This week “The Journey: Big Ten Basketball 2014″ airs Sunday at 5 p.m. ET after Illinois plays Indiana on BTN/BTN2Go and we’ve got the stories right here. Come meet Minnesota point guard DeAndre Mathieu, a former walk-on and JUCO transfer who is now flourishing in Richard Pitino’s system – all while honoring a friend. Also, track the long and winding road taken by Champaign native Rayvonte Rice, who wound up at Illinois as one of the leagues’ top scorers.
There were two Big Ten men’s hoops games on the docket tonight, and both were filled with plenty of excitement. Ohio State kicked off the evening with a much-needed 62-55 win over Illinois, ending the Buckeyes’ four-game losing skid. Penn State followed with an impressive 58-52 victory over Nebraska, giving the Nittany Lions their first Big Ten win of the season.
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There were four Big Ten women’s hoops games tonight, highlighted by Purdue’s impressive win over Northwestern. In other action, Ohio State topped Michigan, Illinois upset Michigan State and Minnesota got the best of Wisconsin.
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If you’re on Twitter, you can vote in our ongoing series of Big Ten Twitter polls for our weekday TV show #BTNLive weekdays at 6 p.m. ET. On tonight’s #BTNLive show, our experts discuss this question: Who had the more impressive win Wednesday? Two answers: #BTNMichigan or #BTNMinnesota.
In this week’s online-only “BTN Wrestling Report,” Kara Lentz reports some of the latest Big Ten wrestling news, including Nebraska’s James Green taking down top-ranked Derek St. John of Iowa. Lentz also sets up BTN’s weekend wrestling coverage, highlighted by Minnesota’s trip to Iowa City at 2 p.m. ET on Saturday. That match which will broadcasted live on BTN/BTN2Go.
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