January 2010 Archives

WBB: Sunday's Results

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ILLINOIS def. MINNESOTA, 61-48
Recap and Box Score

INDIANA def. No.4/6 OHIO STATE, 67-62
Recap and Box Score

IOWA def. PURDUE (-/rv), 70-50
Recap and Box Score

MICHIGAN def. No. 23/rv PENN STATE, 66-62
Recap and Box Score

NORTHWESTERN def. WISCONSIN (rv/rv), 68-62
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MBB: Sunday Recaps

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#20/24 OHIO STATE def. MINNESOTA, 85-63
Soon after the school honored its 1960 national championship team, the Ohio State Buckeyes (No. 24 ESPN/USA Today, No. 20 AP) showed they could play a little, too.

William Buford scored a career-high 26 points and Evan Turner and Jon Diebler each had 19 to lead the Buckeyes past Minnesota 85-63 Sunday for their fifth win in six games.

"We weren't blind. I'm sure everyone could feel the presence of them," Turner said of the 50th-anniversary team, which was watching from a suite. "It was a big day. It was huge."

Recap | Box Score | Highlights


#10/12 PURDUE def. PENN STATE, 66-46
Robbie Hummel
needed just three minutes to squash Penn State's upset hopes.

Hummel scored nine of his 23 points during a 13-0 run right after the halftime break to help Purdue (No. 12 ESPN/USA Today, No. 10 AP) beat Penn State 66-46 Sunday for its fourth straight win.

The Boilermakers led 41-26 after Hummel's shots.

"Rob made some shots there in that stretch, but he also made some good plays," Purdue coach Matt Painter said. "Even when they made some baskets to kind of counterpunch us, he'd step up and make another one or make another play."

Recap | Box Score | Highlights

WBB: Sunday Schedule

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Ohio State at Indiana, Noon
Big Ten Network

Purdue at Iowa, 3 p.m.
ESPN2

Penn State at Michigan, 1 p.m.
BigTenNetwork.com

Illinois at Minnesota, 5 p.m.
BigTenNetwork.com

Northwestern at Wisconsin, 5 p.m.
Big Ten Network

MBB: Sunday Slate

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MINNESOTA at #20/24 OHIO STATE | 1 p.m. | CBS Sports
MINN Game Notes | OSU Game Notes

Minnesota and Ohio State will complete the regular-season series this year in Columbus after the Buckeyes dropped a 73-62 decision Jan. 9 in Minneapolis. Evan Turner is the leading scorer for the Buckeyes in the Minnesota series with an average of 16.6 points a game over five career meetings. He also is the top rebounder with 7.2 boards a game. The Gophers are coming off a narrow defeat of Northwestern earlier this week, while the Buckeyes enter the game also on a one-game win streak, defeating Iowa Wednesday night.

CBS will broadcast the game with Kevin Harlan, Bill Raftery and Clark Kellog on the call.

Series History: Ohio State leads, 74-55


PENN STATE at #10/12 PURDUE | 3 p.m. | Big Ten Network
PSU Game Notes | PUR Game Notes

Big Ten leading scorer Talor Battle (19.1 ppg) will lead Penn State which will be looking for its first conference win of the season. Penn State has held substantial leads in four conference games and lost four of its last five in overtime or by six points or less in regulation.

Purdue has won three straight games including a close 60-57 victory over No. 16 Wisconsin in West Lafayette on Thursday. E'Twaun Moore led the Boilermakers with 20 points in that game and leads the team averaging 17.6 ppg on the year. Junior forward Robbie Hummel puts up 15.9 ppg and 7.3 rpg and reigning Big Ten Player of the Week JaJuan Johnson posts 14.2 ppg and 6.9 rpg.

Wayne Larrivee will handle play-by-play duties with Shon Morris alongside as color analyst.

Series History: Purdue leads, 22-10

MBB: Saturday Recaps

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ILLINOIS def. INDIANA, 72-70
Demetri McCamey scored 19 points, including the game-winner at the buzzer, to lead Illinois to a 72-70 comeback win over Indiana on Saturday.

The victory put Illinois (14-8, 6-3) into a tie for second in the Big Ten with Wisconsin. It also kept the Illini's NCAA tournament hopes alive.

McCamey hit the winner on a running jumper at the buzzer. He took a pass from Bill Cole and drove the right side of the lane before launching the shot.

Mike Tisdale added 12 points. That included four key free throws in the final two minutes.

Recap | Box Score | Highlights


MICHIGAN def. IOWA, 60-46
DeShawn Sims had 20 points and 12 rebounds as Michigan rolled to an easy 60-46 Big Ten victory over Iowa Saturday afternoon.

Michigan (11-10 4-5) also got 20 points from Manny Harris as it snapped a three-game losing streak.

Iowa (8-14, 2-7) was led by Aaron Fuller's 16 points -- the only player to reach double figures. The Hawkeyes are now one game under .500 (697-698) in league play since joining the Big Ten.

Michigan got off to a quick start, scoring the game's first 13 points and shutting the Hawkeyes out for nearly seven minutes. The Wolverines led by as many as 17 in the half and had a 29-17 edge at the intermission.

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#5/5 MICHIGAN STATE def. #rv/- NORTHWESTERN, 79-70
Michigan State missed enough shots in the first half to let Northwestern stick around.

Then, the fifth-ranked Spartans started making shots.

Durrell Summers had a season-high 24 points and 10 rebounds, leading Michigan State to a 79-70 win over Northwestern on Saturday night.

Kalin Lucas scored 23 points, had four assists and no turnovers, Draymond Green had nine points, 11 rebounds and four assists, and Delvon Roe scored 13.

"That was one of the more complete games we've played," coach Tom Izzo said.

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MBB: Saturday on the Hardwood

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INDIANA at ILLINOIS | 2 p.m. ET | ESPN2
IND Game Notes | ILL Game Notes

Indiana will travel to Illinois for a 2 p.m. ET showdown against Illinois in the second meeting between the program this season. Indiana's head coach Tom Crean and Illinois head mentor Bruce Weber will lead a group of Big Ten coaches in sporting Nikes as they pace the sidelines during weekend competition in honor of the annual Coaches vs. Cancer Suits & Sneakers Awareness Weekend. In addition, the Fighting Illini will wear pink-branded Nike uniforms to raise awareness about Coaches vs. Cancer and the American Cancer Society (ACS).

In their last meeting in early January, the Hoosiers relinquished a double-digit second half lead and the Illini escaped with a 66-60 victory in Bloomington. Since then, Indiana has gone 2-2 while Illinois has posted a 2-3 record. The Hoosiers have not played since a 58-43 loss at home to Iowa last Sunday while the Illini are coming off a 77-67 win at Penn State on Wednesday.

This Saturday, watch as junior Demetri McCamey attempts to net his 1,000 career point. The 6-3 guard is just nine points away from becoming the 43nd player in Illini history to join the exclusive club.

IOWA at MICHIGAN | 4:30 p.m. ET | Big Ten Network
IOWA Game Notes | U-M Game Notes

The Iowa Hawkeyes (8-13, 2-6) hit the road for the third time in four games, traveling to Ann Arbor, Mich., Saturday to face the Wolverines (10-10, 3-5). Tip-off is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. ET from inside Crisler Arena. Michigan enters the game on a three-game losing skid, while Iowa has won three of its last five.

The Wolverines are coming off a  four-game stretch in a nine-day period -- all against top-25 opponents. The Maize and Blue are one win away from becoming the fifth Big Ten program to earn 700 conference wins, joining Illinois (866), Purdue (852), Indiana (848) and Wisconsin (707) in the elite group to have already accomplished the feat. The Hawkeyes need three more wins to achieve the 700 mark.

Look for Manny Harris to crash the boards on Saturday. The junior Wolverines sits three rebounds shy of entering the 500 rebound club. Teammate DeShawn Sims is already a member as he is 21st all-time with 636 rebounds.

The Big Ten Network will televise Saturday afternoon's game to a national cable audience. Wayne Larrivee and Greg Kelser will call the action.

Series History: Michigan leads, 84-57

NORTHWESTERN at #5/5 MICHIGAN STATE | 7 p.m. ET Big Ten Network
NU Game Notes | MSU Game Notes

Northwestern will look to repeat last season's memorable win at the Breslin Center when it travels to East Lansing on Saturday to take on fifth-ranked Michigan State. The Spartans return to East Lansing riding on a pair of one-point triumphs at Minnesota and Michigan. The Big Ten Network will provide live television coverage of Saturday's contest, which is set for 7 p.m. ET.

At 8-0 in conference action, Michigan State will look to secure its unblemished streak and extend its best start in school history to nine consecutive. Saturday will conclude the season series between NU and MSU, with the last game resulting in a 91-70 decision in favor of the Spartans.

A year ago, the Wildcats stunned the Spartans, 70-63, on the strength of a 31-point effort from Kevin Coble. The contest was eventually deemed the Big Ten's Game of the Year by the Big Ten Network regardless of sport. Saturday's game marks NU's fifth test against a ranked opponent this month. The 'Cats are looking to rebound from a 65-61 loss at Minnesota on Tuesday.

Series History: Michigan State leads, 78-37

 

 

MBB: Starting Five

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The Starting Five
What you need to know for the weekend

1. All of the Big Ten coaching staffs competing this weekend will wear sneakers with their suits to demonstrate their support of the American Cancer Society's cause to kick cancer.

Coaches vs. Cancer participants have raised more than $55 million since 1993 to help the Society fund ground-breaking cancer research, provide up-to-date cancer information and education, advocate for public health policies that benefit communities, and deliver services that improve the quality of life for patients and their families.

For more information, click here: National Association of Basketball Coaches

2.
  If you have not watched an episode of the Big Ten Network's The Journery 2010, you're missing out. Tune in on Saturday at 9:30 p.m. ET (immediately following the Northwestern at Michigan State game). The show offers a behind-the-scenes, documentary-style look at the most intriguing storylines across the Big Ten Conference. This week's episode features behind the scenes of Tuesday's nail-biter between Michigan-Michigan State. Also featured: Tubby Smith and the Golden Gophers, Wisconsin's Jordan Taylor,  Illinois' Jeff Jordan and Northwestern's Juice Thompson.

3. 50 years ago. 25 teams. Single elimination bracket. One winner. On Sunday, Jan. 31, Ohio State will honor the 1960 National Championship Buckeyes during a special halftime presentation. Ohio State, coached by Fred Taylor, won the national title with a 75-55 victory in the final game over California, coached by Pete Newell. Jerry Lucas of Ohio State was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player.

4.  Only 41 days until the 2010 Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament tips off. Will you be there? Big Ten Basketball Fans - March Is On! Join us in Indy to cheer on your team at the Big Ten Basketball Tournament. January 31st is the deadline to guarantee seats in your school's block. Students - For the first time ever, special all-session discounted tickets are also available. Call your favorite Big Ten school's ticket office to secure your seats today!

5.  In light of the Wildcats meeting the Spartans at Breslin this weekend, you need to know that Michigan State is is 94-2 in its last 96 home games against unranked visitors. The Spartans had won 80 straight games against unranked teams at the Breslin Center before Northwestern's 70-63 win there on Jan. 21, 2009.





SB: Eye on You

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The Amateur Softball Association announced on Jan. 27, the 50-person "Watch List" for the 9th Annual USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Year Award. Five Big Ten standouts have been named to the initial list.

A list of 10 finalists will be named and released on May 12. The final three finalists will be announced May 26 while the winner of the 2010 USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Year Award will be announced prior to the start of the 2010 NCAA Women's College World Series in Oklahoma City.

Lauren Delaney (Northwestern) - Senior - Pitcher - Jefferson City, Mo. 
Sam Marder (Ohio State) - Senior - Catcher - Calabasas, Calif.
Adrienne Monka (Northwestern) - Sophomore - Infield - Rancho Cucamongo, Calif.
Nikki Nemitz (Michigan) - Senior - Pitcher - St. Clair Shores, Mich.
Maggie Viefhaus (Michigan)  - Senior - Infielder - Pacific, Mo.

Nemitz and Viefhaus were named unanimous All-Big Ten selections a year ago. Monka was the conference's Freshman of the Year. Delany earned Pitcher of the Year accolades two seasons ago. Marder is a two-time All-Big Ten selection. 

As the season approaches, check back as we go in-depth with the nominees.

WBB: Thursday's Results

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MICHIGAN def. ILLINOIS, 64-48
Recap and Box Score

WISCONSIN (rv/rv) def. INDIANA, 55-47
Recap and Box Score

MICHIGAN STATE (rv/rv) def. NORTHWESTERN, 56-52
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No. 4/6 OHIO STATE def. MINNESOTA, 81-58
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PURDUE def. No. 23/rv PENN STATE, 80-76 (OT)
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MBB: Let's Talk Big Ten Tournament

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We are 41 days away from tip off of the 2010 Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament in Indianapolis. Will YOU be Ready?




Big Ten Basketball Fans - March Is On! Join us in Indy to cheer on your team at the Big Ten Basketball Tournament. January 31st is the deadline to guarantee seats in your school's block. Students - For the first time ever, special all-session discounted tickets are also available. Call your favorite Big Ten school's ticket office to secure your seats today!


If the Tournament started tomorrow, this is what the seeding picture would look like:
#1 Michigan State
#2 Wisconsin
#3 Ohio State
#4 Purdue
#5 Illinois
#6 Minnesota
#7 Indiana
#8 Northwestern
#9 Michigan
#10 Iowa
#11 Penn State

MBB: Thursday Night Recap

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#10/12 PURDUE def. #16/16 WISCONSIN,60-57
E'Twaun Moore scored 20 points and No. 10 Purdue held off No. 16 Wisconsin 60-57 on Thursday night.

JaJuan Johnson added 14 points and Robbie Hummel had 12 points, 13 rebounds and five assists for the Boilermakers (17-3, 5-3 Big Ten), who won their third straight and moved within a half-game of Wisconsin for second place in the conference.

A loss would have left Purdue four games behind conference leader Michigan State with 10 to play.

Trevon Hughes missed a contested runner in the closing seconds that could have won it for Wisconsin. Keaton Nankivil scored a career-high 25 points and shot 7 of 8 on three-pointers for the Badgers (16-5, 6-3). He was 9 for 14 overall, but his teammates shot 11 for 36.


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WBB: Thursday Schedule

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Michigan at Illinois, 8 p.m.
BigTenNetwork.com

Wisconsin (rv/rv) at Indiana, 7 p.m.
BigTenNetwork.com

Minnesota at #4/6 Ohio State, 7:30 p.m.
Big Ten Network

Michigan State (rv/rv) at Northwestern, 8 p.m.

Purdue (-/rv) at #23/rv Penn State, 7 p.m.
BigTenNetwork.com

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. 

Dannielle Diamant, Northwestern
Unlike other incoming Northwestern freshman student-athletes, Dannielle Diamant did not spend her summer on campus taking courses. Instead, in July, the 6-4 forward represented the United States in the Maccabiah Games in Israel. Her team won five games, defeating Great Britain, Australia, Canada and Israel (twice) en route to the gold medal. Diamant, a consistent starter for the 'Cats, is the granddaughter of legendary UNLV coach Jerry Tarkanian.

BASE: Stop It

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Minnesota's Scott Matyas was named to the NCBWA Stopper of the Year Preseason Watch List, the organization announced Thursday. The award is given to the top relief pitcher in NCAA Division I baseball. Last year, Matyas recorded 15 saves in 23 appearances, posting a 2.22 ERA with 45 strikeouts to just seven walks.

BASE: Proud To Be An American

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Several Big Ten players are raking in honors prior to the start of the 2010 season.  Look below for a full list of Big Ten players on preseason All-America squads.

NCBWA Preseason All-America:
Dan Burkhart, Ohio State, C, Second Team
Alex Wimmers, Ohio State, SP, Second Team
Ryan LaMarre, Michigan, OF, Third Team

Louisville Slugger Preseason All-America selected by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper:
Alex Wimmers, Ohio State, SP, Second Team
Scott Matyas, Minnesota, RP, Third Team

Ping!Baseball Preseason All-America:
Alex Wimmers, Ohio State, SP, First Team
Dan Burkhart, Ohio State, C, Second Team
Scott Matyas, Minnesota, RP, Second Team
Alex Dickerson, Indiana, DH, Third Team

BASE: In the Polls

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Collegiate Baseball Newspaper ranks two Big Ten teams in its preseason poll with Ohio State at No. 14 and Minnesota at No. 30. Illinois and Michigan are receiving votes outside the top 40. COMPLETE POLL

Despite not ranking a Big Ten team in his publication's preseason poll, Baseball America's Aaron Fitt has Minnesota and Ohio State on the cusp of the top 25 and thinks the Big Ten will be a three-bid conference in the 2010 NCAA Baseball Championship. READ MORE

MBB: Required Reading

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ESPN.com's Dana O'Neil writes about the extensive coaching trees in college basketball. Michigan State's Tom Izzo makes this list with his prolific branches.

FOXSports.com's Jeff Goodman says that the national Player of the Year is a coin flip this year with Ohio State's Evan Turner on one side of the coin.

SI's Andy Glockner writes that OSU's Evan Turner should lead all Player of the Year debates.


Battle Tested, Spartan Approved


What they are saying:
Sporting News' Mike DeCourcy: When analysts begin to question whether you have the NBA-quality talent to win the national title, that's really good news. Does Michigan State? With Kalin Lucas playing like this, the Spartans might be good enough. Since Tom Izzo sat him down for a practice Dec. 29, Lucas averaged 16 points entering the week and MSU was 8-0.

ESPN.com's Pat Forde makes the case for the 10 teams in the nation that could win the National Title. What he says about the Big Ten contenders.

Michigan State (5). Why the Spartans can win it: Seven players in the rotation were key parts of their 2009 run to the national championship game, and guard Kalin Lucas apparently has gotten the leadership message his coach sent a while back. Izzo is as good a coach as there is in the country, and you know his teams will rebound and defend until the last dog dies. Their 7-0 Big Ten start shows that Sparty is locking in right on time.

Why they might not: Michigan State doesn't have anyone taller than 6-foot-8 in the regular rotation, which could eventually create a problem despite the surplus of biceps in Izzo's lineup. The Spartans also could find themselves a step slower than some elite competition.

Record against RPI top 50: 2-1  |  Record against RPI top 100: 7-3.

Purdue (6). Why the Boilermakers can win it: Given Michigan State's obsessive drive to reach the Final Four in its home state last year, the same dynamic could work in Purdue's favor in Indianapolis this year. The Boilers' big three of Robbie Hummel, E'Twaun Moore and JaJuan Johnson can play with anybody's. Chris Kramer is an annoyance to any and all guards. And coach Matt Painter said Monday that injured point guard Lewis Jackson -- the missing ingredient thus far for the 16-3 Boilers -- is very close to being ready to play.

Why they might not: There remains a chance that Jackson will never be 100 percent, or that he'll choose to redshirt this season. ("He has to understand that if he gets knocked out after two games, that's his year," Painter said. "That's his season. We have to paint a couple worst-case scenarios for him so he understands.") Purdue's three-game losing streak earlier this month was enough to instill doubt. And it might be a lot to ask for a group of players and a coach who have never been to a Final Four to jump up and win it all.

Record against RPI top 50: 3-2  |  Record against RPI top 100: 7-3







MBB: Wednesday Night Recap

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ILLINOIS def. PENN STATE, 77-67
D.J. Richardson scored 20 points and Illinois staved off a Penn State rally from a double-digit deficit in a 77-67 win Wednesday night to snap the Illini's three-game losing streak.

Down 10 early, the Nittany Lions took a 46-42 lead with 15:06 left after David Jackson's layup capped a 12-0 run. Jackson finished with 13 points, while Talor Battle had a team-high 20.

But a nearly five-minute Penn State scoring drought gave Illinois (13-8, 5-3 Big Ten) another opening. Despite some choppy play, Mike Davis' jumper and Dominique Keller's buzzer-beating fall-away gave the Illini a 59-53 lead with 4:03 left.

Recap | Box Score | Highlights


#20/24 OHIO STATE def. IOWA, 65-57
David Lighty scored 20 points, including 18 in the second half, and Ohio State (No. 24 ESPN/USA Today, No. 20 AP) rallied past pesky Iowa 65-57 on Wednesday night for its fourth straight Big Ten win.

Evan Turner added 16 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists for the Buckeyes (15-6, 5-3), who closed the game with a 20-7 run and won on the road for only the second time this season.

Ohio State took its first lead of the second half with 2:46 left, jumping ahead 52-50 on a runner by Lighty. Turner, who also had just two points in the first half, then got a steal and an easy dunk to put the Buckeyes ahead 55-50. Turner's layup through traffic made it 57-50 with 1:04 left.

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WBB: Required Reading

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  • See what Illinois' Jenna Smith had to say during her Wednesday afternoon chat.
  • Get details on Indiana's Sorority Sisterhood Challenge.
  • Iowa head coach Lisa Bluder blogs about her team's two straight Big Ten wins.
  • Read how Iowa's Kamille Wahlin has persevered through her back injury.
  • Get to know Michigan freshman Kate Thompson in this week's "Starting Five."
  • Read how freshman Katie Loberg's promise to her grandfather helped her end up at Minnesota.
  • Northwestern's Amy Jaeschke shares a life lesson learned on the hard court in her latest entry of "And 1 With Amy."
  • The Big Ten Network goes one-on-one with Penn State head coach Coquese Washington.
  • Read more about Penn State's appearance in the AP top 25.
  • Watch highlights of Purdue's upset win over No. 4 Ohio State
  • Meet Wisconsin assistant coach Ty Margenthaler.
  • Check out some of the "Ask the Badgers" videos played in the Kohl Center during games.
  • Get your tickets NOW for the 2010 Big Ten Women's Basketball Tournament! The deadline to purchase tickets in your school's section is Jan. 31.
  • MBB: Wednesday Night Slate

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    ILLINOIS at PENN STATE | 6: 30 p.m. ET | Big Ten Network
    ILL Game Notes | PSU Game Notes

    Penn State and Illinois will continue what has become a thrilling series full of last-second game-winners and stunning upsets. The Nittany Lions (8-11; 0-7 Big Ten) and Illini (12-8; 4-3 Big Ten) have seen five of their last nine meetings decided by one-point and the last six separated by just 2.1 ppg. The game tips off at 6:30 p.m. (ET) on the Big Ten Network.

    Series History: Illinois leads, 22-11


    #20/24 OHIO STATE at IOWA | 8: 30 p.m. ET | Big Ten Network
    OSU Game Notes | IOWA Game Notes

    After playing the last two games on the road, Iowa (8-12, 2-5) returns home Wednesday night when it entertains 20th-ranked Ohio State (14-6, 4-3). Tip-off is scheduled for 7:36 p.m. (CST) inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

    After starting the year 5-11, Iowa has won three of its last four. The Buckeyes have also won three of their last four. Iowa won its last outing, 58-43, at Indiana Sunday, while Ohio State fell at 11th-ranked West Virginia Saturday, 71-65. The Buckeyes are in a three-way tie for third place in the Big Ten, while the Hawkeyes are in 10th position; only one game behind four teams tied for sixth.

    Series History: Iowa leads, 73-65 

    WREST: Weekly Rankings

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    Eight conference schools are once again represented in the latest wrestling rankings released by the National Wrestling Coaches Association and InterMat.

    In Tuesday's NWCA/USA Today rankings, eight conference squads pepper the top 25, including No. 1 Iowa, which now boasts a 16-0 overall record and a 2-0 mark in Big Ten action. Ohio State and Minnesota rank third and fifth, respectively, while Wisconsin, Penn State and Indiana occupy No. 12, No. 13 and No. 14, respectively. Illinois appears at No. 20, while Purdue rounds out the top 25 at No. 25.

    InterMat's weekly rankings showcase seven conference schools and Iowa once again tops the charts at No. 1, while Ohio State checks in at No. 4 and Minnesota at No. 5. Penn State, Wisconsin and Indiana are 12th, 13th, and 14th, respectively, and Illinois rounds out the Big Ten squads at No. 24.

    Also according to InterMat's rankings, four Big Ten grapplers rank at the top of their respective weight classes. Indiana's Angel Escobedo is No. 1 at 125 pounds, Michigan State's Franklin Gomez tops the 133-pound weight class, Iowa's Brent Metcalf leads the 149-pound group and Wisconsin's Andrew Howe is No. 1 at 165.

    MBB: March is On!

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    We are 43 days away from the tip of the the 2010 edition of the Big Ten Tournament. Michigan State remains in control with an 8-0 record, while Wisconsin sits two games back at 6-2. In a three-way tie for third place are Illinois, Ohio State and Purdue with matching 4-3 records.

