April 2014 Archives

Wednesday's Results

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Illinois 10, Southern Illinois 1
Indiana 16, Miami (Ohio) 1
Nebraska 4, Nebraska-Omaha 1
Northern Illinois 4, Northwestern 0
Louisville 7, Ohio State 3

Wednesday's Softball Results

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Indiana, Nebraska, Ohio State and Wisconsin earned wins on Wednesday's Big Ten softball slate, with the Huskers and Badgers splitting a doubleheader in Madison.

Wednesday, April 30
#19/19 Nebraska def. rv/rv Wisconsin, 12-0 (5 innings) (Game 1)
rv/rv Wisconsin 6, #19/19 Nebraska 4 (Game 2)
Indiana 5, Valparaiso 0 (resumption of March 1 game in Tucson, Ariz.)
Indiana 8, Valparaiso (5)
Northern Iowa 9, Iowa 8
rv/rv DePaul 9, rv/rv Northwestern 3
Ohio State 5, Pittsburgh 1

Rankings are USA Softball/NFCA Coaches

Wednesday's Schedule

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Southern Illinois at Illinois, 6 p.m.
Indiana at Miami (Ohio), 6 p.m.
Nebraska at Nebraska-Omaha, 7:30 p.m.
Northwestern at Northern Illinois, 7:30 p.m.
Ohio State at Louisville, 6 p.m.
Mount St. Mary's at Penn State, 6:30 p.m.

All times are ET and schedule subject to change

Wednesday's Softball Schedule

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Seven games are on Wednesday's Big Ten softball slate, including Wisconsin hosting Nebraska in a key conference doubleheader to be carried on BTN.

Wednesday, April 30
#19/19 Nebraska at rv/rv Wisconsin, 2 p.m. (BTN)
Valparaiso at Indiana, 4 p.m.
#19/19 Nebraska at rv/rv Wisconsin, 4 p.m. (BTN)
rv/rv Northwestern at rv/rv DePaul, 5 p.m.
Valparaiso at Indiana, 6 p.m.
Pittsburgh at Ohio State, 6 p.m.
Northern Iowa at Iowa, 7:30 p.m. (BTDN)

All times Eastern
Rankings are USA Softball/NFCA Coaches

100 Days of the Big Ten Medal of Honor: Indiana Honorees

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As the Big Ten continues to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Big Ten Medal of Honor, senior student-athletes Meghan Lappan and Ryan LeBlanc were named the 2013-14 Big Ten Medal of Honor recipients for Indiana University, which were announced at the Spirit of Indiana Showcase at the IU Auditorium. Lappan is a member of the water polo team, while LeBlanc is a standout on Indiana's wrestling team.

For the full release, click here.

Tuesday's Results

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Michigan 3, Oakland 1
Purdue 8, Illinois State 6

Tuesday's Schedule

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Milwaukee at Iowa, 7 p.m.
Oakland at Michigan, 4 p.m.
Purdue at Illinois State, 7 p.m.

All times are ET and schedule subject to change

In The Polls

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Two Big Ten Women's Outdoor Track & Field teams appear in the latest USTFCCCA poll, released on Tuesday. Penn State checks in at No. 18, while Michigan is ranked No. 20.

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In The Polls

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Four Big Ten Men's Outdoor Track & Field squads appear in the latest USTFCCCA poll, released on Tuesday. Nebraska leads conference teams at No. 11 and is followed by No. 14 Illinois, No. 18 Wisconsin and No. 19 Penn State.

For the complete poll, click here.

Indiana Continues Climb in National Rankings

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Indiana is ranked among the top 20 in the latest national rankings released by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, Collegiate Baseball Newspaper, Baseball America and USA Today. The Hoosiers climbed in each of the rankings, moving up two places to No. 11 in the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper poll, three spots to No. 15 in the Baseball America standings, places to No. 19 in the NCBWA rankings and two spots to No. 22 in the USA Today poll. Nebraska is among other teams also receiving votes in the NCBWA standings.

As the Big Ten continues to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Big Ten Medal of Honor, senior student-athletes Vanessa DiBernardo and Nathan Scheelhaase were named the 2013-14 Big Ten Medal of Honor recipients for the University of Illinois, which were announced on Monday evening at the Fighting Illini All-Sports Celebration. DiBernardo is a member of the women's soccer team and Scheelhaase is a quarterback on Illinois' football team.

For the complete release, click here.

As the Big Ten continues to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Big Ten Medal of Honor, senior student-athletes Matt Friede and Casey Matthews were named the 2013-14 Big Ten Medal of Honor recipients for Purdue University, which were announced on Sunday evening at the second annual Golden Pete Awards in Loeb Playhouse. Friede is a member of the men's swimming team and Matthews was a standout on the Boilermakers' women's diving squad.

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Sunday's Results

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Indiana 11, Illinois 3
The Indiana Hoosiers (28-12, 13-2 Big Ten) collected 15 hits and scored 11 runs on their way to the 11-3 victory over Illinois (23-17, 10-5 Big Ten) to win the weekend series. Brian Korte pitched five innings and struck out a career-high six to earn his first win of the season. The game was called in the top of the ninth inning after a 90-minute weather delay. Casey Rodrigue posted a three-hit day and scored two runs out of the leadoff spot and Brad Hartong matched him with three hits of his own to drive in a pair of runs. Hartong had seven hits in the three game series. Sam Travis registered two hits, including his seventh home run of the year and also scored three runs. Kyle Schwarber had just one hit but drove in three and scored a pair of runs. Scott Donley went deep for his fifth home run - a two-run homer in the top of the first inning. RECAP

Michigan 7, Nebraska 5
The University of Michigan baseball team held Nebraska to four hits on the game and put up crooked numbers in three separate innings in a 7-5 win on Sunday afternoon at the Wilpon Complex, home of Ray Fisher Stadium. The Wolverines pick up the win in the series finale to move back to .500 in the Big Ten this season. Benedetti was 3-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored. Maezes added two hits and two runs. Kelly drove in four runs for Nebraska. Fifth-year senior Logan McAnallen earned his second win in as many appearances, striking out three and allowing just one hit with two earned runs in 5.1 innings pitched. RECAP

Michigan State 15, Northwestern 3
The Michigan State baseball team finished off its weekend sweep of Northwestern with an exclamation point, pounding the Wildcats, 15-3, on Sunday afternoon at McLane Baseball Stadium. Joel Fisher and Blaise Salter both had three RBIs, while starting pitcher Cam Vieaux struck out five and yielded five hits in six-complete innings to earn the win. With the three-game sweep, MSU improved to 24-17 overall and 8-7 in Big Ten play. "It was a big weekend for us. I thought our guys really answered the bell after a tough series last weekend, so they deserve some credit," said MSU head coach Jake Boss Jr. "I thought we got better as the weekend progressed and that's a good sign. We put together some big at-bats today and hit a lot of balls hard." RECAP

Ohio State 11, Purdue 2
The Ohio State baseball team cruised to an 11-2 series-clinching victory over Purdue Sunday afternoon at Alexander Field. With the win, the Buckeyes improve to 25-19, 6-9 in the Big Ten, while the Boilermakers fall to 11-29, 5-10 in conference play. "I like where we're at as a team right now," Ohio State head coach Greg Beals said. "We had a tough stretch to open Big Ten play. We've bounced back the last two Big Ten series and I like how we bounced back this weekend. After an extra-inning loss Friday it was good to come back and win the last two games on the road to take the series." Greve picked up the win to improve to 5-3 on the year while Dressler suffered the loss, falling to 2-2. Kuhn, Gretz and Nennig each tallied two-hit games while Gretz tied his career best with three RBI. RECAP

Sunday's Softball Results

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Iowa, Nebraska and Ohio State picked up wins on Sunday's Big Ten softball slate. The Huskers extended their winning streak to 10 games, while the Buckeyes won their fifth straight and completed a three-game sweep over nationally ranked Northwestern.

Sunday, April 27
#19/19 Nebraska 8, Michigan State 0 (6 innings)
Iowa 3, Indiana 2
Ohio State 7, rv/#25 Northwestern 4

Rankings are USA Softball/NFCA Coaches

Sunday's Softball Schedule

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Three games wrap up the Big Ten softball weekend slate on Sunday, with Indiana hosting Iowa, Michigan State entertaining Nebraska and Ohio State playing host to Northwestern. The Huskers and Buckeyes will be eyeing series sweeps.

Sunday, April 27
#19/19 Nebraska at Michigan State, Noon (BTN)
Iowa at Indiana, 1 p.m.
rv/#25 Northwestern at Ohio State, 1 p.m. (BTDN)

All times Eastern
Rankings are USA Softball/NFCA Coaches

100 Days of the Big Ten Medal of Honor: Day 48

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Michigan State's Danton Cole (1989, hockey)
Cole, who earned the Big Ten Medal of Honor in 1989, tallied 163 points (69 goals, 94 assists) in 180 career games for the Spartans. As a freshman in 1985-86, Cole registered 21 points (11 goals, 10 assists) as Michigan State won its second NCAA title. After posting a career-high 62 points (29 goals, 33 assists) as a senior, the Lansing, Mich., native launched a National Hockey League career that included more than 300 games. He is currently the head coach of the U.S. National Team Development Program Under-18 team.

Saturday's Results

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Illinois 2, Indiana 1
Junior starter John Kravetz led Illinois to a 2-1 victory over No. 24 Indiana on Saturday, evening the series at Illinois Field and ending the Hoosiers' 10-game conference winning streak. Kravetz shined with one run over 7.1 innings and the bullpen closed out the Illini's eighth one-run win, with sophomore Tyler Jay collecting his seventh save. "That was a great college baseball game," head coach Dan Hartleb said. "You had two great teams that played well and we were fortunate to come out on top. John Kravetz was outstanding and our bullpen came in and did a great job. The right side of our infield also made diving plays at crucial times." RECAP

Nebraska 3, Michigan 1
The Nebraska baseball team improved to 10-4 in Big Ten play on Saturday afternoon at the Wilpon Complex with a 3-1 win over the Michigan Wolverines (18-24-1, 8-9 Big Ten). Now 28-16 overall on the year, the Huskers have won seven straight road games and will go for a sweep of the Wolverines tomorrow afternoon. Nebraska starter Chance Sinclair improved to 6-1 on the year and 3-0 in conference play, while Josh Roeder picked up his ninth save of the season with a perfect ninth inning in the win. Ryan Boldt, Pat Kelly and Austin Darby all had two hits on the day, with Kelly notching his 50th career multi-hit game. RECAP

Minnesota 4, Penn State 0 (Game 1); Minnesota 12, Penn State 0 (Game 2)
The University of Minnesota (22-16, 9-9 Big Ten) shut out Penn State in both games of a Saturday doubleheader against Penn State to sweep the series. In game one, Ben Meyer pitched eight scoreless innings in the first game of the doubleheader. He struck out eight batters, walked one and gave up eight hits while improving his record to 4-2. Toby Anderson finished the game for the Gophers, pitching a scoreless ninth. In game two, The Gophers poured on seven runs on seven hits in the first inning of the nightcap. Overall, eleven different Minnesota batters recorded at least one in the team's season-high total of 19. Twelve runs were more than enough run support for Neal Kunik, who struck out nine, walked three and scattered three hits in seven innings. RECAP

Michigan State 7, Northwestern 1
A great outing from starting pitcher Justin Alleman and an efficient offensive attack guided the Michigan State baseball team past Northwestern, 7-1, on Saturday afternoon at McLane Baseball Stadium. Alleman allowed just one run off four hits in 7 2/3 innings, while seven different Spartans picked up hits as MSU improved to 23-17 overall and pulled even at .500 in the Big Ten at 7-7. "Justin was lights-out," said MSU head coach Jake Boss Jr. "His stuff is really, really good and when he's in the strike zone consistently, he's tough to hit. He was as good as he's been all year today." RECAP

Ohio State 2, Purdue 0
Ryan Riga tossed 7.2 scoreless frames to lift the Ohio State baseball team over Purdue, 2-0, Saturday afternoon at Alexander Field. With the win, the Buckeyes improve to 24-19, 5-9 in the Big Ten, while the Boilermakers fall to 11-28, 5-9 in conference play. "We had a tough, 13-inning loss last night," Ohio State head coach Greg Beals said. "I thought we played well but came up a little short on the scoreboard. After the game, we knew we still had a chance to win the series and we got a great start out Riga today while executing as a team. We were hoping to get six innings and 80 pitches out of him but he had control of the game so we kept him in." RECAP

Non-Conference Results
Iowa 4, South Dakota State 3 (Game 1); Iowa 12, South Dakota State 3 (Game 2)
The University of Iowa baseball team closed out a three-game sweep of South Dakota State with a pair of victories Saturday at Duane Banks Field. The Hawkeyes scored the game-winning run in the bottom of the ninth to win the opener, 4-3, before downing the Jackrabbits, 12-3, in the night cap. "You'll take a sweep anytime, especially on the doubleheader day" said UI head coach Rick Heller. "That's not easy to do, especially after a night game. I'm proud of our guys and the effort they gave." RECAP

Saturday's Softball Results

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Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Ohio State and Wisconsin picked up wins on Saturday's Big Ten softball slate. The Badgers secured a three-game sweep with a victory over Purdue, collecting their school-record tying 13th consecutive win.

Saturday, April 26
#3/4 Michigan 10, Illinois 2 (6 innings)
#3/4 Michigan 6, Illinois 5
Indiana 9, Iowa 1 (5 innings)
#19/19 Nebraska 6, Michigan State 0
#13/12 Minnesota 16, Penn State 2 (5 innings) (Game 1)
#13/12 Minnesota 9, Penn State 0 (5 innings) (Game 2)
Ohio State 8, rv/#25 Northwestern 7
rv/rv Wisconsin 7, Purdue 3

Rankings are USA Softball/NFCA Coaches

Iowa, Michigan State and Rutgers wrapped up spring practice on Saturday with spring games or scrimmages. See below for short recaps for each school, along with links to full stories.

IOWA: The University of Iowa football team concluded its spring practices Saturday afternoon with the annual Spring Scrimmage. A crowd of 20,400 witnessed the offense defeat the defense by a score of 46-31. The event featured a unique scoring system which awarded the offense and defense points for a variety of plays. For the full recap, click this link

MICHIGAN STATE: The game was tied late in the fourth quarter, with the ball at midfield. It was only a spring game, but that's still a scenario Connor Cook embraces. Cook threw a two-yard touchdown pass to Josiah Price with 27 seconds left to lift the White team to a 20-13 victory over the Green team Saturday. Michigan State players drafted teams for the spring game earlier in the week, which made for a fairly competitive contest. For the full recap, click this link

RUTGERS: Led by 85 yards rushing and two touchdowns from sophomore running back Desmon Peoples, the White defeated Scarlet 21-0 Saturday at High Point Solutions Stadium in front of 11,500 fans. Senior quarterback Gary Nova also scored a rushing touchdown in the victory. For the full recap, click this link

 

Saturday's Softball Schedule

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Eight games are on Saturday's Big Ten softball slate, including a pair of doubleheaders in Champaign and Minneapolis. The Penn State-Minnesota nightcap can be seen live on BTN.

Saturday, April 26
#19/19 Nebraska at Michigan State, Noon
Penn State at #13/12 Minnesota, 12:30 p.m. (BTDN)
Iowa at Indiana, 1 p.m.
#3/4 Michigan at Illinois, 2 p.m. (BTDN)
rv/#25 Northwestern at Ohio State, 2 p.m. (BTDN)
Purdue at rv/rv Wisconsin, 2 p.m. (BTDN)
#3/4 Michigan at Illinois, 4 p.m.
Penn State at #13/12 Minnesota, 4:05 p.m. (BTN)

All times Eastern
Rankings are USA Softball/NFCA Coaches

100 Days of the Big Ten Medal of Honor: Day 47

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Current Big Ten hockey coaches
Michigan State's Kelly Miller (1984) and Wisconsin's Mike Eaves (1978) won the Big Ten Medal of Honor for their success on the ice, and both remain in Big Ten hockey. Miller is in his third season as the assistant coach for the Spartans' hockey team, while Eaves is in his 12th year at the helm for the Badgers. Miller scored 82 goals during his college career and helped Michigan State appear in four straight NCAA tournaments. Eaves helped lead Wisconsin to the 1977 national crown and is currently Wisconsin's career scoring leader with 267 points.

Friday's Results

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Indiana 9, Illinois 3
The Indiana Hoosiers (27-11, 12-1 Big Ten) scored in six different innings and went on to claim a 9-3 victory against Illinois (22-16, 9-4 Big Ten) in the first game of a three game series at Illinois Field. Senior pitcher Joey DeNato (9-1) went 8.0 innings and gave up three runs on 11 hits while striking out five on his way to the win. Luke Harrison recorded two strikeouts in the ninth to close things out. Indiana saw eight different players record at least one hit and have five players with two hits in the game. Brad Hartong led the way with two hits and three RBI, giving him eight RBI in his last two games. RECAP

Nebraska 6, Michigan 4
The Nebraska baseball team improved to 27-16 on year and 9-4 in Big Ten play with a series-opening 6-4 win on the road against the Michigan Wolverines (18-23-1, 8-8 Big Ten) on Friday night. The Huskers scored all six of their runs in the fourth inning off UM starter Evan Hill and held off a nine-inning charge by the Wolverines to pick up their sixth straight win on the road. Nebraska slugged 13 hits on the night, with four Huskers producing multi-hit games, including four of NU's first four batters. Michael Pritchard led the attack, going 2-for-4 with a double and three RBIs. RECAP

Minnesota 2, Penn State 1
Alec Crawford struck out a career-high nine batters as the University of Minnesota (20-17, 7-9 Big Ten) baseball team won its first night game at new Siebert Field. Minnesota defeated Penn State (17-21, 5-7 Big Ten) 2-1 in the teams' series opener. Crawford (4-1) gave up six hits, one run and three walks in a career-long eight-inning start. All nine batters he struck out went down swinging. RECAP

Michigan State 3, Northwestern 2
The Michigan State baseball team opened its three-game series with Northwestern by picking up a 3-2 win over the Wildcats on Friday afternoon at McLane Baseball Stadium. With MSU leading 3-1 heading into the top of the ninth inning, Northwestern loaded the bases and then pulled within a run off a sacrifice fly. With runners on first and second, closer Jeff Kinley was able to get a ground ball off the bat of Reid Hunter that resulted in a game-ending double play. "Jeff was able to bounce back there and, to his credit, was able to get a fly ball and a double play. We ended up winning it, so I'll take it," said MSU head coach Jake Boss Jr. RECAP

Purdue 4, Ohio State 3 (13)
Kyle Wood's walk-off single in the 13th-inning and Jeff Evak's game-tying, inside-the-park home run highlighted Purdue baseball's thrilling 4-3 victory against Ohio State Friday evening in the Boilermakers' seventh extra-innings affair of the season. Runs were only scored in the three of the 26 half innings played Friday evening. It was the longest game in the short history of Alexander Field, but already the sixth extra-innings affair in the 30 games at the second-year ballpark. Five of Purdue's last 11 games, including each of the last three Big Ten series openers, have gone extras. The Boilers improved to 3-4 in extra-innings games this year. RECAP

Non-Conference Results
Iowa 2, South Dakota State 1 (11)
Senior Taylor Zeutenhorst's bases-loaded RBI single propelled the University of Iowa baseball team to a 2-1 walk-off victory in 11 innings over South Dakota State on Friday night at Duane Banks Field. It is the Hawkeyes' third walk-off win this season. After leaving 13 bases runners stranded, including nine in scoring position, over the first 10 innings, the Hawkeye bats finally broke through for the game-winning run in the bottom of the 11th. Junior Nick Day started the inning by reaching on a hit by pitch before junior Eric Toole moved him into scoring position with a sacrifice bunt. Junior Jake Mangler followed with a bloop single down the right field line before South Dakota State intentionally walked Jake Yacinich to load the bases. Zeutenhorst followed by lacing a 1-0 pitch through the right side to send the Hawkeyes to the 2-1 victory. RECAP

Friday's Softball Results

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Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, Ohio State and Wisconsin picked up wins on Friday's Big Ten softball slate, with the Badgers completing a doubleheader sweep and Illinois recording a run rule win over first-place Michigan.

Friday, April 25
Illinois 10, #3/4 Michigan 2 (6 innings)
Iowa 1, Indiana 0
#19/19 Nebraska 2, Michigan State 0
Ohio State 3, rv/#25 Northwestern 1
#13/12 Minnesota 1, Penn State 0
rv/rv Wisconsin 2, Purdue 1 (Game 1)
rv/rv Wisconsin 6, Purdue 5 (Game 2)

Rankings are USA Softball/NFCA Coaches

Friday's Softball Schedule

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Six games are on Friday's Big Ten softball slate, with Illinois, Indiana, Michigan State, Minnesota, Ohio State and Wisconsin hosting conference foes. The lidlifter between Illinois and first-place Michigan will be televised on BTN.

Friday, April 25
Iowa at Indiana, 5 p.m.
#19/19 Nebraska at Michigan State, 5 p.m.
Purdue at rv/rv Wisconsin, 5 p.m. (BTDN)
rv/#25 Northwestern at Ohio State, 6 p.m. (BTDN)
Penn State at #13/12 Minnesota, 7 p.m. (BTDN)
#3/4 Michigan at Illinois, 8 p.m. (BTN)

All times Eastern
Rankings are USA Softball/NFCA Coaches

Weekend Schedule

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Northwestern at Michigan State
Game 1 - Friday, 3 p.m., BTDN (Mason, 1-2, 4.29 vs. VanVossen, 5-2, 2.89)
Game 2 - Saturday, Noon (Magallones, 2-5, 4.56 vs. Alleman, 4-1, 2.69)
Game 3 - Sunday, 1 p.m., BTDN (TBA vs. Vieaux, 5-3, 1.94)

Nebraska at Michigan
Game 1 - Friday, 6 p.m. (Deleon, 4-2, 2.52 vs. Hill, 2-4, 3.49)
Game 2 - Saturday, 2 p.m., BTDN (Sinclair, 5-1, 1.85 vs. Szkutnik, 0-5, 3.88)
Game 3 - Sunday, 1 p.m., BTDN (Bummer, 4-2, 4.59 vs. McAnallen, 2-3, 3.09)

Ohio State at Purdue
Game 1 - Friday, 6:30 p.m., BTDN (Tully, 4-2, 2.04 vs. Minch, 1-5, 5.03)
Game 2 - Saturday, 5:30 p.m., BTDN (Riga, 3-1, 3.52) vs. Downs, 2-4, 3.88)
Game 3 - Sunday, 1 p.m., BTDN (Greve, 4-3, 3.90 vs. TBA)

Indiana at Illinois
Game 1 - Friday, 7 p.m. (DeNato, 8-1, 2.12 vs. Johnson, 4-4, 2.30)
Game 2 - Saturday, 4 p.m. (Morris, 2-2, 2.45 vs. Kravetz, 4-1, 3.00)
Game 3 - Sunday, 2 p.m. (Korte, 0-0, 1.77 vs. Castellanos, 4-2, 4.43)

Penn State at Minnesota
Game 1 - Friday, 7:30 p.m. (Dunn, 2-0, 1.17 vs. Crawford, 3-1, 4.02)
Game 2 - Saturday, 7 p.m. (Jann, 1-5, 4.02 vs. Meyer, 3-2, 2.73)
Game 3 - Sunday, 2 p.m. (TBA vs. Kunik, 1-0, 1.69)

Non-Conference Schedule
South Dakota State at Iowa
Game 1 - Friday, 7 p.m., BTDN (Bray, 5-2, 2.26 vs. Mathews, 3-2, 2.86)
Game 2 - Saturday, 5 p.m. (Anderson, 1-4, 2.56 vs. Kuebel, 5-3, 5.11)
Game 3 - Sunday, 2 p.m., BTDN (Hodges, 5-3, 2.15 vs. Peyton, 4-0, 4.38)

All times are ET and schedule subject to change

100 Days of the Big Ten Medal of Honor: Day 46

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Minnesota's Lindsey Berg (2002, volleyball)
A 2002 recipient of the Big Ten Medal of Honor, Berg was a three-time All-Big Ten selection and three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree from 1999-2001. She led the conference in aces per game in each of her four years and finished her collegiate career second all-time in service aces (283) and third in assists (5,913) at Minnesota. After her Gopher career, Berg went on to compete for the U.S. National Team in three Olympic Games, helping the United States to silver medals in Beijing in 2008 and London in 2012. The Honolulu, Hawaii, native served as a team co-captain during the 2008 Olympic Games.

Weekend Schedule

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Thursday, April 24th
ILLINOIS, IOWA, MICHIGAN STATE, MINNESOTA, NEBRASKA, OHIO STATE, PURDUE, WISCONSIN at Drake Relays - Des Moines, IOWA
INDIANA, MICHIGAN, #16 PENN STATE, WISCONSIN at Penn Relays - Philadelphia, Pa.
MICHIGAN, MICHIGAN STATE at Gina Relays - Hillsdale, Mich.

