January 2011 Archives

The conference office announced on Monday the weekly women's indoor track and field awards with Penn State's Shavon Greaves earning Track Athlete of the Week and Ohio State's Ashley Galbraith winning Field Athlete of the Week accolades.

2011 Women's Indoor Track and Field Athletes of the Week

Jan. 10
T: Madison McNary, Jr., OSU
F: Faith Sherrill, Sr., IND
Jan. 17
T: Christina Manning, Jr., OSU
F: Faith Sherrill, Sr., IND
Jan. 24
T: Chelsea Blanchard, Jr., IND
F: Dani Bunch, Fr., PUR
Jan. 31
T: Shavon Greaves, Sr., PSU
F: Ashley Galbraith, Jr., OSU

Click here for the complete release.

The conference office announced on Monday the weekly men's indoor track and field awards. Indiana's Andy Bayer earned the nod as Big Ten Track Athlete of the Week, while Ohio State's Matt DeChant is recognized as the Field Athlete of the Week honoree.

2011 Men's Indoor Track and Field Athletes of the Week

Dec. 14
T: No selection
F: Cody Marshall, Fr., OSU
Jan. 10
T: Justin Austin, So., IOWA
F: Derek Drouin, Jr., IND
Jan. 17
T: Thomas Murdaugh, Jr., OSU
F: Micah Hegerle, So., MINN
Jan. 24
T: Andy Bayer, So., IND
F: David Fraker, Fr., ILL
Jan. 31
T: Andy Bayer, So., IND
F: Matt DeChant, Jr., OSU

For the entire release, click here.

WGYM: Weekly Rankings

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Big Ten women's gymnastics is again well-represented in the GymInfo weekly team average rankings, with six conference teams appearing in the latest top 25. Michigan sits at No. 9 with a team average of 195.344. Minnesota checks in at No. 13 (194.819), followed by No. 16 Ohio State (194.644), No. 19 Illinois (194.563), No. 21 Penn State (194.444) and No. 23 Iowa (194.375).

Click here to see the complete GymInfo rankings.

WGYM: Michigan, Minnesota and Ohio State Take Weekly Honors

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The Big Ten Conference announced the women's gymnastics weekly awards on Monday. Michigan's Kylee Botterman was named the Big Ten Gymnast of the Week, while Minnesota's Kayla Slechta and Ohio State's Melanie Shaffer were named the Co-Freshman of the Week.

Click here for the complete release from the Big Ten.

MGYM: Illinois' Mizoguchi, Valdez Earn Weekly Awards

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Illinois' Tyler Mizoguchi and Jordan Valdez have been named the Big Ten men's gymnastics weekly honorees, the conference office announced on Monday. Mizoguchi takes home Gymnast of the Week laurels while Valdez earns Freshman of the Week accolades.

Click here for the complete release from the Big Ten.

Michigan's Tom Harmon has been named Big Ten Icon No. 5. by the Big Ten Network. Big Ten Icons continues at 9 PM ET on Sunday with a profile of the 1940 Heisman Trophy winner and charter member of Michigan's Hall of Honor. A native of Gary, Ind., Harmon enrolled at Michigan in 1937 after earning 14 letters in football, basketball and track at Horace Mann High School. He is still revered as one of the most complete athletes to play Michigan football, excelling as a rusher, passer and kicker while also contributing on defense. As a junior, Harmon seized national attention after leading the nation with 102 points to earn first-team All-America honors.

With high expectations entering his senior season, Harmon did not disappoint, running for 852 yards and 14 touchdowns to repeat as the national scoring leader with 117 points. His jersey number 98 was retired after he won the Heisman Trophy and the Maxwell and Walter Camp Awards as the nation's most outstanding college player. During his three seasons in Ann Arbor, Harmon rushed for 2,134 yards and scored 33 touchdowns, including 16 on 1,304 yards passing. He also kicked 33 extra points and two field goals, accounting for a total of 237 career points.

After serving four years as a pilot during World War II, in which he won a Silver Star and the Purple Heart, Harmon emerged as one of the nation's top sports broadcasters and directors, reporting live on major sporting events from the Olympics to the Rose Bowl. In 1954, he was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame and became a charter member of Michigan's Hall of Honor in 1978.
 
In an essay for www.BigTenIcons.com, former Chicago Tribune sports editor Dan McGrath wrote, "Tom Harmon transcends the overused term 'football hero.' He was a hero in most every sense of the word." To read the essay on Harmon and learn more about his accomplishments, visit his Big Ten Icons locker at www.BigTenIcons.com.
 
The No. 1 Big Ten Icon will be revealed in March 2011 in conjunction with the Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament. Big Ten Icons is the network's most ambitious multi-platform initiative to date. The program is counting down the top 50 student-athletes in Big Ten history, based solely on their collegiate playing careers. All student-athletes from current Big Ten schools are eligible for the network's list. Fans can visit www.BigTenIcons.com to see a complete roster of Big Ten Icons, which also features essays, video and other key facts about each Icon's career.

WRES: Weekend Roundup

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JANUARY 28

#8 IOWA def. #18 NORTHWESTERN, 31-9 
#13 MICHIGAN def. OHIO STATE, 27-9

JANUARY 30

MICHIGAN STATE def. #14 ILLINOIS, 21-15
#13 MICHIGAN def. INDIANA, 23-9
#8 IOWA def. #1 PENN STATE, 22-13
#4 MINNESOTA def. #3 WISCONSIN, 21-15

WBB: Sunday's Results

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Iowa 80, Illinois 69
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- All five Iowa starters scored in double figures Sunday afternoon in Champaign, helping the Hawkeyes to an 80-69 victory over the Fighting Illini at Assembly Hall. The 18th-ranked Hawkeyes made eight of their 12 3-point attempts and shot 52 percent overall from the field, helping them improve to 17-5 overall and 5-4 in conference play. Iowa's shooting percentage was a season high. RECAP

Minnesota 60, Michigan 50
Junior guard Kiara Buford and junior forward Jackie Voigt each scored 11 points and freshman guard/forward Kionna Kellogg grabbed a game-high 13 rebounds, as Minnesota fought off a second-half rally by Michigan to defeat the first-place Wolverines, 60-50, on Sunday afternoon before a crowd of 5,318 at Williams Arena. RECAP

Wisconsin 62, Northwestern 50
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Led by the senior duo of Lin Zastrow and Alyssa Karel, the Wisconsin women's basketball team outscored Northwestern 20-5 over the last 10 minutes to pull out a 62-50 win. The victory ties the Badgers for first place in the Big Ten Conference standings with Penn State at 7-2. RECAP

Penn State 80, Ohio State 71
UNIVERSITY PARK, PA. - The Penn State Lady Lions (18-5, 7-2) used a balanced offensive attack that saw five players reach double figures as the Lady Lions upset #23/24 Ohio State (13-8, 4-5), 80-71, in front of a season-best crowd of 6,618 at the Bryce Jordan Center. Sophomore guard Alex Bentley (Indianapolis, Ind.) led the Penn State attack with 21 points and seven assists. The win snaps Penn State's 11-game losing streak against the Buckeyes and is the first over Ohio State since Dec. 30, 2005. The Lady Lions also notched their 200th Big Ten Conference win on Sunday. RECAP

Purdue 71, Indiana 57
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue (15-7, 5-4) found its offensive rhythm in Sunday's 71-57 victory over Indiana (8-13, 2-7). The Boilermakers' 14-point margin of victory is the largest against the Hoosiers since 2007. RECAP

MBB: Sunday's Results

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MICHIGAN def. IOWA, 87-73
Sophomore guard Darius Morris recorded the third triple-double in program history, as the University of Michigan men's basketball team ran past Iowa, 87-73, on Sunday afternoon inside Crisler Arena. Morris' triple-double puts him in elite company, joining former Wolverines Gary Grant and Manny Harris as the only men's basketball players to record the feat at Michigan. RECAP & BOX SCORE

#25/rv MICHIGAN STATE def. INDIANA, 84-83 (OT)
Draymond Green made a go-ahead shot with 29.3 seconds left and No. 25 Michigan State held on for an 84-83 win over Indiana on Sunday night. RECAP & BOX SCORE

WBB: Sunday's Schedule

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#18/21 Iowa at Illinois, 3 p.m., www.BigTenNetwork.com
Indiana at Purdue, Noon, Big Ten Network
Michigan at Minnesota, 3 p.m., www.BigTenNetwork.com
Wisconsin at #rv/- Northwestern, 3 p.m., www.BigTenNetwork.com
#24/23 Ohio State at Penn State, 2 p.m., Big Ten Network

MBB: Sunday's Schedule

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IOWA at MICHIGAN - 4 p.m., Big Ten Network

INDIANA at #25/rv MICHIGAN STATE - 6 p.m., Big Ten Network

 

All times ET

MBB: Saturday's Results

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#12/12 PURDUE def. #16/18 MINNESOTA, 73-61
Purdue suffered a 23-point loss at Ohio State on Tuesday, and short-handed Minnesota paid for it on Saturday.

JaJuan Johnson scored 24 points in leading the 12th-ranked Boilermakers to a 73-61 win over the 16th-ranked Golden Gophers. RECAP & BOX SCORE

#rv/- PENN STATE def. #17/15 WISCONSIN, 56-52
The largest crowd in two years turned out in force on "Band Together" day at the Bryce Jordan Center and they left happy as Penn State (12-8; 5-4 Big Ten) knocked off its third ranked foe at home on the year dropping No. 15 Wisconsin (15-5; 5-3 Big Ten), 56-52, in front of 14,292. RECAP & BOX SCORE

#1/1 OHIO STATE def. NORTHWESTERN, 58-57
Northwestern gave top-ranked Ohio State all it could handle, rallying from a 13-point deficit early in the second half before eventually falling 58-57. RECAP & BOX SCORE

MBB: Saturday's Schedule

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#16/18 MINNESOTA at #12/12 PURDUE - 1 p.m., CBS Sports

#17/15 WISCONSIN at #rv/- PENN STATE - 4 p.m., Big Ten Network

#1/1 OHIO STATE at NORTHWESTERN - 6 p.m., ESPN2

 

All times ET

MGYM: Weekend Schedule

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JANUARY 29

#9 IOWA at #3 ILLINOIS - Noon CT - Big Ten Network (Delay - 2/5, 3 p.m. ET)
#7 MINNESOTA at #4 Oklahoma - 7 p.m. CT

JANUARY 30

#5 PENN STATE/Army at #13 Temple - 7 p.m. ET

WRES: Weekend Schedule

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JANUARY 28

#13 MICHIGAN at OHIO STATE - 7 p.m. ET - Big Ten Network (LIVE)
#8 IOWA at #18 NORTHWESTERN - 7 p.m. CT - www.BigTenNetwork,com

JANUARY 30

#13 MICHIGAN at INDIANA - 1 p.m. ET
#14 ILLINOIS at MICHIGAN STATE - 2 p.m. ET
#8 IOWA at #1 PENN STATE - 2 p.m. ET - Big Ten Network (Delay - 1/31, 9:30 p.m. ET)
#3 WISCONSIN at #4 MINNESOTA - 2 p.m. CT

MBB: Thursday's Results

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MICHIGAN def. #25/rv MICHIGAN STATE, 61-57
Zack Novak scored 19 points and Stu Douglass made a big 3-pointer with 20 seconds left, lifting the Wolverines to a 61-57 victory over the 25th-ranked Spartans on Thursday night. RECAP & BOX SCORE

INDIANA def. #20/21 ILLINOIS, 52-49
Jordan Hulls kept his bloodstained uniform on long after Thursday night's game ended.

It was all part of the Hoosiers' tougher image.

The sophomore guard scored 12 of his 18 points in the second half, and Tom Pritchard's tip-in with 44.2 seconds left led the Hoosiers past No. 20 Illinois 52-49, setting off one of Bloomington's wildest postgame parties in years. RECAP & BOX SCORE

WGYM: Weekend Schedule

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JANUARY 28

#23 PENN STATE/#13 North Carolina State at #1 Florida - 7 p.m. ET

JANUARY 29

#15 IOWA at #19 ILLINOIS - Noon CT - Big Ten Network (LIVE)
Maryland/#11 Kent State/Illinois-Chicago at #8 MICHIGAN - 6 p.m. ET
Air Force at #18 MINNESOTA - 6 p.m. CT

JANUARY 30

#21 OHIO STATE/Western Michigan at Bowling Green - 2 p.m. ET

WBB: Thursday's Results

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Penn State 67, Illinois 65
CHAMPAIGN, ILL. - Senior guard/forward Julia Trogele's (Devon, Pa.) layup with 9.1 seconds remaining pushed the Penn State Lady Lions (17-5, 6-2) to a 67-65 win over Illinois (7-14, 2-6) in Champaign on Thursday night. The victory moves the Lady Lions into a four-way tie for first place in the Big Ten standings and equals Penn State's win total from a year ago. Trogele and sophomore center Nikki Greene (Diboll, Texas) each recorded double-doubles as the Lady Lions found success in the paint. Penn State outrebounded the Illini, 49-29, for a second-straight dominating performance on the boards. RECAP

Iowa 66, Michigan State 64
Head coach Lisa Bluder's 18th-ranked Hawkeyes avenged a last-second loss from two weeks ago to this same Spartan team, and this time triumphing, 66-64. The heart-pumping victory improved Iowa's record to 16-5 overall and 4-4 in conference play, while Michigan State fell to 18-3 overall and 6-2 in the Big Ten. RECAP

Minnesota 63, Northwestern 58
Sophomore forward Katie Loberg scored a career-high 21 points, while junior guard Kiara Buford had 18 points and four steals, as Minnesota rallied from a four-point halftime deficit to snap a seven-game losing streak and defeat Northwestern, 63-58. The Gophers also received a career-best 15 rebounds and eight points from freshman guard/forward Kionna Kellogg, who was making her second career start, while junior forward Jackie Voigt added seven points and 10 rebounds. RECAP

Michigan 69, Ohio State 66
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Trailing by one point with 1:22 remaining in the half, sophomore Rachel Sheffer (Watervliet, Mich./Watervliet) and classmate Jenny Ryan (Saginaw, Mich./Nouvel Catholic Central) both hit a pair of free throws to seal a 69-66, come-from-behind win at No. 24 Ohio State on Thursday (Jan. 27) inside Value City Arena. The win was U-M's first in Columbus since the 2000-01 season, and second over the Buckeyes this season, and extends Michigan's unbeaten streak to four consecutive games. RECAP

Purdue 69, SIU Edwardsville 39
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - After getting out to a slow start in Thursday's game against Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (7-13), Purdue (14-7, 4-4 Big Ten) stormed back to a 69-39 victory. RECAP

WBB: Thursday's Schedule

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MBB: Wednesday's Results

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#rv/- PENN STATE def. IOWA, 65-51
Penn State (11-8; 4-4 Big Ten) shook off some early sluggishness to pull away from Iowa (8-12; 1-7 Big Ten) shooting 58 percent in the second half to log a 65-51 victory Wednesday night on a snowy night in State College. RECAP & BOX SCORE

#16/18 MINNESOTA def. NORTHWESTERN, 81-70
Trevor Mbakwe had 18 points and 15 rebounds while Colton Iverson scored all of his 15 points in the second half as #16/18 Minnesota knocked off visiting Northwestern, 81-70 at Williams Arena on Wednesday night.  Playing in their first game since the loss of Al Nolen to foot surgery, the Gophers trailed at the break but were able to use a strong second half to pick up their fourth consecutive conference win for the first time since 2008-2009. With the win, Minnesota moves to 16-4, 5-3 overall. RECAP & BOX SCORE

MBB: Required Reading

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Click HERE for audio of Monday's Big Ten men's basketball coaches teleconference.

Join Big Ten Network analyst Jim Jackson as he live blogs during tonight's Super Wednesday doubleheader.

Brandon Paul of Illinois is nominated for the 2011 Dunk of the Year for his slam against Southern Illinois on Nov. 13. Vote for him HERE!

Coming off its first Big Ten win, Iowa is focused on its finish rather than its start.

Michigan will hold its second annual Care Package Drive to benefit our nation's servicemen and women overseas at Sunday's game against Iowa.

The Minnesota student section made its annual road trip last weekend. Click HERE to read about the experience.

Ohio State lived up to its No. 1 ranking in its win over Purdue on Tuesday, writes Dana O'Neil of ESPN.com.

Jeff Goodman of FoxSports.com writes that the Buckeyes look like a national championship team.

Penn State will "Band Together" to fight cancer on Saturday as the Nittany Lions take on Wisconsin.

Wisconsin freshman Josh Gasser brings more to the court than just stats, writes Mike Lucas of UWBadgers.com.

WRES: Ranking the Wrestlers

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Big Ten wrestling has placed 54 wrestlers in the latest InterMat individual rankings. The conference again boasts two wrestlers ranked at the top of their respective weight classes, as Northwestern's Brandon Precin leads the 125-pound class and Michigan's Kellen Russell sits atop the 141-pound class. The complete roundup of ranked Big Ten wrestlers can be found below.

125
1. Brandon Precin, Sr., NU
2. Matt McDonough, So., IOWA
5. Zach Sanders, Jr., MINN
11. Brad Pataky, Sr., PSU

133
3. Tyler Graff, So., WIS
5. Andrew Long, So., PSU
8. B.J. Futrell, So., ILL
10. Tony Ramos, Fr., IOWA
17. Ian Paddock, So., OSU

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

149
5. Frank Molinaro, Jr., PSU
7. Cole Schmitt, So., WIS
13. Andrew Nadhir, Sr., NU
14. Eric Terrazas, Jr., ILL
15. Kurt Kinser, Sr., IND

157
3. David Taylor, Fr., PSU
5. Paul Young, Sr., IND
7. Jason Welch, So., NU
14. Derek St. John, Fr., IOWA
19. Brandon Zeerip, Fr., MICH
20. Colton Salazar, Sr., PUR

165
7. Colt Sponseller, Sr., OSU
12. Cody Yohn, So., MINN
14. Aaron Janssen, Sr., IOWA
19. Dan Yates, Fr., MICH

174
2. Ed Ruth, Fr., PSU
8. Scott Glasser, Sr., MINN
9. Luke Manuel, Sr., PUR
10. Jordan Blanton, Jr., ILL
13. Ethen Lofthouse, Fr., IOWA
14. Nick Heflin, Fr., OSU
19. Ben Jordan, So., WIS

184
3. Travis Rutt, Jr., WIS
6. Quentin Wright, So., PSU
8. A.J. Kissel, Sr., PUR
9. Kevin Steinhaus, Fr., MINN
16. Grant Gambrall, So., IOWA
18. Tony Dallago, Fr., ILL

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

HWT
5. Cameron Wade, Jr., PSU
8. Ben Apland, So., MICH
9. Tony Nelson, Fr., MINN
11. Eric Bugenhagen, Sr., WIS
15. Ricky Alcala, Sr., IND
18. Mike McClure, Fr., MSU

MBB: Stay CLASS-y

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Ohio State's David Lighty, Purdue's E'Twaun Moore and Wisconsin's Jon Leuer were named finalists for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award in men's basketball on Wednesday. The Big Ten leads all conferences with three finalists for the honor that recognizes an NCAA Division I senior with notable achievements in the areas of community, classroom, character and competition.

Fans are encouraged to vote at the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award website or the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award Facebook fan page through March 20. Fan votes will be combined with media and coaches votes to determine the winner. Click HERE for more information.

