December 2013 Archives

Tuesday's Men's Basketball Results

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On the opening day of the Big Ten men's basketball conference slate, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan State and Purdue picked up wins. The Fighting Illini outlasted Indiana in overtime, while the Buckeyes remained unbeaten on the season.

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Illinois 83, Indiana 80 (OT)   AP Recap  
#22/23 Iowa 67, Nebraska 57   AP Recap  
#5/4 Michigan State 79, Penn State 63   AP Recap
#3/3 Ohio State 78, Purdue 69   AP Recap  

Big Ten in the NFL - Week 17

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Prince Amukamara, CB, New York Giants (Nebraska) - Collected five tackles and two pass deflections in the Giants' 20-6 defeat of the Redskins

Jason Avant, WR, Philadelphia Eagles (Michigan) - Caught three passes for 45 yards in Philadelphia's 24-22 win over Dallas

Montee Ball, RB, Denver Broncos (Wisconsin) - Carried the ball 10 times for 72 yards and caught three passes for 22 yards in Denver's 34-14 win over Oakland

Le'Veon Bell, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers (Michigan State) - Rushed the ball 20 times for 90 yards and one touchdown in the Steelers' 20-7 defeat of the Browns

NaVorro Bowman, LB, San Francisco 49ers (Penn State) - Recorded a team-high 10 tackles, including nine solo, one sack, one forced fumble, one interception and one pass deflection in the 49ers' 23-20 win over the Cardinals

Zack Bowman, CB, Chicago Bears (Nebraska) - Reeled in six solo tackles in the Bears' 33-28 loss to Green Bay

Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots (Michigan) - Completed 14-of-24 passes for 122 yards and one touchdown in the Patriots' 34-20 defeat of the Bills

Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans Saints (Purdue) - Threw for 381 yards on 24-of-31 passing and four touchdowns in the Saints' 42-17 win over the Buccaneers

Eric Decker, WR, Denver Broncos (Minnesota) - Caught four passes for 27 yards and one touchdown in the Broncos' 34-14 win over Oakland

A.J. Jenkins, WR, Kansas City Chiefs (Illinois) - Caught three passes for 67 yards, including a long of 48 yards, in the Chiefs' 27-24 loss to the Chargers

Scott Chandler, TE, Buffalo Bills (Iowa) - Caught three passes for 55 yards in Buffalo's 34-20 loss to the Patriots

Chimdi Chekwa, CB, Oakland Raiders (Ohio State) - Reeled in eight tackles, including seven solo, in Oakland's 34-14 loss to the Broncos

Adrian Clayborn, DE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Iowa) - Led the team with 10 tackles, including six solo, and one sack in Tampa Bay's 42-17 loss to New Orleans

Barry Cofield, NT, Washington Redskins (Northwestern) - Recorded five tackles and one pass deflection in Washington's 20-6 loss to the Giants

Lavonte David, LB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Nebraska) - Registered seven tackles in the Buccaneers' 42-17 loss to the Saints

Alfonzo Dennard, CB, New England Patriots (Nebraska) - Collected five solo tackles and one pass deflection in New England's 34-20 win over the Bills

Bradley Fletcher, CB, Philadelphia Eagles (Iowa) - Recorded seven tackles, including six solo, in the Eagles' 24-22 win over the Cowboys

Ted Ginn, WR, Carolina Panthers (Ohio State) - Recorded two receptions and one touchdown in Carolina's 21-20 win over the Falcons

Chad Greenway, LB, Minnesota Vikings (Iowa) - Made five tackles in Minnesota's 14-13 defeat of the Lions

David Harris, LB, New York Jets (Michigan) - Collected five tackles, including four solo, in the Jets' 20-7 win over Miami

Junior Hemingway, WR, Kansas City Chiefs (Michigan) - Reeled in five receptions for 45 yards in Kansas City's 27-24 loss to the Chargers

Chad Henne, QB, Jacksonville Jaguars (Michigan) - Threw for 331 yards on 30-of-51 passing and one touchdown in Jacksonville's 30-10 loss to the Colts

Santonio Holmes, WR, New York Jets (Ohio State) - Caught three passes for 41 yards in the Jets' 20-7 win over Miami

Lance Kendricks, TE, St. Louis Rams (Wisconsin) - Caught five passes for 54 yards in the Rams' 27-9 loss to Seattle

James Laurinaitis, LB, St. Louis Rams (Ohio State) - Led the team with 10 tackles, including six solo, in the Rams' 27-9 loss to Seattle

Corey Liuget, DE, San Diego Chargers (Illinois) - Made four tackles and recorded one sack in San Diego's 27-24 win over the Chiefs

DeAndre Levy, LB, Detroit Lions (Wisconsin) - Collected seven tackles and one pass deflection in the Lions' 14-13 loss to Minnesota

Rashard Mendenhall, RB, Arizona Cardinals (Illinois) - Carried the ball 10 times for 47 yards and caught two passes for 13 yards in the Cardinals' 23-20 loss to San Francisco

Mike Neal, DE, Green Bay Packers (Purdue) - Recorded six tackles, including five solo, in Green Bay's 33-28 win over the Bears

Rob Ninkovich, DL, New England Patriots (Purdue) - Reeled in five tackles and one sack in the Patriots' 34-20 defeat of the Bills

Kyle Orton, QB, Dallas Cowboys (Purdue) - Threw for 358 yards on 30-of-46 passing and two touchdowns in the Cowboys' 24-22 loss to the Eagles

Domata Peko, DT, Cincinnati Bengals (Michigan State) - Collected eight tackles in Cincinnati's 34-17 win over the Ravens

Bernard Pollard, S, Tennessee Titans (Purdue) - Recorded six tackles and one pass deflection in the Titans' 16-10 win over the Texans

Paul Posluszny, LB, Jacksonville Jaguars (Penn State) - Led the team with nine tackles, including six solo, in Jacksonville's 30-10 loss to Indianapolis

Terrelle Pryor, QB, Oakland Raiders (Ohio State) - Completed 21-of-38 passes for 207 yards and two touchdowns in Oakland's 34-14 loss to Denver

Nick Roach, LB, Oakland Raiders (Northwestern) - Collected six tackles in Oakland's 34-14 loss to Denver

Pierre Thomas, RB, New Orleans Saints (Illinois) - Carried the ball seven times for 20 yards and one touchdown in the Saints' 42-17 win over Tampa Bay

J.J. Watt, DE, Houston Texans (Wisconsin) - Recorded nine solo tackles, one sack, one forced fumble and one pass deflection in the Texans' 16-10 loss to Tennessee

Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle Seahawks (Wisconsin) - Threw 15-of-23 passing for 172 yards and one touchdown in Seattle's 27-9 win over the Rams

Charles Woodson, S, Oakland Raiders (Michigan) - Recorded a team-high 11 tackles, including 10 solo, and one sack in the Raiders' 34-14 loss to the Broncos

Big Ten Season Tips Off on NYE Day

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The Big Ten men's basketball conference season will get underway on Tuesday, with doubleheaders on both ESPN2 and BTN. Illinois, Iowa, Penn State and Purdue will open the Big Ten slate at home.

Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013
#3/3 Ohio State at Purdue, 1 p.m. (ESPN2)   Purdue Game Notes   Ohio State Game Notes
Indiana at Illinois, 3 p.m. (ESPN2)   Illinois Game Notes   Indiana Game Notes
#5/4 Michigan State at Penn State, 5 p.m. (BTN)   Penn State Game Notes   Michigan State Game Notes
Nebraska at #22/23 Iowa, 7 p.m. (BTN)   Iowa Game Notes   Nebraska Game Notes

Monday's Result

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Wisconsin 65, Green Bay 61 (OT)

Upcoming Times, TV Designations Announced

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The Big Ten announced the tip times for four men's basketball conference games on Jan. 5 and Jan. 12 that were previously undetermined.

On Sunday, Jan. 5, Michigan will host Northwestern beginning at Noon ET in a game that will air on BTN. Minnesota will then entertain Purdue at 2:30 p.m. on BTN.

On Sunday, Jan. 12, the Boilermakers will challenge Nebraska at Mackey Arena beginning at Noon on BTN. Iowa and Ohio State will tip at 1:30 p.m. in a game that will be carried by CBS.

Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014
Northwestern at Michigan, BTN, Noon ET
Purdue at Minnesota, BTN, 2:30 p.m. ET
 
Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014
Nebraska at Purdue, BTN, Noon ET
Iowa at Ohio State, CBS, 1:30 p.m. ET

Three Ranked in Top Five for Fourth Straight Week

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The Associated Press (AP) and USA Today Coaches polls were released on Monday, and the Big Ten was well-represented with four teams among the top 25, and three positioned in the top five of both polls. In the AP poll, Ohio State was ranked No. 3, followed by No. 4 Wisconsin, No. 5 Michigan State and No. 22 Iowa, while Illinois and Michigan received votes. In the coaches' ballot, Ohio State was ranked No. 3, followed by No. 4 Michigan State, No. 5 Wisconsin and No. 23 Iowa. Illinois and Michigan also received votes in the coaches' ballot. Ohio State collected one first-place vote in the coaches' poll. 

Monday's Schedule

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Green Bay at Wisconsin, 7 p.m. ET, BTN

Sunday's Hockey Result

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December 29
OHIO STATE (rv/-) def. Mercyhurst, 7-2

Rankings: USCHO.com and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine

Sunday's Results

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Indiana 62, Xavier 55
Minnesota 79, Oakland 43
Michigan State 96, Colgate 46
Nebraska 89, Oral Roberts 53
Northwestern 73, Northeastern 46
Ohio State 65, N.C. Central 47
Penn State 70, Hartford 56

Sunday's Hockey Schedule

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December 29
Mercyhurst at OHIO STATE (rv/-) - 8 p.m.

All times are ET
Rankings: USCHO.com and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine

Sunday's Schedule

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Indiana at Xavier, 2 p.m.
Colgate at Michigan State, 2 p.m., BTDN
Oakland at Minnesota, 3 p.m., BTDN
Oral Roberts at #18/15 Nebraska, 3 p.m., BTDN
Northwestern vs. Northeastern, 2 p.m.
N.C. Central at Ohio State, Noon
Hartford at #15/17 Penn State, 2 p.m., BTDN

All times are ET

Saturday's Men's Basketball Results

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On the final full day of non-conference action, the Big Ten posted a 5-1 record Saturday. Illinois, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota and Wisconsin all recorded victories.

Saturday, Dec. 28
Illinois 74, Illinois-Chicago 60 [33]
Michigan 88, Holy Cross 66
#5/5 Michigan State 101, New Orleans 48
Minnesota 65, Texas A&M Corpus Christi 44
Cincinnati 74, Nebraska 59
#4/6 Wisconsin 80, Prairie View A&M 43

[33] United Center, Chicago, Ill.

Saturday's Results

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Michigan 76, Alcorn State 31
Purdue 109, Central Michigan 97
Iowa 88, North Dakota 62
Georgia 82, Illinois 60
Indiana State 70, Northwestern 67

Saturday's Hockey Results

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December 28
MICHIGAN STATE def. #3/3 MICHIGAN, 3-0 [1]
OHIO STATE (rv/-) def. Mercyhurst, 6-3
#7/6 Boston College def. PENN STATE, 8-2 [2]
#14/15 WISCONSIN def. Alabama Huntsville, 3-2

Rankings: USCHO.com and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine
[1] Great Lakes Invitational, Comerica Park, Detroit, Mich.
[2] Three Rivers Classic, CONSOL Energy Center, Pittsburgh, Pa.

Saturday's Hockey Schedule

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December 28
#3/3 MICHIGAN vs. MICHIGAN STATE [1] - 3:30 p.m., FS Detroit
Mercyhurst at OHIO STATE (rv/-) - 7 p.m.
#7/6 Boston College vs. PENN STATE [2] - 7:30 p.m.
Alabama Huntsville at #14/15 WISCONSIN - 9 p.m., FS Wisconsin

All times are ET
Rankings: USCHO.com and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine
[1] Great Lakes Invitational, Comerica Park, Detroit, Mich.
[2] Three Rivers Classic, CONSOL Energy Center, Pittsburgh, Pa.

Saturday's Schedule

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Illinois at #19/18 Georgia, 4 p.m.
North Dakota at #21/25 Iowa, 3 p.m., BTDN
Alcorn State at Michigan, 2 p.m.
Northwestern vs. Indiana State, 4 p.m.
Central Michigan at #17/19 Purdue, 2 p.m.

All times are ET

Saturday's Men's Basketball Schedule

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Six games occupy Saturday's Big Ten men's basketball schedule on the final full day of the non-conference slate. BTN will air four games with Illinois, Michigan, Michigan State and Wisconsin all appearing on the network.

Saturday, Dec. 28
Nebraska at Cincinnati, Noon (ESPN2)
Illinois-Chicago vs. Illinois [33], 2 p.m. (BTN)
Prairie View A&M at #4/6 Wisconsin, 2 p.m. (ESPNU)
New Orleans at #5/5 Michigan State, 4:15 p.m. (BTN)
Holy Cross at Michigan, 6:30 p.m. (BTN)
Texas A&M Corpus Christi at Minnesota, 8:30 p.m. (BTN)

[33] United Center, Chicago, Ill.
All times Eastern Standard

Friday's Men's Basketball Results

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Ohio State held Louisiana Monroe to just 31 points, the lowest point total for a Big Ten foe this season, while Northwestern dropped a heartbreaking decision versus DePaul on a buzzer beater at Welsh-Ryan Arena.

Friday, Dec. 27
#3/3 Ohio State 71, Louisiana Monroe 31
DePaul 57, Northwestern 56

Friday's Hockey Results

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December 27
MICHIGAN STATE ties Michigan Tech, 2-2 (MTU wins SO) [1]
Western Michigan def. #3/3 MICHIGAN, 3-2 (OT) [1]
PENN STATE def. Robert Morris, 3-2 [2]
#14/15 WISCONSIN def. Alabama Huntsville, 5-0

Rankings: USCHO.com and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine
[1] Great Lakes Invitational, Comerica Park, Detroit, Mich.
[2] Three Rivers Classic, CONSOL Energy Center, Pittsburgh, Pa.

Friday's Hockey Schedule

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December 27
Michigan Tech vs. MICHIGAN STATE [1] - 3:30 p.m., FS Detroit
Western Michigan vs. #3/3 MICHIGAN [1] - 7 p.m., FS Detroit Plus
Robert Morris vs. PENN STATE [2] - 7:30 p.m.
Alabama Huntsville at #14/15 WISCONSIN - 8 p.m., FS Wisconsin

All times are ET
Rankings: USCHO.com and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine
[1] Great Lakes Invitational, Comerica Park, Detroit, Mich.
[2] Three Rivers Classic, CONSOL Energy Center, Pittsburgh, Pa.

Weekly Award Wrap-Up

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Eleven Big Ten student-athletes in five different sports collected awards from the conference office during the week of Dec. 23. Below is the complete list of honorees.

Men's Basketball
Player of the Week - Adreian Payne, MSU
Co-Freshmen of the Week - Noah Vonleh, IND & Zak Irvin, MICH

Women's Basketball
Player of the Week - Samantha Logic, IOWA
Player of the Week Honor Roll - Amber Moore, ILL; Cyesha Goree, MICH; Dara Taylor, PSU
Freshman of the Week - Amanda Zahui B., MINN

Men's Swimming & Diving
Diver of the Week - Darian Schmidt, IND

Women's Swimming & Diving
Diver of the Week - Casey Mathews, PUR

Wrestling
Wrestler of the Week - Ed Ruth, PSU

Weekend Schedule

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December 29th
MICHIGAN STATE at Brute Invitational - Lock Haven, Pa.

December 30th-31st

#11 ILLINOIS at Midlands Championships - Evanston, Ill.
INDIANA at Midlands Championships - Evanston, Ill.
#3 IOWA at Midlands Championships - Evanston, Ill.
#19 MICHIGAN at Midlands Championships - Evanston, Ill.
#16 NORTHWESTERN at Midlands Championships - Evanston, Ill.
#21 PURDUE at Midlands Championships - Evanston, Ill.
#23 WISCONSIN at Midlands Championships - Evanston, Ill.

Friday's Men's Basketball Schedule

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The Big Ten men's basketball non-conference slate resumes on Friday with a doubleheader on BTN. Ohio State will host Louisiana Monroe at 7 p.m. ET, while Northwestern will entertain city rival DePaul beginning at 9 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 27
Louisiana Monroe at #3/3 Ohio State, 7 p.m. (BTN)
DePaul at Northwestern, 9 p.m. (BTN)

All times Eastern Standard.

Big Ten in the NFL - Week 16

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Prince Amukamara, CB, New York Giants (Nebraska) - Registered four solo tackles and one pass deflection in the Giants' 23-20 win over the Lions

Alan Ball, CB, Jacksonville Jaguars (Illinois) - Recorded an interception, a pass deflections and two solo tackles in Jacksonville's 20-16 loss to Tennessee

Le'Veon Bell, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers (Michigan State) - Rushed for 124 yards and a touchdown in Pittsburgh's 38-31 victory over Green Bay

NaVorro Bowmna, LB, San Francisco 49ers (Penn State) - Tallied 11 tackles, including nine solo and one for loss, and returned an interception for a touchdown in the 49ers' 34-24 defeat of the Falcons

Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans Saints (Purdue) - Completed 30-of-44 passing for 281 yards and one touchdown in the Saints' 17-13 loss to the Panthers

Josh Brown, PK, New York Giants (Nebraska) - Nailed three field goals, including the game-winning 45-yard field goal in overtime, in the Giants' 23-20 win over the Lions

Chimdi Chekwa, CB, Oakland Raiders (Ohio State) - Recorded eight tackles, including six solo, in Oakland's 25-13 loss to San Diego

Adrian Clayborn, DE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Iowa) - Registered three tackles, including two for loss, and a forced fumble in the Bucs' 23-13 loss to the Rams

Lavonte David, LB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Nebraska) - Led the team with 11 tackles, including 10 solo, and recovered one fumble in the Buccaneers' 23-13 loss to the Rams

Vontae Davis, CB, Indianapolis Colts (Illinois) - Notched three solo tackles and two pass deflections in the Colts' 23-7 win over the Chiefs

Eric Decker, WR, Denver Broncos (Minnesota) - Caught 10 passes for 131 yards and two touchdowns in Denver's 37-13 defeat of Houston

Jay Feely, PK, Arizona Cardinals (Michigan) - Nailed three field goals, including a 46-yarder, in Arizona's 17-10 victory over Seattle

Bradley Fletcher, CB, Philadelphia Eagles (Iowa) - Totaled nine solo tackles and two forced fumbles in the Eagles' 54-11 victory over the Bears

Ted Ginn, WR, Carolina Panthers (Ohio State) -
Caught two passes for 66 yards and carried the ball for seven yards in Carolina's 17-13 victory over New Orleans

William Gholston, DE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Michigan State) - Tallied six tackles, including two for loss, in the Bucs' 23-13 loss to the Rams

Shonn Greene, RB, Tennessee Titans (Iowa) - Ran for 91 yards and a touchdown in Tennessee's 20-16 win over Jacksonville

Chad Greenway, LB, Minnesota Vikings (Iowa) - Racked up eight tackles, including one for loss, in the Vikings' 22-14 loss to the Bengals

David Harris, LB, New York Jets (Michigan) - Recorded six tackles and a pass deflection in the Jets' 24-13 win over the Browns

A.J. Hawk, LB, Green Bay Packers (Ohio State) - Recorded six tackles, one interception and one pass deflection in Green Bay's 38-31 loss to Pittsburgh

Nick Hayden, DT, Dallas Cowboys (Wisconsin) - Recorded five tackles in Dallas' 24-23 win over Washington


Chad Henne, QB, Jacksonville Jaguars (Michigan) - Threw for 237 yards on 24-of-34 passing and two touchdowns in the Jaguars' 20-16 loss to the Titans

Cameron Heyward, DE, Pittsburgh Steelers (Ohio State) - Registered six tackles and one pass deflection in the Steelers' 38-31 defeat of the Packers

Micah Hyde, CB, Green Bay Packers (Iowa) - Tallied six tackles and a pass deflection in Green Bay's 38-31 loss the Pittsburgh

Malcolm Jenkins, S, New Orleans Saints (Ohio State) - Totaled one interception, one pass deflection and three tackles in the Saints' 17-13 loss to the Panthers

Ryan Kerrigan, LB, Washington Redskins (Purdue) - Notched five tackles and one sack in Washington's 24-23 loss to Dallas

James Laurinaitis, LB, St. Louis Rams (Ohio State) - Recorded six tackles and 1.5 sacks in the Rams' 23-13 win over the Bucs

DeAndre Levy, LB, Detroit Lions (Wisconsin) - Posted seven tackles in the Lions' 23-20 win over the Giants

Keshawn Martin, WR, Houston Texans (Michigan State) - Reeled in four receptions for 35 yards and a touchdown catch in the Texans' 37-13 loss to the Broncos

Mike Neal, DE, Green Bay Packers (Purdue) - Registered five solo tackles in Green Bay's 38-31 loss to Pittsburgh

Rob Ninkovich, DL, New England Patriots (Purdue) - Tallied six tackles and one sack in the Patriots' 41-7 win over the Ravens

Jared Odrick, DE, Miami Dolphins (Penn State) - Recorded five tackles and one forced fumble in Miami's 19-0 loss to Buffalo

Domata Peko, DT, Cincinnati Bengals (Michigan State) - Totaled five tackles and 0.5 sacks in Cincinnati's 42-14 win over Minnesota

Bernard Pollard, S, Tennessee Titans (Purdue) - Registered five solo tackles, one blocked kick and one pass deflection in Tennessee's 20-16 win over Jacksonville

Paul Posluszny, LB, Jacksonville Jaguars (Penn State) - Registered a team-high 13 tackles, including 10 solo, and one assisted sack in Jacksonville's 20-16 loss to Tennessee

Nick Roach, LB, Oakland Raiders (Northwestern) - Recorded six tackles, including five solo, in the Raiders' 26-13 loss to the Chargers

Marcus Sherels, CB, Minnesota Vikings (Minnesota) - Tallied seven tackles, including five solo, and two pass deflections in the Vikings' 42-14 loss to the Bengals

Matt Spaeth, TE, Pittsburgh Steelers (Minnesota) - Reeled in a touchdown reception in Pittsburgh's 38-31 victory over Green Bay

Donte Whitner, S, San Francisco (Ohio State) - Totaled five solo tackles in San Francisco's 34-24 win over Atlanta

Tavon Wilson, DB, New England Patriots (Illinois) - Returned an interception 74 yards for a touchdown and tallied one tackle and one pass deflection in the Patriots' 41-7 defeat of the Ravens

Charles Woodson, S, Oakland Raiders (Michigan) - Notched seven tackles and a pass deflection in the Raiders' 26-13 loss to the Chargers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ranking the Wrestlers

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Big Ten wrestling boasts 70 ranked wrestlers in the InterMat College Rankings, released on Tuesday. Seven grapplers hold No. 1 rankings in their respective weight classes and the Big Ten boasts the top three squads in the team rankings. The complete breakdown of ranked Big Ten squads and wrestlers can be found below.