Friday, April 25th
ILLINOIS, IOWA, MICHIGAN STATE, MINNESOTA, NEBRASKA, OHIO STATE, PURDUE, WISCONSIN at Drake Relays - Des Moines, IOWA
INDIANA, MICHIGAN, #16 PENN STATE, WISCONSIN at Penn Relays - Philadelphia, Pa.
MINNESOTA, NEBRASKA, WISCONSIN at Triton Invitational - San Diego, Calif.
MICHIGAN STATE at Ashland Alumni Open - Ashland, Ohio
MICHIGAN, MICHIGAN STATE at Gina Relays - Hillsdale, Mich.

Saturday, April 26th
ILLINOIS, IOWA, MICHIGAN STATE, MINNESOTA, NEBRASKA, OHIO STATE, PURDUE, WISCONSIN at Drake Relays - Des Moines, IOWA
INDIANA, MICHIGAN, #16 PENN STATE, WISCONSIN at Penn Relays - Philadelphia, Pa.
MINNESOTA, NEBRASKA, WISCONSIN at Triton Invitational - San Diego, Calif.
MICHIGAN STATE at Ashland Alumni Open - Ashland, Ohio
MICHIGAN, MICHIGAN STATE at Gina Relays - Hillsdale, Mich.


Weekend Schedule

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Thursday, April 24th
ILLINOIS, IOWA, MICHIGAN STATE, MINNESOTA, #12 NEBRASKA, PURDUE, #6 WISCONSIN at Drake Relays - Des Moines, IOWA
INDIANA, MICHIGAN, #19 PENN STATE at Penn Relays - Philadelphia, Pa.
MICHIGAN STATE at Gina Relays - Hillsdale, Mich.
MINNESOTA at MAC Twilight - St. Paul, Minn.

Friday, April 25th
ILLINOIS, IOWA, MICHIGAN STATE, MINNESOTA, #12 NEBRASKA, PURDUE, #6 WISCONSIN at Drake Relays - Des Moines, IOWA
INDIANA, MICHIGAN, #19 PENN STATE at Penn Relays - Philadelphia, Pa.
MICHIGAN, MINNESOTA, #12 NEBRASKA, #6 WISCONSIN at Triton Invitational - San Diego, Calif.
MICHIGAN STATE at Ashland Alumni Open - Ashland, Ohio
MICHIGAN STATE at Gina Relays - Hillsdale, Mich.
OHIO STATE at Arkansas State Red Wolves Open - Jonesboro, Ark.

Saturday, April 26th

ILLINOIS, IOWA, MICHIGAN STATE, MINNESOTA, #12 NEBRASKA, PURDUE, #6 WISCONSIN at Drake Relays - Des Moines, IOWA
INDIANA, MICHIGAN, #19 PENN STATE at Penn Relays - Philadelphia, Pa.
MICHIGAN, MINNESOTA, #12 NEBRASKA, #6 WISCONSIN at Triton Invitational - San Diego, Calif.
MICHIGAN STATE at Ashland Alumni Open - Ashland, Ohio
MICHIGAN STATE at Gina Relays - Hillsdale, Mich.
MINNESOTA at Gustavus Drake Alternative - St. Peter, Minn.
OHIO STATE at Arkansas State Red Wolves Open - Jonesboro, Ark.


Weekend Schedule

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Friday, April 25th
#10 Notre Dame, Rhode Island, Alabama at #13 INDIANA - Bloomington, Ind.

Saturday, April 26th
#10 Notre Dame, Rhode Island, Alabama at #13 INDIANA - Bloomington, Ind.
MICHIGAN STATE (rv) at #5 Virginia - Charlottesville, Va.

Sunday, April 27th

MINNESOTA (rv) at IOWA (rv) - Iowa City, Iowa

Weekly Award Wrap-Up

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Twenty-five Big Ten student-athletes in nine different sports collected awards from the conference office during the week of April 21. Below is the complete list of honorees.

Baseball
Player of the Week - Michael Handel, MINN
Co-Pitchers of the Week - Joey DeNato, IND & Jack Quigley, NU
Freshman of the Week - Ryne Roper, ILL

Men's Golf
Co-Golfers of the Week - Steven Ihm, IOWA & Jose Mendez, MINN

Women's Golf
Golfer of the Week - Kelly Grassel, MSU

Women's Rowing
Boat of the Week - First Varsity Eight, OSU (Aina Cid Centelles, Elodie Ravera-Scarramozzino, Eelkje Miedema, Ashley Bauer, Meghan Birkbeck, Catherine Shields, Holly Norton, Claire-Louise Bode and coxswain Victoria Lazur)

Softball
Co-Players of the Week - Taylor Edwards, NEB & Marisa Bast, NU
Pitcher of the Week - Kelly Smith, MSU
Freshman of the Week - Katy McJunkin, PUR

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

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

Men's Outdoor Track & Field

Track Athlete of the Week - Miles Ukaoma, NEB
Field Athlete of the Week - Babatunde Amosu, IOWA

Women's Outdoor Track & Field
Track Athlete of the Week - Leah O'Connor, MSU
Field Athlete of the Week - Dani Bunch, PUR

100 Days of the Big Ten Medal of Honor: Day 45

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Iowa's Kristin Johnson (2003, Softball)
A two-time NFCA All-American and Academic All-Big Ten selection, Johnson earned the Big Ten Medal of Honor in 2003. Johnson was a four-time All-Big Ten selection, including as a freshman in 2000, when she was the only player in the conference to be named a unanimous first-team All-Big Ten pick. She also collected first-team All-Big Ten plaudits as a senior in 2003 after being named a second-team NFCA All-American. Johnson, who was named Iowa's Golden Glove Winner in all four seasons, led the Hawkeyes to Big Ten Championships in 2001 and 2003. She was a member of the Academic All-Big Ten team in both her sophomore and junior seasons.

Wednesday's Results

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Missouri 5, Illinois 2
Indiana 10, Ball State 1
Northwestern 7, Chicago State 6
Purdue 5, Illinois-Chicago 3

Wednesday's Softball Results

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On Wednesday's Big Ten softball slate, Michigan and Purdue split their doubleheader in West Lafayette, while Ohio State swept visiting Penn State. Indiana pulled away from Louisville in a non-conference affair. 

Wednesday, April 23
Purdue 3, #3/4 Michigan 2 (Game 1)
#3/4 Michigan 11, Purdue 0 (6 innings) (Game 2)
Ohio State 3, Penn State 1 (Game 1)
Ohio State 3, Penn State 1 (Game 2)

Indiana 8, Louisville 3
Iowa 6, Iowa State 6 (ended in tie due to darkness)
Central Michigan 6, Michigan State 4

North Dakota at #13/12 Minnesota (Game 1) - CANCELED
North Dakota at #13/12 Minnesota (Game 2) - CANCELED
#19/19 Nebraska at Creighton - CANCELED

All times Eastern
Rankings are USA Softball/NFCA Coaches

In The Polls

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Ten Big Ten men's tennis teams appear in the latest ITA College Tennis Rankings, released on Tuesday. Ohio State, which clinched the outright Big Ten Championship last Friday, claimed the No. 2 spot this week. Illinois (No. 12) and Penn State (No. 24) joined Ohio State in the top 25, followed by Northwestern (No. 32), Purdue (No. 34) and Michigan (No. 43) in the top 50. Minnesota checks in at No. 55, with Michigan State (No. 61), Indiana (No. 67) and Nebraska (No. 69) also within the top 70.

Individually, 15 Big Ten men's tennis players and 10 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. Peter Kobelt, OSU
8. Jared Hiltzik, ILL
17. Farris Gosea, ILL
37. Leonard Stakhovsky, PSU
42. Leandro Toledo, MINN
46. Raleigh Smith, NU
56. Tim Kopinski, ILL
97. Herkko Pollanen, OSU
110. Dusty Boyer, NEB
111. Alex Petrone, MICH
113. Sam Monette, IND
117. Oskar Wikberg, WIS
120. Sam Shropshire, NU
123. Hunter Callahan, OSU
124. Jonas Dierckx, IOWA

Doubles
4. Peter Kobelt/Kevin Metka, OSU
5. Tim Kopinski/Ross Guignon, ILL
27. Mathieu Froment/Jack Hamburg, MINN
28. Mihir Kumar/Raleigh Smith, NU
32. Barrett Franks/Alex Buzzi, MICH
33. Russell Bader/Leonard Stakhovsky, PSU
53. Sam Monette/Daniel Bednarczyk, IND
57. Peter Kobelt/Ralf Steinbach, OSU
73. Ricky Medinilla/Szymon Tatarczyk, PUR
90. Farris Gosea/Alex Jesse, ILL

For the complete polls, click here.

Wednesday's Schedule

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Illinois vs. Missouri, 7:30 p.m. (Busch Stadium, St. Louis)
Ball State at Indiana, 6 p.m., BTDN
Iowa at Creighton, 7:30 p.m.
Hamline at Minnesota, 5 p.m.
Chicago Stat at Northwestern, 4 p.m., BTDN
Illinois-Chicago at Purdue, 5 p.m., BTDN

All times are ET and schedule subject to change

Michigan's Jacob Cronenworth and Nebraska's Zach Hirsch were named to the 2014 NCBWA Stopper of the Year Midseason Watch List, given annually to the nation's top relief pitcher. Cronenworth has pitched 18.1 innings in 12 appearances, carries a 1.96 ERA and eight saves for the Wolverines this season, tied for the most in the Big Ten. Hirsch has made 19 relief appearances this season for the Huskers, touting a 1.44 ERA, a 4-1 record and 36/8 strikeout-to-walk ratio this year.

In The Polls

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Eight Big Ten women's tennis teams appear in the latest ITA College Tennis Rankings, released on Tuesday. Northwestern leads all conference squads in the rankings, coming in at No. 16. Michigan joins Northwestern in the top 20, checking in at No. 17, followed by Ohio State (No. 36), Illinois (No. 37), Purdue (No. 41) and Indiana (No. 48) in the top 50. Minnesota (No. 65) and Michigan State (No. 75) round out the Big Ten contingent.

Individually, eight Big Ten women'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
10. Emina Bektas, MICH
22. Ronit Yurovsky, MICH
37. Veronica Corning, NU
41. Belinda Niu, NU
81. Gabriella De Santis, OSU
89. Ruth Seaborne, IOWA
124. Sarah Lee, MICH
125. Amy Zhu, MICH

Doubles

17. Brooke Bolender/Emina Bektas, MICH
28. Veronica Corning/Alicia Barnett, NU
33. Ronit Yurovsky/Sarah Lee, MICH
58. Krisztina Kapitany/Mara Schmidt, PUR
64. Grainne O'Neill/Noelle Malley, OSU
75. Erin Faulkner/Marina Bohrer, MSU
80. Ronit Yurovsky/Laura Ucros, MICH
83. Ferny Angeles Paz/Miho Kowase, OSU
85. Maddie Lipp/Nida Hamilton, NU

For the complete polls, click here.

In The Polls

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All seven Big Ten women's rowing teams are ranked or receiving votes in the latest CRCA/USRowing Coaches poll, released on Wednesday. Ohio State leads conference squads, checking in at No. 3, while Michigan joins the Buckeyes in the top 10, as the Wolverines are tied for seventh place. Indiana jumped seven spots to No. 13, while Wisconsin follows at No. 15. Iowa, Michigan State and Minnesota were all receiving votes.

For the complete ranking, click here.


100 Days of the Big Ten Medal of Honor: Day 44

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Olympic Medalists
A number of Big Ten Medal of Honor winners have gone on to compete in various Olympic games, including 41 Olympic medal winners. Twenty-one Big Ten Medal of Honor winners have won gold medals in the Olympics, including Indiana swimmer Jim Montgomery who won three golds and a bronze at the 1976 Games in Quebec. Ohio State women's basketball player Katie Smith won three straight gold medals in the 2000, 2004 and 2008 Games, while four men's basketball players have earned gold medals, including Indiana's Steve Alford (1984), Iowa's Charles Darling (1956) and Ohio State's Jerry Lucas (1960) and Bill Hosket (1968).   

Five 2014-15 Big Ten women's basketball teams appear in ESPN.com's top 25 for the coming season, including four in the top 15. Michigan State, which earned a share of the Big Ten Championship last season, leads all conference teams at No. 8, while Big Ten Tournament finalist Iowa is 12th in the ranking. Future conference member Maryland, which advanced to the national semifinals a season ago, appears at No. 14, reigning Big Ten Tournament Champion Nebraska is ranked 15th and Purdue rounds out the standings at No. 25. In addition, Minnesota and future conference member Rutgers are two of seven other squads also receiving top-25 consideration.

Wednesday's Softball Schedule

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Wednesday's Big Ten softball slate features 10 games, including Purdue hosting Michigan in a doubleheader, and Ohio State entertaining Penn State in a twinbill.

Wednesday, April 23
#3/4 Michigan at Purdue, 1 p.m.
#3/4 Michigan at Purdue, 3 p.m.
Penn State at Ohio State, 4 p.m.
Iowa at Iowa State, 5 p.m.
Central Michigan at Michigan State, 5 p.m.
North Dakota at #13/12 Minnesota, 5 p.m. (BTDN)
Louisville at Indiana, 6 p.m.
Penn State at Ohio State, 6 p.m.
North Dakota at #13/12 Minnesota, 7 p.m. (BTDN)
#19/19 Nebraska at Creighton, 7 p.m.

All times Eastern
Rankings are USA Softball/NFCA Coaches

Tuesday's Results

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Illinois 3, Eastern Illinois 2
Bowling Green 7, Michigan 4
Michigan State 4, Toledo 2
Northwestern 7, Wheaton 5
Kent State 4, Penn State 1
Indiana State 10, Purdue 3

Northwestern Sweeps Illinois

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Northwestern extended its winning streak to six games with a pair of wins at Illinois on Tuesday evening.

Tuesday, April 22
rv/#25 Northwestern 6, Illinois 3 (Game 1)
rv/#25 Northwestern 9, Illinois 0 (6 innings) (Game 2)

Rankings are USA Softball/NFCA Coaches

In The Polls

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The Penn State women's outdoor track & field team is ranked in the latest USTFCCCA poll, which was released on Tuesday. The Nittany Lions check in at No. 16.

Click here for the complete poll.

In The Polls

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Three Big Ten Men's Outdoor Track & Field teams are ranked in the latest USTFCCCA poll, released on Tuesday. Wisconsin leads conference squads, checking in at No. 6. Nebraska is ranked No. 12 and Penn State follows at No. 19.

For the complete poll, click here.

Big Ten Softball in the Polls

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The latest college softball top 25 polls were released on Tuesday, with Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern and Wisconsin representing the Big Ten.

In the NFCA coaches' poll, Michigan checks in at No. 4, followed by No. 12 Minnesota, No. 19 Nebraska and No. 25 Northwestern. Wisconsin is also receiving votes. In the USA Softball ballot, Michigan remains at No. 3, followed by No. 13 Minnesota and No. 19 Nebraska. Northwestern and Wisconsin also received votes in the USA Softball ballot.

This week's Big Ten schedule gets underway on Tuesday, with Illinois hosting Northwestern in a doubleheader on BTN. Two more twinbills will be held on Wednesday, with Purdue hosting first-place Michigan and Ohio State entertaining Penn State. All 12 teams will be in action in conference series this weekend, beginning with a full slate on Friday.

Tuesday's Schedule

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Eastern Illinois at Illinois, 7 p.m.
Bowling Green at Michigan, 4 p.m., BTDN
Toledo at Michigan State, 3 p.m.
Wheaton College at Northwestern, 4 p.m., BTDN
Penn State at Kent State, 6 p.m.
Purdue at Indiana State, 6 p.m.

All times are ET and schedule subject to change

Statistically Speaking

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Numerous Big Ten teams and student-athletes rank among the national leaders in various statistical categories, a sampling of which can be found below.

Team Rankings
Batting Average
19. Nebraska, .302
21. Iowa, .300

Double Plays
16. Nebraska, 40
38. Purdue, 37

ERA
17. Indiana, 2.52
34. Michigan State, 2.94
46. Illinois, 3.11

Fielding Percentage
33. Nebraska, .975
43. Indiana, .974

Hits
8. Nebraska, 441
43. Iowa, 391

Home Runs
28. Indiana, 25

On-Base Percentage
25. Iowa, .389

Runs
20. Nebraska, 260
29. Iowa, 248

Scoring
23. Iowa, 6.7
39. Nebraska, 6.2

Shutouts
23. Illinois, 5
23. Ohio State, 5
40. Michigan State, 4

Slugging Percentage
40. Indiana, .406
44. Iowa, .404

Stolen Bases
34. Iowa, 58
34. Michigan, 58
34. Michigan State, 58

Triples
12. Nebraska, 16
28. Ohio State, 14
41. Indiana, 12

Individual Rankings
Walks
8. Michael Hurwitz, ILL, 34
17. Jacob Cronenworth, MICH, 31

Doubles
7. Blaise Salter, MSU, 17
24. Jackson Glines, MICH, 15

ERA
35. Scott Effross, IND, 1.41

Home Runs
44. Taylor Zeutenhorst, IOWA, 7

Runs Batted In
42. Sam Travis, IND, 37

Saves
24. Jacob Cronenworth, MICH, 8
24. Josh Roeder, Neb, 8

Stolen Bases
11. Anthony Cheky, MSU, 21
23. Jake Yacinich, IOWA, 19

Triples
28. Jake Yacinich, IOWA, 4
28. Michael Pritchard, NEB, 4
28. Patrick Porter, OSU, 4

Victories
7. Joey DeNato, IND, 8
50. Zach Farmer, OSU, 6

WHIP
28. Kevin Duchene, ILL, 0.89
39. Cam Vieaux, MSU, 0.93

Walks/9
1. Ryan Castellanos, ILL, 0.22
8. Tanner Tully, OSU, 0.63

Tuesday's Softball Schedule

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The Big Ten softball week kicks off on Tuesday, with Illinois hosting Northwestern in a doubleheader that can be seen on BTN.

Tuesday, April 22
rv/#25 Northwestern at Illinois, 5 p.m. (BTN)
rv/#25 Northwestern at Illinois, 7 p.m. (BTN)

All times Eastern
Rankings are USA Softball/NFCA Coaches

Indiana Continues Climb in the National Rankings

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Indiana continues its climb up the national rankings, appearing among the top 30 in polls released by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper, Baseball America and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association. The Hoosiers check in at No. 13 in the latest poll by the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper, climbing five spots from a week ago, jump two spots from last week to No. 18 in the Baseball America poll and move up two spots to No. 24 in the NCBWA rankings.

100 Days of the Big Ten Medal of Honor: Day 43

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Penn State's Joanna Lohman, (2005, women's soccer)
Lohman was the first four-time First Team All-Big Ten selection in the school's history and captained the Nittany Lions soccer team in 2002-2003. She was Big Ten Player of the Year in 2003 while leading Penn State to their fourth straight conference title, and her 3.98 GPA while studying business earned her four-time Academic All-American honors. After playing professionally, Lohman moved to Spain with her partner and founded the JoLi Academy, a training center for young female soccer players in India and helped launch an organization that encourages schools to create safer spaces for lesbian, gay, transgender, bisexual and questioning athletes called GO! Athletes. As Vice President of Tenant Consulting, LLC, a commercial real estate firm in the Washington DC area, she also helped create the first "carbon neutral calculator" for office buildings, resulting in an invitation to meet former Vice President Al Gore.

Ten Big Ten Gymnasts Tabbed All-American

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Following the 2014 NCAA Women's Gymnastics Championships, 10 Big Ten gymnasts from three institutions earned All-America honors from the National Association of Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches. Michigan's Joanna Sampson and Sachi Sugiyama, Minnesota's Lindsay Mable and Hanna Nordquist and Nebraska's Hollie Blanske, Jessie DeZiel, Jamie Schleppenbach and Emily Wong were named to the first team, while Michigan's Nicole Artz and Shelby Gies earned second-team honors.

First Team
Vault
Lindsay Mable, Minnesota
Sachi Sugiyama, Michigan

Bars
Joanna Sampson, Michigan

Beam
Hanna Nordquist, Minnesota
Hollie Blanske, Nebraska
Jamie Schleppenbach, Nebraska
Jessie DeZiel, Nebraska
Emily Wong, Nebraska

Floor
Joanna Sampson, Michigan
Emily Wong, Nebraska

All-Around
Joanna Sampson, Michigan
Jessie DeZiel, Nebraska
Emily Wong, Nebraska

Second Team
Bars
Nicole Artz, Michigan
Shelby Gies, Michigan

Floor
Lindsay Mable, Minnesota
Nicole Artz, Michigan

All-Around
Nicole Artz, Michigan
Hollie Blanske, Nebraska

100 Days of the Big Ten Medal of Honor: Day 42

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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 Minnesota.

Jim Brewer (1973, basketball)
Brewer earned the Big Ten Medal of Honor in 1973. He ranks among Minnesota's career leaders in several categories, ranking first in rebounding average (12.09) and third in rebounds (907). He was named the Big Ten-Chicago Tribune MVP in 1972 after helping guide the Gophers to the Big Ten Championship. Brewer was also tabbed first-team All-Big Ten in 1973, All-Big Ten honorable mention in 1972 and was a second-team All-Big Ten selection in 1971. During his final season at Minnesota, he was named to the U.S. Basketball Writers Association All-America first team. The three-time Minnesota MVP was also a member of the 1972 U.S. Olympic Team. A first-round draft pick of the Cleveland Cavaliers in 1973, Brewer played nine seasons in the NBA and was a member of the 1982 Los Angeles Lakers NBA Championship team. He is the uncle of former NBA player and current Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers.

Uta (Herrmann) Wolfe (1992, swimming)
Wolfe, a recipient of the Big Ten Medal of Honor in 1992, was a four-time Big Ten Champion for Minnesota. She was named an All-American and Academic All-American in 1992. Currently, she is an assistant professor at St. Thomas University, St. Paul, Minn. Her academic interests include interaction between the senses and vision-motor control, or the way movements are guided by vision. She recently discovered a new multi-sensory illusion.

George MacKinnon (1929, football)
MacKinnon was an All-America center for Minnesota and earned the Big Ten Medal of Honor in 1929. Following his playing career, he served as an assistant coach for the Gophers from 1929-31. Afterwards, he served as a U.S. Navy officer during World War II. He became an attorney involved in high-profile labor racketeering cases and later a politician. MacKinnon served on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia from 1969 until his death in 1995.

Carol Ann Shudlick (1994, basketball)
A 1994 recipient of the Big Ten Medal of Honor, Shudlick led Minnesota to its first NCAA Tournament appearance in her senior season and was named the Wade Trophy winner and Big Ten Player of the Year that same year. Shudlick ranks in the top 10 in numerous Gopher categories, including second in scoring (2,097), seventh in blocks (84) and steals (173), and eighth in rebounds (727). She was a two-time All-American, three-time All-Big Ten selection and Academic All-Big Ten honoree. Following her collegiate career, Shudlick played professionally overseas and in the ABL. She was inducted into the "M" Club Hall of Fame and was honored on the NCAA's list of 209 student-athletes named "NCAA Women's Basketball's Finest."

Michael J. Polich (1975, hockey)
Polich, who earned the Big Ten Medal of Honor in 1975, helped lead Minnesota to its first NCAA championship in 1974. The Hibbing, Minn., native paced the Gophers in scoring for three straight seasons, tallying 159 career points (70 goals, 89 assists) in 149 career games. As a senior in 1974-75, Polich was named a first-team All-American after notching 25 goals and 62 points. He went on to play in 226 games in the NHL, including three seasons with the Minnesota North Stars.

Cassie Busse (2004, volleyball)
Busse earned the Big Ten Medal of Honor in 2004. She led Minnesota to four-straight NCAA Tournaments, including the national semifinals in 2003, where she was named to the Final Four All-Tournament Team. Busse was a two-time All-American, Academic All-American and first-team All-Big Ten honoree, and earned Academic All-Big Ten recognition three times. The opposite side hitter was the 2003 Big Ten Player of the Year and guided the Gophers to their only Big Ten Championship in 2002. The Shakopee, Minn., native ranks seventh in kills (1,502) and eighth in attack percentage (.294) and aces (168) in the Minnesota record book. Following her collegiate career, Busse joined the U.S. national team in 2005.

Sunday's Softball Results

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Illinois, Michigan, Michigan State and Northwestern picked up wins on Sunday's Big Ten softball slate.

