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Best Big Ten-themed food creations featured on Pinterest

Our friends over at Collegespun.com recently released an article of the 10 best Ohio State cakes on Pinterest. There are a number of creative cakes featured in the post, ranging from birthdays to weddings  to baby showers. This got me thinking: If Ohio State has so many creative cake designs on Pinterest, every Big Ten school probably has some type of extravagant food creations on the popular social media platform. So, I searched all 14 Big Ten schools and picked my favorite food creation for all 14 schools. Here we go. ILLINOIS: 146 birthday cupcakes – University of Illinois INDIANA:

Big Ten basketball leads nation in attendance in 2014-15

It is no secret, Big Ten fans love their basketball. Here’s the latest proof: The Big Ten Conference led the nation in attendance (3,195,137) during the 2014-15 season, according to data released Monday by the NCAA. For some perspective, the total is the second-highest number in history, trailing the 16-team Big East Conference’s 3,259,992 in 2006-07. Four Big Ten teams finished in the top 10 of all-games attendance, paced by Big Ten champion and national runner-up Wisconsin, which finished second (711,115 fans) behind Kentucky (845,594), which was chasing a perfect season until the Badgers topped the Wildcats in the national

We asked Wisconsin personalities for their top 5 players of Bo Ryan era

News that the 2015-16 season will be the 15th and final run for iconic Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan shook the college hoops world last week. So, we gathered around the Keurig machine in the break room of the Big Ten Network skyscraper and thought: Who are the five best players who have toiled under Ryan since he arrived in 2001-02? I asked six media members who cover the Badgers for their opinion. I awarded five points for a No. 1 vote, four for a No. 2 and so on. Cue “On, Wisconsin!” The results … 1. Frank Kaminsky, 2011-15: 29

Frank Kaminsky, others star in early NBA Summer League action

The 2015 NBA Summer League opened this past weekend in Orlando (July 4-10), and several former Big Ten stars compiled strong efforts. [ MORE: Five Big Ten players selected in 2015 NBA Draft ] No one was as good as Frank Kaminsky (Wisconsin), the unanimous 2014-15 national player of the year and the No. 9 pick of the Charlotte Hornets, who averaged 16.5 points, 10 rebounds, 1.5 steals and one block in two games. The former Badger made quite the first statement, putting up 19 points, including four 3-pointers, and 12 rebounds en route to a double-double in his debut

Video: Bo Ryan playfully uses cane to get to media availability

One day after announcing the 2015-16 season would be his last, Bo Ryan playfully used a cane to get to his media availability session Tuesday. [ MORE: Photo: Sam Dekker mows parents’ yard after NBA draft ] @BadgerMBB tweeted video of the scene, which you can watch above. Ryan, 67, fresh off back-to-back Final Four appearances, including the 2015 national title game, just completed his 14th season at Wisconsin, where he’s amassed a 357-125 record and never finished below fourth place in the Big Ten. With junior stars Nigel Hayes and Bronson Koenig leading the way, Ryan should have a

Three Big Ten players in ESPN's 2016 NBA Draft sneak peek

Three former Big Ten standouts were selected in the first round of the 2015 NBA Draft, with two more landing in the second round. Now that this year’s draft is in the books, experts are already looking ahead to next year’s big event. ESPN NBA Insider Chad Ford recently released his 2016 draft sneak peek, where he gave readers an inside look into some potential top picks in next year’s draft. While Ford did not list any Big Ten players in his “Top 5 2016 prospects,” he did list three Big Ten stars later on in his article. Maryland incoming

Photo: Sam Dekker mows parents' yard after being drafted by Houston

What, you thought Sam Dekker would be too big to do household chores after being selected in the NBA draft? [ MORE: Five ex-Big Ten stars taken in 2015 NBA Draft ] Nope. Three days after the Houston Rockets selected Dekker with the No. 18 pick in the 2015 NBA Draft, the former Wisconsin star was mowing his parents’ yard. Dekker’s mom, Carol Dekker, was nice enough to tweet picture proof of it. What a good son! Only question is, how many times will Dekker return home during the NBA season to lend a hand around the house. As expected,