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
Several Big Ten players will begin a new, exciting chapter in their lives after being selected in the upcoming NBA draft. Where former Big Ten stars such as Noah Vonleh, Gary Harris and Nik Stauskas end up is anyone’s guess, but all three have been pegged for the lottery in mock drafts. Those three will likely join a long list of Big Ten players who have become early NBA Draft picks and gone on to have strong pro careers. But not every Big Ten player who has had success in the NBA was selected at the top of the draft.
The Big Ten is known as being one of the best college basketball conferences in the nation. We have seen countless All-Americans sport Big Ten jerseys and go on to have outstanding NBA careers, from John Havlicek to Earvin “Magic Johnson to Isiah Thomas, to name a few. We know some of the all-time greats, but what kind of NBA talent has the Big Ten produced in recent years? I studied the past 10 years and looked back at all the Big Ten NBA draft picks since 2004. I took note of how many players were drafted each year, where
The Big Ten is known for having a rich history and tradition of outstanding basketball. In fact, the Big Ten has won a total of 10 national championships, with the first one dating back to 1940 (Indiana) and the latest in 2000 (Michigan State). During that time period, the Big Ten has sent numerous players to the NBA, many of who have gone on to have successful pro careers. That trend should continue this year as the upcoming 2014 NBA Draft is loaded with Big Ten talent. ESPN Basketball Insider Jeff Goodman projected five Big Ten players to go in
The NCAA released Academic Progress Rate (APR) scores Wednesday, and all Big Ten teams avoided penalties. Northwestern led the Big Ten in football (991), while Indiana men’s basketball was perfect for the fourth straight year (1,000). The APR, which debuted in 2005, attempts to measure how teams perform in the classroom by using academic eligibility and retention and graduation rates to yield the four-year figure. [ MORE: NCAA.org: Find APR scores for every school in every sport ] Big Ten APR Scores (football; basketball) Illinois: 957; 957 Indiana: 972; 1,000 Iowa: 969; 971 Michigan: 975; 990 Michigan State: 962; 980
If basketball doesn’t work out for Wisconsin’s Vitto Brown, he can fall back on his musical talents. Brown is a talented singer. We saw it with his fabulous rendition of the National Anthem before the team’s Red-White Scrimmage, again when he and family members sang vs. Indiana, and at the 2014 Buckingham Awards. Brown’s at it again. This time, the rising sophomore is singing Billy Joel’s “Just the Way You Are” with Fundamentally Sound, an award-winning group from Madison. Watch Brown’s latest work: What. A. Voice. About Brent Yarina BTN.com senior editor Brent Yarina covers football and men’s basketball for
Wisconsin senior Zach Bohannan has taken the new fad of “taking selfies” to a whole new level. Bohannan, who just completed his final season on the basketball team, made a huge splash on Twitter during the NCAA Tournament by taking selfie photos with all four of the Final Four coaches. It looks like Bohannan hit for the cycle again this weekend by taking selfies with New York Yankees royalty. He posted the following photo on his twitter account Friday night, showing him posing with Derek Jeter, Joe Girardi, C.C. Sabathia and Joe Torre. Now this is truly hitting for the
WASHINGTON – Yesterday, it was New York. Today, it’s Washington. Welcome to the new Big Ten Eastern Wing. Soon after it was announced in 2012 that Rutgers and Maryland were joining the league, Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany pledged to build a bridge to the conference’s newcomers. One was built yesterday with the announcement of Dave Gavitt Tipoff Series between the Big Ten and Big East. Another bridge was officially constructed today, with the announcement that the 2017 Big Ten men’s basketball tourney—the 20th in history–is coming to the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. Since its inception in 1998, the