March 2011 Archives

SB: Thursday's Results

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Loyola Chicago 4, Wisconsin 0
Wisconsin 9, Loyola Chicago 4
Notre Dame 7, Purdue 5

WGYM: NCAA Regional Championships Preview

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All seven Big Ten women's gymnastics teams will compete in NCAA Regional Championships on Saturday with hopes of earning bids to the NCAA Championships.

The conference will be represented at three regionals. Michigan earned a No. 2 seed and will host No. 3 Ohio State and No. 5 Minnesota in the Ann Arbor Regional, while No. 3 seed Iowa and No. 6 seed Michigan State will travel to the Corvallis Regional. Second-seeded Penn State and No. 3 seed Illinois will compete in the Tuscaloosa Regional.

The complete preview can be found here.

MGYM: 2011 Big Ten Championships Preview

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The 2011 Big Ten Men's Gymnastics Championships are set to take place this weekend as all six conference teams will descend upon the University of Illinois' Huff Hall to compete for the Big Ten title. The event will begin with team competition and all-around finals on Friday, concluding with the individual event finals on Saturday. Both days of competition kick off at 7 p.m. CT and will be broadcast live by the Big Ten Network.

Click here for the complete preview.

SB: Thursday's Schedule

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Loyola-Chicago at WISCONSIN (DH), 5:00 PM ET
PURDUE at Notre Dame, 5:00 PM ET

MSWM: Three to Swim at World University Games

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Michigan's Sean Ryan and Ohio State's duo of Elliott Keefer and Tim Phillips will swim for the United States at the 2011 University World Games Aug. 14-19 in Shenzhen, China.

Known internationally as the Summer Universiade, the multi-sport event takes place every two years and is considered the second largest international competition behind the Olympic Games. It boasts competitors from around the world and is open to student-athletes between the ages of 17 and 28 who are less than one year removed from college or its equivalent.

For the entire list of swimmers, click here.

WSWM: Four Named to World University Games Teams

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Indiana's Ashley Jones and Taylor Wohrley, along with Penn State's Amy Modglin and Wisconsin's Ashley Wanland will represent the United States as they compete in the 2011 World University Games, Aug. 14-19 in Shenzhen, China. The Big Ten boasts the second highest competitiors with four, behind the Pac-12 with eight.

Known internationally as the Summer Universiade, the multi-sport event takes place every two years and is considered the second largest international competition behind the Olympic Games. It boasts competitors from around the world and is open to student-athletes between the ages of 17 and 28 who are less than one year removed from college or its equivalent.

To see the list of all competing participants, click here.

SB: Wednesday's Results

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Michigan 4, Bowling Green 2
Iowa 10, Western Illinois 2
Illinois 11, Bradley 4

The conference office announced on Wednesday the weekly women's outdoor track and field awards. Ohio State's Letecia Wright was recognized as Big Ten Track Athlete of the Week, while Indiana's Vera Neuenswander earned the nod as Field Athlete of the Week honoree.

For a complete release, click here.

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

March 23: T: Chimerem Okoroji, Jr., MINN
                F: Allison Liske, Jr., MICH
March 30: T: Letecia Wright, Sr., OSU
                F: Vera Neuenswander, Sr., IND

The conference office announced on Wednesday the weekly men's outdoor track and field awards. Ohio State's Thomas Murdaugh was recognized as Big Ten Track Athlete of the Week, while Indiana's Derek Drouin earned the nod as Field Athlete of the Week honoree.

Click here for the complete release of this week's honorees.

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

March 23: T: No selection
                F: Micah Hegerle, So., MINN
March 30: T: Thomas Murdaugh, Jr., OSU
                F: Derek Drouin, Jr., IND

WBB: Lavender Named USBWA All-American

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Ohio State senior Jantel Lavender was named a USBWA All-American, the association announced today. Lavender was one of 10 standouts named to the team and earns the honor for the third time in her career, becoming the 13th women's basketball standout to earn the honor three times and the second from Ohio State (Jessica Davenport).

The four-time Big Ten Player of the Year led the conference in scoring and rebounding at 22.8 and 10.9 per game, respectively. She was named a first team All-American by the Associated Press on Tuesday.

WTEN: In the (Individual) Polls

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Big Ten women's tennis is again well-represented in the latest ITA singles and doubles rankings, with 13 singles players and nine doubles pairs earning national recognition. The complete breakdown of ranked Big Ten players can be found below.

SINGLES
7. Denise Muresan, MICH
16. Maria Mosolova, NU
50. Brittany Wowchuk, NU
56. Natallia Pintusava, MINN
69. Sam Critser, MICH
73. Brooke Bolender, MICH
74. Belinda Niu, NU
78. Leslie Hureau, IND
92. Kate Turvy, NU
96. Rachael White, ILL
98. Whitney Taney, MICH
101. Sonja Molnar, IOWA
121. Amy Barton, MSU

DOUBLES
7. Linda Abu Mushrefova/Nida Hamilton, NU
8. Brooke Bolender/Denise Muresan, MICH
19. Amy Barton/Marina Bohrer, MSU
20. Rachael White/Allison Falkin, ILL
31. Leslie Hureau/Myriam Sopel, IND
38. Mara Schmidt/Jennifer Rabot, PUR
46. Sonja Molnar/Jessica Young, IOWA
54. Mimi Nguyen/Brooke Bolender, MICH
67. Breanne Smutko/Chelcie Abajian, ILL

The John R. Wooden Award Men's All American teams were announced today by the Los Angeles Athletic Club. Included on the ten-player men's team were Purdue's JaJuan Johnson and Ohio State's Jared Sullinger. The top five men's vote-getters will be invited to Los Angeles for the April 8 announcement of the 2011 John R. Wooden winner as the college basketball player of the year.

SB: Wednesday's Schedule

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Bradley at ILLINOIS, 7:00 PM ET
IOWA at Western Illinois, 5:00 PM ET
Bowling Green at MICHIGAN, 4:00 PM ET
Ohio State's Brad Smith and Purdue's William Sjaichudin have been named the Big Ten Men's Co-Golfer of the Week, the conference office announced on Wednesday. Smith took medalist honors at the FAU Spring Break Championship, while Sjaichudin picked up a first-place finish for the second consecutive week at the Butler Spring Invitational.

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WGOLF: Minnesota's Puga Named Golfer of the Week

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Minnesota's Teresa Puga has been named the Big Ten Women's Golfer of the Week, the conference office announced on Wednesday. Puga tied for 12th at the Mountain View Collegiate, helping the Gophers to a fifth-place finish in the team standings.

Click here for the complete release.

MTEN: In the (Individual) Polls

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Fifteen Big Ten men's tennis players and nine conference doubles pairs have been ranked nationally in the latest ITA rankings. The complete breakdown of ranked singles and doubles players can be found below.

SINGLES
3. Blaz Rola, OSU
9. Dennis Nevolo, ILL
14. Chase Buchanan, OSU
21. Evan King, MICH
41. Matt Allare, OSU
53. Devin McCarthy, OSU
57. Jason Jung, MICH
61. Abe Souza, ILL
66. Peter Kobelt, OSU
70. Marek Michalicka, WIS
95. Johnny Hamui, ILL
98. Balazs Novak, OSU
102. Nelson Vick, OSU
109. Josh MacTaggart, IND
119. Joshua Graves, NU

DOUBLES
9. Chase Buchanan/Blaz Rola, OSU
13. Matt Allare/Peter Kobelt, OSU
19. Jason Jung/Evan King, MICH
39. Dennis Nevolo/Abe Souza, ILL
50. Santiago Gruter/Jeremy Langer, IND
60. Johnny Hamui/Abe Souza, ILL
77. Sebastian Gallego/Phillip Arndt, MINN
78. Billy Bertha/Marek Michalicka, WIS
81. Stephen Vogl/Josh MacTaggart, IND

BASE: Tuesday's Results

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INDIANA def. Northern Kentucky, 7-3

South Dakota State def. IOWA, 7-4 (14)

OHIO STATE def. Xavier, 4-1

PURDUE def. IPFW, 8-1

SB: Tuesday's Results

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Pittsburgh 2, Penn State 1
Penn State 2, Pittsburgh 0

BASE: Leader of the Stat

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Big Ten Among NCAA Leaders
Big Ten teams/players among NCAA top 25 through March 27
COMPLETE NCAA STATS

TEAM LEADERS
Batting Average
   8. Michigan State (.331)
   12. Purdue (.325)
Runs per Game
   12. Purdue (8.0)
Hits
   19. Purdue (271)
Doubles per Game
   7. Purdue (2.57)
Slugging Percentage
   14. Purdue (.474)
Sacrifice Bunts
   8. Iowa (33)
Hit by Pitch
   3. Purdue (52)
Sacrifice Flies
   16. Purdue (16)
ERA
   25. Michigan State (2.78)
Walks Allowed per 9.0 IP
   8. Michigan State (2.26)
   14. Purdue (2.45)
Double Plays per Game
   6. Northwestern (1.35)
   8. Penn State (1.32)

INDIVIDUAL LEADERS
Batting Average
   9. Brandon Eckerle, MSU (.448)
   24. Jeff Holm, MSU (.427)
Hits
   25. Brandon Eckerle (39)
Doubles per Game
   11. Joey DeBernardis, PSU (.55)
Triples per Game
   10. Trevor Willis, IOWA (0.20)
   13. Sean Deegan, PSU (0.19)
Stolen Bases per Game
   18. Micah Johnson, IND (0.64)
   24. Jeff Holm, MSU (0.60)
Strikeouts per At-Bat (toughest to strike out)
   8. Kevin Plawecki, PUR (29.7)
   17. Casey McMurray, ILL (23.7)
   20. Ryan Cypret, OSU (22.7)
   21. Ryan Jones, MSU (22.3)
Sacrifice Bunts per Game
   12. Zach McCool, IOWA (0.40)
Sacrifice Flies
   15. Ryan Bridges, PUR (4)
Victories
   5. Dave Walkling, PSU (5)
Walks Allowed per 9.0 IP
   24. Steven Hill, PSU (0.86)

 

WTEN: Big Ten Women's Tennis Weekly Release - March 29

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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 - March 29

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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.
Ohio State senior Jantel Lavender was named a first team All-American by the Associated Press, it was announced on Tuesday. In addition, Iowa's Kachine Alexander and Jaime Printy, Michigan State's Kalisha Keane and Northwestern's Amy Jaeschke were selected as honorable mention All-Americans.

It is the second straight year Lavender has been named a first team AP All-American. This season, she led the Big Ten in scoring and rebounding at 22.8 and 10.9 per game, respectively.

The conference office announced on Tuesday the 2011 Big Ten Men's Swimmer and Diver of the Year award winners as voted on by the conference's coaches. Indiana's Eric Ress captured Swimmer of the Year honors, while Purdue's David Boudia was a unanimous pick for Diver of the Year after winning the award the past two seasons.

To read the entire release about the two honorees, click here.

SB: Big Ten Softball Weekly Release

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Following the opening weekend of conference action, four Big Ten teams remain unbeaten with matching 2-0 conference records. Illinois, Iowa, Michigan and Penn State each swept their Big Ten opponents during the first week of play, while Indiana and Minnesota split their opening series and are tied for fifth in the standings at 1-1.

This week, the Illini and Nittany Lions put their undefeated marks on the line as the two faceoff in a two-game set, beginning on Saturday. Both contests will be streamed on www.BigTenNetwork.com, two of four contests that will be nationally distributed this week. The Big Ten Network opens its linear coverage of 2011 Big Ten softball on Sunday with Iowa visiting Purdue.

Click here for the complete weekly release.

SB: Tuesday's Schedule

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Penn State at Pittsburgh (DH), 3 p.m. ET

BASE: Tuesday's Schedule

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ILLINOIS vs. Missouri (Busch Stadium, St. Louis, Mo.) - Postponed

Northern Kentucky at INDIANA - 3:05 p.m.

South Dakota State at IOWA - 5:05 p.m.

Xavier at OHIO STATE - 6:35 p.m. (www.BigTenNetwork.com)

IPFW at PURDUE - 4 p.m.

 

All times ET

MTEN: In the Polls

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Eight Big Ten men's tennis teams have earned top-75 status in the latest Campbell/ITA national rankings, led by four top-25 conference squads. Ohio State moves up two spots to No. 3 this week to lead the group of Big Ten teams. Illinois drops three spots to No. 13, followed in the top 25 by No. 22 Michigan and No. 24 Minnesota. Indiana jumps three places to No. 29 in the latest edition, while Michigan State holds No. 53, Purdue sits at No. 60 and Iowa rejoins the top 75 at No. 62.

Click here to see the complete Campbell/ITA rankings.

WTEN: In the Polls

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Five Big Ten women's tennis teams have been ranked among the top 75 in the latest Campbell/ITA poll, led by No. 8 Michigan. Northwestern also appears in the top 20, checking in at No. 20. Purdue remains at No. 58 this week, followed by No. 60 Michigan State and No. 73 Ohio State.

Click here to see the complete Campbell/ITA poll.

MTEN: Indiana's MacTaggart Named Athlete of the Week

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Indiana's Josh MacTaggart has been named the Big Ten Men's Tennis Athlete of the Week, the conference office announced on Tuesday. MacTaggart led the No. 32 Hoosiers to wins against No. 44 Michigan State, Vincennes and clinched a 4-3 win over No. 18 Michigan with a come-from-behind victory at No. 3 singles.

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

WTEN: Michigan's Muresan Named Athlete of the Week

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Michigan's Denise Muresan has been named the Big Ten Women's Tennis Athlete of the Week, the conference office announced on Tuesday. Muresan led the fifth-ranked Wolverines to wins against Indiana and No. 58 Purdue over the weekend en route to her second weekly award this season.

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

The Indiana first varsity eight boat claimed this week's Boat of the Week honor after defeating Notre Dame, Purdue and Eastern Michigan last weekend at the Indiana Invitational on Eagle Creek Reservoir in Indianapolis, Ind. The Hoosier boat of Shifumi Terasaka, Asja Zero, Karlijn Keijzer, Elisabeth Kleipool, Rachel Anderson, Cara Donley, Kathryn Laine, Jaclyn Riedel and coxswain Alex Burkle steadily increased its lead throughout the 2,000-meter race. At the finish, Indiana won in a time of 6:28.0, a second ahead of Notre Dame, which finished second in 6:29.0.

Click here for the entire release.

WGOLF: Weekly Rankings

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Five Big Ten women's golf teams have earned top-50 status in the latest Golfweek/Sagarin rankings, released on Sunday. Purdue leads the conference contingent, holding No. 4 nationally in this week's rankings. Michigan State sits at No. 22 this week, followed by No. 31 Ohio State, No. 38 Minnesota and No. 41 Northwestern. The Big Ten also boasts three individual golfers ranked in the top 50, with 19th-ranked Laura Gonzalez-Escallon earning the highest ranking of the trio.

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

MGOLF: Weekly Rankings

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Six Big Ten men's golf teams appear in the latest Golfweek/Sagarin rankings, released on Sunday night. Illinois again leads the pack of conference teams, sitting at No. 8. Iowa checks in at No. 13, followed by No. 24 Ohio State, No. 32 Indiana, No. 43 Michigan and No. 44 Purdue. In addition, four individual Big Ten golfers appear among the top 50 nationally, led by 11th-ranked Vince India of Iowa and 12th-ranked Luke Guthrie of Illinois.

Click here to see the team rankings and here to see the individual rankings.
Two Big Ten softball student-athletes were among the 10 finalists for the 2011 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award, given annually to the student-athlete who has demonstrated excellence within four areas - community, classroom, character and competition.

Michigan's Dorian Shaw and Illinois' Danielle Zymkowitz were named finalists for the award, which will be announced on June 3 at the Women's College World Series. The winner will be selected by media and coaches votes, while fans can have their votes counted as well by logging on and voting through May 10.

For more information on this year's honorees, click here.

MBB: Two Named AP First-Team All-Americans

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Purdue's JaJuan Johnson and Ohio State's Jared Sullinger were both named Associated Press first-team All-Americans while Wisconsin's Jordan Taylor was given second-team honors.

After being named Big Ten Player of the Year, Johnson's recent honor makes him the Boilermakers' first consensus All-American since Glenn Robinson in 1994. He is one of 17 Purdue players to earn a total of 25 consensus All-America honors, which ranks as the second-highest total in NCAA history.

With this honor, Sullinger became the seventh freshman All-American over the last five years. The Buckeyes have boasted a player on the first-team All-American list in three consecutive seasons, with the last coming from Evan Turner in 2009 and 2010.

Taylor is the fourth Wisconsin player to earn first or second-team All-America honors, joining Alando Tucker (2007), Don Rehfeldt (1950) and Devin Harris (2004).

Penn State's Talor Battle, Purdue's E'Twaun Moore and Wisconsin's Jon Leuer were named to the honorable-mention list.

To read the entire release, click here.

Illinois' Austin Phillips and Alex Varga have been awarded the final Big Ten men's gymnastics weekly honors of the season, the conference office announced on Monday. Phillips picked up Gymnast of the Week laurels, while Varga was named the Freshman of the Week.

Click here for the complete release from the Big Ten.

SB: Big Ten Players of the Week

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Co-Player of the Week:
Liz Watkins, Iowa
Jr., C, Taylor Ridge, Ill./Rockbridge

Watkins hit at a .714 clip and finished the week with six RBI, leading Iowa to a series sweep on the road against Ohio State last week. The junior backstop was 5-of-7 at the plate last week in which she drove in three runs in each contest against the Buckeyes. In the series opener, she was a perfect 4-for-4 with a double and a run scored. In the finale on Sunday, Watkins belted a three-run home run in her first at-bat and scored two runs as Iowa went on to a 7-2 win and the series sweep. It is the second Big Ten Player of the Week honor of Watkins' career.

Last Iowa Player of the Week: Stephanie Ochoa (March 21, 2011)

Cassidy Bell, Penn State
So., OF, Bakersfield, Calif./Liberty

Bell finished the week with four hits, all of which went for doubles, hitting .667 to help Penn State to a series sweep over Wisconsin. In the series opener the sophomore went 2-for-4 at the plate, drove in a pair runs, scored two more and stole a base in an 8-5 victory. In the series finale on Sunday, Bell hit safely in both at-bats, scored twice and stole her second base of the weekend as Penn State earned the 3-2 win and the series sweep. It is her first Big Ten Player of the Week honor.

Last Penn State Player of the Week: Danielle Kinley (Feb. 13, 2007)

Pitcher of the Week:
Lisa Akamine, Penn State
Jr., P, Escondido, Calif./Escondido

Akamine allowed just one hit in 8.2 innings of work and pitched in both Penn State victories against Wisconsin last weekend. The junior earned the win on Saturday, tossing 3.2 innings of relief in which she struck out four Badgers to cement the 8-5 Nittany Lion win. On Sunday, she took the ball to start the game in which she gave up one hit through five innings, allowed one run and struck out seven as Penn State earned the series sweep with a 3-2 win. Akamine finished the week with a 0.81 ERA and held Wisconsin batters to just .037 hitting to clinch her second career Big Ten Pitcher of the Week accolade.

