Big Ten media day is in the books, and now it’s time to share some of the highlights I witnessed Thursday at the Marriott O’Hare.
If you could assemble an all-time Big Ten basketball team, who would you pick? Now, imagine if that team consisted of a starting five, and every player had a point total (1 to 6 ) where you could only use up to 18 points to assemble that team. We asked eight different Big Ten basketball players at this year’s Big Ten Media Days in Chicago to build their own teams. Here’s what they told us.
Media day brings the Big Ten’s top basketball players to Chicago every fall.
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Five Big Ten men’s basketball teams are ranked in the preseason Coaches Poll, released Thursday. See the full poll inside.
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Week 2 of conference play showcased all types of games. We had an offensive explosion in Columbus (Ohio State’s season-high 49 points), two narrow escapes (Michigan State winning by seven at Rutgers and Wisconsin nipping Nebraska by two), a defensive clinic (Michigan recording their third straight shutout, the first time a Big Ten team has done that in 35 years) and a complete blowout (Minnesota with a 41-13 triumph at Purdue).
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There are two minutes left on the clock. Your team needs a touchdown to win the game. What Big Ten quarterback would you choose to lead your team down field? I asked some of my esteemed and sage Big Ten media colleagues.
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All 14 of the Big Ten women’s basketball coaches spoke to the media as part of Thursday’s Big Ten Basketball Media Day in Chicago. In the YouTube video player on this post, watch all 14 women’s coaches address the media at Media Day. Click the icon in the upper left corner to expand the playlist and show all of the clips.