CHICAGO – Coming off a season in which two Big Ten teams reached the Final Four and Wisconsin advanced to the National Championship Game, BTN’s 2015-16 men’s basketball schedule will feature more than 75 conference matchups. The slate includes five Big Ten Tournament games and nine straight weeks of “Super Wednesday” doubleheaders, presented by Buffalo Wild Wings. All games can be streamed via the web, smartphones, tablets and connected devices on BTN2Go, BTN’s digital extension. Big Ten Conference play on BTN tips off on Dec. 29 with a pair of games, as Purdue travels to Madison to take on Wisconsin
It’s Big Ten Animated GIF Tuesday, and yes, we just came up with that name. This is when we post a roundup of our favorite GIFs from the weekend. So far, most have been football but we promise to dig up some other sports throughout the season. Download them, share them, stare at them all day. It’s your call. Got one that we missed? Submit in the comments below or send it to us on Twitter @BigTenNetwork. And remember that BTN is on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube with in-game highlights all season long. Here are links to collections of available highlights on Twitter.
Sporting News columnist and BTN contributor Mike DeCourcy released his preseason All America Team on Monday, and three Big Ten standouts received recognition. Wisconsin forward Nigel Hayes earned top billing, making DeCourcy’s first team, along with North Carolina’s Marcus Paige, Iowa State’s Georges Niang, Virginia’s Brodgon and Wichita State’s Ron Baker. The Big Ten’s other representatives were star point guards, with Indiana’s Yogi Ferrell and Maryland’s Melo Trimble named to the second and third teams, respectively. All three of these players are worthy of inclusion, of course, however it seems Trimble is a little undervalued. We’re talking about the point
Time to check in on the playoff and bowl projections of Jerry Palm of CBSSports.com. Not too much changed from last week (see that list), as nine Big Ten teams are penciled into the postseason.
The latest AP and Coaches polls were released Sunday, and four Big Ten teams are ranked in both polls. [ MORE: Best of Week 2 | Power Rankings | Bowl Projections | Latest polls | Week 2 picks revisited | New Week 2 uniform designs | What Tom Dienhart learned | Gerry DiNardo’s Week 2 takes | Week 2 scores, stats & recaps ] Defending national champ Ohio State remains No. 1 in both polls, garnering 59 of 61 first-place votes in the AP and 62 of 63 in the Coaches. Michigan State, No. 4 in both polls after its
Two weeks are in the books, and Illinois and Northwestern continue to surprise. The two teams have combined to outscore opponents, 153-9. Who saw that coming?
Ohio State rolled on, but does it have a quarterback problem? Did Michigan State have a “program-defining” win? Is Northwestern legit? See 10 things Tom Dienhart learned in Week 2 inside.
Before we turn our attention to Week 3, it's time to revisit how the BTN.com team, Indiana beat writer Zach Osterman and Big Ten fans did with their Week 2 Big Ten predictions.
It's Sunday, and that means it's time Gerry DiNardo's Sunday Ruminations. The BTN analyst goes to Twitter every Sunday morning to give his 140-character analysis on what he saw in the Big Ten the previous day.
Week 2 featured some exciting games, highlighted by Minnesota's 23-20 overtime win at Colorado State and Michigan State's 31-28 payback victory vs. Oregon. Oh, and Ohio State won again.