Oct. 21, 2012
[ONE // tight games headline big ten football]
Michigan, Nebraska, Penn State, Ohio State and Wisconsin all picked up wins in a day of mostly tight finishes in Big Ten football action Saturday, including the three late afternoon games being decided by a total of four points. Michigan topped in-state rival Michigan State for the first time since 2007, 12-10, Nebraska squeaked by Northwestern 29-28, Ohio State defeated Purdue 29-29 in overtime, Penn State stopped Iowa 38-14, Wisconsin kept Paul Bunyan’s Axe with a 38-13 victory over Minnesota, and Indiana fell 31-30 in non-conference play at Navy.
[TWO // four tight ends named to mackey midseason list]
Michigan State's Dion Sims, Nebraska's Kyler Reed, Penn State's Kyle Carter and Wisconsin's Jacob Pedersen were named this past week to the midseason watch list for the John Mackey Award, granted annually to the nation's top tight end. Sims is second on the Spartans with 24 catches for 313 yards with two touchdowns, Carter rates second on the Nittany Lions with 23 receptions for 279 yards and one score, Pederson stands second on the Badgers with 14 catches for 188 yards and two touchdowns while Reed is third on the Cornhuskers with 11 receptions for 141 yards and a pair of scores. Three Big Ten standouts have won the Mackey Award since its inception in 2000, including inaugural winner Tim Stratton of Purdue, Iowa's Dallas Clark (2002) and Minnesota's Matt Spaeth (2006).
[THREE // hoosier leader named finalist for class award]
Indiana's Adam Replogle was one of 10 Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) student-athletes selected this past week as finalists for the 2012 Senior CLASS Award. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I FBS senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence - community, classroom, character and competition. An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities. The finalists were chosen by a media committee from the list of 30 candidates announced in September. Nationwide fan voting begins immediately to help select the winner. Fans are encouraged to vote on the Senior CLASS Award website through December 3. Fan votes will be combined with media and Division I head coaches' votes to determine the winner. The Senior CLASS Award winner will be announced during the 2012-13 bowl season. For more information on the finalists, visit seniorCLASSaward.com.
[FOUR // meyer getting his kicks again]
Iowa's Mike Meyer was named this past Monday as a "Star of the Week" by the Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award. The Hawkeyes junior hit a 42-yard field goal in the second overtime to give his team a 19-16 victory over Michigan State in East Lansing on Saturday. He converted a 27-yard try in the first overtime and scored from 28 and 23 yards during regulation, the second time this season he has kicked four field goals in a game. Meyer has made 14 of his 15 attempts this year, including his last 13. His lone PAT extended his school record to 68 in a row. The Dubuque, Iowa native is second in the nation in field goals made per game. His 54 points lead all Hawkeye scoring.
[FIVE // time to talk tickets]
All-session tickets for the 2013 Big Ten Women's and Men's Basketball Tournaments went on sale to the general public on Saturday, Oct. 20, at Noon CT. The Big Ten Women's Basketball Tournament will be held in the Chicagoland area for the first time from March 7-10 at the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates, Ill. The Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament will return to the United Center in Chicago from March 14-17. Lower level tickets for both tournaments can be purchased at all 12 Big Ten university ticket offices, but please contact the schools directly for on-campus sale dates. General public tickets for the women's event can be purchased through the Sears Centre Arena ticket offices at 1-888-SEARS-TIX (732-7784) or www.searscentre.com. Upper level tickets for the men's tournament may be purchased at Ticketmaster outlets, www.ticketmaster.com or by calling Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000 or through the United Center ticket offices at 312-455-4668 or www.unitedcenter.com.
[SIX // big ten hoops heralded in preseason poll]
The Big Ten leads all conferences with five men’s basketball teams ranked in the season’s first USA Today Coaches Poll, released on Wednesday. Indiana enters the season ranked No. 1, while No. 4 Ohio State and No. 5 Michigan round out the poll’s top five. Michigan State comes in at No. 14, while Wisconsin is ranked No. 21. Minnesota is receiving votes outside the top 25.
