The Big Ten is coming into focus at the halfway mark. Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State basically will play a three-way tourney to decide the East, while Iowa is in the driver’s seat in the West with Northwestern, Wisconsin and Minnesota in pursuit. With the second half of the season on deck, here are some hard takes entering Week 7. [ MORE: Week 7 scoreboard | Polls: Pick Week 7 winners | Week 7 previews | Best of Week 7 | Q&A: Joe Schobert | Power Rankings | Bowl Projections | Mailbag | Big Ten standings | Big Ten
BTN.com asked one beat writer from every school for their team's breakout player, most underrated player, most indispensable player and best-case, worse-case scenarios. Read what they told us, and get ready for the 2015-201 basketball season.
Big Ten media day is in the books, and now it's time to share some of the highlights I witnessed Thursday at the Marriott O'Hare.
If you could assemble an all-time Big Ten basketball team, who would you pick? Now, imagine if that team consisted of a starting five, and every player had a point total (1 to 6 ) where you could only use up to 18 points to assemble that team. We asked eight different Big Ten basketball players at this year's Big Ten Media Days in Chicago to build their own teams. Here's what they told us.
Media day brings the Big Ten’s top basketball players to Chicago every fall. [ MORE: BTN.com’s preseason All-Big Ten team | Media day notebook ] To take advantage of the opportunity, BTN.com conducts an annual Big Ten player survey, which, this year, asked one player from every team 10 questions, ranging from their Big Ten favorite to their favorite Halloween candy. See the stars’ answers below: Editor’s note: Responses were anonymous and players were not allowed to use their school for any answer. TOUGHEST BIG TEN VENUE 7 – Michigan State 3 – Indiana 1 – Iowa; Maryland; Nebraska; Purdue
There are two minutes left on the clock. Your team needs a touchdown to win the game. What Big Ten quarterback would you choose to lead your team down field? I asked some of my esteemed and sage Big Ten media colleagues. Jeff Potrykus, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel: I’ll go with Cook of MSU. Why? Because he has done it before, last season vs Baylor. Cook directed TD drives of 71, 60 and 45 in final quarter of 42-41 victory. He was 8-of-13 for 140 and two TDs and rushed four times for 23 yards with three first downs. Henry Bushnell, InsideNU.com:
All 14 of the Big Ten women’s basketball coaches spoke to the media as part of Thursday’s Big Ten Basketball Media Day in Chicago. In the YouTube video player on this post, watch all 14 women’s coaches address the media at Media Day. Click the icon in the upper left corner to expand the playlist and show all of the clips. Find lots more Big Ten Network videos now and all season long on the BTN YouTube page.
All 14 of the Big Ten men’s basketball coaches spoke to the media as part of Thursday’s Big Ten Basketball Media Day in Chicago. In the YouTube video player on this post, click the icon in the upper left corner to expand the playlist and show all of the clips. Find lots more Big Ten Network videos now and all season long on the BTN YouTube page.
Every week during the 2015 football season, BTN.com's Tom Dienhart, Brent Yarina, Sean Merriman and a Big Ten beat writer make their Big Ten game predictions.
The calendar says “October,” which means leaf raking, pumpkins and apple cider. But glorious hoops season is here. Really. It’s not all about neck rolls, eye black and J-pads right now. The basketballs have been inflated and rolled out onto the court. Practices have started and, for now, the possibilities seem endless for Lincoln to Piscataway.