Ameryst Alston scored 33 points and Cait Craft 24 as eighth-seeded Ohio State stunned top-seeded and No. 11-ranked Penn State 99-82 Friday in the Big Ten Conference tournament quarterfinals. The Buckeyes (17-17) advance to a Saturday semifinal.
There were two Big Ten men’s basketball games on Thursday night, highlighted by Michigan State’s impressive 86-76 victory over Iowa on Senior Night. Penn State cruised to a 59-32 win over Northwestern in the other conference matchup.
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We decided to have a little fun providing a preview to this year’s B1G Wrestling Championships on March 8-9 at Wisconsin. BTN wrestling analyst Jim Gibbons, an NCAA champion both as a wrestler and coach at Iowa State, will break down one weight class a day, and pick a winner, each day through March 7. Today, it’s the 125-pound weight class.
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The Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament is on live from Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. Penn State and Michigan State will represent the top two seeds after sharing the Big Ten regular-season title. All of today’s games air live on BTN. Not near a TV? Use BTN2Go.
Michigan won the Big Ten title outright last night on the strength of a shockingly easy win at Illinois. Sure, the Illini don’t have an impressive record, but John Groce’s team came into the matchup on a three-game winning streak, during which no opponent broke 0.9 points per trip. This was a hot team whose defense was absolutely stifling conference opponents. Talk had even begun of this Illinois team somehow sneaking back onto the bubble in the season’s final week.
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The last week of Big Ten action is at our doorstep. Michigan is looking to wrap up the outright Big Ten title, Wisconsin is looking to extend a seven-game winning streak and make a push for a share of the crown, while Nebraska, Minnesota, Indiana and Illinois are looking to make pushes for the NCAA tourney.
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