The men's basketball preseason AP poll was released Monday, and five Big Ten teams make the cut. Four of them land in the top 15: No. 9 Wisconsin; No. 11 Indiana; No. 12 Michigan State; No. 15 Purdue.
The way we all interpret and define the word “underrated” will vary from person to person. Regardless of interpretation, here are BTN analyst Jon Crispin's top 5 most underrated Big Ten players.
Reigning Big Ten champ Indiana held its annual Hoosier Hysteria on Saturday night at Assembly Hall. As usual, there were plenty of highlights, none better than Tom Crean handing out 2015-16 Big Ten championship rings to the returning players.
LeBron James and the defending NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers hosted a preseason game vs. Washington on Tuesday night at Value City Arena.
Following a two-year wait due to injury, Illini guard Tracy Abrams is eager to make his mark on what I predict will be a remarkable turnaround for Illinois.
There were many familiar faces at this year’s Big Ten Men’s Basketball Media Day, and quite possibly more than there would have been were it not for a new NCAA rule. In January the NCAA announced it would set a last-chance date of May 25 (10 days after the NBA Combine) for NBA hopefuls to withdraw from the NBA Draft. Most importantly, the NCAA eliminated the limit on the maximum amount of times a player could enter the draft, which previously stood at one. Prior to January, underclassmen had to choose definitively whether to stay in school or enter the draft and
The Big Ten officially kicked off the 2016-17 basketball season with media day in Washington, D.C., today. Talent like Denzel Valentine, Caris LeVert, A.J. Hammons, Yogi Ferrell and Jarrod Uthoff is gone. Still, there is a lot to like about the conference, writes BTN.com's Tom Dienhart.
This Saturday from noon E.T. – 1 p.m. ET, BTN will offer a live and unprecedented look inside one of Indiana Basketball’s practices with Tom Crean. Coach Crean, along with BTN analyst Jon Crispin, will wear microphones throughout the practice and discuss drills, the IU roster and a team scrimmage in real time for viewers. The Hoosiers finished ninth in last season’s final USA TODAY Sports men’s basketball coaches poll and look to build on a trip to the Sweet Sixteen. Indiana will be led by the trio of OG Anunoby, James Blackmon Jr. and Thomas Bryant. Anunoby is tabbed
BTN Live announced the 2016-17 preseason All-Big Ten Team on Monday night. Wisconsin senior Nigel Hayes, the lone unanimous selection and one of three Badgers to earn accolades, claims the preseason player of the year award. Teammates Ethan Happ and Bronson Koenig join Hayes on the list. The only other team to boast multiple honorees is Indiana (James Blackmon and Thomas Bryant). View the full preseason team below. 2016-17 PRESEASON BIG TEN PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Nigel Hayes, Wisconsin You are looking at the 2016-17 preseason @B1GMBBall player of the Year. Also, the only unanimous selection. pic.twitter.com/5BKLDZmaXm — Big Ten
BTN is the college sports fans’ home for Big Ten basketball beginning on Thursday with Big Ten Basketball Men’s Media Day. Along with media day coverage, a full lineup of basketball games and nightly studio programming, BTN has Big Ten hoops covered all season long. Thursday’s men’s basketball media day coverage starts with coaches press conferences from 9 a.m. ET to 11:30 a.m. ET, beginning with Nebraska’s Tim Miles, B1G Basketball Media Day: 2016-2017 hosted by Dave Revsine and Jon Crispin, runs from 11:30 a.m. ET to 5 p.m. ET and will feature the coaches and student athletes from each