What a weekend, especially for Michigan, which remains in the hunt for a Big Ten title with that impressive win over Ohio State. Read all about the surging Wolverines’ quest for their first Big Ten regular-season title since 1985-86 and other Big Ten happenings with these links in this post. Big Ten Take a look around the Big Ten with Doug Lesmerises of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Is poaching verbal commitments new to the Big Ten? Not according to former Illinois coach Ron Zook, writes Dustin Hockensmith of the Harrisburg Patriot-News. Illinois Changes can be messy, says Loren Tate of
What better way to end your work week than by getting caught up on all the Big Ten news right here? Selection Sunday is March 11. Until then, here’s a projection of the NCAA field from one of the smartest men in the business, Mike Huguenin of Yahoo! Sports. Illinois Bruce Weber should have zipped his lips, advises David Haugh of the Chicago Tribune. Bruce Weber is honest—and as good as gone, writes Steve Rosenbloom of the Chicago Tribune. Bruce Weber is likely done, says Mark Tupper of the Decatur Herald-Review. Bruce Weber apologizes after post-game comments, David Mercer, Associated
Big game tonight, with Wisconsin invading Michigan State in a Big Ten battle of ranked teams. But that’s not the only news. Check out the latest scuttlebutt in Big Ten territory, including this story: Already making fall plans? Thank Matt Murschek of the Orlando Sentinel for looking ahead to five killer Big Ten games in 2012. Find more links lower in this post. Plus, watch Thursday morning’s Big Ten Blast update in the video right here. And see a pretty worthwhile dunk video over here, too. Illinois Time to play the blame game. And embattled Bruce Weber is taking it,
Indiana big man Cody Zeller has been named a finalist for the 2012 Wayman Tisdale Award, presented annually to the men’s National Freshman of the Year. Zeller is averaging 15.4 points, 6.4 rebounds, 1.4 steals and 1.4 blocks per game, all while shooting a Big Ten-leading 64.8 percent. One of only a couple new faces for the Hoosiers this season, Zeller is the biggest reason for Indiana’s turnaround, which has seen the team go from 12-20 a year ago to 19-6. A six-time Big Ten Freshman of the Week recipient, Zeller joins Duke’s Austin Rivers, Kentucky’s Anthony Davis and Michael
Looking for something to do while hunched over your desk eating Ramen noodles? Surf to these web stories to get mucho Big Ten knowledge. I do this every weekday morning for my readers and you can find my previous link collections here. Even better, you can subscribe to the RSS for the Daily links right here. And do you have a link I need to read? Send it to me at the bottom of this post. Big Ten Mike Huguenin of Yahoo! Sports takes for a tour around the Big Ten. The guy knows his stuff. Trust me on this.
Ohio State’s Jared Sullinger or Michigan State’s Draymond Green? Who is the best player? It may be neither. Perhaps it’s Wisconsin’s Jordan Taylor or Indiana’s Cody Zeller. And how does it compare to my list from last week? I’m also interested in your rankings. Tell me what you think in the comments box or via my mailbag. I read all of your notes and respond to as many as I can. Or save your comments and bring them to our weekly Super Wednesday Live chat on Facebook. 1. Jared Sullinger, C, Ohio State, So. Yes, the big fella had a
News, notes and everything in betewen from the Big Ten as I prepare to join Dave Revsine, Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith on tonight’s Big Ten Football Report. Tune in at 7:30 p.m. ET! Illinois The Illini are trying to shore-up their once-tough defense, writes Shannon Ryan of the Chicago Tribune. I hope it’s not too late. Meyers Leonard shows flashes of good and bad, says Loren Tate of the Champaign News-Gazette. But I say more good than bad. I still love the guy. Illinois’ NCAA chances? They look grim at this point, writes Paul Klee of the Champaign News-Gazette.
News, notes and whatnot from the Big Ten as I still try to catch my breath following Michigan State’s surprisingly dominant win at Ohio State. Who is gonna win this thing? Illinois The Illini are fading fast, says Paul Klee of the Champaign News-Gazette. The players’ understanding of urgency might not be enough, writes Mark Tupper of the Decatur Herald-Review. Bruce Weber’s under the whether, says Loren Tate of the Champaign News-Gazette. Six losses in seven games are troubling for Bruce Weber, says Shannon Ryan of the Chicago Tribune. Bruce Weber is firmly on hot seat after that loss at
A big night in the Big Ten on Thursday, with three games, so there’s lots to talk about. And there’s also this little basketball game on Saturday in Columbus, Ohio, between Michigan State and Ohio State that’s creating a little bit of buzz. Let’s look at the Friday morning headlines. Big Ten Big Mac talents: Indiana and Michigan State have signees on McDonald’s All-American team, says Kyle Neddenriep of the Indianapolis Star. Illinois One good half won’t cut it, as Illinois found out at Indiana. Read more from Paul Klee of the Champaign News-Gazette. It pays well to be a
You have your questions. And, as usual, I have my answers. Put them together and you have another BTN.com mailbag. Basketball is on the minds of many, which is why I rank my top Big Ten point guards in this mailbag. But interest in football never wanes so we talk about some recruiting, too. Heck, some spring practices will begin in less than a month, if you can believe it. An as always, drop me a note right here. Shouldn’t the Big Ten realize that the rest of the country recruits the exact same way that Urban Meyer does? What