    If the Tournament started tomorrow, this is what the seeding would look like:

    #1 Michigan State
    #2 Wisconsin
    #3 Ohio State
    #4 Purdue
    #5 Illinois
    #6 Minnesota
    #7 Indiana
    #8 Northwestern
    #9 Michigan
    #10 Iowa
    #11 Penn State

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    MARCH is ON!
    Big Ten Basketball Fans - March Is On! Join us in Indy to cheer on your team at the Big Ten Basketball Tournament. January 31st is the deadline to guarantee seats in your school's block. Students - For the first time ever, special all-session discounted tickets are also available. Call your favorite Big Ten school's ticket office to secure your seats today! For more Tournament information, visit the Big Ten's Men's Basketball Tournament page.

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    W GYM: Weekly Rankings

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    Five Big Ten women's gymnastics teams rank among the nation's top 25, according to the recent GymInfo Women's National Team Rankings that were released on Monday.

    Michigan was the top conference school in the poll, appearing at No. 17 with an average score of 194.600. Penn State was 19th, averaging a team score 194.458, and Michigan State's score of 193.862 ranks it 22nd. Minnesota appeared at No. 23 with an average team score of 193.833 and Ohio State is 25th with an average of 193.625.

    Complete team rankings, as well as the top 25 ranked teams by event, can be found by clicking here.

    M GYM: Weekly Rankings

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    All six Big Ten men's gymnastics squad appeared in the top half of the GymInfo Men's National Team Rankings, which were released Monday.

    The top two spots in the latest poll belonged to Big Ten squads as Illinois came in at No. 1 and Michigan checked in at No. 2. The teams total scored are two points higher than any other school as the Illini boast a team score of 353.750, while Michigan has a team score of 353.500. Ohio State and Penn State are fifth and sixth, respectively, in the rankings, Minnesota is eighth, and Iowa is rated ninth.

    For the complete list of rankings, as well team leaders in each event, can be found by clicking here.

    MBB: Spartans Still Standing

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    Last night's Big Ten action saw two thrillers as #5 Michigan State escaped in-state rival Michigan to remain undefeated in Big Ten play and Minnesota held off Northwestern for the win at Williams Arena.


    #5/5 MICHIGAN STATE def. MICHIGAN, 57-56
    Kalin Lucas coached in the huddle and starred on the floor.

    Lucas made a go-ahead jumper with 3.5 seconds left, lifting No. 5 Michigan State to a 57-56 win over Michigan on Tuesday night.

    "We went to our go-to guy," Spartans coach Tom Izzo said. "If anyone wonders why I expect a lot of out of him, it shouldn't take you long to figure out why.

    "I fall in love with guys that want to coach the team. He came to me and made a couple adjustments against the 1-3-1 zone and wanted to go in the middle."

    Recap | Box Score | Highlights


    MINNESOTA def. #rv/- NORTHWESTERN, 65-61
    Blake Hoffarber hit four three-pointers in the final seven-plus minutes, finishing with 20 points and lifting Minnesota to a 65-61 victory over Northwestern on Tuesday night.

    Lawrence Westbrook pitched in 18 points and six assists for the Gophers (13-7, 4-4 Big Ten), who broke a three-game losing streak.

    John Shurna led the second-half comeback for the Wildcats (14-6, 3-5) with 19 points and Michael Thompson added 15 points and six assists.

    Hoffarber, the conference's leading three-point shooter, combined for only 15 points in his last three games and went 2-for-11 from behind the arc. But he got going again just when the Gophers needed him the most.

    Recap | Box Score | Highlights

    SB: Three Big Ten Teams Represented in Preseason Polls

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    Three Big Ten squads are ranked in the ESPN.com/USA Softball and USAToday/NFCA Preseason Top 25 polls.

    Michigan leads the contingent ranked No. 3 in the ESPN.com/USA Softball poll and No. 4 in the USAToday/NFCA list. Ohio State is ranked No. 16/14 while Northwestern checks in at No. 17/15. Also receiving votes are Purdue in both polls and Iowa in the USAToday/NFCA poll.

    The Wolverines welcome back 15 players from its 2009 squad that posted a 47-12-8 record en route to the Big Ten Conference title and the program's ninth NCAA Women's College World Series appearance.

    The Wildcats finished the 2009 campaign with a 31-15 record after falling in the NCAA Super Regionals. Fourteen letterwinners will return this season as the 'Cats look for their third Big Ten title and 13th NCAA berth.

    The Buckeyes return 14 letterwinners from a year ago after finishing with a 47-11 overall record and making its sixth NCAA Tournament appearance.

    The first 2010 regular season polls will be released on Tuesday, Feb. 9 (USA Today/NFCA) and Feb. 16 (ESPN.com/USA Softball). The Big Ten season begins Feb. 11 with two teams in action.

    ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25-Preseason 

    Rank    Team    2009 Record    Points    Last Rank in 09
    1.    Washington (17)    51-12    479    1
    2.    Alabama (1)    54-11    457    3
    3.    Michigan    47-12    430    5
    4.    Arizona (1)    46-17    424    7
    5.    Florida    63-5    407    2
    6.    UCLA (1)    45-11    396    10
    7.    Arizona State    47-19    387    6
    8.    Georgia    47-12    363    4
    9.    Missouri    50-12    337    8
    10.    Oklahoma    41-16    306    17
    11.    California    38-20    282    12
    12.    Stanford    48-11    256    9
    13.    LSU    34-18-1    234    19
    14.    Georgia Tech    46-15    215    13
    15.    Baylor    40-22    214    15
    16.    Ohio State    47-11    187    11
    17.    Northwestern    31-15    167    20
    18.    Tennessee    40-18-1    163    16
    19.    Florida State    44-16    128    25
    20.    DePaul    39-14    107    23
    21.    Louisville    48-11    93    24
    22.    North Carolina    47-13    91    22
    23.    ULL    45-13    84    RV
    24.    Fresno State    38-20    70    RV
    25.    UMass    41-10    55    14

    Others receiving votes:  Kentucky (26), Jacksonville State (17), Auburn (14), North Dakota State (14), Nevada (12), Oregon (11), Oklahoma State (10), Texas (8), Cal Poly (7), Notre Dame (7), Nebraska (6), Texas A&M (5), Ball State (4), BYU (4), San Diego State (4), Long Beach State (3), Purdue (2), New Mexico State (1), Virginia Tech (1) and Western Michigan (1).


    USAToday/NFCA-Preseason

    RANK  TEAM  '09 Record   TOTALS     Last Poll
    1 Washington (30)  51-12  750  1
    2 Alabama  54-11 677   3
    3 Florida  63-5   649  2
    4 Michigan  47-12  625  6
    5 Arizona State  47-19  613  5
    6 Arizona  46-17  597   7
    7 Georgia  47-12  569  4
    8 UCLA  45-11  558   9
    9 Missouri  50-12 536 8
    10 Stanford 48-11 433 10
    11 Oklahoma 41-16 401 16
    12 California 38-20 370 11
    13 Georgia Tech 46-15 319 13
    14 Ohio State 47-11 312 12
    15 Northwestern 31-15 288 18

    16 Tennessee 40-18-1 245 20
    17 Baylor 40-22 226 15
    18 LSU 34-18-1 219 19
    19 North Carolina 47-13 209 17
    20 Massachusetts 41-10 199 14
    21 DePaul 39-14 178 23
    22 Louisville 48-11 166 RV
    23 Florida State 44-16 109 22
    24 Louisiana-Lafayette 45-13 88 25
    25 Fresno State 38-20 75 RV

    Others Receiving Votes:
    North Dakota St. 44, Jacksonville St. 38, Cal Poly 37, Nevada 31, Nebraska 28, Texas 23, Notre Dame 21, Cal St. Fullerton 17, San Diego St. 15, Iowa 11, Kentucky 11, Purdue 10, Hawai`i 8, Mississippi St. 7, Southern Illinois 7, Cal St. Northridge 6, Texas A&M 6, Tulsa 6, Creighton 4, BYU 3, Houston 3, Oklahoma State 3.


    WBB: News & Notes

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    Players of the Week
    Northwestern's Amy Jaeschke was named Big Ten Player of the Week following performances in which she scored her 1,000th career point and became her school's all-time leading blocked shots leader. Iowa's Jaime Printy was named Freshman of the Week after back-to-back 20-point performances. COMPLETE RELEASE

    Coach Speak
    Ohio State dipped to No. 6 in the latest coaches poll, while Michigan State, Penn State, Purdue and Wisconsin receive votes outside the top 25. COMPLETE POLL

    W TEN: Athlete of the Week

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    Athlete of the Week
    Evgeniya Vertesheva, Indiana
    So., Perm, Russia

    Vertesheva wins her first women's tennis Athlete of the Week honor after posting a 4-0 record over the weekend. In Indiana's doubleheader against Miami (OH) and Ball State, Vertesheva dropped just five games and won both of her singles matches in straight sets. She knocked off Ball State's Hayley Hall, 6-0, 6-2, at No. 1 singles, then Miami's Stephanie Danesis, 6-2, 6-1 at No. 2 singles. Also, the sophomore paired with teammate Lindsey Stuckey and defeated Miami, 8-6, at No. 2 doubles and Ball State, 8-2, at No. 1 doubles to help the Hoosiers to a 2-0 weekend.

    Last Indiana Athlete of the Week: Katya Zapadalova (Jan. 27, 2009)

    M TEN: Athlete of the Week

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    Athlete of the Week
    Joshua Graves, Northwestern
    So., Milwaukee, Wis./Nicolet

    Graves defeated two ranked foes as Northwestern scored victories over No. 18 Alabama, 4-3, on Friday and No. 75 William & Mary, 5-2, on Sunday. At No. 1 singles, Graves defeated 62nd-ranked Saketh Myneni of Alabama, 7-6 (7-3), 6-2, then paired with Alex Sanborn to defeat the Alabama tandem of Ricky Doverspike and Ian Chadwell, 8-4, at No. 2 doubles. Graves also earned two wins against William & Mary, defeating 122nd-ranked Keziel Juneau, 6-4, 6-4, before teaming with Sanborn for a win over the Tribe's No. 2 doubles team of Daniel Mihalov and Sebastien Vidal, 8-4. The weekly honor is Graves' first of his career.

    Last Northwestern Athlete of the Week: Christian Tempke (Feb. 2, 2006)

    WREST: Wrestlers of the Week

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    The Big Ten announced a split of this week's Wrestler of the Week award on Tuesday.

    Michigan State's David Cheza defeated a pair of ranked opponents over the weekend, while Ohio State's Lance Palmer defeated a top five opponent to split Big Ten Wrestler of the Week honors.

    For complete information on this week's winners, click here.

    MBB: In-State Rivalry Highlights Tuesday Doubleheader

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    #5/5 MICHIGAN STATE at MICHIGAN | 7 p.m. ET | ESPN
    MSU Game Notes | U-M Game Notes

    After two seasons of meeting just once on the hardwood, Michigan State and Michigan will provide fans and alumni with a double-dose of the epic rivalry, with the first contest slated for Tuesday night in Ann Arbor. The first-place Spartans are riding on an eight-game win streak, fresh off a come-from-behind victory at Minnesota on Saturday while the Wolverines have dropped their last two Big Ten matches since toppling No. 15-ranked UConn on Jan. 17.

    Michigan's leading scorer Manny Harris (19.2 ppg.) returns to the lineup for the Maize and Blue (10-9, 3-4) after enduring a one-game suspension during Saturday's matchup against Purdue. The junior guard will look to tag team with U-M leading rebounder DeShawn Sims (7.6 rpg.) who owns a Big Ten-leading 20.9 point average in conference-only games on the year.  

    MSU (17-3, 7-0) is 4-2 in road contests this season. With wins at Northwestern, Iowa and Minnesota, the Spartans have extended their Big Ten road slate to 11-1, dating back to last season for the first time in school history. Junior point guard Kalin Lucas (15.8 ppg.) has showcased his ability to lead on the road in conference play, averaging a team-best 19.0 points per game in conference road contests this season.

    Michigan leads the all-time series with Michigan State, 91-72, including a 56-28 advantage in games played in Ann Arbor. However, MSU has won 16 of the last 19 meetings between the two rivals, including six of nine in Crisler Arena.

    Series History: Michigan leads, 91-72


    NORTHWESTERN at MINNESOTA | 9 p.m. ET | Big Ten Network
    NU Game Notes | MINN Game Notes

    Minnesota and Northwestern are set to clash for first time this season on Tuesday at Williams Arena. The game is scheduled for 9 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on the Big Ten Network with Dave Revsine and Bob Ford on the call.

    Northwestern (14-5, 3-4) comes to the Twin Cities on the heels of a 73-68 victory over Illinois inEvanston last Saturday. A victory Tuesday would propel NU back to .500 in Big Ten play and would mark the team's second conference road win. The Wildcats will try to build their case for an NCAA bid as they enter their eighth of 10 straight games against 2009 NCAA Tournament participants in Big Ten action.

    Minnesota enters Tuesday's contest after suffering a heartbreaking 65-64 loss to Michigan State on Saturday. The Gophers (12-7, 3-4) led for most of the game as Lawrence Westbrook and Devoe Johnson piloted the team with 16 points apiece. Westbrook leads the Gophers' balanced scoring attack with an average of 13.4 points per contest. Blake Hoffarber also contributes 11.1 tallies per outing and leads the Big Ten with a .486 shooting percentage from behind the arc.

    Last season, Northwestern and Minnesota split their regular season series with each team winning on its home court. The Gophers won the rubber match in the Big Ten Tournament, defeating the Wildcats by a score of 66-53. Minnesota leads the all-time series, 88-57, which dates back to 1909.  

    Series History: Minnesota leads, 88-57


     

    WSWM: Indiana and Minnesota Garner Weekly Accolades

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    The conference office tabbed Indiana's Margaux Farrell and Minnesota's Kelci Bryant Swimmer and Diver of the Week, respectively on Tuesday.  The Hoosier sophomore posted season bests in each of her four events over the weekend, including an NCAA provisional mark of 1:48.14 in the 200 free in the dual meet win over Purdue. Meanwhile, Bryant posted two NCAA qualifying scores to sweep the springboard events in aiding Minnesota to a team victory at the Swimming World College Conference Championships.

    To learn more about this week's honorees, look here.

    The Big Ten featured two of its own in the premier 2010 women's indoor track and field national rankings, released Tuesday by the USTFCCCA. Penn State improved four spots from its preseason standing to earn a sixth-place ranking in this week's poll while Illinois remained inside the top-25, voting in at No. 24.

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

    MINDR T/F: Minnesota and Indiana

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    The Big Ten featured two of its own in the first edition of the 2010 men's indoor track and field national rankings, released Tuesday by the USTFCCCA. Minnesota appeared just outside the top 10 teams in the nation, voting in at No. 12. Following close behind, Indiana checked in at No. 16, improving 22 spots from the preseason poll.

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

    WBB: Monday's Results

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    PURDUE def. No. 4/4 OHIO STATE, 63-61
    Recap and Box Score

    MBB: Hello Monday!

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    Player of the Week for games of Jan. 18-24
    Purdue's JaJuan Johnson was named the Big Ten's Player of the Week. Johnson helped lead the Boilermakers to wins over Illinois on the road and Michigan at home. The junior forward/center averaged 22.5 points and 9.5 rebounds on the week.

    Other outstanding performers for the Week of Jan. 18 include:
    Demetri McCamey, ILL, Jr., G: Averaged 20.5 points on 55 percent shooting and 6.5 assists...scored a season-high 28 points against Purdue, his seventh 20-point game of the year...also dished out a game-high nine assists against the Boilers, which resulted in 22 points, as he combined for 64 percent of Illinois' offense on the night (50-of-78 points)....nine assists marked his second-highest total of the season, and he also set career highs in free throws made (13) and attempted (19) against Purdue...added 13 points, four assists and four rebounds at Northwestern.

    Aaron Fuller, IOWA, So., F: Scored a team-high 13 points in helping lift Iowa to a 15-point win at Indiana Sunday, snapping Iowa's 15-game road losing skid...helped hold Indiana to only 43 points, its lowest scoring output ever against Iowa in Assembly Hall... Iowa held Indiana to without a three-point basket for the first time since March 9, 2001...the Hawkeyes also limited the Hoosiers to only three assists and forced 16 turnovers.

    DeShawn Sims, MICH, Sr., F: Helped pace the Wolverines at #18 Wisconsin and at #13 Purdue...averaged 22.0 points, 10.5 rebounds, while shooting 53.1 percent from the field... posted back-to-back 20-point games with 23 against the Badgers and 21 against the Boilermakers...with his season-high 13 rebounds at Wisconsin, he posted his fifth double-double of the season.

    Raymar Morgan, MSU, Sr., F: Morgan averaged a team-best 16.5 points as MSU won two games last week. The senior forward shot .765 from the field, hitting 13-of-17 shots. Against Iowa, Morgan scored a team-high 16 points, hitting 7-of-11 shots. In a road win at Minnesota, Morgan had a perfect shooting day, hitting all six field-goal attempts and three free throws. He added six rebounds and two blocks vs. the Golden Gophers. Morgan now ranks 16th in MSU history with 1,403 career points.

    Devoe Joseph, MINN, So., G: Averaged 17.5 points along with 3.5 rebounds and five assists... led the Gophers in scoring versus Indiana and dished out a career-high seven assists against Michigan State...shot 58 percent from the field for the week while playing 31 minutes per contest.

    Evan Turner, OSU, Jr., G: Averaged a double-double in a win vs. Northwestern and a loss at No. 11 West Virginia with averages of 19 points and 12 rebounds...has eight double doubles on the season and 19 for his career...became the second player in Ohio State history (Jimmy Jackson) to exceed 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and 300 assists...scored 20 points and grabbed 13 rebounds and narrowly missed his third triple double of the season with eight assists against the Wildcats.

    Talor Battle, PSU, Jr., G: Posted a game-high 28 points, eight rebounds and six assists while playing 44 minutes in overtime loss at No. 18 Wisconsin on Sunday....scored nine straight points (on three-straight threes) and an assist on another bucket in an 11-0 first half run that gave Penn State a 26-16 lead... led Penn State with 22 points and four assists in a loss to Indiana, despite a severely twisted left ankle that caused him to miss the previous two practices...leads the Big Ten with nine 20-point games on the season and is one of two players among players in the ACC, Big 12, Big East, Big Ten, Pac-10 and SEC to lead his team in points, rebounds, assists and steals.

    Trévon Hughes, WIS, Sr., G: Posted back-to-back games of 20-plus points in leading the Badgers to a pair of comeback wins...scored 20 points with seven rebounds, two assists and a block in a win over Michigan...in a tie game with 4:00 left Hughes scored six of UW's next eight points to give the Badgers the lead for good....had 16 of his 20 points in the second half...played all 45 minutes of UW's overtime win vs. Penn State, posting a team-high 22 points, five rebounds, four assists, three blocks and three steals with zero turnovers.

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    STAT of the DAY
    Entering the week, the Big Ten is tied with the Big 12 for the national lead among the ACC, Big 12, Big East, Big Ten, Pac-10 and SEC with three teams each with 16 or more wins. The Big East has two teams, while the ACC and SEC each have a team matching or surpassing 16 wins.

    Big Ten--Michigan State (17-3), Wisconsin (16-4), Purdue (16-3)

    Big 12--Kansas (18-1), Texas (17-2), Kansas State (16-3)

    Big East--Villanova (18-1), Syracuse (19-1)

    ACC--Duke (16-3)
     
    SEC--Kentucky (19-0)
     
    Pac-10--None
     


    WBB: Monday's Schedule

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    #5/4 Ohio State at Purdue, 7 p.m.
    ESPN2

    WBB: Report Card

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    The Big Ten continues to earn high marks in the NCAA RPI report, led by No. 8 Ohio State. With No. 17 Michigan State, No. 21 Wisconsin, No. 34 Penn State and No. 35 Illinois, the Big Ten has 45 percent of its teams within the top 35, which is the second-highest percentage among all conferences. No. 43 Michigan gives the conference six top-50 teams, making the Big Ten one of three conferences with over half its teams ranking in the top 50. The Big Ten is also one of just three conferences with all its teams within the RPI's top 105. COMPLETE REPORT

    FB: Former Big Ten Players/Coaches in Super Bowl

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    The Big Ten Conference will be well-represented on Sunday, Feb. 7, in Super Bowl XLIV with 20 former student-athletes and 13 coaches with previous conference connections on the rosters of the Indianapolis Colts and New Orleans Saints. The Big Ten leads all conferences with 20 players on the two Super Bowl squads, followed by the SEC (19 players), Big 12 (18), ACC (15) and Pac-10 (13). Read more by clicking on this link.

    W GYM: Gymnasts of the Week

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    The Big Ten announced the women's Gymnast and Freshman of the Week winners on Monday.

    Penn State's Brandi Personett earned her 11th Big Ten Gymnast of the Week award after finishing first in four events and scoring a perfect 10 on vault, while Michigan's Natalie Beilstein earned her second Big Ten Freshman of the Week honor after helping Michigan to a dual meet split over the weekend.

    For complete information on this week's winners, click here.

    M GYM: Gymnasts of the Week

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    The Big Ten Conference office announced the weekly award winners for men's gymnastics on Monday.

    Michigan's Thomas Kelley and Minnesota's Aaron Fortunato shared Big Ten Gymnast of the Week honors, while Penn State's Felix Aronovich claimed his second Freshman of the Week honor of the season.

    For complete information on this week's winners, click here.

    WBB: In the Polls

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    Ohio State moved up one spot to No. 4 in the latest AP poll released on Monday, while Penn State cracked the top 25 for the first time this season, debuting at No. 23. Michigan State and Wisconsin are receiving votes outside the top 25. COMPLETE POLL

    WINDR T/F: Weekly Award Winners

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    The conference office announced on Monday the third weekly women's indoor track and field honors for meets through January 18-24. Illinois' Melissa Bates took home the weekly track laurel and Minnesota's Alicia Rue collected her second consecutive Field Athlete of the Week award of the season.

    A junior sprinter, Bates posted three top-finishes, highlighted by an NCAA  provisional qualifying effort in the 400 meter (54.74). In other completion, Minnesota's Rue continued her assault on the Minnesota record book bettering her own school record and University Fieldhouse record in the pole vault, clearing 14 feet, 4 1/2 inches at the Jack Johnson Classic. The winning effort marked her third straight individual title on the year as she improved her previous standard by half an inch. The height was Rue's third NCAA automatic qualifying performance of the season and her seventh meet clearing over 14 feet.

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

    MINDR T/F: Indiana and Minnesota Take Home Weekly Honors

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    The conference office announced on Monday the third weekly men's indoor track and field awards for meets through January 18-24. On the track, Indiana's Andy Bayer earned his first weekly honor of the 2010 campaign while Minnesota's Jack Szmanda was tabbed Field Athlete of the Week. The freshman duo each debuted in their respective events, producing top finishes in the 3,000-meter invitational and heptathlon, respectively. Bayer and Szmanda also collected NCAA provisional qualifying marks during weekend competition. READ MORE ...

    WBB: Sunday's Results

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    PENN STATE (rv/rv) def. ILLINOIS, 70-66
    Recap and Box Score

    MICHIGAN def. INDIANA, 70-56
    Recap and Box Score

    MICHIGAN STATE (rv/rv) def. MINNESOTA, 66-57
    Recap and Box Score

    IOWA def. NORTHWESTERN, 78-69
    Recap and Box Score

    MBB: Sunday Recaps

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    #18/19 WISCONSIN def. PENN STATE, 79-71 (OT)
    Jordan Taylor
    scored the last eight points of regulation to tie the game, then went on to score 10 more in overtime and lead Wisconsin (No. 19 ESPN/USA Today, No. 18 AP) to a 79-71 victory over Penn State on Sunday.

    With the loss, the Nittany Lions remain winless in Big Ten play.

    Trevon Hughes
    scored 22 points and Taylor finished with 20 for the Badgers (16-4, 6-2 Big Ten), who trailed for most of the game as their recent string of ugly outside shooting performances continued.

    Recap | Box Score | Highlights



    IOWA def. INDIANA, 58-43
    Aaron Fuller had 13 points and Jarryd Cole added 11 points and 10 rebounds, leading Iowa to a 58-43 victory over Indiana Sunday night.

    Brennan Cougill finished with 10 points and Eric May scored nine for the Hawkeyes (8-12, 2-5 Big Ten), who have won two of their last three conference games after an 0-4 start.

    Verdell Jones III had 14 points and Christian Watford added 10 for the Hoosiers (9-10, 3-4). Indiana, which won just one Big Ten game last season, had won its previous two games in the conference.

    Recap | Box Score | Highlights

    MBB: Required Reading-Weekend Edition

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    Northwestern's Kevin Coble trumps LaBron?

    Talking hoops with... Shon Morris.

