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)
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