Team
1. Penn State
2. Minnesota
3. Iowa
T-7. Nebraska
9. Northwestern
10. Ohio State
11. Illinois
16. Michigan
22. Indiana
24. Wisconsin
T-41. Michigan State
T-55. Purdue

125
1. Jesse Delgado, ILL
3. Nico Megaludis, PSU
4. Cory Clark, IOWA
10. Tim Lambert, NEB
13. Ryan Taylor, WIS
18. Nick Roberts, OSU

133
2. Tony Ramos, IOWA
6. Johnni DiJulius, OSU
8. Tyler Graff, WIS
10. David Thorn, MINN
13. Zane Richards, ILL
17. Rossi Bruno, MICH
18. Jimmy Gulibon, PSU
19. Dom Malone, NU

141

2. Zain Retherford, PSU
3. Logan Stieber, OSU
4. Chris Dardanes, MINN
9. Josh Dziewa, IOWA
17. Anthony Abidin, NEB

149
1. Nick Dardanes, MINN
2. Jason Tsirtsis, NU
6. Jake Sueflohn, NEB
7. Andrew Alton, PSU
13. Eric Grajales, MICH
14. Caleb Ervin, ILL
20. Ian Paddock, OSU

157
1. Derek St. John, IOWA
3. Dylan Ness, MINN
4. James Green, NEB
5. Dylan Alton, PSU
7. Taylor Walsh, IND
9. Isaac Jordan, WIS
15. Zac Brunson, ILL
16. Brian Murphy, MICH

165
1. David Taylor, PSU
4. Nick Moore, IOWA
8. Dan Yates, MICH
10. Jackson Morse, ILL
13. Pierce Harger, NU
15. Austin Wilson, NEB
18. Danny Zilverberg, MINN

174
3. Matt Brown, PSU
4. Robert Kokesh, NEB
5. Logan Storley, MINN
6. Mike Evans, IOWA
9. Lee Munster, NU
16. Tony Dallago, ILL
19. Mark Martin, OSU

184

1. Ed Ruth, PSU
2. Ethen Lofthouse, IOWA
4. Kevin Steinhaus, MINN
11. Kenny Courts, OSU
17. TJ Dudley, NEB
20. Luke Sheridan, IND

197
1. Scott Schiller, MINN
3. Morgan McIntosh, PSU
5. Nick Heflin, OSU
7. Mario Gonzalez, ILL
10. Nathan Burak, IOWA
16. Alex Polizzi, NU
19. Braden Atwood, PUR

Hwt
1. Tony Nelson, MINN
2. Mike McMullan, NU
3. Bobby Telford, IOWA
4. Adam Coon, MICH
8. Adam Chalfant, IND
9. Michael McClure, MSU
10. Connor Medbery, WIS
12. Jimmy Lawson, PSU









Six Big Ten players were named Louisville Slugger Preseason All-Americans, as chosen by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper. Indiana had four players named among the three teams, the second most of any team in the nation. Kyle Schwarber and Dustin DeMuth were named first-team catcher and third baseman, respectively, while first baseman Sam Travis was a second-team pick and pitcher Joey DeNato was a third-team choice. Two Buckeyes were named third-team All-Americans, utility man Josh Dezse, who missed all of 2013, and reliever Trace Dempsey.

In the publication's preseason poll, Indiana appeared at No. 7, while Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska and Ohio State are among the teams also receiving votes.

Eight Big Ten volleyball teams are ranked or receiving votes in the final AVCA Division I Coaches poll of the 2013 season, which was released on Monday. The conference boasts the nation's top two teams and five squads in the top 10. NCAA and Big Ten Champion Penn State leads the way at No. 1 and national runner-up Wisconsin is ranked No. 2. Nebraska checks in at No. 7, followed by No. 8 Purdue, No. 10 Minnesota, No. 14 Michigan State and No. 16 Illinois. Michigan was receiving votes.

For the full poll, click here.


Nebraska's Robinson Named Nominee for Honda Sports Award

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Nebraska women's volleyball player Kelsey Robinson was named a nominee for the Honda Sports Award for Volleyball, as announced by the Collegiate Women Sports Awards (CWSA) today. The Honda Sports Award is presented annually by the CWSA to the top women athletes in 12 NCAA- sanctioned sports and signifies "the best of the best in collegiate athletics". The winner of the sport award becomes a finalist for the Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year and the prestigious 2014 Honda Cup. The nominees were chosen by a panel of coaches representing the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA). The Honda Sports award winner for volleyball will be announced in the new year after voting by administrators from over 1,000 NCAA member schools. Each NCAA member institution has a vote.

A native of Bartlett, Ill., Robinson earned first-team AVCA All-American honors this season after having been recognized by the AVCA for the past two years. She was named the 2013 Big Ten Player of the Year and earned All-Big Ten first-team honors. She averaged 4.45 kills and 3.33 digs per set while posting 19 double-doubles. The outside hitter transferred to Nebraska from Tennessee where she was the 2011 SEC Player of the Year and a two-time first-team All-SEC member.

CWSA Release
Nebraska Release

BTN to Cover Five Big Ten Women's Gymnastics Competitions

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BTN Women's Gymnastics 2014 Coverage.pdf


BTN will provide coverage for five Big Ten women's gymnastics meets, including the Big Ten Championships in University Park, Pa., on Saturday, March 22.

Coverage will begin with the Iowa-Illinois matchup in Champaign, Ill., which will air via tape delay on Saturday, Feb. 1. The Michigan-Nebraska meet in Lincoln, Neb., on Friday, Feb. 14 will be televised the following day on Feb. 15. BTN will also provide coverage of both Big Ten Quad Meets. The Minnesota, Iowa, Penn State and Michigan meet in Ann Arbor, Mich., will air live at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 15, while the Nebraska, Illinois, Ohio State and Michigan State competition in East Lansing, Mich., will air at 3:30 p.m. ET the same day.

On Saturday, March 22, BTN will televise the first session of the Big Ten Women's Gymnastics Championships live at noon ET, followed by the second session live at 5 p.m. ET. The championships will be held in University Park, Pa.

The complete television schedule for Big Ten women's gymnastics is included above.

 

BTN to Air Four Big Ten Men's Gymnastics Meets

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BTN Men's Gymnastics 2014 Coverage.pdf


BTN will televise four Big Ten men's gymnastics competitions, including the Big Ten Championships in Lincoln, Neb., beginning Friday, March 28.

Coverage will begin with the Ohio State-Illinois meet in Champaign, Ill., on Sunday, Jan. 26 at 2 p.m. ET, which will air via tape delay. BTN's coverage will continue with Minnesota and Nebraska at Iowa on Saturday, Feb. 15, which will air live at 1 p.m. ET. The network will televise the Penn State-Michigan matchup live on Friday, March 14 at 3:30 p.m. ET.

BTN will also provide live coverage of the Big Ten Men's Gymnastics Championships on consecutive nights at 7 p.m. ET on Friday, March 28 and Saturday, March 29.

The complete television schedule for Big Ten men's gymnastics is included above.

 

Four Players Named to Top Drawer Soccer Best XI Teams

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The TopDrawerSoccer.com Best XI teams were announced Monday, with four Big Ten men's soccer players earning accolades. The Best XI teams are comprised of three national teams and two freshmen teams. The full list of the Big Ten's representation on the Best XI teams can be found below.

Best XI Teams
Second Team
Kevin Cope, MSU
AJ Cochran, WIS

Third Team
Andrew Wolverton, PSU

Freshman Best XI
First Team
Tommy Thompson, IND

For the complete teams, click here.

Penn State's Urschel Wins Senior CLASS Award

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Penn State senior standout John Urschel was named the winner of the 2013 Senior CLASS Award in the sport of football, it was announced on Monday.

The award, chosen by a nationwide vote of Division I FBS football coaches, national football media and fans, is given annually to the most outstanding senior student-athlete in Division I football. 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. An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.

A mathematics major, Urschel finished his undergraduate degree in three years with a 4.0 grade point average, earned his first master's degree in math in one year and is working on a second master's degree in math education. He has taught math classes to Penn State students while playing football. In the community, Urschel has participated in the Penn State Uplifting Athletes Lift for Life, an event that has raised nearly $500,000 the last four years for the Kidney Cancer Association, He has also volunteered at the Penn State Dance Marathon (THON) Make-A-Wish event, the THON pep rally, the Special Olympics Pennsylvania State Summer Games and Relay for Life. Named a third-team All-American by the Associated Press in 2013, Urschel is also a two-time first-team All-Big Ten honoree.

Urschel is the second Big Ten student-athlete to win the honor since it was first presented in 2008, joining former Ohio State standout James Laurinaitis, who won the award in its inaugural year.

Click here to read the full Penn State release.

Sunday's Men's Basketball Results

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The Big Ten went 5-0 on Sunday to conclude an undefeated weekend for the conference. Indiana, Iowa, Northwestern, Penn State and Purdue picked up non-conference wins.

Sunday, Dec. 22
Indiana 90, Kennesaw State 66
Purdue 73, West Virginia 70
#25/- Iowa 86, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 61
Northwestern 58, Brown 52
Penn State 92, Mount St. Mary's 82

Sunday's Results

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Minnesota 67, Auburn 54
Penn State 85, Alcorn State 62
Purdue 57, Bowling Green 48

Sunday's Schedule

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Auburn at Minnesota, 3 p.m., BTDN
Alcorn State at #17/18 Penn State, 11 a.m.
Bowling Gren (-/rv) at #18/21 Purdue, Noon

All times are ET

Sunday's Men's Basketball Schedule

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Five games wrap up this week's Big Ten men's basketball slate on Sunday, with Indiana, Iowa, Northwestern, Penn State and Purdue all in action.

Sunday, Dec. 22
Kennesaw State at Indiana, Noon (BTN)
Purdue at West Virginia, 1 p.m. (ESPNU)
Arkansas-Pine Bluff at #25/- Iowa, 2 p.m. (ESPN3)
Brown at Northwestern, 2 p.m. (BTDN)
Mount St. Mary's at Penn State, 2 p.m. (BTN)

All times Eastern Standard.

Saturday's Result

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NCAA Championship Final - Seattle, Wash.
#2 PENN STATE def. #12 WISCONSIN, 3-1

Saturday's Men's Basketball Results

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Illinois edged Missouri, Michigan pulled away from Stanford, Michigan State defeated Texas, Nebraska upended The Citadel and Ohio State remained unbeaten on Saturday's Big Ten men's basketball slate.

Saturday, Dec. 21
#5/5 Michigan State 92, Texas 78
Illinois 65, #23/25 Missouri 64 [32]
#3/T2 Ohio State 64, Notre Dame 61 [30]
Michigan 68, Stanford 65 [31]
Nebraska 77, The Citadel 62

[30] Gotham Classic (Madison Square Garden, New York, N.Y.)
[31] Brooklyn Hoops Holiday Invitational (Barclays Center, Brooklyn, N.Y.)
[32] Braggin' Rights Game (Scottrade Center, St. Louis, Mo.)


 

Saturday's Results

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Illinois 77, UT-Martin 62
Indiana 107, Cleveland State 73
Iowa 73, Drake 51
Nebraska 87, South Dakota 53
Northwestern 72, IUPUI 61
UIC 58, Wisconsin 56

Saturday's Schedule

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NCAA Championship Final - Seattle, Wash.
#2 PENN STATE vs. #12 WISCONSIN - 9:30 p.m. ET, ESPN2

Saturday's Schedule

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UT-Martin at Illinois, 3 p.m., BTDN
Indiana (rv/-) at Cleveland State, 2 p.m.
Drake at #22/25 Iowa, 5 p.m., BTDN
South Dakota at #19/17 Nebraska, 3:30 p.m., BTDN
IUPUI at Northwestern, 1 p.m.
UIC at Wisconsin, 6 p.m., BTDN

Saturday's Men's Basketball Schedule

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On Saturday's Big Ten men's basketball slate, Illinois will take on Missouri in St. Louis, Michigan will face Stanford at Barclays Center, Michigan State will play at Texas, Ohio State will collide with Notre Dame at Madison Square Garden and Nebraska will host The Citadel.

Saturday, Dec. 21
#5/5 Michigan State at Texas, 4 p.m. (CBS)
#23/25 Missouri vs. Illinois [32], 5:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
Notre Dame vs. #3/T2 Ohio State [30], 7:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
Stanford vs. Michigan [31], 8:30 p.m. (Fox Sports 1)
The Citadel at Nebraska, 8:30 p.m. (BTDN)

[30] Gotham Classic (Madison Square Garden, New York, N.Y.)
[31] Brooklyn Hoops Holiday Invitational (Barclays Center, Brooklyn, N.Y.)
[32] Braggin' Rights Game (Scottrade Center, St. Louis, Mo.)

Friday's Results: Indiana, Minnesota Post Wins

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The Big Ten improved to 6-0 this week with a pair of wins by Indiana and Minnesota Friday. The Golden Gophers' Andre Hollins eclipsed the 1,000-point plateau against Omaha.

Friday, Dec. 20
Indiana 79, Nicholls State 66
Minnesota 92, Nebraska-Omaha 79

Friday's Results

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Michigan 83, Southern 59
UCLA 58, Minnesota 55
Michigan State 67, Georgetown 54
Ohio State 52, Appalachian State 38

Friday's Schedule

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Southern at Michigan, 7 p.m.
Michigan State vs. Georgetown, 3:30 p.m.
UCLA at Minnesota, 1 p.m., BTDN
Appalachian State at Ohio State, 7 p.m., BTDN

All times are ET

PSU's Harding Earns NCAA Elite 89 Award

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Penn State senior Maggie Harding has been selected as the recipient of the Elite 89 award for the 2013 NCAA DI Women's Volleyball Championship. Harding has now earned the prestigious honor for the second time in her career, having won the award in 2012. Harding is presently majoring in food science and has maintained an unblemished 4.0 grade-point average. She was presented with the award during the NCAA Championship banquet Wednesday evening in Seattle, Wash. After redshirting her freshman year, Harding has emerged as a leader on the team, being named one of the team captains for the 2013 season. Throughout her career, the defensive specialist has garnered three Academic All-Big Ten selections, while also earning the Big Ten Sportsmanship award for women's volleyball in 2011 and 2013.

The Elite 89 award was founded by the NCAA and recognizes the true essence of the student-athlete by honoring the individual who has 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. The Elite 89 is presented annually to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average participating in the finals site for each of the NCAA's championships. Eligible student-athletes are sophomore or above who have participated in their sport for at least two years with their school. They must be an active member of the team, traveling and designated member of the squad size at the championship. All ties are broken by the number of credits completed. For more on the Elite 89 award, click here.

Penn State Release

Penn State Head Volleyball Coach Russ Rose was tabbed the AVCA Division I National Coach of the Year, it was announced on Thursday. The 35th year head coach of the Nittany Lions has once again proved in 2013 why he is one of the best to ever coach the game. Never having a season with fewer than 22 victories, Rose is just the third active coach in Division I to record 1,000 career wins.


Penn State had high expectations in 2013 and have not disappointed.  Rose collected his 16th Big Ten Championship and 14th Big Ten Coach of the Year honor leading his squad to a 28-2 regular-season and 19-1 conference record. The Nittany Lions boast five players on the AVCA All-Northeast Region team in Nia Grant, Micha Hancock, Deja McClendon, Ariel Scott and Katie Slay, with Rose earning AVCA Region Coach of the Year.

It wasn't just the fact they won in what many consider one of the most difficult conferences in the country, it was how they won it.  In their 19 Big Ten victories (57 sets won), they dropped just a total of 11 sets. As a team, Penn State leads the nation with 3.10 blocks per set and is third in team hitting percentage (.314) and win percentage (93.8%).

Rose is now a five-time AVCA National Coach of the Year after winning in 1990, 1997, 2007 and 2008.

AVCA Release
Penn State Release

Weekly Award Wrap-Up

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Seventeen Big Ten student-athletes in seven different sports collected awards from the conference office during the week of Dec. 16. Below is the complete list of honorees.

Men's Basketball
Player of the Week - Austin Hollins, MINN
Freshman of the Week - Bryson Scott, PUR

Women's Basketball
Player of the Week - Amber Moore, ILL
Player of the Week Honor Roll - Aerial Powers, MSU; Maggie Lucas, PSU; Courtney Moses, PUR
Freshman of the Week - Aerial Powers, MSU

Hockey
First Star - Zach Nagelvoort, MICH
Second Star - Michael Mersch, WIS
Third Star - Brad Navin, WIS

Men's Indoor Track & Field
Track Athlete of the Week - Jordan Gornall, IND
Field Athlete of the Week - Dylan Anderson, IND

Women's Indoor Track & Field
Track Athlete of the Week - Arianne Raby, IND
Field Athlete of the Week - Nina Gutermuth, IND

Women's Swimming & Diving
Swimmer of the Week - Lindsay Seemann, IOWA
Diver of the Week - Abby Grilli, IOWA
Freshman of the Week - Abba Filipcic, NEB

Wrestling
Wrestler of the Week - Zain Retherford, PSU

Thursday's Results

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NCAA Championship Semifinals - Seattle, Wash.
#12 WISCONSIN def. #1 Texas, 3-1
#2 PENN STATE def. #3 WASHINGTON, 3-0


Thursday's Result

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#13/16 Oklahoma State 63, Michigan State 57

Five Big Ten Players Tabbed NSCAA Scholar All-Americans

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Five Big Ten women's soccer players were named to the NSCAA Scholar All-America teams. Penn State's Taylor Schram and Maya Hayes earned first-team honors, while Illinois' Vanessa DiBernardo, Minnesota's Katie Thyken and Nebraska's Jordan Jackson were second-team selections.

Schram, a senior midfielder, posts a 3.40 cumulative GPA in psychology. She scored five goals and collected eight assists for the Nittany Lions, earning her second-team All-Big Ten honors. Hayes, an NSCAA second-team All-American and first-team All-Big Ten selection, maintains a 3.39 GPA in kinesiology. She collected 44 points this season, including 19 goals and six assists. Penn State advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

DiBernardo, who collects the honor for the second time, studies recreation, sport and tourism and maintains a 3.70 GPA. She scored seven goals to go along with seven assists, helping the Illini reach the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA Tournament. Thyken studies biomechanical engineering and boasts a 3.97 GPA. She led the Golden Gophers with seven goals and three assists, helping Minnesota advance to the NCAA Tournament. Jackson, the Big Ten Midfielder of the Year, compiled a 3.34 GPA in nutrition, exercise and health science. She scored nine goals and collected 11 assists, helping her team win the Big Ten Championship and Big Ten Tournament title.

In order to be selected for the team, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.30 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale throughout their career as well as start more than 50 percent of a team's games, while being a junior or a senior.

The NSCAA Scholar All-America men's soccer teams were announced, with Michigan State's Kevin Cope and Tim Kreutz earning honors. Cope was tabbed a first-team selection, while Kreutz was named to the third team.

Cope, who earns the laurel for the second time, boasts a 3.75 GPA and studies finance. The senior contributed to a backline that helped the Spartans lead the Big Ten in fewest goals allowed (17), while he also scored two goals and collected two assists. Cope also earned NSCAA/NCAA second-team All-America honors. Kreutz, a finance major that maintains a 3.3 GPA, started all 23 games and collected 23 points, including nine goals and five assists. Cope and Kreutz were both first-team All-Big Ten selections and helped lead Michigan State to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament.

In order to be selected for the team, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.30 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale throughout their career as well as start more than 50 percent of a team's games, while being a junior or a senior.

Twelve Players Named to Top Drawer Soccer Best XI Teams

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The TopDrawerSoccer.com Best XI teams were announced Thursday, with 12 Big Ten women's soccer players earning accolades. Players from seven different conference squads were named to the Best XI teams, which recognize 33 upperclassmen and 22 freshmen for their performances during the 2013 season. The full list of the Big Ten's representation on the Best XI teams can be found below.

Best XI Teams
First Team
Nkem Ezurike, MICH
Maya Hayes, PSU

Second Team
Vanessa DiBernardo, ILL

Third Team
Jannelle Flaws, ILL
Shelina Zadorsky, MICH
Ari Romero, NEB

Freshman Best XI
First Team
Jaycie Johnson, NEB
Rose Lavelle, WIS

Second Team
Madisson Lewis, MICH
Tarah Hobbs, MINN
Nichelle Prince, OSU
Brittany Basinger, PSU

For the complete teams, click here.

Thursday's Schedule

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Michigan State vs. #13/16 Oklahoma State, 3 p.m. ET

Penn State's Scott Named Senior CLASS Award Winner

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Penn State right side hitter, Ariel Scott has been selected as the 2013 Senior CLASS Award winner in NCAA Division I volleyball. The award, chosen by a nationwide vote of Division I volleyball coaches, national volleyball media and fans, is given annually to the most outstanding senior student-athlete in Division I volleyball. 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. An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.

A public relations major with minors in business and liberal arts, Scott has maintained a 3.8 grade point average in her major. She is an active member of the Penn State chapter of the Public Relations Society of America and has earned Academic All-Big Ten honors while also being selected as a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar. Since her freshman year, Scott has volunteered regularly with the Special Olympics, working to teach participants basic volleyball skills. She also organizes outreach opportunities for Special Olympians through the Penn State women's volleyball program. Scott is a three-time American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-American and All-Big Ten honoree. Heading into the post-season, she ranked second on the team in kills and blocks. The Nittany Lions are the second-ranked team in the country and carry a 32-2 overall record entering tonight's NCAA semifinal match against Washington.

Two other Big Ten student-athletes earned Senior Class Award recognition, as Michigan's Jennifer Cross and Michigan State's Lauren Wicinski were named to the award's second team.

For the complete release, click here.



Weekend Schedule

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Thursday, Dec. 19
#9 OHIO STATE at Kent State (rv) - Kent, Ohio

Saturday, Dec. 21

#1 PENN STATE at #3 IOWA - Iowa City, Iowa (non-conference) *

Sunday, Dec. 22
#8 NEBRASKA at Reno Tournament of Champions - Reno, Neb.

*BTN

Thursday's Schedule

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NCAA Championship Semifinals - Seattle, Wash.
#1 Texas vs. #12 WISCONSIN - 7:30 p.m.
#2 PENN STATE vs. #3 WASHINGTON - 9:30 p.m.

All times are ET
Both matches can be seen on ESPN2

Ohio State Defeats Delaware, Moves to 11-0

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Aaron Craft, LaQuinton Ross, Lenzelle Smith Jr., and Amir Williams all posted double digit scoring outputs, leading #3/2 Ohio State to its 11th straight win, 76-64 over Delaware.

Wednesday, Dec. 18

#3/2 OHIO STATE 76, Delaware 65

Indiana's Drouin Wins Bowerman Award

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Olympic medalist and five-time NCAA Champion Derek Drouin of Indiana added another honor to his impressive list of accolades as he was selected as the winner of the 2013 Bowerman Trophy - the highest honor given to the most outstanding male and female student-athletes in collegiate track & field. Drouin becomes the first Big Ten student-athlete to take home the award.

