Every Sunday, BTN color analyst Gerry DiNardo has made it a point to tweet some of his thoughts and impressions from Saturday’s Big Ten slate of action – a practice he’s appropriately coined Sunday Ruminations. You can find DiNardo on Twitter (@gerrydinardo). See his Week 11 Sunday Ruminations in this post.
Northwestern used two second-half goals to complete the Big Ten sweep Sunday, defeating Penn State 2-1 in the finals of the 2011 Big Ten Tournament. After winning the Big Ten regular season title last weekend in Ann Arbor, Mich., the Wildcats are also tournament champions for the first time. Watch our video analysis and highlights from the title tilt.
The Big Ten women’s hoops season is opening with a flurry, and we’ve got a roundup of Sunday’s busy slate of seven games. No. 12 Penn State and No. 17 Purdue both carded victories – the Nittany Lions beating Middle Tennessee, 65-49, and the Boilermakers dropping IUPUI, 75-45 – but the conference did suffer three defeats. Watch our highlights from Ohio State’s victory over Tennessee State now and catch up on all the day’s action and see more video in this post.
The votes are in, and our viewers selected Purdue’s overtime victory over Ohio State as our Big Ten Football Game of the Week. Catch the game at 9 p.m. ET Sunday on BTN. If you missed it the first time, you don’t want to miss it again tonight. The Boilermakers needed heroics to card their second consecutive upset over the Buckeyes at Ross-Ade Stadium. Bruce Gaston made it all possible by blocking Ohio State’s would-be game-winning extra point with 55 seconds left to send the game to overtime. Watch the highlights from the game now and tune in for the replay tonight.
In case you didn’t hear, Michigan State played North Carolina on a boat on Friday. Despite that fact, the Spartans couldn’t throw it in the ocean. It doesn’t matter if you thoroughly dominate UNC on the boards if there’s a lid on the basket. Tom Izzo’s team shot just 38 percent inside the arc and a rock-bottom 10 percent beyond it. Maybe there’s a reason you only play to 15 in streetball.
It took a bit for University of Iowa head coach Lisa Bluder’s Hawkeyes to hit their stride Saturday night, but after a slow start, the Iowa women’s basketball team nearly reached triple digits in the first game of the 2011-12 season. Junior Jaime Printy led the Hawkeyes (1-0) with 24 points in a 90-81 win over Harvard (0-1). Watch highlights from the game now.
BTN.com has a new staple every Saturday night. It’s called “United States Marine Corps: Leaders of the Week,” and it’s a feature designed to honor the best from every weekend of Big Ten action. Find the top performances, quotes and tweets from Week 11 in this post.