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Big Ten softball roundup: Catch up on all of Saturday action

It was a jam-packed day of Big Ten softball Saturday afternoon, and you can catch up on all of the action in this post. Illinois 9, Indiana 6 – Game 1 Every Illini contributed offensively in the series opener, as eight batters collected hits to send Illinois to a 9-6 victory over Indiana in the first game of a doubleheader Saturday. Read fightingillini.com’s recap. Illinois 9, Indiana 8 – Game 2 Illinois tied a season-high with 18 hits, just two off the all-time record, en route to taking a 9-8 walkoff win and sweeping a doubleheader Saturday. Allie Bauch went

BTN LiveBIG: Maryland program creates sustainability solutions for local communities

At the University of Maryland, sustainability and smart growth are more than just academic. The institution is applying those principles to provide a brighter future for communities throughout the state — including the one that’s home to its main campus. Maryland’s National Center for Smart Growth (NCSG) launched a program last year called the Partnership for Action Learning in Sustainability (PALS). This initiative matches coursework from different academic disciplines to economic, environmental and social challenges in cities throughout the state by combining the expertise of faculty and talents of UMD students. “The PALS program provides practical help for communities interested

Dienhart's Rapid Reaction: Trice leads Michigan State to Elite Eight

Travis Trice scored a game-high 24 points to lead Michigan State to a 62-58 win over Oklahoma in a Sweet 16 matchup. Here’s BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart’s rapid reaction. The star: Travis Trice continues to excel in March, leading all scorers with 24 points to help Tom Izzo reach his ninth Elite Eight. Trice hit 7-of-14 shots (4-of-9 from 3-point range). He also added three rebounds and two assists, while hitting all six of his free throws. And four of those came down the stretch to help ice the victory for Michigan State. Quick nod to Denzel Valentine, who

Baylor eliminates Iowa, 81-66, in Oklahoma City Region semifinal

(AP) Sune Agbuke had plenty of time to embrace her role as a rebounder and shot-blocking specialist for Baylor. The senior picked her final NCAA Tournament to have the scoring performance of her collegiate career. Agbuke, who entered Friday with a season average of 5.9 points per game, scored a career-high 23 as the No. 2 seed Lady Bears (33-3) rolled to an 81-66 win over third-seeded Iowa on Friday night. The win moves Baylor into the Elite Eight for the fifth time in six years, where it will face top-seeded Notre Dame on Sunday with a chance to reach

Video: Final Four court being built at Lucas Oil Stadium

The court that this year’s Final Four will be played on is ready at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Will a Big Ten team be playing on that court on April 4? That is the million dollar question as the Sweet 16 round concludes tonight with both Wisconsin and Michigan State still playing for a spot in the Final Four. The Badgers defeated North Carolina last night and will advance to play Arizona in the Elite Eight. Michigan State is set to play Oklahoma tonight in a Sweet 16 matchup. The official NCAA March Madness Twitter feed, @marchmadness, posted an

Indiana freshman forward Max Hoetzel to transfer

Indiana University men’s basketball coach Tom Crean has announced that freshman forward Max Hoetzel has requested a release from his athletic scholarship to transfer to a program where he can compete for more playing time. “We were always impressed with Max’s upside and potential but unfortunately in his view it did not turn into the extended minutes he wanted,” said IU Coach Tom Crean. “He would like to find a clear cut opportunity to play more and we hope he finds that. He is a hard worker who we hope will fulfill his potential and have the chance to play

Dienhart: 3 keys for a Michigan State victory tonight

It’s seemingly right there for Michigan State to seize—a trip to the Final Four, which would be a seventh under Tom Izzo. The Spartans are hot, winning six of their last seven games. And the lone loss was in overtime to Wisconsin in the Big Ten title game. The Spartans also are fortunate, playing in an East Region in Syracuse, N.Y., that saw No. 1 Villanova and No. 2 Virginia get knocked out the first week of the NCAA tourney. Yes, Michigan State may have been under-seeded as a No. 7 as it pushes for its first national title since