Former Wisconsin star and current Houston Texans all-world defensive end J.J. Watt enjoyed everything about the Houston Rockets' playoff win Tuesday night.
The 2015 NFL Draft is fast approaching, which means teams are finalizing their boards as the big day nears. Every NFL organization has a need somewhere, and that is what makes the draft such a fun event.
Several Big Ten teams have had no trouble churning out NFL draft picks along the offensive line over the last 10 years. Recently, Iowa, Michigan, Nebraska, Ohio State, Penn State and Wisconsin have done it the best. [ MORE: Check out Tom Dienhart’s Big Ten NFL draft snapshots ] In all, 73 Big Ten offensive linemen have been selected, including Maryland, Nebraska and Rutgers, since the 2005 draft. Ten of those selections were first-rounders. But, if you had to make the pick, which school is the Big Ten’s Offensive Line U? Let’s take a quick look. Also: Select your team
Wisconsin has been one of the Big Ten’s bellwether programs of late, and that success has yielded 42 picks in the last 10 NFL drafts. See Tom Dienhart's Wisconsin's NFL draft snapshot inside.
Athlon Sports recently asked Big Ten personalities, including a quartet of BTN employees, to rank their favorite Big Ten towns. The top spot? That would be Madison.
The 2015 NBA Draft is more than two months away, but it’s never too early to speculate. Chris Mannix of SI.com recently released his 2015 NBA Mock Draft 1.0, which features four Big Ten names. [ MORE: Terran Petteway to enter the 2015 NBA Draft ] Ohio State’s D’Angelo Russell is the first name to appear on the list, going No. 6 overall to the Sacramento Kings. “Questions about Russell’s athleticism are drowned out by praise for his playmaking and brilliance in the pick-and-roll,” Mannix says. “Russell is an ideal complement to DeMarcus Cousins.” Russell has not formally declared for
Six former Big Ten standouts were selected in the 2015 WNBA Draft on Thursday night. [ MORE: ESPN.com: Relive the entire 2015 WNBA Draft ] Minnesota’s Amanda Zahui B. went second overall, behind only Notre Dame’s Jewell Lloyd, to the Tulsa Shock to pace the Big Ten. Iowa’s Sam Logic joined Zahui B. in the first round, going No. 10 to the Atlanta Dream. Next off the board for the Big Ten was Rutgers’ Betnijah Laney, who went to the Chicago Sky in Round 2 (17th overall). Maryland’s Laurin Mincy (27th; New York Liberty), Wisconsin’s Michala Johnson (28th; New York
The NFL draft kicks off on Thursday, April 30 at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University in Chicago.
This week, the 14 Big Ten football coaches and a player from each team are fielding questions from reporters around the country. On Wednesday, reporters spoke with West Division coaches and players. Check back on Thursday to hear from players and coaches from the East Division. Illinois: Tim Beckman and Wes Lunt Indiana: Kevin Wilson and Jason Spriggs Iowa: Kirk Ferentz and Drew Ott Maryland: Randy Edsall and Andrew Zeller Michigan: Jim Harbaugh and Joe Bolden Michigan State: Mark Dantonio and Shilique Calhoun Minnesota: Jerry Kill and Briean Boddy-Calhoun Nebraska: Mike Riley and Jordan Westerkamp Northwestern: Pat Fitzgerald and
Should Wisconsin retire Frank Kaminsky’s No. 44? Andy Baggot of the Wisconsin State Journal thinks so. And, I agree. Kaminsky was a transcendental player who took this program to heights it hadn’t seen in generations.