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
What a day of Big Ten football! [ MORE: Week 11 scoreboard | Big Ten standings | Big Ten stats ] Fans were treated to some outstanding plays, incredible finishes, and of course, plenty of great individual standouts. Who tops this week’s list of top performers? Well, that’s what I’m here to tell you! Here are my top 10 individual performers from Week 11 of the Big Ten football season. 1. Jake Rudock, QB, Michigan. This guy was simply amazing in Michigan’s 48-41 win over Indiana. The Wolverines’ senior quarterback completed 33-of-46 passes for a career-high 440 yards and six
The NCAA announced its qualifiers for the 2015 NCAA Cross Country Championships to be held on Saturday, Nov 21, with four women’s programs and three men’s squads representing the Big Ten Conference in a race for national titles. Five individual participants from conference schools will also take to the Tom Sawyer State Park course in Louisville, Ky. The women’s squad at Michigan captured its 10th regional crown with six Wolverines garnering All-Region honors at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional. Junior Erin Finn paced Michigan, finishing in fifth place with a 6K time of 20:44.3. Michigan will race at its 14th
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!
Iowa's Kirk Ferentz will be the Big Ten Coach of the Year. Minnesota was right to remove the "interim coach" tag from Tracy Claeys. Like it or not, this is an historic run by Ohio State. Read these takes and more in BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart's last-minute prep for Saturday's football games.
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
Just when you thought the Big Ten season couldn’t get any more exciting, boom! Nebraska upsets previously unbeaten Michigan State at home. Iowa eeks out an eight point win at Indiana. Wisconsin gets a stern test at Maryland and comes away winning by a touchdown. Ohio State finds itself in a one-score game in the fourth quarter in Columbus against Minnesota before winning by 14. And then Northwestern lets a 20-7 lead slip away … to eventually win on a last second field goal against Penn State, 23-21. As the adage goes, “any given Saturday”. Aside from the theatrics, Illinois got
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.