January 2012 Archives

Tuesday's Results

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ILLINOIS (rv/-) def. #9/10 MICHIGAN STATE, 42-41
Brandon Paul shook off a poor-shooting game to score 18 points, including two free throws with 45 seconds left that gave Illinois the lead in a 42-41 victory over No. 9 Michigan State on Tuesday night. RECAP & BOX SCORE

#19/20 WISCONSIN def. PENN STATE, 52-46
The Nittany Lions fell to the Badgers of Wisconsin in the Bryce Jordan Center tonight, 52-46. No. 19 Wisconsin was the fourth-straight ranked opponent Penn State has met. RECAP & BOX SCORE

Tuesday's Schedule

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Another exciting week of Big Ten men's basketball tips off with a pair of games tonight. Click HERE for the Big Ten's weekly release, and click the links below for each team's game notes.

 

#9/10 MICHIGAN STATE at ILLINOIS (rv/-), 7 p.m., ESPN

#19/20 WISCONSIN at PENN STATE, 8 p.m., BTN

 

All times ET

In the Polls

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Big Ten wrestling is well-represented in a relatively unchanged NWCA/USA Today Division I Coaches Poll, with eight teams earning top-25 status. Six Big Ten squads hold top-10 spots, led by No. 2 Penn State. Minnesota checks in at No. 4, while Iowa moves up one spot to No. 5. Ohio State follows at No. 6, while Nebraska remains at No. 7 and Illinois holds No. 8. Michigan ranks 12th nationally, followed by No. 18 Northwestern.

Click here to see the complete poll.

Weekly Rankings

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All seven Big Ten men's gymnastics teams appear in the top 12 of the GymInfo National Team Rankings, with five checking in in the top 10. Illinois remains at No. 2 this week with a team season average of 348.000, while No. 3 Penn State (346.750) and No. 4 Ohio State (346.125) following closely. Minnesota moves up two spots to No. 6 at 340.967, while Michigan stands at No. 8 (339.367). Nebraska ranks 11th nationally (333.483), while Iowa follows at No. 12 (325.033).

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Monday's Result

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Wisconsin 66, Michigan 60
MADISON, Wis. -- Wisconsin held off a late charge by Michigan to earn a 66-60 victory at the Kohl Center Monday night. The Wolverines used a 16-0 run to tie the game at 47, but the Badgers went 6-of-7 from the free throw line to hold on for their third consecutive Big Ten Conference victory. Wurtz led all scorers with 21 points, while Jade Davis tied her season high with 13. Rochel and Paige both chipped in nine points. Anya Covington pulled down eight rebounds and Wurtz collected seven as Wisconsin outrebounded Michigan 35-32. RECAP

Monday's Schedule

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Michigan at Wisconsin, 7:30 p.m. ET, BTN

Weekly Rankings

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Seven women's gymnastics teams appear in the top 25 of the GymInfo National Rankings, giving the Big Ten the most of any conference in the country. Nebraska leads the way for the conference contingent at No. 9, boasting a team season average of 195.900. Penn State follows at No. 10 with a season average of 195.869, while Ohio State checks in at No. 11 with an average of 195.519. Illinois ranks 19th nationally (194.500), followed by No. 22 Michigan (194.2292), No. 24 Iowa (194.181) and No. 25 Minnesota (194.006).

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Four Big Ten Teams Rank in Top 20 of Latest AP Poll

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The Big Ten is one of only two conferences in the nation to have four or more teams ranked in the top 20 of the Associated Press (AP) poll that was released on Monday, behind only the Big East's five top-20 squads. It will mark the eighth time this season the Big Ten has had four teams ranked in one or both polls. Ohio State appears at No. 11 in this week's rankings, while Purdue checks in at No. 15. Nebraska moves up three spots to No. 16 this week after wins over Iowa and Illinois last week. Penn State checks in at No. 19 to round out the top-20 Big Ten teams in the week's AP poll. Following its win over the Lady Lions on Sunday, Michigan State is among other squads also receiving votes this week.

Hoke Named Maxwell Collegiate Coach of Year

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The Maxwell Football Club, the oldest football club in America, announced that University of Michigan head football coach Brady Hoke has been named its Collegiate Coach of the Year for the 2011 season. Hoke was named the 19th head coach in school history on Jan. 11, 2011. The former assistant coach at U-M (1995-2002) led the Wolverines to an 11-2 record (6-2 Big Ten) and Allstate Sugar Bowl victory in his first season. Nationally, Hoke became one of eight coaches to direct a team to a Bowl Championship Series (BCS) game in his first season, while he became the third coach to direct a team to a BCS victory in his first season. The Big Ten coaches voted Hoke as the recipient of the Hayes-Schembechler Coach of the Year award, while the Big Ten media named him the Dave McClain Coach of the Year. He was also named a finalist for three other national Coach of the Year awards: Bear Bryant, Eddie Robinson and Liberty Mutual. Hoke is the third Michigan coach to be honored by the Maxwell Football Club joining Lloyd Carr in 1997 and Bo Schembechler in 1989.

Weekend Roundup

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With the Big Ten wrestling regular season winding down, six of the 12 conference teams still have a shot at the dual-meet title. Iowa handed Minnesota its first conference loss of the season on Sunday, but the Gophers remain in first place in the Big Ten at 6-1. Nebraska won back-to-back duals and Penn State topped Ohio State en route to a tie for second place at 5-1. After winning two contests last week, Illinois is tied with the Hawkeyes in fourth at 5-2, while Michigan is in sixth at 4-2 after splitting a pair of duals over the weekend. The complete roundup of Big Ten action can be found below.

JANUARY 27
#8 ILLINOIS def. #18 NORTHWESTERN, 26-10
#3 MINNESOTA def. #11 MICHIGAN, 23-15
#7 NEBRASKA def. MICHIGAN STATE, 27-8

JANUARY 29
#8 ILLINOIS def. INDIANA, 29-10
#6 IOWA def. #3 MINNESOTA, 19-17
#11 MICHIGAN def. MICHIGAN STATE, 26-9
#7 NEBRASKA def. WISCONSIN, 36-0
#18 NORTHWESTERN def. PURDUE, 21-18
#2 PENN STATE def. #5 OHIO STATE, 34-9

Sunday's Results

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#4/3 OHIO STATE def. #20/22 MICHIGAN, 64-49
Lenzelle Smith Jr. scored 17 points and had a career-high 12 rebounds as No. 4 Ohio State flexed its muscle inside to beat No. 20 Michigan 64-49 on Sunday, keeping the Buckeyes in a first-place tie in the Big Ten. RECAP & BOX SCORE

#16/17 INDIANA def. IOWA, 103-89
Freshman Cody Zeller scored a season-high 26 points to help No. 16 Indiana defeat Iowa 103-89 on Sunday night.

Zeller made 11 of 12 shots and had four assists and three steals for the Hoosiers, who scored more than 100 points in a conference game for the first time since defeating Iowa 110-79 on March 12, 1995. RECAP & BOX SCORE

Sunday's Results

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#19/21 Nebraska 67, Illinois 47
Champaign, Ill. - Lindsey Moore scored a game-high 20 points and Jordan Hooper produced her 10th double-double of the year with 12 points and a career-high 16 rebounds to lead the No. 19 Nebraska women's basketball team a 67-47 win at Illinois on Sunday afternoon. With the victory, Nebraska improved to 18-3 overall and 7-2 in the Big Ten by notching its fourth Big Ten road win. Illinois slipped to 7-15 overall and 1-8 in the conference. Moore, a junior point guard from Covington, Wash., scored seven straight points in a crucial stretch late in the second half to seal the win for the Huskers to secure her sixth 20-point game of the season and 12th of her career. Moore added four rebounds, three assists and three steals. RECAP

Minnesota 76, #9/9 Ohio State 65
The University of Minnesota women's basketball team shocked No. 9/9 Ohio State 76-65 Sunday afternoon in front of a Williams Arena crowd of 5,626. The triumph moves the Gophers to 12-11 overall and 4-5 in Big Ten Conference play, while the Buckeyes suffered only their second loss of the season to drop to 20-2 overall and 7-2 in league action. It was the first time the Gophers had defeated a ranked opponent since March 22, 2009, when it took down No. 23/20 Notre Dame in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament, while it was the first time the squad beat a ranked team at Williams Arena since clinching a 79-70 win over the Buckeyes on Jan. 24, 2008. The Maroon and Gold had four players score in double-figures in the victory, led by freshman Rachel Banham's 20 points. Senior Kiara Buford added 15 points, while Katie Loberg and Kionna Kelloggchipped in 13 and 11 points, respectively. RECAP

Michigan State 83, #18/19 Penn State 77
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Porsche Poole scored a career-high 32 points and Michigan State rallied to beat No. 18 Penn State 83-77 on Sunday. Following a 28-point effort in a loss to Illinois, Poole was 10-for-15 from the field, including hitting three 3-pointers, for the Spartans (13-9, 5-4 Big Ten). She also had six rebounds, six assists and three steals. The win ended a three-game skid for Michigan State and completed a sweep of the Nittany Lions (16-5, 6-3). The Spartans jumped out to a 22-point halftime lead and won 75-65 on Jan. 7. It was much tougher this time in a game neither team led by more than nine points. But with 16 points and 12 rebounds from Lykendra Johnson and 13 points and six assists from Kiana Johnson, Michigan State was just a bit quicker. RECAP

Northwestern 68, Indiana 61
EVANSTON, Ill.-- Northwestern fought off a late comeback bid by Indiana to claim a 68-61 victory at Welsh-Ryan Arena Sunday afternoon. Both Dannielle Diamant (22 points, 11 rebounds) and Kendall Hackney (16 points, 11 rebounds) posted double-doubles for NU, the first duo to do so this year. With the win, the Wildcats swept the season series for the first time since the 1996-97 season and improved to 13-9. Morgan Jones also notched 17 points for Northwestern, marking the fourth time this season that three `Cats have recorded 15 or more points in a game. RECAP

Sunday's Schedule

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#19/21 Nebraska at Illinois, 1 p.m., BTN.com
#9/9 Ohio State at Minnesota, 1 p.m., BTN
#18/19 Penn State at Michigan State, 3 p.m., ESPN2
Indiana at Northwestern, 3 p.m., BTN.com

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Sunday's Schedule

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Big Ten men's basketball action continues with a pair of games on Sunday. Click the links below for each team's game notes.

 

#20/22 MICHIGAN at #4/3 OHIO STATE, 1 p.m., CBS Sports

IOWA at #16/17 INDIANA, 6 p.m., BTN

 

All times ET

Saturday's Results

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PURDUE def. NORTHWESTERN, 58-56
Northwestern's dynamic duo of John Shurna and Drew Crawford combined for 38 total points, but the joint effort wasn't enough as Purdue escaped from Welsh-Ryan Arena with a 58-56 victory on Saturday afternoon. RECAP & BOX SCORE

MINNESOTA def. ILLINOIS (rv/rv), 77-72 (OT)
Minnesota rallied from a six-point deficit with 3:57 remaining in regulation, then scored nine of the first 12 points in overtime to defeat Illinois, 77-72, on Saturday night before a sellout crowd of 14,625 at Williams Arena. The Golden Gophers improved to 16-6 (4-5 Big Ten) with the victory. Austin Hollins and Chip Armelin led the team in scoring with 13 points each. RECAP & BOX SCORE

Saturday's Result

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Iowa 59, Purdue 42
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa women's basketball team got the signature victory it was looking for Saturday on Mediacom Court inside Carver-Hawkeye arena, defeating 13th-ranked Purdue, 59-42, and halting the Boilermakers' 11-game winning streak. It was Purdue's first loss in Big Ten Conference play, dropping it to 8-1 and 18-4 overall. The Hawkeyes posted their first victory over a ranked team, and it improved the team's record to 12-10 overall and 4-5 in Big Ten action. "I can't tell you what a happy locker room that was," said UI head coach Lisa Bluder. "They deserved it. I'm so happy for this group because it's been a tough January. You play eight teams that are in the top-25, and we finally got one." RECAP

Saturday's Schedule

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#13/17 Purdue at Iowa, 3 p.m. ET, BTN

Saturday's Schedule

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Big Ten men's basketball action continues with a pair of games on Saturday. Click the links below for each team's game notes.

 

PURDUE at NORTHWESTERN, 4 p.m., ESPN2

ILLINOIS (rv/rv) at MINNESOTA, 8 p.m., BTN

 

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Weekend Schedule

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January 27
ILLINOIS vs. Winthrop [1]
IOWA STATE at MINNESOTA

January 28
Maryland at MICHIGAN [1]
Western Michigan at INDIANA
Dartmouth at NORTHWESTERN [1]
PURDUE at ITA Kickoff
OHIO STATE at Florida State [1]
Creighton at MINNESOTA
NEBRASKA vs. Arkansas [1]
Butler at INDIANA
ILLINOIS at ITA Kickoff
WISCONSIN at ITA Kickoff

Legend

[1] ITA Kickoff

Weekend Schedule

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January 27
OHIO STATE at ITA Kickoff

January 28
IOWA at William & Mary [1]
OHIO STATE at ITA Kickoff
St. Bonaventure at PENN STATE
Butler at WISCONSIN
MICHIGAN vs. Texas Tech [1]
INDIANA vs. Notre Dame [1]
Lehigh at PENN STATE
PURDUE at Texas A&M [1]
IOWA vs. Dartmouth [1]
Western Illinois at WISCONSIN

Legend

[1] ITA Kickoff

Weekend Schedule

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ILLINOIS, NEBRASKA at Mark Colligan Memorial [1]
INDIANA, MICHIGAN STATE, PURDUE at Indiana Relays
IOWA at Razorback Invite [2]
MICHIGAN at W.A Brown Invitational [3]
MINNESOTA, WISCONSIN at Bill Bergen Classic [4]
MINNESOTA at St. Olaf Open [5]
PENN STATE at Penn State National
PURDUE at Hoosier Indoor Invitational

Legend
[1] Lincoln, Neb.
[2] Fayetteville, Ark.
[3] Annapolis, Md.
[4] Ames, Iowa
[5] Northfield, Minn.

Weekend Schedule

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INDIANA, MICHIGAN STATE, PURDUE at Indiana Relays
ILLINOIS, NEBRASKA at Mark Colligan Memorial [1]
IOWA at Razorback Invitational [2]
MINNESOTA at Minnesota State Open
OHIO STATE at Rod McCravy Memorial [3]
PENN STATE at Penn State National

Legend
[1] Lincoln, Neb.
[2] Fayetteville, Ark.
[3] Lexington, Ky.

Weekend Schedule

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January 27
IOWA at Shamrock Invitational - ALL DAY [1]
NORTHWESTERN at Northwestern Invitational - 5 p.m. CT
MICHIGAN, PENN STATE at OHIO STATE - 6 p.m. ET
MINNESOTA, PURDUE at WISCONSIN - 6 p.m. CT [2]

January 28
IOWA at Shamrock Invitational - ALL DAY [1]
NORTHWESTERN at Northwestern Invitational - 10 a.m. CT
Louisville at INDIANA - Noon ET
MICHIGAN, PENN STATE at OHIO STATE - Noon ET
MINNESOTA, PURDUE at WISCONSIN - Noon CT [2]

Legend
[1] Notre Dame, Ind.
[2] B1G Triple Duals

Weekend Schedule

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January 27
IOWA at Shamrock Invitational - ALL DAY [1]
OHIO STATE at Shamrock Invitational - ALL DAY [1]
Villanova at PENN STATE - 5 p.m. ET
NORTHWESTERN at Northwestern Invitational - 5 p.m. CT
MICHIGAN STATE at MICHIGAN - 6 p.m. ET
ILLINOIS, MINNESOTA, PURDUE, WISCONSIN at B1G Quad Meet - 6 p.m. CT [2]

January 28
IOWA at Shamrock Invitational - ALL DAY [1]
OHIO STATE at Shamrock Invitational - ALL DAY [1]
NORTHWESTERN at NU Invitational - 10 a.m. CT
Louisville at INDIANA - Noon ET
Iowa State at NEBRASKA - 1 p.m. CT
ILLINOIS, MINNESOTA, PURDUE, WISCONSIN at B1G Quad Meet - Noon CT [2]

Legend
[1] Notre Dame, Ind.
[2] Minneapolis, Minn.

Prahalis, Bentley Named to Wooden Award Midseason List

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Two Big Ten women's basketball players were named to the 2012 Wooden Award Midseason Top 20 list, it was announced today. Ohio State's Samantha Prahalis and Penn State's Alex Bentley were among 20 players around the country named to the midseason watch list, the second time Prahalis was named a midseason watch member and the first such honor for Bentley. The winner will be honored at an awards gala on April 6.

Weekend Schedule

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JANUARY 28
#25 ILLINOIS at Tinervin Cup - Coral Springs, Fla.