It was a banner year for Drouin, as the indoor and outdoor US Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Indoor and Outdoor National Field Athlete of the Year. He became the first to sweep both the indoor and outdoor NCAA Division I high jump titles in one academic year since he did so in 2010, becoming the NCAA's first five-time high jump champion. The Canadian won at heights of 7-8 (2.34m) or greater and took cracks at collegiate records at both championships. He finished unbeaten in nine collegiate high jump finals between indoors and outdoors. For his accomplishments on the year, Drouin was named the Jesse Owens Big Ten Male Athlete of the Year.


For his Indiana track & field career, Drouin was a seven-time All-American and became the first athlete in NCAA history to win five NCAA titles in the high jump. Drouin also earned two Bronze Medals, one from the 2012 London Olympics and one at the 2013 World Championships.

Indiana Release
USTFCCCA Release



Wednesday's Result

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Purdue 49, Green Bay 45

Wednesday's Schedule

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Delaware at #3/2 Ohio State, 7 p.m. ET, BTN

Schwarber, Dempsey Named NCBWA Preseason All-Americans

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Indiana's Kyle Schwarber and Ohio State's Trace Dempsey were named National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Preseason All-Americans on Wednesday. Schwarber was a first-team selection after averaging .376 with 18 home runs and 54 RBI a season ago in leading the Hoosiers to the College World Series. Dempsey a second-team choice after ending the 2013 campaign as the Buckeyes' closer. He ended the season with 17 saves in 31 appearances, carrying a 1.02 ERA and holding opposing batters to a .180 average.

Wednesday's Schedule

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#18/21 Purdue at Green Bay, 7 p.m. ET

Six Big Ten Standouts Garner FWAA or AFCA All-America Honors

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With Wednesday's announcement of the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) and the Football Writers' Association of America (FWAA) All-America teams, 19 Big Ten players have earned All-America accolades. Michigan State's Darqueze Dennard was a first-team selection by both the AFCA and FWAA, while Wisconsin's Chris Borland was a first-team pick by the football writers. Four conference standouts were named second team picks by the FWAA, including Iowa's Brandon Scherff, Ohio State's Jack Mewhort and Ryan Shazier and Penn State's Allen Robinson. The full breakdown of Big Ten All-Americans can be found below:

OFFENSE
Brandon Scherff, OL, Iowa (FWAA second team)
Taylor Lewan, OL, Michigan (Associated Press, CBSSports.com, Sports Illustrated, USA Today & Walter Camp second team)
Ameer Abdullah, RB, Nebraska (Associated Press third team)
Spencer Long, OL, Nebraska (CBSSports.com second team)
Carlos Hyde, RB, Ohio State (CBSSports.com second team; Associated Press third team)
Jack Mewhort, OL, Ohio State (ESPN.com first team; CBSSports.com, FWAA, Sports Illustrated and Walter Camp second team; Associated Press third team)
Allen Robinson, WR, Penn State (CBSSports.com & Sporting News first team; FWAA and Sports Illustrated second team; Associated Press third team)
John Urschel, OL, Penn State (Associated Press third team)
Ryan Groy, OL, Wisconsin (Associated Press third team)

DEFENSE
Denicos Allen, LB, Michigan State (Sports Illustrated second team; Associated Press third team)
Max Bullough, LB, Michigan State (Associated Press third team)
Shilique Calhoun, DL, Michigan State (Associated Press, Sports Illustrated, USA Today & Walter Camp second team)
Darqueze Dennard, DB, Michigan State (AFCA, Associated Press, CBSSports.com, ESPN.com, FWAA, Sporting News, Sports Illustrated, USA Today & Walter Camp first team)
Ra'Shede Hageman, DL, Minnesota (Associated Press third team)
C.J. Barnett, DB, Ohio State (CBSSports.com second team)
Ryan Shazier, LB, Ohio State (Associated Press, ESPN.com, Sports Illustrated & USA Today first team; FWAA, CBSSports.com and Walter Camp second team)
Chris Borland, LB, Wisconsin (Associated Press, CBSSports.com, FWAA, Sports Illustrated & USA Today second team)

SPECIAL TEAMS
Mike Sadler, P, Michigan State (CBSSports.com & ESPN.com first team)
Jeff Budzien, K, Northwestern (Sporting News first team; USA Today & Walter Camp second team; Associated Press third team)

Thirteen Volleyball Players Tabbed AVCA All-America

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Thirteen Big Ten volleyball players were selected as AVCA Division I All-Americans, the most of any conference, with four players earning first-team status. Minnesota's Tori Dixon, Nebraska's Kelsey Robinson, and Penn State's Micha Hancock and Ariel Scott earned first-team honors, while Michigan State's Lauren Wicinski, Minnesota's Ashley Wittman, Penn State's Deja McClendon and Wisconsin's Lauren Carlini were named to the second team. Illinois' Jocelynn Birks, Michigan State's Kori Moster, Nebraska's Kadie Rolfzen, Penn State's Katie Slay and Purdue's Val Nichol earned third-team honors. Thirteen others received honorable mention recognition -- Illinois' Jennifer Beltran, Michigan's Jennifer Cross, Lexi Dannemiller and Molly Toon, Michigan State's Alexis Mathews, Minnesota's Adrianna Nora, Nebraska's Meghan Haggerty and Mary Pollmiller, Northwestern's Stephanie Holthus, Ohio State's Kaitlyn Leary, Penn State's Nia Grant, Purdue's KiKi Jones and Wisconsin's Ellen Chapman.

Eight of the 13 selected to the All-America teams were repeat honorees, including McClendon, who is the only player in the 2013 class to be named a four-time All-American. Scott, Slay and Wicinski were all three-time honorees, while Dixon, Hancock, Robinson and Wittman were honored for the second time. Two freshman were selected to All-America teams in Rolfzen and Carlini.

As a team, the Nittany Lions had four players named to All-America teams, which was tied for the most along all schools nationally.

For the complete list of honorees, click here.



Big Ten in the NFL - Week 15

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Will Allen, S, Pittsburgh Steelers (Ohio State) - Collected five solo tackles in Pittsburgh's 30-20 defeat of Cincinnati

Prince Amukamara, CB, New York Giants (Nebraska) -
Notched two pass deflections and four solo tackles in the Giants' 23-0 loss to the Seahawks

Jason Avant, WR, Philadelphia Eagles (Michigan) - Totaled 40 receiving yards and a touchdown catch in Philadelphia's 48-30 loss the Minnesota

Cliff Avril, DE, Seattle Seahawks (Purdue) - Recorded one assisted sack, one forced fumble and one tackle in the Seahawks 23-0 shutout of the Giants

Montee Ball, RB, Denver Broncos (Wisconsin) - Caught five passes for 49 yards in Denver's 27-20 loss to San Diego

Le'Veon Bell, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers (Michigan State) - Rushed for 57 yards and a touchdown in Pittsburgh's 30-20 victory over Cincinnati

Zack Bowman, CB, Chicago Bears (Nebraska)
- Registered two interceptions, including returning one for a touchdown, two pass deflections and one solo tackle in the Bears' 38-31 win over Cleveland

Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots (Michigan) - Threw for 364 yards on 34-for-55 passing and two touchdowns in the Patriots' 24-20 loss to the Dolphins

Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans Saints (Purdue) - Threw for 393 yards on 39-of-56 passing and one touchdown in the Saints' 27-16 loss to the Rams

Scott Chandler, TE, Buffalo Bills (Iowa) - Notched five receptions for 54 yards, including a long of 27, in the Bills' 27-20 defeat of the Jaguars

Adrian Clayborn, DE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Iowa) - Registered a sack and two tackles in the Bucs' 33-14 loss to the 49ers

Kirk Cousins, QB, Washington Redskins (Michigan State) - Threw for 381 yards on 29-for-45 passing and three touchdowns in Washington's 27-26 loss to Atlanta

Jeff Cumberland, TE, New York Jets (Illinois) - Caught three passes for 50 yards and a touchdown reception in the Jets' 30-20 loss to the Panthers

Mike Daniels, DE, Green Bay Packers (Iowa) - Registered a sack and two tackles in Green Bay's 37-36 victory over Dallas

Lavonte David, LB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Nebraska) - Totaled 10 tackles, including nine solo, and one forced fumble in Tampa Bay's 33-14 loss to the San Francisco

Jay Feely, PK, Arizona Cardinals (Michigan) - Nailed three field goals, including two from over 40 yards, and four extra point attempts in the Cardinals' 37-34 win over the Titans

Bradley Fletcher, CB, Philadelphia Eagles (Iowa) - Notched seven solo tackles in the Eagles' 48-30 loss to the Vikings

William Gholston, DE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Michigan State)
- Tallied eight tackles, including two for loss, and two pass deflections in the Bucs' 33-14 loss to the 49ers

Chad Greenway, LB, Minnesota Vikings (Iowa) - Registered five tackles in Minnesota's 48-30 win over Philadelphia

Leon Hall, CB, Cincinnati Bengals (Michigan) - Totaled five tackles, including one for loss, and a pass deflection in the Bengals' 30-20 loss to the Steelers

David Harris, LB, New York Jets (Michigan) - Recorded six tackles in the Jets' 30-20 loss to the Panthers

Brian Hartline, WR, Miami Dolphins (Ohio State) - Caught five passes for 70 yards in the Dolphins' 24-20 win over the Patriots

Alex Henery, PK, Philadelphia Eagles (Nebraska) - Nailed three field goals, including a 51-yard attempt, and one extra-point in the Eagles' 48-30 loss to the Vikings

Michael Hoomanawanui, TE, New England Patriots (Illinois) - Reeled in a touchdown catch in the Patriots' 24-20 loss to the Dolphins

Micah Hyde, CB, Green Bay Packers (Iowa) - Tallied six tackles, including five solo, and a pass deflection in the Packers' 37-36 defeat of the Cowboys

Lance Kendricks, TE, St. Louis Rams (Wisconsin) - Caught two passes and scored one touchdown in St. Louis' 27-16 win over New Orleans

Ryan Kerrigan, LB, Washington Redskins (Purdue) - Notched four tackles, one sack and one forced fumble in the Redskins' 27-26 loss to the Falcons

James Laurinaitis, LB, St. Louis Rams (Ohio State) - Recorded five tackles, including four solo, and one pass deflection in the Rams' 27-16 victory over the Saints

DeAndre Levy, LB, Detroit Lions (Wisconsin) - Collected five tackles, including four solo, in the Lions' 18-16 loss to the Ravens

Matt McGloin, QB, Oakland Raiders (Penn State) - Threw for 297 yards on 18-of-36 passing and two touchdowns in Oakland's 56-31 loss to Kansas City

Rashard Mendenhall, RB, Arizona Cardinals (Illinois) - Ran for 69 yards and two touchdowns in Arizona's 37-34 win over Tennessee

Mike Neal, DE, Green Bay Packers (Purdue) - Registered one sack and two tackles in Green Bay's 37-36 win over Dallas

Shaun Phillips, DE, Denver Broncos (Purdue) - Recorded one sack and two solo tackles in Denver's 27-20 loss to San Diego

Bernard Pollard, S, Tennessee Titans (Purdue) - Tallied seven tackles and one assisted sack in the Titans' 37-34 loss to the Cardinals

Paul Posluszny, LB, Jacksonville Jaguars (Penn State) - Led the team with 13 tackles, including nine solo, and one sack in Jacksonville's 27-20 loss to Buffalo

Andrew Quarless, TE, Green Bay Packers (Penn State) - Caught six passes for 66 yards and one touchdown in the Packers' 37-36 win over the Cowboys

Matt Shaughnessy, LB, Arizona Cardinals (Wisconsin) - Recorded three tackles and one sack in the Cardinals' 37-34 win over the Titans

Marcus Sherels, CB, Minnesota Vikings (Minnesota) - Tallied six solo tackles in the Vikings' 48-30 victory over the Eagles

Marcus Thigpen, RB, Miami Dolphins (Indiana) - Recorded a touchdown reception in Miami's 24-20 defeat of New England

Pierre Thomas, RB, New Orleans Saints (Illinois) - Totaled 62 yards on seven receptions and added 21 yards rushing in the Saints' 27-16 loss to the Rams

Kevin Vickerson, DT, Denver Broncos (Michigan State) - Registered six solo tackles, including one for loss, and a pass deflection in Denver's 27-20 loss to San Diego

Cameron Wake, DE, Miami Dolphins (Penn State) - Recorded three solo tackles and one sack in Miami's 24-20 win over New England

J.J. Watt, DE, Houston Texans (Wisconsin) - Totaled five tackles in Houston's 25-3 loss to Indianapolis

Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle Seahawks (Wisconsin) - Threw for 206 yards on 18-of-27 passing and one touchdown in the Seahawks' 23-0 win over the Giants

Tuesday's Result

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Ohio State 82, UT-Martin 60

Tuesday's Men's Basketball Results

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Michigan State defeated North Florida, and Purdue upended Maryland-Eastern Shore on Tuesday's Big Ten men's basketball slate.

Tuesday, Dec. 17
#5/5 Michigan State 78, North Florida 48
Purdue 79, Maryland Eastern Shore 50

Tuesday's Schedule

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Tennessee-Martin at Ohio State, 7 p.m. ET, BTDN

Statistically Speaking

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A look at the Big Ten team and individual statistical leaders among the NCAA Top 25.

NCAA Team Leaders
Assists Per Game
10. Iowa, 19.7
23. Michigan, 18.0

Blocks Per Game
3. Northwestern, 7.0
11. Penn State, 6.0

Field Goal Percentage
11. Minnesota, 48.0%
14. Michigan, 47.7%

Free Throw Percentage
7. Penn State, 78.9%
8. Nebraska, 78.8%
11. Purdue, 78.2%

Three Point Field Goal Percentage
1. Minnesota, 45.1%
9. Michigan, 40.9%

Turnovers Per Game
6. Indiana, 11.5
22. Wisconsin, 13.0

NCAA Individual Leaders
Assists-to-Turnover Ratio
8. Kiana Johnson, MSU, 3.82

Assists Per Game
14. Samantha Logic, IOWA, 6.5
20. Ashley Deary, NU, 6.3

Blocks Per Game
15. Amanda Zahui B., MINN, 2.90
24. Bethany Doolittle, IOWA, 2.67
24. Nia Coffey, NU, 2.67

Field Goal Percentage
11. Cyesha Goree, MICH, 63.5%
21. Bethany Doolittle, IOWA, 60.3%

Free Throw Percentage
1. Maggie Lucas, PSU, 96.8%
2. Amber Moore, ILL, 96.6%
11. Rachel Theriot, NEB, 92.9%
18. Melissa Dixon, IOWA, 92.1%

Points Per Game
20. Rachel Banham, MINN, 22.2
25. Maggie Lucas, PSU, 21.6

Rebounds Per Game
19. Jordan Hooper, NEB, 11.2
19. Amanda Zahui B., MINN, 11.2

Three-Point Field Goals Per Game
10. Amber Moore, ILL, 3.45
17. Melissa Dixon, IOWA, 3.17

Three-Point Field Goal Percentage
1. Rachel Banham, MINN, 58.8%
14. Annalise Pickrel, MSU, 50.0%

Eighteen Big Ten Football Players Earn All-America Accolades

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With the announcement of All-America teams by the Associated Press, CBSSports.com, ESPN.com, Sports Illustrated and USA Today, 18 Big Ten players have earned All-America laurels, including six first-team honorees. The Big Ten's first-team All-Americans are Michigan State defensive back Darqueze Dennard and punter Mike Sadler, Northwestern kicker Jeff Budzien, Ohio State offensive lineman Jack Mewhort and linebacker Ryan Shazier and Penn State wide receiver Allen Robinson. Big Ten standouts earning second-team All-America accolades are Michigan offensive lineman Taylor Lewan, Michigan State linebacker Denicos Allen and defensive lineman Shilique Calhoun, Nebraska offensive lineman Spencer Long, Ohio State defensive back C.J. Barnett and running back Carlos Hyde and Wisconsin linebacker Chris Borland. Third-team All-America selections are Michigan State linebacker Max Bullough, Minnesota defensive lineman Ra'Shede Hageman, Nebraska running back Ameer Abdullah, Penn State offensive lineman John Urschel and Wisconsin offensive lineman Ryan Groy.

The full breakdown of Big Ten All-Americans, including honorees announced by the Sporting News and Walter Camp Football Foundation last week, appears below:

OFFENSE
Taylor Lewan, OL, Michigan (Associated Press, CBSSports.com, Sports Illustrated, USA Today & Walter Camp second team)
Ameer Abdullah, RB, Nebraska (Associated Press third team)
Spencer Long, OL, Nebraska (CBSSports.com second team)
Carlos Hyde, RB, Ohio State (CBSSports.com second team; Associated Press third team)
Jack Mewhort, OL, Ohio State (ESPN.com first team; CBSSports.com, Sports Illustrated & Walter Camp second team; Associated Press third team)
Allen Robinson, WR, Penn State (CBSSports.com & Sporting News first team; Sports Illustrated second team; Associated Press third team)
John Urschel, OL, Penn State (Associated Press third team)
Ryan Groy, OL, Wisconsin (Associated Press third team)

DEFENSE
Denicos Allen, LB, Michigan State (Sports Illustrated second team; Associated Press third team)
Max Bullough, LB, Michigan State (Associated Press third team)
Shilique Calhoun, DL, Michigan State (Associated Press, Sports Illustrated, USA Today & Walter Camp second team)
Darqueze Dennard, DB, Michigan State (Associated Press, CBSSports.com, ESPN.com, Sporting News, Sports Illustrated, USA Today & Walter Camp first team)
Ra'Shede Hageman, DL, Minnesota (Associated Press third team)
C.J. Barnett, DB, Ohio State (CBSSports.com second team)
Ryan Shazier, LB, Ohio State (Associated Press, ESPN.com, Sports Illustrated & USA Today first team; CBSSports.com & Walter Camp second team)
Chris Borland, LB, Wisconsin (Associated Press, CBSSports.com, Sports Illustrated & USA Today second team)

SPECIAL TEAMS
Mike Sadler, P, Michigan State (CBSSports.com & ESPN.com first team)
Jeff Budzien, K, Northwestern (Sporting News first team; USA Today & Walter Camp second team; Associated Press third team)

In The Wrestling Polls

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Ten Big Ten wrestling teams are ranked in this week's USA Today/NWCA/AWN Division I Coaches poll, with five conference squads earning top 10 status. Penn State, Minnesota and Iowa top the poll at No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3, respectively. Nebraska is ranked No. 8, followed by No. 9 Ohio State, No. 11 Illinois, No. 16 Northwestern, No. 19 Michigan and No. 21 Purdue and No. 23 Wisconsin.

Click here for the full ranking.



Big Ten Women's Cross Country Season in Review

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The 2013 Big Ten women's cross country season came to a close with six teams and two individual participants competing in the NCAA Championships, including two squads finishing in the top 10. Michigan finished fourth with 215 points and was led by Big Ten Athlete of the Year Erin Finn (20:40.3) and Shannon Osika (20:56.6). Finn was the first Big Ten finisher at the championships, placing 30th individually. Michigan State finished sixth, Minnesota took 20th and finished 21st. Penn State and Indiana finished 25th and 26th, respectively. Finn, Ohio State's Katie Borchers and Wisconsin's Emma-Lisa Murphy all earned All-America honors.

Big Ten Cross Country Championships Roundup: Michigan State won its fifth Big Ten Women's Cross Country Championship, placing three runners in the top 10 at the Boilermaker Cross Country Course. The win represented the Spartans' first title since 2011. Michigan State was paced by Leah O'Connor, who placed second individually with a 6K time of 20:56.9. Michigan's Erin Finn claimed individual medalist honors, crossing the finishing line in a time of 20:48.3 and guiding her team to a second-place finish. For the full Big Ten Championships recap and a list of All-Big Ten honorees, click here.

All-Region Honorees:  Twenty-six Big Ten women's cross country runners were named All-Region honorees after placing in the top 25 individually at their respective regional championships. Michigan, Michigan State and Minnesota all had five runners named to the All-Region team, followed by four from Penn State, two from Ohio State and Wisconsin, and one each from Illinois, Indiana and Northwestern. For the complete list of Big Ten All-Region honorees, click here.

Big Ten Postseason Awards: The Big Ten Conference announced the individual award winners for the 2013 women's cross country season on Nov. 6. Michigan's Erin Finn was named the Big Ten Athlete of the Year, while also claiming Freshman of the Year honors, after finishing first at the Big Ten Women's Cross Country Championships. Michigan State head coach Walt Drenth was a unanimous selection as the Big Ten Coach of the Year after leading the Spartans to their second title in the past three years. For the full release on the individual Big Ten award winners, click here.

Head of the Class: Following the conclusion of the fall season, the Big Ten recognized a total of 869 fall sports student-athletes who have been named to the Academic All-Conference team, which included 140 men's cross country runners. 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. At least 20 student-athletes maintained unblemished cumulative GPAs, including women's cross country runners Jocelyn Todd of Iowa, Alexis Wiersma of Michigan State, Minori Minagawa and Rebecca Rings of Ohio State, Kathleen Rodden of Penn State and Dana Steffen and Taylor Zimprich of Wisconsin. For the complete Academic All-Big Ten release, click here.

Big Ten Men's Cross Country Season in Review

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The 2013 Big Ten men's cross country season came to a close with three teams and four individual participants competing in the NCAA Championships, including two Big Ten squads placing in the top 10. Big Ten Champion Indiana finished eighth at the championships, pacing two Hoosiers in the top 50, while Wisconsin followed in ninth and Michigan in 21st. The Big Ten was led by Michigan's Mason Ferlic, who placed 22nd individually, followed by Big Ten Athlete of the Year Malachy Schrobilgen and Alex Brill of Wisconsin. Ferlic and Schrobilgen, joined by Michigan State's Caleb Rhynard and Purdue's Matthew McClintock, all earned All-America honors.

Big Ten Cross Country Championships Roundup: Indiana won its first Big Ten Men's Cross Country Championship since 1980 after placing four runners in the top 10 at the Boilermaker Cross Country Course. Jason Crist placed fifth individually and was the first Hoosier to cross the 8,000-meter (8K) finish line in a time of 24:24.9. Wisconsin's Malachy Schrobilgen finished first individually, finishing the race in 24:16.9. For the full Big Ten Championships recap and a list of All-Big Ten honorees, click here.

All-Region Honorees: Twenty-three Big Ten men's cross country runners were named All-Region honorees after placing in the top 25 individually at their respective regional championships. Indiana led the way with six runners, while five from Wisconsin, four from Michigan, two from Minnesota and one runner each from Indiana, Iowa, Michigan State, Ohio State, Penn State and Purdue were named to the team. For the complete list of Big Ten All-Region honorees, click here. 

Big Ten Postseason Awards: The Big Ten Conference announced the individual award winners for the 2013 men's cross country season on Nov. 6. Wisconsin's Malachy Schrobilgen was selected as the Big Ten Athlete of the Year and also claimed Freshman of the Year honors after winning the individual title at the Big Ten Men's Cross Country Championships. Indiana head coach Ron Helmer was named Big Ten Coach of the Year after guiding the Hoosiers to their first Big Ten title since 1980. For more on the individual Big Ten award winners, click here.

