After trailing in the first set, the No. 9 Minnesota recovered and went on to earn a 3-1 win over Northwestern on Sunday afternoon at the Sports Pavilion. With the win, the Golden Gophers (8-3 overall, 1-1 Big Ten) earned their first conference victory of the 2011 campaign. Northwestern dropped to 9-4 overall and 0-2 in conference action. Ashley Wittman, who had 20 kills and 14 digs, led Minnesota in the win. Watch now a video recap from the match below and read the full game story in this post.
ESPN College GameDay is coming to Madison this week, according to a recent tweet from the show’s Twitter account. The decision should come as no surprise, considering No. 7 Wisconsin hosts No. 8 Nebraska in the Huskers’ first Big Ten game Saturday. Oh, and the game will be played under the lights, too. We all remember the last time Wisconsin hosted a high-profile night game, right? The result was a commanding 31-18 victory over then-No. 1 Ohio State. Madison was going to be a an electric place either way, but now it will be an even bigger event.
Every week during the college football season, Brent Yarina posts his latest Big Ten Power Rankings. Week 4 saw the Big Ten go 8-2, including wins from Illinois, Michigan, Nebraska and Wisconsin, all of which will bring perfect records into the first week of conference play. As for the power rankings, they are not meant to mimic the Big Ten standings. What fun would that be? They aren’t scientific, either. They’re simply Brent’s thoughts on where each Big Ten team stands after its latest game and entering its next contest. Agree? Disagree? Tweet @BTNBrentYarina.
Following an 8-2 week, the Big Ten added a fifth team to the latest Coaches’ Poll, released Sunday. See both major polls here. Illinois makes its season debut in the poll, at No. 22, one week after being left out following its win over then-No. 18 Arizona State. No. 7 Wisconsin and No. 8 Nebraska headline the Big Ten, setting up a remarkable Big Ten opener between the two schools Saturday in Madison. Michigan (No. 19) and Michigan State (No. 25) round out the Big Ten representatives.
The Penn State field hockey team moved to 7-3 and 1-0 in the Big Ten after snapping No. 13 Iowa’s six-game winning streak. The Nittany Lions won the Big Ten Conference opener, 3-0, on Sunday over Iowa. After no score in the first half, aggressive plays by Penn State led to three goals in the second half. Watch our video recap of the Penn State victory now.
Every week during the fall, BTN.com web editor and blogger Brent Yarina recaps the week that was in Big Ten football. Each recap includes Brent’s superlative winners and the best stats, quotes and tweets, among other things, from around the Big Ten that particular week. Have a worthy stat, quote or tweet that you think should make the recap? Tweet it to @BTNBrentYarina. Watch our South Dakota-Wisconsin highlights now and check out Brent’s Week 4 Recap in this post.
The votes are in, and our fans selected Illinois’ narrow victory over Western Michigan on Saturday as the “Big Ten Game of the Week.” Catch the re-air at 8 p.m. ET Sunday on BTN. This one came down to the wire as the Illini, who rallied from a 13-10 halftime deficit, were able to stop the Broncos and prevent them from attempting a potential game-tying field goal in the final seconds. With the win, Illinois moved to 4-0, the first time its been perfect after four games since it won the national title in 1951.