November 2010 Archives

MBB: Challenge Tracker - Tuesday's Results

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#20/21 ILLINOIS def. #rv/rv North Carolina, 79-67

 If Tuesday night's game against North Carolina was a midterm exam, Illinois coach Bruce Weber wasn't ready to give his team an "A" for the full 40 minutes.

"Probably a B-plus," he allowed.

But the 20th-ranked Illini's 79-67 victory over the Tar Heels was more impressive in the eyes of North Carolina coach Roy Williams, and one Illinois player, guard Demetri McCamey, in particular.

Recap & Box Score

 

Wake Forest def. IOWA, 76-73

Wake Forest's J.T. Terrell connected on a deep three-pointer with three seconds remaining to lift the Demon Deacons past the visiting Hawkeyes, 76-73, on Tuesday night in a ACC/Big Ten Challenge contest.

Recap & Box Score

 

MICHIGAN def. Clemson, 69-61

Freshman forward Evan Smotrycz (Reading, Mass./Hew Hampton Prep) scored a career-high 18 points as the University of Michigan men's basketball team earned a 69-61, ACC/Big Ten Challenge victory Tuesday night (Nov. 30) at Clemson inside Littlejohn Coliseum. Michigan built a 16-point halftime lead with 60.0 percent (15-of-25) first-half shooting and withstood a second-half Clemson run to pick up its first-ever road win in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

Recap & Box Score

 

#-/rv NORTHWESTERN def. Georgia Tech, 91-71

Using a dominating first half in which it shot a blistering 76 percent from the field, Northwestern built a 55-37 lead at the break and never looked back, rolling past Georgia Tech 91-71 at Welsh-Ryan Arena Tuesday night in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

Recap & Box Score

 

#2/2 OHIO STATE def. Florida State, 58-44

Ohio State freshman Jared Sullinger was a load for Florida State to handle.

In just his sixth collegiate game, the 6-foot-9 widebody out of Columbus, Ohio, muscled his way to the third double-double of his blossoming career with 11 points and 13 rebounds to lead the second-ranked Buckeyes to a 58-44 victory in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge on Tuesday night.

Recap & Box Score

 

Big Ten leads Challenge, 4-2

VB: Illinois' Bangert Named First Team Academic All-American

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Illinois senior Johannah Bangert was named a 2010 ESPN The Magazine first team Academic All-American, the College Sports Information Directors of American announced on Tuesday. Earning one of the six spots on the first team, Bangert becomes the first Illini to earn the honor since Laura Bush accomplished the feat in 1990.

For more information, click here to read the Illinois release.

WRES: In the Polls

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The Big Ten again leads the nation with nine teams ranked in both the NWCA/USA Today and InterMat polls. Minnesota holds the highest rank in the NWCA poll among Big Ten teams, checking in at No. 3. The Golden Gophers also rank sixth in the InterMat rankings. Wisconsin (No. 4/4) and Penn State (No. 5/5) hold their spots in the top five, while Iowa (No. T-6/8) and Illinois (No. 9/16) round out the NWCA top 10.

Ohio State (No. 19/20), Northwestern (No. 20/11), Michigan (No. 21/31) and Purdue (No. 23/28) all earn top-25 status again this week, while Indiana (rv/No. 32) is receiving votes.

Click here to see the NWCA/USA Today poll and here to see the InterMat rankings.

WRES: Big Ten Wrestling Weekly Release

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The Big Ten Wrestling weekly release, featuring up-to-date standings, rankings and more, is now available on the Big Ten web site. Click here to see the complete release.

FB: Wisconsin's Chryst Named Finalist for Broyles Award

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Wisconsin offensive coordinator Paul Chryst was named one of five finalists for the Broyles Award, which honors the top assistant coach in college football. The Badgers' offense ranks among the top 20 nationally in scoring, rushing and total offense. Wisconsin is averaging 43.3 points (1st in Big Ten, T-4th nationally), 247.3 rushing yards (2nd in Big Ten, 12th nationally) and 450.2 total yards (2nd in Big Ten, 18th nationally) per outing. Two Big Ten assistant coaches have claimed the Broyles Award since it was instituted in 1996 - Michigan's Jim Herrmann in 1997 and Ohio State's Jim Heacock in 2007.

WRES: Indiana's Young Named Big Ten Wrestler of the Week

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Indiana's Paul Young has been named the Big Ten Wrestler of the Week, the conference office announced on Tuesday. Young earns the second weekly award of his career on the heels of three dual wins, including two pins and a decision over a ranked opponent, at the Hoosier Duals on Saturday.

Click here for the complete release from the Big Ten.

VB: All-Big Ten Teams and Individual Award Winners Announced

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Park Ridge, Ill. - Penn State and Minnesota claimed individual accolades when the conference office announced on Tuesday its All-Big Ten Teams and award winners. After clinching an eighth straight Big Ten Championship, Penn State earned three individual awards. Senior Blair Brown was named the conference's Player of the Year, while teammate Deja McClendon was honored as Freshman of the Year. Nittany Lion head coach Russ Rose was named Big Ten Coach of the Year by his peers and the media, while Minnesota junior Jessica Granquist garnered Defensive Player of the Year distinction.

Click here for the complete release.

MBB: Challenge Tracker - Monday's Results

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Virginia def. #15/13 MINNESOTA, 87-79

The 15th-ranked Minnesota men's basketball team (6-1) saw a 13-point second half lead disappear as it suffered its first defeat of the year to Virginia (4-3) 87-79 in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge at Williams Arena on Monday, Nov. 29.

Recap & Box Score

 

ACC leads, 1-0

The Big Ten announced the 2010 All-Conference football teams and individual award winners as selected by the coaches and a media panel, with four different schools sharing the individual accolades. Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson was named the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year by coaches and media while Purdue defensive end Ryan Kerrigan was selected as the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year by coaches and media and the Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year by coaches. Wisconsin collected two individual accolades as offensive tackle Gabe Carimi was tabbed the Big Ten Offensive Lineman of the Year by coaches and running back James White was honored as the Big Ten Freshman of the Year by coaches and media. Michigan State's Mark Dantonio was named the Dave McClain Coach of the Year by the media. For more details on the All-Big Ten teams and individual honors, click on this link.
Michigan's Denard Robinson and Ohio State's Terrelle Pryor were named two of 10 finalists for the Manning Award, the only national quarterback award that includes the candidates' bowl performances in the balloting process. Both Robinson and Pryor rank among the top 20 nationally in pass efficiency, while Robinson also ranks third in the country in total offense per game and fourth in the nation in rushing yards per game.

MBB: Challenge Tracker

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The 12th annual ACC/Big Ten Challenge tips off tonight as No. 15/13 Minnesota hosts Virginia at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN2. The Big Ten won last year's Challenge, 6-5. This year's event features 10 teams either ranked or receiving votes in the latest Associated Press and/or ESPN/USA Today Coaches polls.

The complete 2010 Challenge schedule can be found below.

Monday, November 29
Virginia at #15/13 MINNESOTA - 7pm ET on ESPN2
 
Tuesday, November 30
IOWA at Wake Forest - 7 p.m. ET on ESPNU

Georgia Tech at #-/rv NORTHWESTERN - 7 p.m. ET on ESPN2

#2/2 OHIO STATE at Florida State - 7:30 p.m. ET on ESPN

MICHIGAN at Clemson - 9 p.m. ET on ESPN2

#rv/rv North Carolina at #20/21 ILLINOIS- 9:30 p.m. ET on ESPN
 
Wednesday, December 1
INDIANA at Boston College - 7:15 p.m. ET on ESPNU

NC State a t#-/rv WISCONSIN- 7:15 p.m. ET on ESPN2

#22/18 PURDUE at #rv/rv Virginia Tech - 7:30 p.m. ET on ESPN

Maryland at PENN STATE - 9:15 p.m. ET on ESPN2

#6/6 MICHIGAN STATE at #1/1 Duke - 9:30 p.m. ET on ESPN


 

The Big Ten led all conferences with six members of the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) All-America teams, followed by four honorees each from the ACC, Big 12 and SEC. Big Ten standouts named to the AFCA Coaches All-America Team offense are Penn State offensive lineman Stefen Wisniewski and the Wisconsin duo of offensive lineman Gabe Carimi and tight end Lance Kendricks. Big Ten players named to the AFCA Coaches All-America Team defense are Iowa defensive lineman Adrian Clayborn, Michigan State linebacker Greg Jones and Purdue defensive lineman Ryan Kerrigan. Jones is the nation's only player to earn AFCA honors in back-to-back seasons.

 

FB: Big Ten Weekly Release - Nov. 29

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The latest Big Ten football weekly release has been posted to the Big Ten website. Below are a few highlights of the release, or see the full release by clicking on this link.

Michigan State, Ohio State and Wisconsin share 2010 Big Ten Championship.

Buckeyes match conference record by earning at least a share of sixth straight title.

Spartans, Buckeyes and Badgers give Big Ten three teams with 11 or more wins for third time in history.

Big Ten sets record for total and average attendance in conference games.

Big Ten tied for lead among FBS conferences with five Academic All-Americans.

FB: Big Ten Names Players of Week for Nov. 27 Games

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The Big Ten announced football players of the week for games on Nov. 27, with student-athletes from Indiana, Northwestern and Wisconsin earning weekly accolades. The Badgers swept the offensive and defensive accolades, with quarterback Scott Tolzien being honored on the offensive side and defensive end J.J. Watt earning defensive laurels. Hoosiers' kicker Mitch Ewald and Wildcats' kick returner Venric Mark shared the special teams and freshman of the week honors. For more details on the player of the week selections, click on this link.

The College Football Performance Awards for the 13th week of college football have been announced, and six Big Ten standouts have been honored. Wisconsin's Montee Ball was named the National Running Back of the Week, fellow-Badger J.J. Watt was selected as the National Defensive Lineman of the Week, Purdue's Cody Webster was tabbed as the National Punter of the Week, and Iowa's Derrell Johnson-Koulianos, Northwestern's Venric Mark and Ohio State's Jordan Hall shared the National Kickoff Returner of the Week honor. The purpose of the College Football Performance Awards is to provide the most scientifically rigorous conferments in college football. Recipients are selected exclusively based upon objective scientific rankings of the extent to which individual players increase the overall effectiveness of their teams.

MBB: Sunday's Results

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#2/2 MICHIGAN STATE def. Tennessee Tech, 73-55

#-/rv NORTHWESTERN def. Creighton, 65-52

PENN STATE def. Furman, 70-49

Notre Dame def. #rv/rv WISCONSIN, 58-51

WBB: Sunday's Results

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Mississippi def. Illinois, 70-61
Indiana def. Cleveland State, 66-56
Ohio State def. UNC Wilmington, 88-69

No. 16 Ohio State fell to top-seeded Louisville, 2-1, on Sunday night in the third round of the NCAA Championship. The Cardinals opened the scoring in the 24th minute, taking a 1-0 lead into halftime. The Buckeyes' Austin McAnena tied the match at 1-1 early on in the second half, scoring Ohio State's lone goal in the 52nd minute. Louisville responded with the game-winning goal in the 63rd minute. The loss closes the season for Ohio State, which compiled a 11-6-3 overall record in 2010.

The latest Bowl Championship Series (BCS) poll has been announced and the Big Ten leads all conferences with three of the top eight teams. Wisconsin moved up two spots to No. 5 in the latest BCS poll, matching the highest BCS ranking in school history set during the 2004 campaign. Ohio State jumped three slots to No. 6 in the BCS standings while Michigan State climbed four spots to No. 8 in the BCS poll.

MSCR: No. 15 Penn State Falls to No. 2 Maryland, 1-0

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No. 2 Maryland scored a goal with just over two minutes remaining in the second half to defeat No. 15 Penn State, 1-0, on Sunday evening. Maryland's Taylor Kemp fired a shot from 18 yards out, tallying the game-winning goal for the hosts in the 88th minute. The loss eliminates Penn State from contention. The Nittany Lions close out their season with a 14-8-1 overall record.

MSCR: No. 14 Indiana Topped by No. 3 Akron, 2-1

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No. 14 Indiana dropped a 2-1 decision to No. 3 Akron on Sunday afternoon, bowing out of the NCAA Championship. The Hoosiers and Zips played a scoreless first half before Akron took the lead on two goals within two minutes early on in the second. Andy Adlard notched the lone Indiana goal of the contest, scoring in the 83rd minute to cut Akron's lead in half. The Hoosiers wrap up the season with a 10-8-2 overall record.

After playing to a 1-1 draw with No. 4 North Carolina, Michigan State fell to the Tar Heels in penalty kicks, eliminating them from the NCAA Championship. The Spartans opened the scoring on a Cyrus Saydee goal, taking a 1-0 lead in the 65th minute. North Carolina scored with nine seconds remaining in regulation to tie the match and force overtime. Michigan State goalkeeper Avery Steinlage made nine saves in the match. The Spartans close the 2010 season with a 13-7-2 overall record.

MSCR: Meram, No. 10 Michigan Defeat No. 7 South Carolina, 3-1

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Justin Meram scored two goals to lead No. 10 Michigan past No. 7 South Carolina, 3-1, in the third round of the NCAA Championship on Sunday. Meram notched his first of the afternoon in the 64th minute to give Michigan a 1-0 lead before teammate Soony Saad extended the lead to 2-0 in the 71st minute. Meram struck again in the 81st minute, giving the Wolverines a 3-0 lead. South Carolina would mark its lone tally of the match in the 84th minute, but Michigan held on to earn the win and move on to the national quarterfinals. The Wolverines will take on either No. 2 Maryland or No. 15 Penn State in the next round.

VB: Eight Conference Teams Selected to NCAA Championship

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Eight Big Ten volleyball teams were selected to the 2010 NCAA Championship field of 64, the NCAA announced on Sunday afternoon, tied for the most in conference history. Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Northwestern, Ohio State, Penn State and Purdue give the Big Ten the most teams in this year's field.

NCAA Championship Bracket

VB: Selection Sunday

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The 2010 NCAA Division I Championship bracket will be announced between 3 and 3:30 p.m. ET on ESPNews. Tune in to see where your favorite Big Ten team is headed. Check back later to www.bigten.org for complete coverage of the Big Ten in the NCAA Championship.
The latest Associated Press (AP), USA Today coaches and Harris Interactive polls have been released and the Big Ten leads all conferences with three of the top seven teams in all three rankings. Wisconsin, Ohio State and Michigan State all appear among the top seven in the latest polls. The Badgers moved up to No. 4 in the AP, USA Today and Harris voting, the Buckeyes climbed to No. 6 in the media, coaches and Harris polls while the Spartans moved up to No. 7 in all three rankings.

WBB: Saturday's Results

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North Carolina def. Illinois, 87-58
Texas A&M def. Michigan, 67-49
Minnesota def. North Carolina State, 71-67
Michigan State def. Richmond, 76-52
Northwestern def. BYU, 65-64
Penn State def. Hartford, 71-65
St. Mary's def. Wisconsin, 56-50

VB: Saturday's Results

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Purdue (rv) def. #10 Illinois, 3-1
Indiana def. Wisconsin, 3-0
Ohio State (rv) def. Iowa, 3-0
Northwestern (rv) def. #19 Michigan, 3-1
#15 Minnesota def. #7 Penn State, 3-2

MBB: Saturday's Results

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#19/19 ILLINOIS def. Western Michigan, 78-63

UTEP def. MICHIGAN, 65-56

#rv/rv Richmond def. #10/8 PURDUE, 65-54

FB: Michigan State, Ohio State and Wisconsin Share Title

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The final weekend of Big Ten play saw Michigan State, Ohio State and Wisconsin each earn a share of the 2010 Big Ten Championship. In early games, the Spartans claimed a 28-22 victory at Penn State to give MSU its first title since 1990 while the Buckeyes defeated Michigan, 37-7, to match a conference record with their sixth straight Big Ten crown. In the afternoon, the Badgers posted a 70-23 triumph over Northwestern to secure a share of the Big Ten title, Wisconsin's first championship since 1999. In other Big Ten action, Indiana went to overtime to edge Purdue, 34-31, to reclaim the Old Oaken Bucket, while Minnesota knocked off Iowa, 27-24, to regain the Floyd of Rosedale Trophy. For full recaps on each Big Ten contest on Nov. 27, click on this link.

MBB: Friday's Results

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INDIANA def. Northwestern State, 100-65

IOWA def. SIU-Edwardsville, 111-50

#9/10 Syracuse def. MICHIGAN, 53-50

#3/3 OHIO STATE def. Miami (Ohio), 66-45

Mississippi def. PENN STATE, 84-71

#10/8 PURDUE def. Southern Illinois, 79-60

#rv/rv WISCONSIN def. Boston College, 65-55

VB: Friday's Results

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Indiana def. #10 Illinois, 3-1
#7 Penn State def. Iowa, 3-0
Michigan State def. Northwestern (rv), 3-2
#15 Minnesota def. Ohio State (rv), 3-2
Purdue (rv) def. Wisconsin, 3-0

VB: Penn State Clinches Outright Big Ten Championship

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The Penn State Nittany Lions clinched their eighth straight Big Ten Championship and 14th overall, after a three-set win over Iowa on Friday afternoon in Iowa City, Iowa. Penn State also claimed the conference's automatic berth into the NCAA Championship, which begins next week. Penn State clinched a share of the Big Ten title with its win against Iowa, then earned the outright title after Indiana knocked off Illinois on Friday night.

Penn State Recap

WSCR: Ohio State Advances to First NCAA College Cup

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Third-seeded Ohio State defeated Georgetown, 2-0, on Friday night to advance to its first NCAA College Cup. Lauren Beachy scored a goal in the 21st minute to put the Buckeyes ahead, 1-0, before Tiffany Cameron tallied Ohio State's second of the night in the 53rd minute. Buckeye goalkeeper Katie Baumgardner recorded four saves in the win, notching her third shutout of the tournament. Ohio State will take on the winner of tonight's No. 3 Oklahoma State-No. 4 Notre Dame match in the national semifinals on Dec. 3.

FB: Wisconsin's Watt Named Finalist for Lott Trophy

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Wisconsin defensive end J.J. Watt was named one of four finalists for the seventh annual Lott IMPACT Trophy. The players were chosen for their overall character, including community
service, classroom accomplishments and leadership skills as well as their on-field performance. IMPACT is an acronym for Integrity, Maturity, Performance, Academics, Community and Tenacity. This marks the second time Wisconsin has had a finalist (Jim Leonhard in 2004). The winners' university will receive $25,000 for its general scholarship fund while each runnersup will receive $5,000 for its general scholarship fund.

Following in the footsteps of 2004 Lott finalist Leonhard, Watt is another walk-on who has made good. He has twice been named Lott IMPACT Player of the Week and has 52 tackles this season with 18 tackles for loss (2nd in Big Ten, 8th in the country), six sacks, six pass breakups, seven quarterback hurries, a forced fumble and two blocked kicks. Watt has also started his own charity foundation, the Justin J. Watt Foundation to benefit local elementary and middle schools that lack funding. His foundation is modeled after the one started by former Lott finalist Myron Rolle. Watt is very active in hospital visits in Madison area. He played tight end as a freshman at Central Michigan, then transferred to Wisconsin where he worked at a Pizza Hut to help pay his own way for one year before walking on and winning a scholarship. The Academic All-Big Ten honoree was part of the National Honor Society in high school.

