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Weekend Schedule

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August 31
ILLINOIS
at Illini Challenge - Urbana, Ill.
IOWA at Western Illinois Early Bird Open - Macomb, Ill.
# 12 MICHIGAN at Michigan Open - Ann Arbor, Mich.
# 17 MICHIGAN STATE at Jeff Drenth Memorial - Mount Pleasant, Mich.
PENN STATE at Lock Haven Dolan Duals - Lock Haven, Pa.
PURDUE at Valparaiso Crusader Invitational - Valparaiso, Ind.

September 1
NEBRASKA
at Creighton/UNO Classic - Omaha, Neb.
OHIO STATE at Flyer 5K Challenge - Dayton, Ohio

Weekend Schedule

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August 31
ILLINOIS
at Illini Challenge - Urbana, Ill.
IOWA at Western Illinois Early Bird Open - Macomb, Ill.
# 19 MICHIGAN at Michigan Open - Ann Arbor, Mich.
MICHIGAN STATE at Jeff Drenth Memorial - Mount Pleasant, Mich.
PENN STATE at Lock Haven Dolan Duals - Lock Haven, Pa.
PURDUE at Valparaiso Crusader Invitational - Valparaiso, Ind.

September 1
NEBRASKA
at Creighton/UNO Classic - Omaha, Neb.
OHIO STATE at Flyer 5K Challenge - Dayton, Ohio

Weekend Schedule

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August 31
#11 Stanford at MICHIGAN STATE - 3 p.m.
#15 OHIO STATE at #25 American - 3 p.m.
Missouri State at INDIANA - 4 p.m.
#20 NORTHWESTERN at #16 California - 5 p.m.
#9 PENN STATE at #6 Connecticut - 7 p.m.

September 1
Delaware at #10 MICHIGAN - 2 p.m.

September 2
#15 OHIO STATE at #1 Maryland - 1 p.m.
Missouri State at #12 IOWA - 2 p.m.
#22 Maine at #10 MICHIGAN - 2 p.m.
Lafayette at #9 PENN STATE - 2 p.m.
#20 NORTHWESTERN at Pacific - 4 p.m.
Miami (Ohio) at MICHIGAN STATE - 4 p.m.

Weekend Schedule and Results

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August 31
#25 NORTHWESTERN
def. Kentucky (2-1, OT)
Washington def. WISCONSIN (3-2)
MICHIGAN def. Vermont (3-0)
PENN STATE def. Duquesne (1-0)
# 16 Coastal Carolina tied OHIO STATE (1-1, 2OT)
#10 INDIANA def. Clemson (3-0)

September 2
#25 NORTHWESTERN
tied South Carolina (0-0, 2OT)
# 21 Georgetown def. PENN STATE (2-1)
San Diego State tied # 10 INDIANA (0-0, 2OT)
OHIO STATE def. Davidson (3-2, OT)
Cleveland State def. MICHIGAN (3-0)
WISCONSIN tied Portland (1-1, 2OT)

Weekend Schedule

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August 31
#7 PURDUE vs. #12 Washington [1] - 1 p.m.
WISCONSIN vs. James Madison [2] - 2 p.m.
IOWA vs. Eastern Illinois [3] - 4:30 p.m.
MICHIGAN STATE (rv) vs. Fairfield [4] - 5 p.m.
OHIO STATE (rv) vs. Binghamton [5] - 5 p.m.
NORTHWESTERN vs. Drake [6] - 6 p.m.
#7 PURDUE vs. Rice [1] - 6 p.m.
Cleveland State at INDIANA [7] - 7 p.m. - www.btn.com
Central Michigan at #22 MICHIGAN [8] - 7 p.m.
#15 Iowa State at #19 ILLINOIS [9] - 8 p.m. - www.btn.com
WISCONSIN vs. Cal State Northridge (rv) [2] - 8 p.m.
#9 Stanford at #4 PENN STATE [10] - 8 p.m. - BTN
Long Island at #16 MINNESOTA [11] - 9 p.m.
      
September 1
IOWA vs. Toledo [3] - 10 a.m.
MICHIGAN STATE (rv) vs. Dartmouth [4] - 10 a.m.
Miami (Oh) at #16 MINNESOTA [11] - 11 a.m.
UMBC at #22 MICHIGAN [8] - 11 a.m.
OHIO STATE (rv) vs. Seton Hall [5] - 11 a.m.
NORTHWESTERN vs. Cincinnati [6] - Noon
Bowling Green at INDIANA [7] - Noon
#7 PURDUE at LSU [1] - 2 p.m.
#15 Iowa State at #19 ILLINOIS [9] - 5:30 p.m. - www.btn.com
#1 NEBRASKA vs. Colgate [12] - 6 p.m.
IOWA at Oakland [3] - 7 p.m.
Georgia Tech at INDIANA [7] - 7 p.m.
#2 Texas at #4 PENN STATE [10] - 7 p.m.
Arkansas at #22 MICHIGAN [8] - 7:30 p.m.
MICHIGAN STATE (rv) at Connecticut [4] - 7:30 p.m.
OHIO STATE (rv) at Maryland [5] - 7:30 p.m.
Albany at #16 MINNESOTA [11] - 9 p.m.
NORTHWESTERN at New Mexico State [6] - 9 p.m.
WISCONSIN at Long Beach State (rv) [2] - 10 p.m.
#1 NEBRASKA at UC Irvine [12] - 11 p.m.

Legend
[1] - Tiger Classic - Baton Rouge, La.
[2] - Long Beach State Invitational - Long Beach, Calif.
[3] - Oakland Tournament - Rochester, Mich.
[4] - University of Connecticut Classic - Storrs, Conn.
[5] - Maryland Tournament - College Park, Md.
[6] - New Mexico State Tournament - Las Cruces, N.M.
[7] - Indiana Invitational - Bloomington, Ind.
[8] - adidas/Michigan Challenge - Ann Arbor, Mich.
[9] - Fighting Illini Classic - Champaign, Ill.
[10] - Nike Big Four Volleyball Classic - University Park, Pa.
[11] - Diet Coke Classic - Minneapolis, Minn.
[12] - Irvine, Calif.

Weekend Schedule and Results

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August 31
# 8 PENN STATE def. West Virginia (2-1, 2OT)
PURDUE def. Tennessee-Martin (2-0)
IOWA def. Iowa State (3-1)
Baylor def. NEBRASKA (3-0)
# 12 Marquette def. NORTHWESTERN (2-0)
# 2 UCLA def. # 14 WISCONSIN (2-0)
INDIANA tied UC Santa Barbara (0-0, 2OT)

September 2
MICHIGAN STATE def. Akron (2-1)
NEBRASKA def. Cincinnati (2-1)
PURDUE def. Evansville (4-0)
IOWA def. Valparaiso (3-1)
Colorado tied NORTHWESTERN (2-2, 2OT)
# 14 WISCONSIN def. Loyola Marymount (4-2)
# 8 PENN STATE def. Pittsburgh (3-0)
# 5 Pepperdine def. INDIANA (5-0)
OHIO STATE def. Syracuse (2-0)
# 11 Long Beach State def. MICHIGAN (2-1)

Indiana's Zavaleta Named NSCAA Player of the Week

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Indiana men's soccer player, Eriq Zavaleta, was named Disney Soccer/NSCAA Player of the Week, it was announced on Wednesday. The sophomore forward scored three goals last weekend en route to two wins and a team title at the Billiken Classic. Zavaleta, A MAC-Hermann Trophy Watch List player, was the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week.

