PENN STATE def. NORTHWESTERN, 79-60 Talor Battle had 16 points and six assists and hot-shooting Penn State easily exploited Northwestern's defense in a 79-60 win on Sunday.
Jeff Brooks added 11 points and seven rebounds for the Nittany Lions (11-17, 3-13 Big Ten), who shot 57 percent to secure its fourth straight win over the Wildcats.
Michael Thompson had 21 points for Northwestern (18-11, 7-10). Their already faint hopes for a bid to the NCAA tournament were all but extinguished after a second loss this season to the conference's last-place team.
Only three-point shooting went Northwestern's way during an otherwise terrible afternoon. They opened 7 of 11 from long range to stay within 27-24 with 7:45 in the first half.
#14/14 MICHIGAN STATE def. #3/3 PURDUE, 53-44 One game into Purdue's season without Robbie Hummel, things already have changed significantly for the worse.
The junior forward tore the ACL in his right knee earlier in the week and will miss the rest of the season. Without its No. 2 scorer and rebounder, third-ranked Purdue produced its lowest point total of the season in a 53-44 loss to No. 14 Michigan State on Sunday.
The loss snapped the Boilermakers' 10-game winning streak, and came while their other two stars -- E'Twaun Moore and JaJuan Johnson -- combined to go 7 for 27 from the field.
IOWA def. INDIANA, 73-57 Matt Gatens scored a career-high 25 points and Iowa beat reeling Indiana 73-57 on Sunday to snap a three-game losing streak.
Aaron Fuller added 17 points for the Hawkeyes (10-19, 4-12 Big Ten), who never trailed in closing out their home schedule with a .500 record.
Iowa jumped out to an early 17-4 lead and was in control most of the rest of the way. The Hoosiers (9-19, 3-13) briefly cut the deficit to five early in the second half before a cold-shooting stretch doomed them to their 10th straight loss.
Verdell Jones III had 22 points for Indiana, which committed 20 turnovers and was outscored in the paint 26-18.
The Hawkeyes and Hoosiers, both in the midst of major rebuilding projects, came in having lost 16 of their last 17 games combined. The only win over that stretch was when Iowa beat Northwestern 78-65 on Feb. 10.
A sweep of the top three places in the heptathlon and five other individual champions propelled Minnesota to its second straight Big Ten men's indoor track and field championship on Sunday at the University Fieldhouse.
The Gophers totaled 160.50 team points, the second most in Big Ten Men's Indoor Championship history, to easily outdistance the rest of the field. Ohio State was second with 112.50 points and Wisconsin was third with 81.00 points.
Penn State captured its second-ever Big Ten Indoor Championship in front of a home crowd at Horace Ashenfelter III Indoor Track on Saturday afternoon. The Championships host posted four Big Ten titles and two runner-up finishes on the final day of competition to total 111 points for its first team title since 2004.
Ohio State placed second with 88 points, followed by Indiana (83) and Minnesota (83) in third and fourth place, respectively. Wisconsin improved upon its seventh-place finish from last year's meet, rounding out the top-five spots with 72 tallies.
Look here for complete results, final team standings and more.
NU (18-10, 7-9 Big Ten) established a school record for regular-season victories in a convincing 74-57 home victory over Iowa Thursday night. An early 23-5 run gave Northwestern a 31-11 lead and they never looked back. John Shurna made 7 of 8 first-half field goal attempts en route to scoring 18 of his game-high 29 points before the break. The Wildcats led by as many as 25 in the contest and shot a season-best 58.3 percent from the field.
Penn State (10-17, 2-13 Big Ten) is coming off a 75-67 home loss to ninth-ranked Ohio State Wednesday. Talor Battle led the Nittany Lions with 22 points. The loss snapped a two-game winning streak for PSU.Battle ranks second in the Big Ten with an average of 19.1 points per game and leads the team with 5.5 rebounds per contest. David Jackson contributes 9.7 points and 4.6 boards per game.
With a one-game lead in the win column, the Purdue Boilermakers look to remain atop the Big Ten leaderboard when they host Michigan State. The Spartans enter the game looking to avenge an earlier loss to the Boilers this season and to move into title contention.
A win over the Spartans would make this year's Purdue squad the first in program history to defeat six ranked teams in a season. Purdue is 11-3 on the year against teams currently ranked in the top 100 of the NCAA RPI. The Boilermakers have won five-straight home games heading into Sunday's action. Purdue opponents are shooting just 39.1 percent from the floor in the Boiler's last eight games, and just 39.5 percent from the field at Mackey Arena this season. A Spartan victory would put MSU back into a tie for first place entering
the final week of the regular season. Michigan State has been
successful on the road this season, winning seven games on an opponent's
home court, including six in conference play, ranking the Spartans tied
with Purdue and Ohio State for most in the conference.
