The previous four matches in the rivalry’s history ended in ties, but Megan Marsack and Laura Heyboereach scored second-half markers to help Michigan State down Michigan, 2-0, at DeMartin Stadium on Wednesday afternoon. Spartan keeper Jill Flietstra made five saves en route to tallying her seventh shutout of the season. With the win, Michigan State improved to 11-4, 4-3 in Big Ten play, while Michigan fell to 8-5-2 overall and 3-3-1 in conference play.
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Nebraska defensive lineman Jared Crick entered the 2011 season as a favorite to win the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year. Unfortunately, Crick won’t be in the running for the accolade after Nebraska announced Wednesday that its star senior has a torn pectoral muscle and will miss the rest of the season.
When Big Ten Football and Beyond airs every Wednesday at 7 PM ET, viewers may not realize that creating Beyond, as it is known in-house, is a 36-hour process to produce slightly less than one hour of actual show content. Show producer Paul Cordell oversees the entire process from start to finish in coordination with host Dave Revsine and analysts Gerry DiNardo, Chris Martin, the Chicago Tribune’s Teddy Greenstein, and Sports Illustrated’s Andy Staples, as well more than a dozen of other production staffers.
At the annual Big Ten Football Kickoff Luncheon this year, BTN.com went around to several of the interview tables in search of the players’ earliest or favorite sports memories. Watch now as several of this season’s biggest stars share their first or greatest memories with you. Now, it’s time for Big Ten fans’ earliest Big Ten memories. Take a walk down memory lane, and check out our Twitter followers’ earliest conference memories in this post. There are plenty of good ones.
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In the Wednesday installment of “BTN Soccer Report,” Kevin Egan and Aron Hyde recap the busy weekend of women’s Big Ten soccer action, including the Illinois-Michigan State thriller in East Lansing. BTN soccer analyst Kyndra de St Aubin calls in to join Aron for a midseason report. They discuss who has been the biggest surprise so far, what’s been most impressive, plus much more. Watch now, and while you’re here, catch Kevin’s latest Men’s Soccer Report, too.
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On the next episode of Big Ten & Beyond at 7 p.m. Wednesday, BTN’s Gerry DiNardo and the Chicago Tribune’s Teddy Greenstein debate who is the second-best team behind Wisconsin. Do you have any thoughts on the matter? Leave your comments (and your supporting arguments) in the comments at the end of this post. What else will the show focus on? Jump down this post for more.