March 2014 Archives

Indiana Returns to Latest National Baseball Polls

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Indiana returns to the national rankings this week after sweeping Ohio State and improving to 5-1 in Big Ten play last weekend. The Hoosiers are ranked 24th in the latest Baseball America poll and appear at No. 28 in the latest Collegiate Baseball rankings. Indiana is also receiving votes in the latest National College Baseball Writers Association standings.

2013-14 Big Ten Wrestling Season in Review

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The Big Ten enjoyed a successful 2013-14 wrestling season, highlighted by Penn State's fourth-straight NCAA and Big Ten titles, six individual national crowns and a three teams earning a share of the Big Ten Dual-Meet Championship - Iowa, Minnesota and Penn State.

Four-Peat: Penn State won the 2014 NCAA Wrestling Championship title on March 22 at the Chesapeake Energy Center in Oklahoma City, Okla. The crown marked the fourth straight national title for the Nittany Lions and the eighth year in a row that a Big Ten school has taken home the NCAA Championship. Prior to Penn State's run of four straight crowns, Iowa claimed three consecutive titles from 2008-10 and Minnesota won the championship in 2007. In a tightly contested team race, Penn State tallied 109.5 points to finish 5.5 points ahead of second place Minnesota (104.0 points). Oklahoma State, Iowa and Edinboro rounded out the top five with 96.5, 78.5 and 62.0 points, respectively. Ohio State and Northwestern also finished in the top 10, as the Buckeyes took sixth place (57.0 points) and the Wildcats finished in ninth (46.0). For more on the NCAA Championships, click HERE.

Individual Accomplishments: The Nittany Lions' Ed Ruth (184 pounds) and David Taylor (165) each won individual titles to push Penn State to the national crown. Ruth becomes the first Nittany Lion to win three NCAA titles, while Taylor took home his second national title. Illinois' Jesse Delgado (125), Iowa's Tony Ramos (133), Northwestern's Jason Tsirtsis (149) and Ohio State's Logan Stieber (141) also won national championships to give the Big Ten six of the 10 individual crowns. Stieber's title marked his third NCAA title, while Delgado took home his second national championship.

All-America Awards: Over 40 percent of the All-America honors awarded at the NCAA Championships were given to Big Ten wrestlers, as the conference grapplers earned 34 of the 80 accolades. Minnesota and Penn State led the way with seven wrestlers who were tabbed All-Americans after placing in the top eight in their respective weight classes, followed by Iowa with six and Northwestern with three. Michigan, Nebraska, Ohio State and Wisconsin each placed two in the top eight, while Illinois, Indiana and Michigan State each had one. Click HERE to see the full list of All-Americans.

Making Hodge History: Penn State's David Taylor was named the 2014 Hodge Trophy Winner for the second time in his career, given to the nation's top wrestler. He becomes just the third grappler to earn the award more than once, joining head coach Cael Sanderson and Missouri's Ben Askren. A wrestler from a Big Ten school has taken home the honor on eight occasions, including six out of the last seven years. Click HERE for more on the Hodge Trophy.

Nationally Noticed: Three Big Ten wrestlers took home awards from the NCAA on Wednesday, as Indiana's Taylor Walsh, Ohio State's Logan Stieber and Penn State's David Taylor earned recognition from the national office. Taylor took home the Most Dominant Wrestler Award, while Taylor earned the award for most pins and Stieber collected the honor for most tech falls. For more on the NCAA awards, click HERE.

We Are The Champions: Penn State won its fourth-straight Big Ten Wrestling Championships title on March 9, claiming first place with a score of 140.5. The Nittany Lions become just the fifth school to win four consecutive conference titles and the first since Iowa won 25 successive crowns from 1974-1998. Penn State took home two individual titles, as Ed Ruth and David Taylor closed their careers as just the 12th and 13th wrestlers to be crowned four-time Big Ten Champions. Iowa finished in second place with 134 points, while Minnesota took third with 114.5. Fourth-place Ohio State (86.5 points) and fifth-place Nebraska (79 points) rounded out the top five. For more on the Big Ten Championships, click HERE and HERE.

And The Big Ten Awards Go To: The 2014 All-Big Ten team, along with the conference's individual award winners, were announced following the conclusion of the Big Ten Championships. Penn State's David Taylor was named Big Ten Wrestler of the Year and Wrestler of the Championships. The senior becomes just the second grappler to be named Wrestler of the Year three times, joining Iowa's Mark Ironside (1996-98). He is also the fourth consecutive Nittany Lion to be named Wrestler of the Championships. Head Coach Cael Sanderson took home Coach of the Year honors for the fourth year in a row, while Northwestern's Jason Tsirtsis was tabbed Freshman of the Year. Tsirtsis becomes the second Wildcat to win the honor, joining Scott Schatzman in 1996. Earning spots on the All-Big Ten team after winning their respective weight class titles were Illinois' Jesse Delgado (125), Iowa's Tony Ramos (133), Minnesota's Tony Nelson (285), Nebraska's James Green (157) and Robert Kokesh (174), Tsirtsis (149), Ohio State's Logan Stieber (141) and Penn State's Ed Ruth (184) and Taylor (165).

Trio Share Big Ten Dual-Meet Title: Iowa, Minnesota and Penn State each finished with a 7-1 record in conference duals en route to shares of the Big Ten regular season dual-meet title. For more on each team's title, click here: Iowa, Minnesota, Penn State.

Gophers Golden At The National Duals Championship: Minnesota won its third consecutive NWCA/Cliff Keen National Duals championship, emerging victorious from the 32-team field. The Gophers were able to claim six of the ten bouts, including three majors and a fall, en route to the National Duals championship. Click HERE to read more on the EAS/NWCA National Dual Championship.

Head Of The Class: The Big Ten Conference on March 26 recognized a total of 678 winter sports student-athletes who were named to the Academic All-Conference team, which included 97 wrestlers. 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. The list of grapplers included 48 repeat winners, including five-time honoree James English of Penn State. Not only did fellow Nittany Lion and Big Ten Wrestler of the Year David Taylor win his fourth individual conference title this season, he was also named an Academic All-Big Ten selection for the fourth time. Other four-time honorees include Indiana's Ryan LeBlanc, Iowa's Joe DuCharme, Michigan State's Nick Kaczanowski, Minnesota's Kevin Steinhaus and Purdue's Camden Eppert and Kyle Mosier. Twelve of the 97 grapplers who earned Academic All-Conference distinction also collected All-America laurels at the NCAA Championships this season: Iowa's Nathan Burak, Michigan's Steve Dutton, Michigan State's Michael McClure, Minnesota's Scott Schiller, Steinhaus and Danny Zilverberg, Nebraska's Robert Kokesh, Northwestern's Pierce Harger, Penn State's Matt Brown, English, Nico Megaludis and Taylor. For the complete list of honored wrestlers, click HERE.

The Big Ten enjoyed a successful 2013-14 women's indoor track & field season, highlighted by 12 top-eight finishes at the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships and Penn State taking home the Big Ten Championship.

NCAA Round-Up: Big Ten student-athletes earned 12 top-eight finishes at the 2014 Indoor Track & Field Championships in Albuquerque, N.M., from March 14-15, en route to All-America honors. Six Big Ten student-athletes placed in the top eight of their respective events at the 2014 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships in Albuqueque, N.M. Penn State's Mahagony Jones and Purdue's Dani Bunch posted third-place efforts in the 200-meter dash (22.93) and weight throw (21.81 meters), respectively, while Michigan's distance medley relay squad of Jaimie Phelan, Maya Long, Danielle Pfeifer and Brook Handler took fifth (11:14.60). The Big Ten recorded nine top eight finishes on the final day of the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships. Three student-athletes took home fifth-place efforts, including Michigan State's Tori Franklin in the triple jump (13.17 meters), Purdue's Dani Bunch in the shot put (16.97 meters) and Wisconsin's Deanna Latham in the pentathlon (4252). Penn State's Brittney Howell also placed in the pentathlon, coming in at seventh with 4202 points. The Nittany Lion 4x400-meter relay team of Dynasty McGee, Mahagony Jones, Tichina Rhodes and Kiah Seymour also finished in fifth, running a time of 3:33.13. Seymour placed sixth in the 400-meter fun (52.85), while Michigan's Cindy Ofili also recorded a sixth-place finish, clocking a time of 8.07 in the 60-meter hurdles. Michigan State's Leah O'Connor and Minnesota's Alena Brooks each posted seventh-place efforts in the mile run (4:40.86) and 800-meter run (2:08.31), respectively. For more on the NCAA Championships, click HERE.

Regional Recognition: Two schools collected regional awards from the USTFCCC, it was announced on March 10. Student-athletes and coaches from Michigan State and Penn State and Wisconsin earned recognition in two different regions: Great Lakes and Mid-Atlantic. In the Great Lakes Region, Michigan State's Leah O'Connor earned Track Athlete of the Year honors and fellow Spartan Tori Franklin collected Field Athlete of the Year recognition. Penn State's Mahagony Jones took home Track Athlete of the Year honors in the Mid-Atlantic region, while Nittany Lion head coach Beth Alford-Sullivan was named Coach of the Year and Randy Bungard was tabbed tabbed Assistant Coach of the Year. Click HERE for more on the USTFCCCA awards.

And The Awards Go To: The Big Ten Conference office announced the 2014 Big Ten women's indoor track & field individual award winners on March 4. Highlighting the list, Michigan's Cindy Ofili was named Big Ten Track Athlete of the Year and Purdue's Dani Bunch earned the nod as Field Athlete of the Year. Penn State's Kiah Seymour was tabbed Big Ten Track Athlete of the Championships and Michigan State's Tori Franklin took home Field Athlete of the Championships laurels. Michigan's Erin Finn was tabbed Freshman of the Year by the conference coaches, while Nittany Lion head coach Beth Alford-Sullivan was named Coach of the Year by her peers. For more on the conference's end of the year awards, click HERE.

Lions Leap To Big Ten Title: The Penn State women won the 2014 Big Ten Indoor Track & Field Championships on March 1 at the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio. The Nittany Lions posted three individual crowns and one relay title to claim the championship. The title marks Penn State's third overall and first since 2010. Penn State totaled 114.50 points en route to the championship, while Michigan (104 points) and Nebraska (92 points) came in second and third, respectively. Minnesota finished in fourth place with 64.50 points, while Purdue rounded out the top five with 53 points. The Nittany Lions picked up first-place finishes from Tori Gerlach (3,000-meter run), Mahagony Jones (200-meter dash) and Kiah Seymour (400-meter dash) and the 4x400-meter relay team made up of Jones, Seymour, Dynasty McGee and Tichina Rhoades. For more on the Big Ten Championships, click HERE and HERE.

 

The Big Ten enjoyed a successful 2013-14 men's indoor track & field season, highlighted by 15 top-eight finishes at the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships and Wisconsin taking home the Big Ten Championship.

NCAA Round-Up: Big Ten student-athletes earned 15 top-eight finishes at the 2014 Indoor Track & Field Championships in Albuquerque, N.M., from March 14-15, en route to All-America honors. The Big Ten took home eight top-8 finishes on Day 1 of the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships highlighted by four student-athletes earning All-America honors in the weight throw, including a first-place finish. Wisconsin's Michael Lihrman took home the weight throw crown with a toss of 23.25 meters, while Purdue's Chukwuebuka Enekwechi, Michigan State's Antonio James and Penn State's Will Barr in third (22.49m), fourth (22.42m) and eighth (21.26m), respectively. Northwestern's Emmanuel Williams placed fourth in the long jump (7.80m), while Nebraska's Patrick Raedler followed in fifth (7.77m). Wisconsin's Reed Connor took eighth in the 5,000-meter run (14:09.20), while Indiana's distance medley relay team of Jordan Gornall, Derrick Morgan, Tre'tez Kinnaird and Rorey Hunter placed third (9:41.23). The Big Ten recorded seven top eight finishes on the final day of the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships. Nebraska's 4x400-meter relay squad of Ricco Hall, Cody Rush, Drew Wiseman and Levi Gipson ran to a second-place finish in 3:05.25, while Wisconsin's Zach Ziemek placed fifth in the heptathlon (5913). Minnesota's John Simons and Penn State's Steve Waite took sixth in the 3000-meter run (8:14.40) and triple jump (15.81 meters), respectively. Three student-athletes took home seventh-place finishes, including Ohio State's Donovan Robertson in the 60-meter hurdles (7.69), Penn State's Za'Von Watkins in the 800-meter run (1:50.25) and Wisconsin's Danny Block in the shot put (19.40 meters). For more on the NCAA Championships, click HERE.

Regional Recognition: Five schools collected regional awards from the USTFCCCA, it was announced on March 10. Student-athletes and coaches from Minnesota, Nebraska, Penn State and Wisconsin earned recognition in three different regions: Great Lakes, Mid-Atlantic and Midwest. The Big Ten Champion Wisconsin men's team swept the Great Lakes region awards, as Reed Connor and Michael Lihrman took home Track and Field Athletes of the Year honors, respectively. Mick Byrne was tabbed Coach of the Year and David Astrauskas was named Assistant Coach of the Year. Penn State's Brannon Kidder took home Track Athlete of the Year honors in the Mid-Atlantic region, while Nittany assistant coach John Gondak was tabbed men's Assistant Coache of the Year. In the Midwest Region, Minnesota's Jon Lehman earned Field Athlete of the Year accolades and Nebraska men's assistant coach Billy Maxwell won his respective award. For more on the USTFCCCA awards, click HERE.

And The Awards Go To: The Big Ten Conference office announced the 2014 Big Ten men's indoor track & field individual award winners on March 4. Wisconsin's Reed Connor was named Big Ten Track Athlete of the Year, while fellow Badger Michael Lihrman was tabbed Big Ten Field Athlete of the Year and Field Athlete of the Championships. Purdue's Raheem Mostert collected Track Athlete of the Championships laurels, while Ohio State's Donovan Robertson was named Freshman of the Year and Wisconsin head coach Mick Bryne was tabbed Coach of the Year. Click HERE for more on the conference's end of the year awards.

Big Ten Champion Badgers: Wisconsin took home the 2014 Big Ten Indoor Track & Field Championships on March 1 at the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio. The Badgers posted four individual crowns en route to their second-straight title and 25th overall. Wisconsin totaled 122.50 points to claim the championship, while Nebraska (118 points) and Penn State (72 points) came in second and third, respectively. Illinois finished in fourth place with 71.50 points, while Purdue rounded out the top five with 61 points. The Badgers picked up first-place finishes from Mohammed Ahmed (5,000-meter run), Reed Connor (3,000-meter run), Japheth Cato (heptathlon) and Michael Lihrman (weight throw). Lihrman's mark in the weight throw of 23.78 meters is a Big Ten Championships record, while Cato became the first student-athlete to win the heptathlon four times. Wisconsin took home the top three spots in the 5,000-meter run, as Connor and Malachy Schrobilgen followed Ahmed. For more on the Big Ten Championships, click HERE and HERE.

 

Penn State's Lucas Named USBWA All-American

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Penn State senior Maggie Lucas was named a USBWA All-American, the organization announced on Monday. Lucas earns the honor for the second straight year, becoming the second Lady Lion to earn multiple USBWA All-America accolades, joining three-time honoree Kelly Mazzante. The Big Ten Player of the Year averaged 21.0 points per game this season, while leading Penn State to its third straight Big Ten Championship and the NCAA Tournament regional semifinals. She ranks fourth all-time in conference history with 2,510 career tallies and is the all-time Big Ten leader with 365 career three-pointers. Lucas is also a finalist for the Wooden Award and the Senior CLASS Award and is a semifinalist for the Naismith Trophy.

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Three Big Ten standouts were named Associated Press (AP) and Wooden Award All-Americans on Monday. Michigan's Nik Stauskas was named to the 10-member Wooden team and was a second-team AP All-American. Michigan State's Gary Harris and Adreian Payne were both named named AP All-America honorable mention selections.

John R. Wooden Award All-America Team
Cleanthony Early, Wichita State
Nick Johnson, Arizona
Sean Kilpatrick, Cincinnati
Doug McDermott, Creighton
Shabazz Napier, Connecticut
Jabari Parker, Duke
Casey Prather, Florida
Russ Smith, Louisville
Nik Stauskas, Michigan
Andrew Wiggins, Kansas

2014 Associated Press All-America Teams

Second Team

Nick Johnson, Arizona
Andrew Wiggins, Kansas
Nik Stauskas, Michigan
Melvin Ejim, Iowa State
T.J. Warren, N.C. State

Honorable Mention

Karvel Anderson, Robert Morris; Cameron Ayers, Bucknell; Cameron Bairstow, New Mexico; Billy Baron, Canisius; Jerrelle Benimon, Towson; Taylor Braun, North Dakota State; De'Mon Brooks, Davidson; John Brown, High Point; Bryce Cotton, Providence; Joel Embiid, Kansas; Tyler Ennis, Syracuse; Aaron Gordon, Arizona; Langston Hall, Mercer; Gary Harris, Michigan State; Tyler Haws, BYU; R.J. Hunter, Georgia State; Jordair Jett, Saint Louis; Shawn Jones, Middle Tennessee; DeAndre Kane, Iowa State; J.J. Mann, Belmont; Javon McCrea, Buffalo; Daniel Mullings, New Mexico State; Aaric Murray, Texas Southern; Marcus Paige, North Carolina; Jacob Parker, Stephen F. Austin; Lamar Patterson, Pittsburgh; Adreian Payne, Michigan State; Casey Prather, Florida; Wesley Saunders, Harvard; Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State; Juwan Staten, West Virginia; Keifer Sykes, Green Bay; Xavier Thames, San Diego State; Fred VanVleet, Wichita State; Jameel Warney, Stony Brook; Davion Weber, Weber State; Alan Williams, UC Santa Barbara; Pendarvis Williams, Norfolk State; Patric Young, Florida.

100 Days of the Big Ten Medal of Honor: Day 21

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During the Big Ten's celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the Big Ten Medal of Honor, the conference will be featuring "Medal of Honor Mondays" for 12 consecutive weeks, which will highlight a number of Medal of Honor winners from each school. This week, we feature the University of Iowa.

Matt Whitaker (1993, football)
A 1993 recipient of the Big Ten Medal of Honor, Whitaker was a tight end for the Hawkeyes' most recent Rose Bowl team. A three-year letterwinner for Iowa from 1990-92, he earned Academic All-Big Ten status in those three years as well. He is a former U.S. Attorney.  Whitaker, a Republican, is a candidate for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Democrat Tom Harkin in 2014.

Andre Woolridge (1997, basketball)
Woolridge, who was the first player in Big Ten history to lead the conference in scoring and assists in the same season, won the Big Ten Medal of Honor in 1997. He was a first-team All-Big Ten selection and was named a third-team All-American by the Associated Press his senior season after averaging 20.2 points and six assists per game. After graduating from Iowa in 1997, the Omaha, Neb., native enjoyed an extensive career playing professional basketball overseas. He was inducted into the Nebraska High School Sports Hall of Fame in 2007 and the Nebraska Black Sports Hall of Fame in 2011.

Dee Ann Davidson (1985, volleyball)
A 1985 recipient of the Big Ten Medal of Honor, Davidson was Iowa's first women's volleyball player to earn the distinction. Davidson was twice named MVP for the Hawkeyes and led Iowa in blocks for three seasons. She also led the conference in digs per game in 1984. She was a two-time All-Big Ten honoree and was tabbed an Academic All-American in 1984. The two-time CoSIDA District VII All-American graduated with a degree in accounting with high distinction and a 3.85 GPA. She was named to the President's list four semesters and Dean's list six semesters, and later was named to Iowa's Academic All-Decade team.

Minnesota Earns Berth in NCAA Frozen Four

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Led by a pair of goals from freshman Justin Kloos and a 24-save shutout by Adam Wilcox, top-seeded Minnesota defeated third-seeded St. Cloud State 4-0 Sunday evening at Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul, Minn. With the win, the Gophers advance to the NCAA Frozen Four at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, where they will face North Dakota on April 10.

Sunday, March 30
MINNESOTA 4, St. Cloud State 0 - RECAP | BOX SCORE

Sunday's Softball Results

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On Sunday's Big Ten softball slate, Ohio State swept a doubleheader at Indiana, Iowa won the series finale at Wisconsin, Michigan State and Purdue split the final two games of their series in West Lafayette and Nebraska pulled away from Northwestern in Evanston.

Sunday, March 30
Ohio State 12, Indiana 2 (5 innings)
Ohio State 10, Indiana 2 (5 innings)
Iowa 4, Wisconsin 1
Michigan State 6, Purdue 3 [4]
Purdue 10, Michigan State 1 [4]
#18/19 Nebraska 10, rv/#23 Northwestern 1 (5 innings)

[4] West Lafayette, Ind. (Home team: Michigan State)

Rankings are USA Softball/NFCA Coaches

Sunday's Elite Eight Results

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NCAA Tournament Results: Sunday, March 30

EAST REGION (Madison Square Garden, New York, N.Y.)
No. 7 Connecticut 60, No. 4 MICHIGAN STATE 54 

MIDWEST REGION (Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Ind.)
No. 8 Kentucky 75, No. 2 MICHIGAN 72

Sunday's Postseason Results

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NCAA Tournament
Stanford 82, Penn State 57
The third-seeded Penn State Lady Lions (24-8, 13-3) suffered an 82-57 setback to No. 2 seed and host Stanford (32-3, 17-1 Pac-12) in the NCAA Regional Semifinals on Sunday afternoon inside Maples Pavilion. The loss marks the end of the career of Penn State's superb senior class, which is just the third class in school history to top 100 wins. The class finishes second in school history with a 101-31 overall record. Penn State reached the NCAA Regional Semifinals for the 13th time in program history and second time in the past three years. RECAP

WNIT
South Dakota State 76, Indiana 64
The Indiana women's basketball team fell on the road in the quarterfinals of the WNIT at South Dakota State on Sunday afternoon, 76-64. Alexis Gassion led the Hoosiers with a career-high tying 22 points as Larryn Brooks added 16 points for Indiana. The 2013-14 Hoosiers scored the second-most points ever in a single year in school history (2,369), finished with the second-most field goals made (850) and the most 3-point field goals made (259). The 259 3-point field goals made rank second all-time in Big Ten history for a single season. Brooks ends her season with 554 points, which ranks seventh for most points in a single season by an IU player in school history. Her 67 3-pointers made ties for the fourth-highest ever made in a single year and she is now alone in third for most assists in a season at Indiana. RECAP

Sunday's Results

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Illinois 8, Purdue 3
Illinois scored seven runs in the first three innings on its way to an 8-3 win and a series victory over Purdue (5-18, 1-2 Big Ten) on Sunday at Illinois Field. Every starter recorded a hit for Illinois, which collected 13 hits compared to five for the Boilermakers. The Illini, who finished 7-2 during their nine-game homestand, improved to 14-11 overall and 2-1 in the Big Ten following their first conference series. "It's nice to win a Big Ten series and that is what you have to do to compete for a conference championship," head coach Dan Hartleb said. "We did a good job from an offensive standpoint. Rob didn't have his best stuff, but found a way to work out of jams. Our bullpen came in and did a really good job to finish it off. After things didn't go well the first game, we found a way to fight back and win the next two." RECAP

Michigan 6, Iowa 5
Junior Jackson Glines' run-scoring single to right with two outs in the bottom of the ninth lifted the University of Michigan baseball team to a 6-5 walk-off win over Iowa Sunday afternoon at the Wilpon Complex, home of Ray Fisher Stadium. Michigan earned a series win over the Hawkeyes and improved its Big Ten record to 3-3 on the season. With the game tied at five heading to the bottom of the ninth, freshman Jackson Lamb led off the frame with a walk. He stole second and went to third as sophomore Jacob Cronenworth reached on a fielder's choice. Glines then sent Tyler Radtke's 1-1 pitch just over Jake Mangler's head for the walk-off winner. RECAP

Michigan State 15, Minnesota 0 (Game 1); Michigan State 5, Minnesota 0 (Game 2)
The Michigan State baseball team shut out Minnesota twice on Sunday, taking both games of a doubleheader, 15-0 and 5-0, at Siebert Field in Minneapolis, Minn. With the two wins, MSU took two of three games from the Golden Gophers on the weekend, improving to 12-11 overall and 3-3 in the Big Ten. "Anytime you can throw consecutive zeroes on the scoreboard it's huge," said MSU head coach Jake Boss Jr. "Our pitching was obviously very good and offensively we took advantage of our opportunities all day. We have a good offensive group and hopefully we can build off what we were able to do today." RECAP

Indiana 8, Ohio State 2 (Game 1); Indiana 7, Ohio State 1 (Game 2)
Indiana's offense was blistering hot despite frigid temperatures, racking up 42 hits in a three-game sweep of the Ohio State Buckeyes (16-10, 2-4). The pitching staff was on point as well, allowing just five earned runs (seven total) in 27 innings. The Hoosiers (15-10, 5-1) tripled up OSU, outscoring the Bucks 21-7 in the road sweep. IU concluded the weekend by taking both games of a Sunday doubleheader, 8-2 and 7-1. The 42 base knocks are the most in a series since Indiana accumulated 46 at Iowa late last March. RECAP

Non-Conference Results
Nebraska 5, UNLV 3

Michigan and Michigan State Eye Final Four Berths

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Fourth-seeded Michigan State will take on No. 7 Connecticut in the East Regional Final, while second-seeded Michigan will face No. 8 Kentucky in the Midwest Region Final. Both Big Ten teams will be eyeing berths in next week's Final Four.