The Iowa Hawkeyes (9-19, 3-12) return to Iowa City for its final home game of the season Sunday when they welcome the Indiana Hoosiers (9-18, 3-12). Iowa and Indiana are tied for ninth in the Big Ten standings and both are looking to snap losing skids. The Hoosiers enter the game losers of their last nine, while the Hawkeyes have lost three straight.
Saturday in Review... Illinois took two more wins on Saturday to move to 13-1 in what is proving to be the best start in program history. Ohio State's Alicia Herron hit a grand slam to give the Buckeyes a come-from-behind victory over Oregon State. In storybook fashion, the Buckeyes loaded the bases with two outs and Herron up at-bat. After going 0-3 at the plate, the Cypress, Calif., native pushed everything out of her mind and on a full count, Herron knocked the ball over the left centerfield fence to knot things up at 7-all. Mother Nature had other plans, as several games were delayed, cut short or postponed because of heavy rains. Michigan State, Minnesota, Purdue and Wisconsin were all affected. Double and tripleheaders are scheduled for Sunday.
On Deck... MINNESOTA vs. Villanova |28| 9 a.m. #17 OHIO STATE vs. Cal State Fullerton |33| 9 a.m. PENN STATE vs. Morehead State |41| 9 a.m. ILLINOIS vs. Arkansas |3| 10 a.m. INDIANA vs. Central Arkansas |8| 10 a.m. IOWA vs. #11 Georgia Tech |3| 10 a.m. PENN STATE vs. East Carolina |41| 11 a.m. PURDUE vs. Northern Illinois |43| 11 a.m. WISCONSIN vs. Memphis |46| Noon INDIANA vs. Belmont |8| 12:30 p.m. #4 MICHIGAN vs. Maryland |3| 12:30 p.m. #23 NORTHWESTERN vs. UC Davis |33| 2 p.m. MICHIGAN STATE at Cal State Northridge 3 p.m. WISCONSIN at UC Santa Barbara |46| 6:15 p.m.
Ohio State captured its 13th Big Ten Conference championship, and its first since 1956, on Sunday evening in front of a home crowd at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. The Buckeyes earned the conference crown with 860.5 points - 355 more than second-place Michigan. Minnesota finished the meet in third place with 497 tallies, followed by Purdue (417) and Indiana (283) rounding out the top five in the overall team standings.
Look here for final team standings, complete results as well as the 2010 individual award winner's and All-Big Ten first and second teams.
#9/9 OHIO STATE def. MICHIGAN, 66-55 After helping No. 9 Ohio State to a 66-55 win over Michigan on Saturday, Evan Turner had some words of inspiration for his rooting interest in Sunday's huge Big Ten showdown.
"Try hard," Turner said to the Michigan State Spartans. "There are no losers."
Turner had 18 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists and William Buford had 24 points as the Buckeyes (23-7, 13-4) took care of their business.
Now if the Spartans can just hold up their end of the bargain with a win at first-place Purdue, Ohio State could clinch a share of the conference title on Tuesday night at home in its final regular-season game against Illinois.
Ohio State coach Thad Matta declined to offer any further encouragement to the Spartans.
With six events in the books, Minnesota surged to an early lead after the first day of competition at the 2010 Big Ten Indoor Track and Field Championships in University Park, Pa. The Golden Gophers began their defense of the conference crown with four top-three finishes, including one individual title to compile 41 team points. Illinois collected 37 points on the strength of two individual top finishes to edge Purdue (36) for the runner-up spot after Day One.
Wisconsin (34) and Indiana (22) currently occupy the remaining top-five positions with one individual conference title apiece.
Championships host Penn State finished the opening day of competition in sixth with 21 points. With runners in every track final but one Sunday, the Nittany Lions have poised themselves to make a run at the program's second-ever Big Ten Indoor title. READ MORE ...
Minnesota had a strong showing on the opening day of the Men's Big Ten Indoor Track and Field Championships, collecting four medals, including a pair of gold-winning performances in the shot put and pole vault competitions to take the lead with 49.50 team points after Day One. Ohio State follows close behind in second place with 40.50 team tallies while Purdue (31) rounds out the top three.
Look here for a complete recap of Saturday's results.
Ohio State will have redemption on its mind when it welcomes Michigan to Value City Arena for a Big Ten re-match on Saturday afternoon. The Wolverines defeated the Buckeyes, 74-64, at Crisler Arena early in the season, marking just the second U-M win over OSU in the last 11 meetings between the two rivals. This time however, Evan Turner is back and will look to lead the Buckeyes to victory as Ohio State aims to continue its climb up the Big Ten leaderboard.