WTEN: This Week's Schedule

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JANUARY 26

Pittsburgh at PENN STATE - 4 p.m. ET

JANUARY 27

Akron at MICHIGAN STATE - 3 p.m. ET

JANUARY 29

#25 ILLINOIS vs. #28 South Florida - 10 a.m. ET [1]
#44 Harvard at #20 NORTHWESTERN - 10 a.m. ET [2]
Marquette at #50 PURDUE - Noon ET
#30 IOWA at #13 Georgia Tech - 2 p.m. ET [1]
#59 Auburn at #8 MICHIGAN [3]

JANUARY 30

Green Bay at #74 WISCONSIN - 9 a.m. CT
Marquette at #45 INDIANA - 10 a.m. ET
Illinois State at #50 PURDUE - Noon ET
#33 OHIO STATE at #12 Tennessee - 2 p.m. ET [4]
Northern Illinois at #74 WISCONSIN - 3 p.m. CT
Cincinnati at #45 INDIANA - 4 p.m. ET
#25 ILLINOIS vs. #30 IOWA/#13 Georgia Tech - TBA [1]
#30 IOWA vs. #25 ILLINOIS/#28 South Florida - TBA [1]
#18 Southern California/#46 N.C. State at #8 MICHIGAN - TBA [3]
#38 Boise State/#34 Nebraska at #20 NORTHWESTERN - TBA [2]

JANUARY 31

#33 OHIO STATE vs. #17 Mississippi/#27 Southern Methodist - TBA [4]

Legend
[1] ITA Kickoff Weekend - Atlanta, Ga.
[2] ITA Kickoff Weekend - Evanston, Ill.
[3] ITA Kickoff Weekend - Ann Arbor, Mich.
[4] ITA Kickoff Weekend - Knoxville, Tenn.

MBB: Tuesday's Results

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#1/1 OHIO STATE def. #12/12 PURDUE, 87-64
If this was a big test, then No. 1 Ohio State aced it.

William Buford had 19 points, Jared Sullinger added 17 and No. 1 Ohio State played almost flawlessly in rolling past No. 12 Purdue 87-64 on Tuesday night. RECAP & BOX SCORE

WBB: Where We Rank

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Four Big Ten teams were mentioned in the latest Associated Press poll released Monday, led by No. 10 Michigan State. Iowa appeared at No. 18 this week, while Ohio State checked in at No. 24. Northwestern is among those also receiving votes in the latest AP poll. In the ESPN/USA Today Coaches poll that was released Tuesday, Michigan State climbed to No. 11, while Iowa remained at No. 21 and Ohio State jumped back into the rankings at No. 23.

WTEN: In the Polls

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Big Ten women's tennis boasts nine ranked teams in the ITA National Team Rankings, released on Tuesday. All nine teams began the season ranked in the top 75 and seven of the nine hold the same ranks as they did in the first poll. Michigan again leads the way at No. 8, while Northwestern checks in at No. 20 and Illinois maintains No. 25. Iowa (No. 30), Ohio State (No. 33), Indiana (No. 45) and Purdue (No. 50) each remain in the same spots in the latest rankings, while Minnesota moves up one to No. 71. Wisconsin checks in at No. 74 to round out the rankings.

Click here to see the complete ITA National Team Rankings.

MBB: Tuesday's Schedule

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#12/12 PURDUE at #1/1 OHIO STATE - 9 p.m. ET, ESPN

MTEN: This Week's Schedule

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JANUARY 25

#12 Kentucky at #46 INDIANA - 1 p.m. ET
Butler at #46 INDIANA - 6 p.m. ET

JANUARY 26

Butler at #4 OHIO STATE - Noon ET
Xavier at #4 OHIO STATE - 6 p.m. ET

JANUARY 28

#46 INDIANA vs. #43 BYU - 10 a.m. PT [1]
#24 MICHIGAN at #14 Duke - 10 a.m. ET [2]
#33 MINNESOTA at #6 UCLA - 11 a.m. PT [3]
#59 NORTHWESTERN at #64 Harvard - 3 p.m. ET
#39 Denver at #16 ILLINOIS - 6 p.m. CT [4]

JANUARY 29

#30 WISCONSIN vs. #22 Wake Forest - 9 a.m. CT [5]
Bradley at MICHIGAN STATE - 10 a.m. ET
#75 William & Mary at #4 OHIO STATE - 10 a.m. ET [6]
#71 PENN STATE at Princeton - Noon ET
PURDUE at #64 Harvard - Noon ET
Dayton at MICHIGAN STATE - 4 p.m. ET
#36 Notre Dame/Oklahoma at #16 ILLINOIS - TBA [4]
#24 MICHIGAN vs. #21 Pepperdine/#25 Virginia Tech - TBA [2]
#33 MINNESOTA vs. #28 Fresno State/#27 Florida State - TBA [3]
#56 UC Irvine/South Carolina at #4 OHIO STATE - TBA [6]
#30 WISCONSIN vs. #12 Kentucky/#42 Boise State - TBA [5]

JANUARY 30

PURDUE at #73 Yale - 10 a.m. ET
Creighton at #63 IOWA - 1 p.m. CT
Army at #71 PENN STATE - 1 p.m. ET
Toledo at #4 OHIO STATE - 6 p.m. ET

Legend
[1] ITA Kickoff Weekend - Los Angeles, Calif. (Southern California)
[2] ITA Kickoff Weekend - Durham, N.C.
[3] ITA Kickoff Weekend - Los Angeles, Calif. (UCLA)
[4] ITA Kickoff Weekend - Urbana, Ill.
[5] ITA Kickoff Weekend - Lexington, Ky.
[6] ITA Kickoff Weekend - Columbus, Ohio

MTEN: In the Polls

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Nine Big Ten men's tennis teams remain ranked in the latest ITA National Team Rankings, released on Tuesday. Ohio State leads all conference teams at No. 4, followed by No. 16 Illinois and No. 24 Michigan in the top 25. Wisconsin checks in at No. 30, while No. 33 Minnesota, No. 46 Indiana, No. 59 Northwestern, No. 63 Iowa and No. 71 Penn State follow.

Click here to see the complete men's ITA National Team Rankings.

WINDR T/F: Three Teams Appear in USTFCCCA Rankings

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Three Big Ten teams appear in this week's national USTFCCCA poll with Indiana leading the way at the No. 16 spot. Penn State and Ohio State round out the top 25, sitting at No. 20 and No. 24, respectively.

Oregon continues its reign over the top spot, while Texas A&M and LSU round out the top three.

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

MINDR T/F: National USTFCCCA Rankings

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Four Big Ten programs decorate this week's USTFCCCA national rankings, released Tuesday afternoon. Indiana leads the conference trio at No. 7, while Penn State and Minnesota follow close behind at No. 10  and 15, respectively.

LSU leads the nation at No. 1 with Florida and Texas A&M rounding out the top three spots.

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

WTEN: Minnesota's Pintusava Earns Weekly Honor

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Minnesota freshman Natallia Pintusava earns Big Ten Athlete of the Week accolades after scoring three points, including a win at No. 1 singles against 27th-ranked Michaela Kissell of Marshall, for the Golden Gophers against the No. 53 Thundering Herd and Kentucky over the weekend.

Click here for the complete release from the Big Ten.

MTEN: Indiana's MacTaggart Named Athlete of the Week

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Indiana's Josh MacTaggart won two singles and two doubles matches over the weekend to help the 46th-ranked Hoosiers to wins over No. 57 North Carolina State and IUPUI on Saturday and earn his first Big Ten Athlete of the Week honor.

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

WRES: In the Polls

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Eight Big Ten wrestling teams appear in the latest NWCA/USA Today Coaches Poll, highlighted by top-ranked Penn State. The Nittany Lions became the unanimous choice for No. 1 in the country after moving to 13-0 over the weekend. Wisconsin also moved up in the poll, checking in at No. 3. Minnesota follows at No. 4, while Iowa maintains its top-10 status at No. 8. Michigan falls two spots to No. 13 in this week's poll, followed by Illinois at No. 14. Northwestern checks in at No. 18 and Purdue holds No. 24 to round out the ranked conference teams.

After spending a week tied for first, Penn State also takes over the No. 1 spot in the InterMat Tournament Rankings. Wisconsin is tied for No. 4, while Minnesota holds No. 6. Iowa checks in at No. 11, followed by No. 12 Michigan, No. 14 Northwestern, No. 19 Illinois and No. 20 Indiana. Purdue holds No. 34 in the latest rankings, followed by No. 37 Ohio State and No. 53 Michigan State.

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

WRES: Big Ten Wrestling Weekly Release - Jan. 25

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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 website. Click here to see the complete release.

MGYM: Weekly Rankings

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Big Ten men's gymnastics was again well-represented in the GymInfo national team rankings, placing all six conference squads in the top nine. Illinois leads the way at No. 3 with a team average of 353.450, followed by No. 5 Penn State (346.900), No. 6 Michigan (346.000), No. 7 Minnesota (342.400), No. 8 Ohio State (340.075) and No. 9 Iowa (337.450).

The complete GymInfo team rankings can be found here.

WRES: Penn State's Wade Takes Wrestler of the Week Honors

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Penn State's Cameron Wade earns Big Ten Wrestler of the Week honors for the first time in his career after defeating two ranked wrestlers over the weekend to help the No. 2 Nittany Lions remain undefeated.

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

For more information on Wade, click here.

SB: Four Mentioned in NFCA and USA Softball Preseason Polls

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Four Big Ten softball teams were mentioned in the Preseason USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25, which was released on Tuesday morning. Defending Big Ten Champion Michigan is the conference's top team at No. 11, while Ohio State appears at No. 22 and Illinois checks in at No. 24. Northwestern is among the other teams receiving votes outside of the top 25.

In addition to the NFCA preseason poll, the ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 was released on Tuesday afternoon. Michigan appeared at No. 8, while Illinois and Ohio State tied for No. 24 in the first poll. Northwestern is among the teams also receiving votes outside the top 25.

The 2011 softball season will begins on Thursday, Feb. 10 with Indiana beginning competition. The majority of conference teams will begin play Feb. 11 or 12, Wisconsin begins play on Feb. 17 and Penn State opens the year on Feb. 18.

WBB: Players of the Week

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Player of the Week:
Lykendra Johnson, Michigan State
6-1, Jr., F, Chicago, Ill./Trinity

Johnson earns her second Player of the Week honor of the season after leading the Spartans to a pair of conference victories last week. The junior posted double-doubles in each outing, beginning with a 16-point, 10-rebound effort against Indiana on Thursday night. In Michigan State's Sunday contest against Minnesota, Johnson finished the week with 20 points and 17 rebounds, also contributing five blocks and four steals in the win. On the week, she averaged 18.0 points, 13.5 rebounds, 3.0 blocks and 2.5 steals to help keep Michigan State atop the Big Ten standings.

Last Michigan State Player of the Week: Lykendra Johnson (Dec. 6, 2010)

Freshman of the Week:
Ashley Adams, Ohio State
6-5, C, Siloam Springs, Ark./Siloam Springs

Adams shot 80 percent from the floor last week, averaging 14.5 points, 8.0 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 2.5 steals and 2.5 earning Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors for the first time. In a win over Illinois, the freshman filled the stat sheet with 13 points, nine rebounds, five blocks, four assists and three steals. Adams followed that effort with a 16-point outing vs. No. 18/21 Iowa on Monday, contributing seven rebounds and two steals in the Buckeye victory.

Last Ohio State Freshman of the Week: Tayler Hill (Nov. 16, 2009)

The conference office announced on Monday the women's indoor track and field awards with Indiana's Chelsea Blanchard earning Track Athlete of the Week and Purdue's Dani Bunch winning Field Athlete of the Week accolades.

2011 Women's Indoor Track and Field Athletes of the Week

Jan. 10
T: Madison McNary, Jr., OSU
F: Faith Sherrill, Sr., IND
Jan. 17
T: Christina Manning, Jr., OSU
F: Faith Sherrill, Sr., IND
Jan. 24
T: Chelsea Blanchard, Jr., IND
F: Dani Bunch, Fr., PUR

Click here for the entire release.

The conference office announced on Monday the weekly men's indoor track and field awards. Indiana's Andy Bayer was recognized as Big Ten Track Athlete of the Week, while Illinois' David Fraker earned the nod as the Field Athlete of the Week honoree.

2011 Men's Indoor Track and Field Athletes of the Week

Dec. 14
T: No selection
F: Cody Marshall, Fr., OSU
Jan. 10
T: Justin Austin, So., IOWA
F: Derek Drouin, Jr., IND
Jan. 17
T: Thomas Murdaugh, Jr., OSU
F: Micah Hegerle, So., MINN
Jan. 24
T: Andy Bayer, So., IND
F: David Fraker, Fr., ILL

 

For the complete release, click here.

The Big Ten Conference will be well-represented on Sunday, Feb. 6, in Super Bowl XLV with 18 former student-athletes and nine coaches with previous conference connections on the rosters of the Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers. The Big Ten is the only conference to feature at least one former player from every institution in the Super Bowl. The Big Ten and the SEC (20 players) are the only conferences with 18 or more players on the two Super Bowl squads, followed by the ACC (14), Big 12 (13), MAC (13) and Pac-10 (10). The Big Ten has also produced the last two Super Bowl Most Valuable Players in former Purdue quarterback Drew Brees (Super Bowl XLIV Champion New Orleans) and Ohio State wide receiver Santonio Holmes (Super Bowl XLIII Champion Pittsburgh). For the full list of Big Ten players and coaches taking part in Super Bowl XLV, click on this link.

WBB: Monday's Result

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Ohio State 81, Iowa 67
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The high-low game has turned a low point into a high one for No. 24 Ohio State. Jantel Lavender hit double figures for the 121st consecutive game, scoring 22 points to lead No. 24 Ohio State to an 81-67 win over No. 18 Iowa on Monday night. Almost as important as yet another good game for Lavender - she also had eight rebounds and six assists - was the play of fellow post player Ashley Adams. RECAP

WBB: Monday's Schedule

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#18 Iowa at #24 Ohio State, 7 p.m., ESPN2

WGYM: Weekly Rankings

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Six Big Ten teams highlight the latest GymInfo national women's gymnastics rankings, with Michigan again leading the way with the highest team average in the conference. The Wolverines sit at No. 8 nationally with an average of 195.167. Iowa moves up two spots to No. 15 with an average of 194.675, while Minnesota (194.567) falls four spots to No. 18. Illinois (194.492) jumps three ranks to No. 19, while Ohio State (194.375) falls to No. 21. Penn State (194.158) enters the top 25 this week, checking in at No. 23.

The complete GymInfo rankings can be found here.

MGYM: Illinois' Ruggeri, Minnesota's Chase Take Weekly Honors

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Illinois' Paul Ruggeri and Minnesota's Zack Chase have been named the Big Ten Gymnast and Freshman of the Week, respectively, the conference office announced on Monday. Ruggeri's award marks his second straight and eighth of his career. Chase's laurel is the first by a Minnesota freshman.

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

Click here for more information on Ruggeri and here for more information on Chase.

WGYM: Illinois, Ohio State, Penn State Earn Weekly Honors

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Illinois' Allison Buckley, Ohio State's Sarah Miller and Penn State's Sharaya Musser have earned Big Ten women's gymnastics weekly honors, the conference office announced on Monday. Buckley and Musser have been named the conference Co-Gymnasts of the Week, while Miller earns the Freshman of the Week award.

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

Click here for more information on Buckley. More information on Musser can be found here and information on Miller can be found here.

WRES: Weekend Roundup

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JANUARY 21

#2 PENN STATE def. #22 Pittsburgh, 30-7
#15 ILLINOIS def. SIU-Edwardsville, 50-0
#11 MICHIGAN def. #19 NORTHWESTERN, 22-12
#5 MINNESOTA def. #23 PURDUE, 26-15
#4 WISCONSIN def. #16 Nebraska, 22-15
#21 Central Michigan def. MICHIGAN STATE, 19-18

JANUARY 22

#8 IOWA def. OHIO STATE (rv), 33-3

JANUARY 23

#5 MINNESOTA def. #15 ILLINOIS, 21-16
#2 PENN STATE def. INDIANA (rv), 36-8
#19 NORTHWESTERN def. MICHIGAN STATE, 22-15

FB: Illinois' Butkus Named Icon No. 6 by Big Ten Network

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Illinois' Dick Butkus has been named Big Ten Icon No. 6 by the Big Ten Network. Big Ten Icons continues at 9 PM ET on Sunday with a profile of the Illini linebacker whose name still embodies a tough, hard-nosed style of play.
 
Butkus was voted to College Football's Hall of Fame in 1983.  He and Red Grange are the only two Illini football players to have their numbers retired. Every year, the top linebacker in all of college football earns the Dick Butkus Award. A native of Chicago's south side, Butkus was a two-time consensus All-American at Illinois, playing center, fullback and linebacker. As a junior in 1963, he set a new school record with 23 tackles in a game against Ohio State. Butkus went on to lead the Illini to the Big Ten title and earn the Chicago Tribune Silver Football as the conference's top player. In the 1964 Rose Bowl, the Butkus-led defense held Washington to just seven points and 130 total yards. He sealed Illinois' 17-7 win with a late-game interception. As a senior, Butkus repeated as an All-American and finished third in the Heisman Trophy voting, a rare achievement for a defensive player.
 
In an essay for www.BigTenIcons.com, former Chicago Tribune sports editor Dan McGrath wrote, "In the history of sport, it's doubtful there has ever been a more ideal melding of game, player and position than football, Dick Butkus and middle linebacker." To read the essay on Butkus and learn more about his accomplishments, visit his Big Ten Icons locker at www.BigTenIcons.com.
 
The No. 1 Big Ten Icon will be revealed in March 2011 in conjunction with the Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament. Big Ten Icons is the network's most ambitious multi-platform initiative to date. The program is counting down the top 50 student-athletes in Big Ten history, based solely on their collegiate playing careers. All student-athletes from current Big Ten schools are eligible for the network's list. Fans can visit www.BigTenIcons.com to see a complete roster of Big Ten Icons, which also features essays, video and other key facts about each Icon's career.

WBB: Sunday's Schedule

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Michigan State 66, Minnesota 54
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Lykendra Johnson had 20 points and 17 rebounds to help No. 12 Michigan State beat Minnesota 66-54 Sunday and continue the best start in school history. Johnson had a double-double by halftime with 10 points and 10 rebounds, then doubled her point total and matched her season-bests in both for the first-place Spartans (18-2, 6-1 Big Ten). RECAP

Michigan 57, Purdue 45
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Sophomore forward Sam Arnold (Medinah, Ill./Lake Park) scored a team-best 13 points off the bench as the University of Michigan women's basketball team defeated Purdue, 57-45, in Big Ten action Sunday (Jan. 23) at Crisler Arena. RECAP

Penn State 82, Indiana 69
UNIVERSITY PARK, PA. - The Penn State Lady Lions (16-5, 5-2) struggled with its worst shooting performance on the season, but dominated the glass on the way to an 82-69 victory over Indiana (8-12, 2-6) at the Bryce Jordan Center Sunday. The Lady Lions had a Jordan Center record 61 rebounds, while the Hoosiers had 36 boards. Sophomores Mia Nickson (Ashburn, Va.) and Nikki Greene (Diboll, Texas) combined to outrebound the Hoosiers with 17 and 20 caroms, respectively. RECAP

Wisconsin 60, Illinois 47
MADISON, Wis. -- After holding Illinois scoreless for 9:23 of the second half, the Wisconsin women's basketball team defeated the Fighting Illini, 60-47, Sunday night at the Kohl Center. Wisconsin wraps up the first half of the Big Ten Conference schedule in sole possession of second place with a 6-2 league mark (11-9 overall). RECAP

MBB: Sunday's Results

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#18/17 WISCONSIN def. NORTHWESTERN, 78-46
Northwestern was unable to slow down Wisconsin's efficient offense and the Wildcats dropped a 78-46 decision to the 18th-ranked Badgers Sunday at Welsh-Ryan Arena. Luka Mirkovic and John Shurna led the Wildcats with 13 points apiece. RECAP & BOX SCORE

Note: Wisconsin freshman Josh Gasser became the first freshman in Big Ten history to record an official triple-double. The feat marked the first in the conference this season and the first in Badger history.