Sunday, April 20
rv/#25 Northwestern 3, Indiana 2
Michigan State 4, Iowa 0
#3/3 Michigan 7, #13/12 Minnesota 2
Illinois 3, Purdue 2

Rankings are USA Softball/NFCA Coaches

Sunday's Results

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Indiana 4, Michigan State 1
Sam Travis ripped a two-run double to break a 1-1 eighth inning tie and lift the Indiana baseball team to its third straight Big Ten series sweep in a 4-1 victory over Michigan State on Easter Sunday at Bart Kaufman Field. The red-hot Hoosiers (25-11, 11-1 Big Ten) have won 13 of their last 14 ballgames, their last five series, all four of their conference series and are 7-1 on their current nine-game homestand. IU's pitching staff surrendered just two earned runs in 30 innings against the Spartans and has allowed that same number in its last 41 innings of work. In four games this week, all victories, the staff logged a 0.45 ERA, 26 hits, 25 strikeouts and 15 walks in 40 frames. RECAP

Iowa 7, Minnesota 6
Junior Dan Potempa's three-run blast highlighted a six-run seventh inning, lifting the University of Iowa baseball team to a 7-6 victory and series win over Minnesota on Sunday afternoon at Duane Banks Field. The Hawkeyes won the final two games to claim their first series win over the Gophers since 2005. "This was a big win for us, two comeback wins in a row," said UI head coach Rick Heller. "I couldn't be prouder of our guys' effort. Both (yesterday and today) were games where if you let down just because things weren't going your way, you'd lose those game, but our guys kept fighting and playing hard. "It was a great weekend, and I want to thank all the people that came out because we had great crowds all weekend long." RECAP

Illinois 7, Penn State 6
Illinois made it interesting in the ninth but held on for a 7-6 victory, capping off the sweep at Penn State on Easter Sunday. The Nittany Lions scored two in the final inning and had the winning run on first base before a 6-4-3 double play ended the threat. Illinois (21-14) got off to its best Big Ten start under ninth-year head coach Dan Hartleb and remained in second place at 9-3. "The last out of the game was the toughest but we hung in there," Hartleb said. "We finally got the big double play at the end of the game. The difference in the games this weekend was that we came up with the two-out hits. We were very patient at the plate and got it done up and down the lineup." Illinois notched consecutive Big Ten road sweeps for the first time since 2009, which also both came against Northwestern and Penn State. RECAP

Michigan 13, Purdue 3
The University of Michigan baseball team exploded for 13 runs and 17 hits, taking a 6-0 lead after three innings and cruising to a 13-3 win at Purdue Sunday afternoon at Alexander Field. The Wolverines took 2-of-3 games from the Boilermakers in the Big Ten series. There were plenty of offensive stars on the day. Sophomore Travis Maezes went 3-for-4 with four runs scored, two doubles and two RBI. Sophomore Jacob Cronenworth also scored four runs to go with a triple and an RBI. Freshmen Carmen Benedetti, Johnny Slater and Jackson Lamb had two hits apiece and senior Cole Martin, senior/junior Kendall Patrick and junior Jackson Glines each had two RBI on the day. The Maize and Blue also received a quality start on the mound from fifth-year senior Logan McAnallen. McAnallen allowed just five hits and a run with three strikeouts and four walks in seven innings pitched to earn the win. The U-M defense also recorded three double plays on the day in the game's first four innings. RECAP

Non-Conference Results
Ohio State 7, Murray State 3

100 Days of the Big Ten Medal of Honor: Day 41

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Ohio State's Katie Smith (1996, women's basketball)
Smith finished her Ohio State career as the Big Ten's all-time leading scorer and won the Big Ten Medal of Honor in 1996. She was Big Ten Player of the Year as a senior and led the conference in scoring in 1995 and 1996. A three-time All-Big Ten honoree, Smith guided Ohio State to the 1993 NCAA final as a freshman, scoring 28 points in the game. She was a three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection before beginning her professional basketball career. Smith recently completed her 15-year WNBA career as one of the league's all-time leading scorers, a seven-time All-Star, a two-time champion and was named one of the top-15 players in WNBA history.

Sunday's Softball Schedule

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Sunday's Big Ten softball schedule features four games, with Northwestern and Purdue eyeing weekend sweeps. The finale of the Michigan-Minnesota series will be carried on BTN.

Sunday, April 20
Illinois at Purdue, Noon
Indiana at rv/#25 Northwestern, 1 p.m. (BTDN)
#13/12 Minnesota at #3/3 Michigan, 1 p.m. (BTN)
Michigan State at Iowa, 2 p.m.

All times Eastern
Rankings are USA Softball/NFCA Coaches

Saturday's Results

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Indiana 2, Michigan State 1 (12)
Casey Rodrigue's single in the bottom of the 12th lifted No. 18 Indiana to a 2-1 walk-off victory over Michigan State on Saturday afternoon at Bart Kaufman Field. IU pitchers Christian Morris, Jake Kelzer, Scott Effross and Luke Harrison combined to give up just one run on eight hits with seven strikeouts in 12 innings of work. Harrison (2-0) was the winning pitcher for the Hoosiers as he pitched a perfect top of the 12th inning. Morris started for Indiana and surrendered just one earned run in 5.2 innings of work, giving up only four hits with three strikeouts. RECAP

Iowa 11, Minnesota 5
The University of Iowa baseball team scored the game's final 11 runs to rally from a 5-0 deficit for an 11-5 victory over Minnesota in front of a season-high 1,036 fans Saturday afternoon at Duane Banks Field. The win evens the weekend series at 1-1 heading into Sunday's Easter Day finale. "This was a big win for us after we were roughed up in the first inning," said UI head coach Rick Heller. "We kept battling and battling. We had great at-bats and kept fighting and it looked like we were going to leave a couple of opportunities. We had had some clutch two-out hits." RECAP

Northwestern 3, Nebraska 2 (Game 1); Nebraska 10, Northwestern 9 (Game 2)
Game 1: One day after winning a one-run game in extra innings, Northwestern returned to Hawks Field and bested the Nebraska Cornhuskers for the second game in a row, this time by a score of 3-2, to start a doubleheader. NU starting pitcher Brandon Magallones pitched perhaps his finest game of the season for the Wildcats in game one. The junior struck out a season-high seven hitters over 8.0 IP in which he allowed just two runs. RECAP
Game 2: With the tying run on third base and two down, Nebraska closer Josh Roeder slammed the door on the Wildcats to secure a 10-9 come-from-behind victory for Huskers in the second game of a doubleheader on Saturday at Hawks Field. The Huskers trailed 8-2 after the top of the fourth, but fought back and rallied from a deficit of six or more of the first time since March 30, 2010. The Huskers improved to 26-16 on the year and 8-4 in conference play with the victory, while also avoiding a series sweep by the Wildcats. RECAP

Illinois 8, Penn State 3
Illinois used a four-run inning late in the game for the second day in a row to battle back and beat Penn State on Saturday, 8-3. Sophomore Adam Walton extended his career-high hitting streak to 16 games with a go-ahead two-run single with the bases loaded and two outs in the seventh. Junior David Kerian connected on another two-run base knock in the seventh and junior Will Krug tacked on the same in the eighth. "We got a lot of clutch hitting with two outs today," head coach Dan Hartleb said. "It was good to see some guys take good swings in key situations. The one that was huge was Adam Walton taking the ball to right field with the bases loaded and two outs. Road wins aren't easy, but we found a way to win again." RECAP

Purdue 6, Michigan 2
Gavin Downs did not surrender an earned run while working seven innings of three-hit ball and his battery mate Sean McHugh led the way offensively with his fifth career four-hit game, lifting Purdue baseball to a 6-2 win against Michigan Saturday afternoon at Alexander Field. Downs (2-4) retired 14 of 15 batters from the first through fifth innings, working 1-2-3 frames in the second and fourth. The seven innings marked his longest outing as a Boilermaker. The redshirt-sophomore earned his first career victory in Big Ten play. McHugh singled in each of his first four at-bats, delivering two-out RBI hits in the second and sixth innings. He walked in his final plate appearance and the free pass also helped Purdue score an insurance run. RECAP

Non-Conference Result
Murray State 7, Ohio State 5

Saturday's Softball Results

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Saturday's Big Ten softball results featured Nebraska and Wisconsin picking up doubleheader sweeps, and Michigan evening the series with Minnesota in Ann Arbor.

Saturday, April 19
Iowa 5, Michigan State 1
#3/3 Michigan 3, #13/12 Minnesota 1
#19/20 Nebraska 8, Ohio State 0 (Game One)
#19/20 Nebraska 8, Ohio State 0 (Game Two)
rv/#25 Northwestern 4, Indiana 2
-/rv Wisconsin 4, Penn State 0 (Game One)
-/rv Wisconsin 5, Penn State 2 (Game Two)
Purdue 1, Illinois 0

Rankings are USA Softball/NFCA Coaches

100 Days of the Big Ten Medal of Honor: Day 40

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Purdue's Mel Garland (1964, baseball/basketball)
A three-time letterwinner in both baseball and basketball, Garland won the Big Ten Medal of Honor in 1964 after claiming Academic All-Big Ten honors, first-team All-Conference status in baseball and second-team designation in basketball. In 1979, Garland was named basketball coach and director of athletics at IUPUI, where he succumbed to leukemia in 1983. In his memory, the Mel Garland Memorial Scholarship is annually awarded to one IUPUI student-athlete based on the characteristics that embody Garland's spirit: athletic ability, scholarship, mental attitude, leadership and perseverance.

Saturday's Softball Schedule

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Eight games are on Saturday's Big Ten softball schedule with three contests on BTN, including the second game of the weekend showdown between Michigan and Minnesota.

Saturday, April 19    
-/rv Wisconsin at Penn State, Noon (BTN)
Ohio State at #19/20 Nebraska, 2 p.m.
Indiana at rv/#25 Northwestern, 2 p.m.
-/rv Wisconsin at Penn State, 2:30 p.m. (BTN)
Michigan State at Iowa, 3 p.m.
Ohio State at #19/20 Nebraska, 4 p.m.
Illinois at Purdue, 5 p.m. (BTN)
#13/12 Minnesota at #3/3 Michigan, 7 p.m. (BTN)

All times Eastern
Rankings are USA Softball/NFCA Coaches

Friday's Softball Results

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Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern, Purdue and Wisconsin all picked up wins on Friday's Big Ten softball slate, with the Gophers handing Michigan its first Big Ten loss of the season.

Friday, April 18

Michigan State 1, Iowa 0
rv/#25 Northwestern 8, Indiana 0 (6 innings)
#13/12 Minnesota 1, #3/3 Michigan 0
Wisconsin 6, Penn State 3
Purdue 11, Illinois 0 (5 innings)
#19/20 Nebraska 14, Ohio State 1 (5 innings)

Rankings are USA Softball/NFCA Coaches

Friday's Results

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Indiana 7, Michigan State 0
Joey DeNato threw eight scoreless innings as the Indiana baseball team (23-11, 9-1 Big Ten) rolled to its seventh straight conference victory and its 11th win in 12 games, 7-0, over Michigan State (20-15, 5-5 Big Ten) at Bart Kaufman Field on Friday evening. The Hoosier pitching staff has not allowed a run in its last 20 innings. Will Nolden drove in four runs, scored once and recorded a pair of hits in three at-bats. Sophomore shortstop Nick Ramos added three RBI, including a two-run homer, and added one run. Another start, another record for DeNato (8-1, 2.12 ERA), who limited the Spartans to five hits to go along with five punchouts and three walks. The senior southpaw became the program's all-time innings king (324.0), adding to his record wins (32) and strikeouts (262) totals to go along with his 32-9 record and 2.69 ERA. RECAP

Minnesota 4, Iowa 3
Michael Handel hit a two-run home run and the University of Minnesota (18-14, 5-7 Big Ten) baseball won 4-3 at Iowa on Friday. The Hawkeyes (20-15, 5-8 Big Ten) tied the game 3-all in the seventh, but the Gophers got out of a bases-loaded jam in the eighth and scored in the ninth to take the series opener and move ahead of Iowa in the conference standings. Crawford pitched 7 1/3 innings, tying his career-long start. He allowed seven hits and three runs, striking out three and walking two. Sawyer finished the game to earn the win and improve to 3-2 on the season. Hibbing (0-3) took the loss for Iowa. Mathews pitched seven innings and gave up six hits and three runs. RECAP

Illinois 6, Penn State 3
Trailing 3-2 after giving up the lead in the seventh, Illinois sent all nine batters to the plate and scored four runs in the eighth as part of a 6-3 comeback victory over Penn State. Sophomore Tyler Jay improved to 2-0 and redshirt-junior Reid Roper earned his second save, as the Illini snapped a three-game skid. Illinois remained in third place in the Big Ten at 7-3 and moved to 19-14 overall. "That was a good win," head coach Dan Hartleb said. "I was pleased with our approach and I thought we played to win. We took advantage of some errors and had the big four-run inning, which was a big positive and something that will propel our offense in the future. We played hard but didn't always play clean, yet still found a way to win." RECAP

Michigan 7, Purdue 6 (12)
Freshman Carmen Benedetti broke a 6-all tie in the 12th with a run-scoring double, lifting the University of Michigan baseball team to a 7-6 win at Purdue on Friday night at Alexander Field. Michigan opened the 12th with a walk from senior Cole Martin, who scampered all the way from first as Benedetti doubled down the right-field line. The Boilermakers put a runner on third with two outs after a one-out single, stolen base and groundout, but sophomore Jacob Cronenworth induced a flyout to end the game. Freshman Brett Adcock improved to 5-2 on the season, striking out six and allowing just one hit in four innings of relief. Cronenworth earned his Big Ten-leading eighth save of the season with his work in the 12th. RECAP

Northwestern 2, Nebraska 1 (12)
Northwestern picked up a pair of clutch two-out hits late Friday night and got two magnificent pitching performances on the mound to help take the series opener from the Nebraska Cornhuskers, 2-1, in 12 innings at Hawks Field. Jake Straub delivered a big RBI single in the seventh inning to tie the game and Cody Stevens laced a base hit up the middle with two outs in the top of the 12th to help the Wildcats beat Nebraska for the first time ever at Hawks Field. It was also Northwestern's first victory in extra innings this season. Hopfner started the game-winning rally as the first batter if the 12th inning. After singling to left field, the right fielder made it to second on a sacrifice bunt by Hoscheit. Straub grounded out to third before Stevens calmly stepped to the dish and ripped a single up the middle that allowed Hopfner to motor around from second base and score the game-winning run. Quigley picked up his second win in relief Friday. The team captain allowed just one hit in 3.1 scoreless innings on the bump. RECAP

Non-Conference Results
Ohio State 3, Murray State 1

NHL Update - Stanley Cup Playoffs

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A total of 38 players from Big Ten schools are taking part in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, which opened on Wednesday. Representing five Big Ten schools, the players can be found on 14 of the 16 teams that qualified for the NHL postseason.

A full list of players can be found below.

Michigan (6)
Mike Brown (San Jose)
Andrew Cogliano (Anaheim)
Luke Glendening (Detroit)
Carl Hagelin (New York Rangers)
Jack Johnson (Columbus)
Max Pacioretty (Montreal)

Michigan State (10)
Justin Abdelkader (Detroit)
Adam Hall (Philadelphia)
Shawn Horcoff (Dallas)
Duncan Keith (Chicago)
Torey Krug (Boston)
Drew Miller (Detroit)
Ryan Miller (St. Louis)
Chris Mueller (Dallas)
Corey Potter (Boston)
Corey Tropp (Columbus)

Minnesota (8)
Keith Ballard (Minnesota)
Alex Goligoski (Dallas)
Erik Haula (Minnesota)
Erik Johnson (Colorado)
Nick Leddy (Chicago)
Jordan Leopold (St. Louis)
Paul Martin (Pittsburgh)
Thomas Vanek (Montreal)

Ohio State (4)
Matt Bartkowski (Boston)
Nate Guenin (Colorado)
Cal Heeter (Philadelphia)
R.J. Umburger (Columbus)

Wisconsin (10)
Rene Bourque (Montreal)
Adam Burish (San Jose)
Brian Elliott (St. Louis)
Dany Heatley (Minnesota)
Ryan McDonagh (New York Rangers)
Joe Pavelski (San Jose)
Jack Skille (Columbus)
Brendan Smith (Detroit)
Derek Stepan (New York Rangers)
Ryan Suter (Minnesota)

Weekend Schedule

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April 18
Illinois at Minnesota - 3 p.m. CT
Ohio State at Iowa - 3 p.m. CT
Penn State at Nebraska - 3 p.m. CT

April 19
Michigan at Indiana - 11 a.m. ET
Michigan State at Purdue - 12 p.m. ET
Northwestern at Wisconsin - 11 a.m. CT

April 20
Illinois at Wisconsin - 11 a.m. CT
Michigan State at Indiana - 11 a.m. ET
Penn State at Iowa - 10 a.m. CT
Michigan at Purdue - 12 p.m. ET
Northwestern at Minnesota - 12 p.m. CT
Ohio State at Nebraska - 11 a.m. CT

Weekend Schedule

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April 18
Minnesota at Illinois - 3 p.m. CT
Indiana at Michigan - 4 p.m. ET
Iowa at Ohio State - 6 p.m. ET
Purdue at Michigan State - 4 p.m. ET
Nebraska at Penn State - 3 p.m. ET
Wisconsin at Northwestern - 2:30 p.m. CT

April 20
Wisconsin at Illinois - 12 p.m. CT
Indiana at Michigan State - 12 p.m. ET
Iowa at Penn State - 12 p.m. ET
Purdue at Michigan - 12 p.m. ET
Minnesota at Northwestern - 12 p.m. CT
Nebraska at Ohio State - 12 p.m. ET

Weekend Schedule

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Illinois at Penn State
Game 1 - Friday, 6:30 p.m. (Johnson, 4-4, 2.40 vs. Dunn, 2-0, 1.50)
Game 2 - Saturday, 2 p.m. (Kravetz, 3-1, 3.05 vs. Jann, 1-5 3.78)
Game 3 - Sunday, Noon, BTN (Castellanos, 3-2, 4.41 vs. TBA)

Michigan at Purdue
Game 1 - Friday, 6:30 p.m., BTDN (Hill, 2-4, 3.33 vs. Minch, 1-5, 5.08)
Game 2 - Saturday, 2 p.m., BTDN (Szkutnik, 0-4, 3.97 vs. Downs, 1-4, 4.47)
Game 3 - Sunday, 1 p.m. (McAnallen, 1-3, 3.44 vs. Haan, 1-1, 5.67)

Michigan State at Indiana
Game 1 - Friday, 7 p.m., BTDN (VanVossen, 5-1, 2.55 vs. DeNato, 7-1, 2.43)
Game 2 - Saturday, 2 p.m., BTDN (Alleman, 4-1, 2.90 vs. Morris, 2-2, 2.61)
Game 3 - Sunday, 1 p.m. (Vieaux, 5-2, 1.62 vs. TBA)

Minnesota at Iowa
Game 1 - Friday, 7 p.m. (Crawford, 3-1, 4.07 vs. Mathews, 3-2, 2.75)
Game 2 - Saturday, 3 p.m. (Meyer, 3-2, 2.65 vs. Kuebel, 4-3, 4.93)
Game 3 - Sunday, 2 p.m. (Kunik, 1-0, 2.35 vs. Peyton, 4-0, 4.39)

Northwestern at Nebraska
Game 1 - Friday, 8 p.m., BTN (Mason, 1-2, 5.06 vs. Deleon, 4-2, 2.73)
Game 2 - Saturday, 3 p.m., BTDN (Magallones, 0-4, 5.04 vs. Sinclair, 5-1, 1.76)
Game 3 - Sunday, 2 p.m. (TBA vs. Bummer, 4-2, 3.99)

Non-Conference Series
Murray State at Ohio State
Game 1 - Friday, 6:30 p.m., BTDN (Finch, 3-4, 5.63 vs. Tully, 3-2, 2.15)
Game 2 - Saturday, 3 p.m., BTDN (Maerz, 1-5, 6.61 vs. Greve, 4-2, 3.76)
Game 3 - Sunday, 1 p.m., BTDN (Baxter, 1-3, 4.22 vs. Post, 3-2, 3.60)

Women's Golf Schedule

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April 19-20  
ILLINOIS at Lady Buckeye Spring Invite (Columbus, Ohio)
INDIANA at Lady Buckeye Spring Invite (Columbus, Ohio)
IOWA at Lady Buckeye Spring Invite (Columbus, Ohio)
MICHIGAN STATE at Lady Buckeye Spring Invite (Columbus, Ohio)
NEBRASKA at Lady Buckeye Spring Invite (Columbus, Ohio)
OHIO STATE at Lady Buckeye Spring Invite (Columbus, Ohio)
PURDUE at Lady Buckeye Spring Invite (Columbus, Ohio)

Men's Golf Schedule

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April 19-20  
ILLINOIS at Boilermaker Invitational (West Lafayette, Ind.)
INDIANA at Boilermaker Invitational (West Lafayette, Ind.)
IOWA at Boilermaker Invitational (West Lafayette, Ind.)
MINNESOTA at Rutherford Intercollegiate (State College, Pa.)
MICHIGAN STATE at Boilermaker Invitational (West Lafayette, Ind.)
NORTHWESTERN at Boilermaker Invitational (West Lafayette, Ind.)
OHIO STATE at Boilermaker Invitational (West Lafayette, Ind.)
PENN STATE at Rutherford Intercollegiate (State College, Pa.)
PURDUE at Boilermaker Invitational (West Lafayette, Ind.)

April 21-22  
NEBRASKA at Oak Hill Intercollegiate (Rochester, N.Y.)

100 Days of the Big Ten Medal of Honor: Day 39

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Wisconsin's Mike Eaves (1978, hockey)
Eaves, who earned the Big Ten Medal of Honor in 1978, is Wisconsin's career points leader with 267 points (94 goals, 173 assists) in 160 career games. A two-time first-team All-American, Eaves was a three-year captain for the Badgers, leading the squad to the 1977 NCAA title. He went on to record 226 points in 324 career games in the National Hockey League before moving into the coaching profession. Eaves took the helm at his alma mater in 2002 and helped the Badgers claim their sixth NCAA crown in 2006.

Friday's Softball Schedule

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Six games kick off this weekend's Big Ten softball slate on Friday, with Iowa, Michigan, Nebraska, Northwestern, Penn State and Purdue hosting series. The top two current teams in the Big Ten will collide when Minnesota visits Ann Arbor for a three-game series against unbeaten Michigan.

Friday, April 18
Illinois at Purdue, 4 p.m.
Indiana at rv/#25 Northwestern, 5 p.m.
#13/12 Minnesota at #3/3 Michigan, 6 p.m. (BTDN)
-/rv Wisconsin at Penn State, 6 p.m.
Michigan State at Iowa, 7 p.m.
Ohio State at #19/20 Nebraska, 7 p.m. (BTDN)

All times Eastern
Rankings are USA Softball/NFCA Coaches

Michigan pitcher Megan Betsa and Minnesota hurler Sara Groenewegen were named top 25 finalists for the inaugural National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) National Freshman of the Year award on Thursday.

Betsa currently ranks third in the Big Ten in earned-run-average at 1.84 and is second in opposing batting average (.182). The McDonough, Ga., native boasts a 10-3 record in 19 total appearances, and has struck out a team-high 93 batters. Betsa was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Week on Feb. 18 and Feb. 24.

Groenewegen was tabbed the Big Ten Freshman of the Week on March 31, and collected Big Ten Pitcher and Freshman of the Week accolades on April 7. The White Rock, B.C., native is limiting her opponents to a .183 batting average and has recorded 126 strikeouts on the season, which ranks fifth in the Big Ten. Groenewegen boasts an unblemished 11-0 record and has pitched 77.1 total innings with 12 starts in the circle.  

On May 8, the list will be trimmed down to the top 10 finalists, while the top three finalists will be selected and released on May 22. The inaugural NFCA Division I National Freshman of the Year trophy will be presented during a live ceremony on May 27 prior to the opening of the annual Women's College World Series in Oklahoma City.

Nebraska's Wong Named 2014 AAI Award Winner

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Nebraska gymnast Emily Wong has been named the 2014 AAI Award winner, recognizing the most outstanding female gymnast in the country. The honor is given annually to the nation's top gymnast on the basis of athleticism, academic excellence and civic responsibility. The award is voted on by the NCAA women's gymnastics head coaches and was announced at the championships banquet Wednesday night in Birmingham, Ala.

Wong is the second Nebraska gymnast to receive this coveted award behind Richelle Simpson who captured the honor in 2005.

In her senior season at Nebraska, Wong has cemented her position as one of the nation's top all-around student-athletes in the country. At the 2014 Student-Athlete Recognition Banquet, Wong was named Nebraska's Female Student-Athlete of the Year, while also claiming the Big Ten Medal of Honor for her accolades.

Click here for the complete release.

Weekend Schedule

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Friday, April 18
ILLINOIS, INDIANA, PURDUE at Kentucky Relays - Lexington, Ky.
IOWA, MICHIGAN, NEBRASKA, #12 PENN STATE, PURDUE, WISCONSIN at Mt. Sac Relays - Walnut, Calif.
MICHIGAN STATE, OHIO STATE at Jesse Owens Invitational - Columbus, Ohio
MICHIGAN STATE at Larry Ellis Invitational - Princeton, N.J.
NEBRASKA at Kansas Relays - Lawrence, Kan.

