A quartet of goals in the third period catapulted the top-ranked Minnesota women’s hockey team to its 36th consecutive victory and its first season sweep of Minnesota Duluth in program history. Junior Amanda Kessel led the Golden Gophers’ offensive attack by netting four points, including the game-winning goal, in the 6-2 decision. Read the full recap at GopherSports.com and watch our interviews with the Gophers in this post.
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How big is tonight’s No. 1 Michigan-No. 3 Indiana game? Not only is sole possession of first place in the Big Ten on the line, it marks just the fourth time top 3 Big Ten teams have ever met. So, yeah, it’s pretty big. But who will be the most important player on the outcome of the game, and why? I asked the question on Twitter, and you can see Big Ten fans’ responses in this post.
Reggie Hearn scored a career-high 26 points to lead Northwestern to a 75-60 victory over Purdue on Saturday. Jared Swopshire and Dave Sobolewski each added 13 points for the Wildcats (13-10, 4-6 Big Ten), who snapped a four-game losing streak to the Boilermakers.
In front of a sold-out Carver Hawkeye Arena crowd, No. 3 Iowa wrestling knocked off No. 1 Penn State, 22-16. Watch the highlights now and jump inside for a BTN Student U wrap-up of Purdue’s win over Northwestern.
A lot of hockey action took place Friday night. As seen on BTN, Michigan edged Michigan State 3-2 at Yost Ice Arena. In Columbus, the Buckeyes upset ninth-ranked Notre Dame 6-3. In women’s hockey action, Minnesota won their seventh WCHA regular season title against Minnesota Duluth with a 5-0 win. Watch Michigan-Michigan State highlights now and go inside this post for more hockey video.
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Big Ten fans have three Big Ten men’s basketball games to follow on Saturday, including Ohio State at Nebraska at 7 p.m. ET on to BTN/BTN2Go. After that, No. 1 Michigan takes on No. 3 Indiana at 9 p.m. ET.
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It has been an interesting week in the Big Ten, with the race coming into sharper focus as we hit the halfway point. Here’s what I know: Four schools have separated themselves from the pack, with Michigan, Indiana, Michigan State and Ohio State appearing to be a cuts-above the rest. But don’t count out Minnesota, Wisconsin and Illinois just yet.