Sunday's NCAA Tournament Schedule

EAST REGION (Madison Square Garden, New York, N.Y.)
No. 4 MICHIGAN STATE vs. No. 7 Connecticut, 2:20 p.m. (CBS Sports)

MIDWEST REGION (Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Ind.)
NO. 2 MICHIGAN vs. No. 8 Kentucky, 5:05 p.m. (CBS Sports)

All times Eastern

Sunday's Softball Schedule

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Six games will wrap up this weekend's Big Ten softball schedule on Sunday, with Indiana and Purdue hosting doubleheaders, Northwestern entertaining Nebraska and Wisconsin challenging Iowa in Madison.

Sunday, March 30
Ohio State at Indiana, 1 p.m.
Ohio State at Indiana, 4 p.m.
Michigan State vs. Purdue [4], Noon
Michigan State vs. Purdue [4], 2 p.m.
#18/19 Nebraska at rv/#23 Northwestern, 1 p.m.
Iowa at Wisconsin, 1 p.m.

All times Eastern
Rankings are USA Softball/NFCA Coaches


100 Days of the Big Ten Medal of Honor: Day 20

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Two former Big Ten Medal of Honor winners have taken their knowledge on the court to the silver screen. Both basketball stars at their respective institutions, Northwestern's Shon Morris (1988) and Purdue's Stephanie White (1999), currently serve as analysts on the Big Ten Network. Morris has worked for BTN since its launch, serving as one of the network's primary men's basketball analysts. He was a four-year letterwinner for the Wildcats, scoring over 1,000 points in his career. White, a former All-American and WNBA star, was named a women's basketball analyst in November 2007. She is best remembered in Big Ten circles for leading Purdue to its first NCAA Championship in 1999. That season, she was named the National College Player of the Year and Big Ten Player of the Year. 

Sunday's NCAA Hockey Championship Schedule

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Minnesota, the overall No. 1 seed in the NCAA Hockey Championship, will meet third-seeded St. Cloud State Sunday evening in the West Regional final at Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul, Minn. The winner will advance to the NCAA Frozen Four.

NCAA Championship Schedule: Sunday, March 30

WEST REGION (Saint Paul, Minn.) 

No.1 MINNESOTA vs. No. 3 St. Cloud State, 7:30 p.m. (ESPNU)

All times Eastern

Final Four Bound: Badgers Advance to North Texas

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Wisconsin defeated top-seeded Arizona in overtime on Saturday, securing its first Final Fourth berth since 2000. The Big Ten now has 44 Final Four appearances, including five in the last six seasons. 

WEST REGION
Saturday, March 29 (Anaheim, Calif.)
NO. 2 WISCONSIN 64, No. 1 Arizona 63 (OT) - AP Recap

Saturday's Softball Results

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Iowa and Wisconsin split the first two games of its series, Michigan completed a sweep of Penn State and Nebraska forced a decisive rubber match against Northwestern on Saturday's Big Ten softball slate.

Saturday, March 29
Iowa 4, Wisconsin 1
Wisconsin 8, Iowa 4
#15/15 Minnesota 8, Illinois 0 (6 innings)
#15/15 Minnesota 7, Illinois 0
#6/6 Michigan 12, Penn State 4 (5 innings)
#18/19 Nebraska 13, rv/#23 Northwestern 3 [1]

[1] Ballpark at Rosemont, Rosemont, Ill.

All times Eastern

Sunday's Postseason Schedule

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NCAA Tournament
#2 Stanford vs. #3 Penn State, 4:30 p.m. ET, ESPN2

WNIT
Indiana at South Dakota State, 3 p.m. ET

Saturday's Results

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Illinois 6, Purdue 2
Sophomore Ryan Castellanos turned in his first career complete game on Saturday, as Illinois (13-11, 1-1 Big Ten) earned its first conference win of the year over Purdue (5-17, 1-1 Big Ten) at Illinois Field. After falling behind 2-1, the Illini battled back with two runs in the fifth and added three in the seventh to capture the 6-2 victory. Castellanos improved to 3-1 and did not allow a walk for the fourth consecutive start. "Ryan threw well today," associate head coach Eric Snider said. "He kept us in the ballgame and then we opened it up, so he was able to relax and pitch. It was good to see him get the complete game. We also finally got some of the situational hits we needed." RECAP

Michigan 4, Iowa 2
Freshman Trey Miller made his first career hit in a Michigan uniform a memorable one as his two-run single in the eighth broke a 2-all tie and gave the the University of Michigan baseball team a 4-2 win over Iowa on Saturday afternoon at the Wilpon Complex, home of Ray Fisher Stadium. U-M has now won three of its last four games. The Wolverines trailed 2-1 going to the bottom of the eighth, but junior Eric Jacobson opened the inning with a double to the gap in right. Sophomore Travis Maezes laid down a bunt to the Hawkeye catcher. His throw to try and get Jacobson out at third was high, putting runners on the corners. Sophomore Jacob Cronenworth brought in Jacobson with a single to center field, knotting the game at two. Junior Jackson Glines walked to load the bases. After a fielder's choice to get the lead runner at home and a strikeout, Miller came through with the single to score Jacobson and Maezesn. RECAP

Minnesota 4, Michigan State 2
Alec Crawford struck out seven batters as the University of Minnesota (13-7, 3-1 Big Ten) baseball team opened its home season with a 4-2 win against Michigan State. Timely hitting helped push them past the Spartans (10-11, 1-3 Big Ten) Saturday at Siebert Field. Crawford moved to 3-1 on the season after holding Michigan State to two runs on five hits in seven innings. Outfielder Jordan Smith hit 2-for-3 with a run, an RBI and a steal. Designated hitter Dan Olinger and shortstop Michael Handel both batted 2-for-4. RECAP

Penn State 10, Northwestern 6
The Penn State Nittany Lions (12-13, 2-0 Big Ten) kept its perfect home record intact on Saturday, beating Northwestern (4-19, 1-4) and the ensuing rain in a 10-6 victory. With the win, the Nittany Lions are now 2-0 in Big Ten play, their best start in conference action since the 2007 season. The Blue and White has now seven of its last eight games and have secured their third-straight series, fourth of the season. Penn State was extremely efficient in the second game of the three-game series, scoring 10 runs on nine hits. The Nittany Lions also made the visitors pay for the seven free passes issued to the PSU hitters, along with two Wildcat errors. The 10 runs are tied for the most in a game on the season, as Penn State also put up 10 runs in a win over Hofstra on March 7. The Blue and White received a big day from freshman pitcher Dakota Forsyth, who came on in relief in the third inning and put in 5.2 innings of work, carrying the team through the eighth. RECAP

Non-Conference Results
UNLV 5, Nebraska 4

Minnesota Advances to West Regional Final

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Behind goals from six different players, including a pair from senior captain Nate Condon, top-seeded Minnesota defeated fourth-seeded Robert Morris 7-3 Saturday evening at Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul, Minn. With the win, the Gophers advance to Sunday's West Regional championship game, where they will face third-seeded St. Cloud State.

Saturday, March 29
MINNESOTA 7, Robert Morris 3 - RECAP | BOX SCORE

100 Days of the Big Ten Medal of Honor: Day 19

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At least twenty-one Big Ten Medal of Honor winners have won gold medals in the Olympics, including Illinois' Robert E. Richards (1947, track & field), Indiana's Steve Alford (1987, basketball), Jim Montgomery (1977, swimming), Ken Sitzberger (1967, diving) and Michelle Venturella (1995, softball), Iowa's Ed Banach (1983, wrestling) and Charles Darling (1952, basketball), Michigan's Mike Barrowman (1991, swimming), Brent Lang (1990, swimming) and Davis Tarwater (2006, swimming), Minnesota's Bill Baker (1979, hockey) and Jack McCartan (1958, hockey), Northwestern's Ralph Breyer (1925, swimming) and Harold Osborn (1915, track & field), Ohio State's Bruce Ira Harlan (1950, diving), Bill Hosket (1968, basketball), Jerry Lucas (1963, basketball), Sarah Josephson (1985, synchronized swimming), Katie Smith (1996, basketball) and Harry Dwight Steel (1924, wrestling) and Wisconsin's Carla MacLeod (2005, ice hockey). 

Saturday's NCAA Hockey Championship Schedule

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Minnesota, the No. 1 seed in the West Region, will open the NCAA Championship Saturday against fourth-seeded Robert Morris at Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul, Minn. The winner will advance to the Regional final on Sunday against either No. 2 Notre Dame or No. 3 St. Cloud State.

NCAA Championship Schedule: Saturday, March 29

WEST REGION (Saint Paul, Minn.) 

No.1 MINNESOTA vs. No. 4 Robert Morris, 5:30 p.m. (ESPN2)

All times Eastern

Saturday's Softball Schedule

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Eight games are on Saturday's Big Ten softball schedule, with Minnesota, Northwestern and Wisconsin hosting doubleheaders.

Saturday, March 29
Ohio State at Indiana, 1 p.m.
Iowa at Wisconsin, 1 p.m. [4]
Iowa at Wisconsin, 3 p.m. [4]
Illinois at #15/15 Minnesota, Noon
Illinois at #15/15 Minnesota, 2 p.m.
#6/6 Michigan at Penn State, Noon
#18/19 Nebraska at rv/#23 Northwestern, 5 p.m. [1]
#18/19 Nebraska at rv/#23 Northwestern, 7 p.m. [1]

[1] Ballpark at Rosemont, Rosemont, Ill.
[4] Robert and Irwin Goodman Softball Complex (Madison, Wis.)

All times Eastern

Wisconsin Faces Arizona for Berth in Final Four

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The top-two seeds will collide in the West Region final on Saturday night, with Wisconsin eyeing its first Final Four appearance since 2000.

WEST REGION
Saturday, March 29 (Anaheim, Calif.)
NO. 2 WISCONSIN vs. No. 1 Arizona, 8:49 p.m. (TBS)

All times Eastern

Michigan and Michigan State Advance to Elite Eight

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Michigan and Michigan State joined Wisconsin in the Elite Eight, posting respective victories over Tennessee and Virginia on Friday.

NCAA Tournament Schedule: Friday, March 28

MIDWEST REGION (Indianapolis, Ind.)
No. 2 MICHIGAN 73, No. 11 Tennessee 71 - AP Recap

EAST REGION (New York, N.Y.)
No. 4 MICHIGAN STATE 61, No. 1 Virginia 59 - AP Recap

Friday's Softball Results

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Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Northwestern and Purdue all picked up wins on Friday's Big Ten softball slate, with the Boilermakers remaining unbeaten in Big Ten play after defeating Michigan State.

Friday, March 28
rv/#23 Northwestern 10, #18/19 Nebraska 2 (5 innings) [1]
#15/15 Minnesota 8, Illinois 3
Purdue 10, Michigan State 1 [3]      
Indiana 11, Ohio State 7
#6/6 Michigan 6 Penn State 0
#6/6 Michigan 22, Penn State 0 (5 innings)

Rankings are USA Softball/NFCA Coaches

Wisconsin falls to North Dakota in Midwest Regional

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Wisconsin fell to North Dakota, 5-2, Friday evening in the opening round of the NCAA Hockey Championship. North Dakota scored the game-winning goal with 1:44 remaining in the third period before adding two empty-netters. The Badgers finish the season with an overall record of 24-11-2.

Friday, March 28
North Dakota 5, WISCONSIN 2 - RECAP

Ohio State breaks NCAA home win streak record

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Led by senior Peter Kobelt, a native of New Albany, Ohio, the No. 2 Ohio State men's tennis team rewrote history Friday night with a 4-3 victory over No. 28 Northwestern at the Varsity Tennis Center. The Buckeyes (20-2, 6-0 Big Ten) won their 185th-consecutive home match, breaking the intercollegiate NCAA record set by Stanford women's tennis team from 1999-2011. Guided by director of tennis and head coach Ty Tucker, who claimed his 415th career win, Ohio State won the doubles point and three singles matches to secure the win against the Wildcats (12-9, 1-4 Big Ten).

OHIO STATE RECAP

Friday's Results

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Purdue 4, Illinois 3
Mike Lutz induced and started a game-ending 1-2-3 double play with the bases loaded in the ninth inning, closing the door on a 4-3 victory for Purdue baseball at Illinois Friday afternoon in the Big Ten opener for both teams. The Boilermakers (5-16, 1-0 Big Ten) scored three times in the eighth inning to overcome a 2-1 deficit. Cody Strong plated the tying run with a squeeze bunt base hit and Bradon Krieg's two-run double with two outs and the bases loaded gave Purdue its first lead of the day. Jordan Minch (1-4) worked eight-plus innings of three-run ball in the longest outing of the season by a Purdue pitcher, tying his career high for innings pitched. He gave up a leadoff single in the ninth inning before giving way to the bullpen having thrown over 115 pitches. The left-hander gave up three runs on seven singles and three walks while striking out four. RECAP

Iowa 3, Michigan 2
Sophomore Calvin Mathews' first career complete game sent the University of Iowa baseball team to a 3-2 series-opening victory at Michigan on Friday afternoon at the Wilpon Complex. "The story of the day is Calvin," said UI head coach Rick Heller. "He was in total control all afternoon. He worked out of a couple of jams in the first and third, but after that he settled in and pitched fantastic. It was a tremendous performance, and he stepped up big for us on a Friday night." Mathews (3-1) allowed two runs on four hits over the first three innings before surrendering a pair of hits the rest of the way. The right-hander retired the Wolverines in order in five innings, including sitting-down nine-straight batters from the fifth through seventh innings. RECAP

Indiana 6, Ohio State 4
Seven strong from starting pitcher Joey DeNato plus 15 hits from the IU lineup proved to be a winning equation for the Hoosiers in a 6-4 series-opening victory at Ohio State. DeNato's first strikeout of the night made him Indiana University's all-time strikeout king with 245 career punch-outs. He added on three more Ks and now sits with 248. DeNato posted his sixth `quality start' (min. 6 IP and 3 ER or less) in seven outings this season. His final line read: 7.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 4 K on 112 pitches. The performance earned him the 29th win of his career, one shy of the all-time school record of 30 by Brian Partenheimer (1994-97). Indiana's trio of Dustin DeMuth, Kyle Schwarber and Sam Travis cranked out three hits apiece while Scott Donley chipped in a pair. Eight of nine starters contributed at least one base knock. RECAP

Penn State 7, Northwestern 3
The Penn State Nittany Lions (11-13, 1-0 Big Ten) continued their winning ways at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park on Friday evening, winning a 7-3 contest over Northwestern (4-18, 0-1 Big Ten) in the Big Ten opener to remain undefeated at 5-0 in home games. Penn State's 5-0 start in Happy Valley is the best since the 1997 season, when the team started 6-0. The win marks head coach Rob Cooper's first Big Ten win of his Penn State career. The key to the game for the Lions was patience at the plate. The Blue and White drew a season-high 12 walks on the way to the victory. PSU's one and two hitters in the lineup, Steve Snyder and Taylor Skerpon each drew three free passes to combine for three of the team's seven runs. Other standouts at the plate were J.J. White and Greg Guers. Both White and Guers each recorded two base hits, two RBIs and one run to propel the Nittany Lion offense. RECAP

Non-Conference Results
UNLV 5, Nebraska 2

Penn State's John Urschel and Nebraska's Kelsey Robinson were named finalists for the Sullivan Award on Friday, which recognizes the nation's premier amateur athlete.

A 2013 Big Ten Medal of Honor recipient, Urschel garnered back-to-back first-team CoSIDA Academic All-America honors in 2012 and 2013 and Academic All-District honors for three straight years. A team co-captain and a key component to one of the Big Ten's most productive offenses the past two years, Urschel claimed Associated Press third-team All-America honors. A two-time first-team All-Big Ten guard, Urschel paved the way for three straight 1,000-yard rushers and helped the Nittany Lions to winning seasons in all four years of his career.

Robinson played and started in all 33 matches for the Nebraska volleyball team, totaling 530 kills and averaging 4.45 kills per set for the 2013 season. She led the Big Ten in kills and points per set during the conference season and ended her senior year ranked ninth in hitting percentage, second in kills, and fifth in aces in the Big Ten. She was honored as the AVCA/Sports Imports Player of the Week and was named to the 2013 AVCA First-Team All-American and First Team North Region.

First presented in 1930, the Sullivan Award honors an athlete who demonstrates the qualities of leadership, character, sportsmanship, and the ideals of amateurism. The winner will be announced at an awards ceremony on Friday, April 11 at the AAU National Headquarters in Orlando, Fla.

Weekend Schedule

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March 28
INDIANA at WISCONSIN - 3 p.m. CT
MICHIGAN at IOWA - 3 p.m. CT
MICHIGAN STATE at NEBRASKA - 4 p.m. CT
PURDUE at MINNESOTA - 5 p.m. CT

March 29
PENN STATE at ILLINOIS - 11 a.m. CT
OHIO STATE at NORTHWESTERN - 11 a.m. CT

March 30
OHIO STATE at ILLINOIS - 12 p.m. CT
INDIANA at MINNESOTA - 11 a.m. CT
MICHIGAN STATE at IOWA - 11 a.m. CT
MICHIGAN at NEBRASKA - 11 a.m. CT
PENN STATE at NORTHWESTERN - 11 a.m. CT
PURDUE at WISCONSIN - 12 p.m. CT

Weekend Schedule

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March 28
ILLINOIS at PENN STATE - 3 p.m. ET
WISCONSIN at INDIANA - 2 p.m. ET
NEBRASKA at MICHIGAN STATE - 4 p.m. ET
MINNESOTA at PURDUE - 1 p.m. ET
NORTHWESTERN at OHIO STATE - 6 p.m. ET

March 29
IOWA at MICHIGAN - 12 p.m. ET

March 30
ILLINOIS at OHIO STATE - 12 p.m. ET
MINNESOTA at INDIANA - 12 p.m. ET
Vincennes at INDIANA - 6 p.m. ET
IOWA at MICHIGAN STATE - 1 p.m. ET
NEBRASKA at MICHIGAN - 12 p.m. ET
NORTHWESTERN at PENN STATE - 12 p.m. ET
WISCONSIN at PURDUE - 12 p.m. ET

Friday's NCAA Hockey Championship Schedule

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Wisconsin, the No. 1 seed in the Midwest Region, will open the NCAA Championship Friday night against fourth-seeded North Dakota at U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati. The winner will advance to the Regional final on Saturday evening against either No. 2 Ferris State or No. 3 Colgate.

NCAA Championship Schedule: Friday, March 28

MIDWEST REGION (Cincinnati)
No. 1 WISCONSIN vs. No. 4 North Dakota, 8 p.m. (ESPNU)

All times Eastern

Women's Golf Schedule

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March 28-29  
MINNESOTA at MountainView Golf Club (Tucson, Ariz.)
NEBRASKA at MountainView Golf Club (Tucson, Ariz.)

March 28-30  
MICHIGAN STATE at Bryan National Collegiate (Greensboro, N.C.)
NORTHWESTERN at Bryan National Collegiate (Greensboro, N.C.)
OHIO STATE at Bryan National Collegiate (Greensboro, N.C.)
PENN STATE at Bryan National Collegiate (Greensboro, N.C.)

March 30 - April 1 
MICHIGAN at SDSU Farm Invitational (San Diego, Calif.)

Men's Golf Schedule

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March 28-30  
NORTHWESTERN at US Intercollegiate (Palo Alto, Calif.)

Friday's Softball Schedule

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The second weekend of the Big Ten softball conference season gets underway on Friday with 10 teams in action. The second match-up between ranked foes during Big Ten play will feature Northwestern hosting Nebraska in the first of a three-game series.

Friday, March 28
#18/19 Nebraska at rv/#23 Northwestern, 12:30 p.m. [1]
Illinois at #15/15 Minnesota, 4 p.m.
Michigan State vs. Purdue, 4 p.m. [3]      
Ohio State at Indiana, 5 p.m.
#6/6 Michigan at Penn State, 6 p.m.

[1] Ballpark at Rosemont (Rosemont, Ill.)
[3] West Lafayette, Ind. (Home team: Michigan State)

Rankings are USA Softball/NFCA Coaches
All times Eastern


Weekend Schedule

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Friday, March 28
ILLINOIS, INDIANA, NEBRASKA, #17 PENN STATE at Texas Relays - Austin, Texas
ILLINOIS, IOWA, NEBRASKA at Arizona State Invitational - Phoenix, Ariz.
MICHIGAN, MICHIGAN STATE at Raleigh Relays - Raleigh, N.C.
MICHIGAN at North Florida Invitational - Jacksonville, Fla.
OHIO STATE at Yellow Jacket Invitational - Atlanta, Ga.
PURDUE at Mike Poehlein Invite - West Lafayette, Ind.

Saturday, March 29
ILLINOIS at Lenny Lyles/Clark Wood Invitational - Louisville, Ky.
ILLINOIS, IOWA, NEBRASKA at Arizona State Invitational - Phoenix, Ariz.
ILLINOIS, INDIANA, NEBRASKA, #17 PENN STATE at Texas Relays - Austin, Texas
MICHIGAN, MICHIGAN STATE at Raleigh Relays - Raleigh, N.C.
MICHIGAN at North Florida Invitational - Jacksonville, Fla.
NEBRASKA at ESU Spring Open - Emporia, Kan.
OHIO STATE at Yellow Jacket Invitational - Atlanta, Ga.
PURDUE at Mike Poehlein Invite - West Lafayette, Ind.

Weekend Schedule

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Iowa at Michigan
Game 1 - Friday, 4 p.m., BTDN (Mathews, 2-1, 1.89 vs. Ballantine, 2-1, 2.81)
Game 2 - Saturday, 2 p.m., BTDN (Kuebel, 2-1, 6.59 vs. Hill, 1-3, 4.93)
Game 3 - Sunday, 1 p.m., BTDN (Peyton, 3-0, 4.86 vs. Szkutnik, 0-3, 3.49)

Michigan State at Minnesota
Game 1 - Saturday, 3 p.m., BTDN (VanVossen, 4-0, 2.37 vs. Crawford, 2-1, 3.15)
Game 2 - Sunday, Noon., BTDN (Alleman, 2-1, 3.16 vs. Jess, 0-3, 4.32)
Game 3 - Sunday, 3:30 p.m., BTDN (TBA vs. Meyer, 2-1, 2.13)

Purdue at Illinois
Game 1 - Friday, 5 p.m. (Minch, 0-4, 6.42 vs. Johnson, 2-3, 3.09)
Game 2 - Saturday, 4 p.m. (Downs, 1-2, 3.90 vs. Castellanos, 4-1, 4.00)
Game 3 - Sunday, 2 p.m. (TBA vs. McDonnell, 1-0, 2.89)

Northwestern at Penn State
Game 1 - Friday, 5:30 p.m. (Magallones, 0-2, 4.68 vs. Jann, 1-4, 2.70)
Game 2 - Saturday, 2 p.m., BTDN (Mason, 1-2, 4.94 vs. Welsh, 0-4, 5.47)
Game 3 - Sunday, 1 p.m., BTDN (Portland, 1-3, 4.24 vs. TBA)

Indiana at Ohio State
Game 1 - Friday, 6:30 p.m., BTDN (DeNato, 4-1, 2.39 vs. Riga, 3-0, 3.03)
Game 2 - Saturday, 3 p.m., BTDN (Hart, 3-1, 2.03 vs. Greve, 3-1, 4.50)
Game 3 - Sunday, 1 p.m., BTDN (Morris, 0-2, 2.55 vs. Tully (3-0, 0.96)

Non-Conference
UNLV at Nebraska
Game 1 - Friday, 7:30 p.m. (Fedde, 4-1, 1.88 vs. Deleon, 2-1, 2.68)
Game 2 - Saturday, 3 p.m. (Richy, 4-1, 2.59 vs. Sinclair, 4-0, 0.51)
Game 3 - Sunday, 2 p.m., BTN (Bonnell, 3-1, 1.55 vs. Bummer, 2-2, 6.08)

All times are ET and schedule subject to change

Weekend Schedule

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Friday, March 28
INDIANA, #11 NEBRASKA, #19 PENN STATE at Texas Relays - Austin, Texas
MICHIGAN, MICHIGAN STATE at Raleigh Relays - Raleigh, N.C.
MICHIGAN at North Florida Invitational - Jacksonville, Fla.
IOWA, #11 NEBRASKA at Arizona State Invitational - Phoenix, Ariz.
OHIO STATE at Vanderbilt Black & Gold Invite - Nashville, Tenn.
PURDUE at Mike Poehlein Invite - West Lafayette, Ind.

Saturday, March 29
#25 ILLINOIS at Lenny Lyles/Clark Wood Invitational - Louisville, Ky.
INDIANA, #11 NEBRASKA, #19 PENN STATE at Texas Relays - Austin, Texas
MICHIGAN, MICHIGAN STATE at Raleigh Relays - Raleigh, N.C.
MICHIGAN at North Florida Invitational - Jacksonville, Fla.
IOWA, #11 NEBRASKA at Arizona State Invitational - Phoenix, Ariz.
#11 NEBRASKA at ESU Spring Open - Emporia, Kan.
OHIO STATE at Vanderbilt Black & Gold Invite - Nashville, Tenn.
PURDUE at Mike Poehlein Invite - West Lafayette, Ind.

Weekend Schedule

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Friday, March 28
MICHIGAN STATE (rv), Boston University (rv) at Rutgers - Piscataway, N.J.

Saturday, March 29
Dayton, Duquesne at INDIANA - Bloomington, Ind.
#12 MICHIGAN at #1 OHIO STATE - Columbus, Ohio
MICHIGAN STATE (rv), #9 Brown at #5 Princeton - Princeton, N.J.

Weekly Award Wrap-Up

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Twenty-three Big Ten student-athletes in 10 different sports collected awards from the conference office during the week of March 24. Below is the complete list of honorees.

