There were five Big Ten men’s hoops games Sunday, including a doubleheader on BTN. No. 8 Baylor took down Northwestern (recap) in the first game and Mississippi nipped Penn State (recap) in the nightcap. In other action, Indiana thrashed Stetson (recap), Michigan State drilled Nebraska Omaha (recap) and Creighton topped Nebraska (recap). Get halftime and final recap stories from all the games in this post. Catch up on all the day’s action and stats on our Big Ten scoreboard and watch our video from Indiana’s victory over Stetson now.
Big Ten title game champ Wisconsin moved to No. 8 in the latest Coaches’ Poll, released Sunday morning. The Badgers, also the Leaders Division champs, pace the Big Ten and are followed by No. 12 Michigan, No. 13 Michigan State, No. 20 Nebraska and No. 23 Penn State. The Wolverines moving up to No. 12, from No. 16, is the biggest development, because teams seeking a BCS at-large berth must finish inside the top 14. By moving up four spots, it could be enough when the final BCS Standings are released tonight.
INDIANAPOLIS – Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany had every reason to smile late Saturday night.
INDIANAPOLIS – The notion of three yards and cloud of dust was trashed on this night. Instead, the inaugural Big Ten championship game was a celebration of yards, points–and more yards and points. And a running into the kicker penalty on Michigan State that killed the Spartans’ last hope to score to rally for the winning score.
In a game filled with action from start to finish, Wisconsin defeated Michigan State to win the first Big Ten Football Championship Game, 42-39. BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart writes that few thought this game had much of a chance to live up to the first meeting in October but it certainly did. Now Wisconsin heads to their second straight Rose Bowl on Jan. 2, thanks in large part to Montee Ball’s 137 rushing yards and four total touchdowns.
We posted photos from the Big Ten Football Championship throughout the game itself. Now look back and see some great shots of Russell Wilson, Montee Ball, Keshawn Johnson, a three-photo sequence of that crazy lateral by Keith Nichol, and much more. And since we’re on the topic of great images, watch a very cool video from the BTN pregame show spotlighting the images of the year in the Big Ten.
As a BTN.com web editor, I’m in Indianapolis covering the Big Ten Football Championship and filing reports including videos and tweets. I’ll also snap off some photos. Follow me on Twitter (@BTNBrentYarina). The Fan Fest has a feature where you can sit at the anchor desk and call a highlight reel. I met the father-son duo of Mark and Andy DeNato and watched them break down the Big Ten title game.