John Groce let us know how displeased he was with his team’s play following Wednesday night’s 66-58 loss to Purdue in Champaign. That anger came to a head on Saturday as Groce lost his cool late in the second half of Illinois’ 78-62 loss to Michigan State.
Nik Stauskas has hit a lot of big shots in his year-plus at Michigan. That said, he hasn’t hit many bigger than the clutch 3-pointer he nailed in the final minute Saturday at No. 3 Wisconsin. Up one point and with just under a minute left, Stauskas went between the legs and drained a trey to help Michigan tally its first win in Madison since 1999. Watch the pretty shot in this post.
The Big Ten is home to some fantastic halftime entertainment. There’s Quick Change, there’s the Firecrackers, and there’s the “aerobatics” that went on Saturday night at the Kohl Center. We’re willing to guess you haven’t seen anything like it. Check it out in this post.
It was freezing cold outside in Minneapolis on Thursday night, but tempers got red hot inside the Barn during the second half of Minnesota’s upset of No. 11 Ohio State.
No one will argue that Nebraska has been an outstanding addition to the Big Ten conference since joining back in 2011. But don’t think for a second that Huskers players have completely dismissed some of their old Big 12 rivalries.
After kicking off the Big Ten season with impressive wins over Indiana and Penn State, Illinois has now lost three straight, including Wednesday night’s 66-58 loss to Purdue in Champaign. Illinois coach John Groce addressed the media following the game and had some strong words, making it very clear how unhappy he was with his team’s performance.
No one is going to argue the fact that NBA fans have had a small sampling size of Greg Oden. However, Ohio State fans have plenty of great memories of the 7-footer who led the Buckeyes to the 2007 National Championship Game on his way to being named a first-team All-American.
It’s not rare to see teams slap the floor as a group as they set up on defense vs. Duke. It’s a Duke thing, after all, and teams aren’t shy about mocking the tradition when they play the Blue Devils. Who says you can’t also do it vs. former Duke products? New Northwestern coach Chris Collins played for Duke and also spent 13 seasons there as an assistant, so perhaps that’s why the Spartans all slapped the floor early in Wednesday’s game.
It’s going to be cold for Friday night’s Hockey City Classic between Ohio State and Minnesota at TCF Bank Stadium (9 p.m. ET, BTN/BTN2Go). In fact, according to weather.com, 11 degrees is the high for Minneapolis on Friday. That’s cold. And to help students combat the frigid conditions, the team will hand out one of the better giveaways we’ve seen in some time. See it in this post.
How do fans celebrate their team snapping a 12-game losing streak to a rival and sending said opponent to its first loss of the season? The answer for Indiana fans Tuesday vs. Wisconsin was by storming the court. Kind of. After Indiana held off No. 3 Wisconsin, which entered the game 16-0, the fans didn’t seem to know what to do. The result was a half-hearted court storming.
Glenn Robinson III in the open floor is a wonderful thing to watch. It’s even better when he’s in the open floor and one of his Michigan teammates lobs an alley-oop his way. That was the case in Tuesday night’s 80-67 win vs. Penn State, and Robinson III didn’t disappoint at all on the transition alley-oop. Watch the highlight and another one of his dunks in this post.
The last time Wisconsin played at Indiana, Bo Ryan and Tom Crean shared what had to go down as the fastest postgame handshake in the history of the game. Seriously. If you don’t remember it, watch it at the bottom of this post. Things were quite different following Indiana’s 75-72 upset over the undefeated and third-ranked Badgers on Tuesday. The two coaches shared a lengthy embrace.
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.