December 2010 Archives

MBB: Friday's Schedule

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#rv/rv NORTHWESTERN at #12/11 PURDUE - Noon, ESPN

#14/13 MINNESOTA at #20/19 MICHIGAN STATE - 4 p.m., Big Ten Network

#2/2 OHIO STATE at INDIANA - 6 p.m., ESPN2

WBB: Thursday's Results

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Illinois 64, Minnesota 50
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The Fighting Illini opened Big Ten Conference play with a convincing 64-50 win over Minnesota Thursday night at Assembly Hall. Illinois never trailed and led by as many as 19 while picking up its fourth straight win over the Golden Gophers. Despite a slow start (1-for-5 first-half shooting), Illini sophomore Karisma Penn finished with a monster stat line of 20 points, 16 rebounds, six steals and five blocks. The rebounds and steals both marked new career-highs, while the double-double was her fifth-straight and her conference-leading ninth of the season. RECAP

Indiana 71, Northwestern (rv/rv) 69
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Senior Whitney Lindsay drove the lane and connected on a layup with three seconds remaining to capture an exciting 71-69 win over Northwestern (11-3, 0-1) to open Big Ten play for Indiana (7-6, 1-0). The Hoosiers have won their Big Ten opening game in each of the last four seasons. Senior All-America candidate Jori Davis led all scores 24 points adding eight rebounds and seven assists. Aulani Sinclair achieved the first double-double of her career with 15 points and 10 rebounds and Hope Elam was the third Hoosier in double-figures netting 13. RECAP

Michigan, 64, #12/13 Ohio State 51
Senior guard Veronica Hicks (Chicago, Ill./Thornwood) and junior guard/forward Carmen Reynolds (Hilliard, Ohio/Davidson) each tallied 17 points to help the University of Michigan women's basketball team snap a 14-game losing streak to rival Ohio State with a 64-51 win on Thursday (Dec. 30) at Crisler Arena. The triumph is U-M's first over the Buckeyes since the 2001 season and marks Michigan's second consecutive win in its Big Ten opener. RECAP

Penn State 68, #14/13 Iowa 59
Junior guard Zhaque Gray (Chicago, Ill.) drained a three-pointer to complete a late run in the second half as the Penn State Lady Lions (12-3, 1-0) rallied from a seven-point deficit with 6:33 remaining to upset No. 14/13 Iowa (12-2, 0-1), 68-59, in the Big Ten opener for both teams. Penn State outscored the Hawkeyes, 20-4, in the final 6:30 to post their first win over a ranked team since defeating No. 20 Michigan State, 68-60, on Jan. 17, 2010. The Lady Lions claimed their first win in a Big Ten opener since the 2004-05 season. RECAP

Wisconsin 66, Purdue 64

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - After not winning at Purdue since 1984, the Wisconsin women's basketball team ended a streak of 22-straight losses with a 68-66 win over the Boilermakers on Thursday night. The Badgers tied a school record by making 11 3-pointers to key to the win. RECAP

WBB: Thursday's Schedule

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FB: Nine Big Ten Standouts Named to Pro Bowl Team

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Nine former Big Ten student-athletes were named to the National Football League Pro Bowl teams earlier this week, including seven starters. The Big Ten ranked second among all conferences with seven Pro Bowl starters, trailing only the ACC's 11 starters and followed by the Pac-10 and SEC with five starters each. The Big Ten was one of only four conferences with nine or more Pro Bowl selections, including the ACC (18), SEC (12) and Pac-10 (11). Seven Big Ten standouts were named to the AFC Pro Bowl team, including six starters. The six starters for the AFC include San Diego offensive guard Kris Dielman (Indiana), New England quarterback Tom Brady (Michigan), Miami offensive tackle Jake Long (Michigan), New York center Nick Mangold (Ohio State), Miami linebacker Cameron Wake (Penn State) and Cleveland offensive tackle Joe Thomas (Wisconsin). Denver wide receiver Brandon Lloyd (Illinois) was also selected to the AFC Pro Bowl squad. The NFL Pro Bowl team will feature two former Big Ten standouts in starting cornerback Charles Woodson (Michigan) of Green Bay and backup quarterback Drew Brees (Purdue) of New Orleans.

MBB: Wednesday's Results

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#23/25 ILLINOIS def. IOWA, 87-77
The 23rd-ranked Fighting Illini spoiled Iowa head coach Fran McCaffery's Big Ten coaching debut by running out 87-77 winners on Wednesday night in front of a sellout crowd at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. RECAP & BOX SCORE 

 

FB: Illinois Defeats Baylor in Texas Bowl

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Mikel Leshoure ran for 184 yards and three touchdowns as Illinois earned its first bowl victory since 1999, beating Baylor 38-14 Wednesday night in the Texas Bowl. The Illini improved to 7-9 all-time in bowl games and 1-1 under head coach Ron Zook with their first postseason triumph since defeating Virginia in the Micronpc.com Bowl after the 1999 season. For a full recap of the Illinois victory, click on this link.

 

FB: Big Ten in the NFL - Week 16

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Akin Ayodele, LB, Buffalo (Purdue) - Racked up 17 tackles in Buffalo's 34-3 loss to New England.

 

Marion Barber, RB, Dallas (Minnesota) - Rushed for 58 yards and a touchdown on eight carries in Dallas' 27-26 loss to Arizona.

 

Tom Brady, QB, New England (Michigan) - Completed 15 of 27 passes for 140 yards and three touchdowns in New England's 34-3 win over Buffalo.

 

Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans (Purdue) - Recorded 302 passing yards and a touchdown on 35 of 49 passing in New Orleans' 17-14 win over Atlanta.

 

Kerry Collins, QB, Tennessee (Penn State) - Threw for 235 yards and two touchdowns on 14 of 37 passing in Tennessee's 34-14 loss to Kansas City.

 

Owen Daniels, TE, Houston (Wisconsin) - Caught eight passes for 73 yards and a touchdown in Houston's 24-23 loss to Denver.

 

Ted Ginn, WR/KR, San Francisco (Ohio State) - Returned three punts for 97 yards, including a 78-yard touchdown, and added 100 kick return yards and 22 receiving yards in San Francisco's 25-17 loss to St. Louis.

 

Shonn Greene, RB, New York Jets (Iowa) - Rushed for 70 yards and a touchdown and recorded 14 receiving yards in the New York Jets' 38-34 loss to Chicago.

 

James Hall, DE, St. Louis (Michigan) - Recorded seven tackles, two sacks and two forced fumbles in St. Louis' 25-17 win over San Francisco.

 

A.J. Hawk, LB, Green Bay (Ohio State) - Made six tackles and an interception in Green Bay's 45-17 win over the New York Giants.

 

Chad Henne, QB, Miami (Michigan) - Completed 29 of 44 passes for 278 yards and a touchdown in Miami's 34-27 loss to Detroit.

 

Santonio Holmes, WR, New York Jets (Ohio State) - Caught four passes for 69 yards and a touchdown in the New York Jets' 38-34 loss to Chicago.

 

Brandon Lloyd, WR, Denver (Illinois) - Caught five passes for 111 yards in Denver's 24-23 win over Houston.

 

DeAndre Levy, LB, Detroit (Wisconsin) - Made four tackles and an interception in Detroit's 34-27 win over Miami.

 

Mario Manningham, WR, New York Giants (Michigan) - Recorded 132 receiving yards and a touchdown on four catches in the New York Giants' 45-17 loss to Green Bay.

 

Rashard Mendenhall, RB, Pittsburgh (Illinois) - Rushed for 65 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries and added 18 receiving yards in Pittsburgh's 27-3 win over Carolina.

 

Bernard Pollard, S, Houston (Purdue) - Recorded eight tackles and a forced fumble in Houston's 24-23 loss to Denver.

 

Paul Posluszny, LB, Buffalo (Penn State) - Racked up 13 tackles in Buffalo's 34-3 loss to New England.

 

Pierre Thomas, RB, New Orleans (Illinois) - Rushed for 63 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries in New Orleans' 17-14 win over Atlanta.

 

Donte Whitner, S, Buffalo (Ohio State) - Made 12 tackles in Buffalo's 34-3 loss to New England.

 

Antoine Winfield, CB, Minnesota (Ohio State) - Recorded nine tackles, two sacks and a forced fumble in Minnesota's 24-14 win over Philadelphia.

 

WRES: This Week's Schedule

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DECEMBER 29-30

#9 ILLINOIS at Midlands Championships - Evanston, Ill.
INDIANA at Southern Scuffle - Greensboro, N.C.
#6 IOWA at Midlands Championships - Evanston, Ill.
#15 MICHIGAN at Southern Scuffle - Greensboro, N.C.
MICHIGAN STATE at Midlands Championships - Evanston, Ill.
#3 MINNESOTA at Southern Scuffle - Greensboro, N.C.
#20 NORTHWESTERN at Midlands Championships - Evanston, Ill.
#4 PENN STATE at Southern Scuffle - Greensboro, N.C.
#16 PURDUE at Midlands Championships - Evanston, Ill.
#4 WISCONSIN at Midlands Championships - Evanston, Ill.

FB: Iowa Knocks Off No. 12 Missouri in Insight Bowl

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Iowa freshman running back Marcus Coker set a Hawkeyes bowl record with 219 rushing yards and defensive back Micah Hyde returned an interception 72 yards for the game-winning score in the fourth quarter for a 27-24 victory over No. 12 Missouri in the Insight Bowl. Iowa won a third straight bowl game for the first time in school history, after winning the Orange Bowl last season and the Outback Bowl the year before. Head coach Kirk Ferentz improved to 6-3 in bowl games to match Hayden Fry for the program record for bowl wins. Ferentz is now tied for third in Big Ten history for bowl triumphs, trailing only Penn State's Joe Paterno (10 wins) and Wisconsin's Barry Alvarez. For a full recap of the Hawkeyes' Insight Bowl victory, click on this link.

WBB: Tuesday's Results

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Duquesne 71, Ohio State 67
Penn State 96, Bucknell 48
Purdue 76, Western Illinois 44
California 65, Illinois 61

MBB: Tuesday's Results

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#12/11 PURDUE def. MICHIGAN, 80-57
The University of Michigan men's basketball team saw its seven-game winning streak snapped in an 80-57 loss to Purdue Tuesday afternoon (Dec. 28) inside Crisler Arena. In the Big Ten opener for both teams, the Boilermakers shot 19-of-30 (63.3 percent) in the second half and had 20-plus point performances from JaJuan Johnson (22) and E'Twaun Moore (21). RECAP & BOX SCORE

#rv/24 WISCONSIN def. #14/13 MINNESOTA, 68-60
Jordan Taylor scored 22 points and Jon Leuer added 16 to lead No. 24 Wisconsin to a 68-60 upset of No. 13/14 Minnesota on Tuesday night in the Big Ten opener for both teams. RECAP & BOX SCORE 

WBB: Big Ten Weekly Women's Basketball Release

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This week, Big Ten teams will conclude their non-conference schedules and begin the 2010-11 conference season. With four out of conference contests scheduled for Tuesday, the Big Ten schedule will get underway on Thursday with Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Penn State and Purdue each hosting conference openers. The Big Ten Network will televise a pair of conference matchups on Thursday with Ohio State visiting Michigan at 6:30 ET and Minnesota traveling to Illinois at 8:30 ET. In total, the Big Ten Network and www.BigTenNetwork.com will provide national coverage of 11 conference matchups this week.

Click here to read the entire weekly release.

WBB: Tuesday's Schedule

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California at Illinois, 8 p.m.
Duquesne at Ohio State, 7 p.m., www.BigTenNetwork.com
Bucknell at Penn State, 7 p.m., Big Ten Network
Western Illinois at Purdue, 7 p.m., www.bigtennetwork.com

WRES: Big Ten Wrestling Weekly Release - Dec. 28

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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.

MBB: Monday's Results

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PENN STATE def. INDIANA, 69-60
Jeff Brooks had a career-high 23 points and Talor Battle added 19 to help Penn State hold off Indiana, 69-60, in the Big Ten opener on Monday night. The Nittany Lions had built a 14-point first half advantage at 30-16 with 6:16 left in the first half. However the Hoosiers chipped away at the lead and trailed 34-25 at halftime. RECAP & BOX SCORE

#2/2 OHIO STATE def. Tennessee-Martin, 100-40
William Buford scored the first seven points of the game and came out of an offensive funk to finish with 23 to lead No. 2 Ohio State to a 100-40 victory over Tennessee-Martin on Monday night. RECAP & BOX SCORE

Player of the Week:
Brittany Orban, Northwestern
6-2, Jr., F, North Canton, Ohio/Hoover

Orban filled up the stat sheet in Northwestern's 70-60 win over Toledo last week, recording a double-double to earn her first Big Ten Player of the Week honor. She finished with 20 points on 7-of-10 shooting from the floor and 11 rebounds, five of which were on the offensive end. She added five assists and three steals to help Northwestern finish the non-conference season with an 11-2 mark and an undefeated home record thus far this season.

Last Northwestern Player of the Week: Amy Jaeschke (Dec. 20, 2010)

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

Moses was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week for the third time this season after averaging 13 points and five assists to help Purdue to a pair of wins last week. Against Southern Illinois, the freshman recorded a game-high 18 points and six assists, chipping in two steals, in the Boilermakers' 75-36 victory. In a road win against Gardner-Webb, Moses totaled eight points with four assists, three rebounds and a steal.

Last Purdue Freshman of the Week: Courtney Moses (Dec. 20, 2010)

Big Ten Bowl Previews

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With eight Big Ten bowl games scheduled over an eight-day period from Dec. 28 to Jan. 4, previews of each bowl have been posted at www.bigten.org. Below are links to each of the previews:

INSIGHT BOWL: Iowa vs. Missouri, Dec. 28

TEXAS BOWL: Illinois vs. Baylor, Dec. 29

TICKETCITY BOWL: Northwestern vs. Texas Tech, Jan. 1

OUTBACK BOWL: Penn State vs. Florida, Jan. 1

CAPITAL ONE BOWL: Michigan State vs. Alabama, Jan. 1

PROGRESSIVE GATOR BOWL: Michigan vs. Mississippi State, Jan. 1

ROSE BOWL GAME PRESENTED BY VIZIO: Wisconsin vs. TCU, Jan. 1

ALLSTATE SUGAR BOWL: Ohio State vs. Arkansas, Jan. 4

MBB: Thursday's Results

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Colorado def. INDIANA, 78-69

MICHIGAN def. Bryant, 87-71

#17/16 MINNESOTA def. South Dakota State, 85-73

#rv/rv NORTHWESTERN def. Mount St. Mary's 70-47

#2/2 OHIO STATE def. Oakland, 92-63

#rv/rv WISCONSIN def. Coppin State, 80-56

MBB: Required Reading

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Brent Yarina of BigTenNetwork.com hands out his non-conference awards, while Big Ten Network analyst Jim Jackson shares his favorite plays of the non-conference season.

Michigan's Josh Bartelstein blogs about fan support, dancing and fantasy football.

The jerseys of former Minnesota greats Charles "Chuck" Mencel and Dick Garmaker will be retired this season.

Minnesota head coach Tubby Smith will be featured in the FSN Sports North series, "Unscripted."

Ohio State's Jared Sullinger is the stats-based Player of the Year, according to Ken Pomery, writes ESPN.com's Eamonn Brennan.

Purdue's Larry "Cliz" Clisby blogs about the Boilermakers' upcoming Big Ten schedule.

MBB: Thursday's Schedule

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INDIANA vs. Colorado - 7:30 p.m.

Bryant at MICHIGAN - 6 p.m., Big Ten Network

South Dakota State at #17/16 MINNESOTA - 8 p.m., ESPN3

Mount St. Mary's at #rv/rv NORTHWESTERN - 3 p.m., www.BigTenNetwork.com

Oakland at #2/2 OHIO STATE - 8 p.m., Big Ten Network

Coppin State at #rv/rv WISCONSIN - 8 p.m., www.BigTenNetwork.com

MBB: Wednesday's Results

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#9/10 Missouri def. #21/21 ILLINOIS, 75-64

Northern Iowa def. INDIANA, 67-61

#18/22 Texas def. #12/12 MICHIGAN STATE, 67-55

WBB: Wednesday's Results

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#14/13 Iowa 75, Northern Iowa 64
Michigan 68, #24/24 Boston College 55
Minnesota 82, Northern Arizona 74
Northwestern 70, Toledo 60
Purdue 59, Gardner-Webb 58

MBB: Wednesday's Schedule

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#9/10 Missouri vs. #21/21 ILLINOIS - 9 p.m., ESPN2

Northern Iowa vs. INDIANA - 7:30 p.m.

#18/22 Texas at #12/12 MICHIGAN STATE - 7 p.m., ESPN2

WBB: Wednesday's Schedule

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Northern Iowa at #14/13 Iowa, 8 p.m., www.BigTenNetwork.com
#24/24 Boston College at Michigan, 7 p.m., Big Ten Network
Northern Arizona at Minnesota, 8 p.m.
Toledo at Northwestern (rv/rv), 4 p.m.
Purdue at Gardner-Webb, 7 p.m.

VB: Brown Named Finalist for Honda Sports Award

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Penn State volleyball senior Blair Brown is one of four finalists for the Honda Sports Award, given annually to the top collegiate woman's athlete in her sport. Brown is the 10th Nittany Lion to be named a finalist and looks to become the third Penn State volleyball player in as many years to win the honor.