    Defense a focal point for Boilermakers.

    Dumes learns important concept--time and score.

    A pain in the offense?

    Spartan effort needed for tough road ahead.

    I got a new attitude...See what's keeping MSU's Raymar Morgan focused.

    Future waits as Travis Walton assists.

    Hughes the Head of the Class.

    Off the chart...Jarmusz seen as more than offense.

    Ohio State on a tear since Evan Turner's return.


    WBB: Sunday's Schedule

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    Northwestern at Iowa, 5 p.m.
    BigTenNetwork.com

    Indiana at Michigan, Noon
    Big Ten Network

    Michigan State (rv/rv) at Minnesota, 3 p.m.
    ESPN2

    Illinois at Penn State (rv/rv), 1 p.m.
    BigTenNetwork.com

    MBB: Saturday Recaps

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    #6/7 MICHIGAN STATE def. MINNESOTA, 65-64
    Tom Izzo
    looked Kalin Lucas in the eye during a late timeout and told him about certain times in a game when players become great.

    Lucas got the message, hitting a three-pointer with 1:27 left to break a tie and help give Michigan State (No. 7 ESPN/USA Today, No. 6 AP) a 65-64 win over short-handed Minnesota on Saturday.

    Lucas finished with 22 points and Raymar Morgan added 17 in a game that the Spartans never led until Lucas's three-pointer broke a 62-all tie.

    Recap | Box Score | Highlights


    #11/12 West Virginia def. #21/25 OHIO STATE, 71-65
    Da'Sean Butler scored 21 points and No. 11 West Virginia came from 14 points down to defeat No. 21 Ohio State 71-65 on Saturday.

    Darryl Bryant added 14 points and Wellington Smith scored 11 for the Mountaineers (15-3), who overcame yet another slow start to beat the Buckeyes (14-6) for the second straight season.

    William Buford led Ohio State with 22 points and Evan Turner added 18.

    West Virginia scored the first 10 points after halftime to take control. Butler had 16 after the break, including 3-pointers a couple minutes apart that put the Mountaineers ahead 62-56 with 6:28 left. Ohio State made just one field goal over the final 8 minutes.

    Recap | Box Score | Highlights


    #13/15 PURDUE def. MICHIGAN, 69-59
    Purdue coach Matt Painter believes his team is at its best when JaJuan Johnson is involved in the offense.

    It appears his team finally agrees.

    Johnson scored 21 points to help Purdue (No. 15 ESPN/USA Today, No. 13 AP) beat Michigan 69-59 on Saturday.

    In Purdue's four wins since Jan. 1, the 6-foot-10 Johnson is averaging 21.5 points. In the Boilermakers' three losses, the center is averaging only six points.

    Painter said he talked to the team about getting the ball to Johnson after a loss to Ohio State in which Johnson took only five shots.

    Recap | Box Score | Highlights


    NORTHWESTERN  def. ILLINOIS, 73-68
    Jeremy Nash scored 22 points, John Shurna added 19 and Northwestern went on a run late in the second half to beat Illinois 73-68 Saturday night after dropping 11 straight to the Illini.

    Drew Crawford scored 15, and the Wildcats (14-5, 3-4 Big Ten) got a measure of revenge for an overtime loss last month that spoiled their first AP poll appearance in nearly 41 years. They went on a 15-2 run that turned a six-point deficit into a 61-54 lead and hung on from there, sending Illinois to its third straight loss.

    Guard D.J. Richardson led the Illini (12-8, 4-3) with 17 points, but the big men were quiet after dominating the Wildcats last month.

    Recap | Box Score | Highlights

    WREST: Weekend Schedule

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    Friday kicks off Big Ten competition of the 2009-10 wrestling season and all of the conference teams will face Big Ten foes this weekend. Five of these matchups can be seen on the Big Ten Network or at BigTenNetwork.com

    Friday will feature four Big Ten matchups, while Northwestern hosts Southern Illinois at 7 p.m. CT in non-conference action. In Big Ten action, #14 Wisconsin hosts Indiana for an 8 p.m. ET dual that will be televised live by the Big Ten Network. Elsewhere, #19 Illinois heads to #13 Penn State and #5 Minnesota travels to Michigan State for 7 p.m. ET matchups that will be streamed live by BigTenNetwork.com. Finally, top-ranked Iowa will visit Michigan.

    A matchup between #5 Minnesota and Michigan is the lone dual scheduled Saturday, while four more decorate Sunday's slate. #1 Iowa will face #25 Purdue in Lowell, Ind., #19 Illinois visits Michigan State and will appear on BigTenNetwork.com, #11 Indiana squares off against Northwestern and #3 Ohio State hosts #13 Penn State that will air in tape delay on the Big Ten Network.

    For the complete weekend schedule, up-to-date standings and rankings, check out the Big Ten weekly wrestling release by clicking here.

    MBB: Starting Five

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    1. Four Big Ten teams (Michigan State, Minnesota, Ohio State and Wisconsin) boast clean home slates this season to rank second amongst all Division I conferences in the nation.

    2. Michigan's Manny Harris is just seven rebounds away from becoming just the 27th Wolverine to join the exclusive 1,000 point/500 rebound club. He currently has 1,451 points and 493 rebounds. Teammate DeShawn Sims is also part of the exclusive listing with 1,358 points and 623 rebounds.

    3. Michigan State's Draymond Green is proving to be one of the nation's premier sixth men, coming off the bench in 15 of 18 games. The Spartan sophomore is averaging a team-best, 7.8 rebounds per game, recording double-figures off the glass in five games. He also ranks first on the team in steals (29), second in blocks (15), field-goal percentage (.602) and scoring (10.9 ppg), and third in assists (3.2 apg). Despite coming off the bench in a majority of the contests, he ranks third on the squad in minutes per game (24.9 mpg).

    4. Wisconsin's Bo Ryan will try to become just the 18th head coach in conference history with 100 Big Ten wins when the Badgers welcome Penn State to Madison this Sunday. The UW head general is poised to tie Indiana coaching legend Branch McCraken (100-40) as the second-fastest to coach to post 100 W's in conference action. The Badgers are 11 -0 at the Kohl Center this season and are riding a 16-game home winning streak overall.

    5. Big Ten Basketball Fans - March is on. Help Paint Indianapolis your school colors this March! For the first time the Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament will feature a special discounted rate of $50 for all-session tickets available only to students. January 31st is the deadline to guarantee seats in your school's respective ticket blocks. Call your favorite Big Ten School's ticket office to secure your seats today. Act fast and make sure to order your tickets before they sell-out. Look here for more information.

    MBB: Saturday's Slate

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    #6/7 MICHIGAN STATE at MINNESOTA |Noon ET | CBS Sports
    MSU Game Notes | MINN Game Notes

    Minnesota welcomes Michigan State to Williams Arena on Saturday for a Big Ten rematch. The game is scheduled for Noon ET and will be broadcast on CBS with Gus Johnson and Greg Anthony on the call.

    Michigan State comes to the Twin Cities as the sixth ranked team in the country and fresh off of a 70-62 victory over Iowa in East Lansing. The Spartans have started the Big Ten schedule with six straight victories, including a win over the Gophers, 60-53, 10 days ago. MSU won despite shooting a season-low 36.2 percent from the field. The Spartans only surrendered10 turnovers after Minnesota entered the game forcing 19.2 miscues per game against conference opponents. Although both teams boast a deep bench, MSU's reserves out-scored Minnesota's, 27-3.

    Minnesota ranks in the top 10 nationally in three statistical categories, including turnover margin (seventh, 5.3), steals per game (eighth, 10.5) and assists per game (ninth, 17.5). The Gophers are led in scoring by Blake Hoffarber, who ranks third nationally in three-point field-goal percentage (.495). Watch as Lawrence Westbrook attempts to notch his 1,000 career point during Saturday's contest. The senior co-captain needs 10 more to reach the milestone.

    Michigan State leads the all-time series with Minnesota, 58-56, although the Gophers own a 35-20 advantage in games played in East Lansing. The Spartans have won seven straight, including 12 of the last 13.

    Series History: Michigan State leads, 58-56


    MICHIGAN at #13/15 PURDUE | 4 p.m. ET | ESPN
    U-M Game Notes | WIS Game Notes

    Michigan will go on the road to face No. 13/15 Purdue on Saturday inside Mackey Arena. Tip-off is scheduled for 4 p.m. ET with ESPN providing live television coverage. Saturday's game will mark the only meeting between the two schools in the regular season. The turnover battle will be key on Saturday, as both teams average less than 12 miscues per game heading into the contest.

    Michigan arrives in West Lafayette, Ind., after splitting its last two games. The Wolverines prevailed in an upset 68-63 victory over 15/15 UConn last week before suffering a 54-48 setback at 18/19 Wisconsin on Wednesday evening. U-M's Manny Harris is closing in, or has already reached several milestones at U-M, but he is just seven rebounds away from becoming just the 27th U-M player to join the exclusive U-M 1,000 point/500 rebound club. He currently has 1,451 points and 493 rebounds. Teammate DeShawn Sims is also part of the exclusive listing with 1,358 points and 623 rebounds.

    The Boilermakers recently snapped a three-game losing skid with a win at Illinois on Tuesday. Juniors JaJuan Johnson and Robbie Hummel head into the Michigan game with streaks of 15 and 17-consecutive double-figure scoring performances, respectively. The duo also occupies the fourth and fifth spots on the Big Ten's overall rebounding chart, making Purdue the lone school to boast two of the conference's top rive rebounders.

    Purdue leads the all-time series with Michigan, 80-61, and has won five of the last seven meetings with the Wolverines. The Boilers are 28-13 against Michigan at Mackey Arena.

    Series History: Purdue leads, 80-61


    #21/25 OHIO STATE at #11/12 West Virginia | 2 p.m. ET | CBS Sports
    OSU Game Notes | UWA Game Notes

    Ohio State looks to wrap up its non-conference season with a visit to #11/12 ranked West Virginia on Saturday afternoon. Tip-off is slated for 2 p.m. ET from inside the Coliseum in front of a nationally televised audience on CBS.

    Ohio State is 4-3 against ranked teams in the Associated Press Top 25 this season and 4-1 with a full roster. Evan Turner missed six games this season with a back injury, in which OSU went 3-3, including 0-2 against ranked foes. Turner averages 24.2 points and 9.6 rebounds when competing against the AP-Top 25 this season.

    Ohio State and West Virginia have met 15 times since the series opener in 1940. The Buckeyes own a 9-6 lead all time starting with wins in the first eight games played through 1980. The Mountaineers have been successful in six of the last seven meetings, including a 76-48 victory a season ago in Columbus. Both teams enter the game this year ranked among the Top-25 for the first time in series history.

    Series History: Ohio State leads, 9-6


    ILLINOIS at NORTHWESTERN | 8 p.m. ET | Big Ten Network
    ILL Game Notes | NU Game Notes

    The Wildcats return to action when they host in-state rival Illinois at Welsh Ryan Arena. The contest will mark the second meeting between the two teams on the year with the last game resulting in an 89-83 overtime decision in favor of the Illini.

    Both teams are coming off of tough losses in conference action. In the early game on Tuesday, Northwestern fell victim to cold shooting, dropping a 76-56 loss on the road at Ohio State. Later that night, the Illini came up short against Purdue, despite a game-high 28 point performance from Demetri McCamey.

    The last time the two teams square off, NU struggled to contain Mike Tisdale and fellow big man Mike Davis, who combined for 51 points and 28 rebounds. The towering tandem also united to post 10 of Illinois' 15 points in the overtime session.

    Series History: Illinois leads, 127-34



     

    MBB: One-on-One with Evan Turner

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    The Big Ten recently caught up with Player of the Week Evan Turner to see what life is like beyond college hoops. Take a look and see what he had to say in today's one-on-one matchup with Ohio State's junior guard.

    Q: You have two brothers. What is your greatest sibling rivalry?
    A: Backyard basketball. We would play 10 games a day growing up.
        Q: Who has the edge?
        A: I think I have the all-time record.

    Q: What is your first memory of basketball?
    A: I played with my brother on a third-and fourth-grade team and we beat the other team 15-0. That was my first organized game.

    Q: Best advice ever bestowed by a coach or mentor?
    A: Always play hard. It's not about where you begin, but where you finish.

    Q: Name one thing that you do to get better everyday?
    A: I work on my handle every day. I always dribble with a heavy ball.

    Q: What is your most prized possession of no monetary value?
    A: We took a photo at my mom's 50th birthday celebration and the whole family is in the photograph. That's pretty important to me.

    Q: Favorite thing about Columbus or Ohio State?
    A: My teammates and my friends. They mean a lot to me. We really enjoy being around each other and we all relate well to one another.

    Q: If you could play anyone one-on-one, who would it be?
    A: Michael Jordan. He's the best to ever play the game and I want to see how I measure up.

    MBB: Thursday Night Recap

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    INDIANA def. PENN STATE, 67-61
    Verdell Jones III
    hit two late long jumpers, Devan Dumes scored 10 of his 15 points in the second half and Indiana held off Penn State 67-61 on Thursday night for its first road win of the season.

    The Hoosiers (9-9, 3-3 Big Ten) led by nine with 6:20 left but couldn't shake Penn State and guard Talor Battle, who had a game-high 22 despite being hobbled by a left ankle twisted earlier in the week.

    Andrew Ott's layup got Penn State (8-10, 0-6) within three, but Jones nailed a three with a defender in his face to get the lead back to 63-57 with 2:58 left, and another jumper more than a minute later to put the Hoosiers up eight.

    Recap | Box Score | Highlights

    WBB: Thursday Results

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    Iowa def. Illinois, 74-65
    Recap and Box Score

    Indiana def. Northwestern, 61-55
    Recap and Box Score

    #5/4 Ohio State def. Michigan, 58-56
    Recap and Box Score

    Michigan State (rv/rv) def. Purdue, 72-54
    Recap and Box Score

    Penn State (rv/rv) def. Wisconsin (rv/rv), 54-43
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    MBB: Stat of the Day

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    STAT of the DAY

    On Wednesday, Michigan State defeated Iowa, 70-63, to move to 6-0 in conference play. It is the best start in Big Ten play of head coach Tom Izzo's tenure and the top open to a campaign since the 1977-78 Spartans began 7-0.

    Michigan State has the most conference wins of any team in the ACC, Big 12, Big East, Big Ten, SEC and Pac-10 since the 2008-09 season at 21-3 (.875).

    Most Conference Wins
    Michigan State   21-3     (.875)
    Pittsburgh            20-4      (.833)
    Louisville             19-4      (.826)
    Villanova             19-5      (.792)
    Connecticut         18-6      (.750)
    Washington         17-7      (.708)

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    WBB: Thursday Schedule

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    MBB: Indiana and Penn State Set to Collide Thursday Night

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    INDIANA at PENN STATE | 7 p.m. ET | ESPN2
    IND Game Notes | PSU Game Notes

    Penn State will be looking to end a five-game losing skid and post its first conference win of the season when it plays host to Indiana Thursday night. Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m. ET, with ESPN2 providing live coverage from inside the Bryce Jordan Center.

    The Nittany Lions (8-9, 0-5) have lost six games by five points or less on the season, including a one-point loss at Illinois and three-point loss at Iowa in its last two games. Junior guard Talor Battle posted 31 points in the Lions last outing agins the Hawkeyes, and leads the Big Ten with three 30-point games on the year. Battle moved into 14th place all-time on the Nittany Lion career scoring charts with 1,264 points and became just the fourth Lion ever to post 1,000 points, 400 rebounds and 300 assists for their career.

    Indiana (8-9, 2-3) is coming off an 81-78 overtime victory over Minnesota in Bloomington on Sunday. The Hoosiers are led by guard Verdell Jones III (13.4 ppg.) and Big Ten freshman scoring leader Christian Watford (13.0 ppg.)

    Series History: Indiana leads, 27-7

    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

    Brittany Rayburn, Purdue
    Purdue sophomore Brittany Rayburn is a small-town girl who keeps the big picture in focus. The Attica, Ind., native and last year's Big Ten Sixth Player of the Year is studying animal science, taking the demanding class load knowing that her basketball career will not last forever. Ideally, Rayburn would like to become a veterinarian and open her own private practice in a small town. Until then, the former Indiana Miss Basketball will continue to work hard in the classroom and on the hardwood.

    MBB: Super Wednesday Recaps

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    #6/7 MICHIGAN STATE def. IOWA, 70-63
    Michigan State is 6-0 in the Big Ten, its best start to conference play in coach Tom Izzo's 15 seasons.

    But Izzo is thoroughly unimpressed, especially after Wednesday night's lackluster 70-63 victory over Iowa. The Spartans (No. 7 ESPN/USA Today, No. 6 AP) lacked intensity and let the overmatched Hawkeyes cut a 19-point lead to three late in the game.

    "I'm used to our great teams playing with incredible emotion," Izzo said. "This team is not quite like that right now. ... I'm not happy with tonight's performance. I'm not happy with where we are."

    Raymar Morgan scored 16 points to pace Michigan State (16-3, 6-0), which led by 19 midway through the second half before Iowa got back into it. Matt Gatens hit a three-pointer with 2:05 left to cut the deficit to 64-61, but the Hawkeyes (7-12, 1-5) couldn't get any closer.

    Recap | Box Score | Highlights



    #18/19 WISCONSIN def. MICHIGAN, 54-48
    Wisconsin is missing injured forward Jon Leuer -- and a lot of three-pointers in his absence.

    With their long-range shots again failing to fall Wednesday night, the Badgers (No. 19 ESPN/USA Today, No. 18 AP) turned to star guard Trevon Hughes and unheralded backup Rob Wilson to lead a late scoring surge in a 54-48 victory over Michigan.

    "That's really what we needed. We needed somebody to hit shots, and make sure we knew that there wasn't something covering the rim," Badgers coach Bo Ryan said.

    Hughes scored 20 points and Wilson added a career-high 13 off the bench for the Badgers (15-4, 5-2 Big Ten), who won despite shooting a miserable 4 for 24 from three-point range.

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    MBB: Stat of the Day

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    STAT of the DAY

    The Big Ten owns the best win percentage vs. the RPI Top 25 of any other top five RPI conference.

    Big Ten     14-22 (.389)
    ACC            7-13 (.350)
    Big 12         8-20 (.286)
    Big East     15-39 (.278)
    SEC             4-17 (.190)

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    50 Days until the 2010 Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament

    Big Ten Basketball Fans - March Is On! Join us in Indy to cheer on your team at the Big Ten Basketball Tournament. January 31st is the deadline to guarantee seats in your school's block. Students - For the first time ever, special all-session discounted tickets are also available. Call your favorite Big Ten school's ticket office to secure your seats today!

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    WBB: Required Reading

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  • Check out Indiana's latest episode of "In the Paint with Big Sash."
  • Iowa head coach Lisa Bluder blogs about her team's battles with injuries this season.
  • Michigan's Crisler Arena is expected to undergo major renovations.
  • Sign up for a chance to win coffee with Minnesota head coach Pam Borton.
  • Watch the latest video chat from Northwestern head coach Joe McKeown.
  • Northwestern's Amy Jaeschke blogs about the Wildcat athletic family in her latest entry of "And 1 With Amy."
  • Penn State was honored by the Centre County Board of Commissioners for its work in raising awareness and funds for breast cancer.
  • MBB: Two Big Ten Matchups Up Next on BTN

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    IOWA at #6/7 MICHIGAN STATE | 6:30 p.m. ET | Big Ten Network
    IOWA Game Notes | MSU Game Notes

    Michigan State and Iowa are set to collide for the second time in a span of 12 days. The Spartans won the first meeting, 71-53, on Jan. 9 in Iowa City. Tip-off for Wednesday night's game is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. ET from inside the Breslin Center in East Lansing, Mich.

    MSU currently holds a one-game lead in the Big Ten standings and enters tonight's contest on a six-game winning streak, while Iowa has won its last two contests. The Spartans boast a perfect 11-0 home record this season, while the Hawkeyes are 0-3 in true road games.

    MSU leads the all-time series with Iowa, 61-52, including a 39-17 advantage in games played in East Lansing. The Spartans have won 18 of the last 25 meetings.

    The Big Ten Network will televise Wednesday night's game to a national cable audience. Gus Johnson and Steve Smith will call the action.

    Series History: Michigan State leads, 61-52


    MICHIGAN at #18/19 WISCONSIN | 8:30 p.m. ET | Big Ten Network
    U-M Game Notes | WIS Game Notes

    Wisconsin returns to the Kohl Center on Wednesday to face Michigan (10-7, 3-2) for the first time this season. UW (14-4, 4-2) currently occupies the third-place position in the conference standings, sitting one win ahead of U-M (10-7, 3-2). The Wolverines opened the season with a split 5-5 record, but have since won five of their last seven.

    The Badgers split a pair of road contests last week in Big Ten play, earning a 60-50 road win at Northwestern and falling short, 60-51 at Ohio State on Saturday. Senior captains Jason Bohannon and Trévon Hughes have been shouldering the load for Wisconsin since Jon Leuer's wrist injury put him on the bench indefinitely. In the Badgers' last time out the duo posted over half of UW's points with a combined total of 28, including four treys from Hughes. Watch as Bohannon attempts to rack up 15 points in tonight's contest to reach 1,000 for his career.

    The Wolverines are coming off a pair of wins last week, earning a redemption victory over Indiana before notching a signature win over No. 15 UConn. John Beilein's squad is led by junior Manny Harris, who leads the Big Ten in scoring with 19.6 points per game and ranks third with 4.47 assists per game. He has topped the 20-point barrier nine times this season.

    Michigan leads the all-time series 86-63, but the Badgers own a 43-32 advantage in games played in Madison. UW has won 13 of the last 17 meetings with the Wolverines, including six in a row.

    Series History: Michigan leads, 86-63

    WREST: Weekly Rankings

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    Eight Big Ten schools cracked this week's top 25 of the National Wrestling Coaches Association/USA Today poll and seven appeared in the latest InterMat rankings, both of which were released on Tuesday.

    At 14-0, Iowa ranks No. 1 in both polls and defeated fourth-ranked Oklahoma State last weekend in Iowa City. Ohio State and Minnesota were voted into the top five in both polls, Ohio State appearing at No. 3 in the NWCA poll and No. 4 in the InterMat rankings, while Minnesota was fifth in each. Indiana (#11 NWCA/#11 InterMat), Penn State (#13/13) Wisconsin (#14/19), and Illinois (#19/24) appeared in both rankings while Purdue checked into the NWCA poll at No. 25 this week.

    Individually, four conference grapplers rank No. 1 in their respective weight classes, according to InterMat. Indiana's Angel Escobedo leads the class at 125 pounds, Michigan State's Franklin Gomez is No. 1 at 133 pounds, Iowa's Brent Metcalf sits atop the 149-pound weight class and Wisconsin's Andrew Howe leads the pack in the 165-pound division.

    MBB: Tuesday Recaps

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    #21/25 OHIO STATE def. NORTHWESTERN,76-56
    Evan Turner
    of Ohio State (No. 25 ESPN/USA Today, No. 21 AP) says he's about 90 percent back to where he was before breaking two bones in his back in early December.

    After Turner had 20 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists in Ohio State's 76-56 win over his team on Tuesday night, Northwestern coach Bill Carmody was asked if he thought Turner still was that far from being on top of his game.

    "Next question," Carmody cracked. Then he added, "Yeah. He's doing OK."

    Turner also keyed a fast start with five points in a 7-0 run as the Buckeyes (14-5, 4-3 Big Ten) broke out quick and cruised to their third win in a row.

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    #13/15 PURDUE def. ILLINOIS, 84-78
    John Hart had played 33 minutes of basketball for Purdue this season before Tuesday night's game against Illinois.

    Hart wasn't even listed in the game's official score book, costing the Boilermakers (No. 15 ESPN/USA Today, No. 13 AP) a technical foul and two points at the free-throw line when he did play. The Illini said they knew nothing about him.

    Hart more than made up for the technical and introduced himself to Illinois with 14 points, five of them in an early second-half run that gave the Boilermakers a lead they rode to an 84-78 victory.

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    M TEN: Athlete of the Week

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    Athlete of the Week
    Dino Marcan, Ohio State
    Fr., Rijeka, Croatia

    Marcan was named Big Ten Athlete of the Week for the first time in his career after going 7-0 and being named the tournament winner at the Boilermaker Invitational over the weekend. Marcan won each singles match in straight sets, knocking off Purdue's P.J. Rose, 6-3, 6-3; Eastern Kentucky's Alex Das, 6-2, 6-3; Valparaiso's Adam Whitmer, 6-1, 6-3; and Western Michigan's Kazuya Komada, 6-4, 6-2. The freshman then teamed up with Balazs Novak in doubles to knock off teams from Purdue, 8-6, Valparaiso, 8-2, and Western Michigan, 8-3.

