December 2012 Archives

Monday's Results

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Indiana 81, UIC 59
Northwestern 82, Chicago State 38

Monday's Results

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#9/13 Minnesota def. #18/18 Michigan State, 76-63
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The Spartans were charging, but the Golden Gophers steeled itself against the Michigan State surge and just started hitting back.

Andre Hollins had 22 points and six assists and Rodney Williams added 15 points and six rebounds to lift No. 9 Minnesota to a 76-63 victory over No. 18 Michigan State on Monday.

#5/5 Indiana def. Iowa, 69-65
Recap & Box Score
It was a game there for the taking, but in the end fifth-ranked Indiana made the plays down the stretch to hand the University of Iowa men's basketball team a 69-65 loss on Mediacom Court inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

Monday's Schedule

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UIC at Indiana, 6 p.m., BTN.com
Chicago State at Northwestern, 4 p.m.

Sunday's Results

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Iowa 83, San Diego 73
Minnesota 88, Creighton 81 (2 OT)
Ohio State 67, Howard 50

Sunday's Schedule

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Iowa at San Diego, 5 p.m.
Creighton at Minnesota, 3 p.m.
Howard at Ohio State, 2 p.m., BTN.com

Saturday's Results

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#12/15 Illinois def. Auburn, 81-79
#2/2 Michigan def. Central Michigan, 88-73
Nebraska def. Nicholls State, 68-59
#10/10 Ohio State def. Chicago State, 87-44
Penn State def. Duquesne, 84-74
Purdue def. William & Mary, 73-66
Wisconsin def. Samford, 87-51

Saturday's Schedule

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Michigan 82, Niagara 44
Michigan State 57, Temple 47
Nebraska 84, Grambling State 39
Notre Dame 74, Purdue 47
Miami (Fla.) 67, Wisconsin 44

Saturday's Schedule

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William & Mary at Purdue - 2 p.m., ESPN3
Samford at Wisconsin - 2 p.m., BTN.com
Auburn vs. #12/15 Illinois - 2:15 p.m., BTN [1]
Nicholls State at Nebraska - 3 p.m., BTN.com
Duquesne at Penn State - 4 p.m., ESPN3
Chicago State at #10/10 Ohio State - 4:30 p.m., BTN
Central Michigan at #2/2 Michigan - 7 p.m., BTN

All times ET

[1] - Chicago, Ill.

Saturday's Schedule

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Niagara at Michigan (rv/-), 2 p.m., BTN.com
Temple at Michigan State (rv/-), Noon, BTN
Grambling at #rv/19 Nebraska, 8 p.m.
#11/11 Purdue at #5/5 Notre Dame, 2 p.m.
Wisconsin at Miami (Fla.), 7 p.m.

All times are ET

Friday's Results

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#5/5 Indiana def. Jacksonville, 93-59

Friday's Results

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Illinois 70, #6/7 Georgia 59
Wisconsin 83, Delaware State 54
Iowa 86, #20/21 Texas 63

Friday's Schedule

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Jacksonville at #5/5 Indiana - 8 p.m. ET, BTN

Friday's Schedule

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#6/7 Georgia at Illinois, 8 p.m., BTN.com
#20/21 Texas vs. Iowa (rv/-), 11 p.m.
Wisconsin vs. Delaware State, 5 p.m.

All times are ET

Weekend Schedule

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December 29-30
T6 ILLINOIS at Midlands Championships [1]
INDIANA at Midlands Championships [1]
#12 MICHIGAN at Midlands Championships [1]
#17 NEBRASKA at Midlands Championships [1]
#15 NORTHWESTERN at Midlands Championships [1]
#21 PURDUE at Midlands Championships [1]
#23 WISCONSIN at Midlands Championships [1]

Midlands Championships Preview

Legend
[1] Evanston, Ill.

Thursday's Result

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Ohio State 88, VCU 50

Thursday's Schedule

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VCU at Ohio State, 7 p.m. ET, BTN.com

Big Ten in the NFL - Week 16

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NaVorro Bowman, LB, San Francisco 49ers (Penn State) - Tallied a team-high 16 tackles in the 49ers' 42-13 loss to the Seahawks.

Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots (Michigan) - Threw for 267 yards and two touchdowns on 24-of-41 passing in New England's 23-16 win over Jacksonville.

Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans Saints (Purdue) - Threw for 446 yards and three scores on 37-of-53 passing in the Saints' 34-31 overtime win over the Cowboys.

Josh Brown, K, Cincinnati Bengals (Nebraska) - Nailed two of three field goals, including a game-winning 43 yarder, in the Bengals' 13-10 win over the Steelers.

Eric Decker, WR, Denver Broncos (Minnesota) - Reeled in six receptions for 65 yards and two touchdowns in the Broncos' 34-12 victory over the Browns.

Shonn Greene, RB, New York Jets (Iowa) - Ran for 38 yards and two touchdowns and caught two passes for 42 yards in the Jets' 27-17 loss to the Chargers.

A.J. Hawk, LB, Green Bay Packers (Ohio State) - Recorded seven tackles, including three for loss, and two sacks in the Packers' 55-7 win over the Titans.

Lance Kendricks, TE, St. Louis Rams (Wisconsin) - Reeled in four receptions for 119 yards and a touchdown in the Rams' 28-13 win over the Bucs.

Ryan Kerrigan, DE, Washington Redskins (Purdue) - Recorded five tackles, including two for loss, and two sacks in Washington's 27-20 win over Philadelphia.

James Laurinaitis, LB, St. Louis Rams (Ohio State) - Registered a team-high 12 tackles, including 11 solo, and two pass deflections in the Rams' 28-13 win over the Bucs.

Corey Liuget, DE, San Diego Chargers (Illinois) - Recorded five tackles and two sacks in San Diego's 27-17 win over the New York Jets.

Brandon Lloyd, WR, New England Patriots (Illinois) - Pulled in six catches for 62 yards in the Patriots' 23-16 win over the Jaguars.

Shaun Phillips, LB, San Diego Chargers (Purdue) - Recorded four tackles, 2.5 sacks and a fumble recovery in the Chargers' 27-17 win over the Jets.

J.J. Watt, DE, Houston Texans (Wisconsin) - Registered three tackles, including two for loss, one sack and a forced fumble in the Texans' 23-6 loss to the Vikings.

Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle Seahawks (Wisconsin) - Threw for 171 yards and four touchdowns on 15-of-21 passing and ran for 29 yards in the Seahawks' 42-13 victory over the 49ers.

Antoine Winfield, CB, Minnesota Vikings (Ohio State) - Recorded five tackles, including two for loss, one sacks and a pass deflection in the Vikings' 23-6 win over the Texans.

Sunday's Results

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UTEP def. Nebraska, 68-52
Northwestern def. Brown, 63-42
Penn State def. New Hampshire, 72-45

Sunday's Results

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Hofstra 63, Northwestern 54
Penn State 82, NJIT 37
Green Bay 53, Wisconsin 38

Sunday's Schedule

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Northwestern at Hofstra, 1 p.m.
NJIT at Penn State, 1:30 p.m., BTN.com
Wisconsin at Green Bay, 8 p.m.
All times are ET

Sunday's Schedule

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New Hampshire at Penn State - 11 a.m., BTN
Brown at Northwestern - 1:30 p.m., BTN.com
Nebraska vs. UTEP - 9 p.m. [1]

All times ET

[1] - Sun Bowl Invitational (El Paso, Texas)

Saturday's Results

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#12/12 Missouri def. #10/10 Illinois, 82-73
Iowa def. Coppin State, 80-50
#20/19 Michigan State def. Texas, 67-56
#13/16 Minnesota def. Lafayette, 75-50
Nebraska def. Central Michigan, 89-75
#8/9 Kansas def. #7/7 Ohio State, 74-66
Wisconsin def. Milwaukee, 74-53

Saturday's Result

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Northwestern 73, Mississippi 69

Saturday's Schedule

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Mississippi vs. Northwestern, 3 p.m. ET [1]

[1] - Hofstra Holiday Tournament - Hempstead, N.Y.

Saturday's Schedule

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Coppin State at Iowa - 1 p.m., BTN
Texas at #20/19 Michigan State - 2 p.m., ESPN2
#9/8 Kansas at #7/7 Ohio State - 4 p.m., CBS Sports
#12/12 Missouri vs. #10/10 Illinois - 6 p.m., ESPN2 [1]
Lafayette at #13/16 Minnesota - 7 p.m., BTN
Central Michigan vs. Nebraska - 7 p.m. [2]
Milwaukee at Wisconsin - 9:15 p.m., BTN

All times ET

[1] - St. Louis, Mo.
[2] - Sun Bowl Invitational (El Paso, Texas)

Friday's Results

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#6/6 Indiana def. Florida Atlantic, 88-52
Stanford def. Northwestern, 70-68

Friday's Results

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Illinois State 69, Illinois 68
Indiana 66, Xavier 55
Minnesota 86, Northern Iowa 43
Ohio State 73, Southern 50
Purdue 78, IUPUI 53

Friday's Schedule

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Florida Atlantic at #6/6 Indiana, 7 p.m., ESPN2
Stanford at Northwestern, 9 p.m., BTN

All times ET

Friday's Schedule

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Illinois State at Illinois, 8 p.m., BTN.com
Xavier at Indiana, 1 p.m., BTN.com
Northern Iowa at Minnesota, 8 p.m.
Southern at #rv/24 Ohio State, 7 p.m., BTN.com
IUPUI at #13/12 Purdue, Noon, BTN.com

All times are ET

Weekend Schedule

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December 21
Purdue at Florida Atlantic - 3 p.m. ET

Weekend Schedule

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December 21
Purdue at Florida Atlantic - 3 p.m. ET

Thursday's Results

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#2/2 Michigan def. Eastern Michigan, 93-54

Thursday's Results

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Michigan 73, Valparaiso 32
Michigan State 50, Texas Tech 48
Nebraska 80, Oral Roberts 67

Thursday's Schedule

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Valparaiso at Michigan (rv/-), 6 p.m., BTN
Texas Tech vs. Michigan State (rv/-), 5:30 p.m.
Oral Roberts at #rv/21 Nebraska, 8 p.m., BTN.com

All times are ET

The National Football Foundation (NFF) announced the names of 15 faculty athletics representatives who will be honored as part of the 2012 NFF Faculty Salute Initiative, sponsored by Fidelity Investments, honoring the significant contributions of faculty athletics representatives across the nation. Included among the group of honorees are Nebraska's Josephine Potuto and Northwestern's Robert Gundlach. Both schools produced a 2012 NFF National Scholar-Athlete - the Cornhuskers' Rex Burkhead and the Wildcats' Patrick Ward.

