Five Big Ten women’s basketball teams were in action Tuesday night, including No. 15 Purdue and No. 18 Ohio State. Both ranked teams win in easy fashion, with the Boilermakers dismantling Chicago State, 76-49, and the Buckeyes disposing of Howard, 73-50. Not to be ignored, Northwestern rallied to upset No. 20 LSU. Watch our video highlight and analysis from Purdue’s win now and catch up on all the Big Ten action in this post.
The Michigan-Ohio State game is the annual exclamation mark on the Big Ten season. This year’s storyline: Can the Wolverines end the Buckeyes’ seven-season run of dominance? A Wolverine victory not only would ease the pain for Michigan fans, but it also will enhance the team’s resume in its bid to earn a BCS at-large bowl slot.
Week 11 of the NFL season is in the books, and Big Ten products made quite the impact. All season long, use our Big Ten NFL Stat Tracker to see how ex-Big Ten stars performed each week. Simply click on a player’s name, and the link will lead you to his NFL.com game log. Every Tuesday, Brent Yarina singles out the best offensive, defensive and special teams performances, plus links to their NFL.com highlights. Watch our interview with Nebraska’s Alfonzo Dennard now and see Brent’s Week 11 winners in this post.
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It was only a matter of time before former Michigan football coach Rich Rodriguez received another opportunity. On Monday, Arizona AD Greg Byrne tweeted this picture, announcing Rodriguez as the new Wildcats head coach. And on Tuesday, the coach was officially introduced. Rodriguez went 15-22 in three seasons at Michigan, but he experienced a lot of success at West Virginia, where he went 60-26 in seven seasons. The coach spent this season as an analyst at CBS Sports. Read the AP story on Rodriguez’s hiring and its story on his introductory press conference.
(Huskers.com) The No. 2 Nebraska volleyball team (24-3, 17-2) clinched the first Big Ten Conference title in school history Tuesday night with a 3-0 (25-14, 25-14, 25-19) sweep of the Iowa Hawkeyes at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Nebraska has now captured 32 conference titles overall. Before the Huskers made history on Tuesday night, Penn State had previously won the conference crown for eight-straight seasons. Minnesota claimed the title in 2002.
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The finalists for college football’s prestigious end-of-the-year honors continue to be announced, and on Tuesday Nebraska linebacker Lavonte David was named a Butkus Award finalist. David, a senior, leads the Huskers with 114 tackles, including 52 solo stops, 10 tackles for loss and two interceptions. The linebacker posted a season-high 17 tackles against Michigan last week, one of five double-digit tackle performances in 2011. See all the Butkus Award finalists in this post.