Brown joins Juliann Faucette of Texas, Alex Jupiter of Southern California and Carli Lloyd as finalists, with the winner becoming eligible for the Honda-Broderick Cup, given each year to the Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year. Last year, Megan Hodge was named co-winner of the award, becoming the first Nittany Lion to win the award.

For more information on Brown and Honda Sports Award, click here.

FB: Big Ten in the NFL - Week 15

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Tom Brady, QB, New England (Michigan) - Threw for 163 yards and two touchdowns on 15 of 24 passing in New England's 31-27 win over Green Bay.

 

Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans (Purdue) - Recorded 267 passing yards and three touchdowns on 29 of 46 passing in New Orleans' 30-24 loss to Baltimore.

 

Danny Clark, LB, New Orleans (Illinois) - Racked up 10 tackles in New Orleans' 30-24 loss to Baltimore.

 

Kerry Collins, QB, Tennessee (Penn State) - Threw for 237 yards and two touchdowns on 14 of 24 passing in Tennessee's 31-17 win over Houston.

 

Braylon Edwards, WR, New York Jets (Michigan) - Caught eight passes for 100 yards in the New York Jets' 22-17 win over Pittsburgh.

 

Robbie Gould, K, Chicago (Penn State) - Made four field goals, including a long of 34 yards, and four PATs in Chicago's 40-14 win over Minnesota.

 

Chad Henne, QB, Miami (Michigan) - Completed 33 of 45 passes for 276 yards and a touchdown in Miami's 17-14 loss to Buffalo.

 

Renaldo Hill, CB, Denver (Michigan State) - Recorded three tackles and an interception in Denver's 39-23 loss to Oakland.

 

Michael Jenkins, WR, Atlanta (Ohio State) - Caught three passes for 48 yards and a touchdown in Atlanta's 34-18 win over Seattle.

 

James Laurinaitis, LB, St. Louis (Ohio State) - Made 11 tackles and a pass deflection in St. Louis' 27-13 loss to Kansas City.

 

DeAndre Levy, LB, Detroit (Wisconsin) - Recorded 11 tackles and a pass deflection in Detroit's 23-20 overtime win over Tampa Bay.

 

Brandon Lloyd, WR, Denver (Illinois) - Caught four passes for 79 yards and a touchdown in Denver's 39-23 loss to Oakland.

 

Mario Manningham, WR, New York Giants (Michigan) - Caught eight passes for 113 yards and two touchdowns in the New York Giants' 38-31 loss to Philadelphia.

 

Rashard Mendenhall, RB, Pittsburgh (Illinois) - Recorded 100 rushing yards and a touchdown on 17 carries in Pittsburgh's 22-17 loss to the New York Jets.

 

Rob Ninkovich, LB, New England (Purdue) - Notched six tackles and a sack in New England's 31-27 win over Green Bay.

 

Dave Rayner, K, Detroit (Michigan State) - Made three field goals, including a long of 41 yards and the game-winning field goal in Detroit's 23-20 overtime win over Tampa Bay.

 

Brian Robiskie, WR, Cleveland (Ohio State) - Made five catches for 82 yards and a touchdown in Cleveland's 19-17 loss to Cincinnati.

 

Matt Shaughnessy, DE, Oakland (Wisconsin) - Recorded eight tackles and 1.5 sacks in Oakland's 39-23 win over Denver.

 

Drew Stanton, QB, Detroit (Michigan State) - Completed 23 of 37 passes for 252 yards and a touchdown and added 24 rushing yards in Detroit's 23-20 overtime win over Tampa Bay.

MBB: Tuesday's Results

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IOWA def. Louisiana Tech, 77-58

St. John's def. #rv/rv NORTHWESTERN, 85-69

#2/2 OHIO STATE def. UNC-Asheville, 96-49

Maine def. PENN STATE, 74-64

#14/13 PURDUE def. IPFW, 77-52

WRES: Ranking the Wrestlers

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Big Ten wrestling is well-represented in this week's InterMat individual rankings, with 54 wrestlers earning top-20 status in their respective weight classes. Iowa 125-pounder Matt McDonough, Michigan 141-pounder Kellen Russell and Wisconsin 165-pounder Andrew Howe again lead their weight classes, earning the top ranking. The complete listing of ranked Big Ten wrestlers can be found below.

125
1. Matt McDonough, So., IOWA
2. Brandon Precin, Sr., NU
7. Zach Sanders, Jr., MINN
16. Frank Martellotti, Fr., PSU

133
3. Tyler Graff, So., WIS
5. B.J. Futrell, So., ILL
8. Tony Ramos, Fr., IOWA
15. Ian Paddock, So., OSU
16. Levi Mele, So., NU
19. Zac Stevens, Sr., MICH

141
1. Kellen Russell, Jr., MICH
2. Mike Thorn, Sr., MINN
3. Jimmy Kennedy, Sr., ILL
9. Andrew Alton, Fr., PSU
12. Mark Ballweg, So., IOWA
20. Kaleb Friedley, Fr., NU

149
6. Frank Molinaro, Jr., PSU
7. Andrew Nadhir, Sr., NU
10. Kurt Kinser, Sr., IND
12. Eric Terrazas, Jr., ILL
18. Cole Schmitt, So., WIS

157
3. David Taylor, Fr., PSU
5. Jason Welch, So., NU
8. Derek St. John, Fr., IOWA
9. Paul Young, Sr., IND
12. Colton Salazar, Sr., PUR
18. David Cheza, Jr., MSU

165
1. Andrew Howe, Jr., WIS
7. Cody Yohn, So., MINN
10. Colt Sponseller, Sr., OSU
14. Jake Kerr, Sr., IOWA

174
8. Scott Glasser, Sr., MINN
10. Ed Ruth, Fr., PSU
11. Luke Manuel, Sr., PUR
12. Jordan Blanton, Jr., ILL
14. Nick Heflin, Fr., OSU

184
4. Grant Gambrall, So., IOWA
6. Travis Rutt, Jr., WIS
8. Kevin Steinhaus, Fr., MINN
13. Tony Dallago, Fr., ILL
14. A.J. Kissel, Sr., PUR

197
3. Trevor Brandvold, Sr., WIS
5. Sonny Yohn, Jr., MINN
9. Logan Brown, Sr., PUR
12. Luke Lofthouse, Sr., IOWA
14. Matt Powless, Jr., IND
15. Anthony Biondo, Sr., MICH

HWT
6. Cameron Wade, Jr., PSU
7. Ben Apland, So., MICH
9. Tony Nelson, Fr., MINN
14. Mike McClure, Fr., MSU
15. Blake Rasing, Jr., IOWA
17. Eric Bugenhagen, Sr., WIS
20. Ricky Alcala, Sr., IND

WBB: Tuesday's Results

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Marquette 73, Illinois 56
Florida Gulf Coast 73, Indiana 69
Michigan State 67, Vermont 33
Drexel 84, Penn State 73

VB: Eight Big Ten Teams Mentioned in Final AVCA Poll

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Six Big Ten volleyball teams were ranked in the top 25 of the final American Volleyball Coaches Association poll of the 2010 season, it was announced on Tuesday afternoon, the most of any conference in the nation. On the heels of winning their fourth straight national championship, Penn State finished the season as the No. 1 team in the rankings, the fourth straight season the Nittany Lions have ended the season as the nation's top rated team.

Overall, eight conference teams were mentioned in the poll, with two receiving votes outside the top 25. Illinois and Minnesota rounded out the top 10 at Nos. 9 and 10, respectively, with Purdue following close behind at No. 11. Ohio State and Indiana both jumped into the top 25, with the Buckeyes appearing at No. 19 and Indiana checking in at No. 23. Michigan and Northwestern were among teams also receiving votes.

The complete AVCA rankings can be found here.

VB: Eight Big Ten Teams Mentioned in Final AVCA Poll

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Six Big Ten volleyball teams were ranked in the top 25 of the final American Volleyball Coaches Association poll of the 2010 season, it was announced on Tuesday afternoon, the most of any conference in the nation. On the heels of winning their fourth straight national championship, Penn State finished the season as the No. 1 team in the rankings, the fourth straight season the Nittany Lions have ended the season as the nation's top rated team.

Overall, eight conference teams were mentioned in the poll, with two receiving votes outside the top 25. Illinois and Minnesota rounded out the top 10 at Nos. 9 and 10, respectively, with Purdue following close behind at No. 11. Ohio State and Indiana both jumped into the top 25, with the Buckeyes appearing at No. 19 and Indiana checking in at No. 23. Michigan and Northwestern were among teams also receiving votes.

The complete AVCA rankings can be found here.

MBB: Tuesday's Schedule

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Louisiana Tech at IOWA - 8 p.m., www.BigTenNetwork.com

St. John's at #rv/rv NORTHWESTERN - 9:30 p.m., MSG

UNC-Asheville at #2/2 OHIO STATE - 8:30 p.m., Big Ten Network

Maine at PENN STATE - 5 p.m., www.BigTenNetwork.com

IPFW at #14/13 PURDUE - 6:30 p.m., Big Ten Network

 

All times ET

WRES: In the Polls

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Nine Big Ten wrestling teams again highlight the latest NWCA/USA Today Division I Coaches Poll, with Minnesota leading the way at No. 3. After earning its first conference win last weekend, Penn State moves from No. 5 in last week's poll into a tie with Wisconsin for No. 4 this week. No. 6 Iowa and No. 9 Illinois hold the same ranks as last week. Michigan and Purdue swap spots from last week's rankings, with the Wolverines moving up to No. 15 and the Boilermakers falling to No. 16. Northwestern remains at No. 20, while Ohio State falls three spots to No. 25.

Wisconsin leads the Big Ten in the InterMat Tournament Rankings, taking No. 3 in this week's edition. No. 4 Minnesota and No. 5 Iowa earn top-five status, while No. 7 Penn State and No. 9 Northwestern again earn top-10 rankings. Illinois checks in at No. 13, followed by Michigan at No. 16. No. 34 Purdue, No. 39 Indiana, No. 40 Ohio State and No. 46 Michigan State round out the Big Ten contingent in the rankings.

The complete NWCA/USA Today poll can be found here. Click here to see the InterMat Rankings.

MBB: Required Reading

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Iowa junior Andrew Brommer is another year older and another year wiser.

Michigan is looking like an NCAA Tournament contender during what was supposed to be a rebuilding year, writes Jason King of Yahoo! Sports.

Michigan's Holiday Ticket Packs make the perfect gift for the Wolverine on your list.

Drew Crawford was one rebound and two assists shy of a triple-double in Northwestern's win over St. Francis (NY) last night.

Jared Sullinger is making Buckeye fans say, "Evan who?" writes John Gasaway (subscription required).

Great tickets remain for Ohio State's games over the holidays. Click HERE for more information.

Read excerpts from Purdue head coach Matt Painter's teleconference on Monday.

Wisconsin's Keaton Nankivil, a tutor at Madison West High School, learns through teaching others.

Five Badgers recently participated in a local elementary school's Read-a-Thon.

WRES: Big Ten Wrestling Weekly Release - Dec. 21

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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.

WBB: Tuesday's Schedule

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Illinois at Marquette, 1 p.m.
Indiana at Florida Gulf Coast, 7:30 p.m.
Vermont at Michigan State, 7 p.m., BigTenNetwork.com
Drexel at Penn State, 7:30 p.m., BigTenNetwork.com

WRES: Illinois' Dallago Named Big Ten Wrestler of the Week

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Illinois 184-pounder Tony Dallago has been named the Big Ten Wrestler of the Week, the conference office announced on Tuesday. Dallago led the No. 9 Illini to a 26-15 win over No. 15 Purdue on Sunday, giving them their first Big Ten win of the 2010-11 season.

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

MBB: Monday's Results

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#rv/rv NORTHWESTERN def. St. Francis (NY), 92-61

WBB: Monday's Results

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Iowa 75, Drake 71
Purdue 75, Southern Illinois 36

MBB: Monday's Schedule

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#rv/rv NORTHWESTERN vs. St. Francis (N.Y.) - 7 p.m. ET, MSG

WBB: Monday's Schedule

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Iowa at Drake, 8 p.m.
Southern Illinois at Purdue, 7:30 p.m., Big Ten Network

MBB: Get to the Point

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Five Big Ten players have been named candidates for the Bob Cousy Award, which recognizes college basketball's top point guard, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced on Monday. The Big Ten's honorees can be found below. Click HERE for the complete release.

BIG TEN STUDENT-ATHLETES NAMED COUSY AWARD CANDIDATES
Demetri McCamey, Illinois
Kalin Lucas, Michigan State
Talor Battle, Penn State
Lewis Jackson, Purdue
Jordan Taylor, Wisconsin

WRES: 2011 Big Ten Championships Tickets Now On Sale

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Tickets for the 2011 Big Ten Wrestling Championships, held on March 5-6 at Welsh-Ryan Arena in Evanston, Ill., are now on sale through the Northwestern University ticket office. Fans can purchase tickets by calling the ticket office at 888-GO-PURPLE. Those who have already submitted their ticket request to wrestling.northwestern@gmail.com will be contacted by a Northwestern account executive this week. Fans can also request seats within a specific school's designated seating areas.

A complete ticket price listing for the 2011 Big Ten Wrestling Championships can be found below.

All Sessions
Reserved - $40
Adult General Admission - $36
Youth General Admission - $24

Session 1
Adult General Admission - $15
Youth General Admission - $12

Session 2
Reserved - $18
Adult General Admission - $15
Youth General Admission - $12

Session 3
Reserved - $20
Adult General Admission - $18
Youth General Admission - $15

MBB: Sunday's Results

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INDIANA def. South Carolina Central, 102-60

WRES: Weekend Roundup

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DECEMBER 15

#20 NORTHWESTERN def. INDIANA, 28-9

DECEMBER 19

#9 ILLINOIS def. #15 PURDUE, 26-15
INDIANA def. Eastern Michigan, 24-13
#18 Missouri def. INDIANA, 26-12
#20 NORTHWESTERN def. Northern Illinois, 38-0
#20 NORTHWESTERN def. Southern Illinois-Edwardsville, 51-0
#5 PENN STATE def. #22 OHIO STATE, 42-3

MBB: Sunday's Schedule

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South Carolina State at INDIANA  - 4 p.m. ET, Big Ten Network

MBB: Saturday's Results

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Illinois-Chicago def. #12/14 ILLINOIS, 57-54

IOWA def. Drake, 59-52

MICHIGAN def. Oakland, 69-51

#14/15 MICHIGAN STATE def. Prairie View A&M, 90-41

#2/2 OHIO STATE def. South Carolina, 79-57

#19/17 PURDUE def. Indiana State, 65-52

WBB: Saturday's Results

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Illinois 65, Illinois-Chicago 56
Indiana 64, Fla. International 60
Iowa 65, South Dakota State 54
Detroit 67, Michigan 48
Michigan State 88, Dartmouth 33
Purdue 76, Auburn 56

VB: Penn State Wins Fourth Straight National TItle

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Penn State once again staked its claim as national champions after winning Saturday night's NCAA Championship final with a 3-0 (25-20, 27-25, 25-20) victory over California. Three Nittany Lions finished with double-digit kills, led by senior Blair Brown's 18 kills, supported by Deja McClendon's 16 spikes and Arielle Wilson's 12. Brown chipped in 10 digs and four blocks as Penn State extended its NCAA Championship winning streak to 24 matches. Offensively, the Nittany Lions hit .276 on the night, while their defense held California to .182 hitting. Overall, it is Penn State's fifth national championship and lost just one set during the 2010 postseason.

BIg Ten NCAA Volleyball Championship Central

MBB: Saturday's Schedule

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Illinois-Chicago vs. #12/14 ILLINOIS - 2 p.m., Big Ten Network

IOWA at Drake - 8 p.m.

Oakland at MICHIGAN - Noon, ESPN3

Prairie View A&M at #14/15 MICHIGAN STATE - 6:30 p.m., Big Ten Network

South Carolina at #2/2 OHIO STATE - 2 p.m., CBS Sports

Indiana State vs. #19/17 PURDUE - 4 p.m., Big Ten Network

MBB: Friday's Results

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INDIANA def. SIU-Edwardsville, 88-54

WBB: Weekend Schedule

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Saturday
Illinois-Chicago vs. Illinois, 11:30 a.m.
Indiana at Florida International, 4:30 p.m.
#16/15 Iowa at South Dakota State, 6 p.m.
Detroit Mercy at Michigan, 7 p.m., www.BigTenNetwork.com
Dartmouth at #14/17 Michigan State, 1 p.m., www.BigTenNetwork.com
Auburn vs. Purdue, 1:30 p.m.

Sunday
Northern Arizona at Northwestern (rv/rv), 2 p.m., Big Ten Network
Delaware at Penn State, 2 p.m., www.BigTenNetwork.com
#1/1 Connecticut vs. #11/10 Ohio State, 2 p.m., ESPNU

MBB: Friday's Schedule

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SIU-Edwardsville at INDIANA - 7 p.m. ET, Big Ten Network

MSCR: In the Polls

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Five Big Ten men's soccer teams have earned top-25 rankings in the final NSCAA/HendrickCars.com national poll of the 2010 season. After advancing to the first College Cup in program history, Michigan (17-5-3) leads the way at No. 4. Michigan State (13-7-2) rounds out the year ranked No. 15, followed by Ohio State (11-6-3) at No. 17, Penn State (14-8-1) at No. 18 and Indiana (10-8-2) at No. 20.

To see the complete NSCAA/HendrickCars men's soccer poll, click here.

BASE: Everybody's All-American

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Indiana outfielder Alex Dickerson, the 2010 Big Ten Player of the Year, was named to the Louisville Slugger All-America first team, Collegiate Baseball announced on Friday. Northwestern reliever Paul Snieder was chosen as a third-team honoree.

