January 2014 Archives

Friday's Hockey Results

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#12/12 MICHIGAN 3, #9/9 WISCONSIN 1
Tyler Motte and Alex Guptill scored in a 1:20 span in the first period, Zach Hyman added a second-period goal, and Zach Nagelvoort made 26 saves to lead the 12th-ranked University of Michigan men's hockey team to a 3-1 win over No. 9 Wisconsin on Friday night (Jan. 31) at Yost Ice Arena. With the win, Michigan head coach Red Berenson is now tied with Rick Comley for fourth on the all-time Division I coaching wins list with 783 wins in 30 years behind the bench at U-M. RECAP

OHIO STATE (rv/-) 5, PENN STATE 1
Behind 46 saves from freshman goalie Christian Frey and 11 points from its junior class, the Ohio State men's hockey team downed Penn State, 5-1, Friday in Value City Arena. Juniors Ryan Dzingel and Max McCormick each scored twice in the win, with Big Ten leading scorer Dzingel adding an assist for a three-point night. Junior Tanner Fritz had two assists in the victory. RECAP

MICHIGAN STATE 2, #1/1 MINNESOTA 2 (MSU wins shootout, 2-1)

Michigan State and top-ranked Minnesota played to a 2-2 tie, while the Spartans picked up an extra point in the Big Ten standings by winning the shootout, on Friday night at Mariucci Arena in Minneapolis, Minn. With the teams still knotted, 2-2, after 65 minutes, it took six rounds in the shootout to decide the team that would earn an additional point in the Big Ten standings. After Matt Berry and Taylor Cammarata both scored in the fifth round of the shootout, JT Stenglein opened the sixth round with a blast that beat Minnesota goaltender Adam Wilcox. Jake Hildebrand responded by stoning Sam Warning at the other end, giving MSU the 2-1 shootout win. RECAP

Women's Gymnastics Schedule

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Jan. 31
IOWA at #17 ILLINOIS - 8 p.m. ET (Airs on BTN via tape delay on Feb. 1 at 10 a.m. ET)
MICHIGAN STATE at #4 MICHIGAN - 8 p.m. ET

Feb. 1
#24 PENN STATE at #21 OHIO STATE - 4 p.m. ET
#14 MINNESOTA at #8 NEBRASKA - 7 p.m. ET

Men's Gymnastics Schedule

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Feb. 1
#4 OHIO STATE at #2 MICHIGAN - 2 p.m. ET
#10 IOWA at #1 Oklahoma - 6 p.m. ET
#8 ILLINOIS, #9 NEBRASKA at #7 MINNESOTA - 8 p.m. ET

Women's Swimming & Diving Schedule

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Jan. 31
#14 Louisville at #11 INDIANA - 5 p.m. ET
#21 MICHIGAN, NEBRASKA at #19 OHIO STATE - 6 p.m. ET

Jan. 31-Feb. 1 
IOWA, NORTHWESTERN at Shamrock Invitational - All Day
#21 MICHIGAN, NEBRASKA at #19 OHIO STATE - 6 p.m./11 a.m. ET
#13 MINNESOTA, WISCONSIN, #18 PURDUE at Big Ten Triple Duals (West Lafayette, Ind.) - 6 p.m./noon ET

Feb. 1  
St. Bonaventure, Towson at #17 PENN STATE - 1 p.m. ET

Men's Swimming & Diving Schedule

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Jan. 31
#7 Louisville at #8 INDIANA - 5 p.m. ET
NORTHWESTERN at Milwaukee - 6 p.m. ET
West Virginia at #9 OHIO STATE - 6 p.m. ET

Jan. 31-Feb. 1
#25 IOWA at Shamrock Invitational (South Bend, Ind.) - All Day
#14 MINNESOTA, #17 PURDUE, WISCONSIN at Big Ten Triple Duals (West Lafayette, Ind.) - 6 p.m./noon ET

Feb. 1
#1 MICHIGAN at #9 OHIO STATE - 11 a.m. ET
St. Bonaventure, Towson at #23 PENN STATE - 1 p.m. ET

Weekend Schedule

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January 31
#42 ILLINOIS at #23 Notre Dame - 2:30 p.m. CT
#39 INDIANA at Western Michigan - 1 p.m. ET
IOWA at #28 Oklahoma - 2 p.m CT
Cleveland State at MICHIGAN STATE - 3 p.m. ET
Kansas at #36 NEBRASKA - 4 p.m. CT
Syracuse at #71 OHIO STATE - 1 p.m. ET
Youngstown State at #71 OHIO STATE - 6 p.m. ET

February 1
IOWA vs. #33 Memphis [1] - 11 a.m. CT
MINNESOTA vs. Washington State [2] - 10 a.m. CT
#40 Kentucky at #50 PENN STATE - 10 a.m. ET
#25 TCU at #30 PURDUE - 12 p.m. ET
WISCONSIN at Marquette - 12 p.m. CT

February 2
#25 TCU at #42 ILLINOIS - 1 p.m. CT
#39 INDIANA at #23 Notre Dame - 10 a.m. ET
#11 MICHIGAN at #26 Tennessee - 11 a.m. ET
Eastern Michigan at MICHIGAN STATE - 11 a.m. ET
MINNESOTA at Montana - 9 a.m. CT
#15 Vanderbilt at #16 NORTHWESTERN - 11 a.m. CT
Northern Illinois at WISCONSIN - 3 p.m. CT

[1] Norman, Okla.
[2] Missoula, Mont.

Weekend Schedule

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January 31
#19 ILLINOIS at #15 Duke - 5 p.m. CT
#35 NC State at #57 INDIANA - 1 p.m. ET
Eastern Kentucky at #57 INDIANA - 6 p.m. ET
Wisconsin-Green Bay at #39 MINNESOTA - 12 p.m. CT
Marquette at #39 MINNESOTA - 6 p.m. CT

February 1
#19 ILLINOIS at #36 North Carolina - 5 p.m. CT
Illinois State at IOWA - 10 a.m. CT
Western Illinois at IOWA - 3 p.m. CT
Ball State at #48 MICHIGAN STATE - 12 p.m. ET
Eastern Illinois at #48 MICHIGAN STATE - 6 p.m. ET
South Dakota State at #67 WISCONSIN - 11 a.m. CT
Bradley at #67 WISCONSIN - 4 p.m. CT

February 2
#57 INDIANA at #8 Oklahoma - 9:30 a.m. ET
#35 NC State at #26 MICHIGAN - 12 p.m. ET
#63 Arkansas at  #39 MINNESOTA - 12 p.m. CT
#29 NORTHWESTERN at #21 Vanderbilt - 12 p.m. CT
#33 Virginia Tech at PENN STATE - 11 a.m. ET
Cleveland State at PENN STATE - 5 p.m. ET
#73 PURDUE at #7 Baylor - 1 p.m. CT
#70 Tulane at #67 WISCONSIN - 12 p.m. CT

Friday's Hockey Schedule

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January 31
#9/9 WISCONSIN at #12/12 MICHIGAN - 6:30 p.m., BTN
PENN STATE at OHIO STATE (rv/-) - 7 p.m.
MICHIGAN STATE at #1/1 MINNESOTA - 9 p.m., BTN

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

Weekly Award Wrap-Up

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Twenty-eight Big Ten student-athletes in 12 different sports collected awards from the conference office during the week of Jan. 27. Below is the complete list of honorees.

Men's Basketball
Player of the Week - Nik Stauskas, MICH
Freshman of the Week - Derrick Walton, Jr., MICH

Women's Basketball
Co-Players of the Week - Maggie Lucas, PSU & Liza Clemons, PUR
Player of the Week Honor Roll - Jacqui Grant, ILL; Theairra Taylor, IOWA & Nia Coffey, NU
Freshman of the Week - Nia Coffey, NU

Men's Gymnastics
Gymnast of the Week - Trevor Howard, PSU
Freshman of the Week - Chandler Eggleston, ILL

Women's Gymnastics
Gymnast of the Week - Lindsay Mable, MINN
Event Specialist of the Week - Reema Zakharia, MICH
Freshman of the Week - Nicole Artz, MICH

Hockey
First Star - JT Compher, MICH
Second Star - Christian Frey, OSU
Third Star - Adam Wilcox, MINN

Men's Indoor Track & Field
Track Athlete of the Week - Matt Schwartzer, IND
Field Athlete of the Week - Michael Lihrman, WIS

Women's Indoor Track & Field
Track Athlete of the Week - Kadecia Baird, NEB
Field Athlete of the Week - Dani Bunch, PUR

Men's Swimming & Diving
Swimmer of the Week - Kyler Van Swol, MINN
Diver of the Week - Manny Pollard, MINN
Freshman of the Week - Andrew Cramer, NU

Women's Swimming & Diving
Swimmer of the Week - Brooklynn Snodgrass, IND
Diver of the Week - Sarah McCrady, MINN
Freshman of the Week - Gia Dalesandro, IND

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

Women's Tennis
Athlete of the Week - Veronica Corning, NU

Wrestling
Wrestler of the Week - Sam Brancale, MINN

Weekend Schedule

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Friday, Jan. 31
INDIANA at Indian Relays - Bloomington, Ind.
IOWA at Bill Bergen Invite - Ames, Iowa
MINNESOTA at Bill Bergen Invite - Ames, Iowa
PENN STATE at PSU National - University Park, Pa.
WISCONSIN at Bill Bergen Invite - Ames, Iowa

Saturday, Feb. 1
INDIANA at Indian Relays - Bloomington, Ind.
IOWA at Bill Bergen Invite - Ames, Iowa
#12 MICHIGAN vs. MICHIGAN STATE - Allendale, Mich.
MINNESOTA at Bill Bergen Invite - Ames, Iowa
NEBRASKA at New Mexico Team Invitational - Albuquerque, N.M.
PENN STATE at PSU National - University Park, Pa.
WISCONSIN at Bill Bergen Invite - Ames, Iowa

Weekend Schedule

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Friday, Jan. 31
#18 ILLINOIS at Indiana Relays - Bloomington, Ind.
INDIANA at Indiana Relays - Bloomington, Ind.
IOWA at Bill Bergen Invite - Ames, Iowa
#15 MINNESOTA at Bill Bergen Invite - Ames, Iowa
OHIO STATE at Indiana Relays - Bloomington, Ind.
#7 PENN STATE at PSU National - University Park, Pa.
#4 WISCONSIN at Bill Bergen Invite - Ames, Iowa

Saturday, Feb. 1
#18 ILLINOIS at Indiana Relays - Bloomington, Ind.
INDIANA at Indiana Relays - Bloomington, Ind.
IOWA at Bill Bergen Invite - Ames, Iowa
MICHIGAN vs. MICHIGAN STATE - Allendale, Mich.
#15 MINNESOTA at Bill Bergen Invite - Ames, Iowa
#15 MINNESOTA at Warren Bowlus Open - Menomonie, Wis.
#9 NEBRASKA at New Mexico Team Invitational - Albuquerque, N.M.
OHIO STATE at Indiana Relays - Bloomington, Ind.
#7 PENN STATE at PSU National - University Park, Pa.
#4 WISCONSIN at Bill Bergen Invite - Ames, Iowa
#4 WISCONSIN at Squig Converse Invitational - Whitewater, Wis.

Weekend Schedule

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Friday, Jan. 31
#11 Michigan at #12 Ohio State
#1 Penn State at Michigan State, BTDN
#24 Purdue at Indiana, BTDN
#3 Iowa at #19 Northwestern, BTDN

Saturday, Feb. 1
#8 Nebraska at #17 Illinois, BTN

Sunday, Feb. 2
#1 Penn State at #11 Michigan, BTN
#21 North Dakota State at #15 Wisconsin
Indiana at #2 Minnesota, BTDN

Monday, Feb. 3
#12 Ohio State at #24 Purdue, BTN

Thursday's Men's Basketball Results

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Both home teams held serve on Thursday, with Nebraska overcoming Indiana and Michigan pulling away from Purdue. The Wolverines remained unbeaten in Big Ten play and atop the conference standings.

Thursday, Jan. 30
Nebraska 60, Indiana 55 - AP Recap
#10/14 Michigan 75, Purdue 66 - AP Recap

Rankings are AP/USA Today Coaches

Thursday's Results

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Northwestern 58, Indiana 52
It was another close Big Ten battle Thursday night between the Wildcats and Hoosiers with Northwestern prevailing 58-52 down the stretch. With nine ties and nine lead changes, the Wildcats drained their free throws down the stretch to improve to 14-7 on the year, 4-4 in the Big Ten and are now winners in back-to-back Big Ten contests. Lauren Douglas led NU with 16 points off the bench while Maggie Lyon made some clutch shots down the stretch to finish with 14. Christen Inman also added 12 while Alex Cohen had a game-high 10 rebounds and four blocks. Lyndsay Leikem led IU with 18 points. RECAP

Michigan State 71, Wisconsin 67
The Michigan State women's basketball team held off Wisconsin on Thursday night for a 71-67 victory at the Breslin Center. The Spartan (14-7) remain alone in second place in the Big Ten at 6-2 at the midway point of conference play. Five Spartans scored in double digits in the balanced offense attack. Senior Annalise Pickrel led the Spartans in points (14), rebounds (8) and assists (4). Junior Becca Mills added 13 points on 6-for-11 shooting, while freshmen Tori Jankoska and Aerial Powers each had 12 points, six rebounds and three assists. Junior Kiana Johnson had 11 points and tied Pickrel with four assists off the bench. RECAP

Ohio State 90, Illinois 64
Ameryst Alston recorded career highs with 31 points and 10 assists and Raven Ferguson continued her stellar play off the bench with a career-high 24 points as the Buckeyes posted a 90-64 win over visiting Illinois Thursday evening at Value City Arena. It was Alston's first career double-double and marked the first 10-assist game by a Buckeye since Samantha Prahalis on Dec. 30, 2011. Alston was 9 of 13 from the field and 11 of 12 from the line. Ferguson was equally impressive, hitting 7 of 11 and 8 of 10 from the stripe to go along with four assists. RECAP

Penn State 75, Purdue 72
In the kind of game you would expect from a pair of ranked teams, the #13/12 Penn State Lady Lions (16-4, 7-1 Big Ten) landed four players in double figures and held off a late run as they posted a 75-72 over #16/19 Purdue (15-5, 5-3) Thursday night. Maggie Lucas scored 23 points on the night to move into second place on Penn State's career scoring list and ninth place in Big Ten history (2,259 points). Lucas turned in a complete performance to go along with her 23 points, she had five rebounds, six assists and a pair of steals. She was efficient, hitting on 9-of-15 shots from the field for her 23 tallies. Ariel Edwards also turned in a 20-point performance with 21 tallies with six rebounds, four assists and two steals. RECAP

Wildcard Designations Confirmed for Feb. 22/23

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The Wildcard designations for the weekend of Feb. 22/23 have been announced by BTN and CBS.

On Saturday, Feb. 22, Northwestern will host Indiana beginning at 8:15 p.m. ET on BTN.

On Sunday, Feb. 23, Michigan will host Michigan State at Noon ET on CBS, while Nebraska will entertain Purdue at 4:15 p.m. ET on BTN. 

Four Big Ten Standouts Named Academic All-District

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Nebraska's Shavon Shields, Northwestern's Drew Crawford and Dave Sobolewski and Ohio State's Aaron Craft were all named CoSIDA/Capital One Academic All-District on Thursday. Craft, Crawford and Sobolewski were named to the Academic All-District 5 Team, while Sheilds was recognized by District 7.

Shields ranks 26th in the Big Ten in scoring at 11.0 points per game, and is the Cornhuskers' second leading scorer. He is also averaging 5.7 rebounds per game while shooting nearly 42 percent (.417) from the field. The sophomore forward from Olathe, Kan., is majoring in microbiology.

Crawford, a 2011-12 Academic All-American, graduated last spring with a degree in Economics. The Naperville, Ill., native is a three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree and a nominee for the 2013-14 Allstate Good Works Team. Crawford is averaging 16.2 points per game this season, and is coming off a 30-point performance in a win at Wisconsin on Wednesday.

Sobolewski is in his third season at Northwestern. The 2012-13 Academic All-Big Ten selection is studying Economics at Northwestern. The captain leads the team with 3.2 assists per game this season. He is also averaging 6.3 points and 2.3 rebounds per game in 17 appearances.

Craft was named the 2013 Capital One Academic All-America of the Year and was a first-team Academic All-American in 2012 and 2013. He picked up first-team All-Big Ten honors from the conference's head coaches last season, and was a second-team All-Big Ten honoree per the media contingent. Craft became Ohio State's all-time assist leader earlier this season, and is third on the Big Ten career steals list. He currently leads the Big Ten in steals per game (2.4).

To be selected for the CoSIDA Academic All-District Team, student-athletes must maintain a grade point average of 3.3 or higher in both undergraduate and graduate work.   



 

 
 

In The Polls

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Eight Big Ten women's tennis teams appear in the latest ITA College Tennis Rankings, released on Wednesday. Michigan leads all conference squads in the rankings, coming in at No. 11. Northwestern (No. 16), Purdue (No. 30), Nebraska (No. 36), Indiana (No. 39), Illinois (No. 42) and Penn State (No. 50) also rank in the top 50. Ohio State rounds out the poll at No. 71.

In The Polls

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Ten Big Ten men's tennis teams appear in the latest ITA College Tennis Rankings, released on Wednesday. Ohio State leads conference squads in the poll, coming in at No. 5. Illinois (No. 19), Michigan (No. 26), Northwestern (No. 29), Minnesota (No. 39) and Michigan State (No. 48) also rank in the top 50. Indiana checks in at No. 57, followed by No. 59 Nebraska and No. 67 Wisconsin. Purdue rounds out the poll at No. 73.

Thursday's Schedule

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#12/13 Penn State at #19/16 Purdue, 6 p.m., BTN
Illinois at Ohio State, 7 p.m., BTDN
Northwestern at Indiana, 7 p.m., BTDN
Wisconsin at Michigan State, 7 p.m., BTDN

All times are ET

Michigan's Elmblad Named Academic All-District Honoree

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Michigan's Nicole Elmblad was named to the Capital One Academic All-District first team on Thursday. With her selection to the first team, she is now eligible for the national ballot. A Big Ten Distinguished Scholar in 2012 and a biopsychology, cognition and neuroscience major, Elmblad has started all 21 games for the Wolverines this season. She has recorded six double-doubles and is averaging 12.4 points and 8.1 rebounds in 36.5 minutes per game. Elmblad leads the Big Ten and U-M in minutes played, while pacing the Wolverines in steals (30) and ranking second in rebounds (170) and assists (68). The lefty is also Michigan's captain and has set career highs in every statistical category this season.

Thursday's Men's Basketball Schedule

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Two games are on Thursday's Big Ten men's basketball slate, with Nebraska hosting Indiana and Michigan entertaining Purdue.

Thursday, Jan. 30
Indiana at Nebraska, 8:15 p.m. (BTN) - NEB Game Notes - IND Game Notes
Purdue at #10/14 Michigan, 9 p.m. (ESPN) - MICH Game Notes - PUR Game Notes

All times Eastern
Rankings are AP/USA Today Coaches

Wednesday's Results

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Iowa 64, Minnesota 56
Iowa (17-5 overall, 5-3 Big Ten Conference) led wire-to-wire in its last three wins at Wisconsin and Ohio State and at home versus Indiana. Against the Gophers (13-9, 2-6), the Hawkeyes led all but 1-minute, 56-seconds in the second half and came out on top for a fifth time in the last six games. Iowa was ahead by 18 points -- 63-45 -- with 2:06 remaining. "I don't remember coming to Minnesota and having that situation ever before," UI head coach Lisa Bluder said of the late lopsided score. "It feels really good. I felt our team's defense was very good; our rebounding in the second half was good. It was such a great team performance." UI junior Samantha Logic was two rebounds from a triple-double, finishing with 12 points, 10 assists, and eight boards. RECAP

#rv/23 Nebraska 84, Michigan 51
All-American Jordan Hooper erupted for 25 points and 10 rebounds to join an elite trio of Nebraska legends with 2,000 points and 1,000 boards, as the Huskers rolled to an 84-51 win over Michigan Wednesday. On a night when Nebraska honored 2010 All-American Kelsey Griffin with her jersey retirement, Hooper joined Griffin and Karen Jennings as the only Huskers in history with 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds. Hooper notched her ninth double-double of the season, grabbing her 10th rebound with just over four minutes left in the game to reach 1,000 for her career. RECAP

Wednesday's Men's Basketball Results

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Both road teams captured wins on Wednesday's Big Ten men's basketball slate, with Penn State outlasting Ohio State in overtime and Northwestern pulling away from Wisconsin at the Kohl Center.