IOWA def. INDIANA, 91-77
A balanced scoring attack with four players in double figures helped the University of Iowa men's basketball team tally its first Big Ten Conference, as the Hawkeyes downed Indiana, 91-77, on Sunday afternoon at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. RECAP & BOX SCORE

WBB: Sunday's Schedule

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Illinois at Wisconsin, 6 p.m., Big Ten Network
Indiana at #rv/- Penn State, 2 p.m., www.BigTenNetwork.com
Purdue at Michigan, 2 p.m., www.BigTenNetwork.com
Minnesota at #12/12 Michigan State, 2 p.m., www.BigTenNetwork.com

MBB: Sunday's Schedule

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#18/17 WISCONSIN at NORTHWESTERN - 12:30 p.m., Big Ten Network

INDIANA at IOWA - 3 p.m., Big Ten Network

 

All times ET

MBB: Saturday's Results

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#1/1 OHIO STATE def. #23/22 ILLINOIS, 73-68
With Ohio State down by eight and just under 13 minutes to play, Jared Sullinger assured his teammates that this one was in the bag.

"Don't worry, don't worry," the freshman sensation said over and over as he and the Buckeyes gathered for a timeout.

No. 1 ranking and undefeated season on the line. Big Ten road game at No. 23 Illinois.

Nothing to worry about, right?

Yeah, as it turns out, right.

Sullinger had 27 points and 16 rebounds while playing all 40 minutes, and the Buckeyes scored 14 straight points in the second half to rally past Illinois 73-68 on Saturday. RECAP & BOX SCORE

#15/19 MINNESOTA def. MICHIGAN, 69-64
Freshman guard Tim Hardaway Jr. scored a game-high 20 points, but the University of Michigan men's basketball team could not hold on to its 41-40 lead with 11:19 to play in the second half, eventually falling, 69-64, to Minnesota on Saturday night inside Crisler Arena. Also scoring in double digits for the Wolverines were sophomore guard Darius Morris and junior guard Zack Novak, scoring 11 points apiece. RECAP & BOX SCORE

#14/13 PURDUE def. #17/18 MICHIGAN STATE, 86-76
E'Twaun Moore scored 26 points, JaJuan Johnson had 20 to help No. 14 Purdue beat No. 17 Michigan State 86-76 on Saturday night. RECAP & BOX SCORE

MBB: Saturday's Schedule

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#1/1 OHIO STATE at #23/22 ILLINOIS - Noon, CBS Sports

#15/19 MINNESOTA at MICHIGAN - 7 p.m., Big Ten Network

#17/18 MICHIGAN STATE at #14/13 PURDUE - 9 p.m., ESPN

 

All times ET

MGYM: Weekend Schedule

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JANUARY 22

#12 Illinois-Chicago at #10 IOWA - 5 p.m. CT
#1 ILLINOIS/#9 Nebraska at #7 MINNESOTA - 7 p.m. CT
#6 MICHIGAN at #5 PENN STATE - 7 p.m. ET
#8 OHIO STATE at #4 Oklahoma - 7 p.m. CT

WGYM: Weekend Schedule

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JANUARY 22

#22 ILLINOIS at #16 OHIO STATE - 12:15 p.m. ET - Big Ten Network (LIVE)
#14 MINNESOTA at MICHIGAN STATE - 3 p.m. ET - Big Ten Network
(Delay - Jan. 29, 11 a.m. ET)
#7 MICHIGAN at #17 IOWA - 5 p.m. CT
New Hampshire at PENN STATE - 7 p.m. ET

WRES: Weekend Schedule

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JANUARY 21

#22 Pittsburgh at #2 PENN STATE - 6 p.m. ET - www.BigTenNetwork.com
Southern Illinois-Edwardsville at #15 ILLINOIS - 7 p.m. CT - www.BigTenNetwork.com
#19 NORTHWESTERN at #11 MICHIGAN - 7 p.m. ET
#5 MINNESOTA at #23 PURDUE - 7 p.m. ET - www.BigTenNetwork.com
#16 Nebraska at #4 WISCONSIN - 7 p.m. CT - Big Ten Network (LIVE)
#21 Central Michigan at MICHIGAN STATE - 8 p.m. ET

JANUARY 22

OHIO STATE (rv) at #8 IOWA - 3 p.m. CT - Big Ten Network (LIVE)

JANUARY 23

#5 MINNESOTA at #15 ILLINOIS - 1 p.m. CT - www.BigTenNetwork.com
#2 PENN STATE at INDIANA (rv) - 1 p.m. ET - www.BigTenNetwork.com
#19 NORTHWESTERN at MICHIGAN STATE - 2 p.m. ET

MTEN: Weekend Schedule

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JANUARY 21

#16 ILLINOIS at #1 Virginia - 6 p.m. ET

JANUARY 22

IUPUI at PURDUE - 9:30 a.m. ET
Cleveland State at MICHIGAN STATE - 10 a.m. ET
Butler at #29 WISCONSIN - 10 a.m. CT
#57 North Carolina State at #46 INDIANA - 2 p.m. ET
Youngstown State at MICHIGAN STATE - 4 p.m. ET
Wisconsin-Whitewater at #29 WISCONSIN - 4 p.m. ET
Western Michigan at PURDUE - 5 p.m. ET
#5 Texas at #25 MICHIGAN - 6 p.m. ET
Marquette at #33 MINNESOTA - 6:30 p.m. ET
IUPUI at #46 INDIANA - 7 p.m. ET

JANUARY 23

St. Bonaventure at #69 PENN STATE - 10 a.m. ET
Lehigh at #69 PENN STATE - 3 p.m. ET

WTEN: Weekend Schedule

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JANUARY 21

#9 NORTHWESTERN at #26 Vanderbilt - 2:30 p.m. CT
#72 MINNESOTA at #53 Marshall - 4 p.m. ET

JANUARY 22

#74 WISCONSIN at Old Dominion - 9 a.m. ET
Western Michigan at #45 INDIANA - 9:30 a.m. ET
Akron at PENN STATE - 11 a.m. ET
#4 Notre Dame at #25 ILLINOIS - Noon CT
#30 IOWA at Northern Iowa - Noon CT
#72 MINNESOTA vs. Kentucky - Noon ET [1]
Cincinnati at #50 PURDUE - 1 p.m. ET

JANUARY 23

IPFW at MICHIGAN STATE - 10 a.m. ET
#74 WISCONSIN at William & Mary - 10 a.m. ET
Xavier at #45 INDIANA - 11 a.m. ET
Cincinnati at #33 OHIO STATE - 11 a.m. ET
#13 Tennessee at #25 ILLINOIS - Noon CT
Western Michigan at #8 MICHIGAN - Noon ET
#9 NORTHWESTERN at #16 Georgia Tech - Noon ET
Ball State at #45 INDIANA - 4 p.m. ET
Detroit at MICHIGAN STATE - 4 p.m. ET
Cleveland State at #33 OHIO STATE - 7 p.m. ET

Legend
[1] Huntington, W. Va.

WINDR: Weekend Schedule

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JANUARY 21

Illini Classic Day One, 5 p.m. ET

INDIANA hosting Gladstein Invitational Day One, All Day

IOWA at Gold Country Classic Day One, All Day

MICHIGAN STATE at Notre Dame Invitational, All Day

MINNESOTA hosting Jack Johnson Classic Day One, All Day

JANUARY 22

Illini Classic Day Two, 5 p.m. ET

INDIANA hosting Gladstein Invitational Day Two, All Day

Indiana State at PURDUE, 11 a.m. ET

IOWA at Gold Country Classic Day Two, All Day

MICHIGAN hosting Simmons-Harvey Invitational, 10 a.m. ET

MICHIGAN STATE at Notre Dame Invitational, All Day

MINNESOTA hosting Jack Johnson Classic Day Two, All Day

MINDR T/F: Weekend Schedule

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JANUARY 21

Illini Classic Day One, 5 p.m. ET

INDIANA hosting Gladstein Invitational Day One, All Day

IOWA at Gold Country Classic, All Day

MICHIGAN STATE at Notre Dame Invite Day One, All Day

Minnesota hosting Jack Johnson Classic Day One, All Day

OHIO STATE at All-Ohio Invitational Day One, All Day

JANUARY 22

Illini Classic Day Two, 4 p.m.

INDIANA hosting Gladstein Invitational Day Two, All Day

IOWA at Gold Country Classic, All Day

Indiana State at PURDUE, 11 a.m. ET

MICHIGAN hosting Simmons-Harvey Invitational, Noon ET

MICHIGAN STATE at Notre Dame Invite Day Two, All Day

MINNESOTA hosting Jack Johnson Classic Day One, All Day

OHIO STATE at All-Ohio Invitational Day Two, All Day

 

 

MSWM: Weekend Schedule

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JANUARY 21

Notre Dame at MICHIGAN STATE, 5 p.m. ET

JANUARY 22

INDIANA at Tennessee/Georgia, Noon ET

MICHIGAN STATE at OHIO STATE, 1 p.m. ET

NORTHWESTERN at IOWA, Noon ET

St. Bonaventure at PENN STATE, Noon ET

WISCONSIN at Green Bay, 4 p.m. ET

WSWM: Weekend Schedule

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JANUARY 21

MINNESOTA at Rutgers Invitational, 6:30 p.m. ET

OHIO STATE at MICHIGAN, 5 p.m. ET

JANUARY 22

INDIANA at PURDUE, 11 a.m. ET

MICHIGAN STATE at OHIO STATE, 5 p.m. ET

NORTHWESTERN at IOWA, Noon ET

St. Bonaventure at PENN STATE, Noon ET

WISCONSIN at Green Bay, 3 p.m. ET

WBB: Thursday's Results

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#25/rv Ohio State 71, Illinois 62
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Brittany Johnson scored 22 points and Jantel Lavender added 19 and 12 boards to help No. 25 Ohio State beat Illinois 71-62 on Thursday night. Johnson tied a career high with seven three-pointers while the Buckeyes also got a lift off the bench from freshman center Ashley Adams. The Siloam Springs, Ark., native played with confidence and poise, nearly recording a double-double with 13 points and nine rebounds. She also had five blocks, four assists and three steals. RECAP

#12/12 Michigan State 69, Indiana 55
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) - No. 12 Michigan State couldn't overpower Indiana, so the Spartans let its perimeter shooters open things up. Kalisha Keane matched a career-high with four 3s and finished with 23 points, Lykendra Johnson had 16 points, and Michigan State made 10 3-pointers as it rolled to a 69-55 victory on Thursday night. RECAP

Wisconsin 71, Minnesota 63
MINNEAPOLIS -- After trailing by as many as 16 points in the first half, the Wisconsin women's basketball team outscored Minnesota 41-19 in the second half to defeat the Gophers, 71-63, Thursday night. The win at Williams Arena marks the second-biggest comeback in Badger women's basketball program history and also helps Wisconsin jump to second place in the Big Ten Conference. RECAP

Michigan 76, #rv/- Northwestern 67
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Senior guard Veronica Hicks (Chicago, Ill./Thornwood) tallied her second consecutive double-double with 19 points and 14 rebounds to lead the University of Michigan women's basketball team to a 76-67 win at Northwestern on Thursday (Jan. 20) at Welsh-Ryan Arena. The loss was Northwestern's second home loss of the season and Michigan's first win at Northwestern since the 2007-08 campaign. RECAP

Purdue 79, #rv/- Penn State 69
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - High-octane offense and stingy defense gave Purdue a 79-69 win against the Penn State Lady Lions on Thursday night. The Boilermakers shot just over 43 percent for the game and had three players score in double-digits, including a game-high 19 points by freshman Courtney Moses. RECAP

MBB: Thursday's Results

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NORTHWESTERN def. SIU-Edwardsville, 98-55
Five Northwestern players scored in double figures and three more added nine points as the Wildcats used a 34-5 first-half run en route to a 98-55 victory over SIU Edwardsville Thursday evening at Welsh-Ryan Arena. RECAP & BOX SCORE

#18/17 WISCONSIN def. INDIANA, 69-60
Jordan Taylor scored a career-high 28 points to lead No. 18 Wisconsin to a 69-60 victory over Indiana on Thursday night for the Badgers' 14th straight win in the Kohl Center. RECAP & BOX SCORE

MBB: Thursday's Schedule

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SIU-Edwardsville at NORTHWESTERN - 6:30 p.m., www.BigTenNetwork.com

INDIANA at #18/17 WISCONSIN - 9 p.m., ESPN

 

All times ET

WBB: Thursday's Schedule

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IOWA CITY, Iowa - After an injury plagued volleyball season, University of Iowa sophomore Jordanne LeTourneau is no stranger to setbacks. But instead of dwelling on a season lost in the training room, she's thankful she was given an opportunity in the first place, and now she wants to help give others a chance.

Working in collaboration with Compassion International, LeTourneau founded the Baby Steps Donation Fund, an organization created to raise money for the Child Survival Program within Compassion International. The first fundraising event is Jan. 22, 2011, at the Paul W. Brechler Press Box at historic Kinnick Stadium. Proceeds from the event will help feed starving children all around the world and provide financial compensation for expecting mothers to go through safe labor by paying for all complications or procedures.

More information can be found here.

WRES: Ranking the Wrestlers, Part Two

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The first of three 2010-11 NCAA wrestling coaches' panel rankings was released on Thursday, with 76 Big Ten grapplers earning top-33 status in their respective weight classes. The final edition of the rankings will be used as a tool to determine the qualifiers for the 2011 NCAA Wrestling Championships.

The Big Ten's 76 ranked wrestlers leads all conferences, with the second-highest total belonging to the EIWA with 53. All 11 conference squads have at least five ranked wrestlers, with Michigan, Minnesota and Penn State boasting nine each. Northwestern's Brandon Precin leads the way at 125 pounds, while Michigan's Kellen Russell also holds No. 1 at 141 pounds.

Click here to see the complete NCAA coaches' panel rankings.

MBB: Wednesday's Results

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#1/1 OHIO STATE def. IOWA, 70-48
David Lighty scored 18 points and Ohio State wasn't tested in its first game as No. 1, rolling over Iowa 70-48 on Wednesday night. RECAP & BOX SCORE

#14/13 PURDUE def. #rv/- PENN STATE, 63-62
JaJuan Johnson's jumper with 3 seconds left gave No. 14 Purdue a 63-62 victory over Penn State on Wednesday night. RECAP & BOX SCORE

MBB: Wednesday's Schedule

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IOWA at #1/1 OHIO STATE - 6:30 p.m., Big Ten Network

#rv/- PENN STATE at #14/13 PURDUE - 8:30 p.m., Big Ten Network

 

All times ET

MBB: Required Reading

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Rob Schultz of the Wisconsin State Journal writes about the parity in the Big Ten this season.

Illinois' Meyers Leonard is a little different, and he's okay with that.

Tonight's game between Iowa and Ohio State will be the Hawkeyes' first against a No. 1-ranked team since 2005.

See how Michigan students are gaining valuable job experiences working on Student U productions for the Big Ten Network.

Ohio State is poised to become college basketball's next power team, writes Darren Everson of the Wall Street Journal.

Buckeye freshman Jared Sullinger has made an immediate impact, writes Marlen Garcia of USA Today.

VIDEO: Penn State assistant coach Lewis Preston gives the scouting report on Purdue.

Saturday's game between Michigan State and Purdue in West Lafayette will be featured on ESPN's College GameDay. More info HERE.

Get to know Wisconsin's Mike Bruesewitz.

Wisconsin's Matt Lepay takes a close look at how the Badgers have managed to avoid losing streaks.

Click HERE for audio of Monday's Big Ten coaches teleconference.

FB: Big Ten in the NFL Playoffs - Divisional Round

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Tom Brady, QB, New England (Michigan) - Threw for 299 yards and two touchdowns on 29 of 45 passing in New England's 28-21 loss to the New York Jets.

 

Kellen Davis, TE, Chicago (Michigan State) - Caught two passes for 42 yards and a touchdown in Chicago's 35-24 win over Seattle.

 

Braylon Edwards, WR, New York Jets (Michigan) - Made two catches for 52 yards and a touchdown in the New York Jets' 28-21 win over New England.

 

Shonn Greene, RB, New York Jets (Iowa) - Rushed for 76 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries in the New York Jets' 28-21 win over New England.

 

David Harris, LB, New York Jets (Michigan) - Made 12 tackles and an interception in the New York Jets' 28-21 win over New England.

 

Santonio Holmes, WR, New York Jets (Ohio State) - Caught three passes for 20 yards and a touchdown in the New York Jets' 28-21 win over New England.

 

Rashard Mendenhall, RB, Pittsburgh (Illinois) - Rushed for 46 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries in Pittsburgh's 31-24 win over Baltimore.

 

LaMarr Woodley, LB, Pittsburgh (Michigan) - Made three tackles and a sack in Pittsburgh's 31-24 win over Baltimore.

 

Charles Woodson, CB, Green Bay (Michigan) - Made six tackles and a sack in Green Bay's 48-21 win over Atlanta.

WBB: Weekly Release

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Heading into the middle portion of the Big Ten schedule, Michigan State and Penn State share the top spot in the conference standings with 4-1 records as seven conference teams are at or above .500 in conference play. Wisconsin is third in the Big Ten at 4-2, followed by Michigan at 3-2. Iowa, Northwestern and Purdue are tied for fifth with 3-3 conference marks. Each of the 10 conference games on this week's schedule will be nationally broadcast by ESPN2, the Big Ten Network, or streamed online at www.BigTenNetwork.com.

To view the complete weekly release, click here.

WRES: Ranking the Wrestlers

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Fifty-three Big Ten wrestlers are ranked in the InterMat individual top 20 rankings this week, with at least one wrestler from each conference team making an appearance. Northwestern 125-pounder Brandon Precin and Michigan 141-pounder Kellen Russell again lead their respective weight classes in the latest edition. The complete roundup of ranked Big Ten wrestlers can be found below.

125
1. Brandon Precin, Sr., NU
2. Matt McDonough, So., IOWA
5. Zach Sanders, Jr., MINN
11. Brad Pataky, Sr., PSU

133
3. Tyler Graff, So., WIS
5. Andrew Long, So., PSU
7. B.J. Futrell, So., ILL
10. Tyler Clark, Jr., IOWA
16. Ian Paddock, So., OSU

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

149
5. Frank Molinaro, Jr., PSU
7. Cole Schmitt, So., WIS
11. Andrew Nadhir, Sr., NU
14. Eric Terrazas, Jr., ILL
15. Kurt Kinser, Sr., IND

157
3. David Taylor, Fr., PSU
5. Paul Young, Sr., IND
7. Jason Welch, So., NU
15. Derek St. John, Fr., IOWA
19. Brandon Zeerip, Fr., MICH
20. Colton Salazar, Sr., PUR

165
2. Andrew Howe, Jr., WIS
8. Colt Sponseller, Sr., OSU
11. Cody Yohn, So., MINN
16. Aaron Janssen, Sr., IOWA

174
2. Ed Ruth, Fr., PSU
8. Scott Glasser, Sr., MINN
9. Luke Manuel, Sr., PUR
10. Jordan Blanton, Jr., ILL
12. Nick Heflin, Fr., OSU
14. Ethen Lofthouse, Fr., IOWA
19. Ben Jordan, So., WIS

184
4. Travis Rutt, Jr., WIS
6. Quentin Wright, So., PSU
7. Kevin Steinhaus, Fr., MINN
13. A.J. Kissel, Sr., PUR
17. Grant Gambrall, So., IOWA

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

HWT
6. Cameron Wade, Jr., PSU
8. Ben Apland, So., MICH
9. Tony Nelson, Fr., MINN
14. Ricky Alcala, Sr., IND
17. Mike McClure, Fr., MSU
19. Eric Bugenhagen, Sr., WIS

MBB: Tuesday's Results

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#23/22 ILLINOIS  def. #17/18 MICHIGAN STATE, 71-62
Brandon Paul scored 17 of his 20 points in the first half to lead No. 23 Illinois past 17th-ranked Michigan State 71-62 on Tuesday night.

