This past weekend I was reminded that anything can happen on the wrestling mat. Everybody is beatable. Every single match has its own set of circumstances in comparison to the one before it. As I have noted before, winning a single match at this level is difficult. One match last week at 157 pounds was a battle of unbeatens and it became the talk of the wrestling world: Reigning national champion and top ranked Isaiah Martinez of Illinois vs. Penn State’s Jason Nolf (No.3). That match had been analyzed and talked about for countless hours by wrestling media and fans
Over the past nine years and 99 episodes, The Journey has told the story of hundreds of Big Ten athletes as they navigate the twists and turns of football and basketball season. In celebration of the 100th episode, 10 of the most successful athletes ever to appear on The Journey were selected as members of “Journey All-Stars.” Part One is here; Part Two is in this post. This week’s episode of “The Journey” airs Sunday at 9:30 p.m. ET. Remember to find re-air times on our TV schedule page. Also, every episode of The Journey – this season and past – is available
And then there was one. Nigel Hayes scored a game-high 31 points and added five rebounds as Wisconsin snapped No. 19 Indiana’s 12-game winning streak with an 82-79 victory in overtime on Tuesday night. With the Badgers’ victory over the Hoosiers, Iowa is now the only remaining unbeaten team in Big Ten play this season. Ethan Happ added 25 points and eight rebounds as the Badgers won their 14th straight home game against the Hoosiers, dating back to 1998. Yogi Ferrell scored 30 points, while Thomas Bryant added 16 points and seven rebounds for the Hoosiers. We made it a
It’s time to vote for the best players in Wisconsin basketball history. Who gets your vote? We created a list of 14 Badger greats, and now it’s your job to rank them. Read each player’s bio below, then scroll down and rank them, 1-14. The results of the fan survey will be announced on TV’s “BTN Live” in February. We’re rolling out a survey per school throughout the coming weeks. Sam Dekker 2012-15: Most Outstanding Player of NCAA Tournament West Region (2015). Member of two Final Four teams (2014-15) and the 2015 Big Ten Regular Season and Tournament Championship teams.
Last offseason, former Penn State defensive lineman Anthony Zettel tackled a tree. [ MORE: Like this post? Check out our full Gone Viral section ] This offseason, Wisconsin linebacker Vince Biegel, in true Wisconsin fashion, is tackling snowmen. “Hey, in Wisconsin, we practice football 12 months a year,” Biegel says to open the video he tweeted Monday night. Biegel proceeds to destroy the snowman, leaving nothing but its base still intact. Watch the video in the tweet above.
Every week, we put out my Power Rankings, presented by ArcelorMittal, and it often brings forth a variety of emotions from Big Ten fan bases. Some think their team is too high, some think their team is too low, and the rest just seem to think I’m clueless. Truth is, you all may be right to some extent. [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Power Rankings | Player Rankings | Bracketology | Ranking this week’s games | Best of week ahead | Scoreboard | Standings | Stats | Polls | Win a trip for two to the Big Ten tourney ]
The matchup is set, and it will be the Carolina Panthers and the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl 50. [ MORE: See how Big Ten names fared in AFC, NFC title games ] A total of 16 former Big Ten stars are on Super Bowl 50 active rosters, not including former Maryland TE Vernon Davis, who played for the Terrapins before they entered the Big Ten. Here are some more Big Ten-centric Super Bowl 50 stats: Of the two competitors, Denver has the most ex-Big Ten players (9). Ten Big Ten schools have at least one player in the Super
There’s not much change atop my latest Big Ten Player Rankings, other than Denzel Valentine and Melo Trimble flipping spots at No. 2 and No. 3. [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Power Rankings | Player Rankings | Bracketology | Ranking this week’s games | Best of week ahead | Scoreboard | Standings | Stats | Polls | Win a trip for two to the Big Ten tourney ] That said, there are a couple new names on the list, as Iowa’s Peter Jok makes his season debut and Illinois’ Malcolm Hill returns. Editor’s note: All stats are through Sunday, Jan.
Iowa and Indiana have proven to be the class of the Big Ten so far. But keep an eye on Maryland, which can score a huge win when the Hawkeyes visit College Park, Maryland, on Thursday. Could IU go down when it visits Wisconsin? Hmmmm. [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Power Rankings | Player Rankings | Ranking this week’s games | Best of week ahead | Scoreboard | Standings | Stats | Polls | Win a trip for two to the Big Ten tourney ] Here is a ranking of this week’s games. 1. Iowa at Maryland, Thursday. The “game
The fifth week of the season is on our doorstep. All eyes will be on College Park, Maryland, for a battle of ranked teams between Iowa and Maryland. This also is a big week for Northwestern, which can make statement with games vs. Michigan State and Iowa. And can Indiana remain perfect in the Big Ten? [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Power Rankings | Player Rankings | Ranking this week’s games | Best of week ahead | Scoreboard | Standings | Stats | Polls | Win a trip for two to the Big Ten tourney ] Here’s my preview to