The recognition is Dickerson's accolade this week, as he was previously a first-team All-American by the NCBWA.

WSWM: National Rankings

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The Big Ten Conference saw six teams garner national rankings in the latest CollegeSwimming.com/CSCAA Division I Coaches Poll released Thursday, Dec. 16. Minnesota continued to lead the pack at No. 13, followed closely by Indiana at No. 14.

Michigan, Wisconsin, and Ohio State appeared inside the top 20, earning spots at No. 15, No. 16 and No. 19 respectively.  Round out the votes were the Purdue Boilermakers, checking in at No. 20.

Three additional squads are earning votes outside the top-25 in Iowa, Northwestern and Penn State.

MSWM: National Rankings

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SIx Big Ten teams earned spots in the CollegeSwimming.com/CSCAA Division I Coaches Poll released Thursday, Dec. 16. Ohio State leads the way for all conference schools at No. 7 in the national poll, followed closely by Michigan at the No. 8 spot. Minnesota earns the No. 13 nod while Indiana voted in at No. 14.  

The Purdue Boilermakers checked in at No. 21 and rounding out the conference contingent to appear in the national rankings is Iowa at No. 22.

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

Click here for a complete list of the rankings.

MBB: Thursday's Results

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#rv/rv NORTHWESTERN  def. American, 78-62

VB: Penn State Advances to National Championship Match

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With a 3-0 (25-13, 25-13, 25-22) sweep over Texas, Penn State advanced to the national championship match for the fourth straight season. The Nittany Lions will face the winner of California-Southern California on Saturday at 8:30 p.m. ET on ESPN2. Penn State hit .365 on the night and had three players finish with 10 or more kills, highlighted by freshman Deja McClendon's 11 kills on .733 hitting. Defensively, the Nittany Lion defense held Texas to just .131 hitting and had 19 blocks as the Nittany Lions extended their NCAA Championship-record winning streak to 23 matches.

FB: Big Ten Bowl Release

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The Big Ten football bowl 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.

Big Ten matches conference record with eight bowl teams, a feat also accomplished in 2003 and 2007.

Wisconsin and Ohio State give Big Ten two BCS teams for 10th time in 13 Years, sixth straight season.

Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Northwestern and Penn State also earn bowl berths.

Fourteen Big Ten players earn All-America honors.

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

• Big Ten sets records for conference attendance.

MBB: Thursday's Schedule

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American at #rv/rv NORTHWESTERN - 8 p.m. ET, Big Ten Network

MBB: Required Reading

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FOXSports.com's Jeff Goodman lists Illinois' Demetri McCamey and Ohio State's Jared Sullinger among his current top 10 Player of the Year candidates.

Illinois' D.J. Richardson, a self-described "animal," takes pride in his shut-down defense.

The first 3,000 fans in attendance for Iowa's game against Louisiana Tech on Dec. 21 will receive a Fran McCaffery bobblehead doll.

Michigan's Josh Bartelstein blogs about his team and the Michigan weather.

Read what Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo said during his weekly press conference.

Minnesota's Blake Hoffarber scored his 1,000th career point in the Gophers' win over Akron yesterday.

Make plans now to see Northwestern play at Madison Square Garden in New York.

The Buckeyes' Jon Diebler was yesterday's "FOXSports.com Stud of the Night."

Wisconsin fifth-year walk-on Brett Valentyn has made sacrifices to play for the Badgers, but says they've paid off.

MBB: Wednesday's Results

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#21/20 MINNESOTA def. Akron, 66-58

#2/2 OHIO STATE def. Florida-Gulf Coast, 83-55

FB: Three Big Ten Players Earn Unanimous All-America Honors

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Fourteen Big Ten student-athletes have been named to the All-America first, second or third teams as chosen by the American Football Coaches Association, Associated Press, Football Writers Association of America, Sporting News and Walter Camp Football Foundation. Big Ten All-Americans include three standouts named to all five first teams - Michigan State linebacker Greg Jones, Purdue defensive end Ryan Kerrigan and Wisconsin offensive tackle Gabe Carimi. Jones earns consensus All-America honors for the second straight season, making him the first Big Ten player to accomplish that feat since Ohio State linebacker James Laurinaitis was tabbed a consensus All-American in 2006, 2007 and 2008. Jones is just the fourth Spartan to earn consensus All-America laurels in two seasons, a group that includes running back Lorenzo White (1985 and 1987), defensive end Charles "Bubba" Smith (1965 and 1966) and linebacker George Webster (1965 and 1966). Jones is also MSU's first unanimous All-American since wideout Charles Rogers was honored 2002. Kerrigan is the first consensus All-American for the Boilermakers since wide receiver Taylor Stubblefield in 2004 and the first Purdue defender to be so honored since defensive back Rod Woodson in 1986. The Boilermakers' last unanimous All-Americans were quarterback Mark Herrmann and tight end Dave Young in 1980. Carimi is the Badgers' first unanimous All-America pick since fellow offensive lineman Joe Thomas was honored in 2006.

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

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Four Big Ten players were named to the Sporting News All-America team, including Michigan State linebacker Greg Jones, Purdue defensive end Ryan Kerrigan and the Wisconsin due of offensive tackle Gabe Carimi and tight end Lance Kendricks. Jones, Kerrigan and Carimi have now been names first-team All-Americans by each of the five major selectors, while Kendricks was also tabbed for the first team by the American Football Coaches Association and was picked as a second-teamer by the Associated Press and Walter Camp Football Foundation.

WBB: Wednesday's Schedule

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Northwestern 68, Northern Illinois 59
Wisconsin 63, Wyoming 59
Michigan State's Mark Dantonio and Wisconsin's Bret Bielema have been named finalists for the Bear Bryant Award, given annually to the nation's top head coach. Both Dantonio and Bielema led their teams to a share of the 2010 Big Ten Championship with 7-1 marks in conferences and 11-1 records overall. Ohio State's Jim Tressel, who also earned a share of the 2010 Big Ten title, was the last conference coach to win the Bear Bryant Award in 2002.

WRES: Weekend Schedule

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DECEMBER 15

#20 NORTHWESTERN at INDIANA - 7 p.m. ET - www.BigTenNetwork.com

DECEMBER 19

#18 Missouri at INDIANA - 10 a.m. ET [1]
#20 NORTHWESTERN vs. Northern Illinois - Noon CT [2]
#15 PURDUE at #9 ILLINOIS - 1 p.m. CT
Eastern Michigan at INDIANA - 2 p.m. ET [1]
#20 NORTHWESTERN at Southern Illinois-Edwardsville - 2 p.m. CT
#22 OHIO STATE at #5 PENN STATE - 2 p.m. ET

Legend
[1] Indiana Duals - Bloomington, Ind.
[2] Edwardsville, Ill. 

FB: Big Ten in the NFL - Week 14

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Akin Ayodele, LB, Buffalo (Purdue) - Recorded 10 tackles and a pass deflection in Buffalo's 13-6 win over Cleveland.

 

Arrelious Benn, WR, Tampa Bay (Illinois) - Caught four passes for 122 yards and added 17 yards rushing in Tampa Bay's 17-16 win over Washington.

 

Tom Brady, QB, New England (Michigan) - Threw for 369 yards and two touchdowns on 27 of 40 passing in New England's 36-7 win over Chicago.

 

Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans (Purdue) - Completed 25 of 40 passes for 221 yards and three touchdowns in New Orleans' 31-13 win over St. Louis.

 

Deon Butler, WR, Seattle (Penn State) - Caught five passes for 68 yards and a touchdown in Seattle's 40-21 loss to San Francisco.

 

Luis Castillo, DE, San Diego (Northwestern) - Recorded three tackles and a sack in San Diego's 31-0 win over Kansas City.

 

Barry Cofield, DT, New York Giants (Northwestern) - Made three tackles and a sack in the New York Giants' 21-3 win over Minnesota.

 

Kerry Collins, QB, Tennessee (Penn State) - Threw for 244 yards and three touchdowns on 28 of 39 passing in Tennessee's 30-28 loss to Indianapolis.

 

Jay Feely, K, Arizona (Michigan) - Accounted for 25 points, making five field goals and four PAT attempts and adding a rushing touchdown in Arizona's 43-13 win over Denver.

 

Bradley Fletcher, CB, St. Louis (Iowa) - Recorded nine tackles and an interception in St. Louis' 31-13 loss to New Orleans.

 

Tamba Hali, LB, Kansas City (Penn State) - Made six tackles and a sack in Kansas City's 31-0 loss to San Diego.

 

A.J. Hawk, LB, Green Bay (Ohio State) - Notched 10 tackles and a pass deflection in Green Bay's 7-3 loss to Detroit.

 

Dhani Jones, LB, Cincinnati (Michigan) - Made eight tackles and a sack in Cincinnati's 23-7 loss to Pittsburgh.

 

DeAndre Levy, LB, Detroit (Wisconsin) - Recorded eight tackles and an interception in Detroit's 7-3 win over Chicago.

 

Derrick Mason, WR, Baltimore (Michigan State) - Caught six passes for 78 yards and two touchdowns in Baltimore's 34-28 overtime win over Houston.

 

Bernard Pollard, S, Houston (Purdue) - Tallied eight tackles, 1.5 sacks and a pass deflection in Houston's 34-28 overtime loss to Baltimore.

 

Amari Spievey, CB, Detroit (Iowa) - Made three tackles and an interception in Detroit's 7-3 win over Green Bay.

 

LaMarr Woodley, LB, Pittsburgh (Michigan) - Recorded five tackles and two sacks and returned an interception for a touchdown in Pittsburgh's 23-7 win over Cincinnati.

MBB: Wednesday's Schedule

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Florida-Gulf Coast at #2/2 OHIO STATE - 6:30 p.m., Big Ten Network

Akron at #21/20 MINNESOTA - 8:30 p.m., Big Ten Network

 

All times ET

MGYM: Spring Named Head Coach at Illinois

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Illinois has named Justin Spring its head men's gymnastics coach, Director of Athletics Ron Guenther announced on Wednesday. Spring served as associate head coach last season after spending three years as an assistant coach at Illinois. He also was a member of the Illini gymnastics team from 2003-06, collecting four individual national titles, 12 All-America honors and the 2006 Nissen-Emery Award.

Click here for more information on Spring.

BASE: Early Honors

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Indiana's Alex Dickerson, the 2010 Big Ten Player of the Year, was named a Preseason First-Team All-American, the NCBWA announced on Wednesday. COMPLETE RELEASE

MGYM: Michigan Chosen as Favorite in Preseason Poll

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After earning its fourth NCAA Championship in 2010, Michigan has been chosen as the 2011 Big Ten men's gymnastics preseason favorite by the conference coaches, the Big Ten announced on Wednesday. The Wolverines are followed by defending Big Ten Champion Illinois, Ohio State, Penn State, Minnesota and Iowa in the 2011 preseason poll. The coaches also selected two gymnasts from their respective teams to a Gymnasts to Watch list.

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

WGYM: Michigan Tops Big Ten Preseason Poll

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Michigan has been selected by the Big Ten women's gymnastics coaches as the top conference team heading into the 2011 season, the conference office announced on Wednesday. Joining the defending Big Ten Champion Wolverines in the top three are Illinois and Penn State, with Iowa, Minnesota, Michigan State and Ohio State rounding out the poll. The coaches also selected two gymnasts from their respective teams to a Gymnasts to Watch list.

Click here to see the complete release.

WBB: Wednesday's Schedule

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Northern Illinois at Northwestern (rv/rv), 1 p.m.
Wisconsin at Wyoming, 8 p.m.

VB: Big Ten Boasts 13 All-Americans

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Thirteen Big Ten volleyball standouts were named to the American Volleyball Coaches Association All-America Teams, it was announced on Wednesday. Three were named to the first team, four were chosen for the second and third teams, and two earned honorable mention status. In addition, Penn State's Deja McClendon was named the AVCA Freshman of the Year.

Penn State's Blair Brown and Arielle Wilson were named first-team All-Americans for the second year in a row, while Indiana's Ashley Benson makes her first appearance on the first team. Second-team honorees included Illinois' Colleen Ward, Michigan's Lexi Zimmerman, Northwestern's Sabel Moffett and Penn State's McClendon. Third-team selections went to Illinois' Michelle Bartsch and Hillary Haen, Michigan's Alex Hunt and Purdue's Jaclyn Hart, with Minnesota's Jessica Granquist and Northwestern's Naomi Johnson earning honorable mention status.

To view the complete release from the AVCA, click here.

WRES: Ranking the Wrestlers

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Fifty-five Big Ten wrestlers are ranked in the top 20 of their respective weight classes in the latest InterMat rankings. Iowa 125-pounder Matt McDonough, Michigan 141-pounder Kellen Russell and Wisconsin 165-pounder Andrew Howe each earned a No. 1 ranking in their classes. Each conference team boasts at least two ranked wrestlers, with Iowa's eight ranked wrestlers leading the way. The complete list of ranked Big Ten wrestlers can be found below.

125
1. Matt McDonough, So., IOWA
2. Brandon Precin, Sr., NU
7. Zach Sanders, Jr., MINN
17. Frank Martellotti, Fr., PSU
20. Sean Boyle, So., MICH

133
3. Tyler Graff, So., WIS
5. B.J. Futrell, So., ILL
8. Tony Ramos, Fr., IOWA
10. Ian Paddock, So., OSU
16. Levi Mele, So., NU
20. Zac Stevens, Sr., MICH

141
1. Kellen Russell, Jr., MICH
2. Mike Thorn, Sr., MINN
3. Jimmy Kennedy, Sr., ILL
10. Andrew Alton, Fr., PSU
13. Mark Ballweg, So., IOWA
20. Kaleb Friedley, Fr., NU

149
6. Frank Molinaro, Jr., PSU
7. Andrew Nadhir, Sr., NU
11. Kurt Kinser, Sr., IND
13. Eric Terazas, Jr., ILL
18. Cole Schmitt, So., WIS

157
3. David Taylor, Fr., PSU
5. Jason Welch, So., NU
8. Derek St. John, Fr., IOWA
10. Paul Young, Sr., IND
13. Colt Sponseller, Sr., OSU
14. Colton Salazar, Sr., PUR
20. David Cheza, Jr., MSU

165
1. Andrew Howe, Jr., WIS
6. Cody Yohn, So., MINN
12. Jake Kerr, Sr., IOWA

174
8. Jordan Blanton, Jr., ILL
9. Scott Glasser, Sr., MINN
11. Ed Ruth, Fr., PSU
13. Nick Heflin, Fr., OSU
14. Luke Manuel, Sr., PUR

184
4, Grant Gambrall, So., IOWA
6. Travis Rutt, Jr., WIS
8. A.J. Kissel, Sr., PUR
9. Kevin Steinhaus, Jr., MINN
15. Tony Dallago, Fr., ILL

197
3. Trevor Brandvold, Sr., WIS
5. Sonny Yohn, Jr., MINN
9. Logan Brown, Sr., PUR
12. Luke Lofthouse, Sr., IOWA
14. Matt Powless, Jr., IND
15. Anthony Biondo, Sr., MICH
20. Mario Gonzalez, Fr., ILL

HWT
6. Cameron Wade, Jr., PSU
7. Ben Apland, So., MICH
9. Tony Nelson, Fr., MINN
14. Mike McClure, Fr., MSU
15. Blake Rasing, Jr., IOWA
17. Eric Bugenhagen, Sr., WIS

MBB: Tuesday's Results

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MICHIGAN def. North Carolina Central, 64-44

WBB: Tuesday's Results

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Alabama A&M 75, Minnesota 68
Ohio State 87, USC-Upstate 55

MBB: Tuesday's Schedule

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

WBB: Tuesday's Schedule

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MINNESOTA at Alabama A&M, 7:30 p.m.
USC-Upstate at #11/10 OHIO STATE, 7 p.m., www.BigTenNetwork.com

FB: Twelve Big Ten Players Named to AP All-America Teams

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The Associated Press (AP) announced its All-America first-, second- and third-teams today and 12 Big Ten players appeared on the squads. The AP All-America first-team honorees are Michigan State linebacker Greg Jones, Purdue defensive end Ryan Kerrigan and Wisconsin offensive linemen Gabe Carimi and John Moffitt. Second-team selections are Illinois running back Mikel Leshoure, Ohio State offensive lineman Justin Boren, Penn State offensive lineman Stefen Wisniewski and the Wisconsin duo of tight end Lance Kendricks and defensive end J.J. Watt. Third-team honorees are Iowa defensive end Adrian Clayborn, Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson (as an all-purpose player) and Wisconsin running back John Clay.

WBB: Where We Rank

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Four Big Ten teams were mentioned in the Associated Press or ESPN/USA Today Coaches polls, including three among the top 25. The Buckeyes checked in at No. 11 this week in the Associated Press poll and No. 10 in the coaches poll, Michigan State jumped to No. 14 in the Associated Press poll and climbed to No. 17 in the coaches poll, and Iowa was ranked No. 16 by the AP and No. 15 by the coaches. Northwestern appeared among the teams receiving votes by both polling services.

MBB: Required Reading

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Check out this heartwarming story on Illinois' Demetri McCamey and the influence he's had on a group of grade-school students.

Iowa's Bryce Cartwright has been a hidden gem for head coach Fran McCaffery.

Click here to view progress on the construction of Michigan's Basketball Player Development Center.

Read what Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo said during his weekly press conference.

Northwestern's Holiday Hoops Packages are the perfect gift for the Wildcat fan on your list.

