The Big Ten Pulse

The Big Ten Pulse

Our Big Ten Pulse hosts Rick Pizzo and Derek Rackley offer an entertaining take on the topics and news around the conference and give their opinions on the biggest stories in sports. Airs Monday and Thursday at 7 p.m. ET.

Big Ten Tales: Derek Rackley's unique path

Move on to the real world or continue to play college sports? That’s the dilemma former Gopher standout Derek Rackley faced after receiving his undergraduate degree from Minnesota. I sat down one-on-one with Rackley earlier this month and asked him to share his best story from his playing days under former head coach and current BTN analyst, Glen Mason.

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Did You See This? Indiana goal celebration

Few things in sports top the reaction to a goal in soccer. From Andres Cantor’s iconic call to the players’ funny, creative and, at times, embarrassing celebrations, it’s plenty of reason to watch. Indiana’s Eriq Zavaleta came up with quite the celebration following his goal in Thursday’s double-overtime draw with Northwestern. We’re not going to spoil the surprise, so go ahead and be delighted by Zavaleta’s celebration in this video.

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Did You See This? Coach rips off shirt, pumps up team

Coaches will go to extreme measures to pump up their players. We saw a perfect example of it prior to Saturday afternoon’s Penn State-Purdue football game. There, on the sideline of Ross-Ade Stadium, Penn State strength and conditioning coach Craig Fitzgerald took off his shirt and did a belly flop, of sorts, to get his players excited. It seemed to work, as Penn State cruised 34-9. Watch Fitzgerald in action now.

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Ohio State band pulls off video game show

On tonight’s episode of “The Big Ten Pulse” at 6:30 p.m. ET, Rick Pizzo, Derek Rackley and Tim Doyle discuss Ohio State’s 63-point outburst against Nebraska and why Rackley thinks Ohio State might be capable of even more. Speaking of Ohio State, did you see the viral video of The Ohio State Marching Band from Saturday? We’ve added it in this post below, as well as more details about tonight’s TV show.

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Break down Week 2 on 'The Pulse' & 'Football Report'

Tune in for our usual Monday night doubleheader of Big Ten football analysis tonight with “The Big Ten Pulse” at 6:30 p.m. ET and “The Big Ten Football Report” at 7. On The Pulse, Rick Pizzo, Derek Rackley and Tim Doyle wonder if Michigan State is the clear favorite to win the Big Ten. Do they have the league’s best defense? On “Football Report,” our crew  looks at how Week 2 injuries will impact the rest of the season.

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On Tonight's Big Ten Pulse ...

Rick Pizzo, Tom Doyle and Derek Rackley are back for another season of “The Big Ten Pulse.” Tonight at 6:30 p.m. our crew looks at Michigan State’s big opening win over a Top 25 team, thanks in large part to Le’Veon Bell. Also, we discuss Urban Meyer’s debut and how he may have found another great QB in Braxton Miller. Other segments will include the “Who Ya Got?” questions with topics ranging from “Better First Career Start” to “More Fantastic Finish.”

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Pulse: Ohio State's loss & NBA chances

On tonight’s The Pulse, at 7:30 p.m. ET, Rick Pizzo, Derek Rackley and Tim Doyle look back at Ohio State’s national semifinals loss to Kansas and offer their analysis on what happened to the Buckeyes in the second half. Also, the crew discusses which member of this year’s senior class will make an immediate impact at the next level and debates which player will have the best NBA career. Follow the show on Twitter: @BTNThePulse.

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Green, Sullinger make Wooden, AP All-America Teams

Big Ten Player of the Year Draymond Green and Jared Sullinger were named John R. Wooden All-Americans and first-team AP All-America on Monday. Green averaged 16.2 ppg, 10.6 rpg, 3.8 apg, 1.5 spg and 1 bpg, while Sullinger contributed 17.6 ppg, 9.1 rpg, 1.2 apg, 1.2 spg and 1 bpg. Both players led their teams to a share of the Big Ten crown, along with Michigan, and Sullinger has Ohio State in the Final Four. See all the teams in this post.

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Pulse: Ohio State headed to New Orleans

Tonight on The Pulse, at 7:30 p.m. ET, Rick Pizzo, Tim Doyle and Chris Martin set the stage for Ohio State’s Final Four appearance in New Orleans. The guys also will discuss Draymond Green’s chances of winning national player of the year and debate the most anticipated coaching debut (Urban Meyer vs. Bill O’Brien) and most explosive senior (Denard Robinson vs. Montee Ball). Watch a special web-only segment now.

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Pulse: Indiana's Sheehey joins the show

Tonight on The Big Ten Pulse, Rick Pizzo, Tim Doyle and Mateen Cleaves set the table for the Sweet 16, which includes four Big Ten teams (see the NCAA bracket). The crew also discussed another memorable Draymond Green performance and the highly anticipated rematch between Indiana and Kentucky. Speaking of the Hoosiers, Will Sheehey, who hit the game-winning shot vs VCU, joined the guys to talk about the team’s first Sweet 16 appearance since 2002. Watch the full interview now.

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Pulse: Getting ready for the NCAA tourney

Tonight on the Big Ten Pulse, at 7:30 p.m. ET, Rick Pizzo, Derek Rackley and Tim Doyle discuss what they learned about Michigan State from its championship run at the Big Ten tourney. Also, the crew considers what tourney runner-up Ohio State needs to make a deep NCAA run, offers their thoughts on whether a Big Ten team will make the Final Four and ponders if the Spartans or Buckeyes have the easier road to New Orleans.

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Pulse: Talking Big Ten men's tournament

On Monday night’s Big Ten Pulse, Rick Pizzo, Derek Rackley and Tim Doyle talked the 2012 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament, from the tourney favorite to the dark horse team to the team most likely to suffer an upset. The crew also debated the level of concern there should be in East Lansing following back-to-back losses and Branden Dawson’s season-ending knee injury Sunday. Watch a clip from the show now. And don’t forget to follow the Pulse on Twitter: @BTNThePulse.

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Get Pulse-Cars winners on Monday's Pulse

Monday night on The Pulse, at 7:30 p.m. ET, Rick Pizzo, Derek Rackley, Tim Doyle and Mateen Cleaves discuss whether Michigan State is bound for the Final Four. The crew also makes its case for Northwestern to reach the dance and announces its Pulse-Cars (as in The Oscars) for Performance In A Leading Role (Player of the Year), Best Original Score (Play of the Year), Best Director (Coach of the Year) and Best Picture (Storyline of the Year). See the nominees in this post.

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Big Ten Hoops Power Rankings

It’s time to release my latest Big Ten men’s hoops power rankings. The rankings are not meant to mimic the Big Ten standings. What fun would that be? They aren’t scientific, either. They’re simply my thoughts on where each Big Ten team stands right now and who would win on a neutral court. Agree? Disagree? Tweet @BTNBrentYarina or leave your comments below. Also, did you see my top 10 Big Ten plays from the past week? Watch them and vote for your top play. The latest national polls are out, as well.

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John Shurna joined The Pulse on Monday

Tonight on “The Big Ten Pulse,” John Shurna joined us to talk about becoming Northwestern’s all-time leading scorer in Saturday’s victory over Minnesota. Watch the record-setting 3-pointer in this post. Also, Rick Pizzo, Derek Rackley, Tim Doyle and former Michigan State star point guard Mateen Cleaves broke down the tight Big Ten race, discussed whether a Big Ten team will earn a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tourney and debated the Big Ten Freshman of the Year.

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