Leave it to a Maryland player to make the biggest fashion statement at Big Ten basketball media day. [ MORE: Big Ten survey: Toughest venue? First dunk? Sleeper team? ] Melo Trimble, the Big Ten preseason player of the year, turned heads with his flashy attire all morning Thursday at the Marriott O’Hare in Chicago. “Every reporter,” Trimble said, when asked to estimate how many people mentioned his ensemble. The suit and tie were nice and subdued. It was a few statement pieces, though, that garnered him a lot of extra attention. There was the MCM belt buckle, perfect for
All 14 of the Big Ten men’s basketball coaches spoke to the media as part of Thursday’s Big Ten Basketball Media Day in Chicago. In the YouTube video player on this post, click the icon in the upper left corner to expand the playlist and show all of the clips. Find lots more Big Ten Network videos now and all season long on the BTN YouTube page.
The calendar says “October,” which means leaf raking, pumpkins and apple cider. But glorious hoops season is here. Really. It’s not all about neck rolls, eye black and J-pads right now. The basketballs have been inflated and rolled out onto the court. Practices have started and, for now, the possibilities seem endless for Lincoln to Piscataway.
Big Ten Media Day is today, which means it's time for BTN.com to share its annual preseason Big Ten men's basketball predictions.
Maryland’s Melo Trimble has been chosen as the Big Ten Preseason Player of the Year heading into the 2015-16 men’s basketball season. [ MORE: BTN.com’s preseason hoops predictions & All-Big Ten team ] Trimble was a unanimous selection to the preseason All-Big Ten team, along with Michigan State’s Denzel Valentine, Purdue’s A.J. Hammons and Wisconsin’s Nigel Hayes. Indiana’s James Blackmon Jr., and Yogi Ferrell, Iowa’s Jarrod Uthoff, Maryland’s Jake Layman, Michigan’s Caris LeVert and Wisconsin’s Bronson Koenig also earned preseason All-Big Ten plaudits. Trimble was named a first-team All-Big Ten honoree by the media contingent last season, and was a
Big Ten fans know Frank Kaminsky likes to have fun. The rest of the basketball world is slowly learning this about the former Wisconsin star and the consensus 2015 national player of the year. Kaminsky, a first-round pick of the Charlotte Hornets in the 2015 NBA Draft, choreographed an entertaining dance that delighted the crowd at the NBA Global Games Fan Appreciation Day on Tuesday in Shanghai. More likely than not, you’ve seen Kaminsky dance before. There’s this example. And, this example. The dance in the tweet above has to take the cake. We’ll miss you in the Big Ten,
Thursday’s Big Ten Basketball Media Day signals the arrival of hoops season on the Big Ten Network. With media day coverage, a full lineup of basketball games and nightly studio coverage, BTN is the college sports fan’s home for Big Ten basketball. Thursday’s basketball media day coverage, B1G Basketball Media Day: 2015-2016 hosted by Rick Pizzo, runs from 9 a.m. ET to 11 a.m. ET and will feature the media availability of each men’s basketball coach, beginning with Bo Ryan (Wisconsin) at 9 a.m. ET. The women’s basketball coaches’ press conferences will run concurrently, beginning with Matt Bollant (Illinois) at
Wisconsin will be the next Big Ten school to make a major apparel move. The University of Wisconsin-Madison announced a long-term partnership with Under Armour during a press conference on Friday afternoon. Wisconsin Athletic Director Barry Alvarez and Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank announced a new 10-year partnership, which is set to begin July 1, 2016. Under Armour will exclusively design and supply the footwear, apparel and accessories for training and game-day uniforms for all 23 of the University’s men’s and women’s varsity athletics teams. “The University of Wisconsin is an institution built on the highest values of academic excellence,
The last couple of weeks, several Big Ten men’s basketball teams have unveiled new uniform designs on social media. Indiana is the latest. Wednesday, the Hoosiers tweeted a picture of their new adidas design, which looks very similar to its classic look, except for one new wrinkle. Indiana will have five stars on its shorts, one for every national title. This is a nice touch, something other teams have done recently. The Ohio State football team had Buckeyes leaves on the back of its jersey collar last season to mark its seven national championships. The Buckeyes went on to win
Robbie Hummel has experienced life in the NBA, while Trevor Mbakwe and Brian Randle have not. Getting to that level, or back there in Hummel’s case, remains the ultimate goal for all three of these former Big Ten basketball stars. But for now, they are all doing the next best thing. After spending the past two seasons in the NBA with the Minnesota Timberwolves, Hummel, a former Purdue standout, is currently playing in Italy for Armani Milano. He returned to the states this week as Milano took on Maccabi Tel Aviv Thursday night at the United Center. The game was