It’s the exhibition season for Big Ten men’s basketball teams, which means it’s only a matter of days before the ball jumps for real. Until the games start to count on the ledger, though, use this post to see how the conference’s teams are doing in exhibition play, plus watch select video highlights and analysis. We’ll update this roundup after every exhibition game, so make sure to come back here for the latest Big Ten men’s hoops results.
We’re tracking Big Ten exhibition games for Big Ten women’s hoops teams until the season officially tips off. Find your Big Ten women’s hoops schedules for all 12 teams here. Simply use the dropdown box to find your team. Watch former Purdue standout and BTN analyst Stephanie White offer her 2011-12 women’s storylines now and check out all of our women’s preview video.
Eight teams—four from each division—are bowl eligible, filling all of the Big Ten’s bowl slots. For now, I just don’t see the Big Ten getting a second BCS bowl slot, but there’s still lots of football left.
Eight Big Ten men’s basketball players were named to the 2011-12 Naismith Trophy Preseason Watch List, released Monday. The candidates are the same as the ones that made the Wooden Award Watch List, minus Minnesota’s Trevor Mbakwe. See all the stars who made the cut for the award handed out annually to the men’s player of the year in this post.
The Big Ten Conference announced its Week 10 Football Players of the Week on Monday morning. Five players were recognized, including Co-Offensive Player Kain Colter, who filled in for an injured Dan Persa in the second half to lead Northwestern to an upset win at ranked Nebraska. Colter accounted for three touchdowns, two on the ground and an 81-yard scoring strike to Jeremy Ebert. See all the winners in this post.
Every week during the football season, Brent Yarina posts his latest Big Ten Power Rankings. Week 10 featured a big-time upset, as Northwestern went into Memorial Stadium and upset previously streaking Nebraska. As for the power rankings, they are not meant to mimic the Big Ten standings. What fun would that be? They aren’t scientific, either. They’re simply Brent’s thoughts on where each Big Ten team stands after its latest game and entering its next contest. Agree? Disagree? Tweet @BTNBrentYarina.
The first Saturday in November was filled with a big surprise: Northwestern winning at Nebraska. That scrambled the Legends Division race, which may come down to a battle between Michigan State and Iowa. Here’s what else I learned on Saturday.