November 2009 Archives

MBB: And We're Off...

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The 11th Annual Big Ten/ACC Challenge tipped off tonight with Penn State edging Virginia, 69-66, in the first game of the event. The Big Ten now holds a 1-0 advantage entering tomorrow's five games.

Penn State became the first Big Ten team to win three consecutive Challenge games. The Nittany Lions' Talor Battle had a career night, scoring 32 points.

Big Ten leads, 1-0.

PENN STATE def. Virginia, 69-66
Talor Battle
dominated the second half and the Nittany Lion basketball team (5-2) posted a Big Ten record third-straight victory in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge Monday as Penn State downed Virginia, 69-66, in Charlottesville, Va. Battle scored 28 second half points on his way to a career high 32 in the game as the Nittany Lions overcame a 10-point second half deficit to lead by as many as 12 in the second half before holding on late. After struggling to shoot 34 percent in the first half, Penn State hit at a 53.8 percent clip in the second half while reeling off 48 points to win for the first time in four trips to Virginia. It marked Penn State's second road win in its three-game Challenge win streak. More...

VB: Awards & Honors

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Penn State's Megan Hodge earned her second Big Ten Player of the Year Award, while her teammate Darcy Dorton became the seventh Penn State player in eight years to be named the conference's Freshman of the Year. PSU mentor Russ Rose was named Coach of the Year by his peers and the media, and Northwestern's Kate Nobilio became the first ever Wildcat to take home Defensive Player of the Year accolades. Click HERE to view the complete All-Big Ten volleyball teams and individual award winners.

WBB: News & Notes

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Players of the Week
Illinois' Jenna Smith was named Player of the Week after earning MVP honors at the Cal Poly Holiday Beach Classic over the weekend. The senior averaged 20.3 points, 13.0 rebounds, 2.7 blocks and 2.3 assists per game as the Illini won all three games they played last week, extending their winning streak to six. Iowa's Jaime Printy was named Freshman of the Week for averaging 16.3 points, 6.7 rebounds and 5.3 assists per game as the Hawkeyes beat William & Mary and Columbia and dropped a close one to West Virginia. FULL RELEASE

In the Polls
Ohio State remains the No. 3 team in the nation, according to the Associated Press. After a 2-0 week, Michigan State moved up to No. 22, and Illinois and Purdue are receiving votes outside the top 25. FULL POLL

FB: Weekly Release

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The Nov. 30 football release has been finalized and is now available on the Big Ten website. Below are a few highlights of the release.

Full release in PDF format

Illinois' Juice Williams Becomes Sixth Player in Big Ten History to Amass 10,000 Yards of Total Offense.

Iowa, Ohio State and Penn State Reach 10 Wins, While Wisconsin Maintains Hopes of 10-Win Season.

Big Ten Nears Conference Record for Total  Attendance in All Games with One Home Contest Left.

Ohio State Secures Outright Big Ten Championship for Third Time in Last Four Seasons.

Bowl Destinations Still To Be Determined for Iowa, Michigan State, Minnesota, Northwestern, Ohio State, Penn State and Wisconsin.

 

VB: News & Notes

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Players of the Week
Minnesota's Lauren Gibbemeyer and Penn State's Megan Hodge were named Big Ten Co-Players of the Week, while the Gophers' Christine Tan earned defensive accolades, and Indiana's Jordan Haverly was tabbed Freshman of the week. Gibbemeyer averaged 5.2 kills per set on .510 hitting has her squad swept Northwestern and No. 5 Illinois. Hodge put down 6.0 kills per set at a .388 clip as the Nittany Lions closed out their third consecutive undefeated conference season. Tan averaged 5.8 digs per set and converted on 35 of 36 service reception opportunities, becoming the second-highest digs leader in school history. Haverly averaged 5.1 kills on .410 hitting with 1.6 digs as the Hoosiers posted wins at Iowa and Wisconsin. COMPLETE RELEASE

Big Ten in the Polls
The Big Ten continues to receive high marks in the AVCA Coaches Poll, led by unanimous No. 1 Penn State. Illinois comes in at No. 8, followed by No. 11 Minnesota and No. 16 Michigan. Ohio State is receiving votes outside the top 25. COMPLETE POLL

FB: Illinois Standouts Earn Weekly Football Accolades

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Illinois quarterback Juice Williams was named the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week, while kicker Dustin Dimke was selected as the Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week. Read more on the weekly honorees by clicking on this link.

MBB: Big Ten/ACC Challenge Preview

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11th Annual Big Ten/ACC Challenge

The Big Ten and ACC lock up for their 11th annual challenge slated to feature 11 games for the fifth straight year. This year's battle consists of all 11 Big Ten teams pitted against the full ACC contingent with the exception of Georgia Tech.  Action tips off Monday night with Penn State at Virginia on ESPN2. Experience one of the greatest traditions on the hardwood as the Challenge continues with five games each on Tuesday and Wednesday. 

FAST BREAKS
The ACC has won the Challenge each of the previous 10 seasons, sneaking by with a 6-5 edge last year.

The Purdue/Wake Forest series has historically been close, as the average margin of victory for both teams has been only slightly better than seven points in the five meetings.

Home teams are 61-27 in Big Ten/ACC Challenge play. The Big Ten is 25-20 in games played on its home courts.

Fifty-two of the 97 Challenge games played to date have had at least one ranked team playing. This year five matchups will have at least one ranked team.

Twenty-four games have had both teams ranked. Two games will involve two ranked teams this year.


The LINEUP


MONDAY, Nov. 30

PENN STATE at Virginia | 7 p.m. | ESPN2

Series History: Virginia leads, 5-2
Last Meeting: The two teams have not met since Virginia claimed a 66-54 victory at the 1984 Sugar Bowl Classic in New Orleans.

Challenge History: Penn State is 3-5 overall in Big Ten/ACC Challenge games and 1-3 in games played away from the Jordan Center. Virginia owns a 5-4 Challenge record.


TUESDAY, DEC. 1


NORTHWESTERN at N.C. State | 7 p.m. | ESPNU

Series History: N.C. State leads, 3-0
Last Meeting: The Wolfpack posted a 74-49 win over the Wildcats Dec. 4, 2003 in Raleigh.  

Challenge History: Northwestern is 3-7 in the Challenge. N.C. State owns a 5-4 record.


Wake Forest at PURDUE | 7 p.m. | ESPN

Series History: Purdue leads, 3-2
Last Meeting: The Old Gold and Black won the last meeting, a 66-52 decision in Tucson, Ariz., as part of the Fiesta Bowl Classic.

Challenge History: The Boilermakers are 3-6 all-time in the Challenge, with both victories coming at Mackey Arena. The Demon Deacons are 8-1, owning the second-best record of all 23 teams.


Maryland at INDIANA | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN2

Series History: Indiana leads, 5-1
Last Meeting: The tenth-ranked Hoosiers came back to claim an 80-74 overtime win against No. 9 Maryland in Indianapolis as part of the ACC/Big Ten challenge.

Challenge History: Indiana is 3-5 in the Challenge. Maryland is 7-3 all-time.


MICHIGAN STATE at North Carolina | 9 p.m. | ESPN

Series History: UNC leads, 9-3.  
Last Meeting: Michigan State last clashed against UNC in the 2009 NCAA Championship game, which resulted in a in 89-72 decision in favor of the Tar Heels.  

Challenge History: The Spartans are 5-4 in Challenge games--a Big Ten best. The Tar Heels are 5-5.


Virginia Tech at IOWA | 9:30 p.m. | ESPN2

Series History: Virginia Tech leads, 1-0
Last Meeting: The two teams met in Blacksburg, Va., in the 2006 Big Ten/ACC Challenge. The Hokies edged the Hawkeyes, 69-65.

Challenge History: Iowa is 2-6 all-time in the Challenge after being edge by Boston College 57-55 last year. Virginia Tech is 1-3 all-time.


WEDNESDAY, DEC. 2


ILLINOIS at Clemson | 7:15 p.m. | ESPN

Series History: Illinois owns a 2-1 advantage in the all-time series.  
Last Meeting: The Tigers defeated the Illini last season, 76-74 in Champaign, Ill.

Challenge History: The Fighting Illini are 3-7 while the Tigers are 8-2 in the Challenge.


MINNESOTA at Miami | 7:15 p.m. | ESPNU

Series History: This will be the first meeting between the two programs.  

Challenge History: Minnesota owns a 4-6 record in Challenge games, while Miami has yet to win in the Challenge in their three games to date.


Boston College at MICHIGAN | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN2

Series History: Michigan holds a 1-3 all-time record against Boston College.  
Last Meeting: The Wolverines last faced the Eagles in the 2007 Challenge game at Crisler Arena, where U-M dropped the game, 77-64.   

Challenge History:
Michigan is 3-5 all-time in the Challenge. Boston College has never lost a Challenge game, owning a 3-0 record.


Duke at WISCONSIN | 9:15 p.m. | ESPN

Series History: Duke leads the all-time series with Wisconsin, 1-0.  
Last Meeting: The then-ranked No. 7 Blue Devils topped No. 20 Wisconsin, 82-58, in the 2007 Challenge.  

Challenge History:
Wisconsin is 4-6 in Challenge games. Duke has yet to lose in the previous 10 events.


Florida State at OHIO STATE | 9:30 p.m. | ESPN2

Series History:  Ohio State leads the all-time series against Florida State, 3-0. This will be the first meeting between the two schools in the Challenge.
Last Meeting: It has been over 40 years since the Buckeyes last met the Seminoles on Dec. 27, 1968, when OSU previaled with a 93-86 win.    

Challenge History: The Buckeyes are 3-5 while the Seminoles are 6-4 in the Challenge.

Big Ten/ACC Challenge Central



WBB: Sunday's Results

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ILLINOIS def. Arkansas, 64-55
Recap and Box Score

#3/3 OHIO STATE def. #22/25 California, 83-71
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Pepperdine def. PURDUE (rv), 64-59
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WISCONSIN def. Cal State Fullerton, 57-44
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The Big Ten led all conferences with three programs among the top 11 in the latest Bowl Championship Series (BCS) standings. Ohio State, which won its fifth straight Big Ten title more than a week ago, continues to pace the conference and jumped two spots to No. 8. Iowa and Penn State also moved up two spots to No. 9 and No. 11 respectively. The Buckeyes are the Big Ten's automatic qualifier to the BCS, but both the Hawkeyes and Nittany Lions are eligible for at-large selection based on appearing among the top 14 in the BCS standings with nine or more regular-season wins. However, no conference can receive more than two spots in the BCS games.

MBB: It's a Wrap

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Feast Week is in the books. The Big Ten went 10-8 in tournaments beginning on Nov. 23. Northwestern and Purdue we both undefeated and won the Chicago Invitational and Paradise Jam, respectively. Wisconsin knocked off No. 21 Maryland for third place in the Maui Invitational.

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Tournament Nuggets
- Big Ten teams met four ranked opponents this week and was 3-1, defeating #9 Tennessee  
   (PUR), #10 Butler (MINN) and #23 Notre Dame (NU).
- The Big Ten met 10 teams from either the ACC, Big 12, Big East, Pac-10 or SEC this week.
- The Big Ten finished 5-5 versus those 10 teams.


Most Valuable Players
E'Twaun Moore, Purdue--Paradise Jam
John Shurna, Northwestern--Chicago Invitational

All-Tournament Teams
Manny Harris, Michigan--Old Spice
Trevon Hughes, Wisconsin--Maui Invitational
Robbie Hummel, Purdue--Paradise Jam
Kalin Lucas, Michigan State--Legends Classic
Cully Payne, Iowa--CBE Classic
Jeremy Nash, Northwestern--Chicago Invitational
Michael Thompson, Northwestern--Chicago Invitational
Mike Tisdale, Illinois--Las Vegas Invitational

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Sunday RECAPS

Alabama def. #15/15 MICHIGAN, 68-66

Despite leading for the majority of the contest, the No. 15-ranked University of Michigan men's basketball team fell, 68-66, to Alabama in the third-place game of the Old Spice Classic at the Milk House on Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex on Sunday (Nov. 29). Junior guard Manny Harris scored 26 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and had a career-best five steals for U-M. More...

Texas A&M def. #22/16 MINNESOTA, 66-65
Trailing by seven with 1:11 left to play, the Minnesota basketball team rattled off six straight points to close within one, but their final shot - a Paul Carter lay-in - was blocked, sealing a 66-65 loss to Texas A&M in the third place game of the 76 Classic this afternoon (Nov. 29).
The Gophers lost their last two to finish in fourth place at the 76 Classic, posting a 1-2 record in their three games after winning their opener over Butler on Nov. 26. More...


 

FB: Big Ten Polling Place

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The latest national polls are out and the Big Ten leads all conferences with three teams among the top 10 in all three rankings. Despite concluding regular-season play more than a week ago, all three Big Ten schools moved up in the latest polls. Big Ten Champion Ohio State continued to pace the conference, climbing to eighth in the Associated Press (AP) poll while jumping to seventh in the USA Today Coaches and Harris Interactive rankings. Iowa was rated ninth by the AP and 10th by the coaches and Harris voters. Penn State was ranked 10th by the media and ninth by the coaches and Harris pollsters.

VB: Let's Dance!

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Six Big Ten teams were selected for the 2009 NCAA Volleyball Championship, including four national seeds. Penn State garnered the No. 1 overall spot and will host first- and second-round action. Illinois is the No. 5 national seed and will also host to open tournament play. No. 11 seed Minnesota will play its first- and second-round games in Knoxville, Tenn., while No. 13 Michigan will host. In addition, Ohio State will host first- and second-round play, while Michigan State opens in Lexington Kentucky. Click HERE for the complete release, and click HERE for the full bracket.

MBB: Sunday Preview

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As Feast Week comes to an end, two Big Ten teams play today for third place in their respective tournaments. No. 15 Michigan will take on Alabama in the Old Spice Classic while No. 22/16 Minnesota will meet Texas A&M in the 76 Classic.

Come back this afternoon for some thoughts on the week, stats and facts and recaps of today's game and a preview of the Big Ten/ACC Challenge.

The LINEUP

Alabama vs. #15/15 MICHIGAN | 5 p.m. | ESPNU
No. 15 Michigan finishes up its three-game trip to Orlando, Fla., in the third-place game of the Old Spice Classic on Sunday. Alabama is 1-1 in the Old Spice after falling to Florida State by a 60-51 margin in the semifinal game on Friday and defeating Baylor, 79-76. More...

Series History: Tied, 1-1


Texas A&M vs. #22/16 MINNESOTA | 5 p.m. | ESPN2
The Gophers will play for third place at the 2009 76 Classic on Nov. 29 against the Texas A&M Aggies. A&M lost to West Virginia 73-66 in the semi-finals of the classic. Minnesota opened the third annual 76 Classic with an 82-73 victory over the No. 10/12 ranked Butler Bulldogs on Thanksgiving night  before falling to Portland 61-56 in the semi's on Nov. 27. More...

Series History:
Minnesota leads, 1-0


MSCR: Indiana and Northwestern Drop out of NCAA Tournament

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Two Big Ten teams dropped out of the NCAA Championships Sunday afternoon as Indiana and Northwestern each lost 1-0 heartbreakers in the Round of 16.

No. 9 Northwestern fell victim to a late goal in the Wildcats 1-0 loss to No. 8 Tulsa. NU keeper Misha Rosenthal saved five shots while the Northwestern offense fired 11 shots as the Wildcats end their 2009 season 11-5-4.

The Indiana Hoosiers' season came to an end Sunday afternoon, falling to No. 5 North Carolina 1-0. Hoosier keeper Luis Soffner made five saves and Andy Adlard had three shots on goal for Indiana, which finished the year 12-10-1.

Look here for a complete NCAA tournament bracket.

WBB: Saturday's Results

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ILLINOIS def. Cal Poly, 56-47
Recap and Box Score

IOWA def. Columbia, 72-69
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New Mexico State def. MICHIGAN, 72-67
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#25/25 MICHIGAN STATE def. Oklahoma State (rv), 93-90 (2OT)
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#9/10 Xavier def. MINNESOTA, 71-56
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NORTHWESTERN def. Penn, 61-39
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#3/3 OHIO STATE def. IUPUI, 88-33
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PENN STATE def. Holy Cross, 52-48
Recap and Box Score

WISCONSIN def. Oregon, 58-57
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VB: Saturday's Results

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INDIANA def. IOWA, 3-0
Recap and Box Score

No. 13 MINNESOTA def. No. 5 ILLINOIS, 3-0
Recap and Box Score

OHIO STATE (rv) def. MICHIGAN STATE, 3-0
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No. 1 PENN STATE def. No. 12 MICHIGAN, 3-0
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PURDUE def. WISCONSIN, 3-2
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MBB: Saturday Recaps

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The Big Ten went 6-1 tonight, including a tournament win for Northwestern.

#6/6 PURDUE def. Central Michigan, 64-38
Purdue coach Matt Painter will take this kind of defensive masterpiece any time. The No. 6 Boilermakers used their staunch defense to overcome a sluggish offensive start, routing Central Michigan 64-38 on Saturday. More...


IOWA def. North Carolina Central, 73-63
A career-high 24-point effort by junior forward Jarryd Cole paced the University of Iowa men's basketball team during a 73-63 victory over North Carolina Central on Saturday inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena. It is the second consecutive home victory for the Hawkeyes, who improved to 2-4 on the season. Iowa shot 57.6 percent from the field in the second half (19-of-33) to pull away. The Hawkeyes made 28-of-56 field goals for the game (50 percent). More...


INDIANA def. Northwestern State, 90-72
Freshmen Christian Watford and Maurice Creek scored 17 points each Saturday to lead four Hoosiers in double figures as Indiana topped Northwestern State 90-72. The Hoosiers never trailed in the game and built a 38-23 lead with 6:52 to go on a three-pointer by senior Devan Dumes. The visiting Demons would not go away and the Hoosiers went into halftime with a 45-35 lead. More...


#17/18 OHIO STATE def. St. Francis (Pa.), 110-47
St. Francis coach Don Friday didn't mince words. Jon Diebler hit five three-pointers to get No. 17 Ohio State off to a fast start, and the Buckeyes coasted to a 110-47 victory over St. Francis, Pa., on Saturday. It was the most points scored by the Buckeyes since piling up 121 points in 1995 against George Mason, and matched the 11th-highest total ever for the program. More...


#2/2 MICHIGAN STATE def. UMass, 106-68
Tom Izzo
won his 341st game at Michigan State, setting the school record for victories in the No. 2 Spartans' 106-68 win over Massachusetts on Saturday night in the Legends Classic. Izzo set the record the same week mentor and predecessor Jud Heathcote was inducted into the National Collegiate Hall of Fame. For years, it was Izzo who sat by Heathcote's side as an assistant and associate head coach. When Heathcote retired, Izzo was his hand-picked successor. More...


NORTHWESTERN def. Iowa State, 67-65
Northwestern capped a memorable weekend by downing previously undefeated Iowa State 67-65 Saturday night at the UIC Pavilion to claim the Chicago Invitational Challenge title. Sophomore forward John Shurna finished with a game-high 23 points and was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player. It was the fourth consecutive win for the Wildcats who improve to 5-1 on the season. Meanwhile, the Cyclones fall to 6-1. More...


Bradley def. #20/21 ILLINOIS, 72-68
Andrew Warren scored 16 points, including a go-ahead 3-pointer with 30 seconds left, to lift Bradley to a 72-68 win over No. 20 Illinois 72-68 at the Las Vegas Invitational on Saturday night. Warren's basket put the Braves up 68-66. Bradley, which had five players in double figures, ended the game on an 11-2 run and went 3-1 in the Invitational. More...







MBB: Weekend Preview

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Settle in to your La-Z-Boy...seven games tonight on the Big Ten slate, including a quintuple header on the Big Ten Network. Watch live now!

The LINEUP

Central Michigan at #6/6 PURDUE | 11:30 a.m. | Big Ten Network
Fresh off of capturing the Paradise Jam title, sixth-ranked Purdue will open a four-game homestand on Saturday when it welcomes Central Michigan to Mackey Arena. A win over CMU would give Purdue a 5-0 start for the second-straight season, and just the third time in the last seven years. The Boilermakers are 19-5 in the month of November under head coach Matt Painter. Purdue has had seven different players combine to post 14 double-figure scoring efforts in its first four games of the season. The Boilers have played their way to a +8.3 average turnover margin this season, and are 61-17 under Painter when winning the turnover battle. More...

Series History: Purdue leads, 5-1


North Carolina Central at IOWA  | 1:30 p.m. | Big Ten Network
The Iowa Hawkeyes return home Saturday after a two-game road trip to Kansas City. Iowa (1-4) will entertain North Carolina Central (1-5) at 12:36 p.m. (CST) at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.  Today starts a three-game home stand for the Hawkeyes. In fact seven of Iowa's next nine games will be in Iowa City. Both Iowa and NC Central will be looking to snap losing streaks. The Hawkeyes have lost two straight (No. 3 Texas and Wichita State), while the Eagles have lost three consecutive (FIU, Murray State and James Madison). More...

Series History: First Meeting


Northwestern State at INDIANA | 3:30 p.m. | Big Ten Network
Indiana is in its 110th season of college basketball and will face Northwestern State University at Assembly Hall for the second straight year. IU will be looking to get back on track at home after just coming up short in three games at the O'Reilly Auto Parts Puerto Rico Tipoff last weekend. NSU sits at 2-1 on the year with wins over East Texas Baptist (77-54) and Houston Baptist (92-61) and a loss on the road at Texas Tech (94-75). More...

Series History: Indiana leads, 1-0


St. Francis (Pa.) at #17/18 OHIO STATE | 5:30 p.m. | Big Ten Network
David Lighty scored a career-high 22 points and Evan Turner had his second triple-double of the season to lead No. 17 Ohio State past Lipscomb 84-64 on Tuesday night. The Buckeyes host St. Francis (1-4) in the second of a four-game homestand. Ohio State is averaging 81.0 points per game while holding opponents to 63.0. The Buckeyes are paced by Turner, averaging a double-double on the season with 20.6 points and 13.8 rebounds. More...

Series History: First Meeting


Iowa State vs. NORTHWESTERN | 8 p.m. | Big Ten Network
Behind a career-high 25 points by sophomore forward John Shurna, NU took down No. 23 Notre Dame 72-58 at the UIC Pavilion as part of the Chicago Invitational Challenge. The Wildcats will play Iowa State tonight in the championship game. The Cyclones (6-0) defeated St. Louis Friday night 65-54 to advance to the title game. More...

Series History: Iowa State leads, 1-0


UMass vs. #2/2 MICHIGAN STATE | 8 p.m. | HDNet
Tom Izzo looks to make sure his second-ranked Spartans bounce back from their first loss of the season when they face Massachusetts on Saturday night in the third-place game of the Legends Classic at Atlantic City. Needing one more victory to reach 341 at the school and pass mentor and predecessor Jud Heathcote as the program's winningest coach, Izzo will have to wait at least one day for the chance after Michigan State (4-1) lost 77-74 to Florida in Friday's tournament semifinal. The Minutemen are 2-3 on the season after falling to Rutgers Friday night. The Spartans are holding opponents to 3.9 shooting on the season. More...

Series History: Michigan State leads, 1-0


Bradley vs. #20/21 ILLINOIS | 8 p.m. | HoopsTV.net
Shawn Glover banked home a runner in the lane at the buzzer and Utah rallied from a 16-point halftime deficit to beat No. 20 Illinois 60-58 in the third round of the Las Vegas Invitational. The Illini will try to bounce back tonight when they take on Bradley in the third-place game. The Braves fell to Oklahoma State, 68-57, Friday night in third-round action. More...

Series History: Illinois leads, 13-2


WBB: Friday's Results

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INDIANA def. Charlotte, 72-61
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West Virginia (rv) def. IOWA, 69-66
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MICHIGAN def. Stephen F. Austin, 85-61
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#25/25 MICHIGAN STATE def. George Washington, 78-47
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MINNESOTA def. TCU (rv), 61-56
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College of Charleston def. NORTHWESTERN, 54-50
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PENN STATE def. Buffalo, 86-65
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PURDUE (rv) def. UC-Riverside, 65-53
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WISCONSIN def. Portland State, 75-51
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MBB: Friday Night Recaps

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Utah def. #20/21 ILLINOIS, 60-58
Shawn Glover banked home a runner in the lane at the buzzer and Utah rallied from a 16-point halftime deficit to beat Illinois (No. 21 ESPN/USA Today, No. 20 AP) 60-58 in the third round of the Las Vegas Invitational on Friday night. More...


Marquette def. #15/15 MICHIGAN, 79-65
Despite 22 points and eight rebounds from junior guard Manny Harris, the No. 15-ranked University of Michigan men's basketball team suffered its first loss of the season on Friday afternoon (Nov. 27), falling to Marquette, 79-65, in the first semifinal of the Old Spice Classic at the Milk House on Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex. More...


Florida def. #2/2 MICHIGAN STATE, 77-74
Erving Walker hit a go-ahead three-pointer with 1:56 left and Florida hung on to upset No. 2 Michigan State 77-74 on Friday night in the Legends Classic. Walker finished with 12 points to help the Gators (5-0) remain undefeated. Durrell Summers missed two last-gasp three-point attempts in the final minute. The Spartans (4-1) missed their chance to give coach Tom Izzo a record 341 victories at the school. Izzo will get another chance Saturday. More...


Portland def. #22/16 MINNESOTA, 61-56
Portland led by as much at 10 in the first half, and went up by as much at 11 late in the second half before Minnesota made a late charge to get back in the game. The Gophers drew to within two with just over three minutes remaining, but would get no closer as the Pilots regrouped to score five of the game's final seven points to secure the upset of 16th ranked Minnesota. More...


NORTHWESTERN def. #23/- Notre Dame, 72-58
Mark Twain once stated that, "reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated." The same holds true for the Northwestern men's basketball team. Given up for dead by many following season-ending injuries to seniors Kevin Coble and Jeff Ryan, the Wildcats showed Friday night that it isn't time to throw dirt on them just yet. Behind a career-high 25 points by sophomore forward John Shurna, NU took down No. 23 Notre Dame 72-58 at the UIC Pavilion as part of the Chicago Invitational Challenge. More...

VB: Friday's Results

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IOWA def. PURDUE, 3-2
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No. 13 MINNESOTA def. NORTHWESTERN, 3-0
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OHIO STATE (rv) def. No. 12 MICHIGAN, 3-0
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No. 1 PENN STATE def. MICHIGAN STATE, 3-0
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INDIANA def. WISCONSIN, 3-2
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FB: Big Ten Wrapup - Week 13

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Only one Big Ten team was in action over Thanksgiving weekend, with Illinois hitting the road to face No. 5 Cincinnati on Friday.  The Illini offense put up 36 points, as quarterback Juice Williams accounted for four touchdowns and surpassed 10,000 yards of total offense in his career. But the Bearcats' offense was even more impressive in the 49-36 victory. Read more about Friday's game by clicking on this link.