Tipoff is slated for Noon ET on ESPN. Dave O'Brien will call the action alongside Steve Lavin.
Minnesota goes on the road to meet Illinois in Champaign on Saturday afternoon. The game is scheduled for 4 p.m. ET and will be broadcast live on the Big Ten Network with Tom Hamilton and Jim Jackson on the call.
With a win over the Gophers, Illinois would clinch a top-five seed and first-round bye in the upcoming Big Ten Tournament. Illinois would also secure its 11th Big Ten win, the fifth time in Bruce Weber's seven seasons that the Illini would reach at least 11 wins in conference play.
Penn State University and Ashenfelter Multi-Sport Facility is set to host the 2010 Big Ten Women's Indoor Track and Field Championships, slated for Saturday, Feb. 27 - Sunday, Feb. 28. The Nittany Lions lead the conference in the latest USTFCCCA poll with a No. 10 national ranking. Indiana is the only other Big Ten representative to appear on that list, apearing at No. 19. Minnesota is the three-time defending Big Ten Champions, but will face stiff competition from some of the best track and field athletes in the country as the Big Ten is home to five of the nation's top-five event times and marks. READ MORE ...
The University of Minnesota Fieldhouse will serve as host to the 100th annual running of the Big Ten Men's Indoor Track and Field Championships. The event first began in 1911 in Evanston, Ill., with Northwestern as the host school. The 2010 event features some of the best teams and athletes in the country with four squads ranking in the USTFCCCA's Top 25. Indiana leads the conference contingent at No. 7, followed by No. 11 Penn State, No. 17 Minnesota and No. 20 Ohio State.
The Gophers will look to defend their conference crown when they return four reigning individual champions from last year's meet. The 2010 event is scheduled to begin Saturday, Feb. 27 and conclude with the mile relay on Sunday afternoon. READ MORE ...
Ohio State battled its way to the top of the team leader board on Day Three at the 2010 Big Ten Championships in front of a home crowd at McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. The Buckeyes will enter the final day of competition with 592.50 team points with Michigan trailing close behind in second place with 512.50 team tallies.
The pair of frontrunners distanced themselves from the field by 190 points as Minnesota sits in third with 321 points, The Gophers are followed by Purdue (262) and Indiana (193) rounding out the top five.
Friday in Review... Illinois extends its hot streak to 11-1, including a win over No. 22 Florida State. No. 23 Northwestern knocks off No. 10 Stanford. For a complete account of the day's action, click the links below.
On Deck... PENN STATE vs. Towson |41| 10 a.m. #4 MICHIGAN vs. #9 Alabama |3| 11 a.m. PURDUE vs. Northern Illinois |43| 11 a.m. MINNESOTA vs. Eastern Michigan |28| 11:15 a.m. PENN STATE vs. Delaware |41| Noon #17 OHIO STATE vs. #21 Tennessee |33| 12:30 p.m. PURDUE at #15 Louisville |43| 1 p.m. ILLINOIS vs. Radford |3| 1:30 p.m. IOWA vs. North Carolina State |3| 1:30 p.m. #4 MICHIGAN vs. Southern Illinois |3| 1:30 p.m. INDIANA vs. Jackson State |8| 3 p.m. MICHIGAN STATE at Cal State Northridge (DH) 3 p.m. #23 NORTHWESTERN vs. Cal Poly |33| 3:30 p.m. #17 OHIO STATE vs. Oregon State |33| 3:30 p.m. MINNESOTA vs. Connecticut |28| 3:45 p.m. IOWA vs. Arkansas |3| 4 p.m. WISCONSIN vs. North Dakota State |46| 5 p.m. ILLINOIS vs. Virginia Tech |3| 6:30 p.m. INDIANA at Southern Mississippi |8| 8 p.m. #23 NORTHWESTERN vs. #5 UCLA |33| 11 p.m.
NORTHWESTERN def. IOWA, 74-57 John Shurna scored 18 of his 29 points in the first half to lead Northwestern to an easy 74-57 victory over Iowa on Thursday night.
After suffering a 78-65 loss at Iowa on Feb. 10, Northwestern (18-10, 7-9 Big Ten) took a big lead in the opening minutes with a number of easy backdoor layups, then Shurna followed with a barrage of 3-pointers.
Shurna, who entered the night fourth in scoring in the Big Ten, gave the Wildcats a 23-9 lead with back-to-back 3s and Luka Mirkovic extended the lead to 31-11 on a rebound basket.