Head of the Class: Following the conclusion of the fall season, the Big Ten recognized a total of 869 fall sports student-athletes who have been named to the Academic All-Conference team, which included 75 men's cross country runners. 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. At least 20 student-athletes maintained unblemished cumulative GPAs, including men's cross country runners Amir Alwan of Wisconsin and Garret Zuk from Michigan State. For the complete Academic All-Big Ten release, click here.

Women's Swimming & Diving Schedule

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Dec. 17-22
INDIANA, IOWA, PURDUE at USA Diving Winter Nationals (Austin, Texas) - All Day

Men's Swimming & Diving Schedule

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Dec. 17-22
INDIANA, IOWA, PURDUE at USA Diving Winter Nationals (Austin, Texas) - All Day

Ranking the Wrestlers

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Big Ten wrestling boasts 68 ranked wrestlers in the InterMat College Rankings, released on Tuesday. Seven grapplers hold No. 1 rankings in their respective weight classes and the Big Ten boasts the top three squads in the team rankings. The complete breakdown of ranked Big Ten squads and wrestlers can be found below.

Team
1. Penn State
2. Minnesota
3. Iowa
7. Nebraska
T-8. Northwestern
10. Ohio State
11. Illinois
17. Michigan
23. Indiana
T-24. Wisconsin
T-41. Michigan State
T-55. Purdue

125
1. Jesse Delgado, ILL
3. Nico Megaludis, PSU
4. Cory Clark, IOWA
12. Tim Lambert, NEB
14. Ryan Taylor, WIS
19. Nick Roberts, OSU

133
3. Tony Ramos, IOWA
6. Johnni DiJulius, OSU
8. Tyler Graff, WIS
10. David Thorn, MINN
13. Zane Richards, ILL
15. Jimmy Gulibon, PSU
17. Rossi Bruno, MICH
18. Dom Malone, NU

141

2. Zain Retherford, PSU
3. Logan Stieber, OSU
4. Chris Dardanes, MINN
9. Josh Dziewa, IOWA
17. Anthony Abidin, NEB

149
1. Nick Dardanes, MINN
2. Jason Tsirtsis, NU
6. Jake Sueflohn, NEB
7. Andrew Alton, PSU
13. Eric Grajales, MICH
14. Caleb Ervin, ILL
20. Ian Paddock, OSU

157
1. Derek St. John, IOWA
3. Dylan Ness, MINN
4. James Green, NEB
5. Dylan Alton, PSU
7. Taylor Walsh, IND
9. Isaac Jordan, WIS
15. Zac Brunson, ILL
16. Brian Murphy, MICH

165
1. David Taylor, PSU
4. Nick Moore, IOWA
8. Dan Yates, MICH
10. Jackson Morse, ILL
13. Pierce Harger, NU
16. Austin Wilson, NEB
19. Danny Zilverberg, MINN

174
3. Matt Brown, PSU
4. Robert Kokesh, NEB
5. Logan Storley, MINN
6. Mike Evans, IOWA
9. Lee Munster, NU
16. Tony Dallago, ILL

184

1. Ed Ruth, PSU
2. Ethen Lofthouse, IOWA
4. Kevin Steinhaus, MINN
11. TJ Dudley, NEB
12. Kenny Courts, OSU
20. Luke Sheridan, IND

197
1. Scott Schiller, MINN
3. Morgan McIntosh, PSU
5. Nick Heflin, OSU
7. Mario Gonzalez, ILL
10. Nathan Burak, IOWA
16. Alex Polizzi, NU
19. Braden Atwood, PUR

Hwt
1. Tony Nelson, MINN
2. Mike McMullan, NU
3. Bobby Telford, IOWA
4. Adam Coon, MICH
8. Adam Chalfant, IND
9. Michael McClure, MSU
10. Connor Medbery, WIS
12. Jimmy Lawson, PSU









Tuesday's Men's Basketball Schedule

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Michigan State will host North Florida, while Purdue will entertain Maryland-Eastern Shore on Tuesday's Big Ten men's basketball slate.

Tuesday, Dec. 17
North Florida at #5/5 Michigan State, 7 p.m. (BTN)
Maryland Eastern Shore at Purdue, 7 p.m. (ESPN3)

Big Ten Women's Soccer Season in Review

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The Big Ten enjoyed a successful 2013 women's soccer season that concluded with a conference record eight Big Ten teams earning bids to the NCAA Tournament. Nebraska earned both the regular season crown and the Big Ten Tournament title.

NCAA Tournament: A conference record eight Big Ten women's soccer teams competed in the 2013 NCAA Division I Women's Soccer Championship. Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Ohio State and Penn State all earned berths to the national tournament, breaking the previous record of six Big Ten teams. Five teams played in second round games, while the Wolverines and Illini advanced to the third round. Illinois fell to Boston College, 4-1, in the third round, while third-seeded Michigan advanced to the "Elite Eight" after defeating Notre Dame. In the quarterfinal round, top-seeded Virginia defeated Michigan, 2-1. For more details on the Big Ten in the NCAA Tournament, click here.

Regular-Season Crown: Nebraska clinched the outright Big Ten Championship with a 3-1 victory over Indiana on Nov. 1, marking the first Big Ten title in Cornhusker history. Nebraska earned the No. 1 seed in the Big Ten Women's Soccer Tournament. For the full release, click here.

Big Ten Tournament Title: The top-seeded Nebraska women's soccer team won its first Big Ten Tournament Championship in school history after defeating No. 7 Iowa in the championship match. With the victory, the Cornhuskers earned the Big Ten's automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament. Nebraska also captured the Big Ten Championship, becoming the first No. 1 seed to win both the conference championship and tournament title since Penn State in 2008. For more coverage of the Big Ten Tournament, click here.

Where We Rank: Three Big Ten women's soccer teams appeared in the final NSCAA/NCAA Coaches' Poll: No. 6 Michigan, No. 13 Nebraska and No. 25 Illinois. Indiana and Penn State also received votes in the final top 25 poll.

End-of-Year Awards: The Big Ten Conference announced the 2013 women's soccer All-Big Ten teams and individual honors on Nov. 5, with Big Ten Champion Nebraska earning three accolades. The Cornhuskers' Jordan Jackson was named Midfielder of the Year, Ari Romero was selected as Defender of the Year and John Walker claimed Coach of the Year honors. Illinois' Jannelle Flaws was named Forward of the Year, while Minnesota's Tarah Hobbs was tabbed Goalkeeper of the Year. Wisconsin's Rose Lavelle was named Freshman of the Year. For a complete listing of postseason honors and the All-Big Ten teams, click here.

All-America Accolades: Four Big Ten women's soccer players earned NSCAA/NCAA All-America Team accolades. Michigan's Nkem Ezurike received a first-team nod, while Nebraska's Big Ten Defender of the Year Ari Romero, Michigan's Meghan Toohey and Penn State's Maya Hayes were second-team All-Americans. For more information on the Big Ten's representation on the All-America teams, click here.

Regional Recognition: Twenty-four Big Ten women's soccer players were named to the NCAA Division I Women's All-Great Lakes Region team, including 10 on the first team, nine on the second team and five on the third team. Penn State had five players named to the All-Great Lakes Region team, Michigan and Nebraska had four student-athletes earn recognition and three Iowa student-athletes earned spots on the teams. For more information on the All-Region teams, click here.

Final National Stats: Numerous Big Ten players appeared among the leaders in the final statistics during the 2013 season. Illinois' Jannelle Flaws scored 23 goals in the season, tying for first in the nation. Wisconsin's Kinley McNicoll's 13 assists and Michigan's Taylor Bucklin's goals-against average of .476 both rank eighth in the country. For complete national rankings, click here.

Head of the Class: Following the conclusion of the fall season, the Big Ten recognized a total of 869 fall sports student-athletes who have been named to the Academic All-Conference team, which included 153 women's soccer players. 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. At least 20 student-athletes maintained unblemished cumulative GPAs, including women's soccer players Sarah Mazur of Iowa, Katie Kraeutner from Nebraska and Nandi Mehta of Northwestern. For the complete Academic All-Big Ten release, click here.

Big Ten Men's Soccer Season in Review

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The Big Ten enjoyed a successful 2013 men's soccer season that concluded with five teams earning bids to the NCAA Tournament. Penn State earned the regular season title, while Indiana won the Big Ten Tournament.

NCAA Tournament: Indiana, Michigan State, Northwestern, Penn State and Wisconsin all earned berths to the 2013 NCAA Division I Men's Soccer Championship, marking the fourth time in the last six years the Big Ten has earned five NCAA Tournament bids. The Nittany Lions and Badgers advanced to the second round after winning their opening games, while the Spartans earned a first-round bye. Michigan State edged Louisville, 1-0, in double overtime and Penn State defeated UC Santa Barbara, 1-0, continuing to the third round of the NCAA Tournament. The Spartans defeated Georgetown, 1-0, to advance to the quarterfinals but fell to the eventual national champion, Notre Dame. For more on the NCAA Tournament, click here.  

Regular-Season Crown: Penn State clinched the outright Big Ten Championship with a 2-1 double-overtime win over Northwestern on Oct. 27, marking its second-consecutive title and fifth overall. With the win, the Nittany Lions earned a first-round bye in the Big Ten Tournament. For the complete release, click here.

Big Ten Tournament Title: Fifth-seeded Indiana won its 12th Big Ten Tournament Championship in school history after defeating third-seeded Michigan State, 1-0, in the championship game. The defending national champion Hoosiers earned the Big Ten's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. For more information on the Big Ten Men's Soccer Tournament, click here.

Where We Rank: Three Big Ten men's soccer teams appeared in the final NSCAA/NCAA Coaches' Poll: No. 7 Michigan State, No. 16 Penn State and No. 19 Wisconsin. For the complete top 25 poll, click here.

End-of-Year Awards: The Big Ten announced the men's soccer postseason honors on Nov. 14, with four teams earning accolades. Wisconsin's Tomislav Zadro claimed Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year honors, while teammate AJ Cochran was tabbed Defensive Player of the Year. Tyler Arnone of Michigan was named Midfielder of the Year, and Indiana's Tommy Thompson was selected as Freshman of the Year. Penn State's Andrew Wolverton claimed Goalkeeper of the Year accolades, while Nittany Lion head coach Bob Warming was named Big Ten Coach of the Year. For more information on the postseason honors and the All-Big Ten teams, click here.

All-America Accolades: Two Big Ten men's soccer players were named to the NSCAA/NCAA Division I Men's All-America Teams. Wisconsin's AJ Cochran, the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, earned a first-team nod, while Michigan State's Kevin Cope, a unanimous first-team All-Big Ten defender, was named to the second team. For more on the NSCAA/NCAA All-America teams, click here.

Regional Recognition: Thirteen Big Ten men's soccer players were named to the NCAA Division I Men's All-Great Lakes Region team. Six student-athletes earned first-team nods, three were named to the second team and four earned third-team honors. Northwestern led the conference with four players earning All-Great Lakes Region recognition, while Michigan State and Wisconsin both had three student-athletes named to the teams. For the full list of conference players named to the All-Great Lakes Region team, click here.

Head of the Class: Following the conclusion of the fall season, the Big Ten recognized a total of 869 fall sports student-athletes that were named to the Academic All-Conference team, which included 81 men's soccer players. 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. For the complete Academic All-Big Ten release, click here.

Monday's Men's Hoops Result

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In its first game since Dec. 7, the Northwestern men's basketball team cruised to an 86-64 win over Mississippi Valley State at Welsh-Ryan Arena Monday night.

Monday, Dec. 16
Northwestern 86, Mississippi Valley State 64

Monday's Result

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Northwestern 84, Oral Roberts 54

Monday's Schedule

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Oral Roberts at Northwestern, Noon

Sunday's Results

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Indiana 51, IUPUI 45
Michigan State 80, Oakland 62
Cincinnati 64, Ohio State 49
Penn State 66, Texas A&M 58
Purdue 71, Kansas 68

Sunday's Schedule

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Indiana at IUPUI, 2 p.m.
Oakland at Michigan State, 2 p.m., BTDN
Ohio State at Cincinnati, 2 p.m.
#24/20 Texas A&M at #12/12 Penn State, 2 p.m., BTDN
#18/23 Purdue at Kansas, 3 p.m.

All times are ET

Saturday's Results

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Notre Dame 86, Michigan 64
Nebraska 63, Creighton 38
Northwestern 90, Loyola 57

Saturday's Men's Basketball Results

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On Saturday's Big Ten men's basketball slate, Michigan State, Nebraska, Ohio State and Wisconsin posted wins, while Michigan's upset bid against top-ranked Arizona fell just short.

Saturday, Dec. 14
#15/11 Oregon 71, Illinois 64 [29]
Notre Dame 79, Indiana 72 [27]
#1/1 Arizona 72, #-/25 Michigan 70
#5/5 Michigan State 67, Oakland 63 [26]
Nebraska 79, Arkansas State 67
Princeton 81, Penn State 79 [28]
Butler 76, Purdue 70 [27]
#3/2 Ohio State 79, North Dakota State 62 [25]
 #4/6 Wisconsin 86, Eastern Kentucky 61

[25] Gotham Classic (campus sites)
[26] Palace of Auburn Hills (Auburn Hills, Mich.)
[27] Crossroads Classic (Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Ind.)
[28] Rec Hall (University Park, Pa.)
[29] Portland Showcase (Rose Garden, Portland, Ore.)

Saturday's Results

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NCAA Championship Regional Finals
#2 PENN STATE def. #7 Stanford, 3-2
#12 WISCONSIN def. PURDUE, 3-1
#1 Texas def. #8 NEBRASKA, 3-0

Saturday's Hockey Results

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December 14
#4/4 Ferris State def. MICHIGAN STATE, 2-0
#15/15 WISCONSIN def. Colorado College, 4-3 (OT)

Rankings: USCHO.com and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine

Saturday's Hockey Schedule

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December 14
#4/4 Ferris State at MICHIGAN STATE - 7 p.m., XFINITY Channel 900
Colorado College at #15/15 WISCONSIN - 8 p.m.

All times are ET
Rankings: USCHO.com and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine

Saturday's Schedule

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Notre Dame at Michigan, 7 p.m., BTDN
Creighton at Nebraska, Noon, BTDN
Northwestern at Loyola, 3 p.m.

All times are ET

Saturday's Men's Basketball Schedule

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Nine games occupy the Big Ten men's basketball slate on Saturday, including #-/25 Michigan hosting top-ranked Arizona, Illinois taking on #15/11 Oregon, and Indiana and Purdue competing in the annual Crossroads Classic.

Saturday, Dec. 14
#1/1 Arizona at #-/25 Michigan, Noon (CBS)
Princeton at Penn State [28], 2 p.m. (BTN)
Eastern Kentucky at #4/6 Wisconsin, 1 p.m. (ESPN3)
Notre Dame vs. Indiana [27], 3:15 p.m. (ESPN)
#5/5 Michigan State at Oakland [26], 4 p.m. (ESPN2)
Arkansas State at Nebraska, 4 p.m. (BTN)
Butler vs. Purdue [27], 6 p.m. (BTN)
North Dakota State at #3/2 Ohio State [25], 8:15 p.m. (BTN)
#15/11 Oregon vs. Illinois [29], 9 p.m. (ESPN2)

[25] Gotham Classic (campus sites)
[26] Palace of Auburn Hills (Auburn Hills, Mich.)
[27] Crossroads Classic (Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Ind.)
[28] Rec Hall (University Park, Pa.)
[29] Portland Showcase (Rose Garden, Portland, Ore.)

All times Eastern.

Friday's Men's Basketball Result

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Iowa State outlasted Iowa at Hilton Coliseum on Friday, 85-82.

Friday, Dec. 13
#17/16 Iowa State 85, #23/22 IOWA 82

Friday's Results

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Ohio State 59, Army 56
Washington 80, Wisconsin 67

Saturday's Schedule

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NCAA Championship Regional Finals
#7 Stanford at #2 PENN STATE - 4 p.m. (Lexington, Ky.)
PURDUE vs. #12 WISCONSIN - 6:30 p.m. (Champaign, Ill.)
#1 Texas vs. #8 NEBRASKA - 9 p.m. (Lincoln, Neb.)

All times are ET
All games can be seen on ESPNU


Friday's Results

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NCAA Championship Regional Semifinals
#12 WISCONSIN def. Florida State, 3-1
#2 PENN STATE def. MICHIGAN STATE, 3-1
PURDUE def. #13 ILLINOIS, 3-0
#7 Stanford def. #10 MINNESOTA, 3-0
#8 NEBRASKA def. #9 San Diego, 3-0


Friday's Hockey Result

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December 13
#15/15 WISCONSIN def. Colorado College, 4-1

Rankings: USCHO.com and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine

Seven Big Ten Football Players Earn All-America Accolades

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 Seven Big Ten players earned All-America honors this week, including three first-team selections. A trio of Big Ten standouts were named to the Sporting News All-America team, including Michigan State defensive back Darqueze Dennard, Northwestern kicker Jeff Budzien and Penn State wide receiver Allen Robinson. Dennard was also named a first-team All-American by the Walter Camp Football Foundation, while Budzien, Michigan offensive lineman Taylor Lewan, Michigan State defensive lineman Shilique Calhoun and the Ohio State duo of offensive lineman Jack Mewhort and linebacker Ryan Shazier were tabbed for second-team laurels.

Seven

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Seven Big Ten players earned All-America honors this week, including three first-team selections. A trio of Big Ten standouts were named to the Sporting News All-America team, including Michigan State defensive back Darqueze Dennard, Northwestern kicker Jeff Budzien and Penn State wide receiver Allen Robinson. Dennard was also named a first-team All-American by the Walter Camp Football Foundation, while Budzien, Michigan offensive lineman Taylor Lewan, Michigan State defensive lineman Shilique Calhoun and the Ohio State duo of offensive lineman Jack Mewhort and linebacker Ryan Shazier were tabbed for second-team laurels.

Friday's Schedule

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Army at Ohio State, 7 p.m. ET, BTDN
Wisconsin at Washington, 10:30 p.m. ET

Three Players Named to Senior CLASS Award All-America Teams

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The 2013 Division I men's soccer Senior CLASS Award All-America Teams were announced Friday, with three Big Ten student-athletes earning second-team nods.

Indiana's A.J. Corrado earned second-team honors after helping the Hoosiers win the Big Ten Tournament title. He scored three goals to go along with seven assists and was named second-team All-Big Ten.

Kevin Cope of Michigan State was named to the second team after contributing to a backline that helped the Spartans lead the Big Ten in fewest goals allowed (17). He scored two goals and collected two assists in helping lead Michigan State to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament.

Northwestern's Chris Ritter collected 15 points, scoring five goals and adding five assists. He helped the Wildcats advance to the NCAA Tournament for the eighth time and was also named to the All-Big Ten first team.

Two Big Ten men's soccer players were named to the NSCAA/NCAA Division I Men's All-America Teams, it was announced Friday. Wisconsin's AJ Cochran earned a first-team nod, while Michigan State's Kevin Cope was named to the second team.

Cochran, the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, led a backline that held opposing offenses to 1.29 goals per game. Starting all 21 matches, he scored three goals and was a first-team All-Big Ten selection. Cochran helped the Badgers extend the nation's longest home unbeaten streak to 14 straight contests.

Cope, who was a unanimous first-team All-Big Ten defender, contributed to a backline that allowed the fewest goals (17) in the Big Ten. He scored two goals and collected two assists during the season, helping the Spartans advance to the "Elite Eight" of the NCAA Tournament.

Six Teams Appear in CSCAA Top 25 Poll

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Six Big Ten men's swimming & diving teams are ranked among the top 25 in the most recent College Swimming Coaches Association of America poll. Michigan tops the poll at No. 1, followed by No. 11 Ohio State, No. 13 Minnesota and No. 16 Indiana. Penn State and Iowa are ranked No. 19 and No. 21, respectively.

For the complete poll, click here.

Friday's Hockey Schedule

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December 13
Colorado College at #15/15 WISCONSIN - 7:30 p.m., NBC Sports

All times are ET
Rankings: USCHO.com and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine

Weekend Schedule

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Friday, Dec. 13
NEBRASKA at Northern Iowa - 4 p.m. ET
IOWA at Iowa State - 7 p.m. ET

Saturday, Dec. 14
NEBRASKA at Nebraska-Omaha - 3 p.m. ET

MSU's Dennard Named Thorpe Award Winner

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Michigan State senior cornerback Darqueze Dennard was named the winner of the 2013 Jim Thorpe Award, as announced on the Home Depot College Football Awards Show on ESPN from the Atlantic Dance Hall on Disney's BoardWalk. Dennard is the first Spartan to win the award, which has been awarded annually since 1986 to the nation's best defensive back. 

He leads the 12-1 Spartans in passes defended (14), pass break-ups (10) and interceptions (4) and ranks fourth on the team in tackles (59) and fifth in production points (189). Dennard has been credited with 2.5 tackles for losses (6 yards) and ranks among the Big Ten leaders in interceptions (tied for third) and passes defended (tied for seventh at 1.08 per game). He helps anchor a defensive unit that ranks among the NCAA top 10 in seven different stat categories: rushing defense (first at 80.8 yards per game), total defense (first at 248.2 ypg.), opponent third-down conversions (first at .277; 53-of-191), passing efficiency defense (second with 91.5 rating), scoring defense (fourth at 12.7 points per game), turnover margin (seventh at +1.1 per game) and passing defense (sixth at 167.4 ypg.). The Spartans have been ranked No. 1 in the nation in total defense for 13 consecutive weeks.

Dennard is the sixth Big Ten standout to claim the Thorpe Award, joining previous winners in Michigan's Charles Woodson (1997), Minnesota's Tyrone Carter (1999), Ohio State's Antoine Winfield (1998) and Malcolm Jenkins (2008) and Wisconsin's Jamar Fletcher (2000).


 

Friday's Schedule

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NCAA Championship Regional Semifinals
Florida State vs. #12 WISCONSIN - 5 p.m. (Champaign, Ill.)
MICHIGAN STATE vs. #2 PENN STATE - 5 p.m. (Lexington, Ky.)
PURDUE vs. #13 ILLINOIS - 7 p.m. (Champaign, Ill.)
#7 Stanford vs. #10 MINNESOTA - 7 p.m. (Lexington, Ky.)
#9 San Diego vs. #8 NEBRASKA - 8 p.m. (Lincoln, Neb.)

All times are ET
All matches are available on ESPN3

Weekend Schedule

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Friday, Dec. 13 - Saturday, Dec. 14
INDIANA at Hoosier Open - Bloomington, Ind.

Weekend Schedule

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Friday, Dec. 13 - Saturday, Dec. 14
INDIANA at Hoosier Open - Bloomington, Ind.

