On Sept. 30, BTN Originals breaks new ground with the second installment of their one-hour series “B1G Close Up” – which will feature the Sept. 23 volleyball match between Wisconsin and Penn State. Wisconsin entered the match ranked No. 16, looking to take down No. 1 Penn State. The Nittany Lions volleyball team has built a dynasty in State College, winning six of the past eight National Championships and four in a row from 2007-2010. In the three days leading up to the match, BTN’s cameras were embedded with each program, providing viewers an unparalleled glimpse into two perennial volleyball
Eight Big Ten teams are ranked in the latest AVCA Coaches Poll, released Monday, headlined by defending national champion and No. 1 Penn State. The Nittany Lions (13-0) received 63 of the 64 first-place votes to remain atop the poll for the sixth consecutive week, while No. 4 Nebraska also stayed put to keep two Big Ten teams ranked in the top 5. Here’s where the remaining six Big Ten teams are ranked: Illinois (No. 7), Ohio State (No. 13), Minnesota (No. 16), Purdue (No. 18), Wisconsin (No. 19) and Michigan (No. 23). Michigan State and Iowa are among the
Are you a fan of Big Ten football in-game video highlights? How about interviews from your favorite Big Ten basketball coaches? If so, we’ve got you covered, with our new BTN YouTube page. In the fast-paced world of sports and social media, BTN.com now offers in-game Big Ten highlights, interviews and features on our YouTube page, which can be seen here! When a huge play happens or a memorable moment occurs, BTN.com video editors will post and share the video right after they happen. Looking for your favorite play from Week 1 of the season, but don’t want to scroll
The No. 1-ranked Penn State volleyball team picked up a huge non-conference win on Saturday night, downing No. 2 Stanford in straight sets (25-21, 25-22, 25-18). The Nittany Lions hit .327 (51 kills – 14 errors) behind a balanced attack, while Stanford hit .267. Haleigh Washington, Aiyana Whitney, Ali Frantti and Megan Courtney all recorded over 10 kills for Penn State in the victory. The Nittany Lions improve to 5-0 on the season with the impressive win. Check out a video recap at the top of this post.
Six Big Ten teams in the preseason AVCA poll was great. Seven teams in the first regular-season poll is even greater. Yes, half of the Big Ten teams are represented in the latest AVCA poll, highlighted by No. 1 Penn State, released Monday. The reigning national champion Nittany Lions went 3-0 last week to remain atop the poll. The other Big Ten teams ranked include: No. 4 Nebraska, which received one first-place vote, No. 6 Illinois, No. 13 Wisconsin, No. 19 Michigan State, No. 22 Ohio State and No. 24 Purdue, which debuts in the poll after winning its first
CHICAGO – BTN will offer its most extensive fall sports coverage ever in 2015, with over 250 men’s and women’s soccer, volleyball and field hockey games streamed through BTN Plus on BTN2Go to complement the network’s on-air schedule. More than 107 men’s and women’s soccer games will be available on BTN Plus. The men’s squads from Michigan State (No. 9), Maryland (No. 13) and Indiana (No. 14) all reside among the preseason top 15, while the women’s teams at Penn State (No. 6), Wisconsin (No. 14) and Rutgers (No. 24) take their place in the preseason top 25. The first
Defending NCAA Champion Penn State was chosen as the conference favorite for the 2015 volleyball season as voted on by the Big Ten coaches, it was announced on Thursday. After claiming their seventh national title last season, the Nittany Lions top the preseason poll for the 10th time in the last 11 seasons. NCAA quarterfinalist Nebraska was picked to finish second, while Illinois was tabbed third. Wisconsin, which claimed the Big Ten Championship last season, was voted to finish fourth, while Minnesota rounded out the top five of the preseason poll in fifth place. The preseason poll and All-Big Ten
Two-time defending national champ Penn State paces sits atop the the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Division I Coaches Preseason Poll, released Wednesday afternoon. The Nittany Lions are one of four top 10 Big Ten teams, as Nebraska and 2014 Big Ten regular-season champ Wisconsin are tied for No. 5 and Illinois comes in at No. 8. Ohio State (No. 14) and Michigan State (No. 19) round out the Big Ten teams in the opening poll. Michigan, Minnesota and Purdue each received votes.
The Big Ten Conference announced its first-ever volleyball foreign tour roster on Thursday, with one volleyball student-athlete representing each of the conference’s 14 schools. The tour will take place June 13-25, with the team traveling to Croatia, Slovenia and Italy. The Big Ten Foreign Tour Team includes Illinois’ Jocelynn Birks, Indiana’s Megan Tallman, Iowa’s Jess Janota, Maryland’s Hailey Murray, Michigan’s Adeja Lambert, Michigan State’s Halle Peterson, Minnesota’s Alyssa Goehner, Nebraska’s Justine Wong-Orantes, Northwestern’s Maddie Slater, Ohio State’s Taylor Sandbothe, Penn State’s Aiyana Whitney, Purdue’s Annie Drews, Rutgers’ Meme Fletcher and Wisconsin’s Kelli Bates. Northwestern’s Keylor Chan will serve as the
The final AVCA Division I Coaches Poll is out, and, to no surprise, back-to-back national champion Penn State finishes the season as a unanimous No. 1. [ MORE: NCAA title gallery | Penn State dynasty isn’t over ] The Nittany Lions, who beat BYU on Saturday night to claim their sixth title in the last eight years, garnered all 60 first-place votes. Big Ten champion Wisconsin, which lost in the regional final to Penn State, finished No. 4, while Nebraska (No. 8), Illinois (No. 11) and Ohio State (No. 13) also finished in the top 25. In other words, the