On Deck... #17 OHIO STATE vs. #19 Fresno State |33|, 10:30 a.m. #4 MICHIGAN vs. #6 Missouri |3|, 11 a.m. MINNESOTA vs. Connecticut |28|, 11:15 a.m. WISCONSIN at UC Santa Barbara |46|, 11:30 a.m. ILLINOIS vs. #22 Florida State |3|, 1:30 p.m. #23 NORTHWESTERN vs. Pacific |33|, 1:30 p.m. WISCONSIN vs. Drexel |46|, 1:45 p.m. PURDUE at #15 Louisville |43|, 2 p.m. MINNESOTA vs. Georgia Southern |28|, 3:45 p.m. ILLINOIS vs. Mississippi Valley State |3|, 4 p.m. IOWA vs. #9 Alabama |3|, 4 p.m. PURDUE vs. St. Louis |43|, 4 p.m. IOWA vs. Maryland |3|, 6:30 p.m. #4 MICHIGAN vs. #18 Louisiana-Lafayette |3|, 6:30 p.m. #23 NORTHWESTERN vs. #10 Stanford |33|, 6:30 p.m.
The Big Ten looks to defend its title at the second annual Big Ten/Big East Challenge this weekend in St. Petersburg, Fla. The Big Ten won last year's event, 15-9. Click below to view each team's weekend notes.
Thursday saw five more Big Ten, Big Ten championship or pool records set and by the end of the session Ohio State had come back from a first day deficit to pull into a first-place tie with Michigan. Each team has 274.5 points with Minnesota (180), Purdue (134) and Indiana (123) completing the top five teams in the standings. READ MORE ...
Northwestern plays its final Big Ten home game of the season Thursday as it welcomes Iowa to Welsh-Ryan Arena. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m. with ESPN providing live television coverage. It is the second straight season that the Wildcats have hosted the Hawkeyes in their conference home finale.
In the first meeting between the two teams, Iowa jumped out to a 10-2 lead and never trailed in defeating Northwestern 78-65 Feb. 10 in Iowa City.
Indiana is in its 110th season of college basketball and welcomes No. 19 Wisconsin on Thursday night. This is the second meeting meeting between the two teams this year, with the Badgers earning an 83-55 victory in Madison on February 13. IU is coming off an 81-58 loss at Minnesota. Wisconsin defeated Northwestern, 70-63, on Sunday afternoon.
Illinois' Jenna Smith, Ohio State's Jantel Lavender and Samantha Prahalis and Penn State's Tyra Grant were named among the 30 midseason candidates for the 2010 Women's Naismith Trophy presented by AT&T, the organization announced on Thursday. The Big Ten is tied for second among all conferences with four players on the list, while Ohio State is one of just four schools with multiple players to be named.
Things get going early this week on the softball diamond as Minnesota plays at Florida Gulf Coast. A full slate of games are set for Friday when eight Big Ten teams compete in non-conference tournaments across the nation. Everyone's in action on Saturday and Sunday. Check the blog each morning for the previous day's results, recaps, highlights and stats.
#9/9 OHIO STATE def. PENN STATE, 75-67 Cold-shooting starts don't faze Evan Turner.
The Ohio State star can rebound and find teammates for shots when his own shot isn't falling. And, then, when his team is in a bind, Turner comes through in the clutch.
It happened again Wednesday night in the ninth-ranked Buckeyes' 75-67 win over Penn State. Turner overcame shooting 1 for 7 in the first half, and scored eight straight points for the Buckeyes after the Nittany Lions had cut a 17-point lead to two with 5:15 left.
By the time Turner's mini-run was done, it was 67-59 with two minutes left.
#3/3 PURDUE def. MINNESOTA, 59-58 Robbie
Hummel glumly watched Purdue play without him in the second half,
his palm barely keeping his chin up with crutches beside him on the
Grantand the rest of the Boilermakers gave their hurting star a
finish to smile about, their No. 3 national ranking a bit shaky but
first place in the Big Ten still in hand. Grant's jumper with 7.7
seconds left lifted Purdue past Minnesota 59-58 on Wednesday night,
helping the Boilermakers survive Hummel's first-half knee injury and a
scoreless stretch of more than 10 minutes that bridged the intermission.
Michigan surged to an early lead after the first day of competition at the Big Ten Championships at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion in Columbus, Ohio. The sixth-ranked Wolverines swept both relay events, including a record-setting performance in the 800-yard freestyle relay on Wednesday evening to earn all 80 points.
Championships host Ohio State finished the day in second place with 68 team tallies, followed by Minnesota with 62 points. Penn State sits a mere two points back in fourth place while Michigan State (54) rounds out the top five. READ MORE ...
The Big Ten Conference saw three of its own named among the 30 midseason candidates for the Naismith Trophy, the Atlanta Tipoff Club announced on Wednesday, including Michigan State's Kalin Lucas, Purdue's Robbie Hummel and Ohio State's Evan Turner.