Go "In the Huddle" with Ohio State assistant coach Jeff Boals.

Larry Clisby offers his thoughts on the Boilermakers in his latest blog.

After missing four games with an injury, Wisconsin's Rob Wilson is rediscovering the aggressive style his team is looking for.

Click here for audio of Monday's Big Ten Men's Basketball Coaches Teleconference.

ESPN.com's Joe Lunardi has seven Big Ten teams in the NCAA Tournament, including No. 1 seed Ohio State, in an early edition of Bracketology.

MINDR T/F: Ohio State Garners First Weekly Award of 2011

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The conference office announced on Tuesday the first weekly men's indoor track and field awards for the 2011 season. Ohio State's Cody Marshall earns the nod as field athlete of the week.    

Freshman Cody Marshall began his collegiate campaign by capturing the first pole vault title as the Buckeyes traveled to Kent State for the Golden Flash Gala last weekend. The East Canton, Ohio, native set a personal record of 4.90 meters to take home the title in Ohio State's first meet. This award marks the first weekly laurel of Marshall's career and the second straight for an Ohio State field athlete since Matt DeChant took home the award in February 2010.

Click here for the complete release.

WRES: In the Polls

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Minnesota leads the nine Big Ten wrestling teams ranked in the latest NWCA/USA Today Division I Coaches Poll, checking in at No. 3. No. 4 Wisconsin, No. 5 Penn State, No. 7 Iowa and No. 9 Illinois follow closely behind, holding the same ranks as last week. Purdue moves up six spots after taking down Missouri last weekend, climbing to No. 15. Michigan also earns a higher ranking this week, taking No. 16. No. 20 Northwestern and No. 22 Ohio State round out the contingent of ranked Big Ten teams.

Wisconsin earns the highest InterMat Tournament Ranking out of the 11 conference teams, moving up two spots to No. 3. Iowa follows suit, moving up to No. 4, with No. 6 Minnesota, No. 7 Penn State and No. 9 Northwestern also appearing in the top 10. No. 11 Illinois and No. 15 Michigan each earn top-15 status, followed by No. 33 Purdue, No. 40 Indiana, No. 41 Ohio State and No. 45 Michigan State.

To see the complete NWCA/USA Today poll, click here. The InterMat Tournament Rankings can be found here.

WRES: Big Ten Wrestling Weekly Release - Dec. 14

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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.

WSWM: Big Ten Announces Women's Swimmer and Diver of the Week

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The conference office announced on Tuesday the weekly women's swimming and diving awards. Iowa's Katarina Tour was tabbed the conference's top swimmer of the week while Michigan State's Sarah Clay took home the weekly diving laurel.

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

Dec. 7  S: Maggie Meyer, Sr., WIS

            D: Kelci Bryant, Jr., MINN

Dec. 14 S: Katarina Tour, Sr., IOWA       

            D: Sarah Clay, Jr., MSU


Click here for the complete release.

MSWM: Michigan State Takes Home Weekly Accolades

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The conference office announced on Tuesday the 10th weekly men's swimming and diving honors. Michigan State's Cameron Bartlett and Ivan Zalessov were tabbed Swimmer and Diver of the Week, respectively.

 

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

Nov. 30 S: No selection

            D: No selection

Dec. 7  S: Justin Farra, Sr., OSU

            D: David Boudia, Jr., PUR

Dec. 14 S: Cameron Bartlett, Jr., MSU

            D: Ivan Zalessov, Sr., MSU

 

For the complete release, click here.

Minnesota redshirt freshman Kevin Steinhaus has been named the Big Ten Wrestler of the Week, the conference office announced on Tuesday. Steinhaus, ranked 15th in the country at 184 pounds, earned three wins over the weekend, helping the No. 3 Golden Gophers to three dual victories.

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

WBB: Monday's Results

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Michigan def. New Mexico State, 68-54
DePaul def. Northwestern, 76-72

MBB: Monday's Results

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#rv/rv NORTHWESTERN def. Long Island, 81-65

#rv/rv WISCONSIN def. Green Bay, 70-56

WBB: Monday's Schedule

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New Mexico State at Michigan, 7 p.m., www.bigtennetwork.com
Northwestern
at DePaul, 8 p.m.

MBB: Monday's Schedule

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Long Island at #rv/rv NORTHWESTERN - 8 p.m., www.BigTenNetwork.com

Green Bay at #rv/rv WISCONSIN - 8 p.m., Big Ten Network

 

Click HERE for the complete Big Ten men's basketball weekly release.

 

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Michigan State's Mark Dantonio and Ohio State's Jim Tressel have been named finalists for the 2010 Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Award, which celebrates coaches for their sportsmanship, integrity, responsibility and excellence and for giving back to their teams, schools and communities, on and off field. The finalists were determined as a result of online fan voting at www.CoachoftheYear.com and through an objective scoring model endorsed by the College Football Hall of Fame. Illinois' Ron Zook was named the Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year in 2007, the Big Ten's lone winner since the award's creation in 2006.

From now through Dec. 28, fans can visit www.CoachoftheYear.com to vote among the finalists. Fan votes constitute 20 percent of a coach's final score, with a College Football Hall of Fame committee accounting for 55 percent and national media 25 percent. Liberty Mutual will announce the four winners, one from each division, Jan. 10 in Scottsdale, Ariz., prior to the BCS National Championship Game. The winner will receive $50,000 to donate to the charities of his choice and a $20,000 grant to his school's alumni association. Now in its fifth year, the Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Award will surpass $1 million in support to dozens of national and local charities and college scholarship funds on behalf of its 2010 and past winners.

WRES: Weekend Roundup

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DECEMBER 9

#7 IOWA def. Northern Iowa, 39-0
#3 MINNESOTA def. #15 Nebraska, 26-8

DECEMBER 11

#3 MINNESOTA def. Cal State Bakersfield (rv), 26-6
#3 MINNESOTA def. Cal State Fullerton, 39-0
#4 WISCONSIN def. Northern Iowa, 23-14

DECEMBER 12

#21 PURDUE def. #16 Missouri, 18-15
#19 MICHIGAN at #4 WISCONSIN - Postponed
MICHIGAN STATE at Cleveland State Open - NTS
#20 NORTHWESTERN def. Eastern Michigan, 34-3
#22 OHIO STATE def. Edinboro, 31-17
#5 PENN STATE def. Lock Haven, 48-0

FB: Wisconsin's Watt Wins Lott Trophy

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Wisconsin defensive end J.J. Watt was named the 2010 Lott Trophy winner. 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. Sponsored by The Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation in Newport Beach, the award is given to the player who exhibits the same characteristics Lott embodied during his distinguished career: Integrity, Maturity, Performance, Academics, Community and Tenacity. Wisconsin will receive $25,000 for its general scholarship fund in recognition of Watt's achievement.

Watt becomes the second Big Ten player to earn the Lott Trophy since it was created in 2004, as Ohio State linbacker James Laurinaitis claimed the Lott Trophy in 2008. Watt was the leader of Wisconsin's defense this season, ranking third in the country in tackles for loss (21). A consensus first-team All-Big Ten selection, Watt is tied for second in the Big Ten in sacks (7.0), forced fumbles (3) and tied for third with two fumble recoveries. He is tied for second on the team in tackles (59), leads the team with 10 quarterback hurries and has also blocked three kicks and recorded an interception.

In addition to his skills on the field, Watt is a two-time Academic All-Big Ten performer, and is in the process of starting his own foundation, the Justin J. Watt Foundation to benefit local elementary and middle schools that lack funding for after school sports and activities.

 

WBB: Sunday's Results

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Toledo 56, Indiana 52
Michigan State 85, Iona 51
Minnesota 66, Cal Poly 52
Penn State 95, Maine 41
Purdue 71, Murray State 25
Wisconsin 68, Milwaukee 53

MBB: Sunday's Results

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#16/17 ILLINOIS def. Northern Colorado, 86-76

#2/2 OHIO STATE def. Western Carolina, 85-60

#-/rv Virginia Tech def. PENN STATE, 79-69

MBB: Sunday's Schedule

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PENN STATE at #-/rv Virginia Tech - 1 p.m.

Western Carolina at #2/2 OHIO STATE - 2 p.m., Big Ten Network

Northern Colorado at #16/17 ILLINOIS - 6 p.m., Big Ten Network

 

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MBB: Saturday's Results

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#17/16 Kentucky def. INDIANA, 81-62

#22/20 MINNESOTA def. Eastern Kentucky, 71-58

#7/8 MICHIGAN STATE def. Oakland, 77-76

#19/18 PURDUE def. North Florida, 77-57

#-/rv WISCONSIN def. Marquette, 69-64

VB: Saturday's Results

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Penn State def. Duke, 3-1
Texas def. Purdue, 3-1

WBB: Saturday's Results

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Northwestern 92, Central Michigan 84
Syracuse 75, Ohio State 66

FB: Six Big Ten Players Named to FWAA All-America Team

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The Big Ten, Big 12 and SEC accounted for 18 of the 25 players when the 67th Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) All-America Team was announced today. The Big Ten placed six standouts on the FWAA offense and defense, including Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson (as one of two "backs"), Michigan State linebacker Greg Jones, the Ohio State duo of center Mike Brewster and defensive back Chimdi Chekwa, Purdue defensive end Ryan Kerrigan and Wisconsin offensive tackle Gabe Carimi. The Buckeyes were one of five teams to place two players on the team, while Jones was one of two repeat selections from last season's FWAA All-America team.

MBB: Saturday's Schedule

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#7/8 MICHIGAN STATE vs. Oakland - 12:30 p.m., Fox Sports Detroit

Eastern Kentucky at #22/20 MINNESOTA - 1 p.m., Big Ten Network

#-/rv WISCONSIN at Marquette - 2:30 p.m., ESPN2

INDIANA at #17/16 Kentucky - 5:15 p.m., ESPN

North Florida at #19/18 PURDUE - 6:30 p.m., Big Ten Network

MSCR: Michigan Falls to Akron in College Cup Semifinals

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No. 10 Michigan dropped a 2-1 decision to No. 3 Akron on Friday night in the NCAA College Cup. The Wolverines opened the scoring with a goal in the second minute of the match, but the Zips tallied two unanswered markers to earn the win. Justin Meram scored his fifth goal of the NCAA Championship just over a minute into the game, giving Michigan a 1-0 lead. Akron tied the match in the 33rd minute and took the lead in the 74th minute. The Wolverines close the 2010 season with a 17-5-3 overall record.

WBB: Friday's Result

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Michigan State 62, Western Michigan 50

VB: Friday's Results

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Texas def. Illinois, 3-2
Southern California def. Indiana, 3-0
California def. Minnesota, 3-0
Stanford def. Ohio State 3-1
Penn State def. Oklahoma, 3-0
Purdue def. Florida, 3-0

MBB: Friday's Results

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Iowa State def. IOWA, 75-72

MICHIGAN def. Utah, 75-64

MBB: Friday's Schedule

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Utah at MICHIGAN - 6:30 p.m., Big Ten Network

Iowa State at IOWA - 8:30 p.m., Big Ten Network

 

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MBB: Buckeye's Big Day

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Ohio State freshman Jared Sullinger scored 40 points in the Buckeyes' win over IUPUI on Thursday. Below are a few notes on his performance:

Sullinger's 40 points set a school single-game freshman scoring record, breaking the old mark by eight points.

It was the 23rd 40-point game by a Buckeye, the first since 1986 and the fourth in the last 45 years.

It marked the first time since 1995 that a Big Ten player scored 40 or more points in a game.

The performance was the second 40-point game by a Big Ten freshman and the first since 1944.

WBB: Weekend Schedule

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Friday
#15/20 Michigan State at Western Michigan, 7 p.m.

Saturday
Central Michigan at Northwestern (rv/-), 3 p.m.
#6/6 Ohio State at Syracuse, 1 p.m.

Sunday
Indiana at Toledo, 2 p.m.
Iona at #15/20 Michigan State, 2 p.m., BigTenNetwork.com
Cal-Poly at Minnesota, 3 p.m., BigTenNetwork.com
Maine at Penn State (rv/-), Noon, BigTenNetwork.com
Murray State at Purdue (rv/-), 5 p.m., BigTenNetwork.com
Milwaukee at Wisconsin. 2 p.m., Big Ten Network

MSCR: Four Players Named to NSCAA All-America Teams

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The NSCAA/Performance Subaru Men's NCAA Division I All-America Teams have been announced, with four Big Ten players earning the honors.

Indiana forward and Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year Will Bruin takes home first-team accolades, while Michigan forward Soony Saad and Penn State midfielder Matheus Braga and forward Corey Hertzog each earn second-team status. All four players earn the honor for the first time in their careers.

MSCR: Indiana's Bruin Named MAC Hermann Trophy Finalist

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Indiana forward Will Bruin has been named a finalist for the 2010 Missouri Athletic Club Hermann Trophy, given to the nation's top men's soccer player. Bruin, the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year, finished the 2010 season with 41 points on 18 goals and five assists, leading the Hoosiers to their 12th Big Ten title and 24th consecutive NCAA Championship appearance.

Bruin, along with fellow finalists Darlington Nagbe of Akron and Colin Rolfe of Louisville, will travel to St. Louis on Jan. 7 to find out the winner of the 2010 MAC Hermann Trophy.

VB: NCAA Championship Regional Schedule

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Beginning this afternoon, six Big Ten teams take part in the NCAA Championship regional semifinal round today, with regional finals taking place on Sunday. With two wins this weekend,teams will clinch a berth in next week's national semifinals. The complete weekend schedule can be found below.

Austin, Texas Regional
Regional Semifinals, Dec. 10
No. 16 PURDUE vs. No. 1 Floirda, 6 p.m. ET
No. 8 ILLINOIS vs. No. 9 Texas, 8 p.m. ET
Regional Final, Dec. 11
Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2, 9 p.m. ET, ESPNU

University Park, Pa., Regional
Regional Semifinals, Dec. 10
No. 4 PENN STATE vs. Oklahoma, 7 p.m. ET
Regional Final, Dec. 11
Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2, 6:30 p.m. ET, ESPNU

Dayton, Ohio Regional
Regional Semifinals, Dec. 10
INDIANA vs. No. 6 Southern California, 4 p.m. ET
OHIO STATE vs. No. 3 Stanford, 6 p.m. ET
Regional Final, Dec. 11
Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2, 4 p.m. ET, ESPNU

Seattle, Wash., Regional
Regional Semifinals, Dec. 10
No. 10 MINNESOTA vs. No. 7 California, 8 p.m. ET
Regional Final, Dec. 11
Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2, 11:30 p.m. ET, ESPNU

MSCR: Fourteen Players Earn All-Region Honors

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Fourteen Big Ten men's soccer players have earned NSCAA/Performance Subaru All-Great Lakes Region honors, as announced on Friday. The Big Ten contingent of All-Region honorees is made up of six first-team selections, three second-team selections and five third-team selections.

Indiana forward Will Bruin, Michigan forward Soony Saad, Ohio State goalkeeper Matt Lampson and midfielder Konrad Warzycha and Penn State midfielder Matheus Braga and forward Corey Hertzog highlight the first-team honorees.

Michigan forward Justin Meram, Michigan State defender Colin Givens and Ohio State defender David Tiemstra each earned second-team accolades. Indiana midfielder Andy Adlard and defender Rich Balchan, Michigan State forward Domenic Barone and midfielder Spencer Thompson and Northwestern forward Oliver Kupe represent the conference on the third team.

MSCR: Six Players Invited to 2011 MLS Combine

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Six Big Ten men's soccer players have been invited to the 2011 adidas Major League Soccer Player Combine, as announced on Thursday. Indiana defender Rich Balchan, Michigan forward Justin Meram, Michigan State defender Colin Givens, Ohio State midfielders Matt Gold and Konrad Warzycha and Penn State midfielder Matheus Braga are among the 54 invitees to the combine, which takes place on Jan. 7-11 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

The 2011 MLS SuperDraft is scheduled for Jan. 13 in Baltimore.

FB: Michigan's Robinson Wins Chicago Tribune Silver Football

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Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson, the consensus Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year, has been named the winner of the Chicago Tribune Silver Football, given to the conference's most valuable player since 1924. Robinson is the second straight Wolverine to earn the honor, after defensive end Brandon Graham shared the award with Penn State quarterback Daryll Clark in 2009. The last Michigan offensive player to claim the Silver Football was wide receiver Braylon Edwards in 2004, while the last Wolverine quarterback to be so honored was Jim Harbaugh in 1986. For the full story in the  Chicago Tribune, click on this link.

FB: Wisconsin's Carimi Wins Outland Trophy

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Wisconsin offensive tackle Gabe Carimi was named the 65th winner of the Outland Trophy, becoming the second player from Wisconsin to win the award in five seasons. The winner of the Outland Trophy, which goes to the best interior lineman in college football, was announced during The Home Depot College Football Awards Show from The Walt Disney World Resort.

Carimi, a 6-7, 327-pound senior from Cottage Grove, Wis., has been a stalwart at left tackle for the Badgers (11-1) since taking over for 2006 Outland Trophy winner Joe Thomas at the beginning of the 2007 season. He has started 48 games in four seasons for the Badgers, who finished in a three-way tie for the Big Ten championship with Michigan State and Ohio State this season. The Badgers are headed to the Rose Bowl to face TCU. He is one of the main reasons Wisconsin ranks 12th in the country in rushing (247.3 yards per game) and is second nationally in rushing touchdowns with a school-record 46. Wisconsin is fourth in the country in scoring offense (43.3), which is a school record, and the Badgers' offensive line has allowed just 12 sacks in 12 games.

