There are many Division I coaches in the country who have a wish list in regards to personnel and pieces on the floor. While we have seen some schools (Duke and Kentucky, in particular) benefit from having the right players at the right time, I’m sure Coach Cal and Coach K would tell you that the one thing they’d add was experience. Experience, on top of talent, is what allows coaches to relax in tight-game situations and gives them confidence and trust that the group on the floor can get the job done. [ MORE: View Jon Crispin’s preseason Big
After clinching its second straight outright Big Ten Championship with a win at Iowa on Saturday, Maryland clinched the No. 1 seed in the 2015 Big Ten Field Hockey Tournament. The tournament will be held at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, beginning Thursday, Nov. 5. The tournament champion will earn the Big Ten’s automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament. [ MORE: See the 2015 Field Hockey Tournament bracket here ] The Terrapins will face No. 8 Michigan State in game two at 12:30 p.m. ET on Thursday (watch it here). Maryland defeated the Spartans, 5-1, on Sept. 27. Michigan earned
This is a feel-good story that all Big Ten fans can appreciate. [ MORE: Week 9 previews | Week 9 schedule | Polls: Pick Week 9 winners | Power Rankings | Bowl Projections | Mailbag | Hear your coach’s teleconference | Big Ten paces Power 5 in bowl teams | Latest polls | Big Ten standings | Big Ten stats ] Megan Shufflebarger was shopping at Target with her daughter Kinley, looking at toys for her upcoming third birthday. Purdue freshman running back Tario Fuller came over and asked Kinley what her favorite doll was. She showed him the doll
It’s the last Saturday in October tomorrow. That means it’s time to take one last deep breath as we point toward the finish line. And, already, before the first Thanksgiving turkey is cooked, the Big Ten has three job openings. I look at coaching tumult and other topics in my Hard Takes. It has been a strange year for coaches in the Big Ten. Three schools have seen coaching changes before Halloween. It began with the stunning firing of Illinois’ Tim Beckman a week before the season started, and then Maryland canned Randy Edsall following the Oct. 10 game at
We have reached the midway point of the 2015 season and very little has gone as planned. Look back at the preseason poll released in August and it is nothing like the current standings through ten matches of conference play. The nation’s toughest volleyball conference has always been unpredictable, but now a scrambled Big Ten title race features none of the preseason top four in the No. 1 spot. That position is held by a team that did not even reach the postseason a year ago — Hugh McCutcheon’s 10-1 Golden Gophers. A season after dropping out of the Top
Ezekiel Elliott or Connor Cook? [ MORE: Week 9 previews | Week 9 schedule | Polls: Pick Week 9 winners | Power Rankings | Bowl Projections | Mailbag | Hear your coach’s teleconference | Big Ten paces Power 5 in bowl teams | Latest polls | Big Ten standings | Big Ten stats ] Both Big Ten stars had outstanding individual performances this past weekend. But who takes the top spot in this week’s Big Ten Player Rankings? Let’s find out! It’s time for BTN senior writer Tom Dienhart and web editor Sean Merriman to release their updated Big Ten
With Jerry Kill gone from Minnesota, the Gophers take on Michigan for the Little Brown Jug. BTN's Tom Dienhart takes his weekly look at the best of Saturday's games complete with an upset alert, best coaching matchup, player on the spot, and more.
BTN will provide extensive coverage of the 2015 Big Ten fall championships and tournaments, including live broadcasts and streams of the Big Ten Field Hockey Tournament and Big Ten Men’s and Women’s Soccer Tournaments, as well as delayed coverage of the Big Ten Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Championships. BTN’s women’s soccer tournament coverage* will begin with Illinois at Penn State on Nov. 1 at 3 P.M. ET. Live coverage of the semifinal round will begin at 3:30 P.M. ET on Friday, Nov. 6, with the second game to follow at 6 P.M. ET. The championship game will air live
During football and basketball games, BTN LiveBIG will spotlight notable examples of research, innovation and community service from around the conference. In-Game stories will provide more background on these features, and the opportunity to view the videos again. Its name is Iggy. Its wild, colorful design and lively movements mirror the sunny, energetic disposition of its creator — a bright-eyed little girl who controls Iggy’s very movements with a flick of her wrist. Iggy is a robot, one created using HandiMate, a toolkit from Purdue University professor Karthik Ramani and graduate student Ansh Verma. “We learn a lot of things
Every week during the 2015 football season, BTN.com's Tom Dienhart, Brent Yarina, Sean Merriman and a Big Ten beat writer make their Big Ten game predictions.