One week is in the books, meaning it's time to take a look at my updated Big Ten Player Rankings. My top two players remain the same, however there's a bit of change among the rest of the top 10, including Illinois' Mike Thorne Jr. and Purdue's Caleb Swanigan debuting.
The upsets we saw in the first day of the college basketball season rivals that of the last two NCAA tournaments combined. Many coaches and players are already getting back to work in hopes of fixing correctable errors and restoring confidence as the college basketball season is a marathon, not a sprint. On Friday night, I got to call the Wisconsin-Western Illinois game and walked away with a few thoughts for the Badgers and a little perspective for The Grateful Red. In the broadcast, we talked a bit about the youth and what was lost to the NBA from last
Wisconsin basketball fans were treated to a very special moment prior to the Badgers’ season opener on Friday night. [ MORE: Check out our Big Ten men’s basketball scoreboard ] The 2014-15 Wisconsin men’s basketball team was honored as the Final Four banner was lifted into the Kohl Center rafters. Several young Wisconsin fans delivered the banner to center court as last year’s team members joined them for the presentation. We were able to get it all on camera. Check it out in the video at the top of this post. Great moment!
Can Jae’Sean Tate will Ohio State to a Big Ten championship? Can Mark Turgeon manage the Terp talent? Who will step up for the Badgers? BTN men's basketball analyst Jess Settles poses one burning question for each of the 14 teams as we get set to tip off the 2015-2016 season.
The early-signing period for men’s basketball began on Wednesday. And Michigan State was the big winner in the Big Ten. According to Scout.com, the Spartans inked the Big Ten’s top class and the No. 2 haul in the nation behind Duke. The four-man Spartan class is led by small forward Miles Bridges, the No. 11 player in the nation according to Scout.com. Shooting guard Josh Langford (No. 19), point guard Cassius Winston (No. 28) and center Nick Ward (No. 47) round out a star-studded haul that Tom Izzo has called his best ever. Penn State has the second-highest rated class, coming
The 2015-16 college basketball season got underway with 11 exciting Big Ten games on Friday night. [ MORE: Check out our Big Ten men’s basketball scoreboard ] In the opening game of the night on BTN, No. 3 Maryland cruised by Mount St. Mary’s, 80-56. The second game on BTN featured a major upset, as No. 17 Wisconsin fell to Western Illinois, 69-67. Catch up on scores and highlights from all of Friday’s Big Ten games. Maryland 80, Mount St. Mary’s 56 Indiana 88, Eastern Illinois 49 Michigan State 82, Florida Atlantic 55 Michigan 70, Northern Michigan 44 Purdue 81,
How many Big Ten teams will make the Big Dance this year? I asked some esteemed members of the media.
Today we have USA Today projection - wait for it - an early NCAA men 's basketball bracket. It's not even Thanksgiving yet! Also, which Ohio State assistant football coaches are ready to be come head coaches? And Tom Izzo is very high on his latest basketball recruiting class. Get caught up on these stories and more with Tom Dienhart's roundup of these Thursday Big Ten headlines.
The Big Ten men’s basketball exhibition season is in the books, and now it’s time for the ball to go up for real. [ MORE: See our preseason power rankings | And preseason player rankings ] The Big Ten enters the 2015-16 season with six teams ranked in the preseason AP Poll, released earlier this month, paced by Big Ten preseason favorite Maryland (No. 3). It figures to be another very competitive season in the Big Ten, which is still seeking its first national title since Michigan State cut down the nets in 2000. Before the regular season tips, I
For years, I have listened to my fellow pundits around the country make comments and predictions about Big Ten basketball. Whether it be that they felt it was a “down year,” or if the style of play just doesn’t provide a favorable matchup for Big Ten teams, I always got the feeling that they never took a good enough look at what makes Big Ten basketball elite.