March 2012 Archives

Former Gopher Whalen Named to 2012 Olympic Team

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Former Minnesota standout Lindsay Whalen was selected to the 2012 United States Olympic Team, it was announced by USA Basketball on Friday. Whalen, who was selected as the fourth overall pick in the 2004 WNBA Draft, helped the Gophers to their only Final Four appearance in 2004. It is her first appearance on the United States Olympic team, but was part of the 2010 FIBA World Championship squad.

Complete release from USA Basketball

Ohio State Falls to Kansas in Final Four

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Ohio State's season came to an end with a 64-62 loss to Kansas in the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament semifinals.


NCAA FINAL FOUR RESULTS

#2 Kansas def. #2 OHIO STATE, 64-62
Kansas rallied from 13 down to end Ohio State's season, 64-62, Saturday night at the Superdome in New Orleans.

Tyshawn Taylor made two big free throws late, and Thomas Robinson finished with 19 points and eight rebounds for Kansas, who led for a grand total of 3 minutes, 48 seconds. Senior William Buford led Ohio State with 19 points in his final game as a Buckeye. RECAP & BOX SCORE

#1 Kentucky def. #4 Louisville, 69-61


NCAA FINAL FOUR SCHEDULE

#1 Kentucky vs. #4 Louisville, 6:09 p.m. ET, CBS

#2 OHIO STATE vs. #2 Kansas, 8:49 p.m. ET, CBS


Related Stories:

Ohio State Game Notes

Ohio State's Journey to New Orleans

Buckeyes Playing Their Best Down the Stretch

Buckeyes-Jayhawks Matchup Should be a Dandy

Friday's Results

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ILLINOIS def. Mississippi Valley State, 15-6
After playing its first 22 games on the road, the Illinois baseball team did not disappoint in its home-opener, hammering out a season-high 20 hits - including an Illinois Field-record five triples - on the way to a 15-6 win over Mississippi Valley State in front of 827 fans on Friday. It marks the Illini's fifth-straight win in a home-opener and starting pitcher Kevin Johnson's fifth-straight victory, as he becomes the first Illinois pitcher to win five consecutive starts since Brian Blomquist in 2005. RECAP & BOX SCORE

INDIANA def. IOWA, 10-7
Indiana Baseball improved to 3-1 in Big Ten play early Friday evening, topping the Iowa Hawkeyes, 10-7, in a wildly entertaining start to the home weekend series. Offense was aplenty in this one, seeing the two teams combine for 17 runs on 24 hits. The Hoosiers notched 10 of those runs, nine of which were driven in by the duo of Michael Basil and Sam Travis. RECAP & BOX SCORE

MINNESOTA def. MICHIGAN, 6-3
TJ Oakes allowed just one unearned run, while Bobby Juan had an inside the park home run to lead the University of Minnesota baseball team to a 6-3 win over Michigan, tonight, at the H.H.H. Metrodome. With the win, the Golden Gophers improve to 14-13 overall and won the Big Ten Conference opener. Minnesota has now won the last five games. RECAP & BOX SCORE

NEBRASKA def. NORTHWESTERN, 7-4
Northwestern pounded out 15 hits but came up short in its home-opener Friday afternoon, falling 7-4 to Nebraska at Rocky Miller Park. Jack Havey, Kyle Ruchim and Paul Snieder collected three hits apiece, but the Wildcats stranded 10 men on base in falling to the newest Big Ten member. RECAP & BOX SCORE

#19 PURDUE def. PENN STATE, 9-3
Penn State baseball (7-17, 1-3) dropped its series opener with Purdue by a score of 9-3 on Friday at Lambert Field. The Nittany Lions had three errors in the game and a number of mental mistakes that would be costly. RECAP & BOX SCORE

Weekend Schedule

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Illinois at Iowa
Game 1, 2 p.m., BTN.com
Game 2, 4 p.m., BTN.com

Michigan at Indiana
Game 1, 1 p.m., BTN.com
Game 2, 3 p.m., BTN.com

Ohio State at Michigan State
Game 1, 1 p.m., BTN.com
Game 2, 3 p.m., BTN.com

Nebraska at Minnesota
Game 1, 1 p.m.
Game 2, 3 p.m.

Northwestern at Wisconsin
Game 1, 1 p.m.
Game 2, 3 p.m.

Penn State at Purdue
Game 1, 1 p.m., BTN.com - on-demand only
Game 2, 3 p.m., BTN.com - on-demand only

All times are ET

Purdue's Hummel Wins Lowe's Senior CLASS Award

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Purdue All-American forward Robbie Hummel has been selected as the 2012 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award winner for men's basketball. The announcement and trophy presentation were made Friday by Lowe's, an official corporate sponsor of the NCAA, during the open practice sessions of Final Four Friday at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. COMPLETE RELEASE

Weekend Preview

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Big Ten baseball continues this weekend with five conference series, including Big Ten openers for Michigan, Michigan State and Minnesota. Illinois takes on Mississippi Valley State in a non-conference series.

Mississippi Valley State at ILLINOIS
Illinois Notes

Friday, March 30
4:05 p.m. CT
TBA vs. RHP Kevin Johnson (4-1, 2.92 ERA)

Saturday, March 31
1:05 p.m. CT, BTN.com
TBA vs. RHP Josh Ferry (1-1, 6.20 ERA)

Sunday, April 1
12:05 p.m. CT, BTN.com
TBA vs. RHP John Kravetz (3-2, 5.70 ERA)


IOWA at INDIANA
Iowa Notes - Indiana Notes

Friday, March 30
3:05 p.m. ET
LHP Jarred Hippen (2-2, 3.02 ERA) vs. LHP Joey DeNato (4-1, 1.62 ERA)

Saturday, March 31
1:05 p.m. ET
LHP Matt Dermody (0-3, 5.40 ERA) vs. LHP Kyle Hart (1-1, 3.19 ERA)

Sunday, April 1
1:05 p.m. ET
LHP Sasha Kuebel (2-0, 2.15 ERA) vs. TBA


MICHIGAN at MINNESOTA
Michigan Notes - Minnesota Notes

Friday, March 30
6:35 p.m. CT
RHP Brandon Sinnery (1-2, 4.50 ERA) vs. RHP TJ Oakes (4-1, 1.56 ERA)

Saturday, March 31
2:05 p.m. CT
LHP Bobby Brosnahan (3-2, 2.10 ERA) vs. LHP DJ Snelten (2-1, 1.89 ERA)

Sunday, April 1
1:05 p.m. CT
RHP Ben Ballantine (1-0, 2.56 ERA) vs. RHP Austin Lubinsky (1-2, 4.40 ERA)


OHIO STATE at MICHIGAN STATE
Ohio State Notes - Michigan State Notes

Saturday, March 31
1:05 p.m. ET
RHP Jaron Long (0-1, 3.22 ERA) vs. RHP Tony Bucciferro (3-1, 3.49 ERA)

Sunday, April 1
1:05 p.m. ET, BTN.com
LHP Brian King (2-2, 6.04 ERA) vs. RHP Andrew Waszak (2-1, 1.63 ERA)

Monday, April 2
3:05 p.m. ET
RHP Brett McKinney (3-2, 3.65 ERA) vs. RHP Mike Theodore (2-1, 1.39 ERA)


NEBRASKA at NORTHWESTERN
Nebraska Notes - Northwestern Notes

Friday, March 30
3 p.m. CT
RHP Tom Lemke (2-2, 4.05 ERA) vs. RHP Francis Brooke (1-1, 1.77 ERA)

Saturday, March 31
1 p.m. CT
RHP Jon Keller (3-0, 4.64 ERA) vs. RHP Brandon Magallones (4-0, 3.90 ERA)

Sunday, April 1
1 p.m. CT
LHP Zach Hirsch (3-1, 4.63 ERA) vs. RHP Zach Morton (0-5, 3.41 ERA)


PENN STATE at #19 PURDUE
Penn State Notes - Purdue Notes

Friday, March 30
5 p.m. ET
RHP John Walker (0-4, 5.51 ERA) vs. RHP Joe Haase (3-0, 4.83 ERA)

Saturday, March 31
3 p.m. ET
LHP Joe Kurrasch (1-1, 3.07 ERA) vs. RHP Lance Breedlove (3-2, 3.41 ERA)

Sunday, April 1
2 p.m. ET
RHP Steven Hill (0-3, 4.74 ERA) vs. LHP Calvin Gunter (2-0, 4.13 ERA)

Big Ten Men's Swimming & Diving Season in Review

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The Big Ten men's swimming & diving season concluded with 10 top-10 finishes on the final day of the NCAA Championships in Federal Way, Wash. Michigan placed fifth at the championships with 271 points, while Indiana recorded 140 points en route to a 10th place finish. The Hoosiers were followed by No. 12 Ohio State (106), No. 17 Purdue (56) and No. 24 Minnesota (37). Iowa, Michigan State, Purdue and Wisconsin also received points at the event. For the full release, click here.

NCAA Championships Qualifiers: Sixty-two Big Ten student-athletes from nine men's swimming & diving teams represented the conference at the 2012 NCAA Championships in Seattle, Wash., from March 22-24. The list of Big Ten qualifiers, complete with qualifying time, can be found here.

Indiana and Michigan Claim Big Ten Honors: The conference office announced on Wednesday, March 28, the 2012 Big Ten Men's Swimmer and Diver of the Year award winners, as voted by the conference coaches. Michigan's Dan Madwed captured Swimmer of the Year honors, while Indiana's Zac Nees took home Diver of the Year accolades. For the complete release, click here.

Big Ten Championships Award Winners: The Big Ten Conference office announced on Friday, March 2, its 2012 men's swimming & diving individual award winners. Michigan's Dan Madwed was named Big Ten Swimmer of the Championships, while Indiana's Darian Schmidt, Minnesota's Kristoffer Jorgensen and Ohio State's Shane Miszkiel were tabbed Co-Divers of the Championships. Penn State's Nate Savoy took home Freshman of the Year honors, Michigan head coach Mike Bottom was named Swimming Coach of the Year, and Indiana diving coach Jeff Huber earned Diving Coach of the Year accolades. For the release, click here.

Wolverines Capture Big Ten Title: Michigan won its second consecutive Big Ten Men's Swimming & Diving Championships crown Saturday, Feb. 25, behind first-place finishes by Connor Jaeger and Dan Madwed on the final day of competition at the Campus and Recreation Wellness Center in Iowa City, Iowa. For the complete release, click here.


Weekend Schedule

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MARCH 30-APRIL 1
#23 MICHIGAN STATE/#33 PURDUE at Liz Murphey Collegiate - Athens, Ga.

Weekend Schedule

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MARCH 30-APRIL 1
PENN STATE at Fireline Towson Invitational - Grasonville, Md.

MARCH 31-APRIL 1
#39 ILLINOIS at Augusta State Invitational - Augusta, Ga.
#33 IOWA/MICHIGAN/MINNESOTA/#47 PURDUE at LSU National Invitational - Baton Rouge, La.
MICHIGAN STATE at Irish Creek Collegiate - Charlotte, N.C.

APRIL 2-3
OHIO STATE at Villanova Wildcat Invitational - Malvern, Pa.

Weekend Schedule

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Illinois at EIU Big Blue Classic - Charleston, Ill.
Indiana at Mike Poehlein Invitational - West Lafayette, Ind.
Indiana at Texas Relays - Austin, Texas
Iowa at Arkansas Invitational - Fayetteville, Ark.
Michigan at Georgia Tech Invitational - Atlanta, Ga.
Michigan State at Raleigh Relays - Raleigh, N.C.
Nebraska at Arkansas Invitational
Ohio State at Jim Click Shootout - Tucson, Ariz.
Penn State at Jim Click Shootout
Purdue at Mike Poehlein Invitational

Weekend Schedule

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Illinois at EIU Big Blue Classic - Charleston, Ill.
Indiana at Mike Poehlein Invitational - West Lafayette, Ind.
Indiana at Texas Relays - Austin, Texas
Iowa at Arkansas Invitational - Fayetteville, Ark.
Michigan State at Raleigh Relays - Raleigh, N.C.
Minnesota
at Texas Relays
Nebraska at Arkansas Invitational
Ohio State at Texas Relays
Penn State at Jim Click Shootout - Tucson, Ariz.
Purdue at Mike Poehlein Invitational

Weekend Schedule

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March 30
Wisconsin at No. 17 Illinois - 3 p.m. CT
Iowa at Penn State - 3 p.m. ET
No. 70 Nebraska at No. 2 Ohio State - 6 p.m. ET

March 31

No. 65 Purdue at No. 34 Michigan - Noon ET
No. 23 Indiana at Michigan State - Noon ET
No. 36 Minnesota at No. 53 Northwestern - Noon CT

April 1
No. 70 Nebraska at Penn State - 10 a.m. CT
Wisconsin at No. 53 Northwestern - 11 a.m. CT
No. 23 Indiana at No. 34 Michigan - Noon ET
Iowa/Youngstown State at No. 2 Ohio State - Noon ET, 5 p.m. ET
No. 65 Purdue at Michigan State - Noon ET
No. 36 Minnesota at No. 17 Illinois - Noon CT

Weekend Schedule

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March 30
No. 21 Illinois at Wisconsin - 3 p.m. CT
Ohio State at No. 18 Nebraska - 5 p.m. CT
No. 46 Penn State at Iowa - 5 p.m. CT
No. 15 Northwestern at No. 32 Minnesota - 6 p.m. CT

March 31
Michigan State at No. 41 Indiana - 11 a.m. ET
No. 14 Michigan at No. 33 Purdue - Noon ET

April 1
No. 14 Michigan at No. 41 Indiana - 11 a.m. ET
Ohio State at Iowa - 11 a.m. CT
No. 46 Penn State at No. 18 Nebraska - 11 a.m. CT
Michigan State at No. 33 Purdue - Noon ET
No. 21 Illinois at No. 32 Minnesota - Noon CT
No. 15 Northwestern at Wisconsin - Noon CT

Thursday's Results

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Butler 8, Michigan State 1
Purdue 4, Valparaiso 3

Northwestern's Shurna Wins 3-Point Championship

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Northwestern's John Shurna won the State Farm 3-point Championship on Thursday, sinking his final seven shots in the men's championship round. COMPLETE RELEASE

BTN's Big Ten Diamond Report Returns on Sunday

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The season premiere of BTN's Big Ten Diamond Report airs Sunday evening at 5 p.m. ET.

Host Mike Hall and analysts Cal Eldred and Tammy Williams will have highlights and analysis of the weekend's baseball and softball games on Sunday evenings throughout the season. Visit BTN.com/shows or check your local listings for future times.

BTN will televise a total of 33 baseball and 28 softball games live this season. More than 150 additional games will stream live on the Big Ten Digital Network.

Minnesota Falls to Stanford in NIT Title Game

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Minnesota fell to Stanford, 75-51, in the NIT Championship Game on Thursday night.


NIT CHAMPIONSHIP GAME

#3 Stanford def. #6 MINNESOTA, 75-51
The Stanford Cardinal ended the Gophers' postseason run 75-51 to win the NIT title on Thursday night at Madison Square Garden in New York. RECAP & BOX SCORE

Wednesday's Results and Thursday's Schedule

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Wednesday's Results
Illinois 7, Indiana State 2
Michigan 12, Bowling Green 2
Nebraska 8, South Dakota State 0
Northwestern 7, UIC 2
Ohio State 6, Wright State 0
Ohio State 6, Wright State 2

Thursday's Schedule
Butler at Michigan State, 4 p.m.
Purdue at Valparaiso, 5 p.m.

Wednesday's Results

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ILLINOIS def. Bradley, 6-3

Nebraska-Omaha def. IOWA, 3-1

Eastern Michigan def. MICHIGAN, 12-2

MICHIGAN STATE def. Central Michigan, 6-5

MINNESOTA def. South Dakota State, 9-3

PENN STATE def. Coppin State, 6-2

PENN STATE def. Coppin State, 7-1

PURDUE def. IPFW, 6-1

Ohio State's Prahalis Named to USBWA All-America Team

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Ohio State's Samantha Prahalis has been named to the 2011-12 USBWA Women's All-America Team, as announced on Wednesday. Prahalis, who earned Big Ten Player of the Year accolades following the regular season, led the Big Ten in points per game (22.5) in conference play and ended her Buckeye career as the Big Ten's all-time leader in assists with 901.

For the complete release, click here.
Indiana has hired Curt Miller as its new head women's basketball coach, as announced on Wednesday. Miller served as head coach for Bowling Green State University for the last 11 seasons, compiling an overall record of 258-92 and earning Mid-American Conference Coach of the Year accolades six times in his career.

For the complete release, click here.

Illinois Names Matt Bollant as Women's Basketball Coach

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Illinois has named Matt Bollant as the new head women's basketball coach, as announced on Wednesday. Bollant arrives in Champaign after five years at Green Bay, leading the Phoenix to five straight Horizon League Crowns and four consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances.

For the complete release, click here.

In The Polls

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Eight Big Ten women's tennis teams appear in the Campbells/ITA National Rankings, led by No. 14 Michigan. Northwestern checks in at No. 15, followed by No. 18 Nebraska and No. 21 Illinois. Minnesota sits at No. 32, followed by No. 33 Purdue. Indiana and Penn State appear at Nos. 41 and 46, respectively.

Individually, 13 Big Ten women's tennis players and seven 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
10. Emina Bektas, MICH
21. Kate Turvy, NU
40. Mary Weatherholt, NEB
61. Petra Januskova, PSU
62. Brittany Wowchuk, NU
65. Brooke Bolender, MICH
99. Leslie Hureau, IND
109. Janine Weinreich, NEB
114. Mimi Nguyen, MICH
115. Sonja Molnar, IOWA
117. Patricia Veresova, NEB
121. Sam Critser, MICH
124. Melissa Kopinski, ILL

Doubles
7. Brooke Bolender/Emina Bektas, MICH
16. Linda Abu Mushrefova/Nida Hamilton, NU
39. Natallia Pintusava/Magdalena Wiecha, MINN
40. Madeleine Geibert/Stefanie Weinstein, NEB
48. Rachael White/Allison Falkin, ILL
59. Melissa Kopinski/Rachael White, ILL
76. Linda Abu Mushrefova/Veronica Corning, NU

In The Polls

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Eight Big Ten squads appear in the Campbells/ITA National Rankings, led by No. 2 Ohio State. The Buckeyes are followed by No. 17 Illinois, No. 23 Indiana and No. 34 Michigan. Minnesota checks in at No. 36, while Northwestern is No. 53. Purdue appears at No. 65 and Nebraska is No. 70.

Individually, 13 Big Ten men's tennis players and 13 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
4. Dennis Nevolo, ILL
5. Blaz Rola, OSU
10. Evan King, MICH
12. Chase Buchanan, OSU
31. Roy Kalmanovich, ILL
54. Peter Kobelt, OSU
69. Devin McCarthy, OSU
79. Christopher Aumueller, NEB
80. Leandro Toledo, MINN
95. Benedikt Lindheim, NEB
105. Marc Bruche, IOWA
109. Spencer Wolf, NU
110. Nelson Vick, OSU

Doubles
1. Chase Buchanan/Blaz Rola, OSU
11. Evan King/Shaun Bernstein, MICH
19. Christopher Aumueller/Benedikt Lindheim, NEB
21. Billy Bertha/Fredrik Ask, WIS
22. Rok Bonin/Julian Dehn, MINN
25. Jason Lee/Russell Bader, PSU
31. Chase Buchanan/Peter Kobelt, OSU
39. Devin McCarthy/Ille Van Engelen, OSU
45. Roy Kalmanovich/Dennis Nevolo, ILL
57. Aaron Pfister/Drew Lied, MSU
61. Dennis Nevolo/Farris Gosea, ILL
66. Isade Juneau/Jeremy Langer, IND
78. Marc Bruche/Will Vason, IOWA

Wednesday's Schedule

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Indiana State at Illinois, 7 p.m., BTN.com
Bowling Green at Michigan, 4 p.m.
S. Dakota St. at Nebraska, 6 p.m.
UIC at Northwestern, 5 p.m.
Wright State at Ohio State (DH), 5/7 p.m., BTN.com

Tuesday's Results

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Illinois State def. ILLINOIS, 16-7

Xavier def. INDIANA, 11-3

MICHIGAN def. Oakland, 6-1

MICHIGAN STATE def. Bowling Green, 13-3

NEBRASKA def. Kansas State, 6-3

OHIO STATE def. Eastern Michigan, 13-4

PURDUE def. Louisville, 2-1 (10)

Four Earn AP All-America Honors

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Four Big Ten players earned All-America recognition, it was announced today by the Associated Press. Ohio State's Samantha Prahalis earned second-team honors, while team Tayler Hill, Nebraska's Jordan Hooper and Penn State's Maggie Lucas were awarded honorable mention distinction.

Prahalis, who earned Big Ten Player of the Year accolades following the regular season, is the 12th All-American in Ohio State history and ended her Buckeye career as the Big Ten's all-time leader in assists with 901. Hill finished as the Big Ten's top scorer among all games and was a member of the conference's All-Big Ten and All-Defensive Team.

Hooper became the first sophomore in Nebraska history to earn All-America honors, scoring nearly 19.0 points and leading the Big Ten in rebounding at 9.3 per contest. Lucas, also a sophomore, ranked third in the conference in scoring at 19.5 points per game and surpassed the 1,000 career points milestone this season. Both Hooper and Lucas were first-team All-Big Ten performers last season.

Tuesday's Results

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Minnesota advanced to the NIT championship game with a 68-67 overtime win over Washington on Tuesday night. The Gophers will play Stanford on Thursday.


NIT SEMIFINALS RESULTS

#4 MINNESOTA def. #1 Washington, 68-67 (OT)
Still alive in late March, Minnesota is learning to win the close ones.

The short-handed Golden Gophers improved to 3-3 in overtime games this season, beating Washington 68-67 on Tuesday night in the NIT semifinals behind 20 points from freshman Andre Hollins. RECAP & BOX SCORE


NIT SEMIFINALS SCHEDULE

#4 MINNESOTA at #1 Washington, 9 p.m. ET, ESPN2

Big Ten Wrestling Season in Review

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Penn State Repeats as NCAA Champion: Penn State won its second national championship in as many seasons, leading a group of six Big Ten teams in the top 10 at the 2012 NCAA Wrestling Championships. The national title marks Penn State's second as a member of the Big Ten, and the conference's sixth in a row. The Nittany Lions racked up 143.0 team points, followed by Minnesota in second (117.5) and Iowa in third (107.5). Seven of the 10 weight class titles were won by Big Ten wrestlers, as Iowa's Matt McDonough (125 pounds), Ohio State's Logan Stieber (133), Michigan's Kellen Russell (141), Penn State's Frank Molinaro (149), David Taylor (165) and Ed Ruth (174), and Minnesota's Tony Nelson (285) each hauled in national championships. McDonough and Russell each picked up their second national crowns, while Stieber, Molinaro, Taylor, Ruth and Nelson each won their first. Click here to read more on the Nittany Lions' championship run.

Penn State's Taylor Wins Hodge Trophy: Following his first NCAA title, Penn State 165-pounder David Taylor was awarded the Dan Hodge Trophy, given to the National Wrestler of the Year. Taylor concluded the season at 32-0 overall en route to Big Ten and national titles and is just the third sophomore to win the award after Iowa's Brent Metcalf won it in 2008 and current Nittany Lion head coach Cael Sanderson earned the honors in his second season at Iowa State in 2000. Click here to read more on Taylor's Hodge Trophy.

Awards All Around: Nearly half of the All-America honors awarded at the NCAA Championships were given to Big Ten wrestlers, as the conference grapplers earned 34 of the 80 accolades. Minnesota led the way with seven wrestlers who were tabbed All-Americans after placing in the top eight in their respective weight classes, followed by Iowa and Penn State with six each. Illinois and Ohio State each placed four in the top eight, while Michigan, Nebraska and Northwestern each had two and Wisconsin had one. Following the NCAA Championships, Penn State 165-pounder David Taylor and Minnesota head coach J Robinson each received national awards. Taylor earned the 2012 NCAA Championships Most Outstanding Wrestler, Most Dominant Wrestler and Gorriaran Awards, while Robinson was named the national Coach of the Year.

Penn State Wins Second Straight Big Ten Championship: Penn State claimed its second straight Big Ten Championships title, winning three individual weight class crowns en route to the championship. The Nittany Lions totaled a team score of 149 points, while Minnesota followed in second place with 134 and Iowa took third with 126. Fourth-place Illinois (105.5) and fifth-place Ohio State (91) rounded out the top five. Click here to read more on Penn State's Big Ten title.

All-Big Ten, Individual Awards Announced: The 2012 All-Big Ten team, along with the conference's individual award winners, were announced following the conclusion of the Big Ten Championships. Penn State's David Taylor was named the Big Ten Wrestler of the Year for the second consecutive season, while Nittany Lion head coach Cael Sanderson picked up his second Coach of the Year honor in as many years. Ohio State's Logan Stieber was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year, while Michigan's Kellen Russell and Penn State's Frank Molinaro were named Co-Wrestler of the Championships. Earning spots on the All-Big Ten team after winning their respective weight class titles were Illinois' Mario Gonzalez (197), Iowa's Matt McDonough (125) and Derek St. John (157), Russell (141), Minnesota's Tony Nelson (285) and Kevin Steinhaus (184), Stieber (133), and Penn State's Molinaro (149), Taylor (165) and Ed Ruth (174).

Minnesota, Penn State Share Big Ten Dual-Meet Title: Minnesota and Penn State each finished the Big Ten regular season with 7-1 records in conference duals en route to shares of the Big Ten regular season dual-meet title. The Golden Gophers closed the regular season with a 14-3 overall record, while the Nittany Lions boasted a 13-1 overall mark. Click here to read more on Minnesota and Penn State's dual-meet title.

Minnesota Claims National Duals Title: Minnesota took the NWCA/Cliff Keen National Duals championship, emerging victorious from the 32-team field. The Golden Gophers defeated Kent State (35-3), Missouri (26-7), Iowa (16-15) and Oklahoma State (18-13) en route to the title. Minnesota led a trio of Big Ten teams that advanced to the Final Four, as Illinois and Iowa joined the Gophers in the semifinals. Click here to read more on the Gophers' National Duals title.

Weekly Rankings

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Four Big Ten women's golf teams rank in the top 50 nationally in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings, led by 23rd-ranked Michigan State. Ohio State sits behind the Spartans at No. 24, followed by No. 33 Purdue and No. 43 Northwestern. Individually, three golfers rank among the top 50, led by No. 14 Caroline Powers of Michigan State. Purdue's Paula Reto and Laura Gonzales appear at Nos. 22 and 31, respectively.