The Illini (14-5, 4-3 Big Ten) led 53-43 on a 3-pointer by Paul with 13:08 to play. But they had to hold off a late Spartans charge and ultimately won with seven free throws from four players that built a two-point lead back up to 65-57 with 5:25 left. RECAP & BOX SCORE

NORTHWESTERN def. MICHIGAN, 74-60
John Shurna finished with 24 points, 22 of which came in the opening half, and added eight rebounds as Northwestern pounced out to an early lead and never looked back, taking care of Michigan 74-60 at Welsh-Ryan Arena. The Wildcats, who led 44-31 at halftime, increased their lead to as many as 22 in the second half before cruising to their third-straight victory over the Wolverines. Luka Mirkovic finished with 13 points and eight boards for Northwestern with Michael Thompson adding 10 points and seven assists. RECAP & BOX SCORE

MGYM: Weekly Rankings

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Illinois has earned the top national ranking in this week's GymInfo National Men's Gymnastics top 15 after posting a 355.400 team score in their first meet of the season. Penn State also holds a spot in the rankings' top five, boasting the fifth-best team average at 345.150, while No. 6 Michigan (345.100), No. 7 Minnesota (340.700), No. 8 Ohio State (339.800) and No. 10 Iowa (332.800) round out the top 10.

Click here to see the complete GymInfo rankings.

WRES: In the Polls

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Eight Big Ten wrestling teams have earned top-25 status in the latest NWCA/USA Today Coaches Poll, led by Penn State at No. 2 for the third consecutive week. Wisconsin sits at No. 4 with Minnesota following at No. 5. Eighth-ranked Iowa climbs two spots from last week's poll, while Michigan holds No. 11 for the second-straight week. Illinois also maintains its ranking from last week, checking in at No. 15. Northwestern moves up three spots to No. 19, while Purdue rounds out the group of ranked conference teams at No. 23. Indiana and Ohio State are each receiving votes in the latest poll.

Penn State also leads the way in the InterMat Tournament Rankings, moving into a tie for No. 1 with Cornell. Wisconsin and Minnesota again check in at Nos. 4 and 5, respectively, while Iowa sits at No. 10. Northwestern jumps to No. 12 in the latest rankings, followed by No. 13 Michigan, No. 18 Illinois and No. 20 Indiana. Ohio State ranks 37th in this week's edition, while Purdue holds No. 39 and Michigan State sits at No. 56.

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

WINDR T/F: Ohio State and Indiana Garner Weekly Honors

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The conference office announced on Monday the women's indoor track and field awards with Ohio State's Christina Manning earning the nod as Big Ten Track Athlete of the Week, while Indiana's Faith Sherrill earned the nod as Field Athlete of the Week for the second consecutive week.

Christina Manning captured her first weekly award of the season after recording an NCAA- qualifying mark in the 60-meter hurdles during the Michigan dual last weekend.

Indiana's Faith Sherrill earns her second consecutive weekly award after breaking Purdue's Lambert Fieldhouse record in the shot put with a throw of 17.92 meters to help lift the Hoosiers over the Boilermakers last weekend.

To read the complete release, click here.

MINDR T/F: Ohio State and Minnesota Earn Weekly Honors

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The conference office announced on Monday the weekly men's indoor track and field awards. Ohio State's Thomas Murdaugh was recognized as Big Ten Track Athlete of the Week, while Minnesota's Micah Hegerle received Field Athlete of the Week accolades.

Ohio State's Thomas Murdaugh earned two first-place finishes last weekend in helping the Buckeyes' 88-74 victory against Michigan.

Minnesota's Micah Hegerle earned first place in the weight throw last weekend at the Minnesota Open with a toss of 66-2 1/4.

Click here for the entire release.

The conference office announced on Tuesday the weekly women's swimming and diving honors. Penn State's Amy Modglin earns Swimmer of the Week honors while Minnesota's Kelci Bryant takes home weekly diving laurels.

Penn State's Amy Modglin entered four events and won three during a triple-dual meet at Maryland as she led Penn State to victories over the host Terrapins as well as Pittsburgh and Villanova.

Minnesota's Kelci Bryant captured two titles on the way to a 196-101 team victory over Missouri in a dual meet on Saturday.

For the full release, click here.

The conference office announced on Tuesday the weekly men's swimming and diving honors. Michigan's Dan Madwed nabbed the weekly swimming laurel, while Purdue's David Boudia was tabbed Diver of the Week.

Michigan's Dan Madwed earns the third Big Ten Swimmer of the Week award of his career after posting first-place finishes and NCAA provisional times in all three of his events over the weekend against Southern Methodist and Purdue.

Purdue's David Boudia earns his sixth Diver of the Week award this season after taking first place finishes in the springboards events against Michigan State and Michigan last weekend.

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Four Big Ten players were chosen in the Major League Soccer Supplemental Draft on Tuesday. The quartet of midfielders brings the conference's total number of selections to 11 after seven players were taken in the MLS SuperDraft last week.

Ohio State's Sam Scales was taken 10th overall by Sporting Kansas City, followed by Michigan State's Spencer Thompson, who was selected 26th overall by Toronto FC. Penn State's Andrew Cost was chosen by Real Salt Lake with the 32nd overall pick, while Indiana's Andy Adlard went 48th overall to the Columbus Crew.

MBB: Tuesday's Schedule

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#17/18 MICHIGAN STATE at #23/22 ILLINOIS - 7 p.m., ESPN

MICHIGAN at NORTHWESTERN - 9 p.m., Big Ten Network

 

All times ET

MTEN: Illinois' Hamui Named Athlete of the Week

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Illinois senior Johnny Hamui has been named the Big Ten Men's Tennis Athlete of the Week, the conference office announced on Tuesday. Hamui went 3-0 in singles action at the Illini Open, winning in straight sets in all three matches.

Click here for the complete release from the Big Ten.
For more information on Hamui, click here.

WTEN: Michigan's Muresan Named Athlete of the Week

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Michigan's Denise Muresan has been named Big Ten Women's Tennis Athlete of the Week, the conference office announced on Tuesday. Muresan won the singles title, going 3-0 in singles matches, and won two doubles contests at the Michigan Invitational over the weekend.

Click here for the complete release from the Big Ten.
For more information on Muresan, click here.

WRES: Big Ten Wrestling Weekly Release - Jan. 18

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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 website. Click here to see the complete release.

WRES: Michigan's Zeerip Named Wrestler of the Week

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Michigan 157-pounder Brandon Zeerip has been named the Big Ten Wrestler of the Week, the conference office announced on Tuesday. Zeerip won both of his bouts over the weekend to push the 11th-ranked Wolverines to wins over No. 21 Purdue on Friday and No. 20 Central Michigan on Sunday.

Click here for the complete release from the Big Ten.
For more information on Zeerip, click here.

FB: Kinnick Named Big Ten Icon No. 7 by Big Ten Network

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Iowa's Nile Kinnick has been named Big Ten Icon No. 7 by the Big Ten Network. Big Ten Icons continues at 5:30 PM ET on Sunday with a profile of the revered 1939 Heisman Trophy winner and namesake of the Hawkeyes' football stadium. Kinnick's jersey number 24 is one of only two numbers retired by the Hawkeyes. He was inducted into the inaugural class of the College Football Hall of Fame in 1951. The native of Adel, Iowa, stood just 5-foot-8 and weighed 170 pounds, but did it all for the Hawkeyes, serving as a halfback, defensive back and punter on the football team, and was the basketball team's second-leading scorer as a sophomore.

As a senior, Kinnick was elected the University of Iowa's class president. On the football field, the 1939 Hawkeyes were known as "The Ironmen" and are still regarded as one of the best teams in school history. The Hawkeyes posted a 6-1-1 record under new coach Eddie Anderson, and Kinnick earned much of the credit. He threw for 638 yards and 11 touchdowns on only 31 passes, and ran for 374 yards and five touchdowns. In all, Kinnick accounted for 107 of Iowa's 130 points - and that was just on offense.  Defensively, Kinnick set a new Iowa record with eight interceptions that still stands today. Kinnick not only won the Heisman Trophy, but was a consensus first team All-American, the winner of the Chicago Tribune's Silver Football, as the Big Ten's Most Valuable Player; the Walter Camp Award; the Maxwell Award; and the Associated Press' Male Athlete of the Year, trumping New York Yankees great Joe DiMaggio and boxing champion Joe Louis.

At the Heisman dinner in New York, two years before the United States entered World War II, Kinnick delivered a passionate, patriotic speech that reportedly caused the 700 people in attendance to give him a standing ovation. The Boston Post's Bill Cunningham covered the event and wrote, "This country's OK as long as it's producing Nile Kinnicks. The football part is incidental."

At his graduation the following spring, Kinnick delivered the commencement speech for the university's class of 1940. He turned down several opportunities to play professional football and a contract offer from the Yankees, and elected to attend Iowa law school, where he was third in his class after one year. Kinnick joined the Naval Air Reserve in 1941 and was training to be a fighter pilot. He died in June 1943 during a routine training flight off the coast of Venezuela.       

Illinois' Paul Ruggeri and Ohio State's Jeff Treleaven have been awarded the Big Ten men's gymnastics weekly honors, the conference office announced on Monday. Ruggeri takes home the Gymnast of the Week award, while Treleaven earns Freshman of the Week accolades.

Click here for the complete release from the Big Ten.
For more information on Ruggeri, click here. For more information on Treleaven, click here.

Michigan's Kylee Botterman and Minnesota's Dusti Russell have been named the Big Ten Gymnast and Freshman of the Week, respectively, the conference office announced on Monday. Botterman earns her second consecutive Gymnast of the Week award, while Russell reels in the first Freshman of the Week honor in program history.

Click here to read the complete release from the Big Ten.
Click here for more information on Botterman and here for more information on Russell.

WBB: Big Ten Players of the Week

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Player of the Week:
Veronica Hicks, Michigan
5-9, Sr., G, Chicago, Ill./Thornwood

Hicks recorded her first double-double of the season in the Wolverines' only game of the week, a 75-59 win over visiting Wisconsin on Sunday to clinch Big Ten Player of the Week honors for the first time in her career. The senior guard played all 40 minutes and finished with 21 points and 10 rebounds, both game highs. She was 5 of 11 from three-point range and also finished with three assists, two steals and a block. Hicks is 86 points shy of 1,000 in her career and is the team's second-leading scorer at 11.4 per contest.

Last Michigan Player of the Week: Dayeesha Hollins (Dec. 21, 2009)

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

Lucas is named Big Ten Freshman of the Week for the sixth time this season, leading Penn State to conference wins against Minnesota and Illinois last week. The freshman averaged 21 points and shot 61 percent from three-point range to go along with 5.5 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game. The freshman standout finished with 11 three-point field goals for the week, and broke former Lady Lion Kelly Mazzante's freshman single season three-pointers record. She scored 20 points against Minnesota, before adding 22 to her weekly total against Illinois, chipping in eight boards vs. the Illini.

Last Penn State Freshman of the Week: Maggie Lucas (Dec. 20, 2010)

WGYM: Weekly Rankings

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Big Ten women's gymnastics boasts five teams ranked in the latest GymInfo National Team Rankings, released on Monday. Holding a team average of 195.300 through two weeks of competition, Michigan checks in at No. 7 in this week's top 25 to lead all Big Ten teams. Minnesota holds the No. 14 team average in the nation at 194.625, followed by No. 16 Ohio State at 194.475, No. 17 Iowa at 194.325 and No. 22 Illinois at 194.063.

The latest GymInfo Team Rankings can be found here.

WRES: Weekend Roundup

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JANUARY 14

#22 NORTHWESTERN def. #15 ILLINOIS, 27-13
#5 MINNESOTA def. INDIANA, 25-14
#11 MICHIGAN def. #21 PURDUE, 28-13
MICHIGAN STATE def. West Virginia (rv), 21-18

JANUARY 15

#21 PURDUE def. Gardner-Webb, 45--1 [1]
#17 Kent State def #21 PURDUE, 17-15 [1]
#21 PURDUE def. Ashland, 30-9 [1]

JANUARY 16

#15 ILLINOIS tied #3 WISCONSIN, 19-19
#10 IOWA tied #6 Oklahoma State, 15-15 
#11 MICHIGAN def. #20 Central Michigan, 20-12
OHIO STATE (rv) def. MICHIGAN STATE, 19-16 [2]
#5 MINNESOTA def. #13 Iowa State, 26-13

Legend
[1] Wendy's Classic - Ashland, Ohio
[2] Millersburg, Ohio (West Holmes HS)

WBB: Sunday's Results

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#16/20 Iowa 71, Indiana 51
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Bouncing back from a heart-breaking defeat is never an easy thing to do, but the Hawkeyes clearly put Thursday's last second loss to Michigan State in the rear-view mirror. Iowa controlled the entire game, cruising to a 71-51 victory over Indiana on Sunday afternoon at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. RECAP

#-/rv Michigan 75, Wisconsin 59
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Senior guard Veronica Hicks (Chicago, Ill./Thornwood) recorded her first double-double of the season with a team-best 21 points and 10 rebounds, and the Wolverines connected on 11 three-pointers as the University of Michigan women's basketball team posted a 75-59 win over Wisconsin on Sunday afternoon (Jan. 16) in Crisler Arena. RECAP

#24/24 Ohio State 67, #9/10 Michigan State 53
COLUMBUS, Ohio - No. 9 Michigan State was on a 14-game winning streak and No. 24 Ohio State was down in the dumps and its shooting was so bad it couldn't throw a basketball into the nearby Olentangy River. Then each reversed course. Jantel Lavender had 24 points and the Buckeyes broke out of their rare slump on Sunday to roll over the Spartans, 67-53. RECAP

Penn State 83, Illinois 62
UNIVERSITY PARK, PA. - Freshman Maggie Lucas (Narberth, Pa.) etched her name into the Penn State record books as the Lady Lions (15-4, 4-1) cruised to an 83-62 win over Illinois (7-11, 2-3) Sunday at the Bryce Jordan Center. Lucas nailed six three-pointers on the day to up her season total to 66, which breaks Kelly Mazzante's freshman season three-pointers record of 65 triples. As a team, the Lady Lions connected on 60% (12-20) of their shots from deep against the Illini. With the win, Penn State moves into a tie for first place in the Big Ten standings with Michigan State. RECAP

Purdue 54, Northwestern 43
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - After a loss in Evanston just two weeks ago, Purdue was determined not to allow Northwestern to sweep the series. The Boilermakers exacted revenge against the Wildcats with a 54-43 win. RECAP

MBB: Sunday's Results

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#rv/rv West Virginia def. #8/8 PURDUE, 68-64
Kevin Jones scored 17 points and West Virginia used a late 18-6 run to hold off No. 8 Purdue 68-64 on Sunday.

John Flowers added 15 points, Truck Bryant scored 12 and Joe Mazzulla had 10 for West Virginia (12-4), which lost in a blowout to the Boilermakers last season.

Purdue's JaJuan Johnson scored 26 points in his second-straight solid game against the Mountaineers. E'Twaun Moore added 14 points and Lewis Jackson scored 10. RECAP & BOX SCORE

#rv/25 MINNESOTA def. IOWA, 69-59
Trevor Mbakwe recorded his 11th double-double of the season and Al Nolen had 11 points and eight rebounds as Minnesota topped Iowa, 69-60 to get back to .500 in conference play at 3-3, 14-4 overall. RECAP & BOX SCORE

MBB: Sunday's Schedule

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#8/8 PURDUE at #rv/rv West Virginia - 1:30 p.m., CBS Sports

IOWA at #rv/25 MINNESOTA - 6 p.m., Big Ten Network

 

All times ET

 

MBB: Saturday's Results

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#rv/24 MICHIGAN STATE def. NORTHWESTERN, 71-67 (OT)
Freshman Keith Appling scored 19 points, including a go-ahead 3-pointer and two key free throws, as Michigan State rallied to beat Northwestern 71-67 in overtime Saturday. RECAP & BOX SCORE

#20/21 WISCONSIN def. #16/16 ILLINOIS, 76-66
Wisconsin's Keaton Nankivil has impressive shooting range for a big man.

That allows him to fit in well in the Badgers' front court.

The 6-foot-8 senior forward nailed three 3-pointers in the second half of No. 20 Wisconsin's 76-66 victory over No. 16 Illinois on Saturday as he continued to emerge as a steady No. 3 scoring option to complement Jon Leuer and Jordan Taylor. RECAP & BOX SCORE

#2/2 OHIO STATE def. #-/rv PENN STATE, 69-66
Freshman Jared Sullinger scored 19 points and hit a three-point play with 13.2 seconds left to lift No. 2 Ohio State to a 69-66 victory over Penn State on Saturday. RECAP & BOX SCORE

INDIANA def. MICHIGAN, 80-61
Junior Verdell Jones scored 24 points and made nine of 10 field goal attempts as Indiana shot 67.4 percent from the field and held visiting Michigan to a 36.4 percent effort as the Hoosiers notched their first Big Ten win of the season, 80-61, Saturday night in Assembly Hall. RECAP & BOX SCORE

MBB: Saturday's Schedule

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NORTHWESTERN at #rv/24 MICHIGAN STATE, 1 p.m., Big Ten Network

#16/16 ILLINOIS at #20/21 WISCONSIN, 3 p.m., Big Ten Network

#-/rv PENN STATE at #2/2 OHIO STATE, 5:30 p.m., Big Ten Network

MICHIGAN at INDIANA, 8 p.m., Big Ten Network 

 

All times ET

MGYM: Weekend Schedule

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JANUARY 14

#7 PENN STATE at West Point Open - 7 p.m. ET

JANUARY 15

#4 ILLINOIS at Windy City Invitational - 7 p.m. CT
#10 IOWA at Windy City Invitational - 7 p.m. CT
#2 MICHIGAN at Windy City Invitational - 7 p.m. CT
#8 MINNESOTA at Windy City Invitational - 7 p.m. CT
#6 OHIO STATE at Windy City Invitational - 7 p.m. CT
#7 PENN STATE at West Point Open - 7 p.m. ET

WGYM: Weekend Schedule

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JANUARY 14

#15 OHIO STATE at #8 Oregon State - 7 p.m. PT
#21 ILLINOIS/PENN STATE at #3 MICHIGAN - 7:30 p.m. ET
MICHIGAN STATE at #13 West Virginia - 7:30 p.m. ET

JANUARY 15

#18 IOWA at #17 MINNESOTA - 6 p.m. CT

JANUARY 16

MICHIGAN STATE at Pittsburgh - 1 p.m. ET

WRES: Weekend Schedule

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JANUARY 14

#15 ILLINOIS at #22 NORTHWESTERN - 7 p.m. CT - Big Ten Network (LIVE)
INDIANA at #5 MINNESOTA - 7 p.m. CT - www.BigTenNetwork.com
#21 PURDUE at #11 MICHIGAN - 7 p.m. ET - www.BigTenNetwork.com
MICHIGAN STATE at West Virginia (rv) - 7:30 p.m. ET

JANUARY 15

#21 PURDUE vs. Gardner-Webb [1] - 10 a.m. ET
#21 PURDUE vs. #17 Kent State [1] - Noon ET
#21 PURDUE at Ashland [1] - 2 p.m. ET

JANUARY 16

#15 ILLINOIS at #3 WISCONSIN - 1 p.m. CT
#10 IOWA at #6 Oklahoma State - 2 p.m. CT
#11 MICHIGAN at #20 Central Michigan - 2 p.m. ET
MICHIGAN STATE at OHIO STATE (rv) [2] - 2 p.m. ET
#5 MINNESOTA at #13 Iowa State - 2 p.m. CT

Legend
[1] Wendy's Classic - Ashland, Ohio
[2] Millersburg, Ohio (West Holmes HS)

