leaders. Use the links below to catch up on today’s action. WISCONSIN 74, IOWA 63: BOX | PBP |
Jess Settles takes a look at Purdue's resurgence, the art of rebounding and D'Angelo Russell's incredible week.
Finally, after six losses in a row, Penn State has some momentum. It is much-needed. On Wednesday night, the Nittany Lions took down visiting Minnesota, 63-58, with Brandon Taylor—the team’s second-leading scorer–out with a knee injury. Before that, Penn State toppled Rutgers, 79-51, to earn its first Big Ten win of the season. Now, the Nittany Lions will play at Illinois on Saturday with a modest two-game winning streak and a bit of swagger. One player who deserves credit for the mini-surge is senior guard D.J. Newbill, the hub of this team that began the season with a 12-1 mark
The debut for James Franklin had its ups and downs. The Nittany Lions opened the season 4-0 and then went in a 2-6 funk to end the season before rallying to beat Boston College in overtime in the Pinstripe Bowl. BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart takes a look at the Top Five Penn State players who must be replaced in 2015.
The Big Ten suffered some key attrition with players declaring for the 2015 draft, which will be April 30-May 2 in Chicago. Tom Dienhart ranks the 11 Big Ten players who have declared for the NFL Draft.
Interesting take from Bleacher Report that says the Big Ten needs to fight back on recruiting rules that favor the SEC. The author of this piece, Greg Couch, says unofficial visits hurt Big Ten schools, who can’t get as many from top players as SEC schools on those “unofficials” because of proximity. Unofficial visits aren’t paid for by the school, so it’s cheaper for a recruit in the south to drive to many SEC schools than it is for them to fly to a Big Ten one. The story quotes BTN’s very own Gerry DiNardo, too. “The Big Ten can advocate for
What is your favorite Big Ten campus? BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart provides his list of the top seven college campuses in the Big Ten. Check it out!
Who is the top defender in the Big Ten? BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart asked five writers who cover the Big Ten. Read what they said and then tell us in the comments below who you would pick.
On Thursday, the Big Ten men’s and women’s lacrosse coaches spoke with reporters as they prepare for the inaugural Big Ten lacrosse season. We’ve posted audio from each interview here and you can hear what they had to say.