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Hunter Dickinson Nets Freshman of the Week Honors for 2nd Straight Week

Hunter Dickinson has been named Big 10 Freshman of the Week for the second time in as many weeks.

The 7’1” center from Alexandria, VA AVERAGED 19 points on 68% shooting, 7 rebounds and 3.5 blocked shots in wins over Toledo (4-3) and Penn State (3-2) to help the Maize & Blue remain undefeated and improve to 6-0. The win in their 2020-2021 conference schedule has propelled the Wolverines into the top 25 for the first time this season at the 25 spot.

Michigan has largely been untested thus far with a schedule comprised of mostly Mid-American Conference and other mid-Major programs. However, reasons to cheer have been in short supply so far this year with several sports being postponed and a flailing football team.

They will face a struggling Nebraska team (3-3) and an interesting battle with Maryland (4-1) to close out the 2020 calendar.

Nevertheless, the Wolverines have exceeded expectations with several significant graduations or transfers from last year’s squad. Whether this early season success will last or is simply a mirage should be more clear in the coming weeks.

Fifth Annual Big Ten Women’s Basketball Preview Tips Off Wednesday

ROSEMONT, Ill. – With the 2020-21 women’s college basketball season rapidly approaching, the Big Ten Conference will hold its annual Women’s Basketball Preview this Wednesday-Friday, Nov. 11-13.

Now in its fifth year, the Big Ten Women’s Basketball Preview continues to reimagine the traditional preseason media day event, expanding it into several days of coverage dedicated entirely to all 14 Big Ten women’s basketball programs. What’s more, the complete Big Ten Women’s Basketball Preview content package is available online and on demand, whether on the Preview Central web site or through the Big Ten’s social media channels.


This year’s Big Ten Women’s Basketball Preview is expected to feature the most robust collection of content in the event’s five-year history, focusing on all 14 Big Ten women’s basketball programs, from interviews and highlights to feature stories, creative digital and social media offerings and unique behind-the-scenes access as the 2020-21 women’s basketball season gets started later this month.

Big Ten Men’s Basketball 2020-21 Preseason Honors Announced

ROSEMONT, Ill. — Iowa senior center Luka Garza has been chosen as the Big Ten Preseason Player of the Year heading into the 2020-21 men’s basketball season, as voted on by a panel of conference media members. Garza was selected as the Big Ten Player of the Year in 2019-20 after leading the Hawkeyes to a 20-11 overall record with an 11-9 finish in Big Ten play. He is the second consecutive student-athlete to earn Player of the Year and then be selected as the Preseason Player of the Year the following season. Former Michigan State Spartan Cassius Winston received the preseason accolade in 2019-20 after claiming postseason honors following the 2018-19 season. 

The media also selected a 10-member Preseason All-Big Ten Team with eight conference programs represented.

Garza, along with Illinois junior guard Ayo Dosunmu, were unanimous selections to the Preseason All-Big Ten Team. Illinois sophomore center Kofi Cockburn, Indiana sophomore forward Trayce Jackson-Davis, Iowa junior guard/forward Joe Wieskamp, Michigan State junior forward Aaron Henry, Minnesota junior guard Marcus Carr, Purdue junior forward Trevion Williams, Rutgers senior guard Geo Baker and Wisconsin senior forward Nate Reuvers also earned preseason accolades.

Garza and Dosunmu earned first-team media All-Big Ten honors in 2019-20. Carr, Cockburn, Jackson-Davis, Reuvers and Wieskamp were third-team media selections while Baker and Williams collected honorable mention plaudits last year. Cockburn and Jackson-Davis were also All-Freshman Team honorees.

2020-21 PRESEASON BIG TEN PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Luka Garza, Senior Center, Iowa

2020-21 PRESEASON ALL-BIG TEN TEAM

Kofi Cockburn, Sophomore Center, Illinois

Ayo Dosunmu, Junior Guard, ILLINOIS (Unanimous)

Trayce Jackson-Davis, Sophomore Forward, Indiana

Luka Garza, Senior Center, Iowa (Unanimous)

Joe Wieskamp, Junior Guard/Forward, Iowa

Aaron Henry, Junior Forward, Michigan State

Marcus Carr, Junior Guard, Minnesota

Trevion Williams, Junior Forward, Purdue

Geo Baker, Senior Guard, Rutgers

Nate Reuvers, Senior Forward, Wisconsin

Big Ten Hockey Preseason Honors & Poll

Big Ten Hockey Preseason Honors

ROSEMONT, Ill. – Minnesota was tabbed the favorite in the 2020-21 Big Ten hockey preseason coaches’ poll, the conference announced on Monday. The coaches also selected Preseason All-Big Ten teams, highlighted by a pair of 2019-20 individual award winners.