Last Penn State Pitcher of the Week: Lisa Akamine (March 29, 2010)

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

Varsho earns her third Big Ten Freshman of the Week honor after hitting .545 and leading the Boilermakers to a 3-0 record last week. Notching two multi-hit games, the freshman finished with an OPS of 1.454 after ripping six hits, including two doubles and a triple, last week. Varsho was a perfect 4-for-4 on the base paths, swiping two bags each against Toledo and Ball State, also accounting for two RBI and a run last week to help Purdue to its best start in program history.

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

WTEN: Weekend Roundup

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MARCH 23

#23 San Diego def. ILLINOIS, 7-0
#21 Tennessee def. #71 OHIO STATE, 7-0

MARCH 24

#11 NORTHWESTERN def. #66 UC Santa Barbara, 4-0

MARCH 25

#71 OHIO STATE def. IOWA, 6-1
PENN STATE def. Temple, 4-3

MARCH 26

#5 MICHIGAN def. INDIANA, 6-1
#58 PURDUE def. #52 MICHIGAN STATE, 4-3
WISCONSIN
def. Northern Iowa, 6-1
WISCONSIN def. Wisconsin-Whitewater, 7-0

MARCH 27

#71 OHIO STATE def. ILLINOIS, 4-3
#52 MICHIGAN STATE def. INDIANA, 4-3
IOWA 
def. PENN STATE, 5-2
#11 NORTHWESTERN 
def. WISCONSIN, 7-0
#5 MICHIGAN def. #58 PURDUE, 7-0

BASE: Sunday's Results

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INDIANA def. Evansville, 6-5 (10)

Evansville def. INDIANA, 7-5

IOWA def. Western Illinois, 6-2

MICHIGAN STATE def. MICHIGAN, 5-4

MICHIGAN STATE def. MICHIGAN, 8-2

MINNESOTA def. Cal Poly, 9-4

PENN STATE def. Le Moyne, 10-3

PENN STATE def. Albany, 6-4

PURDUE def. Bradley, 12-1

MTEN: Weekend Roundup

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MARCH 22

#70 NORTHWESTERN def. Florida Gulf Coast, 6-1

MARCH 25

#10 ILLINOIS def. PENN STATE, 7-0
#32 INDIANA
 def. #44 MICHIGAN STATE, 6-1
#5 OHIO STATE def. #66 IOWA, 5-2
#18 MICHIGAN def. #67 PURDUE, 6-1
#22 MINNESOTA
 def. #70 NORTHWESTERN, 6-1

MARCH 26

#22 MINNESOTA def. Denver, 7-0

MARCH 27

#5 OHIO STATE def. #10 ILLINOIS, 7-0
#32 INDIANA
 
def. #18 MICHIGAN, 4-3
#32 INDIANA def. Vincennes, 7-0
#66 IOWA def. PENN STATE, 4-3
#67 PURDUE def. #44 MICHIGAN STATE, 4-3
WISCONSIN 
def. #70 NORTHWESTERN, 4-3

SB: Sunday's Results

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Purdue 3, Ball State 1
Penn State 3, Wisconsin 2
Iowa 7, Ohio State 2
Michigan 7, Northwestern 4
Indiana 4, Minnesota 2
Illinois 3, Michigan State 2

BASE: Saturday's Results

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IOWA def. Western Illinois, 5-4

NORTHWESTERN def. Campbell, 3-2

OHIO STATE def. Cal State Bakersfield, 10-8

PENN STATE def. Le Moyne, 6-2

SB: Sunday's Schedule

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MINNESOTA at INDIANA, 1:00 PM ET
WISCONSIN at PENN STATE, 1:00 PM ET
MICHIGAN at NORTHWESTERN, 2:00 PM ET
IOWA at OHIO STATE, 2:00 PM ET
MICHIGAN STATE at ILLINOIS, 3:00 PM ET
Marshall vs. PURDUE, 11:00 AM ET
Ball State vs. PURDUE, 3:00 PM ET

SB: Saturday's Results

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Purdue 1, Toledo 0
Purdue 6, Miami (Ohio) 3
Penn State 8, Wisconsin 5
Iowa 5, Ohio State 3
Michigan 2, Northwestern 1
Minnesota 2, Indiana 0
Illinois 6, Michigan State 3

WBB: Saturday's NCAA Tournament Results

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#1 Tennessee 85, #4 Ohio State 75
Ohio State had its 11-game winning streak snapped in the Dayton Regional semifinal, falling to top seeded Tennessee 85-75. Buckeye senior Jantel Lavender ended her illustrious career with 19 points and 10 rebounds, while junior Samantha Prahalis recorded a game-high 22 points. RECAP

BASE: Friday's Results

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ILLINOIS def. Indiana State, 7-6

Western Illinois def. IOWA, 4-2

MICHIGAN STATE def. MICHIGAN, 9-3

Cal Poly def. MINNESOTA, 5-1

NORTHWESTERN def. Campbell, 6-5

Cal State Bakersfield def. OHIO STATE, 7-3

Le Moyne def. PENN STATE, 10-6

Bradley def. PURDUE, 9-4

WBB: Saturday's NCAA Schedule

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Dayton Region
#4 OHIO STATE vs. #1 Tennessee, Noon, ESPN

MBB: Friday's Results

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NCAA REGIONAL SEMIFINALS
No. 4 Kentucky def. No. 1 OHIO STATE, 62-60
Brandon Knight answered a tying 3-pointer by the Buckeyes' Jon Diebler with a floating jumper in the closing seconds Friday night, allowing the young but talented Wildcats to stun the No. 1 overall seed 62-60 in the marquee game of the regional semifinals. RECAP & BOX SCORE

SB: Saturday's Schedule

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The conference season begins this weekend for 10 Big Ten squads as conference squads begin the march toward a Big Ten Championship and an automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament.

This weekend, Indiana hosts Minnesota, Northwesten welcomes Michigan, Ohio State entertains Iowa, Penn State opens the conference season with Wisconsin coming to town, and Illinois hosts Michigan State.

Saturday's full slate of contests can be found below:

MINNESOTA at INDIANA, 1:00 PM ET
MICHIGAN at NORTHWESTERN, 2:00 PM ET
IOWA at OHIO STATE, 2:00 PM ET
WISCONSIN at PENN STATE, 2:00 PM ET
MICHIGAN STATE at ILLINOIS, 3:00 PM ET
PURDUE at Miami (Ohio), 3:00 PM ET
Toledo vs. PURDUE, 5:00 PM ET

SB: Friday's Result

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Valparaiso 6, Michigan State 4

MTRK: Weekend Schedule

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MARCH 25

Michigan at Florida State Invitational, All Day

Stanford Invitational, All Day [1]

MARCH 26

Big Ten vs. SEC Challenege, All Day [2]

Michigan at Florida State Invitational, All Day

Stanford Invitational, All Day [1]

[1] -- Palo Alto, California

[2] -- Starksville, Mississippi

WTRK: Weekend Schedule

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MARCH 25

Baldy Castillo Invitational, All Day [1]

Stanford Classic, All Day [2]

Michigan at Florida State Relays, All Day

MARCH 26

Big Ten vs. SEC Challenge, All Day [3]

Baldy Castillo Invitational, All Day [1]

Michigan at Florida State Relays, All Day

Stanford Classic, All Day [2]

[1] -- Tempe, Arizona

[2] -- Palo Alto, California

[3] -- Starkville, Mississippi

ROW: Weekend Schedule

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MARCH 26

IOWA vs. MINNESOTA, All Day

MICHIGAN at OHIO STATE, All Day

MICHIGAN STATE at Eastern Michigan, All Day

MARCH 27

INDIANA at Indiana Invitational, All Day

MBB: Friday's Schedule

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NCAA REGIONAL SEMIFINALS
No. 1 OHIO STATE vs. No. 4 Kentucky - approx. 9:30 p.m. ET, CBS

BASE: This Weekend's Schedule

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MARCH 25
Indiana State at ILLINOIS, 4 p.m.
Western Illinois at IOWA, 7:35 p.m. (www.BigTenNetwork.com)
MICHIGAN STATE at MICHIGAN, 3 p.m. (www.BigTenNetwork.com)
Cal Poly at MINNESOTA, 7:35 p.m.
NORTHWESTERN at Campbell, 6 p.m.
OHIO STATE at Cal State Bakersfield, 4 p.m.
LeMoyne at PENN STATE, 3:35 p.m.
PURDUE at Bradley, 4 p.m.

MARCH 26
Indiana State at ILLINOIS, 2 p.m.
INDIANA at Evansville (DH), 1 p.m.
Western Illinois at IOWA, 2:05 p.m. (www.BigTenNetwork.com)
MICHIGAN at MICHIGAN STATE, 1:05 p.m.
Cal Poly at MINNESOTA, 3:05 p.m.
NORTHWESTERN at Campbell, 1 p.m.
OHIO STATE at Cal State Bakersfield, 4 p.m.
LeMoyne at PENN STATE, 1:05 p.m.
PURDUE at Bradley, 2 p.m.

MARCH 27 
Indiana State at ILLINOIS, 1 p.m.
Evansville at INDIANA, 1:05 p.m.
IOWA at Western Illinois, 2 p.m.
MICHIGAN STATE at MICHIGAN, 1 p.m. (www.BigTenNetwork.com)
Cal Poly at MINNESOTA, 12:05 p.m.
LeMoyne at PENN STATE, 12:05 p.m.
Bradley at PURDUE, 2 p.m.

All times ET

BASE: Thursday's Results

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Campbell def. NORTHWESTERN, 9-6

CSU Bakersfield def. OHIO STATE, 13-2

MBB: Thursday's Results

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NCAA REGIONAL SEMIFINALS
No. 8 Butler def. No. 4 WISCONSIN, 61-54
When the final horn sounded Thursday night, the Bulldogs calmly congratulated each other and walked over to shake hands with Wisconsin, yet another higher seed sent packing. It all seemed rather routine, at least for the Bulldogs.

After narrowly surviving its first two NCAA tournament games by margins of two points or less, Butler led by 20 points before holding on for a 61-54 victory over the Badgers. RECAP & BOX SCORE

 

MBB: Thursday's Schedule

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NCAA REGIONAL SEMIFINALS
No. 4 WISCONSIN vs. No. 8 Butler - approx. 9:57 p.m. ET, TBS

BASE: Thursday's Schedule

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NORTHWESTERN at Campbell - 6 p.m.

OHIO STATE at Cal State Bakersfield - 5 p.m.

 

All times ET

BASE: Wednesday's Results

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INDIANA def. Ball State, 10-2

NC State def. NORTHWESTERN, 8-7

PURDUE def. Wabash, 9-3

MSWM: Day One of NCAA Men's Swimming Now Underway

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Day one of the 2011 NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships is underway as the preliminary events begin at Noon CT at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center in Minneapolis, Minn.

Competition begins today with the 200 freestyle relay and concludes Saturday, March 26, with the 400 freestyle relay. This year's event will feature 62 Big Ten student-athletes from all ten participating conference institutions. Overall, student-athletes from 41 different schools will compete this week with 235 swimmers and 35 divers taking part at the national meet. Seven Big Ten teams appear among the top-25 in the latest CSCAA rankings. Michigan fronts all schools at No. 7, followed by No. 10 Ohio State, No. 12 Indiana, No. 15 Minnesota and No. 19 Purdue. Penn State and Iowa round out the conference contingent at Nos. 22 and 24, respectively.

Click here for live results from the NCAA Championships.

MBB: Wednesday's Results

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NIT THIRD ROUND
Washington State def. NORTHWESTERN, 69-66 (OT)
In an emotional contest worthy of a championship game, Northwestern saw its National Invitation Tournament run come to an end Wednesday evening, falling 69-66 in overtime to Washington State. RECAP & BOX SCORE

 

SB: Wednesday's Results

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Illinois 5, Southern Illinois 2

T/F: Preseason Rankings

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On Wednesday the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association announced the 2011 Men's and Women's Outdoor Track & Field preseason rankings. The Big Ten boasts three teams ranked in the polls, one men and two women.

On the men's side, Minnesota finds itself in the top-10, earning the No. 10 spot. This marks the second year in a row the Golden Gophers have earned preseason honors.

Penn State, the defending women's outdoor track and field champion enters the 2011 season at No. 19 while Indiana rounds out the conference contingents at No. 23.

For complete rankings, click here.

 

MBB: Wednesday's Schedule

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NIT THIRD ROUND
NORTHWESTERN at Washington State - 11 p.m. ET, ESPN2

MSWM: NCAA Championships Release

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The University Aquatic Center and the University of Minnesota will play host to the 2011 NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships. Competition begins Thursday, March 24, with the 200 freestyle relay and concludes Saturday, March 26, with the 400 freestyle relay. This year's event will feature 62 Big Ten student-athletes from all ten participating conference institutions. Overall, student-athletes from 41 different schools will compete this week with 235 swimmers and 35 divers taking part at the national meet. Seven Big Ten teams appear among the top-25 in the latest CSCAA rankings. Michigan fronts all schools at No. 7, followed by No. 10 Ohio State, No. 12 Indiana, No. 15 Minnesota and No. 19 Purdue. Penn State and Iowa round out the conference contingent at Nos. 22 and 24, respectively.

For the NCAA Championships Central page, click here.

BASE: Wednesday's Schedule

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INDIANA at Ball State, 3 p.m.
NORTHWESTERN at NC State, 3 p.m.
OHIO STATE at Fresno State. 9:05 p.m.
Wabash at PURDUE, 4 p.m.

 

All times ET

MGOLF: Illinois, Purdue Garner Weekly Honors

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Illinois' Chris DeForest and Purdue's William Sjaichudin have been named the Big Ten Co-Golfers of the Week, the conference office announced on Wednesday. DeForest recorded four wins at the Callaway Collegiate Match Play Championship, while Sjaichudin won medalist honors at the Furman Intercollegiate.

Click here for the complete release from the Big Ten.
Purdue's Laura Gonzalez-Escallon has been named the Big Ten Women's Golfer of the Week, the conference office announced on Wednesday. Gonzalez-Escallon earned medalist honors and led the seventh-ranked Boilermakers to a first-place team finish at the Battle at Rancho Bernardo.

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

BASE: Leader of the Stat

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Big Ten Among NCAA Leaders
Big Ten teams/players among NCAA top 25 through March 20
COMPLETE NCAA STATS

TEAM LEADERS
Batting Average
   6. Michigan State (.335)
   14. Purdue (.329)
Runs per Game
   12. Purdue (8.1)
Hits
   16. Purdue (228)
Doubles per Game
   14. Purdue (2.47)
Slugging Percentage
   12. Purdue (.481)
Sacrifice Bunts
   11. Iowa (27)
Hit by Pitch
   3. Purdue (44)
Walks Allowed (per 9.0 IP)
   10. Michigan State (2.31)
Double Plays per Game
   3. Northwestern (1.40)
   11. Penn State (1.22)

INDIVIDUAL LEADERS
Batting Average
   3. Brandon Eckerle, MSU (.500)
Hits
   9. Brandon Eckerle, MSU (36)
Doubles per Game
   15. Joey DeBernardis, PSU (0.56)
   21. Chris Lashment, NU (.530)
Triples per Game
   T5. Sean Deegan, PSU (0.24)
   T5. Trevor Willis, IOWA (0.24)
   24. Greg Solomon, OSU (0.18)
On-Base Percentage
   12. Brandon Eckerle, MSU (.556)
At-Bats per Strikeout (toughest to strike out)
   8. Casey McMurray, ILL (33.5)
   19. Kevin Plawecki, PUR (25.0)
Sacrifice Bunts per Game
   25. Andrew Host, IOWA (0.36)
Wins
   T1. Dave Walkling, PSU (5)
Strikeouts per 9.0 IP
   15. Dave Walkling (12.0)


 

BASE: Tuesday's Results

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NC State def. NORTHWESTERN, 4-1

Fresno State def. OHIO STATE, 3-2

Illinois State def. PURDUE, 5-4

SB: Tuesday's Results

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Loyola Marymount 8, Ohio State 2
Northwestern 8, Saint Mary's (CA) 0
Northwestern 8, Saint Mary's (CA) 0
Indiana 4, Butler 3
Indiana 4, Butler 2

WBB: Tuesday's Results

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Connecticut 64, Purdue 40
Purdue ended its season in the second round of the Philadelphia Region after suffering a 64-40 setback to Connecticut, the top seed in the region, on its home floor. Drey Miingo paced the Purdue offense as the Boilermakers end the season with a 21-12 record. RECAP

Green Bay 65, Michigan State 56
Michigan State ended its season in the second round of the Dallas Region following a 65-56 loss to Green Bay on Tuesday night. Kalisha Keane led the Spartans with 20 points and five rebounds as they end the season having won the Big Ten Championship, the third in school history. RECAP

MTEN: In the Polls

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Big Ten men's tennis is again well-represented in the Campbell/ITA rankings, with nine conference teams among the top 75. Ohio State leads the way at No. 5, followed by No. 10 Illinois. Michigan and Minnesota also earned top-25 status, as the Wolverines sit at No. 18 and the Gophers hold No. 22. Indiana checks in at No. 32, followed by No. 44 Michigan State, No. 66 Iowa, No. 67 Purdue and No. 70 Northwestern.

Click here to see the complete Campbell/ITA rankings.

WTEN: In the Polls

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Five Big Ten women's tennis teams appear in the latest Campbell/ITA rankings, including two in the top 11. Michigan remains at No. 5 this week, followed by Northwestern at No. 11. Michigan State checks in at No. 52, while Purdue holds No. 58 and Ohio State sits at No. 71 this week.

Click here to see the complete Campbell/ITA rankings.

The conference office announced on Tuesday the 2011 Big Ten Women's Swimmer and Diver of the Year award winners as voted on by the conference's coaches. Wisconsin's Maggie Meyer captured Swimmer of the Year honors, while Minnesota's Kelci Bryant was a unanimous pick for Diver of the Year after winning the award last season.

Meyer won the NCAA 200-yard backstroke title in a time of 1:50.76, setting a new school record. After ending the season undefeated in the event, the senior also recorded the fastest time in the country this year. The White Bear Lake, Minn., native earned Wisconsin's first women's individual national title in program history. Meyer ended the 2011 NCAA meet as a six-time All-American and earned 18 All-America or honorable mention All-America accolades throughout the course of her career. Meyer's award is the seventh in Badger history and first since Yo Ying Siow accomplished the feat in 2007.

After earning the national title in the three-meter springboard last season, Bryant captured the one-meter diving title during this year's NCAA Championships with a score of 349.65, becoming the first two-time national champion in Gopher history. For her performance at the national two-day event, Bryant was named the College Swimming Coaches Association of America Diver of the Championships. The first-team All-Big Ten honoree also earned Diver of the Championships accolades earlier this season as she took the conference titles in both springboard events.

WBB: Tuesday's NCAA Tournament Schedule

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Philadelphia Region
at Storrs, Conn.
PURDUE at Connecticut, 7 p.m., ESPN

Dallas Region
at Wichita, Kan.
MICHIGAN STATE vs. Green Bay, 9:40 p.m., ESPN2

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

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

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

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Ohio State's Blaz Rola has been named Big Ten Men's Tennis Athlete of the Week, the conference office announced on Tuesday. Rola won at No. 2 singles and No. 3 doubles to push the Buckeyes to a 6-1 win over No. 11 Pepperdine.

Click here for the complete release from the Big Ten.

