How rare are outright championships in Big Ten men's basketball? Here is a look at the last time each men's program won the Big Ten outright. The biggest surprises: Purdue hasn’t done it since 1996, Iowa since 1970 and Michigan State since 2009.
Indiana clinching the men's basketball title means Tom Crean should be Coach of the Year. Iowa's lost four in a row, so what is going on? Michigan's Caris LeVert is shut down for the season, and Nebraska agreed to a home-and-home with a Big 12 powerhouse. Those are a few of the basketball and football headlines in today's news digest.
Who is your choice for Big Ten Coach of the Year? Fran McCaffery? Tom Crean? Greg Gard? Lots of good options. I asked several people who cover the league for their choice as the season is about to draw to a close. Chad Leistikow, Des Moines Register: Right now I’ve got Iowa’s Fran McCaffery with a slight lead, but he’s got to show he can finish off what the Hawkeyes have started. I think McCaffery’s case is helped by the unwarranted low expectations placed on Iowa to start the season (picked ninth in the league by a BTN panel, which
Basketball season is almost here and this weekend BTN offers two basketball events streamed live. Subscribe ahead of time to BTN Plus on BTN2Go and be ready to watch Michigan State’s Midnight Madness (subscribe to watch here) and Indiana’s Hoosier Hysteria on Saturday (subscribe to watch here). Also, exhibition men’s basketball season starts next Thursday. Click here to see the full schedule of those games also offered via a BTN Plus subscription on BTN2Go. Not familiar with BTN Plus? It includes non-televised games and events available on our BTN2Go app with a purchase of a BTN Plus subscription. A subscription to BTN Plus
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
Rutgers has lost 11 straight games, dating to its upset of Wisconsin on January 11. Don’t tell Scarlet Knight that. The Rutgers mascot is trying to keep spirits up around Piscataway, after all. Minutes after the Scarlet Knights’ 84-54 loss to Indiana, the mascot videobombed BTN’s postgame interview with Indiana coach Tom Crean. It wasn’t just any videobomb, though. Scarlet Knight positioned himself perfectly behind Crean before executing a few creative moves. Check it out in the video above.
After Indiana beat Minnesota on Sunday night, Indiana coach Tom Crean met with reporters as he usually does. But this time he had a special friend attend the session with him. Bloomington native Brian Jones is an Indiana Hoosiers basketball fan and suffers from ALS. He is on a ventilator and in hospice care. “Brian Jones is a model of perseverance,” Crean told the room. Crean visited Jones a few weeks ago and spoke about how much Jones inspires him. Watch it all in the video in this post. Indiana beat Minnesota, 90-71, behind a school-record 18 3-pointers, including six by James
Nebraska’s Tim Miles and Indiana’s Tom Crean had a heated conversation after a hard foul during Indiana’s win at Nebraska on Wednesday night. With just under 10 minutes left, Indiana’s Hanner Mosquera-Perea went up for an alley-oop and was taken to the floor on a hard foul. Before Mosquera-Perea could attempt his free throws, Miles and Crean delayed the action with an exchange that required the officials to call for a quick meeting with the coaches near the scorer’s table. Watch the video above.
Indiana coach Tom Crean has suspended Stanford Robinson, Troy Williams and Emmitt Holt for the team's first four games, including two exhibition tilts.
This is a big year for Indiana. The Hoosiers need to rebound from a sub-par season that saw them go 17-15 overall and 7-11 in the Big Ten. Back in 2013, IU won the Big Ten and was one of the top teams in the nation. A key to any return to the form expected from IU fans will be the play on the interior. “You have to be able to rebound,” said Crean. But, how will the Hoosiers do on the glass? And can they also get points on the interior after the unit lost some key personnel inside?