Baseball
Co-Players of the Week - Casey Rodrigue, IND & Dan Potempa, IOWA
Pitcher of the Week - Kyle Hart, IND
Freshman of the Week - Tanner Tully, OSU

Men's Golf
Golfer of the Week - Brian Bullington, IOWA

Women's Golf
Golfer of the Week - Christina Vosters, PSU

Men's Gymnastics
Gymnast of the Week - Sam Mikulak, MICH
Freshman of the Week - Tristian Perez-Rivera, MICH

Women's Rowing
Boat of the Week - Iowa Second Varsity Four (Rachel Chambers, Rachel Crosley, Kasia Gniatczyk, Bec Clayton, Skylar McSorley)

Softball
Player of the Week - Tori Chiodo, PUR
Pitcher of the Week - Haylie Wagner, MICH
Freshman of the Week - Sara Novak, WIS

Men's Tennis
Co-Athletes of the Week - Peter Kobelt, OSU & Leonard Stakhovsky, PSU

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

Men's Outdoor Track & Field

Track Athlete of the Week - Nolan Fife, IND
Field Athlete of the Week - Zach Siegmeier, MINN

Women's Outdoor Track & Field
Track Athlete of the Week - Samantha Ginther, IND
Field Athlete of the Week - Sophie Gutermuth, IND

Friday's NCAA Tournament Schedule

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Michigan and Michigan State will look to join Wisconsin in the Elite Eight, when the Wolverines take on No. 11 Tennessee, and Michigan State faces top-seeded Virginia in the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 Friday night.

NCAA Tournament Schedule: Friday, March 28

MIDWEST REGION (Indianapolis, Ind.)
No. 2 MICHIGAN vs. No. 11 Tennessee, 7:15 p.m. (CBS Sports)

EAST REGION (New York, N.Y.)
No. 4 MICHIGAN STATE vs. No. 1 Virginia, 9:57 p.m. (TBS)

All times Eastern

100 Days of the Big Ten Medal of Honor: Day 18

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Nebraska's Bjorn Barrefors (2013, track & field)
A track & field standout at Nebraska, Barrefors earned the Big Ten Medal of Honor in 2013. He is a six-time All-American, two-time conference champion, two-time All-Big Ten selection and holds the school record in the outdoor decathlon and indoor heptathlon events. The three-time captain won the decathlon at the 2012 Big Ten Outdoor Championships and finished fourth at the 2013 Big Ten Outdoor Championships. At the NCAA Championships in 2012, he finished fourth in the heptathlon and eighth in the decathlon. The Stockholm, Sweden native was the first four-time CoSIDA Academic All-American in Cornhusker history, and also won the NCAA Elite 88 award in 2010.  Barrefors is a two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection and won the Big Ten Distinguished Scholar award in both 2012 and 2013.

Wisconsin Upends Baylor, Advances to Elite Eight

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Wisconsin recorded a convincing 69-52 win over Baylor in Thursday's regional semifinal, advancing to the Elite Eight for the first time since 2005.

WEST REGION
Thursday, March 27 (Anaheim, Calif.)

No. 2 WISCONSIN 69, No. 6 Baylor 52 - AP Recap 

Thursday's WNIT Results

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Indiana 66, Northwestern 65
The Indiana women's basketball team erased a 14-point deficit to defeat Northwestern 66-65 Thursday night in Assembly Hall in the third round of the Women's National Invitation Tournament (WNIT). Simone Deloach gave IU its first lead of the night with a layup with 11 seconds remaining to lift IU over the Wildcats. The Hoosiers improved to 21-12 on the season to tie the school record for most wins in a season. Freshman Larryn Brooks led all scorers with 27 points, moving her into seventh in program history for single season scoring with 538 points. Alexis Gassion and Lyndsay Leikem each finished with 10 points and pulled down nine and six rebounds, respectively. RECAP

Bowling Green 63, Michigan 53
Junior forward Cyesha Goree grabbed eight rebounds to set a new single-season record, but the University of Michigan women's basketball team concluded its season with a 63-53 loss at Bowling Green in the third round of the WNIT on Thursday night at the Stroh Center. Junior guard Nicole Elmblad led the way offensively for Michigan with 15 points, seven rebounds and two assists. Goree joined her in double figures with 12 points to go with her eight rebounds. Michigan shot just 40.4 percent (23-for-57) from the floor, compared to 55. 8 percent (24-for-43) for Bowling Green. BG also won the battle on the glass, 28-27. RECAP

South Dakota State 70, Minnesota 62
University of Minnesota redshirt freshman Amanda Zahui B.broke the Big Ten and Minnesota single-season rebounding records, matched her career-high with 26 points and posted her 18th double-double of the season with 11 rebounds, but it was not enough to extend the Gophers' (22-13) season, as they fell on the road at South Dakota State (25-9), 70-62, Thursday night in the third round of the WNIT. Zahui concluded her remarkable rookie season with 514 points on .543 shooting and program records with 394 rebounds and 105 blocks, while Minnesota finished the 2013-14 season with its most wins since the 2004-05 season and made it to the WNIT third round for the first time in program history. The Big Ten record of 397 rebounds in a season was previous held by Illinois' Jenna Smith since 2010, while Minnesota's program record was previously held by Linda Roberts since 1978. RECAP

Nebraska's Jordan Hooper and Penn State's Maggie Lucas were among a group of 12 finalists for the Wade Trophy, presented annually by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association to the National Player of the Year. Hooper and Lucas were also among a group of 15 candidates for the Wooden Award. The winner will be announced during the WBCA Awards Show on Monday, April 7 at the Women's Final Four in Nashville. It is the second straight season Lucas has been named a finalist for the honor, while Hooper earns her first such distinction from the WBCA.

Beilein Named NABC District 7 Coach of the Year

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Michigan's John Beilein was named the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) District 7 Coach of the Year on Thursday. Beilein guided Michigan to its first outright Big Ten title since 1986, the top seed in the Big Ten Tournament and into the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 for the second straight year.

Beilein picked up his 700th career coaching victory in the Wolverines' second round NCAA Tournament win against Wofford. Michigan is one of just five schools, along with Arizona, Florida, Louisville and Michigan State, to reach the Sweet 16 in each of the past two seasons.

Beilein was also named Big Ten Coach of the Year by the media and the USBWA District V Coach of the Year. On March 20, he was also named one of five finalists for the Naismith Men's College Coach of the Year Award by the Atlanta Tip-Off Club.

Michigan will take on No. 11 seed Tennessee in the Sweet 16 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis Friday beginning at 7:15 p.m. ET.

Thursday's WNIT Schedule

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Michigan at Bowling Green, 7 p.m. ET
Northwestern at Indiana, 7 p.m. ET, BTDN
Minnesota at South Dakota State, 8 p.m. ET

Wisconsin Takes on Baylor in Sweet 16

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Second-seeded Wisconsin will resume its run in the NCAA Tournament on Thursday, taking on No. 6 Baylor at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif.

WEST REGION
Thursday, March 27 (Anaheim, Calif.)
No. 2 WISCONSIN vs. No. 6 Baylor, 7:47 p.m. (TBS)

All times Eastern

The Big Ten Conference on Wednesday recognized a total of 678 winter sports student-athletes who have been named to the Academic All-Conference team, which included 183 men's swimmers and divers. 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.

The list of players included 112 repeat winners, including 50 three-time honorees, one four-time honoree and one five-time honoree. For more on the Academic All-Big Ten selections, click here. The full list of Academic All-Big Ten women's swimmers and divers is below.

Hailey Booth, ILL (2)
Cara Chuang, ILL (3)
Jessica Clifford, ILL
Jennifer Coady, ILL
Kayla Dlugopolski, ILL
Emily Fung, ILL (2)
Anne Goering, ILL (3)
Stephanie Hein, ILL
Jessica Holz, ILL (2)
Erica Lynn, ILL (4)
Lori Lynn, ILL
Megan Marchuk, ILL (2)
Callan McDermott, ILL (2)
Sloane McDermott, ILL
Alison Meng, ILL (2)
Erika Murphy, ILL (2)
Courtney Pope, ILL (2)
Sarah Sykstus, ILL
Alyssa Toland, ILL (3)
Kirsten Zborek, ILL
Stephanie Armstrong, IND (3)
Allie Day, IND (2)
Kate Hillman, IND (3)
Cassidy Kahn, IND (5)
Brenna MacLean, IND (3)
Cynthia Pammett, IND (2)
Bronwyn Pasloski, IND
Brooklynn Snodgrass, IND
Dorina Szekeres, IND (2)
Rachel Thompson, IND
Lindsay Vrooman, IND (3)
Madelon Webb, IND (2)
Elaine Boosalis, IOWA (2)
Elise Borja, IOWA (3)
Pamela Breitrick, IOWA (2)
Maddie Bro, IOWA
Joelle Christy, IOWA (3)
Lauren Drennan, IOWA (3)
Haley Gordon, IOWA
Abby Grilli, IOWA (3)
Maggie Hofstadter, IOWA
Ashley Horodyski, IOWA
Emily Hovren, IOWA (3)
Aubrey Kumm, IOWA (2)
Hannah Maher, IOWA (2)
Taylor Newgaard, IOWA (3)
Allie Orvis, IOWA
Lindsay Seemann, IOWA
Abbey Tuchscherer, IOWA
Samantha Wagner, IOWA
Karolina Wartalowicz, IOWA (3)
Courtney Beidler, MICH (3)
Emily Boyd, MICH (2)
Erin Cameron, MICH (3)
Carey Chen, MICH
Angela Chokran, MICH (3)
Sarah Kamstra, MICH
Yin Yan (Claudia) Lau, MICH (2)
Brianna Maroukis, MICH (3)
Zoe Mattingly, MICH
Sharalynn Missiuna, MICH
Olivia Samoray, MICH
Molly Schaefer, MICH (2)
Becca Berman, MSU (2)
Marina Borri, MSU
Cristee Cordes, MSU
Jessica Cutler, MSU (2)
Kelly Delorme, MSU (2)
Jessika Hall, MSU
Marcella Kupraszewicz, MSU (2)
Alison Menzies, MSU (2)
Taylor Mullahy, MSU
Emily Parsons, MSU
Hannah Pugh, MSU (2)
Erica Shurmur, MSU
Jill Stoneburg, MSU
Summer Strickler, MSU (3)
Jessica Wellick, MSU (3)
Whitney Woodbridge, MSU (3)
Kaela Anderson, MINN (2)
Katie Anton, MINN (2)
Heidi Busack, MINN (2)
Erin Caflisch, MINN (3)
Christie Clarke, MINN
Katy Etterman, MINN (2)
Samantha Harding, MINN
Kiera Janzen, MINN (2)
Maggie Keefer, MINN (3)
Amelia Marsh, MINN (2)
Haley Pietila, MINN
Jessica Plant, MINN (2)
Chloe Portela, MINN
Monica Radecke, MINN (2)
Jessica Ramberg, MINN
Tori Simenec, MINN (2)
Devin Ste. Marie, MINN (2)
Hailey Szews, MINN (3)
Lauren Votava, MINN
Rebecca Weiland, MINN (2)
Blake Zeiger, MINN (2)
Alexandra Bilunas, NEB
Taryn Collura, NEB
Michaela Cunningham, NEB
Bria Deveaux, NEB
Kelly Dunn, NEB (2)
Morgan Flannigan, NEB (2)
Ashleigh Grammar, NEB (3)
Shannon Guy, NEB (3)
Samantha Hardewig, NEB
Ciara Jenkins, NEB (2)
Jacqueline Juffer, NEB
Payton Michaud, NEB (3)
Natalie Morris, NEB (2)
Bailey Pons, NEB (3)
Nicole Schwery, NEB
Kristin Strecker, NEB (2)
Megan Ziemann, NEB (3)
Ellen Anderson, NU
Mary Kate Campbell, NU (3)
Erika Elliott, NU
Fallon Fitzpatrick, NU (3)
Sarah Goss, NU
Caroline Grant, NU
Madeline Klichowski, NU (2)
Emily Launer, NU
Cosima Lenz, NU (3)
Valerie Nubbe, NU (2)
Jackie Powell, NU (3)
Julia Pratt, NU
Becca Soderholm, NU (3)
Erin Sosdian, NU (3)
Phoebe Cater, OSU (3)
Mary Sarah Cruzan, OSU (3)
Lauren Davis, OSU (2)
Rachael Dzierzak, OSU
Taylor Ford, OSU (2)
Annelise Jongekrijg, OSU
Luchansky Katy, OSU
Alex Norris, OSU (3)
Camey Rabold, OSU
Aliena Schmidtke, OSU
Michelle Williams, OSU (3)
Alyson Ackman, PSU
Jenna Bickel, PSU
Carolyn Fitten, PSU
Meredith Harbison, PSU (2)
Katelyn Miller, PSU (2)
Mackenzie Powers, PSU (3)
Sierra Scoggin, PSU
Gabrielle Shishkoff, PSU
Haley Sinatro, PSU
Claire Singley, PSU (3)
Megan Siverling, PSU (2)
Sarah Somers, PSU (3)
Megan Springsteen, PSU (3)
Chelsea Vanderweele, PSU
Chelsea Weedman, PSU (3)
Brynja Winnan, PSU (3)
Michelle Cabassol, PUR
Julia Comodeca, PUR (3)
Allie Davis, PUR
Mary Beth Dunnichay, PUR
Samantha Feulner, PUR
Lew Gerbrandt, PUR
Tracy Glaser, PUR (3)
Anji Li, PUR (2)
Lizzy Lyon, PUR
Francesca Marr, PUR (2)
Carly Marshall, PUR (2)
Madison Monteiro, PUR
Nika Karlina Petric, PUR
Rhiannon Sheets, PUR (2)
Alex Todd, PUR (2)
MacKenzie Tweardy, PUR (2)
Kylie Vogel, PUR (2)
Katie Delaney, WIS (2)
Jennah Haney, WIS (3)
Rachel Johnson, WIS
Ivy Martin, WIS (2)
Trisha Nelson, WIS
Caroline Palm, WIS (2)
Rebecka Palm, WIS (3)
Aja Van Hout, WIS (2)

100 Days of the Big Ten Medal of Honor: Day 17

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Dike Eddleman (Illinois, 1949) is the greatest all-around athlete in Illini history, earning a record 11 letters in the sports of football, basketball and track & field. He was a punter for the 1946 Big Ten football champions and played in the Rose Bowl Game, finished fourth in the high jump at the 1948 London Olympics and was the Big Ten MVP in leading the Illini to a conference basketball title in 1949. He played four seasons in the NBA and later became a fundraiser for Illinois' athletic department.

Wednesday's Softball Results

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Illinois, Nebraska and Northwestern all posted non-conference wins on Wednesday's Big Ten softball slate.

Wednesday, March 26    
rv/#23 Northwestern 13, Northern Illinois 2 (5 innings) [1]
Illinois 3, Missouri 0 [2]
Missouri 9, Illinois 6 [2]
#18/19 Nebraska 10, Nebraska-Omaha 0 (5 innings)

[1] Ballpark at Rosemont, Rosemont, Ill.
[2] St. Charles, Mo. 

Wednesday's Results

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Illinois 6, Illinois State 1
Indiana State 12, Indiana 8
Bradley 7, Iowa 0
Michigan 12, Western Michigan 4
Kansas State 12, Nebraska 6
Eastern Michigan 9, Northwestern 8
Ohio State 4, Marshall 0
Purdue 7, IPFW 1

The Big Ten Conference on Wednesday recognized a total of 678 winter sports student-athletes who have been named to the Academic All-Conference team, which included 143 men's swimmers and divers. 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.

The list of players included 76 repeat winners, including 44 two-time honorees and 32 three-time honorees. For more on the Academic All-Big Ten selections, click here. The full list of Academic All-Big Ten men's swimmers and divers is below.

George Andrews, IND (3)
Ian Boggs, IND (2)
Curtis Goss, IND
Andrew Hull, IND
Mike Hurley, IND (2)
Tanner Kurz, IND
Cody Miller, IND (2)
Michael Mohler, IND (3)
Bryce Ogden, IND
Joe Powell, IND (2)
Eric Ress, IND (3)
Steve Schmuh, IND (2)
Grayson Smith, IND
John Winck, IND
Manuel Belzer, IOWA (3)
Addison Boshult, IOWA
Matthew Boyd, IOWA
David Ernstsson, IOWA
Charles Holliday, IOWA
Maverick Hovey, IOWA
Mike Nelson, IOWA
Tyler Nichols, IOWA
Kyle Noser, IOWA (3)
Andrew Parker, IOWA
Dustin Rhoads, IOWA (3)
Luke Snow, IOWA
Hassaan Abdel Khalik, MICH (3)
Kevin Bain, MICH (2)
Dylan Bosch, MICH
Peter Brumm, MICH
Kyle Duckitt, MICH (3)
Richard Funk, MICH (2)
Justin Glanda, MICH
Connor Jaeger, MICH (3)
Ryutaro Kamyia, MICH
Zach Kelch, MICH (3)
Nick Killeen, MICH
Dan Miller, MICH (2)
David Moore, MICH (3)
Bruno Ortiz, MICH (2)
Henry Parker, MICH
Jeremy Raisky, MICH
Will Raynor, MICH
Nate Rietberg, MICH (2)
James Ross, MICH (2)
Sean Ryan, MICH (2)
Paul Soley, MICH
John Wojciechowski, MICH (3)
Jake Austermann, MSU (3)
Eric Chisholm, MSU
Jacob Cook, MSU
Pat Falconer, MSU (3)
Drew Goins, MSU (3)
Nick Grider, MSU (2)
Adam Marsh, MSU
Charles Mauer, MSU
Nick McGowan, MSU (3)
Rob McGowan, MSU (2)
Nick Roberts, MSU (3)
Sam Schulze, MSU (3)
Michael Uggeri, MSU (3)
Bryan Williams, MSU (2)
David Zoltowski, MSU (2)
Benjamin Bravence, MINN
Alejandro Cisneros, MINN
Jason Hartbarger, MINN
Christopher Johnson, MINN
Erik Larsen, MINN (2)
Garin Marlow, MINN (2)
Ryan Miksch, MINN
Carl Newenhouse, MINN (2)
Emanuel Pollard, MINN
Logan Redondo, MINN
Derek Toomey, MINN (3)
Sandy Whitaker, MINN (2)
John Andrade, NU
Uula Auren, NU (2)
Van Donkergoed, NU
Brien Gerber, NU (3)
Ross McAuliffe, NU
Nick Pinkerton, NU (3)
Will Rosler, NU (2)
Aaron Sears, NU
Andrew Seitz, NU (2)
Tim Smith, NU (3)
Chase Stephens, NU (3)
Matt Wilcox, NU (2)
Jordan Wilimovsky, NU
Ian Betts, OSU (2)
Andrew Braun, OSU
Ryan Bubb, OSU
Keller Callahan, OSU
Chris Cowley, OSU (2)
Chris DePietro, OSU
Daniel DiSalle, OSU
Michael DiSalle, OSU (2)
Dmitry Dolgov, OSU (2)
Michael Gallagher, OSU (3)
Tamas Gercsak, OSU (2)
Peter Lyon, OSU
DJ MacDonald, OSU (2)
Connor McDonald, OSU
Alex Miller, OSU (2)
Jovan Mitrovic, OSU
Sean Monahan, OSU
Ray Osterhage, OSU (2)
Dominic Pecze, OSU (2)
Tyler Stevenson, OSU
David Stone, OSU
Garrett Trebilcock, OSU (3)
Gavin Trebilcock, OSU (2)
Rowan Williams, OSU (2)
Gunnar Wolfe, OSU
John Zucca, OSU (2)
Nicholas Ankosko, PSU
Shane Austin, PSU (2)
Jonathan Ekstrom, PSU (2)
Peter Fittin, PSU
Matthew Grillo, PSU
Scott Heil, PSU
Lucas Kachurick, PSU
Kyle Madley, PSU
Matthew Salig, PSU (3)
Nathaniel Savoy, PSU (2)
Timothy Schenkel, PSU (2)
Jonathan Seiferth, PSU
Andrew Sideras, PSU (3)
Collin Baker, PUR
Evan Barta, PUR
Jamie Bissett, PUR (2)
Matt Friede, PUR (3)
Eduard Galdeano, PUR (3)
Manuel Gutierrez, PUR (2)
Nate Hopkins, PUR
Bo Ilgenfritz, PUR
Jacob McGough, PUR (3)
Jan Karel Petric, PUR (2)
Jim Riegger, PUR
Jes Stephens, PUR
Luke Trimmer, PUR (3)
Nicholas Caldwell, WIS
Ryan O'Donnell, WIS
Drew teDuits, WIS (2)

The Big Ten Conference on Wednesday recognized a total of 678 winter sports student-athletes who have been named to the Academic All-Conference team, including 34 men's basketball players.

Men's Basketball Notables:
-Iowa's Mike Gesell maintained an unblemished 4.0 grade-point-average.
-Northwestern's Drew Crawford and Penn State's Tim Frazier both collected Academic All-Big Ten plaudits for the fourth time in their careers.
-Ohio State's Aaron Craft earned Academic All-Big Ten plaudits for the third straight season.

Below is a list of the conference's active men's basketball players that were tabbed Academic All-Big Ten.

Mike LaTulip, Illinois    
Jeff Howard, Indiana    
Peter Jurkin, Indiana
Jonny Marlin, Indiana
Taylor Wayer, Indiana (3)
Mike Gesell, Iowa
Jarrod Uthoff, Iowa
Adam Woodbury, Iowa
Brad Anlauf, Michigan
Jordan Morgan, Michigan
Trevor Bonhoff, Michigan State
Dan Chapman, Michigan State (3)
Matt Costello, Michigan State
Colby Wollenman, Michigan State
Kye Kurkowski, Nebraska (2)
Trevor Menke, Nebraska (2)
Shavon Shields, Nebraska
Sergej Vucetic, Nebraska
Kale Abrahamson, Northwestern
Nikola Cerina, Northwestern (2)
Drew Crawford, Northwestern (4)
Sanjay Lumpkin, Northwestern
Dave Sobolewski, Northwestern (2)
Aaron Craft, Ohio State (3)
Amedeo Della Valle, Ohio State
Jake Lorbach, Ohio State
Zach Cooper, Penn State
Tim Frazier, Penn State (4)
Kevin Montiminy, Penn State (2)
Rapheal Davis, Purdue
Ronnie Johnson, Purdue
Jon McKeeman, Purdue
Stephen Toyra, Purdue
Zach Bohannon, Wisconsin (2)

Fifty-Two Gymnasts Tabbed Academic All-Big Ten

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The Big Ten Conference on Wednesday recognized a total of 678 winter sports student-athletes who have been named to the Academic All-Conference team, which included 52 women's gymnasts. 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.

The list of players included 32 repeat winners, including three-time honorees Sarah Fiedler and Amber See of Illinois, Teresa Arthur of Michigan, Gillian Carr, Dani Levy and Alex Pace of Michigan State, Kayla Slechta of Minnesota, Jamie Schleppenbach and Emily Wong of Nebraska, Victoria Aepli, Alex DeLuca, Sarah Miller and Melanie Shaffer of Ohio State and Lindsay Musgrove of Penn State.

For more on the Academic All-Big Ten selections, click here. The full list of Academic All-Big Ten women's gymnasts is below.

Sarah Fiedler, ILL (3)
Heather Foley, ILL
Sunny Kato, ILL (2)
Elizabeth McNabb, ILL (2)
Jordan Naleway, ILL (2)
Giana O'Connor, ILL
Amber See, ILL (3)
Alie Glover, IOWA
Sydney Hoerr, IOWA (2)
Caitlin Tanzer, IOWA
Teresa Arthur, MICH (3)
Shelby Gies, MICH
Joanna Sampson, MICH
Austin Sheppard, MICH
Sachi Sugiyama, MICH (2)
Lindsay Williams, MICH
Reema Zakharia, MICH
Serena Bumbarger, MSU (2)
Gillian Carr, MSU (3)
Dani Levy, MSU (3)
Kelsey Mazur, MSU (2)
Ashley Noll, MSU (2)
Alex Pace, MSU (3)
Carson Tabiolo, MSU (2)
Justine Cherwink, MINN (2)
Madie Hanley, MINN
Lindsay Mable, MINN
Kylie Schermann, MINN (2)
Kayla Slechta, MINN (3)
Cierra Tomson, MINN (2)
Jordyn Beck, NEB
Hollie Blanske, NEB
Jessie DeZiel, NEB (2)
Amanda Lauer, NEB (2)
Jennifer Lauer, NEB
Madison McConkey, NEB
Jamie Schleppenbach, NEB (3)
Desire' Stephens, NEB (2)
Emily Wong, NEB (3)
Rachel Abram, OSU
Victoria Aepli, OSU (3)
Alex DeLuca, OSU (3)
Maggie Dunn, OSU
Sarah Grady, OSU (2)
Sarah Miller, OSU (3)
Melanie Shaffer, OSU (3)
Hannah Kobman, PSU
Lindsay Musgrove, PSU (3)
Samantha Musto, PSU
Savannah Soares, PSU
Kassidy Stauder, PSU (2)
Alexandra Witt, PSU (2)

Fifty-One Gymnasts Earn Academic All-Big Ten Honors

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 The Big Ten Conference on Wednesday recognized a total of 678 winter sports student-athletes who have been named to the Academic All-Conference team, which included 51 men's gymnasts. 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.

The list of players included 32 repeat winners, including three-time and four-time honorees Cameron Rogers, Cole Smith and Alex Varga of Illinois, Matt McGrath of Iowa, Syque Caesar, Kevin Fraser, Matt Freeman, Dylan James and AJ Schottstaedt of Michigan, Nathan Fortunato, Adam Kern and John Scallon of Minnesota, Donovan Arndt, Mark Ringle and Eric Schryver of Nebraska, Misha Koudinov and Michael Newburger of Ohio State and Adrian Evans, Preston Gall and Ingvar Jochumsson of Penn State.