MBB: Required Reading: Weekend Edition

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Weber, Illini seek experience jackpot

Weber wants to get his bench involved

Illini's Richardson back for second act

Listening key for Indiana players

As Tom Izzo prepares to pass Jud Heathcote on Spartans' wins list, their friendship strengthens

Spartans have a need for speed

MSU/Florida Matchup Rekindles past rivalry

Gophers' mentor keeps his dad's memory alive

Buckeyes coached to let go of losses

PSU's Brooks making major gains

Purdue's Johnson: Best of the Big Men?

WBB: Thursday's Results

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#15/18 Virginia def. INDIANA, 84-79
Recap and Box Score

MBB: Black Friday

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No need to camp out in parking lots for 4 a.m. sales. You can sleep in this Black Friday and not miss a single play of Big Ten hoops. Michigan will tip things off at Noon ET. Five games are on the slate for Friday with the Wolverines, Illinois, Michigan State, Minnesota and Northwestern all in action.

The LINEUP

Marquette vs. #15/15 MICHIGAN | Noon ET | ESPN
With the 83-76 overtime victory over Creighton on Thursday, Michigan advances to the semifinals of the Old Spice Classic on Friday (Nov. 27) at noon. The Wolverines will take on Marquette, a 71-61 quarterfinal winner over Xavier. More...

Series History: Michigan leads, 13-5


Florida vs. #2/2 MiCHIGAN STATE | 8 p.m. ET | HDNet
In the 10th anniversary season of Michigan State's 2000 NCAA Championship, the Spartans will face their title-game opponent in the semifinal of the 2009 Legends Classic. The MSU/UF winner will face the Rutgers/UMass winner in the championship game. With his next victory, Tom Izzo will pass Jud Heathcote as MSU's all-time winningest coach. More...

Series History: Michigan State leads, 3-2


#23/- Notre Dame vs. NORTHWESTERN | 8:30 p.m. ET | Big Ten Network
Northwestern and Notre Dame square off for the first time in 25 years Friday as the teams meet up in the Chicago Invitational Challenge at the UIC Pavilion. The Wildcats are coming off their second consecutive win, a 69-53 triumph Tuesday over Liberty at Welsh-Ryan Arena. Freshman Drew Crawford led the way, scoring a career-best 22 points including knocking down five 3-pointers. John Shurna added 14 points and nine rebounds. NU jumped out to a 19-6 advantage and never led by less than nine the rest of the way. More...

Series History: Notre Dame leads, 63-23-1


Portland vs. #22/16 MINNESOTA | 9:30 p.m. | ESPNU
In what was billed as a marquee match-up on Thanksgiving night, the No. 22/16 Golden Gophers scored 50 points in the second half to defeat the No. 12/10 Butler Bulldogs. With the win, Minnesota will meet Portland tonight in the semifinals of the 76 Classic. Portland defeated UCLA 74-47 to advance to the semis. More...

Series History: First Meeting


Utah vs. #20/21 ILLINOIS | 10:30 p.m. ET | HoopTV.net
After opening the season with four straight home games, Illinois plays its next three games away from the Assembly Hall. Illinois' current four-game winning streak is its longest since winning seven straight last December. The Fighting Illini (4-0) will meet Utah (2-2) in the semifinals of the Las Vegas Invitational. Illinois is led by freshman Brandon Paul, averaging 14.0 points per game.  More...

Series Record: Tied 1-1





MBB: Turkey Day Recaps

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#15/15 MICHIGAN def. Creighton, 83-76 (OT)
Junior guard Manny Harris scored 20 points, dished out 11 assists and grabbed nine rebounds to lead the No. 15-ranked University of Michigan men's basketball team to an 83-76 overtime victory over Creighton on Thursday afternoon (Nov. 26) in the first quarterfinal of the Old Spice Classic at the Milk House on Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex. Seven of Harris' 20 points came during the extra frame. More...


#22/16 MINNESOTA def. #12/10 Butler, 82-73
Damian Johnson
scored 18 points, and Minnesota outscored Butler 50-45 in the second half to score an 82-73 victory at the 76 Classic this evening (Nov. 26). The 16th ranked Gophers shot 50% from the field and over 47% from three-point range on the win, while holding 10th ranked Butler to just 33% from the field and 22% from downtown. More...

VB: Wednesday's Results

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#5 ILLINOIS def. NORTHWESTERN, 3-1
Recap and Box Score

MBB: Thanksgiving Menu

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The LINEUP

Creighton vs. #15/15 MICHIGAN | Noon ET | ESPN2
The Wolverines (No. 15 AP/No. 15 ESPN/USA Today) take on Creighton on Thursday (Nov. 26) at noon on ESPN2 and ESPN360.com in the first of three games at the Old Spice Classic. More...

#12/10 Butler vs. #22/16 MINNESOTA | 8:30 p.m. ET | ESPN2
Minnesota will open the third-annual 76 Classic against the No. 10/12 ranked Butler Bulldogs on Thanksgiving night. The Gophers are the first Big Ten team to take part in the classic.
The Gophers will play either UCLA or the University of Portland in the second round on Nov. 27. The final round will take place on Sunday, Nov. 29. The entire tournament can be seen on either ESPN, ESPN2 or ESPNU. More...

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WEDNESDAY RECAPS

WISCONSIN def. #21/22 Maryland, 78-69
Jason Bohannon and Wisconsin went outside the arc to take down Maryland. Bohannon scored 20 points and Jon Leuer added 16, leading the Badgers to a 78-69 victory over Maryland (No. 22 ESPN/USA Today, No. 21 AP) in the third-place game of the Maui Invitational on Wednesday at the Lahaina Civic Center. More...

PENN STATE def. Sacred Heart, 87-75
The Nittany Lion basketball team (4-2) will go to Thanksgiving dinner feeling much better about its offense after shooting a blistering 63.8 percent from the floor to stave of a plucky Sacred Heart (2-3) team, 87-75, Wednesday night at the Bryce Jordan Center. More...


WBB: Wednesday's Results

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#3/3 OHIO STATE def. UNC-Greensboro, 89-56
Recap and Box Score

WREST: Weekly Rankings

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The Big Ten boasts seven teams in the latest USA Today/NWCA/InterMat Division I polls, the most of any conference in the nation, released on Tuesday, including three in the top five spots. Three others conference squads are receiving votes this week.

Once again ranked No. 1 is Iowa, which won four duals at last week's Iowa City Duals to move its record to 5-0. Ranked No. 4 is Ohio State, followed by No. 5 Minnesota. Indiana moved up a few spots to No. 13 this week, as did Penn State, which is now ranked No. 15. The final ranked conference schools are No. 18 Wisconsin and No. 22 Illinois. Michigan, Michigan State and Purdue are all receiving votes outside the top 25.

Individually, four conference grapplers rank at the top of their respective weight classes, more than any other conference. Michigan State's Franklin Gomez at 133, Ohio State's Reece Humphrey at 141, Iowa's Brent Metcalf at 149, and Minnesota's Dustin Schlatter at 165 are ranked No. 1 in the polls. Additionally, at least four Big Ten wrestlers are ranked in each of the 10 weight classes' top 20.

FB: Big Ten in the NFL - Week 11

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Jason Avant, WR, Philadelphia (Michigan): Finished with four receptions for 26 yards and a touchdown grab in the Eagles' 24-20 win over Chicago on Sunday night.

Tom Brady, QB, New England (Michigan): Threw for 310 yards and a touchdown on 28 of 41 passing to lead the Patriots to a 31-14 win over the New York Jets.

Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans (Purdue): Completed 19 of 29 passes for 187 yards and three touchdown passes to help the Saints to a 38-7 win over Tampa Bay.

Chris Chambers, WR, Kansas City (Wisconsin): Recorded four catches for 119 yards in the Chiefs' 27-24 overtime win against Pittsburgh.

Dallas Clark, TE, Indianapolis (Iowa): Had just one catch, but it was a one-handed touchdown grab in the Colts' 17-15 victory over Baltimore.

Sean Considine, S, Jacksonville (Iowa): Finished with three tackles and an interception in the Jaguars' 18-15 win over Buffalo.

Kellen Davis, TE, Chicago (Michigan State): Made two catches for 17 yards and a touchdown reception in the Bears' 24-20 loss to Philadelphia on Sunday night.

Will Davis, LB, Arizona (Illinois): Made a pair of tackles and had a sack in the Cardinals' 21-13 win over St. Louis.

Larry Foote, LB, Detroit (Michigan): Finished with 12 tackles and a quarterback sack in the Lions' 38-37 victory over Cleveland.

David Harris, LB, New York Jets (Michigan): Made a team-high 14 tackles in the Jets' 31-14 loss to New England.

Chad Henne, QB, Miami (Michigan): Finished with 172 yards and a touchdown pass on 17 of 29 passing in the Dolphins' 24-17 win over Carolina on Thursday night.

Malcolm Jenkins, CB, New Orleans (Ohio State): Made seven tackles and intercepted a pass in the Saints' 38-7 win over Tampa Bay.

Dhani Jones, LB, Cincinnati (Michigan): Finished with nine tackles and forced a fumble in the Bengals' 20-17 loss to Oakland.

Aaron Kampman, DE, Green Bay (Iowa): Registered four tackles and a quarterback sack in the Packers' 30-24 win against San Francisco.

James Laurinaitis, LB, St. Louis (Ohio State): Recorded a team-high 16 tackles in the Rams' 21-13 loss to Arizona.

Alex Magee, DT, Kansas City (Purdue): Recorded two tackles and a quarterback sack in the Chiefs' 27-24 win over Pittsburgh.

Laurence Maroney, RB, New England (Minnesota): Finished with 77 yards rushing on 22 carries and scored two touchdowns in the Patriots' 31-14 win over the New York Jets.

Derrick Mason, WR, Baltimore (Michigan State): Finished with a team-high 142 receiving yards on nine catches in the Ravens' 17-15 loss to Indianapolis.

Rashard Mendenhall, RB, Pittsburgh (Illinois): Registered 80 rushing yards and 36 receiving yards and had a touchdown catch in the Steelers' 27-24 loss to Kansas City.

Shaun Phillips, DE, San Diego (Purdue): Had three tackles, recorded a sack and forced a fumble in the Chargers' 32-3 win over Denver.

Bernard Pollard, S, Houston (Purdue): Made eight tackles and had a fumble recovery in the Texans' 20-17 loss to Tennessee.

Paul Posluszny, LB, Buffalo (Penn State): Finished with a team-high 12 tackles and forced a fumble in the Bills' 18-15 loss to Jacksonville.

Bryan Scott, S, Buffalo (Penn State): Finished with nine tackles, a sack and forced a fumble in the Bills' 18-15 loss to Jacksonville.

Will Smith, DE, New Orleans (Ohio State): Made three tackles and had a sack in the Saints' 38-7 win over Tampa Bay.

Chris Wells, RB, Arizona (Ohio State): Had 74 yards rushing on 14 carries and a touchdown run in the Cardinals' 21-13 win over St. Louis.

LaMarr Woodley, DE, Pittsburgh (Michigan): Finished with a pair of sacks in the Steelers' 27-24 loss to Kansas City.

WBB: Wednesday's Schedule

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Just one women's basketball game tonight as No. 3 Ohio State takes on UNC-Greensboro at 7 p.m. ET LIVE on www.BigTenNetwork.com!

MBB: Feast Week

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Feast Week

The Big Ten Conference has a lot to be thankful for as teams face some of the finest schools in the country this week as Classic Week continues. This week's menu features matchups against nationally ranked foes and teams from the ACC, Big 12, Big East, Pac-10 and SEC.

Iowa tipped things off on Monday in the first of five meetings between Big Ten squads and ranked teams this week. The Hawkeyes played a close first half against No. 3/3 Texas Monday night before falling to the Big 12 powerhouse, 85-60. No. 6/6 Purdue defeated No. 9/11 Tennessee Monday night. Wisconsin will meet No. 21/20 Maryland tonight in the Maui Invitational. No. 22/16 Minnesota also faces a tough challenge in Thursday's 76 Classic opener against No. 12/10 Butler while Northwestern prepares to go head-to-head with No. 23/- ranked Notre Dame on Friday.

This week's schedule is also decorated with abundance of teams from rival conferences. The Big Ten plays the ACC (Maryland), Big 12 (Texas), Big East (Notre Dame), Pac-10 (Arizona) and SEC (Florida, Tennessee) this week. Depending on how the Big Ten advances through the tournament brackets, Michigan could meet Marquette (Big East) in the Old Spice Classic, Minnesota could match up with UCLA (Pac-10) in the 76 Classic, while Michigan State could play Rutgers (Big East) in the Legends Classic. Northwestern has the potential to play Iowa State (Big 12) in the Chicago Challenge and Illinois could meet Iowa State (Big 12) in the Las Vegas Invitational.



VB: This Week's Top 10 List

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The Big Ten volleyball weekly release can be viewed HERE, or read below for the highlights:

1. Penn State clinched its seventh consecutive and 13th overall Big Ten title last weekend.
2. The Nittany Lions now aim for their third consecutive perfect conference season.
3. The Big Ten is once again the only conference in the nation with two teams ranked in the top five, led by No. 1 Penn State and No. 5 Illinois.
4. With No. 12 Michigan and No. 13 Minnesota, the Big Ten is one of just two conferences with four top-15 teams.
5. Michigan's Juliana Paz was named the Sports Imports/AVCA National Player of the Week, marking the first honor in Wolverine program history.
6. Penn State's Megan Hodge became the second consecutive Big Ten student-athlete to be named volleyball's ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American of the Year.
7. Penn State's 94-match winning streak ranks second in NCAA history among all sports.
8. Two matches will be broadcast on the Big Ten Network this week.
9. The Big Ten Network will also air the exclusive announcement of the All-Big Ten teams on Monday at 9 p.m. CT on the Big Ten Women's Show.
10. The NCAA Championship Selection Show will air Sunday at 2 p.m. CT on ESPN News.

VB: Mid-Week Matchup

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Be sure to tune in to the Big Ten Network this evening while you're preparing your Thanksgiving feast and watch as Northwestern hosts No. 5 Illinois, LIVE at 7 p.m. CT!

WBB: Get to Know Her

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Throughout the season, we'll be introducing you to Big Ten women's basketball players as part of the Big Ten's Get to Know Her campaign. Sign up for the Get to Know Her Club at any Big Ten home women's basketball game, or search "Get to Know Her Club" from your Facebook page to become an online member!

For more information on the Get to Know Her campaign, go HERE or e-mail GTKH@bigten.org.

Alyssa Karel, Wisconsin
Alyssa Karel's dream is to one day be a nurse in a foreign country and she got to experience that this past summer. Karel traveled to South Africa for two weeks as part of an education-based tour of the country's medical facilities. The group toured hospital and clinics and visited a nursing school in Capetown, Johannesburg and Hazydiew. The highlight of the trip for Karel was visiting an orphanage for children affected by HIV/AIDS.

WBB: Tuesday's Results

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ILLINOIS def. Illinois State, 62-51
Recap and Box Score

IOWA def. William & Mary, 78-54
Recap and Box Score

MINNESOTA def. North Dakota State, 65-37
Recap and Box Score

NORTHWESTERN def. #15/21 DePaul, 59-55
Recap and Box Score

UW-Green Bay (rv/-) def. WISCONSIN, 60-58
Recap and Box Score

MBB: Tuesday Night Recaps

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NORTHWESTERN def. Liberty, 69-53
Freshman Drew Crawford hit five three-pointers and scored a collegiate-best 22 points as Northwestern (3-1) cruised to a 69-53 victory over Liberty (1-5) Tuesday evening at Welsh-Ryan Arena as part of the Chicago Invitational Challenge. Crawford had just 12 combined points in his first three collegiate games, but was coming off a solid all-around performance in Sunday's victory over Tennessee State when he posted eight points, eight rebounds, four assists and two steals. He continued to show he was beginning to settle in Tuesday night. More...


#17/18 OHIO STATE def. Lipscomb, 84-64
David Lighty scored a career-high 22 points and Evan Turner had his second triple-double of the season to lead No. 17 Ohio State past Lipscomb 84-64 on Tuesday night. Turner, who missed his first five shots, finished with 16 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists. In the season-opening 100-60 win over Alcorn State, he picked up only the second recorded triple-double at Ohio State with 14 points, 17 rebounds and 10 assists. More...


Wichita State def. IOWA, 74-57
A hot-shooting Wichita State team defeated the University of Iowa men's basketball team, 74-57, in the consolation round of the O'Reilly Auto Parts CBE Classic on Tuesday inside the Sprint Center. Just seven Hawkeyes saw action in the game. Freshman point guard Cully Payne shared game-high scoring honors with two players from Wichita State with 18 points. He handed out four assists and made both three-point field goal attempts. Freshman forward Brennan Cougill contributed 11 points and four rebounds. More...


Gonzaga def. WISCONSIN, 74-61
Wisconsin got a career-high 19 points from sophomore Jordan Taylor and 18 from junior Jon Leuer, but it wasn't enough to hold off a talented Gonzaga squad in the semifinals of the EA Sports Maui Invitational. Gonzaga boasted four players in double figures, led by Matt Bouldin's 18 points, as the Bulldogs advanced to the championship game of the tournament with a 74-61 victory over the Badgers on Tuesday night. More...


#20/21 ILLINOIS def. Wofford, 78-64
Illinois just couldn't shake Wofford until Demtri McCamey took over. McCamey scored 21 points, including three 3s, and No. 20 Illinois used a second-half run to beat Wofford 78-64 in the Las Vegas Invitational on Tuesday night. With the game tied at 50, the Illini (4-0) used an 8-0 run to put the game away. Bill Cole hit an easy layup, Dominique Keller and McCamey each hit free throws, and McCamey scored on a reverse layup to make it 58-50. More...






MBB: Mr. Versatility

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Ohio State's Evan Turner does it again. The junior guard records the second triple-double of his career with 16 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists in the Buckeyes' 84-64 win over Lipscomb. Turner becomes the first OSU player to record multiple triple-doubles in a season. Tonight's feat is just one of three in school history. The other triple-double was achieved by Dennis Hopson against Ohio University on Dec. 6, 1986.




VB: Simply the Best

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Michigan senior Juliana Paz was named the Sports Imports/AVCA National Player of the Week, the AVCA announced today. The award is the third for the Big Ten this season and the first ever for the Wolverine program. COMPLETE RELEASE

WSWM: Weekly Award Winners

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The conference office announced on Tuesday the seventh weekly women's swimming and diving award winners of the season for meets through Nov. 16-22. Michigan's Margaret Kelly and Northwestern's Emily Wong shared the weekly swimming laurel while Purdue's Ashley Karnes was named Diver of the Week.

For more information on this week's honorees, look here.

MSWM: Northwestern and Purdue Garner Weekly Laurels

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The conference office announced on Tuesday the seventh weekly men's swimming and diving awards for meets through Nov. 16-22. Northwestern's Sean Mathews was tabbed Swimmer of the Week and David Boudia nabbed Purdue's third straight weekly diving award.

For more information on this week's award winners, look here.

MBB: Tuesday Preview

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Feast Week continues tonight with Illinois, Iowa, Northwestern and Wisconsin playing in  tournaments. Ohio State is also in action tonight when it hosts Lipscomb.

The LINEUP

Liberty at NORTHWESTERN | 6:30 p.m. ET | BigTenNetwork.com
Northwestern continues play in the Chicago Invitational Challenge Tuesday as it welcomes Liberty to Welsh-Ryan Arena. The Wildcats (2-1) are coming off a hard-fought 69-62 victory over Tennessee State on Sunday behind Michael Thompson's career-high 31 points. Thompson scored 13 of NU's final 16 points as the 'Cats finished the game on a 16-1 run to overcome an eight-point deficit with 5:26 remaining. Alex Marcotullio's three-pointer with 2:22 left gave Northwestern the lead for good. The freshman connected on all three of his attempts from beyond the arc in the contest.

Series History: Northwestern leads, 1-0.


Lipscomb at #17/18 OHIO STATE | 7: p.m. ET | Big Ten Network
The Buckeyes return home to Value City Arena for a matchup tonight against Lipscomb. OSU enters the game fresh off a 76-70 win over California in the 2K Sports Classic in Madison Square Garden. Evan Turner leads the Scarlet and Gray in scoring (21.8), rebounding (14.8) and assists (24).

Series History: First Meeting


Wichita State vs. IOWA | 7:45 p.m. ET | ESPN2
After falling to No. 3 Texas Monday night, the Hawkeyes meet Wichita State for third place in the O'Reilly Auto Parts CBE Classic in Kansas City, Mo. Matt Gatens and Brennan Cougill paced the Hawkeyes with 11 points. Cougill made 4-of-5 field goals (2-of-3 three-pointers) and 1-of-2 free throws and pulled down four rebounds. Wichita State fell to Pittsburgh in the opening game of the Classic and enter tonight's contest with a 2-1 record.

Series History: Iowa leads, 4-3


Gonzaga vs. WISCONSIN | 9:30 p.m. | ESPN
Following a 65-61 win over Arizona on Monday night, Wisconsin (3-0) moves on to its second game at the EA Sports Maui Invitational and will face Gonzaga at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday in a semifinal matchup televised live by ESPN. The Bulldogs (3-1) advanced to the semifinals with a 76-72 triumph over Colorado on Monday. The winner of the Gonzaga-Wisconsin matchup will face the winner of Tuesday's other semifinal, between Cincinnati and Maryland, in the tournament's championship game Wednesday.

Series History: Wisconsin leads, 2-0


Wofford at #20/21 ILLINOIS | 9:45 p.m. ET | ESPNU
Illinois (3-0) wraps up its season-opening stretch of four straight home games in a span of 12 days, facing Wofford (2-2) Tuesday night at Assembly Hall. Tonight's game is the second of four games Illinois is playing as part of the HoopTV Las Vegas Invitational. Prior to Wofford, the Illini defeated Presbyterian Saturday night in Champaign as part of the tournament. Illinois travels to Las Vegas on Wednesday before playing the final two games over Thanksgiving weekend at the Orleans Arena, vs. Utah on Friday and either Oklahoma State or Bradley on Saturday.

Series History: First Meeting
 



VB: Required Reading

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  • Meet Illinois Spike Squad member Courtney Wolff.
  • This week's episode of Here's Something from Mary features Indiana's Senior Night festivities.
  • Check out the Big Ten Network's feature on Indiana's Whitney Thomas, who is playing volleyball after her basketball career ended last season.
  • Meet reigning Big Ten Player of the Week Juliana Paz At the Net.
  • Go Inside the M-Zone and salute Michigan senior Megan Bower.
  • Wisconsin Associate Athletic Director Terry Gawlik, the chair of this year's NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball Championship Committee, answered questions about the upcoming selection.
  • WBB: Tuesday Schedule

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    Illinois at Illinois State    8 p.m.

    William & Mary at Iowa    8 p.m.

    North Dakota State at Minnesota    8 p.m.

    #15/21 DePaul at Northwestern    9 p.m.
    www.BigTenNetwork.com

    UW-Green Bay (rv/-) at Wisconsin    9 p.m.
    Big Ten Network

    FB: Required Reading

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    Stats don't show the impact Penn State DT Jared Odrick made on the game.

    The future looks bright for Wisconsin with RB John Clay and LB Chris Borland.

    Michigan State LB Greg Jones has improved his all-around game throughout 2009.

    This season, Purdue has been inspired by Navy SEAL turned teammate, Abe Trindle

    Hawkeye defense will be in good hands next year at linebacker

    Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald hopes to be in Evanston for quite some time

    The Big Ten topped all conferences for the fifth straight season with eight student-athletes named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America first or second teams in football as announced today by CoSIDA. The Big Ten also led the way with six first-team selections, matching the third-highest total in conference history behind only the seven first-team honorees in 2008 and the eight first-team choices in 2006. The Big Ten paces all conferences with 43 Academic All-Americans in the sport of football over the last five years, including at least eight honorees every season.

    The Big Ten's total of eight Academic All-Americans led all Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) and Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) conferences, followed by the FCS' Missouri Valley with five selections and the FBS' Big 12 with four honorees. The first-team selections included six honorees from the Big Ten and nine choices from all other FBS conferences, including two each from the Big 12 and SEC.

    The Academic All-America first-team honorees from the Big Ten include Michigan's Zoltan Mesko, Michigan State's Blair White, Northwestern's Zeke Markshausen and the Penn State trio of Josh Hull, Andrew Pitz and Stefen Wisniewski. Second-team honors went to Northwestern's Stefan Demos and Purdue's Ryan Kerrigan. Hull and Pitz each earned their second consecutive first-team accolades after being honored last season. 
     
    To be eligible for the award, a player must be in at least his second year of athletic eligibility, be a first-team or key performer and carry a cumulative 3.30 grade point average (GPA).

    WBB: Required Reading

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  • See how former Indiana basketball player Whitney Thomas is adjusting to life on the volleyball court.
  • Iowa head coach Lisa Bluder blogs about a win over a tough in-state opponent and her battle-tested team.
  • Iowa's Hannah Draxten blogs about her team's exciting start to the season and one of her favorite games to play on the road.
  • Catch this week's Starting Five with Michigan's Jenny Ryan.
  • Help the Gophers as they help animals in need. Vote now for your favorite dog!
  • Northwestern's Amy Jaeschke is fired up about her team's 3-0 start. Read her thoughts in this week's And 1 with Amy.
  • Ohio State's Jantel Lavender talks about her team's hot start on the Big Ten Women's Show.
  • Go Inside the Locker Room with former Buckeye Beth Rowe.
  • Read what Wisconsin head coach Lisa Stone said during her Monday press conference.
  • WREST: Wrestlers of the Week

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    Co-Wrestler of the Week
    Reece Humphrey, Ohio State
    Sr., 141, Indianapolis, Ind./Lawrence North

    Humphrey, ranked No. 1 in the 141-pound weight class, earns his first Big Ten Wrestler of the Week honor after posting a 4-0 mark last week to help Ohio State to four dual meet victories. On Friday against 16th-ranked Lehigh, Humphrey squared off with No. 15 Seth Ciasulli in a dual that ended with Humphrey claiming a 7-1 decision and leading the Buckeyes to a 22-12 victory. On Sunday in the Buckeye Duals, the senior guided OSU to three dominating dual victories. Individually, Humphrey pinned two opponents, Findlay's Josh Falk and Cleveland State's Ronald Butler and also defeated Notre Dame College's Adam Koballa by a 5-3 decision, marking his 100th career win.

    Last Ohio State Wrestler of the Week: Nikko Triggas (Feb. 17, 2009)

    Brad Pakaty, Penn State
    Jr., 125, Clearfield, Pa./Clearfield

    Pataky wins his first Big Ten Wrestler of the Week honor following a three-win week in which he led the Nittany Lions to a 3-0 mark in Sunday's Sprawl & Brawl Duals. The No. 6-ranked Pakaty opened the day by winning a 6-3 dual over Rutgers' Vincent Dellefave, helping PSU to an 18-17 victory. In PSU's second dual of the day, a 36-6 win over Harvard, the junior pinned Steven Keith for six points toward his team's total. In the team's final dual against No. 15 Edinboro, Pataky battled to a 4-0 win over the eighth-ranked 125-pounder Eric Morrill as the Nittany Lions won the dual, 22-9.