    Last Ohio State Athlete of the Week: Bryan Koniecko (April, 21, 2009)

    WSWM: PSU's Modglin Named National Swimmer of the Week

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    Penn State freshman Amy Modglin was named Counsilman Hunsaker National Collegiate Swimmer of the Week on Tuesday following a sensational effort at last weekend's Pittsburgh quad meet. She also earnedBig Ten Women's Swimmer of the Week laurels. Modglin won three events at Pittsburgh, including two "NCAA B" marks while also breaking more than a 30-year pool record by over a second.

    The national honor is presented by CollegeSwimming.com and given to the top Division I, II and III swimmers from the previous week. The weekly accolades mark the Lions' first of the season and first since last Jan. 27 when Karie Haglund was named Big Ten Swimmer of the Week.

    Modglin's two "NCAA B" times up her season total to eight. Her three first-place finishes improve her season (and career) total to 13.

    W TEN: Athlete of the Week

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    Athlete of the Week
    Megan Fudge, Illinois
    Sr., Kaarst, Germany/Millfield School

    Fudge was named Big Ten Athlete of the Week for the fourth time in her career after a 4-2 weekend, including a 2-1 mark in singles competition that included a win over a ranked opponent. At the UCF Quad Tournament, Fudge defeated Florida State's Francesca Segarelli, the No. 62 player in the country, 7-5, 6-2, in her first match of the competition, then defeated Central Florida's Alexis Rodriguez, 6-1, 6-1. In doubles play, Fudge teamed with different teammates to earn victories over Central Florida, 8-3, and Alabama, 8-4.

    Last Illinois Athlete of the Week: Megan Fudge (April 14, 2009)

    MSWM: U-M's Tyler Clary Collects National Honors

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    After helping the No. 7-ranked University of Michigan men's swimming and diving team to its second consecutive title at the SMU Classic, junior Tyler Clary was named the Counsilman Hunsaker National Collegiate Swimmer of the Week by CollegeSwimming.com. READ MORE ...

    MBB: Tuesday Night Preview

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    NORTHWESTERN at #21/25 OHIO STATE | 7 p.m. | Big Ten Network
    NU Game Notes | OSU Game Notes

    Northwestern goes on the road to face its third straight ranked team for a Big Ten matchup against No. 21/25 Ohio State. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. ET with Big Ten Network providing live television coverage. Tuesday's contest is the lone regular season meeting between the two schools.

    Ohio State (13-5, 3-3) enters the game fresh off consecutive wins over ranked opponents, winning at No. 6 Purdue Tuesday before posting a 60-51 home win over No. 13 Wisconsin Saturday. Four-time Big Ten Player of the Week Evan Turner has returned from missing a month due to injury to lead Ohio State. The junior paces the Buckeyes with averages of 18.5 points, 9.4 rebounds and 5.3 assists per game. 

    The Wildcats (13-4, 2-3) are coming off a 72-64 home win over No. 6 Purdue Saturday, marking the highest ranked opponent NU has beaten since downing No. 4 Michigan State 83-65 Jan. 17, 1979. Michael Thompson paced NU with 20 points, while Luka Mirkovic contributed a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds. The 'Cats dominated the Boilermakers on the boards, posting a 42-23 advantage.

    Ohio State leads the overall series with NU, 106-45, including a 63-14 advantage when playing in Columbus. With an unblemished 11-0 home record at stake, Ohio State try to fend of the Cat's, who will be on the prowl for their first win in Columbus since the 1977 campaign.

    Series History: Ohio State leads, 106-45

    #13/15 PURDUE at ILLINOIS | 9 p.m. | ESPN
    PUR Game Notes | ILL Game Notes

    The No. 13/15-ranked Boilermakers will try to end their three-game losing skid was it travels to Champaign, Ill., for a road test against Illinois on Tuesday night. The Illini will begin its defense of a perfect 10-0 home when the teams collide at 9 p.m. ET before a national audience on ESPN.

    The Illini are off to a 4-1 start in Big Ten play - its best conference start under head skipper Bruce Weber. Illinois will look to return to its winning ways after dropping its first loss of the conference season in a 73-63 decision at Michigan State on Saturday. Demetri McCamey leads the Orange and Blue in scoring with 14.8 points per game. The junior guard ranks first in the Big Ten in assists (6.8 apg.) and second in assist-turnover ratio (3.8), handing out 34 assists with just nine turnovers in five conference games. 

    Purdue's Robbie Hummel continues to prove himself as one of the most versatile players in that nation. In the Boilermakers' last five games, Hummel has elevated his averages in points (20.8 ppg), rebounds (7.2 rpg.), while connecting on 51 percent of his attempts from the floor and 92 percent from the free throw line. 

    Tuesday night's outcome could be decided at the free throw line as both teams enter the contest shooting 73 percent from the charity stripe on the year.

    Dave O'Brien will handle handles play-by-play for tonight's contest with Steve Lavin alongside as color analyst and Erin Andrews on the sideline.

    Series History: Purdue leads, 89-84

    W GYM: Weekly Rankings

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    Three Big Ten teams were ranked in the top 25 of this week's GymInfo Women's National Rankings, which was released on Monday.

    Michigan led the conference, appearing at No. 15 in the polls with a team score of 194.875 points. Fellow in-state school Michigan State checked in at No. 19 with a team score of 194.175 and Penn State, with a score of 194.025, appeared at No. 22 in the national rankings.

    For a complete list of the ranked teams, as well as rankings in each event, click here.

    M GYM: Weekly Rankings

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    In the updated GymInfo National Rankings released on Monday, the Big Ten's six men's gymnastics teams appeared in the top 10.

    Illinois is this week's top team after their opening the season with a total of 353.750 points and a team championship at the Windy City Invitational. Michigan is third after totaling 351.350 points at the Invitational, while Ohio State is fifth with 347.150 points scored at the meet. Penn State scored a 345.425 at the West Point Open and is sixth in the poll, while Iowa ranks eighth (339.600) and Minnesota is 10th (337.650).

    A complete list of rankings, including a breakdown of event rankings, can be found here.

    MSWM: Weekly Award Winners

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    The conference office announced on Tuesday the 13th weekly men's swimming and diving honors for meets from Jan. 11 -17. Michigan's Tyler Clary becomes the third Wolverine to earn Swimmer of the Week honors in as many weeks and Ohio State's Ryan Jefferson brings home the first weekly diving award of the season for the Scarlet and Gray.

    Clary led the seventh-ranked Wolverines to their second consecutive title at the prestigious SMU Classic with four top-two finishes over the weekend.  Overall, the U-M junior picked up four NCAA provisional marks.  In the springboard events, OSU's Jefferson posted two NCAA qualifying marks two sweep the one- and three-meter events in the Buckeyes' dual meet victory over Indiana.

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

    WSWM: Penn State and Iowa Collect Weekly Accolades

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    The conference office announced on Tuesday the 14th weekly women's swimming and diving awards for meets from Jan. 11-17. Penn State's Amy Modglin and Iowa's Veronica Rydze were named Swimmer and Diver of the Week, respectively. Modglin posted three top individual finishes, including two NCAA provisional marks to lead Penn State to a sweep of Pittsburgh, Maryland and Villanova at the Pittsburgh Quad Meet. Meanwhile, Iowa's Rydze turned in a pair of NCAA qualifying marks to capture top honors on both springboards in the Hawkeyes dual meet victory over Illinois. READ MORE ...

    WREST: Wrestler of the Week

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    Wrestler of the Week
    Montell Marion, Iowa
    So., 141, Des Moines, Iowa/Roosevelt

    Marion was named Big Ten Wrestler of the Week for the first time in his career after recording a win in the 141-pound bout in No. 1 Iowa's 19-16 victory over No. 4 Oklahoma State on Saturday night. Marion, who is unranked, took on the fourth-ranked grappler in the 141-pound weight class, Jamal Parks. After a scoreless first period, the sophomore escaped to start the second stanza, then scored a takedown to take a 3-0 lead into the third frame. Parks could not escape as Marion won by a 4-0 decision, improving his record to 12-2 on the season.

    Last Iowa Wrestler of the Week: Jay Borschel (Jan. 12, 2010)

    WBB: News & Notes

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    Players of the Week
    Ohio State's Samantha Prahalis was named Big Ten Player of the Week for the second straight time and the third time this season. Penn State's Alex Bentley earned Freshman of the Week honors for the first time this year, sharing the accolade with Wisconsin's Taylor Wurtz, who received the award for the second consecutive week. COMPLETE RELEASE

    In the Polls
    Ohio State remained at No. 5 in the AP poll released on Monday, while Michigan State, Wisconsin and Penn State all received votes outside the top 25. COMPLETE POLL

    In the RPI
    Big Ten teams continue to boast impressive rankings in the NCAA RPI report, led by No. 5 Ohio State. With No. 15 Michigan State and No. 17 Wisconsin, the Big Ten has 27 percent of its teams in the top-20, which is the second-highest percentage among all conferences. The Big Ten joins the ACC and Big 12 as the only conferences with more than half its teams in the RPI top 50 and with all its teams in the RPI top 100. COMPLETE REPORT

    M GYM: Gymnasts of the Week

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    On Monday, the conference office announced the Gymnast and Freshman of the Week winners. Gymnast of the week honors went to Illinois' Paul Ruggeri, who won his fourth weekly award by virtue of finishing first in the all-around at the Windy City Invitational on Sunday. Freshman of the Week honors were shared between Illinois' Yoshi Mori and Penn State's Nick Grant.

    To read more on this week's winners, click here.

    W GYM: Gymnasts of the Week

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    The conference office on Monday announced the winners of the Gymnast and Freshman of the Week awards. Illinois' Allison Buckley was named Gymnast of the Week after finishing first in the all-around at last weekend's Nebraska triangular. Freshman of the Week honors went to Michigan State's Shanthi Teike, who was the top finishing freshman, and third overall, in the all-around, helping the Spartans to a first place finish in a tri-meet with Iowa and Illinois-Chicago.

    For complete information on this week's winners, click here.

    MINDR T/F: Weekly Award Winners

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    The conference office announced on Monday the second weekly men's indoor track and field awards for meets through January 11-17.  Ohio State's Thomas Murdaugh earned a share of the weekly track laurel for the second straight week along with Ryan Foster of Penn State in what proved to be a record-setting weekend. Meanwhile, Michigan State's Kyron Foster set a school record in the triple jump to garner Field Athlete of the Week honors.

    The Buckeye sophomore posted two meet records and NCAA provisional marks en route to a pair of top finishes in the 400 meters and mile relay to lead Ohio State to a 92-70 victory in the Dual meet over Michigan on Saturday.  Also on the track, PSU's Foster clocked a school record with a blistering 2:19.60 in the 1,000-meters. With the new meet and facility record, the Tasmania native became the 2010 world leader in the vent and set a new Australian national record.

    MSU's Foster also set a school record and national leading leap of 16.06 meters in the triple jump during the Kentucky Invitational on Friday. The NCAA provisional mark narrowly edged the defending national champion, Andre Black of Louisville by 0.03 meters, for first place.


     

    WINDR T/F: Weekly Award Winners

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    The conference office announced on Monday the second weekly women's indoor track and field awards for meets through January 11-17. Fawn Dorr returned the weekly track laurel to State College, Pa., for the second consecutive week while Minnesota's Alicia Rue earned the Gophers their first weekly field honor of the season.

    Dorr turned in two NCAA provisional marks to go along with a pair of personal bests at the Penn State Northeast Challenge on Saturday. The Nittany Lion senior provided an exciting finishing kick in the last 100-meters to win the 400-meters in 53.32 - the second fastest time in the NCAA this year.

    Rue captured her second pole vault title of the season, clearing a season-high of 4.31 meters at the Minnesota Open on Saturday. The winning effort marked the second NCAA automatic qualifier of the 2010 campaign for the Gopher senior.

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

    WBB: Sunday's Results

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    WISCONSIN (rv/rv) def. ILLINOIS, 63-51
    Recap and Box Score

    No. 5/5 OHIO STATE def. INDIANA, 81-64
    Recap and Box Score

    PURDUE def. IOWA, 81-59
    Recap and Box Score

    PENN STATE def. No. 20/23 MICHIGAN STATE, 68-60
    Recap and Box Score

    NORTHWESTERN def. MINNESOTA, 61-60
    Recap and Box Score

    MBB: Sunday Recap

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    MICHIGAN def. #15/15 Connecticut, 68-63
    Michigan looked like the team it expected to be while No. 15 Connecticut struggled -- again.

    Zack Novak made a tiebreaking three-pointer with 1½ minutes left and Manny Harris followed with a layup to power the Wolverines to a 68-63 win over the Huskies on Sunday.

    The Wolverines (10-7) earned the signature win they needed in a season that started with them ranked 15th, coming off their first NCAA tournament appearance since 1998. They'll have to finish the season very strong to earn another bid, but beating Connecticut could prove to be important.

    Recap | Box Score | Highlights


    Indiana def. Minnesota, 81-78 (OT)
    Verdell Jones made a 12-foot jumper with 32.8 seconds left to give Indiana the lead in overtime and freshman Christian Watford made two free throws to seal the Hoosiers' 81-78 victory over Minnesota on Sunday.

    Jones finished with a career-high 24 points, while Watford had 16 points and 10 rebounds.

    Indiana scored the last eight points to end a three-game losing streak and students streamed onto the court afterward. The Hoosiers (8-9, 2/3 Big Ten) have now won more conference games than they did all of last season.

    Recap | Box Score | Highlights

    Bonus: Gus Johnson's calls

    WBB: Sunday's Schedule

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    Minnesota at Northwestern, 3 p.m.

    Indiana at Ohio State, 2 p.m.
    Big Ten Network

    #20/23 Michigan State at Penn State, 1 p.m.
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    Iowa at Purdue, Noon
    Big Ten Network

    Illinois at Wisconsin (rv/rv), 2 p.m.
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    MBB: Saturday Recap

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    Another Saturday, another great weekend of Big Ten hoops. #7/8 Michigan State defeated Illinois to take control of conference race. The Spartans are 5-0 in Big Ten play. Iowa collected its first conference win of the season, defeating Penn State at home. Ohio State avenged an earlier loss to Wisconsin, defeated the #13/17 Badgers in Columbus. The win was the second over a ranked opponent this week for the Buckeyes. Northwestern defeated its highest ranked opponent--#6/6 Purdue--since knocking off the Magic Johnson-led #4 Spartans in 1979.

    Complete recaps of today's action as well as stats and video highlights...

    IOWA def. PENN STATE 67-64
    Sophomore Aaron Fuller scored 20 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as Iowa held off Penn State 67-64 on Saturday for its first Big Ten victory of the season.

    Matt Gatens added 14 points for the Hawkeyes (7-11, 1-4), who have strung together back-to-back wins for the first time in nearly a month.

    Penn State's Talor Battle hit a pair of layups to pull the Nittany Lions within 63-62 with 9.5 seconds left. But Gatens answered with two free throws to hold Penn State at bay.

    Recap | Box Score | Highlights


    #7/8 MICHIGAN STATE  def. ILLINOIS, 73-63
    Tom Izzo
    put Kalin Lucas on the bench a couple of minutes into Saturday's game.

    The Michigan State coach heard what he wanted from his star player, then liked what he saw.

    Lucas shook off a slow start and scored 20 points, leading the Spartans (No. 8 ESPN/USA Today, No. 7 AP) to a 73-63 victory over Illinois that broke a first-place tie in the Big Ten.

    Recap | Box Score | Highlights


    NORTHWESTERN def. #6/6 PURDUE, 72-64
    Northwestern's purple-clad fans raced to the middle of the floor Saturday with a reason to jump up and down and celebrate -- the Wildcats finally beat a ranked team at Welsh-Ryan Arena.

    "Storming the court, that's pretty cool," said freshman Drew Crawford, who hit two clutch three-pointers and made a three-point play in the second half to lead a 72-64 win over No. 6 Purdue.

    "I might have gotten popped in the face one time, but it was pretty cool."

    Northwestern (13-4, 2-3 Big Ten) lost earlier at home to ranked teams Butler, Michigan State and Wisconsin but was able to send the Boilermakers to their third straight defeat by doing some storming of their own. They crashed the boards with a 42-23 rebounding advantage.

    Recap | Box Score | Highlights


    OHIO STATE def. #13/16 WISCONSIN, 60-51
    A week ago, Ohio State was suffering through an abysmal start in the Big Ten and had two top 15 teams waiting in the wings to add to its misery.

    What a difference seven days make.

    David Lighty helped Ohio State weather Evan Turner's foul trouble, scoring 18 points to lead the Buckeyes to their second win over a ranked opponent this week, a 60-51 victory over Wisconsin (No. 16 ESPN/USA Today, No. 13 AP) on Saturday night.

    Recap | Box Score | Highlights

    MBB: Starting Five

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    1. Only four Division I teams have two wins over the AP-Top 10 with two of them hailing from the Big Ten. Purdue and Wisconsin help make up the fearsome foursome along with Syracuse and Texas. More impressive, Wisconsin is the only team with four wins over the AP Top-25 this season through games played to date.

    Most Wins over AP-Top 25
    Wisconsin, 4-1
    Georgetown, 3-0
    Syracuse, 3-0
    Duke,   3-1

    2.  With its win over Minnesota on Wednesday, Michigan State inched one step closer to tying the Division I lead for most wins over the past calendar year. At 33-8, the Spartans sit one win shy of Memphis, which leads all teams with 34 wins since January, 2009. A complete breakdown follows:

    Most Wins by Division I Teams Since Jan. 10 2009
    Memphis                34-5 (.872)
    Michigan State      33-8 (.805)
    Louisville               33-8 (.805)
    North Carolina      32-8 (.800)
    Gonzaga               32-5 (.865)
    Villanova               32-7 (.821)
    Missouri                32-8 (.800)

    3. Wisconsin's Bo Ryan needs just two more wins to become the second-fastest coach to notch 100 W's in the wins column against Big Ten opponents. Currently the Badgers' head general owns a 98-39 record in conference games to date. He will have the chance to position himself between Indiana coaching legends Bob Knight (100-31) and Branch McCracken (100-40) when Wisconsin squares off against Ohio State and Michigan, beginning with an 8 p.m. ET matchup inside Value City Arena on Saturday.

    Fastest Coaches to 100 Big Ten Wins
    Name                                         Total Games    Record
    1.  Bob Knight (IND)                   131                100-31
    2.  Branch McCracken (IND)     140                 100-40
    3.  Harry Combes (ILL)              141                 100-41
    4.  Walter Meanwell (WIS)         142                 100-42
    5.  Tom Izzo (MSU)                      143                 100-4
         Fred Taylor (OSU)                  143                 100-43

    Bo Ryan (WIS)                             137                 98-39

    4. On Tuesday night in West Lafayette, history was made. For only the third time in conference annals, a player on each team scored 30 or more points. Ohio State's Evan Turner scored 32 points, while Purdue's Robbie Hummel accounted for 35 of his teams' total points.
     
    1/31/1998 | Michigan State vs. Northwestern           
    Mateen Cleaves, Michigan State (34) and Evan Eschmeyer, Northwestern (30)

    1/20/1999  | Michigan vs. Minnesota
    Louis Bullock, Michigan (33) and Quincy Lewis, Minnesota (30)

    1/12/10 | Ohio State vs. Purdue
    Robbie Hummel, Purdue (35) and Evan Turner, Ohio State (32)

    5.  Let the countdown begin. Fifty-five days is all that stands between you and the 2010 Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament. The perennial event returns to Indianapolis and Conseco Fieldhouse for the third of a five-year commitment. This year's tournament will tip off on Thursday, March 11 and the champion will be crowned on Sunday, March 14. We look forward to seeing you in Indy for a celebration of Big Ten Basketball! 

    For ticket information and further details, visit our Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament page at bigten.org.

    MBB: Saturday's Slate

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    PENN STATE at IOWA | 1 p.m. ET | Big Ten Network
    PSU Game Notes | IOWA Game Notes

    The Iowa Hawkeyes (6-11, 0-4) will wrap up a stretch of playing seven of eight at home Saturday when Penn State (8-8, 0-4) visits Iowa City. Tip-off is slated for 1 p.m. ET inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Saturday will be the only regular season meeting between Iowa and Penn State as both teams look to notch their first win in conference action this season.

    Iowa recently snapped a four-game losing skid with a victory over Tennessee State on Tuesday evening. The Hawkeyes were led by sophomore Aaron Fuller, who notched his first career double-double posting game and career highs with 24 points and 10 rebounds. Fellow sophomore Matt Gatens leads the team in overall scoring with 12.8 points per game - a common trait of the Hawkeye squad as underclassmen have combined to generate eighty-one percent of Iowa's offense (870 of 1,068 points) this season.

    The Nittany Lions will be looking to snap a four-game losing streak of their own when they travel to Iowa City after suffering a heartbreaking one-point loss at Illinois earlier in the week. Sophomore Chris Babb led the team against the Illini with a career-best 15 points and 10 rebounds. Also powering the PSU offense is junior Talor Battle, who ranks second in the conference in scoring with 17.6 tallies per contest.

    Penn State brings the Big Ten's second-best defense into the game giving up just 61.2 ppg and having held seven opponents to 60 points or less on the season. Penn State also ranks second in rebounding margin in the Big Ten having out-rebounded all four of its Big Ten opponents and 13 of 16 opponents on the season while posting a 5.5 rebound advantage.  Iowa has also earned a spot on the Big Ten leaderboards, ranking second in the conference with an average of 8.4 threes per game. The Hawekeys have certainly not been shy about shooting the long ball, having more than 48.9% of its field goal attempts coming from downtown.

    The Big Ten Network will televise Saturday afternoon's game to a national cable audience. Craig Coshun and former Hawkeye Kenyon Murray will call the action.

    Series History: Iowa leads 21-11.

     

    ILLINOIS at #7/8 MICHIGAN STATE | 3:30 p.m. ET | CBS Sports
    ILL Game Notes | MSU Game Notes

    Saturday marks a showdown of the only undefeated teams in Big Ten play, as Illinois faces Michigan State in a battle for first place in the conference standings. The Illini (12-5) are off to a 4-0 start in Big Ten play for the first time since 2005, and just the fifth time in the last 40 seasons. The Spartans (14-3) are also off to a perfect 4-0 start in the Big Ten and own a 33-18 advantage against Illinois when playing in East Lansing. As if a matchup showcasing the Big Ten's two lone unbeatens is not enough, the stage grows even bigger as the all-time series stands knotted at 53 wins apiece. 

    After giving up more than 80 points in three consecutive games against Missouri, Northwestern and Gonzaga, the Illini have allowed an average of just 51.7 points over the last three games - all against conference opponents. The Illini have four players averaging double-digits in scoring, including juniors Demetri McCamey and Mike Davis, who lead the Big Ten in assists (5.9 apg.) and rebounds (9.7 rpg.), respectively.

    Michigan State will be looking to extend its perfect 10-0 slate from inside the Breslin Center on Saturday. Through 16 games, Michigan State has proven it has several different offensive weapons as five Spartans currently average in double figures. Junior point guard Kalin Lucas paces the Spartan offense at 15.5 points per game. 

    CBS will provide live coverage of the Big Ten matchup with Gus Johnson and Greg Anthony calling the action.

    Series History: Tied, 53-53


    #6/6 PURDUE at NORTHWETERN | 5:30 p.m. ET | Big Ten Network
    PUR Game Notes | NU Game Notes

    Purdue and Northwestern will look to return to their winning ways as the two teams collide for a Big Ten showdown in Evanston, Ill., at 5:30 p.m. ET on Saturday. Both teams enter Saturday's contest after dropping their previous games at home against Big Ten rivals, Ohio State and Wisconsin, respectively.

    Purdue (14-2, 2-2) recently lost its second consecutive game after starting the season 14-0. The sixth-ranked Boilers have not surrendered more than two-straight games since dropping five in a row from Feb. 18-March 9, 2006 - during head coach Matt Painter's first season at the helm. Despite the losses, Purdue remains of just four Division I teams with two wins over teams ranked in the top 10.

    The Boilers are led in scoring by juniors E'Twaun Moore (17.1 ppg.) and Robbie Hummel (16.4 ppg.). During Tuesday's game against Ohio State, Hummel tied Purdue single-game record with eight treys en route to career-high 35 points. In the last three games, the 6-8 sharpshooter has posted two double-doubles and connected on 17-straight free throws. 

    Currently leading the Big Ten with an average of 9.44 three-pointer field goals made per contest, Northwestern will meet its match when it goes up against a Purdue defense that is limiting opponents to just 28.6 percent shooting from beyond the arc on the road this season. The Wildcats are led in scoring by sophomore John Shurna (17.4 ppg.) and NU floor general Michael Thompson (14.0 ppg.) who also leads the conference in minutes played, averaging 38.12 minutes of action per outing this season.