Thursday's Result

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Iowa State 83, Iowa 70

Six Big Ten Teams Ranked in GymInfo Preseason Poll

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Six Big Ten women's gymnastics squads appear in the 2014 GymInfo Preseason Coaches' Poll, released on Thursday. Michigan checks in at No. 7, followed by No. 10 Nebraska, No. 14 Minnesota and No. 15 Penn State. Illinois and Ohio State round out the Big Ten's representation in the preseason poll at No. 16 and No. 19, respectively.

For the complete preseason poll, click here.

All Seven Squads Appear in GymInfo Preseason Poll

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All seven Big Ten men's gymnastics teams are ranked in the 2014 GymInfo Preseason Coaches' Poll, released on Thursday. Michigan tops the poll after winning the national title last season, followed by No. 4 Ohio State. Penn State and Illinois enter the season tied at No. 5, followed by No. 8 Iowa, No. 9 Minnesota and No. 10 Nebraska.

For the complete preseason poll, click here.

Six Teams Appear in CSCAA Top 25 Poll

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In the most recent College Swimming Coaches Association of America women's swimming & diving poll, six Big Ten teams are ranked among the top 25. Indiana leads the way at No. 11, followed by No. 12 Minnesota, No. 17 Penn State and No. 18 Ohio State. Purdue and Michigan are ranked No. 20 and No. 24, respectively.

All 12 squads will compete in the Big Ten Championships in Minneapolis, beginning Feb. 19.

For the complete rankings, click here.

Thursday's Schedule

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#21/24 Iowa at #17/11 Iowa State, 8 p.m. ET

 Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller was named the winner of the Chicago Tribune Silver Football, awarded annually since 1924 to the Big Ten's top player, to become just the fourth player in conference history to be honored twice. The Buckeyes junior averaged 263 yards of total offense per game and accounted for 32 total touchdowns while leading Ohio State to 12 wins, a second straight outright Leaders Division title, a berth in the Big Ten Football Championship Game and a spot in the Discover Orange Bowl on Jan. 3. Miller was named the Big Ten Graham-George Offensive Player of the Year and Griese-Brees Quarterback of the Year for the second consecutive season. The Silver Football was first awarded in 1924 to Illinois Hall of Famer Red Grange and has been given to the Big Ten's top player on an annual basis ever since. Only three other conference standouts have been honored twice - Minnesota halfback Paul Giel in 1952 and 1953, Ohio State halfback Archie Griffin in 1973 and 1974 and Indiana tailback Anthony Thompson in 1988 and 1989.

Penn State volleyball player Katie Slay has been named the Capital One Academic All-America of the Year, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). A communications sciences and disorders major with a 3.64 GPA, Slay is the fourth different Penn State volleyball player to be named as the Academic All-America of the Year and the first since Megan Hodge in 2009. Slay is a three-time All-Big Ten and academic All-Big Ten selection. Michigan State's Kristen Kelsay was also honored by CoSIDA, as she was named to the Academic All-America third team.

For the complete release from CoSIDA, click here.


Weekend Schedule

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Thursday, Dec. 12
Buffalo at #3 IOWA - Iowa City, Iowa (BTDN)

Saturday, Dec. 14
Manchester at INDIANA - Bloomington, Ind. (BTDN)
MICHIGAN STATE at Northern Iowa Open - Cedar Falls, Iowa

Sunday, Dec. 15
Central Michigan at #19 MICHIGAN - Ann Arbor, Mich.
SIUE at NORTHWESTERN - Evanston, Ill.
#7 OHIO STATE at #1 PENN STATE - University Park, Pa. (BTN)
#21 PURDUE vs. Chattanooga - Lawrenceville, Ga.


Weekly Award Wrap-Up

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Twenty Big Ten student-athletes in eight different sports collected awards from the conference office during the week of Dec. 9. Below is the complete list of honorees.

Men's Basketball
Player of the Week - LaQuinton Ross, OSU
Freshman of the Week - Noah Vonleh, IND

Women's Basketball
Player & Freshman of the Week - Amanda Zahui B.
Player of the Week Honor Roll - Larryn Brooks, IND; Melissa Dixon, IOWA; Jordan Hooper, NEB

Hockey
First Star - Nic Kerdiles, WIS
Second Star - Jake Hildebrand, MSU
Third Star - Justin Kloos, MINN

Men's Indoor Track & Field
Track Athlete of the Week - Brandon Winters, PUR
Field Athlete of the Week - Chukwuebuka Enekwechi, PUR

Women's Indoor Track & Field
Track Athlete of the Week - Megan Plenus, PUR
Field Athlete of the Week - Dani Bunch, PUR

Men's Swimming & Diving
Swimmer of the Week - Dylan Bosch, MICH
Diver of the Week - Addison Boschult, IOWA
Freshman of the Week - Daryl Turner, MINN

Women's Swimming & Diving
Swimmer of the Week - Lindsay Vrooman, IND
Diver of the Week - Anna Filipcic, NEB
Freshman of the Week - Gia Dalesandro, IND

Wrestling
Wrestler of the Week - Johnni DiJulius, OSU

Wednesday's Results

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Indiana 87, Milwaukee 68
Michigan 89, Eastern Michigan 75
South Dakota State 83, Penn State 79

Wednesday's Hockey Result

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December 11
#3/3 MICHIGAN ties #4/4 Ferris State, 2-2

Rankings: USCHO.com and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine

Wednesday's Men's Basketball Results

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Ohio State defeated Bryant, Penn State pulled away from host Duquesne and Wisconsin upended Milwaukee on Wednesday's Big Ten men's basketball slate.

Wednesday, Dec. 11
#3/2 Ohio State 86, Bryant 48 [25]
Penn State 68, Duquesne 59 
#4/6 Wisconsin 78, Milwaukee 52

[25] Gotham Classic (campus sites)

Wednesday's Schedule

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Milwaukee at Indiana, 7 p.m., BTDN
Eastern Michigan at Michigan, 7 p.m., BTDN
#12/12 Penn State at South Dakota State, 8 p.m.

All times are ET

Wednesday's Hockey Schedule

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December 11
#4/4 Ferris State at #3/3 MICHIGAN - 7 p.m., FS Detroit Plus/Fox College Sports Atlantic

All times are ET
Rankings: USCHO.com and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine

Thirteen Big Ten men's soccer players were named to the NCAA Division I Men's All-Great Lakes Region team, including six on the first team.

Indiana's Jacob Bushue was a third-team selection after helping the Hoosiers win their 12th Big Ten Tournament Championship. He was also a second-team All-Big Ten pick. 

Tyler Arnone of Michigan was named to the first team after scoring two goals and collecting five assists. The Big Ten Midfielder of the Year was also a first-team All-Big Ten pick and was named to the Big Ten All-Tournament Team.

Michigan State's Kevin Cope was a first-team all-region pick, Jay Chapman was a second-team selection and Tim Kreutz was named to the third team. Cope scored two goals and collected two assists, while Chapman tallied 18 points during the season, including three goals and eight assists. Kreutz started all 23 matches, scoring nine goals and tallying five assists. All three student-athletes earned first-team All-Big Ten honors. The Spartans advanced to the "Elite Eight" of the NCAA Tournament.

Northwestern's Joey Calistri was a named to the first team, Tyler Miller and Chris Ritter were second team selections and Nikko Boxall was a third-team all-region pick. Calistri led the Big Ten with 28 points, including 12 goals and four assists, while Miller posted eight shutouts. Ritter tallied five goals, including three game-winners, while Boxall contributed to a backline that helped the Wildcats post nine shutouts.

Andrew Wolverton of Penn State was a first-team all-region choice after collecting 76 saves and posting eight shutouts. The Big Ten Goalkeeper of the Year led the Nittany Lions to the Big Ten Championship and the quarterfinal round of the NCAA Tournament.

Wisconsin's AJ Cochran and Tomislav Zadro were both named to the Great Lakes All-Region first team, while Nick Janus was a third-team selection. Cochran, the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, anchored a backline that helped Wisconsin shut out seven opponents, and he also scored three goals. Zadro was named the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year after scoring four goals and collecting eight assists, while Janus scored nine goals and recorded three assists. The Badgers advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

First Team
Tyler Arnone, MICH
Kevin Cope, MSU
Joey Calistri, NU
Andrew Wolverton, PSU
AJ Cochran, WIS
Tomislav Zadro, WIS

Second Team
Jay Chapman, MSU
Tyler Miller, NU
Chris Ritter, NU

Third Team
Jacob Bushue, IND
Tim Kreutz, MSU
Nikko Boxall, NU
Nick Janus, WIS

Wednesday's Men's Basketball Schedule

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Ohio State, Penn State and Wisconsin are in action on Wednesday, including the #3/2 Buckeyes hosting Bryant on BTN beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 11
Penn State at Duquesne, 7 p.m.  
Bryant at #3/2 Ohio State [25], 7:30 p.m. (BTN)
Milwaukee at #4/6 Wisconsin, 8 p.m. (BTDN)

All times ET

Big Ten in the NFL - Week 14

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Mike Adams, S, Denver Broncos (Ohio State) - Recorded six tackles, including five solo, in Denver's 51-28 defeat of Tennessee

Prince Amukamara, CB, New York Giants (Nebraska)
- Notched six tackles, including five solo, in the Giants' 37-14 loss to the Chargers

Alan Ball, CB, Jacksonville Jaguars (Illinois) -
Posted four tackles, an interception and a pass deflection in the Jaguars' 27-20 win over the Texans

Montee Ball, RB, Denver Broncos (Wisconsin) -
Rushed the ball 15 times for 77 yards and one touchdown in Denver's 51-28 win over Tennessee

NaVorro Bowman, LB, San Francisco 49ers (Penn State)
- Led the team with nine tackles, one sack and one forced fumble in San Francisco's 19-17 win over Seattle

Zack Bowman, CB, Chicago Bears (Nebraska) -
Recorded eight tackles and one pass deflection in Chicago's 45-28 win over Dallas

Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots (Michigan)
- Threw for 418 yards on 32-for-52 passing and two touchdowns in the Patriots' 27-26 victory over the Browns

Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans Saints (Purdue) - Threw for 313 yards on 30-of-42 passing and four touchdowns in New Orleans' 31-13 win over Carolina

Lavonte David, LB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Nebraska) - Led the team with nine tackles, two interceptions, two pass deflections and one sack in Tampa Bay's 27-6 win over Buffalo

Eric Decker, WR, Denver Broncos (Minnesota) - Caught eight passes for 117 yards and a touchdown in Denver's 51-28 win over Tennessee

William Gholston, DE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Michigan State)
- Notched four tackles, including one for loss, 1.5 sacks and one pass deflection in the Bucs' 26-6 victory over the Bills

Robbie Gould, PK, Chicago Bears (Penn State) - Scored 13 points, including three field goals and four extra-points in Chicago's 45-28 win over Dallas

Garrett Graham, TE, Houston Texans (Wisconsin) - Caught eight passes for 73 yards and one touchdown in Houston's 27-20 loss to Jacksonville

Shonn Greene, RB, Tennessee Titans (Iowa) - Rushed for 46 yards and two touchdowns in the Titans' 51-28 loss to the Broncos

Chad Greenway, LB, Minnesota Vikings (Iowa)
- Registered 11 tackles, an interception and a pass deflection in the Vikings' 29-26 loss to the Ravens

Tamba Hali, LB, Kansas City (Penn State) - Recorded six tackles, including five solo, in the Chiefs' 45-10 win over the Redskins

David Harris, LB, New York Jets (Michigan) - Led the team with eight tackles, including five solo, in the Jets' 37-27 win over the Raiders

Brian Hartline, WR, Miami Dolphins (Ohio State) - Caught five passes for 51 yards and one touchdown in Miami's 34-28 win over Pittsburgh

A.J. Hawk, LB, Green Bay Packers (Ohio State) - Notched four tackles and one pass deflection in the Packers' 22-21 win over the Falcons

Chad Henne, QB, Jacksonville Jaguars (Michigan) - Passed for two touchdowns and zero interceptions in the Jaguars' 27-20 defeat of the Texans

Cameron Heyward, DE, Pittsburgh Steelers (Ohio State) - Notched a team-high 10 tackles, including seven solo, one sack and one pass deflection in Pittsburgh's 34-28 loss to Miami

Santonio Holmes, WR, New York Jets (Ohio State) - Caught three passes for 55 yards in the Jets' 37-27 victory over the Raiders

Micah Hyde, CB, Green Bay Packers (Iowa) - Tallied five tackles, including four solo, in Green Bay's 22-21 victory over Atlanta

Malcolm Jenkins, S, New Orleans Saints (Ohio State) - Registered nine tackles, including six solo, in the Saints' 31-13 win over the Panthers

Ryan Kerrigan, LB, Washington Redskins (Purdue) - Notched eight tackles, including seven solo, in the Redskins' 45-10 loss to the Chiefs

James Laurinaitis, LB, St. Louis Rams (Ohio State) - Recorded five tackles and one pass deflection in the Rams' 30-10 loss to the Cardinals

Sean Lee, LB, Dallas Cowboys (Penn State) - Tallied six tackles in the Cowboys' 45-28 loss to the Bears

Keshawn Martin, WR, Houston Texans (Michigan State) - Notched four receptions, including a touchdown catch, in Houston's 27-20 loss to Jacksonville

Matt McGloin, QB, Oakland Raiders (Penn State) - Threw for 245 yards on 18-of-31 passing and two touchdowns in the Raider's 37-27 loss to the Jets

Rashard Mendenhall, RB, Arizona Cardinals (Illinois) - Ran for 41 yards and a touchdown in Arizona's 30-10 defeat of St. Louis

Brandon Meyers, TE, New York Giants (Iowa) - Reeled in four passes and a touchdown reception in the Giants' 37-14 loss to the Chargers

Mike Neal, DE, Green Bay Packers (Purdue) - Recorded one forced fumble and one tackle in Green Bay's 22-21 win over Atlanta

Rob Ninkovich, DL, New England Patriots (Purdue) - Registered seven tackles and one sack in the Patriots' 27-26 win over the Browns

Bernard Pollard, S, Tennessee Titans (Purdue) - Totaled seven solo tackles and three pass deflections in Tennessee's 51-28 loss to Denver

Paul Posluszny, LB, Jacksonville Jaguars (Penn State) - Recorded a team-high 13 tackles, including 10 solo, in Jacksonville's 27-20 defeat of Houston

Andrew Quarless, TE, Green Bay Packers (Penn State) - Caught six passes for 66 yards and one touchdown in Green Bay's 22-21 win over Atlanta

Nick Roach, LB, Oakland Raiders (Northwestern) - Led the team with nine tackles, including eight solo, one forced fumble and one pass deflection in the Raiders' 37-27 loss to the Jets

Marcus Sherels, CB, Minnesota Vikings (Minnesota) - Tallied five tackles, an interception and a pass deflection in the Vikings' 29-26 loss to Baltimore

Ndamukong Suh, DT, Detroit Lions (Nebraska) - Registered a team-high 10 tackles, including seven solo, in Detroit's 34-20 loss to Philadelphia

Cameron Wake, DE, Miami Dolphins (Penn State) - Recorded three solo tackles, one sack and one forced fumble in the Dolphins' 34-28 win over the Steelers

J.J. Watt, DE, Houston Texans (Wisconsin) - Registered three solo tackles and one pass deflection in Houston's 27-29 loss to Jacksonville

Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle Seahawks (Wisconsin) - Threw for 199 yards on 15-of-25 passing and one touchdown in the Seahawks' 19-17 loss to the 49ers

Charles Woodson, S, Oakland Raiders (Michigan) - Notched five tackles, including four solo, in the Raiders' 37-27 loss to the Jets

Penn State's Urschel Earns William V. Campbell Trophy

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Penn State standout John Urschel was named the recipient of the prestigious William V. Campbell Trophy at the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame's 56th annual celebration of college football. A two-time first-team All-Big Ten honoree, Urschel is the first Penn State student-athlete to win the Campbell Trophy, which was first presented in 1990. The William V. Campbell Trophy, endowed by HealthSouth, is presented to the nation's premier college football Scholar-Athlete. A two-time first-team Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-American, Urschel will receive a total of $25,000 for post-graduate work.

A 4.0 grade-point average student for Bill O'Brien's squad, Urschel was the 17th Nittany Lion to be selected a Hall of Fame Scholar-Athlete. He follows another standout offensive lineman and first-team Academic All-American, Stefen Wisniewski (2010), on the distinguished list. Penn State is tied for third in the nation with its 17 Scholar-Athlete recipients. Nebraska (22) and Ohio State (20) are the only schools with more honorees than the Nittany Lions. The Foundation's National Scholar-Athlete Awards are awarded on an annual basis to a select group of college football players in their senior year of eligibility who have demonstrated outstanding academic success, strong leadership, citizenship and superior football performance.       
 
Urschel is the first Big Ten student-athlete since 2003 to win the Campbell Trophy and the fifth overall from a current Big Ten institution. Other Campbell Trophy winners from current Big Ten schools are the Nebraska duo of Robert Zatechka (1994) and Kyle Vanden Bosch (2000) and the Ohio State pair of Bobby Hoying (1995) and Craig Krenzel (2003).
   
A 6-3, 301-pound guard, Urschel has established himself as one of the nation's exceptional football student-athletes. A starter in all 24 games the past two seasons and the anchor of the offensive line, he has earned a 4.0 grade-point average during his Penn State career and was among seven of the 171 Scholar-Athlete nominees with a 4.0 GPA from all NCAA and NAIA divisions. Elected a 2013 co-captain, Urschel is among the eight Nittany Lions who had earned their degrees prior to the season. Urschel graduated with a 4.0 grade-point average in math in three years, earned his master's degree in math in one year, and is working on a second master's, in math education while maintaining his 4.0 GPA. Urschel plans to pursue a Ph.D. upon completion of his football career. 

Urschel has taught a section of Math 232 - Integral Vector Calculus - this semester on the University Park campus, in addition to his academic and football responsibilities. He taught a section of Math 041 - Trigonometry and Analytic Geometry - during the 2013 spring semester. Urschel has participated in the Penn State Lift for Life, THON events, the Relay for Life and the Special Olympics Pennsylvania State Summer Games during his collegiate career. a paper written by Urschel titled, "Instabilities of the Sun-Jupiter-Asteroid Three Body Problem" was published in 2012 in the journal, Celestial Mechanics and Dynamic Astronomy. He has a second paper accepted for publication, "A Space-Time Multigrid Method for the Numerical Valuation of Barrier Options" in the journal, Communications in Mathematical Finance, and has written two additional papers that will be submitted soon for consideration to be published.

Tuesday's Men's Basketball Results

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The Big Ten went 3-0 on Tuesday, with Illinois, Indiana and Minnesota posting wins. Minnesota's Austin Hollins became the fifth Big Ten player this season to eclipse the 1,000-point plateau.

Tuesday, Dec. 10
Illinois 72, Dartmouth 65
Indiana 81, Oakland 54
Minnesota 75, South Dakota State 59

Tuesday's Result

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Gonzaga 70, Wisconsin 55

Tuesday's Schedule

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#23/22 Gonzaga at Wisconsin, 8 p.m. ET, BTDN

Four Teams Ranked in AP and USA Today Coaches Polls

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Where We Rank: Four Big Ten teams appear among the top 25 of the latest national rankings, according to the Associated Press (AP) and the USA Today Coaches polls. In the latest AP vote, Penn State paces all conference teams at No. 12, with Purdue and Nebraska appearing at Nos. 18 and 19, respectively. Iowa jumps four spots to No. 21 this week, with Michigan State also receiving votes from the media. In the coaches rankings, the Lady Lions are ranked 12th, followed by Nebraska at No. 16, Purdue is ranked 23rd and Iowa appears at No. 24.

Michigan State defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi was named the winner of the Broyles Award, given annually to the top assistant coach in college football. Narduzzi led a Spartans defense that ended the regular season topping the country in total and rushing defense, while ranking fourth in scoring defense. Michigan State stands at 12-1 after winning the Big Ten Football Championship Game and is headed to the Rose Bowl Game for the first time since the 1987 season. The Broyles Award honors the top assistant college football coach in America and was established in 1996 to honor legendary Arkansas Head Coach Frank Broyles. Coach Broyles had a track record of producing some of the most successful assistant coaches in college football history. Big Ten assistant coaches have claimed the Broyles Award on two previous occasions - Michigan defensive coordinator Jim Herrmann in 1997 and Ohio State defensive coordinator Jim Heacock in 2007.

Big Ten Reels in AVCA Regional Awards

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Big Ten volleyball standouts collected numerous AVCA Division I Regional Awards on Tuesday, with 31 players earning All-Region honors and two coaches tabbed Coach of the Year in their respective region. Big Ten student-athletes made up all 14 spots on the North Region team, while conference players took 12 of the 14 spots on the Northeast Region team and five were named honorable mention selections. Minnesota head coach Hugh McCutcheon earned North Region Coach of the Year recognition, while Penn State's Russ Rose took home Northeast Region Coach of the Year honors. Freshmen Kadie Rolfzen of Nebraska and Lauren Carlini of Wisconsin were tabbed Freshman of the Year in the North and Northeast Regions, respectively. Nebraska and Penn State led the way with five honorees each, while Purdue had four. The complete list of Big Ten standouts that garnered All-Region recognition can be found below.

NORTH REGION
Jennifer Cross, MICH
Lexi Dannemiller, MICH
Molly Toon, MICH
Alexis Mathews, MSU
Kori Moster, MSU
Lauren Wicinski, MSU
Tori Dixon, MINN
Adrianna Nora, MINN
Ashley Wittman, MINN
Meghan Haggerty, NEB
Mary Pollmiller, NEB
Kelsey Robinson, NEB
Kadie Rolfzen, NEB
Stephanie Holthus, NU

Honorable Mention: Cecilia Hall, NEB; Caleigh Ryan, NU
Freshman of the Year: Kadie Rolfzen, NEB
Coach of the Year: Hugh McCutcheon, MINN

NORTHEAST REGION
Jennifer Beltran, ILL
Jocelynn Birks, ILL
Kaitlyn Leary, OSU
Nia Grant, PSU
Micha Hancock, PSU
Deja McClendon, PSU
Ariel Scott, PSU
Katie Slay, PSU
KiKi Jones, PUR
Val Nichol, PUR
Lauren Carlini, WIS
Ellen Chapman, WIS

Honorable Mention: Liz McMahon, ILL; Carly Cramer and Catherine Rebarchak, PUR
Freshman of the Year: Lauren Carlini, WIS
Coach of the Year: Russ Rose, PSU

For the full list of regional award winners, click HERE


Ranking the Wrestlers

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Big Ten wrestling boasts 68 ranked wrestlers in the InterMat College Rankings, released on Tuesday. Eight grapplers hold No. 1 rankings in their respective weight classes and the Big Ten boasts the top three squads in the team rankings. The complete breakdown of ranked Big Ten squads and wrestlers can be found below.