Wednesday, Jan. 29
Penn State 71, #24/23 Ohio State 70 (OT) - AP Recap
Northwestern 65, #14/13 Wisconsin 56 - AP Recap

All times Eastern
Rankings are AP/USA Today Coaches

Seven student-athletes from six Big Ten schools were selected to the "Watch List" for the 2014 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award, as announced by the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America and USA Softball on Wednesday.

The Big Ten's representatives on the watch list were Iowa's Megan Blank, Michigan's Sara Driesenga and Sierra Romero, Minnesota's Kaitlin Richardson, Nebraska's Tatum Edwards, Purdue's Andie Varsho and Wisconsin's Mary Massei. All seven standouts were named first-team All-Big Ten in 2013.

The top 25 Finalists for the 2014 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award will be announced April 9. The top 10 Finalists will be announced May 7 and the Top 3 Finalists will be announced May 21. On May 27 prior to the start of the 2014 NCAA Women's College World Series (WCWS) in Oklahoma City, the 2014 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year will be revealed.

Big Ten's Top 50 "Watch List" members 2014 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year
Megan Blank, Iowa
Sara Driesenga, Michigan
Sierra Romero, Michigan
Kaitlin Richardson, Minnesota
Tatum Edwards, Nebraska
Andie Varsho, Purdue
Mary Massei, Wisconsin

Wednesday's Schedule

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Iowa at Minnesota, 8 p.m., BTDN
Michigan at #rv/23 Nebraska, 8 p.m., BTDN

All times are ET

Wednesday's Men's Basketball Schedule

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On Wednesday's Big Ten men's basketball slate, #24/23 Ohio State will host Penn State, while #14/13 Wisconsin will entertain Northwestern in a doubleheader on BTN.

Wednesday, Jan. 29
Penn State at #24/23 Ohio State, 7 p.m. (BTN) - OSU Game Notes - PSU Game Notes
Northwestern at #14/13 Wisconsin, 9 p.m. (BTN) - WIS Game Notes - NU Game Notes

All times Eastern
Rankings are AP/USA Today Coaches

Tuesday's Result: Michigan State Tops Iowa in OT

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At Carver-Hawkeye Arena, Michigan State outlasted Iowa in overtime to improve to 8-1 in Big Ten play on Tuesday.

Tuesday, Jan. 28
#7/6 Michigan State 71, #15/12 Iowa 69 (OT) - AP Recap

Iowa Hosts Michigan State on "Super Tuesday"

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The Big Ten's "Super Tuesday" contest will feature #15/12 Iowa hosting #7/6 Michigan State in the seventh matchup between ranked foes during the Big Ten men's basketball season.

Tuesday, Jan. 28
#7/6 Michigan State at #15/12 Iowa, 7 p.m. (ESPN) - IOWA Game Notes - MSU Game Notes

All times Eastern
Rankings are AP/USA Today Coaches

Stauskas Named National Player of the Week

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Michigan's Nik Stauskas, who claimed Big Ten Player of the Week honors for the second consecutive week on Monday, was named the U.S. Basketball Writers Association's Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week on Tuesday.

Stauskas, a native of Mississauga, Ontario, averaged 22.5 points, 4.5 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 1.0 steals per game in leading Michigan to wins over Iowa and Michigan State, a pair of AP top-10 teams. For the week, he shot 57.7 percent (15-of-26) from the field, 60.0 percent (9-of-15) from three-point range and 85.7 percent (6-of-7) from the free throw line.

Against Iowa, Stauskas scored a career-high tying 26 points on eight field goals, handed out five assists, pulled down five rebounds, tallied one steal and recorded one block. He scored 19 points in the road win at Michigan State, including a 5-of-6 effort on three-pointers, dished out four assists, collected two rebounds and tallied one steal. He currently ranks second in the Big Ten in scoring at 18.5 points per game, and leads the conference in three-point field goal percentage at 44.8 percent.

Michigan, which sits in sole possession of first-place in the Big Ten standings, will host Purdue on Thursday. 

All Seven Teams Ranked in Top 10

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All seven Big Ten men's gymnastics teams are ranked among the top 10 in the latest GymInfo Top 25 poll. Michigan leads the way for the conference at No. 2, followed by No. 4 Ohio State and No. 6 Penn State. Minnesota checks in at No. 7, while Illinois follows at No. 8. Nebraska and Iowa are ranked No. 9 and No. 10, respectively.

For the complete poll, click here.

Michigan and Nebraska are both ranked among the top 10 in the ESPN.com/USA Softball preseason poll, which was released on Tuesday. The Wolverines open the season ranked No. 4, while the Cornhuskers were No. 9. Reigning Big Ten Champion Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa also received votes in the preseason poll.

The preseason rankings mirrored last week's NFCA preseason poll, in which Michigan was slotted fifth and Nebraska was ranked No. 9.

Michigan is set to return 16 letterwinners from a team that captured its sixth consecutive Big Ten title and advanced to the Women's College World Series for the 10th time. Highlighting the Wolverines' returners is sophomore shortstop Sierra Romero, who claimed Big Ten Player and Freshman of the Year honors last season. Michigan also returns first-team All-Big Ten performers Caitlin Blanchard, Sara Driesenga, Sierra Lawrence and Lauren Sweet, and Haylie Wagner, who was named to the All-Big Ten second team. Head coach Carol Hutchins enters her 30th season at Michigan - she has won three consecutive Big Ten Coach of the Year awards. The Wolverines will open the season in Tampa, Fla., where they will take on No. 4 Florida on Feb. 8.  

Nebraska won 45 games last season and earned the program's seventh trip to the WCWS. The Huskers will return seven starters from last year's team, including its entire pitching staff. Tatum and Taylor Edwards, who are twins, both return as first-team All-Big Ten performers. Second-team All-Big Ten returners include Alicia Armstrong and Emily Lockman. The Huskers will open the season against UTEP on Feb. 7 in Las Cruces, N.M.

Wisconsin returns 14 letterwinners from last year's team that made its fourth NCAA Tournament appearance. Among the Badgers' returners is senior outfielder Mary Massei, who was a unanimous selection to the All-Big Ten first team in 2013. Cassandra Darrah, Stefanni LaJeunesse and Maria Van Abel, who were all named to the Big Ten All-Tournament team after the Badgers' run to the championship, also return to bolster Wisconsin's lineup. The Badgers, who enter their fourth year under the tutelage of head coach Yvette Healy, will open the 2014 season on Feb. 7 against No. 4 Florida in the USF Wilson-Demarini Tournament, along with Michigan.

Minnesota returns 14 letterwinners from last year's squad that advanced to the NCAA Tournament and posted the program's most successful season in a decade. The Golden Gophers will welcome back first-team All-Big Ten selections Sara Moulton, Kaitlyn Richardson and Tyler Walker. Minnesota head coach Jessica Allister enters her fourth year at the helm. The Gophers will open the season on Feb. 7 at the Tiger Classic in Baton Rouge, La.

Iowa returns 11 letterwinners and six starters from last year's team that won 30 games. The Hawkeyes' lineup will be bolstered by the return of first-team All-Big Ten performer Megan Blank and pitcher Kayla Massey, who was named to the Big Ten All-Defensive Team in 2013. Iowa will open the season on Feb. 7 at the Carolina Classic, where the Hawkeyes will take on host South Carolina on the first day of competition.

Two Big Ten Women's Indoor Track & Field squads appear in the latest USTFCCA poll, released on Tuesday. Michigan checks in at No. 12, while Purdue follows at No. 14.

For the complete ranking, click here.




Five Big Ten Men's Indoor Track & Field teams are ranked in the latest USTFCCCA poll, released on Tuesday. Three teams appear in the top 10, as Wisconsin comes in at No. 4, followed by No. 7 Penn State and No. 9 Nebraska. Minnesota checks in at No. 15 and Illinois is ranked No. 18.

Click here for the complete poll.


Ranking the Wrestlers

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Big Ten wrestling boasts 67 ranked wrestlers in the InterMat College Rankings, and the conference 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. Iowa
3. Minnesota
7. Nebraska
10. Illinois
11. Michigan
T-12. Northwestern
T-12. Ohio State
17. Wisconsin
21. Indiana
33. Michigan State
40. Purdue

125
2. Nico Megaludis, PSU
3. Jesse Delgado, ILL
5. Thomas Gilman, IOWA
9. Tim Lambert, NEB
10. Ryan Taylor, WIS
15. Nick Roberts, OSU

133
3. Tony Ramos, IOWA
5. Johnni DiJulius, OSU
6. Tyler Graff, WIS
9. David Thorn, MINN
11. Zane Richards, ILL
15. Cashe Quiroga, PUR
16. Jimmy Gulibon, PSU

141

2. Zain Retherford, PSU
3. Logan Stieber, OSU
6. Chris Dardanes, MINN
8. Steven Rodrigues, ILL
9. Josh Dziewa, IOWA
13. Steve Dutton, MICH

149
3. Nick Dardanes, MINN
4. Jason Tsirtsis, NU
5. Jake Sueflohn, NEB
7. Eric Grajales, MICH
12. Brody Grothus, IOWA
15. Zach Beitz, PSU
18. Ian Paddock, OSU

157
1. James Green, NEB
2. Derek St. John, IOWA
4. Dylan Alton, PSU
6. Isaac Jordan, WIS
7. Taylor Walsh, IND
8. Dylan Ness, MINN
13. Zac Brunson, ILL
14. Brian Murphy, MICH

165
1. David Taylor, PSU
4. Nick Moore, IOWA
6. Dan Yates, MICH
7. Pierce Harger, NU
13. Jackson Morse, ILL

174
3. Matt Brown, PSU
4. Robert Kokesh, NEB
5. Mike Evans, IOWA
6. Logan Storley, MINN
14. Mark Martin, OSU
15. Lee Munster, NU

184

2. Ed Ruth, PSU
4. Ethen Lofthouse, IOWA
8. Kevin Steinhaus, MINN
9. TJ Dudley, NEB
10. Kenny Courts, OSU
20. Domenic Abounader, MICH

197
1. Scott Schiller, MINN
4. Mario Gonzalez, ILL
7. Morgan McIntosh, PSU
8. Nick Heflin, OSU
14. Braden Atwood, PUR
16. Nathan Burak, IOWA
17. Alex Polizzi, NU
20. Caleb Kolb, NEB

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









In The Wrestling Polls

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Ten Big Ten wrestling squads are ranked in this week's USA Today, NWCA/AWN Division I Coaches poll, with conference teams claiming the top three spots. Penn State, Minnesota and Iowa top the poll at No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3, respectively. Nebraska joins them in the top 10 at No. 8, followed by No. 11 Michigan, No. 12 Ohio State, No. 15 Wisconsin, No. 17 Illinois, No. 19 Northwestern and No. 24 Purdue.

For the complete ranking, click here.


Monday's Result

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Purdue 80, Illinois 68
Courtney Moses led a balanced scoring attack with 22 points as No. 19 Purdue beat Illinois for the sixth consecutive time, 80-68 on Monday. KK Houser added 17 points and six assists for Purdue (15-5, 5-3 Big Ten). April Wilson had 15 and eight rebounds and Liza Clemons scored 13. Jacqui Grant scored 22 points and grabbed seven rebounds for Illinois (9-11, 2-5). Ivory Crawford added 15 points and 10 rebounds. Illinois pulled within 56-54 midway through the second half after two consecutive baskets by Grant. Then Purdue went on a 12-2 run, capped by a 3-pointer by Moses with 6:26 left, and the Boilermakers led by double digits from the 5-minute mark on. RECAP

Four Teams Ranked in Top 15

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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 four in the top 20. In the AP poll, Michigan State was ranked No. 7, followed by No. 10 Michigan, No. 14 Wisconsin, No. 15 Iowa and No. 24 Ohio State. In the coaches' ballot, Michigan State was ranked No. 6, followed by No. 12 Iowa, No. 13 Wisconsin, No. 14 Michigan and No. 23 Ohio State.

Six Teams Ranked in Latest Top 25 Poll

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Six Big Ten women's swimming & diving squads appear in the latest NCAA Top 25 Poll. Indiana leads the way for the conference at No. 11, followed by No. 13 Minnesota, No. 17 Penn State and No. 18 Purdue. Ohio State is ranked No. 19, while Michigan checks in at No. 21.

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

For the complete poll, click here.  

Seven Teams Appear in Latest Top 25 Poll

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Seven Big Ten men's swimming & diving teams appear in the updated NCAA Top 25 poll. Michigan tops the poll at No. 1, followed by No. 8 Indiana and No. 9 Ohio State. Minnesota is ranked No. 14, while Purdue checks in at No. 17. Penn State and Iowa are ranked No. 23 and No. 25, respectively.

All 10 teams will compete in the Big Ten Championships in Ann Arbor, Mich., beginning Feb. 26. Michigan was last year's Big Ten Champion, and went on to capture the national championship. 

For the complete poll, click here.

Six Teams Ranked in Latest GymInfo Poll

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Six Big Ten women's gymnastics squads are ranked in the latest GymInfo Top 25 poll, including two among the top 10. Michigan and Nebraska check in at No. 4 and No. 8, respectively. Minnesota is ranked No. 14, followed by No. 17 Illinois, No. 21 Ohio State and No. 24 Penn State.

For the complete poll, click here. 

In The Polls

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Minnesota remains No. 1 in both national polls and has held down the top spot in one or both polls every week since Oct. 21. The Gophers have posted their best record through 24 games since 2006-07, when the team was 19-2-3 en route to the NCAA West Regional Final. Last weekend, Minnesota claimed the inaugural North Star College Cup at Xcel Energy Center with a 4-1 victory over then-No. 5 St. Cloud State followed by a 4-4 tie and shootout win against Minnesota Duluth.

Wisconsin, which split with Ohio State at the Kohl Center last weekend, remained at No. 9 in both polls for the third consecutive week. The Badgers will visit Michigan this weekend, which climbed two spots to No. 12 in both polls following a sweep of Michigan State. The Wolverines defeated the Spartans 2-1 Thursday at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit in the rivals' 50th meeting at the home of the Detroit Red Wings and completed the sweep with a 5-2 win Friday at Munn Arena.

Ohio State is receiving votes in the USCHO.com poll for the 11th consecutive week.

Indiana Ranked Third in Baseball American Preseason Poll

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Indiana checks in at No. 3 in the preseason rankings released by Baseball America on Monday, the highest preseason rating for any Big Ten team in the publication since Michigan was also No. 3 in 1988. The Hoosiers appear among the top 10 in preseason standings released by Perfect Game (No. 5) and College Baseball Newspaper (No. 7). The Hoosiers finished the 2013 season with a school record 49 victories and ranked seventh in the Baseball America poll.

Monday's Schedule

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#22/20 Purdue at Illinois, 7 p.m. ET, BTN

Sunday's Men's Basketball Results

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Both Indiana and Nebraska defended their home courts on Sunday, with the Hoosiers defeating Illinois and the Cornhuskers outlasting Minnesota.

Sunday, Jan. 26
Indiana 56, Illinois 46 - AP Recap
Nebraska 82, Minnesota 78 - AP Recap

Sunday's Results

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Northwestern 63, Nebraska 59
It was an exciting game Sunday afternoon at Welsh-Ryan Arena as Northwestern upset No. 21/18 Nebraska 63-59. The game featured eight ties and 14 lead changes with the Wildcats prevailing down the stretch for their third win over a ranked opponent this year. Freshman forward Nia Coffey led all scorers with 22 points while Christen Inman added 12 and Ashley Deary chipped in 10 points. Maggie Lyon scored a key layup with 1:21 left in the game to break the eighth and final tie, putting NU ahead for good. RECAP

Michigan State 82, Ohio State 68
Guided by a combined 45 points from freshmen Tori Jankoska and Aerial Powers, the Michigan State women's basketball team bounced back to defeat Ohio State, 82-68 this afternoon at Value City Arena. The Spartans, who won their first four Big Ten road games for the second time in program history, improve to 13-7 overall and 5-2 in the conference. Jankoska, who slid into the starting lineup, tied her season-high with 25 points, shooting 7-for-13 from the field, 5-for-7 from the 3-point line and 6-for-8 from the foul line. Powers posted a stat line of 20 points, four rebounds, four assists, four steals and two blocks in only 28 minutes. RECAP

Penn State 83, Minnesota 53
Senior guard Dara Taylor posted her second career double-double with 15 points and 10 assists to lead the #13/13 Penn State Lady Lions (15-4, 6-1 Big Ten) to a runaway 30-point win over Minnesota (13-8, 2-5), 83-53. Penn State has not allowed an opponent to score more than 55 points in its last four games, marking the first time that has occurred in Big Ten play for the Lions since 1999-00 (Indiana, 74-36; Northwestern, 66-34; Minnesota, 99-43; Ohio State, 56-50). RECAP

Michigan 60, Wisconsin 44
The University of Michigan women's basketball team used a plus-13 rebounding margin and a 15-3 run in the final 7:50 for a 60-44 win over Wisconsin on Sunday afternoon at the Kohl Center. Michigan kept alive two impressive streaks as the Wolverines are 6-0 in both true road games and contests following a loss this season. Freshman guard Siera Thompson was 5-of-9 from the field and a perfect 3-of-3 from three-point range to lead Michigan with 13 points. Junior guard Shannon Smith had 12 points, while sophomore guard Madison Ristovski pulled down a career-high 11 rebounds to go along with her six points and five assists. RECAP

Sunday's Schedule

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Michigan State at Ohio State, 12:30 p.m., BTN
Michigan at Wisconsin, 1 p.m., BTDN
Minnesota at #13/13 Penn State, 1 p.m., CBS
#21/18 Nebraska at Northwestern, 5 p.m., BTDN

All times are ET

Sunday's Men's Basketball Schedule

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Two games are on Sunday's Big Ten men's basketball schedule, with Indiana hosting Illinois, and Nebraska entertaining Minnesota at Pinnacle Bank Arena. Both contests will be televised on BTN.

Sunday, Jan. 26
Illinois at Indiana, 3 p.m. (BTN)
Minnesota at Nebraska, 6 p.m. (BTN)

All times Eastern
Rankings are AP/USA Today Coaches

Saturday's Hockey Results

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#2/2 Boston College 3, PENN STATE 2
Forwards Taylor Holstrom and Eric Scheid each scored, but the Penn State men's hockey team fell to second-ranked Boston College, 3-2, in front of a sellout crowd of 6,214 fans at Pegula Ice Arena Saturday night. The Nittany Lions competed against a ranked team for the 10th time in a 13-game span. RECAP

OHIO STATE (rv/-) 3, #9/9 WISCONSIN 1
The Ohio State men's hockey team posted a 3-1 win over No. 9-ranked Wisconsin Saturday in the Kohl Center. Ohio State trailed by one in the second period but goals from freshman Nick Schilkey and junior Nick Oddo less than four minutes apart later in the stanza led the team to the win, with freshman goalie Christian Frey making 36 saves in the Ohio State net. RECAP

#1/1 MINNESOTA 4, Minnesota Duluth (rv/rv) 4
Minnesota won its first shootout in four tries this year to claim the inaugural North Star College Cup against Minnesota Duluth in front of 14,518 fans in downtown St. Paul at Xcel Energy Center. The Gophers got shootout goals from Kyle Rau and Seth Ambroz to secure the tournament win in a back-and-forth game, which officially ended as a 4-4 tie. RECAP

Saturday's Result

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Iowa 84, Indiana 75
Balanced scoring and a high shooting percentage led to revenge for the University of Iowa women's basketball team Saturday as the Hawkeyes defeated Indiana 84-75 on Mediacom Court inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Four Hawkeyes scored between 11 and 20 points and the team shot 53.7-percent from the field to improve to 16-5 overall, 4-3 in the Big Ten Conference. Indiana made 50 percent of its field goals, but slipped to 15-5, 2-5. The Hoosiers defeated Iowa 86-84 on Jan. 2 in Bloomington, Ind. RECAP

Saturday's Men's Basketball Results

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Road teams went 3-0 on Saturday, with Iowa defeating Northwestern, Wisconsin beating Purdue and Michigan outlasting Michigan State to claim sole possession of first-place in the Big Ten.

