February 2011 Archives

WGYM: Weekly Rankings

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Six Big Ten women's gymnastics teams have earned top-25 status in this week's GymInfo rankings, led by No. 9 Michigan. The Wolverines hold the ninth-best Regional Qualifying Score in the country at 195.955. Penn State follows, falling one spot to No. 11 this week with an RQS of 195.675. Ohio State jumps four spots to No. 13 (195.560), while Iowa moves back one place to No. 16 (195.400). Illinois follows at No. 17 (195.300) and Minnesota checks in at No. 20 (195.080).

Click here to see the GymInfo rankings.

WGOLF: Weekly Rankings

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Six Big Ten women's golf teams are among the Golfweek/Sagarin top 50, released on Sunday. Purdue again checks in at No. 7 this week, while Michigan State falls one spot to No. 19. Ohio State sits at No. 29, followed by Minnesota at No. 37. Northwestern jumps three spots to No. 38, while Wisconsin remains at No. 49. Three Big Ten golfers also hold top-50 rankings, with Purdue's Numa Gulyanamitta leading the charge at No. 19.

The complete Golfweek/Sagarin team rankings can be found here, while the individual rankings can be seen here.

MGOLF: Weekly Rankings

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Seven Big Ten men's golf teams remain ranked in the Golfweek/Sagarin top 50, released on Sunday evening. Illinois moves up one spot to No. 6 this week, followed by No. 12 Iowa. Ohio State checks in at No. 24, while No. 29 Indiana, No. 33 Purdue, No. 35 Michigan and No. 36 Northwestern have each earned rankings in the top 40. Six individual Big Ten golfers also appear in the publication's top 50, led by Iowa's Vince India at No. 8.

Click here to see the Golfweek/Sagarin team rankings and here to see the individual rankings.

Purdue senior JaJuan Johnson and Ohio State freshman Jared Sullinger are among the finalists for the 2011 Oscar Robertson Trophy, the U.S. Basketball Writers Association announced Monday. The Oscar Robertson Trophy is awarded to the USBWA's Player of the Year and has been handed out since Robertson won the inaugural trophy in 1959.

Johnson is averaging 20.4 points, 8.1 rebounds and 2.4 blocks per game, posting nine double-double on the year and scoring in double figures in 38 consecutive games. The forward/center has recorded over 1,700 points, 700 rebounds and 200 blocks in his career.

Sullinger leads Big Ten freshmen in offensive production, averaging 17.4 points and 9.8 rebounds per game. Additionally, he has broken the record for most Big Ten Player of the Week awards won by a freshman.

The Big Ten is one of three conferences with multiple representatives, having won the award last season with Ohio State standout Evan Turner.

The presentation of this year's award will take place on April 1 in Houstin in conjunction with the NCAA Men's Final Four.

COMPLETE RELEASE

WBB: All-Big Ten and Individual Award Winners

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The Big Ten Conference announced the women's basketball all-conference teams and individual award winners on Monday. Michigan State's Kalisha Keane was selected as the Big Ten Player of the Year by the conference coaches, while Ohio State's Jantel Lavender earned top billing from the media. Lavender's award marks her fourth Player of the Year honor, making her the only women's or men's basketball player in conference history to earn the award four times. She is also the only women's basketball player among the Big Ten, ACC, Big East, Big 12, Pac-10 or SEC to accomplish the feat.

To read the complete conference release, click here.

SB: Players of the Week

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Player of the Week:
Emily Allard, Northwestern
So., SS, Antioch, Calif./Deer Valley

Allard wins her second career Player of the Week accolade after batting .588 in five games for Northwestern last week. The sophomore finished the week with a trio of three-hit games and was a perfect 6-for-6 on the base paths. Allard was 10-of-17 from the plate at the Cathedral City Classic, including 6-for-8 against No. 2 UCLA and No. 24 Texas A&M. She swiped four of her six bases in the tournament opener against Nevada, equaling her own school record, and scored four runs during the tournament as Northwestern went 3-2 last week.

Last Northwestern Player of the Week: Michelle Batts (May 3, 2010)

Pitcher of the Week:
Suzie Rzegocki, Purdue
Sr., P, Lemont, Ill./Lemont

Rzegocki wins Pitcher of the Week honors for first time in 2011 and the third time overall after earning the win in all four Purdue contests last week. The senior posted two complete game shutouts and allowed just three earned runs in 23 innings of work, an 0.91 earned run average. After scoreless outings against Tennessee State and Mississippi State, Rzegocki brought her career shutouts total to 24, setting a new Purdue standard. She struck out 19 batters and walked four to help Purdue sweep its first tournament weekend since 2008.

Last Purdue Pitcher of the Week: Suzie Rzegocki (May 3, 2010)

Freshman of the Week:
Kim McMillan, Purdue
1B, Powder Springs, Ga./Powder Springs

McMillan picks up her first conference Freshman of the Week honor after posting a .583 batting average, a home run and two doubles for Purdue at the Phyllis Rafter Memorial Tournament last week. The freshman was 7-of-12 from the plate, scored six runs and drove in four more to help the Boilermakers to a 4-0 record last week. She hit her first collegiate home run in the tournament opener against Georgia State before going 3-for-3 with two RBI and two runs scored against Tennessee State.

Last Purdue Freshman of the Week: Andie Varsho (Feb. 14, 2011)

MGYM: Penn State's Yang, Michigan's Mikulak Earn Weekly Honors

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Penn State's Warren Yang and Michigan's Sam Mikulak have earned weekly Big Ten men's gymnastics honors, the conference office announced on Monday. Yang takes Gymnast of the Week accolades after earning three first-place finishes against No. 10 Ohio State on Saturday, while Mikulak earns Freshman of the Week laurels after picking up a pair of top-three finishes against No. 5 Stanford.

Click here to see the complete release from the Big Ten.
Penn State's Sharaya Musser and Ohio State's Sarah Miller have been named the Big Ten Gymnast and Freshman of the Week, respectively, the conference office announced on Monday. Musser earned the all-around title and three first-place finishes against the Buckeyes on Saturday, while Miller turned in three top-four performances against the Nittany Lions.

Click here for the complete release from the Big Ten.

WRES: Big Ten Championships Pre-Seeds Announced

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The Big Ten Conference has announced the preliminary seeds for the 2011 Big Ten Wrestling Championships, which are set to take place from March 5-6 at Welsh-Ryan Arena on the campus of Northwestern University. The pre-seeds, which rank the top eight wrestlers in each of the 10 weight classes, are decided based on a vote by the conference coaches.

Click here for the complete release from the Big Ten. The complete list of seeds for the 2011 Big Ten Wrestling Championships can also be found below.

125 lbs. 
1. Matt McDonough, IOWA
2. Brandon Precin, NU
3. Zach Sanders, MINN
4. Brad Pataky, PSU
5. Sean Boyle, MICH
6. Justin Brooks, IND
7. Camden Eppert, PUR
8. Tom Kelliher, WIS

133 lbs.
1. Andrew Long, PSU
2. Tyler Graff, WIS
3. Tony Ramos, IOWA
4. B.J. Futrell, ILL
5. Levi Mele, NU
6. David Thorn, MINN
7. Zac Stevens, MICH
8. Ian Paddock, OSU

141 lbs.
1. Kellen Russell, MICH
2. Montell Marion, IOWA
3. Mike Thorn, MINN
4. Jimmy Kennedy, ILL
5. Andrew Alton, PSU
6. Kaleb Friedly, NU
7. Jake Fleckenstein, PUR
8. Shane McQuade, WIS

149 lbs.
1. Frank Molinaro, PSU
2. Andrew Nadhir, NU
3. Kurt Kinser, IND
4. Eric Terrazas, ILL
5. Cole Schmitt, WIS
6. Eric Grajales, MICH
7. Dan Osterman, MSU
8. Danny Zilverberg, MINN

157 lbs.
1. David Taylor, PSU
2. Derek St. John, IOWA
3. Jason Welch, NU
4. Colton Salazar, PUR
5. Paul Young, IND
6. Brandon Zeerip, MICH
7. Sean McMurray, MSU
8. Matt Mincey, MINN

165 lbs.
1. Andrew Howe, WIS
2. Colt Sponseller, OSU
3. Cody Yohn, MINN
4. Aaron Janssen, IOWA
5. Conrad Polz, ILL
6. Dan Yates, MICH
7. Ryan LeBlanc, IND
8. Kevin Bialka, NU

174 lbs.
1. Ed Ruth, PSU
2. Nick Heflin, OSU
3. Scott Glasser, MINN
4. Luke Manuel, PUR
5. Ethen Lofthouse, IOWA
6. Ben Jordan, WIS
7. Justin Zeerip, MICH
8. Curran Jacobs, MSU

184 lbs.
1. Travis Rutt, WIS
2. Kevin Steinhaus, MINN
3. Grant Gambrall, IOWA
4. Ian Hinton, MSU
5. Tony Dallago, ILL
6. A.J. Kissel, PUR
7. Cody Magrum, OSU
8. Quentin Wright, PSU

197 lbs.
1. Trevor Brandvold, WIS
2. Luke Lofthouse, IOWA
3. Logan Brown, PUR
4. Matt Powless, IND
5. Sonny Yohn, MINN
6. Anthony Biondo, MICH
7. Joe Barczak, ILL
8. Peter Capone, OSU

285 lbs.
1. Cameron Wade, PSU
2. Ricky Alcala, IND
3. Blake Rasing, IOWA
4. Tony Nelson, MINN
5. Ben Apland, MICH
6. Eric Bugenhagen, WIS
7. Joe Rizqallah, MSU
8. Ben Kuhar, NU

BASE: Sunday's Results

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Florida-Gulf Coast def. ILLINOIS, 5-1
Oregon State def. INDIANA, 7-5
MINNESOTA def. Delaware State, 7-1
Clemson def. MICHIGAN STATE, 8-0
Towson def. NORTHWESTERN, 6-4
OHIO STATE def. Western Michigan, 4-2
Eastern Kentucky def. PENN STATE, 7-6
PURDUE def. Morehead State, 18-1
PURDUE def. Morehead State, 17-9

WBB: Players of the Week

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Player of the Week:
Jaime Printy, Iowa
5-11, So., G, Marion, Iowa/Linn-Mar

Printy earns Big Ten Player of the Week honors for the first time in her career after helping Iowa to a pair of wins last week. The sophomore guard averaged 30.0 points per game on the week, highlighted by her 32-point effort against Illinois on Thursday. She was 11 of 21 from the floor, hitting three shots from three-point range and corralling eight rebounds. Against Indiana on Sunday, Printy poured in 28 points on 8-of-11 shooting and was a perfect 10-for-10 from the foul line. She also finished the week with averages of 5.0 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 2.0 steals, while shooting nearly 60 percent from the floor.

Last Iowa Player of the Week: Kachine Alexander (Nov. 22, 2010)

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

Lucas claims her eighth and final Big Ten Freshman of the Week accolade after helping Penn State cement its spot as the No. 2 seed in this week's Big Ten Tournament. The freshman guard averaged 15.5 points per game last week, chipping in 3.5 assists and 2.0 steals Lucas' top game of the week came in the season finale against Northwestern, where she scored 21 points on 54 percent shooting, handed out four assists and had two steals as the Lady Lions clinched their highest seed in the Big Ten Tournament since 2004, when they earned the tournament's top seed.

Last Penn State Freshman of the Week: Maggie Lucas (Feb. 7, 2011)

MTEN: Weekend Roundup

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FEBRUARY 23

IOWA def. Drake, 5-2
#40 WISCONSIN
 def. Illinois-Chicago, 7-0

FEBRUARY 24

#3 OHIO STATE def. Cleveland State, 7-0
#3 OHIO STATE def. Wright State, 6-1

FEBRUARY 25

#25 Vanderbilt def. #44 INDIANA, 7-0
#27 MINNESOTA def. Drake, 5-2
#67 NORTHWESTERN
 def. Western Michigan, 4-3
#26 Notre Dame def. #69 PENN STATE, 4-0 [1]

FEBRUARY 26

#23 MICHIGAN def. #6 Duke, 4-3
#49 MICHIGAN STATE
 def. Detroit, 7-0
#49 MICHIGAN STATE def. Valparaiso, 6-1
#32 Alabama def. #69 PENN STATE, 4-1 [1]
PURDUE 
def. Eastern Kentucky, 5-2
PURDUE def. Green Bay, 6-1
Nebraska def. #40 WISCONSIN, 5-2

FEBRUARY 27

#3 OHIO STATE def. #15 Louisville, 6-1
#36 Boise State def. #69 PENN STATE, 4-1[1]

Legend
[1] Blue-Gray Invitational - Montgomery, Ala.

WTEN: Weekend Roundup

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FEBRUARY 23

WISCONSIN def. #69 Marquette, 6-1

FEBRUARY 25

#5 MICHIGAN def. MICHIGAN STATE, 6-1
#43 OHIO STATE def. #64 Auburn, 4-0 [1]
#23 Virginia Commonwealth def. PENN STATE, 4-3

FEBRUARY 26

#37 INDIANA def. Kentucky, 4-3
#18 NORTHWESTERN def. #3 North Carolina, 4-2
#9 Virginia def. #43 OHIO STATE, 4-1 [1]
Boston College def. 
#63 PURDUE
, 4-3

FEBRUARY 27

Missouri def. #65 IOWA, 4-3
MICHIGAN STATE def. Toledo, 5-2
#22 Oklahoma def. #43 OHIO STATE, 4-0 [1]
#38 Princeton def. PENN STATE, 4-3
#68 Harvard def. #63 PURDUE, 5-2

Legend
[1] Blue-Gray Invitational - Montgomery, Ala.

SB: Sunday's Results

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North Carolina 3, Penn State 0
Purdue 7, Mercer 4
Purdue 5, Mississippi State 0
FIU 1, Penn State 0
UCLA 12, Ohio State 5
Nebraska 10, Ohio State 0
UCLA 5, Northwestern 4
Kansas 1, Minnesota 0
Michigan 9, Maine 0
Southern Illinois 5, Iowa 1

MBB: Sunday's Results

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#8/8 PURDUE def. MICHIGAN STATE, 67-47
JaJuan Johnson had 20 points, 17 rebounds and seven blocks to lead No. 8 Purdue to a 67-47 win over Michigan State on Sunday. RECAP & BOX SCORE

#2/3 OHIO STATE def. INDIANA, 82-61
Deshaun Thomas, last year's Indiana Mr. Basketball, came out of a slump with 22 points to lead No. 2 Ohio State past Indiana 82-61 on Sunday. RECAP & BOX SCORE

#12/12 WISCONSIN def. NORTHWESTERN, 78-63
Wisconsin is perfect at home for the third time under Bo Ryan.

Jon Leuer scored 26 points and No. 12 Wisconsin beat Northwestern 78-63 in its regular-season home finale Sunday night, securing a perfect 16-0 record at the Kohl Center this season. RECAP & BOX SCORE


 

Four individual champions propelled Minnesota to its third straight Big Ten men's indoor track and field championship on Sunday at the University of Illinois Armory.The title marked the fourth conference crown for Minnesota.

Over the weekend, the Gophers totaled 117.33 team points with Indiana second compiling 104.5 team tallies and Wisconsin third with 96 points. Iowa finished with 88 tallies while Ohio State rounded out the top five, scoring 86 points.

The entire 2011 Big Ten Men's Indoor Track and Field Championships will be aired by the Big Ten Network on March 12 at 2 p.m. ET.

Up next, the Big Ten contingent will compete at the 2011 NCAA Championships, scheduled for March 12-13. The National meet will be hosted by Texas A&M University.

WINDR T/F: Ohio State Wins First-Ever Big Ten Championship

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Ohio State captured its first-ever Big Ten Indoor Championship inside Lambert Fieldhouse on the campus of Purdue University. The Buckeyes posted two Big Ten titles, five silver medals and 16 top five finishes on the weekend to total 122.50 points.

Penn State placed second with 86 points, followed by Minnesota (73) and Michigan (68.50) in third and fourth place, respectively. Indiana rounds out the top-five spots with 67 team tallies.

The Big Ten Women's Indoor Championship can be seen on the Big Ten Network on March 12, at 4 p.m. ET.

A select group will head to last chance meets next weekend, looking to qualify for the NCAA Indoor Championships, to be hosted by Texas A&M on March 11-12.

PARK RIDGE, Ill. - The Big Ten Conference announced on Sunday the bracket for the 2011 Big Ten Women's Basketball Tournament, with conference champion Michigan State earning the No. 1 seed. The tournament is set for March 3-6 at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

After finishing the season with a 13-3 mark in Big Ten play, Michigan State receives the tournament's top seed for the first time in school history. The Spartans put together their eighth-straight 20-win season, closing out the regular season with a 25-4 overall record. They will play their first tournament game in Friday's second session at 6 p.m. ET after earning a first-round bye for the ninth consecutive year.

Click here for the complete release and bracket.

BASE: Saturday's Results

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ILLINOIS def. Florida-Gulf Coast, 7-2
INDIANA def. Connecticut, 3-1
IOWA vs. Kansas - Cancelled
Rutgers def. MICHIGAN, 9-4
Rutgers def. MICHIGAN, 5-2
MICHIGAN STATE def. Furman, 7-3
MINNESOTA def. Towson, 6-4
NORTHWESTERN def. Wake Forest, 10-3
Western Michigan def. OHIO STATE, 7-4
OHIO STATE def. Western Michigan, 22-6
PENN STATE def. Eastern Kentucky, 7-1
Eastern Kentucky def. PENN STATE, 7-5
PURDUE def. Morehead State, 11-8
Morehead State def. PURDUE, 10-9 (11)

WBB: Sunday's Schedule

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#rv/rv Iowa at Indiana, 2 p.m., Big Ten Network
Michigan at Illinois, 3 p.m., www.BigTenNetwork.com
#10/8 Michigan State at Minnesota, 3 p.m., www.BigTenNetwork.com
Northwestern at #rv/rv Penn State, Noon, Big Ten Network, Delay, 4 p.m. ET
Wisconsin at #rv/- Ohio State, Noon, Big Ten Network

SB: Sunday's Schedule

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IOWA vs. Southern Illinois, 11:15 AM ET
Villanova vs. MICHIGAN, 11:00 AM ET
MICHIGAN STATE at Arizona State, 3:00 PM ET
MINNESOTA at TBA, 1:00 PM ET
NORTHWESTERN vs. UCLA, 12:00 PM ET
OHIO STATE vs. Nebraska, 12:00 PM ET
OHIO STATE vs. UCLA, 2:00 PM ET
Florida International vs. PENN STATE, 10:00 AM ET
PENN STATE at North Carolina, 12:00 PM ET
Mississippi State vs. PURDUE, 10:30 AM ET
Mercer vs. PURDUE, 1:00 PM ET

SB: Saturday's Results

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Purdue 8, Tennessee State 0
Purdue 5, Georgia State 4
Penn State 6, Georgetown 0
Penn State 3, FIU 0
Santa Barbara 11, Ohio State 3
Brigham Young 5, Ohio State 1
Northwestern 8, Oregon State 4
Texas A&M 9, Northwestern 1
Arizona State 5, Michigan State 2
Arizona State 10, Michigan State 2
Minnesota 8, UNCG 6
Minnesota 1, UNCG 0
Michigan 7, Villanova 2
Michigan 4, UMKC 1
Iowa 7, Eastern Michigan 0
Iowa 5, UMBC 1
Indiana 1, Loyola Marymount 0
Indiana 5, Cal State Fullerton 2

MBB: Sunday's Schedule

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#8/8 PURDUE at MICHIGAN STATE - 1 p.m., ESPN

INDIANA at #2/3 OHIO STATE - 4 p.m., CBS Sports

NORTHWESTERN at #12/12 WISCONSIN, 6 p.m., Big Ten Network

 

All times ET

 

MBB: Saturday's Results

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MICHIGAN def. MINNESOTA, 70-63
The Gophers held a one point lead with 1:47 remaining but couldn't hold off Michigan, falling to the Wolverines 70-63 at Williams Arena on Feb. 26. RECAP & BOX SCORE

ILLINOIS def. IOWA, 81-68
Mike Tisdale scored 25 points and Illinois kept its NCAA tournament hopes alive with an 81-68 win Saturday over struggling Iowa. RECAP & BOX SCORE


 

MSWM: Michigan Captures 2011 Big Ten Championships

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Michigan captured its 35th Big Ten Conference championship, on Saturday evening in front of spectactors at the University Aquatic Center in Minneapolis, Minn. The Wolverines earned the conference crown with 678 points, followed by Indiana with 604. Ohio State finished the meet in third place with 593 tallies, followed by Minnesota (505.5) and Purdue (343.5) rounding out the top five in the overall team standings.