Named after Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott, the Lott is awarded to college football's
Defensive IMPACT Player of the Year. Now in its seventh year, the Lott is the first
college football award to equally recognize athletic performance and the personal character attributes of the player. The Big Ten has claimed one Lott Trophy, when Ohio State's James Laurinaitis was honored in 2008.

WRES: Weekend Schedule

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NOVEMBER 26

#7 IOWA vs. Chattanooga - 6:30 p.m. CT
#7 IOWA at Cornell College - 8 p.m. CT

NOVEMBER 27

INDIANA at Hoosier Duals - All Day
#3 MINNESOTA at Northern Quad - All Day

WSCR: NCAA Championship Quarterfinals Underway

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The NCAA Women's Soccer Championship quarterfinals are now underway with No. 3 Ohio State taking on Georgetown. The Buckeyes (16-4-2) and Hoyas (15-6-2) square off in Columbus, Ohio, for a spot in the 2010 College Cup. The winner will advance to the national semifinals and take on either No. 3 Oklahoma State or No. 4 Notre Dame.

VB: Penn State Clinches Share of Big Ten Championship

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The Penn State Nittany Lions clinched at least a share of their eighth straight Big Ten Championship, 14th overall, after a three-set win over Iowa on Friday afternoon in Iowa City, Iowa. Penn State also claimed the conference's automatic berth into the NCAA Championship, which begins next week. Penn State can secure the outright title on Saturday night when it faces Minnesota at 9:30 p.m. ET, a match that will be televised live by the Big Ten Network.

Penn State Recap

MBB: This Weekend's Schedule

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FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 26
Northwestern State at INDIANA - 7:30 p.m., www.BigTenNetwork.com

SIU-Edwardsville at IOWA - 6:30 p.m., Big Ten Network

#9/10 Syracuse vs. MICHIGAN - 8 p.m., HDNET

Miami (Ohio) at #3/3 OHIO STATE - 4 p.m., Big Ten Network

PENN STATE at Mississippi, 7 p.m.

Southern Illinois vs. #10/8 PURDUE, 8:30 p.m., Big Ten Network

Boston College vs. #rv/rv WISCONSIN - Noon, ESPN

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 27
#19/19 ILLINOIS at Western Michigan - 2 p.m.

Georgia Tech/UTEP vs. MICHIGAN  - 5:30/8 p.m., HDNET

TBD vs. #10/8 PURDUE - 7:30 p.m., Big Ten Network

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 28
Tennessee Tech at #2/2 MICHIGAN STATE - 1 p.m., Big Ten Network

Creighton at #-/rv NORTHWESTERN - 8:30 p.m., Big Ten Network

Furman at PENN STATE - 3:30 p.m., Big Ten Network

TBD vs. #rv/rv WISCONSIN - TBD, TBD


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MBB: Thursday's Results

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#rv/rv/ WISCONSIN def. Manhattan, 50-35

MBB: Thursday's Schedule

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Manhattan vs. #rv/rv WISCONSIN, - 2 p.m., ESPN2

 

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WBB: Weekend Schedule

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Friday
Long Beach State vs. Illinois, 7:30 p.m.
Virginia Tech vs. #20/21 Iowa, 7:30 p.m.
Buffalo vs. Michigan, 7:15 p.m.
Western Kentucky vs. #25/- Michigan State, Noon
San Diego State (rv/-) vs. Minnesota, 6 p.m.
Northwestern (rv/rv) at St. Mary's, 6 p.m.
#-/23 Green Bay vs. Penn State (rv/-), 2:30 p.m.
BYU vs. Wisconsin, 8 p.m.

Saturday
TBA vs. Illinois, TBA
#8/8 Texas A&M vs. Michigan, 9:30 p.m.
Richmond vs. #25/- Michigan State, Noon
TBA vs. Minnesota, TBA
BYU vs. Northwestern (rv/rv), 5 p.m.
Hartford vs. penn State (rv/-), 3:30 p.m.
St. Mary's vs. Wisconsin, 11 p.m.

Sunday
TBA vs. Illinois, TBA
Cleveland State at indiana, 2 p.m., www.bigtennetwork.com
UNC Wilmington at #7/7 Ohio State, 2 p.m.

WBB: Thursday's Results

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Iowa def. James Madison, 67-61
Penn State def. Utah, 70-58

WBB: Thursday's Schedule

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James Madison vs. #20/21 Iowa, 7:30 p.m.
Utah vs. Penn State (rv/-), 2:30 p.m.

MBB: Wednesday's Results

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#2/2 MICHIGAN STATE def. Washington, 76-71

#15/17 MINNESOTA def. North Dakota State, 84-65

MBB: Wednesday's Schedule

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Washington vs. #2/2 MICHIGAN STATE - 5 p.m., ESPN2

North Dakota State at #15/17 MINNESOTA - 8 p.m., ESPN3

WBB: Wednesday's Results

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Saint Louis def. Indiana, 69-58
Marquette def. Wisconsin, 66-52

VB: Wednesday's Result

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Michigan State def. Michigan, 3-0

FB: Week 13 Preview

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The preview for the final weekend of Big Ten action is now available at www.bigten.org. With just one weekend of Big Ten play remaining, Michigan State, Ohio State and Wisconsin remain alive in the chase to win the 2010 Big Ten Championship. All three teams improved to 6-1 in conference action last weekend to set up a three-team race for the title. The 2010 Big Ten title race will conclude on Saturday, beginning at Noon ET when Ohio State hosts Michigan and Michigan State plays at Penn State. Wisconsin will take the field at 2:30 p.m. CT against Northwestern. In other conference action, Indiana and Purdue play for the Old Oaken Bucket and Iowa and Minnesota battle for the Floyd of Rosedale Trophy. Click on this link to see a breakdown of each game on Nov. 27.

MSCR: NCAA Championship Round of 16 Preview

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The Big Ten will be well-represented in Sunday's NCAA Men's Soccer Championship round of 16, as the conference sends all five of its postseason-qualifying teams to campus locations to compete in the third round of the tournament on Sunday. Indiana, Michigan, Ohio State and Penn State each won their second-round matches after first-round byes to earn spots in the 16-team field, while Michigan State reeled off back-to-back wins in the first and second rounds to advance to the third round.

Click here to read the complete release from the Big Ten.

WSCR: NCAA Championship Quarterfinals Preview

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The 2010 NCAA Women's Soccer Championship quarterfinals are set to take place this weekend, with No. 3 Ohio State entering the fourth round of competition as the last Big Ten team standing. The Buckeyes will host Georgetown on Friday at 5 p.m. ET for a spot in the 2010 NCAA Women's College Cup.

Click here to read the complete release from the Big Ten.

FB: Big Ten in the NFL - Week 11

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Pat Angerer, LB, Indianapolis (Iowa) - Made 12 tackles in Indianapolis' 31-28 loss to New England.

 

Tom Brady, QB, New England (Michigan) - Completed 19 of 25 passes for 186 yards and two touchdowns in New England's 31-28 win over Indianapolis.

 

Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans (Purdue) - Racked up 382 passing yards and four touchdowns, completing 29 of 43 passes in New Orleans' 34-19 win over Seattle.

 

Braylon Edwards, WR, New York Jets (Michigan) - Recorded 86 receiving yards and a touchdown on four catches in the New York Jets' 30-27 win over Houston.

 

Ray Edwards, DE, Minnesota (Purdue) - Notched two sacks and three total tackles in Minnesota's 31-3 loss to Green Bay.

 

Santonio Holmes, WR, New York Jets (Ohio State) - Racked up 126 yards receiving and two touchdowns on seven catches in the New York Jets' 30-27 win over Houston.

 

Michael Hoomanawanui, TE, St. Louis (Illinois) - Made four catches for 46 yards and a touchdown in St. Louis' 34-17 loss to Atlanta.

 

James Laurinaitis, LB, St. Louis (Ohio State) - Tallied 11 tackles in St. Louis' 34-17 loss to Atlanta.

 

Brandon Lloyd, WR, Denver (Illinois) - Caught six passes for 78 yards and a touchdown in Denver's 35-14 loss to San Diego.

 

Kyle Orton, QB, Denver (Purdue) - Completed 24 of 38 passes for 217 yards and a touchdown in Denver's 35-14 loss to San Diego.

 

Shaun Phillips, LB, San Diego (Purdue) - Made two sacks and three total tackles in San Diego's 35-14 win over Denver.

 

Paul Posluszny, LB, Buffalo (Penn State) - Recorded 10 tackles and a pass breakup in Buffalo's 49-31 win over Cincinnati.

 

Cameron Wake, LB, Miami (Penn State) - Made six tackles and a sack in Miami's 16-0 loss to Chicago.

 

Blair White, WR, Indianapolis (Michigan State) - Caught five passes for 42 yards and two touchdowns in Indianapolis' 31-28 loss to New England.

MBB: Tuesday's Results

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#19/19 ILLINOIS def. Yale, 73-47

INDIANA def. N.C. Central, 72-56

#-/rv UConn def. #2/2 MICHIGAN STATE, 70-67

#3/3 OHIO STATE def. Morehead State, 64-45

#10/8 PURDUE def. Austin Peay, 87-65

WBB: Tuesday's Schedule

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St. Louis at Indiana, 7 p.m., www,bigtenntwork.com
Marquette at Wisconsin, 7 p.m., Big Ten Network

MBB: Tuesday's Schedule

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Yale at #19/19 ILLINOIS - 9:45 p.m., ESPNU

North Carolina Central at INDIANA - 7 p.m., Big Ten Network

#-/rv UConn vs. #2/2 MICHIGAN STATE - 7 p.m., ESPN

Morehead State at #3/3 OHIO STATE - 7 p.m., ESPN3

Austin Peay at #10/8 PURDUE - 7 p.m., ESPN3

 

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MBB: Required Reading

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Illinois freshman Brandon Paul made has already made an impact with the Illini.

Read what Indiana head coach Tom Crean said in his Tuesday press conference.

Michigan sophomore Josh Bartelstein blogs about his team's latest wins and a Bar Mitzvah, among other things.

Spartan fans - click HERE for information on how to purchase Izzone Mini-Plans.

Read more about Minnesota's leap into the national rankings.

Evanston Day at Welsh-Ryan Arena will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 30.

Purdue fans looking to attend games at Mackey Arena should check purduesports.com for information.

Read the transcript from Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan's Tuesday press conference.

MSWM: Michigan State and Purdue Take Home Weekly Awards

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The conference office announced on Tuesday the seventh weekly men's swimming and diving awards. Michigan State's Jacob Jarzen was named Swimmer of the Week while Purdue's David Boudia earned Diver of the Week honors.

 

Click here for the full release.

 

2010 Big Ten Men's Swimmer/Diver of the Week

Oct. 12 S: Dan Lester, So., WIS

            D: Michael Ross, So., WIS

Oct. 19 S: Dan Lester, So., WIS

            D: Michael Ross, So., WIS

Oct. 26 S: Eric Ress, So., IND

            D: David Boudia, Jr., PUR

Nov. 2   S: Ivan Gutesa, Sr., MINN

            S: Zach Holmes, So., OSU

            D: Michael Ross, So., WIS

Nov. 9  S: Dan Madwed, Jr., MICH

            D: David Boudia, Jr., PUR

Nov. 16 S: Ryan Feeley, So., MICH

            S: Tim Phillips, So., OSU

            D: David Boudia, Jr., PUR

Nov. 23 S: Jacob Jarzen, So., MSU

            D: Davis Boudia, Jr., PUR

 

WRES: Ranking the Wrestlers

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Minnesota again leads the way among the nine Big Ten wrestling teams ranked in the NWCA/USA Today top 25, remaining at No. 3 in the latest poll. The Golden Gophers are also ranked seventh in the latest InterMat rankings. Wisconsin (No. 4 NWCA/4 InterMat) and Penn State (No. 5/5) each earn top-five status in this week's polls.

Iowa (No. 7/8) and Illinois (No. 10/18) round out the NWCA top 10, followed by Ohio State (No. 18/19), Michigan (No. 19/33), Northwestern (No. 21/14) and Purdue (No. 22/29). Indiana makes another appearance in the InterMat top 25, checking in at No. 24.

The Big Ten has also earned 51 top-20 individual rankings, again led by top-ranked Iowa 125-pounder Matt McDonough and Wisconsin 165-pounder Andrew Howe.

Click here to see the complete NWCA/USA Today rankings and here to see InterMat's team and individual polls.

WSWM: Indiana and Ohio State Pick Up Weekly Accolades

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Ohio State's Megan Detro and Indiana's Gabby Agostino have been named the Big Ten women's Swimmer and Diver of the Week, respectively, the conference office announced on Tuesday.

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2010 Big Ten Women's Swimmer/Diver of the Week

Oct. 12 S: Jillian Tyler, Sr., MINN

            D: Amanda Lohman, Jr., MICH

Oct. 19 S: Ashley Wanland, Jr., WIS

            D: Margaret Keefer, Fr., MINN

Oct. 26 S: Amy Modglin, So., PSU

            D: Erin Mertz, Sr., PUR

Nov. 2  S: Adrienne Bicek, So., MICH

            S: Rebecka Palm, Fr., WIS

            D: Gabby Agostino, Jr., IND

Nov. 9  S: Maggie Meyer, Sr., WIS

            D: Erin Mertz, Sr., PUR

Nov. 16 S: Jillian Tyler, Sr., MINN

            D: Bianca Alvarez, Jr., OSU

Nov. 23 S: Megan Detro, So., OSU

            D: Gabby Agostino, Jr., IND

 

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WRES: Wisconsin's Rutt Named Big Ten Wrestler of the Week

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Wisconsin's Travis Rutt takes home Big Ten Wrestler of the Week laurels after winning four bouts, including three over ranked opponents, in the fourth-ranked Badgers' four dual wins over the weekend. The award marks the first of Rutt's career.

Click here to see the complete release from the Big Ten.

MBB: Monday's Results

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Long Beach State def. IOWA, 78-72

#2/2 MICHIGAN STATE def. Chaminade, 82-74

PENN STATE def. Central Connecticut, 77-61

The Big Ten tied for the lead among all Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) conferences with five student-athletes named to the ESPN Academic All-America first or second teams in football as announced today by CoSIDA. The Big Ten has now led all FBS conferences in Academic All-Americans for six straight seasons, with 48 football honorees over that time span. The Big Ten also tied for the lead among all conferences with four first-team selections. For more information, click on this link.

Michigan State's Mark Dantonio and Wisconsin's Bret Bielema were named two of eight finalists for the 2010 Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award by the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA). The FWAA coaching award is named after the late Robinson, a coaching legend at Grambling State University for 55 years. He has more Division I victories (408) than any other coach in the history of college football. The FWAA has presented a national coach of the year award since 1957 and named the award in Robinson's honor in 1997.

Bielema has the Badgers at 10-1 heading into the season finale against Northwestern on Saturday. Wisconsin has lost only to Michigan State this season and is still in contention for a berth to the Rose Bowl. The Badgers have won six straight conference games. Bielema is in his fifth season at Wisconsin.

Dantonio has overcome a heart attack this season to direct the Spartans to a 10-1 record with only a game remaining against Penn State on Saturday. The Spartans, locked in a three-way tie with Ohio State and Wisconsin for the Big Ten Conference lead, have lost only at Iowa this season.

Wisconsin's J.J. Watt was added to the final watch list for the 2010 Ted Hendricks Award, honoring the nation's top defensive end. The original version of the final watch list was released on Monday and included Iowa's Adrian Clayborn, Ohio State's Cameron Heyward and Purdue's Ryan Kerrigan. Since the national award was created in 2002, Michigan's LaMarr Woodley is the Big Ten's lone Hendricks Award winner, claiming the trophy in 2006.

WBB: Monday's Results

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Illinois def. Cal Poly, 104-63
Michigan def. Indiana State, 63-58
Ohio State def. East Tennessee State, 80-47

FB: Wisconsin's Clay Named Finalist for Doak Walker Award

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Wisconsin's John Clay was named one of three finalists for the Doak Walker Award, given annually to the nation's top running back. Clay ranks among the top 20 in the country with 103.2 yards per game and has scored 13 touchdowns despite missing two games due to injury. Five Big Ten running backs have claimed the Doak Walker Award - Ohio State's Eddie George in 1995, Wisconsin's Ron Dayne in 1999, Penn State's Larry Johnson in 2002, Michigan's Chris Perry in 2003 and Iowa's Shonn Greene in 2008.

FB: Iowa's Donahue Named Finalist for Ray Guy Award

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Iowa's Ryan Donahue was named one of three finalists for the Ray Guy Award, given annually to the nation's top punter. Donahue ranks among the top 25 in the country with an average of 44.3 yards per punt with 47 boots for 2,084 yards. He has a long of 73 yards and has placed 19 of his kicks inside the 20-yard line. Three Big Ten punters have earned the Ray Guy Award - Wisconsin's Kevin Stemke in 2000, Purdue's Travis Dorsch in 2001 and Ohio State's B.J. Sander in 2003.

FB: Wisconsin's Carimi Named Finalist for Outland Trophy

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Wisconsin offensive tackle Gabe Carimi has been named one of three finalists for the 65th Outland Trophy, which is awarded to the best interior lineman in college football by the Football Writers Association of America.

Carimi, a 6-7, 327-pound senior from Cottage Grove, Wis., has been a stalwart at left tackle for Wisconsin since taking over for 2006 Outland Trophy winner Joe Thomas at the beginning of the 2007 season. He has started 47 games in four seasons for the Badgers (10-1), who will conclude the 2010 regular season Saturday against Northwestern. Carimi was a part of a dominating offensive line in the Badgers' 83-20 defeat of Indiana when running back John Clay was sidelined with an injury. Carimi and the rest of the Wisconsin line were co-Badger Offensive Players of Week in a 41-23 victory over Minnesota this season. Carimi is one of the main reasons Wisconsin is 12th in the nation in rushing heading into the final week of the regular season.

The Outland Trophy, which has been awarded annually by the FWAA since 1946, is named after the late John Outland, an All-America lineman at Pennsylvania at the turn of the century. The Outland Trophy is the third-oldest award in major college football behind the Heisman Trophy and Maxwell Award. Twelve Big Ten standouts have earned the Outland Trophy, most recently when Wisconsin's Joe Thomas was honored in 2006.

MBB: Monday's Schedule

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Long Beach State vs. IOWA - 3:30 p.m.

Chaminade vs. #2/2 MICHIGAN STATE - 9:30 p.m., ESPNU

Central Connecticut State at PENN STATE - 7 p.m., Big Ten Network

 

All times ET

MXC: Two Big Ten Teams Finish in Top 10 at NCAA Championships

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Big Ten men's cross country wrapped up the 2010 season at the NCAA Championships on Monday afternoon in Terre Haute, Ind. Wisconsin captured the best finish among conference teams, taking third place. Indiana followed in seventh place, while Minnesota finished 27th and Penn State took 30th.

Click here for the complete release from the Big Ten.

The complete team results from the NCAA Championships can be found here. Click here for the individual results.

The 2010 NCAA Cross Country Championships concluded on Monday afternoon with four Big Ten women's teams and six at-large individuals taking part in the action. Three Big Ten runners earned All-America status, as Wisconsin's Emily Sisson, Minnesota's Stephanie Price and Michigan State's Emily MacLeod each turned in top-40 performances.

