November 2011 Archives

Big Ten Wins Big Ten/ACC Challenge

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The Big Ten won the 2011 Big Ten/ACC Challenge, 8-4, picking up its third consecutive Challenge title. The Big Ten set a conference record for wins and tied the record for wins by either conference in the Challenge. Four of the Big Ten's eight wins came on the road, also setting a Challenge record.

INDIANA (-/rv) def. NC State, 86-75
Junior Jordan Hulls led four Hoosiers in double-digit points as the Indiana men's basketball team overcame a seven-point deficit to win, 86-75, at NC State, helping the Big Ten clinch its third consecutive Big Ten/ACC Challenge. MORE...
Big Ten leads Challenge, 5-2

PENN STATE def. Boston College, 62-54
Jermaine Marshall scored a career-best 22 points and Tim Frazier had 20 of his 22 points in the second half to lead Penn State to a 62-54 win over Boston College Wednesday night, in an ACC/Big Ten Challenge game. MORE...
Big Ten leads Challenge, 6-2

MICHIGAN STATE (rv/rv) def. Florida State (rv/rv), 65-49
Keith Appling scored a career-high 24 points and matched a personal best with seven rebounds to help Michigan State beat Florida State 65-49 Wednesday night in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. MORE...
Big Ten clinches Challenge win, 7-2

Wake Forest def. NEBRASKA, 55-53
C.J. Harris' layup with 3.6 seconds remaining in regulation lifted Wake Forest to a 55-53 win over Nebraska in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge Presented by Dick's Sporting Goods Wednesday evening. MORE...
Big Ten leads Challenge, 7-3

MINNESOTA def. Virginia Tech (rv/-), 58-55
Senior forward Trevor Mbakwe took on a new role for the Gopher men's basketball team on Wednesday night - spectator - and he watched as his teammates held on for a 58-55 win against Virginia Tech in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. MORE...
Big Ten leads Challenge, 8-3

No. 5/5 North Carolina def. No. 9/7 WISCONSIN, 60-57
Harrison Barnes scored 10 of his 20 points during the decisive second-half surge to help No. 5 North Carolina rally past No. 9 Wisconsin 60-57 on Wednesday night. MORE...
Big Ten wins Challenge, 8-4

Wednesday's Results

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The Big Ten wrapped up the first day of the fifth annual Big Ten/ACC Challenge with a 5-2 advantage over the ACC with five games to play. Iowa, Northwestern, Ohio State, Penn State and Wisconsin each earned wins on Wednesday, and the conference needs just two wins to claim an outright victory in the series.

Maryland 74, Michigan 65 | Recap
Georgia Tech 73, Nebraska 57 | Recap
Northwestern 76, NC State 59 | Recap
Ohio State 78, Florida State 75 | Recap
Penn State 103, North Carolina 84 | Recap
Wisconsin 58, Boston College 50 | Recap
Iowa 58, Virginia Tech 47 | Recap

Cousins and Wilson Named Finalists for Manning Award

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Michigan State's Kirk Cousins and Wisconsin's Russell Wilson were named finalists for the the Manning Award, the only quarterback award that takes the candidates' bowl performances into consideration in its balloting. Cousins ranks among the top three in the conference in both pass efficiency and passing yards per game and has tossed 21 touchdown passes. Wilson is on pace to set the new NCAA record for pass efficiency, currently boasting a rating of 192.90. He leads the Big Ten with 28 touchdown passes and has thrown for nearly 2,700 yards. The two quarterbacks will lead their teams in the inaugural Big Ten Football Championship Game on Saturday.

Wednesday's Schedule

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The fifth annual Big Ten/ACC Women's Basketball Challenge gets underway tonight with seven games on the schedule. All five home Big Ten contests will be carried live on BTN or streamed online at BTN.com

Virginia Tech at Iowa, 8 p.m., BTN.com
Michigan at Maryland, 7 p.m.
Nebraska at Georgia Tech, 7 p.m.
NC State at Northwestern, 8 p.m., BTN.com
Florida State at Ohio State, 8:30 p.m, BTN
North Carolina at Penn State, 6:30 p.m., BTN
Boston College at Wisconsin, 8 p.m., BTN.com

Illinois' Mercilus Named Hendricks Award Finalist

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Illinois' Whitney Mercilus was named a finalist for the Hendricks Award, given annually to the nation's top defensive end. Mercilus is one of six finalists for the award, which debuted in 2002, with the winner being announced on December 7. Former Michigan standout Lamarr Woodley is the only Big Ten player to win the award, claiming the honor in 2006.

Wednesday's Schedule

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The Big Ten took a 4-2 lead on Day 1 of the 2011 Big Ten/ACC Challenge and looks to win its third straight event title on Wednesday.

 

INDIANA (-/rv) at NC State, 7:15 p.m., ESPN2

PENN STATE at Boston, 7:15 p.m., ESPNU

Florida State (rv/rv) at MICHIGAN STATE (rv/rv), 7:30 p.m., ESPN

Virginia Tech (rv/-) at MINNESOTA, 9:15 p.m., ESPN2

Wake Forest at NEBRASKA, 9:15 p.m., ESPNU

#9/7 WISCONSIN at #5/5 North Carolina, 9:30 p.m. ESPN

 

Five Named to Naismith Trophy Early-Season Watch List

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Iowa's Jaime Printy, Michigan State's Lykendra Johnson, Ohio State's Samantha Prahalis and Penn State's Alex Bentley and Maggie Lucas were included among the 51 players listed on the Naismith Award early-season watch list, it was announced on Wednesday.

That list of 51 will be trimmed to 30 in late February, then four finalists will be chosen in March. This year's winner will be announced in April.

Earlier this season, Printy and Bentley were named to the Wooden Award and Wade Trophy watch lists, while Prahalis joined the two on the Wooden Award list. It is Johnosn and Lucas' first appearance on one of the season's major award watch lists.

Big Ten in the NFL - Week 12

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Pat Angerer, LB, Indianapolis (Iowa) - Tallied seven tackles and a sack in Indianapolis' 27-19 loss to Carolina.

Jason Avant, WR, Philadelphia (Michigan) - Caught eight passes for 110 yards and a touchdown in Philadelphia's 38-20 loss to New England.

Tom Brady, QB, New England (Michigan) - Threw for 361 yards and three touchdowns on 24 of 34 passing in New England's 38-20 win over Philadelphia.

Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans (Purdue) - Passed for 363 yards and four touchdowns on 24 of 38 passing and rushed for another score in New Orleans' 49-24 win over the New York Giants.

Kurt Coleman, S, Philadelphia (Ohio State) - Made 12 tackles in Philadelphia's 38-20 loss to New England.

Vontae Davis, CB, Miami (Illinois) - Recorded five tackles and an interception in Miami's 20-19 loss to Dallas.

Eric Decker, WR, Denver (Minnesota) - Caught three passes for 65 yards and a touchdown in Denver's 16-13 overtime win over San Diego.

Chris Gamble, CB, Carolina (Ohio State) - Grabbed an interception and made two tackles in Carolina's 27-19 win over Indianapolis.

Charles Godfrey, S, Carolina (Iowa) - Made six tackles and a sack in Carolina's 27-19 win over Indianapolis.

Chad Greenway, LB, Minnesota (Iowa) - Racked up 16 tackles in Minnesota's 24-14 loss to Atlanta.

David Harris, LB, New York Jets (Michigan) - Made eight tackles and a sack in the New York Jets' 28-24 win over Buffalo.

Roy Helu, RB, Washington (Nebraska) - Rushed for 108 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries in Washington's 23-17 win over Seattle.

James Laurinaitis, LB, St. Louis (Ohio State) - Recorded six tackles and an interception in St. Louis' 23-20 loss to Arizona.

Brandon Lloyd, WR, St. Louis (Illinois) - Caught five passes for 74 yards and a touchdown in St. Louis' 23-20 loss to Arizona.

Dustin Keller, TE, New York Jets (Purdue) - Caught four passes for 61 yards and two touchdowns in the New York Jets' 28-24 win over Buffalo.

Jordan Norwood, WR, Cleveland (Penn State) - Caught four passes for 69 yards and a touchdown in Cleveland's 23-20 loss to Cincinnati.

Curtis Painter, QB, Indianapolis (Purdue) - Threw for 226 yards and a touchdown on 15 of 29 passing in Indianapolis' 27-19 loss to Carolina.

Anthony Spencer, LB, Dallas (Purdue) - Racked up nine tackles, including three for loss, and a sack in Dallas' 20-19 win over Miami.

J.J. Watt, DE, Houston (Wisconsin) - Notched seven tackles and two sacks in Houston's 20-13 win over Jacksonville.

Beanie Wells, RB, Arizona (Ohio State) - Rushed for 228 yards and a touchdown on 27 carries in Arizona's 23-20 win over St. Louis.

Charles Woodson, CB, Green Bay (Michigan) - Made an interception and five tackles in Green Bay's 27-15 win over Detroit.

Ranking the Wrestlers

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Sixty-one Big Ten wrestlers have earned top-20 status, including four top-ranked grapplers. Iowa's Matt McDonough (125 pounds), Michigan's Kellen Russell (141) and Penn State's Frank Molinaro (149) and David Taylor (165) have each earned the No. 1 ranking in their class. The complete breakdown of ranked Big Ten wrestlers can be found below.

Team
1. Iowa (1 last week)
3. Minnesota (3)
4. Penn State (4)
8. Michigan (7)
9. Illinois (T-9)
10. Ohio State (T-9)
25. Northwestern (T-24)
29. Purdue (T-24)
30. Indiana (30)
T-32. Nebraska (32)
T-42. Wisconsin (T-40)
T-47. Michigan State (T-44)

125
1. Matt McDonough, IOWA (1)
2. Zach Sanders, MINN (2)
9. Sean Boyle, MICH (11)
14. Levi Mele, NU (15)
15. Jesse Delgado, ILL (17)
17. Nico Megaludis, PSU (19)

133
2. Tony Ramos, IOWA (2)
3. B.J. Futrell, ILL (3)
4. Logan Stieber, OSU (4)
6. David Thorn, MINN (6)
8. Cashe Quiroga, PUR (8)
11. Zac Stevens, MICH (12)
17. Ridge Kiley, NEB (18)

141
1. Kellen Russell, MICH (1)
3. Montell Marion, IOWA (3)
13. Nick Dardanes, MINN (13)
15. Hunter Stieber, OSU (16)

149
1. Frank Molinaro, PSU (1)
6. Eric Grajales, MICH (9)
8. Eric Terrazas, ILL (9)
10. Ivan Lopouchanski, PUR (6)
11. Cole Schmitt, WIS (11)
13. Dylan Ness, MINN (13)
15. Cam Tessari, OSU (16)
17. Taylor Walsh, IND (17)
18. Dan Osterman, MSU (18)

157
2. Derek St. John, IOWA (2)
3. Jason Welch, NU (3)
9. Jake Deitchler, MINN (9)
11. Dylan Alton, PSU (11)
14. Josh Demas, OSU (14)

165
1. David Taylor, PSU (1)
8. Cody Yohn, MINN (8)
10. Robert Kokesh, NEB (10)
15. Mike Evans, IOWA (15)
16. Ben Jordan, WIS (16)
18. Dan Yates, MICH (18)

174
2. Ed Ruth, PSU (2)
3. Jordan Blanton, ILL (3)
4. Nick Heflin, OSU (4)
6. Ethen Lofthouse, IOWA (6)
8. Logan Storley, MINN (8)
11. Justin Zeerip, MICH (11)
14. Lee Munster, NU (14)

184
2. Grant Gambrall, IOWA (2)
5. Kevin Steinhaus, MINN (5)
6. Quentin Wright, PSU (6)
10. Josh Ihnen, NEB (10)

197
3. Sonny Yohn, MINN (3)
5. Matt Powless, IND (5)
10. Morgan McIntosh, PSU (10)
11. A.J. Kissel, PUR (11)
15. Mario Gonzalez, ILL (15)
17. Andrew Campolattano, OSU (17)
18. Tyler Dickenson, MSU (18)

HWT
2. Tony Nelson, MINN (3)
5. Cameron Wade, PSU (5)
7. Bobby Telford, IOWA (7)
11. Tucker Lane, NEB (10)
14. Ben Apland, MICH (14)
17. Mike McClure, MSU (15)

Tuesday's Results

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Virginia def. #14/15 MICHIGAN, 80-58
The University of Michigan men's basketball team (No. 14 AP/No. 15 USA Today) lost for just the second time this season as a 19-2 second-half run by Virginia resulted in a 70-58 Cavalier win on Tuesday (Nov. 29) at John Paul Jones Arena. MORE...
ACC leads Challenge, 1-0

NORTHWESTERN (rv/rv) def. Georgia Tech, 76-60
Northwestern became the first Big Ten team in the history of the Big Ten/ACC Challenge to win games four straight years as the Wildcats defeated Georgia Tech 76-60 at Philips Arena Tuesday evening. MORE... 
Challenge tied, 1-1

ILLINOIS (rv/rv) def. Maryland, 71-62
Sam Maniscalco scored 24 points, Brandon Paul had 17 and undefeated Illinois pulled away to a 71-62 victory over Maryland on Tuesday night in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. MORE...
Big Ten leads Challenge, 2-1

PURDUE def. Miami, 76-65
Robbie Hummel had 17 points and five rebounds to help Purdue defeat Miami 76-65 on Tuesday night in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. MORE...
Big Ten leads Challenge, 3-1

Clemson def. IOWA, 71-55
The University of Iowa men's basketball team couldn't contend with Clemson's red hot shooting in a 71-55 loss Tuesday night in a Big Ten/ACC Challenge game on Mediacom Court inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena. MORE...
Big Ten leads Challenge, 3-2

#2/2 OHIO STATE def. #3/4 Duke, 85-63
Jared Sullinger scored 21 points and three teammates were close behind as No. 2 Ohio State roared out to an 11-0 lead and never looked back in beating third-ranked Duke 85-63 on Tuesday night in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. MORE...
Big Ten leads Challenge, 4-2

In the Polls

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Eight Big Ten teams again decorate the the NWCA/USA Today Coaches Poll, with Iowa remaining in the No. 1 slot in this week's rankings. The poll's top 10 was unchanged from a week ago, giving the conference six top-10 squads again this week. Minnesota follows the Hawkeyes at No. 4, while Penn State rounds out the top five at No. 5. Sixth-ranked Ohio State, No. 7 Illinois and No. 9 Michigan earn top-10 status again in the latest poll, while Northwestern moves up a spot to No. 17 and Nebraska jumps three spots to No. 21. Purdue and Wisconsin are receiving votes in the poll.

Click here to see the complete poll.
Michigan defensive coordinator Greg Mattison and Wisconsin offensive coordinator Paul Chryst have been named finalists for the Broyles Award, given annually to the top assistant coach, as announced on Monday. Mattison and Chryst are among five assistants to earn recognition for the award

Chryst orchestrated a Wisconsin offensive attack that averaged 44.83 points-per game this season, which ranked first in the Big Ten and fourth best in the nation. The Badgers racked up 538 points on the year, including 74 touchdowns.

Under Mattison, the Wolverines ranked first in the conference in rushing defense allowing 115.6 yards-per game on the ground. Michigan also ranked second in the Big Ten with 24 sacks during conference play.

Since the inception of the Broyles Award in 1996, the Big Ten has garnered several nominations and one recipient in Ohio State's Jim Heacock (2007). The 2011 Broyles Award winner will be announced on Tuesday, Dec.6, at 11:30 a.m. CT.

