Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE
It’s Monday, and that means it’s time for my latest Big Ten Power Rankings. There’s a new No. 1 team on the list following Indiana’s loss to Butler on Saturday in the Crossroads Classic.
Six Big Ten women’s basketball teams were in action Sunday, and all six tallied victories. No. 11 Penn State dropped South Dakota, 60-50, and No. 15 Purdue drilled Oakland, 77-46, to highlight the action. Catch up on all the scores and stats in this post.
D.J. Newbill scored 22 points and Penn State survived Delaware State’s second-half surge in an 80-76 overtime victory Saturday. Tyshawn Bell hit a contested 3-pointer to give the Hornets a three-point lead with 1:24 remaining in overtime. But Jermaine Marshall, who finished with 15 points, answered with a 3-pointer to tie game at 76-all.
Michigan fell to No. 3 seed Texas, 3-2, in the first semifinal of the NCAA women’s volleyball tournament tonight, then top-seeded Penn State was upset by Oregon, 3-1, in the second semifinal. Texas and Oregon advance to Saturday’s championship. Kara Lentz and Michelle McMahon wrap-up the action for BTN with more video coverage inside this post.
Greg Bartram-US PRESSWIRE
One of the hottest debates around the Big Ten Conference’s announced plan to expand to 14 schools revolves around the future look of the two divisions. Currently, Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska and Northwestern reside in the Legends Division while Illinois, Indiana, Ohio State, Penn State, Purdue and Wisconsin are in the Leaders Division.
Evan Habeeb-US PRESSWIRE
The challenges were many for a program rocked by scandal and probation that saw some top players transfer before the season began. But Bill O’Brien and the Nittany Lions never flinched—not even after an 0-2 with losses to Ohio and at Virginia.
David Banks-US PRESSWIRE
Continuing the discussion of what each team could use this holiday season. Part one here.