It is no secret, Big Ten fans love their basketball. Here’s the latest proof: The Big Ten Conference led the nation in attendance (3,195,137) during the 2014-15 season, according to data released Monday by the NCAA. For some perspective, the total is the second-highest number in history, trailing the 16-team Big East Conference’s 3,259,992 in 2006-07. Four Big Ten teams finished in the top 10 of all-games attendance, paced by Big Ten champion and national runner-up Wisconsin, which finished second (711,115 fans) behind Kentucky (845,594), which was chasing a perfect season until the Badgers topped the Wildcats in the national
To commemorate this Independence Day, BTN LiveBIG is looking back on some of the incredible stories we’ve shared recently. Read the articles below to learn more about the interesting, important work that your fellow Americans (and Big Ten students, alums and faculty) are doing. Rutgers students put in long-term effort to help Jersey Shore recover from Hurricane Sandy Northwestern alumnus launches start-up business incubator for veteran entrepreneurs Michigan State alumna shows perseverance as she breaks a swimming record and beats breast cancer Penn State grad and Marine vet intends to make his mark in journalism Illini Paralympian Josh George rises above
Three former Big Ten standouts were selected in the first round of the 2015 NBA Draft, with two more landing in the second round. Now that this year’s draft is in the books, experts are already looking ahead to next year’s big event. ESPN NBA Insider Chad Ford recently released his 2016 draft sneak peek, where he gave readers an inside look into some potential top picks in next year’s draft. While Ford did not list any Big Ten players in his “Top 5 2016 prospects,” he did list three Big Ten stars later on in his article. Maryland incoming
If you missed it, we had former Purdue standout and current Minnesota Timberwolves forward Robbie Hummel take over @BigTenNetwork for the 2015 NBA Draft on Thursday night. [ MORE: View Big Ten draft picks | See our NBA draft gallery ] Hummel, a three-time first-team All-Big Ten honoree, fielded questions during the first round and also offered his analysis. Among the questions sent his way were queries from former Purdue teammates Chris Kramer and JaJuan Johnson. See Hummel’s full @BigTenNetwork experience below: *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
Former Purdue basketball player D.J. Byrd joined us at the Big Ten Network studio for the 2015 NBA Draft on Thursday night.
A look at the special teams units in the Big Ten West begins in Lincoln, where the Cornhuskers boast a boffo punter (Sam Foltz), a deadly return man (De’Mornay Pierson-El) and an emerging kicker (Drew Brown).
Just a few years ago, Wes Major didn’t know he could fly. The Wilmington, Del., native lost the use of his legs in a motorcycle accident at the age of 20, and his dream of learning how to pilot an aircraft seemed like something that would be forever out of reach. But after hearing about the Able Flight program at Purdue University, which helps people with physical disabilities learn how to fly, Major drove his adapted car more than 700 miles from his home to the school’s campus in West Lafayette, Ind., in the summer of 2012. “I didn’t fly
BTN is airing 18 different classic games, ranging from 2007-2014, as part of our new “Big Ten Classics” series. At 8 p.m. ET tonight on BTN/BTN2Go, we’re showing Purdue’s 72-67 win at No. 8 Wisconsin from Feb. 9, 2008. This was a breakout game for heralded freshman Robbie Hummel, who poured in what was a career-high 21 points on 8-of-12 shooting. More impressive, the victory marked Purdue’s first road win over a top 10 team since March 1, 1998, and it snapped the Badgers’ 16-game home winning streak vs. Big Ten foes, dating to the 2005-06 season. Here is a
The Big Ten West is home to some fine secondaries. And it all begins with a loaded Minnesota defensive backfield that teems with talent and experience.
The 2015 NBA Draft is Thursday night. Before NBA commissioner Adam Silver takes the stage to announce the first pick in Brooklyn, it's time to take a look back at recent drafts.