December 2009 Archives

WBB: Thursday's Schedule

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PENN STATE at ILLINOIS, 4 p.m.  
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WISCONSIN (-/rv) at IOWA, 6 p.m.  
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MICHIGAN (rv/rv) at #16/24 MICHIGAN STATE, 2 p.m.  
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#6/6 OHIO STATE at NORTHWESTERN (rv/rv), 4 p.m.

INDIANA at PURDUE, Noon
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WBB: Thursday's Schedule

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Penn State at Illinois    3 p.m.
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Wisconsin at Iowa    6 p.m.
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Michigan at Michigan State    2 p.m.
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Ohio State at Northwestern    4 p.m.

Indiana at Purdue    Noon
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FB: Rose Bowl Preview

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With one Big Ten bowl game down and six to play over the next six days, the final bowl preview has been posted on the Big Ten website. The final preview covers the Big Ten's third bowl game on New Year's Day, when Big Ten Champion Ohio State takes on Pac-10 Champion Oregon in the Rose Bowl Game Presented by Citi on Friday, Jan. 1. Read the full preview by clicking on this link.

MBB: Wednesday Night Recaps

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Wednesday, Dec. 30

#11/11 MICHIGAN STATE def. Texas-Arlington, 87-68
Kalin Lucas responded to a benching just the way his coach had hoped. The reigning Big Ten Player of the Year scored 16 points and his teammates were there to help in No. 11 Michigan State's 87-68 victory over Texas-Arlington on Wednesday night in its final nonconference tuneup. Recap | Box Score


ILLINOIS def. #25/- NORTHWESTERN, 89-83 (OT)
Mike Tisdale had a career-high 31 points and grabbed 11 rebounds and Illinois spoiled No. 25 Northwestern's return to the rankings after 40 years with an 89-83 overtime victory Wednesday night in the Big Ten opener for both teams. Fellow big man Mike Davis had 20 points and 17 rebounds - his conference-leading seventh double-double - for the Illini (9-4), who beat Northwestern for the 11th straight time. Recap | Box Score

FB: Big Ten in the NFL - Week 16

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Jonathan Babineaux, DT, Atlanta (Iowa): Recorded three tackles with a sack in the Falcons' 31-3 win over Buffalo.

Marion Barber, RB, Dallas (Minnesota): Rushed for 63 yards on 17 carries with a touchdown in the Cowboys' 17-0 win over Washington on Sunday night.

Tom Brady, QB, New England (Michigan): Completed 23 of 36 passing for 267 yards with four touchdowns in the Patriots' 35-7 win over Jacksonville.

Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans (Purdue): Passed for 258 yards on 32 of 37 with a touchdown pass in the Saints' 20-17 loss to Tampa Bay.

Leon Hall, CB, Cincinnati (Michigan): Made four tackles and had an interception in the Bengals' 17-10 win over Kansas City.

A.J. Hawk, LB, Green Bay (Ohio State): Had six tackles and an interception in the Packers' 48-10 win over Seattle.

Santonio Holmes, WR, Pittsburgh (Ohio State): Finished with five catches for 86 yards and a touchdown in the Steelers' 23-20 win over Baltimore.

Chad Henne, QB, Miami (Michigan): Threw for 322 yards on 35 of 55 passing and a touchdown in the Dolphins' 27-20 loss to Houston.

Muhsin Muhammad, WR, Carolina (Michigan State): Caught three passes 56 yards and a touchdown in the Panthers' 41-9 win over the New York Giants.

Kyle Orton, QB, Denver (Purdue): Finished with 189 yards passing on 27 of 41 and three touchdowns in the Broncos' 30-27 loss to Philadelphia.

Bernard Pollard, S, Houston (Purdue): Registered seven tackles with a sack in the Texans' 27-20 win over Miami.

Tracy Porter, CB, New Orleans (Indiana): Made six tackles and had an interception in the Saints' 20-17 loss to Tampa Bay.

Matt Roth, LB, Cleveland (Iowa): Finished with five tackles and 1.5 sacks in the Browns 23-9 win over Oakland.

Will Smith, DE, New Orleans (Ohio State): Recorded seven tackles with a sack in the Saints' 20-17 loss to Tampa Bay.

Pierre Thomas, RB, New Orleans (Illinois): Had 60 yards rushing and a touchdown in the Saints' 20-17 loss to Tampa Bay.

Chris Wells, RB, Arizona (Ohio State): Finished with 68 yards rushing on 17 carries and a touchdown in the Cardinals' 31-10 win over St. Louis.

LaMarr Woodley, LB, Pittsburgh (Michigan): Finished with 10 tackles with two sacks and a forced fumble in the Steelers' 23-20 win over Baltimore.

MBB: Wednesday Night Doubleheader

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The Lineup
WEDNESDAY, DEC. 30

Texas-Arlington at #11/11 MICHIGAN STATE | 7 p.m. | Big Ten Network | Game Notes
Michigan State hosts UT Arlington in the final regular-season non-conference game of the year for the Spartans. While the other 10 league schools open league play during the week, MSU has a bye in the first slot of the season. The Spartans are undefeated at home this season (7-0) and have won 46 consecutive non-conference games at Breslin Center. 

Series History: First Meeting

#25/- NORTHWESTERN at ILLINOIS | 9 p.m. | Big Ten Network | NU Game Notes |
ILL Game Notes

Northwestern | Sporting the program's first national ranking since the 1968-69 season, No. 25 Northwestern looks to match its best start to a season in 27 years and seeks its longest winning streak in 79 years as it opens its Big Ten season at Illinois Wednesday evening. Tip-off is set for 8 p.m. with Big Ten Network providing live television coverage. The Wildcats enter the contest as winners of nine straight games, a streak last achieved by the 1993-94 squad which opened the season with nine consecutive victories. NU hasn't won at least 10 straight games since the 1930-31 team started with 14 wins in a row.

Illinois | Illinois is 63-41 all-time in Big Ten opening games. The Illini are 41-17 when opening the Big Ten season at home, and 20-5 at the Assembly Hall in Big Ten openers. This is the 10th time in the last 14 years that Illinois begins Big Ten play at home. This is the seventh time that Illinois and Northwestern open the Big Ten season against each other, with the Illini owning owning a 5-1 advantage over the Wildcats in conference openers. The last time Illinois and Northwestern tipped off Big Ten play against each other was on Jan. 7, 1993, when the Illini defeated the Wildcats 81-71 at Evanston.

Series History: Illinois leads, 126-34



UP NEXT: THURSDAY, DEC. 31
MICHIGAN at INDIANA | Noon | ESPN2

#15/15 OHIO STATE at #23/- WISCONSIN | 2 p.m. | ESPN2


MBB: Tuesday's Big Wrap Up

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The road to March is going to be an arduous one if last night's games are any indication of things to come. The #4/4 Purdue Boilermakers held on to defeat Iowa, 67-56, in the Big Ten season opener for both teams. The Boilermakers move to 12-0 on the season, marking one of the best starts in program history. Minnesota hosted Penn State in a back and forth affair that ended with the home team victorious by five points.

#4/4 PURDUE def. IOWA, 67-56
Purdue got its first glimpse into how tough the road will be in the Big Ten - a conference where even cellar dwellers like Iowa can make things difficult for visitors. E'Twaun Moore scored 21 points, 15 in the second half, and the fourth-ranked Boilermakers overcame a sluggish start to beat Iowa 67-56 on Tuesday night for its best start in 16 seasons. Recap | Boxscore


PENN STATE at MINNESOTA, 75-70
Lawrence Westbrook won a terrific duel with Talor Battle, tying his career high with 29 points to lead Minnesota to a 75-70 victory over Penn State on Tuesday night in a Big Ten opener.
Battle had 23 points, six rebounds and four assists for the Nittany Lions (8-5, 0-1) but couldn't quite match Westbrook shot for shot down the stretch. Recap | Boxscore

For just the third time in conference history and first time since 2003, four different Big Ten teams have produced 10 or more triumphs. Wisconsin ended its season by picking up a 10th win with a victory over Miami (Fla.) in the Champs Sports Bowl, while Iowa, Ohio State and Penn State all recorded their 10th victories in their regular-season finales. The Badgers produced their sixth season with double-digit triumphs, including 1993, 1998, 1999, 2005 and 2006. Both the 1999 and 2003 seasons concluded with four conference schools producing 10 or more triumphs.

FB: Orange Bowl Preview

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With the Big Ten off to a 1-0 start in bowl play, bowl previews are still being posted on the Big Ten website. The most recent preview covers the Big Ten's seventh and final bowl game, when Iowa challenges ACC Champion Georgia Tech in the FedEx Orange Bowl on Tuesday, Jan. 5. Read the full preview by clicking on this link.

FB: Wisconsin Defeats Miami in Champs Sports Bowl

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Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year John Clay of Wisconsin piled up 121 rushing yards and two touchdowns to lead the Badgers to a 20-14 victory over No. 15 Miami (Fla.) in the Champs Sports Bowl. Clay was named the Champs Sports Bowl MVP for his performance, while quarterback Scott Tolzien threw for 260 yards in the victory. Read more about Wisconsin's bowl triumph by clicking on this link.

MBB: Game On

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Tonight tips off the 105th season of Big Ten basketball. All 11 teams will be in action opening week, beginning with two games tonight. Defending Big Ten Tournament champion and undefeated Purdue will open conference action on the road for the first time since 2006-07 when it takes the floor against Iowa while Minnesota prepares to host a clash of two high-powered offenses in its Big Ten opener versus Penn State. On Wednesday, Illinois welcomes a red-hot Northwestern squad to Champaign for an in-state Big Ten showdown, beginning at 8 p.m. from Assembly Hall. Four more programs tip off Big Ten play on Thursday as Indiana and Wisconsin play host to Michigan and Ohio State, respectively, with New Year's Eve festivities beginning at Noon ET on ESPN2 from Bloomington, Ind.  Michigan State will begin defense of its 2009 Big Ten title on Saturday as it travels to Welsh- Ryan Arena to face the 'Cats.
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The LINEUP

TUESDAY, DEC. 29

#4/4 PURDUE at IOWA | 7 p.m. | Big Ten Network | PUR Game Notes    IOWA Game Notes

Purdue will open Big Ten play on the road for the first time since 2006-07 on Tuesday when it takes the floor against Iowa. The Boilers are 1-3 in conference openers under head coach Matt Painter. The Boilermakers have won 16 of their last 17 games, dating back to last season. A win over the Hawkeyes would give Purdue 12-straight wins to open the season, marking the second-best start in school history and the longest winning streak in the Matt Painter Era. Purdue has outrebounded nine of 11 opponents this season, including each of their last seven to establish the longest streak during Painter's tenure as head coach.

Iowa, who owns the 36th toughest schedule in the nation and the hardest in the Big Ten, will be put to the ultimate test by hosting the number four team in the nation, Purdue, on Tuesday with a 6:05 p.m. start inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena. According to coach Todd Lickliter, this game will be a perfect opportunity for Iowa to wipe the slate clean as both Iowa (5-7) and Purdue (11-0) open up Big Ten play. The Hawkeyes enter the game on their first win streak of the season, winning their last two games against Drake (71-67) and South Carolina State (82-69).

Put Backs: Iowa and Purdue are both streaking, with the Hawkeyes winning their last two contests and the Boilermakers their last 11. Purdue is averaging 79.4 points per game compared to Iowa's 64.7. The Boilers are holding opponents to 59.9 per outing. The Hawkeyes are 5-3 at Carver-Hawkeye arena, averaging 67.2 points at home. The Boilermakers are making their second true road game of the season and are 1-0 entering tonight's contest. On the boards, Purdue is averaging 37.6 caroms per contest while Iowa pulls down 32.6.

Series History: Purdue leads, 80-70


PENN STATE at MINNESOTA | 9 p.m. | ESPN2 | PSU Game Notes      MINN Game Notes

The Nittany Lions, who have had eight days off for the Holiday break, are coming off back-to-back hot shooting outings in victories over Gardner-Webb and American in which they shot better than 53 percent in each game. The consecutive 50 percent shooting games marked a first since the 2007-08 season for the Lions who are led by All-Big Ten point-guard Talor Battle. Battle enters Big Ten play as the number two leading scorer in the conference averaging 18.8 ppg. He will look to get help from sophomore Chris Babb and freshman Bill Edwards who have each posted back-to-back double-digit outings.

The Golden Gophers have posted a 9-3 record against non-conference teams to start the season. Big Ten openers have not been kind to Gophers the last 10 seasons. Minnesota will head in to the tilt against Penn State with a 3-7 record in those games, including a 72-75 loss to PSU in the 2003-04 opener. The Gophers have opened with Michigan State the last two seasons.Minnesota is playing it's sixth-straight game at the friendly confines of Williams Arena and has established a five-game win streak. The Gophers extended the streak to five games with a win over South Dakota State on Dec. 23.

Put Backs: Minnesota is averaging 80.8 points per game compared to Penn State's 69.8. The Gophers are ranked 26th in field goal percentage, shooting 48.8% while attempting 60.2 shots per contest. The Nittany Lions are ranked 192nd, shooting 43.4% while attempting 55.2 shots per game. Minnesota is shooting 39.6% from behind the arc while Penn State is 33.9%. Minnesota is 8-0 at Williams Arena this season and is averaging 88.5 points at home while holding opponents to 55.8 points. The Nittany Lions are 1-1 on the road and average 55.5 points away from home. The two teams are even on the boards with Minnesota averaging 37.6 and Penn State 37.2.

Series History: Minnesota leads, 16-4
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Up Next: WEDNESDAY, DEC. 30
Texas-Arlington at #11/11 MICHIGAN STATE | 7 p.m. | Big Ten Network

#25/- NORTHWESTERN at ILLINOIS | 9 p.m. | Big Ten Network




FB: Required Reading

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Wisconsin LB Jaevery McFadden has shown his toughness throughout his Badger career.

Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez sees great improvements from this year's Badger team

Penn State DT Jared Odrick ranks among the Nittany Lions best ever lineman says coach Joe Paterno

Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald thinks his quarterback, Mike Kafka, has an NFL future ahead of him

FB: Valero Alamo Bowl Preview

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With the Big Ten bowl season starting today, bowl previews are still being posted on the Big Ten website. The most recent preview covers the Big Ten's sixth bowl game, when Michigan State battles Texas Tech in the Valero Alamo Bowl on Saturday, Jan. 2. Read the full preview by clicking on this link.

WBB: Monday's Results

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No. 6/6 OHIO STATE def. ILLINOIS, 76-47
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PENN STATE def. IOWA, 77-73 (OT)
Recap and Box Score

NORTHWESTERN (rv/rv) def. MICHIGAN (rv/rv), 63-59
Recap and Box Score

WISCONSIN def. No. 16/18 MICHIGAN STATE, 62-54
Recap and Box Score

PURDUE def. MINNESOTA, 51-43
Recap and Box Score

WBB: Monday's Schedule

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#6/6 Ohio State at Illinois    8 p.m.
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Northwestern (rv/rv) at Michigan (rv/rv)    7 p.m.
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Iowa at Penn State    7 p.m.
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Minnesota at Purdue    6:30 p.m.
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#16/18 Michigan State at Wisconsin    8 p.m.
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FB: Capital One Bowl Preview

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With the Big Ten bowl season now just one day away, bowl previews are now being posted on the Big Ten website. The most recent preview covers the Big Ten's fourth bowl game this year, when Penn State faces LSU in the Capital One Bowl on Friday, Jan. 1. Read the full preview by clicking on this link.

FB: Outback Bowl Preview

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With the Big Ten bowl season now just two days away, bowl previews are now being posted on the Big Ten website. The most recent preview covers the Big Ten's third bowl game this year, when Northwestern battles Auburn in the Outback Bowl on Friday, Jan. 1. Read the full preview by clicking on this link.

FB: Insight Bowl Preview

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With the Big Ten bowl season now just three days away, bowl previews are now being posted on the Big Ten website. The most recent preview covers the Big Ten's second bowl game this year, when Minnesota challenges Iowa State in the Insight Bowl on Thursday, Dec. 31. Read the full preview by clicking on this link.

FB: Champs Sports Bowl Preview

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With the Big Ten bowl season now just four days away, bowl previews are now being posted on the Big Ten website. The opening preview covers the Big Ten's first bowl game this year, when Wisconsin takes on Miami (Fla.) in the Champs Sports Bowl on Tuesday, Dec. 29. Read the full preview by clicking on this link.

WREST: Weekly Rankings

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Seven Big Ten wrestling squads earned spots in the rankings released by InterMat and the National Wrestling Coaches Association on Tuesday.

All season long, Iowa has ranked at the top of both polls and this week was no exception. For the seventh straight week, the Hawkeyes are No. 1 in both polls.

Following the Hawkeyes is Ohio State, ranked No. 3 in the NWCA polls and No. 3 in the InterMat rankings. Minnesota is the third Big Ten team in the top 10, checking in at No. 6/ 5. Three other conference schools rank in the top 25 in both polls with Indiana at No. 12/13, Penn State at No. 14/15 and Wisconsin at No. 22/18. Illinois checked in at No. 20 in the NWCA rankings with Purdue also receiving votes in the poll.

Individually, three conference grapplers top their respective weight classes according to the InterMat polls. Michigan State's Franklin Gomez is No. 1 at 133, Ohio State's Reece Humphrey tops the 141-pound weight class, and Iowa's Brent Metcalf is No. 1 at 149.

