Duke, 88, helped shepherd the Big Ten into the modern era during an 18-year run as commissioner, focusing on academic achievement while also helping build the NCAA tourney into its modern incarnation.
The AP released its all-time Top 100 college basketball rankings Wednesday, rewarding consistency in appearances and elite programs who have occupied the No. 1 spot.
With the 2016-17 season in the rear-view mirror, it’s time to consider some of the best of the season that was. Next up, in a four-part series: Favorite play.
The season isn’t officially over, as the Final Four is this weekend. But let’s go ahead and cast our eyes to 2017-18. Players still could turn pro and key recruits added in the spring signing period, but here is an early, early, early look at how the conference could stack up next season.
The 2017 AP All-America team was released Tuesday, and Big Ten Player of the Year Caleb Swanigan earned first-team honors. The Purdue star is joined on the team by Kansas' Frank Mason, UCLA's Lonzo Ball, Villanova's Josh Hart and North Carolina's Justin Jackson.
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Purdue was in a close game with Kansas Thursday, until it wasn't. The No. 1 Jayhawks turned on the afterburners in the second half and dusted the Boilers, 98-66.
Remember way back when the national narrative was “the Big Ten is down?” It seems like a silly notion now, doesn’t it? The Big Ten has more than acquitted itself in the opening two rounds of the NCAA tourney.
We all know the stars for three Big Ten teams remaining in the NCAA tourney. But who are the X-factors for each team as we head toward the Sweet 16?
Before No. 4 Purdue takes on No. 1 Kansas in the Midwest Region semifinals Thursday night, BTN researcher Harold Shelton wanted to share what the Big Ten regular-season champs have working for and against them vs. the perennial Big 12 power.