Saturday, Jan. 25

#10/10 Iowa 76, Northwestern 50 - AP Recap
#9/8 Wisconsin 72, Purdue 58 - AP Recap
#21/T25 Michigan 80, #3/3 Michigan State 75

Saturday's Schedule

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Indiana at Iowa, 7 p.m. ET, BTN

Saturday's Hockey Schedule

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January 25
#2/2 Boston College at PENN STATE - 7 p.m.
Minn. Duluth (rv/rv) vs. #1/1 MINNESOTA [1] - 8 p.m., FS North
OHIO STATE (rv/-) at #9/9 WISCONSIN - 8 p.m., FS Wisconsin Plus

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

[1] Xcel Energy Center, Saint Paul, Minn.

Saturday's Men's Basketball Schedule

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Three games are on Saturday's Big Ten men's basketball slate, with Northwestern hosting Iowa, Purdue entertaining Wisconsin and Michigan State playing host to Michigan.

Saturday, Jan. 25
#10/10 Iowa at Northwestern, Noon (BTN)
#9/8 Wisconsin at Purdue, 5 p.m. (BTN)
#21/T25 Michigan at #3/3 Michigan State, 7 p.m. (ESPN)

All times Eastern
Rankings are AP/USA Today Coaches

Friday's Hockey Results

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#14/14 MICHIGAN 5, MICHIGAN STATE 2
JT Compher had two goals and two assists, and Derek DeBlois also scored twice to lead the 14th-ranked University of Michigan ice hockey team to a 5-2 road win over Michigan State at Munn Ice Arena. The win is Michigan's first at Munn since March 13, 2010, snapping U-M's four-game winless streak (0-2-2) on Michigan State's home ice. RECAP

#1/1 MINNESOTA 4, #5/5 St. Cloud State 1
Minnesota goaltender Adam Wilcox turned away a career-high 38 shots and four different Gophers scored as the top-ranked Minnesota men's hockey team downed No. 5 St. Cloud State, 4-1, in both teams' first-ever North Star College Cup game at the Xcel Energy Center Friday night. Minnesota will take on Minnesota Duluth in the tournament championship game Saturday at 7 p.m. CT. RECAP

#9/9 WISCONSIN 5, OHIO STATE (rv/-) 3
Five different players tallied goals and Joel Rumpel recorded 23 saves to lead No. 9/9 Wisconsin to a 5-3 victory over Ohio State Friday night at the Kohl Center. Tyler Barnes led all players with three points in the contest (one goal, two assists) as the Badgers improved to 13-1-1 on home ice this season. RECAP

Indiana's Noah Vonleh was among nine standout freshmen named to the Integris Wayman Tisdale Award Midseason Watch List, the U.S. Basketball Writers Association unveiled on Friday. The award is presented annually to the best freshman in the nation.

Vonleh currently leads the Big Ten in rebounding (9.4 rpg) and helps Indiana rank seventh in the nation in total rebounds. He has reached double-figures 14 times this season, has registered eight double-doubles and leads all Big Ten freshmen in rebounding, scoring (12.4 ppg), field goal percentage (.545) and blocked shots (24). Vonleh has received Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors six times this season, the third-most since the award began in 2010.

The USBWA has chosen a national freshman of the year since the 1988-89 season when LSU's Chris Jackson was the recipient. The award is to be presented to the national freshman of the year at the Devon Energy College Basketball Awards on April 14 at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City.

Friday's Hockey Schedule

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January 24
#14/14 MICHIGAN at MICHIGAN STATE - 6:30 p.m., BTN
#5/5 St. Cloud State vs. #1/1 MINNESOTA [1] - 8 p.m., FS North
OHIO STATE (rv/-) at #9/9 WISCONSIN - 9 p.m., BTN

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

[1] Xcel Energy Center, Saint Paul, Minn.

Weekend Schedule

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January 24
Saint Louis at ILLINOIS - 2 p.m. CT
Chicago at ILLINOIS - 6 p.m. CT
OHIO STATE at Miami - 10 a.m. ET

January 25
   
INDIANA at Xavier - 11 a.m. ET
INDIANA at Cincinnati - 3 p.m. ET
Nebraska Omaha at IOWA - 12 p.m. CT
Northern Iowa at IOWA - 5 p.m. CT
Virginia Tech at MICHIGAN - 11 a.m. ET
Georgia Tech at NEBRASKA - 2 p.m. CT
Oklahoma State at NORTHWESTERN - 11 a.m. CT
OHIO STATE vs. LSU or South Florida [1] - TBA
PENN STATE at Baylor - 7 p.m. ET
PURDUE vs. Tennessee [2] - 9 a.m. ET

January 26

UIC at ILLINOIS - 11 a.m. CT
Illinois State at ILLINOIS - 4 p.m. CT
Eastern Kentucky at INDIANA - 12 p.m. ET
Tulsa or Yale at MICHIGAN - TBA
Ball State at MICHIGAN STATE - 11 a.m. ET
North Dakota at MINNESOTA - 10 a.m. CT
South Dakota State at MINNESOTA - 4 p.m. CT
Texas Tech or Vanderbilt at NEBRASKA - TBA
Notre Dame or Arizona State at NORTHWESTERN - TBA
PURDUE vs. Clemson or Fresno State [2] - TBA

[1] Coral Gables, Fla.
[2] Clemson, S.C.

Weekend Schedule

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January 24
INDIANA vs. Samford [1] - 2 p.m. ET
MICHIGAN STATE at Tennesssee - 10 a.m. ET
MINNESOTA vs. Notre Dame [2] - 4 p.m. CT
William & Mary at PENN STATE - 3 p.m. ET

January 25
ILLINOIS vs. Clemson [3] - 2 p.m. CT
INDIANA vs. Virginia or Elon [1] - TBA
MICHIGAN at Mississippi - 10 a.m. ET
MICHIGAN STATE vs. Virginia Commonwealth or NC State [4] - TBA
MINNESOTA vs. Kentucky or BYU [2] - TBA
NEBRASKA vs. Texas Tech [5] - 9 a.m. CT
NORTHWESTERN vs. Tulsa [6] - 2 p.m. CT
Denver at OHIO STATE - 10 a.m. ET
PURDUE at Cornell - 1 p.m. ET
WISCONSIN at UCLA - 2 p.m. CT

January 26
ILLINOIS vs. Mississippi or Michigan [3] - TBA
MICHIGAN vs. Clemson or Illinois [3] - TBA
NEBRASKA vs. Wisconsin or UCLA [5] - TBA
NORTHWESTERN vs. Oklahoma or Virginia Tech [6] - TBA
Louisville or MTSU at OHIO STATE - TBA
Toledo at OHIO STATE - TBA
St. John's at PENN STATE - 12 p.m. ET
WISCONSIN vs. Nebraska or Texas Tech [5] - TBA

[1] Charlottesville, Va
[2] Lexington, Ky.
[3] Oxford, Miss.
[4] Knoxville, Tenn.
[5] Los Angeles, Calif.
[6] Norman, Okla.

Women's Gymnastics Schedule

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Friday, Jan. 24
#9 NEBRASKA at IOWA - 8 p.m. ET

Saturday, Jan. 25
#11 ILLINOIS at #13 MINNESOTA - 7:30 p.m. ET
#23 OHIO STATE at #5 MICHIGAN - 4 p.m. ET
PENN STATE at MICHIGAN STATE - 2 p.m. ET

Men's Gymnastics Schedule

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Saturday, Jan. 25
#2 MICHIGAN, #4 Stanford, Washington at #6 California - 10 p.m. ET
#1 Oklahoma, UIC at #7 MINNESOTA - 2 p.m. ET
#11 Air Force at #9 NEBRASKA - 2 p.m. ET
#5 PENN STATE at Navy Open (Annapolis, Md.) - 1 p.m. ET

Sunday, Jan. 26
#3 OHIO STATE at #8  ILLINOIS - 3 p.m. ET

Women's Swimming & Diving Schedule

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Saturday, Jan. 25
ILLINOIS at NEBRASKA - 12 p.m. ET
#20 PURDUE at # 11 INDIANA - 11 a.m. ET
IOWA at NORTHWESTERN - 12 p.m. ET
Denison at MICHIGAN STATE - 2 p.m. ET
#18 OHIO STATE, Ball State at Eastern Michigan - 1 p.m. ET
#17 PENN STATE at Navy - 11 a.m. ET

Men's Swimming & Diving Schedule

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Friday, Jan. 24 - Saturday, Jan. 25
#14 North Carolina State at #13 MINNESOTA - 7 p.m. ET/11 a.m. ET

Saturday, Jan. 25
#21 IOWA at NORTHWESTERN - 11 a.m. ET
Denison at MICHIGAN STATE - 2 p.m. ET
#11 OHIO STATE, Ball State at Eastern Michigan - 1 p.m. ET
#19 PENN STATE at Navy - 11 a.m. ET

Weekend Schedule

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Friday, Jan. 24
ILLINOIS at Rod McCravy Memorial Meet - Lexington, Ky.
INDIANA at Gladstein Invitational - Bloomington, Ind.
IOWA at Jack Johnson Invitational - Minneapolis, Minn.
MINNESOTA at Jack Johnson Invitational - Minneapolis, Minn.
NEBRASKA at NWU Invitational - Lincoln, Neb.
OHIO STATE at Gladstein Invitational - Bloomington, Ind.
#17 PURDUE at Gladstein Invitational - Bloomington, Ind.
WISCONSIN at Wisconsin Elite Invitational - Madison, Wis.

Saturday, Jan. 25
ILLINOIS at Rod McCravy Memorial Meet - Lexington, Ky.
INDIANA at Gladstein Invitational - Bloomington, Ind.
IOWA at Jack Johnson Invitational - Minneapolis, Minn.
MICHIGAN STATE at Notre Dame Invitational - South Bend, Ind.
MINNESOTA at Jack Johnson Invitational - Minneapolis, Minn.
NEBRASKA at Mark Colligan Memorial - Lincoln, Neb.
OHIO STATE at Gladstein Invitational - Bloomington, Ind.
#17 PURDUE at Gladstein Invitational - Bloomington, Ind.
WISCONSIN at Wisconsin Elite Invitational - Madison, Wis.


Weekend Schedule

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Friday, Jan. 24
#12 ILLINOIS at Rod McCravy Memorial Meet - Lexington, Ky.
INDIANA at Gladstein Invitational - Bloomington, Ind.
IOWA at Jack Johnson Invitational - Minneapolis, Minn.
#9 MINNESOTA at Jack Johnson Invitational - Minneapolis, Minn.
#8 NEBRASKA at NWU Invitational - Lincoln, Neb.
OHIO STATE at Rod McCravy Memorial Meet - Lexington, Ky.
PURDUE at Gladstein Invitational - Bloomington, Ind.
#4 WISCONSIN at Wisconsin Elite Invitational - Madison, Wis.

Saturday, Jan. 25
#12 ILLINOIS at Rod McCravy Memorial Meet - Lexington, Ky.
INDIANA at Gladstein Invitational - Bloomington, Ind.
IOWA at Jack Johnson Invitational - Minneapolis, Minn.
MICHIGAN STATE at Notre Dame Invitational - South Bend, Ind.
#9 MINNESOTA at Jack Johnson Invitational - Minneapolis, Minn.
#8 NEBRASKA at Mark Colligan Memorial - Lincoln, Neb.
OHIO STATE at Rod McCravy Memorial Meet - Lexington, Ky.
PURDUE at Gladstein Invitational - Bloomington, Ind.
#4 WISCONSIN at Wisconsin Elite Invitational - Madison, Wis.


Weekend Schedule

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Friday, Jan. 24
#15 Illinois at #1 Penn State, BTDN
Michigan State at #12 Michigan, BTDN
#10 Nebraska at #11 Ohio State, BTDN
#19 Wisconsin at Indiana, BTDN

Saturday, Jan. 25

#4 Minnesota at #2 Iowa, BTN

Sunday, Jan. 26
#10 Nebraska at #21 Purdue, BTDN
#19 Wisconsin at #16 Northwestern
#15 Illinois at Michigan State, BTDN

Weekly Award Wrap-Up

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Twenty-seven Big Ten student-athletes in 12 different sports collected awards from the conference office during the week of Jan. 20. Below is the complete list of honorees.

Men's Basketball
Player of the Week - Nik Stauskas, MICH
Freshman of the Week - Noah Vonleh, IND

Women's Basketball
Player of the Week - Rachel Theriot, NEB
Player of the Week Honor Roll - Siera Thompson, MICH; Ariel Edwards, PSU; Whitney Bays, PUR
Freshman of the Week - Siera Thompson, MICH

Men's Gymnastics
Gymnast of the Week - Michael Newburger, OSU
Freshman of the Week - Chandler Eggleston, ILL

Women's Gymnastics
Gymnast of the Week - Joanna Sampson, MICH
Event Specialist of the Week - Austin Sheppard, MICH
Freshman of the Week - Erin Buchanan, ILL

Hockey
First Star - Jake Hildebrand, MSU
Second Star - Sam Warning, MINN
Third Star - Lee Reimer, MSU

Men's Indoor Track & Field
Track Athlete of the Week - Levi Gipson, NEB
Field Athlete of the Week - Chukwuebuka Enekwechi, PUR

Women's Indoor Track & Field
Track Athlete of the Week - Alena Brooks, MINN
Field Athlete of the Week - Dani Bunch, PUR

Men's Swimming & Diving
Swimmer of the Week - Richard Funk, MICH
Diver of the Week - Darian Schmidt, IND
Freshman of the Week - Anze Tavcar, IND

Women's Swimming & Diving
Swimmer of the Week - Alex Norris, OSU
Diver of the Week - Abby Grilli, IOWA
Freshman of the Week - Gia Dalesandro, IND

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

Women's Tennis
Athlete of the Week - Lok Sze Leung, NU

Wrestling
Wrestler of the Week - Adam Coon, MICH

Thursday's Results

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Purdue 90, Northwestern 65
Liza Clemons scored 23 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as No. 22 Purdue handled Northwestern 90-65 on Thursday night. Purdue closed the first half on a 13-4 run to take a 45-34 lead into halftime. The Boilermakers continued to pull away after the break, opening the half on an 11-3 run, and Northwestern was unable to cut the deficit to single digits during the second half. RECAP

Illinois 61, Michigan State 51
Illinois scored 15 of the game's final 20 points to pull away for a 61-51 win in front of 5,360 at Michigan State on Thursday, as the Fighting Illini earned their second road win in their last three attempts and their second-straight win at the Breslin Center. Ivory Crawford led the way with 14 points and Jacqui Grant posted a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Illinois held MSU, which entered the game averaging 75.9 points per game, to its lowest point total of the season. RECAP

Ohio State 61, Michigan 50
Ohio State picked up a much-needed victory on the road Thursday night and helped shake up the Big Ten standings with a 61-50 win over Michigan at Crisler Arena. Raven Ferguson led Ohio State with 16 points off the bench and Maleeka Kynard added 12, hitting two 3-pointers. Ashley Adams, who was reinserted into the starting lineup for this game, finished with 11 points, nine rebounds and three blocks. RECAP

Minnesota 64, Wisconsin 53
The Minnesota women's basketball team used a second-half rally to defeat Big Ten rival Wisconsin, 64-53, Thursday night at Williams Arena. Micaëlla Riché secured a double-double, the sixth of her career, with 15 points and a season-high 10 rebounds, while Rachel Banham added a game-high 19 points for the Golden Gophers. RECAP

Thursday's Hockey Result

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#14/14 MICHIGAN 2, MICHIGAN STATE 1
The No. 14/14 Michigan hockey team earned a 2-1 win over the Michigan State Spartans with a late third period go-ahead goal on Thursday night at Joe Louis Arena. Phil Di Giuseppe scored the game-winner -- his first goal in eight contests -- at 17:42 of the third period to help Michigan snap a five game winless streak (0-4-1) and give the team its first Big Ten victory since Dec. 2 at Ohio State (5-4). RECAP

Thursday's Men's Basketball Results

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Ohio State and Penn State posted home wins on Thursday, with the Buckeyes defeating Illinois, and the Nittany Lions outlasting Nebraska to pick up their first Big Ten victory.

Thursday, Jan. 23
#17/15 Ohio State 62, Illinois 55 - AP Recap
Penn State 58, Nebraska 54

Rankings are AP/USA Today Coaches

Michigan State's Keith Appling and Gary Harris were named to the Oscar Robertson Trophy Midseason Watch List, the organization announced on Thursday.

Appling has helped lead the Spartans to their best start in school history at 18-1, including the best start in Big Ten play (7-0) since 2009-10. He ranks third in the conference in assists (4.6 apg), fourth in assist/turnover ratio (2.3), fifth in three-point field goal percentage (.426) and 10th in scoring (15.6 ppg).

Harris, the Preseason Big Ten Player of the Year, ranks second in the Big Ten in scoring (18.3 ppg) and third in steals (2.1 spg). He has recorded five 20-point games on the season.

The award will be presented to the National Player of the Year on April 14. Since the 1958-59 season, the USBWA has named a National Player of the Year. In 1998, the award was named in honor of the two-time USBWA Player of the Year, Oscar Robertson. It is the nation's oldest award and the only one named after a former player.

Thursday's Schedule

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Illinois at Michigan State, 7 p.m., BTDN
Northwestern at #22/20 Purdue, 7 p.m., BTN
Ohio State at Michigan, 7 p.m., BTDN
Wisconsin at Minnesota, 9 p.m., BTN

All times are ET

Thursday's Men's Basketball Schedule

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On Thursday's Big Ten men's basketball slate, Ohio State will host Illinois on ESPN, while Penn State will entertain Nebraska in a game that will air on ESPNU.

Thursday, Jan. 23
Illinois at #17/15 Ohio State, 7 p.m. (ESPN) - OSU Game Notes - ILL Game Notes
Nebraska at Penn State, 8 p.m. (ESPNU) - PSU Game Notes - NEB Game Notes

All times Eastern
Rankings are AP/USA Today Coaches

Thursday's Hockey Schedule

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January 23
#14/14 MICHIGAN vs. MICHIGAN STATE [1] - 7 p.m., FS Detroit

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

[1] Joe Louis Arena, Detroit, Mich.

Women's Swimming & Diving Schedule

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Thursday, Jan. 23

Oakland at MICHIGAN STATE - 6 p.m. ET

Men's Swimming & Diving Schedule

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Thursday, Jan. 23

Oakland at MICHIGAN STATE - 6 p.m. ET

Wednesday's Men's Basketball Results

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Michigan and Minnesota both defended their home courts on Wednesday, with the Wolverines defeating Iowa at Crisler Center and Minnesota pulling away from Wisconsin at Williams Arena.

Wednesday, Jan. 22
#21/T25 Michigan 75, #10/10 Iowa 67 - AP Recap
Minnesota 81, #9/8 Wisconsin 68- AP Recap

Rankings are AP/USA Today Coaches

Wednesday's Result

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#13/13 Penn State 65, Indiana 52
Senior center Talia East had a career night, recording her second collegiate double-double performance with a personal-best 13 points and 11 rebounds to lead the #13/13 Penn State Lady Lions (14-4, 5-1 Big Ten) to a 65-52 win over Indiana (15-4, 2-4). The Lady Lions defense was the star of the game once again, holding the Hoosiers to 27.6% from the field and nabbing eight steals on 12 turnovers. RECAP
Four Big Ten men's basketball players representing three schools were named to the John R. Wooden Award Midseason Top 25 list on Wednesday.