MBB: Tuesday's Recaps

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Tuesday, Dec. 22

Loyola (Md.) def. INDIANA, 72-67
The Indiana men's basketball team rallied from a 24-point deficit to take a three-point lead, but visiting Loyola (Maryland) regained its composure and pulled off a 72-67 win over the Hoosiers in Assembly Hall, Tuesday night. The visiting Greyhounds scored the game's first 15 points and led 46-22 with 1:38 to go in the first half before the Hoosiers scored the final six points of the period to go into the locker room behind, 46-28 after freshman Jordan Hulls hit a three-pointer at the buzzer. NCAA records show the largest halftime deficit the Hoosiers have overcome in their history was a 45-26 led held by Indiana State on November 14, 1998. IU went on to win that game, 76-70. Recap & Boxscore


#2/2 Texas def. #9/9 MICHIGAN STATE, 79-68
Damion James had 23 points and 13 rebounds, leading No. 2 Texas past No. 9 Michigan State 79-68 on Tuesday night, giving the Longhorns consecutive wins over Top 10 teams. Like the victory over No. 10 North Carolina on Saturday, James led this one. He followed his 25 points and 15 rebounds against the Tar Heels with another big showing to rally the Longhorns (11-0) from an early deficit. Recap & Boxscore


MICHIGAN def. Coppin State, 76-46
The University of Michigan men's basketball team dominated Coppin State, 76-46, on Tuesday for the program's 500th all-time win at Crisler Arena. Sophomore guard Stu Douglass led four Michigan double-digit scorers, tying career highs in points (20) and three-pointers (6). Senior forward DeShawn Sims added 18, while sophomore guard Zack Novak chipped in 11. The Wolverines came out of the gates with a hot hand, scoring 41 points, their highest first-half output since the season opener on Nov. 14 against Northern Michigan. Recap & Boxscore


#4/4 PURDUE def. SIU-Edwardsville, 90-63
JaJuan Johnson scored 16 points and E'Twaun Moore added 15, leading No. 4 Purdue past SIU-Edwardsville 90-63 on Tuesday night. The Boilermakers (11-0) matched the second-best start in school history and the longest winning streak under coach Matt Painter. The 1936-37 Boilermakers were 11-0 and the 1993-94 Boilermakers started 14-0. Recap & Boxscore


NORTHWESTERN def. Central Connecticut State, 74-54
Sophomore forward John Shurna rang up a career-best 29 points on 12-of-16 shooting to carry Northwestern to a 74-54 victory over Central Connecticut State Tuesday at Welsh-Ryan Arena. Shurna's fourth 20-point performance of the season, coupled with 15 points by freshman Drew Crawford, helped NU conclude the primary portion of its non-conference schedule with a 10-1 record. Recap & Boxscore


#17/17 OHIO STATE def. Cleveland State, 72-59
David Lighty scored a career-high 30 points against his hometown team, leading No. 17 Ohio State past Cleveland State 72-59 on Tuesday night. Lighty, a junior picking up the slack for the injured Evan Turner, scored 22 points in the second half as the Buckeyes (10-2) pulled away in their final game before opening Big Ten play at Wisconsin on Dec. 31. William Buford added 13 points and Dallas Lauderdale had 12 for the Buckeyes, who won their third in a row. Recap & Boxscore

FB: Big Ten in the NFL - Week 15

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Cliff Avril, DE, Detroit (Purdue): Recorded two tackles with a sack and a forced fumble in the Lions' 31-24 loss to Arizona.

Marion Barber, RB, Dallas (Minnesota): Rushed for 62 yards on 17 carries and scored two touchdowns in the Cowboys' 24-17 win over New Orleans on Saturday night.

Dominique Barber, S, Houston (Minnesota): Had four tackles and intercepted a pass in the Texans' 16-13 win over St. Louis.

Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans (Purdue): Threw for 298 yards and a touchdown on 29 of 45 passing in the Saints' 24-17 loss to Dallas on Saturday night.

Chris Chambers, WR, Kansas City (Wisconsin): Caught five passes for 114 yards and had a touchdown in the Chiefs' 41-34 loss to Cleveland.

Dallas Clark, TE, Indianapolis (Iowa): Caught seven passes for 95 yards and a touchdown in the Colts' 35-31 win over Jacksonville on Thursday night.

Barry Cofield, DT, New York Giants (Northwestern): Had two tackles with a sack in the Giants' 45-12 win over Washington on Monday night.

Vontae Davis, CB, Miami (Illinois): Made four tackles and had an interception in the Dolphins' 27-24 overtime loss to Tennessee.

Braylon Edwards, WR, New York Jets (Michigan): Finished with five catches for 105 yards and a touchdown reception in the Jets' 10-7 loss to Atlanta.

Lee Evans, WR, Buffalo (Wisconsin): Caught three passes for 35 yards and a touchdown in the Bills' 17-10 loss to New England.

Chad Henne, QB, Miami (Michigan): Threw for 349 yards and a touchdown on 29 of 46 passing in the Dolphins' 27-24 loss to Tennessee.

Mario Manningham, WR, New York Giants (Michigan): Hauled in three passes for 44 yards and a touchdown in the Giants' 45-12 win over Washington on Monday night.

Laurence Maroney, RB, New England (Minnesota): Rushed for 81 yards on 23 carries and scored a touchdown in the Patriots' 17-10 win over Buffalo.

Derrick Mason, WR, Baltimore (Michigan State): Made six receptions for 87 yards and had a touchdown catch in the Ravens' 31-7 win over Chicago.

Rashard Mendenhall, RB, Pittsburgh (Illinois): Had 11 carries for 38 yards and scored a touchdown in the Steelers' 37-36 win over Green Bay.

Kyle Orton, QB, Denver (Purdue): Completed 19 of his 34 passes for 278 yards with a touchdown pass in the Broncos' 20-19 loss to Oakland.

Bernard Pollard, S, Houston (Purdue): Made 11 tackles and recorded a half sack in the Texans' 16-13 win over St. Louis.

Paul Posluszny, LB, Buffalo (Penn State): Recorded nine tackles and an interception in the Bills' 17-10 loss to New England.

Nick Roach, LB, Chicago (Northwestern): Finished with three tackles, a sack and a forced fumble in the Bears' 31-7 loss to Baltimore.

Matt Roth, LB, Cleveland (Iowa): Registered four tackles with a sack and a fumble recovery in the Browns' 41-34 win over Kansas City.

Matt Shaughnessy, DE, Oakland (Wisconsin): Recorded four tackles and a sack in the Raiders' 20-19 win over Denver.

Will Smith, DE, New Orleans (Ohio State): Finished with four tackles and two sacks in the Saints' 24-17 loss to Dallas on Saturday night.

Anthony Spencer, DE, Dallas (Purdue): Made six tackles with two sacks and a fumble recovery in the Cowboys' 24-17 win over New Orleans on Saturday night.

Chris Wells, RB, Arizona (Ohio State): Finished with 17 carries for 110 yards and a touchdown in the Cardinals' 31-24 win over Detroit.

WBB: Tuesday's Results

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INDIANA def. Toledo, 73-63
Recap and Box Score

IOWA def. South Dakota State, 82-69
Recap and Box Score

NORTHWESTERN (rv/rv/) def. Chicago State, 85-58
Recap and Box Score

No. 6/6 OHIO STATE def. Western Illinois, 99-38
Recap and Box Score

VB: Final Poll

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Four Big Ten teams are ranked in the final AVCA coaches' poll, including Penn State, the unanimous No. 1 selection. The Nittany Lions are followed by No. 4 Minnesota, No. 9 Michigan and No. 10 Illinois. Ohio State is receiving votes outside the top 25. The Big Ten is the only conference to have four top-10 teams.

Penn State is No. 1 in the final poll for the fourth time, which ties the program for third in AVCA history. Michigan is making its highest appearance in the final poll and its first-ever in the final top 10. Illinois is appearing in the final top 10 for the sixth time and is making its highest showing in the final poll since 1992, when it ranked sixth. Minnesota has finished the season ranked in the top 10 four times and the top five three times. The Gophers have appeared in nine final polls and are making their highest showing since 2004, when they ranked second.

Click HERE for the final 2009 poll and HERE to see a year-by-year history of the AVCA final polls.

FB: Required Reading

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Youthful group of Spartan linemen taking advantage of Michigan State's bowl practices

Wisconsin OL Kevin Zeitler's work ethic draws comparisons to a famous movie character

 

The Lineup

Tuesday, Dec. 22

Loyola (Md.) at INDIANA | 6:30 p.m. | Big Ten Network
Indiana will play host to Loyola University Maryland in the third game of a five-game homestand. The Hoosiers are coming off an 81-58 win against North Carolina Central in Assembly Hall. Indiana will host Bryant on December 28 and will open the Big Ten season against Michigan on December 31. The Greyhounds ended a three-game losing skid on Saturday with an 85-51 victory over Howard. Game Notes
Series History: First Meeting


#9/9 MICHIGAN STATE at #2/2 Texas | 7 p.m. | ESPN2
Michigan State travels to No. 2 Texas for its fifth game away from home this season, including its third on an opponent's home court. The Spartans and Longhorns are meeting for the fourth-straight season and the sixth time in the Izzo-Barnes era, although this will be the first game on a campus site. It's been a competitive series, with each game being decided by single digits. MSU is back in Austin for the first time since capturing the Austin Regional at the 2005 NCAA Tournament. Game Notes
Series History: Michigan State leads, 3-2


Coppin State at MICHIGAN | 7 p.m. | BigTenNetwork.com
With finals ending on Tuesday (Dec. 22),Michigan will close the semester hosting Coppin State at Crisler Arena. It is just the second meeting all-time for the two programs. U-M won the only matchup with an 81-53 win at Crisler Arena (Dec. 28, 2005). Following the game, the Wolverines will have nine days off before starting their "second" season with the Big Ten opener at Indiana (Dec. 31). This season is the 43rd in which the Wolverines will call Crisler Arena home. Michigan has amassed 499 wins on its home floor. The Maize and Blue look to close in on its 500th victory at home this year, where the crowd will be as raucous as ever to support them. Since the building opened in 1967, U-M has averaged 11.7 home wins per season. Game Notes
Series History: Michigan leads, 1-0

SIU-Edwardsville at #4/4 PURDUE | 8 p.m. | ESPNU
Purdue will play its first home game in nearly two weeks on Tuesday when it welcomes Southern Illinois-Edwardsville to Mackey Arena for a final run before the start of Big Ten play. The Boilermakers have won 15 of their last 16 games, dating back to last season. Purdue has won its last game before the Christmas holiday in five-straight seasons. A win over the Cougars would give Purdue 11-straight wins to open the season, equaling the second-best start in school history and matching the longest winning streak in the Matt Painter Era. Dating back to the start of the second half of the Alabama game, the Boilers have outscored their opponents 114-77 in their last 60 minutes of play. Game Notes
Series History: Purdue leads, 1-0


Central Connecticut State at NORTHWESTERN | 8 p.m. | BigTenNetwork.com
Northwestern wraps up the primary portion of its non-conference season Tuesday night as it hosts Central Connecticut State at Welsh-Ryan Arena. The Wildcats (9-1) enter as winners of eight straight contests and will look to equal their longest winning streak since the 1993-94 squad opened with nine straight victories. A victory against the Blue Devils would give Northwestern its second-best start to a season in school history behind only the 1930-31 Big Ten championship squad which opened 12-0. Game Notes
Series History: First Meeting


Cleveland State at #17/17 OHIO STATE | 8:30 p.m. | Big Ten Network
Thad Matta has directed Ohio State to at least 10 wins during non-conference play in each of  five full seasons in Columbus and is 9-2 this season with two games to play against non-Big Ten Conference opponents. Matta is 74-16 vs. non-conference competition at Ohio State and 62-33 vs. Big Ten competition for an overall record of 136-48. Ohio State has Cleveland State and West Virginia (Jan. 23) remaining on the non-conference schedule. Big Ten play begins Dec. 31 in Madison against Wisconsin. Game Notes
Series History: Ohio State leads, 6-1

WBB: Tuesday's Schedule

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South Dakota State at Iowa    8 p.m.
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Toledo at Indiana    Noon
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Loyola (Ill.) at Northwestern (rv)    2 p.m.

Western Illinois at #6 Ohio State    4 p.m.
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WREST: Wrestler of the Week

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Wrestler of the Week
Cyler Sanderson, Penn State
Sr., 157, Heber City, Utah/Wasatch

Sanderson picks up his second Wrestler of the Week honor of the season, this time winning the award after going 5-0 and claiming the 157-pound title at the Reno Tournament of Champions where Penn State finished third overall. The third-ranked 157-pounder scored a pair of technical falls and a major decision in his first three bouts to advance to the semifinals. There, Sanderson earned a hard-fought 6-5 decision over No. 14 Bryce Saddoris of Navy to advance to the final, where the senior defeated No. 5 Adam Hall of Boise State, 3-2, to earn the title.

Last Penn State Wrestler of the Week: Brad Pakaty (Nov. 24, 2009)

MBB: Monday Night Recap & Odds and Ends

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The Big Ten went 2-0 last night as Iowa and Penn State were both victorious. The Hawkeyes posted 82 points in a win over South Carolina State. The Nittany Lions topped American, 76-57. Both teams are finished non-conference games and will begin the daunting conference slate next week. Iowa will meet defending Big Ten Tournament champion Purdue to open Big Ten play on Dec. 29, while Penn State travels to Minnesota that same day for its opener.

Monday, Dec. 21

PENN STATE def. American, 76-57
The Nittany Lion basketball team will head to the Holidays feeling much better about its shooting after hitting at better than 53 percent for the second consecutive game and rolling to a 76-57 victory over American Monday night at the Bryce Jordan Center. Coming off a 104-point outing in which it shot 53.3 percent on Saturday in a 47-point win over Gardner-Webb, the Nittany Lions continued to fill it up on Monday shooting 54.9 percent for the game and a sizzling 65.2 percent in the second half to improve to 24-2 at home vs. non-conference opponents the last three seasons. Recap & Boxscore

IOWA def. South Carolina State, 82-69
The University of Iowa men's basketball team celebrated Christmas a few days early Monday night in Carver-Hawkeye Arena, racing to a 82-69 victory over South Carolina State in the team's final tune-up before opening Big Ten Conference action in a little more than a week.
Iowa used a balanced attack - both in numbers and location - to roll over the Bulldogs en route to win No. 5 in 2009-10 and its second in three days. Iowa defeated the Drake Bulldogs 71-67 Saturday evening in Carver. The loss was just the third of the season for South Carolina State against six wins. Recap & Boxscore

STREAKS & WINS

BIG TEN. BIG WINS.
Big Ten schools currently comprise one-third of the total teams in the country to own four non-conference wins over ACC, Big 12, Big East, Big Ten, Pac-10 or SEC opponents this season. Of the six programs to accomplish this feat, Northwestern is among the quartet to have defeated an opponent belonging to four different conferences in either the ACC, Big 12, Big East, Big Ten, Pac-10 or SEC. NU earned its place among Gonzaga, Kentucky and Texas with a win over Stanford (Pac-10) last Saturday. In addition to the Cardinal, the 'Cats also notched victories over Notre Dame (Big East), Iowa State (Big 12) and N.C. State (ACC). Joining NU in the elite company is Wisconsin. The Badgers punched their ticket to this elite group with wins over Arizona (Pac-10), Marquette (Big East) and two ACC foes in Maryland and Duke.

WINNING WAYS
Northwestern and Purdue continued their winning ways last week, extending their unbeaten streaks to eight and 10, respectively.  NU improved to 9-1 on the year, matching its second-best 10-game start in school history. NU's eight-game win streak marks the longest since the 1993-94 squad opened with nine straight victories. A triumph over Central Connecticut State on Tuesday would give the 'Cats a tie with the 2006-07 squad for the school record for most wins prior to the start of the new year with 10. Meanwhile, Purdue stayed perfect, opening the season with 10 straight wins for only the second time since the 1936-37 campaign. The Boilers are now only four games away from matching the 1993-94 squad for the best start in school history (14-0).

STILL PERFECT
Eight teams enter this week with clean slates. The Big East (Syracuse, West Virginia) and Big 12 (Kansas, Texas) lead all conferences with two unblemished teams each.  The other perfect teams include New Mexico (Mountain West), Missouri State (Missouri Valley), Kentucky (SEC), and the Big Ten's Purdue.Three programs fell short in their pursuit for perfection last week as Georgetown, Seton Hall and Texas Tech each suffered its first loss of the season.


BIG TEN by the NUMBERS...

1    Rank of Indiana guard Maurice Creek in the nation in scoring among freshmen.
2    Number of wins Purdue needs at home to reach 500 at Mackey Arena.
5    Number of games this season in which Big Ten teams have reached or surpassed the             100 points.
6    Number of Big Ten teams ranked among the nation's top 20 in assist-to-turnover ratio.
8    Number of undefeated teams in the nation, including Purdue.
8    Number of wins over AP Top-25 teams by the Big Ten this season. That is tied for first with         the Big East who also has eight wins over said opponents.
33  Former Big Ten student-athletes on NBA rosters this season.







WBB: Monday's Results

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No. 16/20 MICHIGAN STATE def. St. Bonaventure (rv/rv), 67-59
Recap and Box Score

PENN STATE def. Oakland, 69-64
Recap and Box Score

Gardner-Webb (-/rv) def. PURDUE, 56-55
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WBB: Monday's Schedule

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St. Bonaventure at #16/20 Michigan State    6 p.m.
Big Ten Network

Oakland at Penn State (rv/-)    7:30 p.m.
BigTenNetwork.com

Gardner-Webb (rv/-) at Purdue    7 p.m.
BigTenNetwork.com

VB: Instant Classic

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Catch Penn State's thrilling win over Texas in the NCAA Championship again on Saturday, Dec. 26 at 10 p.m. ET and Monday, Feb. 1 at 2 a.m. ET.

