An interesting rivalry week ends with Indiana riding atop the Big Ten. But Iowa and Maryland are just one-half game and one game off the pace, respectively. That said, could Michigan State be the best team in the Big Ten? [ MORE: Big Ten standings | Big Ten stats | Big Ten scoreboard | Polls ] Here’s a look back at the week that was. BEST OF THE B1G Best stat line: Denzel Valentine vs. Wisconsin. The Big Ten Player of the Year candidate had 24 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds, leading No. 8 Michigan State to a 69-57 victory over previously white-hot
Ethan Happ had 20 points and 12 rebounds, and helped spark a 17-0 run that allowed Wisconsin to roar back from a double-digit deficit in the second half of a 69-60 win on Sunday night over Illinois.
No. 1 Penn State took care of No. 2 Oklahoma State, 29-18, on Sunday to win the 2016 NWCA National Dual Championship Series title in front of another sell-out crowd (6,575). The NWCA dual crown is Penn State’s third championship of the season, as it also won its sixth straight Southern Scuffle title in early January and claimed a share of the 2016 Big Ten Regular Season title with Iowa. The Nittany Lions end the regular season with a perfect 16-0 mark, including 9-0 in the Big Ten. The 16 dual meet victories are the most since Penn State won 17 in
Rachel Banham needed 50 points to become the Big Ten’s all-time leading scorer Sunday afternoon. The Minnesota star would have to wait until next week, right? Nope. Banham, she of the Big Ten women’s single-game record and NCAA-tying 60 points on Super Bowl Sunday, erupted for 52 points in Minnesota’s 114-106 loss at Michigan State. She set the record (2,921 points), appropriately, on a contested, deep 3-pointer in the closing seconds. Watch the record-setting triple in the video above. Banham wasn’t the only star in the Minnesota-Michigan State game, though. Michigan State’s Aerial Powers poured in a career-high 40 points
Robert Carter scored 17 points as sixth-ranked Maryland bounced back from consecutive losses with a 86-82 victory over Michigan on Sunday. Jake Layman had 16 points, while Melo Trimble finished with 13 for Maryland (23-5, 11-4 Big Ten).
Aerial Powers scored a career-high 40 points and No. 25 Michigan State withstood Rachel Banham's 52 points that made her the Big Ten's all-time leading scorer to take a 114-106 victory over Minnesota on Sunday.
Penn State sports teams flashed their dance moves on the stage Saturday at THON 2016, the world’s largest student-run philanthropy. [ MORE: Follow @THON on Twitter! ] Needless to say, the student-athletes were a hit, entertaining the dancers and volunteers roughly halfway through their annual 46-hour fundraiser at the Bryce Jordan Center. THON, which started in 1977 and raises benefits for pediatric cancer patients, features more than 700 students dancing from late Friday afternoon to late Sunday afternoon. The final 2016 total raised for Four Diamonds Fund out of Penn State Hershey Medical Center? A cool $9,770,332.32, bringing the all-time total to more than
Michigan claimed the 2016 Big Ten Women’s Swimming & Diving Championship on Saturday at the Canham Natatorium on the campus of the University of Michigan. The title marks the Wolverines 15th conference crown, and first since 2004. Michigan compiled 1,361 total points throughout the four-day event. Indiana finished second after collecting 1,207.5 points and Minnesota was third with 927.5 points. Ohio State finished fourth with 859 points, while Purdue recorded 766.5 points to finish fifth. The Wolverines took home titles in the 100-yard freestyle, 100-yard backstroke, 200-yard freestyle, 200-yard backstroke, 200-yard individual medley, 400-yard medley relay, 400-yard freestyle relay and
In 1962, Ken Coleman arrived at the campus of The Ohio State University with a big dream: to graduate and find a job as a math teacher. It might not seem all that audacious today, but this was the early 1960s, and Coleman was a young African-American man living in the town of Centralia in downstate Illinois. And neither his mother, a maid, nor his father, a day laborer, graduated high school. Still, none of those things kept Coleman from chasing his dreams — which, as it turned out, went well beyond becoming a math teacher. Because of his experience
Troy Williams scored a game-high 19 points and Yogi Ferrell added 18 points as Indiana beat in-state rival Purdue 77-73 in a Big Ten matchup on Saturday night.