Click here for the complete results.

Ohio State had a strong showing on the opening day of the Big Ten Men's Indoor Track and Field Championships, collecting four medals, including a gold-winning performance in the long jump to take the lead with 34 team points after Day One. Minnesota follows close behind in second place with 30 team tallies while Indiana with 28.50, rounds out the top three.

Click here for the complete recap.

WINDR T/F: Indiana Takes Early Lead on Day One

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With six events in the books, Indiana surged to an early lead after the first day of competition at the 2011 Big Ten Indoor Track and Field Championships in West Lafayette, Ind. The Hoosiers began the competition with five top-four finishes, including one individual title to compile 46 team points. Minnesota collected 39 points on the strength of a individual top finish to edge Purdue (31) for the runner-up spot after Day One. Ohio State (25) and Michigan (17.50) currently occupy the remaining top-five positions.

For the complete release, click here.

SB: Saturday's Schedule

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Cal State Fullerton vs. INDIANA, 8:30 PM ET
Loyola Marymount vs. INDIANA, 11:00 PM ET
IOWA vs. UMBC, 9:00 AM ET
IOWA vs. Eastern Michigan, 11:15 AM ET
UT-Martin vs. MICHIGAN, 9:00 AM ET
UMKC vs. MICHIGAN, 11:00 AM ET
MICHIGAN STATE at Arizona State University, 10:00 PM ET
MINNESOTA at UNC-Greensboro, 1:00 PM ET
NORTHWESTERN vs. Texas A&M, 1:00 PM ET
NORTHWESTERN vs. Oregon State, 3:30 PM ET
OHIO STATE vs. BYU, 1:00 PM ET
OHIO STATE vs. UC Santa Barbara, 3:30 PM ET
Florida International vs. PENN STATE, 11:00 AM ET
Georgetown vs. PENN STATE, 1:00 PM ET
Georgia State vs. PURDUE, 3:30 PM ET
Tennessee State vs. PURDUE, 6:00 PM ET

SB: Friday's Results

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Texas A&M 10, Ohio State 1
Northwestern 3, Florida State 0
Northwestern 8, Nevada 4
Arizona State 6, Michigan State 2
Minnesota 5, Kansas 4
Minnesota 4, Morehead State 0
Michigan 10, UCF 1
Michigan 4, North Florida 1
Iowa 11, Florida Gulf Coast 9
Iowa 2, Albany 1
California 4, Indiana 3

BASE: Fridays' Results

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ILLINOIS def. Florida-Gulf Coast, 6-3
INDIANA def. Texas A&M Corpus Christi, 14-3
Rutgers def. MICHIGAN, 8-2
MICHIGAN STATE def. Charleston Southern, 3-0
Wake Forest def. MINNESOTA, 7-5
Georgetown def. NORTHWESTERN, 7-5
OHIO STATE def. Western Michigan, 4-3
PURDUE vs. Morehead State - Postponed

 

 

Michigan resumed its place atop the team standings after claiming three individual titles on Day Three of the Big Ten Swimming and Diving Championships at the University Aquatic Center in Minneapolis, Minn. The Wolverines will enter the fourth and final day of competition with 461 points, 55 points ahead of runner-up Indiana. The Hoosiers also compiled two conference titles to amass 406 points.

Click here for the complete release.

MBB: Saturday's Schedule

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MICHIGAN at MINNESOTA - 4:30 p.m., Big Ten Network

IOWA at ILLINOIS - 7 p.m., Big Ten Network

 

All times ET

MINDR T/F: 2010 Big Ten Championships Preview

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The University of Illinois and the Illinois Armory will host the 100th Big Ten Men's Indoor Track and Field Championships. This year will feature some of the best teams and athletes in the country with six squads ranking in the USTFCCCA's Top 25. Indiana leads the conference at No. 3, followed by No. 10 Penn State, No. 15 Iowa, No. 16 Wisconsin, No. 20 Minnesota and No. 22 Ohio State.

 

Defending champion Minnesota will look to claim its second consecutive conference crown. The Golden Gophers recorded 160.50 points over the two-day contest. Ohio State finished runner-up with 112.50 points and Wisconsin was third with 81. Purdue finished fourth with 67 tallies, and Iowa rounded out the top five with 56.

WINDR T/F: 2011 Big Ten Championships Release

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Purdue University will be the site of the 2011 Big Ten Women's Indoor Track and Field Championships. This year's event has the opportunity to see many records fall as four Big Ten student-athletes rank among the top five nationally in their respective events. Defending indoor champion Penn State will look to claim its second consecutive and third overall conference crown.

Last season, the Nittany Lions recorded 111 points over the two-day contest. Ohio State finished second with 88 points and Indiana was third with 83. Minnesota followed closely behind with 82 points and Wisconsin rounded out the top five with 72.

The complete release is here.

MGOLF: Weekend Schedule

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FEBRUARY 26

#7 ILLINOIS at Tinervin Cup - Placida, Fla.

FEBRUARY 28-29

#33 MICHIGAN at USC Collegiate Invitational - Westlake Village, Calif.

WGYM: Weekend Schedule

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FEBRUARY 25

#14 ILLINOIS at MICHIGAN STATE - 6:30 p.m. ET
#22 Iowa State at #15 IOWA - 7 p.m. CT
#21 MINNESOTA at Cal State Fullerton - 7 p.m. PT

FEBRUARY 26

#17 OHIO STATE at #10 PENN STATE - 1 p.m. ET - Big Ten Network (LIVE)
#3 Oklahoma at #8 MICHIGAN - 4 p.m. ET

FEBRUARY 27

#15 IOWA at #7 Nebraska - 2 p.m. CT
#21 MINNESOTA/California/#12 Denver at #9 UCLA - 2 p.m. PT
Alaska-Anchorage at MICHIGAN STATE - 6:30 p.m. ET

MGYM: Weekend Schedule

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FEBRUARY 26

#10 OHIO STATE at #4 PENN STATE - 1 p.m. ET - Big Ten Network (Delay - 3/5, 3 p.m. ET)
#5 Stanford at #6 MICHIGAN - 7 p.m. ET

FEBRUARY 27

#8 MINNESOTA at #13 Illinois-Chicago - 1 p.m. CT

MSWM: Day Three Begins With Prelims

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Day 3 of the 2011 Big Ten Men's Swimming and Diving Championships have begun at the University Aquatic Center. The 400 individual medley, 200 freestyle relay, 100 butterfly, 200 freestyle, 100 breaststroke, 100 backstroke, and three-meter diving will take place today, with preliminary heats this morning and the finals starting at 6:30 p.m. CT.

For the entire championships central page, click here.

SB: Friday's Schedule

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California vs. INDIANA, 4:00 PM ET
IOWA vs. Albany, 5:45 PM ET
IOWA at Florida Gulf Coast, 8:00 PM ET
North Florida vs. MICHIGAN, 11:00 AM ET
MICHIGAN at Central Florida, 3:30 PM ET
MICHIGAN STATE at Arizona State University, 10:00 PM ET
MINNESOTA at Morehead State, 11:00 AM ET
MINNESOTA at Kansas, 1:00 PM ET
NORTHWESTERN vs. Nevada, 3:30 PM ET
NORTHWESTERN vs. Florida State, 6:00 PM ET
OHIO STATE vs. Texas A&M, 1:00 PM ET

BASE: This Weekend's Schedule

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FEBRUARY 25
ILLINOIS at Florida Gulf Coast, 6:30 p.m.
INDIANA at Texas A&M Corpus Christi [5] ,7 p.m.
MICHIGAN vs. Rutgers [6], 5 p.m.
MICHIGAN STATE vs. Charleston Southern [7], 7 p.m.
MINNESOTA at Wake Forest [8], 6 p.m.
NORTHWESTERN vs. Georgetown [8], 10 a.m.
OHIO STATE vs. Western Michigan [9], 3 p.m.
PURDUE at Morehead State, 3 p.m.

FEBRUARY 26
ILLINOIS at Florida Gulf Coast, 4:30 p.m.
INDIANA vs. Connecticut [5], 3 p.m.
IOWA vs. St. Louis [10], Noon
MICHIGAN vs. Rutgers (DH) [6], 11 a.m. 
MICHIGAN STATE vs. Furman [7], 4 p.m.
MINNESOTA vs. Towson [8], 2 p.m.
NORTHWESTERN at Wake Forest [8], 6 p.m.
OHIO STATE vs. Western Michigan (DH) [9], Noon
PENN STATE at Eastern Kentucky (DH), 11 a.m.
PURDUE at Morehead State (DH), 1 p.m.

FEBRUARY 27
ILLINOIS at Florida Gulf Coast, 1 p.m.
INDIANA vs. Oregon State [5], Noon
IOWA vs. St. Louis [10], Noon
IOWA at Kansas, 4 p.m.
MICHIGAN at New York Mets (exh.) [6], 12:10 p.m.
MICHIGAN STATE vs. Clemson [7], 1 p.m.
MINNESOTA vs. Delaware State [8], 2 p.m.
NORTHWESTERN vs. Towson [8], 10 a.m.
OHIO STATE vs. Western Michigan [9], Noon
PENN STATE at Eastern Kentucky, Noon
PURDUE at Morehead State, 1 p.m.

FEBRUARY 28
IOWA vs. Southern Utah [10], 1 p.m.

 

LEGEND
5- Kleberg Bank College Classic (Corpus Christi, Texas)
6 - Port St. Lucie, Fla.
7 - Greenville, S.C.
8 - Wake Forest Tournament (Winston Salem, N.C.)
9 - Port Charlotte, Fla.
10 - Lawrence, Kan.

MBB: Final Countdown

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The USBWA announced on Friday that Ohio State's Jared Sullinger was named one of five finalists for the 2011 Wayman Tisdale Award, presented to the men's National Freshman of the Year. COMPLETE RELEASE

WSWM: Weekend Schedule

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FEBRUARY 26

Boiler-Make-It NCAA Last Chance Meet, 11 a.m. ET [1]

 

FEBRUARY 27

Gopher-It-Invite, 1 ET

 

[1] -- West Lafayette, Ind.

WGOLF: Weekend Schedule

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FEBRUARY 25-26

#35 MINNESOTA at Mountain View Collegiate - Tucson, Ariz.

FEBRUARY 27-MARCH 1

ILLINOIS at Kinderlou Forest Challenge - Valdosta, Ga.
#7 PURDUE at Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate - New Orleans, La.
#49 WISCONSIN at Kinderlou Forest Challenge - Valdosta, Ga.


MBB: Thursday's Results

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PENN STATE def. NORTHWESTERN, 66-52
Michael Thompson scored a game-high 22 points and collected his 500th career assist, but Northwestern wasn't able to make it all the way back from an early deficit in falling 66-52 to Penn State Thursday night at Welsh-Ryan Arena. RECAP & BOX SCORE

SB: Thursday's Results

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Indiana 3, San Diego State 2
Florida 7, Indiana 0

WBB: Thursday's Results

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Iowa 83, Illinois 64
Alexander had 16 points to go along with a game-high eight assists, while also hauling in six rebounds. Printy racked up a career-high in points along with eight rebounds; Morgan Johnson had 10 points and five blocks. Iowa's defense was active all game, forcing Illinois into 22 turnovers in which Iowa converted into 25 points. The Hawkeyes also had six blocks and nine steals. RECAP

Minnesota 82, Michigan 78 (2OT)
Junior guard Kiara Buford had 21 points, and junior guard Brianna Mastey finished with a career-high 19 points, as Minnesota outlasted Michigan in double overtime, 82-78, at Crisler Arena The Wolverines sent the game to overtime on a miraculous running bank shot by their lone senior, Veronica Hicks, but Minnesota played witgh as much fight and intensity as it has all season to improve to 12-16 overall and 4-11 in the conference. RECAP

Ohio State 54, Michigan State 53
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Jantel Lavender scored 24 points, and Ohio State spoiled Michigan State's Big Ten title celebration with a 54-53 win over the 10th-ranked Spartans on Thursday night. Lavender's free throw with 1:50 remaining was the game's final point. Michigan State's last chance came after a shot clock violation with 10.5 seconds remaining, but Jasmine Thomas missed from about 18 feet under heavy pressure from Ohio State's Amber Stokes. RECAP

Purdue 51, Penn State 49
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue (19-10, 9-7 Big Ten) completed the regular season with a 51-49 win at Penn State on Thursday. The Boilermakers never trailed in the game, getting off to a 2-0 start on a jumper by Courtney Moses and led by as many as 20 points in the first half. Penn State's pressure defense got them within one point twice in the second period but Purdue never relinqued control. RECAP

Michigan continued its dominant efforts to place themselves into first place after three first-place finishes during the second day of competition at the Big Ten Championships inside the University Aquatic Center. Through seven completed events, the Wolverines have compiled 259.5 team points and sit just slightly ahead of Indiana (251) and Ohio State (183) in the team standings. With 159;5 points Minnesota occupies the fourth spot while Purdue rounds out the time five with 125.5 overall tallies.

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WBB: Michigan State Clinches Outright Big Ten Title

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After earning at least a share of the conference crown with a win on Sunday against Illinois, Michigan State clinched its first ever outright Big Ten Championship on Thursday night. The Spartans had shared two conference titles previously in school history, claiming a part of the Big Ten Championship in 1997 and 2005, the same year they advanced to the national championship game.

Read more on Michigan State here.

MBB: Thursday's Schedule

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PENN STATE at NORTHWESTERN - 9 p.m. ET, ESPN2

BASE: They've Got CLASS

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Michigan State's Brandon Eckerle and Minnesota's Scott Matyas were named two of the 30 candidates for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence - community, classroom, character and competition. COMPLETE RELEASE

 

WBB: Karel Named Academic All-American

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Wisconsin's Alyssa Karel earned Academic-All-America status, it was announced by CoSida on Thursday. The Badger senior was named a third team Academic All-American and carries a 3.88 grade-point average as a nursing major. On the court, Karel has guided the Wisconsin to third place in the conference standings this season.

Wisconsin Release

SB: Thursday's Schedule

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Florida vs. INDIANA, 1:00 PM ET
San Diego State vs. INDIANA, 9:00 PM ET

MBB: Wednesday's Results

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#12/12 WISCONSIN def. MICHIGAN, 53-52
The University of Michigan men's basketball team held a two-point lead with five seconds left in the game, but a banked three-pointer at the buzzer by No. 12 Wisconsin guard Josh Gasser gave the Badgers a 53-52 victory on Wednesday inside Crisler Arena. Freshman guard Tim Hardaway Jr. led all Michigan scorers with 16 points. RECAP & BOX SCORE

#8/8 PURDUE def. INDIANA, 72-61
Sophomores Christian Watford and Jordan Hulls and junior Verdell Jones III scored in double figures, but it wasn't enough as #8 Purdue defeated Indiana, 72-61, Wednesday night in Assembly Hall. RECAP & BOX SCORE

WBB: Wednesday's Result

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Wisconsin 65, Indiana 57
MADISON, Wis. -- In its final regular season home game, the Wisconsin women's basketball team defeated Indiana, 65-57, to take over sole possession of third place in the Big Ten Conference with a 10-5 league mark (15-12 overall). RECAP
The final NCAA Wrestling Coaches Panel Rankings were released on Wednesday, with 75 Big Ten wrestlers making the cut in their respective weight classes. The NCAA also released its qualifier allocations for the 2011 Wrestling Championships, giving 64 of the 282 qualifying slots, the most of any conference, to the Big Ten. Wrestlers qualify for the NCAA Championships solely based on their finish at the conference championships and how many qualifiers each conference is given in each weight class. The breakdown of Big Ten weight class qualifying spots can be found below.

125 pounds - 5
133 pounds - 8
141 pounds - 6
149 pounds - 8
157 pounds - 6
165 pounds - 5
174 pounds - 8
184 pounds - 6
197 pounds - 6
285 pounds - 6

Click here to see the complete release from the NCAA.

WRES: Ranking the Wrestlers

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In the final InterMat individual rankings before the Big Ten Championships, the conference boasts 52 wrestlers ranked in the top 25 of their individual weight classes. Iowa 125-pounder Matt McDonough and Michigan 141-pounder Kellen Russell each sit atop their classes for another week. The complete breakdown of ranked Big Ten wrestlers can be found below. 

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

133
3. Andrew Long, So., PSU
4. Tyler Graff, So., WIS
7. Tony Ramos, Fr., IOWA
8. B.J. Futrell, So., ILL
19. Levi Mele, So., NU

141
1. Kellen Russell, Jr., MICH
2. Montell Marion, Jr., IOWA
3. Mike Thorn, Sr., MINN
4. Jimmy Kennedy, Sr., ILL
7. Andrew Alton, Fr., PSU

149
3. Frank Molinaro, Jr., PSU
7. Andrew Nadhir, Sr., NU
10. Kurt Kinser, Sr., IND
13. Cole Schmitt, So., WIS
20. Dan Osterman, So., MSU

157
3. David Taylor, Fr., PSU
7. Derek St. John, Fr., IOWA
9. Jason Welch, So., NU
10. Paul Young, Sr., IND
20. Colton Salazar, Sr., PUR

165
2. Andrew Howe, Jr., WIS
6. Colt Sponseller, Sr., OSU
12. Cody Yohn, So., MINN
14. Aaron Janssen, Sr., IOWA

174
2. Ed Ruth, Fr., PSU
8. Luke Manuel, Sr., PUR
10. Nick Heflin, Fr., OSU
12. Ben Jordan, So., WIS
13. Scott Glasser, Sr., MINN
14. Ethen Lofthouse, Fr., IOWA
18. Justin Zeerip, Jr., MICH

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

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

HWT
6. Cameron Wade, Jr., PSU
9. Ricky Alcala, Sr., IND
10. Blake Rasing, Jr., IOWA
11. Tony Nelson, Fr., MINN
12. Eric Bugenhagen, Sr., WIS
17. Ben Apland, So., MICH

WBB: Wednesday's Schedule

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MBB: Wednesday's Schedule

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#12/12 WISCONSIN at MICHIGAN - 6:30 p.m., Big Ten Network

#8/8 PURDUE at INDIANA - 8:30 p.m., Big Ten Network

 

All times ET

WRES: In the Polls

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Eight Big Ten wrestling teams appear in the final NWCA/USA Today Coaches Poll, released on Wednesday. After clinching its fourth consecutive Big Ten regular season dual-meet title, Iowa has earned three first-place votes en route to a No. 2 ranking. Penn State remains at No. 4, while Minnesota also stands pat at No. 5 in the final poll of the season. Michigan sits at No. 11, while Northwestern holds No. 14, Wisconsin moves up to No. 15 and Illinois falls one spot to No. 19. Purdue rounds out the Big Ten contingent at No. 23.

Penn State has earned the top spot among conference teams in the InterMat Team Rankings, checking in at No. 2. Iowa follows at No. 3, while No. 5 Wisconsin and No. 7 Minnesota have also received top-10 nods. Michigan and Northwestern sit in a tie for No. 16 this week, while Illinois holds No. 25. Purdue checks in at No. 27, followed by No. 34 Ohio State, No. 36 Indiana and No. 52 Michigan State.

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

WRES: Big Ten Wrestling Weekly Release - Feb. 23

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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.

MTEN: This Week's Schedule

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FEBRUARY 23

Illinois-Chicago at #40 WISCONSIN - 3:30 p.m. CT
Drake at IOWA - 6 p.m. CT

FEBRUARY 24

Cleveland State at #3 OHIO STATE - Noon ET
Wright State at #3 OHIO STATE - 5 p.m. ET

FEBRUARY 25

#44 INDIANA at #25 Vanderbilt - 5 p.m. ET
Western Michigan at #67 NORTHWESTERN - 6 p.m. CT
Drake at #27 MINNESOTA - 6:30 p.m. CT
#69 PENN STATE at Blue Gray Invitational [1] - TBA

FEBRUARY 26

Detroit at #49 MICHIGAN STATE - 10 a.m. ET
Eastern Kentucky at PURDUE - 11 a.m. ET
Nebraska at #40 WISCONSIN - Noon CT
#23 MICHIGAN at #6 Duke - 1 p.m. ET
Valparaiso at #49 MICHIGAN STATE - 4 p.m. ET
Green Bay at PURDUE - 5 p.m. ET
#69 PENN STATE at Blue Gray Invitational [1] - TBA

FEBRUARY 27

#15 Louisville at #3 OHIO STATE - Noon ET
#69 PENN STATE at Blue Gray Invitational [1] - TBA

Legend
[1] Montgomery, Ala.

