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Weekly Award Wrap-Up

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Thirty-one Big Ten student-athletes in 12 different sports collected awards from the conference office during the week of March 17. Below is the complete list of honorees.

Baseball
Player of the Week - Tanner Lubach, NEB
Pitcher of the Week - Kyle Hart, IND
Freshman of the Week - Travis Lakins, OSU

Men's Golf
Golfer of the Week - Robert Jacobsen, WIS

Women's Golf
Golfer of the Week - Grave Choi, MICH

Men's Gymnastics
Gymnast of the Week - Matt McGrath, IOWA
Freshman of the Week - Sean Melton, OSU

Women's Gymnastics
Gymnast of the Week - Emily Wong, NEB
Event Specialist of the Week - Amber See, ILL
Freshman of the Week - Nicole Artz, MICH

Hockey
First Star - Matt Berry, MSU
Second Star - Andrew Copp, MICH
Third Star - Brady Skjei, MINN

Women's Rowing
Boat of the Week - Wisconsin First Varsity Eight (Marie Hebert, Gillian Cooper, Nicole Hettmann, Anne Rauschert, Steph Malchine, Brianna Dahm, Pamela Schommer, Kristine Kammers, Margo Grover, Monica Whitehouse)

Softball
Player of the Week - Taylor Hassenbach, MICH
Pitcher of the Week - Sara Moulton, MINN
Freshman of the Week - CaraMia Tsirigos, IND

Men's Tennis
Athlete of the Week - Peter Kobelt, OSU

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

Men's Outdoor Track & Field

Track Athlete of the Week - Andrew Kendrick, PUR
Field Athlete of the Week - Coy Blair, PUR

Women's Outdoor Track & Field
Track Athlete of the Week - Aarin Jones, PUR
Field Athlete of the Week - Nikki Nunn, PUR

Nebraska Set to Face Baylor Friday Afternoon

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The 11th-seeded Nebraska basketball team will make its first appearance in the NCAA Tournament since 1998 on Friday, when the Huskers take on No. 6 Baylor in the West Regional beginning at 12:40 p.m. ET.

Nebraska will look to become the fourth Big Ten team to advance to the third round.

Friday, March 21
No. 11 Nebraska vs. No. 6 Baylor (West Region, San Antonio, Texas), 12:40 p.m.

All times Eastern

Thursday's NCAA Tournament Results

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The Big Ten went 3-1 in Thursday's second round of the NCAA Tournament, with Wisconsin overwhelming American, Michigan State upending Delaware and Michigan defeating Wofford. Ohio State dropped a heartbreaking one-point decision versus Dayton.

SOUTH REGION (Buffalo, N.Y.)
No. 11 Dayton 60, No. 6 Ohio State 59 - AP Recap

WEST REGION (Milwaukee, Wis.)
No. 2 Wisconsin 75, No. 15 American 35 - AP Recap
*Wisconsin will face seventh-seeded Oregon in the third round Saturday in Milwaukee.

EAST REGION (Spokane, Wash.)
No. 4 Michigan State 93, No. 13 Delaware 78 - AP Recap
*Michigan State will take on No. 12 Harvard in Saturday's third round in Spokane, Wash.

MIDWEST REGION (Milwaukee, Wis.)
No. 2 Michigan 57, No. 15 Wofford 40 - AP Recap
*Michigan advances to Saturday's third round, and will face either No. 7 Texas or No. 10 Arizona State.

Thursday's NCAA Tournament Schedule

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The field of 64 is set, and the Big Ten will get underway in the NCAA Tournament on Thursday with one game in all four regions.

NCAA TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE: THURSDAY, MARCH 20 (BIG TEN)

SOUTH REGION
No. 6 Ohio State vs. No. 11 Dayton, 12:15 p.m. (CBS Sports)

WEST REGION
No. 2 Wisconsin vs. No. 15 American, 12:40 p.m. (truTV)

MIDWEST REGION

No. 2 Michigan vs. No. 15 Wofford, 7:10 p.m. (CBS Sports)

EAST REGION
No. 4 MICHIGAN State vs. No. 13 Delaware, 4:40 p.m. (TNT)

All times Eastern

Three Named Finalists for Major Awards

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Three Big Ten hockey standouts were named finalists for major awards today. Goalkeepers Adam Wilcox of Minnesota and Joel Rumpel of Wisconsin were finalists for the Mike Richter Award and Hobey Baker Award. Ohio State forward Ryan Dzingel was also named a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award.

The Mike Richter Award honors the best goalkeeper in college hockey, while the Hobey Baker Award is given annually to the top collegiate player. The winners will be announced at the 2014 NCAA Men's Frozen Four in Philadelphia.

Beilein Named Finalist for Naismith Coach of the Year

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Michigan's John Beilein was named a finalist for the Naismith Men's Coach of the Year Award on Thursday. Beilein guided the Wolverines to their first outright Big Ten Championship since 1986.

After the departure of NBA first-round selections Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway Jr., as well as losing preseason All-American Mitch McGary to injury prior to the outset of Big Ten play, Beilein led the Wolverines their fifth season with 20 or more wins.

After securing the conference title, Michigan earned its first No. 1 seed at the Big Ten Tournament and reached the championship game at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. The Wolverines also secured a No. 2 seed in the 2014 NCAA Tournament.

During the Big Ten season, Michigan recorded wins over three straight top-10 opponents for the first time in school history with its victories at No. 3/3 Wisconsin, against No. 10/10 Iowa and at No. 3/3 Michigan State.


Wednesday's Men's Basketball Results

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Illinois advanced in the NIT and Penn State marched on after a first-round win in the CIT, but Iowa dropped a hard-fought decision in the NCAA Tournament, falling to Tennessee in overtime in Dayton, Ohio.

NCAA TOURNAMENT
MIDWEST REGION

No. 11 Tennessee 78, No. 11 Iowa 65 (OT)

NIT
No. 2 Illinois 66, No. 7 Boston University 62

CBI
Penn State 69, Hampton 65

Wednesday's Postseason Men's Hoops Schedule

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Iowa will begin its NCAA Tournament run against Tennessee in Dayton, Ohio on Wednesday night, while Illinois will begin action in the NIT and Penn State will play its CBI opener.

Wednesday, March 19
NCAA TOURNAMENT
MIDWEST REGION)
No. 11 Iowa vs. No. 11 Tennessee, 9:10 p.m. (truTV) - Iowa Game Notes

NIT
No. 2 Illinois at No. 7 Boston University, 7 p.m. (ESPN2) - Illinois Game Notes

CBI
Hampton at Penn State, 7 p.m. - Penn State Game Notes

All times Eastern

Minnesota Advances in NIT

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Minnesota became the first Big Ten men's basketball team to advance in the postseason, as the Golden Gophers posted an 88-81 win over High Point in the first round of the NIT on Tuesday night.

Tuesday, March 18
No. 1 MINNESOTA 88, No. 8 High Point 81 - Minnesota Recap

The Golden Gophers will take on the winner of tonight's St. Mary's (Calif.)-Utah game in the second round.

Minnesota Hosts High Point in NIT First Round

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The postseason officially begins for Big Ten men's basketball on Tuesday, with top-seeded Minnesota entertaining No. 8 High Point in the first round of the National Invitation Tournament.

Tuesday, March 18
No. 8 High Point at No. 1 Minnesota, 8:15 p.m. (ESPN3)

All times Eastern
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