Minnesota defeated North Dakota, 5-2, Sunday in the NCAA West Regional final to advance to the 2012 Frozen Four. The Gophers, who last made the Frozen Four in 2005, will play No. 1 seed Boston College in the national semifinals April 5 in Tampa. Ben Marshall, Erik Haula, Taylor Matson, Travis Boyd and Nate Condon all scored for the Gophers. Read the recap at GopherSports.com.
No. 2 seed Minnesota rallied past Northern Iowa, 88-74, to win the 2012 Women’s Basketball Invitational Championship on Sunday at Williams Arena (box). Kiara Buford contributed 14 points, six assists and four steals on her way to earning WBI Most Valuable Player, while freshman Rachel Banham poured in a game-high 26 points and was named to the all-tournament team.
In its first attempt, Nebraska won the Big Ten Women’s Gymnastics Championships title on Saturday night. The Huskers tallied a team score of 197.100, while Ohio State followed in second place (196.225) and Minnesota finished third (195.950). Michigan took fourth place (195.875), followed by Illinois in fifth (195.850), Penn State in sixth (195.700), Iowa in seventh (195.425) and Michigan State in eighth (194.675).
The Big Ten posted 10 top-ten finishes on the final day of the NCAA Championships on Sunday. Michigan paced the Big Ten with a fifth-place finish (271 points), Indiana finished 10th (140) and No. 12 Ohio State (106), No. 17 Purdue (56) and No. 24 Minnesota (37) followed in the standings. Iowa, Michigan State and Wisconsin also received points. See all the results.
Minnesota moved on to the second round of the NCAA Tournament with a 7-3 victory over Boston University on Saturday at the Xcel Energy Center. The Gophers never trailed in the see-saw affair to capture their first tournament win in five calendar years. Minnesota will play North Dakota at 5:30 p.m. ET Sunday. Read the full recap at GopherSports.com and view the interactive NCAA bracket.
The MLB season opens Wednesday, so it’s time to find out which Big Ten products are on MLB active rosters. See the entire list in this post. Forgetting a name? Send it in as a comment at the bottom.
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(AP) The NCAA has granted injured Minnesota forward Trevor Mbakwe a sixth season of eligibility. Now it’s up to Mbakwe to decide if he wants to take it.