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Win a Trip to the Big Ten Football Championship Game!

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We want to hear from you!

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Once the five finalists have been determined, we'll ask our fans to vote for their favorite. The winner of the fan vote will be joining us on Dec. 1 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis!

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Indiana's Farrell Named NCAA Women of the Year Finalist

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Indiana women's swimming standout Margaux Farrell has been tabbed a finalist for the NCAA Woman of the Year award, which celebrates outstanding achievements in academics, athletics, community service and leadership.

Farrell is an 11-time All-American and two-time captain for Indiana. The Hoosier recently won a bronze medal at the 2012 London Olympics as a member of France's 4x200 freestyle relay team.  

In September, three finalists will be chosen from each NCAA division to form nine finalists and the 2012 NCAA Woman of the Year will be announced Oct. 14.

NCAA Release

Indiana Release

In The Polls

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Indiana and Northwestern have earned spots in this week's NSCAA/Continental Tire poll, announced today. The Hoosiers (2-0-0) clock in at No. 10, while the Wildcats (0-0-1) hold the No. 25 spot.

Wisconsin also received votes.

For the complete poll, click here

In The Polls

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Penn State and Wisconsin appear in the latest NSCAA/Continental Tire National Rankings poll released today. The Nittany Lions (3-1-0) check in at No. 8, while the Badgers (3-0-0) jump six spots from their last ranking to No. 14.

Illinois, Michigan, and Minnesota also received votes.

For the complete poll, click HERE.

Four Conference Teams Earn Preseason Rankings

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Four Big Ten women's cross country teams garnered rankings in the preseason USTFCCCA national coaches' top 30 poll, released on Tuesday. Michigan tops the list of ranked conference teams, standing at No. 12. Michigan State joins Michigan in the top 20, checking in at No. 17. Minnesota holds No. 27, followed by Wisconsin at No. 29. Iowa, Northwestern and Penn State all received votes to begin the campaign.

Click here to see the complete national preseason poll. 

Four Big Ten Teams Open 2012 Season Ranked Nationally

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Four Big Ten men's cross country teams have earned spots in the preseason USTFCCCA national coaches' top 30 poll, announced on Tuesday. Defending national and Big Ten Champion Wisconsin tops the poll at No 1. Indiana checks in as the next conference team ranked, coming in at No. 13. Minnesota and Michigan also appear in the top 20, as the Golden Gophers stand at No. 18 and the Wolverines open the season at No. 19. Other conference squads receiving votes were Ohio State and Michigan State.

Check here to see the complete poll.

In The Polls

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Six Big Ten volleyball teams appear in this week's AVCA Division I Coaches Poll, led by No. 1 Nebraska. The Huskers received 32 first-place votes and sit atop the poll after taking down former No. 1 UCLA on Saturday. Nebraska is followed by No. 4 Penn State and No. 7 Purdue in the top-10. Minnesota sits at No. 16, while Illinois is No. 19 and Michigan is No. 22. Ohio State and Michigan State are also receiving votes in the poll.

The complete poll can be found HERE.

Preseason Regional Rankings

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The USTFCCCA released its Division I women's cross country regional rankings on Monday. The entire list of the Big Ten teams' regional rankings can be found below, while the complete rankings can be found here.

GREAT LAKES
1. Michigan
2. Michigan State
5. Wisconsin
6. Indiana
8. Ohio State

MID-ATLANTIC
6. Penn State

MIDWEST
3. Minnesota
4. Northwestern
5. Iowa
8. Illinois

Preseason Regional Rankings

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The USTFCCCA released its Division I men;s cross country regional rankings on Monday. The entire list of the Big Ten teams' regional rankings can be found below, while the complete rankings can be found here.

GREAT LAKES
1. Wisconsin
2. Indiana
3. Michigan
5. Michigan State
6. Ohio State
13. Purdue

MID-ATLANTIC
4. Penn State

MIDWEST
4. Minnesota
8. Illinois
9. Iowa

Weekend Roundup

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August 24
#23 MICHIGAN def. Nicholls State, 3-0
INDIANA def. Stony Brook, 3-1
IOWA def. Chicago State, 3-0
#24 OHIO STATE def. Houston, 3-0
#3 PENN STATE def. Morehead State, 3-0
#23 MICHIGAN def. North Florida, 3-1
WISCONSIN def. USF, 3-0
MICHIGAN STATE (rv) def. McNeese State, 3-0
#9 PURDUE def. #21 Northern Iowa, 3-0
Dayton (rv) def. #7 ILLINOIS, 3-0
INDIANA def. Army, 3-1
IOWA def. South Dakota State, 3-1
#4 NEBRASKA def. St. Louis, 3-0

August 25      
#11 Pepperdine def. #7 ILLINOIS, 3-0
WISCONSIN def. UCF, 3-0
#24 OHIO STATE def. Toledo, 3-0
MICHIGAN STATE def. Youngstown State (rv), 3-1
#9 PURDUE def. George Washington, 3-0
#16 MINNESOTA def. James Madison, 3-1
SEMO def. IOWA, 3-2
#3 PENN STATE def. Western Kentucky (rv), 3-0
#23 MICHIGAN def. Virginia Tech, 3-2
INDIANA def. Quinnipiac, 3-0
NORTHWESTERN def. Bowling Green, 3-1        
#7 ILLINOIS def. Ohio, 3-1
#16 MINNESOTA def. Appalachian State, 3-0
#4 NEBRASKA def. #1 UCLA, 3-2
Creighton def. WISCONSIN, 3-1
MICHIGAN STATE (rv) def. Eastern Kentucky, 3-0
#20 Oregon def. #24 OHIO STATE, 3-2
#3 PENN STATE def. Louisville (rv), 3-0
#9 PURDUE def. Pittsburgh, 3-0
IOWA def. Valparaiso, 3-1
#23 MICHIGAN def. Missouri (rv), 3-0

August 26
     
#4 NEBRASKA def. Notre Dame, 3-0
NORTHWESTERN def. Marquette, 3-1 

Weekend Roundup

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August 24
INDIANA def. Kent State, 5-3
#17 Boston College def. MICHIGAN STATE, 1-0
#9 PENN STATE def. #3 Old Dominion, 5-2

August 25
#12 IOWA def. #13 Wake Forest, 3-2 (OT)
#2 North Carolina def. #10 MICHIGAN, 5-1
#20 NORTHWESTERN def. Miami (Ohio), 3-0
Massachusetts def. #15 OHIO STATE, 2-1 (OT)

