April 2013 Archives

Tuesday's Result

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Northwestern 4, DePaul 2

Tuesday's Schedule

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Southern Illinois at ILLINOIS, 7:05 p.m.
Wisconsin-Milwaukee at IOWA, 6:05 p.m.
Chicago State at NORTHWESTERN, 4 p.m.

Where We Rank

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The Big Ten is one of three conferences, joining the SEC and Pac-12, with six or more teams in the top 50 of the latest RPI. Nebraska (sixth) climbs four spots this week, while Michigan (12th), Wisconsin (23rd), Minnesota (29th), Iowa (34th) and Northwestern (45th) are also among the top 50.

Four Big Ten teams are receiving votes in the national rankings this week, including two in the top 15. Michigan appears at No. 10 in both the USA Softball and NFCA polls, while Nebraska is 14th in the USA Softball poll and tied for 16th in the NFCA standings. Wisconsin appears at No. 25 in the NFCA rankings and joins Minnesota among the teams also receiving votes in the USA Softball poll.

Tuesday's Schedule

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DePaul at Northwestern, 5 p.m.

Sunday's Results

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Iowa 5, Penn State 0
The University of Iowa softball team used a complete game shutout from senior Chelsea Lyon and a game-high three hits from senior Bradi Wall to blank Penn State, 5-0, in the final contest of a three-game set Sunday at Pearl Field. The game, Iowa's final Big Ten home contest, served as Senior Day. The Hawkeyes honored Ashley Akers, Johnnie Dowling, Lyon, Sam Valentine, Wall, and team manager Cameron Cole following the victory. RECAP

Nebraska 7, Michigan 4
The 16th-ranked Nebraska softball team scored five times in the bottom of the sixth inning to rally for a 7-4 victory over No. 9 Michigan on a warm Senior Day at Bowlin Stadium on Sunday. Nebraska, which fell behind 4-0 early, turned the tables on the Wolverines, who scored four times in their final at bat in a 5-3 come-from-behind victory on Saturday. The Huskers scored seven unanswered runs on Sunday to win a conference series over a top-10 opponent for the first time since sweeping a two-game Big 12 series from No. 5 Oklahoma in 2001. RECAP

Ohio State 14, Minnesota 6
The Ohio State softball team tallied a season-high 18 hits in a 14-6 win in six innings against Minnesota Sunday at Buckeye Field. The contest was delayed in the top of the second with the score 3-0 in favor of Ohio State and play resumed after a 72-minute rain delay. Following the stoppage, the Buckeye bats posted four runs in the third, two in the fourth, three in the fifth and two additional runs in the sixth inning to earn the win. An impressive seven different Buckeyes tallied multi-hit performances, while eight different players crossed the plate vs. the Gophers (30-16, 11-6 Big Ten). RECAP

Northwestern 6, Purdue 2
On Senior Day Sunday at Sharon J. Drysdale Field, NU's three graduating players and the rest of the Wildcats earned a 6-2 win over Purdue with a five-run sixth inning on a beautiful sunny Evanston afternoon. Northwestern's sweep was its third of the Big Ten season after also taking three games from Illinois and Penn State earlier in the year. Prior to the game, Northwestern's graduating players Meghan Lamberth, Kristin Scharkey and Lauren Tyndall were honored. RECAP

Illinois 10, Michigan State 0
The Fighting Illini tallied 10 hits, including the first grand of the season, to provide plenty of run support for senior pitcher Pepper Gay, who hurled her 16th career shutout as the Orange and Blue completed the series sweep of Michigan State with a 10-0 victory in six innings. After struggling early in the conference season, the Illini have now won eight-straight games and captured three Big Ten series sweeps. Illinois improves to 19-25 (9-11 Big Ten), while the Spartans drop to 21-23 (7-9 Big Ten). RECAP

Saturday Spring Game Recaps

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The spring football season wrapped up on Saturday with two final spring games, as Iowa and Minnesota were the last two Big Ten schools to conclude spring practice. Recaps for both schools appear below:

IOWA
University of Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz likened Saturday's Spring Scrimmage inside Kinnick Stadium to arena football based on the final 61-37 victory by the Hawkeye offense. The spring scrimmage was the culmination of 15 spring practices. All three quarterbacks -- Jake Rudock, Cody Sokol and C.J. Beathard -- split the game action. Ferentz says the trio has progressed this spring and the competition will carry over into fall camp. RECAP

MINNESOTA
With the weather finally cooperating, the Gopher football team took the field at TCF Bank Stadium on a beautiful Saturday afternoon for the 2013 spring game. The Maroon team beat their White team counterparts by a final score of 24-17. The Maroon dominated offensively, outgaining the White Team in passing, rushing and total yards. The Philip Nelson-led Maroon team started out the scrimmage, which drew an announced 8,400 spectators, with a long drive from the 35-yard line that included two fourth down conversions, culminating in a one-yard Donnell Kirkwood touchdown. RECAP

Saturday's Results

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Wisconsin 5, Indiana 2
It came down to the wire as the Badgers came up big in the seventh inning at Indiana Saturday afternoon. Wisconsin scored four runs in the top of the seventh to earn a 5-2 victory over the Hoosiers and sweep the three-game Big Ten series. RECAP

Penn State 6, Iowa 5
For the second time in two days, Penn State softball used one explosive inning to grab a victory over Iowa, this time a 6-5 decision. The Nittany Lions (14-30, 4-14 Big Ten) put up six runs in the third and held on to edge the Hawkeyes (25-23, 4-15 Big Ten) Saturday afternoon at Pearl Field in Iowa City, Iowa, for their third-consecutive win. RECAP

Illinois 10, Michigan State
The Fighting Illini extended their winning streak to seven games this afternoon, clinching their third-straight Big Ten series victory with a 10-2 defeat of Michigan State in six innings. Five Illini had multi-hit performances as the Illini tied their season high with 13 base hits in the game. Illinois improves to 18-25 (8-11 Big Ten), while MSU's eight-game skid drops them below .500 to 21-22 (7-8 Big Ten). RECAP

Northwestern 4, Purdue 1
On Senior Weekend at Northwestern, senior Megan Lamberth (Wildwood, Mo./Lafayette) spun a masterful performance from the circle in a 4-1 win over Purdue Saturday at Sharon J. Drysdale Field. Northwestern improves to 27-18 overall on the season, 11-7 in the Big Ten with its win. Purdue now is 22-27 on the year, 8-11 in the conference after its loss. Lamberth (9-5) scattered eight hits against no walks with a season-best five strikeouts to move to 9-5 on the season. She allowed just the one run on the tight play at the plate in the seventh inning. RECAP

Michigan 5, Nebraska 3
A four-run seventh inning, keyed by Lauren Sweet's two-run single, gave the No. 9 University of Michigan softball team a 5-3 comeback win over No. 20 Nebraska today at Bowlin Stadium. With the bases loaded, Sweet fell behind 1-2 before working the count full. She drove a single back through the middle, scoring Lane and Lawrence to give Michigan its first lead of the game. The hit was the third of the day for Sweet. RECAP

Minnesota 7, Ohio State 2
Minnesota won its 30th game of the season, as the Gophers defeated Ohio State by a score of 7-2 on Saturday afternoon at Buckeye Field to clinch its three-game weekend series against OSU. It marks the first time Minnesota has won 30 or more games in three straight seasons since reaching the mark 2002-04. RECAP

Friday's Results

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Wisconsin 12, Indiana 1 (Game 1); Wisconsin 3, Indiana 0 (Game 2)
The Badgers opened with a run-rule blow out and closed with a school-record 14th Big Ten Conference win Friday night, sweeping Indiana in a doubleheader at Andy Mohr Field in Bloomington, Ind. Wisconsin (37-9 overall, 14-5 Big Ten) started action with a huge first inning in the opening game. The Badgers scored nine runs on eight hits in the first inning of action. Mary Massei led off the game with her 65th hit of the year, a program record, and the Badgers' offense kept rolling when Shannel Blackshear hit her school-record tying 30th career home run. The Badgers success continued into the night cap. Wisconsin plated a pair of runs in the top of the third when Massey recorded her school-record tying 11th home run of the season. Wisconsin used the long ball again in the top of the fourth when Michelle Mueller connected for the third time in four games. RECAP

Penn State 6, Iowa 3
A five-run fifth supported by three doubles and a two-run blast from Kasie Hatfield lifted Penn State softball to a 6-3 victory over Iowa Friday evening at Pearl Field in Iowa City, Iowa. The Nittany Lions (13-30, 3-14 Big Ten) out-hit the Hawkeyes (25-22, 4-14 Big Ten), 9-6, to take the series opener. Macy Jones earned her 11th victory of the year with the complete-game effort while striking out five Hawkeyes. Seven Nittany Lion starters recorded at least one hit while Reina Furuya and Hatfield led the team with two apiece. Hatfield was also one of three players with two RBI, joined by Kailyn Johnson and Alyssa Sovereign. RECAP

Illinois 6, Michigan State 2
In what began as a fast-paced pitchers' duel, the Fighting Illini used a five-run sixth inning to defeat Michigan State University, 6-2. Jess Perkins drove in the first four runs for the Illini on a sacrifice fly and a three-run homer, while Pepper Gay limited the Spartans' offense to just a handful of hits, scoring only on a two-run shot that just barely cleared the fence. The victory extends the Illini's winning streak to six games, all in Big Ten play, improving to 17-25 (7-11 Big Ten), while MSU drops its seventh straight, falling to 21-21 (7-7 Big Ten). RECAP

Nebraska 6, Michigan 1
The Husker offense scored in four straight innings and Tatum Edwards held the nation's highest scoring team to just one run as the 16th-ranked Nebraska softball team snapped Michigan's nation-leading 22-game win streak with a 6-1 victory over the ninth-ranked Wolverines on Friday night at Bowlin Stadium. Nebraska improved to 36-10 with the win, handing Michigan (40-8) its first loss since March 14. The Huskers also gained ground on the Wolverines in the Big Ten standings, improving to 13-4 in league play. Michigan fell to 16-1 in Big Ten action with its first conference loss of the season and its first defeat in 21 consecutive conference games dating back to 2012. RECAP

Minnesota 3, Ohio State 0
Junior right-handed pitcher Sara Moulton threw a complete-game one-hit shutout, and sophomore shortstop Tyler Walker went 3-for-4 with a double and a home run, as Minnesota opened a three-game series at Ohio State with a 3-0 win on Friday evening. Minnesota (29-15, 10-5 Big Ten) quickly took a 1-0 lead, as Walker opened the game with a double to the wall in left center, and she scored on a one-out single to center by junior center fielder Bree Blanchette. Walker gave the Gophers a 3-0 lead by opening the fifth inning with a line drive home run to left center, her team-leading 10th home run of the season. In the circle, Moulton was dominant, allowing just one hit and a pair of walks, while striking out 11 Ohio State batters to improve her record to 25-9 this season. The lone hit for the Buckeyes was a clean single to center by Maddie McIntyre to lead off the fifth. RECAP

Northwestern 6, Purdue 4
Trailing by a pair of runs entering the bottom of the sixth inning, Northwestern plated a quartet to earn a 6-4 win over Purdue in the opening game of Senior Weekend Friday at Sharon J. Drysdale Field. Letourneau led off the bottom half of the sixth with a solid single before Edwards was hit by a pitch. One out later, a passed ball moved both runners up a bag before LeBeau hit a sharp grounder to short to score Letourneau. Sammy Albanese was hit by a pitch, then Kristin Scharkey hit a little flare off the handle of her bat that fell just in front of a diving shortstop and scooted away to allow both Edwards and LeBeau to score and give NU its first lead of the game, 5-4. Nearly the exact same play followed when Majam also hit a flare to the shortstop that could not be corralled for an infield single, this one bringing Albanese around for a 6-4 score entering the seventh. RECAP

Weekend Schedule

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Purdue at Northwestern
Game 1 - Friday, 5 p.m., BTN.com
Game 2 - Saturday, 2 p.m., BTN.com
Game 3 - Sunday, 1 p.m., BTN.com

Illinois at Michigan State
Game 1 - Friday, 5 p.m., BTN.com
Game 2 - Saturday 1 p.m., BTN.com
Game 3 - Sunday, 1 p.m., BTN.com

Wisconsin at Indiana
Game 1 - Friday, 6 p.m., BTN.com
Game 2 - Friday, 8 p.m., BTN.com
Game 3 - Saturday, 1 p.m., BTN.com

Minnesota at Ohio State
Game 1 - Friday, 6 p.m.
Game 2 - Saturday, 2 p.m.
Game 3 - Sunday, 1 p.m.

Penn State at Iowa
Game 1 - Friday, 7 p.m.
Game 2 - Saturday, 3 p.m.
Game 3 - Sunday, 2 p.m.

Michigan at Nebraska
Game 1 - Friday, 7 p.m.
Game 2 - Saturday, 2 p.m., BTN
Game 3 - Sunday, 12:30 p.m., BTN (delay, 3 p.m.)

All times ET and schedule subject to change

Weekly Award Wrap-Up

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Twenty-four Big Ten student-athletes in nine different sports collected awards from the conference office during the week of April 22. Below is the complete list of honorees.

Baseball
Player of the the Week - Michael Pritchard, NEB
Pitcher of the Week - Luke Farrell, NU
Freshman of the Week - Jordan Minch, PUR

Men's Golf 
Golfer of the Week - Steven Ihm, IOWA

Women's Golf
Golfer of the Week - Laura Gonzalez-Escallon, PUR

Rowing
Boat of the Week - Ohio State Second Varsity Eight (Victoria Lazur, Nicole Becks, Katie Deletskaya, Silvia De Matteis, Lauren Eckles, Samantha Fowle, Stephanie Johnson, Catherine Shields and Daphne Socha)

Softball 
Player of the Week - Amy Letourneau, NU
Pitcher of the Week - Shelese Arnold, ILL
Freshman of the Week - Sierra Lawrence, MICH

Men's Tennis
Athlete of the Week - Jared Hiltzik, ILL

Women's Tennis
Athlete of the Week - Linda Abu Mushrefova, NU

Men's Outdoor Track & Field
Co-Track Athletes of the Week - Casimir Loxsom, PSU & Elliot Krause, WIS
Field Athlete of the Week - Derek Drouin, IND

Women's Outdoor Track & Field
Track Athlete of the Week - Jessica Furlan, NEB
Field Athlete of the Week - Emma Kimoto, IND

Weekend Schedule

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April 26
IOWA / Alabama / #10 Notre Dame at INDIANA - Bloomington, Ind.

April 27
IOWA / Alabama / #10 Notre Dame at INDIANA - Bloomington, Ind.
MICHIGAN STATE / #16 WISCONSIN / Duke at #4 Virginia - Charlottesville, Va.

Weekend Schedule

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ILLINOIS at Drake Relays - Des Moines, Iowa
INDIANA at Penn Relays - Philadelphia, Pa.
IOWA at Drake Relays - Des Moines, Iowa
MICHIGAN at Penn Relays - Philadelphia, Pa.
MICHIGAN at Drake Relays - Des Moines, Iowa
MICHIGAN STATE at Triton Invitational - La Jolla, Calif.
MICHIGAN STATE at Drake Relays - Des Moines, Iowa
MINNESOTA at Drake Relays - Des Moines, Iowa
NEBRASKA at Triton Invitational - La Jolla, Calif.
NEBRASKA at Drake Relays - Des Moines, Iowa
OHIO STATE at Drak Relays - Des Moines, Iowa
PENN STATE at Penn Relays - Philadelphia, Pa.
PURDUE at Drake Relays - Des Moines, Iowa
WISCONSIN at Triton Invitational - La Jolla, Calif.

Thursday's Result

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Iowa 10, Northern Iowa 1

Weekend Schedule

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ILLINOIS at Drake Relays - Des Moines, Iowa
INDIANA at Penn Relays - Philadelphia, Pa.
IOWA at Drake Relays - Des Moines, Iowa
MICHIGAN at Penn Relays - Philadelphia, Pa.
MICHIGAN STATE at Triton Invitational - La Jolla, Calif.
MICHIGAN STATE at Drake Relays - Des Moines, Iowa
MINNESOTA at Drake Relays - Des Moines, Iowa
MINNESOTA at Triton Invitational - La Jolla, Calif.
NEBRASKA at Triton Invitational - La Jolla, Calif.
NEBRASKA at Drake Relays - Des Moines, Iowa
OHIO STATE at Arkansas Team Invitational - Fayetteville, Ark.
OHIO STATE at Payton Jordan Invitational - Stanford, Calif.
PENN STATE at Penn Relays - Philadelphia, Pa.
PURDUE at Drake Relays - Des Moines, Iowa
WISCONSIN at Drake Relays - Des Moines, Iowa

Weekend Preview

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NORTHWESTERN at ILLINOIS
Friday, 7:05 p.m.
RHP Luke Farrell (2-2, 1.88) vs. RHP Kevin Johnson (6-2, 2.45)
Saturday, 4:05 p.m.
RHP Brandon Magallones (4-4, 3.53) vs. RHP John Kravetz (3-1, 5.19)
Sunday, 2:05 p.m.
RHP Zach Morton (3-2, 1.98) vs. RHP Ryan Castellanos (2-1, 5.20)

MICHIGAN at INDIANA
Friday, 6:05 p.m.
LHP Trent Szkutnik (3-5, 3.62) vs. LHP Joey DeNato (5-1, 2.77)
Saturday, 4:35 p.m.
LHP Evan Hill (7-1, 1.69) vs. LHP Kyle Hart (6-0, 2.15)
Sunday, 1:05 p.m.
LHP Logan McAnallen (2-2, 2.93) vs. RHP Aaron Slegers (6-1, 1.93)

MINNESOTA at IOWA
Friday, 7:05 p.m.
LHP Tom Windle (5-2, 1.35) vs. LHP Matt Dermody (6-1, 3.84)
Saturday, 2:05 p.m.
RHP Alec Crawford (1-1, 2.79) vs. RHP Andrew Hanse (3-2, 4.46)
Sunday, 2:05 p.m.
LHP DJ Snelten (3-0, 0.73) vs. LHP Sasha Kuebel (1-8, 6.84)

PURDUE at MICHIGAN STATE
Friday, 3:05 p.m.
RHP Robert Ramer (2-3, 4.28) vs. RHP Andrew Waszak (3-2, 2.66)
Saturday, 1:05 p.m.
LHP Alec Crawford (4-4, 5.73) vs. RHP David Garner (4-2, 3.58)
Sunday, 12:05 p.m.
TBA vs. TBA

PENN STATE at OHIO STATE
Friday, 6:35 p.m.
RHP T.J. Jann (1-4, 4.38) vs. RHP Brad Goldberg (5-0, 2.42)
Saturday, 3:05 p.m.
RHP Steven Hill (1-7, 3.65) vs. LHP Brian King (5-4, 2.34)
Sunday, 1:05 p.m.
LHP Greg Welsh (2-3, 3.13) vs. RHP Jaron Long (4-3, 3.53)

Thursday's Schedule

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Iowa at Northern Iowa, 6 p.m. ET

Wednesday's Results

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INDIANA 8, Indiana State 1
IOWA 3, Northern Illinois 2
Notre Dame 7, MICHIGAN STATE 3
MINNESOTA 5, North Dakota State 3
Kansas State 13, NEBRASKA 10
Milwaukee 5, NORTHWESTERN 0
PURDUE 20, UIC 0

Wednesday's Results

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Conference Games
Ohio State 4, Michigan State 1 (Game 1); Ohio State 6, Michigan State 3 (Game 2)
The Buckeyes swept both ends of Wednesday's doubleheader against Michigan State, taking Game 1 in a 4-1 decision before winning the nightcap, 6-3. Shelby Pickett belted a go-ahead three-run home run in the bottom of the sixth inning to provide the decisive score. In the second game, the Buckeyes rallied from a 3-1 deficit, plating three runs in the fourth and adding two insurance runs in the six. Alex DiDomenico factored into both decisions on Wednesday, earning the win in Game 1 while picking up the save in Game 2. RECAP

Wisconsin 3, Northwestern 1 (Game 1); Wisconsin 4, Northwestern 2 (Game 2) It was a series originally scheduled to be played a month ago, but for Wisconsin it was all worth the wait Wednesday night as the Badgers defeated Northwestern in a pair of crucial Big Ten Conference games at Goodman Diamond. After taking down the Wildcats, 3-1, in the day's first game, the Badgers posted a 4-2 come-from-behind victory in the nightcap to earn their 35th victory of the season, setting a program record for wins. Wisconsin (35-9 overall, 12-5 Big Ten) and Northwestern (25-28, 9-7) entered the series just a game apart in the Big Ten standings. RECAP

Non-Conference Games
Minnesota 9, Iowa State 4
Minnesota 13, Iowa State 1
Nebraska 6, Creighton 0
Penn State 2, Kent State 1
Purdue 4, Valparaiso 2

In The Polls

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Three Big Ten women's rowing teams are ranked in the latest CRCA/USRowing Coaches Poll, released on Wednesday. Ohio State leads ranked conference squads, jumping a spot to No. 3. Michigan stays put at No. 13, while Wisconsin checks in at No. 16. Iowa, Michigan State and Minnesota are receiving votes.

