The BIG EAST and Big Ten announced the matchups for the inaugural Gavitt Tipoff Games, with eight men’s basketball games set to air on BTN, an ESPN network or Fox Sports 1 from Nov. 17-20, 2015.
Another Big Ten star has announced he will put off the NBA draft and return to school. Three days after Purdue’s A.J. Hammons made it official, Michigan’s Caris LeVert followed suit. LeVert, a 2014 preseason All-Big Ten honoree, played in just 18 games last season due to a season-ending left foot injury. “Over the past few months, I have spent a lot of time thinking about my future,” LeVert said in a team release. “My family and I, along with the coaching staff gathered as much information as possible. After considering my options, I am excited to announce I will
Purdue received a big boost on Saturday when A.J. Hammons announced he was returning for his senior season. Hammons is coming off a breakout junior season in which he averaged a team-high 11.9 points and 6.6 rebounds en route to earning second-team All-Big Ten honors. He also paced the conference in blocks for a third season in a row to earn a spot on the league’s All-Defensive Team. “Earning my degree is one of the most important goals that I have for myself, and returning to Purdue next year will enable me to reach that,” Hammons said in a news
Purdue center A.J. Hammons says he will return for his senior season, after helping the Boilermakers return to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2012.
The 2015 NBA Draft is more than two months away, but it’s never too early to speculate. Chris Mannix of SI.com recently released his 2015 NBA Mock Draft 1.0, which features four Big Ten names. [ MORE: Terran Petteway to enter the 2015 NBA Draft ] Ohio State’s D’Angelo Russell is the first name to appear on the list, going No. 6 overall to the Sacramento Kings. “Questions about Russell’s athleticism are drowned out by praise for his playmaking and brilliance in the pick-and-roll,” Mannix says. “Russell is an ideal complement to DeMarcus Cousins.” Russell has not formally declared for
Every Big Ten school has produced leaders who have reached the pinnacle of their professions, whether business, government, science and technology, medicine or education. High Profile takes a look at how these alums rose to the top of their field. In the annals of Big Ten Conference history, the island nation of the Bahamas probably is best known for supplying an export named Mychal Thompson. The former University of Minnesota basketball star wound up winning an NBA title with the Los Angeles Lakers and fathering budding hoops pro star Klay Thompson of the Golden State Warriors. But the talented Thompsons
The Michigan-Michigan State rivalry has developed into one of the most heated in-state rivalries in college football today. While Michigan owned this rivalry early on, it is the Spartans who have been dominant on the gridiron as of late, winning six of the last seven meetings between these schools. Well, it looks like this rivalry just added another chapter. Michigan State’s Spartan bronze statue, which sits square in the middle of campus, was given a Michigan makeover late Wednesday night. From the looks of it, the statue was pained Michigan blue, with a maize Block M in the middle of
It wasn’t a big shock to hear that Nebraska’s Terran Petteway is declaring for the draft. “I want to start off by thanking the city of Lincoln and state of Nebraska for all of the love and support that you guys have shown me over the last three years,” Petteway said in a statement. “This is a bittersweet moment for me because Lincoln has become a second home to me, but in the same instance has helped me grow as a man and ballplayer, and I love y’all.” It’s a tough blow for a Cornhusker program that’s coming off a
Illinois head basketball coach John Groce announced Wednesday that sophomore forward Austin Colbert (Chesapeake, Va.) is no longer with the program. Colbert will transfer at the conclusion of UI spring semester classes. “After meeting with Austin, he and I agree that it is in his best interest to pursue a fresh start and continue his education and basketball career at another institution,” Groce said. “We are appreciative of the effort Austin gave during his time at Illinois, and we will fully support him and his family throughout the transfer process.” Colbert appeared in 25 games this past season, averaging 1.7
Fran and Margaret McCaffery presented a check for $34,044 to representatives from the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center Wednesday afternoon at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.