One of the most prestigious awards in college basketball, the Naismith Trophy is presented annually to the national player of the year. Finalists for the trophy will be announced on CBS during first-round action of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament, and the award will be bestowed upon its winner at the 2010 Final Four in Indianapolis.
Mark your calendars for March 22, to begin casting your votes for the player of your choice. Fans will be eligible to cast their votes until 11:50 p.m. ET on April 3.
Penn State and Minnesota will return to Super Wednesdays for the second consecutive week as each team plays host to a pair of top-10 foes in No. 9 Ohio State and No. 3 Purdue, respectively. The Nittany Lions (2-12) will clash with the Buckeyes (11-4) in the early game, followed by a re-match between the Boilermakers (11-3) and the Gophers (7-7), both slated to be televised on the Big Ten Network.
OSU moved into a tie for second place in the conference standings with a win over Michigan State last week and currently sits a half-game behind the Boilermakers, who are riding on a nine-game winning streak in conference play. With a win in Minneapolis on Wednesday, Purdue would earn its second double-figure Big Ten win streak in the last three campaigns, having won 11 consecutive during 2008. But first, the Boilermakers will have to get by a Gopher squad that has posted two straight wins for the first time since December 2009. Penn State will also look to continue its winning ways after earning its first pair of conference victories last week.
Minnesota's Teresa Puga collected her third top-10 finish of the season by finishing in a tie for fifth at the Edwin Watts/Kiawah Island Classic last week. The A Coruña, Spain native, carded a third-round score of 71 after posting consecutive rounds of 74 to compile a three-over 219 mark. The 54-hole mark ties Puga for the fifth-lowest individual score in Minnesota history and is one stroke shy of her career-low. READ MORE ...
Purdue sophomore Tyler Duncan earns his first Big Ten Golfer of the Week award after leading the Boilermakers to a sixth-place finish at the Puerto Rico Classic last week. Duncan opened competition with rounds of 69 and 71 before posting a 68 in the final round to finish in a tie for seventh place individually with an eight-under score of 208. READ MORE ...
Eight Big Ten wrestling teams were voted into the top 25 of both the National Wrestling Coaches Association and InterMat's weekly polls, which were both released on Tuesday.
At the top of both polls is Iowa, which clinched its third straight Big Ten regular season title last weekend. The Hawkeyes are once again joined in the top five by Ohio State (#3 NWCA/4 InterMat) and Minnesota (#5/5). Five other conference squads are ranked in both polls, including Penn State (#10/11), Indiana (#13/13), Wisconsin (#14/18), Purdue (#21/24) and Illinois (#23/25).
InterMat's weekly individual rankings show four conference wrestlers atop their respective weight classes. Indiana's Angel Escobedo is the top-ranked 125 pounder, while Minnesota's Jayson Ness is No. 1 at 133 pounds. Iowa's Brent Metcalf remains at the top of the 149-pound weight class and Wisconsin's Andrew Howe is the country's top-ranked 165-pounder.
With regular season competition now complete, the conference teams look forward to the Big Ten Championships, hosted by the University of Michigan, March 6-7. A championship preview will be available next week.
Ten of the conference's men's tennis teams appeared in the latest ITA National Team Rankings that were released Tuesday afternoon.
Appearing at No. 3 is Ohio State, who knocked off No. 9 Kentucky last weekend and Illinois moved up one spot to No. 13 this week. Wisconsin moved to No. 31 this week and is trailed closely by No. 34 Michigan. A trio of Big Ten teams appear in the 40s, including No. 43 Minnesota, No. 44 Northwestern and No. 48 Indiana. No. 54 Penn State and No. 55 Iowa once again appeared in the polls while No. 69 Purdue earned its first ranking of the season.
The complete list of ITA's top 75 can be found here.
The Big Ten boasts six conference squads in the latest ITA National Team Rankings, which were released on Tuesday afternoon.
Northwestern paced the Big Ten pack in the national rankings, appearing at No. 2 in the latest polls, and Michigan joined the top 10, checking in at No. 8. Ohio State moved up four places to No. 17 this week, while Indiana made the largest jump, up 14 spots to No. 23 off its weekend victories over then-No. 54 Kentucky and then-No. 10 Tennessee. Illinois appears at No. 39 this week, and Minnesota completes the Big Ten contingent in the polls, checking in at No. 55.
ILLINOIS def. MICHIGAN, 51-44 Demetri McCamey scored 14 points and Mike Davis added 13 points and 12 rebounds as Illinois beat Michigan 51-44 Tuesday night.
The Fighting Illini (18-10, 10-5 Big Ten) were coming off a 2-2 stretch in which they had played four straight Top 20 teams, and had an easier time with the struggling Wolverines.
Michigan (13-14, 6-9) got 15 points from Manny Harris, but still fell back below .500 a season after ending an 11-year NCAA tournament drought.
