Thank you Sammy Prahalis for four wonderful years as the point guard for THE Ohio State women’s basketball team. You are going to be missed!!!
As Sammy starts her next phase of basketball in her life with the Phoenix Mercury, she’ll playing with arguably the best in the game in Diana Taurasi. We revisit my article from February 16th. Then a recap of her career and what she’ll mean to the Mercury. Thank you to Grant Edgell for the artwork.
If all you ever knew about Ohio States starting point guard was that she was the only player in tOSU women’s basketball history to score 1,000 points and give out more than 700 assists? It would probably be more than enough. One things for sure, she has definitely given a great lesson in point guarding.
Sammy stepped in as a freshman and let people know she was serious. She went on to become the B1G freshman of the year and set a new freshman assists record with 203 that season. Prahalis also led all B1G freshmen in scoring at 10.2 points, assists at 5.8, and steals at 1.9 per game.
Her sophomore year would be even better as she became just the second player since the 1999-2000 season in D1 to average 16 ppg and 8 apg. During her run that season she set a school record with 48 straight made free throws and set a new tOSU single season assists record with 289. She was the B1G leader and second in the nation with her 8 assists per game average. Finally, she set a new tOSU NCAA tournament record with 13 assists against St.Francis and finished as a unanimous first team all-conference selection. Read More
Time really seems to be flying by these days. Here we are in the middle of the Big Ten conference basketball schedule and it feels like just yesterday that we were getting excited to get this season underway. Amazing.
As a whole, the Big Ten season has been packed with incredibly exciting games. There have also been more than a few surprises that have made the conference seem impossible to predict. Several teams (I’m looking at you Purdue) have pulled some very strange Jekyll and Hyde routines that defy understanding. All in all, it’s made for one excellent year of Big Ten basketball.
You may recall that JoeD and I (along with Robby Donoho and JoeL) previewed each team Big Ten team during the preseason. I wanted to take a moment* to look at how each team has done compared with our expectations; and with the information we now have at hand, attempt to predict how they might finish out going forward. You will find links to our previews with each team below.
We also put together this Q&A with the Minnesota basketball blog From the Barn that aggregates a lot of our ideas. You may find that a humorous look at where our thoughts were prior to the season. We weren’t completely off-base, thankfully.
I won’t make predictions of who will make the NCAA tournament just yet – that will depend a lot on how strong the conference is viewed by the selection committee. We’ll just have to set that discussion aside for a future date.
In what has been an already interesting off-season for Big Ten Football fans, it looks like the league is ready to add another fold to the talking point docket.
During the Big Ten Conference in Chicago this week, commissioner Jim Delaney and the members of the conference discussed whether scholarship players should receive extra money to help players cover everyday needs.
The money, which would be anywhere between 2,000 and 5,000 dollars per student, would be an aide in everyday needs such as transportation, clothing, and food.
Delaney made it clear that these discussions were just the starting point for the NCAA, but he believes something has to be done to bridge the gap.
Officials guesstimate that it would cost a university such as Ohio State nearly 1 million dollars to fund all scholarship athletes on campus. But with millions of dollars coming in yearly under the Big Ten Network, now seems like the perfect time to give back to the players.
Many would argue though that it’s just a way for the conference to think out loud about ways to protect against mishaps such as this summer’s fiasco. Of course another way to grind the sandpaper on a subject that has already seen way too many layers.
As the sun came up today, it was the dawn of the first day of “real” conference basketball tournaments! That’s right, folks, it is finally Day 1 of the Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament!
Each day this week, we will offer a brief rundown of the day’s matchups. It’s just a little something for you to whet your appetite with while you wait for the Buckeyes to take the hardwood.
Make absolutely certain you don’t take any of these predictions to your favorite betting locale. If you do, we’re not responsible for the results – unless you win.
The Big Ten tournament, as a whole has been a particularly unpredictable beast. Teams at the bottom of the seeding, knowing that their fates on in their own hands and their season is coming to a premature end, tend to play beyond themselves. It is not unusual for a team that plays in the first round to make it to the Championship game, though that’s also not particularly common either.
For our rundown of today’s games, Read More
Earlier today, the Big T1e2n announced both its division names for football and revealed a new logo. Let the branding of obedience begin:
Other options for your bootleg t-shirt needs:
Yup, we’re “Big”. You’ve got to wonder if the failure to try to build a number into the logo like with the Big T1e1n means something about future expansion. Ooooooh! Conspiracy!! Read More
Lots of rumors swirling today, including those about conference divisions for 2011.
What we’re hearing is as follows (from 97.1 FM in Columbus, FWIW):
Reports are also that The Game will remain a protected rivalry, and will be played on the last weekend of the season.
Again, nothing definitive as of yet… The official announcement will be this evening at 7 PM on the Big Ten Network.
UPDATE: ESPN is reporting the same.
According to the Omaha World Herald, the University of Nebraska has accepted an offer to join the Big T1e2n conference.
The University of Nebraska Board of Regents have approved this move as well, and there’s speculation that it may be approved by the Big Ten Conference as early as this afternoon
“By unanimous vote, the Big Ten Presidents and Chancellors are pleased to welcome the University of Nebraska-Lincoln to the Big Ten Conference,” said COP/C Chair and Michigan State President Lou Anna K. Simon. “We believe Nebraska is an extraordinary fit, reflecting the criteria we established at the beginning of the process – high academic quality, competitiveness, cultural compatibility and fiscal responsibility. The extensive and in-depth discussions my colleagues and I have had about Big Ten expansion permitted us to act expeditiously and prudently on the application submitted by Nebraska. We look forward to working with our colleagues at UNL in the years ahead.”
“We are pleased that the Presidents/Chancellors of the Big Ten universities agree that the University of Nebraska-Lincoln is a proper partner from both an academics standpoint and athletics perspective,” Perlman said. “This makes sense for the future of our University. We are honored to be included in the Big Ten.”
“The Big Ten Conference has much to offer,” Osborne said. “This is a tribute to our athletic program, our academic programs and our fans. This is the right move at the right time. This is a rare opportunity that may not have been an option for us in the future.”
In order for an institution to be admitted to the Big Ten Conference, it must submit a written application, which must then be approved by at least 70 percent of the Big Ten COP/C. The University of Nebraska Board of Regents formally submitted an application to join the Big Ten Conference Friday afternoon. The Big Ten COP/C then met via conference call and approved Nebraska’s application.
“While Big Ten expansion is exciting and important both academically and athletically, what we are really excited about is building solid, long-lasting relationships with the University, its administrators and staff, its fans and the people of Nebraska,” Delany said. “We look forward to reaching out to these groups in the months and years ahead.”
We’ll continue to update this as it develops.
Hopefully this well help you all get through your day, watch each video 4 or 5 times and it will be time to go home before you know it.
I hope you enjoyed that, I know I did.