This Week in the Big Ten

Indiana's Derek Drouin was named the National Field Athlete of the Year by the USTFCCCA this past week.

March 17, 2013

[ONE // buckeyes big ten’s best]
Led by DeShaun Thomas’ 17 points, No. 10 Ohio State topped No. 22 Wisconsin 50-43 Sunday for the 2013 Big Ten Tournament Championship.  The Buckeyes, who pace the league with four Big Ten Tournament titles, have won 18 of their last 22 games in the tournament and are now 4-1 against the Badgers in the event.  Named to the All-Tournament Team were Indiana’s Cody Zeller, Ohio State’s Aaron Craft and DeShaun Thomas, and Wisconsin’s Ryan Evans and Traevon Jackson.  Craft was named as the Big Ten Tournament’s Most Outstanding Player.

[TWO // big ten’s big seven in the big dance]
Seven Big Ten teams were selected Sunday evening to participate in the 2013 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship. Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Ohio State, and Wisconsin will represent the conference in this year's tournament.  Indiana, the Big Ten Champion, is the No. 1 seed in the East Region and will travel to the Dayton, Ohio second/third round site.  The Hoosiers will be joined in Dayton by No. 2 Ohio State.  No. 3 Michigan State and No. 4 Michigan will begin play in Auburn Hills, Mich., while No. 5 Wisconsin heads to Kansas City, Mo., and No. 7 Illinois and No. 11 Minnesota travel to Austin, Texas.  For a complete look at region designations, the second-round matchups, and who the potential third-round opponents will be, click here.

[THREE // and the hardwood honors go to…]
The Big Ten men's basketball All-Conference teams and individual award winners were announced on Monday, with Michigan's Trey Burke earning Big Ten Player of the Year honors from the conference's coaches and a media panel. Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan claimed Coach of the Year laurels from both groups, while Michigan State's Gary Harris picked up Freshman of the Year accolades from the coaches and media. Indiana's Victor Oladipo was named the Defensive Player of the Year, while teammate Will Sheehey was voted the Sixth Man of the Year.  In addition to All-Big Ten teams, the conference also announced an All-Freshman team and 12 Sportsmanship Award honorees.

[FOUR // nine named all-district]
Nine Big Ten student-athletes have been named to the USBWA All-District Teams, highlighted by Michigan's Trey Burke earning District V Player of the Year honors, it was announced on Tuesday.  Joining Burke on the District V team is Illinois' Brandon Paul, Indiana's Victor Oladipo and Cody Zeller, Michigan's Tim Hardaway Jr., Minnesota's Trevor Mbakwe, Ohio State's Aaron Craft and Deshaun Thomas and Wisconsin's Jared Berggren. Additionally, Indiana's Tom Crean was named District V Coach of the Year.

[FIVE // lady lions’ lucas named wooden finalist]
Penn State junior guard Maggie Lucas was named a finalist for the John R. Wooden Award by the Los Angeles Athletic Club, it was announced on Wednesday. Selected by the Wooden Award National Advisory Board, the ballot is made up of 15 student-athletes who have proven to their universities that they are making progress towards graduation and maintaining at least a cumulative 2.0 GPA.  The Wooden Award All-American Team, consisting of the nation's top five players, will be announced the week of the "Elite Eight" round of the NCAA Tournament. The John R. Wooden Award Player of the Year will be announced at the 2013 Wooden Award Gala presented by Wendy's on April 12, 2013, at the Los Angeles Athletic Club.  For the complete list of finalists, click here.

[SIX // gophers golden on the mat]
With its 197.225-195.050 victory over Ohio State on Saturday afternoon, the Minnesota women's gymnastics team clinched a share of the first regular-season Big Ten Championship. The Gophers completed the season with a 6-1 Big Ten record and boast a 16-3 overall record. In Saturday's dual meet against the Buckeyes, Lindsay Mable led Minnesota with two event titles in the vault (9.950) and floor exercise (9.950) en route to the all-around crown (39.525).  Michigan clinched a share of the regular-season Big Ten Championship with its dual meet victory over Michigan State on March 2nd. The Wolverines completed their Big Ten slate with a 6-1 record and a 17-1 overall record.  The 2013 Big Ten Women's Gymnastics Championships will be held Saturday, March 23rd at Jenison Field House on the campus of Michigan State University in East Lansing, Mich.

[SEVEN // ready to wrestle]
Eighty-one Big Ten wrestlers are among the field of 330 competitors at the NCAA Wrestling Championships, the selection committee announced this past Tuesday. The Big Ten contingent is made up of 72 wrestlers who automatically qualified through their performance at the Big Ten Championships, along with another nine grapplers who earned at-large bids to the event.  The 2013 NCAA Championships are set for March 21-23 at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, Iowa. The complete release from the NCAA, along with brackets and at-large qualifiers, can be found by clicking here, while the complete breakdown of Big Ten wrestlers competing in the NCAA Championships can be found here.

[EIGHT // dive right in]
Speaking of national qualifiers, 54 Big Ten student-athletes from 10 men's swimming & diving teams will represent the conference at the 2013 NCAA Championships in Indianapolis, Ind. from March 28-30. The list of Big Ten qualifiers can be found by clicking here.  For more information, including qualifying time, click here.

[NINE // women’s outdoor track season set to begin]
The 2013 Big Ten women’s outdoor track and field season began this past week with Michigan, Ohio State and Purdue opening the new year. The Buckeyes and Boilermakers traveled to Myrtle Beach, S.C., from Thursday through Saturday for the Shamrock Invite, while the Wolverines visited Tampa, Fla., on Friday for the USF Bulls Invitational.  For Ohio State, the weekend was highlighted by a pair of wins in the 4x100m and 4x800m relays and impressive performances by the Buckeyes’ short- and long-distance hurdlers.  Purdue was led by freshman Katie Hoevet, who recorded the fastest 1500m run time (4:35.09) in the Big Ten this year, while Nikki Nunn won the long jump with a mark of 5.86m (19-02.75).  At USF, Michigan racked up 15 top-five performances.

[TEN // men’s tracksters ready as well]
The 2013 Big Ten outdoor track and field season also began this past week with Minnesota and Purdue taking to the track. The Boilermakers traveled with the women to Myrtle Beach, S.C., on Thursday and Friday for the Shamrock Invite, while the Gophers visited Phoenix, Ariz., for the Castillo Invitational on Friday and Saturday.  Purdue’s efforts were highlighted by the shot put, as the men swept the top three and took four of the top five spots in the event on the final day of the competition. Jakob Engel picked up where he left off at the NCAA Indoor Championships, winning he shot put with a meet record distance of 18.69m (61-04). That distance is currently third in the nation and ties for the fourth-best distance in program.  Minnesota returned to Minneapolis with four individual titles following its outdoor season opener at the Castillo Invitational.

[ELEVEN // a heralded hoosier]
Indiana's Derek Drouin was named the National Field Athlete of the Year, the USTFCCCA announced this past Tuesday. Drouin earns the award for the second time after winning in 2011. The Olympic bronze medalist won the NCAA indoor high jump title with a clearance of 2.35 meters, the best mark since 1990 and the second-best in collegiate history. Drouin also became one of just three collegians to clear 2.34 meters indoors.

[TWELVE // awarding all-america accolades]
Finally this week, 82 Big Ten student-athletes earned USTFCCCA All-America honors following their performance at the 2013 NCAA Men’s and Women’s Indoor Track & Field Championships in Fayetteville, Ark.  For a complete look at the 82 honorees, click here.