Week 16 of the NFL season is in the books, and Big Ten products compiled impressive numbers. All season long, use our Big Ten NFL Stat Tracker to see how ex-Big Ten stars perform. Simply click on a player’s name, and the link will lead you to his NFL.com game log. Every Tuesday, Brent Yarina singles out the best offensive, defensive and special teams performances, plus links to their NFL.com highlights. See Brent’s Week 16 winners in this post.
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There were two Big Ten women’s hoops games Tuesday night, and the conference split the contests. Indiana throttled Texas A&M Corpus Christi, while Northwestern fell to Toledo, 75-56. Catch up on all the action in this post.
The Indiana Hoosiers, one of the nation’s final six undefeated teams, continue their ascent in the major college basketball polls. Indiana (12-0) lands at No. 15 in the latest Coaches Poll, released Monday. The Hoosiers, who were No. 18 last week, knocked off Howard and UMBC this past week to enter Big Ten play with a perfect record. Ohio State remains at No. 2, while Wisconsin comes in at No. 11, Michigan No. 16 and Michigan State No. 17. The Big Ten schedule tips Tuesday night, with Illinois hosting Minnesota (7:30 ET, BTN) and Nebraska entertaining Wisconsin (9, ESPN2).
Wednesday’s and Thursday’s games marked the end of non-conference play for many Big Ten members. With the holiday break looming, let’s run down who has been naughty and nice.
No. 2 Ohio State drilled Miami (OH) (recap) and No. 19 Michigan put away Bradley (recap) in a BTN doubleheader Thursday night. In other action, No. 20 Michigan State dropped pesky Lehigh (recap), No. 24 Illinois lost to Missouri (recap), Iowa topped Boise State (recap), Minnesota held off North Dakota State (recap), Northwestern fell at Creighton (recap) and No. 18 Indiana flattened UMBC (recap). Catch up on all the action on our Big Ten scoreboard and get stats, recaps and video in this post.
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Night in and night out, Indiana’s Cody Zeller continues to dazzle and show why he was so highly recruited. The talented freshman entered Thursday night’s game against UMBC averaging 15.3 points, 7.4 rebounds 2.3 steals and 1.6 blocks per game. Those numbers may get better following Thursday’s action. One thing’s for sure: Zeller added two more highlight-reel plays to his first-year resume tape. Watch his powerful jam, set up by a terrific pass from Victor Oladipo, and see his breakaway jam in this post.