For the complete poll, click here.


Wednesday's Schedule

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Conference Games
Michigan State at Ohio State (DH), 4 p.m., BTN
Northwestern at Wisconsin (DH), 4 p.m., BTN.com

Non-Conference Games
Iowa State at Minnesota (DH), 5 p.m.
Creighton at Nebraska, 7 p.m.
Kent State at Penn State (DH), 3 p.m., BTN.com
Valparaiso at Purdue, 4 p.m.
Green Bay at Wisconsin (DH), 4 p.m.

Tuesday's Results

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Conference Games
Illinois 8, Iowa 5 (Game 1); Illinois 6, Iowa 3
The Fighting Illini swung hot bats tonight in Iowa City, hitting .350 with 21 hits and 14 runs en route to a pair of victories over the University of Iowa. The Orange and Blue used an eight-run second inning to defeat the Hawkeyes, 8-5, in game one, then put up a pair of three spots in the nightcap to complete the sweep with a 6-3 win. All nine Illini in the batting order had a hit and scored a run tonight, with seven different Illini driving in at least one run. With the sweep, the Illini improve to 16-25 (6-11 Big Ten), while Iowa falls to 24-21 (4-13 Big Ten). RECAP

Non-Conference Games
Ball State 5, Indiana 2
Michigan 11, Central Michigan 0

Tuesday's Results

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INDIANA 5, Eastern Kentucky 2
Eastern Michigan 15, MICHIGAN 10
PENN STATE 7, La Salle 4

In The Polls

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Eight Big Ten women's tennis teams appear in the latest Campbell's/ITA National Rankings, released on Tuesday. The conference is led by No. 6 Michigan, No. 15 Northwestern, No. 16 Nebraska and No. 28 Purdue in the top 30. Indiana sits at No. 38, while Illinois checks in at No. 43. Penn State is No. 44 and Ohio State ranks No. 70.

Individually, 12 Big Ten women's tennis players and 10 doubles pairs have been ranked nationally in the ITA poll. The complete list of ranked conference singles and doubles players can be found below.

Singles
11. Mary Weatherholt, NEB
25. Emina Bektas, MICH
48. Ronit Yurovsky, MICH
51. kate Turvy, NU
61. Kelsey Dieters, OSU
69. Petra Januskova, PSU
89. Ruth Seaborne, IOWA
98. Sarah Lee, MICH
103. Katie Klyczek, IND
110. Leslie Hureau, IND
111. Melissa Kopinski, ILL
117. Allison Falkin, ILL

Doubles
3. Patricia Veresova/Mary Weatherholt, NEB
7. Brooke Bolender/Emina Bektas, MICH
14. Linda Abu Mushefova/Nida Hamilton, NU
24. Petra Januskova/Chelsea Utting, PSU
25. Melissa Kopinski/Rachael White, ILL
27. Krisztina Kapitany/Mara Schmidt, PUR
43. Ruth Seaborne/Morven McCulloch, IOWA
63. Ronit Yurovsky/Sarah Lee, MICH
82. Janine Weinreich/Stefanie Weinstein, NEB
83. Brooke Bolender/Ronit Yurovsky, MICH

For the complete polls, click here.

In The Polls

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Ten Big Ten men's tennis teams appear in the latest Campbell's/ITA National Rankings, released on Tuesday. Ohio State leads conference squads in the poll, coming in at No. 4. Michigan, Illinois, Minnesota, Northwestern and Michigan State also rank in the top 50, coming in at No. 23, No. 29, No. 36, No. 37 and No. 45, respectively. Indiana checks in at No. 56 followed by No. 59 Wisconsin and No. 70 Purdue. Nebraska rounds out conference teams in the poll at No. 72.

Individually, 13 Big Ten men's tennis players and 12 doubles pairs have been ranked nationally in the ITA poll. The complete list of Big Ten singles and doubles players can be found below. 

Singles
9. Peter Kobelt, OSU
11. Evan King, MICH
12. Blaz Rola, OSU
31. Jared Hiltzik, ILL
50. Rok Bonin, MINN
67. Connor Smith, OSU
79. Leandro Toledo, MINN
87. Raleigh Smith, NU
88. Devin McCarthy, OSU
95. Chris Diaz, OSU
115. Aaron Pfister, MSU
123. Vlad Stefan, MICH
124. Sam Monette, IND

Doubles
13. Tim Kopinski/Ross Guignon, ILL
14. Peter Kobelt/Connor Smith, OSU
21. Sam Monette/Isade Juneau, IND
30. Evan King/Shaun Bernstein, MICH
47. Blaz Rola/Kevin Metka, OSU
49. Alex Buzzi/Evan King, MICH
62. Josh MacTaggart/Isade Juneau, IND
73. Tim Kopinski/Farris Gosea, ILL
75. Devin McCarthy/Ille Van Engelen, OSU 
78. Alex Kostanov/Billy Bertha, WIS
85. 
Jared Hiltzik/Alex Jesse, ILL
89. Szymon Tatarczky/Krisztian Krocsko, PUR 

For the complete polls, click here.

Tuesday's Schedule

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Conference Games
Illinois at Iowa (DH), 4 p.m., BTN

Non-Conference Games
Ball State at Indiana, 6 p.m., BTN.com
Central Michigan at Michigan, 6 p.m., BTN.com

Five Squads Receiving Votes in Latest Polls

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Five Big Ten teams are receiving votes in the national rankings this week. Michigan remains in the top 10 in both the USA Softball and NFCA polls, appearing at No. 9. Nebraska is tied for 16th in the USA Softball poll and ranked 20th in the NFCA standings. Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin each are receiving votes in the USA Softball poll and Wisconsin appears outside the NFCA top 25.
Penn State's Matt Brown has been named an NCAA Elite 89 Award recipient, presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average participating at the finals site for each of the NCAA's 88 championships, it was announced on Tuesday. The Elite 89 recognizes the true essence of the student-athlete by honoring the individuals who have reached the pinnacle of competition at the national championship level in his or her sport, while also achieving the highest academic standard among his or her peers. Additionally, Ohio State's Max Stearns was named an NCAA Elite 89 recipient for fencing.

For the complete release, click HERE.

In The Polls

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Three Big Ten baseball teams are ranked or receiving votes in three out of four national polls. Click the links below to view each complete set of rankings.

Baseball America
17. Indiana

NCBWA
17. Indiana
Michigan State (RV)
Ohio State (RV)

ESPN/USA Today
18. Indiana
Minnesota (RV)








Sunday's Results

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Illinois 8, Indiana 0
The Fighting Illini were fantastic on offense and defense this afternoon, cruising to an 8-0 rout of the Indiana Hoosiers to complete a sweep of the three-game Big Ten series. Sophomore Shelese Arnold threw her second-straight two-hit shutout, and seven different Illini batters collected hits in front of one of the largest crowds to watch a game at Eichelberger Field this season. RECAP

Michigan 8, Iowa 6 (Game 1); Michigan 8, Iowa 0 (Game 2)
The No. 9-ranked University of Michigan softball team belted two home runs, including a grand slam from freshman Sierra Lawrence, to top Iowa, 8-6, in game one of a doubleheader and then used an 11-hit attack and shutout from sophomore Sara Driesenga to take game two, 8-0, in five innings today at the Wilpon Complex. The pair of victories extends U-M's win streak to 21 games and keeps the squad perfect in the Big Ten with a 16-0 mark. The triumph in game two marked the 15th run-rule win for the Wolverines in 2013. RECAP

Northwestern 2, Penn State 1
One game after both teams combined for 31 runs at Beard Field, Northwestern defeated Penn State, 2-1, Sunday to sweep the series against the Nittany Lions. NU earns its second Big Ten sweep of the year with its win, moving to 25-16 overall on the year and 9-5 in the conference. The game marked the first time in their last 11 contests that the Wildcats failed to score at least seven runs; still, NU earned its fifth-straight victory. RECAP

Purdue 6, Nebraska 5
The Boilermaker softball team held on for a 6-5 win over No. 15 Nebraska on Sunday, marking the team's first win over a ranked opponent in 14 tries in 2013 and first since March 20, 2010. Nebraska scored first, but the Boilermakers put up five runs in the bottom of the first inning and added an insurance run in the second en route to the win. Purdue scored its six runs on 10 hits and an error, while the Huskers managed five runs on seven hits. Sophomore Lexy Moore (9-10) picked up the win, striking out two in four and a third innings, while freshman Lilly Fecho earned the save. RECAP

Wisconsin 4, Ohio State 2
A strong wind off of Lake Mendota didn't stop the Wisconsin softball team's offense Sunday afternoon, as the Badgers used a pair of home runs to power past Ohio State, 4-2, at Goodman Diamond. The victory capped off Wisconsin's weekend Big Ten Conference three-game sweep of the Buckeyes. RECAP

Sunday's Results

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OHIO STATE 7, ILLINOIS 3
Ohio State earned its second-consecutive series win with a 7-3 Sunday victory over Illinois at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium. With the win, the Buckeyes improve to 25-13 on the season, 9-6 in Big Ten play, while the Illini fall to 24-12, 6-6 in the conference. RECAP

PENN STATE 7, IOWA 4
Winning its first Big Ten series of the season, Penn State posted a 7-4 victory over Iowa on Sunday afternoon, with sophomores J.C. Coban and Taylor Skerpon driving in four runs in the fifth inning for the edge. The Nittany Lions improve to a 10-25 overall record with a 2-10 mark in conference play, while the Hawkeyes move to 14-20 and 2-9. RECAP

NEBRASKA 12, PURDUE 2
Nebraska defeated Purdue, 12-2, on Sunday afternoon, moving to .500 on the season. RECAP

Michigan and Northwestern split a doubleheader on Sunday afternoon. For Michigan's recap, click HERE. Northwestern's recap can found HERE.

INDIANA 10, Butler 3
No. 19 Indiana swept its three-game series against Butler with a 10-3 victory at Bulldog Park on Sunday afternoon. IU took games one (12-2) and two (5-2) at home on Friday and Saturday. The Hoosiers scored their first eight runs with two outs. Returning to the lineup for the first time this week, sophomore Kyle Schwarber served as designated hitter and went 2-for-4 with three RBI and two runs scored. RECAP


Saturday's Results

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Illinois 5, Indiana 4 (8) (Game 1); Illinois 1, Indiana 0 (Game 2)
The Fighting Illini softball team picked up a pair of one-run victories this afternoon, using prolific offense to defeat Big Ten rival Indiana, 5-4, in extra innings, then capitalized on a two-hit shutout by Shelese Arnold to slide by the Hoosiers, 1-0, in the night cap. With the pair of wins, the Illini move past the Hoosiers in the conference standings, finishing the day at 13-23 (3-11 Big Ten), while Indiana drops to 19-26 (3-12 Big Ten). "Winning the first game in extra innings and the second with a 1-0 shutout was big for our team," said Head Coach Terri Sullivan. RECAP

Northwestern 17, Penn State 14 (8)
Northwestern and Penn State accounted for 31 runs on 28 hits and 18 walks Saturday in an extra-inning slugfest that saw both teams use eight combined pitchers by the fifth inning, but in the end the Wildcats plated three runs in the top of the eighth to take a 17-14 (8) victory and go up 2-0 in the series. NU's 17 runs are the most it has scored in a single game since hanging 17 on Minnesota in a 17-8 (6) run-rule victory on March 30, 2008. NU has scored at least seven runs in each of its last 10 contests this season. RECAP

Nebraska 5, Purdue 2 (9) (Game 1); Nebraska 12, Purdue 2 (Game 2)
Game 1: On a day when timely hits were not falling for the 18th-ranked Nebraska softball team, a seventh-inning home run from Tatum Edwards forced extra innings and a ninth-inning home run from Courtney Breault completed the comeback, as Nebraska won game one of a Saturday doubleheader at Purdue, 5-2. RECAP
Game 2: Behind a solid outing from freshman right-hander Emily Lockman and a 12-run effort out of the Husker offense, the 18th-ranked Nebraska softball team completed a doubleheader sweep of Purdue with a 12-2 victory in game two Saturday afternoon. RECAP

Michigan 5, Iowa 3
A four-run rally in the sixth inning, including a two-run pinch-hit single from freshman Kelsey Susalla (Garden City, Mich./Garden City), turned the game around for the No. 9-ranked University of Michigan softball team today (Saturday, April 20) in a 5-3 comeback win over the Iowa Hawkeyes at the Wilpon Complex. RECAP

Wisconsin 7, Ohio State 6 (10) (Game 1); Wisconsin 3, Ohio State 1 (Game 2) With the sun shining, the sky blue and the ice off Lake Mendota, the Wisconsin softball team found a perfect day to win two at Goodman Diamond. The Badgers posted a come-from-behind, 10-inning victory over Ohio State to start the series, before winning, 3-1, in the day's second game to sweep the day. "It was great to be home and get wins," said head coach Yvette Healy. "We haven't been outside that much and it has been cold. When you play team like Ohio State, you know it is always going to be a battle." RECAP

Saturday's Results

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OHIO STATE 7, ILLINOIS 6
Ohio State picked up a 7-6 walk-off win over Illinois in 10 innings Saturday afternoon at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium. Brad Hallberg lined a double into right-center to plate Greg Solomon with the game-winning run to improve the Buckeyes to 24-13 on the season, 8-6 in Big Ten play while the Illini fall to 24-11, 6-5 in the conference. RECAP

INDIANA 5, Butler 2
Southpaw Kyle Hart improved to 6-0 and the Indiana baseball team moved to 28-8 with a 5-2 victory over Butler (17-17) at Bart Kaufman Field on Saturday. The Hoosiers will look to sweep the three-game series at Bulldog Park in Indianapolis at 1 p.m. on Sunday. Butler scored both of its runs in the first, but that is all Hart would allow, as he retired 15 of the final 17 batters he faced. The sophomore surrendered four hits, struck out six and did not walk a batter in six innings. RECAP

NEBRASKA 10, PURDUE 2 (Game 1); NEBRASKA 10, PURDUE 4 (Game 2)
Nebraska picked up his second doubleheader sweep of the week with a pair of wins over Purdue on Saturday at Alexander Field. After taking game one, 10-2, the Huskers rallied late with nine runs over the final two innings in the night cap to win 10-4. RECAP

NORTHWESTERN 6, MICHIGAN 0
Luke Farrell helped Northwestern shutout Michigan, 6-0, on an unforgettable evening at Wrigley Field.

Farrell matched a career high by going nine innings on the bump. He retired the first 12 Wolverines he faced before a single to center field broke up his no-hit bid in the fifth inning. The right-hander finished with nine strikeouts and allowed just three hits in his second win of the season. RECAP

Iowa and Penn State split a doubleheader of Saturday afternoon. PENN STATE RECAP. IOWA RECAP coming soon.

