Back-to-back champion Penn State defended its postseason crown Sunday en route to winning its third consecutive Big Ten Wrestling Championships. The Nittany Lions racked up 151 points, 12 more than second-place Minnesota. See the final standings and get a link to the final brackets in this post.
When Wisconsin needs a big shot, more times than not, it dials Traevon Jackson‘s number. One of the Big Ten’s most improved players, the sophomore guard loves the ball in his hands during crunch time. And he’s had great results in such situations. Just ask Minnesota. Or Iowa. On Sunday, Jackson added to his collection of clutch shots, nailing a deep 3 at the buzzer to lift Wisconsin past Penn State, 63-60. Watch the shot now.
Prior to Sunday’s devastating 72-71 loss to Indiana, Michigan honored its seniors at the Crisler Center. On a team that relies on a host of talented young players, Michigan’s seniors accepted their roles and provided leadership throughout the season. Watch the Wolverines honor seniors Josh Bartelstein, Blake McLimans, Corey Person and Matt Vogrich here.
Before the Big Ten’s final two regular-season games tip, let’s take a look at how the results will impact Big Ten tournament seeds. Here’s what we know before Indiana-Michigan and Northwestern-Michigan State close out the Big Ten’s regular season: Indiana is the No. 1 seed, Northwestern is No. 11, and only seeds 3-5 are up for grabs.
Deshaun Thomas, playing perhaps his final home game for No. 14 Ohio State, scored 19 points Sunday to lead the Buckeyes to a 68-55 victory over Illinois, keeping alive their hopes of a Big Ten title tie. The victory put Ohio State (23-7, 13-5) in position to grab a share of the Big Ten title if No. 7 Michigan can win at home against No. 2 Indiana later on Sunday.
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Traevon Jackson made a contested 3-pointer at the buzzer and finished with 15 points, and No. 22 Wisconsin survived an upset scare from Penn State with a 63-60 win Sunday in its regular-season finale. The Badgers (21-10, 12-6 Big Ten) went the length of the court with less than 4 seconds left. Jackson pulled up at the wing and made the 3 over the outstretched arm of Kevin Montminy.
The 2013 Big Ten Wrestling Championships kicked off Saturday, and Iowa, Minnesota and Penn State all led the way with four wrestlers who will compete for Big Ten titles Sunday on BTN/BTN2Go. In the team race, back-to-back event champion Penn State finished the day in first place, with 123 points, 10.5 ahead of second-place Minnesota.