The final week of the Big Ten men’s basketball season is in the books, meaning it’s time to run down the best plays from Feb. 27-March 4 action. What a final week it was, too, as we finished with three teams tied atop the Big Ten standings. There were also several highlight plays, but which ones found a spot on BTN.com blogger Brent Yarina’s latest Hardwood Highlights? See Brent’s top 10 plays in this post. Don’t agree? Cast your vote for the top play at the bottom of this post. Also, keep up with all the best highlights from across the Big Ten with our Did You See This? feature.
Penn State was simply dominant en route to winning its second consecutive Big Ten Wrestling Championship on Sunday, crowning three repeat champions in a memorable title match run at Mackey Arena. The Nittany Lions were nearly perfect throughout Sunday’s session and ran away from both Minnesota and Iowa in the team title race. Penn State also has qualified nine wrestlers for NCAAs, with a 10th alive for an at-large bid.
KK Houser scored 19 points to help No. 21 Purdue defeat No. 24 Nebraska 74-70 in two overtimes in the Big Ten tournament final on Sunday. Houser, from Lincoln, Neb., also had five steals against her hometown team. Chantel Poston had 10 points and 11 rebounds and Sam Ostarello added eight points and 10 rebounds for the fourth-seeded Boilermakers (24-8), who won the tournament for the eighth time in 17 years. Purdue’s Brittany Rayburn, who scored nine points and hit the game winner in the semifinal victory against Penn State, was named the tournament’s most outstanding player. Read the full AP recap.
Nebraska is very proud of its state-of-the-art Pinnacle Bank Arena, scheduled to open for the 2013-14 basketball season, and it’s easy to see why. The $179-million facility is a significant upgrade from the Huskers’ current home, the Bob Deveaney Sports Center. Among the perks, it includes 36 Founders and Executive Suites, 900 club seats and 73 concession points of sale. Read more about the arena at Huskers.com. Said Nebraska Associate Athletic Director Paul Meyer: “I think this gives us a chance, as a basketball program, to put ourselves on the map.” Watch a N’Side Nebraska feature on the arena now.
No. 24 Nebraska toppled three-time reigning Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament champion and No. 16 Ohio State, 77-62, in semifinal action Saturday night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. With the win, the Huskers advance to the Big Ten tourney title game, where it plays No. 25 Purdue at 4 p.m. ET Sunday. We tracked tweets from a variety of official school sources, fans and media folks who were covering the action. Check it out here. Also, throughout the tourney, join the conversation on Twitter by using the #B1Gtourney.