This Week in the Big Ten

Nov. 7, 2010

[ONE // big ten madness:  michigan outlasts illini; iowa survives hoosiers; joepa hits 400]
The sixth weekend of Big Ten play featured three teams winning to hold steady at just one conference loss, but the stories of the day may have been an incredible coaching milestone and the highest scoring game in Big Ten history. Penn State's Joe Paterno became the first Football Bowl Subdivision coach to record 400 victories when the Nittany Lions defeated Northwestern. Meanwhile, Michigan edged Illinois, 67-65, in triple overtime, breaking the conference record for combined points in a Big Ten game. In other conference action, Michigan State improved to 5-1 with a win over Minnesota to claim sole possession of first place in the standings. Iowa and Wisconsin also earned triumphs to move to 4-1 in conference action, tied with Ohio State for second place. For full recaps on each Big Ten contest on Nov. 6, click on this link.

[TWO // the wizard of west lafayette]
Purdue's John Wooden was named Tuesday by the Big Ten Network as Big Ten Icon No. 12. The countdown of Big Ten Icons, presented by Discover, continues at 9 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Nov. 9, with a profile of college basketball's first three-time All-American who led the Boilermakers to a national championship in 1932.  In his three years at Purdue, Wooden led the Boilermakers to a 42-8 overall record, a 29-5 conference mark, two Big Ten championships and a consensus national championship in 1932, before the creation of the NCAA Tournament.  Wooden tied the Purdue single-game scoring record against the University of Chicago in his final collegiate game, and was awarded the Big Ten Medal of Achievement in recognition of his academic and athletic excellence.



[THREE // ohio state, penn state share big ten women’s soccer title]
Ohio State may have clinched a share of its first Big Ten women's soccer title after defeating Michigan State 1-0 on Friday night in Columbus, Ohio, but the week closed with fireworks in State College that denied the Buckeyes the outright title. With just 17 seconds remaining in double overtime, Penn State junior Ali Schaefer scored the biggest goal in her career, giving the Nittany Lion women's soccer team a 1-0 win over Michigan and the program's record-breaking 13th straight Big Ten title on Sunday.  Despite having to share the crown, Ohio State earned the conference's automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament. Paige Maxwell scored the lone goal of the match in the 14th minute to propel OSU to the victory, its eighth of the Big Ten season.

[FOUR // hail to the victors!  michigan tops osu for field hockey tournament crown]
Congratulations to the Michigan field hockey team for capturing the 2010 Big Ten Field Hockey Tournament with a 2-1 win over top-seeded Ohio State at Northwestern on Sunday.  The No. 11-ranked Wolverines earned their fifth Big Ten Tournament title and first since 2005, and were awarded the conference’s automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament.  U-M and Ohio State shared the regular-season title.  No. 2 seed Michigan defeated No. 3 Penn State in a thrilling 4-3 OT victory to reach the finals, while No. 1 Ohio State earned a 2-0 shutout over No. 4 Michigan State to advance. For a complete look at Big Ten Tournament action, click here.

[FIVE // field hockey hands out postseason awards]
The Big Ten office announced Thursday the 2010 All-Big Ten field hockey teams and individual awards, with Michigan, Northwestern, Ohio State winning individual honors. Buckeye junior Aisling Coyle was named Defensive Player of the Year, while teammate Paula Pastor-Pitarque was honored as Freshman of the Year. Northwestern's Chelsea Armstrong was named the conference's Offensive Player of the Year, and Michigan's Marcia Pankratz earned Coach of the Year honors.  The win for Armstrong marked the fourth time Northwestern had won the Offensive Player of the Year award. Coyle gave Ohio State its first Defensive Player of the Year award in program history. Pastor-Pitarque is the Buckeyes' third Freshman of the Year and second straight, after teammate Berta Queralt won the award in 2009. Michigan's Pankratz earned her fourth Coach of the Year award.

