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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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