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

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Eriq Zavaleta Celebrates Goal in Style

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

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PSU Strength Coach Fires 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'

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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 ...

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Big Ten Pulse - Sep. 3, 2012

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

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Big Ten Pulse - April 2, 2012

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

Michigan State's Draymond Green

Buckeyes Head to Final Four

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

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Big Ten Pulse - March 26, 2012

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

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Will Sheehey talks Tourney on The Pulse

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

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Big Ten Pulse - March 12, 2012

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

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Big Ten Pulse - Mar. 5th, 2012

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

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Big Ten Pulse - Feb. 27, 2012

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

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Big Ten Pulse - Feb. 20 2012

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

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John Shurna Visits "The Pulse"

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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Rematches headline week's slate

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Zack Novak joins The Pulse

The roster of games this week is littered with some intriguing matchups that will go a long way toward determining the pecking order at the top of the Big Ten standings as we enter the final few weeks of the season. And no tilt on this week’s list of contests is bigger than Wisconsin’s visit to Michigan State on Feb. 16. Now that you know BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart’s No. 1 game for this week, what about the others? Dienhart ranks them all, from 1 to 11, in this post.

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Tonight on the Pulse: Mateen Cleaves joined us

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Big Ten Pulse - Feb. 6, 2012

On Monday’s Big Ten Pulse, former Michigan State star and two-time Big Ten Player of the Year Mateen Cleaves joined our guys in the studio. The crew interviewed Michigan State senior Draymond Green, fresh off a 14-point, 16-rebound effort against Michigan, and took its first look at the bubble teams. Which current Big Ten bubble team has the best chance to make the tournament? The guys debated it. Also, Pulse-ntages returned, and our crew conidered if Ohio State will lose another Big Ten game, among other topics.

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Who's your team's midway Big Ten MVP?

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Tubby Smith Joins the Pulse

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. This week’s rankings feature a new wrinkle, as I offer up my Big Ten MVP for all 12 teams now that we’ve reached the midpoint of the conference season. The stats that go along with each MVP includes conference games only.

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Dienhart: Gems litter the week's slate

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Big Ten Pulse - Jan. 30, 2012

 The Big Ten season is halfway over—and the best is yet to come in a conference race that remains in flux. More clarity may come this week, which shapes up as one of the best yet of the season. In particular, this is a big week for Michigan State and Indiana. And matchup-wise, I can’t wait for the battle between the Big Ten’s top freshmen: Michigan’s Trey Burke and Indiana’s Cody Zeller. See my game rankings for this week’s action in this post.

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Big Ten Pulse: Making a Splash

Tonight on The Big Ten Pulse at 7 p.m. ET, Rick Pizzo, Derek Rackley, and Tim Doyle discuss which Big Ten team could land a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Men’s basketball Tournament. Plus, see our interview with Minnesota’s Tubby Smith, check out our latest “Who Ya Got?” segment,  and learn why Iowa football coach Kirk Ferentz recently jumped into an ice-cold lake. We’ve got the YouTube clip of Ferentz’s big splash in this post.

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Dienhart: Let's look at the week ahead

Northwestern's John Shurna

Big Ten Pulse - Jan. 16, 2012

Up is down. In is out. Black is white. Welcome to Big Ten basketball 2012, a season filled with twists and turns that have jumbled the race (standings). And the conference season isn’t even half over. This past week was filled with tumult that scrambled the league standings and made one thing perfectly clear: This is going to be a wild race for the Big Ten championship.

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Dienhart: Let's Look At The Week Ahead

Indiana's Tom Crean

Big Ten Pulse - Jan. 9, 2012

The Big Ten men’s basketball season is really heating up as we enter a third week of league action, so it’s time to roll out the first installment of my Monday basketball column. We’re calling this my Big Ten Whiteboard, because I’ll be drawing up all the good stuff you’ll need to keep track of in the week ahead.

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The Pulse: Men's Basketball Teams Rolling Along

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Texas Southern at Northwestern - Men's Basketball Highlights

With nine Big Ten men’s basketball games on Saturday and eight teams in the RPI’s Top 50,  our Rick Pizzo, Derek Rackley and Tim Doyle take you into this pre-holiday weekend on The Big Ten Pulse at 7 p.m. ET tonight with an in-depth conversation on the overall depth of the Big Ten as each team builds out their tournament resumes. For example, Northwestern is 8-1 after racking up another win Thursday night. Also, tonight, Michigan State’s Draymond Green will join Pizzo, Rackley and Doyle to tell us how the Spartans’ tough games early on have helped the team come together.

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The Pulse: Your Top Big Ten Buzzer Beater Is ...

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Big Ten Pulse - Dec. 13, 2011

On Tuesday night’s latest edition of the Big Ten Pulse, our crew kicked around some of their favorite buzzer-beating moments, this coming off Indiana’s dramatic last-second win over top-ranked Kentucky on Saturday at Assembly Hall. Watch now as Rick Pizzo, Derek Rackley and Tim Doyle discuss Indiana’s memorable win over Kentucky now and see our collection of several recent Big Ten buzzer-beaters in this post.

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Indiana's Oladipo to appear on The Pulse

Indiana's Victor Oladipo

Victor Oladipo Spin Move vs. Gardner Webb

Indiana’s Victor Oladipo visits with our crew from The Big Ten Pulse on tonight’s TV show at 7:30 p.m. ET. And what better reason than to roll out this instant classic video of his incredible shot from last season. Listen to Gus Johnson call Oladipo’s buzzer beater at halftime in the game against North Carolina Central last year. Here are Oladipo’s season’s stats so far. And look a little further down in this post to see a nifty spin move by Oladipo more recently against Gardner Webb.

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