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The Minnesota men’s basketball team opened its season with a 71-58 exhibition win against Bemidji State on Tuesday night at Williams Arena. Trevor Mbakwe had 17 points and a game-high 11 rebounds and Ralph Sampson III added 15 points and four rebounds to pace the Gophers. Freshman Andre Hollins dished out eight assists without a turnover and scored six points. Watch a wrap-up of the action from Matt Nelson and Quincy Lewis now, and then jump inside for a postgame interview with Mbakwe, the preseason first-team All-Big Ten honoree.
Freshman Branden Dawson scored 15 points and grabbed nine rebounds and junior Derrick Nix also chipped in 15 points to lead Michigan State to a 85-58 victory against Ferris State in its exhibition opener Sunday at the Breslin Center. Watch highlights of the game now. Dive inside to watch Michigan State’s head coach Tom Izzo talk about the win.
Illinois volleyball, coming off its first loss of the season against Nebraska, rebounded nicely with a four-set win (15-25, 25-21, 19-25, 20-25) over Wisconsin on Friday night. Watch now as Student U broadcaster Bryce Jakobs interviews Illini head coach Kevin Hambly following the win. Jump inside for coverage of the Minnesota-Northwestern match.
The weekend saw several of the conference’s soccer, field hockey and volleyball teams in action. The No. 4 Nebraska volleyball team (17-1, 10-0) made history Saturday night, overcoming No. 1 Illinois in a 3-1 (24-26, 25-18, 25-19, 25-11) victory. With the win, the Huskers advance as the only undefeated team in Big Ten Conference play. Watch Nebraska head coach John Cook talk about the win now. Take a dive inside for an interview with Saturday’s top player Lauren Cook, plus much more from around the conference.
Indiana Volleyball (8-14, 0-10) fell in four sets to Wisconsin (13-9, 5-5) in five sets (25-20, 18-25, 18-25, 19-25). IU got 16 kills from Ivie Obiemeand five service aces from Caitlin Cox. On her first serve of the night, Cox became the 15th Hoosier all-time to record 100+ service aces. Watch now as Wisconsin’s Courtney Thomas talks about the win.
The University of Minnesota women’s soccer team plowed through Indiana at Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium Friday night, in a 3-1 victory that pushes its winning streak over the Hoosiers to four. Watch now as Minnesota women’s soccer head coach Mikki Denney Wright talks about the win.
No. 20 Northwestern got off to another fast start on Friday at Lakeside Field as redshirt freshman Kelsey Thompson scored her first career goal, giving the ‘Cats the early 1-0 lead over the Pacific Tigers just 10 minutes in. Thanks to great ball control and a dominating defensive effort, that score would be all that was needed as NU cruised by Pacific, 5-0. Watch our video highlights of the Northwestern victory now.
No. 2 Minnesota women’s hockey team defeated Minnesota State, Mankato by a 3-0 margin tonight at Ridder Arena. The Gophers move to 6-1-0 on the season and 4-1-0 in WCHA play, while the Mavericks fall to 4-3-0 overall and 0-1-0 in conference action. Watch now as Minnesota Head Coach Brad Frost talks about the win.
The University of Iowa women’s soccer team battled through regulation and into overtime Thursday night in Lincoln, but the efforts were not enough as the team fell to the Cornhuskers, 1-0. Iowa (11-4-2, 3-4-2) allowed a late goal with 1:04 remaining in the first overtime period. Watch now as Morgan Marlborough talks after she scored the winning goal during sudden death for Nebraska.
Wednesday was a busy night for Big Ten volleyball. Several of the conference’s top teams were in action including top-ranked Illinois who faced Northwestern. The Illini’s perfect season is still in tact following a straight set win over the Wildcats (25-19, 25-23, 25-19). Watch a Student U wrap-up of the action now and jump inside for more coverage of No. 4 Nebraska facing Iowa, Indiana’s visit to Purdue and much more.
At 10:30 p.m. ET Tuesday, Mike Hall and our expert analyst Jim Jackson bring you Big Ten Hoops Hysteria, spotlighting all the highlights from this past weekend’s Midnight Madness events at Indiana, Michigan State and Minnesota. We’ll show you the best from the dunk contests, scrimmages and let you hear all of our interviews with special guests. Plus, Jackson will give his take on the things to watch and the top storylines for the 2011-12 season. Watch our interview with Indiana’s highly touted freshman Cody Zeller now and check out all the Midnight Madness videos in this post.
No. 15 Penn State women’s soccer won a thrilling nail biter against Nebraska, 5-4, Friday night at Jeffrey Field. Whitney Church tallied her first collegiate goal, a game-winner in the 79th minute, to cap a nine-goal outburst between the two squads which was the most goals in a Penn State match since a 7-2 win vs. Pittsburgh in 2002. Watch now as coach Walsh talks about the win with our BTN Student U reporter.
The previous four matches in the rivalry’s history ended in ties, but Megan Marsack and Laura Heyboereach scored second-half markers to help Michigan State down Michigan, 2-0, at DeMartin Stadium on Wednesday afternoon. Spartan keeper Jill Flietstra made five saves en route to tallying her seventh shutout of the season. With the win, Michigan State improved to 11-4, 4-3 in Big Ten play, while Michigan fell to 8-5-2 overall and 3-3-1 in conference play.
