If Luke Fischer reminded Indiana basketball fans of Cody Zeller in Sunday’s 90-66 win over Kennesaw State, they weren’t alone. BTN color analyst Jim Jackson noticed it, too, and how could he not with the way the freshman big man ran the floor? Watch Fischer’s Zeller-like sequence in this post.
What do Hollywood movie stars Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis do when they aren’t filming movies? How about taking in an Iowa vs. Penn State wrestling match?
For the first time since 2008, Illinois has Braggin’ Rights. The Illini held off rival Missouri, 65-64, in a thrilling back-and-forth affair Saturday at Scottrade Center. The win snapped the Illini’s four-game losing streak in the series and also marked the Tigers first loss of the season. See reaction to the victory in this post.
It is no secret to Michigan State fans that the Spartan football program has built quite a relationship with Atlanta rapper, Rich Homie Quan. The Spartans have made an ongoing tradition of gathering in the lockeroom and dancing to Rich Homie Quan’s hit song, “Type of Way” following victories.
Look what we came across today while searching for the top Big Ten social media trends across the web. Notice anything odd about this mini helmet collection?
Michigan Stadium will host the 2014 NHL Winter Classic on New Year’s Day, and “The Big House” is starting to look like it’s ready to host a hockey game. Check out a photo gallery, courtesy of USA TODAY Sports, from media access day Thursday in this post.
Who doesn’t like a good highlight-reel one-handed grab? Typically, the play is reserved for wide receivers, and plenty of Big Ten wideouts obliged this season. But a couple defensive backs, the guys who play defense because they don’t have the best hands, turned in two of the better one-handed grabs of the 2013 season.
Tom Izzo liked how buddy Tom Crean and Indiana honored longtime official Ed Hightower last month so much that he decided to do the same Tuesday. With 2:01 left in an easy win over North Florida, Izzo grabbed the mic and thanked Hightower – who will retire at the end of the month and was officiating his final game at the Breslin Center – for his 32 years as an official.
Michigan State honored the football team’s seniors during a first-half timeout of Tuesday night’s game vs. North Florida. The seniors, the leaders of the 2013 Big Ten championship team and the first Spartans team to make the Rose Bowl since 1987, were recognized at midcourt. The Stagg Trophy was there, too. To no surprise, the Breslin Center faithful showered the seniors with applause.
Michigan State junior Branden Dawson is a high-flyer. We’ve known it for a few seasons, but a knee injury late in his freshman campaign has limited his opportunities to show off his athleticism. In Tuesday night’s win over North Florida, Dawson was at his best. And it all started right out of the gate, too. Like, on the opening tip. Watch Dawson’s two ridiculous dunks in this post.
Sam Thompson did it again. Twice! The Buckeyes’ talented junior forward has put together quite the impressive highlight reel on eye-popping alley-oops this season. Yet somehow, opponents have yet to figure it out. Check out Thompson’s two inbound alley-oops in Saturday night’s 79-62 win over North Dakota State in this post.
If you’re someone who seeks out the funniest athletes to follow on social media, look no further than Michigan State’s Mike Sadler. The Spartans’ junior punter takes the term of being an All-Star on and off the field to a whole new level, especially when it comes to his clever and humorous tweets.
Patrick Chambers has wanted to bring basketball back to Rec Hall, and it’s happening Saturday. The Nittany Lions, for the first time since January 1996, are playing a game in the historic venue. Watch the game vs. Princeton live on BTN/BTN2Go. Check out our quick preview clip that aired prior to tip today in this post.
How excited are Michigan State fans for the 100th annual Rose Bowl? If this video is any indication, the answer is VERY excited.
Wisconsin guard Traevon Jackson threw down a dunk that will be the talk of the town in Madison, Wis., this week. The Badgers’ junior point guard drove to the hoop and exploded for a thunderous left-handed dunk, posterizing the Milwaukee defender.
To celebrate 2013, YouTube released a “YouTube Rewind” video today, highlighting the most popular moments of the year. The video is filled with references to the top videos and memes of the year, but there is a special cameo that should catch the eye of all college football fans.
What does a Hall of Fame coach do when his team has a week off from game action? How about going to see your son’s team play?
It was a special day Sunday for Michigan State wrestler Mike McClure. Not only did the heavyweight record a major decision over Wisconsin’s Connor Medbery, he did it in front of all of his siblings. That’s four brothers and one sister. And mom was there, too, wearing a “Fear the Mullet” t-shirt. Watch the moment in this video.
Michigan State is headed to the Rose Bowl for the first time since the 1988 game. And following Saturday’s 34-24 victory over perfect No. 2 Ohio State in the Big Ten title game, the Spartans celebrated like a team that snapped a long drought. Watch a few behind-the-scenes videos of Michigan State celebrating its big win in this post.
The 2013 Big Ten Football Championship Game was Saturday night, so Big Ten fans may have missed parts of a busy day on the men’s hardwood. Catch up on all the day’s action here. There was no shortage of highlight-reel dunks from the nine-game slate, and we’ve clipped our favorite ones in this post.
Say, does Rodney Williams still suit up for Minnesota? Nope. Austin Hollins was the high-flyer who soared for the Williams-esque one-handed alley-oop vs. New Orleans on Saturday. Boy, can he fly. Hollins has shown his ups all year, but he hasn’t had a better finish than this jam. Watch it in this post.
Here’s a random, but accurate, statement: Sam Thompson is the Big Ten’s elite weapon on inbound passes under his own basket. The Ohio State junior boasts a thick scrapbook of flying in for jaw-dropping alley-oops on said plays. Somehow, opponents haven’t accounted for it. Watch Thompson’s latest inbound alley-oop in this post.
If opponents aren’t careful, Wisconsin’s Sam Dekker has shown he’s more than willing to put them on a poster. The sophomore sensation showcased his leaping ability and power on an impressive two-handed slam in the first half of Saturday’s 70-64 win over Marquette at the Kohl Center. Watch Dekker delight the Badger faithful in this post.
Some bets are meant to be fun, unless of course you come out on the wrong side of the bet. Former MSU basketball standout Draymond Green, who is currently a member of the Golden State Warriors, placed a bet with teammate Harrison Barnes on last night’s Michigan State vs. North Carolina game. Of course, Barnes stared at UNC and is now a teammate of Green in Golden State.
Sam Thompson wasn’t shy about showing off his leaping ability Wednesday night in Ohio State’s Big Ten/ACC Challenge game vs. Maryland. The junior forward, in true Sam Thompson form, soared for four impressive alley-oops. Yes, in one game. Watch all four of Thompson’s highlight-reel dunks in this post.