For the complete rankings, click here.

Weekly Rankings

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Four Big Ten men's golf squads rank in the top 50 nationally in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings, led by No. 32 Indiana. Iowa checks in at No. 33, followed by No. 39 Illinois and No. 47 Purdue. Individually, four Big Ten golfers also boast top-50 rankings, with Illinois' Luke Guthrie leading the way at No. 20. Indiana's Chase Wright ranks 32nd, followed by 36th-ranked Barrett Kelpin of Iowa and 47th-ranked Eric Chun of Northwestern.

For the complete rankings, click here.

Sunday's Results

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Illinois vs. Minnesota
Game 3: Minnesota 14, Illinions 4
Behind back-to-back home runs from Erica Meyer and Erika Smyth, the University of Minnesota softball team used an eight-run seventh inning to rout Illinois, 14-4. The victory not only give the Golden Gophers (19-9, 1-2 Big Ten) their first Big Ten win of the season, but it also marks second-year head coach Jessica Allister's 50th career victory. RECAP

Iowa vs. Wisconsin
Game 3: Wisconsin 5, Iowa 4
IOWA CITY, Iowa.-- Tough defense and great pitching from Cassandra Darrah led the Wisconsin softball team to a 5-4 win over Iowa at Pearl Field in Iowa City, Iowa Sunday afternoon. Darrah improved to 9-5 after pitching three complete games against Iowa over the weekend. She struck out four batters and allowed 10 hits in seven innings. RECAP

Michigan vs. Penn State
Game 3: Michigan 6, Penn State 0
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Powered by a season-high 13 hits, the No. 20-ranked University of Michigan softball team completed a weekend sweep against Penn State with a 6-0 win Sunday afternoon. The Wolverines received 3-for-4 performances from sophomore outfielders Lyndsay Doyle and Nicole Sappingfield while junior shortstop Amy Knapp turned in a 2-for-2 outing with two runs batted in on a home run in the sixth inning. Freshman LHP Haylie Wagner recorded her 15th win of the season in the shutout, allowing just two hits and striking out five. RECAP

Ohio State vs. Indiana
Game 3: Ohio State 7, Indiana 3
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio State softball team claimed its first series win of the season after defeating Indiana, 7-3, in game three Sunday at Buckeye Field. With the victory, the Buckeyes improve to 16-11 overall and 2-1 in Big Ten play. With the score tied 3-3, the Buckeyes posted four runs in the bottom half of the sixth inning en route to the win against Indiana (16-15, 1- 2 Big Ten). Freshman Caitlin Conrad started the OSU momentum when sent a deep fly ball over the right center wall to make it 4-3 for her second long ball of the year. She finished the day at the plate going 2-for-2 with a home run, a double, RBI and two runs scored. RECAP

Purdue vs. Michigan State
Game 3: Purdue 2, Michigan State 0
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Boilermaker softball team finished out a three-game sweep of Michigan State with a 2-0 victory on Sunday. Purdue managed two runs in the second inning and relied on its defense the rest of the way in the win. Freshman Lexy Moore (12-2) picked up her second win of the series, striking out three in the complete game victory. Purdue scored its two runs on eight hits and two MSU errors, while allowing the Spartans five hits and committing one error. Sophomores Lindsey Rains and Tori Chiodo tallied two hits apiece for the Boilermakers, while junior Maia Monchek and freshman Ashley Burkhardt picked up the RBI. RECAP

Minnesota, Penn State Conclude Postseason Play

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Minnesota and Penn State each wrapped their 2011-12 seasons on Sunday, with the Gophers claiming the WBI Championship, while the Lady Lions fell in the NCAA Tournament regional semifinals to Connecticut.

Minnesota 88, Northern Iowa 74
Behind a strong second-half performance, the second-seeded University of Minnesota women's basketball team won the 2012 Women's Basketball Invitational (WBI) Championship Sunday afternoon with a 88-74 comeback victory over Northern Iowa (19-15) in front of the home crowd at Williams Arena. The Golden Gophers concluded the 2011-12 season with a 19-17 overall record and with a season-best four-game winning streak. It is the first winning season for Minnesota since the 2008-09 season, when it recorded a 20-12 record and made an appearance in the NCAA Tournament. Senior Kiara Buford, who had 14 points, six assists and four steals in the title game, was named the 2012 WBI Most Valuable Player, while freshman Rachel Banham, who scored a game-high 26 points for the home team, was named to the all-tournament team. RECAP

Connecticut 77, Penn State 59
KINGSTON, R.I. - The No. 4 seed Penn State Lady Lions (26-7, 13-3) suffered a 77-59 loss to No. 1 seed Connecticut (32-4, 13-3 Big East) on Sunday evening in the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA Tournament. The loss marks the end of the Lady Lions season that saw Penn State win the Big Ten regular-season title and advance to the Sweet Sixteen for the first time since 2004. Junior Mia Nickson was solid in the interior for the Lady Lions with 19 points and five rebounds. Sophomore Maggie Lucas added 15 points and three assists. Lucas finishes the season with 642 to finish second on the Penn State sophomore season scoring list behind Kelly Mazzante (872) and fifth on the program's single-season scoring chart. Junior Alex Bentley tallied 11 points, while sophomore Talia East snared 10 rebounds. The 59 points scored were the fifth-most given up by UConn this season. RECAP

Sunday's Results

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Indiana, Iowa, Ohio State and Nebraska picked up wins in Big Ten play, while Michigan, Michigan State and Minnesota earned non-conference victories.

NEBRASKA def. ILLINOIS, 13-3
The Nebraska baseball team put together one of its best games of the season on Sunday afternoon at Hawks Field in front of 5,266 fans, as starter Zach Hirsch improved to 3-1 on the year with a career-high tying 7.0 innings on the mound, while Chad Christensen drove in a game-high and career-high tying four RBI's to power the Huskers to a 13-3 win over the Illinois Fighting Illini and a 2-1 series win in NU's first ever Big Ten series. RECAP & BOX SCORE

INDIANA def. PENN STATE, 2-1
Penn State baseball (5-16, 1-2) dropped its series finale to the Indiana Hoosiers on Sunday by a score of 2-1. The Nittany Lions had just five hits and left a total of eight runners on base. Junior Steven Hill got the start for Penn State and went 6.1 innings deep of two run ball. Hill stuck out four batters, allowed four hits and walked just one. RECAP & BOX SCORE

IOWA def. NORTHWESTERN, 3-1
The University of Iowa baseball team defeated Northwestern Sunday in the rubber game of a three-game set at Duane Banks Field, 3-1. The Hawkeyes have won six of their last nine contests after taking the opening Big Ten series. Iowa has won three of its first four home games after playing its first 16 games of the season on the road. The Black and Gold are in a tie for first place after the opening conference weekend. RECAP & BOX SCORE

MICHIGAN def. IPFW, 11-3
Junior LHP Bobby Brosnahan allowed just one hit in six innings of work and the University of Michigan baseball team's offense belted out 16 hits and put up 10 runs in the first five innings as the Wolverines cruised to an 11-3 win over IPFW Sunday afternoon at the Wilpon Complex, home of Ray Fisher Stadium. Michigan took two of three games in the 2012 home-opening series against the Mastodons. RECAP & BOX SCORE

MICHIGAN STATE def. Oakland, 10-1
On a beautiful spring day at McLane Baseball Stadium before a crowd of 2,149 fans, the Michigan State baseball team extended its winning streak to six games with a 10-1 victory over Oakland Sunday afternoon. The Spartans, who completed the sweep over the Golden Grizzlies and have won nine of their last 10 contests, collected nine hits and took advantage of five OU errors. RECAP & BOX SCORE

MINNESOTA def. The Citadel, 5-0
Senior right-hander Austin Lubinsky pitched 8.0 scoreless innings, while the University of Minnesota baseball team put up four runs in the third en route to a 5-0 shutout over The Citadel, today at the H.H.H. Metrodome. With the win, the Gophers completed the series sweep over the Bulldogs and improve to 12-13 on the season. RECAP & BOX SCORE

OHIO STATE def. #24 PURDUE, 5-4
The Ohio State baseball team won a back and forth battle with No. 24 Purdue, 5-4, Sunday afternoon at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium. The Buckeyes improve to 12-10 with the win, 2-1 in Big Ten Conference play, while Purdue falls to 16-4, 2-1 in the conference. RECAP & BOX SCORE

Sunday's Schedule

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Postseason play continues for both Minnesota and Penn State Sunday, with the Gophers hosting Northern Iowa in the final of the Women's Basketball Invitational, while Penn State takes on Conecticut in the Kingston Regional semifinal.

NCAA Tournament
Kingston Regional
Penn State vs. Connecticut, 4:30 p.m. ET, ESPN2

Women's Basketball Invitational Final
Northern Iowa at Minnesota, 3 p.m. ET

Saturday's Results

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Illinois vs. Minnesota
Game 1: Illinois def. Minnesota, 2-0
Game 2: Illinois def. Minnesota, 4-3
URBANA, Ill. - The Illinois softball team swept its Big Ten-opening doubleheader against Minnesota at Eichelberger Field, 2-0 and 4-3, on Saturday afternoon. In game one, redshirt-senior second baseman Danielle Vaji went 2-for-3 with a run scored while junior starting pitcher Pepper Gay was dominant in the circle, holding the Gophers to a pair of hits on the contest. In the second game, senior first baseman Meredith Hackett tied the contest with a two-run homer in the fifth, while senior third baseman Kelley Wedel tallied a walk-off RBI-double in the bottom of the seventh to pace the Orange and Blue in their comeback effort. RECAP

Iowa vs. Wisconsin
Game 1: Wisconsin def. Iowa, 1-0
IOWA CITY, Iowa --A clutch double by Mary Massei scored the game's only run as the Wisconsin softball team opened Big Ten Conference play with a 1-0 win over Iowa at Pearl field in Iowa City, Iowa Saturday afternoon. "It's always great to come out and get the first 'W'," said Wisconsin head coach Yvette Healy. "We were happy for the team to win the opening game. It is always something special to start off the (Big Ten) season that way." RECAP
Game 2: Iowa def. Wisconsin, 4-3
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa softball team salvaged a doubleheader split against Wisconsin on Saturday at Pearl Field. After dropping the opener, 1-0, the Hawkeyes plated three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to rally for a 4-3 victory in game two. "It was a little frustrating that first game. It took one run, and I wish we could have gotten one and been able to continue playing," said UI head coach Marla Looper. "We regrouped really well and were able to come back out, see the same pitcher and make the adjustments we needed to." RECAP

Michigan vs. Penn State
Game 1: Michigan def. Penn State, 11-2
Game 2: Michigan def. Penn State, 12-4
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The No. 20-ranked University of Michigan softball team totaled 23 runs and 22 hits on the day, sweeping a doubleheader from Penn State, 11-2 in five innings and 12-4 in six innings, on Saturday afternoon at the Wilpon Complex, home of Alumni Field. Freshman LHP Haylie Wagner threw a two-hitter in the first game, allowing just two runs and striking out three. The Michigan offense totaled 10 hits, led by a 3-for-3 performance by senior centerfielder Bree Evans and two hits each from junior second baseman Ashley Lane and freshman catcher Lauren Sweet. In the day's second contest, Wagner picked up the win in relief after throwing 3.0 innings and giving up a run on two hits. Kirkpatrick went 2-for-3 with a home run and a career-best five runs batted in as five Wolverines went for two hits in the six-inning win. RECAP

Nebraska vs. Northwestern
Game 2: Nebraska def. Northwestern, 7-6
Game 3: Nebraska def. Northwestern, 8-1
Lincoln - A six-run fourth inning and a solid outing from Tatum Edwards powered the Nebraska softball team to its eighth straight win, as the Huskers completed a three-game sweep of Northwestern with an 8-1 victory in Saturday's second game at Bowlin Stadium. Nebraska's six-run outburst turned a 2-1 lead into a comfortable 8-1 advantage after four innings of play. The big inning marked the seventh time in the three-game series that the Huskers had scored more than one run in an inning. RECAP

Ohio State vs. Indiana
Game 1: Ohio State def. Indiana, 4-3 (8)
In game, sophomore Evelyn Carrillo gave the Buckeyes the 4-3 victory after posting the gamewinning hit on an RBI double off the left center wall, scoring senior captain Alicia Herron from second base. Carrillo, a native of Corona, Calilf., now has nine 10 RBI this season. The Buckeyes posted three runs in the third inning before Indiana fought back to tie the game, 3-3, after plating a pair runs in the fifth and a third run in the top of the seventh to force extra innings. Herron notched a two-run home run to extend her hit streak to 15-consecutive games. The OSU shortstop also reached base for the 20th-consecutive game. RECAP
Game 2: Indiana def. Ohio State, 4-1
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Indiana's Meaghan Murphy took matters into her own hands in game two of a doubleheader at Ohio State (15-11, 1-1 Big Ten) on Saturday afternoon, allowing one unearned run over seven innings to lead IU to a 4-1 win for the Hoosiers (16-14, 1-1 Big Ten). Freshman Shannon Cawley was 3-for-4 with a run scored and classmate Brianna Meyer was 2-for-4, but it was ultimately three OSU errors that IU turned into three unearned runs that proved to be the difference. Both teams stranded 11 runners on base in the game as IU out-hit Ohio State, 9-8, in the contest. RECAP

Purdue vs. Michigan State
Game 1: Purdue def. Michigan State, 10-6
Game 2: Purdue def. Michigan State, 8-4

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Boilermaker softball team swept its Big Ten opening doubleheader with Michigan State, rapping out 22 hits in the 10-4 and 8-4 victories on Saturday. Freshman Lexy Moore (11-2) picked up a win in the first game after striking out nine in the compete-game effort, and a save in the second, after entering the game with the tying run at the plate in the seventh. Senior Katie Hackney (3-2) earned the game two victory in a relief effort. Junior Erika Petruzzi led the Purdue bats with four hits in the contests, including a 3-for-4 effort in Game 2. Petruzzi also racked up four RBI and a run in the series. Senior Molly Garst was the lone Boilermaker with two hits in the first game, while junior Ashley Courtney and sophomores Andie Varsho and Tori Chiodo along with Petruzzi tallied multi-hit efforts in the night cap. RECAP

Saturday's Results

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Purdue recorded a doubleheader sweep on Saturday, while Nebraska, Northwestern and Penn State also picked up conference wins, and Michigan, Michigan State and Minnesota earned non-conference victories.

NEBRASKA def. ILLINOIS, 18-5
After dropping its Big Ten Conference opener on Friday night, the Nebraska baseball team rebounded with an 18-5 win over the Illinois Fighting Illini at Hawks Field on Saturday afternoon to tie the three-game series at 1-1. Trailing 3-0 going into the bottom of the second, NU plated 11 runs on seven hits, as the first nine batters of the inning reached base and scored. RECAP & BOX SCORE

PENN STATE def. INDIANA, 4-3 (10)
After a long wait to get Saturday's game underway because of a rain delay, junior Elliot Searer ended the day on the right note with an extra inning, walk-off RBI single in the 10th to give Penn State a 4-3 victory over Indiana. RECAP & BOX SCORE

NORTHWESTERN def. IOWA, 3-0

The University of Iowa baseball team dropped a 3-0 decision to Northwestern Saturday afternoon at Duane Banks Field. Both starting pitchers struck out nine batters, but it was Northwestern who got the timely hits and ultimately win the second game of the three-game weekend set. RECAP & BOX SCORE

MICHIGAN def. IPFW, 4-2
The pitching quartet of senior Brandon Sinnery, freshman Trent Szkutnik, fifth-year senior Travis Smith and freshman James Bourque combined to allow just one hit in the University of Michigan baseball team's 4-2 win over IPFW Saturday afternoon at the Wilpon Complex, home of Ray Fisher Stadium. RECAP & BOX SCORE

MICHIGAN STATE def. Oakland, 11-2
Junior left fielder Jordan Keur had a career-best four RBIs and tied a career high with four hits to lead the Michigan State baseball team past Oakland, 11-2, Saturday afternoon at McLane Baseball Stadium. The Spartans, who have won eight of their last nine and five straight, collected 14 hits overall and scored in every inning but the third. RECAP & BOX SCORE

MINNESOTA def. The Citadel, 3-0
The University of Minnesota baseball team used a three-run first inning, while DJ Snelten and Kevin Kray combined for the shutout to give the Golden Gophers a 3-0 win over The Citadel, today at the H.H.H. Metrodome. With the win, the Gopher improve to 10-13 on the season, winning two games against the Bulldogs after a 2-1 ninth-inning win last night. RECAP & BOX SCORE

#24 PURDUE def. OHIO STATE, 8-5 and 8-1
The Ohio State baseball team dropped both games of a doubleheader against No. 24 Purdue Saturday afternoon at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium. The Boilermakers took Game 1, 8-5, before winning Game 2, 8-1. Ohio State drops to 11-10 overall, 0-2 in Big Ten play, while Purdue improves to 16-3, 2-0 in the conference. RECAPS & BOX SCORES

Saturday's Results

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No. 2 Ohio State advances to the Final Four with a 77-70 win over No. 1 Syracuse, becoming the third Big Ten team in the last four years to reach the national semifinals.


NCAA REGIONAL FINALS RESULTS

#2 OHIO STATE def. #1 Syracuse, 77-70

Jared Sullinger recovered from first-half foul trouble to score 19 points and grab seven rebounds, helping Ohio State beat Syracuse 77-70 on Saturday to advance to the Final Four.

It will be the Buckeyes' first trip to the NCAA semifinals since 2007. RECAP & BOX SCORE


NCAA REGIONAL FINALS SCHEDULE

#1 Syracuse vs. #2 OHIO STATE, 7:05 p.m. ET, CBS

Friday's Results

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Illinois, Indiana and Iowa all picked up wins in their conference openers on Friday, while Purdue and Ohio State were postponed and will play a doubleheader tomorrow. Michigan State and Minnesota earned victories in non-conference action.

ILLINOIS def. NEBRASKA, 11-3
The Nebraska baseball team fell behind early in its Big Ten Conference opener against the Illinois Fighting Illini on Friday night at Hawks Field and were unable to battle back in a 11-3 loss. Michael Pritchard and Chad Christensen each had two hits for the Huskers while junior Justin Parr led the Illini with a season-high four RBI's on two hits. RECAP & BOX SCORE

INDIANA def. PENN STATE, 14-2
The Penn State baseball team opened up Big Ten play with a 14-2 loss to Indiana on Friday night. Senior Sean Deegan hit his first homer of the year and senior Joey DeBernardis hit two doubles. Indiana had a seven hit, seven run second inning. All seven runs and six of those hits came with two outs in the inning. The Hoosiers hit two doubles and five singles in the frame to take an early 7-0 lead. RECAP & BOX SCORE

IOWA def. NORTHWESTERN, 3-2

The University of Iowa baseball team defeated Northwestern Friday in its Big Ten opener at Duane Banks Field, 3-2. Iowa won on a walk-off single with two outs in the bottom of the ninth by freshman Jake Yacinich. Senior Jarred Hippen tossed his ninth career complete game in the victory. The Hawkeyes (8-10, 1-0) have won five of their last seven contests. RECAP & BOX SCORE

IPFW def. MICHIGAN, 8-6 (11)

The University of Michigan baseball team fought back to tie the game in both the bottom halves of the ninth and 10th innings, but IPFW's Carter DeBoe hit a two-run home run in the top of the 11th that gave the Mastodons an 8-6 win over the Wolverines in U-M's home opener Friday afternoon at the Wilpon Complex, home of Ray Fisher Stadium. RECAP & BOX SCORE

MICHIGAN STATE def. Oakland, 2-1

The Michigan State baseball team defeated Oakland, 2-1, in the 2012 home opener Friday afternoon at McLane Baseball Stadium. Tony Wieber delivered the game-winning hit with an RBI double in the bottom of the eighth inning that drove home Jordan Keur from first base as the Spartans (11-7) won for the seventh time in eight games. RECAP & BOX SCORE

MINNESOTA def. The Citadel, 2-1
David Bettenburg delivered a sacrifice fly as the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers rallied and won, 2-1, over The Citadel, tonight at the H.H.H. Metrodome. Trailing 1-0, Minnesota got two runs in the bottom of the ninth to earn the win. The Gophers improve to 10-13, while the Bulldogs dropped to 9-12. RECAP & BOX SCORE

#24 PURDUE at OHIO STATE
Postponed - doubleheader at 1 p.m. ET on Saturday.

Minnesota Advances to WBI Title Game

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Minnesota 67, Manhattan 54
The second-seeded University of Minnesota women's basketball team used a 19-8 run in the final minutes of the second half to advance to the Women's Basketball Invitational (WBI) Championship Game, defeating eighth-seeded Manhattan, 67-64, Friday night in front of the home crowd at Williams Arena. The Golden Gophers will face Northern Iowa in the Championship contest Sunday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. in the friendly confines of the Barn. RECAP

Friday's Result

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Nebraska 9, Northwestern 6
Lincoln - Brooke Thomason's walk-off grand slam with two outs in the bottom of the seventh capped a four-run comeback, as the Nebraska softball team won its first Big Ten game in thrilling come-from-behind fashion, 9-6, over Northwestern on Friday at Bowlin Stadium. Nebraska, which fell behind 4-0, chipped away at the lead before exploding for five runs in its final at bat. The Huskers trailed 5-1 heading into the bottom of the fifth before scoring twice in the fifth and once in the sixth. Trailing 6-4 with one out in the seventh, senior Nikki Haget got the rally started with a single. Junior Gabby Banda followed with a double off the fence in right to put runners at first and third. Amy Letourneau then came on in relief of starter Meghan Lamberth. Letourneau was called for an illegal pitch on her first pitch, allowing Haget to score and Banda to move up to third. Sophomore Taylor Edwards was then intentionally walked, before senior Ashley Guile popped out. With runners on first and third and two outs, sophomore Tatum Edwards worked a walk to load the bases. Thomason, who had homered in her previous at bat, then blasted a 1-1 pitch to deep center for a walk-off grand slam. RECAP

Friday's Schedule

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Minnesota takes on Manhattan on Friday night in the semifinals of the WBI, with a berth in the tournament title game on the line.

Manhattan at Minnesota, 8 p.m. ET

Weekend Schedule

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MARCH 23-24
INDIANA/NEBRASKA/#41 NORTHWESTERN/#23 OHIO STATE at Mountain View Collegiate -
Tucson, Ariz.

MARCH 25-26
IOWA at Saluki Invitational - Carbondale, Ill.

Weekend Schedule

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MARCH 22-23
#38 ILLINOIS/NORTHWESTERN at Borona Collegiate Cup - San Diego, Calif.

MARCH 22-24
NEBRASKA at Denver Desert Shootout - Goodyear, Ariz.

MARCH 23-25
MICHIGAN STATE/MINNESOTA/OHIO STATE at FAU Spring Break Classic - Boca Raton, Fla.

MARCH 25-27
WISCONSIN at Hootie at Bulls Bay Intercollegiate - Awenden, S.C.

Weekend Schedule

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ILLINOIS - Big Ten/SEC Challenge [1]
INDIANA - Big Ten/SEC Challenge [1]
MICHIGAN - USC Trojan Invitational
NEBRASKA - Arizona State Invitational
OHIO STATE - Central Florida Invitational
PURDUE - Big Ten/SEC Challenge [1]
WISCONSIN - Big Ten/SEC Challenge [1]

[1] Starkville, Miss.

Weekend Schedule

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ILLINOIS - Big Ten/SEC Challenge [1]
INDIANA - Big Ten/SEC Challenge [1]
MICHIGAN - USC Trojan Invitational
MINNESOTA - Arizona State Invitational
NEBRASKA - Arizona State Invitational
OHIO STATE - Big Ten/SEC Challenge [1]
PURDUE - Big Ten/SEC Challenge [1]
WISCONSIN - Big Ten/SEC Challenge [1]

[1] Starkville, Miss.

Weekend Softball Schedule

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All 12 Big Ten teams open the conference season this weekend, beginning Friday when Northwestern travels to Nebraska. The remaining five conference series begin on Saturday. The following is a look at the weekend's schedule, along with links to teams' game notes.

Northwestern at Nebraska
Game 1: Friday, 6 p.m.
Game 2: Saturday, 2 p.m.
Game 3: Saturday, 4 p.m.

Minnesota at Illinois
Game 1: Saturday, 2 p.m.
Game 2: Saturday, 4 p.m.
Game 3: Sunday, 2 p.m.

Indiana at Ohio State
Game 1: Saturday, 2 p.m.
Game 2: Saturday, 4 p.m.
Game 3: Sunday, 2 p.m.

Wisconsin at Iowa
Game 1: Saturday, 2 p.m., BTN.com
Game 2: Saturday 4 p.m., BTN.com
Game 3: Sunday, 3 p.m., BTN.com

Penn State at Michigan
Game 1: Saturday, 1 p.m., BTN.com
Game 2: Saturday, 3 p.m., BTN.com
Game 3: Sunday, 1 p.m., BTN.com

Michigan State at Purdue
Game 1: Saturday, 1 p.m., BTN.com (on demand only)
Game 2: Saturday, 3 p.m., BTN.com (on demand only)
Game 3: Sunday, 1 p.m., BTN.com (on demand only)

Weekend Schedule

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March 23
No. 27 Purdue at No. 66 Ohio State - 3 p.m. ET
No. 57 Indiana at No. 46 Penn State - 4 p.m. ET

March 24
No. 26 Minnesota at Michigan State - 11 a.m. ET
Wisconsin at No. 20 Michigan - 11 a.m. ET
Iowa at No. 14 Northwestern - 11 a.m. CT
No. 25 Nebraska at No. 50 Illinois - Noon CT

March 25
No. 25 Nebraska at No. 14 Northwestern - 11 a.m. CT
Wisconsin at Michigan State - 11 a.m. CT
No. 57 Indiana at No. 66 Ohio State - 11 a.m. ET
No. 27 Purdue at No. 46 Penn State - 11:30 a.m. ET
No. 26 Minnesota at No. 20 Michigan - Noon ET
Iowa at No. 50 Illinois - Noon CT

Weekend Schedule

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March 23
No. 53 Northwestern at Iowa - 1:30 p.m. CT
Penn State at No. 21 Indiana - 2 p.m. ET
No. 28 Michigan at Wisconsin - 6 p.m. CT
No. 44 Minnesota at Michigan State - 7:30 p.m. ET

March 25
No. 2 Ohio State at No. 21 Indiana - Noon ET
Penn State at No. 70 Purdue - Noon ET
No. 28 Michigan at No. 44 Minnesota - Noon CT
No. 53 Northwestern at No. 59 Nebraska - Noon CT
Michigan State at Wisconsin - Noon CT
IUPUI at No. 21 Indiana - 6 p.m. ET

Prahalis Named Wade Trophy Finalist

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Ohio State's Samantha Prahalis was named one of 12 finalists for the 2012 Wade Trophy, which annually honors the top player in women's college basketball, it was announced by the WBCA on Friday. Prahalis, the 2012 Big Ten Player of the Year, set the conference's all-time record for career assists with 901 and is the only player in Big Ten history to record 2,000 points and 900 assists in her career. She was named a first-team All-Big Ten performer and is also a finalist for the Lieberman Award, awarded to the nation's top point guard.

