Top-seeded Ohio State won the Big Ten Men’s Tennis Tournament title on Sunday, earning a 4-0 win over third-seeded Michigan to clinch the tournament crown and earn the conference’s automatic berth to the NCAA Championships. The third-seeded Northwestern women took home the Big Ten Women’s Tennis Tournament crown with a 4-1 victory over top-seeded Michigan. The title is the Wildcats’ 14 in the last 15 conference postseason events and gives them the Big Ten’s automatic berth to the NCAA Championships.
It’s official: The Big Ten Conference will have new division alignments set to begin in 2014 and nine-game Big Ten Conference schedules for 2016 after the recommendations were unanimously approved by school athletic directors and supported by the Big Ten Council of Presidents/Chancellors. In a statement released by the conference, Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany said, “Big Ten directors of athletics concluded four months of study and deliberation with unanimous approval of a future football structure that preserved rivalries and created divisions based on their primary principle of East/West geography.”
In a move that had been speculated for months with Rutgers and Maryland poised to join the Big Ten and make it a 14-team league in 2014, the conference is apparently set to announce divisional realignment based on geography. Conference presidents and chancellors will reportedly vote on the divisions, new division names, and an expanded league schedule format on Sunday.
Weather has pounded much of the Midwest lately, and it’s impacted plenty of Big Ten sporting event schedules. If April showers truly bring May flowers, Big Ten country is in for some pretty big blossoms. Here’s a look at two images you may have missed. They were captured by BTN’s camera’s during Wednesday’s softball doubleheader between Michigan State and Ohio State in Columbus.
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Offensive coordinators under Urban Meyer go on to big things. There’s Steve Addazio and Dan Mullen, to name a couple. BTN analyst Gerry DiNardo thinks a similar fate could be in store for Meyer’s current OC, Tom Herman, whose offense averaged a Big Ten-best 37.2 points last season. DiNardo sat down with Herman recently for our latest “Film Session.” Watch the full segment here.
Cammi Prantl had one of those catches players practice and hope to make when the lights are on in the first game of Wednesday’s doubleheader vs. Michigan State. With one out in the sixth inning of a 1-1 game, McKinzie Freimuth smacked a tailing liner down the left-field line. Innocent foul ball, right? Nope, Prantl, who had Freimuth positioned perfectly, read the ball off the bat and dove to make a terrific diving grab. Watch the play here.
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As we still await Adreian Payne’s NBA draft decision, I thought it would be fun to take another way-too-early look ahead to the 2013-14 season. This time, I’ll do it in prediction form, offering five things I’m confident about in 2013-14. See all five in this post. Have a prediction of your own? Feel free to leave it as a comment.