It’s that time of the week again, time for Four Downs, an informative and fun look at the Saturday ahead.
Earlier today, BTN.com streamed the Big Ten Hockey Media Day live for hockey fans looking to get ready for the conference’s inaugural men’s hockey season. You can still watch the entire even for free via this link, but we also carved out each of the six coaches’ media sessions in this post. Watch them all below.
It’s tough to find an individual more emblematic of Wisconsin hockey than Mike Eaves. The Badgers’ head coach, all-time leading scorer, 1977 national champion and head coach of the 2006 title team has been around for it all. From the earliest days of Big Ten hockey, where informal standings were kept between schools and a trophy given out for the best record (there weren’t enough teams for a Big Ten conference) to the emergence of the new Big Ten, as a player and coach, Eaves’ knowledge bridges that gap.
There aren’t many high-calorie contests on this 10-game Big Ten menu for Saturday, just light fare for the most part.
Every week during the 2013 football season, BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart, Brent Yarina, Sean Merriman and hoops analyst Stephen Bardo, a huge football fan, make their Big Ten picks. We also provide polls for Big Ten fans to select their winners. Three weeks in the books, we have a logjam at the top, with Big Ten fans, Merriman and Yarina all tied at 30-6.
BTN.com and the Big Ten Digital Network will stream the inaugural Big Ten Hockey Media Day live from the Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul, Minnesota this day morning. Starting at 10 a.m. ET, watch the coaches answer questions from reporters live via this Big Ten Digital Network live stream.
There are 10 games on the schedule this Saturday. And, at first glance, it’s not a great lineup of contests. No doubt, Michigan State’s visit to Notre Dame is the headliner. Lots of good storylines around the Spartans, who think they have found their offense. We shall see. Also, Big Ten play opens, with Purdue traveling to Wisconsin.