"For more than 150 years, faculty athletics representatives have played a critical role in the overall educational experience of our country's student-athletes," said NFF President & CEO Steve Hatchell. "We are proud to join with Fidelity to highlight their contributions and pivotal support in ensuring that our nation's student-athletes succeed on and off the field."

Launched in 2011 by Fidelity and the NFF, the initiative is an extension of the NFF National Scholar-Athlete Awards Program that provides postgraduate scholarships for college football's elite student-athletes. Fidelity, which is also the presenting sponsor of the NFF National Scholar-Athlete Awards, has taken on a leadership role with the initiative as a natural extension of its ongoing support of the scholar-athlete ideal and commitment to higher education nationwide. As part of the initiative, each school with an NFF National Scholar-Athlete receives recognition for their faculty athletics representative, and a $5,000 donation per school ($75,000 total) from Fidelity will be made to support the academic support services for student-athletes at each school.

"Honoring the faculty athletics representatives from the schools with NFF National Scholar-Athletes makes perfect sense," said NFF Chairman Archie Manning. "There is no group more committed to the well-being of our student-athletes, and the NFF National Scholar-Athlete success stories provide a natural vehicle for emphasizing the important contributions of the faculty athletics representatives in ensuring a strong connection between the academic and athletic experiences of our nation's student-athletes."

Five Players Named Cousy Award Candidates

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Five Big Ten players were named candidates for the 2013 Bob Cousy Collegiate Point Guard of the Year Award, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced on Thursday. Click HERE for the complete release, and read below for the Big Ten players named to the list.

Jordan Hulls, Indiana
Trey Burke, Michigan
Keith Appling, Michigan State
Andre Hollins, Minnesota
Aaron Craft, Ohio State

Big Ten and Athletico Physical Therapy Announce Partnership

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The Big Ten Conference and Athletico Physical Therapy announce a new partnership naming Athletico as the Official Physical Therapy Provider of the Big Ten Conference. With this partnership, Athletico will provide the oversight of sports medicine services for the Big Ten Men's and Women's Basketball Tournaments that take place in Chicago.

For each tournament that is held in Chicago, Athletico will coordinate the medical services for tournament coverage. Athletico will also provide courtside athletic trainers to assist with the sports medicine staff of respective Big Ten schools.

"The Big Ten is the most recognized and sought after collegiate conference in the country," says Mark Kaufman, Athletico's president and founder and a graduate of the University of Iowa and Northwestern University. "We are proud to be named the official physical therapy provider of such a great conference that embodies loyalty, integrity, and tradition to its current students and alumni base. Over 25% of our clinical staff have graduated from Big Ten institutions, and we look forward to assisting the conference in providing the highest quality of healthcare service at its' forthcoming tournaments."

This long-term partnership with the Big Ten Conference includes marketing exposure for Athletico at the Big Ten Conference's Men's and Women's Basketball Tournaments and Football Championship Game as well as digital media support throughout the Big Ten athletic season. Additionally, Athletico will provide comprehensive services for both the Men's and Women's Basketball Tournaments that take place in Chicago.

"Big Ten Sports Properties is excited to begin our relationship with Athletico as the Conference's official physical and occupational therapy provider," says Scott Bailey, General Manager of Big Ten Sports Properties, the group that develops corporate partnerships for the Big Ten Conference. "Athletico has a proven history of producing exceptional patient outcomes, and we look forward to bringing that tradition to the Big Ten's fans and championship events."

ABOUT ATHLETICO
Athletico Physical Therapy provides orthopedic rehabilitation services to communities and organizations throughout Illinois, Wisconsin, and Indiana. To demonstrate our commitment to both our patients and referring physicians, we measure functional patient outcomes and patient satisfaction with national data comparison using a third-party outcomes system.

Our services include physical and occupational/hand therapy, work rehabilitation, performing arts rehabilitation, women's health therapy, pediatric physical therapy, vestibular rehabilitation, and athletic training. Expanded services include performance enhancement, fitness center memberships, golf fitness, endurance, and massage therapy.

Athletico accepts all indemnity, PPO, POS, and WC plans including BC/BS, Humana, Medicare, Aetna (PPO/HMO), PHCS, UHC (PPO.HMO) and many others. As a courtesy to our patients, we verify insurance coverage.

Athletico Toll-Free Injury Hotline 877-ATHLETICO (1-877-284-5384), www.athletico.com

ABOUT THE BIG TEN CONFERENCE
The Big Ten Conference is an association of world-class universities whose member institutions share a common mission of research, graduate, professional and undergraduate teaching and public service. Founded in 1896, the Big Ten has sustained a comprehensive set of shared practices and policies that enforce the priority of academics in student-athletes' lives and emphasize the values of integrity, fairness and competitiveness. The broad-based athletic programs of the 12 Big Ten institutions sponsor 298 teams competing for championships in 25 official conference sports, 12 for men and 13 for women. Big Ten universities provide in excess of $136 million in athletic scholarship aid to nearly 10,000 men and women student-athletes, the most of any conference. For more information, visit www.bigten.org.

Wednesday's Results

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#6/6 Indiana def. Mount St. Mary's, 93-54
Iowa def. South Carolina State, 90-46

Wednesday's Results

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Iowa 97, Missouri State 43
Michigan State 49, Oregon State 35

Wednesday's Schedule

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St. Mary's at #6/6 Indiana - 7 p.m., BTN
South Carolina State at Iowa - 9 p.m., BTN

All times ET

Wednesday's Schedule

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Missouri State at Iowa, 6:30 p.m., BTN.com
Oregon State vs. Michigan State, 4 p.m.

All times are ET

PSU's O'Brien Named MFC National Coach of Year

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Penn State's Bill O'Brien was named the Maxwell Football Club (MFC) Collegiate Coach of the Year, the second straight year a Big Ten coach has been honored. Michigan's Brady Hoke was named national coach of the year by the MFC last season. The MFC has honored a national coach of the year since 1989 and Big Ten mentors have now been selected on eight occasions.

O'Brien led the Nittany Lions to victories in eight of their final 10 games, earning an 8-4 overall record and a 6-2 mark in the conference, with the only losses coming to division winners Nebraska and Ohio State. Penn State reeled off five consecutive victories after an 0-2 start and won its first three Big Ten road games. O'Brien was named the Big Ten's Dave McClain (media) and Hayes-Schembechler Coach of the Year (coaches).

Big Ten in the NFL - Week 15

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NaVorro Bowman, LB, San Francisco 49ers (Penn State) - Tallied a team-high 12 tackles, including nine solo and one for loss, in the 49ers' 41-34 win over the Patriots.

Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots (Michigan) - Threw for 443 yards and one touchdown on 36-of-65 passing in New England's 41-34 loss to San Francisco.

Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans Saints (Purdue) - Threw for 307 yards and four scores on 26-of-39 passing in the Saints' 41-0 win over the Bucs.

Kirk Cousins, QB, Washington Redskins (Michigan State) - Threw for 329 yards and two touchdowns on 26-of-37 passing in Washington's 38-21 win over Cleveland.

Eric Decker, WR, Denver Broncos (Minnesota) - Reeled in eight receptions for 133 yards and a touchdown in the Broncos' 34-17 victory over the Ravens.

Larry Foote, LB, Pittsburgh Steelers (Michigan) - Totaled six tackles in the Steelers' 27-24 overtime loss to the Cowboys.

Brandon Graham, DE, Philadelphia Eagles (Michigan) - Recorded six tackles, including one for loss, and 2.5 sacks in the Eagles' 34-13 loss to the Bengals.

Chad Greenway, LB, Minnesota Vikings (Iowa) - Recorded a team-high 14 tackles, including 13 solo and two for loss, and one sack in the Vikings' 36-22 win over the Rams.

Brandon Lloyd, WR, New England Patriots (Illinois) - Pulled in 10 catches for 190 yards in the Patriots' 41-34 loss to the 49ers.

Paul Posluszny, LB, Jacksonville Jaguars (Penn State) - Registered a team-high 10 tackles, including nine solo, in the Jaguars' 24-3 loss to the Dolphins.

J.J. Watt, DE, Houston Texans (Wisconsin) - Totaled a team-high 10 tackles, including six for loss, and three sacks in the Texans' 29-17 win over the Colts.

Beanie Wells, RB, Arizona Cardinals (Ohio State) - Rushed for 67 yards and three touchdowns in the Cardinals' 38-10 win over the Lions.

Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle Seahawks (Wisconsin) - Threw for 205 yards and a touchdown on 14-of-23 passing and ran for 92 yards and three scores in the Seahawks' 50-17 victory over the Bills.

Tuesday's Results

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#20/19 Michigan State def. Bowling Green, 64-53
Nebraska def. Jacksonville State, 59-55
#7/7 Ohio State def. Winthrop, 65-55
Purdue def. Ball State, 66-56

Tuesday's Schedule

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#20/19 Michigan State at Bowling Green - 7 p.m., ESPNU
Winthrop at #7/7 Ohio State - 7 p.m., BTN
Ball State at Purdue - 7 p.m., ESPN3
Jacksonville State at Nebraska - 9 p.m., BTN

All times ET

Four Big Ten Teams Ranked in Latest Coaches Poll

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Four teams appear in the coaches rankings for the seventh consecutive week, led by Penn State, who remains at No. 10 for the third straight edition of the poll. Purdue moves up two spots to No 12, Nebraska climbs three places to No. 21 and Ohio State rounds out the ranked squads in the poll at No. 24.

In The Polls

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The Big Ten leads the country with seven volleyball teams ranked in the final AVCA Division I Coaches Poll of the 2012 season, including four top-10 squads. After reaching the NCAA Championship semifinals, Penn State and Michigan close the season ranked third and fifth, respectively. Joining the Wolverines and Nittany Lions in the top 10 are No. 7 Nebraska and No. 8 Minnesota. Purdue closes the season at No. 15, while Michigan State ranks 16th. Ohio State rounds out the group of ranked teams at No. 22.

For the complete poll, click HERE.

Ranking the Wrestlers

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Big Ten wrestling boasts 65 ranked wrestlers in this week's InterMat College Rankings, with five grapplers holding the No. 1 ranking in their respective class. Iowa 125-pounder Matt McDonough, Ohio State 133-pounder Logan Stieber, Iowa 157-pounder Derek St. John, Penn State 184-pounder Ed Ruth and Minnesota heavyweight Tony Nelson each sit in the top spot in their weight class' rankings. The Big Ten also boasts five of the top six squads in the team rankings, as Penn State is checks in at No. 1, followed by No. 3 Minnesota, No. 4 Iowa, No. 5 Ohio State and No. 6 Illinois. The complete breakdown of ranked Big Ten teams and wrestlers can be found below.