Saturday Spring Game Recaps

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Three Big Ten football teams wrapped up spring practice on Saturday, including spring games for Michigan State, Penn State and Wisconsin. Recaps for all three schools appear below:

MICHIGAN STATE
The White defeated the Green, 24-17, in the annual spring game at Spartan Stadium on Saturday afternoon. AJ Troup's 46-yard touchdown reception from Andrew Maxwell with 4:32 left in the game proved to be the difference in a back-and-forth game that featured three lead changes. The Green compiled 325 yards of total offense, led by sophomore quarterback Connor Cook, who completed 10-of-26 passes for 217 yards including a 22-yard touchdown pass to DeAnthony Arnett. RECAP

PENN STATE
The Blue-White game scoring system again added an intriguing dimension to the culmination of spring practice, as the Blue (defense) knocked off the White (offense), 67-47, before an estimated 28,000 fans on a Saturday that featured snow, rain, wind and sunshine in Beaver Stadium. Redshirt freshman Akeel Lynch plunged into the south end zone on the White team's opening drive to put the offense on top by a score of 15-4. However, the defense answered with a big finish to the first quarter and a strong second frame en route to a 47-30 lead at halftime. RECAP

WISCONSIN
The offense's successes were easy to see, but it was a series of small victories that made it the defense's day. The Cardinal team, composed of Wisconsin's defensive unit, forced their offensive counterparts on the White squad to go three-and-out on three straight possessions around halftime, a swing that -- given the game's unique scoring system -- proved to be the difference in a 61-47 win in front of 12,050 fans Saturday at Camp Randall Stadium. RECAP

Friday's Results

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ILLINOIS 9, OHIO STATE 2
Senior Kevin Johnson set a school record, and senior Justin Parr's three-run triple put him closer to UI's hitting streak record in Illinois' 9-2 win over Ohio State on Friday night. Johnson took a no-hitter into the sixth inning and grabbed the top spot in school history with 333 career innings pitched. Senior Justin Parr extended his hitting streak to 22 games, as the Illini racked up double-digit hits (14) for their fifth win in a row and allowed their fewest hits on the year with two. RECAP

INDIANA 12, Butler 2
Behind a 12-run, 17-hit attack, the No. 19 Indiana baseball team (27-8) defeated Butler, 12-2, at Bart Kaufman Field on Friday evening in the first of a three-game series. Sophomore Scott Donley went 4-for-4 with two runs batted in, two runs scored and two doubles hitting in the clean-up spot behind sophomore first baseman Sam Travis. Travis blasted his sixth home run of the season and also added a pair of doubles and RBI to go along with three runs in five at-bats. RECAP

Weekend Schedule

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ILLINOIS at Jesse Owens Track Classic - Columbus, Ohio
INDIANA at Polytan Invitational - Bloomington, Ind.
IOWA at Musco Twilight XIV - Iowa City, Iowa
MICHIGAN at Mt. Sac Relays - Walnut, Calif.
MICHIGAN at Drake Relays - Des Moines, Iowa
MICHIGAN STATE at Larry Ellis Invitational - Princeton, N.J.
MICHIGAN STATE at Jesse Owens Track Classic - Columbus, Ohio
MICHIGAN STATE at EMU Invitational - Ypsilanti, Mich.
MINNESOTA at Musco Twilight XIV - Iowa City, Iowa
NEBRASKA at Kansas Relays - Lawrence, Kan.
NEBRASKA at Mt. Sac Relays - Walnut, Calif.
OHIO STATE at Jesse Owens Track Classic - Columbus, Ohio
PENN STATE at Mt. Sac Relays - Walnut, Calif.
PENN STATE at Bucknell Team Challenge - Lewisburg, Pa.
PENN STATE at Mississippi State - Starkville, Miss. (Big Ten/SEC Challenge)
PURDUE at Mt. Sac Relays - Walnut, Calif.
PURDUE at Dave Rankin Invitational - West Lafayette, Ind.
WISCONSIN at Mt. Sac Relays - Walnut, Calif.
WISCONSIN at Musco Twilight XIV - Iowa City, Iowa

Weekend Schedule

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ILLINOIS at Mt. Sac Relays - Walnut, Calif.
INDIANA at Polytan Invitational - Bloomington, Ind.
IOWA at Musco Twilight XIV - Iowa City, Iowa
MICHIGAN at Mt. Sac Relays - Walnut, Calif.
MICHIGAN at EMU Invitational - Ypsilanti, Mich.
MICHIGAN STATE at Larry Ellis Invitational - Princeton, N.J.
MICHIGAN STATE at Jesse Owens Track Classic - Columbus, Ohio
MICHIGAN STATE at EMU Invitational - Ypsilanti, Mich.
MINNESOTA at Mt. Sac Relays - Walnut, Calif.
MINNESOTA at Musco Twilight XIV - Iowa City, Iowa
MINNESOTA at Carleton Relays - Carleton, Minn.
NEBRASKA at Kansas Relays - Lawrence, Kan.
NEBRASKA at Mt. Sac Relays - Walnut, Calif.
OHIO STATE at Jesse Owens Track Classic - Columbus, Ohio
PENN STATE at Mt. Sac Relays - Walnut, Calif.
PENN STATE at Bucknell Team Challenge - Lewisburg, Pa.
PENN STATE at Mississippi State - Starkville, Miss. (Big Ten/SEC Challenge)
PURDUE at Mt. Sac Relays - Walnut, Calif.
PURDUE at Dave Rankin Invitational - West Lafayette, Ind.
WISCONSIN at Mt. Sac Relays - Walnut, Calif.
WISCONSIN at Musco Twilight XIV - Iowa City, Iowa

Weekend Schedule

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April 20-21
ILLINOIS at Lady Buckeye Invitational - Columbus, Ohio
INDIANA at Lady Buckeye Invitational - Columbus, Ohio
IOWA at Lady Buckeye Invitational - Columbus, Ohio
MICHIGAN STATE at Lady Buckeye Invitational - Columbus, Ohio
NORTHWESTERN at Lady Buckeye Invitational - Columbus, Ohio
OHIO STATE at Lady Buckeye Invitational - Columbus, Ohio
PENN STATE at Lady Buckeye Invitational - Columbus, Ohio
PURDUE at Lady Buckeye Invitational - Columbus, Ohio
WISCONSIN at Lady Buckeye Invitational - Columbus, Ohio

Weekend Schedule

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April 20-21
ILLINOIS at Boilermaker Invitational - West Lafayette, Ind.
INDIANA at Boilermaker Invitational - West Lafayette, Ind.
IOWA at Boilermaker Invitational - West Lafayette, Ind.
MICHIGAN STATE at Boilermaker Invitational - West Lafayette, Ind.
MINNESOTA at Rutherford Intercollegiate - University Park, Pa.
PENN STATE at Rutherford Intercollegiate - University Park, Pa.
PURDUE at Boilermaker Invitational - West Lafayette, Ind.

Weekend Preview

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ILLINOIS at OHIO STATE
Friday, 6:35 p.m.
RHP Kevin Johnson (5-2, 2.52 ERA) vs. RHP Jaron Long (4-3, 3.53 ERA)
Saturday, 3:05 p.m.
RHP John Kravetz (3-1, 4.72 ERA) vs. RHP (Brad Goldberg (5-0, 2.42 ERA)
Sunday, 12:05 p.m.
RHP Ryan Castellanos (2-0, 3.47 ERA) vs. LHP Brian King (5-4, 2.34 ERA)

IOWA at PENN STATE
Friday, 6:05 p.m.
LHP Matt Dermody (6-1, 3.77 ERA) vs. RHP T.J. Jann (1-4, 3.79 ERA)
Saturday, 2:05 p.m.
RHP Andrew Hanse (2-2, 4.76 ERA) vs. RHP Steven Hill (1-6, 3.65 ERA)
Sunday, 12:05 p.m.
LHP Sasha Kuebel (1-7, 6.60 ERA) vs. TBA

MICHIGAN at NORTHWESTERN
Saturday, 7:05 p.m.
LHP Trent Szkutnik (3-4, 3.59 ERA) vs. RHP Zach Morton (3-2, 1.90 ERA)
Sunday (Doubleheader), Noon, 2:30 p.m.
LHP Evan Hill (6-1, 1.89 ERA) vs. RHP Luke Farrell (1-2, 2.23 ERA)
LHP Logan McAnallen (2-2, 3.50 ERA) vs. RHP Brandon Magallones (4-3, 3.26 ERA)

MICHIGAN STATE at MINNESOTA
Friday, POSTPONED
Saturday, 3:05 p.m.
RHP David Garner (4-2, 3.55 ERA) vs. RHP Alec Crawford (1-1, 2.79 ERA)
Sunday, 2:05 p.m.
RHP Mick VanVossen (3-2, 3.38 ERA) vs. LHP DJ Snelten (3-0, 0.73 ERA)

NEBRASKA at PURDUE
Friday, 7 p.m.
RHP Robert Ramer (2-2, 4.64 ERA) vs. RHP Christian DeLeon (4-2, 3.70 ERA)
Saturday, 7 p.m.
LHP Jordan Minch (4-4, 6.38 ERA) vs. LHP Aaron Bummer (1-0, 2.51 ERA)
Sunday, Noon
TBA vs. LHP Kyle Kubat (1-0, 0.00 ERA)

INDIANA vs. Butler
Friday, 6:05 p.m.
LHP Joey DeNato (4-1, 2.79 ERA) vs. LHP Eric Stout (6-3, 5.43 ERA)
Saturday, 4:05 p.m.
LHP Kyle Hart (5-2, 2.05 ERA) vs. TBD
Sunday, 1 p.m.
RHP Aaron Slegers (5-1, 1.59 ERA) vs. RHP Billy Laing (2-1, 4.19 ERA)

Weekend Schedule

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Indiana at Illinois
Game 1 - Saturday, 2 p.m.
Game 2 - Saturday, 4 p.m.
Game 3 - Sunday, 2 p.m.

Iowa at Michigan
Game 1 - Friday, 6 p.m.
Game 2 - Saturday, 2 p.m.
Game 3 - Sunday, 3 p.m., BTN

Michigan State at Minnesota
Game 1 - Postponed
Game 2 - Saturday, 3 p.m.
Game 3 - Sunday, 2 p.m.

Nebraska at Purdue
Game 1 - Friday, 4 p.m.
Game 2 - Saturday, 1 p.m.
Game 3 - Sunday, 11 a.m.

Northwestern at Penn State
Game 1 - Friday, 6 p.m.
Game 2 - Saturday, 4 p.m.
Game 3 - Sunday, 1 p.m.

Ohio State at Wisconsin
Game 1 - Saturday, 1 p.m.
Game 2 - Saturday, 3 p.m.
Game 3 - Sunday, 2 p.m., BTN.com

Weekly Award Wrap-Up

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Twenty-five Big Ten student-athletes in nine different sports collected awards from the conference office during the week of April 15. Below is the complete list of honorees.

Baseball
Player of the the Week - Justin Parr, ILL
Co-Pitchers of the Week - Andrew Waszak, MSU & Brian King, OSU
Freshman of the Week - Travis Maezes, MICH

Men's Golf 
Golfer of the Week - Jack Perry, NU

Women's Golf
Golfer of the Week - Elizabeth Tong, IND

Rowing
Boat of the Week - Ohio State Second Varsity Eight (Victoria Lazur, Nicole Becks, Silvia De Matteis, Lauren Eckles, Samantha Fowle, Stephanie Johnson, Chloe Meyer, Catherine Shields and Daphne Socha)

Softball 
Co-Players of the Week - Megan Blank, IOWA & Tyler Walker, MINN
Pitcher of the Week - Lilly Fecho, PUR
Freshman of the Week - Sierra Romero, MICH

Men's Tennis
Athlete of the Week - Jared Hiltzik, ILL

Women's Tennis
Athlete of the Week - Petra Januskova, PSU

Men's Outdoor Track & Field
Track Athlete of the Week - Robby Creese, PSU
Field Athlete of the Week - Chad Wright, NEB

Women's Outdoor Track & Field
Track Athlete of the Week - Mahagony Jones, PSU
Field Athlete of the Week - Tori Franklin, MSU

Weekend Schedule

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April 19
#62 Ohio State at Michigan State - 2:30 p.m.
Iowa at Wisconsin - 3 p.m.
#43 Penn State at #6 Michigan - 3 p.m.
#14 Nebraska at Minnesota - 3 p.m.
#47 Illinois at #34 Indiana - 4 p.m.
#16 Northwestern at #27 Purdue - 4 p.m.

April 21
#6 Michigan at #62 Ohio State - 11 a.m.
Michigan State at #43 Penn State - 11 a.m.
#34 Indiana at #16 Northwestern - 12 p.m.
Minnesota at Iowa - 12 p.m.
Wisconsin at #14 Nebraska - 12 p.m.
#27 Purdue at #47 Illinois - 1 p.m.

All times are ET.

Weekend Schedule

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April 19 
#45 Michigan State at #5 Ohio State - 12 p.m.
#61 Purdue at #34 Northwestern - 2:30 p.m.
#69 Wisconsin at Iowa - 3 p.m.
#26 Michigan at Penn State - 3 p.m.
#53 Indiana at #31 Illinois - 4 p.m.
#32 Minnesota at #62 Nebraska - 4 p.m.

April 21
#31 Illinois at #61 Purdue - 12 p.m.
#34 Northwestern at #53 Indiana - 12 p.m.
#5 Ohio State at #26 Michigan - 12 p.m.
Penn State at #45 Michigan State - 12 p.m.
Iowa at #32 Minnesota - 1 p.m.
#62 Nebraska at #69 Wisconsin - 1 p.m.
Vincennes at #53 Indiana - 6 p.m.

All times are ET.

Weekend Schedule

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April 20
INDIANA / #13 MICHIGAN / MICHIGAN STATE / MINNESOTA / #4 OHIO STATE at Clemson Invitational
#15 WISCONSIN at Lake Natoma Invitational - Gold River, Calif.

April 21
INDIANA / #13 MICHIGAN / MICHIGAN STATE / MINNESOTA / #4 OHIO STATE at Clemson Invitational

In The Polls

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Three Big Ten women's rowing teams are ranked in the latest CRCA/USRowing Coaches Poll, released on Wednesday. Ohio State leads ranked conference squads, coming in at No. 4. Michigan checks in at No. 13, while Wisconsin follows at No. 15. Iowa, Michigan State and Minnesota are receiving votes.

For the complete poll, click here.

Wednesday's Results

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Ball State 5, INDIANA 3
Cincinnati 5, OHIO STATE 3
PENN STATE 7, Bucknell 6 (12)

Wednesday's Results

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Conference Games
Penn State 8, Purdue 4 (Game 1); Purdue 12, Penn State 3 (Game 2)
Game 1: The Nittany Lions put together an 11-hit effort to take game one, 8-4. Bell, Furuya, Habitz and Renwick notched two-hit performances, including a pair of doubles from Habitz, while Johnson, Sovereign and Hutchinson had one apiece. Sovereign led the team with two RBI and Bell, Jones, Johnson, Furuya, Renwick and Hutchinson each recorded one. Jones picked up the victory in the circle with her 10th complete-game effort of the year, allowing two earned runs on seven hits with four strikeouts. Purdue's Lilly Fecho (8-13) was dealt the loss, giving up five runs in 4.2 innings of work. RECAP
Game 2: Penn State scored first, but the Boilermakers mounted an offense barrage to the tune of 12 runs on nine hits in a 12-3 win in Game 2 of the doubleheader. Junior Andie Varsho, senior Maia Monchek and freshman Paris Andrew added two hits apiece to lead the Boiler bats, while sophomore Lexy Moore (8-9) got it done in the circle, striking out four and giving up just one earned run in the complete-game victory. Macy Jones (10-12) took the loss as neither she nor reliever Marissa Diescher could hold off the Purdue bats. RECAP

Non-conference Games
Ohio State 8, Ball State 0

Wednesday's Schedule

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INDIANA at Ball State, 3 p.m.
Eastern Michigan at MICHIGAN, 4:35 p.m., BTN.com
Central Michigan vs. MICHIGAN STATE, 6:35 p.m. [1]
Western Michigan at NORTHWESTERN, 4 p.m.
OHIO STATE at Cincinnati, 6:35 p.m.
Bucknell at PENN STATE, 7 p.m.

All times ET

Wednesday's Schedule

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Conference Games
Purdue at Penn State (DH), 5 p.m., BTN

Non-conference Games
Toledo at Michigan State, 4 p.m.
Ball State at Ohio State, 6 p.m.

All times are ET and schedule subject to change

Tuesday's Results

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Conference Games
Michigan 7, Indiana 4 (9)
The No. 9-ranked University of Michigan softball team outlasted Indiana and a one-hour rain delay to come up with three ninth-inning runs to win, 7-4, today at Andy Mohr Field. Game two of the scheduled doubleheader was cancelled due to severe weather. Junior Lyndsay Doyle led off the top of the ninth with a scalding single up the middle. Then a heavy downpour caused the umpires to suspend the game for an hour. Once the rain delay ended, U-M plated three runs to take the lead. Doyle scored on a single from freshman Sierra Romero, and then junior Nicole Sappingfield, who reached on an IU error, came around to score two pitches later on a knock from junior Caitlin Blanchard. The Maize and Blue capped the scoring on a base hit from freshman Sierra Lawrence, her third hit of the game. RECAP

Nebraska 3, Minnesota 2 (Game 1); Nebraska 4, Minnesota 0 (Game 2)
Game 1: The 18th-ranked Nebraska softball team rallied from a two-run deficit to defeat Minnesota, 3-2, in the first game of a Wednesday doubleheader. Junior Taylor Edwards led the comeback, doubling and scoring in the third and tying the game with her 10th home run of the year in the fifth. Edwards finished 2-for-3 with a pair of runs scored and an RBI, while sophomore Mattie Fowler was 3-for-3. RECAP
Game 2: Tatum Edwards tossed a three-hit shutout and hit a grand slam to help the 18th-ranked Nebraska softball team complete a doubleheader sweep of Minnesota with a 4-0 victory in game two. Edwards' efforts in the circle and at the plate helped Nebraska move into second place in the Big Ten Conference standings. The Huskers improved to 32-9 and 10-3 in league play with the sweep after entering the doubleheader one-half game behind Minnesota. RECAP

Non-conference Games
Notre Dame 2, Michigan State 0
Northwestern 11, Northern Illinois 9
Green Bay 2, Wisconsin 1
Wisconsin 4, Green Bay 3

Tuesday's Results

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ILLINOIS 12, Illinois State 1
IOWA 3, Nebraska-Omaha 1
MICHIGAN 8, Notre Dame 2
MICHIGAN STATE 7, Toledo 6 (12)
MINNESOTA 4, Augsburg 1
NEBRASKA 3, Arkansas 0
NEBRASKA 4, Arkansas 2
NORTHWESTERN 6, Wheaton College 0

Kevin McGuff Named Ohio State Head Coach

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Kevin McGuff has been named head coach of the Ohio State women's basketball team, as announced by the university on Tuesday. McGuff recently competed his 11th year as a head coach. The last two were at the University of Washington and the previous nine at Xavier University. He has compiled an overall record of 255-99 and has reached the postseason each year.

What They're Saying About 2013-14

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It's never too early to start looking ahead to the 2013-14 college basketball season and several outlets rank Big Ten squads among their respective early preseason Top-25 teams. Here's a look at where some of the conference programs rank heading into the 2013 offseason.