Carimi becomes the fourth Big Ten Conference player to win the Outland Trophy in the last eight seasons after Iowa's Robert Gallery (2003), Minnesota's Greg Eslinger (2005) and Thomas (2006). Overall, 13 Big Ten standouts have now claimed the Outland Trophy.

MBB: Thursday's Results

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#2/2 OHIO STATE def. IUPUI, 75-64

WBB: Thursday's Results

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Miami (Ohio) 67, Indiana 61
Iowa 62, Iowa State 40
Michigan 75, Kansas 67
Minnesota 63, Southern 48
Texas A&M 100, Purdue 55
Wisconsin 60, Drake 49

FB: Eight Big Ten Players Named Walter Camp All-Americans

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Eight Big Ten football players were named to the 2010 Walter Camp All-America first or second team. First-team selections were Iowa defensive end Adrian Clayborn, Michigan State linebacker Greg Jones, Purdue defensive end Ryan Kerrigan and Wisconsin offensive tackle Gabe Carimi. Second-team honorees were Ohio State defensive back Chimdi Chekwa, Penn State offensive guard Stefen Wisniewski and the Wisconsin due of tight end Lance Kendricks and defensive end J.J. Watt. Clayborn, Jones, Wisniewski, Kerrigan, Carimi and Kendricks were previously named to the American Football Coaches Association All-America teams.

MBB: Thursday's Schedule

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IUPUI at #2/2 OHIO STATE - 7 p.m. ET, Big Ten Network

WRES: Weekend Schedule

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DECEMBER 9

#7 IOWA at Northern Iowa - 7 p.m. CT
#3 MINNESOTA at #15 Nebraska - 7 p.m. CT

DECEMBER 11

#3 MINNESOTA at Cal State Bakersfield (rv) - 11 a.m. PT
#3 MINNESOTA at Cal State Fullerton - 6 p.m. PT
Northern Iowa at #4 WISCONSIN - 7 p.m. CT

DECEMBER 12

#16 Missouri at #21 PURDUE - Noon ET - Big Ten Network (LIVE)
#19 MICHIGAN at #4 WISCONSIN - 1 p.m. CT
Eastern Michigan at #20 NORTHWESTERN - 2 p.m. CT
#22 OHIO STATE at Edinboro - 2 p.m. ET
Lock Haven at #5 PENN STATE - 2 p.m. ET

The 2011 season of indoor track and field is set to begin this weekend with Ohio State at the Kent State Early Bird Meet, a two-day event, held at the Kent State University Field House. Competition for the event is set to begin at 1 p.m. CT on Friday.

The remaining Big Ten teams will open their indoor seasons on January 8. Michigan will hit the road to compete at the Eastern Michigan Invitational, held at the Bob Parks Track/Bowen Fieldhouse in Ypsilanti, Mich. while Indiana opens their season by playing host to the Indiana Open in the Gladstein Fieldhouse.

On that same day, Iowa meets Illinois for a dual at the U of I Armory Track & Floor, with field events slated to start at Noon CT and running events to begin at 1 p.m.  Penn State also begins its season that day by hosting the Penn State Indoor Relays, at Horace Ashenfelter III Indoor Track while Purdue will compete in the Purdue Invitational. Rounding out the pack of Big Ten teams in action is Minnesota. The two-time defending Big Ten Indoor Champion will begin its quest for its fourth Big Ten title as the Gophers open competition at the Northwest Open in Minneapolis, Minn.

Michigan State and Wisconsin will begin their seasons a week later. The Spartans start their campaign on the road as they travel to Lexington, Ky., to race in the Kentucky Invitational, while the Badgers begin by hosting the two-day Badger Track Classic.

For more information on the 2011 season, click here.

The 2011 season of indoor track and field is set to begin this weekend with Ohio State at the Kent State Early Bird Meet, a two-day event, held at the Kent State University Field House. Competition for the event is set to begin at 1 p.m. CT on Friday.

The remaining Big Ten teams will open their indoor seasons on January 8. Michigan will hit the road to compete at the Eastern Michigan Invitational, held at the Bob Parks Track/Bowen Fieldhouse in Ypsilanti, Mich. while Indiana opens their season by playing host to the Indiana Open in the Gladstein Fieldhouse.

On that same day, Iowa meets Illinois for a dual at the U of I Armory Track & Floor, with field events slated to start at Noon CT and running events to begin at 1 p.m.  Penn State also begins its season that day by hosting the Penn State Indoor Relays, at Horace Ashenfelter III Indoor Track while Purdue will compete in the Purdue Invitational. Rounding out the pack of Big Ten teams in action is Minnesota. The two-time defending Big Ten Indoor Champion will begin its quest for its fourth Big Ten title as the Gophers open competition at the Northwest Open in Minneapolis, Minn.

Michigan State and Wisconsin will begin their seasons a week later. The Spartans start their campaign on the road as they travel to Lexington, Ky., to race in the Kentucky Invitational, while the Badgers begin by hosting the two-day Badger Track Classic.

For more information on the 2011 season, click here.

WBB: Thursday's Schedule

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Thursday's games
Miami (OH) at Indiana, 7 p.m., BigTenNetwork.com
#16/15 Iowa State at #19/19 Iowa, 8 p.m., BigTenNetwork.com
Kansas (rv/rv) at Michigan, 7 p.m., BigTenNetwork.com
Southern at Minnesota, 8 p.m., BigTenNetwork.com
Purdue at #7/8 Texas A&M, 8 p.m. [2]
Wisconsin at Drake, 8 p.m.

WSCR: In the Polls

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Two Big Ten women's soccer teams appear in the final NSCAA/HendrickCars.com poll of the 2010 season. After advancing to its first NCAA College Cup, Ohio State (17-5-2) closes the season ranked No. 4. Minnesota (14-6-3) also earns top-25 status after advancing to the NCAA round of 16, checking in at No. 21 in the final poll. Illinois (13-5-1), Wisconsin (11-4-5) and Penn State (11-9-1) are each receiving votes.

Click here to see the final NSCAA/HendrickCars.com poll of the 2010 season.

MSCR: Required Reading

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Michigan head coach Steve Burns has taken the men's soccer program from club status to NCAA College Cup contender, writes Mechelle Voepel of ESPN.com.

The Big Ten Network has announced its men's gymnastics broadcast schedule for the 2011 season. Coverage begins on Jan. 29 with a meet between Iowa and Illinois and concludes with a live broadcast of the 2011 Big Ten Championships on April 1-2. Every Big Ten team will be featured at least once during the season, with all six conference squads receiving extensive coverage at the Big Ten Championships to close out the season. The complete 2011 broadcast schedule can be found below.

Jan. 29 - Iowa at Illinois - 1 p.m. ET - DELAY (Feb. 5, 3 p.m. ET)
Feb. 26 - Ohio State at Penn State - 1 p.m. ET - DELAY (March 5, 3 p.m. ET)
March 5 - Iowa, Penn State at Minnesota - 7 p.m. ET - DELAY (March 12, Noon ET)
March 12 - Illinois, Nebraska at Ohio State - 7 p.m. ET - DELAY (March 19, 1 p.m. ET)
March 19 - Ohio State at Michigan - 7 p.m. ET - DELAY (March 26, Noon ET)
April 1 - Big Ten Championships - TBA - LIVE
April 2 - Big Ten Championships - TBA - LIVE

WGYM: Big Ten Network Announces Women's Gymnastics Coverage

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The Big Ten Network has announced its women's gymnastics coverage for the 2011 season, with five meets and the 2011 Big Ten Championships highlighting the schedule. The schedule features four live broadcasts, including meets between Illinois and Ohio State on Jan. 22, Iowa and Illinois on Jan. 29 and Ohio State and Penn State on Feb. 26, along with the conference championships on March 19. All seven conference teams will be featured in at least one meet during the season. The complete 2011 broadcast schedule can be found below.

Jan. 22 - Illinois at Ohio State - Noon ET - LIVE
Jan. 22 - Minnesota at Michigan State - 6:30 p.m. ET - DELAY (Jan. 29, 11 a.m. ET)
Jan. 29 - Iowa at Illinois - 1 p.m. ET - LIVE
Feb. 26 - Ohio State at Penn State - 1 p.m. ET - LIVE
March 4 - Alabama at Michigan - 7 p.m. ET - DELAY (March 13, 2 p.m. ET)
March 19 - Big Ten Championships - 3 p.m. ET - LIVE

MBB: Wednesday's Results

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#16/17 ILLINOIS def. Oakland, 74-63

#22/20 MINNESOTA def. St. Joe's, 83-73

#-/rv WISCONSIN def. Milwaukee, 61-40

WBB: Wednesday's Results

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Oakland 62, Illinois 61
Michigan State 55, UW-Milwaukee 48
Penn State 95, Army 65

WBB: Wednesday's Schedule

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Illinois at Oakland, 6:30 p.m.
Milwaukee at #15/20 Michigan State, 7 p.m., BigTenNetwork.com
Army at Penn State (rv/-), 6:30 p.m., Big Ten Network

MBB: Wednesday's Schedule

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#22/20 MINNESOTA at St. Joseph's - 7 p.m.

Oakland at #16/17 ILLINOIS - 8 p.m., www.BigTenNetwork.com

Milwaukee at #-/rv WISCONSIN - 8:30 p.m., Big Ten Network

 

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WSCR: Illinois' Rayfield Named Regional Coach of the Year

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Illinois head coach Janet Rayfield has been named the 2010 NSCAA/Mondo Great Lakes Regional Coach of the Year, as announced on Wednesday. Rayfield guided the Illini to a 13-5-1 overall record and a 6-3-1 mark in Big Ten play en route to the team's seventh NCAA Championship appearance in the past eight seasons. Illinois closed out the regular season ranked No. 13 in the NSCAA/HendrickCars.com national poll. Two of Rayfield's players earned All-Region honors, while newcomer Vanessa DiBernardo was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year.

Click here to see the complete list of NSCAA/Mondo Regional Coaches of the Year.

MSCR: NCAA College Cup Preview

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Michigan travels to Santa Barbara, Calif., this weekend to take part in the 2010 NCAA Men's Soccer College Cup, marking the Wolverines' first trip to the event. No. 10 Michigan (17-4-3) will square off with No. 3 Akron (20-1-2) in the national semifinals at 11 p.m. ET on Friday at Meredith Field at Harder Stadium. The match will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and ESPN3.com.

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

MBB: Instant Classic

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Michigan State will be part of an elite group of college basketball teams in early season doubleheaders over the next three years. ESPN announced Wednesday the Spartans will be joined by Duke, Kansas and Kentucky to form a prestigious foursome for the Champions Classic. The Spartans will play each of the other three schools in the event once over the course of three years at three different neutral sites. FULL STORY

 

VB: Big Ten Well-Represnted on AVCA All-Mideast Region Team

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Thirteen Big Ten standouts were named to the 14-member AVCA All-Mideast Region team, it was announced by the association on Tuesday. The 14-member squad includes one four-time selection in Michigan's Lexi Zimmerman, a pair of three-time honorees in Penn State's Blair Brown and Arielle Wilson and two-times members Ashley Benson of Indiana and Sabel Moffett of Northwestern. Penn State's Deja McClendon was named Mideast Region Freshman of the Year, while Nittany Lion head coach Russ Rose was named Mideast Region Coach of the Year.

Other All-Mideast Region team members include Illinois' Michelle Bartsch, Hillary Haen and Colleen Ward, Michigan's Alex Hunt, Minnesota's Jessica Granquist, Northwestern's Naomi Johnson, Penn State's McClendon and Purdue's Jaclyn Hart.

Click here for the complete list of All-Region honorees.

Northwestern University and Rice University will share the American Football Coaches Association's 2010 Academic Achievement Award. Northwestern and Rice recorded a 100 percent graduation rate for members of its freshman football student-athlete class of 2003. This is the sixth honor for Northwestern since the award's inception in 1981, which ranks third among all institutions behind only Duke (12) and Notre Dame (8). Forty-two other institutions will be recognized for graduating 75 percent or more of their football student-athletes, including Illinois, Iowa, Michigan and Penn State from the Big Ten.

WSCR: Big Ten Lands 16 Players on All-Region Team

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Sixteen Big Ten women's soccer players earned NSCAA/Performance Subaru NCAA Division I All-Great Lakes Region status, as announced earlier this week. Six players received first-team honors while five appeared on the second team and five took home third-team laurels.

Among the first-team All-Great Lakes Region honorees were Illinois midfielder Vanessa DiBernardo, Michigan State forward Laura Heyboer, Minnesota defender Kylie Kallman, Ohio State defender Cassie Dickerson and forward Paige Maxwell and Penn State midfielder Christine Nairn.

The second team included Illinois forward Jordan Hilbrands, Michigan State goalkeeper Jill Flietstra, Minnesota forward Katie Bethke, Ohio State midfielder Tiffany Cameron and Wisconsin midfielder Alev Kelter.

Rounding out the Big Ten's contingent of All-Region selections were Michigan forward Nkem Ezurike, Michigan State midfielder Cara Freeman, Minnesota goalkeeper Cat Parkhill, Penn State forward Danielle Toney and Purdue defender Liz Secue, who each earned third-team honors.

Click here to see the complete All-Great Lakes Region team.

FB: Big Ten in the NFL - Week 13

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Akin Ayodele, LB, Buffalo (Purdue) - Recorded 10 tackles and a pass deflection in Buffalo's 38-14 loss to Minnesota.

 

Jonathan Babineaux, DT, Atlanta (Iowa) - Made two tackles and a sack in Atlanta's 28-24 win over Tampa Bay.

 

Tom Brady, QB, New England (Michigan) - Completed 21 of 29 passes for 326 yards and four touchdowns in New England's 45-3 win over the New York Jets.

 

Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans (Purdue) - Threw for 313 yards and two touchdowns on 24 of 29 passing in New Orleans' 34-30 win over Cincinnati.

 

Bradley Fletcher, CB, St. Louis (Iowa) - Made two tackles and an interception in St. Louis' 19-6 win over Arizona.

 

Charles Godfrey, S, Carolina (Iowa) - Made five tackles and an interception in Carolina's 31-14 loss to Seattle.

 

Tamba Hali, LB, Kansas City (Penn State) - Recorded four tackles and two sacks in Kansas City's 10-6 win over Denver.

 

David Harris, LB, New York Jets (Michigan) - Notched six tackles and a sack in the New York Jets' 45-3 loss to New England.

 

Sean Lee, LB, Dallas (Penn State) - Made five tackles and two interceptions, returning one for a touchdown in Dallas' 38-35 overtime win over Indianapolis.

 

Bernard Pollard, S, Houston (Purdue) - Notched five tackles, a sack and a pass deflection in Houston's 34-24 loss to Philadelphia.

 

Paul Posluszny, LB, Buffalo (Penn State) - Racked up 15 tackles and a sack in Buffalo's 38-14 loss to Minnesota.

 

Drew Stanton, QB, Detroit (Michigan State) - Completed 16 of 24 passes for 178 yards and a touchdown, adding a rushing touchdown in Detroit's 24-20 loss to Chicago.

 

Cameron Wake, LB, Miami (Penn State) - Made four tackles and 1.5 sacks in Miami's 13-10 loss to Cleveland.

 

Donte Whitner, S, Buffalo (Ohio State) - Recorded seven tackles and an interception in Buffalo's 38-14 loss to Minnesota.

FH: Coaches of the Year

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Penn State head coach Charlene Morett and Ohio State's Anne Wilkinson were named the 2010 Dita/NFHCA Mideast and West Region Coaches of the Year, respectively, the National Field Hockey Coaches Association announced Wednesday.

Morett lead the Nittany Lions to a 14-6 overall record and a 4-2 record in the Big Ten. Penn State received an at-large bid to the 2010 NCAA Tournament, the 21 appearance in Morett's career. The Nittany Lions led the nation with an .816 save percentage and finished 10th in the final NFHCA poll. Morett coached three student-athletes, Kelsey Amy, Ayla Halus and Jessica Longstreth to All-America honors and four members were recognized as All-Region honorees.

Wilkinson guided Ohio State to a successful 2010 season, including a 18-5 overall record and setting a school record for most wins in a single season. The Buckeyes finished 5-1 in the Big Ten, won their third Big Ten regular season title and advanced to their first NCAA final four appearance in school history. Wilkinson guided Aisling Coyle and Berta Queralt to All-America status, while Coyle earned Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year and Paula Pastor-Pitarque was the Big Ten Freshman of the Year honoree.

WRES: Ranking the Wrestlers

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Big Ten wrestling boasts 54 individual wrestlers ranked in the top 20 of their weight class, including three ranked No. 1, in the latest InterMat rankings. Iowa leads the way with eight ranked grapplers, followed by Minnesota and Penn State with seven. All 11 conference squads have at least two ranked wrestlers. The complete listing of ranked Big Ten wrestlers can be found below.