Team
1. Penn State
3. Minnesota
4. Iowa
5. Ohio State
6. Illinois
14. Northwestern
17. Nebraska
31. Michigan
33. Purdue
T35. Michigan State
T39. Wisconsin
42. Indiana

125
1. Matt McDonough, IOWA
2. Nico Megaludis, PSU
3. Jesse Delgado, ILL
7. David Thorn, MINN
13. Nikko Triggas, OSU
16. Dom Malone, NU
18. Camden Eppert, PUR

133
1. Logan Steiber, OSU
3. Tony Ramos, IOWA
5. Chris Dardanes, MINN
10. Daryl Thomas, ILL
14. Cashe Quiroga, PUR
15. Levi Mele, NU

141

2. Hunter Stieber, OSU
3. B.J. Futrell, ILL
9. Tyler Graff, WIS
10. Mark Ballweg, IOWA
14. Nick Dardanes, MINN
19. Ridge Kiley, NEB

149
2. Dylan Ness, MINN
5. Andrew Alton, PSU
9. Jake Sueflohn, NEB
12. Eric Grajales, MICH
13. Ivan Lopouchanski, PUR
14. Cam Tessari, OSU

157
1. Derek St. John, IOWA
2. Jason Welch, NU
5. Dylan Alton, PSU
7. James Green, NEB

165
2. David Taylor, PSU
8. Conrad Polz, ILL
10. Cody Yohn, MINN
11. Pierce Harger, NU
13. Ryan LeBlanc, IND
16. Taylor Massa, MICH
19. Nick Moore, IOWA

174
2. Nick Heflin, OSU
3. Matt Brown, PSU
4. Logan Storley, MINN
5. Jordan Blanton, ILL
7. Mike Evans, IOWA
8. Robert Kokesh, NEB
9. Lee Munster, NU
12. Dan Yates, MICH

184
1. Ed Ruth, PSU
4. Kevin Steinhaus, MINN
7. Josh Ihnen, NEB
8. Ethen Lofthouse, IOWA
11. Tony Dallago, ILL
20. Kenny Courts, OSU

197
3. Quentin Wright, PSU
5. Mario Gonzalez, ILL
10. Andrew Campolattano, OSU
13. Scott Schiller, MINN
15. Braden Atwood, PUR
19. Max Huntley, MICH

Hwt
1. Tony Nelson, MINN
5. Bobby Telford, IOWA
7. Michael McClure, MSU
9. Mike McMullan, NU
11. Connor Medbery, WIS
12. Adam Chalfant, IND
13. Peter Capone, OSU
15. Jimmy Lawson, PSU

In The Polls

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Ten Big Ten wrestling teams are ranked in the latest NWCA/USA Today Division I Coaches Poll, with four conference squads earning top-five consideration. Penn State remains in the top spot this week, followed by No. 3 Minnesota, No. 4 Ohio State and No. 5 Iowa. Illinois is tied for No. 6, while Michigan sit at No. 12 and Northwestern is No. 15. Nebraska moves to No. 17, Purdue is No. 21 and Wisconsin is No. 23.

For the complete poll, click HERE.

Big Ten in the National Rankings

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In the latest statistics released by the NCAA on Monday, numerous Big Ten standouts appear among the national leaders in various categories.

Points Per Game
16. Maggie Lucas, PSU, 20.9
25. Rachel Banham, MINN, 19.6

Assists Per Game
7. Karly Roser, NU, 6.9
14. Alexis Smith, ILL, 6.4
18. Samantha Logic, IOWA, 6.2

Blocks Per Game
17. Ashley Adams, OSU, 2.75
25. Karisma Penn, ILL, 2.5

Steals Per Game
20. Alex Bentley, PSU, 3.64

Field Goal Percentage
22. Micaella Riche, MINN, 57.4

Free-Throw Percentage
8. Jaime Printy, IOWA, 94.6

3-Point Field Goal Percentage
6. Maggie Lucas, PSU, 51.5
11. Kate Thompson, MICH, 47.7
23. Aulani Sinclair, IND, 44.3

3-Point Field Goals Per Game
2. Kate Thompson, MICH, 3.73
11. Amber Moore, ILL, 3.2
12. Maggie Lucas, PSU, 3.18

Double-Doubles
17. Karisma Penn, ILL, 17
17. Jordan Hooper, NEB, 17

Monday's Results

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California 71, Northwestern 65
Ohio State 65, Gonzaga 60

Monday's Results

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Northwestern def. Texas State, 74-68

Monday's Schedule

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Texas State at Northwestern - 7 p.m. ET, BTN

Seven Teams Receiving Votes in Latest AP Poll

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Seven Big Ten teams are receiving votes in the latest national rankings released by the Associated Press (AP) on Monday. Penn State leads all conference teams in the poll, appearing at No. 11 for the second straight week, while Purdue climbs two spots to No. 13 this week. Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Nebraska and Ohio State are all receiving votes in the rankings.

2012 Big Ten Field Hockey Season in Review

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The Big Ten enjoyed a successful 2012 field hockey season highlighted by three teams earning bids to the NCAA Field Hockey Championship. Penn State captured its first Big Ten Championship since 2008 and earned the conference's automatic berth after winning the Big Ten Tournament. Iowa and Michigan joined the Nittany Lions in the 16-team field, marking the 12th-straight season the conference has sent three or more teams to the national tournament.

Where We Rank: Four Big Ten field hockey teams appeared in the final Penn Monto/NFHCA Coaches Poll, including three top-10 teams. Penn State sits at No. 3, followed by No. 9 Michigan, No. 10 Northwestern and No. 14 Iowa. For the complete poll, click HERE.

B1G Postseason Awards: The Big Ten Conference announced its 2012 field hockey All-Big Ten teams and individual award winners on Nov. 1, with Northwestern and Penn State collecting individual honors. The Nittany Lions' took home three individual awards, as Kelsey Amy was named Offensive Player of the Year, Brittany Grzywacz took home Defensive Player of the Year honors and Charlene Morett was named Coach of the Year. The Wildcats' Lisa McCarthy was tabbed Freshman of the Year. For the complete release, click HERE.

All-America Honors: Nine Big Ten field hockey players were tabbed 2012 Longstreth/NFHCA All-Americans. Big Ten Champion Penn State led the way with three honorees, followed by Iowa and Northwestern with two recipients each. The list of Longstreth/NFHCA All-Americans can be found HERE.

Regional Accolades: Twenty-four Big Ten field hockey players were named to the 2012 Longstreth/NFHCA All-Region Teams. Fifteen student-athletes were tabbed first-team selections, led by Iowa with four honorees. The full list of conference players named to the All-Region Teams can be found HERE.

Best in the West: Northwestern's Tracy Fuchs was named the 2012 Dita/NFHCA West Region Coach of the Year. Fuchs led the Wildcats to a 16-4 overall record, including a 4-2 mark in Big Ten play. For the full release, click HERE.








Monday's Schedule

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#9/11 California at Northwestern, Noon
#20/19 Ohio State at (rv/rv) Gonzaga, 9 p.m.

All times are ET

Two Big Ten women's soccer players have earned National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Scholar All-America status, it was announced last week. Illinois' Vanessa DiBernardo was named to the first team, while Ohio State's Megan Fuller garned third team honors. To be named Scholar All-America, a college student must attain a 3.30 grade point average on a 4.0 scale. DiBernardo, a sports administration major, has accumulated a 3.60 GPA, while Fuller, a psychology major, has earned a 3.41 GPA. Both student-athletes were named Academic All-Big Ten earlier this post-season.

DiBernardo, Fuller and the rest of the 2012 Scholar All-America Teams will be recognized Jan. 19, at the All-America Luncheon held during the 2013 NSCAA Convention in Indianapolis, Ind.

For the complete list of NSCAA Scholar All-Americans, click here.  

Michigan State's Cope Earns NSCAA Scholar All-America Status

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Michigan State men's soccer player Kevin Cope was named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Scholar All-America second-team. To be named Scholar All-America, a college student must attain a 3.30 grade point average on a 4.0 scale. The junior business major has accumulated a 3.68 GPA and has already earned an Academic All-Big Ten award this post-season. On the field, the defender was named second-team All-Big Ten.

Cope and the rest of the 2012 Scholar All-America Teams will be recognized Jan. 19, at the All-America Luncheon held during the 2013 NSCAA Convention in Indianapolis, Ind.

For the complete list of NSCAA Scholar All-Americans, click here.

Sunday's Results

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Indiana 72, Southern Illinois-Edwardsville 56
Iowa 82, Drake 65
Michigan State 64, IPFW 36
Nebraska 62, South Florida 52
Penn State 60, South Dakota State 50
Purdue 77, Oakland 46

Sunday's Results

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#10/10 Illinois def. Eastern Kentucky, 66-53

Sunday's Schedule

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SIU-Edwardsville at Indiana, 2 p.m., BTN.com
Iowa (rv/rv) at Drake, 3 p.m.
IPFW at Michigan State (rv/-), 2 p.m.
#rv/24 Nebraska at South Florida, 2 p.m.
South Dakota State at #11/10 Penn State, 2 p.m.
#15/14 Purdue at Oakland, 3 p.m.

Sunday's Schedule

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Eastern Kentucky at #10/10 Illinois - 6 p.m. ET, ESPNU

Saturday's Results

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Butler def. #1/1 Indiana, 88-86 (OT)
Iowa def. UNI, 80-73
#3/3 Michigan def. West Virginia, 81-66
#19/19 Michigan State def. Tuskegee, 92-56
Oregon (rv/rv) def. Nebraska, 60-38
#7/7 Ohio State def. UNC-Asheville, 90-72
Penn State def. Delaware State, 80-76
#22/24 Notre Dame def. Purdue, 81-68

Saturday's Results

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Michigan 60, Western Michigan 41
Washington State 62, Ohio State 55
Wisconsin 76, Eastern Illinois 47

Saturday's Schedule

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Western Michigan at Michigan, 2 p.m., BTN.com
Ohio State at Washington State, 3 p.m.
Eastern Illinois at Wisconsin, 3 p.m., BTN.com

All times are ET

Saturday's Schedule

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UNC-Asheville at #7/7 Ohio State - Noon, BTN
Butler (rv/rv) vs. #1/1 Indiana - 2 p.m., CBS Sports [1]
Delaware State at Penn State - 2 p.m., BTN.com
Northern Iowa vs. Iowa - 2:30 p.m., BTN [2]
Nebraska at Oregon (rv/rv) - 4:30 p.m., FSN
#22/24 Notre Dame vs. Purdue [1] - 4:30 p.m., ESPN2
West Virginia vs. #3/3 Michigan [3] - 8 p.m., ESPN
Tuskegee at #19/19 Michigan State - 9 p.m., ESPNU

All times ET

[1] - Crossroads Classic (Indianapolis, Ind.)
[2] - Capital City Classic (Des Moines, Iowa)
[3] - Brooklyn Hoops Winter Festival (Brooklyn, N.Y.)

