Tom Dienhart, Senior Writer, February 1, 2016

It will be nice to see Evan Turner?s No. 21 jersey hang in the rafters of Ohio State?s Value City Arena.

Ohio State announced recently that it will hang the No. 21 in the rafters during halftime of the Buckeyes' game against Michigan on Feb. 16. Turner's number will be the fifth to hang in the rafters, joining Jerry Lucas (11), Gary Bradds (35), Jim Jackson (22) and John Havlicek (5).

"It's unbelievable for our program," Matta said last weekend. "The one thing here is it's very difficult to get your jersey hung in the rafters. As I reflect back on Evan, when he started here and what he's done from day one, what he meant to Ohio State basketball, I could not be happier. I will smile every time I look up and see that thing up there."


How much money is Rutgers getting from the Big Ten? takes a look.

In its first season, RU basically got what it would have from the old Big East: $9.4 million. Compare that number to the $32 million that Big Ten full-share member schools reportedly received in FY2015 and it explains why the Rutgers athletics department - which needed $23.8 million from the university's general fund and from a student fee to balance its $70.5 million budget following its first Big Ten campaign - figures to remain one of the nation's most heavily subsidized programs for the next few years. But that should change over time.


Penn State has addressed questions about potential Beaver Stadium renovations.

?We truly want to renovate Beaver Stadium,? said Phil Esten–Penn State?s chief operating officer and deputy athletic director-recently after a luncheon and question-and-answer session with members of the Chamber of Business and Industry of Centre County. ?At the end of the day, when you take a look at what we want to accomplish in the stadium, we think that a renovation can get us there.?
Adding improved amenities like updated bathrooms, hot water, more concessions and better Wi-Fi are being discussed, Esten has said. Brainstorming ways to improve the game-day experience, from the potential for improved tailgating options to looking at ways to better the 20-year-old Bryce Jordan Center across the parking lot, are on the table. I will say this: The Penn State press box could use an update.


Good take from Nick Baumgardner of on Jim Harbaugh and his recruiting tactics.

The door swings both ways, as Baumgardner astutely notes that verbal commitments aren't (and have never been) contracts. This recruiting business on a high level isn?t always pretty. But, Harbaugh is being paid a lot of money to win a lot of games. I think everyone knows what they signed up for when it comes to the recruiting business. Please don?t act shocked and appalled.


No story in Big Ten hoops has been more fun than the rise of Iowa. Chad Leistikiow of has three factors in the ascent of the Hawkeyes. Spoiler alert: staff longevity has been key.

*** looks at where the 2015 Husker signees are now.

Though the 2015 class produced some early difference-makers like Stanley Morgan and Dedrick Young, most of the class is still waiting to make an impact. Morgan and Young, by the way, are gonna be really good.


The Minneapolis Star Tribune has 10 reasons why Gophers? hoops has struggled this year.

Poor free-throw shooting ? spotty shooting ? bad defense ? overmatched front court ? It hasn?t been a good season in Dinkytown. But, next year has promise. Really.


It was fun to see Purdue pay homage to its ?Three Pete? as Big Ten champs from 1994-96. Some good teams and memories. It?s just difficult to believe 20 years have passed. The Boilers are just one of two schools to win three crowns in a row.

My favorite team of those three was the first one, 1993-94, as Glenn Robinson won national player of the year honors and led the Boilers to the Elite Eight.


Look who suddenly is red hot: The Wisconsin Badgers, winners of four in a row.

This team has work to do to make the NCAA tourney, but it is no doubt trending in the right direction. Thank Nigel Hayes.


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