125
1. Matt McDonough, So., IOWA
2. Brandon Precin, Sr., NU
6. Zach Sanders, Jr., MINN
15. Logan Stieber, Fr., OSU
18. Frank Martellotti, Fr., PSU

133
3. Tyler Graff, So., WIS
6. B.J. Futrell, So., ILL
10. Tony Ramos, Fr., IOWA
12. Ian Paddock, So., OSU
19. Levi Mele, So., NU

141
1. Kellen Russell, Jr., MICH
2. Mike Thorn, Sr., MINN
3. Jimmy Kennedy, Sr., ILL
10. Andrew Alton, Fr., PSU
13. Mark Ballweg, So., IOWA

149
6. Frank Molinaro, Jr., PSU
7. Andrew Nadhir, Sr., NU
11. Kurt Kinser, Sr., IND
13. Eric Terrazas, Jr., ILL
18. Cole Schmitt, So., WIS

157
3. David Taylor, Fr., PSU
5. Jason Welch, So., NU
7. Derek St. John, Fr., IOWA
9. Paul Young, Sr., IND
14. Colt Sponseller, Sr., OSU
15. Colton Salazar, Sr., PUR
19. David Cheza, Jr., MSU

165
1. Andrew Howe, Jr., WIS
6. Cody Yohn, So., MINN
11. Jake Kerr, Sr., IOWA

174
8. Jordan Blanton, Jr., ILL
10. Scott Glasser, Sr., MINN
12. Ed Ruth, Fr., PSU
14. Nick Heflin, Fr., OSU
15. Luke Manuel, Sr., PUR

184
5. Quentin Wright, So., PSU
6. Grant Gambrall, So., IOWA
9. Travis Rutt, Jr., WIS
12. A.J. Kissel, Jr., PUR
15. Kevin Steinhaus, Fr., MINN
17. Tony Dallago, Fr., ILL

197
3. Trevor Brandvold, Sr., WIS
5. Sonny Yohn, Jr., MINN
9. Logan Brown, Sr., PUR
12. Luke Lofthouse, Sr., IOWA
14. Matt Powless, Jr., IND
15. Anthony Biondo, Sr., MICH
20. Mario Gonzalez, Fr., ILL

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6. Cameron Wade, Jr., PSU
9. Ben Apland, So., MICH
11. Tony Nelson, Fr., MINN
14. Eric Bugenhagen, Sr., WIS
15. Mike McClure, Fr., MSU
17. Blake Rasing, Jr., IOWA

MBB: Tuesday's Results

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IOWA def. Northern Iowa, 51-39

#8/7 Syracuse def. #7/8 MICHIGAN STATE, 72-58

PENN STATE def. Mount St. Mary's, 57-53

#19/18 PURDUE def. Valparaiso, 76-58

WRES: In the Polls

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Nine Big Ten wrestling teams appear in the latest NWCA/USA Today Division I Coaches Poll. No. 3 Minnesota, No. 4 Wisconsin and No. 5 Penn State each retain their ranking from last week's poll, while Iowa moves from No. T-6 to No. 7. Illinois rounds out the Big Ten contingent in the top 10, checking in at No. 9. Michigan moves up two spots to No. 19, while Northwestern stands pat at No. 20. Purdue also moves up two ranks, appearing at No. 21, followed by Ohio State at No. 22.

Minnesota also leads the way in the InterMat Tournament Rankings, taking No. 4 in this week's edition. No. 5 Wisconsin, No. 6 Penn State, No. 7 Iowa, No. 9 Northwestern and No. 10 Illinois give the Big Ten six teams in the top 10. Michigan checks in at No. 21, followed by Purdue at No. 35, Ohio State at No. 36, Indiana at No. 39 and Michigan State at No. 47.

Click here to see the complete NWCA/USA Today Poll and here to see the InterMat Tournament Rankings.

FB: Kevin Wilson Named Head Coach at Indiana

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Indiana University Vice President and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Fred Glass today introduced Kevin Wilson as the new head football coach at Indiana University. Last night, Glass and Wilson agreed to terms on a seven-year deal that will pay Wilson $1.2 million per year. Wilson just completed his ninth successful regular season at Oklahoma University, helping Coach Bob Stoops lead the Sooners to victory over Nebraska in the Big 12 title game. Oklahoma played in a major bowl game in each of the nine seasons during Wilson's tenure. He led three of the most productive offenses in college football history in 2003, 2007 and 2008. The 2008 offense set NCAA records by scoring 60 or more points in five straight games and 716 for the season. For more information on the new Indiana football coach, click on this link.

MBB: Tuesday's Schedule

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Mount Saint Mary's at PENN STATE - 7:30 p.m., www.BigTenNetwork.com

Northern Iowa at IOWA - 8 p.m., Big Ten Network

#8/7 Syracuse vs. #7/8 MICHIGAN STATE - 9 p.m., ESPN

#19/18 PURDUE at Valparaiso - 9 p.m., ESPNU

MSWM: Ohio State and Purdue Garner Weekly Honors

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The conference office announced on Tuesday the ninth weekly men's swimming and diving awards. Ohio State's Justin Farra earned the nod for Swimmer of the Week while Purdue's David Boudia earned Diver of the Week honors.

 

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

Nov. 30 S: No selection

            D: No selection

Dec. 7  S: Justin Farra, Sr., OSU

            D: David Boudia, Jr., PUR

Click here for the complete release.

The conference office announced on Tuesday the ninth weekly women's swimming and diving award winners for the 2010-11 season. Wisconsin's Maggie Meyer and Minnesota's Kelci Bryant earned the nod as Swimmer and Diver of the Week, respectively.

 

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

Dec. 7  S: Maggie Meyer, Sr., WIS

            D: Kelci Bryant, Jr., MINN


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WRES: Big Ten Wrestling Weekly Release - Dec. 7

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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.

WRES: Michigan's Russell Named Big Ten Wrestler of the Week

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Michigan's Kellen Russell takes home Big Ten Wrestler of the Week honors for the second time in his career after earning the 141-pound title at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational last weekend. Russell won five bouts, including three over ranked opponents, en route to his second Las Vegas Invitational title.

Click here for the full release from the Big Ten.

FB: Fry and Keyes Inducted into Rose Bowl Hall of Fame

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Rose Bowl Game legends  Hayden Fry and Leroy Keyes headline the 2010 Rose Bowl Hall of Fame class to be installed at the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony presented by Wells Fargo at noon on Dec. 30, 2010, at the Pasadena Convention Center. The Hall of Fame was established in 1989 to honor members of the Rose Bowl Game who have contributed to the history and excitement of the game, and those who embody the best of the passion, strength, tradition and honor associated with The Granddaddy of Them All®. Over the past 21 years, a total of 98 inductees have been added to the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame. Inductees are honored by a permanent plaque with the name and year of induction at The Court of Champions at the Rose Bowl Stadium.

With Hayden Fry at the helm, Iowa's football program ranked consistently among the nation's best. As the Hawkeyes' head coach for 20 years, Fry led his team to 96 Big Ten game victories, league titles in 1981 (shared), 1985 (outright) and 1990 (shared), each time earning a trip to the Rose Bowl plus 14 other bowl appearances. Fry was responsible for bringing the Hawkeyes back to the Rose Bowl Game for the first time after a 23-year hiatus. Fry had a 143-89-6 record with the Hawkeyes (96-61-5 in the Big Ten) and a career mark of 232-178-10. He is Iowa's winningest football coach and was just the sixth football coach in Big Ten history to coach 20 seasons. Fry was voted Big Ten Coach of the Year three times (1981, 1990, 1991) and has been named Coach of the Year, both regionally and nationally, by both the media and the American College Football Coaches Association. In 2003 he was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. He has also been honored with the prestigious Amos Alonzo Stagg Lifetime Achievement Award. Since that time he has also been inducted into the Baylor Wall of Fame, the Peach, Sun and Holiday Bowl Halls of Fame and the North Texas State University Hall of Fame.

Purdue's Leroy Keyes was an outstanding running back and defensive back for the Boilermakers from 1966 to 1968. During his collegiate career, Keyes had many notable accomplishments. During his sophomore year, Purdue finished the season 8-2 and earned a berth in the Rose Bowl Game. As a junior, Keyes was named Most Valuable Player of the Big Ten Conference after rushing for 986 yards with 13 touchdowns and leading the Boilermakers to an 8-2 record. He amassed 1,870 yards total offense, the most in a season at Purdue. Keyes also became the first player in Purdue history to rush for more than 1,000 yards in a season (1,003) while equaling the school record with 14 rushing touchdowns as a senior. He was a consensus All-American in both 1967 and 1968, finishing third and second in the Heisman Trophy balloting. Keyes is the Boilermakers' career leader with an average of 5.88 yards per rushing attempt. He held the career rushing touchdowns mark, as well, with 29 before Mike Alstott bettered the mark in 1995. Following his collegiate career, the Philadelphia Eagles selected Keyes with the third-overall pick in the 1969 NFL Draft. Named both an offensive back and defensive back on Purdue's All-Time Football Team in 1987,  Keyes was selected the school's "All-Time Greatest Player." He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1990. Keyes served as an assistant coach at Purdue under Jim Colletto in 1995 and 1996 and subsequently has been on the staff of the John Purdue Club.

Michigan's David Molk and Ohio State's Mike Brewster are two of six finalists for the Rimington Trophy, given annually to the nation's top center. The winner of the Rimington Trophy will be announced during the ESPNU/Home Depot College Football Awards show, broadcast live from Orlando, Florida on ESPN on Thursday, December 9, 2010. The winner of the Rimington Trophy is selected by determining the consensus All-American center pick from four existing All-America teams. The Big Ten has claimed for of the first 11 Rimington Trophies, including Ohio State's LeCharles Bentley in 2001, Michigan's David Baas in 2004, Minnesota's Greg Eslinger in 2005 and Penn State's A.Q. Shipley in 2008.

Indiana's Jordan Haverly was named Collegiate Volleyball Update's National Player of the Week on Tuesday after leading the Hoosier offense in wins over Miami (Fla.) and Tennessee last week. Haverly finished with 21 kills in a five-set win over the Hurricanes, following with 30 kills in the tournament's second round against Tennessee as Indiana advanced to the round of 16 for the first time in program history.

For more on Haverly's weekend performances, click here.

MBB: Monday's Schedule

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Concordia at MICHIGAN - 7:30 p.m. ET, www.BigTenNetwork.com

FB: Wisconsin's Tolzien Wins Unitas Golden Arm Award

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Wisconsin quarterback Scott Tolzien has been named the winner of the 2010 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, it was announced on Monday. Tolzien is the first player in Big Ten history to win the award, which debuted in 1987 and is given annually to the country's top senior quarterback. Boasting a career record of 21-4, Tolzien led the Badgers to a share of the 2010 Big Ten championship and a berth in the 2011 Rose Bowl Game against No. 3 TCU.

Tolzien currently holds school records with a .685 career completion percentage and a 154.4 quarterback efficiency rating. The Rolling Meadows, Ill., native also ranks fourth at UW with 5,112 career passing yards and 398 completions, sixth with 32 career passing touchdowns and seventh with 581 attempts. This season, Tolzien has completed 74.3 percent of his passes which is tops in the nation and is on pace to break the Big Ten record, currently held by former Badger quarterback Darrell Bevell, who completed 67.8 percent of his passes in 1993. Showcasing his proficiency, Tolzien is ranked fourth in the nation with a quarterback efficiency rating of 169.8. That number would shatter the school record, which also belongs to Bevell. He had a 155.2 rating in 1993. In addition, Tolzien has thrown for 2,300 yards with 16 touchdowns and just six interceptions this year.

The Maxwell Football Club announced today that Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald is one of four finalists for the inaugural Joseph V. Paterno Coach of the Year Award. The award, the first of its kind, is designed to honor the spirit of Coach Paterno, whose long-time success on the field has been matched only by his impact away from it. Through a nomination process, each current head coach has been evaluated since the summer based on his school's performance on the field, in the classroom and within the community. For almost half a century, Coach Paterno has demanded all-around excellence from his student-athletes, as will an award that carries his name.

Fitzgerald has led the Wildcats to a third straight bowl appearance and four straight years of bowl eligibility. Northwestern has won 24 games since the start of the 2008 season. Off the field, the Wildcats recently had a school-record 32 student-athletes named to the Academic All-Big Ten squad. Northwestern is also coming off a year where the football team compiled more than 1,100 hours of combined community outreach.

FB: Kill Named Head Coach at Minnesota

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Jerry Kill has been named head coach of the University of Minnesota football program. Minnesota Director of Athletics Joel Maturi announced the signing of Kill to a five-year contract Sunday night. Kill comes to Minnesota after spending the last three seasons on the sidelines at Northern Illinois University. Kill has led the Huskies to three consecutive bowl games during his tenure. He also coached NIU to a berth the Mid-American Conference Championship game this season. Kill put together a 23-16 record in his three seasons with the Huskies. For more information on Minnesota's new head coach, click on this link.

WRES: Weekend Roundup

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DECEMBER 3

#6 IOWA def. #14 Iowa State, 22-13
MICHIGAN STATE def. Northern Illinois, 20-15

DECEMBER 4

#9 ILLINOIS at Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational - 5th/36
INDIANA (rv) at Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational - 16th/36
#6 IOWA def. MICHIGAN STATE, 29-10
#21 MICHIGAN at Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational - 6th/36
#20 NORTHWESTERN def. Cleveland State, 32-9
#19 OHIO STATE at Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational - T-12th/36
#23 PURDUE at Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational - T-8th/36
#4 WISCONSIN at Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational - 2nd/36

DECEMBER 5

#2 Oklahoma State def. #3 MINNESOTA, 17-16
#5 PENN STATE at Nittany Lion Open - NTS

The Big Ten office announced the bowl destinations for eight conference football programs, matching the conference record for most bowl berths in a single season and sending a pair of teams to Bowl Championship Series (BCS) games for the 10th time in the system's 13 years. Michigan State, Ohio State and Wisconsin each earned a share of the 2010 Big Ten Championship and will take part in January bowl contests. The Badgers secured the Big Ten's automatic bid to the BCS based on posting the conference's highest ranking in the final BCS standings and will return to the Rose Bowl Game for the first time since 2000. The Buckeyes also collected a BCS berth and will take part in the Allstate Sugar Bowl for the first time since 1999. The Spartans will play in the Capital One Bowl for the second time in the last three seasons. In addition, Penn State was selected for the Outback Bowl, Michigan was chosen for the Gator Bowl, Iowa will take part in the Insight Bowl, Illinois will travel to the Texas Bowl and Northwestern will play in the TicketCity Bowl. For more details, click on this link.
The Big Ten tied for the lead among all conferences with three teams among the top 10 in the final edition of the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) poll. Wisconsin continued to lead the way at No. 5, the program's highest BCS ranking at the end of the regular season and matching its best ranking of all-time achieved twice in November of 2004 and in this year's second-to-last poll. Ohio State ended the regular season at No. 6 in the BCS, the seventh straight season the Buckeyes have appeared among the top 10 in the final BCS rankings. Michigan State was ranked No. 9 in the final BCS poll, the program's highest finish since placing No. 9 at the end of the 1999 campaign.

WBB: Sunday's Big Ten/Big 12 Challenge Results

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With seven wins in the inaugural Big Ten/Big 12 Challenge this weekend, the Big Ten claimed the inaugural title between the two conferences. The Big Ten holds a 7-4 lead with one game to play, Purdue versus Texas A&M later this week. Below are the results from Sunday.

Indiana 67, #24/19 Nebraska 62 (Big Ten leads 2-1)

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana (5-3) women's basketball team shined in the national television spotlight with a win over No. 24/19 Nebraska (6-1) to snap NU's 37-game regular season win streak. It's the first win over a ranked opponent for IU since it defeated No. 4/6 Ohio State, 67-62, on Jan. 31, 2010.

Recap

#18/18 Iowa 68, Kansas State 62 (Big Ten leads 3-1)
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- After suffering its first loss of the season to North Carolina in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge last Thursday, the University of Iowa women's basketball team bounced back to defeat Kansas State, 68-62, on Sunday in the Big Ten/Big 12 Challenge.

Recap

#17 Iowa State 60, Michigan 47 (Big Ten leads 3-2)
AMES, Iowa -- The University of Michigan women's basketball team managed to keep the game close through the first half, but the Wolverines couldn't overcome No. 17 Iowa State's second half three-pointers, dropping a 60-47 contest to the Cyclones at Hilton Coliseum on Sunday (Dec. 5) in the debut of the Big Ten/Big 12 Challenge.

Recap

#25/25 Michigan State 71, #17/20 Texas 57 (Big Ten leads 4-2)
Lykendra Johnson and Kalisha Keane had 20 points apiece, helping No. 25 Michigan State beat No. 17 Texas 71-57 on Sunday. Johnson also had 11 rebounds for the Spartans, who knocked off a top-20 opponent for the second time in five days. Michigan State (7-1) beat No. 15 Florida State 72-64 in Tallahassee on Wednesday night.

Recap

#2/3 Baylor 103, Minnesota 56 (Big Ten leads 4-3)
Second-ranked Baylor proved why it's a contender for a national title this season, as it defeated Minnesota 103-56 on Sunday afternoon at Paul J. Meyer Arena in Waco, Texas. The Lady Bears (9-1) had four players reach double-figures, led by Brittney Griner's 22 points, in the win against Minnesota (5-4).

Recap

Northwestern 79, Missouri 68 (Big Ten leads 5-3)
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Senior Amy Jaeschke dumped in 25 points and Northwestern converted 25-of-29 from the charity stripe as the 'Cats disposed of Missouri, 79-68, Sunday afternoon as part of the Big Ten/Big 12 Challenge. Beth Marshall, who swished her 100th career three-pointer, contributed 18 points while Brittany Orban added 17 as the Wildcats improve to 7-1 on the year.

Recap

#6/6 Ohio State 95, #11/11 Oklahoma 84 (Big Ten leads 6-3)
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- With the game on the line in the closing minutes, Jantel Lavender and Ohio State were at their best at both ends of the floor. Lavender scored 32 points, Samantha Prahalis had 15 points and a career-high 15 assists and the sixth-ranked Buckeyes beat No. 11 Oklahoma 95-84 on Sunday in the Big Ten/Big 12 Challenge.