WBB: Sunday's Results

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IOWA def. Drake, 73-61
Recap and Box Score

MBB: Weekend Roundup

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Saturday, Dec. 19

#12/12 MICHIGAN STATE def. IPFW, 80-58
Michigan State coach Tom Izzo wasn't happy with the Spartans' finals-week letdown. After getting outhustled for most of the first half, the Spartans had enough to put away IPFW 80-58 on Saturday. Raymar Morgan and Delvon Roe scored 14 points apiece for the 12th-ranked Spartans and Kalin Lucas added 10 points in their final tuneup before Tuesday's visit to No. 2 Texas. Recap & Boxscore

#1/1 Kansas def. MICHIGAN, 75-64
Playing a ranked opponent for the first time this season, the University of Michigan men's basketball team fell behind early to top-ranked Kansas and could never recover, losing 75-64 on Saturday at Allen Fieldhouse. The "Motor City Duo" once again led the way for the Wolverines, as senior forward DeShawn Sims had 19 points and seven rebounds and junior guard Manny Harris scored 16. Recap & Boxscore

NORTHWESTERN def. Stanford, 70-62
Northwestern took a 39-37 lead with 16 minutes remaining in the game and never trailed again, downing Stanford 70-62 Saturday at Welsh-Ryan Arena on the strength of 22 points by sophomore John Shurna. NU has won eight consecutive contests and is now 9-1 to start the season for the first time since the 1993-94 campaign. Recap & Boxscore

#4/4 PURDUE def. Ball State |20|, 69-49
Robbie Hummel
had 19 points and nine rebounds to help No. 4 Purdue beat Ball State 69-49 on Saturday in the Wooden Tradition. JaJuan Johnson scored 16 points and E'Twaun Moore added 12 for the Boilermakers (10-0). Purdue has opened with 10 straight wins for only the second time since the 1936-37 season. Recap & Boxscore

#18/18 OHIO STATE def. Delaware State, 60-44
William Buford
scored 18 points and carried the load in the second half to lead No. 18 Ohio State past Delaware State 60-44 on Saturday. David Lighty added 12 points and Dallas Lauderdale had 11 for the Buckeyes (9-2), who shot 60 percent from the field. Frisco Sandidge had 13 points for the Hornets (4-5), who lost their fourth in a row. Ahead 25-17 at the half, the Buckeyes slowly pulled away. Recap & Boxscore

IOWA def. Drake, 71-67
The University of Iowa faced off against an in-state rival for the third consecutive game as Drake visited Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Saturday evening. After falling to Northern Iowa and Iowa State, the third time was the charm for the Hawkeyes. They prevailed over the Bulldogs, 71-67, in a night where the number three had extra significance. Recap & Boxscore

Georgia def. ILLINOIS |19|, -box
Trey Thompkins hit four straight free throw attempts in the final 22.2 seconds to finish with 21 points and help Georgia beat Illinois 70-67 on Saturday night. The Illini never led in the second half until Demetri McCamey's three-point play with 35.6 seconds remaining made it 67-66. Recap & Boxscore

INDIANA def. North Carolina Central, 81-58
Indiana outscored visiting North Carolina Central 22-9 in the first seven minutes of the second half, and held the Eagles to 28.1% shooting in the final 20 minutes, as the Hoosiers defeated NCCU 81-58, Saturday night in Assembly Hall. Freshman Maurice Creek followed up his 31-point effort against Kentucky with 29 points to lead the Hoosiers. Besides Creek, only freshman Christian Watford, who had 11 points, would finish in double figures as the Hoosiers had one of their most balanced efforts of the season with 12 players scoring at least one point. Recap & Boxscore

PENN STATE def. Gardner-Webb,
On a snowy late night in State College, the Nittany Lion basketball team came out blazing while Gardner-Webb started colder than the temperatures outside as Penn State leapt to as much as a 31-point first half lead before bringing home a 104-57 victory in front of hardy Nittany Lion fans that braved snow flurries and the 9:00 p.m. start. They witnessed Penn State's first 100-point game since a 129-111 victory over VMI in 2006 and just the 20th in school history as Penn State posted its largest margin of victory (47) since beating Canisius by 53 in 2007. Recap & Boxscore


WBB: Saturday's Results

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ILLINOIS def. Oakland, 64-50
Recap and Box Score

Cleveland State def. INDIANA, 77-75 (OT)
Recap and Box Score

MICHIGAN def. Detroit, 65-51
Recap and Box Score

No. 16/20 MICHIGAN STATE def. Washington, 69-52
Recap and Box Score

NORTHWESTERN (rv/rv) def. Chicago State, 85-64
Recap and Box Score

No. 8/7 OHIO STATE def. Alabama A&M, 78-54
Recap and Box Score

PURDUE def. Evansville, 73-42
Recap and Box Score

VB: The Best Around

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Penn State senior Megan Hodge was named the Nfinity/AVCA Division I National Player of the Year, the American Volleyball Coaches Association announced on Friday. Hodge is the second consecutive and fifth overall Big Ten player to earn the award. COMPLETE RELEASE

WBB: Required Reading

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  • Indiana women's basketball continues to "reach for the stars."
  • Iowa's Kachine Alexander is expected to return to action on Sunday.
  • Go in the M-Zone with Michgian's Krista Phillips.
  • "Hit the Hardwood" with Michigan's Roni Hicks.
  • Ohio State looks like a serious postseason contender, writes ESPN.com's Graham Hays.
  • Wisconsin's game with Michigan on Jan. 10 will be "allergy-free."
  • WBB: Weekend Schedule

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    December 19

    Oakland at Illinois    5 p.m.
    BigTenNetwork.com

    Indiana at Cleveland State    4:30 p.m.

    Michigan at Detroit    1:30 p.m.

    Washington at #16/20 Michigan State    7 p.m.
    BigTenNetwork.com

    Chicago State at Northwestern (rv/rv)    5 p.m.

    Alabama A&M at #8/7 Ohio State    8 p.m.
    BigTenNetwork.com

    Evansville at Purdue    Noon
    BigTenNetwork.com

    December 20

    Drake at Iowa    2 p.m.
    Big Ten Network

    MBB: Saturday Preview

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    The LINEUP

    Saturday, Dec. 19
    IPFW at #12/12 MICHIGAN STATE | Noon | Big Ten Network
    After a week off for academic finals, Michigan State returns to action against IPFW. The break was well deserved for a Spartan squad that opened the season by playing 10 games in the first four weeks of the season. The Spartans and Mastodons are meeting for the fifth straight season, with four of the five meetings being played in East Lansing. The IPFW contest is the first of the final three regular-season non-conference games for Michigan State. Game Notes
    Series History: Michigan State leads, 5-0

    MICHIGAN at #1/1 Kansas | Noon | ESPN
    The Wolverines travel to storied Allen Field House for a tilt with the No. 1 Kansas Jayhawks. The Wolverines average 71.1 points and give up 63.9 per game for a +7.2 scoring margin. U-M averages 8.2 steals per game and forces 15.6 turnovers per contest. Junior guard Manny Harris leads the team with 22.2 points and 8.4 rebounds per game. Harris also has a team-high 18 steals and 45 assists. Kansas posted a 90-65 win against La Salle in the M&I Bank Kansas
    City Shootout on Dec. 12, that saw freshman Xavier Henry net a career-high 31 points in the game. Kansas averages 90.3 points per game, is giving up 57.7 points. Game Notes
    Series History: Michigan leads, 5-0

    Stanford at NORTHWESTERN | 2 p.m. | Big Ten Network
    A victory over the Cardinal would move the Wildcats to 9-1, matching the 1958-59, 1968-69, 1982-83 and 1993-94 squads who also posted nine wins in their first 10 games. The 1930-31 Big Ten championship team opened its campaign with 12 straight victories. Northwestern has won seven straight games, the school's longest winning streak since the 1993-94 team opened with nine straight triumphs. Northwestern is coming off an 84-54 home win over North Florida Wednesday night. Michael Thompson led six Wildcat players in double figures with 14 points. Luka Mirkovic added 13 points and eight assists as NU hit 14 3-pointers in the contest.
    Game Notes
    Series History: Stanford leads, 4-1

    Ball State vs. #4/4 PURDUE |20| | 4 p.m. | Big Ten Network
    Purdue will play its fourth neutral-site game of the season on Saturday when it heads into Conseco Fieldhouse for a matchup with Ball State in the Wooden Tradition. The Boilermakers have won 14 of their last 15 games, dating back to last season. A win over the Cardinals would give Purdue 10-straight wins to open the season, equaling the third-best start in school history and bringing the Boilers to within a game of matching the longest winning streak in the Matt Painter Era. Purdue owns a six-game winning streak against in-state opponents, and hasn't lost to a team from the Hoosier state since Feb. 19, 2008. The Boilers are 10-7 against in-state foes under Painter. Game Notes
    Series History: Purdue leads, 7-2

    Delaware State at #18/18 OHIO STATE | 4 p.m. | ESPNU
    The Buckeyes continue a three-game homestand when they play hosts to the Hornets of Delaware State on Saturday. The Hornets are coming off a 76-34 loss to Arizona State Dec. 12. Frisco Sandidge was the high scorer for Delaware State with 12 points, while Marcus Neal had 11 for the Hornets. Neal's performance included three 3-point field goals. Ohio State is 7-0 at home to date and shooting well on familiar ground. The Buckeyes are shooting 54 percent as a team at home this season and 44 percent from three-point range. Five Buckeyes average more than 11 points a game, led by Jon Diebler's 16.9 ppg. Game Notes
    Series History: Ohio State leads, 2-0

    Drake at IOWA | 6:30 p.m. | Big Ten Network
    After opening the season with 10 games in 26 days, the Hawkeyes will end an eight-day recess by hosting Drake on Saturday with a 5:36 p.m. start inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena. For Iowa (3-7), this will be the third consecutive matchup against an in-state school. Iowa fell on the road to Northern Iowa (67-50) on Dec. 8 and to Iowa State (81-71) on Dec. 11. Game Notes
    Series History: Iowa leads, 53-10

    ILLINOIS vs. Georgia |19|  | 7 p.m. | ESPNU
    Following a three-game homestand, Illinois now has three of its next four games away from Assembly Hall, beginning Saturday vs. Georgia in Duluth, Ga. Illinois has won four-straight games, equaling its longest winning streak of the season. The Illini are trying to snap a four-game skid at neutral sites. Illinois is 77-13 in regular season non-conference games during Bruce Weber's seven-year tenure, a winning percentage of 85.6 percent. In each of its eight wins, Illinois has topped 70 points and recorded at least 15 assists. Game Notes
    Series History: Illinois leads, 5-0

    North Carolina Central at INDIANA | 8:30 p.m. | Big Ten Network
    The Hoosiers have been taking final exams for the last week and are coming off a 90-73 loss at home to #3 Kentucky. Indiana will host Loyola (Md.) on December 22, Bryant on December 28 and will open the Big Ten season against Michigan on December 31. The Eagles will join the MEAC effective in July of 2010 and IU will be the second Big Ten foe they have faced. They lost at Iowa, 73-63, on November 28. NCCU also has played North Carolina and Miami. NCCU lost 76-67 to Florida Gulf Coast, Wednesday night. Game Notes
    Series History: First Meeting

    Gardner-Webb at PENN STATE | 9 p.m. | ESPNU
    Saturday will be the third game of the week for the Runnin' Bulldogs who are coming off a loss to No. 7 Duke on Tuesday and play host to James Madison on Thursday. Gardner-Webb will be the third of four-straight home games for the Nittany Lions to wrap-up the non-conference season. Penn State is 22-2 vs. non-conference opponents at home the last three seasons. Penn State is led by All-Big Ten point guard Talor Battle who stands second in the Big Ten posting 18.8 ppg coming into Saturday. Game Notes
    Series History: First Meeting

    WBB: Thursday's Results

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    NORTHWESTERN (rv/rv) def. Arkansas, 67-55
    Recap and Box Score

    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.

    Jodi Howell, Purdue
    If Purdue senior Jodi Howell is not on the court knocking down three-pointers, chances are she is studying. Howell, a two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree, earned her bachelor's degree in organizational leadership and supervision in three and a half years and will complete a master's degree in technology this May. The former Indiana Miss Basketball was coached by her father at Alexandria-Monroe High School and plans to follow in his footsteps.

    VB: Click for Coverage

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    Click HERE for complete coverage of Minnesota and Penn State in the NCAA Championship Semifinals!

    VB: Simply the Best

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    Penn State's Alisha Glass and Megan Hodge have been named two of the four finalists for the 2009-10 Honda Sports Award. The honor is awarded to the top woman collegiate athlete in her sport.  COMPLETE RELEASE

    FB: Required Reading

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    Iowa QB Ricky Stanzi is ready to go when the Hawkeyes meet Georgia Tech in the Orange Bowl

    A few Michigan Wolverine football players take time to spread some Holiday cheer

    MBB: Wednesday Recaps

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    No. 18/18 Ohio State def. Presbyterian, 78-48
    In Ohio State's first home game since Evan Turner's injury, the Buckeyes hushed the cynics by silencing Presbyterian, 78-48. Junior David Lighty led the Scarlet and Gray with 20 points while William Buford added 11 and David Lauderdale 10. The Buckeyes shot particularly well in the first half, connecting on 9-of-17 attempts from long range. OSU improves to 8-2 on the year as the Blue Hose fall to 2-9. READ MORE.

    Wisconsin def. Cal Poly, 90-42
    Senior captain Trévon Hughes joined the century club on the strength of a 20-point effort in leading the Badgers to a 90-42 drubbing over Cal Poly at the Kohl Center. Hughes' becomes UW's 34th player to reach the 1,000-point milestone under head coach Bo Ryan and finished the game with 1,011 career points. The 48-point differential marked the largest margin of victory for the Badgers in over two years. READ MORE.

    Northwestern def. North Florida, 84-54
    Michael Thompson
    led a balanced scoring attack as six Wildcats scored in double figures to lead Northwestern's 84-54 rout of North Florida on Wednesday night. The NU defense recorded a season-high 14 steals as the Wildcats earned their seventh straight victory, marking the program's longest win streak in 16 years. READ MORE.

    WBB: Thursday's Schedule

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    Arkansas at NORTHWESTERN (rv/rv), 1 p.m.
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    WBB: Wednesday's Results

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    MINNESOTA def. Santa Clara, 91-51
    Recap and Box Score

    WBB: Wednesday's Schedule

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    Santa Clara at Minnesota    8 p.m.

    WREST: Weekly Rankings

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    In the most recent weekly rankings released Tuesday by InterMat, six Big Ten teams earned spots in this week's poll, while seven teams claimed spots in the National Wrestling Coaches Association top 25.

    Iowa was a consensus No. 1 in both polls, while Ohio State (No. 3 InterMat/No. 3 NWCA) and Minnesota (No. 5/6) earned spots in the top 10. Indiana (No. 13/No. 13) and Penn State (No. 14/No. 15) follow the Big Ten's top three ranked squads, while Wisconsin (No. 22/No. 18) is the final conference school ranked in both polls. Illinois (-/20) rounds out the Big Ten contingent in the NWCA rankings.

    Three Big Ten grapplers rank atop their respective weight classes, according to InterMat rankings. Michigan State's Franklin Gomez tops the 133-pound weight class, Ohio State's Reece Humphrey is No. 1 at 141 and Iowa's Brent Metcalf rules the 149-pound weight class.

    MBB: SI Declares Michigan State Best School of the Decade

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    In a recent article outlining the highlights and lowlights of the decade, Sports Illustrated dubbed Michigan State the best program to hit the hardwood in the past ten seasons. Sparty edged the likes of North Carolina and Florida, despite the fact that each school captured two national titles during that stretch. Among MSU's exploits are a national championship (in 2000) and four final four appearances. But with so many other strong candidates Chomping at their Heels, it was consistency that ultimately propelled the Spartans to the top of the list as Michigan State earned a spot in the NCAA tournament every year this decade.

    So what is the secret behind their success? The answer lies in a head mentor who knows what it takes to keep his stalwart players from forsaking education for an early shot at the pros. In his 15th year at the helm in East Lansing, head coach Tom Izzo has guided each of his recruited four-year players to a Final Four appearance, including five in the last 11 seasons and most recently in 2009 when the Spartans advanced to the national championship final. Of course winning doesn't hurt, but it is this "remarkable achievement" that positioned MSU at the top. Naturally, the article goes on to list other outstanding achievements, including best player, best coach and most outstanding performances from the decade. But there can only be one best program. One best definition of what encapsulates a team. And the winner is .... Sparty.

    MBB: Wednesday Night Preview

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    Wednesday's slate features three Big Ten teams in action as Northwestern, Ohio State and Wisconsin each look to continue their non-conference homesteads with the Big Ten Network and ESPNU providing live television coverage.

    Presbyterian at Ohio State | 7 p.m. ET | Big Ten Network
    Ohio State is set to kick off a three-game homestead with a 7 p.m. ET matchup against Presbyterian at Value City Arena. The Buckeyes are 7-2 on the year and own the previous win in the first and only contest between the two programs.
    Series History: Ohio State leads 1-0

    Cal-Poly at Wisconsin | 9 p.m. ET | Big Ten Network
    Also looking to paint the town red is Wisconsin as the Badgers entertain Cal-Poly in their third consecutive game at the Kohl Center. Tune in to see what could prove to be a milestone night for senior guard Trévon Hughes who currently sits nine tallies shy of earning his 1,000-career point. Another one to watch is junior Jon Leuer who enters Wednesday's contest on the heels of recording back-to-back doubles against Green Bay and Marquette.
    Series History: First meeting

    North Florida at Northwestern | 9 p.m. ET | ESPNU
    Northwestern will square off against North Florida from Welsh-Ryan Arena. The Wildcats are on the prowl for their seventh straight win after improving to a 7-1 start in consecutive seasons for the first time in school history. A win over the Ospreys would give NU its longest win streak since the 1993-94 season when it opened the campaign with nine straight victories. The 'Cats are coming of a stellar shooting performance that resulted in two new conference records for most triples made (20) and three-point attempts (47) in the win over North Carolina A&T on Sunday.
    Series History: Northwestern leads 1-0

    MBB: Tuesday Recaps

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    Minnesota def. Northern Illinois, 89-48
    Junior guard Blake Hoffarber posted a career-high 26 points to power Minnesota past Northern Illinois in convincing fashion Tuesday night, downing the Huskies 89-48 in front a home crowd of 12,055. The red-hot Hoffarber connected on 9-of-11 field goals in the contest, including 8-of-10 from behind the arc to break Minnesota's single-game record of seven treys. The sharpshooter has averaged 19.3 points over the last for outings to lead the Golden Gophers who are averaging nearly 93 points per contest during that stretch. Minnesota will break from competition for final exams before returning to Williams Arena on Dec. 23, as the Gophers look to extend their win streak to five against South Dakota State.
    Recap / Box Score

    WBB: Required Reading

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  • Read how Indiana is "Reaching for the Starts" with a local elementary school.
  • Catch Michigan head coach Kevin Borseth on the "Michigan Athletics Coaches Show" Thursday.
  • Coach Borseth talks about his team's fast start to the season in the M-Zone.
  • Hey, Gopher fans! Submit a question for head coach Pam Borton to answer on her coach's show.
  • Northwestern's Amy Jaeschke writes about building snowmen and competing against her teammates in her blog, "And 1 With Amy."
  • Watch highlights of Michigan State's win over Xavier and Penn State's victory against Pittsburgh.
  • FB: Big Ten in the NFL - Week 14

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    Anthony Adams, DT, Chicago (Penn State): Registered six tackles and a fumble recovery in the Bears' 21-14 loss to Green Bay.

    Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans (Purdue): Threw for 296 yards and three touchdowns on 31 of 40 passing in the Saints' 26-23 win over Atlanta.

    Dallas Clark, TE, Indianapolis (Iowa): Had five catches for 43 yards and three touchdown receptions in the Colts' 28-16 win over Denver.

    Kerry Collins, QB, Tennessee (Penn State): Completed 11 of his 19 passes for 154 yards and a touchdown pass in the Titans' 47-7 win over St. Louis.

    Chris Gamble, CB, Carolina (Ohio State): Made three tackles and had an interception in the Panthers' 20-10 loss to New England.

    Chad Greenway, LB, Minnesota (Iowa): Made five tackles and recovered a fumble in the Vikings' 30-10 win over Cincinnati.

    Tamba Hali, LB, Kansas City (Penn State): Had three tackles and a sack in the Chiefs' 16-10 loss to Buffalo.

    Leon Hall, CB, Cincinnati (Michigan): Recorded seven tackles and an interception in the Bengals' 30-10 loss to Minnesota.

    David Harris, LB, New York Jets (Michigan): Had one tackle and an interception in the Jets' 26-3 win over Tampa Bay.

    Chad Henne, QB, Miami (Michigan):  Finished 21 of 29 for 220 yards and had a rushing score in the Dolphins' 14-10 win over Jacksonville.

    Michael Jenkins, WR, Atlanta (Ohio State): Made three catches for 82 yards and had a touchdown reception in the Falcons' 26-23 loss to New Orleans.

    Derrick Mason, WR, Baltimore (Michigan State): Finished with five receptions for 94 yards and a touchdown in the Ravens' 48-3 win over Detroit.

    Kyle Orton, QB, Denver (Purdue): Completed 29 of his 41 passes for 277 yards and two touchdowns in the Broncos 28-16 loss to Indianapolis.

    Bernard Pollard, S, Houston (Purdue): Made six tackles and returned an interception for a touchdown in the Texans' 34-7 win over Seattle.

    Paul Posluszny, LB, Buffalo (Penn State): Finished with nine tackles and had an interception in the Bills' 16-10 win over Kansas City.

    Matt Shaughnessy, DE, Oakland (Wisconsin): Recorded two tackles and a sack in the Raiders' 34-13 loss to Washington.

    Bryan Scott, S, Buffalo (Penn State): Finished with 10 tackles and a sack in the Bills' 16-10 win over Kansas City.

    Troy Smith, QB, Baltimore (Ohio State): Had a pair of completions and rushed for a touchdown in the Ravens' 48-3 win over Detroit.

    Mike Vrabel, LB, Kansas City (Ohio State): Recorded four tackles, a sack and a forced fumble in the Chiefs' 16-10 loss to Buffalo.

    Chris Wells, RB, Arizona (Ohio State): Finished with 79 yards on 15 carries and scored a touchdown in the Cardinals' 24-9 loss to San Francisco on Monday night.

    Stylez White, DE, Tampa Bay (Minnesota): Finished with four tackles and a sack in the Buccaneers' 26-3 loss to the New York Jets.

    LaMarr Woodley, LB, Pittsburgh (Michigan): Had six tackles and a sack in the Steelers' 13-6 loss to Cleveland on Thursday night.

    Charles Woodson, CB, Green Bay (Michigan): Finished with two tackles and an interception in the Packers' 21-14 win over Chicago.

    VB: American Girls

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    Seven Big Ten volleyball student-athletes were named first-team All-America, the AVCA announced on Wednesday. The conference's seven selections make up half the first-team field and more than double the amount of the next-closest conference.

    Illinois' Laura DeBruler, Michigan's Lexi Zimmerman, Minnesota's Lauren Gibbemeyer and Penn State's Blair Brown, Alisha Glass, Megan Hodge and Arielle Wilson all received honors, with Hodge being the only four-time first-team honoree among this year's award winners.

    Indiana's Ashley Benson, Michigan's Juliana Paz and Minnesota's Taylor Carico were named to the third team, and Illinois' Johannah Bangert, Michelle Bartsch and Hillary Haen, Michigan State's Kyndra Abron, Northwestern's Sabel Moffett and Kate Nobilio, Ohio State's Katie Dull and Penn State's Darcy Dorton were honorable-mention honorees.

    COMPLETE RELEASE

    FB: Big Ten Bowl Release

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    The Big Ten football bowl 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

    Big Ten Sends at Least Seven Teams to Bowls for Conference-Record Fifth Straight Season.

    Ohio State and Iowa Earn BCS Berths, Giving Big Ten Two BCS Teams for Ninth Time in 12 Years and Fifth Straight Season, the Longest Streak in BCS History.

    Michigan State, Minnesota, Northwestern, Penn State and Wisconsin Also Earn Bowl Berths.

    Big Ten Sets Record for Overall Attendance.

    Eleven Big Ten Players Earn All-American Honors.

    Big Ten Leads All Conferences for Fifth Straight Season with Eight Academic All-Americans.

    FH: Indiana's Mutembwa Named 2010 Rhodes Scholar

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    Indiana's Mutsa Mutembwa is the fourth Hoosier student-athlete to be selected to receive a prestigious Rhodes Scholarship. Mutembwa, a double major in economics and mathematics, has aspirations of becoming a financial economist and returning to her native Zimbabwe to help solve the nation's struggle with hyperinflation.

    Mutembwa was a three-year performer for the Indiana field hockey squad and helped lead the Hoosiers to the Big Ten Tournament final and NCAA Championship and. She ends her IU athletic career with 53 defensive saves, tying her for the most in school history.

    "Mutsa Mutembwa personifies what Indiana University student-athletes are all about," said IU Vice President and Director of Athletics Fred Glass. "Her commitment to her education is remarkable, her dedication to her sport is commendable, and her interest and concern for the world around her is simply extraordinary. Indiana University is proud to be represented by a young woman like Mutsa Mutembwa, and we congratulate her on this extraordinary achievement."

    The full release from Indiana can be found by clicking here.

    WBB: Tuesday's Results

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    #8/7 OHIO STATE def. Wright State, 84-47
    Recap and Box Score

    WISCONSIN def. Robert Morris, 62-46
    Recap and Box Score

    WBB: Tuesday's Schedule

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    Wright State at #8/7 Ohio State    7 p.m.
    BigTenNetwork.com

    Robert Morris at Wisconsin    8 p.m.
    BigTenNetwork.com

    WBB: Coach Speak

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    Big Ten teams saw significant improvements in the coaches' poll, as Ohio State moved up two spots to No. 7, and Michigan State jumped four places to No. 20. Northwestern continues to receive votes outside the top 25 for the third straight week. COMPLETE POLL

    WSWM: National Rankings

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    The Big Ten Conference saw six teams garner national rankings in the latest CollegeSwimming.com/CSCAA Division I Coaches Poll released Tuesday, Dec. 15. Minnesota continued to lead the pack at No. 10, followed by Indiana at No. 12.

    Michigan and Wisconsin appeared inside the top 20, earning spots at No. 16 and No. 17 respectively.  Also sitting neck-and-neck in the national poll are No. 22 Purdue and No. 23 Northwestern.

    Two additional squads are earning votes outside the top-25 in Penn State and Ohio State.

    FB: Required Reading

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    After 60 years in Happy Valley, Penn State's Joe Paterno embodies everything Nittany Lion

    Michigan's David Cone and David Moosman take their game to center stage

    Ohio State K Aaron Pettrey working his way back to kick in the Rose Bowl

    MSWM: National Rankings

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    Five Big Ten teams earned spots in the CollegeSwimming.com/CSCAA Division I Coaches Poll released Tuesday, Dec. 15. Michigan continued to lead the way for all conference schools and retained its spot at No. 7 in the national poll. Minnesota followed close behind the Wolverines, moving up three spots to No. 8.

    The Ohio State Buckeyes checked in at No. 12 while Purdue voted in at No. 19. Rounding out the conference contingent to appear in the national rankings is Indiana at No. 20.

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

    Look here for a complete look at this week's rankings.

    FB: Nine Big Ten Players Named AP All-Americans

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    Nine Big Ten football standouts were named to the 2009 Associated Press (AP) All-America teams today, including Michigan State linebacker Greg Jones as a first-team honoree. Big Ten players on the second team include Iowa offensive tackle Bryan Bulaga and linebacker Pat Angerer, Michigan defensive end Brandon Graham and punter Zoltan Mesko and Penn State defensive tackle Jared Odrick. Third-team selections include Hawkeyes' safety Tyler Sash and the Nittany Lion duo of linebacker Navorro Bowman and offensive tackle Dennis Landolt. 

    WSWM: Iowa and Michigan State Collect Weekly Honors

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    The conference office announced on Tuesday the 10th weekly women's swimming and diving awards for meets from through Dec. 7-13. Iowa's Verity Hicks was tabbed the conference's top swimmer of the week while Michigan State's Sarah Clay took home the weekly diving laurel. Hicks recorded two first-place finishes for the Hawkeyes in their dual meet against in-state rival Iowa State last Friday. She captured Iowa's first win of the night with a season-best time of 1:51.42 in the 200 freestyle. In MSU's dual meet against Ball State, Clay posted an NCAA qualifying score of 297.00 in the one-meter competition to best the field by nearly 50 points. READ MORE.

    MSWM: Spartans Sweep Weekly Accolades

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    The conference office announced on Tuesday the 10th weekly men's swimming and diving honors for meets through Dec. 7-13. Michigan State's Kevin Puskaric and Ivan Zalessov were tabbed Swimmer and Diver of the Week, respectively. Puskaric garners his first weeklyhonor after swimming his way to three top-two finishes last week, including a 2:02.57 effort in the 200 breaststroke, which ranks among the top-10 fastest times in school history. Zalessov captured the one-meter title with a school-record and NCAA qualifying mark of 356.63, besting the previous record from 1994 by more than 11 points. READ MORE.

    VB: Awards & Honors

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    Minnesota's Taylor Carico was named the CVU.com Player of the Week after leading Minnesota to the NCAA Championship Semifinals last weekend. The setter averaged 11.38 assists, 3.13 digs and 2.5 kills per set, hitting .531 and earning a spot on the Minneapolis Region's All-Tournament team. COMPLETE RELEASE

    WREST: Wrestler of the Week

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    Wrestler of the Week
    Ben Berhow, Minnesota
    Jr., HWT, Hayward, Minn./Albert Lea

    Behind a pair of victories, including an upset win over the seventh-ranked grappler in his weight class, Berhow wins his first Wrestler of the Week honor as Minnesota won two duals last week. On Thursday against Nebraska, the Minnesota heavyweight battled No. 7 Tucker Lane into overtime that ended with Berhow taking down Lane for a 9-7 sudden victory, leading the No. 5 Gophers to a 28-14 victory over the No. 12 Cornhuskers. In Sunday's win over Northern Colorado, 11th-ranked Berhow pinned Justin Tuell as Minnesota cruised to a 41-3 win.

    Last Minnesota Wrestler of the Week: Gordon Bierschenk (Feb. 3, 2009)

    WBB: Monday's Results

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    MICHIGAN def. No. 12/8 Xavier, 72-71
    Recap and Box Score

    FB: Seven Big Ten Players Named Sporting News All-Americans

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    Seven Big Ten football standouts were named to the 2009 Sporting News All-American team, as Iowa offensive lineman Bryan Bulaga and Ohio State safety Kurt Coleman were both named to the first team. Three conference student-athletes earned second-team All-America honors in Illinois offensive lineman Jon Asamoah, Michigan defensive end Brandon Graham and Penn State linebacker Navorro Bowman. Michigan State linebacker Greg Jones and Penn State defensive tackle Jared Odrick were chosen for the third team. Jones has now been named to four different All-America teams, while Bulaga, Graham, Odrick and Iowa linebacker Pat Angerer have been honored by two different organizations.

    WBB: Monday Matchup

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    MICHIGAN at No. 12/8 Xavier, 7 p.m. ET

    WBB: News & Notes

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    In the Polls
    Ohio State moved up one spot from last week to No. 8 in the AP poll released on Monday, while Michigan State leapt from No. 21 to No. 16. Northwestern and Penn State are both receiving votes outside the AP top 25 for the first time this season. COMPLETE POLL

    Players of the Week
    Michigan State's Allyssa DeHaan was named Player of the Week for the seventh time in her career and the first time this season after leading the Spartans to wins over No. 8 Xavier and Florida Gulf Coast last week. The senior averaged 16.5 points, 10.0 rebounds and 4.0 blocks over the two contests. Penn State's Nikki Greene was tabbed Freshman of the Week, helping the Lady Lions to their first ranked win since 2007 with a victory over No. 15 Pittsburgh. The freshman averaged 12.0 points and 10.5 rebounds as Penn State tallied wins over the Panthers and Monmouth last week. COMPLETE RELEASE

    FB: Iowa's Angerer and MSU's Jones Named FWAA All-Americans

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    The Big Ten claimed two of the three linebacker spots on the 2009 Football Writers Association of America All-America team, with Iowa's Pat Angerer and Michigan State's Greg Jones earning the honors over the weekend. Angerer was previously named a second-team All-American by the Walter Camp Football Foundation while Jones was named first team by the American Football Coaches Association and second team by Walter Camp.

    WBB: Sunday's Results

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    INDIANA def. Saint Louis, 74-61
    Recap and Box Score

    No. 21/24 MICHIGAN STATE def. Florida Gulf Coast, 94-71
    Recap and Box Score

    Iowa State (-/rv) def. MINNESOTA, 77-60
    Recap and Box Score

    NORTHWESTERN (-/rv) def. Kansas State, 53-50
    Recap and Box Score

    No. 9/9 OHIO STATE def. Mississippi, 79-77
    Recap and Box Score

    PURDUE def. Oakland, 71-64
    Recap and Box Score

    WISCONSIN def. SIU-Edwardsville, 68-38
    Recap and Box Score

    MBB: Sunday Slate

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    Detroit at MICHIGAN | Noon ET | Big Ten Network

    Western Michigan at ILLINOIS | 2:30 p.m. |  Big Ten Network

    North Carolina A&T at NORTHWESTERN | 5 p.m. ET | BigTenNetwork.com

    MBB: Saturday's Results

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    #22/20 Butler def. #13/15 OHIO STATE, 74-66
    Gordon Hayward scored 24 points, and No. 22 Butler beat a ranked team for the first time in four tries this season, holding off No. 13 Ohio State 74-66 on Saturday. Willie Veasley had 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Bulldogs (7-3), who had lost to Minnesota, Clemson and Georgetown this season. Read More...

    #4/4 Kentucky def. INDIANA, 90-73

    Fourth-ranked Kentucky (10-0) used an 18-0 run in the second half to break open a close game as they defeated Indiana, 90-73, in front of a sold out Assembly Hall crowd of 17,316.
    "We are making progress," said IU Coach Tom Crean. "We didn't make progress nearly good enough on the back boards. We weren't nearly good enough with our guard rebounding. When you are playing against a team that has the size and strength of Kentucky, which is a rarity, you've got to do a much better job of keeping them off of the glass." Read More...

    MINNESOTA def. St. Joseph's, 97-74
    Junior guard Blake Hoffarber led Minnesota in scoring for the third-straight game, finishing with a season-high 20 points, and the Golden Gophers (7-3) stretched their winning streak to three games by running past St. Joseph's, 97-74, Saturday afternoon before a crowd of 12,952 at Williams Arena. Read More...

    #20/23 WISCONSIN def. Marquette, 72-63
    Wednesday night at Green Bay the Badgers spent the entire night playing catch-up. Saturday at the Kohl Center No. 20/23 Wisconsin led wire-to-wire en route to a 72-63 win, bringing Bo Ryan his 200th win at UW and regaining the in-state bragging rights. Read More...

    Virginia Tech def. PENN STATE, 66-64
    Despite 32-point effort by Talor Battle,  the Penn State Nittany Lions were clipped by the Virginia Tech Hokies, 66-64, in a non-conference showdown in front of 11,237 fans at the Bryce Jordan Center Saturday night. Read More...

    #5/5 PURDUE def. Alabama, 73-65
    Robbie Hummel scored 23 points and No. 5 Purdue used stifling defense to rally from a 16-point second half deficit and beat Alabama 73-65 on Saturday night. The Boilermakers (9-0), who struggled for much of the game against the Crimson Tide's full-court press, held the Alabama (5-3) without a field goal over the final 8:45. Read More...

    WBB: Saturday's Results

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    PENN STATE def. No. 15/15 Pittsburgh, 77-73
    Recap and Box Score

    MBB: Big Day of Hoops

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    The LINEUP

    SATURDAY, DEC. 12
    #13/15 OHIO STATE at #22/20 Butler | Noon | ESPN

    #4/4 Kentucky at INDIANA | Noon | CBS Sports

    St. Joseph's at MINNESOTA | 4 p.m. | Big Ten Network

    Marquette at #20/23 WISCONSIN | 5 p.m. | ESPN2

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

    #5/5 PURDUE at Alabama | 9 p.m. | ESPN2

    MSCR: Saying Goodbye With CLASS

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    Penn State senior forward Jason Yeisley has been selected as the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award honoree in men's soccer for 2009. The award, chosen by a nationwide vote of Division I men's coaches, national soccer media and fans, is awarded annually to the most outstanding senior student-athlete in NCAA Division I men's soccer. An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities. The award identifies personal qualities that define a complete student-athlete, with criteria including excellence in the classroom, outstanding character and community service in addition to competition on the field.

    Yeisley excelled in his senior season, leading Penn State to an undefeated regular season home record, a second place finish in the Big Ten, the Big Ten Tournament title game, and a berth in the NCAA Championship. A two-time First Team All-Big Ten forward, Yeisley was selected as the 2009 Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year, capping off a four-year career that included 24 goals and 16 assists (64 points) in 63 career games. READ MORE.

