Fifteen Big Ten players will participate in the annual Senior Bowl on Saturday. Our team, Lisa Byington, Gerry DiNardo and Russ Lande, is in Mobile, Ala., to cover the Big Ten contingent. On Tuesday, they took a look a close look at Wisconsin linebacker Chris Borland and Northwestern quarterback-turned-receiver Kain Colter, in addition to a few other Big Ten products.
Matt Painter addressed Tuesday’s tragedy at Purdue following the team’s frustrating double-overtime loss at Northwestern, and he put the wild day in perspective. Painter said: “I don’t think basketball really is that important when something that tragic happens. We weren’t on campus, we weren’t there. But it’s, you know, it’s really senseless. It makes absolute no sense.”
Purdue had plenty of support on the road Tuesday in Evanston, and it wasn’t just from Boilermaker fans. That’s because members of The Wildside, Northwestern’s student section, wrote “Stand With Purdue” on their chests to show support for the visitors (see photo below), who had a fatal shooting at their school earlier in the day. The Wildcats also held a moment of silence prior to the tip. Talk about classy!
Northwestern received great news Tuesday, as running back Venric Mark was granted a medical hardship for a fifth season of eligibility. Mark’s return bolsters what will be a strong collection of running backs in the Big Ten in 2014. Here’s my ranking of the conference’s Top 10 backs for next season.
That was a fun – and long – night of Big Ten hoops. No. 3 Michigan State held off Indiana, 71-66, to complete the season sweep in the night’s first game, and Northwestern outlasted Purdue, 63-60, in double overtime. Catch up on all the action and get the best video highlights in this post.
Hours after the tragic events Tuesday at Purdue, former Boilermaker Robbie Hummel posted a picture to his Instagram account of the Purdue campus, accompanied by a very powerful message. See the picture and Hummel’s words in this post.