Nebraska's Mancuso Wins 2012 Senior CLASS Award

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Nebraska outside hitter Gina Mancuso has been selected as the 2012 Senior CLASS Award winner in Division I volleyball, given annually to the most outstanding senior student-athlete. Mancuso was chosen by a nationwide vote of Division I volleyball coaches, media and fans. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence -- classroom, community, character and competition.

Mancuso becomes the Huskers' second recipient of the award, as All-America women's basketball player Kelsey Griffin earned the honor in 2010.

For the complete release, click HERE.

Weekend Schedule

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December 14
Kent State (rv) at #4 OHIO STATE - 7 p.m.

December 15
Lock Haven at #1 PENN STATE - 2 p.m.

December 16
MICHIGAN STATE at Reno Tournament of Champions - ALL DAY [1]
#14 NEBRASKA vs. Rutgers (rv) - 10:30 a.m. [2]
#4 OHIO STATE vs. #18 Maryland - 10:30 a.m. [2]
#5 IOWA at Hofstra - 11 a.m. [2]
#14 NEBRASKA vs. #18 Maryland - 12:30 p.m. [2]
#4 OHIO STATE vs. Hofstra - 12:30 p.m. [2]
INDIANA at Eastern Michigan - 1 p.m.
#5 IOWA vs. Bucknell - 1 p.m. [2]
#10 NORTHWESTERN vs. Clarion - 1 p.m. [3]
Iowa Western CC at #21 PURDUE - 1 p.m.
#10 NORTHWESTERN at #20 Edinboro - 3 p.m. - BTN.com
Southern Illinois-Edwardsville at PURDUE - 3 p.m. - BTN.com

Legend
[1] Reno, Nev.
[2] Grapple at the Garden - New York, N.Y.
[3] Edinboro, Pa.
Nebraska senior Gina Mancuso and Purdue junior Ariel Turner have earned Capital One Academic All-America honors, with Turner being named Capital One Academic All-America of the Year, the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) announced on Thursday. Mancuso, a marketing major, and Turner, a mechanical engineering major, each received spots on the first team. The pair of Academic All-Americans marks the second consecutive year that two conference standouts have earned the accolade.

For the complete release, click HERE.

Eleven men's soccer players were named to the NSCAA All-Great Lakes Region Team, it was announced this week. Five of the seven conference squads were represented on the list, including four from Co-Big Ten Champion Northwestern and three from NCAA Champion Indiana. Below is the complete list of Big Ten student-athletes on the All-Great Lakes Region Team.

First Team
Eriq Zavaleta, IND

Second Team
Nikita Kotlov, IND
Kevin Cope, MSU
Nikko Boxall, NU
Tyler Miller, NU
Chris Ritter, NU
John Gallagher, PSU
AJ Cochran, WIS

Third Team
Caleb Konstanski, IND
Adam Montague, MSU
Joey Calistri, NU 

*For the complete All-Great Lakes Region Team, click here.

Wednesday's Results

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#7/7 Ohio State def. Savannah State, 85-45
Wisconsin def. Green Bay, 65-54

Wednesday's Results

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#11/10 Penn State 60, Virginia Tech 41
Illinois 80, Oregon 62

Wednesday's Schedule

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Savannah State at #7/7 Ohio State - 7 p.m., BTN
UW-Green Bay at Wisconsin - 9 p.m., BTN

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Three Men's Soccer Players Invited to MLS Player Combine

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Three Big Ten men's soccer student-athletes were invited to the 2013 adidas MLS Player Combine, it was announced on Tuesday. Indiana's Luis Soffner, Michigan's Kofi Opare and Penn State's John Gallagher will join 51 of their peers in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., from Jan. 11-15 to take part in the combine which leads to the MLS SuperDraft on Jan. 17, in Indianapolis, Ind.

A committee of NCAA Division I coaches from every conference, as well as MLS representatives, selected the invitees, all of whom completed their college eligibility this season. Generation adidas signing, non-collegiate players and additional college seniors will be announced in the coming weeks.

For the complete list of invited players, click here.

Wednesday's Schedule

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Oregon at Illinois, 8 p.m., BTN.com
#11/10 Penn State at Virginia Tech, 7 p.m.

All times are ET

Big Ten in the NFL - Week 14

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Jason Avant, WR, Philadelphia Eagles (Michigan) - Hauled in seven catches for 133 yards in the Eagles' 23-21 win over the Bucs.

NaVorro Bowman, LB, San Francisco 49ers (Penn State) - Tallied a team-high eight tackles, including six solo, in the 49ers' 27-13 win over the Dolphins.


Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots (Michigan) - Threw for 296 yards and four touchdowns on 21-of-35 passing in New England's 42-14 win over Houston.

Kirk Cousins, QB, Washington Redskins (Michigan State) - Threw the game-tying touchdown and scored on a two-point conversion run with 29 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter, helping Washington to a 31-28 overtime victory over Baltimore.

Lavonte David, LB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Nebraska) - Tied for a team-high with nine tackles and recorded a sack in the Bucs' 23-21 loss to the Eagles.

Vontae Davis, CB, Indianapolis Colts (Illinois) - Recorded eight tackles, including three for loss, one sack and a pass deflection in the Colts' 27-23 win over the Titans.

Eric Decker, WR, Denver Broncos (Minnesota) - Reeled in eight receptions for 88 yards in the Broncos' 26-13 victory over the Raiders.

Larry Foote, LB, Pittsburgh Steelers (Michigan) - Totaled seven tackles in the Steelers' 34-24 loss to the Chargers.

Shonn Greene, RB, New York Jets (Iowa) - Ran for 77 yards and a touchdown in the Jets' 17-10 win over the Jaguars.

A.J. Hawk, LB, Green Bay Packers (Ohio State) Recorded eight tackles in the Packers' 27-20 win over the Lions.

Brandon Lloyd, WR, New England Patriots (Illinois) - Pulled in seven catches for 89 yards and a touchdown in the Patriots' 42-14 win over the Texans.

Bernard Pollard, S, Baltimore Ravens (Purdue) - Notched eight tackles in the Ravens' 31-28 overtime loss to the Redskins.

Paul Posluszny, LB, Jacksonville Jaguars (Penn State) - Registered a team-high 11 tackles, including 10 solo, in the Jaguars' 17-10 loss to the Jets.

Anthony Spencer, LB, Dallas Cowboys (Purdue) - Recorded a team-high 11 tackles and two sacks in the Cowboy's 20-19 victory over the Bengals.

Cameron Wake, LB, Miami Dolphins (Penn State) - Racked up six tackles, three sacks and a forced fumble in Miami's 27-13 loss to San Francisco.

Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle Seahawks (Wisconsin) - Threw for 148 yards and a touchdown on 7-of-13 passing in the Seahawks' 58-0 victory over the Cardinals.

Fourteen Big Ten Players Tabbed AVCA All-Americans

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Fourteen Big Ten players have been selected as AVCA Division I All-Americans, the most of any conference, with four players earning first-team status. Minnesota's Katherine Harms, Nebraska's Lauren Cook and Penn State's Micha Hancock and Ariel Scott earned first-team honors, while Michigan State's Lauren Wicinski, Minnesota's Tori Dixon, Nebraska's Gina Mancuso and Hannah Werth, Purdue's Ariel Turner and Penn State's Katie Slay were named to the second team. Michigan's Jennifer Cross, Northwestern's Stephanie Holthus, Ohio State's Mari Hole and Penn State's Deja McClendon earned third-team honors. Four others received honorable mention -- Michigan's Lexi Erwin, Michigan State's Kori Moster, Minnesota's Ashley Wittman and Nebraska's Meghan Haggerty.

For the complete list, click HERE.

In The Polls

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Two Big Ten teams are ranked in the final NSCAA/Continental Tire poll of the year, it was announced on Tuesday. NCAA Champion Indiana (16-5-3) tops the poll, while Northwestern (13-6-4) comes in at No. 18. Michigan (11-10-1) and Michigan State (12-10-1) are both receiving votes.

For the complete ranking, click here.

Tuesday's Results

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#3/3 Michigan def. Binghamton, 67-39
#10/10 Illinois def. Norfolk State, 64-54
#13/16 Minnesota def. North Dakota State, 70-57

Tuesday's Result

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Michigan 55, Eastern Michigan 43

Tuesday's Schedule

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Michigan at Eastern Michigan, 7 p.m. ET

Tuesday's Schedule

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Binghamton at #3/3 Michigan - 7 p.m., BTN
Norfolk State at #10/10 Illinois - 8 p.m., ESPN3
North Dakota State at #13/16 Minnesota - 9 p.m., BTN

All times ET

OSU's Simon Named FCA Bowden Award Finalist

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Ohio State senior defensive tackle John Simon was named one of three finalists for the Fellowship of Christian Athlete's (FCA) Bobby Bowden Award, an honor that goes to the college football player who best epitomizes being a student-athlete. In order to be nominated for the Bowden Award, a player must conduct himself as a faith role model in the classroom, on the field, on the campus and in the community. The award is named for former Florida State University football coach Bobby Bowden. The 2012 Bowden Award winner will be announced on January 4, 2013. Northwestern's Jason Wright was the inaugural winner of the Bowden Award in 2003.

Simon has already been honored as the Big Ten's Nagurski-Woodson Defensive Player of the Year and Smith-Brown Defensive Lineman of the Year. He was also a semifinalist for the Lott IMPACT Trophy, which honors the defensive player of the year with equal weight given to athletic performance and personal character.

Big Ten Sweeps National Basketball Player of the Week Honors

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Illinois' Brandon Paul and Penn State's Maggie Lucas were named the men's and women's National Players of the Week by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association on Tuesday.

Paul earns the Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week honor after averaging 24.5 points, 3.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 2.5 steals and 1.5 blocks over two games last week, including a season-high 35 points to lead Illinois to a road win over then-No. 10/10 Gonzaga.

Lucas takes home the Ann Meyers Drysdale Women's National Player of the Week award after averaging 27.0 points, including 39 against Georgetown, setting a Bryce Jordan Center record and becoming the first Lady Lion since 2003 to break the 35-point barrier.

Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week Release
Ann Meyers Drysdae National Player of the Week Release

Monday's Result

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Wisconsin 82, Florida Atlantic 73 (OT)

Monday's Schedule

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Florida Atlantic at Wisconsin, 8 p.m. ET, BTN

Six Teams Appear in Latest Associated Press Poll

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Six Big Ten teams are ranked or receiving votes in the latest Associated Press poll, released on Monday. Three Big Ten teams appear in the top 20 of the poll, with No. 11 Penn State leading the conference contingent. Purdue appears at No. 15 for the second straight week, while Ohio State remains at No. 20. Iowa, Michigan State and Nebraska are among the other squads also receiving votes in this week's rankings.