Weekend Schedule

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JANUARY 27-28
#4 PENN STATE at West Point Open - 7 p.m. ET

JANUARY 28
#7 MICHIGAN/#1 Oklahoma at #2 ILLINOIS - 5 p.m. CT
#14 IOWA at #12 Illinois-Chicago - 5 p.m. CT
#8 MINNESOTA at #10 Air Force - 5 p.m. MT
#9 NEBRASKA/#5 California at #6 Stanford - 7 p.m. PT

Weekend Schedule

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JANUARY 27
#14 ILLINOIS at #19 MICHIGAN - 6 p.m. ET
#23 IOWA at Iowa State - 6:30 p.m. CT
#11 OHIO STATE at Pittsburgh - 7 p.m. ET

JANUARY 28
#9 PENN STATE at MINNESOTA - 6 p.m. CT
#20 Missouri at #4 NEBRASKA - 6 p.m. CT
Illinois State at MICHIGAN STATE - 7 p.m. ET

Weekend Schedule

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JANUARY 27
#18 NORTHWESTERN at #8 ILLINOIS - 5 p.m. CT
BTN
#7 NEBRASKA at MICHIGAN STATE - 7 p.m. ET
BTN.com, BTN (1/30, 2 p.m. ET)
#11 MICHIGAN at #3 MINNESOTA - 7:30 p.m. CT
BTN.com, BTN (1/30, 4 p.m. ET)

JANUARY 29
#7 NEBRASKA at WISCONSIN - 1 p.m. CT
BTN.com, BTN (2/2, 4 p.m. ET)
#18 NORTHWESTERN at PURDUE - 1 p.m. ET
#8 ILLINOIS at INDIANA - 2 p.m. ET
BTN.com, BTN (2/1, 2 p.m. ET)
MICHIGAN STATE at #11 MICHIGAN - 2 p.m. ET
BTN.com, BTN (2/2, 2 p.m. ET)
#5 OHIO STATE at #2 PENN STATE - 2 p.m. ET
BTN.com, BTN (1/31, 4 p.m. ET)
#3 MINNESOTA at #6 IOWA - 3 p.m. CT
BTN

Thursday's Results

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Ohio State 73, Indiana 55
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) -- Ohio State coach Jim Foster never flinched, even though his Buckeyes (No. T-9 ESPN/USA Today, No. 9 AP) trailed last-place Indiana at halftime. Even with Ohio State a game behind Purdue for the Big Ten lead and seemingly on the verge of slipping against a Hoosier team that was winless in conference play, Foster remained calm. His team showed why. Samantha Prahalis had 18 points and nine assists to help the Buckeyes beat Indiana 73-55 Thursday night. RECAP

Penn State 77, Michigan 56
Ann Arbor, Mich. - The No. 18/19 Penn State Lady Lions (16-4, 6-2) shot 56.1% from the field, including 66.7% in the second half, on the way to a dominating 77-56 win at Michigan (16-5, 5-3) Thursday night. The Lady Lions are 4-0 in Big Ten road games this season, marking the first time since the 2003-04 season that PSU opened the conference slate perfect through its first four games. Sophomore guard Maggie Lucas posted her 11th 20-point game of the season with 23 tallies via a 10-for-13 effort from the field. She also pulled in eight rebounds with four assists and two steals. Junior Alex Bentley had a solid all-around game with 18 points, eight assists, four rebounds and a steal. With the performance, Bentley moves into 25th place on Penn State's all-time scoring chart. RECAP

Wisconsin 78, Minnesota 72
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -- A late run by the Gophers was stopped short by a strong Badger offense, as the Wisconsin women's basketball team defeated Minnesota, 78-72, Thursday night at Williams Arena in Minneapolis.Wisconsin (7-13, 3-5 Big Ten) took the lead just over a minute into the first half and didn't relent for its second-consecutive Big Ten win. The Gophers (11-11, 3-5 Big Ten) made a 7-0 run to bring the score within five with 3:27 to go, but three free throws in the final 16 seconds by Morgan Paige clinched the win for the Badgers. RECAP

Illinois 71, Michigan State 62
East Lansing, Mich. - Junior Adrienne GodBold provided the game-tying rebound with 9.4 seconds remaining in regulation, then the go-ahead basket on the first possession of overtime to help Illinois to a much-needed and earned 71-62 victory over Michigan State in East Lansing. The effort marked the first Big Ten win for Illinois (7-14, 1-7), who have had a number of heartbreaking defeats in the first half of the conference season. It was also the first victory for the Illini at Michigan State (12-9, 4-4) since 2003. "We focused on playing hard for 40 minutes or in this case 45 minutes," GodBold said. "Even when they made a run, we didn't drop our heads at all. We stuck together and played total team basketball." RECAP

Nebraska 60, Iowa 53
Lincoln - Jordan Hooper notched her ninth double-double with 22 points and a career-high 15 rebounds to lead the No. 19 Nebraska women's basketball team to a 60-53 win over Iowa at the Bob Devaney Sports Center on Thursday night. With the victory, which gave Nebraska a regular-season sweep of the Hawkeyes, the Huskers improved to 17-3 overall and 6-2 in the Big Ten. Iowa slipped to 11-10 overall and 3-5 in the Big Ten with all five of its losses to top-25 teams. Hooper, a 6-2 sophomore forward from Alliance, Neb., hit 7-of-14 shots from the field, including 3-of-6 three-pointers, while connecting on 5-of-6 free throws. RECAP

Purdue 80, Northwestern 70
EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) - Courtney Moses scored a career-high 29 points and KK Houser added 21 to help No. 13 Purdue win its 11th in a row, 80-70 over Northwestern on Thursday night. The Big Ten's only unbeaten women's team, the Boilermakers (18-3, 8-0) never trailed after Houser's baseline 3 pointer opened a 28-26 lead with 6:20 left in the first half. Dannielle Diamant scored 21 points, and Morgan Jones and Kendall Hackney each had 13 for the Wildcats, losers of four of their last five. Northwestern (12-9, 2-6) rallied from a 13 point deficit to make it 70-64 with 1:31 to play but never got closer. RECAP

Thursday's Results

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NEBRASKA def. IOWA, 79-73
The University of Iowa needed more than Devon Archie's poster-worthy dunk over Nebraska center Jorge Brian Diaz on Thursday in Carver-Hawkeye Arena. RECAP & BOX SCORE

#25/25 WISCONSIN def. #16/17 INDIANA, 57-50
Ben Brust scored 13 points and No. 25 Wisconsin continued its recent rebound in the Big Ten, beating No. 16 Indiana 57-50 on Thursday night. RECAP & BOX SCORE

Thursday's Schedule

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Big Ten men's basketball continues on Thursday with a two games, including one matchup between a pair of top-25 teams. Click the links below for each team's game notes.

 

NEBRASKA at IOWA, 7 p.m., ESPNU

#16/17 INDIANA at #25/25 WISCONSIN, 9 p.m., ESPN2

 

All times ET

Required Reading

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ESPN.com's Dana O'Neil profiles Illinois' Meyers Leonard.

Ohio State's Jared Sullinger and Michigan State's Draymond Green are among the top 10 candidates for National Player of the Year, according to Jeff Goodman and Gary Parrish of CBSSports.com.

Jeff Borzello of CBSSports.com has Indiana's Cody Zeller and Michigan's Trey Burke among his top five candidates for National Freshman of the Year.

CBSSports.com's Jerry Palm currently has nine Big Ten teams making the NCAA Tournament.

Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo reacts to winning his 400th career game.

Big Ten teams had not just one, but two alley-oop attempts that turned into 3-pointers last night.

Tickets and t-shirts are still available for Illinois' "Operation Blue-Out" game vs. Michigan State on Jan. 31.

Iowa freshman Aaron White is adapting to college life on the court and in the classroom.

MSUSports.com's Steve Grinczel reflects back on Tom Izzo's 400th career win.

Minnesota play-by-play man Mike Grimm takes you inside the Gophers' film room.

Read about Purdue's Joe Barry Carroll, a "Legend of Mackey."

Bo Ryan and the Wisconsin coaching staff will be wearing sneakers during tonight's game to benefit Coaches vs. Cancer.

Thursday's Schedule

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Wednesday's Results

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#4/3 OHIO STATE def. PENN STATE, 78-54
Jared Sullinger had 20 points and 13 rebounds, and No. 4 Ohio State took advantage of Penn State's slow start to roll to a 78-54 victory on Wednesday night. RECAP & BOX SCORE

#10/11 MICHIGAN STATE def. MINNESOTA, 68-52
Draymond Green had 22 points, 14 rebounds and six assists to help No. 10 Michigan State beat Minnesota 68-52 Wednesday night and give coach Tom Izzo his 400th win. RECAP & BOX SCORE

Wednesday's Schedule

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Big Ten men's basketball continues on Wednesday night with a BTN doubleheader. Click the links below for each team's game notes.

 

PENN STATE at #4/3 OHIO STATE, 6:30 p.m., BTN

MINNESOTA at #10/11 MICHIGAN STATE, 8:30 p.m., BTN

 

All times ET

In The Polls

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Six teams represent the Big Ten in the latest CSCAA Top 25 Poll, as announced on Wednesday. Michigan sits at No. 4, Ohio State checks in at No. 9 and Indiana is No. 11. Iowa appears at No. 14, Minnesota is No. 16 and Purdue follows suit at No. 17.

For the complete list, click here.

In The Polls

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Six Big Ten teams appear in the latest CSCAA Top 25 Poll, as announced on Wednesday. Indiana appears at No. 12, followed by Ohio State at No. 14. Minnesota sits at No. 15, Michigan checks in at No. 17, Wisconsin is No. 19 and Penn State is No. 20.

For the complete poll, click here.

The Big Ten leads all conferences with five players named finalists for the men's and women's basketball Lowe's Senior Class Awards.

Michigan's Zack Novak, Michigan State's Draymond Green, Ohio State's William Buford and Purdue's Robbie Hummel were named among the 10 finalists for the men's honor, while the Boilermakers' Brittany Rayburn is a finalist for the women's award.

The Big Ten is the only conference with multiple finalists for the men's accolade, while Purdue is the only school with a finalist for the men's and women's honors. The awards are given to Division I seniors with notable achievements in the areas of community, character and competition.

Nationwide fan voting begins immediately to determine the winners. Fans are encouraged to vote on either the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award website or the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award Facebook fan page through March 18. COMPLETE RELEASE

Tuesday's Results

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#20/22 MICHIGAN def. PURDUE, 66-64
Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 19 points to help No. 20 Michigan defeat Purdue 66-64 on Tuesday night.

Jordan Morgan had 12 points and seven rebounds, Stu Douglass scored 12 points and Evan Smotrycz added 10 points for the Wolverines (16-5, 6-2), who entered the game in a tie for first place in the Big Ten. RECAP & BOX SCORE

In The Polls

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Six Big Ten teams appear in the latest Campbells/ITA College Tennis Rankings, as announced on Tuesday. Michigan checks in at No. 10, while Northwestern sits at No. 12. Nebraska appears at No. 39, Ohio State clocks in at No. 56, Purdue is No. 59 and Illinois is No. 68.

For the complete rankings, click here.

In The Polls

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Ten Big Ten squads appear in the latest Campbell/ITA College Tennis Rankings, as announced on Tuesday. Ohio State remains at No. 3, while Illinois moves up to No. 15. Minnesota appears at No. 25, Indiana clocks in at No. 29 and Michigan is No. 31. Nebraska and Michigan State come in at No. 39 and No. 53, respectively, followed by Northwestern at No. 65, Purdue at No. 72 and Wisconsin at No. 74.

For the complete rankings, click here.

Tuesday's Schedule

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Big Ten men's basketball action continues on Tuesday night. Click HERE to read this week's Big Ten men's basketball release, and click the links below for each team's game notes.

 

#20/22 MICHIGAN at PURDUE, 7 p.m. ET, ESPN

In the Polls

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Eight Big Ten wrestling teams appear in the latest NWCA/USA Today Division I Coaches Poll, including six teams in the top 10. Penn State moved into No. 2 this week, while Minnesota also moved up one spot to No. 3. Ohio State jumped two spots to No. 5, while Iowa dropped from No. 2 to No. 6. Nebraska holds No. 7 for the second straight week, while Illinois fell to No. 8. Michigan checks in at No. 11, while Northwestern remains at No. 18 in the latest edition.

Click here to see the complete poll.

Ranking the Wrestlers

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Big Ten teams landed 65 wrestlers in this week's InterMat College Rankings, with four earning the top ranking in their weight class. Michigan 141-pounder Kellen Russell reclaimed the No. 1 spot in his class this week, while Minnesota 125-pounder Zach Sanders and Penn State 149-pounder Frank Molinaro and 165-pounder David Taylor retain their top rankings. The Nittany Lions have earned another week atop the team rankings, with 103 points based on the individual rankings, which is 22 points higher than No. 2 Oklahoma State. The complete breakdown of ranked Big Ten teams and wrestlers can be found below.

Team
1. Penn State (1 last week)
3. Minnesota (2)
5. Iowa (4)
6. Michigan (T-9)
8. Ohio State (12)
10. Nebraska (8)
15. Illinois (16)
23. Northwestern (21)
T-30. Indiana (31)
35. Michigan State (37)
T-37. Purdue (T-33)
T-41. Wisconsin (T-41)

125
1. Zach Sanders, MINN (1)
2. Matt McDonough, IOWA (2)
5. Jesse Delgado, ILL (5)
8. Nico Megaludis, PSU (10)
9. Levi Mele, NU (7)
15. Johnni DiJulius, OSU (16)

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

141
1. Kellen Russell, MICH (2)
5. Jake Sueflohn, NEB (6)
6. Hunter Stieber, OSU (7)
7. Montell Marion, IOWA (3)
12. Nick Dardanes, MINN (16)

149
1. Frank Molinaro, PSU (1)
7. Eric Grajales, MICH (11)
11. Dylan Ness, MINN (16)
13. Ivan Lopouchanski, PUR (13)
14. Cam Tessari, OSU (15)
15. Cole Schmitt, WIS (9)
16. Eric Terrazas, ILL (10)

157
2. Jason Welch, NU (3)
7. Dylan Alton, PSU (9)
8. James Green, NEB (10)
12. Anthony Jones, MSU (13)
20. Josh Demas, OSU (NR)

165
1. David Taylor, PSU (1)
6. Robert Kokesh, NEB (3)
8. Mike Evans, IOWA (9)
10. Conrad Polz, ILL (16)
13. Ben Jordan, WIS (14)
14. Cody Yohn, MINN (6)
17. Dan Yates, MICH (17)

174
2. Ed Ruth, PSU (2)
5. Justin Zeerip, MICH (5)
7. Logan Storley, MINN (7)
8. Nick Heflin, OSU (8)
9. Ethen Lofthouse, IOWA (11)
11. Curran Jacobs, MSU (NR)
12. Jordan Blanton, ILL (12)
13. Lee Munster, NU (9)

184
2. Quentin Wright, PSU (2)
7. Josh Ihnen, NEB (7)
8. Kevin Steinhaus, MINN (8)
10. C.J. Magrum, OSU (11)
19. Braden Atwood, PUR (19)

197
3. Matt Powless, IND (4)
6. Sonny Yohn, MINN (3)
12. Morgan McIntosh, PSU (12)
13. Tyler Dickenson, MSU (13)
15. Max Huntley, MICH (15)
16. Mario Gonzalez, ILL (NR)
20. Andrew Campolattano, OSU (NR)

HWT
4. Tony Nelson, MINN (4)
6. Cameron Wade, PSU (6)
9. Tucker Lane, NEB (9)
10. Bobby Telford, IOWA (8)
11. Ben Apland, MICH (15)
15. Mike McMullan, NU (19)
16. Peter Capone, OSU (17)
18. Mike McClure, MSU (11)

In The Polls

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Michigan and Ohio State represent the Big Ten in the latest USTFCCCA/2012 Indoor Track & Field rankings, as announced on Tuesday. The Buckeyes come in at No. 14, while the Wolverines sit at No. 20.

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In The Polls

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Six Big Ten squads appear in the latest USTFCCCA/2012 Indoor Track & Field rankings, as announced on Tuesday afternoon. Indiana moves up to No. 6, Nebraska sits at No. 8 and Ohio State checks in at No. 11. Wisconsin clocks in at No. 15, Iowa is No. 17 and Minnesota sits at No. 18.

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Weekly Rankings

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All seven Big Ten men's gymnastics teams hold spots in the top 14 of this week's GymInfo National Rankings, with six owning top-10 team season averages through two weeks. Illinois leads the way for the Big Ten with a 347.100 average, good for No. 2 nationally. Ohio State (346.125) and Penn State (344.125) follow at Nos. 3 and 4. Michigan holds No. 7 (339.500), while No. 8 Minnesota (338.750) and No. 9 Nebraska (333.925) also hold top-10 averages. Iowa rounds out the group at No. 14 (321.500).

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Four Teams Appear in Preseason Polls

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Four Big Ten softball teams appeared in one or both preseason polls released by USA Softball and the National Fastpitch Coaches Association on Tuesday. Michigan and Nebraska both appeared in the top 25 of both rankings, with the Wolverines checking in at No. 15 in the NFCA poll and No. 16 in the USA Softball rankings and the Huskers appearing at No. 21 in the NFCA rankings and No. 20 in the USA Softball poll. Ohio State and Northwestern were among other squads also receiving votes in the rankings released by USA Softball.

NFCA Rankings

USA Softball Rankings

Monday's Result

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Purdue 67, Michigan State 49
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) - Alex Guyton and Chelsea Jones each scored 12 points to help No. 13 Purdue defeat Michigan State 67-49 on Monday night. Brittany Rayburn scored 11 points, KK Houser finished with 10 and Courtney Moses added eight points and six assists for the Boilermakers (17-3, 7-0), who won their 10th straight and remained alone atop the Big Ten standings. Jones had 10 points in the second half and finished with six rebounds. Lykendra Johnson had 17 points and 10 rebounds and Kiana Johnson added 14 points for the Spartans (12-8, 4-3), who lost their third straight after a 4-0 start in league play. Purdue held Michigan State to 28.1 percent shooting and a season-low point total. The Boilermakers have held every opponent under 38 percent shooting during their winning streak. RECAP

Big Ten Lands 86 in First Coaches' Panel Rankings

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The NCAA released the first of three coaches' panel rankings leading up to the 2012 NCAA Wrestling Championships on Friday, with 86 Big Ten wrestlers making the initial cut. All 12 Big Ten teams have at least two wrestlers ranked in the top 33 in each weight class. Minnesota and Penn State lead the way for the conference contingent with all 10 of each team's starters listed among the ranked wrestlers, while Iowa and Ohio State follow with nine each. The Big Ten also boasts three top-ranked grapplers, as Minnesota 125-pounder Zach Sanders and Penn State 149-pounder Frank Molinaro and 165-pounder David Taylor each earned top bidding in the first set of rankings. The Nittany Lions are the only team in the country with two top-ranked wrestlers.

Click here to see the complete release from the NCAA along with the rankings.

Monday's Schedule

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Michigan State at #13/18 Purdue, 7:30 p.m. ET, BTN

Four Big Ten Teams Ranked in AP Top 20

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The Big Ten is one of only two conferences in the nation to have four or more teams ranked in the top 20 of the Associated Press (AP) poll that was released on Monday, trailing the Big East's five top-20 squads. It will mark the seventh time this season the Big Ten has had four teams ranked in one or both weekly polls. Ohio State climbs one spot to No. 9 after a pair of home wins last week, while Purdue remains steady at No. 13 heading into Monday's game against Michigan State. Penn State jumps four spots to No. 18 after claiming two wins last week, while Nebraska moves up one spot to No. 19. Michigan is among other squads also receiving votes.

Big Ten in the NFL - Conference Championships

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NaVorro Bowman, LB, San Francisco (Penn State) - Racked up 14 tackles and half of a sack in San Francisco's 23-20 overtime loss to the New York Giants in the NFC Championship Game.

Tom Brady, QB, New England (Michigan) - Threw for 239 yards on 22 of 36 passing and scored the game-winning touchdown on a one-yard rush in New England's 23-20 win over Baltimore in the AFC Championship Game.

Mario Manningham, WR, New York Giants (Michigan) - Caught a 17-yard touchdown pass to put New York ahead in the fourth quarter, helping the Giants earn a 20-17 overtime win over San Francisco.

Rob Ninkovich, LB, New England (Purdue) - Made seven tackles in New England's 23-20 win over Baltimore.

Bernard Pollard, S, Baltimore (Purdue) - Tied for the team lead with 12 tackles in Baltimore's 23-20 loss to New England.