    Last Penn State Wrestler of the Week: Cyler Sanderson (Nov. 17, 2009)

    VB: All-American Girl

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    Penn State's Megan Hodge was named volleyball's ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American of the Year, CoSIDA announced. Hodge becomes the second consecutive Big Ten player to earn the award, following her former teammate Christa Harmotto, who was honored last season. A two-time Academic All-American, Hodge is a business major with a 3.45 GPA. FULL STORY

    FB: Michigan's Mesko Named Finalist for Ray Guy Award

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    Michigan's Zoltan Mesko was named one of three finalists for the Ray Guy Award, given to the nation's top punter. Mesko was named first-team All-Big Ten for the second straight year after becoming the first player in Wolverines history to lead the conference in punting with an average of 45.2 yards per boot in conference games. Three Big Ten players have earned the Ray Guy Award since it was first handed out in 2000 - Ohio State's B.J. Sander in 2003, Purdue's Travis Dorsch in 2001 and Wisconsin's Kevin Stemke in 2000.

    MBB: Monday Night Hoops

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    Boilermakers edge Tennessee for Paradise Jam title. Texas' depth too much for scrappy Hawkeyes. Badgers use some inspired play from Hughes and Nankivil to defeat Arizona.



    #6/6 PURDUE def. #9/11 Tennessee, 73-72
    E'Twaun Moore scored 22 points to lead No. 6 Purdue to a 73-72 victory over No. 9 Tennessee on Monday night in the championship game of the Paradise Jam. The Vols (4-1) had a chance to win it, but center Wayne Chism missed an open three-pointer from the top of the key with two seconds remaining. More...

    #3/3 Texas def. IOWA, 85-60
    A 47-point second half allowed No. 3 Texas to pull away and defeat the University of Iowa men's basketball team, 85-60, Monday during the semifinals of the O'Reilly Auto Parts CBE Classic in the Sprint Center. Iowa slipped to 1-3 overall, but owned a lead early in the second half after sophomore Matt Gatens sank a three-point field goal. The Longhorns remain undefeated in three outings. More...

    WISCONSIN def. Arizona, 65-61
    Trévon Hughes scored 24 points and Keaton Nankivil had a pair of crucial dunks in the final 90 seconds to lead Wisconsin to a 65-61 win over Arizona in the first round of the Maui Invitational on Monday night. Wisconsin (3-0) broke away from a 55-55 tie in the final 2 1/2 minutes, starting with a pair of free throws from Hughes with 2:02 to play. Nankivil, who played much of the second half with four fouls, then made it a four-point Wisconsin lead with a dunk moments later. More...

    NOTABLES
    E'Twaun Moore becomes the fifth active player in the conference with 1,000 or more career points. Moore scored 22 in tonight's win over Tennessee to now have 1,013.



    The Big Ten announced the 2009 All-Conference football teams and individual award winners tonight as selected by the coaches and a media panel, with four different schools sharing the individual accolades. Wisconsin running back John Clay was named the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year while Badgers' linebacker Chris Borland was selected as the Big Ten Freshman of the Year by both the coaches and the media. On the defensive side of the ball, Michigan State linebacker Greg Jones was tabbed the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year by the media, while the coaches honored Penn State defensive tackle Jared Odrick as the Big Ten Defensive Player and Defensive Lineman of the Year. Iowa's Kirk Ferentz collected his third Dave McClain Coach of the Year award from the media while tackle Bryan Bulaga was honored by the coaches as the Big Ten Offensive Lineman of the Year. For the full announcement, click on this link.

    FH: Five Earn NFHCA All-America Honors

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    Five Big Ten student-athletes were honored as Longstreth/NFHCA Division I All-Americans as announced by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association on Monday afternoon.

    Earning first team status was Michigan State senior Floor Rijpma, who was a unanimous choice for Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year and was recently named the NFHCA West Region Player of the Year. Rijpma finished the season with 52 points on 24 goals and four assists. It is the third straight year Rijpma has been named a member of the All-America team.

    Second Team All-America honors went to Iowa's Meghan Beamesderfer and Michigan State's Jeamie Deacon. The two were both named first team All-Big Ten members earlier this month and were also named to the NFHCA All-West Region Team. Like her Spartan teammate Rijpma, Deacon has been named an All-American three years in a row.

    Finally, two Big Ten student-athletes were named third team All-Americans as Indiana's Corey Brautigam and Ohio State's Berta Queralt earned postseason recognition by the NFHCA. The two were also named first team All-Big Ten and members of the NFHCA All-West Region Team.

    VB: News & Notes

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    Players of the Week
    Michigan's Juliana Paz was named Big Ten Player of the Week for the first time in her career after leading the Wolverines to wins over Michigan State and then-No. 12 Minnesota. The senior averaged 5.3 kills per set on .413 hitting, also contributing 16 digs and three blocks on the weekend. Northwestern's Kate Nobilio was honored as the conference's Defensive Player of the Week for the third time this year after averaging 6.3 digs per set and converting on all 42 service reception opportunities as the Wildcats posted wins over Wisconsin and Iowa. Purdue's Anna Drewry took home her third consecutive Freshman of the Week honor after averaging 2.0 kills and 1.5 blocks per set as the Boilermakers split with No. 1 Penn State and Ohio State. COMPLETE RELEASE

    Big Ten in the Polls
    The Big Ten once again boasts four teams ranked in the top 15 of the AVCA Coaches Poll, including two top-five squads. Penn State is the unanimous No. 1 team in the country, while Illinois is enjoying its fourth straight week at No. 5. Michigan comes in at No. 12, while Minnesota is No. 13, and Ohio State is receiving votes outside the top 25. COMPLETE POLL

    Big Ten in the RPI
    The Big Ten remains the only conference in the nation with two teams in the top five of the NCAA RPI Report in No. 2 Penn State and No. 4 Illinois. The Big Ten is tied for the nation's lead with four top-15 teams with No. 9 Michigan and No. 13 Minnesota. The Big Ten and Pac-10 are the only two conferences to boast all of their teams within the RPI's top 100. COMPLETE REPORT

    XCC: Illinois' Angela Bizzarri Captures NCAA Individual Crown

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    Illinois' Angela Bizzarri used a late kick to capture the women's individual crown at the 2009 NCAA Cross Country Championships Monday afternoon. The Illini senior raced her way to the top of the winner's podium on the strength of a 19:46 effort in the six-kilometer event. She becomes the first female to capture an individual title at the national event in program history. Also placing in the top 10 was Minnesota's Megan Duwell who posted a seventh-place finish with a time of 20:06.9. The Gopher senior led her team to a 10th place team finish to lead all conference teams in the overall standings.

    On the men's side, Wisconsin led all conference teams with a seventh place finish. The Badgers placed four harriers in the top 40 percent of individual competitors and were led by freshman Mohammed Ahmed in 26th place. Big Ten Athlete of the Year Hassan Mead completed the 10-kilometer course in 29:51 to finish inside the top 15.

    Overall, three men's and four women's harriers earned All-America honors by virtue of their top-40 finishes in Monday's Championship event. 

    For more information and complete results from the NCAA Championship, look here.

    WBB: News & Notes

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    Players of the Week
    Northwestern's Amy Jaeschke and Ohio State's Samantha Prahalis were named Big Ten Co-Players of the Week, while Illinois' Karisma Penn was named Freshman of the Week. Jaeschke averaged 17 points, 12 rebounds, 7.0 blocks and 4.5 assists in two Wildcat wins, tying the school record and her career-high with nine blocks against SIU-Edwardsville. Prahalis was named Co-MVP of the Preseason WNIT, averaging 16.3 points, 9.7 assists and 5.0 rebounds in three Buckeye victories last week. Penn helped the Illini to a pair of wins, averaging 19.5 points, 6.5 boards and 4.0 assists on the week. COMPLETE RELEASE

    Big Ten in the Polls
    Ohio State remains the No. 3 team in the AP poll after getting off to a 5-0 start and winning the Preseason WNIT. Michigan State comes in at No. 25, and Purdue is receiving votes. COMPLETE POLL

    WXCC: Illinois' Angela Bizzarri Captures NCAA Title

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    Illinois Senior Angela Bizzarri won the 2009 Women' Cross Country National Championship Monday afternoon in Terre Haute, Ind. More details and photos to come...

    FB: Weekly Release

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    The Nov. 23 football release has been finalized and is now available on the Big Ten website. Below are a few highlights of the release.

    Full release in PDF format

    Ohio State Secures Outright Big Ten Championship for Third Time in Last Four Seasons.

    OSU One of Only Three Big Ten Programs to Claim Six or More Titles Over 10-Year Span and First Since 1998.

    Iowa, Ohio State and Penn State Reach 10 Wins.

    Seven Big Ten Teams Set to Go Bowling.

    Big Ten Nears Conference Record for Total Attendance in All Games with One Home Contest Left.

    Big Ten Crowns Individual and Team Statistical Leaders in Conference Games.

    WBB: Sunday's Results

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    ILLINOIS def. Bradley, 67-45
    Recap and Box Score

    Missouri def. INDIANA, 76-71
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    IOWA def. Northern Iowa, 81-70
    Recap and Box Score

    #19/rv Kansas def. MICHIGAN, 77-66
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    #21/21 MICHIGAN STATE def. Western Michigan, 74-51
    Recap and Box Score

    MINNESOTA (rv/-) def. Colorado, 87-78
    Recap and Box Score

    NORTHWESTERN def. IPFW, 78-58
    Recap and Box Score

    #3/3 OHIO STATE def. Oklahoma State, 93-72
    Recap and Box Score

    South Carolina def. PENN STATE, 63-56
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    Georgetown (-/rv) def. #rv/23 PURDUE, 55-39
    Recap and Box Score

    WISCONSIN def. Cleveland State, 70-68
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    FB: Big Ten Players of Week for Nov. 21

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    The Big Ten football players of the week for games on Nov. 21 were officially announced on the Big Ten Network, with the offensive, defensive and special teams weekly honorees debuted on Big Ten Tonight at 9 p.m. CT. Two quarterbacks shared the weekly offensive honors in Northwestern's Mike Kafka and Penn State's Daryll Clark, two linebackers split the weekly defensive accolades in Iowa's Troy Johnnson and PSU's Navorro Bowman and Wildcats kicker Stefan Demos nabbed the weekly special teams award. Read more about this week's honorees by clicking on this link.

    FB: Three Big Ten Teams Among Top 13 in Latest BCS Poll

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    Three Big Ten teams appear among the top 13 in the latest Bowl Championship Series (BCS) poll. Outright conference champion Ohio State remained the Big Ten's highest-ranked program, holding steady at No. 10. Iowa moved up two slots to No. 11, while Penn State climbed one spot to No. 13. While the Buckeyes earned the Big Ten's automatic berth into the BCS, one more conference team can take part in a BCS contest. Both the Hawkeyes and Nittany Lions can reach the minimum qualifications for an at-large BCS berth, which include at least nine victories and appearing among the top 14 in the final BCS poll.

    FB: Big Ten Polling Place

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    The latest national rankings are out and three Big Ten teams appear among the top 13 in all three polls. Ohio State held steady to lead all conference teams at No. 8 in the USA Today coaches and Harris Interactive rankings and No. 9 in the Associated Press (AP) poll. Penn State moved up one spot in all three rankings, appearing at No. 11 in the coaches and Harris polls and No. 12 in the media's estimation. Iowa also moved up slightly in all three polls and is ranked No. 13 in all three national rankings. Northwestern and Wisconsin also received votes in all three polls.

    MSCR: Indiana and Northwestern Advance to NCAA Round of 16

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    The Big Ten saw two teams advance to the round of 16 in the 2009 NCAA Championship as No. 9 seed Northwestern and Indiana overcame second-round opponents Sunday afternoon. Northwestern (11-4-4) downed Notre Dame, 3-1, to advance in the bracket and will face eighth-seeded Tulsa (14-4-2) in third-round action on Sunday, Nov. 29. Meanwhile, Indiana avenged a heartbreaking 2-1 double overtime loss to Butler from earlier in the season as the Hoosiers ousted the No. 12 seeded Bulldogs with a 1-0 victory Sunday afternoon. Up next, the Hoosiers will square off against No. 5 seed North Carolina (14-2-3) on Sunday, Nov. 29 in Chapel Hill.

    In other Big Ten action, Michigan State, Ohio State and Penn State saw thier seasons come to a close as the conference trio fell in NCAA second-round competition.

    NCAA Championship Bracket

    WBB: Saturday's Results

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    MINNESOTA (rv/-) def. Illinois-Chicago, 94-58
    Recap and Box Score

    Dayton (rv/rv) def. #rv/23 PURDUE, 56-53
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    FB: Ohio State Claims Outright Big Ten Championship

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    With a chance to clinch the outright Big Ten Championship for the third time in the last four seasons, Ohio State went on the road to defeat Michigan to end the regular season alone atop the standings. The Buckeyes have now won at least a share of the last five titles, splitting the crown with Penn State in 2005 and 2008 and ending the 2006, 2007 and 2009 seasons alone atop the standings. The Buckeyes have compiled a Big Ten mark of 36-4 over the last five years. Ohio State is the first conference team in over 15 years to finish in first place in five straight seasons since Michigan won at least a share of five consecutive championships from 1988-92. OSU has clinched five consecutive crowns for the first time since posting a Big Ten-record six straight titles from 1972-77. Michigan and Ohio State are the only two teams in Big Ten annals to post four or more consecutive first-place finishes on multiple occasions, accomplishing the feat a combined seven different times.

    FB: Big Ten Wrapup - Week 12

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    The 12th weekend of action and the final Saturday of Big Ten play featured Ohio State securing its third outright Big Ten Championship in the last four years and three teams reaching the 10-win mark. The Buckeyes earned a victory at Michigan to end the year alone atop the conference standings at 7-1, while also becoming just the second team in Big Ten history to record 10 or more wins in five straight seasons. The only other school to accomplish that feat was the Wolverines from 1901-05. Iowa and Penn State also picked up their 10th victories, giving the conference three 10-win teams for the first time since 2006. The Hawkeyes blanked Minnesota, while the Nittany Lions were victorious at Michigan State. In other Big Ten action, Northwestern edged Wisconsin while Purdue defeated Indiana. Check out the recaps of each of the five Saturday games by clicking on this link.

    VB: Saturday's Results

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    No. 5 ILLINOIS def. WISCONSIN, 3-0
    Recap and Box Score

    No. 1 PENN STATE def. INDIANA, 3-0
    Recap and Box Score

    No. 12 MINNESOTA def. MICHIGAN STATE, 3-2
    Recap and Box Score

    NORTHWESTERN def. IOWA, 3-0
    Recap and Box Score

    PURDUE def. OHIO STATE (rv), 3-1
    Recap and Box Score

    MBB: Saturday Preview

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    #23/25 ILLINOIS vs. Presbyterian | 8 p.m. ET | Big Ten Network
    Illinois (2-0) plays its third of four straight home games in a span of 12 days to start the season, facing Presbyterian (0-2) Saturday night at Assembly Hall. Saturday's game vs. Presbyterian is the first of four games Illinois will play as part of the HoopTV Las Vegas Invitational. In addition to the Blue Hose, the Illini host Wofford on Tuesday night in Champaign as part of the tournament before heading to Las Vegas for the final two games over Thanksgiving weekend (vs. Utah, Nov. 27 and vs. Oklahoma State or Bradley, Nov. 28). Brandon Paul has had consecutive 20-point outings (22 vs. SIU Edwardsville and 20 vs. Northern Illinois), the first Illini with back-to-back 20-point performances since Shaun Pruitt in 2007 (20 vs. Penn State, Feb. 24 and 20 vs. Iowa, March 3). Paul is currently the Big Ten's No. 3 scorer, averaging 21.0 ppg.

    Series History: First Meeting

    VB: Lions' Share of the Crown

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    Penn State clinched at least a share of its seventh straight and 13th overall Big Ten title on Friday with a 3-1 win at Purdue. FULL STORY

    VB: Friday's Results

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    #5 ILLINOIS def. IOWA, 3-0
    Recap and Box Score

    OHIO STATE (rv) def. INDIANA, 3-1
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    #14 MICHIGAN def. #12 MINNESOTA, 3-0
    Recap and Box Score

    NORTHWESTERN def. WISCONSIN, 3-1
    Recap and Box Score

    #1 PENN STATE def. PURDUE, 3-1
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    WBB: Friday's Results

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    NORTHWESTERN def. SIU-Edwardsville, 68-37
    Recap and Box Score

    #rv/23 PURDUE def. Seattle, 69-38
    Recap and Box Score

    MBB: Friday Night in the Books

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    Boston def. INDIANA, 71-67
    John Holland scored 21 points, Jake O'Brien had 14 points and 13 rebounds, and Boston University rallied to beat Indiana 71-67 on Friday night in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off.
    Maurice Creek scored 17 to lead Indiana (2-2). Verdell Jones III added 14 points and six assists, and Jeremiah Rivers finished with 13 points. More...

    IOWA def. Bowling Green, 68-46
    The struggling Iowa Hawkeyes found their touch Friday night and defeated Bowling Green 68-46 in a non-conference game. The Hawkeyes (1-2) had shot only 32.7 percent from the field and 20.4 percent on 3-pointers while dropping their first two games for the first time since the 1970-71 campaign.

    #15/16 MICHIGAN def. Houston Baptist, 77-55
    The Motor City Duo of junior guard Manny Harris (Detroit, Mich./Redford) and senior forward DeShawn Sims (Detroit, Mich./Pershing) combined for 47 points to carry the University of Michigan men's basketball team (No. 15 AP/No. 16 ESPN/USA Today) to a 77-55 victory over Houston Baptist on Friday night (Nov. 20) at Crisler Arena. Harris tallied 25 with Sims right behind him at 22. More...

    #2/2 MICHIGAN STATE def. Toledo, 75-62
    Draymond Green had 15 points to lead a balanced attack, and No. 2 Michigan State kept up its home court mastery with a 75-62 win over Toledo on Friday night. The game was a regional matchup in the Legends Classic. The Spartans (3-0) host Valparaiso on Sunday before heading to Atlantic City, N.J., for a date next Friday with Florida in the tournament semifinals. More...

    #15/15 OHIO STATE def. #13/12 California, 76-70
    Ohio State's two-game visit to Madison Square Garden may have been inconsistent at times. The Buckeyes' best player, however, has been consistent all season. Evan Turner had 26 points and 14 rebounds, his fourth double-double in as many games, and No. 15 Ohio State beat No. 13 California 76-70 on Friday night in the third-place game of the 2K Sports Classic.
    More...

    Tulane def. PENN STATE, 63-60
    The Nittany Lion basketball team (2-2) couldn't find the bottom of the net for the second straight game at the Carolina First Arena hitting just 30.9 percent from the floor and 4-of-18 from three to drop its second straight game at the Charleston Classic, 63-60, to Tulane on Friday. More...

    #7/7 PURDUE def. South Dakota State, 74-63
    E'Twaun Moore scored 22 points and No. 7 Purdue beat South Dakota State 74-63 on Friday night in the first round of the U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam. Robbie Hummel added 14 points despite missing much of the action because of foul trouble, and JaJuan Johnson had 13 points and 10 rebounds for the Boilermakers (2-0). Purdue will play St. Joseph's on Sunday night in second round.

    FH: Seven To Take Part In NFHCA Senior All-Star Game Saturday

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    Seven Big Ten seniors will take part in Saturday's National Field Hockey Coaches Association Division I Senior All-Star game, scheduled for 5:30 p.m. ET on the campus of Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C.

    Indiana's Lucy Ireland and Meg O'Connell, Iowa's Meghan Beamesderfer and Tricia Dean, Michigan State's Jeamie Deacon and Floor Rijpma, and Northwestern's Courtney Plaster-Strange earned invitations to this year's event.

    WBB: Required Reading

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  • The Hoosiers continue to "Reach for the Stars" this season.
  • Michigan State's Lauren Aitch is proud to follow in the footsteps of her late father.
  • Minnesota is helping animals in need with its "Coins for Canines" program.
  • Get your tickets now to see Ohio State take on Oklahoma State on Sunday in the Preseason WNIT Championship game!
  • WBB: Weekend Schedule

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    November 20
    SIU-Edwardsville at Northwestern    9:30 p.m.
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    Seattle at #rv/23 Purdue    5 p.m.

    November 21
    Illinois-Chicago at Minnesota (rv/-)    7 p.m.

    Dayton (rv/rv) at #rv/23 Purdue    5 p.m.

    November 22
    Bradley at Illinois    2 p.m.
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    Missouri at Indiana    2 p.m.
    Big Ten Network

    Iowa at Northern Iowa    4 p.m.

    Michigan (-/rv) at Kansas    4 p.m.

    Western Michigan at #21/21 Michigan State    4 p.m.

    Colorado at Minnesota (rv/-)    7 p.m.

    IPFW at Northwestern    4:30 p.m.
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    Oklahoma State at #3/3 Ohio State    2 p.m.
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    Penn State at South Carolina    3 p.m.

    Georgetown (-/rv) at #rv/23 Purdue    4 p.m.
    Big Ten Network

    Cleveland State at Wisconsin    5 p.m.
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    MBB: TGIF

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    Seven games on tap for today. Penn State and Tulane are underway in Charleston. Here's the rest of the lineup:

    #13/12 California vs. #15/15 OHIO STATE | 5 p.m. ET | ESPN2
    Ohio State last faced California during the 2007-08 season. California leads the overall series vs. Ohio State 9-8. The last two games in the series have gone to the Buckeyes in postseason tournaments. The Buckeyes won the 1960 National Championship with a 75-55 victory March 19, 1960 over the Bears in San Francisco. Ohio State defeated Cal March 24, 2008 at historic St. John Arena in Columbus, 73-56. That game was a part of Ohio State's run toward the 2008 National Invitation Tournament, won at Madison Square Garden against UMass. More...

    Boston vs. INDIANA | 6 p.m. ET
    After falling to Ole Miss in the opening round of the O'Reilly Auto Part Puerto Rico Classic yesterday, Indiana will meet Boston tonight. The Terriers return four starters and 12 letterwinners for first year head coach Patrick Chambers, who joins BU after serving as associate head coach at Villanova under Jay Wright. among those returning include a
    pair of First Team all-america east selections from last year in Corey Lowe and John Holland. The Terriers also welcome back 2009 america east Rookie of the year Jake O'Brien and his 12.5 ppg. In their first action of 2009-10, BU suffered a 82-73 setback on the road to Iona college. carlos Strong had 12 points and 11 rebounds while Tyler Morris led all scorers with 21. More...

    Series History:
    Indiana leads, 1-0. The Hoosiers defeated BU in Assembly Hall on Dec. 13, 1991, 88-47.
    points.


    Toledo at #2/2 MICHIGAN STATE | 6:30 p.m. ET | Big Ten Network
    Michigan State hosts a pair of games this weekend as one of the regional sites of the 2009 Legends Classic. The Spartans face Toledo on Friday night. MSU is riding the momentum of a come-from-behind win against Gonzaga on Tuesday night. Toledo is making its first trip to Breslin Center since capturing an 81-76 decision in December 2002. The Spartans are paced by juniors Kalin Lucas with  20.0 ppg and Durrell Summers chipping in 19.0 ppg. More...

    Series History: Michigan State leads, 4-3. The series is tied, 2-2, in games played in East Lansing. The Rockets captured the last contest, an 81-76 decision at Breslin Center on Dec. 30, 2002. The Spartans' last victory in the series came during the 1999-2000 opener, a 78-33 decision on Nov. 22, 1999.


    Houston Baptist at #15/16 MICHIGAN | 7 p.m. | BigTenNetwork.com
    Today's game marks the first ever meeting between Michigan and Houston Baptist. U-M opened the season with a 97-50 win against Northern Michigan. Houston Baptist opened the season at the Rice Baasketball Challenge and went 0-3 in the event. More...

    Series History: First Meeting

    Bowling Green at IOWA | 9 p.m. | BigTenNetwork.com
    The Iowa Hawkeyes (0-2) return to action Friday night, entertaining Bowling Green (1-1). Tip-off is slated for 8:05 p.m. (CST) inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena (15,500). Both teams lost Tuesday night. The Hawkeyes were edged by Duquesne, 52-50, in Iowa City, while Xavier cruised past Bowling Green, 101-57, in Cincinnati, OH. The Hawkeyes are led by Anthony Tucker who is averaging 10.0 points per game. On the boards, Jarryd Cole is the team's leader, grabbing 10.0 per contest. More...

    Series History:
    Iowa leads, 2-0. Tonight will be just the third meeting between the two schools, with Iowa winning the previous two. Iowa beat the Falcons, 79-73, on Dec. 2, 1967 in Iowa City and 89-78, on Dec. 14, 1971 in Bowling Green, OH. The Hawkeyes are 21-6 (.778) all-time against teams from the Mid-American Conference. 


    South Dakota State at #7/3 PURDUE | 8:30 p.m. ET
    Purdue will kick off its first-ever appearance in the Paradise Jam on Friday with an 8:30 p.m. ET date with South Dakota State at the UVI Center. The Boilermakers are 27-8 all-time in invitational tournaments outside the continental United States, and are 2-1 away from the mainland with head coach Matt Painter at the helm Purdue is 11-9 in invitational tournaments under Painter. The Boilermakers will look to start a season with consecutive wins for the fifth time in as many years under Painter and the seventh time in the last nine years. Junior forward Robbie Hummel, who netted 17 points in the season-opening win over Cal State Northridge, needs 18 points against SDSU to match the best two-game total to open a season in the Painter Era (E'Twaun Moore, 35 in 2008-09). More...

    Series History: First Meeting

    VB: This Weekend's Schedule

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    NOVEMBER 20

    IOWA at ILLINOIS   7 p.m.

    OHIO STATE at INDIANA   7 p.m.

    MINNESOTA at MICHIGAN   7 p.m.
    Big Ten Network (6 p.m. on 11/22)

    WISCONSIN at NORTHWESTERN   6 p.m.
    www.BigTenNetwork.com (LIVE)

    PENN STATE at PURDUE   7 p.m.
    www.BigTenNetwork.com (LIVE)

    NOVEMBER 21

    WISCONSIN at ILLINOIS   7 p.m.

    PENN STATE at INDIANA   7 p.m.

    MINNESOTA at MICHIGAN STATE   8 p.m.

    IOWA at NORTHWESTERN   7 p.m.
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    OHIO STATE at PURDUE   7 p.m.
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    All times local to site

    WSCR: Badgers' Season Ends with 1-0 Loss to Boston College

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    The Wisconsin Badgers saw their NCAA Championship run come to an end with a 1-0 loss to Boston College on Friday evening at the Newton Soccer Field. UW completes its season with a 10-6-6 record and its best NCAA tournament finish in 16 years.

    The Badgers battled throughout, but the second-seeded and No. 7-ranked Eagles proved too much and out-shot Wisconsin, 21-7. The Eagles advance to face top-seeded Stanford in the Elite Eight.

