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The Super Bowl matchup is set! But bigger news on the college front came from the recent NCAA convention, when it was announced that the governing body was altering rules to make them more user-friendly. Nice. Let’s start the daily links there.
The matchup for Super Bowl XLVII is set, and it will be the San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens meeting Feb. 3 in New Orleans. In all, there are 15 Big Ten products on the teams’ active rosters – San Francisco 10; Baltimore 5 – not including players on IR or practice squads. See all the former Big Ten players who will participate in the Super Bowl in this post.
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For the second consecutive week, there’s a new team atop my Big Ten power rankings. This week, it’s Michigan, the team that held the top spot two weeks ago. See where your team lands on my latest list in this post. Don’t agree with the rankings? Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comment box at the bottom of the post. Or tweet it my way (@BTNBrentYarina).
Cody Zeller scored 21 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, and No. 2 Indiana beat Northwestern 67-59 on Sunday. Jordan Hulls added 15 points, Christian Watford 14, and the Hoosiers (16-2, 4-1 Big Ten) hung on after things got tense down the stretch.
No. 1 Penn State tallied a dominant 35-3 road victory at Purdue on Sunday. The Nittany Lions received pins from David Taylor and Ed Ruth in the win. The Nittany Lions (7-0, 4-0) won all but one match, as Purdue’s Ivan Lopouchanski managed to card a victory over James English in the 149-pount bout. Watch our highlights here and read the full recap at GoPSUSports.com.
There were a handful of Big Ten women’s hoops games Sunday, including Iowa upsetting No. 11 Purdue, 62-46, to give head coach Lisa Bluder career win No. 600. Watch Bluder talk about the milestone now and catch up on all the action in this post.
Twenty years to the day of his death, Iowa honored former basketball player Chris Street at halftime of Saturday’s game against Wisconsin. Street died in a car accident on Jan. 19, 1993, during his junior season in Iowa City. On Saturday, the Hawkeyes welcomed back Street’s family, honored every Iowa Chris Street Award winner, first handed out in 1993, and aired a video montage of Street as a player and person. Watch the tribute now.