As is the case immediately following every Final Four nowadays, analysts and talking heads have shifted focus to next season by releasing their super-early 2012-13 top 25 polls. Several of the polls, by the way, feature a Big Ten team in the No. 1 spot. The team: Indiana. Yes, the Hoosiers, the same program that is fresh off its first NCAA tourney berth since 2008 and the same one that hasn’t been to the Final Four since 2002.
The NCAA men’s basketball championship game is Monday night, but here at BTN.com, our fans already have crowned the 2012 Big Ten Football Uniform Bracket champion. And the winner is Michigan, the top seed in the field. The Wolverines toppled No. 5 Iowa in the title matchup. See the final tally for the championship tilt in this post and check out all of the tournament’s matchups: Finals | Semis | Quarters | First round.
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The Big Ten Conference released its Big Ten Baseball Players of the Week for March 26-April1 action Monday. See all the winners and check out what they did to earn the distinctions in this post.
Northwestern unleashed a six-run fifth inning Sunday at Wisconsin on its way to an 8-3 win and the series win. Leadoff hitter Emily Allard recorded her second four-hit game of the season, while also adding two runs and an RBI. Northwestern moves to 14-18 overall on the season with its win, 2-4 in the Big Ten. Wisconsin now is 14-12 on the year with its loss, 3-3 in the conference. Read full recap at NUSports.com. And don’t forget to watch our Northwestern-Wisconsin highlights now and get video and recaps from all of Sunday’s games in this post.
Andrew Waszak allowed two hits and one run and Tony Wieber drove home the game-winning run and set the program record for all-time saves as Michigan State nipped Ohio State, 2-1, in the rubber game of the series Sunday afternoon in East Lansing, Mich. Wieber’s perfect ninth inning marked the 15th save of his career. Read full recap at MSUSpartans.com. Also, watch our video wrap-up now and see all of Sunday’s Big Ten results in this post.
With Ohio State, the Big Ten’s final basketball team left in the men’s or women’s NCAA tourney, falling Saturday night in the national semifinals, it’s time to shift focus to spring football. In just two weeks, after all, the spring games will begin. Watch the latest spring videos from the schools’ YouTube channels in this post.
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Jaron Long came out on top in a pitcher’s duel with Michigan State’s Tony Bucciferro as Ohio State nipped the Spartans, 1-0, in Game 1 of a three-game set Saturday afternoon at McLane Stadium. With the win, the Buckeyes improve to 14-10 on the season, 2-2 in the Big Ten, while Michigan State falls to 15-8, 0-1 in conference play. Read the OhioStateBuckeyes.com recap. Also, watch analysis from the game now and see other video in this post.