CBSSports.com

ESPN.com

Sports Illustrated

Sporting News

Yahoo.com

In The Polls

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Eight Big Ten women's tennis teams appear in the latest Campbell's/ITA National Rankings, released on Tuesday. The conference is led by No. 6 Michigan, No. 14 Nebraska, No. 16 Northwestern and No. 27 Purdue in the top 30. Indiana sits at No. 34, while Penn State checks in at No. 43. Illinois is No. 47 and Ohio State ranks No. 62.

Individually, 13 Big Ten women's tennis players and 11 doubles pairs have been ranked nationally in the ITA poll. The complete list of ranked conference singles and doubles players can be found below.

Singles
11. Mary Weatherholt, NEB
26. Emina Bektas, MICH
49. Kate Turvy, NU
50. Ronit Yurovsky, MICH
60. Petra Januskova, PSU
62. Kelsey Dieters, OSU
96. Ruth Seaborne, IOWA
97. Katie Klyczek, IND
102. Allison Falkin, ILL
104. Sarah Lee, MICH
109. Melissa Kopinski, ILL
119. Leslie Hureau, IND
122. Veronica Corning, NU

Doubles
3. Brooke Bolender/Emina Bektas, MICH
4. Patricia Veresova/Mary Weatherholt, NEB
18. Linda Abu Mushefova/Nida Hamilton, NU
25. Melissa Kopinski/Rachael White, ILL
27. Krisztina Kapitany/Mara Schmidt, PUR
30. Petra Januskova/Chelsea Utting, PSU
46. Ruth Seaborne/Morven McCulloch, IOWA
60. Ronit Yurovsky/Sarah Lee, MICH
77. Janine Weinreich/Stefanie Weinstein, NEB
81. Brooke Bolender/Ronit Yurovsky, MICH
87. Leslie Hureau/Sophie Garre, IND

For the complete polls, click here.

In The Polls

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Ten Big Ten men's tennis teams appear in the latest Campbell's/ITA National Rankings, released on Tuesday. Ohio State leads conference squads in the poll, coming in at No. 5. Michigan, Illinois, Minnesota, Northwestern and Michigan State also rank in the top 50, coming in at No. 26, No. 31, No. 32, No. 34 and No. 45, respectively. Indiana checks in at No. 53 followed by No. 61 Purdue and No. 62 Nebraska. Wisconsin rounds out conference teams in the poll at No. 69

Individually, 11 Big Ten men's tennis players and 12 doubles pairs have been ranked nationally in the ITA poll. The complete list of Big Ten singles and doubles players can be found below. 

Singles
8 Peter Kobelt, OSU
10. Evan King, MICH
11. Blaz Rola, OSU
31. Jared Hiltzik, ILL
49. Rok Bonin, MINN
62. Connor Smith, OSU
82. Chris Diaz, OSU
86 Leandro Toledo, MINN
91. Devin McCarthy, OSU
104. Sam Monette, IND
108. Vlad Stefan, MICH

Doubles
11. Tim Kopinski/Ross Guignon, ILL
18. Peter Kobelt/Connor Smith, OSU
19. Sam Monette/Isade Juneau, IND
29. Evan King/Shaun Bernstein, MICH
38. Blaz Rola/Kevin Metka, OSU
44 Alex Buzzi/Evan King, MICH
45. Devin McCarthy/Ille Van Engelen, OSU
53. Josh MacTaggart/Isade Juneau, IND
77. Tim Kopinski/Farris Gosea, ILL
79. Spencer Wolf/Alex Pasreanu, NU
80. Jared Hiltzik/Alex Jesse, ILL
88. Alex Kostanov/Billy Bertha, WIS

For the complete polls, click here.

Tuesday's Schedule

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Conference Games
Michigan at Indiana (DH), 2 p.m., BTN
Minnesota at Nebraska (DH), 5 p.m.

Non-conference games
Notre Dame at Michigan State, 5 p.m.
Northern Illinois at Northwestern,5 p.m.
Green Bay at Wisconsin (DH), 4 p.m.

Five Programs Receiving Votes in Latest National Polls

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For the second straight week, five Big Ten teams are receiving votes in the latest polls released by USA Softball and the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA). Michigan climbs into the top 10 in both polls for the first time this season, appearing at No. 9. Nebraska remains at No. 18 in the USA Softball standings and climbs one spot to No. 21 in the NFCA poll this week. Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin are among teams also receiving votes in both rankings this week.

In The Polls

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Three Big Ten baseball teams are ranked or receiving votes in three out of four national polls. Click the links below to view each complete set of rankings.

Baseball America
19. Indiana

NCBWA
19. Indiana
Michigan State (rv)
Ohio State (rv)

USA Today/ESPN Coaches
20. Indiana

Four Taken in WNBA Draft

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Four Big Ten women's basketball standouts were taken in the 2013 WNBA Draft on Monday night. Ohio State's Tayler Hill was picked fourth overall by the Washington Mystics, Nebraska's Lindsey Moore was chosen by the Minnesota Lynx with the 12th pick, Penn State's Alex Bentley was taken 13th by the Atlanta Dream and fellow Lady Lion Nikki Greene was drafted by the Phoenix Mercury with 26th selection.

Sunday's Results

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Minnesota 9, Illinois 3
Sophomore Kaitlyn Richardson hit a grand slam and sophomore Tyler Walker hit her third home run of the weekend, as Minnesota completed a sweep of Illinois with a 9-3 win on Sunday afternoon. Richardson's opposite field grand slam to left center, her eighth home run of the season, broke a 1-1 tie in the bottom of the third inning. The Gophers were the home team in all three games this weekend in a series that had originally been scheduled to be played in Minneapolis, but was moved to Champaign due to inclement weather in the Twin Cities. RECAP

Michigan 11, Michigan State 2 (Game 1); Michigan 8, Michigan State 7 (8) (Game 2)
The No. 12-ranked University of Michigan used the home run ball to sweep a doubleheader at Michigan State today (Sunday, April 14) at Secchia Stadium. U-M posted an 11-2, six-inning win in game one before rallying for an 8-7 win in eight innings in game two. RECAP

Nebraska 11, Wisconsin 2
An eight-run third inning powered the 18th-ranked Nebraska softball team to a 11-2 series-clinching five-inning victory over the Wisconsin Badgers on Sunday at Bowlin Stadium. The Huskers broke a 2-2 tie with the eight-run third inning. Nebraska sent 14 batters to the plate in the frame, producing six hits and five walks. The big inning helped NU win its 30th game, as the Huskers improved to 30-9 overall and 8-3 in Big Ten Conference play. RECAP

Northwestern 11, Iowa 3
Northwestern plated four runs in the first and six more in the fifth inning Sunday in the finale of its series against Iowa at Sharon J. Drysdale Field, earning its fourth run-rule victory in its last seven games, 11-3 (5). Letourneau (14-9) earned the complete-game win, going 5.0 innings and allowing three runs (two earned) on two hits and four walks with nine strikeouts. Bast had a 2-for-3 day with four RBIs and two runs scored. Scharkey had two hits and two RBIs and Majam and Tonz each scored twice. RECAP

Ohio State 4, Penn State 3 (8)
The Ohio State softball team swept Penn State in a three-game series after defeating the Nittany Lions, 4-3, in eight innings Sunday at Buckeye Field. Sophomore Caitlin Conrad posted the gamewinning play on a sacrifice fly to center field in the bottom of the eighth, allowing senior Megan Coletta to cross the plate. With the sweep, the Buckeyes improve to 26-14 overall and 6-6 in Big Ten play. RECAP

Purdue 7, Indiana 3
Seven players contributed hits as the Boilermaker softball team came back from a midgame Hoosier rally to pick up a 7-3 win and Purdue's first season sweep of Indiana since 2009. Purdue scored its seven runs on nine hits and three IU miscues, while allowing Indiana three runs on eight hits and an error. Sophomore Ashley Burkhardt and junior Lindsey Rains led the Boilermaker bats with two hits apiece. Freshman Lilly Fecho (8-12) struck out three in four and two thirds innings of relief work en route to the win, while sophomore Lexy Moore issued one K in two and a third innings. RECAP

Sunday's Results

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MICHIGAN 8, PENN STATE 1
Sophomore Matt Ogden pitched six innings of scoreless relief, as Michigan scored multiple runs in three different innings in an 8-1 win over Penn State Sunday afternoon at the Wilpon Complex, home of Ray Fisher Stadium. Michigan has now won nine games in a row and sweeps consecutive Big Ten series for the first time since 2008. RECAP

MICHIGAN STATE 5, INDIANA 3
For the third straight day, Michigan State defeated No. 12 Indiana in the last at-bat of the game at McLane Stadium. The Spartans (21-11, 5-4) led 5-3 heading into the ninth but a Michael Basil two-RBI double evened the game. With two outs and bases loaded in the ninth, sophomore Ryan Krill smacked a single to left field, sending home Ryan Richardson for the winning run. RECAP

MINNESOTA 7, NORTHWESTERN 1
Minnesota baseball head coach John Anderson established his 500th career conference win with a 7-1 victory over Northwestern, today in Evanston, Ill. The win also marked a sweep over the Wildcats as the Golden Gophers improve to 22-13 on the season and 7-2 in Big Ten play. RECAP

OHIO STATE 7, NEBRASKA 4
Ohio State held on to beat Nebraska Sunday afternoon at Haymarket Park, 7-4. The Buckeyes take two of three from the Huskers and improve to 7-5 in the Big Ten and 23-11 overall. Brian King went 7.0 strong innings for the Buckeyes to pick up the win and improve to 5-4. King allowed no runs on three hits and two walks while striking out three. RECAP

ILLINOIS 17, PURDUE 6
Senior Justin Parr and the hot-hitting Illini offense made it a memorable Bleacher Bum Barbecue at Illinois Field on Sunday. Justin Parr hit for the cycle, notched four runs and four RBI and extended his career-high hitting streak to 20 games in Illinois' 17-6 victory over Purdue. The Illini matched their season-high for hits from Friday night with 20 and completed the sweep of the Boilermakers in front of 2,574 fans, the sixth-largest home crowd in school history. RECAP

IOWA 5, Kansas State 3
Iowa dropped the third and final game of its weekend series with Kansas State on Sunday at Duane Banks Field, falling 5-3. Kansas State won the three-game series, taking the final two games. The Hawkeyes won the series opener, 6-1, on Friday. RECAP

Saturday's Results

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Minnesota 5, Illinois 1 (Game 1); Minnesota 2, Illinois 0 (Game 2)
Game 1: Sophomore shortstop Tyler Walker went 3-for-3 with a triple and two home runs, and junior right-handed pitcher Sara Moulton struck out 11 batters to record her 21st win of the season, as Minnesota defeated Illinois, 5-1, in the first game of a doubleheader on Saturday afternoon. Senior first baseman Alex Davis also hit a solo home run for Minnesota to cap a 2-for-3 game at the plate. RECAP
Game 2: Freshman left-hander Nikki Anderson and junior righty Sara Moulton combined on a complete-game shutout, and junior center fielder Bree Blanchette hit her seventh home run of the season, as Minnesota swept a doubleheader at Illinois with a 2-0 victory. Anderson worked the first five innings for the Gophers, allowing just three hits and striking out four to improve to 4-2 on the season. Moulton, who earned her 21st win in the Gophers' 5-1 win in the opening game, pitched the final two innings to record her second save of the season. RECAP

Purdue 9, Indiana 1
The Purdue softball team secured the season series with Indiana, downing the Hoosiers 9-1 on Saturday. The Boilermakers hammered Indiana with 12 hits, while holding the Hoosier offense at bay. Purdue scored its nine runs on 12 hits, led by a 3-for-4 effort by junior Andie Varsho. Seniors Erika Petruzzi and Maia Monchek along with junior Tori Chiodo and freshman Paris Andrew also chipped in two-hit performances. RECAP

Wisconsin 5, Nebraska 2
Big clutch hitting powered the Wisconsin softball team to a 5-2 win over No. 22 Nebraska Saturday afternoon at Bowlin Stadium. The Badgers used seven hits to score five runs and defeat Nebraska on their home field, a place where the Huskers rarely lose. Nebraska (29-9 overall, 7-3 Big Ten) is 23-3 at home over the past two seasons, with two of the three losses coming at the hands of the Badgers. Darrah went the distance in the circle, throwing all seven innings, allowing two runs on six hits and striking out three. RECAP

Iowa 15, Northwestern 14
The University of Iowa softball team outlasted Northwestern, 15-14, in a marathon on Saturday in the middle game of a three-game set at Sharon J. Drysdale Field. The slugfest included 29 runs on 25 hits and lasted almost three hours. The Hawkeyes clinch the series victory after winning the opener Friday night, 12-7. The 15 runs are the most by Iowa in a conference game since May 3, 1997, when the Hawkeyes won at Penn State, 19-1. RECAP

Ohio State 16, Penn State 7
The Ohio State softball team won its second conference series of the season after downing Penn State, 16-7, in five innings Saturday afternoon at Buckeye Field. Offensively, Ohio State notched a season-best nine runs in the first inning and added a run in the third and six in the fourth en route to the victory. Freshman Cammi Prantl went 2-for-4 with two RBI and a season-high four RBI, junior Melissa Rennie was 2-for-3 with a double, two runs scored and three RBI, while sophomore Maddy McIntyre had three RBI and two walks. Caitlin Conrad posted a home run, two RBI and two runs scored. RECAP

Saturday Spring Game Recaps

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Five Big Ten football teams wrapped up spring practice on Saturday, including spring games or final practices for Indiana, Michigan, Northwestern, Ohio State and Purdue. Recaps for all five schools appear below:

INDIANA
The Cream jumped out to a 14-0 first quarter lead and closed out Indiana's spring with a 21-7 victory in the Cream & Crimson Spring Game on Saturday afternoon. Junior Shane Wynn led the Cream with 22- and 16-yard touchdowns, both from junior Cameron Coffman. Wynn finished the game with six catches for 97 yards. The quarterbacks rotated and played for both teams. Coffman finished the afternoon 17-of-23 for 174 yards, while sophomore Nate Sudfeld went 14-of-16 for 181 yards and a 37-yard score to junior Cody Latimer, which accounted for the Crimson's lone score. RECAP

MICHIGAN
The University of Michigan football team took the field for the annual Mott Spring Game presented by PNC Bank on Saturday in front of nearly 18,000 fans who braved the cold and snow and packed into the Big House to get an early glimpse of Team 134. For the fourth consecutive year, the game raised money for U-M C.S. Mott Children's Hospital. The offense sported the home blue jerseys, and the defense played in Michigan's road white uniforms, while the quarterbacks wore orange non-contact jerseys. The event raised nearly $90,000 for the hospital. RECAP

NORTHWESTERN
The Wildcats officially ended their spring's work Saturday at Lakeside Field, the home of their school's seven-time national championship lacrosse team. They drilled for 47 minutes and then, for the next 35, held a controlled scrimmage that revealed very little. Redshirt freshmen running backs Malin Jones and Stephen Buckley showed some promise, and the junior cornerback C.J. Bryant picked off Trevor Siemian. But both Siemian and Colter played sparingly; running back Venric Mark and any number of starting defenders played not at all; and the personnel on both sides of the ball often changed with each snap. RECAP

OHIO STATE
Braxton Miller threw for two touchdowns and ran for another to lead the Scarlet to a 31-14 victory over the Gray before 37,643 scarlet-clad fans. The junior was the Big Ten's offensive player of the year last season as the Buckeyes surprised many with a 12-0 season in Urban Meyer's first year as head coach. Miller, who was 16 of 25 passing for 217 yards, threw scoring passes of 20 yards to Devin Smith and 3 yards to Corey Brown, and also rushed for a 3-yard score. RECAP

PURDUE
Akeem Hunt scored on a 15-yard rush and Rob Henry connected with Shane Mikesky on a touchdown reception for Team Black in a 14-0 shutout of Team Gold in the spring game at Ross Ade Stadium. Hunt, who finished the game with 134 yards rushing on 19 carries, capped off an eight-play drive to open the scoring as time expired in the first quarter to stake Team Black to a 7-0 lead. Henry then found Mikesky from eight yards out with 7:20 left in the second quarter. RECAP

Saturday's Results

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ILLINOIS 6, PURDUE 4
Trailing 4-3 with two outs in the bottom of the eighth, sophomore David Kerian tied the game with an RBI single to left, and two pitches later, redshirt-sophomore Reid Roper belted the game-winning home run to right field. Fifth-year senior Bryan Roberts secured Illinois' 6-4 victory over Purdue with a perfect ninth, notching his third save and 12th scoreless inning of relief this season. RECAP

MICHIGAN 3, PENN STATE 2
Michigan made three early runs hold up with 3.2 innings of scoreless relief in a 3-2 win over Penn State on Saturday afternoon at the Wilpon Complex, home of Ray Fisher Stadium. Michigan has now won eight games in a row and nine of its last 10. RECAP

MICHIGAN STATE 6, INDIANA 5
Sophomore Jimmy Pickens homered to right field in the bottom of the 10th inning, giving Michigan State a 6-5 win over No. 12 Indiana on Saturday afternoon at McLane Stadium. It marks the first series victory for MSU over a ranked opponent in the Jake Boss era and the second consecutive walk-off win in extra innings. RECAP

OHIO STATE 6, NEBRASKA 5
Ohio State outlasted Nebraska in 11 innings, winning 6-5 Saturday afternoon in front of 4,076 spectators at Haymarket Park. The Buckeyes improve to 22-11 overall and 6-5 in the Big Ten while Nebraska falls to 14-18 and 8-3 in the Big Ten. RECAP

MINNESOTA 6, NORTHWESTERN 3
Minnesota solidified a series win when it defeated Northwestern, 6-3, today in Evanston, Ill. With a 4-2 win on Friday and a 6-3 win today, the Golden Gophers have now won their first three Big Ten Conference series as they improve to 6-2 in the league and 21-13 overall. RECAP

Kansas State 11, IOWA 4
Iowa fell to Kansas State, 11-4, on Saturday at Duane Banks Field in the second game of a three-game set. The Wildcats (25-11) offense came alive, scoring 11 runs on 17 hits, after scoring one run on seven hits in the series opener Friday night. RECAP

Illinois Spring Game Recap

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The Blue team raced out to a 28-0 second-quarter lead and held on for a 35-28 win under the lights in the 2013 Orange and Blue Spring Game at Memorial Stadium on Friday. Nathan Scheelhaase completed 24-of-32 passes for 210 yards and one touchdown, and Donovonn Young rushed 19 times for 86 yards and three touchdowns for the victorious Blue squad. RECAP

Friday's Results

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MICHIGAN STATE 2, INDIANA 1
Michigan State and Indiana were knotted at one heading into the bottom of the 11th inning, searching for a clutch hit to seal the upset. Sophomore Jimmy Pickens delivered with an RBI single up the middle, sending home Anthony Cheky and giving the Spartans a 2-1 win over No. 12 Indiana at McLane Stadium on Friday afternoon. RECAP

MICHIGAN 5, PENN STATE 1
Michigan scored five runs in the bottom of the eighth inning, and sophomore Trent Szkutnik had a career-high 12 strikeouts, as the Wolverines rallied past Penn State, 5-1, Friday afternoon at the Wilpon Complex, home of Ray Fisher Stadium. RECAP

MINNESOTA 4, NORTHWESTERN 2
Ryan Abrahamson hit a two-run home run in the top of the eighth inning, while the pitchers struck out  14 batters as Minnesota defeated Northwestern, 4-2, today in Evanston, Ill. RECAP

NEBRASKA 11, OHIO STATE 2
Nebraska improved to 4-0 in Big Ten series openers on Friday afternoon with a 11-2 win over Ohio State at Hawks Field. Junior Christian DeLeon delivered 8.0 innings on the mound, whle the Husker bats pounded out 15 hits to bring Nebraska to a tie with Indiana for first place in the Big Ten standings. RECAP

ILLINOIS 17, PURDUE 12
Illinois took down Purdue, 17-12, on Friday afternoon. Recap coming soon...