For more on the Academic All-Big Ten selections, click here. The full list of Academic All-Big Ten women's gymnasts is below.

Logan Bradley, ILL
Max Mayr, ILL
Joey Peters, ILL
Cameron Rogers, ILL (3)
Cole Smith, ILL (3)
Jacob Tilsley, ILL
Jordan Valdez, ILL (2)
Alex Varga, ILL (3)
Michael Wilner, ILL (2)
Jack Boyle, IOWA
Cyrus Dobre-Mofid, IOWA
Matt McGrath, IOWA (4)
Konner Ackerman, MICH
Syque Caesar, MICH (5)
Kevin Fraser, MICH (3)
Matt Freeman, MICH (3)
Taylor Harrower, MICH
Dylan James, MICH (3)
Nolan Novak, MICH
AJ Schottstaedt, MICH (3)
Sean Bauer, MINN (2)
Steffen Beck, MINN (2)
Zack Chase, MINN (2)
Daniel Dibenedetto, MINN
Nathan Fortunato, MINN (3)
Steve Jaciuk, MINN (2)
Adam Kern, MINN (3)
Ellis Mannon, MINN
Jack Metcalf, MINN (2)
Justin Morinishi, MINN (2)
John Scallon, MINN (3)
Spencer Smith, MINN (2)
Sam Wright, MINN
Donovan Arndt, NEB (3)
Austin Epperson, NEB
Ryan Irick, NEB
Ethan Lottman, NEB
Grant Perdue, NEB
Mark Ringle, NEB (3)
CJ Schaaf, NEB
Eric Schryver, NEB (3)
Josh Ungar, NEB (2)
Misha Koudinov, OSU (3)
Jake Martin, OSU
Larry Mayer, OSU (2) 
Michael Newburger, OSU (4)
Emeric Quade, OSU
Adrian Evans, PSU (3)
Preston Gall, PSU (3)
Craig Hernandez, PSU (2)
Ingvar Jochumsson, PSU (3)

The Big Ten Conference on Wednesday recognized a total of 678 winter sports student-athletes who have been named to the Academic All-Conference team, which included 69 hockey players. To be eligible for Academic All-Big Ten selection, student-athletes must be letterwinners who are in at least their second academic year at their institution and carry a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or higher.

The list of players included 30 repeat winners, including three-time honorees Luke Dwyer and Luke Moffatt of Michigan; Greg Wolfe of Michigan State; Nate Condon, Justin Holl, Tom Serratore and Michael Shibrowski of Minnesota; Alex Lippincott, Travis Statchuk and Alex Szczechura of Ohio State and Tyler Barnes, Joe Faust and Gavin Harzog of Wisconsin.

Also among the honorees was Big Ten Player and Goaltender of the Year Adam Wilcox of Minnesota along with All-Big Ten second-team honorees Mac Bennett (Michigan), Kyle Rau (Minnesota) and Nic Kerdiles (Wisconsin).

For more on the Academic All-Big Ten selections, click here. The full list of Academic All-Big Ten hockey players is below.

Mac Bennett, MICH
Andrew Copp, MICH
Luke Dwyer, MICH (3)
Zach Hyman, MICH (2)
Travis Lynch, MICH (2)
Luke Moffatt, MICH (3)
Steve Racine, MICH
Justin Selman, MICH
Matt Berry, MSU (2)
David Bondra, MSU
Zach Cisek, MSU
Brent Darnell, MSU (2)
Michael Ferrantino, MSU
Nickolas Gatt, MSU
Jake Hildebrand, MSU
Justin Hoomaian, MSU (2)
Ryan Keller, MSU
Brock Krygier, MSU
Nate Phillips, MSU (2)
Tanner Sorenson, MSU (2)
Travis Walsh, MSU
Greg Wolfe, MSU (3)
Seth Ambroz, MINN
Travis Boyd, MINN (2)
Nate Condon, MINN (3)
Justin Holl, MINN (3)
Christian Isackson, MINN
Jake Parenteau, MINN
Kyle Rau, MINN (2)
Connor Reilly, MINN
Ryan Reilly, MINN
Tom Serratore, MINN (3)
Michael Shibrowski, MINN (3)
Brady Skjei, MINN
Sam Warning, MINN
Adam Wilcox, MINN
Craig Dalrymple, OSU
Justin DaSilva, OSU (2)
Tanner Fritz, OSU (2)
Anthony Greco, OSU
Sam Jardine, OSU
Alex Lippincott, OSU (3)
Max McCormick, OSU (2)
Al McLean, OSU (2)
Travis Statchuk, OSU (3)
Alex Szczechura, OSU (3)
Kenneth Brooks, PSU
Jacob Friedman, PSU (2)
Max Gardiner, PSU
David Glen, PSU
Taylor Holstrom, PSU
Nathan Jensen, PSU
Luke Juha, PSU
Curtis Loik, PSU
Michael McDonagh, PSU (2)
Jonathan Milley, PSU
Thomas Olczyk, PSU (2)
Matthew Skoff, PSU
Peter Sweetland, PSU
Connor Varley, PSU
Mark Yanis, PSU
Tyler Barnes, WIS (3)
Joe Faust, WIS (3)
Gavin Hartzog, WIS (3)
Nic Kerdiles, WIS
Adam Miller, WIS
Brad Navin, WIS
Landon Peterson, WIS (2)
Eddie Wittchow, WIS

(2) - Two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection
(3) - Three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection

Indiana's Miller Tabbed WBCA Region 6 Coach of the Year

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Indiana head women's basketball coach Curt Miller has been named the 2014 Russell Athletic/WBCA NCAA Division I Regional Coach of the Year for Region 6 as announced by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) on Wednesday.   With the regional recognition, Miller becomes one of eight finalists for National Coach of the Year.

Miller earns his fifth WBCA Regional Coach of the Year honor as he also earned the recognition during his head coaching tenure at Bowling Green State University in 2006, 2007, 2009 and 2012. 
 
All regional winners are finalists for the inaugural Pat Summit Trophy that will be presented to the Russell Athletic/WBCA National Coach of the Year.  Other region winners in 2014 include Geno Auriemma of Connecticut (Region 1), Muffet McGraw of Notre Dame (Region 2), Dawn Staley of South Carolina (Region 3), Jennifer Roos of Bowling Green (Region 4), Kim Mulkey of Baylor (Region 5), Ryun Williams of Colorado State (Region 7) and Scott Rueck of Oregon State (Region 8). 
 
The 2014 Russell Athletic/WBCA NCAA Division I National Coach of the Year will be announced during the fourth annual WBCA Awards Show on Monday, April 7, in the Omni Nashville Hotel's Broadway Ballroom. This event is part of the WBCA National Convention and is held in conjunction with the NCAA Women's Final Four.

WBCA Release

Indiana Release
The Big Ten Conference on Wednesday recognized a total of 678 winter sports student-athletes who have been named to the Academic All-Conference team, which included 97 wrestlers. 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.

The list of grapplers included 48 repeat winners, including five-time honoree James English of Penn State. Not only did fellow Nittany Lion and Big Ten Wrestler of the Year David Taylor win his fourth individual conference title this season, he was also named an Academic All-Big Ten selection for the fourth time. Other four-time honorees include Indiana's Ryan LeBlanc, Iowa's Joe DuCharme, Michigan State's Nick Kaczanowski, Minnesota's Kevin Steinhaus and Purdue's Camden Eppert and Kyle Mosier.

Twelve of the 97 grapplers who earned Academic All-Conference distinction also collected All-America laurels at the NCAA Championships this season: Iowa's Nathan Burak, Michigan's Steve Dutton, Michigan State's Michael McClure, Minnesota's Scott Schiller, Steinhaus and Danny Zilverberg, Nebraska's Robert Kokesh, Northwestern's Pierce Harger, Penn State's Matt Brown, English, Nico Megaludis and Taylor.

For more on the Academic All-Big Ten selections, click here. The full list of Academic All-Big Ten wrestlers is below.

Adam Acheson, ILL (3)
Logan Arlis, ILL (2)
Zac Brunson, ILL
Guy Kirby, ILL
Matt Nora, ILL (2)
Zane Richards, ILL
Steven Rodrigues, ILL (2)
Cheney Dale, IND (3)
Jonathan Edwards, IND
Matt Irick, IND 
Preston Keiffer, IND (3)
Ryan LeBlanc, IND (4)  
Trevor Moody, IND
Joe Randazzo, IND (2)
Alonzo Shepherd, IND
Nathan Burak, IOWA*
Joe DuCharme, IOWA (4)
Josh Dziewa, IOWA (3)
Jeremy Fahler, IOWA (2)
Brody Grothus, IOWA (2)
Josh Haug, IOWA (3)   
Kris Klapprodt, IOWA (2)
Alex Meyer, IOWA 
Steve Dutton, MICH*
Chris Heald, MICH (3)
Ben Ralston, MICH
Collin Zeerip, MICH (2)
Eric Ford, MSU (3)
Luke Jones, MSU   
Zach Juchartz, MSU
Nick Kaczanowski, MSU (4)  
Michael McClure, MSU* 
Nick McDiarmid, MSU
Kevin Nash, MSU (3) 
Nick Trimble, MSU   
Ryan Watts, MSU (2)
Jordan Wohlfert, MSU  
Garth Yenter, MSU
Jordan Bremer, MINN
Alex Daugherty, MINN
Thomas Giaimo, MINN (3)
Randy Hanson, MINN (2)
Corey Hodowanic, MINN (2)
Jordan Kingsley, MINN  
Michael Kroells, MINN 
Levi Nayes, MINN
Brett Pfarr, MINN  
Conrad Rangell, MINN
Scott Schiller, MINN (3)*   
Joshua Shupe, MINN
Pat Smith, MINN (2)  
Kevin Steinhaus, MINN (4)* 
Danny Zilverberg, MINN (2)*
Gage Anderson, NEB
Eric Coufal, NEB
Spencer Johnson, NEB (2)  
Adam Joseph, NEB
Robert Kokesh, NEB* 
Tim Lambert, NEB    
Shawn Nagel, NEB (3)
Ian Ousley, NEB (2) 
Aaron Studebaker, NEB 
Jake Sueflohn, NEB  
John Svoboda, NEB (3)
Austin Wilson, NEB (2)
John Coukos, NU (3)
Robert Coukos, NU
Pat Greco, NU (3)
Pierce Harger, NU (3)* 
Dylan Marriott, NU
Justin Meyers, NU
Garrison White, NU
Jacob Bresciani, OSU
Josh Fox, OSU
Ray Gordon, OSU
Randy Languis, OSU
Ian Paddock, OSU (3)
Josh Whitt, OSU 
Matthew Brown, PSU (2)*  
James English, PSU (5)*
Jonathan Gingrich, PSU
Nicholas Megaludis, PSU (2)*
David Taylor, PSU (4)*
Camden Eppert, PUR (4)
Andy Hoselton, PUR (2) 
Patrick Kissel, PUR (3)
Kyle Mosier, PUR (4)
Luke Schroeder, PUR
Andy Wiseman, PUR (3)
Frank Cousins, WIS (2)
Jackson Hein, WIS
Brett Hochstaetter, WIS (2)
Scott Liegel, WIS 
Connor Medbery, WIS (2)
TJ Ruschell, WIS
Nic Veling, WIS
Brandon Weber, WIS

(2) - Two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection
(3) - Three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection
(4) - Four-time Academic All-Big Ten selection
(5) - Five-time Academic All-Big Ten selection
* - 2014 All-American

Wednesday's Schedule

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Illinois at Illinois State, 7 p.m.
Indiana at Indiana State, 3:30 p.m.
Bradley at Iowa, 4 p.m., BTDN
Western Michigan at Michigan, 4 p.m.
Nebraska at Kansas State, 7:30 p.m.
Northwestern at Eastern Michigan, 3 p.m.
Marshall at Ohio State, 5 p.m.
IPFW at Purdue, 5 p.m., BTDN

All times are ET and schedule subject to change

Three Wrestlers Earn NCAA Awards

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Three Big Ten wrestlers took home awards from the NCAA on Wednesday, as Indiana's Taylor Walsh, Ohio State's Logan Stieber and Penn State's David Taylor earned recognition from the national office.

Taylor earned the Most Dominant Wrestler Award after finishing the season undefeated (34-0) on the way to the 165-pound national championship. Taylor had three pins and a major decision before shutting out, 6-0, Tyler Caldwell of Oklahoma State in the final. Taylor finished the season with an average of 5.0909 points, which was the highest average across all divisions.

Walsh earned the award for most pins in a tight race that came down to time against Bucknell heavyweight Joe Stolfi.  Both wrestlers finished the season with 22 pins, but Walsh's combined time of 65:09 at 157 pounds was 51 seconds faster than Stolfi. Walsh earned a pin against Alex Hudson of Chattanooga in 2:19 in the first round in Oklahoma City to clinch the award.

Stieber won his third consecutive national championship in Oklahoma City, in addition to taking the award for most tech falls with 11 in 2013-14, tied for the most across divisions. He earned his 11th tech fall of the season in the second round of the tournament with a 17-1 decision in 4:52 over Anthony Collica of Oklahoma State.

Wednesday's Softball Schedule

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Four non-conference games are on Wednesday's Big Ten softball schedule, with Northwestern taking on Northern Illinois, Missouri facing Illinois in a doubleheader and Nebraska-Omaha hosting Nebraska.

Wednesday, March 26    
rv/#23 Northwestern vs. Northern Illinois [1], 3 p.m.
Illinois vs. Missouri [2], 4 p.m.
Illinois vs. Missouri [2], 6 p.m.
#18/19 Nebraska at Nebraska-Omaha, 6 p.m.

All times Eastern

Stauskas Collects NABC First-Team All-America Honors

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Michigan's Nik Stauskas was named a National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) First-Team All-American on Wednesday. Stauskas was also tabbed the Big Ten Player of the Year and a unanimous first-team All-Big Ten selection.

Stauskas leads Michigan with 17.4 points and 3.3 assists while pulling down 3.1 rebounds per game. He has scored in double figures in 30-of-34 games, with a Big Ten-best 13 20-point games. Against Wofford in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, he became the eighth Michigan sophomore to reach 1,000 career points.

Michigan will face No. 11 seed Tennessee in the NCAA Sweet Sixteen on Friday (March 28) at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis beginning at 7:15 p.m. ET.

100 Days of the Big Ten Medal of Honor: Day 16

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Siblings Jeffrey and Timothy LaFleur of Minnesota both won the Big Ten Medal of Honor after decorated careers in men's gymnastics. Jeffrey won the plaudit in 1976, while Timothy won the honor in 1978. Timothy was an All-American and won the Nissen-Emery Award, which is given annually to the nation's outstanding senior gymnast, in 1978. Tim's son, Adam LaFleur, was on the Gophers' men's gymnastics team from 2009-13. 

Tuesday's NCAA Tournament Results

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Penn State 83, Florida 61
The No. 3 seed Penn State Lady Lions played one of their most complete games of the season in the 83-61 rout of No. 11 seed Florida in the NCAA Tournament Second Round. Penn State will now travel to Palo Alto, Calif. to face off against No. 2 seed Stanford in the Sweet Sixteen, which is the program's 13th berth in Penn State history. For the second-straight game, Penn State's seniors carried the team on the way to one of its most impressive victories of the season. Dara Taylor, Maggie Lucas and Ariel Edwards each had monster games en route to the lopsided victory. Taylor played the best game of her collegiate career, setting her career-high with 22 points and matching her personal best with eight rebounds while adding four assists and a steal to complete her impressive evening. RECAP

Louisville 83, Iowa 53
One of the best seasons in University of Iowa women's basketball history ended against one of the best teams in the NCAA Tournament Tuesday on Mediacom Court inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The No. 19 Hawkeyes bowed out of their seventh consecutive NCAA Tournament, 83-53, to No. 4 Louisville, a team that somehow slipped to a No. 3 seed in the Louisville Region. It was Iowa's first loss at home to a nonconference opponent this season. The Hawkeyes (27-9 overall) picked a poor time to shoot a season-low from long range, making 1-of-16 3-point field goal attempts. Ironically, junior Melissa Dixon sank the final 3-point attempt of the game for Iowa with 2:17 remaining. RECAP

North Carolina 62, Michigan State 53
Two days after tallying a double-double and setting a program rebounding record in the tournament, redshirt freshman Aerial Powers battled foul trouble and didn't make a basket during Michigan State's 62-53 loss at North Carolina in Tuesday night's second round. Powers, a 6-foot guard who missed last year with a torn left Achilles' tendon, finished with two points on 0-for-5 shooting in 17 minutes. Powers came in as a first-team all-Big Ten pick averaging a team-best 13.8 points. She had 26 points and set a program record for an NCAA game with 18 rebounds in the 30-point win against Hampton on Sunday. But with 6-2 sophomore Xylina McDaniel starting out on her defensively, Powers played just six minutes in a scoreless first half after picking up two fouls. RECAP

Minnesota Advances to NIT Semifinals

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Top-seeded Minnesota marched onto the NIT semifinals with an eight-point win over visiting Southern Miss on Tuesday.

Tuesday, March 25 (NIT Quarterfinals)
No. 1 Minnesota 81, No. 3 Southern Miss 73 - AP Recap

Tuesday's Result

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Nebraska 7, Wichita State 3
Top-seeded Minnesota will host Southern Miss in the NIT quarterfinals on Tuesday, with the winner advancing to the semifinal round to be played at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Tuesday, March 25 (NIT Quarterfinals)
No. 3 Southern Miss at No. 1 Minnesota, 9:00 p.m. (ESPN)

All times Eastern

Tuesday's NCAA Tournament Schedule

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#6 Iowa vs. #3 Louisville, 9:30 p.m. ET, ESPN2
#5 Michigan State vs. #4 North Carolina, 7 p.m. ET, ESPN2
#3 Penn State vs. #11 Florida, 7 p.m. ET, ESPN2

Five Named To WBCA All-Region Team

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Five Big Ten women's basketball standouts were named to the WBCA All-Region team, it was announced on Tuesday. The Region 6 team is comprised of five Big Ten student-athletes as Iowa's Samantha Logic, Minnesota's Rachel Banham and Amanda Zahui B., Nebraska's Jordan Hooper and Penn State's Maggie Lucas were recognized. The WBCA selection committee will select the 10-member Division I Coaches All-America team from the 52 members of the various All-Region teams. 

Tuesday's Schedule

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Nebraska at Wichita State, 7:30 p.m. ET


In The Polls

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Five Big Ten rowing teams were ranked or receiving votes in the preseason CRCA/USRowing Coaches poll, released on Monday Reigning Big Ten and national champion Ohio State tops the poll at No. 1, followed by No. 12 Michigan and No. 15 Wisconsin. Michigan State and Minnesota are receiving votes.

For the complete ranking, click here.

Penn State Ranked in Preseason USTFCCCA Poll

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The Penn State women's outdoor track & field team is ranked in the preseason USTFCCCA poll, released on Tuesday. The Nittany Lions appear at No. 17. For the full ranking, click here.
Four Big Ten men's outdoor track & field squads are ranked in the preseason USTFCCCA poll, released on Tuesday. Wisconsin leads the way for conference teams, coming in at No. 6. Nebraska checks in at No. 11, followed by No. 19 Penn State and No. 25 Illinois.

For the complete ranking, click here.

Statistically Speaking

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Numerous Big Ten teams and student-athletes rank among the nation's statistical elite, according to the latest set of national statistics released by the NCAA early this week. Below is a look at some of the Big Ten leaders around the nation.

Team Statistics
Batting Average
12. Nebraska, .312
15. Iowa, .311

Double Plays
48. Purdue, 21

Doubles Per Game
27, Iowa, 2.10
50. Nebraska, 1.91

Earned Run Average
24. Indiana, 2.55

Fielding Percentage
23. Purdue, .978
48.Nebraska, .975

Hits
34. Nebraska, 240

On Base Percentage
17. Iowa, .400

Runs
28. Iowa, 153
40. Nebraska, 148

Scoring
11. Iowa, 7.7
30. Nebraska, 6.7

Slugging Percentage
24. Iowa, .428
33. Nebraska, .417

Stolen Bases
40. Iowa, 34
48. Penn State, 33

Individual Statistics
Base on Balls
44. James Coates (PSU), 18

Batting Average
10. Dan Potempa (IOWA), .440

Complete Games
8. Kevin Duchene (ILL), 2

Earned Run Average
10. Chance Sinclair (NEB), 0.51
34. Tanner Tully (OSU), 0.96

Hits/9
13. Kyle Hart (IND), 4.31

On Base Percentage
15. Dan Potempa (IOWA), .547

Runs Batted In/Game
49. Jake Mangler (IOWA), 1.05
49. Taylor Zeutenhorst (IOWA), 1.05

Saves
27. Jacob Cronenworth (MICH), 5
27. Jeff Kinley (MSU), 5

Stolen Bases
21. Will Krug (ILL), 12
21. Jake Yacinich (IOWA), 12

Victories
35. Jack Anderson (PSU), 4
35. Chance Sinclair (NEB), 4
35. Mick VanVossen (MSU), 4
35. Joey DeNato (IND), 4

100 Days of the Big Ten Medal of Honor: Day 15

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At least 632 Big Ten Medal of Honor recipients have also earned Academic All-Big Ten recognition, including 308 three-time and 80 four-time honorees. Football has the most Academic All-Big Ten selections (132), followed by track & field (84), swimming & diving (69), basketball (61), tennis (37), gymnastics (35), cross country (34), soccer (32) and volleyball (30).

Monday's Postseason Results

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NCAA Results
BYU 80, Nebraska 76
Brigham Young got a series of three-pointers from unexpected shooters and survived a furious second-half rally, as the 12th-seeded Cougars advanced to their second NCAA Sweet 16 by beating No. 4 seed Nebraska, 80-76 on Monday in the second round of the 2014 NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament at Pauley Pavilion. In her final game as a Husker, senior All-American scored 20 points and grabbed four rebounds to finish her historic career with more than 2,300 points and more than 1,100 rebounds. Junior forwards Emily Cady and Hailie Sample, who both started the 100th games of their career with Hooper on Monday night, both notched double-doubles for the Big Red. Cady finished with 13 points and 10 rebounds for her 14th double-double of the season and second of the NCAA Tournament. Sample added her third double-double of her career with 10 points and 10 rebounds. RECAP

Oklahoma State 73, Purdue 66
Brittney Martin had 20 points and 20 rebounds, leading Oklahoma State past Purdue 73-66 on Monday and into the Notre Dame Regional semifinals. The Cowgirls (25-8) won their second straight, ending a 15-game stretch in which they had alternated wins and losses. It's the first time since 2008 and the third time Oklahoma State has ever reached the NCAA's Sweet 16. It will face top-seeded Notre Dame on Saturday in South Bend, Ind. And it came on a night the fifth-seeded Cowgirls lost star point guard Tiffany Bias for nearly 10 minutes in the second half with what appeared to be a left leg or foot injury. Fourth-seed Purdue (22-9) was led by Whitney Bays with 21 points and 13 rebounds. RECAP

WNIT Result
Michigan 68, Duquesne 52
Junior forward Cyesha Goree recorded her 13th double-double of the season with 24 points and 11 rebounds as the University of Michigan women's basketball team defeated Duquesne, 68-52, in the second round of the WNIT on Monday night at Crisler Center. The win was Michigan's 20th of the season, marking the sixth 20-win season in program history. Freshman guard Siera Thompson and junior guard Shannon Smith each went for 12 points, with sophomore guard Madison Ristovski chipping in seven. Thompson had a game-high seven assists to go with three steals, while Smith recorded seven caroms, one away from tying a career high. RECAP

Penn State Edged by Siena in CBI Quarters

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Penn State dropped a two-point decision at Siena in the quarterfinal round of the College Basketball Invitational Monday night.

Monday, March 24 (CBI Quarterfinals)
Siena 54, Penn State 52- Penn State Recap

Monday's CBI Schedule

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Penn State will travel to Siena for a CBI quarterfinal game on Monday night.

Monday, March 24 (CBI Quarterfinals)
Penn State at Siena, 7 p.m.

All times Eastern

Monday's Postseason Schedule

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NCAA Tournament
#4 Nebraska vs. #12 BYU, 9:10 p.m. ET, ESPN2
#4 Purdue vs. #5 Oklahoma State, 9:10 p.m. ET, ESPN2

WNIT
Michigan vs. Duquesne, 7 p.m. ET, BTDN

Six Teams Appear in Latest GymInfo Poll

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In the updated GymInfo Top 25 poll, six Big Ten women's gymnastics squads are ranked. Michigan and Nebraska lead the way for the conference at No. 7 and No. 9, respectively. Illinois checks in at No. 11, followed by No. 14 Minnesota, No. 15 Penn State and No. 22 Ohio State.

For the complete poll, click here.

2014-15 Big Ten Volleyball Matchups Set

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Big Ten schools on Monday revealed a breakdown of their opponents for the 2014-15 Big Ten volleyball  season. The 14 Big Ten teams will compete in an 20-game conference schedule, playing seven teams both home and away and six teams once. Each team will play 10 home and 10 away matches.

Below is the breakdown of each team's single play opponents. Dates, times and television information will be announced at a later date.