Michigan State's Keith Appling and Adreian Payne, Ohio State's Aaron Craft and Wisconsin's Sam Dekker all collected the midseason honor. Chosen by the Wooden Award Advisory Board, the list is comprised of the 25 frontrunners for the most prestigious individual accolade in men's college basketball.

Appling has helped lead the Spartans to a 18-1 (7-0 Big Ten) start to the season, the best one-loss start in school history. The senior point guard ranks 11th in the Big Ten in scoring (15.6 ppg), third in assists (4.6 apg), fifth in three-point field goal percentage (.426) and fourth in assist/turnover ratio (2.3).

Despite missing the past four games due to injury, Payne is among the top 10 in the Big Ten in scoring (16.2 ppg; 9th), rebounding (7.7 rpg; 4th) and field goal percentage (.524; 9th).

Craft became Ohio State's all-time assists leader earlier this season, and has moved into third-place all-time on the Big Ten steals list. He currently leads the conference in steals per game (2.4) while ranking second in assists (4.9 apg). The Buckeyes enter Thursday's game against visiting Illinois ranked No. 17 in the Associated Press (AP) poll and 15th in the USA Today Coaches ballot.

Dekker helped lead the No. 9/8 Badgers to a record-setting 16-0 start to the season. The Sheboygan, Wis., native is averaging 13.8 points and 6.3 rebounds per game while shooting 50.0 percent from the field.

The Wooden Award All American Team, consisting of the nation's top 10 players, will be announced the week of the "Elite Eight" round of the NCAA Tournament. The 38th annual Wooden Award ceremony will honor the Men's and Women's Wooden Award winners, and will include the presentation of the Wooden Award All-American Teams. The event will take place the weekend of April 11-12, 2014.

Wednesday's Schedule

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Indiana at #13/13 Penn State, 7 p.m., ET, BTDN
Nebraska fullback C.J. Zimmerer was named one of five finalists for the 2014 Uplifting Athletes Rare Disease Champion Award. The award is presented annually to a leader in the world of college football who has realized his or her potential to make a positive and lasting impact on the rare disease community. The winner will be presented at the Maxwell Club Awards Gala on March 14, 2014, at Revel Casino in Atlantic City. Big Ten student-athletes have won the past two Rare Disease Champion awards, as Penn State's Eric Shrive took home the honor last season and Nebraska's Rex Burkhead was tabbed the winner in 2012.

To read more about Zimmerer's cause, click here.
To vote for Zimmerer through Jan. 31, click here.

Wednesday's Men's Basketball Schedule

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BTN will carry a doubleheader on Wednesday, with Michigan hosting Iowa in the fifth matchup between ranked foes during Big Ten play, and Minnesota challenging Wisconsin at Williams Arena.

Wednesday, Jan. 22
#10/10 Iowa at #21/T25 Michigan, 7 p.m. (BTN) - MICH Game Notes - IOWA Game Notes
#9/8 Wisconsin at Minnesota, 9 p.m. (BTN) - MINN Game Notes - WIS Game Notes

All times Eastern
Rankings are AP/USA Today Coaches

In The Polls

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Eight Big Ten women's tennis teams appear in the latest ITA College Tennis Rankings, released on Tuesday. Michigan leads all conference squads in the rankings, coming in at No. 11. Northwestern (No. 15), Nebraska (No. 25), Purdue (No. 27), Indiana (No. 40), Illinois (No. 44) and Penn State (No. 49) also rank in the top 50. Ohio State rounds out the poll at No. 72.

In The Polls

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Ten Big Ten men's tennis teams appear in the latest ITA College Tennis Rankings, released on Tuesday. Ohio State leads conference squads in the poll, coming in at No. 5. Illinois (No. 22), Michigan (tied for No. 26), Northwestern (No. 31), Minnesota (No. 39) and Michigan State (No. 49) also rank in the top 50. Indiana checks in at No. 56, followed by No. 60 Nebraska and No. 66 Wisconsin. Purdue rounds out the poll at No. 72.

Big Ten in the NFL - Week 20 - Conference Championships

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Cliff Avril, DE, Seattle Seahawks (Purdue) - Notched one solo tackle, one sack and one forced fumble in Seattle's 23-17 win over San Francisco

Montee Ball, RB, Denver Broncos (Wisconsin)
- Rushed for 43 yards and tallied 13 receiving yards in the Broncos' 26-16 defeat of the Patriots

NaVorro Bowman, LB, San Francisco 49ers (Penn State) - Led the team with 14 tackles, including six solo, one sack and one forced fumble in San Francisco's 23-17 loss to Seattle

Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots (Michigan) - Threw for 277 yards on 24-of-38 passing and one touchdown in the Patriots' 26-16 loss to the Broncos

Eric Decker, WR, Denver Broncos (Minnesota) - Caught five passes for 73 yards, averaging 14.6 yards per catch, in Denver's 26-16 win over New England

Michael Hoomanawanui, TE, New England Patriots (Illinois) - Reeled in two catches for 33 yards, averaging 16.5 yards per catch, in New England's 26-16 loss to Denver

Kevin Vickerson, DT, Denver Broncos (Michigan State)
- Registered two solo tackles and a sack in the Broncos' 26-16 victory over the Patriots

Donte Whitner, S, San Francisco 49ers (Ohio State) - Posted four tackles and a pass deflection in the 49ers' 23-17 loss to the Seahawks

Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle Seahawks (Wisconsin) - Threw for 215 yards on 16-of-25 passing and one touchdown in the Seahawks' 23-17 victory over the 49ers

Tuesday's Men's Basketball Results

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On Tuesday's men's basketball slate, Michigan State defeated Indiana at the Breslin Center, and Northwestern outlasted Purdue in double overtime at Welsh-Ryan Arena.

Tuesday, Jan. 21
#3/3 Michigan State 71, Indiana 66 - AP Recap
Northwestern 63, Purdue 60 (2OT) - AP Recap

Rankings: AP/USA Today Coaches

Five Big Ten men's soccer players were selected in the 2014 Major League Soccer SuperDraft. Indiana's A.J. Corrado and Nikita Kotlov, Michigan's Fabio Pereira, Michigan State's Kevin Cope and Wisconsin's AJ Cochran were all drafted by MLS clubs.

Corrado was drafted by the San Jose Earthquakes with the No. 47 overall pick in the MLS draft. He led the Hoosiers in assists (7) and tied for the team lead with 13 points. He earned second-team All-Big Ten honors and was a Capital One Academic All-America third team selection.

Kotlov was named to the Portland Timbers with the 73rd overall pick. He finished his senior year tied for the team lead in goals (five), while also adding three assists. He was a two-time first-team All-Big Ten pick and earned first-team honors in 2011.

Pereira was a fourth-round draft pick of the Seattle Sounders FC in the MLS draft. He ended his career as Michigan's career leader in shots with 194, second in assists (22), eighth in points (48) and ninth in goals (13). He was named to the All-Big Ten Freshman Team and was an Academic All-Big Ten selection in 2013.

Cope was drafted 25th overall in the MLS SuperDraft to the Philadelphia Union. The center back helped the Spartans pace the Big Ten in fewest goals allowed (17), and also scored two goals with two assists this season. He contributed to nine shutouts, was named first-team All-Big Ten and was an NSCAA third-team All-American selection.

Cochran was drafted 16th overall by the Houston Dynamo. He anchored a back line that earned seven shutouts during the season, while also scoring three goals. The Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year was a two-time first-team All-Big Ten honoree and first-team NSCAA All-American.

Michigan, Nebraska Ranked in NFCA Preseason Top 10

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Michigan and Nebraska will both open the 2014 NCAA softball season in the top-10, as the preseason USA Today/NFCA Top 25 poll has the Wolverines slotted No. 5, and Nebraska ranked No. 9. Reigning Big Ten Tournament Champion Wisconsin also received votes in the preseason poll.

Michigan is set to return 16 letterwinners from a team that captured its sixth consecutive Big Ten title and advanced to the WCWS for the 10th time. Highlighting the Wolverines' returners is sophomore shortstop Sierra Romero, who claimed Big Ten Player and Freshman of the Year honors last season. Michigan also returns first-team All-Big Ten performers Caitlin Blanchard, Sara Driesenga, Sierra Lawrence and Lauren Sweet, and Haylie Wagner, who was named to the All-Big Ten second team. Head coach Carol Hutchins enters her 30th season at Michigan - she has won three consecutive Big Ten Coach of the Year awards. The Wolverines will open the season in Tampa, Fla., where they will take on No. 4 Florida on Feb. 8. 

The Huskers' preseason ranking of No. 9 is its highest since 2004. Nebraska won 45 games last season and earned the program's seventh trip to the WCWS. The Huskers will return seven starters from last year's team, including its entire pitching staff. Tatum and Taylor Edwards, who are twins, both return as first-team All-Big Ten performers. Second-team All-Big Ten returners include Alicia Armstrong and Emily Lockman. The Huskers will open the season against UTEP on Feb. 7 in Las Cruces, N.M.

Wisconsin returns 14 letterwinners from last year's team that made its fourth NCAA Tournament appearance. Among the Badgers' returners is senior outfielder Mary Massei, who was a unanimous selection to the All-Big Ten first team in 2013. Cassandra Darrah, Stefanni LaJeunesse and Maria Van Abel, who were all named to the Big Ten All-Tournament team after the Badgers' run to the championship, also return to bolster Wisconsin's lineup. The Badgers, who enter their fourth year under the tutelage of head coach Yvette Healy, will open the 2014 season on Feb. 7 against No. 4 Florida in the USF Wilson-Demarini Tournament, along with Michigan.     

Ranking the Wrestlers

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Big Ten wrestling boasts 69 ranked wrestlers in the InterMat College Rankings, and the conference 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. Iowa
3. Minnesota
7. Nebraska
10. Ohio State
T11. Illinois
13. Michigan
14. Northwestern
18. Wisconsin
20. Indiana
T-39. Purdue
T-42. Michigan State

125
2. Nico Megaludis, PSU
3. Thomas Gilman, IOWA
4. Jesse Delgado, ILL
9. Tim Lambert, NEB
10. Ryan Taylor, WIS
16. Nick Roberts, OSU

133
3. Tony Ramos, IOWA
5. Johnni DiJulius, OSU
6. Tyler Graff, WIS
9. David Thorn, MINN
11. Zane Richards, ILL
14. Cashe Quiroga, PUR
15. Jimmy Gulibon, PSU

141

2. Zain Retherford, PSU
3. Logan Stieber, OSU
5. Chris Dardanes, MINN
8. Steven Rodrigues, ILL
11. Josh Dziewa, IOWA
13. Steve Dutton, MICH

149
3. Nick Dardanes, MINN
4. Jason Tsirtsis, NU
5. Jake Sueflohn, NEB
7. Eric Grajales, MICH
8. Andrew Alton, PSU
13. Brody Grothus, IOWA
18. Ian Paddock, OSU
19. Caleb Ervin, ILL

157
1. James Green, NEB
2. Derek St. John, IOWA
4. Dylan Alton, PSU
5. Taylor Walsh, IND
7. Isaac Jordan, WIS
12. Zac Brunson, ILL
13. Brian Murphy, MICH
14. Dylan Ness, MINN

165
1. David Taylor, PSU
4. Nick Moore, IOWA
7. Dan Yates, MICH
9. Pierce Harger, NU
12. Jackson Morse, ILL

174
3. Matt Brown, PSU
4. Robert Kokesh, NEB
5. Logan Storley, MINN
6. Mike Evans, IOWA
14. Mark Martin, OSU
15. Lee Munster, NU

184

2. Ed Ruth, PSU
4. Ethen Lofthouse, IOWA
8. Kenny Courts, OSU
9. Kevin Steinhaus, MINN
11. TJ Dudley, NEB
17. Luke Sheridan, IND
18. John Rizqallah, MSU

197
1. Scott Schiller, MINN
4. Mario Gonzalez, ILL
7. Morgan McIntosh, PSU
8. Nick Heflin, OSU
15. Braden Atwood, PUR
16. Nathan Burak, IOWA
17. Alex Polizzi, NU
20. Caleb Kolb, NEB

Hwt
1. Adam Coon, MICH
2. Tony Nelson, MINN
3. Bobby Telford, IOWA
4. Mike McMullan, NU
8. Adam Chalfant, IND
9. Mike 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/MWCA/AWN Division I Coaches poll, which conference squads claiming three of the top four spots. Penn State and Iowa top the poll at No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, while No. 4 Minnesota and No. 10 Nebraska join them in the top 10. Ohio State checks in at No. 11 and is followed by No. 12 Michigan, No. 15 Illinois, No. 16 Northwestern, No. 19 Wisconsin and No. 21 Purdue.

Click here for the complete ranking.

All Seven Squads Ranked in Latest GymInfo Poll

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All seven Big Ten men's gymnastics squads are ranked among the top 10 in the latest GymInfo poll, released on Monday. Michigan leads the way for the conference at No. 2, followed by No. 3 Ohio State and No. 5 Penn State. Minnesota checks in at No. 7, followed by No. 8 Illinois, No. 9 Nebraska and No. 10 Iowa.

For the complete GymInfo poll, click here.

Monday's Result: Nebraska Defeats Ohio State

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Nebraska secured the regular season split with Ohio State, posting a 68-62 win over the Buckeyes at Pinnacle Bank Arena Monday night.

Monday, Jan. 20
Nebraska 68, #17/15 Ohio State 62 - AP Recap

Five Big Ten Teams Ranked in Both National Polls

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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. In the AP poll, Michigan State was ranked No. 3, followed by No. 9 Wisconsin, No. 10 Iowa, No. 17 Ohio State and No. 21 Michigan. In the coaches' ballot, Michigan State was ranked No. 3, followed by No. 8 Wisconsin, No. 10 Iowa, No. 15 Ohio State and T25 Michigan. 

Five Teams Appear in Latest GymInfo Poll

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Five Big Ten women's gymnastics teams are ranked among the top 25 in the latest GymInfo poll, including two in the top 10. Michigan leads the way for the conference at No. 5, followed by No. 9 Nebraska and No. 11 Illinois. Minnesota and Ohio State are ranked No. 13 and No. 23, respectively.

For the complete poll, click here. 

Women's Swimming & Diving Schedule

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Monday, Jan. 20
Southern Illinois, Olivet Nazarene at ILLINOIS - 3 p.m. ET

Seven Teams Receiving Votes in Latest AP Rankings

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For the second week in a row, seven Big Ten teams are receiving votes in the weekly Associated Press rankings. Penn State leads all conference teams at No. 13, jumping three spots after going 2-0 last week. Nebraska checks in at No. 21, while Purdue remains steady at No. 22. Four teams appear among the squads also receiving votes, with Michigan and Michigan State among the first four outside the top 25, while Indiana and Iowa are also receiving votes this week.

Monday's Schedule: Nebraska Hosts Ohio State

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Nebraska will host Ohio State at Pinnacle Bank Arena Monday at 7 p.m., in a game that will appear on BTN.

Monday, Jan. 20
#17/15 Ohio State at Nebraska, 7 p.m. (BTN)

All times Eastern
Rankings: AP/USA Today Coaches

Sunday's Results

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Indiana 83, Minnesota 78 (OT)
The Indiana women's basketball team outlasted Minnesota in an overtime thriller in Assembly Hall on Sunday afternoon, 83-78. The game saw 18 lead changes throughout the afternoon as IU's freshmen combined to score 74 points in the victory. The Hoosiers were led by the freshman duo of Larryn Brooks and Taylor Agler who scored 25 points and 20 points, respectively. Brooks finished with a double-double as she dished for a career-best 10 assists. RECAP

Penn State 66, Michigan State 54
In a game of runs, the #17/16 Penn State Lady Lions had the last run as they came back from a seven-point halftime deficit to earn a 66-54 win at Michigan State to hand the Spartans their first conference loss. This marks the first time since 2003 and 2004 that the Lady Lions have won back-to-back games in East Lansing. Senior guard Dara Taylor led the charge for the Lady Lions with 18 points, including 10 makes from the free throw line, four rebounds, two assists and four steals. Senior guard Ariel Edwards scored 11 of her 16 points in the opening frame. She also added six rebounds and a pair of assists. RECAP

Purdue 77, Nebraska 75
Whitney Bays got a crucial offensive rebound and then made the game-winning put-back as No. 22 Purdue edged No. 18 Nebraska 77-75 on Sunday. Purdue led most of the second half but had to scramble to hold off Nebraska, which tied the game at 75 on a 10-3 run capped by a pair of Rachel Theriot free throws with 29 seconds to play. The Boilermakers got the ball to April Wilson, who missed her shot on a drive to the hoop, but Bays was there to grab the rebound and sink the game-winning layup with a second to go. RECAP

Iowa 81, Ohio State 74
Freshman Ally Disterhoft turned her first collegiate start into her first double-double Sunday as the University of Iowa snapped an 11-game losing streak at Ohio State, 81-74, in Value City Arena. Disterhoft scored 24 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as the Hawkeyes improved to 15-5 overall, 3-3 in the Big Ten Conference. She was 12-of-12 from the free throw line and made six in a row during the final 28 seconds. RECAP

Four Big Ten women's soccer players were selected in the 2014 National Women's Soccer League College Draft, including three in the first round. Illinois' Vanessa DiBernardo, Michigan's Nkem Ezurike, Nebraska's Jordan Jackson and Penn State's Maya Hayes will all continue their careers professionally.

DiBernardo was drafted by the Chicago Red Stars with the No. 4 overall pick, becoming the highest drafted member of the Fighting Illini in school history. A three-time first-team All-Big Ten selection, DiBernardo scored seven goals and tallied a career-high seven assists during her senior campaign, helping Illinois reach the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA Tournament. She was also a three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree and a two-time NSCAA Scholar All-American.

Ezurike was selected eighth overall by the Boston Breakers. She is the Wolverines' all-time leader in goals (49) and points (118). The first-team All-Big Ten selection scored 15 goals and issued 10 assists during her senior year, helping Michigan advance to the Elite Eight. Ezurike also became the first player in program history to receive an NSCAA All-America first team honor.

Jackson was selected by the Houston Dash with the No. 28 overall pick in the NWSL draft. The 2013 Big Ten Midfielder of the Year collected 30 points last season, including nine goals and a conference-best 12 assists. She also earned NSCAA Scholar All-America honors and helped the Cornhuskers win the Big Ten Championship and Big Ten Tournament title.

Hayes was drafted sixth overall by Sky Blue FC. A three-time NSCAA All-American, Hayes scored a team-high 19 goals and collected six assists last season. She was a three-time first-team All-Big Ten selection, first-team NSCAA Scholar All-American honoree and earned back-to-back Big Ten Forward of the Year honors in 2011 and 2012.


 

Sunday's Result: Iowa Defeats Minnesota

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Iowa overcame a two-point halftime deficit to defeat visiting Minnesota 94-73, at Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Sunday. The Hawkeyes improved to 4-1 in Big Ten play.

Sunday, Jan. 19

#14/16 Iowa 94, Minnesota 73 - AP Recap

Rankings: AP/USA Today Coaches

Sunday's Schedule

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Minnesota at Indiana, 2 p.m., BTDN
Iowa at Ohio State, 3 p.m., BTN
#22/19 Purdue at #18/16 Nebraska, 5 p.m., BTN
#16/17 Penn State at Michigan State, 5 p.m., ESPN2

All times are ET

Sunday's Schedule: Iowa Hosts Minnesota

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Iowa will entertain Minnesota at Carver-Hawkeye Arena Sunday afternoon in a game that will appear on BTN.

Sunday, Jan. 19
Minnesota at #14/16 Iowa, 1 p.m. (BTN)

Rankings are AP/USA Today
All times ET

Saturday's Hockey Results

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#1/1 MINNESOTA 4, OHIO STATE (rv/-) 2
The top-ranked Minnesota men's hockey team used a natural hat trick by junior winger Sam Warning to erase a 2-0 deficit en route to a 4-2 triumph over Ohio State on Hockey Day Minnesota at Mariucci Arena Saturday evening. Warning became the first Gopher to record three consecutive goals since Jay Barriball accomplished the feat Oct. 9, 2010, in a 5-4 opening-weekend win over Massachusetts. RECAP

MICHIGAN STATE 3, PENN STATE 2
Lee Reimer's goal at 3:41 of the third period snapped a 2-2 tie and lifted the Spartans to a 3-2 win over Penn State on Saturday night at Munn Arena. The victory gave the Spartans their first Big Ten sweep as they improved to 8-10-3 overall and 2-2-2-2 in conference play. RECAP

Saturday's Men's Basketball Results

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Michigan, Michigan State and Northwestern posted road wins, while Purdue edged visiting Penn State on Saturday's Big Ten men's basketball schedule. The Wolverines and Spartans remained unbeaten in Big Ten play.