Recap

Penn State 76, Texas Tech 68 (Big Ten leads 7-3)
UNIVERSITY PARK, PA. - The Penn State Lady Lions (7-2) led wire-to-wire on the way to a 76-68 win over Texas Tech (8-1) in the inaugural Big Ten/Big 12 Challenge at the Bryce Jordan Center Sunday. Redshirt sophomore Mia Nickson (Ashburn, Va.) tallied her first career double-double with personal bests of 26 points and 14 rebounds. She was 8-for-10 from the field and 10-for-11 from the free throw line.

Recap

Oklahoma State 50, Wisconsin 42 (Big Ten leads 7-4)
STILLWATER, Okla. -- Despite career-high rebounding efforts by sophomore Taylor Wurtz and junior Jade Davis, the Wisconsin women's basketball team fell to Oklahoma State, 50-42, Sunday at the Gallagher-Iba Arena in the Big Ten/Big 12 Challenge. The Badgers have now dropped seven-straight contests while helping the Cowgirls' improve to 8-0 overall.

Recap

The Big Ten continued to lead all conferences with three top-10 teams in the latest Associated Press (AP) and USA Today coaches polls. With no games on Saturday, all three teams held steady in the polls, with Wisconsin leading the way at No. 4 in both the AP and coaches polls. Ohio State was ranked No. 6 by both the media and coaches while Michigan State remained at No. 7 in voting by both groups.

The Football Bowl Association announced today that it is launching a nationwide, online advertising campaign entitled "America's Bowl Tradition - It's Worth Keeping." The online campaign begins tonight and will highlight America's multi-day bowl celebrations and is timed to coincide with Selection Sunday and the beginning of bowl season. The ads will run throughout much of December. To view the online ad, visit http://footballbowlassociation.com/bowls/ad.php.


The ads focus on the importance of the bowl tradition in America and the they point out that for seventy schools, bowl week is a popular and successful multi-day celebration. For players, a bowl game is often the highlight of their football playing careers. The ads also make the case that under a playoff, the bowls will fade away.


"We're delighted to showcase the 35 bowl games as an American tradition worth keeping, said Tina Kunzer-Murphy, Executive Director of the Football Bowl Association. "Student-athletes agree - ESPN's survey of college football players showed that 77% of the student-athletes prefer a career with three bowls, and only 23% prefer a career with one playoff trip," said Kunzer-Murphy.


The ads not only highlight the excitement enjoyed by 70 teams and their fans from coast-to-coast, but also the multi-day community celebrations, which can include visits by teams to military bases, hospitals and civil rights museums. The ads highlight the viewpoints of players whose voices are often left out of the debate over the creation of a playoff.


One ad states: "But if a playoff were created, dozens of schools and millions of fans would be left out of America's post-season tradition. For these non-playoff schools, their bowls will fade away. For the few schools that make a playoff, gone are the events that make the bowls an American tradition. Instead of a multi-day celebration, a playoff means arriving the day before the game and leaving right after."


College football fans will see these ads on a wide variety of sports-related national websites, Facebook, and other community fan sites

WBB: Sunday's Big Ten/Big 12 Challenge Schedule

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Sunday's games
#24/19 Nebraska at Indiana, Noon, Big Ten Network
Kansas State (rv/rv) at #18/18 Iowa, 3 p.m., www.bigtennetwork.com
Michigan at #19/17 Iowa State, 3 p.m.
#17/20 Texas at #25/25 Michigan State, 4 p.m., Big Ten Network
Minnesota at #2/3 Baylor, 3 p.m.
Missouri at Northwestern (rv/-), 2 p.m., Big Ten Network
#11/11 Oklahoma at #6/6 Ohio State, 6 p.m., Big Ten Network
Texas Tech at Penn State (rv/rv), 2 p.m., www.bigtennetwork.com
Wisconsin at Oklahoma State, 3 p.m.

Other Big Ten games
Purdue at #16/16Notre Dame, 2 p.m., ESPN2

MBB: Saturday's Results

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Note: Saturday marks the first time since at least the 1996-97 season that the Big Ten has gone 9-0 or better on any single day.

#20/21 ILLINOIS def. #-/rv Gonzaga, 73-61

INDIANA def. Savannah state, 79-57

IOWA def. Idaho State, 70-53

MICHIGAN def. Harvard, 65-62

#6/6 MICHIGAN STATE def. Bowling Green, 74-39

#13/15 MINNESOTA def. Cornell, 71-66

PENN STATE def. Duquesne, 77-73

#22/18 PURDUE def. Alabama, 66-47

#-/rv WISCONSIN def. South Dakota, 76-61

VB: Saturday's Results

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Illinois def. Cincinnati, 3-1
Indiana def. Tennessee, 3-2
Minnesota def. Creighton, 3-0
Missouri def. Northwestersn, 3-1
Ohio State def. Dayton, 3-2
Penn State def. Virginia Tech, 3-0
Purdue def. Louisville, 3-1

WBB: Saturday's Big Ten/Big 12 Challenge Result

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Illinois 63, Colorado 59

BOULDER, Colo. - Illinois withstood a furious second-half rally by Colorado to come away with a 63-59 road victory Saturday night in the Big Ten/Big 12 Challenge. Sophomore Karisma Penn made several key plays down the stretch and finished with 17 points, eight rebounds, four blocks and three steals to help the Illini snap a three-game losing streak.

Recap

MBB: Saturday's Schedule

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#20/21 ILLINOIS at #rv/24 Gonzaga, 5:15 p.m., ESPN

Savannah State at INDIANA - 6 p.m., Big Ten Network

Idaho State at IOWA - 1:30 p.m., www.BigTenNetwork.com

Harvard at MICHIGAN - 1 p.m., Big Ten Network

Bowling Green at #6/6 MICHIGAN STATE - 1:30 p.m., www.BigTenNetwork.com

Cornell at #15/13 MINNESOTA - 8 p.m., Big Ten Network

Duquesne at PENN STATE - 6 p.m., Big Ten Network

Alabama at #22/18 PURDUE - 3:30 p.m., ESPN2

South Dakota State at #-/rv WISCONSIN - 2 p.m., ESPN3

FB: Fresno State Edges Illinois in Regular-Season Finale

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Illinois wrapped up regular-season play with a narrow 25-23 defeat at Fresno State. The Illini rallied from an early 16-0 deficit to pull within two points at 19-17 in the third quarter, before Fresno State answered with another touchdown. Illinois cut the lead to 25-23 early in the fourth quarter but failed on a two-point conversion and the Bulldogs held on for the victory. For a full recap, click on this link.

VB: Friday's Results

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Illinois def. Austin Peay, 3-0
Indiana def. Miami (Fla.), 3-2
Minnesota def. North Dakota State, 3-0
Northwestern def. Arizona, 3-1
Ohio State def. Lipscomb, 3-1
Penn State def. Niagara, 3-0
Purdue def. Kentucky, 3-1

WSCR: No. 3 Ohio State Falls to No. 4 Notre Dame, 1-0

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Third-seeded Ohio State fell to No. 4 Notre Dame, 1-0, in the NCAA College Cup semifinals on Friday afternoon. The Fighting Irish scored the lone goal of the match in the 83rd minute, holding the Buckeyes scoreless to earn the win. The teams went back and forth in the first half, resulting in a 7-4 Notre Dame edge in shots. The Fighting Irish out-shot the Buckeyes, 15-2, in the second half, connecting on a shot from just inside the 18-yard box by Mandy Laddish with just over seven minutes remaining to take the lead for good. Buckeye goalkeeper Katie Baumgardner made 10 saves in the loss. Ohio State closes the 2010 season with a 17-5-2 overall record.

WBB: Big Ten/Big 12 Challenge

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This weekend, the Big Ten/Big 12 Challenge will resume with the Big 12 holding a 1-0 series edge after Kansas knocked off Wisconsin on Nov. 21. It is the inaugural event between the first two conferences, with a second challenge set for 2011. Purdue will compete in its Big Ten/Big 12 Challenge contest on Dec. 9 against Texas A&M. The complete Challenge schedule can be found below.

November 21
Kansas def. Wisconsin, 93-86 (OT)

Saturday's game
Illinois at Colorado, 7:30 p.m.

Sunday's games
#24/19 Nebraska at Indiana, Noon, Big Ten Network
Kansas State (rv/rv) at #18/18 Iowa, 3 p.m., www.bigtennetwork.com
Michigan at #19/17 iowa State, 3 p.m.
#17/20 Texas at #25/25 Michigan State, 4 p.m., Big Ten Network
Minnesota at #2/3 Baylor, 3 p.m.
Missouri at Northwestern (rv/-), 2 p.m., Big Ten Network
#11/11 Oklahoma at #6/6 Ohio State, 6 p.m., Big Ten Network
Texas Tech at Penn State (rv/rv), 2 p.m., www.bigtennetwork.com
Wisconsin at Oklahoma State, 3 p.m.

December 9
Purdue at Texas A&M

VB: Friday's NCAA Championship Schedule

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Austin, Texas Regional
Dec. 3 at West Lafayette, Ind.
No. 16 PURDUE (21-10) vs. Kentucky (17-13), 7:30 p.m.

Dec. 3 at Champaign, Ill.
No. 8 ILLINOIS (22-8) vs. Austin Peay (26-7), 8 p.m., Big Ten Network(12/4, 11 a.m. ET)

University Park, Pa., Regional
Dec. 3 at Cedar Falls, Iowa
NORTHWESTERN (19-12) vs. Arizona (20-11), 6 p.m.

Dec. 3 at University Park, Pa.
No. 4 PENN STATE (26-5) vs. Niagara (25-8), 7:30 p.m., Big Ten Network (12/4, 4:30 p.m. ET)

Dayton, Ohio Regional
Dec. 3 at Dayton, Ohio
OHIO STATE (22-11) vs. Lipscomb (24-6), 6 p.m.

Dec. 3 at Bloomington, Ind.
INDIANA (21-11) vs. Miami (Fla.) (23-8), 7 p.m.

Seattle, Wash., Regional
Dec. 3 at Minneapolis, Minn.
No. 10 MINNESOTA (24-8) vs. North Dakota State (20-10), 8 p.m.

WRES: Weekend Schedule

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DECEMBER 3

#9 ILLINOIS at Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational - All Day
INDIANA (rv) at Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational - All Day
#21 MICHIGAN at Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational - All Day
#19 OHIO STATE at Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational - All Day
#23 PURDUE at Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational - All Day
#4 WISCONSIN at Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational - All Day
#14 Iowa State at #6 IOWA - 7 p.m. CT - www.BigTenNetwork.com
MICHIGAN STATE at Northern Illinois - 7 p.m. CT

DECEMBER 4

#9 ILLINOIS at Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational - All Day
INDIANA (rv) at Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational - All Day
#21 MICHIGAN at Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational - All Day
#19 OHIO STATE at Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational - All Day
#23 PURDUE at Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational - All Day
#4 WISCONSIN at Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational - All Day
Cleveland State at #20 NORTHWESTERN - 3 p.m. CT
MICHIGAN STATE at #6 IOWA - 7 p.m. CT - www.BigTenNetwork.com

DECEMBER 5

#5 PENN STATE at Nittany Lion Open - All Day
#2 Oklahoma State at #3 MINNESOTA - 2 p.m. CT - www.BigTenNetwork.com

Basketball: Big Ten Soundtrack PSAs Set to Repeat in 2010-11

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Park Ridge, Ill. - The Big Ten Conference this weekend will continue its basketball public service announcements entitled, Big Ten Soundtrack. The PSAs feature musical backdrops by highly regarded artists Public Enemy, De La Soul and Janelle Monae. The musical anthems were chosen for their appeal among all generations and to showcase the Big Ten's basketball excellence to its extensive and diverse audience.

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

WSCR: Four Players Named NSCAA All-Americans

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Four Big Ten women's soccer players were named NSCAA/Performance Subaru Division I All-Americans as announced on Friday.

Leading the contingent of conference honorees was Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year and Ohio State defender Cassie Dickerson, who earned first-team honors. Penn State midfielder Christine Nairn checked in on the second team, while Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year Paige Maxwell earned third-team status. Michigan State forward Laura Heyboer became an All-American for the third-straight season, taking fourth-team laurels.

Click here to see the complete list of NSCAA/Performance Subaru Division I All-Americans.

VB: Thursday's NCAA Championship Results

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The Michigan Wolverines' 2010 season came to an end Thursday following a 3-0 loss (22-25, 17-25, 16-25) to the Washington Huskies in the first round of the Seattle, Wash., Regional and finishes the season 23-10. The Wolverines were led by Lexi Erwin's 13 kills, while first team All-Big Ten performer Lexi Zimmerman finished with 30 assists.

For more information, follow the 2010 NCAA Volleyball Championship Central page here.

WBB: Thursday's ACC/Big Ten Challenge Results

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The ACC/Big Ten Challenge concluded with the ACC claiming a 6-5 win over the Big Ten in the fourth annual challenge. Indiana, Minnesota and Ohio State earned victories on Thursday, with Penn State, Purdue and Wisconsin suffering narrow defeats. To find out how Thursday's games turned out, check out the game recaps below.

Indiana 65, Clemson 51
CLEMSON, S.C. - With the game in the balance with less than eight minutes to play and leading just by two, Indiana shut the door on Clemson, outscoring the Tigers 15-3 in the final moments to notch a 65-51 win on the road. Senior All-America candidate Jori Davis netted a team-high 17 points while grabbing five boards and four steals. Sophomore Aulani Sinclair added 15 points off the bench for the Hoosiers.

Recap      Box Score

North Carolina 79, Iowa 67
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- After falling behind by 20 in the first half, the No. 18/18 Iowa Hawkeyes fought back to within a single point twice in the second half, but it couldn't complete the comeback bid as No. 14/15 North Carolina went on to claim a 79-67 victory in an ACC/Big Ten Challenge contest.

Recap      Box Score

Minnesota 63, VIrginia Tech 58
Minnesota's women's basketball team came out of the gates and built a big lead early in the game, then held on for a 63-58 victory against Virginia Tech in the ACC / Big Ten Challenge at Williams Arena Thursday night.

Recap      Box Score

Ohio State 74, Virginia 46
Lavender had 23 points and 13 rebounds, Samantha Prahalis added 14 points and eight assists and No. 6 Ohio State beat Virginia 74-46 on Thursday night in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. Lavender was 7-for-8 from the floor in the first half and finished 10-for-15. She also became the Buckeyes' career rebounding leader with 1,121. Ohio State (6-0), which hosts No. 11 Oklahoma on Sunday, jumped out to a 21-7 lead in the first eight minutes before the Cavaliers (4-4) whittled the deficit to 25-22 on a consecutive 3-pointers by Lexie Gordon with 4:53 left in the half.

Recap      Box Score

Boston College 113, Penn State 104
CHESTNUT HILL, MASS. - The Penn State Lady Lions (6-2) erased an 11-point second-half deficit to force overtime, but could not come away with the win in a tough 113-104 loss at Boston College (7-0) Thursday night in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. Sophomore Alex Bentley (Indianapolis, Ind.) was 12-for-22 from the field, including the game-tying shot with 0.5 seconds left in regulation, on the way to a career-high 31 points. Penn State has play to overtime in every true road game this season, posting a 2-1 mark in those games.

Recap      Box Score

Maryland 56, Purdue 55
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) -Lynetta Kizer scored 20 points to help No. 22 Maryland rally past Purdue 56-55 on Thursday night in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. Alyssa Thomas and Diandra Tchatchouang each scored 12 points for the Terrapins (6-1), who trailed by 11 with 5:24 remaining. Maryland outrebounded Purdue 40-27 and scored 20 points off offensive rebounds. Courtney Moses led Purdue with 12 points and five assists, but she also had seven turnovers and missed what could have been a game-winning shot in the closing seconds.

Recap      Box Score

Duke 59, Wisconsin 51
MADISON, Wis. -- Despite outscoring No. 5 Duke 33-32 in the second half and tying the score at 31-all with 12:45 left in the contest , the Wisconsin women's basketball team fell to the Blue Devils, 59-51, in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. With the Badgers' loss Thursday night at the Kohl Center, the Atlantic Coast Conference won the challenge with six wins to the Big Ten Conference's five.

Recap      Box Score

FB: Football Players Named to Academic All-Big Ten Teams

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As the fall term of the 2010-11 school year concludes, the Big Ten recognized a total of 190 football student-athletes who have been named to the Academic All-Conference Team, just three shy of the conference record of 193 Academic All-Big Ten honorees established last season. To be eligible for Academic All-Big Ten selection, student-athletes must be letterwinners who are in at least their second academic year at their institution and carry a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher.

Big Ten Academic All-Conference award winners also achieved excellence outside of the classroom. Purdue's Ryan Kerrigan (Sr., Education) was named the Big Ten's Defensive Player and Defensive Lineman of the Year, while Wisconsin's Gabe Carimi (Gr., Civil Engineering) earned Offensive Lineman of the Year honors. 

A number of Academic All-Big Ten selections have already been honored as Academic All-Americans during the fall season. On the football field, the Big Ten tied for the lead among all Football Bowl Subdivision conferences with five players on the ESPN Academic All-America first and second teams with honors going to Academic All-Big Ten honorees Chris Colasanti (Sr., Kinesiology), Pete Massaro (Jr., Finance) and Stefen Wisniewski (Sr., Secondary Education) of Penn State and Kyle Adams (Sr., Management) and Joe Holland (Jr.,Movement and Sports Science) of Purdue.

For the full list of Academic All-Big Ten honorees, click on this link.

