Big Ten preseason favorite Maryland is back in the top 5 of the latest AP and Coaches polls, released Monday. [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Power Rankings | Big Ten standings | Big Ten stats | Big Ten scoreboard | Polls ] The Terrapins come in at No. 4 in both polls, this after being No. 6 (AP) and No. 7 (Coaches) last week. Undefeated Michigan State (12-0), one win away from setting its best start in program history, remains No. 1 for the third consecutive week. Purdue, fresh off its first loss of the season, drops five spots in
The Big Ten released its latest Big Ten men's basketball honors Monday. Check out all of the award winners and watch select video highlights inside.
With Monmouth and its highly popular “Bench Mob” on the Big Ten schedule Sunday afternoon, we knew there would be plenty of bench celebrations on BTN. [ MORE: Track Samford at Nebraska | Watch the game on BTN2Go ] @MonmouthBench was up to the task in its win at 73-67 win Rutgers. In fact, check out some of its best celebrations in the Vine at the bottom of this post. What we did not expect was a well-executed choreographed celebration in the Samford-Nebraska game at Pinnacle Bank Arena. Channeling its inner-Monmouth, the Bulldogs pulled off the perfect celebration to a
By now, most every college basketball fan has heard about the Monmouth bench and its popular choreographed celebrations. [ MORE: AP: Monmouth holds off Rutgers | Relive the game on BTN2Go ] After all, @MonmouthBench has been featured on all of the highlight shows this season, and it even visited The Today Show on Saturday. Big Ten fans got a first-hand look at the “Bench Mob” during Sunday afternoon’s win at Rutgers, and it didn’t disappoint. Among the fun were Star Wars- and baseball-themed celebrations. There even was a holiday-inspired celebration. Watch our favorite celebrations in the video above and the
Michigan’s Aubrey Dawkins is putting together quite the highlight-reel this season. [ MORE: Relive all of Saturday’s results on our Big Ten scoreboard ] The Wolverines’ sophomore forward had a pair of incredible back-to-back dunks to close out the first half of Saturday’s game vs. Youngstown State. The first highlight dunk came at the 3:05 mark in the first half when Derrick Walton connected with Dawkins for a huge alley-oop slam and the foul. Check out that dunk here. Dawkins wasn’t done there as he threw down another huge dunk to close out the first half. This one was a
Ten Big Ten men’s basketball teams were in action Saturday. [ MORE: Relive all of Saturday’s results on our Big Ten scoreboard ] Indiana used a 17-2 run down the stretch to rally past Notre Dame, 80-73, in the first game of the Crossroad Classic, and previously struggling Ohio State stunned No. 4 Kentucky, 74-67, to highlight the day’s action. Catch up on all of the results below: MICHIGAN STATE 78, NORTHEASTERN 58 BOX | PBP | AP RECAP Denzel Valentine scored 17 points, Bryn Forbes added 12 and No. 1 Michigan State matched the best start in school history
Just like the football team did when it played in Baltimore this year, the Maryland men’s basketball team will wear a throwback uniform tonight in Charm City. [ MORE: Get all of our Big Ten uniform coverage ] The sixth-ranked Terrapins will don the design pictured in the tweet above vs. Princeton at 7 p.m. ET on BTN. Watch the game on BTN2Go. Like the look, Big Ten fans? The uniform definitely resmebles a throwback – even the length shorts – but the shoes, well, that’s a different story.
This week, in my “Three Takes,” I take a trip back to the 1991-92 season, consider the Big Ten’s top big men and look at Illinois’ recurring issue inside. [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Power Rankings | Player Rankings | Big Ten award winners | Big Ten standings | Big Ten stats | Big Ten scoreboard | Polls ] Get my latest thoughts below: So much to like about this year’s group of true freshmen bigs This is the best group of big men the Big Ten has witnessed since the decorated 1991-92 class. That was the season McDonald’s All-Americans
Former Penn State basketball player Joonas Suotamo graduated with a degree in Film and Video, and one could say the ex-power forward, from 2005-08, is putting his degree to work. [ MORE: Suotamo represents Penn State in galaxy far, far away ] Suotamo is the double for Chewbacca in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which opened Friday. Peter Mayhew, the original Chewbacca, is back to play the role, but at 71 and with knee problems, a double was needed for the action scenes. Enter the 6-foot-10 Suotamo, who played professional basketball in his native Finland after graduating from Penn State.
“Big Ten Elite: 2002 Maryland and Indiana Basketball” debuts Saturday at 9 p.m. ET on BTN/BTN2Go immediately after the Maryland-Princeton basketball game. The latest in the “Big Ten Elite” series takes you inside the Maryland and Indiana men’s basketball program in 2002 and looks at the seismic changes for both as they headed toward their eventual NCAA championship game in what was then a Big Ten-ACC showdown. For Indiana, assistant coach Mike Davis took over for Bobby Knight. At Maryland, former Ohio State coach Gary Williams was in the process of rebuilding a Terrapins program in the wake of the