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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

Six Teams Appear in Latest GymInfo Poll

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In the updated GymInfo Top 25 poll, six Big Ten women's gymnastics teams are ranked. Michigan and Nebraska lead the way for the conference at No. 8 and No. 9, respectively. Illinois checks in at No. 13, followed by No. 14 Penn State. Minnesota and Ohio State are ranked No. 16 and No. 24, respectively.

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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 six squads among the top 10. Ohio State leads the way at No. 2, followed by No. 4 Michigan, No. 5 Minnesota and No. 6 Illinois. Penn State checks in at No. 7, Iowa is ranked No. 8 and Nebraska rounds out the Big Ten's representation at No. 11.

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Four Teams Ranked in Top 25 of Both Polls

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The Associated Press (AP) and USA Today Coaches polls were released on Monday, and the Big Ten was represented with four teams among the top 25 of both polls, including three in the top 15. In the AP poll, Michigan was ranked No. 7, followed by No. 11 Michigan State, No. 12 Wisconsin and No. 22 Ohio State. In the coaches' ballot, Michigan was ranked No. 8, followed by No. 13 Michigan State, No. 15 Wisconsin and No. 24 Ohio State. Nebraska and Iowa both received votes in the AP and coaches' polls. 

Illinois, Minnesota Accept NIT Bids

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The field for the 2014 National Invitation Tournament (NIT) was unveiled following the NCAA Selection Show on Sunday night, with Big Ten members Illinois and Minnesota earning berths.

Minnesota (20-13, 8-10 Big Ten) received a No. 1 seed in the 32-team field, and will open play against High Point at Williams Arena on Tuesday night. With a win over the Panthers, the Gophers would face the winner of the No. 4 St. Mary's (Calif.) vs. No. 5 Utah game.

Illinois (19-14, 7-11 Big Ten) garnered a No. 2 seed in the NIT, and will travel to Boston University on Wednesday. The winner will face either No. 3 Clemson or No. 6 Georgia State. The Illini will hit the road in the tournament opener despite being the higher seed because of renovations being made to State Farm Center.


Saturday's Hockey Results

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PENN STATE 4, OHIO STATE (rv/-) 2
Redshirt junior defenseman Nate Jensen recorded a goal and two assists for his first career three-point game and sophomore goaltender Matthew Skoff turned aside 27 shots, as the Penn State men's hockey team closed out the inaugural season at Pegula Ice Arena with a 4-2 victory against Ohio State Saturday afternoon. Penn State (7-25-2, 3-16-1-0 Big Ten) played in front of a sellout crowd of 5,892 fans, marking the 16th sellout of the season. The Nittany Lions were one of five NCAA Division I programs to play at more than 100 percent capacity at their home events. RECAP | BOX SCORE

#5/5 WISCONSIN 4, MICHIGAN STATE 3
Just minutes after a disappointing overtime loss on Friday, Wisconsin men's hockey coach Mike Eaves returned to the locker room to find his team already looking forward to a chance at redemption on Saturday. It got it--barely--thanks to four first-period goals that enabled it to hold on to a 4-3 win over Michigan State in the final game of the regular season. RECAP | BOX SCORE

#13/13 MICHIGAN 6, #1/1 MINNESOTA 2
Led by a three-point night by senior forward Luke Moffatt, No. 13/13 Michigan claimed a 6-2 victory over No. 1/1 Minnesota Saturday night at Yost Arena in the final game of the Big Ten regular season. The Wolverines skated out to a 5-0 lead with four goals in the second period, including both of Moffat's conversions. Freshman goalie Zach Nagelvoort made 25 saves in the contest before being replaced by senior netminder Adam Janecyk for the final 1:31 of the contest. RECAP | BOX SCORE

Saturday's Hockey Schedule

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March 15
OHIO STATE (rv/-) at PENN STATE - 3 p.m.
#5/5 WISCONSIN at MICHIGAN STATE - 4 p.m., FS Detroit
#1/1 MINNESOTA at #13/13 MICHIGAN - 7 p.m., BTN

All times are ET
Rankings: USCHO.com and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine

Friday's Hockey Results

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#1/1 MINNESOTA 3, #13/13 MICHIGAN 2 (OT)
With a 3-2 overtime victory tonight against Michigan, Minnesota clinched the outright Big Ten Championship. In addition to the inaugural conference crown, the Gophers (25-4-6, 14-2-3-0 Big Ten) have also secured the No. 1 seed in the upcoming Big Ten Men's Ice Hockey Tournament. Junior Kyle Rau secured the win with a power-play goal 2:44 into overtime. Hudson Fasching and Travis Boyd tallied assists on Rau's team-leading fifth game-winning goal of the season. Sophomore goalie Adam Wilcox was credited with 22 saves to earn his 23rd victory of the season. RECAP | BOX SCORE

MICHIGAN STATE 5, #5/5 WISCONSIN 4 (OT)
Senior Lee Reimer notched a power-play goal 46 seconds into overtime to give Michigan State a 5-4 overtime victory over No. 5/5 Wisconsin Friday night at Munn Ice Arena. Fellow senior Greg Wolfe led all players in the contest with three points, tallying assists on all three Spartan power-play goals. Sophomore goalie Jake Hildebrand registered 27 saves to claim his ninth win of the season. RECAP | BOX SCORE

OHIO STATE (rv/-) 4, PENN STATE 2
Led by three-point efforts from junior forward Ryan Dzingel (two goals, one assist) and freshman forward Nick Schilkey (one goal, two assists), Ohio State claimed a 4-2 decision over Penn State Friday night at Pegula Ice Arena. Freshman goalie Christian Frey stopped 40 shots to imrpove his record to 7-3-3 since joining the team for the second semester. RECAP | BOX SCORE

Men's Gymnastics Schedule

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Friday, March 14 
#8 PENN STATE at #3 MICHIGAN - 3:30 p.m. ET (Meet will air live on BTN)

Saturday, March 15 
Temple, Oklahoma at #4 OHIO STATE - 4 p.m. ET
#6 ILLINOIS, #7 IOWA, #5 MINNESOTA, Air Force at #12 NEBRASKA  - 5 p.m. ET

Women's Gymnastics Schedule

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Saturday, March 15 
IOWA, #8 MICHIGAN, #13 MINNESOTA, #15 PENN STATE at Big Ten Quad Meet (Ann Arbor, Mich.) - 1:30 p.m. ET (Meet will air live on BTN).

#14 ILLINOIS, MICHIGAN STATE, #9 NEBRASKA, #23 OHIO STATE at Big Ten Quad Meet (East Lansing, Mich.) - 1:30 p.m. ET (Meet will air via tape delay at 3:30 p.m. ET on BTN)

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