With the Big Ten Title reclaimed by Penn State this past weekend what remains to be decided in the regular season’s final week is whether or not an eighth Big Ten team is headed to the postseason and which conference members will be hosting the first two rounds of the tournament. Last week we broke down the two remaining Big Ten teams with chances to improve their postseason fates before the conclusion of conference play. Northwestern and Wisconsin both split their weekend matches meaning each will finish with a record above .500, meeting the minimum attractive levels for the NCAA
In volleyball action on Friday night, Minnesota beat Nebraska in five sets (12-25, 25-15, 25-22, 19-25, 19-21). The Gophers win puts them in a tie with Nebraska for second place in the Big Ten. Watch the highlights now and jump inside for more volleyball action and a BTN original video feature on Nebraska’s famed Coliseum. ‘Farewell to the Coliseum’ Northwestern volleyball beat Michigan in four sets.
The Big Ten will once again be well represented in the postseason with seven teams having virtually locked up their spots in next month’s NCAA Tournament. With two weeks remaining in the regular season two conference members are fighting for their postseason hopes as Northwestern and Wisconsin both remain in the chase. Hope may have run out for Illinois after two losses this past week the Illini would need to win out over their final four matches and get some considerable help from the selection committee to get in. There is no definitive cut-off based on record but a team
There is little doubt that the Big Ten has the most passionate and largest fan bases of any conference in the nation. Six of the top ten teams nationally in average attendance this season reside in the Big Ten, including four of the top five. Nebraska has the most dedicated fan base in the country with 175 consecutive sell outs of the NU Coliseum, the longest sell-out streak of any women’s collegiate sport. The conference’s two most successful programs, Nebraska and Penn State, draw the largest attendance numbers and create two of the best environments for volleyball you could hope
The difference 48 hours can make is striking. Late Friday night, Nebraska’s Big Ten Title chances seemed distant and the message boards were offering scenario after unlikely scenario for why the No. 4 Huskers had fallen to No. 20 Ohio State in four sets. On Alumni Night in front of more than 60 former Husker players, Nebraska saw their 39-match regular season home winning streak come to an end in part because of a tentative effort by the home team and a season-defining display by the visitors. Sunday’s match was the one billed as potentially disrupting a perfect final season
No. 4 Nebraska took down No. 1 Penn State in a five-set thriller (12-25, 32-30, 19-25, 25-23, 15-10) Sunday afternoon at the Coliseum. In front of a roaring 4,193 in attendance, Nebraska produced its third five-set win of the season. Gina Mancuso led Nebraska on the day with 16 kills and 17 digs, while Hannah Werth notched 11 kills and a career-high 27 digs. [Huskers.com: Huskers upend No. 1 Penn State] The Huskers (18-3, 10-2) posted a .171 hitting percentage in the match, while Penn State hit at a .237 clip. NU was out-blocked 14-11, but out-dug PSU 94-90.
The No. 14-ranked Michigan field hockey team extended its winning streak to five straight games with a 2-1 upset victory at No. 12 Iowa on Friday afternoon. Watch the highlights now and jump inside for women’s soccer and volleyball action from around the conference. In soccer action, the Golden Gophers closed out the regular season with a victory beating the Cornhuskers 4-2. The Minnesota volleyball team defended its home court as they defeated Northwestern in straight sets and improve to 18-4 on the season. Kierra Jones had 11 kills to lead the way for No. 21 Purdue as they swept
We’ve reached the mid-way point of the Big Ten season and very little has been settled in the conference. But that’s about to change in the next week as one of the most critical matches of the year is on the docket, potentially putting an end to the Big Ten Title race by Sunday afternoon. It was a streak-busting week for the Indiana Hoosiers as they overcame an 0-8 start to conference play to earn two impressive victories to close out the first half of the Big Ten season. The Hoosiers pulled out a 3-1 victory over rival Purdue in
A lot of action around the Big Ten on Friday starting with an afternoon field hockey game. Aisling Naughton knocked in a chip-shot redirection just 3:58 into sudden-victory overtime as Michigan field hockey beat Michigan State, 3-2. Watch the highlights now and dive inside for more video from around the conference. Penn State volleyball improved to 7-0 in conference play as they defeated Purdue in straight sets. Ohio State got their fourth win in a row improving to 14-5 on the season as they defeated the Indiana Hoosiers in four sets. Minnesota volleyball defeated Iowa in four sets improving to
A week ago I asked, where are the upsets in Big Ten volleyball? For a conference with parity from top to bottom it had been an almost as expected start to 2012. Week 3 put that thought to shambles, as one shocking upset and several near misses gave Big Ten volleyball fans the most baffling weekend of the season thus far. Fifth set shocker at Huff The Illini had the top-ranked Nittany Lions gasping for air (see the latest rankings at AVCA.org). With match point and a 14-10 lead in the fifth set on Saturday night at Huff Hall, Illinois was