Click here to read the complete release from the Big Ten.

Complete team results from the NCAA Championships can be found here. Individual results can be found here.

FH: Nine Earn NFHCA All-America Honors

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

Earning first team status was Ohio State junior Aisling Coyle, who was a unanimous choice for Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year and was recently named the NFHCA West Region Player of the Year. Coyle led the team with 55 points on 24 goals through 23 games. It is the seventh time in program history a Buckeye has earned First Team All-American honors.

Second Team All-America honors went to Northwestern's Chelsea Armstrong and Penn State's Kelsey Amy and Ayla Halus. The two were both named first team All-Big Ten members earlier this month and were also named to the NFHCA Mideast Region Team. After earning this year's Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year and first team All-Big Ten, Armstrong was named to the NFHCA West Region Team.

Finally, five Big Ten student-athletes were named third team All-Americans as Michigan's Paige Laytos, Rachael Mack and Meredith Way, Ohio State's Berta Queralt and Penn State's Jessica Longstreth earned postseason recognition by the NFHCA. The Michigan trio joins Queralt as members of the NFHCA All-West Region Team, while Longstreth was placed on the NFHCA Mideast Team.

To see a complete list of the 2010 Longstreth/NFHCA Division I All-American Teams, click here.

Iowa's Ricky Stanzi and Wisconsin's Scott Tolzien were named two of five finalists for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, given annually to the nation's top senior quarterback. Both quarterbacks rank among the top 10 nationally in pass efficiency and Tolzien is on pace to set a Big Ten single-season record with his current completion percentage of 73.9 percent. Stanzi ranks sixth nationally with a pass efficiency rating of 163.2 and has completed 200 of 302 passes (66.2 percent) for 2,677 yards and 23 touchdowns. Tolzien rates seventh nationally with a pass efficiency rating of 163.0 and has connected on 167 of 226 throws (73.9 percent) for 2,070 yards and 12 touchdowns.

Indiana's Tandon Doss and Wisconsin's James White were selected as two of the four "Most Versatile Performances of the Week" by the Paul Hornung Award, given to the nation's most versatile player. The weekly selections highlight elite performances from the previous week in college football that display the same versatility on the field as the legendary Paul Hornung.

Doss had five carries for 61 yards, seven receptions for 90 yards and a touchdown, a one-yard punt return and five kick returns for 141 yards in a 41-24 loss to Penn State. Doss finished with 293 all-purpose yards, an average of 16.3 yards per play.

White had 23 carries for 181 yards and two touchdowns, two receptions for 19 yards and two kick returns for 46 yards in a 48-28 win over Michigan. He finished with 246 all-purpose yards.

FB: Wisconsin's Kendricks Named Finalist for Mackey Award

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Wisconsin's Lance Kendricks was named one of three finalists for the John Mackey Award, given annually to the nation's top tight end. Kendricks leads the Badgers with 35 receptions, 547 receiving yards and four receiving touchdowns. Three Big Ten standouts have claimed the Mackey Award since its inception in 2000, a group that includes inaugural winner Tim Stratton on Purdue in 2000, Iowa's Dallas Clark in 2002 and Minnesota's Matt Spaeth in 2006.

WBB: Big Ten Players of the Week

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Co-Players of the Week:
Kachine Alexander, Iowa
5-9, Sr., G, Minneapolis, Minn./Benilde-St. Margaret's

Alexander averaged a double-double in Iowa's three games last week, posting double figures in points and rebounds in each Hawkeye contest to earn her fifth career Big Ten Player of the Week honor. She finished the week averaging 18.3 points and 13.3 rebounds, chipping in 4.3 assists and 2.3 steals, and now has 27 career double-doubles. Her top game of the week came in the title game of the KCRG-TV9 Hawkeye Challenge where she clinched tournament MVP honors with 20 points, 18 rebounds, and a pair of assists and steals. Also this week, she finished with 21 points and 12 rebounds against Northeastern and 14 points and 10 boards against Bradley.

Last Iowa Player of the Week: Kachine Alexander (Feb. 15, 2010)

Amy Jaeschke, Northwestern
6-5, Sr., C, Wilmette, Ill./New Trier

Northwestern's Amy Jaeschke reels in Big Ten Player of the Week honors for the fourth time in her career after averaging 21.5 points, 8.0 rebounds and 6.5 blocks per game in the Wildcats' back-to-back wins over Western Kentucky and Chicago State last week. Jaeschke tallied 13 points, six rebounds and three blocks in Northwestern's win over Western Kentucky on Thursday before notching a triple-double with 30 points, 10 rebounds and 10 blocks in a win over Chicago State on Sunday, becoming the first Wildcat to accomplish the feat since 1997. The senior finished the week shooting 75.0 percent (18-of-24) from the field.

Last Northwestern Player of the Week: Beth Marshall (Feb. 22, 2010)

Freshman of the Week:
Maggie Lucas, Penn State
5-9, G, Narberth, Pa./Germantown Academy

Maggie Lucas takes home Big Ten Freshman of the Week accolades after recording 13.5 points, 2.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.5 steals per game in Penn State's wins over Oakland and South Carolina last week. The newcomer tallied 13 points, three rebounds and three assists off the bench for the Lady Lions in a 96-89 overtime win against Oakland on Thursday. She followed with 14 points on 62.5 percent (5-of-8) shooting, two steals and two rebounds in Penn State's 78-48 win vs. South Carolina on Sunday.

Last Penn State Freshman of the Week: Marisa Wolfe (Feb. 22, 2010)

VB: Volleyball Players of the Week

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Player of the Week:
Blair Brown, Penn State
Sr., Opp., Purcellville, Va./Loudoun Valley

Brown is honored with Big Ten Player of the Week for the second week in a row after recording two double-doubles last week, averaging a 5.8 kills, 3.5 digs and 0.8 blocks per set. In Wednesday's match against Ohio State, the senior finished with a match-high 19 kills, also posting 11 digs and three blocks in a sweep of the Buckeyes. Against No. 25 Northwestern, she once again led the match with 16 kills, tacking on 10 digs and two blocks in the three-set win. Brown averaged a conference-best 6.67 points per set last week to help Penn State remain in first place in the conference standings.

Last Penn State Player of the Week: Blair Brown (Nov. 15, 2010)

Defensive Player of the Week:
Alyssa D'Errico, Penn State
Sr., LIB, Byron, N.Y./Byron-Bergen

After averaging 5.5 digs per set and helping the Penn State defense hold its opponents to .160 hitting over the weekend, D'Errico claims her first Big Ten weekly honor. The senior libero recorded a match-high 15 digs in Penn State's midweek match against Ohio State, a 3-0 Nittany Lion victory, then added 18 more in a three-set win over No. 25 Northwestern on Friday night. She also perfectly received 43 service attempts in the matches as Penn State remained atop the Big Ten standings with two matches to play.

Last Penn State Defensive Player of the Week: Katie Slay (Nov. 8, 2010)

Co-Freshman of the Week:
Alexis Mathews, Michigan State
MB, Detroit, Mich./Renaissance

Mathews records her first career Big Ten Freshman of the Week honor after leading all players in blocks in both of her matches last weekend. The newcomer posted five blocks, to go along with four kills, in the Spartans' win over Indiana. Against Purdue, she posted seven kills and recorded 11 blocks, fourth-highest single match total in the conference this season. Her 16 blocks brought her weekend average to 1.8, also adding 1.3 kills per set.

Last Michigan State Freshman of the Week: N/A

Deja McClendon, Penn State
OH, Louisville, Ky./DuPont Manual Magnet

McClendon averaged 3.5 kills and 1.7 digs per set in Penn State's wins over Ohio State and Northwestern last week to clinch Freshman of the Week honors for the fifth time. Her top match of the weekend came against the nationally ranked Wildcats, posting 15 kills on .520 hitting, also recording four digs and a pair of blocks in the three-set victory after totaling six kills, six digs and a block against the Buckeyes.

Last Penn State Freshman of the Week: Deja McClendon (Nov. 15, 2010)

FB: Big Ten Weekly Release - Nov. 22

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The latest Big Ten football weekly release has been posted to the Big Ten website. Below are a few highlights of the release, or see the full release by clicking on this link.

Michigan, Ohio State and Wisconsin can clinch at least a share of Big Ten title on Saturday.

Buckeyes looking to match conference record by earning at least a share of sixth straight title.

Spartans, Buckeyes and Badgers give Big Ten three teams with at least 10 wins for second straight year.

Illinois becomes Big Ten's eighth bowl-eligible team.

Big Ten hits five-million mark in total attendance.

Three traditional trophy games featured on Saturday.

FB: MSU's Cousins Named "Star of Week" by Manning Award

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Michigan State's Kirk Cousins was named a "Star of the Week" by the Manning Award based on his performance last Saturday. Cousins accounted for four touchdowns to help the Spartans rally from a 15-point fourth-quarter deficit against Purdue. He completed 28 of 37 passes (75.7 pct.) for 276 yards and three touchdowns and recorded his first rushing touchdown with 4:32 left for the game-winning score.

 

The final watch list for the 2010 Ted Hendricks Award, honoring the nation's top defensive end, has been released and three Big Ten standouts made the list. Iowa's Adrian Clayborn, Ohio State's Cameron Heyward and Purdue's Ryan Kerrigan were named to the final watch list. Since the national award was created in 2002, Michigan's LaMarr Woodley is the Big Ten's lone Hendricks Award winner, claiming the trophy in 2006.

The College Football Performance Awards for the 12th week of college football have been announced, and four Big Ten standouts have been honored. Illinois' Mikel Leshoure was named the National Performer and Running Back of the Week, the Illini's Martez Wilson and Ohio State's Brian Rolle shared the National Linebacker of the Week award and Northwestern's Brian Peters was tabbed as the National Defensive Back of the Week. The purpose of the College Football Performance Awards is to provide the most scientifically rigorous conferments in college football. Recipients are selected exclusively based upon objective scientific rankings of the extent to which individual players increase the overall effectiveness of their teams.

FB: Big Ten Names Players of Week for Nov. 20 Games

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The Big Ten announced football players of the week for games on Nov. 20, with student-athletes from Illinois, Michigan State, Ohio State, Penn State and Wisconsin earning weekly accolades. Illini running back Mikel Leshoure was named the offensive player of the week, Buckeyes' linebacker Brian Rolle was tabbed as the defensive player of the week, the Spartan's Denicos Allen and the Nittany Lions' Andrew Dailey shared special teams player of the week laurels and Badgers' running back James White earned Freshman of the Week accolades for the second straight week. For more details on the player of the week selections, click on this link.

MBB: Sunday's Results

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INDIANA def. Evansville, 67-54

MICHIGAN def. Gardner-Webb, 80-58

#rv/rv MINNESOTA def. #rv/rv West Virginia, 74-70

#14/9 PURDUE def. Oakland, 82-67

MSCR: No. 14 Indiana Downs Tulsa, 5-1

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No. 14 Indiana defeated Tulsa, 5-1, on Sunday to advance to the third round of the NCAA Championship. The teams played 40 minutes of scoreless soccer before goals from Andy Adlard and Nikita Kotlov gave the Hoosiers a 2-0 lead heading into halftime. Harrison Petts extended Indiana's lead to 3-0 in the 52nd minute, but Tulsa answered a minute later to make the score 3-1. Will Bruin added two insurance goals in the 73rd and 79th minutes to secure the Hoosier victory. Indiana will take on No. 3 Akron in the round of 16.

WBB: Sunday's Results

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Georgia def. Indiana, 84-51
Iowa def. Central Michigan, 90-79
Michigan State def. Detroit Mercy, 82-42
Dayton def. Minnesota, 97-81
Northwestern def. Chicago State, 75-73
Penn State def. South Carolina, 78-48
Purdue def. DePaul, 67-58
Kansas def. Wisconsin, 93-86
The latest edition of the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) poll has been released and the Big Ten leads all conferences with three top-10 teams, while four conference schools appear among the top 25. Wisconsin held steady at No. 7 in the latest BCS standings, while Ohio State moved up one spot to No. 8 and Michigan State climbed two slots to No. 10. Iowa dropped to No. 24 after being edged by the Buckeyes on Saturday.

MSCR: No. 10 Michigan Tops Central Florida in Overtime

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Michigan's Latif Alashe scored in the 95th minute to give the 10th-seeded Wolverines a 2-1 win over Central Florida on Sunday. The Knights took a 1-0 lead in the ninth minute before Justin Meram tied the match in the 50th minute. The teams remained deadlocked through regulation, with Alashe's goal just over four minutes into the overtime period giving Michigan the win. The Wolverines will take on No. 7 South Carolina in the third round.

MSCR: Hertzog, Penn State Defeat Old Dominion, 4-1

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Corey Hertzog netted three goals to lift No. 15 Penn State over Old Dominion, 4-1, in the NCAA Championship second round on Sunday. Hertzog's first tied the match at 1-1 in the 27th minute before the Nittany Lions scored three goals within eight minutes in the second half. Hertzog tallied his second in the 74th minute, followed by a Tyler Jordan goal in the 78th and Hertzog's third in the 82nd. Penn State will take on the winner of No. 2 Maryland and Pennsylvania in the round of 16.

MSCR: No. 16 Ohio State Defeats Providence, 2-1

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No. 16 Ohio State used two second-half goals to defeat Providence, 2-1, in the NCAA Championship second round on Sunday. Konrad Warzycha opened the scoring in the 58th minute to put the Buckeyes up 1-0. Omar Vallejo extended the hosts' lead to 2-0 in the 72nd minute. The Friars scored their lone goal of the contest in the 85th minute, but the Buckeyes held onto the lead to advance to the third round. Ohio State will take on the winner of top-seeded Louisville and College of Charleston in the round of 16.

MSCR: Michigan State Takes Down No. 13 Butler, 1-0

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Michigan State defeated No. 13 Butler, 1-0, in the second round of the NCAA Championship on Sunday in Indianapolis. Jeff Ricondo scored the lone goal of the match with just over five minutes remaining in regulation to push the Spartans into the round of 16. Goalkeeper Avery Steinlage notched four saves in the shutout win. Michigan State will square off with the winner of tonight's No. 4 North Carolina-Georgetown match in the third round.

The Big Ten tied for the lead among all conferences with three of the top 11 in the latest Associated Press (AP), USA Today coaches and Harris Interactive polls, while seven conference schools received votes in at least one poll. Wisconsin continued to top all Big Ten schools and was rated No. 5 in all three polls. Ohio State and Michigan State also remained among the top 11, as the Buckeyes were voted No. 8 by the media and Harris voters and No. 7 by the coaches while the Spartans were ranked No. 11 by the media and No. 10 by the coaches and Harris panel. Iowa also remained among the top 25, falling to No. 24 in all three polls after being edged by OSU on Saturday. Penn State was receiving votes in all three rankings, while the Nittany Lions were joined among the others receiving votes in the coaches poll by Michigan and Northwestern and the Harris poll by the Wildcats.

MSCR: NCAA Championship Second Round Underway

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The second round of the NCAA Men's Soccer Championship is now underway, with five Big Ten teams competing among the field of 32. After taking a 2-0 win over Oakland in the first round, Michigan State travels to face No. 13 Butler. No. 16 Ohio State also welcomes Providence in second round action. Both contests are set for 1 p.m. ET. No. 10 Michigan hosts Central Florida and No. 15 Penn State welcomes Old Dominion at 2 p.m. ET. No. 14 Indiana rounds out the day's matches, hosting Tulsa at 6 p.m. ET.

The Walter Camp Football Foundation has named Illinois running back Mikel Leshoure the Football Bowl Subdivision National Offensive Player of the Week for games ending November 20. This is the seventh year that the Walter Camp Football Foundation will honor one offensive and one defensive player as its national Bowl Subdivision player of the week during the regular season. Recipients are selected by a panel of national media members and administered by the Walter Camp Football Foundation.

Leshoure rushed for a school-record 330 yards (on 33 carries) and two touchdowns as Ilinois defeated Big Ten and instate rival Northwestern, 48-27, at Wrigley Field. Leshoure's 330 yards were the most by an FBS running back since Navy's Shun White had 348 on Aug. 30, 2008.  Leshoure's day included 4- and -yard touchdown runs on the first two possessions, plus a 70-yard gain n the first quarter.

MBB: Saturday's Results

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IOWA def. Alabama, 55-47

#4/5 OHIO STATE def. UNC-Wilmington, 81-41

UNLV def. #rv/25 WISCONSIN, 68-65

VB: Saturday's Results

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#19 Minnesota def. #9 Illinois, 3-2
#20 Michigan def. Indiana, 3-0
WIsconsin def. Iowa, 3-1
Purdue (rv) def. Michigan State, 3-2
Ohio State (rv) def. #25 Northwestern, 3-0

WBB: Saturday's Results

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Iowa def. Northeastern, 87-59
Minnesota def. Milwaukee, 76-53

FB: MSU, OSU and Wisconsin Maintain Hopes of Big Ten Title

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The second-to-last weekend of Big Ten play saw all but three teams eliminated from the race for the Big Ten title, as Michigan State, Ohio State and Wisconsin each improved to 6-1 in conference play. The Spartans, Buckeyes and Badgers can each clinch at least a share of the Big Ten Championship with victories in their regular-season finales next Saturday. In today's action, MSU rallied to defeat Purdue, 35-31, OSU came back to edge Iowa, 20-17, and Wisconsin jumped to a big lead and won 48-28 at Michigan. The other two conference games were both played at neutral sites, with Penn State defeating Indiana, 41-24, at FedEx Field in Landover, Md., and Illinois beating Northwestern, 48-27, at Wrigley Field in Chicago. For full recaps on each Big Ten contest on Nov. 20, click on this link.

WSCR: No. 3 Ohio State Defeats No. 2 Virginia, 3-2

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Third-seeded Ohio State defeated No. 2 Virginia, 3-2, in Charlottesville, Va., on Saturday to advance to the national quarterfinals. The Buckeyes scored the first three goals of the game and held the Cavaliers off for the remainder of the contest. Tiffany Cameron got the scoring started two minutes into the match, with Danica Wu following in the 27th minute and Lauren Steuer marking Ohio State's third of the match in the 58th minute. The Buckeyes will host Georgetown on Friday in the quarterfinals.

WSCR: Minnesota Falls to Georgetown, 1-0

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Minnesota dropped a 1-0 decision to Georgetown in the NCAA Championship round of 16 on Saturday in St. Paul, Minn. The Hoyas scored with less than a minute remaining in regulation play to defeat the Golden Gophers, eliminating them from the tournament. The Gophers close out the season at 14-6-3 overall.

