The finish line is in sight, and we are in a very tight three-horse race for Big Ten Coach of The Year. [ MORE: Follow @BTNJessSettles on Twiter! | Standings | Stats | Scoreboard | Polls ] To me, the leading candidates are simple: Indiana’s Tom Crean, Iowa’s Fran McCaffery and Wisconsin’s Greg Gard. I break down each coach’s case below. Fran McCaffery Fran McCaffery has 11-4 Iowa within striking distance of the Hawkeyes’ first regular season title since 1979. Remember, no team other than Wisconsin lost more impactful upperclassmen than McCaffery. Sixth man of the Gabe Olaseni and first-team
There is an outstanding crop of freshmen in the Big Ten this year. Tom Dienhart and Sean Merriman debate who is the best freshman in the Big Ten.
The 2016 Big Ten men's basketball tournament will take place March 9-13 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. BTN will provide live coverage of the tournament, including Game 2 on Wednesday (7 p.m. ET), the first two games on Thursday (noon, 2:30 p.m. ET) and the last two games on Friday (6:30 p.m., 9 p.m. ET). Read this post for the full bracket.
Who is your choice for Big Ten Coach of the Year? Fran McCaffery? Tom Crean? Greg Gard? Lots of good options. I asked several people who cover the league for their choice as the season is about to draw to a close. Chad Leistikow, Des Moines Register: Right now I’ve got Iowa’s Fran McCaffery with a slight lead, but he’s got to show he can finish off what the Hawkeyes have started. I think McCaffery’s case is helped by the unwarranted low expectations placed on Iowa to start the season (picked ninth in the league by a BTN panel, which
In today's Big Ten news digest, our writer wonders: If Indiana wins the Big Ten, could Yogi Ferrell be the league's Player of the Year? Also, Michigan State's Tom Izzo isn't worried about the Hall of Fame, we have a deeper look at the additions to Nebraska's football team, and one NFL GM is gushing over Ohio State's draft class. Let's get to the latest headlines ...
There were two Big Ten men's basketball games on the schedule Thursday night. Check out the best moments from the action in this post!
When asked if Michigan State is a Final Four team, Michigan State's Matt Costello said, "I think it is a national championship-caliber team. We have all the pieces, inside game, outside game, unselfish, running game. The only thing we are lacking is consistency." Spartans face Penn State this Sunday on BTN/BTN2Go. Read our entire Q&A with Costello.
We have a new favorite for your 2015-16 Big Ten Dunk of the Year! It came midway through the second half of Wednesday’s Iowa vs. Wisconsin game on BTN. With the game tied, 51-51, with just under nine minutes remaining in the contest, Wisconsin’s Khalil Iverson drove to the basket and threw down an incredible windmill slam over an Iowa defender. Check out the play at the top of this post. “This will solve the energy crisis,” said BTN’s Shon Morris in reference to the windmill dunk. Congrats, Mr. Iverson. You are officially a #BTNStandout!
Big Ten fans were treated to a pair of outstanding Big Ten men's basketball games on Super Wednesday.
Kobe 11 PEs for Kentucky, Michigan State, Duke, and Oregon: pic.twitter.com/hoJfhMeeW0 — Heidi Burgett (@heidiburgett) February 24, 2016 It looks like the Michigan State Spartans will have some new, fresh Nikes to wear this season. Nike’s PR Director, Heidi Burgett, tweeted out a photo of specially designed Kobe 11 PEs for Michigan State, Kentucky, Duke and Oregon. Check out the photo at the top of the post. These are awesome and will likely be a big hit among the players. Unfortunately for fans, Burgett responded to a follower that the shoes will be “player exclusive,” meaning they will not go