Big Ten lunch links
March, 14, 2013
By Adam Rittenberg | ESPN.com
The Big Ten hoops tournament is under way. If you need a break from roundball, check out the links.
- Some good Big Ten news nuggets (division alignment, future schedules) at the bottom of this Iowa recruiting story.
- Mark Snyder looks at five things to watch when Michigan opens spring ball. Top recruit Da'Shawn Hand visits Michigan this weekend. Michigan running back Vincent Smith discusses The Hit and other topics.
- Nebraska's coaches are taking no chances with top quarterback Taylor Martinez this spring (subscription required). After ripping his team after Saturday's workout, Huskers coach Bo Pelini sees progress.
- Wisconsin defensive end David Gilbert will undergo foot surgery Friday and miss the rest of the spring. The Badgers enter a brand-new era under Gary Andersen this spring.
- The Pittsburgh Steelers continue to closely scout Michigan State's NFL hopefuls. The Spartans' best draft prospect according to one scout -- cornerback Darqueze Dennard -- will be back in East Lansing for his senior season. Despite a reduced role at Michigan State, running back Larry Caper thinks he can make it in the NFL.
- Rather than leave Michigan to train for the draft, Denard Robinson is staying to finish his degree.
- Purdue coordinators John Shoop and Greg Hudson discuss the upcoming spring session.
- Greg Pickel looks at a Penn State offensive line looking to reload this spring. Lions linebacker Gerald Hodges tries to brush aside distractions as he prepares for the draft. A group of former PSU players is seeking answers from the school's board of trustees.
- Some good notes and nuggets from Northwestern's most recent spring practice. Mila Kunis has a Northwestern jersey waiting for her.
- A closer look at Minnesota defensive tackle Cameron Botticelli.
- Illinois and Indiana are among the finalists for offensive line recruit Nick Allegretti. Illinois will host "Chicago Homecoming" events leading up to its game against Washington at Soldier Field.
- Ohio State's coaches are looking to Joshua Perry to fill a void at linebacker (subscription required).
- Check out the highlights of Indiana's max squat competition before spring break.
BIG TEN SCOREBOARD
2:20 PM ET Utah State UTEP 3:30 PM ET 22 Utah Colorado State 5:45 PM ET Western Michigan Air Force 9:15 PM ET South Alabama Bowling Green Final Nevada 3 Louisiana-Lafayette 16
6:00 PM ET Marshall Northern Illinois 9:30 PM ET Navy San Diego State
12:00 PM ET Central Michigan Western Kentucky 8:00 PM ET Fresno State Rice
1:00 PM ET Illinois Louisiana Tech 4:30 PM ET Rutgers North Carolina 8:00 PM ET North Carolina State UCF
1:00 PM ET Cincinnati Virginia Tech 2:00 PM ET 15 Arizona State Duke 3:30 PM ET Miami (FL) South Carolina 4:30 PM ET Boston College Penn State 8:00 PM ET Nebraska 24 USC
2:00 PM ET Texas A&M West Virginia 5:30 PM ET Oklahoma 17 Clemson 9:00 PM ET Arkansas Texas
3:00 PM ET Notre Dame 23 LSU 6:30 PM ET 13 Georgia 21 Louisville 10:00 PM ET Maryland Stanford
12:30 PM ET 9 Ole Miss 6 TCU 4:00 PM ET 20 Boise State 10 Arizona 8:00 PM ET 7 Mississippi State 12 Georgia Tech
12:00 PM ET 19 Auburn 18 Wisconsin 12:30 PM ET 8 Michigan State 5 Baylor 1:00 PM ET 16 Missouri 25 Minnesota 5:00 PM ET 2 Oregon 3 Florida State 8:30 PM ET 1 Alabama 4 Ohio State
12:00 PM ET Houston Pittsburgh 3:20 PM ET Iowa Tennessee 6:45 PM ET 11 Kansas State 14 UCLA 10:15 PM ET Washington Oklahoma State