Saturday, April 19
ILLINOIS, INDIANA, PURDUE at Kentucky Relays - Lexington, Ky.
ILLINOIS, MICHIGAN at LSU Alumni Gold Meet - Baton Rouge, La.
IOWA, MICHIGAN, NEBRASKA, #12 PENN STATE, PURDUE, WISCONSIN at Mt. Sac Relays - Walnut, Calif.
MICHIGAN at Beach Invitational - Norwalk, Calif.
MICHIGAN STATE, OHIO STATE at Jesse Owens Invitational - Columbus, Ohio
MICHIGAN STATE at Larry Ellis Invitational - Princeton, N.J.
MINNESOTA at Carleton Relays - Northfield, Minn.
NEBRASKA at Kansas Relays - Lawrence, Kan.
#12 PENN STATE at Bucknell Team Challenge - Lewisburg, Pa.


Weekend Schedule

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Friday, April 18
#24 ILLINOIS, INDIANA, MICHIGAN, PURDUE at Kentucky Relays - Lexington, Ky.
#24 ILLINOIS, IOWA, MICHIGAN, MICHIGAN STATE, MINNESOTA, #12 NEBRASKA, #18 PENN STATE, PURDUE, #6 WISCONSIN at Mt. Sac Relays - Walnut, Calif.
MICHIGAN STATE, OHIO STATE at Jesse Owens Invitational - Columbus, Ohio
MICHIGAN STATE at Larry Ellis Invitational - Princeton, N.J.
#12 NEBRASKA at Kansas Relays - Lawrence, Kan.

Saturday, April 19
#24 ILLINOIS, INDIANA, MICHIGAN, PURDUE at Kentucky Relays - Lexington, Ky.
#24 ILLINOIS, IOWA, MICHIGAN, MICHIGAN STATE, MINNESOTA, #12 NEBRASKA, #18 PENN STATE, PURDUE, #6 WISCONSIN at Mt. Sac Relays - Walnut, Calif.
MICHIGAN at Beach Invitational - Norwalk, Calif.
MICHIGAN STATE, OHIO STATE at Jesse Owens Invitational - Columbus, Ohio
MICHIGAN STATE at Larry Ellis Invitational - Princeton, N.J.
MINNESOTA at Carleton Relays - Northfield, Minn.
#12 NEBRASKA at Kansas Relays - Lawrence, Kan.
#18 PENN STATE at Bucknell Team Challenge - Lewisburg, Pa.


Weekend Schedule

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Saturday, April 19
#20 INDIANA, IOWA (rv), MICHIGAN STATE (rv), #15 WISCONSIN at Clemson Invitational - Clemson, S.C.
#9 Notre Dame, #4 Virginia at #10 MICHIGAN - Ann Arbor, Mich.

Sunday, April 20
#20 INDIANA, IOWA (rv), MICHIGAN STATE (rv), #15 WISCONSIN at Clemson Invitational - Clemson, S.C.


Weekly Award Wrap-Up

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Twenty-four Big Ten student-athletes in nine different sports collected awards from the conference office during the week of April 14. Below is the complete list of honorees.

Baseball
Player of the Week - Nick Sergakis, OSU
Co-Pitchers of the Week - Sasha Kuebel, IOWA & Greg Greve, OSU
Freshman of the Week - Cam Vieaux, MSU

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

Women's Golf
Golfer of the Week - Aurora Kan, PUR

Women's Rowing
Boat of the Week - First Varsity Eight, MICH (coxswain Hannah Sherman, Amanda Elmore, Chrissy Holm, Jessica Eiffert, Bryna Oleshansky, Tara Foley, Emily Idoni, Shannon Winchell and Louisa Freeman)

Softball
Player of the Week - Michelle Mueller, WIS
Pitcher of the Week - Emily Lockman, NEB
Freshman of the Week - Marjani Knighten, NEB

Men's Tennis
Athlete of the Week - Aaron Dujovne, PUR

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

Men's Outdoor Track & Field

Track Athlete of the Week - Vanier Joseph, ILL
Field Athlete of the Week - Steve Waithe, PSU

Women's Outdoor Track & Field
Track Athlete of the Week - Mahagony Jones, PSU
Field Athlete of the Week - Kelsie Ahbe, IND

100 Days of the Big Ten Medal of Honor: Day 38

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NCAA Team Champions
Over 130 Big Ten Medal of Honor recipients have been crowned NCAA team champions, including a few who won national titles all four years they competed. Indiana's Chuck Thomson (1972) and Gary Hall (1973) were both part of the Hoosier swimming & diving team that won six straight NCAA crowns from 1968-73. Ed Banach (1983) was on an Iowa wrestling team that won nine straight titles from 1975-86, while fellow Hawkeye Jeff McGinness (1998) started Iowa's run of six consecutive NCAA crowns from 1995-00. Northwestern's Christy Finch (2008) won four national lacrosse titles from 2005-08.

Wednesday's Softball Results

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Conference teams posted a convincing 10-2 record on Wednesday's Big Ten softball slate, including a doubleheader sweep by Iowa over nationally ranked Missouri.

Wednesday, April 16
-/rv DePaul 5, Illinois 3
Ball State 6, Indiana 3 (Game One)
Indiana 3, Ball State 2 (Game Two)
Iowa 3, #15/13 Missouri 1 (Game One)
Iowa 13, #15/13 Missouri 9 (Game Two)
#3/3 Michigan 11, Central Michigan 0 (5 innings)
Michigan State 1, Eastern Michigan 0
rv/#25 Northwestern 8, Loyola-Chicago 0 (5 innings)
Penn State 6, Bucknell 3 (Game One)
Penn State 10, Bucknell 5 (Game Two)
-/rv Wisconsin 9, Green Bay 8 (Game One)
-/rv Wisconsin 5, Green Bay 2 (Game Two)

Rankings are USA Softball/NFCA Coaches

Wednesday's Results

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Indiana 1, Western Kentucky 0 (10)
Eastern Michigan 4, Michigan 3 (10)
Central Michigan 7, Michigan State 5
Nebraska 17, Nebraska-Omaha 6
Northwestern 6, Chicago State 1
Northwestern 4, Chicago State 2
Ball State 8, Ohio State 6

Wednesday's Schedule

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Western Kentucky at Indiana, 6 p.m., BTDN
Eastern Michigan at Michigan, 4 p.m.
Michigan State at Central Michigan, 3 p.m.
Nebraska-Omaha at Nebraska, 7:30 p.m.
Northwestern at Chicago State (DH), 4:45 p.m.
Ball State at Ohio State, 6:30 p.m.

All times are ET and schedule subject to change

In The Polls

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All seven Big Ten women's rowing squads appear in the latest CRCA/USRowing Coaches poll, including four ranked in the top 20. The poll, which was released on Wednesday, features Ohio State at No. 3, followed by No. 10 Michigan, No. 15 Wisconsin and No. 20 Indiana. Iowa, Michigan State and Minnesota were all receiving votes.

For the complete ranking, click here.


Wednesday's Softball Schedule

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Wednesday's Big Ten softball slate features 12 games, including four contests on the Big Ten Digital Network (BTDN).

Wednesday, April 16
Ball State at Indiana, 4 p.m.
#15/13 Missouri at Iowa, 4 p.m. (BTDN)
#3/3 Michigan at Central Michigan, 4 p.m.
Green Bay at  -/rv Wisconsin, 4 p.m.  (BTDN)
-/rv DePaul at Illinois, 5 p.m.
Eastern Michigan at Michigan State, 5 p.m.
rv/#25 Northwestern at Loyola-Chicago, 5 p.m.
#15/13 Missouri at Iowa, 6 p.m. (BTDN)
Bucknell at Penn State, 6 p.m.
Green Bay at -/rv Wisconsin, 6 p.m. (BTDN)
Ball State at Indiana, 7 p.m.
Bucknell at Penn State, 8 p.m.

All times Eastern
Rankings are USA Softball/NFCA Coaches

As the Big Ten continues to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Big Ten Medal of Honor, senior student-athletes Jillian Smith and John Wojciechowski were named the 2013-14 Big Ten Medal of Honor recipients for the University of Michigan, which was announced on Tuesday evening at the Academic Awards Banquet held at Crisler Center. Smith is a member of the women's cross country and track and field teams and Wojciechowski swam on the men's swimming and diving squad.

Click here for the complete release.

Tuesday's Results

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Illinois State 6, Illinois 2
Western Illinois 8, Iowa 6 (10)
Minnesota 5, North Dakota State 3
Nebraska 14, Kansas State 5
West Virginia 4, Ohio State 1
Purdue 5, Butler 4 (10)

In The Polls

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Eight Big Ten women's tennis teams appear in the latest ITA College Tennis Rankings, released on Tuesday. Northwestern leads all conference squads in the rankings, coming in at No. 13. Michigan joins Northwestern in the top 20, checking in at No. 16, followed by Ohio State (No. 34), Purdue (No. 42), Illinois (No. 43) and Indiana (No. 48) in the top 50. Minnesota (No. 59) and Michigan State (No. 67) round out the Big Ten contingent.

Individually, nine Big Ten women'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
9. Emina Bektas, MICH
22. Ronit Yurovsky, MICH
38. Veronica Corning, NU
43. Belinda Niu, NU
75. Ruth Seaborne, IOWA
92. Gabriella De Santis, OSU
112. Marina Bohrer, MSU
113. Amy Zhu, MICH
122. Sarah Lee, MICH

Doubles

14. Brooke Bolender/Emina Bektas, MICH
28. Veronica Corning/Alicia Barnett, NU
31. Ronit Yurovsky/Sarah Lee, MICH
52. Krisztina Kapitany/Mara Schmidt, PUR
62. Erin Faulkner/Marina Bohrer, MSU
68. Ronit Yurovsky/Laura Ucros, MICH
78. Grainne O'Neill/Noelle Malley, OSU
82. Ferny Angeles Paz/Miho Kowase, OSU
86. Maddie Lipp/Nida Hamilton, NU

For the complete polls, click here.

In The Polls

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Nine Big Ten men's tennis teams appear in the latest ITA College Tennis Rankings, released on Tuesday. Ohio State, which clinched a share of the Big Ten Championship on Sunday, claimed the No. 1 spot for the seventh time this season. Illinois (No. 10) and Penn State (No. 22) joined Ohio State in the top 25, followed by Purdue (No. 28), Northwestern (No. 35) and Michigan (No. 49) in the top 50. Minnesota checks in at No. 51, with Indiana (No. 59) and Nebraska (No. 63) also within the top 65.

Individually, 14 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. Peter Kobelt, OSU
8. Jared Hiltzik, ILL
13. Farris Gosea, ILL
33. Leonard Stakhovsky, PSU
39. Leandro Toledo, MINN
52. Tim Kopinski, ILL
58. Raleigh Smith, NU
93. Herkko Pollanen, OSU
103. Alex Petrone, MICH
104. Sam Monette, IND
110. Hunter Callahan, OSU
111. Dustin Boyer, NEB
112. Sam Shropshire, NU
118. Oskar Wikberg, WIS

Doubles
3. Peter Kobelt/Kevin Metka, OSU
4. Tim Kopinski/Ross Guignon, ILL
20. Mathieu Froment/Jack Hamburg, MINN
31. Barrett Franks/Alex Buzzi, MICH
33. Mihir Kumar/Raleigh Smith, NU
36. Russell Bader/Leonard Stakhovsky, PSU
59. Sam Monette/Daniel Bednarczyk, IND
70. Ricky Medinilla/Szymon Tatarczyk, PUR
85. Diego Acosta/Aaron Dujovne, PUR

For the complete polls, click here.

Four Big Ten Teams Appear in Final Polls

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A total of four Big Ten teams appear in the final USCHO.com and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls for the 2013-14 season, released on Monday. After its national runner-up finish, Minnesota checks in at No. 2 in both polls.The Gophers were the No. 1 team in at least one poll for 20 weeks this season and were never ranked lower than No. 5, including 24 consecutive weeks in the top two. Minnesota concluded the season with a record of 28-7-6.

Big Ten Tournament Champion Wisconsin checks in at No. 7 in both polls after finishing the season with a record of 24-11-2. Michigan follows at No. 16 in the USCHO.com poll while Ohio State rounds out the Big Ten contingent at No. 20 in the USCHO.com poll. The Wolverines also received votes in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll.
One day after being named the Big Ten Softball Player of the Week, Wisconsin's Michelle Mueller was tabbed the Louisville Slugger/National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) and USA Softball National Player of the Week on Tuesday.

Mueller batted .600 with nine hits, 18 RBI, five runs scored and four home runs in leading Wisconsin to a 5-0 record last week, including a Big Ten sweep over Illinois. In the three games against the Illini, she belted three home runs, tallied an on-base percentage of .636 and slugged at a clip of 1.600.

In game two of a doubleheader against Illinois on Friday, Mueller went 4-for-4 and plated a school-record eight runs, including three consecutive home runs, which ties the second-best performance in NCAA history.

Mueller currently ranks third in the Big Ten in RBI with 41. She is batting .385 on the season, which ranks 11th in the Big Ten, and is slugging at a clip of .702, the sixth-best mark in the conference.

 

Tuesday's Schedule

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Illinois at Illinois State, 5 p.m.
Western Illinois at Iowa, 7:30 p.m.
North Dakota State at Minnesota, 4 p.m., BTDN
Kansas State at Nebraska, 7:30 p.m., BTN
Ohio State at West Virginia, 6 p.m.
Butler at Purdue, 5 p.m.

All times are ET and schedule subject to change

Big Ten Softball in the Polls

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The latest college softball top 25 polls were released on Tuesday, with Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern and Wisconsin representing the Big Ten.

Michigan led the way, moving up to No. 3 in both the USA Softball and NFCA Coaches polls. The Wolverines have won 19 straight games, and sit atop the Big Ten standings at 12-0. Minnesota appeared at No. 13 in the USA Softball ballot, and was ranked 12th in the coaches' poll. The Gophers are in sole possession of second place in the conference standings with a 10-3 Big Ten record.

Nebraska sits at No. 19 in the USA Softball poll, and is No. 20 in the coaches' rankings. The Huskers have won three consecutive Big Ten series, including last weekend's sweep of Iowa. Northwestern is ranked No. 25 in the coaches' ballot, and received votes in the USA Softball top 25 poll. Wisconsin received votes in the coaches' poll.

Michigan will host Minnesota in a pivotal series this weekend, with single games on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Nebraska will visit Ohio State, Northwestern will host Indiana while Wisconsin will travel to Penn State.   
The Penn State women's outdoor track & field squads is ranked No. 12 in the latest USTFCCCA poll, which was released on Tuesday. The Nittany Lions moved up two spots from last week's rankings.

For the complete poll, click here.

Four Big Ten Men's Outdoor Track & Field squads are ranked in the latest USTFCCCA poll, released on Tuesday. Wisconsin leads conference teams, coming in at No. 6. The Badgers are followed by No. 12 Nebraska, No. 18 Penn State and No. 24 Illinois.

Click here for the complete poll.

As the Big Ten continues to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Big Ten Medal of Honor, Ohio State announced that Allison Elber from the rowing team and Aaron Craft from the men's basketball team captured the prestigious awards at the 47th-annual Ohio State Scholar-Athlete Dinner Monday in the Archie M. Griffin Ballroom at the Ohio Union. At the event, 511 Ohio State Scholar-Athletes were recognized and a number of senior awards were given out.

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Hooper, Lucas Selected in Annual WNBA Draft

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Two Big Ten standouts were selected in the 2014 WNBA Draft on Monday night, marking the 17th time in 18 years multiple conference players were selected in the annual event. Nebraska's Jordan Hooper was chosen with the first pick in the second round, going 13th overall to the Tulsa Shock, while Penn State's Maggie Lucas was selected 21st overall by the Phoenix Mercury. Both earned Big Ten Player of the Year accolades as seniors this past season.

Hooper becomes the second Husker in as many years to be selected in the draft, following Lindsey Moore, who was taken in the first round by the Minnesota Lynx in 2013. Hooper is the sixth Husker in program history to be selected in the draft. She finished the year ranked among the conference leaders in numerous categories, ranking third in scoring at 20.4 points per game and fourth in rebounds at 9.1 per game. She also drained 80 three-point field goals at a rate of 36.4 percent this year, marks that ranked among the top 15 in the Big Ten this year. She ended the year earning WBCA All-America honors as well as earning second-team AP All-America status.

Lucas gives Penn State three WNBA Draft choices in the last two years, joining Alex Bentley and Nikki Greene from a season ago. Overall, 15 Lady Lions have been selected in the draft's history. Lucas completed her Penn State career as one of the Big Ten's most decorated scorers, ranking first in Big Ten history in three-point field goals with 365. Her 2,510 career points ranks second in program history and fourth in conference annals, and shot 90.7 percent from the free-throw line, setting both Big Ten and school records. As a senior, Lucas garnered USBWA All-America honors, third-team AP All-America status and honorable mention WBCA All-America distinction.

Nebraska Release

Penn State Release

100 Days of the Big Ten Medal of Honor: Day 35

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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 Michigan State University.

Shawn Horcoff (2000, hockey)
Before embarking on a career in the National Hockey League that now includes more than 800 games played, Horcoff was a model student-athlete in East Lansing. He was awarded the Big Ten Medal of Honor in 2000, the same year that he was named a first-team All-America selection. Horcoff, who was also a three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree, currently plays for the Dallas Stars and eclipsed the 450-point plateau for his career this season.

Greg Kelser (1979, basketball)
Kelser, who earned the Big Ten Medal of Honor in 1979, was the leading scorer and rebounder on Michigan State's 1979 NCAA Championship team. He was the first Spartan to score more than 2,000 points and collect at least 1,000 rebounds in his career. Kelser's 2,014 points rank fourth at Michigan State and his 1,092 rebounds are second all-time. In 1979, he earned All-America honors, was a first-team All-Big Ten selection and was named to the Wooden Award All-America Team. He also collected Academic All-America honors in 1979. Kelser was a first-round draft pick of the Detroit Pistons and played six seasons in the NBA. He is the lead analyst for the Pistons on Fox Sports Detroit and also serves as a college basketball analyst on BTN. Kelser earned the Michigan State University Distinguished Alumni Award in 2004 and was inducted into the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame in 2006.

Val Sterk (1997, volleyball)
One of the most decorated student-athletes in Spartan volleyball history, Sterk earned the Big Ten Medal of Honor in 1997. She was a four-year letterwinner for Michigan State from 1993-96, leading the Spartans to three NCAA Tournaments and a share of the Big Ten title in 1996. Sterk was the National Co-Player of the Year in 1995, a two-time first-team All-American (1995-96), a third-team Academic All-America honoree (1996) and a three-time first-team All-Big Ten and Academic All-Big Ten selection (1994-96). She has left her mark in Michigan State's record book, ranking in the top 10 in nine different career categories, including first in attack percentage (.379) and block solos (128). She led the Spartans in hitting efficiency and solo blocks every year of her career. Following her time in East Lansing, Sterk went on to compete on the U.S. National Team from 1997-2000 and was inducted into the Michigan State Athletic Hall of Fame in 2007.

Allyssa DeHaan (2010, basketball)
DeHaan earned the Big Ten Medal of Honor in 2010 and currently ranks third in NCAA history with 503 career blocks. She holds four of the top 10 spots on the conference's single-season block list, including the top two spots. She was a four-time All-Big Ten selection, four-time All-Defensive Team pick and a three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree. DeHaan was tabbed Big Ten Freshman of the Year in 2007 and Defensive Player of the Year in 2010, the same year she earned AP honorable mention All-America status. In addition to her defensive prowess, she ranks fourth in Michigan State history in points (1,649) and fifth in rebounds (919). In 2011, DeHaan enrolled in Grand Valley State's post-graduate physician's assistant program and joined the Lakers' volleyball team. 

Kelly Miller (1984, hockey)
Miller, who earned the Big Ten Medal of Honor in 1984, tallied 164 points (82 goals, 82 assists) during his 165-game collegiate career. As a senior captain in 1984-85, Miller led the Spartans to a school-record 38 wins and was named a First-Team All-American and Hobey Baker Award finalist. Miller went on to play in more than 1,000 games during a 15-year career in the NHL. He completed his MBA at Michigan State in 1995 and returned to his alma mater as an assistant coach in 2011.

Robert Jasson (1958, hockey)
Jasson, who earned the Big Ten Medal of Honor in 1958, tallied 34 points from the blue line between 1955-56 and 1957-58. Named the team's Most Valuable Player at the conclusion of the 1956-57 campaign, Jasson helped lead the Spartans to their first winning record in program history in 1957-58. A native of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Jasson was a two-year captain for Michigan State, wearing the "C" in 1956-57 and 1957-58. He was just the second two-year captain in program history.

Jenilee Rathje (2012, volleyball)
A 2012 recipient of the Big Ten Medal of Honor, Rathje was a four-year letterwinner for Michigan State, leading the Spartans to three NCAA Championship appearances. She ranks first in Michigan State history in matches (142) and sets (496) played. She is also eighth in kills (1,486) and block assists (332) and 10th in total blocks (366). The Mount Pleasant, Mich., native was named third-team All-America and an Academic All-American in 2011. Rathje was a two-time first-team All-Big Ten selection and three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree. She was twice named MVP of the Spartans in 2010 and 2011. Rathje currently coaches volleyball at Notre Dame Preparatory School and Marist Academy in Pontiac, Mich.

2014 Men's Gymnastics Season in Review

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The Big Ten men's gymnastics season came to a close at the NCAA Championships, where Michigan won the team crown and three out of six individual titles were claimed by conference student-athletes.

NCAA Champions: The Michigan men's gymnastics team claimed the 2014 NCAA Men's Gymnastics Championship at the University of Michigan's Crisler Center during the first session of the NCAA Championships. This is the Wolverines' second consecutive national championship and their sixth program title, including three in the past five years. The Big Ten has now claimed four titles in the past five years. After recording 445.050 points, Michigan defeated second-place Oklahoma (441.650) and third-place Stanford (436.300). Illinois finished fourth with 435.350 points, Ohio State placed fifth with 433.500 points and Penn State took sixth with 429.800 points. Michigan posted the highest team scores in three of the six events, including the pommel horse, rings and parallel bars. For more on the NCAA Championships, click here.

All-Around Athletes: Wolverine Sam Mikulak won his third all-around crown at the University of Michigan's Crisler Center during the NCAA Championships. In the all-around, Mikulak placed first on the floor exercise (16.050), parallel bars (16.050) and vault (15.300) and tied for first on the pommel horse (15.600). Mikulak becomes the first Big Ten men's gymnast to win the all-around title three times since Minnesota's John Roethlisberger accomplished the feat from 1991-93. For more on the NCAA Championships, click here.

NCAA Individual Success: Three Big Ten men's gymnasts won individual national titles on the final day of the 2014 NCAA Men's Gymnastics Championships. Illinois' Jordan Valdez won the high bar competition with a score of 15.525, marking the first Fighting Illini to win the award since Paul Ruggeri in 2008-09. After winning the all-around crown, Mikulak took home the parallel bars title for the second consecutive season with a score of 15.875. Minnesota's Ellis Mannon took home the pommel horse title after scoring 15.425 points, becoming the first Gopher to claim the pommel horse crown since Clay Strother in 2001-02. Click here for more on individual wins at the NCAA Championships.

Wolverine Winners: The Michigan men's gymnastics team captured the 2014 Big Ten Championship at the Bob Devaney Sports Center in Lincoln, Neb. The title marks the Wolverines' second consecutive crown and 17th overall. Mikulak was the Big Ten all-around champion after finishing with a score of 93.700 points, claiming his third Big Ten all-around crown and becoming the first conference gymnast to win three all-around titles since Ohio State's Blaine Wilson won three straight from 1995-97. Click here for more about the Big Ten Championship.

All the Awards: Following the Big Ten Championships, Michigan's Sam Mikulak was named the Big Ten Gymnast of the Year for the third time, becoming the first conference gymnast to earn the honor three times since Ohio State's Blaine Wilson earned the accolade from 1995-97. Ohio State's Melton was tabbed the Big Ten Freshman of the Year, while Michigan's Kurt Golder was named the Big Ten Coach of the Year for the second straight season. Mikulak and Melton were joined on the All-Big Ten first team by Illinois' Chandler Eggleston and C.J. Maestas, Minnesota's Ellis Mannon, Ohio State's Jake Martin and Penn State's Trevor Howard. For more information on the postseason honors and All-Big Ten teams, click here.

Academic Success: The Big Ten Conference 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 gymnasts 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.

As the Big Ten continues to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Big Ten Medal of Honor, Nebraska announced that Emily Wong and Seth Wiedel captured the prestigious awards at the Student-Athlete Recognition Banquet at the Embassy Suites in downtown Lincoln on Sunday. Wong and Wiedel are the fifth and sixth Huskers to earn the honor since Nebraska joined the Big Ten for the first season of competition in 2011-12. Wong and Wiedel were also named Nebraska Female and Male Student-Athlete of the Year.

