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National champ Penn State finishes as unanimous No. 1 in final AVCA poll

The final AVCA Division I Coaches Poll is out, and, to no surprise, back-to-back national champion Penn State finishes the season as a unanimous No. 1. [ MORE: NCAA title gallery | Penn State dynasty isn’t over ] The Nittany Lions, who beat BYU on Saturday night to claim their sixth title in the last eight years, garnered all 60 first-place votes. Big Ten champion Wisconsin, which lost in the regional final to Penn State, finished No. 4, while Nebraska (No. 8), Illinois (No. 11) and Ohio State (No. 13) also finished in the top 25. In other words, the

Big Ten bowl game confidence picks, from 10 (Alabama) to 1 (Illinois)

We were asked by the execs at BTN.com to pick a winner for each Big Ten bowl game. Make your picks, too! But, my confidence in each pick wasn’t the same. Some picks I felt VERY confident about. Others, not so much so. [ MORE: Top plays | Most Improved Players | MVPs | Players to watch ] So, here are my Big Ten bowl winners from a confidence standpoint, with “10” being most confident and “1” being the least. 10. Alabama over Ohio State. Can a third-string QB really beat a Nick Saban-coached team that will have had almost

Video: Illinois' Rayvonte Rice hits buzzer-beating 3 to beat Missouri

Illinois gets to retain Braggin’ Rights for the second consecutive season, and they have Rayvonte Rice to thank. The star senior hit a ridiculous buzzer-beating fadeaway triple to send the Illini to an exciting 62-59 victory over border rival Missouri on Saturday afternoon in St. Louis. A season ago, Illinois carded an equally exciting 65-64 win over the Tigers. Here’s a nice look at the victory celebrations the last two years. This time, it was all about Rice, who finished with 19 points and also had a key offensive rebound down the stretch. Here’s a great look at the game-winning

Big Ten hoops recap: Get scores, stats & video from Saturday's action

It was a rough day for Big Ten men's basketball teams. The conference went 4-6 on Saturday, as Illinois edged Missouri, 62-59, at the buzzer to earn Braggin' Rights, while Indiana took down No. 23 Butler in the Crossroads Classic to highlight the day's busy slate. Catch up on all the action inside!

BTN LiveBIG: Illinois’ Orange Krush goes beyond boosterism

Students at Big Ten universities aren’t waiting until they get out into the “real world” to make a difference. Find out how they’re working together to create positive, meaningful change in this BTN LiveBIG series: the Student Section. Before she even arrived at the University of Illinois, Hannah Taylor knew she wanted to be a member of Orange Krush. Although she didn’t fully understand what being part of the University of Illinois’ basketball cheering section entailed before she came to Champaign, Taylor sensed it would be a meaningful experience. And today, she couldn’t be happier with her decision to join