    WBB: This Week's Top 10

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    Get ready for this weekend's games by viewing the Big Ten women's basketball weekly release HERE. Short on time? Check the highlights below:

    1. Three Big Ten teams are ranked in the latest coaches poll, including No. 3 Ohio State.
    2. Six Big Ten players were named to the Naismith Trophy Preseason Watch List.
    3. The Buckeyes will face Oklahoma State on Sunday in the Preseason WNIT Championship game.
    4. Seven Big Ten teams enter the weekend undefeated, including 4-0 Ohio State and 3-0 Indiana, Michigan and Penn State.
    5. Ohio State's Jantel Lavender (70 games) and Illinois' Jenna Smith (42) have the longest and third-longest active double-digit scoring streaks in the nation.
    6. Big Ten teams are out-scoring their opponents by an average of 17.14 points per game.
    7. Ohio State leads the Big Ten on offense with a scoring average of 90.5 points per game, while Purdue leads on defense after allowing just 37 points to Western Illinois.
    8. Eleven players from seven different schools have combined for 16 double-doubles so far this season, including three each by Illinois' Jenna Smith and Iowa's Kachine Alexander.
    9. Last weekend, Minnesota's Ashley Ellis-Milan became the 19th Golden Gopher to eclipse 1,000 career points and the sixth active Big Ten player to reach the milestone.
    10. Michigan State's Allyssa DeHaan is just 66 blocks away from tying the NCAA's all-time record of 480.

    WBB: Thursday's Results

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    MICHIGAN (-/rv) def. Southern Mississippi, 91-54
    Recap and Box Score

    No. 5/6 Notre Dame def. No. 21/21 MICHIGAN STATE, 68-67
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    No. 3/3 OHIO STATE def. West Virginia (-/rv), 92-69
    Recap and Box Score

    PENN STATE def. Bucknell, 77-62
    Recap and Box Score

    WISCONSIN def. UW-Milwaukee, 64-55
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    MBB: Thursday's Recaps

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    Mississippi def. INDIANA |6|, 89-71
    Indiana started off strong, but Ole Miss was able to use a 30-5 run to create a cushion as the Rebels defeated the Hoosiers, 89-71, in the first round of the O'Reilly Auto Parts Puerto Rico Tipoff Thursday in San Juan. Indiana, 2-1, will now face Boston University, 0-3, an 80-70 loser to Kansas State. Tomorrow's game will tip-off at 6 p.m. Eastern time, and the contest will not be available on television. More...


    #24/18 MINNESOTA  def. Utah Valley, 76-51
    Another big second half led to another lopsided Minnesota victory as the Gophers ran past Utah Valley, 76-51, on Thursday at Williams Arena in improving to 3-0 for the season.
    Like its first two victories, 18th-ranked Minnesota held a slim lead at the half and then exploded in the second half for the win. The Gophers were ahead 32-24 at halftime and scored 44 second half points while holding Utah Valley scoreless over the final 5:36 of the game. Minnesota has now outscored its opponents 150-78 in the second half of its three games this season. More...


    #6/4 North Carolina def. T15/15 OHIO STATE |2|, 77-73
    Ohio State's comeback fell short in 77-73 loss to No. 6/4 North Carolina tonight at Madison Square Garden. Evan Turner had a game-high 23 points, leading three Buckeyes in double-figures. The Buckeyes will meet No. 13 California in the consolation game tomorrow night. More...


    UNC-Wilmington def. PENN STATE |5|, 80-69
    The Nittany Lion basketball team (2-1) could never find its shot and dropped its first game of the season, 80-69, to UNC-Wilmington despite a career high tying 29 points from Talor Battle (Albany, N.Y.) Friday in the first round of the Charleston Classic. The Carolina First Arena baskets were unkind to Penn State as the Lions managed to shoot just 32 percent from the floor and 5-of-21 from three and trailed the last 37 minutes to a hot-shooting Seahawk team that hit 10-of-16 from three and shot 57 percent from the floor. More...


    MBB: Required Reading

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    A fresh perspective

    Rodney Williams Jr. not just a dunker for Minnesota Gophers

    Ohio State men's basketball team can make national impact against powerful North Carolina tonight at MSG

    Big stage fits OSU just fine; Players say they won't be intimidated by Madison Square Garden or North Carolina

    Ohio State PG Evan Turner is making the transition look easy

    WBB: Thursday Schedule

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    November 19
    Southern Mississippi at Michigan (-/rv), 7 p.m.
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    #5/6 Notre Dame at #21/21 Michigan State, 6 p.m.
    Big Ten Network

    West Virginia (-/rv) at #3/3 Ohio State, 7 p.m.
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    Penn State at Bucknell, 7 p.m.

    Wisconsin at UW-Milwaukee, 8 p.m.

    FB: Big Ten Week 12 Preview

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    The final weekend of Big Ten action features Ohio State playing for the outright Big Ten Championship while Iowa, Penn State and Wisconsin hope for a Buckeyes loss and a chance to share the title. OSU wraps up the regular-season with a road trip to Michigan and can secure sole possession of first place in the standings with a victory. The Wolverines need a win over the Buckeyes to secure bowl-eligibility. If Michigan does knock off Ohio State, the Hawkeyes, Nittany Lions and Badgers can all earn a share of the title with Saturday triumphs. Iowa concludes regular-season play at home against Minnesota while Penn State and Wisconsin are both on the road at Michigan State and Northwestern, respectively. In other Big Ten action, Indiana hosts Purdue in the battle for the Old Oaken Bucket. Check out the www.bigten.org previews for every 12th-week matchup by clicking on this link.

    FH: Rijpma one of 21 student-athletes honored by NFHCA

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    Michigan State's Floor Rijpma was named the West Region Player of the Year and was one of 21 Big Ten student-athletes selected to the 2009 Longstreth/NFHCA Division I All-Region Teams, the NFHCA announced Thursday.

    Rijpma, whose impressive senior season was highlighted by her 24 goals and four assists for 52 total points, will be in the running for NFHCA Division I National Player of the Year that will be announced on Nov. 24.

    As a member of the Mideast Region, Penn State placed two on the first team and two more on the second team. Kelsey Amy and Jess Longstreth were named to the first team, while teammates Laura Cahill and Bethany Marvel earned second team All-Mideast status.

    The Big Ten's 17 other student-athletes were named as first- or second-team All-West Region members. First team members included Indiana's Corey Brautigam, Iowa's Meghan Beamesderfer and Tricia Dean, Michigan's Meredith Way, Michigan State's Jeamie Deacon and Rijpma, Northwestern's Chelsea Armstrong, and Ohio State's Aisling Coyle and Berta Queralt.

    Second-team All-West Region members included Indiana's Morgan Fleetwood and Meg O'Connell, Iowa's Jess Werley, Michigan's Paige Laytos, Michigan State's Jantine Steinmetz, Elissa Unger and Manouk Vernij, and Ohio State's Maria Briones.

    VB: Required Reading

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  • Meet Michigan's Amanda Yerke "At the Net."
  • Northwestern head coach Keylor Chan signed three to play with the Wildcats next fall.
  • Penn State head coach Russ Rose signed five in his 2010 recruiting class.
  • Watch highlights from last night's five-set thriller that saw #14 Michigan edge Michigan State.
  • WBB: Required Reading

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  • Iowa head coach Lisa Bluder talks about her team's start to the season, including fighting through injuries.
  • Iowa's Kamille Wahlin blogs about winning the Hawkeye Challenge last weekend.
  • Michigan signee Valerie Driscoll is looking forward to stepping on the court with the Maize and Blue.
  • Self-described as "height-challenged," Minnesota's China Antoine stands tall on the basketball court.
  • Northwestern head coach Joe McKeown announced three signees for the 2010-11 season.
  • Ohio State is asking you to "Lose Your Blue" at tonight's game.
  • Ohio State's Jantel Lavender is picking up her game by slowing it down.
  • VB: This Week's Top 10 List

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    Click HERE to view the entire Big Ten volleyball weekly release, or read below for highlights:

    1. The Big Ten is tied for the national lead with five teams in the NCAA's top 25 in RPI.
    2. Penn State continues to be the unanimous No. 1 team in the AVCA coaches poll.
    3. With Illinois at No. 5 for the third straight week, the Big Ten is the only conference with two top-five teams.
    4. The Big Ten has had four teams ranked in the top 15 throughout the season.
    5. Penn State could clinch its seventh consecutive and 13th overall Big Ten title this weekend.
    6. The Nittany Lions also look to extend their winning streak to 93 matches, which would rank second all-time in the NCAA across all sports.
    7. This week's schedule features six matches broadcast on the Big Ten Network or www.BigTenNetwork.com
    8. Minnesota's Lauren Gibbemeyer and Wisconsin's Brittney Dolgner reached major career milestones last weekend.
    9. Illinois' Johannah Bangert continues to be the best blocker in all of NCAA Division I.
    10. The Big Ten has five 20-win teams for the eighth time in nine seasons.

    FB: Required Reading

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    Michigan State QB Kirk Cousins rises as unquestioned leader for Spartans

    Ohio State T Jim Cordle inspires through his passion, unselfishness

    The Purdue offense can reach historic marks in Saturday's game against Indiana

    Iowa RB Adam Robinson showed his toughness Saturday against Ohio State

    Wisconsin RB John Clay has developed into the workhorse for the Badger offense

    Northwestern QB Mike Kafka has made a name for himself in the Big Ten this season

    FB: Iowa's Angerer Named a Finalist for Nagurski Trophy

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    Iowa linebacker Pat Angerer was named one of five finalists for the 2009 Bronko Nagurski Trophy, given to the nation's top defensive player. Angerer leads the Hawkeyes with 119 tackles while adding two tackles for loss, one sack and two forced fumbles. Iowa currently ranks 17th in the country in scoring defense. The winner of the Nagurski Trophy will be announced on Dec. 7. The Big Ten has claimed the Nagurski Trophy on four occasions, most recently when Ohio State linebacker James Laurinatis was honored in 2006. Other Big Ten winners include Michigan's Charles Woodson in 1997 and current Northwestern head coach Pat Fitzgerald, who claimed the honor in back-to-back years in 1995 and 1996.

    WBB: Wednesday's Results

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    ILLINOIS def. Central Michigan, 77-59
    Recap and Box Score

    INDIANA def. Cincinnati, 64-57
    Recap and Box Score

    #19/rv Kansas def. IOWA, 66-55
    Recap and Box Score

    MBB: Thursday Preview

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    Ohio State looks to shake up the Big Apple when they meet defending national champion and sixth-ranked North Carolina tonight in Madison Square Garden. The 2-0 Golden Gophers welcome Utah Valley to The Barn and the Hoosiers will meet Mississippi in Puerto Rico in  the O'Reilly Auto Parts Tipoff. Penn State travels to the Palmetto City where they will meet UNC-Wilmington in the Charleston Classic.


    FAST BREAK: Since the start of the 2008-09 season, Penn State has a home record of 19-3 (.864). That is the most wins and second-best record as a host among Big Ten teams in this span. The only Big Ten team with a better home record since the start of last season is Michigan State, which is 14-2 (.875) in games at the Breslin Center.

    PENN STATE vs. UNC-Wilmington | 4 p.m. ET | ESPNU
    The Nittany Lion basketball team (2-0) will take on UNC-Wilmington (0-2) Thursday in the first round of the second-annual Charleston Classic in Charleston, S.C. Penn State is coming off an 80-61 victory over Robert Morris on Monday, a game in which freshman Tim Frazier and sophomore Chris Babb led the way with 19 and 15 points, respectively, and a combined 9-of-16 from three. Talor Battle, who leads the Nittany Lions averaging 17.5 points and 8.0 rebounds per game, was held to just eight in the contest. Penn State is averaging 10.5 threes per game in its first two contests and has gotten a pair of double-digit performances from 6-8 junior Jeff Brooks who posted 10 and 12 points, respectively, in wins over Penn and Robert Morris. Penn State will be making its 67th in-season tournament appearance. The Lions have posted a 64-80 record in those tournaments while winning 10 championships and collecting 11 second-place finishes. UNC-Wilmington has lost its first two games to start the season, falling at Appalachian State (79-68) and at home to George Washington (76-71). Six-foot, five-inch guard Montez Downey led the Seahawks posting 15 points vs. George Washington, while 6-6 Keith Rendleman grabbed 16 boards. More...

    Series Record: First Meeting


    FAST BREAK: Through the years, Indiana has a 157-37 record in regular season tournament events. Among their numerous titles, the Hoosiers captured the 2002 EA Sports Maui Invitational and 1992 and 1996 Preseason NIT titles.

    Mississippi vs. INDIANA | 5 p.m. ET | ESPN2
    Indiana is 2-0 for the third straight year and for the fifth time in six seasons after beating USC Upstate, 69-61, Monday night. Hoosier freshmen Christian Watford and Maurice Creek hae taken the reigns. Watford is leading IU, averaging a double-double--15.5 points and 10.5 rebounds per game. Creek is also averaging 15.5 points for the Hoosiers. Ole Miss is 2-0 after defeating Alabama State at home, 90-53 on Monday. The Rebels are paced by Terrico White with 17.5 points per game. Ole Miss has five players averaging double digits in scoring. The winner of this tilt will meet either Boston University or Kansas State. More...

    Series Record:
    First Meeting


    FAST BREAK:
    Minnesota is 24-2 against non-conference teams in the regular season since Tubby Smith took over the program in 2007-08. That is the eighth-best non-conference record in Division I in this span. The Golden Gophers trail only North Carolina (32-0), Pittsburgh (27-1), Duke (30-2), Texas A&M (30-2), Clemson (28-2), Dayton (27-2) and Connecticut (26-2).

    Utah Valley at #24/18 MINNESOTA | 8 p.m. ET | Big Ten Network
    Minnesota will finish a season-beginning three-game homestand as they welcome the Utah Valley Wolverines to Williams Arena. This will be the first-ever meeting between the two schools as well as Tubby Smith's first game against Utah Valley. Utah Valley is in the midst of a four-game road trip. The Gophers opened the season on Nov. 13 with a win over Tennessee Tech, in what was Tubby Smith's 600th career game as a head coach. They followed that up with a 40-point victory over Stephen F. Austin on Nov. 16. Smith's career record entering the night is 431-171 (.717). The Gophers are led on offense by senior Lawrence Westbrook who is averaging 18.5 points, while Ralph Sampson III holds down the defense, grabbing 10.0 rebounds per game. The Wolverines are coming off of a 58-51 loss against Cal State Bakersfield. They opened the season with a victory over North Dakota State. The Wolverines are led by junior Justin Baker, who is averaging 14.5 points and 4.0 rebounds per game. More...

    Series Record: First Meeting


    FAST BREAK: Big Ten teams are 7-7 against defending NCAA Tournament champions since the 2001-02 season. The Big Ten is 3-0 over the previous two seasons with Michigan State upending Kansas last season and Ohio State defeating Florida in 2007-08.

    #6/4 North Carolina vs. #15/15 OHIO STATE | 9 p.m. ET | ESPN2
    The Buckeyes are ready for a showdown in the Garden as they try to advance to the championship game of the 2K Sports Coaches vs. Cancer Classic. If they win, the Buckeyes will meet either #13/12 California or #-/24 Syracuse in the final. Ohio State enters tonight's game with a 2-0 record after defeating Alcorn State and James Madison in the first rounds of the tournament. Evan Turner leads the Buckeyes, averaging 19.0 points, 17.0 rebounds and 7.0 assists per contest. The Tar Heels opened the season with two home wins over Florida International and North Carolina Central last week as part of the 2K Sports Coaches vs. Cancer Classic. Carolina also beat Valparaiso last Sunday to start the season 3-0 at home. North Carolina is paced by senior forward Deon Thompson who is averaging 17.7 points and 8.3 boards per game. Dan Shulman and Dick Vitale will have the call. More...

    Series History: North Carolina leads, 9-2
    Last Meeting: Nov. 11, 2007 at Columbus: North Carolina 66, Ohio State 55


    MBB: Wednesday Night in the Books

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    WISCONSIN def. Oakland, 58-42
    The Badgers watched Oakland (0-2) get out to an 8-5 lead, but capitalized on the Grizzlies' early foul trouble to regain the momentum. Oakland's 6-foot-11 center, Keith Benson, and 6-foot-9 forward, Will Hudson, each picked up their second foul just eight minutes into the game. Wisconsin was clinging to a mere 9-8 lead at that stage, but quickly found its rhythm, scoring its next 19 points in the paint or at the free-throw line. More...

    #11/10 Butler def. NORTHWESTERN, 67-54
    Northwestern junior point guard Michael Thompson scored a game-high 16 points and sophomore John Shurna added 14 but No. 11/10 Butler made four of its first six 3-point attempts in the second half to pull away and win 67-54 Wednesday at Welsh-Ryan Arena.
    The loss snapped a 13-game home winning streak against non-conference opponents for Northwestern (1-1). More...

    VB: Wednesday's Results

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    No. 14 MICHIGAN def. MICHIGAN STATE, 3-2
    Recap and Box Score

    WBB: Wednesday's Schedule

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    Central Michigan at ILLINOIS    8 p.m.
    www.BigTenNetwork.com

    Cincinnati at INDIANA   7 p.m.
    www.BigTenNetwork.com

    #19/rv Kansas at IOWA   8 p.m.
    www.BigTenNetwork.com

    All times ET

    WBB: Six Student-Athletes Named to Naismith Trophy Watch List

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    Six Big Ten student-athletes were named to the 2009-10 Naismith Trophy Preseason Watch List, the Atlanta Tipoff Club announced today. The Naismith Trophy is given annually to college basketball's player of the year.

    Illinois' Jenna Smith, Michigan State's Allyssa DeHaan, Northwestern's Amy Jaeschke, Ohio State's Jantel Lavender and Samantha Prahalis, and Penn State's Tyra Grant were all tabbed to the Naismith Trophy Preseason Watch List, which is comprised of student-athletes that based on their performances from the previous season and the expectations of the 2009-10 season, are being considered for this year's award.

    The 50-player watch list will be cut to 30 in February, then four finalists will be selected by the Atlanta Tipoff Board of Selectors in March. The Naismith Trophy will be presented to the winner at the 2010 NCAA Women's Final Four in San Antonio, Texas.

    MBB: Wednesday Night Preview

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    The Big Ten is 16-2 with two games on the slate this evening.

    SETTING THE STAGE

    #11/10 Butler at NORTHWESTERN | 8 p.m. ET | Big Ten Network
    Both teams enter tonight's game 1-0. The 'Cats are without top returning scorer Kevin Coble and fellow senior Jeff Ryan. Jeremy Nash picked up the scoring for Northwestern in their home opener last Friday, scoring 20 points in the 77-55 win over Northern Illinois. The Bulldogs are coming off a 73-62 home win over Davidson in their season opener on Saturday. Trailing 58-56, the Bulldogs finished the game on a 17-4 run to pull away. Gordon Hayward paced Butler with 17 points, while Willie Veasley added 15.  More...

    Series History: Northwestern leads, 16-7.
    Last Meeting: Northwestern led by as many as 12, but Butler rallied back in the second half to defeat the Wildcats 57-53 Nov. 26, 2008 in Indianapolis.

    Oakland at WISCONSIN | 8 p.m. ET | BigTenNetwork.com
    The Badgers dispatched IPFW of The Summit League 75-46 to open the regular season last Sunday, but will face a steeper challenge vs. Oakland, which is scouted to be the preseason favorite to win the conference. Wisconsin looks to start the season 2-0 for the eighth-straight season. The Badgers have now won all nine home openers under head coach Bo Ryan, as well as 12 consecutive home debuts overall. Wisconsin has never lost a home opener at the Kohl Center. Jon Leuer posted a team-high 19 points in the Badgers' win on Sunday. Oakland enters the contest with an 0-1 record after falling to Eastern Michigan 81-77 last week.   More...

    Series History: First Meeting

    VB: Mid-Week Matchup

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    No. 14 Michigan hosts Michigan State tonight at 6 p.m. ET live on the Big Ten Network in the battle for the "State Pride" flag.

    XCC: USTFCCCA Announces Regional Honors

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    The Big Ten recently saw four of its own recognized by U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Association as this season's Division I Cross Country Coaches and Athletes of the Year were announced Wednesday. llinois' Angela Bizzarri was named Midwest Region Cross Country Runner of the Year after being crowned individual champion and leading the Illini to a runner-up finish at the regional competion last Saturday. Meanwhile, Minnesota head mentor Gary Wilson received the nod as Midwest Region Coach of the Year after guiding his team to its third-consecutive regional title. On the men 's side, two harriers earned regional distinction in Minnesota's Hassan Mead and Ohio State's Jeff See, who captured individual crowns to earn Midwest and Great Lakes Athlete of the Year laurels, respectively.

    MSCR: CoSIDA Announces Academic All-America Teams

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    The Big Ten saw three student-athletes named to the 2009 ESPN the Magazine Academic All-America teams, CoSIDA announced Wednesday. Penn State's Jason Yeisley was named to the All-America first team while Northwestern's Matt Eliason garnered second team distinction. Indiana senior defender Oforio Sarkodie also earned third team honors. The trio was awarded in recognition for their achievements on the field and in the classroom.

    MBB: Required Reading

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    Bringing all 11 hoops programs to you each day.

    Come back this afternoon for previews of tonight's games. Northwestern hosts No. 11/10 Butler and Wisconsin entertains Oakland.

    Required Reading

    Watford and Crean both look for more; IU freshman isn't satisfied with double-doubles in first two games

    Crowd rises to occasion for Spartans

    Spartans' Early Test Will Pay Off

    Mike DeCourcy of Sporting News asks, Will Summers Arrive?

    WBB: Tuesday's Results

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    Utah def. MINNESOTA (rv/-), 60-59
    Recap and Box Score

    #3/3/ OHIO STATE def. UAB, 88-55
    Recap and Box Score

    FB: Big Ten in the NFL - Week 10

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    With 233 former Big Ten standouts on the opening day rosters of National Football League (NFL) teams, conference student-athletes have a major impact on the road to the Super Bowl. Every Wednesday, the Big Ten football blog will highlight the top conference performers in the previous week of NFL action. Below is the list of top performers from the previous week.

    Akin Ayodele, LB, Miami (Purdue): Recorded four tackles and recovered a fumble in the Dolphins' 25-23 win over Tampa Bay.

    Ladell Betts, RB, Washington (Iowa): Rushed for 114 yards on 26 carries and a touchdown in the Redskins' 27-17 win over Denver.

    Tom Brady, QB, New England (Michigan): Threw for 375 yards and three touchdowns on 29 of 42 passing in a 35-34 loss to Indianapolis on Sunday night.

    Steve Breaston, WR, Arizona (Michigan): Caught four passes for 79 yards and a touchdown catch in the Cardinals' 31-20 win over Seattle.

    Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans (Purdue): Completed 18 of 26 passes for 223 yards and two touchdowns in the Saints' 28-23 win over St. Louis.

    Ray Edwards, DE, Minnesota (Purdue): Recorded five tackles, two sacks, forced a fumble and recovered another in the Vikings' 27-10 win over Detroit.

    Lee Evans, WR, Buffalo (Wisconsin): Caught four passes for 52 yards and had two touchdowns in the Bills' 41-17 loss to Tennessee.

    Chad Henne, QB, Miami (Michigan): Finished the day 17 of 31 for 175 yards and a touchdown in the Dolphins' 25-23 win over Tampa Bay.

    Dhani Jones, LB, Cincinnati (Michigan): Made seven tackles and recorded a sack in the Bengals' 18-12 win over Pittsburgh.

    Jim Leonhard, S, New York Jets (Wisconsin): Finished with seven tackles and also a sack in the Jets' 24-22 loss to Jacksonville.

    Kyle Orton, QB, Denver (Purdue): Passed for 193 yards and two touchdowns on 11 of 18 in the Broncos 27-17 loss to Washington.

    Courtney Roby, WR, New Orleans (Indiana): Returned three kicks for 144 yards, including a 97-yard return for a touchdown in the Saints 28-23 win over St. Louis.

    Matt Shaughnessy, DE, Oakland (Wisconsin): Had four tackles and recorded a sack in the Raiders' 16-10 loss to Kansas City.

    Will Smith, DE, New Orleans (Ohio State): Finished with two tackles, a sack and a forced fumble in the Saints' 28-23 win over St. Louis.

    Chris Wells, RB, Arizona (Ohio State): Rushed for 85 yards on 16 carries and scored two touchdowns in the Cardinals' 31-20 win over Seattle.

    LaMarr Woodley, LB, Pittsburgh (Michigan): Registered four tackles and had a sack in the Steelers' 18-12 loss against Cincinnati.

    Charles Woodson, CB, Green Bay (Michigan): Recorded nine tackles, a sack, an interception and two forced fumbles in the Packers' 17-7 win over Dallas.

    Five Big Ten football student-athletes were named to the final watch list for the Ted Hendricks Award, which is given to the nation's top defensive end. The Big Ten's five honorees are Indiana's Jammie Kirlew, Michigan's Brandon Graham, Michigan State's Trevor Anderson, Purdue's Ryan Kerrigan and Wisconsin's O'Brien Schofield. The final watch list will be narrowed to include five or six finalists in the final weeks of the season, with the winner announced on Dec. 9. The Big Ten has claimed the Hendricks Award once since it was first handed out in 2002, with the Wolverines' LaMarr Woodley earning the national laurel in 2006.

    MBB: Oh What a Night

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    #2 Michigan State holds off a determined Gonzaga team...Inspired play from freshman helps lift #23/25 Illinois over Northern Illinois...Duquesne escapes with a win in Iowa City, Hawkeyes fall 52-50.

    #2/2 MICHIGAN STATE def. Gonzaga, 75-71
    Michigan State's winning streak at home against non-conference teams was in jeopardy.
    The second-ranked Spartans - and their fans - refused to let it end against Gonzaga.
    Durrell Summers hit a go-ahead three-pointer with a few minutes left, made two at the line in the final seconds and finished with 21 points and a career-high 11 rebounds to help No. 2 Michigan State rally for a 75-71 win over the Bulldogs on Tuesday night. More...

    #23/25 ILLINOIS def. Northern Illinois, 80-61
    Brandon Paul scored all 20 of his points in the first half, leading No. 23 Illinois to a 80-61 victory over Northern Illinois on Tuesday night. Paul, a freshman guard, had 14 of Illinois' first 21 points. He finished 6-of-16 from the field, including 4-of-8 from beyond the arc. Paul's outside shooting opened the lane for 7-foot-1 center Mike Tisdale and 6-9 forward Mike Davis. The two big men combined to shoot 7 of 15 with Davis and Tisdale scoring 14 and 10 points, respectively. Davis added a career-high 17 rebounds for his 11th career double-double. More...

    Duquesne def. IOWA, 52-50
    Duquesne made big shots all night, none bigger than a three-pointer delivered from the hands of Bill Clark with less than 10-seconds remaining in Tuesday's game against the University of Iowa in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.The Hawkeyes could not score in their final possession and lost to the Dukes, 52-50, on Tuesday in the O'Reilly CBE Classic. More...




     

    WBB: Survey Says...

