No. 14 Purdue baseball scored all seven of its runs with two outs and Joe Haase earned his program-record 11th win of the season with seven innings of one-run ball, leading the Boilermakers to a 7-2 win against Valparaiso Friday evening on the opening night of the NCAA Tournament. Purdue (45-12) will play Kent State Saturday at 8 p.m. ET at U.S. Steel Yard ballpark. The Golden Flashes outlasted Kentucky, 7-6, in a 21-inning marathon Friday, a game that ranks as the second longest in NCAA Division I Tournament history. That game will air on BTN and BTN2Go.com. Read more at Purduesports.com and track the entire tournament at NCAA.com.
When Montee Ball opted to return for his senior season, he solidified Wisconsin as a Big Ten favorite and himself as a Heisman Trophy front-runner. Ball also cemented the Badgers’ status as having the Big Ten’s top collection of running backs. And perhaps the best collection in the nation. Here is how I rate the Big Ten running back units, which are a strong collection of talent with 12 of last season’s top 14 rushers back.
Pepperdine starter Jon Moscot threw his sixth complete game of the season and the second-seeded Waves used a four-run sixth inning to defeat third-seeded Michigan State in the first round of the Stanford Regional Friday afternoon at Klein Field at Sunken Diamond. The Spartans (37-22) now fall into the consolation bracket in the four-team, double elimination regional and face Fresno State at 4 p.m. ET Saturday. More at MSUSpartans.com.
We are winding down my weekly looks at the 2012 Big Ten college football season with Week 12 of my 2012 schedule analysis. Read the rest of this post for my top expected stories, my game of the week, the best quarterback and coordinator matchups, as well as my upset alert and game rankings. Look back at my explorations of weeks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, and 11 right now.
What does the SEC want when it comes to college football playoff? Wisconsin new quarterback is ready to get going, and Ohio State made a schedule adjustment. There’s no better way to end your work week than by getting caught up on your Big Ten football information. Just click, read and enjoy. It’s almost as easy as making microwave popcorn.
BTN & BTN2Go is airing all of the Purdue Boilermakers’ baseball games in the 2012 NCAA Baseball Tournament’s Gary Regional. The other three teams in this one of 16 NCAA regional events: No. 2 regional seed Kentucky, No. 3 regional seed Kent State and No. 4 regional seed Valparaiso.
Illinois sophomore Thomas Pieters fired an even-par 71 on Thursday at Riviera Country Club to win the 2012 NCAA Championship by three shots with a 54-hole total of 208 (-5). Pieters becomes the second Illini golfer to claim the individual NCAA title in the last three years, joining 2010 champion Scott Langley, who was the first in school history.