August 26
INDIANA def. Vermont, 3-0
#2 North Carolina def. #12 IOWA, 5-0
#13 Wake Forest def. #10 MICHIGAN, 2-1
MICHIGAN STATE def. #22 Maine, 3-1
#21 Northeastern def. #20 NORTHWESTERN, 2-1
#15 OHIO STATE def. #18 New Hampshire, 1-0
#9 PENN STATE def. #8 Virginia, 3-2

Saturday Roundup

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#11 Pepperdine def. #7 ILLINOIS, 3-0
WISCONSIN def. UCF, 3-0
#24 OHIO STATE def. Toledo, 3-0
MICHIGAN STATE def. Youngstown State (rv), 3-1
#9 PURDUE def. George Washington, 3-0
#16 MINNESOTA def. James Madison, 3-1
SEMO def. IOWA, 3-2
#3 PENN STATE def. Western Kentucky (rv), 3-0
#23 MICHIGAN def. Virginia Tech, 3-2
INDIANA def. Quinnipiac, 3-0
NORTHWESTERN def. Bowling Green, 3-1        
#7 ILLINOIS def. Ohio, 3-1 [9] - 5 p.m.
#16 MINNESOTA def. Appalachian State, 3-0 [11]
#4 NEBRASKA def. #1 UCLA, 3-2
Creighton def. WISCONSIN, 3-1
MICHIGAN STATE (rv) def. Eastern Kentucky, 3-0
#20 Oregon def. #24 OHIO STATE, 3-2
#3 PENN STATE def. Louisville (rv), 3-0
#9 PURDUE def. Pittsburgh, 3-0
IOWA def. Valparaiso, 3-1 [3]
#23 MICHIGAN def. Missouri (rv), 3-0

Weekend Schedule and Results

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August 24
MICHIGAN STATE tied Valparaiso (0-0)
Dayton def. OHIO STATE (3-2)
#12 INDIANA def. St. Louis (2-1)
WISCONSIN def. Memphis (4-3)
# 5 USF def. MICHIGAN (2-1)

August 25
PENN STATE def. Stetson (3-0)
# 20 NORTHWESTERN tied Xavier (1-1)

August 26
Illinois-Chicago def. OHIO STATE (2-0)
# 12 INDIANA def. Cincinnati (3-0)
New Hampshire def. MICHIGAN STATE (1-0, 2OT)

Friday Roundup

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#23 MICHIGAN def. Nicholls State, 3-0 
INDIANA def. Stony Brook, 3-1 
IOWA def. Chicago State, 3-0 
#24 OHIO STATE def. Houston, 3-0 
#3 PENN STATE def. Morehead State, 3-0 
#23 MICHIGAN def. North Florida, 3-1
WISCONSIN def. USF, 3-0 
MICHIGAN STATE (rv) def. McNeese State, 3-0 
#9 PURDUE def. #21 Northern Iowa, 3-0  
Dayton (rv) def. #7 ILLINOIS, 3-0 
INDIANA def. Army, 3-1 
IOWA def. South Dakota State, 3-1  
#4 NEBRASKA def. St. Louis, 3-0 

Forty-Six Big Ten Players Named to Senior Bowl Watch List

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Forty-Six Big Ten players were named to the Senior Bowl watch list, it was announced this week. The Big Ten has the second highest amount of players on the watch list. Nebraska is tied for the lead among all schools with nine players on the list, while Ohio State is one of six schools with eight or more players.

The list of Big Ten players named to the Senior Bowl watch list can be found below:

Michael Buchanan, Illinois  
Terry Hawthorne, Illinois
Graham Pocic, Illinois
Keenan Davis, Iowa
James Ferentz, Iowa
Micah Hyde, Iowa
James Vandenberg, Iowa
Kenny Demens, Michigan
JT Floyd, Michigan
Jordan Kovacs, Michigan
Denard Robinson, Michigan
Craig Roh, Michigan
Roy Roundtree, Michigan
Johnny Adams, Michigan State
Dan Conroy, Michigan State
Anthony Rashad White, Michigan State
Mitchell White, Michigan State
Rex Burkhead, Nebraska
Will Compton, Nebraska
Ben Cotton, Nebraska
Sean Fisher, Nebraska
Brett Maher, Nebraska
Cameron Meredith, Nebraska
Kyler Reed, Nebraska
Daimon Stafford, Nebraska
Baker Steinkuhler, Nebraska
Brian Mulroe, Northwestern
Zach Boren, Ohio State
Reid Fragel, Ohio State
Travis Howard, Ohio State
Orhian Johnson, Ohio State
Etienne Sabino, Ohio State
John Simon, Ohio State
Jake Stoneburner, Ohio State
Nathan Williams, Ohio State
Jordan Hill, Penn State
Gerald Hodges, Penn State
Pete Massaro, Penn State
Mike Mauti, Penn State
Matt Stankiewitch, Penn State
Michael Zordich, Penn State
Kawann Short, Purdue
Montee Ball, Wisconsin
Devin Smith, Wisconsin
Mike Taylor, Wisconsin
Ricky Wagner, Wisconsin

Weekend Schedule and Results

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August 24
MICHIGAN STATE def. Loyola (3-1)
NORTHWESTERN def. Miami (Oh) (2-1)
# 16 Virginia Tech def. NEBRASKA (3-2, OT)
MICHIGAN def. Cal State Fullerton (2-1, OT)
OHIO STATE def. Northeastern (3-0)
Louisville def. PURDUE (4-3, 2OT)
IOWA def. Loyola Chicago (4-0)
San Diego def. MINNESOTA (3-2, 2OT)
USF def. INDIANA (3-0)
# 1 Stanford def. # 6 PENN STATE (3-2)
# 22 ILLINOIS def. UC Santa Barbara (1-0)

August 26
INDIANA
def. Missouri State (4-1) 
Cal State Fullerton def. MICHIGAN STATE (1-0)
Dayton def. NORTHWESTERN (5-2)
MINNESOTA def. USC (4-1)
NEBRASKA def. New Mexico (2-0)
# 20 WISCONSIN def. Loyola Chicago (4-0) 
# 5 UCLA def. # 22 ILLINOIS (2-0)
IOWA def. Northern Iowa (3-0)
# 6 PENN STATE def. Central Michigan (5-0)
MICHIGAN def. Detroit (1-0)
OHIO STATE def. # 17 Maryland (1-0)

Weekend Schedule

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August 24
#23 MICHIGAN def. Nicholls State, 3-0 [1]
INDIANA def. Stony Brook, 3-1 [2]
IOWA def. Chicago State, 3-0 [3]
#24 OHIO STATE def. Houston, 3-0 [4]
#3 PENN STATE def. Morehead State, 3-0 [5]
#23 MICHIGAN def. North Florida, 3-1 [1]
WISCONSIN def. USF, 3-0 [6]
MICHIGAN STATE (rv) def. McNeese State, 3-0 [7]
#9 PURDUE def. #21 Northern Iowa, 3-0 [8]
Dayton def. #7 ILLINOIS, 3-0 (rv) [9]
INDIANA def. Army, 3-1 [2]
IOWA def. South Dakota State, 3-1 [3]
#4 NEBRASKA def. St. Louis, 3-0