Weekend Roundup

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NOVEMBER 25
#1 IOWA def. Baker, 47-3
#1 IOWA def. Cornell College, 42-0
#1 IOWA def. Iowa Central CC, 37-6

NOVEMBER 26
INDIANA (rv) def. SIU-Edwardsville, 27-15
INDIANA (rv) def. Campbell, 31-7
INDIANA (rv) def. Northern Illinois, 22-12
Binghamton (rv) def. PURDUE (rv), 24-15
#16 Rutgers def. PURDUE (rv), 28-15
#10 Lehigh def. PURDUE (rv), 32-9
PURDUE (rv) def. #14 American, 24-22

NOVEMBER 27
#4 MINNESOTA def. North Dakota State, 29-9

Sunday's Results

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ILLINOIS (rv/rv) def. Chicago State, 90-43

INDIANA (-/rv) def. Butler, 75-59

Dayton def. MINNESOTA (rv/-) [11], 86-70

MICHIGAN STATE (rv/rv) def. Eastern Michigan, 72-40

 

[8] - Old Spice Classic (Orlando, Fla.)

Five Big Ten Teams Among Top 25 in Latest BCS Standings

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Five Big Ten teams remain among the top 25 in the latest Bowl Championship Series (BCS) standings, making the Big Ten one of only three conferences with five or more top-25 teams. Michigan State and Wisconsin, the two teams set to meet in the inaugural Big Ten Football Championship Game next Saturday, lead the conference contingent. The Spartans are ranked No. 13 while the Badgers are rated No. 15. Other Big Ten schools among the top 25 are No. 16 Michigan, No. 19 Nebraska and No. 21 Penn State.

Sunday's Results

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Michigan State 67, Oakland 42 | Recap
Nebraska 66, Florida State 63 | Recap
DePaul 88, Northwestern 72 | Recap
Ohio State 77, LSU 68 | Recap

Five Big Ten Teams Among Top 25 in Latest Polls

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Five Big Ten schools remained among the top 25 in the latest Associated Press (AP), USA Today coaches and Harris Interactive polls. Michigan State and Wisconsin, the two participants in the inaugural Big Ten Football Championship Game, lead the conference contingent. The Spartans cracked the top 10 at No. 9 in the coaches poll and were rated No. 11 by the media and Harris voters. The Badgers are ranked No. 12 in the USA Today poll, No. 13 in the Harris rankings and No. 15 in the AP vote. Other Big Ten teams among the top 25 are No. 17/16/16 Michigan (AP/USA Today/Harris), No. 20/19/19 Nebraska and No. 23/22/22 Penn State.

Sunday's Schedule

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MICHIGAN STATE (rv/rv) at Eastern Michigan, Noon, ESPNU

Chicago State at ILLINOIS (rv/rv), 1 p.m., BTN

Dayton vs. MINNESOTA (rv/-) [11], 6:30 p.m., ESPN2

Butler at INDIANA (-/rv), 7 p.m., BTN

 

All times ET

 

[11] - Old Spice Classic (Orlando, Fla.)

 

Saturday Roundup

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#7 ILLINOIS def. IOWA, 3-1
#9 PENN STATE def. MICHIGAN STATE (rv), 3-1
NORTHWESTERN def. #2 NEBRASKA, 3-1

Saturday's Results

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PURDUE (rv/rv) def. Coppin State, 78-57

IOWA def. IPFW, 82-72

NEBRASKA def. South Dakota State, 76-64

St. Joseph's def. PENN STATE, 65-47

#11/11 WISCONSIN [8] def. BYU, 73-56

 

[8] - Chicago Invitational Classic

Saturday's Schedule

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Texas A&M vs. Iowa, 3:15 p.m. Marquette vs. Michigan, 9 p.m. Virginia Tech vs. Minnesota, 8 p.m. Nevada vs. Penn State, 10 p.m. Colorado vs. Wisconsin, 9:30 p.m.

Saturday's Schedule

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Coppin State at PURDUE (rv/rv), Noon, BTN.com

IPFW at IOWA, 1 p.m., BTN.com

South Dakota State at NEBRASKA, 2 p.m., BTN.com

PENN STATE at St. Joseph's, 3:30 p.m.

BYU vs. #11/11 WISCONSIN [8], 8 p.m., BTN

 

All times ET

 

[8] - Chicago Invitational Challenge (Hoffman Estates, Ill.)

 

Friday Roundup

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#19 MINNESOTA def. INDIANA, 3-0
OHIO STATE (rv) def. #22 MICHIGAN, 3-1
#8 PURDUE def. WISCONSIN, 3-0

Friday's Results

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Nebraska 72, Florida A&M 64 | Recap
Arizona State 51, Illinois 50 | Recap
Toledo 69, Indiana 58 | Recap
Iowa 60, St. John's 52 | Recap
Michigan 69, Washington State 39 | Recap
Quinnipiac 64, Minnesota 62 | Recap
Ohio State 84, Stony Brook 37 | Recap
Penn State 66, Iowa State 59 | Recap
Purdue 46, Kansas State 42 | Recap
Wisconsin 71, Montana State 61 | Recap

Friday's Results

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MINNESOTA (rv/-) def. DePaul [11], 76-69

NORTHWESTERN (-/rv) def. Stony Brook, 63-58

#3/3 OHIO STATE def. Valparaiso, 80-47

#11/11 WISCONSIN def. Bradley, 66-43

 

[11] - Old Spice Classic (Orlando, Fla.)

[8] - Chicago Invitational (Hoffman Estates, Ill.)

Weekend Schedule

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NOVEMBER 25
Baker at #1 IOWA - 3 p.m. CT [1]
Cornell College at #1 IOWA - 5 p.m. CT [1]
Iowa Central CC at #1 IOWA - 7 p.m. CT [1]

NOVEMBER 26
SIU-Edwardsville at INDIANA (rv) - 9 a.m. ET [2]
PURDUE (rv) vs. Binghamton (rv) - 9:30 a.m. ET [3]
PURDUE (rv) vs. #16 Rutgers - 11:15 a.m. ET [3]
PURDUE (rv) vs. #10 Lehigh - 1:40 p.m. ET [3]
PURDUE (rv) vs. #14 American - 3:30 p.m. ET [3]
Campbell at INDIANA (rv) - TBA [2]
Northern Illinois at INDIANA (rv) - TBA [2]

NOVEMBER 27
North Dakota State at #4 MINNESOTA - 2 p.m. CT

Legend
[1] Iowa City Duals - Iowa City, Iowa
[2] Hoosier Duals - Bloomington, Ind.
[3] Northeast Duals - Troy, N.Y.

Friday's Schedule

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Indiana State vs. MINNESOTA (rv/-) [11], Noon, ESPN

Stony Brook at NORTHWESTERN (-/rv), 1 p.m., BTN.com

Valparaiso at #3/3 OHIO STATE, 6:30 p.m., BTN

Bradley vs. #11/11 WISCONSIN [8], 8:30 p.m., BTN

 

All times ET

 

[11] - Old Spice Classic (Orlando, Fla.)
[8] - Chicago Invitational (Hoffman Estates, Ill.)

Friday's Schedule

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Arizona State vs. Illinois, 3 p.m.
St. John's vs. Iowa, 1 p.m.
Toledo at Indiana, 7 p.m., BTN.com
Washington State vs. Michigan, 9 p.m.
Quinnipiac vs. Minnesota, 8 p.m.
Nebraska at Florida A&M, 3 p.m.
Stony Brook at Ohio State, 2 p.m., BTN.com
Iowa State vs. Penn State, 6 p.m.
Kansas State vs. Purdue, 10 p.m.
Montana State vs. Wisconsin, 5 p.m.

Thursday's Results

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Green Bay 82, Illinois 62 | Recap
Michigan 59, Prairie View A&M 53 | Recap
Purdue 61, Tulane 48 | Recap

Thursday's Results

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MINNESOTA (rv/-) def. DePaul [11], 86-85

 

[11] - Old Spice Classic (Orlando, Fla.) 

Thursday's Schedule

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Green Bay vs. Illinois, 3 p.m.
Prairie View A&M vs. Michigan, 6:45 p.m.
Tulane vs. Purdue, 1:30 p.m.

Thursday's Schedule

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DePaul vs. MINNESOTA (rv/-) [11], 2 p.m., ESPN2

 

[11] - Old Spice Classic (Orlando, Fla.)

Wednesday's Results

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MICHIGAN STATE (rv/rv) def. Milwaukee, 68-55

#3/3 OHIO STATE def. VMI, 107-74

PENN STATE def. Youngstown State, 82-71

PURDUE (rv/rv) def. Western Michigan, 80-37

Campbell def. IOWA, 77-61

Oregon def. NEBRASKA, 83-76

#15/15 MICHIGAN def. UCLA, 79-63

ILLINOIS def. Illinois State, 63-59

 

 

 

 

Wednesday's Result

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BYU 77, Wisconsin 59 | Recap

Wednesday Roundup

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#7 ILLINOIS def. NORTHWESTERN, 3-0
#8 PURDUE def. INDIANA, 3-1
#22 MICHIGAN def. MICHIGAN STATE (rv), 3-1
#19 MINNESOTA def. WISCONSIN, 3-0
#9 PENN STATE def. OHIO STATE (rv), 3-1

Wednesday's Schedule

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Wisconsin at BYU, 7 p.m.

In the Polls

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Eight Big Ten wrestling teams hold top-25 spots in the latest NWCA/USA Today Coaches Poll, with six teams appearing in the top 10. Iowa stands atop the poll for the second straight week, receiving eight of the 10 first-place votes en route to the No. 1 ranking. Minnesota moves up to No. 4 while Penn State falls to No. 5 this week, with No. 6 Illinois, No. 7 Michigan and No. 8 Ohio State following in the top 10. Northwestern checks in at No. 18 and Nebraska remains at No. 24 this week. Indiana and Purdue are also receiving votes in the latest poll.

Click here to see the complete poll.

Wednesday's Schedule

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Milwaukee at MICHIGAN STATE (rv/rv), 7 p.m., BTN.com

VMI at #3/3 OHIO STATE, 7 p.m., BTN

Youngstown State at PENN STATE, 7 p.m., BTN.com

Western Michigan at PURDUE (rv/rv), 7 p.m., BTN.com

Campbell at IOWA [9], 8 p.m., BTN.com

Oregon at NEBRASKA, 9 p.m., BTN

UCLA at #15/15 MICHIGAN [10], 7:30 p.m., ESPN

Illinois State vs. ILLINOIS (rv/rv) [4], 9:30 p.m., CBS Sports Network

 

All times ET

 

[9] - Dale Howard Invitational (Iowa City, Iowa)

[10] - EA Sports Maui Invitational (Maui, Hawaii)

[4] - Cancun Challenge (Cancun, Mexico)

 

Byrne Named National Men's Coach of the Year

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Wisconsin head coach Mick Byrne has been named Bill Dellinger National Men's Coach of the Year, the USTFCCCA announced on Wednesday. Byrne guided the Badgers to the fifth national title in school history and their first since 2005. Wisconsin compiled a team score of 97 as four of the five Badger scorers earned All-American finishes. Byrne's squad also claimed its 13th consecutive Big Ten title en route to earning Big Ten Coach of the Year laurels. 

Click here to read more on Byrne.

Ranking the Wrestlers

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Big Ten wrestling boasts 61 ranked wrestlers across 10 weight classes this week, with four grapplers earning the top ranking in their class. Iowa 125-pounder Matt McDonough, Michigan 141-pounder Kellen Russell, Penn State 149-pounder Frank Molinaro and 165-pounder David Taylor each hold the No. 1 spot this week. while Iowa checks in at No. 1 in the team rankings. The complete breakdown of ranked Big Ten wrestlers can be found below.

Team
1. Iowa (1 last week)
3. Minnesota (3)
4. Penn State (2)
7. Michigan (9)
T-9. Illinois (10)
T-9. Ohio State (8)
T-24. Northwestern (24)
T-24. Purdue (27)
30. Indiana (30)
32. Nebraska (31)
T-40. Wisconsin (43)
T-44. Michigan State (T-34)

125
1. Matt McDonough, IOWA (1)
2. Zach Sanders, MINN (2)
11. Sean Boyle, MICH (12)
15. Levi Mele, NU (15)
17. Jesse Delgado, ILL (17)
19. Nico Megaludis, PSU (18)

133
2. Tony Ramos, IOWA (2)
3. B.J. Futrell, ILL (3)
4. Logan Stieber, OSU (4)
6. David Thorn, MINN (7)
8. Cashe Quiroga, PUR (8)
12. Zac Stevens, MICH (13)
18. Ridge Kiley, NEB (18)

141
1. Kellen Russell, MICH (1)
3. Montell Marion, IOWA (3)
13. Nick Dardanes, MINN (10)
16. Hunter Stieber, OSU (15)

149
1. Frank Molinaro, PSU (1)
6. Ivan Lopouchanski, PUR (8)
7. Eric Grajales, MICH (9)
9. Eric Terrazas, ILL (12)
11. Cole Schmitt, WIS (13)
13. Dylan Ness, MINN (5)
16. Cam Tessari, OSU (16)
17. Taylor Walsh, IND (19)
18. Dan Osterman, MSU (20)

157
2. Derek St. John, IOWA (2)
3. Jason Welch, NU (3)
9. Jake Deitchler, MINN (9)
11. Dylan Alton, PSU (11)
14. Josh Demas, OSU (13)

165
1. David Taylor, PSU (1)
8. Cody Yohn, MINN (8)
10. Robert Kokesh, NEB (9)
15. Mike Evans, IOWA (15)
16. Ben Jordan, WIS (16)
18. Dan Yates, MICH (NR)

174
2. Ed Ruth, PSU (2)
3. Jordan Blanton, ILL (3)
4. Nick Heflin, OSU (4)
6. Ethen Lofthouse, IOWA (5)
8. Logan Storley, MINN (9)
11. Justin Zeerip, MICH (11)
14. Lee Munster, NU (13)

184
2. Grant Gambrall, IOWA (3)
5. Kevin Steinhaus, MINN (6)
6. Quentin Wright, PSU (1)
10. Josh Ihnen, NEB (10)

197
3. Sonny Yohn, MINN (2)
5. Matt Powless, IND (5)
10. Morgan McIntosh, PSU (10)
11. A.J. Kissel, PUR (11)
15. Mario Gonzalez, ILL (17)
17. Andrew Campolattano, OSU (14)
18. Tyler Dickenson, MSU (16)

HWT
3. Tony Nelson, MINN (3)
5. Cameron Wade, PSU (4)
7. Bobby Telford, IOWA (NR)
10. Tucker Lane, NEB (10)
14. Ben Apland, MICH (13)
15. Mike McClure, MSU (14)

Tuesday's Results

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Miami (Ohio) 77, Indiana 72 | Recap
Michigan State 70, Milwaukee 57 | Recap
Northwestern 44, LSU 43 | Recap
Ohio State 73, Howard 50 | Recap
Purdue 76, Chicago State 49 | Recap

Tuesday's Results

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#6/6 Duke def. #15/15 MICHIGAN [10], 82-75

#11/11 WISCONSIN def. UMKC [8], 77-31

ILLINOIS (rv/rv) def. Richmond [4], 70-61


[10] - EA Sports Maui Invitational (Maui, Hawaii)
[8] - Chicago Invitational (Madison, Wis.)
[4] - Cancun Challenge (Cancun, Mexico)

Tuesday Roundup

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#2 NEBRASKA def. IOWA, 3-0

Tuesday's Schedule

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Indiana at Miami (OH), 7 p.m.
Michigan State at Milwaukee, 8 p.m.
Northwestern at LSU, 8 p.m.
Howard at Ohio State, 7 p.m.
Chicago State at Purdue, 7 p.m., BTN.com

This Week's Schedule

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NOVEMBER 22
#2 NEBRASKA at IOWA - 7 p.m.

