Last Saturday was a big one for the Big Ten West, a division that often is maligned and perceived to be less-than when compared to an East division that features power/elite programs like Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan State and Penn State.
For years, I have listened to my fellow pundits around the country make comments and predictions about Big Ten basketball. Whether it be that they felt it was a “down year,” or if the style of play just doesn’t provide a favorable matchup for Big Ten teams, I always got the feeling that they never took a good enough look at what makes Big Ten basketball elite.
And as November flies by, so too do our weekly installments of the Big Ten Animated GIF Tuesday posts. It seems like only – let’s see, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 – nine weeks ago that we kicked this all off. And to think they said it wouldn’t last.* (* Nobody really said that.) Please, take note: We’re on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Vine, Instagram, and Snapchat (bigtennetwork). And we have links to available highlights below, too. BTN FAQ: Video highlights on social media BTN football highlights on Facebook BTN football highlights on YouTube Illinois football highlights Indiana football highlights Iowa football highlights Maryland football highlights Michigan
There are three weeks left in the season, and both Big Ten division races remain up for grabs. But know this: Iowa is in firm control in the West. In the East, Ohio State is in the driver’s seat. Both are unbeaten, the last perfect teams in the Big Ten.
Each Tuesday morning during the Big Ten football season, the 14 Big Ten football coaches hold a Big Ten teleconference with reporters from around the country. We post the audio for each segment of the call here.
On Wednesday, Nov. 11, BTN will debut a unique look at the country’s premier volleyball conference. B1G Volleyball Extravaganza, beginning at 7 P.M. ET, features live look-ins at all 14 Big Ten women’s volleyball teams playing in seven conference matches throughout the evening. The whip-around coverage will join the Purdue at Maryland, Indiana at Rutgers and No.18 Illinois at No. 12 Ohio State matches in progress at 7 P.M. ET, and continue to spotlight additional matches for three hours throughout the night. Full matches can also be streamed via the web, smartphones, tablets and connected devices on BTN Plus on
With news that Illinois has fired athletic director Mike Thomas, the Big Ten now has two schools being led by interim ADs. [ MORE: Illinois fires director of athletics Mike Thomas ] Minnesota is being spearheaded by interim A.D. Beth Goetz after Norwood Teague was let go in August. Paul Kowalczyk is filling in for Thomas at Illinois. And both schools also have interim football coaches in Tracy Claeys at Minnesota and Bill Cubit at Illinois. The turnover at athletic director has been rapid in the Big Ten, as five of the current ADs have been hired since 2010. Once
Big changes this week in the bowl projections of Jerry Palm of CBSSports.com, as the Big Ten went from eight bowl teams last week to 11 this week. [ MORE: Best of Week 10 | Week 10 scores | Big Ten standings | Big Ten stats | Latest polls | Power Rankings | Bowl Projections | Mailbag | What Tom Dienhart learned | Week 10 picks revisited | Week 10 award winners | Dienhart: Iowa isn’t going away, America | Gerry DiNardo tweets | Watch Nebraska celebrate in locker room | New Week 10 uniform designs | Mini LEGO stadiums
Five Big Ten women’s soccer teams will compete in the 2015 NCAA Division I Women’s Soccer Championship, it was announced on Monday. Minnesota, Northwestern, Ohio State, Penn State and Rutgers all earned berths to the national tournament, which begins on Friday. [ MORE: View the official interactive NCAA bracket ] Minnesota makes its ninth appearance in the tournament after finishing the season with an 11-6-3 overall record. The Golden Gophers will host South Dakota State in the first round on Friday. Northwestern, which finished the season with a record of 13-5-2, makes its third appearance in the NCAA Championship, and
Iowa shoots up my latest Big Ten Power Rankings, presented by ArcelorMittal, to No. 2. In fact, a case could be made for the Hawkeyes being No. 1.