The candidates were selected by a vote of committee members composed of leading basketball coaches, journalists and administrators. The winner will be announced during the WBCA Awards Show, which will be held on Monday, April 2, in Denver, the site of this year's Final Four.

Washington Named WBCA Region 6 Coach of the Year

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Penn State head coach Coquese Washington was named a finalist for a second national coach of the year honor on Thursday after being named WBCA Region 6 Coach of the Year. She is one of eight coaches to earn regional distinction and is now in the running for WBCA National Coach of the Year. Washington was also named to the USBWA watch list for its national coach of the year award. Washington led the Lady Lions to their first Big Ten Championship in eight seasons in 2011-12 and was named conference Coach of the Year by both her peers and the media after leading the team to a 24-6 record overall and a 13-3 mark in Big Ten play.

Friday's Results

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In the highest-scoring game of the 2012 NCAA Tournament, Indiana fell to No. 1 Kentucky, 102-90, in the regional semifinals.


NCAA REGIONAL SEMIFINALS RESULTS

#1 Kentucky def. #4 INDIANA, 102-90
Recap and box score coming soon...


NCAA REGIONAL SEMIFINALS SCHEDULE

#1 Kentucky vs. #4 INDIANA, approx.. 9:45 p.m. ET, CBS

Weekend Preview

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The Big Ten baseball conference season begins this weekend, as eight Big Ten teams begin play against conference foes, and Michigan, Michigan State and Minnesota continue non-conference action. Look below for previews of this weekend's series, and click the links for game notes.

ILLINOIS at NEBRASKA
Illinois Notes -- Nebraska Notes

Friday, March 23

6:35 p.m. CT, BTN
RHP Kevin Johnson (3-1, 2.70 ERA) vs. RHP Tom Lemke (2-1, 2.95 ERA)

Saturday, March 24
2:05 p.m. CT
RHP John Kravetz (3-0, 1.99 ERA) vs. RHP John Keller (3-0, 3.72 ERA)

Sunday, March 25
1:05 p.m. CT
RHP Josh Ferry (1-0, 4.11 ERA) vs. LHP Zach Hirsch (2-0, 5.46 ERA)

INDIANA at PENN STATE
Indiana Notes -- Penn State Notes

Friday, March 23
6:05 p.m. ET, BTN.com
LHP Joey DeNato (3-1, 1.64 ERA) vs. RHP John Walter (0-3, 4.23 ERA)

Saturday, March 24
2:05 p.m. ET, BTN.com
LHP Drew Leininger (2-2, 5.09 ERA) vs. LHP Joe Kurrasch (1-1, 3.22 ERA)

Sunday, March 25
1:05 p.m. ET, BTN.com
LHP Kyle Hart (0-1, 3.51 ERA) vs. RHP Steven Hill (0-2, 5.12 ERA)

NORTHWESTERN at IOWA
Northwestern Notes -- Iowa Notes

Friday, March 23
4:05 p.m. CT
RHP Francis Brooke (1-1, 1.95 ERA) vs. LHP Jarred Hippen (1-2, 3.28 ERA)

Saturday, March 24
1:05 p.m. CT
RHP Brandon Magallones (3-0, 5.09 ERA) vs. LHP Matt Dermody (0-2, 5.87 ERA)

Sunday, March 25
1:05 p.m. CT
RHP Zach Morton (0-4, 4.20 ERA) vs. LHP Sasha Kuebel (1-0, 2.82 ERA)

IPFW at MICHIGAN
Michigan Notes

Friday, March 23
3:05 p.m. ET
RHP Charles Weaver (0-3, 5.06 ERA) vs. RHP Ben Ballantine (1-0, 1.87 ERA

Saturday, March 24
1:05 p.m. ET
LHP Jason Kalber (3-2, 4.05 ERA) vs. RHP Brandon Sinnery (0-2, 5.52 ERA)

Sunday, March 25
1:05 p.m. ET
RHP Travis Reboulet (0-4, 4.39 ERA) vs. LHP Bobby Brosnahan (2-2, 2.54 ERA)
 
Oakland at MICHIGAN STATE
Michigan State Notes

Friday, March 23
3:05 p.m. ET
LHP Jeff Gorecki (1-3, 5.91 ERA) vs. RHP Tony Bucciferro (3-1, 4.26 ERA)

Saturday, March 24
1:05 p.m. ET
RHP Hayden Fox (0-3, 7.59 ERA) vs. RHP Andrew Waszak (1-1, 1.34 ERA)

Sunday, March 25
1:05 p.m. ET
RHP Brady Adamek (0-1, 3.92 ERA) vs. RHP Mike Theodore (1-1, 1.42 ERA)

The Citadel at MINNESOTA
Minnesota Notes

Friday, March 23
6:35 p.m. CT
RHP Austin Pritcher (2-1, 3.77 ERA) vs. TJ Oakes (4-1, 1.67 ERA)

Saturday, March 24
2:05 p.m. CT
RHP Bryce Hines (0-1, 6.17 ERA) vs. DJ Snelten (1-1, 2.45 ERA)

Sunday, March 25
Noon CT
LHP Logan Cribb (1-1, 3.58 ERA) vs. RHP Austin Lubinsky (0-2, 5.96 ERA)

#24 PURDUE at OHIO STATE
Purdue Notes -- Ohio State Notes

Friday, March 23
5:05 p.m. ET
RHP Joe Haase (2-0, 4.97 ERA) vs. RHP Jaron Long (0-0, 2.15 ERA)

Saturday, March 24
3:05 p.m. ET
RHP Lance Breedlove (2-2, 4.18 ERA) vs. LHP Brian King (2-1, 5.30 ERA)

Sunday, March 25
1:05 p.m. ET
LHP Calvin Gunter (2-0, 4.24 ERA) vs. RHP Brett McKinney (3-2, 4.06 ERA)
 

Big Ten Women's Swimming & Diving Season in Review

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The Big Ten women's swimming & diving season concluded with nine top-10 finishes on the final day of the NCAA Women's Swimming & Diving Championships at the James E. Martin Aquatics Center on the campus of Auburn University. Minnesota recorded 131 team points at the championships, leading the Big Ten with an 11th-place finish. The Golden Gophers were followed by No. 13 Indiana (115), No. 15 Wisconsin (91), No. 20 Ohio State (34) and No. 22 Penn State in the top 25.  Among the individual highlights, Minnesota's Haley Spencer recorded a second-place finish in the 200 breaststroke while teammate Ashley Steenvoorden placed fourth in the 1,650 freestyle (15:44.56).  Indiana's Amy Cozad placed third on the platform (329.35) and Ohio State's Bianca Alvarez recorded a runner-up finish in the 3-meter event with a score of 386.30.

NCAA Championships Qualifiers: Sixty-three Big Ten student-athletes from nine women's swimming & diving teams represented the conference at the 2012 NCAA Championships in Auburn, Ala., from March 15-18. The list of Big Ten qualifiers, complete with qualifying time, can be found here.

Indiana and Ohio State Claim Yearly Awards: The conference office announced on Wednesday, March 21, the 2012 Big Ten Women's Swimmer and Diver of the Year award winners, as voted by the conference coaches. Indiana's Allysa Vavra captured Swimmer of the Year honors, while Ohio State's Bianca Alvarez took home Diver of the Year accolades. For the complete release, click here.

Wayne Duke Award Winners:
Indiana University women's swimmer Margaux Farrell and Penn State men's gymnast Miguel Pineda were named the recipients of the 2012 Wayne Duke Postgraduate Award. The award is an annual scholarship recognizing one male and one female Big Ten senior student-athlete pursuing a postgraduate degree for achievements in academics, athletics, extracurricular activities and leadership. It is given out in conjunction with the Big Ten Men's and Women's Basketball Tournaments. For the complete release, click here.

Gophers Claim Big Ten Title: Minnesota captured the 2012 Big Ten women's swimming and diving championships crown on February 18, on the strength of Tess Behrens and Haley Spencer on the final day of competition at the Campus and Recreation Wellness Center in Iowa City, Iowa. The Golden Gophers amassed 680.5 points over the four-day event. Indiana finished second with 651 points and Ohio State was third with 560 points. Wisconsin tallied 411 points, while Penn State compiled 379.5 points to round out the top five in the final team standings. To read more about the Gophers and Big Ten award winners, click here.



Penn State's Taylor Wins Hodge Trophy

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Penn State sophomore 165-pounder David Taylor has been awarded the Dan Hodge Trophy, given to the National Wrestler of the Year. Taylor, the Big Ten Wrestler of the Year, finished the season at 32-0 overall en route to Big Ten and NCAA titles. Taylor is just the third sophomore to win the award after current Nittany Lion head coach Cael Sanderson won it in his sophomore season at Iowa State.

Click here to read more on Taylor's Hodge Trophy.

Thursday's Results

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Ohio State advanced to the Elite Eight with a win over Cincinnati, while Wisconsin pushed No. 1 Syracuse to the limit, and Michigan State came up short against Louisville. Click HERE for the Big Ten's release, and look below for recaps and box scores.


NCAA REGIONAL SEMIFINALS RESULTS

#2 OHIO STATE def. #6 Cincinnati, 81-66
Jared Sullinger and the Ohio State Buckeyes had blown a 12-point lead and fallen behind Cincinnati in the second half of the East Regional semifinals. RECAP & BOX SCORE

#1 Syracuse def. #4 WISCONSIN, 64-63
C.J. Fair broke out of a scoring slump with 15 points and top-seeded Syracuse held on for a 64-63 victory over fourth-seeded Wisconsin on Thursday night in an East Regional semifinal. RECAP & BOX SCORE

#4 Louisville def. #1 MICHIGAN STATE, 57-44
Chane Behanan scored 15 points and Gorgui Dieng anchored Louisville's stifling defense with seven blocked shots, helping the Cardinals knock off top-seeded Michigan State 57-44 Thursday night in the West Regional semifinals. RECAP & BOX SCORE


NCAA REGIONAL SEMIFINALS SCHEDULE

#1 Syracuse vs. #4 WISCONSIN, 7:15 p.m., CBS

#1 MICHIGAN STATE vs. #4 Louisville, 7:47 p.m., TBS

#2 OHIO STATE vs. #6 Cincinnati, approx.. 9:45 p.m., CBS


All times ET

Weekly Rankings

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Nebraska represents the Big Ten in the 2012 USTFCCCA Preseason Rankings. The Huskers appear at No. 20 in the rankings.

For the complete list, click here.

Weekly Rankings

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Five Big Ten squads appear in the 2012 USTFCCCA National Preseason Rankings, led by No. 8 Indiana. Nebraska appears at No. 15, followed by No. 18 Iowa, No. 19 Wisconsin and No. 25 Ohio State.

For the complete rankings, click here.

Wednesday's Results

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INDIANA def. Eastern Kentucky, 11-5

IOWA def. Grand View, 20-1

North Dakota State def. MINNESOTA, 6-5

Northern Colorado def. NEBRASKA, 6-4

OHIO STATE def. Dayton, 11-7

PENN STATE def. Pittsburgh, 5-3

Wednesday's Results

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Missouri 8, Iowa 0
Missouri 2, Iowa 0
Michigan 10, Eastern Michigan 2

Wednesday's Results

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Minnesota defeated Middle Tennessee, 78-72, to advance to the NIT semifinals.


NIT QUARTERFINALS RESULTS

MINNESOTA def. Middle Tennessee, 78-72
Rodney Williams and Andre Hollins each scored 24 points to help Minnesota advance to the semifinals of the NIT with a 78-72 win over Middle Tennessee on Wednesday night. RECAP & BOX SCORE


NIT QUARTERFINALS SCHEDULE

MINNESOTA at Middle Tennessee, 7 p.m., ESPN2

Wednesday's Schedule

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Iowa at Missouri (DH), 4 p.m. ET

Penn State Advances to Sweet 16 With 2nd Round Win

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Penn State 90, LSU 80
BATON ROUGE, La. - The No. 4 seed Penn State Lady Lions (26-6, 13-3) ended the No. 5 seed and the host LSU Lady Tigers (22-11, 10-6 SEC) season on Tuesday night with a 90-80 victory to advance to the NCAA Regional. The Lady Lions will make their first appearance in the NCAA Regional semifinals since 2004. Penn State will face No. 1 seed Connecticut in Kingston, R.I. on March 25. Penn State improved to 4-2 all-time against LSU. The Lady Lions are no 10-8 in NCAA Tournament Second Round action and 29-22 overall. The Lady Lions had five players total double-digit points led by sophomore Maggie Lucas (Narberth, Pa.), who posted 30. Sophomore Ariel Edwards (Elmont, N.Y.) was second on the tema with 15, while junior Mia Nickson (Ashburn, Va.) posted 15 and both junior Alex Bentley (Indianapolis, Ind.) and senior Zhaque Gray (Chicago, Ill.) had 10 apiece. Nickson led the squad with 10 boards and Bentley had a team-leading five steals. Penn State shot 45 percent for the game and held LSU to 37 percent. The Lady Lions outscored the Lady Tigers 34-30 in the paint and 16-11 off turnovers. RECAP

Tuesday's Results

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Nebraska 2, Nebraska-Omaha 1
Northwestern 13, Massachusetts 5
Northwestern 8, Hartford 0
Louisville 7, Ohio State 0
Louisville 7, Ohio State 2

Tuesday's Results

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INDIANA def. Eastern Kentucky, 6-4

North Dakota State def. MINNESOTA, 7-0

NEBRASKA def. Northern Colorado, 12-3

NORTHWESTERN def. Nebraska-Omaha, 3-1

Louisville def. OHIO STATE, 20-0

In The Polls

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Eight Big Ten squads appear in the Campbells/ITA National Rankings, led by No. 2 Ohio State. The Buckeyes are followed by No. 15 Illinois, No. 21 Indiana and No. 28 Michigan. Minnesota checks in at No. 44, while Northwestern is No. 53. Nebraska appears at No. 59 and Purdue is No. 70.

For the complete rankings, click here.

In The Polls

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Nine Big Ten women's tennis teams appear in the Campbells/ITA National Rankings, led by No. 14 Northwestern. Michigan checks in at No. 20, while Nebraska, Minnesota and Purdue appear at Nos. 25, 26 and 27, respectively. Penn State sits at No. 46, followed by No. 50 Illinois, No. 57 Indiana and No. 66 Ohio State.

For the complete rankings, click here.

Weekly Rankings

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Six of the seven Big Ten men's gymnastics teams rank in the top 10 nationally based on GymInfo's four-score average rankings. Penn State leads the group at No. 2 with an average of 352.667, while No. 4 Illinois (352.133) and No. 5 Minnesota (346.567) round out the top five. Ohio State follows at No. 6 (344.400), with No. 7 Michigan (343.400) and No. 9 Nebraska (340.900) also holding top-10 marks. Iowa checks in at No. 12 (335.567) nationally.

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Weekly Rankings

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Six Big Ten women's gymnastics squads hold top-25 marks in the final GymInfo national rankings heading into the Big Ten Championships this weekend, with four teams appearing in the top 16. No. 6 Nebraska leads the way with a regional qualifying score of 196.960, while No. 12 Penn State and No. 13 Ohio State follow with marks of 196.230 and 196.115, respectively. Minnesota ranks 16th (195.880), while No. 21 Michigan (195.710) and No. 23 Illinois (195.545) round out the group of top-25 Big Ten teams.

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Penn State Readies for LSU

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Fourth-seeded Penn State takes to the court tonight in second-round action of the NCAA Tournament, where the Lady Lions will face fifth-seed and first- and second-round host LSU. The Lady Lions advanced to Round 2 after defeating UTEP in the first round on Sunday.

Kingston Regional
at Baton Rouge, La.
No. 4 Penn State vs. No. 5 South Carolina, 9:40 p.m. ET, ESPN2

Tuesday's Schedule

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Northwestern vs. Massachusetts, Noon
Northwestern vs. Hartford, 2:30 p.m.
Ohio State at Louisville, 3 p.m.
Ohio State at Louisville, 5 p.m.
Nebraska-Omaha at Nebraska, 6 p.m.

Monday's NCAA Result

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South Carolina 72, Purdue 61
Top scorer Brittany Rayburn never got into a rhythm, and Courtney Moses, who broke the women's tourney record by making nine 3s in Saturday's first-round victory, was 0 for 2 beyond the arc Monday and finished with seven points. KK Houser led the Boilermakers with 15, and Rayburn scored 13 to finish sixth on the school's career list with 1,795 points. "The amount of turnovers we had, we took ourselves out of the game," Rayburn said. "On each possession, it was us grounding ourselves for the most part. But they were aggressive on defense and they got it done." South Carolina was especially proficient each time Purdue made a run. After taking an early lead with an 11-2 spurt, the Gamecocks never trailed again. Purdue closed to 27-26 late in the first half, but South Carolina scored the final six points to make it 33-26 at the break. Houser opened the second half with another 3, riling up a crowd expecting a rally. Instead, Grant answered with back-to-back 3s to extend the lead to 39-29. "When we got close, they kept running the play where they pinned the player and we always got called on a foul," Purdue coach Sharon Versyp said. "We did it all year and they did it about seven times and they only called it one time. We tried to adjust, but that's when they would come down and score." RECAP

Monday's Results

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MINNESOTA def. Cal Poly, 4-3

Jacksonville State def. NORTHWESTERN, 6-5

Monday's Results

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Minnesota defeated Miami on Monday and advances to the NIT quarterfinals.

NIT SECOND ROUND RESULTS

MINNESOTA def. Miami (Fla.), 78-60
Rodney Williams scored 21 points to lead Minnesota to a 78-60 victory over Miami in a second round NIT game Monday night. RECAP & BOX SCORE


NIT SECOND ROUND SCHEDULE

MINNESOTA at Miami (Fla.), 9 p.m. ET, ESPN

Purdue Continues NCAA Tournament Play on Monday

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Purdue hosts South Carolina in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Monday, with tip scheduled for 7:20 p.m. ET. The Boilermakers advanced to Monday's round of 32 following a victory over South Dakota State on Saturday.

Fresno Regional
West Lafayette, Ind.

No. 5 South Carolina at No. 4 Purdue, 7:20 p.m. ET, ESPN2

Sunday's Results

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Northern Illinois def. ILLINOIS, 3-0

ILLINOIS def. Southern Illinois, 13-5

MICHIGAN def. Connecticut, 7-5

MINNESOTA def. Cal Poly, 4-1

Louisiana Tech def. NEBRASKA, 6-5

NORTHWESTERN def. Long Island, 9-4

OHIO STATE def. Austin Peay, 7-3

East Carolina def. PENN STATE, 7-4

Penn State, Minnesota Move on Postseason Tournaments

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NCAA Tournament Results
Penn State 85, UTEP 77
BATON ROUGE, La. - The No. 4 seed Penn State Lady Lions (25-6, 13-3) advanced to the NCAA Second Round with a 85-77 victory against No. 13 seed UTEP (29-4, 15-1 C-USA) Sunday evening. With the win, Penn State posts back-to-back 25-win seasons for the first time since 2002-03 and 2003-04.The Lady Lions will now face No. 5 seed LSU in the Second Round Tuesday at 9:30 p.m. (ET). The victory came with a balanced attack that saw four players reach double figures, led by Maggie Lucas' (Narberth, Pa.) 23 points. It is the 17th 20-point performance of the season for Lucas. The Lady Lions advance to the second round of the NCAA Tournament for the second-straight year. Penn State is now 14-3 in NCAA First Round action and 28-22 overall in tournament play. RECAP

California 84, Iowa 74
NOTRE DAME, Ind. -- The string of tough draws in the NCAA Tournament continued for head coach Lisa Bluder's University of Iowa women's basketball team. It turned out that the matchup with the eighth-seeded California Golden Bears was as difficult as anticipated and the ninth-seeded Hawkeyes fell Sunday, 84-74, in Purcell Pavillion. The Hawkeyes trailed by double-digits for much of the second half, but a senior-led charge brought Iowa back to within striking distance late in the game. Senior Kelly Krei started the comeback by hitting two free throws to cut the deficit to 12 points with 2:55 left. On Iowa's next possession, senior Kamille Wahlin drove to the basket for a layup and followed with a 3-pointer on the next possession to bring the score to 78-71 with 1:35 left to play. Krei then knocked down another 3-pointer with 1:14 left that brought the Hawkeyes the closest they had been in the second half at 80-74. However, Iowa was unable to convert in the final minute and time ran out on the Hawkeyes. RECAP

Oklahoma 88, Michigan 67
NORMAN, Okla. -- The 11th-seeded University of Michigan women's basketball team's second-half comeback hopes were spoiled by sixth-seeded University of Oklahoma. U-M was made up some ground but was held off down the final stretch by the Sooners, 88-67, in the first round of the NCAA Tournament tonight (Sunday, March 18) inside Lloyd Noble Center. The Wolverines were led by four players in double digits, including senior guard Carmen Reynolds (Hilliard, Ohio/Davidson), scoring a team- and season-high 20 points. Reynolds scored 15 points from three-point range connecting 5-of-7. Junior Kate Thompson (Plymouth, Minn./Wayzata) contributed 15 points and six rebounds coming off the bench. Senior guard Courtney Boylan (Chaska, Minn./Chaska) and junior forward Sam Arnold (Medinah, Ill./Lake Park) also netted double figures with 12 and 11 points, respectively. Junior guard Jenny Ryan (Saginaw, Mich./Nouvel Catholic Central) halued in a team best, eight boards. RECAP

Kansas 57, Nebraska 49
Little Rock - Senior Kaitlyn Burke led four Huskers in double figures with 14 points, but the No. 17 Nebraska women's basketball team struggled through a cold shooting night in a 57-49 loss to Kansas in the NCAA Tournament first round at the Jack Stephens Center. Nebraska, which made its fourth NCAA Tournament appearance in the past four years, ended its season with a 24-9 record that included a 10-6 Big Ten mark. Kansas improved to 20-12 and will advance to face No. 3 seed Delaware in the second round Tuesday in Little Rock. Burke, playing her final game as a Husker, hit 7-of-9 shots from the field to lead sixth-seeded NU with 14 points and four assists in 33 minutes. Freshman Emily Cady added her third career double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds on 3-of-4 shooting from the field. The 6-2 forward from Seward, Neb., hit NU's lone three-pointer and went 3-for-3 from the line. RECAP

Florida 70, Ohio State 65
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio (AP)- Jennifer George had 16 points and six rebounds to lead ninth-seeded Florida to a 70-65 win over eighth-seeded Ohio State in the Des Moines Regional on Sunday. The Gators (20-12) scored the game's first nine points and held on in front of a crowd packed with fans of the in-state Buckeyes (25-7). Tayler Hill scored 23 points for Ohio State, including two late baskets to pull the Buckeyes within two. Florida patiently worked the ball inside to George, who went up strong with her left hand and scored with 45 seconds to play. Emilee Harmon missed at the other end for the Buckeyes. Ohio State star Samantha Prahalis went scoreless in the second half and finished with nine points. She did, however, become just the second player in Division I history to record at least 2,000 career points and 900 assists. Ohio State made runs to cut the lead to 4, 3 and 2 late in the game. But everytime the Buckeyes made a run, Florida answered with either a three-pointer or a basket coming out of a timeout. Florida made nine 3-pointers on the day. RECAP

Women's Basketball Invitational Result
Minnesota 85, Bradley 59
A strong first half which saw the second-ranked Minnesota women's basketball team shoot .643 from the field, paced the Gophers to a 85-59 victory vs. No. 3-seed Bradley in the Women's Basketball Invitational (WBI) quarterfinals Sunday afternoon at Williams Arena. With the win, Pam Borton's squad improved to .500 on the year with a 17-17 record and advanced to the WBI Semifinals where it will face No. 8 seed Manhattan at Williams Arena Friday at 7:00 p.m. As a team, the Maroon and Gold shot a season-high .571, connecting on 28 of its 49 attempts in the game, while all players on the active roster were able to get quality minutes on the floor. RECAP

Sunday's Results

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Illinois 4, Chattanooga 0
Indiana 9, UIC 1
Michigan State 8, North Dakota 6
Michigan State 4, Wright State 2
Northwestern 4, LIU Brooklyn 3
Ohio State 8, St. Bonaventure 2
Oklahoma State 1, Wisconsin 0

Sunday's Results

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Michigan State became the fourth Big Ten team to earn a spot in the Sweet 16, while Purdue lost a thriller to Kansas, and Iowa fell to Oregon in NIT action. Click the links below for recaps and box scores.

NCAA THIRD ROUND RESULTS

#1 MICHIGAN STATE def. #9 Saint Louis, 65-61
Draymond Green grabbed a mop in the final minute and helped sweep sweat off the floor. Moments later, Michigan State finally brushed aside Saint Louis. Green scored 16 points with 13 rebounds and set up Keith Appling's crucial 3-pointer with 1:34 left, giving the top-seeded Spartans a 65-61 win over Saint Louis on Sunday and a spot in the round of 16 in the NCAA tournament. RECAP & BOX SCORE

#2 Kansas def. #10 PURDUE, 63-60
Elijah Johnson scored 18 points, including the go-ahead basket in the final minute, and No. 2 seed Kansas rallied to beat Robbie Hummel and No. 10 seed Purdue 63-60 on Sunday night. RECAP & BOX SCORE


NIT SECOND ROUND RESULTS

Oregon def. IOWA, 108-97
Roy Devyn Marble went 7-for-8 from behind the arc and scored a career-high 31 points, but Iowa dropped a 108-97 decision to Oregon in the second round of the NIT, ending the Hawkeyes' season. RECAP & BOX SCORE


NCAA THIRD ROUND
SCHEDULE


#1 MICHIGAN STATE vs. #9 Saint Louis, 2:45 p.m., CBS

#2 Kansas vs. #10 PURDUE, 8:40 p.m., TNT


NIT SECOND ROUND SCHEDULE

IOWA at Oregon, 5:05 p.m., ESPNU


All times ET


Sunday's Postseason Schedule

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Five Big Ten teams open their postseason runs in the NCAA Tournament on Sunday, while Minnesota will continue play in the Women's Basketball Invitational. Iowa, Michigan, Nebraska, Ohio State and Penn State look to punch their tickets to the second-round with first-round wins on Sunday.