MBB: Friday's Results

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#13/16 ILLINOIS def. #rv/rv Maryland, 80-76

#rv/rv Xavier def. IOWA, 86-73

#rv/rv MINNESOTA def. #8/8 North Carolina, 72-67

#-/rv NORTHWESTERN def. Arkansas-Pine Bluff, 71-45

PENN STATE def. Fairfield, 64-49

WBB: Friday's Results

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Illinois def. Bradley, 73-51
Marquette def. Michigan, 63-49
Baylor def. Michigan State, 78-52

VB: Friday's Results

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#9 Illinois def. Iowa, 3-1
Michigan State def. Indiana, 3-1
#20 MIchigan def. Purdue (rv), 3-1
#19 Minnesota def. Wisconsin, 3-0
#7 Northwestern def. #25 Northwestern, 3-0

VB: Weekend Schedule

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Friday's Matches
Iowa at #9 Illinois, 7 p.m., www.bigtennetwork.com
Indiana at Michigan State, 6:30 p.m., www.bigtennetwork.com
Purdue (rv) at #20 Michigan, 7 p.m., www.bigtennetwork.com
#19 Minnesota at Wisconsin, 7:30 p.m., www.bigtennetwork.com
#25 Northwestern at #7 Penn State, 7 p.m., www.bigtennetwork.com

Saturday's Matches
#19 Minnesota at #9 Illinois, 7 p.m., Big Ten Network
Indiana at #20 Michigan, 7 p.m.
Iowa at Wisconsin, 7 p.m., www.bigtennetwork.com
Purdue (rv) at Michigan State, 6:30 p.m.
#25 Northwestern at Ohio State (rv), 7 p.m., www.bigtennetwork.com

WBB: Weekend Schedule

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Friday's Games
Illinois at Bradley, 8 p.m.
Michigan at Marquette, 8 p.m.
#25/22 Michigan State at #2/2 Baylor, 8 p.m.

Saturday's Games
Northeastern vs. #22/24 Iowa, Noon, www.bigtennetwork.com
Milwaukee at Minnesota, 2 p.m., www.bigtennetwork.com

Sunday's Games
Indiana at #18/18 Georgia, 2 p.m.
TBD vs. #22/24 Iowa, TBD
Detroit Mercy at #25/22 Michigan State, 2 p.m., www.bigtennetwork.com
TBD at Minnesota, TBD, www.bigtennetwork.com
Chicago State at Northwestern (rv/rv), 3 p.m., www.bigtennetwork.com
DePaul at Purdue (-/rv), 2 p.m., www.bigtennetwork.com
Kansas (rv/rv) at Wisconsin (rv/rv), 6 p.m., Big Ten Network

MBB: This Weekend's Schedule

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FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 19
#13/16 ILLINOIS vs. #rv/rv Maryland - 5 p.m., ESPN2

#rv/rv Xavier vs. IOWA - 8:30 p.m.

#8/8 North Carolina vs. #rv/rv MINNESOTA - 8:30 p.m., ESPNU

Arkansas-Pine Bluff at #-/rv NORTHWESTERN - 8 p.m., www.BigTenNetwork.com

Fairfield at PENN STATE - 7:30 p.m., Big Ten Network

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 20
Alabama/Seton Hall vs. IOWA - 8:30 p.m.

UNC-Wilmington at #4/5 OHIO STATE - 8 p.m., Big Ten Network

#rv/25 WISCONSIN at UNLV - 7 p.m.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 21
Evansville at INDIANA - 1 p.m., Big Ten Network

Alabama/Seton Hall vs. IOWA - 6 p.m.

Gardner-Webb at MICHIGAN - 2 p.m., www.BigTenNetwork.com

TBD vs. #rv/rv MINNESOTA - TBD, TBD

Oakland at #14/9 PURDUE - 7 p.m., www.BigTenNetwork.com

All times ET

WSWM: Weekend Schedule

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NOVEMBER 19

INDIANA at Virginia/PENN STATE, 6 p.m. ET

MICHIGAN STATE at Georgia Tech Invitational, All Day

NORTHWESTERN hosting TYR Invitational, All Day

PURDUE Invitational [1], 9 a.m. ET

WISCONSIN at Arizona Diving Invitational, All Day

NOVEMBER 20

INDIANA at Virginia/PENN STATE, 6 p.m. ET

MICHIGAN STATE at Georgia Tech Invitational, All Day

NORTHWESTERN hosting TYR Invitational, All Day

PURDUE Invitational [1], 9 a.m. ET

WISCONSIN at Arizona Diving Invitational, All Day

NOVEMBER 21

PURDUE Invitational [1], 9 a.m. ET

NORTHWESTERN hosting TYR Invitational, All Day

WISCONSIN at Arizona Diving Invitational, All Day

[1] - Michigan, Ohio State

 

MSWM: Weekend Schedule

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NOVEMBER 19

MICHIGAN at PURDUE Invitational, 6 p.m. ET

MICHIGAN STATE at Georgia Tech Invitational, All Day

NORTHWESTERN hosting TYR Invitational, All Day

OHIO STATE at PURDUE Invitational, 5 p.m. ET

PENN STATE at Virginia/vs. INDIANA, 6 p.m. ET

WISCONSIN at Arizona Diving Invitational, All Day

NOVEMBER 20

MICHIGAN at PURDUE Invitational, 6 p.m.ET

MICHIGAN STATE at Georgia Tech Invitational, All Day

NORTHWESTERN hosting TYR Invitational, All Day

OHIO STATE at PURDUE Invitational, 5 p.m. ET

PENN STATE at Virginia/vs INDIANA, 11 a.m. ET

WISCONSIN at Arizona Diving Invitational, All Day

NOVEMBER 21

OHIO STATE at PURDUE Invitational, 5 p.m. ET

NORTHWESTERN hosting TYR Invitational, All Day

WISCONSIN at Arizona Diving Invitational, All Day

 

FH: Buckeye Junior Named NFHCA West Region Player of the Year

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Ohio State's Aisling Coyle was named the West Region Player of the Year and was one of 22 Big Ten student-athletes selected to the 2010 Longstreth/NFHCA Division I All-Region Teams. The junior midfielder is the first Buckeye to receive the honor.

Coyle, whose impressive season was highlighted by her 24 goals for 55 total points, will be in the running for NFHCA Division I National Player of the Year that will be announced on Nov. 23. The co-captain earned Defensive Player of the Year, First Team All-Big Ten an First Team All-West Region selection.

Click here for a full release.  

FH: Buckeye Junior Named NFHCA West Region Player of the Year

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Ohio State's Aisling Coyle was named the West Region Player of the Year and was one of 22 Big Ten student-athletes selected to the 2010 Longstreth/NFHCA Division I All-Region Teams. The junior midfielder is the first Buckeye to receive the honor.

Coyle, whose impressive season was highlighted by her 24 goals for 55 total points, will be in the running for NFHCA Division I National Player of the Year that will be announced on Nov. 24. The co-captain earned Defensive Player of the Year, First Team All-Big Ten an First Team All-West Region selection.

Click here for a full release.  

The Big Ten Conference announced a series of adjustments to football playing rules in order to enhance student-athlete safety for the Illinois-Northwestern game to be played on Saturday, Nov. 20, at Wrigley Field in Chicago. For more information on this announcement, click on this link.

FH: Ohio State Makes First Appearance in Final Four

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For the first time in program history, seventh-ranked Ohio State will play in the 2010 NCAA Division I Field Hockey Final Four. The Buckeyes (18-4) will face No. 1 seed Maryland (20-1) in the semifinals today at 4:30 p.m. ET at the Field Hockey and Lacrosse Complex on the University of Maryland. The game will be streamed live on NCAA.com.

The winner of the Ohio State/Maryland game will face the winner of the first semifinal between No. 2 seed North Carolina and No. 3 seed Virginia. The championship game will be held Sunday at Noon ET.

For the third time, the Ohio State Buckeyes earned a share of the Big Ten Championship. The 18 victories this year is a single-season program record.

MBB: Thursday's Results

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#rv/22 Texas def. #13/16 ILLINOIS, 90-84 (OT)

MICHIGAN def. Bowling Green, 69-50

#rv/rv MINNESOTA def. Western Kentucky, 95-77

WBB: Thursday's Results

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Memphis def. Indiana, 80-71
Northwestern def. Western Kentucky, 61-54
Penn State def. Oakland, 96-89 (OT)
Purdue def. South Dakota State, 73-40
Green Bay def. Wisconsin, 69-43

WRES: Weekend Schedule

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NOVEMBER 18

INDIANA at Wabash - 6:30 p.m. ET

NOVEMBER 19

Iowa Central at #7 IOWA - 4 p.m. CT [1]
Coe at #7 IOWA - 6 p.m. CT [1]
#16 MICHIGAN at #13 Lehigh - 7 p.m. ET
#22 PURDUE at Calumet College - 7 p.m. CT
#4 WISCONSIN at UNC Greensboro - 7 p.m. ET

NOVEMBER 20

#3 MINNESOTA at Kaufman-Brand Open - All Day
INDIANA vs. The Citadel - 11 a.m. ET [2]
INDIANA vs. Columbia - 1 p.m. ET [2]

NOVEMBER 21

#21 NORTHWESTERN at Keystone Classic - All Day
MICHIGAN STATE vs. Shippensburg - 9:45 a.m. ET [3]
#4 WISCONSIN vs. #15 Virginia Tech - 11 a.m. ET [5]
#20 Pittsburgh at #12 OHIO STATE - 11:30 a.m. ET [4]
#6 PENN STATE vs. Harvard - 11:30 a.m. ET [3]
#4 WISCONSIN at North Carolina - 1 p.m. ET [5]
MICHIGAN STATE vs. Harvard - 1:15 p.m. ET [3]
#6 PENN STATE vs. West Virginia - 1:15 p.m. ET [3]
#14 Nebraska at #12 OHIO STATE - 1:30 p.m. ET [4]
MICHIGAN STATE at Binghamton (rv) - 3 p.m. ET [3]
#6 PENN STATE vs. #24 Rutgers - 3 p.m. ET [3]
#4 WISCONSIN vs. Tennessee-Chattanooga - 5 p.m. ET [5]

Legend
[1] Iowa City Duals - Iowa City, Iowa
[2] Disney D-I Duals - Orlando, Fla.
[3] Sprawl & Brawl Duals - Binghamton, N.Y.
[4] Buckeye Duals - Columbus, Ohio
[5] Big Ten/ACC Clash - Chapel Hill, N.C.

FB: Required Reading

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Michigan State LBs Eric Gordon and Greg Jones have been key players for the Spartan defense since they arrived on campus.

Wisconsin C Bill Nagy made it through a long road to recovery and into the starting lineup.

An Ohio native, Iowa QB Ricky Stanzi will get his first opportunity to play against Ohio State this weekend.

MBB: Thursday's Schedule

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Bowling Green at MICHIGAN - 7 p.m., Big Ten Network

Western Kentucky vs. #rv/rv MINNESOTA - 7:30 p.m., ESPN3

#rv/22 Texas vs. #13/16 ILLINOIS - 9 p.m., ESPN2

 

All times ET

WBB: Thursday's Schedule

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Memphis at Indiana, 7 p.m., www.bigtennetwork.com
Northwestern (rv/rv) at Western Kentucky, 8 p.m.
Penn State (rv/-) at Oakland, 6:30 p.m.
South Dakota State at Purdue (-/rv), 7 p.m., www.bigtennework.com
Wisconsin (rv/rv) at Green Bay (rv/rv), 8 p.m.

All times are ET

Michigan State forward Domenic Barone netted two goals to lead Michigan State past Oakland, 2-0, in the first round of the NCAA Men's Soccer Championship on Thursday afternoon. Barone scored his first goal in the 49th minute before tallying again in the 63rd minute to extend the Spartans' lead. Michigan State goalkeeper Avery Steinlage made four saves in the shutout win. The Spartans advance to the second round to take on No. 13 Butler in Indianapolis on Sunday. The match is set for 1 p.m. ET.

FB: Week 12 Preview

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The preview for the second-to-last weekend of Big Ten action is now available at www.bigten.org. Seven conference teams maintain hopes of earning at least a share of the Big Ten Championship. Michigan State, Ohio State and Wisconsin are all tied atop the standings at 5-1 in conference action. Since each of the top three teams could still finish with three losses, four other conference teams still have a chance to end the year in first place in the standings, including Iowa (4-2), Michigan (3-3), Northwestern (3-3) and Penn State (3-3). All three teams atop the standings will be in action on Saturday, including a matchup of two teams among the top four. After dropping its second conference game last weekend, the Hawkeyes will look to bounce back and stay in the race for the conference title by hosting the Buckeyes. The Spartans and Badgers will look to move one step closer to a conference title with games against Purdue and Michigan, respectively. The remaining conference games will both be played at neutral sites, as Northwestern hosts Illinois at Wrigley Field in Chicago while Penn State battles Indiana at FedEx Field in Landover, Md. Michigan State, Ohio State and Wisconsin each have a chance to secure at least a share of the Big Ten Championship, but only if two of the  top three teams lose. Click on this link to see a breakdown of each game on Nov. 20. 

MBB: Required Reading

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Michigan sophomore Josh Bartelstein talks about Phase II, the delicate art of sending an RSVP and dinner with the Athletic Director.

Ohio State adds one more to its 2011 recruiting class.

The Sports Bank takes an in-depth look at Ohio State's freshman class.

Larry "Cliz" Clisby blogs about Purdue's first two games and some early standout individual performances.

Wisconsin's Wquinton Smith went from a walk-on curiosity to a starter in Wisconsin's season-opener vs. Prairie View A&M.

MSCR: Michigan State Hosts Oakland in NCAA First Round

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Michigan State kicks off the NCAA Men's Soccer Championship this afternoon, taking on Oakland in the first round in East Lansing, Mich. The intrastate foes will square off at 1 p.m. ET. The Spartans enter the tournament with an 11-7-1 record, while Oakland holds a 7-10-3 mark entering Thursday's contest. The winner of today's match will travel to Indianapolis to take on No. 13 Butler on Sunday.

FH: 22 student-athletes honored by NFHCA

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22 Big Ten student-athletes were selected to the 2010 Longstreth/NFHCA Division I All-Region Teams, the NFHCA announced Thursday.

 

As a member of the Mideast Region, Penn State placed three on the first team and one more on the second team. Kelsey Amy, Ayla Halus and Jess Longstreth were named to the first team, while teammate Brittany Grzywacz earned second team All-Mideast status.

The Big Ten's 18 other student-athletes were named as first- or second-team All-West Region members. First team members included Michigan's Paige Laytos, Rachael Mack and Meredith Way, Michigan State's Molly Cassidy, Jantine Steinmetz and Sabine van den Assem, Northwestern's Chelsea Armstrong, and Ohio State's Aisling Coyle and Berta Queralt.

Second-team All-West Region members included Indiana's Brenna Moeljadi, Iowa's Jessica Barnett, Michigan's Alicia Mayer, Michigan State's Kristen Henn, Northwestern's Nikki Parsley and Ohio State's Jena Cacciatore, Aisling McKeon, Paula Pastor-Pitarque and Jenn Sciulli.

The complete list of 2010 Longstreth/NFHCA Division I All-Region Teams can be found here.

WSCR: Big Ten Women's Soccer NCAA Third Round Preview

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The 2010 NCAA Women's Soccer Championship resumes this weekend with Saturday's round of 16. Minnesota and Ohio State continue their run in the national tournament as the Golden Gophers host Georgetown and the third-seeded Buckeyes travel to take on No. 2 Virginia. Both matches are scheduled for 2 p.m. ET.

Click here to read the complete NCAA Third Round Preview.

MBB: Wednesday's Results

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#-/rv NORTHWESTERN def. Texas-Pan American, 77-71

#14/9 PURDUE def. Alcorn State, 103-48

WBB: Wednesday's Results

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Minnesota def. Pittsburgh (rv/-), 73-63
#7/7 Ohio State def. LSU (rv/rv), 59-55

VB: Wednesday's Result

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Penn State def. Ohio State, 3-0
The Big Ten Conference has reached a media agreement with FOX Sports to serve as the official broadcast partner of the 2011-16 Big Ten Football Championship Games. The inaugural Big Ten Football Championship Game will be played in prime time on December 3, 2011, at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, with the winner earning the Big Ten Championship and a chance to play in the Rose Bowl Game or Bowl Championship Series National Championship Game. For more information, click on this link.

MXC: Wisconsin's Byrne Named Great Lakes Coach of the Year

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Wisconsin head coach Mick Byrne has been named the Great Lakes region Men's Coach of the Year, the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association announced today. Byrne coached the Badgers to their eighth consecutive Great Lakes regional title last weekend, punching their ticket to next week's NCAA Championships.

The award marks the second Coach of the Year honor for Byrne after he helped Wisconsin to its 12th-straight Big Ten Championships title, reeling in the conference's Coach of the Year award. The regional award is his first since 2008.

The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association announced its regional Athlete of the Year and Coach of the Year awards today, with Michigan State's Emily MacLeod and Minnesota's Stephanie Price earning top honors among athletes in their respective regions. Spartan head coach Walt Drenth also took home the Women's Coach of the Year award in the Great Lakes region.

MacLeod, the 2010 Big Ten Women's Cross Country Athlete of the Year, put together back-to-back first-place finishes at the Big Ten Championships and Great Lakes regional en route to her second-straight regional award. She finished seven seconds ahead of the rest of the pack to become the first runner in Michigan State history to win back-to-back regional titles.

Price earns the Midwest Women's Athlete of the Year award after taking first place at the Midwest regional last weekend. The junior finished the race six hundredths of a second ahead of the second-place finisher to help Minnesota take third place at the regional.

Drenth receives his second Coach of the Year honor of the season after being named Big Ten Women's Coach of the Year. The Michigan State general guided the Spartans to the Big Ten title, along with the Great Lakes regional title.

MBB: Wednesday's Schedule

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#-/rv NORTHWESTERN at Texas Pan-Am - 8 p.m.

Alcorn State at #14/9 PURDUE - 7 p.m., Big Ten Network

 

All times ET

VB: Wednesday's Match

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Ohio State (rv) at #7 Penn State, 7 p.m. ET
Big Ten Network (Thursday, 4 p.m. ET)

MBB: Required Reading

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ESPN.com's Andy Katz talks with Ohio State's David Lighty and Jared Sullinger after the Buckeyes' win over No. 9/10 Florida.

Joe Lunardi of ESPN.com says Ohio State might be the biggest winner of yesterday's College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon.

Jeff Goodman of FoxSports.com says this year's Ohio State team looks better than last year's, even without Player of the Year Evan Turner.

Michigan State's Delvon Roe is a performer in more arenas than just the basketball court, writes Marlen Garcia of USA Today.

Former Wolverines Ray Jackson, Jimmy King and Jalen rose will be honored in a halftime ceremony at Michigan's game against Gardner-Webb on Sunday.

Go "All-Access" and get reaction from Tom Izzo and the Michigan State Spartans following the team's win over South Carolina.

Single-game tickets for Minnesota's home Big Ten schedule are on sale now!

Go "Beyond the Box" and take a closer look at Wisconsin's win over North Dakota.

MSCR: Big Ten Men's Soccer NCAA Championship Preview

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The Big Ten Men's Soccer NCAA Championship preview release, featuring the 2010 NCAA Championship bracket, up-to-date statistics and more, is now available on the Big Ten web site. Click here to see the complete release.

WBB: Wednesday's Schedule

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Pittsburgh (rv/-) at Minnesota, 8 p.m., www.bigtennetwork.com
#7/7 Ohio State
at LSU (rv/rv), 8 p.m.

All times are ET

FB: Big Ten in the NFL - Week 10

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Jason Avant, WR, Philadelphia (Michigan) - Made five catches for 76 yards and a touchdown in Philadelphia's 59-28 win over Washington.

 

Tom Brady, QB, New England (Michigan) - Completed 30 of 43 passes for 350 yards and three touchdowns and added a rushing touchdown in New England's 39-26 win over Pittsburgh.

