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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.
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

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

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.  

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

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

2014 Associated Press All-America Teams

Second Team

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

Honorable Mention

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

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

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

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

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

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

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