Saturday, Jan. 18
Northwestern 54, Indiana 47 - AP Recap
Michigan 77, #3/3 Wisconsin 70 - AP Recap
Purdue 65, Penn State 64 - AP Recap
#4/4 Michigan State 78, Illinois 62 - AP Recap

Rankings: AP/USA Today Coaches

Saturday's Results

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Michigan 69, Illinois 60
The University of Michigan women's basketball team had a 40-22 edge on the glass and assisted on 18 of its 20 field goals to defeat Illinois, 69-60, on Saturday afternoon inside Crisler Center. Michigan had four players score in double figures, led by freshman guard Siera Thompson's 19 points. Thompson was 5-of-8 from three-point range, and added three assists and a steal. Junior guard Shannon Smith had 17 points and three assists and went 8-of-9 from the charity stripe. Junior guard Nicole Elmblad had 14 points, eight boards and four assists, while sophomore guard Madison Ristovski collected 13 points, had eight rebounds and five assists. Junior forward Cyesha Goree had a game-high 15 rebounds to go with her six points and three assists. RECAP

Northwestern 74, Wisconsin 58
Northwestern utilized a strong second half to overpower Wisconsin 74-58, Saturday afternoon at Welsh-Ryan Arena. A balanced scoring attack that featured three NU players leading the way with 17 points helped the Wildcats to their 12th win of the season. Freshmen Nia Coffey and Christen Inman, along with sophomore Lauren Douglas, who logged 31 minutes off the bench, each tallied 17 points for the Wildcats. Coffey led NU with eight rebounds while Douglas contributed seven. All three combined to shoot 23-of-36 from the field, including an impressive 8-of-9 for Inman. Freshman point guard Ashley Deary distributed the ball well with nine of NU's 24 assists and the Wildcats had just 10 turnovers while Wisconsin had 23, leading to 27 Northwestern points. RECAP

Saturday's Hockey Schedule

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January 18
OHIO STATE (rv/-) at #1/1 MINNESOTA - 6 p.m., FS North/SportsTime Ohio
PENN STATE at MICHIGAN STATE - 6:30 p.m., NBCSN

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

Saturday's Schedule

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Illinois at Michigan, Noon, BTN
Wisconsin at Northwestern, 3 p.m., BTDN

All times are ET

Saturday Slate: Eight Teams in Action

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Four games occupy Saturday's Big Ten men's basketball slate, with Indiana hosting Northwestern, Wisconsin challenging Michigan, Purdue playing host to Penn State and Illinois entertaining Michigan State.

Saturday, Jan. 18
Northwestern at Indiana, 2:30 p.m. (BTN) - IND Game Notes - NU Game Notes
Michigan at #3/3 Wisconsin, 6 p.m. (ESPN) - WIS Game Notes - MICH Game Notes
Penn State at Purdue, 7 p.m. (ESPNU) - PUR Game Notes - PSU Game Notes
#4/4 Michigan State at Illinois, 8 p.m. (BTN) - ILL Game Notes - MSU Game Notes

All times Eastern
Rankings: AP/USA Today Coaches

Friday's Hockey Results

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MICHIGAN STATE 3, PENN STATE 0
Goaltender Jake Hildebrand made a career-high 48 saves and the senior line of Greg Wolfe, Dean Chelios and Lee Reimer combined for all three goals as the Michigan State hockey team defeated Penn State, 3-0, on Friday night at Munn Ice Arena. The win was the Spartans' first in the Big Ten as they are now 7-10-3 overall and 1-2-2-2 in the conference. RECAP

#1/1 MINNESOTA 1, OHIO STATE (rv/-) 0

Taylor Cammarata scored the lone goal and Adam Wilcox stopped all 21 shots he faced to lead No. 1 Minnesota to a 1-0 victory over Ohio State Friday night in the 2014 Hockey City Classic and TCF Bank Stadium. The game was played in front of 45,021 fans, a record crowd for a hockey game in Minnesota. RECAP

Friday's Result

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Purdue 86, Indiana 53
Courtney Moses and KK Houser helped No. 22 Purdue bounce back from a home loss to Michigan with an 86-53 victory over Indiana on Friday night. Moses was 10 of 14 from the field with 24 points while Houser had 22 points and eight assists for the Boilermakers. Whitney Bays added 16 points and a tied a career high with 14 rebounds. RECAP

Friday's Schedule

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Indiana at Purdue, 7 p.m. ET, BTDN

Women's Swimming & Diving Schedule

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Friday, Jan. 17 - Saturday, Jan. 18
#18 OHIO STATE at Kenyon Winter Invite (Gambier, Ohio) - 5:30 p.m. ET/11 a.m. ET
WISCONSIN, Virginia Tech at #7 Virginia - All Day

Friday, Jan. 17
#17 PENN STATE at Villanova - 2:30 p.m. ET
MICHIGAN STATE vs. Bowling Green - 6 p.m. ET

Saturday, Jan. 18
ILLINOIS, #11 INDIANA, #21 Missouri at IOWA - 12 p.m. ET
MICHIGAN STATE, Buffalo at Eastern Michigan - 1 p.m.  ET

Men's Swimming & Diving Schedule

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Friday, Jan. 17 - Saturday, Jan. 18
#1 MICHIGAN, PURDUE at SMU Invitational (Dallas, Texas) - 8:30 p.m. ET
WISCONSIN, #15 Virginia Tech at #18 Virginia - All Day

Friday, Jan. 17
#19 PENN STATE at Villanova - 2:30 p.m. ET

Saturday, Jan. 18
#11 OHIO STATE, Oakland, Cincinnati at Kenyon - 11 a.m. ET
15 INDIANA, #7 Missouri at #21 IOWA - 12 p.m. ET
MICHIGAN STATE, Buffalo at Eastern Michigan - 1 p.m. ET

Women's Gymnastics Schedule

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Friday, Jan. 17
IOWA at Ball State - 7 p.m. ET
#8 MICHIGAN, North Carolina, Towson at North Carolina State - 7 p.m. ET


Saturday, Jan. 18

#25 MICHIGAN STATE vs. Pittsburgh - 2 p.m. ET
PENN STATE vs. Cornell, Southeast Missouri State, UIC - 4 p.m. ET
#13 ILLINOIS vs. Centenary, Eau Claire - 5 p.m. ET
#6 NEBRASKA, #3 Alabama, #17 Kentucky at Ozone Collegiate Classic (Knoxville, Tenn.) - 9 p.m. ET

Sunday, Jan. 19
#24 MINNESOTA, Brown, Yale at New Hampshire - 1 p.m. ET
#19 OHIO STATE vs. #16 Rutgers - 2 p.m. ET

Men's Gymnastics Schedule

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Friday, Jan. 17 - Saturday, Jan. 18
#2 PENN STATE at West Point Open (West Point, N.Y.) - 7 p.m. ET

Saturday, Jan. 18
#7 ILLINOIS, IOWA, MICHIGAN, MINNESOTA, OHIO STATE at Windy City Invitational - 8:30 p.m. ET

Six Teams Appear in Latest CSCAA Top 25 Poll

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In the updated College Swimming Coaches Association of America top 25 women's swimming & diving poll, six Big Ten teams are ranked, including two in the top 15. Indiana checks in at No. 11, followed by No. 13 Minnesota, No. 17 Penn State and No. 18 Purdue. Ohio State and Michigan are ranked No. 19 and No. 21, respectively.


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

For the complete rankings, click here.

Friday's Hockey Schedule

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January 17
PENN STATE at MICHIGAN STATE - 6:30 p.m., BTN
OHIO STATE (rv/-) at #1/1 MINNESOTA [1] - 9 p.m., BTN

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

[1] TCF Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minn.

Weekend Schedule

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January 17-19
ILLINOIS at Illini Open [1] - 11 a.m. CT

January 17
NORTHWESTERN at Boise State - 2 p.m. CT

January 18
Western Michigan at MICHIGAN - 9 a.m. ET
Toledo at MICHIGAN - 7 p.m. ET

January 19
MICHIGAN STATE at Notre Dame - 1 p.m. ET
MINNESOTA at Oklahoma State - TBA
NEBRASKA vs. Florida Gulf Coast [2] - 10 a.m. CT
William & Mary at NORTHWESTERN - 12 p.m. CT
Chicago State at NORTHWESTERN - 7:30 p.m. CT

January 20

NEBRASKA at Florida State - 10 a.m. CT
IPFW at PURDUE - 10 a.m. ET
Toledo at PURDUE - 2 p.m. ET

[1] Fort Meyers, Fla.
[2] Tallahassee, Fla.

Weekend Schedule

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Friday, Jan. 17
ILLINOIS at Illini Classic - Champaign, Ill.
NEBRASKA at Holiday Inn Invitational - Lincoln, Neb.
OHIO STATE at Kentucky Invite - Lexington, Ky.

Saturday, Jan. 18

ILLINOIS at Illini Classic - Champaign, Ill.
INDIANA at PURDUE - West Lafayette, Ind.
IOWA at Big Four Invitational - Iowa City, Iowa
#13 MICHIGAN at Simmons-Harvey Invitational - Ann Arbor, Mich.
MINNESOTA at Northwest Open - Minneapolis, Minn.
NEBRASKA at Holiday Inn Invitational - Lincoln, Neb.
OHIO STATE at Kentucky Invite - Lexington, Ky.
PENN STATE at Nittany Lions Challenge - University Park, Pa.
WISCONSIN at Badger Track Classic - Madison, Wis.

Weekend Schedule

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Friday, Jan. 17
#12 ILLINOIS at Illini Classic - Champaign, Ill.
#8 NEBRASKA at Holiday Inn Invitational - Lincoln, Neb.

Saturday, Jan. 18

#12 ILLINOIS at Illini Classic - Champaign, Ill.
INDIANA at PURDUE - West Lafayette, Ind.
IOWA at Big Four Invitational - Iowa City, Iowa
MICHIGAN at Simmons-Harvey Invitational - Ann Arbor, Mich.
#9 MINNESOTA at Northwest Open - Minneapolis, Minn.
#8 NEBRASKA at Holiday Inn Invitational - Lincoln, Neb.
OHIO STATE at Nittany Lions Challenge - University Park, Pa.
#6 PENN STATE at Nittany Lions Challenge - University Park, Pa.
#4 WISCONSIN at Badger Track Classic - Madison, Wis.

Weekend Schedule

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Friday, Jan. 17th
#2 MINNESOTA at MICHIGAN STATE (BTDN)
#1 PENN STATE at INDIANA (BTDN)
#19 MICHIGAN at #11 ILLINOIS
#15 NORTHWESTERN vs. #10 OHIO STATE [1]

Saturday, Jan. 18th

#3 IOWA at #8 NEBRASKA (BTN)

Sunday, Jan. 19th
#22 PURDUE at Wendy's Duals [2]
#2 MINNESOTA at #19 MICHIGAN (BTDN)
#15 NORTHWESTERN at #1 PENN STATE (BTDN)

[1] - Cincinnati, Ohio
[2] - Ashland, Ohio

Weekly Award Wrap-Up

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Thirty Big Ten student-athletes in 11 different sports collected awards from the conference office during the week of Jan. 13. Below is the complete list of honorees.

Men's Basketball
Player of the Week - Roy Devyn Marble, IOWA
Freshman of the Week - Noah Vonleh, IND

Women's Basketball
Player of the Week - Ameryst Alston, OSU
Player of the Week Honor Roll - Samantha Logic, IOWA; Annalise Pickrel, MSU; Rachel Banham, MINN
Freshman of the Week - Aerial Powers, MSU

Men's Gymnastics
Gymnast of the Week - Trevor Howard, PSU
Freshman of the Week - Chandler Eggleston, ILL

Women's Gymnastics
Gymnast of the Week - Emily Wong, NEB
Event Specialist of the Week - Natalie Beilstein, MICH
Freshman of the Week - Nicole Artz, MICH

Hockey
First Star - Michael Mersch, WIS
Second Star - Ryan Dzingel, OSU
Third Star - Adam Wilcox, MINN

Men's Indoor Track & Field
Co-Track Athletes of the Week - Joe McAsey, ILL & Demoye Bogle, OSU
Field Athlete of the Week - Chukwuebuka Enekwechi, PUR

Women's Indoor Track & Field
Track Athlete of the Week - Chesna Sykes, OSU
Field Athlete of the Week - Dani Bunch, PUR

Men's Swimming & Diving
Swimmer of the Week - Dylan Bosch, MICH
Diver of the Week - Jamie Bissett, PUR
Freshman of the Week - Daryl Turner, MINN

Women's Swimming & Diving
Co-Swimmers of the Week - Carly Mercer, PUR & Ivy Martin, WIS
Diver of the Week - Michelle Cabassol, PUR
Freshman of the Week - Meagan Lim, PUR

Men's Tennis
Athlete of the Week - Drew Lied, MSU

Wrestling
Co-Wrestlers of the Week - Tony Ramos, IOWA & Mike McMullan, NU

Thursday's Results

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Michigan State 88, Iowa 72
Aerial Powers finished with a team-high 20 points, one of five Michigan State players to score in double-figures, as the Spartans moved to 4-0 in Big Ten play with an 88-72 road victory at Iowa on Thursday. Tori Jankoska came off the bench to score 19 points, while starters Annalise Pickrel, Klarissa Bell and Kiana Johnson scored 16, 12 and 10 points, respectively. RECAP

Nebraska 88, Minnesota 85
Sophomore point guard Rachel Theriot erupted for a career highs of 33 points and nine assists to carry the No. 18 Nebraska women's basketball team back from a 14-point second-half deficit to an 88-85 overtime win at Pinnacle Bank Arena on Thursday night. Theriot outdueled Minnesota first-team All-Big Ten guard Rachel Banham, who also had a huge night. Banham scored 33 points on 12-of-28 shooting while hitting 6-of-13 threes and all three of her free throws. She added eight assists. RECAP

Penn State 66, Ohio State 42
The #17/16 Penn State Lady Lions put on a defensive clinic in their 66-42 win over Ohio State on Thursday evening. The 42 points are the fewest the Lady Lions have allowed since Jan. 17, 2013 against Wisconsin (40). Penn State held the Buckeyes to just 29.6% shooting and forced 22 turnovers in the victory. It is the second time this season that the Lady Lions held an opponent under 30% from the field (Bucknell; 25.5%). RECAP

Men's Hoops Result: Minnesota Tops Ohio State

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Minnesota defeated #11/9 Ohio State 63-53 at Williams Arena on Thursday, giving head coach Richard Pitino his first win over a ranked opponent.

Thursday, Jan. 16
Minnesota 63, #11/9 Ohio State 53

Rankings: AP/USA Today Coaches

Weekend Schedule

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January 16-19
ILLINOIS at Hawaii Tournament [1] - All Day

January 17-19
IOWA and NORTHWESTERN at Wildcat Winter Duals [2] - All Day
PURDUE at Purdue Invite [3] - All Day    

January 18-20
INDIANA at IU Winter Invitational [4] - All Day
MICHIGAN at Michigan Invitational [5] - All Day

January 18
OHIO STATE at Baylor - 1 p.m. CT
OHIO STATE vs. Prairie View A&M [6] - 6 p.m. ET
Cleveland State at PENN STATE - 9:30 a.m. ET
Bucknell at PENN STATE - 2 p.m. ET

January 19
Toledo at MICHIGAN STATE - 11 a.m. ET
Detroit at MICHIGAN STATE - 5 p.m. ET
Eastern Michigan at MINNESOTA - 12 p.m. CT
Northern Iowa at MINNESOTA - 6:30 p.m. CT
Navy at PENN STATE - 2 p.m. ET

[1] Maui, Hawaii
[2] Evanston, Ill.
[3] West Lafayette, Ind.
[4] Bloomington, Ind.
[5] Ann Arbor, Mich.
[6] Waco, Texas

Thursday's Schedule

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Ohio State at #16/17 Penn State, 7 p.m., BTN
Michigan State (rv/rv) at Iowa (rv/rv), 8 p.m., BTDN
Minnesota at #18/16 Nebraska, 9 p.m., BTN

All times are ET

Thursday's Schedule: Minnesota Hosts Ohio State

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Wednesday's Results

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Illinois 76, Northwestern 74
The Illini women's basketball team led by four at half but it was a gritty back and forth battle in the second half which saw Illinois leave Northwestern with a 76-74 win over the Wildcats. The victory halted a four-game skid for the Illini and moved the team to 8-9 overall, 1-3 in Big Ten play. Ivory Crawford, Sarah Hartwell and Jacqui Grant all scored in double figures for the Orange and Blue. RECAP

Michigan 65, Purdue 49
The University of Michigan's women's basketball team led wire to wire and used a balanced scoring attack in a 65-49 win at No. 22 Purdue on Wednesday night inside Mackey Arena. It is Michigan's first win over a ranked opponent this season, and the Maize and Blue moved its record to 5-0 in true road contests. RECAP

Wisconsin 65, Indiana 60
In a game that saw 10 ties and 12 lead changes, the final lead change is all that mattered for the Wisconsin women's basketball team Wednesday night. The Badgers defeated Indiana 65-60 at the Kohl Center, handing the Hoosiers just their second loss of the season. RECAP

Wednesday's Men's Basketball Results

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Two road wins highlighted Wednesday's Big Ten men's basketball schedule, with Michigan State winning at Northwestern and Purdue defeating Illinois at State Farm Center.

Wednesday, Jan. 15
#4/4 Michigan State 54, Northwestern 50 - AP Recap
Purdue 66, Illinois 58 - AP Recap

All times Eastern
Rankings: AP/USA Today Coaches

Wednesday's Schedule

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Michigan (rv/-) at #22/19 Purdue, 7 p.m., BTDN
Indiana (rv/rv) at Wisconsin, 8 p.m., BTDN
Illinois at Northwestern, 9:30 p.m., BTDN

All times are ET

Two Named To Nancy Lieberman Award Watch List

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Two Big Ten women's basketball players were named to the 2014 Nancy Lieberman Award Watch List, it was announced by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Wednesday. Iowa's Samantha Logic and Northwestern's Ashley Deary represent that conference on the list. The award recognizes the top point guard in women's NCAA Division I college basketball. Candidates exhibit the floor leadership, play-making and ball-handling skills of Hall of Famer Nancy Lieberman.

For the complete list of players, click here.

Indiana's Thompson Named to Soccer America All-Freshman Team

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Indiana's Tommy Thompson was named to the Soccer America All-Freshman first team, the organization announced Wednesday. Thompson, the Big Ten Freshman of the Year, collected 13 points during his debut season, scoring five goals and recording three assists. He led the Hoosiers in shots (56) and helped Indiana win its 12th Big Ten Tournament title.

For the complete Soccer America All-Freshman teams, click here.

Two Big Ten Student-Athletes Earn Soccer America MVP Honors

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Soccer America announced its 2013 Men's Soccer MVPs on Wednesday, with Wisconsin's AJ Cochran and Michigan State's Kevin Cope earning honors. Cochran, the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, was named to the first team after leading 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. Cope 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.