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    Three Big Ten teams are ranked in the latest USA Today/ESPN Division I Top 25 Coaches' Poll. Ohio State leads the conference at No. 3, followed by No. 21 Michigan State and No. 23 Purdue. Michigan is receiving votes outside the top 25. COMPLETE POLL

    WREST: Weekly Rankings

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    Eight Big Ten wrestling squads earned spots in the USA Today/NWCA/Intermat Division I Coaches Poll released on Tuesday, led once again by No. 1 Iowa. The eight conference squads is the most of any conference in the nation.

    Ohio State is ranked third in the nation, followed by Minnesota at No. 5. Wisconsin checks in at No. 12, while Indiana is two spots behind at No. 14. Penn State ranks 17th, followed by No. 22 Illinois and No. 24 Michigan State.

    MBB: Setting the Scene

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    As a part of the ESPN College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon, featuring 24-hour coverage of college basketball on Tuesday, three Big Ten teams will be in action in primetime.

    Beginning at 8 p.m. ET, No. 2/2 Michigan State (1-0) faces its first major test of the new campaign when the Spartans host the Gonzaga Bulldogs in East Lansing, Mich., in one of the featured matchups of ESPN's College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon.

    The Bulldogs, coached by 11th year head man Mark Few, have advanced to 10 straight NCAA tournaments and has won or shared nine straight West Coast Conference regular-season titles. This will be the first meeting between the Spartans and Bulldogs since the epic triple-overtime showdown at the 2005 Maui Invitational. The game will be televised nationally by ESPN. Dave O'Brien and Steve Lavin have the call.

    Also at 8 p.m. ET, No. 23/25 Illinois (1-0) entertains the Northern Illinois Huskies in a game that will be streamed live by ESPN360.com. The Illini, who defeated Southern Illinois-Edwardsville 96-69 in their season opener, have never faced the Huskies. At 9 p.m. ET on ESPNU, Iowa (0-1) will host Duquesne as a part of the CBE Classic in the final game of the day featuring a Big Ten squad.



    WBB: Tuesday's Schedule

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    A pair of Big Ten teams will be in action Tuesday night, including Ohio State's contest streamed live at www.BigTenNetwork.com.

    rv/-- Minnesota at Utah    9 p.m. ET

    Alabama-Birmingham at #3/3 Ohio State    7 p.m. ET
    www.BigTenNetwork.com

    WSWM: Wisconsin and Northwestern Garner Weekly Honors

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    The conference office announced on Tuesday the sixth weekly women's swimming and diving award winners of the season for meets through Nov. 9-16. Wisconsin' Maggie Meyer garners her fourth swimming accolade of the season and Northwestern's Felicitas Lenz earns her first weekly diving laurel. Meyer becomes the first NCAA automatic qualifyer in the 100-yard backstroke in 2009-10.

    For more information on this week's honorees, look here.

    MSWM: Weekly Award Honorees

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    The conference office announced on Tuesday the fifth weekly men's swimming and diving awards for meets through Nov. 9-16. Michigan's Andre Schultz earned his first weekly swimming laurel of the season and Purdue's David Colturi collected his second-consecutive Diver of the Week honor.

    For more information, look here.

    WBB: Required Reading

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  • Read the transcript from Illinois head coach Jolette Law's chat today.
  • Join the Hawkeyes for Bucknight on Wednesday as the Hawkeyes take on Kansas in a matchup of undefeated teams.
  • Michigan freshman Dayeesha Hollins talks about her fast start.
  • Watch highlights from Michigan's win over Marquette last night.
  • Northwestern's Amy Jaeschke blogs about her team's season-opening win over Toledo.
  • Penn State head coach Coquese Washington has added Ariel Edwards to her recruiting class, ranked No. 20 in the nation.
  • Wisconsin head coach Lisa Stone added the No. 1 player from the state of Minnesota to her 2010 class.
  • WSWM: Weekly Rankings

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    The Big Ten leads all conferences in the nation with the seven squads ranking among the top 25 in the latest CSCAA Division I Swimming and Diving Coaches Poll. Indiana leads the pack at No. 9, followed closely by Minnesota at No. 12. Wisconsin and Michigan voted inside the top 20 teams in the country, sitting at No. 16 and No. 19, respectively, in this week's poll. Sitting neck-and-neck are Purdue at No. 22, Northwestern at No. 23 and Penn State at No.24.

    Iowa, Michigan State and Ohio State are also receiving votes.

    For a complete look at the national rankings, look here.

    MSWM: Weekly Rankings

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    Six Big Ten teams earned spots in the CollegeSwimming.com/CSCAA Division I Coaches Poll released Tuesday, led by No. 7 Michigan. The six conference squads rate second for the most of any conference in the nation.

    Voting in just outside the top 10 is Minnesota at No. 11, The Golden Gophers are followed by Ohio State at No. 14, Purdue at No. 16 and Indiana and No. 18. Rounding out the conference contingent is Penn State, checking in at No. 25.

    Three Big Ten teams are also receiving votes in Iowa, Northwestern and Wisconsin.

    For a complete look at this week's rankings, look here.

    FB: Required Reading

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    • Not letting an October upset deter them, the Buckeyes are once again Big Ten champs.


    • Senior Day moments for Penn State LB Josh Hull will last forever.


    • After struggling in 2008, Bret Bielema has turned the Badgers around in 2009.

    • A come from behind win on Saturday was another step for the Michigan State program.

    MBB: Sparty Sportsman of the Year?

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    Sports Illustrated's Lee Jenkins has nominated Michigan State men's basketball for 2009 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year. Read why...

    SI will announce the winner on December 1.

    MBB: Required Reading

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    • Leading 'men: Frosh stars Paul, Richardson take charge at Illinois.

    • Mike Davis sat in front of the television last week and found motivation.

    • Crean on Watford

    • Iowa looking to bounce back

    • Michigan basketball guard Stu Douglass adjusts to his role as a shooter

    • Jud Heathcote is still the master

    • Ohio State's Evan Turner adds new position to supersized game


    • Paradise will be no holiday for Purdue

    VB: Required Reading

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  • The latest edition of "Here's Something from Mary" includes the Hoosiers traveling in style as well as a couple Friday the 13th pranks.
  • Watch highlights from Iowa's win over Wisconsin last week.
  • Iowa head coach Sharon Dingman has signed four to play with the Hawkeyes in 2010.
  • Iowa's Aimee Huffman blogs about playing on the Big Ten Network and putting in a short week of practice.
  • Mark Rosen inked three to play for Michigan during the early signing period, including the sister of a current Big Ten volleyball player.
  • The December issue of Volleyball Magazine ranks Wisconsin's UW Field House, Minnesota's Sports Pavilion and Penn State's Rec Hall among the best places to play.
  • Vote for former Wisconsin All-American Sheila Shaw to play in the 2010 Deutsch Volleyball League All-Star match!
  • Wisconsin freshman Kirby Toon and her family were recently featured on the Big Ten Network.
  • WREST: Sanderson Claims Wrestler of the Week

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    Penn State's Cyler Sanderson, the fifth-ranked 157-pounder in the nation, earns his first Big Ten Wrestler of the Week award after posting a 2-0 mark this past weekend for the Nittany Lions. In his Penn State debut on Saturday versus Lehigh, Sanderson used a late takedown against Sean Bilodeau to clinch a 5-2 victory. On Sunday against Bloomsburg, the senior was part of a top-five showdown against No. 2 Matt Moley, a dual that ended with Sanderson claiming a 3-2 decision and sparking Penn State to a 23-15 victory.

    Last Penn State Wrestler of the Week: Garrett Scott (Feb. 13, 2008)

    WBB: News & Notes

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    Players of the Week
    Iowa's Kachine Alexander and Ohio State's Jantel Lavender were named Big Ten Co-Players of the Week, while Ohio State's Tayler Hill took home the conference's first-ever Freshman of the Week award. Alexander was named MVP of the KCRG-TV9 Hawkeye Challenge after posting a pair of double-doubles in wins over Santa Clara and Illinois State. For the weekend, the junior averaged 20 points and 15 boards per game. Lavender led the Buckeyes as they advanced to the semifinals of the Preseason WNIT, putting up two double-doubles of her own and extending her double-digit scoring streak to a nation-high 68 games. The Preseason Big Ten Player of the Year averaged 23.5 points on 52.9 percent shooting with 13.5 boards per game. Hill made a major splash in her collegiate debut, averaging 14 points, 7.5 boards and 3.5 assists per game in Ohio State's two wins. COMPLETE RELEASE

    Big Ten in the Polls
    Ohio State remained at No. 3 in the latest AP poll, while Michigan State dropped to No. 21. Purdue and Minnesota are receiving votes outside the top 25. COMPLETE POLL

    VB: News & Notes

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    Players of the Week
    Minnesota's Lauren Gibbemeyer and Penn State's Blair Brown were named Big Ten Co-Players of the Week after posting impressive numbers to lead their teams to two wins each over the weekend. Gibbemeyer averaged 4.0 kills on .426 hitting with 1.2 digs and 2.5 blocks per set, while Brown put up 4.3 kills on 5.24 hitting to lead the Nittany Lions. Indiana's Ashley Benson was honored as the Big Ten's Defensive Player of the Week after averaging 2.0 blocks per set, and Purdue's Anna Drewry was named Freshman of the Week for the second week in a row. COMPLETE RELEASE

    Big Ten in the Polls
    The Big Ten continues to place four teams in the top 15 of the AVCA coaches poll, including two in the top five, led by Penn State, the unanimous No. 1. Illinois follows at No. 5 for the third consecutive week, while Minnesota is up one spot to No. 12 and Michigan holds steady at No. 14. Ohio State is receiving votes outside the top 25. COMPLETE POLL

    RPI Report
    Led by No. 2 Penn State and No. 4 Illinois, the Big Ten is tied for the lead among all conferences with five teams in the top 25 of the latest NCAA RPI report. Also in the top 25 are No. 11 Minnesota, No. 13 Michigan and No. 24 Ohio State. The Big Ten is one of just two conferences in the nation with each of its teams ranking in the RPI's top 90. COMPLETE REPORT

    MSCR: NCAA Championship to Feature Five Big Ten Tea

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    Michigan State, Northwestern, Ohio State and Penn State earned national seeds in the 2009 NCAA DI Men's Soccer Championship. Indiana also received an at-large bid and will open tournament play Thursday as the Hoosiers play host to Louisville at 7 p.m. ET.

    Look here for complete details on NCAA pairings, first and second round schedules and more.

    WBB: Monday Matchup

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    MICHIGAN def. Marquette, 67-50
    Recap and Box Score

    MBB: Monday's Recaps

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    Indiana, Minnesota and Penn State all moved to 2-0 on the season with wins tonight. Indiana's freshman Christian Watford recorded the second double-double of his young career, leading the Hoosiers to a 69-61 win. Hoosier newcomer Maurice Creek chipped in 14 points in the win, as freshmen continue to produce heralded performances. 

    The Big Ten entered the week averaging 82.8 points per game--third-best scoring average in the nation behind the ACC (85.3 ppg) and Big 12 (82.8 ppg). The Nittany Lions posted 80 points, with only eight coming from returning scoring leader Talor Battle. Tonight PSU spread around the scoring, including going 12-for-26 from behind the arc. Minnesota posted 82 points in its rout of Stephen F. Austin. Freshman Rodney Williams had three dunks and a pair of three-pointers to finish with 14 points. Lawrence Westbrook and Devoe Joseph led the Gophers with 15 points each. Minnesota has now scored 80 or more points in each of its games to date.


    Monday's Recaps

    INDIANA def. USC Upstate, 69-61
    Christian Watford finished with 17 points and 10 rebounds, Maurice Creek added 14 points and Verdell Jones scored 13 to lead Indiana past South Carolina-Upstate 69-61 on Monday night. The Hoosiers are 2-0 for the third straight season, and it is the first time they've won back-to-back since late November last year. More...

    #25/18 MINNESOTA def. Stephen F. Austin, 82-42
    For the second straight game, tight defense and a big second half keyed Minnesota to victory as the Gophers posted an 82-42 win over Stephen F. Austin on Monday at Williams Arena. Minnesota trailed early and committed 11 first-half turnovers, but used a stifling defense to close the first half with a 12-2 run and then scored the first 16 points of the second half to break the game open. In all, the Gophers' outscored the Lumberjacks 34-4 over a stretch of 14:39, spanning the final nine minutes of the first half and first 5:39 of the second half. More...

    PENN STATE def. Robert Morris, 80-61
    The Penn State men's basketball team used a 23-4 second half run to turn a one point halftime lead into a 24-point advantage on its way to an 80-61 victory over defending Northeast Conference Champion Robert Morris on Monday evening in the Bryce Jordan Center. Chris Babb sparked the Lions' (2-0) run with four three-pointers and finished the game with a career-high 15 points on five treys. More...



    MBB: Monday Night Preview

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    TONIGHT'S SCHEDULE

    Robert Morris at Penn State | 7:30 p.m. | BigTenNetwork.com

    Stephen F. Austin at Minnesota |8 p.m. | BigTenNetwork.com

    USC-Upstate at Indiana | 8:30 p.m. | Big Ten Network

    FB: Iowa's Moeaki Named Semifinalist for John Mackey Award

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    Iowa's Tony Moeaki was named one of eight semifinalists for the John Mackey Award, which is given to the nation's top tight end. Finalists for the Mackey Award will be announced on Nov. 23, with the winner unveiled on Dec. 10. Since it was first awarded in 2000, three Big Ten standouts have earned the Mackey Award - Minnesota's Matt Spaeth in 2006, Iowa's Dallas Clark in 2002 and Purdue's Tim Stratton in 2000.

    MBB: Harris and Turner Garner First Weekly Awards of 2009-10

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    Michigan's Manny Harris and Ohio State's Evan Turner were tabbed Co-Players of the Week, for games played from Nov. 9-15, the conference office announced today. The pair of junior guards posted triple-double efforts to help their squads open the 2009-10 campaign in dominating fashion last week. Read More ...

    FB: Weekly Release

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    The Nov. 16 football release has been finalized and is now available on the Big Ten website. Below are a few highlights of the release.

    Full release in PDF format

    Ohio State Clinches Share of Fifth Straight Big Ten Title and Conference's BCS Automatic Berth.

    Iowa, Penn State and Wisconsin Maintain Hope for Share of 2009 Crown.

    Michigan State and Minnesota Give Big Ten Seven Bowl-Eligible Teams.

    Big Ten Surpasses Five-Million Mark in Overall Attendance for Fifth Straight Season.

    Iowa, Ohio State, Penn State and Wisconsin Still Have Chance for 10 Wins in Regular-Season Play.

     

    FB: MSU's Swenson Named Lou Groza Award "Star of Week"

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    The Lou Groza Collegiate Place Kicker Award, college football's top kicking award, recognizes three of the top kickers each week from the Football Bowl Subdivision and Michigan State's Brett Swenson was one of three honorees for his performance on Saturday.

    Swenson made four field goals, including the game-winning 21-yarder with 1:51 left, as the Spartans came from behind to defeat Purdue 40-37 to become bowl eligible.  Swenson connected on two career-long 52-yarders, and from 28 yards as well.  He added four extra points.  The Pompano Beach, Florida native is now 18 of 20 on the season in field goals and 38 of 39 in PAT's.  With 92 points on the season, Swenson is tied for 3rd in the nation in kick scoring. 
     
    The finalists for the Groza Award will be announced on Nov. 23, while the winner will be presented the trophy as part of the ESPN Home Depot College Football Awards Show on Dec. 10.

    WBB: Sunday's Results

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    ILLINOIS def. Siena, 85-53
    Recap and Box Score

    INDIANA def. IUPUI, 75-52
    Recap and Box Score

    IOWA def. Illinois State, 75-67
    Recap and Box Score

    #10/10 MICHIGAN STATE def. Detroit, 71-62
    Recap and Box Score

    MINNESOTA (rv/rv) def. Lamar, 84-45
    Recap and Box Score

    #3/3 OHIO STATE def. Bowling Green (rv/rv), 91-72
    Recap and Box Score

    PENN STATE def. NJIT, 79-57
    Recap and Box Score

    #23/rv PURDUE def. Western Illinois, 70-37
    Recap and Box Score

    WISCONSIN def. North Dakota, 68-43
    Recap and Box Score

    VB: Sunday's Results

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    #5 ILLINOIS def. OHIO STATE (rv), 3-1
    Recap and Box Score

    #13 MINNESOTA def. WISCONSIN, 3-0
    Recap and Box Score

    FB: Big Ten Players of Week for Nov. 14

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    The Big Ten football players of the week for games on Nov. 14 were officially announced on the Big Ten Network, with the offensive, defensive and special teams weekly honorees debuted on Big Ten Tonight at 9 p.m. CT. Wisconsin quarterback Scott Tolzien was honored on the offensive side of the ball, Penn State linebacker Navorro Bowman was selected for the defensive laurel while Michigan State kicker Brett Swenson was tabbed as the special teams honoree. Read more about this week's honorees by clicking on this link.
    The Big Ten leads all conferences with four teams among the top 16 in the latest Bowl Championship Series (BCS) poll. The SEC ranks second with three teams among the top 16, while the ACC, Big 12 and Big East each feature two schools among the top 16. The Big Ten's BCS contingent is led by Ohio State, which earned a share of its fifth straight conference crown and also the Big Ten's BCS automatic berth on Saturday. The Buckeyes moved up one spot to No. 10 in the latest BCS standings, cracking the top 10 for the first time this year and the fifth straight season overall. After losing at OSU on Saturday, Iowa dropped three spots to No. 13 in the latest BCS poll, followed by No. 14 Penn State and No. 16 Wisconsin. The Hawkeyes, Nittany Lions and Badgers all maintain hopes of taking part in a BCS game and two of the three are already eligible for an at-large selection. In order to be eligible for at-large selection, a team must have at least nine wins and appear among the top 14 in the final BCS poll. Iowa and Penn State both meet that criteria, while Wisconsin needs to pick up at least one more win in its final two games and move up at least two spots in the BCS poll. By rule, no conference can send more than two teams to BCS games, but the Big Ten has sent a second team to a BCS contest in eight of 11 years, including six times in the last seven seasons. The Big Ten's 19 BCS berths all-time lead all conferences.

    FB: Big Ten Polling Place

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    The latest national polls are out and the Big Ten is the only conference in the country with four teams appearing among the top 15 in at least one of rankings. The SEC rates second to the Big Ten with three top-15 teams in the polls, while the Big 12, Big East and Pac-10 each have two squads among the top 15 in at least one poll.

    After clinching at least a share of the Big Ten title and the conference's Bowl Championship Series automatic berth, Ohio State is the conference's highest-ranked program. The Buckeyes held steady at No. 8 in both the USA Today coaches and Harris Interactive rankings while moving up one spot to No. 9 in the Associated Press (AP) poll. The three schools currently tied for second in the Big Ten standings also appear among the top 15 in at least one of the three polls. Penn State jumped at least five spots in all three rankings, climbing five spaces to No. 12 in the eyes of the coaches and Harris voters and moving up six slots to No. 13 in the estimation of the media voters. Iowa also remains among the top 15 in all three polls, holding steady at No. 15 in the AP while dropping two spots to No. 15 in the USA Today coaches poll and No. 14 in the Harris Interactive ratings. Wisconsin made a big move, jumping five spots to No. 15 in the Harris poll. The Badgers also moved up six slots to No. 14 in the coaches poll and rose four spots to No. 17 in the media rankings. Northwestern was the fifth Big Ten team to receive votes in the USA Today coaches and Harris Interactive polls, the first votes for the Wildcats since the Sept. 13 coaches rankings.

    WSCR: Wisconsin Advances to NCAA Sweet 16

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    Wisconsin punched its ticket to the NCAA round of 16 with a 1-0 win over No. 13-ranked and third-seeded Central Florida Sunday afternoon at the McClimon Soccer Complex. UW is the only Big Ten squad to advance to the NCA A third round and will look to improve on their nine-game unbeaten streak when they return to tournament action next weekend against Boston College. Details regarding time and location of the game have yet to be determined.

    Michigan State, Ohio State, Penn State and Purdue all saw their seasons come to a close after falling in NCAA first and second round competition over the weekend.

    Look here for a full recap from the opening weekend of NCAA tournament action and a complete interactive bracket of the remaining teams.
    The top-seeded Ohio State Buckeyes captured its third Big Ten Tournament title with a last-minute goal to down Penn State, 1-0 on Sunday. With the win, OSU earns the conference's NCAA automatic bid. Penn State's Corey Hertzog was tabbed Offensive Player of the Tournament while Ohio State's Doug Verhoff was named Defensive Player of the Tournament after earning Big Ten co-Defensive Player of the Year laurels three days earlier.

    All seven conference teams willl learn their fate in this year's NCAA Championshis when the selection show unveils the tournmanet bracket on ESPNews at 5:30 p.m. Monday.

    Look here for a complete list of this year's All-Tournament Team.

    XCC: On Your Mark

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    Eleven Big Ten squads will represent the conference at this year's NCAA Cross Country Championships. Michigan State, Minnesota, Ohio State and Wisconsin will compete on the men's side and Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State Minnesota, Ohio State and Penn State will race on women's side. The conference will send four individuals to the national meet in Indiana's Andrew Poore, Penn State's Vince McNally, Purdue's Caden Shields and Wisconsin's Caitlin Comfort.

    The event takes place on Monday, Nov. 23 with the men's 10,000 meters starting at 12:08 p.m. ET and the women's 6,000-meter race commencing at 12:58 p.m. Both competitions are set to run on the LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country course at the Wabash Valley Family Sports Center in Terre Haute, Ind.

    MBB: Manny's Triple

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    For the second time in five days, a Big Ten players has accomplished a remarkable feat. Michigan's Manny Harris scored 18 points, grabbed 13 rebounds and dished out 10 assists for a triple-double, as the Wolverines defeated Northern Michigan 97-50. It marked just the second triple-double in the program history. The last Michigan player to have a triple-double was Gary Grant (24 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists) on March 14, 1987, against North Carolina in the second round of the NCAA tournament.

    With Michigan's win, the Big Ten moves to 10-0 on the season. Iowa and Wisconsin tip off the 2009-10 campaign tonight. The Hawkeyes welcome Texas-San Antonio at 6 p.m. ET, while the Badgers entertain IPFW at 5 p.m. ET.

    SUNDAY, NOV. 15
    IPFW at WISCONSIN | 5 p.m. | Big Ten Network

    Texas-San Antonio at IOWA |3|  | 6 p.m. | ESPNU





    MBB: Sunday's Results

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    Check back Monday afternoon for a breakdown of the weekend's games, a look ahead to the week and to catch up on your required reading. Happy Monday!

    SUNDAY, NOV. 15
    WISCONSIN def. IPFW, 75-46

    Two years ago when the Badgers opened the season against IPFW, they got out to a sluggish start before pulling away with an easy win. This time around, the suspense barely lasted until the first media timeout. The Badgers jumped on the Mastodons with a 10-2 lead in the opening minutes and sailed to a 75-46 win Sunday at the Kohl Center. More...

    Texas-San Antonio def. IOWA , 62-50
    The University of Texas-San Antonio went on a 17-3 run to open the second half and never looked back as the Roadrunners defeated the University of Iowa, 62-50, in the first game of the season inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena during the O'Reilly Auto Parts CBE Classic on Sunday. More...

    WBB: Saturday's Results

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    IOWA def. Santa Clara, 67-51
    Recap and Box Score

    VB: Saturday's Results

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    #14 MICHIGAN def. INDIANA, 3-2
    Recap and Box Score

    MICHIGAN STATE def. PURDUE, 3-0
    Recap and Box Score

    #1 PENN STATE def. NORTHWESTERN, 3-0
    Recap and Box Score

    FB: Ohio State Claims Share of Fifth Straight Big Ten Title

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    Ohio State defeated Iowa in overtime to claim a share of its fifth straight Big Ten title, becoming the first school to accomplish that feat since Michigan finished first five straight seasons from 1988-92. The only other team in conference annals to win at least a share of five or more consecutive Big Ten titles was OSU, who finished first in a conference-record six straight campaigns from 1972-77. The Buckeyes have now won 34 Big Ten titles, a total that ranks second only to the Wolverines' 42 crowns. In addition, Ohio State's Jim Tressel joined former Buckeye Woody Hayes as just the second coach to win at least a share of five straight titles, as Hayes led the Buckeyes during their six-title run from 1972-77. Tressel also becomes only the third coach in 114 years of Big Ten football to win six titles in his first nine years in campus. The only other coaches to accomplish that feat are Michigan's Bo Schembechler (seven titles from 1969-77) and Minnesota's Bernie Bierman (six from 1932-40). Read more about Ohio State's latest Big Ten title by clicking on this link.

    FB: Big Ten Wrapup - Week 11

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    The 11th weekend of Big Ten play featured two teams going to overtime battling for a share of the conference crown along with two more teams becoming eligible for bowl competition. Iowa and Ohio State met in Columbus with the Big Ten title and the conference's BCS automatic spot on the line. The Buckeyes built a 24-10 lead before the Hawkeyes rallied with two fourth-quarter touchdowns, capped by a scoring strike from their backup quarterback to force an extra session. However, after OSU stopped the visitors on the opening drive of overtime, the hosts turned to their backup kicker to convert a game-winning field goal to give the Buckeyes at least a share of their fifth straight Big Ten Championship. OSU is the first Big Ten team to finish first in five straight seasons since Michigan accomplished the feat from 1988-92. In other Big Ten games, Penn State defeated Indiana and Wisconsin beat Michigan. The Nittany Lions and Badgers are now tied with the Hawkeyes for second place in the conference standings at 5-2, just one game behind the 6-1 Buckeyes. Iowa, Penn State and Wisconsin need wins next weekend along with an Ohio State loss to earn a share of the Big Ten Championship. Two more Big Ten teams became bowl-eligible with Michigan State winning a high-scoring shootout against Purdue, and Minnesota earning a victory against South Dakota State. In addition, Northwestern won at Illinois to claim the first Land of Lincoln Trophy. Check out the recaps of each of the six Saturday games by clicking on this link

    The 2009 NCAA Cross Country Regional results are in the books with fie conference squads earning automatic berths to the NCAA Championships by virtue of their top-two finishes on Saturday.

    The Wisconsin men's cross country team earned a first-place team finish in the Great Lakes Region, while Michigan State claimed the runner-up spot to capture the remaining automatic qualifying bid. The Ohio State Buckeyes rounded out the top three positions, and are in solid position to receive an at-large bid to the national meet.

    Meanwhile, two-time Big Ten individual champion Hassan Mead and OSU's Jeff See cruised to individual crowns at their respective regional events.  

    On the women's side Minnesota claimed the top spot in the Midwest Region for the thir straight year, finishing 26 points ahead of runner-up Illinois,  Illini senior Angela Bizzarri won the six-kilometer race on Saturday with a time of 20:07.5. Additionally, Ohio State clinched its first ever trip to the NCAA championships with a second-place finish at the NCAA Great Lakes regional finals.

    The remaining conference squads will wait to hear their NCAA Championship fate until selections are announced Sunday evening.

    MBB: Spotless

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    The 105th season of Big Ten men's basketball tipped off last night with seven teams in action. Illinois, Indiana, Michigan State, Minnesota, Northwestern, Penn State and Purdue are all off to 1-0 starts. Michigan welcomes Northern Michigan to Ann Arbor for a 7 p.m. ET tilt tonight (Big Ten Network) to begin its 2009-10 campaign.

