Former Illinois coach Bruce Weber took out a full-page ad in the Champaign News Gazette on Sunday to thank Illini Nation. The ad reads: “Thanks to everyone in the Illini Nation for a memorable nine years.” It goes on to say: “Go Illini! & Go Cats! Coach Bruce Weber.” The ad features the Illinois and Kansas State logos, separated by a basketball that houses Weber’s aforementioned message. Weber was fired March 9 (story), one day after the Illini were eliminated from the Big Ten tournament, and hired at Kansas State on March 31 (story).
The Big Ten Conference released its Big Ten Baseball Players of the Week for April 2-8 action Monday. See all the winners and check out what they did to earn the distinctions in this post.
It was another busy Sunday of action on Big Ten baseball diamonds. Perhaps the most exciting of the six games, Michigan State outlasted archrival Michigan, 10-8, in a 13-inning marathon. Illinois, Ohio State and Purdue also were victorious, as was Penn State, which went out of conference and nipped Canisius. Purdue’s win over Northwestern gave it a two-game cushion atop the Big Ten standings.
The second day of the 2012 Big Ten Men’s Gymnastics Championships saw individual event winners crowned and All-Conference teams and award winners announced on Saturday night. Four schools won event titles, including two each for both Illinois and Michigan. Paul Ruggeri won both individual event championships for the Illini, while Sam Mikulak took home two titles for the Wolverines.
The first wave of Big Ten spring games are one week away. That’s right, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Nebraska, Northwestern and Purdue all wrap up spring drills April 14. Kind of hard to believe, huh? Here at BTN.com, we post some of the teams’ latest YouTube videos. See several of the newest ones, including a highly entertaining Northwestern feature, in this post. Plus, watch “Illini Insider” preview Illinois’ wide receivers right now.
Michigan scored a pair of runs in both the fifth and sixth innings and Trent Szkutnik and Alex Lakatos allowed two earned runs in a 4-3 victory over Michigan State on Saturday at McLane Stadium. With the victory, the Wolverines, winners of three consecutive games, clinched the series. Szkutnik picked up the win, scattering nine hits and allowing two earned runs, while Lakatos earned his second save of the season. Read full recap at MGoBlue.com. Also, watch our video from East Lansing, Mich, now and get all the Big Ten results in this post.
Iowa and Northwestern split a doubleheader Saturday afternoon, with the Hawkeyes taking the first game, 5-2, and the Wildcats claiming the second game, 7-6. Northwestern scored four run in the fourth to rally from a 2-0 deficit in Game 2 to avoid the doubleheader sweep. In Game 1, Iowa pushed five runs across the plate in the second inning to bury Northwestern. The Wildcats did score single runs in the fourth and sixth innings, but it wasn’t enough. Watch highlights now and see Saturday’s other Big Ten scores in this post.