ILLINOIS
Home: Maryland, Minnesota, Purdue
Away: Iowa, Michigan State, Penn State
Home/Away: Indiana, Michigan, Nebraska, Northwestern, Ohio State, Rutgers, Wisconsin

INDIANA
Home:  Ohio State, Penn State, Wisconsin
Away: Iowa, Maryland, Northwestern
Home/Away: Illinois, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska, Purdue, Rutgers

IOWA
Home: Illinois, Indiana, Purdue
Away: Michigan, Minnesota, Rutgers
Home/Away: Maryland, Michigan State, Nebraska, Northwestern, Ohio State, Penn State, Wisconsin

MARYLAND
Home: Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State
Away: Illinois, Ohio State, Wisconsin
Home/Away: Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern, Penn State, Purdue, Rutgers

MICHIGAN
Home: Iowa, Minnesota, Northwestern
Away: Maryland, Purdue, Rutgers
Home/Away: Illinois, Indiana, Michigan State, Nebraska, Ohio State, Penn State, Wisconsin

MICHIGAN STATE
Home: Illinois, Minnesota, Wisconsin
Away: Maryland, Ohio State, Penn State
Home/Away: Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Nebraska, Northwestern, Purdue, Rutgers

MINNESOTA
Home: Iowa, Nebraska, Rutgers
Away: Illinois, Michigan, Michigan State
Home/Away: Indiana, Maryland, Northwestern, Ohio State, Penn State, Purdue, Wisconsin

NEBRASKA
Home: Northwestern, Ohio State, Purdue
Away: Minnesota, Rutgers, Wisconsin
Home/Away: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, Penn State

NORTHWESTERN
Home: Indiana, Rutgers, Wisconsin
Away: Michigan, Nebraska, Ohio State
Home/Away: Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan State, Minnesota, Penn State, Purdue

OHIO STATE
Home: Maryland, Michigan State, Northwestern
Away: Indiana, Nebraska, Purdue
Home/Away: Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Penn State, Rutgers, Wisconsin

PENN STATE
Home: Illinois, Michigan State, Rutgers
Away: Indiana, Purdue, Wisconsin
Home/Away: Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern, Ohio State

PURDUE
Home: Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State
Away: Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska
Home/Away: Indiana, Maryland, Michigan State, Minnesota, Northwestern, Rutgers, Wisconsin

RUTGERS
Home: Iowa, Michigan, Nebraska
Away: Minnesota, Northwestern, Penn State
Home/Away: Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan State, Ohio State, Purdue, WIsconsin

WISCONSIN
Home: Maryland, Nebraska, Penn State
Away: Indiana, Michigan State, Northwestern
Home/Away: Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio State, Purdue, Rutgers

100 Days of the Big Ten Medal of Honor: Day 14

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During the Big Ten's celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the Big Ten Medal of Honor, the conference will be featuring "Medal of Honor Mondays" for 12 consecutive weeks, which will highlight a number of Medal of Honor winners from each school. This week, we feature Indiana University. 

John Hammerstein (1996, football)
Hammerstein was Indiana's Big Ten Medal of Honor winner in 1996. He is the only two-time Academic All-American in Indiana football history, earning the honors following his junior and senior seasons. A four-year letterwinner, he started at defensive tackle his final three years and was team captain as a senior in 1995. After completing his undergraduate work in biology, Hammerstein attended the IU School of Medicine before completing his orthopedic surgery residency at Michigan State. Currently he is a spinal surgeon in Bloomington.

Jennifer Hsia (2001, tennis)
Hsia was awarded the Big Ten Medal of Honor in 2001. She was a four-year letterwinner for Indiana and three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree. She was a part of the Hoosiers' 1998 Big Ten Championship team. She graduated from Alabama's medical school in her hometown of Tuscaloosa and continued her studies at Washington and Stanford. She is an assistant professor and otolaryngologist at Minnesota, caring for patients with obstructive sleep apnea and sleep-disorder breathing.

Steve Alford (1987, basketball)
Alford was Indiana's Big Ten Medal of Honor winner in 1987 after leading the Hoosiers to the NCAA Championship. He finished his career as Indiana's all-time scoring leader with 2,438 points, a record that held until 1993. Alford was a two-time All-American, a three-time first-team All-Big Ten selection and was named the Big Ten Most Valuable Player in 1987. He is still the Big Ten's career leader in three-point field goal percentage (.530), and ranks fifth overall in points and field goals (898). Alford, who also played in the NBA for four seasons before beginning his coaching career, was named UCLA's 13th head coach on March 30, 2013. As Iowa's head coach from 2000-07, he helped guide the Hawkeyes to seven consecutive winning seasons and six postseason appearances. He was inducted into the Indiana University Athletics Hall of Fame in 1997, and was one of 15 players named to Indiana's All-Century Team in 2001.

Chuck Thompson (1972, Swimming & Diving) and Gary Hall (1973, Swimming & Diving)
Indiana's Chuck Thomson and Gary Hall were both part of the Hoosier swimming & diving team that won six straight NCAA crowns from 1968-73. They are two of the 130 Big Ten Medal of Honor recipients have been crowned NCAA team champions. Hall (1973) also won 10 individual conference titles, and was one of at least 280 Medal of Honor recipients have been crowned individual Big Ten Champions during their careers.

Matthew Winters (1915, Football/Baseball)
Winters, a football and baseball player at Indiana, was one of three inaugural Big Ten Medal of Honor award winners in 1915 that went on to become a physician.


 


 

Sunday's Postseason Results

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NCAA Tournament Results
Iowa 87, Marist 65
It's on to the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament for the second-straight season for the University of Iowa women's basketball team. The sixth-seeded Hawkeyes team shot 62.1 percent, including an 8-of-12 effort from 3-point land, in the second half and had all five starters reach double figures in an 87-65 victory over 11th-seeded Marist on Sunday night on Mediacom Court inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Iowa, one of 21 teams to advance to the NCAA Second Round in consecutive seasons, will now face No. 3 seed Louisville on Tuesday at 8:30 p.m. (CT) for the right to move on to the Sweet 16. "Our players executed very well, relaxed and had fun out there," said UI head coach Lisa Bluder. "It was one of those game where I thought offensively, we had so many weapons." RECAP

Michigan State 91, Hampton 61
Michigan State coach Suzy Merchant was a little concerned about how her team would perform after a two-week layoff. Freshman Aerial Powers and senior Annalise Pickrel put her worries at ease right away. Powers had 26 points and 18 rebounds, Pickrel had 21 points on 7 of 7 shooting and the fifth-seeded Spartans jumped out to a 32-point halftime lead and cruised to an easy 91-61 victory over No. 12 Hampton on Sunday to advance to the second round of the NCAA tournament. Michigan State (23-9) came into the tournament looking to avenge a 28-point loss to Nebraska in the Big Ten Conference semifinals on March 8 and played inspired basketball almost from the opening tip. RECAP

Penn State 62, Wichita State 56
The No. 3 seed Penn State Lady Lions used a 17-0 run to open the second half to pull out a hard-fought 62-56 victory over No. 14 seed Wichita State in the NCAA Tournament first round matchup. The Lady Lions will face No. 11 seed Florida in the NCAA Tournament Second Round on Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the Bryce Jordan Center. Senior guard/forward Ariel Edwards scored her 1,000th career point in the win to become the 36th Penn State player to reach the milestone. Like through most of the season, seniors Maggie Lucas, Talia East and Edwards came up with huge performances when the Lady Lions needed it most. Lucas led the team in scoring with 22 points, including three makes from distance, and pulled down nine rebounds to power the Blue and White on the offensive end. Lucas added two assists and two steals to round out her stellar performance. RECAP

WNIT Results
Minnesota 77, SMU 70
Behind a career-high scoring night for Sari Noga, the University of Minnesota women's basketball team withstood a late Southern Methodist rally, defeating the Mustangs 77-70 in WNIT second-round action at Williams Arena Sunday evening. Minnesota (22-12) moves onto the third round of the WNIT and will travel to South Dakota State on Thursday evening, facing the Jackrabbits at 7 p.m. in Brookings, S.D. Noga poured in 22 points of 9-of-16 shooting to lead a quintet of Gophers in double figures. Amanda Zahui B. and Mikayla Bailey each registered a double-double, with Zahui pulling down a game-high 12 rebounds along with 10 points. Bailey posted her first career double-double, scoring 11 points along with a career-high 11 rebounds. Kayla Hirt added 12 points while Rachel Banham added 11 points. RECAP

Northwestern 88, IUPUI 52
Northwestern was firing on all cylinders Sunday afternoon at Welsh-Ryan Arena, cruising to an 88-52 victory over IUPUI in the second round of the WNIT. The Wildcats shot 22-of-29 for 75.9 percent in the second half, outscoring the Jaguars 54-31 in the frame. All 12 available players entered the game for Northwestern with Maggie Lyon leading the way, scoring a game-high 19 points. Christen Inman went 8-of-12 from the field for 18 points while Nia Coffey added 14 points and a game-high eight rebounds to go with five assists. Karly Roser also had a productive day with seven points and nine assists. NU finished the game shooting 60.3 percent from the field while limiting IUPUI to just 33.9 percent. With the win, the Wildcats advance to the third round of the WNIT for the second time in school history. Northwestern will travel to Bloomington, Ind., to take on Big Ten foe Indiana on Thursday, March 23. Tip is scheduled for 6 p.m. CT at Assembly Hall. RECAP

Sunday's NIT Results

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Illinois saw its season end in a heartbreaking 50-49 loss at Clemson, while Minnesota advanced to the third round with a 63-55 win over visiting St. Mary's.

SUNDAY'S NIT RESULTS

No. 3 Clemson 50, No. 2 Illinois 49 - AP Recap
No. 1 Minnesota 63, No. 4 St. Mary's 55 - AP Recap

Sunday's Softball Results

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Minnesota and Nebraska split a twinbill on Sunday, officially securing a series win for the Gophers on the opening weekend of the Big Ten softball conference slate.

Sunday, March 23

#19/16 Minnesota 13, #15/17 Nebraska 4 (Game #1)
#15/17 Nebraska 3, #19/16 Minnesota 2 (Game #2)

Rankings are USA Softball/NFCA Coaches

Sunday's Results

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Conference Results
Michigan 4, Indiana 3
Sophomore Travis Maezes gave the University of Michigan baseball team the lead with a three-run double in the fourth, seven Wolverine pitchers allowed just three runs, and freshman Jackson Lamb made a great defensive play to preserve the lead in the Maize and Blue's 4-3 win over Indiana Sunday afternoon at Bart Kaufman Field. Freshman Keith Lehmann earned the win in relief to move to 3-0 on the season. Cronenworth pitched two innings for the save. Junior Trent Szkutnik went 3.1 innings, allowing four hits and two runs with two strikeouts in the start. RECAP

Iowa 8, Nebraska 4
A four-run eighth inning sent the University of Iowa baseball team to an 8-4 victory over Nebraska on Sunday afternoon in the series finale at Duane Banks Field. The Hawkeyes won 2-of-3 games in the Big Ten-opening weekend, claiming their first conference-opening series since 1998. "I was happy to see our guys to go out and play the game, they didn't worry about the Big Ten series, that we were playing Nebraska, one of the top picks in the league," said UI head coach Rick Heller. "They went out and played baseball and tried to control themselves and what they could control." RECAP

Minnesota 2, Northwestern 1
Ben Meyer pitched a complete game and third baseman Tony Skjefte drove in two runs to lift the University of Minnesota baseball team past Northwestern,2-1, Sunday in St. Charles, Mo. Meyer retired a string of 13 Wildcats in a row during the win. The one-run effort lowered Meyer's ERA to 2.13 in 38 innings pitched on the season. Northwestern collected six hits off of Meyer, two of them not leaving the infield. The Gophers' junior right-hander struck out four and walked only one in his 101-pitch outing. It was the first complete game for a Minnesota pitcher since DJ Snelten's nine-inning effort against Ohio State on April 7, 2013. RECAP

Ohio State 1, Michigan State 0
The Ohio State baseball team edged Michigan State, 1-0, to win its Big Ten-opening series on a cold Sunday afternoon at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium. With the win, the Buckeyes improve to 15-7 on the season, 2-1 in the Big Ten, while the Spartans fall to 10-10, 1-2 in conference play. "There was nothing fun about hitting today and our two rookie pitchers really stepped up," Ohio State head coach Greg Beals said. "Playing a one-run game makes everything matter. Every little thing came into play in a one-run game and the fact that we only walked one batter and didn't commit any errors was big for us." RECAP

Non-Conference Results
Illinois 3, Xavier 2 (13)
Bucknell 1, Penn State 0
Penn State 6, Bucknell 2
Southern Illinois 4, Purdue 0

Sunday's Postseason Schedule

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NCAA Tournament
#6 Iowa vs. #11 Marist, 8 p.m. ET, ESPN2
#5 Michigan State vs. #12 Hampton, 12:40 p.m. ET, ESPN2
#3 Penn State vs. #14 Wichita State, 12:30 p.m. ET, ESPN2

WNIT Schedule
Minnesota vs. SMU, 6 p.m. ET, BTDN
Northwestern vs. IUPUI, 3 p.m. ET, BTDN

Sunday's Softball Schedule

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The opening weekend of Big Ten softball will wrap up on Sunday, when ranked foes Minnesota and Nebraska collide in a doubleheader in Lincoln.

Sunday, March 23
#19/16 Minnesota at #15/17 Nebraska (DH), 1 p.m./3 p.m. ET

Rankings are USA Softball/NFCA Coaches

Sunday's NIT Schedule

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Illinois and Minnesota will look to extend their seasons in the second round of the NIT on Sunday, with the Fighting Illini traveling to Clemson and Minnesota hosting St. Mary's.

SUNDAY'S NIT SCHEDULE

No. 2 Illinois at No. 3 Clemson, 11 a.m. (ESPN)
No. 1 Minnesota vs. No. 4 St. Mary's, 3 p.m. (ESPN2)

All times Eastern

100 Days of the Big Ten Medal of Honor: Day 13

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Bob Richards, who won the Big Ten Medal of Honor in 1947, became the first athlete to be pictured on the front of a Wheaties cereal box. He is the only two-time Olympic gold medalist in the pole vault (1952, 1956), and won bronze in 1948.  He won the 1951 Sullivan Award as America's top amateur athlete. Richards, an ordained minister, ran for president in 1984 on the ticket of the conservative Populist Party ticket. He also had four sons who became top pole vaulters.

Saturday's Softball Results

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Ohio State and Purdue both completed series sweeps on Saturday's Big Ten softball slate.

Saturday, March 22
Iowa 10, Illinois 7
Illinois 4, Iowa 3 (8 innings)
#5/6 Michigan 12, Indiana 3 (6 innings)
Ohio State 11, Michigan State 7 (Game 1)
Ohio State 4, Michigan State 3 (Game 2)
Wisconsin 7, rv/#23 Northwestern 5 [1]
Purdue 9, Penn State 2 (Game 1)
Purdue 13, Penn State 4 (5 innings) (Game 2)

All times Eastern
[1] Ballpark at Rosemont, Rosemont, Ill.

Badgers, Spartans and Wolverines Advance to Sweet 16

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The Big Ten went 3-0 on Saturday, with Michigan, Michigan State and Wisconsin recording wins to march onto the Sweet 16.

Saturday, March 22

(MIDWEST REGION - 3rd Round at Milwaukee, Wis.)
No. 2 Michigan 79, No. 7 Texas 65 - AP Recap

(WEST REGION - 3rd Round at Milwaukee, Wis.)
No. 2 Wisconsin 85, No. 7 Oregon 77 - AP Recap

(EAST REGION - 3rd Round at Spokane, Wash.)
No. 4 Michigan State 80, No. 12 Harvard 73 - AP Recap

All-Tournament Honors

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Following the conclusion of the 2014 Men's Ice Hockey Tournament, the conference announced an All-Tournament team and Most Outstanding Player, listed below.

2014 All-Tournament Team

Goalie - Christian Frey, OSU
Defenseman - Drew Brevig, OSU
Defenseman - Frankie Simonelli, WIS
Forward - Ryan Dzingel, OSU
Forward - Michael Mersch, WIS
Forward - Mark Zengerle, WIS

Most Outstanding Player

Mark Zengerle, WIS

Saturday's Results

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Conference Results
Indiana 5, Michigan 1
Southpaw Kyle Hart turned in his third straight masterpiece as the Indiana baseball team downed Michigan, 5-1, at Bart Kaufman Field on Saturday afternoon. The Hoosiers (12-8, 2-0 Big Ten) have taken the first two games of the series and will go for the sweep Sunday afternoon at 1:05 p.m. Hart (3-1) dominated the Wolverines (8-14-1, 0-2 Big Ten), striking out seven and giving up just two hits and three walks in seven scoreless innings. In his last three starts, all victories, Hart has allowed just one earned run in 22 innings with 11 hits, 18 Ks and seven bases on balls. The junior owns a 2.01 overall ERA in eight appearances (five starts). RECAP

Nebraska 5, Iowa 1
On a chilly day at Duane Banks Field in Iowa City, Iowa, the Nebraska baseball team (13-8, 1-1 Big Ten) tallied 10 hits on its way to posting a 5-1 win over the Iowa Hawkeyes (13-6, 1-1 Big Ten) to even the three-game weekend series at a game apiece. A day after Christian DeLeon gave the Huskers 8.0 shutout innings, Nebraska starter Chance Sinclair nearly matched the outing on Saturday with 7.0 strong innings on the mound. The only run Sinclair allowed was unearned, and he dropped his ERA from 0.64 to 0.43 on the year. Sinclair has now gone at least 7.0 innings in three of his six starts on the year. RECAP

Ohio State 6, Michigan State 2
The Ohio State baseball team evened its series with Michigan State with a 6-2 win Saturday afternoon at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium. With the win, the Buckeyes improve to 14-7 on the year, 1-1 in Big Ten play, while the Spartans fall to 10-9, also 1-1 in conference play. "We received a really good pitching performance today," Ohio State head coach Greg Beals said. "Outside of the one swing, we pitched a shutout. We got six strong innings from Greg Greve and Jake Post was able to come in and give us three more to finish the ballgame so that was just what we needed." RECAP

Minnesota 5, Northwestern 1
Alec Crawford's seven-inning start and a grand slam by shortstop Michael Handel led the Gophers to a 5-1 win in the noon game. The Gophers had nine hits, and the Wildcats had 11 hits and one error. In Minnesota's first turn at the plate, a single by third baseman Tony Skjefte and walks by catcher Mark Tatera and right fielder Bobby Juan loaded the bases. Handel hit a grand slam, his sixth career home run, over the left field fence to put the Gophers ahead 4-0. Crawford stranded 10 Northwestern baserunners and held the Wildcats to one run in seven innings. He struck out five batters and walked only one. RECAP

Northwestern 4, Minnesota 3
Northwestern opened its Big Ten slate Saturday against the Minnesota Golden Gophers by splitting a doubleheader at Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Mo. The Wildcats fell in the opener, 5-1, but rallied to post a one-run victory in the nightcap, 4-3. Ethan Bramschreiber relieved starter Reed Mason after six innings in which he allowed only the three unearned runs. The senior tossed 2.2 scoreless innings with two strikeouts. Jack Quigley came in to record the final out and secure his second save of the season. Stevens had two hits in game two, while four different players scored for the 'Cats. RECAP

Non-Conference Results
Illinois 6, Xavier 1
Illinois 6, Xavier 2
Penn State 7, Bucknell 2
Penn State 4, Bucknell 3
Southern Illinois 5, Purdue 4 (16)

Saturday's Postseason Results

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NCAA Tournament Results
Nebraska 74, Fresno State 55
Jordan Hooper, Rachel Theriot and Emily Cady all produced double-doubles to power fourth-seeded Nebraska to a 74-55 win over No. 13 seed Fresno State in the first round of the NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament at Pauley Pavilion on Saturday. Hooper led the Huskers with her 14th double-double of the season, scoring a game-high 23 points while matching Cady for game-high rebounding honors with 11. Hooper, a 6-2 senior All-American from Alliance, Neb., tied the Nebraska career record with her 40th double-double. She matched 2010 All-American Kelsey Griffin's school record, set from 2006 to 2010. Hooper hit 9-of-15 shots from the floor, including all three of her three-point attempts in the second half. She pushed her Nebraska career three-point record total to 292. RECAP

Purdue 84, Akron 55
Sharon Versyp's old-school defensive philosophy still works. Even against one of those trendy up-tempo offenses. Whitney Bays had 20 points and 13 rebounds Saturday, Courtney Moses tied the school's career record for 3-pointers and the fourth-seeded Boilermakers rolled into the second round of the NCAA women's tournament with an emphatic 84-55 rout over usually high-scoring Akron. "We always give our kids a challenge," Versyp said. "They are the ninth-best scoring team in the country, and we wanted to keep them under 60 today and we did that." For the Boilermakers (22-8), it was a monumental day. Versyp collected her 300th career win but refused to celebrate. Moses tied Katie Gearlds' career mark by making her first two 3-pointers of the game, then missed her last five. The senior guard now has 238 and will get another chance to break the record in front of her home fans Monday night. RECAP

WNIT Result
Indiana 72, Marquette 69
Indiana earned a spot in the round of 16 in the Women's National Invitation Tournament (WNIT) with a 72-69 win over Marquette on Saturday night in Assembly Hall. Freshman Larryn Brooks led the way for the Hoosiers as she scored 33 points in the win, including 20 in the first half. The win gave Indiana its 20th victory of the season, marking just the sixth time in program history an IU team has won 20 or more games in a single season and the first since 2008-09. The school record for wins in 21 (four times). Freshman Alexis Gassion tallied 11 points in the game as senior Simone Deloach added 10 points for the Hoosiers. RECAP

Saturday's Softball Schedule

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Eight games are on Saturday's Big Ten softball schedule, including three doubleheaders. The Nebraska-Minnesota contest was pushed back to Sunday, when the Huskers and Gophers will wrap up the series with a doubleheader in Lincoln.

Saturday, March 22
Michigan State at Ohio State (DH), 1 p.m.
Iowa at Illinois, 2 p.m. (DH)
Indiana at #5/6 Michigan, 2 p.m.
Purdue at Penn State (DH), 3 p.m.
Wisconsin at rv/#23 Northwestern, 5 p.m. [1]

All times Eastern
[1] Ballpark at Rosemont, Rosemont, Ill.

Saturday's NCAA Tournament Schedule

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Three Big Ten teams will look to punch their ticket to the Sweet 16 on Saturday, with Michigan and Wisconsin in action in Milwaukee, and Michigan State playing a third round contest in Spokane, Wash.

SATURDAY'S NCAA TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE

(MIDWEST REGION - 3rd Round at Milwaukee, Wis.)
No. 2 Michigan vs. No. 7 Texas, 5:15 p.m. (CBS)

(WEST REGION - 3rd Round at Milwaukee, Wis.)
No. 2 Wisconsin vs. No. 7 Oregon, 7:45 p.m. (CBS)

(EAST REGION - 3rd Round at Spokane, Wash.)
No. 4 Michigan State vs. No. 12 Harvard, 8:40 p.m. (TNT)

All times Eastern


Women's Tennis Schedule

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March 21 
Iowa at Minnesota (Minneapolis, Minn.) - 3 p.m. CT
Ohio State at Michigan (Ann Arbor, Mich.) - 3 p.m. ET
Penn State at Michigan State (East Lansing, Mich.) - 2 p.m. ET 
Nebraska at Wisconsin (Madison, Wis.) - 3 p.m. CT
Georgia Tech at Northwestern (Evanston, Ill.) - 7 p.m. ET
Purdue at Arizona (Tucson, Ariz.) - 2 p.m. ET

March 23 
Indiana at Illinois (Urbana, Ill.) - 11 a.m. CT
Wisconsin at Iowa (Iowa City, Iowa) - 11 a.m. CT
Michigan at Penn State (University Park, Pa.) - 11 a.m. ET
Michigan State at Ohio State (Columbus, Ohio) - 12 p.m. ET
Minnesota at Nebraska (Lincoln, Neb.) - 12 p.m. CT

Men's Tennis Schedule

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March 21 
Michigan at Ohio State (Columbus, Ohio) - 6 p.m. ET
Michigan State at Penn State (University Park, Pa.) - 3 p.m. ET
Wisconsin at Nebraska (Lincoln, Neb.) - 5 p.m. ET


March 23
 
Illinois vs. Ball State (Bloomington, Ind.) - 9 a.m. ET
Illinois at Indiana (Bloomington, Ind.) - 12 p.m. ET
Morehead State at Indiana (Bloomington, Ind.) - 5 p.m. ET
Iowa at Wisconsin (Madison, Wis.) - 1 p.m. ET
Penn State at Michigan (Ann Arbor, Mich.) - 12 p.m. ET
Ohio State at Michigan State (East Lansing, Mich.) - 12 p.m. ET
Nebraska at Minnesota (Minneapolis, Minn.) - 1 p.m. ET

Saturday's Postseason Schedule

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NCAA Tournament
#4 Purdue vs. #13 Akron, approx. 1:30 p.m. ET, ESPN2
#4 Nebraska vs. #13 Fresno State, 4 p.m. ET, ESPN2

WNIT
Indiana vs. Marquette, 7 p.m. ET, BTDN

100 Days of the Big Ten Medal of Honor: Day 12

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Many Big Ten Medal of Honor winners enter the coaching realm after their playing careers are through and a few have ended up at conference institutions, including at least four current Big Ten head coaches. Michigan field hockey coach Marcia Pankratz won the Big Ten Medal of Honor at Iowa in 1986, while three conference coaches presently coach at their alma mater - Northwestern's Pat Fitzgerald (1997, football), Purdue's Sharon Versyp (1988, women's basketball) and Wisconsin's Mike Eaves (1978, hockey).

Friday's Softball Results

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Michigan and Northwestern both picked up a pair of victories on the opening day of the Big Ten softball conference season, while #19/16 Minnesota defeated #15/17 Nebraska in Lincoln.