NOVEMBER 23
#8 PURDUE at INDIANA - 7 p.m.
MICHIGAN STATE (rv) at #22 MICHIGAN - 7 p.m.
#9 PENN STATE at OHIO STATE (rv) - 7 p.m.
NORTHWESTERN at #7 ILLINOIS - 8 p.m.
WISCONSIN at #19 MINNESOTA - 8 p.m. - www.BTN.com

NOVEMBER 25
OHIO STATE (rv) at #22 MICHIGAN - 7 p.m.
INDIANA at #19 MINNESOTA - 8 p.m. - www.BTN.com; BTN (11/28, 2:30 p.m.)
#8 PURDUE at WISCONSIN - 8 p.m.

NOVEMBER 26
#9 PENN STATE at MICHIGAN STATE (rv) - 6:30 p.m.
IOWA at #7 ILLINOIS - 8 p.m.
#2 NEBRASKA at NORTHWESTERN - 8 p.m.

All times are ET

Tuesday's Schedule

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No. 6/6 Duke vs. No. 15/15 MICHIGAN [10], 7 p.m., ESPN

UMKC at #11/11 WISCONSIN [8], 8 p.m., BTN

Richmond vs. ILLINOIS (rv/rv) [4], 9:30 p.m., CBS Sports Network

All times ET

[10] - EA Sports Maui Invitational (Maui, Hawaii)
[8] - Chicago Invitational (Madison, Wis.)
[4] - Cancun Challenge (Cancun, Mexico)

Big Ten in the NFL - Week 11

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Prince Amukamara, CB, New York Giants (Nebraska) - Made five tackles and an interception in the New York Giants' 17-10 loss to Philadelphia.

Tom Brady, QB, New England (Michigan) - Threw for 234 yards and two touchdowns on 15 of 27 passing in New England's 34-3 win over Kansas City.

Nate Clements, CB, Cincinnati (Ohio State) - Notched two tackles and an interception in Cincinnati's 31-24 loss to Baltimore.

Charles Godfrey, S, Carolina (Iowa) - Recorded eight tackles and an interception in Carolina's 49-35 loss to Detroit.

DeJon Gomes, S, Washington (Nebraska) - Tallied 14 tackles in Washington's 27-24 overtime loss to Dallas.

Chad Greenway, LB, Minnesota (Iowa) - Racked up 15 tackles and a sack in Minnesota's 27-21 loss to Oakland.

James Laurinaitis, LB, St. Louis (Ohio State) - Made 13 tackles and a tackle for loss in St. Louis' 24-7 loss to Seattle.

Sean Lee, LB, Dallas (Penn State) - Recorded 10 tackles in Dallas' 27-24 overtime win over Washington.

DeAndre Levy, LB, Detroit (Wisconsin) - Posted nine tackles, a tackle for loss and an interception in Detroit's 49-35 win over Carolina.

Brandon Lloyd, WR, St. Louis (Illinois) - Caught five passes for 64 yards and a touchdown in St. Louis' 24-7 loss to Seattle.

Rob Ninkovich, LB, New England (Purdue) - Made six tackles and a sack in New England's 34-3 win over Kansas City.

Bernard Pollard, S, Baltimore (Purdue) - Tallied nine tackles and a tackle for loss in Baltimore's 31-24 win over Cincinnati.

Donte Whitner, S, San Francisco (Ohio State) - Grabbed an interception, recovered a fumble and made three tackles in San Francisco's 23-7 win over Arizona.

Nebraska's Werth Named AVCA National Player of the Week

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Nebraska's Hannah Werth has been named the Sports Imports/AVCA Division I National Player of the Week after leading the No. 2 Huskers to four-set wins over No. 19 Minnesota and Wisconsin last week en route to a share of their first Big Ten Championship. The junior posted back-to-back double-doubles, averaging 3.8 digs and 3.5 kills for the week. Werth recorded 14 kills, 17 digs and a .379 hitting percentage against the Gophers, adding 14 kills and 13 digs against the Badgers. Werth is the first Nebraska player to win the award since Sydney Anderson on Nov. 10, 2009, and the third Big Ten player to earn the honor this season.

Click here to read more about Werth.
Eight Big Ten student-athletes were named to the NFHCA All-American Teams, it was announced on Monday. Penn State's Kelsey Amy, Northwestern's Chelsea Armstrong and Ohio State's Jenn Sciulli were tabbed first team All-Americans. Michigan's Bryn Bain and Penn State's Ayla Halus earned second team recognition, while Iowa's Jessica Barnett, Penn State's Laura Gebhart and Michigan's Rachael Mack earned third team consideration.

Kelsey Amy, PSU*
Chelsea Armstrong, NU*
Bryn Bain, MICH
Jessica Barnett, IOWA
Laura Gebhart, PSU
Ayla Halus, PSU
Rachael Mack, MICH
Jenn Sciulli, OSU*

* indicates first team selection

Nebraska's David Named Butkus Award Finalist

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Nebraska's Lavonte David has been selected as a finalist for the Butkus Award, given annually to the top linebacker in the country, as announced on Tuesday. David is one of six finalists for the honor, which is set to be announced on or before Dec. 7. Nine Big Ten linebackers have earned the award all-time -- Ohio State's James Laurinaitis (2007), Penn State's Paul Posluszny (2005) and LaVar Arrington (1999), Ohio State's Andy Katzenmoyer (1997), Illinois' Kevin Hardy (1995) and Dana Howard (1994), Nebraska's Trev Alberts (1993), Michigan's Erick Anderson (1991) and Michigan State's Percy Snow (1989).

Monday's Result

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Nebraska 70, Savannah State 50 | Recap

Monday's Results

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#15/15 MICHIGAN def. #8/8 Memphis [10], 73-61

INDIANA (-/rv) def. Gardner Webb, 73-49

MINNESOTA (rv/-) def. Mount St. Mary's, 85-56

#3/3 OHIO STATE, def. North Florida [2], 85-50

 

[10] - EA Sports Maui Invitational (Maui, Hawaii)
[2] - Global Sports Shootout (Columbus, Ohio)

Monday's Schedule

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Savannah State at Nebraska, 8 p.m., BTN.com
Penn State's Devon Still has been named a finalist for the Chuck Bednarik Award and the Outland Trophy, and Wisconsin's Montee Ball has been tabbed a finalist for the Doak Walker Award, as announced on Monday. Still is one of three finalists for the Bednarik Award, given to the country's most outstanding defensive player, and the Outland Trophy, which honors the top interior lineman in the nation. Ball is one of three players up for the Walker Award, given to the top running back in the country.

The Bednarik Award has been given to a Big Ten player eight times since its inception in 1995. The conference boasts two two-time winners in Northwestern's Pat Fitzgerald (1995-96) and Paul Posluszny (2005-06), with the most recent winner being Nebraska's Ndamukong Suh in 2009. Big Ten players have reeled in the Outland Trophy 23 times, with Wisconsin's Gabe Carimi earning the honor a season ago. Five Big Ten players have earned the Walker Award -- Ohio State's Eddie George (1995), Wisconsin's Ron Dayne (1999), Penn State's Larry Johnson (2002), Michigan's Chris Perry (2003) and Iowa's Shonn Greene (2008).

All three awards will be presented at The Home Depot College Football Awards Show on Dec. 8.

In the Polls

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Six Big Ten volleyball teams appear in the top 25 in the latest AVCA Division I Coaches Poll. After clinching at least a share of its first Big Ten Championship, Nebraska leads the way for the conference contingent at No. 2, while a trio of conference teams joins the Huskers in the top 10. Illinois checks in at No. 7, while Purdue remains at No. 8 and Penn State jumps to No. 9 this week, tying the Big Ten with the Pac-12 for the most top-10 teams in the country. Minnesota holds No. 19 again this week, while Michigan moves up one spot to No. 22. Michigan State and Ohio State are receiving votes heading into the final week of the regular season.

Click here to see the complete poll.
Former Ohio State linebacker Chris Spielman has been named the recipient of the 2011 Walter Camp Alumni Award, the Walter Camp Football Foundation announced on Monday. Spielman is the fourth former Big Ten player to earn the award, which is given to an individual who has distinguished himself in the pursuit of excellence as an athlete, in his personal career and in doing good works for others. Fellow Big Ten honorees include Nebraska's Mike Rozier (2006), Ohio State's Archie Griffin (1993) and Penn State's Mike Reid (1987). Spielman will be given the award at the Walter Camp Football Foundation's national awards banquet on Jan. 14.

Monday's Schedule

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#8/8 Memphis vs. #15/15 MICHIGAN [10], 3 p.m., ESPN2

Gardner Webb at INDIANA (-/rv), 6:30 p.m., BTN

Mount St. Mary's at MINNESOTA (rv/-), 8 p.m., BTN.com

North Florida at #3/3 OHIO STATE [2], 8:30 p.m., BTN

All times ET

[10] - EA Sports Maui Invitational (Maui, Hawaii)
[2] - Global Sports Shootout (Columbus, Ohio)

Robinson Named Manning Award "Star of the Week"

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Michigan's Denard Robinson was one of eight quarterbacks named "Stars of the Week" by the Manning Award. College football fans can now go to the Allstate Sugar Bowl Facebook page to vote for what they think was the best performance from this past weekend. When voting closes on Thursday at 9 a.m. (Central), the top vote-getter will be announced as the Manning Award Player of the Week. Click here to vote on the weekly honor.

Robinson showed off his dual-threat ability with 83 rushing yards and two scores on the ground in addition to 180 passing yards and two more touchdowns to lead the Wolverines to a win over 16th-ranked Nebraska, 45-17. The Manning Award was created by the Allstate Sugar Bowl in 2004 to honor the college football accomplishments of Archie, Peyton and Eli Manning. It is the only quarterback award that includes the candidates' bowl performances in its balloting.

Weekend Roundup

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NOVEMBER 18
INDIANA def. Calumet, 46-3
INDIANA def. Central Missouri, 39-4
INDIANA def. Lindsey Wilson, 36-11
#6 MICHIGAN def. Buffalo, 27-13
Eastern Michigan def. MICHIGAN STATE (rv), 20-16
#5 Cornell def. #4 MINNESOTA, 21-16
PURDUE (rv) def. Indianapolis, 37-6
WISCONSIN def. Princeton, 29-9
WISCONSIN def. Rider, 28-8

NOVEMBER 19
#1 IOWA at Lindenwood Open - NTS
#11 Pittsburgh def. #6 MICHIGAN, 19-13

NOVEMBER 20
#17 NORTHWESTERN at Keystone Classic - 1st/11 teams
#7 ILLINOIS def. #8 Lehigh, 22-18
#7 ILLINOIS def. Clarion, 34-13
#10 OHIO STATE def. #15 Virginia Tech, 21-12
#4 MINNESOTA def. #2 PENN STATE, 23-14

Sunday's Results

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NEBRASKA def. Rhode Island, 83-63

PENN STATE def. South Florida, 53-49

Creighton def. IOWA, 82-59

MICHIGAN STATE (rv/rv) def. Arkansas-Little Rock, 69-47

#16/16 Alabama def. PURDUE (rv/rv), 65-56

NORTHWESTERN def. Seton Hall, 80-73

Sunday's Results

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California 80, Illinois 56 | Recap
Michigan 51, Seton Hall 47 | Recap
Minnesota 80, North Dakota State 41 | Recap
Penn State 55, South Carolina 50 | Recap
Purdue 65, Tennessee Martin 39 | Recap

Sunday Roundup

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#25 OHIO STATE def. INDIANA, 3-0

Big Ten Teams in BCS Standings

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The Big Ten is one of just three conferences with five or more teams among the top 25 in the latest Bowl Championship Series (BCS) standings. The SEC leads all conferences with six top-25 teams, followed by the Big Ten and Big 12 with five schools each and the ACC with three top-25 squads. Michigan State leads the conference contingent at No. 14 after claiming at least a share of the Legends Division title and a berth in the inaugural Big Ten Championship Game. Other Big Ten schools among the top 25 are No. 15 Michigan, No. 16 Wisconsin, No. 19 Penn State and No. 21 Nebraska.

Sunday's Schedule

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Illinois at California, 5 p.m.
Michigan at Seton Hall, 2 p.m.
North Dakota State at Minnesota, 8 p.m., BTN.com
Penn State at South Carolina, 3 p.m.
Tennessee-Martin at Purdue, 2 p.m., BTN.com

Five Big Ten Teams Among Top 25 in Latest Polls

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The Big Ten remained one of only two conferences with five schools among the top 25 in the latest Associated Press (AP), USA Today coaches and Harris Interactive polls. The Big Ten and SEC lead all conferences with five teams each among the top 25 in all three polls, followed by four teams each from the ACC and Big 12 in all three rankings. After clinching at least a share of the Legends Division title and a berth in the inaugural Big Ten Football Championship Game, Michigan State leads the conference contingent at No. 10 in the coaches voting and No. 11 in the media's and Harris voters' estimation. Other Big Ten teams among the top 25 are No. 15/12/14 Wisconsin (AP/USA Today/Harris), No. 17/16/16 Michigan, No. 20/19/18 Penn State and No. 22/22/21 Nebraska.

Sunday's Schedule

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Rhode Island at NEBRASKA, 2 p.m., BTN

South Florida vs. PENN STATE [3], 2:30 p.m., ESPN3

Creighton at IOWA [9], 4 p.m., BTN

Arkansas-Little Rock at MICHIGAN STATE (rv/rv), 6 p.m., BTN

Seton Hall vs. NORTHWESTERN [7], 8:30 p.m., ESPN3

Alabama vs. PURDUE (rv/rv) [6], 7:30 p.m., ESPN2

All times ET

[3] - Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament (Uncasville, Conn.)
[9] - Dale Howard Classic (Des Moines, Iowa)
[6] - Puerto Rico Tip-Off (San Juan, P.R.)
[7] - Charleston Classic (Charleston, S.C.)

 

Saturday's Results

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#2/2 Kentucky def. PENN STATE, 85-47

INDIANA def. Savannah State, 94-65

#14/13 WISCONSIN def. Wofford, 69-33

Saturday's Results

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Minnesota 65, Binghamton 40 | Recap
Florida Gulf Coast 59, Michigan State 58 | Recap
Iowa 78, Northern Iowa 74 | Recap

Saturday Roundup

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#7 ILLINOIS def. #23 MICHIGAN, 3-1
#19 MINNESOTA def. IOWA, 3-1
MICHIGAN STATE (rv) def. NORTHWESTERN, 3-2
#4 NEBRASKA def. WISCONSIN (rv), 3-1
#12 PENN STATE def. #8 PURDUE, 3-1

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PENN STATE vs. No. 2/2 Kentucky [3], Noon, ESPN3

Savannah State at INDIANA, 8 p.m., BTN

Wofford at #14/13 WISCONSIN, 8 p.m., ESPN3

 

All times ET

 

[3] - Hall of FameTournament (Uncasville, Conn.)