WTEN: This Week's Schedule

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FEBRUARY 23

#69 Marquette at WISCONSIN - 5 p.m. CT

FEBRUARY 25

MICHIGAN STATE at #5 MICHIGAN - 5 p.m. ET
#23 Virginia Commonwealth at PENN STATE - 5 p.m. ET
#43 OHIO STATE at Blue Gray Invitational [1] - TBA

FEBRUARY 26

#37 INDIANA at Kentucky - 10:30 a.m. ET
#3 North Carolina at #18 NORTHWESTERN - 11 a.m. CT
#63 PURDUE at Boston College - 3 p.m. ET
#43 OHIO STATE at Blue Gray Invitational [1] - TBA

FEBRUARY 27

#38 Princeton at PENN STATE - Noon ET
#63 PURDUE at #68 Harvard - Noon ET
#65 IOWA at Missouri - 1 p.m. CT
Toledo at MICHIGAN STATE - 3 p.m. ET
#43 OHIO STATE at Blue Gray Invitational [1] - TBA

Legend
[1] Montgomery, Ala.

MGOLF: Indiana's Peaper Named Golfer of the Week

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Indiana's Brant Peaper reels in Big Ten Men's Golfer of the Week laurels for the first time in his career after earning medalist honors to lead the No. 27 Hoosiers to first place at the Wexford Plantation Intercollegiate. Peaper recorded a 3-under 213, posting a tournament-high 13 birdies to finish in first by seven strokes. 

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

WGOLF: Michigan State's Meier Named Golfer of the Week

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Michigan State's Christine Meier earns her first Big Ten Women's Golfer of the Week award after putting together a top-10 performance at the Central District Invitational. Meier totaled a career-best 219 (+3) at the tournament, good for a tie for 10th place. 

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

MBB: Tuesday's Results

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#2/3 OHIO STATE def. ILLINOIS, 89-70
David Lighty scored 17 of his 21 points in the second half and William Buford had all 17 of his in the first to lead No. 2 Ohio State past Illinois 89-70 on Tuesday night, an impressive bounce-back game after two recent losses for the Buckeyes. RECAP & BOX SCORE

MICHIGAN STATE def. MINNESOTA, 53-48
Leading 47-39 with 4:15 play, the Gophers were unable to hang on, losing to Michigan State 53-48 at Williams Arena on Tuesday. Trevor Mbakwe had 13 points and 10 rebounds and Chip Armelin scored 12 points in the loss. Minnesota is now 17-10 (6-9) overall. RECAP & BOX SCORE

WBB: Big Ten Weekly Release

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Heading into the final week of the regular season teams are still fighting for position in the conference standings. Michigan State clinched a share of the Big Ten Championship and the top seed in next week's Big Ten Tournament last week with a 12-2 mark. Penn State is second in the standings at 10-4, while Michigan and Wisconsin are tied for third with matching 9-5 records. Iowa and Ohio State are tied for fifth in the Big Ten at 8-6, while Purdue is seventh at 8-7. The conference season concludes this week with all 10 Big Ten matchups nationally broadcast by the Big Ten Network or streamed online at www.BigTenNetwork.com.

COMPLETE RELEASE

WTEN: In the Polls

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Big Ten women's tennis boasts seven teams in the latest Campbell/ITA top 75 rankings, released on Tuesday. Michigan moves into the top five in this week's poll, climbing three spots to No. 5. Northwestern also moves up, checking in at No. 18. Illinois holds No. 35 this week, followed by No. 37 Indiana and No. 43 Ohio State in the top 50. Purdue checks in at No. 63, while Iowa sits at No. 65 this week.

Click here to see the complete Campbell/ITA poll.

MTEN: In the Polls

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Nine Big Ten men's tennis teams have earned top-75 status in this week's Campbell/ITA national team rankings, released on Tuesday evening. Ohio State cracks the top three in this week's poll, moving up a spot from last week to No. 3. Illinois climbs to No. 7 this week, while Michigan moves up four spots to No. 23. Minnesota holds No. 27, while Wisconsin stands pat at No. 40 and Indiana checks in at No. 44. Michigan State remains at No. 49 this week, followed by No. 67 Northwestern and No. 69 Penn State.

Click here to see the complete Campbell/ITA poll.

MBB: Tuesday's Schedule

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ILLINOIS at #2/3 OHIO STATE - 7 p.m., ESPN

MICHIGAN STATE at MINNESOTA - 9 p.m., Big Ten Network

 

All times ET

MTEN: Big Ten Men's Tennis Weekly Release - Feb. 22

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The Big Ten men's tennis weekly release, featuring up-to-date standings, schedules, rankings and more, is now available online. Click here to see the complete release on the Big Ten website.

WTEN: Big Ten Women's Tennis Weekly Release - Feb. 22

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The Big Ten women's tennis weekly release, featuring up-to-date standings, schedules, rankings and more, is now available online. Click here to see the complete release on the Big Ten website.

Northwestern was recognized Tuesday by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) for achieving the highest collective team GPA among all Division I field hockey programs for the fall academic period. The Wildcats placed 13 individuals on the 2010 Academic All-Big Ten team, amassed a team GPA of 3.54 for the fall quarter.

Five other Big Ten schools were honored with achieving a team GPA of 3.0 or higher, including Indiana, Iowa, Michigan State, Ohio State and Penn State.

MSWM: Big Ten Championships Release

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The University Aquatic Center on the campus of the University of Minnesota will play host to the 2011 Big Ten Men's Swimming and Diving Championships. Competition begins Wednesday, Feb. 23, with the 200-yard medley relay and concludes with the 400 freestyle relay on Saturday, Feb. 26. The Big Ten Network will air the meet on tape delay on March 6 at 10 a.m. ET. Additionally, Minnesota will offer live results at gophersports.com.

 

Click here for the entire release.

MTEN: Ohio State's Buchanan Named Athlete of the Week

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Ohio State's Chase Buchanan picks up his second Big Ten Athlete of the Week honor this season after leading the fourth-ranked Buckeyes to three wins last week. The junior earned wins over two top-75 singles players and two ranked doubles pairs.

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WTEN: Michigan's Bolender Named Athlete of the Week

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Brooke Bolender reels in her first Big Ten Athlete of the Week award after leading No. 8 Michigan to two wins at the ITA National Indoor Team Championships over the weekend. The 104th-ranked singles player in the nation, Bolender finished the event 2-0 at No. 3 singles and paired with Denise Muresan to rack up three wins at No. 1 doubles. 

Click here to see the complete release from the Big Ten.
Iowa 197-pounder Luke Lofthouse takes home the final Big Ten Wrestler of the Week award of the season after picking up a crucial win to help the second-ranked Hawkeyes clinch the Big Ten dual-meet title on Sunday. Ranked eighth in the country at 197, Lofthouse defeated fourth-ranked Sonny Yohn of Minnesota, 7-4, to push the Hawkeyes to a 19-12 win over the fifth-ranked Gophers. 

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

SB: Black History Month: Sports are Her Passion

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Former Northwestern University softball player Ndidi Opia Massay is the perfect utility player. Since taking her final at-bat for the Wildcats in 1989, she earned her degree from the prestigious Medill School of Journalism and graduated from law school at Notre Dame where she also served as a volunteer softball coach. She went on to work as an intern with the NCAA, served as director of game operations and legal counsel at the University of San Francisco and owned her own business negotiating contracts for people in sports and entertainment. She currently works as the director of business operations and development for ESPN RISE, a branch of ESPN.com devoted to high school sports.

SB: Michigan Appears in NFCA, USA Softball Top 10

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After remaining undefeated through the second weekend of play, the 10-0 Michigan Wolverines climbed into the top 10 this week in the latest NFCA/USA Today Division I Top 25. The Wolverines appeared at No. 9 in the rankings, up two spots from last week. In the USA Softball poll, Michigan rose to No. 7 this week, up from the eighth spot a week ago.

FB: Spring Football Dates

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With spring football set to begin in March, below are the tentative dates for the start of spring practice and the spring game for each of the Big Ten's 12 football teams, broken down by the two new divisions set to debut with the 2011 campaign:

 

LEGENDS DIVISION

IOWA:Spring practice starts on March 23, controlled scrimmage on April 16

MICHIGAN: Spring practice starts on March 19, spring game on April 16

MICHIGAN STATE: Spring practice starts on March 22, spring game on April 30

MINNESOTA: Spring practice starts on March 24, spring game on April 23

NEBRASKA: Spring practice starts on March 12, spring game on April 16

NORTHWESTERN: Spring practice starts on March 7, spring game on April 16

 

LEADERS DIVISION

ILLINOIS: Spring practice starts on March 29, spring game on April 23

INDIANA: Spring practice starts on March 8, spring game on April 16, final practice on April 19

OHIO STATE: Spring practice starts on March 31, spring game on April 23

PENN STATE: Spring practice starts on March 18, spring game on April 16

PURDUE: Spring practice starts on March 1, spring game on April 9

WISCONSIN: Spring practice starts on March 22, spring game on April 23

WINDR T/F: National USTFCCCA Rankings

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The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced on Tuesday the fifth weekly update of the NCAA Division I National Team Rankings for indoor track & field. Michigan's position in the poll remained unchanged at No. 13 as all 10 conference teams will convene in West Lafayette, Ind. for the Big Ten Indoor Championships, slated for Feb. 26-27. 

To view the complete poll, look here.

MINDR T/F: National USTFCCCA Rankings

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The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced on Tuesday the fifth weekly update of the NCAA Division I National Team Rankings for indoor track & field. The Big Ten is tied for first with the Big 12 as the conference with the most top-25 teams in the national poll with six. Indiana, remains in the top-10 at No. 3 while Penn State takes the No. 10 postition. Iowa and Wisconsin take the No. 15 and 16. spots while Minnesota improved five spots in this week's poll to No. 20. Ohio State rounds out the conference at the No. 22 spot in the final tune up before the Big Ten Indoor Championships, slated for Feb. 26-27. 

To view the complete poll, look here.

MBB: Basketball I.Q.

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Minnesota's Blake Hoffarber was named a Capital One Academic All-American, CoSIDA announced on Tuesday. The senior maintains a 3.50 grade-point average as a finance major and is among the Big Ten's leading scorers. COMPLETE RELEASE

MBB: Michigan State's Magic Johnson Named Big Ten Icon No. 2

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Sometimes, the athletes at the top of their sport need only to be identified by one name.  In boxing, there is Ali. In soccer, there is Pele. In basketball, there is Magic.
 
Considered by many to be the greatest point guard in basketball history, and arguably one of the best players regardless of position, Earvin "Magic" Johnson became one of the most celebrated and accomplished players ever. The world was introduced to Magic at Michigan State.
 
Johnson has been named the No. 2 Big Ten Icon by the Big Ten Network. Presented by Discover and hosted by Keith Jackson, Big Ten Icons continues at 9 PM ET on Sunday. Click HERE for more information.

MGYM: Weekly Rankings

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GymInfo released its latest men's gymnastics rankings on Monday evening, with all six Big Ten squads appearing in the top 10 based on their three score average. Illinois again leads the way at No. 2, boasting an average of 353.933. Penn State follows at No. 4 with an average of 352.067, while Michigan checks in at No. 6 at 345.350. Minnesota, Iowa and Ohio State round out the top 10 as the Gophers hold No. 8 (343.467), the Hawkeyes sit at No. 9 (343.200) and the Buckeyes take No. 10 (342.800) in this week's edition.

Click here to see the complete GymInfo rankings.

BASE: Taking Home the Hardware

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Five Big Ten players were named to the Big East-Big Ten Challenge All-Tournament Team, including Most Valuable Player Brandon Eckerle of Michigan State. Eight more conference players earned honorable mention status. Click HERE for the complete list.

WXC: Six Named USTFCCCA All-Academic Honorees

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Six Big Ten women's cross country runners have been named USTFCCCA All-Academic Honorees. Michigan State's Emily MacLeod and Carlie Green, Minnesota's Missa Varpness, Ohio State's Ellen Birmingham and Meredith Wagner and Wisconsin's Caitlin Comfort have all earned the academic honor. 

Click here to see the complete list of USTFCCCA All-Academic Honorees.

MGOLF: Four Named to Hogan Award Watch List

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Four Big Ten men's golfers have been named to the 2011 Ben Hogan Award watch list, announced over the weekend. Illinois' Luke Guthrie and Scott Langley, Iowa's Vince India and Michigan's Lion Kim have all been tabbed as members of the watch list for the Hogan Award, which is given annually to the nation's top golfer. The award semifinalists will be announced on April 14 and three finalists will be invited to Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas, for the award presentation on May 16.

Click here to see the complete release from the NCAA.

WGYM: Weekly Rankings

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Six Big Ten women's gymnastics teams are again ranked in the GymInfo national team rankings, released on Monday. Michigan holds No. 8 in the rankings, owning a regional qualifying score of 195.575. Penn State jumps eight spots from last week's edition, moving to No. 10 with an RQS of 195.300. Illinois checks in at No. 14 (195.150) with Iowa following closely at No. 15 (195.145). Ohio State falls three places to No. 17 (195.055), while Minnesota drops to No. 21 (194.775) in the latest edition.

Click here to see the complete GymInfo team rankings.

WINDR T/F: Purdue and Minnesota Earn Conference Recognition

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The conference office announced on Monday the weekly women's indoor track and field awards with Purdue's Ebony Woodard earning Track Athlete of the Week honors and Minnesota's Samantha Sonnenberg winning Field Athlete of the Week accolades. 

Ebony Woodard earned a first-place finish in the 200-meter dash last weekend as Purdue hosted the Boilermaker Invitational. Minnesota's Samantha Sonnenberg earns her second consecutive weekly award after taking home first place in the pole vault last weekend at the Parents Day Open.

Click here to read the entire release.

MINDR T/F: Minnesota Sweeps Weekly Track and Field Awards

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The conference office announced on Monday the weekly men's indoor track and field awards. Minnesota's Ryan Todhunter earned the nod as Big Ten Track Athlete of the Week, while teammate Micah Hegerle is recognized as the Field Athlete of the Week honoree.

Minnesota's Ryan Todhunter earns his first weekly award of his career after placing first in the 60-meter hurdles last weekend at the Snowshoe Open. Micah Hegerle earns his second weekly award this season after leading Minnesota at the Snowshoe Open last weekend by posting a new school-record and NCAA provisional mark in the weight throw.

To read the complete release, click here.

SB: Players of the Week

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Player of the Week:
Molly Garst, Purdue
Jr., SS, Webb City, Mo./Webb City

Garst claims Big Ten Player of the Week accolades for the first time this season and second in her career after batting .727 last week as Purdue went 3-1. The junior was 8-of-11 from the plate and recorded a hit in all four games, including a 4-for-4 outing against Iowa State in which she was a double short of the cycle and drove in three runs. Successfully stealing base on all five of her attempts, Garst scored five runs and finished with a weekly OPS of 2.150.

Last Purdue Player of the Week: Molly Garst (May 3, 2010)

Pitcher of the Week:
Jordan Taylor, Michigan
Sr., RHP, Valencia, Calif./Valencia

Taylor was 3-0 from the circle, nearly threw a perfect game, and didn't allow an earned run at last week's FAU Kick-Off Classic to clinch her 10th Big Ten Pitcher of the Week honor. In 20.1 innings of work, the senior struck out 33 batters and allowed just five hits, earning wins against Long Island and Massachusetts twice. Her top performance came against Long Island, where she carried a perfect game into the seventh before surrendering a leadoff walk.

Last Michigan Pitcher of the Week: Jordan Taylor (Feb. 14, 2011)

Co-Freshmen of the Week:
Cassee Layne, Michigan State
P, Paducah, Ky./Reidland

The freshman hurler takes home Freshman of the Week honors after throwing two complete game shutouts for Michigan State last weekend. Allowing just one earned run in 15.1 innings pitched, Layne finished the week with a 0.46 ERA and 12 strikeouts, walking just four in the process. She pitched seven shutout innings in a 1-0 win over Villanova after five scoreless in a 9-0 shortened game against Saint Louis.

Last Michigan State Freshman of the Week: N/A

Melissa Rennie, Ohio State
C, Wellington, Ohio/Wellington

Rennie wins her first Big Ten Freshman of the Week accolade after slugging 1.778 in three games for Ohio State last week. The freshman backstop hit three home runs and drove in six, finishing the week with a .778 batting average on 7-of-9 hitting. In a come-from behind win against Evansville, Rennie hit two home runs, drove in four and added a stolen base. She also hit a two-run homer against Tennessee-Martin.

Last Ohio State Freshman of the Week: N/A

Illinois' Tyler Mizoguchi and Penn State's Parker Raque have been named the Big Ten Co-Gymnast of the Week, while the Nittany Lions' Francisco Vazquez has earned Freshman of the Week honors. Mizoguchi won the all-around and Raque earned three top-five finishes in the No. 2 Illini and No. 3 Nittany Lions' meet on Saturday. Vazquez turned in two top-three finishes en route to the weekly honor.

Click here to see the complete release on the Big Ten website.

WGOLF: Weekly Rankings

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Six Big Ten women's golf teams have earned top-50 spots in the latest Golfweek/Sagarin rankings, released on Sunday. Purdue falls two spots from last week, checking in at No. 7. Michigan State climbs one ranking to No. 18, while Ohio State drops three spots to No. 28. Minnesota jumps seven spots to No. 35 this week, while Northwestern climbs to No. 41. Wisconsin re-joins the top 50 this week, taking No. 49.

Three conference golfers appear in the individual top 50, led by Purdue's Numa Gulyanamitta at No. 20.

Click here to see the complete team rankings and here to see the individual rankings.

MGOLF: Weekly Rankings

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Big Ten men's golf is again well-represented in the Golfweek/Sagarin national team rankings, with seven conference teams earning top-50 status in this week's edition. Illinois stays put at No. 7 this week, while Iowa climbs one spot to No. 11. Ohio State and Indiana each drop one spot, as the Buckeyes hold No. 23 and the Hoosiers check in at No. 28. Purdue remains at No. 30 and Northwestern stands pat at No. 32, while Michigan falls two spots to No. 33.

Six individual Big Ten golfers also hold top-50 rankings, including two top-10 golfers in Iowa's Vince India (No. 9) and Illinois' Luke Guthrie (No. 10).

Click here to see the complete team rankings and here to see the individual rankings.
Penn State's Sharaya Musser has been named Big Ten Gymnast of the Week, while Illinois' Amber See and Ohio State's Sarah Miller have earned Co-Freshman of the Week honors, the conference office announced on Monday. Musser won the Maryland quad-meet all-around title, while See earned two top-three finishes against Illinois-Chicago and Miller posted a pair of first-place finishes against Michigan State and Kentucky.

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

WBB: Players of the Week

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Co-Players of the Week:
Kalisha Keane, Michigan State
6-1, Sr., F, Ajax, Ontario/Westdale

Keane records her first Big Ten Player of the Week honor of the season after helping the Spartans clinch a share of their first Big Ten Championship since 2005. She averaged 22.0 points on 53 percent shooting, 5.0 rebounds and 2.5 steals in week that saw Michigan State knock off Northwestern and Illinois. She scored 17 points with six boards in a win over the Wildcats before pouring in a team-high 27 points with four rebounds and three steals in the triumph over the Illini.

Last Michigan State Player of the Week: Lykendra Johnson (Feb. 14, 2011)

Jantel Lavender, Ohio State
6-4, Sr., C, Cleveland, Ohio/Central Catholic

Lavender extends her conference-record total of Big Ten Player of the Week honors to 19 after helping Ohio State to two conference wins last week. In a victory over No. 23/25 Penn State Thursday, she posted a double-double with 23 points and 11 boards. Against Purdue on Sunday, the senior again totaled 23 points, this time hauling in nine rebounds to finish the week averaging 23.0 points, 10.0 rebounds.

Last Ohio State Player of the Week: Jantel Lavender (Feb. 14, 2011)

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

Moses wins her sixth Freshman of the Week honor of the season after helping Purdue to a split of its conference contests last week. In a road win against Minnesota, the freshman handed out five assists with five boards and was perfect from the free throw line. Against Ohio State on Sunday, she scored 11 points, dished out three assists and hauled in three rebounds in a narrow defeat to the visiting Buckeyes.