WTEN: Iowa's Molnar Named Athlete of the Week

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Iowa's Sonja Molnar has been named the Big Ten Women's Tennis Athlete of the Week, the conference office announced on Tuesday. Molnar won two matches at No. 1 singles and a match at No. 1 doubles against No. 55 LSU and Tulane over the weekend.

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

WTEN: This Week's Schedule

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MARCH 23

ILLINOIS at #23 San Diego - 1:30 p.m. PT
#71 OHIO STATE at #21 Tennessee - 4 p.m. ET

MARCH 24

#11 NORTHWESTERN at #66 UC Santa Barbara - 10 a.m. PT

MARCH 25

ILLINOIS vs. #70 Fresno State [1] - 10 a.m. PT
IOWA at #71 OHIO STATE - 5 p.m. ET
Temple at PENN STATE - 5 p.m. ET

MARCH 26

Northern Iowa at WISCONSIN - 9 a.m. CT
INDIANA at #5 MICHIGAN - 11 a.m. ET
#58 PURDUE at #52 MICHIGAN STATE - 11 a.m. ET
Wisconsin-Whitewater at WISCONSIN - 3 p.m. CT

MARCH 27

ILLINOIS at #71 OHIO STATE - 11 a.m. ET
INDIANA at #52 MICHIGAN STATE - 11 a.m. ET
IOWA at PENN STATE - 11 a.m. ET
#58 PURDUE at #5 MICHIGAN - 11 a.m. ET
WISCONSIN at #11 NORTHWESTERN - 11 a.m. CT

Legend
[1] San Diego, Calif.

MTEN: This Week's Schedule

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MARCH 22

#70 NORTHWESTERN at Florida Gulf Coast - 1 p.m. ET

MARCH 25

#44 MICHIGAN STATE at #32 INDIANA - 2 p.m. ET
#5 OHIO STATE at #66 IOWA - 2 p.m. CT
PENN STATE at #10 ILLINOIS - 3 p.m. CT
#18 MICHIGAN at #67 PURDUE - 3 p.m. ET
#70 NORTHWESTERN at #22 MINNESOTA - 6:30 p.m. CT

MARCH 26

Denver at #22 MINNESOTA - 5 p.m. CT

MARCH 27

PENN STATE at #66 IOWA - 10 a.m. CT
#5 OHIO STATE at #10 ILLINOIS - Noon CT
#44 MICHIGAN STATE at #67 PURDUE - Noon ET
#70 NORTHWESTERN at WISCONSIN - Noon CT
#18 MICHIGAN at #32 INDIANA - 1 p.m. ET
Vincennes at #32 INDIANA - 7 p.m. ET

MBB: Racking Up the Awards

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Ohio State's Jared Sullinger was named the Sporting News Freshman of the Year on Tuesday, also earning first-team All-America honors from the organization. Purdue's JaJuan Johnson was also given a spot on the first team, while Wisconsin's Jordan Taylor was a second-team honoree. The Big Ten leads all conferences with two first-team honorees and three players on the first and second teams. MORE ON SULLINGER - COMPLETE ALL-AMERICA TEAMS

Minnesota's Second Varsity Eight claimed the first Big Ten Boat of the Week honor of the 2011 season after competing against No. 16 Tennessee on Saturday on Melton Hill Lake in Oak Ridge, Tenn. Earning the win was coxswain Sara Baldvins, Christine Beauparlant, Ellen Hughes, Leah Rogotzke, Kathryn Switalski, Ali Haws, Katrina Pichelli, Kate Ladell, and Maddy Bourgeois in a first-place time of 6:15.10.

 

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SB: Three Chosen in National Pro Fastpitch Draft

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Three Big Ten standouts were among those selected in last week's National Pro Fastpitch draft. Michigan's Dorian Shaw was the fourth overall selection, going to the Chicago Bandits at the end of the first round. Indiana pitcher Morgan Melloh was selected in the second round, seventh overall, by the NPF Diamonds, while Michigan pitcher Jordan Taylor was the drafted in the third round, and 11th overall, by the USSSA Pride.

For the complete results of the 2011 draft, click here.

MTEN: Weekend Roundup

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MARCH 15

#37 INDIANA def. #46 Arizona, 5-2
#37 INDIANA def. Scottsdale CC, 7-0 [1]

MARCH 16

#11 Pepperdine def. WISCONSIN, 6-1

MARCH 17

#74 IOWA def. Florida Atlantic, 6-1 [3]
#44 LSU def. #16 MICHIGAN, 5-2
#67 PURDUE def. Denver, 4-3 [2]

MARCH 18

#23 MINNESOTA def. #25 Miami (Fla.), 4-3
#67 PURDUE
 def. San Diego State, 4-3 [2]

MARCH 19

#20 San Diego State def. #67 PURDUE, 6-1
#49 UC Irvine def. WISCONSIN, 5-2

MARCH 20

#16 MICHIGAN def. #42 MICHIGAN STATE, 6-1
PENN STATE def. Bloomsburg, 7-0
PENN STATE
 def. Youngstown State, 6-1

MARCH 21

#4 OHIO STATE def. #11 Pepperdine, 6-1

Legend
[1] Tucson, Ariz.
[2] San Diego Invitational - San Diego, Calif.
[3] Orlando, Fla.

WBB: Monday's NCAA Results

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Ohio State 67, Georgia Tech 60
Jantel Lavender scored a game-high 21 points, notching her 135th straight double-digit scoring game and setting a new NCAA record for consecutive games with 10 or more points, in leading Ohio State to the round of 16 with a 67-60 win over Georgia Tech on Monday night. The Buckeyes advance to face Tennessee in the Dayton Region semifinals. RECAP

DePaul 75, Penn State 73
UNIVERSITY PARK, PA. - The No. 6 seeded Penn State Lady Lions (25-1-, 11-5) dominated much of the game, but a pair of Keisha Hampton free throws with four seconds left gave the No. 3 seed DePaul (29-6, 13-3 Big East) a 75-73 win in the second round of the NCAA Tournament at the Bryce Jordan Center Monday night. Sophomore guard Alex Bentley (Indianapolis, Ind.) scored 17 of her team-high 21 points in the second half to finish the season with back-to-back 20-point games. RECAP

All seven Big Ten women's gymnastics teams have been selected to the NCAA Championships regionals field of 36, announced on Monday. 

Michigan will host Ohio State and Minnesota in the Ann Arbor Regional, with the host Wolverines earning the No. 2 seed, the Buckeyes taking the No. 3 seed and the Gophers picking up the No. 5 seed. Penn State and Illinois will compete in the Tuscaloosa Regional as the No. 2 and No. 3 seeds, respectively. Iowa and Michigan State will travel to the Corvallis Regional, holding the No. 3 seed and the No. 6 seed, respectively.

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

WGYM: Weekly Rankings

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Six Big Ten women's gymnastics teams appear in the latest GymInfo rankings, led by Big Ten Champion Michigan. The Wolverines boast a regional qualifying score of 196.500, good for a No. 9 ranking this week. Penn State is close behind, checking in at No. 11 (196.210). Illinois follows at No. 14 (195.925), while No. 15 Iowa (195.820) and No. 16 Ohio State (195.800) each boast top-20 rankings. Minnesota also appears in the rankings, sitting at No. 23 (195.255) this week.

Click here to see the GymInfo rankings.

WBB: Monday's NCAA Tournament Schedule

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Philadelphia Region
at University Park, Pa.
#3 DePaul vs. #6 PENN STATE, 7 p.m. ET, ESPN2

Dayton Region
at Columbus, Ohio
#4 OHIO STATE vs. #5 Georgia Tech, 7 p.m. ET, ESPN2

Illinois' Tyler Mizoguchi and Michigan's Sam Mikulak have been named the Big Ten Gymnast and Freshman of the Week, respectively, the conference office announced on Monday. Mizoguchi set career highs in four events and the all-around against No. 2 Oklahoma and No. 5 Penn State, while Mikulak won four titles against No. 7 Ohio State on Saturday.

Click here for the complete release from the Big Ten.

SB: Sunday's Results

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Louisville 9, Ohio State 1
Michigan State 8, Loyola (IL) 3
Michigan State 9, Eastern Michigan 1
Missouri 2, Minnesota 0
Minnesota 3, Western Michigan 0
Iowa 9, South Dakota 1
Iowa 10, South Dakota 0
Indiana 6, Wright State 3
Long Beach State 1, Illinois 0
Washington 3, Illinois 2

BASE: Sunday's Results

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ILLINOIS def. Southern Illinois, 8-2 (12)

MICHIGAN def. Eastern Michigan, 5-2

Evansville def. MICHIGAN STATE, 6-5

NORTHWESTERN def. Dartmouth, 3-2

California def. OHIO STATE, 4-0

California def. OHIO STATE, 11-1

PENN STATE def. Wichita State, 9-4 (11)

PURDUE def. Tennessee Tech, 12-4

 

 

 

 

 

WTEN: Weekend Roundup

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MARCH 15

#43 William & Mary def. MINNESOTA, 5-2

MARCH 16

#55 LSU def. IOWA, 6-1

MARCH 17

#3 North Carolina def. MINNESOTA, 7-0
#24 Yale def. #49 PURDUE, 7-0 [1]

MARCH 18

ILLINOIS def. Western Michigan, 5-2
IOWA 
def. Tulane, 4-3
#5 MICHIGAN def. #64 South Florida, 7-0
College of Charleston def. #72 WISCONSIN, 6-1

MARCH 19

PENN STATE def. Winthrop, 4-3 [2]
#52 MICHIGAN STATE def. Ball State, 7-0
#52 MICHIGAN STATE def. Dayton, 7-0
#31 N.C. State def. #72 WISCONSIN, 7-0 [3]

MARCH 20

#75 OHIO STATE def. Eastern Michigan, 6-1
#64 South Florida def. #75 OHIO STATE, 6-1
#41 Marshall def. PENN STATE, 4-3

Legend
[1] Atlanta, Ga.
[2] Huntington, W.Va.
[3] Charleston, S.C.

WRES: Penn State Wins NCAA Championship

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Penn State won its second NCAA Wrestling Championship on Saturday, posting a team score of 107.5 en route to the national title. The Nittany Lions' Quentin Wright, the No. 9 seed at 184 pounds, picked up an individual title to push Penn State to its first NCAA crown since 1953. Penn State's title marks the fifth-straight national crown won by a Big Ten team.

Click here to see Penn State's complete release.

WBB: Sunday's Results

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NCAA Tournament
Philadelphia Region
at Storrs, Conn.
Purdue 53, Kansas State 45
STORRS, Conn. (AP) - Brittany Rayburn scored 21 points and ninth-seeded Purdue moved into the second round of the NCAA tournament with a 53-45 win over Kansas State on Sunday. Drey Mingo, who overcame a life-threatening bout with meningitis earlier this season, added 16 points for the Boilermakers (21-11), who advance to play the tournament's top seed, Connecticut, on Tuesday. RECAP

Dallas Region
at Wichita, Kan.
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - Big Ten player of the year Kalisha Keane scored 17 points, Taylor Alton added 14 and fourth-seeded Michigan State maintained its run of success in first-round NCAA tournament games, beating Northern Iowa 69-66 on Sunday. Michigan State (27-5) is 9-1 in first-round NCAA games, with its only loss coming in 2003. The Spartans will play fifth-seeded Wisconsin-Green Bay in a second-round game Tuesday. RECAP

WNIT
Alabama 72, Northwestern 70
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern fought valiantly against a high-powered Alabama squad Sunday afternoon, but the Wildcats fell short 72-70 in the WNIT's second round. A lay-in attempt by senior Meshia Reed as time expired was no good, which preserved the win for the Crimson Tide. Senior Beth Marshall led the Wildcats (19-14) with 20 points, including a 4-of-6 effort from downtown, while classmate Amy Jaeschke scored 19. RECAP

Illinois State 62, Wisconsin 59
MADISON, Wis. -- Despite a furious comeback that saw the Badgers cut a nine-point deficit to one in the final seconds, the Wisconsin women's basketball team's season came to an end with 62-59 loss to Illinois State in the second round of the WNIT Sunday at the Kohl Center. UW finishes with a 16-15 record while Illinois State improves to 22-10 and moves on to the third round. RECAP

WSWM: Bryant, Chen Honored after NCAA Championships

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Minnesota junior Kelci Bryant and Golden Gopher diving coach Wenbo Chen received top honors from the College Swimming Coaches Association of American (CSCAA) following the NCAA Women's Swimming & Diving Championships.

Bryant is the first athlete to win multiple NCAA titles in Minnesota swimming and diving history. Chen coached both Bryant and freshman Maggie Keefer to All-America honors at the 2011 Championships.

 

 

Minnesota sophomore Haley Spencer captured the national title in the 200-yard breaststroke giving the Gophers their third individual title at the 2011 Women's Swimming & Diving Championships. Spencer won the crown with a career-best time of 2:06.12.

The Golden Gophers led all Big Ten teams competing at the national event, tallying 192 points, collecting its best finish at the national meet and scoring the most points at NCAAs in Gopher history. Wisconsin amasssed 160 tallies to place 11th, followed by Indiana in 15th with 86.5 points and Ohio State in 17th place, earning 64 total points. Purdue(25), Iowa(T30), Michigan(T30) and Penn State (35) round out the conference contingent.

Wisconsin senior Maggie Meyer claimed the schools first NCAA individual title in school swimming history. Meyer won the 200 backstroke with a time of 1:50.76, a new school and Big Ten Conference record. The White Bear Lake, Minn., native ended the season with the fastest time in the country this year.

The national title went to California with 424 points, earning the Golden Bears' second NCAA crown in three years.

 

Click here for the entire recap.

BASE: Saturday's Results

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ILLINOIS def. St. Louis, 7-4

INDIANA def. Dartmouth, 10-7

Gonzaga def. IOWA, 7-2

MICHIGAN def. Oakland, 2-1

Evansville def. MICHIGAN STATE, 2-0

Massachusetts def. NORTHWESTERN, 11-4

Army def. NORTHWESTERN, 5-2

PENN STATE def. Wichita State, 4-2

Tennessee Tech def. PURDUE, 8-3

MBB: Sunday's Results

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NCAA THIRD ROUND

No. 1 Duke def. No. 8 MICHIGAN, 73-71
The University of Michigan men's basketball team had its season come to an end Sunday afternoon (March 20), losing 73-71 to top-seeded Duke in the third round of the NCAA Tournament at Time Warner Cable Arena. RECAP & BOX SCORE

No. 1 OHIO STATE def. No. 8 George Mason, 98-66
Once Ohio State's Jared Sullinger declared it was over, it was over.
David Lighty made all seven of his 3-pointers and scored 25 points, Sullinger added 18 after informing one of George Mason's players "it's over" and top-seeded Ohio State made 16 3s to advance in the NCAA tournament with a jaw-dropping 98-66 win Sunday. RECAP & BOX SCORE

No. 11 VCU def. No. 3 PURDUE, 94-76
The question is no longer whether Virginia Commonwealth belongs. Instead, it's: Who can stop the Rams?

Bradford Burgess scored 23 points and 11th-seeded VCU made it three victories in five days Sunday night, routing third-seeded Purdue 94-76 to earn a trip to the Southwest regional semifinals. RECAP & BOX SCORE

No. 1 Kansas def. No. 9 ILLINOIS, 73-59
Mike Davis led the Fighting Illini (20-14) with 17 points and seven rebounds, but Illinois lost to No. 2 Kansas 73-59 on Sunday night. RECAP & BOX SCORE

 

NCAA Live Bracket

WBB: Sunday's Postseason Schedule

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NCAA Tournament
Philadelphia Region
at Storrs, Conn.
#9 PURDUE vs. #8 Kansas State, 2:35 p.m. ET, ESPN2

Dallas Region
at Wichita, Kan.
#4 MICHIGAN STATE vs. #13 Northern Iowa, 7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN2

WNIT
Alabama at NORTHWESTERN, 3 p.m. ET
Illinois State at WISCONSIN, 2 p.m. ET

WBB: Saturday's Results

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Ohio State 80, Central Florida 69
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio State coach Jim Foster has usually been able to count on one thing for four years: at least 10 points and 10 rebounds from star post player Jantel Lavender. Lavender didn't disappoint in the first round of the NCAA tournament Saturday, scoring 30 points and grabbing 11 rebounds for her 75th career double-double to lead the fourth-seeded Buckeyes past pesky Central Florida 80-69. RECAP

Penn State 75, Dayton 66
UNIVERSITY PARK, PA. - The No. 6 seeded Penn State Lady Lions (25-9, 11-5) used a 25-point performance from sophomore guard Alex Bentley (Indianapolis, Ind.) to post their first NCAA Tournament win since 2003-04 with a 75-66 decision over No. 11 seed Dayton (21-12) Saturday at the Bryce Jordan Center. Penn State is now a perfect 9-0 in NCAA Tournament games in the BJC. The Lady Lions advance to face the winner of the DePaul/Navy game on Monday at 7 p.m. at the Bryce Jordan Center. RECAP

Gonzaga 92, Iowa 86
SPOKANE, Wash. -- Saturday's first round NCAA Tournament game was expected to be a high-paced, up-and-down affair. The game lived up to its billing. The sixth-seeded University of Iowa women's basketball team lost a track meet at 11th-seeded Gonzaga, 92-86, at the McCarthey Athletic Center on Gonzaga's campus. RECAP

MBB: Saturday's Results

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NCAA THIRD ROUND
No. 4 WISCONSIN def. No. 5 Kansas State, 70-65
Kansas State's Jacob Pullen won the individual matchup of marquee point guards, scoring anywhere and everywhere while Wisconsin's Jordan Taylor struggled to find his shot.

Finding ways to contribute even when his shots weren't falling, Taylor made the biggest plays of the game down the stretch, hitting two big free throws and blocking Pullen's tying 3-point attempt in the closing seconds to seal the Badgers' 70-65 win over Kansas State on Saturday. RECAP & BOX SCORE

NIT SECOND ROUND
NORTHWESTERN def. Boston College, 85-67
All five Northwestern starters scored in double figures led by Michael Thompson's 22 points as the Wildcats advanced the quarterfinal round of the National Invitation Tournament with an 85-67 victory at Boston College on Saturday. RECAP & BOX SCORE

 

SB: Saturday's Schedule

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ILLINOIS vs. San Jose State, 8:30 PM ET
Loyola at INDIANA, 1:30 PM ET
Eastern Michigan at INDIANA, 4:45 PM ET
Notre Dame vs. MICHIGAN, 12:00 PM ET
Fresno State vs. MICHIGAN, 2:00 PM ET
CMU vs. MICHIGAN STATE, 12:15 PM ET
Wright State vs. MICHIGAN STATE, 2:30 PM ET
MINNESOTA vs. North Dakota State, 12:00 PM ET
MINNESOTA vs. Western Michigan, 7:30 PM ET
NORTHWESTERN vs. UNLV, 2:15 PM ET
NORTHWESTERN at Stanford, 6:45 PM ET
OHIO STATE vs. Cal State Northridge, 2:30 PM ET
OHIO STATE vs. San Diego State, 5:00 PM ET
Pacific vs. PENN STATE, 4:00 PM ET
Boise State vs. PENN STATE, 8:30 PM ET
WISCONSIN vs. Louisville, 2:00 PM ET
WISCONSIN at San Diego, 7:00 PM ET

MBB: The Big Ten's Big Day

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The Big Ten went a combined 5-2 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

The two losses came by a combined four points - a Penn State loss on a last-second shot and a Michigan State comeback that fell just short.

