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At its spring meetings in Chicago, the Big Ten may discuss if it should have divisional play in basketball, as Rutgers and Maryland are set to join the league in 2014 to make the conference a 14-team entity. My advice: The Big Ten should take a lead from the other major conferences—ACC (12 teams), SEC (14), Pac-12 (12), old Big East (15), Atlantic 10 (16)–and not have divisional play.
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Once the college football yearbooks hit the newsstand—and it has to be any day now—I expect to see six Big Ten teams in most Top 25s. And look for them to be in this order: Ohio State; Nebraska; Michigan; Wisconsin; Northwestern; Michigan State.
Back-to-back national champ Northwestern and Penn State each recorded victories Sunday to advance to the NCAA tourney quarterfinals. Read about both teams’ wins in this post.
Michigan State, Northwestern, Purdue and Wisconsin advanced to the NCAA Women’s Golf Championships following the conclusion of the regional championships on Saturday. Each team finished in the top eight of its respective regional to move on to the championships.
Northwestern’s second-round game of in the NCAA Women’s Lacrosse Tournament will be streamed live online for free on both the Big Ten Digital Network and BTN2Go. The game starts at 2 p.m. ET on Sunday and Northwestern will face the winner of Friday night’s game between Notre Dame and Stanford.
The 2013 Big Ten Softball Tournament started Thursday as four teams advanced to play again Friday. Northwestern, Ohio State, Penn State and Purdue all won on Thursday. Reminder: Saturday’s semifinal games and Sunday’s championship air live on BTN & BTN2Go.
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Spring football is over and the offseason is officially here. Let’s all let loose with a collective sigh. Now we have to wait until the night of Thursday, August 29, for the first Big Ten game when UNLV plays at Minnesota. There are lots of barbecues, cannon balls into the swimming pool, croquet, Wiffle Ball and Jarts between now and then.