Where We Rank

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Four Big Ten men's soccer standouts finished the season ranking in the top 10 nationally in various statistical categories. Michigan's Fabio Villas Boas Pereira was tied for first in the country in total assists (8), while teammate Adam Grinwis was tied for eighth in total saves (100). Indiana's Eriq Zavaleta ranked tied for third in total goals (18), sixth in total points (40) and tied for seventh in goals per game (0.75), while teammate A.J. Corrado ranked sixth in total assists (12).

As a team, NCAA champion Indiana tied for seventh in shutout percentage (0.50) and ranked 10th in team goals against average (0.78)

For the complete season's statistics, click here.    

Indiana's Zavaleta Garners All-America Status

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Indiana men's soccer player Eriq Zavaleta was named to the 2012 NSCAA/Continental Tire All-America team, it was announced on Friday. The sophomore was a unanimous selection for Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year after leading the conference in nearly every offensive category. This past weekend, Zavaleta led the Hoosiers to a record eighth NCAA title, setting up Nikita Kotlov's game-winning goal in their 1-0 win over Georgetown.

For the complete All-America teams, click here.

Sunday's Results

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Illinois 73, Memphis 65
Butler 59, Indiana 56
Minnesota 82, Robert Morris 60
Bowling Green 60, Northwestern 37
Ohio State 81, Lafayette 41
Penn State 97, Georgetown 74
Purdue 68, Tennessee-Martin 60

Sunday's Schedule

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Illinois at Memphis, 3 p.m.
Indiana at Butler, 2 p.m.
Robert Morris at Minnesota, 3 p.m., BTN.com
Bowling Green at Northwestern, 2 p.m.
Lafayette at Ohio State, 1 p.m., BTN.com
Georgetown at Penn State, Noon, BTN
Purdue at Tennessee-Martin, 3 p.m.

Saturday's Results

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#3/3 Michigan def. Arkansas, 80-67
#7/7 Ohio State def. Long Beach State, 89-55
#19/17 Michigan State def. Loyola (Ill.), 73-61
Eastern Michigan def. Purdue, 47-44
Penn State def. Army, 78-70
#1/1 Indiana def. Central Connecticut State, 100-69
Marquette def. Wisconsin, 60-50
Butler def. Northwestern, 65-74
#13/14 Illinois def. #10/10 Gonzaga, 85-74
#14/21 Minnesota def. USC, 71-57

Saturday's Results

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Dayton 60, Michigan State 53
Nebraska 78, Florida State 77

Saturday's Schedule

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Arkansas at #3/3 Michigan - Noon, CBS Sports
Long Beach State at #7/7 Ohio State - Noon, BTN
Loyola (Ill.) at #19/17 Michigan State - 2 p.m., BTN
Purdue at Eastern Michigan - 2 p.m., ESPN3
Army at Penn State - 4 p.m., BTN
Central Connecticut at #1/1 Indiana - 6 p.m., BTN
Wisconsin at Marquette - 6 p.m., ESPN2
Butler (rv/rv) at Northwestern - 8 p.m., BTN
#13/14 Illinois at #10/10 Gonzaga - 10 p.m., ESPN2
#14/21 Minnesota at USC - 10:30 p.m., Pac-12 Network

All times ET

Saturday's Schedule

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Michigan State at Dayton, 1 p.m. ET
Florida State at Nebraska, 3 p.m. ET

Friday's Results

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Minnesota 87, UMKC 49
Illinois State 64, Northwestern 46

Friday's Results

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Iowa def. Iowa State, 80-71

Friday's Schedule

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Iowa State at Iowa - 8 p.m. ET, BTN

Friday's Schedule

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UMKC at Minnesota, 8 p.m. ET, BTN.com
Northwestern at Illinois State, 8 p.m. ET

Weekend Schedule

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Dec. 7
Iowa State at IOWA - 6 p.m. CT

Weekend Schedule

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December 7
MICHIGAN STATE at WISCONSIN - 8 p.m. - BTN.com
#12 NORTHWESTERN at #3 MINNESOTA - 8 p.m.

December 8
#6 ILLINOIS at Northern Iowa Open - ALL DAY [1]
#21 PURDUE at Northern Iowa Open - ALL DAY [1]
Duke at #14 MICHIGAN - 2 p.m.
MICHIGAN STATE at Northern Illinois - 3 p.m.
Eastern Michigan at #14 MICHIGAN - 4 p.m.
#15 Oregon State at #3 MINNESOTA - 7 p.m. - BTN.com
Arizona State at #9 NEBRASKA - 8 p.m. - BTN.com

December 9

INDIANA at #1 PENN STATE - 2 p.m.
WISCONSIN at #9 NEBRASKA - 3 p.m. - BTN.com

Legend
[1] Cedar Falls, Iowa

OSU's Miller Wins Chicago Tribune Silver Football

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Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller was named the winner of the Chicago Tribune Silver Football, granted to the Big Ten's most valuable player and voted on by the conference coaches. The Chicago Tribune Silver Football has been awarded since 1924, when Illinois' Red Grange was the first honoree. The sophomore signal caller is the first Buckeye to be honored since quarterback Troy Smith in 2006 and the 16th OSU standout to earn the laurels. Miller has already been honored as the Big Ten's Graham-George Offensive Player of the Year and Griese-Brees Quarterback of the Year and was a first-team All-Big Ten selection by the media. He ranked third in the Big Ten in total offense and seventh in rushing yards. Miller's 1,271 rushing yards set an Ohio State single-season record for ground yardage by a quarterback and ranked second in Big Ten history.

Wisconsin's Ball Wins Doak Walker Award

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Wisconsin's Montee Ball, the NCAA all-time leader in touchdowns, was named the winner of the Doak Walker Award, given to the nation's top running back. Ball led the conference in rushing yards for the second straight season with an average of 146.0 yards per contest in Big Ten games only. The senior standout also tied for the conference lead in scoring, marking the third straight year Ball has led the Big Ten in points, the first time a player has accomplished that feat since at least 1939. Ball becomes the sixth Big Ten running back and the second Badger standout to win the Doak Walker Award. Previous Big Ten Doak Walker Award winners are Ohio State's Eddie George (1995), Wisconsin's Ron Dayne (1999), Penn State's Larry Johnson (2002), Michigan's Chris Perry (2003) and Iowa's Shonn Greene (2008).

Thursday's Results

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#16/13 Creighton def. Nebraska, 64-42

Thursday's Results

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Iowa 50, Iowa State 42
Connecticut 67, Penn State 52
Purdue 69, IPFW 54

Thursday's Schedule

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#16/13 Creighton at Nebraska - 8 p.m. ET, ESPN3

Penn State's Nairn Named Finalist for MAC Hermann Trophy

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Penn State's Christine Nairn was named a finalist for the Missouri Athletic Club Hermann Trophy, it was announced on Thursday. The Big Ten Midfielder of the Year guided the Nittany Lions to the national title game and a 21-4-2 record by leading Penn State in every offensive category this season.

The MAC Hermann Trophy is the highest individual award in intercollegiate soccer. A banquet will be hosted at the Missouri Athletic Club in St. Louis on Friday, Jan. 11, to recognize the finalists' accomplishments and announce the winners. 

For the full list of finalists, click here.

Big Ten Men's Cross Country Season in Review

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The 2012 Big Ten men's cross country season came to a close at the NCAA Championships, with three Big Ten teams placing in the top 25 at the national meet. Big Ten Champion Wisconsin finished second at the championships, placing four Badger runners in the top 50, while Indiana followed in 18th, Michigan in 23rd and Michigan State in 31st. Wisconsin's Mohammed Ahmed led the way for conference harriers, placing eighth individually, followed by teammates Maverick Darling in 11th and Reed Connor in 12th. All three Wisconin runners, along with Indiana's Zach Mayhew who finished 14th, earned All-America honors.

Big Ten Hauls in Regional Awards: Twenty-two Big Ten runners received USTFCCCA All-Region recognition by virtue of their top-25 finish at their respective regionals this season, second to only the SEC (23) among conferences. Michigan and Wisconsin led the way with five honorees each, while three Michigan State runners, two harriers from Illinois, Indiana, Penn State and Purdue, and one Ohio State runner were named to the team. Additionally, Wisconsin's Mohammed Ahmed was named the Great Lakes Region Athlete of the Year, while head coach Mick Byrne was tabbed Great Lakes Region Coach of the Year for the fourth time in five years. For complete regional results, click here.

Big Ten Championships Roundup: Wisconsin took home its 14th consecutive Big Ten Championship and the team's 46th overall title by placing four runners in the top 10. Maverick Darling and Mohammed Ahmed led the Badgers, placing second and third individually. Indiana's Zach Mayhew took home the individual crown, running the 8,000-meter course in 23:29. For the full Big Ten Championships recap and a list of All-Big Ten honorees, click here.

Big Ten Postseason Awards: After placing first at the Big Ten Championships, Indiana's Zach Mayhew was named Big Ten Athlete of the Year. Wisconsin head coach Mick Byrne collected his fifth straight Coach of the Year honor, while Purdue's Matt McClintock took home Freshman of the Year laurels after leading all newcomers with an eighth place finish at the conference meet. For more on the individual Big Ten award winners, click here

Big Ten Women's Cross Country Season in Review

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The 2012 Big Ten women's cross country season came to a close at the NCAA Championships, with all four competing Big Ten teams placing in the top 25 at the national meet. Big Ten Champion Michigan finished fifth at the championships, followed by Penn State in 14th, Michigan State in 16th and Minnesota in 22nd. Iowa's Mareike Schrulle took seventh individually to pace all Big Ten runners at the meet en route to All-America status.

Big Ten Reels in Regional Awards: Twenty-nine Big Ten runners received USTFCCCA All-Region recognition by virtue of their top-25 finish at their respective regionals this season, the most of any conference in the nation. Michigan, Michigan State and Penn State led the way with five honorees each, while three Minnesota runners, two harriers from Illinois, Iowa, Northwestern, Ohio State and Wisconsin, and one Indiana runner were named to the team. Additionally, Michigan's Mike McGuire was tabbed Great Lakes Region Coach of the Year for the second year in a row, while Penn State Beth Alford-Sullivan claimed Mid-Atlantic Coach of the Year accolades after each leading their squads to a first-place team finish at their respective regionals. For complete regional results, click here.

Big Ten Championships Roundup: Michigan won its first Big Ten Championship since 2006 and ninth overall, finishing with a winning score of 55 after placing five runners in the top 20. Michigan State's Sara Kroll finished first individually, while Michigan State finished second in the team standings and Penn State took third. For the complete Big Ten Championships recap, click here.

