Who says Bo Ryan is all business, all the time? Wisconsin recently released the following video of Wisconsin getting its 2014 Final Four rings. As you can see in the video below, before unveiling the rings, Ryan does a great job leading on his players by saying he didn’t believe they deserved a reward for last season. Ryan eventually tells the team about the rings and there are plenty of great player reactions. Check out our other favorite Bo Ryan posts:
It was just three weeks ago when seven former Big Ten stars heard their names called in the 2014 NBA Draft. Now, it’s already reached that point when draft analysts begin taking a super-early look at college basketball’s top 2015 draft prospects. ESPN NBA Insider Chad Ford released a mega-list of his top 100 NBA Draft prospects for 2015, which features 11 Big Ten standouts. Leading the way is Wisconsin forward Sam Dekker, who appears at No. 18 on the list. “Dekker was a favorite of the analytics crowd after a very effective freshman season, but he came back down
ESPN basketball insider Jeff Goodman recently released a list of the most prospect-loaded teams in college basketball next season. The list consists of 12 teams and is ranked in terms of potential NBA prospects. Wisconsin is the lone Big Ten team to appear on the list, coming in at No. 9 overall. The Badgers are coming off a Final Four appearance and return four of five starters, including Sam Dekker and Frank Kaminsky, both of whom could have made the jump to the NBA this past season. “Dekker has great length and all the tools and is coming off a
LeBron James is heading home to Cleveland to play for the Cavaliers. This will go down as the biggest decision of the 2014 sports year. This got us thinking, what were the biggest decisions made in the Big Ten this past year? Here is a list of our top Big Ten decisions of the past year. Adding Maryland and Rutgers to the Big Ten Just 11 days ago, Maryland and Rutgers officially became the 13th and 14th members of the Big Ten conference. It marked a historic day for the nation’s oldest conference. Check out all of our Maryland and
I love the NBA Draft. I also love writing the occasional “what-if” article that makes people think about what could have been. Anytime I get a chance to whip up a combination of the two, I’m going to take that opportunity and run with it… In this case, sprint with it. I began thinking about past Big Ten draft picks and how they have fared in the NBA. What if every current Big Ten pro, not including this year’s draft class, was filtered into a one-round NBA Draft? I’m going to tell you, but first, let me set the guidelines
It was only a matter of time before ESPN.com’s countdown of the top 50 men’s basketball coaches reached Michigan State’s Tom Izzo. It did on Wednesday, with Izzo earning the No. 3 spot. Barring a huge surprise – don’t hold your breath – Izzo is the seventh and final Big Ten coach on the list. See all the Big Ten coaches who made the cut in this post. [ MORE: View Big Ten basketball stats | See final Big Ten standings ] 3. Tom Izzo, Michigan State 7. Bo Ryan, Wisconsin 9. John Beilein, Michigan 20. Thad Matta, Ohio State
The 2014 NBA Draft is hardly in the rearview mirror, but now it’s time to take a super-early look at the Big Ten’s top 2015 draft prospects. Who is the top prospect? BTN analysts Stephen Bardo and Shon Morris have different answers. See Bardo and Morris’ top 5 2015 prospects in this post. [ MORE: Seven former Big Ten stars selected in 2014 NBA Draft ] STEPHEN BARDO 1. Caris LeVert, Michigan. Big guard who can play three positions, including point guard. Ability to shoot, pass, break down defenders off bounce, rebound, and defend makes him a first-round lock. 2.
The first day of summer is June 21. With the Big Ten athletic season complete, it is “summer,” for all intents and purposes. So, I decided to do something random – something I hoped would be fun – with Big Ten fans on Twitter. I asked them to pick two players, past or present, from their Big Ten team to use in a mythical Big Ten NBA JAM. See their selections in this post.
While the Big Ten’s borders stretch from the plains of Nebraska to the shadow of New York City, the iconic conference still remains anchored in the heartland of America. And, that’s the way it should be. Today’s announcement quelled any fears to the contrary, as the conference is committed to Chicago and Indianapolis as anchor cities for its marquee events. [ MORE: Read the official BigTen.org release ] News that the Big Ten football championship game will remain anchored in Indianapolis through 2021 and that the hoops tourney will rotate between Chicago (2019 and 2021) and Indianapolis (2020 and 2022)
With the Big Ten athletic year now complete, we decided to compile a fun list. No, this isn’t a list that ranks the top athletes or breakout players. It’s one that’s all about puns on Big Ten basketball players’ names, both past and present. Whether you’re a horse racing fan or a fantasy sports geek, you’ll appreciate these creative names. Have a fun team name for a Big Ten athlete? We encourage you to submit it in the comment box at the bottom of this post. Enjoy! B1G ALL-TIME GREATS Lucas, I am Your Father Havlicek Yourself Before You Wreck