WINDR T/F: Weekend Schedule

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JANUARY 14

Badger Track Classic, 6 p.m. ET

MICHIGAN STATE at Kentucky Invite, All Day

JANUARY 15

Badger Track Classic, Noon ET

Illini Open, 11 a.m. ET

INDIANA at PURDUE, All Day

Iowa Open, All Day

MICHIGAN vs. OHIO STATE, 10 a.m. ET

MICHIGAN STATE at Kentucky Invite, All Day

MINNESOTA Open, All Day

Nittany Lion Challenge, All Day

MINDR T/F: Weekend Schedule

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JANUARY 14

Badger Track Classic, 11 a.m. ET

MICHIGAN STATE at Kentucky Invitational, All Day

JANUARY 15

Illini Open, 11 a.m. ET

INDIANA at PURDUE, All Day

IOWA Open, All Day

MICHIGAN at OHIO STATE, Noon ET

MICHIGAN STATE at Kentucky Invitational, All Day

MINNESOTA Open, All Day

Nittany Lions Challenge, All Day

WSWM: Weekend Schedule

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JANUARY 14

PENN STATE at Maryland/Pittsburgh, 5 p.m. ET

JANUARY 15

IOWA at ILLINOIS, Noon ET

MICHIGAN at NORTHWESTERN/Notre Dame, 3 p.m. ET

PENN STATE at Maryland/Pittsburgh, 5 p.m. ET

PURDUE at MICHIGAN STATE, 2 p.m. ET

WTEN: Weekend Schedule

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JANUARY 14

#45 INDIANA at Georgia Invitational - All Day
#9 NORTHWESTERN at Wildcat Spring Invitational - All Day
#33 OHIO STATE at OSU Varsity Open - All Day

JANUARY 15

#25 ILLINOIS at Hilton Garden Inn Eagle Classic - All Day
#45 INDIANA at Georgia Invitational - All Day
#30 IOWA at FSU Seminole Invitational - All Day
#8 MICHIGAN at Michigan Invitational - All Day
#9 NORTHWESTERN at Wildcat Spring Invitational - All Day
#33 OHIO STATE at OSU Varsity Open - All Day
#50 PURDUE at Hilton Garden Inn Eagle Classic - All Day

JANUARY 16

#25 ILLINOIS at Hilton Garden Inn Eagle Classic - All Day
#45 INDIANA at Georgia Invitational - All Day
#30 IOWA at FSU Seminole Invitational - All Day
#8 MICHIGAN at Michigan Invitational - All Day
#9 NORTHWESTERN at Wildcat Spring Invitational - All Day
#33 OHIO STATE at OSU Varsity Open - All Day
#50 PURDUE at Hilton Garden Inn Eagle Classic - All Day

JANUARY 17

#25 ILLINOIS at Hilton Garden Inn Eagle Classic - All Day
#30 IOWA at FSU Seminole Invitational - All Day
#8 MICHIGAN at Michigan Invitational - All Day
#50 PURDUE at Hilton Garden Inn Eagle Classic - All Day

MSWM: Weekend Schedule

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JANUARY 14

PENN STATE at Maryland/Pittsburgh, 5 p.m. ET

MICHIGAN/PURDUE at SMU Classic, 8:30 ET

JANUARY 15

MICHIGAN/PURDUE at SMU Classic, 7 p.m. ET

MICHIGAN vs. Eastern Michigan, Noon ET

PENN STATE at Maryland/Pittsburgh, 11 a.m. ET

PURDUE at MICHIGAN STATE, 2 p.m. ET

Missouri at MINNESOTA, 1 p.m. ET

JANUARY 16

PURDUE at MICHIGAN, Noon ET

WBB: Thursday's Results

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Illinois 74, Indiana 67
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Illinois redshirt freshman Amber Moore was on fire Thursday night, sinking seven three-pointers and scoring a career-high 27 points as the Fighting Illini picked up a 74-67 road win at Indiana. Moore's seven threes tie her for the second most in a game in school history, behind only Katie Coleman's nine treys vs. Providence on Nov. 29, 1997. RECAP

Michigan State 63, Iowa 60
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) - By the time Kalisha Keane caught the ball in the corner, she had only one option: shoot. That was Michigan State's plan all along. Keane's 3-pointer with 0.5 seconds remaining gave the Spartans (No. 10 ESPN/USA Today, No. 9 AP) a 63-60 win over Iowa (No. 20 ESPN/USA Today, No. 16 AP) on Thursday night. Michigan State had blown an eight-point lead in the span of about a minute, but the Spartans executed their final play perfectly, setting up their leading scorer for the winning shot. RECAP

Northwestern 64, Ohio State 53
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Senior Amy Jaeschke turned in a workmanlike 15-point, 12-rebound performance to spearhead a 64-53 triumph over No. 24 Ohio State Thursday evening at Welsh-Ryan Arena, knocking off the Buckeyes for the first time since 1999. Brittany Orban contributed 13 points and nine rebounds while Kendall Hackney chipped in 11 points. RECAP

Penn State 58, Minnesota 54
UNIVERSITY PARK, PA. - The Penn State Lady Lions (14-4, 3-1) used a 22-7 run to erase an 11-point second-half deficit on the way to a 58-54 win over Minnesota (8-10, 0-5) at the Bryce Jordan Center Thursday night. Despite 20 points from freshman guard Maggie Lucas (Narberth, Pa.), the Lady Lions were held to their lowest scoring output of the season, which is 25 points below their season average. RECAP

Wisconsin 60, Purdue 46
MADISON, Wis. -- Led by a career-high performance from senior Lin Zastrow, the Wisconsin women's basketball team defeated Purdue 60-46 Thursday night at the Kohl Center. The win marked the first time the Badgers' have swept the Boilermakers since 1984. RECAP

MBB: Thursday's Results

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#rv/25 MINNESOTA def. #8/8 PURDUE, 70-67
Blake Hoffarber scored 26 points as Minnesota held #8 Purdue without a field goal over the final 9:21 to upset the Boilermakers, 70-67, in front of a rowdy sold-out Williams Arena crowd on Thursday night. Minnesota shot 53 percent from the field, while holding the Boilermakers to just 27 percent shooting in the second half to pick up a huge win in Big Ten Conference play. RECAP & BOX SCORE

WBB: Thursday's Schedule

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Illinois at Indiana, 7 p.m., BigTenNetwork.com
#16/20 Iowa at #9/10 Michigan State, 6:30 p.m., Big Ten Network
Minnesota at Penn State, 7 p.m., BigTenNetwork.com
#24/24 Ohio State at Northwestern, 8 p.m., BigTenNetwork.com
Purdue at Wisconsin, 8:30 p.m., Big Ten Network

MTEN: Weekend Schedule

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JANUARY 13

#16 ILLINOIS at Illini Open - All Day

JANUARY 14

#16 ILLINOIS at Illini Open - All Day

JANUARY 15

#16 ILLINOIS at Illini Open - All Day
IUPUI at MICHIGAN STATE - 10 a.m. ET
Wright State at MICHIGAN STATE - 4 p.m. ET
Western Michigan at MICHIGAN - 6 p.m. ET

JANUARY 16

Ball State at #59 NORTHWESTERN - 2 p.m. CT
Illinois-Chicago at #59 NORTHWESTERN - 7 p.m. CT

MSCR: Seven Big Ten Players Selected in MLS SuperDraft

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Seven Big Ten men's soccer players were chosen in the MLS SuperDraft, which took place on Thursday in Baltimore. The field of selected conference players included four first-round selections, one second-round choice and two third-round picks.

Indiana forward Will Bruin was taken 11th overall by the Houston Dynamo, while former teammate Rich Balchan was chosen with the next pick by the Columbus Crew. Penn State forward Corey Hertzog was selected 13th overall by the New York Red Bulls. Columbus also took Michigan forward Justin Meram 15th overall, rounding out the Big Ten players taken in the first round.

Michigan State defender Colin Givens was selected by the Colorado Rapids with the 18th pick of the second round. Former Ohio State teammates Matt Gold and Konrad Warzycha were both chosen in the third round, with Gold getting picked by Toronto FC with the seventh selection and Warzycha going to Sporting Kansas City with the 10th pick.

MBB: Required Reading

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Ohio State holds the top spot in this week's ESPN.com Power Rankings, followed by No. 8 Purdue, No. 18 Michigan State, No. 19 Wisconsin and No. 21 Illinois.

Ohio State's Jared Sullinger leads the National Player of the Year race, according to Jeff Goodman of FOXSports.com, followed by No. 5 E'Twaun Moore of Purdue and No. 7 Jon Leuer of Wisconsin.

John Gasaway of Basketball Prospectus takes a look at hot shooting from around the Big Ten, highlighted by Illinois' recent performances.

Catch up with Illinois' Jereme Richmond.

VIDEO: Get to know Michigan freshman Evan Smotrycz.

Michigan sophomore Josh Bartelstein blogs about taking Kansas to overtime, the NFL Playoffs and shoes.

Planning on attending when Purdue hosts Michigan State and ESPN's College GameDay on Jan. 22? Check out this list of Frequently Asked Questions.

March Madness is less than two months away! Get your tickets now for the 2011 Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament.

FB: Big Ten Final Release

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The final Big Ten football release has been posted on the Big Ten website. Below are some top stories from the release, or you can see the full release by clicking on this link.

Big Ten earns at least three bowl wins for second straight season and seven bowl wins over two-year span.

Big Ten one of only two conferences to win three  BCS games in last two seasons.

Big Ten leads all conferences with six bowl wins over BCS top-15 teams in last two seasons.

Big Ten matches conference record with eight bowl teams, including two in BCS for sixth straight year.

Fourteen Big Ten players earn All-America honors.

Big Ten sets records for conference attendance.

WTEN: 2011 Season Opens This Weekend

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Big Ten women's tennis begins play this weekend, with seven conference teams set to compete for the first time in 2011. The Big Ten dual-match season begins on Feb. 5 with Northwestern hosting Minnesota. The conference championships are set for April 28-May 1 at Michigan.

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

MBB: Wednesday's Results

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#2/2 OHIO STATE def. MICHIGAN, 68-64
The University of Michigan men's basketball team rallied from a 12-point deficit and got within two points with less a minute to play but could not overtake Ohio State (No. 2 AP/No. 2 ESPN/USA Today) in a 68-64 loss on Wednesday night inside Crisler Arena. Four Wolverines finished in double-digit scoring, led by sophomore guard Darius Morris with 18 points and eight assists. Junior guard Zack Novak finished with 16 points, while freshmen Evan Smotrycz and Tim Hardaway Jr. added 14 and 11, respectively. RECAP & BOX SCORE

NORTHWESTERN def. IOWA, 90-71
It was one of those nights inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Wednesday. Unfortunately, it was one of those nights for Northwestern, as it got the loose balls, made the extra pass and connected on 14 three-pointers - - 10 in the first half alone -- in downing the Hawkeyes, 90-71. RECAP & BOX SCORE

MBB: Wednesday's Schedule

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

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

 

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VB: Penn State's Blair Brown Wins Honda Award

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Penn State senior volleyball standout Blair Brown won the 2011 Honda Sports Award for volleyball, designating her as the nation's top collegiate female athlete in the sport. She becomes the third straight Penn State player to win the award, following Nicole Fawcett in 2009 and Megan Hodge in 2010. It is the fifth time a Big Ten player has won the honor as the Nittany Lions' Lauren Cacciamani won the 1999 award and Illinois' Mary Eggers in 1998.

Brown won Big Ten Player of the Year honors this season and ended her career as a three-time AVCA All-American and a four-time national champion. This season, she led Penn State with 521 kills, averaging 4.24 kills per set on .320 hitting.

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WRES: Ranking the Wrestlers

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Big Ten wrestling boasts 54 wrestlers ranked in the top 20 of their respective weight classes in the latest InterMat rankings. All 11 conference teams have at least three ranked wrestlers, while Iowa and Penn State lead the way with eight each. Northwestern 125-pounder Brandon Precin and Michigan 141-pounder Kellen Russell lead their respective classes, holding the top spot in this week's rankings. The complete listing of ranked Big Ten wrestlers can be found below.

125
1. Brandon Precin, Sr., NU
2. Matt McDonough, So., IOWA
5. Zach Sanders, Jr., MINN
11. Brad Pataky, Sr., PSU

133
3. Tyler Graff, So., WIS
5. Andrew Long, So., PSU
7. B.J. Futrell, So., ILL
11. Tyler Clark, Jr., IOWA
16. Ian Paddock, So., OSU

141

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

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

157
3. David Taylor, Fr., PSU
6. Paul Young, Sr., IND
9. Jason Welch, So., NU
15. Derek St. John, Fr., IOWA
17. David Cheza, Jr., MSU
19. Colton Salazar, Sr., PUR

165
2. Andrew Howe, Jr., WIS
7. Cody Yohn, So., MINN
9. Colt Sponseller, Sr., OSU
15. Aaron Janssen, Sr., IOWA

174
2. Ed Ruth, Fr., PSU
8. Scott Glasser, Sr., MINN
11. Luke Manuel, Sr., PUR
12. Jordan Blanton, Jr., ILL
14. Nick Heflin, Fr., OSU
16. Ethan Lofthouse, Fr., IOWA
19. Ben Jordan, So., WIS

184
4. Travis Rutt, Jr., WIS
7. Quentin Wright, So., PSU
8. Kevin Steinhaus, Fr., MINN
12. A.J. Kissel, Sr., PUR
16. Grant Gambrall, So., IOWA

197

2. Trevor Brandvold, Sr., WIS
5. Sonny Yohn, Jr., MINN
6. Matt Powless, Jr., IND
9. Logan Brown, Sr., PUR
13. Anthony Biondo, Sr., MICH
15. Luke Lofthouse, Sr., IOWA
19. Tyler Dickenson, Jr., MSU

HWT
7. Tony Nelson, Fr., MINN
9. Cameron Wade, Jr., PSU
10. Ben Apland, So., MICH
16. Mike McClure, Fr., MSU
18. Eric Bugenhagen, Sr., WIS
19. Ricky Alcala, Sr., IND

MBB: Making The List

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The Big Ten ranks second among all conferences with three players - Illinois' Demetri McCamey, Michigan State's Kalin Lucas and Wisconsin's Jordan Taylor - named among the 20 finalists for the 2011 Bob Cousy Award. The Bob Cousy Award is given to the top collegiate male basketball point guard annually spanning across all divisions within the game by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. The selection criteria emphasize leadership, team work, success, and fundamentals as being critical parts for the game of basketball as a point guard. MORE INFORMATION

WSWM: National Rankings

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Six Big Ten teams earned a spot in the latest CollegeSwimming.com/CSCAA Division I Coaches Poll released Wednesday, Jan. 12. Leading the conference is Minnesota who checks in at No. 13, followed closely by Indiana at No. 14.

For the second consecutive week in a row, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Ohio State appeared inside the top 20, earning the No. 15, No. 16 and No. 19 spots respectively.  Rounding out the conference standings was Purdue, capturing the No. 20 spot.

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

MSWM: National Rankings

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All 10 Big Ten teams earned recognition in the CollegeSwimming.com/CSCAA Division I Coaches Poll released Wednesday, Jan. 12. Ohio State continues to lead the way for all conference schools at No. 7, followed closely by Michigan who checks in at No. 8. Minnesota and Indiana both hold their rankings at No. 13 and 14, respectively. Earning the nod at No. 21 was Purdue while Iowa rounds out the conference schools, remaining at No. 22.

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

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

FB: Big Ten in the NFL Playoffs - Wild Card Round

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Jason Avant, WR, Philadelphia (Michigan) - Caught seven passes for 93 yards and a touchdown in Philadelphia's 21-16 loss to Green Bay.

 

Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans (Purdue) - Threw for 404 yards and two touchdowns on 39 of 60 passing in New Orleans' 41-36 loss to Seattle.

 

Braylon Edwards, WR, New York Jets (Michigan) - Caught four passes for 62 yards in the New York Jets' 17-16 win over Indianapolis.

 

Tamba Hali, LB, Kansas City (Penn State) - Recorded seven tackles, two sacks and a forced fumble in Kansas City's 30-7 loss to Baltimore.

 

David Harris, LB, New York Jets (Michigan) - Made nine tackles in the New York Jets' 17-16 win over Indianapolis.

 

Blair White, WR, Indianapolis (Michigan State) - Made six catches for 54 yards in Indianapolis' 17-16 loss to the New York Jets.

WRES: In the Polls

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Eight Big Ten wrestling teams appear in the latest USA Today/NWCA Coaches Poll, released on Tuesday. After winning the Virginia Duals over the weekend, Penn State leads the way at No. 2. Wisconsin is not far behind, checking in at No. 3. Fifth-ranked Minnesota and 10th-ranked Iowa round out the Big Ten teams in the top 10. Michigan climbs four spots to No. 11 in this week's poll, while Illinois falls to No. 15. Purdue holds No. 21 and Northwestern checks in at No. 22.

Eight teams also appear in the top 25 of the InterMat Tournament Rankings, released on Monday. Penn State again leads the way at No. 2, followed by Wisconsin at No. 4, Minnesota at No. 5 and Iowa at No. 10. Illinois checks in at No. 15, followed by No. 18 Michigan, No. 19 Northwestern and No. 24 Indiana in the top 25. Purdue ranks 37th in the latest edition, with No. 39 Ohio State and No. 45 Michigan State rounding out the Big Ten contingent.

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

FB: Two Big Ten Teams Among Top Eight in Final Polls

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With bowl season now complete, the Big Ten was one of only three conferences to place two teams among the top eight in the final Associated Press (AP) and USA Today coaches polls. The Big Ten, Pac-10 and SEC each placed two programs among the top eight in the final national rankings, with Ohio State ending the year rated fifth in both polls while Wisconsin was tabbed seventh by the AP and tied for eighth in the coaches poll. The Big Ten placed at least one team among the final top 10 for the ninth consecutive year and produced at least two top-10 programs for the seventh time in the last nine seasons. The Big Ten also ended the year with at least two top-10 schools in 2009 (AP/USA Today - #5/5 Ohio State, #7/7 Iowa, #9/8 Penn State), 2008 (#8/8 Penn State, #9/11 Ohio State), 2006 (#2/2 Ohio State, #7/5 Wisconsin, #8/9 Michigan), 2005 (#3/3 Penn State, #4/4 Ohio State), 2003 (#4/4 Ohio State, #6/7 Michigan, #8/8 Iowa) and 2002 (#1/1 Ohio State, #8/8 Iowa, #9/9 Michigan). The Buckeyes earned their fifth top-five finish in the last six years (#5/5 in 2009, #5/4 in 2007, #2/2 in 2006, #4/4 in 2005) while the Badgers ended the year among the top 10 for the first time since wrapping up the 2006 campaign rated seventh by the media and fifth by the coaches. Overall, four Big Ten teams received votes in the final polls with three among the top 25. Michigan State was slotted No. 14 by both the AP and coaches, the Spartans' second top-25 finish in the last three seasons and highest end-of-year ranking since being voted seventh by both groups after the 1999 campaign. Iowa received votes in both final polls.

MBB: Tuesday's Results

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#rv/24 MICHIGAN STATE def. #20/21 WISCONSIN, 64-61 (OT)
Draymond Green scored a career-high 26 points, and Kalin Lucas made three free throws in the final minute of overtime to lift Michigan State to a much-needed 64-61 victory over No. 20 Wisconsin on Tuesday night. RECAP & BOX SCORE

#-/rv PENN STATE def. #16/16 ILLINOIS, 57-55
Andrew Jones' last second put-back with 0.7 seconds remaining secured a hard fought 57-55 victory for the Nittany Lions, their second win over a ranked opponent in three days. A 26 point effort from Talor Battle propelled the Nittany Lions their third conference win this season. The Lions out-rebounded the Illini 33-28, led by Jeff Brooks with ten. The Lions move to 8-1 on the season when out-rebounding their opponent. Penn State also went 14-for-14 from the free throw line, marking their first perfect foul shot performance since 1978 against Villanova. RECAP & BOX SCORE

FB: Hoke Named Head Coach at Michigan

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University of Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon announced the hiring of Brady Hoke as the 19th coach in the 131-year history of Michigan football. Hoke arrives in Ann Arbor after spending the past eight seasons as a head coach at Ball State (2003-08) and San Diego State (2009-10). For the full release on Hoke's hiring, click on this link.