    Results and game recaps from Friday.

    FRIDAY'S RESULTS

    #23/- ILLINOIS def. SIU-Edwardsville, 96-69
    Illinois freshman Brandon Paul didn't wait long to get his name in the school's record book.Paul scored 22 points in the No. 23 Illini's 96-69 victory over Southern Illinois-Edwardsville on Friday night, breaking Deon Thomas' record for most points in a freshman debut set in 1990. Thomas scored 21 in his first game. More...

    INDIANA def. Howard, 83-60
    Indiana University men's basketball coach Tom Crean got his wish on two front. His second-year Hoosiers played in front of a sellout crowd of 17,383 in its home opener and his squad faced adversity and responded as they notched an 83-60 victory over Howard to start the 2009-10 campaign. More...

    #2/2 MICHIGAN STATE def. Florida Gulf Coast, 97-58
    Michigan State needed something to help it wake up during its opener against Florida Gulf Coast. Durrell Summers delivered. His slam on an alley oop sparked a run in the first half that the second-ranked Spartans used to pull away from the Eagles en route to a 97-58 win Friday night. More...

    #25/18 MINNESOTA def. Tennessee Tech, 87-50
    Head coach Tubby Smith's 18th-ranked Minnesota Golden Gophers opened the 2009-10 season with a flourish, forcing Tennessee Tech into 27 turnovers and running to an 87-50 victory before a crowd of 12,513 at Williams Arena. More...

    NORTHWESTERN def. Northern Illinois, 77-55
    Senior guard Jeremy Nash scored a career-high 20 points as the Northwestern men's basketball team took down Northern Illinois 77-57 in the season opener for both teams at Welsh-Ryan Arena Friday night. More...

    PENN STATE def. Penn, 70-55
    It wasn't nearly as easy as last year's meeting, but Penn State pulled away late to down Penn, 70-55, and win its fifth-straight season opener Friday in the Bryce Jordan Center before a crowd of 7,507 that included Hollywood movie star Denzel Washington courtside to watch his son, Malcolm, a Quaker freshmen. More...

    #7/7 PURDUE def. Cal-State Northridge, 89-64
    JaJuan Johnson scored 15 points, freshman reserve D.J. Byrd scored 13 and Chris Kramer added 11 points and four assists for the Boilermakers, who were playing without starting point guard Lewis Jackson. More...




    VB: Friday's Results

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    #1 PENN STATE def. #5 ILLINOIS, 3-0
    Recap and Box Score

    INDIANA def. MICHIGAN STATE, 3-2
    Recap and Box Score

    #13 MINNESOTA def. IOWA, 3-0
    Recap and Box Score

    #14 MICHIGAN def. PURDUE, 3-2
    Recap and Box Score

    OHIO STATE (rv) def. NORTHWESTERN, 3-1
    Recap and Box Score

    WBB: Friday's Results

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    Temple (rv/rv) def. ILLINOIS, 82-78 (OT)
    Recap and Box Score

    INDIANA def. Memphis, 78-74
    Recap and Box Score

    MICHIGAN (rv/rv) def. Ball State (--/rv), 87-67
    Recap and Box Score

    Dayton def. #10/10 MICHIGAN STATE, 78-74
    Recap and Box Score

    NORTHWESTERN def. Toledo, 73-64
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    #3/3 OHIO STATE def. Eastern Illinois, 91-68
    Recap and Box Score

    PENN STATE def. Drexel, 71-61
    Recap and Box Score

    VB: Required Reading

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    Illinois welcomes three signees to its 2010 recruiting class.

    Indiana's Mary Chaudoin chats with some Big Ten Network analysts in the latest episode of "Here's Something from Mary."

    Meet Michigan's Claire McElheny "At the Net."

    Earlier today, Michigan's Veronica Rood answered your questions. Read the transcript HERE.

    Rood's kill vs. Northwestern last weekend has been nominated for AVCA Play of the Week. Click HERE to vote!

    Michigan State's Cathy George announced the first signee of her 2010 recruiting class.

    Minnesota's Mike Hebert inked two during the early signing period.

    Ohio State is doing its part to fight against hunger during this weekend's events.

    Purdue's Dave Shondell talks about last week's Monon Spike match and the week ahead.

    Shondell signed three to National Letters of Intent on Wednesday.

    WBB: Required Reading

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    • Ohio State's Jantel Lavender and Samantha Prahalis are some of the best at their positions, according to ESPN.com. Michigan State's Allyssa DeHaan and Illinois' Jenna Smith are also in the discussion.
    • Michigan's game with Ball State and Penn State's contest at Drexel are two of the best season-openers, writes ESPN.com's Graham Hays.
    • The night before its season-opener, Indiana visited the National Civil Rights Museum.
      Michigan's Courtney Boylan discusses her excitement for tonight's opener in the most recent edition of "Starting Five."
    • Michigan State's Aisha Jefferson is looking forward to going home for tonight's game against Dayton.
    • Northwestern's Ali Mocchi answers 10 questions at NUSports.com.
    • Go "Inside the Locker Room" with Ohio State's Beth Howe.
    • All weekend, the Buckeyes are doing their part to help fight hunger.
    • Penn State has announced its honorary Pink Zone chairwomen.
    • Former Badger Tamara Moore is just one of the guys.

    MBB: 105 Years & Counting...

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    The 105th year of Big Ten Men's Basketball tips off in earnest this weekend with
    10 conference teams in action. The road to Indianapolis looks bright for the Big Ten,
    which is stocked deep in talent with budding NCAA tournament potential from
    top-to-bottom.

    The No. 16/17 Ohio State Buckeyes got things rolling Tuesday night with a 100-60 rout
    of Alcorn State in the 2K Sports Classic. Evan Turner posted a triple-double with 14
    points, 17 rebounds and 10 assists en route to only the second such feat in OSU
    history. Turner followed that up with a double-double, scoring 24 points and pulling
    down 17 rebounds in the Buckeyes 72-44 win over James Madison Thursday night. Ohio State will meet their first true test of the season when they return to action on Nov. 19 against
    defending national champion North Carolina.

    Seven match ups decorate tonight's schedule, highlighted by a pair of home contests for
    No. 2 Michigan State and No. 7 Purdue. The Spartans look to begin their run for a
    second-straight NCAA Final Four appearance as they entertain Florida Gulf Coast at 7
    p.m. at the Breslin Center. Meanwhile, the Boilermakers return with a seasoned squad
    that is poised to earn a spot in Indianapolis come April. Although Lucas Oil Stadium
    is a short 65-mile trek from West Lafayette, Purdue's journey begins tonight as they
    square off against Cal-State Northridge, with tip off slated for 7 p.m. ET.

    Also returning to the hardwood on Friday in front of home crowds are Illinois,
    Indiana, Minnesota, Northwestern and Penn State.

    Michigan is set to host Northern Michigan at 7 p.m. ET on Friday. The Wolverines are 9-0 all-time against the Huskies, boasting an 8-0 record at Crisler Arena. This year marked the first time in 12 seasons that Michigan earned a national ranking in the preseason polls, tabbed No. 15 in both the Associated Press and the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll. The Maize and Blue will look to Manny Harris and DeShawn Sims for leadership this season, the duo combined for nearly half of the Wolverine offense in 2008-09.

    On Sunday, Iowa and Wisconsin will tip off the 2009-10 campaign by welcoming Texas-San
    Antonio and IPFW, respectively, for a pair of evening contests to wrap up the weekend
    slate.

    On the horizon, five Big Ten teams, including Indiana, Iowa, Michigan State, Ohio State
    and Penn State will participate in Classics, beginning Tuesday, Nov. 17.


    TONIGHT'S SCHEDULE
    Cal-State Northridge at #7/7 PURDUE | 7 p.m. | ESPN360.com

    Florida Gulf Coast at #2/2 MICHIGAN STATE  | 7 p.m. | ESPN360.com

    Penn at PENN STATE | 7:30 p.m. | BigTenNetwork.com

    SIU-Edwardsville at #23/- ILLINOIS | 8 p.m. | ESPN360.com

    Tennessee Tech at #25/18 MINNESOTA | 8 p.m. | BigTenNetwork.com

    Northern Illinois at NORTHWESTERN | 8 p.m. | BigTenNetwork.com

    Howard at INDIANA | 8 p.m. | Big Ten Network

    SATURDAY, NOV. 14
    Northern Michigan at #15/15 MICHIGAN | 7 p.m. | Big Ten Network

    SUNDAY, NOV. 15
    IPFW at WISCONSIN | 5 p.m. | Big Ten Network

    Texas-San Antonio at IOWA |3|  | 6 p.m. | ESPNU


    All times ET    Rankings: AP/ESPN/USAToday


    LEGEND
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    FH: Three Big Ten Schools Open NCAA Championship

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    Three Big Ten teams join in the quest to become the first NCAA Champion of the new season when Indiana, Michigan State and Ohio State open play in the 2009 NCAA Field Hockey Championship, which begins Saturday.

    Big Ten Champion and Big Ten Tournament Champion Michigan State (17-3) opens play in the Charlottesville Regional, where the Spartans will face Delaware at 2 p.m. ET Saturday. The winner between the Spartans and Blue Hens will face the winner of Virginia-Richmond on Sunday at 2 p.m. ET.

    Ohio State, which earned an at-large bid to the tournament, will face North Carolina in the Winston-Salem Regional at 11:30 a.m. ET on Saturday. With a win, the Buckeyes (13-6) would move on to face Wake Forest or Indiana in the second round on Sunday at 2 p.m. ET.

    The Hoosiers (14-6) also earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Championship after finishing as the 2009 Big Ten Tournament runners-up last weekend. The Hoosiers will face Wake Forest in the Winston-Salem Regional at 2 p.m. ET on Saturday. The winner of that game will move on to face the winner of the Ohio State-North Carolina matchup.

    Complete coverage of all the Big Ten teams in the NCAA Championship can be found through this link at bigten.org.

    WBB: Let the Games Begin!

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    Big Ten women's basketball begins tonight! Look below for this weekend's full schedule, including broadcast information.

    NOVEMBER 13

    ILLINOIS at Temple (rv/rv)   7 p.m.

    INDIANA at Memphis   6 p.m.

    Ball State (--/rv) at MICHIGAN (rv/rv)   7 p.m.   
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    #10/10 MICHIGAN STATE at Dayton   7 p.m.

    NORTHWESTERN at Toledo   7 p.m.

    Eastern Illinois at #3/3 OHIO STATE [1]   5 p.m.

    PENN STATE at Drexel   7 p.m.

    NOVEMBER 14

    Santa Clara at IOWA [2]   1 p.m.   
    www.BigTenNetwork.com
     
    NOVEMBER 15

    Siena at ILLINOIS   5 p.m.   
    www.BigTenNetwork.com

    IUPUI at INDIANA   2 p.m.   
    www.BigTenNetwork.com

    Illinois St./UCLA (rv/--) at IOWA [2]   3 p.m.   
    www.BigTenNetwork.com

    #10/10 MICHIGAN STATE at Detroit   Noon

    Lamar at MINNESOTA (rv/rv)   3 p.m.

    Chicago St./Bowling Green (rv/rv) at #3/3 OHIO STATE [1]   2 p.m.    
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    NJIT at PENN STATE   2 p.m.   
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    Western Illinois at #rv/23 PURDUE   1 p.m.   
    www.BigTenNetwork.com

    North Dakota at WISCONSIN   1 p.m.   
    www.BigTenNetwork.com

    Key
    [1] - Preseason WNIT (campus sites)
    [2] - Hawkeye Challenge (Iowa City, Iowa)

    All times ET

    MBB: Required Reading

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    With tip off just hours away, here are a few links to get you prepped for the start of the 2009-10 season.

    • Illinois' McCamey gets his mind right.
    • Hoosiers counting on freshmen to spark turnaround
    • Yahoo! Sports's Gerry Ahern chats with Indiana's Tom Crean
    • Captain Cole steering the Hawkeyes this season
    • Iowa's Gatens, Tucker Ready to Score
    • The secret to John Beilein's success is in coaching and schemes
    • Darius Morris not too young to make impact for Michigan
    • Michigan State forward Raymar Morgan wants to forget last season
    • Tubby Smith will need to lean on familiar faces in the Gophers' season opener.
    • Purdue's Kramer driven to be the best; Senior guard has beefed up to regain defensive crown.


    VB: This Weekend's Schedule

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    FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 13

    No. 5 ILLINOIS (12-2) at No. 1 PENN STATE (14-0)   7 p.m.

    INDIANA (3-11) at MICHIGAN STATE (4-10)   6:30 p.m.
    www.BigTenNetwork.com (LIVE)

    No. 13 MINNESOTA (10-4) at IOWA (4-11)   7 p.m.

    PURDUE (4-10) at No. 14 MICHIGAN (8-6)   7 p.m.

    NORTHWESTERN (5-9) at OHIO STATE (rv) (8-6)   8 p.m.

    SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 14

    INDIANA at No. 14 MICHIGAN   7 p.m.

    PURDUE at MICHIGAN STATE   6:30 p.m.
    www.BigTenNetwork.com (LIVE)

    NORTHWESTERN at No. 1 PENN STATE   7 p.m.
    www.BigTenNetwork.com (LIVE)

    SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 15

    No. 5 ILLINOIS at OHIO STATE (rv)   2 p.m.
    Big Ten Network (Delay - 4 p.m.)

    No. 13 MINNESOTA at WISCONSIN (6-9)   1 p.m.

    All times local to site

    FB: Big Ten Week 11 Preview

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    At least a share of the Big Ten Championship and the conference's automatic berth into the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) will be on the line when Ohio State hosts Iowa in the 11th week of Big Ten play. The Hawkeyes and Buckeyes are tied for first in the Big Ten standings at 5-1, which means the winner clinches at least a share of the crown and will also own the tie-breaker edge for the automatic BCS berth. Two other conference teams maintain hopes of sharing the Big Ten title in Penn State and Wisconsin, as the Badgers host Michigan while the Nittany Lions play at home against Indiana. In other Big Ten games, in-state rivals Illinois and Northwestern battle for the first Land of Lincoln Trophy, Purdue hosts Michigan State and Minnesota wraps up non-conference play against South Dakota State.Check out the www.bigten.org previews for every 10th-week matchup by clicking on this link.

    Iowa's Ryan Donahue and Michigan's Zoltan Mesko were named two of 10 semifinalists for the Ray Guy Award, given to the nation's top punter. The nominees were evaluated on their overall statistics and contribution to the team. Particular emphasis was placed on the following statistics: net average, percentage of total punts inside the 20-yard line, and percentage of punts not returned. A national voting body of Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) coaches, sports information directors, national media, and former Ray Guy Award winners will decide the three award finalists, who will be named on November 23. Voters will then cast a second round of ballots to decide the winner. The winner of the 10th Ray Guy Award will be announced live on ESPN during the Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards show on Thursday, December 10. Three Big Ten players have claimed the Ray Guy Award, including Wisconsin's Kevin Stemke (2000), Purdue's Travis Dorsch (2001) and Ohio State's B.J. Sander (2003).

     

    MBB: Gus Who's Back?

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    Gus Johnson, recognized as one of the most exciting and entertaining sportscasters in the industry, will be calling at least 15 games this year on the Big Ten Network, an increase over last season. Two of those contests will be Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament games. Tonight, he will join Jim Jackson in calling the Ohio State-James Madison game at 7 p.m. ET. The tandem will team up for three game broadcasts together throughout the 2009-10 season. Welcome back Gus!

    WBB: Required Reading

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    • Michigan's Roni Hicks blogs about the excitement surrounding the start of the new season
    • Northwestern's Amy Jaeschke blogs about the emergence of the Wildcat program
    • Iowa's Kachine Alexander looks to build on a sophomore season that showcased her versatility
    • Michigan State's program is ready to take the next step under Suzy Merchant
    • Shorthanded to begin the season, Purdue knows it still can be a dangerous team
    • Illinois coach Jolette Law is ready to take the Illini to the next level

    FB: Required Reading

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  • Northwestern DT Corbin Bryant coming into his own for the Wildcat defense
  • Michigan State RB Ashton Leggett intends to make the most of his chances in the Spartan offense
  • Ohio State WR DeVier Posey blossoming in his second year with the Buckeyes
  • Iowa QB James Vandenberg has the full support of his coaches, teammates
  • Purdue CBs Brandon King and David Pender provide stability in the Boilermaker secondary
  • Michigan DE Brandon Graham at the center of the Wisconsin gameplan
  • Wisconsin WR Nick Toon developing into a star for the Badger offense
  • MSCR: Big Ten Tournament Underway

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    The 2009 Big Ten Men's Soccer Tournament, hosted by Indiana, is underway in Bloomington, Ind. Follow along as bigten.org will provide updates throughout the tournament at our 2009 Big Ten Men's Soccer Tournament Central page. Live scoring, boxscores and postgame audio interviews are also available at Indiana's Tournament page.

    WBB: National Signing Day

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    On Wednesday, several Big Ten women's basketball teams announced the signing of prospective student-athletes to National Letters of Intent. Below, find out who will be a part of your favorite Big Ten team in the years to come.

    Illinois

    Iowa

    Michigan

    Michigan State

    Minnesota

    Ohio State

    Penn State

    Purdue

    Wisconsin

    MBB: 100 points, triple-doubles, oh my...

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    Fresh off a 100-60 win over Alcorn State, Ohio State is poised to take on its second opponent of the 2009-10 season. The 16th-ranked Buckeyes (1-0) play hosts to the Dukes of James Madison (0-0) tonight at 7 p.m. in the second of four games that make up the 2K Sports Classic benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer event.

    The Buckeyes head to Madison Square Garden in New York to take on defending national champions North Carolina Nov. 19. Ohio State will play either California or Syracuse Nov. 20 to close out the event.

    All eyes will be on junior guard Evan Turner after he turned in a triple-double in the opener versus Alcorn State. Turner tallied 14 points, 17 rebounds and 10 assists for only the second such feat in OSU history.



    MBB: Required Reading-Late Edition

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    • Illinois' Bruce Weber has decisions to make as the season draws near and the talent runs deep.
    • Lansing State Journal's Joe Rexrode's and college basketball royalty.
    • Purdue driven to end 30-year Final Four quest.
    • Wisconsin's Trevon Hughes spells trouble for Badger opponents this season. 

    VB: Mid-Week Matchup

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    Iowa hosts Wisconsin tonight in a mid-week matchup of border rivals tonight at 7 p.m. CT LIVE on the Big Ten Network.

    MBB: It's Signing Day!

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    The 2010-11 Big Ten Conference Signees

    The anticipation is over. The National Letters of Intent have been signed. Find out who's going where.

    • Illini Sign Top-10 Recruiting Class
    • Hoosiers Sign One to National Letter of Intent
    • Wolverines Sign Two Recruits in Early Signing Period
    • Spartans Sign Four to National Letter of Intent
    • Six Student-Athletes Added to Buckeye Men's Basketball Program





    Ohio State's Dan Potokar is the weekly nominee for the 2009 FedEx Orange Bowl-FWAA Courage Award, to be announced at the end of the season.

    Potokar, from Grove City, Ohio, has battled several rounds with cancer and is currently helping the Buckeyes as a student assistant. Though a walk-on, Potokar had been impressive as a wide receiver during spring practice in 2007 and was part of the Ohio State track team's 400-meter relay team. But in the fall of 2007, he became ill and was diagnosed with testicular cancer that had spread to his lungs and abdomen. Despite surgery and chemotherapy, the lesions remained on his lungs. Potokar underwent several weeks of intensive treatments in Indianapolis, including two stem-cell transplants. Several months later, five tumors were discovered in Potokar's brain, necessitating full-brain radiation and something similar to laser surgery.
     
    Smithson applied for and received a waiver from the NCAA to allow extra benefits. Anthony joined him in Salt Lake City last June; the Smithsons became the fourth family to gain such a waiver (former Courage Award winner Ray Ray McElrathbey of Clemson was the first). Last winter, tests indicated the cancer was gone.
     
    "I enjoy things even more and appreciate people more," Potokar told the Columbus Dispatch. "That's a major change, just taking everything in. and another thing is I'm much more of an emotional person. When I see things that are sad or extremely happy, I get teary-eyed from time to time. That's a big change. I used to be a hardened football player. Now, I'm expressing emotions."
     
    Potokar has continued to participate in the football program, helping as a student assistant coach, and will be honored with the Buckeyes' seniors on Saturday. He's on track to earn a business degree and is scheduled to be married next May. Potokar has also reached out to other athletes who have been diagnosed with cancer.
     
    For the fourth straight year, the Football Writers Association of America and the FedEx Orange Bowl will announce a weekly nominee each Wednesday during the season. A blue-ribbon panel will determine the winner from all of the nominees. The winner of the FedEx Orange Bowl/FWAA Courage Award will be announced in December and be presented with the trophy. The Courage Award was created by ESPN The Magazine's senior writer Gene Wojciechowski, also a FWAA member. A select group of writers from the FWAA vote on the winner each year. The requirements for nomination include displaying courage on or off the field, including overcoming an injury or physical handicap, preventing a disaster or living through hardship.

    FB: Big Ten In the NFL - Week Nine

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    With 233 former Big Ten standouts on the opening day rosters of National Football League (NFL) teams, conference student-athletes have a major impact on the road to the Super Bowl. Every Wednesday, the Big Ten football blog will highlight the top conference performers in the previous week of NFL action. Below is the list of top performers from the previous week.

    Jonathan Babineaux, DT, Atlanta (Iowa): Finished with 10 tackles and recorded 2.5 sacks in the Falcons' 31-17 win over Washington.

    Tom Brady, QB, New England (Michigan): Threw for 332 yards and a touchdown on 25 of 37 passing to lead the Patriots to a 27-17 win over Miami.

    Steve Breaston, WR, Arizona (Michigan): Finished with five catches for 66 yards and a touchdown in the Cardinals' 41-21 win over Chicago.

    Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans (Purdue): Was 24 of 35 passing for 330 yards and a touchdown pass to help the Saints to a 30-20 win over Carolina.

    Tyrone Carter, S, Pittsburgh (Minnesota): Had two tackles and recorded two interceptions in the Steelers' 28-10 win over Denver on Monday night.

    Chris Chambers, WR, Kansas City (Wisconsin): Caught three passes for 70 yards and had two touchdowns in the Chiefs 24-21 loss to Jacksonville.

    Dallas Clark, TE, Indianapolis (Iowa): Caught a team-high 14 passes for 119 yards in the Colts 20-17 victory over Houston.

    Vontae Davis, CB, Miami (Illinois): Had six tackles and an interception the Dolphins' 27-17 loss to New England.

    Leon Hall, CB, Cincinnati (Michigan): Made two tackles and recorded an interception in the Bengals' 17-7 win over Baltimore.

    A.J. Hawk, LB, Green Bay (Ohio State): Recorded eight tackles and had a sack in the Packers' 38-28 loss to Tampa Bay.

    Bryant Johnson, WR, Detroit (Penn State): Caught two passes for 35 yards and had a touchdown in the Lions' 32-20 loss to Seattle.

    Laurence Maroney, RB, New England (Minnesota): Had 20 carries for 82 yards and a touchdown in the Patriots' 27-17 win over Miami.

    Rashard Mendenhall, RB, Pittsburgh (Illinois): Rushed for 155 yards on 22 carries in the Steelers 28-10 win over Denver on Monday night.

    Chike Okeafor, LB, Arizona (Purdue): Finished with three tackles and a sack in the Cardinals' 41-21 win over Chicago.

    Kenny Peterson, DE, Denver (Ohio State): Had four tackles, a sack and a forced fumble in the Broncos' 28-10 loss to Pittsburgh on Monday night.

    Julian Peterson, LB, Detroit (Michigan State): Registered four tackles and a forced fumble in the Lions' 32-20 loss to Seattle.

    Shaun Phillips, LB, San Diego (Purdue): Finished with eight tackles, a sack and two forced fumbles in the Chargers' 21-20 win over the New York Giants.

    Bernard Pollard, S, Houston (Purdue): Made a team-high 12 tackles and picked off two passes in the Texans' 20-17 loss to the Colts.

    Terry Porter, CB, New Orleans (Indiana): Recorded seven tackles and forced two fumbles in the Saints' 30-20 win against Carolina.

    Will Smith, DE, New Orleans (Ohio State): Registered four tackles, two sacks and forced fumble in the Saints' 30-20 win over Carolina.

    Pierre Thomas, RB, New Orleans (Illinois): Finished with 50 yards on 13 carries and a touchdown in the Saints 30-20 win over Carolina.

    Stylez White, DE, Tampa Bay (Minnesota): Made four tackles and had 1.5 sacks in the Buccaneers' 38-28 win over Green Bay.

    WBB: Up to the Challenge

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    The Big Ten and Big 12 Conferences announced today the formation of an annual inter-conference challenge for women's basketball, which will span at least two years and will begin in the fall of 2010. The series will feature a home-and-home format over the initial two-year agreement, and each of the Big 12's teams will play in each Challenge, while one Big Ten team, Wisconsin, will play two Challenge games each year. FULL STORY

    WSCR: And the Winners Are ...

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    The Big Ten office announced the 2009 All-Big Ten and All-Freshman women's soccer teams, as well as individual award winners today.  Penn State seniors Katie Schoepfer and Alyssa Naeher were tabbed Offensive and Defensive Players of the Year, respectively, after leading the Nittany Lions to their Big Ten record-tying 12th-consecutive conference championship. PSU newcomer Christine Nairn takes home Big Ten Freshman of the Year honors while Erica Walsh earned the nod from her peers to garner Coach of the Year laurels. The selections marked the second Penn State sweep of the postseason honors and the first since the conference divided the award for Player of the Year into separate offensive and defensive accolades in 2004.

    Look here to view the complete release.

    The Big Ten tied for the lead among all conferences with three finalists named for the 2009 Wuerffel Trophy, the national award that honors the college football player who best combines exemplary community service with outstanding academic and athletic achievement.

    The Big Ten's three finalists are Michigan's Zoltan Mesko, Michigan State's Blair White and Northwestern's Andrew Brewer. The Big Ten and the MAC were the only conferences with three finalists, as no other conference produced more than one finalist.

    The award is named after former Heisman Trophy winner Danny Wuerffel, who led Florida to the 1996 national championship, played six years in the National Football League and has received national recognition for his humanitarian and community service efforts with Desire Street Ministries in New Orleans and around the country. A committee that includes the Wuerffel Trophy national directors and selection committee members will vote on the finalists later this month, and the winner will be formally announced on December 8.