    VB: Click for Coverage

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    For complete coverage of Big Ten volleyball in NCAA Regionals, click HERE.

     

    WBB: Friday's Results

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    WISCONSIN def. Marquette, 56-49
    Recap and Box Score

    MBB: Friday Night Recap

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    Iowa Falls to In-State Rival Iowa State 81-71

    The University of Iowa couldn't find an answer defensively for in-state rival Iowa State and the Cyclones shot lights out to defeat Iowa, 81-71, inside Hilton Coliseum on Friday night during the Hy-Vee Cy-Hawk Series. The Hawkeyes (3-7 overall) shot well offensively, but couldn't control the Cyclones' offense. Iowa shot 26-of-56 (46 percent) from the floor, 11-of-26 (42 percent) from three-point range and 8-of-11 (73 percent) from the free-throw line. Iowa State shot 28-of-48 (58 percent) from the field, 6-of-14 (43 percent) from deep and 19-of-28 (68 percent) from the charity stripe. Read More...

    WBB: Weekend Schedule

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    December 11
    Wisconsin at Marquette    8 p.m.

    December 12
    #15/15 PIttsburgh at Penn State    1 p.m.
    Big Ten Network

    December 13
    Indiana at St. Louis    2 p.m.

    Florida Gulf Coast at #21/24 Michigan State    2 p.m.
    BigTenNetwork.com

    Northwestern (-/rv) at Kansas State    3 p.m.

    #9/9 Ohio State at Mississippi    2 p.m.

    Purdue at Oakland    1:30 p.m.

    SIU-Edwardsville at Wisconsin    5 p.m.
    BigTenNetwork.com

    WSCR: Big Ten Lands Four on All-America Third Team

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    The Big Ten finished the 2009 campaign with four third-team NSCAA/adidas All-Americans in Penn State's Ayssa Naeher and Katie Schoepfer, Michigan State's Laura Heyboer and Ohio State's Ashley Bowyer.

    Look here for a complete look at this year's NSCAA Women's NCAA Division I All-America Teams.

    MBB: On the 12th Day of December ...

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    On the 12th day of the 12th month of the year, 12 teams will collide with one common goal in mind: March. Like many other programs around the nation, an NCAA Tournament berth has been the target for collegiate hopefuls since the first day of practice; but for some perennial favorites there is a lot more riding on the objective for this season - tradition. Whether you are Indiana with one of the richest ledgers in NCAA history or a budding Minnesota program with a proven leader at the helm, the cluster of teams that decorate this weekend's slate are looking to stamp their indelible mark on the national scene before entering conference play. And while the integrity of the conference season remains intact, the time to make a statement is now.

    Saturday's schedule highlights six teams, including four Big Ten squads, looking to return to the NCAA bracket after earning championship bids last season. Beginning the weekend slate, No. 13/15 Ohio State will travel to face No. 22/20 Butler for a Noon matchup on ESPN. The Buckeyes will look to seal its final contest of a four-game series against the Bulldogs with a win in Indianapolis, as they continue to prove themselves a main contender in the aftermath of Evan Turner's devastating injury. Later that evening on the Deuce, No. 20/23 Wisconsin will look to rebound from a heartbreaking loss to Green Bay as they welcome another in-state rival, Marquette, to the Kohl Center for a 5 p.m. showdown. Meanwhile in Minneapolis, Tubby Smith's Gophers are set to entertain St. Joseph's in a 4 p.m. contest to be televised on the Big Ten Network.

    Fifth-ranked and undefeated Purdue will face its first true road test of the season as it takes on Alabama on Saturday. The game, which is set to tipoff at 9 p.m., will mark the first-ever meeting between the two programs as the Boilermakers look to keep the Crimson Tide from rolling over their 8-0 record.

    Indiana also prepares to welcome one of the 15 remaining unblemished teams in fourth-ranked Kentucky (9-0) to Assembly Hall for the annual border-rivalry showdown Saturday afternoon. The Hoosiers will look to disrupt a Wildcat squad that comes packed with a fast-paced offense and potent freshman class as both teams are tasked with restoring their respective championship traditions.

    Defending NIT Champion Penn State will also take to the court this Saturday as the Nittany Lions entertain Virginia Tech at 7 p.m. (ESPN2). After falling just short of the NCAA tournament last season, Penn State joins the Big Ten contingent with its sights set on the field of 65.
    The 2009 Walter Camp Football Foundation All-America team has been announced and five Big Ten student-athletes were tabbed as second-team All-Americans. The Big Ten honorees include Iowa linebacker Pat Angerer and offensive lineman Bryan Bulaga, Michigan defensive lineman Brandon Graham and punter Zoltan Mesko and Michigan State linebacker Greg Jones.
    Iowa's Kirk Ferentz and Penn State's Joe Paterno were named two of 10 Football Bowl Subdivision finalists for the 2009 Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Award. The award, now in its fourth year, celebrates college football coaches who demonstrate sportsmanship, integrity and responsibility on and off the field. Liberty Mutual will award the winning coach $50,000 to donate to the charity of his choice and a $20,000 grant to donate to the alumni association of his school for student scholarships and activities. Winners will be announced January 6, 2010, in Los Angeles, in advance of the BCS Championship Game. Between December 15 and December 29 fans can visit www.CoachoftheYear.com to vote among the finalists. Fan votes constitute 20 percent of a coach's final score.

    WBB: Thursday's Results

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    Iowa State def. IOWA, 85-66
    Recap and Box Score

    MICHIGAN def. Boston College, 76-60
    Recap and Box Score

    MBB: Thursday Night Recap

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    #12/14 MICHIGAN STATE def. Oakland, 88-57
    Draymond Green scored a career-high 19 points and matched his best effort with 12 rebounds to lead No. 12 Michigan State to an 88-57 victory over beat Oakland, Mich. on Thursday night.
    Green hit his first nine shots from the field and finished 9 of 11. He had 16 points and seven rebounds as the Spartans (8-2) took a 44-21 halftime lead. Read more...


    MBB: Thursday Night on the Hardwood

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    Oakland at #12/14 MICHIGAN STATE | 7 p.m. ET | Big Ten Network
    Michigan State hosts Oakland in the Spartans' last game before taking academic finals next week, and having a eight days in between games. This is the sixth game for the Spartans in the last 14 days, including four of those contests being played away from East Lansing. MSU and OU are meeting for the ninth time in the last 12 years and the fourth straight season.

    Series History: Michigan State leads, 8-0

    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.


    Julia Trogele, Penn State
    Julia Trogele became a world traveler at a young age. The junior was born in Germany, and lived in Germany, Ireland and the United States growing up. Her family permanently settled in the United States when Julia was 12 years old. She has gone back to her roots the last two summers, playing for the U20 German National team. Playing for the National Team has allowed her to see other countries such as Italy, Poland, France, Belgium, Luxemburg, Denmark, Holland, Bulgaria, Czech Republic and the Ukraine.

    WBB: Required Reading

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  • View the 2009-10 Illinois promotions schedule.
  • "Post Up" with Illinois senior Jenna Smith.
  • Go "In the Paint" with Indiana's "Big Sash," Sasha Chaplin.
  • Iowa's Hannah Draxten blogs about the start of Big Ten play and preparing to face an in-state rival.
  • Take a look at the Michigan women's basketball yearbook.
  • Michigan State's Lauren Aitch talks Spartan basketball on the Big Ten Network's Big Ten Women's Show.
  • Watch highlights from Michigan State's win over No. 8 Xavier.
  • Renewed intensity was the key to the Spartans' win on Wednesday, writes Chris Solari of the Lansing State Journal.
  • The relentless Gophers showed no signs of a letdown in Wednesday's win, writes Kent Youngblood of the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
  • Northwestern's Amy Jaeschke breaks down her team's win over Purdue in the latest edition of "And 1 With Amy."
  • Northwestern head coach Joe McKeown sits down for a 'Cat Chat.
  • Catch the debut of the Lady Lion Hotline on Friday.
  • Purdue's Samantha Woods is showing how balanced life as a student-athlete can be.
  • Read what head coach Lisa Stone said during her weekly press conference.
  • Wisconsin's Alana Trotter talks about how the Badger newcomers fit in on the team.
  • VB: Required Reading

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  • Penn State head coach Russ Rose leads through honesty and calmness.
  • ESPN.com's Dave Reed thinks Minnesota and Penn State are poised to come out of their regionals this weekend.
  • Michigan's Juliana Paz talks NCAA volleyball on the Big Ten Network's Big Ten Women's Show.
  • WBB: Thursday's Schedule

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    Iowa at Iowa State (-/rv)    8 p.m.

    Michigan at Boston College    7 p.m.

    FB: Required Reading

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    An incredible collegiate journey nears its end at the Home Depot Awards Show for Michigan P Zoltan Mesko

    By winning the Chicago Tribune Silver Football Award, Michigan DE Brandon Graham cements himself as a Wolverine great

    VB: More Awards & Honors

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    Penn State head coach Russ Rose was named AVCA Mideast Region Coach of the Year for the third consecutive season and the fourth time overall. COMPLETE RELEASE

    WBB: Wednesday's Results

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    Marquette def. ILLINOIS (rv/-), 65-55
    Recap and Box Score

    INDIANA def. UT-Martin, 80-46
    Recap and Box Score

    No. 21/24 MICHIGAN STATE def. No. 8/8 Xavier, 66-53
    Recap and Box Score

    MINNESOTA def. Idaho State, 79-44
    Recap and Box Score

    PENN STATE def. Monmouth, 67-42
    Recap and Box Score

    MBB: Wednesday Recaps

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    #5/5 PURDUE def. Valpariaso, 86-62
    JaJuan Johnson and E'Twaun Moore each scored 19 points to help No. 5 Purdue beat Valparaiso 86-62 on Wednesday night. Moore tied a career high with five three-pointers for the Boilermakers (8-0), who are off to their best start since the 1993-94 season. Read more...

    Wisconsin-Green Bay def. #20/23 WISCONSIN, 88-83 (OT)
    Bryquis Perine scored 22 points, and Troy Cotton hit a key three-pointer as Wisconsin-Green Bay beat No. 20 Wisconsin 88-84 in overtime on Wednesday night. Rahmon Fletcher added 18 points for the Phoenix (9-2), who held off a second-half surge by the Badgers and took control in overtime. Read more...

    Utah def. MICHIGAN, 68-52
    Carlon Brown scored 10 of his 12 points in the second half, leading Utah on a late 9-0 run that clinched the Utes' 68-52 victory over Michigan on Wednesday night. Read more...

    MBB: Wednesday Night's Slate

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    Valpariaso at #5/5 PURDUE | 7 p.m. ET | Big Ten Network
    Fresh off of the second-best scoring performance of the Matt Painter Era, fifth-ranked Purdue wraps up a season-long homestand on Wednesday against Valparaiso, looking to move to 8-0 and remain the lone undefeated team in the conference. The Boilermakers have won 12 of their last 13 games, dating back to last season. A win over Valpo would give Purdue eight-straight wins to open the season, extending the second-longest winning streak during Painter's tenure as head coach. A victory on Wednesday would also give Purdue its first 8-0 start since the 1993-94 campaign - a span of 15 seasons.

    Series History: Purdue leads, 13-1

    #20/23 WISCONSIN at Wisconsin-Green Bay | 8 p.m. ET
    The No. 20 Badgers face Green Bay in their first true road game, defying the inclement early December weather to compete in the in-state rivalry game this Wednesday at 7 p.m., at the Resch Center in Green Bay, Wis. The Badgers (6-1) have begun the 2009-10 with a 6-1 mark for the fifth-consecutive season. The last time UW started the season with a 7-1 record was in 2006-07 when it opened the year with a 21-1 record. Bo Ryan has been at the helm of three 7-1 starts while at UW (8-1 in 2003-04, 10-1 in 2005-06 and 21-1 in 2006-07).

    Series History:
    Wisconsin leads, 15-0


    MICHIGAN at Utah | 9 p.m. ET | CBS College Sports
    With the non-conference season in full swing,Michigan have played its last five games in a nine-day period, including three games in four days at the Old Spice Classic in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. After seven games into the season, Michigan will head to Utah for its first "true" road contest. U-M played three neutral site games at the Old Spice Classic in Orlando, Fla.

    Series History: Michigan leads, 4-1

    VB: All-Region Honors

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    Thirteen Big Ten volleyball players were named to the AVCA All-Mideast Region team on Wednesday, while six more earned honorable mention recognition, including Penn State's Darcy Dorton, the region's Freshman of the Year.

    The Nittany Lions' Megan Hodge earned her fourth regional honor, while her teammate Alisha Glass and Michigan's Lexi Zimmerman each won their third awards. Illinois' Laura DeBruler, Minnesota's Lauren Gibbemeyer and Christine Tan and Penn State's Blair Brown and Ariel Wilson were honored for the second times in their careers.

    Rounding out the Big Ten on the regional squad are Indiana's Ashley Benson, Michigan's Juliana Paz, Northwestern's Sabel Moffett and Kate Nobilio and Ohio State's Katie Dull.

    Illinois' Johannah Bangert, Michelle Bartsch and Hillary Haen, Michigan State's Kyndra Abron and Minnesota's Taylor Carico joined Dorton on the honorable mention squad.

    WREST: Weekly Rankings

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    The Big Ten placed six teams in the top 25 of the latest NWCA/USA Today/InterMat polls released on Tuesday, most of any conference in the nation.

    Three conference schools rank in the top five, including No. 1 Iowa, No. 3 Ohio State and No. 5 Minnesota. The Hawkeyes boast a perfect 8-0 record, while the Buckeyes won the team championship at last weekend's Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational. The Gophers enter Thursday's dual against nationally ranked Nebraska at 1-1.

    Led by Angel Escobedo, the Most Outstanding Wrestler at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational, Indiana is ranked 13th in the latest poll. Penn State (4-1) is No. 14 and Wisconsin rounds out the ranked conference teams at No. 22.

    Three Big Ten grapplers top the rankings in their respective weight classes. Michigan State's Franklin Gomez is No. 1 at 133, Ohio State's Reece Humphrey is tops at 141 and Iowa's Brent Metcalf leads the 149-pound weight class.

    WBB: Wednesday's Schedule

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    Marquette at Illinois (rv/-)    9 p.m.
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    Tennessee-Martin at Indiana    7 p.m.
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    #8/8 Xavier at #21/24 Michigan State    7 p.m.
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    Idaho State at Minnesota    8 p.m.
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    Monmouth at Penn State    7 p.m.
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    WXCC: Angela Bizzarri Voted Honda Award Winner

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    Illinois senior Angela Bizzarri, was named the 2010 Honda Sports Award winner in cross country, designating her as the nation's top collegiate female athlete in that sport. The honor was based on the results of national balloting among 1,000 NCAA member schools as part of the Collegiate Women Sports Awards program, now in its 34th year. Bizzarri raced her way to the 2009 NCAA Cross Country Championship title in a school record breaking six-kilometer time of 19:46.8 and was named the USTFCCCA National Cross Country Athlete of the Year.The eight-time All-American is now automatically nominated for the Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year. READ MORE.

    MBB: Tuesday Recaps

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    Oh What a night...Penn State's Jeff Brooks lays down a reverse jam that makes ESPN's No. 1 play of the day. Minnesota scored 90 plus points for the second game in a row. The Hoosiers go to the Garden and pound Pitt the entire game and win. Illinois protected its turf in Champaign and defeated the SEC's Vanderbilt. The Big Ten is now 63-26 in the non-conference season. Recaps from all five games follow.

    Three more games scheduled for tonight.

    PENN STATE def. Maryland-Baltimore County, 58-42
    Behind a 20-3 run over 10:07 and spanning two halves, the Nittany Lion basketball team (6-3) posted a 58-42 win over the University of Maryland-Baltimore County (0-8) Tuesday night at the Bryce Jordan Center. The inside tandem of Jeff Brooks and Andrew Jones combined to score 24 points and pull down 16 rebounds to lead Penn State to its fourth win in five games and ninth straight at home. Read more...

    Northern Iowa def. IOWA, 67-50
    The University of Iowa men's basketball team whittled an 11-point halftime deficit to six early in the second half, only to fall to an experienced University of Northern Iowa squad, 67-50, on Tuesday in the McLeod Center. The Hawkeyes (3-6 overall) played tough throughout the game, but the Panthers, returning nine of 11 players from last year's NCCA tournament team, proved to be too experienced for the young Hawkeyes. Read more...

    MINNESOTA def. Morgan State, 94-64
    Minnesota remained undefeated at home this season, improving to 6-3 overall, with a decisive 94-64 victory over Morgan State on a snowy Tuesday evening at Williams Arena. Morgan State's bus wound up stuck in traffic due to the snowy conditions outside, and the Bears first took the floor with a little less than 40 minutes remaining before the tipoff. Whether or not that was a factor, Morgan State got off to a slippery start. Minnesota jumped out to an 18-0 lead over the first 7:31 of the game, and never looked back against a team that is coming off an NCAA Tournament appearance last season, and had played well in losing by nine points at 22nd-ranked Louisville, and defeating Arkansas earlier this season. Read more...

    ILLINOIS def. Vanderbilt, 79-68
    Demetri McCamey scored 23 points and had five assists to lead Illinois past Vanderbilt 79-68 on Tuesday night. McCamey buried a pair of free throws with less than a minute left that finished the Commodores. But his 8-for-10 shooting fired the Illini offense much of the night. He's averaging 12.6 points and 5.6 assists a game this season for Illinois (7-2). Read more...

    INDIANA def. Pittsburgh, 74-64
    With solid defense and a commitment to scoring inside, the Indiana University men's basketball team (4-4) secured a 74-64 win Tuesday night over Pittsburgh (7-2 ) at the Jimmy V Classic in Madison Square Garden. With the win, Hoosier Coach Tom Crean recorded his 200th career triumph as a head coach. The Hoosiers showed plenty of toughness against a Big East squad, outscoring the Panthers 40-20 in the paint and making a season-high 25 free throws in 34 attempts. Sophomore Tom Pritchard scored the first six points of the game for IU, but the Hoosiers trailed 10-6 early, but would take their first lead on a pair of charity tosses by freshman Christian Watford. The Hoosiers bench also got key contributions from freshmen Derek Elston and Bobby Capobianco as they built up a six point lead midway through the half. Read more...