Team
1. Minnesota
2. Penn State
3. Iowa
6. Ohio State
T7. Nebraska
T9. Northwestern
11. Illinois
T15. Michigan
T24. Indiana
26. Wisconsin
T-41. Michigan State
T-52. Purdue

125
1. Jesse Delgado, ILL
3. Nico Megaludis, PSU
4. Cory Clark, IOWA
12. Tim Lambert, NEB
14. Ryan Taylor, WIS
19. Nick Roberts, OSU

133
3. Tony Ramos, IOWA
6. Johnni DiJulius, OSU
8. Tyler Graff, WIS
10. David Thorn, MINN
13. Zane Richards, ILL
15. Jimmy Gulibon, PSU
17. Rossi Bruno, MICH
18. Dom Malone, NU

141

1. Logan Stieber, OSU
4. Chris Dardanes, MINN
8. Zain Retherford, PSU
10. Josh Dziewa, IOWA
18. Anthony Abidin, NEB

149
1. Nick Dardanes, MINN
2. Jason Tsirtsis, NU
6. Jake Sueflohn, NEB
7. Andrew Alton, PSU
14. Eric Grajales, MICH
15. Caleb Ervin, ILL
19. Ian Paddock, OSU

157
1. Derek St. John, IOWA
3. Dylan Ness, MINN
4. James Green, NEB
5. Dylan Alton, PSU
7. Taylor Walsh, IND
9. Isaac Jordan, WIS
15. Zac Brunson, ILL
16. Brian Murphy, MICH

165
1. David Taylor, PSU
4. Nick Moore, IOWA
8. Dan Yates, MICH
10. Jackson Morse, ILL
13. Pierce Harger, NU
16. Austin Wilson, NEB
19. Danny Zilverberg, MINN

174
3. Matt Brown, PSU
4. Robert Kokesh, NEB
5. Logan Storley, MINN
6. Mike Evans, IOWA
9. Lee Munster, NU
16. Tony Dallago, ILL

184

1. Ed Ruth, PSU
2. Ethen Lofthouse, IOWA
4. Kevin Steinhaus, MINN
11. TJ Dudley, NEB
12. Kenny Courts, OSU
13. Max Huntley, MICH

197
1. Scott Schiller, MINN
3. Morgan McIntosh, PSU
5. Nick Heflin, OSU
7. Mario Gonzalez, ILL
10. Nathan Burak, IOWA
16. Alex Polizzi, NU
19. Braden Atwood, PUR

Hwt
1. Tony Nelson, MINN
2. Mike McMullan, NU
3. Bobby Telford, IOWA
4. Adam Coon, MICH
8. Adam Chalfant, IND
9. Michael McClure, MSU
10. Connor Medbery, WIS
12. Jimmy Lawson, PSU









In The Wrestling Polls

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Ten Big Ten wrestling teams are ranked in this week's USA Today/NWCA/AWN Division I Coaches poll, with five conference squads earning top 10 status. Penn State, Minnesota and Iowa top the poll at No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3, respectively. Ohio State is ranked No. 7, followed by No. 9 Nebraska, No. 11 Illinois, No. 16 Northwestern, No. 19 Michigan and No. 21 Purdue and No. 22 Wisconsin.

For the complete ranking, click here.



2013 Big Ten Field Hockey Season in Review

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The Big Ten enjoyed a successful 2013 field hockey season highlighted by two teams earning bids to the NCAA Field Hockey Championship. Northwestern and Penn State were crowned Big Ten co-Champions and Michigan State won the Big Ten Tournament title.

NCAA Bound: Two Big Ten teams competed in the NCAA Field Hockey Championships, as Michigan State and Penn State earned berths in the field. The Spartans participated in a play-in game and upset second-seeded Syracuse in the first round, before falling in the quarterfinals to eventual national champion Connecticut. The Nittany Lions lost a heartbreaker to Princeton in the opening round. For more on the NCAA Tournament, click HERE.

We Are The Champions: Northwestern and Penn State ended the regular season with matching 5-1 conference marks to finish the year as Big Ten co-Champions. The crown marked the second in a row for the Nittany Lions and seventh overall. The Big Ten Championship was the sixth for the Wildcats and first since 1994. For the complete releases, click HERE and HERE.

Tournament Titans: Third-seeded Michigan State claimed the Big Ten Tournament Championship on Sunday, Nov. 10th. The Spartans defeated fifth-seeded Iowa, 3-2, in the title match. The crown marked Michigan State's fourth Big Ten Tournament title and first since 2009. Spartan Abby Barker was tabbed Tournament MVP. For more on the Big Ten Field Hockey Tournament, click HERE.

Where We Rank: Four Big Ten field hockey teams appeared in the final Penn Monto/NFHCA Coaches Poll. Penn State came in at No. 9, followed by No. 17 Northwestern, No. 19 Iowa and No. 20 Michigan State. For the complete poll, click HERE.

And The Awards Go To: The Big Ten Conference announced its 2013 field hockey All-Big Ten teams and individual award winners on Nov. 7, with Iowa, Michigan Northwestern and Penn State collecting individual honors. Wolverine Rachael Mack was tabbed Player of the Year, and was a unanimous selection for Offensive Player of the Year. Nittany Lion Brittany Grzywacz was a unanimous pick for Defensive Player of the Year. Hawkeye Stephanie Norlander picked up Freshman of the Year accolades and Wildcat head coach Tracey Fuchs earned Coach of the Year recognition. For the complete release, click HERE.

All-America Honors: Nine Big Ten field hockey players were tabbed 2013 Longstreth/NFHCA All-Americans. Big Ten Player of the Year Rachael Mack of Michigan was tabbed a first-team selection, while Iowa's Natalie Cafone, Northwestern's Nikki Parsley, and Penn State's Laura Gebhart and Brittany Grzywacz were second-team picks. Indiana's Audra Heilman, Iowa's Dani Hemeon, Michigan State's Abby Barker and Northwestern's Tara Puffenberger claimed third-team honors. For more on the Longstreth/NFHCA All-Americans, click HERE.

Regional Recognition: Twenty-one Big Ten field hockey players were named to the 2013 Longstreth/NFHCA All-Region Teams. Thirteen student-athletes were tabbed first-team selections, led by Big Ten co-champions Northwestern and Penn State with three honorees each. The full list of conference players named to the All-Region Teams can be found HERE.

Best in the West: Michigan's Rachael Mack was named the 2013 Longstreth/NFHCA West Region Player of the Year. The Wolverine captain posted a career-high 21 goals, six assists and 48 points to lead the Big Ten and rank third nationally with a 1.05 goal-per-game average. She posted two hat tricks and netted seven game-winning goals this season. For the full release, click HERE.

Final National Stats: Numerous Big Ten standouts appeared among the top 25 of the final NCAA statistical leaders of 2013, including eight in the top 10. Iowa's Natalie Cafone led the nation in points per game, while Michigan's Rachael Mack was third. Penn State's Laura Gebhart finished third in assists per game.  Below is a complete list of Big Ten student-athletes in the top 25, which includes eight in the top 10. For the complete lists, click HERE.

Head of the Class: Following the conclusion of the fall season, the Big Ten recognized a total of 869 fall sports student-athletes who have been named to the Academic All-Conference team, which included 74 field hockey players. 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. At least 20 student-athletes maintained unblemished cumulative GPAs, including field hockey players Hannah Boyer of Indiana and Haley Kerstetter of Penn State. For the complete Academic All-Big Ten release, click here.

Michigan State's Mark Dantonio, Ohio State's Urban Meyer and Penn State's Bill O'Brien were named three of 10 finalists for the 2013 Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year. Dantonio was named the Big Ten Hayes-Schembechler and Dave McClain Coach of the Year and led the Spartans to their first outright Big Ten Championship and first Rose Bowl Game berth since the 1987 season and second outright Legends Division title in the last three years. Meyer guided the Buckeyes to a school-record 24-game winning streak to start his tenure in Columbus, a second straight outright Leaders Division title and a berth in the Big Ten Football Championship Game. O'Brien wrapped up his second campaign with the Nittany Lions with a road victory at nationally ranked Wisconsin to end the season at 7-5 overall and 4-4 in conference, good for third in the Leaders Division. Fans can vote for the winner of the 2013 Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year award by clicking on this link. Since the Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year award was created in 2006, Illinois' Ron Zook is the lone conference coach to earn the honor in 2007.

Tuesday's Men's Basketball Schedule

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On Tuesday's men's basketball slate, Indiana will host Oakland on ESPN2, South Dakota State will visit Minnesota in a game that will air on BTN and Illinois will entertain Dartmouth.

Tuesday, Dec. 10
Oakland at Indiana, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
Dartmouth at Illinois, 8 p.m. (BTDN)
South Dakota State at Minnesota, 8 p.m. (BTN)

Monday's Result

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Illinois 71, Seton Hall 70

Iowa Tops Fairleigh Dickinson

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Iowa improved to 10-1 on the season with a 92-59 win over Fairleigh Dickinson.

Monday, Dec. 9
IOWA 92, Fairleigh Dickinson 59

Monday's Schedule

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Seton Hall at Illinois, 8 p.m. ET, BTDN

Wisconsin's Abbrederis Wins Burlsworth Trophy

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Wisconsin wide receiver Jared Abbrederis was named the winner of the Burlsworth Trophy as the nation's most outstanding player that began his career as a walk-on in a ceremony in Springdale, Ark. A semifinalist in 2012, the senior wideout claimed the award following an outstanding regular season that saw him make 73 receptions for a career-high 1,051 yards and seven touchdowns. A consensus first-team All-Big Ten selection, he became the first Wisconsin wide receiver to earn first-team all-conference honors in consecutive seasons since Al Toon in 1983 and 1984. Abbrederis is tied for second all-time at UW with 23 touchdown receptions. He also ranks second all-time in receiving yards (3,110) and receptions (197). With one game remaining in his career, Abbrederis' 3,110 career receiving yards rank him ninth in Big Ten history and eighth among all active FBS players. He became just the third player in school history to amass 1,000 receiving yards in a season and is the first at UW to record at least 800 yards in three different seasons.

A multi-sport star from Wautoma, Wis., who led his high school to its first state football championship, Abbrederis walked on to the Wisconsin football team after initially coming to UW to compete in track and field. He served as a scout team quarterback and wide receiver during fall camp as a freshman but quickly caught on and soon became an integral part of the Badgers' offense and a weapon on kickoff and punt returns. Abbrederis has shined as UW's top receiver over the last two seasons and has already accepted an invitation to play in the Senior Bowl after the Badgers conclude their season in the Capital One Bowl on Jan. 1. He is the second straight Big Ten standout to claim the Burlsworth Trophy, after Penn State quarterback Matt McGloin was honored last season.

The award, presented by the Springdale Rotary Club and the Burlsworth Foundation, is named for offensive lineman Brandon Burlsworth, who walked on to the team at Arkansas and eventually earned a scholarship on his way to All-SEC and All-America honors. He was selected by the Indianapolis Colts in the 1999 NFL Draft but was tragically killed just 11 days later in an automobile accident.

Five Big Ten Teams in Top 25, Three in Top Five

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The Associated Press (AP) and USA Today Coaches polls were released on Monday, and the Big Ten was well-represented with five teams among the top 25, and three positioned in the top five. In the AP poll, Ohio State was ranked No. 3, followed by No. 4 Wisconsin, No. 5 Michigan State and No. 23 Iowa, while Michigan and Indiana received votes. In the coaches' ballot, Ohio State checked in at No. 2, followed by No. 5 Michigan State, No. 6 Wisconsin, No. 22 Iowa and No. 25 Michigan. Indiana also received votes in the coaches' ballot. 

The Football Writers Association of America (FWAA), in conjunction with the Fiesta Bowl, announced that Michigan State's Mark Dantonio has been named one of eight finalists for the 2013 Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award whose winner will be revealed on Mon., Dec. 16. Dantonio turned the Spartans (12-1) into a Big Ten power that is now headed to the Rose Bowl Game after defeating Ohio State in the Big Ten Football Championship Game. Michigan State, one of the best defensive teams in the nation, has lost only at Notre Dame this season. This is Michigan State's first outright Big Ten title since 1987. Dantonio was an Eddie Robinson Award finalist in 2010. Twelve coaches from current Big Ten institutions have claimed the Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award, most recently when Ohio State's Jim Tressel was honored in 2002. The FWAA has honored a major college coach with its coach of the Year award since the 1957 season when Ohio State's Woody Hayes claimed the honor. Robinson, a coaching legend at Grambling State University, has been the FWAA's coaching namesake since the 1997 season. The Fiesta Bowl joined with the FWAA a year later as the sponsor of the award.

Minnesota claimed the No. 1 spot in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Poll for the eighth consecutive week after taking four of six points during a conference series at Michigan State last weekend. The Gophers, who are now idle until Jan. 3-4, fell to No. 2 in the USCHO.com Poll.

Michigan is ranked No. 3 in both polls for the third straight week. The Wolverines will face No. 4/4 Ferris State at home at 7 p.m. ET on Wednesday night in a game that can be seen on Fox Sports Detroit Plus and BTN2Go.

Wisconsin, which posted a sweep of Penn State at the Kohl Center last weekend, checks in at No. 15 in both polls while Ohio State is receiving votes in the USCHO.com Poll for the fifth consecutive week.

The 2013 NSCAA/NCAA Division I Women's All-America Teams were announced, with four Big Ten women's soccer players earning accolades. Michigan's Nkem Ezurike received a first-team nod, while Nebraska's Ari Romero, Michigan's Meghan Toohey and Penn State's Maya Hayes were second-team All-Americans.

Romero started all 23 games and helped the Cornhuskers claim the Big Ten Championship and the Big Ten Tournament title. She was named the Defensive Player of the Tournament and was selected to the All-Tournament Team. The Big Ten Defender of the Year helped Nebraska finish its season with a 19-4-1 record.

Ezurike ranked third in the Big Ten with 38 points, including a team-high 14 goals and 10 assists, and was a first-team All-Big Ten choice. Toohey scored six goals and added four assists, earning All-Big Ten first team plaudits. The Wolverines reached the "Elite Eight" of the NCAA Tournament and finished with an 18-4-1 mark.

Hayes, a first-team All-Big Ten selection, earned All-America honors for the third time in her career. She ranked second in the Big Ten after concluding the season with 19 goals and six assists. She helped the Nittany Lions lead the Big Ten in goals (60), assists (55), shots (419) and points (175). Penn State advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament and finished its season with a 15-7-1 mark.

 

Sunday's Men's Basketball Schedule

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In Sunday's Big Ten men's basketball action, Illinois defeated Auburn in Atlanta, while Nebraska came up short at Creighton.

Illinois 81, Auburn 62 [24]
Creighton 82, Nebraska 67

[24] Atlanta Showcase (Phillips Arena, Atlanta, Ga.)

Sunday's Result

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NCAA Championship Second Round
MICHIGAN STATE def. #15 Kentucky, 3-1

Sunday's Results

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Indiana 77, Morehead State 54
Minnesota 46, North Dakota 44
Gonzaga 59, Ohio State 58
Purdue 91, IPFW 70
Penn State 77, Georgetown 68

Six Teams Receiving Votes in Latest National Rankings

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Six Big Ten teams are receiving votes in the latest Associated Press or USA Today Coaches polls, including a pair of teams ranked among the top seven. After winning the Big Ten Championship on Saturday, Michigan State appears at No. 4 in both rankings, climbing six spots in the AP vote and five places in the coaches poll. Ohio State is rated sixth in the USA Today standings and seventh in the AP vote. Wisconsin is the third Big Ten team among the top 20, moving up two spots to No. 19 in both polls. Iowa and Minnesota are receiving votes in both standings, while Nebraska appears among the teams receiving votes in the coaches poll.

Sunday's Men's Basketball Schedule

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Two games occupy the Big Ten men's basketball non-conference slate on Sunday, with Illinois facing Auburn in Atlanta, and Nebraska traveling to in-state rival Creighton.

Sunday, Dec. 8
Auburn vs. Illinois [24], 3 p.m. (FOX Regional)
Nebraska at Creighton, 6 p.m. (FOX Sports 1)

[24] Atlanta Showcase (Phillips Arena, Atlanta, Ga.)

Sunday's Schedule

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Indiana at Morehead State, 2 p.m.
North Dakota at Minnesota, 3 p.m., BTDN
Utah State at #15/15 Nebraska, 3 p.m., BTDN
#24/24 Gonzaga at Ohio State, Noon, BTN
#10/11 Penn State at Georgetown, 2 p.m.
IPFW at #16/22 Purdue, 2 p.m., BTDN

Saturday's Hockey Results

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December 7
#1/1 MINNESOTA def. MICHIGAN STATE, 3-2
#17/rv WISCONSIN def. PENN STATE, 4-3

Rankings: USCHO.com and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine

Saturday's Results

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December 7th
#11/17 Colorado def. Illinois, 79-56
#25/rv Iowa def. Idaho State, 95-47
Virginia Tech def. #rv/25 Michigan State, 72-66
Wisconsin def. Marquette (rv/-), 62-60



Sunday's Schedule

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NCAA Championship Second Round
MICHIGAN STATE vs. #15 Kentucky - 4 p.m. ET (Lexington, Ky.)

Saturday's Men's Basketball Results

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The Big Ten went a flawless 9-0 on Saturday, including victories by nationally-ranked Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Ohio State and Wisconsin.

Saturday, Dec. 7
#-/23 Indiana 89, North Florida 68
#23/24 Iowa 83, Drake 66 [23]
#22/21 Michigan 107, Houston Baptist 53
Minnesota 80, New Orleans 65
Northwestern 51, Western Michigan 35
Penn State 90, Marshall 77
Purdue 69, Eastern Michigan 64
#5/3 Ohio State 74, Central Connecticut State 56
#8/9 Wisconsin 70, Marquette 64

[23] Big Four Classic (Wells Fargo Arena, Des Moines, Iowa)

Saturday's Results

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NCAA Championship First Round
MICHIGAN STATE def. Ohio, 3-0

NCAA Championship Second Round
#13 ILLINOIS def. Marquette, 3-1
#10 MINNESOTA def. Colorado, 3-2
#8 NEBRASKA def. Oregon, 3-0
#2 PENN STATE def. Utah, 3-0
PURDUE def. #4 Missouri, 3-1
#12 WISCONSIN def. California, 3-0

LIVE: 2013 B1G Football Championship Game

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2013_Big_Ten_Football_Championship_Game_logo.jpgWelcome to 2013 Big Ten Football Championship Game!  Tonight's contest features Michigan State and Ohio State, which kicks at 8:17 p.m. ET at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Ind.  The teams will compete for the Amos Alonzo Stagg Championship Trophy and a chance to play in one of two historic games in Pasadena, Calif. - the 100th Rose Bowl Game on Jan. 1 or the Bowl Championship Series National Championship Game on Jan. 6.  The game is being televised on FOX, talked about on several social media outlets, and covered right here on BigTen.org. 

Stay tuned to BigTen.org throughout the evening for B1G Championship Game updates!

7:54 p.m. - We are just under 30 minutes away from kickoff.  Ohio State's band has just left midfield following an impressive pregame performance, highlight not just by Script Ohio, but a formation of the Michigan State Spartan head while playing the MSU fight song as a salute to the Buckeyes' opponent.  A wonderful display of sportsmanship prior to tonight's championship game!

8:01 p.m. - Want more coverage?  Here is your Live Stats link via Gametracker and @B1Gfootball and #B1GFCG will be your primary Twitter handle and hashtag for this evening's game.

8:16 p.m. - Ohio State has won the coin toss and deferred to the second half.  Michigan State will open the 2013 B1G Football Championship game on offense.  After the week-long talk of Ohio State's potent run game and Michigan State's stout defense, we'll see how the teams perform first on the opposite side of the ball.

8:32 p.m. - FIELD GOAL! 1Q, 08:31 - MSU 3, OSU 0:  Michigan State has struck first as Michael Geiger kicked a 40-yard field goal to cap off a 14-play, 47-yard drive in 6:29.

8:41 p.m. - Michigan State's defense forces the first punt of the game as the Buckeyes netted only eight yards on their first drive.

8:50 p.m. - With exactly 3:00 to play in the first quarter, Ohio State is set to take over on its second possession of the game.  The Spartans have controlled the clock thus far, holding the ball for 10:41 in the quarter compared to Ohio State's time of possession of 1:19.

8:58 p.m. - END OF 1ST QUARTER - MSU 3, OSU 0:  Michigan State now holds a 10:45/4:15 advantage in time of possession and a 5-2 lead in first downs.  MSU gained 43 yards in the first quarter; OSU gained 28.  The Buckeyes have been penalized three times for 42 yards.

9:03 p.m. - TOUCHDOWN! 2Q, 14:50 - MSU 10, OSU 0:  Just 10 seconds into the second quarter, Michigan State has gone deep to extend its lead to 10-0.  QB Connor Cook found Keith Mumphrey on a 72-yard pass for the score.  The total drive took just two plays, covering 68 yards total in 14 seconds.

9:13 p.m. - Michigan State defense continues to give Ohio State trouble.  Buckeyes backed up again, facing 4th&22 and having to punt.  OSU now had 36 total yards to MSU's 115.  The Spartans are currently averaging 5.5 yards per play, while the Buckeyes have been held to just 2.4 yards per snap.

9:21 p.m. - Check out the Michigan State touchdown by clicking here, courtesy BTN/FOX.

9:24 p.m. - TOUCHDOWN! 2Q, 9:01 - MSU 17, OSU 0:  It's another quick scoring drive by Michigan State, and once again, it comes on a deep pass from Connor Cook.  This time Cook found Tony Lippett for a 33-yard TD reception.  Scoring drive took just five plays, covering 66 yards in 2:12. 

9:31 p.m. - TOUCHDOWN! 2Q, 6:21 - MSU 17, OSU 7:  And just like that, Ohio State is on the board.  Braxton Miller found Corey Brown on a 20-yard pass to the back of the end zone to get the Buckeyes on the board.  Backed against the wall and down 17, OSU charged down the field 84 yards in five plays in just 2:28.

9:39 p.m. - The last two touchdowns came quick, and were loaded quick by the BTN as well.  So quick in fact that you can see Michigan State take the lead 17-0 and Ohio State respond by clicking this link.

9:51 p.m. - FIELD GOAL! 2Q, 0:00 - MSU 17, OSU 10:  Ohio State's Drew Basil has cut the deficit to seven points with a 28-yard field goal that split the uprights as the clock expired.

9:57 p.m. - HALFTIME - MSU 17, OSU 10:  For as slow as Ohio State began the first half, it finished was a furious rally and now finds itself down just seven at intermission, 17-10.  With 1:23 remaining, the Buckeyes took over on their own 36-yard line following a Spartan punt.  Braxton Miller was sacked on first down for a six-yard loss, but quickly made up for it with 15-yard scamper.  Carlos Hyde then added eight yards to get the first down at the MSU 47.  Following an incomplete pass, Miller found tight end Jeff Heuerman for 36 yards with 0:04 remaining, which set up the Drew Basil field goal. 

10:17 p.m. - We are underway in the third quarter.

10:23 p.m. - TOUCHDOWN! 3Q, 12:21 - MSU 17, OSU 17:  Ohio State has charged out of halftime with a commanding 75-yard drive in seven plays, taking just 2:39 off the clock.  Braxton Miller has found the end zone following on a rush from eight yards out.  OSU has now scored 17 unanswered points to tie the game, 17-17.  Check out Miller's scoring run HERE.

