(AP) D.J. Richardson scored 20 points to lead four players in double figures and No. 24 Illinois beat Coppin State 80-63 on Sunday night. Illinois (10-0) hung on to remain one of nine undefeated teams in the nation despite the Eagles’ hot shooting and pesky 2-3 zone defense. After Illinois jumped out to a 17-point lead in the opening minutes of the second half, Coppin State went on a 20-5 run to cut the lead to 59-57. From there, Illinois responded with a four-guard lineup that provided enough offense down the stretch to seal the win. Meyers Leonard had 18 points and 11 rebounds, and Sam Maniscalco and Brandon Paul each scored 12 points for the Illini. Read the full AP recap and see the boxscore.
Iowa defensive coordinator Norm Parker announced Sunday that he will retire following the 2011 Insight Bowl. The Hawkeyes (7-5) meet Oklahoma on Friday, Dec. 30 (9 p.m. CT, ESPN) at Arizona State’s Sun Devil Stadium (see our 2011-12 bowl schedule). “I would like to personally thank Gary Barta, Kirk Ferentz, the coaches, and players at Iowa, along with the fantastic fans,” Parker said in a statement. “It has been a great time, one that myself and my entire family greatly appreciate.”
It was a tough day for Big Ten women’s hoops teams Sunday. The conference went 3-3, with losses to Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan and Drake, and No. 12 Purdue lost for the second time in as many days. On the bright side, No. 17 Penn State took care of business, thumping Maryland-Eastern Shore, 76-51. Catch up on all the action on our Big Ten scoreboard and see recaps from all the games in this post. Watch our highlights from Minnesota’s win now.
(AP) Joe Paterno fractured his pelvis again following a fall at his home but will not need surgery, a person close to the family told The Associated Press on Sunday. The former Penn State football coach was expected to make a full recovery after slipping Saturday and was admitted to the hospital the next day, the person added. Paterno, who turns 85 on Dec. 21, is also undergoing radiation and chemotherapy for what his family has said is a treatable form of lung cancer. Son Scott Paterno has said doctors are optimistic his father would make a full recovery. Read the full AP recap.
We have a new feature at BTN.com, and it’s called “Did You See This?” Throughout the seasons, the staff of BTN.com will watch all the Big Ten action for the best highlights, whether it’s an incredible catch, an unbelievable dunk or a can’t-miss feature, and immediately publish them here as a post. Check out our Did You See This? archive. Watch one of our latest postings right now.
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It was a busy day of Big Ten men’s hoops Saturday, headlined by Indiana upsetting No. 1 Kentucky at the buzzer (recap). Get all the video, reaction, tweets and photos from the upset. In other action, Michigan State beat Gonzaga (recap), Purdue drilled Eastern Michigan (recap), No. 16 Wisconsin took down UNLV (recap), No. 19 Michigan held off Oakland (recap), Nebraska rallied past TCU (recap) and Minnesota topped St. Peter’s (recap), while No. 2 Ohio State lost at Kansas (recap) and Penn State fell at Duquesne (recap).
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Wisconsin running back Montee Ball finished fourth in the Heisman Trophy voting Saturday night in New York City. Baylor QB Robert Griffin III won the award, with 1,687 total points, followed by Stanford’s Andrew Luck (1,407), Alabama’s Trent Richardson (978), Ball (348) and LSU’s Tyrann Mathieu (327). Ball, who accounted for 2,071 total yards and 39 TDs, including his 25-yard scoring pass to Russell Wilson, received 22 first-place votes, the fifth-most. See tweets and photos from Ball’s trip to NYC in this post.
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