MSCR: NCAA Quarterfinals Preview

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Michigan travels to College Park, Md., to take on Maryland in the NCAA Men's Soccer Championship quarterfinals on Saturday at 1 p.m. ET. The 10th-seeded Wolverines (16-4-3) make their second national quarterfinal appearance and first since 2008 looking to advance to their first College Cup.

Click here to read the complete release.

VB: NCAA Championship Central

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For all the updated results on the Big Ten teams in the 2010 NCAA Championship, log on to the 2010 NCAA Volleyball Championship Central page on www.bigten.org. Box scores and school recaps will be available for each Big Ten match throughout the postseason. Check back regularly to catch up on all the latest news on the Big Ten in the 2010 NCAA Championship.

WBB: Thursday's ACC/Big Ten Challenge Lineup

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The women's ACC/Big Ten Challenge concludes tonight with seven contests scheduled. Following Wednesday's opening night, the challenge is tied at 2-2 with Michigan and Michigan State earning the Big Ten victories.

Thursday's Games
INDIANA at Clemson, 7 p.m.
#18/18 IOWA at #14/15 North Carolina, 7 p.m.
Virginia Tech at MINNESOTA, 8 p.m., www.bigtennetwork.com
Virginia (rv/-) at #6/6 OHIO STATE, 7 p.m., www.bigtennetwork.com
PENN STATE (rv/rv) at Boston College (rv/rv), 7 p.m.
#22/rv Maryland at PURDUE (rv/rv), 6:30 p.m., Big Ten Network
#5/5 Duke at WISCONSIN, 8:30 p.m., Big Ten Network

WBB: ACC/BIg Ten Challenge Tied 2-2

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After the first night of of the women's ACC/Big Ten Challenge, the conferences are tied 2-2 heading into the Thursday's matchups. MIchigan and MIchigan State each earned wins for the Big Ten. Check out the recaps from each game below.

N.C. State 73, Illinois 57
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Illinois fell behind early and could never recover, as North Carolina State pulled away for a 73-57 win Wednesday night at Assembly Hall in the fourth annual ACC/Big Ten Challenge. Sophomore Karisma Penn led the travel-weary Illini with 12 points and 12 rebounds, her fourth double-double of the season, but that wasn't enough overcome a season-high 26 turnovers.

Recap      Box Score

Michigan 91, Wake Forest 58
ANN ARBOR, MICH. -- Junior guard/forward Carmen Reynolds (Hilliard, Ohio/Davidson) posted her first 20-point game of the season with 25 points and the University of Michigan women's basketball team shot a season-best 66 percent en route to a 91-58 win over Wake Forest in the fourth annual ACC/Big Ten Challenge game on Wednesday (Dec. 1) at Crisler Arena. Michigan moves to 4-0 in Challenge games and remains the only undefeated Big Ten team in Challenge contests.

Recap      Box Score

Michigan State 72, Florida State 64
TALLAHASSEE, Fla.- Kalisha Keane scored 20 of her 22 points in the second half Wednesday night to lead a fierce Michigan State comeback that carried the 25th-ranked Spartans to a 72-64 victory over No. 15 Florida State in an ACC/Big Ten Challenge game. Porsche Poole came off the bench to add 18 points and Brittney Thomas had 14 for the Spartans, who made 19 of 23 free throws and shot 9 of 21 from 3-point range. The Seminoles (6-1) went scoreless for nearly 7 minutes midway through the game as the Spartans went on a 19-0 run to grab a 37-30 lead.

Recap      Box Score

Georgia Tech 67, Northwestern 63
ATLANTA, Ga. -- Sophomore Kendall Hackney turned in a career-best 24 points, including 5-of-9 from deep, but it was not enough as Northwestern faltered against Georgia Tech 67-63 in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge Wednesday evening in Atlanta. Amy Jaeschke came up big in the second half, scoring 18 of her team-high 26 points in the final stanza. She also added nine rebounds and four blocks.

Recap      Box Score

MBB: Challenge Tracker - Wednesday's Results

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A 58-55 overtime win by Purdue over Virginia Tech sealed the victory for the Big Ten in the 12th annual ACC/Big Ten Challenge. Wednesday's results are below.

Boston College def. INDIANA, 88-76

Reggie Jackson scored 27 points, grabbed five rebounds and dished out four assists to lift Boston College to an 88-76 win over Indiana on Wednesday in an Atlantic Coast Conference/Big Ten Challenge matchup.

Recap & Box Score

 

#1/1 Duke def. #6/6 MICHIGAN STATE, 84-79

Freshman Kyrie Irving scored a season-high 31 points and led No. 1 Duke past No. 6 Michigan State 84-79 on Wednesday night in the marquee matchup of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

Recap & Box Score

 

Maryland def. PENN STATE, 62-39

With a large student crowd ready to explode, Penn State jumped out to an early 7-0 lead on Maryland and then put a lid on the basket hitting just 20 percent (14-68) from the floor and 3-of-27 from three (11%) as Maryland (6-2) pulled away in the second half for a 62-39 victory and its fifth-straight ACC/Big Ten Challenge win.

Recap & Box Score

 

#22/18 PURDUE def. #rv/rv Virginia Tech, 58-55 (OT)

JaJuan Johnson scored 29 points, including a go-ahead 15-footer with 1:27 left in overtime, and No. 22 Purdue beat Virginia Tech 58-55 on Wednesday night, clinching the ACC/Big Ten Challenge for the Big Ten for the second straight season.

Recap & Box Score

 

#-/rv WISCONSIN def. NC State, 87-48

Jon Leuer scored 22 points and had 11 rebounds, Jordan Taylor added 21 points and Wisconsin used a 23-0 run straddling halftime to beat North Carolina State 87-48 on Wednesday night in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

Recap & Box Score

 

Big Ten wins Challenge, 6-5

 

 

Ohio State's Cassie Dickerson and Penn State's Christine Nairn have been selected as semifinalists for the Missouri Athletic Club's Hermann Trophy, given to the nation's top player. Dickerson and Nairn are among 15 semifinalists for the award.

The Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, Dickerson is one of only two defenders in the group of semifinalists. The senior has led the Ohio State's defensive efforts en route to a share of the Big Ten title and an NCAA Championship run that has the Buckeyes among four teams remaining in Friday's College Cup. Dickerson and the Buckeyes have allowed 14 goals in 23 matches and have posted 12 shutouts in 2010.

Nairn earned first-team All-Big Ten honors after recording 20 points on seven goals and six assists, helping Penn State earn a share of its 13th consecutive Big Ten title and a berth to the NCAA Championship. She also tallied three game-winning goals in 2010.

NCAA Division I head coaches will vote on the 15 semifinalists, narrowing the field down to three finalists on Dec. 10. The 2010 MAC Hermann Trophy winner will be announced on Jan. 7.

BASE: Silver Slugger

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 Former Northwestern baseball standout and current New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi has been selected by the NCAA as one of this year's six recipients of the Silver Anniversary Award. The honor is presented to individuals of merit 25 years following the completion of their collegiate athletic career.

Girardi will be recognized for the honor Jan. 14, 2011 at the NCAA Convention in San Antonio, Texas.

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Indiana's Will Bruin and Penn State's Corey Hertzog have been named semifinalists for the 2010 Missouri Athletic Club's Hermann Trophy as announced on Wednesday. Bruin and Hertzog are among 15 semifinalists for the award, which honors the national player of the year.

The Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year, Bruin posted 41 points on 18 goals and five assists in 2010, leading Indiana to the Big Ten Championship and its 24th consecutive NCAA Championship appearance. His 18 goals are good for fifth-most in a single season in Big Ten history.

Hertzog led the nation and tied the Big Ten record for goals in a season, scoring 20 for the Nittany Lions en route to the team's 12th NCAA Championship berth. The junior also tallied six assists in 2010, giving him the second-highest point total in Big Ten history with 46.

NCAA Division I head coaches will vote on the 15 semifinalists, narrowing the field down to three finalists on Dec. 10. The 2010 MAC Hermann Trophy winner will be announced on Jan. 7.

WGYM: Four Teams Ranked in GymInfo Preseason Poll

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Big Ten women's gymnastics is well-represented in the 2011 GymInfo Preseason Coaches Poll, as all seven teams have earned recognition. Four teams have cracked the top 25 in the first poll of the season, while three others are receiving votes. Reigning Big Ten Champion Michigan leads the way among conference teams, checking in at No. 9 to open the 2011 campaign.

To read the complete release, click here. The 2011 GymInfo Preseason Coaches Poll can be found here.

WBB: ACC/Big Ten Challenge Schedule

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The fourth annual ACC/Big Ten Challenge tips off tonight with four games on Wednesday night and seven set for Thursday evening. Check below for the complete 2010 ACC/Big Ten Challenge schedule.

Wednesday
N.C. State at ILLINOIS, 8:30 p.m., Big Ten Network
Wake Forest at MICHIGAN, 6:30 p.m., Big Ten Network
#25/25 MICHIGAN STATE at #15/14 Florida State, 7 p.m.
NORTHWESTERN (rv/-) at Georgia Tech, 7 p.m.

Thursday
INDIANA at Clemson, 7 p.m.
#18/18 IOWA at #14/15 North Carolina, 7 p.m.
Virginia Tech at MINNESOTA, 8 p.m., www.bigtennetwork.com
Virginia (rv/-) at #6/6 OHIO STATE, 7 p.m., www.bigtennetwork.com
PENN STATE (rv/rv) at Boston College (rv/rv), 7 p.m.
#22/rv Maryland at PURDUE (rv/rv), 6:30 p.m., Big Ten Network
#5/5 Duke at WISCONSIN, 8:30 p.m., Big Ten Network

WSCR: NCAA College Cup Preview

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Third-seeded Ohio State travels to the NCAA Women's Soccer College Cup for the first time in program history this weekend, taking on No. 4 Notre Dame on Friday in Cary, N.C. The Buckeyes (17-4-2) and Fighting Irish (19-2-2) are set to kick off at 4 p.m. ET at WakeMed Soccer Park. The match will be broadcast live on ESPN2 or ESPNU and ESPN3.com.

The complete NCAA College Cup Preview can be found here.

FB: MSU's Gantt Named Mackey Award Tight End of Week

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Charlie Gantt of Michigan State was named John Mackey Tight End of the Week by the Nassau County Sports Commission. The Big Ten senior recorded four receptions for 38 yards and a big fourth quarter touchdown that put Michigan State up 28-10 over Penn State which ultimately ended up as the game winning touchdown. This is the first share of the Big Ten title for Michigan State since 1990 and is the first win for them at Penn State since 1965. Honorable mentions considered for this week's Mackey Tight End of the Week include Lance Kendricks of Wisconsin.

FB: Big Ten in the NFL - Week 12

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Pat Angerer, LB, Indianapolis (Iowa) - Made 12 tackles in Indianapolis' 36-14 loss to San Diego.

 

Akin Ayodele, LB, Buffalo (Purdue) - Notched 12 tackles in Buffalo's 19-16 overtime loss to Pittsburgh.

 

Tom Brady, QB, New England (Michigan) - Completed 21 of 27 passes for 341 yards and four touchdowns in New England's 45-24 win over Detroit.

 

Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans (Purdue) - Recorded 352 passing yards and a touchdown, completing 23 of 39 throws in New Orleans' 30-27 win over Dallas.

 

David Harris, LB, New York Jets (Michigan) - Recorded five tackles and a sack in the New York Jets' 26-10 win over Cincinnati.

 

Chad Henne, QB, Miami (Michigan) - Threw for 307 yards and two touchdowns on 17 of 30 passing in Miami's 33-17 win over Oakland.

 

Santonio Holmes, WR, New York Jets (Ohio State) - Caught five passes for 44 yards and a touchdown in the New York Jets' 26-10 win over Cincinnati.

 

Dhani Jones, LB, Cincinnati (Michigan) - Racked up 11 tackles in Cincinnati's 26-10 loss to the New York Jets.

 

Nate Kaeding, K, San Diego (Iowa) - Made five field goals, including a long of 50 yards, in San Diego's 36-14 win over Indianapolis.

 

Jim Leonhard, S, New York Jets (Wisconsin) - Notched four tackles and an interception in the New York Jets' 26-10 win over Cincinnati.

 

Brandon Lloyd, WR, Denver (Illinois) - Made four catches for 76 yards and two touchdowns in Denver's 36-33 loss to St. Louis.

 

Mario Manningham, WR, New York Giants (Michigan) - Caught three passes for 61 yards and a touchdown in the New York Giants' 24-20 win over Jacksonville.

 

Derrick Mason, WR, Baltimore (Michigan State) - Made eight catches for 87 yards and a touchdown in Baltimore's 17-10 win over Tampa Bay.

 

Rashard Mendenhall, RB, Pittsburgh (Illinois) - Rushed for 151 yards and a touchdown on 36 carries in Pittsburgh's 19-16 overtime win over Buffalo.

 

Kyle Orton, QB, Denver (Purdue) - Threw for 347 yards and three touchdowns on 24 of 41 passing in Denver's 36-33 loss to St. Louis.

 

Shaun Phillips, LB, San Diego (Purdue) - Recorded five tackles and a sack in San Diego's 36-14 win over Indianapolis.

 

Matt Roth, LB, Cleveland (Iowa) - Made seven tackles and a sack in Cleveland's 24-23 win over Carolina.

 

Will Smith, DE, New Orleans (Ohio State) - Recorded three tackles, a sack and an interception in New Orleans' 30-27 win over Dallas.

 

Amari Spievey, CB, Detroit (Iowa) - Made 10 tackles in Detroit's 45-24 loss to New England.

 

Blair White, WR, Indianapolis (Michigan State) - Caught four passes for 34 yards and a touchdown in Indianapolis' 36-14 loss to San Diego.

 

Donte Whitner, S, Buffalo (Ohio State) - Racked up 18 tackles in Buffalo's 19-16 overtime loss to Pittsburgh.

WRES: Ranking the Wrestlers

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Big Ten wrestling landed 51 individual wrestlers in the latest InterMat individual top-20 rankings, including two ranked at the top of their weight classes. The complete listing of ranked Big Ten wrestlers can be found below.

125
1. Matt McDonough, So., IOWA
2. Brandon Precin, Sr., NU
4. Zach Sanders, Jr., MINN
5. Logan Stieber, Fr., OSU
18. Frank Martellotti, Fr., PSU

133
3. Tyler Graff, So., WIS
9. Tyler Clark, Jr./Nate Moore, So., IOWA
12. Ian Paddock, So., OSU
18. David Thorn, Fr., MINN
19. B.J. Futrell, So., ILL
20. Levi Mele, So., NU

141
2. Jimmy Kennedy, Sr., ILL
3. Kellen Russell, Jr., MICH
4. Mike Thorn, Sr., MINN
12. Andrew Alton, Fr., PSU

149
2. Frank Molinaro, Jr., PSU
6. Andrew Nadhir, Sr., NU
13. Kurt Kinser, Sr., IND
18. Cole Schmitt, So., WIS

157
4. Colt Sponseller, Sr., OSU
5. David Taylor, Fr., PSU
6. Paul Young, Sr., IND
7. Jason Welch, So., NU
9. Derek St. John, Fr., IOWA
12. Colton Salazar, Sr., PUR
13. David Cheza, Jr., MSU

165
1. Andrew Howe, Jr., WIS
9. Cody Yohn, So., MINN
11. Jake Kemerer, Fr., PSU
15. Jake Kerr, Sr., IOWA

174
5. Jordan Blanton, Jr., ILL
11. Scott Glasser, Sr., MINN
13. Luke Manuel, Sr., PUR
14. Ed Ruth, Fr., PSU
19. Ben Jordan, So., WIS
20. Ethen Lofthouse, Fr., IOWA

184
5. A.J. Kissel, Jr., PUR
6. Quentin Wright, So., PSU
7. Grant Gambrall, So., IOWA
11. Travis Rutt, Jr., WIS

197
3. Trevor Brandvold, Sr., WIS
5. Sonny Yohn, Jr., MINN
10. Logan Brown, Sr., PUR
13. Luke Lofthouse, Sr., IOWA
15. Anthony Biondo, Sr., MICH
18. Matt Powless, Jr., IND

HWT
7. Cameron Wade, Jr., PSU
9. Tony Nelson, Fr., MINN
13. Eric Bugenhagen, Sr., WIS
15. Blake Rasing, Jr., IOWA
17. Ricky Alcala, Sr., IND

The Big Ten led all conferences with three of six finalists for the Ted Hendricks Award, given annually to the nation's top defensive end. Big Ten finalists for the Hendricks Award are Iowa's Adrian Clayborn, Purdue's Ryan Kerrigan and Wisconsin's J.J. Watt. The Big Ten has claimed one Hendricks Award since it was created in 2002, with Michigan's LaMarr Woodley being honored in 2006.

Clayborn is a first-team AFCA All-America selection and was named to the All-Big Ten first team as well.  He has recorded 51 tackles, 3½ sacks and 7 tackles-for-loss this season. Kerrigan was also named a first-team All-America honoree by the AFCA and became the first Purdue player to receive Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year honors since 1992. Additionally, Big Ten coaches honored him as the conference Defensive Lineman of the Year.  Kerrigan's statistics are among the nation's leaders: 2.17 tackles-for-loss per game (1st), 1.04 sacks per game (2nd), 0.42 fumbles forced per game (T-2nd). Watt finished his junior season with 7 sacks, 21 tackles-for-loss (3rd in the nation), 10 QB hurries, 3 forced fumbles and 3 blocked kicks.  He was also named a first-team All-Big Ten honoree.

 

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