With wins from Illinois, Michigan, Ohio State and Purdue on Friday, the Big Ten went 4-0 on one NCAA Tournament day for the first time in conference history.

The Big Ten is one of only two conferences (Big East) with five or more teams in the third round of the NCAA Tournament.

Over its seven second-round games, the Big Ten combined to outscore its opponents by 102 points (14.6 ppg).

The five Big Ten teams that won their second-round games combined for an average margin of victory of +21.2.

WBB: Saturday's NCAA Schedule

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Philadelphia Region
at University Park, Pa.
#6 Penn State vs. #11 Dayton, 11:10 a.m., ESPN2

Dayton Region
at Columbus, Ohio
#4 Ohio State vs. #13 Central Florida, 1:30 p.m., ESPN2

Spokane Region
at Spokane, Wash.
#6 Iowa vs. #11 Gonzaga, 4:10 p.m., ESPN2

ROW: National Rankings

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Four Big Ten rowing squads were ranked in the first USRowing/Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association Division I Coaches Poll of the season. Michigan State leads the conference contingent at No. 8 while defending Big Ten Champion Wisconsin comes in at No. 10. Michigan follows closely behind at No. 11, while Ohio State rounds out the conference at the No. 13 spot.

Click here for the complete rankings.

BASE: Fridays' Results

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Northern Illinois def. ILLINOIS, 15-14

Army def. INDIANA, 12-10

IOWA def. Notre Dame, 11-2

Gonzaga def. IOWA, 9-1

MICHIGAN def. Alma, 4-3 (12)

MICHIGAN STATE def. Evansville, 10-3

Jacksonville State def. NORTHWESTERN, 3-2

Wichita State def. PENN STATE, 9-0

PURDUE def. Tennessee Tech, 13-3

Minnesota senior Jillian Tyler swam to the national title, winning the 100-yard breaststroke in day two of the 2011 NCAA Women's Swimming & Diving Championships. The Calgary, Alberta native, finished in a time of 58.39 seconds, after two runner-up finishes in 2008 and 2009. Tyler is the second Golden Gopher to win the NCAA title in the 100 breast. Defending NCAA 3-meter champion, Kelci Bryant earned a runner-up finish with a score of 395.85.

For the complete recap of the NCAA Championships, click here.

WGYM: 2011 All-Big Ten Teams Announced

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The Big Ten Conference announced today the 2011 women's gymnastics All-Big Ten teams and Sportsmanship Award honorees. The 11-gymnast first team and nine-gymnast second team were chosen through a vote by the conference's coaches. The 2011 All-Big Ten teams and Sportsmanship Award honorees can be found below.

FIRST TEAM*

Allison Buckley, ILL

Melissa Fernandez, ILL

Jessa Hansen, IOWA

Rebecca Simbhudas, IOWA

Natalie Beilstein, MICH

Kylee Botterman, MICH

Jordan Sexton, MICH

Colleen Dean, OSU

Sarah Miller, OSU

Natalie Ettl, PSU

Sharaya Musser, PSU

 

SECOND TEAM

Kelsey Joannides, ILL

Houry Gebeshian, IOWA

Sarah Curtis, Sr., MICH

Jackie Berg, MSU

Kendra Elm, MINN

Kristin Fukurawa, MINN

Kayla Slechta, MINN

Melanie Shaffer, OSU

Madison Merriam, PSU

 

SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD HONOREES

Elise Gill, So., ILL

Jessa Hansen, IOWA

Trish Wilson, MICH

Kathryn Mahoney, MSU

Kristin Fukurawa, MINN

Nicole Krauter, OSU

Natalie Ettl, PSU

 

* - Eleven first-team honorees and nine second-team honorees due to a tie on the first team.


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

Minnesota junior Kelci Bryant captured the 1-meter diving national title at the 2011 NCAA Women's Swimming & Diving Championships in Austin, Texas on Thursday. Bryant gathered 349.65 points to win the crown.

After six events in the books, the Gophers pace all Big Ten teams in eighth place with 67 team points, followed by Wisconsin at 56 and Ohio State at No. 16 with 18 points. After day one, Indiana sits at No. 20 while Penn State and Michigan are tied at No. 26 on the team leaderboard. Purdue rounds out the conference contingent at No. 29 with five team points.

For the complete recap, click here.

SB: Friday's Schedule

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ILLINOIS vs. Fresno State, 12:00 PM ET
ILLINOIS at Cal State Fullerton, 6:30 PM ET
FridCentral Michigan at INDIANA, 2:30 PM ET
Wright State at INDIANA, 4:45 PM ET
IOWA at Tennessee, 6:00 PM ET
Arizona vs. MICHIGAN, 4:00 PM ET
NORTHWESTERN vs. UNLV, 6:45 PM ET
OHIO STATE vs. Harvard, 5:00 PM ET
OHIO STATE vs. San Diego, 7:30 PM ET
Oklahoma vs. PENN STATE, 12:00 PM ET
Cal State Northridge at WISCONSIN, 5:00 PM ET
San Diego St at WISCONSIN, 7:30 PM ET

SB: Thursday's Results

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Penn State 1, Fresno State 0
Arizona State 5, Penn State 1
Minnesota 8, UNI 1
Missouri State 2, Minnesota 1
Michigan 5, Cal State Fullerton 2
Michigan 1, Arizona State 0
Tennessee Lady Vols 7, Iowa 3
Wisconsin 7, Harvard 4

WBB: Thursday's WNIT Results

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NORTHWESTERN 89, Creighton 63
Eastern Michigan 67, MICHIGAN 59

BASE: This Weekend's Schedule

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FRIDAY, MARCH 18 
ILLINOIS vs. Northern Illinois [24], Noon
INDIANA vs. Army [20], TBA
IOWA vs. Notre Dame [23], 1 p.m.
IOWA vs. Gonzaga [23], 5 p.m.
MICHIGAN vs. Alma 2 p.m.
MICHIGAN STATE at Evansville, 6 p.m.
MINNESOTA at Santa Clara, 5 p.m.
NORTHWESTERN vs. Jacksonville State [20], TBA
OHIO STATE at California, 5:30 p.m.
PENN STATE at Wichita State, 7:30 p.m.
PURDUE at Tennessee Tech, 4 p.m.

SATURDAY, MARCH 19
ILLINOIS vs. St. Louis [24], Noon
INDIANA vs. Dartmouth [20], TBA
IOWA vs. Gonzaga [23], 5 p.m.
MICHIGAN vs. Oakland, Noon
MICHIGAN STATE at Evansville, 2 p.m.
MINNESOTA at Santa Clara, Noon
NORTHWESTERN vs. Army [20], TBA
NORTHWESTERN vs. Massachusetts [20], TBA
OHIO STATE at California, 4 p.m.
PENN STATE at Wichita State, 3 p.m.
PURDUE at Tennessee Tech, 3 p.m.

SUNDAY, MARCH 20
ILLINOIS at Southern Illinois, 3:30 p.m.
MICHIGAN STATE at Eastern Michigan, 2 p.m.
MINNESOTA at Santa Clara, Noon
NORTHWESTERN vs. Dartmouth [20], TBA
OHIO STATE at California, 4 p.m.
PENN STATE at Wichita State, 2 p.m.
PURDUE at Tennessee Tech, 2 p.m.

KEY
20 - RussMatt Central Florida Invitational (Winter Haven, Fla.)
23 - Notre Dame Tournament (San Antonio, Texas)
24 - Carbondale, Ill.

 

MBB: Friday's Results

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Illinois, Michigan, Ohio State and Purdue all picked up wins on Friday in the second round of the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship, marking the first time in conference history that the Big Ten has gone 4-0 on a single day of the tournament. The Big Ten is 5-2 overall in second-round games this year as Wisconsin picked up a win on Thursday night. Friday's results are below.

NCAA SECOND ROUND
No. 8 MICHIGAN def. No. 9 Tennessee, 75-45
The University of Michigan men's basketball team held Tennessee to just 16 second-half points on the way to a 75-45 victory on Friday in the NCAA Second Round held at the Time Warner Cable Arena. Junior guard Zack Novak scored 14 points to lead five U-M players in double figures. Michigan will now take on the winner of the Duke/Hampton game in the Round of 32 on Sunday. RECAP & BOX SCORE

No. 1 OHIO STATE def. No. 16 UTSA, 75-46
William Buford scored 18 points, freshman Jared Sullinger added 11, and Ohio State looked every inch the part of a No. 1 overall seed in rolling to a 75-46 win over Texas-San Antonio in the second round of the NCAA tournament Friday. RECAP & BOX SCORE

No. 3 PURDUE def. No. 14 Saint Peter's, 65-43
E'Twaun Moore scored 19 points and JuJuan Johnson added 16 with 16 rebounds Friday night as third-seeded Purdue routed St. Peter's 65-43 in the second round of the NCAA's Southwest Region. RECAP & BOX SCORE

No. 9 ILLINOIS def. No. 8 UNLV, 73-62
Mike Davis tied his season high with 22 points, Demetri McCamey added 17 points and seven assists and Illinois dominated UNLV 73-62 Friday night to set up another meeting between Fighting Illini coaches past and present in the Southwest Region of the NCAA tournament. RECAP & BOX SCORE

 

NCAA Live Bracket

 

All times ET

 

WBB: Thursday's WNIT Schedule

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MICHIGAN at Eastern Michigan, 7 p.m.
Creighton at NORTHWESTERN, 8 p.m.

WGOLF: Purdue's Reto Named Golfer of the Week

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Purdue's Paula Reto has been named the Big Ten Women's Golfer of the Week, the conference office announced on Thursday. Reto and the seventh-ranked Boilermakers broke multiple school records at the Administaff Lady Jaguar Invitational. The sophomore finished second at the event, helping Purdue to a first-place finish in the team standings.

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

WBB: Wednesday's Results

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Wisconsin 68, Butler 48
MADISON, Wis. -- With Butler starting five players 5-10 or smaller and no players taller than 6-2 on its roster, the Badgers' strategy was pretty obvious from the start. Get the ball down low to forwards Lin Zastrow and Anya Covington and good things will happen. UW followed the script most of the night and was rewarded with a 68-48 victory over Butler in the first round of the WNIT Wednesday night at the Kohl Center. RECAP

SB: Wednesday's Results

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Wisconsin 6, Loyola Marymount 3
Wisconsin 7, Northern Colorado 4
Purdue 3, Florida Gulf Coast 2
Purdue 6, Buffalo 1
Missouri State 2, Minnesota 1

MBB: Thursday's Results

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NCAA SECOND ROUND
No. 7 Temple def. No. 10 PENN STATE, 66-64
In a thrilling NCAA Tournament game full of guts and guile, No. 10 seed Penn State (19-15) took No. 7 seed Temple (26-7) to the wire before Juan Fernandez's 17-foot leaning jumper at the buzzer elevated the Owls to a 66-64 victory in Tucson, AZ, Thursday in the second round of the 2011 NCAA Tournament. Recap & Box Score

No. 4 WISCONSIN def. #13 Belmont, 72-58
Wisconsin brought its offense out of the deep freeze into the desert, and the thaw was remarkable.

Jon Leuer scored 17 of his 22 points in the second half and the Badgers methodically dispatched Belmont 72-58 on Thursday night, the Badgers' fifth consecutive NCAA tournament-opening victory. Jordan Taylor added 21 for fourth-seeded Wisconsin (24-8), 14 in the first half. RECAP & BOX SCORE

No. 7 UCLA def. No. 10 MICHIGAN STATE
UCLA kept clanking free throws, Michigan State kept draining 3-pointers. It turned a potential rout into a nailbiter.

In the end, the Bruins escaped. Barely.

Tyler Honeycutt and Malcolm Lee scored 16 points apiece and seventh-seeded UCLA held off a late comeback by the 10th-seeded Spartans 78-76 in the Southeast regional of the NCAA tournament. RECAP & BOX SCORE 

 


 

MBB: Wednesday's Results

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NORTHWESTERN def. Milwaukee, 70-61
John Shurna had 25 points and eight rebounds and Michael Thompson contributed 20 points and six assists as Northwestern defeated Milwaukee 70-61 in a first-round National Invitation Tournament matchup Wednesday night at Welsh-Ryan Arena. RECAP & BOX SCORE

Wednesday's Schedule

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NIT First Round
Milwaukee at NORTHWESTERN - 8 p.m. ET, ESPN3.com

WBB: Wednesday's WNIT Schedule

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Butler at WISCONSIN, 8 p.m.

MGYM: Weekly Rankings

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The latest GymInfo men's gymnastics national team rankings have been released, with all six Big Ten teams appearing in the top 11. Illinois leads the way at No. 4 with a three score average of 353.967, while No. 5 Penn State (352.633), No. 6 Michigan (351.900) and No. 7 Ohio State (347.433) following closely behind. Minnesota checks in at No. 9 (346.267) and Iowa holds No. 11 (343.200) this week.

Click here to see this week's rankings.

MGOLF: Penn State's Howe Named Golfer of the Week

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Penn State's T.J. Howe has been named the Big Ten Men's Golfer of the Week, the conference office announced on Wednesday. Howe tied for third at the Pinehurst Intercollegiate, leading the Nittany Lions to the same finish in the team standings.

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

WRES: Big Ten Wrestling Heads to NCAA Championships

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The Big Ten Conference will be well-represented at the 2011 NCAA Wrestling Championships, as 70 conference wrestlers will make the trip to the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia this weekend. The event is set to take place on March 17-19, with every session garnering live coverage from the ESPN family of networks.

Click here to read the complete release from the Big Ten. The NCAA Championships brackets can be found here.

SB: Tuesday's Results

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Wisconsin 2, Loyola Marymount 1
Wisconsin 5, Harvard 2
Minnesota 5, North Dakota State 1
Iowa 3, Stetson 2
Iowa 4, Colgate 0
Tulsa 3, Indiana 2
Northern Iowa 5, Indiana 1

The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced the National Athletes of the Year for the 2011 NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field season. High jumper Derek Drouin of Indiana is the coaches' pick for best male field athlete of the season. The junior won the NCAA high jump title with a clearance of 7-5 (2.26m), and moved him to a tie for third indoors all-time in the collegiate ranks. Drouin is the first back-to-back indoor national champ since USC's Jesse Williams in 2005 and 2006.

For the complete release, click here.

MBB: Sullinger Named Nation's Top Freshman

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Ohio State's Jared Sullinger was named the winner of the 2011 Wayman Tisdale Award as the men's National Freshman of the Year, the USBWA announced on Tuesday. The Big Ten Freshman of the Year was a first-team All-Conference pick, a first-team USBWA All-American and was recently placed on the ballot for the Wooden Award. COMPLETE RELEASE

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

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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 - March 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: Penn State's Bourchier Named Athlete of the Week

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Penn State's Eddie Bourchier helped the No. 70 Nittany Lions to two wins over the weekend en route to the second Big Ten Athlete of the Week award of his career. Bourchier picked up two singles and two doubles wins in team victories over Navy and Villanova.

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

WTEN: Purdue's Tirumurti Named Athlete of the Week

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Purdue's Bhavani Tirumurti earns Big Ten Women's Tennis Athlete of the Week honors for the first time in her career after leading the No. 57 Boilermakers past conference rival and 47th-ranked Indiana on Saturday. Tirumurti picked up wins at No. 3 singles and No. 3 doubles to lead Purdue to victory.

Click here for the complete release from the Big Ten.

WTEN: This Week's Schedule

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MARCH 15

MINNESOTA at #43 William & Mary - 3 p.m. ET

MARCH 16

#65 INDIANA at Las Vegas Invitational [1] - All Day
IOWA at #55 LSU - Noon CT

MARCH 17

#65 INDIANA at Las Vegas Invitational [1] - All Day
#49 PURDUE vs. #24 Yale [2] - 11 a.m. ET
MINNESOTA at #3 North Carolina - 2:30 p.m. ET

MARCH 18

IOWA at Tulane - Noon CT
#72 WISCONSIN at College of Charleston - 1:30 p.m. ET
Western Michigan at ILLINOIS - 6 p.m. CT
#64 South Florida at #5 MICHIGAN - 6 p.m. ET

MARCH 19

PENN STATE vs. Winthrop [3] - Noon ET
Dayton at #52 MICHIGAN STATE - 1 p.m. ET
#72 WISCONSIN vs. #31 N.C. State [4] - 2 p.m. ET
Ball State at #52 MICHIGAN STATE - 5 p.m. ET

MARCH 20

#64 South Florida at #75 OHIO STATE - 11 a.m. ET
PENN STATE at #41 Marshall - Noon ET
Eastern Michigan at #75 OHIO STATE - 6 p.m. ET

Legend
[1] Las Vegas, Nev.
[2] Atlanta, Ga.
[3] Huntington, W.Va.
[4] Charleston, S.C.

MTEN: This Week's Schedule

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MARCH 15

#37 INDIANA at #46 Arizona - Noon MT
#37 INDIANA at Scottsdale CC [1] - 6:30 p.m. MT

MARCH 16

#67 PURDUE at San Diego Invitational [2] - All Day
WISCONSIN at #11 Pepperdine - Noon PT

MARCH 17

#67 PURDUE at San Diego Invitational [2] - All Day
#16 MICHIGAN at #44 LSU - 1 p.m. CT
#74 IOWA vs. Florida Atlantic [3] - TBA

MARCH 18

#67 PURDUE at San Diego Invitational [2] - All Day
#23 MINNESOTA at #25 Miami (Fla.) - 4 p.m. ET

MARCH 19

#67 PURDUE at San Diego Invitational [2] - All Day
WISCONSIN at #49 UC Irvine - Noon PT

MARCH 20

Youngstown State at PENN STATE - 10 a.m. ET
#16 MICHIGAN at #42 MICHIGAN STATE - Noon ET
Dayton at PENN STATE - 3 p.m. ET

MARCH 21

#4 OHIO STATE at #11 Pepperdine - 1 p.m. PT

Legend
[1] Tucson, Ariz.
[2] San Diego, Calif.
[3] Orlando, Fla.
The 2011 NCAA Men's Basketball Championship begins on Thursday, March 17, with the traditional open practice sessions. The eight teams participating in second-round action in Chicago will hold 40-minute workouts that will be open to the general public. The Big Ten Conference will serve as the host of the NCAA Second and Third Rounds from March 17-20, with games scheduled for Friday, March 18, and Sunday, March 20.

Thursday's open practice session begins at Noon CT with a 40-minute session for 15th seed Akron and continues throughout the day with the eighth and final session beginning at 6:40 with the winner of USC/VCU from Wednesday's First Four contest. In addition, Florida State, Georgetown, Notre Dame, Purdue, Saint Peter's and Texas A&M will each hold their own open practice times during the day on Thursday. A complete schedule of the open practice sessions appears below.

Click here for the complete release.