 

MBB: Tuesday's Schedule

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#20/21 WISCONSIN at #rv/24 MICHIGAN STATE - 7 p.m., ESPN2

#16/16 ILLINOIS at #-/rv PENN STATE - 9 p.m., Big Ten Network

 

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MTEN: Michigan's King Named Athlete of the Week

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Michigan sophomore Evan King has been named the Big Ten Men's Tennis Athlete of the Week, the conference office announced on Tuesday. King earns the first men's tennis weekly honor of 2011 after winning two singles and two doubles matches at the Key Biscayne Individuals last weekend.

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

WSWM: Indiana Takes Home Weekly Awards

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The conference office announced on Tuesday the weekly women's swimming and diving honors. Indiana swept the weekly laurels as sophomore Taylor Wohrley earned the nod as Swimmer of the Week and freshman Laura Ryan picked up Diver of the Week honors.

2010-11 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

Jan. 4   S: No selection

            D: Ilana Zeises, Sr., PSU

Jan. 11 S: Taylor Wohrley, So., IND

            D: Laura Ryan, Fr., IND

 

To read the full release, click here.


 

Iowa's Kachine Alexander and Ohio State's Jantel Lavender were named to the John R. Wooden Award midseason top 20 list, which was announced on Tuesday morning. Alexander and Lavender have guided their teams to top 25-status this season, as Alexander is averaging 14.0 points and 9.4 rebounds per game, while Lavender leads the Big Ten in scoring (23.8) and rebounding (11.7). The finalists will be announced in March, with the winner being honored on April 8.

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MWSWM: Indiana Sweeps Swimming and Diving Weekly Awards

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The conference office announced on Tuesday the weekly men's swimming and diving honors. Indiana's Titus Knight was tabbed Swimmer of the Week, while his teammate Mick Dell'Orco earned Diver of the Week honors.  

2010-11 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

Jan. 4   S: Michael Rickasrs, Sr., MINN

            D: Alex Marchinski, So., PSU

Jan. 11 S: Titus Knight, Sr., IND

            D: Mick Dell'Orco, So., IND

Click here for the entire release.

WRES: Wisconsin's Schmitt Named Wrestler of the Week

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Wisconsin 149-pounder Cole Schmitt has been named the Big Ten Wrestler of the Week, the conference office announced on Tuesday. Schmitt won four bouts, including two over ranked opponents, to lead the fourth-ranked Badgers to a third-place finish at the Cliff Keen/NWCA National Duals last weekend.

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

Click here for more information on Schmitt.

The conference office announced on Monday the weekly men's indoor track and field awards. Iowa's Justin Austin was tabbed Big Ten Track Athlete of the Week, while Indiana jumper Derek Drouin earned the nod as Field Athlete of the Week.

Click here for the entire release.

The conference office announced on Monday the first weekly women's indoor track and field awards of the 2011 season. Ohio State's Madison McNary was tabbed Big Ten Track Athlete of the Week, while Indiana's Faith Sherrill earned the nod as Field Athlete of the Week.

Click here for the full release.

WGYM: Weekly Rankings

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Five Big Ten women's gymnastics teams have earned top-25 status in the latest GymInfo National Team Rankings as announced on Monday. Through one meet, Michigan leads the way in a tie for No. 3 with a score of 195.700. Ohio State makes its debut in the rankings at No. 15 with a score of 194.475. Not far behind are No. 17 Minnesota (193.925), No. 18 Iowa (193.825) and No. 21 Illinois (193.650).

The complete GymInfo rankings can be found here.

Michigan's Kylee Botterman and Ohio State's Sarah Miller have earned the first Big Ten women's gymnastics weekly honors of the season, the conference office announced on Monday. Botterman earns Gymnast of the Week honors for the third time in her career, while Miller takes home Freshman of the Week laurels.

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

Click here for more information on Botterman and here for more information on Miller.

WBB: Players of the Week

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

Lavender claims her fourth Big Ten Player of the Week honor this season, moving into a tie for the most career Player of the Week selections in conference history with 17. The senior averaged 18.0 points and 19.5 rebounds this week, highlighted by her effort in a victory over Indiana on Wednesday. Lavender scored 22 points, hauled in a career-high 22 rebounds, and added five assists versus the Hoosiers. The 22 rebounds are tied for the sixth-most in a game in Big Ten history and the most by any conference player this season. Against Iowa on Saturday, Lavender finished with 14 points, 17 rebounds, four blocks and a steal in 39 minutes of play.

Last Ohio State Player of the Week: Jantel Lavender (Dec. 6, 2010)

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

Moses is named Big Ten Freshman of the Week for the fourth-straight week and fifth time this season after averaging 15.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and 4.0 assists as Purdue went 2-0 in conference action last week. In Thursday's one-point win over Michigan, the freshman drained six three-point shots and finished with 22 points, five rebounds and three steals. In the Boilermakers' contest against Indiana on Sunday, Moses recorded nine points, five assists, four rebounds, four steals and a block, which came in the final seconds to deny a potential game-tying three-pointer.

Last Purdue Freshman of the Week: Courtney Moses (Jan. 3, 2011)

MGYM: Penn State's Rosenthal Named Gymnast of the Week

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Penn State sophomore Scott Rosenthal has been named the Big Ten Gymnast of the Week, the conference office announced on Monday. Rosenthal took first place in the still rings to help the ninth-ranked Nittany Lions to a win over No. 15 Army on Saturday.

Click here to see the complete release from the Big Ten.
Click here to see Penn State's release.

MBB: Ohio State's Jerry Lucas Named Big Ten Icon

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Ohio State's Jerry Lucas has been named Big Ten Icon No. 8. The countdown of Big Ten Icons, presented by Discover, continues at 9 PM ET on Sunday, with a profile of the Middletown, Ohio, native who was a three-time All-American, three-time Big Ten Most Valuable Player, two-time National Player of the Year and two-time Final Four MVP for the Buckeyes. FULL STORY.

WRES: Weekend Roundup

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JANUARY 7

West Virginia def. #10 ILLINOIS, 18-15
#7 IOWA def. SIU-Edwardsville, 49-0
#15 MICHIGAN def. Liberty, 37-9 [1]
#15 MICHIGAN def. Buffalo, 29-7 [1]
#2 PENN STATE def. VMI, 42-3 [1]
#2 PENN STATE def. Edinboro, 37-12 [1]

JANUARY 8

#15 MICHIGAN def. #9 Lehigh, 21-18 [1]
#2 PENN STATE def. #15 MICHIGAN, 24-12 [1]
MICHIGAN STATE def. Lock Haven, 28-12 [3]
MICHIGAN STATE def. Oakland, 45-0 [3]
MICHIGAN STATE def. Eastern Michigan, 19-15 [3]
#5 MINNESOTA def. Northern Illinois, 26-9 [2]
#5 MINNESOTA def. #6 Boise State, 18-17 [2]
#1 Cornell def. #24 OHIO STATE, 27-6 [2]
Northern Iowa def. #24 OHIO STATE, 20-19 [2]
#2 PENN STATE def. #23 Kent State, 27-15 [1]
#2 Oklahoma State def. #18 PURDUE, 26-6 [2]
#17 Central Michigan def. #18 PURDUE, 21-19 [2]
#4 WISCONSIN def. South Dakota State, 42-3 [2]
#4 WISCONSIN def. #22 American, 23-16 [2]

JANUARY 9

INDIANA def. Cleveland State, 44-3 [4]
INDIANA def. SIU-Edwardsville, 45-0 [4]
INDIANA def. Gardner-Webb, 41-6 [4]
#1 Cornell def. #5 MINNESOTA, 20-16 [2]
#4 WISCONSIN def. #5 MINNESOTA, 19-17 [2]
#21 NORTHWESTERN def. Millersville, 42-6 [5]
#21 NORTHWESTERN def. Drexel, 44-3 [5]
#21 NORTHWESTERN def. #20 Pittsburgh, 17-15 [5] 
#12 Virginia Tech def. #4 WISCONSIN, 20-19 [2]

Legend
[1] Virginia Duals - Hampton, Va.
[2] Cliff Keen/NWCA National Duals - Cedar Falls, Iowa
[3] Spartan Duals - East Lansing, Mich.
[4] IU Quad - Bloomington, Ind.
[5] Pittsburgh Duals - Pittsburgh, Pa.

MBB: Sunday's Results

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#11/10 PURDUE def. IOWA, 75-52
Iowa coach Fran McCaffery warned his players about Ryne Smith.

He told them the Purdue guard was one of the hottest shooters in the Big Ten and they should never leave him open.

His Hawkeyes played man-to-man, they played zone, and the result was the same - they still couldn't find Smith. He made a career-high six 3-pointers and scored 18 points Sunday to help No. 11 Purdue beat Iowa 75-52, the Boilermakers' 10th straight win. RECAP & BOX SCORE

#2/2 OHIO STATE def. #rv/21 MINNESOTA, 67-64
David Lighty scored 19 points and No. 2 Ohio State survived a scare when Austin Hollins' 3-pointer came up short in the final seconds, allowing the Buckeyes to remain unbeaten with a 67-64 victory over Minnesota on Sunday. RECAP & BOX SCORE

#3/3 Kansas def. MICHIGAN, 67-60 (OT)
After scoring a season-low 18 first-half points, the University of Michigan men's basketball team overcame a 41-28 deficit with 11:19 to play to force overtime, where the Wolverines eventually fell by a 67-60 score to Kansas (No. 3 AP/No. 3 ESPN/USA Today) on Sunday evening (Jan. 9) inside Crisler Arena. Michigan held the Jayhawks to their lowest point total of the season (67) and forced them into 16 turnovers in the loss. RECAP & BOX SCORE

NORTHWESTERN def. INDIANA, 93-81
Northwestern established momentum early and kept Indiana at bay as the Wildcats defeat the Hoosiers 93-81 at Welsh-Ryan Arena, notching their first Big Ten victory of the season. John Shurna led all scorers with 24 points while Luka Mirkovic added a double-double, finishing with 20 points and 12 rebounds for Northwestern as the Wildcats led by as many as 24 in the second half. RECAP & BOX SCORE

WBB: Sunday's Results

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Northwestern 69 (rv/rv), Illinois 66
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- In a game that saw 10 lead changes, eight ties and overtime, Northwestern gutted out a 69-66 victory against Illinois at Assembly Hall Sunday afternoon. Beth Marshall stepped up with a triple as the regulation horn sounded, sending the game into overtime where NU converted on 7-of-8 from the free throw line to earn its 13th victory of the season. Sunday marks the first time the Wildcats (13-4, 2-2) have defeated Illinois since the 1998-99 season. RECAP

Purdue 55, Indiana 50
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Purdue (11-5, 2-2) retained possession of the Barn Burner Trophy with a 55-50 victory against Indiana in Bloomington on Sunday. The Boilermakers struggled from the field, shooting under 30 percent from the floor, but played solid defense and hit their free throws to secure the five-point win. Purdue finished 20-of-21 from the free throw line for 95.2 percent. The Boilermakers were 14th nationally in free throw percentage with a season average of 76.5 percent coming into the contest. RECAP

#11/13 Michigan State 63, Michigan 56 (rv/rv)
The Spartans (15-1, 3-0 Big Ten) had 17 offensive rebounds to Michigan's 17 defensive rebounds, and had a 24-7 advantage on the other end. Lykendra Johnson was the biggest reason for Michigan State's domination of the glass. She finished with 17 rebounds, including 10 on the offensive glass, to go along with 17 points. RECAP

Wisconsin 47, Minnesota 42
MADISON, Wis. -- After seeing an 18-point second-half lead cut to three, the Wisconsin women's basketball team held on for a 47-42 victory over Minnesota Sunday in front of a crowd of 4,690 at the Kohl Center. Lisa Stone's teams have always prided themselves on their defense and today's game against Minnesota was a perfect example of that. RECAP

MBB: Sunday's Schedule

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IOWA  at #11/10 PURDUE - Noon, Big Ten Network

#rv/21 MINNESOTA at #2/2 OHIO STATE - 2 p.m., Big Ten Network

#3/3 Kansas at MICHIGAN - 4:30 p.m., CBS Sports

INDIANA at NORTHWESTERN - 7 p.m., Big Ten Network

WBB: Saturday's Result

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#21/22 Iowa 89, #20/21 Ohio State 76
Bluder's Bunch - the nation's No. 21 ranked team - rolled to a 89-76 victory over 20th ranked Ohio State Saturday before 9,865 fans inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena and a national television audience tuning in on CBS. Iowa scored first and, while they didn't lead from start to finish, they never trailed by more than three during the first 20 minutes nd not at all during the last 20. And, as the final score indicated, it was a horse race from the start - the visitors led 25-23 when the first television timeout was called four or so minutes into the contest. RECAP

MBB: Saturday's Results

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PENN STATE def. #18/19 MICHIGAN STATE, 66-62
Senior Talor Battle's (Albany, N.Y.) jumper with 18 seconds remaining and a late free throw by Tim Frazier (Houston, Texas) put the icing on the cake for Penn State, who upset #18 Michigan State, 66-62, Saturday at the Bryce Jordan Center. RECAP & BOX SCORE

MBB: Saturday's Schedule

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#18/19 MICHIGAN STATE at PENN STATE - 1 p.m. ET, Big Ten Network

WBB: Weekend Schedule

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Saturday
#20/21 Ohio State at #21/22 Iowa, 4 p.m., CBS Sports

Sunday
Northwestern (rv/rv) at Illinois, 3 p.m., www.BigTenNetwork.com
Purdue at Indiana, 2 p.m., www.BigTenNetwork.com
#11/13 Michigan State at Michigan (rv/rv), Noon, www.BigTenNetwork.com
Minnesota at Wisconsin, 4 p.m., Big Ten Network

MGYM: Weekend Schedule

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JANUARY 8

#15 Army at #7 PENN STATE - 7 p.m. ET

MBB: Required Reading

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Spend your Sunday nights with the Big Ten Network. This week's lineup features the season debut of The Journey as well as the continuation of Big Ten Icons, showcasing No. 9 Rick Mount of Purdue.

Click HERE to read about Gus Johnson's passion for calling college basketball on the Big Ten Network.

FoxSports.com's Jeff Goodman has Michigan State's Draymond Green, Ohio State's Jared Sullinger and Purdue's E'Twaun Moore and Robbie Hummel on his 2010-11 Dream Team.

Illinois shot a school-record 70.5 percent from the floor in its win over Northwestern on Thursday.

Michigan has declared its Sunday game vs. No. 3 Kansas a "Maize Out."

Wolverine sophomore Josh Bartelstein talks basketball, Twitter and pronouncing Evan Smotrycz's last name.

Spartan fans - vote for your favorite season in Michigan State men's basketball history.

ESPN's College GameDay visits West Lafayette on Jan. 22 as the Boilermakers host Michigan State. Click HERE for more information.

Click HERE for an interactive look at the Wisconsin men's basketball team.

FB: Big Ten in NFL Playoffs

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With the National Football League (NFL) playoffs set to begin on Saturday, 78 former Big Ten standouts will be hoping to win the Super Bowl, including at least two former student-athletes on all 12 playoff squads. The Big Ten, ACC and SEC are the only conferences to feature 70 or more former players in the NFL playoffs. Ohio State and Michigan are two of seven schools to boast 14 or more former players in the NFL playoffs. The Buckeyes rank third among all schools with 16 former standouts while the Wolverines are tied for fourth with 14 former student-athletes. Future Big Ten member Nebraska is one of only 13 schools with 10 or more players taking part in the postseason. At least two players from each Big Ten school will be taking part in the playoffs.

A complete list of the former Big Ten players in the NFL playoffs appears below:

Atlanta Falcons 
Jonathan Babineaux, DT, Iowa
Michael Jenkins, WR, Ohio State
   
Baltimore Ravens 
Marshal Yanda, OG/OT, Iowa
Prescott Burgess, OLB, Michigan
Derrick Mason, WR, Michigan State
Brandon McKinney, DT, Michigan State
Kevin Houser, LS, Ohio State
   
Chicago Bears 
Todd Collins, QB, Michigan
Kellen Davis, TE, Michigan State
Nick Roach, LB, Northwestern
Corey Wootton, DE, Northwestern
Anthony Adams, DT, Penn State
Robbie Gould, K, Penn State
   
Green Bay Packers 
Bryan Bulaga, OG/OT, Iowa
Charles Woodson, CB, Michigan
AJ Hawk, LB, Ohio State
Ryan Pickett, DE/NT, Ohio State
Matt Wilhelm, LB, Ohio State
Andrew Quarless, TE, Penn State
   
Indianapolis Colts 
Kelvin Hayden, DB, Illinois
Pat Angerer, LB, Iowa
Mike Hart, RB, Michigan
Blair White, WR, Michigan State
Nate Triplett, LB, Minnesota
Curtis Painter, QB, Purdue
   
Kansas City Chiefs 
Jon Asamoah, OL, Illinois
Tony Moeaki, TE, Iowa
Casey Wiegmann, C, Iowa
Mike Vrabel, LB, Ohio State
Donald Washington, DB, Ohio State
Tamba Hali, LB, Penn State
Chris Chambers, WR, Wisconsin
   
New England Patriots 
Tom Brady, QB, Michigan
Zoltan Mesko, P, Michigan
Brian Hoyer, QB, Michigan State
Rich Ohrnberger, OL, Penn State
Matt Light, OT, Purdue
Rob Ninkovich, LB, Purdue
Matt Katula, LS, Wisconsin
   
New Orleans Saints 
Danny Clark, LB, Illinois
Pierre Thomas, RB, Illinois
Tracy Porter, CB, Indiana
Adrian Arrington, WR, Michigan
Jonathan Goodwin, C, Michigan
Zach Strief, OT, Northwestern
Malcolm Jenkins, CB, Ohio State
Will Smith, DE, Ohio State
Drew Brees, QB, Purdue
   
New York Jets 
Jeff Cumberland, TE, Illinois
Brandon Moore, OG, Illinois
Steve Weatherford, P, Illinois
Shonn Greene, RB, Iowa
Braylon Edwards, WR, Michigan
David Harris, LB, Michigan
Eric Smith, S, Michigan State
Marquice Cole, CB, Northwestern
Vernon Gholston, DE, Ohio State
Ben Hartsock, TE, Ohio State
Santonio Holmes, WR, Ohio State
Nick Mangold, C, Ohio State
Dustin Keller, TE, Purdue
   
Philadelphia Eagles 
Jamar Adams, S, Michigan
Jason Avant, WR, Michigan
Mike Kafka, QB, Northwestern
Kurt Coleman, S, Ohio State
   
Pittsburgh Steelers 
Rashard Mendenhall, RB, Illinois
Antwaan Randle El, WR, Indiana
Larry Foote, LB, Michigan
LaMarr Woodley, LB, Michigan
Flozell Adams, OT, Michigan State
Matt Spaeth, TE, Minnesota
Trai Essex, OG, Northwestern
Will Allen, S, Ohio State
Jeremy Kapinos, P, Penn State
   
Seattle Seahawks
Colin Cole, DT, Iowa
Jay Richardson, DE, Ohio State
Michael Robinson, RB, Penn State
Craig Terrill, DT, Purdue

WINDR T/F: Weekend Schedule

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JANUARY 7

Buckeye Classic, 6 P.M. ET

JANUARY 8

Indiana Open, All Day

Northwest Open (Minnesota), All Day

Michigan at Eastern Michigan Invitational, 11 a.m. ET

Penn State Relays, All Day

Purdue Invitational, 11 a.m. ET

 

 

MINDR T/F: Weekend Schedule

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JANUARY 7

Buckeye Invitational, 6 p.m. ET

JANUARY 8

Iowa at Illinois, 1 p.m. ET

Indiana Open, All Day

Michigan at Eastern Michigan Invitational, 10 a.m. ET

Northwest Open (Minnesota), All Day

Penn State Relays, All Day

Purdue Invitational, 11 a.m. ET

WGYM: Weekend Schedule

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JANUARY 7

IOWA (rv)/#9 MICHIGAN/Western Michigan (rv) at MICHIGAN STATE (rv) - 6:30 p.m. ET
#14 PENN STATE at #2 Alabama - 7:30 p.m. CT

JANUARY 8

#23 MINNESOTA at OHIO STATE (rv) - 4 p.m. ET
#17 ILLINOIS/Northern Illinois at #24 Kentucky - 6:30 p.m. ET

MTEN: Weekend Schedule

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JANUARY 7-9

#46 INDIANA at Florida Gulf Coast Showdown - Fort Myers, Fla. - All Day
#25 MICHIGAN at Key Biscayne Individuals - Key Biscayne, Fla. - All Day

MSWIM: Weekend Schedule

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JANUARY 7

MICHIGAN STATE at Auburn, All Day

Wright State at OHIO STATE, 5 p.m. ET

JANUARY 8

MICHIGAN at INDIANA, 11 a.m. ET

MICHIGAN STATE at Auburn, All Day

NORTHWESTERN at Carthage/Lewis, 2 p.m. ET

WISCONSIN at Hawaii, 3 p.m. ET

WSWIM: Weekend Schedule

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JANUARY 7

MICHIGAN STATE at Auburn, All Day

Wright State at OHIO STATE, 5 p.m. ET

JANUARY 8

MICHIGAN at INDIANA, 11 a.m. ET

MICHIGAN STATE at Auburn, All Day

Toledo at OHIO STATE, 1 p.m. ET

WISCONSIN at Hawaii, 3 p.m. ET

MBB: Thursday's Results

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#20/20 ILLINOIS  def. NORTHWESTERN, 88-63
With just over a minute to play in the first half, Illinois was coasting, riding a 44-21 lead. You'd never have known by what Illini coach Bruce Weber shouted from the sideline.