2013 Men's MVPs
First Team
AJ Cochran, Wisconsin

Second Team
Kevin Cope, Michigan State

Wednesday's Men's Basketball Schedule

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BTN will carry a doubleheader of Big Ten men's basketball action on Wednesday, with Northwestern hosting Michigan State at 7 p.m. ET, and Illinois entertaining Purdue beginning at 9 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 15
#4/4 Michigan State at Northwestern, 7 p.m. (BTN) - NU Game Notes - MSU Game Notes
Purdue at Illinois, 9 p.m. (BTN) - ILL Game Notes - PUR Game Notes

All times Eastern
Rankings: AP/USA Today Coaches

Big Ten in the NFL - Week 19 - Divisional Playoff Round

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Cliff Avril, DE, Seattle Seahawks (Purdue) - Notched one tackles, one pass deflection and 0.5 sacks in Seattle's 23-15 win over New Orleans

Montee Ball, RB, Denver Broncos (Wisconsin)
- Rushed for 52 yards in Denver's 24-17 victory over San Diego

NaVorro Bowman, LB, San Francisco 49ers (Penn State) - Tied for the team lead with 11 tackles, including two for loss, and a sack in the 49ers' 23-10 win over the Panthers

Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots (Michigan) - Threw for 198 yards on 13-of-25 passing and no interceptions in the Patriots' 43-22 defeat of the Colts

Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans Saints (Purdue) - Threw for 309 yards on 24-of-43 passing and one touchdown in the Saints' 23-15 loss to the Seahawks

Alfonzo Dennard, CB, New England Patriots (Nebraska) - Notched two tackles, two interceptions and four pass deflections in New England's 43-22 win over Indianapolis

Ted Ginn, WR, Carolina Panthers (Ohio State) - Tallied 104 yards on four catches, including a long of 59 yards, in the Panthers' 23-10 loss to the 49ers

Malcolm Jenkins, S, New Orleans Saints (Ohio State) - Posted five tackles, including one for loss, in the Saints' 23-15 loss to the Seahawks

Corey Liuget, DE, San Diego Chargers (Illinois) - Registered five tackles, including four solo and one for loss, in San Diego's 24-17 loss to Denver

Mario Manningham, WR, San Francisco 49ers (Michigan) - Reeled in three catches for 30 yards in the 49ers' 23-10 victory over the Panthers

Kawann Short, DT, Carolina Panthers (Purdue) - Recorded five tackles in Carolina's 23-10 loss to San Francisco

Kevin Vickerson, DT, Denver Broncos (Michigan State) - Registered six solo tackles, including one for loss, and a pass deflection in Denver's 24-17 win over San Diego

Donte Whitner, S, San Francisco 49ers (Ohio State) - Posted two solo tackles, two pass deflections and an interception in San Francisco's 23-10 defeat of Carolina

Tuesday's Men's Basketball Results

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On Tuesday's men's basketball slate, Indiana handed Wisconsin its first loss of the season at Assembly Hall, and Michigan improved to 4-0 in conference play with a win over visiting Penn State.

Tuesday, Jan. 14
Indiana 75, #3/3 Wisconsin 72 - AP Recap
Michigan 80, Penn State 67 - AP Recap

Rankings: AP/USA Today Coaches

In The Wrestling Polls

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Ten Big Ten wrestling squads are ranked in this week's USA Today/NWCA/AWN Division I Coaches poll, with five conference teams 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. 10 Ohio State, No. 11 Illinois, No. 15 Northwestern, No. 18 Wisconsin, No. 19 Michigan and No. 22 Purdue.

For the full ranking, click here.



Seven Big Ten Teams Appear in Latest National Polls

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Where We Rank: Seven Big Ten teams appear in the latest Associated Press (AP) rankings that were released on Monday. Penn State paces the conference contingent at No. 16, followed by No. 18 Nebraska and No. 22 Purdue. Indiana, Iowa, Michigan and Michigan State are among other squads also receiving votes in the AP rankings. Six conference teams appeared in the latest USA Today Coaches Poll, which was released on Tuesday. Nebraska checks in at No. 16, with No. 17 Penn State and No. 19 Purdue appearing among the poll's top 20. In addition, Indiana, Iowa and Michigan State are among other squads also receiving votes in the coaches poll.

Ranking the Wrestlers

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Big Ten wrestling boasts 67 ranked wrestlers in the InterMat College Rankings, and the conference 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. Iowa
3. Minnesota
8. Nebraska
11. Illinois
12. Ohio State
13. Michigan
14. Northwestern
18. Wisconsin
T-19. Indiana
T-38. Purdue
T-40. Michigan State

125
2. Nico Megaludis, PSU
3. Thomas Gilman, IOWA
4. Jesse Delgado, ILL
9. Tim Lambert, NEB
10. Ryan Taylor, WIS
18. Nick Roberts, OSU

133
3. Tony Ramos, IOWA
5. Johnni DiJulius, OSU
6. Tyler Graff, WIS
9. David Thorn, MINN
11. Zane Richards, ILL
14. Cashe Quiroga, PUR
15. Jimmy Gulibon, PSU

141

2. Zain Retherford, PSU
3. Logan Stieber, OSU
5. Chris Dardanes, MINN
8. Steven Rodrigues, ILL
13. Josh Dziewa, IOWA
18. Anthony Abidin, NEB

149
2. Nick Dardanes, MINN
4. Jason Tsirtsis, NU
5. Jake Sueflohn, NEB
7. Andrew Alton, PSU
12. Eric Grajales, MICH
13. Brody Grothus, IOWA
18. Ian Paddock, OSU
19. Caleb Ervin, ILL

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

165
1. David Taylor, PSU
4. Nick Moore, IOWA
7. Dan Yates, MICH
9. Pierce Harger, NU
12. Jackson Morse, ILL

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

184

2. Ed Ruth, PSU
4. Ethen Lofthouse, IOWA
8. Kenny Courts, OSU
9. Kevin Steinhaus, MINN
11. TJ Dudley, NEB
18. Luke Sheridan, IND
19. John Rizqallah, MSU

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

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









With a nation-best heave of 73-0 (22.25m) in the weight throw at the Gene Edmonds Invitational this weekend, Purdue's Chukwuebuka Enekwechi broke all sorts of records -- namely the meet, facility and school records at Purdue --- en route to being named the first USTFCCCA National Athlete of the Week of the 2014 season. His final margin of victory was nearly 13 feet, and surpassed 71 feet on three of his five legal attempts. He now leads Kent State's Matthias Tayala -- a sophomore, himself -- by 9½ inches.

He also won the shot put with a personal-best indoor throw of 61-11 (18.87m), giving him the nation's eighth-best mark in that event.

For the complete release, click here.

Two Big Ten Women's Indoor Track & Field teams are ranked in the preseason USTFCCCA poll. Michigan comes in at No. 13 and Purdue checks in at No. 17.

Click here for the full poll.
Five Big Ten Men's Indoor Track & Field squads appear in the first USTFCCCA poll of the 2014 indoor season. All conference teams are ranked in the top 12, including four in the top 10. Wisconsin leads all Big Ten squads, coming in at No. 4. The Badgers are followed by No. 6 Penn State, No. 8 Nebraska, No. 9 Minnesota and No. 12 Illinois.

For the complete ranking, click here.

Tuesday's Men's Basketball Schedule

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On Tuesday's Big Ten men's basketball schedule, Indiana will host #3/3 Wisconsin beginning at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN, while Michigan will entertain Penn State at 8 p.m. in a game that will air on BTN.

Tuesday, Jan. 14
#3/3 Wisconsin at Indiana, 7 p.m. (ESPN) - IND Game Notes - WIS Game Notes
Penn State at Michigan, 8 p.m. (BTN) - MICH Game Notes - PSU Game Notes

Monday's Hockey Result

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#1/1 MINNESOTA 5, PENN STATE 2
The top-ranked Minnesota men's hockey team padded its lead atop the Big Ten standings by downing Penn State, 5-2, Monday night at Pegula Ice Arena in University Park, Pa. Sam Warning snapped a 14-game goalless drought with a pair of goals to guide the Gophers to a series sweep in the first-ever conference series at the new PSU hockey facility. RECAP

In the Polls

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Three Big Ten men's gymnastics teams are ranked among the top 10 in the latest GymInfo poll, released on Monday. Penn State leads the way for the conference at No. 2, followed by No. 5 Nebraska and No. 7 Illinois. The Nittany Lions, Cornhuskers and Fighting Illini opened their season last weekend, while the remaining conference squads will begin their 2014 slate this weekend.

For the complete poll, click here.

In the Polls

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Six Big Ten women's gymnastics squads hold top 25 rankings in the latest GymInfo poll, released on Monday. Nebraska leads the way for the conference at No. 6, followed by No. 8 Michigan, No. 13 Illinois and No. 19 Ohio State. Minnesota and Michigan State check in at No. 24 and No. 25, respectively.

For the complete poll, click here.

Monday's Hockey Schedule

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January 13
#1/1 MINNESOTA at PENN STATE - 7 p.m., BTN

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

Sunday's Hockey Result

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#1/1 MINNESOTA 3, PENN STATE 2
Behind three goals from defensemen, the No. 1 Minnesota men's hockey team bested Penn State 3-2 on Sunday night in the first-ever meeting between the two Big Ten programs. Brady Skjei, Mike Reilly and Ben Marshall tallied goals for the Gophers with Marshall's game winner snapping a 10-game goal drought for the junior defenseman. RECAP

Sunday's Men's Basketball Results

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Purdue outlasted Nebraska, Iowa pulled away from Ohio State in Columbus and Northwestern recorded its first conference win of the season on Sunday's Big Ten men's basketball slate.

Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014
#20/T23 Iowa 84, #3/3 Ohio State 74 - AP Recap
Northwestern 49, #23/- Illinois 43 - AP Recap
Purdue 70, Nebraska 64 - AP Recap

Rankings: AP/USA Today Coaches

Sunday's Results

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Nebraska 75, Illinois 56
Jordan Hooper and Emily Cady combined for 41 points and 19 rebounds to power No. 16 Nebraska to a 75-56 road win over Illinois at the State Farm Center on Sunday afternoon. With the victory, Nebraska improved to 12-3 overall and 2-1 in the Big Ten. RECAP

Michigan State 79, Michigan 72
Two baskets from junior Becca Mills and perfect free throw shooting down the stretch, pushed the Michigan State women's basketball team past Michigan, 79-72 on Sunday afternoon at Crisler Center. The Spartans (11-5, 3-0), who sit alone atop the Big Ten standings, have won 22 of their last 24 games against the Wolverines (11-5, 2-1). It was the lone meeting of the season between the two schools. With the game tied at 65 with under three minutes left, Mills scored on back-to-back Spartan possessions to give MSU a lead it would not relinquish. The Wolverines kept clawing back, but Michigan State went 8-for-8 from the free throw line in the final minute to ice the game. RECAP

Minnesota 94, Northwestern 59
The University of Minnesota (12-5, 1-2 Big Ten) women's basketball team handled Northwestern, 94-59, at Williams Arena for its first Big Ten win of the season. Three Gophers scored in double figures, led by Rachel Banham's 28 points, 10 rebounds, seven assists and three steals. Sari Noga made four three-pointers and scored a season-high 17 points. Shayne Mullaney added 13 points and seven assists. RECAP

Purdue 84, Penn State 74
Courtney Moses scored 25 points and No. 21 Purdue upset No. 14 Penn State 84-74 on Sunday. Purdue (11-4, 1-2), which lost its Big 10 opening games to Ohio State and Northwestern was up 46-37 over Penn State (11-4, 2-1) at intermission. Penn State clawed back and two free throws by Tori Waldner capped a comeback effort and the Lady Lions trailed Purdue by just two points, 68-66 with seven minutes to play. On cue, Purdue intensified their efforts and ran off six straight points in taking a 74-66 lead into the final minutes. KK Houser iced the victory for Purdue landing a jump shot and making four free throws in the final 1:16. RECAP

Iowa 82, Wisconsin 65
Bluder's Bunch made the 2 ½ -hour bus ride to Wisconsin's state capital seeking its second straight Big Ten win knowing a victory would even their league record at two wins, two losses, and up their overall record to 14-4. Mission accomplished - the final score was Iowa 82, Wisconsin 65 - and, in so doing, the Badgers fall to 8-7, 1-2. Iowa will now carry a two-game winning streak and the momentum of victories in four of their last six games into Thursday's date against Michigan State on Mediacom Court in Carver-Hawkeye Arena. RECAP

Six Teams Appear in NCAA Top 25 Poll

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In the updated NCAA top 25 men's swimming & diving poll, six Big Ten squads are ranked. Michigan tops the poll at No. 1, followed by No. 11 Ohio State, No. 13 Minnesota and No. 15 Indiana. Penn State and Iowa are ranked No. 19 and No. 21, respectively.

All 10 teams will compete in the Big Ten Championships in Ann Arbor, Mich., beginning Feb. 26. Michigan was last year's Big Ten Champion, and went on to capture the national championship.

For the complete poll, click here.

Sunday's Hockey Schedule

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January 12
#1/1 MINNESOTA at PENN STATE - 7 p.m.

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

Sunday's Schedule

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Iowa at Wisconsin, 1 p.m., BTDN
#16/14 Nebraska at Illinois, 2 p.m., BTN
Northwestern at Minnesota, 3 p.m., BTDN
#21/20 Purdue at #14/15 Penn State, 3 p.m., ESPN
Michigan State at Michigan, 4:30 p.m., BTN

All times are ET

Sunday's Men's Basketball Schedule

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Three games span the Big Ten men's basketball schedule on Sunday, with Purdue hosting Nebraska, #3/3 Ohio State entertaining #20/T23 Iowa and Illinois traveling to Northwestern. The Ohio State-Iowa contest marks the third matchup between ranked foes during Big Ten play. 

Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014

Nebraska at Purdue, Noon (BTN)
#20/T23 Iowa at #3/3 Ohio State, 1:30 p.m. (CBS)
#23/- Illinois at Northwestern, 7:30 p.m. (BTN)

All times Eastern Standard
Rankings: AP/USA Today

Saturday's Hockey Results

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MICHIGAN STATE 1, OHIO STATE (rv/-) 1 - MSU wins SO, 3-2
Michigan State junior forward Matt Berry extended his goal-scoring streak to four games as the Spartans skated to a 1-1 tie with Ohio State Saturday night and claimed the extra point with a 3-2 victory in the ensuing six-round shootout. Tanner Sorenson tallied the deciding goal in the shootout while Jake Hildebrand stopped three shots in the shootout after recording 28 saves through regulation and overtime. RECAP

#14/14 WISCONSIN 3, #8/9 MICHIGAN 1

Wisconsin junior forward Joseph LaBate tallied a goal and an assist while junior goalie Joel Rumpel recorded 28 saves as the Badgers completed a series sweep of Michigan with a 3-1 victory over the Wolverines Saturday night at the Kohl Center. Frankie Simonelli and Chase Drake picked up the other two goals for Wisconsin. RECAP

Saturday's Result

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Ohio State 70, Indiana 51
Ohio State handed No. 22 Indiana its first loss of the season with an impressive 70-51 win at Assembly Hall Saturday afternoon. The win, which was Ohio State's second over a ranked opponent this month, improves Ohio State to 2-1 in the Big Ten and 12-7 overall while Indiana falls to 1-1 and 14-1 overall. Sophomore Ameryst Alston tied a career-high with 29 points and junior Raven Ferguson set a career best with 18 points on 8 of 12 shooting. Senior Martina Ellerbe also notched her first career double-double with 10 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks. RECAP

Saturday's Results: Indiana, Michigan State Pick up Wins

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Indiana overcame a double-digit deficit to pick up its first Big Ten win at Penn State, while Michigan State pulled away from Minnesota in overtime to improve to 4-0 in conference play.

Saturday, Jan. 11

Indiana 79, Penn State 76 - AP Recap
#5/T4 Michigan State 87, Minnesota 75 (OT) - AP Recap

Rankings: AP/USA Today Coaches

Six Squads Ranked in Latest Top 25 Poll

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Six Big Ten teams are ranked in the latest NCAA top 25 women's swimming & diving poll. Indiana checks in 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 poll, click here.

Saturday's Schedule

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Ohio State at #22/rv Indiana, 4:30 p.m. ET, BTN

Saturday's Men's Basketball Schedule

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Penn State will host Indiana, while Michigan State will entertain Minnesota on Saturday's men's basketball slate. Both games will air on BTN.

Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014
Indiana at Penn State, Noon (BTN)
Minnesota at #5/T4 Michigan State, 2:15 p.m. (BTN)

All times Eastern Standard

Saturday's Hockey Schedule

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January 11
MICHIGAN STATE at OHIO STATE (rv/-) - 7 p.m.
#8/9 MICHIGAN at #14/14 WISCONSIN - 8 p.m., FS Wisconsin Plus

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

Penn State Selects James Franklin To Lead Football Program

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Penn State University has selected James Franklin, a Pennsylvania native who is one of the nation's most successful and dynamic coaches, as the 16th head football coach in its storied 127-year history. Penn State President Rodney Erickson and Director of Athletics Dave Joyner announced Franklin's appointment today. The enthusiastic and passionate Franklin led Vanderbilt University to unprecedented success in his three years as head coach, winning nine games in each of the past two years, and finishing in the Top 25 in consecutive seasons, both for the first time in school history. Franklin succeeds Bill O'Brien, who was named head coach of the National Football League's Houston Texans earlier this month.

From Langhorne, Pa., a Philadelphia suburb, Franklin's enthusiasm and tireless efforts resulted in taking Vanderbilt to new heights over the past three years, posting a 24-15 record, including marks of 9-4 during each of the past two seasons, capped by bowl victories. The Commodores finished the 2013 season with five consecutive victories, with wins over Florida, Georgia, Tennessee and Kentucky in Southeastern Conference play, along with a win over Houston in the BBVA Compass Bowl. Franklin's 2012 squad finished the season with seven consecutive victories and posted VU's first nine-win season since 1915.

For more information on Penn State's new football coach, click on this link.

Friday's Hockey Results

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OHIO STATE (rv/-) 5, MICHIGAN STATE 3
The Ohio State men's hockey team scored three unanswered third-period goals to defeat Michigan State, 5-3, Friday in Value City Arena. Junior leading scorer Ryan Dzingel led the way for the Buckeyes with a hat trick and four points, including the game-winning tally. RECAP

#14/14 WISCONSIN 5, #8/9 MICHIGAN 2
Senior forward Michael Mersch tallied a hat trick and an assist to lead No. 14/14 Wisconsin to a 5-2 victory over No. 8/9 Michigan Friday night at the Kohl Center. Fellow senior Jefferson Dahl also recorded four points (one goal, three assists) as the Badgers improved to 11-1-1 at home this season. RECAP

Women's Gymnastics Schedule

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Friday, Jan. 10
#16 ILLINOIS at MICHIGAN STATE - 7 p.m. ET
#15 PENN STATE, West Virginia, Ball State at #21 Kentucky - 7 p.m. ET
#7 MICHIGAN, Illinois State at Iowa State - 7:30 p.m. ET

Saturday, Jan. 11
#12 Oregon State, Bowling Green at #19 OHIO STATE - 4 p.m. ET
Utah State at IOWA - 6 p.m. ET
Northern Illinois at #10 NEBRASKA - 7 p.m. ET
Air Force, Lindenwood at #14 MINNESTOA - 7:30 p.m. ET

Weekend Schedule

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Friday, Jan. 10
MICHIGAN at Grand Valley State Open - Allendale, Mich.
MICHIGAN STATE at Grand Valley State Open - Allendale, Mich.
OHIO STATE at Buckeye Classic - Columbus, Ohio

Saturday, Jan. 11
ILLINOIS at Illini Open - Champaign, Ill.
PENN STATE at Penn State Relays - University Park, Pa.
PURDUE at Gene Edmonds Invitational- West Lafayette, Ind.

Weekend Schedule

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Friday, Jan. 10
MICHIGAN STATE at Grand Valley State Open - Allendale, Mich.
OHIO STATE at Buckeye Classic - Columbus, Ohio

Saturday, Jan. 11
ILLINOIS at Illini Open - Champaign, Ill.
PENN STATE at Penn State Relays - University Park, Pa.
PURDUE at Gene Edmonds Invitational- West Lafayette, Ind.

