After an unpredictable year that saw possibly the strongest collection of teams in conference history, the postseason has finally arrived. The Big Ten tied a conference record on Sunday when, for the fifth time in league history, eight teams were selected to the NCAA Volleyball Championship.
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Michigan State remained No. 1 in the latest AP and Coaches men’s basketball polls, released Monday. Meanwhile, Ohio State entered the top 5 in both (No. 3 in Coaches; No. 5 in AP), and Wisconsin moved into the top 10, (No. 9; No. 8). Michigan (No. 21; No. 22) and Iowa (No. 24; No. 23) are ranked in both, while Indiana comes in at No. 23 in the Coaches.
If you’re on Twitter, you can vote in our ongoing series of Big Ten Twitter polls for our weekday TV show #BTNLive weekdays at 6 p.m. ET. On tonight’s #BTNLive show, our experts discuss this question: Is this week’s Big Ten Championship showdown the biggest game for the Big Ten Conference since Michigan vs. Ohio State in 2006? If yes, tweet #BTNYES. If no, tweet #BTNNO
The Big Ten title game is going to be great. Not only do you have 11-1 Michigan State vs. 12-0 Ohio State, you have Michigan State’s No. 1 defense vs. Ohio State’s No. 1 offense. There’s more intriguing storylines, too. Like, Ohio State can make the BCS title game with a win. That got BTN’s Mike Hall wondering if this was the biggest Big Ten game since Michigan-Ohio State in 2006.
Big Ten championship game week is here! So, let’s kick off Monday’s link with a quick look back at that wild Ohio State-Michigan game. There was a lot to like for Ohio State in its 42-41 win at Michigan. But, alas, that ugly pass defense reared its head again. OSU allowed 451 yards passing and 603 overall.
As I suspected, Ohio State ascended from No. 3 to No. 2 in the BCS standings following its win at Michigan and the loss of BCS No. 1 Alabama to BCS No. 4 Auburn on Saturday.