CHICAGO – Everyone at Big Ten Basketball Media Day on Thursday seemed to agree that two-time reigning conference champ and preseason No. 3 Ohio State is the 2011-12 Big Ten men’s favorite. Everyone except Wisconsin’s Jordan Taylor, that is. “I’d be lying to you if I didn’t see us winning it,” the star point guard said.
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Tonight on Tailgate 48 we show you what our crew did last Saturday at Northwestern. Tune in at 7 p.m. ET to see us interview Northwestern graduate and legendary TV and movie writer/director/producer Garry Marshall. We also hang out with Saturday Night Live’s Seth Meyers at the Pep Rally, tailgate with fans, and tour Mustard’s Last Stand. (BTN’s Lisa Byington caught Myers on the sideline, too, and we post that clip for you here).
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You may know that BTN Live is on Thursday’s at 8 p.m. ET on Thursdays, but did you know they incorporate fan feedback throughout the show via Twitter? Watch the clip here from last week and see how they spotlight your best notes. Then follow @BTNLive and sound off on any issue. We even take your best voice messages and put them on TV – just call (319) BIGTEN-1 and leave your Rejoice Mail celebrating your favorite Big Ten team. Now, let’s get voting in the BTN Live polls lower in this post.
On last week’s Step Into My Office, Mike Hall sat down with Purdue coach Danny Hope and the week before that it was Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald. And remember that if you get BTN2Go.com, you can watch all of the episodes right here. At 9 p.m. ET Thursday on BTN, Hall takes you behind the scenes with Indiana’s Kevin Wilson. Hall, who can be found on Twitter, @BTNMikeHall, filed a couple bonus Web-only video clips from his visit to Bloomington. He also wrote a little about what it was like to hang with Wilson, whose Hoosiers host Northwestern at noon ET Saturday on BTN. Watch a bonus clip now and see more at the bottom of this post, plus read Hall’s comments.
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This just in from the Big Ten Basketball Media Day: Defending Big Ten Champion Ohio State has been chosen as the conference favorite heading into the 2011-12 season, as voted on by a panel of Big Ten media. The media also tabbed Buckeye sophomore Jared Sullinger as the Preseason Player of the Year. Wisconsin and Michigan State were selected to finish second and third, respectively. Joining Sullinger on the Preseason All-Big Ten team are Michigan State’s Draymond Green, Minnesota’s Trevor Mbakwe, Purdue’s Robbie Hummel and Wisconsin’s Jordan Taylor.
Michigan State women’s volleyball team earns their 6th win of the Big Ten Conference season on Wednesday night against Indiana Hoosiers, 3-1. The Spartans came out firing on all cylinders, taking the first set 25-19. The Big Ten leaders in hitting percentage, Michigan State hit .387 in the first set, led by Jenilee Rathje and Alexis Mathews who combined for 11 kills on 13 swings. Indiana (8-15, 0-11) fell in four sets to Michigan State (17-6, 6-5) in five sets (19-25, 25-21, 15-25, 22-25). Watch the highlights of the game now.