Friday night volleyball action included the Purdue Boilermakers visiting the Nebraska Cornhuskers. Hayley Thramer led Nebraska to a 3-1 (22-25, 25-20, 25-14, 25-22) win over Purdue. Watch the highlights and wrap-up from the BTN Student U crew and jump inside for a postgame interview with Nebraska head coach John Cook.
After giving an incredibly spirited effort Northwestern accomplished something it had not done since Sept. 5, 1987, but the end result was not what the Wildcats strived for as they fell to No. 8 Penn State at Rec Hall in University Park, Pa., 3-2 (19-25, 25-22, 18-25, 25-13, 15-11). After fighting back from one-set deficits in the second and fourth frames, the Wildcats did not have enough left in the tank to knock off the four-time defending national champions in their own building in the decisive fifth.
The Penn State men’s soccer team finished off a three-game home stand on Tuesday night when it faced in-state foe Penn. Goals from Jacob Barron and Julian Cardona helped the Nittany Lions secure the 2-0 in-state win. Watch now as Student U reporter Sophia Perri talks with John Gallagher and coach Bob Warming following the game.
The University of Iowa women’s soccer team shut out Michigan State on Sunday afternoon with a 1-0 final score at the Iowa Soccer Complex. The teams were No. 3 and 4 in the Big Ten standings entering the weekend. Iowa improved to 10-1-2 on the season and 2-1-2 in league play after handing Michigan State its first loss of the conference season. Iowa’s goal keeper Emily Moran had nine saves in the shutout victory. Dive inside to watch Dan Wallace and coach Ron Rainey talk about the win.
No. 24 Penn State women’s soccer tallied a crucial 1-0 road win at Minnesota’s Robbie Stadium on Sunday. Sophomore striker Maya Hayes scored her nation leading 16th goal and sixth game-winner of the season in the 84th minute to push the Nittany Lions past the Golden Gophers. Penn State (11-3-0, 4-1-0 Big Ten) was struggling to find its scoring touch for over 83 minutes, but a quick combination pass between Carly Niness and Emily Hurd sent Hayes in alone on net as she snuck a ball under the out-stretched arms of Car Parkhill (three saves) for the game-winning goal.
The ninth-ranked Nittany Lions out-blocked 10th-ranked Minnesota on their way to a 3-0 (25-15, 26-24, 25-15) sweep on Saturday. Penn State improved to 10-4 overall and 3-1 in Big Ten action, while Minnesota dropped to 8-5 overall and 1-3 in the conference. Watch the Minnesota-Penn State highlights here and dive inside for a Student U wrap-up of Michigan State’s 3-0 win over Iowa.
The University of Iowa women’s soccer team suffered its first loss of the season, dropping a 1-0 decision against Michigan Friday night at the Iowa Soccer Complex. The Hawkeyes go to 9-1-2 on the season and 1-1-2 in league play. Senior/junior goalkeeper Haley Kopmeyer made 10 saves in net for her sixth shutout of the season, helping Michigan to its first win in Iowa City since 2005. Dive inside to watch Nkem Ezurike and coach Greg Ryan talk about the win.
Several Big Ten volleyball teams were in action on Friday night including the top-ranked Illini who remained undefeated by beating Indiana 3-1 (15-25, 25-21, 19-25, 14-25). Ninth-ranked Penn State earned a 3-0 (25-18, 25-20, 25-22) victory against conference foe Wisconsin. There was an upset in Columbus as No. 24 Ohio State beat tenth-ranked Minnesota in three sets (23-25, 20-25, 26-28). Meanwhile, the Michigan held off Iowa in a 3-0 sweep (25-22, 25-15, 25-17). Hear from Penn State’s Ariel Scott as she talks about the win and jump inside for much more volleyball video from our Student U crews.
The No. 24 Penn State women’s soccer team overcame a 1-0 halftime deficit with a trio of lightning-strike goals in a 3-1 victory over Ohio State on Thursday at Jeffrey Field. Taylor Schram notched the tying goal 15 seconds after halftime and Kori Chapic headed home the game-winner 1:44 later. Watch the highlights now.
Penn State used Ali Schaefer’s third goal of the weekend to propel the Nittany Lions to a 1-0 win over No. 22 Illinois on Sunday at Jeffrey Field. The Nittany Lions (9-3-0, 2-1-0 Big Ten) used a set piece to settle the score. Christine Nairn played a corner kick to Schaefer, who headed the ball to Whitney Church on the far post. Church moved around two Illini defenders and slotted a short ball to Schaefer who put it away from 15 yards out on the far left post in the 39th minute.
After trailing in the first set, the No. 9 Minnesota recovered and went on to earn a 3-1 win over Northwestern on Sunday afternoon at the Sports Pavilion. With the win, the Golden Gophers (8-3 overall, 1-1 Big Ten) earned their first conference victory of the 2011 campaign. Northwestern dropped to 9-4 overall and 0-2 in conference action. Ashley Wittman, who had 20 kills and 14 digs, led Minnesota in the win. Watch now a video recap from the match below and read the full game story in this post.