It was a rough day Sunday for Big Ten women’s basketball teams as the conference went 1-4 in NCAA first-round games. Big Ten regular season champ Penn State was the lone victor, ousting UTEP, and joins Big Ten tourney champ Purdue, which won Saturday, in Round 2. Meanwhile, Iowa, Michigan, Nebraska and Ohio State all fell Sunday. Catch up all the action on our BTN.com scoreboard and get stats and recaps in this post. And don’t forget to bookmark the interactive NCAA bracket.
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Penn State won its second straight NCAA wrestling tournament before the final round and senior Frank Molinaro, sophomore David Taylor and sophomore Ed Ruth won individual crowns. Penn State led by 15 points after the morning session, and a vocal fan base mostly concentrated in one corner of the Scottrade Center showed support with a whiteout, then chanted “We are Penn State!” after the final match. The Nittany Lions’ 143 points topped second-place Minnesota (117.5), Iowa (107.5), Cornell (102.5) and Ohio State (68.5). You can read more at NCAA.com.
On Wednesday night, we aired a special one-hour season finale of “The Journey: Big Ten Basketball 2012.” On the show, we went behind the scenes for the entire Big Ten tourney in Indianapolis. We also featured Senior Day at Michigan State and provided an inside look at the thrilling Ohio State-Michigan State season finale. Plus, we covered the emotional reunion of Illinois’ Meyers Leonard and his brother, Bailey, a U.S. Marine who recently returned from active duty. Watch a segment from the show now and see bonus clips in this post.
The word bracket overtakes our vocabulary every March — much to the delight of sports fans across the nation. Brackets don’t begin and end with the NCAA tournament, though. Every year around this time, people create brackets for pretty much everything, including coolest name. Here, BTN.com web editor Brent Yarina decided to put together a Big Ten football uniform bracket. Cast your votes in this post.
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The NCAA tournament officially tipped off Tuesday night, as did the NIT, which has BTN.com web editor Brent Yarina’s attention divided between the tourney and the future. It’s very early to entertain the 2012-13 season, admittedly, but there are important questions Big Ten teams will address, as soon as the coming days or weeks.