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There’s a trio of Big Ten teams ranked in the latest BCS Standings, released Sunday night. No. 12 Nebraska paces the group, while No. 19 Michigan and No. 22 Northwestern round out the Big Ten contingent.
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So much to talk about in the final regular-season weekend of the year. Has Braxton Miller sewn up Big Ten offensive player of the year honors? How hot is Le’Veon Bell? Has this been the Year of the Backup Quarterback? Check it all out in my weekly Top 10.
Indiana is off to its first NCAA Men’s Soccer Quarterfinals since 2008, this following a thrilling 2-1 double overtime victory at No. 1 Notre Dame on Sunday afternoon.
Purdue fired football coach Danny Hope on Sunday. In four seasons as the head man, Hope went 22-27 overall and 13-19 in the Big Ten. With Saturday’s win over Indiana, he got the Boilermakers (6-6) to their second consecutive bowl game. In the end, though, it wasn’t enough. Several of Hope’s players went to Twitter to react to the news. See some the tweets in this post.
The Big Ten will be well-represented at the 2012 NCAA Volleyball Championship, as seven conference teams were selected to the tournament’s field of 64. The seven squads is tied for first among all conferences and marks the third time in the last four years that the Big Ten has sent seven or more teams to the national tournament.
Keith Appling scored 19 points to help sluggish Michigan State survive a scare and beat Louisiana-Lafayette 63-60 on Sunday. Appling, who has scored at least 17 points in every game except one this season, was 4 for 11 from the field. But he made other plays at key times, hitting 10 free throws and adding six rebounds and five assists for the No. 15 Spartans (5-1).
There is an opportunity to learn each Saturday. And I took advantage of it. Among other things, I learned deciding who will be Big Ten coach of the year may be a difficult thing to figure out. Here’s what else I learned on the final Saturday of the regular season.