August 25      
#11 Pepperdine def. #7 ILLINOIS, 3-0 [9]
WISCONSIN def. UCF, 3-0 [6]
#24 OHIO STATE def. Toledo, 3-0 [4]
MICHIGAN STATE def. Youngstown State (rv), 3-1 [7]
#9 PURDUE def. George Washington, 3-0 [8]
#16 MINNESOTA def. James Madison, 3-1 [11]
SEMO def. IOWA, 3-2 [3]
#3 PENN STATE def. Western Kentucky (rv), 3-0 [5]
#23 MICHIGAN def. Virginia Tech, 3-2 [1]
INDIANA def. Quinnipiac, 3-0 [2]
NORTHWESTERN def. Bowling Green, 3-1 [10]        
#7 ILLINOIS def. Ohio, 3-1 [9] - 5 p.m.
#16 MINNESOTA def. Appalachian State, 3-0 [11]
#4 NEBRASKA def. #1 UCLA, 3-2
Creighton def. WISCONSIN, 3-1 [6]
MICHIGAN STATE (rv) def. Eastern Kentucky, 3-0 [7]
#20 Oregon def. #24 OHIO STATE, 3-2 [4]
#3 PENN STATE def. Louisville (rv), 3-0 [5]
#9 PURDUE def. Pittsburgh, 3-0 [8]
IOWA def. Valparaiso, 3-1 [3]
#23 MICHIGAN def. Missouri (rv), 3-0 [1]

August 26
     
Notre Dame vs. #4 NEBRASKA - 2:30 p.m. - www.btn.com
NORTHWESTERN at Marquette [10] - 3 p.m.

Legend

[1] - Missouri Tournament - Columbia, Mo. 
[2] - Black Knight Invitational - West Point, N.Y.
[3] - Hawkeye Challenge - Iowa City, Iowa
[4] - Sports Import Classic - Columbus, Ohio
[5] - Louisville, Ky.
[6] - South Florida Invitational -Tampa, Fla.
[7] - Spartan Showcase - East Lansing, Mich.
[8] - Mortar Board Premier - West Lafayette, Ind.
[9] - Flyer Classic - Dayton, Ohio
[10] - Marquette Challenge - Milwaukee, Wis.
[11] - James Madison Tournament - Harrisonburg, Va.

All times are ET.

13 Big Ten Standouts Named to Top Drawer Top 100 List

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Thirteen Big Ten women's soccer players were recently named to Top Drawer Soccer's Top 100 Upperclassmen list. Nine of the 12 conference schools were represented on the list, including Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska, Ohio State, Penn State and Wisconsin.  

The list of Big Ten standouts is below. The complete list can be found HERE.

2. Christine Nairn, PSU
10. Vanessa DiBernardo, ILL
13. Maya Hayes, PSU
22. Cloe Lacasse, IOWA
31. Olivia Stander, MSU
33. Taylor Schram, PSU
47. Jordan Jackson, NEB
55. Taylor Uhl, MINN
63. Danica Wu, OSU
68. Annie Steinlage, MSU
76. Cara Walls, WIS
83. Cat Parkhill, MINN
95. Nkem Ezurike, MICH

In the Polls

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Penn State, Wisconsin and Illinois appear in the latest NSCAA/Continental Tire National Rankings poll released today. The Nittany Lions (2-0-0) jumped three spots from their preseason ranking to No. 6, while the Badgers (2-0-0) came in at No. 20. The Illini (1-0-1) clocked in at No. 22.  

Minnesota also received votes.

For the complete poll, click HERE.

In The Polls

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Five Big Ten teams appear in the 2012 Penn Monto/NFHCA Preseason Poll, led by No. 9 Penn State and No. 10 Michigan. Iowa comes in at No. 12, followed by No. 15 Ohio State and No. 20 Northwestern.

For the complete poll, click HERE.

Weekend Roundup

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August 17
#19 ILLINOIS
def. Western Michigan (1-0)
INDIANA def. Arkansas State (3-0)
IOWA def. Eastern Illinois (5-0)
MICHIGAN def. Fordham (5-0)
MICHIGAN STATE def. Bowling Green (4-0)
# 4 Florida State def. MINNESOTA (3-2)
Oklahoma def. NEBRASKA (2-1)
Hofstra def. OHIO STATE (2-0)
# 9 PENN STATE def. # 7 Virginia (3-1)
PURDUE def. Toledo (2-0)
WISCONSIN def. Notre Dame (1-0)

August 19
# 19 ILLINOIS
ties Illinois State (1-1)
INDIANA def. Ohio (4-2)
IOWA def. North Dakota (3-0)
MICHIGAN def. Pittsburgh (1-0)
MICHIGAN STATE def. Fordham (2-1)
MINNESOTA def. # 24 South Carolina (2-1, OT)
Drake def. NEBRASKA (1-0)
NORTHWESTERN def. Kansas (2-1, OT)
Rutgers def. OHIO STATE (1-0, OT)
# 9 PENN STATE def. St. John's (5-0)
PURDUE def. Eastern Illinois (2-1, OT)
WISCONSIN def. South Dakota State (5-0)

Five Big Ten Teams Among Top 20 in Preseason AP Poll

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Five Big Ten schools were tabbed among the top 25 in the preseason Associated Press poll. Michigan led the way for the conference at No. 8 overall. Two-time defending Big Ten Champion Wisconsin appeared at No. 12, while reigning Legends Division Champion Michigan State was rated No. 13. Nebraska and Ohio State rounded out the conference contingent at No. 17 and 18, respectively.
Two Big Ten women's basketball teams will appear on ESPN2's 2013 Big Monday schedule, it was announced Thursday, as Penn State and Purdue will square off in State College, Pa. on Feb. 4 at 7 p.m. ET. 

Ranked in the top 20 in a preseason poll by ESPN.com, No. 7 Penn State and No. 18 Purdue face off in a rematch from last season's semifinal round of the Big Ten Tournament. Purdue knocked out the Lady Lions, the regular season Big Ten Champions, on a last second layup en route to its Big Ten leading eighth tournament crown.  
Five Big Ten teams were tabbed among the top 25 in the Sports Illustrated preseason college football poll, including a pair of conference teams among the top 10. Two-time defending Big Ten Champion Wisconsin led the way at No. 6 overall, while reigning Legends Division Champion Michigan State was ranked No. 8 overall. The Badgers and Spartans met in the inaugural Big Ten Football Championship Game last December, with Wisconsin earning the victory and a second-straight trip to the Rose Bowl Game. Other Big Ten programs among the Sports Illustrated top 25 are No. 13 Michigan, No. 19 Nebraska and No. 22 Ohio State.

Four Big Ten men's soccer teams will travel to Fort Wayne, Ind. to compete in the 12th annual Shindigz National Soccer Festival this weekend. Indiana, Michigan State, Ohio State and Wisconsin will represent the conference in the three-day exhibition event Thursday through Saturday.