Big Ten Postseason Awards: Michigan State's Sara Kroll was named Big Ten Athlete of the Year after placing first at the Big Ten Championships with a time of 20:13. After leading Michigan to its ninth Big Ten title, Wolverine head coach Mike McGuire picked up his ninth Coach of the Year award. Michigan's Shannon Osika was named Freshman of the Year after pacing all freshman at the Big Ten Championships with a 13th place finish. For more on the individual Big Ten award winners, click here.

In The Polls

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Five Big Ten women's swimming teams appear in the latest CSCAA Top 25 poll, released on Wednesday. Penn State comes in at No. 12, followed by Minnesota at No. 14 and Ohio State at No. 15. Indiana checks in at No. 22 and Michigan follows at No. 24. Purdue and Wisconsin are receiving votes.

For the complete poll, click here.

16 Standouts Named to NSCAA All-Great Lakes Region Team

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Sixteen women's soccer players were named to the NSCAA All-Great Lakes Region Team, it was announced on Monday. Standouts from conference institutions make up 16 of the 33 representatives, including seven of the 11 on the first team. Below is the complete list of Big Ten student-athletes on the All-Great Lakes Region Team.

First Team
Vanessa DiBernardo, ILL
Haley Kopmeyer, MICH
Taylor Uhl, MINN
Tiffany Cameron, OSU
Whitney Church, PSU
Maya Hayes, PSU
Christine Nairn, PSU

Second Team
Cloe Lacasse, IOWA
Nkem Ezurike, MICH
Holly Hein, MICH
Erin McNulty, PSU
Monica Lam-Feist, WIS

Third Team
Orianica Velasquez, IND
Shelina Zadorsky, MICH
Megan Fuller, OSU
Raquel Rodriguez, PSU

*For the complete All-Great Lakes Region Team, click here.

Wednesday's Results

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#19/17 Michigan State def. Arkansas-Pine Bluff, 76-44
La Salle def. Penn State, 82-57

Wednesday's Results

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Texas Tech 75, Illinois 56
Michigan 56, Illinois State 45
Michigan State 75, Oakland 43
Minnesota 74, Denver 51
Creighton 66, Nebraska 57
Wisconsin 71, Marquette 68

Wednesday's Schedule

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Illinois at Texas Tech, 8 p.m., Fox College Sports
Michigan at Illinois State, 8 p.m.
Michigan State (rv/-) at Oakland, 6:30 p.m.
Denver at Minnesota, 8 p.m., BTN.com
#25/22 Nebraska at Creighton, 8 p.m.
Marquette at Wisconsin, 8 p.m., BTN.com

Wednesday's Schedule

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Arkansas-Pine Bluff at #19/17 Michigan State - 8 p.m., BTN
Penn State at La Salle - 9 p.m.

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Minnesota's Dungy Wins NCAA's Theodore Roosevelt Award

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Former Minnesota student-athlete and Super Bowl winner Tony Dungy will be honored with the NCAA's Theodore Roosevelt Award at the 2013 NCAA Convention in Grapevine, Texas. Named after President Theodore Roosevelt, whose concern for the conduct of intercollegiate athletics led to the formation of the NCAA in 1906, the award is the NCAA's highest honor and is given annually to an individual "for whom competitive athletics in college and attention to physical well-being thereafter have been important factors in a distinguished career of national significance and achievement." Dwight Eisenhower was the first recipient of the "Teddy" in 1967. Dungy's name will be added to the distinguished list of recipients at the Honors Celebration on Jan. 18.

Dungy's name appears on the Big Ten's Dungy-Thompson Humanitarian Award, which recognizes Big Ten football players that have achieved success in the area of humanitarianism after their college careers have ended. Indiana's George Taliaferro was honored with the inaugural Dungy-Thompson Humanitarian Award in 2011, while Ohio State's Chris Spielman earned the award in 2012.

Dungy excelled in football during his college days at Minnesota, won a Super Bowl ring as a defensive back with the Pittsburgh Steelers and later become a Super Bowl-winning head coach. For more information on his latest honor, click on this link.

Northwestern's Tracy Fuchs has been named the 2012 Dita/NFHCA West Region Coach of the Year, it was announced on Wednesday. Fuchs led the Wildcats to a 16-4 overall record, including a 4-2 mark in Big Ten play.


Penn State coach Bill O'Brien has earned his third recognition in as many days as a finalist for a national coaching honor with his selection as one of three candidates for the 2012 Maxwell Football Club's Collegiate Coach of the Year. Earlier this week, O'Brien and Ohio State's Urban Meyer were named finalists for the Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year by the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) and the Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year. Michigan's Brady Hoke was named the Maxwell Football Club's Collegiate Coach of the Year last season, the seventh such honor for a coach from a current Big Ten school.
 
O'Brien was named the Big Ten's Dave McClain Coach of the Year (media) and Hayes-Schembechler Coach of the Year (coaches). He was just the seventh first-year head coach to earn the Dave McClain Coach of the Year in the 41 years it has been awarded. Named Penn State's 15th head football coach on January 6, 2012, he led the Nittany Lions to victories in eight of their final 10 games, earning an 8-4 overall record and a 6-2 mark in the Big Ten, with the only losses coming to division winners Ohio State and Nebraska. O'Brien's eight wins are the most by a first-year Penn State coach in the 126 years of the program.

Voting is underway for the finalist selection for the MFC Collegiate Coach of the Year. Eligible voters include NCAA Bowl Subdivision Head Coaches and Football Sports Information Directors, Maxwell Football Club members and selected national media. The announcement of the winner will be made on December 19 and the award will be formally presented at the 76th Maxwell Awards Gala on March 1, 2012 at the Harrah's Entertainment Resort in Atlantic City. At the March 1 Awards Gala, the Maxwell Football Club also will present its Thomas Brookshier Spirit Award to the 2012 Penn State football seniors in recognition of their commitment, leadership and outstanding effort during this season.
             
The Maxwell Football Club was founded in 1935 and is the oldest football club of its kind in America. The organization is devoted to recognizing excellence at all levels of football from high school through the NFL ranks. Under the stewardship of MFC President Ron Jaworski the Club has grown rapidly and has members in 40 states. The MFC provides educational and training programs for players and coaches, and also provides scholarships to outstanding student-athletes who demonstrate excellence on the field, in the classroom and in the community.

In The Polls

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Six teams represent the Big Ten in the latest CSCAA Top 25 Poll, as announced on Tuesday. Michigan sits atop the poll at No. 1, while Ohio State follows at No. 6. Indiana and Minnesota check in at No. 10 and No. 11, respectively. Iowa appears at No. 18 and Penn State shares the No. 20 spot with Notre Dame.

For the complete poll, click here.

Big Ten in the NFL - Week 13

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NaVorro Bowman, LB, San Francisco 49ers (Penn State) - Tied for a team-high with eight tackles, including three for loss, and a sack in the 49ers' 16-13 loss to the Rams.

Dallas Clark, TE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Iowa) - Caught three passes for 21 yards and a touchdown in the Bucs' 31-23 loss to the Broncos.

Lavonte David, LB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Nebraska) - Recorded 10 tackles, including three for loss, an interception and two pass deflections in the Bucs' 31-23 loss to the Broncos.

Brandon Fields, P, Miami Dolphins (Michigan State) - Averaged 51.8 yards on five punts and a long of 60 yards in the Dolphins' 23-16 loss to the Patriots.

Larry Foote, LB, Pittsburgh Steelers (Michigan) - Totaled six tackles and a sack in the Steelers' 23-20 defeat of the Ravens.

Shonn Greene, RB, New York Jets (Iowa) - Ran for 104 yards on 24 attempts in the Jets' 7-6 win over the Cardinals.

Chad Greenway, LB, Minnesota Vikings (Iowa) - Tallied a team-high 16 tackles, including 13 solo, in the Vikings' 23-14 loss to the Packers.

Brian Hartline, WR, Miami Dolphins (Ohio State) - Pulled in five catches for 84 yards in Miami's 23-16 loss to New England.

A.J. Hawk, LB, Green Bay Packers (Ohio State) - Racked up a team-high 10 tackles, including eight solo, in the Packers' 23-14 win over the Vikings.

Alex Henery, K, Philadephia Eagles (Nebraska) - Nailed both of his field goals and all three extra point attempts in the Eagles' 38-33 loss to the Cowboys.

James Laurinaitis, LB, St. Louis Rams (Ohio State) - Racked up 10 solo tackles in the Rams' 16-13 defeat of the 49ers.

Sean Lee, LB, Dallas Cowboys (Penn State) - Recorded six tackles, including one for loss, and a pass deflection in the Cowboys' 38-33 victory over the Eagles.

Brandon Myers, TE, Oakland Raiders (Iowa) - Hauled in 14 catches for 130 yards and a touchdown in the Raiders' 20-17 loss to the Browns.

Bernard Pollard, S, Baltimore Ravens (Purdue) - Recorded eight solo tackles, including one for loss, and a pass deflection in the Ravens' 23-20 loss to the Steelers.

Paul Posluszny, LB, Jacksonville Jaguars (Penn State) - Tied a team-high with nine tackles, including one for loss, an interception and a pass deflection in the Jaguars' 34-18 loss to the Bills.

Anthony Spencer, LB, Dallas Cowboys (Purdue) - Recorded eight tackles, including one for loss, and a pass deflection in the Cowboy's 38-33 victory over the Eagles.

J.J. Watt, DE, Houston Texans (Wisconsin) - Tallied five tackles, one sack, a forced fumble and two pass deflections in Houston's 24-10 win over Tennessee.

Donte Whitner, S, San Francisco 49ers (Ohio State)- Racked up seven tackles, including six solo, in San Francisco's 16-13 overtime loss to St. Louis.

Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle Seahawks (Wisconsin) - Threw for 293 yards and two touchdowns on 23-of-37 passing and rushed for 71 yards on nine attempts in the Seahawks' 23-17 overtime victory over the Bears.

Antoine Winfield, Minnesota Vikings (Ohio State) - Registered nine tackles, including five solo, in the Vikings' 23-14 loss to the Packers.

Darrell Hazell Named Purdue Head Football Coach

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Purdue athletics director Morgan J. Burke announced the hiring of Darrell Hazell as head football coach. The 48-year-old Hazell becomes the 35th football coach in school history. Terms of the agreement were not announced.

"Darrell is a great fit to build on our existing foundation," Burke said. "His leadership at Kent State, combined with his prior experience at Ohio State and other stops along the way, has prepared him to help us continue to move toward developing a championship-caliber program. He understands our '25/85' vision as well as our desire to recruit both locally and nationally. Furthermore, it is clear that he appreciates the Cradle of Quarterbacks tradition, and it will remain a focal point of our program."

"I'm extremely excited to work with the players at Purdue, and I look forward to experiencing a lot of success in the future," Hazell said. "It's a wonderful opportunity. Purdue University has a great football tradition, and I can't wait to get started."

