Saturday is still five days away. But it isn’t too early to sneak a peek at the matchups. There’s a lot riding on the line for the last weekend of regular-season action. Penn State and Wisconsin will play to decide who will advance to play Michigan State in the Big Ten title game; Purdue is trying to become bowl eligible; and it’s Ohio State-Michigan week. The storyline: The Wolverines are trying to end seven years of misery and enhance their BCS at-large resume.
Every Sunday night during the hoops season, Brent Yarina recaps the week that was on the men’s hardwood and hands out his weekly honors. See Brent’s first installment, for action from Nov. 14-20, in this post.
Every week during the football season, Brent Yarina posts his latest Big Ten Power Rankings. Week 12 saw Michigan State clinch the Legends Division and a spot in the Big Ten title game. As for the power rankings, they are not meant to mimic the Big Ten standings. What fun would that be? They aren’t scientific, either. They’re simply Brent’s thoughts on where each Big Ten team stands after its latest game and entering its next contest. Agree? Disagree? Tweet @BTNBrentYarina.
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An interesting Saturday saw champions crowned in each division and one team clinch a spot in the inaugural Big Ten title game. Northwestern also became bowl eligible for a school-record fifth season in a row. But what else did I learn this weekend?
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Every Sunday, BTN analyst Gerry DiNardo has made it a point to tweet some of his thoughts and impressions from Saturday’s Big Ten slate of action – a practice he’s appropriately coined Sunday Ruminations. You can find DiNardo on Twitter (@gerrydinardo). See his Week 12 Sunday Ruminations in this post.
No. 4 Minnesota defeated defending NCAA and Big Ten champion Penn State, 23-14, on Sunday. Minnesota took seven of the 10 matches, with Sonny Yohn’s match at 197 lbs., being the deciding factor, as he defeated Morgan McIntosh in a thrilling 4-3 decision, to give the Gophers a 20-14 lead heading into the final match. Read the full recap at GopherSports.com. Watch video analysis and highlights from Minnesota’s win now.
The Big Ten had a handful of women’s basketball games Sunday, including No. 11 Penn State and No. 17 Purdue in action. The Boilermakers drilled Tennessee Martin, 65-39, on their way to tallying the 700th win in program history and Penn State rallied to defeat South Carolina. Catch up on all the action in this post and watch our highlights from Purdue’s historical victory.