    WBB: This Week's Top 10

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    The Big Ten women's basketball weekly release is now available! Click HERE to view the entire document, or read below for highlights:

    1. The Big Ten Conference is excited to extend the Get to Know Her campaign into the 2009-10 season. Search "Get to Know Her Club" from your Facebook page today to become an online member!
    2. The Big Ten welcomes back 16 All-Conference members from a season ago, including three first-team selections and the Big Ten Player of the Year.
    3. In addition, last year's Defensive Player, Sixth Player and Freshman of the Year are back in Big Ten uniforms.
    4. The Big Ten leads all conferences with five players on the preseason Wooden Award watch list and is tied for the lead with four players on the Wade Award watch list.
    5. The Big Ten has two top-10 teams in the AP and coaches polls for the first time since 2006.
    6. Nine games during the opening weekend of the season will be broadcast on www.BigTenNetwork.com.
    7. Each of the Big Ten's top four scorers from last season are all back in 2009-10.
    8. Ohio State headlines this year's Preseason WNIT field, which includes 11 teams that advanced to the postseason in 2008-09.
    9. Four Big Ten players are candidates for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award.
    10. Make your plans now to head to Indianapolis for the 2010 Big Ten Women's Basketball Tournament!

    FH: Three Big Ten Teams Earn NCAA Bids

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    Three Big Ten teams will represent the conference at the 2009 NCAA Division I Field Hockey Championships as Indiana, Michigan State and Ohio State have been selected as part of the 16-team field, marking the 10th time in the last 11 seasons the conference will send three or more teams to the national tournament. The NCAA Championships begin this weekend, with first round games contested on Saturday, Nov. 14 and second round games scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 15. First and second round matchups will be played at various campus sites.

    Complete information on the Big Ten's selections into the NCAA Tournament can be found here.

    WSWM: Wisconsin and Minnesota Nab Weekly Laurels

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    The conference office announced on Tuesday the fifth weekly women's swimming and diving award winners of the season for meets through Nov. 2-9. Wisconsin' Maggie Meyer garners her third swimming accolade of the season and Minnesota's Kelci Bryant collects her second-consecutive weekly diving honor.

    Look here for more information on this week's honorees.

    MSWM: Purdue Sweeps Weekly Accolades

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    The conference office announced on Tuesday the fifth weekly men's swimming and diving awards for meets through Nov. 2-9. Purdue's Aaron Koger nabbed the weekly swimming laurel while Boilermaker teammate garnered Diver of the Week accolades. The selection marks the first time a Purdue tandem swept the weekly laurels since Jon Schmitt and David Boudia accomplished the feat on Nov. 18, 2008.

    Look here for more information on the winning Boilermaker duo.

    WSCR: Five Big Ten Teams NCAA Bound

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    Five Big Ten women's soccer teams have been selected to the 2009 NCAA Division I Women's Soccer Championship, the NCAA selection committee announced on Monday. Michigan State, Ohio State, Penn State, Purdue and Wisconsin will all vie for the national title when competition begins Friday, Nov. 13. Of those five teams, three were selected to host opening first and second-round competition,including OSU, PSU and UW.

    Full Release

    Complete Interactive Bracket


     

    MBB: Required Reading

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    ESPN.com's Andy Katz ranks the conferences and believes that there is a power shift to the Midwest.

    SI's Luke Winn thinks OSU's Evan Turner might be the most complete player in the country.

    As the season tips off this week, take a look at several Big Ten Previews.
    CBSSports.com senior writer Gary Parrish believes that the Big Ten is going to have a tremendous season.

    Sporting News Online included five Big Ten teams in its Countdown to Tipoff in Illinois, MichiganMichigan State, Ohio State and Purdue.




    FH: Weekly Rankings

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    In the final 2009 Kookaburra/NFHCA Division I National Coaches Poll released on Tuesday, three Big Ten teams ranked among the nation's top 20 while another three also received votes.

    Michigan State, fresh off its Big Ten Tournament championship, moved up to No. 6 in the rankings. The Spartans finished the season 17-3 and look to improve on their record when they begin play in the NCAA Championships, which begin this weekend. Indiana, with a 14-6 overall record, moved up to No. 13 in this week's poll after having advanced to its first Big Ten Tournament championship game in school history. Rounding out the ranked conference schools is Ohio State, which at 13-6 is No. 15 in this week's rankings.

    Three other conference teams receiving votes include Northwestern, Iowa and Penn State.

    At 8 p.m. ET tonight, the participants for the 2009 NCAA Division I Field Hockey Championships will be officially announced live on a streamed event through this link. Michigan State, which earned the Big Ten's automatic berth by winning the Big Ten Tournament, knows it will be one of the 16 teams invited, but what other Big Ten schools will be joining the Spartans? Log on tonight to find out!

    MBB: Triple Crown

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    No, not the Kentucky Derby, Preakness or Belmont Stakes, but points, rebounds and assists. Specifically, Ohio State's Evan Turner's, 14 points, 17 rebounds and 10 assists in the Buckeyes 100-60 win over Alcorn State Monday night. Turner became only the second Buckeye in program history to achieve the triple feat The only other triple-double was achieved by Dennis Hopson against Ohio University on Dec. 6, 1986.

    VB: This Week's Top 10 List

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    The Big Ten volleyball weekly release is now available! Click HERE to view the entire thing, or read below for the highlights:

    1. Penn State is the unanimous No. 1 team in the AVCA coaches poll.
    2. The Big Ten is the only conference with two top-five teams, as Illinois is ranked fifth.
    3. The Big Ten and Pac-10 are the only two conferences with four top-15 teams. Minnesota is ranked No. 13 and Michigan is ranked No. 14.
    4. Four Big Ten teams have won 20 or more games so far this season.
    5. Five matches will be broadcast on the Big Ten Network or www.BigTenNetwork.com this week.
    6. Penn State has won its last 90 matches, which is the third-longest winning streak in NCAA history across all sports.
    7. Illinois' Laura DeBruler was named Big Ten Player of the Week for the seventh time in her career.
    8. Five players rank in the NCAA's top 20 in blocks per set, including Illinois' Johannah Bangert who leads the nation.
    9. Five Big Ten schools rank in the nation's top 15 in average home attendance.
    10. Northwestern's Sabel Moffett (Defense) and Purdue's Anna Drewry (Freshman) each earned their first career Big Ten weekly honors.

    WREST: Salazar Wins First Weekly Honor

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    Purdue's Colton Salazar won all five duals in his weight class in winning the 157-pound title at the Eastern Michigan Open on Saturday. The junior recorded a major decision in his opening round bout, then took down ranked opponents in the semifinals and final, both by sudden victory. Salazar defeated No. 7 Bryce Saddoris of Navy, 3-1, in the semis, then knocked off No. 12 Kurt Kinser of Indiana, 7-5, in the final. The 11th-ranked grappler in his weight class, Salazar registered 12 takedowns on the weekend and wins his first career weekly award.

    Last Purdue Wrestler of the Week: Jake Fleckenstein (Nov. 4, 2008)

    FB: Required Reading

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  • Ohio State DT Cameron Heyward comes alive for the Buckeyes against Penn State
  • Michigan State looking to build momentum into the season's home stretch
  • Those who know Iowa QB James Vandenberg say he's got what it takes to lead the Hawkeyes
  • Senior day adds another element to what Purdue coach Danny Hope coined a special season
  • Wisconsin LB Chris Borland continuing to make impressions for the Badgers
  • Michigan State QB Kirk Cousins has all the intangibles in leading the Spartan offense
  • FH: NCAA Selection Show to air on ncaa.com tonight

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    The 16 teams for the 2009 NCAA Division I Field Hockey Championships will be announced at 8 p.m. ET on Tuesday. The brackets will be revealed when the selection show is streamed live on ncaa.com. The first and second rounds of the NCAA Championships will begin Nov. 14-15 at to be determined campus sites with the semifinals and finals contested Nov. 20-22 at Kentner Stadium at Wake Forest in Winston-Salem, N.C.

    Tuesday's selection show can be viewed by following this link. Complete championship information can be found by clicking here.

    Michigan State earned the Big Ten's automatic berth into the championships by winning the Big Ten Tournament last weekend with a 3-2 win over Indiana.

    MSCR: Ohio State Sweeps Weekly Awards

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    The conference office announced on Monday the final weekly men's soccer award winners for the 2009 season. Ohio State's David Tiemstra and Matt Lampson were tabbed Offensive and Defensive Player of the Week, respectively, after leading their squad to its first outright Big Ten regular-season championship over the weekend. The selection marks Ohio State's first sweep over the weekly accolades since Sept. 12, 2005.

    Look here for more information on this week's honorees.

    All 11 Big Ten women's soccer teams will learn their postseason fate Monday night when the NCAA Selection Show unveils the DI Women's Soccer Tournament bracket on ESPNews at 8 p.m. ET. The First and second round games of the NCAA Championship are set for Friday, Nov. 13 and Sunday, Nov. 15, respectively at various campus sites still to be determined. The 2009 NCAA Women's College Cup is slated for Dec. 4-6 on the Texas A&M University campus in College Station, Texas.

    Penn State earned the Big Ten's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament by virtue of its regular-season championship title. The Nittany Lions join the list of 30 automatic qualifiers from across the country as the ten other conference squads hope to secure one of the 34 remaining at-large spots in the 64-team field. 

    Complete championship information can be found by clicking here.

    WSCR: Big Ten Announces Final Weekly Laurels of 2009

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    The conference office announced on Monday the final weekly women's soccer award winners of the 2009 season for games played from Nov. 2-8. Big Ten Champion Penn State produced a pair of weekly honorees in Defensive Player of the Week Emma Thomson and Katie Schoepfer, who share co-Offensive Player of the week honors with Lauren Hill of Michigan State. Purdue newcomer Jessica Warren also earned her first Freshman of the Week laurel after helping the Boilermakers complete the regular season with a pair of wins last week.

    Look here for more information on this week's honorees.

    VB: News & Notes

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    Big Ten in the Polls
    The Big Ten continues to boast four teams ranked in the top 15 of the AVCA coaches poll, which is tied with the Pac-10 for most among all conferences. Penn State is the unanimous No. 1 selection, followed by Illinois at No. 5, making the Big Ten the only conference with two top-five programs. Also ranked are No. 13 Minnesota and No. 14 Michigan. Ohio State is receiving votes outside the top 25. COMPLETE POLL

    Players of the Week
    Illinois' Laura DeBruler was named Big Ten Player of the Week for the second time this season and the seventh time of her career after leading the Illini to wins over No. 15 Michigan and Michigan State, extending the Illini's winning streak to 11. Northwestern's Sabel Moffett was named Defensive Player of the Week, earning her first career accolade, after posting 10 total blocks in each match as the Wildcats split with the Wolverines and Spartans. Purdue's Anna Drewry earned Freshman of the Week laurels after helping the Boilermakers take home the Monon Spike with a victory against Indiana. COMPLETE RELEASE

    FB: Northwestern Named Fiesta Bowl National Team of Week

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    With their 17-10 win at No. 4 Iowa, the Northwestern Wildcats (6-4) are the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl National Team of the Week for games of the weekend of Nov. 7, as chosen by the board of the Football Writers Association of America.

    Trailing 10-0, the Wildcats forced four second-quarter turnovers to ignite the rally. Corey Wootton sacked Iowa's Ricky Stanzi and forced a fumble that was recovered for a touchdown by Marshall Thomas to put Northwestern on the board. Stanzi was injured on the play and did not return to the game. On Iowa's next possession, a Quentin Davie interception led to the go-ahead score. Drake Dunsmore caught a four-yard touchdown pass to cap the drive and give the Wildcats a lead they would not relinquish. The win was Northwestern's third straight in Iowa City and ended Iowa's 13-game winning streak.

    "We fully expected if we could put together 60 minutes of Wildcat football together in all three phases we'd have an opportunity to compete," Northwestern head coach Pat Fitzgerald said after the game. "And, to our young men's credit, we did."

    Michigan State's Brett Swenson and Northwestern's Stefan Demos were named two of 20 semifinalists for the 2009 Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award. Three finalists for this honor will be announced on Dec. 8 and the winner will be announced live on the Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards Show on Dec. 10. Two Big Ten standouts have earned the Groza Award - Iowa's Nate Kaeding in 2002 and Ohio State's Mike Nugent in 2004.

    FB: Weekly Release

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    The Nov. 9 football release has been finalized and is now available on the Big Ten website. Below are a few highlights of the release.

    Full release in PDF format

    Iowa, Ohio State, Penn State and Wisconsin Still Battling for Big Ten Title With Two Weekends Left.

    Winner of Hawkeyes-Buckeyes Game Earns At Least a Share of Title and BCS Automatic Berth.

    Northwestern Becomes Big Ten's Fifth Bowl-Eligible Team; All 11 Teams Still Have Shot at Postseason.

    All Five Big Ten Games Won by Road Team on Saturday for First Time Since 2006.

    Big Ten Standouts Named Academic All-District and Finalists and Semifinalists for National Awards.

    FB: Big Ten Schedule Confirmed for Nov. 21

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    The following schedule has been confirmed for games on Nov. 21.

    Minnesota at Iowa, 11 a.m. CT, ESPN or ESPN2
    Ohio State at Michigan, Noon ET, ABC
    Wisconsin at Northwestern, 2:30 p.m. CT, Big Ten Network
    Purdue at Indiana, 3:30 p.m. ET, Big Ten Network
    Penn State at Michigan State, 3:30 p.m. ET, ABC (regional - ESPN outer-market)

    FB: Big Ten Football Players of Week for Nov. 7

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    The Big Ten football players of the week for games on Nov. 7 were officially announced on the Big Ten Network, with the offensive, defensive and special teams weekly honorees debuted on Big Ten Tonight at 9 p.m. CT. Purdue quarterback Joey Elliott was named the offensive player of the week after leading the Boilermakers to their first win at Michigan since 1966. Ohio State swept defensive and special teams accolades following a win at Penn State, with defensive end Cameron Heyward nabbing defensive laurels and punt returner Ray Small earning special teams honors. Read more about this week's honorees by clicking on this link.
    For the second straight week, the Big Ten is tied for the lead among all conferences with four teams appearing in the fourth edition of the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) rankings, and is the only conference with four schools among the top 20. The Big East and Pac-10 also have four teams in the latest BCS top 25, but only two and three among the first 20, respectively. The Big Ten's four-team contingent is the same as last week but shuffled after Iowa lost its first game and Ohio State won at Penn State. The Hawkeyes dropped six spots to 10th overall, while the Buckeyes are just behind in 11th, an improvement of five over the last BCS poll. The Nittany Lions fell seven slots to 18th, while Wisconsin climbed one spot to 20th.

    FB: Big Ten Polling Place

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    After the 10th weekend of college football, the media, coaches and Harris polls were announced today with four Big Ten teams remaining among the top 25 in all three rankings. With Iowa suffering its first loss of the season and Ohio State winning at Penn State on Saturday, the Buckeyes are now the conference's highest-ranked team. OSU jumped at least four spots and cracked the top 10 in all three polls, rising to eighth in the USA Today coaches and Harris Interactive polls and moving to 10th in the Associated Press (AP) rankings. The Hawkeyes dropped to 12th in the Harris poll, 13th in the coaches rankings and 15th in the AP poll. The Nittany Lions also fell to 17th in both the coaches and Harris ratings while being ranked 19th by the media. Wisconsin improved to 7-2 on Saturday and moved up at least two spots in all three polls, settling at No. 20 in the Harris and coaches rankings and No. 21 in the AP voting.

    FH: Spartans Win Big Ten Tournament

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    After falling behind early to start Sunday's championship game of the 2009 Big Ten Field Hockey Tournament, the No. 1 seed Michigan State Spartans scored three times before halftime to win its third Big Ten Tournament Championship with a 3-2 victory over third-seeded Indiana. The win gives Michigan State the Big Ten's automatic berth into the NCAA Championship, which opens Nov. 14.

    Michigan State's Jeamie Deacon scored twice to help pace the Spartans (17-3), who previously won Big Ten Tournament titles in 2002 and 2003. Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year Floor Rijpma scored the other Spartan goal. Michigan State will be making its third-straight trip to the NCAA Championships, seventh overall.

    More information on the 2009 Big Ten Field Hockey Tournament and members of the All-Tournament Team can be found by clicking here.


    WSCR: Penn State Earns Sole Possession of Big Ten Title

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    After celebrating at least a share of their 12th-straight Big Ten championship on Friday, the No. 22 Penn State women's soccer team captured the outright title by defeating Michigan 2-0 on Sunday. With the conference crown secured, the Nittany Lions garner the Big Ten automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. PSU becomes only the second Big Ten women's program to achieve the 12-conscutive milestone, joining the Michigan swimming and diving teams (1987-1998) in conference annals. The Nittany Lions finish the regular season with a 12-5-2 record, amassing an 8-1-1 mark in conference play. Read More ...

    The Walter Camp Football Foundation has announced its Bowl Championship Subdivision National Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week for games ending November 7 and Ohio State defensive end Cameron Heyward earned national accolades on the defensive side of the ball. Heyward recorded a game-high 11 tackles, including three for losses, and two quarterback sacks as the Buckeyes defeated 11th-ranked Penn State, 24-7. Heyward led an Ohio State defensive unit that allowed just 201 yards of total offense. This is the sixth year that the Walter Camp Football Foundation will honor one offensive and one defensive player as its national Bowl Subdivision player of the week during the regular season. Recipients are selected by a panel of national media members and administered by the Walter Camp Football Foundation.

    FB: Big Ten Wrapup - Week 10

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    In the seventh weekend of Big Ten play, the road was a friendly place as all five intraconference games were won by the visiting team, including Northwestern handing Iowa its first loss of the season. The Wildcats edged the Hawkeyes, 17-10, to become bowl-eligible with their sixth win. In the afternoon game, the two defending conference co-champions met at Beaver Stadium with Ohio State knocking off Penn State, 24-7. The Buckeyes and Hawkeyes are now tied for first place in the conference standings at 5-1 and meet next weekend, with the winner earning at least a share of the Big Ten Championship. In other conference action, Illinois was victorious at Minnesota, Wisconsin won at Indiana and Purdue picked up a triumph at Michigan for the first time since 1966. Meanwhile, Michigan State wrapped up non-conference play with a victory over Western Michigan. Check out the recaps of each of the six Saturday games by clicking on this link.

    MSCR: Ohio State Captures First Outright Big Ten Title

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    Ohio State captured its first outright Big Ten regular-season Championship after defeating Michigan, 1-0, in front of a season-high home crowd at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium on Saturday evening. With the win, the Buckeyes earn their first-ever No. 1 seed and an automatic spot in the semifinals in the 2009 Big Ten Men's Soccer Tournament. The postseason event will be held on the Indiana University campus in Bloomington, Ind., with opening round matchups slated for Thursday, Nov. 12, semifinals contested on Friday, Nov. 13, and the championship game played on Sunday, Nov. 15. The tournament champion will earn the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Championships.

    Complete information and the 2009 tournament bracket can be found here.

    WSCR: All for the Taking

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    Only five matchups remain as Big Ten women's soccer enters the final stretch of regular season play with the conference crown on the line, not to mention an automatic bid to this year's NCAA Championship. In its first year without a postseason tournament, The Big Ten regular-season champion will earn the coveted berth in the NCAA Tournament. Penn State currently sits in a tie for first place with Ohio State atop the Big Ten standings with one game left for each contender.

    Rating No. 11 in the latest NSCAA/adidas poll, the Buckeyes will journey to Michigan State for a 3 p.m. showdown on Friday evening. A win in East Lansing will earn the Scarlet and Gray at least a share of the Big Ten title.

    The No.22-ranked Nittany Lions look to wrap up their conference season on Sunday against Michigan, with kick off scheduled for Noon ET. Depending on Friday's results between OSU and MSU, a win over the Wolverines will give PSU at least a share of the Big Ten title for the 12-conseuctive season.

    If both games have the same result, yielding a tie atop the standings, Penn State will earn the automatic bid the NCAA Tournament by virtue of its head-to-head 2-1 win over the Buckeyes earlier in the season on Oct. 4. .

    MSCR: This Is It

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    The weekend tilt begins on Friday with a pivotal conference showdown as Indiana takes on No. 25-ranked Penn State in a 3 p.m. contest on IU's Bloomington campus. The Nittany Lions currently occupy the top spot in the conference standings, sitting one point ahead of Ohio State and Wisconsin, who are tied in second place with nine points apiece. With a win over the Hoosiers, PSU could clinch the regular season title and secure the No. 1 seed in next week's Big Ten Tournament.

    The regular season wraps up on Saturday with two Big Ten matchups, both slated for a 6 p.m. ET start time. OSU welcomes border-rival Michigan in a game to be televised live on the Big Ten Network, while No. 17-rated Northwestern plays host to Michigan State with huge postseason implications weighing in the balance.

    Even with a setback against the Hoosiers, Penn State could still clinch at least a share of the regular season championship if the Wolverines oust the Buckeyes and fourth-place Northwestern ties or falls to the Spartans on Saturday. Wisconsin has already completed its conference schedule, and will finish the regular season slate with a 3-3-0 ledger against Big Ten foes.

    Check back in this weekend, for more updates on the conference championship race.

    The Penn State women's soccer team clinched at least a share of the Big Ten title and a berth to this year's NCAA Championship after Michigan State upset No. 11-ranked Ohio State in front of a home crowd on Friday afternoon. This marks the 12th-consecutive year PSU has earned at least a share of the conference title, dating back to 1997. The No. 22-rated Nittany Lions will have an opportunity to capture the outright title on Sunday when they travel to meet the Michigan Wolverines in a Noon ET contest.

    For more information, look here.

    WREST: New Season Begins This Weekend

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    The start of the 2009-10 wrestling season begins this weekend with four conference schools taking part in the Eastern Michigan Open. Michigan, Michigan State, Northwestern and Purdue all travel to Ypsilanti, Mich., for the day-long event. Illinois will travel to Missouri for the first dual of the new season on Oct. 12.

    To read the entire season opening release, click here. The entire Big Ten schedule can be found by clicking here.

    FB: Big Ten Week 10 Preview

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    With just three weekends of Big Ten play remaining, Iowa enters week 10 as the conference's only undefeated team, while defending Big Ten Co-Champions Ohio State and Penn State stand one game back in the standings and meet on Saturday at Beaver Stadium. The Hawkeyes will look to remain atop the conference standings and maintain their unblemished record with a home matchup against Northwestern on Saturday. The Wildcats are one of three Big Ten schools looking to reach bowl-eligibility with a sixth win this weekend, a group that also includes Michigan and Minnesota, who are both at home this weekend facing Purdue and Illinois, respectively. In other Big Ten games, Indiana hosts Wisconsin while Michigan State wraps up non-conference play against Western Michigan. Check out the www.bigten.org previews for every 10th-week matchup by clicking on this link.

    FH: Big Ten Announces All-Big Ten Teams

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    The Big Ten Conference office announced the 2009 All-Big Ten field hockey teams and individual awards Thursday, with 2009 conference champion Michigan State winning two individual honors. Spartan senior Floor Rijpma was a unanimous choice for Offensive Player of the Year while her coach, Rolf van de Kerkhof, was honored as Coach of the Year. Additionally, Ohio State's Berta Queralt was named the conference's Freshman of the Year, and Iowa senior Meghan Beamesderfer was crowned the Defensive Player of the Year.

    The complete release and a list of first- and second-team members and Sportsmanship Award honorees can be found here.

    Nine Big Ten student-athletes were named nominees for the Wuerffel Trophy, which is presented annually to the Football Bowl Subdivision player that best combines exemplary community service with academic and athletic achievement. The Big Ten nominees for the Wuerffel Trophy are Indiana's Jammie Kirlew, Iowa's A.J. Edds, Michigan's Zoltan Mesko, Michigan State's Blair White, Minnesota's Eric Decker, Northwestern's Andrew Brewer, Ohio State's Kurt Coleman, Purdue's Kyle Adams and Wisconsin's Mickey Turner. The 2009 Wuerffel Trophy finalists will be announced on November 11 while the winner will be unveiled on December 8. In its fifth year of existence, Ohio State's Joel Penton is the Big Ten's lone winner of the Wuerffel Trophy after being honored in 2006.

    WBB: Shooting Around

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    The Big Ten is previewed in this year's first installment of "Shootaround with Beth and Debbie." Click HERE to listen in!

    FB: Big Ten Produces 26 Academic All-District Selections

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    Big Ten student-athletes continue to excel both on the field and in the classroom, as 26 conference standouts were named to the Academic All-District Teams presented by ESPN The Magazine, including 18 first-team selections. The conference's list of first-team honorees included Illinois' Jon Asamoah, Indiana's Brandon Bugg, Trea Burgess and Ben Chappell, Michigan's Zoltan Mesko, Michigan State's Blair White, Minnesota's Eric Decker and Jeff Tow-Arnett, Northwestern's Doug Bartels, Stefan Demos and Zeke Markshausen, Penn State's Jeremy Boone, Josh Hull, Andrew Pitz and Stefen Wisniewski, Purdue's Joe Holland and Ryan Kerrigan and Wisconsin's Brad Nortman. The Nittany Lions led all Big Ten schools with four first-team Academic All-District honorees, making them one of only six schools nationwide with four or more first-team selections. Second-team picks included the Hawkeyes' Julian Vandervelde, the Wolverines' Jon Conover, the Spartans' Adam Decker and Andrew Hawken and the Buckeyes' Bryant Browning, Todd Denlinger, Andrew Moses and Marcus Williams. To be eligible for the award, a player must be in at least his second year of athletic eligibility, be a first-team or key performer and carry a cumulative 3.30 grade point average. First-team selections will be added to the national ballot and are eligible for Academic All-America honors to be announced on November 24. Last season, the Big Ten led all conferences for the second straight year with eight student-athletes named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America football teams. The Big Ten also led the way with seven first-team selections last season, matching the second-highest total in conference history. Penn State's Hull and Pitz are looking to earn Academic All-America accolades for the second straight year.

    VB: Using Their Heads

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    Seven Big Ten volleyball players were named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District Teams, CoSIDA announced today. Illinois leads the conference with three selections as Johannah Bangert and Laura DeBruler are both on the District V first team and Hillary Haen is on the second team. Michigan has two selections with Lexi Zimmerman on the District IV first team and Juliana Paz on the second team. Penn State and Purdue each have one selection with the Nittany Lions' Megan Hodge on the District II first team and the Boilermakers' Kristen Arthurs on the District V first team. COMPLETE LIST

    WXCC: National Rankings

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    The latest version of the USTFCCCA women's top-30 poll highlighted six Big Ten teams, headlined by 2009 team champion Penn State. The Nittany Lions jumped seven spots, voting in just outside the top-10 at No. 11. On their heels, Illinois checked in at No. 13 while Minnesota ranks third among conference schools at No. 17 in this week's rankings. Michigan garnered a spot at No. 23 while Michigan State and Iowa round out the conference contingent at No. 26 and No. 30, respectively.

    In the regional polls, Michigan leads all Great Lakes teams, including five other Big Ten squads. Michigan State claimed the runner-up spot, followed by Indiana (No. 4), Ohio State (No. 5), Purdue (No. 8) and Wisconsin (No. 13). The Nittany Lions rank fourth among all Mid-Atlantic schools, while Illinois and Minnesota top the charts in the Midwest region at No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, followed by Iowa in the fourth-place position.

    Washington continues to lead all women's teams in the national poll, with Villanova and Florida rounding out the top three as they prepare for regional action.

    MXCC: In the Polls

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    Three Big Ten teams graced the latest USTFCCCA rankings, with 2009 Big Ten Champion Wisconsin leading the pack at No. 10. Rounding out the top-30 teams in the country are Ohio State and Minnesota, checking in at No. 28 and No. 29, respectively.