[SIX // wisconsin sweeps men’s cross country honors]
After earning its 12th consecutive Big Ten Championships title, the Wisconsin men's cross country team swept the conference's postseason awards, it was announced on Tuesday. Senior Landon Peacock took home Athlete of the Year honors, while head coach Mick Byrne received Coach of the Year accolades and Andrew Shields earned Freshman of the Year status. The conference also announced 10 Sportsmanship Award Honorees, recognizing one student-athlete from each team who distinguished themselves through sportsmanship and ethical behavior.  Peacock finished in first place at the Big Ten Championships, and gained the 10th men's Athlete of the Year award in program history and the first since Matt Withrow earned the distinction in 2007. Byrne reeled in his third-straight Coach of the Year award after placing four Badgers in the top six at the Big Ten Championships, leading Wisconsin to its 44th Big Ten title. Shields earned top honors among conference newcomers after finishing the 8K race in 24:26, good for a 26th-place finish.

[SEVEN // spartans and badgers earn postseason women’s cross country accolades]
Michigan State senior Emily MacLeod was named Tuesday the Big Ten women's cross country Athlete of the Year, while her mentor Walt Drenth received recognition as the Big Ten Coach of the Year and Wisconsin's Emily Sisson captured Big Ten Freshman of the Year honors. The conference also announced 11 Sportsmanship Award Honorees, recognizing one student-athlete from each team who distinguished themselves through sportsmanship and ethical behavior.  MacLeod earns Athlete of the Year recognition after leading Michigan State to its third Big Ten Championship in program history and the first since 2001.  Drenth took home his first Coach of the Year award, becoming only the second Michigan State coach to earn the honor in program history.  Sisson hauled in the Freshman of the Year hardware after taking third place at the Big Ten Championships.

[EIGHT // five conference teams mentioned in espn/usa today women’s hoops poll]
Five Big Ten teams were mentioned this week in the Preseason ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll, including three in the top 25. Defending Big Ten Champion Ohio State appeared at No. 7 in the poll, while Michigan State and Iowa checked in at Nos. 24 and 25, respectively. All three teams were also ranked in when the Associated Press released its preseason poll late last week. Additionally, Purdue and Michigan were among other teams also receiving votes in the first poll of the 2010-11 season.

[NINE // ohio state’s lavender named ap all-american]
Ohio State's Jantel Lavender was named Tuesday a Preseason All-American by the Associated Press. The senior, who was voted as the Big Ten Preseason Player of the Year at Big Ten Basketball Media Day two weeks ago, averaged 21.4 points and 10.3 rebounds a season ago, which saw the Buckeyes go 31-5 and win their sixth consecutive Big Ten Championship.  Lavender was named to the AP's postseason All-American in each of her first three seasons with the Buckeyes and is a three-year first-team All-Big Ten member.

[TEN // watching wrestling]
Prior to the Big Ten wrestling season getting underway this week, the Big Ten Network announced Tuesday it will offer its most extensive wrestling schedule ever, with a total of 41 events on television or online, including the addition of 18 live streamed events over last year. The schedule features a minimum of 40 regular-season duals, plus the Big Ten Championships to be hosted by Northwestern in March.  Thirty-three of the 41 events will be conference matchups, and 36 will be available live. The regular-season schedule begins Nov. 14 as Michigan hosts Pittsburgh. Other non-conference highlights include Iowa hosting Iowa State on Friday, Dec. 3, and future Big Ten member Nebraska traveling to Wisconsin on Friday, Jan. 21. The network will dedicate three live hours to the Big Ten Championships.  Last season, Iowa captured its third-straight national championship, and was one of eight Big Ten wrestling programs to finish in the top 25. The Hawkeyes were joined by No. 3 Ohio State, No. 5 Minnesota, No. 10 Penn State, No. 13 Indiana, No. 14 Wisconsin, No. 21 Purdue and No. 23 Illinois.

[ELEVEN // several big ten fall student-athletes named academic all-district]
Finally this week, several Big Ten student-athletes competing in fall sports were recognized for excellence in the classroom.  In football, 19 conference standouts were named to Academic All-District first teams presented by CoSIDA/ESPN. Nine volleyball student-athletes were selected to the 2010 CoSIDA/ESPN Academic All-District Teams, while five men's soccer standouts earned recognition for their work in the classroom.  Twelve women’s soccer players were also honored with the same distinction.  Congratulations to all of our fall sports student-athletes!