Happy Valentine’s Day, Big Ten fans! To celebrate the holiday, we’ve compiled some of the best Big Ten names that make us think of Valentine’s Day. See the full gallery in this post. Did we forget a name? Leave it as a comment at the bottom of the post.
It was just this past week that NBA superstar LeBron James put on his semi-annual dunk contest, which was caught on film by fellow members of the Miami Heat. One of James’ signature dunks consisted of him throwing the ball off the wall, catching it and throwing down a huge reverse slam.
Penn State guard Tim Frazier had his “senior moment” on Wednesday night, and it will be talked about for some time in State College. Frazier took an inbounds pass, went to his left, and hit a driving layup with 6.1 seconds left to give the Nittany Lions a memorable 66-65 comeback victory over Indiana.
When thinking about the top dunkers in the Big Ten this season, Indiana’s Will Sheehey isn’t a name that many have put on top of that list. After the dunk Sheehey had over Penn State’s Jordan Dickerson in the first half of Wednesday’s game vs. Penn State, it may be time to reconsider.
There are replicas of Michigan Stadium, and then there is the incredible replica that was shared on Twitter today. You have to see this thing to believe it. It even has lights! Like, real lights.
The 2014 NBA dunk contest is Saturday night. To help get you ready for all of the highlight slams, we decided to spotlight some of our favorite 2013-14 Big Ten dunks. Did we miss one? Let us know in the comment box at the bottom of the post.
According to a recent NCAA study, Michigan led the nation in average football attendance (111,592) for the 16th consecutive season. Ohio State averaged 104,933 and joined Michigan and Alabama as the only three teams to surpass 100,00 fans per 2013 home date.
For Ohio State, when it plays rival Michigan, the letter “M” doesn’t exist. So, it should come as no surprise that in the program for Tuesday night’s Michigan at Ohio State game the letter “M” was ignored. Not only that, it referred to Michigan as “The School Up North.” Check out a photo of it in this post.
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Anybody who knows J.J. Watt is well aware that the ex-Wisconsin star defensive end is an incredible athlete. He can even skate and play some hockey, as he showed in a recent YouTube video. Check out Watt’s hockey skills in this post.
Lisa Bluder became Iowa’s all-time wins leader in the Hawkeyes’ 90-84 victory over Northwestern on Monday night.
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Illinois entered Sunday’s game at Penn State riding an eight-game losing streak. The Illini’s struggles nor the long trek to State College, Pa., could keep 120 members of the Orange Krush from making the trip – and, most importantly, continuing its annual prank at a visiting arena. As it it has in previous years, the Orange Krush arrived to the game in the home team’s colors (blue and white), only to later reveal their true colors.
If we’ve learned one thing from Traevon Jackson during his Wisconsin career, it’s that he isn’t afraid to take – and make – the big shot. The junior, who has a handful of late game-tying or game-winning shots to his name, added another game-winner in Sunday’s 60-58 victory over No. 8 Michigan State. This time, following an Adreian Payne game-tying triple, Jackson answered with a jumper to avoid overtime and a possible fourth straight home loss.
Rick Pitino was back at “The Barn” on Saturday, his first visit since December 10. Pitino and son Ryan watched Richard Pitino and Minnesota top Indiana. And, it was nearly impossible not to notice the two behind the Minnesota bench. The Hall of Fame coach is one of the game’s most recognizable faces, of course, while Richard’s brother, well, he was dressed in a chicken suit.
Penn State offensive line coach Herb Hand is set to enter his first season on the Nittany Lions’ coaching staff. However, the veteran coach is already making a name for himself among the Penn State fan base, via twitter.
Bo Pelini can do no wrong. The Nebraska coach continued his run of internet gold Friday night when he posed for a selfie with a Huskers fan. See a couple of the photos in this post.
President Barack Obama was on the campus of Michigan State University today to sign into law an agriculture spending bill at MSU’s Equine Performance Center. Midway through his speech, Obama took some time to talk about the Spartans’ recent success on both the football field and the basketball court.
Fresh off a Super Bowl victory, former Wisconsin and current Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson appeared as a guest on the Late Show with David Letterman Monday night. Wilson discussed Peyton Manning, Pete Carroll and Wilson’s “legal midget status”, among other topics.
Bo Pelini and Nebraska have a new closer that is tough to top when it comes to recruiting. That would be the “cat” in @FauxPelini‘s Twitter photo. Pelini joked with BTN’s Mike Hall that the cat was influential in landing this year’s recruiting class during Wednesday’s “Signing Day Special.” The cat did make a few “recruiting visits,” after all, according to this tweet. Watch Pelini talk about the cat in this post.
Just a freshman, Wisconsin’s Nigel Hayes is as good as it gets when it comes to a soundbite in the Big Ten. Hayes is an engaging interview who tells the truth, has a good sense of humor and boasts a great delivery. The Badger showed all of those qualities in his BTN postgame interview following No. 24 Wisconsin’s win at Illinois on Tuesday. He even told us that he has a move called “Chocolate Tornado,” and that he stole it from Shaq. Watch it in this post.
Big Ten fans are very familiar with Sam Thompson soaring into the air for a highlight-reel inbound alley-oop. After all, the Ohio State junior has done it countless times over the course of his career. In Tuesday night’s win at No. 13 Iowa, however, it was Amir Williams channeling his inner Sam Thompson. Watch Williams elevate for the alley-oop in this post.
By now, we all know the past week was a crazy one on the Big Ten men’s hardwood. There were upsets all over the place, and the craziness resulted in a logjam in the standings, pretty much from fourth to 12th place. Want to read more about the wild week? Do so here and here. Or, just watch our latest installment of Big Ten Rewind in this post. Enjoy!
Want to talk about an efficient day? Indiana point guard Yogi Ferrell had one of the more efficient performances you’ll ever see in Sunday afternoon’s 63-52 victory over No. 14 Michigan. Ferrell scored 27 points on just 10 shots, thanks in large part to a career-high seven 3-pointers. The star sophomore finished 7-of-8 from distance and 8-of-10 overall, plus he hit four free throws. Watch Ferrell’s 3-point barrage in this post.
Both of the Big Ten’s early Saturday games came down to the wire and were won by the visitor by one point following last-second misses from the home team. In the first game, Sam Dekker missed a would-be game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer in No. 13 Wisconsin’s loss vs. No. 23 Ohio State. Then, Minnesota had a couple chances to win it at the buzzer in its loss vs. Northwestern. Watch the finishes in this post.
No doubt about it, Shannon Scott has struggled during Ohio State’s recent Big Ten slide. The junior guard came off the bench for the first time this season Saturday at Wisconsin, and he just so happened to help lead the Buckeyes to a 59-58 road win. Oh, and he also tallied one of the best assists you’ll see all season. Let’s just say, Scott caught Wisconsin’s Frank Kaminsky by surprise on his dime to Trey McDonald. Watch the highlight pass in this post.
Bo Ryan and sideline scowls are a common occurrence. Bo Ryan and sideline dances, however, are not. The passionate Wisconsin basketball coach gave us both the common and rare occurrence all in one hilarious sequence early in the second half of Wisconsin’s 59-58 loss to Ohio State on Saturday afternoon. Watch it in this post.