 

Deon Butler, WR, Seattle (Penn State) - Made four catches for 66 yards and a touchdown in Seattle's 36-18 win over Arizona.

 

Kurt Coleman, S, Philadelphia (Ohio State) - Made five tackles and an interception in Philadelphia's 59-28 win over Washington.

 

James Hall, DE, St. Louis (Michigan) - Recorded four tackles and a sack in St. Louis' 23-20 overtime loss to San Francisco.

 

Kelvin Hayden, DB, Indianapolis (Illinois) - Made nine tackles and returned an interception for a touchdown in Indianapolis' 23-17 win over Cincinnati.

 

Chad Henne, QB, Miami (Michigan) - Completed 19 of 28 passes for 240 yards and a touchdown in Miami's 29-17 win over Tennessee.

 

Santonio Holmes, WR, New York Jets (Ohio State) - Caught five passes for 76 yards and the game-winning touchdown in the New York Jets' 26-20 overtime win over Cleveland.

 

Dhani Jones, LB, Cincinnati (Michigan) - Racked up 13 tackles in Cincinnati's 23-17 loss to Indianapolis.

 

James Laurinaitis, LB, St. Louis (Ohio State) - Recorded five tackles and a sack in St. Louis' 23-20 overtime loss to San Francisco.

 

Brandon Lloyd, WR, Denver (Illinois) - Caught six passes for 90 yards and two touchdowns in Denver's 49-29 win over Kansas City.

 

Mario Manningham, WR, New York Giants (Michigan) - Made 10 catches for 91 yards and a touchdown in the New York Giants' 33-20 loss to Dallas.

 

Derrick Mason, WR, Baltimore (Michigan State) - Made four catches for 48 yards and a touchdown in Baltimore's 26-21 loss to Atlanta.

 

Kyle Orton, QB, Denver (Purdue) - Threw for 296 yards and four touchdowns on 22 of 34 passing in Denver's 49-29 win over Kansas City.

 

Paul Posluszny, LB, Buffalo (Penn State) - Recorded 13 tackles in Buffalo's 14-12 win over Detroit.

 

Troy Smith, QB, San Francisco (Ohio State) - Threw for 356 yards and a touchdown on 17 of 28 passing in San Francisco's 23-20 overtime win over St. Louis.

WXC: In the Polls

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The final USTFCCCA women's cross country poll before next week's NCAA Championships has been released, with four Big Ten teams appearing in the top 30. Michigan State checks in at No. 16 after taking first place at the Great Lakes regional last weekend, with Michigan following at No. 17. No. 22 Minnesota and No. 23 Penn State also crack the latest top 30 after receiving at-large berths to the championships.

Click here to see the complete poll.

MBB: Indiana's Isiah Thomas Named Big Ten Icon

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Indiana's Isiah Thomas has been named Big Ten Icon No. 10. The countdown of Big Ten Icons, presented by Discover and hosted by Keith Jackson, continues at 9 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Nov. 23, with a profile of the Chicago-raised point guard who led the Hoosiers to the 1981 NCAA championship under coach Bob Knight. FULL STORY

MXC: In the Polls

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Four Big Ten men's cross country teams appear in the final USTFCCCA rankings before next week's NCAA Championships. After winning the Great Lakes regional, Wisconsin moves up to No. 4 in the poll, followed by Indiana at No. 13, Minnesota at No. 23 and Penn State at No. 26. All four teams will travel to Terre Haute, Ind., for the championships next Monday.

Click here to see the complete poll.

MBB: Tuesday's Results

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INDIANA def. Mississippi Valley State, 71-54

IOWA def. Louisiana-Monroe, 68-40

No. 2/2 MICHIGAN STATE def. South Carolina, 82-73

No. 4/5 OHIO STATE def. No. 9/10 Florida, 93-75

PENN STATE def. St. Joe's, 66-57

No. rv/25 WISCONSIN def. North Dakota, 85-53

WRES: Ranking the Wrestlers

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Seven Big Ten wrestling teams have earned top-25 status in the latest NWCA/USA Today and InterMat national polls, released on Tuesday.

Minnesota (No. 3 NWCA/5 InterMat) leads the way in the NWCA poll, while Wisconsin (No. 4/4) has taken the top spot among conference teams in the InterMat rankings. Penn State (No. 6/8), Iowa (No. 7/7) and Illinois (No. 10/10) round out the top 10. Ohio State (No. 12/11), Michigan (No. 16/30), Northwestern (No. 21/17) and Purdue (No. 22/28) also appear in the NWCA top 25, while Indiana (NR/No. 26) earns a top-30 spot in InterMat's poll.

Fifty-three Big Ten wrestlers appear in InterMat's top-20 individual rankings, with Iowa 125-pounder Matt McDonough and Wisconsin 165-pounder Andrew Howe taking the top rank in their classes for the third-straight week.

Click here to see the NWCA poll and here to see the InterMat poll.

 

WBB: Tuesday's Result

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Iowa def. Bradley, 91-53

WBB: Seven Teams Appear in Weekly Polls

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Seven Big Ten teams were mentioned in the latest Associated Press or ESPN/USA Today Coaches Polls. Iowa, Michigan State and Ohio State appeared in the top 25 of both rankings; Penn State, Wisconsin and Northwestern received votes in the AP poll, and while Purdue joined the Wildcats and Nittany Lions in the coaches poll. Ohio State appeared at No. 7 in both polls, Iowa was ranked 22nd by the AP and 24th by the coaches, and Michigan State checked in at No. 25 in the AP poll and No. 22 in the coaches rankings.

MBB: Tuesday's Schedule

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Mississippi Valley State at INDIANA - 7 p.m., Big Ten Network

Louisiana-Monroe at IOWA - 8:30 p.m., www.bigtennetwork.com

South Carolina at No. 2/2 MICHIGAN STATE - 10 p.m., ESPN

No. 4/5 OHIO STATE at #9/10 Florida - 6 p.m., ESPN

St. Joseph's at PENN STATE - 7:30 p.m., ESPN3

North Dakota at #rv/25 WISCONSIN - 8 p.m., ESPN3

All times ET

MSCR: In the Polls

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Michigan received top-25 status in the final regular season NSCAA/HendrickCars.com national rankings, checking in at No. 19. The Wolverines (14-4-3 overall, 4-2-0 Big Ten) earned the 10th overall seed in the NCAA Championship, which kicks off on Thursday. Penn State (13-7-1, 2-3-1), Ohio State (10-5-3, 4-2-0) and Indiana (9-7-2, 4-1-1) are all receiving at least one vote.

Click here to see the final regular season poll.

MSWM: Michigan, Ohio State and Purdue Earn Weekly Awards

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The conference office announced on Tuesday the sixth weekly men's swimming and diving awards. Michigan's Ryan Feeley and Ohio State's Tim Phillips nabbed Swimmer of the Week honors while Purdue's David Boudia was tabbed Diver of the Week.

2010 Big Ten Men's Swimmer/Diver of the Week

Oct. 12 S: Dan Lester, So., WIS

            D: Michael Ross, So., WIS

Oct. 19 S: Dan Lester, So., WIS

            D: Michael Ross, So., WIS

Oct. 26 S: Eric Ress, So., IND

            D: David Boudia, Jr., PUR

Nov. 2   S: Ivan Gutesa, Sr., MINN

            S: Zach Holmes, So., OSU

            D: Michael Ross, So., WIS

Nov. 9  S: Dan Madwed, Jr., MICH

            D: David Boudia, Jr., PUR

Nov. 16 S: Ryan Feeley, So., MICH

            S: Tim Phillips, So., OSU

            D: David Boudia, Jr., PUR

Click here to read the full release on each honoree.

Minnesota's Jillian Tyler and Ohio State's Bianca Alvarez have been named the Big Ten women's Swimmer and Diver of the week, the conference office announced on Tuesday.

 

2010 Big Ten Women's Swimmer/Diver of the Week

Oct. 12 S: Jillian Tyler, Sr., MINN

            D: Amanda Lohman, Jr., MICH

Oct. 19 S: Ashley Wanland, Jr., WIS

            D: Margaret Keefer, Fr., MINN

Oct. 26 S: Amy Modglin, So., PSU

            D: Erin Mertz, Sr., PUR

Nov. 2  S: Adrienne Bicek, So., MICH

            S: Rebecka Palm, Fr., WIS

            D: Gabby Agostino, Jr., IND

Nov. 9  S: Maggie Meyer, Sr., WIS

            D: Erin Mertz, Sr., PUR

Nov. 16 S: Jillian Tyler, Sr., MINN

            D: Bianca Alvarez, Jr., OSU

 

 

Click here for the full release.

 

 

MBB: You'd Better Watch Out

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The Big Ten leads all conferences with 10 players on the 2010-11 Naismith preseason watch list, the Atlanta Tipoff Club announced on Tuesday.

The 50-player watch list was compiled by the Atlanta Tipoff Club's Board of Selectors, which based its criteria on player performances from the previous year and expectations for the 2010-11 college basketball season. The Naismith Trophy presented by AT&T will be awarded at the 2011 NCAA Men's Final Four in Houston.

The list of Big Ten players on the watch list appears below.
Demetri McCamey, Illinois
Kalin Lucas, Michigan State
Durrell Summers, Michigan State
John Shurna, Northwestern
William Buford, Ohio State
Jared Sullinger, Ohio State
Talor Battle, Penn State
JaJuan Johnson, Purdue
E'Twaun Moore, Purdue
Jon Leuer, Wisconsin

 

Quarterbacks Denard Robinson of Michigan and Terrelle Pryor of Ohio State were named "Players to Watch" for the 2010 Walter Camp Player of the Year Award, the fourth-oldest college football award in the nation. A list of five finalists will be announced on Wednesday, December 1. The 2010 Walter Camp Player of the Year recipient, who is voted on by the Football Bowl Subdivision head coaches and sports information directors, will be presented live on Thursday, December 9 during the 6 p.m. edition of ESPN SportsCenter.

Pryor ranks fifth in the nation in passing efficiency (166.4 rating) for the 9-1 Buckeyes and has passed for 2,136 yards and 22 touchdowns. Robinson is second in nation in total offense (340.7 ypg) for the 7-3 Wolverines and has passed for 1,990 yards and 14 touchdowns and rushed for 1,417 and 12 scores.

Walter Camp, "The Father of American football," first selected an All-America team in 1889. Camp - a former Yale University athlete and football coach - is also credited with developing play from scrimmage, set plays, the numerical assessment of goals and tries and the restriction of play to eleven men per side.  The Walter Camp Football Foundation - a New Haven-based all-volunteer group - was founded in 1967 to perpetuate the ideals of Camp and continue the tradition of selecting an annual All-America team.

FB: Required Reading

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Wisconsin safety Aaron Henry had a memorable day against Indiana with his mother in attendance.

Northwestern QB Evan Watkins will make the first start of his career at Wrigley Field on Saturday.

Fifth-year senior DT Adam Patterson made his first start for Michigan against Purdue.

Illinois' Kyle Dooley and Michigan's Sean Boyle have been named Big Ten Co-Wrestlers of the Week, the conference office announced on Tuesday. Both Dooley and Boyle defeated ranked wrestlers in dual-meet wins over the weekend.

Click here to see the complete release from the Big Ten.

MBB: Monday's Results

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#rv/rv MINNESOTA def. Siena, 76-69

WBB: Monday's Results

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South Carolina def. Illinois, 61-48
Indiana def. St. Bonaventure, 50-44
Xavier def. Michigan, 85-76
Michigan State def. Dayton, 74-62
Purdue def. Toledo, 79-66

MSCR: Five Teams Earn Bids to NCAA Championship

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Five Big Ten teams will compete in the NCAA Men's Soccer Championship, the selection committee announced on Monday. Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State and Penn State have all earned berths to the national tournament, which begins Thursday. The selections mark the third straight year and the fourth time in conference history that five or more teams have earned bids to the tournament.

Click here to see the complete release from the Big Ten.

The 2010 NCAA Men's Soccer Championship bracket can be found here.

MBB: Monday's Schedule

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Siena at #rv/rv MINNESOTA - 8 p.m. CT, ESPNU

FB: Northwestern Named Fiesta Bowl National Team of Week

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With their 21-17 win over No. 13 Iowa, the Northwestern Wildcats (7-3) are the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl National Team of the Week for games of the weekend of Nov. 13. The Wildcats rallied from a 17-7 deficit behind Dan Persa's two fourth-quarter touchdown passes that ended scoring drives of 85 and 91 yards. On the day, Persa was 32-for-43 for a career-high 318 yards. His 20-yard touchdown pass to Demetrius Fields with 1:22 remaining completed the comeback. On the play, however, he ruptured his Achilles tendon, which will sideline him for the rest of the season.

"When it's a one-score game, we feel like we're going to win all those games," Northwestern head coach Pat Fitzgerald said. "The guys are saying 'Cat Time.' It's just an attitude about our program in close games, we find a way to win."

Northwestern has now claimed National Team of the Week honors for the second straight year with an upset of Iowa.

VB: Seven Ranked in Weekly AVCA Poll

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Seven Big Ten teams are ranked in the latest AVCA Division I Coaches Poll, including five that once again rank among the top 25 in the nation. Penn State and Illinois appear in the top 10 this week, with Penn State moving up one spot to No. 7 and Illinois remaining at No. 9. Minnesota checks in at No. 19, Michigan appears at No. 20 and Northwestern enters the poll at No. 25. Ohio State and Purdue are among the other squads receiving votes this week.

WBB: Monday Schedule

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Illinois at South Carolina, 7 p.m.
St. Bonaventure at Indiana, 7 p.m.
Xavier at Michigan, 7 p.m., Big Ten Network
Dayton at Michigan State, 7 p.m., www.bigtennetwork.com
Toledo at Purdue, 7 p.m., www.bigtennetwork.com

FB: Reisner and Kendricks Named Mackey Award Semifinalists

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Iowa's Allen Reisner and Wisconsin's Lance Kendricks were named semifinalists for the Mackey Award, given annually to the nation's top tight end. Three Big Ten tight ends have won the Mackey Award, a group that includes Purdue's Tim Stratton in 2000, Iowa's Dallas Clark in 2002 and Minnesota's Matt Spaeth in 2006.

FB: Persa and Tolzien Named Manning Award "Stars of Week"

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Northwestern's Dan Persa and Wisconsin's Scott Tolzien were named "Stars of the Week" by the Manning Award, given to the nation's best quarterback. Persa set career highs with 43 attempts, 32 completions and 318 passing yards and was responsible for three touchdowns, the last of which completed Northwestern's rally from a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit to edge nationally ranked Iowa. Tolzien completed 15 of 18 throws for 181 yards and three touchdowns in limited action as Wisconsin would score 83 points against Indiana.

 

The College Football Performance Awards for the 11th week of college football have been announced, and five Big Ten standouts have been honored. Ohio State's Dan Herron was named the National Running Back of the Week, Purdue's Ryan Kerrigan was tabbed as the National Defensive Lineman of the Week and the trio of Iowa's Mike Meyer, Minnesota's Eric Ellestad and Northwestern's Stefan Demos were chosen as the National Kickoff Specialists of the Week. The purpose of the College Football Performance Awards is to provide the most scientifically rigorous conferments in college football. Recipients are selected exclusively based upon objective scientific rankings of the extent to which individual players increase the overall effectiveness of their teams.

FB: Big Ten Weekly Release - Nov. 15

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The latest Big Ten football weekly release has been posted to the Big Ten website. Below are a few highlights of the release, or see the full release by clicking on this link.

With two weekends of Big Ten play remaining, seven teams maintain hopes of winning title.

Michigan State, Ohio State and Wisconsin tied atop standings with 5-1 marks in conference play.

Wisconsin scores 83 points, the most by a conference team in a Big Ten game since 1950.

Two Big Ten games to be played at neutral sites, the first neutral-site conference games since 2000.

Northwestern's Dan Persa and Purdue's Ryan Kerrigan set Big Ten records.

WBB: Players of the Week

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Player of the Week:
Jantel Lavender, Ohio State
6-4, Sr., C, Cleveland, Ohio/Central Catholic

Lavender wins the first Big Ten Player of the Week honor of the 2010-11 season after posting averages of 31.5 points, 10.5 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game as Ohio State opened the new campaign 2-0. The senior recorded a double-double in the season opener against Temple, scoring a career-high 37 points with 12 rebounds and two blocks in an 84-75 win over the Owls. She filled up the stat sheet once again in a win over Eastern Michigan, finishing with 26 points, nine rebounds, seven assists and three blocks in the 74-62 victory. She is tied for second on the all-time weekly honors list with 14 in her career.

Last Ohio State Player of the Week: Jantel Lavender (March 1, 2010)

Freshman of the Week:
Courtney Moses, Purdue
5-7, G, Sweetser, Ind./Oak Hill

Moses earns Big Ten Freshman of the Week distinction after coming off the bench to lead the Purdue offense in its 93-53 win over Austin Peay in the opening round of the Preseason WNIT on Friday night. She scored a game-high 20 points on 7-of-11 shooting, including 4-of-5 from behind the arc. She also handed out a team-best five assists in 29 minutes, coming off the bench following an injury to the Boilermakers' starting point guard.

Last Purdue Freshman of the Week: N/A

VB: Big Ten Players of the Week

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Player of the Week:
Blair Brown, Penn State
Sr., Opp., Purcellville, Va./Loudoun Valley

Brown claims Big Ten Player of the Week for the second time this season after leading Penn State into a tie for first-place in the Big Ten with weekend sweeps of No. 9 Illinois and Wisconsin. The senior led the Nittany Lions with 14 kills to go along with five digs and five blocks against the Badgers on Friday, then recorded a team-high 13 kills and seven digs in a three-set win over the ninth-ranked Illini to pull even in the conference race. Brown averaged 4.5 kills on .463 hitting, 2.0 digs and 1.2 blocks on the week, taking home her third career weekly honor.

Last Penn State Player of the Week: Blair Brown (Nov. 1, 2010)

Defensive Player of the Week:
Jessica Granquist, Minnesota
Jr., LIB, Blaine, Minn./Blaine

Granquist is honored with her third Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week award after finishing with back-to-back 22-dig performances in the Gophers' weekend wins over No. 16 Michigan and Michigan State. The junior was part of the Minnesota defense which held opponents to .143 hitting on the weekend, while her 22 digs in each match, a three-setter versus Michigan and a five-set contest against Michigan State, are tied for the third-most in the conference this season. She averaged 5.5 digs on the weekend and also received 42 of 43 service attempts.

Last Minnesota Defensive Player of the Week: Jessica Granquist (Oct. 4, 2010)

Freshman of the Week:
Deja McClendon, Penn State
OH, Louisville, Ky./DuPont Manual Magnet

McClendon wins Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors for the fourth time this season, earning the honor this week after averaging 3.7 kills on .553 hitting and 1.7 digs in Penn State's weekend sweeps of No. 9 Illinois and Wisconsin. The freshman recorded back-to-back double-digit kill matches, finishing with 10 against the Badgers and 12 versus the Illini. She added three digs and three blocks against Wisconsin, while her seven digs against Illinois gave her 10 for the week.

