With the Super Bowl behind us, college basketball now becomes the center of the sports universe. And the Big Ten will get a lot of that attention this week with a collection of nice games headlined by Michigan State’s titanic visit to Ohio State on Saturday in a showdown between the top two teams in the Big Ten. In this week’s Big Ten Whiteboard, I draw up my game of the week, a sleeper matchup, the head-to-head battle between players you need to see, plus a few more items.
The Big Ten men’s basketball coaches held their weekly Big Ten teleconference Monday with reporters from around the league, and we’ve posted the audio from each phone interview in the post below. BTN.com will post these media sessions each Monday right up to the Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament, and all of our audio can be found in our BTN.com audio archive.
The Big Ten Conference released its weekly Wrestler of the Week honor Tuesday. The latest award of the season went to Penn State’s Frank Molinaro. See what he did to earn the honor in this post.
Fourteen former Big Ten players will be fitted for rings after the New York Giants beat the New England Patriots, 21-17, Sunday night in Super Bowl XLVI (AP recap). Ex-Michigan WR Mario Manningham highlighted the group with five receptions for 73 yards, including a ridiculous 38-yard grab (watch the catch!) that helped set up New York’s game-winning score in the final minute. See how all Big Ten products did in the Super Bowl in this post.
Another week of Big Ten basketball is in the books, and that means it’s time to consider the best plays from Jan. 30-Feb. 5 action. There was a lot of competition as the calendar flipped to February, but which plays made BTN.com web editor Brent Yarina’s Hardwood Highlights? See Brent’s top 10 plays in this post. Don’t agree? Cast your vote for the top play at the bottom of this post.
Minnesota and Penn State clinched shares of the Big Ten wrestling regular season dual-meet title on Sunday, as the Golden Gophers and Nittany Lions each picked up wins to finish the conference season tied for first place at 7-1. Fourth-ranked Minnesota earned a 26-7 victory over No. 7 Nebraska, while No. 2 Penn State defeated No. 12 Michigan, 34-7. The Nittany Lions improved to 11-1 and the Gophers moved to 10-3 with the wins.
There were a quartet of Big Ten women’s basketball games Sunday afternoon, including a pair featuring ranked teams. No. 17 Purdue dropped Illinois, 77-66, behind Sam Ostarello’s double-double (21 points, 13 rebounds), while No. 21 Penn State rallied past Minnesota, 68-65, at The Barn. Catch up on all the action on our Big Ten scoreboard and get stats, video and recaps in this post.