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Semifinal time: Women's tourney hits Final Four

Jordan Hooper scored 33 points and grabbed 12 rebounds as No. 16 Nebraska beat Minnesota 80-67 in the Big Ten quarterfinals on Friday night to cap off another busy day of games. Earlier Friday, Ohio State upset Penn State, Iowa beat Purdue, and Michigan State rallied to take down Michigan. Both of Saturday’s semifinals games air on BTN/BTN2Go. The third-seeded Cornhuskers will play No. 19 and second-seeded Michigan State on Saturday for a spot in the championship game. During the regular season Nebraska and Michigan State split two contests. Emily Cady scored 15 points and Rachel Theriot added 14 points and a career-high

Klarissa Bell

B1G Women's Hoops: MSU rallies to beat Michigan

Annalise Pickrel scored 18 points and Branndais Agee was clutch down the stretch Friday as No. 19 Michigan State rallied to beat Michigan 61-58 in the Big Ten quarterfinals. Michigan State will face No. 16 Nebraska in the semifinals on Saturday. The second-seeded Spartans (22-8) trailed for all but a brief time early in the second until scoring the last six points of the game. Agee made two free throws at 2:59 to make it a one-point game. Tori Jankoska put MSU up 59-58 with a layup at 1:15. After a Michigan turnover, Agee grabbed an offensive rebound and scored

Bo Pelini

Dienhart: Extension for Pelini brings stability

It looked like Bo Pelini would enter 2014 on a bit of a hot seat, but that talk has been cooled off with news that he’s inked a five-year contract extension. It’s a remarkable turn of events. [MORE: Video: Bo Pelini talks 2014 recruiting class ] The Huskers closed on the 2013 regular season with a 38-17 home loss to Iowa in which Pelini failed to conduct himself with proper sideline decorum. And in the post-game aftermath, he lashed out and dared someone to fire him. The school subsequently issued a statement of support. Now, Pelini is getting a contract

NCAA Womens Basketball: Big Ten Tournament-Purdue vs Iowa

B1G Women's Hoops: Iowa tops Purdue

(AP) Ally Disterhoft scored 10 of her 12 points in the final 5:38 as 23rd-ranked and fifth-seeded Iowa clawed back from the brink with a 24-11 closing run to upend No. 17, fourth-seeded Purdue 87-80 in a Big Ten quarterfinal Friday. The Hawkeyes (25-7) face eighth-seeded Ohio State (17-17) in a semifinal Saturday after the Buckeyes shocked No. 11 and top-seeded Penn State, 99-82. Purdue (21-8) battled through seven ties and six lead changes in the first half to lead 39-35 at the break and appeared to be in control after halftime with Courtney Moses banging down 24 points. Iowa’s

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B1G Wrestling Championships preview: heavyweight

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. The series wraps up with the heavyweight class. Along with the breakdown and pick, I’m including my Mr. Upside. These are guys whose arrow is pointed in the right direction and have the stuff to perform better than their seed. The kind of guys who every coach on the staff wants to sit in his

Yogi Ferrell

What sub-.500 team can make a B1G tourney run?

The upcoming Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament promises to be full of intrigue and potentially wide-open. Five of the last seven No. 1 seeds have won the Big Ten tourney. The last time someone lower than a No. 3 seed won it was Iowa, which turned the trick as a No. 6 seed in 2001. What team under .500 in Big Ten play could make a run in Indianapolis next week? I asked some Big Ten media members. [ MORE: Weekend Watch: Huskers shooting for a big finish ] Steve Greenberg, Chicago Sun-Times: It’s a real challenge to believe in

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B1G Women's Hoops: Ohio State upsets Penn State

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. Raven Ferguson added 15 points for OSU, which shot 71.9 percent in the first half when it made all 10 of its 3-pointers for a 58-34 lead. The Buckeyes set tournament records for points scored (99), points in a half (58) and field goal percentage (62.1). The Lady Lions (22-7) were led by Ariel Edwards’ career-high 29 points plus 10 rebounds. Maggie Lucas

Walter Pitchford

Weekend watch: Huskers shooting for a big finish

I’m taking one last shot around the Big Ten as we close in on the final weekend of the season. Michigan already has  the league title so the biggest drama left is the battle for fourth place. Can Nebraska seal it up? A win over Wisconsin would do the trick (game airs Sunday at 7:30 on BTN/BTN2Go). Minnesota is sitting on the NCAA bubble, needing to close the season with a win as it heads to the Big Ten tourney to bolster its resume. Let’s whip through the past week and then look ahead to the final weekend of an

Travis Trice

Read our 10 Friday Big Ten headlines

It got ugly near the end, which was unfortunate, but Michigan State notched a much-needed win last night vs. Iowa. The Spartans had gone 4-6 in their previous 10 games. This triumph will give MSU some momentum as it heads to Ohio State for the regular-season finale. The Spartans needed a night like this. And they especially needed Keith Appling to rediscover his groove, which he did in the second half. In case you missed it, here is a GIF of Zach McCabe flinging Travis Trice to the floor in the aforementioned ugliness. Iowa continues to confound, as a once-promising

Taylor Lewan

Four B1G players make McShay's NFL Mock Draft

With college football pro days in full swing across Big Ten universities, that can only mean one thing: The NFL Draft is fast approaching. ESPN’s Todd McShay recently released his updated 2014 NFL Mock Draft 3.0, which features four Big Ten standouts in the first round. No. 12 – Michigan OT Taylor Lewan, New York Giants No. 20 – Michigan State DB Darqueze Dennard, Arizona Cardinals No. 22 – Ohio State DB Bradley Roby, Philadelphia Eagles No. 29 – Minnesota DT Ra’Shede Hageman, New England Patriots Leading the way is Michigan offensive tackle Taylor Lewan, who McShay has going No.