10:32 p.m. - It's the first turnover the game and it comes on a Connor Cook interception.  Ohio State's C.J. Barnett picked off Cook at the MSU 48 where the Buckeyes now take over 1st&10.

10:47 p.m. - The momentum has turned in this second half.  Ohio State has found a number of holes in the middle of Michigan State's defensive line.

10:49 p.m. - TOUCHDOWN! 3Q, 5:36 - OSU 24, MSU 17:  Braxton Miller is simply LEADING this Ohio State comeback.  The Buckeyes' QB just found the end zone yet again, scoring from six yards out on a quarterback keeper.  Scoring drive measured 44 yards in five plays in 2:12.

11:01 p.m. - FIELD GOAL! 3Q, 2:29 - OSU 24, MSU 20:  For the first time since the 9:24 mark in the second quarter, Michigan State has put points on the board.  Michael Geiger netted a 44-yard field goal to bring the Spartans within four points.  Scoring drive was nine plays, 48 yards, in 3:07.

11:07 p.m. - END OF THIRD QUARTER - OSU 24, MSU 20:  We are 15 minutes away from crowning the 2013 Big Ten Champion!  Despite trailing in all major categories in the first half, including points scored, Ohio State has stormed back with an impressive second-half effort thus far.  Time of possession is identical entering the fourth quarter as both teams have held the ball for 22:30.  Ohio State has now put up 349 yards of total offense compared to Michigan State's 264.

11:12 p.m. - Ohio State, which ranks second in the nation with 321.1 rushing yards per game, was held to to 111 markers on the ground in the first half.  In the third quarter alone, the Buckeyes rushed for 137 yards.

11:17 p.m. - TOUCHDOWN! 4Q, 11:41 - MSU 27, OSU 24:  After scoring the game's first 17 points, and then allowing 24 unanswered, Michigan State has reeled off 10 straight points of its own to regain the lead, 27-24, with 11:41 left in the game.  Connor Cook just threw the shortest of his three touchdown passes on the night, but it was without a doubt the most important one.  Cook found tight end Josiah Price on a nine-yard pass to cap off an eight-play, 90-yard drive that lasted 3:12.

11:22 p.m. - ATTENDANCE: The Big Ten just announced an attendance of 66,002 -- a new B1G Championship Game record.

11:36 p.m. - In what was arguably the play of the game tonight, Michigan State's Denicos Allen stopped OSU quarterback Braxton Miller a yard short on a 4th&2 call, giving the ball back to the Spartans' offense.

11:47 p.m. - TOUCHDOWN! 4Q, 2:16 - MSU 34, OSU 24:  In a game of runs, Michigan State has responded with 17 unanswered points to stun Ohio State late in the fourth.  Jeremy Langford has scored on a 23-yard rush, which highlighted a six-play, 61-yard scoring drive in 3:25.  Watch the touchdown run HERE.

12:00 a.m. - FINAL - MSU 34, OSU 24:   It's the stroke of midnight and Michigan State is the 2013 Big Ten Football Champion!  After jumping out to a 17-0 lead only to allow 24 straight points by Ohio State, Michigan State scored the game's final 17 points to win its first conference title since 2010, 34-24.

Saturday's Schedule

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December 7th
Illinois at #11/17 Colorado - 7 p.m.
Idaho State at #25/rv Iowa - 3 p.m., BTDN
#rv/25 Michigan State at Virginia Tech - 2 p.m.
Wisconsin at Marquette (rv/-) - 3 p.m.

All times are ET


Saturday's Schedule

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NCAA Championship First Round
MICHIGAN STATE vs. Ohio - 2:30 p.m. (Lexington, Ky.)

NCAA Championship Second Round
#13 ILLINOIS vs. Marquette - 8 p.m. (Champaign, Ill.)
#10 MINNESOTA vs. Colorado - 8 p.m. (Minneapolis, Minn.)
#8 NEBRASKA vs. Oregon - 8 p.m. (Lincoln, Neb.)
#2 PENN STATE vs. Utah - 7:30 p.m.
PURDUE vs. #4 Missouri - 8:30 p.m. (Columbia, Mo.)
#12 WISCONSIN vs. California - 7 p.m. (Madison, Wis.)

All times are ET

Saturday's Hockey Schedule

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December 7
#1/1 MINNESOTA at MICHIGAN STATE - 4 p.m., FS North/FS Detroit
PENN STATE at #17/rv WISCONSIN - 9 p.m., FS Wisconsin Plus

All times are ET
Rankings: USCHO.com and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine

Saturday's Schedule: Nine Teams in Action

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Nine games are on the Big Ten men's basketball slate on Saturday, including #8/9 Wisconsin hosting rival Marquette in the front end of a triple header on BTN.

Saturday, Dec. 7
Houston Baptist at #22/21 Michigan, Noon (BTN)
Eastern Michigan at Purdue, 2 p.m. (ESPN3)
Marquette at #8/9 Wisconsin, 2:15 p.m. (BTN)
New Orleans at Minnesota, 3 p.m. (ESPN3)
Marshall at Penn State, 4 p.m. (ESPN3)
Central Connecticut State at #5/3 Ohio State, 4:30 p.m. (BTN)
Western Michigan at Northwestern, 5 p.m. (BTDN)
North Florida at #-/23 Indiana, 7:30 p.m. (BTN)
Drake vs. #23/24 Iowa [23], 8:30 p.m. (BTDN)

Friday's Results

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NCAA Championship First Round
PURDUE def. Central Arkansas, 3-0
#2 PENN STATE def. LIU Brooklyn, 3-0
#13 ILLINOIS def. Morehead State, 3-0
LSU def. MICHIGAN, 3-2
#10 MINNESOTA def. Radford, 3-0
#8 NEBRASKA def. Fairfield, 3-0
#12 WISCONSIN def. Milwaukee, 3-0

Friday's Hockey Results

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December 6
MICHIGAN STATE ties #1/1 MINNESOTA, 2-2 (Michigan State wins shootout, 1-0)
#17/rv WISCONSIN def. PENN STATE, 7-1

Rankings: USCHO.com and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine

Weekend Schedule

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Saturday, Dec. 7
PURDUE at SIU Invite - Carbondale, Ill.

Weekend Schedule

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Saturday, Dec. 7
PURDUE at SIU Invite - Carbondale, Ill.

Weekend Schedule

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Dec. 5-7

INDIANA, MICHIGAN, MICHIGAN STATE at USA Swimming Winter Nationals (Knoxville, Tenn.) - All Day

ILLINOIS at Miami (Ohio) Invitational (Oxford, Ohio) - All Day

PENN STATE, WISCONSIN at Texas Invitational  (Austin, Texas) - All Day

Dec. 6-7

MINNESOTA at Jean Freeman Invite - All Day

Dec. 6-8

INDIANA, PURDUE at Hoosierland Winter Invitational - All Day

IOWA, NEBRASKA at Hawkeye Invitational - All Day

Weekend Schedule

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Friday, Dec. 6
#7 ILLINOIS at WISCONSIN (rv) - Madison, Wis.
#20 MICHIGAN at Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational - Las Vegas, Nev.
#10 NEBRASKA at Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational - Las Vegas, Nev.
#8 OHIO STATE at Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational - Las Vegas, Nev.
#1 PENN STATE at Boston University - Boston, Mass.
#19 PURDUE at Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational - Las Vegas, Nev.

Saturday, Dec. 7
INDIANA at Hoosier Duals - Bloomington, Ind.
#20 MICHIGAN at Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational - Las Vegas, Nev.
#10 NEBRASKA at Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational - Las Vegas, Nev.
#17 NORTHWESTERN at UW-Parkside Tournament - Kenosha, Wis.
#8 OHIO STATE at Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational - Las Vegas, Nev.
#19 PURDUE at Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational - Las Vegas, Nev.

Sunday, Dec. 8

INDIANA at Hoosier Duals - Bloomington, Ind.
#2 MINNESOTA at #5 Oklahoma State - Stillwater, Okla.
#11 Pittsburgh at #1 PENN STATE - University Park, Pa.
WISCONSIN (rv) at MICHIGAN STATE - East Lansing, Mich. [1]

[1] BTN


Friday's Hockey Schedule

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December 6
#1/1 MINNESOTA at MICHIGAN STATE - 7 p.m., FS North Plus/FS Detroit Plus
PENN STATE at #17/rv WISCONSIN - 8 p.m., FS Wisconsin Plus

All times are ET
Rankings: USCHO.com and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine

Weekend Schedule

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Dec. 5-7

INDIANA, MICHIGAN, MICHIGAN STATE at USA Swimming Winter Nationals (Knoxville, Tenn.) - All Day

WISCONSIN, PENN STATE at Texas Invitational (Austin, Texas) - All Day

Dec. 6-7

MINNESOTA at Jean Freeman Invite - All Day

Dec. 6-8

INDIANA at BSC Winter Invitational (Bloomington, Ind.) - All Day

IOWA at Hawkeye Invitational - All Day

Friday's Schedule

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NCAA Championship First Round
Ohio vs. MICHIGAN STATE - 5 p.m. (Lexington, Ky.)
Central Arkansas vs. PURDUE - 5:30 p.m. (Columbia, Mo.)
LIU Brooklyn vs. #2 PENN STATE - 7:30 p.m. (University Park, Pa.)
Morehead State at #13 ILLINOIS - 8 p.m. (Champaign, Ill.)
LSU vs. MICHIGAN - 8 p.m. (Seattle, Wash.)
Radford vs. #10 MINNESOTA - 8 p.m. (Minneapolis, Minn.)
Fairfield vs. #8 NEBRASKA - 8 p.m. (Lincoln, Neb.)
Milwaukee vs. #12 WISCONSIN - 8:30 p.m. (Madison, Wis,)

All times are ET

Thursday's Results

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Iowa 97, Syracuse 91
A dose of Doolittle in the first half and Dixon in the second was just what the doctor ordered Thursday as the No. 25 University of Iowa women's basketball team defeated No. 22 Syracuse 97-91 in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge on Mediacom Court inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena. RECAP

Michigan 73, Virginia 53
The University of Michigan women's basketball team used an 18-5 run over the final eight minutes of the first half to take a 16-point halftime lead en route to a 73-53 win at Virginia in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge on Thursday night (Dec. 5) at John Paul Jones Arena. RECAP

Minnesota 74, Miami (Fla.) 67
The University of Minnesota (8-2) women's basketball team held off a second-half surge from Miami (5-3) to register a 74-67 victory over the Hurricanes Thursday night in the annual Big Ten/ACC Challenge at Williams Arena. Junior guard Rachel Banham led all scorers with 27 points. RECAP

NC State 76, Northwestern 61
Northwestern took on NC State Thursday night in the seventh annual Big Ten/ACC Challenge. Looking for their third-straight win in the annual event, the Wildcats were unable to overcome the Wolfpack as the visitors took the 76-61 decision at Welsh-Ryan Arena. RECAP

Duke 99, Purdue 78
Purdue was able to go into Cameron Indoor Stadium and give No. 2 Duke more trouble than it wanted for about 30 minutes. However, the 16th-ranked Boilermakers couldn't keep up with the deeper Blue Devils over the last 10. KK Houser scored 20 points, April Wilson had 14 and Whitney Bays 11 in Purdue's 99-78 loss to Duke on Thursday night in a Big Ten/ACC Challenge game. RECAP

Wisconsin 74, Boston College 59
Tessa Cichy came off the bench to lead the Badgers to a 74-59 win over Boston College Thursday night at the Kohl Center. Cichy sparked a comeback that saw the Badgers score 32 points in the final 9:27 of play in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge game. RECAP

Thursday's Schedule

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Big Ten/ACC Challenge
#22/23 Syracuse at #25/rv Iowa - 7 p.m., BTN
Michigan at Virginia - 7 p.m.
Miami at Minnesota - 9 p.m., BTN
NC State at Northwestern (rv/-) - 7:30 p.m., BTDN
#16/22 Purdue at #2/2 Duke - 6:30 p.m.
Boston College at Wisconsin - 8 p.m., BTDN

All times are ET


Michigan State's Shilique Calhoun was named a finalist for the 2013 Ted Hendricks Defensive End of the Year Award, which honors the nation's top defensive end. Calhoun, the 2013 Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year, registered a team-high seven sacks, 13.5 tackles for loss and 17 quarterback hurries through the end of the regular season. He has forced two fumbles, recovered four and returned two of those for touchdowns. Calhoun also added a 56-yard interception return for a touchdown, giving him three scores this season.

This year's winner will be announced Wednesday, Dec. 11. Two Big Ten standouts have won the Hendricks Award - Michigan's LaMarr Woodley in 2006 and Illinois' Whitney Mercilus in 2011.

Weekly Award Wrap-Up

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Seventeen Big Ten student-athletes in six different sports collected awards from the conference office during the week of Dec. 2nd. Below is the complete list of honorees.

Men's Basketball
Player of the Week -Rayvonte Rice, ILL
Freshman of the Week - Zak Irvin, MICH

Women's Basketball
Player & Freshman of the Week - Nia Coffey, NU
Player of the Week Honor Roll - Melissa Dixon, IOWA; Rachel Banham, MINN; Taylor Wurtz, WIS

Football
Offensive Player of the Week - Tre Roberson, IND
Defensive Player of the Week - Christian Kirksey, IOWA
Special Teams Player of the Week - Jeff Budzien, NU
Freshman of the Week - Christian Hackenberg, PSU

Hockey
First Star - Seth Ambroz, MINN
Second Star - JT Compher, MICH
Third Star - Mac Bennett, MICH

Volleyball
Player of the Week - Lauren Wicinski, MSU
Defensive Player & Freshman of the Week - Hannah Tapp, MINN
Setter of the Week - Micha Hancock, PSU

Wrestling
Wrestler of the Week - Scott Schiller, MINN

Wednesday's #B1GACC Results

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The Big Ten went 4-2 on Wednesday's final day of the Big Ten/ACC Challenge, securing a 6-6 tie in the Challenge for the second consecutive season. The Big Ten retained the Commissioner's Cup for the fifth straight year.

Dec. 4, 2013
#-/25 North Carolina 79, #1/1 Michigan State 65
Nebraska 60, Miami (Fla.) 49
NC State 69, Northwestern 48
#5/3 Ohio State 76, Maryland 60
Purdue 88, Boston College 67
#8/9 Wisconsin 48, Virginia 38

Challenge ends in 6-6 tie
#B1GACC 

Wednesday's Results

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Georgia Tech 93, Illinois 69
Illinois hung with Georgia Tech for a while in Wednesday's Big Ten/ACC Challenge game at McCamish Pavilion, but the Yellow Jackets' size and defensive pressure proved to be too much for the Illini as Georgia Tech took a 93-69 victory. Jacqui Grant and Ivory Crawford led Illinois with 14 points each, but the Ramblin' Wreck out-rebounded the Illini 56-44 and held a 64-32 advantage in the paint. RECAP

Indiana 71, Virginia Tech 65
The Indiana women's basketball team improved to 8-0 following a 71-65 win over Virginia Tech in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge Wednesday night in Assembly Hall. The perfect start through eight games is the program's best since the 1994-95 season. Larryn Brooks led the Hoosiers (8-0) with 37 points, setting an IU freshman record for scoring. RECAP

Florida State 60, Michigan State 58
A late comeback by the No. 25 Michigan State women's basketball team fell just short on Wednesday night, as Florida State knocked off the Spartans 60-58 at the Tucker Center. MSU, who falls to 5-3 on the season, was led by 20 points from senior Annalise Pickrel, and 19 points and 10 rebounds from redshirt freshman Aerial Powers. RECAP

North Carolina 75, Nebraska 62
No. 15 Nebraska jumped to a 16-7 lead, but the hosts from No. 18 North Carolina used a 23-4 surge late in the first half to claim a 75-62 win in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge at Carmichael Arena on Wednesday night. The Huskers fell to 6-2 with their second straight loss, while the Tar Heels improved to 7-2 on the season. RECAP

Maryland 67, Ohio State 55
No. 8 Maryland overcame a shaky first half to beat Ohio State 67-55 Wednesday night in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. Ohio State (6-4) closed to 56-53 with 2:58 left, but a 3-pointer by Lexie Brown, a layup by Moseley and two free throws by Thomas ended the suspense. Ameryst Alston scored 18, and Cait Craft and Matina Ellerbe had 11 apiece for the Buckeyes, who were coming off a loss to top-ranked Connecticut. RECAP

Notre Dame 77, Penn State 67
The #11/10 Penn State Lady Lions were plagued by 22 turnovers and significant foul trouble among their starters as they dropped a 77-67 decision to #5/4 Notre Dame (7-0) in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. Ariel Edwards led the way with 18 points on 7-of-12 shooting from the floor. RECAP

Twenty-four Big Ten women's soccer players were named to the NCAA Division I Women's All-Great Lakes Region team, including 10 on the first team.

Illinois' Jannelle Flaws was named to the first team, while Vanessa DiBernardo was a second-team all-region pick. The Illini advanced to the "Sweet 16" of the NCAA Tournament and finished the season with an 11-9-3 mark.

Indiana's Lisa Nouanesengsy was a first-team selection after accumulating 25 points this season, including 11 goals and three assists, while Rebecca Candler was named to the third team. The Hoosiers advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament and finished the season with a 15-7-1 record.

Melanie Pickert and Cloe Lacasse of Iowa were both named second-team all-region, while Alex Melin was a third-team pick. It marked the first time in program history that three players have garnered all-region honors.

Michigan's Shelina Zadorsky, Holly Hein, Meghan Toohey and Nkem Ezurike were all first team choices, marking the second consecutive year that four Wolverine players were named to the all-region team. Michigan allowed just 10 goals during the season, finishing with an 18-4-1 mark.

Mary-Katherine Fiebernitz of Michigan State was named to the Great Lakes All-Region third team after scoring a team-best six goals. The Spartans finished the season with a 9-8-2 record.

Minnesota's Tarah Hobbs and Katie Thyken were named second-team all-region after finishing the season with an 11-8-2 record. Big Ten Goalkeeper of the Year, Hobbs led the conference with 122 saves. Thyken scored seven goals and collected three assists.

Nebraska's Emma Stevens and Ari Romero were first-team all-region picks, while Jordan Jackson and Jaycie Johnson were named to the second team. The Cornhuskers won the Big Ten Tournament and the Big Ten Championship, ending their campaign with a 19-4-1 record.

Penn State's Taylor Schram and Maya Hayes were first team selections, Whitney Church and Mallory Weber were second team picks, and Raquel Rodriguez was named to the all-region third team. The Nittany Lions advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament and finished their season with a 15-7-1 mark.

Wisconsin's Rose Lavelle, the Big Ten Freshman of the Year, was a third-team all-region honoree. She scored six goals and tallied seven assists, helping the Badgers finish the season with a 10-7-2 mark.

All 24 players have a chance to be named to the All-America team, which will be announced on Dec. 6.

NCAA Division I Women's All-Great Lakes Region
First Team
Jannelle Flaws, ILL
Lisa Nouanesengsy, IND
Nkem Ezurike, MICH
Holly Hein, MICH
Meghan Toohey, MICH
Shelina Zadorski, MICH
Ari Romero, NEB
Emma Stevens, NEB
Maya Hayes, PSU
Taylor Schram, PSU

Second Team
Vanessa DiBernardo, ILL
Cloe Lacasse, IOWA
Melanie Pickert, IOWA
Tarah Hobbs, MINN
Katie Thyken, MINN
Jordan Jackson, NEB
Jaycie Johnson, NEB
Whitney Church, PSU
Mallory Weber, PSU

Third Team
Rebecca Candler, IND
Alex Melin, IOWA
Mary-Katherine Fiebernitz, MSU
Raquel Rodriguez, PSU
Rose Lavelle, WIS

Michigan's Nkem Ezurike and Penn State's Maya Hayes were both named semifinalists for the MAC Hermann Trophy, given to the nation's top college women's soccer player. Ezurike finished the season with 14 goals and 10 assists - she now has a school record 49 career goals and 118 total points. She started all 23 matches and was a first-team All-Big Ten selection. Hayes, who finished her senior campaign with 19 goals and six assists, started all 23 matches, was a first-team All-Big Ten selection, and helped lead the Nittany Lions to their 19th consecutive NCAA Tournament.

The MAC Hermann Trophy finalists will be named on Thursday, Dec. 12.

Wisconsin's AJ Cochran was named one of 15 semifinalists for the MAC Hermann Trophy, given to the nation's top college men's soccer player. The Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year led a back line that held opposing teams to just 1.29 goals per game. Cochran, who also scored three goals, started all 21 games and was a first-team All-Big Ten selection.

The MAC Hermann Trophy finalists will be named on Thursday, Dec. 12.

Wednesday's Schedule

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Big Ten/ACC Challenge
Illinois at Georgia Tech (rv/rv) - 7 p.m.
Virginia Tech at Indiana - 7 p.m., BTDN
#rv/25 Michigan State at Florida State (rv/rv) - 7 p.m.
#15/15 Nebraska at #18/16 North Carolina - 6 p.m., ESPN3
Ohio State at #8/8 Maryland - 7 p.m.
#4/5 Notre Dame at #10/11 Penn State - 7:30 p.m., BTN

All times are ET

2014 Allstate Good Works Team Nominees Announced

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The 2014 National Basketball Coaches Association (NABC) Allstate Good Works Team nominees were announced, with four Big Ten men's basketball players garnering recognition. The award recognizes a select group of college basketball student-athletes who have made significant contributions to the greater good of their communities through volunteerism and civic service.

Michigan's Jordan Morgan, Northwestern's Drew Crawford, Ohio State's Aaron Craft and Wisconsin's Zach Bohannon were named nominees for the award, which will be unveiled in February. A voting panel headed by former Duke standout Grant Hill will determine the final five award winners from the Division I level.  

 
 

Wednesday's #B1GACC Schedule

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The 15th annual Big Ten/ACC Challenge continues on Wednesday, with six games on the schedule. Michigan State, Ohio State and Purdue will host foes, while Nebraska, Purdue and Wisconsin will compete on the road.

