Entering the final day of the 2014 Big Ten Wrestling Championships, only 11 wrestlers had won four Big Ten championships in the event’s first 99 years. Add two more to the list. Penn State seniors David Taylor (165-pound) and Ed Ruth (184-pound) joined the rare group with impressive title victories Sunday in Madison, Wis. Watch Taylor and Ruth wrap up Big Ten titles No. 4 in this post.
It’s safe to say Jon Ekey won’t hit a bigger shot in his Illinois career. The Illini senior, who played three seasons at Illinois State, drained a memorable last-second 3-pointer to lift Illinois to a 66-63 season-ending road win Saturday night at No. 24 Iowa. With the dramatic victory, the Illini enters next week’s Big Ten tourney having won four of their last five games. Watch Ekey’s game-winning shot in this post.
Michigan officially celebrated its Big Ten title after Saturday’s 84-80 Senior Night victory over Indiana. The Wolverines clinched the outright title, their first since 1986, in Tuesday’s rout at Illinois. On Saturday night, a special guest joined the festivities at Crisler Center. That would be Charles Woodson, the 1997 Heisman Trophy winner, who just so happened to photobomb the team picture.
What a season for the Michigan Wolverines. The regular season officially came to a close in Saturday night’s 84-80 victory over Indiana, and now it’s onto the postseason for the Big Ten champs. But before the Wolverines even thought about the Big Ten tournament, they had to cut down the nets and make the celebration official. Check out photos of Michigan’s celebration in this post.
It’s a story that can make just about anyone tear up. Several years ago, there were worries about whether 8-year-old Lacey Holsworth would ever walk again. Tonight, she did just that, with her hero, Adreian Payne, right by her side.
Tempers flared in East Lansing on Thursday night, and it came to a head late in the second half of Michigan State’s 86-76 win over Iowa. Iowa’s Zach McCabe and Michigan State’s Travis Trice got tangled up on an inbound play, and it appeared that McCabe brought Trice to the ground.
The star player of Indiana’s senior class usually has so many people to thank and so many great memories to share during the team’s annual Senior Night ceremony. On Wednesday night, Sheehey, the star of Indiana’s 2014 senior class, spoke for 56 seconds. One longtime Indiana scribe thinks it might have been the shortest such speech. Either way, Sheehey made the most of the 56 seconds and left with a bang.
Surely, you saw the Ellen DeGeneres Oscars selfie that featured a host of Hollywood celebrities. It has more than 3.2 million retweets. Well, to honor the team’s first outright Big Ten crown since 1986, the Michigan basketball team “recreated” the shot with mugshots of their players.
Step outside, and the last thing it feels like is baseball season. Still, the games are scheduled and must go on. That being the case, players and fans might as well find ways to make the most of the unfavorable conditions. That’s exactly what Xavier did prior to Wednesday afternoon’s game at Indiana. While the grounds crew cleared snow off the field, the Musketeers made a Snowman Batter in the bullpen.
Michigan is a fun team to watch. Nik Stauskas, of course, paces the high-scoring attack that helped the Wolverines claim their first outright Big Ten title since 1986. It’s fun to watch the Michigan bench, too, because the reserves are having as much fun as the key contributors. Especially freshman walk-on Andrew Dakich.
Michigan won its first outright Big Ten championship since 1986 on Tuesday night. Based on the subdued celebration in the locker room, the Wolverines are expecting to do a lot more damage the rest of the season. Check out a few photos of the Wolverines and the Big Ten championship trophy in this post.
It’s become common for Big Ten fans to shower Nik Stauskas with “U-S-A!” chants. The Canada native takes it all in stride, and in Tuesday night’s 84-53 Big Ten-clinching win at Illinois, he silenced said chants with a deep buzzer-beating 3-pointer in the first half. It amazed everyone, including the fans and the broadcast crew. Watch the whole sequence in this post.
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The way Le’Veon Bell hurdled defenders during his final season at Michigan State, it should come as no surprise the Pittsburgh Steelers running back can dunk with absolute ease. Bell, the 2012 Big Ten rushing leader, recently posted a video of himself putting on a personal dunk contest to his Instagram account. It was an impressive showcase. Watch his dunks and hurdling runs in this post.
When KK Houser tore her ACL on Feb. 2 at Michigan State, it was assumed the Purdue senior would never touch the floor again in a college game. In a chilling moment Sunday, also Purdue’s Senior Day, the Boilermakers started Houser. She played the first 2:34, and then went back on the court in the closing moments to get her final curtain call.
Three days ago, Glenn Robinson III made the overtime buzzer-beater to drop Purdue and keep Michigan in sole possession of first place. On Saturday, the sophomore forward helped lead the Wolverines past Minnesota and to a share of the Big Ten crown. Robinson also combined with star Nik Stauskas on a highlight-reel alley-oop in the first half that you’ll want to see. Watch the highlight in the post.
Former Wisconsin star and current Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt is without question one of the most intimidating Big Ten players in recent memory. But this post-workout video, posted by Watt on his Instagram account, takes the whole “intimidation factor” to another new level.
Thursday night’s No. 20 Iowa at Indiana game was originally scheduled to be played last Tuesday, but the game was rescheduled due to a piece of metal that fell from the ceiling of Assembly Hall. The falling metal damaged several seats in the northwest corner of the arena. In the first men’s game since the roof issue, several Indiana fans showed up to the exciting 93-86 upset win wearing Hoosier-themed hard hats.
Sam Thompson has wowed Big Ten hoops fans over the years with his outstanding array of highlight-reel dunks. But Thompson added a new highlight play to his resume on Thursday night.
Needing a bucket in the final seconds to avoid an overtime loss at Purdue, whose number did John Beilein call? Nik Stauskas? Nope. Out of a timeout, and with 2.9 seconds left, the Wolverines sent the inbound pass to Glenn Robinson III. It was a dangerous pass, but Robinson III hauled it in, drove to the bucket, and put up a shot that danced on the rim before going down.
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.