    Big Ten in the NFL - Week 13

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    Anthony Adams, DT, Chicago (Penn State): Made four tackles and had a sack in the Bears' 17-9 win over St. Louis.

    Tom Brady, QB, New England (Michigan): Threw for 352 yards on 19 of 29 passing with two touchdowns in the Patriots' 22-21 loss to Miami.

    Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans (Purdue): Threw for 419 yards and two touchdowns on 35 of 49 passing in the Saints' 33-30 overtime win over Washington.

    Vontae Davis, CB, Miami (Illinois): Registered three tackles and an interception in the Dolphins' 22-21 win over New England.

    Braylon Edwards, WR, New York Jets (Michigan): Caught three passes for 45 yards and a touchdown in the Jets' 19-13 win over Buffalo on Thursday night.

    Chris Gamble, CB, Carolina (Ohio State): Made six tackles and intercepted a pass in the Panthers' 16-6 win over Tampa Bay.

    Charles Godfrey, S, Carolina (Iowa): Had a hand in four tackles and recorded an interception in the Panthers' 16-6 win over Tampa Bay.

    Tamba Hali, LB, Kansas City (Penn State): Made 10 tackles, recorded three sacks and forced two fumbles in the Chiefs' 44-13 loss to Denver.

    David Harris, LB, New York Jets (Michigan): Recorded 11 tackles with a sack and a forced fumble in the Jets' 19-13 win over Buffalo on Thursday night.

    Brian Hartline, WR, Miami (Ohio State): Made four catches for 41 yards and had a touchdown in the Dolphins' 22-21 win over New England.

    A.J. Hawk, LB, Green Bay (Ohio State): Registered seven tackles and had an interception in the Packers' 27-14 win over Baltimore on Monday night.

    Chad Henne, QB, Miami (Michigan): Completed 29 of 52 passes for 335 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Dolphins to a 22-21 win over New England.

    Renaldo Hill, S, Denver (Michigan State): Made two tackles and an interception in the Broncos' 44-13 win over Kansas City.

    Santonio Holmes, WR, Pittsburgh (Ohio State): Had eight receptions for 149 yards and a touchdown catch in the Steelers' 27-24 loss to Oakland.

    Rashard Mendenhall, RB, Pittsburgh (Illinois): Rushed for 103 yards on 20 carries with a touchdown in the Steelers' 27-24 loss to Oakland.

    Adewale Ogunleye, DE, Chicago (Indiana): Recorded three tackles and had a sack in the Bears' 17-9 win over St. Louis.

    Kyle Orton, QB, Denver (Purdue): Threw for 180 yards and two touchdowns on 15 of 25 passing in the Broncos' 44-13 win over Kansas City.

    Shaun Phillips, DE, San Diego (Purdue): Had four tackles to go along with a sack and a forced fumble in the Chargers' 30-23 win over Cleveland.

    Paul Posluszny, LB, Buffalo (Penn State): Recorded five tackles, a sack, and a forced fumble in the Bills' 19-13 loss to the New York Jets on Thursday night.

    Anthony Spencer, DE, Dallas (Purdue): Had five tackles and forced a fumble in the Cowboys' 31-24 loss to the New York Giants.

    Devin Thomas, WR, Washington (Michigan State): Caught seven passes for 100 yards and two touchdowns in the Redskins' 33-30 overtime loss to New Orleans.

    LaMarr Woodley, LB, Pittsburgh (Michigan): Had eight tackles and two sacks in the Steelers' 27-24 loss to Oakland.

    Michigan defensive end Brandon Graham and Penn State quarterback Daryll Clark were both honored with the Chicago Tribune Silver Football, given to the Big Ten Most Valuable Player (MVP), as announced live last night on the Big Ten Network. The Chicago Tribune Silver Football has been awarded since 1924, but this marks the first time that two players have shared the award. Clark  is the first Nittany Lion to be honored since quarterback Michael Robinson won the award in 2005. Graham is the first Wolverine to be named the Big Ten MVP since wideout Braylon Edwards in 2004.

    The legendary Red Grange of Illinois won the first Silver Football in 1924 and the award has been presented annually since. Among some of the other winners are:  Otto Graham (1943), Dick Butkus (1963), Bob Griese (1966), Archie Griffin (1973-74), Chuck Long (1985), Desmond Howard (1991), Ron Dayne (1999) and Drew Brees (2000).

    WREST: Wrestler of the Week

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    Wrestler of the Week
    Angel Escobedo, Indiana
    Sr., 125, Griffith, Ind./Griffith

    Escobedo earns his third career Wrestler of the Week award after being named Most Outstanding Wrestler at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational over the weekend. Ranked second in his weight class, Escobedo led the Hoosiers to a sixth-place team finish as he won the 125-pound tournament. The Griffith, Ind., native won six bouts, three by major decision, one by technical fall and another by pin. Now at 12-0 on the season, the senior knocked off two ranked opponents during the tournament in No. 20 Jason Lara of Oregon State in the quarterfinals and No. 3 Anthony Robles of Arizona State in the championship dual.

    Last Indiana Wrestler of the Week: Paul Young (Dec. 1, 2009)

    FH: Rolf van de Kerkhof Named West Region Coach of the Year

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    Michigan State head coach Rolf van de Kerkhof was selected as the 2009 Dita/NFHCA West Region Coach of the Year, the National Field Hockey Coaches Association announced Tuesday.

    Also named the Big Ten Coach of the Year, van de Kerkhof led the Spartans to an 18-4 record in 2009 as Michigan State won the Big Ten Championship and the Big Ten Tournament en route to a quarterfinals appearance in the NCAA Championship. van de Kerkhof coached two student-athletes, Jeamie Deacon and Floor Rijpma, to All-America honors while Rijpma was also named West Region Player of the Year. Five Spartans, Deacon, Rijpma, Jantine Steinmetz, Elissa Unger and Manouk Vernij were named All-West Region performers by the NFHCA.

    FB: Required Reading

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    Former Wisconsin coach Barry Alvarez and Ohio State lineman John Hicks are part of the 2009 Rose Bowl Hall of Fame Class

    Michigan DE Brandon Graham is happiest on the football field

    Wisconsin benefitting from RB John Clay's decision to play close to home

    Penn State QB Darryl Clark success comes from the examples set by his parents

    WSWM: Weekly Award Winners

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    The conference office announced on Tuesday the ninth weekly women's swimming and diving awards for meets from Nov. 30 through Dec. 6. Indiana's Kate Fesenko and Michigan's Stephanie O'Callaghan were tabbed Swimmer and Diver of the Week, respectively.

    Fesenko took home a pair of titles at the U.S. Short Course Nationals last weekend, posting two NCAA automatic qualifying times en route to the top of the winner's podium. Her qualifying time of 1:52.54 in the 200 backstroke tops all collegians this season and is the second fastest in school history.Meanwhile, O'Callaghan swept both diving events last weekend at the Eastern Michigan Invitational, setting season-high marks on both the one-meter (290) and three-meter (301) platforms.

    For more information on this week's honorees, look here.
    The conference office announced on Tuesday the ninth weekly men's swimming and diving honors for meets from Nov. 30 through Dec. 6. Michigan's Tyler Clary was named Swimmer of the Week while Purdue's David Boudia etched his name in Big Ten lore as the most lauded diver in the history of the weekly award. Boudia earned his ninth career weekly laurel, surpassing Indiana's Marc Carlton (2001-05), Michigan's Jason Coben (2000-04) and Minnesota's Dan Croaston (1998-2001) for the most Diver of the Week honors in Big Ten annals. The Boilermaker sophomore earned a win and a runner-up finish in his two events last weekend at the Ohio State Invitational to give Purdue four consecutive diver of the week awards - a first in Big Ten history.

    Meanwhile, Tyler Clary led the Wolverines to their second consecutive USA Swimming Short Course National Championship title, earning the high-scorer award in the collegiate division.

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

    MBB: Tuesday's Slate

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    The Lineup

    Maryland-Baltimore County at PENN STATE | 6:30 p.m. | Big Ten Network
    The Nittany Lions wrapped up a string of five of six games away from home on Saturday with a tough 45-42 loss at Temple. The return home should help jump-start the Nittany Lion offense, which is averaging 79.0 ppg and shooting 54.2% from the floor in its three home games on the season. The Nittany Lions are 21-1 in non-conference home games the last three seasons.

    Series History:
    Penn State leads, 2-0


    Morgan State at MINNESOTA | 7 p.m. | ESPNU
    Minnesota welcomes Morgan State to Williams Arena for a non-conference tilt tonight. Morgan State (5-3) comes to Minneapolis having defeated Coppin State 80-67 on Dec. 5. The Gophers used a season-high 51 points in the first half to defeat Brown, 91-55. The 91 total points is also a season-high for Minnesota. 

    Series History: First Meeting 


    Vanderbilt at ILLINOIS | 8:30 p.m. | Big Ten Network
    The Illini continue their three-game homestand Tuesday night, hosting Vanderbilt.  Illinois has won nine straight non-conference games at Assembly Hall. Illinois erased a 23-point deficit in last week's 76-74 victory at Clemson, marking the largest comeback in school history and ninth-largest second-half comeback in NCAA history. It also was the largest comeback from a halftime deficit in Big Ten history. With its win over No. 18 Clemson, Illinois became the first Big Ten team this season to record a road victory over a Top 25 opponent.

    Series History:
    Illinois leads, 5-3


    Pittsburgh vs. INDIANA |18|  | 9 p.m. | ESPN | Jimmy V. Classic | Madison Square Garden
    The Hoosiers are coming off a tough 80-68 loss at home to Maryland as part of the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. The Panthers enter the game with a 7-1 record, with their lone loss coming at the hands of Texas. On Friday, they defeated New Hampshire, 47-32. The meeting between the two teams is the first since March 23, 2003, in the NCAA Tournament - a game won by Pitt, 74-52 in Boston. This game is part of the 15th Annual Jimmy V. Classic and marks the second appearance in the event by the Hoosiers (1999).

    Series History:
    Pittsburgh leads, 4-3

    IOWA at Northern Iowa | 7:05 p.m. | Panther Sports Network
    The Iowa Hawkeyes (3-5) will compete in their first true road game Tuesday night at Northern Iowa (5-1).  Head Coach Todd Lickliter was forced to miss last Saturday's game due to a medical procedure and his status for Tuesday's game is questionable. Both Iowa and Northern Iowa are coming off victories. The Hawkeyes dropped Prairie View A&M (80-51), while the Panthers won at Iowa State (63-60).

    Series History:
    Iowa leads, 32-7

    MBB: Monday Night Recap

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    #12/14 MICHIGAN STATE def. The Citadel, 69-56
    The Citadel's players kept hitting 3-pointers, and Michigan State coach Tom Izzo was left asking anyone around the same question.

    "Could you be any dumber than I am?" he said, in reference to bringing his 12th-ranked Spartans to McAlister Field House.

    But Michigan State (7-2) bailed out its longtime coach, Kalin Lucas scoring 17 points and the Spartans picking up their defense down the stretch in a 69-56 victory Monday night. More...

    MBB: Wisconsin's Hughes Lauded

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    Week 4: Player of the Week
    Trévon Hughes, Wisconsin
    6-0 - G - Sr. - Queens, N.Y. - St. John's NW (Wis.) Military Academy

    Trévon Hughes earns his first Player of the Week award after helping Wisconsin improve to 6-1 on the year with a pair of wins last week. Hughes served as the offensive catalyst for the Badgers, averaging 23.0 points, including a career-high 26 points in Wisconsin's pivotal 73-69 win over Duke, which proved instrumental in helping the Big Ten Conference capture its first-ever Challenge triumph. The senior guard sunk 19 of his 26 points in the second half, connecting on four three-pointers to help UW fend off the Blue Devils. Hughes also added two rebounds, two assists, one block and one steal to complete a consummate performance as Wisconsin handed Duke its first loss in the 11-year history of the event. The Queens, N.Y., native followed up that performance with another career day as he pulled down a personal-best seven rebounds to go along with 20 points and four assists in UW's lopsided 79-46 victory over Grambling State on Saturday. Hughes has now scored in double figures in six straight games.

    Last Wisconsin Player of the Week: Joe Krabbenhoft (Feb. 16, 2009)


    Other outstanding performances for the week of Nov. 30:

    Mike Davis, ILL, Jr., F: Davis had another outstanding week, averaging a double-double of 19.0 points and 10.5 rebounds while leading the Illini to a pair of wins. Davis scored a season- and game-high 22 points at Clemson, as Illinois became the first Big Ten team this season to post a road victory over a top-25 opponent with the school-record comeback win over the No. 18 Tigers. Davis scored his 22 on 9-of-11 shooting, the second-highest field goal percentage by a conference player this season. He just missed a double-double vs. Clemson, grabbing a team-best nine boards. Davis did record his fourth double-double of the season in his next outing, finishing with 16 points and a game-high 12 boards in a win over Boise State. Davis currently leads the Illini in both scoring (13.6 ppg) and rebounding (10.1 rpg) and is one of just two Big Ten players averaging a double-double on the season.

    Christian Watford, IND, Fr., F: Watford had 16 points, three rebounds, two blocks and two steals against Maryland. Went 5-of-10 from field, 1-of-2 from behind the arc and 5-of-7 from line.

    Anthony Tucker, IOWA, So., G: Tucker averaged 22 points and six three-pointers in two games last week. He was Iowa's leading scorer in both contests. Tucker had a combined 10 triples in Iowa's first six games and broke out with 12 in two games last week versus Virginia Tech and Prairie View A&M. He also averaged two assists.

    Manny Harris, MICH, Jr. G: Harris had another productive week averaging 18.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, 4.0 assist and 1.5 steals in two games. Extending his streak to seven games scoring in double figures, Harris posted 19 points against Boston College and 18 versus Arkansas-Pine Bluff. Harris has grabbed at least six rebounds in all seven games this season after he hauled in seven against BC and six against Arkansas-Pine Bluff.

    Raymar Morgan, MSU, Sr., F: Morgan averaged 18.5 points and 8.5 rebounds as the Spartans split a pair of games. Morgan led MSU in scoring in both contests. He opened the week with an 18-point, six rebound effort at North Carolina, hitting 7-of-10 shots. He followed with a 19-point, 11-rebound game vs. Wofford, recording his eighth career double-double and his first of the season.

    Blake Hoffarber, MINN, Jr., G: Hoffarber finished the Brown game with his first career double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds. He is currently eighth all-time on Minnesota's three-point shooting percentage list among players with at least 80 career attempts at .389 (129-of-332). Hoffarber's  129 treys are the sixth most in school history. For the week, he averaged 11 points and six rebounds, while shooting 62 percent from the field and 52% from beyond the arc.

    Michael Thompson, NU, Jr., G: Thompson scored a game-high 22 points, including 17 in the second half, to lead Northwestern to a 65-53 road win over NC State in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. He knocked down 8-of-15 field goal attempts, including a pair of three-pointers. With the Wildcats holding on to a precarious five-point lead with two minutes remaining, Thompson scored on a three-point play to stretch the advantage to eight and seal the victory for NU. The key play was a part of eight straight points scored by Thompson for the Wildcats late in the contest.

    Jon Diebler, OSU, Jr., G: Diebler averaged 21.5 points over the Buckeyes' two games last week, hitting a combined 13 three-pointers and marking his third and fourth-consecutive games with at least 17 points. Against Eastern Michigan, the junior guard was 6-of-8 from three-point land and finished with a game-high 21 points to lead the No. 15 Buckeyes to a 111-60 win. He has now made at least six three-pointers four times this season and has hit at least five three-pointers in 15 career games. Versus Florida State, Diebler was 6-of-12 from behind the arc, ending the game with 22 points to tie his season high. He now has six of the Top 9 single game three-pointers made in school history. Diebler has made at least one three-pointer in his past 18 games, dating back to last season. The last time Diebler went scoreless from behind the arc was Feb. 14, 2009, in a 0-of-3 effort against Wisconsin.

    Talor Battle, PSU, Jr., G: Battle scored a Penn State record of 28 points in the second half on his way to a career-high 32 points in Penn State's come-from-behind win at Virginia to kickoff the Big Ten's first-ever victory in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. With Penn State trailing by as many as 10 in the first half and 27-21 at the half, Battle helped engineer a 13-2 run to give the Lions the lead and shot 7-of-9 from the floor and 5-of-7 from beyond the arc in the second half to lead the Lions to victory. Battle posted the Lions first 30-point game since 2006 and most points for a Lion since 2004.

    E'Twaun Moore, PUR, Jr., G: Averaged 18.0 points and 5.0 rebounds per game in just 29.5 minutes for the week. He led Purdue to just its third Big Ten/ACC Challenge win in nine tries with a game-high 22 points. Moore shared the game-lead with three assists against Wake Forest. The performance was his fourth 20-point game in the Boilermakers' first seven of the season. Scored 14 points in just 23 minutes of work against Buffalo to share the team lead. Moore also had a season-high six rebounds versus the Bulls.


    Running backs Mikel LeShoure of Illinois and John Clay of Wisconsin shared the final Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week award for the 2009 season. The Badgers swept the final two honors, with defensive end J.J. Watt being honored on defense and kick returner David Gilreath picking up special teams laurels. Read more on the weekly honorees by clicking on this link.

    WBB: Sunday's Results

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    MICHIGAN def. IOWA, 54-51
    Recap and Box Score

    INDIANA def. #22/21 MICHIGAN STATE, 68-63
    Recap and Box Score

    MINNESOTA def. PENN STATE, 56-48
    Recap and Box Score

    NORTHWESTERN (-/rv) def. PURDUE (rv/-), 60-58
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    #3/3 OHIO STATE def. WISCONSIN, 70-55
    Recap and Box Score

    FB: Four Big Ten Teams Ranked in Final BCS Poll

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    Four Big Ten teams were ranked among the top 25 in the final BCS poll of the 2009 season. The Big Ten and SEC were the only two conferences with two teams among the top 10 in the final BCS rankings. Big Ten Champion Ohio State continued to pace the conference and ended the regular-season ranked No. 8 in the final BCS poll. Among other Big Ten teams, Iowa was rated No. 10, Penn State ranked No. 13 while Wisconsin re-entered the poll at No. 25.

