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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.

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

2013-14 Big Ten Wrestling Season in Review

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Head Of The Class: The Big Ten Conference on March 26 recognized a total of 678 winter sports student-athletes who were named to the Academic All-Conference team, which included 97 wrestlers. To be eligible for Academic All-Big Ten selection, student-athletes must be letterwinners who are in at least their second academic year at their institution and carry a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or higher. The list of grapplers included 48 repeat winners, including five-time honoree James English of Penn State. Not only did fellow Nittany Lion and Big Ten Wrestler of the Year David Taylor win his fourth individual conference title this season, he was also named an Academic All-Big Ten selection for the fourth time. Other four-time honorees include Indiana's Ryan LeBlanc, Iowa's Joe DuCharme, Michigan State's Nick Kaczanowski, Minnesota's Kevin Steinhaus and Purdue's Camden Eppert and Kyle Mosier. Twelve of the 97 grapplers who earned Academic All-Conference distinction also collected All-America laurels at the NCAA Championships this season: Iowa's Nathan Burak, Michigan's Steve Dutton, Michigan State's Michael McClure, Minnesota's Scott Schiller, Steinhaus and Danny Zilverberg, Nebraska's Robert Kokesh, Northwestern's Pierce Harger, Penn State's Matt Brown, English, Nico Megaludis and Taylor. For the complete list of honored wrestlers, click HERE.

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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.

Minnesota Earns Berth in NCAA Frozen Four

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

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

Sunday's Elite Eight Results

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NCAA Tournament Results: Sunday, March 30

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

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

Michigan and Michigan State Eye Final Four Berths

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

Sunday's NCAA Tournament Schedule

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

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

All times Eastern

Sunday's NCAA Hockey Championship Schedule

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

NCAA Championship Schedule: Sunday, March 30

WEST REGION (Saint Paul, Minn.) 

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

All times Eastern
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