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
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.
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).
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
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).
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.
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.
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.
#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
#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
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
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
January 27 ILLINOIS vs. Winthrop  IOWA STATE at MINNESOTA
January 28 Maryland at MICHIGAN  Western Michigan at INDIANA Dartmouth at NORTHWESTERN  PURDUE at ITA Kickoff OHIO STATE at Florida State  Creighton at MINNESOTA NEBRASKA vs. Arkansas  Butler at INDIANA ILLINOIS at ITA Kickoff WISCONSIN at ITA Kickoff Legend  ITA Kickoff
January 28 IOWA at William & Mary  OHIO STATE at ITA Kickoff St. Bonaventure at PENN STATE Butler at WISCONSIN MICHIGAN vs. Texas Tech  INDIANA vs. Notre Dame  Lehigh at PENN STATE PURDUE at Texas A&M  IOWA vs. Dartmouth  Western Illinois at WISCONSIN Legend  ITA Kickoff
ILLINOIS, NEBRASKA at Mark Colligan Memorial  INDIANA, MICHIGAN STATE, PURDUE at Indiana Relays IOWA at Razorback Invite  MICHIGAN at W.A Brown Invitational  MINNESOTA, WISCONSIN at Bill Bergen Classic  MINNESOTA at St. Olaf Open  PENN STATE at Penn State National PURDUE at Hoosier Indoor Invitational
INDIANA, MICHIGAN STATE, PURDUE at Indiana Relays ILLINOIS, NEBRASKA at Mark Colligan Memorial  IOWA at Razorback Invitational  MINNESOTA at Minnesota State Open OHIO STATE at Rod McCravy Memorial  PENN STATE at Penn State National
January 27 IOWA at Shamrock Invitational - ALL DAY  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 
January 28 IOWA at Shamrock Invitational - ALL DAY  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 
January 27 IOWA at Shamrock Invitational - ALL DAY  OHIO STATE at Shamrock Invitational - ALL DAY  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 
January 28 IOWA at Shamrock Invitational - ALL DAY  OHIO STATE at Shamrock Invitational - ALL DAY  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 
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.
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
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
#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
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.
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.
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
#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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Ninkovich, LB, New England (Purdue) - Made seven tackles in New England's 23-20
win over Baltimore.
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.
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).
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
#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
#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
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
January 20 ILLINOIS at Illini Classic INDIANA at Gladstein Invitational  MINNESOTA at Jack Johnson Invitational  NEBRASKA at NWU Invitational 
January 21 ILLINOIS at Illini Classic INDIANA at Gladstein Invitational  IOWA at adidas Invitational  MICHIGAN at Simmons-Harvey Invitational  MICHIGAN STATE at Notre Dame Invitational NEBRASKA at adidas Classic  PURDUE at Gene Edmonds Cup  WISCONSIN at Wisconsin Elite Invitational Legend  Bloomington, Ind.  Minneapolis, Minn.  Lincoln, Neb.  Iowa City, Iowa  Ann Arbor, Mich.  Lincoln, Neb.  West Lafayette, Ind.
January 20 ILLINOIS at Illini Classic INDIANA at Gladstein Invitational  MINNESOTA at Jack Johnson Invitational  NEBRASKA at NWU Invitational  WISCONSIN at Wisconsin Elite Invitational
January 21 ILLINOIS at Illini Classic INDIANA at Gladstein Invitational  IOWA at adidas Invitational  MICHIGAN at Simmons-Harvey Invitational  MICHIGAN STATE at Notre Dame Invitational MINNESOTA at Jack Johnson Invitational  NEBRASKA at adidas Classic  PURDUE at Gene Edmonds Cup  WISCONSIN at Wisconsin Elite Invitational Legend  Bloomington, Ind.  Minneapolis, Minn.  Lincoln, Neb.  Iowa City, Iowa  Ann Arbor, Mich.  Lincoln, Neb.  West Lafayette, Ind.
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
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
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
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!
#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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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).
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
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
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
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.
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 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.
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
January 13 MINNESOTA at Holiday Inn Invitational  NEBRASKA at Holiday Inn Invitational 
January 14 ILLINOIS at Illini Open PURDUE at INDIANA IOWA at New Year's Classic  OHIO STATE at MICHIGAN MICHIGAN STATE at GVSU Bob Eubanks Open  MINNESOTA at Northwest Open  MINNESOTA at Holiday Inn Invitational  NEBRASKA at Holiday Inn Invitational  PENN STATE at Nittany Lion Challenge WISCONSIN at Badger Track Classic Legend  Lincoln, Neb.  Iowa City, Iowa  Allendale, Mich.  Minneapolis, Minn.
January 13 MINNESOTA at Holiday Inn Invitational  NEBRASKA at Holiday Inn Invitational 
January 14 ILLINOIS at Illini Open PURDUE at INDIANA IOWA at New Year's Classic  OHIO STATE at MICHIGAN MICHIGAN STATE at GVSU Bob Eubanks Open  MINNESOTA at Northwest Open  MINNESOTA at Holiday Inn Invitational  NEBRASKA at Holiday Inn Invitational  PENN STATE at Nittany Lion Challenge Legend  Lincoln, Neb.  Iowa City, Iowa  Allendale, Mich.  Minneapolis, Minn.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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' 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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
DiBernardo was named a Second Team MVP after tallying 39 points on 17 goals and five assists on the season.
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.
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.
#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
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
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.
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.
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
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 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.
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 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. Check back tomorrow for more information on the Big Ten in bowl competition.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
#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
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.
Pat Angerer, LB,
- 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
- 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
- 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,
- 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
Sean Lee, LB, Dallas
- Recorded 11 tackles, including one for loss, in Dallas' 31-14 loss to the New
Brandon Lloyd, WR, St.
- Caught six passes for 100 yards and a touchdown in St. Louis' 34-27 loss to
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.
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
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 (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 (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>>>
#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
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