It is no secret, Big Ten fans love their basketball. Here’s the latest proof: The Big Ten Conference led the nation in attendance (3,195,137) during the 2014-15 season, according to data released Monday by the NCAA. For some perspective, the total is the second-highest number in history, trailing the 16-team Big East Conference’s 3,259,992 in 2006-07. Four Big Ten teams finished in the top 10 of all-games attendance, paced by Big Ten champion and national runner-up Wisconsin, which finished second (711,115 fans) behind Kentucky (845,594), which was chasing a perfect season until the Badgers topped the Wildcats in the national
News that the 2015-16 season will be the 15th and final run for iconic Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan shook the college hoops world last week. So, we gathered around the Keurig machine in the break room of the Big Ten Network skyscraper and thought: Who are the five best players who have toiled under Ryan since he arrived in 2001-02? I asked six media members who cover the Badgers for their opinion. I awarded five points for a No. 1 vote, four for a No. 2 and so on. Cue “On, Wisconsin!” The results … 1. Frank Kaminsky, 2011-15: 29
The 2015 NBA Summer League opened this past weekend in Orlando (July 4-10), and several former Big Ten stars compiled strong efforts. [ MORE: Five Big Ten players selected in 2015 NBA Draft ] No one was as good as Frank Kaminsky (Wisconsin), the unanimous 2014-15 national player of the year and the No. 9 pick of the Charlotte Hornets, who averaged 16.5 points, 10 rebounds, 1.5 steals and one block in two games. The former Badger made quite the first statement, putting up 19 points, including four 3-pointers, and 12 rebounds en route to a double-double in his debut
To commemorate this Independence Day, BTN LiveBIG is looking back on some of the incredible stories we’ve shared recently. Read the articles below to learn more about the interesting, important work that your fellow Americans (and Big Ten students, alums and faculty) are doing. Rutgers students put in long-term effort to help Jersey Shore recover from Hurricane Sandy Northwestern alumnus launches start-up business incubator for veteran entrepreneurs Michigan State alumna shows perseverance as she breaks a swimming record and beats breast cancer Penn State grad and Marine vet intends to make his mark in journalism Illini Paralympian Josh George rises above
One day after announcing the 2015-16 season would be his last, Bo Ryan playfully used a cane to get to his media availability session Tuesday. [ MORE: Photo: Sam Dekker mows parents’ yard after NBA draft ] @BadgerMBB tweeted video of the scene, which you can watch above. Ryan, 67, fresh off back-to-back Final Four appearances, including the 2015 national title game, just completed his 14th season at Wisconsin, where he’s amassed a 357-125 record and never finished below fourth place in the Big Ten. With junior stars Nigel Hayes and Bronson Koenig leading the way, Ryan should have a
Three former Big Ten standouts were selected in the first round of the 2015 NBA Draft, with two more landing in the second round. Now that this year’s draft is in the books, experts are already looking ahead to next year’s big event. ESPN NBA Insider Chad Ford recently released his 2016 draft sneak peek, where he gave readers an inside look into some potential top picks in next year’s draft. While Ford did not list any Big Ten players in his “Top 5 2016 prospects,” he did list three Big Ten stars later on in his article. Maryland incoming
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There is no denying the impact Bo Ryan has had at Wisconsin. Now, he’s poised to retire after the 2015-16 season, his 15th at the helm. Let's take a look at how other Big Ten schools have fared replacing a legend.
Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan announced Monday afternoon that he will retire following the 2015-16 season. Check out the full Wisconsin release inside.
Surely, you didn’t think J.J. Watt would embarrass himself on ice skates, did you? [ MORE: Get all of our J.J. Watt coverage ] The former Wisconsin star and current NFL perennial Pro Bowler participated in the second annual Blake Geoffrion Hockey Classic on Friday. And, from the looks of the video above, Watt held his own. The event, hosted by the 2010 Hobey Baker Memorial Award winner, raised money to benefit the UW Health Burn Center. Watt wasn’t done for the weekend. He also went on do deliver this perfect form tackle during the Zac Brown Band concert at