Friday, March 21
Iowa 4, Illinois 3 (9 innings)
#5/6 Michigan 8, Indiana 0 (6 innings)
#5/6 Michigan 9, Indiana 1 (5 innings)
#19/16 Minnesota 7, #15/17 Nebraska 2
rv/#23 Northwestern 8, Wisconsin 6 [1]
rv/#23 Northwestern 4, Wisconsin 2 [1]
Ohio State 13, Michigan State 6
Purdue 10, Penn State 3

Friday's Results

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Conference Results
Indiana 5, Michigan 3
In its Big Ten opener, the Indiana baseball team (11-8) earned a 5-3 victory over Michigan (8-13-1) at Bart Kaufman Field. Junior second baseman Casey Rodrigue went 3-for-5 with three runs batted in, one run scored and one stolen base. Southpaw Joey DeNato picked up his fourth win in five decisions this season. The senior allowed three runs on four hits in 5 1/3 innings with five strikeouts. DeNato moved into a tie for the top spot on IU's career strikeouts list with 244 and into second with 298 career innings (322 is first). He remains second with 28 career wins (30 is first). RECAP

Iowa 2, Nebraska 1
A two-run ninth-inning rally lifted the University of Iowa baseball team to a 2-1 victory over Nebraska in its Big Ten and home opener Friday afternoon at Duane Banks Field. After trailing 1-0 heading into the bottom of the ninth, the Hawkeyes broke through in their final at-bat against Husker closer Josh Roeder. Sophomore Tyler Peyton started the rally with a one-out walk before senior Taylor Zeutenhorst laced a single to right field to put runners on the corners. Junior pinch hitter Taylor Kaufman delivered an opposite field single through the left side to knock in the game-tying run. After a Roeder wild pitch moved runners to second and third, Nebraska intentionally walked junior Kris Goodman to load the bases, bringing senior Trevor Kenyon to the plate with one away. After fouling off three-straight pitches, Kenyon roped the game-winning, RBI single to left field to send the Hawkeyes out 2-1 winners. RECAP

Michigan State 7, Ohio State 6
Ryan Krill's one-out RBI single in the bottom of the ninth inning gave the Michigan State baseball team a 7-6 win over Ohio State in the Big Ten opener on Friday night in Columbus, Ohio. A total of six Spartans had RBIs in the win, which boosted the Spartans' record to 10-8 on the season. With the Spartans leading, 6-4, heading into the top of the ninth, OSU scored two runs with no outs to tie the game. Cam Vieaux then replaced Jake Lowery on the mound for MSU and retired the next three hitters in order to end the threat and strand the go-ahead run at third base. In the bottom of the ninth, Jimmy Pickens hit a one out single and Joel Fisher walked to give MSU a pair of baserunners. Krill then delivered the winning hit with a single into center field. RECAP

Non-Conference Results
Xavier 6, Illinois 2
Purdue 3, Southern Illinois 2

Friday's WNIT Result

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Michigan 86, Stony Brook 48
Behind a season-high 11 three-pointers from the Wolverines and a 13-point, 13-assist performance from junior guard Shannon Smith, the University of Michigan women's basketball team rolled to an 86-48 win over Stony Brook in the opening round of the WNIT on Friday night at Crisler Center. In addition to her 13 points and 13 assists, Smith chipped in four steals and four rebounds in 32 minutes of action. Freshman guard Siera Thompson went for 17 points, three rebounds and three steals, while sophomore guard Madison Ristovski hit a career-best five three-pointers en route to 15 points and eight rebounds. RECAP

Nebraska Falls Short Against Baylor

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Terran Petteway and Shavon Shields combined to score 34 points, but the 11th-seeded Nebraska's men's basketball team fell short in a West Region second round game versus sixth-seeded Baylor on Friday.

NCAA TOURNAMENT
West Region (San Antonio, Texas)
No. 6 Baylor 74, No. 11 Nebraska 60 - AP Recap
 

Friday's WNIT Schedule

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Stony Brook at Michigan, 7 p.m. ET, BTDN

Weekend Schedule

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The 2014 Big Ten season begins this weekend with four conference series on the slate.

Minnesota vs. Northwestern (at Lindenwood University, St. Charles, Mo.)
Game 1 - Saturday, Noon (Crawford, 1-1, 3.62 vs. Maggallones, 0-1, 4.50)
Game 2- Saturday, 3:30 p.m. (Jess, 0-2, 3.80 vs. Portland, 1-2, 4.85)
Game 3 - Sunday, 2 p.m. (Meyer, 1-1, 2.48 vs. Mason, 0-2, 6.12)

Michigan at Indiana
Game 1 - Friday, 4 p.m. (Ballantine, 2-0, 2.08  vs. DeNato, 3-1, 1.95)
Game 2 - Saturday, 2 p.m. (Hill, 1-2, 4.40 vs. Hart, 2-1, 2.59)
Game 3 - Sunday, 1 p.m., BTN (Szkutnik, 0-3, 3.24 vs. Morris, 0-1, 2.75)

Nebraska at Iowa
Game 1 - Friday, 4 p.m. (DeLeon, 2-1, 3.34 vs. Mathews, 2-1, 2.10)
Game 2 - Saturday, 3 p.m. (Sinclair, 3-0, 0.64 vs. Kuebel, 2-0, 7.32)
Game 3 - Sunday, 2 p.m. (Bummer, 2-2, 6.27 vs. Peyton, 3-0, 4.70)

Ohio State vs. Michigan State (at Columbus, Ohio)
Game 1 - Friday, 6 p.m. (Riga, 3-0, 2.23 vs. VanVossen, 4.0, 1.91)
Game 2 - Saturday, 1 p.m. (Greve, 2-1, 4.85 vs. Alleman, 2-0, 2.10)
Game 3 - Sunday, 1 p.m. (Tully, 2-0, 1.29 vs. TBA)

This weekend's non-conference schedule
Friday
Eastern Illinois at Illinois, 5 p.m.
Purdue at Southern Illinois, 2 p.m.

Saturday
Xavier at Illinois (DH), Noon
Bucknell at Penn State (DH), Noon
Purdue at Southern Illinois, 3 p.m.

Sunday
Xavier at Illinois, 1 p.m.
Penn State at Bucknell (DH), Noon
Purdue at Southern Illinois, 2 p.m.

Weekend Schedule

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Friday, March 21
INDIANA at 49er Classic - Charlotte, N.C.
PURDUE at USC Trojan Invite - Los Angeles, Calif.

Saturday, March 22
INDIANA at 49er Classic - Charlotte, N.C.
PURDUE at USC Trojan Invite - Los Angeles, Calif.
WISCONSIN at UCF Invitational - Orlando, Fla.

Weekend Schedule

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Friday, March 21
INDIANA at 49er Classic - Charlotte, N.C.
PURDUE at USC Trojan Invite - Los Angeles, Calif.

Saturday, March 22
INDIANA at 49er Classic - Charlotte, N.C.
PURDUE at USC Trojan Invite - Los Angeles, Calif.
WISCONSIN at UCF Invitational - Orlando, Fla.

Weekend Schedule

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Saturday, March 22
Dayton & Duquesne at INDIANA - Bloomington, Ind.
IOWA, Duke & Kansas at Clemson - Clemson, S.C.

Sunday, March 23
MINNESOTA at Tennessee - Knoxville, Tenn.

Weekly Award Wrap-Up

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Thirty-one Big Ten student-athletes in 12 different sports collected awards from the conference office during the week of March 17. Below is the complete list of honorees.

Baseball
Player of the Week - Tanner Lubach, NEB
Pitcher of the Week - Kyle Hart, IND
Freshman of the Week - Travis Lakins, OSU

Men's Golf
Golfer of the Week - Robert Jacobsen, WIS

Women's Golf
Golfer of the Week - Grave Choi, MICH

Men's Gymnastics
Gymnast of the Week - Matt McGrath, IOWA
Freshman of the Week - Sean Melton, OSU

Women's Gymnastics
Gymnast of the Week - Emily Wong, NEB
Event Specialist of the Week - Amber See, ILL
Freshman of the Week - Nicole Artz, MICH

Hockey
First Star - Matt Berry, MSU
Second Star - Andrew Copp, MICH
Third Star - Brady Skjei, MINN

Women's Rowing
Boat of the Week - Wisconsin First Varsity Eight (Marie Hebert, Gillian Cooper, Nicole Hettmann, Anne Rauschert, Steph Malchine, Brianna Dahm, Pamela Schommer, Kristine Kammers, Margo Grover, Monica Whitehouse)

Softball
Player of the Week - Taylor Hassenbach, MICH
Pitcher of the Week - Sara Moulton, MINN
Freshman of the Week - CaraMia Tsirigos, IND

Men's Tennis
Athlete of the Week - Peter Kobelt, OSU

Women's Tennis
Athlete of the Week - Ruth Seaborne, IOWA

Men's Outdoor Track & Field

Track Athlete of the Week - Andrew Kendrick, PUR
Field Athlete of the Week - Coy Blair, PUR

Women's Outdoor Track & Field
Track Athlete of the Week - Aarin Jones, PUR
Field Athlete of the Week - Nikki Nunn, PUR

Women's Golf Schedule

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March 21-23  
PURDUE at LSU Tiger Classic (Baton Rouge, La.)

March 24-25  
ILLINOIS at Briars Creek Invitational (Johns Island, S.C.)
INDIANA at Briars Creek Invitational (Johns Island, S.C.)
PENN STATE at Briars Creek Invitational (Johns Island, S.C.)
WISCONSIN at Briars Creek Invitational (Johns Island, S.C.)

Men's Golf Schedule

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March 20-22  
NEBRASKA at Desert Shootout (Goodyear, Ariz.)

March 21-23  
IOWA at ASU Thunderbird Invitational (Tempe, Ariz.)

March 22-23  
MICHIGAN STATE at Linger Longer Invitational (Greensboro, Ga.)

March 23-25  
PENN STATE at C&F Intercollegiate (Williamsburg, V.A.)
WISCONSIN at Hootie at Bulls Bay (Awendaw, S.C.)

March 24-25  
ILLINOIS at Floridian Collegiate Invitational (Palm City, Fla.)
MINNESOTA at Duck Classic (Eugene, Ore.)
PURDUE at Lone Star Invitational (San Antonio, Texas)

Friday's Softball Schedule

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The Big Ten softball conference season gets underway on Friday with all 12 teams in action, including #15/17 Nebraska hosting #19/16 Minnesota.

Friday, March 21
Indiana at #5/6 Michigan, 4 p.m.
Michigan State at Ohio State, 4 p.m.
Wisconsin at rv/#23 Northwestern, 5 p.m. [1]
Purdue at Penn State, 6 p.m.
Iowa at Illinois, 7 p.m.
#19/16 Minnesota at #15/17 Nebraska, 7 p.m.

Rankings are USA Softball/NFCA Coaches
All times Eastern 

Nebraska Set to Face Baylor Friday Afternoon

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The 11th-seeded Nebraska basketball team will make its first appearance in the NCAA Tournament since 1998 on Friday, when the Huskers take on No. 6 Baylor in the West Regional beginning at 12:40 p.m. ET.

Nebraska will look to become the fourth Big Ten team to advance to the third round.

Friday, March 21
No. 11 Nebraska vs. No. 6 Baylor (West Region, San Antonio, Texas), 12:40 p.m.

All times Eastern

100 Days of the Big Ten Medal of Honor: Day 11

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Michele Robinson became the first Penn State female to collect the Big Ten Medal of Honor in 1992. A four-year letterwinner for the Nittany Lions, Robinson's teams compiled a 140-18 (.890) record during her collegiate career, winning conference championships in 1988, 1989 and 1990. She was a two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection. Following her collegiate career, Robinson spent four years in the U.S. Navy, where she competed nationally and internationally on the All-Navy and All-Armed Forces Volleyball Team.

Thursday's WNIT Results

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Indiana 48, Belmont 47
The Indiana women's basketball team won its first postseason game since 2009 with a 48-47 victory over Belmont in Assembly Hall on Thursday night. Three Hoosiers scored in double figures as Larryn Brooks and Lyndsay Leikem each had 11 points and Simone Deloach added 10 points. Indiana just had seven turnovers in the game, marking the ninth time this year the Hoosiers have had less than 10 miscues in a game. The Hoosiers will take on Marquette in the second round of the WNIT on Saturday, March 22 in Assembly Hall. That game will tip at 7 p.m. ET. RECAP

Northwestern 69, Ball State 65
Four Wildcat underclassmen, who were all making their first postseason appearance, finished in double figures Thursday night in the opening round of the WNIT, helping Northwestern defeat Ball State, 69-65. Freshman point guard Ashley Deary had a solid second half with 12 points to finish with 15 for the game and freshman Christen Inman sunk a late jumper to help NU hang on for the win. Northwestern will host IUPUI at Welsh-Ryan Arena in the second round of the WNIT on Sunday, March 23 at 2 p.m. Freshman Nia Coffey and sophomore Lauren Douglas led NU with 17 each while Deary's 15 were close behind. Deary had a solid stat line, adding seven rebounds, six assists and three steals. RECAP

Thursday's NCAA Tournament Results

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The Big Ten went 3-1 in Thursday's second round of the NCAA Tournament, with Wisconsin overwhelming American, Michigan State upending Delaware and Michigan defeating Wofford. Ohio State dropped a heartbreaking one-point decision versus Dayton.

SOUTH REGION (Buffalo, N.Y.)
No. 11 Dayton 60, No. 6 Ohio State 59 - AP Recap

WEST REGION (Milwaukee, Wis.)
No. 2 Wisconsin 75, No. 15 American 35 - AP Recap
*Wisconsin will face seventh-seeded Oregon in the third round Saturday in Milwaukee.

EAST REGION (Spokane, Wash.)
No. 4 Michigan State 93, No. 13 Delaware 78 - AP Recap
*Michigan State will take on No. 12 Harvard in Saturday's third round in Spokane, Wash.

MIDWEST REGION (Milwaukee, Wis.)
No. 2 Michigan 57, No. 15 Wofford 40 - AP Recap
*Michigan advances to Saturday's third round, and will face either No. 7 Texas or No. 10 Arizona State.

Thursday's WNIT Schedule

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Belmont vs. Indiana, 7 p.m. ET, BTDN
Ball State at Northwestern, 8 p.m. ET, BTDN

Thursday's NCAA Tournament Schedule

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The field of 64 is set, and the Big Ten will get underway in the NCAA Tournament on Thursday with one game in all four regions.

NCAA TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE: THURSDAY, MARCH 20 (BIG TEN)

SOUTH REGION
No. 6 Ohio State vs. No. 11 Dayton, 12:15 p.m. (CBS Sports)

WEST REGION
No. 2 Wisconsin vs. No. 15 American, 12:40 p.m. (truTV)

MIDWEST REGION

No. 2 Michigan vs. No. 15 Wofford, 7:10 p.m. (CBS Sports)

EAST REGION
No. 4 MICHIGAN State vs. No. 13 Delaware, 4:40 p.m. (TNT)

All times Eastern

Indiana's DeMuth Named Senior CLASS Award Candidate

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Senior third baseman Dustin DeMuth has been selected as one of 30 baseball candidates nationally for the 2014 Senior CLASS Award. The candidates are selected based on notable achievements in four areas of excellence - community, classroom, 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.

Full Indiana Release

Three Named Finalists for Major Awards

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Three Big Ten hockey standouts were named finalists for major awards today. Goalkeepers Adam Wilcox of Minnesota and Joel Rumpel of Wisconsin were finalists for the Mike Richter Award and Hobey Baker Award. Ohio State forward Ryan Dzingel was also named a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award.

The Mike Richter Award honors the best goalkeeper in college hockey, while the Hobey Baker Award is given annually to the top collegiate player. The winners will be announced at the 2014 NCAA Men's Frozen Four in Philadelphia.

100 Days of the Big Ten Medal of Honor: Day 10

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At least 14 Big Ten Medal of Honor winners have been inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as players, including honorees from eight different institutions. Honorees include Illinois' Jim Grabowski (1966), Iowa's Aubrey Devine (1922), Gordon Locke (1923) and Larry Station (1986), Michigan's Pete Elliott (1949) and Ron Johnson (1969), Minnesota's George Franck (1941) and Paul Giel (1954), Northwestern's Pat Fitzgerald (1997), Ohio State's Warren Amling (1947) and Ralph Gradishar (1974), Purdue's Bob Griese (1967) and Mike Phipps (1970) and Wisconsin's Pat Richter (1963).

Beilein Named Finalist for Naismith Coach of the Year

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Michigan's John Beilein was named a finalist for the Naismith Men's Coach of the Year Award on Thursday. Beilein guided the Wolverines to their first outright Big Ten Championship since 1986.

After the departure of NBA first-round selections Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway Jr., as well as losing preseason All-American Mitch McGary to injury prior to the outset of Big Ten play, Beilein led the Wolverines their fifth season with 20 or more wins.

After securing the conference title, Michigan earned its first No. 1 seed at the Big Ten Tournament and reached the championship game at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. The Wolverines also secured a No. 2 seed in the 2014 NCAA Tournament.

During the Big Ten season, Michigan recorded wins over three straight top-10 opponents for the first time in school history with its victories at No. 3/3 Wisconsin, against No. 10/10 Iowa and at No. 3/3 Michigan State.


Wednesday's Men's Basketball Results

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Illinois advanced in the NIT and Penn State marched on after a first-round win in the CIT, but Iowa dropped a hard-fought decision in the NCAA Tournament, falling to Tennessee in overtime in Dayton, Ohio.

NCAA TOURNAMENT
MIDWEST REGION

No. 11 Tennessee 78, No. 11 Iowa 65 (OT)

NIT
No. 2 Illinois 66, No. 7 Boston University 62

CBI
Penn State 69, Hampton 65

Wednesday's WNIT Result

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Minnesota 62, Green Bay 60
Junior guard Rachel Banham broke a 29-year old scoring record and in doing so, powered the University of Minnesota women's basketball team to a 62-60 opening round victory over Green Bay in the 2014 Women's National Invitation Tournament. Minnesota (21-12) moves on to face the winner of SMU-Texas Southern in the second round, with game date, time and location to be determined. Scoring a game-high 31 points, Banham increased her season-scoring total to 714 points, a new school record. It was the sixth 30-plus point game for the Lakeville, Minn., native this season, and she was joined in double figures by Amanda Zahui B. The Big Ten Freshman of the Year posted her 16th double-double of the season (17 points, 14 rebounds) along with five blocks. RECAP

Wednesday's Softball Results

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Big Ten teams posted a 2-1 record on Wednesday, including #15/17 Nebraska defeating Iowa State in its home opener.

Wednesday, March 19
Minnesota 1, South Carolina 0
#15/17 Nebraska 10, Iowa State 3
Texas State 4, Iowa 0

Rankings are USA Softball/NFCA Coaches

Wednesday's Results

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Indiana 9, Louisville 3
Minnesota 12, Saint Mary's College 1
Nebraska 5, Creighton 4 (10)
Ohio State 10, Xavier 3
Penn State 8, NYIT 0
Purdue 6, Butler 1

Wednesday's Postseason Schedule

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WNIT
Green Bay at Minnesota, 8 p.m. ET, BTDN

Wednesday's Schedule

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Louisville at Indiana, 4 p.m.
Minnesota at Saint Mary's, 6 p.m.
Creighton at Nebraska, 6 p.m.
Xavier at Ohio State, 5 p.m., BTDN
NYIT at Penn State, 5 p.m.
Purdue at Butler, 3:30 p.m.

All times are ET and schedule subject to change

Wednesday's Softball Schedule

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Four non-conference games are on Wednesday's Big Ten softball slate, with Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska and Purdue in action. The Cornhuskers will play their home opener against Iowa State.

Wednesday, March 19
Purdue vs. Netherlands (St. Leo, Fla.), 11 a.m.
Minnesota at South Carolina, 6 p.m.
Iowa State at #15/17 Nebraska, 6 p.m.
Iowa at Texas State, 7 p.m.

All times Eastern
Rankings are USA Softball/NFCA Coaches

Wednesday's Postseason Men's Hoops Schedule

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Iowa will begin its NCAA Tournament run against Tennessee in Dayton, Ohio on Wednesday night, while Illinois will begin action in the NIT and Penn State will play its CBI opener.

Wednesday, March 19
NCAA TOURNAMENT
MIDWEST REGION)
No. 11 Iowa vs. No. 11 Tennessee, 9:10 p.m. (truTV) - Iowa Game Notes

NIT
No. 2 Illinois at No. 7 Boston University, 7 p.m. (ESPN2) - Illinois Game Notes

CBI
Hampton at Penn State, 7 p.m. - Penn State Game Notes

All times Eastern

100 Days of the Big Ten Medal of Honor: Day 9

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At least 187 Big Ten Medal of Honor winners have earned Academic All-America distinction, including nine three-time honorees - Michigan's Diane Dietz (1982, women's basketball) and Steve Grote (1977, men's basketball), Michigan State's Michelle Carson (2004, women's track & field), Chris Hill (2005, men's basketball) and Drew Neitzel (2008, men's basketball), Minnesota's Matthew Nohelty (2009, baseball), Northwestern's Shon Morris (1988, men's basketball), Ohio State's Kevin Stephan (2002, men's lacrosse) and Penn State's Joanna Lohman (2005, women's soccer). 

Minnesota Advances in NIT

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Minnesota became the first Big Ten men's basketball team to advance in the postseason, as the Golden Gophers posted an 88-81 win over High Point in the first round of the NIT on Tuesday night.

Tuesday, March 18
No. 1 MINNESOTA 88, No. 8 High Point 81 - Minnesota Recap

The Golden Gophers will take on the winner of tonight's St. Mary's (Calif.)-Utah game in the second round.

Tuesday's Results

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Illinois 8, Indiana State 0
Minnesota 15, Saint Mary's 11
Ohio State 6, Akron 5 (11)
Penn State 7, NYIT 3

Tuesday's Softball Results

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Purdue stayed on the winning track with a 2-1 victory at UCF, while Indiana came up short versus nationally ranked Kentucky, 5-0.

Tuesday, March 18
#10/8 Kentucky 5, INDIANA 0
PURDUE 2, UCF 1

Rankings are USA Softball/NFCA Coaches

Big Ten Softball in the Polls

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The ESPN.com/USA Softball and USA Today/NFCA Coaches top 25 polls were released on Tuesday, and Big Ten softball was well-represented with four teams among the top 25 of the coaches' ballot.

In the USA Softball poll, Michigan was ranked No. 5, followed by No. 15 Nebraska and No. 19 Minnesota. In the coaches' ballot, Michigan was ranked No. 6, followed by No. 16 Minnesota, No. 17 Nebraska and No. 23 Northwestern.

Minnesota Hosts High Point in NIT First Round

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The postseason officially begins for Big Ten men's basketball on Tuesday, with top-seeded Minnesota entertaining No. 8 High Point in the first round of the National Invitation Tournament.

Tuesday, March 18
No. 8 High Point at No. 1 Minnesota, 8:15 p.m. (ESPN3)

All times Eastern

Tuesday's Schedule

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Indiana State at Illinois, 4 p.m.
Minnesota at Saint Mary's, 6 p.m.
Akron at Ohio State, 5 p.m.
NYIT at Penn State, 5 p.m.

All times are ET and schedule subject to change

Six Teams Appear in Latest GymInfo Poll

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In the updated GymInfo Top 25 poll, six Big Ten women's gymnastics teams are ranked. Michigan and Nebraska lead the way for the conference at No. 8 and No. 9, respectively. Illinois checks in at No. 13, followed by No. 14 Penn State. Minnesota and Ohio State are ranked No. 16 and No. 24, respectively.

For the complete poll, click here.

All Seven Teams Ranked in Latest GymInfo Poll

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All seven Big Ten men's gymnastics teams appear in the latest GymInfo Top 15 poll, including six squads among the top 10. Ohio State leads the way at No. 2, followed by No. 4 Michigan, No. 5 Minnesota and No. 6 Illinois. Penn State checks in at No. 7, Iowa is ranked No. 8 and Nebraska rounds out the Big Ten's representation at No. 11.

For the complete poll, click here.

Tuesday's Softball Schedule

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Two games are on Tuesday's Big Ten softball schedule, with Purdue playing at UCF and Indiana hosting Kentucky.

Tuesday, March 18
Purdue at UCF, 1 p.m. ET
Bowling Green at Michigan, 4 p.m. ET (POSTPONED)
Kentucky at Indiana, 5 p.m. ET

100 Days of the Big Ten Medal of Honor: Day 8

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Two Big Ten Medal of Honor winners now work in Indianapolis media: Joe Staysniak (Ohio State, 1990, football) is a radio talk show host and Kevin Gregory (Purdue, 1987, tennis) has been a meteorologist for WRTV-TV since 1989. In his senior season with the Buckeyes, Staysniak was a first-team All-Big Ten offensive tackle and first-team Academic All-American. He was taken by the San Diego Chargers in the 1990 NFL Draft. Gregory was an All-Big Ten honoree and Boilermaker MVP in 1985 and 1986 and earned Academic All-Big Ten recognition.

Monday's Results

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Iowa 17, Otterbein 5
Harvard 7, Michigan State 3
San Diego State 6, Purdue 5 (10)

Monday's Softball Results

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Wisconsin defeated Louisville, while Iowa dropped a series-ending 3-0 decision at Texas on Monday's Big Ten softball slate.

