Ronnie Johnson scored 16 points and A.J. Hammons 15 as Purdue downed Penn State 58-49 Tuesday night to even its Big Ten Conference record at 5-5 while keeping Penn State winless in the conference.
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There are four schools that I think have legit shots to win the Big Ten as we enter the final five weeks of the season: Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State. (Yes, Wisconsin still has a shot, but I don’t think it can match the other four.)
Michigan women’s gymnastics is back. After missing last season’s NCAA Championships – this from a program that won 18 of the last 21 Big Ten Championships – Michigan has spent time this season atop the national poll. Currently, the Wolverines are No. 3 and they own the conference’s latest Big Ten Gymnast of the Week, Joanna Sampson. Watch our full interview with Michigan coach Bev Plocki now.
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The beat goes on in the Big Ten as we enter the second half of the season with Indiana sitting atop the polls for a second time this season. Three teams have a chance to make a statement this week: Michigan, Ohio State and Wisconsin. The Hoosiers will have their mettle tested by games at Illinois and at Ohio State.
Northwestern football will be back at Wrigley Field. On Tuesday, Northwestern and the Chicago Cubs announced a long-term partnership that includes five future football games in the Friendly Confines.
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Big game tonight, with Ohio State at Michigan. So, let’s start daily links right there. It’s the first meeting between the schools in which each is ranked in the Top 10. So, naturally, it’s one of the biggest meetings ever between the football rivals on the hardwood. The Buckeyes won the first meeting, taking a 56-53 decision in Columbus. Expect another tight game tonight.
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We are halfway through the Big Ten season, and the conference hasn’t disappointed. All of that preseason hype about being the top conference has proven to be true, with Indiana and Michigan already haven taken turns sitting atop the national polls.