Last Purdue Freshman of the Week: Courtney Moses (Jan. 10, 2011)

WTEN: Weekend Roundup

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FEBRUARY 18

#8 MICHIGAN def. #13 Georgia Tech, 4-1 [1]
MICHIGAN STATE def. Western Michigan, 6-1
#75 MINNESOTA def. BYU, 6-1
#20 NORTHWESTERN def. #5 California, 4-0 [1]

FEBRUARY 19

#47 INDIANA def. #34 DePaul, 7-0
Marquette def. #48 IOWA, 4-3
#1 Stanford def. #8 MICHIGAN, 4-1 [1]
MICHIGAN STATE def. Cleveland State, 5-2
#4 North Carolina def. #20 NORTHWESTERN, 4-3 [1]
Iowa State def. PENN STATE, 4-3

FEBRUARY 20

#47 INDIANA def. Cleveland State, 7-0
#34 DePaul def. #48 IOWA, 5-2
#8 MICHIGAN def. #12 Clemson, 4-2 [1]
#39 N.C. State def. #75 MINNESOTA, 4-3
#23 Virginia def. #20 NORTHWESTERN, 4-0 [1]
#52 PURDUE def. Missouri, 5-2
WISCONSIN def. Western Illinois, 7-0
WISCONSIN def. Milwaukee, 6-1

Legend
[1] ITA National Team Indoor Championships - Charlottesville, Va. 

MTEN: Weekend Roundup

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FEBRUARY 15

#4 OHIO STATE def. #24 North Carolina, 6-1

FEBRUARY 16

#40 WISCONSIN def. Marquette, 6-1

FEBRUARY 18

#9 ILLINOIS def. #10 Texas A&M, 4-1 [1]
IOWA def. Illinois State, 4-3
#28 Vanderbilt def. #69 NORTHWESTERN, 4-3
#4 OHIO STATE
 def. #14 Texas Tech, 4-1 [1]

FEBRUARY 19

#1 Virginia def. #9 ILLINOIS, 4-1 [1]
#27 MICHIGAN def. #23 Notre Dame, 4-3
#49 MICHIGAN STATE def. Ball State, 6-1
#26 MINNESOTA
 def. #41 Nebraska, 6-1
#69 NORTHWESTERN def. Northern Illinois, 6-1
#69 NORTHWESTERN def. Western Illinois, 7-0
#4 OHIO STATE def. #5 Texas, 4-1 [1]

FEBRUARY 20

#5 Texas def. #9 ILLINOIS, 4-3 [1]
IOWA def. Western Michigan, 7-0
#1 Virginia def. #4 OHIO STATE, 4-1 [1]
#30 Virginia Tech def. #72 PENN STATE, 4-3

Legend
[1] ITA National Team Indoor Championships - Seattle, Wash.

The Big Ten's celebration of Black History Month continues with a feature on former Penn State standout Bob White:

Bob White first stepped on the Penn State University campus back in 1982 and other than short stints with the San Francisco 49ers (1987) and Cleveland Browns (1988), he hasn't left . . . When he was 15, White and his family moved from Haines City, Fla. to western Pennsylvania, where he became a standout in football, basketball and track at Freeport High School, just north of Pittsburgh. He was a 6-foot-1, 210-pound running back as a sophomore and grew to 6-2½ and 220 pounds while playing fullback and linebacker during his final two seasons. In track, he competed in the high jump, 4x100 relay and shot put, where he won the state title with a heave of 61-9 in 1982. His high school record still stands today.

For the full feature, click on this link.

WRES: Weekend Roundup

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Big Ten wrestling concluded the 2010-11 dual-meet season over the weekend with Iowa earning its fourth consecutive conference regular season dual-meet title on Sunday after a 19-12 win over Minnesota. The Hawkeyes closed out the regular season at 8-0 in Big Ten duals and 15-0-1 overall. Minnesota and Penn State tied for second place in the standings, finishing the season with 6-1-1 conference records. The Big Ten Wrestling Championships will be held on March 5-6 in Evanston, Ill.

FEBRUARY 17

#18 ILLINOIS def. INDIANA, 23-12

FEBRUARY 18

#23 PURDUE def. INDIANA, 21-12
#11 MICHIGAN def. MICHIGAN STATE, 24-15*
#4 PENN STATE def. #16 WISCONSIN, 30-12

FEBRUARY 19

#14 NORTHWESTERN def. OHIO STATE, 27-13

FEBRUARY 20

#16 WISCONSIN def. MICHIGAN STATE, 27-9
#2 IOWA def. #5 MINNESOTA, 19-12

* - Dual does not count toward Big Ten standings.

SB: Sunday's Results

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Wisconsin 7, Colorado State 6
Purdue 9, Texas State 0
Purdue 11, Iowa State 2
Tulsa 3, Penn State 0
Ohio State 12, Evansvile 4
Washington 8, Northwestern 1
South Carolina 11, Michigan State 3
Minnesota 6, UC Riverside 1
Michigan 5, Massachusetts 1
Indiana 7, Ole Miss 3
Providence 6, Illinois 5

WBB: Sunday's Results

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Northwestern 62, Minnesota 55
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern used a late second-half push to blow by Minnesota, 62-55, Sunday afternoon for Senior Day at Welsh-Ryan Arena. Senior Amy Jaeschke recorded a game-high 21 points while Kendall Hackney contributed 20 points in the winning effort. Defensively, Northwestern did an exceptional job converting 17 Minnesota miscues into 21 points. RECAP

Michigan State 69, Illinois 56
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) - Michigan State seniors Kalisha Keane and Brittney Thomas weren't about to let a prime opportunity slip away. Keane scored 27 points and Thomas added 19 to help the 11th-ranked Spartans beat Illinois 69-56 Sunday and clinch a share of the Big Ten title, their first since 2005. RECAP

Ohio State 76, Purdue 74
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Senior Brittany Johnson hit five second-half three-pointers, including the game winner with 0.7 seconds remaining, to give Ohio State a thrilling come-from-behind win over Purdue, 76-74, Sunday at a raucous Mackey Arena. Trailing by one with 14 seconds left, Jantel Lavender caught the ball on the post and looked to score. Fending off a double team, Lavender pivoted to the baseline and slung a pass out to a wide open Johnson in the corner who buried the three as the Ohio State bench erupted. RECAP

MBB: Sunday's Results

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#11/11 PURDUE def. #2/3 OHIO STATE, 76-63
E'Twaun Moore scored a career-high 38 points to lead No. 11 Purdue past No. 2 Ohio State 76-63 on Sunday, capping a week that saw the top four teams in the AP Top 25 lose a game. RECAP & BOX SCORE

#10/10 WISCONSIN def. PENN STATE, 76-66
Wisconsin ended its most recent losing streak just like the previous 19 - at one.

Keaton Nankivil scored 22 points and tied a career high by hitting all five of his 3-point attempts, leading No. 10 Wisconsin over Penn State 76-66 on Sunday night for its 20th consecutive win coming off a loss. RECAP & BOX SCORE

WRES: Iowa Wins Fourth Straight Big Ten Dual Meet Title

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Iowa defeated Minnesota, 19-12, to clinch its fourth consecutive Big Ten regular season dual-meet title on Sunday in Minneapolis. The second-ranked Hawkeyes concluded the regular season with an 8-0 record in Big Ten play and a 15-0-1 mark overall. Iowa also extended its unbeaten streak to 77 duals with the win over the fifth-ranked Gophers.

Click here to read Iowa's complete recap. 

WBB: Michigan State Clinches Share of Big Ten Title

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Michigan State clinched at least a share of its third Big Ten Championship in program history on Sunday after defeating Illinois, 69-56. The Spartans claim a share of their first conference title since 2005, the same year they advanced to the national championship game. Michigan State also won a share of the 1997 Big Ten Championship.

Kalisha Keane led the way for the Spartans, scoring a team-high 27 points, while Brittney Thomas added 19. Karisma Penn paced the Illini with her Big Ten-leading 16th double-double, recording a game-high 33 points and 11 rebounds.

SB: Sunday's Schedule

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ILLINOIS vs. Providence, 10:00 AM ET
Ole Miss vs. INDIANA, 11:30 AM ET
TBD vs. MICHIGAN, TBA
South Carolina vs. MICHIGAN STATE, 1:30 PM ET
MINNESOTA at UC Riverside, 2:30 PM ET
NORTHWESTERN vs. UC Santa Barbara, 12:00 PM ET
OHIO STATE vs. Evansville, 11:00 AM ET
TBD vs. PENN STATE, TBA
Iowa State vs. PURDUE, 11:00 AM ET
PURDUE at Texas State, 1:00 PM ET
WISCONSIN at TBD, TBA

SB: Saturday's Results

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Penn State 2, Florida Atlantic 1
Long Island 1, Penn State 0
Ohio State 4, Southeastern La. 3
Missouri State 6, Wisconsin 2
Wisconsin 9, Missouri State 2
Iowa State 8, Purdue 5
Purdue 1, Texas State 0
UT-Martin 7, Ohio State 6
Michigan State 1, Villanova 0
Michigan State 3, Georgetown 1
Loyola Marymount 6, Minnesota 5
Minnesota 7, Loyola Marymount 2
Michigan 3, Massachusetts 0
Michigan 4, Tulsa 3
Indiana 5, South Florida 1
Fordham 2, Indiana 0
Illinois 7, FIU 4
Illinois 8, Pittsburgh 0

BASE: Down to the Wire

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The Big Ten fell in the third annual Big East-Big Ten challenge, 10-14. Sunday's results are below.

BIG EAST-BIG TEN CHALLENGE DAY 3 SCHEDULE (all times ET)
10 a.m. 
Michigan at Connecticut - Jack Russell Memorial Stadium (L, 9-16)
Louisville at Minnesota - Al Lang Field* (L, 0-3)
Penn State at Notre Dame - Walter Fuller Baseball Complex*  (L, 5-8)
St. John's at Ohio State - Walter Fuller Baseball Complex (W, 8-7 (11))

1 p.m. 
Cincinnati at Michigan State - Jack Russell Memorial Stadium (W, 8-4)
Illinois at West Virginia - Al Lang Field* (L, 4-5)
Seton Hall at Iowa - Walter Fuller Baseball Complex (L, 0-2)
Purdue at Pittsburgh - Walter Fuller Baseball Complex (W, 5-3)

ELSEWHERE AROUND THE CONFERENCE
Indiana vs. Coastal Carolina - Noon (W, 2-1 (16))
Northwestern at Texas Tech - 2:30 p.m. (L, 6-8)

* - game webcast on collegebaseball360.com

 

MBB: Sunday's Schedule

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#2/3 OHIO STATE at #11/11 PURDUE - 1 p.m., CBS Sports

PENN STATE at #10/10 WISCONSIN - 6 p.m., Big Ten Network

 

All times ET

MBB: Saturday's Results

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MICHIGAN def. IOWA, 75-72 (OT)
Three-point field goal attempts by Zach McCabe and Bryce Cartwright didn't find their mark in the final six seconds of overtime as the University of Iowa fell to Michigan, 75-72, on Saturday in front of 13,835 on Mediacom Court inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena. RECAP & BOX SCORE

NORTHWESTERN def. INDIANA, 70-64
The Hoosiers came from 10 down at halftime to tie the game twice in the final moments against Northwestern, but the Wildcats hung on to steal a win on the road, 70-64, at Assembly Hall on Saturday night. Verdell Jones III led IU with 18 points on 6-of-10 shooting and six assists. Jordan Hulls finished with 14 points and Christian Watford added 11 in the effort. RECAP & BOX SCORE

MICHIGAN STATE def. ILLINOIS, 61-57
Kalin Lucas scored 25 points, lifting Michigan State to a 61-57 win over Illinois on Saturday night. RECAP & BOX SCORE

WSWM: Indiana Captures Third Straight Big Ten Championship

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Indiana captured its third straight conference title on the strength of Brittany Barwegen and Laura Ryan on the final day of competition at the Big Ten Women's Swimming and Diving Championships in Bloomington, Ind.

The Hoosiers amassed 821 points over the four-day event to successfully defend the conference crown. Minnesota finished second with 578 and Ohio State was third with 456. Penn State tallied 391 points while Purdue compiled 355.5 points to round out the top five in the final team standings.

Click here to read the full release.

WBB: Saturday's Result

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Michigan 68, Wisconsin 66
MADISON, Wis. -- Junior guard Courtney Boylan (Chaska, Minn./Chaska) scored U-M's last six points, including the game-winner with eight seconds remaining, to give the University of Michigan women's basketball team a 68-66 win at Wisconsin on Saturday (Feb. 19) inside the Kohl Center. The win gives U-M its first sweep of the Badgers since the 2003-04 season and moves the Wolverines into a tie for third place in the Big Ten standings. RECAP

SB: Saturday's Schedule

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ILLINOIS vs. Pittsburgh, 3:00 PM ET
ILLINOIS at Florida International, 7:00 PM ET
Fordham vs. INDIANA, 9:15 AM ET
INDIANA at USF, 2:00 PM ET
IOWA vs. Illinois State, 4:30 PM ET
IOWA vs. Arizona State, 9:00 PM ET
Tulsa vs. MICHIGAN, 9:00 AM ET
Massachussetts vs. MICHIGAN, 1:00 PM ET
Georgetown vs. MICHIGAN STATE, 11:15 AM ET
Villanova vs. MICHIGAN STATE, 1:30 PM ET
MINNESOTA at Loyola Marymount, 12:00 PM ET
MINNESOTA at Loyola Marymount, 5:00 PM ET
NORTHWESTERN vs. Sacramento State, 12:00 PM ET
NORTHWESTERN vs. Washington, 2:30 PM ET
OHIO STATE vs. Southeast Louisiana, 2:30 PM ET
OHIO STATE vs. Tennessee-Martin, 7:00 PM ET
Long Island vs. PENN STATE, 4:00 PM ET
PENN STATE at Florida Atlantic, 8:00 PM ET
PURDUE at Texas State, 12:00 PM ET
Iowa State vs. PURDUE, 5:00 PM ET
WISCONSIN vs. Missouri State, 11:00 AM ET
WISCONSIN vs. Oregon State, 6:30 PM ET

SB: Friday's Results

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Wisconsin 5, Colorado State 1
Massachusetts 10, Penn State 0
Penn State 3, Tulsa 1
South Alabama 8, Ohio State 5
Chattanooga 11, Ohio St. 7
Northwestern 11, UC-Davis 4
Michigan State 12, FGCU 3
Michigan State 9, Saint Louis 0
UC Riverside 6, Minnesota 1
Minnesota 9, Rutgers 3
Michigan 11, Florida Atlantic 0
Michigan 6, Long Island 0
Iowa 8, Seattle U. 7
Iowa 11, Idaho State 3
DePaul 7, Indiana 3
Indiana 8, UAB 2
Georgia Tech 5, Illinois 4
Illinois 8, Providence 0

BASE: Day 2 of the Challenge

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After two days of the Big East-Big Ten Challenge, the Big East holds a 9-7 lead. Results from Day 2 are below. Visit www.bigeastbigtenbaseballchallenge.com for more information.

BIG EAST-BIG TEN CHALLENGE DAY 2 SCHEDULE (all times ET)
10 a.m. 
Cincinnati at Illinois - Jack Russell Memorial Stadium (W, 7-3)
Seton Hall at Michigan State - Al Lang Field* (W, 5-4)

1 p.m
West Virginia at Penn State - Jack Russell Memorial Stadium (W, 3-2)
St. John's at Michigan - Al Lang Field* (L, 6-13)

4 p.m
Connecticut at Minnesota - Jack Russell Memorial Stadium (W, 3-2)
Notre Dame at Purdue - Al Lang Field* (L, 2-19)
Louisville at Ohio State - Bright House Field* (L, 0-2)

7:30 p.m.
Pittsburgh at Iowa - Bright House Field* (L, 2-3 (11))

ELSEWHERE AROUND THE CONFERENCE
Indiana vs. Boston College - 5 p.m. ET (L, 1-6)
Northwestern vs. Western Michigan - Noon ET (W, 3-2)
Northwestern at Texas Tech - 3:30 p.m. ET (L, 1-6)

* - game webcast on collegebaseball360.com

MBB: Saturday's Schedule

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MICHIGAN at IOWA - 4:30 p.m., Big Ten Network

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

ILLINOIS at MICHIGAN STATE - 9 p.m., ESPN

 

All times ET

WGOLF: Weekend Schedule

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FEBRUARY 20-22

IOWA at Edwin Watts/Kiawah Island Classic - Kiawah Island, S.C.

FEBRUARY 21-22

INDIANA at Central District Invitational - Parrish, Fla.
MICHIGAN at Central District Invitational - Parrish, Fla.
#19 MICHIGAN STATE at Central District Invitational - Parrish, Fla.
#42 MINNESOTA at Central District Invitational - Parrish, Fla.
#44 NORTHWESTERN at Central District Invitational - Parrish, Fla.
#25 OHIO STATE at Central District Invitational - Parrish, Fla.

MGOLF: Weekend Schedule

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FEBRUARY 20-22

#31 MICHIGAN at Puerto Rico Classic - Rio Grande, Puerto Rico
#32 NORTHWESTERN at Puerto Rico Classic - Rio Grande, Puerto Rico
#22 OHIO STATE at Puerto Rico Classic - Rio Grande, Puerto Rico
#30 PURDUE at Puerto Rico Classic - Rio Grande, Puerto Rico

FEBRUARY 21-22

#27 INDIANA at Wexford Plantation Intercollegiate - Hilton Head, S.C.

WGYM: Weekend Schedule

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FEBRUARY 18

#20 IOWA at #23 Iowa State - 7 p.m. CT
#8 MICHIGAN at #3 Utah - 7 p.m. MT
MICHIGAN STATE at #14 OHIO STATE - 7 p.m. ET
#18 PENN STATE/Rutgers/William & Mary at Maryland - 7 p.m. ET

FEBRUARY 19

Illinois-Chicago at #17 ILLINOIS - 5 p.m. CT

FEBRUARY 20

#23 Iowa State at #15 MINNESOTA - 2 p.m. CT
Kentucky at #14 OHIO STATE - 2 p.m. ET

WINDR T/F: Weekend Schedule

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FEBRUARY 18

IOWA Invitational, All Day

WISCONSIN hosts Red and White Open, 4 p.m. ET

FEBRUARY 19

MICHIGAN/MICHIGAN STATE at Silverston Invitational, 9 a.m. ET  [1]

MINNESOTA hosts Parent's Day Open, All Day

PURDUE hosts Boilermaker Invitational, 11 a.m. ET

[1] -- Ann Arbor, Mich.

MGYM: Weekend Schedule

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FEBRUARY 18

#12 Air Force at #9 MINNESOTA - 7 p.m. CT

FEBRUARY 19

#13 Illinois-Chicago at #6 MICHIGAN - 2 p.m. ET
#3 PENN STATE at #2 ILLINOIS - 5 p.m. CT
#8 Nebraska at #10 IOWA - 7 p.m. CT

MINDR T/F: Weekend Schedule

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FEBRUARY 18

IOWA Invitational, All Day

MINNESOTA hosts Snowshoe Open, All Day

WISCONSIN hosts Red and White Open, 4 p.m. ET

FEBRUARY 19

MICHIGAN/MICHIGAN STATE at Silverston Invite, 10 a.m. ET [1]

PURDUE hosts Boilermaker Invitational, 11 a.m. ET

[1] -- Ann Arbor, Mich.

WSWM: Weekend Schedule

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FEBRUARY 18

Big Ten Championships, All Day [1]

 

FEBRUARY 19

Big Ten Championships, All Day [1]

 

[1] -- Bloomington, Ind.

The Big Ten's celebration of Black History Month continues with a feature on former Purdue standout Rosevelt Colvin:

Some say the best is yet to come. For Purdue University defensive end Rosevelt Colvin, a lot of his childhood focused on being just that, a child. With both of his parents being teachers, education was always important, but the most important trait of Colvin's childhood was taking advantage of all opportunities he was given.

For the full feature, click on this link.