Michigan was selected second in the preseason poll, with Notre Dame and Ohio State tying for third, Wisconsin taking fifth, Michigan State placing sixth and defending Big Ten Champion Penn State rounding out the poll in seventh.

The Preseason All-Big Ten teams are comprised of six players on each team: three forwards, two defensemen and one goaltender. All seven schools were represented on the Preseason All-Big Ten teams, led by Michigan and Minnesota with four honorees each. Thirteen standouts who earned All-Big Ten accolades last season are featured on the preseason teams, including 2020 Big Ten Goaltender of the Year Strauss Mann from Michigan and Wisconsin’s Cole Caufield, the 2020 Big Ten Freshman of the Year and Scoring Champion.  

The list also includes eight students who were Academic All-Big Ten honorees last season in Michigan’s Mann, Michigan State’s Dennis Cesana, Minnesota’s Sammy Walker, Notre Dame’s Matt Hellickson and Spencer Stastney, Ohio State’s Quinn Preston and Gustaf Westlund, and Penn State’s Alex Limoges.

2020-21 Preseason All-Big Ten Hockey Team
(Michigan & Michigan State Nominees)

FIRST TEAM            

Cameron York, D, MICH

Dennis Cesana, D, MSU

Strauss Mann, G, MICH

SECOND TEAM

Johnny Beecher, F, MICH

Mitch Lewandowski, F, MSU

HONORABLE MENTION

Owen Power, D, MICH

2020-21 BIG TEN PRESEASON POLL

Michigan comes into the season ranked at #2 in the Big 10 and Michigan State is ranked 7th.

Michigan State Walloped by Iowa

Just one week ago, the Michigan State Spartans celebrated a dominant upset over in-state rival Michigan Wolverines. The effort netted the Spartans a Freshman Player of the Week Award and ignited hopes that things were heading in the right direction behind the arm of junior quarterback, Rocky Lombardi.

Week 3 buried those hopes under a mountain of points laid on the Spartans by the Iowa Hawkeyes who made quick work of the visiting squad and pummeled their way to a 49-7 drubbing.

While Lombardi looked excellent in week 2, he struggled in all facets on Saturday afternoon in Iowa. He completed just 46% of his passes and hurled 3 interceptions. Sophomore wide receiver, Jalen Nailor, provided a small bright spot with 4 catches and 119 yards receiving. The outing solidifies the evidence that MSU’s young receiving corp is worth watching.

Iowa dominated on the ground and enforced their will with 4 rushing touchdowns.

Things are likely going to be tough next week as the Spartans challenge an undefeated Indiana team that handled Michigan this afternoon.

Michigan Falters Against Hoosiers

Joe Milton topped 300 passing yards for a second straight week on just 18 completions and junior wide receiver Ronnie Bell pulled down 6 catches for 149 yards and a touchdown, but the Michigan Wolverines lost their second in as many weeks. Indiana dominated from the opening and held off a late surge by the Wolverines at the end of the third quarter; grabbing two interceptions and closing the afternoon 38-21. The loss marked the first time the Wolverines have lost to Indiana since 1987.

While the #23 ranked Wolverines seemed poised for a strong year after a season opening victory against Minnesota, but have taken a beating in back to back weeks. While #13 Indiana sits at 3-0, the loss must be a tough pill to swallow for the Maize and Blue as they struggled against a Hoosier squad that has showed flashes in years past, but remained a perennial second tier Big 10 football program.

The victory may show that the Hoosiers are for real in 2020, but it may also display that Michigan is on track to have their most disappointing season in a string of seasons full of them.

The Wolverines will try to get things back on track with a signature win against #10 Wisconsin next week, a game likely circled on the schedule by many at the beginning of the season, but the prospects of that are looking less likely after recent struggles.