Click here for the complete release.

Women's Golf Schedule

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April 14-15
NORTHWESTERN at Silverado Showdown (Napa, Calif.)
WISCONSIN at Silverado Showdown (Napa, Calif.)

Sunday's Results

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Michigan 4, Illinois 2
The University of Michigan baseball team picked up a road series win in Big Ten play after defeating Illinois, 4-2, Sunday afternoon at Illinois Field. The Wolverines plated a run in both the eighth and ninth innings to break a 2-all tie with the Fighting Illini. Maezes, Glines, Martin and freshman Carmen Benedetti had two hits apiece for the Maize and Blue. Maezes also scored a pair of runs. Adcock picked up the win in relief, striking out a pair in two innings. Cronenworth allowed a hit in the eighth, but picked off the runner at first, one of four pickoffs on the day. Fifth-year senior Logan McAnallen scattered seven hits and allowed a run with two strikeouts in a five-inning start. RECAP

Nebraska 3, Minnesota 2 (10)
A two-out RBI single by Steven Reveles in the top of the 10th inning and a perfect bottom of the 10th from closer Josh Roeder secured a 3-2 win and a series sweep of the Minnesota Golden Gophers by the Nebraska baseball team on Sunday afternoon at Siebert Field. With their second straight conference sweep, the Huskers are 7-2 in league play and have swept consecutive conference series for the first time since 2006. The Huskers are also 10-1 against the Gophers since joining the Big Ten Conference, including a pair of conference series sweeps. Sophomore Austin Christensen picked up his first career win after throwing a scoreless ninth inning, while Roeder picked up his second save of the weekend and his seventh of the season. The Huskers are now 2-0 on the year in extra-inning games, while the Gophers fell to 4-1. RECAP

Ohio State 12, Penn State 6
Behind two home runs and four runs batted in from Josh Dezse, the Ohio State baseball team picked up a 12-6 win over Penn State to win its series against the Nittany Lions Sunday afternoon at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium. With the win, the Buckeyes improve to 21-15, 4-8 in the Big Ten, while the Nittany Lions drop to 17-16, 5-3 in conference play. "When the wind's blowing, it really helps the mentality of the hitters and gets them going," Ohio State head coach Greg Beals said. "It was good to see us pitch well out of the bullpen and hit well up and down the lineup to get this win to take the series." RECAP

Non-Conference Results
Morehead State 8, Indiana 7

Sunday's Softball Results

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Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota and Purdue picked up wins on Sunday's Big Ten softball slate. The Wolverines recorded a series sweep over Michigan State, while Minnesota and Purdue secured weekend series wins.

Sunday, April 13
Indiana 8, Penn State 7 (8 innings)
#4/5 Michigan 14, Michigan State 0
#14/14 Minnesota 3, #25/23 Northwestern 1
Purdue 5, Ohio State 4

All times Eastern
Rankings are USA Softball/NFCA Coaches

100 Days of the Big Ten Medal of Honor: Day 34

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Michigan's Rob Pelinka (1993, basketball)
Pelinka was Michigan's Big Ten Medal of Honor winner in 1993. During his career with the Wolverines, Pelinka played in 117 games and was a member of the 1989 NCAA National Championship team. He was a three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection and earned the Michigan Athletic Academic Achievement Award in 1991, 1992 and 1993. The Lake Bluff, Ill., native was an NCAA Post Graduate Scholar and was named the Walter Byers Student-Athlete of the Year in 1993.

Sunday's Softball Schedule

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Four single games are on Sunday's Big Ten softball schedule, with Michigan State hosting #4/5 Michigan on BTN beginning at Noon ET.

Sunday, April 13    
#4/5 Michigan at Michigan State, Noon (BTN)
Penn State at Indiana, 1 p.m.
Purdue at Ohio State, 1 p.m.
#25/23 Northwestern at #14/14 Minnesota, 2 p.m.

All times Eastern
Rankings are USA Softball/NFCA Coaches

Minnesota Falls in National Championship Game

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Justin Kloos, Sam Warning, Taylor Cammarata and Hudson Fasching all scored for Minnesota while goalie Adam Wilcox stopped 41 shots, but it was not enough as the Gophers fell to Union 7-4 Saturday night in the NCAA championship game at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. Minnesota finished as the national runner-up for the seventh time in program history.

Saturday, April 12
Union 7, MINNESOTA 4 - RECAP | BOX SCORE

Saturday's Results

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Michigan 17, Illinois 9
The University of Michigan baseball team recorded season highs in both runs (17) and hits (23) and scored in seven innings in a 17-9 win at Illinois Saturday afternoon at Illinois Field. There were plenty of offensive stars for the Wolverines. Senior Cole Martin and freshman Johnny Slater had four hits apiece. Martin scored three runs, while Slater drove in a pair. Sophomore Jacob Cronenworth belted his first two home runs of the season and was 3-for-5 with three runs batted in and three runs scored. Freshman Carmen Benedetti was 3-for-4 with three doubles and four RBI. Junior Jackson Glines and junior Kyle Jusick had three hits apiece, with Jusick scoring four runs. RECAP

Nebraska 5, Minnesota 2
Nebraska senior Christian DeLeon went the distance for the second straight week on Saturday afternoon in a 5-2 win over the Minnesota Golden Gophers, securing a series win for the Huskers. Following a complete game against the Ohio State Buckeyes last weekend in Lincoln, DeLeon became the first Husker pitcher to notch consecutive complete games since Erik Bird threw back-to-back complete games against New Mexico and Baylor during the 2009 season. DeLeon allowed four hits on the afternoon, with only two coming after the second inning. The Richmond, Texas, native gave up a two-out solo home run to Bobby Juan in the second and then didn't allow another hit until Jordan Smith hit a one-out double in the ninth. DeLeon retired the Gophers in order in the fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth innings. RECAP

Michigan State 7, Purdue 6 (Game 1); Michigan State 2, Purdue 1 (Game 2)
The Michigan State baseball team won a pair of one-run games, 7-6 and 2-1, to sweep a doubleheader from Purdue on Saturday afternoon at McLane Baseball Stadium. With the victories, MSU took two of three games from the Boilermakers on the weekend, improving to 20-13 overall and 5-4 in the Big Ten. The Spartans rode starting pitcher Cam Vieaux to a win in game two as the redshirt freshman tossed his first-career complete game, limiting the Boilermakers to just five hits. Vieaux finished with six strikeouts and no walks as he picked up his fifth win of the season. RECAP

Iowa 8, Northwestern 1 (Game 1); Iowa 5, Northwestern 0 (Game 2)
The University of Iowa baseball team swept a Saturday doubleheader at Northwestern to win its second Big Ten series of the season. The Hawkeyes pounded out 22 hits in the two games, posting an 8-1 victory in the opener before shutting out the Wildcats, 5-0, in the night cap. "It was a big doubleheader sweep today, and I couldn't be happier with how our guys bounced back after the tough loss last night," said UI head coach Rick Heller. "The guys were locked and played hard all day, a solid 18 innings and didn't commit an error." RECAP

Ohio State 7, Penn State 0
Greg Greve tossed a complete-game, four-hit shutout as the Ohio State baseball team topped Penn State 7-0 Saturday afternoon at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium. With the win, the Buckeyes improve to 20-15, 3-8 in the Big Ten, while the Nittany Lions drop to 17-15, 5-2 in conference play. "This was very important for us after losing seven-straight conference games," Ohio State head coach Greg Beals said. "We need to get back in good ways and Greve, our senior co-captain, grabbed the bull by the horns and shut them out. It's just what our ball club needed today." RECAP

Non-Conference Results
Indiana 11, Morehead State 3

Saturday's Softball Results

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Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Penn State, Purdue and Wisconsin picked up wins on Saturday's Big Ten softball slate, with the Huskers and Badgers completing weekend series sweeps.

Saturday, April 12
Wisconsin 3, Illinois 2
Penn State 2, Indiana 1
#19/22 Nebraska 18, Iowa 0 (5 innings)
#4/5 Michigan 8, Michigan State 0 (5 innings)
#14/14 Minnesota 13, #25/23 Northwestern 5 (6 innings)
Ohio State 8, Purdue 0 (5 innings)

All times Eastern
Rankings are USA Softball/NFCA Coaches

Nine Big Ten Teams Conclude Spring Practice

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Nine Big Ten schools wrapped up spring practice on Saturday, with Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern, Ohio State, Penn State, Purdue and Wisconsin holding spring games or final practice sessions. See below for short recaps for each school, along with links to full stories.

ILLINOIS: The Blue team turned two turnovers by the Orange into 14 points and held the Orange to less than 200 yards of offense on the way to a 38-7 win in the 2014 Spring Game on a sun-drenched day. Reilly O'Toole threw for two first-quarter touchdowns and Peter Bonahoom caught a game-high seven passes for 95 yards, but the story of the day was defense for the Blue as they racked up 16 tackles for loss, five sacks and an 89-yard interception return for a touchdown. For the full recap, click this link.

INDIANA: In front of 9,231 fans on a picturesque Saturday afternoon at Memorial Stadium, the Cream earned a 24-14 victory over the Crimson in Indiana's annual Spring Game. Shane Wynn, Flo Hardin, Collin Rahrig and Bobby Richardson captained the victorious team. For the full recap, click this link.

MINNESOTA: Football was on display again at TCF Bank Stadium on Saturday, as Minnesota held its annual spring game in front of a crowd of about 5,000 fans. The game, which featured the offense against the defense, wrapped up the Gophers' spring practice schedule when began on March 4. The offense, adorned in gold jerseys, scored 19 points, while the white-clad defense recorded four sacks, two pass breakups and one interception. For the full recap, click this link.

NEBRASKA: I-back Imani Cross rushed for 100 yards and two scores, while Nebraska's four quarterbacks combined for 356 yards and three touchdowns, as the Red team won the annual Red/White Spring Game with a 55-46 victory Saturday afternoon at Memorial Stadium. The game featured a modified scoring system with points for both offensive and defensive plays, as the top units faced off against each other during the contest played in front of 61,772 fans. For the full recap, click this link.

NORTHWESTERN: It's been an eventful spring season for Northwestern, both on the field and off, so it's only fitting to cap the spring with a catch-all post from NUsports.com Skip Myslenski to set the record as straight as possible in both realms. For the full recap, click this link.

OHIO STATE: Bri'onte Dunn and Warren Ball ran for touchdowns to lead the Gray past the Scarlet 17-7 Saturday in Ohio State's annual spring game before a crowd of 61,058 at sunny Ohio Stadium. For the full recap, click this link.

PENN STATE: Spring arrived in Happy Valley in full force for the annual Penn State Blue-White Game presented by AAA, as an estimated 72,000 fans watched the Blue squad defeat the White squad, 37-0, inside a sun-drenched Beaver Stadium on Saturday afternoon. The crowd of 72,000 was third-largest in Blue-White Game history, trailing only 76,500 in 2009 and 73,000 in 2008. The temperature hit 70 degrees as the huge crowd took in Coach James Franklin's first Blue-White Game. For the full recap, click this link.

PURDUE: Keyante Green scored on a 4-yard run with 2:41 remaining Saturday afternoon, leading the Gold to a 12-7 victory against the Black in the Purdue football team's annual spring game in Ross-Ade Stadium. Returning starter Danny Etling engineered the 59-yard, game-winning drive, mixing several short passes with some running plays. For the full recap, click this link.

WISCONSIN: Austin Ramesh rushed for 71 yards in two quarters, and Jack Russell kicked two field goals to give the Cardinal a 6-0 victory over the White squad in the 2014 Wisconsin Football Spring Game. After a three-month break following the Capital One Bowl, the Badgers returned to action at Camp Randall Stadium for their annual spring game. For the full recap, click this link.

Saturday's NCAA Hockey Championship Schedule

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Minnesota, the overall No. 1 seed in the NCAA Hockey Championship, will meet No. 1 seed Union Saturday evening in the championship game of the Frozen Four at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pa. The Gophers are seeking their sixth national title and first since 2003.

NCAA Championship Schedule: Saturday, April 12

FROZEN FOUR (Philadelphia, Pa.) 

No.1 MINNESOTA vs. No. 1 Union, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN)

All times Eastern

100 Days of the Big Ten Medal of Honor: Day 33

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NCAA Individual Champions
At least 96 Big Ten Medal of Honor winners have been crowned NCAA individual champions during their career, which includes athletes in the sports of men's and women's cross country, men's and women's fencing, men's golf, men's and women's gymnastics, men's and women's swimming & diving, men's tennis, men's and women's track & field and wrestling. Men's track & field and wrestling have both produced over 20 national champion Medal of Honor winners.

Saturday's Softball Schedule

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All 12 Big Ten softball teams will be in action on Saturday, with Indiana, Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska, Ohio State and Wisconsin serving as single-game hosts. 

Saturday, April 12    
Penn State at Indiana, 1 p.m.
#4/5 Michigan at Michigan State, 1 p.m.
Illinois at Wisconsin, 1 p.m.
#25/23 Northwestern at #14/14 Minnesota, 2 p.m.
Purdue at Ohio State, 2 p.m.
Iowa at #19/22 Nebraska, 5 p.m.

All times Eastern
Rankings are USA Softball/NFCA Coaches

Friday's Softball Results

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Michigan, Nebraska, Northwestern, Ohio State, Penn State and Wisconsin posted wins on Friday's Big Ten softball slate.

Friday, April 11

Wisconsin 3, Illinois 2 (Game One)
Wisconsin 10, Illinois 3 (Game Two)
Penn State 4, Indiana 1
#19/22 Nebraska 5, Iowa 2
#19/22 Nebraska 9, Iowa 1 (6 innings)
#4/5 Michigan 9, Michigan State 1 (5 innings)
#25/23 Northwestern 13, #14/14 Minnesota 9
Purdue 1, Ohio State 0

Rankings are USA Softball/NFCA Coaches

Friday's Results

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Illinois 1, Michigan 0
Starter Drasen Johnson and closer Tyler Jay combined for a 1-0 shutout against Michigan on Friday night at Illinois Field, extending Illinois' season-long winning streak to six and scoreless innings streak to 25. UI only needed one run to win for the second straight game, marking just the second time that has happened in school history. The Illini pitched back-to-back 1-0 shutouts for the first time since May 16, 1969, which was the only other time it has been done. Johnson shined on the mound by throwing seven scoreless frames with only four hits and one walk for the second start in a row. After matching a career-high 10 strikeouts in his last outing, he finished with three punch outs against the Wolverines, as he improved to 4-4 on the season. RECAP

Nebraska 8, Minnesota 6
The Nebraska baseball team (21-14, 5-2 Big Ten) jumped out to a 5-0 lead through two innings on Friday afternoon at Siebert Field, but needed a pair of runs in the top of the ninth to post a 8-6 win in its series opener against the Minnesota Golden Gophers (17-12, 5-5 Big Ten). The Huskers did their damage with two outs all afternoon, scoring all eight of their runs with two down. Nebraska's 13 hits on the day marked the 21st time in 35 games that the Huskers have notched double-digit hits, with 10 of the hits coming with two outs. RECAP

Purdue 5, Michigan State 3 (11)
Michael Mullen drove in the go-ahead run with a two-out single in the 11th inning and Purdue baseball turned three inning-ending double plays to outlast Michigan State, 5-3, in the opener of a three-game Big Ten series Friday afternoon. The Boilermakers (7-22, 3-4 Big Ten) snapped a five-game losing streak in extra-inning affairs dating back to May of last season. It was Purdue's first extra-inning win since March 2013 at Penn State. Jordan Minch worked 7 1/3 innings of three-run ball, striking out five and issuing just one walk. He has pitched into the eighth inning in each of his first three Big Ten starts this season. RECAP

Northwestern 14, Iowa 13
Northwestern scored 11 unanswered runs from the seventh inning on, Friday afternoon, to claw all the way back from a 10-run deficit and topple the Iowa Hawkeyes at Rocky Miller Park in thrilling fashion, 14-13. The game featured a combined 27 runs on 36 hits, both high marks in Big Ten games this season. The top five hitters in head coach Paul Stevens' lineup combined to produce 11 of the team's 16 hits, batting .478 as a group on the day. Led by Dauch, the quintet also scored 10 of the squad's 14 runs. RECAP

Penn State 5, Ohio State 4
The Penn State Nittany Lions (17-14, 5-1 Big Ten) turned in a gritty performance to escape Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium on Friday night with a hard-fought 5-4 win over Ohio State (19-15, 2-8 Big Ten). The win improves Penn State's Big Ten record to 5-1 on the season, its best start since the program went 6-1 during the 2001 season to begin league play. The victory keeps the Blue and White undefeated in Big Ten series openers in 2014, as the squad is now 3-0 with wins over Northwestern, Purdue and now Ohio State. The win is also the program's first in Columbus since the team won 14-6 on April 25, 2010. For the second-straight game this week the Nittany Lions got production all through the batting order, as eight of the team's nine starters recorded at least one hit in the contest to combine for 12 base knocks. RECAP

Non-Conference Results
Indiana 13, Morehead State 1

Maryland Offense Claims Spring Game Victory

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The Maryland offense excelled as the White Team edged the Red Team, 187-143, in the football team's annual Red-White Spring Game Friday evening in front of a crowd of 8,139 fans at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium. The Red Team, which was comprised of defensive players, started the game with a 70-58 advantage. The pre-game points were based on a scoring system throughout this spring's practices. The White Team dug out of their deficit to get the win. The game's scoring system granted the offense six points for a touchdown, three points for a field goal or a first down, two points for a run of 15 or more yards or a pass of 20 or more yards and one or two points for a conversion. On the defensive end, the red team was awarded six points for a touchdown or a turnover, three points for a stop drive or a blocked field goal, two points for a sack or a tackle for loss and one or two points for a return conversion.

The evening started with individual and 7-on-7 drills, which gave fans an opportunity to see Stefon Diggs and Deon Long, who are not yet cleared for full contact. Both Diggs and Long had surgery last fall after suffering leg fractures in an Oct. 19 game at Wake Forest. In the scrimmage, the offense rushed for 314 net yards and passed for 275. In total, the White Team went 27-for-49 passing with three interceptions. The Red Team totaled 83 tackles, three sacks and three interceptions. C.J. Brown led the way for the quarterbacks going 16-for-24 and totaled 157 passing yards. He also rushed for 28 yards and recorded one passing and one rushing touchdown.

For a full recap of the Maryland spring game, click on this link.

Penn State's John Urschel Wins 84th AAU Sullivan Award

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John Urschel, the Penn State All-American guard who claimed the 2013 William V. Campbell Trophy from the National Football Foundation (NFF) as college football's premier scholar-athlete, has been named the recipient of the 84th James E. Sullivan Award, presented by the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) to America's top amateur athlete. Urschel was announced as the winner of the prestigious award Friday night during an awards ceremony at the AAU National Headquarters in Orlando, Fla. 
Urschel was selected from a pool of 19 semifinalists vying for the honor in 2014, and was joined by two other finalists, University of Florida track and field athlete Cory Ann McGee and University of Nebraska volleyball player Kelsey Robinson.

 Urschel becomes Penn State's second winner of the Sullivan Award, joining Olympic track champion Horace Ashenfelter, the 1952 Sullivan recipient. For more information on Urschel's latest honor, click on this link.

Six Big Ten Hockey Standouts Named All-Americans

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Six Big Ten hockey standouts from three conference schools were named CCM Hockey All-Americans for the 2013-14 season tonight at the NCAA Men's Division I Frozen Four in Philadelphia, Pa. Minnesota led all Big Ten programs with three All-Americans followed by Wisconsin with two and Ohio State with one.

Three conference players earned spots on the first team, including Minnesota sophomore defenseman Mike Reilly, Ohio State junior forward Ryan Dzingel and Wisconsin junior defenseman Jake McCabe.

An additional three Big Ten players claimed spots on the second team, including Minnesota teammates Kyle Rau (junior, forward) and Adam Wilcox (sophomore, goalie) and Wisconsin senior forward Michael Mersch.

The full list of 25 honorees can be found here.

Weekend Schedule

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April 11
Indiana at Ohio State - 1 p.m. ET
Purdue at Penn State - 3:30 p.m. ET

April 12
Iowa at Illinois - 12 p.m. CT
Minnesota at Michigan - 12 p.m. ET
Wisconsin at Michigan State - 11 a.m. ET
Nebraska at Northwestern - 11 a.m. CT

April 13
Nebraska at Illinois - 12 p.m. CT
Indiana at Penn State - 11 a.m. ET
Iowa at Northwestern - 11 a.m. CT
Wisconsin at Michigan - 12 p.m. ET
Minnesota at Michigan State - 12 p.m. ET
Purdue at Ohio State - 12 p.m. ET

Weekend Schedule

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April 11
Illinois at Iowa - 3 p.m. CT
Michigan at Minnesota - 6 p.m. CT
Michigan State at Wisconsin - 5 p.m. CT
Northwestern at Nebraska - 3 p.m. CT
Nebraska-Omaha at Nebraska - 7 p.m. CT
Tulsa at Ohio State - 6 p.m. ET
Penn State at Purdue - 1 p.m. ET

April 13
Illinois at Nebraska - 12 p.m. CT
Penn State at Indiana - 12 p.m. ET
Northwestern at Iowa - 12 p.m. CT
Michigan at Wisconsin - 12 p.m. CT
Michigan State at Minnesota - 12 p.m. CT
Ohio State at Purdue - 12 p.m. ET

Friday's Softball Schedule

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Seven games are on Friday's Big Ten softball slate, with Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio State, Nebraska and Wisconsin hosting conference opponents.

Friday, April 11    
Penn State at Indiana, 5 p.m.  
Illinois at Wisconsin, 5 p.m.
Michigan State at #4/5 Michigan, 6 p.m.
Purdue at Ohio State, 6 p.m.
#25/23 Northwestern at #14/14 Minnesota, 7 p.m.
Iowa at #19/22 Nebraska, 7 p.m.
Illinois at Wisconsin, 7 p.m.

All times Eastern
Rankings are USA Softball/NFCA Coaches

Weekend Schedule

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Purdue at Michigan State
Game 1 - Friday, 3 p.m. (Minch, 1-5, 5.29 vs. VanVossen, 5-1, 2.38)
Game 2 - Saturday, 1 p.m. (Downs, 1-4, 4.68 vs. Alleman, 4-1, 2.39)
Game 3 - Sunday, 1 p.m. (TBA vs. Vieaux, 4-2, 1.80)

Iowa at Northwestern
Game 1 - Friday, 4 p.m., BTDN (Mathews, 3-2, 2.55 vs. Mason, 1-2, 4.29)
Game 2 - Saturday, 2 p.m., BTDN (Kuebel, 3-3, 6.02 vs. Magallones, 0-4, 4.50)
Game 3 - Sunday, 2 p.m., BTDN (Peyton, 3-0, 4.84 vs. TBA)

Nebraska at Minnesota
Game 1 - Friday, 4 p.m., BTDN (Sinclair, 5-1, 1.05 vs. Crawford, 3-1, 3.51)
Game 2 - Saturday, 3 p.m. (DeLeon, 3-2, 2.84 vs. Jess, 0-5, 4.78)
Game 3 - Sunday, 3 p.m., BTN (Bummer, 4-2, 4.24 vs. Meyer, 3-2, 2.65)

Penn State at Ohio State
Game 1 - Friday, 6:30 p.m., BTDN (Dunn, 1-0, 0.47 vs. Tully, 3-1, 1.91)
Game 2 - Saturday, 4 p.m. (Jann, 1-4, 3.67 vs. Greve, 3-2, 4.53)
Game 3 - Sunday, 1 p.m., BTDN (Hedge 2-3, 5.95 vs. TBA)

Michigan at Illinois
Game 1 - Friday, 7 p.m. (Hill, 2-3, 3.64 vs. Johnson, 3-4, 2.74)
Game 2 - Saturday, 4 p.m. (Szkutnik, 0-4, 2.83 vs. Castellanos, 3-1, 3.18)
Game 3 - Sunday, 2 p.m. (TBA vs. Kravetz, 3-1, 3.06)

Non-Conference Schedule
Morehead State at Indiana
Game 1 - Friday, 7 p.m. (Humphreys, 2-1, 6.75 vs. DeNato, 6-1, 2.49)
Game 2 - Saturday, 2 p.m. (Anderson, 1-4, 5.14 vs. Morris, 1-2, 2.27)
Game 3 - Sunday, 1 p.m. (Sligh, 0-3, 11.14 vs. Coursen-Carr, 2-2, 3.03)

All times are ET and schedule subject to change

Two Hoosier baseball standouts were named among the midseason list for the 2014 Golden Spikes Award, given annually to the sport's top amateur player. Junior catcher Kyle Schwarber and Junior infielder Sam Travis are among the midseason list, which will be trimmed to 30 in early May. The duo has helped Indiana to an 8-1 start in conference play and first place in the standings.

