Melo Trimble had one of those days where it feels like you must have a bullseye on you Sunday afternoon at Iowa. [ MORE: Track all of Sunday’s Big Ten hoops action ] First, midway through the first half, the freshman point guard collided with a BTN cameraman, causing him to fall to the floor and take the camera to his body and face. Trimble left the game to be attended to by the Maryland training staff. Nearly five minutes later, Trimble was back on the bench receiving treatment after Adam Woodbury poked him in the right eye. Trimble, once
If there was any doubt whether Troy Williams was one of the Big Ten’s top high-flyers, he erased them in Sunday’s narrow 70-67 victory over Michigan. [ MORE: Video: Melo Trimble had a painful day Sunday at Iowa ] Williams, easily one of the Big Ten’s elite athletes, exploded for a handful of powerful flushes. Four of the dunks were included in CBS’ montage spotlighting Williams’ big day above the rim. Problem is, the montage aired a little too early, because the sophomore saved one of his best dunks of the day for late in the game. With 32 seconds
Legendary North Carolina men’s basketball coach Dean Smith had no Big Ten ties, but his impact on the game is impossible to ignore. The two-time national champion and coach of the Tar Heels from 1961-1997 died Saturday night at the age of 83. The retired coach died “peacefully” at his North Carolina home, according to a statement from Smith’s family on Sunday. He was with his wife and five children. In addition to his accolades at North Carolina, Smith was also an Olympic gold medal winner (1976), basketball Hall of Famer and a Presidential Medal of Freedom honoree. Several Big
There was a technical foul called late in Illinois’ 59-54 victory at Michigan State that drew plenty of attention. It all happened with Travis Trice attempting the front-end of a 1-and-1 with 33.2 seconds left and Illinois leading 55-53. Trice made the free throw, but Illinois’ Jaylon Tate, the man in charge of boxing out the shooter, was hit with a technical foul after using his backside to box out Trice. It appears Tate hit Trice below the belt, and that’s definitely the way Trice reacted. The technical gave Michigan State two extra free throws and the ball, not to
There were four exciting Big Ten men's basketball games on Saturday. Catch up on all the action inside this post!
This week on “The Journey: Big Ten Basketball 2015” we show you what life is like for a young assistant coach when we go behind the scenes with Ohio State’s Greg Paulus. The name is familiar, isn’t it? Hint: He played at Duke. Plus, meet Iowa’s Gabe Olaseni and see his unique path from England to Iowa City. See portions of their stories in the videos in this post. Also this week, learn about the special relationship between Nebraska’s Shavon Shields and his father Will Shields, a former Nebraska football star and newly-minted Pro Football Hall of Famer. We also
Who is the Big Ten coach of the year up to this point? There are some good candidates. You can make a case for Purdue’s Matt Painter, Maryland’s Mark Turgeon and Wisconsin’s Bo Ryan, among others. I asked five leading Big Ten writers for their choices. Lee Barfknecht, Omaha World Herald: Bo Ryan. Who else loses his three-year starting point guard and keeps winning? Get off my lawn, Bo says. Mike Miller, Bloomington Herald-Times: Everyone else has been a flavor of the week. The Badgers have more talent than before, but they’re still a reflection of Ryan’s consistency. Matt Charboneau, Detroit News: Bo
This week, Jess Settles takes a look at Wisconsin point guard Bronson Koening, Illinois' trio of sophomores and the Big Ten's top second-year players.
Fans of “BTN Live” know the show airs weekdays at 6 p.m. ET and that you can follow the show on Facebook and Twitter. On Thursday’s show, BTN aired a portion of Dave Revsine’s interview with Wisconsin’s men’s basketball coach Bo Ryan and we’ve posted the full interview here today. It’s an insightful chat with the coach of the No. 4 men’s basketball team in the country. Ryan touches on a variety of topics, quoting Frank Sinatra and touching on the impact of AAU basketball on young players. The Badgers next play Northwestern at 5:30 p.m. ET on BTN – watch
Jarrod Uthoff had 16 points and nine rebounds, and Iowa scored the final 12 points of the first half en route to a 72-54 victory over Michigan on Thursday night. With no games Friday night, let’s look ahead to Saturday’s schedule – including two games on BTN/BTN2Go. IOWA 72, MICHIGAN 54: BOX | PBP | AP RECAP The Wolverines (13-10, 6-5), playing without injured guards Caris LeVert and Derrick Walton, did not score for the final 6:58 of the half, and the Hawkeyes (14-8, 5-4 Big Ten) led 31-21 at halftime. Mike Gesell finished with 14 points for Iowa, and Aaron White added 13. Aaron White sends in the