Last Penn State Freshman of the Week: Katie Slay (Nov. 11, 2010)

Big Ten women's cross country concluded NCAA Regional competition on Saturday, with four teams and six individual runners advancing to next week's NCAA Championships. Michigan and Michigan State each earned automatic berths to the championships after the Spartans finished first and the Wolverines took second at the Great Lakes regional.

Minnesota and Penn State earned at-large berths to the championships, while Iowa's Betsy Flood, Northwestern's Audrey Huth, Ohio State's Ellen Birmingham and Meredith Wagner and Wisconsin's Caitlin Comfort and Emily Sisson all individually qualified for the competition.

Click here to see where the Big Ten finished in the NCAA Cross Country Regionals.

Big Ten men's cross country concluded NCAA Regional competition on Saturday with Indiana and Wisconsin earning automatic berths to the NCAA Championships. The Badgers took first place in the Great Lakes regional, while the Hoosiers took second. Iowa's Jeff Thode, Michigan's Craig Forys and Michigan State's Patrick Grosskopf all earned individual berths to the national race. Minnesota and Penn State were two of the 13 teams to earn at-large berths to the championships.

Click here to find out how the Big Ten fared in the NCAA Cross Country Regionals.

FB: Big Ten Names Players of Week for Nov. 13 Games

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The Big Ten announced football players of the week for games on Nov. 13, with student-athletes from Minnesota, Northwestern, Purdue and Wisconsin earning weekly accolades. Wildcats' quarterback Dan Persa was named the offensive player of the week, Boilermakers' defensive end Ryan Kerrigan was tabbed as the defensive player of the week, Gophers' return specialist Troy Stoudermire was chosen as the special teams player of the week and Badgers' running back James White earned Freshman of the Week accolades. For more details on the player of the week selections, click on this link.

MBB: Sunday's Results

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INDIANA def. Wright State, 67-44

South Dakota State def. IOWA, 79-69

#14/8 PURDUE def. Howard, 76-40

#rv/24 WISCONSIN def. Prairie View A&M, 99-55

WBB: Sunday's Results

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Green Bay def. Minnesota, 79-75
Northwestern def. LSU, 71-62
Ohio State def. Eastern Michigan, 74-62
Penn State def. Rider, 95-21
Wisconsin def. William & Mary, 65-38

FB: Three Big Ten Teams Ranked Among Top 12 in BCS Poll

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The Big Ten tied for the lead among all conferences with three of the top 12 teams in the latest Bowl Championship Series (BCS) rankings. Wisconsin produced 83 points in a victory over Indiana on Saturday and continues to lead the way for the conference. The Badgers held steady at No. 7 in the latest BCS poll, the program's highest ranking since ending the 2006 campaign at No. 7. Ohio State also maintained its position at No. 9 in the BCS standings after defeating Penn State. Michigan State had a bye last weekend but fell one spot to No. 12, while Iowa dropped to No. 20 after being edged at Northwestern on Saturday.

WSCR: Wisconsin Falls to No. 3 Marquette in Penalty Kicks

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Wisconsin and No. 3 Marquette played to a 2-2 tie, but a 5-4 edge in a penalty kick shootout gave the Golden Eagles the win. Marquette struck first, scoring in the 11th minute to take a 1-0 lead. Monica Lam-Feist tied the match at 1-1 in the 66th minute before giving the Badgers the lead just over a minute later on her second goal of the match. Marquette tied the score at 2-2 in the 68th minute, sending the game to overtime and an eventual penalty kick shootout. Wisconsin closes the season with an overall record of 11-4-5.

FH: Ohio State advances to NCAA semifinal

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Ohio State, the last Big Ten team remaining, advanced to the semifinal of the NCAA Tournament after defeating Syracuse, 3-2 in their second overtime win of the tournament. The Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, Aisling Coyle contributed the tying and game-winning goal to advance the Buckeyes into next Friday's (Nov. 19) semifinal matchup against top-seeded Maryland. The win markes Ohio State's first trip to the NCAA semifinals in program history.

VB: Sunday's Results

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Ohio State (rv) def. Wisconsin, 3-2

WSCR: Minnesota Takes Down No. 4 Texas A&M, 2-0

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Minnesota advanced to the NCAA Championship round of 16 after defeating No. 4 Texas A&M, 2-0, on their home field on Sunday. Tamara Strahota struck first for the Golden Gophers, sending a header off a cross to the back of the net in the 13th minute. Katie Bethke pushed Minnesota's lead to 2-0 in the 76th minute, tapping in her own rebound to seal the win for the Gophers. Minnesota will take on Georgetown in the round of 16 next weekend.

WSCR: Ohio State Downs Dayton in Penalty Kicks

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No. 3 Ohio State and Dayton played to a scoreless draw on Sunday afternoon, with the Buckeyes advancing to the round of 16 after winning a penalty kick shootout, 4-2. Lauren Beachy, Danica Wu, Colleen Brady and Courtney Jenkins all capitalized on their PK opportunities to send Ohio State to the third round. The Buckeyes out-shot the Flyers, 24-7, through 110 minutes of play. Ohio State will take on the winner of No. 2 Virginia versus South Carolina next weekend.

WSCR: Penn State Falls to West Virginia

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Penn State fell to third-seeded West Virginia, 2-1, in the second round of the NCAA Championship on Sunday afternoon in Morgantown, W. Va. The Mountaineers opened the scoring in the 14th minute, adding another goal in the 16th minute to take a 2-0 lead. The Nittany Lions' only marker of the contest came on a Danielle Toney strike in the 34th minute. Penn State closes out its season at 11-9-1 overall.

MSCR: Michigan Earns Big Ten Tournament Title

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No. 3 Michigan earned a 4-1 win over No. 4 Penn State to claim its first Big Ten Tournament title on Sunday afternoon. The Wolverines jumped out to a 2-0 lead early on, with Soony Saad scoring in the fourth minute and Justin Meram adding another goal in the 13th. Meram scored his second of the afternoon in the 30th minute to push Michigan's lead to 3-0. Drew Cost tallied Penn State's lone goal of the contest in the 43rd minute to leave the score at 3-1 entering halftime. The Wolverines notched their fourth goal on a Hamoody Saad penalty kick in the 52nd minute. The win gives Michigan the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Championship.

WSCR: NCAA Second Round Underway

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The second round of the NCAA Women's Soccer Championship kicks off today at 1 p.m. ET with four Big Ten teams looking to advance to the round of 16. Penn State takes on No. 3 West Virginia and No. 3 Ohio State hosts Dayton at 1 p.m. ET, while Wisconsin squares off with No. 3 Marquette and Minnesota hosts No. 4 Texas A&M at 2 p.m. ET.

FB: Five Big Ten Teams Among Top 25 in Latest Polls

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The Big Ten placed five teams among the top 25 in either the Associated Press (AP), USA Today coaches or Harris Interactive polls, while topping all conferences with three schools among the top 11 in all three rankings. Wisconsin continued to lead Big Ten schools in all three polls, rating No. 5 in the coaches and Harris' voting and No. 6 in the AP vote. Ohio State also remained among the top 10 at No. 7 in the coaches' and Harris polls and No. 8 in the media rankings. After a bye last weekend, Michigan State dropped one spot to No. 11 in the AP and coaches ratings while holding steady at No. 10 in the Harris voting. Iowa fell to No. 20 in the media and coaches' rankings and No. 19 in the Harris poll after being edged at Northwestern on Saturday. The Wildcats returned to the top 25 in the coaches poll for the second time this season, rating No. 25 in the coaches vote and appearing No. 26 in media and Harris polling. Michigan and Penn State also received votes in at least two polls.

MSCR: Big Ten Tournament Championship Underway

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The Big Ten Men's Soccer Tournament championship game is now underway at Jeffrey Field in University Park, Pa. Host and No. 4 seed Penn State takes on No. 3 Michigan for the tournament title and a berth to the NCAA Championship.

FB: NU's Persa Named Walter Camp National Player of Week

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The Walter Camp Football Foundation has named Northwestern quarterback Dan Persa the National Offensive Player of the Week for his performance in a victory over nationally ranked Iowa. This marks the seventh year that the Walter Camp Football Foundation will honor one offensive and one defensive player as its national Bowl Subdivision player of the week during the regular season. Recipients are selected by a panel of national media members and administered by the Walter Camp Football Foundation. Persa threw for a career-high 318 yards and two touchdowns, including a game-winning 20-yard scoring toss with 1:22 remaining, as Northwestern defeated 13th-ranked Iowa, 21-17. The junior quarterback completed 32-of-43 passes and added 58 yards rushing and one touchdown.

VB: Saturday's Results

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#9 Penn State def. #8 Illinois, 3-0
#24 Northwestern def. Indiana (rv), 3-0
Iowa def. #16 Michigan, 3-1
#22 Minnesota def. Michigan State, 3-2

The seventh weekend of Big Ten play saw Ohio State and Wisconsin improve to 5-1 in conference play to move into a first-place tie with Michigan State with just two weekends left in the regular season. While the Spartans had a bye on Saturday, the Badgers exploded for 83 points in a victory over Indiana, the third-most points by a team in a Big Ten game and the most points scored by a conference team in a Big Ten contest since 1950. Later in the day, the Buckeyes rallied from a 14-3 halftime deficit for a 38-14 victory over Penn State. In other conference action, Northwestern knocked off Iowa, 21-17, Michigan earned a 27-16 triumph at Purdue and Minnesota picked up its first conference win with a 38-34 victory at Illinois. For full recaps on each Big Ten contest on Nov. 13, click on this link.

MBB: Saturday's Results

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#13/16 ILLINOIS def. Southern Illinois, 85-66

MICHIGAN def. USC-Upstate, 66-35

WBB: Saturday's Results

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Iowa def. Arkansas State, 50-47
Michiagn State def. IPFW, 90-62
Minnesota def. Northern Illinois, 79-58

FH: Buckeyes Advance to Second Round, Wolverines Eliminated

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Ohio State advanced to the second round of the NCAA Championship with a 2-1 thrilling OT victory over Albany. The Big Ten Freshman of the Year Paula Pastor-Pitarque contributed the tying and game-winning goal as the Buckeyes (17-4) advance to play Syracuse, Sunday at 2 p.m. ET.

The Michigan Wolverines saw their season come to an end Sunday afternoon following a competitive 1-0 loss to Old Dominion in the Chapel Hill Regional. Michigan finished the season 15-7 overall and were the Big Ten Co-Champions and Big Ten Tournament Champion.

To get all the latest information on the 2010 NCAA Championship, click here.

FH: Michigan State and Penn State Eliminated

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In Saturday's opening round of the NCAA Championship, the Michigan State Spartans dropped a 3-2 OT contest to third-seeded Virginia in the Charlotesville Regional. Michigan State's Sabine van den Assem and Angie Lucik contributed to the Spartans two goals.

Michigan State finishes the season 15-6 overall. Virginia advances to face the winner of the day's next match against Princeton-Wake Forest at 2 p.m. ET on Sunday.

Penn State's season came to a close, as the Nittany Lions fell to fourth-seeded Syracuse 2-1 OT in Saturday's opening round of the NCAA Championship. Penn State's goal came off the stick of Daneen Zug in the 43rd minute with goalkeeper Ayla Halus recording 18 saves. Penn State finishes the season at 14-6.

At 2 p.m. ET, Michigan (15-6) and Ohio State (16-4) open play in the Chapel Hill and University Park Regionals, respectively. The winner of the Michigan-Old Dominion matchup will face North Carolina on Sunday at 2 p.m. ET. The winner of the Ohio State-Albany will meet Syracuse on Sunday at 2 p.m. ET.

Click here to follow every Big Ten field hockey team in the NCAA Championship.

WBB: Friday's Results

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Illinois State def. Illinois, 69-62
Indiana def. Ball State, 81-66
Iowa def. Southern, 76-52
Michigan def. Alcorn State, 88-43
Ohio State def. Temple, 84-75
Penn State def. Dayton, 112-107 (2OT)
Purdue def. Austin Peay, 93-53
Wisconsin def. Saint Louis, 60-32

MBB: Friday's Results

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INDIANA def. Florida-Gulf Coast, 88-60

#2/2 MICHIGAN STATE def. Eastern Michigan, 96-66

#rv/rv MINNESOTA def. Wofford, 69-55

#-/rv NORTHWESTERN def. Northern Illinois, 97-78

#4/5 OHIO STATE def. North Carolina A&T, 102-61

PENN STATE def. Lehigh, 70-56

WSCR: Michigan Falls to No. 3 Oklahoma State, 2-1

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No. 3 Oklahoma State defeated Michigan, 2-1, in the first round of the NCAA Championship. The Wolverines struck first on a Tori McCombs goal in the 22nd minute, but the Cowboys notched goals in the 53rd and 55th minutes to take the lead for good. The loss eliminates Michigan from postseason competition.

VB: Friday's Results

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#9 Illinois def. Ohio State, 3-1
Michigan State def. Iowa, 3-0
#22 Minnesota def. #16 Michiagn, 3-0
Purdue (rv) def. #24 Northwestern, 3-2
#8 Penn State def. Wisconsin, 3-0

WSCR: Bethke, Minnesota Defeat Creighton, 4-2

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Katie Bethke scored two goals to propel Minnesota to a 4-2 first-round victory over Creighton on Friday night in Minneapolis, Minn. Minnesota's Molly Rouse got the scoring started in the eighth minute, but goals in the 24th and 40th minutes put the Blue Jays on top heading into the half. Bethke tallied the game-tying goal in the 54th minute and notched the game-winner in the 70th minute. Steph Brandt added an insurance goal to secure the Golden Gopher win. Minnesota will take on No. 4 Texas A&M on Sunday at 2 p.m. ET.

WSCR: Wisconsin Moves Past Milwaukee, 2-1

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Wisconsin earned a 2-1 win over intrastate foe Milwaukee on Friday night to advance to the second round of the NCAA Championship. Laurie Nosbusch opened the scoring in the 27th minute to give the Badgers the 1-0 lead before Milwaukee tied the match in the 68th minute. Wisconsin's Kodee Williams answered less than a minute later, giving the Badgers the lead for good. Wisconsin will play the winner of No. 3 Marquette versus Central Michigan on Sunday at 2 p.m. ET.

WSCR: Ohio State Earns Overtime Win Over Saint Francis, 1-0

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Third-seeded Ohio State took a 1-0 overtime decision over Saint Francis (Pa.) in Friday's opening round of the NCAA Championship. Ohio State's Danielle Scoliere scored her first goal of the season in the 106th minute to send the Buckeyes past the Red Flash. Ohio State out-shot Saint Francis, 38-2, in the match. With the win, the Buckeyes advance to take on the winner of tonight's Dayton-Virginia Tech matchup on Sunday at 1 p.m. ET in Columbus.

WSCR: Illinois Falls to Southern California, 3-1

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Southern California defeated Illinois in the first round of the NCAA Championship, 3-1, on Friday night in South Bend, Ind. The Fighting Illini entered the half trailing 1-0 after a USC goal in the 30th minute, but the Trojans tacked two more on before Illinois could answer. The Illini's lone goal came from Shayla Mutz in the 79th minute. With the loss, Illinois is eliminated from postseason competition.

MSCR: No. 4 Penn State Takes Down No. 1 Indiana, 2-1

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Fourth-seeded Penn State took a 2-1 decision over top-seeded Indiana on Friday to advance to Sunday's Big Ten Tournament championship. The Hoosiers scored just over three minutes into the match on a goal from Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year Will Bruin, but the host Nittany Lions took the next two to seal the win. Corey Hertzog notched his 17th goal of the season and third of the tournament in the 11th minute to tie the match before Justin Lee tallied the game-winner in the 70th minute. Penn State will take on No. 3 Michigan in the Big Ten Tournament championship on Sunday at 1 p.m. ET.

WSCR: Costa Propels Penn State Past Pennsylvania

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Penn State defeated Pennsylvania, 1-0, in the opening round of the NCAA Championship on Friday afternoon in Morgantown, W. Va. Freshman Tani Costa tallied the lone marker of the match in the 70th minute, helping the Nittany Lions advance to the second round. Penn State will take on the winner of No. 3 West Virginia versus Morehead State on Sunday at 1 p.m. ET.

WRES: Weekend Schedule

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NOVEMBER 12

#6 PENN STATE at Bloomsburg - 7 p.m. ET
#10 ILLINOIS vs. #11 Missouri [1] - 7 p.m. CT

NOVEMBER 13

INDIANA at Michigan State Open - All Day
#18 MICHIGAN at Michigan State Open - All Day
MICHIGAN STATE at Michigan State Open - All Day
#4 MINNESOTA at Bison Open - All Day
#21 PURDUE at Michigan State Open - All Day

NOVEMBER 14

UW-Whitewater at #20 NORTHWESTERN [2] - Noon CT
#14 Pittsburgh at #18 MICHIGAN - 2 p.m. ET - www.BigTenNetwork.com
South Dakota State at #20 NORTHWESTERN [2] - 2 p.m. CT
#15 Lehigh at #6 PENN STATE - 2 p.m. ET
Northern Iowa at #20 NORTHWESTERN - 4 p.m. CT

Legend
[1] Jon Davis Wrestling Club - Edwardsville, Ill.
[2] NU Duals - Evanston, Ill.

XC: NCAA Regionals Preview

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Big Ten cross country travels to NCAA Regionals this weekend, with all 10 conference squads looking for berths to the NCAA Championships. Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Purdue and Wisconsin head to the Great Lakes Regional in Rochester, Mich., while Illinois, Iowa and Minnesota travel to the Midwest Regional in Peoria, Ill. Penn State will host the Mid-Atlantic Regional in University Park, Pa.

Click here for the complete NCAA Regionals Preview.

MBB: This Weekend's Schedule

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FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 12
Florida-Gulf Coast at INDIANA - 6:30 p.m., Big Ten Network

North Carolina A&T at #4/5 OHIO STATE - 7 p.m., ESPN3

Lehigh at PENN STATE - 7:30 p.m., www.BigTenNetwork.com

Wofford at #rv/rv MINNESOTA - 8 p.m., www.BigTenNetwork.com

Eastern Michigan at #2/2 MICHIGAN STATE - 8:30 p.m., Big Ten Network

#-/rv NORTHWESTERN at Northern Illinois - 9 p.m.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 13
USC Upstate at MICHIGAN - 7 p.m., www.BigTenNetwork.com

Southern Illinois at #13/16 ILLINOIS - 8 p.m., Big Ten Network

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 14
South Dakota State at IOWA - 3 p.m., Big Ten Network

Howard at #14/8 PURDUE - 5 p.m., Big Ten Network

Prairie View A&M at #rv/24 WISCONSIN - 6 p.m., ESPN3

Wright State at INDIANA - 7 p.m., ESPNU

 

Rankings are Associated Press / ESPN/USA Today

All times ET

 

WSCR: NCAA Championship Central

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Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio State, Penn State and Wisconsin will all compete in the first round of the NCAA Women's Soccer Championship today. Action kicks off with Penn State taking on Pennsylvania at 3:30 p.m. ET, with Illinois taking on Southern California and third-seeded Ohio State hosting Saint Francis (Pa.) at 5 p.m. ET. Wisconsin squares off against intrastate foe Milwaukee at 6 p.m. ET, while Minnesota hosts Creighton at 7 p.m. ET. Michigan rounds out the day's action against No. 3 Oklahoma State at 8:30 p.m. ET.


