The NFL playoffs are set, and former Big Ten standouts litter the 12 teams’ active rosters. A total of 80 players find themselves on active rosters, paced by Ohio State (14), and every Big Ten team has at least one representative. To be clear, the number does not include players currently on injured reserve or Maryland, Nebraska and Rutgers players who played before the schools entered the Big Ten. See the team-by-team breakdown below. ILLINOIS (4) Jeff Allen, OL, Kansas City Chiefs Whitney Mercilus, DE, Houston Texans Pierre Thomas, RB, Washington Redskins Tavon Wilson, DB, New England Patriots INDIANA (1)
For the second consecutive week, Maryland sits atop my Big Ten Power Rankings, presented by ArcelorMittal. The Terrapins edged Penn State in their Big Ten opener and cruised to victory at Northwestern to improve to 13-1.
With the stat-stuffing games that dominate the nonconference season now history, it's a lot easier to assemble a weekly Big Ten Player Rankings. The first week of conference play featured no shortage of impressive individual performances.
On Monday, the 14 Big Ten coaches held a teleconference with reporters from around the country. We posted the audio for each coach on the call here, so jump in and take a listen.
The lid has been taken off Big Ten play, and five schools are off to 2-0 starts. Two of them aren’t a shock, as Maryland and Indiana are out of the gates quickly. But it’s a surprise to see Michigan, Ohio State and Iowa also 2-0 in Big Ten action.
Purdue point guard Johnny Hill had one of those “are you kidding me” dunks against Iowa on Saturday night. Trailing 55-50 with just under five minutes remaining in the game, Hill drove the lane and threw down a thunderous one-handed dunk over two Iowa defenders. The Mackey Arena crowd rose to their feet and erupted in cheer following the huge flush. Check it out in the video at the top of this post. This has to be up there with the best dunks we have seen this season. Congrats, Mr. Hill. You have officially earned the title of #BTNStandout!
There are good players. There are great players. And then there is Purdue basketball legend Rick Mount. The Boilermakers’ all-time leading scorer was honored at halftime of Saturday’s Purdue vs. Iowa men’s basketball game on BTN. Take a look at the full video at the top of this post. Mount left Purdue as the Big Ten’s all-time scoring leader with 2,323 points through only three varsity seasons. That record was later broken and is currently held by former Indiana standout Calbert Cheaney. The Boilermaker legend led Purdue to a 56-20 overall record during his career. Enjoy, Purdue fans!
There were six Big Ten men’s basketball games on Saturday, five of which were on BTN/BTN2Go. [ MORE: Catch up on all of today’s games on our Big Ten scoreboard ] Iowa highlighted the slate with an incredible 70-63 comeback win over Purdue. In other Big Ten action: Michigan rolled Penn State, 79-56, to move to 2-0 in Big Ten play, Wisconsin dropped Rutgers, 79-57, to hand Greg Gard his first Big Ten victory, No. 1 Michigan State picked up an impressive 69-61 win at Minnesota, Indiana topped Nebraska, 79-69, and Maryland cruised by Northwestern, 72-59. See the day’s full
Big Ten fans will get their football fix New Year’s Day, and they’ll get their basketball fix Saturday. BTN/BTN2Go will air five of the day’s six games, as part of a 10-hour marathon, starting with Penn State at Michigan (noon ET) and ending with Maryland at Northwestern (8 ET). View the full scoreboard. We asked BTN analyst Jon Crispin to tell us why each team in the five-game marathon can win, and you can read his thoughts below. PENN STATE at MICHIGAN (NOON ET) Penn State will win if … it can limit Michigan to 60 points or fewer by
Big Ten conference play is officially underway. Here is a look at Jon Crispin's bold predictions heading into the new year.