 

Saturday's Schedule

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Iowa at Northern Iowa, 4 p.m.
Michigan State at FGCU, 7 p.m.
Binghamton at Minnesota, 2 p.m., BTN.com

Friday's Results

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Oregon 77 Illinois 74 | RECAP
Indiana 63, Belmont 52 | RECAP
Nebraska 68, #23/22 USC 50 | RECAP
Ohio State 70, Temple 66 | RECAP
Washington State 69, Wisconsin 51 | RECAP

Friday Roundup

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MICHIGAN STATE (rv) def. #7 ILLINOIS, 3-1
#12 PENN STATE def. INDIANA, 3-0
WISCONSIN (rv) def. IOWA, 3-0
#23 MICHIGAN def. NORTHWESTERN, 3-2
#8 PURDUE def. #25 OHIO STATE, 3-0

Friday's Results

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PURDUE (rv/rv) def. Temple, 85-77

NORTHWESTERN def. Tulsa, 69-65

MICHIGAN STATE (rv/rv) def. Texas Southern, 76-41

#3/3 OHIO STATE def. Jackson State, 85-41

Friday's Schedule

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Illinois at Oregon, 10 p.m.
Indiana at Belmont, 6 p.m.
USC at Nebraska, 8 p.m., BTN.com
Temple at Ohio State, 6 p.m., BTN.com
Washington State at Wisconsin, 8 p.m., BTN.com

Weekend Schedule

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NOVEMBER 18
Calumet at INDIANA - 5 p.m. ET [1]
#6 MICHIGAN at Buffalo - 5 p.m. ET
WISCONSIN at Princeton - 5 p.m. ET
#4 MINNESOTA at #5 Cornell - 6:30 p.m. ET
Indianapolis at PURDUE (rv) - 7 p.m. ET
WISCONSIN vs. Rider - 7 p.m. ET [2]
Eastern Michigan at MICHIGAN STATE (rv) - 7:30 p.m. ET
Central Missouri at INDIANA - TBA [1]
Lindsey Wilson at INDIANA - TBA [1]

NOVEMBER 19
#1 IOWA at Lindenwood Open - All Day
#6 MICHIGAN at #11 Pittsburgh - 7 p.m. ET

NOVEMBER 20
#17 NORTHWESTERN at Keystone Classic - All Day
#7 ILLINOIS at #8 Lehigh - Noon ET
#4 MINNESOTA at #2 PENN STATE - Noon ET - BTN
#7 ILLINOIS vs. Clarion - 2 p.m. ET
#15 Virginia Tech at #10 OHIO STATE - 4 p.m. ET

Legend
[1] IU Quad - Bloomington, Ind.
[2] Princeton, N.J.

24 Big Ten Student-Athletes Named to All-Region Teams

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Twenty-four Big Ten student-athletes have earned Longstreth/NFHCA Division I All-Region Team accolades, including 15 first-team honorees. All seven Big Ten field hockey teams are represented on the list of recipients. The 2011 All-American Teams will be announced on Monday, Nov. 21. For the complete list, see below.

Brenna Moeljadi, IND*
Jessica Barnett, IOWA*
Sarah Drake, IOWA*
Kathleen McGraw, IOWA*
Kim Scraper, IOWA
Mallory Albini, MICH
Bryn Bain, MICH*
Aline Fobe, MICH*
Rachel Mack, MICH*
Abby Barker, MSU
Molly Cassidy, MSU
Adele Lever, MSU
Chelsea Armstrong, NU*
Nikki Parsley, NU*
Danica Deckard, OSU
Paula Pastor-Pitarque, OSU*
Berta Queralt, OSU
Jenn Sciulli, OSU*
Lauren Alloway, PSU
Kelsey Amy, PSU*
Laura Gebhart, PSU*
Brittany Grzywacz, PSU*
Ayla Halus, PSU*
Lauren Purvis, PSU

* indicates first-team selection

Leading the Way

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Entering Friday's games, Big Ten men's basketball teams have strung together a 29-2 record. The only two losses have come at the hands of top-10 opponents on neutral courts.

The Big Ten leads all conferences with a .935 winning percentage. The top five winning percentages in the nation, by conference, can be found below.

Big Ten (.935)
ACC (.929)
Big East (.902)
Big 12 (.870)
Mountain West (.857)

 

Friday's Schedule

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PURDUE (rv/rv) vs. Temple [6], 1 p.m., ESPNU

NORTHWESTERN vs. Tulsa [7], 3:30 p.m., ESPNU

Texas Southern at MICHIGAN STATE (rv/rv), 6:30 p.m., ESPN3

Jackson State at #3/3 OHIO STATE [2], 9 p.m., BTN

 

All times ET

 

[6] - Puerto Rico Invitational (San Juan, P.R.)

[7] - Charleston Classic (Charleston, S.C.)

[2] - Global Sports Shootout (Columbus, Ohio)

Weekend Schedule

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November 18
NORTHWESTERN at TYR Invitational - ALL DAY [1]
MICHIGAN at Pittsburgh Invitational (Diving Only) - 1 p.m. ET
St. Bonaventure at MICHIGAN STATE - 5 p.m. ET
INDIANA/Virginia at PENN STATE - 6 p.m. ET
PURDUE/OHIO STATE at IOWA - 5 p.m. CT

November 19
NORTHWESTERN at TYR Invitational - ALL DAY [1]
MICHIGAN at Pittsburgh Invitational (Diving Only) - 1 p.m. ET
INDIANA/Virginia at PENN STATE - 11 a.m. ET

November 20
NORTHWESTERN
at TYR Invitational - ALL DAY [1]
MICHIGAN at Pittsburgh Invitational (Diving Only) - Noon ET

Weekend Schedule

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November 18
ILLINOIS at TYR Invitational - ALL DAY [1]
NEBRASKA at TYR Invitational - ALL DAY [1]
OHIO STATE at Pittsburgh Invitational - ALL DAY
MICHIGAN at Pittsburgh Invitational (Diving Only) - 1 p.m. ET
St. Bonaventure at MICHIGAN STATE - 5 p.m. ET
PURDUE at IOWA - 5 p.m. CT
INDIANA/Virginia at PENN STATE - 6 p.m. ET

November 19
ILLINOIS at TYR Invitational - ALL DAY [1]
OHIO STATE at Pittsburgh Invitational - ALL DAY
INDIANA/Virginia at PENN STATE - 11 a.m. ET
MICHIGAN at Pittsburgh Invitational (Diving Only) - 1 p.m. ET

November 20
ILLINOIS at TYR Invitational - ALL DAY [1]
OHIO STATE at Pittsburgh Invitational - ALL DAY
MICHIGAN at Pittsburgh Invitational (Diving Only) - Noon ET

Legend
[1] Evanston, Ill.

Thursday's Results

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Michigan 55, Utah 50 | Recap
Michigan State 80, Western Michigan 45 | Recap
Northwestern 69, Illinois State 62 | Recap
Delaware 80, Penn State 71 | Recap
Purdue 54, Bowling Green 53 | Recap

Thursday's Results

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PURDUE (rv/rv) def. Iona, 91-90

NORTHWESTERN def. LSU, 88-82

MINNESOTA (rv/-) def. Fairfield, 67-57

IOWA def. Northern Illinois, 88-57

#17/17 MICHIGAN def. Western Illinois, 59-55

ILLINOIS (rv/-) def. Lipscomb, 79-64

Weekly Rankings

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Five Big Ten women's golf teams appear in the final Golfweek/Sagarin top 50 rankings of the fall season. Ohio State closes out the fall slate in the top 25, checking in at No. 22. Michigan State follows at No. 26, while Purdue holds No. 32, Northwestern ranks 37th and Michigan is 48th. A trio of conference individuals have earned top-50 spots, with Michigan State's Caroline Powers taking the top ranking among Big Ten golfers at No. 9 nationally. Purdue's Paula Reto checks in at No. 17, followed by teammate Laura Gonzalez-Escallon at No. 39.

Click here for the complete team and individual rankings.

Weekly Rankings

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With the fall season drawing to a close, four Big Ten men's golf teams have earned top-50 rankings in the final Golfweek/Sagarin rankings of the season. Illinois leads the group at No. 25, while Indiana checks in at No. 31, Iowa follows at No. 32 and Purdue stands at No. 41. Five individual golfers also appear in the top 50, with two earning top-20 marks to close out the fall. Illinois' Luke Guthrie is ranked seventh nationally, while teammate Thomas Pieters checks in at No. 19. Purdue's Tyler Duncan ranks 23rd, followed by Iowa's Barrett Kelpin at No. 40 and Indiana's Chase Wright at No. 42.

Click here for the complete individual and team rankings.

Thursday's Schedule

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Utah at Michigan, 6 p.m., BTN.com
Western Michigan at Michigan State, 7 p.m., BTN.com
Illinois State at Northwestern, 8 p.m., BTN.com
Penn State at Delaware, 7 p.m.
Purdue at Bowling Green, 7 p.m.

All times ET

Thursday's Schedule

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Iona vs. PURDUE (rv/rv) [6], 1 p.m., ESPNU

LSU vs. NORTHWESTERN [7], 3 p.m., ESPNU

Fairfield at MINNESOTA (rv/-), 7 p.m., BTN

Northern Illinois at IOWA, 8 p.m., BTN.com

Western Illinois at #17/17 MICHIGAN, 8:30 p.m., ESPN3

Lipscomb at ILLINOIS (rv/-) [14], 9 p.m., BTN

 

All times ET

 

[6] - Puerto Rico Invitational (San Juan, P.R.)

[7] - Charleston Classic (Charleston, S.C.)

[4] - Cancun Challenge (Champaign, Ill.)

Two Big Ten Standouts Named Nagurski Trophy Finalists

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Illinois' Whitney Mercilus and Penn State's Devon Still have been selected as semifinalists for the 2011 Bronko Nagurski Trophy, the Football Writers Association of America and the Charlotte Touchdown Club announced on Thursday. Mercilus and Still are two of the five finalists for the Nagurski Trophy, given to the top defensive player in the country. Four Big Ten players have earned the award all-time, including the trophy's only two-time winner in Northwestern's Pat Fitzgerald (1995-96). Michigan's Charles Woodson earned the honor in 1997, while Ohio State's James Laurinaitis took the trophy in 2006 and Nebraska's Ndamukong Suh won in in 2009. The 2011 Nagurski Trophy winner will be announced on Dec. 12.

Wednesday's Result

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Iowa 82, Albany 60 | Recap

Wednesday Roundup

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#4 NEBRASKA def. #19 MINNESOTA, 3-1

Wednesday's Results

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INDIANA def. Evansville, 94-73

PENN STATE def. Long Island, 77-68

WISCONSIN def. Colgate, 68-41

Wednesday's Schedule

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Albany at Iowa, 8 p.m., BTN.com

Northwestern's Pollard Receives Community Outreach Award

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Northwestern head women's tennis coach Claire Pollard has earned the 2011 USTA/ITA National Campus & Community Outreach Award, as announced on Wednesday. Pollard will be presented with the award at the ITA Coaches Convention on Dec. 15.

The honor is presented each year to a college coach who provides a leadership role both on campus and throughout the community.

For the complete release, click here.

Michigan's McGuire, Tauro Earn Regional Recognition

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Michigan senior Danielle Tauro and head coach Mike McGuire have been named among the USTFCCCA Regional Athletes and Coaches of the Year, as announced on Wednesday. Tauro took home Great Lakes Region Athlete of the Year honors, while McGuire was named Great Lakes Region Coach of the Year.

Tauro paced the Wolverines at the Great Lakes Regional on Saturday, finishing in first place individually. The Wolverine senior is the first Michigan runner to earn the award since Nicole Edwards won it in 2007. McGuire guided Michigan to its eighth regional crown over the weekend en route to its eighth consecutive NCAA Championships appearance. McGuire collects his second regional Coach of the Year honor in the last four seasons after winning it in 2008.

Click here to read more about this year's regional award winners.

Minnesota's Mead, Wisconsin's Byrne Earn Regional Awards

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The USTFCCCA announced today its Regional Athletes and Coaches of the Year, with Minnesota's Hassan Mead earning Midwest Region Athlete of the Year accolades and Wisconsin's Mick Byrne taking home Great Lakes Region Coach of the Year honors.

Mead earns his third Athlete of the Year award after finishing first at the Midwest Regional on Saturday. The Gopher senior took home top honors in 2008 and 2009. Mead led Minnesota to fourth place at the regional en route to an NCAA Championships berth. Byrne, the Big Ten Coach of the Year, receives his third award and his second consecutive honor after leading the top-ranked Badgers to their 10th straight regional title and 13th consecutive Big Ten Championship.

Click here to read about all of this year's regional award winners.

Wednesday's Schedule

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Long Island at PENN STATE [3], 7 p.m., BTN.com

Colgate at #14/13 WISCONSIN, 8 p.m., ESPN3

INDIANA at Evansville, 8 p.m., ESPN3

 

All times ET

 

[3] - Hall of Fame Tournament (University Park, Pa.)

Former Spartan Named N.L. Manager of the Year

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Former Michigan State baseball player Kirk Gibson was named National League Manager of the Year by the Baseball Writers Association of America. Gibson led the Arizona Diamondbacks to 94 wins and the National League West Division title in his first full year as skipper.

Gibson is the second Big Ten alum in the last six years to be named N.L. Manager of the Year, as Northwestern's Joe Girardi earned the honor with the Florida Marlins in 2006.

Michigan's Matheny Tabbed Cardinals' Skipper

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Former Michigan catcher Mike Matheny was named manager of the St. Louis Cardinals, becoming the third former Big Ten player actively managing in the Major Leagues. Matheny joins Michigan State's Kirk Gibson (Arizona Diamondbacks) and Northwestern's Joe Girardi (New York Yankees). FULL STORY

Michigan State's Linthicum Named Mackey Tight End of the Week

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Michigan State's Brian Linthicum has been named John Mackey Tight End of the Week, the Nassau County Sports Commission announced on Wednesday. Linthicum earns the award after catching five passes for 71 yards, both marking career highs, in the Spartans' 37-21 win over Iowa. Linthicum was also played a part in helping Michigan State rush for 155 yards in the game. The award is the fourth won by a Big Ten tight end this season.

This Week's Schedule

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NOVEMBER 16
#19 MINNESOTA at #4 NEBRASKA - 8 p.m. - BTN (Delay - TBD)

NOVEMBER 18
INDIANA at #12 PENN STATE - 7 p.m. - www.BTN.com
#7 ILLINOIS at MICHIGAN STATE (rv) - 7 p.m.
NORTHWESTERN at #23 MICHIGAN - 7 p.m.
#8 PURDUE at #25 OHIO STATE - 7 p.m.
WISCONSIN (rv) at IOWA - 8 p.m. - www.BTN.com

NOVEMBER 19
#7 ILLINOIS at #23 MICHIGAN - 7 p.m.
NORTHWESTERN at MICHIGAN STATE (rv) - 7 p.m.
#8 PURDUE at #12 PENN STATE - 7 p.m. - www.BTN.com
#19 MINNESOTA at IOWA - 8 p.m. - www.BTN.com
WISCONSIN (rv) at #4 NEBRASKA  - 8 p.m. - www.BTN.com

NOVEMBER 20
INDIANA at #25 OHIO STATE - Noon - BTN (Delay - TBD)

All times are ET

Wisconsin's Wilson Named Walter Camp Award Semifinalist

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Wisconsin quarterback Russell Wilson has been named a semifinalist for the 2011 Walter Camp Player of the Year Award, the Walter Camp Football Foundation announced on Wednesday. Wilson is among 15 players and nine quarterbacks to be named semifinalists for the award. The Badger signal-caller currently leads the Big Ten in passing yards (2,416), touchdowns (25) and efficiency (201.6), as well as total offense (2,711). Twenty-two Big Ten players have earned the honor since its inception in 1937. Ohio State's Troy Smith is the Big Ten's most recent recipient, winning the award in 2006. The list of semifinalists will be trimmed to five finalists on Nov. 30, while the award will be presented on Dec. 8.

Ranking the Wrestlers

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The Big Ten boasts 63 top-20 wrestlers in this week's InterMat College Rankings, with five grapplers earning the No. 1 spot in their respective weight classes. Iowa's Matt McDonough (125), Michigan's Kellen Russell (141) and Penn State's Frank Molinaro (149), David Taylor (165) and Quentin Wright (184) have earned No. 1 rankings. All 10 of Minnesota's starters are ranked in the top 20, while eight Penn State wrestlers appear in the top 20. The complete breakdown of ranked Big Ten wrestlers can be found below.