    Purdue owns a 118-42 lead in the all-time series after splitting a pair of meetings a year ago. The Boilermakers have won the last three meetings at Welsh-Ryan Arena, and own a 52-29 all-time record in Evanston.

    Series History: Purdue leads, 118-42.

     

    #13/16 WISCONSIN at OHIO STATE | 8 p.m. ET | Big Ten Network
    WIS Game Notes | OSU Game Notes

    On New Year's Eve, then-ranked No. 15 Ohio State left the friendly confines of Columbus, Ohio, to open the conference season at No. 23 Wisconsin. The game resulted in a 65-43 decision in favor of the Badgers in what would be the first of three-straight Big Ten losses on the road for OSU. On Saturday night, the Buckeyes will have a second chance when they complete the season series against UW from inside Value City Arena.

    The two teams are red-hot after each handing Purdue its first pair of losses on the year. Ohio State is 3-3 versus ranked teams in the AP-Top 25 this season and 3-1 with a full roster, including leading scorer Evan Turner. The Buckeye junior missed six games this season with a back injury, but has since returned and is averaging 26.5 points and 11.8 rebounds against ranked opponents - most recently posting 32 points and 10 rebounds at sixth-ranked Purdue. The Buckeyes will look to Turner for a spark against the Badgers as they seek to protect their perfect 10-0 home slate.

    OSU is shooting 53 percent as a team at home this season and 43 percent from long range. But Wisconsin will look to turn OSU's hot-hand from scarlet to gray as the Badgers come armed with a conference-leading scoring defense. In 17 games, Wisconsin has limited opponents to a mere 56.6 points per game while also leading the Big Ten in rebounding defense (29.9 rpg.). Bo Ryan's squad is the only team with four wins over the AP-Top25 so far this season. The Badgers are led in scoring by senior Trévon Hughes, who sank four of five treys in the final seven minutes of Wednesday's contest at Northwestern in leading the Badgers to a 60-50 victory over the Wildcats.

    Series History: Ohio State leads, 80-64.
     

    WBB: Thursday's Results

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    No. 5/5 OHIO STATE def. ILLINOIS, 72-61
    Recap and Box Score

    INDIANA def. MICHIGAN, 62-60
    Recap and Box Score

    PENN STATE def. IOWA, 68-62
    Recap and Box Score

    WISCONSIN (rv/rv) def. No. 20/23 MICHIGAN STATE, 48-45
    Recap and Box Score

    MINNESOTA def. PURDUE, 74-47
    Recap and Box Score

    MBB: Stat of the Day

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    On Tuesday night in West Lafayette, history was made. For only the third time in conference annals, a player on each team scored 30 or more points. Ohio State's Evan Turner scored 32 points, while Purdue's Robbie Hummel accounted for 35 of his teams' total points.
     

    1/31/1998 | Michigan State vs. Northwestern           
    Mateen Cleaves, Michigan State    34           Evan Eschmeyer, Northwestern           30

    1/20/1999  | Michigan vs. Minnesota
    Louis Bullock, Michigan*          33           Quincy Lewis, Minnesota             30

    1/12/10 | Ohio State vs. Purdue
    Robbie Hummel, Purdue          35          Evan Turner, Ohio State          32



    *Due to NCAA sanctions, Michigan has vacated the records from the 1992 Final Four, the 1992-93, '95-'96, '96-'97, '97-'98 and '98-'99 seasons.






    WBB: Thursday's Schedule

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    MBB: Big Ten Re-Match

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    INDIANA at MICHIGAN | 9 p.m. ET | ESPN
    IU Game Notes | U-M Game Notes

    The Michigan Wolverines will have redemption on their minds when they entertain Indiana from inside Crisler Arena on Thursday evening. The two teams will clash for the second time in as many weeks in front of a national stage on ESPN, with tip-off slated for 9 p.m. ET. The Hoosiers proved victories in the last meeting between the two teams on Dec. 31, pulling ahead of Michigan in the final minutes of play to edge the Wolverines 71-65, to open conference play.

    Junior Verdell Jones III led the Hoosiers (7-8, 1-2) in the Big Ten season opener with 20 points and seven assists while freshman Christian Watford added 19 points in the win. With Maurice Creek sidelined due to knee surgery, Jones leads IU in scoring with 13.1 points per game. 

    Indiana native Zack Novak hit four long-range buckets to lead Michigan (8-7, 2-2) with a season-best 18 points in U-M's previous clash against the Hoosiers. Fellow Indiana-native Stu Dougalss added four triples of his own as he closed with 14 points. Michigan's own "Motor City Duo" of DeShawn Sims and Manny Harris continue to be one of the best one-two scoring combinations in the country. Harris leads the team with a 19.7 ppg. average while Sims is not far behind at 17.3 per game. In addition, both pull down around seven rebounds per outing.

    Indiana and Michigan enter Tuesday's matchup thirsty for a win after dropping their last decisions at home against Illinois and Northwestern, respectively.

    Tune in as ESPN's Brent Musburger and Steve Lavin provide live coverage of Thursday's one and only Big Ten matchup. 

    Series History: Indiana leads, 98-52

    FB: Required Reading

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    Michigan State welcomes one more season from standout LB Greg Jones

    A humbling lesson led former Iowa RB Shonn Greene to improve himself in academically and athletically

    The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced on Thursday the 10 female collegiate track & field athletes named to the official preseason watch list for the 2010 awarding of The Bowerman as selected by The Bowerman Women's Watch Committee. Included in the preseason watch list is 2009 NCAA Cross Country Champion Angela Bizzarri of Illinois.

    On the track in 2009, Bizzarri was the NCAA champ at 5000 meters and placed third in the event at the USATF Championships. At the Big Ten Outdoor Championships, Bizzarri accounted for 18 team points as winner of the 5000 meters and as runner-up in the 1500. Indoors, Bizzarri placed fourth at 3000 meters.

    For more information on The Bowerman, the award, the recently-debuted trophy, and Bill Bowerman himself, visit TheBowerman.org. Keep up with Bowerman candidates on the USTFCCCA's weekly results page (http://www.ustfccca.org/weekly-results) and by following the organization's twitter feed twitter.com/USTFCCCA.

     

    VB: The Best Around

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    Penn State senior Megan Hodge was named the Honda Award winner in the sport of volleyball, becoming the second consecutive and fourth overall Big Ten player to earn the distinction.

    COMPLETE RELEASE

    W TEN: 2010 Women's Tennis Season Begins

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    The coming weekend marks the beginning of the 2010 Big Ten women's tennis season as seven conference programs embark on a new season.

    The 11-time defending conference champion Northwestern Wildcats open the season Friday as they host the Wildcat Invitational. Three other conference schools begin the new year on Saturday. Illinois travels to Orlando for the Central Florida Invitational, Michigan hosts the Michigan Invitational and Purdue will take part in the Hilton Garden Inn Eagle Invite in Fort Myers, Fla.

    Indiana, Minnesota and Wisconsin also begin this weekend as they open the season with duals on Sunday. The Hoosiers will host Western Michigan and Butler, Minnesota will face Iowa State in a neutral site matchup, and Wisconsin entertains UW-Milwaukee and Northern Illinois.

    For more information on the start of the 2010 women's tennis season, click here.

    WBB: Wooden Award Midseason Top 20 Candidates

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    A pair of Big Ten centers appeared on John R. Wooden Award Midseason Top 20 Candidates list, released on Wednesday. The list is compiled based on individual excellence and team record during the first half of the season.

    Michigan State's Allyssa DeHaan and Ohio State's Jantel Lavender each appeared on the midseason list. DeHaan is averaging 12.8 points, 6.7 rebounds and 3.1 blocks per contest this season for the 11-5 Spartans. Lavender leads the Big Ten in scoring at 22.0 points a contest and is second in the conference with 10.2 rebounds a game for the 17-1 Buckeyes.

    The John R. Wooden Award is the most prestigious individual honor in college basketball and is presented to the nation's best player who also excels in the classroom. Players that don't appear on the award's midseason list are still eligible for the national ballot, which will be selected in March. The winner will be announced on April 9.

    MBB: Wednesday Wrap Up

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    #7/8 MICHIGAN STATE def. MINNESOTA, 60-53
    Durrell Summers has the potential to be Michigan State's best player.

    When the Spartans needed him most against Minnesota, he delivered.

    Summers scored all but one of his 13 points during a sluggish first half to help Michigan State (No. 8 ESPN/USA Today, No. 7 AP) beat the Golden Gophers 60-53 on Wednesday night.

    His slam put the Spartans ahead for good with 4:23 left in the first half and he had a block, rebound and layup over the next 40 seconds.

    Recap | Box Score | Highlights



    #13/16 WISCONSIN def. NORTHWESTERN, 60-50
    Trevon Hughes' teammates told him to keep shooting. Luckily for Wisconsin (No. 16 ESPN/USA Today, No. 13 AP) he did just that.

    Hughes missed his five 3-point attempts during a ragged offensive night but in the final seven minutes he hit 4 of 5 and led the Badgers to a 60-50 victory over Northwestern.

    "If it weren't for them, I don't think I'd taken another shot" Hughes said.

    "It felt great leaving my fingers the whole time. Every time I shot the ball it felt good. The release was good. It just wasn't falling. Keep shooting. That's what my teammates kept telling me and the next thing you know, I made like two or three in a row."

    Recap | Box Score | Highlights

    MBB: One-On-One With Michigan's DeShawn Sims

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    The Big Ten recently sat down with Player of the Week DeShawn Sims to see what life is like beyond college hoops. Take a look and see what he had to say in today's one-on-one matchup with Michigan's senior forward.

    Q: In honor of the Golden Globe Awards this weekend, what is your favorite movie from 2009-10?
    A: The Blind Side

    Q: What actor would play you in the movie of your life?
    A: Morris Chestnut

    Q: If you could have one fantasy date, who would it be with?
    A:  Keri Hilson or Ciara

    Q: Name one item that you must take with you on road trips.
    A: My laptop

    Q: What has your experience as an athlete taught you?
    A: Discipline

    Q: Who or what inspires you and why?
    A:  The Process of Success

    Q: Name one goal you would like to accomplish in 2010.
    A: Win the Big Ten!

    FB: Big Ten in the NFL - Opening Round of Playoffs

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    Steve Breaston, WR, Arizona (Michigan): Caught seven passes for 125 yards with a touchdown in the Cardinals' 51-45 overtime win over Green Bay.

    Bobby Carpenter, LB, Dallas (Ohio State): Made two tackles and recovered two fumbles in the Cowboys' 34-14 win over Philadelphia.

    Shonn Greene, RB, New York Jets (Iowa): Rushed for 135 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries to help the Jets' to a 24-14 win over Cincinnati.

    Dustin Keller, TE, New York Jets (Purdue): Finished with three catches for 99 yards and a touchdown in the Jets' 24-14 win over Cincinnati.

    Jim Leonhard, S, New York Jets (Wisconsin): Recorded four tackles, a sack and a forced fumble in the Jets' 24-14 win over Cincinnati.

    Chike Okeafor, LB, Arizona (Purdue): Registered two tackles and a sack in the Cardinals' 51-45 overtime victory over Green Bay.

    Anthony Spencer, DE, Dallas (Purdue): Had two tackles and a sack in the Cowboys' 34-14 win over Philadelphia.

    Charles Woodson, CB, Green Bay (Michigan): Finished with six tackles and a forced fumble in the Packers' 51-45 overtime loss to Arizona.

    FB: Final Release

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    The final Big Ten football release of the 2009-10 season 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 Leads All Conferences with Four Teams Among Top 16 and Three Among Top 10 in Final National Polls.

    Big Ten Claims Four Bowl Wins For First Time Since 2002.

    Big Ten Wins Two BCS Games for Fourth Time in 12 Years.

    Big Ten Posts Four Bowl Triumphs Over Top-15 Teams.

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

    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.

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    MBB: Wednesday Preview

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    MINNESOTA AT #7/8 MICHIGAN STATE | 6:30 p.m. ET | Big Ten Network
    MINN Game Notes | MSU Game Notes

    Michigan State looks to open a three-game homestead on Wednesday when it invites Minnesota to East Lansing as the Big Ten's top two scoring powers collide for a 6:30 p.m. ET showdown on the Big Ten Network. The Spartans (13-3, 3-0) currently sit in a tie with Illinois atop the conference standings, but the Gophers (12-4, 3-1) sit just one game back from the pair of frontrunners.

    Through 16 games, Michigan State has proven it has several different offensive weapons as five Spartans currently average in double figures. Junior point guard Kalin Lucas paces the Spartan offense at 15.6 points per game. No doubt, MSU will rely on depth in tonight's contest as the Spartans look to extend their home win streak to 10-0 on the year.

    The Gophers are are averaging 84.1 points over the last nine games and 78.9 overall. Lawrence Westbrook leads Minnesota in scoring for the season with a career-high 13.6 points per outing. He enters the contest just 32 points away from 1,000 for his career.

    Michigan State leads the all-time series with Minnesota, 57-56, including a 36-19 advantage in games played in East Lansing.

    Series History: Michigan State leads, 57-56

    #13/16 WISCONSIN at NORTHWESTERN | 8:30 p.m. ET | Big Ten Network
    WIS Game Notes | NU Game Notes

    The Big Ten will continue its opening stretch to the conference season when Northwestern plays host to No. 13/16 Wisconsin at Welsh-Ryan Arena, with tip-off slated for 8:30 p.m. ET. UW leads the all-time series between the schools 105-61, but NU holds a narrow 38-36 advantage in Evanston.

    Wisconsin (13-3, 3-1) enters Wednesday night's contest after derailing Purdue from the nation's pack of unbeatens in an impressive 73-66 home win over the Boilers on Saturday. The Badgers are 4-1 against ranked teams this season, toppling Purdue (4), Duke (6), Ohio St. (15) and Maryland (21). Those four wins against AP top-25 teams are the most of any team in the nation. UW is one of four teams (Purdue, Syracuse and Texas) to beat two top-10 teams this season.

    Jordan Taylor came off the bench against Purdue to lead the Badgers with 23 points, while Jason Bohannon added 20; but the Badgers suffered a significant loss in as junior forward Jon Leuer broke his wrist and will be sidelined indefinitely.

    Northwestern returns home after a successful road trip at Michigan where the Wildcats overcame a 17-point deficit to defeat the Maize and Blue. Bill Carmody's squad is off to its best 15-game start since the 1945-46 campaign (12-3,1-2) as the 'Cats continue to enjoy success on their home court with an 8-2 record at Welsh-Ryan Arena.

    Sophomore John Shurna leads NU with 17.5 points and 7.3 rebounds per game, along with junior Michael Thompson and freshman Drew Crawford (10.7 ppg.). The 'Cats are making a name for themselves around the perimeter as NU currently leads the Big Ten and ranks sixth nationally with an average 9.7 treys per game, while also sitting third in the nation with over 27 long-range attempts per contest. 

    The Big Ten Newtork will provide coverage of the border-showdown with Wayne Larrivee and Shon Morris providing coverage of the action.

    Series History: Wisconsin leads, 105-61.

    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.

    Jori Davis, Indiana
    Jori Davis is one of the most well-rounded student-athletes at Indiana. Not only is she talented on the court, but also in the classroom after earning Academic All-Big Ten honors as a sophomore. Davis also has the experience of playing internationally after spending her freshman season of high school in England.

    WREST: Weekly Rankings

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    Seven Big Ten wrestling squads appeared in the latest polls released Tuesday by InterMat and the National Wrestling Coaches Association.

    Atop both polls were the Iowa Hawkeyes, who last weekend won their third-straight NWCA/Cliff Keen National Duals Championships. Joining the Hawkeyes in the top five included Ohio State (#3 NWCA, #4 InterMat) and Minnesota (#5/5), who also made successful appearances at the national duals as the Buckeyes went 3-1 and the Gophers went 2-2. Indiana (#12/12), Penn State (#13/13), Wisconsin (#14/21) and Illinois (#19/25) also were rated in this week's rankings. Purdue is receiving votes in the NWCA poll.

    In InterMat's weight class rankings, four Big Ten grapplers rule their respective divisions. Indiana's Angel Escobedo is No. 1 at 125, Michigan State's Franklin Gomez leads the 133-pound weight class, Iowa's Brent Metcalf is tops at 149, and Wisconsin's Andrew Howe appears at No. 1 in the 165-pound weight class.

    MBB: Tuesday Night Recaps

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    It was the Robbie Hummel show for the first half of the Purdue vs. Ohio State game. Hummel scored 29 points in the first stanza, connecting on 8-of-10 long-range shots. It was the Evan Turner show the second half. Turner led the Buckeyes to a 70-66 victory over the No. 6 Boilermakers in a back-and-forth affair in West Lafayette last night. Hummel and Turner each finished with 30-plus points.

    Iowa wrapped up its non-conference season with a 67-62 win over Tennessee State in Iowa City last night and the Fighting Ilini edged Penn State, 54-53 in a thriller in Champaign.

    Recaps, stats and video highlights...

    Ohio State def. No. 6/6 Purdue, 70-66
    Ohio State's Evan Turner dismantled Purdue's highly respected defense.

    He scored 23 of his career-high 32 points in the second half, and the Buckeyes rallied from a 13-point deficit to beat No. 6 Purdue 70-66 on Tuesday night.

    Turner scored 14 of Ohio State's final 18 points. He also had nine rebounds in his third game since missing a month with a fracture in his back.

    Ohio State coach Thad Matta said he's not sure Turner is 100 percent healthy.

    Recap | Box Score | Highlights


    Illinois def. Penn State, 54-53
    Demetri McCamey returned to the starting lineup for the first time in two games and scored 25 points to lead Illinois to a 54-53 comeback victory over Penn State on Tuesday night.

    McCamey hit a jump shot with 1:02 to play to give the Illini (12-5, 4-0 Big Ten) a 53-52 lead that stood up. Penn State's Talor Battle missed a jump shot as the game ended.

    The Illini trailed 48-40 with 8:46 to play after a 16-5 Penn State run.

    Recap | Box Score | Highlights


    Iowa def. Tennessee State, 67-62
    A men's college basketball team that needed a win, got a win Tuesday night in Carver-Hawkeye Arena, but it sure didn't come easy.

    Coach Todd Lickliter's Iowa Hawkeyes had to scratch and claw and scratch some more to get win No. 6 in 2009-10, a 67-62 win over a very quick and exceptionally athletic Tennessee State squad out of the Ohio Valley Conference. The victory snapped a four-game losing streak to Big Ten Conference opponents for the Hawkeyes.

    The difference in the game - the Hawkeyes' final non-conference date of the year - was Iowa sophomore forward Aaron Fuller, who scored a career-high 24 points and matched his career best with nine rebounds. Fuller's night included 10 straight points - which sparked a 14-2 Iowa run - during the first half when Iowa was trying its best to deal with the Lions' full-court pressure and its quickness to the ball.

    Recap | Box Score | Highlights

    WBB: News & Notes

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    Players of the Week
    Ohio State sophomore Samantha Prahalis was named Big Ten Player of the Week after dropping 32 points against then-No. 19/21 Michigan State on Saturday. Wisconsin's Taylor Wurtz was named Freshman of the Week after leading the Badgers with 27 points in a win over Michigan on Sunday. COMPLETE RELEASE.

    In the Polls
    Ohio State improved to No. 5 in the AP and coaches' polls, while Michigan State was voted No. 20 by the AP and No. 23 by the coaches. Wisconsin is receiving votes outside the top 25. COMPLETE POLLS

    FB: Required Reading

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    Each Big Ten bowl team had at least three players on ESPN.com's Big Ten all-bowl team

    Heisman Trophy winner and former Michigan star Charles Woodson Named NFL Defensive Player of the Year

    Iowa's Adrian Clayborn earns national honors from the College Football Performance Awards

    MBB: Stat of the Day

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    Stat of the Day

    Even though Purdue suffered its first loss of the season, the Boilermakers have been the best team in Division I over the last 10 months. Purdue owns the top record in college basketball since March 13, 2009.

    Best DI Records since March 13, 2009

    PURDUE  19-2 (.905)
    Kentucky  18-2 (.900)
    Coastal Carolina 16-2  (.889)
    Kansas 16-2 (.889)
    Miami (Fla.)  16-2  (.889)
    Texas 16-2 (.889)
    Northern Iowa  14-2 (.875)

    MBB: Tuesday Night Matchups

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    OHIO STATE at #6/6 PURDUE | 7 p.m. ET | ESPN
    OSU Game Notes | PUR Game Notes
    Purdue returns to its home court on Tuesday when it plays host to Ohio State at Mackey Arena, where it has won its last eight games. Redemption will be the theme for tonight's Big Ten showdown as both teams enter the contest in the wake of weekend losses.

    The sixth-ranked Boilermakers (14-1, 2-1) will look to return to their winning ways after suffering their first loss of the season at Wisconsin onSaturday. Purdue is enjoying its 35th consecutive week ranked in the AP-Top 25 and is led by the dangerous scoring tandem of E'Twaun Moore and Robbie Hummel. The junior duo enters Tuesday night's game with streaks of 14 and 12 consecutive games with double-figure point totals, respectively, while Hummel recently netted his 1,000 career point during Saturday's contest against the Badgers.  Purdue not only touts a balanced scoring attack, but has consistently stifled opponents by forcing an average of 17.7 turnovers per contest.

    The Buckeyes (11-5, 1-3) are also aiming to get back on track after falling short at Minnesota on Saturday. Junior Evan Turner leads a high-powered offense that is poised to go toe-to-toe with their host for the evening. The Buckeyes boast four players averaging double-digit scoring figures, including Jon Diebler, who needs just two treys to reach 200 three-pointers for his career.

    Purdue leads the overall series, 81-74, against the Buckeyes with the Boilermakers owning a 53-23 advantage in West Lafayette. The teams have played 31 times previously when Purdue was ranked among the Top-25. The Boilers are 18-13 in those games.

    Series History: Purdue leads, 81-74


    PENN STATE at ILLINOIS | 9 p.m. ET | Big Ten Network
    PSU Game Notes | ILL Game Notes

    The Penn State Nittany Lions will be in the hunt for its fourth straight win at Illinois when it travels to face the Illini inside Assembly Hall on Tuesday. The second Big Ten matchup of the evening is slated to tip off at 9 p.m. ET on the Big Ten Network with Dave Revsine handling play-by-play and Jim Jackson alongside as color analyst.

    PSU (8-7, 0-3) will be looking to end a three-game losing skid and post its first conference win of the season after allowing a 16-point second half lead to slip away against Michigan last Thursday. The Nittany Lions are led by Talor Battle, who ranks second in the Big Ten in scoring with 18.1 points per game. Watch for a battle on the boards as the junior point guard aims to become just the fourth player in school history to post 1,000 points, 400 rebounds and 300 assists in a career.

    On the other hand, expect the Illini (11-5, 3-0) to take advantage of their familiar settings as they seek to extend their unblemished home slate to 10-0 on the year. Illinois is rapidly earning a reputation for its comebacks and will enter Tuesday night's matchup after erasing a 15 point-deficit to edge Indiana 66-60. The Illini have four players averaging double-digits in scoring, including juniors Demetri McCamey and Mike Davis, who lead the Big Ten in assists (5.9 apg.) and rebounds (10.1 rpg.), respectively.

    Series History: Illinois leads, 21-11.


    Tennessee State at IOWA | 9 p.m. ET | BigTenNetwork.com
    IOWA Game Notes | Tennessee State Notes

    Iowa welcomes Tennessee State to Carver-Hawkeye Arena for its final non-conference game of the regular season. The Hawkeyes ((5-11, 0-4) enter Tuesday's game on a four-game losing skid, while Tennessee State (4-13, 1-5) has lost five of its last six. In their last time out, the Tigers defeated Tennessee Martin, 73-59, while Iowa dropped a 71-53 decision to Michigan State.

    Iowa boasts the strongest strength of schedule amongst Big Ten teams in games played through Jan. 9 and rank fourth nationally, according to realtimerpi.com. The Hawkeyes have seen four players pace the team in scoring at least twice this season, with underclassmen generating 80 percent of their offensive production. Todd Lickliter's squad is currently led by sophomore Matt Gatens (12.8 ppg.), who has reached double figures a team-best 10 times this season.

    This will be only the second meeting between the two programs, with the previous matchup resulting in an 84-51 decision favor of the Hawkeyes in 2002. Fans can watch tonight's game online at bigtennetwork.com.

