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The way Le’Veon Bell hurdled defenders during his final season at Michigan State, it should come as no surprise the Pittsburgh Steelers running back can dunk with absolute ease. Bell, the 2012 Big Ten rushing leader, recently posted a video of himself putting on a personal dunk contest to his Instagram account. It was an impressive showcase. Watch his dunks and hurdling runs in this post.
Former Wisconsin star and current Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt is without question one of the most intimidating Big Ten players in recent memory. But this post-workout video, posted by Watt on his Instagram account, takes the whole “intimidation factor” to another new level.
What did the dog of former Michigan State goalie (1999-2001) and current Buffalo Sabre Ryan Miller do while his owner was minding the net for Team USA in Sochi? He toured Miller’s campus and visited all of the top spots, of course. See pictures of Miller’s french bulldog Puck in front of Magic’s statue and in the net at Munn Ice Arena, plus so much more, in this post.
The NFL Scouting Combine is underway at Lucas Oil Stadium, which means former Big Ten players are busy trying to improve their pro stocks before the 2014 NFL Draft on May 8-10. BTN analysts Howard Griffith and Russ Lande are in Indianapolis to report on all of the familiar names. Watch our interviews with Minnesota’s Ra’Shede Hageman and Michigan State’s Max Bullough in this post.
Tom Izzo tore into Russell Byrd during Sunday afternoon’s loss to rival Michigan. College basketball analyst and BTN contributor Seth Davis noticed it and tweeted it. Problem is, he was thinking about a former Big Ten Byrd, the Purdue one, and tweeted “D.J Byrd.” Twitter being what it is, the former Boiler responded to Davis – all the way from Germany.
Former Ohio State standout Evan Turner was acquired by the Indiana Pacers on Thursday in a trade with the Philadelphia 76ers, and Turner’s arrival in Indianapolis will surely bring back some memories. The fourth-year small forward sank an unforgettable shot against Michigan in the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals in 2010. The Pacers play in that same arena – Banker’s Life Fieldhouse.
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Former Nebraska forward Brandon Ubel experienced a lot during his time as a Husker. Not only did Nebraska move from the Big 12 to the Big Ten midway through his career, he played his final season for Tim Miles after spending the first three years under Doc Sadler. As a result, Ubel has an interesting perspective on Nebraska’s sooner-than-expected turnaround season. See my Twitter Q&A with him in this post.
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Who would make your Mount Rushmore of Big Ten basketball players? That has been a common question asked after four-time NBA MVP LeBron James selected Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird and Oscar Robertson. The same question can be posed to Big Ten fans. With so many good options, it is tough to choose just four top players in Big Ten basketball history.
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For a night, Michigan products Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway Jr. are teammates again. Same goes for Burke and his former AAU bud Jared Sullinger. It all happens at 9 p.m. ET tonight at the 2014 BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge. That’s right, Burke, Hardaway Jr. and Sullinger, along with former Indiana star Victor Oladipo, are all on the same team in the annual freshman-sophomore All-State Weekend event.
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Anybody who knows J.J. Watt is well aware that the ex-Wisconsin star defensive end is an incredible athlete. He can even skate and play some hockey, as he showed in a recent YouTube video. Check out Watt’s hockey skills in this post.
It was a great week for Ohio State basketball players, both current and former. The Buckeyes went 2-0, including a big road win at Iowa, and ex-Ohio State star Jared Sullinger dominated the NBA en route to picking up Eastern Conference Player of the Week. In three games, Sullinger registered a trio of double-doubles and averaged 20.3 points, 12.7 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.7 blocks.
Editor’s note: In the first edition of this story, Michigan State’s Earl Morrall was not accounted for as a Super Bowl-winning quarterback. Morrall came off the bench and replaced Johnny Unitas in the Baltimore Colts’ Super Bowl V win.
Seven former Big Ten stars are world champions after the Seattle Seahawks dismantled the Denver Broncos, 43-8, in Super Bowl XLVIII on Sunday night. Ex-Wisconsin quarterback Russell Wilson accounted for 232 yards and two touchdowns and Purdue product Cliff Avril had three tackles and two passes defended. See how all the Big Ten products performed in this post.
Eleven former Big Ten players are on active rosters for Super Bowl XLVIII. Seattle boasts seven Big Ten products, including ex-Wisconsin quarterback Russell Wilson, while Denver features four, including former Minnesota receiver Eric Decker. The 11 players will battle for NFL supremacy Sunday night on FOX at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. See the full list in this post.
Who says that offensive linemen don’t ever get to have any fun? Former Ohio State and current New York Jets standout Nick Mangold got to take part in this video, released by Vogue Magazine, which features American model Kate Upton taking snaps from the All-Pro center.
If you had to associate Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson with one university, it would probably be Wisconsin, right? That seems to be the consensus, despite the fact that Wilson spent four years at North Carolina State, before transferring to Wisconsin in 2011 for his final year of eligibility.
Tuesday was Super Bowl XLVIII Media Day, and several of the 11 former Big Ten players who will play in the game Sunday night sat down to meet the media. See a photo gallery of the players addressing the media Tuesday, plus view the full list of Big Ten products on the active roster, in this post.
Hours after the tragic events Tuesday at Purdue, former Boilermaker Robbie Hummel posted a picture to his Instagram account of the Purdue campus, accompanied by a very powerful message. See the picture and Hummel’s words in this post.
Eleven Big Ten products will play in Super Bowl XLVIII next month following Denver and Seattle’s NFL championship weekend victories Sunday over New England and San Francisco, respectively. See stats and find out which players are headed to New Jersey for the Super Bowl on Sunday, Feb. 2 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.
It’s NFL conference championship weekend, and 24 Big Ten products are vying for a spot in Super Bowl XLVIII. New England (8) and Seattle (7) boast the most former Big Ten players of the four semifinalists.
Indiana product and NBA rookie Victor Oladipo continues to make quite the statement in his first pro season. A couple nights after going for a career-high 35 points, Oladipo threw down one of the more powerful and athletic slams you’ll see all season Friday night. If you missed it, don’t worry, it’s in this post.
No one is going to argue the fact that NBA fans have had a small sampling size of Greg Oden. However, Ohio State fans have plenty of great memories of the 7-footer who led the Buckeyes to the 2007 National Championship Game on his way to being named a first-team All-American.
Sixteen years later, the BCS is dead. Florida State won the final BCS title earlier this month, but next season it will be all about the new four-team College Football Playoff. To recognize the end of an era, ESPN.com recently posted its All-BCS-era team. Four Big Ten players made the cut.
Former Ohio State star running back Chris “Beanie” Wells stopped by the BTN studio on Friday. Currently rehabbing from an Achilles injury , Wells took the time to be a guest analyst on #BTNLive. Following his guest appearance in front of the cameras, I caught up with Wells and asked him several questions, including his thoughts on the Ohio State vs. Michigan rivalry.
Coming off a 27-9 season, expectations are extremely high for the 2013-14 Michigan State men’s basketball team. Tom Izzo’s club returns four starters this year, including reigning Big Ten Freshman of the Year Gary Harris, who is picked by many to be the conference Player of the Year this season.