Prior to Saturday’s game against Purdue at the Crisler Center, Michigan honored its seniors, including captains Stu Douglass (two-time) and Zack Novak (three-time). The maize and blue faithful gave the seniors a rousing standing ovation, and rightfully so. Novak and Douglass, after all, helped turn a previously struggling Michigan program, which went 15-17 in 2009-10, into the Big Ten contender it is now. The two Indiana natives went highly unheralded out of high school and made Big Ten foes pay throughout their careers. Corey Person and Ben Cronin also were honored. Watch the Senior Night ceremony now.
The Michigan men’s swimming and diving team won the Big Ten title Saturday night at the University of Iowa Recreation and Wellness Pool. The Wolverines’ victory marked their second consecutive and 36th all-time. Read the full recap at MGoBlue.com. Also, view the Championship Central page. BTN will re-air the championships at 10 a.m. ET Saturday, March 3.
The Nebraska women and Indiana men claimed 2012 Big Ten indoor track and field titles Saturday at the Devaney Center Indoor Track. For the Huskers, competing in their first Big Ten championship event, it was their second straight conference title, as they won the Big 12 crown last season. Read the full release at Huskers.com. Meanwhile, the Hoosier men won their first Big Ten crown since 1992. Read the full release at IUHoosiers.com.
Michigan State’s legendary Jud Heathcote, who led the Spartans to 339 wins in 19 seasons as the head men’s basketball coach, was profiled Saturday in a new episode of Big Ten Icons, presented by Discover. Hosted by Hall of Fame broadcaster Keith Jackson, the show included new one-on-one interviews with Heathcote; Michigan State coach Tom Izzo; award-winning journalists Jack Ebling and Dan Wetzel; former MSU All-American Greg Kelser and others.
With a little more than a week to go, it has come down to Michigan State, Ohio State and Michigan in the race for the Big Ten title. But other story lines exist. Which four teams will secure first-round byes in the Big Ten tourney? The Spartans, Buckeyes and Wolverines look like locks for three of the slots. But who will get the fourth? Wisconsin? Indiana? Purdue? Or, how about white-hot Iowa?
Another night, another set of at-large hopes dashed. On Wednesday evening, Minnesota hoped to keep their NCAA Tournament hopes alive, at least for another few days, with a crucial home matchup against Michigan State. Things were looking up when the Gophers took a nine-point lead with just over 10 minutes remaining. Maybe Minnesota really would pull this off and get back onto the bubble.