Devin Thomas, WR, New York Giants (Michigan State) - Recovered two fumbles on special teams, including one on a punt return in overtime to put New York in position to convert on the game-winning field goal, in the Giants' 23-20 win over San Francisco.

Weekly Rankings

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Six Big Ten women's gymnastics teams hold top-25 total season average scores nationally, with Nebraska and Penn State earning top-10 marks in this week's GymInfo rankings. The Huskers lead the way for the Big Ten contingent at No. 4 with a team average of 196.575, while the Nittany Lions follow at No. 9 with a mark of 196.000. Ohio State ranks 11th (195.483) in the latest edition, followed by No. 14 Illinois (194.900) and No. 19 Michigan (194.325). Iowa rounds out the group at No. 23 (194.058).

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Weekend Roundup

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JANUARY 20
#7 NEBRASKA def. INDIANA, 23-17
#7 OHIO STATE def. #2 IOWA, 21-9
#18 NORTHWESTERN def. MICHIGAN STATE, 30-12
PURDUE (rv) def. WISCONSIN, 41-3

JANUARY 22
#6 ILLINOIS def. MICHIGAN STATE, 26-13
#3 PENN STATE def. #2 IOWA, 22-12
#10 MICHIGAN def. #19 Central Michigan, 23-14
#4 MINNESOTA def. WISCONSIN, 37-3
#7 NEBRASKA def. PURDUE, 24-9

Sunday's Results

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Michigan 66, Indiana 48
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan women's basketball team utilized balanced scoring en route to a 66-48 victory over Indiana on Sunday afternoon at Crisler Center. Junior Rachel Sheffer led the Wolverines with 16 points on 7-of-9 shooting from the floor, including 2-of-2 from the line. Senior Courtney Boylan chipped in 15 points on 7-of-13 shooting while contributing five rebounds. Junior Jenny Ryan notched seven points, along with a team-high eight rebounds, to go with three assists and two steals. RECAP

Nebraska 64, Minnesota 49
Lincoln - Jordan Hooper notched her 10th 20-point scoring performance of the season with 23 points to lead three Huskers in double figures, as the No. 20 Nebraska women's basketball rolled to a 64-49 win over Minnesota at the Devaney Center on Sunday evening. Freshman forward Emily Cady added 13 points, including a career-best three three-pointers, while pitching in seven rebounds. Fellow freshman forward Hailie Sample contributed a career-high 10 points to go along with seven rebounds for the Huskers. Hooper, a 6-2 sophomore forward, knocked down four three-pointers and grabbed seven rebounds for NU, while matching her career high with two first-half assists. RECAP

Ohio State 96, Illinois 84
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- With the game teetering on the brink, the Big Ten's dynamic duo took over for Ohio State. Tayler Hill hit the go-ahead 3-pointer and Samantha Prahalis scored eight straight Buckeyes points in the waning moments to lead 10th-ranked Ohio State past pesky Illinois 96-84 on Sunday. Prahalis finished with 28 points, Hill added 26 and Amber Stokes 16 for the Buckeyes (19-1, 6-1 Big Ten), who have won four in a row since their lone loss. RECAP

Penn State 68, Iowa 52
UNIVERSITY PARK, PA. - The No. 22/21 Penn State Lady Lions (15-4, 5-2) used a 20-2 run over the final 6:32 to erase a two-point deficit and claim a 68-52 victory over the Iowa Hawkeyes (11-9, 3-4) Sunday afternoon in front of 4,714 fans at the Bryce Jordan Center. Sophomore forward Ariel Edwards posted her first career double-double with a personal bests of 17 points and 11 rebounds. Edwards was 4-for-8 from the field and 9-for-10 from the free throw line in the best performance of her career. Junior Alex Bentley led the Lions with 21 points and tied her career-best with seven boards. Bentley also nabbed six steals, including three on Iowa's first three possessions of the game. RECAP

Wisconsin 75, Northwestern 55
MADISON, Wis. -- It all came together for the Wisconsin women's basketball team Sunday afternoon as it put up a season-high 75 points to defeat Northwestern, 75-55, in front of 8,585 fans at the Kohl Center. Anya Covington's career-high 23 points and 12 rebounds paced the Badgers. A slow start turned into an offensive showcase when Covington put Wisconsin (6-13 overall, 2-5 Big Ten) on the scoreboard with the Badgers' first bucket at 17:14. Covington scored again, giving UW the lead, 4-3, with a jumper at 15:41 and the Badgers never looked back. RECAP

Sunday's Results

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#11/13 INDIANA def. PENN STATE, 73-54
No. 11 Indiana dealt with Penn State's tough defense the only way it knew how - with a strong second half.

After a poor-shooting first half, the Hoosiers clamped down on defense in the second and shot 65 percent from the field to rally for a 73-54 victory Sunday. RECAP & BOX SCORE

WISCONSIN (rv/rv) def. #22/25 ILLINOIS, 67-63
Nothing much was working for Wisconsin's Jordan Taylor early in Sunday's game.

The Badgers guard struggled with his offense and headed to the locker room at halftime with five points on 2-of-6 shooting in the face of some tough defense by No. 22 Illinois. RECAP & BOX SCORE

MINNESOTA def. NORTHWESTERN (rv/-), 75-52
Minnesota took advantage of an icy-cold start by Northwestern to quickly build a double-digit lead, then maintained that advantage for the remainder of the game during its 75-52 victory over Northwestern on Sunday afternoon at Williams Arena. RECAP & BOX SCORE

Sunday's Schedule

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Big Ten men's basketball action continues on Sunday with a BTN tripleheader. Click the links below for each team's game notes.

 

PENN STATE at #11/13 INDIANA, Noon, BTN

WISCONSIN at #22/25 ILLINOIS, 2 p.m., BTN

NORTHWESTERN (rv/-) at MINNESOTA, 4 p.m., BTN

 

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Sunday's Schedule

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Saturday's Results

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#9/9 MICHIGAN STATE def. PURDUE, 83-58
Freshman Branden Dawson scored a season-high 14 points to help No. 9 Michigan State pull away and beat Purdue 83-58 Saturday. The Spartans moved into a tie atop the conference by stopping their second two-game skid this season. RECAP & BOX SCORE

Arkansas def. #20/19 MICHIGAN, 66-64
After trailing by as many as 20 points in the first half, the University of Michigan men's basketball team rallied to get within two, but freshman guard Trey Burke's last-second three-point attempt rolled around the rim and out, resulting in a 66-64 loss at Arkansas on Saturday afternoon inside Bud Walton Arena. RECAP & BOX SCORE

#6/6 OHIO STATE def. NEBRASKA, 79-45
Four and half minutes into the game and tied at eight, No. 6 Ohio State went on a 10-0 run to go up 18-8 and didn't look back. The Buckeyes defeated the Huskers 79-45 in front of 11,439 fans at the Devaney Center. Nebraska scored 12 points in the final 15:44 of the first half and went into halftime trailing 36-20. RECAP & BOX SCORE

Saturday's Schedule

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Three Big Ten men's basketball games are on today's schedule, including a non-conference matchup. Click the links below for game notes.

 

PURDUE at #9/9 MICHIGAN STATE, Noon, ESPN

#20/19 MICHIGAN at Arkansas, 2 p.m., CBS Sports

#6/6 OHIO STATE at NEBRASKA, 8 p.m., BTN

 

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Required Reading

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John Gasaway and Dana O'Neil say the Big Ten is the best conference in the nation in ESPN.com's latest Roundtable.

Play-by-play man Gus Johnson says the Big Ten is the best conference in the country and more in a Q&A with the Omaha World-Herald.

CBSSports.com lists Michigan State's Draymond Green and Ohio State's Jared Sullinger among its top 10 candidates for Player of the Year.

Jerry Palm has nine Big Ten teams in the NCAA Tournament in his latest predictions.

Grantland.com's Shane Ryan calls Michigan freshman Trey Burke the most exciting player in college basketball.

Steve Grinczel of MSUSpartans.com blogs about Michigan State's in-state rivalry with Michigan.

Minnesota play-by-play man Mike Grimm goes inside head coach Tubby Smith's office.

Randy York talks about Nebraska's win over Indiana and what's next to come on Huskers.com.

Nittany Nation Vice President Paul Hook talks about the Home Court Challenge.

An unpredictable conference season should make Big Ten teams more NCAA-ready, writes Wisconsin play-by-play man Matt Lepay.

Wisconsin's Jordan Taylor sits down with two other Badger All-America honorees to discuss why he came back for his senior season.

Weekend Schedule

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JANUARY 20
#1 NEBRASKA at Iowa State - 6:30 p.m. CT

JANUARY 21
George Washington at #12 OHIO STATE - 4 p.m. ET
#15 ILLINOIS at IOWA - 5 p.m. CT
#11 MICHIGAN at #24 MINNESOTA - 6 p.m. CT
MICHIGAN STATE/#5 Alabama/Cornell at #9 PENN STATE - 7 p.m. ET

Weekend Schedule

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JANUARY 21
#11 Illinois-Chicago at #7 MINNESOTA - 1 p.m. CT
#3 Oklahoma at #2 OHIO STATE - 4 p.m. ET
#4 ILLINOIS at #13 IOWA - 5 p.m. CT
#1 PENN STATE at #6 MICHIGAN - 7 p.m. ET

JANUARY 22
#9 Air Force at #10 NEBRASKA - 1 p.m. CT

Weekend Schedule

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January 20
OHIO STATE at MICHIGAN STATE - 5 p.m. ET

January 21
PURDUE at INDIANA - 10 a.m. ET *BTN (Live)
ILLINOIS at NEBRASKA - 11 a.m. CT
IOWA/Harvard at NORTHWESTERN - 11 a.m. CT
Green Bay at WISCONSIN - Noon CT
MICHIGAN at OHIO STATE - 1 p.m. ET

Weekend Schedule

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January 21
PURDUE at INDIANA - 10 p.m. ET *BTN (Live)
IOWA at NORTHWESTERN - 11 a.m. CT
Green Bay at WISCONSIN - Noon CT
Harvard at OHIO STATE - 1 p.m. ET
MICHIGAN STATE at Notre Dame - 2 p.m. ET


Weekend Schedule

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JANUARY 20
#7 NEBRASKA at INDIANA - 7 p.m. ET
BTN.com, BTN (1/23, 2 p.m. ET)
#2 IOWA at #7 OHIO STATE - 7 p.m. ET
BTN.com, BTN (1/24, Noon ET)
MICHIGAN STATE at #18 NORTHWESTERN - 7 p.m. CT
BTN.com
PURDUE (rv) at WISCONSIN - 7 p.m. CT
BTN

JANUARY 22
WISCONSIN at #4 MINNESOTA - Noon CT
BTN.com, BTN (1/25, 4 p.m. ET)
PURDUE (rv) at #7 NEBRASKA - 1 p.m. CT
MICHIGAN STATE at #6 ILLINOIS - 2 p.m. CT
#2 IOWA at #3 PENN STATE - 2 p.m. ET
BTN (10 p.m. ET)
#19 Central Michigan at #10 MICHIGAN - 2 p.m. ET
BTN.com, BTN (1/25, Noon ET)

Weekend Schedule

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January 20
PURDUE at Yale Invite - ALL DAY
Eastern Michigan/UIC at WISCONSIN - 10 a.m. CT, 3:30 p.m. CT
UMBC/Lehigh at PENN STATE - 11 a.m. ET, 4 p.m. ET
Vanderbilt at NORTHWESTERN - 11 a.m. CT
Western Illinois/Illinois State at ILLINOIS - Noon CT, 4 p.m. CT
West Virginia/Dayton at OHIO STATE - 1 p.m. ET, 6 p.m. ET

January 22
PURDUE at Yale Invite - ALL DAY
Green Bay/Milwaukee at WISCONSIN - 9 a.m. CT, 2:30 p.m. CT
INDIANA at Duke/vs. UNC Greensboro - Noon ET, 5:30 p.m. ET
Western Michigan at MICHIGAN - Noon ET
Akron at MICHIGAN STATE - Noon ET

Weekend Schedule

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January 20
Detroit Mercy/Ball State at ILLINOIS - 3 p.m. CT, 7 p.m. CT
NORTHWESTERN at Alabama - 5 p.m. CT
Mississippi State at MICHIGAN STATE - 6 p.m. ET

January 21
Duke at MICHIGAN - 6 p.m. ET
Marquette at MINNESOTA - 6:30 p.m. CT

January 22
Notre Dame at ILLINOIS - 3 p.m. CT

Weekend Schedule

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January 20
ILLINOIS at Illini Classic
INDIANA at Gladstein Invitational [1]
MINNESOTA at Jack Johnson Invitational [2]
NEBRASKA at NWU Invitational [3]

January 21
ILLINOIS at Illini Classic
INDIANA at Gladstein Invitational [1]
IOWA at adidas Invitational [4]
MICHIGAN at Simmons-Harvey Invitational [5]
MICHIGAN STATE at Notre Dame Invitational
NEBRASKA at adidas Classic [6]
PURDUE at Gene Edmonds Cup [7]
WISCONSIN at Wisconsin Elite Invitational

Legend

[1] Bloomington, Ind.
[2] Minneapolis, Minn.
[3] Lincoln, Neb.
[4] Iowa City, Iowa
[5] Ann Arbor, Mich.
[6] Lincoln, Neb.
[7] West Lafayette, Ind.

Weekend Schedule

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January 20
ILLINOIS at Illini Classic
INDIANA at Gladstein Invitational [1]
MINNESOTA at Jack Johnson Invitational [2]
NEBRASKA at NWU Invitational [3]
WISCONSIN at Wisconsin Elite Invitational

January 21
ILLINOIS at Illini Classic
INDIANA at Gladstein Invitational [1]
IOWA at adidas Invitational [4]
MICHIGAN at Simmons-Harvey Invitational [5]
MICHIGAN STATE at Notre Dame Invitational
MINNESOTA at Jack Johnson Invitational [2]
NEBRASKA at adidas Classic [6]
PURDUE at Gene Edmonds Cup [7]
WISCONSIN at Wisconsin Elite Invitational

Legend

[1] Bloomington, Ind.
[2] Minneapolis, Minn.
[3] Lincoln, Neb.
[4] Iowa City, Iowa
[5] Ann Arbor, Mich.
[6] Lincoln, Neb.
[7] West Lafayette, Ind.

Thursday's Results

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Penn State 71, Illinois 65
CHAMPAIGN, ILL. - The No. 22/21 Penn State Lady Lions (14-4, 4-2) used to gritty performance to battle a tough Illinois (6-13, 0-6) team to the end and managed to come away with the 71-65 win in Champaign Thursday night. Sophomore guard Maggie Lucas (Narberth, Pa.) was a perfect 10-for-10 from the field en route to a game-high 19 points. With the effort, Lucas surpasses the 900-point mark for her career. RECAP

Purdue 82, Indiana 60
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP)--Purdue's Antionette Howard had all the answers Thursday night. If the Boilermakers needed a defensive stop, she got it. If they needed an offensive rebound, she grabbed it. If they needed a physical presence inside, Howard was willing to scuffle. The fifth-year senior scored a season-high 20 points, had eight rebounds and a career-high four steals, leading No. 13 Purdue past archrival Indiana 82-60 with the best all-around game of her career. It was no surprise to her coach or teammates. RECAP

Iowa 69, Wisconsin 57
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- It was a game that the University of Iowa women's basketball team had to have, and the Hawkeyes found a way to get it done, downing Wisconsin, 69-57, Thursday night on Mediacom Court inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The victory snapped Iowa's two game losing streak, improving the Hawkeyes' record to 11-8 overall and 3-3 in Big Ten play. Wisconsin falls to 5-13 and 1-5 in conference play. RECAP

Minnesota 71, Michigan State 65
The University of Minnesota women's basketball team played a strong game start to finish Thursday night to hand Michigan State its second Big Ten loss of the season, 71-65, in front of the home crowd at Williams Arena. The victory was the first vs. Michigan State since Feb. 26, 2009, and the first at Williams Arena since Feb. 2 that same year, while it also gave the Spartans back-to-back losses for the first time since Jan. 2010. Minnesota shot .478 from the field in the contest, its highest field goal percentage in Big Ten play this season and its best mark since shooting .533 vs. Harvard on Dec. 10, while it also shot an impressive .711 from the free throw line, making 27 of its 38 attempts. RECAP

Michigan 58, Northwestern 48
EVANSTON, Ill. -- The University of Michigan women's basketball team picked up a 58-48 win at Northwestern on Thursday evening (Jan. 19) at the Welsh-Ryan Arena. Rachel Sheffer led the Wolverines with 12 points to go with five rebounds. Jenny Ryan tallied 10 points, a team-high eight rebounds and a game-high six steals. Sam Arnold pitched in nine points from 4-of-9 shooting from the floor. Courtney Boylan and Carmen Reynolds pitched in eight points each, with Boylan tying a career best with a game-high seven assists. Kendra Seto posted seven rebounds off the bench. RECAP

Ohio State 82, Nebraska 68
Tayler Hill had 21 points and 10 rebounds and Samantha Prahalis added 19 points and nine assists for the Buckeyes (18-1, 5-1). The game featured four of the top six scorers in the conference in Hill (first at 21.4 points per game) and Prahalis (fourth at 18.3), along with Hooper (third at 19.8) and Moore (sixth at 16.6). RECAP

Thursday's Results

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PENN STATE def. #22/25 ILLINOIS, 54-52
The Nittany Lions came back after a slow first half to beat the Fighting Illini for the second time in two years tonight, 54-52, at the Bryce Jordan Center. It was a night of firsts for the Lions as Coach Chambers notched his first win against Illinois and the team debuted their new grey jerseys on their home court. RECAP & BOX SCORE

Thursday's Schedule

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Big Ten men's basketball action continues on Thursday when Illinois puts its first-place conference record on the line at Penn State. Click the links below for each team's game notes.

 

#22/25 ILLINOIS at PENN STATE, 9 p.m. ET, ESPN2

Thursday's Schedule

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Wednesday's Results

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NEBRASKA def. #11/13 INDIANA, 70-69
The Nebraska Cornhuskers earned their second win in the Big Ten Conference with a win over No. 11 Indiana. The Huskers improve to 9-9 on the season and 2-5 in the Big Ten, while Indiana falls to 15-4 overall and 3-4 in the conference. RECAP & BOX SCORE

WISCONSIN (rv/rv) def. NORTHWESTERN (rv/-), 77-57
Jordan Taylor scored nine of his 15 points during a 17-2 run early in the second half, hitting three 3-pointers in a 1:38 span, to lead Wisconsin to a 77-57 rout of Northwestern on Wednesday night. RECAP & BOX SCORE

Wednesday's Schedule

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Big Ten men's basketball action continues on Wednesday with a pair of games on BTN. Click the links below for each team's game notes.

