Big Ten Geeks: Previewing Thursday

After a wild opening weekend, the Big Ten emerged with four teams among the remaining Sweet Sixteen. Today, we’ll preview the Thursday games, two of which are conveniently in the same regional. In Boston, it’s a four-team tournament with a Final Four spot on the line, and Big Ten teams are on both sides of the bracket. The other B1G Thursday participant will be Michigan State. We’ll delve into the Boston regional before previewing the Spartans’ path.

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IU recruit Ferrell gets must-see assist

Indiana commit Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell, a five-star point guard and the No. 17 overall player in his class, according to Rivals, had quite the (lucky) play in a recent state semifinal game for Park Tudor HS (Ind.). Let’s just say it was a heady pass, in that Ferrell left his feet, threw the ball off an opponent’s forehead, right to a teammate under the basket for an easy lay-up. Just as he planned it, right? Watch the video in this post.

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Football Roundtable: Talking Illini

Illinois Fighting Illini quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase (2) throws a pass during the annual Orange and Blue spring game at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Michael Heinz-US PRESSWIRE

Illini Insider: Spring Football Report - QB's

Illinois is the midst of spring practice under first-year head coach Tim Beckman, who was hired from Toledo to take over for Ron Zook. Beckman’s goal: Lead the Fighting Illini to the Big Ten championship, which they haven’t won since 2001 under Ron Turner. Zook couldn’t do it, going 34-51 overall and 18-38 in the Big Ten with three bowl bids in seven seasons. He was dismissed after a bizarre 2011 that saw the Illini open 6-0, then lose six in a row before winning their bowl game.

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Softball opens Big Ten slate this weekend

After six weeks of non-conference play, the Big Ten softball schedule opens this weekend for all 12 teams. Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Nebraska, Ohio State and Purdue all host conference-opening series this weekend.

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Lucas leads Lady Lions past LSU

(AP) Maggie Lucas scored 30 points, three short of a career high, and fourth-seeded Penn State moved on to the third round of the women’s NCAA tournament with a 90-80 victory over No. 5 seed LSU on Tuesday night.

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MSU adds Oregon to 2014-15 schedules

Michigan State Athletics Director Mark Hollis announced Tuesday that the Spartans have agreed in principle to a home-and-home football series with Pac-12 power Oregon. The two-game series will kick off Sept. 13, 2014, at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Ore., and conclude Sept. 12, 2015, at Spartan Stadium.

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NU's Shurna to compete in 3-point contest

Northwestern all-time leading scorer John Shurna made 274 3-pointers during his illustrious career. He isn’t done yet. While the triples won’t count on the final ledger, Shurna will be flinging 3s in the State Farm College Slam Dunk & 3-Point Championships at the Final Four, it was announced Tuesday.

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