Monday was a busy day in terms of player activity across the Big Ten. It started with good news, that being Trevor Mbakwe would return to Minnesota for the 2012-13 season. Moments later, Purdue announced John Hart was transferring, followed by Ohio State releasing the same news about J.D. Weatherspoon. Watch one of Weatherspoon’s best highlights as a Buckeye now and read about his and Hart’s decisions to leave in this post.
It’s April, the NCAA just crowned its latest men’s basketball champion (Kentucky), so that means it’s time for ESPN.com’s Joe Lunardi to post his first installment of 2013 Bracketology. Lunardi has seven Big Ten teams dancing, as of right now, headlined by Indiana, the conference’s lone No. 1 seed. Michigan State and Michigan received No. 2 and No. 3 seeds, respectively. See all of Lunardi’s Big Ten predictions in this post.
A two-run home run by Erika Petruzzi in the fifth inning was all the offense Purdue needed to take a 2-1 win over the Ohio State in the first game of Sunday’s doubleheader, and in Game 2, the Boilermakers capitalized on five Buckeyes miscues to post the doubleheader sweep in an 8-3 win. Watch our highlights from Purdue’s sweep now, plus check out our interview with Lexi Moore and get our Sunday Big Ten roundup in this post.
It was a historic day on Big Ten baseball diamonds Sunday afternoon. In Columbus, Nebraska swept a doubleheader from Ohio State to card its first conference road series win since taking 2-of-3 from Baylor in Waco, Texas, in 2008. Meanwhile, in West Lafayette and University Park, respectively, Purdue coach Doug Schrieber became the program’s all-time wins leader and Penn State coach Robbie Wine won his 200th game. Watch the highlights from Nebraska’s rare road feat now and get our Sunday Big Ten roundup in this post.
No. 13 Penn State knocked off its third top 10 opponent of the season Sunday afternoon, downing No. 10 Ohio State, 15-12, in front of a national television audience at a breezy Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. With the key ALC win, Penn State (10-4, 2-2) carded its seventh consecutive victory over the Buckeyes and finish the regular season with a stellar 7-1 road record. Watch the highlights now and see highlights from No. 1 Northwestern’s win over Johns Hopkins in this post.
Good thing Ohio State kicker Drew Basil isn’t claustrophobic. During Saturday’s practice at Ohio Stadium, players and fans surrounded Basil and the field goal teams — in a shape that looks a lot like Ohio State’s Block “O” — for a live field goal drill. The cool spectacle came late in the practice, one first-year coach Urban Meyer put on, in part, to bring the students closer to his team, and his team closer to students. Hundreds of students were invited onto the field to surround Basil, and he went on to make four of six attempts, with one being blocked and another sailing wide right.
Big Ten spring football games weren’t the only events affected by the inclement weather across Big Ten country Saturday. A fair share of baseball and softball games were postponed, as well. See Saturday’s baseball roundup, courtesy of BigTen.org in this post.