Illinois led 26-18 at the half, holding Michigan to 20 percent shooting, but went into an offensive slump of its own at the start of the second half. The Fighting Illini missed their first nine shots of the half, allowing Michigan to take a 27-26 lead with 15 minutes to play.
Illinois, though, responded with a 15-6 run and held on to win.
Conference play continues to heat up this week as Big Ten teams prepare to head down the final stretch of February. The week begins when Illinois (9-5) travels to Ann Arbor to tangle with Michigan (6-8) in Tuesday's lone conference matchup. The game will be televised as part of ESPN's Super Tuesday doubleheader with tipoff scheduled for 7 p.m. ET. Brent Musburger will call the action alongside Steve Lavin as color analyst.
Both Illinois and Michigan will look to bounce back after suffering hard-fought losses last week in conference action. Tuesday's contest will mark the first meeting since the two teams clashed at last year's Big Ten Tournament, with the Illini proving victorious in a 60-50 decision.
Illinois leads the overall series, 83-71, but the Wolverines own a 47-28 advantage in Ann Arbor.
Four of the Big Ten's women's gymnastics teams appeared in the latest GymInfo National Team Rankings released on Monday.
Penn State leads the conference contingent this week, appearing at No. 14 with a regional qualifying score of 195.290. Michigan is right behind with a score of 195.275. Two spots behind is Illinois at No. 17 with a score of 195.150, while Michigan State completes the ranked Big Ten quartet at No. 23 with a regional qualifying score of 194.390.
To view complete team rankings, as well as team and individual event scores and ranks, click here.
All six Big Ten men's gymnastics teams appeared in the top 10 of the latest GymInfo National Team Rankings, which were released on Monday.
The Michigan Wolverines jumped to the No. 1 spot this week with a three-score average of 354.033. Illinois checked in at No. 3, averaging 353.000. At No. 5 is Penn State with an average of 346.850 and is immediately followed by Minnesota (345.317) and Ohio State (345.033). Iowa appears at No. 10 this week, averaging 340.383.
Complete rankings, including school and individual event rankings, can be found by clicking here.
The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced on Tuesday the fifth weekly update of the NCAA Division I National Team Rankings for indoor track & field. Penn State's position in the poll remained unchanged at No. 10 while Indiana fell one spot to earn a No. 19 national ranking. Up next, all 10 conference teams will convene in University Park, Pa. for the Big Ten Indoor Championships, slated for Feb. 27-28.
The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced on Tuesday the fifth weekly update of the NCAA Division I National Team Rankings for indoor track & field. As a result of a relatively quiet weekend around the nation, four Big Ten men's indoor squads maintained their positions from last week, including No. 7 Indiana, No. 11 Penn State and No. 17 Minnesota. Ohio State improved four spots in this week's poll to No. 24 in the final tune up before the Big Ten Indoor Championships, slated for Feb. 27-28.
Athlete of the Week Leslie Hureau, Indiana Fr., Annecy-le-Vieux, France
Hureau posted a 4-0 mark on the weekend and helped guide the No. 37 Hoosiers to a pair of wins over ranked opponents to win her first Big Ten Athlete of the Week award. Against No. 54 Kentucky on Saturday, the freshman won at No. 1 singles - defeating Megan Broderick, 6-1, 3-6, 1-0 (10-5) - and teaming with Charlotte Martin at No. 3 doubles for an 8-0 win over Nicole Scates and Elle Coldiron. Against 10th-ranked Tennessee on Sunday, Hureau again teamed with Martin for an 8-2 win against Katie Lee and Jennifer Meredith at No. 3 doubles. Hureau then clinched the Indiana upset, defeating No. 38 Maria Sorbello, 6-3, 7-5, at No. 2 singles.
Last Indiana Athlete of the Week: Evgeniya Vertesheva (Jan. 26, 2010)
Athlete of the Week Chase Buchanan, Ohio State So., New Albany, Ohio/New Albany
Buchanan earns his second Athlete of the Week honor of the season after leading No. 3 Ohio State to a pair of wins on Sunday. The sophomore, ranked 36th in the nation, battled eighth-ranked Eric Quigley of Kentucky at No. 1 singles in his only singles match of the day. Buchanan came away with a 7-5, 6-2 win, helping the Buckeyes to a 5-2 victory over the No. 9 Wildcats. Later in the day against Wright State, he teamed with Justin Kronauge at No. 2 doubles to defeat Tore Waldhausen and Brian Dredge, 8-2, as part of a 7-0 Ohio State triumph. On the season, Buchanan is 11-4 in singles play, 7-1 and at No. 1, and is 5-4 against ranked opponents.