SB: Friday's Schedule

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ILLINOIS vs. Providence, 12:00 PM ET
ILLINOIS vs. Georgia Tech, 2:00 PM ET
UAB vs. INDIANA, 11:30 AM ET
DePaul vs. INDIANA, 6:00 PM ET
IOWA vs. Idaho State, 11:30 AM ET
IOWA vs. Seattle, 2:00 PM ET
Long Island vs. MICHIGAN, 4:00 PM ET
MICHIGAN at Florida Atlantic, 6:00 PM ET
Saint Louis vs. MICHIGAN STATE, 1:30 PM ET
MICHIGAN STATE at FGCU, 8:15 PM ET
MINNESOTA at Rutgers, 12:00 PM ET
MINNESOTA at UC Riverside, 5:00 PM ET
NORTHWESTERN vs. UC Davis, 12:00 PM ET
NORTHWESTERN at San Diego State, 10:00 PM ET
OHIO STATE vs. Tennessee-Chattanooga, 3:30 PM ET
OHIO STATE vs. South Alabama, 8:00 PM ET
Tulsa vs. PENN STATE, 9:00 AM ET
Massachusetts vs. PENN STATE, 11:00 AM ET
WISCONSIN vs. Colorado State, 2:30 PM ET

WTEN: Weekend Schedule

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FEBRUARY 18

#8 MICHIGAN at ITA National Team Indoor Championships [1] - TBA
#20 NORTHWESTERN at ITA National Team Indoor Championships [1] - TBA
MICHIGAN STATE at Western Michigan - 6 p.m. ET
BYU at #75 MINNESOTA - 6 p.m. CT

FEBRUARY 19

#8 MICHIGAN at ITA National Team Indoor Championships [1] - TBA
#20 NORTHWESTERN at ITA National Team Indoor Championships [1] - TBA
#48 IOWA at Marquette - 10 a.m. CT
#34 DePaul at #47 INDIANA - 11 a.m. ET
Cleveland State at MICHIGAN STATE - Noon ET
Iowa State at PENN STATE - 1 p.m. ET

FEBRUARY 20

#8 MICHIGAN at ITA National Team Indoor Championships [1] - TBA
#20 NORTHWESTERN at ITA National Team Indoor Championships [1] - TBA
Western Illinois at WISCONSIN - 9 a.m. CT
Cleveland State at #47 INDIANA - 11 a.m. ET
#39 N.C. State at #75 MINNESOTA - Noon CT
Missouri at #52 PURDUE - Noon ET
Milwaukee at WISCONSIN - 12:30 p.m. CT
#48 IOWA at #34 DePaul - 1 p.m. CT
Carleton at #75 MINNESOTA - 4:30 p.m. CT

FEBRUARY 21

#8 MICHIGAN at ITA National Team Indoor Championships [1] - TBA
#20 NORTHWESTERN at ITA National Team Indoor Championships [1] - TBA

Legend
[1] Charlottesville, Va.

SB: Thursday's Results

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Wisconsin 4, Texas State 0
Texas 15, Wisconsin 1

WBB: Thursday's Results

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Purdue 60, Minnesota 50
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - The Boilermakers picked up a road win, knocking off Minnesota 60-50 to move to 18-9 on the season and 8-6 in the conference. Brittany Rayburn led Purdue with a game-high 27 points while Drey Mingo recorded her third double-double of the season with 10 points and 12 rebounds. RECAP

Michigan State 74, Northwestern 60
Michigan State's Lykendra Johnson had 19 points, Kalisha Keane scored 17 and Taylor Alton added 13. The Spartans have put themselves in a position to finish the regular season alone in first place after sharing the Big Ten championship in 1997 and 2005. RECAP

Ohio State 89, Penn State 67
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Jantel Lavender had 23 points and 11 rebounds, Samantha Prahalis added 21 points and 11 assists, and Ohio State beat No. 23 Penn State 89-67 on Thursday night. Tayler Hill scored 19 points to help the Buckeyes (16-9, 7-6 Big Ten) win their third straight. Still, Ohio State was eliminated from the contention for its seventh straight regular season conference title when Michigan's State beat Northwester 74-60. RECAP

Indiana climbed into first place on the strength of a top finish and two runner-up finishes during the second day of competition at the Big Ten Championships inside the Counsilman Billingsley Aquatic Center. Through seven completed events, the Hoosiers have compiled 279 team points and sit just slightly ahead of Indiana (236) and Ohio State (149) in the team standings. With 147 points Michigan occupies the fourth place position in the team race while Purdue rounds out the top five with 146.5 overall tallies.

To read the entire release of tonight's events, click here.

MBB: Thursday's Results

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PENN STATE def. #rv/rv MINNESOTA, 66-63
Penn State led by as many as 10 with 10:45 to play before gutting out a 66-63 victory over Minnesota Thursday night at the Bryce Jordan Center to move into sole possession of fifth place in the Big Ten. Senior Talor Battle matched a career high with seven threes on the night and logged his 13th 20-point game of the season with a game-high 28 points in 40 minutes of action. RECAP & BOX SCORE

NORTHWESTERN def. IOWA, 73-70
Northwestern roared out to an early 13-point lead in the first half, then held off a feisty Iowa team in the second half to gut out a 73-70 victory at Welsh-Ryan Arena. Michael Thompson took control of the game in the second half for the Wildcats, finishing with 16 points and nine assists with no turnovers to help Northwestern earn the season sweep over the Hawkeyes. Thompson was one of four Wildcats to finish in double-digits as Drew Crawford and John Shurna each added 15 points with Luka Mirkovic tallying 13 points in the victory. RECAP & BOX SCORE

BASE: Up to the Challenge

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The Big East leads, 5-3, after Day 1 of the Big East-BigTen Challenge. For more information, visit www.bigeastbigtenbaseballchallenge.com.

BIG EAST-BIG TEN CHALLENGE DAY 1 SCHEDULE (all times ET)
10 a.m.  
Iowa at West Virginia - Jack Russell Memorial Stadium (L, 0-5)
Penn State at Seton Hall - Al Lang Field* (W, 8-6)

1 p.m.  
Minnesota at St. John's - Jack Russell Memorial Stadium (L, 1-14)
Ohio State at Cincinnati - Al Lang Field* (L, 5-11)

4 p.m.
Illinois at Pittsburgh - Jack Russell Memorial Stadium (L, 6-10)
Michigan at Louisville - Al Lang Field* (L, 3-6)
Michigan State at Notre Dame - Dunedin Stadium* (W, 2-1)

7:30 p.m. 
Purdue at Connecticut - Dunedin Stadium* (W, 10-2)

 

ELSEWHERE AROUND THE CONFERENCE
Indiana vs. Virginia Tech - Noon ET (L, 2-4)
Northwestern vs. Utah Valley - Noon ET (L, 0-3)

* - Game webcast on collegebaseball360.com

MBB: Thursday's Schedule

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#rv/rv MINNESOTA at PENN STATE - 7 p.m., ESPN

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

 

All times ET

Tonight's schedule features the 500 freestyle, 200 individual medley, 50 freestyle, one-meter diving and 200 freestyle relay.

After the first day of competition, Indiana and Wisconsin lead with 68 points, followed closely by Minnesota with 66. Ohio State and Purdue round out the top five with 58 and 56 points.

WRES: Weekend Schedule

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The final weekend of Big Ten regular season competition gets underway on Thursday night, with the conference dual-meet title on the line this Sunday. Sitting in first place at 7-0 entering the final weekend, No. 2 Iowa travels to second-place and fifth-ranked Minnesota on Sunday with the title at stake. The winner of the dual takes home the title, while the Hawkeyes can still take the crown with a tie. The complete Big Ten wrestling schedule for this weekend can be found below.

FEBRUARY 17

INDIANA at #18 ILLINOIS - 7 p.m. CT - www.BigTenNetwork.com

FEBRUARY 18

INDIANA at #23 PURDUE - 7 p.m. ET - Big Ten Network (Delay - 2/19, 11:30 a.m. ET)
#11 MICHIGAN at MICHIGAN STATE* - 7 p.m. ET - www.BigTenNetwork.com
#16 WISCONSIN at #4 PENN STATE - 7 p.m. ET - www.BigTenNetwork.com

FEBRUARY 19

#14 NORTHWESTERN at OHIO STATE - Noon ET - www.BigTenNetwork.com

FEBRUARY 20

#16 WISCONSIN at MICHIGAN STATE - 2 p.m. ET - www.BigTenNetwork.com
#2 IOWA at #5 MINNESOTA - 2 p.m. CT - Big Ten Network (Delay - 2/21, 8:30 p.m. CT)

* - Dual does not count toward Big Ten standings.

USA Track & Field announced today that the University of Illinois women's head track and field coach Tonja Buford-Bailey was nominated to serve as an assistant coach for Team USA's track and field squads for the 2012 Olympic Games in London, England.For the third time in her career, she will assist Team USA at an international competition with her focus being on the sprints/hurdles for the women's team.

To read more about the 2012 Team USA Coaching Staff, click here.

WSWM: Day 2 of Big Ten Swimming and Diving Has Begun

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Thursday's schedule features the 500 freestyle, 200 individual medley, 50 freestyle and one-meter diving, while the 200 freestyle relay will be contested during the evening finals. After the first day of competition, Indiana and Wisconsin lead with 68 points, followed closely by Minnesota with 66. Ohio State and Purdue round out the top five with 58 and 56 points.

Click here for live results of the 2011 Championships.

Indiana and Wisconsin jumped out to an slight lead after Wednesday's opening session at the 2011 Big Ten Women's Swimming and Diving Championships, hosted by Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind. The Hoosiers and Badgers are tied with 68 team points, followed closely by Minnesota with 66. Ohio State and Purdue round out the top five with 58 and 56 points.

To read the entire release and follow the 2011 Championships, click here.

WGOLF: Minnesota's Puga Named Golfer of the Week

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Teresa Puga tied for first at the UCF Challenge over the weekend, leading No. 42 Minnesota to a third-place finish at the event en route to the third Big Ten Golfer of the Week honor of her career. Puga shot an eight-under-par 208 at the event, breaking a Minnesota 54-hole record.

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

SB: Thursday's Schedule

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WISCONSIN vs. Texas State, 5:30 PM ET
WISCONSIN at Texas (Texas Invitational), 7:30 PM ET

WBB: Thursday's Schedule

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MBB: Wednesday's Results

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#11/11 PURDUE def. #10/10 WISCONSIN, 70-62
JaJuan Johnson had 20 points and E'Twaun Moore scored 19 to help No. 11 Purdue beat No. 10 Wisconsin 70-62 on Wednesday night. RECAP & BOX SCORE

ILLINOIS def. MICHIGAN, 54-52
Demetri McCamey scored 18 and Illinois held off a late Michigan charge for a 54-52 win Wednesday. RECAP & BOX SCORE

WBB: Wednesday's Results

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Iowa 59, Wisconsin 44
The color pink symbolizes the emotions of love and joy, and the Hawkeye women's basketball team displayed both in their white and pink jerseys Wednesday night as they defeated Wisconsin, 59-44, on Mediacom Court inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena. RECAP

Michigan 88, Indiana 76
Sophomore guard Kate Thompson (Plymouth, Minn./Wayzata) tallied a career-best 18 points and hit four of U-M's 13 three-pointers as the University of Michigan women's basketball team earned an 88-76 Big Ten win over Indiana on Wednesday (Feb. 16) at Crisler Arena. RECAP

MTEN: This Week's Schedule

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FEBRUARY 15

#4 OHIO STATE at #24 North Carolina - 2:30 p.m. ET

FEBRUARY 16

Marquette at #40 WISCONSIN - 6 p.m. CT

FEBRUARY 18

#9 ILLINOIS at ITA National Team Indoors [1] - All Day
#4 OHIO STATE at ITA National Team Indoors [1] - All Day
Illinois State at IOWA - 3 p.m. CT
#28 Vanderbilt at #69 NORTHWESTERN - 6 p.m. CT

FEBRUARY 19

#9 ILLINOIS at ITA National Team Indoors [1] - All Day
#4 OHIO STATE at ITA National Team Indoors [1] - All Day
#26 MINNESOTA at #41 Nebraska - 11 a.m. CT
Northern Illinois at #69 NORTHWESTERN - 11 a.m. CT
#27 MICHIGAN at #23 Notre Dame - 1 p.m. ET
#49 MICHIGAN STATE at Ball State - 1 p.m. ET
Western Illinois at #69 NORTHWESTERN - 5:30 p.m. CT

FEBRUARY 20

#9 ILLINOIS at ITA National Team Indoors [1] All Day
#4 OHIO STATE at ITA National Team Indoors [1] All Day
Western Michigan at IOWA - 10:30 a.m. CT
#72 PENN STATE at #30 Virginia Tech - Noon ET

FEBRUARY 21

#9 ILLINOIS at ITA National Team Indoors [1] - All Day
#4 OHIO STATE at ITA National Team Indoors [1] - All Day

MBB: Wednesday's Schedule

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

MICHIGAN at ILLINOIS - 8:30 p.m., Big Ten Network

 

All times ET

Illinois' Danielle Zymkowitz and Michigan's Dorian Shaw were named to the list of 30 candidates up for this year's Lowe's Senior CLASS Award for softball, awarded annually to the student-athlete who excels both on and off the field.

To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence - community, classroom, character and competition. The list of candidates follows this release.

To view the complete release, click here.

MGOLF: Northwestern's Chun Named Men's Golfer of the Week

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Northwestern junior Eric Chun has been named the Big Ten Men's Golfer of the Week, the conference office announced on Wednesday. Chun went 3-0 over the weekend to lead the fourth-seeded Wildcats to the 2011 Big Ten Match Play Championship title, marking the team's second-straight crown.

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

WBB: Wedensday's Schedule

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SB: In the Rankings

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Four Big Ten softball teams received votes in this week's NFCA/Division I Top 25, led by No. 11 Michigan. The Wolverines started the season 5-0 and hold steady from their preseason rank. Illinois, Northwestern and Ohio State are among the other teams also receiving votes this week. In this week's ESPN.com/USA Softball rankings, Michigan remained at No. 8 in the poll, one of three conference squads to receive votes this week. Illinois and Ohio State are among the other squads also receiving votes.

WSWM: The Big Ten Women's Swimming Championships is Underway

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The Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatic Center on the campus of Indiana University will play host to the 2011 Big Ten Women's Swimming and Diving Championships, which are underway and will conclude Saturday night. Tonight's action will feature timed finals of the 200-yard medley and 800 freestyle relays. Competition will begin at 11 a.m. ET Thursday through Saturday with preliminary heats, while finals will be held at 6:30 p.m. ET nightly.

Click here for the Championships Central page.

WTEN: In the (Individual) Polls

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The ITA released its second set of women's tennis singles and doubles rankings on Monday, with 12 Big Ten singles players and 11 conference doubles pairs making the cut. Look below for the complete breakdown of ranked singles and doubles players.

SINGLES
8. Denise Muresan, MICH
29. Maria Mosolova, NU
34. Sam Critser, MICH
45. Brittany Wowchuk, NU
71. Whitney Taney, MICH
74. Natallia Pintusava, MINN
81. Sonja Molnar, IOWA
89. Petra Januskova, PSU
98. Kate Turvy, NU
100. Belinda Niu, NU
104. Brooke Bolender, MICH
108. Chelcie Abajian, ILL
123. Mimi Nguyen, MICH

DOUBLES
14. Rachael White/Allison Falkin, ILL
15. Linda Abu Mushrefova/Nida Hamilton, NU
17. Mara Schmidt/Jennifer Rabot, PUR
22. Brooke Bolender/Denise Muresan, MICH
23. Mimi Nguyen/Brooke Bolender, MICH
32. Sonja Molnar/Jessica Young, IOWA
58. Maria Mosolova/Belinda Niu, NU
60. Amy Barton/Marina Bohrer, MSU
62. Marisa Lambropoulos/Amy Allin, ILL
63. Breanne Smutko/Chelcie Abajian, ILL
66. Brittany Wowchuk/Elena Chernyakova, NU

MTEN: In the (Individual) Polls

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The ITA released its second set of singles and doubles rankings this season, with 14 Big Ten men's tennis athletes appearing in the singles top 125 and 10 doubles pairs earning top-60 status. The complete breakdown of ranked Big Ten singles and doubles performers can be found below.

SINGLES
5. Blaz Rola, OSU
8. Dennis Nevolo, ILL
21. Chase Buchanan, OSU
33. Johnny Hamui, ILL
45. Matt Allare, OSU
48. Evan King, MICH
54. Jason Jung, MICH
55. Devin McCarthy, OSU
65. Abe Souza, ILL
80. Josh MacTaggart, IND
86. Peter Kobelt, OSU
98. Denis Bogatov, MSU
103. Ille Van Engelen, OSU
111. Nelson Vick, OSU

DOUBLES
6. Chase Buchanan/Blaz Rola, OSU
10. Matt Allare/Peter Kobelt, OSU
16. Dennis Nevolo/Abe Souza, ILL
31. Santiago Gruter/Jeremy Langer, IND
39. Jason Jung/Evan King, MICH
42. Stephen Vogl/Josh MacTaggart, IND
43. Billy Bertha/Marek Michalicka, WIS
48. John Stratton/Jason Norville, MSU
66. Balazs Novak/Devin McCarthy, OSU
77. Sebastian Gallego/Phillip Arndt, MINN

WRES: Ranking the Wrestlers

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InterMat released its latest individual weight class rankings yesterday, with 53 Big Ten wrestlers appearing in the top 20 of their respective weight classes. Iowa's Matt McDonough will spend another week as the top-ranked grappler at 125 pounds, while Michigan's Kellen Russell remains atop 141 after wins against the second- and third-ranked wrestlers in his class over the weekend. The complete breakdown of ranked Big Ten wrestlers can be found below.

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

133
3. Tyler Graff, So., WIS
7. Tony Ramos, Fr., IOWA
8. Andrew Long, So., PSU
9. B.J. Futrell, So., ILL
18. Levi Mele, So., NU
20. David Thorn, Fr., MINN

141
1. Kellen Russell, Jr., MICH
2. Mike Thorn, Sr., MINN
3. Montell Marion, Jr., IOWA
4. Jimmy Kennedy, Sr., ILL
7. Andrew Alton, Fr., PSU

149
3. Frank Molinaro, Jr., PSU
7. Andrew Nadhir, Sr., NU
10. Cole Schmitt, So., WIS
12. Kurt Kinser, Sr., IND
20. Dan Osterman, So., MSU

157
3. David Taylor, Fr., PSU
7. Derek St. John, Fr., IOWA
8. Paul Young, Sr., IND
10. Jason Welch, So., NU
20. Brandon Zeerip, Fr., MICH

165
6. Colt Sponseller, Sr., OSU
12. Cody Yohn, So., MINN
13. Aaron Janssen, Sr., IOWA

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

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

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

HWT
6. Cameron Wade, Jr., PSU
8. Tony Nelson, Fr., MINN
9. Ricky Alcala, Sr., IND
10. Eric Bugenhagen, Sr., WIS
15. Blake Rasing, Jr., IOWA
16. Ben Apland, So., MICH

The Big Ten's celebration of Black History Month continues with a feature on former Michigan standout Gene Derricotte:

Ohio State's loss turned out to be Michigan's gain. After picking up All-State credentials at Defiance (Ohio) High School in 1943, Gene Derricotte and his high school coach paid a visit to Ohio State to see what the Buckeyes were willing to provide. The Buckeyes were interested, but not at that particular time.

For the full feature, click on this link.

MBB: Tuesday's Results

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#2/3 OHIO STATE def. MICHIGAN STATE, 71-61
Ohio State did its best to forget its only loss.

Michigan State served notice that, as is annually the case, it may just be a force to be reckoned with in the postseason.

William Buford scored 23 points and Aaron Craft had a hand in two critical plays down the stretch to lead the No. 2 Buckeyes to a 71-61 win over the Spartans on Tuesday night. RECAP & BOX SCORE

 

MBB: Tuesday's Schedule

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MICHIGAN STATE at #2/3 OHIO STATE - 9 p.m. ET, ESPN

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, released on Tuesday. Iowa remains at No. 2, while Penn State falls to No. 4 and Minnesota stands pat at No. 5. Michigan drops to No. 11 in the latest edition, while Northwestern moves up to No. 14. Wisconsin falls to No. 16 this week, while Illinois climbs two spots to No. 18 and Purdue remains at No. 23.

Penn State earned the top ranking among Big Ten teams in this week's InterMat Tournament Rankings, leading the way at No. 2. Iowa follows closely at No. 3, while No. 6 Minnesota and No. 7 Wisconsin round out the conference teams in the top 10. Michigan sits in a tie for No. 15 this week, while Northwestern holds No. 17 and Illinois checks in at No. 25. Indiana is tied for No. 32 in the latest rankings, while Ohio State and Purdue are tied for No. 36. Michigan State rounds out the poll at No. 54.