Men's Gymnastics Schedule

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Saturday, Jan. 11
#10 NEBRASKA vs. #11 Air Force, Arizona State, #2 Oklahoma (Colorado Springs, Colo.) - 7 p.m. ET
#15 Army at #5 PENN STATE - 7 p.m. ET

Sunday, Jan. 12
#5 ILLINOIS at UIC - 2 p.m. ET

Friday's Hockey Schedule

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January 10
MICHIGAN STATE at OHIO STATE (rv/-) - 6:30 p.m., BTN
#8/9 MICHIGAN at #14/14 WISCONSIN - 9 p.m., BTN

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

Women's Swimming & Diving Schedule

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Friday, Jan. 10
Rutgers at ILLINOIS - 11 a.m. ET
MICHIGAN at PURDUE - 6 p.m. ET

Saturday, Jan. 11
MICHIGAN STATE at PURDUE - 1 p.m. ET
OHIO STATE at Toledo - 1 p.m. ET
MICHIGAN, Notre Dame, Rutgers at NORTHWESTERN - 2 p.m. ET
WISCONSIN at USC - 3 p.m. ET
MINNESOTA at Hawaii - All Day

Men's Swimming & Diving Schedule

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Friday, Jan. 10
MICHIGAN at PURDUE - 6 p.m. ET

Saturday, Jan. 11
MICHIGAN STATE at PURDUE - 1 p.m. ET
MICHIGAN, Notre Dame at NORTHWESTERN - 2 p.m. ET
WISCONSIN at USC - 3 p.m. ET
MINNESOTA at Hawaii - All Day

Weekend Schedule

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Friday, Jan. 10
#20 PURDUE at #18 MICHIGAN - Ann Arbor, Mich.
INDIANA (rv) at #8 NEBRASKA - Lincoln, Neb. *
#5 Oklahoma State at #3 IOWA - Iowa City, Iowa *
#2 MINNESOTA at #16 NORTHWESTERN - Evanston, Ill. *
#9 OHIO STATE at #23 WISCONSIN - Madison, Wis.

Saturday, Jan. 11
Penn at #8 NEBRASKA - Lincoln, Neb. *

Sunday, Jan. 12
#9 OHIO STATE at #11 ILLINOIS - Champaign, Ill.
#20 PURDUE at #1 PENN STATE - University Park, Pa. *
#23 WISCONSIN at #2 MINNESOTA - Minneapolis, Minn. *
INDIANA (rv) at #3 IOWA - Iowa City, Iowa *

* BTDN

Weekly Award Wrap-Up

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Eighteen Big Ten student-athletes in six different sports collected awards from the conference office during the week of Jan. 6. Below is the complete list of honorees.

Men's Basketball
Player of the Week - Aaron Craft, OSU
Freshman of the Week - Nigel Hayes, WIS

Women's Basketball
Player of the Week - Taylor Wurtz, WIS
Player of the Week Honor Roll - Simone Deloach, IND; Rachel Theriot, NEB; Maggie Lucas, PSU
Freshman of the Week - Larryn Brooks, IND

Hockey
First Star - Travis Boyd, MINN
Second Star - Kyle Rau, MINN
Third Star - Jake McCabe, WIS

Men's Swimming & Diving
Swimmer of the Week - Bruno Ortiz, MICH
Diver of the Week - Layne Rogers, IND
Freshman of the Week - Austin Flager, PUR

Women's Swimming & Diving
Swimmer of the Week - Ali DeLoof, MICH
Diver of the Week - Casey Matthews, PUR
Freshman of the Week - Meagan Lim, PUR

Wrestling
Co-Wrestlers of the Week - Adam Chalfant, IND & David Taylor, PSU

Thursday's Results

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Michigan 70, Wisconsin 62
The University of Michigan women's basketball team led by as much as 28, outrebounded Wisconsin, 45-31, and held off a late second-half Badger surge, winning the conference matchup, 70-62, on Thursday evening at Crisler Center. RECAP

Michigan State 70, Nebraska 57
The Michigan State women's basketball team never trailed and controlled the action against No. 16/14 Nebraska on Thursday night, topping the Huskers, 70-57. Senior Annalise Pickrel and redshirt freshman Aerial Powers each scored 17 points and posted double-doubles, as the Spartans improved to 10-5 overall and 2-0 in the Big Ten. RECAP

Northwestern 71, Purdue 68
Northwestern took down No. 21/20 Purdue, 71-68, Thursday night at Welsh-Ryan Arena in the Wildcats' first Big Ten home contest of the year. Despite trailing by as many as 11 points in the first half, the Wildcats used a strong second half to knock off their second ranked opponent of the season and improve to 11-4 on the year, 1-1 in the conference. RECAP

Penn State 82, Illinois 76
The #15/14 Penn State Lady Lions rallied from a 12-point first half deficit with a strong second frame on the way to an 82-76 win at Illinois Thursday. Senior Ariel Edwards posted her second career double-double with 20 points and 11 rebounds, while freshman Peyton Whitted nearly had the first double-double of her career with a personal-bests bests of nine tallies and 10 boards. RECAP

Thursday's Men's Basketball Results

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Iowa pulled away from Northwestern at Carver-Hawkeye Arena, and Michigan remained unbeaten in conference play with a one-point win at Nebraska on Thursday's Big Ten men's basketball slate.

Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014
#20/T23 Iowa 93, Northwestern 67 - AP Recap
Michigan 71, Nebraska 70 - AP Recap

Weekend Schedule

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January 9-12
INDIANA at UCF Invitational [1] - All Day

January 11
Detroit Mercy at MICHIGAN STATE - 10 a.m. ET
Toledo at MICHIGAN STATE - 6 p.m. ET

[1] Orlando, Fla.

Thursday's Schedule

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#16/14 Nebraska at Michigan State, 7 p.m., BTN
Wisconsin at Michigan, 7 p.m., BTDN
#21/20 Purdue at Northwestern, 8 p.m., BTDN
#14/15 Penn State at Illinois, 9 p.m., BTN

All times are ET

Three Big Ten women's soccer players were named to the Soccer America All-Freshman teams, the organization announced Wednesday.

Nebraska's Jaycie Johnson was named to the first team after collecting 36 points during the season, including 17 goals and two assists. She was also named to the All-Big Ten second team after helping the Cornhuskers claim the Big Ten Championship and the Big Ten Tournament title.

Rose Lavelle of Wisconsin earned a first-team nod after scoring six goals and tallying seven assists. The Big Ten Freshman of the Year helped the Badgers finish the season with a 10-7-2 record.

Michigan's Madisson Lewis finished the season with six goals and nine assists, earning a spot on the All-Freshman team. Lewis helped the Wolverines reach the "Elite Eight" of the NCAA Tournament and finish with an 18-4-1 mark.

Soccer America announced its 2013 Women's Soccer MVPs on Wednesday, with Michigan's Nkem Ezurike and Nebraska's Ari Romero earning the honors. Ezurike ranked third in the Big Ten with 38 points, including a team-high 14 goals and 10 assists, and was named to the All-Big Ten first team. The Wolverines advanced to the "Elite Eight" of the NCAA Tournament and finished with an 18-4-1 record. Romero started all 23 games and helped the Cornhuskers claim the Big Ten Championship and the Big Ten Tournament title. She was tabbed the Defensive Player of the Tournament and was named to the All-Tournament Team.

2013 Women's MVPs
First Team
Nkem Ezurike, Michigan

Second Team
Ari Romero, Nebraska

Thursday's Schedule: Iowa, Nebraska Return Home

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On Thursday's Big Ten men's basketball slate, Iowa will host Northwestern on ESPNU, while Nebraska will entertain Michigan in a game that will be carried by ESPN2. Both contests will tip at 9 p.m. ET.

Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014
Northwestern at #20/T23 Iowa, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)   IOWA Game Notes   NU Game Notes
Michigan at Nebraska, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)   NEB Game Notes   MICH Game Notes

Wednesday's Men's Basketball Results

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On Wednesday's men's basketball schedule, Minnesota edged Penn State at the Bryce Jordan Center, while Wisconsin upended Illinois to improve to 16-0, the best start in program history.

Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014
Minnesota 68, Penn State 65   AP Recap
#4/T4 Wisconsin 95, #23/- Illinois 70   AP Recap 

Rankings: AP/USA Today Coaches 

Wednesday's Result

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Iowa 78, Minnesota 71
The free bobblehead might have sparked University of Iowa senior Theairra Taylor to score a season-high 20 points, but it was a high level of energy and focus that carried the Hawkeyes past Minnesota 78-71 Wednesday on Mediacom Court inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena. RECAP

Wednesday's Schedule

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Minnesota at Iowa, 8 p.m. ET, BTDN

Indiana-Purdue Contest Rescheduled for Jan. 17

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The Indiana at Purdue women's basketball game, originally scheduled for Jan. 6, but postponed as a result of serious winter storms throughout Indiana, has been rescheduled for Jan. 17 at 7 p.m. ET. The game will be streamed on the Big Ten Digital Network.

Wednesday's Men's Basketball Schedule

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Both games on Wednesday's Big Ten men's basketball slate will air on BTN, with Penn State hosting Minnesota at 7 p.m. ET, and Wisconsin challenging Illinois in the third top 25 matchup of the conference season beginning at 9 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014
Minnesota at Penn State, 7 p.m. (BTN)   PSU Game Preview   MINN Game Preview
#23/- Illinois at #4/T4 Wisconsin, 9 p.m. (BTN)   ILL Game Preview  

Big Ten in the NFL - Week 18 - Wildcard Weekend

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NaVorro Bowman, LB, San Francisco 49ers (Penn State) - Led the team with 10 tackles, all solo, and a forced fumble in San Francisco's 23-20 victory over Green Bay

Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans Saints (Purdue) - Threw for 250 yards on 20-of-30 passing and one touchdown in the Saints' 26-24 win over the Eagles

Mike Daniels, DE, Green Bay Packers (Iowa)
- Tallied five tackles, including three solo, and a sack in the Packers' 23-20 loss to the 49ers 


Bradley Fletcher, CB, Philadelphia Eagles (Iowa) - Totaled four solo tackles, an interception and a pass deflection in Philadelphia's 26-24 loss to New Orleans

Brandon Graham, LB, Philadelphia Eagles (Michigan) - Notched three tackles and one sack in the Eagles' 26-24 loss to the Saints

A.J. Hawk, LB, Green Bay Packers (Ohio State) - Recorded six tackles, including five solo, in Green Bay's 23-20 loss to San Francisco

Micah Hyde, CB, Green Bay Packers (Iowa) - Notched five tackles, including four solo, a forced fumble and a pass deflection in Green Bay's 23-20 loss to San Francisco

Corey Liuget, DE, San Diego Chargers (Illinois) - Registered five tackles, including three solo, and a sack in the Chargers' 27-10 victory over the Bengals

Ryan Pickett, DT, Green Bay Packers (Ohio State) - Registered five tackles, including four solo, in the Packers' 23-20 loss to the 49ers  

Tuesday's Men's Basketball Results

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In Tuesday's top five battle between Michigan State and Ohio State, the Spartans prevailed in overtime at the Breslin Center, 72-68.

Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014
#5/T4 Michigan State 72, #3/3 Ohio State 68   AP Recap

Bo Ryan Named Midseason National COY

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After leading Wisconsin to its best start to a season in more than 100 years, head coach Bo Ryan was named the Jim Phelan midseason national Coach of the Year, as announced by CollegeInsider.com on Tuesday.

Wisconsin is 15-0 on the season, and ranked No. 5 in the Associated Press and tied for fourth in the USA Today Coaches top 25 polls. The Badgers matched their best-ever start in school history with a 75-71 win over Iowa at the Kohl Center on Sunday. Wisconsin also owns the nation's top RPI, according to ESPN and RPIRatings.com.

Ryan's winning percentage of .709 (146-60) in Big Ten games is tops in conference history for any mentor that has coached for at least 10 seasons.

Wisconsin will host #23/- Illinois at the Kohl Center on Wednesday. 

Statistically Speaking

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The latest national statistics were released by the NCAA on Monday and numerous Big Ten teams and student-athletes appeared among the top 30 in various categories.

Team Rankings:
Assists-Turnover Ratio
15. Iowa, 1.30
26. Indiana, 1.19

Assists Per Game
12. Iowa, 19.1
30. Michigan State, 17.2

Blocks Per Game
2. Northwestern, 7.2
10. Penn State, 5.8
15. Iowa, 5.5
16. Minnesota, 5.5

Field-Goal Percentage
12. Michigan, 47.3
15. Minnesota 47.1
26. Indiana, 45.4
28. Michigan State, 45.4

Field-Goal Percentage Defense
14. Northwestern, 33.8
20. Penn State, 34.6
25. Minnesota, 34.8

Free-Throw Percentage
2. Penn State, 79.5
4. Purdue, 79.2
8. Nebraska, 78.2
20. Michigan, 75.5
30. Wisconsin, 74.8

Three-Point Field-Goal Percentage
1. Minnesota, 43.0
8. Purdue, 39.8
11. Michigan, 39.6

Individual Rankings:
Assist-Turnover Ratio
4. Kiana Johnson, MSU, 3.84

Assists Per Game
10. Samantha Logic, IOWA, 6.9
13. Ashley Deary, NU, 6.6
17. Kiana Johnson, 6.1

Blocks Per Game
9. Amanda Zahui B., MINN, 3.36
10. Bethany Doolittle, IOWA, 3.19
27. Nia Coffey, NU, 2.50

Free-Throw Percentage
2. Maggie Lucas, PSU, 96.5
5. Siera Thompson, MICH, 93.3

Points Per Game
22. Maggie Lucas, PSU, 21.5
29. Rachel Banham, MINN, 20.6

Rebounds Per Game
22. Amanda Zahui B., MINN, 10.9
28. Jordan Hooper, NEB, 10.8

Three-Point Field Goals
6. Amber Moore, ILL, 3.43
17. Melissa Dixon, IOWA, 3.06

Three-Point Field-Goal Percentage
6. Rachel Banham, MINN, 48.1
18. Siera Thompson, MICH, 45.9
24. Courtney Moses, 44.9

With bowl season complete, five Big Ten schools received votes in the final Associated Press (AP) or USA Today coaches polls, including at least two top-10 teams for the fifth time in the last six seasons. Following a victory in the 100th Rose Bowl Game, Michigan State ended the season ranked No. 3 in both national polls, the second straight season a Big Ten team concluded the year at No. 3 after Ohio State was rated third in the final 2012 AP poll. The No. 3 ranking was the best finish for the Spartans since ending the 1966 campaign second in the country. The Buckeyes also ended this season rated among the top 10 nationally, appearing in a tie for No. 10 in the coaches' poll and No. 12 in the AP vote. The Big Ten also placed multiple schools among the top 10 in the final national rankings in 2011 (No. 10/11 Wisconsin, No. 11/10 Michigan State, No. 12/9 Michigan), 2010 (No. 5/5 Ohio State, No. 7/T8 Wisconsin), 2009 (No. 5/5 Ohio State, No. 7/7 Iowa, No. 9/8 Penn State) and 2008 (No. 8/8 Penn State, No. 9/11 Ohio State). Other Big Ten schools to end the season among the top 25 this season were Wisconsin, rated No. 22 by the media and No. 21 by the coaches, and Nebraska, ranked No. 25 in the USA Today poll. Iowa also received votes in the AP rankings.

Ranking the Wrestlers

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Big Ten wrestling boasts 68 ranked wrestlers in the InterMat College Rankings, and the conference boasts the top two squads in the team rankings. The complete breakdown of ranked Big Ten squads and wrestlers can be found below.

Team
1. Penn State
2. Iowa
4. Minnesota
7. Ohio State
8. Nebraska
12. Illinois
14. Michigan
T-16. Northwestern
18. Wisconsin
21. Indiana
T-40. Michigan State
T-46. Purdue

125
1. Nico Megaludis, PSU
3. Thomas Gilman, IOWA
4. Jesse Delgado, ILL
9. Tim Lambert, NEB
11. Ryan Taylor, WIS
17. Nick Roberts, OSU

133
4. Tony Ramos, IOWA
5. Johnni DiJulius, OSU
6. Tyler Graff, WIS
9. Jimmy Gulibon, PSU
10. David Thorn, MINN
13. Zane Richards, ILL
20. Rossi Bruno, MICH

141

2. Zain Retherford, PSU
3. Logan Stieber, OSU
5. Chris Dardanes, MINN
8. Steven Rodrigues, ILL
9. Josh Dziewa, IOWA
18. Anthony Abidin, NEB

149
2. Nick Dardanes, MINN
5. Jason Tsirtsis, NU
6. Jake Sueflohn, NEB
7. Andrew Alton, PSU
12. Eric Grajales, MICH
15. Brody Grothus, IOWA
16. Caleb Ervin, ILL

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

165
1. David Taylor, PSU
5. Nick Moore, IOWA
7. Dan Yates, MICH
9. Pierce Harger, NU
12. Jackson Morse, ILL
14. Austin Wilson, NEB

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

184

2. Ed Ruth, PSU
4. Ethen Lofthouse, IOWA
8. Kenny Courts, OSU
10. Kevin Steinhaus, MINN
15. TJ Dudley, NEB
19. Luke Sheridan, IND
20. John Rizqallah, MSU

197
1. Scott Schiller, MINN
4. Nick Heflin, OSU
5. Mario Gonzalez, ILL
8. Morgan McIntosh, PSU
16. Braden Atwood, PUR
17. Nathan Burak, IOWA
18. Alex Polizzi, NU

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









In The Wrestling Polls

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Eleven Big Ten wrestling teams are ranked or receiving votes in this week's USA Today/NWCA/AWN Division I Coaches poll, with five conference squads earning top 10 status, including the top three teams. 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. 18 Michigan, No. 20 Purdue and No. 23 Wisconsin. Indiana is receiving votes.

For the full poll, click here.

Three Ranked in Top Five for Fifth 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 five 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, No. 20 Iowa and No. 23 Illinois, while Michigan received votes. In the coaches' ballot, Ohio State was ranked No. 3, followed by Michigan State and Wisconsin, who were tied for fourth. Iowa was ranked No. 23, while Illinois and Michigan also received votes in the coaches' ballot. Ohio State collected one first-place vote in the coaches' poll for the second-straight week. 

Makeup Date Set for Illinois-Northwestern Contest

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After inclement weather forced Monday's Northwestern-Illinois matchup to be postponed, the two teams have rescheduled the contest for Jan. 15. The game is scheduled to begin30 minutes following the conclusion of the Northwestern-Michigan State men's basketball contest, which begins at 6 p.m. at Welsh-Ryan Arena.

Six Teams Receiving Votes in Latest AP Rankings

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Four Big Ten teams appear in the latest Associated Press top 25 that were released on Monday, with two other squads also receiving votes. Penn State climbed one spot to No. 14 this week, while Nebraska jumped two spots to No. 16. Purdue is ranked No. 21, while Indiana appears in the national rankings for the first time this season at No. 22. The Hoosiers, off to a program-best 14-0 start, are ranked in the AP poll for the first time since Jan. 19, 1993. Iowa and Ohio State are also receiving votes in the latest rankings.

Sunday's Men's Basketball Results

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Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin defended their respective home courts with wins on Sunday's men's basketball slate. The Badgers improved to 15-0 on the season, tying the school record for the best start in program history. 

Sunday, Jan. 6, 2014
Michigan 74, Northwestern 51   AP Recap
Minnesota 82, Purdue 79   AP Recap
#4/5 Wisconsin 75, #22/23 Iowa 71

Rankings: Associated Press (AP)/USA Today Coaches

Sunday's Results

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Penn State 87, Iowa 71
The #17/15 Penn State Lady Lions (10-3, 1-0 Big Ten) landed five players in double figures as they won a hard-fought 87-71 win over #23/22 Iowa (12-4, 0-2). Senior guard Maggie Lucas paced the scoring effort with 27 points, while fellow senior Talia East notched her first career double-double with 10 points and 10 boards. RECAP

Michigan 64, Ohio State 49
The University of Michigan women's basketball team held Ohio State without a point over the final 7:23 of the first half to take control of the game, knocking off the Buckeyes, 64-49, on Sunday afternoon at Value City Arena. Junior guard Nicole Elmblad recorded her fifth double-double of the season, scoring 10 points with 12 rebounds. Freshman guard Siera Thompson went for 18 points, two assists and two steals, with junior guard Shannon Smith chipping in 17 points and three assists. RECAP

Sunday's Schedule

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Penn State at Iowa, 3 p.m.
Michigan at Ohio State, 5 p.m., BTN

Times are ET

Monday's Women's Basketball Games Postponed

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With severe weather pending for much of the Midwest, the Illinois-Northwestern and Indiana-Purdue women's basketball games scheduled for Monday night have been postponed. Makeup dates will be announced as they become available.