NCAA Tournament
Raleigh Regional
at South Bend, Ind.
#8 California vs, #9 IOWA, 12:10 p.m., ESPN2

Des Moines Regional
at Bowling Green, Ohio

#8 OHIO STATE vs. #9 Florida, 12:15 p.m., ESPN2

at Little Rock, Ark.
#6 NEBRASKA, vs. #11 Kansas, 7:50 p.m., ESPN2

Kingston Regional
at Baton Rouge, La.

#4 PENN STATE vs. #13 UTEP, 5:15 p.m., ESPN2

Fresno Regional
at Norman, Okla.

#6 Oklahoma vs. #11 MICHIGAN, 7:35 p.m., ESPN2

Women's Basketball Invitational
#3 Bradley at #2 MINNESOTA, 3 p.m.

All times are ET

Saturday's Results and Sunday's Schedule

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Saturday's Results
Illinois 7, Massachusetts 2
Maryland 5, Illinois 0
Indiana 4, Wright State 2
Central Michigan 8, Michigan State 4 (8)
Michigan State 11, UIC 3
Minnesota 10, Idaho State 2
Florida State 1, Northwestern 0
Chattanooga 6, Northwestern 2
Ohio State 15, Belmont 3

Sunday's Schedule
Illinois vs. Chattanooga, 11:15 a.m.
Indiana vs. UIC, 4:45 p.m.
Michigan State vs. North Dakota, 10 a.m.
Michigan State vs. Wright State, 12:15 p.m.
Northwestern vs. Long Island, 11:15 a.m.
Ohio State vs. St. Bonaventure, 9 a.m.
Penn State at Cal State Fullerton, 2 p.m.
Purdue vs. Quinnipiac, Noon
Wisconsin vs. Oklahoma State, 12:30 p.m.

All times are ET and schedule subject to change

Purdue Advances to Second Round, Michigan State Falls

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Purdue, seeded fourth in the Fresno Regional, opened its run in the 2012 NCAA Tournament with a victory over South Dakota State on Saturday, setting up a Monday contest against South Carolina. Michigan State, the No. 10 seed in the Raleigh Regional, fell to Louisville. Below are scores and recaps from each contest.

Purdue 83, South Dakota State 68
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) - Courtney Moses' teammates decided to play pitch-and-watch Saturday. Eventually, Moses caught on. She'd take the pass, wherever she was standing, toss it toward the basket and rarely missed. The sophomore guard made an NCAA women's tournament record nine 3-pointers, matched her career-high with 29 points and helped the fourth-seeded Boilermakers put away South Dakota State 83-68 in a first-round game she'll never forget. "My teammates were just setting great screens, and our team had so many assists today," Moses said. "My team has always had confidence in me, and I've always had confidence in myself. To go out and continue to be confident is a good feeling." Try uncanny. Moses made 9 of 14 3-pointers, compared with only 1 of 3 inside the arc, and every time her team needed a shot to brush back the hard-charging Jackrabbits, Moses delivered. RECAP

Louisville 67, Michigan State 55
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) - Michigan State's senior forward Taylor Alton couldn't mask her anguish Saturday after a 67-55 loss to seventh-seeded Louisville in the opening round of the NCAA tournament. Alton and fellow seniors Porsche Poole and Lykendra Johnson hoped to wrap up their careers at MSU with a final push toward a national championship. Instead, the trio struggled mightily in a defeat that was not nearly as close as the 12-point final margin. Alton went 2 for 8 from the floor and scored four points, Johnson got into early foul trouble and finished with five points in 20 minutes, and Poole scored eight on 3-for-10 shooting. "Disappointment. I don't think we went out the way we wanted to," Alton said. "Things just really didn't fall our way tonight. I think some of us just let it get into our heads a little bit." It was the fourth straight trip to the NCAA tournament for the senior class and the first one that ended without a win. RECAP

Saturday's Results

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ILLINOIS def. Northern Illinois, 7-2

Coastal Carolina def. MICHIGAN, 6-2

MICHIGAN def. UAB, 3-1

MICHIGAN STATE def. Cincinnati, 5-4 (14)

Cal Poly def. MINNESOTA, 4-3

NEBRASKA def. Louisiana Tech, 11-4

Navy def. NORTHWESTERN, 6-5

Bucknell def. NORTHWESTERN, 10-6

Austin Peay def. OHIO STATE, 7-2 (10)

East Carolina def. PENN STATE, 6-5

Wichita State def. PURDUE, 8-2

Wichita State def. PURDUE, 5-3

Friday's Results

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ILLINOIS def. Southern Illinois, 8-2

Loyola Marymount def. INDIANA, 7-4

Loyola Marymount def. INDIANA, 9-0

Army def. IOWA, 5-1

Coastal Carolina def. MICHIGAN, 7-3

MICHIGAN STATE def. Cincinnati, 4-3

NEBRASKA def. Louisiana Tech, 22-3

NORTHWESTERN def. Eastern Illinois, 1-0

OHIO STATE def. Austin Peay, 4-3 (13)

East Carolina def. PENN STATE, 5-4

PURDUE def. Wichita State, 10-5

Saturday's Results

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Indiana, Ohio State and Wisconsin all earned spots in the Sweet 16 with a wins on Saturday, giving the Big Ten an 8-1 record so far in the NCAA Tournament. Click the links below for recaps and box scores.

NCAA THIRD ROUND RESULTS

#4 INDIANA def. #12 VCU, 63-61
Four years after hitting rock bottom, Indiana is making noise again in the NCAA tournament. Will Sheehey made a 15-footer from the baseline with 12.7 seconds left after a shot was blocked right to him, and the fourth-seeded Hoosiers rallied to beat 12th-seeded VCU 63-61 in the third round of the NCAA tournament on Saturday. RECAP & BOX SCORE

#4 WISCONSIN def. #5 Vanderbilt, 60-57
The Wisconsin Badgers are riding the nation's stingiest defense back to the round of 16. The Badgers held the Southeastern Conference's two leading scorers in check Saturday night and Ryan Evans grabbed a crucial rebound with 2.1 seconds left to help Wisconsin fend off Vanderbilt 60-57 in the third round of the 2012 NCAA Tournament. RECAP & BOX SCORE

#2 OHIO STATE def. #7 Gonzaga, 73-66
Jared Sullinger scored 18 points, including two big baskets in the final 3 minutes to lead Ohio State past Gonzaga 73-66 on Saturday and into the round of 16. RECAP & BOX SCORE

NCAA THIRD ROUND SCHEDULE

#2 OHIO STATE vs. #7 Gonzaga, approx. 2:45 p.m., CBS

#4 WISCONSIN vs. #5 Vanderbilt, 6:10 p.m., TNT

#4 INDIANA vs. #12 VCU, 7:10 p.m., TBS

All times ET

Noting the Big Ten

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Big Ten teams combined to go 5-1 through the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament, which leads all conferences that have played at least two games. With five out of its six teams reaching the Round of 32, the Big Ten has the highest percentage of its teams remaining in the tournament.

The Big Ten also leads all conferences with 75.2 points per game during NCAA play and with 78.2 points per game in wins.

See the charts below for more information.

Record in NCAA Tournament (min. 2 games played)
1. Big Ten (5-1, .833)
2. SEC (3-1, .750)
3. Big East (7-3, .700)
4. Big 12 (4-2, .667)
5. ACC (3-2, .600)

Percentage of Teams Remaining in NCAA Tournament (min. 2 teams selected)
1. Big Ten (5 of 6, 83 percent)
2. SEC (3 of 4, 75 percent)
T3. Big East (6 of 9, 67 percent)
T3. Big 12 (4 of 6, 67 percent)
5. ACC (3 of 5, 60 percent)

Most Points in NCAA Tournament (min. 2 games played)
1. Big Ten (75.2)
2. West Coast (73.0)
3. SEC (72.0)
4. Big 12 (70.5)
5. ACC (67.4)

Most Points in NCAA Tournament Wins (min. 2 wins)
1. Big Ten (78.2)
2. West Coast (77.5)
3. SEC (77.0)
4. ACC (74.0)
5. Big East (70.1)

Friday's Results and Saturday's Schedule

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Friday's Results
Illinois 3, Providence 1
Illinois 5, Boston 4
Indiana 4, UIC 3
Indiana 5, Central Michigan 3
Iowa 2, Virginia 0
Arizona 6, Iowa 1
Arizona State 1, Michigan 0
Northwestern 12, Fairfield 1
South Florida 2, Northwestern 1
Ohio State 6, Tennessee State 0
Louisiana-Lafayette 5, Penn State 1
Oklahoma 6, Penn State 1
Purdue 6, San Diego State 5
UNLV 6, Purdue 2
Wisconsin 4, UC Santa Barbara 0
San Jose State 9, Wisconsin 0

Saturday's Schedule
Illinois vs. Massachusetts, 4 p.m.
Illinois vs. Maryland, 6:15 p.m.
Indiana vs. Wright State, 4:45 p.m.
Iowa vs. Louisiana-Lafayette, 2 p.m.
Iowa at Cal State Fullerton, 8:30 p.m.
Michigan vs. Virginia, Noon
Michigan vs. DePaul, 2 p.m.
Michigan State vs. Central Michigan, 12:15 p.m.
Michigan State vs. UIC, 2:30 p.m.
Minnesota vs. Utah State, 2 p.m.
Minnesota vs. Idaho State, 4 p.m.
Northwestern vs. Florida State, 11:15 a.m.
Northwestern vs. Chattanooga, 4 p.m.
Ohio State vs. Belmont, 11:15 a.m.
Ohio State vs. Mercer, 6 p.m.
Penn State vs. Fresno State, 6:30 p.m.
Penn State vs. BYU, 8:30 p.m.
Purdue vs. Long Beach State, 2:30 p.m.
Purdue vs. Cal State Bakersfield, 5 p.m.
Wisconsin at UC Santa Barbara, 4:45 p.m.
Wisconsin vs. San Jose State, 7 p.m.

Michigan State, Purdue Open NCAA Tournament Competition

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Michigan State and Purdue help kick off the first day of NCAA Tournament action on Saturday. Both games will be televised by ESPN2 and streamed online at ESPN3.com.

Fresno Regional
West Lafayette, Ind.
Purdue vs. South Dakota State, 1:35 p.m. ET

Raleigh Regional
College Park, Md.
Michigan State vs. Louisville, 1:45 p.m. ET

Friday's Result

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Minnesota 80, Charleston Southern 51
The University of Minnesota women's basketball team made a great first impression in their Women's Basketball Invitational (WBI) debut Friday night, upending visiting Charleston Southern, 80-51, Friday night in the first round of the event in front of the home crowd at Williams Arena. With the victory, the second-seeded Golden Gophers improved their record to 16-17 on the season and advance to the WBI Quarterfinals, where they will host No. 3-seed Bradley Sunday afternoon at Williams Arena. Tip off for the game is set for 2:00 p.m. Four players scored in double-digits and 10 players scored at least one point for the Gophers in the route, with freshman Rachel Banham leading the way with 16 points. Micaëlla Riché and Kiara Buford each added 12 points and Katie Loberg chipped in with 10 points. RECAP

Weekend Schedule

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MARCH 16-17
INDIANA/#32 PURDUE at Lady Jaguar Intercollegiate - Augusta, Ga.

MARCH 16-18
MICHIGAN/MINNESOTA at Notre Dame Clover Cup - Mesa, Ariz.
WISCONSIN at SunTrust Gator Invitational - Gainesville, Fla.

MARCH 19-20
ILLINOIS/NEBRASKA at BYU Entrada Classic - St. George, Utah
PENN STATE at Pinehurst Challenge - Pinehurst, N.C.

Big Ten Teams Open Postseason Play

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Big Ten women's basketball teams open postseason competition on Friday, with Minnesota hosting Charleson Southern in the Women's Basketball Invitiational.

Charleston Southern vs. MINNESOTA, 8 p.m. ET

Weekend Schedule

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MARCH 16-18

MICHIGAN at Furman Intercollegiate - Greenville, S.C.

MINNESOTA at Schenkel Invitational - Statesboro, Ga.

#37 PURDUE at Furman Intercollegiate - Greenville, S.C.

 

MARCH 18-20

#34 INDIANA at Callaway Collegiate Match Play Championship - Sarasota, Fla.

#32 IOWA at Callaway Collegiate Match Play Championship - Sarasota, Fla.

 

Weekend Schedule

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MARCH 17
#3 ILLINOIS at #12 IOWA - 7 p.m. CT
#13 UIC at #7 MICHIGAN - 7 p.m. ET
#6 MINNESOTA at #4 PENN STATE - 7 p.m. ET
#9 NEBRASKA/#11 Air Force at #1 Oklahoma - 7 p.m. CT

Friday's Results

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Draymond Green recorded his second career NCAA Tournament triple-double to lead No. 1 Michigan State to a win over No. 16 LIU Brooklyn, while No. 10 Purdue defeated No. 7 St. Mary's (CA) on Friday, giving the Big Ten a 5-1 record through NCAA second-round games.

Michigan fell to Ohio in NCAA action, while Northwestern was defeated by Washington in NIT play.

Click the links below for recaps and box scores.

NCAA TOURNAMENT SECOND ROUND RESULTS

#1 MICHIGAN STATE def. #16 LIU Brooklyn, 89-67
Draymond Green scored 24 points in a triple-double, Derrick Nix added 18 points and top-seeded Michigan State fought off the upset bug that took down two No. 2 seeds in the NCAA tournament, advancing in the West Regional with an 89-67 win over LIU Brooklyn on Friday night. RECAP & BOX SCORE

#10 PURDUE def. #7 St. Mary's (CA), 72-69
Purdue made it through its NCAA opener again, but Saint Mary's made it interesting. Lewis Jackson made the go-ahead free throws with 22.8 seconds left after the Gaels had rallied from 11 points down late to take their first lead, and the Boilermakers won 72-69 in the Midwest Regional on Friday night. RECAP & BOX SCORE

#13 Ohio def. #4 MICHIGAN, 65-60
The fourth-seeded University of Michigan men's basketball team's second-half comeback efforts were thwarted by 13th-seeded Ohio University, as U-M fell to the Bobcats, 65-60, in the second round of the NCAA Tournament today inside Bridgestone Arena. RECAP & BOX SCORE

NIT SECOND ROUND RESULTS

#1 Washington def. #4 NORTHWESTERN, 76-55
A big run to start the second half by Washington was too much for Northwestern to overcome as the Wildcats saw their season come to an end with a 76-55 loss Friday in the second round of the National Invitation Tournament at Alaska Airlines Arena. RECAP & BOX SCORE

NCAA TOURNAMENT SECOND ROUND SCHEDULE

#4 MICHIGAN vs. #13 Ohio, 7:20 p.m., TNT

#7 St. Mary's (CA) vs. #10 PURDUE, 7:27 p.m., truTV

#1 MICHIGAN STATE vs. #16 LIU Brooklyn, approx. 9:20 p.m., TBS


NIT SECOND ROUND SCHEDULE

#4 NORTHWESTERN at #1 Washington, 10 p.m., ESPNU


All times ET

Weekend Schedule

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MARCH 16
MICHIGAN STATE at #21 MICHIGAN - 7 p.m. ET - BTN (3/17, Noon ET)
Iowa State at #6 NEBRASKA - 7 p.m. CT

MARCH 17
UIC/Northern Illinois/Illinois State at #22 ILLINOIS - 4 p.m. CT
#2 Oklahoma at #13 OHIO STATE - 4 p.m. ET
IOWA/#19 MINNESOTA/Arizona State at #17 Denver - 5 p.m. MT
Maryland at #12 PENN STATE - 7 p.m. ET

Thursday's Results and Friday's Schedule

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Thursday's Results
Notre Dame 2, Iowa 0
Washington 4, Iowa 3
Michigan 2, Notre Dame 1
Oklahoma 2, Michigan 0
Boise State 2, Minnesota (8)
BYU 14, Purdue 1

Friday's Schedule
Illinois vs. Providence, 4:30 p.m.
Illinois vs. Boston, 6:45 p.m.
Indiana vs. UIC, 2:30 p.m.
Indiana vs. Central Michigan, 4:45 p.m.
Iowa vs. Virginia, Noon
Michigan vs. Arizona State, 6 p.m.
Minnesota vs. Portland State, Noon
Minnesota vs. Idaho State, 4 p.m.
Northwestern vs. Fairfield, 11:45 p.m.
Northwestern at South Florida, 4:30 p.m.
Ohio State at Tennessee State, 7:15 p.m.
Penn State vs. Louisiana-Lafayette, 2 p.m.
Penn State vs. Oklahoma, 8:30 p.m.
Purdue vs. UNLV, 5 pm.
Purdue at San Diego State, 10 p.m.
Wisconsin at UC Santa Barbara, Noon
Wisconsin vs. San Jose State, 2:15 p.m.

All times are ET and subject to change

Thursday's Results

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INDIANA def. Loyola Marymount, 3-1

IOWA def. Jacksonville State, 6-3

NEBRASKA def. Louisiana Tech, 9-2

PURDUE def. Wichita State, 8-3

Weekend Schedule

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March 16
No. 73 IOWA at UCF - 1 p.m. CT
No. 38 PURDUE vs. Dartmouth - 4 p.m. ET

March 17
No. 73 IOWA vs. Harvard - 10 a.m. CT
Eastern Michigan at No. 54 PENN STATE - Noon ET
UW-Whitewater at No. 75 WISCONSIN - Noon CT
No. 34 MINNESOTA at No. 50 LSU - 1 p.m. CT
Ball State at MICHIGAN STATE - 3 p.m. ET

March 18
No. 63 OHIO STATE at No. 52 Tulane - 11 a.m. CT
No. 15 North Carolina at No. 18 MICHIGAN - Noon ET

Weekend Schedule

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March 16
IOWA vs. No. 63 Tulane - 2 p.m. CT
No. 44 MINNESOTA at No. 53 Cal Poly
No. 55 NEBRASKA at Ventura College - 2 p.m. CT

March 17
IOWA vs. No. 64 Rice - Noon CT
UW-Whitewater/UIC at WISCONSIN - Noon CT, 4 p.m. CT
MICHIGAN STATE at No. 25 MICHIGAN - Noon ET
PENN STATE at Cornell - Noon ET
No. 52 PURDUE at San Diego Invitational - All Day

March 18
IOWA vs. Memphis - 9 p.m. CT
No. 55 NEBRASKA at No. 53 Cal Poly - 2 p.m. CT

Four Named to WBCA All-Region 6 Team

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Four Big Ten players were named to the Women's Basketball Coaches Association All-Region 6 Team, it was announced on Thursday. Nebraska's Jordan Hooper, Penn State's Alex Bentley and Ohio State's Tayler Hill and Samantha Prahalis were part of the initial list of 52 All-Region teamers, and that list will be cut to 40 on Monday. That list of 40 will be eligible for All-America honors, which will be announced on March 31.

Complete Release

Thursday's Results

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Wisconsin defeated Montana, 73-49, Indiana beat New Mexico State, 79-66, and Ohio State upended Loyola Maryland, 78-59, giving the Big Ten a 3-0 start in NCAA Tournament action. Big Ten teams averaged 76.7 points per game and defeated opponents by an average of 18.7 points on Thursday.

Click HERE for the Big Ten's weekly release, and click the links below for recaps, box scores and highlights.

NCAA TOURNAMENT SECOND ROUND RESULTS

#2 OHIO STATE def. #15 Loyola Maryland, 78-59
Ohio State made sure there wouldn't a second scare for a top seed at the Consol Energy Center. Deshaun Thomas scored a career-high 31 points and grabbed 12 rebounds - one off his career best - to lead second-seeded Ohio State to a 78-59 victory over Loyola, Md., on Thursday night in the second round of the East Regional. RECAP & BOX SCORE

#4 INDIANA def. #13 New Mexico State, 79-66
After a four year absence, Indiana is making its NCAA tournament return last longer than just one brief appearance. Jordan Hulls went on a second-half shooting spree and finished with 22 points, and the fourth-seeded Hoosiers rolled to an impressive 79-66 win over New Mexico State in the second-round of the South Regional on Thursday night. RECAP & BOX SCORE

#4 WISCONSIN def. #13 MONTANA, 73-49
Ryan Evans scored 18 points and Jordan Taylor added 17 points and six assists for Wisconsin, which ended Montana's school record 14-game winning streak with a 73-49 win over the Grizzlies on Thursday. RECAP & BOX SCORE | HIGHLIGHTS


NCAA TOURNAMENT SECOND ROUND SCHEDULE

#4 WISCONSIN vs. #13 Montana, 2:10 p.m., TNT

#4 INDIANA vs. #13 New Mexico State, approx. 9:45 p.m., CBS

#2 OHIO STATE vs. #15 Loyola Maryland, approx. 9:50 p.m., TNT

All times ET

Thursday's Schedule

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Iowa vs. Notre Dame, Noon
Iowa vs. Washington, 6:30 p.m.
Michigan vs. Notre Dame, 4 p.m.
Michigan vs. Oklahoma, 6 p.m.
Minnesota at Boise State, 6 p.m.
Purdue vs. BYU, 2 p.m.

All times ET and subject to change

Wednesday's Result

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Purdue 8, Cal State Fullerton 6

Wednesday's Results

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INDIANA def. San Diego, 7-6 (11)

Long Island def. IOWA, 5-3

Kansas State def. MINNESOTA, 8-4

Wednesday's Results

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NIT FIRST ROUND

MINNESOTA def. La Salle, 70-61

Rodney Williams tied his career high with 21 points, Austin Hollins had 16 and Minnesota beat La Salle 70-61 Wednesday night in the opening round of the NIT.

Andre Hollins added 13 points for the Golden Gophers (20-14), who play Miami in the second round after the Hurricanes beat Valparaiso 66-50. RECAP & BOX SCORE

Wednesday's Schedule

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Minnesota faces La Salle in the first round of the NIT.

MINNESOTA at La Salle, 7 p.m. ET, ESPN2

Big Ten Women's Indoor Track & Field Season in Review

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The Big Ten Indoor Track & Field season concluded with Michigan State, Ohio State and Wisconsin recording top five finishes on the final day of the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships in Nampa, Idaho. Ohio State's Christina Manning placed first in the 60 meter hurdles with a time of 7.91, Wisconsin's Dorcas Akinniyi finished second in the pentathlon (4,299), and Michigan State's Tori Franklin recorded a third place finish in the triple jump (13.34). For complete results, click here.

Thirty-eight Big Ten student-athletes from eight women's indoor track & field teams represented the conference at the 2012 NCAA Championships. The complete list can be found by clicking here.

In the Rankings: Ohio State and Wisconsin appeared in the final USTFCCCA National Rankings, released on Monday, March 5. The Buckeyes clocked in at No. 22, while the Badgers finished at No. 24.

All-Americans: Twenty-Six Big Ten student-athletes earned USTFCCCA All-America honors following their performance at the 2012 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships. Click here to see the honorees.

Regional Award Winners: Michigan State, Nebraska and Ohio State earned USTFCCCA Regional recognition, as announced on Monday, March 5. Ohio State's Christina Manning (Great Lakes) was named Track Athlete of the Year, Nebraska head coach Gary Pepin (Midwest) took home Coach of the Year honors and Michigan State assistant Christopher Bostwick earned Assistant Coach of the Year laurels. For the complete release, click here.

Nebraska Claims Big Ten Title: Nebraska produced three individual titles en route to the 2012 Big Ten Women's Indoor Track and Field Championships title on Saturday at the Bob Devaney Sports Center Indoor Track. The Huskers finished the two-day event with 114.50 points, followed by Ohio State with 106 points. Penn State came in third with 99 points, followed by fourth-place Illinois (79 points) and fifth-place Michigan State (77.50). For the recap, click here.

Big Ten Awards: The Big Ten Conference office announced on Tuesday, Feb. 28,  the 2012 All-Big Ten women's indoor track and field teams and individual award winners. Highlighting the list, Ohio State junior Christina Manning was named Big Ten Track Athlete of the Year and Purdue senior Leah Eber earned the nod as Field Athlete of the Year. In addition, Manning was tabbed Big Ten Track Athlete of the Championships, while Purdue's Dani Bunch took home Field Athlete of the Championships laurels. Illinois' Ashley Spencer was tabbed Freshman of the Year by the conference coaches, while Husker head coach Gary Pepin was named Coach of the Year by his peers. For the complete release, click here.

Wednesday's Schedule

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Purdue at Cal State Fullerton, 9 p.m. ET

Big Ten Men's Indoor Track & Field Season in Review

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The Big Ten enjoyed a successful 2011-12 Indoor Track & Field season capped by five top-five finishes on the final day of the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships in Nampa, Idaho. Indiana's Darius King and Wisconsin's Japheth Cato placed second in the high jump (2.23 meters) and heptathlon (6,082), respectively, while Penn State's Aaron Nadolsky, Brandon Bennett-Green, Casimir Loxsom and Brady Gehret recorded a time of 3:05.31 to finish second in the 1,600 relay. Illinois senior Andrew Riley finished one tenth of a second off the leader to place second in the 60 meter dash (6.57).

Sixty-five Big Ten student-athletes from all 11 indoor track & field squads represented the conference in Nampa, Idaho. The complete list can be found by clicking here.

All-America Awards: Fifty-Three Big Ten men's track & field student-athletes earned All-America recognition for their performance at the NCAA Championships. Click here to see the list of recipients.

Where We Rank: Seven Big Ten teams appeared in the final USTFCCCA National Rankings released on March 6, led by No. 8 Minnesota. Indiana checked in at No. 14, followed by No. 15 Ohio State and No. 19 Nebraska. Wisconsin appeared at No. 22, Illinois was No. 23 and Penn State was No. 24 in the rankings.

Best in the Region: Indiana, Minnesota, Penn State and Wisconsin earned USTFCCCA Regional awards, as announced on Monday, March 5. Indiana's Andrew Bayer (Great Lakes), Minnesota's Harun Abda (Midwest) and Penn State's Robby Creese (Mid-Atlantic) were tabbed Track Athlete of the Year for their respective regions. Wisconsin sophomore Japheth Cato (Great Lakes) took home Field Athlete of the Year honors, while Indiana head coach Ron Helmer was tabbed Coach of the Year. Additionally, two assistant coaches were honored as the Hoosier's Jeff Huntoon and the Gopher's Paul Thornton took home Assistant Coach of the Year accolades. For the complete release, click here.