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

WRES: Big Ten Wrestling Weekly Release - Feb. 15

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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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All six Big Ten men's gymnastics teams appear in the latest GymInfo national rankings, released on Monday evening. Illinois moves up a spot to No. 2 in this week's edition with a team average of 353.933. Penn State follows at No. 3 (351.500), while Ohio State checks in at No. 6 (342.800). Michigan holds No. 8 (342.017) this week, followed by Minnesota at No. 9 (340.517) and Iowa at No. 10 (338.100).

Click here to see the complete GymInfo rankings.

WTEN: Big Ten Women's Tennis Weekly Release - Feb. 15

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The Big Ten women's tennis weekly release, featuring up-to-date standings, schedules, rankings and more, is now available online. Click here to see the complete release on the Big Ten website.

MTEN: Big Ten Men's Tennis Weekly Release - Feb. 15

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The first Big Ten men's tennis weekly release, featuring up-to-date standings, schedules, rankings and more, is now available online. Click here to see the complete release on the Big Ten website.

WBB: Rankings Report

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Three Big Ten teams were mentioned in the latest Associated Press poll released Monday, led by No. 11 Michigan State. Penn State appeared at No. 23 this week, while Iowa was among those receiving votes outside the top 25. In the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll, Michigan State appeared at No. 10, with Penn State rounding out the rankings at No. 25. Iowa was listed as among the other teams receiving votes.

MTEN: Illinois' Nevolo Named Athlete of the Week

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Illinois' Dennis Nevolo earns his second Big Ten men's tennis Athlete of the Week award of 2011 and the fifth of his career after helping the 16th-ranked Illini take down No. 12 Kentucky on Friday and No. 7 Florida on Saturday. 

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

WTEN: Michigan's Taney Named Athlete of the Week

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Michigan senior Whitney Taney picked up two singles and two doubles wins in team victories over No. 13 Notre Dame on Thursday and No. 18 Vanderbilt on Sunday en route to her third career Big Ten Athlete of the Week award.

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

MTEN: In the Polls

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Nine Big Ten men's tennis teams appear in the latest Campbell/ITA national top 75 rankings, with two cracking the top 10 in this week's edition. Ohio State holds its place at No. 4 this week, while Illinois jumps from No. 16 in last week's poll to No. 9 in the latest rankings. Minnesota moves up one spot to No. 26 while Michigan drops to No. 27. Wisconsin checks in at No. 40, followed by No. 43 Indiana. Michigan State continues its ascent through the rankings, moving up another seven spots to No. 49. Northwestern holds No. 69 and Penn State moves into the top 75, checking in at No. 72.

Click here to see the complete Campbell/ITA national team rankings.

WTEN: In the Polls

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Michigan leads the way for Big Ten women's tennis in the latest Campbell/ITA national team rankings, released on Monday. The Wolverines check in at No. 8 for the second week in a row. Northwestern follows at No. 20, rounding out the Big Ten contingent in the top 25. Illinois moves up one spot to No. 28, while Ohio State follows suit, moving up to No. 30. Indiana (No. 47) and Iowa (No. 48) each fall three spots from their previous ranking, while Purdue moves up one to No. 52. Minnesota holds the final spot in the poll, checking in at No. 75 in the latest edition.

Click here to see the complete Campbell/ITA rankings.

WRES: Michigan's Russell Named Wrestler of the Week

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Michigan's Kellen Russell earns his second Big Ten Wrestler of the Week award of 2010-11 after defeating the No. 2 and No. 3 wrestlers at 141 pounds over the weekend. The top-ranked wrestler in the country at 141, Russell defeated second-ranked Mike Thorn of No. 5 Minnesota on Friday and third-ranked Montell Marion of No. 2 Iowa on Sunday.

Click here for the complete release from the Big Ten.

WINDR T/F: National USTFCCCA Rankings

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The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced on Wednesday the fourth weekly update of the NCAA Division I National Team Rankings for indoor track & field. Michigan leads the conference, jumping 27 spots to land at No. 13 while Indiana fell one spot to earn a No. 25 national ranking. 

To view the complete poll, look here.

MINDR T/F: USTFCCCA Rankings

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Six conference men's indoor track and field teams landed spots in the USTFCCCA national rankings, led by Indiana who moves up two spots at No. 3.  Penn State checks in at No. 9 while Wisconsin and Iowa are up a spot at No. 13 and 14. Ohio State and Minnesota rounded out the conference representatives. The Buckeyes move to No. 21 while the Golden Gophers make the biggest jump of the group, moving up six spots to No. 25 in Wednesday's poll.

The complete national rankings can be found here.

The conference office announced on Monday the weekly women's indoor track and field awards with Michigan's Rebecca Addison earning Track Athlete of the Week honors and Michigan State's Beth Rohl and Minnesota's Samantha Sonnenberg winning Field Athlete of the Week accolades.

For the complete release, click here.

The conference office announced on Monday the weekly men's indoor track and field awards. Illinois' Andrew Riley earned the nod as Big Ten Track Athlete of the Week, while Indiana's Derek Drouin and Minnesota's Ben Peterson are recognized as Co-Field Athlete of the Week honorees.

Click here for the entire release.

WSWM: Purdue Earns Weekly Award

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Purdue's Samantha Feulner earned the conference's weekly women's swimming accolade, the Big Ten announced on Tuesday. Purdue's Samantha Feulner won both sprint freestyle events with season-best times last weekend at the Ohio State Winter Invitational.

This is the first weekly award of Feulner's career and second for the Boilermakers this season. 

 

Last Purdue Women's Swimmer of the Week: Ariel Martin (Jan. 25 2011)

 

To read more about this week's honoree, click here.

MSWM: Purdue Takes Home Weekly Accolade

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The conference office announced on Tuesday the weekly men's swimming honor with Purdue's Noah Pashley being tabbed Swimmer of the Week. Purdue's Noah Pashley had three top-six finishes last weekend at the Ohio State Winter Invite. This marks Pashley's first weekly award of his career.

 

Last Purdue Men's Swimmer of the Week: Albert Miller (Feb. 8, 2011)

To read the entire release, click here.

The Big Ten's celebration of Black History Month continues with a feature on former Ohio State wrestler Corey Morrison:

When he first started to wrestle, Corey Morrison says he and his mother had a bit of a conflict.

"I kept telling her wrestling required special shoes and she insisted that the wrestlers just wore socks,'' he says. "Now I've got like 90 pairs of wrestling shoes.''

Growing up in Shaker Heights, Ohio, Morrison's dream was always to play football. He thought that would be his ticket to Ohio State.

Click here to read the complete feature on Morrison on the Big Ten website.

WBB: Three Named to Midseason Naismith Trophy List

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Three conference standouts were named to the Naismith Trophy midseason top 30, it was announced by the Atlanta Tipoff Club on Monday.

Iowa's Kachine Alexander, Northwestern's Amy Jaeschke and Ohio State's Jantel Lavender all remain in the running for the postseason honor, which is presented annually to the nation's top collegiate player. I will be awarded on April 4 at the NCAA Women's Final Four in Indianapolis.

MXC: Eight Named USTFCCCA All-Academic Honorees

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Eight Big Ten men's cross country runners have been named USTFCCCA All-Academic Honorees, announced on Monday. Indiana's Andy Bayer and Andrew Poore, Michigan's Craig Forys, Minnesota's Mike Torchia, Purdue's Stephen Schulz and Wisconsin's Mohammed Ahmed, Reed Connor and Elliot Krause were each awarded the honor.

Click here to see the complete USTFCCCA All-Academic Cross Country team.

WGYM: Weekly Rankings

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Six Big Ten women's gymnastics teams remain ranked in the top 25 of the GymInfo national team rankings, released on Monday. Michigan again holds No. 8 with a team average of 195.779. Ohio State continues its ascent, moving up to No. 14 (194.958) in the latest edition. Minnesota follows closely at No. 15 (194.954), while Illinois holds No. 17 (194.900), Penn State checks in at No. 18 (194.875) and Iowa moves up to No. 20 (194.789).

Click here to see the complete GymInfo rankings.

MGYM: Ohio State's Treleaven Sweeps Weekly Awards

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Ohio State's Jeff Treleaven earns Big Ten Gymnast and Freshman of the Week honors after leading the eighth-ranked Buckeyes to a win over No. 19 Brockport on Saturday. Treleaven notched two first-place finishes, posting season-highs of 16.100 on the vault and 14.950 in the floor exercise.

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

MGOLF: Weekly Rankings

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Seven Big Ten men's golf team have earned top-50 status in the latest GolfWeek/Sagarin rankings, released on Sunday night. Illinois holds No. 7 this week, while No. 12 Iowa and No. 22 Ohio State also received top-25 nods. Indiana checks in at No. 27, followed by No. 30 Purdue, No. 31 Michigan and No. 32 Northwestern.

Click here to see the complete GolfWeek/Sagarin rankings.
Michigan's Kylee Botterman collects her fifth Big Ten Gymnast of the Week award of 2011 and Ohio State's Melanie Shaffer has been named the Big Ten Freshman of the Week, the conference office announced on Monday. Botterman posted a perfect 10.0 on the vault in Michigan's tri-meet on Sunday, while Shaffer finished first in the all-around to lead Ohio State past West Virginia on Saturday.

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

WBB: Players of the Week

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

Johnson earns her third Player of the Week honor of the season after leading the Spartans to a pair of conference victories last week. The Michigan State junior finished with two double doubles last week, including a 24-point, 12-rebound outing against #23 Penn State on Thursday, a game in which she also recorded eight steals. Against in-state rival Michigan on Sunday, she followed with 13 points and again finished with 12 rebounds, also producing three assists as Michigan State jumped into first place in the conference standings.

Last Michigan State Player of the Week: Lykendra Johnson (Jan. 25, 2011)

Jantel Lavender, Ohio State
6-4, Sr., C, Cleveland, Ohio/Central Catholic

Lavender breaks the record for all-time Big Ten Player of the Week honors after she became Ohio State's career scoring leader and set a new NCAA mark with 126 straight games with 10 or more points. Now with 18 weekly conference honors, Lavender averaged 25 points per game last week in breaking Katie Smith's Buckeye record of 2,587 career tallies. With 29 points against Minnesota on Sunday, she broke the national record for consecutive games in double-figures. In two wins last week, she also averaged 9.0 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game.

Last Ohio State Player of the Week: Jantel Lavender (Jan. 10, 2011)

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

Adams wins her second Big Ten Freshman of the Week honor after posting averages of 11.5 points, 8.0 rebounds, 4.5 blocks and 2.5 assists in a pair of Ohio State wins last week. Her highlight game of the week came Sunday against Minnesota, where she finished with 13 points and 10 rebounds, contributing six blocks and four steals in a seven-point OSU win. Against Purdue on Thursday, Adams finished with 10 points, also adding six rebounds and three swats.

Last Ohio State Freshman of the Week: Ashley Adams (Jan. 25, 2011)

SB: Players of the Week

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Player of the Week:
Dorian Shaw, Michigan
Sr., 1B, Burke, Va./Robinson

Shaw earns Big Ten Player of the Week honors after batting .538 with three home runs and nine RBI to help Michigan to a perfect 5-0 start to the 2011 season. The senior did most of her damage against Houston and Ohio, hitting all three homers and knocking in all nine base runners against the Cougars and Bobcats. Shaw also posted a .727 on-base percentage, recording six walks and three hit by pitches as she finished the week with a 1.231 slugging percentage. It is the third time she has won Big Ten Player of the Week honors.

Last Michigan Player of the Week: Amanda Chidester (May 10, 2010)

Pitcher of the Week:
Jordan Taylor, Michigan
Sr., RHP, Valencia, Calif./Valencia

Taylor posted a 2-0 record last week and takes home her ninth Big Ten Pitcher of the Week accolade. The senior registered a 1.31 ERA with 19 strikeouts and allowed just nine hits in 16 innings pitched during the Wolverines opening weekend of play. The senior recorded two complete games, one of which was a shutout against Ohio, and also picked up a save against Houston. She held opponents to just three earned runs last week, while allowing opposing batters to hit just . 158.

Last Michigan Pitcher of the Week: Nikki Nemitz (May 17, 2010)

Freshman of the Week:
Andie Varsho, Purdue
OF, Chili, Wis./Marshfield

Varsho claims the first Big Ten Freshman of the Week accolade after batting .545 with a .615 on base percentage as Purdue split its first four games of the 2011 season. Varsho had a hit in each game for Purdue, including a 3-for-3 effort against Bowling Green. The freshman also swiped four bases, picked up three RBI and scored a pair of runs in her debut tournament for the Boilermakers.

Last Purdue Freshman of the Week: N/A

WGOLF: Weekly Rankings

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Five Big Ten women's golf teams appear in the latest GolfWeek/Sagarin national team rankings, released on Sunday night. Purdue again leads the way at No. 5, followed by No. 19 Michigan State, No. 25 Ohio State, No. 42 Minnesota and No. 44 Northwestern.

Click here to see the complete GolfWeek/Sagarin rankings.

MINDR T/F: Jesse Owens Named Big Ten Icon No. 3

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Once known as "The Buckeye Bullet," and eventually the world's greatest athlete of his era, Ohio State's Jesse Owens has been named the No. 3 Big Ten Icon by the Big Ten Network. Presented by Discover and hosted by Keith Jackson, Big Ten Icons continues at 9 PM ET on Sunday.

 

To read more about Jesse Owens, click here.

WTEN: Weekend Roundup

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FEBRUARY 8

PENN STATE def. Bucknell, 7-0
PENN STATE def. California (Pa.), 6-1

FEBRUARY 9

#31 OHIO STATE def. Kentucky, 4-3

FEBRUARY 10

#8 MICHIGAN def. #13 Notre Dame, 4-3

FEBRUARY 11

#24 Oklahoma def. #73 MINNESOTA, 5-2
#19 NORTHWESTERN def. Kentucky, 7-0
#31 OHIO STATE def. PENN STATE, 6-1

FEBRUARY 12

#11 Tennessee def. #44 INDIANA, 5-2
#65 William & Mary def. PENN STATE [1], 4-3
#26 South Carolina def. #53 PURDUE, 6-1

FEBRUARY 13

#26 South Carolina def. #29 ILLINOIS, 5-2
#8 MICHIGAN def. #18 Vanderbilt, 4-3
MICHIGAN STATE def. Miami (Ohio), 6-1
#73 MINNESOTA def. Oregon, 5-2
#31 OHIO STATE def. #65 William & Mary, 7-0
#53 PURDUE def. Kentucky, 5-2
#13 Notre Dame def. WISCONSIN, 6-1

Legend
[1] Columbus, Ohio

MTEN: Weekend Roundup

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FEBRUARY 8

#25 Notre Dame def. #39 WISCONSIN, 6-1

FEBRUARY 11

#16 ILLINOIS def. #12 Kentucky, 4-3
#45 INDIANA
 def. Illinois State, 7-0
#45 INDIANA def. Central Florida, 7-0
#71 Arkansas def. #74 IOWA, 5-1
#22 MICHIGAN def. #23 Washington, 4-3
#56 MICHIGAN STATE def. Marquette, 6-1
#58 N.C. State def. #70 NORTHWESTERN, 5-2

FEBRUARY 12

#16 ILLINOIS def. #7 Florida, 4-3
#47 Santa Clara def. #74 IOWA [1], 4-3
#25 Notre Dame def. #56 MICHIGAN STATE, 5-2
#4 OHIO STATE def. #33 Louisiana State, 7-0
PENN STATE
 def. #64 Cornell, 5-2
PURDUE
 def. Butler, 6-1
PURDUE def. Eastern Illinois, 7-0

FEBRUARY 13

#24 Oklahoma def. #45 INDIANA, 4-2
#45 INDIANA def. Toledo, 7-0
#44 Vanderbilt def. #22 MICHIGAN, 5-2
#27 MINNESOTA
 def. #39 WISCONSIN, 5-2
#70 NORTHWESTERN
 def. #68 William & Mary, 5-2
PENN STATE def. Buffalo, 5-2
PENN STATE def. Bucknell, 6-1

Legend
[1] Fayetteville, Ark.

WRES: Weekend Roundup

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Second-ranked Iowa took sole possession of first place in the Big Ten wrestling standings last weekend, earning wins over No. 23 Purdue and No. 10 Michigan to move to 7-0 in conference duals this season. Fifth-ranked Minnesota remains in second place after defeating Michigan and tying No. 3 Penn State, moving to 6-0-1 in Big Ten competition. The Hawkeyes and Golden Gophers will square off with the Big Ten dual-meet title on the line next Sunday in Minneapolis.

FEBRUARY 11

#3 PENN STATE def. #20 ILLINOIS, 23-13
INDIANA def. MICHIGAN STATE, 22-9
#2 IOWA
 def. #23 PURDUE [1], 37-3
#5 MINNESOTA def. #10 MICHIGAN, 22-12
#16 NORTHWESTERN def. #12 WISCONSIN, 25-13

FEBRUARY 12

#20 ILLINOIS def. Lock Haven, 34-7

FEBRUARY 13

#2 IOWA def. #10 MICHIGAN, 30-7
#23 PURDUE def. MICHIGAN STATE, 22-9
#12 WISCONSIN def. OHIO STATE, 23-18
#3 PENN STATE tied #5 MINNESOTA, 18-18

Legend
[1] Penn High School - Mishawaka, Ind.

WBB: Sunday's Results

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Penn State 80, Indiana 77
The #23/23 Penn State Lady Lions (21-6, 10-3) used a furious 18-5 run in the final six minutes of the game to erase a double-digit deficit en route to an 80-77 win over Indiana (9-16, 3-10) Sunday. Senior Julia Trogele (Devon, Pa.) found sophomore center Nikki Greene (Diboll, Texas) under the basket for the layup to give the Lady Lions a 78-77 lead with 40 seconds left. It was the first lead of the game for Penn State. RECAP

Ohio State 83, Minnesota 76
MINNEAPOLIS - History was made Sunday inside The Barn in Minneapolis as Jantel Lavender became Ohio State's all-time scoring leader. But the only stat that mattered to the senior All-American was win No. 15. Lavender led all scorers with 29 points to lead the Buckeyes to an 83-76 win over Minnesota at Williams Arena and break Katie Smith's record of 2,578 points set back in 1996. RECAP

Michigan State 69, Michigan 56
Kalisha Keane had 18 points and four steals in Michigan State's ninth straight win over Michigan and 17th in the past 18 meetings. Lykendra Johnson had 13 points and 12 rebounds in her eighth double-double this season. Her three-point play on one of six offensive rebounds ended the Wolverines' last threat in the second half. RECAP

Iowa 86, Northwestern 75
EVANSTON, Ill. -- It took only eight minutes in the second half Sunday for Lisa Bluder's Hawkeyes to match their first-half scoring output of 23 points. The University of Iowa exploded for 63 second-half points to defeat Northwestern 86-75 at Welsh-Ryan Arena, improving its record to 19-7 overall, 7-6 in Big Ten play. Northwestern now sits at 16-10, 5-8. RECAP

Purdue 92, Illinois 63
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Purdue Boilermakers faced a tough first half against the visiting Fighting Illini, but dominated the second half to cruise to a 92-63 victory in the only match up between the two teams in the regular season. RECAP

MBB: Sunday's Results

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#14/12 PURDUE def. #rv/rv ILLINOIS, 81-70
The No. 14 Boilermakers said their coach made just one calm request after the first half: Come out hard in the second.

