The first full-fledged day of NCAA tournament action was a success for the Big Ten. Yes, No. 11 Iowa lost a play-in game to No. 11 Tennessee on Wednesday. And No. 6 Ohio State fell to No. 11 Dayton today. But neither loss was a stunner. But the fact the defeats came early in the tourney, it caught the attention of critics. No matter, the Big Ten’s “Big Three” opened with victories today. And they looked good doing it.
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The first day of the 2014 NCAA Wrestling Championships is complete, and Penn State sits in first place. The Nittany Lions are one of two teams with 10 wrestlers still alive as they seek their fourth straight NCAA title. Penn State leads the team race with 26.5 points, just ahead of Oklahoma State and Minnesota, who are tied for second with 21.5 each.
Traevon Jackson scored 18 points and grabbed five rebounds and Ben Brust added 17 points and four boards as they teamed up to lead No. 12 Wisconsin to a 75-35 victory over American on Thursday at BMO Harris Bradley Center in Milwaukee in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
Today at 12:40pm ET, Wisconsin will begin its bid to get Bo Ryan that elusive Final Four appearance with a matchup against American. This one will be played in Milwaukee, so the crowd figures to include a heavy contingent of Badger faithful. That will help, but this is a game where Wisconsin doesn’t figure to need much of a boost.
Mollie Barden was working in her Wisconsin dorm room two years ago on Halloween when there was a knock on her door. Begrudgingly, she answered, expecting rowdy kids looking for treats. What she found instead would help change the course of her college experience.
If you’re on Twitter, you can vote in our ongoing series of Big Ten Twitter polls for our weekday show #BTNLive.” On tonight’s episode of #BTNLive at 6 p.m. ET, our experts discuss this question: Which Big Ten football and basketball head coaching duo is the best?
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