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Tom’s Take: Honors, stock watch, top performers, notes & quotes

And just like that, the Big Ten regular season is over. The final week provided plenty of dramatics, despite Wisconsin entering the week owning a share of the Big Ten crown. The Badgers wrapped up the outright title, their first since 2008, in Tuesday night’s win at rival Minnesota. Now, it’s off to the Big Ten tourney, which starts Wednesday at the United Center. Before we focus all of our attention on the tourney, here’s my recap of the week that was. Biggest surprise: Purdue. No one saw the Boilermakers finishing 12-6 in league action after a sluggish effort in

Iowa, Ohio State share Big Ten Wrestling Championships crown

The 2015 Big Ten Wrestling Championships aired live on BTN on Sunday afternoon. Watch the replay on BTN2Go. [ MORE: Gallery: See our favorite USA Today Sports photos ] Big Ten dual champion Iowa and Ohio State, the host team, tied for the Big Ten Championships crown, both amassing 120 points. The Hawkeyes could have made it an outright crown with a Bobby Telford heavyweight victory in the event’s final matchup, but Northwestern’s Mike McMullan was victorious, much to the delight of the Ohio State fans. The result marked just the sixth time the Big Ten Wrestling Championships ended in

2015 Big Ten women's basketball tournament semifinal recap

The 2015 Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament semifinal round featured two outstanding games on Saturday. Maryland kicked off the action with an impressive 74-63 victory over Northwestern. Ohio State followed that with a memorable 91-85 win over Iowa in overtime. Looking for the 2015 Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament bracket? We have that right here.  Also, here’s a look back at Friday’s four games. Catch up on Saturday’s games here. MARYLAND 74, NORTHWESTERN 63: BOX | RECAP Lexie Brown scored 17 points to help No. 4 Maryland beat No. 24 Northwestern on Saturday night, sending the Terrapins to the Big

Photo: Northwestern knocks shot clock down before game at Iowa

Northwestern broke the shot clock in Carver having a dunk contest before the game. @BigTenNetwork pic.twitter.com/zu9wXxD4wP — Blake Jorgensen™ (@Blake_Jorgensen) March 7, 2015 This happened Saturday prior to the Northwestern-Iowa game at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Blake Jorgensen, an Iowa journalism major, tweeted the picture above, saying the damage occurred when the Wildcats were dunking in pregame. Jorgensen said the hoop was lowered to set the shot clock upright again, and the basket is ready to go. Luckily, it happened well before the game, with 42:08 left before tip-off. Watch Iowa host Northwestern in both teams’ season finale at noon ET on

Friday's updates on Big Ten tournament double-bye scenarios

Much of the talk during the final week of the Big Ten men’s basketball regular season revolves around the expanded conference tourney field, and, in particular, the coveted double-byes. The top four teams receive double-byes into next Friday’s quarterfinals at the United Center. Big Ten champ Wisconsin and Maryland have clinched double-byes, but who can claim the remaining two? BTN researcher Harold Shelton lays out the possible Big Ten Tournament scenarios below after Thursday night’s action. 1. Wisconsin (15-2): at Ohio State Already clinched double-bye and #1 seed 2. Maryland (13-4): at Nebraska Already clinched double-bye and #2 seed 3.

Big Ten Hoops: High drama Saturday for Purdue, Illinois and Indiana

The final weekend of the regular season is on our doorstep. And, there isn’t much drama at the top. Wisconsin has sewn up the Big Ten title outright, doing so with a win at Minnesota last night. Maryland, Ohio State, Michigan State and Iowa have NCAA bids basically wrapped up. But Purdue, Illinois and Indiana have some urgency, as they fight to enhance their NCAA resumes this weekend before the Big Ten tourney starts next week in Chicago. Indiana plays host to Michigan State on Saturday needing to taste victory. The Hoosiers began Big Ten play 5-1 and thinking big.