The Big Ten Trophy Tracker is coming into sharper focus as the season hits the final stretch. With only three week left in the season, there’s a new player on top of Graham-George Offensive Player of the Year checklist. And it’s a big, physical running back from the Legends Division who just may carry his team to the Big Ten title game.
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Three Big Ten teams, headlined by Big Ten tournament champion Illinois, made the 2011 NCAA Women’s Soccer Championship, it was announced Monday. Ohio State and Big Ten regular-season champ Penn State join the Illini in the field. For Penn State, this marks the program’s 17th consecutive NCAA berth. View the official NCAA bracket and read the full release from BigTen.org.
Every week during the football season, Brent Yarina posts his latest Big Ten Power Rankings. Week 10 featured a big-time upset, as Northwestern went into Memorial Stadium and upset previously streaking Nebraska. 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.
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No. 18 Illinois soccer won its second Big Ten Tournament Championship in program history with a victory over No. 11 Penn State, 2-1, on Sunday afternoon. Senior midfielder Julie Ewing connected in the opening minutes, while sophomore midfielder Vanessa DiBernardo scored in overtime to secure the automatic bid to the upcoming NCAA Tournament. In the 93rd minute, DiBernardo controlled a pass from junior midfielder Nicole Denenberg and placed a shot into the lower-left corner of the goal to send the Illini away from Northwestern’s Lakeside Field undefeated in their previous 11 contests. Check out the game highlights now and dive inside for an interview with Illinois coach Janet Rayfield.
Penn State will face Illinois on Sunday at 4:00 p.m. ET in the Big Ten Women’s Soccer Tournament Championship held at Northwestern. The game will air live on the Big Ten Network. Penn State topped Minnesota 3-1 in the second semi-final after Illinois beat Michigan State 1-0 earlier in the day. Go to NUsports.com for a complete look at the tournament on the tournament central page.
On Thursday night’s episode of “BTN Live,” Dave Revsine, Glen Mason, Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith covered a host of topics in 60 minutes, including interviews with Penn State’s Derek Moye and Illinois’ Whitney Mercilus. One key part of the show is “ReJoice Mail” where fans can call and give their reaction to any game, their team or a player. Check it out now and join in next time by calling (319) BIGTEN-1 and maybe your message will get on air.