They did, blasting the Illini with 54 second-half points, outrebounding them 28-9 over that stretch and locking up a comeback 81-70 win. RECAP & BOX SCORE

PENN STATE def. NORTHWESTERN, 65-41
For the Sunday crowd of 11,239 at the Bryce Jordan Center the suspense was over quickly. Nittany Lion senior Talor Battle surpassed 2,000 career points just over six minutes into the game and Penn State (13-11; 6-7 Big Ten) jumped to a 20-point lead five minutes into the second half before cruising to a 65-41 victory over Northwestern (14-10; 4-9 Big Ten). RECAP & BOX SCORE

#rv/25 MINNESOTA def. IOWA, 65-41
However Minnesota's size up front proved too much for Iowa, as the Hawkeyes fell 62-45 in a game that saw Iowa get out-rebounded 38-25, and shoot just 21-percent (6-of-28) from beyond the arc. RECAP & BOX SCORE

WBB: Sunday's Schedule

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Illinois at Purdue, 2 p.m.
#23/23 Penn State at Indiana, 12:30 p.m., Big Ten Network
#rv/rv Iowa at Northwestern, 3 p.m., www.BigTenNetwork.com
Michigan at #11/13 Michigan State, 2:30 p.m., ESPN2
#rv/- Ohio State at Minnesota, 3 p.m., www.BigTenNetwork.com

SB: Sunday's Schedule

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ILLINOIS vs. TBD, TBA
California vs. INDIANA, 12:00 PM ET
IOWA vs. Illinois State, 9:00 AM ET
Southern Illinois vs. MICHIGAN, 10:00 AM ET
Tennessee vs. MICHIGAN STATE, 12:00 PM ET
MINNESOTA at Northern Colorado, 11:00 AM ET
MINNESOTA at New Mexico State, 1:30 PM ET
NORTHWESTERN vs. North Texas, 11:00 AM ET
DePaul vs. OHIO STATE, 9:00 AM ET
Bowling Green vs. PURDUE, 10:00 AM ET
PURDUE at LSU, 12:30 PM ET

SB: Saturday's Results

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Purdue 7, Louisiana Tech 3
LSU 5, Purdue 3
Ohio State 10, North Florida 1
Memphis 7, Ohio State 3
Oklahoma State 5, Northwestern 4
Northwestern 5, Western Michigan 4
Michigan State 8, Boston College 6
Tennessee 11, Michigan State 2
Colorado State 12, Univ. of Minnesota 8
New Mexico State 15, Univ. of Minnesota 7
Michigan 8, Stephen F. Austin 1
Michigan 6, Ohio 0
Georgia 8, Iowa 1
East Carolina 1, Iowa 0
Texas Tech 4, Indiana 1
Indiana 7, Cal Poly 3
Illinois 9, UTSA 2
Illinois 11, McNeese State 2

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#14/12 PURDUE at #rv/rv ILLINOIS - 1 p.m., CBS Sports

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

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

 

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MGOLF: Northwestern Wins 2011 Big Ten Match Play Championship

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Northwestern defeated Indiana, 4-2, to earn its second-straight Big Ten Match Play Championship title on Saturday at PGA National Resort. The fourth-seeded Wildcats used wins from David Lipsky, Eric Chun, Nick Losole and Jack Perry to take down the seventh-seeded Hoosiers.

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

Northwestern's recap can be found here, while the complete results from the event can be seen here.

MBB: Saturday's Results

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#13/14 WISCONSIN def. #1/1 OHIO STATE, 71-67
Jordan Taylor and Wisconsin found themselves in a huge hole against previously unbeaten Ohio State, but the Badgers only needed about 13 minutes to shatter the Buckeyes' chase at an undefeated season.

Taylor scored 21 of his 27 points in the second half, rallying No. 13 Wisconsin from a 15-point deficit to beat No. 1 Ohio State 71-67 on Saturday and keep Division I without a perfect team since Indiana in 1975-76. RECAP & BOX SCORE

MICHIGAN def. INDIANA, 73-69
After holding a 20-point lead with seven minutes remaining, the University of Michigan men's basketball team weathered a late charge from Indiana, winning, 73-69, on Saturday inside Crisler Arena. Freshman guard Tim Hardaway Jr. led all scorers with a career-high 26 points, while sophomore guard Darius Morris added 15 points, six rebounds and five assists. Junior guards Stu Douglass and Zack Novak rounded out the double-digit scoring for the Wolverines, with 13 and 10, respectively. RECAP & BOX SCORE

MBB: Saturday's Schedule

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#1/1 OHIO STATE at #13/14 WISCONSIN - 2 p.m., ESPN

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

 

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SB: Saturday's Schedule

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ILLINOIS vs. McNeese State, 11:00 AM ET
Cal Poly vs. INDIANA, 2:00 PM ET
Texas Tech vs. INDIANA, 9:30 PM ET
IOWA vs. East Carolina, 9:00 AM ET
IOWA at Georgia, 11:00 AM ET
Ohio vs. MICHIGAN, 10:00 AM ET
Stephen F. Austin vs. MICHIGAN, 12:00 PM ET
Tennessee vs. MICHIGAN STATE, 11:00 AM ET
Boston College vs. MICHIGAN STATE, 1:30 PM ET
MINNESOTA at New Mexico State, 5:00 PM ET
MINNESOTA at Colorado State, 7:00 PM ET
NORTHWESTERN vs. Western Michigan, 6:30 PM ET
NORTHWESTERN vs. Oklahoma State, 9:00 PM ET
OHIO STATE vs. Memphis, 10:00 AM ET
North Florida vs. OHIO STATE, 4:00 PM ET
Louisiana Tech vs. PURDUE, 11:00 AM ET
PURDUE at LSU, 4:00 PM ET

SB: Friday's Results

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Michigan 19, Southern Illinois 4
Michigan 10, Houston 3
Indiana 10, Nevada 2
Ohio State 2, FIU 1
Kentucky 9, Ohio State 0
Northwestern 11, Bradley 2
Oklahoma 9, Northwestern 1
Michigan State 8, Stetson 1
Michigan State 2, Boston College 0
Iowa 1, Maryland 0
Lipscomb 5, Iowa 4
Baylor 4, Illinois 1
UTSA 11, Illinois 10

WGOLF: Weekend Schedule

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FEBRUARY 13-15

INDIANA at Lady Puerto Rico Classic - Rio Grande, P.R.
MICHIGAN at Lady Puerto Rico Classic - Rio Grande, P.R.
#42 MINNESOTA at UCF Challenge - Sorrento, Fla.
#43 NORTHWESTERN at Lady Puerto Rico Classic - Rio Grande, P.R.
PENN STATE at Lady Puerto Rico Classic - Rio Grande, P.R.
#5 PURDUE at Lady Puerto Rico Classic - Rio Grande, P.R.

FEBRUARY 14-16

#18 MICHIGAN STATE at Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge - Palos Verdes, Calif.
#24 OHIO STATE at Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge - Palos Verdes, Calif.

WRES: Weekend Schedule

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With just two weekends left in the Big Ten wrestling regular season, the conference dual-meet title is still up for grabs. Iowa and Minnesota enter the weekend tied for first at 5-0, while Michigan (5-1) sits in third place. Penn State is following closely in fourth at 4-1, while Northwestern holds fifth place at 4-2. 

Three teams can clinch at least a share of the title this weekend. The Hawkeyes can clinch a share with two wins and a Minnesota loss, while the Golden Gophers can clinch with a pair of wins and an Iowa loss. The Wolverines can clinch a share if they pick up a win at Iowa and Minnesota also loses once. The complete weekend schedule can be found below.

FEBRUARY 11

#20 ILLINOIS at #3 PENN STATE - 7 p.m. ET - www.BigTenNetwork.com
#2 IOWA at #23 PURDUE [1] - 7 p.m. ET
MICHIGAN STATE at INDIANA - 7 p.m. ET - Big Ten Network (Delay - 2/12, 2 p.m. ET)
#5 MINNESOTA at #10 MICHIGAN - 7 p.m. ET - www.BigTenNetwork.com
#12 WISCONSIN at #16 NORTHWESTERN - 7 p.m. CT - www.BigTenNetwork.com

FEBRUARY 12

#20 ILLINOIS at Lock Haven - 7:30 p.m. ET

FEBRUARY 13

#10 MICHIGAN at #2 IOWA - 1 p.m. CT - www.BigTenNetwork.com
MICHIGAN STATE at #23 PURDUE - 1 p.m. ET - www.BigTenNetwork.com
OHIO STATE at #12 WISCONSIN - 1 p.m. CT
#3 PENN STATE at #5 MINNESOTA - 2 p.m. CT - Big Ten Network (Delay - 2/21, 9:30 p.m. ET)

Legend
[1] Penn High School - Mishawaka, Ind.

WGYM: Weekend Schedule

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FEBRUARY 11

#16 ILLINOIS at Missouri - 6:30 p.m. CT
#20 Denver at #23 IOWA - 7 p.m. CT
#18 PENN STATE at North Carolina - 7 p.m. ET

FEBRUARY 12

West Virginia at #15 OHIO STATE - 4 p.m. ET
Gustavus/Hamline/Winona State at #17 MINNESOTA - 6 p.m. CT
MICHIGAN STATE/Alaska/Brown at New Hampshire - 7 p.m. ET

FEBRUARY 13

#9 Nebraska/#2 Stanford at #8 MICHIGAN - 1 p.m. ET
Wisconsin-Stout at #23 IOWA - 2 p.m. CT

MINDR T/F: Weekend Schedule

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FEBRUARY 11

ILLINOIS/INDIANA at Tyson Invitational, All Day

IOWA/WISCONSIN at Cyclone Classic [1], All Day

MICHIGAN/PENN STATE at Akron Invitational, All Day

OHIO STATE at New Mexico Invite, All Day

MICHIGAN STATE/PURDUE at Grand Valley State Invitational, All Day

FEBRUARY 12

ILLINOIS/INDIANA at Tyson Invitational, All Day

IOWA/WISCONSIN at Cyclone Classic [1], All Day

MINNESOTA at UWRF Brooks Classic, All Day

MICHIGAN/OHIO STATE/PENN STATE at Akron Invitational, All Day

MICHIGAN STATE/PURDUE at Grand Valley State Invitational, All Day

[1] -- Ames, Iowa

 

MGYM: Weekend Schedule

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FEBRUARY 11

#7 MINNESOTA at #9 IOWA - 7 p.m. CT

FEBRUARY 12

#3 ILLINOIS at #6 MICHIGAN - 1 p.m. ET
#19 Brockport at #8 OHIO STATE - 4 p.m. ET
#16 Springfield at #5 PENN STATE - 7 p.m. ET
The Big Ten Network will offer its most extensive baseball and softball coverage ever, with at least 140 events on television or online in 2011. This year's streamed schedule at www.bigtennetwork.com includes at least 30 more events than last year's schedule. Every telecast will be produced in high definition.

The network will nationally televise up to 30 Big Ten baseball games, including the entire Big Ten Baseball Tournament, and stream a minimum of another 50 games for www.bigtennetwork.com. The network will also broadcast 25 Big Ten softball games this spring to a national audience and stream at least another 37 games online. A selected number of streamed games will be televised on delay through the network's Student U initiative.

Complete Release

WRES: Ranking the Wrestlers, Part Two

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The NCAA released its latest Division I wrestling coaches panel rankings on Friday, with 74 Big Ten wrestlers making the top 33 in their respective weight classes. All 11 conference teams are represented, with Michigan 141-pounder Kellen Russell earning the top ranking in his class. The latest set of rankings is the second of three, with the third edition being used as a tool to determine the qualifiers for the 2011 NCAA Wrestling Championships.

Click here to see the complete NCAA Division I coaches panel rankings.

WINDR T/F: Weekend Schedule

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FEBRUARY 11

ILLINOIS/INDIANA at Tyson Invitational, All Day

IOWA/MINNESOTA/WISCONSIN at Cyclone Classic [1], All Day

MICHIGAN/OHIO STATE/PENN STATE at Akron Invitational, All Day

MICHIGAN STATE/PURDUE at Grand Valley State Invitational, All Day

FEBRUARY 12

ILLINOIS/INDIANA at Tyson Invitational, All Day

IOWA/MINNESOTA/WISCONSIN at Cyclone Classic [1], All Day

MICHIGAN/OHIO STATE/PENN STATE at Akron Invitational, All Day

MICHIGAN STATE/PURDUE at Grand Valley State Invitational, All Day

[1] -- Ames, Iowa

MSWM: Weekend Schedule

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FEBRUARY 12

Ohio State Winter Invite, Noon ET

FEBRUARY 13

Ohio State Winter Invite, 10 a.m. ET

WSWM: Weekend Schedule

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FEBRUARY 12

Ohio State Winter Invite, Noon ET

FEBRUARY 13

Ohio State Winter Invite, 10 a.m. ET

MBB: Five Named to Naismith Midseason Top 30 List

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The Big Ten is tied for the lead among all conferences with five players on the Naismith Award Midseason Top 30 List, the Atlanta Tipoff Club announced on Friday. Purdue is one of two schools in the nation with multiple players on the list, while Ohio State's Jared Sullinger is one of two freshmen to have made the cut. The complete list of Big Ten honorees can be found below. MORE INFORMATION

Big Ten Men's Basketball Players Among Naismith Midseason Top 30
Demetri McCamey, Illinois
Jared Sullinger, Ohio State
JaJuan Johnson, Purdue
E'Twaun Moore, Purdue
Jon Leuer, Wisconsin

MBB: Thursday's Results

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MICHIGAN STATE def. PENN STATE, 75-57
Draymond Green had 15 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists to become the third Michigan State player to have a triple-double in a 75-57 win over Penn State on Thursday night. RECAP & BOX SCORE

#rv/rv ILLINOIS def. #rv/25 MINNESOTA, 71-62
Despite 17 points and 16 rebounds from Trevor Mbakwe, Minnesota dropped its fourth straight game, losing to Illinois, 71-62 at Williams Arena on Thursday. The loss marks the first time since Tubby Smith took over the program that the Gophers have lost four in a row, as Minnesota falls to 16-8, 5-7 on the season. RECAP & BOX SCORE

MGOLF: Big Ten Match Play Championship Central

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The 2011 Big Ten Match Play Championship is now underway. Click here to visit Championship Central on the Big Ten website.

SB: Friday's Schedule

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ILLINOIS vs. UTSA, 11:00 AM ET
ILLINOIS at Baylor, 4:00 PM ET
Nevada vs. INDIANA, 9:30 PM ET
IOWA vs. Lipscomb, 11:00 AM ET
IOWA vs. Maryland, 3:00 PM ET
Southern Illinois vs. MICHIGAN, 4:00 PM ET
MICHIGAN at Houston, 6:00 PM ET
Boston College vs. MICHIGAN STATE, 1:30 PM ET
MICHIGAN STATE at Stetson, 6:30 PM ET
NORTHWESTERN vs. Oklahoma, 7:00 PM ET
NORTHWESTERN vs. Bradley, 9:30 PM ET
OHIO STATE at Kentucky, 4:00 PM ET
OHIO STATE at FIU, 6:00 PM ET

SB: Thursday's Result

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Arizona def. Indiana, 2-0

WBB: Thursday's Results

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Indiana 59, Illinois 52
The Hoosiers picked up a win at Illinois on Thursday night, 59-52. Seniors Jori Davis, Hope Elam and Whitney Lindsay combined to score 50 of IU's 59 points with Lindsay hitting clutch free throws down the stretch. Davis finished with a game-high 24 points as Elam and Lindsay each scored 13. The win ends a nine-game skid for Indiana (9-15, 3-9). RECAP

Iowa 64, Minnesota 62
Minnesota native Kachine Alexander broke the backs of the Gophers and the hearts of her home state with a driving layup with five seconds remaining giving the University of Iowa a critical 64-62 win Thursday on Mediacom Court in Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Hawkeye point guard Kamille Wahlin sealed the victory by swiping the ball from Minnesota's Kiara Buford with two seconds left. RECAP

Ohio State 90, Purdue 67
Behind swarming defensive pressure and a potent offensive attack, the Buckeyes raced their way to a 90-67 win over visiting Purdue in front of 4,611 fans downtown at Nationwide Arena. Senior Jantel Lavender led five Buckeyes in double-figures with 21 points, Tayler Hill and Brittany Johnson each scored 17 and Samantha Prahalis added a double-double with 12 points and 12 assists as Ohio State snapped a three-game losing streak and improved its record to 14-9 and 5-6 in conference play. The loss dips Purdue to 16-9 and 6-6. RECAP

Michigan State 60, Penn State 49
Lykendra Johnson had a double-double with 24 points and 12 rebounds and No. 11 Michigan State clamped down on No. 23 Penn State's offense in a 60-49 win Thursday night to take over first place in the Big Ten. Taylor Alton added 12 points on four 3-pointers, and the Spartans (21-3, 9-2) frustrated the upstart Lady Lions with tough defense that forced the conference's top shooting team to rush or take bad shots. RECAP

Wisconsin 62, Northwestern 41
Though the temperature outside was a frigid one degree, the Wisconsin women's basketball team warmed up the Kohl Center with some hot shooting, making 10 3-pointers in a 62-41 win over Northwestern. With the win and Penn State's loss earlier in the night, the Badgers are now tied for second place in the Big Ten at 9-3 and improved to 14-10 overall. RECAP

MBB: Thursday's Schedule

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PENN STATE at MICHIGAN STATE - 7 p.m., Big Ten Network

#rv/rv ILLINOIS at #rv/25 MINNESOTA - 9 p.m., ESPN

 

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WBB: Thursday's Schedule

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MGOLF: Big Ten Match Play Championship Begins on Friday

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All 11 conference men's golf teams travel to Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., this weekend to compete in the 2011 Big Ten Match Play Championship on Feb. 11-12. The squads will take part in the two-day event at PGA National Resort, marking the beginning of the spring season for nine teams. The competition will be broadcast on the Big Ten Network on Sunday at noon ET.

The first round of the event is scheduled for Friday morning, while quarterfinal matches are set for that afternoon. Championship and consolation semifinals will take place on Saturday morning with the first-, third-, fifth- and seventh-place matches following in the afternoon. Each match between the schools will consist of six head-to-head contests.

Click here for the complete release from the Big Ten. 

The event's bracket and schedule can be found here. Click here for live scoring.

SB: Thursday's Schedule

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Arizona vs. INDIANA, 8:30 PM

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VB: McCutcheon Hired as Minnesota Head Volleyball Coach

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Hugh McCutcheon, the current U.S. Head Women's Volleyball Head Coach, has been named head coach of the University of Minnesota Women's Volleyball Program according to an announcement by Director of Athletics Joel Maturi on Thursday, Feb. 10. McCutcheon, 41, takes over for Mike Hebert, who retired in December.

McCutcheon will continue to fulfill his current obligations with USA Volleyball and join the Gophers as their full-time head coach at a mutually agreed upon date in the future. Current Minnesota assistant coach Laura Bush, who has twice been a Division I head coach during her career, will serve as the interim head coach at this time while McCutcheon is with the U.S. Women's Volleyball Team.

Click here for the complete release from Minnesota.

MBB: Wednesday's Results

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MICHIGAN def. NORTHWESTERN, 75-66
Redshirt freshman forward Jordan Morgan scored a game- and career-high 27 points and freshman guard Tim Hardaway Jr. added his first career double-double, as the University of Michigan men's basketball team beat Northwestern, 75-66, on Wednesday night inside Crisler Arena. Michigan snapped a three-game losing streak to the Wildcats, beating them for the first time since Feb. 15, 2009. RECAP & BOX SCORE

No. 13/14 WISCONSIN def. IOWA, 62-59 (OT)
The University of Iowa men's basketball team fought tooth-and-nail with the 13th ranked Wisconsin Badgers on Wednesday night only to come up three points short, 62-59, in overtime on Mediacom Court inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena. RECAP & BOX SCORE

MTEN: This Week's Schedule

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FEBRUARY 8

#25 Notre Dame at #39 WISCONSIN - 4 p.m. CT

FEBRUARY 11

Illinois State at #45 INDIANA - 10 a.m. ET
#70 NORTHWESTERN at #58 N.C. State - 4 p.m. ET
#74 IOWA at #71 Arkansas - 5 p.m. CT
#23 Washington at #22 MICHIGAN - 5 p.m. ET
#12 Kentucky at #16 ILLINOIS - 6 p.m. CT
Central Florida at #45 INDIANA - 6 p.m. ET
Marquette at #56 MICHIGAN STATE - 6 p.m. ET

FEBRUARY 12

Butler at PURDUE - 9 a.m. ET
#64 Cornell at PENN STATE - Noon ET
#33 Louisiana State at #4 OHIO STATE - 5 p.m. ET
#7 Florida at #16 ILLINOIS - 6 p.m. CT
#25 Notre Dame at #56 MICHIGAN STATE - 6 p.m. ET
Eastern Illinois at PURDUE - 6 p.m. ET
#74 IOWA vs. #47 Santa Clara [1] - TBA

FEBRUARY 13

#70 NORTHWESTERN at #68 William & Mary - 10 a.m. ET
Buffalo at PENN STATE - 11 a.m. ET
#24 Oklahoma at #45 INDIANA - Noon ET
#27 MINNESOTA at #39 WISCONSIN - Noon CT
#44 Vanderbilt at #22 MICHIGAN - 2 p.m. ET
Bucknell at PENN STATE - 4 p.m. ET
Toledo at #45 INDIANA - 6 p.m. ET

Legend
[1] Fayetteville, Ark.

