Big Ten fans enjoyed a pair of men's basketball games on Thursday night. Wisconsin kicked off the action with an impressive 79-68 win over Ohio State in the first game of the evening. Northwestern followed that with a huge 82-58 victory over Minnesota to close out the night.
BTN.com's Tom Dienhart caught up with 247Sports national writer Kevin Ryan to really dig into 2016 Big Ten recruiting. Best class? Overrated class? Underrated class? And what does he think of Jim Harbaugh's tactics? That and more are covered in this Q&A.
The dust has settled on Signing Day. Here are my eight observations from the big day! Jim Harbaugh makes news just getting out of bed—or it seems that way. There has been tree climbing, Tweeting at rappers, sleepovers, satellite camps. Now, this: The “Signing of the Stars” spectacular which was a pep rally on steroids trumpting the arrival of the 2016 class. There was Derek Jeter, Tom Brady and John Harbaugh pumping up the event that has set a new standard in over-the-top hype in a recruiting system that already is overloaded on hype. How will Harbaugh top this next
National Signing Day was a major success for Wisconsin. According to Scout.com, the Badgers signed 26 players on Wednesday and have the No. 25-ranked class in the nation. “I certainly feel better having been able to recruit this class for a full year, and you truly get to know them and I think one of the common threads amongst the whole group is as varied as their backgrounds and positions are and where they come from is I really am confident that each individual is a great fit for Wisconsin,” Badgers coach Paul Chryst said of Wisconsin’s 2016 class. BTN
National Football Signing Day is always a big day for the nation’s college-bound high school stars. But as you scroll through the lists and the rankings and the player ratings, keep in mind that every one of these players has their own personal story. [ MORE: All-signee team | All-name team | States that produced most B1G recruits ] Here are several interesting stories from this year’s Big Ten class that I discovered while doing my own research for this year’s #SigningDayOnBTN show. Let’s start with Wisconsin’s Dallas Jeanty, a three-star linebacker who battled homelessness and spent two months one
So, what type of team could you build if you assembled the highest-ranked players at each position who signed with Big Ten teams? A pretty good one. Check back in four or five years to see how many of these guys are first-team All-Big Ten in 2019 and 2020. [ MORE: Meet Michigan’s Rashan Gary, the nation’s No. 1 recruit ] Ohio State leads the way with nine guys. Michigan has seven. In all, eight different schools are represented: OSU, Michigan, Michigan State, Penn State, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Minnesota and Maryland. 2016 ALL-RECRUIT TEAM, based on rankings by 247Sports.com OFFENSE WR
It’s always interesting to look at what states schools dipped into the most to assemble their recruiting classes. [ MORE: Check out the 2016 All-Big Ten Signee Team ] Here is a look at the number of states each school signed a player from, and which state produced the most signees for each school, according to the school’s signing day releases. Purdue: 16 states (Florida 4) Wisconsin: 15 (Wisconsin 8) Illinois: 14 (Florida 7) Nebraska: 14 (California 4) Michigan: 13 (Florida, New Jersey 6) Minnesota: 12 (Minnesota 11) Ohio State: 11 (Ohio 10) Iowa: 10 (Illinois, Iowa 5) Indiana: 9
It’s National Signing Day, and the national letters of intent are still being sent to schools across the country. [ MORE: BTN2Go: Watch our eight-hour #SigningDayOnBTN special ] One of the most popular days of the year for college football fans, we thought we’d take our annual look at how every Big Ten team announced its signings to its loyal fan base on Twitter on Wednesday morning. Every team had a social presence, of course, and several of the teams also included video highlights of their 2016 signees. See how all 14 Big Ten teams announced their signings on Twitter
It’s the first Wednesday of February, and that means one thing: It’s National Signing Day. We’re airing eight straight hours of #SigningDayOnBTN coverage, until 5 p.m. ET, and you can watch it all live on BTN TV and via BTN2Go. Mike Hall (@BTNMikeHall) is anchoring the festivities along with BTN analysts Gerry DiNardo (@gerrydinardo) and Howard Griffith (@HowardGriffith) and Scout.com’s Allen Trieu (@AllenTrieu). We have reporters across many Big Ten campuses, too. Use this link to get all of their updates. Are you on Twitter? Use the Twitter hashtag #SigningDayOnBTN to submit your questions to our on-air panel, and they’ll
Every Big Ten men’s basketball team has played at least nine conference games, meaning we’ve reached the unofficial midpoint of the 2015-16 league schedule. [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Power Rankings | Big Ten midterm grades | Best of week that was | Bracketology | Scores | Standings | Stats | Polls | Win a trip for 2 to B1G tourney ] That being the case, we asked BTN analysts and regular BTN.com contributors Jon Crispin and Jess Settles to share their best of the first half of the conference slate. See their picks below. BEST PLAYER Jon Crispin: Jarrod Uthoff,