The Big Ten went 5-2 in its NCAA tournament opening games Thursday and Friday. The two losses were close ones, too, as Purdue lost by one in overtime to Cincinnati and Indiana fell by five to Wichita State. [ MORE: Get all of our NCAA tournament coverage ] All in all, it was a strong opening effort by the Big Ten. Now, it’s time to see what the conference can do Round of 32 games. Before those games tip off, though, I wanted to highlight the Big Ten’s top individual performers from the opening round. D’Angelo Russell, Ohio State. The
Indiana and Jessica Parratto paced the Big Ten at the 2015 NCAA Women’s Swimming & Diving Championships on Thursday-Saturday in Greensboro, North Carolina. The Hoosiers finished in 10th place, with 126 points, behind Parratto’s championship in platform diving. Following Indiana, was Minnesota (12th), Wisconsin (13th), Penn State (20th), Michigan (22nd), Purdue (30th), Iowa (38th) and Ohio State (40th). The Gophers’ Kierra Smith earned the Big Ten’s other individual championship, taking first-place in the 200-yard breaststroke. Indiana’s Brooklynn Snodgrass earned an eighth-place finish in the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 1:52.523, while teammate Gia Dalesandro came in sixth in the
The 2015 Big Ten Hockey Tournament championship game is set, and it will be No. 1 Minnesota vs. No. 3 Michigan. Watch the game at 8 p.m. ET on BTN (watch on BTN2Go). The Gophers, the Big Ten regular-season champ, earned a first-round bye and shut out Ohio State, 3-0, on Friday to advance to the title game; the Wolverines knocked off Wisconsin, 5-1, in the quarterfinals and Michigan State, 4-1, in the semifinals. The two teams split the season series, 2-2, with Michigan taking both games in the 24th annual Mariucci Classic in January and Minnesota sweeping a February
During football and basketball games, BTN LiveBIG will spotlight notable examples of research, innovation and community service from around the conference. In-Game stories will provide more background on these features, and the opportunity to view the videos again. More than a billion people around the world today don’t have access to electricity. And that, in turn, creates major challenges in fields ranging from agriculture to education. To help solve this issue (and many more), students at the University of Nebraska teamed up to establish the World Energy Project (WEP), a non-profit organization that builds and implements sustainable solar-power systems in
It was a solid two days for Big Ten basketball fans, as the conference went 5-2 in opening-round NCAA tourney games. See Tom Dienhart's best of the opening round inside.
It’s a great time to be a college hockey fan in the state of Minnesota. The top-seeded Minnesota women’s hockey team advanced to its fourth-straight NCAA championship game with a 3-1 win over Wisconsin on Friday night at Ridder Arena. Juniors Hannah Brandt and Maryanne Menefee recorded three points each to lead the Gophers (33-3-4). Junior goalie Amanda Leveille had 34 saves in the win. The Gophers face No. 3 seed Harvard (26-5-3) in the national championship game at 3 p.m. CT on Sunday. Read the complete recap at gophersports.com.
Ohio State sits in first place heading into the final day of the 2015 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships. The Buckeyes currently have 86.5 points after Friday’s action, 13.5 points ahead of second-place Iowa. Penn State is in sixth place with 68 points, while Michigan (51), Minnesota (49) and Nebraska (49) round out the Big Ten teams in the top 10. The Buckeyes got a huge boost on Friday evening with victories from Nathan Tomasello (125), Logan Stieber (141) and Kyle Snyder (197). Iowa sophomore Cory Clark recorded a 7-5 win over Penn State’s Jimmy Gulibon to advance to the
Four women’s teams opened in the NCAA Women’s Basketball tournament on Friday, highlighted by Iowa’s 75-67 win over American. In other action, Northwestern fell to Arkansas, 57-55, Nebraska lost a close one to Syracuse, 72-69, and Minnesota lost to DePaul, 79-72. Ohio State, Rutgers and Maryland all play Saturday (see the full Saturday scoreboard). Here’s the Big ten women’s scoreboard, and here’s the overall women’s bracket. ARKANSAS 57, NORTHWESTERN 55: BOX | RECAP Ashley Deary and Alex Cohen each had 13 points for No. 7 seed Northwestern (23-9), which was in its first NCAA Tournament since 1997. IOWA 75, AMERICAN
Wisconsin senior Frank Kaminsky had 27 points, 12 rebounds and four assists in a commanding 86-72 win over Coastal Carolina in a NCAA Tournament second round matchup on Friday night. Here’s BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart’s rapid reaction. The star: Frank Kaminsky fulfilled his billing as the Big Ten Player of the Year, scoring a game-high 27 points on 10-of-14 shooting. The 7-foot senior also had 12 rebounds and four assists. He added a block for good measure. In a word, Kaminsky was sensational. The stat: The Badgers shot a whopping 54.1 percent, hitting 33-of-61 shots. Wisconsin also scorched the
Aaron White finished with 26 points as Iowa cruised to an impressive 83-52 victory over Davidson in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart provides his instant reaction here. The star: Aaron White looked like Larry Bird, doing seemingly anything he wanted vs. a mismatched Davidson squad that had absolutely no answer for the 6-9 senior. White hit 11-of-14 shots for 26 points. He also had six rebounds with two assists. Bottle and save this one, Aaron. The stat: The Hawkeyes dominated every aspect of this game. Iowa shot an impressive 50.7 percent from the