Wisconsin will be the first conference squad to take the field, as the Badgers face No. 7 Louisville at 5 p.m. CT on Friday. Michigan State and Ohio State will also see action on Friday, when the Spartans battle host IPFW at 6 p.m. CT and the Buckeyes take on Duke at 7 p.m. CT.

On Saturday, No. 12 Indiana will wrap up Big Ten play at the festival when the Hoosiers face professional Mexican side Chivas de Guadalajara, the most successful club in Mexican football, at 6 p.m. CT. The match will be televised live on Fox Soccer Channel.

Since 2000 the Shindigz National Soccer Festival has evolved into a true festival complete with youth clinics, golf outings, live entertainment, food vendors, tailgating parties and giveaway prizes. All games are played at IPFW's Hefner Soccer Complex.

For more information on the festival, click HERE

Five Big Ten soccer standouts were named to the Missouri Athletic Club (MAC) Hermann Trophy watch list, it was announced on Monday. The MAC Hermann Trophy is the highest individual award in intercollegiate soccer.

The list of Big Ten players on the MAC Hermann Trophy watch list can be found below.

Vanessa DiBernardo, Illinois
Maya Hayes, Penn State*
Chris Hegngi, Ohio State
Christine Nairn, Penn State
Eriq Zavaleta, Indiana

*2011 Hermann Award Finalist

In The Polls

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The Big Ten leads the country with seven volleyball teams ranked in the AVCA Division I  Coaches 2012 Preseason Poll, including four top-10 squads, which also leads the nation. Penn State leads the conference contingent at No. 3, followed by Big Ten Champion Nebraska at No. 4. After reaching the NCAA Championship final, Illinois begins the season ranked seventh in the country, while Purdue comes in at No. 9. Minnesota begins the season at No. 16, Michigan is No. 23 and Ohio State is No. 24. Michigan State is also receiving votes in the preseason rankings.

For the complete poll, click HERE.

Illinois' Williams Wins Olympic Gold

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Former Illinois men's basketball player Deron Williams helped Team USA to a gold medal at the 2012 Olympics, becoming just the third athlete in school history to win multiple gold medals. Williams averaged 9.0 points and 4.6 assists as Team USA went 8-0 to win gold for the second straight Olympics. FULL STORY

2012 London Olympics Central

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The Big Ten Conference brought home a total of 35 medals, which includes 15 gold, nine silver and 11 bronze, at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London.

For the full recap, click HERE.

Medalists

Betsey Armstrong (USA, Michigan) - women's water polo (gold)
Lindsey Berg (USA, Minnesota) - women's volleyball (silver)
David Boudia (USA, Purdue) - 10M platform (gold), synchronized 10M springboard (bronze)
Kelci Bryant (USA, Minnesota) - synchronized 3M springboard (silver)
Jordan Burroughs (USA, Nebraska) - men's freestyle wrestling (gold)
Tyler Clary (USA, Michigan) - 200 backstroke* (gold)
Natalie Dell (USA, Penn State) - rowing quadruple sculls (bronze)
Derek Drouin (Canada, Indiana) - men's long jump (bronze)
Margaux Farrell (France, Indiana) - 4x200 freestyle relay (bronze)
Matt Grevers (USA, Northwestern) - 100 backstroke* (gold), 4x100 medley relay (gold), 4x100 freestyle relay (silver)
Janine Hanson (Canada, Michigan) - rowing eight (silver)
Christa Harmotto (USA, Penn State) - women's volleyball (silver)
Megan Hodge (USA, Penn State) - women's volleyball (silver)
Charlie Houchin (USA, Michigan) - 4x200 freestyle relay (gold)
Jordan Larson (USA, Nebraska) - women's volleyball (silver)
Karina Leblanc (Canada, Nebraska) - women's soccer (bronze)
Erin McLeod (Canada, Penn State) - women's soccer (bronze)
Carmelina Moscato (Canada, Penn State) - women's soccer (bronze)
Michael Phelps (USA, Michigan) - 200 individual medley (gold), 100 butterfly (gold), 4x100 medley relay (gold), 4x200 freestyle relay (gold), 200 butterfly (silver), 4x100 freestyle relay (silver)
Lauren Sesselman (Canada, Purdue) - women's soccer (bronze)
Barbara Spotakova (Czech Republic, Minnesota) - women's javelin (gold)
Davis Tarwater (USA, Michigan) - 4x200 freestyle relay (gold)
Brittany Timko (Canada, Nebraska) - women's soccer (bronze)
Peter Vanderkaay (USA, Michigan) - 400 freestyle (bronze)
Lindsay Whalen (USA, Minnesota) - women's basketball (gold)
Deron Williams (USA, Illinois) - men's basketball (gold)
Emily Zurrer (USA, Illinois) - women's soccer (bronze)

* - Olympic Record
In preseason rankings released by ESPN and the Sporting News, the Big Ten is one of only two conferences to have five or more teams ranked in each poll's top 25. Michigan, Michigan State, Nebraska, Ohio State and Wisconsin appear in both rankings' top 25, with the Wolverines leading the way in each at No. 8. The other four teams each boast a top 20 ranking in one or both preseason polls, including Michigan State (No. 12 ESPN/No. 13 Sporting News), Wisconsin (No. 15/No. 12), Ohio State (No. 14/No. 22) and Nebraska (No. 21/No. 17).

2012 London Olympics Central: Day 14

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Jordan Burroughs (USA, Nebraska) struck gold in London today, defeating Iran's Sadegh Saeed Goudarzi at 74kgs in the men's freestyle. Burroughs, who has now won 38 straight freestyle matches, took down Goudarzi 1-0, 1-0 en route to his first Olympic gold. For the results of today's gold medal match, click HERE.

Jake Herbert (USA, Northwestern) hits the mat tomorrow at 84kg. To see the complete bracket, click HERE.

Deron Williams (Illinois) and the USA men's basketball squad throttled Argentina 109-83, advancing to Sunday's gold medal match against Spain. Williams scored six points with six assists en route to victory.
Spain vs. Russia (Replay) | Argentina vs. USA (Replay)

Medalists through Day 14 
Betsey Armstrong - women's water polo (gold)
Jordan Burroughs - men's freestyle wrestling (gold)
David Boudia - synchronized 10M springboard (bronze)
Kelci Bryant - synchronized 3M springboard (silver)
Tyler Clary - 200 backstroke* (gold)
Natalie Dell - rowing quadruple sculls (bronze)
Derek Drouin - men's long jump (bronze)
Margaux Farrell - 4x200 freestyle relay (bronze)
Matt Grevers - 100 backstroke* (gold), 4x100 medley relay (gold), 4x100 freestyle relay (silver)
Janine Hanson - rowing eight (silver)
Charlie Houchin - 4x200 freestyle relay (gold)
Karina Leblanc - women's soccer (bronze)
Erin McLeod - women's soccer (bronze)
Carmelina Moscato - women's soccer (bronze)
Michael Phelps - 200 individual medley (gold), 100 butterfly (gold), 4x100 medley relay (gold), 4x200 freestyle relay (gold), 200 butterfly (silver), 4x100 freestyle relay (silver)
Lauren Sesselman - women's soccer (bronze)
Barbara Spotakova - women's javelin (gold)
Davis Tarwater - 4x200 freestyle relay (gold)
Brittany Timko - women's soccer (bronze)
Peter Vanderkaay - 400 freestyle (bronze)
Emily Zurrer - women's soccer (bronze)

* - Olympic Record

2012 London Olympics Central: Day 13

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Betsey Armstrong (Michigan) and the USA water polo squad struck gold today, defeating Spain 8-5 in the gold medal match. The USA women wins its first gold in water polo, after bronze in 2004 and silver in 2008. If you missed it, check it out HERE.