    Series History: Iowa leads, 1-0

    WREST: Wrestler of the Week

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    Wrestler of the Week
    Jay Borschel, Iowa
    Sr., 174, Marion, Iowa/Linn-Mar

    Borschel wins his first Big Ten Wrestler of the Week award after posting a 4-0 record and winning Division I Outstanding Wrestler honors at the NWCA/Cliff Keen National Duals last weekend. The Hawkeyes won their third straight team title at the event as Borschel defeated four ranked opponents, earning major decision victories in the semifinal and championship matches. In opening-round action, Borschel, ranked No. 2 at 174 pounds, defeated No. 3 Stephen Dwyer of Nebraska, then knocked off No. 16 Nate Lee of Boise State in the quarterfinals. The senior then defeated No. 13 Scott Glasser of Minnesota in the semis and No. 14 Duke Burk of Iowa State in the final.

    Last Iowa Wrestler of the Week: Brent Metcalf (Jan. 5, 2010)

    M TEN: Athlete of the Week

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    Athlete of the Week
    Jason Jung, Michigan
    Jr., Torrance, Calif./West Torrance

    Jung claims his first Big Ten Athlete of the Week honor after his efforts in Michigan's season-opener at the Key Biscayne Individuals in Key Biscayne, Fla., over the weekend. The junior went 2-0 in singles play, winning both matches in straight sets. Jung defeated Denver's Yannick Weihs, 6-1, 7-6 (4), in his first match, then knocked off Texas' Kellen Damico, 7-6 (5), 6-3, in his second match. Jung finished the competition with a 3-2 overall mark, going 1-2 in doubles action.

    Last Michigan Athlete of the Week: Matko Maravic (March 28, 2007)

    WSWM: Northwestern and Ohio State Rake in Weekly Honors

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    Northwestern's Kassia Shishkoff was named Swimmer of the Week after engineering the Wildcats' come-from-behind win at Notre Dame on Saturday. The senior won all three of her races, nabbing victories in three of the last four swimming events in the entire meet to give NU a six-point win over the Fighting Irish.

    Meanwhile, former Wildcat and current Ohio State senior Chelsea Davis led a one-two OSU finish on both the one- and three-meter springboard events to lead the 30th-ranked Buckeyes to a pair of wins over Toledo and Wright State last week. For her efforts, Davis was named Diver of the Week for the seventh time of her career. The Columbus, Ohio, native posted four top-two finishes, including three individual wins in back-to-back days of competition to help OSU improve to 4-0 on the season.

    To learn more about this week's honorees, look here.

    MSWM: Big Ten Announces Swimmer and Diver of the Week

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    Michigan nabbed its second straight weekly award as sophomore Dan Madwed earned the nod as Swimmer of the Week while Purdue sophomore David Boudia collected his 10th career weekly diving accolade.

    Madwed was one of two multiple-event winners for the seventh-ranked Wolverines as Michigan defeated No. 20 Indiana, 158-82, to kick off Big Ten competition. Madwed picked up an NCAA consideration time in the 200-yard freestyle with a winning time of 1:38.24.  In other Big Ten action, Boudia led the Boilermakers to a sweep of the top five places in both springboard events against Michigan State. He scored 377.40 points from the one-meter and tied his season-best score of 469.80 off the three-meter to win both events and help Purdue defeat the Spartans.

    To learn more about this week's honorees, look here.

    Penn State's Shavon Greaves and Indiana's Faith Sherrill collected their first career weekly awards after opening the 2010 season in convincing fashion at their respective home openers over the weekend.

    Greaves made a statement on the NCAA sprint scene at the Penn State Relays last Saturday, posting NCAA-leading marks in the 60- and 200-meters. The Nittany Lion junior opened the day with an NCAA-provisional qualifying 7.33 in the 60-meter preliminaries, and followed up with an impressive 7.30 in the event final. She then sprinted to a speedy personal-best 23.22 in the 200, which was also good for first place and another NCAA-qualifying effort.

    Junior Faith Sherrill posted the nation's best mark in the shot put while also breaking a longstanding IU record that stood for 18 years with a heave of 16.70m (54-9.5). The mark is a foot and a half better than the second best in the Big Ten so far this season. READ MORE ...  

    MINDR T/F: Indiana and Ohio State Earn Weekly Awards

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    Indiana and Ohio State ran away with the first weekly awards of the 2010 Indoor Track and Field season. Buckeye sophomore Thomas Murdaugh opened the year with a dominating victory in the 400-meter dash with a winning time and NCAA provisional mark of 48.25. He also anchored Ohio State's 4x400-meter relay team to a first-place time of 3:15.06.

    Meanwhile, Hoosier sophomore Derek Drouin posted an NCAA automatic qualifying mark by clearing 2.24 meters (7-4.25) in the high jump - the best mark in the nation so far this indoor season. READ MORE ...

    MBB: Just Another Monday

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    It's Monday and that means another crazybusy day in the Communications office here in Park Ridge. Monday means Player of the Week voting, coaches teleconference and the weekly release.

    It's Week 10 of the college hoops season...here's what's happening the Big Ten on this Monday...

    - Michigan's DeShawn Sims was named the Big Ten's Player of the Week.

    - Another week, another successful men's coaches teleconference. Click here to hear what the coaches had to say about last week and the week ahead.

    - In for the Long Haul: Michigan's John Beilein has agreed to a contract extension to lead the Wolverines through the 2015-16 season, U-M athletic director Bill Martin announced today.

    Currently in his third season at the helm of the Wolverine program, Beilein has continued to be a proven winner throughout his career. Beilein has won 588 career games, placing him in the top 20 in victories among active Division I head coaches. In 32 years behind the bench, Beilein has compiled 27 winning seasons including 15 20-win campaigns. Read More...

    - Now that we're into conference play, here's a reminder of all of the single plays this season.
    With an 18-game conference schedule, each Big Ten team will meet two other conference teams once during conference play. Here is the breakdown for 2009-10.

    Team    Home    Away
    Illinois    MINN    MICH   
    Indiana    MSU    PSU
    Iowa    PSU    WIS
    Michigan    ILL    PUR
    Michigan State    OSU    IND
    Minnesota    WIS    ILL
    Northwestern    PUR    OSU
    Ohio State    NU    MSU
    Penn State    IND    IOWA   
    Purdue    MICH    NU
    Wisconsin    IOWA    MINN

    - The Big Ten has three teams ranked among the nation's top 25 for the 10th consecutive week of the season. In the latest edition, Purdue is ranked sixth in both the Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll. Michigan State moves up to No. 7 in the AP and No. 8 in the Coaches Poll after being ranked 10th and 11th, respectively last week. Wisconsin broke Purdue's perfect record in a win on Saturday and now sit at No. 13 and No. 16 in the two national polls. The Big Ten has had a team ranked among the top 10 in the nation each week of the season, with MSU and Purdue ranked in that group. The Big Ten has had eight different teams appear in the AP Top 25 this season, including Illinois, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Northwestern, Ohio State, Purdue and Wisconsin.

    - Us. vs. Them: Iowa and Michigan will step out of conference play this week to meet non-conference opponents. The Hawkeyes will entertain Tennessee State (4-13) Tuesday night, while the Wolverines will play hosts to the No. 15/15 UConn (11-4) Huskies on Sunday afternoon. The Big Ten owns a 95-38 non-conference record this season for a win percentage of .714.

    W GYM: Gymnasts of the Week

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    The conference office on Monday announced the Gymnast and Freshman of the Week winners for the first time of the 2010 season. Penn State's Brandi Personett won Big Ten Gymnast of the Week, her 10th time winning the award, after an all-around score of 39.225 and three event wins in Penn State's season opening quadrangular against Michigan State, West Virginia and Western Michigan.

    The inaugural Freshman of the Week award went to Michigan's Natalie Beilstein, who won two events to help Michigan to a tri-meet victory over Iowa and Bowling Green.

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

    M GYM: Gymnast of the Week

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    In the first weekly awards of the 2010 men's gymnastics season, Penn State's Felix Aronovich won Gymnast and Freshman of the Week honors and helped the Nittany Lions to a 341.000-314.350 win over Army on Saturday.

    Aronovich scored a 14.200 on the pommel horse, then a 14.300 on the parallel bars in his individual event victories.

    To read the complete release, click here.

    WBB: Sunday's Results

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    ILLINOIS (-/rv) def. MINNESOTA, 64-62
    Recap and Box Score

    PENN STATE def. INDIANA, 77-71 (OT)
    Recap and Box Score

    WISCONSIN (rv/-) def. MICHIGAN, 68-48
    Recap and Box Score

    PURDUE def. NORTHWESTERN, 53-42
    Recap and Box Score

    MBB: Sunday Wrap Up and the Week Ahead

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    Another exciting week of college basketball. Another exciting and hard-fought week in Big Ten hoops. Northwestern came from behind to upend Michigan in Ann Arbor today. Fourth-ranked Purdue fell to No. 17/20 Wisconsin on Saturday in Madison. Purdue entered the game as one of four undefeated teams in the nation. Today only two undefeated teams stand as No. 1 Kansas fell to No. 16/15 Tennessee.

    Another big week awaits the Big Ten as action tips off on Tuesday night. Iowa and Michigan will step out of conference this week to meet Tennessee State and UConn, respectively.


    NORTHWESTERN def. MICHIGAN, 68-62
    Drew Crawford scored 25 points and made go-ahead free throws with 1:14 left, lifting Northwestern to a 68-62 comeback win over Michigan on Sunday.

    The Wildcats (12-3, 1-2 Big Ten) rallied from a 17-point, first-half deficit. They led by 10 midway through the second half.

    Manny Harris scored 24 and DeShawn Sims had 17 points for the Wolverines (8-7, 2-2) who gave up the last seven points of the game.

    The Wolverines went on a 20-5 run to take a 31-14 lead in the first half, then let Crawford score 11 straight points. The freshman scored 13 after halftime.

    Michael Thompson had 15 points, Luka Mirkovic scored 13 and John Shurna added 11 for Northwestern, which is off to its best 15-game start since the 1945-46 season.

    Recap | Box Score | Highlights
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    Week 10 Schedule
    TUESDAY, JAN. 12
    OHIO STATE at PURDUE | 7 p.m. | ESPN
    PENN STATE at ILLINOIS | 9 p.m. | Big Ten Network
    Tennessee State at IOWA | 9 p.m. | BigTenNetwork.com

    WEDNESDAY, JAN. 13
    MINNESOTA at MICHIGAN STATE | 6:30 p.m. | Big Ten Network
    WISCONSIN at NORTHWESTERN | 8:30 p.m. | Big Ten Network

    THURSDAY, JAN. 14
    INDIANA at MICHIGAN | 9 p.m. | ESPN

    SATURDAY, JAN. 16
    PENN STATE at IOWA | 1 p.m. | Big Ten Network
    ILLINOIS at MICHIGAN STATE | 3:30 p.m. | CBS Sports
    PURDUE at NORTHWESTERN | 5:30 p.m. | Big Ten Network
    WISCONSIN at OHIO STATE | 8 p.m. | Big Ten Network

    SUNDAY, JAN. 17
    Connecticut at MICHIGAN | 1:30 p.m. | CBS Sports
    MINNESOTA at INDIANA | 4:30 p.m. | Big Ten Network

    All times Eastern
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    STATS, STATS, STATS
    Find out who's leading the Big Ten in each statistical category.
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    On the Record
    Each Monday throughout the season, each of the 11 coaches appears on the Big Ten's Weekly Teleconference. If you have a question for a coach, send it to us. It may be asked on the teleconference. Links to the audio will be posted Monday afternoon.


    WBB: Saturday's Results

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    No. 6/6 OHIO STATE def. No. 19/21 MICHIGAN STATE, 65-62
    Recap and Box Score

    MBB: Saturday Wrap Up

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    #17/20 WISCONSIN def. #4/4 PURDUE, 73-66
    Jordan Taylor
    had a rocky start replacing Trevon Hughes.

    The backup point guard committed two turnovers and missed a jumper immediately after Hughes picked up two quick fouls, but he got better in a hurry to help Wisconsin hand Purdue its first loss this season.

    Taylor scored a career-high 23 points, Jason Bohannon tied a career high with 20 and Wisconsin (No. 20 ESPN/USA Today, No. 17 AP) beat No. 4 Purdue 73-66 Saturday.

    Recap | Box Score | Highlights


    MINNESOTA def. OHIO STATE, 73-62
    Blake Hoffarber scored a career-high 27 points, with six three-pointers in the second half, to lead Minnesota to a 73-62 victory over Ohio State on Saturday.

    Lawrence Westbrook added 15 points for the Gophers (12-4, 3-1 Big Ten), who bounced back in a big way from a 79-60 defeat at fourth-ranked Purdue earlier in the week. Hoffarber, the conference's leading three-point shooter at better than 50 percent, had only three points in that game.

    Evan Turner got going in the second half and gave the Buckeyes (11-5, 1-3) 19 points, eight rebounds and seven assists in his second game back after missing more than four weeks while broken bones in his back healed.

    Recap | Box Score | Highlights


    #10/11 MICHIGAN STATE def. IOWA, 71-53
    Draymond Green
    had 14 points and 11 rebounds, and Kalin Lucas also scored 14 points to help Michigan State (No. 11 ESPN/USA Today, No. 10 AP) throttle Iowa 71-53 on Saturday for its eighth victory in nine games.

    Raymar Morgan added 12 points for the Spartans (13-3, 3-0 Big Ten), who opened the second half with a 12-0 run that buried the last-place Hawkeyes (5-11, 0-4).

    Michigan State has put itself in position to take control of the Big Ten race. The Spartans play their next three at home -- where they're 9-0 -- against Minnesota, Illinois and the Hawkeyes.

    Matt Gatens had 16 points to lead Iowa, which has lost four straight and six of its last eight.

    Recap | Box Score | Highlights


    ILLINOIS def. INDIANA, 66-60
    D. J. Richardson's 17-footer with 1:10 to go gave Illinois its first lead in more than 36 minutes, and the Illini held on for a 66-60 victory at Indiana on Saturday.

    It's the first time Illinois (11-5, 3-0 Big Ten) has won in Bloomington in consecutive seasons since 1997 and 1998.

    Mike Tisdale led the Fighting Illini with 27 points and nine rebounds, while Demetri McCamey came off the bench to score 19 points.

    The Hoosiers (7-8, 1-2) were led by Verdell Jones with 13 points and freshman Jordan Hulls, who matched his season high with 12 points.

    Recap | Box Score | Highlights

    MBB: "The Journey" Begins

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    The Big Ten Network will tip off its Journey series on Sunday. Unlike previous Journey productions chronicling a single team for a season (Minnesota Basketball, Illinois Football), this iteration will document Big Ten Men's Basketball throughout the conference season. Get an in-depth look at the programs, the coaches and the student-athletes as they travel the road to March.

    Big Ten Basketball 2010 debuts at 9 PM ET on Sunday, and runs through Selection Sunday (March 14).

    In Sunday's premiere, The Journey cameras will:

    • Go behind the scenes for Evan Turner's return from a back injury that sidelined the Ohio State star until this week
    • Find out how Michigan State is replacing some key seniors and leaders from last year's national runner-up team
    • Check in with Purdue as the Boilermakers look to make the Final Four just down the road in Indianapolis, similar to how Michigan State played a "hometown" Final Four last year in Detroit
    • Visit Northwestern as the Wildcats attempt to continue their early success and make history by reaching the NCAA Tournament for the first time.

    Click here for more on the Journey: http://www.bigtennetwork.com/journey/

    MBB: Saturday on the Hardwood

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    The time has come. With college football over and done, it's all hoops on Saturdays.  Four Big Ten matchups decorate Saturday's slate, beginning with a clash between two top-20 foes as fourth-ranked Purdue looks to keep its unbeaten streak alive as it travels to face No. 17/20 Wisconsin at the Kohl Center.


    #4/4 PURDUE at #17/20 WISCONSIN | 1: 30 p.m. ET | Big Ten Network
    PUR Game Notes | UW Game Notes

    Fourth-ranked Purdue will look to open conference play with a 3-0 record for the first time since 2002-03 on Saturday when it travels to Wisconsin for a 1:30 p.m. Big Ten showdown. The Boilers will be in the hunt for their best start in school history as they aim to extend their win streak to 15-0 and preserve one of the four remaining unblemished slates in NCAA Division one hoops.  The road to victory will not be easy however, as Bo Ryan and the Badgers have yet to give up a home contest this season, owning a perfect 9-0 ledger from inside the Kohl Center.

    The Boilermakers are led by juniors E'Twaun Moore and Robbie Hummel, who enter Saturday's contest with streaks of 14 and 11-consecutive games with double-figure point totals, respectively. Hummel will also be looking to notch his 1,000 career point and will need just 10 on the day to accomplish the feat.

    The veteran tandem of Jon Leuer and Trévon Hughes lead the Badgers averaging close to 16 points per game.

    This marks the 165th meeting between the two programs with the Boilermakers leading the all-time series, 102-62, but the Badgers own a 46-36 advantage in Madison, but Purdue has won the last two meetings at the Kohl Center.

    The game will air on the Big Ten Network. Wayne Larivee and Shon Morris have the call.

    Series History: Purdue leads, 102-62


    OHIO STATE at MINNESOTA | 3:30 p.m. ET | Big Ten Network
    OSU Game Notes | MINN Game Notes

    The Minnesota Golden Gophers return to Williams Arena after a two-game stint on the road last week to face the Ohio State Buckeyes on Saturday, with tip-off slated for 3:30 p.m. ET.
    The Golden Gophers split is last two road contests against Iowa and Purdue to begin the conference season at 3-1 for the second straight year. Senior Lawrence Westbrook leads Minnesota with 13.5 points per contest and will enter Saturday's contest looking to make some headway between the 56 points that stand between him and the century mark.

    Ohio State welcomed back Evan Turner earlier this week against Indiana. The junior guard returned by posting eight points and four rebounds in 20 minutes of action after missing the previous six weeks due to a back injury. Tune in to watch as Turner attempts to become the 21st player in OSU history to record 1,000 points and 500 rebounds.

    In the second game of the Big Ten Network quadruple header, Craig Coshun will have the call alongside analyst John Laskowski.

    Series History: Ohio State leads the all-time series, 74-54


    #10/11 MICHIGAN STATE at IOWA | 5:30 p.m. | Big Ten Network
    MSU Game Notes | IOWA Game Notes

    Michigan State travels to Iowa looking to maintain its position at the top of the Big Ten standings. The Spartans are coming off back-to-back wins over ranked opponents to open league play and have won three straight games overall. Although Iowa enters the contest on a three-game losing streak, all five of the Hawkeyes' wins have been at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

    The Spartans pace the conference in scoring offense  (80.5 ppg.) and rebounding margin, overpowering their opponents on the boards by 10.5 boards per contest. As a team, MSU is shooting .501 from the floor, leading the Big Ten and ranking seventh in the nation.

    The Big Ten Network will televise Saturday's Big Ten matchup with Mark Neely performing play-by-play alongside Kenyon Murray as color analyst.

    Series History: Michigan State leads, 60-52

    ILLINOIS at INDIANA | 8 p.m. ET | Big Ten Network
    ILL Game Notes | IND Game Notes

    Illinois plays its second true road game of the season Saturday night, traveling to Indiana for its 2010 Big Tenroad debut.  The Illini have started 2-0 in conference play with victories over Northwestern and Iowa at home while Indiana sits even at 7-7 overall and 1-1 in conference play.

    All five regular Illini starters are scoring in double figures, averaging between 10.4 and 13.8 points. Junior Mike Davis leads the Big Ten and ranks 18th in the NCAA in rebounding (10.0 rpg), while Demetri McCamey leads the conference and ranks 19th in the nation in assists (5.7 apg).

    Tip-off for Saturday night's contest is set for 8 p.m. ET with the Big Ten Network's  Ari Wolfe and Jim Jackson with the call.

    Series History: Indiana leads 82-80


    WBB: Weekend Schedule

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    January 9

    #6/6 Ohio State at #19/21 Michigan State, 2 p.m.
    CBS Sports

    January 10

    Minnesota at Illinois (-/rv), 4:30 p.m.
    Big Ten Network

    Indiana at Penn State, Noon
    Big Ten Network

    Northwestern at Purdue, 2 p.m.
    BigTenNetwork.com

    Michigan at Wisocnsin (rv/-), 2 p.m.
    BigTenNetwork.com

    MBB: Starting Five

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    1. Saturday's slate pits two ranked conference foes against one another in what promises to be one of the marquee matchups of the weekend as No. 4/4 Purdue collides with No. 17/20 Wisconsin in Madison, Wis. A win would give Purdue its best start in program history (15-0) and also mark the first time since 1999-00 that the Boilermakers have won their first two conference road contests.  Purdue enters Saturday's contest one of just four Division I teams that remain undefeated, and one of just three in the nation with two wins over AP top-10 opponents.

    2. Six student-athletes represent the conference among the NCAA's top 25 in assist-to-turnover ratio, including three in the top 10. Wisconsin's Jordan Taylor ranks fifth in the nation with a 3.27 rating, while Minnesota's Al Nolen and Purdue's Chris Kramer sit tied at No. 10 with a 3.00 assist-to-turnover ratio. On their heels is Northwestern's Michael Thompson at No. 12 (2.95). Together, the foursome paces the conference in leading the nation with six squads ranked among the top 25 in the category.

    3. A trio of Big Ten sharpshooters are nearing career milestones and will look to inch closer to their marks this weekend. Purdue's Robbie Hummel needs 10 points to reach 1,000 for his career while Minnesota's Lawrence Westbrook sits 56 tallies away from the century mark. Ohio State's Jon Diebler is rapidly approaching another benchmark of his own and will enter Saturday's game against the Gophers a mere three treys shy of notching his 200th three-pointer. 

    4. Evan Turner is back in action after starting his first game during Wednesday's win over Indiana since breaking two bones in his back in early December. Previously estimated to sit out for eight weeks, the stalwart guard cut his recovery time in half and did not miss a beat, posting eight points, four rebounds and five assists in 20 minutes of action in his return to the hardwood. Only 20 players in OSU history have scored more than 1,000 points and collected 500 rebounds. With 1,041 career points to his name, Turner will look to join the select few on Saturday as he needs just seven boards to reach the 500-mark.

    5. A whopping 35 Big Ten student-athletes are averaging double figures in scoring amidst the ninth week of the 2009-10 season. This year's scoring column is flooded with double-digits as 10 Big Ten teams boast two or more players with double-figure averages, including three different squads (Michigan State, Ohio State and Purdue) touting at least four individuals to average at least 10 points per game. 

    MBB: TGIF!

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    TGIF!

    The weekend is here and we have a full slate of conference games. Entering the two-day stretch, Illinois, Michigan State and Purdue are all undefeated in Big Ten play, sporting 2-0 records for first place. Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin sit in a tie for fourth place with matching 2-1 marks. At .500, Indiana is currently in seventh place in the conference. Ohio State ranks eighth with a 1-2 mark in Big Ten games while Northwestern sits at ninth (0-2) and Iowa and Penn State are tied for 10th as neither team has yet to win a conference game in three outings.


    The LINEUP
    SATURDAY, JAN. 9
    #4/4 PURDUE at #17/20 WISCONSIN | 1:30 p.m. | Big Ten Network

    OHIO STATE at MINNESOTA 3:30 p.m. | Big Ten Network

    #10/11 MICHIGAN STATE at IOWA | 5:30 p.m. | Big Ten Network

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


    SUNDAY, JAN. 10
    NORTHWESTERN at MICHIGAN | 2:30 p.m. | Big Ten Network

    All times Eastern

    A full preview of each game will be available later today.

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    STAT of the DAY
    Entering the week, Michigan's Manny Harris is the only Division I player averaging at least 19.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game this season. Harris has averaged 19.8 points, 7.0 rebounds and 4.9 assists in 13 games this season.
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    ESPN.com's Weekend Watch features Wisconsin's Trevon Hughes as the Player to Watch.
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    Stat leaders through games of Jan. 7, 2010
    Scoring: Manny Harris, MICH  19.4 ppg
    Rebounding: Mike Davis, ILL  10.0 rpg
    Field Goal Percentage: Dallas Lauderdale, OSU  .717 (43-of-60)
    Free-Throw Percentage: Robbie Hummel, PUR  .902 (55-of-61)
    Assists: Demetri McCamey, ILL  5.73 apg
    Steals: Al Nolen, MINN  2.53 spg
    Three-Point FG Percentage: Blake Hoffarber, MINN  .494 (42-of-85)
    Three-Point FG Made: Jon Diebler, OSU  3.53/game (53 made)
    Blocked Shots: Dallas Lauderdale, OSU   2.79/game (39 blocked shots)
    Assist/Turnover Ratio: Jordan Taylor, WIS 3.27 (49 assists, 15 turnovers)
    Minutes Played: Michael "Juice" Thompson, NU  37.86
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    With bowl season now complete, the Big Ten led all conferences with four teams ranked among the top 16 and three teams among the top 10 in the final Associated Press (AP) poll. The Big Ten had twice as many top-16 programs as any other conference, as the ACC, Big 12, Big East, Mountain West and SEC each had two top-16 teams. The SEC was the only other conference with multiple teams in the final top 10.