Hoosiers Take Home the Crown: Four individual champions and two second-place finishes led Indiana to the 2012 Big Ten Men's Indoor Track and Field Championship on Saturday, Feb. 25, at the University of Nebraska. The title marked the 16th conference crown for the Hoosiers, and the first since the 1992 season.

The Hoosiers tallied 104 points over the weekend, followed by Minnesota with 100 points to finish second overall. Nebraska came in third with 99 points, followed by Ohio State (94.33) and Wisconsin (75 points) to round out the top five. To see the recap, click here.


All-Big Ten and Individual Award Winners: The Big Ten Conference office announced on Tuesday, Feb. 28,  the 2012 All-Big Ten men's indoor track and field teams and individual award winners. Highlighting the list, Minnesota junior Harun Abda was named Big Ten Track Athlete of the Year, and Wisconsin sophomore Japheth Cato earned the nod as Field Athlete of the Year. Abda and Indiana's Andrew Bayer shared Track Athlete of the Championships laurels, while Cato was named Field Athlete of the Championships. Penn State's Robby Creese was tabbed Freshman of the Year by the conference coaches, while Indiana head coach Ron Helmer was named Coach of the Year by his peers. For the complete release, click here.



Purdue Climbs in National Polls

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Following its sweep against Murray State over the weekend, Purdue made its first appearance since 2001 in the Baseball America Top 25 Poll, debuting at No. 24. The Boilermakers also made their first appearance of the season in the NCBWA poll, coming in at No. 28, and climbed to No. 26 in the Collegiate Baseball Poll. Purdue ranks third in RPI and fourth in ISR according to boydsworld.com. FULL STORY

Big Ten Featured in Highly Rated CBS and ESPN Games

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According to a report in today's Sports Business Daily, Big Ten teams were featured in three of the top-five rated games on ESPN and CBS during the 2011-12 regular season.

The Big Ten Tournament Championship game was CBS's second-highest rated game of the year, while the Wisconsin at Ohio State game was its fourth-highest, and Indiana at Ohio State was fifth.

The Carrier Classic between Michigan State and North Carolina was ESPN's second-highest rated game, followed by Indiana vs. Kentucky and Ohio State vs. Duke.

CBS

TELECAST

DATE

TIME (ET)

RAT.

VIEWERS (000)

North Carolina-Kentucky

12/3

12:00-2:06pm

2.0

3,070

Ohio State-Michigan State

3/4

4:31-6:36pm

2.0

3,065

Missouri-Kansas

2/25

4:19-6:35pm

1.9

2,939

Wisconsin-Ohio State

2/26

4:19-6:09pm

1.8

2,895

Indiana-Ohio State

1/15

4:35-6:34pm

1.9

2,881


ESPN

TELECAST

DATE

TIME (ET)

RAT.

VIEWERS (000)

North Carolina-Duke

3/3

6:54-9:07pm

2.7

4,247

Carrier Classic:
North Carolina-Michigan State

11/11

7:00-9:47pm

2.4

3,859

Kentucky-Indiana

12/10

5:24-7:34pm

2.3

3,585

Duke-Ohio State

11/29

9:37-11:35pm

2.3

3,422

Duke-North Carolina

2/8

9:14-11:18pm

2.2

3,121


In The Polls

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Eleven Big Ten women's tennis teams appear in the Campbells/ITA National Team Rankings, led by No. 13 Northwestern. Michigan checks in at No. 18, followed by No. 23 Nebraska and No. 34 Minnesota. Purdue sits at No. 38, Illinois is No. 46 and Penn State is No. 54. Indiana comes in at No. 57, followed by No. 63 Ohio State, No. 73 Iowa and No. 75 Wisconsin.

Individually, 11 Big Ten women's tennis players and five doubles pairs have been ranked nationally in the latest ITA rankings. The complete list of ranked singles and doubles players can be found below.

Singles
10. Emina Bektas, MICH
16. Kate Turvy, NU
55. Petra Januskova, PSU
58. Mary Weatherholt, NEB
61. Brittany Wowchuk, NU
64. Brooke Bolender, MICH
92. Allison Falkin, ILL
101. Janine Weinreich, NEB
106. Sam Critser, MICH
116. Alexa Palen, MINN
124. Mimi Nguyen, MICH

Doubles
7. Emina Bektas/Brooke Bolender, MICH
14. Nida Hamilton/Linda Abu Mushrefova, NU
26. Madeleine Geibert/Stefanie Weinstein, NEB
41. Allison Falkin/Rachael White, ILL
79. Chelcie Abajian/Breanne Smutko, ILL

In The Polls

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Nine Big Ten men's tennis squads appear in the Campbells/ITA National Team Rankings, led by No. 2 Ohio State. Illinois checks in at No. 14, followed by No. 21 Indiana and No. 25 Michigan. Minnesota sits at No. 44, Purdue is No. 52 and Northwestern is No. 54. No. 55 Nebraska and No. 66 Michigan State round out the list.

Individually, 13 Big Ten men's tennis players and 14 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
4. Dennis Nevolo, ILL
6. Blaz Rola, OSU
10. Evan King, MICH
12. Chase Buchanan, OSU
32. Roy Kalmanovich, ILL
46. Peter Kobelt, OSU
73. Christopher Aumueller, NEB
79. Devin McCarthy, OSU
87. Benedikt Lindheim, NEB
88. Leandro Toledo, MINN
102. Spencer Wolf, NU
107. Ille Van Engelen, OSU
119. Nelson Vick, OSU

Doubles
1. Chase Buchanan/Blaz Rola, OSU
15. Evan King/Shaun Bernstein, MICH
16. Christopher Aumueller/Benedikt Lindheim, NEB
19. Jason Lee/Russell Bader, PSU
23. Rok Bonin/Julian Dehn, MINN
25. Chase Buchanan/Peter Kobelt, OSU
32. Fredrik Ask/Billy Bertha, WIS
37. Marc Bruche/Will Vasos, IOWA
38. Roy Kalmanovich/Dennis Nevolo, ILL
39. Devin McCarthy/Ille Van Engelen, OSU
50. Andre Stenger/Robert Schulze, NEB
54. Blaz Rola/Connor Smith, OSU
57. Phillip Arndt/Jack Hamburg, MINN
67. Dennis Nevolo/Farris Gosea, ILL

Izzo Named National Coach of the Year

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Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo was named National Coach of the Year by CBSSports.com on Tuesday. Izzo led the Spartans to the Big Ten Tournament title, a share of the Big Ten Championship and a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. FULL STORY

Tuesday's Results

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San Diego def. INDIANA, 9-3

IOWA def. Bucknell, 8-6

NEBRASKA def. South Dakota State, 12-3

Kansas State def. MINNESOTA, 9-5

PURDUE def. Missouri State, 4-2

Tuesday's Results

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Long Beach State 1, Iowa 0
Nebraska 7, South Dakota 0
Nebraska 8, South Dakota 0
Purdue 3, Butler 0
Fresno State 5, Purdue 2

Tuesday's Results

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NIT FIRST ROUND

IOWA def. Dayton, 84-75
The rush of excitement that flooded the Hawkeye community after receiving the first men's basketball postseason berth since 2006 carried over to Tuesday's first-round National Invitational Tournament game.

The University of Iowa took to Mediacom Court inside an electric Carver Hawkeye Arena and played one of its most complete games of the season, defeating Dayton, 84-75. RECAP & BOX SCORE

NORTHWESTERN def. 76-74
John Shurna captured yet another Northwestern record - surpassing Kevin Rankin for his 135th blocked shot - and exceeded 2,000 career points in Northwestern's, 76-74, first-round NIT win against Akron Tuesday night in Welsh-Ryan Arena. RECAP & BOX SCORE

Tuesday's Schedule

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Big Ten men's basketball postseason action tips off tonight with two NIT games. Click HERE for this week's release, and click the links below for each team's game notes.

#5 Akron at #4 NORTHWESTERN, 9 p.m., ESPN2
#2 Dayton at #7 IOWA, 7:30 p.m., ESPN

All times ET

NCAA Championships Mat-by-Mat Live Stream Information

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ESPN3.com will be providing live mat-by-mat streaming coverage of the 2012 NCAA Wrestling Championships. Click the links below to tune in.

THURSDAY, MARCH 15
Session I

Session II

FRIDAY, MARCH 16
Session III

Session IV

SATURDAY, MARCH 17
Session V

Session VI

Tuesday's Schedule

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Iowa at Long Beach State, 5 p.m.
South Dakota State at Nebraska, 5 p.m.
South Dakota State at nebraska, 7 p.m.
Purdue vs. Butler, 6:30 p.m.
Purdue at Fresno State, 11 p.m.

All times are ET and subject to change

Statistically Speaking

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Big Ten players appear in the top 50 of numerous national statistucal categories, released by the NCAA on Monday. Here is where some of the Big Ten's standouts rank in some of the major statistical categories.

Batting Average
36. Lindsay Rains, PUR - .448
42. Kaitlyn Richardson, MINN - .444

Home Runs
17. Ashley Lane, MICH - 8

Home Runs Per Game
27. Alicia Herron, OSU - 0.35
36. Ashley Lane, MICH - 0.33
44. Molly Spence, WIS - 0.31

Runs Batted In Per Game
25. Alicia Herron, OSU - 1.24
41. Molly Spence, WIS - 1.13

Slugging Percentage
6. Alicia Herron, OSU - 1.000
33. Kaitlyn Richardson, MINN - .841

Earned Run Average
7. Sara Moulton, MINN - 0.64

Strikeouts
1. Sara Moulton, MINN - 158
6. Ashley Hagemann, NEB - 128

Strikeouts Per Seven Innings
13. Sara Moulton, MINN - 10.1

Wins
2. Sara Moulton, MINN - 13
12. Haylie Wagner, MICH - 11
50. Ashley Hagemann, NEB - 8
50. Lexy Moore, PUR - 8

The Big Ten set a conference record with a combined 13 men's and women's basketball teams earning berths to their respective NCAA Tournaments, surpassing the previous record of 12, which was set in 1990 (seven men's teams, five women's) and matched in 2009 (seven men's, five women's) and again in 2011 (seven men's, five women's).

Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Purdue and Wisconsin represent the conference in the men's tournament, while Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Nebraska, Ohio State, Penn State and Purdue earned spots in the women's tournament. The seven women's teams marks a Big Ten record, while the six men's teams is tied for the second-highest total in conference history.

The Big Ten is tied for second among all conferences with 13 participating teams combined, as the Big 12 also sends 13 teams (seven women's, six men's) to the tournaments. The Big East leads all conferences with 17 combined squads (nine men's, eight women's).

Click here to read more on the Big Ten's participating men's teams, and here to read about the women's squads in the tournament.

USTFCCCA All-America Honors

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Twenty-Six Big Ten student-athletes earned USTFCCCA All-America honors following their performance at the 2012 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships in Nampa, Idaho. The complete list is below.

Illinois
Breeana Coleman - 60 hurdles - Second Team
Jesica Ejesieme - 4x400 relay - Second Team
Latoya Griffith - 4x400 relay - Second Team
Ashley Kelly - 4x400 relay - Second Team
Stephanie Richartz - Pole Vault - Second Team
Ashley Spencer - 200-meters - First Team; 4x400 relay - Second Team

Michigan
Rebecca Addison - 800-meters - First Team; Distance Medley Relay - Second Team
Shannon Osika - Mile, Distance Medley Relay - Second Team
Jillian Smith - 800-meters, Distance Medley Relay - Second Team
Kiley Tobel - Pole Vault - First Team
Brittani Williams - Distance Medley Relay - Second Team

Michigan State

Tori Franklin - Triple Jump - First Team
Beth Rohl - Weight Throw - First Team

Nebraska
Jessica Furlan - Distance Medley Relay - First Team
Ellie Grooters - Distance Medley Relay - First Team
Ashley Miller - Distance Medley Relay - First Team
Mara Weekes - Distance Medley Relay - First Team

Ohio State
Christina Manning - 60-meters, 60 hurdles - First Team
Maggie Mullen - Weight Throw - Second Team
Chesna Sykes - 60-meters - Second Team

Penn State
Evonne Britton - 60 hurdles - Second Team

Purdue
Dani Bunch - Shot Put, Weight Throw - Second Team
Leah Eber - Long Jump - First Team

Wisconsin
Dorcas Akinniyi - Pentathlon - First Team
Kelsey Card - Shot Put - First Team
Jessica Flax - Pentathlon - Second Team

Weekly Rankings

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Big Ten men's gymnastics again boasts six of the top 10 teams nationally in the GymInfo weekly rankings, released on Monday night. Illinois leads the pack of ranked Big Ten teams at No. 3, holding a three score average of 353.683. The Fighting Illini are followed by No. 4 Penn State (352.667), No. 5 Ohio State (347.450), No. 6 Minnesota (346.567), No. 7 Michigan (345.450) and No. 9 Nebraska (341.950) in the top 10, while Iowa (335.700) sits just outside the top 10 at No. 12.

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Monday's Results

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NEBRASKA def. California, 9-5

IOWA def. Eastern Illinois, 2-1

Weekly Rankings

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Six Big Ten women's gymnastics teams have earned top-25 rankings this week, with the conference boasting three teams in the top 13 nationally based on regional qualifying average. Nebraska, Penn State and Ohio State each maintain their top-13 averages this week, with the Huskers holding No. 6 (196.960), the Nittany Lions ranking 12th (196.120) and the Buckeyes standing in 13th (196.000). Minnesota checks in at No. 19 (195.665), followed by Michigan at No. 21 (195.475) and Illinois at No. 22 (195.425).

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Weekly Rankings

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Four Big Ten women's golf teams rank in the top 50 nationally in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings, led by 23rd-ranked Ohio State. Michigan State sits behind the Buckeyes at No. 24, followed by No. 32 Purdue and No. 41 Northwestern. Individually, three golfers rank among the top 50, led by No. 11 Caroline Powers of Michigan State. Purdue's Laura Gonzales and Paula Reto appear at Nos. 19 and 33, respectively.

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Weekly Rankings

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Four Big Ten men's golf squads rank in the top 50 nationally in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings, led by No. 32 Iowa. Indiana checks in at No. 34, followed by No. 35 Illinois and No. 37 Purdue. Individually, four Big Ten golfers also boast top-50 rankings, with Illinois' Luke Guthrie leading the way at No. 16. Purdue's Tyler Duncan ranks 20th, followed by 37th-ranked Chase Wright of Indiana and 38th-ranked Barrett Kelpin of Iowa.

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USTFCCCA All-America Awards

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Fifty-Three Big Ten men's track & field student-athletes earned All-America recognition for their performance at the NCAA Championships in Nampa, Idaho. The complete list is below.

Illinois
Andrew Riley - 60-meters, 60 hurdles - First Team

Indiana
Andrew Bayer - Mile, Distance Medley Relay - First Team; 3,000-meters - Second Team
Kind Butler - 200-meters, 4x400 relay - First Team
Ryan Hindes - 4x400 relay - First Team
Ben Hubers - 3,000-meters - Second Team
Darius King - High Jump - First Team
Olumide Olamigoke - Triple Jump - Second Team
Andrew Poore - 5,000-meters - Second Team
Daniel Stockberger - Distance Medley Relay - First Team
Nick Stoner - 4x400 relay - First Team
DeSean Turner - Distance Medley Relay - First Team
Chris Vaughn - 4x400 relay, Distance Medley Relay - First Team

Michigan
Ali Arastu - 4x400 relay - Second Team
Ethan Dennis - Weight Throw - Second Team
Nicholas Neuman - 4x400 relay - Second Team
Michael Parker - 4x400 relay - Second Team
Aaron Taylor - 4x400 relay - Second Team

Michigan State
Jay Gillespie - Weight Throw - Second Team
Zach Hill - Shot Put - First Team
Lonnie Pugh - Weight Throw - First Team

Minnesota
Harun Abda - 4x400 relay - First Team; 800-meters - Second Team
Kevin Bradley - 4x400 relay - First Team
Travis Burkstrand - 800-meters - Second Team
Micah Hegerle - Weight Throw - First Team
John Holton - 4x400 relay - First Team
Hassan Mead - 5,000-meters - First Team
David Pachuta - 800-meters, 4x400 relay - First Team

Nebraska
Bjorn Barrefors - Heptathlon - First Team
Chris Phipps - Long Jump - First Team; Triple Jump - Second Team
Luke Pinkelman - Shot Put - Second Team
Nate Polacek - Pole Vault - Second Team

Ohio State
Antonio Blanks - 4x400 relay - First Team
Demoye Bogle - 60 hurdles - Second Team
Marvel Brooks - 4x400 relay - First Team
Matt DeChant - Shot Put - First Team; Weight Throw - Second Team
Chris Fallon - Distance Medley Relay - First Team
Cory Leslie - Distance Medley Relay - First Team; Mile - Second Team
Max Mays - Weight Throw - Second Team
Thomas Murdaugh - 400-meters, 4x400 relay - First Team
Korbin Smith - 4x400 relay, Distance Medley Relay - First Team
Dan White - Distance Medley Relay - First Team

Penn State
Brandon Bennett-Green - 4x400 relay - First Team
Robby Creese - Mile - Second Team
Brady Gehret - 4x400 relay - First Team
Casimir Loxsom - 4x400 relay - First Team; 800-meters - Second Team
Aaron Nadolsky - 4x400 relay - First Team

Purdue
Geoff Davis - High Jump - Second Team

Wisconsin
Japheth Cato - Heptathlon - First Team
Dave Grzesiak - Heptathlon - Second Team
Alexander Hatz - Distance Medley Relay - Second Team
Zach Mellon - Distance Medley Relay - Second Team
Austin Mudd - Distance Medley Relay - Second Team
Aaron Thompson - Distance Medley Relay - Second Team







Sunday's Results

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Oklahoma 4, Indiana 1
Oklahoma 12, Indiana 1
Illinois State 5, Michigan 1
Boston College 2, Minnesota 1
Rutgers 9, Penn State 0
Purdue 2, San Diego State 1
California 9, Purdue 1
Wisconsin 7, Nevada 1

This Weekend's Results

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FRIDAY, MARCH 9
ILLINOIS def. Oregon, 2-1
INDIANA def. Cal State Northridge, 7-3
LSU def. MICHIGAN, 6-0
MICHIGAN STATE def. Xavier, 8-5
California def. NEBRASKA, 11-8 (11)
UIC def. NORTHWESTERN, 14-6
OHIO STATE def. Marist, 17-2
UAB def. PENN STATE, 9-3
PURDUE def. Murray State, 5-2

SATURDAY, MARCH 10
Oregon State def. ILLINOIS, 8-2
Cal State Northridge def. INDIANA, 12-5
Georgetown def. IOWA, 6-1
LSU def. MICHIGAN, 6-4
Notre Dame def. MICHIGAN, 2-0
MICHIGAN STATE def. Seton Hall, 4-3 (15)
Kansas def. MINNESOTA, 9-4
MINNESOTA def. Stony Brook, 7-1
NEBRASKA def. California, 12-5
NORTHWESTERN def. UIC, 11-10
Coastal Carolina def. OHIO STATE, 4-1
OHIO STATE def. Toledo, 13-1
UAB def. PENN STATE, 3-2
PURDUE def. Murray State, 22-1

SUNDAY, MARCH 11
ILLINOIS def. West Virginia, 14-3
Cal State Northridge def. INDIANA, 5-3
Illinois State def. IOWA, 10-6
MICHIGAN def. Notre Dame, 6-5
Pittsburgh def. MICHIGAN STATE, 3-1
Stony Brook def. MINNESOTA, 5-4
California def. NEBRASKA, 4-0
Coastal Carolina def. OHIO STATE, 3-2 (12)
Penn State def. UAB, 5-4
PURDUE def. Murray State, 13-2

Let the Confetti Fly!!!

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Congratulations to head coach Tom Izzo and the Michigan State Spartans -- the 2012 Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament Champions!

The Spartans defeated Ohio State 68-64 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Ind., on Sunday, earning their third Big Ten Tournament title.  MSU has now won the tournament crown in each of the three years it has advanced to the finals, including 1999 and 2000.

All-Tournament Team Named

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Green-All-Tournament.jpgThe following is the 2012 Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament All-Tournament Team, as selected by the media:

All-Tournament Team
Jared Sullinger, Ohio State
Deshaun Thomas, Ohio State
Draymond Green, Michigan State
Brandon Wood, Michigan State
Andre Hollins, Minnesota

Most Outstanding Player
Draymond Green, Michigan State


A New Tourney Attendance Record

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BLF Exterior.JPGThank you to all of our wonderful fans who attended the Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament this past week.  With a Championship Game crowd of 17,125, the tournament's total attendance was 107,737 -- the highest total for any BTT held in Indianapolis.

20 Down, 20 To Go

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We're at halftime of the 2012 Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament Championship game, with Michigan State holding a 34-32 advantage over Ohio State.

Some of the key stats that stand out...

  • MSU (14-of-28) is shooting 50 percent from the field, while OSU (13-of-29) is at 44.8.
  • MSU holds a 7-to-1 advantage in assists.
  • OSU has committed 6 turnovers, compared to MSU's 3, while the Spartans have scored 11 points off those MSU turnovers.
  • OSU (0-for-6) has yet to hit from 3-point land.
  • OSU's William Buford leads all scorers with 10 points.
  • MSU is led by Draymond Green and Brandon Wood with 7 points each.


Getting Ready for the Big Game

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Pep0.JPGPrior to the 2012 Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament Championship game between Michigan State and Ohio States, fans of both schools joined together outside Bankers Life Fieldhouse for a pregame pep rally.

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Youth Marathon in 51 Days

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While the Big Ten Hoops Day 5K is a wonderful event for Big Ten fans and the local Indianapolis community to take part in, the Indiana Sports Corporation and the Big Ten Local Organizing Committee have gone the extra step to involve the area youth.



As part of the Youth Initiative of the Big Ten Hoops Day 5K, nearly 150 youth participants ran an abbreviated 1.2-mile course (as part of 5K course) Sunday to complete their Marathon in 51 Days.



More than 2,500 youth have participated in the program, which calls for running a half mile daily either at school or on their own over the course of 50 days.



Great Day for Big Ten Hoops Day 5K!

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5KMascots.JPGIn what has become a staple of the Big Ten Basketball Tournament in Indianapolis, the fourth annual Big Ten Hoops Day 5K took place Sunday morning under beautiful and mild sunny skies outside Bankers Life Fieldhouse -- site of the 2012 Big Ten Men's Basketball Championship game later today.



Both the Michigan State and Ohio State pep bands were in attendance prior to the race, going through several songs to energize a pack of 1,500 runners and walkers.



The race began around 11 a.m. local time and covered a 3.2-mile circuit in downtown Indianapolis, passing several restaurants that participated in the Big Ten Restaurant Pairings.



The finish line was moved this year to Georgia Street, located just outside Bankers Life Fieldhouse.  Here a pack of runners cross the finish line sporting many of their favorite Big Ten school colors.




Follow the Tournament Final

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We are set for the championship final of the 2012 Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament.

There are several ways to follow today's action. If you can't be here at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in person, be sure to tune into CBS or just follow along with LIVE STATS via the Gametracker links below.

If you're going to be away from your computer, you can follow @bigtenchamps on Twitter for scoring updates or join in on the conversation using hash tag #B1GTourney. Enjoy today's championship final!

Game 11: No. 1 Michigan State vs. No. 3 Ohio State: 3:30 p.m. ET, CBS

Saturday's Results and Sunday's Schedule

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Saturday's Results
Indiana 6, Wichita State 3
Louisville 2, Michigan 1
Michigan 6, Saint Louis 3
Michigan State 3, Utah State 2
Oregon State 5, Michigan State 2
Nebraska 8, Loyola-Chicago 0
Nebraska 4, Loyola-Chicago 2
Central Connecticut 4, Penn State 3
USC Upstate 2, Penn State 0
Oregon 9, Purdue 1
Fresno State 6, Purdue
San Diego 10, Wisconsin 9
Wisconsin 8, Nevada 5

Sunday's Schedule
Indiana at Oklahoma, 4 p.m.
Indiana at Oklahoma, 6 p.m.
Michigan vs. Illinois State, 11 a.m.
Minnesota vs. Boston College, 11 a.m.
Nebraska vs. TBD, TBD
Penn State vs. Rutgers, 9 a.m.
Purdue vs. San Diego State, 11:45 a.m.
Purdue vs. California, 3:45 p.m.
Wisconsin at Nevada, Noon

The Stage is Set

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BTTTrophy.JPGThe stage is set for Championship Sunday.

Who wants it more?

No. 1 seed Michigan State (26-7) and No. 3 seed Ohio State (27-6) will battle Sunday at 3:30 p.m. ET on CBS for the 2012 Big Ten Tournament Championship.

This will be the Spartans' third trip to the tournament final, having won the previous two trips in 1999 (as the No. 1 seed) and 2000 (No. 2).

Ohio State makes its sixth appearance overall, as the Buckeyes reached the finals in 2003 (No. 8), 2006 (No. 1), 2007 (No. 1), 2009 (No. 5), 2010 (No. 1) and 2012 (No. 3).  The Buckeyes won two of those championship games (2010, 2011) and finished runners-up in the other three.

In Big Ten Tournament play, the Spartans and Buckeyes have played three times.  In 2003, No. 8 Ohio State topped No. 5 Michigan State 55-54, in the semifinals, while fourth-seeded Michigan State ousted fifth-seeded OSU in the 2008 quarterfinals.  The following year, No. 5 Ohio State defeated top-seeded Michigan State 82-70 in semifinal action.

This season, the two teams split on the road.  Michigan State captured a 58-48 result in Columbus on Feb. 11, but dropped a 72-70 home contest to the Buckeyes on March 4, the last day of the regular season.


Game 10: No. 3 Ohio State 77, No. 2 Michigan 55

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Jared Sullinger scored 24 points to help No. 7 Ohio State defeat No. 10 Michigan 77-55 on Saturday in the Big Ten Tournament semifinals.

Deshaun Thomas scored 22 points and William Buford added 10 for the third-seeded Buckeyes (27-6), who advanced to play No. 8 Michigan State in the final on Sunday. Michigan State defeated No. 14 Wisconsin 65-52 in the other semifinal on Saturday.

Tim Hardaway, Jr., led No. 2 seed Michigan with 13 points, but he made just 3 of 10 shots. Trey Burke, Michigan's other star player, scored five points on 1-for-11 shooting and had eight turnovers.

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Halftime Heroes

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Halftime.jpgAt this year's Big Ten Basketball Tournament, the Big Ten has partnered with the Wounded Warrior Project, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to honor and empower wounded warriors and make this the most successful, well-adjusted generation of veterans in our nation's history.

