Let’s just say Fran McCaffery was really excited about Sunday’s upset at No. 3 Ohio State. And who can blame him? This was McCaffery’s first game back from the one-game suspension he received for his actions in last week’s loss at Wisconsin. It also marked Iowa’s first win over a top 5 team since 2001. So, how excited was he? Well, the Iowa coach had chest-bumps for his players after the final buzzer. Watch it in this post.
Another Ohio State game, another opportunity for Aaron Craft to amaze fans with his all-out hustle. While the latest example came in Sunday’s home loss vs. No. 20 Iowa, Craft’s effort to save a ball under his own basket can’t be ignored. Not only did he save the ball, he went airborne – as he often does – and took out a cheerleader who was seated right under the basket. Watch the hustle play in this post.
New Penn State football coach James Franklin has landed and is ready for his introductory press conference, which will air live at 4:15 p.m. ET on BTN2Go. After touching down at the University Park Airport, Franklin met media and fans who were awaiting his arrival. He even stopped to introduce himself to a couple young fans. Watch the video in this post.
Michigan’s Derrick Walton Jr. hit the kind of shot on Thursday night that kids dream about when shooting hoops in their driveway growing up. The Wolverines’ freshman point guard took one dribble and heaved a half-court shot at the halftime buzzer, which swished through the basket and put the Wolverines up 33-30 over Nebraska heading into the half.
We have all heard of both college and professional sports teams doing promotional “Bobblehead Nights.” But a “Gnome Night” is a new marketing technique that could catch fire soon.
Celebratory dances appear to be the new trend taking over college football headlines as of late. We have seen Michigan State’s locker room celebration, dancing to Rich Homie Quan’s hit song, “Type of Way,” following victories.
What does the No. 9-ranked golfer in the world do for entertainment on a cold January night? How about taking in a top-25 Big Ten hoops matchup. Professional golfer Steve Stricker was at the Kohl Center on Wednesday night to watch No. 4-ranked Wisconsin take on No. 23 Illinois in Madison, Wis.
Aaron Craft is as polarizing as any current college basketball player. It’s a known fact. But, if you watch him on a nightly basis, it’s really hard to understand how fans can dislike the four-year Ohio State point guard. His effort in Tuesday night’s overtime loss at No. 5 Michigan State is the perfect example. Craft made a trio of plays that, if nothing else, should make every basketball fan respect him.
Michigan State’s Adreian Payne didn’t start and it wasn’t a guarantee he would play Tuesday night vs. No. 3 Ohio State due to a sprained right foot. This just in: Payne looked good! The star senior soared for back-to-back putbacks in the second half of the fifth-ranked Spartans’ 72-68 overtime win over previously undefeated Ohio State. Watch the sequence in this post.
If you have no rooting interest in tonight’s BCS title game, cheer on Auburn fullback Jay Prosch. Prosch, who spent his first two seasons at Illinois, transferred to Auburn following the 2011 season to be closer to his mother, Iris, who was diagnosed with brain cancer. Iris passed away from the brain cancer last season. Watch our 2011 feature on Prosch and his mother here.
Iowa basketball coach Fran McCaffery was not happy with the officials Sunday night, and he let the crew knew about it during a timeout in the second half of Sunday’s loss at Wisconsin. It appeared that McCaffery was upset about a foul being called on the previous play when Iowa forward Gabe Olaseni was whistled for a hand check foul on Wisconsin’s Nigel Hayes.
“Rise to the Occasion.” That slogan was featured prominently on Michigan’s Adidas warmup shirts during last year’s memorable NCAA basketball tournament run.
Austin Hollins had a pair of slams on BTN.com’s top 10 nonconference dunks. The Minnesota senior exploded for another impressive flush in Sunday’s home game vs. Purdue. This time, Hollins used a shot fake from beyond the 3-point line to get to the basket for a powerful right-handed throw-down. Watch the dunk in this post.
Northwestern freshman Aaron Liberman received his first action in a Big Ten game in Sunday’s 74-51 defeat at Michigan. By getting on the court, Liberman became the first player to wear a yarmulke in a Big Ten basketball game. In fact, according to this story, he’s only the second Division I player ever to do so.
Basil Smotherman showed off his explosive hops early in the nonconference season with a driving, posterizing left-handed dunk vs. Rider. Believe it or not, the Purdue freshman went for a very similar dunk in Sunday’s loss at Minnesota. Watch Smotherman posterize Austin Hollins here, plus see his dunk vs. Rider at the bottom of the post.
Tempers flared in the second half of the Penn State-Illinois game, and the scuffle led to an extended delay and the ejection of Penn State guard D.J. Newbill. The mix-up occurred when Kendrick Nunn collided with Newbill on his way up the court after driving for an Illini bucket. Newbill didn’t take kindly to the collision and swung his left hand into the back of Nunn’s head. The two players had to be separated. Watch the scuffle in this post.
Big Ten officials were targets of flying bodies Saturday. First, an official leaped over a falling Tim Frazier in the Penn State-Illinois game, and then another had his legs taken out under him when Will Sheehey tried to make a hustle play on a ball going out of bounds in the Michigan State-Indiana game. Luckily, for John Higgins, he nailed the landing and avoided any injury.
Illinois senior Joseph Bertrand has plenty of highlight-reel plays to his name. But none may be better than his reverse alley-oop in Tuesday’s Big Ten opener vs. Indiana. Now, Bertrand has slammed down a previous reverse alley-oop (watch it in this post), but this one was even better. Like, a lot better. See for yourself in this post.
So Wisconsin’s Nicole Bauman had a pretty big shot in the Badgers’ game against Green Bay on Monday. With her team trailing 55-52, the sophomore guard tied up the game with a long jumper with just 0.2 seconds left in the second half. The shot forced the game into overtime.
With the conference hoops season set to tip, it’s time to consider BTN.com’s top 10 dunks from the nonconference season. See our complete list in this post. Did we miss one? Feel free to leave your favorite dunk in the comment box at the bottom of the post.
Sam Dekker is no stranger to making highlight-reel plays, and he added another jaw-dropper in Wisconsin’s 80-43 win over Prairie View A&M on Saturday afternoon. This time, Dekker soared for a crowd-pleasing one-handed transition alley-oop. Plain and simple, Dekker got up. And his Wisconsin teammates loved the play. Watch the alley-oop and reaction to it in this post.
How much Outback Steakhouse food can two football teams eat in one sitting? If you guessed 5,000 pounds, you’d be right. That’s the estimated weight in sirloin steak, chicken, ribs and a host of sides and desserts that Iowa and LSU football players took down Thursday at the annual Outback Bowl Welcome Dinner. Yikes, right?
Still not in the holiday mood? Maybe this video from Wisconsin athletics can do the trick. It’s a fun video, set to “Jingle Bell,” and it includes members from every Wisconsin sport decked out in holiday gear, singing and dancing. Coaches like Gary Andersen even make a cameo, same goes for AD Barry Alvarez. Watch the video in this post.
Penn State won its record-tying sixth NCAA volleyball crown Saturday night in Seattle. This time, the Nittany Lions, who have won five of the last seven national titles, dropped rival Wisconsin, 3-1, in what was the first all-Big Ten final. Watch our interviews and get all the best reaction to Penn State’s historic win in this post.