IOWA 6, Kansas State 1
Senior Matt Dermody and sophomore Nick Hibbing combined to hold Kansas State to one run on seven hits, leading the University of Iowa baseball team to a 6-1 win Friday at Duane Banks Field. RECAP

Friday's Results

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Iowa 12, Northwestern 7
The University of Iowa softball team topped Northwestern, 12-7, on Friday night in a wild opening game of a three-game set at Sharon J. Drysdale Field. Trailing 4-2 in the fourth, the Hawkeyes sent 13 batters to the plate, scoring nine runs on eight hits to take an 11-4 lead in their first Big Ten road contest. The league foes combined for 19 runs on 26 hits. "The offense saw the pitcher really well the first time through the lineup," said UI head coach Marla Looper. "The second time through, we made adjustments and found opportunities to attack and put a lot of runners on. Our top and bottom of the lineup did a really nice job." RECAP

Ohio State 2, Penn State 0
Highlighted by two solo home runs by a pair of juniors, the Ohio State softball team shut out Penn State, 2-0, Friday in game one of a three-game series at Buckeye Field. Evelyn Carrillo and Melissa Rennie scored the lone two runs of the contest on solo shots in the bottom of the fourth to help the Buckeyes improve to 24-14 overall and 4-6 in Big Ten play. Sophomore Alex DiDomenico improved to 10-6 overall, collecting her fifth complete-game shutout of the season. She tossed seven innings, limiting the PSU bats to four hits with four strikeouts. Overall, Ohio State outhit the Nittany Lions, 7-4, in the contest. RECAP

Purdue 7, Indiana 2
The Boilermaker offense exploded for seven runs, including two home runs, as the Purdue softball team downed Indiana 7-2 in Game 1 of the weekend's three game series. Senior Erika Petruzzi provided the bulk of the Purdue offense with two swings of the bat, a solo home run and a grand slam, tying her for the Purdue record for home runs in a game. The record of two homers has now been achieved 21 times, including three times by Petruzzi, who also launched two long balls vs. North Dakota State on Feb. 14, 2010, and against Indiana on April 7, 2012. RECAP

Michigan 21, Michigan State 2
The No. 12-ranked University of Michigan softball team unleashed a six-home run monsoon against Michigan State today to win 21-2 in five innings at the Wilpon Complex, home of Alumni Field. The 21 runs marked a season best for the Wolverines and the most ever against MSU (13 on May 12, 2006). The Wolverines extended their winning streak to 15 games and home win streak to nine games. The Spartans started the scoring in the top of the first, but U-M turned that into a distant memory with a six-run second inning and 13-run third inning. RECAP

Nebraska 4, Wisconsin 0
Behind a three-hit shutout from junior right-hander Tatum Edwards and a four-run fifth inning from the Husker offense, the 18th-ranked Nebraska softball team defeated Wisconsin, 4-0, in Friday's series opener at Bowlin Stadium. Edwards took a no-hitter into the fifth inning, finishing with her Big Ten-leading seventh shutout of the season. Edwards struck out seven and allowed only two balls out of the infield all game, while improving to 18-6 on the year. RECAP

Weekend Schedule

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Minnesota vs. Illinois
Game 1 - Saturday 2 p.m.
Game 2 - Saturday, 4 p.m.
Game 3 - Sunday, 2 p.m.

Purdue at Indiana
Game 1 - Friday, 6 p.m., BTN.com
Game 2 - Saturday, 1 p.m.
Game 3 - Sunday, 1 p.m., BTN.com

Iowa at Northwestern
Game 1 - Friday, 5 p.m.
Game 2 - Saturday, 2 p.m.
Game 3 - Sunday, 1 p.m.

Michigan vs. Michigan State
Game 1 - Friday in Ann Arbor, 4 p.m., BTN
Game 2 - Saturday in East Lansing, 1 p.m., BTN.com
Game 3- Sunday in East Lansing, 1 p.m., BTN.com

Wisconsin at Nebraska
Game 1 - Friday, 5 p.m.
Game 2 - Saturday, 2 p.m.
Game 3 - Sunday, 1 p.m.

Penn State at Ohio State
Game 1 - Friday, 6 p.m., BTN.com
Game 2 - Saturday, 2 p.m.
Game 3 - Sunday, 1 p.m., BTN.com

All times ET and schedule subject to change

Penn State women's basketball player Maggie Lucas was selected as the recipient of the 2013 Premier Women's Player of College Basketball Award from premierplayers.com. Fans voted for the top men's and women's basketball players throughout the month of March and voting concluded on April 7.

Lucas beat out four other finalists for the award, including Baylor's Brittney Griner, the 2012 Premier Player, Stanford's Chiney Ogwumike, Delaware's Elena Delle Donne and Notre Dame's Skylar Diggins.

Weekend Preview

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PURDUE at ILLINOIS
Friday, 7:05 p.m.
LHP Jordan Minch (4-3, 5.16 ERA) vs. RHP Kevin Johnson (4-2, 1.94 ERA)
Saturday, 4:05 p.m.
RHP Robert Ramer (2-2, 4.74 ERA) vs. RHP John Kravetz (3-1, 4.71 ERA)
Sunday, 3:05 p.m., BTN
RHP Brad Schreiber (1-4, 6.14 ERA) vs. RHP Ryan Castellanos (1-0, 2.60 ERA)

INDIANA at MICHIGAN STATE
Friday, 3:05 p.m.
LHP Joey DeNato (4-1, 3.10 ERA) vs. RHP Andrew Waszak (3-2, 2.89 ERA)
Saturday, 1:05 p.m.
LHP Kyle Hart (5-0, 2.12 ERA) vs. RHP David Garner (4-2, 3.51 ERA)
Sunday, 1:05 p.m.
RHP Aaron Slegers (5-1, 1.41 ERA) vs. RHP Mick VanVossen (3-2, 3.33 ERA)

OHIO STATE at NEBRASKA
Friday, 5:05 p.m.
RHP Jaron Long (4-2, 2.65 ERA) vs. RHP Christian DeLeon (3-2, 3.93 ERA)
Saturday, 3:05 p.m.
RHP Brad Goldberg (5-0, 1.85 ERA) vs. LHP Aaron Bummer (1-0, 3.86 ERA)
Sunday, 2:05 p.m.
LHP Brian King (4-4, 2.63 ERA) vs. LHP Tyler King (1-2, 11.32 ERA)

MINNESOTA at NORTHWESTERN
Friday, 4 p.m.
LHP Tom Windle (5-2, 1.31 ERA) vs. RHP Zach Morton (3-1, 1.64 ERA)
Saturday, 2 p.m.
RHP Alec Crawford (0-1, 1.88 ERA) vs. RHP Luke Farrell (1-1, 2.45 ERA)
Sunday, 2 p.m.
LHP DJ Snelten (2-0, 0.50 ERA) vs. RHP Brandon Magallones (4-2, 3.71 ERA)

MICHIGAN at PENN STATE
Friday, 4:05 p.m.
LHP Trent Szkutnik (3-4, 3.95 ERA) vs. RHP T.J. Jahn (1-4, 4.71 ERA)
Saturday, 4:05 p.m.
LHP Evan Hill (5-1, 1.74 ERA) vs. RHP Steven Hill (1-5, 3.70 ERA)
Sunday, Noon
LHP Logan McAnallen (2-2, 3.34 ERA) vs. LHP Greg Welsh (1-2, 2.31 ERA)

Kansas State at IOWA
Friday, 4:05 p.m.
LHP Joe Flattery (2-2, 4.34 ERA) vs. LHP Matt Dermody (5-1, 4.03 ERA)
Saturday, 2:05 p.m.
RHP Matt Wivinis (5-1, 4.20 ERA) vs. RHP Andrew Hanse (2-1, 3.12 ERA)
Sunday, 4:30 p.m.
RHP Blake McFadden (3-1, 3.54 ERA) vs. LHP Sasha Kuebel (1-6, 6.28 ERA)

All times ET

Weekend Schedule

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ILLINOIS at Mt. Sac Relays - Walnut, Calif.
INDIANA at Louisville
IOWA at at Lee Calhoun Invitational - Macomb, Ill.
MICHIGAN STATE at Spec Towns National Team Invitational - Athens, Ga.
MINNESOTA at Bear Cat Open - St. Paul, Minn.
NEBRASKA at Nebraska Quad Meet - Lincoln, Neb.
OHIO STATE at All-Ohio Championships - Athens, Ohio
PENN STATE at Bison Outdoor Classic - Lewisburg, Pa.
PURDUE at 47th See Ray Relays - Knoxville, Tenn.
WISCONSIN at UW-Platteville Invitational - Platteville, Wis.
WISCONSIN at 47th See Ray Relays - Knoxville, Tenn.

Weekend Schedule

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ILLINOIS at Lee Calhoun Invitational - Macomb, Ill.
INDIANA at Louisville
IOWA at at Lee Calhoun Invitational - Macomb, Ill.
MICHIGAN at UNC Joe Hilton Invitational - Chapel Hill, N.C.
MICHIGAN STATE at Spec Towns National Team Invitational - Athens, Ga.
MINNESOTA at Bear Cat Open - St. Paul, Minn.
NEBRASKA at Nebraska Quad Meet - Lincoln, Neb.
OHIO STATE at 47th See Ray Relays - Knoxville, Tenn.
PENN STATE at Bison Outdoor Classic - Lewisburg, Pa.
PURDUE at 47th See Ray Relays - Knoxville, Tenn.
WISCONSIN at 47th See Ray Relays - Knoxville, Tenn.
WISCONSIN at Spec Towns National Team Invitational - Athens, Ga.


Weekend Schedule

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INDIANA at Indiana Invitational

Weekend Schedule

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IOWA at Hawkeye Invitational
MICHIGAN STATE at Hawkeye Invitational
MINNESOTA at Hawkeye Invitational
NEBRASKA at Hawkeye Invitational
PENN STATE at Hawkeye Invitational
WISCONSIN at Hawkeye Invitational

Weekly Award Wrap-Up

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Thirty Big Ten student-athletes in nine different sports collected awards from the conference office during the week of April 8. Below is the complete list of honorees.

Baseball
Player of the the Week - Jake Straub, NU
Pitcher of the Week - DJ Snelten, MINN
Co-Freshmen of the Week - Evan Hill, MICH & Zach Jones, NU

Men's Golf 
Golfer of the Week - Andrew Fogg, IND

Women's Golf
Golfer of the Week - Paula Reto, PUR

Rowing
Co-Boats of the Week - Michigan First Varsity Four (Hannah Sherman, Allison Boss, Andrea Johnson, Hannah Moscati, Alex Ohman) & Ohio State First Varsity Eight (Amanda Poll, Ashley Bauer, Meghan Birkbeck, Claire-Louise Bode, Allison Elber, Katie King, Cori Meinert, Eelkje Miedema, Holly Norton)

Softball 

Co-Players of the Week - Sierra Romero, MICH & Mari Majam, NU
Pitcher of the Week - Megan McIntosh, WIS
Freshman of the Week - Sierra Romero, MICH

Men's Tennis
Athlete of the Week - Blaz Rola, OSU

Women's Tennis
Athlete of the Week - Emina Bektas, MICH

Men's Outdoor Track & Field
Co-Track Athletes of the Week - Justin Austin, IOWA & Brannon Kidder, PSU
Field Athlete of the Week - Michael Hartfield, OSU

Women's Outdoor Track & Field
Track Athlete of the Week - Ashley Spencer, ILL
Field Athlete of the Week - Lauren Kenney, PSU

Weekend Schedule

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April 12
#59 Illinois at #62 Ohio State - 2:30 p.m.

April 13
Minnesota at #34 Indiana - 11 a.m.
#12 Nebraska at #7 Michigan - 11 a.m.
#16 Northwestern at #38 Penn State - 11 a.m.
Wisconsin at #23 Purdue - 12 p.m.
Iowa at Michigan State - 12 p.m.

April 14
#59 Illinois at #38 Penn State - 10 a.m.
Wisconsin at #34 Indiana - 11 a.m.
Iowa at #7 Michigan - 12 p.m.
#12 Nebraska at Michigan State - 12 p.m.
Minnesota at #23 Purdue - 1 p.m.
#16 Northwestern at #62 Ohio State - 1 p.m.

All times are ET.

Weekend Schedule

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April 12
#48 Michigan State at Iowa - 2 p.m.
#24 Michigan at #60 Nebraska - 4 p.m.
#5 Ohio State at #29 Illinois - 4 p.m.
#56 Indiana at #40 Minnesota - 4 p.m.
Penn State at #34 Northwestern - 7 p.m.
#58 Purdue at #75 Wisconsin - 7 p.m.

April 14
#24 Michigan at Iowa - 12 p.m.
#48 Michigan State at #60 Nebraska - 12 p.m.
#58 Purdue at #40 Minnesota - 1 p.m.
#5 Ohio State at #34 Northwestern - 1 p.m.
Penn State at #29 Illinois - 1 p.m.
#56 Indiana at #75 Wisconsin - 2 p.m.

All times are ET.

Weekend Schedule

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April 13
INDIANA / MICHIGAN STATE / #4 OHIO STATE at #13 MICHIGAN - Ann Arbor, Mich.
MINNESOTA / #15 WISCONSIN at IOWA - Iowa City, Iowa

Spring Football Teleconference - Leaders Division

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The annual Big Ten spring football teleconference featuring coaches and players from the Leaders Division was held Thursday, with comments from Ohio State's Urban Meyer and tackle Jack Mewhort, Indiana's Kevin Wilson and safety Greg Heban, Wisconsin's Gary Andersen and linebacker Chris Borland, Penn State's Bill O'Brien and guard John Urschel, Purdue's Darrell Hazell and cornerback Ricardo Allen and Illinois' Tim Beckman and quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase. You can hear everything the coaches and players had to say by clicking on this link. Wednesday's teleconference featured coaches and players from the Legends Division, and audio from that call can be found by clicking on this link.

Wednesday's Result

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Penn State 11, Pittsburgh 7

Wednesday's Result

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OHIO STATE 5, Marshall 0
Two Big Ten players were named 2013 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Top 25 Finalists on Wednesday. Michigan's Sierra Romero and Penn State's Cassidy Bell were named finalists for the honor, which is presented annually to the nation's top player. The winner will be announced at the opening of the 2013 Women's College World Series in Oklahoma City. Romero is one of just two freshman that were named to the 25-player list, while Bell is among the national leaders in numerous statistical categories.

USA Softball Release

In The Polls

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Three Big Ten women's rowing teams are ranked in the latest CRCA/USRowing Coaches Poll, released on Wednesday. Ohio State leads ranked conference squads, coming in at No. 4. Michigan checks in at No. 13, while Wisconsin follows at No. 15. Iowa, Michigan State and Minnesota are receiving votes.

For the complete ranking, click here.

Spring Football Teleconference - Legends Division

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The annual Big Ten spring football teleconference featuring coaches and players from the Legends Division was held Wednesday, with comments from Michigan's Brady Hoke and offensive lineman Taylor Lewan, Iowa's Kirk Ferentz and linebacker James Morris, Nebraska's Bo Pelini and quarterback Taylor Martinez, Michigan State's Mark Dantonio and linebacker Max Bullough, Minnesota's Jerry Kill and safety Brock Vereen and Northwestern's Pat Fitzgerald and defensive end Tyler Scott. You can hear everything the coaches and players had to say by clicking on this link. Thursday's teleconference will feature coaches and players from the Leaders Division.

Wednesday's Schedule

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Penn State at Pittsburgh (DH), 4 p.m. ET
Ball State at Purdue (DH), 3 p.m. ET

Tuesday's Results and Wednesday's Schedule

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Tuesday's Results
Eastern Illinois 8, ILLINOIS 4
INDIANA 10, Evansville 8
Kansas 8, IOWA 3
MICHIGAN 4, Notre Dame 1
MICHIGAN STATE 10, Western Michigan 1
OHIO STATE 9, West Virginia 0
PENN STATE 3, Kent State 2
Indiana State 10, PURDUE 5

Wednesday's Schedule
Marshall at OHIO STATE, 6:35 p.m., BTN.com
Bucknell at PENN STATE, 6:05 p.m., BTN.com
Ball State at PURDUE, 6 p.m., BTN.com

All times ET

Tuesday's Results

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Eastern Illinois 12, Illinois 1
Michigan 8, Western Michigan 0
Northwestern 11, Notre Dame 3
Ohio State 4, Ohio 2
Ohio State 6, Ohio 1
Penn State 4, Saint Francis (Pa.) 1
Purdue 7, Loyola (Chicago) 4

In The Polls

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Eight Big Ten women's tennis teams appear in the latest Campbell's/ITA National Rankings, released on Tuesday. The conference is led by No.7 Michigan, No. 12 Nebraska, No. 16 Northwestern and No. 23 Purdue in the top 25. Indiana sits at No. 34, while Penn State checks in at No. 38. Illinois is No. 59 and Ohio State ranks No. 62.

