We met him as Mon-TEE Ball. He corrected us this summer and said it’s Mon-TAY. Now, he’s back to Mon-TEE, the pronunciation we used last year when he tied the single-season FBS record for touchdowns (39) and was a Heisman finalist. To be clear, the whole thing is more superstition than anything. After a slow start, Ball is running like the Mon-TEE of old. So coaches and players joke they don’t want to see Mon-TAY again. Ball is just playing along.
If you’re an Indiana basketball fan, you’ll love the IUAthletics YouTube video in this post. Even if you don’t like Indiana, you’ll enjoy the editing and execution. The video is called “Then and Now,” and as the fans who saw it tip off Saturday’s “Hoosier Hysteria” can attest, it blends Indiana’s rich history with the current roster, in photos and video. Cody Zeller and Will Sheehey on the bench as Bob Knight tosses the chair? Check. Damon Bailey passing to Victor Oladipo? Check.
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There’s a big name making its debut on BTN NFL draft expert Russ Lande’s latest Big Ten Big Board, released Tuesday night on “The Next Level.” That’s right, Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson enters the list for the first time this season. The reasoning? His ability to make plays with the ball in his hands, of course. Watch Lande break down Wisconsin linebacker Chris Borland’s pro prospects and release his latest Big Board in this video.
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In anticipation of Thursday’s Big Ten basketball media day, Big Ten beat writers released their Writers’ Poll on Tuesday. Twenty-four writers, two from each school, participated in ranking the teams, 1-through-12, and 21 of them predicted preseason No. 1 Indiana to win the conference. The other three picked Michigan. See the entire poll in this post.
Saturday is fast approaching. Here are my most pressing questions for each school. The answers may come Saturday, but if you want to tackle them now, let me know in the comments box or via my Big Ten mailbag. Read all of my Big Ten coverage here. And don’t be afraid to drop ask me a question on Twitter (@BTNTomDienhart).
BTN.com’s Brent Yarina is in the middle of unveiling his 2012-13 preseason Big Ten Player Rankings one by one. The countdown goes in reverse order, of course, and each installment includes player stats and one video highlight from last season. Once the season starts, Yarina will release a weekly Player Rankings every Monday. Up next, at No. 4: Minnesota’s Trevor Mbakwe.