WTEN: This Week's Schedule

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FEBRUARY 8

Bucknell at PENN STATE - 2 p.m. ET
California (Pa.) at PENN STATE - 6 p.m. ET

FEBRUARY 9

#31 OHIO STATE at Kentucky - 1 p.m. ET

FEBRUARY 10

#8 MICHIGAN at #13 Notre Dame - 4 p.m. ET

FEBRUARY 11

#24 Oklahoma at #73 MINNESOTA - 5 p.m. CT
Kentucky at #19 NORTHWESTERN - 6 p.m. CT
PENN STATE at #31 OHIO STATE - 6 p.m. ET

FEBRUARY 12

#44 INDIANA at #11 Tennessee - Noon ET
#26 South Carolina at #53 PURDUE - 1 p.m. ET
PENN STATE vs. #65 William & Mary [1] - 4 p.m. ET

FEBRUARY 13

Miami (Ohio) at MICHIGAN STATE - 9:30 a.m. ET
Vanderbilt at #8 MICHIGAN - 10:30 a.m. ET
#26 South Carolina at #29 ILLINOIS - 11 a.m. CT
Oregon at #73 MINNESOTA - 11 a.m. CT
#65 William & Mary at #31 OHIO STATE - 11 a.m. ET
WISCONSIN at #13 Notre Dame - 11 a.m. ET
Kentucky at #53 PURDUE - Noon ET

Legend
[1] Columbus, Ohio

WSWM: National Poll

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Six Big Ten teams earned a spot in the latest CollegeSwimming.com/CSCAA Division I Coaches Poll released Wednesday, Feb. 9. For the second consecutive week in a row,  Minnesota leads the conference and checks in at No. 13, followed closely by Indiana at No. 14.

Michigan, Wisconsin, and Ohio State appeared inside the top 20, earning the No. 16, No. 17 and No. 19 spots respectively.  Rounding out the conference standings was Purdue, capturing the No. 20 spot.

Penn State conitnues to earn votes outside the top-25.

MSWM: National Rankings

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All ten Big Ten teams earned recognition in the CollegeSwimming.com/CSCAA Division I Coaches Poll released Wednesday, Feb. 9. Michigan leads the way for all conference schools  after moving up four spots to No. 9. Ohio State holds steady at No. 11 while Indiana ranks at No. 14. Minnesota follows closely behind, earning the No. 15 spot while Purdue while Iowa rounds out the conference schools, at No. 20 and No. 25.

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.

MBB: Wednesday's Schedule

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

#13/14 WISCONSIN at IOWA - 8:30 p.m., Big Ten Network

 

All times ET

The Big Ten continues its celebration of Black History Month continues with a feature on former Purdue outfielder Shahara Nixon Byford.

Shahara Nixon Byford learned the values of leadership, hard work, and friendship as a member of the Purdue softball team. Byford also liked the challenge of helping build the Purdue softball program, which was entering its third season of competition in the Big Ten. From the outset of her freshman year (1997), she was a starter in left field and remained there for 238 games, tied for second all-time among Purdue players. By the end, she was awarded a full scholarship.

To read the complete feature, click here.

MGOLF: Indiana's Wright Named Golfer of the Week

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Indiana's Chase Wright takes home the first Big Ten Men's Golfer of the Week award of 2011 after leading the No. 25 Hoosiers to a 9.5-2.5 win over Ball State at the Big Red Shootout on Saturday. The award marks the second of Wright's career.

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

WRES: Ranking the Wrestlers

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The Big Ten boasts 52 ranked wrestlers in the latest InterMat weight class rankings, released on Tuesday. Iowa sophomore Matt McDonough again leads the 125-pound class, while Michigan junior Kellen Russell has earned the top spot at 141. The complete breakdown of ranked Big Ten wrestlers can be found below.

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

133
3. Tyler Graff, So., WIS
7. B.J. Futrell, So., ILL
8. Tony Ramos, Fr., IOWA
9. Andrew Long, So., PSU
19. Levi Mele, So., NU
20. Zac Stevens, Jr., MICH

141
1. Kellen Russell, Jr., MICH
2. Mike Thorn, Sr., MINN
3. Montell Marion, Jr., IOWA
4. Jimmy Kennedy, Sr., ILL
7. Andrew Alton, Fr., PSU

149
5. Frank Molinaro, Jr., PSU
8. Cole Schmitt, So., WIS
9. Andrew Nadhir, Sr., NU
13. Kurt Kinser, Sr., IND
20. Dan Osterman, So., MSU

157
3. David Taylor, Fr., PSU
7. Derek St. John, Fr., IOWA
8. Paul Young, Sr., IND
10. Jason Welch, So., NU

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

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

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

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

HWT
6. Cameron Wade, Jr., PSU
8. Tony Nelson, Fr., MINN
9. Ricky Alcala, Sr., IND
10. Ben Apland, So., MICH
11. Eric Bugenhagen, Sr., WIS
20. Joe Rizqallah, So., MSU

Big Ten Network to Air Seven Winter Championships in HD

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The Big Ten Network will televise seven winter Big Ten Championships, beginning Feb. 26 with the Big Ten Women's Swimming and Diving Championships. The schedule also features men's swimming and diving, wrestling, men's and women's indoor track and field and men's and women's gymnastics.

The Big Ten Men's and Women's Gymnastics Championships and the second day of the Big Ten Wrestling Championships will be carried live, and all seven championships will be produced in high definition.

Click here to see the complete release.

MBB: Tuesday's Results

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#14/12 PURDUE def. INDIANA, 67-53
E'Twaun Moore scored 25 points and JaJuan Johnson added 15 to help No. 14 Purdue pull away for a 67-53 victory over Indiana on Tuesday night. RECAP & BOX SCORE

WBB: Weekly Release

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With just three weeks before the 2011 Big Ten Women's Basketball Tournament tips off in Indianapolis, the conference crown is still up for grabs. Penn State remains as the top team in the standings with a 9-2 Big Ten mark and is followed closely by Michigan State, which is second at 8-2. Wisconsin is third at 8-3, with Michigan a game back at 7-4 and Purdue in fifth at 6-5. The conference race will continue to take shape this week as eight Big Ten matchups will be nationally broadcast by ESPN2, the Big Ten Network or streamed online at www.BigTenNetwork.com.

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MBB: Tuesday's Schedule

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INDIANA at #14/12 PURDUE - 7 p.m. ET, ESPN

WTEN: In the Polls

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Eight Big Ten women's tennis teams have earned top-75 status in the latest Campbell/ITA team rankings, released Tuesday. Michigan earns the top Big Ten ranking at No. 8, while Northwestern also earns a top-25 nod at No. 19. Illinois drops one spot to No. 29 this week, while Ohio State moves up one spot to No. 31. Indiana remains at No. 44, with Iowa following at No. 45. Purdue checks in at No. 53 and Minnesota holds No. 73 to close the conference's group of ranked teams.

Click here to see the complete Campbell/ITA women's team rankings.

MTEN: In the Polls

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Nine Big Ten men's tennis teams appear in the latest Campbell/ITA national rankings, with Ohio State leading the way. After picking up back-to-back wins over top-20 teams, the Buckeyes remain at No. 4 in the nation. Illinois stands pat at No. 16, while Michigan moves up a spot to No. 22. Minnesota climbs three places to No. 27 in this week's edition, followed by No. 39 Wisconsin and No. 45 Indiana. Michigan State makes the largest jump of any conference team this week, receiving its first ranking of the season at No. 56. Northwestern checks in at No. 70, while Iowa rounds out the Big Ten contingent at No. 74.

Click here to see the complete Campbell/ITA poll.

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, released on Tuesday. Iowa remains at No. 2 in the latest poll, receiving two of the 11 first-place votes. Penn State again follows at No. 3, with No. 5 Minnesota rounding out the top five. Michigan breaks into the top 10 this week, tying for the No. 10 spot. Wisconsin is just behind at No. 12, while Northwestern continues to climb, moving up one spot to No. 16. Illinois checks in at No. 20, while Purdue sits at No. 23.

Penn State leads the way in the InterMat Tournament Rankings, holding No. 3 in this week's edition. Iowa follows at No. 4, while No. 6 Minnesota and No. 7 Wisconsin also earn top-10 status. Michigan is tied for No. 14 this week, followed by No. 20 Illinois and No. 24 Northwestern in the top 25. Purdue checks in at No. 31, with No. 33 Indiana, No. 37 Ohio State and No. 54 Michigan State following behind.

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

MTEN: Big Ten Men's Tennis Weekly Release - Feb. 8

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The first Big Ten men's tennis weekly release, featuring up-to-date standings, schedules, rankings and more, is now available online. Click here to see the complete release on the Big Ten website.

WTEN: Big Ten Women's Tennis Weekly Release - Feb. 8

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The Big Ten women's tennis weekly release, featuring up-to-date standings, schedules, rankings and more, is now available online. Click here to see the complete release on the Big Ten website.

WRES: Big Ten Wrestling Weekly Release - Feb. 8

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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.

MTEN: Ohio State's Buchanan Named Athlete of the Week

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Ohio State's Chase Buchanan earns his seventh career Big Ten men's tennis Athlete of the Week award and his first of 2011 after leading the fourth-ranked Buckeyes to wins against No. 18 Mississippi and No. 11 Georgia over the weekend.

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

WTEN: Northwestern's Wowchuk Named Athlete of the Week

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Northwestern sophomore Brittany Wowchuk reels in her first Big Ten women's tennis Athlete of the Week award after going 4-0 against No. 71 Minnesota and No. 6 Duke over the weekend. The sophomore picked up her biggest win of the weekend, a 6-1, 4-6, 6-3 victory over fourth-ranked Reka Zsilinszka, against Duke on Sunday.

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

WINDR T/F: National Rankings

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Penn State and Indiana rank in this week's national USTFCCCA poll with Penn State leading the way at the No. 19 spot and Indiana following closely behind at No. 20.

Oregon continues its reign at the top spot, while Texas A&M and LSU hold steady to round out the top three.

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

MINDR T/F: National Rankings

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Three conference men's indoor track and field teams landed spots in the USTFCCCA national rankings, starting with Indiana who lands in the top-five for the first time this season at No. 5. Penn State also moved up this week, jumping one spot to No. 8. Ohio State rounds out the conference representatives. The Buckeyes remained at the No. 16 spot in Tuesday's poll.

The complete national rankings can be found here.

WRES: Northwestern's Jones Named Wrestler of the Week

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Northwestern senior Aaron Jones earns his first career Big Ten Wrestler of the Week award after helping the 17th-ranked Wildcats defeat No. 24 Purdue on Friday. Jones picked up a 6-1 decision over seventh-ranked 184-pounder A.J. Kissel, earning his first win over a ranked opponent this season.

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MBB: McCamey Named Finalist for Cousy Award

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Illinois' Demetri McCamey was named one of 10 finalists for the Bob Cousy Award, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced on Monday. The annual award is given to college basketball's top point guard. Fan voting for the award begins on Feb. 8 and will run through March 8. For more information, and to vote, visit www.cousyaward.com.

WGOLF: Weekly Rankings

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Purdue leads the way for Big Ten women's golf in the latest GolfWeek/Sagarin Collegiate Team Rankings, checking in at No. 5. Michigan State holds No. 18 in the latest rankings, followed by No. 24 Ohio State. Minnesota, Northwestern and Wisconsin each appear in the top 50, as the Golden Gophers sit at No. 42, the Wildcats follow at No. 43 and the Badgers check in at No. 49. Four Big Ten golfers have also earned top-50 status in the latest individual rankings, led by Purdue's Numa Gulyanamitta at No. 24.

Click here for the complete team rankings and here for the individual rankings.

MGOLF: Weekly Rankings

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Three Big Ten men's golf teams have earned top-25 status in the GolfWeek/Sagarin team rankings through the first weekend of spring competition. Illinois leads the way at No. 7, followed by No. 12 Iowa and No. 22 Ohio State. Four other teams sit just outside of the top 25, as No. 27 Indiana, No. 30 Purdue, No. 31 Michigan and No. 32 Northwestern all own top-50 ratings. Additionally, six individual Big Ten golfers appear in the latest top 50.

Click here to see the complete GolfWeek/Sagarin team rankings and here to see the individual rankings.

WGYM: Weekly Rankings

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Six Big Ten women's gymnastics teams rank in the top 25 of the latest GymInfo National Team Rankings, released on Monday. Michigan moves up one spot from last week's rankings, holding No. 8 with a team average of 195.635. Ohio State also climbs a spot, checking in at No. 15 (194.830) in the this week's edition. Illinois, Minnesota and Penn State each follow closely behind, as the Illini sit at No. 16 (194.800), the Golden Gophers hold No. 17 (194.720) and the Nittany Lions check in at No. 18 (194.665). Iowa closes the group of conference teams in the top 25, remaining at No. 23 (194.375).

Click here to see the complete GymInfo rankings.
Illinois' Daniel Ribeiro and Michigan's Sam Mikulak have been awarded Big Ten Gymnast and Freshman of the Week honors, respectively. Ribeiro earned the pommel horse gold medal at the U.S. Winter Cup Challenge, while Mikulak took second on the vault at the same event.

Click here for the complete release from the Big Ten.
Michigan's Kylee Botterman has been named the Big Ten Gymnast of the Week, while Ohio State's Sarah Miller receives Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors, the conference office announced on Monday. Botterman hauls in her fourth Gymnast of the Week accolade of the season, while Miller's award marks her third in 2011.

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

WBB: Players of the Week

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Player of the Week:
Amy Jaeschke, Northwestern
6-5, Sr., C, Wilmette, Ill./New Trier

Jaeschke is named Big Ten Player of the Week for the fourth time this season after averaging 25.5 points per game in a pair of Northwestern victories last week. Finishing with two 20-point outings, the senior also averaged 7.0 rebounds and 1.5 blocks in wins over Illinois and Ohio State. Against the Illini, she scored 22 points and hit the game-winning jumper with 1.4 seconds remaining in an 80-79 win. Versus the Buckeyes, Jaeschke poured in 29 points, along with seven rebounds, two assists, one block and one steal in a 74-68 triumph in Columbus.

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

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

Lucas averaged 20.5 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.0 steals in two games last week, helping keep Penn State in first place of the conference standings. Against Michigan on Thursday, the freshman poured in 23 points, chipping in four rebounds in 25 minutes of action in a road win. At No. 20/22 Iowa on Sunday, she finished with 18 points, three rebounds and a steal to knock off the nationally ranked Hawkeyes. It is the seventh Big Ten Freshman of the Week honor on the season for Lucas, who is fifth in the conference in scoring at 16.7 points per game.

Last Penn State Freshman of the Week: Maggie Lucas (Jan. 17, 2011)

Ohio State's Archie Griffin has been named Big Ten Icon No. 4 by the Big Ten Network. Big Ten Icons continues at 9 PM ET on Sunday with a profile of college football's only two-time Heisman Trophy winner.

Griffin, who was born at Ohio State University Hospital and grew up in Columbus, was awarded the Heisman Trophy in 1974 and 1975. He was a three-time All-American, remains the Buckeyes' all-time leading rusher and was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1986.  Griffin's No. 45 has been retired by Ohio State. Griffin helped the Buckeyes win four Big Ten titles from 1972-75 and was the starting tailback in four straight Rose Bowl games. Ohio State posted a 40-5-1 record during his four years, and Griffin rushed for 100 yards or more in 31 straight games. The NCAA honored Griffin in 1975 with "Top Five" award for academic, athletic and leadership achievements.

In an essay for www.BigTenIcons.com, former Chicago Tribune sports editor Dan McGrath wrote, "In terms of sheer consistency and productivity, no one ever did it better than the 5-foot-8, 182-pound dynamo from Columbus." To read the essay on Griffin 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. 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.

Thirteen former Big Ten players and coaches helped the Green Bay Packers win Super Bowl XLV on Sunday, Feb. 6. The Big Ten was well-represented in the Super Bowl with 18 former student-athletes and nine coaches with previous conference connections on the rosters of the Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers. The Big Ten was 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) were 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). For more information, click on this link.

WTEN: Weekend Roundup

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FEBRUARY 4

#28 ILLINOIS def. #35 DePaul, 5-2
#6 Duke def. #44 INDIANA, 7-0
#30 IOWA def. Miami (Ohio), 5-2
MICHIGAN STATE def. Bowling Green, 7-0
#52 PURDUE def. Western Michigan, 4-3

FEBRUARY 5

#7 MICHIGAN def. Kentucky, 7-0
#23 NORTHWESTERN def. #71 MINNESOTA, 7-0
#74 WISCONSIN def. Illinois-Chicago, 6-1

FEBRUARY 6

#26 Virginia def. #28 ILLINOIS, 5-2
#44 INDIANA def. Butler, 7-0
#44 INDIANA def. Memphis, 5-2
Kansas State def. #30 IOWA, 6-1
MICHIGAN STATE def. Eastern Michigan, 7-0
#71 MINNESOTA def. Marquette, 4-3
#6 Duke def. #23 NORTHWESTERN, 4-3

WRES: Weekend Roundup

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FEBRUARY 4

#19 ILLINOIS def. OHIO STATE, 21-12
#2 IOWA def. INDIANA, 35-6
#13 MICHIGAN def. #6 WISCONSIN, 26-9
#3 PENN STATE def. MICHIGAN STATE, 30-9
#17 NORTHWESTERN def. #24 PURDUE, 32-6

FEBRUARY 5

#4 MINNESOTA def. OHIO STATE, 31-9

FEBRUARY 6

#3 PENN STATE def. #13 MICHIGAN, 28-13
#24 PURDUE def. #6 WISCONSIN, 18-16

WBB: Sunday's Results

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Wisconsin 75, Indiana 49
Led by a game-high 21 points from senior Alyssa Karel , the Wisconsin women's basketball team defeated Indiana, 75-49, at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind. The win improved the Badgers' record to 13-10 overall and 8-3 in Big Ten play. Head coach Lisa Stone also notched her 500th career victory. RECAP

Penn State 82, Iowa 75
Penn State (20-5, 9-2) saw all nine players in the game score as the Lady Lions topped #20/22 Iowa (17-7, 5-6), 82-75, in front of a raucous crowd at Carver-Hawkeye Arena Sunday afternoon. The win gives Penn State its first 20-win season since the 2003-04 campaign and is the 800th in program history, making the Lady Lions one of 13 teams to accomplish the feat. RECAP

Michigan 69, Illinois 59
Senior guard Veronica Hicks (Chicago, Ill./Thornwood) posted 18 points in the first half en route to matching her career high with 24 points to lead the University of Michigan women's basketball team to a 69-59 win over Illinois on Sunday (Feb. 6) at Crisler Arena. RECAP

Michigan State 76, Purdue 57
Brittney Thomas scored a career-high 22 points to help No. 11 Michigan State beat Purdue 76-57 on Sunday and match the best start in school history. Lykendra Johnson had 13 points and eight rebounds and Kalisha Keane added 12 points, all in the second half, for the Spartans (20-3, 8-2 Big Ten), who built a comfortable lead with an early 12-0 run. RECAP

Northwestern 74, Ohio State 68
Senior Amy Jaeschke put the team on her shoulders, scoring 29 points as Northwestern rolled against Ohio State, 74-68 at Value City Arena Sunday evening. Northwestern used a 25-3 second-half run to record its 16th win of the season and complete the season sweep of Ohio State. It was NU's first win in Columbus since the 1996-97 season. RECAP

MBB: Sunday's Results

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MICHIGAN def. #rv/- PENN STATE, 65-62
Penn State (12-10; 5-6 Big Ten) held double-digit leads in both halves and got 31 points from Talor Battle but couldn't hold off Michigan (14-10; 4-7 Big Ten) on "Super Bowl Sunday" as the Wolverines used a late 17-7 run to come from 10 down to defeat the Nittany Lions 65-62 at the Bryce Jordan Center. RECAP & BOX SCORE

#19/18 WISCONSIN def. MICHIGAN STATE, 82-56
Jordan Taylor scored 30 points to lead No. 19 Wisconsin in an 82-56 pounding of Michigan State on Sunday, the Spartans' fifth loss in six games. RECAP & BOX SCORE

#1/1 OHIO STATE def. #18/20 MINNESOTA, 82-69
All five starters scored in double figures for #1 Ohio State as #18/20 Minnesota fell to the Buckeyes, 82-69 at Williams Arena on Super Bowl Sunday.  The Gophers turned the ball over 19 times and were unable to shutdown Jared Sullinger who finished with 18 points and 13 rebounds for the 24-0 Buckeyes.  With the loss, Minnesota falls to 16-7, 5-6 overall. RECAP & BOX SCORE

MBB: Sunday's Schedule