 

#11/13 INDIANA at NEBRASKA, 7 p.m., BTN

NORTHWESTERN (rv/-) at WISCONSIN (rv/rv), 9 p.m., BTN

 

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Seven Big Ten head coaches - Indiana's Tom Crean, Iowa's Fran McCaffery, Michigan's John Beilein, Michigan State's Tom Izzo, Ohio State's Thad Matta, Purdue's Matt Painter and Wisconsin's Bo Ryan - are participating in the Infiniti Coaches' Charity Challenge. Fan voting will determine the winner, and the winning coach's charity will receive a $100,000 donation. Click HERE to learn more about  the challenge and to vote for your favorite coaches!

Tuesday's Results

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#20/19 MICHIGAN def. #9/9 MICHIGAN STATE, 60-59
Freshman guard Trey Burke fed senior guard Stu Douglass for the go-ahead score with 35 seconds left and the Wolverine defense thwarted Michigan State's last-second try, giving the University of Michigan men's basketball team a 60-59 triumph on Tuesday inside Crisler Center. Burke scored a game-high 20 points to lead U-M to its third straight win over the Spartans. RECAP & BOX SCORE

PURDUE def. IOWA, 75-68
Robbie Hummel scored 17 points to help Purdue defeat Iowa 75-68 on Tuesday night.

Hummel also had 11 rebounds and affected the game in many ways, despite shooting just 5 for 14 from the field. RECAP & BOX SCORE

Tuesday's Schedule

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Big Ten men's basketball continues with a pair of games on Tuesday. Click HERE to read the Big Ten weekly release, and click the links below for each team's game notes.

 

#9/9 MICHIGAN STATE at #20/19 MICHIGAN, 7 p.m., ESPN

IOWA at PURDUE, 8 p.m., BTN

 

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Weekly Rankings

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After one week of competition, Penn State leads the country in total season average after scoring a 349.800 last weekend, placing the Nittany Lions atop the GymInfo Men's Gymnastics National Rankings. Top-ranked Penn State is followed by No. 2 Ohio State at 344.500, while Illinois checks in at No. 4 at 341.900. Michigan holds a 338.700 season average, good for sixth nationally, while Minnesota follows in seventh at 338.100. Nebraska rounds out the top 10 at No. 10 with an average of 331.300, while Iowa ranks 13th with a mark of 316.800.

Click here to see the complete rankings.

In the Polls

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Eight Big Ten wrestling teams appear in the NWCA/USA Today Division I Coaches Poll again this week, with a season-high seven squads holding top-10 spots in the latest edition. No. 2 Iowa, No. 3 Penn State and No. 4 Minnesota each maintain their spots in the top five, while Illinois follows at No. 6. Nebraska and Ohio State stand in a tie for No. 7 this week, while Michigan reenters the top 10, checking in at No. 10. Northwestern holds No. 18, rounding out the group of ranked Big Ten teams. Purdue is also receiving votes in the latest rankings.

Click here to see the complete poll.

Big Ten Sweeps National Player of the Week Awards

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Illinois' Brandon Paul and Purdue's Brittany Rayburn have each been honored by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association for their respective performances last week, as both were named national players of the week. Paul was selected as the Oscar Robertson Player of the Week after scoring 43 points to lead Illinois to a win over No. 5 Ohio State, while Rayburn was tabbed the Women's National Player of the Week after tying an NCAA record and setting a Big Ten mark with 12 three-pointers against Minnesota. The pair of national awards marks the first time this season that both honors have been given to players from the same conference.

Click here to read more about Paul's performance and here to read about Rayburn.

Four Named to Midseason Wooden Award List

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Indiana's Cody Zeller, Michigan State's Draymond Green and Ohio State's William Buford and Jared Sullinger were named to the 25-man Wooden Award midseason list, tying the Big Ten for the lead among all conferences with four players on the list.

Ranking the Wrestlers

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Sixty-five Big Ten wrestlers have earned top-20 status in their respective weight classes in the latest InterMat College Rankings. Eight weight classes have at least one Big Ten wrestler in the top two, with three Big Ten grapplers taking the top spot in their weight classes. Minnesota's Zach Sanders ranks first at 125 pounds, while Penn State's Frank Molinaro and David Taylor earning the top spots at 149 and 165, respectively. In the team rankings, Penn State remained the top-ranked team in the nation, while the Big Ten kept four teams in the top 10. The complete breakdown of ranked Big Ten teams and wrestlers can be found below.

Team
1. Penn State (1 last week)
3. Iowa (4)
4. Minnesota (2)
8. Michigan (T-9)
T-10. Ohio State (12)
T-13. Nebraska (8)
15. Illinois (16)
23. Northwestern (21)
29. Indiana (31)
36. Michigan State (37)
T-37. Purdue (T-33)
T-40. Wisconsin (T-41)

125
1. Zach Sanders, MINN (1)
2. Matt McDonough, IOWA (2)
5. Jesse Delgado, ILL (5)
8. Nico Megaludis, PSU (10)
10. Levi Mele, NU (7)
15. Johnni DiJulius, OSU (16)

133
2. Tony Ramos, IOWA (2)
4. Logan Stieber, OSU (4)
5. B.J. Futrell, ILL (5)
7. Chris Dardanes, MINN (NR)
9. Cashe Quiroga, PUR (8)
18. Zac Stevens, MICH (17)
19. Ridge Kiley, NEB (19)

141
2. Kellen Russell, MICH (2)
3. Montell Marion, IOWA (3)
6. Jake Sueflohn, NEB (6)
7. Hunter Stieber, OSU (7)
14. Nick Dardanes, MINN (16)

149
1. Frank Molinaro, PSU (1)
9. Eric Grajales, MICH (11)
11. Dylan Ness, MINN (16)
12. Eric Terrazas, ILL (10)
14. Cole Schmitt, WIS (9)
15. Ivan Lopouchanski, PUR (13)
16. Cam Tessari, OSU (15)
20. Taylor Walsh, IND (NR)

157
2. Derek St. John, IOWA (2)
3. Jason Welch, NU (3)
8. Dylan Alton, PSU (9)
9. James Green, NEB (10)
13. Anthony Jones, MSU (13)

165
1. David Taylor, PSU (1)
6. Mike Evans, IOWA (9)
7. Robert Kokesh, NEB (3)
10. Conrad Polz, ILL (16)
11. Cody Yohn, MINN (6)
14. Ben Jordan, WIS (14)
16. Dan Yates, MICH (17)

174
2. Ed Ruth, PSU (2)
5. Justin Zeerip, MICH (5)
7. Logan Storley, MINN (7)
8. Nick Heflin, OSU (8)
9. Ethen Lofthouse, IOWA (11)
10. Jordan Blanton, ILL (12)
11. Lee Munster, NU (9)
20. Tyler Koehn, NEB (20)

184
2. Quentin Wright, PSU (2)
7. Josh Ihnen, NEB (7)
8. Kevin Steinhaus, MINN (8)
10. C.J. Magrum, OSU (11)
18. Braden Atwood, PUR (19)

197
3. Matt Powless, IND (4)
6. Sonny Yohn, MINN (3)
12. Morgan McIntosh, PSU (12)
13. Tyler Dickenson, MSU (13)
15. Max Huntley, MICH (15)
16. Mario Gonzalez, ILL (NR)

HWT
4. Tony Nelson, MINN (4)
6. Cameron Wade, PSU (6)
8. Tucker Lane, NEB (9)
10. Mike McClure, MSU (11)
12. Bobby Telford, IOWA (8)
14. Ben Apland, MICH (15)
15. Peter Capone, OSU (17)
17. Mike McMullan, NU (19)

Monday's Result

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Northwestern 59, Illinois 58
EVANSTON, Ill.-- Northwestern maintained control throughout the second half, and sealed the deal with a clutch free throw by freshman Karly Roser with 2.6 seconds left to overcome a pesky Illinois squad, 59-58, Monday evening at Welsh-Ryan Arena. The `Cats used a balanced scoring attack, led by junior Dannielle Diamant with 16 points, to hold off the Fighting Illini and pick up their second Big Ten win. Kendall Hackney, Morgan Jones and Roser also scored in double figures for the Wildcats. RECAP

Monday's Schedule

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Illinoins at Northwestern, 7:30 p.m. ET, BTN

Weekly Rankings

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Six Big Ten women's gymnastics teams rank in the top 25 in the country in the latest GymInfo National Team Rankings, with Nebraska moving into the top spot in this week's edition. The Huskers lead the country with a total season average of 197.375 through two weeks of competition. Penn State also holds top-10 status, checking in at No. 9 with an average of 195.950. Michigan follows closely at No. 11 (195.500), while Ohio State stands at No. 12 (195.275). Illinois holds No. 15 (194.725) this week, while Minnesota rounds out the group of top-25 Big Ten teams at No. 24 (193.938).

Click here to see the complete rankings.

Big Ten in the NFL Playoffs - Divisional Round

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NaVorro Bowman, LB, San Francisco (Penn State) - Racked up 11 tackles in San Francisco's 36-32 win over New Orleans.

Tom Brady, QB, New England (Michigan) - Threw for 363 yards and six touchdowns in New England's 45-10 win over Denver.

Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans (Purdue) - Completed 40 of 63 passes for 462 yards and four touchdowns in New Orleans' 36-32 loss to San Francisco.

Malcolm Jenkins, S, New Orleans (Ohio State) - Posted eight tackles, a sack and a tackle for loss in New Orleans' 36-32 loss to San Francisco.

Mario Manningham, WR, New York Giants (Michigan) - Caught three passes for 31 yards and a touchdown in the New York Giants' 37-20 win over Green Bay.

Rob Ninkovich, LB, New England (Purdue) - Recorded five tackles, including 1.5 sacks and a tackle for loss in New England's 45-10 win over Denver.

J.J. Watt, DE, Houston (Wisconsin) - Led the team with 12 tackles, three tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks in Houston's 20-13 loss to Baltimore.

Martez Wilson, LB, New Orleans (Illinois) - Notched three tackles, including 1.5 sacks in New Orleans' 36-32 loss to San Francisco.

Weekend Roundup

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JANUARY 12
#8 OHIO STATE def. PURDUE (rv), 27-10

JANUARY 13
#4 MINNESOTA def. #6 ILLINOIS, 25-9
#11 MICHIGAN def. INDIANA, 33-6
#2 IOWA def. #7 NEBRASKA, 24-9
West Virginia def. MICHIGAN STATE, 23-12
#3 PENN STATE def. #17 NORTHWESTERN, 38-3
Northern Iowa def. WISCONSIN, 25-15

JANUARY 15
#2 IOWA def. #17 NORTHWESTERN, 24-13
MICHIGAN STATE def. INDIANA, 21-20
#4 MINNESOTA def. PURDUE (rv), 40-0
#3 PENN STATE def. WISCONSIN, 43-0

Sunday's Results

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MINNESOTA def. PENN STATE, 80-66
Penn State struggled through its worst home shooting night of the season and couldn't capitalize on 11 steals and 17 Gopher turnovers as Minnesota left with an 80-66 victory Sunday afternoon in the Bryce Jordan Center. RECAP & BOX SCORE

#5/5 OHIO STATE def. #7/8 INDIANA
Lenzelle Smith Jr. more than doubled his career high with 28 on Sunday to lead No. 5 Ohio State to a surprisingly easy 80-63 victory over seventh-ranked Indiana. RECAP & BOX SCORE

WISCONSIN (rv/rv) def. NEBRASKA, 50-45
Jordan Taylor sank five free throws in the final 30 seconds and made a key steal in the waning moments to seal a 50-45 win for Wisconsin over Nebraska on Sunday. RECAP & BOX SCORE

Sunday's Results

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Michigan 61, Minnesota 57
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan women's basketball team rallied from a 10-point second-half deficit and held on late to down Minnesota, 61-57, on Sunday afternoon at Crisler Center. After Michigan used a 22-6 second-half run to grasp the lead, Minnesota crept within two points with 1:16 left in the game, but clutch free throws by Carmen Reynolds and Rachel Sheffer sealed the deal. Sheffer led the Wolverines with 20 points, six rebounds and two blocks. Kate Thompson added 13 points, five rebounds and two steals. Jenny Ryan produced an all-around effort, adding eight points, six rebounds, five assists, six steals and three blocks. RECAP

Ohio State 64, Michigan State 56
EAST LANSING, Mich.-Samantha Prahalis made a jumper from the left wing, put her right index finger against her lips and quieted Michigan State's crowd. Prahalis later scored four of her 15 points in less than a minute late in the game, helping the 11th-ranked Buckeyes beat the Spartans 64-56 on Sunday. The senior from Commack, N.Y., said she had "Shhh...." tattooed on her finger during her freshman year for moments like the one at Michigan State where the announced crowd of 14,181 screamed early and often. "I was hard to hear, it was super loud," Prahalis said. "We just concentrated and we were able to hit some big shots." RECAP

Penn State 93, Nebraska 73
LINCOLN, NEB. - The No. RV/25 Penn State Lady Lions (13-4, 3-2) shot 53.7% from the field and Maggie Lucas and Alex Bentley each reached the 20-point mark as the Lady Lions earned a 93-73 win at No. 15/23 Nebraska (15-2, 4-1) to hand the Huskers their first-ever Big Ten loss. Lucas led all scorers with 24 points on 7-for-15 shooting en route to her 10th 20-point game of the season. She also contributed six rebounds and a steal in the win. Bentley accounted for 23 tallies via a 9-for-17 shooting effort to surpass the 1,100-point mark for her career and move her into 28th place on Penn State's career scoring chart. Bentley also contributed four steals and five rebounds. RECAP

Purdue 57, Iowa 55
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) - Brittany Rayburn followed her record-setting performance with another dramatic effort. The senior guard scored 14 points and came up with a key block late to help No. 17 Purdue defeat Iowa 57-55 on Sunday. She made two free throws with 17.5 seconds left to give Purdue the lead, then blocked Kelly Krei's potential game-winning 3-pointer at the other end. "All I know is I felt the ball, and the buzzer went off," Rayburn said. Rayburn tied an NCAA record with 12 3-pointers in a win over Minnesota on Jan. 12, but more than jumpers were needed against pesky Iowa. She shot just 4-for-16 from the field and 1-for-5 from the 3-point line against the Hawkeyes, but she also had seven rebounds, two blocks and two steals. RECAP

Sunday's Schedule

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Minnesota at MIchigan (rv/rv), Noon, BTN
Iowa at #17/20 Purdue, 2 p.m., BTN
#rv/25 Penn State at #15/23 Nebraska, 3 p.m., BTN.com
#11/13 Ohio State at Michigan State (rv/-), 4 p.m., ESPN2

Sunday's Schedule

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Big Ten men's basketball continues on Sunday with three games, including a matchup of top-10 teams on CBS Sports. Click the links below for each team's game notes.

 

MINNESOTA at PENN STATE, 4 p.m., BTN

#7/8 INDIANA at #5/5 OHIO STATE, 4:30 p.m., CBS Sports

NEBRASKA at WISCONSIN (rv/rv), 6 p.m., BTN

 

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Saturday's Results

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IOWA def. #13/13 MICHIGAN, 75-59
The University of Iowa men's basketball team set the tone early and pulled away late to post a 75-59 rout of 13th-ranked Michigan on Saturday afternoon on Mediacom Court inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena. RECAP & BOX SCORE

NORTHWESTERN def. #6/7 MICHIGAN STATE, 81-74
Behind John Shurna's game-high 22 points, Northwestern handed No. 6/7 Michigan State its first conference loss on Saturday. Donning new black jerseys at home, the Wildcats had four players scoring double digits and used 42 second-half points to stave off the Spartans, 81-74. RECAP & BOX SCORE

Saturday's Schedule

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Big Ten men's basketball continues on Saturday with a pair of games on BTN. Click the links below for each team's game notes.

 

#13/13 MICHIGAN at IOWA, 1 p.m., BTN

#6/7 MICHIGAN STATE at NORTHWESTERN, 3 p.m., BTN

 

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Big Ten Volleyball Season in Review

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Big Ten volleyball saw an eventful 2011 season come to a close at the NCAA Championship on Dec. 17, with Illinois advancing to its first NCAA Championship final. The Fighting Illini won their first five matches in the tournament before falling to UCLA, 3-1, in the title match. Along with the Illini making the national title match, the 2011 season brought a new Big Ten Champion, a conference record-tying eight NCAA qualifying teams and plenty of national and regional recognition.

Big Ten in the NCAA Championship: The Big Ten sent a conference record-tying eight teams to the NCAA Championship, with five earning top-16 seeds. No. 2 Nebraska, No. 3 Illinois, No. 5 Purdue, No. 8 Penn State and No. 13 Minnesota each earned seeds, while Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State picked up tournament bids as well. Before Illinois moved on to the NCAA Championship match, six Big Ten teams advanced through the first two rounds into the regional semifinals, which marked the most of any conference in the nation and tied a conference record set a year ago. In all, the Big Ten racked up a 17-8 record in this year's tournament. For a look back at the entire NCAA Championship, visit the Championship Central page here.

Nine Big Ten Players Tabbed AVCA All-Americans: Nine Big Ten players were selected as AVCA Division I All-Americans, with four players earning first-team status. Illinois' Colleen Ward, Nebraska's Gina Mancuso, Penn State's Deja McClendon and Purdue's Ariel Turner earned first-team honors, while Minnesota's Ashley Wittman and Penn State's Katie Slay were named to the second team. Illinois' Michelle Bartsch, Michigan State's Jenilee Rathje and Penn State's Ariel Scott earned third-team honors. Seven others received honorable mention -- Minnesota's Tori Dixon, Nebraska's Morgan Broekhuis, Lauren Cook and Hannah Werth, Ohio State's Emily Danks and Mari Hole and Purdue's Tiffany Fisher. For the complete list of All-Americans, click here.

Eight Tabbed Volleyball Magazine All-Americans: Eight Big Ten players were named All-Americans by Volleyball magazine, with three appearing on the first team. Headlining the publication's individual awards for the Big Ten was Illinois head coach Kevin Hambly, who was named the national Coach of the Year. Earning first-team All-America status were Illinois' Michelle Bartsch, Penn State's Deja McClendon and Purdue's Ariel Turner. Illinois' Colleen Ward, Nebraska's Gina Mancuso and Penn State's Ariel Scott were tabbed second-team honorees, while Minnesota's Ashley Wittman and Penn State's Katie Slay earned third-team laurels. Click here to see the complete list of Volleyball Magazine All-Americans and individual award winners.