Team
1. Iowa (1 last week)
2. Penn State (2)
3. Minnesota (3)
8. Ohio State (11)
9. Michigan (8)
10. Illinois (T-9)
24. Northwestern (20)
27. Purdue (29)
30. Indiana (T-30)
31. Nebraska (T-26)
T-34. Michigan State (39)
43. Wisconsin (T-41)

125
1. Matt McDonough, IOWA (1 last week)
2. Zach Sanders, MINN (2)
12. Sean Boyle, MICH (11)
15. Levi Mele, NU (15)
17. Jesse Delgado, ILL (17)
18. Nico Megaludis, PSU (18)

133
2. Tony Ramos, IOWA (2)
3. B.J. Futrell, ILL (3)
4. Logan Stieber, OSU (4)
7. David Thorn, MINN (7)
8. Cashe Quiroga, PUR (8)
13. Zac Stevens, MICH (11)
18. Ridge Kiley, NEB (17)

141
1. Kellen Russell, MICH (1)
3. Montell Marion, IOWA (3)
10. Nick Dardanes, MINN (10)
15. Hunter Stieber, OSU (15)

149
1. Frank Molinaro, PSU (1)
5. Dylan Ness, MINN (6)
8. Ivan Lopouchanski, PUR (9)
9. Eric Grajales, MICH (5)
12. Eric Terrazas, ILL (10)
13. Cole Schmitt, WIS (15)
15. Jake Ballweg, IOWA (NR)
16. Cam Tessari, OSU (19)
19. Taylor Walsh, IND (NR)
20. Dan Osterman, MSU (NR)

157
2. Derek St. John, IOWA (2)
3. Jason Welch, NU (3)
9. Jake Deitchler, MINN (8)
11. Dylan Alton, PSU (12)
13. Josh Demas, OSU (NR)
15. David Cheza, MSU (NR)

165
1. David Taylor, PSU (1)
8. Cody Yohn, MINN (8)
9. Robert Kokesh, NEB (10)
15. Mike Evans, IOWA (15)
16. Ben Jordan, WIS (16)

174
2. Ed Ruth, PSU (2)
3. Jordan Blanton, ILL (3)
4. Nick Heflin, OSU (4)
5. Ethen Lofthouse, IOWA (5)
9. Logan Storley, MINN (10)
11. Justin Zeerip, MICH (17)
13. Lee Munster, NU (12)

184
1. Quentin Wright, PSU (1)
3. Grant Gambrall, IOWA (3)
6. Kevin Steinhaus, MINN (6)
10. Josh Ihnen, NEB (10)

197
2. Sonny Yohn, MINN (2)
5. Matt Powless, IND (5)
10. Morgan McIntosh, PSU (10)
11. A.J. Kissel, PUR (13)
14. Andrew Campolattano, OSU (14)
16. Tyler Dickenson, MSU (16)
17. Mario Gonzalez, ILL (17)
20. James Nakashima, NEB (NR)

HWT
3. Tony Nelson, MINN (4)
4. Cameron Wade, PSU (5)
7. Blake Rasing, IOWA (7)
10. Tucker Lane, NEB (8)
13. Ben Apland, MICH (19)
14. Mike McClure, MSU (NR)

Tuesday's Results

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Illinois 62, Memphis 54 | Recap
Michigan State 62, IPFW 56 | Recap
Northwestern 71, Western Kentucky 57 | Recap
Marquette 54, Wisconsin 52 | Recap
Nebraska 99, Mississippi Valley State 53 | Recap

Tuesday's Results

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No. 6/6 Duke def. MICHIGAN STATE (rv/rv) [1], 74-69

No. 3/3 OHIO STATE def. No. 7/8 Florida [2], 81-74

 

[1] - Champions Classic (New York, N.Y.)

[2] - Global Sports Shootout (Columbus, Ohio)

Tuesday's Schedule

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Memphis at Illinois, 8 p.m., BTN.com
IPFW at Michigan State, 7 p.m., BTN.com
Mississippi Valley St. at Nebraska, 8 p.m., BTN.com
W. Kentucky at Northwestern, 8 p.m., BTN.com

All times are ET

In the Polls

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Five Big Ten women's cross country teams have earned top-30 status in the USTFCCCA National Coaches' Poll heading into next week's NCAA Championships. After winning the Great Lakes Regional on Saturday, Michigan moves up five spots to No. 10 this week. Big Ten Champion Michigan State checks in at No. 15, while Penn State holds No. 21 Wisconsin moves up to No. 25 in the latest poll, while Minnesota rounds out the group of ranked Big Ten teams at No. 28.

Click here to see the complete poll.

Tuesday's Schedule

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#6/6 Duke at MICHIGAN STATE (rv/rv) [1], 7 p.m., ESPN

#7/8 Florida at #3/3 OHIO STATE, 8 p.m., ESPN2

 

All times ET

 

[1] - Champions Classic (New York, N.Y.)

[2] - Global Sports Shootout (Columbus, Ohio)

In The Polls

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Indiana and Northwestern appear in the latest NSCAA National Rankings poll released today. The Hoosiers (12-3-5) remain at No. 9, while the Wildcats jump nine spots to No. 16.

For the complete list, click here.

In the Polls

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Eight Big Ten wrestling teams appear in the first NWCA/USA Today Coaches Poll of the regular season, including a new top-ranked team in the country. Iowa makes its 2011 debut at the top of the poll, taking over for No. 2 Penn State. Minnesota holds No. 4 this week, while No. 6 Michigan and No. 7 Illinois each move up one spot from the preseason poll. Ohio State jumps three spots into the top 10 at No. 10, while Northwestern moves up to No. 17. Nebraska enters the poll this week, making its first appearance this season at No. 24. Michigan State and Purdue are also receiving votes.

Click here to see the complete poll.

In the Polls

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Five Big Ten men's cross country teams have earned top-30 rankings in the final USTFCCCA National Coaches' Poll of the regular season. Big Ten and Great Lakes Regional Champion Wisconsin again holds the No. 1 ranking in the country, while Indiana stands at No. 7. Michigan moved up to No. 17 this week, while Minnesota checks in at No. 19. Ohio State rounds out the poll at No. 30, while Penn State is also receiving votes.

Click here to see the complete poll.

Big Ten in the NFL - Week 10

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NaVorro Bowman, LB, San Francisco (Penn State) - Racked up 15 tackles and a tackle for loss in San Francisco's 27-20 win over the New York Giants.

Tom Brady, QB, New England (Michigan) - Threw for 329 yards and three touchdowns on 26 of 39 passing in New England's 37-16 win over the New York Jets.

Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans (Purdue) - Completed 30 of 43 passes for 322 yards and two touchdowns in New Orleans' 26-23 win over Atlanta.

Kurt Coleman, S, Philadelphia (Ohio State) - Posted 11 tackles and a tackle for loss in Philadelphia's 21-17 loss to Arizona.

Chris Gamble, CB, Carolina (Ohio State) - Grabbed an interception and made a tackle in Carolina's 30-3 loss to Tennessee.

Leon Hall, CB, Cincinnati (Michigan) - Notched two tackles and an interception in Cincinnati's 24-17 loss to Pittsburgh.

Ryan Kerrigan, LB, Washington (Purdue) - Recorded six tackles and two sacks in Washington's 20-9 loss to Miami.

James Laurinaitis, LB, St. Louis (Ohio State) - Made 10 tackles and a sack in St. Louis' 13-12 win over Cleveland.

DeAndre Levy, LB, Detroit (Wisconsin) - Recorded six tackles and three tackles for loss in Detroit's 37-13 loss to Chicago.

Mario Manningham, WR, New York Giants (Michigan) - Caught six passes for 77 yards and a touchdown in the New York Giants' 27-20 loss to San Francisco.

Rashard Mendenhall, RB, Pittsburgh (Illinois) - Rushed for 44 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries in Pittsburgh's 24-17 win over Cincinnati.

Rob Ninkovich, LB, New England (Purdue) - Recorded two interceptions, running one back for a touchdown, and added five tackles in New England's 37-16 win over the New York Jets.

Paul Posluszny, LB, Jacksonville (Penn State) - Posted six tackles, half a sack and an interception in Jacksonville's 17-3 win over Indianapolis.

Scott Shanle, LB, New Orleans (Nebraska) - Recorded nine tackles and an interception in New Orleans' 26-23 win over Atlanta.

Charles Woodson, CB, Green Bay (Michigan) - Made nine tackles, including a tackle for loss, and deflected three passes in Green Bay's 45-7 win over Minnesota.

Purdue's Davis Named National Player of the Week

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Purdue setter Rachel Davis has been named the Sports Imports/AVCA Division I National Player of the Week after leading the Boilermakers to back-to-back Big Ten wins a week ago. Davis recorded 51 assists and 21 digs in Purdue's five-set win over Iowa before recording 42 assists and helping the Boilermakers hit .410 as a team in three sets against then-No. 2 Nebraska. The award is the first of Davis' career and the second by a Purdue player this season after Ariel Turner took home the honor on Nov. 1.

Click here to read more on Davis.

Twenty-Nine Big Ten Women's Runners Named All-Region

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Twenty-nine Big Ten women's cross country runners have been named All-Region after placing in the top 25 at their respective regional championships over the weekend. The 29 All-Region honorees gives the Big Ten the most of any conference in the country. The complete list of All-Region honorees can be found below.

Chelsea Blanchard, IND
Samantha Ginther, IND
Kayla Beattie, IOWA
McKenzie Melander, IOWA
Rebecca Addison, MICH
Taylor Pogue, MICH
Jillian Smith, MICH
Danielle Tauro, MICH
Katie Haines, MSU
Sara Kroll, MSU
Julia Otwell, MSU
Rebekah Smeltzer, MSU
Ashlie Decker, MINN
Stephanie Price, MINN
Ashley Miller, NEB
Katie White, NEB
Lexie Goldsmith, NU
Audrey Huth, NU
Tori Brink, OSU
Nichole Hilton, OSU
Jordan Jennewine, OSU
Natalie Bower, PSU
Caitlin Lane, PSU
Kara Millhouse, PSU
Brooklyne Ridder, PSU
Gabi Anzalone, WIS
Ashley Beutler, WIS
Kyla Chapman, WIS
Caitlin Comfort, WIS

Twenty-Six Big Ten Men's Runners Named All-Region

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Twenty-six Big Ten men's cross country runners have been named All-Region honorees after placing in the top 25 individually at their respective regional championships on Saturday. The 26 honorees ties the Big Ten for the most of any conference in the country. The complete list of Big Ten All-Region honorees can be found below.

Jordan Hebert, ILL
Jim Riddle, ILL
Adrien Dannemiller, IND
Ben Hubers, IND
Zach Mayhew, IND
Andrew Poore, IND
Nick Holmes, IOWA
Jeff Thode, IOWA
Bobby Aprill, MICH
Brendon Blacklaws, MICH
Craig Forys, MICH
Pieter Gagnon, MINN
Andrew Larsen, MINN
Hassan Mead, MINN
Chris Fallon, OSU
Adam Green, OSU
Donald Roys, OSU
Kyle Dawson, PSU
Owen Dawson, PSU
Vince McNally, PSU
Mohammed Ahmed, WIS
Michael Brice, WIS
Ryan Collins, WIS
Reed Connor, WIS
Maverick Darling, WIS
Elliot Krause, WIS

Monday's Results

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ILLINOIS (rv/-) def. SIU-Edwardsville, 66-46

IOWA def. North Carolina A&T, 95-79

#17/17 MICHIGAN def. Towson, 67-49

MINNESOTA (rv/-) def. South Dakota State, 71-55

NEBRASKA 64 def. USC, 64-61 (2OT)

PENN STATE def. Radford, 62-46

PURDUE (rv/rv) def. High Point, 67-65

Monday's Results

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Indiana 70, Murray State 67 | Recap
Michigan 73, Florida Atlantic 51 | Recap

Monday's Schedule

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Murray State at Indiana, 7 p.m.
Florida Atlantic at Michigan, 7 p.m.

Monday's Schedule

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Radford at PENN STATE, 7 p.m., BTN.com

High Point at PURDUE (rv/rv), 7:30 p.m., BTN

North Carolina A&T at IOWA, 8 p.m., BTN.com

South Dakota State at MINNESOTA (rv/-), 8 p.m., BTN.com

Towson at #17/17 MICHIGAN, 8:30 p.m., ESPN3

SIU-Edwardsville at ILLINOIS (rv/-), 8:30 p.m., BTN.com

NEBRASKA at USC, 10:30 p.m.

All times ET

Two Big Ten players have been tabbed semifinalists for the John Mackey Award, while one Big Ten standout has been named among the semifinalists for the Fred Biletnikoff Award. Northwestern's Drake Dunsmore and Wisconsin's Jacob Pederson are among the eight semifinalists for the Mackey Award, given to the top tight end in the country, while Illinois' A.J. Jenkins is one of 10 semifinalists for the Biletnikoff Award, which honors the top receiver in the nation.

Three Big Ten players have won the Mackey Award since its inception in 2000. Purdue's Tim Stratton earned the first honor in 2000, while Iowa's Dallas Clark received the award in 2002 and Minnesota's Matt Spaeth took the honor in 2006.

Four Big Ten players have taken home the Biletnikoff Award. Penn State's Bobby Engram won the first award in 1994, while Ohio State's Terry Glenn won it a year later in 1995. Michigan State's Charles Rogers earned the honor in 2002, while Michigan's Braylon Edwards received top  billing in 2004.

Finalists for both awards will be announced on Nov. 21, while the winners will be annouced on Dec. 8.

In the Polls

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Seven Big Ten volleyball teams, the most of any conference in the nation, appear in the latest AVCA Division I Coaches Poll, with three squads earning top-10 status. Nebraska received top bidding among Big Ten teams, checking in at No. 4, while Illinois and Purdue also hold top-10 rankings, standing at Nos. 7 and 8, respectively. Penn State appears at No. 12 this week, while Minnesota holds No. 19, Michigan stands at No. 23 and Ohio State rounds out the poll at No. 25. Michigan State and Wisconsin are receiving votes in the poll.

Click here to see the complete poll.

Weekend Roundup

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NOVEMBER 10
NEBRASKA (rv) def. Bucknell, 28-9

NOVEMBER 12
INDIANA at Michigan State Open - NTS
#7 MICHIGAN at Michigan State Open - NTS
MICHIGAN STATE (rv) at Michigan State Open - NTS
#4 MINNESOTA at Bison Open - NTS
#19 NORTHWESTERN at Michigan State Open - NTS
#8 ILLINOIS def. North Carolina, 32-9
#8 ILLINOIS def. #24 Kent State, 24-18
#8 ILLINOIS def. The Citadel, 48-3
#8 ILLINOIS def. Utah Valley, 41-3
NEBRASKA (rv) def. #24 Kent State, 19-17
NEBRASKA (rv) def. North Carolina, 20-16
NEBRASKA (rv) def. Navy, 27-6
#13 OHIO STATE def. Utah Valley, 36-0
#13 OHIO STATE def. Old Dominion, 30-3
#13 OHIO STATE def. North Carolina, 36-6

NOVEMBER 13
#1 PENN STATE def. Bloomsburg, 39-3
#9 Missouri def. PURDUE (rv), 21-15
WISCONSIN def. Loras, 38-3
WISCONSIN def. UW-Whitewater, 39-3
WISCONSIN def. Wartburg, 17-16

Sunday's Results

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INDIANA def. Chattanooga, 78-53

NORTHWESTERN def. Texas-Pan American, 60-36

Five Big Ten Teams in Latest BCS Standings

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Five Big Ten teams were ranked among the top 25 in the latest Bowl Championship Series (BCS) standings. The Big Ten is one of only three conferences with more than three teams rated among the top 25 in the latest BCS poll. Michigan State is the Big Ten's highest-rated school at No. 15 in the latest rankings, followed by No. 16 Nebraska, No. 17 Wisconsin, No. 18 Michigan and No. 21 Penn State.