Hazell (HAY-zull) comes to the Boilermakers from Kent State, where he served as head coach for the last two seasons, compiling a 16-9 record. The Golden Flashes have enjoyed arguably their most-successful season ever in 2012. They are 11-2 after winning their first-ever Mid-American Conference East Division Championship and will play in their first bowl game in 40 years. Hazell was named the 2012 MAC Coach of the Year, the third Kent State to be so honored, following Don James (1972) and Glen Mason (1986).

Kent State's 11 wins are a school record. The Flashes won six games on the road, including a 35-23 victory at No. 15 Rutgers, their first-ever against a ranked opponent. They became the first MAC East team to finish 8-0 in the conference since 2003 and climbed to as high as No. 17 in the Bowl Championship Series standings. Kent State currently is ranked No. 25 heading into the GoDaddy.com Bowl against Arkansas State on Jan. 6, 2013.

In his first year at the helm, Hazell led Kent State to wins in four of its final five games and had the Flashes playing for bowl eligibility in their last contest. Five opponents went on to win bowl games, including national champion Alabama.

Off the field, Kent State football players became more visible in the community under Hazell, while the team grade-point average improved. During the 2012 spring semester, a program-record 50 players had GPA's above 3.0.

Prior to his stint at Kent State, Hazell spent seven seasons at Ohio State, where he served as assistant head coach and wide receivers coach under Jim Tressel. From 2005 to 2010, the Buckeyes won six consecutive Big Ten Conference championships and played in six straight BCS bowls, including appearances in the 2007 and 2008 national championship games. Ohio State featured dual-threat quarterbacks Troy Smith and Terrelle Pryor, and among its receivers were Ted Ginn Jr., Anthony Gonzalez, Santonio Holmes and DeVier Posey. A 27-year veteran of the college coaching ranks, Hazell previously coached at Rutgers (2001-03), West Virginia (1999-2000), the U.S. Military Academy (1997-98), Western Michigan (1995-96), Pennsylvania (1992-94), Eastern Illinois (1988) and Oberlin (1986-87, 1989-91).

Hazell is a 1986 graduate of Muskingum College with a B.A. in speech communications and business. He was a three-time all-conference selection as a wide receiver. As a senior, he earned All-America honors and was voted a team captain. A native of Cinnaminson, N.J., Hazell (born April 14, 1964) and his wife, Annmarie, have a son, Kyle.

Tuesday's Results

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Purdue def. Lamar, 72-39
#13/14 Illinois def. Western Carolina, 72-64
Iowa def. South Dakota, 87-63
#14/21 Minnesota def. South Dakota State, 88-64
Wisconsin def. Nebraska-Omaha, 86-40
#3/3 Michigan def. Western Michigan, 73-41
Northwestern def. Baylor (rv/rv), 74-70

Tuesday's Result

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Belmont 58, Indiana 54

Tuesday's Schedule

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Belmont at Indiana, 7 p.m. ET, BTN.com

Four Teams Ranked in AP, USA Today Top 25 Polls

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Four Big Ten teams are ranked in the Associated Press (AP) and USA Today Coaches polls, while another is receiving votes from the media. Penn State leads the contingent of ranked Big Ten teams, appearing at No. 10 in both polls. Purdue appears at No. 14 in the coaches rankings and No. 15 in the AP poll, Ohio State checks in at No. 20 in both standings, and Nebraska is rated No. 22 from the coaches and was voted to No. 25 in the media poll. Michigan State is among other squads also receiving votes in the AP rankings.

Tuesday's Schedule

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Lamar at Purdue - 6:30 p.m., BTN
Western Carolina at #13/14 Illinois - 8 p.m., BTN.com
South Dakota at Iowa - 8 p.m., BTN.com
South Dakota State at #14/21 Minnesota - 8 p.m., ESPN3
Nebraska-Omaha at Wisconsin - 8 p.m., ESPN3
Western Michigan at #3/3 Michigan - 8:30 p.m., BTN
Northwestern at Baylor (rv/rv) - 9 p.m., ESPN2

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Maxwell Football Club President Ron Jaworski has announced that the 2012 senior members of the Penn State football team will be honored as winners of the Club's Thomas Brookshier Spirit Award in recognition of their commitment, leadership and outstanding effort during this season.
 
Penn State completed the 2012 season, its first under Coach Bill O'Brien, with an 8-4 record, winning eight of its final 10 games. The Nittany Lions were 6-2 in Big Ten Conference play, with the only setbacks coming to division winners Ohio State and Nebraska. Under O'Brien, the Big Ten-Dave McClain Coach of the Year, Penn State finished the season by defeating eventual Big Ten champion Wisconsin, 24-21 in overtime, on Senior Day.
 
"The senior leaders at Penn State demonstrated incredible commitment, character and effort during the past year, and what they accomplished on the field this fall is just astonishing", said Jaworski. "With the difficult circumstances surrounding the program it would have been easy for many of these players to look for a different situation to finish their college careers. But they chose to stay and support their teammates, coaches and university. The spirit and courage demonstrated in their actions is worthy of recognition with the Thomas Brookshier Spirit Award. They are a very special group of young men."

In The Polls

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Three Big Ten women's soccer teams earned rankings in the final postseason NSCAA/Continental Tire poll, announced on Tuesday. Big Ten champion Penn State checks in at No. 2 after advancing to the national title game last weekend. Michigan holds the No. 19 spot, while Ohio State comes in at No. 23. Illinois was receiving votes.

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Six Teams Ranked in Preseason Top 25

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Six Big Ten teams were ranked in the GymInfo Preseason Coaches' Poll, released on Monday. Nebraska tops the list of conference squads in the rankings, coming in at No. 7. Michigan follows at No. 10, while Ohio State and Penn State check in at No. 14 and No. 16, respectively. Illinois holds the No. 18 spot, while Minnesota clocks in at No. 23. Iowa and Michigan State are receiving votes.

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Before the University of Wisconsin football team defeated Nebraska to win the 2012 Big Ten Championship, it was a former Badger who took center stage for a special community initiative at the Indiana Convention Center on Friday, Nov. 30.

Cecil Martin, a four-year starter at fullback for Wisconsin in the late 1990's, served as honorary youth football coach during the inaugural "Allstate Big Ten Good Works Day," a skills clinic for schoolchildren from Indianapolis' Garden City Elementary School.

The two-hour event was hosted by Big Ten Conference sponsor Allstate Insurance Company in conjunction with the Big Ten, Indiana Sports Corporation and USA Football.

At the convention center's Dr. Pepper Field, more than 150 kids took part in various passing, catching and tackling drills, all part of USA Football's FUNdamentals program designed to teach children the basics of the sport in a fun and safe environment.

Tom Clarkson, field senior vice president for Allstate's North Central Region, and Martin addressed the kids before the start of the clinic, with Martin highlighting the importance of hard work, focus and perseverance in the pursuit of one's dreams.  The former Philadelphia Eagle, Oakland Raider and Tampa Bay Buccaneer was twice named to the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team for outstanding achievements in community service during his playing days at Wisconsin.

Ranking the Wrestlers

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Big Ten wrestling boasts 63 ranked wrestlers in this week's InterMat College Rankings, with five grapplers holding the No. 1 ranking in their respective class. Iowa 125-pounder Matt McDonough, Ohio State 133-pounder Logan Steiber, Iowa 157-pounder Derek St. John, Penn State 184-pounder Ed Ruth and Minnesota heavyweight Tony Nelson each sit in the top spot in their weight class' rankings. The Big Ten also boasts five of the top six squads in the team rankings, as Penn State is checks in at No. 1, followed by No. 3 Minnesota, No. 4 Iowa, No. 5 Illinois and No. 6 Ohio State. The complete breakdown of ranked Big Ten teams and wrestlers can be found below.

Team
1. Penn State
3. Minnesota
4. Iowa
5. Illinois
6. Ohio State
T14. Northwestern
17. Nebraska
T31. Purdue
T34. Michigan
37. Indiana
41. Wisconsin
T48. Michigan State

125
1. Matt McDonough, IOWA
2. Jesse Delgado, ILL
3. Nico Megaludis, PSU
8. David Thorn, MINN
15. Nikko Triggas, OSU
17. Camden Eppert, PUR
18. Dom Malone, NU

133
1. Logan Steiber, OSU
3. Tony Ramos, IOWA
5. Chris Dardanes, MINN
13. Daryl Thomas, ILL
15. Cashe Quiroga, PUR
16. Levi Mele, NU

141

2. Hunter Stieber, OSU
3. B.J. Futrell, ILL
9. Tyler Graff, WIS
11. Mark Ballweg, IOWA
14. Nick Dardanes, MINN

149
2. Dylan Ness, MINN
5. Andrew Alton, PSU
10. Jake Sueflohn, NEB
11. Cam Tessari, OSU
13. Eric Grajales, MICH
14. Ivan Lopouchanski, PUR

157
1. Derek St. John, IOWA
2. Jason Welch, NU
5. Dylan Alton, PSU
8. James Green, NEB
20. Tommy Churchard, PUR

165
2. David Taylor, PSU
5. Conrad Polz, ILL
9. Cody Yohn, MINN
10. Pierce Harger, NU
15. Taylor Massa, MICH
18. Ryan LeBlanc, IND
19. Nick Moore, IOWA

174
2. Nick Heflin, OSU
3. Matt Brown, PSU
4. Logan Storley, MINN
5. Jordan Blanton, ILL
7. Mike Evans, IOWA
8. Robert Kokesh, NEB
9. Lee Munster, NU
12. Dan Yates, MICH

184
1. Ed Ruth, PSU
4. Kevin Steinhaus, MINN
6. Josh Ihnen, NEB
7. Ethen Lofthouse, IOWA
11. Tony Dallago, ILL

197
3. Quentin Wright, PSU
5. Mario Gonzalez, ILL
10. Andrew Campolattano, OSU
13. Scott Schiller, MINN
15. Braden Atwood, PUR
19. Max Huntley, MICH

Hwt
1. Tony Nelson, MINN
5. Bobby Telford, IOWA
8. Adam Chalfant, IND
9. Mike McMullan, NU
10. Mike McClure, MSU
12. Peter Capone, OSU
14. Connor Medbery, WIS
15. Jimmy Lawson, PSU








In The Polls

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Nine Big Ten wrestling teams are ranked in the latest NWCA/USA Today Division I Coaches Poll, with four conference squads earning top-five consideration. Penn State takes over the top spot this week, followed by No. 3 Minnesota, No. 4 Ohio State and No. 5 Iowa. Illinois checks in at No. 6, while Nebraska sits at No. 9. Northwestern and Michigan sit at Nos. 12 and 14, respectively, while Purdue comes in at No. 21.

Click HERE for the complete poll.

