Bethany Doolittle scored a career-high 26 points as Iowa cruised to an impressive 81-62 victory over Illinois in the opening round of the 2014 Big Ten Women’s basketball tournament. Freshman Ally Disterhoft added a double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds for the Hawkeyes, who will play Purdue on Friday afternoon. Amber Moore led Illinois with 26 points in the loss. Watch all Thursday games live on BTN/BTN2Go and look at back at this games stats with the GameTracker.
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Ohio State eliminated Northwestern 86-77 in the opening game of the 2014 Big Ten Women’s basketball Tournament. Ameryst Alston scored a game-high 30 points for the Buckeyes, who advance to play Penn State on Friday. Watch all Thursday games live on BTN/BTN2Go and look at back at this games stats with the GameTracker.
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Shannon Scott knows what’s on the line this Sunday when Michigan State comes to Ohio State for the regular-season finale. The Buckeyes need to regain their mojo after dropping their last two games: at Penn State and at Indiana. Honestly, those were two contests Ohio State should have won. The defeats killed a three-game winning streak and run of six victories in seven games for the Buckeyes. Is self-doubt creeping back into the mind of a team that earlier this season lost four in a row and five of six games after a 15-0 start?
The Big Ten tournament will feature a few new uniforms, thanks to adidas outfitting Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin with special “Made in March” alternates. The uniforms were designed to pay tribute to the unique history of the schools and, according to the official release, “provide the teams with the most advanced uniform system and basketball apparel technology so they can take on the challenges and intense play of March.”
The National Football Foundation has released its 2014 College Football Hall of Fame ballot, and plenty of players with ties to Big Ten schools are up for election. In fact, among the 75 FBS players, there are 21 Big Ten players.
We decided to have a little fun providing a preview to this year’s B1G Wrestling Championships on March 8-9 at Wisconsin. BTN wrestling analyst Jim Gibbons, an NCAA champion both as a wrestler and coach at Iowa State, will break down one weight class a day, and pick a winner, each day through March 7. Today, it’s the 125-pound weight class.
The amazing story of Nebrasketball continues, as the Cornhuskers rolled into Indiana last night and won. Ho-hum, right? We’ve come to expect this, right? That gave Nebraska a sweep of the season series with the Hoosiers. (More proof that if you live long enough, you WILL see everything.) This is just bizarro. But it’s also fun as heck. Someone call Hollywood.