The 2016 ESPY Awards took place Wednesday night in Los Angeles. The annual awards ceremony was filled with memorable moments, including a touching speech from TNT analyst Craig Sager, who was honored with this year’s Jimmy V award. In honor of the ESPY Awards, I went ahead and made up a Big Ten-themed award list of my own, honoring the top performances of the past academic sports year in Big Ten athletics. Here is what I got. Did I miss one? Tweet me your thoughts, @BTNSean. All opinions welcomed! BIG TEN AWARD WINNERS Best Male Athlete: Denzel Valentine, Michigan State
Pat Summitt, the winningest coach in Division I college basketball history who lifted the women’s game to national prominence during her 38-year career at Tennessee, died Tuesday. She was 64. With an icy glare on the sidelines, Summitt led the Lady Vols to eight national championships and prominence on a campus steeped in the traditions of the football-rich south until she retired in 2012. Her son, Tyler Summitt, issued a statement Tuesday morning saying his mother died peacefully at Sherrill Hill Senior Living in Knoxville surrounded by those who loved her most. “Since 2011, my mother has battled her toughest
If you’re a subscriber on BTN Plus, you know that BTN Student U is the leading production branch of BTN’s Big Ten Olympic Sports coverage. These crews produce more than 1,000 live events each year. Student U cultivates real world experience for more than 500 students per year with events that stream live on BTN2Go or air on delay on BTN. Our team went ahead and compiled some of the best moments from 2015-2016. Have a look in the video above. BTN Plus programming includes non-televised games and events like these on BTN2Go with a purchase of a BTN Plus subscription.
The men’s and women’s NCAA basketball tournaments just began, and we’ve already seen plenty of surprises. For the Big Ten, some of those have been pleasant (Indiana) and others not so much (Michigan State). But no matter how far the women’s and men’s basketball teams in the conference go in the tourney (and even if they didn’t make it this season), their supporters can take pride in how people associated with those programs perform off the court. This round-up of LiveBIG stories with a b-ball bent shows off the Big Ten’s talent waaaayyyy beyond the arc: Quinn Buckner Helping Hoosiers
In the opening games of the 2016 Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament, No. 12 Northwestern edged No. 13 Wisconsin, 76-72, in overtime, and No. 11 Penn State held off No. 14 Illinois, 75-66. Northwestern faces No. 5 Minnesota on Thursday, while Penn State moves on to play No. 6 Purdue. Get set for four more games on Thursday, and all games are available on BTN2Go. Tourney scoreboard: Wednesday | Thursday | Friday THURSDAY’S GAMES (all times ET) Game 3: No. 9 Iowa vs. No. 8 Michigan – noon. BTN2Go Game 4: No. 12 Northwestern vs. No. 5 Minnesota – 2:30 p.m.
“B1G Women’s Sport Report” announced the 2015-16 All-Big Ten Women’s Basketball Teams and individual honors Monday afternoon. [ MORE: View the Big Ten tourney bracket ] Back-to-back Big Ten champ Maryland and Ohio State each had two first-team honorees on the coaches and media teams to lead the way. Minnesota’s Rachel Banham (Big Ten Player of the Year), Nebraska’s Jessica Shepard (Big Ten Freshman of the Year) and Indiana’s Teri Moren (Coach of the Year) highlight the individual award winners, sweeping their respective category. The wildest part of the 2015-16 All-Big Ten teams? The coaches and media had the *exact*
On Monday, the 14 Big Ten women’s basketball coaches held a teleconference with reporters from around the country to preview the Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament (full tourney bracket is here). Dive in and hear from each coach. BTN will carry the first 12 games of the 2016 Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament, while Sunday’s championship game will be televised by ESPN. The tournament tips off at 1:30 p.m. ET Wednesday with No. 13 Wisconsin vs. No. 12 Northwestern, followed by No. 14 Illinois vs. No. 11 Penn State at approximately 4 p.m. No. 2 Ohio State, No. 3 Michigan State
The Big Ten announced the 2016 Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament bracket Sunday night. [ MORE: View the full Big Ten tourney bracket (PDF) ] Maryland (27-3, 16-2), fresh off a 110-77 season-ending victory vs. Minnesota, secured its second consecutive outright Big Ten title and will be the No. 1 seed in the tournament March 2-6 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The Terrapins open their tourney title defense at noon ET Friday. The tournament tips off at 1:30 p.m. ET Wednesday with No. 13 Wisconsin vs. No. 12 Northwestern, followed by No. 14 Illinois vs. No. 11 Penn State at approximately
The 2016 Big Ten women’s basketball tournament takes place March 2-6 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, and we have all of the TV information in this post. [ MORE: 2016 Big Ten women’s basketball tournament bracket (PDF) | Women’s basketball standings | Tiebreaking rules ] The top four finishers in the regular-season standings will receive byes in the first and second rounds, and the first two days of the tournament will consist of a combined six games. The team or teams that finish atop the conference standings will be named Big Ten Champion. The tournament champion will earn the conference’s automatic berth
They say time flies when you’re having fun, and this Big Ten Women’s Basketball season is no exception. With only one week left until the Big Ten tournament, here are my picks for Big Ten Conference awards: Coach of the Year: Ohio State’s – Kevin McGuff Coach McGuff has managed to stay afloat of the Big Ten with only one conference loss to Northwestern. Currently riding a Big Ten best 11-game win streak, the Buckeyes look to be clicking on all cylinders and poised to make a run at the Big Ten tourney crown. Player of the Year: Rachel Banham