Last Ohio State Athlete of the Week: Dino Marcan (Feb. 16, 2010)
Wrestler of the Week Brent Metcalf, Iowa Sr., 149, Davison, Mich./Davison
Metcalf wins the fifth career Big Ten Wrestler of the Week honor of his career, and second this season, after helping the Hawkeyes clinch their third-straight Big Ten regular-season title over the weekend. Against No. 3 Ohio State on Friday, Metcalf, ranked No. 1 at 149 pounds, faced second-ranked Lance Palmer in the dual's premier bout. The Hawkeye senior clinched his 100th career victory after escaping with a 3-1 win over Palmer and helping Iowa to a 32-3 win. He finishes his Iowa career with a 25-0 mark at Carver-Hawkeye Arena and is 29-0 this season.
Last Iowa Wrestler of the Week: Daniel Dennis (Feb. 2, 2010)
Poll Position Softball fans, the votes are in and three Big Ten teams are among the nation's best according to the NFCA poll released this morning. Michigan maintains its No. 4 ranking while Ohio State is 17th this week, Northwestern 23rd. Illinois is receiving votes.
ESPN.com/USA Softball's poll was released this afternoon and three Big Ten teams are represented. Michigan is tied for No. 4 (with Missouri), Ohio State is 16th and Northwestern 22nd.
Shining Star Michigan's Jordan Taylor tossed a complete-game no-hitter--the fourth of her career--against Oklahoma State. Taylor went 3-0 on the weekend with a .35 ERA, 30 strikeouts and seven hits allowed. For her stellar performance during the tournament, he junior RHP earned Tiger Classic Tournament MVP accolades. She was also named the Big Ten's Pitcher of the Week.
Hot Start The Fighting Illini are 9-1 on the season, tying the best start in program history. Illinois' only loss so far has come at the hands of then-No. 11 Stanford.
400 and counting... Penn State skipper Robin Petrini earned her 400th career win in a 6-1 triumph over Utah State last Saturday. Petrini, in her 14th year at the helm, has coached 729 Division I games for Penn State and is the program's all-time leading coach in wins.
The McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion on the campus of Ohio State University will play host to the 2010 Big Ten Men's Swimming and Diving Championships. Competition begins Wednesday, Feb. 24, with the 200 medley and 800 freestyle relays, and concludes with the highly anticipated 400 freestyle relay on Saturday, Feb. 27. Each day throughout the event, competition will begin at Noon ET with preliminary heats, while the finals will be contested at 7 p.m. ET nightly.
The Big Ten Network will air the meet on a tape delay on March 7 at Noon ET. In addition, Ohio State will offer live streaming of the event on ohiostatebuckeyes.com.
Look here for more information, including a schedule of events, national rankings, championships history and more.
Illinois junior Daniel Ribeiro wins the first Big Ten Gymnast of the Week honor of his career after winning two events in Illinois' victory over Penn State on Saturday night, while teammate Yoshi Mori wins his third Big Ten Freshman of the Week award, the Big Ten announced on Monday.
For complete information on the Illini duo's success from the weekend, please click here.
Michigan's Coley Crank was named a Louisville Slugger Player of the Week by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper after becoming what is believed to be the first player in modern-era Division I baseball to belt three homers on Opening Day. COMPLETE RELEASE
Michigan State shortstop Jonathan Roof was named Big Ten Player of the Week for the first time in his career after batting .636 with a 1.965 OPS as the Spartans went 2-1 to open the weekend. Ohio State right-hander Alex Wimmers earned Pitcher of the Week accolades for the fifth time in his career after striking out nine and allowing just one hit and one walk in six innings in his season debut against North Florida. COMPLETE RELEASE
Players of the Week Northwestern junior Beth Marshall earned her first career Player of the Week honor, while Penn State's Marisa Wolve became the third Lady Lion to earn Freshman of the Week honors this season. COMPLETE RELEASE
In the Polls Ohio State slid to No. 10 in the AP poll following its loss to Michigan State on Sunday. The Spartans are receiving votes outside the top 25, currently the second team out of the poll. COMPLETE RANKINGS
Report Card The Big Ten remains the only conference in the nation with all of its teams within the top 90 of the latest RPI report. In fact, no other conference places all of its teams within the top 100. Ohio State leads the Big Ten at No. 10, followed by No. 16 Michigan State and No. 29 Wisconsin. COMPLETE REPORT
Penn State's Brandi Personett was named Big Ten Gymnast of the Week on Monday, her 14th career award and fifth this season. Meanwhile, Michigan's Natalie Beilstein and Michigan State's Shanthi Teike shareed Freshman of the Week honors, the conference office announced Monday.