Michigan State's Rathje, Purdue's Turner Named Academic All-America: Michigan State senior Jenilee Rathje and Purdue junior Ariel Turner earned Capital One Academic All-America honors. Rathje, a kinesiology major, and Turner, a mechanical engineering major, each received spots on the second team. The pair of Academic All-Americans gives the Big Ten the most since 2008, when two players hailing from the conference earned the accolade. For the complete list of Academic All-Americans, click here.

Big Ten Reels in Regional Awards: Big Ten volleyball standouts collected numerous AVCA Division I Regional Awards, with 12 players earning All-Region honors. Purdue head coach Dave Shondell was named the Mideast Region Coach of the Year, while Penn State newcomer Micha Hancock reeled in Mideast Region Freshman of the Year laurels. Earning All-Mideast Region accolades were Illinois' Michelle Bartsch and Colleen Ward, Michigan State's Jenilee Rathje, Minnesota's Tori Dixon and Ashley Wittman, Nebraska's Gina Mancuso, Ohio State's Mari Hole, Penn State's Deja McClendon, Ariel Scott and Katie Slay, and Purdue's Tiffany Fisher and Ariel Turner. Additionally, six players received Honorable Mention status -- Nebraska's Morgan Broekhuis, Lauren Cook and Hannah Werth, Northwestern's Stephanie Holthus, Ohio State's Emily Danks and Purdue's Rachel Davis. Click here to see the complete list of All-Region performers.

Nebraska Claims Big Ten Championship: In its first season in the conference, Nebraska won the Big Ten Championship and earned the conference's automatic berth to the NCAA Championship. The Huskers put together a 17-3 record in their first Big Ten season en route to Nebraska's first Big Ten Championship in any sport as a member of the conference. To read more on the Huskers' conference crown, click here.

Big Ten Announces Postseason Awards: The Big Ten announced its All-Conference teams and individual award winners, with Purdue's Ariel Turner earning Big Ten Player of the Year honors. Penn State's Katie Slay reeled in Defensive Player of the Year laurels, while Penn State's Micha Hancock was named Freshman of the Year, and Purdue's Dave Shondell was tabbed Coach of the Year by the conference's coaches and media. For the complete breakdown of All-Big Ten teams and individual honors, click here.

In the Polls: The Big Ten leads the country with seven volleyball teams ranked in the final AVCA Division I Coaches Poll of the 2011 season, including three top-10 squads, which also leads the nation. After reaching the NCAA Championship final, Illinois closes the season ranked second in the country. Joining the Fighting Illini in the top 10 are No. 9 Purdue and No. 10 Penn State, who each advanced to the tournament's regional semifinals. Nebraska closes the season at No. 12, while Minnesota ranks 15th. Michigan is tied for 20th in the final poll, while Ohio State rounds out the group of ranked teams at No. 23. Michigan State is also receiving votes in the season's final rankings. Click here to see the final rankings of 2011.

Weekend Schedule

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January 13
MICHIGAN at SMU Classic - 7:30 p.m. CT
PURDUE at SMU Classic - 7:30 p.m. CT

January 14
Navy at PENN STATE - 11 a.m. ET
MINNESOTA at Missouri - Noon CT
NORTHWESTERN at Notre Dame - 1 p.m. CT
MICHIGAN STATE at PURDUE - 2 p.m. ET
MICHIGAN at SMU Classic - 7:30 p.m. CT
PURDUE at SMU Classic - 7:30 p.m. CT
WISCONSIN at Hawai'i - TBA

Eight Named Volleyball Magazine All-Americans

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Eight Big Ten volleyball players were named All-Americans by Volleyball Magazine, with three appearing on the first team. Headlining the publication's individual awards for the Big Ten was Illinois head coach Kevin Hambly, who was named the national Coach of the Year. Earning first-team All-America status were Illinois' Michelle Bartsch, Penn State's Deja McClendon and Purdue's Ariel Turner. Illinois' Colleen Ward, Nebraska's Gina Mancuso and Penn State's Ariel Scott were tabbed second-team honorees, while Minnesota's Ashley Wittman and Penn State's Katie Slay earned third-team laurels.

Click here to see the complete list of Volleyball Magazine All-Americans and individual award winners.

Weekend Schedule

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January 14
ILLINOIS at IOWA - 11 a.m. CT
Arkansas/Navy at PENN STATE - 11 a.m. ET
MINNESOTA at Missouri - Noon CT
NORTHWESTERN/Notre Dame at MICHIGAN - 1 p.m. ET
NEBRASKA at Kansas - 1 p.m. CT
MICHIGAN STATE at PURDUE - 2 p.m. ET
WISCONSIN at Hawai'i - TBA

January 16
ILLINOIS at Southern ILLINOIS - 1 p.m. CT

Weekend Schedule

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January 13
MINNESOTA at Holiday Inn Invitational [1]
NEBRASKA at Holiday Inn Invitational [1]

January 14
ILLINOIS at Illini Open
PURDUE at INDIANA
IOWA at New Year's Classic [2]
OHIO STATE at MICHIGAN
MICHIGAN STATE at GVSU Bob Eubanks Open [3]
MINNESOTA at Northwest Open [4]
MINNESOTA at Holiday Inn Invitational [1]
NEBRASKA at Holiday Inn Invitational [1]
PENN STATE at Nittany Lion Challenge
WISCONSIN at Badger Track Classic

Legend

[1] Lincoln, Neb.
[2] Iowa City, Iowa
[3] Allendale, Mich.
[4] Minneapolis, Minn.

Weekend Schedule

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January 13
MINNESOTA at Holiday Inn Invitational [1]
NEBRASKA at Holiday Inn Invitational [1]

January 14
ILLINOIS at Illini Open
PURDUE at INDIANA
IOWA at New Year's Classic [2]
OHIO STATE at MICHIGAN
MICHIGAN STATE at GVSU Bob Eubanks Open [3]
MINNESOTA at Northwest Open [4]
MINNESOTA at Holiday Inn Invitational [1]
NEBRASKA at Holiday Inn Invitational [1]
PENN STATE at Nittany Lion Challenge

Legend

[1] Lincoln, Neb.
[2] Iowa City, Iowa
[3] Allendale, Mich.
[4] Minneapolis, Minn.

Weekend Schedule

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January 14
Western Michigan at MICHIGAN
Wright State/Bradley/Morehead State at MICHIGAN STATE

January 15
Ball State/UIC at NORTHWESTERN

Weekend Schedule

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January 13
NORTHWESTERN at Wildcat Spring Invitational
ILLINOIS vs. Stephen F. Austin

January 14
INDIANA at adidas IU Winter Invitational
NORTHWESTERN at Wildcat Spring Invitational
MICHIGAN at Michigan Invitational

January 15
INDIANA at adidas IU Winter Invitational
NORTHWESTERN at Wildcat Spring Invitational
OHIO STATE at USF
MICHIGAN at Michigan Invitational

Weekend Schedule

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JANUARY 14
#2 ILLINOIS at Windy City Invitational - 7 p.m. CT
#10 IOWA at Windy City Invitational - 7 p.m. CT
#3 MICHIGAN at Windy City Invitational - 7 p.m. CT
#8 MINNESOTA at Windy City Invitational - 7 p.m. CT
#9 NEBRASKA at Rocky Mountain Open - 7 p.m. MT
#14 Army at #6 PENN STATE - 7 p.m. ET

Weekend Schedule

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JANUARY 13
#18 OHIO STATE at #10 MICHIGAN - 6 p.m. ET
MICHIGAN STATE (rv) at #25 IOWA - 7 p.m. CT
#20 Denver at #6 NEBRASKA - 7 p.m. CT

JANUARY 14
#22 MINNESOTA at #15 ILLINOIS - 4 p.m. CT

JANUARY 15
#13 PENN STATE at New Hampshire (rv) - 1 p.m. ET

2011 Men's Soccer Season in Review

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The Big Ten enjoyed a successful 2011 men's soccer season capped by Indiana and Northwestern earning a trip to the NCAA Men's Soccer Championship. After winning both the Big Ten Championship and Big Ten Tournament, the Wildcats earned the conference's automatic bid. The Hoosiers earned their 25th consecutive NCAA Championship appearance and advanced round of 16.

Where We Rank: Indiana and Northwestern earned spots in the final NSCAA/Continental Tire National Rankings, as announced on Dec. 14. The Hoosiers (13-4-5) clocked in at No. 10, while the Wildcats (11-5-5) finished at No. 22.

All-America Recognition: Indiana's Chris Estridge was named to the 2011 NCAA Men's Soccer All-America Team, as announced on Friday, Dec. 9. The First Team All-Big Ten selection was part of a Hoosier defense that allowed only 19 goals in 22 contests. Estridge earned First Team All-America recognition.

Estridge will be honored at the annual All-America luncheon on Saturday, Jan. 14.

All-Region Selections:
Nine Big Ten student-athletes were named to the All-Great Lakes Team, as announced on Friday, Dec. 9. First Team selections included Indiana's Chris Estridge and Eriq Zavaleta, Northwestern's Oliver Kupe and Ohio State's Matt Lampson. Second Team honorees were Indiana's Nikita Kotlov, Northwestern's Tyler Miller, Ohio State's Chris Hegngi and David Tiemstra and Wisconsin's Tomislav Zadro.

Northwestern head coach Tim Lenahan was named the NSCAA/Mondo Regional Coach of the Year for the Great Lakes region, as announced on Saturday, Dec. 3. Lenahan guided the Wildcats to an 11-5-5 record, which included a Big Ten Championship and Big Ten Tournament crown.

The national award will be announced on Friday, Jan. 13, at the NSCAA Convention.

B1G Postseason Accolades: The Big Ten Conference announced its men's soccer All-Big Ten teams and individual award winners at the Big Ten Tournament banquet on Thursday, Nov. 10. Ohio State's Chris Hegngi took home Offensive Player of the Year accolades, while teammate David Tiemstra earned the Defensive Player of the Year award. Indiana's Eriq Zavaleta received Freshman of the Year honors, and Northwestern head coach Tim Lenahan reeled in the Coach of the Year award.

For the complete release, click here.

Academic All-District:
The Capital One Academic All-District Men's Soccer Teams were 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




Indiana senior defenders Chris Estridge and Tommy Meyer were selected in the 2012 Major League Soccer Superdraft held in Kansas City.

Meyer was taken in the first round and 19th overall by the Los Angeles Galaxy. Estridge was taken two slots later and 21st overall by the Vancouver Whitecaps in the second round.

For the complete release, click here.

Thursday's Results

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Purdue 72, Minnesota 55
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Brittany Rayburn tied an NCAA women's record with 12 3-pointers and scored 38 points to help the No. 17 Purdue Boilermakers cruise to a 72-55 win over Minnesota on Thursday night. Rayburn was 12 for 16, all from beyond the arc, to lead Purdue (14-3, 4-0 Big Ten) to its seventh straight win. Rayburn equaled the mark set by Louisiana State's Cornelia Gayden in 1995. KK Houser added 10 points and 10 assists for the Boilermakers. Katie Loberg led Minnesota (10-8, 2-2) with 18 points. RECAP

Michigan State 67, Indiana 47
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State women's basketball team improved to 4-0 in Big Ten play, utilizing a 12-0 run late in the second half to pull away from Indiana, 67-47 on Thursday night at Breslin Center. Senior Porsche Poole scored a game-high 16 points, and freshman Kiana Johnson dished out a season-high 10 assists in the win. With her season-high assist total tonight, K. Johnson now has 19 assists and only four turnovers in two games against IU this season. She also added four steals to her stat line. Michigan State forced Indiana into 25 turnovers, and has caused 50 turnovers against its last two opponents. RECAP

Ohio State 82, Northwestern 72
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Tayler Hill scored 19 of her 24 points in the second half, eight during a 10-0 run that helped No. 11 Ohio State pull away from Northwestern for an 82-72 victory Thursday night. Hill, the Big Ten's leading scorer at 21.3 points per game, helped the Buckeyes (16-1, 3-1) increase a 55-54 lead with a 3-pointer and layup off a turnover. After Aleksandra Dobranic's jumper, Hill made it 65-54 with a steal that resulted in a layup and foul shot with 6:56 to play. Hill iced the win on a 3-pointer 45 seconds remaining for a 78-69 advantage. Samantha Prahalis added 20 points and Amber Stokes 11 as the Buckeyes rebounded from their first loss Saturday at Michigan. RECAP

Penn State 78, Michigan 63
UNIVERSITY PARK, PA. - The No. RV/25 Penn State Lady Lions (12-4, 2-2) shot 55.4% from the field and earned a convincing 78-63 victory against Michigan (13-4, 2-2). Sophomore Maggie Lucas posted her ninth 20-point game of the season with 22 tallies to pace the Lady Lions. She also added five assists and three steals. Lucas has scored 55 points in her last two games with 22 tallies tonight and 33 markers against Michigan State Saturday. Senior Zhaque Gray totaled 15 points with four rebounds, while junior Alex Bentley had 12 points, a team-best six assists and four steals. RECAP

Nebraska 75, Wisconsin 69
Madison, Wis. - Lindsey Moore scored a game-high 28 points to go along with five assists to lead the No. 15 Nebraska women's basketball team to a 75-69 comeback win at Wisconsin at Thursday night. With the victory, Nebraska improved to 15-1 on the season and 4-0 in the Big Ten while extending its winning streak to nine games. Wisconsin slipped to 5-12 on the season, including 1-4 in the conference. Moore, who had 15 points in the first half and 13 in the second half, led four Huskers in double figures. Redshirt freshman Rebecca Woodberry added a career night with 14 points on 5-of-5 shooting from the field, including all four of her three-pointers. Woodberry added five rebounds in 24 minutes off the bench. RECAP

Thursday's Results

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WISCONSIN (rv/rv) def. PURUE, 67-62
Ben Brust scored 13 points and Wisconsin ended its three-game losing streak, beating Purdue 67-62 Thursday night.

The Badgers ended a five-game losing streak at Mackey Arena and stopped Purdue's 26-game home winning streak. RECAP & BOX SCORE

MINNESOTA def. #7/8 INDIANA, 77-74
Austin Hollins scored a career-high 18 points to help Minnesota beat No. 7 Indiana 77-74 on Thursday night.

Indiana's Christian Watford could have tied the score but he missed a 3-pointer in the closing seconds. RECAP & BOX SCORE

Thursday's Results

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Big Ten men's basketball action continues with a pair of games on Thursday night. Click the links below for each team's game notes.

 

WISCONSIN (rv/rv) at PURDUE, 7 p.m., ESPN

MINNESOTA at #7/8 INDIANA, 8 p.m., BTN

 

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Required Reading

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Freshman Cody Zeller has sparked Indiana's turnaround, writes Dana O'Neil of ESPN.com.

ESPN.com's Jason King calls Indiana's Will Sheehey one of the best Sixth Men in the country.

Myron Medcalf of ESPN.com says Michigan State's Draymond Green is "Must-See TV."

Sporting News names Indiana's Tom Crean the Midseason Coach of the Year and lists Ohio State's Jared Sullinger among the candidates for Midseason Player of the Year, and the Hoosiers' Cody Zeller among those in contention for Midseason Freshman of the Year.

If the NCAA tournament started today, Jerry Palm says the Big Ten would have nine teams in the bracket.

Ohio State's Jared Sullinger and Michigan State's Draymond Green are among 10 players in the mix for National Player of the Year, according Jeff Goodman and Gary Parrish of CBSSports.com.

FightingIllini.com has more information on Brandon Paul's career night.

Michigan's Josh Bartelstein blogs about big games, meeting program legends and playing Wii.

Steve Grinczel of MSUSpartans.com writes that the Spartans' unselfishness is contagious and is paying off.

Minnesota play-by-play man Mike Grimm talks about former Gophers playing in the NBA.

Purdue's Robbie Hummel has been nominated for the GEICO Play of the Year for his tip-in dunk at the first-half buzzer against IPFW.

UWBadgers.com catches up with former Wisconsin players in the professional ranks.

Weekend Schedule

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JANUARY 12
PURDUE (rv) at #8 OHIO STATE - 7 p.m. ET
BTN.com, BTN (1/13 - 4 p.m. ET)

JANUARY 13
#4 MINNESOTA at #6 ILLINOIS - 7 p.m. CT
INDIANA at #11 MICHIGAN - 7 p.m. ET
BTN.com, BTN (1/16, 1 p.m. ET)
#2 IOWA at #7 NEBRASKA - 7 p.m. CT
BTN (1/13, 10 p.m. ET)
#3 PENN STATE at #17 NORTHWESTERN - 7 p.m. CT
BTN.com, BTN (1/17, 4 p.m. ET)
WISCONSIN at Northern Iowa - 7 p.m. CT
West Virginia at MICHIGAN STATE - 7:30 p.m. ET
BTN.com, BTN (1/17, 2 p.m. ET)

JANUARY 15
#17 NORTHWESTERN at #2 IOWA - 1 p.m. CT
BTN.com
#4 MINNESOTA at PURDUE (rv) - 1 p.m. ET
BTN.com, BTN (1/18, 4 p.m. ET)
#3 PENN STATE at WISCONSIN - 1 p.m. CT
INDIANA at MICHIGAN STATE - 2 p.m. ET
BTN (1/15, 10 p.m. ET)

Thursday's Schedule

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Two Former Standouts Named to 2012 USA Softball Team

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Former Big Ten standouts Stacy May-Johnson of Iowa and Jordan Taylor of Michigan were selected to the 2012 USA Softball Team on Wednesday. In total, 12 players were named to the roster, with five more roster spots to be finalized in June.

May-Johnson, who currently is an assistant coach with her alma mater, was named the USA Softball Female Athlete of the Year duriing her first year with the squad. Taylor is also in her second season with the national team, and earned the win in Team USA's gold medal victory in the 2011 World Cup of Softball last summer.

Full Release from USA Softball

Wednesday's Results

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No. 13/13 MICHIGAN def. NORTHWESTERN, 66-64 (OT)
After using a 10-0 run to overcome an eight-point deficit in the second half, the University of Michigan men's basketball team held Northwestern to just one field goal during the last 8:18 of regulation to force overtime, where the Wolverines prevailed, 66-64, on Wednesday evening at Crisler Center. RECAP & BOX SCORE

NEBRASKA def. PENN STATE, 70-58
The Nebraska Cornhuskers fed off the momentum of an early lead to down the Penn State Nittany Lions 70-58 on Wednesday night at the Bob Devaney Sports Center. The victory marks NU's first Big Ten win this season and pushes the Huskers to 9-7 on the season and 1-4 in the Big Ten. Penn State falls to 9-9 this season and 1-4 in Big Ten play. RECAP & BOX SCORE

Illinois' Riley Named to The Bowerman Preseason Watch List

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Illinois' Andrew Riley has received preseason recognition for The Bowerman, an award given to collegiate track & field's top athlete of the year, as announced on Wednesday.