BASE: Monday's Results

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INDIANA def. Pittsburgh, 9-2

Texas A&M Corpus Christi def. IOWA, 5-4

WTEN: Weekend Roundup

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MARCH 8

#63 Missouri def. #69 MICHIGAN STATE, 5-2 [1]

MARCH 9

#69 MICHIGAN STATE def. #49 William & Mary, 4-3 [1]

MARCH 10

Tulane def. PENN STATE, 4-3

MARCH 11

#63 Missouri def. MINNESOTA, 4-3
#32 Nebraska def. #45 OHIO STATE, 4-3

MARCH 12

#57 PURDUE def. #47 INDIANA, 4-3

MARCH 13

#32 Nebraska def. IOWA, 5-2
#6 North Carolina def. #4 MICHIGAN, 4-3

MARCH 14

UNC Wilmington def. MINNESOTA, 4-3

Legend
[1] Bradenton, Fla.

MTEN: Weekend Roundup

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MARCH 8

#25 Notre Dame def. #6 ILLINOIS, 5-2

MARCH 10

#17 Texas A&M def. #5 OHIO STATE, 4-0

MARCH 11

#37 Tulsa def. #12 MICHIGAN, 4-3
South Florida def. #70 PENN STATE, 4-3

MARCH 12

#17 Texas A&M def. #6 ILLINOIS, 7-0
#41 INDIANA def. #68 PURDUE, 6-1
#45 MICHIGAN STATE def. #47 DePaul, 4-3

MARCH 13

#71 IOWA def. Central Florida, 5-2
#70 PENN STATE def. Navy, 6-1
#70 PENN STATE def. Villanova, 6-1

MARCH 14

South Florida def. #71 IOWA, 7-0
Three Big Ten teams were selected to take part in the Postseason WNIT, it was announced late Monday evening. Michigan, Northwestern and Wisconsin will each take part in the 64-team field, bringing the conference total to eight teams that have been selected to participate in postseason tournaments.

Wisconsin begins first-round play at home against Butler on Wednesday, while Michigan begins play on Thursday, when it travels to Eastern Michigan. Northwestern will host a first-round contest on Thursday when it welcomes Creighton.

Earlier on Monday, five Big Ten teams were chosen to play in the NCAA Championship. It is the third time in the last four seasons the conference has sent eight or more teams to the postseason

SB: Monday's Schedule

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Purdue at Florida Atlantic, 6 p.m.
Purdue at Florida Atlantic, 8 p.m.

SB: Players of the Week

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Player and Co-Freshman of the Week:
Andie Varsho, Purdue
Fr., OF, Chili, Wis./Marshfield

Varsho earns Big Ten Player of the Week status for the first time in her career after batting .714 and accounting for 11 runs to help Purdue to a 3-1 record last week. The freshman had four multi-hit games, drove in six runs and scored five times in finishing the weekend with a 1.928 OPS. Varsho went 10-for-14 on the week, including three-hit games against Rutgers and Middle Tennessee and two-hit efforts against Buffalo and Hofstra. In addition to a double, a triple and a home run last week, she also had one stolen base. Varsho claims her second Big Ten Freshman of the Week accolade.

Last Purdue Player of the Week: Molly Garst (Feb. 21, 2011)
Last Purdue Freshman of the Week: Kim McMillan (Feb. 28, 2011)

Pitcher and Co-Freshman of the Week:
Sara Moulton, Minnesota
Fr., P, Eagan, Minn./Eagan

Moulton allowed just four earned runs in 27 innings of work for a 1.04 ERA in earning her first Big Ten Pitcher of the Week accolade. The freshman went 3-1 last week for the Gophers, striking out 26 and throwing three complete-game shutouts to lead Minnesota to the Mizuno Classic title. In her three wins, Moulton surrendered just 10 hits in 21 innings in victories over Northern Colorado, Northern Iowa and against No. 20 Oklahoma State in the championship contest. She claims her first Big Ten Freshman of the Week honor.

Last Minnesota Pitcher of the Week: Lacey Middlebrooks (March 1, 2010)
Last Minnesota Freshman of the Week: N/A

WBB: Three Included on Wooden Award Final Ballot

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Three Big Ten women's basketball standouts were included on the national ballot for the 2011 John R. Wooden Award, it was announced on Monday. Michigan State's Kalisha Keane, Northwestern's Amy Jaeschke and Ohio State's Jantel Lavender were all included on the final ballot of 20 student-athletes.

The Wooden Award All-America Teams will be announced the week of the Elite Eight, with the Wooden Award winner being announced on April 8.

MBB: Five Named to Wooden Award National Ballot

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The Big Ten leads all conferences will five honorees for the John R. Wooden Award and boasts two of the three schools which have multiple honorees. Still in the running for the award are Ohio State's Jared Sullinger, Purdue's JaJuan Johnson and E'Twaun Moore, and Wisconsin's Jon Leuer and Jordan Taylor.

The Wooden Award All-America teams will be announced the during the week of the regional round of the NCAA Tournament. The 35th-annual Wooden Award ceremony will take place on April 8, 2011, at the Los Angeles Athletic Club.

For all the information regarding the John R. Wooden Award, click here.

WGOLF: Weekly Rankings

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The weekly Golfweek/Sagarin women's golf rankings have been released, with Purdue again garnering top-10 recognition. The Boilermakers sit at No. 7 this week and are joined by No. 18 Michigan State in the top 20. Ohio State remains at No. 31 this week, followed by No. 38 Minnesota and No. 39 Northwestern. The individual rankings have also been released, with four Big Ten golfers making the top 50.

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

WGYM: Weekly Rankings

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Six Big Ten women's gymnastics teams appear in the final set of GymInfo rankings before the Big Ten Championships, released on Monday. Michigan and Penn State retain their top-10 rankings this week, as the Wolverines sit at No. 9 with a regional qualifying average of 196.320 and the Nittany Lions hold No. 10 at 196.045. Iowa moves up three spots to No. 14 (195.820) this week, with No. 15 Ohio State (195.800) and No. 16 Illinois (195.790) following closely. Minnesota rounds out the group of conference teams, sitting at No. 21 (195.225) this week.

Click here to see this week's GymInfo rankings.
Michigan's Thomas Kelley has been tabbed the Big Ten Gymnast of the Week, while Minnesota's Zack Chase has earned the conference Freshman of the Week award. Kelley earns the honor after posting four top-five finishes and leading the No. 6 Wolverines to a strong showing against No. 2 Oklahoma, while Chase picked up a pair of top-two finishes en route to his second Big Ten Freshman of the Week honor this season.

Click here to see the complete release from the Big Ten.
Illinois' Allison Buckley 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. Buckley took first place in the all-around and won two event titles at the State of Illinois Classic, while Miller picked up two first-place finishes to lead No. 14 Ohio State to a tri-meet win against Missouri and Pittsburgh.

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

WSWM: Big Ten Sends 11 Divers to NCAA Championships

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Eleven Big Ten divers qualified last weekend for the 2011 NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships. The Championships begin this Thursday March 17-19 at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center in Austin, Texas. The follow is a list of the participants: Indiana's Gabby Agostino and Amy Cozad, Iowa's Deidre Freeman and Veronica Rydze, Michigan's Amanda Lohman, Minnesota's Kelci Bryant and Margaret Keefer, Ohio State's Bianca Alvarez and Katherine Bell and Purdue's Kara Cook and Erin Mertz.









MSWM: Seven Divers Qualify for NCAA's

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Last week, seven Big Ten divers qualified for the 2011 NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships, which will be held March 24-26 on the campus of the University of Minnesota. The conference will send Indiana's David Piercy and Darian Schmidt, Minnesota's Andrew Brown, Ohio State's Christian Holstein and Purdue's David Boudia, Danny Cox and JP Perez.

For more on the NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships, click here.


WINDR T/F: USTFCCCA All-America Awards Announced

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The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announces the  270 women that earned either first-team or second-team USTFCCCA All-America distinctions for the 2011 NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field season. Each school was represented, as the Big Ten garnered 23 recipients.

Click here for complete results.

MINDR T/F: USTFCCCA Names All-America Awards

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The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announces the 267 men that earned either first-team or second-team USTFCCCA All-America distinctions for the 2011 NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field season. The Big Ten had 45 individuals who received the honor, including Illinois' Andrew Riley and Indiana's Derek Drouin, both took home NCAA crowns in their respective events.

For the complete release, click here.

MBB: USBWA Announces All-America Team

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The United States Basketball Writers Association named their 2010-11 All-America Team today as the Big Ten hoists two candidates. Purdue's forward/center JaJuan Johnson and Ohio State's freshman forward Jared Sullinger took home the honors. Johnson became the first Boilermaker to garner first-team honors in 17 years while Sullinger is the Buckeyes' second consecutive first-team member, as Evan Turner earned the award last season. The Big Ten is the only conference with two first-team honorees.

For the complete release, click here.

BASE: Sunday's Results

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Western Kentucky def. ILLINOIS, 13-5

INDIANA def. Akron, 4-1

IOWA def. Texas A&M Corpus Christi, 10-9 (10)

Stony Brook def. MICHIGAN, 3-1

MICHIGAN STATE def. Pittsburgh, 7-4

Gonzaga def. MINNESOTA, 15-6

Army def. OHIO STATE, 14-9

Norfolk State def. PENN STATE, 4-2

PENN STATE def. Norfolk State, 5-0

 

BASE: Saturday's Results

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ILLINOIS def. Western Kentucky, 9-5

Central Michigan def. INDIANA, 3-0

Texas Tech def. IOWA, 6-4

Stony Brook def. MICHIGAN, 3-1

MICHIGAN def. Winthrop, 9-8

MICHIGAN STATE def. Akron, 5-1

Gonzaga def. MINNESOTA, 10-3

NORTHWESTERN def. St. Louis, 15-9

OHIO STATE def. Yale, 12-6

PENN STATE def. Norfolk State, 5-1

PENN STATE def. Norfolk State, 12-1

PURDUE def. Tennessee-Martin, 8-7

MBB: A Final Look From The Final

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Here are three more photos from today's postgame celebration of the 2011 Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament.

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OSUCelebration3.jpgThanks for checking in with BigTen.org this past week.  We appreciate your interest in the 2011 Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament.

We'll see you next year!!!

MBB: All-Tournament Team Announced

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Congratulations to the 2011 Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament All-Tournament Team:

Kalin Lucas, Michigan State
William Buford, Ohio State
Jon Diebler, Ohio State
Jared Sullinger, Ohio State
Michael Thompson, Northwestern
Talor Battle, Penn State

Most Outstanding PLayer
Jared Sullinger, Ohio State

MBB: Postgame Presentation

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Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany congratulates Penn State on hard-fought tournament and presents the top-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes with the 2011 Big Ten Tournament Championship trophy.

MBB: Ohio State Earns Big Ten Tournament Crown

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OSUChamps2011.jpgCongratulations to the top-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes, who earned a 71-60 victory over sixth-seeded Penn State and the 2011 Big Ten Tournament Championship.

MBB: A Triple Double-Double

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Ohio State's Jared Sullinger is making his case for the Big Ten Tournament's Most Outstanding Player, having just recorded his third straight double-double in as many days.

Sullinger had 20 points and 18 rebounds in Friday's win over Northwestern, 14 points and 13 rebounds against Michigan, and finished with 15 points and 11 boards today against Penn State.


WINDR T/F: 2011 NCAA Championships Review

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Michigan led all Big Ten teams as competition came to a close at the 2011 NCAA Indoor Championships at Gilliam Indoor Track Stadium on the campus of Texas A&M University on Saturday. The Wolverines tallied 12 team points to finish tied in 12th place. Rounding out the Big Ten contingent was Wisconsin (T36), Indiana (T36), Ohio State (T40), Penn State (T45), Illinois (T50), Iowa (T50), Minnesota (T50) and Michigan State (T57). Oregon earned the NCAA team crown with 67 points, followed by Texas with 38 and LSU with 37.

 

MINDR T/F: 2011 NCAA Indoor Championships Review

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For the third straight year, Indiana and Minnesota led all Big Ten conference teams at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships. The Hoosiers and Gophers both tied with 27 team points at the conclusion of the two-day event. Iowa racked up 20 points as the Hawkeyes tied for eighth place, followed by Penn State tied for 11th place with 16 team points. Illinois earned 23 points while Purdue, Michigan State and Wisconsin tallied 4.50, 4.00 and 3.00 respective team points.

For the entire recap of the NCAA Championships, click here.

 

MBB: Attendance Announced

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ConsecoFieldhouse2011.jpgThe 2011 Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament was viewed before a total of 86,767 fans over the five sessions, marking the third-highest attendance figure in the seven-year history of the event in Indianapolis.

The 2002 tournament -- the first conference tournament hosted by Indianapolis -- drew a record 94,402 fans, while the 2006 event brought in 90,463 to Conseco Fieldhouse.

MBB: Buckeyes Hot, Lions Not

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100_0206.JPG With 12:59 remaining in the game, Ohio State leads 46-29.  The Buckeyes have quite the momentum right now while OSU's Aaron Craft has shut down Penn State's Talor Battle and the rest of the Nittany Lions' offense. 

Does Penn State have enough to respond?

MBB: 20 Minutes to Play

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Penn State returns to the Conseco Fieldhouse floor for the second half of the Big Ten Tournament, trailing 29-23 to Ohio State.

MBB: Quite the Battle

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Inside the 12-minute media timeout right now and Penn State's Talor Battle has all eight of the Nittany Lions' points.

That prompts us for a little Did You Know...

Did you know Battle is just one of three players in NCAA Division I history to have logged at least 2,000 points, 600 rebounds and 500 assists in their career? 

Battle entered Big Ten Tournament play with 2,119 points, 501 rebounds and 506 assists for his career, joining Duke's Danny Ferry and Maryland's Grevis Vasquez in the elite company.

MBB: The Championship Tip

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We are underway in the championship final of the 2011 Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament.

At our first media timeout (15:55), Ohio State leads Penn State, 8-6.  The action has been from the perimeter so far, with Talor Battle scoring all six of the Nittany Lions' points off a pair of 3s, while Ohio State's Jon Diebler and William Buford each have a trey for the Buckeyes.  Dallas Lauderdale was responsible for the other OSU points.

MBB: Nittany Nation "Believes They Will Win Today"

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Members of Penn State's "Nittany Nation" student section break into their "I Believe" song with the Blue Band at the Big Ten Pep Rally outside Conseco Fieldhouse prior to the 2011 Big Ten Tournament Championship against Ohio State and Penn State.

MBB: Mascot Push-Up Contest - Brutus vs. The Lion

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Getting the competitive juices flowing, Brutus Buckeye squared off against the Nittany Lion in a mascot push-up contest at the Big Ten Pep Rally, prior to the 2011 Big Ten Tournament Championship between Ohio State and Penn State at Conseco Fieldhouse on March 13.

MBB: "We Are...PENN STATE!"

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The Penn State faithful gets pumped up at the Big Ten Pep Rally outside Conseco Fieldhouse prior to Sunday's 2011 Big Ten Tournament Championship between Ohio State and Penn State.

MBB: The Buckeye Boys, Starring Dancer J.J. Sullinger

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During the 2011 Big Ten Tournament Championship Game Pep Rally outside of Conseco Fieldhouse on Sunday, two of Ohio State's youngest fans teamed up with former Buckeye J.J. Sullinger, brother of current OSU freshman Jared, for a little song and dance to raise the spirits of Buckeyes in attendance.

MBB: "Nittany Nation" Dance Party

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Penn State's "Nittany Nation" student section takes to the dance floor at the 2011 Big Ten Tournament Championship Game Pep Rally outside of Conseco Fieldhouse on Sunday, March 13.

MBB: The Kids Can Run Too

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Nearly 150 youth participants ran an abbreviated 1.2-mile course (as part of 5K course) at the 2011 Big Ten Hoops Day 5K on Sunday, which completed their Marathon in 51 Days. These youngsters have been running a half mile daily either at school or on their own over the course of 50 days.




MBB: Big Ten Hoops Day 5K

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More than 1,200 runners, joggers and walkers participated in the 2011 Big Ten Hoops Day 5K outside of Conseco Fieldhouse on Sunday morning, prior to the Big Ten Tournament Championship.



Aaron Harding crosses the finish line as the first male finisher at the 2011 Big Ten Hoops Day 5K.



Cate Kelley crosses the finish line as the first female finisher at the 2011 Big Ten Hoops Day 5K.

The Big Ten Hoops Day 5K traveling trophy was won by Purdue for the second-straight season.  Check out more pictures from today's Big Ten Hoops Day 5K below!!!

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MBB: Championship Sunday!

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ConcourseFlags.jpgThe Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament Championship has arrived and we are set to crown the 2011 winner.

Today's contest will be between the top-ranked and top-seeded Ohio State Buckeyes (31-2) and the sixth-seeded Penn State Nittany Lions (19-13).  The tournament final will be broadcast live on CBS at 3:30 p.m. ET.

Among the storylines, Ohio State is competing in its third-straight Big Ten Tournament final and fifth in the past six years, while looking for their fourth BTT title, although the 2002 crown was later vacated due to NCAA sanctions.  Penn State makes its first-ever appearance in the championship game.

The 2011 final marks the second consecutive No. 1/6-seeded game as the top-seeded Buckeyes bested No. 6 Minnesota last year, 90-61.

It is the seventh year overall that a team will compete in the finals after playing three games in three straight days -- a history that includes 1999 (No. 11 Illinois), 2001 (No. 6 Iowa), 2002 (No. 9 Iowa), 2003 (No. 8 Ohio State), 2008 (No. 10 Illinois) and 2010 (No. 6 Minnesota).  The Hawkeyes in 2001 were the lone team to actually win four games in four days.

This will mark the second consecutive Big Ten Basketball Tournament Championship featuring Ohio State and Penn State.  Last week in the women's tournament, the Buckeyes defeated the Lady Lions, 84-70.

In Big Ten Tournament history, Ohio State and Penn State have met three times with the Buckeyes holding a 2-1 advantage.  PSU's lone win was over the top-seeded Buckeyes in 2000.  In the previous three games, the average margin of victory is five points.  History tells us we should be in store for a good one tomorrow.

A complete breakdown is below:

No. 1 Ohio State vs. No. 6 Penn State (3:30 p.m. ET)
Ohio State leads Big Ten Tournament series, 2-1

2000, Q, No. 9 Penn State def. No. 1 Ohio State, 71-66
2005, 1st, No. 6 Ohio State def. No. 11 Penn State 72-69
2006, Q, No. 1 Ohio State def. No. 8 Penn State, 63-56


MBB: Big Ten Celebration

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Following the Big Ten Tournament's semifinal games last night, the Big Ten Conference hosted the Big Ten Celebration at Union Station in downtown Indianapolis.



A live band performed throughout the night while both the Ohio State and Penn State cheerleading squads and pep bands arrived to add a little school spirit to the party, getting fans ready for Sunday's tournament final.
 

MBB: Building Big Ten Country

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BTNFanMap.JPGThroughout the Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament, the Big Ten Network has been steadily building Big Ten Country through its new Big Ten Fan Map.

This interactive website allows fans of the conference to log in and plant their flag -- or foam finger -- so to speak.  Fans enter their information and alliances into the database, thus creating a nationwide map of Big Ten fans from all over.  Plus there is a chance to win some pretty cool prizes.

For more information on the Big Ten Fan Map, click here.

MBB: Hungry at the Half

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It's halftime and Michigan State and Penn State are tied 26-26.

Great game so far,
but it's time to eat.

Hungry for a Big Ten Burger or a Big Ten Spud?

Rumor has it that the MSU Burger and Michigan Spud are among the top sellers.

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MBB: Which Road Will They Take?