Barbara Spotakova (Minnesota, Czech Republic) can add another gold medal to her collection, as the former Golden Gopher captured gold at her second consecutive Summer Games in the javelin throw. Spotakova notched a distance of 69.55 meters, topping Germany's Christina Obergfoll by over four meters. For the complete standings, click HERE.

Lindsay Whalen (Minnesota) and the USA women's basketball squad defeated Australia 86-73 on Thursday, advancing to Saturday's gold medal match. The USA found themselves down four points after two periods, with Australia connecting on 61 percent of their field goals in the first half. The USA held the Australian team to only nine field goals after the break, outscoring their opponents 43-28 en route to victory. The USA will face France in the gold medal game. Select the links below to view semifinal action.
Russia vs. France (Replay) | USA vs. Australia (Replay)

Head coach Hugh McCutcheon (Minnesota) and the USA women's volleyball squad continued their dominant performance in London on Thursday, defeating Korea in straight sets to earn a spot in Saturday's gold medal match. The USA team, featuring Lindsey Berg (Minnesota), Jordan Larson (Nebraska), Christa Harmotto (Penn State) and Megan Hodge (Penn State), have not dropped a set in five consecutive matches. The USA will now face Brazil in a 2008 gold medal rematch, as the Brazilian squad took down the Americans in 2008.

The Canadian women's soccer team, featuring Emily Zurrer (Illinois), Karina Leblanc (Nebraska), Brittany Timko (Nebraska), Erin McLeod (Penn State), Carmelina Moscato (Penn State) and Lauren Sesselmann (Purdue), claimed a bronze medal this morning with their 1-0 win over France. France attempted 25 shots, including four on goal, but goalkeeper McLeod and defenders Moscato and Sesselman helped to hold the Canadian squad scoreless. If you missed this morning's match, click HERE.

Medalists through Day 13
Betsey Armstrong - women's water polo (gold)

David Boudia - synchronized 10M springboard (bronze)
Kelci Bryant - synchronized 3M springboard (silver)
Tyler Clary - 200 backstroke* (gold)
Natalie Dell - rowing quadruple sculls (bronze)
Derek Drouin - men's long jump (bronze)
Margaux Farrell - 4x200 freestyle relay (bronze)
Matt Grevers - 100 backstroke* (gold), 4x100 medley relay (gold), 4x100 freestyle relay (silver)
Janine Hanson - rowing eight (silver)
Charlie Houchin - 4x200 freestyle relay (gold)
Karina Leblanc - women's soccer (bronze)
Erin McLeod - women's soccer (bronze)
Carmelina Moscato - women's soccer (bronze)
Michael Phelps - 200 individual medley (gold), 100 butterfly (gold), 4x100 medley relay (gold), 4x200 freestyle relay (gold), 200 butterfly (silver), 4x100 freestyle relay (silver)
Lauren Sesselman - women's soccer (bronze)
Barbara Spotakova - women's javelin (gold)
Davis Tarwater - 4x200 freestyle relay (gold)
Brittany Timko - women's soccer (bronze)
Peter Vanderkaay - 400 freestyle (bronze)
Emily Zurrer - women's soccer (bronze)

* - Olympic Record

ESPN's College GameDay to Appear in Bloomington

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ESPN's College GameDay Covered by State Farm returns for its ninth season and will make a stop in Bloomington, Ind., as Indiana hosts Michigan on Feb. 2. The matchup is the only one on the schedule that includes two teams ranked in the top five of ESPN.com's early preseason poll, as the Hoosiers come in at No. 1, and the Wolverines are ranked No. 5. Click HERE for more information.

2012 London Olympics Central: Day 12

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Former Big Ten track and field athletes Jeff Porter (USA, Michigan), Nicole Sifuentes (Canada, Michigan), Ineta Radevica (Latvia, Nebraska) and Hilary Stellingwerff (Canada, Wisconsin) continue their quests for gold today in London! Click HERE for live action.

Men's basketball quarterfinal action begins today, as Aleks Maric (Nebraska) and the Australian team take on Deron Williams (Illinois) and the USA squad. Follow the links for quarterfinal play.
Russia vs. Lithuania (Replay) | France vs. Spain (Replay) | Brazil vs. Argentina (Replay)
Australia vs. USA (LIVE)

Matt Anderson (Penn State) and the USA men's volleyball fell to Italy, 3-0, this morning in quarterfinal action. Check the links below for today's matches.
Brazil vs. Argentina (Replay) | USA vs. Italy (Replay) | Poland vs. Russia (1:30 p.m.)
Bulgaria vs. Germany (3:30 p.m.)

All times CT

Medalists through Day 11

David Boudia - synchronized 10M springboard (bronze)
Kelci Bryant - synchronized 3M springboard (silver)
Tyler Clary - 200 backstroke* (gold)
Natalie Dell - rowing quadruple sculls (bronze)
Derek Drouin - men's long jump (bronze)
Margaux Farrell - 4x200 freestyle relay (bronze)
Matt Grevers - 100 backstroke* (gold), 4x100 medley relay (gold), 4x100 freestyle relay (silver)
Janine Hanson - rowing eight (silver)
Charlie Houchin - 4x200 freestyle relay (gold)
Michael Phelps - 200 individual medley (gold), 100 butterfly (gold), 4x100 medley relay (gold), 4x200 freestyle relay (gold), 200 butterfly (silver), 4x100 freestyle relay (silver)
Davis Tarwater - 4x200 freestyle relay (gold)
Peter Vanderkaay - 400 freestyle (bronze)

* - Olympic Record

Two Big Ten Teams Earn Top-25 Preseason Rankings

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Penn State and Illinois have both earned top-25 consideration in the preseason NSCAA/Continental Tire NCAA women's soccer rankings.

After winning its 14th consecutive Big Ten Championship in 2011, the Nittany Lions lead the way at No. 9. The Fighting Illini check in at No. 19 after capturing the Big Ten Tournament title last season.

Click HERE to see the complete poll.

Two Conference Squads Ranked in Preseason Top 25

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Two Big Ten men's soccer teams have earned top-25 rankings in the NSCAA/Continental Tire preseason poll, released on Tuesday 

After capping the 2011 season with its 25th consecutive NCAA Championship appearance, Indiana leads the way at No. 12. After winning both the Big Ten Championship and Big Ten Tournament last season, Northwestern comes in at No. 20.

Click HERE to see the complete poll.

