In this week’s web-only “BTN Wrestling Report,” BTN’s Kara Lentz goes outside of the conference to tackle the International Olympic Committee executive board’s decision to drop wrestling as an Olympic event, beginning in 2020. Lentz looks at the history of Olympic wrestling, touches on the Big Ten’s decorated history and is joined by Nebraska coach Mark Manning for an in-depth conversation about the news.
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Nebraska and Iowa athletic departments, in conjunction with the Big Ten Conference, announced Tuesday afternoon that the Iowa-Nebraska game, originally scheduled for Thursday night, has been moved to 2 p.m. ET Saturday at the Bob Devaney Sports Center.
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The Big Ten men’s basketball coaches held their weekly Big Ten teleconference Monday with reporters from around the league, and we’ve posted the audio from each phone interview in the post below. BTN.com will post these media sessions each Monday right up to the Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament, and all of our audio can be found in our BTN.com audio archive.
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John Groce’s Illini continued their torrid play this week, dispatching Purdue and Northwestern, teams they lost to earlier this season. Winners of four straight, Illinois has moved to No. 5 in my latest Power Rankings. Where does your team land? Find out in this post. Oh, and feel free to send me your thoughts, either in the comment box in this post or on Twitter (@BTNBrentYarina).
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We’re only a few weeks away from Selection Sunday, and there’s only a handful of games left for teams to pick up signature wins. This weekend, some did, and some didn’t.
Keith Appling scored 16 points to go over 1,000 for his career and Adreian Payne added 15 points and 14 rebounds in eighth-ranked Michigan State’s 73-64 victory over Nebraska on Saturday night. The win allowed Michigan State (22-4, 11-2) to remain tied with Indiana for first place in the Big Ten.
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Nebraska basketball isn’t afraid to rock a throwback uniform. The team did so in last year’s lone Big Ten tourney game, and it will do so again when it hosts Michigan State at 8 p.m. ET Saturday on BTN/BTN2Go. This year, the Huskers also have donned an adidas alternate, but this look has a lot more character. See a picture of the full uniform in this post.