The Big Ten and WWP have been honoring our nation's wounded heroes from various branches of service, including the Marine Corps, Air Force, Army and Navy, having them attend games of both the women's and men's tournaments and be recognized at halftime.

Honored at halftime of the Michigan/Ohio State semifinal game were Corporal Timothy Studer and Corporal Joshua White of the United State Army, Sergeant Joshua Wathen of the United States Army Reserve, and United States Marine Corp Staff Sergeant Nick Bennett.

Thank you to these four soldiers and all the men and women who serve our country both here in the States and worldwide.

State Secrets?

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Trailing Ohio State 34-21 at halftime of in the Big Ten Tournament semifinals, Michigan headed to the locker room to discuss second-half adjustments. 

For a second there, Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo appears as if he is going in as well to help his in-state rival. 

Obviously, Izzo was just caught up in the crowd and veered out of line once the coast was clear. 

Izzo and the Spartans host the winner of Michigan/Ohio State for the Big Ten Tournament title on Sunday at 3:30 p.m. EDT.

Game 9: No. 1 Michigan State 65, No. 4 Wisconsin 52

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Box Score

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Draymond Green scored 14 points and had 16 rebounds Saturday to lead No. 8 Michigan State past No. 14 Wisconsin 65-52 in the Big Ten Tournament semifinals. 

It's the first time the Spartans (26-7) will play for the league's postseason title since 2000.

Next up is either No. 7 Ohio State or No. 10 Michigan, which both shared the regular-season title with Michigan State.

Wisconsin (24-9) was led by Jordan Taylor with 19 points and Ryan Evans with 18, but couldn't avoid their third loss of the season to the Spartans.

Michigan State rallied from a 20-9 first-half deficit to take a 35-25 halftime lead, then extended the margin to 19 early in the second half. It sealed the win with a late 13-2 run.

"The Game" on the Hardwood

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OSU Street Sign.JPGWill all signs lead to the Big Ten Tournament Championship for the Buckeyes?

We are underway in the second semifinal contest of the day, and just two hours away from learning whether Michigan or Ohio State will face Michigan State for the Big Ten Tournament Championship on Sunday.

This afternoon's contest will be the third time the two teams have faced each other this season.  OSU leads the all-time series against Michigan, 91-72, and a perfect 3-0 against the Wolverines in Big Ten Tournament play.

The Buckeyes beat No. 8 seed Michigan 72-62 in 2007 and 69-68 in 2010 and then the No. 4 seed Wolverines 68-61 last year.

This season the teams split their two contests, with each team picking up a home win.  Ohio State took a 64-49 decision on Jan. 29, while Michigan earned a 56-51 victory on Feb. 18.

Like Father, Like Son

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BigTen.org caught up with Greg and Grant Hixon of Springfield, Ohio, who were in attendance Saturday for the Ohio State/Michigan semifinal matchup of the 2012 Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament. 

The father-son combo, who favor Aaron Craft and Jared Sullinger, respectively, made bold predictions for the score. 

Grant predicts a close 77-67 OSU win, while dad believes (or is it hopes for) a 30-point win over the rival Wolverines is just a few hours away.

Standing Student Section

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During the second half of Saturday's first semifinal contest at the Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament, BigTen.org made the hike up to the balcony level where each of the four semifinalists are well-represented in the student section.



As Wisconsin rallied to bring cut the Michigan State deficit to six at 46-40, the Badger faithful was brought to its feet.



Across the court, the transported IZZONE were loud and proud after a Spartan 3-pointer, which brought the MSU lead back into double digits.

Michigan State defeated Wisconsin, 65-62, to advance to Sunday's Big Ten Tournament final.

Building Leaders, Honoring a Legend

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In recognition of the Big Ten's leadership in fully integrating athletics into the academic mission of the its member institutions, the Indianapolis Big Ten Community Partnership initiated the Wayne Duke Postgraduate Award in 2008.

The Wayne Duke Postgraduate Award is named for the former Big Ten Conference commissioner who served from 191-89.  While leading the Big Ten, Duke spent much of his time working to improve academic standards and graduation rates for student-athletes.

During halftime of Friday's quarterfinal matchup between Michigan and Minnesota, Indiana swimmer Margaux Farrell (pictured) and Penn State gymnast Miguel Pineda were honored as the 2011-12 Wayne Duke Postgraduate Award winners. 

The award is an annual scholarship recognizing one male and female Big Ten senior student-athlete pursuing a postgraduate degree for achievements in academics, athletics, civic service and leadership.  Each Big Ten institution many nominate one male and one female student-athlete.  For 2012, each award is $5,000, which is made possible by donations form local corporations and individuals supporting collegiate student-athletes.

Gotta Look Good

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Apparel2012.JPGEach year one of the greatest sights at the Big Ten Tournament is the wide array of school colors that mix throughout the seats of Bankers Life Fieldhouse. 

With four games each on Thursday and Friday, it wasn't uncommon to see purple next to red, next to gold, next to green.

No matter your choice of school -- or color -- make sure you don't leave Bankers Life Fieldhouse without official Big Ten Tournament gear.  Shirts, pullovers, and hats of all sizes and colors are available on the concourse and at several sections throughout the venue. 

Semifinal Saturday

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104_0292.JPGIt's Semifinal Saturday at the 2012 Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament and for the first time ever, all top four seeds have advanced, which sets up a great day of basketball.

No. 1 Michigan State is set to do battle with No. 4 seed Wisconsin at 1:40 p.m. ET on CBS.  In the second semifinal, No. 2 Michigan will take on No. 3 Ohio State in the hardwood's version of the "The Big Game."

There are several ways to follow today's action. If you can't be here at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in person, be sure to tune into CBS or just follow along with LIVE STATS via the Gametracker links below.

If you're going to be away from your computer, you can follow @bigtenchamps on Twitter for scoring updates or join in on the conversation using hash tag #B1GTourney. Enjoy today's games!

Game 9: No. 1 Michigan State vs. No. 4 Wisconsin: 1:40 p.m. ET, CBS
Game 10: No. 2 Michigan vs. No. 3 Ohio State: Approx. 4 p.m., CBS

Saturday's Schedule

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Indiana vs. Hofstra, Noon
Indiana vs. Wichita State, 7:30 p.m.
Michigan at Louisville, 1 p.m.
Michigan vs. Saint Louis, 3 p.m.
Michigan State vs. Utah State, Noon
Michigan State vs. Oregon State, 2:30 p.m.
Minnesota vs. Bethune Cookman, 1 p.m.
Minnesota at Florida Atlantic, 8 p.m.
Nebraska vs. Loyola-Chicago, Noon
Nebraska vs. TBD, TBD
Penn State vs. USC Upstate, 11:30 p.m.
Penn State vs. Central Connecticut State, 2 p.m.
Purdue vs. Oregon, 2:15 p.m.
Purdue vs. Fresno State, 6:15 p.m.
Wisconsin vs. San Diego, 12:30 p.m.
Wisconsin at Nevada, 2:45 p.m.

All times are ET and subject to change

Friday's Results

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Indiana 11, Wichita State 0
Oklahoma 14, Indiana 0
Minnesota 1, Western Kentucky 0 (9)
Providence 4, Minnesota 3
Michigan State 4, Charleston Southern 3
Cal State Fullerton 13, Michigan State 10
Nebraska 16, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 0
Oklahoma State 2, Nebraska 0
Penn State 8, Virginia 7 (8)
South Florida 7, Penn State 0
Wisconsin 6, San Diego 3
Wisconsin 11, Nevada 9 (9)

Game 8: No. 3 Ohio State 88, No. 6 Purdue 71

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Jared Sullinger had a season-high 30 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to help No. 7 Ohio State beat Purdue 88-71 on Friday night in the Big Ten tournament quarterfinals.

Deshaun Thomas had 22 points and seven rebounds, and William Buford scored nine of his 11 points in the second half for the third-seeded Buckeyes (26-6). Ohio State shot 61 percent to post its second-best scoring output of the season and outrebounded Purdue 39-28.

D.J. Byrd scored 20 points and Terone Johnson added 15 for the Boilermakers (21-12). Robbie Hummel, Purdue's top scorer, finished with six points on 2-for-8 shooting.

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Hot Dogs, Get Your Hot Dogs!

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One of the unique features Indianapolis and Bankers Life Fieldhouse offers as host of the Big Ten Basketball Tournaments is a signature food item.  In past years, BLF, in conjunction with Levy Restaurants, have put together Big Ten school-specific burgers and baked potatoes, but this year the food of choice was the hot dog.

Each Big Ten school is represented by a different style of hot dog.  The concession stands throughout the venue keep track of how many school hot dogs are sold and write the totals on a large scoreboard near the register. 

Halfway through Friday's action, Indiana's "dawg" featuring coleslaw, red pepper relish and fried onions held a commanding lead with 224 sold.  Of course, the fact that the Hoosier Nation contributed to a sold-out BLF today also helped spike the total.  In second today with 115 sold was Michigan State, which offers the "dawq" with pepper jack cheese, jalapeno pickle relish and spicy mustard.

Game 7: No. 2 Michigan 73, No. 10 Minnesota 69 (OT)

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Trey Burke scored a career-high 30 points to help No. 10 Michigan rally past 10th-seeded Minnesota 73-69 in overtime on Friday night in the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals.  The Wolverines (24-8) will face either surging Purdue or archrival Ohio State in Saturday's semifinal round.  Minnesota (19-14) was led by Andre Hollins with 21 points and Rodney Williams with 20.

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Game 6: No. 4 Wisconsin 79, No. 5 Indiana 71

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Rob Wilson scored a career-high 30 points and No. 14 Wisconsin tied the Big Ten Tournament record with 13 3-pointers to get past No. 15 Indiana 79-71 in Friday's Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals. 

The Badgers (24-8) will face No. 8 Michigan State in Saturday's semifinal round.

Three Indiana players - Christian Watford, Cody Zeller and Jordan Hulls - each scored 17 points. It was the Hoosiers' first game without Verdell Jones, who tore the ACL in his right knee Thursday night.

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Ready For Some Football?

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FB.JPGIt's hard to think about football when you have such an exciting Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament underway.  But just in case you are, the Big Ten is promoting the 2012 Big Ten Football Championship Game on the concourse of Bankers Life Fieldhouse this week.

The 2012 Big Ten Football Championship Game will be held at Lucas Oil Stadium here in Indianapolis on Dec. 1, 2012.

Fans wandering the concourse can stop by the booth, learn more about the 2012 game, and even watch BTN/FOX Sports highlights of the inaugural Big Ten Football Championship Game, where Wisconsin defeated Michigan State, 42-39.

Here Come The Hoosiers

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Indiana prepares to take the court prior to its Big Ten Tournament quarterfinal matchup against Wisconsin on Friday.  Floor general Jordan Hulls leads the team out, while senior Verdell Jones III trails behind on crutches following an injury in yesterday's game in which he suffered a torn ACL.

Game 5: No. 1 Michigan State 92, No. 8 Iowa 75

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Draymond Green had 21 points and 10 rebounds to lead No. 8 Michigan State over Iowa 92-75 in the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals on Friday. 

Adreian Payne added a career-high 16 points, Keith Appling had 12 points and six assists and Brandon Wood had 10 points for the top-seeded Spartans (25-7). The Spartans shot 58 percent from the field. 

Josh Oglesby scored 20 points for Iowa (17-15). Zach McCabe and Roy Devyn Marble added 13 points each for the Hawkeyes, who defeated Illinois on Thursday.

Walk This Way

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IOWA Street Sign.JPGOne of the true signs -- literally and figuratively -- that show how Indianapolis embraces the Big Ten Basketball Tournaments can be found on several light poles downtown near Bankers Life Fieldhouse.  One week ago, the Indianapolis Star's Stephen Beard designed a clever map of the downtown area so Big Ten fans could find their way around, not to mention find their way to their favorite street!

Below is a breakdown of where each school is represented in the downtown area, followed by Beard's design. 

School signLocation
Hawkeye WayIllinois St. between Maryland & Washington
Badger PlaceMeridian St. between Maryland & Washington
Boilermaker Way
Pennsylvania St. between Maryland & Washington
Wildcat AvenueMaryland St. between Capitol & Illinois
Gopher StreetMaryland St. between Illinois & Meridian
Wolverine BoulevardMaryland St. between Meridian & Pennsylvania
Husker StreetCapitol Avenue between Maryland & Georgia
Illini LaneIllinois Street between Maryland & Georgia
Spartan DriveMeridian Street between Maryland & Georgia
Buckeye StreetPennsylvania Street between Maryland & Georgia
Nittany Lions DriveIllinois Street between Georgia & Louisiana
Hoosier Place
Meridian Street between Georgia & Louisiana

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The Best of Times, The Worst of Times

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Michigan fan Phil Bates and Michigan State fan Wayne Abbott have been friends for more than 30 years.  Bates, a resident of Ann Arbor, Mich., and Abbott, an East Lansing native, were proudly displaying their school colors when BigTen.org caught up with them at the 2012 Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament.

Their friendship has been tested in the past when the Spartans and Wolverines have battled one another on the court, but even has recent as last Sunday, feelings were hurt when one team's actions rewarded the other with a Big Ten title.

"Between losing the last two games and giving Michigan the (Big Ten tri-) championship, it's sad," said Abbott.

Still the friends are here in attendance together and hope the brackets play out to where their two favorite teams can meet in the Big Ten Tournament final.

Should that happen, one can only wonder what that car ride back to Michigan will be like.

Friday's Schedule

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ILLINOIS at Oregon [14], 9 p.m.

INDIANA at Cal State Northridge, 5 p.m.

MICHIGAN at LSU [15], 8 p.m.

MICHIGAN STATE vs. Xavier [11], 3:30 p.m.

California at NEBRASKA, 2:35 p.m.

NORTHWESTERN at UIC, 6:05 p.m.

OHIO STATE vs. Marist [16], Noon

PENN STATE at UAB, 6:30 p.m.

PURDUE at Murray State, 3 p.m.

All times ET

11 - Snowbird Classic (Port Charlotte, Fla.)
14 - Nike College Showcase (Eugene/Corvallis, Ore.)
15 - LSU Tournament (Baton Rouge, La.)
16 - Coastal Carolina Tournament (Myrtle Beach, S.C.)

Run, Don't Walk, to Register for 5K

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5kcomputer.JPGIndianapolis' Big Ten Basketball Celebration will feature the fourth annual Big Ten Hoops Day 5K.  The run is set for Sunday, March 11, at 11 a.m., before the Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament championship game.

Runners can register for the Big Ten Hoops Day 5K at www.tuxbro.com.  Registration is $20 before race day and $25 on March 11.  The first 2,000 entrants receive an event t-shirt.

5Kshirt.JPGThe 5K run/walk will weave through downtown Indianapolis, passing many of the restaurants participating in the Big Ten Restaurant Pairing program.  Runners are encouraged to wear their favorite Big Ten team's colors as the run will feature a competition for the Big Ten university with the top finishers.


 

Weekend Schedule

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MARCH 9-11
ILLINOIS at Eagle Landing Invitational - Orange Park, Fla.
PENN STATE at Rio Verde Invitational - Rio Verde, Ariz.
#27 PURDUE at LSU Tiger Golf Classic - Baton Rouge, La.

MARCH 13-14
IOWA at Dr. Donnis Thompson Invitational - Oahu, Hawaii

Weekend Schedule

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MARCH 9-11
MICHIGAN STATE at Seminole Intercollegiate - Tallahassee, Fla.

MARCH 10-11
PENN STATE at Pinehurst Intecollegiate - Pinehurst, N.C.

MARCH 12-13
NEBRASKA at Jackrabbit Invitational - Primm, Nev.

Weekend Schedule

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MARCH 9
#2 PENN STATE at Puerto Rico National Team - 6 p.m. ET
#4 Stanford at #5 OHIO STATE - 7 p.m. ET

MARCH 10
#8 MICHIGAN at #1 Oklahoma - 7 p.m. CT

MARCH 11
#3 ILLINOIS/#6 MINNESOTA at #10 NEBRASKA - 1 p.m. CT

Weekend Schedule

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MARCH 9
#9 LSU at IOWA - 7 p.m. CT
#5 Georgia at #20 MICHIGAN [1] - 7 p.m. ET
MICHIGAN STATE at Alaska-Anchorage - 7 p.m. AT
#6 NEBRASKA at #7 Utah - 7 p.m. MT

MARCH 10
#13 OHIO STATE at North Carolina - 1 p.m. ET
Iowa State at #18 MINNESOTA - 6 p.m. CT

MARCH 11
#19 ILLINOIS at Western Michigan - 1 p.m. ET
MICHIGAN STATE at Alaska Anchorage - 2 p.m. AT
#12 PENN STATE at Pittsburgh - 6 p.m. ET

Legend
[1] Ypsilanti, Mich.

Four For Friday

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Schedule-FRI.JPGThe first round of the 2012 Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament is complete with Iowa, Indiana, Minnesota, and Purdue recording opening day wins.

Quarterfinal action will get underway today at noon with top-seeded Michigan State facing No. 8 Iowa.  No. 4 Wisconsin follows with a matchup against No. 5 Indiana.  In the day's second session (Session 4 overall), No. 2 Michigan squares off against No. 10 Minnesota at 6:30 p.m. ET, while the nightcap features No. 3 Ohio State and No. 6 Purdue.

There are several ways to follow today's action. If you can't be here at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in person, be sure to turn on ESPN for the first two games and BTN for the night's final two games, or just follow along with LIVE STATS via the Gametracker links below.

If you're going to be away from your computer, you can follow @bigtenchamps on Twitter for scoring updates or join in on the conversation using hash tag #B1GTourney. Enjoy today's games!

Game 5: No. 1 Michigan State vs. No. 8 Iowa:  Noon ET, ESPN
Game 6: No. 4 Wisconsin vs. No. 5 Indiana: Approx. 2:30 p.m., ESPN
Game 7: No. 2 Michigan vs. No. 10 Minnesota, 6:30 p.m., BTN
Game 8: No. 3 Ohio State vs. No. 6 Purdue, Approx. 9 p.m., BTN

Friday's Schedule

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Indiana vs. Wichita State, 1 p.m.
Indiana vs. Hofstra, 3:30 p.m.
Michigan State at Cal State Fullerton, 6 p.m.
Michigan State vs. Charleston Southern, 8 p.m.
Minnesota vs. Western Kentucky, 11 a.m.
Minnesota vs. Providence, 1 p.m.
Nebraska vs. Arkansas Pine-Bluff, 2:30 p.m.
Nebraska at Oklahoma State, 8 p.m.
Penn State vs. Virginia Tech, 11:30 a.m.
Penn State at South Florida, 2 p.m.
Wisconsin vs. San Diego, 12:30 p.m.
Wisconsin at Nevada, 5 p.m.

All times are ET and subject to change

On The Job

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bigtencareerexpo.jpgThe Big Ten Conference Career Expo presented by Bacterin International promotes the academic excellence of the Big Ten Conference universities, while pairing the talents of Big Ten undergraduates and alumni with the staffing needs of elite and industry-leading employers.

The Big Ten Conference Career Expo presented by Bacterin International is slated for today, Friday, March 9, at Indianapolis' Union Station.  The Expo is open exclusively to students currently attending or alumni of a Big Ten Conference university.  The event will feature employers with a focus on marketing, media, and sports-related industries while still allowing for participation by traditional companies of national stature and/or importance to the Big Ten universities.

The Big Ten Conference Career Expo presented by Bacterin International is a great place to look for a job whether you are looking for an internship, just graduating from college or looking to make a job change. In a post Expo survey to employers last year, 83 percent of the employers said they would contact students and alumni for job openings.

So while you are enjoying some good college basketball and cheering on your team, stop by the Career Expo and find a job!

Big Ten students and alumni can register at www.bigtencareerexpo.com.

Thursday's Results

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UIC def. NORTHWESTERN, 5-2

Game 4: No. 6 Purdue 79, No. 11 Nebraska 61

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Anthony Johnson scored a career-high 17 points to help Purdue defeat Nebraska 79-61 on Thursday night in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament.  Terone Johnson had 16 points, six rebounds and six assists, Ryne Smith scored 15 points and Robbie Hummel added 10 points for the sixth-seeded Boilermakers (21-11).The Boilermakers shot 56 percent from the field and made 13 3-pointers, matching a tournament record most recently reached in 2002.  Bo Spencer scored 22 points for the 11th-seeded Cornhuskers (12-18), who were playing in their first Big Ten Tournament game.

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Box Office Smash

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On the heels of the largest Thursday session attendance since 2005, two upcoming sessions of the 2012 Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament have sold out. Tickets are no longer available for Friday's afternoon quarterfinal session and Saturday's semifinal session.

Despite the format moving from one Thursday session featuring three games in previous years to two sessions featuring two games each for 2012, the Thursday afternoon session attendance of 17,936 was larger than any Thursday crowd in the previous six tournaments.

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Hoop Dreams?

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Two Michigan fans were seen today on the concourse of Bankers Life FIeldhouse posing with the NCAA National Champion trophy.

Game 3: No. 10 Minnesota 61, No. 7 Northwestern 57

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Minnesota rallied from a 61-57 deficit to force overtime, then scored the final six points to pull away from Northwestern 75-68 in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament. Next up for the 10th-seeded Gophers is No. 10 Michigan, which finished in a three-way tie for the league's regular-season title.  Andre Hollins scored a career-high 25 points and Austin Hollins scored 12 for Minnesota (19-13), which put coach Tubby Smith within one victory of No. 100 at Minnesota.  MORE>>>

One Word: Awesome

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Game 2: No. 5 Indiana 75, No. 12 Penn State 58

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Jordan Hulls scored 20 points and Cody Zeller finished with 19 points and 10 rebounds to help No. 5 seed Indiana pull away from No. 12 seed Penn State 75-58 in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament on Thursday.  MORE>>>

Above, members of Hoosier Nation got ready for the game earlier today at Kilroy's - the downtown Indianapolis restaurant pairing for Indiana during the 2012 Big Ten Tournament.

Toot Your Own Horn

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The Penn State pep band and cheerleaders warm up and go through "sound check" prior to the Nittany Lions' first-round matchup against Indiana in the 2012 Big Ten Men's Basketball Tourmament.

Game 1: No. 8 Iowa 64, No. 9 Illinois 61

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Behind 20 points from Matt Gatens, No. 8 seed Iowa defeated No. 9 Illinois 64-61 in the opening contest of the 2012 Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament.  Aaron White added 13 points and nine rebounds in the win, while Meyers Leonard paced Illinois with 18 points and six boards.

MBB: First Session = First Wins?

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sessiononecoaches.jpgAs the first session of the 2012 Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament gets underway this morning, fans will see two conference coaches earn their first Big Ten Tournament victory if the seeds hold up.  In the opener, Fran McCaffery will look to guide his No. 8 seed Iowa ballclub to a win over No. 9 Illinois, which would give McCaffery his first tournament win and bring his overall record in the event to 1-1.  And for the record... Illinois' Bruce Weber is 12-7 in Big Ten Tournament play, including two BTT titles and four runner-up finishes.

Weber also owns a 13-2 mark over the Hawkeyes, while his Fighting Illini have taken the past seven contests against the Hawkeyes and own an 81-66 advantage in the overall series.  This is the first meeting between the two teams in BTT play.

In the second game of the first session, No. 5 Indiana will do battle with No. 12 Penn State.  The Hoosiers' Tom Crean is 0-3 in BTT play, while Penn State's Patrick Chambers is in his first season with the Nittany Lions and obviously looking for his first BTT win as well.

History tells us that Penn State has had Indiana's number in BTT play, but the Hoosiers swept the season series against PSU this year and own an impressive overall record over the Nittany Lions.

This will be the third first-round Big Ten Tournament meeting between the teams in the last four years and fourth overall. Penn State has won the last two, both in Indianapolis. Penn State downed No. 11 seed Indiana, 61-56, in last year's first round game and is 2-1 all-time vs. IU in the Tournament. Indiana swept the season series - winning 88-82 in State College and 73-54 in Bloomington. Indiana leads the all-time series 30-9, but Penn State has won six of the last nine meetings. 

MBB: Thursday's Tip-Off

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Schedule-THURS.JPGIt's finally here!

It's time to tip-off the 2012 Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament.  Four games are on the slate today as you can see by the picture to the right.

There are several ways to follow today's action.  If you can't be here at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in person, be sure to turn on BTN for both Session One games and ESPN2 for both Session Two contests, or just follow along with LIVE STATS via the Gametracker links below.

If you're going to be away from your computer, you can follow @bigtenchamps on Twitter for scoring updates or join in on the conversation using hash tag #B1GTourney. Enjoy today's games!

Game 1:  No. 8 Iowa vs. No. 9 Illinois:  11:30 a.m., BTN, BTN Preview
Game 2:  No. 5 Indiana vs. No. 12 Penn State:  Approx. 2 p.m., BTN, BTN Preview
Game 3:  No. 7 Northwestern vs. No. 10 Minnesota:  5:30 p.m., ESPN2, BTN Preview
Game 4:  No. 6 Purdue vs. No. 11 Nebraska:  Approx. 8 p.m., ESPN2, BTN Preview

NCAA Championships Qualifiers

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Sixty-three Big Ten student-athletes from nine women's swimming & diving teams will represent the conference at the 2012 NCAA Championships in Auburn, Ala., from March 15-18. The list of Big Ten qualifiers, complete with qualifying time, can be found below.