Weekend Schedule

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Friday, April 11
MICHIGAN STATE at Tennessee Relays - Knoxville, Tenn.
MINNESOTA, WISCONSIN at Spec Towns National Team Invitational - Athens, Ga.
#14 PENN STATE at Sun Angel Track Classic - Tuscon, Ariz.

Saturday, April 12
ILLINOIS, IOWA at Illinois Twilight - Champaign, Ill.
INDIANA, PURDUE at Border Battle - Louisville, Ky.
MICHIGAN STATE at Tennessee Relays - Knoxville, Tenn.
MICHIGAN STATE at Siena Heights Invitational - Adrian, Mich.
MINNESOTA at Concordia St. Paul Invite - St. Paul, Minn.
MINNESOTA, WISCONSIN at Spec Towns National Team Invitational - Athens, Ga.
NEBRASKA at Nebraska Quad - Lincoln, Neb.
#14 PENN STATE at Sun Angel Track Classic - Tuscon, Ariz.
#14 PENN STATE at Bucknell Invite - Lewisburg, Pa.
WISCONSIN at UW Platteville Invitational - Platteville, Wis.

Sunday, April 13
#14 PENN STATE at Bucknell Invite - Lewisburg, Pa.

Weekend Schedule

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Friday, April 11
MICHIGAN STATE at Tennessee Relays - Knoxville, Tenn.
OHIO STATE, #6 WISCONSIN at Spec Towns National Team Invitational - Athens, Ga.
MINNESOTA, #20 PENN STATE at Sun Angel Track Classic - Tuscon, Ariz.

Saturday, April 12
ILLINOIS, IOWA at Illinois Twilight - Champaign, Ill.
INDIANA, PURDUE at Border Battle - Louisville, Ky.
MICHIGAN STATE at Tennessee Relays - Knoxville, Tenn.
MICHIGAN STATE at Siena Heights Invitational - Adrian, Mich.
MINNESOTA at Holst Invitational - St. Paul, Minn.
MINNESOTA, #20 PENN STATE at Sun Angel Track Classic - Tuscon, Ariz.
#14 NEBRASKA at Nebraska Quad - Lincoln, Neb.
OHIO STATE, #6 WISCONSIN at Spec Towns National Team Invitational - Athens, Ga.
#20 PENN STATE at Bucknell Invite - Lewisburg, Pa.
#6 WISCONSIN at UW Platteville Invitational - Platteville, Wis.

Sunday, April 13
#20 PENN STATE at Bucknell Invite - Lewisburg, Pa.


Weekend Schedule

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Saturday, April 12
INDIANA (rv), #2 OHIO STATE, #19 Louisville at IOWA (rv) - Iowa City, Iowa
#10 MICHIGAN, MINNESOTA (rv), #15 WISCONSIN at MICHIGAN STATE (rv) - East Lansing, Mich.


Men's Golf Schedule

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April 12-13  
INDIANA at NYX Hoosier Invitational (Bloomington, Ind.)
IOWA at Hawkeye Invitational (Iowa City, Iowa)
MICHIGAN at NYX Hoosier Invitational (Bloomington, Ind.)
MINNESOTA at Hawkeye Invitational (Iowa City, Iowa)
MICHIGAN STATE at Hawkeye Invitational (Iowa City, Iowa)
NEBRASKA at Hawkeye Invitational (Iowa City, Iowa)
NORTHWESTERN at Kepler Intercollegiate (Columbus, Ohio)
OHIO STATE at Kepler Intercollegiate (Columbus, Ohio)
PENN STATE at Kepler Intercollegiate (Columbus, Ohio)
WISCONSIN at Hawkeye Invitational (Iowa City, Iowa)

Weekly Award Wrap-Up

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Twenty-three Big Ten student-athletes in nine different sports collected awards from the conference office during the week of April 7. Below is the complete list of honorees.

Baseball
Player of the Week - Sam Travis, IND
Pitcher of the Week - John Kravetz, ILL
Freshman of the Week - Jim Haley, PSU

Men's Golf
Golfer of the Week - Thomas Detry, ILL

Women's Golf
Golfer of the Week - Hana Lee, NU

Women's Rowing
Boat of the Week - First Varsity Eight, OSU (Stephanie Williams, Claire-Louise Bode, Eelkje Miedema, Ashley Bauer, Katie King, Elodie Rivera, Holly Norton, Catherine Shields and coxswain Victoria Lazur)

Softball
Player of the Week - Lexi Knief, PSU
Pitcher of the Week - Sara Groenewegen, MINN
Co-Freshmen of the Week - Sara Groenewegen, MINN & Marjani Knighten, NEB

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

Women's Tennis
Athlete of the Week - Marina Bohrer, MSU

Men's Outdoor Track & Field

Track Athlete of the Week - Mason Ferlic, MICH
Field Athlete of the Week - Billy Stanley, OSU

Women's Outdoor Track & Field
Track Athlete of the Week - Alex Leptich, MICH
Field Athlete of the Week - Kyla Buckley, IND

100 Days of the Big Ten Medal of Honor: Day 32

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Michigan's Jason Botterill (1997, hockey)
Botterill, who earned the Big Ten Medal of Honor in 1997, tallied 186 points in 150 career games, including 57 points (32 goals, 25 assists) during Michigan's run to the 1995-96 NCAA title. A three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree, Botterill played in 88 games in the National Hockey League over six seasons. Following the conclusion of his playing career, Botterill returned to Michigan to earn his MBA in 2007. He is currently the Assistant General Manager of the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Minnesota Advances to National Championship Game

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Senior defenseman Justin Holl scored his first goal of the season with less than one second remaining in regulation to lead top-seeded Minnesota to a 2-1 victory over North Dakota Thursday night at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pa. With the win, the Gophers clinched a spot in Saturday's national championship game against Union. Faceoff is set for 7:30 p.m. ET on ESPN.

Thursday, April 10
MINNESOTA 2, North Dakota 1 - RECAP | BOX SCORE

Sixteen Student-Athletes Tabbed All-American

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Sixteen Big Ten women's swimmers and divers have been tabbed CSCAA NCAA DI Swimming and Diving All-Americans. To earn All-America honors, a student-athlete must finish among the top eight at the NCAA Championships. The complete list of Big Ten women's swimmers and divers can be found below.

Alyson Ackman, Penn State
Michelle Cabassol, Purdue
Kiera Janzen, Minnesota
Maggie Keefer, Minnesota
Chase Kinney, Wisconsin
Ivy Martin, Wisconsin
Marni Oldershaw, Michigan
Rebecka Palm, Wisconsin
Jessica Plant, Minnesota
Tori Simenec, Minnesota
Kierra Smith, Minnesota
Brooklynn Snodgrass, Indiana
MacKenzie Tweardy, Purdue
Aja Van Hout, Wisconsin
Lauren Votava, Minnesota
Lindsay Vroomman, Indiana

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Twenty-One Student-Athletes Tabbed All-American

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Twenty-one Big Ten men's swimmers and divers have been tabbed CSCAA NCAA DI Swimming and Diving All-Americans. To earn All-America honors, a student-athlete must finish among the top eight at the NCAA Championships. The complete list of Big Ten men's swimmers and divers can be found below.

Dylan Bosch, Michigan
Pete Brumm, Michigan
Jason Chen, Michigan
Richard Funk, Michigan
Justin Glanda, Michigan
Connor Jaeger, Michigan
Cody Miller, Indiana
Anders Lie Nielsen, Michigan
Bruno Ortiz, Michigan
Tim Phillips, Ohio State
Eric Ress, Indiana
Layne Rogers, Purdue
Shane Ryan, Penn State
Darian Schmidt, Indiana
Steve Schmuhl, Indiana
Vinny Tafuto, Michigan
Derek Toomey, Minnesota
Kyle Whitaker, Michigan
Jordan Wilimovsky, Northwestern
John Wojciechowski, Michigan
Michael Wynalda, Michigan

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Thursday's NCAA Hockey Championship Schedule

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Minnesota, the overall No. 1 seed in the NCAA Hockey Championship, will meet fourth-seeded North Dakota Thursday evening in the second semifinal of the Frozen Four at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pa. The winner will advance to the national championship game on Saturday night.

NCAA Championship Schedule: Thursday, April 10

FROZEN FOUR (Philadelphia, Pa.) 

No.1 MINNESOTA vs. No. 4 North Dakota, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN2)

All times Eastern

100 Days of the Big Ten Medal of Honor: Day 31

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Professional golfers
The Big Ten boasts five professional golfers who won the Big Ten Medal of Honor. On the men's side, Illinois' Scott Langley and Luke Guthrie, Minnesota's Tom Lehman and Northwestern's Luke Donald all hold professional careers. On the women's side, Penn State's Katie Futcher has continued her career professionally. Langley, Guthrie and Lehman were all three-time first-team All-Big Ten selections, while Donald was named to the All-Big Ten first team in each of his four years.

Michigan's Mikulak Wins Nissen Emery Award

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University of Michigan men's gymnast Sam Mikulak has been named the 2014 recipient of the prestigious Nissen Emery Award, given annually to the NCAA's top male gymnast. He becomes the first Wolverine gymnast to win the honor since Justin Toman in 2002. Mikulak owns 13 NCAA All-America citations as well as five NCAA titles, two off the NCAA record held by current Nebraska assistant coach Jim Hartung. Mikulak is a three-time Big Ten Gymnast of the Year and three-time Big Ten all-around champion. Currently, he owns the NCAA all-around record (93.70) as well as the NCAA parallel bar record (16.10).

The Nissen Emery Award honors the collegiate senior male gymnast who has not only established an outstanding record of achievement during his college career but also an athlete who has demonstrated good sportsmanship, fair play and a high standard of athletic excellence. For the complete release, click here.

Wednesday's Softball Results

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On Wednesday's Big Ten softball slate, Indiana and Michigan State split a doubleheader, Ohio State swept Ohio and Wisconsin claimed a pair of wins against North Dakota.

Wednesday, April 9    
Michigan State 5, Indiana 3
Indiana 7, Michigan State 3
#19/22 Nebraska 4, Northern Iowa 0
Ohio State 6, Ohio 0
Ohio State 10, Ohio 9
Ball State 6, Purdue 5
Wisconsin 11, North Dakota 2 (5 innings)
Wisconsin 17, North Dakota 1 (5 innings)

All times Eastern
Rankings are USA Softball/NFCA Coaches

Wednesday's Results

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Indiana 8, Indiana State 4
Iowa 12, Kansas 7
Notre Dame 9, Michigan 1
Michigan State 11, Western Michigan 3
Kansas State 10, Nebraska 6
Dayton 8, Ohio State 5
South Dakota State 13, Minnesota 4

Three Big Ten Teams Finish in Top-10 of Coaches Poll

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The final men's college basketball USA Today Coaches top 25 poll was released on Wednesday, and the Big Ten was represented with three teams among the top-10. Wisconsin finished the season ranked No. 4 in the poll, followed by No. 6 Michigan and No. 8 Michigan State. Ohio State and Minnesota also received votes in the final ballot.

Wisconsin advanced to the Final Four for the first time since 2000 and ended its season with 30 wins, tied for the second-most in school history. Michigan won its first outright Big Ten Championship since 1986, and Michigan State claimed its second Big Ten Tournament title in the past three seasons. The Badgers, Wolverines and Spartans all made regional final appearances, marking the third time in the last 15 years that three conference teams advanced to the Elite Eight.

Ohio State made its sixth straight NCAA Tournament appearance, dropping a heartbreaking decision versus eventual Elite Eight participant Dayton in the second round. Minnesota captured the NIT Championship, the second in school history, and won a school-record 25 games. 



 

In The Polls

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All seven Big Ten women's rowing teams appear in the latest CRCA/USRowing Coaches poll, released on Wednesday. Ohio State leads the list of ranked squads, coming in at No. 2. Michigan checks in at No. 10 and Wisconsin sits at No. 15. Indiana, Iowa, Michigan State and Minnesota were all receiving votes.

For the complete ranking, click here.

Wednesday's Schedule

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Indiana State at Indiana, 6 p.m., BTDN
Kansas at Iowa, 4 p.m.
Michigan at Notre Dame, 7 p.m.
Western Michigan at Michigan State, 3 p.m.
Minnesota at South Dakota State, 4 p.m.
Kansas State at Nebraska, 6 p.m.
Dayton at Ohio State, 6:30 p.m.

All times are ET and schedule subject to change

Four Big Ten women's basketball squads were ranked in the final USA Today Coaches Poll of the 2013-14 season, released on Wednesday. Penn State led the list of ranked conference teams, coming in at No. 14. Nebraska checked in at No. 17, followed by No. 19 Purdue and No. 23 Michigan State. Iowa was receiving votes in the poll.
The Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America and USA Softball announced the Top 25 Finalists for the 2014 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year on Wednesday, with four Big Ten players garnering recognition.

Michigan's Sierra Romero and Haylie Wagner and Minnesota's Sara Moulton and Kaitlyn Richardson were named Player of the Year finalists. The Wolverines and Gophers are currently the top two teams in the Big Ten standings.

Romero is the reigning Big Ten Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year. She currently leads the conference in batting average (.505), on-base percentage (.637), slugging percentage (.882), RBI (42), walks (37) and runs scored (45). Wagner was a second-team All-Big Ten pitcher last season. She leads the Big Ten in earned-run-average (0.94) and fewest runs allowed (19) and has twice been named the Big Ten Pitcher of the Week this season.

Moulton was a unanimous first-team All-Big Ten honoree last season. She currently paces the Big Ten in wins (19), strikeouts (181) and opponents' batting average (.166). Moulton has been tabbed the Big Ten Pitcher of the Week three times this season. Richardson also collected unanimous first-team All-Big Ten plaudits in 2013. She ranks second in the Big Ten in batting average (.463), on-base percentage (.587), slugging percentage (.882), RBI (37) and walks (29).

Just prior to the start of post-season play, on May 7 the list will be narrowed to the Top 10 Finalists. The Top 3 Finalists will be announced May 21, while the winner of the 2014 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award will be revealed on May 27 prior to the start of the NCAA WCWS in Oklahoma City. 


Wednesday's Softball Schedule

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Eight games are on Wednesday's Big Ten softball schedule, including a conference doubleheader between Michigan State and Indiana in Bloomington. That twinbill will be carried live on BTN.

Wednesday, April 9    
Michigan State at Indiana, 4 p.m. (BTN)
North Dakota at Wisconsin, 4 p.m.
Ohio at Ohio State, 5 p.m. (BTDN)
Ball State at Purdue, 5 p.m.
Michigan State at Indiana, 6 p.m. (BTN)
Northern Iowa at #19/22 Nebraska, 6 p.m.
North Dakota at Wisconsin, 6 p.m.
Ohio at Ohio State, 7 p.m. (BTDN)

All times Eastern
Rankings are USA Softball/NFCA Coaches 

100 Days of the Big Ten Medal of Honor: Day 30

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Ohio State's Jerry Lucas (1963, basketball)
Lucas, who received the Big Ten Medal of Honor in 1963, was the leading scorer and rebounder on Ohio State's 1960 NCAA Championship team. He was a two-time National Player of the Year, three-time first-team consensus All-American and three-time Big Ten MVP. During his college career, the Buckeyes posted a 78-6 record and won three Big Ten titles. Lucas led the nation in field goal shooting for three consecutive years and still holds Ohio State's career records in field goal percentage (.624), free throws made (438) and rebounds (1,411). The Middletown, Ohio, native was also the youngest player on the USA Basketball team that won the gold medal at the 1960 Olympics. During his 11 seasons in the NBA, Lucas was a seven-time All-Star and five-time All-NBA selection. He was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1980 and was named one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History. Lucas was the first men's basketball player to have his number retired at Ohio State.

Tuesday's Results

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Iowa 5, Kansas 3
Central Michigan 10, Michigan State 1
Nebraska 4, Creighton 2
Northwestern 12, Valparaiso 5
Ohio State 8, Eastern Michigan 1
Penn State 8, West Virginia 4
Louisville 3, Purdue 1 (10)

Tuesday's Softball Results

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Minnesota recorded a road sweep at Iowa, and Michigan recorded a run-ruled win over Western Michigan on Tuesday's Big Ten softball slate.

Tuesday, April 8    
#14/14 Minnesota 2, Iowa 0 (Game One)
#14/14 Minnesota 7, Iowa 0 (Game Two)
#4/5 Michigan 8, Western Michigan 0 (5 innings)
Nebraska-Omaha 3, #19/22 Nebraska 2

All times Eastern
Rankings are USA Softball/NFCA Coaches

Tuesday's Schedule

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Illinois at Eastern Illinois, 7 p.m.
Evansville at Indiana, 6 p.m.
Kansas at Iowa, 7 p.m., BTDN
Central Michigan at Michigan State, 3 p.m.
Nebraska at Creighton, 7:30 p.m.
Valparaiso at Northwestern, 4 p.m., BTDN
Eastern Michigan at Ohio State, 6:30 p.m.
West Virginia at Penn State, 6:30 p.m.
Louisville at Purdue, 5 p.m., BTDN

All times are ET and schedule subject to change

Tuesday's Softball Schedule

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Four games are on Tuesday's Big Ten softball schedule, including Iowa hosting Minnesota in a doubleheader on BTN.

Tuesday, April 8    
#14/14 Minnesota at Iowa, 4 p.m. (BTN)
Western Michigan at #4/5 Michigan, 6 p.m.
#14/14 Minnesota at Iowa, 6 p.m. (BTN)
Nebraska-Omaha at #19/22 Nebraska, 6 p.m.

All times Eastern
Rankings are USA Softball/NFCA Coaches
 

Big Ten Softball in the Polls

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In the latest national polls, four Big Ten softball teams appeared among the top 25 of the NFCA Coaches poll, while four conference squads received top 25 nods in the USA Softball ballot. In the coaches' poll, Michigan and Minnesota remained at No. 5 and No. 14, respectively, followed by No. 22 Nebraska and No. 23 Northwestern. In the USA Softball ballot, Michigan improved to No. 4, followed by 14th-ranked Minnesota, No. 19 Nebraska and No. 25 Northwestern.

Michigan is riding a 15-game winning streak, and will host Western Michigan on Tuesday before opening a three-game series against Michigan State in Ann Arbor, Mich., this weekend. Minnesota will visit Iowa for a doubleheader tonight before welcoming Northwestern to Minneapolis for a weekend series. Nebraska will take on Nebraska-Omaha on Tuesday and challenge Northern Iowa on Wednesday. The Huskers will host Iowa in Big Ten action this weekend.  

Penn State Appears in USTFCCCA Poll

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The Penn State women's outdoor track & field team is ranked No. 14 in the latest USTFCCCA poll, which was released on Tuesday. The Nittany Lions moved up three spots from the preseason rankings.

For the full poll, click here.
Three Big Ten Men's Outdoor Track & Field teams are ranked in the latest USTFCCCA poll, released on Tuesday. Wisconsin leads conference squads, coming in at No. 6. Nebraska checks in at No. 14 and Penn State is ranked No. 20.

For the complete poll, click here.

100 Days of the Big Ten Medal of Honor: Day 29

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Penn State's Helen Holloway (1994, basketball)
A 1994 recipient of the Big Ten Medal of Honor, Holloway led Penn State to its first Big Ten Championship in her senior season. She guided the Lady Lions to four NCAA Tournament appearances, tallying 1,022 points and 598 rebounds in her career. Holloway was a two-time All-Big Ten selection and was tabbed the Atlantic 10 Freshman of the Year in 1991. She was named to the NCAA Midwest All-Region team in 1994 and is tied for most rebounds in an NCAA Tournament game in Lady Lion history with 16.

Monday's Result

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Indiana 5, Iowa 3
After being shut down for the first seven innings, No. 23 Indiana saw their bats come alive to plate five runs in the eighth inning and come away with a 5-3 victory on Monday afternoon at Duane Banks Field. Evan Bell pitched three innings of two hit, scoreless relief to improve to 2-0 this season and Brad Hartong delivered the go-ahead 2-run double in the decisive eighth inning. Earlier in the inning, Sam Travis came up with his second hit of the day to plate Casey Rodrigue from third base to tie the game. Dating back to the end of the 2013 regular season, when Indiana won the last two regular season games at Ohio State, the Hoosiers have now won eight straight conference road games. RECAP

Hoosiers Remain Among National Polls

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Indiana continued its climb up the national rankings this week, checking into the polls released Monday by Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball Newspaper. The Hoosiers moved up to No. 23 in both rankings, jumping five spots in the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper poll and climb one spot from last week's Baseball America standings. Indiana and Iowa are also receiving votes in the National College Baseball Writers Association rankings.

Minnesota Names Stollings Head Coach

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University of Minnesota Director of Athletics Norwood Teague announced today the hiring of Marlene Stollings as the 11th head coach in the history of the Golden Gopher women's basketball program. Stollings comes to Minnesota after two successful years at Virginia Commonwealth University, where she led the Rams to a 33-29 record and one of the top turnarounds in the nation in 2013-14. Prior to her stint at VCU, Stollings led a one-year resurgence at Winthrop University in 2011-12, where the Eagles posted just their second winning season in the last 26 years of the program.

"Marlene Stollings is one of the most respected young coaches in the country and we are thrilled to have her leading the Minnesota women's basketball program," Teague said. "Her up-tempo style, ability to recruit the nation's best talent and successful track record are undeniable. I am excited for our student-athletes and fans, as Marlene will bring an energetic style of basketball to Williams Arena."

"I am extremely proud to be named the head coach at the University of Minnesota," Stollings said. "I want to thank President Eric Kaler and Director of Athletics Norwood Teague for believing in my vision for the future of this storied program and for giving me this opportunity. Minnesota has great tradition and I cannot wait to be part of it. I am looking forward to meeting the team and great fans of Gopher basketball." For the full Minnesota release, click HERE.

100 Days of the Big Ten Medal of Honor: Day 28

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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 Michigan.

Carl Hagelin (2011, hockey)
Before opening a successful career with the New York Rangers of the National Hockey League over the past two seasons, Hagelin stood out both on the ice and in the classroom in Ann Arbor. He was awarded the Big Ten Medal of Honor in 2011, the same year that he was named a second-team All-America selection. Hagelin was also a three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree while pursuing a degree in sport management. He recently earned a silver medal with Sweden at the Sochi Olympic Games.

Beth Wymer (1995, gymnastics)
A 1995 recipient of the Big Ten Medal of Honor, Wymer was a three-time Big Ten Gymnast of the Year and became the first female gymnast inducted into her university's Hall of Honor. She won four conference titles in the all-around, leading the Wolverines to team championships each year, and three NCAA titles on uneven bars. She earned a master's degree in kinesiology and has counseled clients in nutrition, lifestyle and personal training.

Paul Goebel (1923, football)
Goebel, a 1923 Big Ten Medal of Honor winner, was the first to wear jersey No. 1 for the Wolverines. He was a captain of the 1922 Michigan team that won the Big Ten Championship and earned the honor of scoring the first Wolverine points in Ohio Stadium when he kicked a field goal on Oct. 21, 1922. He was a lieutenant commander on a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier in World War II, ran a sporting goods store, officiated Big Ten football and served as mayor of Grand Rapids, Mich. He was also influential in the political career of President Gerald Ford.

Alison Noble (1984, volleyball)
A 1984 recipient of the Big Ten Medal of Honor, Noble was a four-year letterwinner for Michigan. She led the Wolverines to their first Big Ten Championship in 1981, where she was named to the Big Ten All-Tournament team. Noble was a two-time AIAW All-Region honoree in 1980 and 1981 and an Academic All-Big Ten selection in 1983. The computer engineering major graduated summa cum laude and was inducted into the M-Women Academic Hall of Fame in 1985.

Andrea Williams (1985, volleyball)
Awarded the Big Ten Medal of Honor in 1985, Williams was the first Michigan female student-athlete to play a varsity sport while attending graduate school. The Scarborough, Ontario, native completed a Ph.D. program in world politics while competing for the Wolverines in 1984 and 1985. Williams led Michigan in assists, hitting percentage, kills and solo blocks in both seasons she competed, along with being named an Academic All-Big Ten selection. In 1985, she was named honorable mention All-Big Ten, while also leading the Wolverines in digs, total blocks and sets played. Prior to her time at Michigan, Williams competed for the Canadian national team.

Jon Jansen (1999, football)
Winner of the 1999 Big Ten Medal of Honor, Jansen was a two-time All-Big Ten performer at Michigan and helped lead the Wolverines to a national title in 1997. Serving as captain during his junior and senior seasons, Jansen earned All-America status as a senior, while also garnering Academic All-Big Ten accolades in 1997 and 1998. Following his collegiate career, Jansen was drafted in the second round of the 1999 NFL Draft by the Washington Redskins and became a model of consistency during his 10-year career. He started 125 of the 137 games in which he played and was named a second-team All-Pro in 2005.

