From the day he replaced Bo Ryan as the Wisconsin basketball coach, Greg Gard said he would always put his team ahead of any concerns about whether he would be more than an interim place-holder. [ MORE: BTN2Go: Watch the Greg Gard press conference at 2:30 p.m. ET ] No need to speculate any longer. The university has removed the “interim” tag and named Gard the permanent head coach, rewarding the career assistant for a 13-6 record over a three-month audition and rock-steady influence during a period of upheaval. The announcement came after the Wisconsin Board of Regents approved Gard’s
As the regular season came to an end Sunday night and the Big Ten tournament bracket was finalized, I realized that this would be my last submission of Big Ten Power Rankings, presented by ArcelorMittal. [ MORE: Big Ten tourney bracket | BTN analysts pick award winners | Power Rankings | Player Rankings | Bracketology | Standings | Stats | Scores ] In no way does that sadden me, because coming up with justifiable list every week is more difficult that you may realize. Throughout the season, I spend a great amount of time with coaches, players and staff, and
That was an exciting 2015-16 Big Ten season. [ MORE: Big Ten tourney bracket | BTN analysts pick award winners | Power Rankings | Player Rankings | Bracketology | Standings | Stats | Scores ] With the regular season in the books and the Big Ten tourney tipping off Wednesday afternoon at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, it’s time to take a look at my final Big Ten Player Rankings. See my full list below. 1. Denzel Valentine, Michigan State. Valentine finishes the year in the top spot. Since assists began being recorded in 1983-1984, only Valentine has averaged 19
For this week's Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament in Indianapolis, BTN asked a special guest to take over the BTN Instagram account and fill it with the best shots from the games and the atmosphere. Fred Daniels, a talented artist and Chicago native, will be the first to participate in BTN’s Artist Instagram Takeover filing photos from before the games, during the games, and after the games.
The latest AP and Coaches polls were released Monday, and Wisconsin has reentered the latter ranking. The Badgers, who have won 11 of their last 13, come in at No. 25 to give the Big Ten six ranked teams in the Coaches poll. Wisconsin is the top unranked team receiving votes in the AP poll, which features five Big Ten teams. Michigan State (No. 2 AP; No. 3 Coaches) paces the conference, while outright Big Ten champ Indiana is No. 10 in both polls. Purdue (No. 13/No. 13), Maryland (No. 18/No. 15), and Iowa (No. 20/No.18) round out the ranked
“BTN Live” will announce the 2016 All-Big Ten teams and award winners at 6 p.m. ET tonight. Watch the show on BTN2Go. [ MORE: View the complete Big Ten tourney bracket ] Before the teams and superlative winners become official, BTN’s team of analysts share their award winners. See our experts’ selections below. JON CRISPIN (@BTNJonCrispin) Player of the Year: Denzel Valentine, Michigan State Coach of the Year: Tom Crean, Indiana Freshman of the Year: Ethan Happ, Wisconsin *** TOM DIENHART (@BTNTomDienhart) Player of the Year: Denzel Valentine, Michigan State Coach of the Year: Tom Crean, Indiana Freshman of the
The regular season is over. Let’s check to see how the Big Ten looks in the mock brackets of Jerry Palm of CBSSports.com and Joe Lunardi of ESPN. [ MORE: Big Ten tourney bracket | BTN analysts pick award winners | Power Rankings | Player Rankings | Bracketology | Standings | Stats | Scores ] Indiana was a big winner this week. Conversely, Michigan has fallen off the brackets and will have work to do in the Big Ten tourney. So, for now, the Big Ten is a six-bid league. JERRY PALM No. 1 Michigan State vs. No. 16 Hampton,
BTN will provide a full week of comprehensive coverage of the Big Ten Tournament from Indianapolis, including five games, pre- and post-game analysis, coach and player interviews, and a 90-minute Selection Sunday Special. Coverage begins at 6 p.m. ET today with the exclusive, live announcement of the annual Big Ten basketball awards on the BTN Live: All-Conference Selection Show. Host Rick Pizzo and analyst Jon Crispin will reveal All-Big Ten selections, as well as Big Ten Player, Freshman and Coach of the Year. Interviews with select award winners will also be included. At 6 p.m. ET Tuesday, BTN Live will
On Monday, the 14 Big Ten men’s basketball coaches held a teleconference with reporters from around the country to preview the Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament. Dive in and hear from each coach. Remember: BTN will provide a full week of comprehensive coverage of the Big Ten Tournament from Indianapolis, including five games, pre- and post-game analysis, coach and player interviews, and a 90-minute Selection Sunday Special. Coverage begins at 6 p.m. ET today with the exclusive, live announcement of the annual Big Ten basketball awards on the “BTN Live: All-Conference Selection Show.” Host Rick Pizzo and analyst Jon Crispin
The Big Ten regular season is complete, and now it’s time to turn our attention to the Big Ten tourney. [ MORE: View the official Big Ten tourney bracket (PDF) ] Outright Big Ten champion Indiana is the No. 1 seed in the event that tips at 4:30 p.m. ET Wednesday, and runs through Sunday afternoon, at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. The Hoosiers, along with No. 2 Michigan State, No. 3 Maryland and No. 4 Purdue, receive double-byes and open the tourney Friday. Here is the official bracket: WEDNESDAY Game 1, 4:30 pm. ET ESPN2: No. 13 Minnesota vs.