Indiana
Amy Cozad, Diving
Alexandria Day, 200 backstroke (1:54.95)
Margaux Farrell, 500 freestyle (4:38.79); 200 freestyle (1:44.47); 800 freestyle relay (7:00.82); 100 freestyle (48.90)
Lauren Jordan, 500 freestyle (4:41.86); 1,650 freestyle (16:07.62)
Brenna Maclean, 200 butterfly (1:56.77)
Justine Ress, 100 backstroke (52.92); 200 backstroke (1:54.41)
Laura Ryan, Diving
Ashley Specht, 100 breaststroke (1:00.38)
Brittany Strumbel, 500 freestyle (4:40.18); 200 freestyle (1:45.18); 800 freestyle relay (7:00.82)
Allysa Vavra, 200 individual medley (1:55.44); 400 individual medley (4:01.41); 200 breaststroke (2:08.79)
Lindsay Vrooman, 500 freestyle (4:39.64); 800 freestyle relay (7:00.82); 1,650 freestyle (16:00.44)
Jessica White, 500 freestyle (4:41.29); 800 freestyle relay (7:00.82); 1,650 freestyle (16:16.09)
Taylor Wohrley, 200 backstroke (1:55.22)

Iowa
Veronica Rydze, Diving
Rebecca Stoughton, 500 freestyle (4:40.82); 1,650 freestyle (16:14.14)

Michigan
Caitlin Dauw, 100 butterfly (52.50)
Amanda Lohman, Michigan

Minnesota
Tess Behrens, 400 medley relay (3:34.09); 100 backstroke (52.35); 200 backstroke (1:53.34); 400 freestyle relay (3:16.22)
Loren Brandon, 1,650 freestyle (16:11.24)
Erin Caflisch, 400 medley relay (3:34.09); 400 freestyle relay (3:16.22)
Kiera Janzen, 500 freestyle (4:41.75)
Maggie Keefer, Diving
Sarah McCrady, Diving
Jessica Plant, 200 freestyle (1:46.04); 800 freestyle relay (7:02.97); 400 freestyle relay (3:16.22)
Tori Simenec, 200 individual medley (1:57.96); 800 freestyle relay (7:02.97); 400 freestyle relay (3:16.22)
Haley Spencer, 400 medley relay (3:34.09); 100 breaststroke (59.92); 200 breaststroke (2:07.58)
Ashley Steenvoorden, 500 freestyle (4:38.00); 1,650 freestyle (16:06.96)
Rebecca Weiland, 400 medley relay (3:34.09)
Lauren Weis, 200 freestyle (1:46.07); 800 freestyle relay (7:02.97)
Hannah Whitehead, 200 freestyle (1:45.77); 800 freestyle relay (7:02.97)

Northwestern
Taylor Reynolds, 50 freestyle (22.42)
Jennifer Wilson, 100 breaststroke (1:00.14); 200 breaststroke (2:09.89)

Ohio State
Bianca Alvarez, Diving
Kelly Baird, 1,650 freestyle (16:15.20)
Phoebe Cater, 400 freestyle relay (3:16.53)
Emily Creran, 200 backstroke (1:54.40)
Megan Detro, 200 medley relay (1:37.76); 100 freestyle (48.73); 400 freestyle relay (3:16.53)
Shannon Draves, 200 medley relay (1:37.76); 100 butterfly (52.76); 200 butterfly (1:56.35)
Kelsey Moran, 200 medley relay (1:37.76); 100 backstroke (52.70)
Alexandra Norris, 400 freestyle relay (3:16.53)
Angela Severn, 200 medley relay (1:37.76)
Michelle Williams, 100 freestyle (48.57); 400 freestyle relay (3:16.53)

Penn State
Merritt Krawczyk, 200 individual medley (1:57.77); 400 medley relay (3:33.50); 100 breaststroke (59.68)
Samantha Palser, 200 freestyle relay (1:29.60); 50 freestyle (22.41); 400 medley relay (3:33.50); 100 freestyle (48.93); 400 freestyle relay (3:16.12)
Mackenzie Powers, 400 medley relay (3:33.50); 100 butterfly (52.25)
Katherine Pulos, 200 freestyle relay (1:29.60); 400 freestyle relay (3:16.12)
Erin Thomas, 200 freestyle relay (1:29.60); 400 freestyle relay (3:16.12)
Chelsea Weedman, 200 butterfly (1:57.26)
Paige Whitmire, 200 freestyle relay (1:29.60); 50 freestyle (22.33); 400 medley relay (3:33.50); 400 freestyle relay (3:16.12)

Purdue
Emily Fogle, 100 breaststroke (59.53); 200 breaststroke (2:08.72)
Lauren Roth, 500 freestyle (4:42.12)
Rhiannon Sheets, 200 butterfly (1:56.67)

Wisconsin
Danielle Beckwith, 1,650 freestyle (16:18.31)
Brittany Kimmitt, 200 breaststroke (2:11.32)
Ivy Martin, 200 freestyle relay (1:28.46)
Ruby Martin, 200 freestyle relay (1:28.46)
Laura Miller, 200 individual medley (1:58.51); 400 freestyle relay (3:16.12)
Amie Osten, 400 medley relay (3:33.94); 200 medley relay (1:37.34)
Rebecka Palm, 200 freestyle relay (1:28.46); 400 medley relay (3:33.94); 200 medley relay (1:37.34); 100 freestyle (48.95); 400 freestyle relay (3:16.12)
Monika Stitski, 400 individual medley (4:11.63)
Rebecca Thompson, 200 freestyle relay (1:28.46); 50 freestyle (22.04); 400 medley relay (3:33.94); 200 medley relay (1:37.34); 100 freestyle (48.28); 400 freestyle relay (3:16.12)
Aja Van Hout, 400 freestyle relay (3:16.12)
Ashley Wanland, 400 medley relay (3:33.94); 200 medley relay (1:37.34); 100 breaststroke (59.17); 200 breaststroke (2:09.26)

Gametracker Links - Thursday

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The 2012 Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament tips off at 11:30 a.m. ET today with Iowa-Illinois live on BTN.  For those of you away from a television, we've got other methods of keeping up with today' games.  Below are the gametracker links for each of the four games, along with television information.  If you're going to be away from your computer, you can follow @bigtenchamps on Twitter for scoring updates or join in on the conversation using hash tag #B1GTourney.  Enjoy today's games!


MBB: Raining Skies, Teary Eyes

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Rain.JPGIt's opening day of the 2012 Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament, and so far, we are off to a rainy start.  Heavy rain and falling temps moved into the Indianapolis area early this morning.  Forecasters have said this is merely a part of a large band of rain angling across the U.S. from Texas to New York.  Locals here in Indianapolis, including several morning drive radio stations, are claiming that it is not rain, but rather the collective tears of an Indianapolis community mourning the loss of Peyton Manning, who was released Wednesday after a 14-year career with the Indianapolis Colts.  Many attribute Manning's on-field success and impact in the community as the reasons the city was able to build Lucas Oil Stadium -- site of the 2011 Big Ten Football Championship back in December.

As for the weather (and Colts fans' morale), it will get better.  Rain moves out this afternoon and makes way for sunny skies and mild temperatures for the next two days.
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Chidester, Monka, Herron Selected in NPF Draft

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Three Big Ten players were selected in the 2012 National Pro Fastpitch, held Wednesday. Michigan's Amanda Chidester, the 2011 Big Ten Player of the Year, was the 11th overall selection by the Akron Racers, who also later selected Ohio State's Alicia Herron with the 14th pick, while Northwestern's Adrienne Monka was picked 18th in the draft by the Chicago Bandits.

Wednesday's Results

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Indiana State def. INDIANA, 13-8

MICHIGAN STATE def. Baylor, 4-0

MINNESOTA def. Hamline, 3-2 (16)

NEBRASKA def. Nebraska-Kearney, 4-1

Mississippi State def. PENN STATE, 10-6

Wednesday's Results

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UCLA 14, MIchigan State 3
MIami (Ohio) 5, Penn State 2

MBB: Sessions Split at the Street

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Crossroads.JPGSession One?  Straight ahead.  Session Two?  Turn Left.

Not that Iowa and Northwestern fans need any help finding Bankers Life Fieldhouse, but the fact of the matter is, the 2012 Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament has taken a new direction for its opening round games on Thursday.

With the addition of Nebraska, the 2012 event is formatted differently from those in years past.  This year's event includes four games over two sessions on Thursday, and the top four seeds in the regular-season standings now receive byes into the quarterfinals.

So Hawkeye fans, best of luck in Session One opener against Illinois at 11:30 a.m.  Wildcat fans, prepare to open Session Two versus Minnesota at 5:30 p.m.

MBB: Hungry for Hoops

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ILL-Ram.JPGThe Big Ten University Restaurant Pairings are back by popular demand!

These locations are the place to be before and after your favorite team's tournament games. All pairings are located just blocks from Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

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

Illinois - The Ram (140 S. Illinois; 317.955.9900)
Indiana - Kilroy's Bar & Grill (201 S. Meridian St.; 317.638.9464)
Iowa - Weber Grill (10 N. Illinois St.; 317.636.7600)
Michigan - O'Reilly's Irish Bar and Restaurant (36 S. Pennsylvania; 317.974.0674)
Michigan State - Slippery Noodle (372 S. Meridian; 317.631.6974)
Minnesota - Rock Bottom (10 West Washington St.; 317.681.8180)
Nebraska - Champions Sports Bar and Restaurant (350 W. Maryland; 317.405.6111)
Northwestern - Buffalo Wings and Rings (111 W. Maryland; 317.634.9464)
Ohio State
- Champps (49 W. Maryland St.; Circle Centre Mall; 317.951.0033)
Penn State - Harry & Izzy's (153 S. Illinois; 317.635.9594)
Purdue - Scotty's Brewhouse (1 Virginia Ave.; 317.571.0808)
Wisconsin - Buffalo Wild Wings (7 E. Washington; 317.951.9464)

MBB: Step Right Up

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BLF Interior Steps.JPGTickets for the 2012 Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament are still available through Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000 or www.ticketmaster.com, or the Bankers Life Fieldhouse box office.

Both single-session and all-session ticket packages are available to the general public.  All-session tickets are available for $240 and $175. Single-session prices are as follows

Session 1 (Thurs., March 8) - $20-40
Session 2 (Thurs., March 8) - $20-40
Session 3 (Fri., March 9) - $40-70
Session 4 (Fri., March 9) - $40-70
Session 5 (Sat., March 10) - $45-80
Session 6 (Sun., March 11) - $45-80

MBB: Back at it...

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BLF Exterior2.JPGOne week and one tournament down, one week and one tournament to go. 

The 2012 Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament is set to tip Thursday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.  The 15th annual event should be one to remember, as the 2012 tournament boasts an expanded field and, count 'em, one, two, three conference champions.

The 2012 event marks the fifth consecutive year and eighth overall that the men's tournament has been held in Indianapolis.  The Big Ten is in the fifth year of a five-year agreement that puts both the men's and women's tournaments in the Circle City.

NCAA Men's Swimming & Diving Championships Qualifiers

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Sixty-two Big Ten student-athletes from nine men's swimming & diving teams will represent the conference at the 2012 NCAA Championships in Seattle, Wash., from March 22-24. The list of Big Ten qualifiers, complete with qualifying time, can be found below.

Indiana
James Barbiere, 500-yard freestyle (4:18.23)
Michael DellOrco II, Diving
Daniel Kanoor, 200 medley relay (1:25.79)
Cody Miller, 200 individual medley (1:44.81); 200 medley relay (1:25.79); 100 breaststroke (52.34); 200 breaststroke (1:54.07)
Conor Murphy, Diving
Zachary Nees, Diving
Darian Schmidt, Diving
Stephen Schmuhl, 200 medley relay (1:25.79)
Samuel Trahin, 400 individual medley (3:46.49)
James Wells, 200 medley relay (1:25.79); 100 backstroke (46.30); 200 backstroke (1:42.92)

Iowa

Paul Gordon, 200 freestyle relay (1:17.61); 200 freestyle (1:35.26); 400 freestyle relay (2:52.53)
Jordan Huff, 400 freestyle relay (2:52.53)
Duncan Partridge, 200 freestyle relay (1:17.61); 400 freestyle relay (2:52.53)
Ryan Phelan, 200 freestyle relay (1:17.61); 50 freestyle (19.52); 400 freestyle relay (2:52.53)
Gianni Sesto, 200 freestyle relay (1:17.61)

Michigan
Ryan Feeley, 500 freestyle (4:15.12); 1,650 freestyle (14.45.23)
Sean Fletcher, 400 medley relay (3:07.32); 100 butterfly (46.10)
Richard Funk, 400 medley relay (3:07.32); 200 medley relay (1:25.58); 100 breaststroke (53.15)
Evan Gregg, 200 medley relay (1:25.58)
Connor Jaeger, 500 freestyle (4:15.65); 200 freestyle (1:35.30); 800 freestyle relay (6:16.26); 1,650 freestyle (14:43.64)
Daniel Madwed, 200 individual medley (1:44.47); 400 medley relay (3:07.32); 100 butterfly (46.02); 800 freestyle relay (6:16.26); 200 butterfly (1:42.67)
Bruno Ortiz, 100 breaststroke (52.72)
Miguel Ortiz, 400 medley relay (3:07.32); 200 medley relay (1:25.58); 100 backstroke (46.33)
Sean Ryan, 500 freestyle (4:16.47); 1,650 freestyle (14:45.08)
Kyle Whitaker, 200 individual medley (1:43.40); 400 individual medley (3:41.04); 800 freestyle relay (6:16.26); 200 butterfly (1:43.25)
John Wojciechowski, 200 medley relay (1:25.58); 100 butterfly (46.56); 200 butterfly (1:43.93)
Michael Wynalda, 200 freestyle (1:34.08); 800 freestyle relay (6:16.26)

Michigan State

Jacob Jarzen, 100 butterfly (46.42)

Minnesota
Zachary Bolin, 400 freestyle relay (2:53.31)
Hrvoje Capan, 400 freestyle relay (2:53.31)
Benjamin Griggs, 400 freestyle relay (2:53.31)
Daniel Helm, Diving
Kristopher Jorgensen, Diving
Michael Ross, Diving
Clayton Smith, 1,650 freestyle (15:02.57)
Derek Toomey, 400 freestyle relay (2:53.31)
Kyler Van Swol, 200 butterfly (1:44.41)

Ohio State

Zachary Bimbrich, 200 freestyle relay (1:17.70); 200 medley relay (1:25.62)
Andrew Elliott, 400 medley relay (3:09.37); 200 medley relay (1:25.62); 100 backstroke (46.42); 200 backstroke (1:41.22)
Lincoln Fahrbach, 200 freestyle relay (1:17.70); 400 medley relay (3:09.37); 200 freestyle (1:35.23)
Brent Hitchcock, 1,650 freestyle (14:59.74)
Zachary Holmes, 200 freestyle relay (1:17.70)
Christian Holstein, Diving
Alex Miller, 1,650 freestyle (14:59.74)
Shane Miskiel, Diving
Jason Schnur, 200 freestyle relay (1:17.70); 50 freestyle (19.12); 400 medley relay (3:09.37); 200 medley relay (1:25.62); 100 freestyle (42.85)
Markus Sievers, 200 backstroke (1:42.23)
Tyler Stevenson, 400 medley relay (3:09.37); 200 medley relay (1:25.62)
Luke Stirton, 200 butterfly (1:44.59)

Penn State

Brian Alden, 200 medley relay (1:25.61)
Shane Austin, 400 medley relay (3:09.09)
Sean Grier, 400 medley relay (3:09.09); 200 medley relay (1:25.61)
Scott Marino, 200 individual medley (1:44.97)
Matthew Salig, 200 butterfly (1:44.18)
Nathaniel Savoy, 400 medley relay (3:09.09); 200 medley relay (1:25.61); 100 backstroke (46.60); 200 backstroke (1:42.56)
Mitchell Scherer, 400 medley relay (3:09.09); 200 medley relay (1:25.61); 100 breaststroke (53.21)

Purdue
Matthew Friede, 200 freestyle relay (1:17.71)
Daniel Tucker, 200 freestyle relay (1:17.71)
Benjamin Wachtel, 200 freestyle relay (1:17.71)
Benjamin Ziolkowski, 200 freestyle relay (1:17.71)

Wisconsin

Daniel Lester, 200 individual medley (1:44.48); 100 butterfly (46.07)
Michael Weiss, 400 individual medley (3:43.80)

Wednesday's Schedule

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INDIANA at Indiana State, 3 p.m.

MICHIGAN STATE at Baylor, 7:35 p.m.

Hamline at MINNESOTA, 7:35 p.m.

Nebraska-Kearney at NEBRASKA, 2:35 p.m.

PENN STATE at Mississippi State, 7:30 p.m.

All times ET

Wednesday's Schedule

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Michigan State at UCLA, 9 p.m.
Penn State vs. Miami (Ohio), 1 p.m.

All times are ET and subject to change

Prahalis Named Wooden Award Finalist

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Ohio State's Samantha Prahalis was named one of 15 finalists for the Wooden Award, it was announced on Wednesday. The award, which honors the nation's most outstanding player, will be presented on April 6 at the annual Wooden Award Gala.

Voted the Big Ten Player of the Year, Prahalis finished as the conference's second-leading scorer at more than 20 points per game. She also finished the season with a conference-best 6.4 assists per game and became the Big Ten's all-time career leader in the category during the Big Ten Tournament.

In The Polls

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Eleven Big Ten women's tennis teams appear in the Campbells/ITA National Rankings, led by No. 14 Northwestern. Michigan checks in at No. 16, Nebraska is No. 32 and Minnesota is No. 39. Indiana appears at No. 41, followed by No. 45 Illinois and No. 53 Penn State. Ohio State sits at No. 54, Iowa is No. 58, Purdue is No. 68 and Wisconsin is No. 72 in the rankings.

For the complete rankings, click here.

In The Polls

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Eight Big Ten men's tennis squads appear in the Campbells/ITA National Team Rankings, led by No. 2 Ohio State. Indiana checks in at No. 18, followed by Illinois at No. 20. Michigan checks in at No. 24, followed by Northwestern at No. 44 and Minnesota at No. 48.  Purdue clocks in at No. 54 and Nebraska is No. 60.

For the complete rankings, click here.

Tuesday's Results

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Louisville def. INDIANA, 13-4

NEBRASKA def. Kansas State, 9-6

Mississippi State def. PENN STATE, 7-3

Tuesday's Result

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Michigan State 15, UC Riverside 6

Weekly Rankings

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Seven Big Ten men's gymnastics teams again rank in the top 12 nationally based on GymInfo's three score average rankings. Penn State leads the way at No. 2 (352.667), followed by No. 3 Illinois (352.400), No. 5 Ohio State (346.483), No. 6 Minnesota (346.133), No. 8 Michigan (342.567), No. 10 Nebraska (339.233) and No. 12 Iowa (335.700).

Click here to see the complete rankings.

NCAA Championships Qualifiers

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Thirty-eight Big Ten student-athletes from eight women's indoor track & field teams will represent the conference at the 2012 NCAA Championships in Nampa, Idaho, from March 9-10. The list of Big Ten qualifiers, complete with seed and qualifying time, can be found below.

60-meter dash
5. Christina Manning, Ohio State (7.23)
13. Chesna Sykes, Ohio State (7.31)

200-meter dash
7. Ashley Spencer, Illinois (23.24)

800-meter run
10. Rebecca Addison, Michigan (2:04.87)
11. Jillian Smith, Michigan (2:05.01)

1-mile run
13. Shannon Osika, Michigan (4:38.42)

60-meter hurdles
1. Christina Manning, Ohio State (7.95)
11. Breeana Coleman, Illinois (8.17)
15. Evonne Britton, Penn State (8.20)

4x400-meter Relay
12. Illinois (3:34.89) - Asia Thomas, Ashley Kelly, Latoya Griffith, Ashley Spencer

Distance Medley Relay
5. Nebraska (10:58.74) - Jessica Furlan, Mara Weekes, Ellie Grooters, Ashley Miller
12. Michigan (11:04.30) - Shannon Osika, Brittani Williams, Jillian Smith, Rebecca Addison

High Jump
8. Rebecca Buchholtz, Michigan State (1.83 meters)
11. Monika Jakutyte, Wisconsin (1.83)

Pole Vault
12. Stephanie Richartz, Illinois (4.24)
16. Kiley Tobel, Michigan (4.23)
19. Breanna Bussel, Nebraska (4.23)

Long Jump
4. Leah Eber, Purdue (6.47)
13. Mara Griva, Nebraska (6.29)

Triple Jump
11. Tori Franklin, Michigan State (13.05)
12. Mara Griva, Nebraska (13.04)

Shot Put
15. Kelsey Card, Wisconsin (16.71)
16. Dani Bunch, Purdue (16.65)

Weight Throw
5. Taylor Smith, Wisconsin (21.33)
11. Beth Rohl, Michigan State (20.99)
12. Dani Bunch, Purdue (20.93)
15. Maggie Mullen, Ohio State (20.78)

Pentathlon
9. Dorcas Akinniyi, Wisconsin (4,072)
13. Jessica Flax, Wisconsin (4,008)



Tuesday's Schedule

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INDIANA at Louisville, 3 p.m.

Kansas State at NEBRASKA, 3:05 p.m.

PENN STATE at Mississippi State, 7:30 p.m.


All times ET
Michigan State's Draymond Green and Ohio State's Jared Sullinger were named Sporting News first-team All-Americans, while Indiana's Cody Zeller was named to the publication's All-Freshman Team. The Big Ten is the only conference with multiple-first team selections. FULL STORY 

NCAA Championships Qualifiers

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Sixty-five Big Ten student-athletes from all 11 indoor track & field squads will represent the conference at the 2012 NCAA Championships in Nampa, Idaho, from March 9-10. The list of Big Ten qualifiers, complete with seed and qualifying time, can be found below.

60-meter dash
9. Andrew Riley, Illinois (6.62)
20. Kind Butler, Indiana (6.67)

200-meter dash
6. Kind Butler, Indiana (20.85)

400-meter dash
7. Thomas Murdaugh, Ohio State (46.17)

800-meter run
1. Harun Abda, Minnesota (1:46.97)
2. David Puchuta, Minnesota (1:46.98)
6. Erik Sowinski, Iowa (1:47.62)
10. Casimir Loxsom, Penn State (1:47.93)
11. Travis Burkstrand, Minnesota (1:48.16)

1-mile run
5. Cory Leslie, Ohio State (3:56.85)
8. Andrew Bayer, Indiana (3:58.23)
13. Robby Creese, Penn State (3:58.94)

3,000-meter run
10. Andrew Bayer, Indiana (7:50.23)
15. Ben Hubers, Indiana (7:52.02)

5,000-meter run
5. Hassan Mead, Minnesota (13:33.42)
13. Andrew Poore, Indiana (13:47.05)

60-meter hurdles
2. Andrew Riley, Illinois (7.53)
14. Demoye Bogle, Ohio State (7.76)

4x400-meter relay
3. Penn State (3:05.22) - Aaron Nadolsky, Brandon Bennett-Green, Casimir Loxsom,
Brady Gehret
7. Ohio State (3:06.15) - Antonio Blanks, Korbin Smith, Marvel Brooks, Thomas Murdaugh
8. Minnesota (3:06.87) - Kevin Bradley, Harun Abda, David Pachuta, John Holton
11. Michigan (3:07.75) - Nicholas Neuman, Michael Parker, Aaron Taylor, Ali Arastu
12. Indiana (3:07.84) - Chris Vaughn, Ryan Hindes, Nick Stoner, Kind Butler

Distance Medley Relay
2. Indiana (9:29.12) - De'Sean Turner, Chris Vaughn, Daniel Stockberger, Andrew Bayer
6. Wisconsin (9:30.86) - Austin Mudd, Aaron Thompson, Zach Mellon, Alexander Hatz
11. Ohio State (9:31.71) - Chris Fallon, Korbin Smith, Dan White, Cory Leslie

High Jump
10. Geoff Davis, Purdue (2.23 meters)
17. Darius King, Indiana (2.22)

Pole Vault
9. Nate Polacek, Nebraska (5.44)

Long Jump
9. Chris Phipps, Nebraska (7.73)

Triple Jump
4. Troy Doris, Iowa (16.28)
15. Olumide Olamigoke, Indiana (15.82)
17. Chris Phipps, Nebraska (15.78)

Shot Put
7. Luke Pinkelman, Nebraska (19.52)
13. Matt DeChant, Ohio State (18.99)
14. Zach Hill, Michigan State (18.98)

Weight Throw
5. Micah Hegerle, Minnesota (21.95)
9. Matt DeChant, Ohio State (21.57)
11. Max Mays, Ohio State (21.51)
12. Lonnie Pugh, Michigan State (21.40)
13. Jay Gillespie, Michigan State (21.32)
16. Ethan Dennis, Michigan (21.07)

Heptathlon
3. Japheth Cato, Wisconsin (5,939)
8. Bjorn Barrefors, Nebraska (5,792)
16. Dave Grezsiak, Wisconsin (5,677)








Monday's Results

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Samford def. PENN STATE, 7-3

Four Teams Appear in AP Top 20

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Four Big Ten teams appear in the top 20 of the latest Associated Press poll, released on Monday. Penn State leads the conference contingent at No. 11, while Purdue jumps seven spots to No. 14 this week after claiming the Big Ten Tournament title on Sunday. Ohio State appears at No. 17 this week, while Nebraska rounds out the top 20 at No. 20. The Big Ten is one of three conferences to have four or more teams appear in the AP top 20 this week.

USTFCCCA Regional Award Winners Announced

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Michigan State, Nebraska and Ohio State have earned USTFCCCA Regional recognition, as announced on Monday. Ohio State's Christina Manning (Great Lakes) was named Track Athlete of the Year, Nebraska head coach Gary Pepin (Midwest) took home Coach of the Year honors and Michigan State assistant Christopher Bostwick earned Assistant Coach of the Year laurels.

For the complete release, click here.

USTFCCCA Regional Award Recipients

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Indiana, Minnesota, Penn State and Wisconsin have earned USTFCCCA Regional awards, as announced on Monday. Indiana's Andrew Bayer (Great Lakes), Minnesota's Harun Abda (Midwest) and Penn State's Robby Creese (Mid-Atlantic) were tabbed Track Athlete of the Year for their respective regions. Wisconsin sophomore Japheth Cato (Great Lakes) took home Field Athlete of the Year honors, while Indiana head coach Ron Helmer was tabbed Coach of the Year. Additionally, two assistant coaches were honored as the Hoosier's Jeff Huntoon and the Gopher's Paul Thornton took home Assistant Coach of the Year accolades.

For the complete release, click here.

Weekly Rankings

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Six Big Ten women's gymnastics teams again hold top-25 rankings, including three squads in the top 13 nationally, based on the GymInfo regional qualifying average rankings. Nebraska leads the way at No. 6 with a team average of 196.795, while Penn State follows at No. 12 (195.995) and Ohio State ranks 13th (195.940). Minnesota checks in at No. 18 (195.470), followed closely by Illinois at No. 19 (195.360) and Michigan at No. 20 (195.345). 

Click here to see the complete rankings.

Weekly Rankings

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Four Big Ten teams appear in the Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings, as announced on Monday. Ohio State checks in at No. 20, followed by Michigan State at No. 25. Purdue sits at No. 27 and Northwestern is No. 41. Individually, three Big Ten golfers rank in the top 50, as Michigan State's Caroline Powers is 13th, Purdue's Laura Gonzalez is 22nd and fellow Boilermaker Paula Reto is 26th.

For the complete rankings, click here. 

Weekly Rankings

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Four Big Ten men's golf teams rank in the top 50 nationally in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings, led by No. 26 Illinois. Indiana ranks 31st this week, followed by No. 33 Iowa and No. 36 Purdue. Individually, five Big Ten golfers also boast top-50 rankings, with Illinois' Luke Guthrie leading the way at No. 15. Purdue's Tyler Duncan ranks 23rd, while Illinois' Thomas Pieters follows at No. 29. Indiana's Chase Wright checks in at No. 33, while Iowa's Barrett Kelpin holds No. 37 nationally.