Sunday's Softball Results

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On Sunday's Big Ten softball slate, Iowa topped Northwestern, Michigan swept a doubleheader versus Ohio State and Wisconsin salvaged a doubleheader split versus Minnesota.

Sunday, April 6
#20/20 Nebraska 12, Illinois 3 (5 innings)
Iowa 4, rv/#23 Northwestern 3
#5/5 Michigan 10, Ohio State 0 (5 innings)
#5/5 Michigan 9, Ohio State 1 (6 innings)
Penn State 6, Michigan State 0
Wisconsin 2, #14/14 Minnesota 1
#14/14 Minnesota 3, Wisconsin 0
Indiana 5, Purdue 2

All times Eastern
Rankings are USA Softball/NFCA Coaches

Sunday's Results

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Indiana 14, Iowa 3
Indiana's offense once again proved to be too much for Iowa, as the Hoosiers(17-10, 7-1 Big Ten) scored five runs in the first inning and never looked back on the way to a 14-3 victory at Duane Banks Field. Dustin DeMuth went 3-for-4 with three RBI and three runs scored while also extending his hit streak to 16 games. On the mound, Christian Morris got the start and allowed one earned run (three runs) over the first 3.1 innings before Luke Harrison came on in relief. It would be Harrison that ended an Iowa threat in the fourth and then cruised through the next four innings to pick up his first win of the season (1-0). He gave up just one hit over his 4.2 innings while walking one and fanning seven. Jake Kelzer pitched the ninth inning and recorded three strikeouts. RECAP

Minnesota 3, Michigan 1
The University of Minnesota (17-10, 5-4 Big Ten) baseball team beat Michigan 3-1 Sunday in Ann Arbor to win the series 2-1. A few timely hits and key defensive plays gave the Golden Gophers the edge over the Wolverines (14-17-1, 4-5 Big Ten) in the series finale. Sawyer pitched the ninth to earn his fifth save of the season. Meyer, who pitched 7 1/3 innings, got the win to improve to 3-2 on the year. He gave up six hits and one walk and struck out three batters. Szkutnik (0-4) took the loss after giving up all three runs (two earned) and seven hits. He struck out five and walked two. RECAP

Nebraska 2, Ohio State 1
It was quite the weekend for the Nebraska baseball team (19-13, 4-2 Big Ten) as the Huskers completed their Big Ten-opening homestand on Sunday with another dramatic walk-off victory. For the second straight day the Huskers plated the winning run with two outs in the ninth, with Tanner Lubach playing hero on Sunday after Michael Pritchard picked up a walk-off single on Saturday. NU defeated Ohio State by a score of 2-1 to complete the series sweep without using one single pitch from its bullpen, as all three starters in the weekend rotation threw complete games. Tied 1-1 heading into the bottom of the ninth, it looked like the game was set for extra innings until back-to-back two-out singles from Blake Headley and Ben Miller put the game-winning run in scoring position at second base. Following an OSU mound visit, the Buckeyes stuck with starter Jake Post against Lubach. The Lincoln native jumped on the first pitch he saw from Post and drove it into right-center field to easily score Headley from second base. RECAP

Illinois 1, Northwestern 0
Junior John Kravetz tossed a career-high eight scoreless innings and senior Ronnie Muck closed the 1-0 victory and series sweep of Northwestern on Sunday at Rocky Miller Park. Sophomore Jason Goldstein knocked in junior David Kerian with an RBI single for the only run in the fourth, which proved to be enough behind the third stellar pitching performance of the weekend. The Illini won their fifth consecutive game and ninth in their last 10 to improve to 17-11 overall and 5-1 in the Big Ten. "John threw a great game and we got the timely hit when we needed it to get the sweep," associate head coach Eric Snider. "Ronnie came in and shut the door. Our pitching staff was excellent all weekend, so credit to Drew Dickinson on the job he has done with them." Kravetz equaled a career-high seven strikeouts and did not issue a walk, which was the theme of the weekend for Illini pitchers. UI hurlers recorded 30 strikeouts and only two walks in the three-game sweep. RECAP

Purdue 4, Penn State 0
Purdue baseball scored three two-out runs early in the game and Brett Haan worked the first five scoreless innings in a combined-shutout effort, as the Boilermakers salvaged the finale of the Penn State series with a 4-0 win Sunday afternoon at Alexander Field. Purdue (6-21, 2-4 Big Ten) posted its first shutout since blanking Illinois-Chicago at Alexander Field on April 20 of last season. It was the Boilers' first shutout of a Big Ten opponent since defeating Indiana, 3-0, in the winner's bracket final at the 2012 Big Ten Tournament. Brandon Krieg and Kyle Wood each had a pair of hits and an RBI to extend streaks. Krieg has hit safely in a career-best 12 straight games, matching Sean McHugh's streak this year for the longest by a Boiler since 2011. Wood has reached base safely in 13 consecutive games. McHugh recorded the first of three consecutive two-outs singles in the bottom of the first to push his reached safely streak to 17 straight games. RECAP

Non-Conference
Michigan State 5, Siena 1

Sunday's Softball Schedule

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All 12 Big Ten softball teams will be in action on Sunday, with Michigan and Minnesota hosting doubleheaders.

Sunday, April 6
Indiana at Purdue, Noon
#20/20 Nebraska at Illinois, 1 p.m.
Ohio State at #5/5 Michigan (DH), 1 p.m.
Penn State at Michigan State, 1 p.m.
rv/#23 Northwestern at Iowa, 2 p.m.
Wisconsin at #14/14 Minnesota (DH), 3 p.m.

All times Eastern
Rankings are USA Softball/NFCA Coaches

100 Days of the Big Ten Medal of Honor: Day 27

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Big Ten Individual Champions
At least 280 Medal of Honor recipients have been crowned individual Big Ten Champions during their careers. Two men's cross country runners were victorious each year they competed - Illinois' Craig Virgin (1977) and Michigan's Kevin Sullivan (1998), while Iowa's Ed Banach (1983) took home four straight wrestling crowns. Wisconsin's Kathy Butler (1997) was a 16-time Big Ten Champion in track & field, while Michigan's Carl Johnson (1920) was an eight-time winner in his day. Indiana swimmer Gary Hall (1973) won 10 conference titles and Michigan gymnast Beth Wymer (1995) earned 15 crowns.

Four Teams Earned Berths to NCAA Championships

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Four Big Ten women's gymnastics teams earned berths to the NCAA Championships, as Illinois, Michigan, Nebraska and Penn State all advanced to the national meet, which will be held April 18-20 in Birmingham, Ala. The Fighting Illini will make their second consecutive appearance and fourth overall. The Wolverines will make their 21st appearance in program history, while the Cornhuskers advanced for the 22nd time in school history. The Nittany Lions will be making their first appearance at the NCAA Championships since 2009.

Illinois Release
Michigan Release
Nebraska Release
Penn State Release

Saturday's Softball Results

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Purdue and Northwestern both recorded doubleheader sweeps on Saturday to highlight the Big Ten softball slate.

Saturday, April 5
Illinois 11, #20/20 Nebraska 4 (Game 1)
#20/20 Nebraska 9, Illinois 5 (Game 2)
Purdue 4, Indiana 1 (Game 1)
Purdue 4, Indiana 1 (Game 2)
Penn State 7, Michigan State 3
rv/#23 Northwestern 6, Iowa 4
rv/#23 Northwestern 4, Iowa 1
#5/5 Michigan 1, Ohio State 0

Rankings are USA Softball/NFCA Coaches 

Saturday's Results

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Indiana 6, Iowa 3
The Indiana baseball team hit four home runs - including a pair from Sam Travis - on their way to a 6-3 win at Iowa on Saturday. IU senior pitcher Joey DeNato recorded his sixth win of the season and 30th of his career, tying the IU career record for wins by a pitcher. The Hoosiers pounded out 13 hits in the game, the fifth straight game of 10-plus hits with four of those coming in Big Ten play. The top four in the IU batting order - Casey Rodrigue, Kyle Schwarber, Sam Travis and Scott Donley - combined to go 10-for-20 at the plate with five RBI and five runs scored. Dustin DeMuth went 1-for-3 with a double, extending his hit streak to 15 games and his consecutive games reaching base safely streak to 23 games. DeNato (6-1) went 6.0 innings to pick up the win, allowing three runs on eight hits with five strikeouts, increasing his IU career strikeout record to 253. RECAP

Michigan 8, Minnesota 1
Sophomore Evan Hill pitched 6.2 scoreless innings and the University of Michigan baseball team got to Minnesota pitching early as the Wolverines defeated the Golden Gophers, 8-1, Saturday afternoon at the Wilpon Complex, home of Ray Fisher Stadium. Hill struck out four and allowed five hits in the start. He pitched around a little trouble in the first two innings and got out of a bases-loaded jam in the fourth with a fielder's choice and a groundout. Freshman Keith Lehmann went the final 2.1 innings, striking out a batter and allowing three hits and a run. RECAP

Nebraska 4, Ohio State 3
After going 0-for-3 with a sacrifice fly in his first four trips to the plate, Michael Pritchard produced a bases loaded, two-out, two-RBI walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Nebraska baseball team back-to-back come-from-behind victories over the Ohio State Buckeyes with a 4-3 win on Saturday afternoon in front of 3,871 fans at Hawks Field. After reliever Travis Lakins retired Ryan Boldt to start the ninth, the 6-1 OSU freshman walked Blake Headley and gave up a single to Christian Cox that put the tying run on base. Lakins struck out Austin Christensen for the second out of the ninth, but then issued consecutive walks to Ty Kildow and Jake Placzek, forcing in pinch runner Quinn McGill to make it a 3-2 game. With the tying run 90 feet away and the winning run at second base, the Buckeyes went to Trace Dempsey, who got ahead of Pritchard 1-2, before the senior left fielder from Omaha blistered an offering back up the middle that scored Kildow and Cox for the Huskers' third walk-off winner of 2014. RECAP

Illinois 6, Northwestern 2 (10)
Illinois won its fourth straight game on Saturday with a 6-2 victory over Northwestern in 10 innings, which also marked its eighth win in the last nine games. The Illini scored four runs in the 10th inning and capitalized on three Northwestern errors in the game. The Illini improved to 16-11 overall and 4-1 in the Big Ten, as sophomore Tyler Jay picked up his first win this season following two scoreless innings in relief of starter Ryan Castellanos. "We kept on grinding and found a way to win in the end," associate head coach Eric Snider said. "Will and David each put good swings on a pitch they could handle. Ryan threw really well and Tyler and Nick finished off a strong pitching performance." RECAP

Penn State 2, Purdue 1 (Game 1), Penn State 6, Purdue 5 (Game 2)
The Penn State Nittany Lions kept their hot streak of play alive on Saturday afternoon, taking both games in the doubleheader to remain perfect in the Big Ten. The 4-0 conference record is the Blue and White's best start in program history. With the two victories the Nittany Lions won the season series against the Boilermakers for the first time since May of 2007 and will try to sweep Purdue for the first time in program history in tomorrow's final game of the series. Penn State has now won six-straight games and 10 of its last 11 contests. RECAPS

Non-Conference Schedule
Michigan State 4, Siena 0
Michigan State 6, Siena 1

Wisconsin Comes Up Short Versus Kentucky in Final Four

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NCAA TOURNAMENT FINAL FOUR
No. 8 Kentucky 74, No. 2 WISCONSIN 73


Four Badgers scored in double figures, and Wisconsin shot 52.2 percent from the field in the second half, but Kentucky's Aaron Harrison drilled a go-ahead three-pointer with 5.6 seconds remaining to lead the Wildcats past the Badgers, 74-73, on Saturday night at AT&T Stadium. Kentucky will take on UConn in Monday's national championship game.

The Badgers' Ben Brust and Sam Dekker both scored a team-high 15 points, and were joined in double figures by Traevon Jackson and Bronson Koenig. Kentucky's James Young scored a game-high 17 points. The Wildcats shot 50 percent for the game, but made just two three-pointers.

Wisconsin's senior class includes Brust and Zach Bohannon. The Badgers are scheduled to return starters Dekker, Jackson, Josh Gasser and Frank Kaminsky next season.


Michigan Holds Annual Spring Game

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The University of Michigan football team held its annual Mott Spring Game presented by PNC Bank on Saturday in front of nearly 15,000 fans at Michigan Stadium. The spring game served as the concluding event of the Wolverines' 2014 spring practices. For the fifth consecutive year, the game raised money for U-M C.S. Mott Children's Hospital. Since 2010, the event has earned more than $1 million for the hospital. The team started with positional drills and special teams practice before moving to the full-squad scrimmage. For more information, click on this link.

Nebraska's Jordan Hooper was named to the 10-member WBCA All-America Team, it was announced on Saturday at the Women's Final Four in Nashville, Tenn. Hooper earns her second All-America honor of the postseason, having recently garnered second-team AP All-America status. A Senior CLASS Award finalist and Big Ten Player of the Year, Hooper becomes the first Husker to earn WBCA honors since Kelsey Griffin in 2010 and is the third Nebraska player to be so honored in program history.

In addition, Iowa's Samantha Logic, Minnesota teammates Rachel Banham and Amanda Zahui B. and Penn State's Maggie Lucas were among those named WBCA Honorable Mention All-Americans. Zahui is one of two freshmen to earn honorable mention distinction.

Saturday's Softball Schedule

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Nine Big Ten softball games are scheduled for Saturday, with Illinois, Iowa and Purdue hosting doubleheaders.

Saturday, April 5

Penn State at Michigan State, 1 p.m.
Indiana at Purdue (DH), 1 p.m.
#20/20 Nebraska at Illinois (DH), 2 p.m.
rv/#23 Northwestern at Iowa (DH), 3 p.m.
Ohio State at #5/5 Michigan, 2 p.m.

All times Eastern
Rankings are USA Softball/NFCA Coaches 

100 Days of the Big Ten Medal of Honor: Day 26

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Michigan's Diane Dietz (1982, women's basketball)
Michigan's all-time leading scorer with 2,076 career points, Dietz was awarded the Big Ten Medal of Honor in 1982, the first Wolverine female to claim the honor. She ranks high on various career lists, including first in field goals made (940), second in scoring average (19.6), fourth in steals (229) and 14th in rebounds (559), as well as holding numerous single-season records. Dietz was also a three-time Academic All-American from 1980-82 and became just the second Michigan student-athlete to be inducted into the Academic All-America Hall of Fame in 2009. Following her collegiate career, she went on to earn her law degree and is currently the Chief Communications Officer for the Big Ten Conference.  

Friday's Results

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Illinois 13, Northwestern 0
Illinois dominated the series opener 13-0 over Northwestern on Friday behind a strong start from redshirt-junior Drasen Johnson, who matched a career-high 10 strikeouts in seven shutout innings. The Illini drew a season-high 12 walks and capitalized on five NU errors on their way to their second-highest offensive output this season. The Orange and Blue have won seven of their last eight games and improved to 15-11 overall and 3-1 in the Big Ten. "Drasen threw very well and got stronger as the game went on," associate head coach Eric Snider said. "We took advantage of their mistakes and got the hits when we needed them. It's important to have this momentum going right now, but we have to come out tomorrow ready to go." RECAP

Minnesota 9, Michigan 6 (11)
The University of Minnesota (16-9, 4-3 Big Ten) baseball team opened its series at Michigan with a 9-6, 11-inning victory. Third baseman Tony Skjefte hit 3-for-5 and walked with the bases loaded in the 11th to allow the go-ahead run to score. He had 3 RBI and a double on a windy, rainy day in Ann Arbor. The Golden Gophers had a 5-0 lead at one time, but the Wolverines (13-6-1, 3-4 Big Ten) came back to tie the game 6-6 in the eighth. Minnesota had 11 hits to Michigan's nine, and the Wolverines committed two errors that both cost them runs. RECAP

Nebraska 3, Ohio State 2
Senior Christian DeLeon finished his first complete game of 2014 with an eight-pitch ninth inning after the Husker offense plated three runs in the bottom of the eighth to power NU to a 3-2 come-from-behind victory over Ohio State (18-11, 2-5 Big Ten) in Friday night's Big Ten home opener at Hawks Field. Now 17-13 overall and 2-2 in Big Ten play, Friday's win marked the first time this season the Huskers have rallied to win when trailing after 7.0 innings. With the Huskers in front 3-2, DeLeon climbed the hill in the ninth to face OSU's 6-7-8 hitters. The 6-3 righty worked ahead 0-2 on Connor Sabanosh before getting him to pop out to Pat Kelly for the first out of the ninth. Jacob Bosiokovic stepped in and gave the Buckeyes hope with a single on the first pitch he saw. DeLeon continued to throw strikes and got ahead of Nick Sergakis, 0-2. With the tying run on first, DeLeon got Sergakis to swing-and-miss on a nasty breaking ball in the dirt and on the play Bosiokovic tried to take second base, but Tanner Lubach ended the game by throwing out his second OSU runner on the night. RECAP

Penn State Tops Michigan State

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In the only completed game on Friday's Big Ten softball slate, Penn State posted a 9-3 win over Michigan State in East Lansing. The Michigan vs. Ohio State and Purdue-Indiana contests were postponed due to inclement weather.

Friday, April 4
Penn State 9, Michigan State 3

Weekend Schedule

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April 4
Minnesota at Ohio State - 3 p.m. ET
Wisconsin at Penn State - 4 p.m. ET

April 5
Illinois at Michigan State - 12 p.m. ET
Nebraska at Indiana - 11 a.m. ET
Iowa at Purdue - 12 p.m. ET
Northwestern at Michigan - 12 p.m. ET

April 6
Illinois at Michigan - 12 p.m. ET
Iowa at Indiana - 11 a.m. ET
Northwestern at Michigan State - 11 a.m. ET
Minnesota at Penn State - 11 a.m. ET
Nebraska at Purdue - 12 p.m. ET
Wisconsin at Ohio State - 12 p.m. ET

Weekend Schedule

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April 4
Michigan State at Illinois - 3 p.m. CT
Indiana at Nebraska - 3 p.m. CT
Purdue at Iowa - 2 p.m. CT
Michigan at Northwestern - 2:30 p.m. CT
Ohio State at Minnesota - 3 p.m. CT
Penn State at Wisconsin - 6 p.m. CT    

April 6
Michigan at Illinois - 12 p.m. CT
Indiana at Iowa - 12 p.m. CT
Michigan State at Northwestern - 12 p.m. CT
IUPUI at Northwestern - 7 p.m. CT
Penn State at Minnesota - 12 p.m. CT
Purdue at Nebraska - 12 p.m. CT
Ohio State at Wisconsin - 12 p.m. CT

Weekend Schedule

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Minnesota at Michigan
Game 1 - Friday, 4 p.m. (Crawford, 3-1, 3.05 vs. Ballantine, 2-1, 3.00)
Game 2 - Saturday, 2 p.m. (Jess, 0-4, 5.14 vs. Hill, 1-3, 4.24)
Game 3 - Sunday, 1 p.m. (Meyer, 2-2, 2.89 vs. Szkutnik, 0-3, 2.80)

Illinois at Northwestern
Game 1 - Friday, 4 p.m. (Johnson, 2-4, 3.19 vs. Tyson, 1-1, 5.57)
Game 2 - Sunday, 2 p.m. (Castellanos, 3-1, 3.33 vs. Mason, 1-2, 5.45)
Game 3 - Sunday, 3 p.m., BTN (Kravetz, 2-1, 4.07 vs. Magallones, 0-3, 5.34)

Penn State at Purdue
Game 1 - Friday, 6:30 p.m., BTN (Jann, 1-4, 4.08 vs. Minch, 1-4, 5.83)
Game 2 - Saturday, 2 p.m. (TBA vs. Downs, 1-3, 3.89)
Game 3 - Sunday, Noon, BTN (Hedge, 2-2, 5.60 vs. TBA)

Indiana at Iowa
Game 1 - Saturday, 4 p.m. (DeNato, 5-1, 2.22 vs. Mathews, 3-1, 1.91)
Game 2 - Sunday, 3 p.m. (Morris, 1-2, 2.23 vs. Kuebel, 2-2, 5.50)
Game 3 - Monday, 2 p.m. (TBA vs. Peyton, 3-0, 5.44)

Ohio State at Nebraska
Game 1 - Friday, 7:30 p.m., BTDN (Riga, 3-1, 3.52 vs. DeLeon, 2-2, 3.00)
Game 2 - Saturday, 3 p.m., BTDN (Tully, 3-1, 2.06 vs. Sinclair, 4-1, 1.28)
Game 3 - Sunday, 2 p.m., BTDN (Greve, 3-2, 5.26 vs. Bummer, 3-2, 5.46)

Non-Conference Schedule
Siena at Michigan State
Game 1 - Saturday, Noon, BTDN
Game 2 - Saturday, 3 p.m., BTDN
Game 3 - Sunday, 1 p.m., BTDN

All times are ET and schedule subject to change

Women's Golf Schedule

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April 4-6  
INDIANA at Liz Murphey Invitational (Athens, Ga.)
NORTHWESTERN at Liz Murphey Invitational (Athens, Ga.)
IOWA at Dallas Athletic Club Invitational (Dallas, Texas)
MICHIGAN STATE at Liz Murphey Invitational (Athens, Ga.)
NEBRASKA at Dallas Athletic Club Invitational (Dallas, Texas)
PURDUE at Dallas Athletic Club Invitational (Dallas, Texas)

April 7-8  
ILLINOIS at Marsh Landing Invitational (Ponte Vedra, Fla.)
MICHIGAN at Marsh Landing Invitational (Ponte Vedra, Fla.)
MINNESOTA at Marsh Landing Invitational (Ponte Vedra, Fla.)
OHIO STATE at Web.com Collegiate (Jacksonville, Fla.)

Men's Golf Schedule

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April 5-6  
ILLINOIS at 3M Augusta Invitational (Augusta, Ga.)
INDIANA at Irish Creek Collegiate (Kannapolis, N.C.)
MICHIGAN at Aggie Invitational (Bryan, Texas)
OHIO STATE at Irish Creek Intercollegiate (Kannapolis, N.C.)
PURDUE at Insperity Augusta State Invitational (Augusta, Ga.)

100 Days of the Big Ten Medal of Honor: Day 25

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Rob Mango (Illinois, 1973, track & field)
Mango was a runner who became an internationally exhibited painter and sculptor based in New York. During his collegiate career, he became the first Illinois men's track & field athlete to win an NCAA title, winning the two-mile relay crown in 1972. Mango was a three-time Big Ten champion in the 880-yard run, winning the indoor and outdoor titles in 1972 and taking home the indoor crown the next year. In the Illinois record book he ranks first in the two-mile run and fourth in the 800-meter run.

Friday's Softball Schedule

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Friday's Big Ten softball schedule includes Michigan hosting Ohio State, Michigan State entertaining Penn State and Purdue playing host to Indiana.

Friday, April 4
Penn State at Michigan State, 3 p.m.
Indiana at Purdue, 4 p.m.
Ohio State at #5/5 Michigan, 6 p.m.

Rankings are USA Softball/NFCA Coaches
All times Eastern

Weekly Award Wrap-Up

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Twenty-five Big Ten student-athletes in nine different sports collected awards from the conference office during the week of March 31. Below is the complete list of honorees.

Baseball
Player of the Week - Dustin DeMuth, IND
Pitcher of the Week - Calvin Mathews, IOWA
Freshman of the Week - Cam Vieaux, MSU

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

Women's Golf
Co-Golfers of the Week - Cassie Deeg & Katelyn Wright, NEB

Women's Rowing
Boat of the Week - Second Varsity Eight, OSU (Nikki Becks, Chloe Meyer, Anna Gackowski, Katie Beletskaya, Sandra Dinter, Anne Dietrich, Stephanie Williams, Taylore Urban and coxswain Alex Sawatzki)

Softball
Player of the Week - Hailey Decker, NEB
Pitcher of the Week - Kayla Massey, IOWA
Co-Freshmen of the Week - Sara Groenewegen, MINN & Katy McJunkin, PUR

Men's Tennis
Athlete of the Week - Leonard Stakhovsky, PSU

Women's Tennis
Athlete of the Week - Gabriella De Santis, OSU

Men's Outdoor Track & Field

Track Athlete of the Week - Levi Gibson, NEB
Field Athlete of the Week - Billy Stanley, OSU

Women's Outdoor Track & Field
Track Athlete of the Week - Brook Handler, MICH
Field Athlete of the Week - Ashley Stacey, MSU

Minnesota Captures NIT Championship

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Thursday, April 3
NIT Championship

No. 1 MINNESOTA 65, No. 1 SMU 63 - AP Recap

Minnesota secured the Big Ten's 10th NIT Championship on Thursday, defeating SMU at Madison Square Garden, 65-63.

Senior Austin Hollins led all scorers with 19 points, and was joined in double figures by Andre Hollins (14 points) and Deandre Mathieu (13). Nic Moore scored 17 points to pace the Mustangs. Hollins made a tiebreaking three-pointer with 46.1 seconds remaining.