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StreetSign-PSU.JPGThe second semifinal contest of the 2011 Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament is underway, featuring No. 6 seed Penn State and No. 7 Michigan State.

The Spartans are off to a quick 14-7 advantage with 15 minutes to play in the first half.

Outside Conseco Fieldhouse, located on Pennsylvania Street, BigTen.org captured a picture of the actual street sign along with Penn State's Big Ten Tournament street sign.

So that begs the question today... "Which road will they take?"

Nittany Lion Drive will lead them to the Big Ten Tournament final, while Pennsylvania Street will take them back to State College.

MBB: Buckeyes Advance!

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OSU-Diebler.jpgCongratulations to the top-ranked and top-seeded Ohio State Buckeyes on their 68-61 victory over rival Michigan in the semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament Saturday.

OSU advances to the Big Ten Tournament final and will face the winner of the Michigan State/Penn State game.

By the final score, it's hard to believe that Ohio State had an 18-point lead with 4:49 remaining in the game, but Michigan stormed back enough to put fans in a sold out Conseco Fieldhouse on the edge of their seats in the final minute.

John Diebler, shown above in a postgame interview with Rick Pizzo of the Big Ten Network, scored a game-high 16 points, while posting five rebounds and three assists as well.  Michigan was paced by Darius Morris, who also netted 16 points.

MBB: The Nittany Lions Have Arrived!

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The Penn State Nittany Lions have arrived at Conseco Fieldhouse prepared to do battle in their Big Ten Tournament semifinal game against the Michigan State Spartans.

MBB: Leading at the Half

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Top-ranked Ohio State returns to the locker room with a 31-27 halftime lead over rival Michigan in Saturday's Big Ten Tournament semifinal.

MBB: Lace 'Em Up

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HoopsDay5K.JPGThe third annual Big Ten Hoops Day 5K takes place Sunday on the streets outside Conseco Fieldhouse.

HURRY!  Registration is still available!

Big Ten fans, competing as runners, joggers and walkers, will be dressed in gear from their favorite conference school and passing by all the designated Big Ten university restaurants along the way.

There is a "traveling trophy" that will be awarded to the local alumni chapter of the Big Ten university with the best individual performances in the 5K, as well as an award for the best cheer station, as Indiana and Purdue have captured the crown in the last two years.

The top  overall finishers (male and female) will receive prizes.  There will also be prizes given for categories such as 'The Most Spirited Fan', so be sure to wear your school colors.

HoopsDay5K2.JPGBasketball goals will also be set up outside Conseco Fieldhouse for pre-race shooting and water/cheer stations will be located along the route.

Also, nearly 150 youth participants will run an abbreviated 1.2-mile course (as part of the 5K course) to complete their Marathon in 51 Days. These youngsters have been running a half mile daily either at school or on their own over the course of 50 days.

BigTen.org will have coverage of the Hoops Day 5K during tomorrow's tournament championship game.

BASE: Friday's Results

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Western Kentucky def. ILLINOIS, 3-1

Texas Tech def. IOWA, 9-7

Winthrop def. MICHIGAN, 8-5

MICHIGAN STATE def. Yale, 14-1

MINNESOTA def. Gonzaga, 8-1

NORTHWESTERN def. St. Louis, 8-5

St. Louis def. NORTHWESTERN, 5-2

Illinois State def. OHIO STATE, 12-1

PURDUE def. Tennessee-Martin, 4-3

MBB: Semifinal Saturday

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PressRow.JPGWelcome to Saturday and the semifinals of the 2011 Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament.

Our first contest features the top-ranked and top-seeded Ohio State (30-2) against No. 4 seed and rival Michigan (20-11) at 1:40 p.m. ET on CBS. FOLLOW LIVE!

The second semifinal has No. 6 Penn State (18-13) battling No. 7 Michigan State (19-13) -- two teams strengthening their postseason resumes with quality wins on Friday.
FOLLOW LIVE!

Among the storylines, the Buckeyes and Wolverines are no strangers to Big Ten Tournament play, as the two teams have met four times, including last year's buzzer-beater victory by OSU.  In fact, Ohio State has claimed all four contests in the BTT series, the first three of which came by 10 points or more.  Due to NCAA sanctions, both teams have vacated the records from the 1999 game, while Ohio State has vacated the win from 2000.

Penn State took the lone BTT meeting with Michigan State back in 2001, capturing a 65-63 victory as the seventh-seed over the No. 2 Spartans.

Here is a complete breakdown of the semifinal matchups:

No. 1 Ohio State vs. No. 4 Michigan (1:40 p.m. ET)
Ohio State leads Big Ten Tournament series, 4-0
1999, Q, No. 2 Ohio State def. No. 10 Michigan, 87-69
2002, Q, No. 2 Ohio State def. No. 10 Michigan, 75-68
2007, Q, No. 1 Ohio State def. No. 8 Michigan, 72-62
2010, Q, Mo. 1 Ohio State def. No. 8 Michigan,. 69-68
No. 6 Penn State def. No. 7 Michigan State (Approximately 4:05 p.m. ET)
Penn State leads Big Ten Tournament series, 1-0
2001, Q, No. 7 Penn State def. No. 2 Michigan State, 65-63

SB: Saturday's Schedule

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ILLINOIS at Missouri, 3:30 PM ET
ILLINOIS vs. Illinois State, 6:00 PM ET
Missouri State vs. INDIANA, 2:15 PM ET
INDIANA at Oklahoma, 4:00 PM ET
IOWA vs. Liberty, 11:00 AM ET
IOWA vs. Delaware State, 1:30 PM ET
Western Kentucky vs. MICHIGAN, 12:00 PM ET
MICHIGAN at Louisville, 2:00 PM ET
Buffalo vs. MICHIGAN STATE, 11:00 AM ET
MINNESOTA vs. Northern Iowa, 12:00 PM ET
MINNESOTA vs. TBA, TBA
PENN STATE at Georgia Tech, 6:30 PM ET
Middle Tennessee State vs. PURDUE, 9:00 AM ET
Hofstra vs. PURDUE, 1:00 PM ET
WISCONSIN at UC Santa Barbara, 12:30 PM ET
WISCONSIN vs. San Diego, 2:45 PM ET

SB: Friday's Results

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Wisconsin 5, UC Santa Barbara 4
San Diego 9, Wisconsin 0
Purdue 6, Rutgers 5
Purdue 11, Buffalo 1
Penn State 1, Georgia State 0
Penn State 8, Bowling Green 0
Michigan State 12, Middle Tennessee 2
Hofstra 3, Michigan State 2
Oklahoma State 9, Minnesota 0
Minnesota 5, Northern Colorado 0
Iowa 3, Stetson 2
Liberty 3, Iowa 1

MBB: Still Believing...

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Remember Nittany Nation from yesterday???  They are still believing...

And they should!  What did Nittany Nation President Katie Huber say yesterday?

"We plan to win!"

And win you have.  Congrats to the Nittany Lions on a 36-33 thriller over No. 3 Wisconsin and welcome to the Big Ten Tournament semifinals!

Enjoy your Spring Break, Nittany Nation.  Enjoy!!!

MBB: Inside the Big Ten Network

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During halftime of the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinal game between Penn State and Wisconsin, BigTen.org was allowed inside the production trailer to see just how the Big Ten Network pulls off its live halftime show.

Following live coverage of the end of the first half, the Big Ten Network broadcast went to sideline reporter Charissa Thompson for a live interview with Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan.  At the conclusion of the interview, the BTN went straight into its State Farm Halftime Report, anchored by Dave Revsine, Jim Jackson and Mike DeCourcy.  The trio broke down footage from the first half prior to the first commercial break. 

MBB: Sparty Ousts Boilers in Upset

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Purdue-MSU.jpgMichigan State's Kalin Lucas wanted to play last night.  He wanted to play tonight.  Now he gets to play tomorrow, and if he has his way, he'll stick around for Sunday too.

Lucas scored 30 points in the Spartans' quarterfinal matchup tonight, leading MSU to a 74-56 upset over the second-seeded Purdue Boilermakers.

MBB: Earn Your Degree

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WayneDuke.jpgPictured from left to right:  Minnesota athletic director Joel Maturi, Minnesota runner Mike Torchia, Indianapolis Big Ten Community Partnership member Jerry Semler, Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany, Purdue swimmer Allie Smith and Purdue athletic director Morgan Burke.

During halftime of the Michigan State/Purdue game here at the Big Ten Tournament, two conference student-athletes -- Minnesota cross country and track runner Mike Torchia and Purdue swimmer Allie Smith -- were honored as this year's recipients of the Wayne Duke Postgraduate Award presented by the Indianapolis Big Ten Community Partnership.

Each Big Ten institution was asked to nominate one male and one female student-athlete for 2011, with a $5,000 scholarship awarded to each winner.

Read more about their accomplishments and the Wayne Duke Postgraduate Award by clicking here.

MBB: Party Crashers

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So after a hard fought 60-55 win over Illinois in Friday's quarterfinal contest at the Big Ten Tournament, a group of Michigan fans stormed to the streets of Indianapolis, singing "Hail to the Victors" on a number of different street corners.

But the group caught BigTen.org's eye when they entered Circle Centre Mall right next to Champps -- the designated Ohio State restaurant for the Big Ten Tournaments.

Several Buckeyes were taking in postgame meals and spirits following their exciting overtime victory over Northwestern earlier in the day, when the cheers rattled through the restaurant's rafters.

"Hail, Hail to Michigan..."



It was all in good fun today, but tomorrow's first semifinal pairs the two rivals for the second-straight tournament and who can forget what happened last year!!!

MBB: The W Stands For "Wild"

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BigTen.org stopped by the Wisconsin Pep Rally at the Embassy Suites in Indianapolis Friday, prior to the Badgers' quarterfinal matchup against Penn State.



We walked right into a rowdy version of "Hey Baby" and then witnessed the Wisconsin band and cheerleaders just get flat out nuts.

What a great atmosphere here!  The Badger Faithful is certainly ready for tonight's game.
 

MBB: Purdue Pepped Up

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We are moments away from the Purdue/Michigan State quarterfinal matchup at the 2011 Big Ten Tournament.

PurduePep1.JPGEarlier today, BigTen.org caught up with the Purdue Alumni Association and several Boilermaker fans at Scotty's Brewhouse in Indianapolis.

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MBB: A Grand Win

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Congratulations to Michigan on its 60-55 win over Illinois in the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals, as well as head coach John Beilein on earning his 1,000th career win.

Click here for a recap of the game! 

MBB: Scaredy Cats

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Can you say Freaky Friday????

The top-seeded Ohio State Buckeyes, ranked No. 1 nationally, received a scare today from eighth-seeded Northwestern in the first game of the quarterfinal round of the Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament.

Congratulations to both teams on a heckuva way to start the day.  The Buckeyes needed an extra five minutes Friday before ousting the Wildcats 67-61 in overtime.

A surprise to many?  Perhaps, but it shouldn't be.  Ohio State narrowly escaped Northwestern in its lone regular-season contest this year, winning 58-57 in Evanston on Jan. 29.

NU's John Shurna had game-high honors with 23 points, while Ohio State's Jared Sullinger led the Buckeyes with 20 points and an eye-opening 18 rebounds.


BASE: This Weekend's Schedule

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MARCH 11
ILLINOIS at Western Kentucky, 4 p.m.
IOWA at Texas Tech, 6 p.m.
MICHIGAN at Winthrop [19], 4 p.m.
MICHIGAN STATE vs. Yale [20], 5 p.m.
NORTHWESTERN at Saint Louis, 3 p.m.
OHIO STATE vs. Illinois State [20], TBA
PENN STATE at Norfolk State, 4 p.m.
PURDUE at Tennessee-Martin, 5 p.m.

MARCH 12
ILLINOIS at Western Kentucky, 3 p.m.
INDIANA vs. Central Michigan [20], TBA
IOWA at Texas Tech, 5 p.m.
MICHIGAN vs. Stony Brook [19], 11 a.m.
MICHIGAN at Winthrop [19], 6 p.m.
MICHIGAN STATE vs. Akron [20], 4:30 p.m.
NORTHWESTERN at Saint Louis, 1 p.m.
OHIO STATE vs. Bradley [20], TBA
PENN STATE at Norfolk State (DH), 1 p.m.
PURDUE at Tennessee-Martin, 2 p.m.

MARCH 13
ILLINOIS at Western Kentucky, 2 p.m.
INDIANA vs. Bradley [20], TBA
IOWA vs. Texas A&M Corpus Christi [21], 1 p.m.
MICHIGAN vs. Stony Brook [19], 10:30 a.m.
MICHIGAN STATE vs. Pittsburgh [20], 10 a.m.
OHIO STATE vs. Army [20], TBA
PENN STATE at Norfolk State, Noon
PURDUE at Tennessee-Martin, 2 p.m.

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19 - Bojangles Baseball Classic (Rock Hill, S.C.)
20 - RussMatt Central Florida Invitational (Winter Haven, Fla.)
21 - Lubbock, Texas

 

MBB: Four For Friday

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TeamBenches.JPGWelcome to Quarterfinal Friday where we have four games on tap for today.

Action begins at noon with the top-seeded Ohio State Buckeyes facing No. 8 Northwestern, which ousted Minnesota last night.  The second game of the day features No. 4 Michigan and No. 5 Illinois.  To begin Session 3, No. 2 Purdue will battle No. 7 Michigan State, while No. 3 Wisconsin will face No. 6 Penn State in the nightcap.

Among the storylines, all four games today feature brief Big Ten Tournament history between the teams, including today's tip-off matchup against the Buckeyes and Wildcats, who have never faced one another in BTT play. 

In the second game, Michigan looks for its first win over Illinois in three Big Ten Tournament  contests.  This will be the first year that the Wolverines are ranked better than the Fighting Illini.  The previous two meetings have resulted in double-digit wins by the Illini.

In the third game of the day -- the first of the evening session -- No. 2 Purdue will also look for its first win in the three-game BTT series with Michigan State.  The Spartans have topped the Boilers as both the No. 5 and 6 seed, but can they keep the pattern going as the No. 7 seed?

The nightcap takes us all the way back to the first Big Ten Tournament in 1998.  In the first round of the inaugural event, the 10th-seeded Badgers upset No. 7 Penn State in a close 52-51 outcome.

Check out the breakdown below:

Game 4:  No. 1 Ohio State vs. No. 8 Northwestern (12 p.m. ET)
First Meeting in the Big Ten Tournament

Game 5:  No. 4 Michigan vs. No. 5 Illinois  (Approximately 2:30 p.m. ET)
Illinois leads Big Ten Tournament series, 2-0

2004, S, No. 1 Illinois def. No. 5 Michigan, 74-60
2009, Q, No. 2 Illinois def. No. 7 Michigan, 60-50
Game 6:  No. 2 Purdue vs. No. 7 Michigan State  (6:30 p.m. ET)
Michigan State leads Big Ten Tournament series, 2-0
2003, Q, No. 5 Michigan State def. No. 4 Purdue, 54-42
2006, 1st, No. 6 Michigan State def. No. 11 Purdue, 70-58
Game 7:  No. 3 Wisconsin vs. No. 6 Penn State  (Approximately 9 p.m. ET)
Wisconsin leads Big Ten Tournament series, 1-0
1998, 1st, No. 10 Wisconsin def. No. 7 Penn State, 52-51



SB: Friday's Schedule

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IOWA vs. Liberty, 1:30 PM ET
IOWA at Stetson, 6:30 PM ET
Middle Tennessee State vs. MICHIGAN STATE, 6:00 PM ET
Hofstra vs. MICHIGAN STATE, 8:00 PM ET
MINNESOTA vs. Northern Colorado , 12:00 PM ET
MINNESOTA at Oklahoma State, 5:30 PM ET
Bowling Green vs. PENN STATE, 2:00 PM ET
Georgia State vs. PENN STATE, 7:00 PM ET
Buffalo vs. PURDUE, 11:00 AM ET
Rutgers vs. PURDUE, 1:00 PM ET
WISCONSIN vs. San Diego, 4:15 PM ET
WISCONSIN at UC Santa Barbara, 6:15 PM ET

SB: Thursday's Result

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Georgia 8, Penn State 0

MBB: First Day in the Books

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The first day of the Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament is in the books, with No. 6 Penn State capturing a 61-55 victory over 11th-seeded Indiana.

Congratulations to first-day winners Northwestern, Michigan State and Penn State.

We'll see you tomorrow at Conseco Fieldhouse!

MBB: Channeling Their Inner-Gus

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At halftime of the Indiana/Penn State game at the 2011 Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament, the Big Ten Network highlighted three "Gus Johnson Sound-a-Like" contest winners from across Big Ten Country, including Nebraska, to perform in front of the fans and BTN announcer Gus Johnson.

MBB: Notable Hoosiers

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Look who it is in attendance tonight...

Boston Celtics head coach Doc Rivers (left), father of Indiana senior Jeremiah Rivers, and Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels (right).

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MBB: Don't Stop Believin'

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PSUStudents.JPGSo you are a senior in college.  It's your last Spring Break.  Where do you go?

South Beach?  Panama City?  Cancun?

How about Indianapolis?

That was the destination of choice for 15 proud members of Nittany Nation, the Penn State student section.

President Katie Huber noted that the group of Nittany Lions jammed into three cars around 1 a.m. this morning and made the 10-hour drive to Indianapolis, arriving shortly after 11 a.m.

The reason?

"We believe," Huber said.  "That has been the team's motto the whole year and we have a very strong relationship with the team, cheerleaders and band."

PSUStudents2.JPGHuber pointed out that most of the traveling group are seniors and while some Penn State students were off to the Caribbean, they thought Indianapolis was the best place to be during break.

"We haven't slept for an entire day, but this means a lot to us and the team, especially since we are on the bubble right now (for the NCAA Tournament)."

Asked if the group even had time to make lodging plans for the night, Huber quickly replied.

"Oh yeah, we are booked through Sunday.  We plan to win."

MBB: The Head Spartan Speaks

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Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo speaks to the media following the Spartans' first-round 66-61 win over Iowa on Thursday at the 2011 Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament.

Click here for the complete game recap.

MBB: Plethora of Points

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Congratulations to Northwestern and standout Michael "Juice" Thompson.  As you can tell by Northwestern's Twitter page, that's not a bad way to start the tourney.

nutweet.jpgThe Wildcats advance with a 75-65 win over Minnesota.  Check out the complete recap here!

Also of note...that is now two straight Big Ten Tournament contests at Conseco Fieldhouse where the event record for points in a single game has fallen.  In the championship final of the women's tournament last Sunday, Ohio State's Jantel Lavender set a new record by two with 37 points in the win.

MBB: Sparty Party

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BigTen.org stopped by the downtown Westin today for the Michigan State men's basketball pep rally. 

SpartyParty1.JPGThe MSU Alumni Association, Spartan Fund and Rebounders Club put on the event, which featured Head Coach Tom Izzo, Athletics Director Mark Hollis (below), MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon, MSU Trustee Mitch Lyons, Spartan Brass, the MSU Cheerleaders & Dance Team and Sparty!

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MBB: Out of the Gates, Down to the Wire?

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FrontofConseco11.JPGCould it be that the first Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament game is heading down to the wire?

No. 8 Northwestern and No. 9 Minnesota are currently doing battle in the second half at Conseco Fieldhouse.  At intermission, Northwestern held a slim advantage over the Golden Gophers, 32-30. 

