One veteran Big Ten writer says the Big Ten hoops race is in two clear camps with six that look headed for the Big Dance and eight that do not. Also, Iowa is now the team to beat in the Big Ten after thrashing Michigan State. How good could Northwestern's Bryant McIntosh be? Read these stories and more in today's Big Ten roundup.
Le Moyne College plays an exhibition game on Friday at Michigan, the real story is that the game will pit father against son as Michigan coach John Beilein hosts his son, Le Moyne coach Patrick Beilein. Tonight, it’s all about family with a little basketball mixed in. John Beilein is the venerable Wolverines coach who has restored luster to a proud program by engineering five NCAA trips and two Big Ten crowns in eight seasons in Ann Arbor. Son Patrick? He’s less accomplished, as he enters his first season at Le Moyne, a Catholic school in Syracuse N.Y. Now, they
Michigan extended John Beilein's contract another two years Wednesday, giving its basketball coach a deal that now lasts through the 2020-21 season.
The only thing deeper than the Big Ten in the 2015-16 basketball season might be the conference’s collection of coaches. There’s no shortage of big-name, respected coaches, some of who are among the best of the best in the nation. And, there’s plenty of up-and-coming coaches, to boot. Fact is, it doesn’t get better than Michigan’s John Beilein, Michigan State’s Tom Izzo, Ohio State’s Thad Matta and Wisconsin’s Bo Ryan, among others, anywhere across the nation. How do these guys, all 14 of them, stack up with one another, though? It’s a daunting task to try to rank them, but
Each Monday morning during the Big Ten men’s basketball season, the 14 Big Ten men’s basketball coaches hold a Big Ten teleconference with reporters from around the country. We post the audio for each segment of the call here, and we do this every Monday afternoon. Listen to all 14 @B1GMBBall coaches on today's teleconference. #MarchOnBTN https://t.co/2J0BUhedFH — Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) March 2, 2015
At 10:15 p.m. ET tonight, BTN airs "Big Ten Elite: 2013 Michigan Basketball," a great look at Michigan's extraordinary basketball season.
Mitch McGary turning pro puts another big chink in Michigan’s hopes for next season. The Wolverines already have seen Nik Stauskas and Glenn Robinson III turn pro, two of their top players from last season’s Big Ten championship squad that advanced to the Elite Eight. The team also saw Jordan Morgan graduate and Jon Horford opt to transfer out for his last season. John Beilein’s 2014-15 team will be built around the trio of Caris LeVert, Derrick Walton, Jr., and Zak Irvin. Spike Albrecht also will play a key role. It will be vital for Mark Donnal to take the
I have made no secret of my affinity for John Beilein. I love the fact he paid his dues by coming up the back roads of his profession, grinding his way up the ladder. He’s a terrific coach who knows how to win in March. The secret to his success? It’s right here. It’s a good thing that Beilein is a great coach. He’s gonna need all of that acumen. Check out some of the coaches who reside in the Midwest Region with him. Mike Krzyzewski, Rick Pitino, John Calipari … Oh, my! *** Iowa opens the NCAA vs. Tennessee
With only a few weeks left in the regular season, it’s time to start considering the leader for Big Ten Coach of the Year. There are a handful of worthy candidates this year, and we’re going to let Big Ten fans vote for their early pick through Feb. 20 action. Vote at the bottom of this post. [ MORE: Huskers, Spartans roll to Thursday night wins ] These are our top candidates.
The calender reads February 14th, which means that Valentine’s Day is here. In honor of the holiday, we want to pose a question to all our Big Ten hoops fans: Which Big Ten men’s basketball coach do you love the most? Check out our photo gallery below, featuring some of our favorite action shots of Big Ten coaches this season. Then, scroll down and make sure to vote for your favorite Big Ten hoops coach. [ MORE: Gallery: Big Ten names that make us think of Valentine’s Day ]