U.S. Marines Corps: Leaders of the Week

BTN.com has a new staple every Saturday night. It’s called “United States Marine Corps: Leaders of the Week,” and it’s a feature designed to honor the best from every weekend of Big Ten action. Find the top performances and quotes from Week 13 in this post.

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Minnesota takes down reeling Illinois

(AP) MarQueis Gray rushed for 167 yards and two touchdowns and threw for another score, guiding Minnesota past backsliding Illinois 27-7 on Saturday in the season finale and sending the Fighting Illini to their sixth straight defeat. Gray took off 27 times to break the single-season rushing record for a Golden Gophers quarterback, giving him 966 yards. Billy Cockerham had 831 yards rushing in 1999. Troy Pollard‘s 11-yard touchdown run in the third quarter was the only highlight for the Illini (6-6, 2-6 Big Ten), who wasted their best start in 60 years and put coach Ron Zook’s job in obvious danger. Read the full AP recap, see the box score and view our Big Ten scoreboard.

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All-Conference Special airs Monday at 7:30 p.m.

BTN will present the exclusive, live announcement of several Big Ten football awards during the All-Conference Selection Special at 7:30 p.m. ET on Monday. For the fifth straight year, Dave Revsine will host the show, alongside analysts Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith. Select award winners will be interviewed during the 60-minute program.

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Friday Big Ten Hoops Roundup

Four Big Ten men’s basketball teams play today with Northwestern and Minnesota winning the early games. Ohio State also beat Valparaiso as Jared Sullinger scored 14 points, grabbed 13 rebounds and handed out six assists. Wisconsin also beat Bradley 66-43. Earlier today in two Big Ten victories, Julian Welch had a big game for Minnesota and John Shurna paced Northwestern with 20 points. Get links to scoreboards inside this post, and get scores for all ten Big Ten women’s games on our women’s scoreboard.

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Bringing home the hardware

It may be Black Friday and football may be on, but there’s still Big Ten hoops to review. The conference has started to show some cracks, with two Big Ten teams losing games they probably shouldn’t have and another couple struggling with lesser opponents. Let’s get right into it.

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