Day 1 of the 2015 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament is in the books. Minnesota closed out the day with a 80-68 victory over Rutgers at the United Center in Chicago. BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart was courtside for all the action. Here’s his rapid reaction from the Gophers’ win over Rutgers. Star player: It’s big Joey King, who ripped off 20 points on 7-of-11 shooting. The junior was on fire from 3-point land, hitting 6-of-9 bombs. King also had four rebounds, two assists and two steals. Top stat: 51.7, Minnesota’s field-goal percentage. The Gophers hit 30-of-58 shots in tallying
The 2015 Big Ten Men’s Tournament tipped off Wednesday at the United Center. The tourney is in its 18th season, believe it or not. BTN analyst Jess Settles, a former Iowa star, was a member of the Hawkeyes when the event debuted, so we wanted to get his take on the tournament. Read our full Q&A below. Q: What was the players’ reaction to the creation of the Big Ten Tournament? A: The players were excited to play in the Big Ten Tournament for obvious reasons. Teams love to play for championships. Whether in the preseason, over Thanksgiving, on Christmas
How about that for a start to the 2015 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament? D.J. Newbill scored a team-high 26 points and Penn State recorded 16 blocks, which is a Big Ten Tournament record, in a 68-65 win over Nebraska in the opening game of the 2015 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament. BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart was courtside to take in all the action. Star player: D.J. Newbill was the man for Penn State. He had 31 points in a regular-season finale win at Minnesota and followed that with 26 points today vs. Nebraska. He hit 9-of-22 shots (4-of-8
It’s not March without some college basketball madness, and there was plenty of it in the opening game of the 2015 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament. Penn State recorded 16 blocks in the Nittany Lions’ 68-65 win over Nebraska on Wednesday, which is the highest total in Big Ten Tournament history. Junior forward Brandon Taylor led the way with five blocks, while D.J. Newbill added four and Donovon Jack added three swats. See them all in the video above. Enjoy, Penn State fans!
The first day of the 2015 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament featured two outstanding games at the United Center in Chicago. Penn State kicked off the action with an impressive 68-65 victory over Nebraska in the opening game of the day. Minnesota followed that with a 80-68 win over Rutgers in the nightcap. See all of Wednesday’s scores on our Big Ten scoreboard. Looking for the 2015 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament bracket? We have that right here. Use the links below to catch up on both of Wednesday’s games: PENN STATE 68, NEBRASKA 65: BOX | PBP | RECAP
There’s a new way to reserve a 100-level seat for the 2015 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Championship game on Sunday at Chicago’s United Center for as little as $15 today. If your team makes it to Sunday’s, you are obligated to purchase each face-value priced ticket associated with each of your reservations. But if your team doesn’t make it, you only forfeit your reservation fee. Tickets can be reserved at BTN.com/TeamTix, a ticket reservation system launched by the Big Ten in partnership with Forward Market Media (FMM) and BTN. Powered by FMM’s proprietary software platforms, fans can go to purchase,
In Wednesday's Big Ten links, we touch on the Big Ten men's tournament. Plus, Tom Dienhart has a few spring football stories to catch up on, too. Dive, read, click and enjoy.
The Big Ten tourney kicks off today with 14 teams hoping to land a spot in Sunday’s championship at the United Center in Chicago. Here are the top four storylines. The action tips off today with No. 13 Penn State vs. No. 12 Nebraska at 4:30 p.m. ET Wednesday at the United Center. BTN’s first game is at 7 p.m. ET Wednesday, when No. 11 Minnesota meets No. 14 Rutgers (watch live on BTN2Go, too). We’ll have five games total, including two on Thursday and Friday. Our live scoreboard is here. 1. Can Wisconsin earn a No. 1 NCAA seed? The Badgers
Tuesday’s “BTN Live” was a special two-hour show from Joe’s Bar on Weed Street in Chicago. With the 2015 Big Ten Tournament set to kick off on Wednesday at Chicago’s United Center, several big-name guests joined the show, including the likes of Penn State coach Pat Chambers, former Iowa star Acie Earl, and Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany. Watch Delany’s interview in this post, and use the links below to watch other highlights from the event. Among the guests: Penn State Head Coach Pat Chambers Former Illinois star and director of USA Basketball Jerry Colangelo Former Iowa star Acie Earl
Wisconsin enters the 2015 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament as the top seed and favorite to win the 14-team event. The Badgers finished the regular season with an impressive 28-3 record, including a 16-2 mark in Big Ten play, two games ahead of second-seeded Maryland. But just because Bo Ryan’s team is the top seed in this weekend’s tournament, does that mean they are the obvious favorite to win it? Let’s take a look at some history. In the 17 years of the Big Ten tourney, the No. 1 seed has won the event seven times (41 percent of the