BTN.com's Sean Merriman takes a look at the top moments from the Big Ten basketball season.
(AP) Longtime Wisconsin assistant coach Gary Close has resigned from the Badgers basketball program. [ MORE: Read UWBadgers.com’s full release ] Close said in a statement Wednesday that it was a difficult decision, and that he told coach Greg Gard earlier this week. Close says he plans to pursue other opportunities in basketball, but that he wants his next job to give him with more flexibility to spend time with his wife and family. A native of Moorestown, New Jersey, Close was on the Wisconsin staff for 13 seasons. He was hired by former coach Bo Ryan, who retired in
Who doesn’t love a surprise? We all do. And the Big Ten basketball season was filled with some good ones. Here are my three most surprising teams of the 2015-16 season. INDIANA The Hoosiers figured to be good. But few envisioned an outright Big Ten title with a 15-3 record. But, that’s what Indiana accomplished behind the play of star senior point man Yogi Ferrell. This was the Big Ten’s top offensive squad—even with James Blackmon Jr. going down with a season-ending injury in December. But it was a selfless commitment to defense that helped propel Indiana to the unexpected
The resume of Michigan State’s Connor Cook glistens. A three-year starter who finished his career as the winningest quarterback in school history with 34 victories (34-5 overall record, 23-2 vs. Big Ten opponents), Cook did it all for the Spartans during a spectacular career. The Big Ten Quarterback of the Year and the Unitas Award winner in 2015, Cook left campus as an all-time great. Now, the Spartans’ BMOC is gone. What’s next? Michigan State is one of several Big Ten squads that face a yawning hole under center. In fact, there are no less than nine schools with some
(AP) The late-game, season-ending meltdown clearly hurt. But Wisconsin can look toward a bright future once it gets over the loss to Notre Dame. All that experience gained this year by a team without a scholarship senior could pay dividends next season. “So that will be something that we can definitely use for next year, the situation that they’ve been in, the amount of minutes that they’ve played and the amount of film we’ve watched,” forward Nigel Hayes said after the 61-56 loss on Saturday night to Notre Dame in the NCAA Tournament. “So everyone should have a better grasp
Wisconsin’s magic ride ended like a kick in the gut in the Sweet 16. After leading No. 6 Notre Dame for most of the game and failing to put away the poor-shooting Fighting Irish when they had a chance, the No. 7 Badgers let it slip away with some crucial late turnovers.
Ohio State’s season came to an end on Friday night with a 78-62 loss to Tennessee in a Sweet 16 matchup at the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center in Sioux Falls, S.D. [ MORE: Read more at OhioStateBuckeyes.com | @OhioState_WBB on Twitter | @ohiostate_wbb on Instagram ] This was Ohio State’s first trip to the Sweet 16 since 2011. Ameryst Alston finished with 21 points, while Kelsey Mitchell added 20 points and four assists in the loss. The Buckeyes finish their season with a final record of 26-8. Catch up on all the action here. TENNESSEE 78, OHIO STATE 62: BOX | RECAP ⛹👀
Wisconsin and Notre Dame in the Sweet 16. What more could you want?
Indiana has a winning record in the NCAA Tournament against No. 1 seeds (5-3). Wisconsin is two wins away in the East Regional from becoming the first program since UCLA (2006-2008) to make three straight Final Fours. Tonight, the No. 7 seeded Badgers face No. 6 seed Notre Dame (7:30 p.m. ET) before the No. 5 seeded Hoosiers take on No. 1 seed North Carolina (10 p.m. ET), and we talked to the coaches and a key player from each Big Ten squad.
Spring practices are in full swing across the Big Ten, as schools begin to answer questions as they prepare for 2016. And no position across the conference may be under more scrutiny than offensive line, which from my estimations will be a top priority for nine schools to shore up. Here is a look at the most critical offensive line situations in the Big Ten, listed alphabetically. Illinois Guard Ted Karras was the team’s top blocker. Now, he’s gone. This unit needs to get a better push after the Illini ranked last in the Big Ten in rushing (129.3 ypg)