    MBB: The Lineup

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    Michigan State hits the road to meet The Citadel Monday night.

    The LINEUP

    MICHIGAN STATE at The Citadel | 7 p.m. ET | ESPNU
    Michigan State hits the road for the fourth time in the last five games, traveling to The Citadel for a Monday night contest. The Spartans are also playing their second straight game against a team from the Southern Conference, having defeated Wofford, 72-60, on Friday night. This is the fifth game for MSU in the last 11 days, with four of the five away from East Lansing. This is the third meeting between the Spartans and the Bulldogs in the last four years.

    Series History: Michigan State leads, 2-0.

    FB: Big Ten Announces 2009-10 Bowl Lineup

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    The Big Ten office announced the bowl destinations for seven conference football programs, including sending a pair of teams to Bowl Championship Series (BCS) games for the ninth time in the system's 12 years. Big Ten Champion Ohio State and Iowa both earned trips to BCS contests, with the Buckeyes returning to the Rose Bowl Game for the first time since 1997 and the Hawkeyes earning their second trip to the FedEx Orange Bowl. In addition, Penn State was selected for the Capital One Bowl, Northwestern was chosen for the Outback Bowl, Wisconsin will take part in the Champs Sports Bowl, Michigan State will travel to the Valero Alamo Bowl and Minnesota will return to the Insight Bowl. For more information, click on this link.

    FB: Big Ten Polling Place

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    The latest national polls are out and the Big Ten has four nationally-ranked teams, including three different programs appearing among the top 10 in at least one of the two rankings to lead all conferences. Big Ten Champion Ohio State continues to pace the conference at No. 8 overall in both the Associated Press (AP) and USA Today coaches rankings. Iowa joins the Buckeyes among the top 10 in the AP poll, while Penn State is rated among the top 10 in the coaches' estimation. The Hawkeyes are ranked No. 10 in the media poll and No. 11 in the coaches rankings. The Nittany Lions appear at No. 11 in the AP voting and No. 9 in the coaches poll. The SEC ranks second to the Big Ten with two top-10 teams, while no other conference has more than one team among the top 10. Wisconsin becomes the Big Ten's fourth Top 25 team, climbing to No. 24 in the AP poll and No. 22 in the coaches rankings. The Badgers return to the top 25 for the fifth time this season and the first time since the Nov. 15 polls. 

    WBB: Sunday's Schedule

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    MICHIGAN at IOWA, 6 p.m., Big Ten Network
    INDIANA at #22/21 MICHIGAN STATE, Noon, Big Ten Network 
    PENN STATE at MINNESOTA, 4 p.m., Big Ten Network 
    PURDUE (rv/-) at NORTHWESTERN (-/rv), 5 p.m., BigTenNetwork.com 
    WISCONSIN at #3/3 OHIO STATE, 2 p.m., Big Ten Network

    All times ET

    FB: Big Ten Sets Overall Attendance Record

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    The Big Ten shattered the conference record for overall attendance with 5,526,237 fans attending 77 home games during the 2009 campaign. The previous record was set in 2002 when 5,499,439 patrons went through the turnstiles for 78 contests. The Big Ten surpassed the five-million mark in overall attendance for the fifth straight season and just the seventh time in conference history. Big Ten programs averaged 71,769 fans in 77 home games, which ranks as the second-best average attendance in conference annals behind only the 2005 campaign, when the Big Ten averaged 72,566 patrons per outing. In addition, the Big Ten recorded 40 sellouts this season, the second-highest total in conference annals behind only the 42 packed houses in each of the previous two seasons (2007 and 2008). In conference games only, the Big Ten broke the three-million barrier with 3,127,311 attending 44 contests on the year, an average of 71,075 attendees per game. Both the total and average attendance numbers in conference games only rank fifth in Big Ten history, marking only the fifth time in history the Big Ten has surpassed 3.1 million fans and more than 71,000 per contest.
    Illinois and Wisconsin wrapped up the 2009 regular-season with non-conference matchups against WAC opponents. The Illini fell on a last-second two-point conversion to Fresno State, while the Badgers earned a 51-10 victory at Hawaii. Read more about the Illinois game by clicking on this link and the Wisconsin game by clicking on this link.

    MBB: Weekend Recaps

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    The Big Ten 8-1 this weekend with Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Ohio State, Purdue and Wisconsin all picking up wins. Indiana and Northwestern were not in action this weekend. The conference now owns a non-conference record of 58-25.

    Ohio State's Evan Turner suffered a back injury in the Buckeyes' 111-60 win over Eastern Michigan. Turner will be out for eight weeks.

    For the second time this season, two teams have scored 100 or more points on the same day. Ohio State posted 111 vs. Eastern Michigan and Purdue scored 101 vs. Buffalo. On Nov. 28, Ohio State (110) and Michigan State (106) both surpassed the century mark. That was the first time since 1997 that two Big Ten teams posted 100 or more points on the same day.

    Dec. 22, 1997 | Purdue 118, Florida A&M 77 | Minnesota 100, Sacramento State 56

    FRIDAY, DEC. 4
    #9/9 MICHIGAN STATE  def. Wofford, 72-60

    Tom Izzo wasn't happy with Michigan State's play in a home win over Wofford and he couldn't express himself the way he wanted to. Raymar Morgan was a notable exception for Michigan State with 19 points and 11 rebounds, both season highs. He was 7 of 11 from the field and 5 of 5 at the free throw line in his third straight strong performance after going scoreless last Friday in a loss to Florida. More...


    SATURDAY, DEC. 5
     #15/15 OHIO STATE def. Eastern Michigan,  111-60

    Jon Diebler scored 21 points and No. 15 Ohio State beat Eastern Michigan 111-60 on Saturday after losing star player Evan Turner, who hurt his back in an awkward fall. More...

    #rv/rv WISCONSIN  def. Grambling, 79-46
    After an emotional win over Duke just three days earlier, Wisconsin cruised to a 79-46 win over Grambling State Saturday at the Kohl Center. With the win, UW moves to 6-1 on the season for the fifth-consecutive year. More...

    #rv/rv MICHIGAN  def. Arkansas-Pine Bluff, 67-53
    A dominant second half led Michigan to a 67-53 win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Saturday afternoon at Crisler Arena. Junior guard Manny Harris finished with 18 points -- 16 in the second half -- and forward DeShawn Sims contributed a double-double (19 points, 10 rebounds) for the Wolverines as they stopped a three-game losing skid. More...

    IOWA  def. Prairie View A&M, 80-51
    Anthony Tucker helped the University of Iowa men's basketball team break open the game against Prairie View A&M with three consecutive three-pointers midway through the first half and the rest of the Hawkeyes followed suit as they thrashed the Panthers, 80-51, inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Saturday. More...

     #rv/rv MINNESOTA def. Brown, 91-55
    Minnesota had no trouble snapping its three-game skid this afternoon, running past Brown University for an impressive 91-55 win at Williams Arena. More...

    Temple def. PENN STATE, 45-42
    The Nittany Lion basketball team (5-3) could never find its rhythm offensively and lost a defensive struggle, 45-42, at Temple Saturday. More...

    #4/6 PURDUE def. Buffalo, 101-65
    The Purdue Boilermakers offered a frightening example of what they can do when they shoot well. Purdue made 11 of 16 3-pointers in the second half, and the No. 4 Boilermakers pulled away for a 101-65 win over Buffalo on Saturday. More...

    #rv/rv ILLINOIS def. Boise State, 84-77
    Demetri McCamey made the most of his foul-limited minutes, scoring 23 points to help Illinois escape with an 84-77 win over Boise State on Saturday night. The Broncos managed to chip away at the Illini's double-digit second-half lead, using a 13-4 run to get within two points with 20 seconds left in the game. More...


    MBB: The Lineup

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    The Lineup

    Friday, Dec. 2

    Wofford at #9/9 MICHIGAN STATE | 7 p.m. ET | Big Ten Network

    After playing its last three games away from home, Michigan State returns to the Breslin Center to host Wofford. It marks the first of two straight games against teams from the Southern Conference, as the Spartans will travel to The Citadel for Monday's game. MSU-Wofford features a meeting of two brothers as Spartan senior Isaiah Dahlman will see his younger brother Noah, a junior at Wofford, on the opposing team.


    Saturday, Dec. 3

    Eastern Michigan at #15/15 OHIO STATE | Noon ET  | ESPNU

    Ohio State and Eastern Michigan have met on the basketball court just once, Dec. 28, 1982, a 58-54 victory for the Buckeyes at St. John Arena. The Buckeyes are 49-12 overall vs. the Mid-American Conference all-time. The only MAC team Ohio State has not met is Buffalo.

    Grambling at WISCONSIN | 1 p.m. ET | BigTenNetwork.com
    Coming off consecutive wins over top-25 teams, Wisconsin sets its sights on Grambling State Saturday. The Badgers have opened each of the last seven seasons with a record of 5-1 or better. UW has begun the season with a 6-1 record 27 times overall, including last season.
    Wisconsin has now knocked off back-to-back opponents ranked among the AP top 25 (No. 21 Maryland and No. 6 Duke) for the first time since beating three straight top-25 teams in the 2000 NCAA tournament. In that run, the Badgers beat No. 4 Arizona, No. 10 LSU and No. 25 Purdue on their way to the Final Four.

    Arkansas-Pine Bluff at MICHIGAN | 2 p.m. ET | BigTenNetwork.com
    Michigan will look to return to its winning ways at home against Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Saturday at 2 p.m. at Crisler Arena. Through the first six games of the season, Manny Harris has scored in double-figures in every game, with 20-plus points in four. He leads U-M and the Big Ten with 21.7 points per game. For the season he has nearly triple-double averages with 9.2 rebounds and 6.0 assists per game.

    Brown at MINNESOTA | 3:30 p.m. ET | BigTenNetwork.com
    Minnesota has been away from the friendly confines of Williams Arena since opening the season with three lopsided victories in seven days over Tennessee Tech, Stephen F. Austin and Utah Valley. The Gophers have played four games since, three as part of the 76 Classic in Anaheim and at the University of Miami as part of the 2009 Big Ten/ACC Challenge.
    Brown University has had a similar schedule, as they are in the midst of playing 11 games in 22 days. The Bears come to Minneapolis with a 4-5 record, including a 85-79 loss in overtime to Holy Cross on Dec. 2.

    Prairie View A&M at IOWA | 4 p.m. ET | BigTenNetwork.com
    The Iowa Hawkeyes remain home to host Prairie View A&M (3-3) Saturday. Tip-off is slated for 3:05 p.m. at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Both Iowa and Prairie View A&M will look to rebound for losses earlier this week. The Hawkeyes lost to Virginia Tech (70-64), while the Panthers fell to Texas A&M (84-59).

    Buffalo at #4/6 PURDUE | 5 p.m. ET | Big Ten Network
    After snapping a two-game losing streak in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge to help the Big Ten win the event for the first time in its 10-year history, No. 4/6 Purdue takes the court on Saturday looking to move to 7-0 and remain the lone undefeated team in the conference. The Boilermakers have won 11 of their last 12 games, dating back to last season. A win over Buffalo would give Purdue seven-straight wins to open the season, marking the second-longest winning streak in the Matt Painter Era. A victory on Saturday would also give Purdue its first 7-0 start since the 1993-94 campaign - a span of 15 seasons.

    Boise State at ILLINOIS | 7:30 p.m. ET | Big Ten Network
    After playing three consecutive games away from Assembly Hall, the Illini return home for three straight games beginning Saturday night vs.Boise State. Illinois is coming off a record-setting 76-74 victory at Clemson where the Illini erased a 23-point deficit, marking the largest comeback in school history and ninth-largest second-half comeback in NCAA history. Illinois' defense has held each of its seven opponents to less than 45 percent shooting this season. All five Illini starters are scoring in double figures, averaging between 10.1 and 13.3 points.

    PENN STATE at Temple | 4 p.m. ET |
    Coming off a 69-67 road victory at Virginia on Monday, the Nittany Lion basketball team (5-2) will look to win a program record fifth-straight non-conference road game on Saturday when it takes on Temple. Penn State has equaled a program record of winning four straight games on non-conference opponent's home floors with victories at Penn, at Georgia Tech, at Florida (NIT) and at Virginia in the past two seasons. The Lions also accomplished the feat in a three-season span from 1993-94 through 1995-96 under coaches Bruce Parkhill and Jerry Dunn as they recorded victories at Akron, at Duquesne, at Nebraska (NIT) and at Tennessee. The Nittany Lions stand 6-9 overall in non-conference road games under coach Ed DeChellis.


    MBB: Weekend Preview

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    Fresh off of winning its first Challenge, the Big Ten is back in action beginning tonight when Michigan State hosts Wofford. Eight teams hit the hardwood on Saturday with games on the Big Ten Network, BigTenNetwork.com and ESPNU.

    The Big Ten enters the weekend with a 50-24 non-conference record. The Big Ten is 8-4 versus teams ranked in the AP or ESPN/USA Today Top-25 polls.

    Statistically, Michigan's Manny Harris leads the conference in scoring, averaging 21.7 points per game. Two other players are also averaging 20 or more points per contest in Ohio State's Evan Turner (20.6) and Penn State's Talor Battle (20.1). The top six scoring leaders are juniors (Harris, Turner, Battle, NU's Michael Thompson, MSU's Kalin Lucas and PUR's E'Twaun Moore).

    On the boards, Turner sits atop the leaderboard, averaging 12.9 rebounds per contest. Illinois' Mike Davis (9.9) and Harris (9.2) round out the top three.

    Turner leads the conference in assists (6.57 apg), while Minnesota's Al Nolen leads in steals (2.86 spg). Ohio State's Jon "Threebler" Diebler leads the Big Ten in...you guessed it...three-pointers made with 29 (4.14 per contest). Teammate Dallas Lauderdale is the leader in blocked shots, swatting 3.67 per game. Michigan State's Korie Lucious owns an assist-to-turnover ratio of 4.63 to top all players in the conference with 37 assists and only eight turnovers in seven games.

    The Big Ten Network will air a 30-minute show on Tuesday, Dec. 8, to announce the 2009 winner of the Chicago Tribune Silver Football, given to the best player in the Big Ten annually since 1924. This year's finalists are Daryll Clark of Penn State, John Clay of Wisconsin, and Brandon Graham of Michigan. The legendary Red Grange of Illinois won the first award. The show, hosted by the Big Ten Network's Rick Pizzo, will air at 11 p.m. ET and will feature interviews with the award's three finalists and a panel of writers including the Tribune's Teddy Greenstein, Shannon Ryan and Brian Hamilton. For more information, click on this link.

    VB: And They're Off!

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    Illinois swept IPFW to advance to the second round of the NCAA Championship! In addition, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Ohio State and Penn State all begin their postseasons tonight. Click HERE for complete coverage throughout the first and second rounds.

    WBB: Sneak Preview

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    The Big Ten women's basketball PSA, I Believe, will debut on Sunday! Can't wait that long? Click HERE for a sneak preview!

    WBB: Thursday's Results

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    2009 Big Ten/ACC Women's Basketball Challenge: ACC wins, 7-4

    #9/12 Florida State def. INDIANA, 82-74
    Recap and Box Score

    MICHIGAN def. Virginia Tech, 71-51
    Recap and Box Score

    #22/21 MICHIGAN STATE def. #4/4 North Carolina, 72-66
    Recap and Box Score

    #rv/22 Maryland def. MINNESOTA, 66-45
    Recap and Box Score

    Clemson def. NORTHWESTERN (-/rv), 69-68
    Recap and Box Score

    #11/12 Duke def. #3/3 OHIO STATE, 83-67
    Recap and Box Score

    #14/15 Virginia def. PURDUE (rv/-), 56-49
    Recap and Box Score

    WISCONSIN def. N.C. State, 53-48
    Recap and Box Score

    FB: MSU's Jones and PSU's Odrick Named AFCA All-Americans

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    The 2009 American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) All-America teams were announced today and Michigan State linebacker Greg Jones and Penn State defensive tackle Jared Odrick earned All-American honors. Jones was named the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year by the media, while Odrick was tabbed the Big Ten Defensive Player and Defensive Lineman of the Year by the coaches. The AFCA has selected an All-America team since 1945.

    WBB: Thursday's Big Ten/ACC Challenge Schedule

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    #12/9 Florida State at Indiana    6:30 p.m.
    Big Ten Network

    Michigan at Virginia Tech    7 p.m.

    #4/4 North Carolina at #22/21 Michigan State    8:30 p.m.
    Big Ten Network

    Minnesota at #rv/22 Maryland    7 p.m.

    Clemson at Northwestern (-/rv)    8 p.m.
    BigTenNetwork.com

    #3/3 Ohio State at #12/12 Duke    7 p.m.

    Purdue (rv/-) at #14/15 Virginia    7 p.m.

    Wisconsin at N.C. State    7 p.m.

    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.


    Dayeesha Hollins, Michigan
    Michigan freshman Dayeesha Hollins has hit the collegiate women's basketball scene running. She has been in U-M's starting lineup each game this season and already has five games in double figures, including a career-high 18 points against Southern Mississippi. A basketball player through and through, Hollins also used her speed on the track in high school and was a three-time state finalist in the 400m and still holds the Cincinnati record in that event.

    WREST: Sanderson's Next Big Move: Dynasty

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    In Sunday's edition of the New York Times, Penn State wrestling coach Cael Sanderson was profiled as he assumes control of the Nittany Lion wrestling program. Below is a snippet from the story by Joe Drape.

    "They turn cartwheels and mime acrobatic moves to the techno beat pumping through the sound system until sweat begins to glisten on their bodies. They are muscled and agile and could pass for Cirque du Soleil performers except that most of them have mangled ears, a telltale giveaway that they are wrestlers.

    In their midst, rolling his shoulders, stutter-stepping and slapping the neck of an invisible opponent is their coach, Cael Sanderson. He is a youthful 30, with a shaved head that makes him indistinguishable from his Penn State wrestlers.