"Come on, don't lose your energy! Don't lose your emotion!"

Moments later, he drove the point home again in the locker room at halftime.

"He put zero-zero on the (chalk) board," forward Mike Davis said.

Weber's message to a team he says doesn't handle success well apparently sunk in, and Northwestern paid the price, falling hard to No. 20 Illinois 88-63. RECAP & BOX SCORE

FH: Michigan State Elevates Helen Knull to Head Coach

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Associate head coach Helen Knull was appointed to head coach of Michigan State, replacing Rolf van de Kerkhof who accepted the head coaching position at Delaware. Knull has been with the Spartan coaching staff for the past five seasons, helping Michigan State to a 74-34 overall record, including a 34-10 mark over the last two seasons. Knull came to Michigan State from her alma mater Kent State, where she was a four-year starter for the Golden Flashes and eventually served on the coaching staff for three years.

To read the complete release, click here.

WRES: Weekend Schedule

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JANUARY 7

#2 PENN STATE vs. VMI [1] - 9 a.m. ET
#15 MICHIGAN vs. Liberty [1] - 11 a.m. ET
#2 PENN STATE/VMI vs. Old Dominion/Edinboro [1] - 1 p.m. ET
#15 MICHIGAN/Liberty vs. Buffalo/Virginia (rv) [1] - 3 p.m. ET
West Virginia at #10 ILLINOIS - 7 p.m. CT
Southern Illinois-Edwardsville at #7 IOWA - 7 p.m. CT - www.BigTenNetwork.com

JANUARY 8

#5 MINNESOTA vs. Northern Illinois [2] - 9 a.m. CT
#24 OHIO STATE vs. #1 Cornell [2] - 9 a.m. CT
Lock Haven at MICHIGAN STATE [3] - 11 a.m. ET
#18 PURDUE vs. #2 Oklahoma State [2] - 11 a.m. CT
#4 WISCONSIN vs. South Dakota State [2] - 11 a.m. CT
Oakland at MICHIGAN STATE [3] - 1 p.m. ET
#5 MINNESOTA/Northern Illinois vs. #6 Boise State/#14 Iowa State [2] - 1 p.m. CT
#24 OHIO STATE/#1 Cornell vs. #13 Missouri/Northern Iowa [2] - 1 p.m. CT
Eastern Michigan at MICHIGAN STATE [3] - 3 p.m. ET
#18 PURDUE/#2 Oklahoma State vs. #12 Virginia Tech/#17 Central Michigan [2] - 3 p.m. CT
#4 WISCONSIN/South Dakota State vs. #11 Oregon State/#22 American [2] - 3 p.m. CT
#15 MICHIGAN at Virginia Duals - 2 p.m./8:30 p.m. ET
#2 PENN STATE at Virginia Duals - 2 p.m./8:30 p.m. ET

JANUARY 9

#21 NORTHWESTERN vs. Millersville [4] - 9 a.m. ET
Cleveland State at INDIANA [5] - 10 a.m. ET
#5 MINNESOTA at National Duals - 11 a.m./3 p.m. CT
#24 OHIO STATE at National Duals - 11 a.m./3 p.m. CT
#18 PURDUE at National Duals - 11 a.m./3 p.m. CT
#4 WISCONSIN at National Duals - 11 a.m./3 p.m. CT
#21 NORTHWESTERN vs. Drexel [4] - 11 a.m. ET
Southern Illinois-Edwardsville at INDIANA [5] - Noon ET
Gardner-Webb at INDIANA [5] - 2 p.m. ET
#21 NORTHWESTERN at #20 Pittsburgh [4] - 3 p.m. ET

Legend
[1] Virginia Duals - Hampton, Va.
[2] Cliff Keen/NWCA National Duals - Cedar Falls, Iowa
[3] Spartan Duals - East Lansing, Mich.
[4] Pittsburgh Duals - Pittsburgh, Pa.
[5] Indiana Duals - Bloomington, Ind.

WBB: Thursday's Results

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#11/13 Michigan State 62, Wisconsin 43
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Kalisha Keane had 12 points and 11 rebounds, Porsche Poole also scored 12 points, and No. 11 Michigan State overcame a rocky start and beat Wisconsin 62-43 Thursday night for its 12th straight win. Brittney Thomas and Klarissa Bell added 10 points each as the balanced Spartans (14-1, 2-0 Big Ten) trailed 20-10, then used a 30-4 run that spanned both halves to win their 15th straight at home and extend the best start in school history. RECAP

Penn State 80, Northwestern (rv/rv) 68
EVANSTON, ILL. - The Penn State Lady Lions (13-4, 2-1) shot a sizzling 63.6% (7-11) from three-point range on the way to a 80-68 win at Northwestern (12-4, 1-2) Thursday night. Sophomore guard Alex Bentley (Indianapolis, Ind.) and freshman guard Maggie Lucas (Narberth, Pa.) both reached the 20-point mark for the night with 24 and 20 tallies, respectively. RECAP

Purdue 65, Michigan 64 (rv/rv)
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The third try was the charm for the Boilermakers as they gave Coach Versyp her 100th victory at Purdue by beating the Wolverines 65-64. The win improved Purdue to 10-5 on the season and 1-2 in the Big Ten. With 7:16 remaining in the second half, Moses put the Boilermakers ahead 58-56 with her sixth three-pointer of the night. It was Purdue's first lead since 8:12 remaining in the first half. The lead changed hands several times, but Purdue took its final lead on junior guard Brittany Rayburn's basket with 11 seconds remaining in the game. RECAP

WINDR T/F: Indoor Season to Begin This Weekend

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The 2011 Big Ten women's indoor track and field schedule beings this weekend with six teams competing.

On Friday, Ohio State leads off the first leg of the weekend competition, playing host to the Buckeye Classic for the second consecutive year. The invitational events are set to begin at 6 p.m. ET.

The following day, Michigan makes its 2011 debut when it travels to Ypsilanti, Mich., for the Eastern Michigan University Invitational at Bob Parks Track, while Indiana hosts the Indiana Open at Gladstein Fieldhouse.Three other Big Ten teams will open their 2011 action at home as Minnesota, Penn State and Purdue prepare to host competition on Saturday. The Golden Gophers play host to the Northwestern Open, while the 2010 Big Ten Indoor Champion Nittany Lions compete in the Penn State Relays. The Boilermakers begin their indoor slate hosting the Purdue Invitational with competition to start at 11 a.m. ET.

Illinois, Iowa, Michigan State and Wisconsin are set to open their indoor campaigns the following weekend. On Friday, Wisconsin begins action it hosts the two-day Badger Track Classic, while Michigan State travels to Lexington, Ky., for the Kentucky Invitational. The following day, the Illini start their season hosting the Illini Open, while the Hawkeyes begin their indoor season by welcoming competitors to the Iowa Open at the Iowa Recreation Building.

Click here for the entire release.

MBB: Thursday's Schedule

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NORTHWESTERN at #20/20 ILLINOIS - 9 p.m. ET, ESPN2

WBB: Thursday's Schedule

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Michigan (rv/rv) at Purdue, 6:30 p.m., Big Ten Network
Wisconsin at #11/13 Michigan State, 7 p.m., www.BigTenNetwork.com
Penn State at Northwestern (rv/rv), 8:30 p.m., Big Ten Network

MBB: Making The List

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The Big Ten is tied for the lead among all conferences with six players named to the John R. Wooden Award Midseason Top 30, the Los Angeles Athletic Club announced on Thursday. Purdue is one of just two schools with multiple players on the list, while Ohio State's Jared Sullinger is one of two freshmen to make the cut. The complete list of Big Ten players among the midseason top 30 can be found below. MORE INFORMATION

BIG TEN PLAYERS AMONG WOODEN AWARD MIDSEASON TOP 30
Demetri McCamey, Illinois
John Shurna, Northwestern
Jared Sullinger, Ohio State
JaJuan Johnson, Purdue
E'Twaun Moore, Purdue
Jon Leuer, Wisconsin


 

The 2011 season begins for all seven Big Ten women's gymnastics teams this weekend, as the squads will be competing in their first meets of the campaign on Jan. 7 and 8.

Action begins on Friday with Michigan State hosting Iowa, Michigan and Western Michigan. Penn State visits second-ranked Alabama to round out the day's competition. On Saturday, Ohio State hosts Minnesota, while Illinois and Northern Illinois visit No. 24 Kentucky.

 

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

MGYM: 2011 Season Opens This Weekend

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The 2011 Big Ten men's gymnastics season begins this weekend, as Penn State hosts Army on Jan. 8 in the conference's first meet of the new season. The conference's five other teams open competition on Jan. 15.

Read the complete release from the Big Ten here.

WBB: Wednesday's Schedule

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#21/22 Iowa 63, Minnesota 57
MINNEAPOLIS -- Kalli Hansen has been a role player for the University of Iowa women's basketball team. Her role Wednesday was to lead the Hawkeyes to their first Big Ten Conference victory of the season. No. 21 Iowa (13-3 overall, 1-2 Big Ten) defeated Minnesota (8-8, 0-3), 63-57, snapping a two-game losing streak in Williams Arena. To do so, they had to overcome a 38-25 deficit with 14:45 remaining. RECAP

#20/21 Ohio State 83, Indiana 65
COLUMBUS, Ohio - No. 20 Ohio State isn't back to its dominant self yet. But it took a small step toward getting there. Samantha Prahalis broke out of a shooting slump with 23 points and Jantel Lavender had a career-high 22 rebounds to go with 22 points to lead the Buckeyes to an 83-65 win over Indiana on Wednesday night. They had lost four of six after climbing to No. 6 in The Associated Press poll with a 7-0 start to the season. RECAP

MBB: Wednesday's Results

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#11/10 PURDUE def. PENN STATE, 83-68
Penn State (8-6; 1-2 Big Ten) got a career-high 18 points from redshirt freshman Jermaine Marshall off the bench and held Purdue leading scorer E'Twaun Moore to just four points on 2-of-10 shooting, but got beat on the glass, 46 to 31, and at the foul line, 25 to 13, in falling Wednesday to No. 10-ranked Purdue (14-1; 3-0 Big Ten) 83-68 at the Bryce Jordan Center. RECAP & BOX SCORE

#rv/rv WISCONSIN def. MICHIGAN, 66-50
Jordan Taylor scored 20 points, Jon Leuer added 17 and Wisconsin used a 13-0 run in the second half to take the lead for good in a 66-50 victory over Michigan on Wednesday night. RECAP & BOX SCORE

MBB: Wednesday's Schedule

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#11/10 PURDUE at PENN STATE - 6:30 p.m., Big Ten Network

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

 

All times ET

WBB: Wednesday's Schedule

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WRES: Ranking the Wrestlers

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All 11 Big Ten wrestling teams are represented in the latest InterMat individual rankings, with 56 conference wrestlers earning top-20 status in their respective weight classes. Northwestern 125-pounder Brandon Precin and Michigan 141-pounder Kellen Russell each lead their classes, earning the top ranking in this week's rankings. The complete breakdown of ranked Big Ten wrestlers can be found below.

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

133
3. Tyler Graff, So., WIS
6. Andrew Long, So., PSU
7. B.J. Futrell, So., ILL
11. Tyler Clark, Jr., IOWA
16. Ian Paddock, So., OSU
18. Zac Stevens, Sr., MICH

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

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

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

165
2. Andrew Howe, Jr., WIS
7. Cody Yohn, So., MINN
10. Colt Sponseller, Sr., OSU
15. Aaron Janssen, Sr., IOWA

174
2. Ed Ruth, Fr., PSU
8. Scott Glasser, Sr., MINN
10. Luke Manuel, Sr., PUR
11. Jordan Blanton, Jr., ILL
14. Nick Heflin, Fr., OSU
16. Ethan Lofthouse, Fr., IOWA
19. Ben Jordan, So., WIS

184
5. Travis Rutt, Jr., WIS
7. Kevin Steinhaus, Fr., MINN
12. A.J. Kissel, Sr., PUR
17. Grant Gambrall, So., IOWA
19. Tony Dallago, Fr., ILL
20. C.J. Magrum, So., OSU

197
2. Trevor Brandvold, Sr., WIS
5. Sonny Yohn, Jr., MINN
6. Matt Powless, Jr., IND
9. Logan Brown, Sr., PUR
15. Anthony Biondo, Sr., MICH
16. Luke Lofthouse, Sr., IOWA
20. Tyler Dickenson, Jr., MSU

HWT
7. Cameron Wade, Jr., PSU
8. Ben Apland, So., MICH
9. Tony Nelson, Fr., MINN
16. Mike McClure, Fr., MSU
18. Eric Bugenhagen, Sr., WIS
19. Ricky Alcala, Sr., IND

MBB: American Boys

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Ohio State's Jared Sullinger and Purdue's JaJuan Johnson were named Sporting News Midseason All-Americans. The Big Ten was the only conference with multiple players on the team. FULL STORY

FB: Big Ten Post-Bowl Notes

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With the Big Ten bowl season now complete, below are a few quick quotes and notes on the 2010-11 Big Ten postseason.

 
Big Ten Post-Bowl Notes:
Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany's comments to ESPN.com on January 2
 "Whether it's in an individual contest or a conference contest, you test yourself against the best and you get measured"

"What it really comes down to is how you play big games against great opponents on big stages."

"You play the games because you don't know the outcomes, you play big games because they're more exciting than ones that are scripted, that you're supposed to win."

SUMMARY
The Big Ten is 7-8 in bowl games over the last two seasons, including 3-1 in BCS games.

Six of those seven wins were over teams ranked among the top 15 in the BCS.

With a few bowls still to be played, the Big Ten has twice as many wins over top-15 BCS teams in the past two seasons as any other conference. In fact, all other conferences have combined to win six total bowls over BCS top-15 teams over the same time span.

BOWL RECAP
The Big Ten concluded the 2010-11 bowl season with a 3-5 bowl record, including victories by Illinois (Texas Bowl over Baylor), Iowa (Insight Bowl over No. 12 Missouri) and No. 6 Ohio State (Sugar Bowl over No. 8 Arkansas).

The Big Ten has won 11 BCS games, the second-highest total among all conferences. With one BCS game to be played, the SEC leads all conferences with 14 BCS wins, followed by the Big Ten (11), Pac-10 (10), Big 12 (8) and Big East (6).

With a few bowl games still to be played, the Big Ten leads all conferences with six bowl wins over BCS top-15 teams in the last two seasons, followed by the SEC (3), Mountain West (1), Pac-10 (1) and WAC (1).

Big Ten wins over top-15 teams include four last season and two this season with Iowa's victory over No. 12 Missouri and Ohio State's triumph over No. 8 Arkansas. Only five teams will record wins over top-15 opponents this season.

The Big Ten has the longest active streak of any conference with at least one bowl win over the SEC in each of the last nine seasons and leads all conferences with 12 bowl wins over the SEC in that time span. The Big Ten is 12-13 against the SEC over the last nine seasons, followed by the ACC (7-9), Big 12 (4-13, with one more bowl this season) and Big East (2-1, with one more bowl this season).

Five of the Big Ten's eight bowl opponents this season were ranked among the top 21 in the final BCS poll, more than any other conference. The Pac-10 and SEC ranked second with four games against top-21 teams, followed by the ACC (three) and Mountain West (two).

BCS-AQ CONFERENCE COMPARISONS
ACC is 4-4 (3-3 vs. BCS-AQ teams; with one game still to be played)
Big East is 3-2 (2-2 vs. BCS-AQ teams; with one game still to be played)
Big Ten is 3-5 (3-4 vs. BCS-AQ teams)
Big 12 is 3-4 (3-4 vs. BCS-AQ teams; with one game still to be played)
Pac-10 is 2-1 (2-1 vs. BCS-AQ teams; with one game still to be played)
SEC is 3-4 (3-3 vs. BCS-AQ teams; with three games still to be played)

FB: Big Ten in the NFL - Week 17

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Akin Ayodele, LB, Buffalo (Purdue) - Made 13 tackles in Buffalo's 38-7 loss to the New York Jets.

 

Tom Brady, QB, New England (Michigan) - Completed 10 of 16 passes for 199 yards and two touchdowns in New England's 38-7 win over Miami.

 

Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans (Purdue) - Recorded 196 passing yards and a touchdown on 22 of 38 passing in New Orleans' 23-13 loss to Tampa Bay.

 

Marquice Cole, CB, New York Jets (Northwestern) - Made five tackles and two interceptions in the New York Jets' 38-7 win over Buffalo.

 

Kerry Collins, QB, Tennessee (Penn State) - Completed 28 of 39 passes for 300 yards and two touchdowns in Tennesee's 23-20 loss to Indianapolis.

 

Owen Daniels, TE, Houston (Wisconsin) - Caught five passes for 62 yards and a touchdown in Houston's 34-17 win over Jacksonville.

 

Tamba Hali, LB, Kansas City (Penn State) - Recorded six tackles and 2.5 sacks in Kansas City's 31-10 loss to Oakland.

 

A.J. Hawk, LB, Green Bay (Ohio State) - Notched 11 tackles and 0.5 sacks in Green Bay's 10-3 win over Chicago.

 

Nate Kaeding, K, San Diego (Iowa) - Made four field goals, including a long of 47, and three PAT attempts in San Diego's 33-28 win over Denver.

 

DeAndre Levy, LB, Detroit (Wisconsin) - Made 11 tackles in Detroit's 20-13 win over Minnesota.

 

Brandon Lloyd, WR, Denver (Illinois) - Caught four passes for 73 yards and a touchdown in Denver's 33-28 loss to San Diego.

 

Mario Manningham, WR, New York Giants (Michigan) - Made four catches for 101 yards and a touchdown in the New York Giants' 17-14 win over Washington.

 

Rashard Mendenhall, RB, Pittsburgh (Illinois) - Rushed for 36 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries and added a 24-yard reception in Pittsburgh's 41-9 win over Cleveland.

 

Rob Ninkovich, LB, New England (Purdue) - Recorded four tackles and two sacks in New England's 38-7 win over Miami.

 

Paul Posluszny, LB, Buffalo (Penn State) - Racked up 12 tackles in Buffalo's 38-7 loss to the New York Jets.

 

Anthony Spencer, LB, Dallas (Purdue) - Recorded six tackles, two sacks and a forced fumble in Dallas' 14-13 win over Philadelphia.

