With the Big Ten season on our doorstep, BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart asked some media members who cover the conference which team they felt was a sleeper team.
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
What Big Ten player is the most exciting? Who would you plunk down your hard-earned cash to watch? Who brings you out of your seat and makes you say “AHHHH!”? I asked some media members for their choice. Jess Settles, Big Ten Network: Denzel Valentine. Magic Johnson passes, hits H-O-R-S-E shots in big games, always a triple-double threat. Fearless. Marcus Fuller, St. Paul Pioneer Press: Most exciting to me is A.J. Hammons. In today’s world, the 7-footers are mainly shot blockers and rebounders. Or you’ll see them trying to be guards and hanging out on the perimeter. But Hammons is
Assembly Hall. Xfinity Center. Breslin Center. What is the most intimidating arena in the Big Ten? I asked some media members who cover the league, and here’s what I got. Bill Landis, @BillLandis25, Cleveland.com: Maryland. When that place gets going, that wall of students behind the basket has to be very intimidating for opposing teams. Maybe the loudest building I’ve ever been in. Tom Kakert, @HawkeyeReport, HawkeyeReport.com: It’s really close. Based on what I have seen and what players have indicated, I’d have to say Maryland. Very active and involved student section is always the key and they have that
If you had to pick one Big Ten player to take a last-second shot to win a game, who would it be? I posed the question to those who cover the league. Jess Settles, BTN: Denzel Valentine. He already has hit many late-game shots in his stellar career. He’s not afraid of the moment and he has the skill set to make a game winner in a variety of ways. GopherHole.com: Melo Trimble for sure. He’s confident, he’s got great range and can get a shot off with very little separation. Cold blooded. Kevin Noon, BuckeyeGrove.com: I know a lot
Iowa? Ohio State? Michigan? Some other team perhaps? BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart asked a handful of football writers to make their incredibly early predictions on a 2016 Big Ten football champion. Here's what they said.
The Big Ten hoops season is starting to gain steam. Which team has been most impressive? In my weekly Big Ten survey, I posed the question to some esteemed members of the media who cover the league. Thoughts? Leave them in the comments section below. Kevin Noon, BuckeyeGrove.com (@Kevin_Noon): I think it is Maryland. Michigan State has shown that it relies too heavily upon Denzel Valentine and I think Maryland is more diverse with its weapons and set up for a solid run this year. Steve Greenberg, Chicago Sun-Times/Bleacherreport.com (@SLGreenberg): Michigan State — the Denzel Valentine version — impressed me
We are one month into the college basketball season, and conference play is just around the corner. Michigan State, Purdue and Maryland look to be a cut-above the rest of the Big Ten pack. But which Big Ten hoops team has been the most pleasant surprise so far? I asked some writers who cover the league for their opinion. Jon McNamara, BadgerBlitz.com: I’d have to say Northwestern. 9-1 with the only loss to North Carolina. There’s a chance the Wildcats break their NCAA tournament streak this year. Doug Bucshon, OrangeandBlueNews.com: Northwestern. Coming off of a 10th place finish in the B1G a
We have seen some monster dunks this season in the Big Ten. That prompted Tom Dienhart to ask Big Ten beat writers for their top dunker.
The Big Ten has some intimidating venues. Loud crowds, suffocating environments, blaring pep bands. Just watch the video clip from one of the Big Ten's newest member schools in this post. So, which school has the best home-court advantage in the Big Ten?