    Except Sanderson is not just a coach; he is the greatest wrestler in N.C.A.A. Division I history -- a four-time champion and the only one with a perfect record (159-0). He also won a gold medal at the 2004 Olympics."

    The entire story can be accessed here.

    MBB: Challenge odds and ends

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    The Big Ten Wins the 2009 Challenge. A huge comeback by Illinois and Wisconsin handing Duke its first challenge loss helped claim the challenge for the Big Ten.

    Here are a few stats about the Challenge and this year's games.

    Home teams are 66-33 in Big Ten/ACC Challenge play. Home teams went 5-6 in this year's Challenge with Purdue, North Carolina, Miami, Wisconsin and Ohio State all garnering triumphs. The Big Ten is 28-23 in games played on its home courts in the Challenge.

    Fifty-seven of the 108 Challenge games now played have featured at least one ranked team. This year, five matchups had at least one ranked team.

    Twenty-six games have now had two ranked teams pitted against one another.

    Duke entered this year's Challenge undefeated in the event. Wisconsin handed the Blue Devils their first loss Challenge history.

    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 per game in the five meetings between the two teams. However, Purdue defeated the Demon Deacons by 11 points,69-58, on Tuesday night.

    The average margin of victory in this year's Challenge games was 7.2 points. The smallest margin of victory was Illinois' win over Clemson (76-74). The largest margin of victory was Ohio State's 13-point win over Florida State (77-64)

    Five games were decided by five or fewer points, with the Big Ten winning three of those five.

    Four games were decided by double-digit points, with the Big Ten winning three of the four games.

    Unranked Illinois and Wisconsin each defeated ranked teams. Illinois escaped #18/19 Clemson, and The Badgers downed #6/5 Duke.

    Northwestern, Ohio State, Penn State and Wisconsin are on two-game win streaks in the Challenge. Penn State has now won its last three Challenge games.

    Prior to Illinois' 20-point halftime deficit, the largest deficit overcome in any Challenge game was 14 points (22-36) by Ohio State in a 73-68 in over Miami in 2008.

    The Big Ten averaged 69.0 points in Challenge games this year, while the ACC averaged 68.0 points.

    All four teams who played in the Anaheim (Clemson, Minnesota) or Orlando (Florida State, Minnesota) ESPN events through last Sunday lost in the Challenge. Two of them were upset at home (Clemson and Michigan).








    VB: Let the Games Begin!

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    The 2009 NCAA Volleyball Championship begins tonight! Full coverage of first- and second-round action can be found by clicking HERE.

    VB: Required Reading

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  • The final episode of Here's Something from Mary features a Thanksgiving feast and a pair of road wins for the Hoosiers.
  • Iowa's Megan Schipper writes about her team's season finale in the Iowa Volleyblog.
  • Make plans to watch or attend tonight's Michigan Athletics Coaches Show featuring volleyball coach Mark Rosen.
  • Juliana Paz broke through several barriers to become the player she is today at Michigan.
  • Several Penn State players say "Thank You" to their senior class.
  • Purdue head coach Dave Shondell wraps up the 2009 season in the Volleyball Video Blog.
  • The NCAA Volleyball Blog previews Thursday's matches.
  • ESPN.com's Dave Reed thinks Minnesota has one of the toughest roads to regionals and that the Ohio State vs. Cincinnati matchup is one of the most intriguing of the first round.
  • FB: Required Reading

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    Wisconsin T Gabe Carimi represents the toughness of the Badger offensive line

    Illinois QB Juice Williams wraps up an impressive career with the Illini on Saturday

    WBB: Required Reading

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  • Hoosier fans, bring a new teddy bear to donate to a local charity to tonight's game and receive FREE ADMISSION.
  • Indiana's Danilsa Andujar talks about her role on the team and how she got her nickname, "City."
  • Michigan's Krista Phillips shows you her Life Off the Hardwood.
  • Check out Minnesota's photo album from the Junkaroo Jam.
  • Northwestern's Amy Jaeschke blogs about beating a ranked opponent and her team's upcoming "revenge" matchups.
  • The Wildcats will partner with the Chicago chapter of Autism Speaks on Sunday as Northwestern hosts Autism Awareness Night.
  • The second season of The Sharon Versyp Show will debut tonight at 5:30 p.m. ET on the Big Ten Network.
  • Wisconsin's Anya Covington talks about how her team came together before the season even started.
  • WBB: Wednesday's Results

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    Big Ten/ACC Women's Basketball Challenge: Big Ten trails, 1-2

    ILLINOIS (rv/-) def. Wake Forest (rv/-), 65-60
    Recap and Box Score

    Boston College def. IOWA, 72-67
    Recap and Box Score

    No. 23/rv Georgia Tech def. PENN STATE, 64-60
    Recap and Box Score

    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 whole thing, or read below for highlights.

    1. Highlighting this week's schedule is the third annual Big Ten/ACC Women's Basketball Challenge.
    2. Big Ten teams will host five Challenge games this year, each of which will be broadcast on the Big Ten Network or www.BigTenNetwork.com.
    3. This year's Challenge features seven total teams ranked in the AP top 25 and an additional four receiving votes outside the poll.
    4. Eight of this year's Challenge games will feature at least one team either ranked or receiving votes in the AP or coaches polls.
    5. The Big Ten went 2-1 against ACC teams during last year's NCAA Championship.
    6. Follow all the Challenge action on Twitter by using the tag, #BTACCW.
    7. This week's schedule also features an early start to conference play with 10 teams playing their first conference contests on Sunday.
    8. The Big Ten Network will broadcast a quadruple-header of Big Ten women's basketball conference action on Sunday and will air another game on www.BigTenNetwork.com.
    9. No. 3/3 Ohio State entered the week with more wins than any other team in Division I (eight) and is off to its best start (8-0) under head coach Jim Foster.
    10. Ohio State's Jantel Lavender and Illinois' Jenna Smith continue to extend their impressive double-digit scoring streaks.

    WREST: Weekly Rankings

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    Six Big Ten teams rank among the nation's top 25 according to the latest USA Today/NWCA/InterMat weekly poll, released Tuesday.

    Topping the list once again are the Iowa Hawkeyes, who scored two wins last week to move to 5-0 on the season. Ranked fourth and fifth are the Ohio State Buckeyes (4-0) and Minnesota Golden Gophers (1-0), respectively. Ranked No. 12 are the Indiana Hoosiers (6-0), while the Penn State Nittany Lions (4-1) are one place behind at No. 13. The Wisconsin Badgers (1-3) round out the conference contingent, checking in at No. 22.

    Individually, Michigan State's Franklin Gomez (133), Ohio State's Reece Humphrey (141), Iowa's Brent Metcalf (149), and Minnesota's Dustin Schlatter (165) top their respective weight classes in this week's rankings.

    Big Ten in the NFL - Week 12

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    Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans Saints (Purdue): Threw for five touchdowns on 18 of 23 passing for 371 yards in the Saints' 38-17 win over New England on Monday night.

    Kyle Orton, QB, Denver (Purdue): Completed 18 of 28 passes for 245 yards and a touchdown pass in the Broncos' 26-6 win over the New York Giants on Thursday night.

    Laurence Maroney, RB, New England (Minnesota): Rushed for 64 yards on 15 caries and scored two touchdowns in the Patriots' 38-17 loss to New Orleans on Monday night.

    Pierre Thomas, RB, New Orleans (Illinois): Rushed for 64 yards on 11 caries and caught a touchdown pass in the Saints' 38-17 win over New England on Monday night.

    Santonio Holmes, WR, Pittsburgh (Ohio State): Caught six passes for 74 yards and a touchdown reception in the Steelers' 20-17 loss to Baltimore on Sunday night.

    Chris Chambers, WR, Kansas City (Wisconsin): Caught seven passes for 70 yards with a touchdown catch in the Chiefs' 43-14 loss to San Diego.

    Derrick Mason, WR, Baltimore (Michigan State): Made seven catches for 62 yards with a touchdown grab in the Ravens' 20-17 win over Pittsburgh on Sunday night.

    Brian Hartline, WR, Miami (Ohio State): Recorded three catches for 31 yards with a touchdown reception in the Dolphins' 31-14 loss to Buffalo.

    Dallas Clark, TE, Indianapolis (Iowa): Made nine catches for 63 yards and a touchdown in the Colts' 35-27 win over Houston.

    Charles Woodson, CB, Green Bay (Michigan): Had seven tackles with a sack, two interceptions, returning one for a touchdown, a forced fumble and a recovered fumble in the Packers' 34-12 win over Detroit.

    Anthony Spencer, DE, Dallas (Purdue): Recorded eight tackles and had two sacks in the Cowboys' 24-7 win over Oakland on Thursday.

    James Laurinaitis, LB, St. Louis (Ohio State): Made nine tackles and had a sack in the Rams' 27-17 loss to Seattle.

    Donte Whitner, S, Buffalo (Ohio State): Finished with 10 tackles and an interception in the Bills' 31-14 win over Miami.

    Stylez White, DE, Tampa Bay (Minnesota): Recorded five tackles and had 2.5 sacks in the Buccaneers' 20-17 loss to Atlanta.

    Will Smith, DE, New Orleans (Ohio State): Finished with four tackles and 1.5 sacks in the Saints' 38-17 win over New England on Monday night.

    Matt Roth, LB, Cleveland (Iowa): Recorded seven tackles and a sack in the Browns' 16-7 loss to Cincinnati.

    David Harris, LB, New York Jets (Michigan): Registered seven tackles and a sack in the Jets' 17-6 win over Carolina.

    Julian Peterson, LB, Detroit (Michigan State): Made seven tackles with a sack and a forced fumble in the Lions' 34-12 loss to Green Bay on Thursday.

    LaMarr Woodley, LB, Pittsburgh (Michigan): Finished with seven tackles and a sack in the Steelers' 20-17 loss to Baltimore on Sunday night.

    Danny Clark, LB, New York Giants (Illinois): Had five tackles and a sack in the Giants' 26-6 loss to Denver on Thursday night.

    Morgan Trent, CB, Cincinnati (Michigan): Recorded four tackles and had a sack in the Bengals' 16-7 win over Cleveland.

    Jonathan Babineaux, DT, Atlanta (Iowa): Made three tackles with a sack and a forced fumble in the Falcons' 20-17 win over Tampa Bay.

    Ray Edwards, DE, Minnesota (Purdue): Registered three tackles and a quarterback sack in the Vikings' 36-10 win over Chicago.

    Chris Gamble, CB, Carolina (Ohio State): Had one tackle and an interception in the Panthers' 17-6 loss to the New York Jets.

    Ratings for Big Ten Network national football telecasts dramatically increased across the board in 2009, based on Nielsen metered-market data. The average for the network's afternoon telecasts improved by 28 percent over the comparable period last year, while the average ratings for the network's eight primetime games increased by a whopping 183 percent. For more information, click on this link.

    WBB: Wednesday's Big Ten/ACC Challenge Schedule

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    Illinois (rv/-) at Wake Forest    7 p.m.

    Boston College at Iowa    8:30 p.m.
    Big Ten Network

    #23/rv Georgia Tech at Penn State    6:30 p.m.
    Big Ten Network

    FB: Michigan's Graham Named Finalist for Hendricks Award

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    The Ted Hendricks Foundation has unveiled the list of finalists for the 2009 Ted Hendricks Defensive End of the Year Award and Michigan's Brandon Graham is one of the seven standouts still eligible for the honor. The Wolverines' senior is the nation's leader in tackles for loss (26) and was named to the All-Big Ten first team by the conference coaches and media.  His 20 tackles for loss in Big Ten play led the conference and was 5½ more than his closest competition. Graham also finished the regular season with 10½ sacks (top 15 nationally), 2 blocked punts and one touchdown off another blocked punt. The winner of the Hendricks Award will be announced on Dec. 9. Since the award's creation for the 2002 season, the Big Ten has claimed the Hendricks Award once when Michigan's LaMarr Woodley was honored in 2006.

    WSOC: Fall Academic All-Conference Teams Announced

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    As the fall term of the 2009-10 school year comes to a close, the Big Ten recognizes a total of 705 fall sports athletes who have been named to the Academic All-Conference Team. The list of honored student-athletes features 60 men's and 113 women's cross country runners, 73 field hockey players, 193 football players, 60 men's and 143 women's soccer athletes and 63 volleyball players. To be eligible for Academic All-Big Ten selection, student-athletes must be letterwinners who are in at least their second academic year at their institution and carry a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher.

    At least eight Big Ten student-athletes have maintained unblemished 4.0 GPAs, including Iowa's Sarah Langlas (So., Finance) and Wisconsin's Laurie Nosbusch (So., Biology).

    Look here for the full release and a complete listing of 2009 fall sports Academic All-Big Ten honorees.

    MSOC: Big Ten Announces Fall Academic All-Conference Teams

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    As the fall term of the 2009-10 school year comes to a close, the Big Ten recognizes a total of 705 fall sports athletes who have been named to the Academic All-Conference Team. The list of honored student-athletes features 60 men's and 113 women's cross country runners, 73 field hockey players, 193 football players, 60 men's and 143 women's soccer athletes and 63 volleyball players. To be eligible for Academic All-Big Ten selection, student-athletes must be letterwinners who are in at least their second academic year at their institution and carry a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher.

    The Big Ten Academic All-Conference award winners also achieved excellence outside of the classroom. In men's soccer, Penn State's Jason Yeisley (Sr., Management) was named the Offensive Player of the Year, while Northwestern's Mark Blades (Sr., Psychology) and Ohio State's Doug Verhoff (Sr., Exercise Science) shared Defensive Player of the Year honors.

    Look here for the full release and a complete listing of 2009 fall sports Academic All-Big Ten honorees.

    XCC: Big Ten Announces Fall Academic All-Big Ten Teams

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    The Big Ten recognized today 705 fall sports stduent-athletes to the Academic All-Conference Team. The list of honored student-athletes features 60 men's and 113 women's cross country runners, 73 field hockey players, 193 football players, 60 men's and 143 women's soccer athletes and 63 volleyball players. To be eligible for Academic All-Big Ten selection, student-athletes must be letterwinners who are in at least their second academic year at their institution and carry a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher.

    At least eight Big Ten student-athletes have maintained unblemished 4.0 GPAs, including a trio of women's cross country runners in Iowa's Katie Ellis (Sr., English/Cinema) and Hannah Roeder (Sr., Integrative Physiology) and Purdue's Kara Conflenti (So., Nursing). Also on the list are 2009 NCAA women's cross country champion Angela Bizzarri (Sr., Molecular and Cellular Biology) and Big Ten Athlete of the Year Bridget Franek (Sr., Kinesiology) of Penn State.

    Look here for the full release and a complete listing of 2009 fall sports Academic All-Big Ten honorees.

    FH: Fall Academic All-Conference Team Announced

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    As the fall term of the 2009-10 school year comes to a close, the Big Ten recognizes a total of 705 fall sports athletes who have been named to the Academic All-Conference Team. The list of honored student-athletes features 60 men's and 113 women's cross country runners, 73 field hockey players, 193 football players, 60 men's and 143 women's soccer athletes and 63 volleyball players. To be eligible for Academic All-Big Ten selection, student-athletes must be letterwinners who are in at least their second academic year at their institution and carry a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher.

    The full release can be found by clicking here.

    As the fall term of the 2009-10 school year comes to a close, the Big Ten recognized a total of 193 football student-athletes who have been named to the Academic All-Conference Team, breaking the previous record of 186 Academic All-Big Ten honorees established last season. To be eligible for Academic All-Big Ten selection, student-athletes must be letterwinners who are in at least their second academic year at their institution and carry a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher. For the full list of Academic All-Big Ten selections in football, click on this link.

    WBB: Coach Speak

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    Ohio State remains at No. 3 in the coaches poll, followed by No. 21 Michigan State, who moved up four spots from the previous week. Northwestern is receiving votes outside the top 25. COMPLETE POLL

    FB: Required Reading

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    Wisconsin RB Montee Ball began his collegiate career with his family close by

    Former Michigan CB Charles Woodson pledges $2 million to university hospital

    WREST: Wrestler of the Week

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    Wrestler of the Week
    Paul Young, Indiana
    Jr., 165, Bloomington, Ind./Bloomington South

    Young went undefeated and his improved his season record to 10-0 at the Hoosier Duals last Saturday. The 13th-ranked wrestler in his class, Young pinned three opponents in Cumberlands' Dyvon Passmore, Chattanooga's Brandon Wright and Liberty's Logan Crawford, and defeated Northern Illinois' John Odeen with a 16-8 decision before earning his fifth win of the weekend by forfeit against South Dakota State. The junior helped Indiana to a perfect 5-0 mark at the event and claims his first Big Ten Wrestler of the Week honor.

    Last Indiana Wrestler of the Week: Angel Escobedo (Jan. 20, 2009)

    WSWM: OSU's Megan Detro Tabbed Swimmer of the Week

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    Freshman Megan Detro contributed three top finishes for the Buckeyes last week as Ohio State improved to 2-0 with a convincing 128-68 win over Cleveland State Tuesday at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. The Carmel, Ind., native picked up her first win of the night in the 200 freestyle, touching the wall in 1:51.59, before adding a win in the 100 backstroke (58.30) during the second half of the meet. Detro also contributed to the winning 200 medley relay team, which turned in a time of 1:48.35 to extend the overall lead for the Scarlet and Gray. This is the first weekly award for Detro, who returns the swimming laurel to Columbus, Ohio, for the first time since Sam Cheverton accomplished the feat one year ago.

    There was no selection for diver of the week.

    MSWM: OSU's Andrew Olson Named Swimmer of the Week

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    Andrew Olson brings home the first weekly award of the season to Columbus, Ohio, after claiming two wins for the Scarlet and Gray to lead Ohio State to a 120-73 victory over Cleveland State last Tuesday. The Buckeye senior captured top honors in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:39:28 - the fastest mark by any Buckeye this season in the event. Olson then followed that performance with another winning effort in the 100 freestyle, clocking a 45.63 for the individual title. With the team win, Ohio State improves to an unblemished 4-0 on the year.

    There was no selection for diver of the week.