Big Ten Geeks: Onions!

With about 10 seconds remaining, Northwestern had succeeded in holding Purdue’s Robbie Hummel, Ryne Smith, and Lewis Jackson to a combined 17 points. That trio spearheads the Boilermaker offense, which has stalled at times this season when one of those three is having an off night. And in Purdue’s final possession, with the game tied, Northwestern played some of its best defense of the season, forcing Robbie Hummel into a contested mid-range jumper from the baseline.

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Oladipo, Hardaway nominated for dunk of the year

Michigan's Tim Hardaway Jr.

Victor Oladipo with a Thunderous Dunk

ESPN2 is running a contest on Facebook for the 2012 Dunk of the Year (you must like the page to vote), and Indiana’s Victor Oladipo and Michigan’s Tim Hardaway Jr. are both nominees. Oladipo is in the mix for his one-handed throwdown in Indiana’s upset of No. 1 Kentucky, while Hardaway is in there for his driving, one-handed flush at Indiana. Both dunks were terrific. Go to the page and cast your vote for the Big Ten. According to the page, the Dunk of the Year will be featured March 26 during Dunks of the Year on ESPN2.

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Iowa junior wins weekly wrestling honor

The Big Ten Conference released its weekly Wrestler of the Week honor Tuesday. The latest award of the season went to Iowa’s Matt McDonough. See what he did to earn the honor in this post.

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‘Football Signing Day Special’ Airs Wednesday

A new class of future Big Ten football stars will sign National Letters of Intent on Wednesday, and BTN will air a live, 90-minute “Football Signing Day Special” at 4:30 PM ET that day to reveal which student-athletes will attend Big Ten universities.

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Big Ten Pulse: Making a Splash

Tonight on The Big Ten Pulse at 7 p.m. ET, Rick Pizzo, Derek Rackley, and Tim Doyle discuss which Big Ten team could land a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Men’s basketball Tournament. Plus, see our interview with Minnesota’s Tubby Smith, check out our latest “Who Ya Got?” segment,  and learn why Iowa football coach Kirk Ferentz recently jumped into an ice-cold lake. We’ve got the YouTube clip of Ferentz’s big splash in this post.

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