The Holidays are a great time to spend with family and friends reflecting on the past year, with hope and excitement for the upcoming year and of course…..WRESTLING!! This upcoming week is one of the best weeks on the college wrestling mats. It begins with the 53rd annual Ken Kraft Midlands Championships at Welsh-Ryan Arena in Evanston. [ MORE: View the complete Midlands brackets (PDF) ] The two-day event begins Tuesday with the championship matches Wednesday night. More than 400 wrestlers are expected to compete, making it the largest field in the tournament’s history. Iowa has set the team scoring
If you haven’t heard, Big Ten plays tips off Tuesday night, and BTN/BTN2Go is place to watch both openers. Things get started with Purdue at reigning Big Ten champ and national runner-up Wisconsin at 7 p.m. ET (watch on BTN2Go), followed by No. 1 Michigan State visiting Iowa (watch on BTN2Go). Below, in my latest “Three Takes,” I preview both Big Ten opening night matchups and offer my top long-distance shooters. Purdue at Wisconsin Purdue was only 2-of-19 from downtown against Vanderbilt, but that didn’t slow it down. The Boilers crushed Vandy, 68-55, behind 14 offensive rebounds and a stifling
With Big Ten conference play tipping off Tuesday night, it’s time to take a look back at the best from an entertaining and successful non-conference season. There were several highlights along the way to today, none bigger than Michigan State cruising to a program-best 13-0 start on its way to sitting atop the national polls. Also of note: The Big Ten registered victories over Kansas (Michigan State) and Kentucky (Ohio State), and it won the Big Ten/ACC Challenge, 8-6, running its unbeaten streak in the annual series to seven seasons. Get BTN analysts Jon Crispin and Jess Settles’ best of
Not all Big Ten conference schedules are created equally. And, that doesn’t make for a fair and level playing field when it comes to crowning a conference champion. But, no one said life is fair. Back before the conference expanded beyond 10 teams, the Big Ten had a nice cut-and-dried system that saw every school play twice—home and road. It was scheduling perfection. But as the league has grown, a round-robin schedule hasn’t been possible. Now, with a 14-team conference, Big Ten squads play five teams twice and eight teams once (four home; four road). And, depending on the rise
The team that opened my preseason Big Ten Power Rankings atop the list will open Big Ten conference play in the same spot. Maryland, which spent the last four weeks at No. 2 or No. 3, wrestles away the top spot from undefeated and No. 1 Michigan State this week.
Before Big Ten conference play gets started Tuesday night, I wanted to share my latest look at the top 10 players in the Big Ten. Not much changed from last week, with the exception of Northwestern guard Bryant McIntosh making his debut on the list, at No. 10, fresh off pouring in a career-high 33 points Sunday night. Get my latest Big Ten Player Rankings below. 1. Melo Trimble, Maryland. How efficient has Trimble been this season? He’s averaging 14.8 points despite attempting just 8.6 shots per game, thanks in large part to shooting 54 percent from the field and
Usually, a nine-win season is cause for celebration. But Wisconsin was tabbed by most to win the Big Ten West. Instead, the Badgers finished second in Paul Chryst’s debut as head coach. [ MORE: Full bowl schedule | Polls: Pick bowl winners | Best of the Bowls | Ranking the bowls | Big Ten bowl bags | Bowl storylines | Get all of our bowl coverage ] Wisconsin’s defense did its part all season, ranking No. 1 in the Big Ten in scoring (13.1 ppg) and No. 1 overall (267.1 ypg) under standout coordinator Dave Aranda. But the offense struggled
Merry Christmas, Big Ten fans! Indiana and Nebraska are set to kick off the Big Ten bowl season Saturday as the Hoosiers will take on Duke in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl, while the Huskers will battle UCLA in the Foster Farms Bowl. There are 12 bowl games in the books, but just because the Big Ten has yet to play, that doesn't mean there aren't plenty of Big Ten story lines surrounding bowl season.
Six Big Ten men’s basketball teams were in action on Wednesday night, highlighted by two games on BTN. Caris LeVert had 19 points and eight assists and Zak Irvin added 16 points as Michigan finished its non-conference schedule with a 96-60 rout of Bryant in the first game of the evening. Nigel Hayes scored 24 points and interim head coach Greg Gard picked up his first career win as Wisconsin topped Green Bay, 84-79. In other Big Ten action: Illinois got by Missouri, 68-63, Rutgers cruised by Fairleigh Dickinson, 72-64, Minnesota fell to Milwaukee, 74-65, and Penn State topped Kent
There’s a new No. 1 atop my latest Big Ten Player Rankings, and it’s a familiar name. [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Power Rankings | Big Ten award winners | Big Ten standings | Big Ten stats | Big Ten scoreboard | Polls ] Maryland point guard Melo Trimble, my preseason No. 1 player, returns to the top spot in the wake of Michigan State star Denzel Valentine’s injury. See my full latest list below. 1. Melo Trimble, Maryland. With Denzel Valentine sidelined, the Big Ten’s best point guard takes over the top spot. But don’t worry, Michigan State fans,