BTN/BTN2Go released its 2014 prime-time football schedule Tuesday, and each of the Big Ten’s newest members are pumped to play under the lights. Maryland will host reigning Big Ten and Rose Bowl champ Michigan State on Nov. 15, while Rutgers will entertain Penn State on Sept. 13, its inaugural Big Ten game, and Michigan on Oct. 4. See the graphics and hashtags the schools tweeted out to announce the news in this post.
Eight Big Ten football teams are holding their spring football game today, and BTN2Go is airing each and every one. Here’s the complete schedule, all times ET: Purdue (1), Ohio State (1:30), Penn State (1:30), Nebraska (3), Illinois (3), Indiana (3), Minnesota (3:30) & Wisconsin (4). Check out some of the best photos from the day’s action in this post.
The Michigan State family and the Big Ten basketball community are mourning the loss of Adreian Payne superfan Lacey Holsworth. Holsworth, the adorable 8-year-old who suffered from neuroblastoma, died late Tuesday night. Read more here. The news hit the basketball world hard, and many people went to social media to offer their condolences. See the messages in this post.
Evidently, a lot of people did not get the memo that the Final Four was trying an experiment that included three telecasts of each Final Four game. There was the national crew on TBS and “Teamcasts” on TNT and truTV that were geared toward the teams’ fanbases. The confusion led to some really entertaining tweets; it even had Charles Barkley saying, “Some of you people are idiots,” at halftime. Watch Barkley.
There are few classier acts than Michigan big man Jordan Morgan, who saw his career end with the heart-breaking loss to Kentucky in the Elite Eight in Indianapolis on Sunday. Morgan was a glue-guy whose production in the pivot was a boon for a team that had to play almost the entire season without Mitch McGary. Morgan took to Twitter (@JustJMo) after the loss yesterday to give thanks.
It’s no secret Michigan and Michigan State are fierce rivals. Sometimes, however, conference pride and a chance to make rare history can supersede a rivalry. Consider this: If Michigan and Michigan State both win today, the Big Ten will be the first conference to put three teams in the Final Four since the Big East did it in 1985.
The college basketball season is coming to a close and the NBA draft is fast approaching. As is this case every year around this time, Big Ten players are busy announcing their future plans, whether it be a jump to the pros or a transfer. Get caught up on all the decisions in this post.
Indiana wide receiver Isaac Griffith was discharged from Sarasota Memorial Hospital on Sunday. Griffith had been in critical condition and in a medically induced coma following a near-drowning accident earlier this month. Check out tweets from Shannon Griffith, Isaac’s father, that chronicle the family’s big day in this post.
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Ohio State sophomore Amedeo Della Valle announced Saturday that he is leaving the Buckeyes to pursue a professional career in Europe. Della Valle averaged four points and 1.8 rebounds in 33 games this season. He did score double figures in six games, including 12 in Ohio State’s comeback win over Nebraska in the Big Ten tourney. Read Della Valle’s message about the decision in this post.
Fran McCaffery’s son, Patrick, 13, underwent surgery to remove a thyroid tumor Wednesday morning, and the coach said the surgery “went as planned.” After the surgery, McCaffery headed to Dayton, Ohio, for Iowa’s first NCAA tourney game since 2006. The Twitter world showed incredible support for Patrick, to the point that #teampat was trending nationally, and here is a (large) sampling of some of our favorite tweets.
For the first time since 1998, Nebraska is back in the NCAA tourney. The Huskers, who finished fourth in the Big Ten with an 11-7 record, earned the No. 11 seed in the West Region and will play No. 6 Baylor. Check out some of the team’s reaction to the big news from its watching party at Pinnacle Bank Arena in this post.
Six Big Ten teams earned NCAA tournament berths Sunday night, including Nebraska, which is back in the field for the first time since 1998. The other Big Ten teams include Iowa, Big Ten regular-season champ Michigan, Big Ten tourney champ Michigan State, Ohio State and Wisconsin. See each team’s draw in this post.
Iowa’s struggles continued vs. Northwestern on Thursday night in the opening round of the Big Ten tourney, as the Hawkeyes lost for the sixth time in their last seven games. What’s wrong with Iowa? What do they need to fix or change before the NCAA tourney? I asked Iowa fans on Twitter for their answers, and they were quite entertaining.
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.
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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.
It’s Valentine’s Day, which means Big Ten basketball teams are sending out Valentine’s cards on Twitter. See some of our favorite Big Ten Valentine’s cards in this post, including a couple creative Wisconsin ones.
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Lisa Bluder became Iowa’s all-time wins leader in the Hawkeyes’ 90-84 victory over Northwestern on Monday night.
Penn State offensive line coach Herb Hand is set to enter his first season on the Nittany Lions’ coaching staff. However, the veteran coach is already making a name for himself among the Penn State fan base, via twitter.
Signing Day sure has changed in the last couple of years, hasn’t it. Yes, the National Letters of Intent are still sent via fax, but teams are going all out on social media to welcome their newest football additions. Some teams even have a draft board. See how Big Ten teams made their signings official on Twitter in this post.
As we all know, Super Bowl XLVIII is tonight. Before Seattle and Denver kick things off from MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., we thought we’d take a look at who current Big Ten players are picking tonight. See their Super Bowl picks in this post.
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It is no secret that Tom Izzo’s Michigan State team has battled through plenty of injuries this season. MSU senior point guard Keith Appling is one of those players, who is playing through a wrist injury, which he suffered in early December and re-aggravated against Indiana on Jan.21.
Former Northwestern quarterback Kain Colter took to Twitter on Wednesday morning to further explain why he’s spearheading the effort to unionize college football and is willing to be the face of the College Athletes Players Association. Colter thinks a players union is necessary in the today’s game, to address players’ health and safety, and he’s doing all of this work to help future players. See his tweets, the first ones since the news broke, in this post.
In case you haven’t noticed by your Big Ten coach’s attire, it’s Coaches vs. Cancer Suits and Sneakers™ Awareness Weekend. All weekend long, coaches from all over the country are wearing sneakers with their suits to raise awareness for the fight against cancer. See pictures of Big Ten coaches rocking the look in this post.
Earlier this month during the BCS title game, Bo Pelini “won” Twitter by tweeting at his parody account, @FauxPelini, to ask for his cat back. Read more here. Three weeks later, the cat featured in the fake account’s photo is back in the news.
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