The anticipation for the Big Ten basketball season is tangible for a league that looks like it may be the best in America. Five schools appear in most every significant preseason poll. Indiana leads the way, ranking No. 1 in the USA Today poll, Sporting News poll and Athlon poll, among others. Ohio State and Michigan show up in several top fives, while Michigan State and Wisconsin also are ranked in most polls. [RELATED: Big Ten media day notebook: Dirk, Zeller, fashion] Still, questions loom and they are questions that must be answered for this league to be as good
During Thursday’s Big Ten Basketball Media Day, I went around and asked one player from all 12 teams the following questions: 1. Toughest Big Ten road venue? 2. Favorite Big Ten player to watch? 3. Best Big Ten uniform? 4. Favorite Big Ten road trip? The players’ answers were anonymous, and the only rule was that they couldn’t use their school for any answer. See the winners, plus a couple sample quotes, in this post. [RELATED: See Yarina’s preseason All-Big Ten teams | And Dienhart’s] Toughest Big Ten road venue Indiana – 8 Michigan State – 2 Iowa – 1
It’s Big Ten Basketball Media Day and here are my various preseason picks. My colleague and BTN.com web editor Brent Yarina posted his selections over here. STANDINGS 1. Indiana. One of the Big Ten’s deepest and most talented teams in years. 2. Michigan. Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway, Jr., will be the top guard tandem in the league. 3. Ohio State. Life without Jared Sullinger begins—but there’s lots to like including Deshaun Thomas. 4. Michigan State. Always count on Tom Izzo’s teams playing tough defense and rebounding. 5. Wisconsin. Are there more talented teams? Yes. Are there better coached teams?
As BTN.com editor I watch a lot of Big Ten basketball each season. Here are my selections from Big Ten Basketball Media Day. Our senior writer Tom Dienhart posted his similar list over here. Compare and contrast, and leave your selections at the bottom of my post. I’m sure fans have differing views. STANDINGS 1. Indiana. So much depth, so much talent, and so many expectations. 2. Michigan. Only issue is leadership, with Zack Novak and Stu Douglass gone. 3. Michigan State. Adreian Payne and Derrick Nix’s length will give foes fits. 4. Ohio State. Few talk about it, but
Big Ten basketball fans, get ready to watch Thursday’s Big Ten Basketball Media Day live online via the Big Ten Digital Network for free. We’ll be streaming live the press conferences for both the men’s and women’s coaches. Both events start at 9 a.m. ET and run up to about noon. On Thursday morning, Use this link to get to the men’s event and use this link to watch the women’s event. Later Thursday we’ll have archived video available in our BTN.com video gallery. Also, BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart and BTN.com editor Brent Yarina will file reports to BTN.com
In anticipation of Thursday’s Big Ten basketball media day, Big Ten beat writers released their Writers’ Poll on Tuesday. Twenty-four writers, two from each school, participated in ranking the teams, 1-through-12, and 21 of them predicted preseason No. 1 Indiana to win the conference. The other three picked Michigan. See the entire poll in this post. [RELATED: See Brent Yarina’s preseason Big Ten Player Rankings] Here’s how the writers voted: 1. Indiana 2. Michigan 3. Ohio State 4. Michigan State 5. Wisconsin 6. Minnesota 7. Iowa 8. Purdue 9. Illinois 10. Northwestern 11. Penn State 12. Nebraska
We’re just a couple weeks away from the official tip of the 2012-13 college basketball season. With three teams ranked in the top 5 of the preseason Coaches Poll, the Big Ten is expected to be the nation’s premier conference. But before the season tips, Clothes Call wanted to take a look at some of the uniform changes Big Ten fans can expect to see this season. For starters, every Big Ten team’s uniform has at least one new wrinkle: The required “B1G” patch on the left shoulder. Some teams have it standing alone, while others have it placed above
Over the next 10 days, BTN.com web editor Brent Yarina is going to unveil his 2012-13 preseason Big Ten Player Rankings one by one. The countdown will go in reverse order, of course, and each installment will include player stats and one video highlight from last season. Once the season starts, Yarina will release a weekly Player Rankings every Monday. Up first: Wisconsin’s Jared Berggren. Berggren’s career stats: Per Game Team G GS MPG PPG RPG APG SPG BPG TOPG PFPG FG% 3P% FT% 2009-10 Wisc 19 0 4.1 1.1 0.4 0.2 0.0 0.1 0.2 0.5 .615 1.000 .500 2010-11
Indiana is ranked No. 1 in the preseason Coaches Poll, released Wednesday. As impressive as that is, the bigger story might be that the Big Ten features three of the poll’s top 5 teams. That’s right, Ohio State comes in at No. 4 and Michigan No. 5. Michigan State (No. 14) and Wisconsin (No. 21) round out the Big Ten representatives. [VIDEO: Watch Tailgate 48 interview with Tom Crean] Here’s what the poll says about the Big Ten teams: INDIANA “No. 1 Indiana. Points: 761 (21 first-place votes). Previous ranking: 13. Outlook: Hoosiers got taste of success last year and
CHICAGO – BTN will televise 67 men’s basketball conference matchups, including four Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament games and an additional number of non-conference games, the network announced Wednesday. Gus Johnson, one of America’s favorite sportscasters, returns to BTN for his fifth season. For 10 straight weeks during conference play, BTN will air doubleheaders as part of its “Super Wednesdays” lineup. The network will also have games on most Tuesdays and Thursdays and frequent doubleheaders on Saturdays and Sundays. Also built into the schedule are three wildcard dates late in the season as teams compete for the Big Ten title.