The Ellen Show was on the Illinois campus for a segment Monday, and Illini defensive lineman Austin Teitsma made a cameo in the episode, which aired Wednesday afternoon. Ellen had asked Illinois students to dress up as their favorite movie character. Teitsma chose Will Ferrell’s Buddy The Elf, while a couple of the others selected “Wilson,” the volleyball from Cast Away, and The Joker, who won the contest. Watch the whole segment in this post.
February is coming to a close, and BTN analyst Jim Jackson decided to compile his top dunks of the month. Who had the best flush? According to Jim Jackson, it was an Indiana player who posterized an opponent. See all of his top February dunks in this post.
As you can see from the photo above, Tom Izzo is no stranger to climbing a ladder and cutting down the net. That being the case, Werner Ladder decided to use the legendary Michigan State coach as a spokesman for its new ladder. “There’s so much room up here,” Izzo said about the top of the ladder, “I feel like dancing.”
There might not be a more entertaining half in the Big Ten this season than the one Iowa and Minnesota put on in the first 20 minutes Tuesday. The halftime score: 51-47, Minnesota. The team’s field goal percentages: Iowa (50 percent); Minnesota (67 percent, including 75 percent from distance). The stars: Devyn Marble (19 points on 7-11 FGs); Austin Hollins (18 points on 8-8 FGs). Watch the guards match each other shot for shot.
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.
New Wisconsin running backs coach Thomas Brown is excited about his new role, and for good reason. Brown, previously at Marshall, gets to coach star Melvin Gordon, in addition to Corey Clement, who produced as a freshman. Brown is so impressed by Wisconsin’s backs and its history of standout backs, from Alan Ameche to Ron Dayne to Montee Ball, that he called the Badgers “Tailback U” in a team’s YouTube video.
Michigan fans loved what they saw in Sunday’s rivalry win over Michigan State. The same goes for the players, especially walk-on Andrew Dakich. After Caris LeVert hit a 3-pointer with 8:01 left in the second half, CBS cameras caught Dakich celebrating and doing an interesting dance. It was classic. See the video in this post.
Talk about the perfect sign for the perfect day. A young Nebraska fan brought a sign to Sunday night’s game vs. Purdue that read: “NCAA: Better Take Nebraska.” The Huskers, fully on the NCAA bubble after winning six of their last seven, promptly went on to flatten Purdue to move to 8-6 in the Big Ten.
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Let’s face the facts: Nebraska is a good and exciting team. Not many people predicted such a thing this season – maybe next – but the Huskers have won seven of eight to move to 8-6 in the Big Ten and put themselves on the NCAA bubble. Now, for the “exciting” play. Check out the pair of alley-oops Nebraska had in the second half Sunday night vs. Purdue.
The Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, which served as the home of the Minnesota Gophers football program from 1982-2008, is on its way out after 84 charges of dynamite were used to destroy the upper ring of the stadium on Sunday morning.
Michigan gave its Big Ten title hopes a big boost in Sunday’s 79-70 victory over rival Michigan State. The win put the Wolverines in sole possession of first place, with four games to play, and clinched the series sweep over their rivals. A few Michigan fans are so confident in their team that they brought a 2014 Big Ten champions banner to the game. Maybe in another week or so, guys! See the photo in this post.
No. 20 Michigan and No. 13 Michigan State both shot lights out in the Wolverines’ big rivalry win Sunday afternoon, so it was kind of fitting that the lights went out on Tom Izzo during his postgame press conference. Izzo was wrapping up his media session and talking about Michigan State’s injuries when the lights suddenly went off. Watch it 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.
THON, the largest student-run philanthropy in the world and Penn State’s annual dance marathon that benefits the Four Diamonds Fund at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital, came to a close Sunday afternoon. This year, the three-day event yielded a record $13,343,517.33, and that figure was trending worldwide on Twitter. Check out videos and pictures from the event.
If you’re a sucker for those Make A Wish features – who isn’t, really? – you’ll love this piece on how the Ohio State basketball team helped make a young leukemia survivor’s dream come true. Prior to Ohio State’s game vs. Minnesota on Saturday, the Buckeyes hosted A.J., a young Aaron Craft fan from Orlando. A.J. spent shootaround with his hero and the Buckeyes.
Is there a more exciting team to watch in the Big Ten than the Indiana Hoosiers? While inconsistent, they like to play above the rim and are no strangers to highlight plays. Fans were treated to a flurry of dunks in the first half Saturday night, three of which came from high-flying freshman forward Troy Williams.
It was all Sam Thompson and No. 24 Ohio State in the second half of Saturday night’s win over Minnesota. Down 10 at halftime, the Buckeyes erupted for 46 points in the second half to run away with a 64-46 home win. How good was Thompson? He scored 16 of his 19 points, including six that came on highlight-reel dunks. Watch all three flushes in this post.
Just about a year ago, Brady Hoke made headlines by saying Notre Dame was “chickening out of” its football rivalry with Michigan. Hoke made the comment last offseason while speaking to a group of Michigan alumni in Grand Rapids, Mich. Why are we bringing it up again, you ask?
During the National Anthem prior to No. 15 Iowa’s game vs. No. 16 Wisconsin on Saturday, the fans at Carver-Hawkeye Arena performed their inaugural card stunt. It all started with the fans forming an American flag and ended with them revealing “Hawks” on one side of the gym and “Rising” on the other. Hawks Rising is the team’s slogan this season. Watch the video in this post.
On Thursday night Michigan State found their shooting touch against Purdue as the Spartans jumped out to 49-38 first-half lead by hitting 13 of their 19 three-point attempts. But they didn’t stop there. The Spartans finished with 17 to set a new Michigan State record for three-pointers in one game.
Ever see 10 consecutive free throws in a game? You have if you saw Ohio State’s 76-60 victory over Northwestern on Wednesday night. A scuffle with 5:24 left in the second half led to the ejections of Northwestern’s Nikola Cerina and Ohio State’s LaQuinton Ross, and after an extended delay to sort out all of the penalties, the Buckeyes shot four free throws and the Wildcats six. Watch it in the video above.
Any time Minnesota plays, there’s a pretty good chance Austin Hollins will throw down an impressive dunk. Hollins added to his long highlight reel in the first half of Wednesday night’s game vs. Illinois. Watch Hollins soar for his latest trademark right-handed powerful flush in this post.
Don’t think that actor Bill Murray has forgotten about Illinois’ 2005 national championship loss to North Carolina, because he hasn’t. Murray followed the 2005 Illini from the Chicago Regional to the national title game. He even gave the team a pep talk before a game.
The Iowa basketball team sent out a release Wednesday morning asking fans who are attending Saturday’s game vs. Wisconsin to wear gold and be in their seats by 10:45 a.m. CT, 15 minutes before tip. The reason: Iowa will instruct fans on how to do Carver-Hawkeye Arena’s inaugural card stunt.
Turns out, the Minnesota fans in the YouTube video below are siblings. So, when the Kiss Cam feature came on at a recent Minnesota hockey game, the brother was ready with a homemade sign in the event he and his sister were put on the big board. They were, and the brother revealed the sign.