At the 16:08 mark in the second half, we are all tied up at 35-35.

While the action is heating up inside Conseco Fieldhouse, a steady stream of fans are heading into the building today's final two games.

MBB: CBS Previews the Big Ten Tournament

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CBSSports.com previews the upcoming Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament. 

MBB: Tip-Off Thursday

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Court.JPGWelcome to Thursday -- the first day of action at the 2011 Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament.

Three games highlight today's slate, beginning with No. 8 seed Northwestern against No. 9 Minnesota at 2:30 p.m. ET on ESPN2.  No. 7 Michigan State and No. 10 Iowa follow at approximately 5 p.m., while No. 6 Penn State and No. 11 Indiana battle in the nightcap at approximately 7:30 p.m.

How do you follow along?  Below are the Gametracker links for each game:

Among the storylines, Minnesota and Northwestern played the first-ever Big Ten Tournament game in 1998, with the No. 8 Golden Gophers defeating the No. 9 Wildcats, 64-56.  The Minnesota win was later voided due to NCAA infractions.

In Game 2, Iowa leads the Big Ten Tournament series 2-1 over the Spartans, but in all three past matchups, one team has been the No. 2 seed.  This is the first time the two teams have met on the first day of action and the No. 7 seed is also the lowest seed ever for the Spartans.

In the nightcap, Indiana and Penn State each have a victory in the series, which have both come in the No. 6/11 matchup.  But how close will the game be?  The sixth-seeded Hoosiers earned a 28-point win in 2003, while the No. 6 Nittany Lions dropped IU by 15 in last year's meeting.  In the lone regular-season contest this year, Penn State topped Indiana by nine, 69-60.

Check out the breakdown below:

Game 1:  No. 8 Northwestern vs. No. 9 Minnesota  (2:30 p.m. ET)
Minnesota leads Big Ten Tournament series, 2-1 ('95 win vacated due to NCAA infractions)
1995, 1st, No. 8 Minnesota def. No. 9 Northwestern, 64-56
2003, 1st, No. 10 Northwestern def. No. 7 Minnesota, 76-64
2008, 1st, No. 6 Minnesota def. No. 11 Minnesota, 55-52
2009, 1st, No. 8 Minnesota def. No. 9 Northwestern, 66-53
Game 2:  No. 7 Michigan State vs. No. 10 Iowa  (Approximately 5 p.m. ET)
Iowa leads Big Ten Tournament series, 2-1
2000, Q, No. 2 Michigan State def. No. 7 Iowa, 75-65
2005, Q, No. 7 Iowa def. No. 2 Michigan State, 71-69
2006, S, No. 2 Iowa def. No. 6 Michigan State, 53-48
Game 3:  No. 6 Penn State vs. No. 11 Indiana  (Approximately 7:30 p.m. ET)
Big Ten Tournament series tied at 1-1
2003, 1st, No. 6 Indiana def. No. 11 Penn State, 77-49
2009, 1st, No. 6 Penn State def. No. 11 Indiana, 66-51


MBB: Ticket Takers

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BigTenMascot.JPGWe are just one day away from the 2011 Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament and tickets for all sessions are still available.

Single-session tickets range from $30 to $80 depending on session and seat location. All-session tickets are available for $220 or $165 depending on seat location, which represents a savings over purchasing single-session tickets for all five sessions. Orders will be limited to 12 all-session or single-session tickets.

The tournament schedule is as follows with single-session ticket prices listed for each session (game times are Eastern):

Make sure you get to Conseco Fieldhouse this week and take in what is expected to be a very competitive Big Ten Tournament!

Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament (single-session ticket pricing):
Session 1 (First Rd.; 3 games beginning at 2:30 p.m.) - Thurs., March 10 - ($30-$55)
Session 2 (Quarterfinals; 2 games beginning at Noon) - Fri., March 11 - ($40-$70)
Session 3 (Quarterfinals; 2 games beginning at 6:30 p.m.) - Fri., March 11 - ($40-$70)
Session 4 (Semifinals; 2 games beginning at 1:40 p.m.) - Sat., March 12 - ($45-$80)
Session 5 (Championship Game; beginning at 3:30 p.m.) - Sun., March 13 - ($45-$80)

MBB: The Big Ten's Impact on Indianapolis

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On the eve of the 2011 Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament, BigTen.org had a chance to meet up with Chris Gahl, the Director of Communications for the Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association, to talk about the impact the Big Ten Tournament has on the city.

As has been the case since 2008, the Big Ten has brought both of its men's and women's basketball tournaments to the Circle City, and this year Gahl noted that the back-to-back tourneys will provide a $10 million boost to Indianapolis.

"Our restaurants are full, our hotels are virtually sold out... this is big business," said Gahl.  "We know that these 11 schools travel and travel well to Indianapolis to soak in this activities, and to do the little things like pairing each school with a bar or restaurant where fans can gather, adds to the fan-festive environment here in the city."

Ask any Big Ten fan here this week what they like about coming to Indianapolis, and most -- if not all -- will tell you how much they enjoy everything being centrally located.

One of Gahl's favorite terms in describing the downtown area is "walkability," meaning for visitors, it is so easy to dine, shop and watch basketball all by walking a short distance.  In a way, once you come to town and park your car, you won't be getting back in it until it's time to go home.

"In the last 30 years, the city has hosted more than 400 national and international sporting events, including the Big Ten tournaments and certainly the NCAA men's and women's Final Fours," he said.  "One of the key points back 30 years ago that the city leaders were then adamant about was keeping everything centralized and connected.  We now have more hotel rooms connected into the Indiana Convention Center and subsequently into Lucas Oil Stadium than any other convention city in the United States.  (This helps) breed the camaraderie, that fan-festive environment, that you see when you take to the streets during an event like the Big Ten Men's Tournament."

Gahl and his staff recently joined members of the Indiana Sports Corporation in North Texas for a Super Bowl-planning trip and agrees that despite all the activity and games held in Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis' true test run to hosting Super Bowl XLVI will be 60 days prior when they host the inaugural Big Ten Football Championship.

"We are honored to have the first Big Ten Football Championship in Lucas Oil Stadium.  We hope to continue to bring back the Big Ten Championship for many, many years."

For more on the Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association, click here.

WTEN: In the Polls

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Eight Big Ten women's tennis teams have earned top-75 status in this week's Campbell/ITA rankings, led by Michigan at No. 4. Northwestern holds No. 13, falling four spots from last week's poll. Ohio State sits at No. 45, while Indiana holds No. 47. Wisconsin ranks 54th, followed by No. 57 Purdue, No. 67 Illinois and No. 69 Michigan State.

Click here to see the complete Campbell/ITA poll.

MTEN: In the Polls

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Ten of the 11 Big Ten men's tennis teams have been ranked in the latest Campbell/ITA top 75 team rankings, released on Tuesday evening. Ohio State leads the way at No. 5, followed by Illinois at No. 6. Michigan takes No. 12 this week, while No. 21 Minnesota also earns top-25 status. Indiana remains at No. 41, followed by No. 45 Michigan State. Northwestern ranks 67th, while Purdue jumps into the rankings at No. 68. Penn State also makes the leap back into the top 75, taking No. 70. Iowa rounds out the Big Ten contingent at No. 71.

Click here to see the complete Campbell/ITA poll.
Illinois' Luke Guthrie has been named Big Ten Men's Golfer for the second week in a row, the conference office announced on Wednesday. Guthrie tied for second individually and led the No. 7 Illini to a first-place finish at the Louisiana Classics Tournament.

Click here for the complete release from the Big Ten.

WGOLF: Ohio State's Villanueva Named Golfer of the Week

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Ohio State's Vicky Villanueva has been named the Big Ten Women's Golfer of the Week, the conference office announced on Wednesday. Villanueva took second place at the SunTrust Gator Women's Golf Invitational, helping the Buckeyes to a third-place finish.

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

MBB: Ten Earn All-District Honors

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The National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) announced on Wednesday its Division I All-District teams, naming 10 Big Ten men's basketball players to the District 7 first and second teams. Student-athletes selected to the All-District teams are eligible for the State Farm Coaches' Division I All-America teams, which will be announced on Saturday, April 2. The Big Ten's honorees are listed below. COMPLETE RELEASE

NABC All-District (District 7)
First Team:
Jared Sullinger, Ohio State
Talor Battle, Penn State
JaJuan Johnson, Purdue
Jon Leuer, Wisconsin
Jordan Taylor, Wisconsin

Second Team:
Darius Morris, Michigan
Trevor Mbakwe, Minnesota
William Buford, Ohio State
David Lighty, Ohio State
E'Twaun Moore, Purdue

WTEN: Big Ten Women's Tennis Weekly Release - March 9

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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.

SB: Wednesday's Schedule

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Florida State vs. PENN STATE, 2:00 PM ET
PENN STATE at Auburn, 5:00 PM ET

MTEN: Big Ten Men's Tennis Weekly Release - March 9

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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.

BASE: Tuesday's Results

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PENN STATE def. Old Dominion, 6-1 (11)

PURDUE def. Louisville, 6-4

MINDR T/F: NCAA Participants Announced

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The NCAA Division I Men's Track and Field Committee announced the participants in the 2011 NCAA Division I Men's Indoor Track and Field Championships. The championships will be held March 11-12 at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas.

The Big Ten has 44 representatives competiting on the national level, below are the breakdowns of participants by each school:

Illinois -- 2

Indiana -- 8

Iowa -- 8

Michigan State -- 2

Minnesota -- 5

Ohio State -- 5

Penn State -- 7

Purdue -- 1

Wisconsin -- 6

WBB: Weekly Rankings

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Four conference teams were ranked or receiving votes in the latest Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today Coaches poll. Michigan State was the top Big Ten team in each polling service, appearing at No. 12 in the AP poll and No. 13 in the coaches' poll. Ohio State returned to the top 25 this week after winning its third straight Big Ten Tournament title, rising to No. 18 in the AP poll and No. 24 in the coaches' poll. Iowa and Penn State were among other teams receiving votes in both polls.

WINDR T/F: NCAA Participants Selected

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The NCAA Division I Women's Track and Field Committee announced the participants in the 2011 NCAA Division I Women's Indoor Track and Field Championships. The championships will be held March 11-12 at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas.

The Big Ten has 23 representatives competiting on the national level, including Illinois' Tamika Robinson, Indiana's Faith Sherrill and Monique Roddick, Iowa's McKenzie Melander and Bethany Praska, Michigan's Rebecca Addison, Alisha Cole, Danielle Tauro and Jillian Smith, Michigan State's Beth Rohl, Minnesota's Samantha Sonnenberg, Ohio State's Christina Manning, Madison McNary,Maggie Mullen and Letecia Wright, Penn State's Shavon Greaves, Caitlin Lane, Doris Anyanwu, Ijeoma Iheoma, Megan Duncan, Purdue's Dani Bunch, and Wisconsin's Dorcas Akinniyi and Monika Jakutyte.

For the entire release, click here.

MBB: Hungry? Thirsty? Look for Flags and Pinwheels!

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Keeping the tradition alive, Indianapolis Downtown Inc. recently announced the Big Ten University Restaurant Pairings locations, which have become the place to be before, during and after your favorite team's tournament games.

Each year 11 establishments are paired with the 11 conference schools to create a home away from home for fans.  All pairings are located just blocks from Conseco Fieldhouse.

This year fans who are not familiar with the downtown area can simply look down on the sidewalk for the Big Ten Tournament's pinwheel logo or near the entrances for school flag stands, which indicate the restaurant is one of the 11 school locations.

Shown above is Rock Bottom, the Big Ten Tournament-home of the Minnesota Golden Gophers.

The host establishments with their Big Ten university partner are listed below.

MBB: Big Ten Tournament Eve

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Logo-MBB.jpgWe are one day away from the start of the 2011 Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Ind.

Last week the Ohio State Buckeyes captured the Big Ten Women's Basketball Tournament title.  Can their counterparts on the men's team accomplish the same feat as the event's top seed?

Just as we did last week, BIgTen.org will be here in Indianapolis to provide you all sorts of coverage surrounding the men's tournament.

So let's get you set for the 2011 Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament, which begins Thursday, March 10!!!

Click here to check out Big Ten Tournament Central.

Click here to check out the Big Ten Tournament Bracket Release.

Click here to check out the Big Ten Tournament Notes.

Click here to check out the Big Ten Postseason Awards, announced Monday.

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SB: Tuesday's Results

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Georgia Tech 2, Penn State 0
Penn State 2, Kennesaw State 1
Florida Atlantic 8, Michigan State 4
Florida Atlantic 5, Michigan State 1

WRES: Ranking the Wrestlers

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Fifty-five Big Ten wrestlers have been ranked in the top 20 of their respective weight classes in the final InterMat Tournament Rankings of the season, released on Tuesday. Iowa 125-pounder Matt McDonough and Michigan 141-pounder Kellen Russell remain atop their classes after winning Big Ten titles last weekend. The entire 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
17. Sean Boyle, So., MICH
18. 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. Zac Stevens, Jr., MICH

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

149
4. Frank Molinaro, Jr., PSU
11. Eric Grajales, Fr., MICH
12. Kurt Kinser, Sr., IND
13. Andrew Nadhir, Sr., NU
15. Eric Terrazas, Jr., ILL
18. Danny Zilverberg, Fr., MINN

157
3. David Taylor, Fr., PSU
6. Derek St. John, Fr., IOWA
8. Jason Welch, So., NU
11. Paul Young, Sr., IND
19. Colton Salazar, Sr., PUR

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

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

184
4. Travis Rutt, Jr., WIS
8. Kevin Steinhaus, Fr., MINN
11. Grant Gambrall, So., IOWA
12. Quentin Wright, So., PSU
19. Cody Magrum, So., OSU
20. Tony Dallago, Fr., ILL

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

HWT
7. Blake Rasing, Jr., IOWA
8. Tony Nelson, Fr., MINN
9. Eric Bugenhagen, Sr., WIS
10. Cameron Wade, Jr., PSU
15. Joe Rizqallah, So., MSU
19. Ben Apland, So., MICH

WTEN: This Week's Schedule

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MARCH 8

#69 MICHIGAN STATE vs. #63 Missouri [1] - 10 a.m. ET

MARCH 9

#69 MICHIGAN STATE vs. #49 William & Mary [1] - 10 a.m. ET

MARCH 10

PENN STATE at Tulane - 10 a.m. ET

MARCH 11

MINNESOTA vs. Drake [2] - 10 a.m. CT
MINNESOTA at #63 Missouri - 6 p.m. CT
#45 OHIO STATE at #32 Nebraska - 6:30 p.m. CT

MARCH 12

#47 INDIANA at #57 PURDUE - 11 a.m. ET

MARCH 13

#4 MICHIGAN at #6 North Carolina - 1 p.m. ET
#32 Nebraska at IOWA - 2 p.m. CT

MARCH 14

MINNESOTA at UNC Wilmington - 11 a.m. ET

Legend
[1] Bradenton, Fla.
[2] Columbia, Mo.

WTEN: Northwestern's Mosolova Named Athlete of the Week

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Maria Mosolova receives Big Ten Athlete of the Week recognition after leading No. 9 Northwestern to a 7-0 sweep of No. 24 Texas on Saturday. Mosolova, ranked 25th in the country in singles, picked up a 7-5, 7-6 win at No. 1 singles against No. 16 Aeriel Ellis.

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

MTEN: Illinois' Hamui Named Athlete of the Week

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Johnny Hamui picks up his second Big Ten Athlete of the Week award this season after leading fourth-ranked Illinois to three wins last week. Hamui and the Illini defeated Ball State, 7-0, and Illinois State, 6-1, on Friday and followed with a 4-3 win over No. 73 Iowa on Sunday.

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

MTEN: This Week's Schedule

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MARCH 8

#6 ILLINOIS at #25 Notre Dame - 5 p.m. ET

MARCH 10

#5 OHIO STATE at #17 Texas A&M - 6 p.m. CT

MARCH 11

#70 PENN STATE at South Florida - 2 p.m. ET
#37 Tulsa at #12 MICHIGAN - 6 p.m. ET

MARCH 12

#68 PURDUE at #41 INDIANA - Noon ET
#6 ILLINOIS at #17 Texas A&M - 1 p.m. CT
#45 MICHIGAN STATE at #47 DePaul - 1 p.m. CT

MARCH 13

#71 IOWA at Central Florida - 11 a.m. ET
Navy at #70 PENN STATE - Noon ET
Villanova at #70 PENN STATE - 5 p.m. ET

MARCH 14

#71 IOWA at South Florida - Noon ET

WINDR T/F: National Polls

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With this weekend's NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships taking place on the Texas A&M University's campus in College Station, Texas, the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced on Tuesday the weekly update of the NCAA Division I National Team Rankings for indoor track and field. Leading the conference is Michigan, taking the No. 17 spot while the 2011 Big Ten Champions Ohio State follow close behind at No. 18.

 

MINDR T/F: National USTFCCCA Polls

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In preparation for next weekend's NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships taking place on the Texas A&M University's campus in College Station, Texas, the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced on Tuesday the weekly update of the NCAA Division I National Team Rankings for indoor track and field. Leading the conference for the seventh week is Indiana, taking the No. 6 spot. Penn State, Wisconsin and 2011 Big Ten Champion Minnesota remain in the middle of the pack, at No. 16, No. 17, and No. 18, respectively. Ohio State remained at No. 20, while Iowa moved up one spot to No. 22.

Click here for the entire poll.

WGYM: Weekly Rankings

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Six Big Ten women's gymnastics teams appear in the latest GymInfo rankings, with all six earning top-20 status in this week's edition. Michigan remains at No. 9 this week, holding a regional qualifying score of 196.045. Penn State follows at No. 10 with a score of 195.940, while Ohio State checks in at No. 14 (195.670). Illinois holds No. 16 (195.575), followed by No. 17 Iowa (195.515) and No. 19 Minnesota (195.255).

Click here to see the complete GymInfo rankings.

WRES: 64 NCAA Tickets Punched at Big Ten Championships

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The Big Ten will send 64 automatic qualifiers to the NCAA Wrestling Championships based on their finish at last weekend's conference championships. The 49 at-large wrestlers will be selected on Wednesday evening, as the complete field of 330 will be announced during a selection show on ncaa.com. The complete list of Big Ten automatic qualifiers can be found below.