Individually, 12 Big Ten women's tennis players and nine doubles pairs have been ranked nationally in the ITA poll. The complete list of ranked conference singles and doubles players can be found below.

Singles
14. Mary Weatherholt, NEB
28. Emina Bektas, MICH
45. Kelsey Dieters, OSU
49. Ronit Yurovsky, MICH
55. Kate Turvy, NU
67. Petra Januskova, PSU
90. Katie Klyczek, IND
97. Sarah Lee, MICH
98. Ruth Seaborne, IOWA
106. Veronica Corning, NU
117. Melissa Kopinski, ILL
122. Leslie Hureau, IND

Doubles
2. Brooke Bolender/Emina Bektas, MICH
6. Patricia Veresova/Mary Weatherholt, NEB
9. Linda Abu Mushefova/Nida Hamilton, NU
25. Krisztina Kapitany/Mara Schmidt, PUR
27. Melissa Kopinski/Rachael White, ILL
45. Ronit Yurovsky/Sarah Lee, MICH
48. Ruth Seaborne/Morven McCulloch, IOWA
49. Petra Januskova/Chelsea Utting, PSU
74. Leslie Hureau/Sophie Garre, IND

For the complete polls, click here.

In The Polls

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Ten Big Ten men's tennis teams appear in the latest Campbell's/ITA National Rankings, released on Tuesday. Ohio State leads conference squads in the poll, coming in at No. 5. Michigan, Illinois, Northwestern, Minnesota and Michigan State also rank in the top 50, coming in at No. 24, No. 29, No. 34, No. 40 and No. 48, respectively. Indiana checks in at No. 56, followed by No. 58 Purdue and No. 60 Nebraska. Wisconsin rounds out the poll at No. 75.

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

Singles
6. Peter Kobelt, OSU
9. Blaz Rola, OSU
13. Evan King, MICH
36. Jared Hiltzik, ILL
45. Rok Bonin, MINN
61. Chris Diaz, OSU
63. Connor Smith, OSU
81. Leandro Toledo, MINN
84. Devin McCarthy, OSU
106. Sam Monette, IND
107. Vlad Stefan, MICH

Doubles
16. Peter Kobelt/Connor Smith, OSU
19. Tim Kopinski/Ross Guignon, ILL
21. Sam Monette/Isade Juneau, IND
23. Evan King/Shaun Bernstein, MICH
32. Devin McCarthy/Ille Van Engelen, OSU
33. Blaz Rola/Kevin Metka, OSU
37. Alex Buzzi/Evan King, MICH
64. Josh MacTaggart/Isade Juneau, IND
68. Spencer Wolf/Alex Pasreanu, NU
76. Tim Kopinski/Farris Gosea, ILL
79. Syzmon Tatarczyk/Krisztian Krocsko, PUR

For the complete polls, click here.


In The Polls

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Six Big Ten women's gymnastics squads are ranked in the top 20 of the latest GymInfo poll, released on Monday. Michigan leads the way for conference teams, coming in at No. 7, while Minnesota joins the Wolverines in the top 10 at No. 8. Big Ten Champion Nebraska holds the No. 13 spot, while Penn State follows at No. 14. Illinois comes in at No. 16 and Ohio State sits at No. 18.

For the full poll, click here.

In The Polls

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All seven Big Ten men's gymnastics teams represent the conference in the top 10 of the most recent GymInfo poll, released on Monday. Penn State holds the top spot for the 12th consecutive week, while Big Ten Champion Michigan comes in at No. 3. Ohio State sits at No. 5, Minnesota, Illinois, and Iowa follow at No. 6, No. 7 and No. 8, respectively. Nebraska rounds out the top 10 at No. 10.

For the complete ranking, click here.


Five Squads Receiving Votes in Latest National Polls

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A pair of programs appear among the top 25 in the National Fastpitch Coaches Association and USA Softball national rankings, while three others are receiving votes in the latest polls released on Tuesday. Michigan appears at No. 12 in both polls, while Nebraska is rated 18th in the USA Softball poll and No. 22 in the NFCA standings. Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin each are among the squads also receiving votes in both the NFCA and USA Softball polls.

Tuesday's Schedule

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Eastern Illinois at ILLINOIS, 7:05 p.m.
INDIANA at Evansville, 7 p.m.
Kansas at IOWA, 7:05 p.m., BTN.com
MICHIGAN at Notre Dame, 5:35 p.m.
Western Michigan at MICHIGAN STATE, 3:05 p.m.
Creighton at NEBRASKA, 7:35 p.m., BTN.com
West Virginia at OHIO STATE, 6:35 p.m., BTN.com
Kent State at PENN STATE, 7 p.m., BTN
PURDUE at Indiana State, 6 p.m.

Tuesday's Schedule

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Notre Dame at Northwestern, 5 p.m.
Ohio State at Ohio (DH, 5 p.m.

In The Polls

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Indiana represents the Big Ten in all four national polls. Click the links to view each complete set of rankings.

Collegiate Baseball Newspaper
13. Indiana

Baseball America
No. 12 Indiana

NCBWA
No. 13 Indiana

USA Today/ESPN Coaches
No. 15 Indiana


In The Polls

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Illinois and Nebraska represent the Big Ten in the latest USTFCCCA Outdoor Track & Field rankings, it was announced today. The Illini check in at No. 16, while the Huskers are No. 22 in the polls.

For the complete rankings, click HERE.

In The Polls

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Four Big Ten teams appear in the latest USTFCCCA Outdoor Track & Field Rankings, led by No. 9 Wisconsin. Nebraska comes in at No. 16, followed by No. 18 Indiana, No. 19 Penn State, No. 22 Minnesota and No. 23 Ohio State.

For the complete poll, click HERE.

Michigan Falls to Louisville in NCAA Title Game

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Louisville 82, Michigan 76
The University of Michigan men's basketball team (No. 10 AP, No. 11 Coaches) led by as many as 12 points in the first half -- on the strength of 17 points from freshman guard Spike Albrecht in the opening 20 minutes -- but Louisville (No. 2 AP, No. 2 Coaches) rallied to take the 82-76 victory in the NCAA Tournament final on Monday night inside the Georgia Dome.

The backcourt tandem of sophomore point guard Trey Burke and junior guard Tim Hardaway Jr. took a backseat to Albrecht, who stole the show in the opening 20 minutes, scoring a career-best 17 points on 6-of-7 shooting in 16 minutes. He nailed four three-pointers, had a pair of driving layups and knocked down one free throw. Burke finished the game with a team-best 24 points and three assists in the contest. Hardaway contributed 12 points, five rebounds and four assists, while Albrecht finished with 17 points in the game.

Complete Recap

Five Collect WBCA All-America Recognition

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Five women's basketball players were named to the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) All-America team, it was announced on Saturday. Minnesota's Rachel Banham, Nebraska's Jordan Hooper, Ohio State's Tayler Hill and Penn State's Alex Bentley and Maggie Lucas each garnered honorable mention recognition. 

Two Tabbed Finalists for Lieberman Award

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Two women's basketball standouts have been named finalists for the Lieberman award, it was announced on Friday. Nebraska's Lindsey Moore and Penn State's Alex Bentley were two of three finalists for the award, given annually to the nation's top point guard. The criteria for the award are floor leadership, play-making and ball-handling skills that personified Hall of Famer Nancy Lieberman during her career. Sportswriters from across the country determined the award winner and finalists.

Michigan Faces Louisville in NCAA Title Game

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NCAA Championship Game
Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Ga.
Michigan vs. Louisville, 9:23 p.m. ET, CBS

Burke, Oladipo, Ryan Honored With Postseason Awards

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Michigan's Trey Burke, Indiana's Victor Oladipo and Wisconsin's Bo Ryan were honored by the National Association of Basketball Coaches with postseason awards on Sunday, while Burke was honored with the Naismith Award as the National Player of the Year. It marks the second time in four seasons a Big Ten standout has won the Naismith Award as former Ohio State standout Evan Turner claimed the honor in 2010.

Burke earned NABC Player of the Year honors to become the first Wolverine to win the honor. It is the second straight year a Big Ten player was singled out by the coaches as Michigan State's Draymond Green won NABC accolades in 2012. Meanwhile, Oladipo garnered National Defensive Player of the Year accolades, sharing the honor with Kansas' Jeff Withey and Wisconsin's Ryan was honored with the NABC Coaches vs. Cancer Champion Award.

Michigan Release

Indiana Release

Wisconsin Release

Sunday's Results

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Indiana 4 Penn State 3
A four-run fourth inning helped the Indiana softball team close out its first home weekend series with a 4-3 win over visiting Penn State this afternoon. With the victory, the Hoosiers secure its first conference series win of the year and improve to 3-6 in Big Ten play and 19-20 overall. Indiana outhit Penn State 8-6 and saw hits from six different batters. Brianna Meyer and Kelsey Brannon both went 2-for-2, while Amanda Wagner and Michelle Huber each drove in a pair of runs. RECAP

Nebraska 3, Iowa 2
The 19th-ranked Nebraska softball team won in its final at bat for the seventh time this season, scoring once in the top of the seventh inning of a 3-2 victory over Iowa on Sunday afternoon at Pearl Field. The win clinched a series victory over the Hawkeyes, while also wrapping up a 5-2 road trip for the Huskers. Nebraska has now won 11 road games this season - the third-highest total in school history - while winning its first two Big Ten Conference road series of the year. RECAP

Michigan 17, Ohio State 5
The No. 12 University of Michigan softball team piled on eight runs in the first inning, fueled by eight walks, on its way to a 17-5 run-rule victory over Ohio State on Sunday (April 7) at the Wilpon Complex, home of Alumni Field. The win, which saw the Maize and Blue score in every inning, secured the three-game series sweep of the Buckeyes. RECAP

Wisconsin 10, Minnesota 0 (Game 1); Minnesota 8, Wisconsin 0 (Game 2)
Game 1: Wisconsin defeated Minnesota 10-0 on Sunday, paced by a no-hitter by Meghan McIntosh. Stephanie Peace homered to left center field to score two runs and Whitney Massey followed with a home run over the center field fence to put UW up 3-0. Michelle Mueller singled to score two runs, then a double by Mueller cleared the bases and gave the Badgers a 6-0 lead. Wisconsin tacked on a run in the fifth inning on Massey's second home run of the game and posted three more in the sixth to take a 10-0 lead. RECAP
Game 2: Minnesota captured the rubber match in its Big Ten weekend series with No. 23/25 Wisconsin, as it defeated the Badgers by a score of 8-0 in five innings to take two-of-three in its home-opening weekend. The Gophers used a three-run first and a five-run third to bounce back after dropping the opening game of Sunday's doubleheader. RECAP

Northwestern 7, Illinois 1
Northwestern completed a sweep of Illinois Sunday at Sharon J. Drysdale Field with the help of a five-run fifth inning, defeating the Illini, 7-1. Northwestern now is 19-14 overall on the season with its victory, 5-3 in the Big Ten. Illinois falls to 11-21 on the year with its loss, 1-8 in the conference. In the NU sweep, Wildcats pitchers held the Illini to just five hits and one run over the course of the entire three game series. By contrast, NU plated 23 runs and pounded out 13 extra-base hits, including six home runs. RECAP

Michigan State 1, Purdue 0
Michigan State softball took the series against Purdue after edging the Boilermakers on Sunday afternoon, 1-0. Junior Kelly Smith pitched for MSU and notched seven strikeouts, while senior Jayme O'Bryant scored the lone Spartan run. RECAP

Sunday's Results

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ILLINOIS 3, INDIANA 2
Freshman Ryan Castellanos won his first career start, and senior Justin Parr hit a home run and scored the winning run on senior Brandon Hohl's second sac fly, as the Illini defeated No. 16 Indiana, 3-2, in the series finale. RECAP

IOWA 6, NEBRASKA 5
Iowa withheld a ninth-inning Nebraska rally to down the Cornhuskers, 6-5, on Sunday afternoon at Duane Banks Field in the final game of a three-game series. RECAP

MICHIGAN 6, MICHIGAN STATE 2
Michigan completed a three-game series sweep of Michigan State with a 6-2 win over the Spartans Sunday afternoon at McLane Stadium. RECAP

Minnesota and Ohio State split a doubleheader on Sunday. The Gophers move to 4-2 in the conference standings, while the Buckeyes sit at 5-4. MINNESOTA RECAP; OHIO STATE RECAP

NORTHWESTERN 13, PURDUE 3
Northwestern's offense posted double-digit runs for the second time in a three-game series as the Wildcats toppled the Purdue Boilermakers in a Sunday matinee at Alexander Field, 13-4. RECAP

PENN STATE 11, Wright State 3
Penn State ended a 13-game slump against Wright State on Sunday afternoon, winning 11-3 for its first home victory of the 2013 season. The Nittany Lions (6-21) racked up 17 hits over the Raiders (12-16), with each position player posting at least one hit in the contest. RECAP

Saturday's Results

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Michigan 11, Ohio State 0
The No. 12 University of Michigan softball team blasted three home runs, including a grand slam from junior Caitlin Blanchard, and sophomore Sara Driesenga pitched a complete game shutout for an 11-0 run-rule victory in five innings over Ohio State on Saturday at the Wilpon Complex, home of Alumni Field. It marked the seventh shutout of the season for the Wolverines and the second in Big Ten play. RECAP

Minnesota 2, Wisconsin 1
Senior catcher Kari Dorle drove a one-out double down the left field line to score sophomore shortstop Tyler Walker from second base, giving Minnesota a 2-1 walk-off victory over No. 23/25 Wisconsin on Saturday in the home opener for the Gophers. The win for Minnesota followed a two-hour, 27-minute rain delay in the opening game of a three-game weekend series. Friday's game was postponed due to poor weather, and the teams will play a doubleheader beginning at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday. RECAP

Northwestern 8, Illinois 0
One day after Northwestern no-hit Illinois at Sharon J. Drysdale Field, senior Meghan Lamberth nearly repeated the feat with a career-best one-hit shutout in an 8-0 (5) run-rule victory over the Illini. Lamberth (7-4) needed just 68 pitches and allowed only two base runners, one early in the game on an error and another on a one-out fifth-inning hit. She fanned three in the game and notched her fourth shutout of the season. RECAP

Purdue 7, Michigan State 2
The Boilermaker softball team had a base runner in every inning and scored in four stanzas en route to a 7-2 win over Michigan State on Saturday to even the weekend series at a game apiece. Purdue scored its seven runs on 10 hits and two MSU miscues, while holding the Spartans to two runs on five hits and an error. Eight different players posted hits for the Boilermakers, including sophomore Ashley Burkhardt and junior Danielle Fletcher, who each managed two hits. RECAP

Penn State 3, Indiana 0
Freshman Macy Jones held Indiana to just five hits as Penn State used a three-run sixth to earn its first Big Ten victory of the season, 3-0. Jones (7-9) struck out six Hoosiers over 6.2 innings of work after relieving starter Christy Von Pusch in the first as Penn State notched its second shutout of the year. Senior Cassidy Bell finished the day 2-2 at the plate with a single, double and two walks while Jones and senior Alyssa Renwick both produced a pair of hits against the Hoosiers, as well. Renwick and freshmen Lexi Knief and Reina Furuya tallied one RBI apiece. RECAP

Nebraska 11, Iowa 1
Not even a nearly two-hour rain delay could slow the Husker offense on Saturday, as the 19th-ranked Nebraska softball team produced a season-high 17 hits in an 11-1 five-inning victory over the Iowa Hawkeyes at Pearl Field. The Huskers bounced back from a disappointing loss in the series opener on Friday, scoring runs in each of the first four innings on Saturday. Nebraska plated four runs in the first inning, three runs in the second, one run in the third and three runs in the fourth, following the lengthy rain delay. RECAP

Michigan Outlasts Syracuse, Will Play for National Title

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Michigan 61, Syracuse 56
Making its first NCAA Final Four appearance in 20 years, the University of Michigan men's basketball team received a big lift from its bench in defeating Syracuse, 61-56, in the national semifinal round Saturday before a crowd of 75,350 at the Georgia Dome. The Wolverines (31-7) will play No. 1 overall seed Louisville in the national championship game Monday at 9:23 p.m. on CBS.

Freshman forward Mitch McGary had his third straight double-double, finishing with 10 points and 12 rebounds. He added a career-high six assists against the Orange. McGary had six points, seven rebounds and four assists in the first half. Junior guard Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 13 points, grabbed six rebounds and contributed five assists. Sophomore guard Trey Burke added seven points, five rebounds and four assists.