 

Amari Spievey, CB, Detroit (Iowa) - Made three tackles and an interception in Detroit's 20-13 win over Minnesota.

 

Eugene Wilson, S, Houston (Illinois) - Notched 10 tackles in Houston's 34-17 win over Jacksonville.

 

Charles Woodson, CB, Green Bay (Michigan) - Recorded six tackles and an interception in Green Bay's 10-3 win over Chicago.

WTEN: In the (Individual) Polls

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Thirteen student-athletes have earned rankings in the first Campbell/ITA singles top 125 of 2011, while 16 doubles pairs have received recognition entering the season. The complete breakdown of ranked Big Ten singles performers and doubles pairs can be found below.

SINGLES

11. Denise Muresan, MICH
51. Natallia Pintusava, MINN
52. Maria Mosolova, NU
59. Petra Januskova, PSU
61. Whitney Taney, MICH
66. Brittany Wowchuk, NU
70. Sonja Molnar, IOWA
76. Belinda Niu, NU
91. Leslie Hureau, IND
100. Rachael White, ILL
105. Sam Critser, MICH
120. Kate Turvy, NU
125. Kelsey Haviland, OSU

DOUBLES

12. Mimi Nguyen/Brooke Bolender, MICH
13. Mara Schmidt/Jennifer Rabot, PUR
15. Rachael White/Allison Falkin, ILL
30. Linda Abu Mushrefova/Nida Hamilton, NU
50. Gabby Steele/Kelsey Haviland, OSU
52. Rika Tatsuno/Sam Critser, MICH
55. Sonja Molnar/Lynne Poggensee-Wei, IOWA
64. Cami Hubbs/Paloma Escobedo, OSU
68. Kayla Fujimoto/Evgeniya Vertesheva, IND
68. Bhavani Tirumurti/Imogen Golder, PUR
68. Kristen Roth/Maria Prishlyak, PSU
68. Olga Bazhanova/Bianca Schulz, NU
68. Leslie Hureau/Sophie Garre, IND
68. Petra Januskova/Fernanda Perrotta, PSU
82. Michelle Sulahian/Sam Critser, MICH
84. Alessandra Ferrazzi/Alexa Palen, MINN

MTEN: In the (Individual) Polls

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The ITA released its first singles and doubles rankings of 2011, with 11 Big Ten men's student-athletes appearing in the singles top 125 and seven doubles pairs earning top-60 status. The complete breakdown of ranked Big Ten singles and doubles performers can be found below.

SINGLES

7. Blaz Rola, OSU
11. Dennis Nevolo, ILL
34. Matt Allare, OSU
35. Jason Jung, MICH
46. Devin McCarthy, OSU
63. Chase Buchanan, OSU
66. Nelson Vick, OSU
68. Peter Kobelt, OSU
111. Johnny Hamui, ILL
121. Abe Souza, ILL
124. Krisztian Krocsko, PUR

DOUBLES

6. Chase Buchanan/Blaz Rola, OSU
19. Matt Allare/Peter Kobelt, OSU
20. Dennis Nevolo/Abe Souza, ILL
25. Balazs Novak/Devin McCarthy, OSU
28. Jason Jung/Evan King, MICH
37. Szymon Tatarczyk/Krisztian Krocsko, PUR
57. Matt Allare/Shuhei Uzawa, OSU

MBB: Purdue's Rick Mount Named Big Ten Icon

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Purdue's Rick Mount has been named Big Ten Icon No. 9. The countdown of Big Ten Icons, presented by Discover and hosted by Keith Jackson, continues at 10 p.m. ET on Sunday, Jan. 9, with a profile of the Indiana native who led the Boilermakers in 1969 to their first NCAA Tournament appearance. FULL STORY

FB: OSU defeats Arkansas to win Sugar Bowl

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Ohio State become the second team in history to collect six Bowl Championship Series (BCS) victories when the No. 6 Buckeyes defeated No. 8 Arkansas, 31-26, in the Sugar Bowl. OSU is now tied with USC for the most BCS wins among all schools, followed by Florida with five BCS triumphs. Ohio State's Jim Tressel also earned his sixth bowl victory, which is tied for third in Big Ten history behind only Penn State's Joe Paterno (10) and Wisconsin's Barry Alvarez (8). For a full recap of the Sugar Bowl, click on this link.

MBB: Tuesday's Results

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#rv/21 MINNESOTA def. INDIANA, 67-63
Following two straight losses to open the Big Ten conference season, #21 Minnesota overcame a six point first half deficit to defeat Indiana, 67-63  and pick up a much needed win at Williams Arena on Tuesday. With the win, Minnesota moves to 12-3 overall with a 1-2 record in the Big Ten. RECAP & BOX SCORE

#2/2 OHIO STATE def. IOWA, 73-68
It goes down as a loss in the final statistics, but the Iowa men's basketball team had No. 2 Ohio State on the ropes before falling 73-68 on Tuesday night at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. RECAP & BOX SCORE

WBB: Five Conference Teams Ranked in Latest Polls

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Five Big Ten teams were mentioned in the latest Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today Coaches polls, including three in the top 25. Michigan State climbed in both polls, appearing at No. 11 in the AP rankings and No. 13 in the coaches poll. Ohio State and Iowa were ranked in succession in both polling services, Nos. 20 and 21, respectively in the AP poll and Nos. 21 and 22, respectively, in the coaches poll. Michigan and Northwestern were among the other teams receiving votes in the AP and ESPN/USA Today rankings.

MTEN: In the Polls

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Nine Big Ten men's tennis teams have earned spots in the first ITA top 75 Team Rankings of the new year, with defending Big Ten Champion Ohio State leading the way at No. 4. No. 16 Illinois and No. 25 Michigan each earn top-25 status, while No. 29 Wisconsin, No. 33 Minnesota and No. 46 Indiana all crack the top 50. No. 63 Iowa and No. 69 Penn State round out the field of ranked conference squads.

Eleven individual Big Ten athletes and seven doubles pairs also enter the season ranked. Click here to see the complete ITA team, singles and doubles rankings.

WTEN: In the Polls

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Nine Big Ten teams have been ranked among the ITA Women's National top 75 Team Rankings, announced on Tuesday. Defending Big Ten Champion Michigan leads the way at No. 8, followed by defending Big Ten Tournament Champion Northwestern at No. 9. No. 25 Illinois, No. 30 Iowa, No. 33 Ohio State, No. 45 Indiana and No. 50 Purdue round out the Big Ten contingent in the top 50, while No. 72 Minnesota and No. 74 Wisconsin also appear in the first poll of 2011.

Along with the first team rankings of the season, the ITA released the first singles and doubles rankings of the year, with 13 individual Big Ten athletes appearing in the top 125 and 16 doubles pairs making the top 90.

The complete team, singles and doubles rankings can be found here.

MBB: Tuesday's Schedule

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INDIANA at #rv/21 MINNESOTA - 7 p.m., ESPN2

#2/2 OHIO STATE at IOWA - 9 p.m., Big Ten Network

 

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WRES: In the Polls

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After a week off, a new batch of NWCA/USA Today and InterMat wrestling rankings have been released, with several Big Ten teams earning new positions in both polls.

Penn State moves up from No. 4 to No. 2 in the NWCA poll after tying for first place at last week's Southern Scuffle. The Nittany Lions are followed by No. 4 Wisconsin and No. 5 Minnesota in the top five. Iowa checks in at No. 7 in this week's poll, followed by No. 10 Illinois, No. 15 Michigan, No. 18 Purdue, No. 21 Northwestern and No. 24 Ohio State.

Penn State also moved up in the InterMat Tournament Rankings, holding No. 4 in this week's edition. No. 5 Wisconsin and No. 6 Minnesota follow closely behind, while No. 11 Michigan, No. 12 Iowa and No. 15 Illinois round out the top 15. Northwestern checks in at No. 21, followed by No. 23 Indiana, No. 37 Purdue, No. 39 Ohio State and No. 44 Michigan State.

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

MBB: McCamey Named National Player of the Week

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The U.S. Basketball Writers Association has selected Illinois guard Demetri McCamey as its Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week for games ending the week of Sunday, Jan. 2. The USBWA's weekly honor is presented by Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook and will be handed out each Tuesday through Feb. 22 this season.

As the Big Ten Conference Co-Player of the Week, McCamey was nominated for the weekly award, which was chosen by a representative of the USBWA board of directors from a list of Division I conference players of the week.

McCamey, a 6-3 senior from Bellwood, Ill., led the Illini to wins over Iowa and Wisconsin by averaging 20.5 points and 8.5 assists. In the two games, he shot 61 percent from the field and 75 percent from three-point range.

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MBB: Required Reading

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The Big Ten Network's new Sunday night lineup will feature brand new episodes of The Journey and debuts on Jan. 9.

Click HERE for audio of yesterday's Big Ten Men's Basketball Coaches Teleconference.

Purdue's E'Twaun Moore was Andy Katz's Player of the Week, while Illinois, Michigan State and Purdue were among last week's most impressive teams.

ESPN's Jay Bilas shows some love for "underhyped" Minnesota and Purdue as well as the Izzone alumni (subscription required).

Advice given to Illinois' Demetri McCamey over Christmas resulted in two Illini wins a Player of the Week honor.

Michigan's Josh Bartelstein answers reader questions, including which player is the smartest on the team.

Northwestern fans - don't miss the debut episode of Wildcat Fastbreak tonight at 11 p.m. CT.

After opening the Big Ten season with a win, Penn State paid a visit to the Hershey Medical Center.

WRES: Big Ten Wrestling Weekly Release - Jan. 4

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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: Penn State's Ruth Named Wrestler of the Week

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Penn State freshman Ed Ruth earns Big Ten Wrestler of the Week honors after winning five bouts, including decisions over top-ranked Mack Lewnes of Cornell and No. 2 Chris Henrich of Virginia, en route to the 174-pound title at the Southern Scuffle last week.

Click here to read the complete release from the Big Ten.
Click here for Penn State's release.

MBB: Monday's Results

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#18/19 MICHIGAN STATE def. NORTHWESTERN, 65-62
Trailing 63-50 with 3:47 remaining, Northwestern put together a 12-0 run, pulling to within one at 63-62 off a Michael Thompson lay-up with 27 seconds remaining. But the Wildcats rally came up short, falling to 19th-ranked Michigan State 65-62 at Welsh-Ryan Arena. Drew Crawford led the way with 17 points and eight rebounds, with Thompson adding 12 points for the Wildcats and John Shurna adding 11. RECAP & BOX SCORE

MBB: Monday's Schedule

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#18/19 MICHIGAN STATE at NORTHWESTERN - 7:30 p.m. ET, Big Ten Network

MTEN: Big Ten Spring Slate Opens This Week

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The 2011 Big Ten men's tennis spring schedule begins this week with Indiana and Michigan taking to the court for the first time in 2011. The Hoosiers travel to Fort Myers, Fla., to compete in the Florida Gulf Coast Showdown on Jan. 3-9, while the Wolverines open their season at the Key Biscayne Individuals in Key Biscayne, Fla., on Jan. 7-9.

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

Indiana forward Will Bruin and Penn State forward Corey Hertzog signed Generation adidas contracts with Major League Soccer last week, foregoing their final seasons of eligibility. Bruin and Hertzog are now eligible for the 2011 MLS SuperDraft, which is set to take place on Jan. 13 in Baltimore.

Bruin, the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year, a MAC Hermann Trophy finalist and a first-team All-American, racked up 41 points on 18 goals and five assists to lead Indiana to its 12th Big Ten title. Hertzog, a second-team All-American, tied a Big Ten record with 20 goals and posted the second-highest single-season point total in conference history with 46.

Generation adidas contracts provide the opportunity for players to leave college early and continue to develop their soccer careers in MLS. The salaries of these players are greater than the league minimum and the players are also provided educational funds should they decide to return to school. Their salaries also do not count against a club's salary budget, allowing teams to afford them time to develop.

WBB: Big Ten Players of the Week

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Co-Players of the Week:
Karisma Penn, Illinois
6-3, So., F, Shaker Heights, Pa./Shaker Heights

Penn wins her second Big Ten Player of the Week accolade of the season after recording three double-doubles last week, giving her a conference-best 10 this season. In three games last week, the sophomore averaged 19.7 points, 12.0 rebounds, 4.3 steals and 2.7 blocks per game. After a 16-point, 10-rebound effort against California on Tuesday, Penn scored 20 points, hauled in 16 rebounds, recorded six steals and five swats in a win over Minnesota on Thursday before pouring in 23 points and grabbing 10 boards with four steals against Michigan State on Sunday.

Last Illinois Player of the Week: Karisma Penn (Dec. 20, 2010)

Jori Davis, Indiana
5-9, Sr., G, Rochester, N.Y./Greece-Athena

Davis claims Big Ten Player of the Week honors for the first time in her career and becomes the first Hoosier to win the award since Amber Jackson on Dec. 2, 2008. The senior averaged 27.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and 6.0 assists in guiding the Hoosiers to a 2-0 start in Big Ten play. In a two-point win over Northwestern, Davis scored 24 points, grabbed eight rebounds and dished out seven assists. In a one-point overtime victory in Minnesota, she poured in 31 points, added five rebounds and five assists.

Last Indiana Player of the Week: Amber Jackson (Dec. 2, 2008)

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 fourth time this season after averaging 12.7 points and 4.7 rebounds per game in three Purdue contests this week. In a pair of Big Ten matchups, the freshman averaged 14 points per game. Against Northwestern on Sunday, she was 6-of-10 from three-point range and finished with 22 points and chipped in three rebounds and a blocked shot. Against Wisconsin, Moses scored six points, but finished with team highs in rebounds (8) and assists (4).

Last Purdue Freshman of the Week: Courtney Moses (Dec. 27, 2010)

MBB: Sunday's Results

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MICHIGAN def. PENN STATE, 76-69
The University of Michigan men's basketball team ended its eight-game home stand with a 76-69 win over Penn State on Sunday afternoon (Jan. 2) in Crisler Arena. The Wolverines shot 60.9 percent (14-of-23) in the second half to turn as much as a nine-point deficit into a seven-point win. Michigan had a season high in field-goal percentage (57.4 percent) and was a perfect 14-of-14 from the free throw line. RECAP & BOX SCORE

#23/25 ILLINOIS def. #rv/24 WISCONSIN, 69-61
Illinois guard Demetri McCamey found the key to beat Wisconsin through a little friendly holiday advice. "He came back from Christmas and he announced to the team that he has to get to the basket more because somebody at Christmas dinner told him that," Illini coach Bruce Weber said Sunday, shaking his head after McCamey did just that in the 23rd-ranked Illini's 69-61 win over Wisconsin. "Well, I've been telling him that for three-and-a-half years, (the media) has been telling him, the fans have been telling him - somebody at Christmas dinner finally got to him." RECAP & BOX SCORE

WRES: Weekend Roundup

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DECEMBER 29-30

#9 ILLINOIS at Midlands Championships - 10th/44 teams
INDIANA at Southern Scuffle - 13th/34
#6 IOWA at Midlands Championships - 4th/44
#15 MICHIGAN at Southern Scuffle - 4th/34
MICHIGAN STATE at Midlands Championships - 23rd/44
#3 MINNESOTA at Southern Scuffle - 5th/34
#20 NORTHWESTERN at Midlands Championships - T-13th/44
#4 PENN STATE at Southern Scuffle - T-1st/34
#16 PURDUE at Midlands Championships - 27th/44
#4 WISCONSIN at Midlands Championships - 2nd/44

WBB: Sunday's Results

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Indiana 80, Minnesota 79 (OT)
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - Indiana (8-6, 2-0) outlasted Minnesota (8-7, 0-2) in an overtime thriller on Sunday afternoon with a 80-79 victory in Minneapolis to move to 2-0 in Big Ten play. It was the first win for IU in Williams Arena since Jan. 4, 2001. Senior All-America candidate Jori Davis tied her season-high with 31 points on 9-for-18 shooting. Hope Elam added a season-best 23 and Whitney Lindsay added 16 in the victory. RECAP

Michigan 60, #14/13 Iowa 53
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Junior guard Courtney Boylan (Chaska, Minn./Chaska) tied her career high with 18 points and was 7-of-8 from the free throw line to lead a trio of players in double figures as the University of Michigan women's basketball team picked up its third consecutive win over a ranked opponent with a 60-53 upset win at No. 14 Iowa on Sunday (Jan. 2) at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The win marks head coach Kevin Borseth's 500th in his coaching career (Division I and Division II). RECAP

#12/16 Michigan State 70, Illinois 57
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Kalisha Keane scored 27 points to help No. 12 Michigan State beat Illinois 70-57 Sunday. Lykendra Johnson added 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Spartans (13-1, 1-0 Big Ten), who are off to the best start in school history. Michigan State was 12-2 in 1973-74 and 2004-05, the season it lost to Baylor in the NCAA final. RECAP

Northwestern (rv/rv) 76, Purdue (-/rv) 64
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern used a 48 percent second-half shooting effort to erase what had been a one-point halftime deficit and coast past Purdue, 76-64, Sunday afternoon at Welsh-Ryan Arena. Five 'Cats reached double figures in scoring led by Amy Jaeschke's 23-point, 10-rebound effort. NU improves to 12-3 on the season with a 1-1 mark in conference action. Kendall Hackney added 18 points, including 14 in the second half, while Meshia Reed, Beth Marshall and Allison Mocchi all added 10 points each. RECAP

Wisconsin 77, Penn State 62
MADISON, Wis. -- For the first time since 2001-02, the Wisconsin women's basketball team opened the Big Ten Conference season 2-0 after defeating Penn State 77-62 at the Kohl Center Sunday afternoon. The Badgers (7-7 overall, 2-0 Big Ten) had four players score in double figures for the second straight game to extend the team's winning streak to five games. RECAP

#13/12 Ohio State 86, Bethune Cookman 38

MBB: Sunday's Schedule

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PENN STATE at MICHIGAN  - 4 p.m., Big Ten Network

#rv/24 WISCONSIN  at #23/25 ILLINOIS - 6 p.m., Big Ten Network

 

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WBB: Sunday's Schedule

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Indiana at Minnesota, 3 p.m.
Michigan at Iowa, 2 p.m., Big Ten Network
Illinois at #12/16 Michigan State, Noon, Big Ten Network
Bethune-Cookman at #13/12 Ohio State, 2 p.m.
Penn State at Wisconsin, 2 p.m., ">www.BigTenNetwork.com
Purdue (-/rv) at Northwestern (rv/rv), 3 p.m.

FB: Big Ten Jan. 1 Bowl Recaps

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Click on this link for recaps of the Big Ten's five bowl games on Jan. 1.

MBB: Friday's Results

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#2/2 OHIO STATE def. INDIANA, 85-67
Despite shooting 50 percent from the floor and having three players score in double figures, Indiana could not hold off a blistering Ohio State team which made 60.5 percent of its shots and 68.4 percent of its three pointers as the Buckeyes posted an 85-67 victory Friday, in Assembly Hall. RECAP & BOX SCORE


#20/19 MICHIGAN STATE def. #14/13 MINNESOTA, 71-62
Durrell Summers and his Michigan State teammates couldn't buy a field goal in the first half against Minnesota on Friday. Spartans coach Tom Izzo told them to keep firing. Sound advice from one of college basketball's top coaches. Summers scored 14 of his 19 points in the second half and the Spartans (No. 19 ESPN/USA Today, No. 20 AP) shook off a cold first half to open Big Ten play with a 71-62 victory over Minnesota (No. 13 ESPN/USA Today, No. 19 AP).  RECAP & BOX SCORE

#12/11 PURDUE def. #rv/rv NORTHWESTERN, 82-69
It took E'Twaun Moore a little over 6 minutes to tie his career high for 3-pointers.  The Purdue senior dropped his fifth 3 with 13:51 left in the first half against Northwestern on Friday, and he was just getting warmed up. He finished with seven 3s and tied a career high with 31 points to help No. 12 Purdue beat Northwestern 82-69. RECAP & BOX SCORE