Click here to visit NCAA Championship Central on the Big Ten web site.

VB: Weekend Schedule

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Friday's Matches
#9 Illinois at Ohio State (rv), 7 p.m., www.bigtennetwork.com
Michigan State at Iowa, 7 p.m., www.bigtennetwork.com
#16 Michigan at #22 Minnesota, 6 p.m.
#24 Northwestern at Purdue (rv), 7 p.m., www.bigtennetwork.com
Wisconsin at #8 Penn State, 7 p.m., www.bigtennetwork.com

Saturday's Matches
#9 Illinois at #8 Penn State, 7 p.m., Big Ten Network
#24 Northwestern at Indiana (rv), 7 p.m., www.bigtennetwork.com
#16 Michigan at Iowa, 7 p.m.
Michigan State at #22 Minnesota, 7 p.m., www.bigtennetwork.com

Sunday's Match
Wisconsin at Ohio State (rv), 2 p.m.

Big Ten Freshman of the Year Soony Saad scored with 13 minutes remaining in regulation time to lead No. 3 Michigan past No. 7 Wisconsin, 1-0, in Friday's first semifinal match. The Wolverines advance to their first Big Ten Tournament championship game since 2002 and will face the winner of No. 1 Indiana versus No. 4 Penn State on Sunday.

WBB: Weekend Schedule

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The Big Ten opens the 2010-11 season this weekend with all 11 teams in action. The weekend schedule is below, with all start times listed as local to site.

Friday's Schedule
Illinois State at Illinois, 8 p.m.
Indiana at Ball State, 7 p.m.
Southern vs. #22/25 Iowa, 6 p.m.
Alcorn State at Michigan (-/rv), 7 p.m.
Dartmouth at Northwestern, 8 p.m.
#7/7 Ohio State at Temple (rv/rv), 5 p.m.
Penn State (rv/-) at Dayton (rv/rv), 7 p.m.
Austin Peay at Purdue (-/rv), 5 p.m.
Wisconsin (rv/-) at Saint Louis, 6 p.m.

Saturday's Schedule
TBD vs. #22/25 Iowa, 6/8:30 p.m.
IPFW at #25/24 Michigan State, 3 p.m., www.BigTenNetwork.com
Northern Illinois at Minnesota, 2 p.m.

Sunday's Schedule
TBD at Minnesota, 12/2:30 p.m., www.BigTenNetwork.com
LSU (rv/rv) at Northwestern, 3 p.m., www.BigTenNetwork.com
Eastern Michigan at #7/7 Ohio State, 2 p.m., www.BigTenNetwork.com
Rider at Penn State (rv/-), 2 p.m.
William & Mary at Wisconsin (rv/-), 1 p.m., www.BigTenNetwork.com

MSCR: Big Ten Tournament Semifinals Set for 1 p.m. ET

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The Big Ten Men's Soccer Tournament semifinals are set to begin today at 1 p.m. ET in University Park, Pa. No. 3 Michigan takes on No. 7 Wisconsin in the first match of the day with No. 1 Indiana versus No. 4 Penn State following at approximately 3:30 p.m. ET. Both matches will be broadcast live on the Big Ten Network.

MBB: March Is (Almost) On!

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The basketball season may have just begun, but it's not too early to be thinking about March Madness!

Click HERE to visit Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament Central, and click HERE for information on how to purchase tickets for the NCAA Tournament Second and Third Rounds, held at the United Center in Chicago!

WSWM: Weekend Schedule

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NOVEMBER 12

OHIO STATE at Ohio, 5 p.m. ET

MICHIGAN STATE at Grand Valley State, 6 p.m. ET

ILLINOIS at Illinois State, 7 p.m. ET

Eastern Michigan at PURDUE, 6 p.m. ET

MINNESOTA Grand Prix, 10 a.m. ET

NOVEMBER 13

MINNESOTA Grand Prix, 10 a.m. ET

NOVEMBER 14

MINNESOTA Grand Prix, 10 a.m. ET

 

FB: Two Big Ten Punters Named Semifinalists for Ray Guy Award

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Illinois' Anthony Santella and Iowa's Ryan Donahue are two of 10 semifinalists for the Ray Guy Award, given to the nation's top punter. Santella leads the Big Ten and ranks eighth nationally with 46.2 yards per punt, including a long of 67 yards. Donahue rates third in the conference and 19th in the country with 45.0 yards per boot, including a long of 71 yards. Three Big Ten punters have claimed the Ray Guy Award, including Wisconsin's Kevin Stemke in 2000, Purdue's Travis Dorsch in 2001 and Ohio State's B.J. Sander in 2003.

MSWM: Weekend Schedule

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NOVEMBER 12

MINNESOTA Grand Prix, 3 p.m. ET

Miami (Fla.) at OHIO STATE, 5:30 p.m. ET

Tennessee at OHIO STATE, 6 p.m. ET

MICHIGAN STATE at Grand Valley State, 6 p.m. ET

Eastern Michigan at PURDUE, 6 p.m. ET

NOVEMBER 13

MINNESOTA Grand Prix, 10 a.m. ET

NOVEMBER 14

MINNESOTA Grand Prix, 10 a.m. ET

FH: Four Big Ten Schools Start NCAA Championships

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Four Big Ten teams join in the quest to become the new NCAA Champion of the season when Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State and Penn State open play in the 2010 NCAA Field Hockey Championship, which begins Saturday.

Big Ten Co-Champion and Big Ten Tournament Champion Michigan (15-6) opens play in the Chapel Hill Regional, where the Wolverines will face Old Dominion at 2 p.m. ET Saturday. The winner between the Wolverines and Monarchs will face the winner of Stanford-North Carolina on Sunday at 2 p.m. ET.

Earning the Big Ten's first at-large bid to the tournament is Michigan State, who begins play in the Charlottesville Regional. The Spartans will face Virginia at 11:30 a.m. ET Saturday. The winner will advance to face the winner of the Princeton-Wake Forest matchup on Sunday at 2 p.m. ET.

Ohio State, which earned an at-large bid to the tournament after finishing as the 2010 Big Ten Tournament runners-up last weekend. The Buckeyes will face Albany in the University Park Regional at 2 p.m. ET on Saturday. With a win, the Buckeyes (16-4) would move on to face Penn State or Syracuse in the second round on Sunday at 2 p.m. ET.

The Nittany Lions (14-5) also earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Championship after advancing to the 2010 Big Ten Tournament semifinals last weekend. The Nittany Lions will host Syracuse at 11:30 p.m. ET on Saturday. The winner of that game will move on to face the winner of the Ohio State-North Albany matchup.

For complete NCAA Championship coverage, follow this link on bigten.org.

FB: Week 11 Preview

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The preview for the seventh weekend of Big Ten action is now available at www.bigten.org. Four conference teams currently boast only one loss in Big Ten play, led by Michigan State at 5-1. The Spartans have a bye on Saturday, which means the three teams tied for second place at 4-1 in conference (Iowa, Ohio State and Wisconsin) have a chance to move up to the top spot. The Hawkeyes are on the road at Northwestern while the Buckeyes and Badgers play home contests against Penn State and Indiana, respectively. In other conference action, Illinois looks to earn its sixth win and become bowl-eligible by hosting Minnesota while Michigan plays at Purdue. Click on this link to see a breakdown of each game on Nov. 13. 

MSCR: Big Ten Postseason Honors Announced

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The Big Ten Conference announced its men's soccer All-Big Ten teams and individual award winners at the Big Ten Tournament banquet on Thursday evening. Indiana's Will Bruin takes home Offensive Player of the Year accolades, while Ohio State's David Tiemstra earns the Defensive Player of the Year award and Michigan's Soony Saad receives Freshman of the Year honors. Indiana head coach Todd Yeagley reels in the Coach of the Year award.

Click here to read about the men's soccer All-Big Ten teams.

No. 4 Penn State defeated No. 5 Northwestern, 3-1, to advance to the Big Ten Tournament semifinals. The Wildcats tallied a goal with under a minute to play in the first half, but the Nittany Lions notched three unanswered late in the second half, including two from Corey Hertzog, to take the match and move on to Friday's semifinal. Penn State will take on top-seeded Indiana for a spot in the final match.

Seventh-seeded Wisconsin pulled off the tournament's first upset, defeating No. 2 Ohio State in penalty kicks. Despite a 30-5 Buckeye edge in shots through regulation and overtime play, the Badgers converted on all five penalty kick chances, holding Ohio State to four. Badger goalkeeper Max Jentsch made 11 saves in the win. Wisconsin will take on No. 3 Michigan in tomorrow's first semifinal match.

FB: Wisconsin's Clay Named Doak Walker Award Semifinalist

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Wisconsin junior John Clay has been named one of 10 semifinalists for the Doak Walker Award, given annually to the nation's top running back. The 2009 Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year is second in the Big Ten and 13th in the country with an average of 103.2 rushing yards per game. He also leads the conference with 13 rushing touchdowns. Sitting at 929 rushing yards on the season, Clay needs just 71 more yards to become the sixth running back in school history to have back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons. The Big Ten has claimed five Doak Walker Awards, most recently when Iowa's Shonn Greene was honored in 2008.

MBB: Required Reading

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  • Jeff Goodman of FoxSports.com predicts Michigan State and Ohio State to make the Final Four with the Buckeyes as his national champions.
  • ESPN's Joe Lunardi projects seven Big Ten teams to make the NCAA Tournament and gives Michigan State the No. 1 seed in the Southeast.
  • The Big Ten has several teams capable of making it to the Final Four, writes Jeff Rabjohns of the Indianapolis Star.
  • A fan favorite will make her return to Indiana's Assembly Hall this season.
  • Smiles abound in Iowa's Carver-Hawkeye Arena, particularly for sophomore Eric May.
  • Michigan's Josh Bartelstein answers your questions in his latest blog entry.
  • Check out the changes in store for fans this season at Ohio State's Value City Arena.
  • Get to know Wisconsin freshman Ben Brust.
  • MSCR: Michigan Defeats Michigan State, 2-1

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    Third-seeded Michigan moves on to the Big Ten Tournament semifinals with a 2-1 win over No. 6 Michigan State. The Spartans' Rubin Bega opened the scoring in the 53rd minute to give Michigan State a 1-0 lead, but goals from Justin Meram and Soony Saad pushed the Wolverines in front for good. Michigan will take on the winner of today's No.2 Ohio State-No. 7 Wisconsin matchup in Friday's first semifinal game.

    WRES: Ranking the Wrestlers

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    Nine Big Ten wrestling teams appear in the latest NWCA/USA Today and InterMat rankings, with four squads earning top-10 status in both polls.

    Minnesota leads the way at No. 4 in the NWCA/USA Today poll, followed by No. 5 Wisconsin, No. 6 Penn State, No. 7 Iowa, No. 10 Illinois, No. 12 Ohio State, No. 18 Michigan, No. 20 Northwestern and No. 21 Purdue.

    Wisconsin earns top billing among Big Ten teams in the InterMat poll, checking in at No. 4. Minnesota is not far behind at No. 6 and is followed by No. 7 Penn State, No. 8 Iowa, No. 12 Illinois, No. 13 Michigan, No. 16 Ohio State, No. 18 Northwestern and No. 20 Purdue.

    Fifty-two Big Ten wrestlers also earned top-20 status in their respective weight classes in InterMat's individual rankings. Iowa 125-pounder Matt McDonough and Wisconsin 165-pounder Andrew Howe lead the way, taking the No. 1 ranking in each of their classes.

    Click here to check out the NWCA/USA Today poll and here to see the InterMat poll.

    MSCR: Game One Underway

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    The Big Ten Men's Soccer Tournament has begun in University Park, Pa., with No. 3 Michigan taking on No. 6 Michigan State in the first match of the day. Game two, featuring No. 2 Ohio State against No. 7 Wisconsin, is scheduled for approximately 2:30 p.m. ET with game three, featuring No. 4 Penn State versus No. 5 Northwestern following at 5 p.m. ET.

    MBB: Sign on the Dotted Line

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    Click the links below to see who signed where during the early signing period.

    Bruce Weber adds four for Illinois

    Crean signs two to join the Hoosiers.

    McCaffery adds one at Iowa.

    Wolverines add point guard.

    Michigan State signs four.

    Golden Gophers ink pair of guards.

    Northwestern adds three for 2011-12.

    Head Coach Thad Matta welcomes three to Ohio State.

    Penn State receives four signatures.

    Purdue inks frontcourt duo.

    Head Coach Bo Ryan signs four to Wisconsin.

    WSWM: First Weekly Rankings

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    The Big Ten leads all conferences in the nation with the six squads ranking among the top 25 in the first CSCAA Division I Swimming and Diving Coaches Poll of the 2010-11 season. Michigan leads the pack at No. 13, followed closely by Minnesota at No. 14, Indiana at No. 15 and Wisconsin at No. 16. Purdue voted inside the top 20 teams in the country, earning the No. 19 spot in this week's poll. Ohio State rounds out the conference field, sitting at No. 21.

    IllinoisNorthwestern and Penn State are also receiving votes.

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

    MSWM: First Weekly Rankings

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    Five Big Ten teams earned spots in the first CollegeSwimming.com/CSCAA Division I Coaches Poll released Wednesday, led by No. 6 Michigan and No. 8 Ohio State. The five conference squads rate second for the most of any conference in the nation.

    Voting in just outside the top 10 is Indiana at No. 10, The Hoosiers are followed by Minnesota at No. 12, and rounding out the conference is Purdue at No. 21.

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

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

    MSCR: Opening Round Game Times Changed for Big Ten Tournament

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    The Big Ten Men's Soccer Tournament opening round games have been pushed back two hours, beginning Thursday at Noon ET at Jeffrey Field on the campus of Penn State.

    No. 3 Michigan will take on No. 6 Michigan State at Noon ET to kick off the tournament, followed by No. 2 Ohio State versus No. 7 Wisconsin at approximately 2:30 p.m. ET and No. 4 Penn State versus No. 5 Northwestern at approximately 5 p.m. ET.

    Friday's semifinals will take place at 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. ET and Sunday's final will be played at Noon ET as previously scheduled. The semifinal and championship matches will be broadcast live on the Big Ten Network.

    FB: Iowa's Clayborn Named Lombardi Award Finalist

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    Iowa defensive end Adrian Clayborn was named one of four finalists for the Rotary Lombardi Award, given annually since 1970 to the nation's top college football lineman. The Big Ten has claimed eight Lombardi Awards, including a two-time winner in Ohio State offensive tackle Orlando Pace (1995 and 1996) and the conference's most recent honoree, Michigan defensive end LaMarr Woodley (2006). Clayborn is aiming to become the first Hawkeye to win the Lombardi Award.

    VB: Wednesday's Result

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    Purdue (rv) def. Indiana (rv), 3-0

    MBB: Wednesday's Results

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    No. 13/16 ILLINOIS def. Toledo, 84-45

    WSCR: NCAA Championship Preview

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    The Big Ten women's soccer NCAA Championship preview, featuring this weekend's first and second round pairings and NCAA Championship history, along with up-to-date statistics, rankings and more, is now available online. Click here to see the complete release.

    MBB: Wednesday's Schedule

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    No. 13/16 Illinois hosts Toledo tonight at 7 p.m. CT as part of the 2K Sports Classic benefiting Coaches v. Cancer. The game will be broadcast on ESPN3.

    Illinois Game Notes

    VB: Wednesday's Match

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    Indiana (rv) at Purdue (rv), 7 p.m. ET
    Big Ten Network

    WBB: Sign Me Up

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    Wednesday is the first day of the women's basketball early signing period and several prospective student-athletes have signed National Letters of Intent to Big Ten universities. Find out who you can expect to see on your favorite team's campus in the coming years by clicking the respective schools below.

    Illinois

    Indiana

    Iowa

    Michigan

    Michigan State

    Minnesota

    Northwestern

    Ohio State

    Penn State

    Purdue

    Wisconsin

    MSWM: Weekly Rankings

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    Five Big Ten teams earned spots in the first CollegeSwimming.com/CSCAA Division I Coaches Poll released Tuesday, led by No. 6 Michigan and No. 8 Ohio State. The five conference squads rate second for the most of any conference in the nation.

    Voting in just outside the top 10 is Indiana at No. 10, The Hoosiers are followed by Minnesota at No. 12, and rounding out the conference is Purdue at No. 21.

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

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

    FB: Big Ten in the NFL - Week 9

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    Tom Brady, QB, New England (Michigan) - Threw for 224 yards and two touchdowns on 19 of 36 passing in New England's 34-14 loss to Cleveland.

     

    Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans (Purdue) - Completed 27 of 43 passes for 253 yards and two touchdowns in New Orleans' 34-3 win over Carolina.

     

    Braylon Edwards, WR, New York Jets (Michigan) - Caught three passes for 78 yards and a touchdown in the New York Jets' 23-20 overtime win over Detroit.

     

    Ray Edwards, DE, Minnesota (Purdue) - Made three tackles and two sacks in Minnesota's 27-24 overtime win over Arizona.

     

    Chad Greenway, LB, Minnesota (Iowa) - Racked up nine tackles and a sack in Minnesota's 27-24 overtime win over Arizona.

     

    Tamba Hali, LB, Kansas City (Penn State) - Recorded four tackles and a sack in Kansas City's 23-20 overtime loss to Oakland.

     

    Santonio Holmes, WR, New York Jets (Ohio State) - Recorded 114 yards receiving on five catches in the New York Jets' 23-20 overtime win over Detroit.

     

    DeAndre Levy, LB, Detroit (Wisconsin) - Made 10 tackles in Detroit's 23-20 overtime loss to the New York Jets.

     

    Rashard Mendenhall, RB, Pittsburgh (Illinois) - Rushed for 99 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries, adding three receptions for 31 yards in Pittsburgh's 27-21 win over Cincinnati.

     

    Paul Posluszny, LB, Buffalo (Penn State) - Racked up 10 tackles in Buffalo's 22-19 loss to Chicago.

     

    Cameron Wake, LB, Miami (Penn State) - Made eight tackles and two sacks in Miami's 26-10 loss to Baltimore.

     

    LaMarr Woodley, LB, Pittsburgh (Michigan) - Notched three tackles and two sacks in Pittsburgh's 27-21 win over Cincinnati.

     

    Charles Woodson, CB, Green Bay (Michigan) - Recorded five tackles and a sack in Green Bay's 45-7 win over Dallas.

    VB: Weekly Release Available

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    The Big Ten volleyball weekly release is available, complete with standings, statistics, rankings, results and more! Check it out here.

    WSCR: All-Big Ten Teams, Individual Award Winners Announced

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    The Big Ten Conference announced its 2010 women's soccer All-Big Ten teams and individual award winners on Wednesday, with conference co-champion Ohio State collecting three of the four individual honors. Buckeye junior Paige Maxwell has been named the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year, with teammate Cassie Dickerson earning Defensive Player of the Year honors. Illinois' Vanessa DiBernardo takes home Freshman of the Year accolades, while Ohio State head coach Lori Walker receives the Coach of the Year award.

    Click here to find out who made the 2010 women's soccer All-Big Ten teams.

    FH: 2010 NCAA Field Hockey Championship Release

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    The 2010 NCAA Field Hockey Championship Release is now available.

    For information on teams, standings and schedules click here.

