We have a Big Ten champion! No. 16 Michigan claimed a share of the Big Ten crown with its win over Minnesota on Saturday. Win one of its final two games, and Michigan will be the outright champ for the first time since 1986. In other action, Illinois upset No. 18 Michigan State and Nebraska swept Northwestern. Catch up on all the day’s action and video highlights in this post.
Purdue two-sport athlete Raheem Mostert is showing off his breakaway speed at the 2014 Big Ten Indoor Track & Field Championships. Mostert, a running back returner on the football team, took gold in the 60-meter (6.63) and 200-meter (20.73) Saturday. Not only that, he set the school mark in the former and an event record in the latter. Watch Mostert on the football field here and see his 60m title in this post.
We decided to have a little fun providing a preview to this year’s B1G Wrestling Championships on March 8-9 at Wisconsin. BTN wrestling analyst Jim Gibbons, an NCAA champion both as a wrestler and coach at Iowa State, will break down one weight class a day, and pick a winner, each day through March 7. Today, it’s the 141-pound weight class.
We had two Big Ten men’s hockey games on Friday night. In the first game of the night, Ohio State and Michigan skated to a 2-2 tie, with the Buckeyes notching a 1-0 win in the shootout. In the second game of the evening, No. 2 Minnesota cruised to an impressive 5-1 victory over Penn State at Mariucci Ice Arena. Catch up on all the scores, stats and highlights in this post.
“Working” officials is an art form. Some coaches are masters at knowing just the right buttons to push over the course of a game to the point where—Who knows?—maybe they can get a key call in their favor. I asked several media members who cover the Big Ten which coach they felt was best at “working” officials.
Anticipation continues to bubble at Ohio State. It always does, just in varying degrees each season. Urban Meyer’s third Buckeye squad has the natives excited as it will begin to take shape. And there is plenty of work to do.