Automatic qualifiers ranked by finish at Big Ten Championships

125
Matt McDonough, IOWA
Brandon Precin, NU
Zach Sanders, MINN
Sean Boyle, MICH
Camden Eppert, PUR

133
Andrew Long, PSU
Tyler Graff, WIS
Tony Ramos, IOWA
B.J. Futrell, ILL
Zac Stevens, MICH
Ian Paddock, OSU
David Thorn, MINN
Levi Mele, NU

141
Kellen Russell, MICH
Mike Thorn, MINN
Jimmy Kennedy, ILL
Montell Marion, IOWA
Andrew Alton, PSU
Kaleb Friedley, NU

149
Frank Molinaro, PSU
Eric Grajales, MICH
Kurt Kinser, IND
Andrew Nadhir, NU
Eric Terrazas, ILL
Danny Zilverberg, MINN
Dan Osterman, MSU
Cole Schmitt, WIS

157
David Taylor, PSU
Derek St. John, IOWA
Jason Welch, NU
Paul Young, IND
Colton Salazar, PUR
Sean McMurray, MSU

165
Andrew Howe, WIS
Colt Sponseller, OSU
Aaron Janssen, IOWA
Cody Yohn, MINN
Dan Yates, MICH

174
Ed Ruth, PSU
Nick Heflin, OSU
Ethen Lofthouse, IOWA
Luke Manuel, PUR
Scott Glasser, MINN
Ben Jordan, WIS
Curran Jacobs, MSU
Justin Zeerip, MICH

184
Quentin Wright, PSU
Kevin Steinhaus, MINN
Travis Rutt, WIS
Cody Magrum, OSU
Grant Gambrall, IOWA
Tony Dallago, ILL

197
Trevor Brandvold, WIS
Luke Lofthouse, IOWA
Matt Powless, IND
Tyler Dickenson, MSU
Sonny Yohn, MINN
Logan Brown, PUR

HWT
Blake Rasing, IOWA
Tony Nelson, MINN
Eric Bugenhagen, WIS
Joe Rizqallah, MSU
Cameron Wade, PSU
Ben Apland, MICH


Penn State's Felix Aronovich has been named the Big Ten Gymnast of the Week and Michigan's Sam Mikulak has earned Freshman of the Week honors, the conference office announced on Monday. Aronovich took the all-around title against No. 8 Minnesota and No. 10 Iowa, while Mikulak earned four top-three finishes against Arizona State over the weekend.

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

WGOLF: Weekly Rankings

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Five Big Ten women's golf teams appear in this week's Golfweek/Sagarin top 50 rankings, released on Sunday evening. Purdue again holds No. 7 this week, while Michigan State also stands pat at No. 19. Ohio State drops two spots to No. 31, Minnesota checks in at No. 37 and Northwestern holds No. 39 this week. Four individual golfers are ranked in Golfweek's top 50 as well, with Purdue's Numa Gulyanamitta leading the way at No. 24.

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

MGOLF: Weekly Rankings

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Illinois again leads the way for the seven Big Ten men's golf teams ranked in the Golfweek/Sagarin top 50 this week, checking in at No. 6. Iowa follows at No. 12, while No. 23 Ohio State, No. 28 Indiana, No. 32 Michigan, No. 33 Purdue and No. 37 Northwestern have also earned recognition. Six individual golfers have earned top-50 status as well, led by eighth-ranked Vince India of Iowa.

Click here to see the latest Golfweek/Sagarin team rankings and here to see the individual rankings.
Penn State's Sharaya Musser has been named the Big Ten Gymnast of the week for the third consecutive week, while Illinois' Amber See and Minnesota's Kayla Slechta have picked up Co-Freshman of the Week accolades, the conference office announced on Monday. Musser won every event title in a tri-meet with Maryland and N.C. State, while See picked up two first-place finishes against Western Michigan and Slechta took second in her all-around debut.

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

Sunday's Results

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Columbia def. ILLINOIS, 9-3

Bradley def. INDIANA, 6-2

IOWA def. Georgia State, 3-2

Sam Houston State def. MICHIGAN, 8-0

Boston College def. MICHIGAN STATE, 14-1

Oklahoma State def. MINNESOTA, 16-2

PURDUE def. Lipscomb, 10-3

PURDUE def. Lipscomb, 10-6

SB: Players of the Week

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Player of the Week:
Lindsey Hansen, Michigan State
Sr., SS, Valparaiso, Fla./Niceville

Hansen earns conference Player of the Week status after hitting at a .750 clip and knocking in 11 runs to help Michigan State to a 3-1 record last week. The senior shortstop had three multi-hit and multi-RBI games in finishing 9 for 12 from the plate last week, including a 4-for-4 performance against Seton Hall in which she hit her 31st career homerun. Hansen drove in four against the Pirates after driving in three each against Providence and South Carolina, also stealing two bases last week. She scored seven runs and finished the week with an OPS of 2.369 in earning her second career weekly honor.

Last Michigan State Player of the Week: Ashley Bracamonte (March 15, 2010)

Pitcher of the Week:
Jessica Smith, Northwestern
Sr., P, Encinitas, Calif./La Costa Canyon

Smith wins her first conference Pitcher of the Week accolade after going 2-0 against a pair of Pac-10 foes as Northwestern went 5-0 at the DeMarini Invitational last week. The senior pitched 16 innings, surrendering just two earned runs in the process for a 0.88 ERA. Smith was on the mound in the Wildcats' 3-2 nine-inning win over No. 11 California in which she allowed just five hits and struck out nine. The next day vs. Oregon State, she again allowed just five hits with nine strikeouts in Northwestern's 3-2 victory.

Last Northwestern Pitcher of the Week: Lauren Delaney (March 30, 2009)

Freshman of the Week:
Nicole Sappingfield, Michigan
OF, Norco, Calif./Norco

Sappingfield claims Michigan's first Freshman of the Week honor after batting .500 and extending her hitting streak to 17 straight as the Wolverines remain perfect in 2011 following last week's action. The freshman finished the week with 12 hits and had four multi-hit games in Michigan's six games last week, bringing her team-leading total to 11 multi-hit contests. She knocked in a career-best four Wolverines against Central Florida before recording a career-high three hits vs. Villanova.

Last Michigan Freshman of the Week: N/A

The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced the Region Athletes and Coaches of the Year for the NCAA Division I indoor track & field 2011 season on Monday with the Big Ten earning several awards. To read the entire release, click here.

Women's Track Athlete of the Year

GREAT LAKES REGION -- Christina Manning -- Ohio State

Women's Field Athlete of the Year

GREAT LAKES REGION -- Faith Sherrill -- Indiana

Women's Head Coach of the Year

GREAT LAKES REGION -- Karen Dennis -- Ohio State

Women's Assistant Coach of the Year

GREAT LAKES REGION -- Mike McGuire -- Michigan

MID-ATLANTIC REGION -- Chris Johnson -- Penn State

The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced the Region Athletes and Coaches of the Year for the NCAA Division I indoor track & field 2011 season on Monday with the Big Ten earning several awards. Click here for the entire release. 

Men's Track Athlete of the Year

GREAT LAKES REGION -- Andy Bayer -- Indiana

MID-ATLANTIC REGION -- Ryan Foster -- Penn State

Men's Field Athlete of the Year

GREAT LAKES REGION -- Derek Drouin -- Indiana

MID-ATLANTIC REGION -- Joe Kovacs -- Penn State

Men's Head Coach of the Year

GREAT LAKES REGION -- Ron Helmer -- Indiana

MIDWEST REGION -- Minnesota

Men's Assistant Coach of the Year

GREAT LAKES REGION -- Mick Byrne -- Wisconsin

MIDWEST REGION -- Joey Woody -- Iowa

 

WTEN: Weekend Roundup

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MARCH 2

#12 Miami (Fla.) def. #4 MICHIGAN, 4-3

MARCH 4

#51 ILLINOIS def. PENN STATE, 4-3
#14 Notre Dame def. #41 INDIANA, 6-1
WISCONSIN def. #59 MINNESOTA, 6-1
#50 OHIO STATE def. Louisville, 6-1

MARCH 5

#4 MICHIGAN def. Central Florida, 6-1
#9 NORTHWESTERN def. #24 Texas, 7-0
#36 Nebraska def. WISCONSIN, 6-1 [1]

MARCH 6

#24 Texas def. #51 ILLINOIS, 4-3
#36 Nebraska def. #59 MINNESOTA, 7-0

Legend
[1] Minneapolis, Minn.

MTEN: Weekend Roundup

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MARCH 2

#28 Baylor def. PURDUE, 7-0

MARCH 3

#8 MICHIGAN def. #74 Hawaii, 4-3

MARCH 4

#4 ILLINOIS def. Ball State, 7-0
#4 ILLINOIS def. Illinois State, 6-1
#16 MINNESOTA def. St. Mary's, 5-2 [2]
#26 Oklahoma def. #60 NORTHWESTERN, 6-1
#3 OHIO STATE def. PENN STATE, 7-0
PURDUE def. #46 New Mexico, 4-2 [1]
#54 Texas A&M Corpus Christi def. PURDUE, 4-1 [1]
WISCONSIN def. Green Bay, 7-0
WISCONSIN def. Northern Illinois, 6-1
MARCH 5

#23 Washington def. #16 MINNESOTA, 7-0

MARCH 6

#4 ILLINOIS def. #73 IOWA, 4-3
#41 INDIANA def. Wright State, 6-1
#24 Notre Dame def. #60 NORTHWESTERN, 6-1
#18 Texas A&M def. WISCONSIN, 5-2

Legend
[1] HEB Tournament - Corpus Christi, Texas
[2] Seattle, Wash.

MGOLF: This Week's Schedule

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MARCH 7-8

#6 ILLINOIS at Louisiana Classics Invitational - Lafayette, La.
#35 MICHIGAN at Fresno State Lexus Classic - Fresno, Calif.

SB: Sunday's Results

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Penn State 6, Jacksonville State 4
Oregon 2, Illinois 1
Florida State 9, Wisconsin 0
Utah 3, Wisconsin 2
Purdue 11, Southern Illinois 1
Kentucky 3, Purdue 0
Tulsa 8, Ohio State 0
Northwestern 8, IPFW 1
Michighan State 15, Seton Hall 5
Michighan State 8, South Carolina 7
Minnesota 7, Idaho State 4
Michigan 7, USF 2
Murray State 7, Iowa 2

WRES: Penn State Wins First Big Ten Title

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Penn State earned the first Big Ten Wrestling Championship in program history on Sunday, scoring 139 points to edge Iowa by just one point. Five Nittany Lions won weight class titles to push Penn State to the crown. The Hawkeyes took second with 138 points, while Minnesota finished third with 109.5.

Penn State swept the Big Ten individual awards, as 157-pounder David Taylor earned conference Wrestler and Freshman of the Year accolades, 184-pounder Quentin Wright was named Outstanding Wrestler of the Championships and head coach Cael Sanderson picked up Coach of the Year honors.

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

WBB: Postgame Publicity & All-Tournament Team

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Let the celebration begin...



All-Tournament Team has been announced...

  • Tayler Hill, Ohio State
  • Jantel Lavender, Ohio State
  • Samantha Prahalis, Ohio State
  • Alex Bentley, Penn State
  • Maggie Lucas, Penn State
Most Outstanding Player
Jantel Lavender, Ohio State

And here's a look at the 2011 Big Ten Women's Basketball Tournament Champions...

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WBB: Buckeyes Earn 3-Peat!

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BTTWBBTrophy.jpgThe Ohio State women's basketball team has captured the Big Ten Tournament title for the third-straight season.  The fifth-seeded Buckeyes defeated No. 2 seed Penn State, 84-70, Sunday afternoon at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

The 14-point win tied the largest margin of victory in Big Ten Tournament finals history, which was set back in 1999.

Jantel Lavender and Samantha Prahalis led Ohio State on Sunday, with Lavender recording 23 points, 15 rebounds and 6 assists, and Prahalis posting 23 points, 9 assists and 3 rebounds.

WBB: 20 Minutes to Play

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We're at halftime of the Big Ten Tournament final.  No.5 seed Ohio State leads No. 2 Penn State, 44-39.

WBB: More Pep Rally Photos

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Here are more photos from today's Big Ten Tournament Championship Pep Rally....

PepRally-OSUFans.jpgA group of girls make it known who they are cheering for in the Big Ten Tournament final.

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A view from above, showing the numerous pep rally activities on the concourse prior to the gates opening.

PepRally-PSU.jpgNittany and the Lady Lions' pep band and cheerleading squad help get the crowd going prior to the championship game.

PepRally-Gates.jpgMoments before the gates open up at Conseco Fieldhouse!

WBB: Here's the Tip!

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WBBTip.jpgWe are underway in the championship final of the 2011 Big Ten Women's Basketball Tournament.

With 15:54 remaining, No. 2 seed Penn State has a 12-8 advantage over No. 5 Ohio State.

WBB: Flash Mob Breaks Out Prior to Gates Opening

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Prior to the gates opening for the Big Ten Women's Basketball Tournament final, a flash mob broke out in dance to Janelle Monae's Big Ten women's basketball soundtrack hit, "Tightrope."

WBB: Battle of the Bands

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The Ohio State pep band and cheerleaders get the crowd ready at the Big Ten Tournament Championship Pep Rally at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Ind. on Sunday.



After the Buckeyes took center stage, the Penn State pep band and cheerleading squad kept the crowd going!

WBB: Now Playing

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This afternoon, the final game of the 2011 Big Ten Women's Basketball Tournament will be televised live by ESPN2 at 3:30 p.m. It will mark the fourth straight year each game of the Big Ten Women's Basketball Tournament will be televised nationally.

Big Ten women's basketball has enjoyed vast national television exposure in the last several years, having increased extensively since the inception of the Big Ten Network in 2007.

Through this link is an Indianapolis Star article detailing the growth of national television coverage of women's basketball.

BASE: Saturday's Results

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Stetson def. ILLINOIS, 5-3
INDIANA def. Tennessee, 6-3
IOWA def. Mississippi State, 7-6
MICHIGAN def. UMass, 11-6
MICHIGAN STATE def. SIU-Edwardsville, 12-6
Bethune Cookman def. MICHIGAN STATE, 4-3
MINNESOTA def. Washington State, 2-0
NC State def. PENN STATE, 4-1
PENN STATE def. NC State, 9-4

MBB: Sunday's Schedule

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PENN STATE at MINNESOTA - 1 p.m., Big Ten Network

#10/10 WISCONSIN at #1/1 OHIO STATE - 4 p.m., CBS Sports

WBB: A Sunday Showdown

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Concourse.JPGWe are all set for a Sunday showdown here at the 2011 Big Ten Women's Basketball Tournament.

No. 2 seed Penn State (24-8) squares off against No. 5 Ohio State (21-9) at 3:30 p.m. ET for the tournament title.

Among the storylines, Ohio State and Penn State have met in eight of the previous 16 Big Ten Tournaments, with each team owning four wins.  The Lady Lions earned the first two contests in the series, including a victory to capture the very first Big Ten Tournament title in 1995.  PSU defeated the Buckeyes in the 1996 semifinals en route to its second straight postseason conference title, however the '96 crown was the last time Penn State won -- some 15 years ago.

The Buckeyes have claimed the past two BTT titles and three overall, with the first coming in 2006.

In the overall BTT series between the two teams, the higher seed has a 6-2 record.  The lone two losses came at the hands of the lower-seeded Buckeyes in 1997 (No. 10 over 7) and 2003 (No. 4 over 1).

In Big Ten Tournament history, the No. 2 and 5 seeds have met just once.  No. 5 Indiana defeated No. 2 Penn State 75-72 in the championship game of the 2002 Big Ten Tournament here at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

Check out the breakdown and Gametracker links below:

Game 10:  No. 2 Penn State vs. No. 5 Ohio State  (3:30 p.m. ET)
Big Ten Tournament series tied at 4-4
1995, F, No. 1 Penn State def. No. 7 Ohio State, 68-63
1996, S, No. 2 Penn State def. No. 6 Ohio State, 84-70
1997, 1st, No. 10 Ohio State def. No. 7 Penn State, 80-79
2000, Q, No. 1 Penn State def. No. 9 Ohio State, 64-48
2002, Q, No. 2 Penn State def. No. 7 Ohio State, 70-55
2003, S, No. 4 Ohio State def. No. 1 Penn State, 72-61
2006, Q, No. 1 Ohio State def. No. 8 Penn State, 64-46
2007, S, No. 1 Ohio State def. No. 5 Penn State, 73-71

MBB: Saturday's Results

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ILLINOIS def. INDIANA, 72-48
Demetri McCamey scored 22 points and Mike Davis added 13 to lead Illinois past Indiana 72-48 Saturday. RECAP & BOX SCORE

MICHIGAN def. MICHIGAN STATE, 70-63
Freshman Tim Hardaway Jr. exploded for a team-high 20 points, all in the second half, lifting the University of Michigan men's basketball team to a 70-63 victory over Michigan State and the season sweep on Saturday inside Crisler Arena. The series sweep is U-M's first over MSU since the 1996-97 season. RECAP & BOX SCORE

IOWA def. #6/6 PURDUE, 67-65
Senior Jarryd Cole closed out his home Hawkeye career in style, leading the University of Iowa men's basketball team to a 67-65 victory over No. 6 Purdue Saturday afternoon on Mediacom Court at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. RECAP & BOX SCORE


 

SB: Sunday's Schedule

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James Madison vs. INDIANA, 9:00 AM ET
IOWA vs. Murray State, 12:00 PM ET
MICHIGAN at South Florida, 12:00 PM ET
South Carolina vs. MICHIGAN STATE, 1:00 PM ET
Seton Hall vs. MICHIGAN STATE, 3:00 PM ET
MINNESOTA at Idaho State, 11:00 AM ET
NORTHWESTERN vs. IPFW, 2:15 PM ET
OHIO STATE at Tulsa, 1:15 PM ET
Rhode Island vs. PENN STATE, 9:00 AM ET
Kentucky vs. PURDUE, 2:00 PM ET
PURDUE at Southern Illinois, 4:00 PM ET
WISCONSIN vs. Utah, 9:00 AM ET
WISCONSIN at Florida State, 1:00 PM ET

SB: Saturday's Results

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Florida State 7, Wisconsin 1
Wisconsin 5, Utah 3
Purdue 9, Wright State 1
Drake 10, Ohio State 4
Northwestern 3, Oregon State 2
Northwestern 15, Cal State Northridge 2
Michighan State 9, Providence College 0
Harvard 7, Michighan State 2
Arizona 10, Minnesota 1
Minnesota 2, Portland State 0
Michigan 8, Ball State 3
Michigan 8, Arkansas 0
IPFW 4, Iowa 0
California 6, Iowa 2

WBB: Buckeye Bites

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Ohio State's Tayler Hill and Jantel Lavender, who set a Big Ten Tournament record of 37 points Saturday, talks about the Buckeyes' 72-57 win over Michigan State.



And so does head coach Jim Foster...


WBB: A Fallen Champion

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Michigan State head coach Suzy Merchant, who coached her Spartans to the Big Ten Championship, talks about her team's 72-57 loss to No. 5 seed Ohio State at the Big Ten Tournament on Saturday.

WBB: Buckeyes Battle into Final

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Congratulations to the fifth-seeded Ohio State Buckeyes on capturing a 72-57 victory tonight over No. 1 seed and Big Ten Champion Michigan State in the Big Ten Tournament.

Ohio State advances to Sunday's 3:30 p.m. final to face No. 2 seed Penn State.

WBB: Player of the Year Player Watch

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In tonight's Big Ten Tournament semifinal nightcap, Michigan State's Kalisha Keane and Ohio State's Jantel Lavender squared off in a battle of the Big Ten's Players of the Year. 

This past Monday, Keane was selected as the conference's top player by the Big Ten coaches, while Lavender earned her fourth-straight accolade by the league's media members.

Lavender won the battle between the two, scoring a Big Ten Tournament single-game record of 37 points on 15-of-20 shooting.

Here is a breakdown of how the Big Ten's Players of the Year finished:


Player FG-FGA PT REB AST STL TO PF MIN
Lavender
OSU-Lavender
15-20
37
9
2
1
4
1
40
Keane
MSU-Keane
6-20
17
6
2
2
3
4
40

WBB: Future Home of Big Ten Stars

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