Sunday Roundup

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#24 MICHIGAN 3, #16 MINNESOTA, 0

Sunday's Results

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Illinois 72, Cleveland State 42 | Recap
UNLV 69, Iowa 59 | Recap
South Florida 60, Minnesota 52 | Recap
Ohio State 78, Tennessee State 51 | Recap
Penn State 65, Middle Tennessee 49 | Recap
Purdue 75, IUPUI 45 | Recap
Oral Roberts 80, Wisconsin 63 | Recap

Five Big Ten Players Earn College Football Performance Awards

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The College Football Performance Awards for the 11th week of the season have been announced with five Big Ten players earning recognition. Michigan's Ryan Van Bergen was named the National Defensive Performer and Defensive Lineman of the Week while fellow-Wolverine Matt Wile was tabbed as the National Kickoff Specialist of the Week. Michigan State's Brian Linthicum was honored as the National Tight End of the Week, Minnesota's Duane Bennett was named the National Kickoff Returner of the Week and Wisconsin's Russell Wilson was selected as the National Quarterback of the Week. The purpose of the College Football Performance Awards is to provide the most scientifically rigorous conferments in college football. Recipients are selected exclusively based upon objective scientific rankings of the extent to which individual players increase the overall effectiveness of their teams.

Big Ten Tied for Conference Lead with Five Top-25 Teams

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Five Big Ten teams were rated among the top 25 in the latest Associated Press (AP), USA Today coaches and Harris Interactive polls. The Big Ten and SEC lead all conferences with five top-25 teams each in all three polls, followed by the ACC and Big 12 with four top-25 teams in two of the three polls. Michigan State moved up one spot to No. 12 in all three polls to lead the Big Ten contingent. Wisconsin, Nebraska and Michigan also jumped in the polls after victories on Saturday. The Badgers are rated No. 13 by the coaches and Harris pollsters and No. 15 by the media. The Cornhuskers are ranked No. 16 in the USA Today and Harris polls and No. 17 in the AP vote. The Wolverines were tabbed No. 18 by the coaches and Harris voters and No. 20 by the media. Penn State rounds out the Big Ten's top-25 teams at No. 19 in the Harris voting and No. 21 in the coaches and media polls.

Sunday's Schedule

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Illinois at Cleveland State, 2 p.m.
UNLV at Iowa, 3:30 p.m., BTN.com
Minnesota vs. South Florida, 4:30 p.m.
Tennessee State at Ohio State, 2 p.m., BTN.com
Middle Tennessee at Penn State, Noon, BTN.com
IUPUI at Purdue, 2 p.m., BTN.com
Oral Roberts at Wisconsin, 3 p.m., BTN.com

Sunday's Schedule

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Chattanooga at INDIANA, 5 p.m., BTN

Texas-Pan American at NORTHWESTERN, 7 p.m., BTN

 

All times ET

The Walter Camp Football Foundation announced that Purdue defensive tackle Kawann Short has been named the National Defensive Player of the Week for his performance against Ohio State. Short was a force as the Boilermakers' defeated the Buckeyes, 26-23, in overtime. The junior standout produced six tackles (four solo) and three quarterback sacks as Purdue improved to 5-5 on the season, 3-3 in the Big Ten. This is the eighth year that the Walter Camp Football Foundation will honor one offensive and one defensive player as its national Football Bowl Subdivision player of the week during the regular season. Recipients are selected by a panel of national media members and administered by the Walter Camp Football Foundation.

Saturday Roundup

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#7 ILLINOIS def. #22 OHIO STATE, 3-2
INDIANA def. IOWA, 3-2
#10 PURDUE def. #2 NEBRASKA, 3-0
MICHIGAN STATE (rv) def. WISCONSIN, 3-1
#9 PENN STATE def. NORTHWESTERN, 3-0

Saturday's Results

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Iowa 90, Harvard 81 | Recap
Florida State 68, Minnesota 56 | Recap
Michigan State 113, North Carolina A&T 60 | Recap
Nebraska 95, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 43 | Recap

Saturday's Results

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#15/14 WISCONSIN def. Kennesaw State, 85-31

PENN STATE def. Hartford, 70-55

Saturday's Schedule

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Harvard at Iowa , 8 p.m., BTN.com
North Carolina A&T vs. Michigan State, Noon
Minnesota vs. Florida State, 2 p.m.
Arkansas-Pine Bluff at Nebraska, 4 p.m., BTN.com

Saturday's Schedule

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Saturday marks the start of the season for two Big Ten teams, including the beginning of the Patrick Chambers era at Penn State. Click the links below for each team's game notes.

Kennesaw State at #15/14 WISCONSIN, 1 p.m., BTN.com

Hartford at PENN STATE, 4:30 p.m., BTN.com

All times ET

 

Friday's Results

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Villanova 75, Michigan State 64 | Recap
Minnesota 68, Arkansas 60 | Recap
Northwestern 69, Central Michigan 60 | Recap
South Carolina 71, Illinois 52 | Recap
Central Arkansas 58, Indiana 46 | Recap
Michigan 69, Florida 66 | Recap
Wisconsin 68, Milwaukee 51 | Recap
Penn State 72, Washington State 60 | Recap

Friday Roundup

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#7 ILLINOIS def. #9 PENN STATE, 3-0
#2 NEBRASKA def. INDIANA, 3-0
WISCONSIN def. #24 MICHIGAN, 3-1
NORTHWESTERN def. #22 OHIO STATE, 3-2

Friday's Results

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ILLINOIS (rv/-) def. Loyola (Ill.), 67-49

INDIANA def. Stony Brook, 96-66

IOWA def. Chicago State, 96-53

#18/18 MICHIGAN def. Ferris State, 59-33

#1/1 North Carolina def. MICHIGAN STATE (rv/rv), 67-55

MINNESOTA (rv/-) def. Bucknell, 70-58

NEBRASKA def. South Dakota, 65-48

#3/3 OHIO STATE def. Wright State, 73-42

PURDUE def. Northern Illinois, 96-34

Big Ten Women's Gymnastics TV Coverage Announced

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Four dual-meets, along with live coverage of the 2012 Big Ten Championships, highlight the 2011-12 Big Ten women's gymnastics broadcast schedule. The broadcast slate gets underway with Iowa hosting Penn State on Feb. 3, followed by live coverage of Illinois hosting Ohio State on Feb. 4. The next nationally broadcast meet is Nebraska at Minnesota on Feb. 18, with Michigan State hosting Michigan on March 16 to round out the regular-season schedule. The Big Ten Championships, hosted by Iowa on March 24, will be shown live on BTN. The complete broadcast schedule can be found below.

BIG TEN WOMEN'S GYMNASTICS COVERAGE SCHEDULE
Feb. 3      Penn State at Iowa              8 p.m. ET      BTN (2/4, TBA)
Feb. 4      Ohio State at Illinois             4 p.m. ET      BTN (LIVE)
Feb. 18     Nebraska at Minnesota        7 p.m. ET      BTN (2/24, TBA)
March 16   Michigan at Michigan State  6 p.m. ET      BTN (LIVE)
March 24   Big Ten Championships        TBA              BTN (LIVE)

BTN Men's Gymnastics Coverage Announced

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BTN has announced its broadcast and streaming schedule for Big Ten men's gymnastics, which features two dual-meets and a tri-meet and concludes with live coverage of the Big Ten Championships on April 6-7, 2012. The broadcast schedule begins on Feb. 11 with live coverage of a tri-meet featuring Iowa, Minnesota and Nebraska at 8 p.m. ET. The schedule continues with two meets on Feb. 18 as Michigan hosts Ohio State and Penn State hosts Illinois. Both meets will be shown on tape delay on Feb. 25. The schedule concludes with a live broadcast of the Big Ten Championships in Iowa City, Iowa, at 8 p.m. ET on April 6 and 7. The complete coverage schedule can be found below.

MEN'S GYMNASTICS COVERAGE SCHEDULE
Feb. 11      Minnesota and Nebraska at Iowa      8 p.m. ET    BTN (LIVE)
Feb. 18      Ohio State at Michigan                    7 p.m. ET    BTN (2/25, 1 p.m. ET)
Feb. 18      Illinois at Penn State                       7 p.m. ET    BTN (2/25, 3 p.m. ET)
April 6        Big Ten Championships                   8 p.m. ET    BTN (LIVE)
April 7        Big Ten Championships                   8 p.m. ET    BTN (LIVE)

Friday's Schedule

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The 2011-12 basketball season starts tonight! Click HERE to read the Big Ten weekly release, and view below for tonight's full schedule. Click the links for each team's game notes.

Stony Brook at INDIANA, 7 p.m., BTN

Ferris State at #18/18 MICHIGAN, 7 p.m., BTN.com

#1/1 North Carolina vs. MICHIGAN STATE (rv/rv)], 7 p.m., ESPN (Quicken Loans Carrier Classic)

Northern Illinois at PURDUE (rv/rv), 7 p.m., ESPN3

Chicago State at IOWA, 8 p.m., BTN.com (Dale Howard Invitational)

Bucknell at MINNESOTA (rv/-), 8 p.m., BTN.com

South Dakota at NEBRASKA, 8 p.m., BTN.com

Loyola (Ill.) at ILLINOIS (rv/-), 9 p.m., BTN.com

Wright State at #3/3 OHIO STATE, 9 p.m., BTN (Global Sports Shootout)

All times ET

Burkhead and Ball Named Doak Walker Award Semifinalists

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Nebraska's Rex Burkhead and Wisconsin's Montee Ball have been named semifinalists for the Doak Walker Award, given annually to the nation's top running back. Three finalists for the national honor will be announced on Nov. 21. The Badgers' John Clay was named a finalist for the Doak Walker Award last season. Five Big Ten running backs have earned the Doak Walker Award - Ohio State's Eddie George (1995), Wisconsin's Ron Dayne (1999), Penn State's Larry Johnson (2002), Michigan's Chris Perry (2003) and Iowa's Shonn Greene (2008).

Friday's Schedule

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South Carolina at Illinois, 4:30 p.m.
Indiana at Central Arkansas, 7 p.m.
Michigan at Florida, 4:30 p.m.
Villanova vs. #rv/25 Michigan State, 1:45 p.m.
Minnesota vs. Arkansas, 2 p.m.
Northwestern at Central Michigan, Noon
Washington State at #12/14 Penn State, 6 p.m.
Wisconsin at Milwaukee, 8 p.m.

All times are ET

Weekend Schedule

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Nov. 11
MICHIGAN at Minneapolis Grand Prix - 10 a.m. CT [1]
Minnesota at Minnepolis Grand Prix - 10 a.m. CT [1]
OHIO STATE at Miami (Ohio) - 5 p.m. ET
MICHIGAN STATE vs. Grand Valley State University - 6 p.m. ET [2]
WISCONSIN at NORTHWESTERN - 5 p.m. CT

Nov. 12
MICHIGAN at Minneapolis Grand Prix - 10 a.m. CT [1]
Minnesota at Minnepolis Grand Prix - 10 a.m. CT [1]
UIC/North Dakota at NORTHWESTERN - 11 a.m. CT

Nov. 13

MICHIGAN at Minneapolis Grand Prix - 10 a.m. CT [1]
Minnesota at Minnepolis Grand Prix - 10 a.m. CT [1]

Legend

[1] Minneapolis, Minn
[2] Jenison, Mich.

In The Polls

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Six Big Ten men's swimming and diving teams appear in the first CSCAA National Rankings poll of the season with Michigan earning the No. 1 spot. Joining the Wolverines is Iowa at No. 10, followed by Ohio State at No. 11. Indiana is No. 14. Minnesota checks in at No. 15 and Purdue is No. 18.

Penn State also received votes.

For the complete list, click here.

Weekend Schedule

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Nov. 11
MINNESOTA at Minnesota Grand Prix - All Day [1]
Nebraska-Omaha at NEBRASKA - 5 p.m. CT
WISCONSIN at NORTHWESTERN - 5 p.m. CT
Illinois State at ILLINOIS - 6 p.m. CT
MICHIGAN STATE vs. Grand Valley State University [2]

Nov. 12
MINNESOTA at Minnesota Grand Prix - All Day [1]
Ohio at OHIO STATE - 1 p.m. ET

Nov. 13
MINNESOTA at Minnesota Grand Prix - All Day [1]

Legend
[1] Minneapolis, Minn.
[2] Jenison, Mich.

In The Polls

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Five Big Ten women's swimming and diving teams appear in the first CSCAA National Rankings poll of the season. Minnesota clocks in at No. 11, while Ohio State checks in at No. 13. Indiana follows suit at No. 14, Michigan is No. 16 and Purdue sits at No. 22.

Penn State and Wisconsin also received votes.

For the complete list, click here.

Weekend Schedule

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Nov. 11-13
MINNESOTA at Lakewood Ranch Invitational [1]

Legend
[1] Lakewood Ranch, Fla.

Thursday Roundup

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#10 PURDUE 3, IOWA 2

Weekend Schedule

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NOVEMBER 10
NEBRASKA (rv) at Bucknell - 7 p.m. ET

NOVEMBER 12
INDIANA at Michigan State Open - All Day
#7 MICHIGAN at Michigan State Open - All Day
MICHIGAN STATE (rv) at Michigan State Open - All Day
#4 MINNESOTA at Bison Open - All Day
#19 NORTHWESTERN at Michigan State Open - All Day
#8 ILLINOIS vs. North Carolina - 9 a.m. ET [1]
NEBRASKA (rv) vs. #24 Kent State - 9 a.m. ET [1]
#13 OHIO STATE vs. Utah Valley - 9 a.m. ET [1]
#8 ILLINOIS vs. #24 Kent State - 1 p.m. ET [1]
NEBRASKA (rv) vs. North Carolina - 1 p.m. ET [1]
#13 OHIO STATE vs. Old Dominion - 1 p.m. ET [1]
#8 ILLINOIS vs. The Citadel - 3 p.m. ET [1]
NEBRASKA (rv) vs. Navy - 3 p.m. ET [1]
#13 OHIO STATE vs. North Carolina - 3 p.m. ET [1]
#8 ILLINOIS vs. Utah Valley - 7 p.m. ET [1]

NOVEMBER 13
Loras at WISCONSIN - 11 a.m. CT [2]
PURDUE (rv) at #9 Missouri - 1 p.m. CT
UW-Whitewater at WISCONSIN - 1 p.m. CT [2]
Bloomsburg at #1 PENN STATE - 2 p.m. ET
Wartburg at WISCONSIN - 3 p.m. CT [2]

Legend
[1] Wrestle for a Cure Duals - Harrisburg, Pa.
[2] Badger Duals - Madison, Wis.

Big Ten Produces 22 Academic All-District Honorees

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Big Ten student-athletes continue to excel both on the field and in the classroom, as 22 conference standouts were named to the 2011 Capital One Academic All-District first teams. The conference's honorees are Indiana's Greg Heban and Adam Replogle, Iowa's Steve Bigach, Tyler Nielsen and James Vandenberg, Michigan's Will Heininger, Michigan State's Max Bullough, Kirk Cousins, Joel Foreman and Mike Sadler, Nebraska's Rex Burkhead, Austin Cassidy, Ben Cotton, Sean Fisher and Spencer Long, Northwestern's Doug Bartels, Jacob Schmidt, Patrick Ward and Kevin Watt, Penn State's John Urschel and Purdue's Joe Holland and Crosby Wright. To be eligible for the award, a player must be in at least his second year of athletic eligibility, be a first-team or key performer and carry a cumulative 3.30 grade point average. First-team selections will be added to the national ballot and are eligible for Academic All-America honors to be announced on December 8. Last season, the Big Ten tied for the lead among all Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) conferences with five student-athletes named to the Academic All-America first or second teams. The Big Ten has led all FBS conferences in Academic All-Americans for six straight seasons, with 48 football honorees over that time span. Nebraska's Cassidy is looking to earn first-team Academic All-America accolades for the second straight season, while Purdue's Holland was a second-team Academic All-American last season.

Four Student-Athletes Tabbed Academic All-District

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Four Big Ten volleyball student-athletes have been selected to Capital One Academic All-District teams, the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) announced on Thursday. Michigan State senior Jenilee Rathje and Purdue junior Ariel Turner each earned first-team status in District 5, while Iowa sophomore Bethany Yeager received the same honor in District 6 and Nebraska junior Gina Mancuso collected second-team laurels in District 7. After earning first-team honors, Rathje, Turner and Yeager are each eligible for Academic All-America status.