The Fighting Illini senior is a two-time NCAA Champion, with victories coming in the 60- and 110-meter hurdles in 2011 and 2010, respectively. Riley is a seven-time All-American, six-time Big Ten Champion and holds four school records at Illinois.

To read more, click below.

Illinois Release

USTFCCCA Release  
 

Wednesday's Schedule

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Big Ten men's basketball play continues on Wednesday night with a BTN doubleheader. Click the links below for each team's game notes.

 

NORTHWESTERN at #13/13 MICHIGAN, 6:30 p.m., BTN

PENN STATE at NEBRASKA, 8:30 p.m., BTN

 

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Tuesday's Results

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No. 6/7 MICHIGAN STATE def. IOWA, 95-61
Michigan State is rolling with its longest winning streak since Tom Izzo coached in his first of six Final Fours.

Draymond Green had 22 points and 10 rebounds to help the sixth-ranked Spartans beat Iowa 95-61 on Tuesday night for their 15th straight win. RECAP & BOX SCORE

ILLINOIS (rv/rv) def. No. 5/5 OHIO STATE, 79-75
Brandon Paul scored a career-high 43 points including, a 3-pointer with less than a minute to play, to help Illinois upset No. 5 Ohio State 79-74 on Tuesday night.

The Illini led 71-70 when Paul sank his 3-pointer with 43 seconds to play. He followed that up with four free throws that put the game out of reach. RECAP & BOX SCORE

Tuesday's Schedule

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Big Ten men's basketball continues on Tuesday with a pair of games. Click the links below for each team's game notes.

 

IOWA at #6/7 MICHIGAN STATE, 7 p.m., BTN

#5/5 OHIO STATE at ILLINOIS (rv/rv), 9 p.m., ESPN

 

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In the Polls

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Eight Big Ten teams, including seven in the top 11, highlight the latest NWCA/USA Today Coaches Poll. Iowa leads the way at No. 2 this week, falling from the top spot after sustaining its first dual loss in 84 matches to No. 1 Oklahoma State over the weekend. Penn State swaps spots with Minnesota this week, as the Nittany Lions move up to No. 3 and Minnesota checks in at No. 4. Illinois also moves up one spot to No. 6, while Nebraska makes its top 10 debut after jumping seven spots to No. 7 this week. Ohio State drops to No. 8, while Michigan falls to No. 11. Northwestern remains at No. 17 to round out the group of ranked Big Ten teams. Purdue is also receiving votes.

Click here to see the complete poll.

In The Polls

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Three Big Ten women's teams appear in the USTFCCCA/2012 Indoor Track & Field Preseason poll, announced on Tuesday afternoon. Ohio State checks in at No. 11, while Michigan sits at No. 19. Nebraska clocks in at No. 25.

For the complete poll, click here.

In The Polls

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Six Big Ten men's teams appear in the USTFCCCA/2012 Indoor Track & Field Preseason rankings, as announced on Tuesday. Ohio State begins the season at No. 4, while Nebraska follows at No. 5. Indiana checks in at No. 8 in the polls, with Wisconsin coming in at No. 13. Minnesota and Iowa begin their campaigns ranked 15th and 16th, respectively.

For the complete poll, click here.

Required Reading

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ESPN.com's Jason King says the Big Ten is the strongest conference in the nation and lists a couple different Big Ten teams among his Final Four contenders.

Ohio State's Jared Sullinger, Indiana's Cody Zeller and Michigan State's Draymond Green are Sporting News Midseason All-Americans.

The Big Ten leads all conferences with eight teams in Sporting News' latest Field of 68.

ESPN.com's Joe Lunardi has seven Big Ten teams in the NCAA tournament and another on the bubble in his latest Bracketology.

SI.com's Andy Glockner has nine Big Ten teams "in the mix" for NCAA tournament bids.

Mike DeCourcy of Sporting News names Sunday's game between No. 5/5 Ohio State and No. 7/8 Indiana one of this week's "Can't Miss" games.

Indiana has "pretty much arrived," according to SI.com's Luke Winn.

Ranking the Wrestlers

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The Big Ten is again well-represented in the InterMat College Rankings, with 66 conference wrestlers appearing in their respective weight classes' top 20. The Big Ten boasts a top-two grappler in eight of the 10 classes, with three taking No. 1 rankings. Minnesota 125-pounder Zach Sanders and Penn State 149-pounder Frank Molinaro and 165-pounder David Taylor all sit atop their weight class's rankings again this week. Additionally, the Big Ten placed five teams in this week's top 10, with No. 1 Penn State and No. 2 Minnesota earning the top spots. The complete breakdown of ranked Big Ten teams and wrestlers can be found below.

Team
1. Penn State (1 last week)
2. Minnesota (4)
4. Iowa (T-2)
8. Nebraska (12)
T-9. Michigan (7)
12. Ohio State (6)
16. Illinois (18)
21. Northwestern (15)
31. Indiana (T-29)
T-33. Purdue (25)
37. Michigan State (T-37)
T-41. Wisconsin (T-37)

125
1. Zach Sanders, MINN (1)
2. Matt McDonough, IOWA (2)
5. Jesse Delgado, ILL (5)
7. Levi Mele, NU (7)
10. Nico Megaludis, PSU (10)
16. Johnni DiJulius, OSU (15)

133
2. Tony Ramos, IOWA (4)
4. Logan Stieber, OSU (2)
5. B.J. Futrell, ILL (5)
7. David Thorn, MINN (8)
8. Cashe Quiroga, PUR (6)
17. Zac Stevens, MICH (17)
18. Ridge Kiley, NEB (19)

141
2. Kellen Russell, MICH (2)
3. Montell Marion, IOWA (3)
6. Jake Sueflohn, NEB (7)
7. Hunter Stieber, OSU (6)
16. Nick Dardanes, MINN (15)

149
1. Frank Molinaro, PSU (1)
9. Cole Schmitt, WIS (13)
10. Eric Terrazas, ILL (14)
11. Eric Grajales, MICH (4)
13. Ivan Lopouchanski, PUR (7)
15. Cam Tessari, OSU (16)
16. Dylan Ness, MINN (9)
18. Dan Osterman, MSU (18)

157
2. Derek St. John, IOWA (2)
3. Jason Welch, NU (3)
9. Dylan Alton, PSU (9)
10. James Green, NEB (10)
13. Anthony Jones, MSU (14)
20. Tommy Churchard, PUR (NR)

165
1. David Taylor, PSU (1)
3. Robert Kokesh, NEB (3)
6. Cody Yohn, MINN (6)
9. Mike Evans, IOWA (10)
14. Ben Jordan, WIS (8)
16. Conrad Polz, ILL (NR)
17. Dan Yates, MICH (18)

174
2. Ed Ruth, PSU (2)
5. Justin Zeerip, MICH (6)
7. Logan Storley, MINN (11)
8. Nick Heflin, OSU (5)
9. Lee Munster, NU (8)
11. Ethen Lofthouse, IOWA (9)
12. Jordan Blanton, ILL (10)
20. Tyler Koehn, NEB (NR)

184
2. Quentin Wright, PSU (3)
7. Josh Ihnen, NEB (7)
8. Kevin Steinhaus, MINN (8)
11. C.J. Magrum, OSU (12)
19. Braden Atwood, PUR (19)

197
3. Sonny Yohn, MINN (3)
4. Matt Powless, IND (4)
12. Morgan McIntosh, PSU (13)
13. Tyler Dickenson, MSU (16)
15. Max Huntley, MICH (18)
19. Grant Gambrall, IOWA (15)

HWT
4. Tony Nelson, MINN (4)
6. Cameron Wade, PSU (6)
8. Bobby Telford, IOWA (7)
9. Tucker Lane, NEB (9)
11. Mike McClure, MSU (11)
15. Ben Apland, MICH (15)
17. Peter Capone, OSU (17)
19. Mike McMullan, NU (19)

Three Big Ten Teams Among Top 12 in Final Polls

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The Big Ten and SEC were the only two conferences to feature at least three top 12 teams in both the final Associated Press (AP) and USA Today coaches polls released today. The Big Ten was also one of only three conferences to produce at least four top 25 teams in both final polls along with the SEC (five teams) and Big 12 (four).

Michigan, Michigan State and Wisconsin each appeared among the top 10 in one of the final national rankings. The Big Ten Champion Badgers were ranked No. 10 in the AP poll and No. 11 in the coaches vote. The Spartans, the Legends Division and Outback Bowl Champions, were rated No. 11 by the media and No. 10 by the coaches. The Wolverines, winners of the Sugar Bowl, were ranked No. 12 in the AP poll and No. 9 in the USA Today rankings.

The Big Ten ended the season with three teams rated among the top 10 for the second time in three seasons and the fifth time in the last 10 years. Wisconsin ends the year among the top 10 for the second straight season after ranking No. 7/8 (AP/USA Today) in the final polls of the 2010 campaign. Michigan State concludes the year among the top 10 for the first time since ranking No. 7 in both final polls of the 1999 season. Michigan ends the year as a top-10 squad for the first time since rating No. 8/9 to conclude the 2006 campaign.

Five Big Ten teams received votes in the final poll, with Nebraska wrapping up its first Big Ten season ranked No. 24 by both the media and coaches. Penn State received votes in both final polls.

Big Ten in the NFL Playoffs - Wild Card Round

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Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans (Purdue) - Threw for 466 yards and three touchdowns on 33 of 43 passing in New Orleans' 45-28 win over Detroit.

Mario Manningham, WR, New York Giants (Michigan) - Caught four passes for 68 yards and a touchdown in the New York Giants' 24-2 win over Atlanta.

Tracy Porter, CB, New Orleans (Indiana) - Led the team with seven tackles in New Orleans' 45-28 win over Detroit.

Amari Spievey, S, Detroit (Iowa) - Made seven tackles in Detroit's 45-28 loss to New Orleans.

Pierre Thomas, RB, New Orleans (Illinois) - Rushed for 66 yards and a touchdown on eight carries and added six catches for 55 yards in New Orleans' 45-28 win over Detroit.

J.J. Watt, DE, Houston (Wisconsin) - Returned an interception 29 yards for a touchdown and added two tackles and a sack in Houston's 31-10 win over Cincinnati.

Big Ten Bowl Notes

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Over the last three seasons, Illinois and Iowa have each won two bowl games, while Michigan, Michigan State, Nebraska, Ohio State, Penn State, Purdue and Wisconsin have each claimed one bowl victory.

The Big Ten and SEC are the only conferences in the nation with nine current members claiming at least one bowl win over the last three seasons.

Big Ten teams have a long tradition of bowl success, as Michigan, Nebraska, Ohio State and Penn State are four of 11 teams in the nation that have played in 41 or more bowl games in their programs' history.

Larkin Elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

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Former Michigan baseball player Barry Larkin was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame on Monday, becoming the fourth Wolverine to earn the honor. Larkin, who garnered 86.4 percent of votes by members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America in his third time on the ballot, will be inducted in a ceremony on July 22, 2012, in Cooperstown, N.Y. FULL STORY

Where We Rank

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Six Big Ten teams are ranked or receiving votes in the latest Associated Press rankings, released on Monday. Three conference teams appear in the top 25, led by Ohio at No. 11. After starting the season unranked, Nebraska now appears at No. 15 this week, up four spots from a week ago. Purdue moves up one spot in the newest poll, now at No. 17. Penn State is the first team receiving votes outside the top 25 and is joined by Michigan and Michigan State as other teams who are also receiving votes this week.

2011 Women's Soccer Season in Review

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The Big Ten enjoyed a successful 2011 women's soccer season highlighted by three squads earning bids to the NCAA Championship. Illinois earned the conference's automatic bid after winning the Big Ten Tournament. Big Ten Champion Penn State joined Ohio State in the championship field. The Buckeyes and Nittany Lions earned wins in the first and second rounds before falling in the Sweet 16, while the Fighting Illini won their first-round tilt, bowing out in the second round.

B1G Postseason Awards: The Big Ten Conference announced its 2011 women's soccer All-Big Ten teams and individual award winners on Tuesday, Nov. 1, with conference runner-up Illinois collecting three of the six individual honors. The Fighting Illini's Vanessa DiBernardo was named Midfielder of the Year, Jenna Carosio took home Defender of the Year honors, and Janet Rayfield earned Coach of the Year accolades. Penn State's Maya Hayes was named Forward of the Year, while Wisconsin's Michele Dalton earned Goalkeeper of the Year honors. Minnesota's Taylor Uhl took home the Freshman of the Year award. To see the complete list of All-Big Ten teams and individual award winners, click here.

Lowe's Senior Class Award: Michigan State forward Laura Heyboer was selected as a finalist for the Lowe's Senior Class Award. The finalists are chosen by a media committee from the list of 30 men's candidates and 30 women's candidates.  Eligibility for the award requires a student-athlete must be a senior and have notable achievements on the field of play, in the classroom and their community.

Capital One All-America: Penn State's Maya Hayes and Wisconsin's Laurie Nosbusch earned Capital One Academic All-America honors, as announced on Monday, Dec. 1.

Illinois' Rayfield Honored: Illinois head coach Janet Rayfield was named the NSCAA/Mondo Regional Coach of the Year for the Great Lakes region, as announced on Saturday. Rayfield led the Fighting Illini to a 17-5-2 record, which included a second-place conference finish and a Big Ten Tournament title.

The national award will be announced on Friday, Jan. 13, at the NSCAA Convention.

Penn State's Hayes Named Semifinalist for Hermann Trophy: Penn State's Maya Hayes was named to the 2011 Missouri Athletic Club's Hermann Trophy Women's Semifinalists list, as announced on Sunday, Dec. 4. The Nittany Lion forward led the nation with 31 goals and 70 points in 26 games. She was second in the nation is goals per game (1.19) and game-winning goals (9). Hayes also placed third in the nation with 2.69 points per game.

Where We Rank: Penn State and Illinois earned spots in the final NSCAA National rankings poll of the season, as announced Tuesday, Dec. 6. The Nittany Lions (21-5-0) finished at No. 8, while the Fighting Illini (17-5-2) clocked in at No. 19.

Ohio State also received votes.

For the complete list, click here.

All-Great Lakes: Sixteen Big Ten women's soccer players were named to the 2011 NCAA Women's Division I All-Great Lakes Team, as announced on Thursday, Dec. 8. First Team honorees included Illinois' Jenna Carosio and Vanessa DiBernardo, Michigan State's Laura Heyboer, and Penn State's Maya Hayes and Christine Nairn. The Second Team included Illinois' Marissa Mykines, Nebraska's Morgan Marlborough, Ohio State's Danielle Scoliere and Danica Wu, Penn State's Taylor Schram, and Wisconsin's Michele Dalton and Lindsey Johnson. The Third Team recipients were Iowa's Morgan Showalter, Michigan State's Anne Steinlage, and Penn State's Lexi Marten and Erin McNulty.

Hayes Named Finalist for Hermann Trophy:
Penn State's Maya Hayes was named a finalist for the Hermann Trophy, as announced on Friday, Dec. 9. The Big Ten Forward of the Year led the nation in points (70) and goals (31) this season. She also tallied nine game-winning goals which ranked second in the nation.

The winner will be announced on Tuesday, Jan. 6, at approximately 7 p.m. ET.

All-America: Illinois' Vanessa DiBernardo and Penn State's Maya Hayes and Christine Nairn were named to the 2011 NCAA Women's Soccer All-American Team, as announced on Friday, Dec. 9.

DiBernardo was named Second Team All-America after finishing the season with 39 points on 17 goals and 5 assists en route to an All-Big Ten First Team selection.

Hayes earned First Team honors after leading the nation in points (70) and goals (31) this season. Hayes is also a finalist for the Hermann Trophy.

Nairn joined DiBernardo on the Second Team after tallying 19 points on 13 assists and three goals on the season. This is the second year that Nairn has earned All-America honors.

Soccer America MVP:
Illinois' Vanessa DiBernardo and Penn State's Maya Hayes have been named as two of Soccer America's Most Valuable Players, as announced on Thursday.

DiBernardo was named a Second Team MVP after tallying 39 points on 17 goals and five assists on the season.

Hayes earned recognition as a First Team MVP after leading the nation in points (70) and goals (31) this season. Hayes is also a finalist for the Hermann Trophy, which is set to be announced on Tuesday, Jan. 6.

For the complete release, click here.

Chicagoland News Soccer MVP: Illinois' Vanessa DiBernardo has earned Chicagoland Soccer News Player of the Year honors, as announced on Tuesday. The Fighting Illini sophomore midfielder is also among the finalists for the Soccer News Net Women's College Boot, given to the national player of the year.

DiBernardo is the first Big Ten women's soccer player to earn the award.

Illinois News Release
Chicagoland Soccer News Release

Philly News Soccer MVP:
Penn State's Maya Hayes has been tabbed the Philly Soccer News Women's Player of the Year, as announced on Tuesday. Hayes led the nation is goals (31) and points (70) this season. The sophomore forward is also among the finalists for the Soccer News Net Women's College Boot, which is award to the player of the year.

Philly Soccer News Release
Penn State Release


Weekend Roundup

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JANUARY 6
#7 ILLINOIS def.PURDUE (rv), 24-9
#1 IOWA def. INDIANA, 26-12
#8 MICHIGAN def. #17 NORTHWESTERN, 28-9
#14 NEBRASKA def. #6 OHIO STATE, 18-16

JANUARY 7
#7 ILLINOIS def. Lock Haven, 38-6
#2 Oklahoma State def. #1 IOWA, 17-16

JANUARY 8
#7 ILLINOIS def. #8 MICHIGAN, 31-9
#3 MINNESOTA def. #6 OHIO STATE, 24-13
#4 PENN STATE def. MICHIGAN STATE, 36-6
#17 NORTHWESTERN def. WISCONSIN, 33-9

Sunday's Results

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#12/12 INDIANA def. PENN STATE, 88-82
Despite a barrage of 16 threes and 67 percent shooting from the arc by No. 12 Indiana, Penn State fought valiantly and closed within two three times in the final minute before falling, 88-82, in front of a buzzing crowd at the Bryce Jordan Center Sunday. RECAP & BOX SCORE

#16/13 MICHIGAN def. #18/19 WISCONSIN, 59-41
The University of Michigan men's basketball team used a strong defensive effort to defeat Wisconsin, 59-41, and secure its 10th straight home victory on Sunday afternoon at the Crisler Center. The Badgers, who were averaging 68 points per game this season, were held to a season-low point total in the win. RECAP & BOX SCORE

PURDUE (rv/rv) def. MINNESOTA, 79-66
Purdue made 10-of-12 first-half three-pointers to build a 15-point halftime lead and then fought off a late rally by Minnesota to post a 79-66 Big Ten victory on Sunday evening at Williams Arena. RECAP & BOX SCORE

Sunday's Results

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Wisconsin 70, Illinois 67
A strong second half and a pair of free throws by Morgan Paige with seven seconds to play gave the Wisconsin women's basketball team it first Big Ten Conference win. The Badgers downed Illinois 70-67 Sunday afternoon. The win improved the UW to 1-3 in Big Ten play (5-11 overall), while the Illini remain winless in league play at 0-4 (6-11 overall). "I feel like we kept fighting and fighting and never getting a victory," head coach Bobbie Kelsey said. RECAP

Northwestern 69, Indiana 61
Four Wildcats reached double figures as Northwestern picked up its first Big Ten victory of the season, a 69-61 triumph over Indiana Sunday afternoon. Dannielle Diamant led the contingent with a career-high tying 20 points, including six points on free-throws in the final minute. The win, NU's 11th on the year, was the first time since Dec. 30, 1998 that the Wildcats had emerged victorious from Bloomington. RECAP

Nebraska 77, Iowa 72
Lindsey Moore unleashed one of the best all-around games of her career with 22 points, seven rebounds, nine assists and three steals to lead the No. 19 Nebraska women's basketball team to a 77-72 victory over Iowa at Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Sunday afternoon. With the victory, Nebraska notched its eighth straight win to improve to 14-1 on the season, while moving to 3-0 in the Big Ten Conference. Iowa, which was one of the preseason favorites in the Big Ten race, slipped to 10-7 overall and 2-2 in the conference. RECAP

Big Ten Bowl Notes

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The Big Ten sent a record 10 teams to bowl games this season, the highest total of any conference in the country.