2012 London Olympics Central: Day 11

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Derek Drouin (Canada, Indiana) won a bronze medal in the men's high jump on Tuesday, posting a leap 2.29 meters for a third-place finish. Jeff Porter (USA, Michigan), also qualified through first-round heats of the 110 hurdles and will compete in the semifinals on Wednesday. Barbora Spotakova (Czech Republic, Minnesota) posted the top qualifying distance in the javelin throw, while Ineta Radevica (Latvia, Nebraska) qualified for the women's long jump final.

Goalkeeper Betsey Armstrong (Michigan) and the USA women's water polo squad took down Australia in an 11-9 thriller this morning, advancing to Thursday's gold medal match. Tied 9-9 at the end of regulation, the USA team posted two goals in the first overtime period, while Armstrong held the Australians scoreless in the extra frames. The USA will face the winner of Hungary-Spain in the finals.

Lindsay Whalen (Minnesota) and the USA women's basketball squad took down Krista Phillips (Michigan), Chelsea Aubry (Nebraska) and the Canadian national team, 91-48, this morning in quarterfinal action. For a replay of USA vs. Canada, click HERE

Women's volleyball quarterfinal action begins today with head coach Hugh McCutcheon (Minnesota), Lindsey Berg (Minnesota), Jordan Larson (Nebraska), Christa Harmotto (Penn State) and Megan Hodge (Penn State) facing the Dominican Republic at 12:51 p.m. CT. Follow the links for quarterfinal play! China vs. Japan (Replay) | Russia vs. Brazil (LIVE) | USA vs. Dominican Republic (12:51 p.m. CT) | Italy vs. South Korea (3 p.m. CT)

Medalists through Day 11

David Boudia - synchronized 10M springboard (bronze)
Kelci Bryant - synchronized 3M springboard (silver)
Tyler Clary - 200 backstroke* (gold)
Natalie Dell - rowing quadruple sculls (bronze)
Derek Drouin - men's long jump (bronze)
Margaux Farrell - 4x200 freestyle relay (bronze)
Matt Grevers - 100 backstroke* (gold), 4x100 medley relay (gold), 4x100 freestyle relay (silver)
Janine Hanson - rowing eight (silver)
Charlie Houchin - 4x200 freestyle relay (gold)
Michael Phelps - 200 individual medley (gold), 100 butterfly (gold), 4x100 medley relay (gold), 4x200 freestyle relay (gold), 200 butterfly (silver), 4x100 freestyle relay (silver)
Davis Tarwater - 4x200 freestyle relay (gold)
Peter Vanderkaay - 400 freestyle (bronze)

* - Olympic Record

Big Ten Men's Basketball Olympics Update

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Four athletes that played men's basketball at current Big Ten schools are in action at the 2012 Olympics.

Illinois' Deron Williams has helped Team USA jump out to a 4-0 start in preliminary round action, and scored 13 points with 11 assists in the squad's record-setting 156-73 win over Nigeria. In addition, Nebraska's Aleks Maric has helped Australia to a 3-2 record, and the Huskers' Ade Dagunduro is 1-3 with Nigeria. Illinois' Robert Archibald and Great Britain are 0-4.

Follow the Big Ten Olympics Blog for more coverage throughout the games.

2012 London Olympics Central: Day 10

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The Big Ten was heavily represented in women's soccer semifinal action today, as the USA took down Canada (4-3) in semifinal action. The Canadian team features six players from Big Ten institutions, including Emily Zurrer (Illinois), Karina Leblanc (Nebraska), Brittany Timko (Nebraska), Erin McLeod (Penn State), Carmelina Moscato (Penn State) and Lauren Sesselmann (Purdue). Japan defeated France (2-1) this morning and will face the USA match up in Thursday's gold medal game. Canada will take on France in Thursday's bronze medal match. Follow the links for today's action. Japan vs. France (Replay) | USA vs. Canada (Replay)

Men's basketball continues today as Robert Archibald (Great Britain, Illinois), Deron Williams (USA, Illinois), Ade Dagunduro (Nigeria, Nebraska) and Aleks Maric (Australia, Nebraska) take to the court. Follow the links for preliminary action. France vs. Nigeria
Great Britain vs. China (Replay) | Argentina vs. USA (4:15 p.m. CT)

Matt Anderson (Penn State) and the USA men's volleyball throttled Tunisia (3-0) this afternoon to claim the Group B title. Watch the replay HERE.

Medalists through Day 10

David Boudia, synchronized 10M springboard (bronze)
Kelci Bryant - synchronized 3M springboard (silver)
Tyler Clary - 200 backstroke* (gold)
Natalie Dell - rowing quadruple sculls (bronze)
Margaux Farrell - 4x200 freestyle relay (bronze)
Matt Grevers - 100 backstroke* (gold), 4x100 medley relay (gold), 4x100 freestyle relay (silver)
Janine Hanson - rowing eight (silver)
Charlie Houchin - 4x200 freestyle relay (gold)
Michael Phelps - 200 individual medley (gold), 100 butterfly (gold), 4x100 medley relay (gold), 4x200 freestyle relay (gold), 200 butterfly (silver), 4x100 freestyle relay (silver)
Davis Tarwater - 4x200 freestyle relay (gold)
Peter Vanderkaay - 400 freestyle (bronze)

* - Olympic Record

2012 London Olympics Central: Day 7

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Michael Phelps (USA, Michigan) earned the 17th gold medal of his career and 21st overall, placing first in the 100 butterfly in London. Phelps clocked a time of 51.21 to stand atop the podium for the third time in the 2012 Games. Phelps has now captured three golds and two silvers at the London Games.

The USA women's volleyball squad, featuring head coach Hugh McCutcheon (Minnesota), Lindsey Berg (Minnesota), Jordan Larson (Nebraska), Christa Harmotto (Penn State) and Megan Hodge (Penn State), clinched the top seed in Group B with a 3-0 win over Serbia on Friday. Click HERE to watch the replay.

In women's basketball action, Chelsea Aubry (Canada, Nebraska) and Krista Phillips (Canada, Michigan) hit the hard wood against Brazil this morning. Lindsay Whalen (Minnesota) and Team USA continue their quest for gold, as they face the Czech Republic at 4:15 p.m. CT. To watch each match-up, follow the links. Canada vs. Brazil | USA vs. Czech Republic.

The Canadian women's soccer team, featuring Emily Zurrer (Illinois), Karina Leblanc (Nebraska), Brittany Timko (Nebraska), Erin McLeod (Penn State), Carmelina Moscato (Penn State) and Lauren Sesselmann (Purdue), defeated host Great Britain 2-0 to advance to the semifinals. Canada will take on the USA team on Monday, Aug. 6. For the replay, click HERE.