    The Big Ten placed at least one team among the final AP top 10 for the eighth consecutive year and produced three top-10 programs for the fourth time in the last eight seasons. The Big Ten also ended the year with three top-10 schools in 2006 (#2 Ohio State, #7 Wisconsin, #8 Michigan), 2003 (#4 Ohio State, #6 Michigan, #8 Iowa) and 2002 (#1 Ohio State, #8 Iowa, #9 Michigan).

    Big Ten and Rose Bowl Champion Ohio State led the way at No. 5, its fourth top-five finish in the last five years (#5 in 2007, #2 in 2006, #4 in 2005). Orange Bowl Champion Iowa was rated No. 7, its first top-10 finish since ending the year at No. 8 in 2004 and best final ranking since finishing third in 1960. Capital One Bowl Champion Penn State appeared at No. 9, its second straight top-10 finish after ending last season at No. 8. Champs Sports Bowl Champion Wisconsin was rated No. 16, its fifth appearance in the final AP poll in the last six years and best final ranking since earning the No. 7 spot in the last 2006 Top 25.

    MBB: Thursday Night Results

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    MICHIGAN def. PENN STATE, 64-55
    After holding Michigan to 16 first half points, Penn State let a 16-point second-half lead slip with 12:24 to play as the Wolverines scored 38 of the game's final 51 points to claim a 64-55 victory Thursday night at the Bryce Jordan Center.  U-M senior forward DeShawn Simms led all scorers with 25 points.

    The Nittany Lions forced nine turnovers in the first stanza while holding Michigan to 0-for-12 shooting from long range and Big Ten leading scorer Manny Harris to a mere two points in the first half. But the Wolverines would not go quietly, returning in the second half with three consecutive treys in the span of 1:11, shooting 66.7 percent in the second half and 7-of-12 from behind the arc to come from behind for the win. Michigan guard Laval Lucas-Perry ignited the run with four second-half three-pointers, finishing with 16 points on the night.

    Penn State fell to 0-3 in the Big Ten and 8-7 on the season as they committed a season-high 17 turnovers and saw Michigan (8-6, 2-1 Big Ten) capitalize scoring 21 of its 48 second half points off miscues and 29 points off turnovers overall.

    Recap | Box Score | Video Highlights


    NORTHWESTERN def. Texas-Pan American, 53-44
    Northwestern fended off a determined Texas-Pan American team to claim a 53-44 win Thursday night from Evanston, Ill., in a game that saw two Wildcats post double-doubles. Sophomore forward John Shurna notched his first career double-double, finishing with a game-high 21 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Wildcats while sophomore center Luka Mirkovic added 11 points and pulled down 11 rebounds of his own to aid in the win.

    The 'Cats held the Broncs to just 28 percent shooting on the night while improving to 11-3 on the year with one non-conference opponent remaining in regular-season action.

    Recap | Box Score

    WBB: Thursday's Results

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    INDIANA def. ILLINOIS, 50-48
    Recap and Box Score

    MICHIGAN def. IOWA, 63-46
    Recap and Box Score

    MINNESOTA def. NORTHWESTERN, 73-65
    Recap and Box Score

    WISCONSIN def. PURDUE, 64-51
    Recap and Box Score

    MBB: Stat of the Day

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    Biggest Scoring Improvement, Last Year to This Year
    (minimum 18 games played last season & 9 games played this season)
    Through Games of 01/05/10
    Source:  STATS  --  Chicago


                                                          Last Year       This Year      Improve
       1 Elliot Williams, Memphis              4.24           19.69         15.45
       2 Ashton Gibbs, Pittsburgh              4.34           17.53         13.19
       3 Jordan Sugars, Navy                   3.24           15.80         12.56
       4 Storm Warren, Louisiana State         2.03           14.14         12.11
       5 Justin Greene, Kent State             2.16           14.14         11.98
       6 Eric Carlson, North Dakota St         2.75           14.69         11.94
       7 Taylor Brown, Bradley                 3.44           15.30         11.86
       8 Klay Thompson, Washington St         12.55           24.29         11.74
       9 Benzor Simmons, Tenn-Martin           6.47           18.00         11.53
      10 Malcolm Lee, UCLA                     3.17           14.64         11.47
      11 David Perez, Centenary                5.89           17.07         11.18
      12 Corey Hassan, Sacred Heart           11.35           22.46         11.11
      13 Dwane Joshua, NC A&T                  7.13           18.11         10.98
      14 Josh Vaughan, North Dakota St         2.76           13.62         10.86
      15 Landry Fields, Stanford              12.65           23.15         10.50
      16 John Shurna, Northwestern             7.32           17.77         10.45
      17 A.J. Davis, Wyoming                   2.83           13.21         10.38
      18 Jeremy Green, Stanford                6.35           16.69         10.34
      19 Jimmy Butler, Marquette               3.20           13.36         10.16

     

    M GYM: Penn State Kicks Off Conference Gymnastics Season

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    The Penn State Nittany Lions will open the Big Ten men's gymnastics season on Saturday, with the conference's remaining squads beginning action next weekend.

    The Nittany Lions host Army on Saturday, one week before the conference's remaining five gymnastics squads begin competition. The following weekend, Penn State will travel to West Point, N.Y., for the West Point Open Jan. 15-16. On Jan. 16, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota and Ohio State will open their 2010 campaigns in Chicago for the Windy City Invitational.

    MBB: Thursday Night Slate

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    MICHIGAN at PENN STATE | 7 p.m. ET | ESPN2
    U-M Game Notes | PSU Game Notes

    The Big Ten's top two leading scorers are set to collide Thursday night as Talor Battle leads Penn State in welcoming Michigan and Manny Harris for a 7 p.m. ET showdown inside the Bryce Jordan Center in State College, Pa.  The Nittany Lions (8-6, 0-2) will be on the prowl for their first Big Ten win of the season against a recharged Michigan squad that is fresh off an impressive victory over then No. 15-ranked Ohio State. 

    Thursday night's contest will mark the fifth meeting between Battle and Harris, who were each recently named among the top 20 finalists for the Bob Cousy Award. Of their four previous meetings, none was more memorable than their duel in 2008 when Battle posted 28 points, 13 rebounds and six assists while Harris logged 29 points, five boards and an assist in a 69-61 PSU victory. Tonight's matchup boasts potential for more stellar performances from the junior first-team All-Big Ten duo as the race for the Big Ten scoring title chase heats up.

    Michigan leads the all-time series between the two teams, but Penn State has won two of the last three including a 73-58 victory in the Jordan Center last season.

    You can catch all the action of tonight's Big Ten matchup on the Duece as Terry Gannon handles play-by-play with Stephen Bardo alongside as color analyst.

    Series History: Michigan leads the series, 22-10


    Texas-Pan American at NORTHWESTERN | 7 p.m. ET | BigTenNetwork.com
    NU Game Notes | Texas Pan-Am Game Notes

    Northwestern will take a break from conference action as it welcomes Texas-Pan American to Welsh-Ryan Arena Thursday night, with tip-off slated for 7 p.m. ET. The Wildcats will look to regain their footing after falling short in their first two Big Ten matchups against Illinois and Michigan State following a 10-1 start.

    NU leads the nation with a 1.69 assist-to-turnover ratio, handing out 235 assists while committing only 139 turnovers. In addition to taking care of the rock, Northwestern leads the Big Ten and is tied for third nationally with an average 10.0 three-point makes per game, while also ranking third in the nation with 27.8 three-point attempts per outing. Reigning Big Ten Player of the Week John Shurna currently leads the 'Cats in scoring with 17.8 points per game - good enough to rank third in the conference behind Manny Harris (19.8 ppg.) and Talor Battle (18.8 ppg.).

    The Broncs (1-15) are coming off a 72-57 loss Tuesday evening at Virginia. UTPA is led in scoring by Jared Maree with 9.9 points per contest. The Broncs' lone win this season was 61-50 decision over Chattanooga on Nov. 27.

    Fans unable to make it out to Welsh-Ryan can catch a live video stream at BigTenNetwork.com.

    Series History: Northwestern leads, 4-0

    WBB: Thursday's Schedule

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    W Gym: Gymnasts Open 2010 Campaign

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    The Big Ten's seven gymnastics squads open the 2010 season this weekend with four in action Friday and three on Sunday.

    Friday's action begins with Penn State, the conference coaches' preseason pick to win the Big Ten Championship, traveling to Michigan State for a quad-meet that will also feature West Virginia and Western Michigan. Ohio State will visit Missouri, while Illinois heads to Corvallis, Ore., in a quad-meet against Air Force, Alaska and host Oregon State.

    On Saturday, Iowa will face Michigan in Ann Arbor as part of a tri-meet that will also include Bowling Green. Also on Saturday, Minnesota opens the 2010 season at home, welcoming Denver.

    M TEN: 2010 Spring Season Begins This Weekend

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    Three Big Ten teams kick off the 2010 spring tennis season this weekend as Indiana, Michigan and Ohio State will be in action.

    Indiana will travel to Las Vegas for the UNLV Spring Invitational, Michigan heads to the Key Biscayne Invitational in Key Biscayne, Fla., and Ohio State travels to Plantation, Fla., for a USTA Futures event.

    More information can be found by clicking here.

    MBB: One-On-One With Northwestern's John Shurna

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    The Big Ten recently sat down with Player of the Week John Shurna to see what life is like beyond college hoops. Take a look and see what he had to say in today's one-on-one matchup with Northwestern's standout sophomore forward.

    Q: What motivates you? 
    A: Knowing that there's always someone working to get better.

    Q: Why did you pick Northwestern?
    A: NU offers top-notch education, coaching and competition in the Big Ten Conference.

    Q: What is your favorite sports memory?
    A: Winning the gold medal as a member of the U19 USA national team.

    Q: What is your favorite sports movie?
    A: Remember the Titans or Talladega Nights

    Q: What is your favorite meal to cook?
    A: I make a mean pasta and vodka sauce.

    Q: If you could have one fantasy date, who would it be with?
    A: Colbie Caillat

    Q: Who would you most like to meet?
    A: Harry Potter

    Q: Name one thing you would need if you were on a deserted island.
    A: The black pearl (ship from Pirates of the Caribbean)

    Q: What was your most memorable moment of 2009?
    A: Winning the gold medal with the U19 USA national team in New Zealand.

    Q: What are your New Year's resolutions?
    A: I haven't decided yet.

    MBB: Wednesday Wrap Up

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    WEDNESDAY, JAN. 6
    #10/11 MICHIGAN STATE def. #17/20 WISCONSIN,  54-47
    Chris Allen was the only player on the court two hours before Michigan State played Wisconsin, solemnly making jumpers from all over the court.

    It paid off.

    Allen scored 16 points while some key teammates struggled, helping the 10th-ranked Spartans hold off No. 17 Wisconsin for a 54-47 win Wednesday night.

    "Being there 2 hours early is just something I do because confidence is everything," Allen said. "When you have it, the game is easy. When you don't, every move is tough."

    Michigan State (12-3, 2-0 Big Ten) did not trail, but it could not put the pesky Badgers (12-3, 2-1) away in a closely contested defensive struggle until the final minutes.

    Recap | Box Score | Video


    OHIO STATE def. INDIANA, 79-54
    Jon Diebler scored 21 points and Evan Turner returned early from an injury to give Ohio State a boost in a 79-54 victory over Indiana on Wednesday night.

    Turner played his first game since breaking two bones in his lower back while dunking during the Buckeyes' Dec. 5 victory over Eastern Michigan. The original prognosis was that he would be out eight weeks, but he was back in 4 1/2 weeks. He had eight points, five assists and five rebounds in 19 minutes for the Buckeyes (11-4, 1-2 Big Ten), who had lost their first two Big Ten games on the road without Turner.

    William Buford added 16 points for Ohio State.

    Verdell Jones III had 22 points and Christian Watford 11 for the Hoosiers (7-7, 1-1), playing their first game on an opposing team's home court this season.

    Recap | Box Score | Video

    FB: Required Reading

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    Iowa played for more than just itself in the Hawkeyes' Orange Bowl victory

    Iowa DE Adrian Clayborn and the Hawkeye defense were up to the Georgia Tech rushing challenge

    Four wins over ranked opponents lead to a successful 4-3 bowl season for the Big Ten

    W TEN: Preseason Rankings

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    Six Big Ten women's tennis teams earned ranks in the ITA Women's National Team Rankings, released Tuesday. Leading the pack is No. 2 Northwestern, which won its 11th-straight Big Ten Championship in 2009. Entering at No. 20 is Michigan, followed by Illinois at No. 33 and Ohio State at No. 38. Indiana checks in at No. 46 and Minnesota rounds out the ranked Big Ten squads at No. 69. The complete team rankings can be found by clicking here.

    Numerous Big Ten singles and doubles performers are also ranked in the ITA's preseason rankings. Singles rankings can be found here, and doubles here.

    The conference's women's tennis squads begin the 2010 spring season next weekend.

    WBB: Required Reading

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  • ESPN.com's Charlie Creme has Ohio State as a No. 2 seed in his latest Bracketology video update.
  • Megan Considine is the newest addition to Iowa's roster.
  • Go "In the M-Zone" with Michigan's Veronica Hicks.
  • The Golden Gophers participate in two Personal Development plans as part of its Life Skills Program.
  • Northwestern's Amy Jaeschke puts the "student" in "student-athlete" in her latest entry of "And 1 With Amy."
  • Wisconsin fans, sign up to be a Badger Basketball Insider.

  • M TEN: Preseason Rankings

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    In the preseason ITA National Rankings released Tuesday, Ohio State led a contingent of nine conference schools in the top 60. The Buckeyes, four-time defending Big Ten Champion and 2009 national runner-up, debut at No. 3 overall with Illinois opening the season at No. 15. Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan occupy spots 31, 32 and 33, respectively, while Northwestern and Indiana rank 47th and 48th, respectively. Penn State checks in at No. 54, and Iowa rounds out the ranked conference squads at No. 60.

    The complete ITA rankings can be found by clicking here. Numerous Big Ten singles and doubles performers are also ranked in the ITA's preseason rankings. Singles rankings can be found here, and doubles here.

    INDR T/F: Four Big Ten Teams Land Spots in Preseason Poll

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    The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) released the preseason indoor edition of national track and field team rankings for NCAA's Division I on Tuesday, Jan. 5. Four Big Ten teams, including two men's and two women's squads, were featured in the national coaches' poll entering the 2010 season.

    Minnesota led the conference representatives in the men's poll with a No. 10 national ranking. Wisconsin also made an appearance in the top 25, checking in at No. 24. On the other hand, the Penn State women's team also appeared at No. 10, while Illinois rounded out the Big Ten contingent at No. 19.

    The men of Florida State have been identified as the No. 1 team in the land entering the season with in-state rival Florida at No. 2 close behind. On the women's side, Texas A&M, the defending outdoor champion enters the season No. 1 in the rankings.

    The first regular release of updated rankings for NCAA's Division I will start on Tuesday, January 26, with updates occurring the following seven Tuesdays leading to the NCAA Indoor Championships, March 12-13. In addition, the 2010 preseason watch list for The Bowerman will be announced next Tuesday, January 12.

    Look here for the complete 2010 preseason USTFCCCA poll.

     

    MBB: Wednesday Night Preview

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    #17/20 WISCONSIN at #10/11 MICHIGAN STATE | 6:30 p.m. ET | Big Ten Network
    MSU Game Notes UW Game Notes

    Michigan State welcomes Wisconsin to East Lansing in the Spartans Big Ten home opener, set to tip off at 6:30 p.m. ET inside the Breslin Center. Both teams enter Wednesday night's contest on the heels of impressive road wins with MSU downing Northwestern by 21 points and the Badgers topping Penn State by 17. The matchup promises a hard fought battle - one that is most likely to be won on the glass as the Spartans and Badgers are the top two rebounding teams in the Big Ten.

    MSU is averaging 14.2 offensive rebounds per contest, leading to 16.7 second chance points per game. In 14 times out, the Spartans have out-rebounded their opponents by an average of 10.3 boards per game to lead the conference in rebounding margin. Wisconsin rates second among all Big Ten teams in that category with an average +5.6 rebounding advantage over their opponents. The Badgers have out-rebounded 11 of 14 rivals this season, sporting a 10-1 record in those games. UW leads the Big Ten in rebounding defense, allowing just 29.1 opponent boards per outing while pulling down 76.0 percent of the rebounds on the defensive end.

    Wisconsin ranks fourth in the nation and leads the Big Ten in scoring defense, allowing just 56.4 points per contest while holding two conference foes to a remarkable 44.5 points per game. But if UW is the yin of the scoreboard, MSU is the yang as the Spartans pace the Big Ten in scoring offense (82.4 ppg). Through 14 games, Michigan State has proven itself with several different offensive weapons as five Spartans currently average in double figures, led by junior point guard Kalin Lucas (16.1 ppg).

    MSU's head coach Tom Izzo is 12-2 in Big Ten home openers, including winning the last seven. The Spartans lead the all-time series against Wisconsin, but the Badgers have won four of its last five meetings between the two schools. UW is 11-4 against MSU under Bo Ryan, including 2-4 at the Breslin Center.

    The game will be televised live on the Big Ten Network with Gus Johnson and Steve Smith calling the action.

    Series History: Michigan State leads, 67-58


    INDIANA at OHIO STATE | 8:30 p.m. | Big Ten Network
    IND Game Notes | OSU Game Notes

    Ohio State is set to entertain Indiana in the Hoosiers first true road contest of the season Wednesday evening with tip-off slated for 8:30 p.m. ET. Indiana will look to carry the momentum from its previous outing when it knocked off Michigan while the Buckeyes seek redemption after Sunday's loss to the Wolverines cost them to fall out of the national rankings.

    Already this season, Indiana surpassed its overall win total from last year and equaled its number of Big Ten victories from 2008-09.The Hoosiers are led in scoring by freshman Maurice Creek (16.4 ppg.), who recently underwent knee surgery and is unlikely to return this season. Tom Crean's squad will rely on the young scoring tandem of Christian Watford and Verdell Jones III who combined for 39 of the Hoosiers' 71 points against the Maize and Blue.

    Ohio State begins the home portion of the Big Ten Conference season after starting with road games at Wisconsin and Michigan. The Buckeyes will travel to Minnesota and Purdue to complete an opening stretch of four road games in the first five conference matchups of the season. Thad Matta's squad is 9-0 at home to date and shooting well on familiar ground, connecting on 54 percent as a team from inside Value City Arena and 43 percent from long range. OSU has reached 100 or more points three times this season and average a margin of victory of +30.4. The Buckeyes are led in scoring by juniors Jon Diebler  (14.1 ppg.) and David Lighty (14.0 ppg.).

    Tonight's game will be televised on the Big Ten Network with Wayne Larivee calling the game alongside Shon Morris.

    Series History: Indiana leads, 101-73


    MBB: Stat of the Day

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    Entering the week, only two Division I players are averaging at least 11.0 points, 7.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists and shooting 60.0 percent from the field, and they are both members of the Big Ten.
                                           Team       PPG     RPG       APG         FG Pct           
    Draymond Green       
    MSU         11.1       7.9         3.2            62.1
    Evan Turner               OSU         18.5      11.4         5.9            60.8

    MBB: Big Ten Lands Four Finalists for 2010 Bob Cousy Award

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    The Big Ten saw four student-athletes named finalists for the Bob Cousy Award on Tuesday, Jan. 5, including Talor Battle (Penn State), Manny Harris (Michigan), Trévon Hughes (Wisconsin) and Kalin Lucas (Michigan State). The Bob Cousy Award honors the nation's top point guard and is named after Hall of Famer and former Boston Celtics great Bob Cousy. The Big Ten quartet is among 20 remaining players in contention for the award, as the list will be cut down to 10 by Feb. 1 and then five by March 1. The winner will be announced on Monday, April 5, in Indianapolis, Ind., as part of NCAA Final Four weekend. Below is a complete list of the 20 finalists.

    Bob Cousy Award Finalists
    Chris Warren, Ole Miss
    Denis Clemente, Kansas State
    Deonta Vaughn, Cincinnati
    Devan Downey, South Carolina
    Greivis Vasquez, Maryland
    Jeremy Lin, Harvard
    Jerome Randle, Cal
    John Wall, Kentucky
    Jon Scheyer, Duke
    Kalin Lucas, Michigan State
    Kemba Walker, Connecticut
    Malcom Delaney, Virginia Tech
    Manny Harris, Michigan
    Matt Bouldin, Gonzaga
    Nic Wise, Arizona
    Ronald Moore, Siena
    Scottie Reynolds, Villanova
    Sherron Collins, Kansas
    Talor Battle, Penn State
    Trévon Hughes, Wisconsin

    FB: Big Ten in the NFL - Week 17

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    Cliff Avril, DE, Detroit (Purdue): Recorded five tackles, a sack and a forced fumble in the Lions' 37-23 loss to Chicago.

    Ray Edwards, DE, Minnesota (Purdue): Registered a pair of tackles and had a sack in the Vikings' 44-7 win over the New York Giants.

    Lee Evans, WR, Buffalo (Wisconsin): Made four catches for 49 yards and had a touchdown in the Bills' 30-7 win over Indianapolis.

    Charles Godfrey, S, Carolina (Iowa): Made two tackles and forced a fumble in the Panthers' 23-10 win over New Orleans.

    Chad Greenway, LB, Minnesota (Iowa): Recorded four tackles and had an interception in the Vikings' 44-7 win over the New York Giants.

    James Hall, DE, St. Louis (Michigan): Had five tackles and a sack in the Rams' 28-6 loss to San Francisco.

    Mike Hart, RB, Indianapolis (Michigan): Scored on a one yard touchdown run in the Colts' 30-7 loss to Buffalo.

    Brian Hartline, WR, Miami (Ohio State): Made a pair of catches for 34 yards and had a touchdown on a 16-yard run in the Dolphins' 30-24 loss to Pittsburgh.

    Chad Henne, QB, Miami (Michigan): Threw for 140 yards on 16 of 20 passing and had a touchdown in the Dolphins' 30-24 loss to Pittsburgh.

    Santonio Holmes, WR, Pittsburgh (Ohio State): Scored on a five-yard touchdown catch in the Steelers' 30-24 win over Miami.

    Bryant Johnson, WR, Detroit (Penn State): Had four catches for 42 yards and a touchdown in the Lions' 37-23 loss to Chicago.

    James Laurinaitis, LB, St. Louis (Ohio State): Made five tackles and had a sack in the Rams' 28-6 loss to San Francisco.

    Jim Leonhard, S, New York Jets (Wisconsin): Made two tackles with a sack and a forced fumble in the Jets' 37-0 win over Cincinnati on Sunday night.

    Kyle Orton, QB, Denver (Purdue): Threw for 431 yards on 32 of 56 passing and a touchdown in the Broncos' 44-24 loss to Kansas City.

    Bernard Pollard, S, Houston (Purdue): Finished with six tackles with an interception and recovered a fumble in the end zone in the Texans' 34-27 win over New England.

    Jay Richardson, DE, Oakland (Ohio State): Made two tackles and recorded a sack in the Raiders 21-13 loss to Baltimore.

    Anthony Spencer, DE, Dallas (Purdue): Finished with five tackles, two sacks and a forced fumble in the Cowboys' 24-0 win over Philadelphia.

    LaMarr Woodley, LB, Pittsburgh (Michigan): Finished with three tackles with two sacks in the Steelers' 30-24 win over Miami.

    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.

    Lacey Simpson, Illinois
    Fifth-year senior Lacey Simpson is already a graduate of the University of Illinois, earning her bachelor's degree in sport management in May 2009. Simpson has continued her education in her final year of eligibility, working toward a master's in human resource education. After this season, she plans to continue playing basketball for as long as she can before pursuing a career in broadcasting or coaching. Simpson is one of the most active Illini in the Champaign-Urbana community and has become a role model to young fans with frequent visits to elementary schools. Last season, Simpson kept busy by interning in the Illinois Sports Information Office and hosting the Illini Insider television show.

    WREST: Weekly Rankings

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    Seven Big Ten wrestling teams rank among the nation's top 25, according to polls released by InterMat and the National Wrestling Coaches Association on Tuesday.

