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.
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.