For the complete rankings, click here.

Monday's Schedule

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PENN STATE at Samford, 6 p.m. ET

Washington Named to USBWA Coach of the Year Watch List

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Penn State's Coquese Washington was named to the 10-member United States Basketball Writers Association of America Coach of the Year watch list, it was announced last week. Washington led the Lady Lions to their first Big Ten Championship in eight seasons in 2011-12 and was named conference Coach of the Year by both her peers and the media after leading the team to a 24-6 record overall and a 13-3 mark in Big Ten play.

Seven Named to Naismith Midseason Watch List

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Seven Big Ten players were named to the 2012 Naismith College Player of the Year midseason top 32 list, which was released last week, the second most of any conference in the nation. Two players each from Nebraska, Oho State and Penn State appear on the list, while Purdue is represented by Brittany Ryaburn. Huskers Jordan Hooper and Lindsey Moore, Buckeyes Tayler Hill and Samantha Prahalis, and Lady Lions' Alex Bentley and Maggie Lucas round out the list of Big Ten players on the midseason list. The annual honor will be awarded at the Women's Final Four on April 1.

Sunday's Results

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Sunday's Results
Illinois 7, Florida Atlantic 6
Indiana 5, East Carolina 4
Oklahoma 4, Iowa 2
Michigan 4, Temple 3
Stanford 11, Michigan State 0
Cal State Fullerton 11, Michigan State 7
Minnesota 4, Rutgers 0
Texas State 2, Nebraska 1
Northwestern 7, Southern MIss 2
Pittsburgh 4, Ohio State 0
Penn State 2, Auburn 1 (9)
Illinois State 1, Penn State 0
Purdue 8, Longwood 0

Sunday's Results

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Coastal Carolina def. ILLINOIS, 5-4 [9]

ETSU def. INDIANA, 2-1

IOWA def. Youngstown State, 16-15 (10) [10]

Xavier def. MICHIGAN, 5-3 [11]

Texas A&M def. MICHIGAN STATE, 9-8

NEBRASKA def. MINNESOTA, 10-3 [12]

NORTHWESTERN def. Chicago State, 14-6 [11]

OHIO STATE def. Villanova, 4-3 (10) [11]

Samford def. PENN STATE, 4-1

PURDUE def. Charleston Southern, 5-2 [13]


9 - Coastal Carolina Invitational (Conway/Myrtle Beach, S.C.)
10 - Austin Peay/River View Classic (Clarksville, Tenn.)
11 - Snowbird Classic (Port Charlotte, Fla.)
12 - Dairy Queen Classic (Minneapolis, Minn.)
13 - Auburn Tournament (Auburn, Ala.)

Big Ten Automatic NCAA Qualifiers

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With the 2012 Big Ten Wrestling Championships coming to a close on Sunday, 74 Big Ten wrestlers locked up berths to the NCAA Championships based on automatic qualifier allocations. The complete breakdown of automatic qualifiers from the Big Ten can be found below.

125 pounds
1. Matt McDonough, IOWA
2. Zach Sanders, MINN
3. Jesse Delgado, ILL
4. Levi Mele, NU
5. Nico Megaludis, PSU
6. Camden Eppert, PUR

133 pounds
1. Logan Stieber, OSU
2. Tony Ramos, IOWA
3. B.J. Futrell, ILL
4. Zac Stevens, MICH
5. Cashe Quiroga, PUR
6. Chris Dardanes, MINN
7. Frank Martellotti, PSU

141 pounds
1. Kellen Russell, MICH
2. Montell Marion, IOWA
3. Hunter Stieber, OSU
4. Nick Dardanes, MINN
5. Jake Sueflohn, NEB

149 pounds
1. Frank Molinaro, PSU
2. Dylan Ness, MINN
3. Eric Grajales, MICH
4. Taylor Walsh, IND
5. Cam Tessari, OSU
6. Ivan Lopouchanski, PUR
7. Kaleb Friedley, NU
8. Eric Terrazas, ILL
9. Dan Osterman, MSU

157 pounds
1. Derek St. John, IOWA
2. Jason Welch, NU
3. Dylan Alton, PSU
4. Anthony Jones Jr., MSU
5. James Green, NEB
6. Josh Demas, OSU

165 pounds
1. David Taylor, PSU
2. Mike Evans, IOWA
3. Robert Kokesh, NEB
4. Conrad Polz, ILL
5. Cody Yohn, MINN
6. Pierce Harger, NU
7. Dan Yates, MICH
8. David Cheza, MSU

174 pounds
1. Ed Ruth, PSU
2. Logan Storley, MINN
3. Ethen Lofthouse, IOWA
4. Lee Munster, NU
5. Jordan Blanton, ILL
6. Nick Heflin, OSU
7. Justin Zeerip, MICH
8. Curran Jacobs, MSU
9. Ryan LeBlanc, IND

184 pounds
1. Kevin Steinhaus, MINN
2. Josh Ihnen, NEB
3. Quentin Wright, PSU
4. Tony Dallago, ILL
5. Grant Gambrall, IOWA
6. Ian Hinton, MSU
7. Braden Atwood, PUR

197 pounds
1. Mario Gonzalez, ILL
2. Matt Powless, IND
3. Sonny Yohn, MINN
4. Andrew Campolattano, OSU
5. Morgan McIntosh, PSU
6. A.J. Kissel, PUR
7. James Nakashima, NEB

285 pounds
1. Tony Nelson, MINN
2. Bobby Telford, IOWA
3. Cameron Wade, PSU
4. Mike McMullan, NU
5. Adam Chalfant, IND
6. Steve Andrus, MSU
7. Tucker Lane, NEB
8. Cole Tobin, WIS
9. Ben Apland, MICH
10. Peter Capone, OSU

All-Tournament Team

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Here is the 2012 Big Ten Women's Basketball Tournament All-Tournament Team as voted upon by media covering the event:

All-Tournament Team
KK Houser, Purdue
Brittany Rayburn, Purdue
Jordan Hooper, Nebraska
Lindsey Moore, Nebraska
Samantha Prahalis, Ohio State

Most Outstanding Player
Brittany Rayburn, Purdue

Purdue 74, Nebraska 70

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It took a pair of overtimes, but Purdue held off conference newcomer Nebraska to win its eight Big Ten Conference Tournament Championship with a 74-70 win on Sunday afternoon.  Purdue will be the conference's automatic qualifier to the NCAA Tournament.

Time to Crown a Champion!

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It's championship day at the 2012 Big Ten Women's Basketball Tournament.  No. 6 seed Nebraska is looking to upset its third straight opponent to win the event in the Huskers' first year as a member of the Big Ten Conference.  Purdue, coming off an upset of top-seeded Penn State last night, will look to build to its conference-leading total of tournament championships and bring home an eighth women's basketball tournament championship trophy to West Lafayette.

We'll have live stats via Gametracker as well as scoring updates on Twitter at @bigtenchamps. Join in the conversation using hash tag #B1GTourney, and be sure to catch the game live on ESPN2 beginning at 4:00 p.m. ET.  Best of luck to all the participants and enjoy today's game!

Sunday's Schedule

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The 2012 Big Ten men's basketball regular season concludes with four games on Sunday. Click the links below for game notes.


ILLINOIS at #14/15 WISCONSIN, 1 p.m., BTN

#13/16 MICHIGAN at PENN STATE, 1 p.m., ESPN

#10/11 OHIO STATE at #5/5 MICHIGAN STATE, 4 p.m., CBS Sports

PURDUE at #18/20 INDIANA, 6 p.m., BTN


All times ET

Sunday's Schedule

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ILLINOIS at Coastal Carolina [9], Noon

INDIANA at East Tennessee State, 1 p.m.

IOWA vs. Youngstown State [10], Noon

MICHIGAN vs. Xavier [11], 11 a.m.

MICHIGAN STATE at Texas A&M, 2:05 p.m.

NEBRASKA at MINNESOTA [12], 4:05 p.m.

NORTHWESTERN vs. Chicago State [11], 11 a.m.

OHIO STATE vs. Chicago State [12], Noon

PENN STATE at Samford, 1 p.m.

PURDUE vs. Charleston Southern [13], Noon


All times ET

9 - Coastal Carolina Invitational (Conway/Myrtle Beach, S.C.)
10 - Austin Peay/River View Classic (Clarksville, Tenn.)
11 - Snowbird Classic (Port Charlotte, Fla.)
12 - Dairy Queen Classic (Minneapolis, Minn.)
13 - Auburn Tournament (Auburn, Ala.)

Saturday's Results

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ILLINOIS vs. Pittsburgh [9] - Postponed

ILLINOIS at Coastal Carolina [9] - Postponed

INDIANA def. ETSU, 10-5

Austin Peay def. IOWA, 4-3 (10) [10]

MICHIGAN def. Chicago State, 17-8 [11]

Xavier def. MICHIGAN, 7-4 [11]

Texas A&M def. MICHIGAN STATE, 4-0

MINNESOTA def. West Virginia, 11-3 [12]

NEBRASKA def. New Mexico State, 6-4 [12]

NORTHWESTERN def. Xavier, 3-2 [11]

Villanova def. NORTHWESTERN, 6-3 [11]

Western Michigan def. OHIO STATE, 15-8 [11]

OHIO STATE def. Western Michigan, 5-2 [11]

PENN STATE def. Samford, 7-4

PURDUE def. Southern Miss, 10-9 [13]


9 - Coastal Carolina Invitational (Conway/Myrtle Beach, S.C.)
10 - Austin Peay/River View Classic (Clarksville, Tenn.)
11 - Snowbird Classic (Port Charlotte, Fla.)
12 - Dairy Queen Classic (Minneapolis, Minn.)
13 - Auburn Tournament (Auburn, Ala.)


Saturday's Results and Sunday's Schedule

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Saturday's Results
Seton Hall 1, Illinois 0
Illinios 3, UNLV 2
Indiana 7, Florida International 5
Southern Miss 4, Indiana 1
Iowa 5, Oklahoma State 3
Oklahoma 6, Iowa 3
Syracuse 4, Michigan 2
Michigan 7, Virginia 1
Minnesota 10, Ohio 0
Georgia 5, Minnesota 2
Michigan State 3, Southern Miss 2 (8)
Oregon State 11, MIchigan State 6
Texas State 5, Nebraska 1
Texas A&M 4, Nebraska 1
California 5, Northwestern 1
Northwestern 4, East Carolina 2
Notre Dame 3, Ohio State 1 (8)
Penn State 5, NC State 3
Penn State 4, Lipscomb 3
Oregon 8, Purdue 1
South Alabama 7, Purdue 5
Kansas 4, Wisconsin 0

Sunday's Schedule
Illinois vs. Florida Atlantic, Noon
Indiana vs. East Carolina, Noon
Iowa at Oklahoma, Noon
Michigan vs. Temple, 11:15 a.m.
Michigan State vs. Stanford, 4:30 p.m.
Michigan State at Cal State Fullerton, 6 p.m.
Minnesota vs. Rutgers, 9 a.m.
Nebraska vs. Texas State, 11 a.m.
Northwestern vs. Southern Miss, Noon
Ohio State vs. Pitt, 9 a.m.
Penn State vs. Auburn, 12:15 p.m.
Purdue vs. Longwood, 11:15 a.m.

All times are ET and subject to change

Purdue 68, Penn State 66

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Brittany Rayburn scored the winning basket with under two seconds remaining to give Purdue a 68-66 win over top seed Penn State in the second semifinal game of the 2012 Big Ten Women's Basketball Tournament.  The Boilermakers will face Nebraska on Sunday at 4 p.m. ET for the Tournament Championship.

Nebraska 77, Ohio State 62

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Jordan Hooper scored a team-high 21 points while Kaitlyn Burke added a career-high 20 to lead Nebraska to its second straight upset win in the 2012 Big Ten Women's Basketball Tournament.  The Huskers eliminated three-time defending champion Ohio State, 77-62, on Saturday evening to earn a spot in the championship game in their first ever Big Ten Tournament.  The Huskers started slow, falling behind 24-11, before catching fire with about five minutes remaining and putting together a 40-10 run that stretched almost six minutes into the second half. Nebraska will play the winner of the upcoming Penn State-Purdue game for the Big Ten Tournament Championship on Sunday afternoon.

Saturday's Results

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MINNESOTA def. NEBRASKA, 81-69
Chip Armelin scored a career-high 20 points with seven rebounds, Rodney Williams had 16 points, eight rebounds and three crowd-pleasing dunks and Minnesota stopped a six-game losing streak with an 81-69 win over Nebraska on Saturday. RECAP & BOX SCORE

NORTHWESTERN def. IOWA, 70-66
In the last meeting with Northwestern, the University of Iowa men's basketball team shot the ball well but struggled on defense and with turnovers against the Wildcats' unconventional 1-3-1 zone defense; ultimately losing the game. On Saturday, the Hawkeyes shot the ball well and cranked up their defense, but were plagued once again with turnovers and fell again to Northwestern, 70-66, in the regular season finale on Mediacom Court at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. RECAP & BOX SCORE

Semifinal Matchups

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Semifinal action at the 2012 Big Ten Women's Basketball Tournament begins at 5:00 p.m. ET live on BTN.  First up is No. 2 Ohio State vs. No. 6 Nebraska.  Ohio State is looking for its fourth consecutive Big Ten Tournament championship, while newcomer Nebraska is the only lower seed (No. 6) to win a game in this year's tournament with its upset of No. 3 Iowa yesterday.  The nightcap features top seed Penn State facing local favorite Purdue about 25 minutes after the conclusion of the first semifinal.  

Gametracker links are below.  If you're going to be away from your computer, follow @bigtenchamps on Twitter for scoring updates or join in the conversation using hash tag #B1GTourney.


Saturday's Schedule

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

NEBRASKA at MINNESOTA, 12:30 p.m., BTN

NORTHWESTERN at IOWA, 2:30 p.m., BTN

All times ET

Saturday's Schedule

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ILLINOIS vs. Pittsburgh [9], 1 p.m.

ILLINOIS at Coastal Carolina [9], 6 p.m.

INDIANA at East Tennessee State, 1 p.m.

IOWA at Austin Peay [10], 3:30 p.m.

MICHIGAN vs. Chicago State [11], 12:30 p.m.

MICHIGAN vs. Xavier [11], 3 p.m.

MICHIGAN STATE at Texas A&M, 3:05 p.m.

West Virginia at MINNESOTA [12], 7:35 p.m.

NEBRASKA vs. New Mexico State [12], 1:05 p.m.

NORTHWESTERN vs. Xavier [11], 11 a.m.

NORTHWESTERN vs. Villanova [11], 2 p.m.

OHIO STATE vs. Western Michigan (DH) [11], Noon

PENN STATE at Samford, 1 p.m.

PURDUE vs. Southern Miss [13], 6 p.m.


All times ET

9 - Coastal Carolina Invitational (Conway/Myrtle Beach, S.C.)
10 - Austin Peay/River View Classic (Clarksville, Tenn.)
11 - Snowbird Classic (Port Charlotte, Fla.)
12 - Dairy Queen Classic (Minneapolis, Minn.)
13 - Auburn Tournament (Auburn, Ala.)



Friday's Results and Saturday's Schedule

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Friday's Results
Florida Atlantic 8, Illinios 5 (8)
Illinios 4, New Mexico State 3
Stanford 7, Indiana 3 (8)
Oregon State 4, Indiana 3
Michigan 5, UCLA 3
Michigan 4, Auburn 0
Minnesota 9, Cleveland State 5
Minnesota 3, Mercer 1
Nebraska 2, Houston 0
Texas A&M 6, Nebraska 0
Stanford 1, Northwestern 0
Oregon State 5, Northwestern 3
Ohio State 5, Georgetown 0
Ohio State 12, Longwood 3
Virginia 13, Penn State 1
Penn State 8, LIU Brooklyn 2
Purdue 7, NC State 5 (9)
Temple 5, Purdue 1
Wisconsin 5, Connecticut 3
Wisconsin 3, Charleston Southern 2 (8)


Saturday's Schedule
Illinois vs. Seton Hall, 4:30 p.m.
Illinois at UNLV, 9 p.m.
Indiana vs. Florida International, 2:15 p.m.
Indiana vs. Maryland, 6:45 p.m.
Iowa vs. Oklahoma State, 2:30 p.m.
Iowa vs. Oklahoma, 7:30 p.m.
Michigan vs. Syracuse, 12:15 p.m.
Michigan vs. Virginia, 2:30 p.m.
Michigan State vs. Southern Mississippi, Noon
Michigan State vs. Oregon State, 4:30 p.m.
Minnesota vs. Ohio, 9 a.m.
Minnesota at Georgia, 1 p.m.
Nebraska vs. Texas State, 11 a.m.
Nebraska at Texas A&M, 6:15 p.m.
Northwestern vs. California, 2:15 p.m.
Northwestern vs. East Carolina, 4:30 p.m.
Ohio State vs. Notre Dame, 4:45 p.m.
Ohio State vs. Hofstra, 7 p.m.
Penn State vs. NC State, 4 p.m.
Penn State vs. Lipscomb, 6 p.m.
Purdue vs. Oregon, 10 a.m.
Purdue vs. South Alabama, 12:15 p.m.
Wisconsin vs. Kansas, 9 a.m.
Wisconsin vs. TBD, TBD

All times are ET and subject to change

Friday's Results

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ILLINOIS def. St. John's, 4-0 [9]

Eastern Tennessee def. INDIANA, 4-3

IOWA def. Akron, 17-3 [10]

OHIO STATE def. MICHIGAN, 9-4 [11]

Texas A&M def. MICHIGAN STATE, 7-3

MINNESOTA def. New Mexico State, 8-1 [12]

West Virginia def. NEBRASKA, 4-1 [12]

Western Michigan def. NORTHWESTERN, 4-1 [11]

PURDUE def. Auburn, 9-8 [13]


9 - Coastal Carolina Invitational (Conway/Myrtle Beach, S.C.)
10 - Austin Peay/River View Classic (Clarksville, Tenn.)
11 - Snowbird Classic (Port Charlotte, Fla.)
12 - Dairy Queen Classic (Minneapolis, Minn.)
13 - Auburn Tournament (Auburn, Ala.)

Purdue 73, Michigan State 64

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Brittany Rayburn scored a game-high 29 points including seven three-pointers to lead Purdue to a 73-64 win over Michigan State in the final quarterfinal of the 2012 Big Ten Women's Basketball Tournament.  The Boilermakers held off a strong MSU rally late in the second half to earn a spot against top seeded Penn State on Saturday in the second semifinal contest.  Semifinal action begins on Saturday at 5:00 p.m. ET when Ohio State takes on Nebraska.

Penn State 78, Minnesota 74

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Top seed Penn State held off a furious rally by No. 8 seed Minnesota in the waning minutes of the game to preserve a 78-74 win in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Women's Basketball Tournament.  The Lady Lions were led by sophomore Maggie Lucas, who had 22 points and seven rebounds on the night.  Penn State will face the winner of the upcoming Michigan State-Purdue game in the second semifinal contest on Saturday.

Nebraska 80, Iowa 68

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Lindsey Moore scored 19 second-half points en route to a game-high 26 to lead No. 6 seed Nebraska to a 80-68 upset win over No. 3 Iowa in quarterfinal action at the Big Ten Women's Basketball Tournament. The Huskers will take on second-seeded Ohio State in Saturday's first semifinal matchup.

Weekend Schedule

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March 4
MICHIGAN at OSU Last Chance Meet
MINNESOTA at Gopher-It Invitational
OHIO STATE at OSU Last Chance Meet
WISCONSIN at Gopher-It Invitational

Ohio State 57, Michigan 48

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Tayler Hill scored 19 points and Samantha Prahalis became the Big Ten's all-time assists leader in a 57-48 win for Ohio State over Michigan.  The Buckeyes advance to face the winner of the upcoming Iowa-Nebraska game.

Weekend Schedule

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MARCH 5-6
MICHIGAN at Hurricane Invitational - Miami Lakes, Fla.
#21 OHIO STATE at Hurricane Invitational - Miami Lakes, Fla.
WISCONSIN at Bruin/Wave Invitational - Tarzana, Calif.

Weekend Schedule

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MARCH 5-6
#26 ILLINOIS at Louisiana Classics Invitational - Lafayette, La.

Quarterfinal Round

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The quarterfinal round is here and we've got four games set to tip today. Games begin at 11:30 a.m. with No. 2 seed Ohio State taking on No. 7 seed Michigan. Tip times are below and all games will be live on BTN. 

Don't forget that you can also catch the postgame press conferences on BTN.com and get scoring updates on Twitter from @bigtenchamps. And if you want to join in on the conversation on Twitter, use the hash tag #B1GTourney. Enjoy the games!

Friday's Schedule

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Big Ten baseball continues this weekend as teams travel for tournaments or weekend series, and Minnesota continues its homestand. Click the links below for game notes.


ILLINOIS vs. St. John's [9], Noon

INDIANA at East Tennessee State, 4 p.m.

IOWA vs. Akron [10], Noon

MICHIGAN vs. OHIO STATE [11], 6 p.m.

MICHIGAN STATE at Texas A&M, 7:35 p.m.

New Mexico State at MINNESOTA [12], 7:35 p.m.

NEBRASKA vs. West Virginia [12], 1:15 p.m.

NORTHWESTERN vs. Western Michigan [11], 3 p.m.

PURDUE at Auburn [13], 7 p.m.


All times ET

9 - Coastal Carolina Invitational (Conway/Myrtle Beach, S.C.)
10 - Austin Peay/River View Classic (Clarksville, Tenn.)
11 - Snowbird Classic (Port Charlotte, Fla.)
12 - Dairy Queen Classic (Minneapolis, Minn.)
13 - Auburn Tournament (Auburn, Ala.)

Weekend Schedule

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MARCH 2
#5 OHIO STATE at #3 ILLINOIS - 7 p.m. CT

MARCH 3
#12 IOWA/#19 SUNY Brockport at #6 MINNESOTA - 7 p.m. CT

MARCH 4
#16 Arizona State at #10 NEBRASKA - 2 p.m. CT

Weekend Schedule

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MARCH 2
Kentucky at #21 ILLINOIS - 7 p.m. CT
#23 MICHIGAN/North Carolina at #11 PENN STATE - 7 p.m. ET
UIC at MICHIGAN STATE - 7 p.m. ET
#18 MINNESOTA at #8 Arkansas - 7 p.m. CT
Kent State at #14 OHIO STATE - 7 p.m. ET

MARCH 3
IOWA/BYU/Southeast Missouri State at Texas Woman's University - 7 p.m. CT

MARCH 4
#1 Florida at #6 NEBRASKA - 2 p.m. CT

Weekend Schedule

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March 2
No. 14 MICHIGAN at No. 52 Hawai'i - 1:30 p.m. HT
IOWA at No. 17 Notre Dame - 2:30 p.m. CT
MICHIGAN STATE at Central Florida - 4 p.m. ET
No. 8 NORTHWESTERN at No. 9 Texas - 6 p.m. CT

March 4

No. 38 DePaul at IOWA - 10 a.m. CT
OHIO STATE at Oregon - 11 a.m. PT
No. 31 MINNESOTA at No. 61 WISCONSIN - 11 a.m. CT
Marquette/Cleveland State at No. 66 INDIANA - 11 a.m. ET, 4 p.m. ET
Colorado at No. 36 NEBRASKA - Noon CT
No. 8 NORTHWESTERN at No. 12 Baylor - 1 p.m. CT


Friday's Schedule

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Illinois vs. Florida Atlantiic, Noon
Illinois vs. New Mexico State, 4:30 p.m.
Indiana vs. Texas A&M Corpus Christi, 2:15 p.m.
Indiana vs. Stanford, 9 p.m.
Iowa at Oklahoma State, 8 p.m.
Michigan vs. UCLA, 4:45 p.m.
Michigan vs. Auburn, 7 p.m.
Minnesota vs. Mercer, 11 a.m.
Minnesota vs. Cleveland State, 3 p.m.
Nebraska vs. Houston, 1:15 p.m.
Nebraska at Texas A&M, 4 p.m.
Northwestern vs. Stanford, 4:30 p.m.
Northwestern vs. Oregon State, 9 p.m.
Ohio State vs. Georgetown, 2:30 p.m.
Ohio State vs. Longwood, 4:45 p.m.
Penn State vs. Virginia, 11 a.m.
Penn State vs. Long Island, 1 p.m.
Purdue vs. NC State, 10 a.m.
Purdue vs. Temple, 12:15 p.m.
Wisconsin vs. Connecticut, 9 a.m.
Wisconsin vs. Colorado State, 1 p.m.

All times ET and subject to change

Weekend Schedule

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March 2
No. 70 Denver at PURDUE - Noon ET
No. 18 ILLINOIS at No.54 NEBRASKA - 3 p.m. CT

March 3
Army at PENN STATE - 10 a.m. ET
Eastern Kentucky/Butler at No. 29 INDIANA - 10 a.m. ET, 4 p.m. ET
No. 2 OHIO STATE at No. 26 Notre Dame - 11:30 a.m. CT
No.58 Maryland at PURDUE - Noon ET
Ball State/Cleveland State at MICHIGAN STATE - Noon ET, 6 p.m. ET
No. 66 MINNESOTA at No. 40 Virginia Tech - Noon CT
Green Bay at WISCONSIN - 1 p.m. CT

March 4
No. 70 Denver at No. 49 NORTHWESTERN - 11 a.m. CT
No. 18 ILLINOIS at IOWA - 2 p.m. CT
Northern Illinois at WISCONSIN - 3 p.m. CT

Michigan State 97, Indiana 68

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Porsche Poole and Jasmine Hines teamed up for 17 points apiece to lead Michigan State to a 97-68 win over Indiana in the first round of the Big Ten Women's Basketball Tournament.  The Spartans advance to face No. 4 Purdue in the quarterfinals on Friday.


Action will resume on Friday with the first of four quarterfinal matchups - No. 2 Ohio State vs. No. 7 Michigan - beginning at 11:30 a.m. ET.

Minnesota 81, Wisconsin 49

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Led by Kiara Buford with 19 points, a balanced scoring attack from Minnesota overwhelmed Wisconsin, 81-49, in the first round of the Big Ten Women's Basketball Tournament.  The Gophers advance to the quarterfinal round where they'll face the top seeded Penn State Lady Lions.


Next up, and the final first round game, is No. 5 Michigan State taking on No. 12 Indiana.