Michigan Recap

Saturday's Results

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INDIANA 7, ILLINOIS 3
Indiana University now owns NCAA Division-I baseball's longest winning streak of 2013, victorious in 18 consecutive ballgames. The Hoosiers (25-3, 8-0 Big Ten) took their second win in as many days over Illinois (18-9, 1-4), setting up an opportunity for a third conference sweep on Sunday at 1:05 pm. RECAP

NEBRASKA 12, IOWA 8
Nebraska picked up its sixth Big Ten win on Saturday afternoon with a 12-8 win over Iowa to improve to 7-1 in conference play. RECAP

MICHIGAN 5, MICHIGAN STATE 1
Michigan secured a series win over Michigan State and moved to one game above .500 on the season with a 5-1 victory over the Spartans Saturday afternoon at the Wilpon Complex, home of Ray Fisher Stadium. RECAP

MINNESOTA 7, OHIO STATE 0
Minnesota shut out the Ohio State Buckeyes 7-0 in the inaugurual game at new Siebert Field. With the start of the game being played on April 5, 2013, snow suspended the game as the two teams completed it on Saturday, April 6. RECAP

NORTHWESTERN 10, PURDUE 6
Northwestern rallied for four runs with two outs in the top of the ninth inning to push past the Purdue Boilermakers, 10-6, in the second game of a three-game set at Alexander Field Saturday. It marks the second true road victory of the season for the Wildcats and their first in Big Ten play. RECAP

Wright State 6, PENN STATE 2
Penn State continued its weekend series against Wright State on Saturday afternoon, falling 6-2 despite a strong outing from senior Steve Hill on the mound. The Nittany Lions (5-21) will conclude the three-game set against the Raiders (12-15) tomorrow, April 7 with a 12:05 p.m. contest at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park. RECAP

Nebraska Spring Game Recap

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Taylor Martinez and Tommy Armstrong Jr. joined forces to complete 13-of-17 passes for 207 yards and two touchdowns to rally the Reds to 32-25 victory in Nebraska's annual spring game on Saturday. Playing in front of 60,174 Big Red fans at Memorial Stadium and a Big Ten Network national television audience, Martinez completed 8-of-10 passes for 105 yards and a touchdown in the first half. RECAP

Michigan Takes on Syracuse in National Semifinals

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National Semifinals
Atlanta, Ga.
Michigan vs. Syracuse, approximately 8:49 p.m. ET

Friday's Results

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Indiana 4, Penn State 3
After trailing Penn State 3-2 into the sixth inning, the Indiana softball team was able to manufacture a pair of runs in the bottom half of the frame and hang on to an eventual 4-3 win over the Nittany Lions in the Hoosiers' first Big Ten conference victory at Andy Mohr Field. Indiana improves to within one game under the .500 mark on the year (18-19) and 2-5 in conference games, while Penn State falls to 7-22 (0-6 Big Ten). The Hoosiers have also extended their home win streak to eight games and improve to 34-6 in Bloomington since the beginning of the 2011 campaign. RECAP

Iowa 6, Nebraska 2
The University of Iowa softball team defeated No. 19 Nebraska, 6-2, in the series opener of a three-game set on Friday night at Pearl Field. The Hawkeyes used another solid outing from junior starter Kayla Massey and a big offensive output from sophomore Megan Blank to earn their sixth victory over a top-25 opponent. Blank got things rolling early, lining a two-run homer over the fence in right in the first inning to give the Hawkeyes a 2-0 lead. Iowa is 16-2 this season when scoring first. RECAP

Michigan 5, Ohio State 1
Freshman Sierra Romero belted a first-inning home run to give the No. 12 University of Michigan softball team an early lead that it never relinquished on the way to a 5-1 win over Ohio State today (Friday, April 5) at the Wilpon Complex, home of Alumni Field. Michigan extended its win streak to 11 games, its longest since 2011 (24 straight wins). The Wolverines pushed their win steak to open Big Ten Conference play to seven games, their best start since 2010 (13 wins). RECAP

Northwestern 8, Illinois 0
Northwestern softball's newest promotion is no-hit Fridays at Sharon J. Drysdale Field! For the second time in as many weeks, sophomore Amy Letourneau (Laguna Niguel, Calif./Santa Margarita Catholic) allowed no hits and the Wildcats walked off with an 8-0 (5) run-rule victory over Illinois. Letourneau's (11-8) no-hitter is the second of her career and it follows a seven-inning no-no in a 6-2 NU win over Minnesota last Friday, March 29, at Sharon J. Drysdale Field. The April 5 installment needed just five innings of work and featured eight strikeouts against eight walks. RECAP

Michigan State 3, Purdue 2
Michigan State University softball defeated Purdue to improve its record to 20-13 overall and 6-0 in conference games. Junior Kelly Smith tallied seven strikeouts and sophomore Ellie Stoffer led the offense with two RBIs. It equals MSU's best start in Big Ten play since 2006. RECAP

Friday's Results

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INDIANA 3, ILLINOIS 2
Indiana improved their NCAA-best winning streak to 17 games by defeating Illinois, 3-2. The first ever night game for Indiana occurred in front of a sell-out crowd of 2,757, the largest crowd in school history. RECAP

MICHIGAN 6, MICHIGAN STATE 3
Michigan scored six consecutive runs after trailing 3-0 through four innings and defeated in-state rival Michigan State, 6-3, Friday afternoon at McLane Stadium. RECAP

NEBRASKA 12, IOWA 5
Two-out hits were the story for Nebraska on Friday night, as the Huskers scored eight of their 12 runs with two-out RBIs on their way to a 12-5 win over Iowa. RECAP

PURDUE 13, NORTHWESTERN 4
Purdue baseball's all-freshman battery of Jordan Minch and Jack Picchiotti led the way as the Boilermakers won their Big Ten series opener against Northwestern Friday evening, 13-4, posting their first victory at Alexander Field in the process. RECAP

Wright State 7, PENN STATE 4 (11)
Penn State nearly completed a comeback victory over Wright State Friday, but fell short in the 11th inning for a 7-4 loss. The Nittany Lions moves to a 5-20 overall record following the non-conference contest, while the Raiders improve to 11-15 on the season. RECAP

Big Ten Wrestling Season in Review

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Third Times a Charm: Penn State won its third NCAA Wrestling Championships title in as many seasons after picking up two individual weight class titles. The Nittany Lions totaled 123.5 team points en route to the national title, while third-place Minnesota and fourth-place Iowa finished in the top five with 103 and 73 points, respectively. The Nittany Lions' Ed Ruth (184 pounds) and Quentin Wright (197) each won titles to push Penn State to the national crown, while Illinois' Jesse Delgado (125), Ohio State's Logan Stieber (133), Iowa's Derek St. John (157) and Minnesota's Tony Nelson (285) also won national championships on Saturday to give the Big Ten six of the 10 individual champions. PENN STATE RECAP

All-America Awards: Over a third of the All-America honors awarded at the NCAA Championships were given to Big Ten wrestlers, as the conference grapplers earned 29 of the 80 accolades. Minnesota led the way with eight wrestlers who were tabbed All-Americans after placing in the top eight in their respective weight classes, followed by Penn State with five and Iowa with four. Illinois and Ohio State each placed three in the top eight, while Nebraska and Northwestern each had two and Purdue and Wisconsin had one. Click HERE to see the full list.

Penn State Claims Third Consecutive Big Ten Championship: Penn State won its third straight Big Ten Wrestling Championships title, claiming first place with a score of 151. The Nittany Lions claimed four individual titles en route to the conference championship. Minnesota finished in second place with 139 points, while Iowa took third with 133.5. Fourth-place Ohio State (109.5 points) and fifth-place Illinois (85.5 points) rounded out the top five. Click HERE for the full release.

All-Big Ten, Individual Award Winners Announced:
The 2013 All-Big Ten team, along with the conference's individual award winners, were announced following the conclusion of the Big Ten Championships. Penn State's Ed Ruth was named the Big Ten Wrestler of the Year, while Nittany Lion head coach Cael Sanderson and Minnesota's J Robinson shared Coach of the Year honors. Wisconsin's Connor Medbery was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year, while Illinois' Jesse Delgado was named Wrestler of the Championships. Earning spots on the All-Big Ten team after winning their respective weight class titles were Illinois' Delgado (125), Minnesota's Dylan Ness (149) and Tony Nelson (285), Northwestern's Jason Welch (157), Ohio State's Hunter Stieber (141) and Logan Stieber (133) and Penn State's Matt Brown (174), Ruth (184), David Taylor (165) and Quentin Wright (197).

Hawkeyes Claim Big Ten Dual-Meet Title: Iowa finished with a perfect 8-0 record in conference duals en route to the Big Ten regular season dual-meet title. Click HERE on the Hawkeyes' dual-meet title.

Gophers Win National Duals Championship: Minnesota won its second consecutive NWCA/Cliff Keen National Duals championship, emerging victorious from the 32-team field. The Golden Gophers defeated Virginia Tech (28-8), Iowa (22-15) and Oklahoma State (28-9) en route to the title. Click HERE to read more on the Gophers' National Duals title.

Weekly Award Wrap-Up

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24 Big Ten student-athletes in nine different sports collected awards from the conference office during the week of April 1. Below is the complete list of honorees.

Baseball
Co-Players of the the Week - Sam Travis, IND & Kyle Johnson, PUR
Pitcher of the Week - Tom Windle, MINN
Freshman of the Week - Kyle Johnson, PUR

Men's Golf 
Co-Golfers of the Week - Erik Van Rooyen, MINN & Jack Perry, NU

Women's Golf
Golfer of the Week - Lauren English, IOWA

Rowing
Boat of the Week - Michigan First Varsity Eight - Jessica Eiffert, Emily Idoni, Priscilla Livingston, Colleen Macke, Bryna Oleshansky, Melisa Ongun, Taylor Schubert, Shannon Stief, Shannon Winchell

Softball 
Player of the Week - Amy Letourneau, NU
Pitcher of the Week - Kelly Smith, MSU
Freshman of the Week - Sierra Romero, 

Men's Tennis
Athlete of the Week - Leandro Toledo, MINN

Women's Tennis
Athlete of the Week - Carolyn Chupa, IND

Men's Outdoor Track & Field
Track Athlete of the Week - Harun Abda, MINN
Field Athlete of the Week - Derek Drouin, IND

Women's Outdoor Track & Field
Track Athlete of the Week - Morolake Akinosun, ILL
Field Athlete of the Week - Kyla Buckley, IND

Weekend Schedule

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April 5-7
MINNESOTA at Rebel Intercollegiate - Oxford, Miss.
NEBRASKA at SMU/Dallas Athletic Club Invitational - Dallas, Texas
OHIO STATE at SMU/Dallas Athletic Club Invitational - Dallas, Texas
WISCONSIN at SMU/Dallas Athletic Club Invitational - Dallas, Texas

Weekend Schedule

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April 6-7
ILLINOIS at Insperity Augusta State Invitational - Augusta, Ga.
INDIANA at NYX Hoosier Invitational - Bloomington, Ind.
MICHIGAN at NYX Hoosier Invitational - Bloomington, Ind.
PURDUE at Insperity Augusta State Invitational - Augusta, Ga.

April 7-8
OHIO STATE at Gary Koch Invitational - Tampa, Fla.

Weekend Schedule

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ILLINOIS at Sun Angel Classic - Tempe, Ariz.
INDIANA at Pepsi Florida Relays - Gainesville, Fla.
IOWA at Jim Click Invite - Tucson, Ariz.
MICHIGAN vs. Virginia/ at California - Berkeley, Calif.
MICHIGAN STATE at Spartan Invitational - East Lansing, Mich.
MINNESOTA at Alabama Invite - Tuscaloosa, Ala.
MINNESOTA at Hamline Invitational - St. Paul, Minn.
NEBRASKA at Alabama Invite - Tuscaloosa, Ala.
OHIO STATE at Jim Click Invite - Tucson, Ariz.
PENN STATE at Alabama Invite - Tuscaloosa, Ala.
PURDUE at Tiger Track Classic - Auburn, Ala.

Weekend Schedule

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ILLINOIS at Tiger Track Classic - Auburn, Ala.
INDIANA at Pepsi Florida Relays - Gainesville, Fla.
IOWA at Jim Click Invite - Tucson, Ariz.
MICHIGAN vs. Virginia/ at California - Berkeley, Calif.
MICHIGAN STATE at Spartan Invitational - East Lansing, Mich.
MINNESOTA at Hamline Invitational - St. Paul, Minn.
NEBRASKA at Alabama Invite - Tuscaloosa, Ala.
OHIO STATE at Jim Click Invite - Tucson, Ariz.
PENN STATE at Alabama Invite - Tuscaloosa, Ala.
PURDUE at Tiger Track Classic - Auburn, Ala.

Two Named to Senior CLASS Award Teams

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Two women's basketball standouts have been named to 2012-13 Senior CLASS Award teams, it was announced on Friday. Purdue's Drey Mingo was selected as a first-team honoree, while Iowa's Jaime Printy collected second-team recognition. 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. 

For the complete release, click here

Weekend Schedule

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April 5
#52 Ohio State at Wisconsin - 2 p.m.
#33 Penn State at Minnesota - 4 p.m.
#19 Purdue at #13 Nebraska - 4 p.m.
#32 Indiana at Iowa - 4:30 p.m.

April 6
Michigan State at #14 Northwestern - 11 a.m.
#8 Michigan at #54 Illinois - 1 p.m.

April 7

#33 Penn State at Wisconsin - 10 a.m.
Michigan State at #54 Illinois - 12 p.m.
#32 Indiana at #13 Nebraska - 12 p.m.
#19 Purdue at Iowa - 12 p.m.
#52 Ohio State at Minnesota - 12 p.m.
#8 Michigan at #14 Northwestern - 1 p.m.

All times are ET.
 

Weekend Schedule

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April 5
#37 Minnesota at Penn State - 3 p.m.
Wisconsin at #5 Ohio State - 6 p.m.

April 6

#28 Illinois at #34 Michigan - 12 p.m.
Iowa at #69 Indiana - 12 p.m.
#29 Northwestern at #49 Michigan State - 12 p.m.
#58 Nebraska at #63 Purdue - 2 p.m.

April 7
Wisconsin at Penn State - 11 a.m.
#28 Illinois at #49 Michigan State - 12 p.m.
#58 Nebraska at #69 Indiana - 12 p.m.
Iowa at #63 Purdue - 12 p.m.
#29 Northwestern at #34 Michigan - 12 p.m.
#37 Minnesota at #5 Ohio State - 12 p.m.
Wright State at #5 Ohio State - 5:30 p.m.
DePauw at #69 Indiana - 6 p.m.

All times are ET.

Weekend Preview

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ILLINOIS at INDIANA
Friday, 6:05 p.m.
RHP Kevin Johnson (4-1, 1.89 ERA) vs. LHP Joey DeNato (3-1, 3.41 ERA)
Saturday, 2:05 p.m.
RHP John Kravetz (3-0, 3.82 ERA) vs. LHP Kyle Hart (4-0, 2.27 ERA)
Sunday, 1:05 p.m.
TBA vs. RHP Aaron Slegers (5-0, 1.08 ERA)

NEBRASKA at IOWA
Friday, 7:05 p.m.
RHP Christian DeLeon (2-2, 3.86 ERA) vs. LHP Sasha Kuebel (1-5, 5.08 ERA)
Saturday, 2:05 p.m.
RHP Ryan Hander (0-2, 5.28 ERA) vs. LHP Matt Dermody (5-1, 3.04 ERA)
Sunday, 2:05 p.m.
RHP Tyler Niederklein (0-0, 6.10 ERA) vs. TBA

MICHIGAN STATE vs. MICHIGAN
Friday, 3:05 p.m.
RHP Andrew Waszak (3-1, 2.51 ERA) vs. LHP Trent Szkutnik (2-4, 3.97)
Saturday, 4:05 p.m.
RHP David Garner (4-1, 3.38 ERA) vs. LHP Evan Hill (4-1, 2.06 ERA)
Sunday, 1:05 p.m.
RHP Mick VanVossen (3-1, 3.03 ERA) vs. LHP Logan McAnallen (1-2, 3.34 ERA)

OHIO STATE at MINNESOTA
Friday, 4:05 p.m.
RHP Jaron Long (4-1, 2.61 ERA) vs. LHP Tom Windle (4-2, 1.44 ERA)
Saturday, 2:05 p.m.
RHP Brad Goldberg (4-0, 1.77 ERA) vs. RHP Ben Meyer (3-3, 3.12 ERA)
Sunday, 2:05 p.m.
LHP Brian King (4-3, 2.83 ERA) vs. TBA

NORTHWESTERN at PURDUE
Friday, 7 p.m.
RHP Zach Morton (3-0, 1.12 ERA) vs. LHP Jordan Minch (3-3, 5.21 ERA)
Saturday, 2 p.m.
RHP Luke Farrell (1-1, 1.83 ERA) vs. RHP Robert Ramer (2-2, 4.40 ERA)
Sunday, 1 p.m.
RHP Brandon Magallones (3-2, 3.35 ERA) vs. RHP Brad Schreiber (1-3, 5.29 ERA)

Wright State at PENN STATE
Friday, 6:05 p.m.
RHP T.J. Jann (1-4, 5.06 ERA) vs. RHP Casey Henn (3-4, 3.35 ERA)
Saturday, 2:05 p.m.
RHP Steven Hill (1-4, 3.54 ERA) vs. RHP Joey Hoelzel (1-2, 5.02 ERA)
Sunday, 12:05 p.m.
LHP Greg Welsh (0-2, 3.52 ERA) vs. RHP Taylor Braun (0-4, 7.34 ERA)

Weekend Schedule

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April 6
Kansas / Georgetown at INDIANA - Bloomington, Ind.
#8 MICHIGAN / Tennessee / #13 Notre Dame at #4 OHIO STATE - Columbus, Ohio
IOWA / #20 MINNESOTA / #14 WISCONSIN at San Diego Crew Classic - San Diego, Calif.

April 7
IOWA / #20 MINNESOTA / #14 WISCONSIN at San Diego Crew Classic - San Diego, Calif.

Indiana's Hulls Named Senior CLASS Award Winner

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Indiana guard Jordan Hulls, who led the Hoosiers to the Sweet 16 has been selected as the 2012-13 Senior CLASS Award® winner in NCAA® Division I men's basketball. The award, chosen by a nationwide vote of Division I men's basketball coaches, national basketball media and fans, is given annually to the most outstanding senior student-athlete in Division I men's basketball. 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.

During his career, Hulls has been recognized as an Academic All-American and is a three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree. After completing his bachelor of science in kinesiology in three years, the Bloomington, Ind., native will complete his athletic administration master's program in August. While in college, Hulls worked to help people become more physically fit. He worked with patients recovering from cardiac issues and also encouraged faculty members in need of beginning a healthy lifestyle.

Indiana Release

A day after winning the Associated Press Player of the Year award, Michigan's Trey Burke was named the John R. Wooden Award winner and the USBWA Oscar Robertson National Player of the Year on Friday morning. He is the first Wolverine to take home the Wooden Award honor and the second Wolverine to win the USBWA award, following Cazzie Russell in 1966, and the first Big Ten standout since Evan Turner in 2010 to take home both honors.

Michigan Release

Iowa Falls to Baylor in NIT Final

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Baylor 74, Iowa 54
It was the most inopportune time for the University of Iowa men's basketball team to have an off shooting night. The Hawkeyes tied a season-low with a 26.1 field goal percentage (18-of-69) in a 74-54 loss to Baylor in the championship game of the National Invitation Tournament in Madison Square Garden. The Hawkeyes finish the 2012-13 season with a 25-13 record, the second most victories in school history. RECAP

Weekend Schedule

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Michigan State at Purdue
Game 1 - Friday, 4 p.m.
Game 2 - Saturday, 1 p.m.
Game 3 - Sunday, 1 p.m.

Illinois at Northwestern
Game 1 - Friday, 5 p.m.
Game 2 - Saturday, 2 p.m.
Game 1 - Sunday, 1 p.m.

Penn State at Indiana
Game 1 - Friday, 6 p.m., BTN.com
Game 2 - Saturday, 1 p.m., BTN.com
Game 3 - Sunday, 1 p.m.

Ohio State at Michigan
Game 1 - Friday, 6 p.m., BTN.com
Game 2 - Saturday, 2 p.m., BTN.com
Game 3 - Sunday, 1 p.m., BTN.com

Wisconsin at Minnesota
Game 1 - Friday, 7 p.m.
Game 2 - Saturday, 3 p.m.
Game 3 - Sunday, 2 p.m.