Wednesday, Dec. 4
Maryland at #5/3 Ohio State, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
#8/9 Wisconsin at Virginia, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
Northwestern at NC State, 7:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
#-/25 North Carolina at #1/1 Michigan State, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
Boston College at Purdue, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
Miami (Fla.) at Nebraska, 9:30 p.m. (ESPNU)

All times Eastern

Big Ten in the NFL - Week 13

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Mike Adams, S, Denver Broncos (Ohio State) - Recorded six solo tackles and one pass deflection in the Broncos' 35-28 defeat of the Chiefs

Prince Amukamara, CB, New York Giants (Nebraska)
- Recorded five tackles and one pass deflection in the Giants' 24-17 win over the Redskins

Pat Angerer, LB, Indianapolis Colts (Iowa) - Notched five tackles, including four solo, in the Colts' 22-14 win over the Titans

Cliff Avril, DE, Seattle Seahawks (Purdue) - Collected one sack, one forced fumble and one tackle in Seattle's 34-7 win over New Orleans

Montee Ball, RB, Denver Broncos (Wisconsin) - Carried the ball 13 times for 117 yards in the Broncos' 35-28 victory over the Chiefs

Le'Veon Bell, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers (Michigan State) -
Ran for 73 yards and a touchdown, along with grabbing seven receptions for 63 yards, in Pittsburgh's 22-20 loss to Baltimore

NaVorro Bowman, LB, San Francisco 49ers (Penn State)
- Led the team with 11 tackles, including 10 solo, in the 49ers' 23-13 win over the Rams

Nick Bowman, CB, Chicago Bears (Nebraska)
- Registered seven tackles, including six solo, in the Bears' 23-20 loss to the Vikings

Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots (Michigan)
- Threw for 371 yards on 29-for-41 passing and two touchdowns in the Patriots' 34-41 victory over the Texans

Alan Branch, DL, Buffalo Bills (Michigan) - Recorded nine tackles, including six solo, in the Bills' 34-31 loss to the Falcons

Jonathan Casillas, LB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Wisconsin) - Registered seven tackles in Tampa Bay's 27-6 loss to Carolina

Lavonte David, LB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Nebraska) - Collected nine tackles, one interception and one pass deflection in the Buccaneers' 27-6 loss to the Panthers

Eric Decker, WR, Denver Broncos (Minnesota)
- Caught eight passes for 174 yards and four touchdowns in the Broncos' 35-28 win over the Chiefs

Bradley Fletcher, CB, Philadelphia Eagles (Iowa)
- Registered five solo tackles and two pass deflections in the Eagles' 24-21 victory over the Cardinals

Ted Ginn, WR, Carolina Panthers (Ohio State)
- Caught two passes for 47 yards and scored one touchdown in Carolina's 27-6 win over Tampa Bay

Brandon Graham, LB, Philadelphia Eagles (Michigan)
- Tallied three tackles and two sacks in the Eagles' 24-21 defeat of the Cardinals

Chad Greenway, LB, Minnesota Vikings (Iowa)
- Tied for the team-lead with 10 tackles, including six solo and two for loss, as well as a sack in Minnesota's 23-20 defeat of Chicago

David Harris, LB, New York Jets (Michigan) - Registered 13 tackles, including seven solo and one for loss, in the Jets' 23-3 loss to the Dolphins

Brian Hartline, WR, Miami Dolphins (Ohio State) - Registered nine catches for 127 yards and one touchdown in the Dolphins' 23-3 defeat of the Jets

A.J. Hawk, LB, Green Bay Packers (Ohio State) - Led the team with 12 tackles, including eight solo, in the Packers' 40-10 loss to the Lions

Junior Hemingway, WR, Kansas City Chiefs (Michigan) - Reeled in three passes for 42 yards and a touchdown catch in the Chiefs 35-28 loss to the Broncos

Cameron Heyward, DE, Pittsburgh Steelers (Ohio State) - Registered seven tackles in Pittsburgh's 22-20 loss to Baltimore

Malcolm Jenkins, S, New Orleans Saints (Ohio State) - Recorded 10 tackles, including seven solo, in the Saints' 34-7 loss to the Seahawks

Karl Klug, DE, Tennessee Titans (Iowa) - Recorded four tackles, one sack, one forced fumble and one pass deflection in the Titans' 22-14 loss to the Colts

James Laurinaitis, LB, St. Louis Rams (Ohio State) - Notched nine tackles, including six solo, in the Rams' 23-13 loss to the 49ers

DeAndre Levy, LB, Detroit Lions (Wisconsin) - Tallied five tackles, one interception and one pass deflection in the Lions' 40-10 win over the Packers

Brandon Meyers, TE, New York Giants (Iowa) - Reeled in five passes for 61 yards and a touchdown reception in the Giants' 24-17 victory over the Redskins

Tracy Porter, CB, Oakland Raiders (Indiana) - Tallied eight tackles, including seven solo and one for loss, and a pass deflection in Oakland's 31-24 loss to Dallas

Paul Posluszny, LB, Jacksonville Jaguars (Penn State) - Led the team with 11 tackles, including seven solo, one pass deflection and an assisted sack in the Jaguars' 32-28 win over the Browns

Bernard Pollard, S, Tennessee Titans (Purdue) - Notched five solo tackles, one interception and one pass deflection in Tennessee's 22-14 loss to Indianapolis

Nick Roach, LB, Oakland Raiders (Northwestern) - Registered a team-high 11 tackles, including 10 solo, two sacks and one forced fumble in the Raiders' 31-24 win over the Cowboys

Matt Shaughnessy, LB, Arizona Cardinals (Wisconsin) - Recorded seven solo tackles and one sack in Arizona's 24-21 loss to Philadelphia

Ndamukong Suh, DT, Detroit Lions (Nebraska) - Collected one sack, one pass deflection and four tackles in the Lions' 40-10 win over the Packers

J.J. Watt, DE, Houston Texans (Wisconsin) - Registered five solo tackles and one pass deflection in Houston's 34-31 loss to New England

Donte Whitner, S, San Francisco 49ers (Ohio State) - Recorded nine tackles, including seven solo, in San Francisco's 23-13 victory over St. Louis

Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle Seahawks (Wisconsin) - Threw for 310 yards on 22-of-30 passing and three touchdowns in Seattle's 34-7 win over New Orleans

Corey Wootton, DE, Chicago Bears (Northwestern) - Notched two pass deflections, three tackles and an assisted sack in Chicago's 23-20 loss to Minnesota

Tuesday's #B1GACC Results

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On Tuesday's opening day of the 15th annual Big Ten/ACC Challenge, #23/24 Iowa and Minnesota prevailed over Notre Dame and Florida State, respectively. Six more games are on Wednesday's day two schedule.

Tuesday, Dec. 3
Georgia Tech 67, Illinois 64 - AP Recap/Highlights
#4/5 Syracuse 69, #-/23 Indiana 52 - AP Recap
#23/24 Iowa 98, Notre Dame 93 - Iowa Recap
#10/8 Duke 79, #22/21 Michigan 69 - Michigan Recap/Postgame Press Conferences
Minnesota 71, Florida State 61 - AP Recap/Highlights/Postgame Press Conference
Pittsburgh 78, Penn State 69 - AP Recap

ACC leads Challenge, 4-2
#B1GACC

Ranking the Wrestlers

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Big Ten wrestling boasts 67 ranked wrestlers in the InterMat College Rankings, released on Tuesday. Eight grapplers hold No. 1 rankings in their respective weight classes and the Big Ten boasts the top three squads in the team rankings. The complete breakdown of ranked Big Ten squads and wrestlers can be found below.

Team
1. Iowa
2. Penn State
3. Minnesota
7. Nebraska
9. Illinois
10. Northwestern
12. Ohio State
16. Wisconsin
22. Michigan
25. Indiana
T-41. Michigan State
T-52. Purdue

125
1. Jesse Delgado, ILL
3. Nico Megaludis, PSU
4. Cory Clark, IOWA
10. Tim Lambert, NEB
12. Conor Youtsey, MICH
19. Ryan Taylor, WIS

133
1. Tony Ramos, IOWA
5. Tyler Graff, WIS
9. David Thorn, MINN
11. Jimmy Gulibon, PSU
13. Zane Richards, ILL
16. Johnni DiJulius, OSU
18. Rossi Bruno, MICH
19. Colton McCrystal, NEB
20. Dom Malone, NU

141

1. Logan Stieber, OSU
4. Chris Dardanes, MINN
11. Zain Retherford, PSU
13. Josh Dziewa, IOWA
20. Anthony Abidin, NEB

149
2. Nick Dardanes, MINN
3. Jason Tsirtsis, NU
6. Jake Sueflohn, NEB
7. Eric Grajales, MICH
9. Andrew Alton, PSU
15. Caleb Ervin, ILL

157
1. Derek St. John, IOWA
3. Dylan Ness, MINN
4. James Green, NEB
5. Dylan Alton, PSU
8. Taylor Walsh, IND
10. Isaac Jordan, WIS
15. Zac Brunson, ILL

165
1. David Taylor, PSU
4. Nick Moore, IOWA
8. Dan Yates, MICH
11. Jackson Morse, ILL
14. Pierce Harger, NU
18. Austin Wilson, NEB
20. Danny Zilverberg, MINN

174
3. Matt Brown, PSU
4. Robert Kokesh, NEB
5. Logan Storley, MINN
6. Mike Evans, IOWA
10. Lee Munster, NU
16. Tony Dallago, ILL

184

1. Ed Ruth, PSU
2. Ethen Lofthouse, IOWA
9. Kenny Courts, OSU
10. Max Huntley, MICH
15. Jackson Hein, WIS
17. Brett Pfarr, MINN

197
1. Scott Schiller, MINN
4. Morgan McIntosh, PSU
6. Nick Heflin, OSU
7. Mario Gonzalez, ILL
9. Nathan Burak, IOWA
17. Braden Atwood, PUR
19. Alex Polizzi, NU

Hwt
1. Tony Nelson, MINN
2. Mike McMullan, NU
4. Bobby Telford, IOWA
6. Connor Medbery, WIS
8. Adam Chalfant, IND
10. Jimmy Lawson, PSU
11. Michael McClure, MSU
19. Adam Coon, MICH








In The Wrestling Polls

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Ten Big Ten wrestling teams are ranked or receiving votes in this week's USA Today/NWCA/AWN Division I Coaches poll, with six conference squads earning top 10 status. Penn State, Minnesota and Iowa top the poll at No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3, respectively. Illinois is ranked No. 7, followed by No. 8 Ohio State, No. 10 Nebraska, No. 17 Northwestern, No. 19 Purdue and No. 20 Michigan. Wisconsin is receiving votes in the poll.

For the complete ranking, click here.



National Statistics Roundup

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Numerous Big Ten standouts appear among the top 25 of the final NCAA statistical leaders of 2013. Below is a complete list of Big Ten student-athletes in the top 25, which includes eight in the top 10.

Points Per Game
1. Natalie Cafone, IOWA - 2.48
3. Rachael Mack, MICH - 2.40
19. Abby Barker, MSU - 1.90

Goals Per Game

3. Rachael Mack, MICH - 1.05
4. Natalie Cafone, IOWA - 1.05
10. Abby Barker, MSU - 0.90

Assists Per Game
3. Laura Gebhart, PSU - 0.74
14. Audra Heilman, IND - 0.58

Defensive Saves
T15. Dani Hemeon, IOWA - 5
T15. Sydney Supica - 5

Goals Against Average
5. Maddy Carpenter, NU - 1.14
24. Kylie Licata, PSU - 1.61
25. Kelsey Boyce, IOWA - 1.63

Goalie Win-Loss Percentage
T9. Maddy Carpenter, NU - 0.750
T16. Kylie Licata, PSU - 0.684

Michigan State Remains Atop Both National Polls

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For the third-straight week, Michigan State is the top-ranked team in both the Associated Press (AP) and USA Today Coaches top 25 polls, which were released on Monday.

Along with the Spartans, the Big Ten had five other teams ranked among the top 25 and three in the top 10. In the AP poll, Ohio State was ranked No. 5, followed by No. 8 Wisconsin, No. 22 Michigan and No. 23 Iowa, while Illinois and Indiana received votes.

In the coaches' ballot, Ohio State checked in at No. 3, followed by No. 9 Wisconsin, No. 21 Michigan, No. 23 Indiana and No. 24 Iowa.

Monday's Hockey Result

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December 2
#3/3 MICHIGAN def. OHIO STATE (rv/-), 5-4

Rankings: USCHO.com and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine

Nine Field Hockey Standouts Earn All-America Recognition

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Nine Big Ten field hockey standouts were named to 2013 Longstreth/NFHCA Division I All-American Teams, it was announced on Tuesday. Big Ten Player of the Year Rachael Mack of Michigan was tabbed a first-team selection, while Iowa's Natalie Cafone, Northwestern's Nikki Parsley, and Penn State's Laura Gebhart and Brittany Grzywacz were second-team picks. Indiana's Audra Heilman, Iowa's Dani Hemeon, Michigan State's Abby Barker and Northwestern's Tara Puffenberger claimed third-team honors.

For the complete teams, click here.

Michigan State's Narduzzi Named Finalist for Broyles Award

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Michigan State defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi was named one of five finalists for the Broyles Award, annually given to the nation's top assistant coach, the organization announced Monday. Under Narduzzi, the Michigan State defense leads the nation in total defense, allowing just 237.7 yards per game. The Spartans also rank fourth in the nation in scoring defense with 11.8 points per game, a total that leads the conference.

Since the inception of the Broyles Award in 1996, the Big Ten has one winner in Ohio State's Jim Heacock (2007). The 2013 Broyles Award winner will be announced on Tuesday, Dec. 10, at 11:30 a.m. CT.

Eight Volleyball Squads Ranked in AVCA Top 25

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Eight Big Ten volleyball teams are ranked in the AVCA Division I Coaches poll, released on Monday. Penn State stays at No. 2 for the seventh straight week, while Nebraska and Minnesota join the Nittany Lions in the top 10 at No. 9 and No. 10, respectively. Wisconsin is ranked No. 13, followed by No. 18 Illinois, No. 19 Purdue, No. 20 Michigan State and No. 24 Michigan.

For the full poll, click here.

The Manning Award, sponsored by the Allstate Sugar Bowl, has selected Northwestern's Trevor Siemian and Penn State's Christian Hackenberg as two of eight quarterbacks among its "Stars of the Week." Siemian set a career-high with 414 yards, completing 31-of-44 passes with four touchdowns in the Wildcats' 37-34 road win over Illinois. Against No. 15 Wisconsin, Hackenberg registered his fourth 300-yard game with a career-high four touchdown passes, helping the Nittany Lions defeat the Badgers, 31-24.

College football fans can now go to the Allstate Sugar Bowl Facebook page to vote for what they think was the best performance from this past weekend. When voting closes on Thursday at 11 a.m. (Central), the top vote-getter will be announced as the Manning Award Player of the Week. Click here to vote for the top quarterback performance last week.

Monday's Hockey Schedule

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December 2
#3/3 MICHIGAN at OHIO STATE (rv/rv) - 7 p.m., FS Detroit/SportsTime Ohio

All times are ET
Rankings: USCHO.com and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine

Sunday's Results

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Indiana 87, USC Upstate 38
Hawaii 77, Minnesota 71
IPFW 81, Michigan State 76
Northwestern 82, DePaul 79
Connecticut 70, Ohio State 49

Sunday's Result

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Sunday, Dec. 1
Purdue 68, Siena 63

[20] Old Spice Classic (HP Field House, Orlando, Fla.)

Sunday's Hockey Results

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December 1
MICHIGAN STATE def. Princeton, 8-2
#15/rv Union def. PENN STATE, 5-4

Rankings: USCHO.com and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine

Three Big Ten Teams in Latest BCS Standings

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Three Big Ten programs are ranked among the top 25 in the latest Bowl Championship Series (BCS) standings, including two among the top 10. Ohio State set a school record with its 24th straight victory and improved to 12-0 to move up one spot to No. 2 in the BCS poll, the Buckeyes' highest placement since ending the 2007 campaign at No. 1 overall. Michigan State picked up its 11th win and rose one slot to No. 10 in the BCS poll, the Spartans' highest ranking since being ranked No. 9 on Dec. 5, 2010. Wisconsin made its sixth straight appearance in the BCS poll and stands at No. 21 in the BCS standings.

Sunday's Schedule

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USC Upstate at Indiana, 2 p.m., BTDN
IPFW at #21/18 Michigan State, 4:30 p.m.
Minnesota at Hawaii, 10 p.m.
#25/25 DePaul at Northwestern, 3 p.m.
Ohio State vs. #1/1 Connecticut, 5 p.m., ESPN2

All times are ET

Montee Ball and Terrelle Pryor have been nominated as finalists for the Rose Bowl Game All-Century Class as representatives from the 2010's. The candidates, as voted by an esteemed panel from the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA), are the eleventh, and final, of a series of names that have been unveiled each Sunday throughout the college football regular season. In commemoration of the 100th Rose Bowl Game, the All-Century Class will highlight and honor great players and coaches throughout the history of The Granddaddy of Them All.

At running back for the University of Wisconsin, Ball was twice recognized as the best at his position in the Big Ten Conference and a consensus first-team All-American. He currently holds the NCAA Division I-FBS record for most career rushing touchdowns with 77 and the NCAA Division I-FBS record for most career total touchdowns with 83. In the 2011 Rose Bowl Game, Ball ran for 132 yards and scored one touchdown on 22 carries against TCU. His 132 rush yards, 22 carries and 6.0 yards per carry all are ninth-most in UW bowl history; and his 40-yard run ties for 10th-longest in UW bowl history. In the 2012 Rose Bowl Game, Ball ran for 164 yards and one touchdown on 32 carries versus Oregon and lastly, in the 2013 Rose Bowl Game, he rushed for 100 yards and scored one touchdown. Ball became the first player in history to rush for 100 yards in three consecutive Rose Bowl Games.

Pryor played the best game of his young collegiate career in the 2010 matchup against Oregon. The sophomore racked up career highs in completions (23), pass attempts (37) and passing yards (266). During the 26-17 victory over the Ducks, Pryor threw two touchdowns and ran for a game-high 72 yards on 20 carries. His efforts also earned him Player of the Game honors. The Buckeyes entered the contest having lost three consecutive BCS games, but Pryor's dazzling performance led Ohio State to its first Rose Bowl Game win since 1997. Pryor was a three-year starter for the Buckeyes, earning Big Ten Freshman of the Year honors in 2008 and All-Big Ten Honorable Mention in 2008, 2009 and 2010. In the two-plus years that Pryor led the Buckeyes at quarterback, Ohio State went 31-5, including a 2-1 record in BCS bowl games.

The FWAA voting committee will select one Rose Bowl Game representative from each decade to comprise the All-Century Class. In addition, one overall player and one overall coach will be highlighted at a press conference on Selection Sunday, which will take place on Dec. 8, 2013, in Pasadena.

For more information on the 100th Rose bowl Game, please visit www.tournamentofroses.com.

Five Big Ten Teams Receiving Votes in Latest Polls

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Five Big Ten teams are receiving votes in the latest Associated Press, USA Today Coaches and Harris Interactive polls, including two teams among the top 10. Ohio State improved to 12-0 on the season with a 42-41 win at Michigan, and moved to No. 2 in all three national polls. Michigan State climbed to No. 10 in the AP and Harris poll and No. 9 in the coaches' ballot after a 14-3 win over Minnesota. The Buckeyes and Spartans, who both finished their conference seasons with unbeaten records, are set to meet in the Big Ten Football Championship Game on Saturday, Dec. 7, at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Wisconsin moved to No. 21 in all three ballots. Iowa and Minnesota received votes in both the AP and coaches'  polls.
The Walter Camp Football Foundation announced that Iowa linebacker Christian Kirksey has been named the Football Bowl Subdivision National Defensive Player of the Week, presented by Generation UCAN, for games ending Nov. 30. Kirksey recorded 11 tackles, including three for losses, one sack, one forced fumble and one quarterback hurry in the Hawkeyes' 38-17 win over Nebraska. With the win, Iowa improved to 8-4, 5-3 in the Big Ten. Kirksey is the third Hawkeye player to earn Walter Camp Defensive Player of the Week honors since 2004, joining former Iowa linebackers Chad Greenway (Sept. 5, 2004) and Mike Klinkenborg (Sept. 17, 2006).

Sunday's Hockey Schedule

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December 1
Princeton at MICHIGAN STATE - 1 p.m., XFINITY Channel 900
#15/rv Union at PENN STATE - 7 p.m.

All times are ET
Rankings: USCHO.com and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine

Sunday's Men's Basketball Schedule

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Sunday, Dec. 1
Purdue vs. Siena, 5 p.m. ET [20] (ESPN3)

[20] Old Spice Classic (HP Field House, Orlando, Fla.)

Week 14 Stat Breakdown

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Rushing: Nine Big Ten rushers recorded 100 or more yards on the ground, led by the Ohio State duo of running back Carlos Hyde with 226 yards and one touchdown and quarterback Braxton Miller with 153 yards and three scores in a victory at Michigan. Indiana produced three 100-yard rushers in Tre Roberson (154 yards), Stephen Houston (120 yards, 2 TDs) and D'Angelo Roberts (113 yards). Other Big Ten 100-yard rushers were Michigan State's Jeremy Langford (134 yards, 1 TD), Penn State's Zach Zwinak (115 yards), Illinois' Josh Ferguson (110 yards, 2 TDs) and Minnesota's David Cobb (101 yards).

Passing: Six Big Ten signal callers threw for more than 300 yards, led by 400-yard outings for Purdue's Danny Etling (485 yards, 4 TDs), Michigan's Devin Gardner (451 yards, 4 TDs) and Northwestern's Trevor Siemian (414 yards, 4 TDs). Big Ten 300-yard passers were Penn State's Christian Hackenberg (339 yards, 4 TDs), Wisconsin's Joel Stave (339 yards, 3 TDs) and Illinois' Nathan Scheelhaase (307 yards, 2 TDs).

Receiving: Nine Big Ten players totaled 100 or more receiving yards, led by Northwestern's Christian Jones with 13 receptions for 182 yards and two touchdowns at Illinois. Other Big Ten 100-yard receivers were Michigan's Jeremy Gallon (175 yards, 1 TD), Illinois' Steve Hull (155 yards, 1 TD), the Purdue duo of Danny Anthrop (151 yards, 1 TD) and DeAngelo Yancey (125 yards, 1 TD), Wisconsin's Jared Abbrederis (135 yards), Penn State's Allen Robinson (122 yards), Northwestern's Rashad Lawrence (112 yards, 1 TD) and Indiana's Cody Latimer (110 yards, 1 TD).

Tackles: Seventeen conference standouts finished with 10 or more tackles, led by two defenders with 17 defensive stops - Illinois' Jonathan Brown and Nebraska's Michael Rose. The Northwestern tandem of Chi Chi Ariguzo and Damien Proby and Ohio State's Ryan Shazier collected 14 tackles. Michigan State's Denicos Allen registered 13 stops while Purdue's Will Lucas posted 12 tackles.

Tackles for Loss: Ten Big Ten defenders recorded 2.0 or more tackles for loss (TFLs), led by Iowa's James Morris with four TFLs, including one sack, against Nebraska. Fellow-Hawkeye Christian Kirksey (1 sack) and the Cornhuskers' Michael Rose collected three TFLs each, while the Michigan State duo of Shilique Calhoun and Marcus Rush (2 sacks) both posted 2.5 TFLs.

Saturday's Men's Basketball Results

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Nebraska defeated Northern Illinois, while #23/23 Iowa and Penn State came up short in the championship games of the respective Battle 4 Atlantis and Barclays Center Classic.

Saturday, Nov. 30

Villanova 88, #23/23 Iowa 83 (OT) [18]
Nebraska 63, Northern Illinois 58
Ole Miss 79, Penn State 76 [21]

[18] Battle 4 Atlantis (Paradise Island, Bahamas)
[21] Barclays Center Classic (Barclays Center, Brooklyn, N.Y.)