    MSCR: 2010 Big Ten Tournament Preview

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    All seven Big Ten men's soccer teams are set to make the trek to University Park, Pa., this weekend to square off for conference supremacy at the 2010 Big Ten Tournament. The opening round of the tournament will take place on Thursday, with the semifinals being played on Friday and the title match following on Sunday.

    Check out the complete release here.

    MBB: Required Reading

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  • Preview Minnesota's shooting guards.
  • Golden Gopher student-athletes will be collecting non-perishable food items at Minnesota's game vs. Siena on Monday.
  • NorthwesternU's YouTube channel now includes basketball games from the 1950s.
  • Ohio State head coach Thad Matta continues to help Evan Turner's career, writes ESPN.com's Eamonn Brennan.
  • Purdue will participate in the 2011 Puerto Rico Tip-Off as part of the field that also includes Alabama, Colorado, Iona, Maryland, Temple and Wichita State.
  • Larry "Cliz" Clisby blogs about what Purdue learned during its two exhibition wins.
  • Wisconsin forward Mike Bruesewitz talks about his hair, his big brother and his game.
  • Big Ten defensive ends Ryan Kerrigan of Purdue and J.J. Watt of Wisconsin were among the eight semifinalists for the Lott Trophy. The Big Ten was one of only two conferences with more than one semifinalist named for the Lott Trophy, given annually to the defensive player who has the biggest IMPACT on his team, on and off the field. IMPACT stands for Integrity, Maturity, Peformance, Academics, Community and Tenacity. Kerrigan ranks second in the country with 18.5 tackles for loss, while his 7.5 sacks tops the Big Ten. He also ranks second in the nation among defensive linemen with 37 tackles. Watt ranks second in the Big Ten and eighth nationally with 15.5 tackles for loss and leads with country's defensive linemen with 42 tackles. He has also posted six sacks, six pass breakups, a forced fumble and two blocked kicks.

    MSWM: Big Ten Network to honor Mark Spitz

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    Indiana's Mark Spitz has been named Big Ten Icon No. 11. The countdown of Big Ten Icons, presented by Discover, continues at 9 PM ET on Tuesday, Nov. 16, with a profile on the Hoosier. The California native won nine Olympic gold medals, eight individual NCAA championships and helped Indiana to four straight NCAA team titles. Spitz was honored World Swimmer of the Year in 1969, 1971 and 1972.

    Click here to read more about the No. 11 Big Ten Icon.

    Four Big Ten teams will represent the conference at the 2010 NCAA Championship as Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State and Penn State have been selected as part of the 16-team field, marking the 10th straight season the conference has sent three or more teams to the national tournament and just the third time in the last 16 seasons the conference will send four or more teams to the national tournament. The NCAA Championship begins this weekend, with first-round games contested on Saturday, Nov. 13 and second-round games scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 14. First-and second-round matchups will be played at various campus sites.

     

    Click here for the entire release.

    Four Big Ten teams will represent the conference at the 2010 NCAA Championship as Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State and Penn State have been selected as part of the 16-team field, marking the 10th straight season the conference has sent three or more teams to the national tournament and just the third time in the last 16 seasons the conference will send four or more teams to the national tournament. The NCAA Championship begins this weekend, with first-round games contested on Saturday, Nov. 13 and second-round games scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 14. First-and second-round matchups will be played at various campus sites.

     

    Click here for the entire release.

    WSCR: In the Polls

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    Two Big Ten women's soccer teams appear in the final NSCAA/HendrickCars.com national rankings of the 2010 regular season. Illinois leads the way at No. 13, with Ohio State following at No. 17. Wisconsin, Minnesota, Penn State and Michigan are all receiving votes in the latest poll.

    Click here to see the complete poll.

    MBB: Required Reading

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  • Iowa's game vs. South Dakota State on Sunday is "Fran Appreciation Day."
  • Going to Michigan's opener against South Carolina Upstate on Saturday? Bring a canned food item.
  • Click HERE for a preview of the Minnesota point guards.
  • Northwestern's Nick Fruendt shares his favorite photos from the team's recent trip to Italy.
  • Penn State freshmen will get in free to Friday night's season-opener against Lehigh.
  • Get your tickets now for the Boilermaker BlockBuster, held Dec. 18 at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.
  • Head Coach Bo Ryan goes back in time to make comparisons for current Badgers Josh Gasser and Ben Brust.
  • FH: NCAA Selection Show aires tonight at 8 p.m.

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    The 16 teams for the 2010 NCAA Division I Field Hockey Championships will be announced tonight at 8 p.m. ET. The brackets will be revealed when the selection show is streamed live on ncaa.com. The first and second rounds of the NCAA Championships will begin Nov. 13-4 at to be determined campus sites with the semifinals and finals contested Nov. 19 & 21 at the Field Hockey and Lacrosse Complex at the University of Maryland in College Park, Md.

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

    Michigan earned the Big Ten's automatic berth into the championships by winning the Big Ten Tournament last weekend with a 2-1 victory over Ohio State.

    WRES: Ohio State's Paddock Named Wrestler of the Week

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    Ohio State's Ian Paddock has been named the Big Ten Wrestler of the Week, the conference office announced on Tuesday. Paddock earns the first Big Ten weekly honor of the 2010-11 season after taking the 133-pound title at the Buffalo Open last weekend. Paddock went 4-0 at the tournament, outscoring his opponents by a 35-6 margin en route to the title.

    Click here for the complete release from the Big Ten.

    The conference office announced on Tuesday the fifth weekly women's swimming and diving award winners for the 2010-11 season. Wisconsin's Maggie Meyer and Purdue's Erin Mertz earned the nod for Swimmer and Diver of the Week, respectively.

    Click here for the full release.

    WBB: Four Named To Naismith Award Watch List

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    Four Big Ten standouts were named to the 2010-11 Preseason Naismith Award Watch list, it was announced on Tuesday morning. Iowa's Kachine Alexander, Northwestern's Amy Jaeschke, and Ohio State's Jantel Lavender and Samantha Prahalis were named to the preseason list, which will be narrowed to 30 by the end of February. Four finalists will be selected in March, with the award being presented at the Women's Final Four.

    Alexander, Lavender and Prahalis were each named to the Wade and Wooden Award watch lists earlier in the preseason.

    MSWM: Michigan and Purdue Garner Weekly Honors

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    The conference office announced on Tuesday the fifth weekly men's swimming and diving awards. Michigan's Dan Madwed nabbed Swimmer of the Week honors while Purdue's David Boudia earns Diver of the Week.

    Click here to read the full release.

    FH: Final Weekly Rankings

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    In the final 2010 Kookaburra/NFHCA Division I National Coaches Poll released on Tuesday, four Big Ten teams ranked among the nation's top 20 while another received votes.

    Ohio State, after clinching a share of the Big Ten Championship, moved to No. 7 in the rankings. Michigan, fresh off its Big Ten Tournament championship, moved up to No. 8 in the rankings. The Wolverines finished the season 15-6  and look to improve on their record when they begin play in the NCAA Championships, which begin this weekend. Penn State, with a 14-5 overall record, came in at No. 10  while rounding out the ranked conference schools is Michigan State, which at 15-5 is No. 11 in this week's rankings.

    Northwestern is the other conference team receiving votes.

    At 8 p.m. ET tonight, the participants for the 2010 NCAA Division I Field Hockey Championships will be officially announced live on a streamed event through this link. Michigan, which earned the Big Ten's automatic berth by winning the Big Ten Tournament, will be one of the 16 teams invited to the tournament.

    MBB: Last Night's Results

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    No. 13/16 ILLINOIS def. UC-Irvine, 79-65

    FB: Dallas Football Classic Changes Name to TicketCity Bowl

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    TicketCity, one of the nation's most successful companies in the secondary ticket market, has been named title partner for the new post-season college bowl game to be played in Cotton Bowl Stadium. The inaugural TicketCity Bowl, scheduled for January 1, 2011, will feature a matchup between the Big Ten and Big 12 Conferences. Kick-off for the first-year bowl will be 11:00 a.m. CT.

    "We're thrilled to be able to play a part in bringing a bowl game back to a venue so rich in history and tradition as the Cotton Bowl," said Randy Cohen, Founder and CEO of TicketCity.  "It is also exciting to have the opportunity to support a post-season college football event in our home state.  We look forward to working with the bowl to create and participate in an unbelievable New Year's Day experience for college football fans and the Dallas community."

    "There are many elements involved in staging a new bowl, and securing such a solid title sponsor as TicketCity for our first game is extremely gratifying," stated Tom Starr, Founder and President of the event.  "We are grateful to Randy and the rest of the TicketCity team for having the faith and belief in us in our early stages of development. This game will be a success and because of that, they will have played a major role in re-establishing post-season college football in Dallas."

    Tickets for the TicketCity Bowl range from $25 to $75 and are available to purchase online at www.ticketcitybowl.com.

    WSCR: Six Big Ten Teams Selected to NCAA Championship

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    Six Big Ten women's soccer teams have been selected to the NCAA Championship as announced on Monday afternoon. Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio State, Penn State and Wisconsin are all among the field of 64. The Big Ten will send six schools to the national tournament, which kicks off on Thursday, for the first time since 2002 and the third time in conference history.

    Click here for the complete release from the Big Ten.

    Click here to see the complete NCAA Bracket.

    FB: Illinois' Dimke Named "Star of the Week" by Groza Award

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    Illinois' Derek Dimke was one of three kickers honored by the Lou Groza Award as a "Star of the Week." Dimke connected twice on field goals from 43 yards, added another from 44, and was a perfect 6-for-6 on extra point attempts in a triple-overtime 67-65 loss at Michigan on Saturday. The junior kicker improved to 18-of-21 field goals made on the year, and he has not missed on 28 PATs. His 82 points lead the Fighting Illini in scoring. He is averaging two field goals per game, which ties him for second in the nation.

    MBB: Let's Get It Started

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    The 106th season of Big Ten men's basketball tips off this week with each of the conference's 11 teams in action. Illinois opens the season tonight against UC-Irvine as part of the 2K Sports Classic benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer. The game tips at 7 p.m. CT and will be broadcast by ESPN3.

    Big Ten Weekly Release

    Illinois Game Notes

    The Big Ten led all conferences with five of 16 semifinalists for the Bednarik Award, which honors the nation's top defensive player. The Big Ten's five honorees are followed by four semifinalists from the SEC, three from the ACC and two from the Big 12. The Big Ten's Bednarik Award semifinalists are defensive ends Adrian Clayborn of Iowa, Ryan Kerrigan of Purdue and J.J. Watt of Wisconsin, linebacker Greg Jones of Michigan State and defensive back Chimdi Chekwa of Ohio State. The Big Ten has claimed seven Bednarik Awards, most recently when Penn State linebacker Dan Connor was honored in 2007. Two conference standouts have won the Bednarik Award in back-to-back years, including Northwestern's current head coach and former linebacker Pat Fitzgerald in 1995 and 1996 and PSU linebacker Paul Posluszny in 2005 and 2006.
    The Big Ten leads all conferences with four finalists for the 2010 Wuerffel Trophy, given to the college football player who best combines exemplary community service with outstanding academic and athletic achievement. The Big Ten is the only conference with more than one finalist for the national award. Big Ten finalists for the Wuerffel Trophy are Indiana's Ben Chappell, Michigan State's Kirk Cousins, Penn State's Stefen Wisniewski and Purdue's Kyle Adams. Since the award was created for the 2005 season, the Big Ten has claimed one Wuerffel Trophy, as Ohio State's Joel Penton was honored in 2006.

    VB: Eight Mentioned in Weekly AVCA Poll

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    For the third straight week, eight Big Ten teams are mentioned in the latest AVCA Division I Coaches Poll, including five ranked in the top 25. Penn State and Illinois are once again ranked in the top 10, with the Nittany Lions at No. 8 and the Illini at No. 9. Michigan appears at No. 16 this week, while Minnesota is No. 22 and Northwestern remains at No. 24. Indiana, Ohio State and Purdue are among the other teams receiving votes this week.
    Three Big Ten quarterbacks were named semifinalists for the Maxwell Award, given annually to college football's most outstanding player. Big Ten semifinalists for the Maxwell Award are Iowa's Ricky Stanzi, Michigan's Denard Robinson and Ohio State's Terrelle Pryor. The Big Ten has claimed 14 Maxwell Awards, most recently when Penn State running back Larry Johnson was honored in 2002.

    The College Football Performance Awards for the 10th week of college football have been announced, and two Big Ten standouts have been honored. Michigan's Roy Roundtree was named the National Wide Receiver of the Week after setting a school record with 246 receiving yards on nine catches with a pair of touchdowns against Illinois. Wisconsin's Antonio Fenelus was named the National Defensive Back of the Week after matching a career high with nine tackles, recovering a fumble and returning an interception for a touchdown in a victory at Purdue. The purpose of the College Football Performance Awards is to provide the most scientifically rigorous conferments in college football. Recipients are selected exclusively based upon objective scientific rankings of the extent to which individual players increase the overall effectiveness of their teams.

    Michigan's Soony Saad and Wisconsin's Max Jentsch have been named the Big Ten men's soccer Players of the Week, the conference office announced on Monday. Saad earns Offensive Player of the Week laurels and Jentsch takes home Defensive Player of the Week honors.

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    WSCR: Big Ten Announces Final Weekly Awards of 2010

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    The Big Ten Conference has announced the final women's soccer weekly awards of the 2010 season with Ohio State's Katie Baumgardner, Penn State's Bri Hovington and Taylor Schram and Wisconsin's Laurie Nosbusch taking home the honors. Nosbusch reels in her third Offensive Player of the Week award, while Baumgardner and Hovington collect Co-Defensive Player of the Week accolades and Schram earns Freshman of the Week status.

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    FB: Big Ten Weekly Release - Nov. 8

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    The latest Big Ten football weekly release has been posted to the Big Ten website. Below are a few highlights of the release, or see the full release by clicking on this link.

    Penn State's Joe Paterno becomes first Football Bowl Subdivision coach to earn 400 wins.

    With three weekends of Big Ten play remaining, nine teams maintain hopes of winning title.

    Michigan State, Ohio State, Wisconsin and Iowa atop standings with only one conference loss each.

    Illinois and Michigan produce highest-scoring game in Big Ten history.

    Michigan and Penn State give Big Ten seven bowl-eligible teams.

    VB: Big Ten Players of the Week

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    Player of the Week:
    Jordan Haverly, Indiana
    So., OH, Cherry Valley, Ill./Rockford Keith Country Day

    Haverly wins Player of the Week honors for the second time this season and in her career after helping the Hoosiers to a pair of weekend wins, including a victory over No. 19 Minnesota on Friday. The sophomore outside hitter recorded a double-double against the Gophers, finishing with 24 kills and 15 digs to lead Indiana to the four-set win. She followed up with 11 kills, six digs and four blocks in a sweep of Iowa on Saturday evening. On the week, Haverly averaged 5.0 kills, 3.0 digs and 0.7 blocks per set.

    Last Indiana Player of the Week: Jordan Haverly (Oct. 11, 2010)

    Defensive Player of the Week:
    Katie Slay, Penn State
    Fr., MH, Raleigh, N.C./Wakefield

    Slay is honored with Defensive Player of the Week for the first time in her career after leading the Nittany Lion defense to wins on the road against No. 15 Michigan and Michigan State over the weekend. The freshman swatted 10 Wolverine attempts on Friday, tied for fifth-highest single-match total in the Big Ten this season, as Penn State held Michigan to .069 hitting in the three-set match. Her six blocks against Michigan State brought her weekend total to 16 for an average of 2.3 blocks per set.

    Last Penn State Defensive Player of the Week: Arielle Wilson (Nov. 10, 2008)

    Freshman of the Week:
    Katie Slay, Penn State
    MH, Raleigh, N.C./Wakefield

    Slay wins Freshman of the Week honors for the first time in her career after leading the Nittany Lion defense to wins on the road against No. 15 Michigan and Michigan State over the weekend. The freshman swatted 10 Wolverine attempts on Friday, tied for fifth-highest single-match total in the Big Ten this season, as Penn State held Michigan to .069 hitting in the three-set match. Her six blocks against Michigan State brought her weekend total to 16 for an average of 2.3 blocks per set.

    Last Penn State Freshman of the Week: Deja McClendon (Oct. 25, 2010)

    MSCR: Weekend Recap

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    The final weekend of Big Ten men's soccer regular-season action came and went with Michigan, Wisconsin and Ohio State emerging victorious. The Wolverines and Buckeyes remained tied for second in the conference standings after the weekend, but because of a 1-0 Ohio State win over Michigan on Sept. 25, the Buckeyes earned the No. 2 seed in next weekend's Big Ten Tournament.

    The complete Big Ten men's soccer weekend roundup can be found below.

    NOVEMBER 6

    Michigan State (rv) tied Milwaukee, 1-1
    Michigan def. Northwestern, 4-2 
    Wisconsin def. #22 Penn State, 1-0

    NOVEMBER 7

    Ohio State def. Indiana (rv), 1-0

    WSCR: Weekend Recap

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    Big Ten women's soccer regular-season play wrapped up over the weekend, crowning conference co-champions in the process. With a 1-0 win over Michigan State on Friday night, Ohio State earned a share of its first Big Ten title, finishing conference play at 8-2-0. After a thrilling 1-0 double-overtime victory over Michigan on Sunday afternoon, Penn State also clinched a share of the crown.

    The complete Big Ten women's soccer weekend roundup can be found below.

    NOVEMBER 5

    Minnesota (rv) def. Indiana, 3-0
    #23 Ohio State def. Michigan State, 1-0 

    NOVEMBER 6

    #16 Illinois def. Northwestern, 1-0
    Iowa def. Purdue, 3-2

    NOVEMBER 7

    Penn State (rv) def. Michigan (rv), 1-0 (2 OT)

    FB: Big Ten Names Players of Week for Nov. 6 Games

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    The Big Ten announced football players of the week for games on Nov. 6, with student-athletes from Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Penn State and Wisconsin earning weekly accolades. Illini running back Mikel Leshoure and Wolverines wide receiver Roy Roundtree shared offensive laurels after producing the highest-scoring game in Big Ten history. Illinois quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase was also tabbed as the Freshman of the Week for the fifth time and third straight week. Nittany Lions linebacker Michael Mauti and Badgers cornerback Antonio Fenelus shared the defensive honors, while Hawkeyes kicker Mike Meyer was tabbed as the Special Teams Player of the Week. For more details on the player of the week selections, click on this link.

    The Big Ten led all conferences with four of the top 13 teams in the latest Bowl Championship Series (BCS) rankings. Wisconsin led the way after moving up two spots to No. 7 in the latest BCS poll, the Badgers' highest ranking since ending the 2006 campaign at No. 7. After a bye last weekend, Ohio State jumped two spots to No. 9 in the BCS standings. Michigan State and Iowa both climbed three spots in the polls, with the Spartans rated No. 11 and the Hawkeyes ranked No. 13.

    MSCR: Big Ten Tournament Bracket Announced

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    The pairings for the 2010 Big Ten Men's Soccer Tournament have been announced, with conference champion Indiana taking the top seed. The tournament, hosted by Penn State, will feature three opening round games on Thursday, followed by two semifinal games on Friday. The championship game will take place on Sunday at Noon ET, with the winner earning the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Championship.

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    WSCR: Penn State Clinches Share of Big Ten Title

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