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The Holidays are a great time to spend with family and friends reflecting on the past year, with hope and excitement for the upcoming year and of course…..WRESTLING!! This upcoming week is one of the best weeks on the college wrestling mats. It begins with the 53rd annual Ken Kraft Midlands Championships at Welsh-Ryan Arena in Evanston. [ MORE: View the complete Midlands brackets (PDF) ] The two-day event begins Tuesday with the championship matches Wednesday night. More than 400 wrestlers are expected to compete, making it the largest field in the tournament’s history. Iowa has set the team scoring
If you haven’t heard, Big Ten plays tips off Tuesday night, and BTN/BTN2Go is place to watch both openers. Things get started with Purdue at reigning Big Ten champ and national runner-up Wisconsin at 7 p.m. ET (watch on BTN2Go), followed by No. 1 Michigan State visiting Iowa (watch on BTN2Go). Below, in my latest “Three Takes,” I preview both Big Ten opening night matchups and offer my top long-distance shooters. Purdue at Wisconsin Purdue was only 2-of-19 from downtown against Vanderbilt, but that didn’t slow it down. The Boilers crushed Vandy, 68-55, behind 14 offensive rebounds and a stifling
With Big Ten conference play tipping off Tuesday night, it’s time to take a look back at the best from an entertaining and successful non-conference season. There were several highlights along the way to today, none bigger than Michigan State cruising to a program-best 13-0 start on its way to sitting atop the national polls. Also of note: The Big Ten registered victories over Kansas (Michigan State) and Kentucky (Ohio State), and it won the Big Ten/ACC Challenge, 8-6, running its unbeaten streak in the annual series to seven seasons. Get BTN analysts Jon Crispin and Jess Settles’ best of
Not all Big Ten conference schedules are created equally. And, that doesn’t make for a fair and level playing field when it comes to crowning a conference champion. But, no one said life is fair. Back before the conference expanded beyond 10 teams, the Big Ten had a nice cut-and-dried system that saw every school play twice—home and road. It was scheduling perfection. But as the league has grown, a round-robin schedule hasn’t been possible. Now, with a 14-team conference, Big Ten squads play five teams twice and eight teams once (four home; four road). And, depending on the rise
The team that opened my preseason Big Ten Power Rankings atop the list will open Big Ten conference play in the same spot. Maryland, which spent the last four weeks at No. 2 or No. 3, wrestles away the top spot from undefeated and No. 1 Michigan State this week.
Before Big Ten conference play gets started Tuesday night, I wanted to share my latest look at the top 10 players in the Big Ten. Not much changed from last week, with the exception of Northwestern guard Bryant McIntosh making his debut on the list, at No. 10, fresh off pouring in a career-high 33 points Sunday night. Get my latest Big Ten Player Rankings below. 1. Melo Trimble, Maryland. How efficient has Trimble been this season? He’s averaging 14.8 points despite attempting just 8.6 shots per game, thanks in large part to shooting 54 percent from the field and
Three Big Ten teams remain ranked in the latest AP and Coaches polls, released Monday. [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Power Rankings | Player Rankings | Big Ten award winners | Win a trip to the B1G tourney | Standings | Stats | Scoreboard | Polls ] The polls view the trio of Big Ten teams similarly, too, as Michigan State (No. 1), Maryland (No. 4) and Purdue (No. 14) are ranked the same in both polls. The Spartans (13-0), off to the best start in program history, are atop the polls for the fourth consecutive week, receiving 64 of
The Big Ten handed out its latest weekly men's basketball honors, and Michigan State's Bryn Forbes and Purdue's A.J. Hammons share the top honors. See all of the plaudits inside.
Saturdays in the fall in West Lafayette are long, as Darrell Hazell can’t seem to flip a losing script. He now stands 6-30 in three seasons. And three of those victories have been vs. FCS programs. How many Big Ten wins does Hazell have? Two, against 22 losses. And the defeats are often lopsided. Is progress being made? Are players being developed after they arrive? There is a lack of dynamic playmakers across the board. And then there is the quarterback position where Hazell has switched signal-callers during the season each of his three years. Purdue is desperate for stability under center.