Of those games, eight were against schools from BCS automatic qualifying conferences with three vs. the SEC, two each against the Big 12 and Pac-12, and one against the ACC. The Big Ten's bowl opponents also included five teams ranked in the BCS top 16, the highest total of any conference.

Despite this difficult schedule, and despite playing five games that were in the home states of their opponents, Big Ten teams posted a 4-6 bowl record, marking the second time in three seasons that the Big Ten recorded four bowl wins. The Big Ten is one of just four conferences to post four or more wins this bowl season.

Among BCS automatic qualifying conferences, the Big Ten ranks third in win total this bowl season. Big Ten teams went 4-6, while the Big 12 went 6-2, and the SEC will finish the season 6-3. The Big East went 3-2, the Pac-12 went 2-5, and the ACC went 2-6.

Including this year's record, Big Ten teams have won 10 bowl games over the last three seasons and have posted at least three bowl victories in seven of the last 10 seasons. The last time the Big Ten won 10 or more bowl games over a three-year span was following the 2002-04 campaigns.

Check back tomorrow for more information on the Big Ten in bowl competition.

Sunday's Schedule

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Northwestern at Indiana, 2 p.m., BTN
Nebraska at Iowa, 4 p.m., BTN
Wisconsin at Illinois, 3 p.m., BTN.com

Sunday's Schedule

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Big Ten men's basketball play continues with three games on Sunday, including a top-20 matchup between No. 16/13 Michigan and No. 18/19 Wisconsin. Following today's games, BTN's Emmy-nominated series "The Journey" makes its season premiere. Click the links below for each team's game notes.

 

#12/12 INDIANA at PENN STATE, Noon, BTN

#18/19 WISCONSIN at #16/13 MICHIGAN, 1:30 p.m., CBS Sports

PURDUE (rv/rv) at MINNESOTA, 6 p.m., BTN

 

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Saturday's Results

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Michigan 73, Ohio State 62
The University of Michigan women's basketball team grabbed the lead late in the first half and held on for a 73-62 upset victory over Ohio State on Saturday night at the Crisler Center. U-M's double-digit victory is the program's third straight over the Buckeyes, who were ranked each time. Courtney Boylan powered U-M with a game-high 19 points and six rebounds playing the entire 40 minutes. Sam Arnold added a season-high 13 points off the bench, including 11 in the first half, while Rachel Sheffer scored 11 points and added four rebounds. Nya Jordan added eight points, hitting all four free throws on the night. RECAP

Michigan State 75, Penn State 65
Behind a dominating first half performance, the Michigan State women's basketball team beat No. 19 Penn State, 75-65, in front of a national television audience on CBS Saturday afternoon. Senior Taylor Alton (20 points) and freshman Kiana Johnson (18 points) each scored career highs leading the Spartans (11-5) to a 3-0 start in Big Ten play. Alton, despite feeling under the weather, went 6-for-9 from behind the arc, tying for the fourth most 3-point field goals made in a MSU single game. RECAP

Saturday's Results

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ILLINOIS (-/rv) def. NEBRASKA, 59-54
Joseph Bertrand scored a career-high 25 points and hit the shot that gave Illinois a decisive lead with 53 seconds to play Saturday on the way to a 59-54 victory over Nebraska. RECAP & BOX SCORE

#6/7 OHIO STATE def. IOWA, 76-47
Jared Sullinger scored a season-high 28 points and sixth-ranked Ohio State pounded Iowa 76-47 on Saturday. RECAP & BOX SCORE

Big Ten Bowl Notes

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Big Ten teams have played in more BCS games than any other conference and have compiled 11 wins in those games, which ranks second only to the SEC.

The Big Ten has won three BCS games over the last three seasons, which ranks second only to the SEC, which will have four BCS wins at the end of this season. The last time the Big Ten earned three BCS wins in a three-year span was after the 2003, 2004 and 2005 seasons.

The Big Ten and SEC are also the only two conferences that have seen three different schools take home BCS bowl trophies in the last three years, as Michigan claimed this year's Sugar Bowl, Iowa won the 2010 Orange Bowl, and Ohio State won the 2010 Rose Bowl Game.

Overall, eight current Big Ten schools have participated in BCS bowl games, which ranks second only to the Pac-12's total of nine. Additionally, the Big Ten lays claim to three of the 15 programs which have won multiple BCS games. Ohio State leads the nation with five BCS wins, while Michigan and Wisconsin each have two.

Check back tomorrow for more information on the Big Ten in bowl competition.

Saturday's Schedule

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Michigan State at Penn State, 2 p.m., CBS Sports
Ohio State at Michigan, 5 p.m., BTN

Saturday's Schedule

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Big Ten action continues with a pair of games on Saturday, both of which will be broadcast on BTN. Click the links below for each team's game notes.

 

NEBRASKA at ILLINOIS (-/rv), 1 p.m., BTN

#6/7 OHIO STATE at IOWA, 3 p.m., BTN

 

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Big Ten in the NFL Playoffs

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With 101 former student-athletes from current Big Ten schools appearing on NFL playoff rosters, the Big Ten is one of three conferences with 100 or more players in the upcoming playoffs. The SEC (128) and ACC (110) also boast more than 100 former players in the NFL playoffs, followed by the Pac-12 (83), Big 12 (60) and Big East (41). The Big Ten is also one of two conferences to have nine schools with eight or more players on playoff rosters, and one of three to have every school in the conference with at least two players on playoff rosters. Only 18 college football programs will feature 11 or more former players taking the field in the NFL playoffs, including Ohio State, Michigan and Wisconsin. The Buckeyes lead all Big Ten teams and are tied for third among all schools with 17 former players taking the field. The Wolverines are tied for 10th nationally with 13 standouts and the Badgers are tied for 15th with 11 players. Illinois, Michigan State and Nebraska each have nine players on playoff rosters, while Iowa, Penn State and Purdue check in with eight. Indiana has four players in the playoffs, while Northwestern has three and Minnesota has two.

Click here to see the complete list of former Big Ten players in the NFL playoffs.

Big Ten Bowl Notes

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Big Ten teams have traditionally faced tough competition in bowl games and have had success against some of the nation's best. In fact, seven of the Big Ten's 10 bowl wins over the last three years have come against teams ranked in the top 16 of the BCS standings.

Over the past three seasons, the Big Ten has faced 12 teams ranked among the BCS top 16, which is more than any other conference. The SEC will have played 10 top-16 teams, followed by the Pac-12 (9), ACC (5) and Big 12 (4).

There will only be 20 wins over BCS top-16 teams in the past three years, with seven of those wins by Big Ten teams. The Big Ten leads all conferences with seven top-16 wins, while the SEC ranks second, and will have from four to six at the end of the season. No other conference will have more than two top-16 wins in the last three years.

The Big Ten's seven BCS top-16 wins have come from six different programs with Iowa claiming two wins. The Hawkeyes defeated No. 9 Georgia Tech in 2009, while Ohio State knocked off No. 7 Oregon, Penn State defeated No. 12 LSU and Wisconsin triumphed over No. 15 Miami (Fla.) that same season. Iowa also defeated No. 12 Missouri in 2010. This season, Michigan State beat No. 16 Georgia and Michigan won over No. 11 Virginia Tech.
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Weekend Schedule

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January 6
IOWA at Arizona - 2 p.m. CT
PENN STATE at Bulldog Diving Shootout

January 7
INDIANA at MICHIGAN - Noon ET
NORTHWESTERN at Lewis/ vs. Carthage - 1 p.m. CT
WISCONSIN at Hawai'i - 1:30 p.m. CT

Weekend Schedule

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January 6
IOWA at Arizona/ vs. New Mexico, Oregon State - 2 p.m. CT
PENN STATE at Bulldog Diving Shootout

January 7
INDIANA at MICHIGAN - Noon ET
OHIO STATE at Toledo - 1 p.m. ET
WISCONSIN at Hawai'i/ vs. Boise State - 1:30 p.m. CT

Weekend Schedule

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JANUARY 6
#16 Washington at MICHIGAN STATE (rv) - 6:30 p.m. ET
#25 IOWA vs. #19 Arizona, #11 Arkansas, #17 Auburn, #12 LSU [1] - 7 p.m. CT

JANUARY 7
#18 OHIO STATE at #22 MINNESOTA - 6 p.m. CT

JANUARY 8
#13 PENN STATE/Maryland (rv) at West Virginia (rv) - 2 p.m. ET

Legend
[1] Cancun Classic - Cancun, Mexico

Weekend Schedule

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January 7
INDIANA at Indiana Open - ALL DAY
MICHIGAN at Michigan Women's Open - 11 a.m. ET
PENN STATE at Penn State Relays - ALL DAY

Weekend Schedule

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January 6
OHIO STATE at Buckeye Classic - 5 p.m. ET

January 7
INDIANA at Indiana Open - ALL DAY
PENN STATE at Penn State Relays - ALL DAY

Weekend Schedule

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January 6
PENN STATE vs. Baylor - 11 a.m. ET [1]

Legend
[1] Manoa, Hawai'i

Weekend Schedule

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January 6
INDIANA at Four Conference Showdown - ALL DAY [1]
MICHIGAN at Key Biscayne Individuals - 10 a.m. ET [2]

January 7
INDIANA at Four Conference Showdown - ALL DAY [1]
MICHIGAN at Key Biscayne Individuals - 10 a.m. ET [2]

January 8
INDIANA at Four Conference Showdown - ALL DAY [1]
MICHIGAN at Key Biscayne Individuals - 10 a.m. ET [2]
OHIO STATE at USTA Futures - ALL DAY [3]

Legend
[1] Orlando, Fla.
[2] Key Biscayne, Fla.
[3] Plantation, Fla.

Weekend Schedule

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JANUARY 6
#7 ILLINOIS at PURDUE (rv) - 7 p.m. ET
#1 IOWA at INDIANA - 7 p.m. ET
#8 MICHIGAN at #17 NORTHWESTERN - 7 p.m. CT - www.BTN.com
#6 OHIO STATE at #14 NEBRASKA - 7 p.m. CT - www.BTN.com

JANUARY 7
Lock Haven at #7 ILLINOIS - 1 p.m. CT
#2 Oklahoma State at #1 IOWA - 7 p.m. CT - www.BTN.com

JANUARY 8
#6 OHIO STATE at #3 MINNESOTA - 1 p.m. CT
#7 ILLINOIS at #8 MICHIGAN - 2 p.m. ET - www.BTN.com
#4 PENN STATE at MICHIGAN STATE [1] - 2 p.m. ET
#17 NORTHWESTERN at WISCONSIN - 2 p.m. CT - BTN (8 p.m. CT)

Legend
[1] Kellogg Arena - Battle Creek, Mich.

Thursday's Results

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Iowa 69, Illinois 62
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- It took 39 minutes and 50 seconds for the University of Iowa women's basketball team to make its first 3-pointer, and it came just in the nick of time. Senior Kamille Wahlin's long ball with 10.9 seconds remaining evened the tally at 55, and Iowa carried the momentum into overtime to notch a 69-62 victory over Illinois on Thursday night on Mediacom Court inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena. RECAP

Nebraska 62, Indiana 48
Lincoln - The No. 19 Nebraska women's basketball team exploded on a 30-4 surge midway through first half on its way to a 62-48 victory over Indiana at the Bob Devaney Sports Center on Thursday night. With the victory, Nebraska improved to 13-1 overall and 2-0 in the conference with a win its first-ever Big Ten home game. Indiana slipped to 5-11 overall and 0-3 in the Big Ten. Sophomore Jordan Hooper notched her fourth straight double-double and her sixth consecutive 20-point effort with 21 points and 11 rebounds. Hooper also tied a career high with two assists. The 6-2 forward from Alliance, Neb., who has earned three of the last four Big Ten Player-of-the-Week awards, owns seven double-doubles and nine 20-point performances on the year. RECAP

Minnesota 68, Northwestern 60
Freshman Rachel Banham scored a career-high 26 points and added eight rebounds as the University of Minnesota (10-7, 2-1 Big Ten) women's basketball team claimed its first true road victory of the year, 68-60, at Northwestern (10-5, 0-2 Big Ten) Thursday evening in Big Ten action from Welsh-Ryan Arena. Along with being the first true road win for the Gophers in 2011-12, the victory was also the first at Welsh-Ryan Arena since Jan. 11, 2007. Banham notched 17 points in the second half alone, which included 10 points from the free throw line and five critical points in the waning seconds of the contest. RECAP

Purdue 63, Wisconsin 52
KK Houser did it all against Wisconsin. The Purdue guard scored 17 points and played shutdown defense against Wisconsin's Taylor Wurtz to help No. 18 Purdue beat Wisconsin 63-52 on Thursday night. Houser also had five steals and four assists as the Boilermakers (13-3, 3-0 Big Ten) won their sixth straight game. She also was the primary defender against Wurtz. One of the conference's top scorers at 16.1 points per game, Wurtz was held scoreless on 0-for-10 shooting. She had reached double figures in every game this season. RECAP

Thursday's Results

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PENN STATE def. PURDUE, (rv/rv), 65-45
Dominating from start to finish, the Penn State men's basketball team posted the first Big Ten victory of the Patrick Chambers era Thursday at the Bryce Jordan Center in impressive fashion posting a 65-45 victory over Purdue. RECAP & BOX SCORE

#12/12 INDIANA def. #16/13 MICHIGAN, 73-71
Christian Watford started fast and finished strong for Indiana. The junior scored 25 points and connected on 1 of 2 free throws with 2.9 seconds left Thursday night, leading the 12th-ranked Hoosiers to a 73-71 victory over No. 16 Michigan. RECAP & BOX SCORE

Thursday's Schedule

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Wisconsin at #18/22 Purdue, 6 p.m., BTN
Illinois at Iowa, 8 p.m., BTN.com
Indiana at #19/rv Nebraska, 8 p.m., BTN.com
Minnesota at Northwestern, 8 p.m., BTN.com

Thursday's Schedule

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Big Ten men's basketball action continues on Thursday with a pair of conference games, including a top-20 matchup. Click the links below for each team's game notes.

 

PURDUE (rv/rv) at PENN STATE, 8 p.m., BTN

#16/13 MICHIGAN at #12/12 INDIANA, 9 p.m., ESPN2

 

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Big Ten Bowl Notes

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Big Ten football teams are proud to compete with the best in bowl games, taking on some of the nation's top teams, often in a road game environment. This year, the conference's 10 bowl teams faced five programs among the BCS top 16, which is more than any other conference.

The Big Ten took on eight opponents from BCS automatic qualifying conferences, playing three games against the SEC, two each against the Big 12 and Pac-12 and one against the ACC. The Big Ten was one of just three conferences to play that many BCS AQ teams this bowl season.

Despite this challenging schedule, Big Ten teams posted a 4-6 record, including two wins over teams ranked among the BCS top 16. Purdue defeated Western Michigan in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl, Illinois won over UCLA in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl, No. 17 Michigan State knocked off No. 16 Georgia in the Outback Bowl, and No. 13 Michigan defeated No. 11 Virginia Tech in the Allstate Sugar Bowl.

A difficult bowl schedule is nothing new for the Big Ten. In fact, the conference has played more bowl games against the SEC than any other conference in the BCS era.

The Big Ten has gone 17-20 against the SEC in those 14 years with an average point differential of just 3.6 points per game. The Big Ten's 17 victories are almost twice as many as the next-closest conference.

In addition, nine of those 37 games have been in road game environments for the Big Ten, meaning the bowl was held in the same state as the SEC opponent. The Big Ten is 4-5 in those games and has not had any "home" games of its own against the SEC.

Check back tomorrow for more information on the Big Ten in bowl competition.

In The (Individual) Polls

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Twelve Big Ten women's tennis players and five doubles pairs have been ranked nationally in the latest ITA rankings. The complete list of ranked singles and doubles players can be found below.

Singles
26. Kate Turvy, NU
36. Emina Bektas, MICH
46. Brooke Bolender, MICH
50. Mary Weatherholt, NEB
53. Sam Critser, MICH
79. Carolyn Chupa, IND
84. Janine Weinreich, NEB
86. Brittany Wowchuk, NU
91. Sonja Molnar, IOWA
96. Petra Januskova, PSU
100. Stefanie Weinstein, NEB
113. Mimi Nguyen, MICH

Doubles
6. Nida Hamilton/Linda Abu Mushrefova, NU
24. Emina Bektas/Brooke Bolender, MICH
27. Chelcie Abajian/Breanne Smutko, ILL
52. Kara Cecil/Kelsey Dieters, OSU
53. Madeleine Geibert/Stefanie Weinstein, NEB

In The (Individual) Polls

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Fourteen Big Ten men's tennis players and 10 doubles pairs have been ranked nationally in the latest ITA rankings. The complete list of ranked singles and doubles players can be found below.

