Big Ten hands out weekly softball honors

The Big Ten Conference announced its Big Ten Softball Players of the Week for Feb. 20-26 action on Monday. See the winners and what they did to earn the distinctions in this post.

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Counting 'em down: Week's top plays

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Tim Frazier Weaves and Jams

Another week of Big Ten basketball is in the books, meaning it’s time to run down the best plays from Feb. 20-26 action. The second-to-final week of the regular season included several strong plays, but which ones found a spot on BTN.com blogger Brent Yarina’s latest Hardwood Highlights? See Brent’s top 10 plays in this post. Don’t agree? Cast your vote for the top play at the bottom of this post. See last week’s top plays and keep up with all the best highlights from across the Big Ten with our Did You See This? feature.

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Big Ten Women's Tournament bracket released

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Minnesota at Penn State - Women's Basketball Highlights

The Big Ten Conference announced the bracket on Sunday for the 2012 Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament, with conference champion Penn State earning the No. 1 seed and one of four first-round byes. The tournament is set for Thursday-Sunday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, previously known as Conseco Fieldhouse. BTN and BTN2Go will air the tournament’s first 10 games, starting with No. 7 Michigan-No. 10 Illinois at 11:30 a.m. ET Thursday. The championship game will be played at 4 p.m. ET Sunday.

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UW upsets OSU; Indiana, Illinois bounce back

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Iowa at Illinois - Men's Basketball Highlights

No. 15 Wisconsin upset No. 9 Ohio State in Columbus (recap), No. 24 Indiana blew away Minnesota (recap) and Illinois halted its skid against previously surging Iowa (recap) in Big Ten men’s basketball action Sunday. Catch up on all three games on our BTN.com scoreboard and get stats, video and recaps in this post. Gus Johnson was on the call for the Iowa-Illinois game, and here are his best calls.

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Best of Gus: Iowa at Illinois

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Gus Johnson: Meyers Leonard Blocks

Throughout the 2011-12 Big Ten men’s basketball season, we’re spotlighting Gus Johnson’s best calls. The popular play-by-play announcer is calling men’s hoops for BTN all winter long, and we’ll clip and post his best calls and archive them here. Feel free to bookmark the page and come back all season right up through the Big Ten tourney. Right now, watch Johnson’s call of Meyers Leonard’s back-to-back blocks and get all of the announcer’s best calls from Sunday’s Iowa-Illinois game in this post.

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Big Ten Geeks: Purdue, the anti-Purdue

With Saturday’s win over Michigan, Purdue has seemingly punched its ticket to the Dance. At 9-7 in conference play, the Boilermakers are probably right where most expected them to finish this season–still solidly in the field of 68, but not a serious contender for the conference championship. But how they got to this point is very unexpected. Ever since the Baby Boilers arrived at West Lafayette, defense has been the calling card of this team:

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Sunday's Women's Hoops Roundup

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Indiana at Purdue - Women's Basketball Highlights

It was a busy Sunday of Big Ten women’s basketball, as all 12 teams were in action on the season’s final day. No. 15 Penn State routed Minnesota to claim the outright Big Ten title, No. 23 Nebraska took down No. 14 Ohio State in a battle of ranked teams and Purdue blasted archrival Indiana. Catch up on all six games on our BTN.com scoreboard and get stats, video and recaps in this post. Also, the Big Ten tourney bracket was released Sunday night.

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