Nebraska at Iowa
Game 1 - Friday, 7:30 p.m., BTN.com
Game 2 - Saturday, 6 p.m., BTN.com
Game 3 - Sunday, 2 p.m.

Indiana's Sinclair Wins State Farm 3-Point Championship

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Indiana women's basketball player Aulani Sinclair outlasted seven other long distance shooters from around the country to win the 2013 State Farm 3-Point Championship. Sinclair tallied the second-best total of the first round with a score of 17 as the top four shooters moved on to the semifinals. The senior then put up the best score in the semis with 20 to earn a spot in the finals. In the final round, Sinclair took on Marissa Kastanek of NC State. Kastanek shot first and finished with a score of 17. Sinclair stepped up and tallied a score of 20 to take home the title. With participating in the event, Sinclair became the first player in Indiana women's basketball history to compete in the annual 3-point competition. 

Indiana Release

2012-13 Men's Swimming & Diving Season in Review

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The Big Ten men's swimming & diving season concluded at the NCAA Championships on March 30 at the IU Natatorium on the campus of Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) in Indianapolis, Ind., as Michigan won its Big Ten leading 12th NCAA title and first since 1995. The Wolverines also took home their third consecutive Big Ten Championship this season, earning 899 points at the meet.

NCAA Championship Central: Michigan won its Big Ten leading 12th NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships title and first since 1995 on March 30 on the campus of Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) in Indianapolis, Ind. The Wolverines totaled 480 team points en route to the national title, while ninth-place Indiana finished in the top 10 with 201 points. Michigan had 27 top-10 finishes on the way to the crown, including individual titles from Connor Jaeger in the 500 freestyle and 1,650 freestyle and the Wolverines' 200 medley relay team consisting of Miguel Ortiz, Bruno Ortiz, Sean Fletcher and Zach Turk. Wisconsin's Andrew Teduits also won a national title, taking the 200 backstroke crown. To read more about the Big Ten in the NCAA Championships, click here and here.

NCAA Championship Qualifiers: Fifty-four Big Ten student-athletes from all 10 men's swimming & diving teams represented the conference at the 2013 NCAA Championships in Indianapolis, Ind., March 28-30. The list of Big Ten qualifiers can be found here.

Bringing Home the Hardware: The conference office announced the 2013 Big Ten Men's Swimmer and Diver of the Year award winners on Tuesday, April 2 as voted on by the conference coaches. Michigan's Connor Jaeger captured Swimmer of the Year honors, while Indiana's Darian Schmidt took home Diver of the Year accolades. To read the complete release, click here.

Winning Wolverines: Michigan won the 2013 Big Ten Men's Swimming and Diving Championships, which were held at the Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatic Center on the campus of Indiana University, Feb. 27-March 2. The title marked the Wolverines' third consecutive crown and 37th title overall. Michigan amassed 899 points and took home seven individual titles and all five relay titles over the four-day event. Indiana finished second with 664 points and Ohio State was third with 470 points. Minnesota tallied 378 points, while Purdue compiled 328 points to round out the top five in the final team standings. To read more on the Big Ten Championships click here and here.

And the Awards Go To: Following the conclusion of the Big Ten Championships, Michigan Head Coach Mike Bottom picked up Swimming Coach of the Year laurels for the third consecutive year, while Wolverine Dylan Bosch was named Freshman of the Year. Indiana's Cody Miller claimed Swimmer of the Championships honors, while teammate Darian Schmidt shared Co-Diver of the Championships accolades with Ohio State's Shane Miszkiel. Indiana's Jeff Huber was named Diving Coach of the Year for the second year in a row. For more on the awards and a complete list of All-Big Ten honorees, click here.

Academic Excellence: On March 27, the Big Ten Conference recognized 620 winter sport student-athletes who had been named to the Academic All-Conference team, including 124 from men's swimming & diving teams. To be eligible for Academic All-Big Ten selection, student-athletes must be letterwinners who are in at least their second academic year at their institution and carry a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or higher. To read more on the Academic All-Conference team, click here

Iowa Goes for NIT Title on Thursday

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NIT Championship Game
Madison Square Garden, New York City
Iowa vs. Baylor, 9 p.m. ET, ESPN
Michigan guard Trey Burke claimed a pair of national honors on Thursday, winning the Associated Press National Player of the Year and the Bob Cousy Award, given annually to the nation's top point guard. Burke becomes just the second Wolverine in program history to receive the AP award, joining U-M legend Cazzie Russell, who also earned the nation's top honor in 1966. Burke also becomes the first Wolverine in program history to earn the Cousy award, which has been given annually to the nation's top point guard since 2004.

Michigan Release

2012-13 Women's Swimming & Diving Season in Review

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The Big Ten women's swimming & diving season concluded at the NCAA Championships on March 23 at the IU Natatorium on the campus of Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) in Indianapolis, Ind. Minnesota recorded 141 team points at the championships, leading the Big Ten with a 10th place finish. The Golden Gophers also took home their second consecutive Big Ten Championship this season, earning 831.5 points at the meet.

NCAA Championship Central: Minnesota recorded 141 team points at the championships, leading the Big Ten with a 10th-place finish. The Golden Gophers were followed by No. 11 Indiana (115), No. 15 Wisconsin (65), No. 19 Purdue (44), No. 28 Ohio State (22) and No. 29. Penn State (21) in the top 30. The Championships were highlighted by three Big Ten student-athletes placing in the top 10 of the 3-meter diving event. Purdue's Casey Matthews took home the 3-meter crown, while fellow Boilermaker Michelle Cabassol placed fourth and Minnesota's Maggie Keefer tallied a sixth-place finish. Keefer also earned a second-place effort in the 1-meter. Minnesota's Haley Spencer recorded her second-straight second-place finish in the 200 breaststroke, while Indiana's Brooklynn Snodgrass was third in the 100 backstroke and Lindsay Vrooman was third in the 1,650 freestyle. To read more about the Big Ten in the NCAA Championships, click here.

NCAA Championship Qualifiers: Forty-eight Big Ten student-athletes from nine women's swimming & diving teams represented the conference at the 2013 NCAA Championships in Indianapolis, Ind., March 21-23. The list of Big Ten qualifiers can be found here.

Bringing Home the Hardware: The conference office announced the 2013 Big Ten Women's Swimmer and Diver of the Year award winners on Tuesday, March 26, as voted on by the conference coaches. Indiana's Lindsay Vrooman captured Swimmer of the Year honors, while Minnesota's Maggie Keefer took home Diver of the Year accolades. To read the complete release, click here.

The Gophers are Golden: Minnesota won the 2013 Big Ten Women's Swimming and Diving Championships, which were held at the University Aquatic Center on the campus of the University of Minnesota, Feb. 20-23. The title marks the Golden Gophers' second consecutive crown and fifth title overall. Minnesota amassed 831.5 points and took home six individual titles and three relay titles over the four-day event. Indiana finished second with 671.5 points and Penn State was third with 498.5 points. Ohio State tallied 384 points, while Purdue compiled 363 points to round out the top five in the final team standings. To read more on the Big Ten Championships click here and here

And the Awards Go To: Following the conclusion of the Big Ten Championships, Minnesota Head Coach Kelly Kremer picked up Swimming Coach of the Year laurels for the second consecutive year, while the Gophers' Wenbo Chen was named Diving Coach of the Year. Minnesota junior Maggie Keefer was tabbed Diver of the Championships for the second consecutive season. Indiana's Lindsay Vrooman claimed Swimmer of the Championships honors, while Hoosier teammate Brooklynn Snodgrass earned Freshman of the Year accolades. For more on the awards and a complete list of All-Big Ten honorees, click here.

Academic Excellence: On March 27, the Big Ten Conference recognized 620 winter sport student-athletes who had been named to the Academic All-Conference team, including a sport-high 211 from women's swimming & diving teams. To be eligible for Academic All-Big Ten selection, student-athletes must be letterwinners who are in at least their second academic year at their institution and carry a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or higher. To read more on the Academic All-Conference team, click here

75 Years of March Madness

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As the NCAA celebrates 75 years of March Madness, take a look back at the history of the tournament as well as a preview for this year's Final Four in this digital program!

In The Polls

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Four Big Ten women's rowing teams are ranked in the latest CRCA/USRowing Coaches Poll, released on Wednesday. Ohio State leads ranked conference squads, coming in at No. 4, while Michigan follows at No. 8. Wisconsin checks in at No. 14 and Minnesota sits at No. 20. Indiana, Iowa and Michigan State are receiving votes.

For the complete ranking, click here.

Wednesday's Results

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Conference Results
Michigan State 4, Penn State 1 (Game 1); Michigan State 7, Penn State 1 (Game 2)
Michigan State softball gathered two wins in a doubleheader sweep over Penn State Wednesday at Secchia Stadium. MSU picked up a 4-1 win in the first game and then went on to defeat the Nittany Lions, 7-1, in the second game. The Spartans now own a 19-13 record on the season overall and are 5-0 in Big Ten play. The last 5-0 Big Ten start for the Spartans was in 2006 while the last five consecutive Big Ten wins for MSU was in 2007. RECAP

Non-Conference Results
Indiana State 6, Illinois 5
Iowa 18, Drake 0
Nebraska 4, Creighton 3
IUPUI 3, Purdue 2
Purdue 18, IUPUI 2

Wednesday's Results

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INDIANA 9, Xavier 5
MICHIGAN 7, Central Michigan 0
MICHIGAN STATE 9, Eastern Michigan 3
NORTHWESTERN 3, UIC 1
OHIO STATE 1, Miami (Ohio) 0
Kent State 10, PENN STATE 0
Indiana State 4, PURDUE 3

Richard Pitino to Become Minnesota Head Coach

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Richard Pitino has been selected as the finalist for the position of University of Minnesota men's head basketball coach. Pitino and the university have a reached an understanding in principle on the key terms of an agreement, according to Director of Athletics Norwood Teague.

Pitino recently served as head coach at Florida International for the 2012-13 season, where he guided the Panthers to an 18-14 mark, snapping a 12-year streak with a losing record, and the Sun Belt Tournament championship game.

Minnesota Release

PSU's Lucas Earns USBWA All-America Status

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Penn State Lady Lion junior guard Maggie Lucas added another All-America honor to her collection as she was named to the 10-player United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) All-America team, it as announced on Wednesday. Lucas, who was selected as a second team Associated Press All-America, is the first Lady Lion to earn USBWA honors since Tanisha Wright in 2005.

Penn State Release
USBWA Release

Wednesday's Schedule

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Penn State at Michigan State (DH), 3 p.m.
Indiana State at Illinois, 7 p.m., BTN.com
Iowa at Drake, 5 p.m.
Nebraska at Creighton, 7 p.m.
Purdue at IUPUI (DH), 4 p.m.

Wednesday's Schedule

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INDIANA at Xavier, 3 p.m.
Central Michigan at MICHIGAN, 4:05 p.m.
MICHIGAN STATE at Eastern Michigan, 6:05 p.m.
UIC at NORTHWESTERN, 4 p.m.
Miami (Ohio) at OHIO STATE, 6:35 p.m.
PENN STATE at Kent State, 5 p.m.
PURDUE at Indiana State, 6 p.m.

All times ET

Tuesday's NIT Result

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Iowa 71, Maryland 60
The University of Iowa men's basketball team has a championship date Thursday after downing Maryland, 71-60, Tuesday night in the National Invitation Tournament semifinals in Madison Square Garden. The Hawkeyes will face Baylor for the NIT title. The Bears advanced courtesy of a 76-70 victory over BYU in the first game of Tuesday's NIT doubleheader. "We're used to playing in close games, teams making runs and coming back on us," said junior Roy Devyn Marble, who led all scorers with 21 points. "We had to make plays down the stretch, and we did that again tonight. As long as we continue to do that, we should be able to close out games efficiently." RECAP

Tuesday's Results

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ILLINOIS 6, Missouri 2
IOWA 10, Western Illinois 6
MICHIGAN 2, Bowling Green 0
MICHIGAN STATE 4, Central Michigan 2
Kansas State 9, NEBRASKA 1
NORTHWESTERN 14, St. Francis (Ill.) 12
OHIO STATE 3, Youngstown State 0
Butler 8, PURDUE 4
Northwestern sophomore Amy Letourneau today swept both National Player of the Week awards, earning the Louisville Slugger/NFCA honor and the USA Softball College accolade.

The awards come on the heels of being named the B1G Player of the Week on Monday. Letourneau and the Wildcats return to action at 4 p.m. CT today against Loyola (Chicago) at Sharon J. Drysdale Field.

"Amy has had great poise in big moments this season, and that is what it comes down to," head coach Kate Drohan said. "When we have to get an out in the circle or need that two-out RBI base hit, Amy is getting it done. She is really locked in right now."

"This is such an amazing honor to be chosen for this award, especially with all of the great players around the country who have earned it already this season," Letourneau said. "We had a great week of preparation leading up to last weekend and it really helped us perform and take the next step as a team. We are playing with such a winning attitude right now both on defense and in the batter's box, and I have been able to feed off of that confidence."

Complete Northwestern Release

Tuesday's Results

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Indiana 7, Indiana State 0
Loyola (Chicago) 1, Northwestern 0

Eight Collect AP All-America Honors

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Eight Big Ten women's basketball standouts received All-America honors from the Associated Press, it was announced on Tuesday. Penn State's Maggie Lucas was tabbed a second-team honoree, while teammate Alex Bentley, Illinois' Karisma Penn, Minnesota's Rachel Banham, Nebraska's Jordan Hooper and Lindsey Moore, Ohio State's Tayler Hill and Purdue's Drey Mingo collected honorable mention recognition.  

In The Polls

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Eight Big Ten women's tennis teams appear in the latest Campbell's/ITA National Rankings, released on Tuesday. Michigan leads the way for conference squads at No. 8, while Nebraska, Northwestern and Purdue join the Wolverines in the top 20 at No. 13, No. 14 and No. 19, respectively. Indiana checks in at No. 32 and Penn State follows at No. 33. Ohio State sits at No. 52 and Illinois holds the No. 54 spot.

For the complete rankings, click here.

In The Polls

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Nine Big Ten men's tennis teams appear in the latest Campbell's/ITA National Rankings, released on Tuesday. Ohio State leads the way for conference squads at No. 5, while Illinois and Northwestern join them in the top 30 at No. 28 and No. 29, respectively. Michigan checks in at No. 34 Minnesota sits at No. 37 and Michigan State holds the No. 49 spot. Nebraska is No. 58, Purdue is No. 63 and Indiana is No. 69.

For the complete ranking, click here.

Tuesday's NIT Semifinal Schedule

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NIT Semifinals
Madison Square Garden, New York City
Iowa vs. Maryland, 9:30 p.m. ET, ESPN

Three Big Ten Teams Ranked Among Polls' Top 25

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Three Big Ten softball teams appear in the latest national rankings released by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association and USA Softball on Tuesday. Michigan climbs to No. 12 in both polls this week and leads the Big Ten contingent in the rankings. Nebraska also rose in the rankings, climbing two spots to No. 22 in the NFCA poll, while holding steady at 19th in the USA Softball standings. Wisconsin makes its first appearance in the national rankings since 2002, checking in at No. 23 in the USA Softball poll and No. 25 in the NFCA standings. Iowa is among the squads also receiving votes in the USA Softball rankings.
The NCAA announced on Tuesday that three Big Ten standouts earned Consensus All-America honors, including two to earn unanimous distinction. The NCAA utilizes the All-America squads from the Associated Press, the National Association of Basketball Coaches, the U.S. Basketball Writers Association and The Sporting News to determine consensus honorees. Indiana's Victor Oladipo and Michigan's Trey Burke were named Unanimous First-Team All-Americans, while Indiana's Cody Zeller garnered Consensus Second-Team All-America honors. Oladipo garners Indiana's first first-team distinction since A.J. Guyton in 2000, while Burke is the first Wolverine to claim the accolade since Chris Webber in 1993.

Former Purdue Coach Keady Elected to Hall of Fame

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Former Purdue men's basketball coach Gene Keady has been elected to the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame as part of its seven-man induction class of 2013, it was announced this week. Keady and the rest of the class will be officially inducted into the Hall on Nov. 24 at the Midland Theatre in Kansas City. Including his 512 wins in his 25 seasons at Purdue, Keady boasts 550 wins in his career as a Division I coach and 879 triumphs all-time in various head coaching capacities. He guided the Boilermakers to six Big Ten Championships and 22 postseason appearances.

Complete Purdue Release

Tuesday's Schedule

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ILLINOIS vs. Missouri, 7:30 p.m. [1]
Western Illinois at IOWA, 7:35 p.m., BTN.com
Bowling Green at MICHIGAN, 4:05 p.m.
Central Michigan at MICHIGAN STATE, 3:05 p.m.
NEBRASKA at Kansas State, 7:30 p.m.
St. Francis (Ill.) at NORTHWESTERN, 4 p.m.
Youngstown State at OHIO STATE, 6:35 p.m.
Butler at PURDUE, 6 p.m.

All times are ET

Legend
[1] St. Louis, Mo. (Busch Stadium)

Tuesday's Schedule

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Indiana State at Indiana, 6 p.m.
Loyola (Chicago) at Northwestern, 5 p.m.

In The Polls

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Six Big Ten women's gymnastics squads are ranked in the top 20 of the latest GymInfo poll, released on Monday. Michigan leads the way for conference teams, coming in at No. 5. Big Ten Champion Nebraska joins the Wolverines in the top 10 at No. 8, while Minnesota is tied for the No. 12 spot and Penn State comes in at No. 14. Illinois ranks No. 17 and Ohio State sits at No. 20.

For the full poll, click here.

In The Polls

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All seven Big Ten men's gymnastics teams represent the conference in the top 10 of the most recent GymInfo poll, released on Monday. Penn State holds the top spot for the 11th consecutive week, while Michigan comes in at No. 3. Ohio State sits at No. 5, Illinois, Minnesota, and Iowa follow at No. 6, No. 7 and No. 8, respectively. Nebraska rounds out the top 10 at No. 10.

For the complete ranking, click here.


In The Polls

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Look below to see where Big Ten teams are ranked in the latest polls. Click the links to view each complete set of rankings.

Collegiate Baseball Newspaper
16. Indiana

Baseball America

No. 16 Indiana

NCBWA
17. Indiana
Michigan State (RV)

USA Today/ESPN Coaches
18. Indiana
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