Illinois, Northwestern and Penn State will return to action on Thursday when the Illini host Penn State and the Wildcats host the Boilermakers, while Indiana will return to the court on Saturday when it hosts Ohio State.

Sunday's Men's Basketball Schedule

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Three Big Ten men's basketball games will air on BTN Sunday, with Michigan hosting Northwestern, Minnesota challenging Purdue at Williams Arena and #4/5 Wisconsin playing host to #22/23 Iowa.

Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014

Northwestern at Michigan, Noon (BTN)   MICH Game Preview   NU Game Preview
Purdue at Minnesota, 2:30 p.m. (BTN)   MINN Game Preview   PUR Game Preview
#22/23 Iowa at #4/5 Wisconsin, 8 p.m. (BTN)   WIS Game Preview   IOWA Game Preview

Saturday's Result

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Michigan State 81, Minnesota 56
The Michigan State women's basketball team won its fourth-straight Big Ten opener, as the Spartans cruised past Minnesota, 81-56 on Saturday afternoon in Williams Arena. The Spartans (9-5, 1-0) shot 56.5% from the field as five players posted double-figure points. RECAP

Saturday's Hockey Results

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January 4
#1/1 MINNESOTA def. Rensselaer (rv/rv), 6-2 [1]
#13/15 WISCONSIN def. Alaska Anchorage, 4-3

Rankings: USCHO.com and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine
[1] Mariucci Classic, Mariucci Arena, Minneapolis, Minn.

Saturday's Men's Basketball Results

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Illinois and Ohio State picked up home wins, while Michigan State won at Indiana on Saturday's Big Ten men's basketball slate. The win sets up a probable top-five matchup between the Spartans and Buckeyes in East Lansing, Mich., next Tuesday.

Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014
#3/3 Ohio State 84, Nebraska 53   AP Recap
Amedeo Della Valle's team-high 15 points led five Buckeyes in double figures ... Ohio State improved to 15-0 (2-0 Big Ten) on the season ... Terran Petteway scored 15 points to pace Nebraska, which dropped to 0-2 in Big Ten play ... Ohio State's Aaron Craft has 14 assists against zero turnovers through two Big Ten games.
  
#5/4 Michigan State 73, Indiana 56   AP Recap
Preseason Big Ten Player of the Year Gary Harris scored a game-high 26 points, including five three-pointers, to lead three Spartans (13-1, 2-0 Big Ten) in double figures ... Indiana's (10-5, 0-2 Big Ten) Kevin "Yogi" Ferrell (17 points) and Will Sheehey (13) combined to score 30 points.    

Illinois 75, Penn State 55
   AP Recap
Illinois' Rayvonte Rice scored 15 points to lead four players in double figures as the Fighting Illini jumped out to a 2-0 record in Big Ten play ... Penn State's (9-6, 0-2 Big Ten) John Johnson led all scorers with 18 points.    

Saturday's Hockey Schedule

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January 4
Rensselaer (rv/rv) at #1/1 MINNESOTA [1] - 8 p.m., BTN
Alaska Anchorage at #13/15 WISCONSIN - 8 p.m., FS Wisconsin Plus

All times are ET
Rankings: USCHO.com and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine
[1] Mariucci Classic, Mariucci Arena, Minneapolis, Minn.

Saturday's Schedule

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Michigan State at Minnesota, 3 p.m. ET, BTDN

Saturday's Men's Basketball Schedule

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Three early afternoon games highlight Saturday's Big Ten men's basketball schedule, with Ohio State hosting Nebraska, Indiana challenging Michigan State at Assembly Hall and Illinois playing host to Penn State.

Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014
Nebraska at #3/3 Ohio State, Noon (BTN)   OSU Game Preview   NEB Game Preview
#5/4 Michigan State at Indiana, 2 p.m. (CBS)   IND Game Preview   MSU Game Preview
Penn State at Illinois, 2:15 p.m. (BTN)   ILL Game Preview   PSU Game Preview

All times Eastern Standard.
Rankings: AP/USA Today Coaches

Friday's Result

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Wisconsin 76, Illinois 64 (OT)
Taylor Wurtz knew her team needed a lift in the second half and she gave the Wisconsin women's basketball team the lift it needed, leading the Badgers to a 76-64 overtime win at Illinois on Friday night. The senior guard finished with a career-high 19 rebounds and also tied her career best of 27 points to give the Badgers a win in their Big Ten Conference opener. RECAP

Friday's Hockey Results

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January 3
#1/1 MINNESOTA ties Colgate, 2-2 (Colgate wins SO) [1]
Alaska Anchorage def. #13/15 WISCONSIN, 3-2

Rankings: USCHO.com and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine
[1] Mariucci Classic, Mariucci Arena, Minneapolis, Minn.

Friday's Schedule

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Wisconsin at Illinois, 8 p.m. ET, BTN

Friday's Hockey Schedule

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January 3
Colgate at #1/1 MINNESOTA [1] - 8 p.m., FS North
Alaska Anchorage at #13/15 WISCONSIN - 8 p.m., FS Wisconsin

All times are ET
Rankings: USCHO.com and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine
[1] Mariucci Classic, Mariucci Arena, Minneapolis, Minn.

Women's Swimming & Diving Schedule

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Friday, Jan. 3
North Carolina vs. PENN STATE (Naples, Fla.) - 11 a.m. ET
MICHIGAN at Orange Bowl Classic (Key Largo, Fla.) - 2 p.m. ET

Saturday, Jan. 4
PURDUE, WISCONSIN at Hawaii - 5:30 p.m. ET

Men's Swimming & Diving Schedule

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Friday, Jan. 3
North Carolina vs. PENN STATE (Naples, Fla.) - 11 a.m. ET
MICHIGAN at Orange Bowl Classic (Key Largo, Fla.) - 2 p.m. ET

Saturday, Jan. 4
PURDUE, WISCONSIN at Hawaii - 5:30 p.m. ET

Weekly Award Wrap-Up

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Twelve Big Ten student-athletes in four different sports collected awards from the conference office during the week of Dec. 30. Below is the complete list of honorees.

Men's Basketball
Co-Players of the Week - Rayvonte Rice, ILL & Keith Appling, MSU
Freshman of the Week - Nigel Hayes, WIS

Women's Basketball
Co-Players of the Week - Amanda Zahui B., MINN & Jordan Hooper, NEB
Player of the Week Honor Roll - Samantha Logic, IOWA; KK Houser, PUR & Michala Johnson, WIS
Freshman of the Week - Amanda Zahui B., MINN

Hockey
First Star - Jake Hildebrand, MSU
Second Star - Ryan Dzingel, OSU
Third Star - Nick Oddo, OSU

Wrestling
Wrestler of the Week - Thomas Gilman, IOWA

Weekend Schedule

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Friday, January 3rd
#3 IOWA at #21 PURDUE - West Lafayette, Ind.
Maryland at #19 MICHIGAN - Ann Arbor, Mich.
Wyoming at #8 NEBRASKA - Lincoln, Neb. (BTDN)

Saturday, January 4th
INDIANA at #16 NORTHWESTERN - Evanston, Ill. (BTN)
MICHIGAN STATE at #3 IOWA - Iowa City, Iowa (BTDN)

Thursday's Results

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Indiana 86, Iowa 84
Indiana opened Big Ten play with a purpose as the Hoosiers defeated No. 22/23 Iowa on Thursday night in Assembly Hall, 86-84. IU remains unbeaten on the year and adds to the best start in program history with now a 14-0 record to begin 2013-14. RECAP

Nebraska 66, Northwestern 65
Rachel Theriot and Tear'a Laudermill played nearly flawless second halves to lead No. 18 Nebraska to a 66-65 women's basketball win over Northwestern at Pinnacle Bank Arena Thursday night. RECAP

Ohio State 89, Purdue 78
Led by first-year head coach Kevin McGuff, the Ohio State women's basketball team posted an 89-78 upset win over No. 17/19 Purdue Thursday night at Value City Arena to begin Big Ten play. The win marked the first Big Ten victory for McGuff as the Buckeyes improved to 11-6 overall and 1-0 in conference action. RECAP

Thursday's Men's Basketball Results

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Michigan and Wisconsin posted road wins in their respective Big Ten openers on Thursday, receiving lifts from a pair of freshmen. The Wolverines' Zak Irvin scored 15 points off the bench, while Wisconsin's Nigel Hayes scored a career-high 19 points.

Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014
Michigan 63, Minnesota 60   AP Recap
#4/5 Wisconsin 76, Northwestern 49   AP Recap

Rankings: Associated Press (AP)/USA Today Coaches

Thursday's Men's Basketball Schedule

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On Thursday's Big Ten men's basketball slate, Minnesota will host Michigan on BTN, while Northwestern will entertain #4/5 Wisconsin in a game that will air on ESPN2. Both contests will tip at 7 p.m. ET/6 p.m. CT.

Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014

Michigan at Minnesota, 7 p.m. (BTN)
#4/5 Wisconsin at Northwestern, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)

All times Eastern Standard
Rankings are AP (Associated Press)/USA Today

2013 Big Ten Volleyball Season In Review

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Big Ten volleyball saw a record-setting 2013 season come to a close at the NCAA Championships in Seattle as Penn State and Wisconsin participated in the championship match, the first time two Big Ten teams faced off in the national final. The Nittany Lions won their fifth national title in the last seven years and sixth overall, tying Stanford for the most in NCAA history.

NCAA Bound:
The Big Ten sent a conference record-tying eight teams to the NCAA Championship, with five earning top-16 seeds. Big Ten Champion Penn State entered the tournament as the No. 2 overall seed, while No. 8 Nebraska, No. 10 Minnesota, No. 12 Wisconsin and No. 13 Illinois each earned top-16 seeds. Michigan, Michigan State and Purdue also received bids to the tournament. Big Ten teams compiled a 23-7 record in this year's tournament, breaking the all-time win total for the conference of 19 set in 2010 and 2012. Additionally, seven Big Ten squads advanced to the Sweet 16, the most by any conference in tournament history.  For a look back at the entire NCAA Championship, visit the Championship Central page HERE.

Nationally Noticed:
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. For the complete release, click HERE.

Off The Court Honors: Seniors Kristen Kelsay of Michigan State and Katie Slay of Penn State earned Capital One Academic All-America honors, with Slay being named Capital One Academic All-America of the Year, the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) announced on Dec. 12. Slay, a communications sciences and disorders major was a first-team selection, while Kelsay, a psychology major, was named to the third team. The pair of Academic All-Americans marks the third consecutive year that two conference standouts have earned the accolade. Additionally, Penn State's Maddie Harding was the recipient of the NCAA's Elite 89 Award, given to 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. For more on Academic All-America honors, click HERE. For the Elite 89 Award, click HERE.

Head of the CLASS: Penn State right side hitter, Ariel Scott was 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. 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 more on the Senior CLASS Award, click HERE.

Coach 'Em Up: In his 35th season at the helm of the Penn State women's volleyball team, head coach Russ Rose was selected as the 2013 AVCA Division I Coach of the Year. The award is the fifth time Rose has been honored as the national coach of the year during his tenure at Penn State, having earned the award in 1990, 1997, 2007 and 2008. Rose guided the 2013 squad to its fifth national title in the last seven years and a 34-2 overall record, ending the season on a 25-match win streak. In conference play the Nittany Lions posted a 19-1 mark, good for PSU's 16th Big Ten Championship in program history. Rose picked up both Big Ten and AVCA Northeast Region Coach of the Year honors this year. For more on Coach Rose's honor, click HERE.

Regional Recognition: Big Ten volleyball standouts collected numerous AVCA Division I Regional Awards on Tuesday, with 31 players earning All-Region honors. In their respective regions, head coaches Hugh McCutcheon of Minnesota (North) and Russ Rose of Penn State (Northeast) took home Coach of the Year accolades, while Nebraska's Kadie Rolfzen (North) and Wisconsin's Lauren Carlini (Northeast) won Freshman of the Year awards. Big Ten student-athletes made up the entire North Region team and included Michigan's Jennifer Cross, Lexi Dannemiller and Molly Toon, Michigan State's Alexis Mathews, Kori Moster and Lauren Wicinski, Minnesota's Tori Dixon, Adrianna Nora and Ashley Wittman, Nebraska's Meghan Haggerty, Mary Pollmiller, Kelsey Robinson and Kadie Rolfzen and Northwestern's Stephanie Holthus. Northeast Region honorees were Illinois' Jennifer Beltran and Jocelynn Birks, Ohio State's Kaitlyn Leary, Penn State's Nia Grant, Micha Hancock, Deja McClendon, Ariel Scott and Katie Slay, Purdue's KiKi Jones and Val Nichol and Wisconsin's Lauren Carlini and Ellen Chapman. The Illini's Liz McMahon, Huskers' Cecilia Hall, Wildcats' Caleigh Ryan and Boilermakers' Carly Cramer and Catherine Rebarchak earned honorable mention recognition. For more on the regional award winners, click HERE.

Familiar Big Ten Title Territory: With a 3-0 win over Ohio State in the final week of the regular season, Penn State earned the outright 2013 Big Ten Volleyball Championship. The crown marked the 10th in the last 11 years and 16th overall for the Nittany Lions. Penn State ended the regular season with a 19-1 record in Big Ten play and 28-2 overall mark and earned the conference's automatic berth to the NCAA Championship. Click HERE for more on Penn State's Big Ten Championship.

Taking Home the Hardware: The Big Ten announced its postseason volleyball awards on Dec. 3, with student-athletes from four schools earning recognition following the conclusion of the 2013 regular season. Nebraska's Kelsey Robinson was named the Big Ten Player of the Year, while Michigan State's Kori Moster and Wisconsin's Lauren Carlini were tabbed Defensive Player and Freshman of the Year, respectively. Penn State's Micha Hancock earned Setter of the Year honors, while Nittany Lion head coach Russ Rose was tabbed Coach of the Year by Big Ten coaches and media. For the full All-Big Ten teams, click HERE.

And The Academic Awards Go To: Following the conclusion of the fall season, the Big Ten recognized a total of 869 fall sports student-athletes who had been named to the Academic All-Conference team, which included 75 volleyball 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 volleyball players Maggie Halloran of Michigan State, Maggie Harding of Penn State and Faye Adelaja of Purdue. For the complete Academic All-Big Ten release, click HERE.

Where We Rank: Eight Big Ten volleyball teams were ranked or receiving votes in the final AVCA Division I Coaches poll of the 2013 season, which was released on Dec. 23. The conference boasted the nation's top two teams and five squads in the top 10. NCAA and Big Ten Champion Penn State led the way at No. 1 and national runner-up Wisconsin was ranked No. 2. Nebraska checked 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 complete poll, click HERE.

Statistically Speaking: Numerous Big Ten standouts appeared among the top 25 of the final NCAA statistical leaders of 2013, including five in the top 10. Penn State's Micha Hancock was second in the nation in aces per set, while teammate Katie Slay was third in blocks per set. Ohio State's Kaitlyn Leary ranked fourth in kills per set. In points per set, Michigan State's Lauren Wicinski was ninth, while Leary was 10th. For the complete statistical breakdowns, click HERE.

Former Big Ten Players Set to Compete in NFL Playoffs

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With the NFL playoffs beginning on Saturday, 90 former student-athletes from current Big Ten schools appear on the active rosters of the playoff teams. The Big Ten has at least four players on each playoff roster and every Big Ten school is represented, including nine schools with five or more standouts taking the field during the postseason.

Ohio State leads all Big Ten teams with 14 former student-athletes taking the field, while Illinois has 13 former players on NFL rosters. Iowa and Penn State are tied for third in the conference with 11 standouts each. Wisconsin will be represented by 10 student-athletes, while Michigan has nine players on playoff rosters.

Green Bay leads all playoff squads with 10 former Big Ten standouts on the active roster, including three each from the Hawkeyes and Buckeyes. Carolina, Cincinnati, New England and Philadelphia feature nine Big Ten players, while San Diego has eight.

Five Big Ten student-athletes on postseason teams were also selected to the 2014 Pro Bowl, including quarterbacks Tom Brady (New England-Michigan), Drew Brees (New Orleans-Purdue) and Russell Wilson (Seattle-Wisconsin) and linebackers NaVorro Bowman (San Francisco-Penn State) and Tamba Hali (Kansas City-Penn State).

The full list of former Big Ten student-athletes on NFL playoff rosters is below:

Carolina Panthers
Colin Cole, Iowa
Charles Godfrey, Iowa
Marvin McNutt, Iowa
Ted Ginn, Ohio State
Ben Hartsock, Ohio State
Dan Connor, Penn State
Michael Zordich, Penn State
Kawann Short, Purdue
Brad Nortman, Wisconsin

Cincinnati Bengals
Larry Black, Indiana
Leon Hall, Michigan
Kyle Cook, Michigan State
Domata Peko, Michigan State
Rex Burkhead, Nebraska
Mike Nugent, Ohio State
Dane Sanzenbacher, Ohio State
Devon Still, Penn State
Kevin Zeitler, Wisconsin

Denver Broncos
Kevin Vickerson, Michigan State
Eric Decker, Minnesota
Steward Bradley, Nebraska
Shaun Phillips, Purdue
Montee Ball, Wisconsin

Green Bay Packers
Bryan Bulaga, Iowa
Mike Daniels, Iowa
Micah Hyde, Iowa
Jerel Worthy, Michigan State
A.J. Hawk, Ohio State
Ryan Pickett, Ohio State
Jake Stoneburner, Ohio State
Andrew Quarless, Penn State
Mike Neal, Purdue
Scott Tolzien, Wisconsin

Indianapolis Colts
Vontae Davis, Illinois
Hugh Thornton, Illinois
Pat Angerer, Iowa
Dan Herron, Ohio State

Kansas City Chiefs
Jeff Allen, Illinois
Jon Asamoah, Illinois
A.J. Jenkins, Illinois
Junior Hemingway, Michigan
Ricky Henry, Nebraska
Tamba Hali, Penn State

New England Patriots
Michael Buchanan, Illinois
Justin Green, Illinois
Michael Hoomanawanui, Illinois
Tavon Wilson, Illinois
Markus Zusevics, Iowa
Tom Brady, Michigan
Alfonzo Dennard, Nebraska
Nate Ebner, Ohio State
Rob Ninkovich, Purdue

New Orleans Saints
Glenn Foster, Illinois
Pierre Thomas, Illinois
Zach Strief, Northwestern
Malcolm Jenkins, Ohio State
Will Smith, Ohio State
Drew Brees, Purdue
Nick Toon, Wisconsin

Philadelphia Eagles
Arrelious Benn, Illinois
Bradley Fletcher, Iowa
Matt Tobin, Iowa
Julian Vandervelde, Iowa
Jason Avant, Michigan
Brandon Graham, Michigan
Alex Henery, Nebraska
Kurt Coleman, Ohio State
Dennis Kelly, Purdue

San Diego Chargers
Corey Liuget, Illinois
Jonas Mouton, Michigan
Stephen Schilling, Michigan
Rich Ohrnberger, Penn State
Johnnie Troutman, Penn State
Nick Hardwick, Purdue
Jake Byrne, Wisconsin
Marcus Cromartie, Wisconsin

San Francisco 49ers
Jonathan Goodwin, Michigan
Mario Manningham, Michigan
Garrett Celek, Michigan State
Alex Boone, Ohio State
Donte Whitner, Ohio State
NaVorro Bowman, Penn State
Nathan Stupar, Penn State

Seattle Seahawks
Kellen Davis, Michigan State
Jordan Hill, Penn State
Michael Robinson, Penn State
Cliff Avril, Purdue
Chris Maragos, Wisconsin
O'Brien Schofield, Wisconsin
Russell Wilson, Wisconsin

 

 

Thursday's Schedule

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#22/23 Iowa at Indiana (rv/-), 7 p.m., BTDN
#17/19 Purdue at Ohio State, 7 p.m., BTDN
Northwestern at #18/15 Nebraska, 9 p.m., BTN

All times are ET