    Iowa ranks at the top of both polls, boast a 9-0 dual meet mark and won the program's 21st Midlands Championship last week. The Hawkeyes are the No. 1 seed in this week's NWCA/Cliff Keen National Duals. Other ranked teams include Ohio State (#3 NWCA/#3 InterMat), Minnesota (#6/#5), Indiana (#12/#13), Penn State (#14/#14), Wisconsin (#18/#22) and Illinois (#20/-). Purdue is receiving votes in the NWCA polls. Minnesota, Ohio State and Wisconsin, along with Northwestern, will take part in the National Duals this weekend.

    Additionally, five Big Ten wrestlers rank No. 1 in their respective weight classes in InterMat's weekly weight class rankings. Indiana's Angel Escobedo (125), Michigan State's Franklin Gomez (133), Ohio State's Reece Humphrey (141), Iowa's Brent Metcalf (149) and Wisconsin's Andrew Howe (165) enjoy spots at the top of the rankings.

    MBB: Tuesday Night Big Wrap Up

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    #4/4 PURDUE def. MINNESOTA, 79-60
    Robbie Hummel and E'Twaun Moore both scored 18 points, and No. 4 Purdue beat Minnesota 79-60 on Tuesday night to remain unbeaten.

    JaJuan Johnson had 16 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks, and Chris Kramer added 15 points to help the Boilermakers (14-0, 2-0 Big Ten) tie the school record for best start. The 1993-94 team that featured Glenn Robinson also won its first 14 games.

    Paul Carter scored 15 points and Damian Johnson added 12 for Minnesota (11-4, 2-1), which had won seven straight. Center Ralph Sampson III sat out with an ankle injury.

    Recap | Box Score


    ILLINOIS def. IOWA, 59-42
    Freshman D. J. Richardson scored 17 to lead Illinois to a 59-42 Big Ten win over struggling Iowa Tuesday.

    Richardson started the game on the bench for the first time in his college career. But he entered the game early for Illinois (10-5, 2-0) and hit five 3-pointers. He was 6-for-11 from the floor.

    The Illini went on a 20-1 run early in the first half to open up a 22-4 lead that Iowa (5-10, 0-3) couldn't overcome.

    Recap | Box Score

    FB: Iowa Defeats Georgia Tech in Orange Bowl

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    Stymied by Iowa's swarming defense, Georgia Tech found itself out of options.

    The Hawkeyes solved the Yellow Jackets' explosive triple option and Ricky Stanzi threw two early touchdown passes for a 24-14 victory in the 2010 FedEx Orange Bowl. Read more about the Orange Bowl by clicking on this link.

    WBB: Coach Speak

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    In the latest coaches' poll, issued Tuesday, Ohio State retained the No. 6 spot, while Michigan State improved three positions to No. 21. Illinois is receiving votes outside the top 25. COMPLETE POLL

    FB: Required Reading

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    Iowa LB A.J. Edds has fit well into the Hawkeye defense during his career in Iowa City

    The return of QB Ricky Stanzi to the Iowa offense provides a confidence boost

    MBB: Tuesday Night Slate

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    MINNESOTA at #4/4 PURDUE | 7 p.m. ET | ESPN
    MINN Game Notes | PUR Game Notes

    If offense sells tickets and defense wins games, what happens when a team's defense creates opportunities for scoring? Ask Minnesota and Purdue. The two teams are turning defense into their greatest offensive weapon by capitalizing on two of the top turnover margins in the nation. The Boilermakers (13-0, 1-0) own a 7.6 turnover advantage over their opponents, good enough to rank third in the country, while Minnesota (11-3, 2-0) rates sixth with a +6.0 turnover ratio.

    Purdue will look to open conference play with a 2-0 record for the first time since 2002-03. The Boilermakers remain one of just four Division I teams that remain undefeated and will look to tie the 1993-94 team for the best start in school history at 14-0. Matt Painter's squad enters Tuesday's contest in the midst of a three-game win streak in which it has turned the ball over less than 10 times. The Boilers' ball security will be put to the test against a Minnesota squad that most recently converted 25 turnovers into 45 points in their road win over Iowa.

    Minnesota arrives in West Lafayette, Ind., riding a seven-game win streak. During that stretch, the Gophers are averaging 89.1 points per contest and have overcome opponents by a 25.2 point-margin of victory.

    Senior Lawrence Westbrook leads Minnesota in scoring for the season with a career-high 13.8 points per game. He enters the contest 56 points away from 1,000 for his career. Purdue's Robbie Hummel is also nearing a career milestone and needs just 28 points to reach the century mark. The Boilermakers are led in scoring by junior E'Twaun Moore, who is averaging 16.3 points per game.

    Tonight's Big Ten matchup will be televised on ESPN. Dave O'Brien will handle play-by-play with Steve Lavin alongside as color analyst.

    Series History: Purdue leads, 84-73.


    IOWA at ILLINOIS | 9 p.m. ET | Big Ten Network
    ILL Game Notes | IOWA Game Notes

    Iowa will travel to Champaign, Ill.,, to face Illinois in its first conference road test of the season inside Assembly Hall, Tuesday night with tip off slated for 9 p.m. ET. The Hawkeyes (5-9, 0-2) will be in the hunt for their first win in Big Ten action, while the Illini (9-5, 1-0) are looking to rebound from a hard-fought loss against Gonzaga on Saturday.

    Iowa begins the conference schedule with four of its first five games at home, the first time to do so since the 1962-63 campaign. The Hawkeyes boast the strongest strength of schedule amongst Big Ten teams in games played through Jan. 2, ranking 16th nationally according to realtimerpi.com.

    Illinois tipped off its conference slate with a win over Northwestern last week. As a team, Illinois ranks second in the conference in free throw shooting (.738), rebounding (38.9), defensive rebounds (26.93) and 3-point field goal percentage defense (.300), as well as third in scoring (79.1). The Illini are led by the junior tandem of Demetri McCamey -- who recently tallied his fifth 20-point game of the season against Gonzaga - and Mike Davis, who leads the Big Ten and ranks 10th in the nation in double-doubles this season with eight.

    The Big Ten Network will televise Tuesday night's game with Craig Coshun and Jim Jackson calling the action.

    Series History: Illinois leads, 76-66.

    WBB: Required Reading

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  • Indiana invites you to go "In the Paint with Big Sash."
  • Read how three former Hoosiers are enjoying life playing professionally overseas.
  • Iowa's Kamille Wahlin blogs about ugly Christmas sweaters and her team's final non-conference games.
  • The third season of Emmy-winning "Courtside with Coquese" debuts Wednesday.
  • Read what Wisconsin coach Lisa Stone said during her Monday press conference.
  • MBB: Hitting the Links

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    Andy Katz dubs Purdue the Team of the Week after the Boilermakers notched wins over Iowa and sixth-ranked West Virginia, and explores the Boilers' potential for "pulling a Michigan State" as the host school at this season's Final Four.

    ESPN.com takes a look at the four remaining unbeatens in college hoops, including a 13-0 Purdue squad.

    Eamonn Brennan of the College Basketball Nation Blog reflects on Northwestern's run into the AP-Top 25 and explores what it will take for the Wildcats to earn a trip to the NCAA Tournament.

    Jeff Potrykus of the Journal Sentinel looks at Wisconsin's climb to No. 17 in the AP poll and offers an in depth view as the Badgers prepare to face perennial powers Michigan State and Purdue this week.

    The Sports Network takes a look at tonight's matchup between fourth-ranked Purdue and Minnesota as the Boilermakers look to keep their undefeated streak alive when they play host to the Gophers in Big Ten Conference action.

    WBB: That's a Wrap

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    Purdue's game with No. 3 Notre Dame last night marked the Big Ten's final regular-season non-conference game. Big Ten teams combined to go 90-30 (.750) against non-conference opposition, including six wins over top-25 opponents. Of the conference's 90 wins, 40 came by 20 or more points, and of the conference's 30 losses, 17 came by five or fewer points. Big Ten teams combined to post an average margin of victory of +11.76.

    WREST: Wrestler of the Week

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    Wrestler of the Week
    Brent Metcalf, Iowa
    Sr., 149, Davison, Mich./Davison

    Metcalf won his third straight Midlands Championship last weekend and was named the Dan Gable Most Outstanding Wrestler at the event. The Hawkeyes won the team championship with 168.5 points, with Metcalf accounting for 32.5 points, the most by any individual at the meet. In the 149-pound bracket, the top-ranked Metcalf pinned three opponents, recorded a technical fall and a major decision before winning his weight class with a 9-2 decision over No. 2 Kyle Ruschell of Wisconsin. The weekly honor is the fourth of Metcalf's career.

    Last Iowa Wrestler of the Week: Brent Metcalf (Feb. 24, 2009)

    MWSM: U-M's Chris Brady Earns First Weekly Honor

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    Michigan senior Chris Brady earned his first Swimmer of the Week award after leading the Wolverines to the Orange Bowl Classic title on Saturday. Brady took home top honors in the 50-meter freestyle (22.95) and the 50-meter butterfly (24.41). and also led off the 200-meter freestyle relay team with a 23.12 split, leading to a first-place finish (1:34.32). The Wolverines won all 12 events at the Orange Bowl Classic, racking up 599 points, 180 points ahead of second-place Duke.

    There was no selection for diver of the week. READ MORE ...

    WSWM: Weekly Award Winners

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    The Michigan women's swimming and diving team reigned in the new year in dominating fashion with a victory at Copa Coqui and a pair of weekly award winners in senior Margaret Kelly and sophomore Amanda Lohman. Kelly picked up her second weekly swimming honor of the season and her third overall, after setting two meet records in the 100-meter fly and 200-meter individual medley as the No. 16-ranked Wolverines dominated the competition by a whopping 93.50 team points in San Juan, Puerto Rico. For her efforts, Kelly was tabbed the meet's Most Valuable Swimmer. Meanwhile, Lohman raked in a pair of NCAA qualifying marks en route to a pair of top-two finishes in the one- and three-meter events.

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

    MBB: News & Notes

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    It's a new week and the race to the finish is in full throttle. A full slate of conference games this week, including two matchups of ranked teams. No. 17/20 WIsconsin will travel to No. 10/11 Michigan State on Wednesday. On Saturday, the Badgers will play host to the fourth-ranked Purdue Boilermakers.

    STAT of the DAY:
    Most Games Played vs AP Top 25 Since Start of 2007-08 Season (as of Jan. 4)
     
    Ohio State            30
    Michigan State    25
    Wisconsin            25

    Connecticut           25
    Syracuse               25
    West Virginia         24
    Villanova               23

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    Mr. 20-20

    Northwestern's John Shurna was named the Big Ten Player of the Week. We'll have a one-on-one with Shurna on Wednesday.

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    Your guide to Week 9 in Big Ten hoops




    WBB: Monday's Results

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    No. 3/3 Notre Dame def. PURDUE, 79-75
    Recap and Box Score

    WBB: Required Reading

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  • ESPN.com's Mechelle Voepel breaks down the Big Ten race.
  • Graham Hays of ESPN.com lists Iowa's Jaime Printy, Purdue's Sam Ostarello and others among the top freshmen across the country.
  • WBB: News & Notes

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    Player of the Week
    Illinois senior Jenna Smith was named Big Ten Player of the Week after leading her team to wins over Penn State and Wisconsin. Smith averaged 22.0 points, 11.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game as the Illini improved to 10-3 on the year. Illinois' Karisma Penn and Iowa's Jaime Printy shared the conference's Freshman of the Week honor. Penn averaged 13.5 points, 9.5 boards, 3.5 blocks and 2.0 assists, while Printy put up 19.0 points, 5.0 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 1.5 steals over two games. COMPLETE RELEASE

    In the Polls
    Ohio State maintained its hold on the No. 6 spot in the Associated Press poll, while Michigan State fell slightly to No. 19. Wisconsin is receiving votes outside the top 25. COMPLETE POLL

    WBB: Monday's Schedule

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    #3/3 Notre Dame at Purdue    7:30 p.m.
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    WBB: Sunday's Results

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    ILLINOIS def. WISCONSIN (-/rv), 53-52
    Recap and Box Score

    No. 16/24 MICHIGAN STATE def. INDIANA, 53-44
    Recap and Box Score

    MINNESOTA def. IOWA, 72-69 (OT)
    Recap and Box Score

    No. 6/6 OHIO STATE def. MICHIGAN (rv/rv), 59-56
    Recap and Box Score

    PENN STATE def. NORTHWESTERN (rv/rv), 88-68
    Recap and Box Score

    MBB: Sunday's Big Wrap Up

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    No. 23 WISCONSIN def. PENN STATE, 63-46
    Trevon Hughes
    scored 18 points as the No. 23-ranked Wisconsin Badgers downed Penn State 63-46 on Sunday afternoon. Jason Bohannon added 11 tallies for the Badgers (12-2, 2-0), who won their sixth straight. Talor Battle netted 15 points and David Jackson contributed 13 for Penn State as the Nittany Lions fall to (8-6, 0-2).
    Recap | Box Score

    MICHIGAN def. No. 15 OHIO STATE, 73-64
    DeShawn Sims
    scored 28 points and Manny Harris added 24 Sunday to lead Michigan to a 73-64 win over No. 15 Ohio State in front of a home crowd at Crisler Arena on Sunday evening. With the win, the Wolverines improve to 1-1 in conference play and 7-6 on the season. Jon Diebler posted17 points and William Buford added 16 for the Buckeyes (10-4, 0-2), who lost consecutive games for the first time this season.
    Recap | Box Score

    MBB: Sunday! Sunday!

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    Sunday, Jan. 3

    No. 23 WISCONSIN at PENN STATE | 2 p. m. ET | Big Ten Network
    WIS Game Notes | PSU Game Notes
    The Nittany Lion basketball team (8-5, 0-1) will look to open 2010 when it takes on No. 23 Wisconsin (11-2, 1-0) in its Big Ten home opener Sunday at 2:00 p.m. at the Bryce Jordan Center. The game will be televised live on the Big Ten Network.

    The Nittany Lions have won 12 of their last 14 Big Ten home games and three of their last five games overall against ranked opponents. Penn State, 36-8 at home over the last three seasons, will look to end a 10-game losing skid to the Badgers and earn its first victory over Wisconsin since 2003. The Nittany Lions will be led by junior point-guard Talor Battle who stands second in the Big Ten averaging 19.1 points per game.

    Wisconsin is coming off a 65-43 victory over No. 15 Ohio State in Madison in its Big Ten opener. Junior forward Jon Leuer leads the Badgers with 16.5 points per contest and 6.2 rebounds per outing while senior guard Trevon Hughes is avergaing 16.4 points and 5.0 rebounds per game. The Badgers have won five straight games and have victories over Duke, Marquette, Arizona and Maryland on the season.

    Series History: Wisconsin leads, 23-8

    No. 15 OHIO STATE at MICHIGAN | 4:30 p.m. ET | Big Ten Network
    U-M Game Notes | OSU Game Notes 
    The No. 15 ranked Ohio State Buckeyes (10-3, 0-1) will travel to Ann Arbor to square off against rival Michigan (6-6, 0-1) in their first game of 2010 on Sunday at 4:30 p.m. inside Crisler Arena. Both teams enter Sunday's contest after falling short on the road in their Big Ten openers.

    The Wolverines are led by Manny Harris and DeShawn Sims, who are averaging 19.5 and 15.8 points per game, respectively. Harris also leads the team in rebounding (7.0) with Sims second at 6.8 per contest. The duo owns a combined seven double-doubles this season and together they make up 50.1 percent of U-M's offensive production.

    Ohio State continues its opening stretch in conference play with its second straight road game and second of our over their first five Big Ten contests of the season.

    Series History: Ohio State leads, 85-70 

    MBB: Saturday Recaps

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    Sunday, Jan. 3

    No. 22 Gonzaga def. ILLINOIS, 85-83 (OT)
    Illinois used a late rally after trailing by as many as 21 in the first half to force Gonzaga into overtime during Saturday's showdown at the United Center. The Illini relied on a three-pointer by Dominique Keller in the closing seconds of regulation after a miss by Demetri McCamey to tie the score at 79-79. Four Illini finished with double-digit scoring efforts, led by Keller, who completed the day with 22 points and nine rebounds. In overtime, Brandon Paul and McCamey each netted a pair of free throws to make it 83-80, but the Bulldogs ultimately prevailed 85-83.
    Recap | Box Score

    MINNESOTA def. IOWA, 86-74
    Minnesota opened Saturday's contest with a 21-4 run and never looked back as the Golden Gophers (11-3, 2-0) went on to defeat Iowa 86-74 at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Minnesota's pressure defense forced a total of 25 turnovers, including 18 in the opening 20 minutes of play. Junior guard Blake Hoffarber scored 17 of his game-high 24 points in the first half, connecting on 5-of-7 three pointers while adding six rebounds to help Minnesota roll to its seventh straight win. Iowa (5-9, 0-2) was led by 14 points and nine rebounds from Matt Gatens, while Eric May added 13 points and eight boards.
    Recap | Box Score

    No. 11 MICHIGAN STATE def. No. 25 NORTHWESTERN, 91-70
    Michigan State (11-3, 1-0) used a 12-0 run to build a big second-half lead en route to a 91-70 win over Northwestern on Saturday night. Spartan junior Kalin Lucas scored 15 of his 21 points in the second half and added six rebounds and four assists to lead MSU to victory in its Big Ten opener. After breaking into the Top 25 for the first time since 1969, the No. 25-ranked Wildcats (10-3, 0-2) dropped its second straight decision to a conference foe. John Shurna led Northwestern with 29 points, tying his career high.
    Recap | Box Score


    WBB: Sunday's Schedule

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    WISCONSIN (-/rv) at ILLINOIS, 4 p.m. 
    BigTenNetwork.com

    #16/24 MICHIGAN STATE at INDIANA, Noon  
    Big Ten Network

    IOWA at MINNESOTA, 3 p.m.

    PENN STATE at NORTHWESTERN (rv/rv), 3 p.m.

    MICHIGAN (rv/rv) at #6/6 OHIO STATE, 2 p.m.
    BigTenNetwork.com

     

    All times ET

    WBB: Sunday's Schedule

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    Wisconsin (-/rv) at Illinois    4 p.m.
    BigTenNetwork.com

    #16/24 Michigan State at Indiana    Noon
    Big Ten Network

    Iowa at Minnesota    3 p.m.

    Penn State at Northwestern (rv/rv)    3 p.m.

    Michigan (rv/rv) at #6/6 Ohio State    2 p.m.
    BigTenNetwork.com

    FB: MSU Falls to Texas Tech in Alamo Bowl

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    After trailing by 10 points in the first half, Michigan State rallied to take a 31-27 fourth quarter lead before allowing two scores in the final five minutes in a 41-31 defeat against Texas Tech in the Valero Alamo Bowl. Read more about the Alamo Bowl by clicking on this link.

    MBB: Ringing in the New Year

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    On the first day of the new decade, No. 4 Purdue completely dominated the visiting No. 6 West Virginia Mountaineers. Both teams entered the game with perfect records--two of six teams in the nation. One team would have to taste defeat for the first time this season and Purdue made it clear from the start that they would remain perfect.

    The second day of the new decade brings another out of conference matchup and two conference games, including defending Big Ten Champions Michigan State as they begin their quest for back-to-back titles.

    The LINEUP
    Saturday, Jan. 2

    # -/22 Gonzaga vs. ILLINOIS |22|  | 1 p.m. | CBS Sports

    Illinois plays a second straight ranked opponent on Saturday, facing No. 22 Gonzaga (Coaches poll) in Chicago. The Illini carry a three-game winning streak against Top 25 teams this season, with victories at No. 18/19 Clemson on Dec. 2, No. 24 Vanderbilt (Coaches poll) on Dec. 8 and No. 25 Northwestern (AP poll) on Wednesday. Game Notes

    Series History:
    Illinois leads, 2-0


    MINNESOTA at IOWA | 4 p.m. | Big Ten Network | MINN Game Notes  | IOWA Game Notes
    The Golden Gophers: Minnesota will take to the road for the first time  in a month, as they enter the New Year with a matchup with the Iowa Hawkeyes at Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Jan. 2.
    The Gophers are in the midst of a six-game win streak, all coming  at the friendly confines of Williams Arena. Minnesota took the streak to six games with a 75-70 victory over Penn State in the Big Ten opener at The Barn. The Hawkeyes (5-8) are coming off of a close loss to #4 Purdue 67-56 in their Big Ten opener on Dec. 29 in Iowa City.

    The Hawkeyes: Iowa (5-8, 0-1) remains home this weekend when it welcomes Minnesota (10-3, 1-0) to Iowa City. The Hawkeyes are coming off a hard-fought loss to No. 4 Purdue, falling 67-56 earlier this week. The last time Iowa started the Big Ten schedule with consecutive home games was during the 2003-04 season. Iowa opened with home contests against Purdue (Jan. 7) and Northwestern (Jan. 10). Furthermore, Iowa starts the conference schedule with four of its first five games at home. The last time that happened was during the 1962-63 campaign.

    Series History: Minnesota leads, 91-81


    #11/11 MICHIGAN STATE at #25/- NORTHWESTERN | 6:30 p.m. | Big Ten Network
    MSU Game Notes | NU Game Notes

    The Spartans: In its 59 seasons playing basketball in the Big Ten Conference, Michigan State has compiled a 26-33 record in Big Ten openers, including an 11-24 record on the road. Tom Izzo is 8-6 in Big Ten openers, including 3-6 on the road. The Spartans are no strangers to opening conference action on the road, as this marks the seventh time in the last nine years that Michigan State has tipped off Big Ten play away from East Lansing.

    The WIldcats: The Wildcats (10-2, 0-1 Big Ten) had their nine-game winning streak snapped Wednesday in an 89-83 overtime loss at Illinois. John Shurna scored over 20 points for the third consecutive game, tallying a team-high 27 points to go along with seven rebounds. NU lost despite committing only three turnovers in the contest. The Wildcats tied their own Big Ten record by attempting 47 3-pointers in the contest, connecting on 16 of them.

    Series History: Michigan State leads, 77-37

    Last Time Out
    FRIDAY, JAN. 1
    #4/4 PURDUE def. #6/6 West Virginia, 77-62

    JaJuan Johnson had 25 points and 10 rebounds, and No. 4 Purdue beat No. 6 West Virginia 77-62 on Friday in a matchup of unbeatens. Robbie Hummel scored 18 points and E'Twaun Moore added 15 for the Boilermakers, whose largest lead was 26 points. Purdue (13-0) completed its non-conference scheduled and is one of five unbeaten teams in the nation. The Mountaineers (11-1) were bidding for their first 12-0 start since the 1957-58 season.
    Recap | Box Score

    Commentary
    Purdue keeps doing what it does best--winning. Read what Sporting News' Mike DeCourcy has to say about the No. 4 Boilermakers.

    Respect these elders. Read what ESPN.com's Andy Katz has to say about the Boilermakers' dominating win over No. 6 West Virginia.



    FB: OSU Knocks Off Oregon to Win Rose Bowl

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    Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor threw for 266 yards and added a team-high 72 rushing yards, while the Buckeyes defense limited the high-powered Oregon offense to 17 points in a 26-17 victory in the Rose Bowl. Read more about the Rose Bowl by clicking on this link.

    FB: PSU Edges LSU in Capital One Bowl

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    Penn State head coach Joe Paterno earned his NCAA record 24th bowl triumph with a 19-17 victory over LSU in the Capital One Bowl. After building a 16-3 lead, the Tigers rallied for a 17-16 lead before the Nittany Lions converted on a field goal with less than a minute left for the win. Read more about the Capital One Bowl by clicking on this link.

    FB: Northwestern Falls in OT in Outback Bowl

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    Trailing 35-21 with less than four minutes to play, Northwestern rallied to tie Auburn and force overtime before falling in the extra session in the Outback Bowl. Wildcats quarterback Mike Kafka  threw for 532 yards and four touchdowns to force overtime, but NU failed on a fake field goal attempt to give Auburn the 38-35 triumph. Read more about the Outback Bowl by clicking on this link.

    WBB: Thursday's Results

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    ILLINOIS def. PENN STATE, 69-60
    Recap and Box Score

    PURDUE def. INDIANA, 76-66
    Recap and Box Score

    IOWA def. WISCONSIN (-/rv), 61-51
    Recap and Box Score

    No. 16/24 MICHIGAN STATE def. MICHIGAN (rv/rv), 86-71
    Recap and Box Score

    No. 6/6 OHIO STATE def. NORTHWESTERN (rv/rv), 86-60
    Recap and Box Score

    FB: Minnesota Edged by Iowa State in Insight Bowl

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    Minnesota nearly knocked off Iowa State in the Insight Bowl, rallying from a 14-3 deficit to pull within 14-13 in the third quarter. The Gophers drove to the 17-yard line late in the fourth quarter before fumbling, and the Cyclones held on for the narrow one-point win. Read more about the Insight Bowl by clicking on this link.