Singles
2. Dennis Nevolo, ILL
6. Evan King, MICH
8. Blaz Rola, OSU
24. Roy Kalmanovich, ILL
28. Chase Buchanan, OSU
41. Christopher Aumueller, NEB
78. Benedikt Lindheim, NEB
80. Tomas Hanzlik, PSU
93. Marc Bruche, IOWA
97. Spencer Wolf, NU
105. Mark Kovacs, PUR
116. Ille Van Engelen, OSU
118. Leandro Toledo, MINN
123. Connor Smith, OSU

Doubles

1. Chase Buchanan/Blaz Rola, OSU
7. Christopher Aumueller/Benedikt Lindheim, NEB
10. Chase Buchanan/Peter Kobelt, OSU
15. Ille Van Engelen/Devin McCarthy, OSU
22. Shaun Bernstein/Evan King, MICH
30. Blaz Rola/Connor Smith, OSU
44. Robert Schulze/Andre Stenger, NEB
50. Rok Bonin/Julian Dehn, MINN
55. Phillip Arndt/Leandro Toledo, MINN
59. Marc Bruche/Will Vasos, IOWA


In The Polls

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Six Big Ten women's tennis teams appear in the Campbell/ITA Rankings, with two earning spots in the top-15. Michigan sits at No. 10, followed by Northwestern at No. 12. Nebraska checks in at No. 39, while Ohio State clocks in at No. 55. Purdue follows suit at No. 61, while Illinois appears at No. 69.

For the complete poll, click here.

In The Polls

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Nine Big Ten men's tennis teams appear in the Campbell/ITA national top-75 rankings, with three taking spots in the top-25. Ohio State clocks in at No. 3 to lead all conference teams. Illinois checks in at No. 17, while Minnesota follows at No. 25. Indiana comes in at No. 29, followed by Michigan at No. 32 and Nebraska at No. 40. Michigan State sits at No. 53, Purdue is No. 64 and Wisconsin checks in at No. 69.

For the complete poll, click here.

Wednesday's Results

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ILLINOIS (-/rv) def. NORTHWESTERN, 57-56
A frantic finish came up just short for Northwestern as the Wildcats dropped a 58-57 decision to Illinois Wednesday evening at Welsh-Ryan Arena. John Shurna scored 17 of his game-high 20 points in the first half for the Wildcats. RECAP & BOX SCORE

IOWA def. MINNESOTA, 64-62
Things looked to be going Minnesota's way late in the first half of its home-opening Big Ten game versus Iowa on Wednesday night. The Gophers led by 11 points with 5:06 remaining, and the momentum was in its favor. RECAP & BOX SCORE

Wednesday's Results

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Michigan State 60, Michigan 55
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Using a 19-5 run midway through the second half, the Michigan State women's basketball team erased a halftime deficit to beat Michigan, 60-55 on Wednesday night at the Breslin Center. The win was the Spartans' 18th in the last 19 meetings with the Wolverines, including winning the last 10 games. The Spartans, who improve to 10-5 overall and 2-0 in Big Ten play, were led by 13 points from senior Porsche Poole. Classmate Lykendra Johnson and freshman Jasmine Hines each added nine points. Junior Courtney Schiffauer had a career high 11 rebounds, helping MSU to a 44-29 advantage on the glass. RECAP
Penn State's Maya Hayes has been tabbed the Philly Soccer News Women's Player of the Year, as announced on Tuesday. Hayes led the nation is goals (31) and points (70) this season. The sophomore forward is also among the finalists for the Soccer News Net Women's College Boot, which is award to the player of the year.

Philly Soccer News Release

Penn State Release

Wednesday's Schedule

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Big Ten men's basketball conference action continues on Wednesday with a pair of games on BTN. Click the links below for each team's game notes.

 

ILLINOIS (-/rv) at NORTHWESTERN, 7 p.m., BTN

IOWA at MINNESOTA, 9 p.m., BTN

 

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Three Big Ten Players Named Cousy Award Finalists

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Michigan's Trey Burke, Ohio State's Aaron Craft and Wisconsin's Jordan Taylor were named among the 20 finalists for the 2012 Bob Cousy Award. The Big Ten is second among all conferences with three finalists for the award given to the top collegiate male basketball point guard. FULL LIST

Required Reading

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ESPN.com's Joe Lunardi has seven Big Ten teams in the NCAA bracket and another on the bubble in his latest Bracketology.

Dick Vitale has some high praise for Tom Crean and his Indiana Hoosiers.

Myron Medcalf of ESPN.com says "Believe the Hype" when it comes to Michigan State and thinks that Indiana is underrated at No. 12.

ESPN.com's Jason King picks Indiana's Tom Crean as his early favorite for Coach of the Year and has high praise for Will Sheehey, Trey Burke and Michigan State.

FoxSports.com's Joe Crispin says Ohio State's William Buford is his early frontrunner for national Player of the Year and thinks Wisconsin's Jordan Taylor is poised for a breakout 2012.

Christian Watford's buzzer-beater to lift Indiana over Kentucky has been nominated for the GEICO Play of the Year.

Iowa head coach Fran McCaffery talks about his players and how they continue to get better.

Minnesota play-by-play man Mike Grimm takes you inside the Gophers' game room.

Skip Myslenski of NUSports.com talks about Alex Marcotullio and battles with injury this season.

D.J. Byrd, Travis Carroll and Terone Johnson preview the Boilermakers' upcoming game against Penn State.

Illinois' Vanessa DiBernardo has earned Chicagoland Soccer News Player of the Year honors, as announced on Tuesday. The Fighting Illini sophomore midfielder is also among the finalists for the Soccer News Net Women's College Boot, given to the national player of the year.

DiBernardo is the first Big Ten women's soccer player to earn the award.

Illinois News Release

Chicagoland Soccer News Release

Ranking the Wrestlers

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The Big Ten boasts 65 ranked wrestlers in the first InterMat Rankings of 2012, with three earning No. 1 rankings. Minnesota 125-pounder Zach Sanders and Penn State 149-pounder Frank Molinaro and 165-pounder David Taylor earned top rankings in their respective weight classes. All 12 Big Ten teams are represented in the individual rankings, while Penn State moved to the top of the team rankings this week. Iowa and Minnesota lead the conference with nine ranked wrestlers each. The complete breakdown of ranked Big Ten teams and wrestlers can be found below.

Team
1. Penn State (T-3 last week)
T-2. Iowa (1)
4. Minnesota (T-3)
6. Ohio State (7)
7. Michigan (8)
12. Nebraska (T-21)
15. Northwestern (T-21)
18. Illinois (T-11)
25. Purdue (T-25)
T-29. Indiana (T-32)
T-37. Michigan State (T-39)
T-37. Wisconsin (41)

125
1. Zach Sanders, MINN (1)
2. Matt McDonough, IOWA (2)
5. Jesse Delgado, ILL (6)
7. Levi Mele, NU (8)
10. Nico Megaludis, PSU (13)
15. Johnni DiJulius, OSU (15)

133
2. Logan Stieber, OSU (3)
4. Tony Ramos, IOWA (2)
5. B.J. Futrell, ILL (7)
6. Cashe Quiroga, PUR (6)
8. David Thorn, MINN (5)
17. Zac Stevens, MICH (15)
19. Ridge Kiley, NEB (17)

141
2. Kellen Russell, MICH (3)
3. Montell Marion, IOWA (1)
6. Hunter Stieber, OSU (6)
7. Jake Sueflohn, NEB (11)
15. Nick Dardanes, MINN (10)

149
1. Frank Molinaro, PSU (1)
4. Eric Grajales, MICH (4)
7. Ivan Lopouchanski, PUR (8)
9. Dylan Ness, MINN (11)
11. Mike Kelly, IOWA (NR)
13. Cole Schmitt, WIS (9)
14. Eric Terrazas, ILL (6)
16. Cam Tessari, OSU (16)
18. Dan Osterman, MSU (19)

157
2. Derek St. John, IOWA (2)
3. Jason Welch, NU (3)
9. Dylan Alton, PSU (10)
10. James Green, NEB (13)
14. Anthony Jones, MSU (17)

165
1. David Taylor, PSU (1)
3. Robert Kokesh, NEB (5)
6. Cody Yohn, MINN (10)
8. Ben Jordan, WIS (15)
10. Mike Evans, IOWA (14)
18. Dan Yates, MICH (17)

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

184
3. Quentin Wright, PSU (5)
7. Josh Ihnen, NEB (9)
8. Kevin Steinhaus, MINN (8)
12. C.J. Magrum, OSU (14)
19. Braden Atwood, PUR (20)

197
3. Sonny Yohn, MINN (2)
4. Matt Powless, IND (4)
13. Morgan McIntosh, PSU (11)
15. Grant Gambrall, IOWA (7)
16. Tyler Dickenson, MSU (16)
18. Max Huntley, MICH (NR)
20. John Schoen, NU (NR)

HWT
4. Tony Nelson, MINN (7)
6. Cameron Wade, PSU (8)
7. Bobby Telford, IOWA (9)
9. Tucker Lane, NEB (10)
11. Mike McClure, MSU (12)
15. Ben Apland, MICH (18)
17. Peter Capone, OSU (16)
19. Mike McMullan, NU (NR)

BTN's "The Journey" Returns on Sunday

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BTN's Emmy-nominated series "The Journey" makes its season premiere on Sunday at 8 p.m. ET. Click below for a special sneak-peek of the show's open.

 

 

In the Polls

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Eight Big Ten wrestling teams again hold top-20 spots in the NWCA/USA Today Division I Coaches Poll, with six top-10 squads putting the Big Ten in the national lead. Iowa tops the rankings for the seventh consecutive poll, earning six of the 10 first-place votes. Minnesota remains at No. 3, while Penn State moves into a tie for No. 4 this week. No. 6 Ohio State, No. 7 Illinois and No. 8 Michigan maintain the same top-10 rankings as last week, while Nebraska remains at No. 14 and Northwestern moves up one spot to No. 17. Purdue is receiving votes in the latest poll.

Click here to see the complete poll.

Tuesday's Results

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#6/7 OHIO STATE def. NEBRASKA, 71-40
Jared Sullinger had 19 points and 12 rebounds, and No. 6 Ohio State shook off its most recent loss with a 71-40 victory over Nebraska on Tuesday night. RECAP & BOX SCORE

#10/11 MICHIGAN STATE def. #18/19 WISCONSIN, 63-60 (OT)
Wisconsin's Ryan Evans had an apparent game-tying 3-pointer overturned on an officials' replay review, allowing No. 10 Michigan State to hold on for a 63-60 victory over No. 18 Wisconsin in overtime Tuesday night. RECAP & BOX SCORE

Tuesday's Schedule

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The second week of the Big Ten season begins on Tuesday with four squads in action, including a top-20 matchup between No. 10/11 Michigan State and No. 18/19 Wisconsin. Click the links below for each team's game notes.

 

NEBRASKA at #6/7 OHIO STATE, 6:30 p.m., BTN

#10/11 MICHIGAN STATE at #18/19 WISCONSIN, 7 p.m., ESPN2

 

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Big Ten in the NFL - Week 17

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Pat Angerer, LB, Indianapolis (Iowa) - Made 11 tackles in Indianapolis' 19-13 loss to Jacksonville.

NaVorro Bowman, LB, San Francisco (Penn State) - Posted 10 tackles, including a sack and a tackle for loss in San Francisco's 34-27 win over St. Louis.

Tom Brady, QB, New England (Michigan) - Threw for 338 yards and three touchdowns on 23 of 35 passing in New England's 49-21 win over Buffalo.

Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans (Purdue) - Completed 28 of 35 passes for 389 yards and five touchdowns in New Orleans' 45-17 win over Carolina, finishing the regular season with NFL records in completions (468) and completion percentage (71.6), along with the passing yardage record he broke a in Week 16 (5,476).

Chad Greenway, LB, Minnesota (Iowa) - Made eight tackles, including a sack and a tackle for loss, in Minnesota's 17-13 loss to Chicago.

Dustin Keller, TE, New York Jets (Purdue) - Made seven catches for 45 yards and a touchdown in the New York Jets' 19-17 loss to Miami.

James Laurinaitis, LB, St. Louis (Ohio State) - Made nine tackles, including two for loss, in St. Louis' 34-27 loss to San Francisco.

Sean Lee, LB, Dallas (Penn State) - Recorded 11 tackles, including one for loss, in Dallas' 31-14 loss to the New York Giants.

Brandon Lloyd, WR, St. Louis (Illinois) - Caught six passes for 100 yards and a touchdown in St. Louis' 34-27 loss to San Francisco.

Evan Royster, RB, Washington (Penn State) - Rushed for 113 yards on 20 carries and added five catches for 52 yards in Washington's 34-10 loss to Philadelphia.

Morgan Trent, CB, Jacksonville (Michigan) - Made four tackles and an interception in Jacksonville's 19-13 win over Indianapolis.

Weekend Roundup

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DECEMBER 29
#8 MICHIGAN at Mat Town Invitational - 1st/11 teams
#14 NEBRASKA def. Boise State, 34-3 [1]
#14 NEBRASKA def. Arizona State, 42-0 [1]

DECEMBER 29-30
#7 ILLINOIS at Midlands Championships - 6th/43 teams
#1 IOWA at Midlands Championships - 1st/43 teams
#18 NORTHWESTERN at Midlands Championships - 2nd/43 teams
PURDUE (rv) at Midlands Championships - 10th/43 teams
WISCONSIN at Midlands Championships - 18th/43 teams

JANUARY 1-2
INDIANA at Southern Scuffle - 13th/23 teams
#3 MINNESOTA at Southern Scuffle - 2nd/23 teams
#5 PENN STATE at Southern Scuffle - 1st/23 teams

Legend
[1] ASU Duals - Tempe, Ariz.

Monday's Results

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Minnesota 84, Indiana 43
The University of Minnesota women's basketball team used a double-double from freshman Rachel Banham and a record-setting first half to pick up a 84-43 victory in its Big Ten Conference home-opener against Indiana. Banham posted her first-career double-double with career-highs of 21 points on 8-of-18 shooting, which included a flawless 5-for-5 performance from three-point range, and 11 rebounds, while adding two assists and a steal. The rookie became the third Gopher this season to register a double-double, as Katie Loberg has two on the year and Kionna Kellogg has one. RECAP

Ohio State 84, Iowa 71
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Even Ohio State's 1-2 punch recognizes the problems it causes. "It's probably hard for them," Tayler Hill said. "What are you going to do, double one of us?" Samantha Prahalis added. "It's difficult." Prahalis scored 30 points and Hill added 28 to rally Ohio State (No. 12 ESPN/USA Today, No. 8 AP) from a 15-point first-half deficit for an 84-71 victory over Iowa on Monday. The Buckeyes (15-0, 2-0 Big Ten) are off to their best start during the NCAA era. RECAP

Penn State 82, Wisconsin 49
MADISON, WIS. - Coming off of a season-low shooting percentage, the #22/17 Penn State Lady Lions rebounded to connect on 52/3% (34-65) of its shots on the way to an 82-49 win at Wisconsin Monday afternoon. The Lady Lions moved the ball well with 26 assists on 34 baskets. Sophomore Maggie Lucas (Naberth, Pa.) accounted for a game-high 18 points with a career-best seven assists and a steal to pace Penn State. RECAP

Purdue 64, Illinois 63
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) - Courtney Moses made a 3-pointer from the top of the key as time expired, giving #20/21 Purdue a 64-63 win against Illinois on Monday. Ivory Crawford made two free throws with 25 seconds left to give Illinois a 62-61 lead, but Lydia McCully hit just 1 of 2 free throws with 7 seconds left for a two-point lead before Moses nailed the game-winner. Brittany Rayburn had 17 points to lead Purdue, including 13 in the second half. The Boilermakers held Illinois to 37 percent shooting. Kersten Magrum led all Illini players with 18 points, while Crawford had 14 points, all in the second half. RECAP

Monday's Schedule

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Indiana at Minnesota, 3 p.m.
Purdue at Illinois, 2 p.m., BTN
Iowa at Ohio State, Noon, BTN
Penn State at Wisconsin, 1 p.m.

All times are ET

This Week in the Big Ten

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This (past) Week in the Big Ten we saw football post a 2-2 record in postseason bowls, both the men's and women's basketball conference campaigns begin, Indiana upset No. 2 Ohio State, and Iowa earn the Midlands wrestling title.  MORE>>>

This Week in the Big Ten

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This (past) Week in the Big Ten we saw football post a 2-2 record in postseason bowls, both the men's and women's basketball conference campaigns begin, Indiana upset No. 2 Ohio State, and Iowa earn the Midlands wrestling title.  MORE>>>

This Week in the Big Ten

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This (past) Week in the Big Ten we saw football post a 2-2 record in postseason bowls, both the men's and women's basketball conference campaigns begin, Indiana upset No. 2 Ohio State, and Iowa earn the Midlands wrestling title.  MORE>>>

Sunday's Results

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#18/16 MICHIGAN def. MINNESOTA, 61-56
Freshman Trey Burke scored a career-high 27 points and sophomore Tim Hardaway Jr. hit a big jumper with 36 seconds remaining as the University of Michigan men's basketball team defeated Minnesota, 61-56, Sunday afternoon inside the Crisler Center. Michigan has now won seven games in a row and is off to its best start since the 2006-07 season. RECAP & BOX SCORE

NORTHWESTERN def. PENN STATE, 68-56
Northwestern connected on 14 of its first 16 field goal attempts in the second half as the Wildcats surged past Penn State for a 68-56 victory Sunday evening at Welsh-Ryan Arena.  RECAP & BOX SCORE

Sunday's Schedule

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The Big Ten rings in the new year with two games on Sunday as Michigan hosts Minnesota and Northwestern welcomes Penn State.

 

MINNESOTA at #18/16 MICHIGAN, 4 p.m., BTN

PENN STATE at NORTHWESTERN, 7 p.m., ESPNU

 

All times ET

 

Saturday's Results

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IOWA def. #11/11/ WISCONSIN, 72-65
When Jordan Taylor's final desperation heave with :05 left rimmed out, it not only signified the end of a rare home loss, but also summed up the No. 11 Badgers' day. RECAP & BOX SCORE

#16/17 MICHIGAN STATE def. NEBRASKA, 68-55
Toney McCray and Bo Spencer combined for 29 points, but Keith Appling scored eight of his 14 points in a late second-half run, as No. 16 Michigan State pulled out a 68-55 win at Nebraska Saturday afternoon. RECAP & BOX SCORE

PURDUE def. ILLINOIS (rv/rv), 75-60
Kelsey Barlow scored 14 points, including 11 in the second half, to lead Purdue over Illinois 75-60 on Saturday. RECAP & BOX SCORE

#13/15 INDIANA def. #2/2 OHIO STATE, 74-70
Sophomore Victor Oladipo scored the go-ahead basket on a fast-break layup with 36 seconds left Saturday and Indiana (No. 15 ESPN/USA Today, No. 13 AP) upset No. 2 Ohio State 74-70, the first time Indiana has defeated the nation's top two teams in the same season. Hoosiers Beat Both No. 1 and No. 2. RECAP & BOX SCORE