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
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
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.
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' 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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
November 18 NORTHWESTERN at TYR Invitational - ALL DAY  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  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  MICHIGAN at Pittsburgh Invitational (Diving Only) - Noon ET
November 18 ILLINOIS at TYR Invitational - ALL DAY  NEBRASKA at TYR Invitational - ALL DAY  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  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  OHIO STATE at Pittsburgh Invitational - ALL DAY MICHIGAN at Pittsburgh Invitational (Diving Only) - Noon ET
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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)
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)
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).
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.
MICHIGAN at Minneapolis Grand Prix - 10 a.m. CT  Minnesota at Minnepolis Grand Prix - 10 a.m. CT  OHIO STATE at Miami (Ohio) - 5 p.m. ET
MICHIGAN STATE vs. Grand Valley State University - 6 p.m. ET  WISCONSIN at NORTHWESTERN - 5 p.m. CT
MICHIGAN at Minneapolis Grand Prix - 10 a.m. CT  Minnesota at Minnepolis Grand Prix - 10 a.m. CT  UIC/North Dakota at NORTHWESTERN - 11 a.m. CT
MICHIGAN at Minneapolis Grand Prix - 10 a.m. CT 
Minnesota at Minnepolis Grand Prix - 10 a.m. CT  Legend  Minneapolis, Minn  Jenison, Mich.
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.
Nov. 11 MINNESOTA at Minnesota Grand Prix - All Day  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 
Nov. 12 MINNESOTA at Minnesota Grand Prix - All Day  Ohio at OHIO STATE - 1 p.m. ET
Nov. 13 MINNESOTA at Minnesota Grand Prix - All Day 
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.
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 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 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)
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 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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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!
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 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.
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
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.
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.
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
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!
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
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
ILLINOIS at Schwartz Tennis Challenge  INDIANA at Western Michigan Invitational IOWA at Schwartz Tennis Challenge  MICHIGAN at ASU Thunderbird  MICHIGAN STATE at Green and White Invite  MINNESOTA at Kitty Harrison Invitational  NORTHWESTERN at ASU Thunderbird  OHIO STATE at ASU Thunderbird  WISCONSIN at Green and White Invite 
Legend  West Lafayette, Ind.  Tempe, Ariz.  East Lansing, Mich.  Chapel Hill, N.C.
ILLINOIS at ITA National Indoor Championships  INDIANA at ITA National Indoor Championships  MICHIGAN at ITA National Indoor Championships  MINNESOTA at Gopher Invitational OHIO STATE at ITA National Indoor Championships  PURDUE at ITA National Indoor Championships 
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hope you all are having as much fun as I am on the Michigan
State stop of the tour so far! Make sure to tweet at @B1gMobileTour what it
means to be a Spartan. The Stagg-Paterno trophy will be up early tomorrow,
making a stop at the WLNS-TV parking lot for their morning show. It then heads
on over to the Brody cafeteria from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. for some lunch. Have a great
night Big Ten country and GO GREEN!
1:00 p.m.: It's finally here! The Stagg-Paterno trophy has arrived on
the campus of MSU and swung by the MSU Union to make its first stop. The Union
is a place where students can come to study, grab coffee, some ice cream
from the Dairy Store (my favorite part) or even go bowling! The Diary Store
features flavors that represent every school in the Big Ten and its most recent
addition is Huskers Sweet Corn ice cream. The Union is a building that has
reserved its place on the lengthy list of reasons of what it means to be a