Under the leadership of first-year head coach Richard Pitino, Minnesota set a school record for overall wins this season. The Gophers are slated to return four starters next season, including Elliot Eliason, Andre Hollins, Joey King and Mathieu.

Minnesota also captured the NIT title in 1993. 

Craft Named Senior CLASS Award First-Team All-American

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Ohio State's Aaron Craft was named a Senior CLASS Award First-Team All-American in the sport of collegiate men's basketball on Thursday.

Craft was named one of 10 finalists for the Senior CLASS Award in mid-February along with Penn State's Tim Frazier. Craft, who was named the NABC National Defensive Player of the Year on Thursday, is a two-time Academic All-America of the Year. He is also a finalist for the Bob Cousy Award as the nation's top point guard, and was named to the Allstate Good Works Team. For more on Craft's career, CLICK HERE.  

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.

Creighton's Doug McDermott was named the 2014 Senior CLASS Award winner.  

Craft Named NABC National Defensive POY

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Ohio State's Aaron Craft was named the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) National Defensive Player of the Year on Thursday. Craft will be presented the award at the annual Guardian of the Game Awards Show in Dallas on Sunday night.

Craft becomes the third Big Ten player, and second straight, to win the Defensive Player of the Year award. Indiana's Victor Oladipo claimed the honor last year, while Ohio State's Greg Oden was tabbed the Defensive Player of the Year in 2007.

Craft ended his career as both the Ohio State and Big Ten all-time leader in steals with 337. The Big Ten coaches selected Craft as the 2014 Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, an honor he also earned in 2012. As a member of the 2014 All-Big Ten Defensive team, Craft is just the second student-athlete to earn a spot on the team four times.

The NABC honor has been awarded since 1987. Craft is just the third point guard to garner the honor.


100 Days of the Big Ten Medal of Honor: Day 24

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Penn State's John Amaechi (1995, basketball)
A 1995 Big Ten Medal of Honor recipient, Amaechi scored 1,310 points in three seasons during his career at Penn State, the most points scored for a Nittany Lion in less than four seasons. He was a first-team All-Big Ten selection in 1995, a three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection, a two-time Academic All-American and was named the Academic All-American of the Year in 1995. One of just five players to post at least 1,300 points and 700 rebounds at Penn State, Amaechi played five seasons in the NBA with the Cleveland Cavaliers, Orlando Magic and Utah Jazz. After his NBA career, Amaechi helped England earn the bronze medal at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne. The Manchester, England native was the first and only Briton to have his jersey hung in the U.S. Basketball Hall of Fame. Amaechi is currently an organizational consultant, a New York Times best-selling author and a social entrepreneur in America and Europe.

Weekend Schedule

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Friday, April 4th
ILLINOIS at Tiger Track Classic - Auburn, Ala.
INDIANA, #17 PENN STATE at Crimson Tide Invitational - Tuscaloosa, Ala.
INDIANA, IOWA, MINNESOTA, #17 PENN STATE at Stanford Invitational - Palo Alto, Calif.
IOWA, NEBRASKA at Arkansas Invite - Fayetteville, Ark.
MICHIGAN STATE at Auto-Owners Insurance Spartan Invitational - East Lansing, Mich.
MINNESOTA at South Florida Collegiate - Tampa, Fla.
PURDUE at Texas State Invite - San Marcos, Texas
WISCONSIN at Florida Relays - Jacksonville, Fla.
WISCONSIN at Rex Foster Invitational - Whitewater, Wis.

Saturday, April 5th
ILLINOIS at Tiger Track Classic - Auburn, Ala.
INDIANA, #17 PENN STATE at Crimson Tide Invitational - Tuscaloosa, Ala.
INDIANA, IOWA, MINNESOTA, #17 PENN STATE at Stanford Invitational - Palo Alto, Calif.
IOWA, NEBRASKA at Arkansas Invite - Fayetteville, Ark.
MICHIGAN, California at Virginia - Charlottesville, Va.
MICHIGAN STATE at Auto-Owners Insurance Spartan Invitational - East Lansing, Mich.
MINNESOTA at Hamline Invitational - St. Paul, Minn.
OHIO STATE at LSU Battle on the Bayou - Baton Rouge, La.
PURDUE at Texas State Invite - San Marcos, Texas
WISCONSIN at Florida Relays - Jacksonville, Fla.

Weekend Schedule

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Friday, April 4th
#25 ILLINOIS at Tiger Track Classic - Auburn, Ala.
INDIANA, #19 PENN STATE at Crimson Tide Invitational - Tuscaloosa, Ala.
INDIANA, IOWA, #19 PENN STATE at Stanford Invitational - Palo Alto, Calif.
IOWA, #11 NEBRASKA at Arkansas Invite - Fayetteville, Ark.
MICHIGAN STATE at Auto-Owners Insurance Spartan Invitational - East Lansing, Mich.
MINNESOTA at Hamline Invitational - St. Paul, Minn.
PURDUE at Texas State Invite - San Marcos, Texas
#6 WISCONSIN at Florida Relays - Jacksonville, Fla.
#6 WISCONSIN at Rex Foster Invitational - Whitewater, Wis.

Saturday, April 5th
#25 ILLINOIS at Tiger Track Classic - Auburn, Ala.
INDIANA, #19 PENN STATE at Crimson Tide Invitational - Tuscaloosa, Ala.
INDIANA, IOWA, #19 PENN STATE at Stanford Invitational - Palo Alto, Calif.
IOWA, #11 NEBRASKA at Arkansas Invite - Fayetteville, Ark.
MICHIGAN, California at Virginia - Charlottesville, Va.
MICHIGAN STATE at Auto-Owners Insurance Spartan Invitational - East Lansing, Mich.
MINNESOTA at Hamline Invitational - St. Paul, Minn.
OHIO STATE at LSU Battle on the Bayou - Baton Rouge, La.
PURDUE at Texas State Invite - San Marcos, Texas
#6 WISCONSIN at Florida Relays - Jacksonville, Fla.

Weekend Schedule

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Saturday, April 5
West Virginia at INDIANA - Bloomington, Ind.
IOWA (rv), #16 WISCONSIN at San Diego Crew Classic - San Diego, Calif.
#9 MICHIGAN, #2 OHIO STATE, #11 Stanford at #20 Oregon State Classic- Corvalis, Ore.
MINNESOTA (rv) at Dual Challenge - Boston, Mass.

Sunday, April 6
IOWA (rv), #16 WISCONSIN at San Diego Crew Classic - San Diego, Calif.
MINNESOTA (rv) at Dual Challenge - Boston, Mass.

Michigan State's Adreian Payne will compete in the 2014 State Farm Slam Dunk Championship at Moody Coliseum on the campus of SMU on Thursday.

The three-point and dunk contests will begin at 9 p.m. ET on Thursday, and will be televised by ESPN. Payne will go head-to-head against seven other Division I competitors.

In addition, Purdue's Courtney Moses and Nebraska's Jordan Hooper will both participate in the women's three-point shootout, also to be held at Moody Coliseum.

Minnesota Plays SMU in NIT Championship Game Thursday

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Top-seeded Minnesota and SMU will collide in the NIT Championship game at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Thursday night. The Gophers will be aiming for the Big Ten's 10th NIT Championship.

Thursday, April 3
No. 1 MINNESOTA vs. No. 1 SMU, 7 p.m. (ESPN)

All times Eastern

Wednesday's Softball Results

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Michigan, Nebraska, Northwestern and Penn State picked up non-conference wins on Wednesday, with the Huskers topping rival Creighton, 5-2.

Wednesday, April 2
Drake 5, Iowa 3
#5/5 Michigan 10, Detroit 0 (5 innings)
#23/25 Notre Dame 11, Michigan State 4
#20/20 Nebraska 5, Creighton 2
rv/#23 Northwestern 14, Illinois-Chicago 7  
Saint Francis (Pa.) 4, at Penn State 2 (8 innings)
Penn State 9, Saint Francis (Pa.) 1 (6 innings) 

Rankings are USA Softball/NFCA Coaches

Wednesday's Results

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Iowa 6, Bradley 2
Michigan 6, Central Michigan 3
Minnesota 1, Augsburg 0
Michigan State 5, Oakland 3
Nebraska 6, Arkansas 4
Ohio State 7, Toledo 2

Sappingfield Named Senior CLASS Award Finalist

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Michigan's Nicole Sappingfield has been named one of 10 finalists for the 2014 Senior CLASS Award in collegiate softball.

Finalists were chosen by national media from the list of 30 candidates announced in February. Nationwide fan voting begins immediately to help select the winner. Fans are encouraged to vote on the Senior CLASS Award website through May 12. Fan votes will be combined with media and Division I head coaches' votes to determine the winner. The Senior CLASS award winner will be announced during the 2014 Women's College World Series (May 29-June 4).

Sappingfield is a two-time All-Big Ten selection and has twice been named an Academic All-Big Ten honoree. To be eligible for the award, a NCAA Division I student-athlete must have notable achievements in four categories: community, classroom, character and competition. The acronym CLASS stands for "Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School."
 
 

In The Polls

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Six Big Ten rowing squads were ranked or receiving votes in the latest CRCA/USRowing Coaches poll, released on Wednesday. Defending Big Ten and NCAA Champion Ohio State led conference teams in the poll, coming in at No. 2. Michigan joined the Buckeyes in the top 10 as the Wolverines were tied for the ninth spot. Wisconsin checked in at No. 16, while Iowa, Michigan State and Minnesota were all receiving votes.

For the full poll, click here.


2013-14 Women's Swimming & Diving Season in Review

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The Big Ten women's swimming & diving season concluded at the NCAA Championships on March 22 at the University Aquatic Center on the University of Minnesota campus. Minnesota recorded 136.5 team points at the championships, leading the Big Ten with a 10th-place finish. The Golden Gophers also took home their third consecutive Big Ten Championship this season, earning 760 points at the conference meet.

NCAA Championships Central: The Big Ten was well-represented in the 2014 NCAA Women's Swimming & Diving Championships. Minnesota finished in 10th place with 136.5 points, followed by Indiana in 12th place with 118 points and 13th-place Wisconsin with 78 points. Penn State finished 18th (42), followed by Purdue in 25th (33) and Michigan in 30th (23). Indiana's Brooklynn Snodgrass won the national crown in the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 1:50.52. The Big Ten also collected individual top-eight finishes in Indiana's Snodgrass (100-yard backstroke, 500-yard freestyle), Lindsay Vrooman (1,650-yard freestyle), Michigan's Marni Oldershaw (200-yard individual medley), Minnesota's Kiera Janzen (1,650-yard freestyle, 500-yard freestyle), Maggie Keefer (one-meter) and Kierra Smith (200-yard breaststroke), Penn State's Alyson Ackman (200-yard freestyle), Purdue's Michelle Cabassol (three-meter) and MacKenzie Tweardy (platform) and Wisconsin's Ivy Martin (50-yard freestyle). For full coverage of the meet, click here.

NCAA Championship Qualifiers: Fifty Big Ten student-athletes from nine swimming & diving teams represented the conference at the NCAA Women's Swimming & Diving Championships, held at the University Aquatic Center on the University of Minnesota campus. The list of Big Ten qualifiers can be found here.

Bringing Home the Hardware: The Big Ten announced the 2014 Big Ten Women's Swimmer and Diver of the Year awards following the NCAA Championships, as voted on by the conference coaches. Indiana's Brooklynn Snodgrass was named the Big Ten Swimmer of the Year, while Minnesota's Maggie Keefer was tabbed the Big Ten Diver of the Year. To read the complete release, click here.

The Gophers are Golden: Minnesota captured the 2014 Big Ten Women's Swimming & Diving Championship at the University Aquatic Center on the campus of the University of Minnesota. The title marks the Gophers' third consecutive crown and sixth overall.  Minnesota compiled 760 total points throughout the four-day event. Indiana finished second after collecting 649 points and Penn State was third with 484 points. Ohio State finished fourth with 374 points, while Michigan recorded 361 points to finish fifth. The Gophers took home individual titles in the 100-yard breaststroke, 200-yard breaststroke, three-meter diving competition, platform diving event and 800-yard freestyle relay. To read more on the Big Ten Championships, click here and here.

And the Awards Go To: Following the Big Ten Championships, Minnesota's Maggie Keefer and Purdue's Casey Matthews were named Co-Divers of the Championships, while Wisconsin's Ivy Martin was named the Swimmer of the Championships. Minnesota head coach Kelly Kremer collected Swimming Coach of the Year honors for the third consecutive season, while Purdue's Adam Soldati was named Diving Coach of the Year. Indiana's Gia Dalesandro was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Year. For more on the awards and a complete list of All-Big Ten honorees, click here.

Academic Excellence: On March 26, the conference 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 swimmers 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.

2013-14 Men's Swimming & Diving Season in Review

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The Big Ten men's swimming & diving season concluded at the NCAA Championships on March 29 at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center on the University of Texas campus in Austin, Texas, as Michigan swam to a fourth-place finish. The Wolverines also took home their fourth consecutive Big Ten Championship this season, earning 889 points at the conference meet.

NCAA Championships Central: The Big Ten men's swimming & diving season concluded with 11 top-ten finishes on the final day of the NCAA Men's Swimming & Diving Championships at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center in Austin, Texas, including two national crowns. Michigan's Connor Jaeger and Dylan Bosch both won the national title in the 1,650-yard freestyle (14:29.27) and 200-yard butterfly (1:39.33), respectively. The Wolverines placed fourth overall with 310 points throughout the three-day event, followed by Indiana in 10th place with 141 points, Penn State in 17th place with 63 points and Ohio State in 18th place with 54 points. Minnesota, Northwestern, Purdue and Wisconsin also received points at the event. For full coverage of the meet, click here.

NCAA Championships Qualifiers: Forty-six Big Ten student-athletes from nine men's swimming & diving schools represented the conference at the 2014 NCAA Championships in Austin, Texas, from March 27-29. The complete list of Big Ten qualifiers can be found here.

Bring Home the Hardware: The Big Ten announced the 2014 Big Ten Men's Swimmer and Diver of the Year awards following the NCAA Championships, as voted on by the conference coaches. Michigan's Connor Jaeger was named the Big Ten Swimmer of the Year, while Indiana's Darian Schmidt was tabbed the Big Ten Diver of the Year. Both recipients earned the honor for the second consecutive year. For the complete release, click here.

We Are the Champions: Michigan captured the 2014 Big Ten Men's Swimming & Diving Championship, which were held at the Donald B. Canham Natatorium on the campus of Michigan. The title marks the Wolverines' fourth consecutive crown and 38th overall. Michigan compiled 889 points throughout the four-day event. Indiana finished second after collecting 564 points and Ohio State was third with 515 points. Minnesota finished fourth with 378 points, while Penn State recorded 349.5 points to finish fifth. For more on the Big Ten Championships, click here and here.

And the Awards Go To: Following the conclusion of the Big Ten Championships, Michigan head coach Mike Bottom picked up Swimming Coach of the Year laurels for the fourth consecutive year. Penn State's Shane Ryan was named the Swimmer of the Championships, while Indiana's Darian Schmidt was tabbed the Diver of the Championships. Minnesota's Jakub Maly was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Year, while Indiana diving coach Drew Johansen was named the Diving Coach of the Year. For more on the awards and a complete list of All-Big Ten honorees, click here.

Academic Excellence: On March 26, the conference 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 swimmers included 76 repeat winners, including 44 two-time honorees and 32 three-time honorees. To read more on the Academic All-Conference team, click here.

In the Polls

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In the latest national polls released on Monday, four Big Ten teams appeared in the top 25 of the NFCA Coaches poll, while three conference squads received top 25 nods in the USA Softball ballot. In the coaches' poll, Michigan and Minnesota improved to No. 5 and No. 14, respectively, followed by No. 20 Nebraska and No. 23 Northwestern. In the USA Softball ballot, Michigan led the way at No. 5, followed by 14th-ranked Minnesota and No. 20 Nebraska. Northwestern also received top 25 votes.

The 2014 National Collegiate Men's Gymnastics National Championships qualifier selections were announced on Tuesday by the NCAA Men's Gymnastics Committee, with all seven Big Ten men's gymnastics teams earning a spot.

The national qualifier, which consists of two pre-qualifying sessions, will be conducted April 10 at the Crisler Center on the campus of Michigan. Three teams and the top three all-around competitors not on one of the qualifying teams, plus the top three individuals on each event not already qualified on a team or as an all-around competitor, will advance from each pre-qualifying session to the finals session. Final competitions will take place April 11-12, also at Michigan.

Michigan won the 2013 title with a team score of 443.200.

For qualifying teams, individuals and scores, click here.

Wednesday's Schedule

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Miami (Ohio) at Indiana, 6 p.m., BTDN
Iowa at Bradley, 7:30 p.m.
Central Michigan at Michigan, 6 p.m.
Oakland at Michigan State, 3 p.m.
Augsburg at Minnesota, 4 p.m.
Nebraska at Arkansas, 2:30 p.m.
Toledo at Ohio State, 6:30 p.m., BTDN

All times are ET and schedule subject to change

100 Days of the Big Ten Medal of Honor: Day 23

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At least 579 Big Ten Medal of Honor recipients have been a part of teams that have won Big Ten Championships, including at least 44 who won conference titles all four years they competed. Big Ten Medal of Honor winners have won four straight crowns in the sports of men's basketball, men's cross country, football, men's and women's golf, men's and women's gymnastics, men's soccer, softball, men's and women's swimming & diving, men's and women's tennis, men's track & field and wrestling.

Minnesota Tops Florida State to Move onto NIT Final

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Minnesota posted a 67-64 overtime win over Florida State in the NIT semifinals, moving onto Thursday's championship game, where the Gophers will face SMU.

Tuesday, April 1
NO. 1 MINNESOTA 67, No. 1 Florida State 64

Tuesday's Softball Results

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On Tuesday's Big Ten softball slate, Illinois topped Illinois State, while Indiana fell short against Indiana State.

Tuesday, April 1
Illinois 7, Illinois State 4
Indiana State 7, Indiana 5 

Sheehey, Crawford to Compete in Reese's All-Star Game

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The NABC announced that Indiana's Will Sheehey and Northwestern's Drew Crawford will both compete in the Reese's Division I College All-Star game, which will be played as part of the Final Four Friday at the NCAA Tournament.

The All-Star game will be played at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, beginning at 5:30 p.m. ET. The teams are comprised of senior student-athletes in NCAA Division I.

Sheehey will be a member of the East team, while Crawford will compete for the West squad. The game will be telecast on tape delay on Saturday, April 5, from Noon-2 p.m. ET on CBS Sports.  

Tuesday's Results

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Michigan State 5, Eastern Michigan 3
Arkansas 4, Nebraska 3 Ohio State 11, Ohio 6
Penn State 15, Youngstown State 2
Illinois-Chicago 18, Purdue 5

Penn State's Taylor Wins Hodge Trophy

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Penn State Nittany Lion wrestler David Taylor, firmly established as one of collegiate wrestling's all-time greats, has been named the 2014 Dan Hodge Trophy Winner, collegiate wrestling's Heisman Trophy. Taylor, who recently capped off a stellar collegiate career with an unbeaten season and his second NCAA individual title, won the award for the second time. For just the third time in the 20-year history of the Dan Hodge Trophy, college wrestling's top award will go to same individual more than once in a career. Taylor dominated the official ballots in the same way he did opponents on the mat, winning 38 of the 43 official votes from the Hodge Trophy Voting Committee. Taylor joins his coach and three-time winner Cael Sanderson (2000-2002) and Missouri's Ben Askren (2006-07) as the only multiple-time winners in the two-decade history of the award, as he also won the Hodge in 2012. A wrestler from a Big Ten school has taken home the honor on eight occasions, including six out of the last seven years.

Penn State Release
About the Hodge Trophy

Seven Big Ten Gymnasts Earn All-America Honors

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Seven Big Ten women's gymnasts earned All-America honors by the National Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches Association. Gymnasts are chosen based on their final individual ranks in all four positions and the all-around entering NCAA Regional competition. The top eight gymnasts in each event based on Regional Qualifying Scores are given first-team honors, while gymnasts ranked ninth through 16th are given second-team honors. Michigan's Joanna Sampson and Austin Sheppard, Minnesota's Lindsay Mable and Nebraska's Emily Wong were named to the first team, while Illinois' Amber See, Nebraska's Jessie DeZiel and Penn State's Kassidy Stauder earned second-team honors.

First Team
All-Around
Emily Wong, Nebraska
Joanna Sampson, Michigan
Lindsay Mable, Minnesota

Vault
Austin Sheppard, Michigan

Floor
Emily Wong, Nebraska
Lindsay Mable, Minnesota
Joanna Sampson, Michigan

Second Team
Vault
Jessie DeZiel, Nebraska
Lindsay Mable, Minnesota

Bars
Emily Wong, Nebraska
Joanna Sampson, Michigan

Balance Beam
Emily Wong, Nebraska
Kassidy Stauder, Penn State

Floor
Amber See, Illinois

 

 

Tuesday's Schedule

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Michigan State at Eastern Michigan, 6 p.m.
Nebraska at Arkansas, 7:30 p.m.
Ohio at Ohio State, 6:30 p.m., BTDN
Youngstown State at Penn State, 6:30 p.m., BTDN
Purdue at Illinois-Chicago, 7 p.m.

All times are ET and schedule subject to change

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 Rankings
Base on Balls
45. Penn State, 114

Batting Average
9. Nebraska, .311
42. Iowa, .296

Double Plays
24. Purdue, 27

Earned Run Average
25. Indiana, 2.67

Fielding Percentage
36. Purdue, .976

Hits
21. Nebraska, 295

On Base Percentage
26. Iowa, .392

Runs
37. Nebraska, 172

Scoring
27. Iowa, 6.8
42. Nebraska, 6.4

Shutouts
19. Ohio State, 4
32. Michigan State, 3

Slugging Percentage
38. Nebraska, .408

Stolen Bases/Game
43. Iowa, 1.58
47. Michigan State, 1.57

Individual Rankings
Base on Balls
15. Michael Hurwitz, ILL, 23
35. Jacob Cronenworth, MICH, 21
49. James Coates, PSU, 20

Batting Average
28. Dan Potempa, IOWA, .406

Complete Games
13. Kevin Duchene, ILL, 2

Earned Run Average
50. Chance Sinclair, NEB, 1.28

Hits/9
23. Kyle Hart, IND, 4.84

On Base Percentage
15. Dan Potempa, IOWA, .513

Saves
40. Jacob Cronenworth, MICH, 5
40. Jeff Kinley, MSU, 5

Stolen Bases
14. Jake Yacinich, IOWA, 14
23. Anthony Cheky, MSU, 13
23. Will Krug, ILL, 13

Wins
19. Joey DeNato, IND, 5

Walks/9
1. Ryan Castellanos, ILL, 0.00
16. Tanner Tully, OSU, 0.77

Five Standouts Garner AP All-America Honors

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Five Big Ten standouts earned All-America status by the Associated Press, it was announced on Tuesday. Nebraska's Jordan Hooper garnered second-team accolades, Penn State's Maggie Lucas was named to the third team and Iowa's Samantha Logic, Minnesota's Rachel Banham and Nebraska's Rachel Theriot were named honorable mention selections. Hooper was an honorable mention choice each of the last two seasons, while her teammate Theriot earns honorable mention distinction for the first time. Lucas garners All-America distinction for the third straight year after being named a second teamer last year and an honorable mention choice as a sophomore, while Logic garners honorable mention status for the first time.

Six Teams Ranked in Latest GymInfo Poll

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In the latest GymInfo Top 25 poll, six Big Ten women's gymnastics teams are ranked. Michigan checks in at No. 7, followed by No. 9 Nebraska, No. 11 Illinois and No. 14 Minnesota. Penn State and Ohio State are ranked No. 15 and No. 22, 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 three squads among the top five. Ohio State leads the way at No. 2, followed by third-ranked Michigan and fifth-ranked Illinois. Penn State checks in at No. 6, followed by No. 7 Minnesota, No. 8 Iowa and No. 11 Nebraska.

For the complete poll, click here.

100 Days of the Big Ten Medal of Honor: Day 22

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Upon graduation, most of the Big Ten Medal of Honor winners have gone on to successful careers. Of the nine inaugural honorees in 1915, at least three became physicians: Matthew Winters, a football and baseball player at Indiana, Herman Von Lackum, a three-sport athlete in football, basketball and baseball at Iowa and Boles Rosenthal, who participated in football and track & field at Minnesota. Von Lackum went into orthopaedics, while Rosenthal took his degree to California where he spent time coaching football. In addition to his medical degree, Winters worked as a cryptographer during World War II.

Minnesota Takes on Florida State in NIT Semifinals

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Minnesota and Florida State will collide in Tuesday's second NIT semifinal at Madison Square Garden. The Golden Gophers defeated the Seminoles during the Big Ten/ACC Challenge on Dec. 3. 

Tuesday, April 1
NO. 1 MINNESOTA vs. No. 1 Florida State, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)

All times Eastern