    The Badgers earned a top-billing in the Great Lakes Region, followed closely behind Ohio State (No. 3), Indiana (No. 4) and Michigan (No. 5). Penn State voted in at No. 10 in the Mid-Atlantic Region, while Minnesota, Iowa and Illinois ranked among the Midwest Region's top-10 squads.

    Stanford tops the national poll ahead of runner-up Oklahoma and third-ranked Oregon, with regional competition slated for Saturday, Nov. 14.

    FB: Required Reading

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  • Illinois CB Terry Hawthorne shows his athleticism can lead to playing time on both sides of the ball
  • With the calendar now in November, history shows Ohio State is a tough team to beat
  • A two-sport standout in high school, Minnesota WR Da'Jon McKnight is excelling on the gridiron
  • Penn State DT Jared Odrick dominates in the middle for the Nittany Lion defense
  • Penn State QB coach Jay Paterno talks about life growing up with a famous father
  • Ohio State LB Brian Rolle takes his place as one of the Buckeyes' next great linebackers
  • FH: Big Ten Tournament Action Underway

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    The 2009 Big Ten Field Hockey Tournament, hosted by Michigan State, is underway in East Lansing, Mich. Follow along as bigten.org will provide updates throughout the tournament at our 2009 Big Ten Field Hockey Tournament Central page. Live scoring, boxscores and postgame audio interviews are also available at Michigan State's tournament page.

    WBB: Stay Classy

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    Illinois' Jenna Smith, Michigan State's Allyssa DeHaan and Penn State's Tyra Grant were named candidates for the 2009-10 Lowes Senior CLASS Award. Student-Athletes eligible for the award must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence - classroom, character, community and competition. FULL RELEASE

    Four Big Ten student-athletes were named semifinalists for the Chuck Bednarik Award, earned by the country's top defensive player. The Big Ten semifinalists were linebackers Pat Angerer of Iowa, Greg Jones of Michigan State and Navorro Bowman of Penn State, along with Wisconsin defensive end O'Brien Schofield. The Big Ten has claimed seven Bednarik Awards overall, including three of the last four laurels by Nittan Lions' linebackers - Dan Connor in 2007 and Paul Posluszny in 2005 and 2006. Current Northwestern head coach Pat Fitzgerald became the first back-to-back winner of the Bednarik Award when he played for the Wildcats in 1995 and 1996. Other Big Ten standouts to claim the Bednarik Award including Michigan's Charles Woodson in 1997 and Penn State's LaVar Arrington in 1999.

    VB: Battle in Bloomington

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    Purdue (3-9) travels south to Bloomington tonight to face Indiana (3-9) in the battle for the Monon Spike. Catch all the action LIVE on the Big Ten Network at 7 p.m. ET!

    WBB: Sneak Preview

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    Click HERE to catch a sneak peak of the Big Ten Network's women's basketball preview show that will air on Sunday, Nov. 8.

    Iowa's Kirk Ferentz and Penn State's Joe Paterno were named semifinalists for the George Munger Award today, which is given to the nation's top college football coach. The Munger Award was created for the 1989 season and four Big Ten mentors have earned this coaching accolade, including Michigan's Bo Schembechler (1989) and Lloyd Carr (1997), Northwestern's Gary Barnett (1995) and Paterno (1994, 2005).

    FB: Big Ten In the NFL - Week Eight

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    With 233 former Big Ten standouts on the opening day rosters of National Football League (NFL) teams, conference student-athletes have a major impact on the road to the Super Bowl. Every Wednesday, the Big Ten football blog will highlight the top conference performers in the previous week of NFL action. Below is the list of top performers from the previous week.

    Jonathan Babineaux, DT, Atlanta (Iowa): Made two tackles and had a sack in the Falcons' 35-27 loss to New Orleans on Monday night.

    Marion Barber, RB, Dallas (Minnesota): Rushed for 53 yards on 14 carries and scored a touchdown to help the Cowboys to a 38-17 win over Seattle.

    Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans (Purdue): Passed for 308 yards on 25 of 33 and two touchdowns in the Saints' 35-27 win over Atlanta on Monday night.
     
    Bobby Carpenter, LB, Dallas (Ohio State): Finished with four tackles and a sack in the Cowboys' 38-17 win over Seattle.

    Braylon Edwards, WR, New York Jets (Michigan): Finished with four receptions for 71 yards and a touchdown catch in the Jets' 30-25 loss to Miami.
     
    Ray Edwards, DE, Minnesota (Purdue): Finished with three tackles and two sacks in the Vikings' 38-26 victory over Green Bay.

    Ted Ginn, WR, Miami (Ohio State): Returned two kickoffs for touchdowns and totaled 299 return yards in the Dolphins' 30-25 win over the New York Jets.
     
    Chad Greenway, LB, Minnesota (Iowa): Led the Vikings with a team-high 11 tackles as Minnesota defeated Green Bay 38-26.

    David Harris, LB, New York Jets (Michigan): Had five tackles with a sack in the Jets' 30-25 loss to Miami.

    Dustin Keller, TE, New York Jets (Purdue): Caught eight passes for 76 yards and a touchdown in the Jets' 30-25 loss to Miami.

    Derrick Mason, WR, Baltimore (Michigan State): Had four catches for 40 yards and one touchdown catch in the Ravens' 30-7 win over Denver.
     
    Shaun Phillips, DE, San Diego (Purdue): Made three tackles, had two sacks, and forced a fumble in the Chargers' 24-16 win over Oakland.

    Tracy Porter, CB, New Orleans (Indiana): Recorded six tackles and intercepted a pass in the Saints' 35-27 victory over Atlanta on Monday night.

    Jacques Reeves, CB, Houston (Purdue): Finished with three tackles and an interception in the Texans' 31-10 win over Buffalo.

    Bob Sanders, S, Indianapolis (Iowa): Made two tackles and had an interception in the Colts' 18-14 win over the visiting San Francisco 49ers.

    Matt Shaughnessy, DE, Oakland (Wisconsin): Recorded five tackles and a sack in the Raiders' 24-16 loss to San Diego.

    Pierre Thomas, RB, New Orleans (Illinois): Rushed for 91 yards on 14 carries, had two receptions, and had a rushing and receiving touchdown in the Saints' 35-27 win over Atlanta on Monday night.

    XCC: Big Ten Announces Postseason Accolades

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    Minnesota junior Hassan Mead and Penn State senior Bridget Franek have been named men's and women's Big Ten Cross Country Athletes of the Year, conference officials announced today. Wisconsin's Maverick Darling and Penn State's Nicole Lord earned the nod as Freshmen of the Year; while Badger coach Mick Byrne and Beth Alford-Sullivan of Penn State take home Coach of the Year honors.

    Cotton Bowl Stadium, second only to the famed Rose Bowl Stadium in hosting more college bowl games than any other football arena in history, will once again be the home to a New Year's Day intercollegiate post-season football game - the Dallas Football Classic -- following next year's regular season.
     
    "The promise of a new bowl game helps ensure that the Cotton Bowl remains a premier venue for college football," said Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert.  "The renovated stadium is a great site for games, as well as an affordable and accessible option for teams and fans.  We are excited to continue the bowl tradition at the Cotton Bowl and Fair Park."

    The nation's newest bowl, the Dallas Football Classic will utilize a unique rotation system involving three major conferences.  The Big 12 Conference, the Big Ten Conference, and Conference USA have all added the Dallas Football Classic to their future bowl line-ups, with all three agreements running through the 2013 regular season. Following is the four-year schedule:

    January 1, 2011 - Big 12 vs. Big Ten
    January 1, 2012 - Conference USA vs. Big Ten
    January 1, 2013 - Big 12 vs. Big Ten
    January 1, 2014 - Conference USA vs. Big Ten

    Should an "at-large" selection be required, Conference USA will provide a back-up team in years 2011 and 2013, and the Big 12 will provide a back-up team in years 2012 and 2014.

    "Obviously we are honored that the Big 12, Big Ten, and Conference USA had the confidence to sign with us as we head into our inaugural season next year; they provide the key ingredients," said bowl President Tom Starr.  "In addition, we felt it was very important to land the New Year's Day berth, because that has always been the traditional date for college bowl games.  We have outstanding conferences, the best game date possible, and a beautifully refurbished stadium filled with heritage and tradition; I couldn't be more pleased."

    The game will become official after receiving its licensing from the NCAA at the annual post-season bowl meetings next April.

    Big Ten Commissioner James Delany:  "The Big Ten looks forward to taking part in the inaugural Dallas Football Classic on New Year's Day in 2011, the start of a four-year agreement to play in historic Cotton Bowl Stadium against a team from the Big 12 or Conference USA.  The Big Ten has played at least one post-season game in the state of Texas in every season since 1995.  With the number of Big Ten alumni in Texas, playing a post-season game in the City of Dallas is a natural fit and should provide an outstanding experience for our student-athletes, coaches, and fans."  

    WBB: Hoops Receives High Marks

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    Ohio State and Michigan State are ranked Nos. 3 and 10, respectively in the preseason women's basketball AP and coaches' polls, announced this week, giving the conference two top-10 teams in both polls for the first time since Dec. 5, 2006. Purdue is ranked No. 23 by the coaches and is receiving votes in the AP poll, while Michigan and Minnesota are also receiving votes outside the top 25 in each list. COMPLETE POLLS

    FB: Iowa's Sash Named Semifinalist for Thorpe Award

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    Iowa safety Tyler Sash was named one of 12 semifinalists for the Jim Thorpe Award, given to the nation's top defensive back. The Hawkeye sophomore leads the Big Ten in interceptions for the second consecutive season, with six picks so far this year, including an 86-yard interception return for a touchdown against Indiana last Saturday. He also ranks second with 11 passes defended and is collecting 7.1 tackles per game, while adding two forced fumbles and 5.5 tackles for loss. The Thorpe Award will name three finalists on Nov. 23, and the winner will be announced Dec. 10 during the Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards Show. Ohio State's Malcolm Jenkins claimed last year's Thorpe Award, the fifth Big Ten player to be honored. 

    WSWM: Weekly Award Winners

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    The conference office announced on Tuesday the fourth weekly women's swimming and diving award winners of the season for meets through Oct. 27-Nov. 2. Indiana's Kate Fesenko collects her second-consecutive swimming accolade and Minnesota's Kelci Bryant posted a pair of NCAA qualifying scores to earn the weekly diving laurel.

    For more details, look here.

    FH: Big Ten Tournament Preview

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    The Big Ten's seven field hockey teams will converge on the Michigan State campus this week, for the 2009 edition of the Big Ten Field Hockey Tournament. The tournament winner will earn the conference's automatic berth into the NCAA Championships.

    Opening round matches will be Thursday with No. 4 Iowa facing No. 5 Michigan at 11 a.m. ET, No. 2 Ohio State squaring off against No. 7 Penn State at 1:15 p.m. ET, and No. 3 Indiana playing No. 6 Northwestern at 3:30 p.m. ET.

    Friday's games begin at 12:15 p.m. ET when No. 1 seed Michigan State faces the Iowa-Michigan winner, then the winners of the Ohio State-Penn State and Indiana-Northwestern games faceoff at 2 p.m. ET. The tournament's championship game will be at Noon ET on Sunday. The semifinals and final will be televised live by the Big Ten Network.

    For complete information on the 2009 Big Ten Field Hockey Tournament, click here.

    MSWM: Weekly Award Winners

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    The conference office announced on Tuesday the fourth weekly men's swimming and diving awards for meets through Oct. 27-Nov. 2. Indiana's Titus Knight collected his second swimming honor in as many weeks while Minnesota's Drew Brown and Wisconsin's Michael Ross split the weekly diving award.

    Look here for more information on this week's honorees.

    MSCR: In the Polls

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    The Big Ten Conferences saw two men's soccer teams featured in the latest edition of the NSCAA/adidas national poll, released Tuesday. Northwestern (9-3-4, 2-2-1) is enjoying its sixth straight week inside the top 25, voting in at No. 17. Penn State jumped back into the national rankings after receiving votes last week, rounding out the poll at No. 25. Ohio State (9-4-4, 3-2-0) and Michigan State (10-4-2, 2-3-0) are also receiving votes outside the top 25.

    For a complete look at this week's national rankings, look here.

     

    WSCR: National Rankings

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    Three Big Ten teams decorate the latest NSCAA/adidas national poll, released Tuesday. Ohio State (14-2-2, 7-1-1) continues to lead the pack, moving up four spots from last week to No. 11. Also improving from last week's ratings, Penn State (11-5-2, 7-1-1) climbs three spots, checking in at No. 22. The Buckeyes and Nittany Lions currently sit in a tie for first place in the conference standings with 22 points apiece as the Big Ten enters its final week of regular season play. Rounding out the conference squads represented in this week's poll is Purdue (10-5-3, 3-3-2), voting in at No. 23. Indiana (10-5-2, 2-4-2) dropped out of the top 25, but continues to receive votes this week.

    For a complete look at this week's national rankings, look here.

     

    FB: Required Reading

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  • After a few growing pains, Wisconsin's young players are maturing quickly
  • Iowa RB Brandon Wegher continuing to impress teammates, coaches
  • Ohio State DE Thaddeus Gibson proves patience is a worthwhile virtue
  • Northwestern QB Mike Kafka anticipates playing for the Wildcats on Saturday
  • Penn State WR Derek Moye is becoming one of the Big Ten's top receivers
  • Wisconsin QB Dustin Sherer embraces his new role with the Badger offense
  • VB: Hodge Earns National Honor

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    Penn State senior Megan Hodge was named Sports Imports/AVCA Division I Player of the Week, the AVCA announced on Tuesday. The award is the third in Hodge's career and the second for the Big Ten this season. FULL STORY

    VB: This Week's Top 10 List

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    The Big Ten volleyball weekly release is available! Click HERE to view the full version, or read below for the highlights:

    1. Penn State is once again the No. 1 team in the country, leading four Big Ten teams ranked in the top 15 of the coaches poll.
    2. The Big Ten leads all conferences with four teams in the top 10 of the latest NCAA RPI report.
    3. Five matches will be broadcast on the Big Ten Network or www.BigTenNetwork.com this week.
    4. Illinois is tied for fifth in the latest coaches poll, matching its highest ranking since 1992.
    5. Penn State's 88-match winning streak is tied for fourth among all winning streaks in the NCAA across all sports. Another victory would tie the Nittany Lions for third.
    6. Northwestern libero Kate Nobilio has tallied 400 or more digs per season in each of her four years.
    7. Illinois' nine-match conference winning streak is the team's longest since winning 18 straight in 1992.
    8. After beating its first ranked team under head coach Geoff Carlston, Ohio State is receiving votes in the coaches poll for the first time since 2007.
    9. Every Big Ten match this weekend features at least one team ranked or receiving votes.
    10. Three Big Ten players are ranked in the NCAA's top 10 in hitting percentage.

    American Girl - Women's Basketball

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    Ohio State women's basketball player Jantel Lavender was selected to the AP Preseason All-America Team, announced today. Lavender becomes just the second Buckeye in program history to earn the honor. FULL STORY

    Catching Up - Volleyball

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    Must-See TV
  • Indiana setter Mary Chaudoin passes out Halloween candy and much more in the latest installment of "Here's Something from Mary."
  • Purdue head coach Dave Shondell talks about his team's upcoming match with Indiana and the battle for the Monon Spike.
  • Watch highlights of Friday's match between Minnesota and Penn State.

    Required Reading

  • Go "At the Net" and meet Michigan's Maggie Busch and athletic trainer Wil Turner.
  • Read what Wisconsin head coach Pete Waite said during his Monday press conference.

    News & Notes

  • Ohio State's home match with Illinois next weekend has been moved to Sunday.
  • FB: Big Ten Network GameFinder Helps Fans Find Games

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    The Big Ten Network will be televising four football games at noon ET on Saturday, featuring seven different conference teams including two each from Indiana and Michigan. In an effort to decrease last-second confusion, the Big Ten Network is directing fans to their GameFinder website at www.bigtennetwork.com/gamefinder to get specific channel numbers for games in their area. Below are the channels assignments for national providers. Many cable providers carry Extra Football Game Channels, especially in states featuring Big Ten schools.

    DIRECTV:
    PURDUE at MICHIGAN:  channel 610 or 610 (HD)
    WISCONSIN at INDIANA:  channel 611 or 611-1 (HD)
    ILLINOIS at MINNESOTA:  channel 615 or 615-1 (HD)
    WESTERN MICHIGAN at MICHIGAN STATE:  channel 612 or 612-1 (HD)

    DISH NETWORK:
    PURDUE at MICHIGAN:  channel 439 or 9500 (HD)
    WISCONSIN at INDIANA:  channel 5440 or 9501 (HD)
    ILLINOIS at MINNESOTA:  channel 5442 or 9503 (HD)
    WESTERN MICHIGAN at MICHIGAN STATE:  channel 5441 or 9502 (HD)

    AT&T U-VERSE:
    PURDUE at MICHIGAN:  channel 650 or 1650 (HD)
    WISCONSIN at INDIANA:  channel 1691
    ILLINOIS at MINNESOTA:  channel 1692
    WESTERN MICHIGAN at MICHIGAN STATE:  channel 1693

    VERIZON FIOS:
    PURDUE at MICHIGAN:  channel 85 or 585 (HD)
    WISCONSIN at INDIANA:  channel 330
    ILLINOIS at MINNESOTA:  channel 331
    WESTERN MICHIGAN at MICHIGAN STATE:  channel 332

    OTHER CABLE PROVIDERS:
    Enter your zip code and provider at www.bigtennetwork.com/gamefinder.

    FH: Weekly Rankings

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    Six Big Ten teams received votes in the newest Kookaburra/NFHCA Division I National Coaches Poll released Tuesday morning, with three schools ranking among the top 20.

    Michigan State leads all Big Ten schools in the rankings, checking in at No. 8. Ohio State moved up in this week's poll, earning a No. 12 ranking, while Indiana remained steady at No. 18. Also receiving votes this week were Northwestern, Iowa, and Michigan.

    WSCR: Penn State Sweeps Weekly Awards

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    The conference office announced on Monday the 11th weekly women's soccer award winners for games played through Oct.26 through Nov. 1. Penn State produced a clean sweep of the weekly laurels as the conference tabbed Danielle Toney and Alyssa Naeher Offensive and Defensive Players of the week, respectively, while newcomer Christine Nairn was named Freshman of the Week. The Penn State trio propeled the Nittany Lions to a pair of crucial wins over No. 22 Purude and No. 23 Indiana last week.

    For more information on this week's honorees, look here.

    MSCR: Michigan Takes Home Weekly Honors

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    The conference office announced on Monday the ninth weekly men's soccer award winners for the 2009 season. Michigan's Matt Schmitt and Chris Blais were tabbed Offensive and Defensive Player of the Week, respectively, for games played through Oct. 26 through Nov. 1. The Wolverine duo powered U-M to a 1-0 double-overtime victory over No. 12-ranked Northwestern on Sunday.

    For more information on this week's award winners, look here.

    FH: Weekly Award Winners

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    On Monday, the Big Ten Conference office announced the final field hockey weekly award winners of the 2009 season. Michigan State's Floor Rijpma repeated as Offensive Player of the Week, Iowa's Meghan Beamesderfer and Ohio State's Lindsay Quintiliani were named Co-Defensive Players of the Week and Iowa's Sarah Drake won Freshman of the Week honors.

    Complete information on this week's winners can be found here.

    FB: Big Ten Weekly Release

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    The Nov. 2 football release has been finalized and is now available on the Big Ten website. Below are a few highlights of the release.

    Full release in PDF format

    Iowa Remains in First Place with Defending Big Ten Co-Champs Ohio State and Penn State One Game Back.

    Only Two Teams to Win Big Ten Titles Over Last Four Years Meet Saturday when PSU hosts OSU.

    Hawkeyes Improve to 9-0 For First Time in School History and Remain One of Seven Unbeatens Nationally.

    Wisconsin Becomes Big Ten's Fourth Bowl-Eligible Team Along With Iowa, Penn State and Ohio State.

    Big Ten Breaks Four-Million Mark in Total Attendance for 17th Straight Season.

    News & Notes - Volleyball

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    In the Polls
    Led once again by No. 1 Penn State, four Big Ten teams are ranked in the top 15 of the AVCA Division I Coaches Top 25 poll. Illinois is up one spot from last week in a tie for fifth, marking the program's highest ranking since 1992. Minnesota comes in at No. 12, while Michigan is No. 15. Michigan State and Ohio State are receiving votes outside the top 25. FULL POLL

    RPI Report
    The Big Ten leads all conferences with four teams among the top 10 in the latest NCAA RPI report. Penn State fronts the conference at No. 2, followed by No. 4 Illinois, No. 6 Minnesota and No. 10 Michigan. Michigan State comes in at No. 23, followed by No. 25 Ohio State, giving the Big Ten six top-25 teams, which ties the Pac-10 for highest representation among all conferences. The Big Ten and the Pac-10 are the only conferences in the nation with all of their teams among the RPI's top 80. FULL REPORT

    Players of the Week
    Penn State's Megan Hodge was named Player of the Week after averaging 5.8 kills per set on .424 hitting to lead the Nittany Lions in wins over Ohio State and No. 7 Minnesota last week. Northwestern's Kate Nobilio grabbed Defensive Player of the Week honors after eclipsing the 400 digs mark for the fourth consecutive season. Illinois' Erin Johnson and Penn State's Darcy Dorton were honored as the conference's top freshmen for playing major roles as their respective teams each went 2-0. FULL STORY

    The holiday season is upon us, and it kicks off with National College Football Day on Saturday, Nov. 7... an event that honors the birth of college football while increasing awareness and raising money for The V Foundation for Cancer Research. The American Football Coaches Association (AFCA), the National Association of Collegiate Football Officials (NACFO), the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA), the Athletic Equipment Managers Association (AEMA) and the College Sports Information Directors Association of America (CoSIDA) have teamed up with the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic and The V Foundation for Cancer Research as official partners of the Sixth Annual National College Football Day.

    National College Football Day, observed on the first Saturday of November, was created by the AT&T Cotton Bowl six years ago as a way to pay tribute to a significant moment in our nation's history. On Nov. 6, 1869, Rutgers defeated Princeton, 6-4. More importantly, those college athletes left a lasting legacy that would evolve into the great spectacle of football. In 2006, the holiday took on added significance when the Classic teamed up with The V Foundation for Cancer Research.

    The V Foundation, based in Cary, N.C., was founded in 1993 by ESPN and legendary coach and commentator Jim Valvano. The Foundation has raised more than $90 million to fund essential cancer research nationwide. The AFCA has asked each Football Bowl Subdivision head coach to donate a minimum of $140, one dollar for each year of college football. NACFO has requested that each game official donate a portion of their stipend on NCFD in support of The V Foundation. The FWAA has made a donation to The V Foundation and will work to solicit other donations from within its membership. CoSIDA and AEMA are the newest additions to NCFD's partners. Both organizations lent their support to NCFD for the first time this year and have pledged to help spread the word about this great cause.

    For more information on National College Football Day and to learn more about The V Foundation for Cancer Research, please visit www.NationalCollegeFootballDay.com.

    FB: Big Ten Football Players of Week for Oct. 31

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    The Big Ten football players of the week for games on Oct. 31 were officially announced on the Big Ten Network, with the offensive, defensive and special teams weekly honorees debuted on Big Ten Tonight at 9 p.m. CT. Minnesota quarterback Adam Weber and defensive tackle Garrett Brown earned offensive and co-defensive player of the week honors for their performances against Michigan State. Wisconsin linebacker Chris Borland shared the defensive accolades for helping the Badgers post their first shutout in Big Ten play since 1999. Spartans' kick returner Keshawn Martin garnered special teams laurels. Read more about this week's honorees by clicking on this link.

    FB: Four Big Ten Teams Ranked in Latest BCS Poll

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    For the second time in three weeks, four Big Ten teams were ranked in the latest edition of the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) rankings, led by undefeated Iowa holding steady at No. 4 overall. The Hawkeyes improved to 9-0 for the first time in school history and remained fourth, trailing only No. 1 Florida, No. 2 Texas and No. 3 Alabama. Iowa's No. 4 position marks the highest ranking in program history, breaking the previous record when the team rated fifth during the last three polls of the 2002 campaign (Nov. 25, Dec. 2, Dec. 8). Three more conference schools moved up in the latest BCS poll, with Penn State climbing one spot to No. 11, Ohio State jumping one position to No. 16 and Wisconsin reappearing in the poll at No. 21. The Badgers were rated 21st in the first BCS poll before dropping out in the second ranking.

    FB: Big Ten Polling Place

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    After the ninth weekend of college football, the media, coaches and Harris polls were announced today with four Big Ten teams ranked among the top 25 in all three rankings. Off to the first 9-0 start in school history, Iowa remains the conference's highest-rated team, ranking sixth in the USA Today coaches poll, seventh in the Harris Interactive poll and eighth in the Associated Press (AP) poll. Penn State also cracked the top 10 in a pair of polls, holding steady at 10th in the coaches and Harris polls and moving up one spot to 11th in the media rankings. Ohio State jumped at least two spots in all three polls, moving up two slots to 13th in the Harris rankings and 15th in the AP poll while climbing three spots to 12th in the coaches ratings. Wisconsin also rated among the top 25 in all three polls for the first time all season, ranked 22nd by the coaches and 24th by the AP and Harris voters. The Badgers were ranked 25th in the USA Today coaches and Harris Interactive rankings on Oct. 4, before dropping out the following week.

    XCC: Wisconsin and Penn State Capture Big Ten Titles

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    For the 11th-straight season the Wisconsin men's cross country team captured the Big Ten Championship title in dominating fashion, placing five of their runners among the top eight finishers to best the field by an astonishing 65 points. The Badgers extended their own conference record for consecutive championships, collecting 26 team points en route to the conference crown on Sunday at the Penn State University White Golf Course. Minnesota junior Hassan Mead captured his second Big Ten individual title in as many seasons, completing the 5.2 mile-course a full five seconds ahead of the field in 25:00.2

    On the women's side, host Penn State garnered its first Big Ten Championship title, amassing 71 team points to edge Illinois (77) by a narrow six-points. Nittany Lion senior Bridget Franek claimed top honors in the event, crossing the finish line in a time of 20:03 - the second fastest six-kilometer mark ever recorded by an individual titlist in Big Ten Championships history.

    Men's Results

    Women's Results

    FB: Big Ten Schedule Confirmed for Nov. 14

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    The following schedule has been confirmed for games on Nov. 14.

    Michigan at Wisconsin, 11 a.m. CT, Big Ten Network
    Northwestern at Illinois, 11 a.m. CT, ESPN, ESPN2 or ESPN Classic
    South Dakota State at Minnesota, 11 a.m. CT, Big Ten Network
    Michigan State at Purdue, Noon ET, ESPN, ESPN2 or ESPN Classic
    Indiana at Penn State, Noon ET, Big Ten Network
    Iowa at Ohio State, 3:30 p.m. ET, ABC (regional - ESPN outer-market)