In the end, Ron Zook couldn’t make Illinois a consistent winner. So, the school announced today that it’s turning the page by firing him after seven seasons. The Zook era will be remembered for tremendous highs and lows, finishing with a 34-51 mark and two bowls. The zenith of his tenure was a trip to the Rose Bowl following the 2007 season, the program’s first junket to Pasadena since the 1983 season. That year, Illinois finished as Big Ten runners-up and knocked off an unbeaten Ohio State team on the road.
Indiana freshman Cody Zeller is off to a fabulous start to his college career. The highly touted Mr. Basketball has won each of the conference’s first two Freshman of the Week honors and a third could be on the way when the latest honors are released Monday morning. In Sunday night’s game against back-to-back national runner-up Butler, Zeller went for 16 points, two of which came on this emphatic reverse slam, eight rebounds, two blocks and three steals. It’s easy to see why Indiana fans are so excited about this kid. Watch the big-time dunk now.
If you’re fielding a dunk contest of only 7-footers, there might not be a better contestant than Illinois’ Meyers Leonard. The 7-foot-1 sophomore is an absolute freak of an athlete. People his size aren’t supposed to run the floor and move as smoothly and easily as he does. See what we’re talking about in this video of Leonard bringing down the house at Assembly Hall with a rim-rattling slam. Pretty impressive, huh?
Four Big Ten women’s basketball teams were in action Sunday, including a pair on BTN. Northwestern lost to DePaul in the first game and No. 18 Ohio State topped No. 20 LSU in the nightcap. Catch up on all the day’s action and stats on our Big Ten women’s scoreboard and read recaps for all the games in this post. Watch our highlights from the Buckeyes’ impressive victory over ranked LSU now.
The votes are in, and our viewers selected Michigan’s 40-34 victory over rival Ohio State as the Big Ten Football Game of the Week. Catch a replay of the game at 9:30 p.m. ET Sunday. If you missed it Saturday, you want to catch the game this time around. The Wolverines had to hold on late to snap a record seven-game losing streak against their archrival, and it wasn’t easy. In the end, it was a case of too much Denard Robinson, who accounted for 337 yards and five touchdowns. Read BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart’s column from the game and watch it again tonight.
(AP) Montee Ball scored four more touchdowns in his pursuit of an NCAA record, powering No. 15 Wisconsin to a 45-7 rout of No. 20 Penn State and a spot in next week’s Big Ten championship game. Ball has scored 34 touchdowns this season for the Badgers (10-2, 6-2 Big Ten), the second-most in a single season in NCAA history. Barry Sanders holds the record, scoring 39 for Oklahoma State in 11 games in the 1988 season. With the win, Wisconsin will play Big Ten Legends division winner Michigan State in Indianapolis next Saturday. The Nittany Lions (9-3, 6-2) took an early 7-0 lead but quickly unraveled, falling behind 28-7 by halftime. Read the full AP recap, see the box score and view our Big Ten scoreboard.
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