Ohio State's Urban Meyer and Penn State's Bill O'Brien have been named finalists for the 2012 Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year, just one day after both were named finalists for the 2012 Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year by the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA). Established in 2006, the Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year recognizes coaches who demonstrate sportsmanship, integrity, responsibility and excellence both on and off the field. 

Beginning today through December 20, fans can log their Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year vote by visiting coachoftheyear.com on their PC, tablet or mobile device and posting a pre-populated tweet. As part of Liberty Mutual's partnership with the National Football Foundation, a selection committee of more than 50 College Football Hall of Fame players and coaches, as well as national college football media, will evaluate the coaches based on their responsibility, integrity and on-field success to help determine the four coaching winners from FBS, the Football Championship Subdivision, Division II and Division III.  Winners are ultimately determined using the following voting weight:  fan voting (20 percent), College Football Hall of Fame (55 percent) and media (25 percent).
 
Liberty Mutual will announce the four winners the morning of the BCS National Championship game, January 7, 2013, in South Florida.  The FBS coaching winner will receive a $50,000 donation from Liberty Mutual to the charity or charities of his choice, as well as a $20,000 scholarship grant in their name to their school's alumni association.  Since 2006, the Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Award has celebrated the work of its 21 winners by donating more than $1.5 million to over 90 charities and college alumni scholarship funds.

Big Ten Reels in AVCA Regional Awards

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Big Ten volleyball standouts collected numerous AVCA Division I Regional Awards on Tuesday, with 14 players earning All-Region honors. Penn State head coach Russ Rose was named the Mideast Region Coach of the Year, while Penn State newcomer Megan Courtney reeled in Mideast Region Freshman of the Year laurels. Earning All-Mideast Region accolades were Michigan's Jennifer Cross, Michigan State's Lauren Wicinski, Minnesota's Tori Dixon and Katherine Harms, Nebraska's Lauren Cook, Gina Mancuso and Hannah Werth, Northwestern's Stephanie Holthus, Ohio State's Mari Hole, Penn State's Micha Hancock, Deja McClendon, Ariel Scott and Katie Slay and Purdue's Ariel Turner. Additionally, six players received Honorable Mention status -- Michigan's Lexi Erwin, Michigan State's Kori Moster, Minnesota's Ashley Wittman, Nebraska's Meghan Haggerty, Ohio State's Emily Danks and Penn State's Courtney.

For the full list of regional award winners, click HERE.
Michigan men's tennis player Evan King is among the top American collegians selected to represent the United States in the seventh annual Master'U BNP Paribas, an international collegiate team competition to be held Dec. 5-9 in Aix-en-Provence, France. King, the fourth-ranked singles player in the country, is one of only six student-athletes selected to lead the United States in the eight-nation competition that includes college and university players from around the world.

King finished last season with a career-best 34-7 record. He was named the 2012 Big Ten Athlete of the Year after posting a perfect 11-0 conference dual record from the No. 1 singles position.

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PSU's McGloin Wins Burlsworth Trophy

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Penn State senior quarterback Matt McGloin was honored by the Springdale Rotary Club as the winner of the Third Annual Burlsworth Trophy, presented to the nation's outstanding college football player who began his career as a walk-on. The record-setting signal-caller broke nine school passing records and tied another during his impressive senior campaign. The Burlsworth Trophy was first presented in 2010 in honor of Brandon Burlsworth, a former All-American and walk-on offensive lineman at the University of Arkansas. Burlsworth died in an automobile accident 11 days after being selected by the Indianapolis Colts as the 63rd overall pick in the 1999 NFL Draft. Michigan safety Jordan Kovacs (Michigan) was also a finalist for the Burlsworth Trophy.
 
McGloin joined the Nittany Lions in 2008 and has emerged as one of Penn State's most prolific signal-callers in its 126-year history. A starter in 10 games prior to this season, McGloin was named the starting quarterback in June and flourished in Coach Bill O'Brien's offense, starting all 12 games this year. The former West Scranton High School standout broke nine school records and tied another during his superlative senior campaign. He was instrumental in helping the Nittany Lions win eight of their last 10 games, compiling an 8-4 overall record and 6-2 Big Ten mark, finishing second in the Leaders Division. For the season, McGloin was 270 of 446 (60.5) for 3,266 yards, with 24 touchdown passes and only five interceptions. He also was second on the team with five touchdown runs. An honorable mention All-Big Ten choice, McGloin was selected Big Ten Co-Offensive Player of the Week on Nov. 19 after throwing for 395 yards, just four yards off the school record, and a career-high tying four touchdowns in Penn State's 45-22 win over Indiana.

Monday's Results

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Nebraska def. USC, 63-51

Statistically Speaking

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The NCAA released the most up to date national statistics on Monday, with several Big Ten standouts appearing among the top 25 in various statistical categories.

Points Per Game
16. Maggie Lucas, PSU (21.4)

Assists Per Game
2. Alexis Smith, ILL (7.4)
7. Karly Roser, NU (7.0)
16. Samantha Logic, IOWA (6.3)

Blocks Per Game
8. Ashley Adams, OSU (3.3)
18. Karisma Penn, ILL (2.7)

Steals Per Game
4. Alex Bentley, PSU (4.3)

Field Goal Percentage
25. Karisma Penn, ILL (58.8)

Free-Throw Percentage
24. Jaime Printy, IOWA (93.6)

3-Point Field-Goal Percentage
8. Maggie Lucas, PSU (56.1)
16. Kate Thompson, MICH (50.0)
21. KK Houser, PUR (47.4)
23. Aulani Sinclair, IND (46.8)

3-Point Field Goals Per Game
7. Kate Thompson, MICH (3.5)
11. Amber Moore, ILL (3.3)
11. Maggie Lucas, PSU (3.3)

Assist-Turnover Ratio
24. Lindsey Moore, NEB (2.6)
25. Jasmine Thomas, MSU (2.5)

Double-Doubles
14. Karisma Penn, ILL (4)

Minnesota's Taylor Uhl and Ohio State's Tiffany Cameron, both first-team All-Big Ten selections and All-America honorees, led the nation in total goals scored this season, each tallying 21 scores. Uhl also led the country in total points (51) and was second in points per game (2.55) and goals per game (1.05), while Cameron was first in game-winning goals (9), third in goals per game (0.955) and fourth in total points (47).

Michigan's Haley Kopmeyer, the Big Ten's Goalkeeper of the Year, ranked fourth in the nation in goalie minutes played (2246.41). As a team, Big Ten Champion and NCAA runner-up Penn State was fourth in scoring offense.

For the entire season's statistics, click here.

Five Big Ten Teams Receiving Votes in Latest AP Poll

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Five Big Ten teams were receiving votes in the latest Associated Press rankings, release on Monday afternoon. Penn State leads the conference contingent at No. 10, followed by Purdue at No. 15. Ohio State appears at No. 20 in the rankings, while Nebraska rounds out the poll at No. 25. Undefeated Michigan State is among other squads also receiving votes.

Ohio State's Urban Meyer and Penn State's Bill O'Brien have been named finalists by the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) for the 2012 Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award, whose winner will be revealed on Thursday, Dec. 13. Of the finalists, only Meyer previously has captured the FWAA coaching award, in 2004 during his final season at Utah. Coaches from current Big Ten schools have claimed the Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award on 17 occasions, most recently by Ohio State's Jim Tressel (2002), Northwestern's Gary Barnett (1995) and Wisconsin's Barry Alvarez (1993). Last season, Michigan's Brady Hoke was named the national coach of the year by the Maxwell Football Club.

Meyer's Buckeyes completed the school's sixth perfect regular season in his first season at the school. Meyer won the award in 2004 at Utah and was a finalist in 2008 while at Florida. O'Brien kept the Nittany Lions focused despite an 0-2 start and capped an 8-4 season with a 24-21 overtime win over eventual Big Ten champion Wisconsin.

PSU's Stankiewitch Named Rimington Trophy Finalist

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Penn State's Matt Stankiewitch has been named one of six finalists for the Rimington Trophy, given annually to the nation's outstanding center. Dave Rimington, the award's namesake, was a consensus first-team All-America center at the University of Nebraska in 1981 and 1982, during which time he became the Outland Trophy's only double winner as the nation's finest college interior lineman. Six players from current Big Ten schools have claimed the Rimington Trophy, including last year's winner in David Molk of Michigan.

Sunday's Results

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Wisconsin def. California, 81-56

Sunday's Results

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Cleveland State 69, Indiana 58
Kansas 65, Minnesota 53
DePaul 89, Northwestern 61
Penn State 101, Farleigh Dickinson 44
Purdue 87, Central Michigan 71

Sunday's Schedule

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California (rv/rv) at Wisconsin (rv/rv) - 4 p.m., BTN

Sunday's Schedule

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Cleveland State at Indiana, 2 p.m., BTN.com
Minnesota (-/rv) at #20/20 Kansas, 3 p.m.
Northwestern at DePaul (rv/rv), 5 p.m.
Farleigh Dickinson at #6/7 Penn State, 2 p.m., BTN.com
Central Michigan at #14/13 Purdue, 1:30 p.m., BTN

Saturday's Results

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Colorado 69, Illinois 62
Iowa 68, Northern Iowa 46br> Michigan 59, Florida 53
Michigan State 81, Milwaukee
Nebraska 60, Idaho State 51
Ohio State 78, Evansville 33
Wisconsin 69, Alabama 50

Saturday's Results

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Indiana def. Coppin State, 87-51
Iowa def. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, 88-59
Michigan def. Bradley, 74-66
Michigan State def. Nicholls State, 84-39
Minnesota def. North Florida, 87-59
UIC def. Northwestern, 50-44
Ohio State def. Northern Kentucky, 70-43
Penn State def. Penn, 58-47
Xavier def. Purdue, 63-57

Saturday's Schedule

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Colorado at Illinois, 2 p.m., BTN.com
Northern Iowa at Iowa (rv/-), 2:30 p.m.
Florida at Michigan, 2 p.m., BTN.com
Milwaukee at Michigan State, 4 p.m.
Idaho State at #21/19 Nebraska, 3 p.m.
Evansville at #15/16 Ohio State, Noon, BTN.com
Alabama at Wisconsin, 3 p.m.

Saturday's Schedule

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Nicholls State at #13/14 Michigan State - Noon, BTN
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at Iowa - 1 p.m., BTN
North Florida at #21/rv Minnesota - 2 p.m., BTN
Illinois-Chicago at Northwestern - 2 p.m., BTN.com
Pennsylvania at Penn State - 2 p.m., ESPN3
Xavier at Purdue - 2:15 p.m., BTN
#3/3 Michigan at Bradley - 4 p.m., ESPNU
Northern Kentucky at #4/4 Ohio State - 4:30 p.m.,  BTN
Coppin State at #1/1 Indiana - 7:30 p.m., BTN

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