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Two of the Big Ten’s top teams were in action Friday night, and there were plenty of highlights for both Indiana and Michigan State. Yogi Ferrell poured in a game-high 26 points and Noah Vonleh added another double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds as the Hoosiers cruised to a 105-59 victory over Samford. In the nightcap, Adreian Payne had 26 points and 11 rebounds as Michigan State edged out a 62-53 win over Columbia.
Two Big Ten men’s soccer teams advanced to Sunday’s championship match with semifinal wins at host site Ohio State on Friday. In the first semifinal, Indiana beat Penn State 1-0 in an overtime shootout. The Hoosiers shot a perfect 5-of-5 in the shootout. In the second semifinal, Michigan State junior Fatai Alashe scored the game’s lone goal as the Spartans defeated Northwestern, 1-0.
Illinois will wear a new helmet that honors the military Saturday vs. No. 3 Ohio State. The helmet looks a lot like the Illini’s primary lid, only the logo features the state of Illinois instead of the usual “I.” Even better, there are 10 stars, in the shape of an “I,” inside the state logo to honor the 10 former Illinois player who have died in combat.
At 7 PM ET tomorrow night, BTN will debut its first feature-length documentary in network history. Tiebreaker examines the aftermath of the 1973 Ohio State-Michigan football game, which ended in a 10-10 tie. With both the Buckeyes and Wolverines finishing the season with a 7-0-1 conference record, and only one Big Ten team able to play in a bowl game, Big Ten Athletic Directors had to vote on which school would represent the Big Ten in the Rose Bowl. It was an unprecedented moment in sports history, and the film’s team of producers did an incredible job of bringing viewers back in time. The 60-minute film features rare, archiProval footage and interviews with student-athletes, coaches and administrators who lived the moment.
Forty years ago, a 10-10 tie between Ohio State and Michigan left the determination of which school would represent the Big Ten in the Rose Bowl up to the 10 school athletic directors. In the days when only one Big Ten team could play in a bowl game, that controversial vote changed college football forever. It’s now the topic of the BTN Originals documentary “TIEBREAKER,” which debuts at 7 p.m. ET Saturday. Now it’s your turn to voice your opinion and cast the vote.
Did you miss something while you stepped away from your computer? We’re tracking some of the best Big Ten social media happenings and posting them all right here. Check out today’s edition, including new alternate helmets that Illinois will wear Saturday against Ohio State.
It’s time to take my weekly Big Ten football quiz in preparation for another big Saturday football. It’s an intriguing slate of five games, with the Big Ten Nation fixated on the Michigan State at Nebraska game. Don’t worry – this isn’t graded on a curve. And? I provide the questions and the answers. So just have fun.