Medalists through Day 7
David Boudia, synchronized 10M springboard (bronze)
Kelci Bryant - synchronized 3M springboard (silver)
Tyler Clary - 200 backstroke* (gold)
Natalie Dell - rowing quadruple sculls (bronze)
Margaux Farrell - 4x200 freestyle relay (bronze)
Matt Grevers - 100 backstroke* (gold), 4x100 freestyle relay (silver)
Janine Hanson - rowing eight (silver)
Charlie Houchin - 4x200 freestyle relay (gold)
Michael Phelps - 200 individual medley (gold), 100 butterfly (gold), 4x200 freestyle relay (gold), 200 butterfly (silver), 4x100 freestyle relay (silver)
Davis Tarwater - 4x200 freestyle relay (gold)
Peter Vanderkaay - 400 freestyle (bronze)

* - Olympic Record

Four Big Ten Teams Ranked in First USA Today Coaches Poll

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The Big Ten was one of two conferences with four or more teams ranked among the top 16 in the USA Today coaches preseason poll. Michigan led the way for the Big Ten at No. 8 overall after finishing last year at No. 9 following a victory in the Sugar Bowl. Two-time defending Big Ten Champion Wisconsin was rated No. 12 overall, followed by reigning Legends Division champion Michigan State at No. 13 and Nebraska at No. 16.

2012 London Olympics Central: Day 6

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Michael Phelps (USA, Michigan) swam to gold in the 200 individual medley on Thursday, becoming the first man to win the same individual event in three consecutive Olympic Games. Phelps has now tallied an Olympic record 20 medals in his career, including 16 of the gold variety. Fellow Wolverine Tyler Clary (USA) also added to the Big Ten medal count with an Olympic record gold medal performance in the 200 backstroke.

Janine Hanson (Canada, Michigan) captured a silver medal this morning in the women's eight rowing event. Hanson and the Canadian squad stroked to a second place finish in 6:12.06. The USA (6:10.59) and Netherlands (6:13.12) took home gold and bronze, respectively. Watch the full replay HERE.

Men's basketball features six preliminary games today with Robert Archibald (Great Britain, Illinois), Ade Dagunduro (Nigeria, Nebraska), Aleks Maric (Australia, Nebraska) and Deron Williams (USA, Illinois) taking the court. This morning Maric helped Australia to an 81-61 victory over Japan. To see a replay of the game, click
HERE. Williams and the USA basketball team throttled Nigeria, 156-73, on a record-breaking night. Williams tallied 13 points as the Americans breezed to a victory, setting Olympic records for points in a game and points in a half (78). The USA is undefeated in preliminary action (3-0) and sits alone atop the Group A standing. Watch a replay of the game HERE.

In a match-up of Group B heavyweights, Matt Anderson (Penn State) and the USA men's volleyball squad thwarted Brazil, 3-1, in a 2008 Olympic Gold Medal rematch. Anderson continued his Olympic success, totaling 14 points in the victory as Team USA became the lone leader in Group B's preliminary standings. To see the full standings, click HERE.

Medalists after Day 6
David Boudia, synchronized 10M springboard (bronze)
Kelci Bryant - synchronized 3M springboard (silver)
Tyler Clary - 200 backstroke* (gold)
Natalie Dell - rowing quadruple sculls (bronze)
Margaux Farrell - 4x200 freestyle relay (bronze)
Matt Grevers - 100 backstroke* (gold), 4x100 freestyle relay (silver)
Janine Hanson - rowing eight (silver)
Charlie Houchin - 4x200 freestyle relay (gold)
Michael Phelps - 200 individual medley (gold), 4x200 freestyle relay (gold), 200 butterfly (silver), 4x100 freestyle relay (silver)
Davis Tarwater - 4x200 freestyle relay (gold)
Peter Vanderkaay - 400 freestyle (bronze)

* - Olympic Record
  

Six Big Ten Players Named to Hornung Award Watch List

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Six Big Ten standouts were named to the Paul Hornung Award watch list, it was announced on Thursday. The Hornung Award has been given annually to the nation's most versatile player since 2010.

The list of Big Ten players on the Hornung Award watch list can be found below.

Tommy Davis, Illinois
Terry Hawthorne, Illinois
Ameer Abdullah, Nebraska
Venric Mark, Northwestern
Jordan Hall, Ohio State
Jared Abbrederis, Wisconsin

Big Ten Men's Basketball Olympics Update

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Four athletes that played at Big Ten schools are currently competing in men's basketball at the 2012 Olympics.

Two-time All-Big Ten selection Deron Williams of Illinois has helped Team USA jump out to a 2-0 record in the preliminary rounds and is averaging 6.0 points, 5.0 assists and 2.0 rebounds in 36 total minutes of play.

Illinois' Robert Archibald (Great Britain) and Nebraska's Ade Dagunduro (Nigeria) both have their teams out to 1-1 starts, and the Huskers' Aleks Maric has logged minutes for 0-2 Australia.

Follow the Big Ten Olympics Blog for more coverage throughout the games.

2012 London Olympics Central: Day 5

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Natalie Dell (USA, Penn State) notched a bronze medal on Wednesday in the women's rowing quadruple sculls event. Dell, along with Kara Kohler, Megan Kalmoe and Adrienne Martelli, finished in 6:40.63 to place third. Ukraine (6:35.93) and Germany (6:38.09) took home gold and silver, respectively. For the full replay, click HERE.

Margaux Farrell (France, Indiana) captured bronze Wednesday afternoon in the 4x200 freestyle relay. Farrell was apart of France's qualifying relay squad.

Roger Espinoza
(Ohio State) and the Honduras squad battled Japan to a 0-0 tie on Wednesday. After three matches, Japan leads Group D with seven points, followed by Honduras with five. Click HERE for the complete standings.

Goalkeeper Betsey Armstrong (Michigan) and the USA women's water polo squad drew a 9-9 tie on Wednesday against Spain in a Group A match. Through two matches, both teams are tied for first in their group with three points. For the Olympic standings, click HERE.

After defeating No. 2 Brazil on Monday, the USA women's volleyball team took down No. 3 China 3-0 on Wednesday. The USA squad, featuring head coach Hugh McCutcheon (Minnesota), Lindsey Berg (Minnesota), Jordan Larson (Nebraska), Christa Harmotto (Penn State) and Megan Hodge (Penn State), move to 3-0 in Group play. To see the standings, click HERE

Lindsay Whalen (USA, Minnesota) poured in 14 points, with six rebounds and three steals in a 89-58 win against Turkey on Wednesday. The Americans are now 3-0 in pool play and face China (3-0) on Sunday.

Canada's Krista Phillips (Michigan) and Chelsea Aubry (Nebraska) hit the hardwood Wednesday morning against France in Group B action of women's basketball. If you haven't seen the game, check it out HERE.

Medalists after Day 5
David Boudia, synchronized 10M springboard (bronze)
Kelci Bryant - synchronized 3M springboard (silver)
Natalie Dell - rowing quadruple sculls (bronze)
Margaux Farrell - 4x200 freestyle relay (bronze)
Matt Grevers - 100 backstroke* (gold), 4x100 freestyle relay (silver)
Charlie Houchin - 4x200 freestyle relay (gold)
Michael Phelps - 4x200 freestyle relay (gold), 200 butterfly (silver), 4x100 freestyle relay (silver)
Davis Tarwater - 4x200 freestyle relay (gold)
Peter Vanderkaay - 400 freestyle (bronze)

* - World Record


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