Monday, March 17
Wisconsin 4, Louisville 1
Texas 3, Iowa 0

Four Teams Earn Bids to the Postseason WNIT

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Four Big Ten teams earned berths in the 2014 Postseason WNIT, it was announced on Monday night. Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota and Northwestern each earned bids to the 64-team field. Michigan earns a postseason berth for the fifth straight season and returns to the WNIT for the first time since 2011, and will host Stony Brook on Friday. Minnesota makes its second straight WNIT appearance and welcomes Green Bay on Wednesday, Northwestern will take part in postseason competition for the first time since 2011 when it hosts Ball State on Thursday and Indiana makes its first appearance in a postseason tournament since 2009 when it takes on Belmont at Assembly Hall on Thursday.

Four Teams Ranked in Top 25 of Both Polls

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The Associated Press (AP) and USA Today Coaches polls were released on Monday, and the Big Ten was represented with four teams among the top 25 of both polls, including three in the top 15. In the AP poll, Michigan was ranked No. 7, followed by No. 11 Michigan State, No. 12 Wisconsin and No. 22 Ohio State. In the coaches' ballot, Michigan was ranked No. 8, followed by No. 13 Michigan State, No. 15 Wisconsin and No. 24 Ohio State. Nebraska and Iowa both received votes in the AP and coaches' polls. 

Five Teams Ranked in Top 20 of Latest AP Poll

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Five Big Ten teams appear in the top 20 of the latest Associated Press rankings, which were released on Monday. Nebraska and Penn State are tops in the standings, with the Huskers appearing at No. 13 and the Lady Lions checking in at No. 14. Purdue is ranked 17th, with Iowa and Michigan State rounding out the top 20 at No. 19 and No. 20, respectively.

Monday's Schedule

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Iowa vs. Otterbein College, 11 a.m.
Michigan State vs. Harvard, Noon
Purdue at San Diego State, 9 p.m.

All times are ET and schedule subject to change

Monday's Softball Schedule

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Iowa and Wisconsin will both be in action on Monday, with the Hawkeyes looking to capture a series win at Texas and the Badgers taking on host Louisville in an afternoon doubleheader.

Monday, March 17
Wisconsin at Louisville (DH), Noon
Iowa at Texas, 8 p.m.

All times Eastern

100 Days of the Big Ten Medal of Honor: Day 7

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During the Big Ten's celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the Big Ten Medal of Honor, the conference will be featuring "Medal of Honor Mondays" for 12 consecutive weeks, which will highlight a number of Medal of Honor winners from each school. This week, we feature the University of Illinois.

Illinois All-Century Team - (1949/1963, men's basketball)
Illinois' Dike Eddleman (1949) and David J. Downey (1963) were both named to the Illini's All-Century Basketball Team. Eddleman was a two-time All-Big Ten selection, led the team in scoring in 1948 (13.9 ppg) and 1949 (13.2 ppg) and helped the Illini win the Big Ten Championship in 1949. Downey was a first-team All-Big Ten honoree, led the team in scoring and rebounding from 1961-63 and guided his team to the Big Ten Championship in 1963. Downey currently ranks No. 21 among Illinois' all-time scoring leaders with 1,360 points (18.9 ppg). Downey later went on to found The Downey Group (high quality life insurance, long term care, disability programs, and related planning for affluent individuals, families, and businesses), and is Chair of the Investment Policy Committee at University of Illinois Foundation Board and member of University of Illinois College of Business Board of Overseers.

Dee Brown (2006, men's basketball)
Brown won the Big Ten Medal of Honor in 2006 following a stellar four-year career at Illinois. The Maywood, Ill., native won the Bob Cousy Award as the nation's top point guard as a senior in 2006, along with collecting Consensus Second-Team All-America honors. In 2005, Brown led the Fighting Illini to the national championship game and was named the Sporting News National Player of the Year and a Consensus First-Team All-American. Brown collected first or second-team All-Big Ten honors all four years of his career and was a two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree. He was named a finalist for Illinois' Male Athlete of the Year in 2006 and was also recognized as a Senior CLASS Award finalist.

Don Laz (1951, track & field)

A seven-time Big Ten Champion for the Illini from 1949-51, Laz was also the 1951 NCAA pole vault champion. He won three straight indoor conference crowns in the pole vault and swept that event and the long jump in the 1951 Big Ten Indoor and Outdoor Championships. He won the silver medal in the pole vault at the 1952 Helsinki Olympics. Laz later became an architect before a stroke cut short his career. His best height was 15-3, or two inches less than the vault by his son, Doug, in setting an Illinois high school state record in 1972.

Ashley Berggren (1998, women's basketball)
Berggren, a 1998 recipient of the Big Ten Medal of Honor, was the first Illinois women's basketball player to have her jersey retired in 2009. Berggren ranks in Illinois' top 10 of numerous career categories, including second in points (2,089), seventh in assists (328) and 10th in rebounds (779) and steals (183). The Big Ten Player of the Year in 1997, she guided the Illini to a Big Ten Championship and back-to-back NCAA Sweet 16 appearances in 1997 and 1998. She is the only Illini to be named first-team All-Big Ten in three seasons (1996-98). Following her collegiate career, Berggren played professionally with the Chicago Condors of the ABL before becoming a high school special education teacher and basketball coach. She also has run the Berggren Hoop Camp for the past 15 years.

Jonelle Polk (1987, women's basketball)
Awarded the Big Ten Medal of Honor in 1987, Polk has left her mark on Illinois basketball, ranking in the top 10 of various Illini career records, including first in field goals made (815), third in points (1,984), field goal percentage (.562) and double-doubles (40), fourth in rebounds (933) and fifth in blocks (135). She led Illinois in scoring, rebounding and blocked shots in three of her four seasons and was a three-time All-Big Ten selection (1985-87). Polk was tabbed a Fast Break All-American and Illinois' Female Athlete of the Year in 1986 and led the Illini to NCAA Tournament appearances in her final two seasons. Following her graduation, the Peoria, Ill., native played overseas for four years, before returning to the U.S. to get her masters' degree and delve into coaching. She currently works as a manager at Proctor Recreation Center in her hometown mentoring young girls

Trent Meacham (2009, men's basketball)
Meacham, who earned the Big Ten Medal of Honor in 2009, scored 866 points, handed out 231 assists and recorded 74 steals during his career at Illinois. A co-captain during his senior year, Meacham led the Illini and ranked second in the Big Ten in three-point field goal shooting at 42.1 percent during the 2008-09 season. He currently ranks fifth at Illinois in career three-point field goal percentage (.408) and 11th in three-point field goals made (178). The Champaign, Ill., native was a three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection and won the Lou Henson Courage Award in 2009. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in sport management and is currently in his second season with JSF Nanterre of the LNB Pro A in France.

Disa Johnson (1988, volleyball)

A 1988 Big Ten Medal of Honor recipient, Disa Johnson led the Illini to a 124-28 record in her four seasons. She guided Illinois to three NCAA Championship appearances, including the national semifinals in 1987, and a pair of Big Ten titles (1986-87). The setter ranks second in Illinois history in assists (5,550), third in aces (154) and 10th in block assists (339). She led the Illini in assists all four years she competed and topped the conference in that category for two years (1985-86). The Western Springs, Ill., native was an AVCA All Mideast Region team honoree (1987), a second-team Academic All-American (1987), and a three-time All-Big Ten selection and Academic All-Big Ten pick (1985-87). Johnson was also named to the Big Ten All-Decade Team in 1992. She earned a master's degree from Illinois in kinesiology and sports administration in 1992. Following her playing career, Johnson entered the coaching realm. She was an assistant coach with the Illini from 1990-93. She was the head coach at Missouri from 1994-99 and James Madison from 2000-09, where she was named CAA Coach of the Year twice in 2002 and 2006. Johnson returned to Champaign this fall when her husband, Ron Garner, was named head coach of the Illinois women's track & field program.

Tim Simon (1988, track & field)

A two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree and eight-time Big Ten Champion, Simon was tabbed Big Ten Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year in 1988, the same year he was named Athlete of both the Indoor and Outdoor Championships. He finished third in the 400-meter run at the 1988 NCAA Championships behind two UCLA sprinters who won medals at that year's Seoul Olympics. Simon holds three Illini records in the 300- and 400-meter dash and 4x400 relay. He earned a medical degree from Howard University has been a colon and rectal surgeon in Georgia since 2002.



Sunday's Results

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Long Beach State 2, Indiana 1
Iowa 9, Saint Joseph's 7
Georgetown 10, Iowa 1
Michigan 3, Kent State 2
Minnesota 5, Sacramento State (10)
San Diego State 18, Purdue 3

Illinois, Minnesota Accept NIT Bids

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The field for the 2014 National Invitation Tournament (NIT) was unveiled following the NCAA Selection Show on Sunday night, with Big Ten members Illinois and Minnesota earning berths.

Minnesota (20-13, 8-10 Big Ten) received a No. 1 seed in the 32-team field, and will open play against High Point at Williams Arena on Tuesday night. With a win over the Panthers, the Gophers would face the winner of the No. 4 St. Mary's (Calif.) vs. No. 5 Utah game.

Illinois (19-14, 7-11 Big Ten) garnered a No. 2 seed in the NIT, and will travel to Boston University on Wednesday. The winner will face either No. 3 Clemson or No. 6 Georgia State. The Illini will hit the road in the tournament opener despite being the higher seed because of renovations being made to State Farm Center.


Men's Basketball All-Tournament Team

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2014 Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament All-Tournament Team
Nik Stauskas, Michigan
Branden Dawson, Michigan State
Gary Harris, Michigan State
Adreian Payne, Michigan State
LaQuinton Ross, Ohio State

Tournament Most Outstanding Player
Branden Dawson, Michigan State

Sunday's Schedule

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Indiana at Long Beach State, 4 p.m.
Iowa vs. Saint Joseph's, 10 a.m.
Iowa vs. Georgetown, 1 p.m.
Michigan vs. Kent State, 10 a.m.
Michigan State vs. Harvard, 5 p.m.
Minnesota at Sacramento State, 4 p.m.
Purdue at San Diego State, 4 p.m.

All times are ET and schedule subject to change

100 Days of the Big Ten Medal of Honor: Day 6

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In 1914, the Big Ten commissioned sculptor R. Tait McKenzie to create the Big Ten Medal of Honor. A childhood friend of James Naismith (the inventor of basketball), McKenzie developed a love for athletics while studying to be a doctor at McGill University. He became involved in acrobatics, gymnastics, set a high jump record, ran hurdles, boxed, played football, and was on the tug-of-war team.  Throughout his medical career as a physician, surgeon and later professor of anatomy at McGill and as an owner of his own practice in Montreal, he became more and more interested in how physical exercise could be used as preventative medicine. As an escape he started sculpting athletes around 1900. As his work gained in popularity, McKenzie often participated as an exhibitor during the competition of fine arts at the Olympics. Before the Stockholm Games in 1912, the American Olympic Committee commissioned him to create a sports medallion. His Joy of Effort Medallion became one of his most famous works, and the Big Ten commissioned him to create the Big Ten Medal of Honor in 1914. He later won a bronze medal in the reliefs and medallions category at the 1932 Olympics in Los Angeles for a work called the Shield of the Athletes.

Saturday's Results

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Southern Illinois 6, Illinois 3
Southern Illinois 3, Illinois 2
Indiana 2, Long Beach State 1 (11)
Iowa 13, Georgetown 1
College of Charleston 3, Michigan 2
College of Charleston 4, Michigan 3
Sacramento State 6, Minnesota 2
Michigan State 1, Harvard 0
Michigan State 4, Harvard 0
Nebraska 13, UC Irvine 4
Nebraska 7, UC Irvine 4
Bucknell 6, Northwestern 5
Ohio State 7, Siena 3
Ohio State 7, Siena 1
Santa Clara 6, Penn State 3
San Diego State 11, Purdue 2

Saturday's Softball Results

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Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska and Ohio State each posted a pair of wins on Saturday's Big Ten softball slate.

Saturday, March 15
North Dakota State 7, Illinois 4 (Fighting Illini Classic)
Illinois 6, Nebraska-Omaha 1 (Fighting Illini Classic)
Indiana 6, Wright State 1 (Hoosier Classic)
UIC 10, Indiana 9 (Hoosier Classic)
Texas 9, Iowa 1 (5 innings)
Michigan 12, Kent State 4 [6 innings] (Class Act Federal Credit Union Classic)
Michigan 9, Louisville 1 (Class Act Federal Credit Union Classic)
UIC 4, Michigan State 3 (Hoosier Classic)
Michigan State 6, Toledo 5 (10 innings)
Minnesota 2, Troy 0 (Chanticleer Showdown)
Minnesota 2, Coastal Carolina (Chanticleer Showdown)
Nebraska 10, Northern Illinois 2 (6 innings) (Jayhawk Invitational)
Nebraska 1, Kansas 0 (Jayhawk Invitational)
Ohio State 4, Pacific 1 (Fresno State Classic)
Ohio State 5, St. Mary's 0 (Fresno State Classic)
Wagner 4, Penn State 2 (Michele Smith Spring Break Tournament)
Penn State 5, Yale 0 (Michele Smith Spring Break Tournament)
Purdue 10, Quinnipiac 2 (USF Invitational)
Baylor 5, Purdue 4 (USF Invitational)
Kent State 5, Wisconsin 2 (Louisville Classic)
Wisconsin 6, Iowa State 3 (Louisville Classic)



Saturday's Hockey Results

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PENN STATE 4, OHIO STATE (rv/-) 2
Redshirt junior defenseman Nate Jensen recorded a goal and two assists for his first career three-point game and sophomore goaltender Matthew Skoff turned aside 27 shots, as the Penn State men's hockey team closed out the inaugural season at Pegula Ice Arena with a 4-2 victory against Ohio State Saturday afternoon. Penn State (7-25-2, 3-16-1-0 Big Ten) played in front of a sellout crowd of 5,892 fans, marking the 16th sellout of the season. The Nittany Lions were one of five NCAA Division I programs to play at more than 100 percent capacity at their home events. RECAP | BOX SCORE

#5/5 WISCONSIN 4, MICHIGAN STATE 3
Just minutes after a disappointing overtime loss on Friday, Wisconsin men's hockey coach Mike Eaves returned to the locker room to find his team already looking forward to a chance at redemption on Saturday. It got it--barely--thanks to four first-period goals that enabled it to hold on to a 4-3 win over Michigan State in the final game of the regular season. RECAP | BOX SCORE

#13/13 MICHIGAN 6, #1/1 MINNESOTA 2
Led by a three-point night by senior forward Luke Moffatt, No. 13/13 Michigan claimed a 6-2 victory over No. 1/1 Minnesota Saturday night at Yost Arena in the final game of the Big Ten regular season. The Wolverines skated out to a 5-0 lead with four goals in the second period, including both of Moffat's conversions. Freshman goalie Zach Nagelvoort made 25 saves in the contest before being replaced by senior netminder Adam Janecyk for the final 1:31 of the contest. RECAP | BOX SCORE

Saturday's Schedule

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Illinois at Southern Illinois, 1 p.m.
Indiana at Long Beach State, 5 p.m.
Iowa vs. Georgetown, 3 p.m.
Michigan vs. College of Charleston, 3 p.m. (DH)
Michigan State vs. Harvard, 2 p.m. (DH)
Minnesota at Sacramento State, 5 p.m.
UC Irvine at Nebraska, 1 p.m. (DH)
Northwestern vs. Bucknell, 11 a.m.
Ohio State vs. Siena, 1 p.m. (DH)
Penn State at Santa Clara, 3 p.m.
Purdue at San Diego State, 9 p.m.

All times are ET and schedule subject to change

Saturday's Hockey Schedule

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March 15
OHIO STATE (rv/-) at PENN STATE - 3 p.m.
#5/5 WISCONSIN at MICHIGAN STATE - 4 p.m., FS Detroit
#1/1 MINNESOTA at #13/13 MICHIGAN - 7 p.m., BTN

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

100 Days of the Big Ten Medal of Honor: Day 5

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Illinois' Mike Hopkins, a 1992 recipient of the Big Ten Medal of Honor, has acknowledged that he went to college mostly for one reason: To play football.  He had no way of knowing his education would take him as far as it has: 220 miles above the surface of the Earth. Hopkins is a flight engineer for the International Space Station, which launched alongside two Russian cosmonauts on Sept. 25, 2013, on a mission that ended this month (MARCH). That is a long way from the farm he was raised on in Richland, Mo. The astronauts performed around 200 experiments, however the most notorious might be what some have called "the world's greatest selfie." 

Friday's Results

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Illinois 5, Southern Illinois 1
Long Beach State 4, Indiana 3
Michigan 4, Appalachian State 3
Minnesota 2, Sacramento State 1
UC Irvine 7, Nebraska 6
Maine 8, Northwestern 4
LIU Brooklyn 9, Northwestern 4
Ohio State 8, Siena 5
Santa Clara 10, Penn State 5
San Diego State 8, Purdue 7

Friday's Softball Results

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Friday, March 14
Illinois 13, Western Michigan 1 (5 innings) (Fighting Illini Classic)
Indiana 4, Illinois-Chicago 1 (Hoosier Classic)
Indiana 5, Toledo 2 (Hoosier Classic)
Minnesota 7, Georgia State 0 (Chanticleer Showdown)
Nebraska 8, Jackson State 0 (Jayhawk Invitational)
Ohio State 5, Cal Poly 0 (Fresno State Classic)
Fresno State 3, Ohio State 1 (Fresno State Classic)
Central Connecticut State 1, Penn State 0 (USF Invitational)
Rutgers 4, Penn State 3 (USF Invitational)
Purdue 2, Central Michigan 0 (USF Invitational)
Bryant University 6, Purdue 4 (USF Invitational)

Friday's Hockey Results

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#1/1 MINNESOTA 3, #13/13 MICHIGAN 2 (OT)
With a 3-2 overtime victory tonight against Michigan, Minnesota clinched the outright Big Ten Championship. In addition to the inaugural conference crown, the Gophers (25-4-6, 14-2-3-0 Big Ten) have also secured the No. 1 seed in the upcoming Big Ten Men's Ice Hockey Tournament. Junior Kyle Rau secured the win with a power-play goal 2:44 into overtime. Hudson Fasching and Travis Boyd tallied assists on Rau's team-leading fifth game-winning goal of the season. Sophomore goalie Adam Wilcox was credited with 22 saves to earn his 23rd victory of the season. RECAP | BOX SCORE

MICHIGAN STATE 5, #5/5 WISCONSIN 4 (OT)
Senior Lee Reimer notched a power-play goal 46 seconds into overtime to give Michigan State a 5-4 overtime victory over No. 5/5 Wisconsin Friday night at Munn Ice Arena. Fellow senior Greg Wolfe led all players in the contest with three points, tallying assists on all three Spartan power-play goals. Sophomore goalie Jake Hildebrand registered 27 saves to claim his ninth win of the season. RECAP | BOX SCORE

OHIO STATE (rv/-) 4, PENN STATE 2
Led by three-point efforts from junior forward Ryan Dzingel (two goals, one assist) and freshman forward Nick Schilkey (one goal, two assists), Ohio State claimed a 4-2 decision over Penn State Friday night at Pegula Ice Arena. Freshman goalie Christian Frey stopped 40 shots to imrpove his record to 7-3-3 since joining the team for the second semester. RECAP | BOX SCORE

Weekend Schedule

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March 14
#47 USF at #6 ILLINOIS - 11 a.m. CT
#42 Pepperdine at #6 ILLINOIS - 5 p.m. CT
#57 IOWA at #75 College of Charleston - 2 p.m. CT

March 15
#57 IOWA at The Citadel - 1:30 p.m. CT
#24 Columbia at #41 MICHIGAN - 11 a.m. ET
Detroit at #41 MICHIGAN - 6 p.m. ET
MICHIGAN STATE at #32 Louisville - 12 p.m. ET

March 16
#6 ILLINOIS vs. #12 Baylor [1] - 11 a.m. CT
#59 INDIANA at #38 Texas Tech - 2 p.m. ET

March 17
#58 WISCONSIN at #65 Miami - 11 a.m. CT

[1] Indian Wells, Calif.

Weekend Schedule

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March 14
#31 PURDUE at #44 INDIANA - 3 p.m. ET
#70 IOWA at NEBRASKA - 3 p.m. CT
#5 Virginia at #13 MICHIGAN - 3:30 p.m. ET
#56 OHIO STATE vs. Marquette [1] - 10 a.m. ET   

March 15
#46 Wichita State at NEBRASKA - 2 p.m. CT

March 16
#13 MICHIGAN at MICHIGAN STATE - 2 p.m. ET

March 17
MINNESOTA at Florida Gulf Coast - 5 p.m. CT

March 18
#70 IOWA at College of Charleston - 12:30 P.M. CT
#31 PURDUE at #28 Arizona State - 2 p.m. ET
WISCONSIN at San Jose State - 3 p.m. CT

[1] Las Vegas, Nev.

Men's Gymnastics Schedule

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Friday, March 14 
#8 PENN STATE at #3 MICHIGAN - 3:30 p.m. ET (Meet will air live on BTN)

Saturday, March 15 
Temple, Oklahoma at #4 OHIO STATE - 4 p.m. ET
#6 ILLINOIS, #7 IOWA, #5 MINNESOTA, Air Force at #12 NEBRASKA  - 5 p.m. ET

Women's Gymnastics Schedule

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Saturday, March 15 
IOWA, #8 MICHIGAN, #13 MINNESOTA, #15 PENN STATE at Big Ten Quad Meet (Ann Arbor, Mich.) - 1:30 p.m. ET (Meet will air live on BTN).

#14 ILLINOIS, MICHIGAN STATE, #9 NEBRASKA, #23 OHIO STATE at Big Ten Quad Meet (East Lansing, Mich.) - 1:30 p.m. ET (Meet will air via tape delay at 3:30 p.m. ET on BTN)

Weekly Award Wrap-Up

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Twenty-one Big Ten student-athletes in nine different sports collected awards from the conference office during the week of March 10. Below is the complete list of honorees.

Baseball
Player of the Week - Jackson Glines, MICH
Pitcher of the Week - Ryan Riga, OSU
Freshman of the Week - Ryan Boldt, NEB

Men's Basketball
Co-Players of the Week - Nik Stauskas, MICH & Shavon Shields, NEB
Freshman of the Week - Troy Williams, IND

Men's Golf
Co-Golfers of the Week - Charlie Danielson, ILL & Thomas Detry, ILL

Men's Gymnastics
Gymnast of the Week - Stacey Ervin, MICH
Freshman of the Week - Sean Melton, OSU

Women's Gymnastics
Gymnast of the Week - Emily Wong, NEB
Event Specialist of the Week - Austin Sheppard, MICH
Freshman of the Week - Emma Sibson, PSU

Hockey
First Star - Mark Zengerle, WIS
Second Star - Nic Kerdiles, WIS
Third Star - Mike Reilly, MINN

Softball
Player of the Week - Emily Allard, NU
Pitcher of the Week - Haylie Wagner, MICH
Freshman of the Week - Nicole Boyd, NU

Men's Tennis
Athlete of the Week - Farris Gosea, ILL

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

Women's Golf Schedule

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March 14-16  
ILLINOIS at Lady Jaguar Intercollegiate (Augusta, Ga.)
MICHIGAN at Clover Cup Invitational (Mesa, Ariz.)
NEBRASKA at Clover Cup Invitational (Mesa, Ariz.)
OHIO STATE at Lady Gator Invitational (Gainesville, Fla.)
PENN STATE at Lady Gator Invitational (Gainesville, Fla.)
PURDUE at Lady Jaguar Intercollegiate (Augusta, Ga.)

March 17-18  
IOWA at BYU Entrada Classic (St. George, Utah)
INDIANA at Entrada Classic (St. George, Utah)
MINNESOTA at BYU Entrada Classic (St. George, Utah)
WISCONSIN at BYU Entrada Classic (St. George, Utah)

Men's Golf Schedule

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March 14-16  
PENN STATE at Seminole Intercollegiate (Tallahassee, Fla.)

March 15-16  
OHIO STATE Seahawk Intercollegiate (Wilmington, N.C.)
WISCONSIN Seahawk Intercollegiate (Wilmington, N.C.)

March 16-17  
INDIANA at Talis Park Challenge (Naples, Fla.)

Friday's Softball Schedule

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Friday's Big Ten softball schedule features 11 games, including Illinois and Indiana opening their home slate.

Friday, March 14

Minnesota vs. Georgia State (Chanticleer Showdown), 11 a.m. ET
Nebraska vs. Jackson State (Jayhawk Invitational), 11:30 a.m. ET
Indiana vs. Illinois-Chicago (Hoosier Classic), 1:45 p.m. ET
Purdue vs. Central Michigan (USF Invitational), 2:15 p.m. ET
Indiana vs. Toledo (Hoosier Classic), 4 p.m. ET
Ohio State vs. Cal Poly (Fresno State Classic), 4:30 p.m. ET
Penn State vs. Rutgers (USF Invitational), 4:30 p.m. ET
Purdue vs. Bryant University (USF Invitational), 4:30 p.m. ET
Illinois vs. North Dakota State (Fighting Illini Classic), 6 p.m. ET
Penn State vs. Central Connecticut State (USF Invitational), 6:45 p.m. ET
Ohio State at Fresno State (Fresno State Classic), 9 p.m. ET

All times Eastern
Rankings are USA Softball/NFCA Coaches

Craft Named Finalist for Cousy Award

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Ohio State's Aaron Craft was named a finalist for the Bob Cousy Award, annually given to the nation's top point guard.

The original list of 47 candidates was narrowed down to the below watch list of six student athletes by a nationally based committee.

In conference play, Craft became the second Big Ten player in the past three years to lead the conference in both assists (4.6 apg) and steals (2.7 spg). He is also the second Big Ten player since at least 1982-83 to lead the conference in steals in three different seasons, a feat also accomplished by Illinois' Bruce Douglas from 1984-86. Craft passed Douglas for the Big Ten career steals record this season.

