University of Illinois Director of Athletics Mike Thomas announced Wednesday that former Illinois basketball All-American Dee Brown will join his staff for the summer as Special Assistant to the Director of Athletics. “Dee brings an enthusiasm for the Fighting Illini that is second to none,” Thomas said in a school release. “His experiences as a student-athlete on campus and in the community, his successful pro career, and now his returning to campus to give back to the Fighitng Illini speaks volumes about the positive time that he had here. Brown, the 2005 Sporting News National Player of the Year and
BTN is airing 18 different classic games, ranging from 2007-2014, as part of our new “Big Ten Classics” series. At 8 p.m. ET tonight on BTN/BTN2Go, we’re showing Purdue’s 72-67 win at No. 8 Wisconsin from Feb. 9, 2008. This was a breakout game for heralded freshman Robbie Hummel, who poured in what was a career-high 21 points on 8-of-12 shooting. More impressive, the victory marked Purdue’s first road win over a top 10 team since March 1, 1998, and it snapped the Badgers’ 16-game home winning streak vs. Big Ten foes, dating to the 2005-06 season. Here is a
The NBA draft is Thursday. And Jay Bilas thinks Branden Dawson is a second-round pick. Sounds about right. But I wonder: What position will he play? What offensive skills does he possess aside from grabbing rebounds and scoring on putbacks? *** Sporting News has seven reasons why Michigan-Ohio State meets the hype in 2015—as if you really needed seven reasons. No need to call in Don King. Here is all you need: Jim Harbaugh vs. Urban Meyer. Done. I just hope Meyer and Harbaugh stick around for 10 more years. Please, football gods. Let it happen. *** It didn’t take
It’s long been expected that three Big Ten players will be selected in the first round of the 2015 NBA Draft, and that’s still the case two days before things become official Thursday night. Ohio State’s D’Angelo Russell and Wisconsin’s Sam Dekker and Frank Kaminsky all are sure-fire first-rounders, according to several of the experts’ latest mock drafts. In fact, Russell seems to be the unanimous No. 3 pick, while the Wisconsin duo is less certain. Don’t miss the draft at 7 p.m. ET on Thursday. Also, former Purdue standout and current Minnesota Timberwolves forward Robbi Hummel will take over
At 8 p.m. ET tonight on BTN/BTN2Go, we’re airing Illinois’ 79-74 win vs. No. 5 Ohio State from Jan. 10, 2012. Brandon Paul erupted for a career-high 43 points in the win, and he’ll be live tweeting (@BP3) during the hour-long replay. Paul shot 11-of-15 from the field (73 percent), including an incredible 3-point shot with 43 seconds left to seal the victory. Here is a breakdown of this exciting 2012 Big Ten matchup: Top moment: With Aaron Craft all of him, Brandon Paul hit an off-balance 3-pointer with 43 seconds left to give Illinois a 74-70 lead, ultimately securing
How good could the Big Ten East be in 2015? Pretty good. Mark Podolski of the News-Herald in Ohio thinks the division may be the best in the nation. The SEC West was college football’s standard bearer. No more. The bottom line is the SEC is in a transition period. After the conference won seven straight BCS national championships — that last in 2012 — it’s been two years since it took home a national crown. Also, the SEC West was 2-4 in last year’s postseason. For those keeping score, the Big Ten East was 5-1 in the postseason. And
In just three nights, former Wisconsin standout Frank Kaminsky will hear his name called in Brooklyn at the 2015 NBA Draft. [ MORE: Here’s a look at how Big Ten has fared in last 10 NBA drafts ] The question is, what will the consensus national player of the year be wearing as he walks across the stage Thursday night? Based on the video above, it figures to be a JC Penney linen suit. We highly recommend watching the ad, which consists of 15 seconds of a suit-clad Kaminsky sitting in front of a garage door, dribbling a basketball, chewing
The 2015 NBA Draft is Thursday night. Before NBA commissioner Adam Silver takes the stage to announce the first pick in Brooklyn, it's time to take a look back at recent drafts.
Over the next month, BTN will profile 18 different classic games, ranging from 2007-2014. Tonight’s classic game features Indiana’s 73-72 upset win over No. 1 and eventual national champion Kentucky on Dec. 10, 2011. Even better, Christian Watford, the man who hit the buzzer-beating 3-pointer, is scheduled to tweet during the game. Follow Watford (@Cwat205)! This game will be remembered for Watford’s incredible buzzer-beater that stunned the top-ranked Wildcats at Assembly Hall. Students rushed the court and the celebration was on as a sea of red covered the floor in what was a crazy scene. The victory marked only the
It’s Father’s Day! Happy Father’s Day to all of the Big Ten dads out there. We hope you enjoy every minute of this day dedicated to you. We also hope you enjoy this fun gallery of Big Ten dads!