Here’s some excellent news: Leah Still, the young daughter of former Penn State defensive lineman Devon Still, has beaten cancer. The 2011 Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year announced the news on social media Monday night, soon after Leah finished her last treatment. “Words can’t describe how proud I am of this girl,” Still wrote in an Instagram post, which is embedded below. “No matter how hard it got or how painful the treatments were (and it was pretty bad a lot of the times) she never gave up! I want to thank everyone who followed us as I
Some refer to her as inexperienced, underrated, wet behind the ears, or the new kid on the block. One would expect that the rookie would need extra time to adjust to the high level of the Big Ten. She would need to gain experience before she makes her mark vs. the usual suspects. Well, not so for these young ladies! Here is a look at the current top rookies who are already making a name for themselves in the Big Ten. Jessica Shepard, Nebraska. This 6-4 center is at the top of her freshman class. She’s averaging a double-double, scoring
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Indiana, Iowa and Maryland sit atop the Big Ten standings, all unbeaten in league play. The Hoosiers and Terrapins are 4-0 in Big Ten games, while Iowa is 3-0. Indiana and Maryland have both won nine straight games, while the Hawkeyes have claimed five consecutive wins. Best of all, two of these teams meet this week, with Iowa playing at MSU. It’s gonna be sweet. [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Power Rankings | Player Rankings | Best of week that was | Win trip for two to the Big Ten tourney | Polls | Standings | Stats | Scores ]
It’s Monday, and that means it’s time to offer up my latest Big Ten Power Rankings, presented by ArcelorMittal. [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Power Rankings | Player Rankings | Game Rankings | Bracketology | The week ahead | Polls | Standings | Stats | Scores ] Not much changed this week, although Iowa did replace Purdue in the No. 3 spot. Something tells me Iowa fans will appreciate the boost. Editor’s note: All records are through Sunday, Jan. 10 action. See my latest list below. 1. Maryland (15-1, 4-0). The Terps not only possess the most balanced team in
They’re the reigning national champs – at least for a few more hours – and they’re college football’s most valuable program for the second consecutive season, according to a recent wsj.com study. The Ohio State Buckeyes lead the country with a value of $946.61 million, nearly $62 million more than second-place Texas, which has the nation’s largest revenue at $128 million. Rival Michigan places third ($811.30), while Penn State rounds out the top 10 ($481.39). Just missing the top 10 are No. 11 Nebraska ($443.13) and No. 12 Iowa ($439.57). The annual study was conducted by Ryan Brewer, an assistant
Tonight is the debut of “Wrestling in 60,” a one-hour show spotlighting the top dual wrestling matches from the past week across the Big Ten Conference. The first show airs at 8:30 p.m. ET tonight and several times again. “Wrestling in 60” will air on Monday nights. Find all available show times for “Wrestling in 60” on the show’s TV schedule page. This week’s spotlighted matches include: 149 pounds: Michigan’s Alec Pantaleo vs. Ohio State’s Hunter Stieber 133 pounds: Michigan’s Rossi Bruno vs. Ohio State’s Johnni DiJulius 197 pounds: Maryland’s Garrett Wesneski vs Minnesota’s Brett Pfarr 133 pounds: Iowa’s Cory Clark vs.
The third week of the Big Ten season is upon us, and it’s becoming increasingly clear that Maryland, Michigan State, Iowa and Indiana are the teams to beat. And Thursday’s Iowa at Michigan State tilt will go a long way to shaping the race as we head into the teeth of winter. [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Power Rankings | Player Rankings | Best of week that was | Win trip for two to the Big Ten tourney | Polls | Standings | Stats | Scores ] Game of the week: Iowa at Michigan State, Thursday. When the Hawkeyes hit
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