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Player of the Week Adrienne Monka, Northwestern So., 1B, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif./Rancho Cucamonga
Monka was named Big Ten Player of the Week after hitting for a .583 average with three home runs and eight runs batted in over the weekend as No. 21 Northwestern went 3-2. Against No. 10 Georgia Tech on Friday, Monka hit her first homer of the weekend and knocked in four runs as she went 3-for-3 from the plate. After recording hits against No. 13 Oklahoma and No. 12 California, the sophomore hit her second home run of the weekend, this time a three-run shot to help the Wildcats to an 8-0 win over UNLV on Saturday. In Sunday's weekend finale against Utah, Monka homered again and scored two runs in NU's 10-2 win. The honor is Monka's first of the season and third in her career.
Last Northwestern Player of the Week: Adrienne Monka (April 20, 2009)
Pitcher of the Week Jordan Taylor, Michigan Jr., Valencia, Calif./Valencia
Taylor wins her second Big Ten Pitcher of the Week honor this season and fifth in her career. Last weekend, Taylor pitched three games for No. 4 Michigan, earning complete game victories over No. 19 Louisiana State and Oklahoma State and was named Tiger Classic Tournament MVP. In her first appearance against Oklahoma State, Taylor threw the fourth no-hitter of her career while striking out 10 in a 7-0 win. Against LSU on Saturday, She struck out 12 while allowing just three hits in a tight 2-0 victory. In her final outing against Oklahoma State, she allowed four hits but struck out eight batters in an 8-1 Wolverine win. On the weekend, she struck out 30 batters and allowed just one earned run through 21 innings, for an 0.33 earned run average.
Last Michigan Pitcher of the Week: Jordan Taylor (Feb. 15, 2010)
The conference office announced on Monday the seventh weekly men's indoor track and field awards for meets through February 15-21. Purdue's Mike Willey and Ohio State's Matt DeChant garnered Track and Field Athlete of the Week laurels, respectively, for their efforts in the final tune up before the Big Ten Championships last week. READ MORE ...
The conference office announced on Monday the seventh weekly women's indoor track and field awards for meets through February 15-21. Ohio State's Letecia Wright and Purdue's Briana Neumann received the nod for Track and Field Athletes of the Week, respectively, for their efforts in the final tune up before the Big Ten Championships last week. READ MORE ...
With a 31-6 win over Wisconsin on Sunday, the No. 1 Iowa Hawkeyes finished the regular season 8-0 in conference duals and won its third-straight Big Ten regular season title. The win marks the Hawkeyes' 61st straight dual meet victory as Iowa won eight of the 10 bouts throughout the dual.
#9/12 OHIO STATE def. #11/11 MICHIGAN STATE, 74-67 Evan Turner scored 20 points and Ohio State (No. 12 ESPN/USA Today, No. 9 AP) earned a 74-67 win over No. 11 Michigan State on Sunday.
William Buford had 17 points for the Buckeyes (21-7, 11-4 Big Ten), who pulled into a second-place tie with Michigan State in the conference.
Both teams trail Purdue by a half-game in the conference standings.
Durrell Summers scored 16 points for Michigan State (21-7, 11-4), which trailed by 14 points early in the second half. Summers scored seven straight points, including a dunk and a three-pointer, to give Michigan State a 62-61 lead with 4:05 remaining.
Buford hit two free throws to put the Buckeyes back on top 63-62. Turner's jumper gave Ohio State a 65-62 lead with 2:55 left.
#14/16 WISCONSIN def. NORTHWESTERN, 70-63 Jon Leuer's blocked shot with 11 seconds remaining helped No. 14 Wisconsin escape with a 70-63 victory over Northwestern on Sunday.
With Wisconsin leading by three, Leuer went high in the air to block a layup attempt by Northwestern's Michael Thompson -- making up for some shaky free throw shooting down the stretch in his second game back from a broken wrist.
Jason Bohannon scored 17 points to lead the Badgers (20-7, 10-5 Big Ten), who were coming off a loss at Minnesota and had lost two of their last three games coming into Sunday.
John Shurna scored 26 for the Wildcats (17-10, 6-9), who narrowly missed a chance at an impressive road win and have lost three of their last four.
SUNDAY SLATE MICHIGAN STATE vs. North Carolina State |23| 9 a.m. WISCONSIN vs. Bethune Cookman |45| 9 a.m. PURDUE vs. Louisiana-Lafayette |42| 10 a.m. PENN STATE vs. Washington |40| 10:15 a.m. WISCONSIN vs. Florida International |45| 11 a.m. ILLINOIS vs. Nevada |2| Noon MICHIGAN vs. TBD |18| 1:30 p.m. NORTHWESTERN vs. UC Davis |7| 2 p.m. INDIANA at UNLV |7| 2:15 p.m. OHIO STATE vs. TBD |36| TBD MINNESOTA vs. TBD |27| TBD