Click here to see the complete release from CoSIDA.


Five Wrestlers Chosen for NWCA All-Star Classic

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Five Big Ten wrestlers have been chosen to compete in the 2011 NWCA All-Star Classic Presented by the Marines on Nov. 21 at the Wells Fargo Arena in Tempe, Ariz. The classic, which is set for 7:30 p.m. MT, will pit two of the top wrestlers in the country against each other in each of the 10 weight classes. Illinois' Jordan Blanton and B.J. Futrell, Michigan's Kellen Russell, Northwestern's Jason Welch and Ohio State's Nick Heflin will represent the Big Ten in the event. The complete lineup can be found below. For more information, visit the NWCA website here.

125: #3 Jarrod Patterson (Oklahoma) vs. #4 Nic Bedelyon (Kent State)
133: #1 Jordan Oliver (Oklahoma State) vs. #3 B.J. Futrell (Illinois)
141: #1 Kellen Russell (Michigan) vs. #2 Boris Novachkov (Cal Poly)
149: #3 Jamal Parks (Oklahoma State) vs. #5 Tyler Nauman (Pittsburgh)
157: #3 Jason Welch (Northwestern) vs. #4 Ganbayar Sanjaa (American)
165: #2 Shane Onufer (Wyoming) vs. #3 Josh Asper (Maryland)
174: #3 Jordan Blanton (Illinois) vs. #4 Nick Heflin (Ohio State)
184: #6 Joe LeBlanc (Wyoming) vs. #8 Ben Bennett (Central Michigan)
197: #1 Byron Tate (Wartburg) vs. #4 Chris Honeycutt (Edinboro)
285: #2 Ryan Flores (American) vs. #6 Spencer Myers (Maryland)

Cousins and Buchanan Named Finalists for Wuerffel Trophy

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Michigan State's Kirk Cousins and Ohio State's Ben Buchanan have been named finalists for the 2011 Wuerffel Trophy, presented to the college football player who best combines community service with athletic and academic achievement. The 2011 Wuerffel Trophy will be presented to the winner on Feb. 17. First presented in 2005, the Buckeyes' Joel Penton won the Wuerffel Trophy following the 2006 campaign.

Wednesday Roundup

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#16 MINNESOTA def. MICHIGAN STATE (rv), 3-0

This Week's Schedule

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NOVEMBER 9
MICHIGAN STATE (rv) at #16 MINNESOTA - 8 p.m. ET - BTN

NOVEMBER 10
IOWA at #10 PURDUE - 7 p.m. ET - www.BTN.com

NOVEMBER 11
#9 PENN STATE at #7 ILLINOIS - 7 p.m. ET
#2 NEBRASKA at INDIANA - 7 p.m. ET - www.BTN.com
#24 MICHIGAN at WISCONSIN - 8 p.m. ET
#22 OHIO STATE at NORTHWESTERN - 8 p.m. ET - www.BTN.com

NOVEMBER 12
IOWA at INDIANA - 7 p.m. ET - BTN (11/13, 4 p.m. ET)
#2 NEBRASKA at #10 PURDUE - 7 p.m. ET
#22 OHIO STATE at #7 ILLINOIS - 8 p.m. ET
MICHIGAN STATE (rv) at WISCONSIN - 8 p.m. ET
#9 PENN STATE at NORTHWESTERN - 8 p.m. ET

NOVEMBER 13
#24 MICHIGAN at #16 MINNESOTA - 2 p.m. ET - www.BTN.com

All times are ET

Signing Day Special

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Wednesday marked the first day of the early signing period, and men's basketball teams across the conference continue to welcome new signees to their squads. Follow the links below to track which rising stars will be competing on Big Ten campuses in the seasons to come.

Illinois signs Orris to National Letter of Intent...

Iowa inks five to 19th-ranked recruiting class...

Michigan adds McGary and Robinson...

Michigan State receives three NLIs...

Minnesota signs two...

Penn State welcomes Taylor to program...

Purdue signs four to top-20 recruiting class...

Wisconsin brings in local player...

It's Signing Day

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Wednesday marked the first day of the early signing period and women's basketball teams across the conference are welcoming new signees to their squads. Follow the links, as they become available, below to track which rising stars will be competing on Big Ten campuses in the seasons to come.

Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Michigan
Michigan State
Minnesota
Nebraska
Northwestern
Ohio State
Penn State
Purdue
Wisconsin

Two Big Ten Standouts Named Lott Trophy Semifinalists

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Nebraska's Lavonte David and Ohio State's John Simon have been named semifinalists for the Lott IMPACT Trophy, given to college football's Defensive IMPACT Player of the Year. Now in its eighth year, the Lott Trophy is the first college football award to equally recognize athletic performance and the personal character attributes of the player. Sponsored by The Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation in Newport Beach, the award is given to the player who exhibits the same characteristics Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott embodied during his distinguished career: Integrity, Maturity, Performance, Academics, Community and Tenacity.Two Big Ten players have earned the Lott IMPACT Trophy, OSU's James Laurinaitis in 2008 and Wisconsin's J.J. Watt last season.

Tuesday's Results

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Illinois 79, Marysville-St. Louis 52
Indiana 50, Indianapolis 47

In The Polls

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Four Big Ten field hockey teams appears in the final 2011 Kookaburra/NFHCA Division I National Coaches Poll released today. Penn State (16-5) clocks in at No. 7, while Michigan (14-6) sits right behind them at No. 8. Iowa (15-4) comes in at No. 12 with Ohio State (12-8) checking in at No. 15.

Northwestern, Michigan State and Indiana also received votes.

For the complete poll, click here.

In The Polls

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Penn State and Illinois earn spots in the latest NSCAA National Rankings poll released today. The Nittany Lions (19-4-0) sit at No. 13, while the Fighting Illini (16-4-2) move up to No. 16.

For the complete rankings, click here.

In The Polls

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Indiana and Northwestern represent the Big Ten Conference in the latest NSCAA National Rankings Poll released today. The Hoosiers (11-3-4) sit at No. 9, while the Wildcats (10-4-4) clock in at No. 25.

For the complete list, click here.

Big Ten in the NFL - Week 9

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Jake Ballard, TE, New York Giants (Ohio State) - Caught four passes for 67 yards and a touchdown in the New York Giants' 24-20 win over New England.

Tom Brady, QB, New England (Michigan) - Recorded 342 yards passing and two touchdowns, completing 28 of 49 passes in New England's 24-20 loss to the New York Giants.

Steve Breaston, WR, Kansas City (Michigan) - Made seven catches for 115 yards in Kansas City's 31-3 loss to Miami.

Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans (Purdue) - Threw for 258 yards and two touchdowns on 27 of 36 passing in New Orleans' 27-16 win over Tampa Bay.

Kurt Coleman, S, Philadelphia (Ohio State) - Recorded 12 tackles in Philadelphia's 30-24 loss to Chicago.

Larry Foote, LB, Pittsburgh (Michigan) - Made 10 tackles in Pittsburgh's 23-20 loss to Baltimore.

David Harris, LB, New York Jets (Michigan) - Recorded five tackles and an interception in the New York Jets' 27-11 win over Buffalo.

Kelvin Hayden, CB, Atlanta (Illinois) - Posted seven tackles and an interception in Atlanta's 31-7 win over Indianapolis.

Roy Helu, RB, Washington (Nebraska) - Caught 14 passes for 105 yards and rushed for 41 yards on 10 carries in Washington's 19-11 loss to San Francisco.

Ryan Kerrigan, LB, Washington (Purdue) - Tallied six tackles, including a sack and a tackle for loss in Washington's 19-11 loss to San Francisco.

Brian Rolle, LB, Philadelphia (Ohio State) - Returned a fumble for a touchdown and added six tackles in Philadelphia's 30-24 loss to Chicago.

Anthony Spencer, LB, Dallas (Purdue) - Made five tackles and a sack in Dallas' 23-13 win over Seattle.

Pierre Thomas, RB, New Orleans (Illinois) - Rushed for 66 yards and a touchdown on eight carries and added 25 receiving yards on four catches in New Orleans' 27-16 win over Tampa Bay.

Tuesday's Exhibition Slate

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Indianapolis at INDIANA, 7 p.m. ET
Marysville-St. Louis at ILLINOIS, 7:30 p.m. ET

Ranking the Wrestlers

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Sixty-two Big Ten wrestlers have earned top-20 spots in the latest InterMat Tournament Rankings. The conference boasts the No. 1 wrestler in five of the 10 weight classes as Iowa's Matt McDonough (125 pounds), Michigan's Kellen Russell (141) and Penn State's Frank Molinaro (149), David Taylor (165) and Quentin Wright (184) check in at the top spot in their respective classes. In the team rankings, Iowa has taken over the top spot, while six other Big Ten teams are ranked in the top 20. The complete breakdown of ranked Big Ten wrestlers can be found below.

TEAM
1. Iowa (2 last week)
2. Penn State (1)
3. Minnesota (4)
8. Michigan (7)
T-9. Illinois (T-9)
11. Ohio State (T-9)
20. Northwestern (T-19)
T-26. Nebraska (35)
29. Purdue (31)
T-30. Indiana (T-28)
39. Michigan State (32)
T-41. Wisconsin (T-45)

125
1. Matt McDonough, IOWA (1 last week)
2. Zach Sanders, MINN (2)
11. Sean Boyle, MICH (12)
15. Levi Mele, NU (16)
17. Jesse Delgado, ILL (18)
18. Nico Megaludis, PSU (19)

133
2. Tony Ramos, IOWA (3)
3. B.J. Futrell, ILL (4)
4. Logan Stieber, OSU (5)
7. David Thorn, MINN (9)
8. Cashe Quiroga, PUR (8)
11. Zac Stevens, MICH (12)
17. Ridge Kiley, NEB (18)

141
1. Kellen Russell, MICH (1)
3. Montell Marion, IOWA (3)
10. Nick Dardanes, MINN (12)
15. Hunter Stieber, OSU (19)

149
1. Frank Molinaro, PSU (1)
5. Eric Grajales, MICH (6)
6. Dylan Ness, MINN (7)
9. Ivan Lopouchanski, PUR (9)
10. Eric Terrazas, ILL (10)
15. Cole Schmitt, WIS (16)
17. Dylan Carew, IOWA (18)
18. Kaleb Friedley, NU (20)
19. Cam Tessari, OSU (NR)

157
2. Derek St. John, IOWA (2)
3. Jason Welch, NU (3)
8. Jake Deitchler, MINN (9)
12. Dylan Alton, PSU (13)
16. Anthony Jones, MSU (16)
20. Jackson Morse, ILL (19)

165
1. David Taylor, PSU (1)
8. Cody Yohn, MINN (9)
10. Robert Kokesh, NEB (11)
15. Mike Evans, IOWA (NR)
16. Ben Jordan, WIS (17)

174
2. Ed Ruth, PSU (2)
3. Jordan Blanton, ILL (3)
4. Nick Heflin, OSU (4)
5. Ethen Lofthouse, IOWA (6)
10. Logan Storley, MINN (11)
12. Lee Munster, NU (10)
17. Justin Zeerip, MICH (16)

184
1. Quentin Wright, PSU (1)
3. Grant Gambrall, IOWA (3)
6. Kevin Steinhaus, MINN (7)
10. Josh Ihnen, NEB (11)

197
2. Sonny Yohn, MINN (2)
5. Matt Powless, IND (4)
10. Morgan McIntosh, PSU (9)
13. A.J. Kissel, PUR (13)
14. Andrew Campolattano, OSU (14)
16. Tyler Dickenson, MSU (12)
17. Mario Gonzalez, ILL (16)

HWT
4. Tony Nelson, MINN (4)
5. Cameron Wade, PSU (5)
7. Blake Rasing, IOWA (8)
8. Tucker Lane, NEB (9)
9. Mike McMullan, NU (11)
18. Joe Rizqallah, MSU (17)
19. Ben Apland, MICH (18)

Monday's Results

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ILLINOIS def. Quincy, 73-45

MINNESOTA def. Augustana, 72-60

NEBRASKA def. Doane, 76-54

NORTHWESTERN def. Robert Morris, 99-48

 

All games exhibition

Monday's Schedule

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Augustana at MINNESOTA, 8 p.m., BTN.com

Robert Morris at NORTHWESTERN, 8 p.m., BTN.com

Doane at NEBRASKA, 8 p.m., BTN.com

Quincy at ILLINOIS, 8:30 p.m., BTN.com

 

All times ET

All games exhibition

Eight Named to Naismith Preseason Watch List

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Eight Big Ten men's basketball players have been named to the Naismith Preseason Watch List, the Atlanta Tipoff Club announced on Monday. Six conference schools had at least one representative on the list, including Ohio State, who is one of just five schools in the country with three or more players listed.

BIG TEN PLAYERS ON NAISMITH PRESEASON WATCH LIST
Tim Hardaway Jr., Michigan
Draymond Green, Michigan State
John Shurna, Northwestern
William Buford, Ohio State
Aaron Craft, Ohio State
Jared Sullinger, Ohio State
Robbie Hummel, Purdue
Jordan Taylor, Wisconsin

In the Polls

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Big Ten volleyball is once again well-represented in the AVCA Divison I Coaches Poll, with seven teams earning top-25 status and four squads appearing in the top 10 in the latest edition. The seven top-25 squads are again good for the national lead, while the four top-10 teams tie the Big Ten with the Pac-12 for the most of any conference in the country. Nebraska leads the way for the group of Big Ten teams, checking in at No. 2 for the second consecutive week. Illinois follows at No. 7, while Penn State stands at No. 9 and Purdue cracks the top 10 for the first time this season at No. 10. Minnesota holds No. 16 this week, while Ohio State follows at No. 22 and Michigan stands at No. 24. Michigan State is also receiving votes this week.

Click here to see the complete poll.
Twelve Big Ten student-athletes have earned a spot on the 2011 Academic All-District Women's Soccer Team.

The teams are selected based on a student-athletes performance in the classroom and on the playing field. First-Team Academic All-District honorees advance to the Capital One Academic All-America Team Ballot, which will be selected later this month.

Jenna Carosio, ILL, 3.81 GPA, Civil engineering
Vanessa DiBernardo, ILL, 3.39 GPA, Undeclared
Megan Pawloski, ILL, 3.61 GPA, Speech language pathology
Jill Flietstra, MSU, 3.95 GPA, Criminal Justice
Lauren Bauer, MINN, 3.77 GPA, Kinesiology
Steph Brandt, MINN, 3.72 GPA, Biology
Allie Phillips, MINN, 3.99 GPA, Biology
Jess Rosenbluth, PSU, 3.58 GPA, Security & risk analysis*
Maya Hayes, PSU, 3.35 GPA, Kinesiology*
Ali Schaefer, PSU, 3.73 GPA, Film & video
Meghan Flannery, WIS, 3.93 GPA, English*
Laurie Nosbusch, WIS, 4.00 GPA, Spanish/biology*

asterisk indicates First Team






The Capital One Academic All-District Men's Soccer Teams have been released with three Big Ten student-athletes receiving recognition.

Indiana's Harrison Petts and Wisconsin's Max Jentsch and Nick Janus were honored for their performances in the classroom and the playing field. All three are First-Team Academic All-District honorees and will advance to the Capital One Academic All-America Team ballot, which will be selected later this month.