[SEVEN // penn state soccer clinches another conference crown]
Penn State’s women’s soccer team clinched the 2012 Big Ten Championship after earning a 1-1 draw against Michigan on Sunday. The No. 4 Nittany Lions have garnered a 9-0-1 Big Ten record with one conference game remaining, and have posted a 15-2-1 overall record this season. The title marks Penn State's 15th consecutive Big Ten Championship, the most consecutive titles by a Big Ten women's program in any sport. The win also clinches the No. 1 seed in the Big Ten Tournament, which will be held Oct. 31 to Nov. 4 in Bloomington, Ind. Elsewhere in the Big Ten, Michigan (7-1-2 B1G) holds a slight advantage over Ohio State (7-2-1) for second after earning the tie with the Nittany Lion Sunday, while the Buckeyes drew closer following a 3-1 victory over Michigan State. Illinois, Minnesota and Wisconsin all hold identical 5-4-1 conference records to sit tie for fourth in the league.
[EIGHT // men’s soccer race remains close]
While the Penn State women’s soccer program clinched the Big Ten title this past weekend, the Nittany Lion men’s squad defeated No. 24 Northwestern 1-0 in double-overtime to take a half-game lead in the conference standings at 3-1-1. No. 11 Indiana fell 2-1 to Michigan on Friday, which dropped the Hoosiers to a second-place tie with the Wildcats at 3-1-0. Michigan State topped Wisconsin 2-0 on Sunday and Ohio State was victorious in non-conference action on Friday with a 2-1 decision over Wright State.
[NINE // penn state still atop big ten volleyball standings]
Top-ranked Penn State survived a Saturday-night scare from Michigan on Saturday, capturing a 3-2 thriller to remain atop the Big Ten volleyball standings at a perfect 10-0. No. 4 Nebraska, which blanked No. 25 Illinois on Sunday, sits second overall at 9-1, while No. 10 Minnesota is third at 8-2 following a 3-1 victory over 17th-ranked Purdue on Saturday. Elsewhere in the league this past week, Indiana dropped Wisconsin 3-1 on Friday, No. 20 Ohio State ousted Michigan State 3-1 on Saturday, and Northwestern shut out Iowa on Sunday.
[TEN // big ten’s classy pair]
Nebraska's Gina Mancuso and Purdue's Ariel Turner were two of 10 volleyball student-athletes selected this past week as finalists for the 2012 Senior CLASS Award. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence - community, classroom, character and competition. An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.
[ELEVEN // cat fight in field hockey]
Staying with the theme of Penn State’s dominance in the fall sports season, the Nittany Lions are tied for first with Northwestern at 4-1 in the Big Ten field hockey standings. The seventh-ranked Penn State squad blanked No. 21 Ohio State 3-0 on Friday, while No. 8 Northwestern defeated No. 20 Michigan State 2-1 on Friday as well. No. 12 Iowa sits third overall at 3-1, but notched two wins in non-conference play this week with a 3-1 decision over Kent State on Saturday and a 6-0 shutout of Ball State on Sunday. For a complete look at where the Big Ten teams reside in the conference standings, click here.
[TWELVE // former big ten stars shine in wnba finals]
Finally this week, congratulations to former Big Ten Players of the Year Katie Douglas (Purdue, 2000, 2001) and Jessica Davenport (Ohio State, 2005, 2006, 2007) on winning their first-ever WNBA Championship Sunday night as the Indiana Fever defeated the Minnesota Lynx, which was led by 2002 Big Ten Player of the Year Lindsay Whalen (Minnesota), 87-78, in Indianapolis. Additionally, 1999 Player of the Year Stephanie White (Purdue) served this season as the Fever’s assistant coach under the watch of Fever mentor and 1989 and 1991 Big Ten Coach of the Year Lin Dunn (Purdue).