With Saturday’s win over Michigan, Purdue has seemingly punched its ticket to the Dance. At 9-7 in conference play, the Boilermakers are probably right where most expected them to finish this season–still solidly in the field of 68, but not a serious contender for the conference championship. But how they got to this point is very unexpected. Ever since the Baby Boilers arrived at West Lafayette, defense has been the calling card of this team:
It was a busy Sunday of Big Ten women’s basketball, as all 12 teams were in action on the season’s final day. No. 15 Penn State routed Minnesota to claim the outright Big Ten title, No. 23 Nebraska took down No. 14 Ohio State in a battle of ranked teams and Purdue blasted archrival Indiana. Catch up on all six games on our BTN.com scoreboard and get stats, video and recaps in this post. Also, the Big Ten tourney bracket was released Sunday night.
On this week’s “The Journey: Big Ten Basketball 2012,” at 8 p.m. ET Sunday, our cameras take you behind John Shurna’s record-breaking day as the senior became Northwestern’s all-time leading scorer last weekend against Minnesota. We also profile Calbert Cheaney, the Big Ten’s all-time leading scorer, who has returned to Indiana following a career in the NBA, both as a player and assistant coach. Watch a bonus clip now and see what else we’ll be profiling on Sunday’s show in this post. Also, follow the show on Twitter: @BTNJourney.
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There’s no debating Draymond Green‘s across-the-board contributions, and they were on display again in Saturday’s easy win over Nebraska. The Michigan State senior captain posted his 16th double-double of the season, with 20 points and 10 rebounds, and also grabbed his 1,000th career rebound. In doing so, he became the fourth Spartan to reach the mark and the third member of Michigan State’s 1,000-point, 1,000-rebound club. Oh, and he’s a member of the 100-block club, to boot. Watch Green’s milestone rebound and his reaction now.
Purdue handed No. 13 Michigan its first home defeat (recap), No. 6 Michigan State blasted Nebraska (recap) and Northwestern beat Penn State in the final seconds (recap) in Saturday men’s hoops action. Catch up on all three games on our BTN.com scoreboard and get stats, video and recaps in this post. Gus Johnson was on the call for the Purdue-Michigan game, and here are his top calls. Also, bookmark our popular Did You See This? archive.
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The Michigan men’s swimming and diving team won the Big Ten title Saturday night at the University of Iowa Recreation and Wellness Pool. The Wolverines’ victory marked their second consecutive and 36th all-time. Read the full recap at MGoBlue.com. Also, view the Championship Central page. BTN will re-air the championships at 10 a.m. ET Saturday, March 3.
The Nebraska women and Indiana men claimed 2012 Big Ten indoor track and field titles Saturday at the Devaney Center Indoor Track. For the Huskers, competing in their first Big Ten championship event, it was their second straight conference title, as they won the Big 12 crown last season. Read the full release at Huskers.com. Meanwhile, the Hoosier men won their first Big Ten crown since 1992. Read the full release at IUHoosiers.com.