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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
(AP) Police say the man killed in a Purdue University shooting was a senior at the school who was a teaching assistant, and the suspect is also a student.
Just four nights ago, Indiana fans were storming the court after sending No. 3 Wisconsin to its first loss of the season. Saturday, they left Assembly Hall stunned after Indiana’s ugly 54-47 loss to Northwestern, which entered the game with only two wins all-time in Bloomington. See some of the best Twitter reaction to the upset in this post.
News of former Iowa defensive coordinator Norm Parker’s death stunned Iowa and college football fans Monday. Parker, who also served as an assistant at Michigan State (1983-1994), Illinois (1977-79) and Minnesota (1972-76), coached at Iowa from 1999 to 2011. See some of the best Twitter reaction to Parker’s passing, both from former players and Iowa personalities, in this post.
Bo Pelini has surprised us a couple of times in the last year. It all started with Nebraska’s Harlem Shake video, and then there was the cell phone prank he played on his team. Neither compares to what the coach did during Monday night’s BCS title game. It’s true, Pelini tweeted at his popular faux Twitter account (@FauxPelini), asking for his faux cat back, the one featured in the account’s avatar.
For the first time since the 1987 season, Michigan State is the Rose Bowl Game champion. The Spartans rallied and held off Pac-12 champ Stanford, 24-20, Wednesday night in “The Grandaddy of Them All.” See the Twitter reaction to the Spartans’ win in this post.
In a matter of hours, Michigan State will kick off its first Rose Bowl since the 1987 season. Naturally, the Spartans and their fans are just a bit excited about the trip, the opportunity, the game, and pretty much everything surrounding about “The Grandaddy of Them All.”
The Big Ten went 5-1 on Saturday to close out the nonconference season with a bang. There were plenty of memorable moments early on this year, so how do we go about summing up 12 teams and 153 total nonconference games? Simple — We follow the rules of twitter.