Craft was named the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year for the second time in the past three years. He was also tabbed second-team All-Big Ten by the media contingent and a third-team selection by the Big Ten's 12 coaches.

The winner of the 2014 Bob Cousy Award will be presented in Dallas as part of Hall of Fame events at the Final Four.

Friday's Schedule

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Illinois at Southern Illinois, 4 p.m.
Indiana at Long Beach State, 9 p.m.
Michigan vs. Appalachian State, Noon
Minnesota at Sacramento State, 6 p.m.
UC Irvine at Nebraska, 5:30 p.m.
Northwestern vs. Maine, 2:30 p.m.
Northwestern vs. LIU Brooklyn, 6 p.m.
Ohio State vs. Siena, 5 p.m.
Penn State at Santa Clara, 9 p.m.
Purdue at San Diego, 9 p.m.

All times are ET and schedule subject to change

Friday's Hockey Schedule

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March 14
#1/1 MINNESOTA at #13/13 MICHIGAN - 6:30 p.m., ESPNEWS
#5/5 WISCONSIN at MICHIGAN STATE - 7 p.m.
OHIO STATE (rv/-) at PENN STATE - 7 p.m.

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

100 Days of the Big Ten Medal of Honor: Day 4

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A number of Big Ten Medal of Honor winners went on to become legendary coaches in their respective sports, including Bernie Biermann (Minnesota, 1916), who coached the Gophers to five national championships in football; Fritz Crisler (Chicago, 1922), longtime football coach and director of athletics at Michigan; John Wooden (Purdue, 1932), who led UCLA to a record 10 NCAA basketball titles; Bud Wilkinson (Minnesota, 1937), coach of Oklahoma football teams that won three national titles and compiled a 47-game winning streak; John Kundla (Minnesota, 1939), the first coach of the NBA's Minneapolis Lakers and later coach of the Gophers; New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi (Northwestern, 1986), and Tony Dungy (Minnesota, 1977), the first African-American coach to win a Super Bowl while with the Indianapolis Colts.

Thursday's Results

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Evansville 6, Northwestern 4
Penn State 6, Fresno State 5

Thursday's Schedule

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Northwestern vs. Evansville, 6:30 p.m.
Penn State at Santa Clara, 9 p.m.

All times are ET and schedule subject

Women's Swimming & Diving NCAA Championship Qualifiers

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The NCAA Division I Men's and Women's Swimming & Diving Committee announced the participants in the 2014 NCAA Division I Women's Swimming & Diving Championships. The championships will be held March 20-22 at the Minnesota Aquatic Center in Minneapolis. A list of 43 Big Ten women's qualifiers, including event and time, can be found below.

INDIANA
Gia Dalesandro
  
100-yard butterfly (51.75 seconds)
200-yard butterfly (1:53.95)
Alexandria Day  
200-yard backstroke (1:54.67)
Kaitlyn Flederbach 
50-yard freestyle (22.40 seconds)
100-yard freestyle (48.54 seconds)
Haley Lips  
500-yard freestyle (4:42.86)
200-yard freestyle (1:45.94)
1,650-yard freestyle (16:18.51)
Brenna Maclean 
200-yard butterfly (1:55.82)
Cynthia Pammett  
200-yard backstroke (1:54.67)
Bronwyn Pasloski 
100-yard breaststroke (59.53 seconds)
200-yard breaststroke (2:09.69)
Justine Ress  
200-yard backstroke (1:54.43)
Brooklynn Snodgrass 
100-yard backstroke (51.65 seconds)
200-yard backstroke (1:51.43)
Dorina Szekeres  
200-yard individual medley (1:57.87)
400-yard individual medley (4:08.68)
Lindsay Vrooman 
500-yard freestyle (4:36.91)
200-yard freestyle (1:45.29)
1,650-yard freestyle (15:54.68)

MICHIGAN
Courtney Beidler
 
200-yard individual medley (1:57.21)
400-yard individual medley (4:07.42)
Angela Chokran 
100-yard breaststroke (1:00.22)
Alexandra Deloof 
100-yard backstroke (52.84 seconds)
Zoe Mattingly  
100-yard backstroke (52.81 seconds)
Marni Oldershaw 
200-yard individual medley (1:57.11)
400-yard individual medley (4:08.50)

MINNESOTA
Tess Behrens
  
100-yard backstroke (52.91 seconds)
Samantha Harding  
500-yard freestyle (4:38.05)
400-yard individual medley (4:10.22)
1,650-yard freestyle (15:58.12)
Kiera Janzen  
500-yard freestyle (4:39.77)
200-yard freestyle (1:45.22)
1,650-yard freestyle (16:05.38)
Jessica Plant  
200-yard freestyle (1:45.22)
Tori Simenec  
200-yard individual medley (1:57.84)
100-yard butterfly (52.63 seconds)
200-yard freestyle (1:45.39)
Breanne Siwicki  
400-yard individual medley (4:10.17)
1,650-yard freestyle (16:11.32)
Kierra Smith  
200-yard individual medley (1:57.80)
100-yard breaststroke (59.80 seconds)
200-yard breaststroke (2:06.43)
Rebecca Weiland 
50-yard freestyle (22.21 seconds)
100-yard butterfly (52.11 seconds)

NORTHWESTERN
Lauren Abruzzo
  
1,650-yard freestyle (16:10.40)

OHIO STATE
Lindsey Clary
  
1,650-yard freestyle (16:17.14)
Alexandra Norris 
500-yard freestyle (4:39.85)
200-yard freestyle (1:45.18)
1,650-yard freestyle (16:18.64)
Ashley Vance  
200-yard individual medley (1:56.91)
Taylor Vargo  
200-yard breaststroke (2:10.35)
Michelle Williams 
100-yard freestyle (48.39 seconds)

PENN STATE
Alyson Ackman
  
200-yard freestyle (1:44.04)
100-yard butterfly (48.01 seconds)
Mackenzie Powers 
100-yard butterfly (51.56 seconds)
100-yard backstroke (52.19 seconds)
Melissa Rodriguez 
100-yard breaststroke (1:00.25)
200-yard backstroke (2:09.54)
Kathryn Rowe  
200-yard butterfly (1:55.34)
Gabrielle Shishkoff 
500-yard freestyle (4:42.51)
400-yard individual medley (4:09.00)
Megan Siverling  
1,650-yard freestyle (16:15.88)
Katelyn Sowinski 
200-yard butterfly (1:56.57)
Chelsea Weedman 
400-yard individual medley (4:12.63)

PURDUE
Francesca Marr
  
200-yard breaststroke (2:10.39)
Carly Mercer  
100-yard freestyle (48.43 seconds)
Rhiannon Sheets 
200-yard freestyle (1:46.03)

WISCONSIN
Ivy Martin
  
50-yard freestyle (21.58 seconds)
100-yard butterfly (52.80 seconds)
100-yard freestyle (47.78 seconds)
Rebecka Palm  
100-yard butterfly (52.62 seconds)

100 Days of the Big Ten Medal of Honor: Day 3

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Big Ten Medal of Honor winners share a special bond, none more than Wisconsin's 1985 winners, Cathy Branta and John Easker. Branta and Easker were an engaged couple when they ran on the Badgers' cross country and track & field teams, both producing illustrious careers. Branta won 11 Big Ten track & field titles, was a three-time cross country champion (1982-84) and the conference's first national champion in cross country (1984). Easker was a four-time Big Ten track & field title winner and the 1983 conference cross country champion. Both still hold Big Ten records, Branta in the 1,500-meter run and two-mile run and Easker in the 10,000-meter run. Nowadays, the couple is married and operate a dairy farm outside Wausau, Wis.

Wednesday's Results

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Northern Colorado 9, Nebraska 2
Fresno State 12, Penn State 3

Ohio State Comes Up Short at Cal

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Wednesday, March 12
California 2, Ohio State 1

Men's Swimming & Diving NCAA Championship Qualifiers

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The NCAA Division I Men's and Women's Swimming & Diving Committee announced Tuesday the participants in the 2014 NCAA Division I Men's Swimming & Diving Championships. The championships will be held March 27-29 at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center in Austin, Texas. A list of 39 Big Ten men's qualifiers, including event and time, can be found below.

INDIANA
Cody Miller
  
200-yard individual medley (1:43.40)
100-yard breaststroke (51.99 seconds)
200-yard breaststroke (1:52.58)
Eric Ress  
200-yard individual medley (1:42.95)
100-yard backstroke (45.25 seconds)
200-yard backstroke (1:38.89)
Stephen Schmuhl 
200-yard individual medley (1:42.05)
400-yard individual medley (3:43.55)
200-yard butterfly (1:43.33)
James Wells  
100-yard backstroke (46.21 seconds)
200-yard backstroke (1:41.33

IOWA
Dustin Rhoads
  
100-yard backstroke (46.53 seconds)

MICHIGAN
Hassaan Abdel Khalik
 
500-yard freestyle (4:15.11)
200-yard freestyle (1:34.71)
Dylan Bosch  
200-yard individual medley (1:41.66)
400-yard individual medley (3:39.07)
200-yard butterfly (1:40.37)
Peter Brumm  
100-yard butterfly (46.28 seconds)
Richard Funk  
100-yard breaststroke (51.75 seconds)
200-yard breaststroke (1:53.49)
Justin Glanda  
200-yard freestyle (1:33.98)
Connor Jaeger  
500-yard freestyle (4:12.52)
1,650-yard freestyle (14:34.19)
Ryutaro Kamiya  
400-yard individual medley (3:44.11)
200-yard backstroke (1:42.17)
Anders Nielsen  
500-yard freestyle (4:14.66)
200-yard freestyle (1:33.52)
1,650-yard freestyle (14:47.88)
Bruno Ortiz  
50-yard freestyle (19.46 seconds)
100-yard breaststroke (51.92 seconds)
100-yard freestyle (42.67 seconds)
Sean Ryan  
500-yard freestyle (4:16.13)
1,650-yard freestyle (14:58.27)
Kyle Whitaker  
200-yard individual medley (1:41.14)
400-yard individual medley (3:38.51)
200-yard butterfly (1:41.90)
John Wojciechowski 
100-yard butterfly (46.25 seconds)
Michael Wynalda 
500-yard freestyle (4:13.91)
200-yard freestyle (1:32.14)

MINNESOTA
Jakub Maly
  
400-yard individual medley (3:44.85)
Clayton Smith  
1,650-yard freestyle (14:56.18)
Derek Toomey  
50-yard freestyle (19.05 seconds)
100-yard freestyle (42.42 seconds)
Kyler Van Swol  
100-yard butterfly (46.16 seconds)

NORTHWESTERN
Jordan Wilimovsky
 
1,650-yard freestyle (14:42.99)

OHIO STATE
Michael Disalle
  
200-yard freestyle (1:33.51)
100-yard freestyle (42.95 seconds)
Joshua Fleagle  
200-yard freestyle (1:34.14)
Tamas Gercsak  
400-yard inidivdual medley (3:44.98)
Connor McDonald 
100-yard backstroke (46.57 seconds)
200-yard backstroke (1:40.74)
Matt McHugh  
100-yard butterfly (46.20 seconds)
Tim Phillips  
100-yard butterfly (45.57 seconds)
Garrett Trebilcock 
100-yard backstroke (45.92 seconds)
Steven Zimmerman  
200-yard backstroke (1:41.66)

PENN STATE
Nicholas Ankosko
 
500-yard freestyle (4:17.65)
Shane Ryan  
50-yard freestyle (19.36 seconds)
100-yard backstroke (45.13 seconds)
100-yard freestyle (42.08 seconds)
Nathaniel Savoy  
100-yard backstroke (45.61 seconds)
200-yard backstroke (1:41.23)

PURDUE
Guillermo Blanco
 
400-yard individual medley (3:44.32)
Lyam Dias  
100-yard breaststroke (52.49 seconds)
200-yard breaststroke (1:53.06)

WISCONSIN
Nicholas Caldwell
 
500-yard freestyle (4:15.81)
200-yard freestyle (1:34.10)
1,650-yard freestyle (15:02.16)
Nicholas Schafer 
100-yard breaststroke (52.88 seconds)
200-yard breaststroke (1:55.12)
Andrew teDuits  
100-yard backstroke (46.40 seconds)
200-yard backstroke (1:39.84)

Eighty-two Big Ten wrestlers are among the field of 330 competitors at the NCAA Wrestling Championships, the selection committee announced on Wednesday. The Big Ten contingent is made up of 59 seeded wrestlers, including five No. 1 seeds.

The 2014 NCAA Championships are set for March 20-22 at the Chesapeake Energy Center in Oklahoma City, Okla. The complete release from the NCAA, along with brackets and at-large qualifiers, can be found HERE. The complete breakdown of Big Ten wrestlers, along with their seed, competing in the NCAA Championships can be found below.

125
Jesse Delgado, ILL (1)
Cory Clark, IOWA (8)
Conor Youtsey, MICH
Tim Lambert, NEB (12)
Nick Roberts, OSU
Nico Megaludis, PSU (3)
Ryan Taylor, WIS (7)

133
Zane Richards, ILL (14)
Tony Ramos, IOWA (3)
Rossi Bruno, MICH
David Thorn, MINN (8)
Dom Malone, NU
Johnni DiJulius, OSU (9)
Jimmy Gulibon, PSU
Cashe Quiroga, PUR (7)
Tyler Graff, WIS (5)

141
Steven Rodrigues, ILL
Josh Dziewa, IOWA
Steve Dutton, MICH (13)
Chris Dardanes, MINN (6)
Logan Stieber, OSU (2)
Zain Retherford, PSU (3)
Danny Sabatello, PUR

149
Brody Grothus, IOWA (13)
Eric Grajales, MICH (9)
Nick Dardanes, MINN (2)
Jake Sueflohn, NEB (6)
Jason Tsirtsis, NU (5)
Ian Paddock, OSU
James English, PSU
Rylan Lubeck, WIS

157
Zach Brunson, ILL (16)
Taylor Walsh, IND (11)
Derek St. John, IOWA (2)
Brian Murphy, MICH
Dylan Ness, MINN (9)
James Green, NEB (1)
Dylan Alton, PSU (13)
Isaac Jordan, WIS (5)

165
Jackson Morse, ILL (12)
Ryan Leblanc, IND
Nick Moore, IOWA (5)
Dan Yates, MICH (13)
Dan Zilverberg, MINN (15)
Austin Wilson, NEB
Pierce Harger, NU (7)
David Taylor, PSU (1)

174
Tony Dallago, ILL
Mike Evans, IOWA (4)
Logan Storley, MINN (6)
Robert Kokesh, NEB (3)
Mark Martin, OSU (14)
Matt Brown, PSU (5)
Scott Liegel, WIS

184
Lazarus Reyes, ILL
Luke Sheridan, IND
Ethen Lofthouse, IOWA (5)
Domenic Abounader, MICH (9)
John Rizqallah, MSU (14)
Kevin Steinhaus, MINN (7)
Tim Dudley, NEB (8)
Kenny Courts, OSU (10)
Ed Ruth, PSU (2)
Jackson Hein, WIS

197
Mario Gonzalez, ILL
Nathan Burak, IOWA (11)
Scott Schiller, MINN (4)
Alex Polizzi, NU (16)
Nick Heflin, OSU (1)
Morgan McIntosh, PSU (3)
Braden Atwood, PUR (15)
Tim McCall, WIS

285
Adam Chalfant, IND (3)
Bobby Telford, IOWA (5)
Adam Coon, MICH (4)
Mike McClure, MSU (7)
Tony Nelson, MINN (1)
Collin Jensen, NEB
Mike McMullan, NU (6)
Nick Tavanello, OSU
Jon Gingrich, PSU (14)
Connor Medbery, WIS (9)

Ten Big Ten Standouts Named NABC All-District

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The National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) released its All-District Teams on Wednesday, with 10 Big Ten standouts being named to the District 7 first and second Teams.

The list of Big Ten players garnering All-District recognition is below:

District 7
First Team
Nik Stauskas, Michigan
Terran Pettaway, Nebraska
Gary Harris, Michigan State
Roy Devyn Marble, Iowa
Yogi Ferrell, Indiana

Second Team
Adreian Payne, Michigan State
Drew Crawford, Northwestern
D.J. Newbill, Penn State
Aaron Craft, Ohio State
Keith Appling, Michigan State

The 2014 Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament will tip-off from Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Thursday with four quarterfinal contests.


Five Teams Appear in Top 25 of Coaches Poll

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Five Big Ten teams appear in the top 25 of the latest USA Today Coaches Poll, which was released on Tuesday. Following its Big Ten Tournament title, Nebraska leads all conference squads at No. 12, up three spots from a week ago, while Penn State checks in at No. 15 and Purdue appears at No. 19. Michigan State and Iowa round out the top 25, with the Spartans ranked 24th and the Hawkeyes are No. 25.

Wednesday's Schedule

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Northern Colorado at Nebraska, 2:30 p.m.
Penn State at Fresno State, 9:30 p.m.

All times are ET

In The Polls

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Seven Big Ten women's tennis teams appear in the latest ITA College Tennis Rankings, released on Tuesday. Northwestern leads all conference squads in the rankings, coming in at No. 9. Michigan joins Northwestern in the top 15, checking in at No. 13, followed by Purdue (No. 31), Indiana (No. 44), Illinois (No. 48), Ohio State (No. 56) and Iowa (No. 70).

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

Singles
7. Emina Bektas, MICH
20. Ronit Yurovsky, MICH
32. Belinda Niu, NU
36. Veronica Corning, NU
T86. Ruth Seaborne, IOWA
98. Brooke Bolender, MICH
103. Sarah Lee, MICH
109. Sophie Garre, IND
116. Gabriella De Santis, OSU
118. Jillian Rooney, NU

Doubles

18. Brooke Bolender/Emina Bektas, MICH
43. Krisztina Kapitany/Mara Schmidt, PUR
45. Ronit Yurovsky/Sarah Lee, MICH
47. Veronica Corning/Alicia Barnett, NU
62. Maddie Lipp/Nida Hamilton, NU
75. Sarah Lee/Amy Zhu, MICH
78. Manon Peri/Belinda Niu, NU

For the complete polls, click here.

In The Polls

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Eleven Big Ten men's tennis teams appear in the latest ITA College Tennis Rankings, released on Tuesday. Ohio State claimed the No. 1 spot for the fourth consecutive week. Illinois (No. 6), Northwestern (No. 26) and Penn State (No. 27) joined Ohio State in the top 30, followed by Purdue (No. 40) and Michigan (No. 41) in the top 50. Minnesota checks in at No. 51, with Nebraska (No. 56), Iowa (No. 57), Wisconsin (No. 58) and Indiana (No. 59) also within the top 60.

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

Singles
7. Jared Hiltzik, ILL
9. Peter Kobelt, OSU
17. Farris Gosea, ILL
39. Raleigh Smith, NU
42. Tim Kopinski, ILL
47. Leonard Stakhovsky, PSU
61. Sam Monette, IND
T72. Leandro Toledo, MINN
88. Hunter Callahan, OSU
100. Sam Shropshire, NU
112. Alex Petrone, MICH
120. Herkko Pollanen, OSU

Doubles
3. Tim Kopinski/Ross Guignon, ILL
4. Peter Kobelt/Kevin Metka, OSU
16. Mathieu Froment/Jack Hamburg, MINN
22. Barrett Franks/Alex Buzzi, MICH
35. Mihir Kumar/Raleigh Smith, NU
44. Sam Monette/Daniel Bednarczyk, IND
45. Russell Bader/Leonard Stakhovsky, PSU
48. Jared Hiltzik/Alex Jesse, ILL
52. Shaun Bernstein/Kevin Wong, MICH

For the complete polls, click here.
Three former Big Ten student-athletes have been tabbed as finalists for the 2014 James E. Sullivan Award, the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) announced on Monday. Kelsey Robinson (Nebraska-volleyball), John Urschel (Penn State-football) and David Boudia (Purdue-diving) are three of the 19 nominees for the award that honors the nation's outstanding amateur athlete. The Sullivan Award has been presented annually since 1930 and is based on character, leadership and sportsmanship.

A public vote will account for one-third of the athlete's overall score, to vote click here. Voting will remain open until March 23 at 11:59 ET. Three finalists will be named no later than March 28 and the winner will be announced at an awards ceremony on Friday, April 11 at the AAU National Headquarters in Orlanda, Fla.


100 Days of the Big Ten Medal of Honor: Day 2

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Four Big Ten Medal of Honor winners recently competed at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Minnesota's Anne Schleper (2012) won the silver medal as part of Team USA's women's ice hockey squad while Gophers teammate Noora Raty (2013) competed for Finland. The duo helped lead the Gophers to the 2012 NCAA Championship and are both three-time Academic All-Big Ten honorees. Michigan's Carl Hagelin (2011) also earned a silver medal as a member of Sweden's men's ice hockey team. Hagelin is a two-time conference champion (2008, 2011) and three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection. Wisconsin's Carla MacLeod (2005), who was an assistant coach for Japan's women's ice hockey team, was an All-American in 2004.

Tuesday's Results

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Indiana 7, Kentucky 2
Nebraska 10, Northern Colorado 2
Oregon State 4, Ohio State 3
Fresno State 13, Penn State 3
Eleven Big Ten players and coaches from seven different schools were named All-District selections by the United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) on Tuesday, including a pair of individual award winners.

Michigan's Nik Stauskas was named the District V Player of the Year, while Wolverine head coach John Beilein was tabbed the district's Coach of the Year.

Below is a full list of Big Ten All-District honorees, according to the USBWA.

DISTRICT V

PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Nik Stauskas, Michigan

COACH OF THE YEAR
John Beilein, Michigan

Aaron Craft, Ohio State
Sam Dekker, Wisconsin
Yogi Ferrell, Indiana
Gary Harris, Michigan State
Frank Kaminsky, Wisconsin
Caris LeVert, Michigan
Adreian Payne, Michigan State
Nik Stauskas, Michigan

DISTRICT VI
Roy Devyn Marble, Iowa
Terran Petteway, Nebraska


Big Ten Softball in the Polls

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The ESPN.com/USA Softball and USA Today/NFCA Coaches top 25 polls were released on Tuesday, and Big Ten softball was well-represented with four teams among the top 25 of both national polls.

In the USA Softball poll, Michigan was ranked No. 7, followed by No. 14 Nebraska and No. 21 Minnesota. In the coaches' ballot, Michigan was ranked No. 8, followed by No. 17 Nebraska, No. 18 Minnesota and No. 25 Northwestern. Northwestern also received votes in both national polls for the second consecutive week.

Ranking the Wrestlers

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Big Ten wrestling boasts 65 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
11. Ohio State
12. Wisconsin
13. Michigan
15. Northwestern
18. Illinois
19. Indiana
T34. Michigan State
36.. Purdue

125
2. Jesse Delgado, ILL
3. Nico Megaludis, PSU
6. Ryan Taylor, WIS
7. Cory Clark, IOWA
11. Tim Lambert, NEB
20. Nick Roberts, OSU

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

141

2. Logan Stieber, OSU
3. Zain Retherford, PSU
5. Chris Dardanes, MINN
6. Steve Dutton, MICH
13. Josh Dziewa, IOWA

149
4. Jason Tsirtsis, NU
5. Nick Dardanes, MINN
6. Jake Sueflohn, NEB
7. Eric Grajales, MICH
11. Brody Grothus, IOWA
17. James English, PSU
18. Ian Paddock, OSU

157
2. James Green, NEB
3. Derek St. John, IOWA
5. Isaac Jordan, WIS
6. Dylan Ness, MINN
7. Taylor Walsh, IND
10. Brian Murphy, MICH
13. Dylan Alton, PSU

165
1. David Taylor, PSU
4. Nick Moore, IOWA
9. Pierce Harger, NU
11. Jackson Morse, ILL
12. Dan Yates, MICH
16. Danny Zilverberg, MINN

174
3. Robert Kokesh, NEB
5. Matt Brown, PSU
4. Mike Evans, IOWA
6. Logan Storley, MINN
15. Mark Martin, OSU
19. Tony Dallago, ILL
20. Scott Liegel, WIS

184

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

197
3. Nick Heflin, OSU
4. Morgan McIntosh, PSU
5. Scott Schiller, MINN
11. Nathan Burak, IOWA
12. Braden Atwood, PUR
13. Alex Polizzi, NU

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









All Seven Big Ten Teams Ranked in Latest GymInfo Poll

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All seven Big Ten men's gymnastics squads are ranked in the latest GymInfo Top 15 poll, including six among the top 10. Michigan leads the way for the conference at No. 3, followed by No. 4 Ohio State, No. 5 Minnesota and No. 6 Illinois. Iowa checks in at No. 7, Penn State is ranked No. 8 and Nebraska rounds out the Big Ten's representation at No. 12.

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Three Big Ten Women's Indoor Track & Field squads are ranked in the latest USTFCCCA poll, released on Tuesday. Penn State leads conference teams at No. 12, while Michigan State checks in at No. 19 and Purdue is ranked No. 22.

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Six Big Ten Men's Indoor Track & Field squads appear in the latest USTFCCCA poll, released on Tuesday, which is the most among all conferences. Wisconsin leads conference teams, coming in at No. 4, followed by No. 8 Penn State, No. 14 Nebraska, No. 17 Ohio State, No. 21 Purdue and No. 22 Michigan State.

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Tuesday's Schedule

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Kentucky at Indiana, 4 p.m.
Northern Colorado at Nebraska, 2:30 p.m.
Ohio State at Oregon State, 8:30 p.m.
Penn State at Fresno State, 9:30 p.m.

Four Teams Ranked in Top 25

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