Three Big Ten teams made the field of 16 for the 2012 NCAA Division I Field Hockey Championship tournament. Penn State won the Big Ten’s automatic spot and is the NCAA tournament’s No. 4 overall seed. Iowa and Michigan were chosen as at-large teams.
Few things in sports top the reaction to a goal in soccer. From Andres Cantor’s iconic call to the players’ funny, creative and, at times, embarrassing celebrations, it’s plenty of reason to watch. Indiana’s Eriq Zavaleta came up with quite the celebration following his goal in Thursday’s double-overtime draw with Northwestern. We’re not going to spoil the surprise, so go ahead and be delighted by Zavaleta’s celebration in this video.
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Penn State and Northwestern were both crowned Big Ten regular season champions on Saturday, as Michigan State failed to jump a Michigan hurdle in Ann Arbor. Losing to their close friends was one thing, but knowing that more clinical finishing would have giving them their first title since 2008 must be frustrating for Damon Rensing and his troops. On a positive note, they don’t have time to reflect as Indiana waits on Wednesday.
Each Tuesday morning during the Big Ten football season, all 12 coaches hold a Big Ten teleconference with reporters from around the country. We post the audio Tuesday afternoon for each segment of the call, and we do this every week. Also, @B1Gfootball spotlights a tweet or three from each coach on the call live on Twitter in case you want to follow along.
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Our point/counterpoint series takes on a special significance today, as we take on the question that Americans are debating over—whether Iowa will make the jump to the NCAA Tournament this season.
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Happy Election Day, Big Ten denizens! But before you get out and vote—if you haven’t already—read these Big Ten links. Fittingly, they begin with a big decision that has to be made at Wisconsin. See what I just did there? Big. Decision. It’s Election Day. OK, forget it and read on.
Tonight’s episode of “Big Ten Elite” at 8 p.m. ET (and again at 10 p.m.) profiles of one of the greatest rags-to-riches stories in recent college football history. When Gary Barnett arrived on campus and announced that Northwestern fans and players should “expect victory,” few thought he could live up to that proclamation. But in 1995 the Northwestern Wildcats authored a season for the ages.
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