Four Big Ten teams were selected to the 2015 NCAA Softball Tournament, as announced on the NCAA Selection Show Sunday night. [ MORE: View the official interactive NCAA bracket ] Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska and Northwestern will represent the conference in this year’s bracket, which will get underway on Thursday with regional action. Michigan will host the Ann Arbor Regional as the No. 3 seed. Michigan advances to its 23rd NCAA Tournament, having appeared in every event since 1995. The Wolverines, who have advanced to 10 Women’s College World Series in program history, enter NCAA play having won the Big Ten
Northwestern turned a three-goal deficit into a five-goal victory in defeating Notre Dame, 16-11, on Sunday at Lakeside Field, 16-11. [ MORE: View the official interactive NCAA bracket ] With the victory the Wildcats advance to the NCAA Tournament Quarterfinals where they will play rival Maryland at noon ET Sunday. Before the Wildcats could punch their ticket to an 11th straight quarterfinal appearance, they needed to get through a defensive-minded and stingy Notre Dame squad. The Fighting Irish used that defense to cause a series of turnovers to go on a 3-0 run and take a 6-3 lead with 5:50
Day 3 of the 2015 Big Ten Softball Tournament featured three outstanding games, but in the end, it was the Michigan Wolverines who took home the conference tournament crown.
Now that the 2015 NFL Draft is in the books, fans can’t help but switch their attention to the way-too-early mock drafts for the following season. [ MORE: View McShay’s full 2016 mock draft ] Just last week, we put together a list of several publications that have already released their 2016 mock drafts. Now, other big-name publications are publishing their mock drafts, including ESPN. NFL Draft Analyst Todd McShay released his way-too-early 2016 first-round NFL mock draft today, which includes nine Big Ten stars. In fact, three Big Ten players land in the first three picks of the mock
The Big Ten Conference announced the 2015 All-Conference Teams and individual award winners on Wednesday. Minnesota’s Sara Groenewegen captured Player of the Year honors, Michigan’s Megan Betsa was named the Pitcher of the Year and Northwestern’s Sabrina Rabin was tabbed Freshman of the Year. Michigan’s Carol Hutchins was named the Big Ten Coach of the Year. During her sophomore campaign, Groenewegen led the Gophers with a .435 batting average, six home runs and a .524 on-base percentage in Big Ten play, while also recording a 12-2 record with 155 strikeouts and four shutouts. She is the third Gopher to be
The Big Ten is expected to be loaded from top to bottom in basketball next season. ESPN Insider Josh Gasaway recently updated his rankings of the top 25 players in college basketball for 2015-16, and the list features four Big Ten stars.
Spring football ended across the Big Ten almost two weeks ago. The long offseason is here—but work remains. All 14 league teams enter the summer with some nagging questions. First up: The Big Ten West. ILLINOIS 1. Is the d-line better? Tim Beckman brought in Mike Phair from the NFL to coach the line and co-coordinate. He has been in the pros the last 13 years. This D needs help after ranking 94th, 105th and 107th in the nation in scoring in Beckman’s first three seasons. And it starts up front. 2. Can the offensive line get a push? This
Looks like Michigan State is talking to Florida about playing some hoops. This is good news. Mlive.com points out that the two schools have met six times, including in the 2000 national championship game—when MSU won the Big Ten’s last title. Each team has won three times, including the Gators taking the last matchup in 2009. Who will be coaching the Gators? *** OK, Penn State A.D. Sandy Barbour offers her take on satellite camps. And, I like it. She says everyone should be able to do them … or no one should. She also recently went on to say:
The inaugural season of Big Ten lacrosse is in the history books and four teams are heading to the NCAA Tournament with the hopes of claiming the 10th championship in the last eleven years for a Big Ten school. [ MORE: Penn State claims inaugural Big Ten women’s lacrosse tourney crown ] Penn State won the first-ever Big Ten Tournament title last weekend and received the conference’s automatic NCAA Tournament bid. Maryland, Northwestern and Ohio State all received at-large berths to the NCAA field. It’s an NCAA Tournament filled with familiar matchups as we preview the hopes for the conference
With the 2015 NFL Draft in the rearview mirror, the Big Ten's 35 draft picks are starting to select their NFL numbers. See all of the confirmed numbers inside.