“Working” officials is an art form. Some coaches are masters at knowing just the right buttons to push over the course of a game to the point where—Who knows?—maybe they can get a key call in their favor. I asked several media members who cover the Big Ten which coach they felt was best at “working” officials.
Bo Ryan and sideline scowls are a common occurrence. Bo Ryan and sideline dances, however, are not. The passionate Wisconsin basketball coach gave us both the common and rare occurrence all in one hilarious sequence early in the second half of Wisconsin’s 59-58 loss to Ohio State on Saturday afternoon. Watch it in this post.
What was Bo Ryan’s reaction to Northwestern draining 6-of-10 3-pointers in the second half of Wisconsin’s 65-56 loss Wednesday night at the Kohl Center? Stunned would suffice. Ryan simply couldn’t believe that the Big Ten’s worst 3-point shooting team got so hot from distance, and he was especially shocked that big man Alex Olah, who entered the night 2-of-13 from 3, hit a trey. Watch Ryan’s reaction in this post.
Let the games begin on Week Three of the Big Ten season! On the surface, it doesn’t look like a great week. The headliner? It’s tonight’s Wisconsin at Indiana game, which drips with some interesting storylines.
Wisconsin is 15-0, ranked No. 4 in the nation, and one of the nation’s biggest surprises. For all of that, Bo Ryan is the midseason national Coach of the Year, according to CollegeInsider.com. The site made the announcement Tuesday. Read the site’s release in this post.
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Next time you watch a game, keep an eye on the sidelines. Watch the coaches jaw with the referees, calling them over and talking to them about a call or non-call. In the coaching biz, it’s called “working the officials,” and the Big Ten has some coaches who are masters at it.
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Make it 11 consecutive victories for Wisconsin over Michigan at the Kohl Center. It’s safe to say, Saturday’s triumph is the best of the bunch. Not only did the contest go to overtime, thanks to Ben Brust’s ridiculous buzzer-beater in regulation, it ended in an upset of the third-ranked Wolverines. Naturally, a win of this caliber calls for a crazy celebration.
Tom Crean and Bo Ryan have long been bitter rivals. The rivalry goes back to Crean’s Marquette days, when the two coaches faced off once a season. Nowadays, they typically play twice a year. And since Crean came to Indiana, in 2008, Ryan has owned the rivalry, to the tune of a 9-0 record. The latest win came in Tuesday’s upset at Assembly Hall, and neither coach seemed overly excited about greeting the other in the postgame handshake line. Watch the ultra-quick handshake now.
Let’s get two things out of the way here first: 1.) Bo Ryan gives pretty entertaining postgame interviews, ones often peppered with a joke or two; and 2.) BTN analyst Tim Doyle’s Northwestern career was a lot better than most remember. OK, now that that’s out of the way, it’s time to get to Ryan’s postgame interview with Doyle following Sunday’s 47-41 victory at Nebraska.
The Big Ten has no shortage of respected and successful football and men’s basketball coaches. Both of the conference’s sports boast a who’s who of the modern day coaching world. From Tom Izzo to Joe Paterno, the names are legendary and iconic. But what about when you consider the nation’s best football and men’s basketball coaching duos? The Big Ten is deep there, too. Rivals.com considered the topic Sunday, and all four writers mentioned Big Ten duos in their answers. Read the article here.