Harrison Petts, Sr., IND, 3.54 GPA, Business
Max Jentsch, So., WIS, 3.60 GPA, Undecided
Nick Janus, So., WIS, 3.55 GPA, Undecided


Weekend Roundup

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NOVEMBER 5
#8 ILLINOIS at Loras Open - NTS
INDIANA at Eastern Michigan Open - NTS
#7 MICHIGAN at Eastern Michigan Open - NTS
MICHIGAN STATE (rv) at Eastern Michigan Open - NTS
#13 OHIO STATE at Eastern Michigan Open - NTS
PURDUE (rv) at Eastern Michigan Open - NTS
#19 NORTHWESTERN def. #21 Stanford, 28-7
WISCONSIN at Stevens Point Open - NTS

Moving Right Along

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Michigan State's Brittany McCormick did a great job reporting on the Big Ten's Honoring Legends. Building Leaders. Mobile Tour during its stop in East Lansing!

Remember to follow the tour all season long on this blog and on Twitter @B1GMobileTour and vote for your favorite reporter at the end of the season. The winning student will get a trip to the Big Ten Football Championship Game or a Big Ten bowl game of their choice!

Sunday Roundup

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WISCONSIN def. #6 PENN STATE, 3-2

Sunday's Results

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IOWA def. Northwest Missouri State, 79-59

OHIO STATE def. Walsh, 95-49

PURDUE def. Southern Indiana, 65-49

 

All games exhibition

Five Big Ten Teams Appear in Latest BCS Standings

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The latest Bowl Championship Series (BCS) standings have been released and the Big Ten is one of three conferences with five or more teams among the top 25. The Big Ten is tied for second among all conferences, behind the SEC (six teams). The Big Ten and Big 12 (five) are tied for second, followed by the ACC (three) with the Pac-12 and Conference-USA (two) the remaining conferences with multiple top 25 squads. Penn State is the Big Ten's highest ranked team at No. 12 overall, moving up four spots from last week's poll. Michigan State, Wisconsin and Nebraska appear at Nos. 17, 18 and 19, respectively, while Michigan rounds out the Big Ten contingent at No. 24.

Five Big Ten Teams Remain Among Top 25 in National Polls

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Five Big Ten schools appeared among the top 25 of the Associated Press (AP), USA Today coaches and Harris polls, making the Big Ten one of only two conferences with five or more top-25 teams. Coming off a bye last week, Penn State jumped to No. 12 in all three polls, the highest ranking for the Nittany Lions this season. Michigan State and Wisconsin also moved up in both rankings, with the Spartans rated No. 13 by all three groups and the Badgers ranked No. 14 by the coaches and Harris voters and No. 16 by the media. Nebraska was ranked No. 17 in the USA Today and Harris polls and No. 19 in the AP rankings, while Michigan rounded out the Big Ten's ranked contingent at No. 21 in the coaches and Harris votes and No. 22 in the media tally. Ohio State and Iowa received votes in all three polls.

The College Football Performance Awards for the 10th week of the season have been announced with three Big Ten players earning recognition. The Wisconsin due of Montee Ball and Chris Borland were named the National Running Back and Linebacker of the Week, respectively, while Minnesota's Da'Jon McKnight was tabbed as the National Wide Receiver of the Week. The purpose of the College Football Performance Awards is to provide the most scientifically rigorous conferments in college football. Recipients are selected exclusively based upon objective scientific rankings of the extent to which individual players increase the overall effectiveness of their teams.

Goodbye from Michigan State!

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Good morning Big Ten Country!

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I hope all of you had a great time following the Stagg-Paterno trophy's journey throughout the campus of Michigan State. It spent some time at the Union where many students and faculty were able to get a picture with it and it was seen by hundreds of students who went to go eat lunch on Friday at the Brody Cafeteria. Many Spartan basketball fans were able to get a glimpse of it at both the men's and women's basketball exhibition games. And of course, the trophy was present for football game day yesterday before the Michigan State vs. Minnesota game.

I had a blast documenting the trophy at Michigan State and having the chance to share with the rest of the Big Ten a place that I am more than happy to call home. I just wanted to give a special thanks to the Big Ten for this amazing opportunity, all the staff that was working on the tour and to my office, MSU Athletic Communications, for all of their support. We hope to see the Stagg-Paterno trophy again soon in December at the championship game! GO GREEN!

Sunday's Schedule

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Walsh at OHIO STATE, 2 p.m., BTN.com

Northwest Missouri State at IOWA, 4:30 p.m., BTN.com

Southern Indiana at PURDUE, 5 p.m., BTN.com

 

All times ET

All games exhibition

Northwestern wide receiver Jeremy Ebert was named the Walter Camp National Offensive Player of the Week for his performance in a victory at Nebraska. Ebert caught six passes for 147 yards, including an 81-yard touchdown, as the Wildcats defeated the 10th-ranked Cornhuskers, 28-25. His 81-yard scoring reception was the second-longest in school history. With the victory, the Wildcats improved to 4-5, 2-4 in the Big Ten. This is the eighth year that the Walter Camp Football Foundation will honor one offensive and one defensive player as its national Football Bowl Subdivision player of the week during the regular season. Recipients are selected by a panel of national media members and administered by the Walter Camp Football Foundation.

Saturday's Results

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INDIANA def. Indianapolis, 90-72

PENN STATE def. Slippery Rock, 64-47

WISCONSIN def. UW-Stevens Point, 80-54

 

All games exhibition

Saturday Roundup

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#5 ILLINOIS def. INDIANA, 3-1
#11 PURDUE def. NORTHWESTERN, 3-0
#23 MICHIGAN def. IOWA, 3-2
#2 NEBRASKA def. MICHIGAN STATE (rv), 3-0
#15 MINNESOTA def. #22 OHIO STATE, 3-1

This is what it means to be a Spartan

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10:30 p.m.: I've been asking the question 'what does it mean to be a Spartan?' for the past few days- but when I asked the question to myself, I honestly had a hard time picking one answer.

Being a Spartan is staying up late to watch our football team run trick plays in overtime to beat Notre Dame or throw Hail Mary passes with no time left to take down Wisconsin. It's waking up at 7 a.m. to go tailgating for every home football game (which we won ours today over Minnesota 31-24 - GO GREEN!) It's going every year to the historic Joe Louis Arena to watch our hockey team take on Michigan in a storied rivalry.  It's traveling a short road down to Detroit or a longer one to Indianapolis to watch our men's basketball team play in back-to-back Final Fours.



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It's being able to celebrate Big Ten Championships. It's about being able to walk around campus (most of the time in the snow) and yell "Go Green!" and hear the more than  anticipated response of "Go White!" It's taking a picture in front of the Sparty Statue or even with Sparty himself. It's about sticking together through tough losses and cheering for your team no matter what


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But more importantly, being a Spartan is something more than any of us can really put into words. I captured just a glimpse of what it means to be a Spartan in this video of Spartan game day. To hear more on what it truly means to be a part of the Green and White, just ask any Spartan - they'd be more than happy to tell you. 



11:30 a.m.: Happy game day Spartan Nation! Check out some pictures from tailgating and of some fans that visited the trophy this morning. I also included a picture of the Spartan's Big Ten Trophy from 2010 for some motivation. Stay tuned for a video later that will recap all the Spartan game day traditions. It's a beautiful football Saturday here in East Lansing - GO GREEN!


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Saturday's Schedule

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Slippery Rock at PENN STATE, 4 p.m., BTN.com

Indianapolis at INDIANA, 7 p.m., BTN.com

UW-Stevens Point at WISCONSIN, 8 p.m., BTN.com

 

All times ET

All games exhibition

Friday Roundup

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NORTHWESTERN def. INDIANA, 3-0
MICHIGAN STATE (rv) def. IOWA, 3-0
#2 NEBRASKA def. #23 MICHIGAN, 3-1
#22 OHIO STATE def. WISCONSIN, 3-1
#6 PENN STATE def. #15 MINNESOTA, 3-2

Weekend Schedule

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November 4
Indiana at Michigan/Texas
Minnesota at Iowa
Penn State at Auburn
Wisconsin at Arizona

November 5

Indiana at Michigan/Texas
Northwestern at Purdue
Penn State at Georgia Tech
Wisconsin at Arizona State

Weekend Schedule

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November 4
Illinois at Michigan State
Minnesota at Iowa
Penn State at Auburn
Purdue def. Notre Dame (168-131)
Wisconsin at Arizona

November 5

Florida/Stanford at Michigan - 9 a.m. ET
Illinois-Chicago/Wisconsin-Milwaukee at Illinois - 1 p.m. CT
Wisconsin at Arizona State - TBA

Weekend Schedule

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ILLINOIS at Schwartz Tennis Challenge [1]
INDIANA at Western Michigan Invitational
IOWA at Schwartz Tennis Challenge [1]
MICHIGAN at ASU Thunderbird [2]
MICHIGAN STATE at Green and White Invite [3]
MINNESOTA at Kitty Harrison Invitational [4]
NORTHWESTERN at ASU Thunderbird [2]
OHIO STATE at ASU Thunderbird [2]
WISCONSIN at Green and White Invite [3]

Legend
[1] West Lafayette, Ind.
[2] Tempe, Ariz.
[3] East Lansing, Mich.
[4] Chapel Hill, N.C.

Friday's Results

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MICHIGAN def. Wayne State, 47-39

MICHIGAN STATE def. Hillsdale, 80-58

 

All games exhibition

Weekend Schedule

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ILLINOIS at ITA National Indoor Championships [1]
INDIANA at ITA National Indoor Championships [1]
MICHIGAN at ITA National Indoor Championships [1]
MINNESOTA at Gopher Invitational
OHIO STATE at ITA National Indoor Championships [1]
PURDUE at ITA National Indoor Championships [1]

Legend
[1] Flushing, N.Y.

Weekend Schedule

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NOVEMBER 5
#8 ILLINOIS at Loras Open - All Day
INDIANA at Eastern Michigan Open - All Day
#7 MICHIGAN at Eastern Michigan Open - All Day
MICHIGAN STATE (rv) at Eastern Michigan Open - All Day
#13 OHIO STATE at Eastern Michigan Open - All Day
PURDUE (rv) at Eastern Michigan Open - All Day
#19 NORTHWESTERN vs. Stanford [1] - Chicago, Ill.

Weekend Exhibition Schedule

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Saturday, Nov. 5
Bloomsburg State at PENN STATE, 2 p.m. ET

Sunday, Nov. 6
Grand valley State at MICHIGAN STATE, 2 p.m. ET
Winona State at IOWA
UW-Parkside at WISCONSIN, 3 p.m. ET
Edinboro at PURDUE, 1 p.m. ET
Bemidji State at MINNESOTA, 3 p.m. ET
Lewis at NORTHWESTERN, 3 p.m. ET
Nebraska-Kearney at NEBRASKA, 3 p.m. ET

Friday's Schedule

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Wayne State at MICHIGAN (exh.), 7 p.m., BTN.com

Hillsdale at MICHIGAN STATE (exh.), 7 p.m., BTN.com

 

All times ET

 

Nebraska's Kaitlyn Burke and Purdue's Brittany Rayburn were selected among a group of 30 student-athletes as candidates for the 2012 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award for women's basketball, it was announced on Friday. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence - community, classroom, character and competition.

View the complete release here.

The Sights and Sounds of Michigan State

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10:30 p.m.: Today was nothing short of eventful here on the beautiful campus of MSU. After stopping at Brody Square, the trophy made its way to the Michigan State men's basketball exhibition game against Hillsdale. The Spartans put on quite the performance, coming out with the 80-58 victory.

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On my list of what it means to be a Spartan, is being in the Izzone. The Izzone is the men's basketball student section and plays a huge role in the atmosphere in the Breslin on game day. We're loud and crazy and are always cheering for our team. To be in the Izzone you have to prove your dedication by attending a one night campout, a day I look forward to every year (and trust me, I'm not that much of a camper). At the campout, there's food, games, bands and the team and Coach Izzo even come out to meet with the students and answer questions. Some members of the Izzone came by to visit the trophy.


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Here is a video that summarizes the trophy's journey so far and continues on with the theme of what it means to be a Spartan.


This was a quick update tonight, for there is much to prepare for for tomorrow! We will see all you tailgaters bright and early before MSU takes on Minnesota at noon. The Stagg-Paterno trophy will be setup on the North side of the stadium from 8:30 a.m. until noon and then again from 3 p.m. until 4 p.m. With that, sleep tight Spartan nation- we have a big game tomorrow! GO GREEN!



1:00 p.m.: Hello from Brody Square! The Stagg-Paterno trophy visited the Brody Cafeteria this morning and many students were able to get their picture taken with it on their way to eat either breakfast or lunch.


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The Brody Complex is a group of six dorms that surround a main cafeteria. Many freshmen start their journeys at Michigan State here. I lived in Brody my freshman year and it is where I started learning about what it meant to be a Spartan. Whether it was late night cafeteria runs for some pizza or just hanging out in our lounge, I found out that being a Spartan means that you are always surrounded by friends who eventually turn into what you consider family


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Another answer to the question of what it means to be a Spartan is the excitement on Friday afternoons. You can feel it in the air as everyone gets ready for the weekend ahead. This weekend is a big one on the campus of Michigan State. The men's basketball team plays in its exhibition game tonight which will serve as its last contest before it faces UNC at the Carrier Classic on Nov. 11th. And let's not forget about the main event tomorrow. The No. 15 Michigan State football team takes on Minnesota in a key Legends division matchup.

The sun is shining, campus is alive and I know I'm excited for this weekend to get started. See you all at the men's basketball exhibition game later. The trophy will be outside section 129 from 6:15 to 8:30 p.m.. In preparation for the men's game, I included a picture of our statue of one of MSU's greatest basketball legends - Magic Johnson. And as always, GO GREEN!


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Thursday's Results

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INDIANA 92, St. Ambrose 39
MICHIGAN STATE 94, Lake Superior State 31
WISCONSIN, 70, UW-Whitewater 54

Five Big Ten Players Named Senior CLASS Award Candidates

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Five Big Ten men's basketball student-athletes have been selected as candidates for the 2011-12 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award, given to an NCAA Division I senior who has notable achievements in four areas of excellence - community, classroom, character and competition.

Michigan's Zack Novak, Michigan State's Draymond Green, Ohio State's William Buford, Purdue's Robbie Hummel and Wisconsin's Jordan Taylor are each among the 30 student-athletes tabbed as candidates, giving the Big Ten the most of any conference in the country. The field of 30 candidates will be trimmed to 10 semifinalists midway through the regular season, with those names being placed on a national ballot. The ballot will then be distributed through a nationwide voting system to media, Division I coaches and fans who select one finalist.

An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.

Weekend Schedule

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November 5
Ohio State at # 9 Indiana - 1 p.m. ET
Wisconsin at Penn State - 2 p.m. ET
Northwestern at Michigan - 5 p.m. ET

What does it Mean to be a Spartan?

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9:30 p.m.: It was a good night here in Spartan country. Many students and Spartan fans came out to see the Stagg-Paterno trophy on its first day in East Lansing.  The second stop on the tour was at the women's basketball game.  The defending Big Ten Champs kicked off their season with a dominating 94-31 exhibition win over Lake Superior State.

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Another item on our list of reasons of what it means to be a Spartan is the amount of support that surrounds our athletic teams. Whether it's our hockey coach attending a football game or our baseball coach attending a hockey game, there is a strong bond between our athletic teams, coaches and fans that help build what us in East Lansing like to call 'Spartan Pride'. Some members of the men's basketball team and their coach Tom Izzo came out to support the women's team tonight. The men's basketball team is back in action tomorrow when it competes in an exhibition game against Hillsdale at 7 p.m. The trophy will be making a stop at this game from 6:15- 8:30 p.m. You can come take your picture with the trophy outside of section 129.


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Some MSU student-athletes took the time out of their busy practice schedules to share with us what it means to them to be a Spartan.  Check out senior quarterback Kirk Cousins, sophomore linebacker Max Bullough, senior wide receiver B.J. Cunningham, senior field hockey back Holly Sherman and junior ice hockey captain Torey Krug all had to say about what it means to have Spartan pride in the video posted below.