MSU WR Named Freshman of the Week

Ricky White (Marietta, GA) has been named Big 10 Freshman of the Week after setting a Michigan State freshman record with 196 receiving yards in the Spartans upset victory over Michigan.

The freshman averaged an astounding 24.5 yards per catch, which included a 30-yard touchdown reception, 50-yard reception that set up a Spartan field goal and a crucial 31-yard haul that gave MSU A first and goal and led to the game winning touchdown.

The last MSU freshman to win the honor was starting quarterback, Rocky Lombardi, in 2018.

Michigan State Stuns Michigan in Week 2

MSU quarterback, Rocky Lombardi, delivered a stellar performance, culminating in 323 passing yards, 3 touchdowns and a 27-24 victory for the visiting team over the Michigan Wolverines. MSU wide receiver, Ricky White, was Lombardi’s primary target, hauling in an astounding 196 yards on 8 catches (24.5 avg.) and one touchdown.

Michigan quarterback, Joe Milton, hurled an astounding 51 passes and reached 300 yards on the day. Milton also rushed for an additional 59 yards on 12 carries. Michigan’s scoring was all on the ground behind their team of running backs, Hassan Haskins and Blake Corum.

The loss follows an impressive Wolverine victory at Minnesota, which seemed to forecast a new day in Michigan football. MSU, conversely, came into the game after an embarrassing loss to Rutgers, who finished dead last at 0-9 in 2019 during conference play and appeared to show the complete collapse of a Spartan program just a few years removed from Big 10 prominence.

It is yet to be seen what Saturday means for both squads in the abbreviated 2020 conference schedule, but it throws a great deal of uncertainty into a year chalked full of it already.

Big Ten Network Unveils New Logo and Brand Identity

Rebranding Campaign Launches With Start of 2020 Big Ten Football Season

CHICAGO, Ill. – Today, the Big Ten Network unveiled a new logo and brand identity with the kickoff of the 2020 Big Ten football season. The transformation is intended to provide brand consistency and highlight the network’s position as the home for Big Ten Conference events, news and storytelling.

“Since the Big Ten Network was created in 2007, our mission has been to serve as THE destination for fans and alumni on all things Big Ten,” said Big Ten Network president, François McGillicuddy. “The new look leans heavily on the iconic “B1G” mark, which has come to represent the athletic and academic success of our 14 Big Ten universities, and underscores the nature of who we are and what we do.”

The new network logo, as well as numerous school and sport-specific variations, will be implemented across all linear and digital platforms, including game broadcasts, studio shows, social media platforms, original programming and marketing applications. The logo was created by Pentagram, which also developed the Big Ten Conference logo.

The rebrand was developed in conjunction with both the Big Ten and FOX Sports, as well as external feedback encompassing research focus groups across multiple cities in the Big Ten. As part of the overall campaign, Troika will also produce a Big Ten Network brand campaign, launching with this 30-second spot on Friday, Oct. 23.

A revamped Big Ten Network+, featuring live streams of non-televised events and replays of televised events, is scheduled to launch in the coming weeks. One immediate change fans will notice this fall is the introduction sport-specific packages. Users are now able to choose a subscription based on sport in addition to the existing school-specific and league-wide options.  

Shocking Development out of the Big Ten Conference

Just two days after the Mid-American Conference announced it would forego fall sports and instead choose to reschedule games to the spring, the Big Ten Conference appears poised to cancel fall sports as well.

The Detroit Free Press reports that the Big Ten has voted to cancel fall sports and most shockingly of all, Big Ten football. This comes on the heels of a statement from the Big Ten that seemed to offer some hope by allowing practice in helmets for the time being, though the release left future developments shrouded in some uncertainty.

While the move may not seem entirely surprising giving the current climate surrounding Covid-19 responses, momentum seemed to be heading in the other direction with marquee players such as Justin Fields (Ohio State), Trevor Lawrence (Clemson) and others starting a hashtag campaign making their desire to play this fall clear.

Unlike smaller conferences, such as the MAC, which may benefit players having the opportunity to showcase their talent nearer to the NFL draft next spring, it seems that such a move by Power 5 schools will most certainly mean that top tier NFL talent will forego any rescheduled timetable. First round locks, such as Fields and Lawrence, appeared primed for at least one more run as college stars and instead will likely miss their final amateur seasons.

This story is still developing and we will keep you updated on any news as it breaks.

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