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Dienhart: Iowa eyes first Big Ten crown since 1979

B.J. Armstrong never did it. Neither did Acie Earl, Ed Horton, Les Jepsen, Dean Oliver, Reggie Evans, Ryan Bowen, Kevin Gamble or Andre Woolridge, among other former Iowa greats over the last 35 years. Not one of those studs won a Big Ten regular-season championship. In fact, no Iowa player has won a Big Ten regular-season crown since 1978-79, when the Hawkeyes were tri-champs with Purdue and Michigan State. The 1979-80 Hawkeyes didn’t win the Big Ten but did advance to the Final Foul, fueled by the great Ronnie Lester. Since then, big-time success has been elusive. Listen to coach

Minnesota Wrestling

No. 1 Minnesota wins 3rd straight NWCA Dual title

No. 1 Minnesota claimed the EAS/NWCA National Dual Championship for the third consecutive year with a 24-15 victory over fourth-ranked Cornell on Sunday night at Ohio State. This is the eighth championship for the Golden Gophers who advance to 12-1 on the season. [ MORE: View the official NWCA National Dual bracket (PDF) ] The Gophers were able to claim six of the 10 bouts, including three majors and a fall, en route to the National Duals championship. Read full recap. Ohio State finished third, while Illinois went 2-2 in the event. CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS 125: No. 1 Nahson Garrett

Gary Harris

Spartans pace Big Ten in latest AP & Coaches polls

The latest men’s college basketball AP Poll was released Monday, and five Big Ten teams are ranked. Michigan State, fresh off a shocking loss to Nebraska on Sunday, paces the Big Ten at No. 13. Iowa (No. 15), Wisconsin (No. 16), Michigan (No. 20) and Ohio State (No. 24) round out the ranked Big Ten teams. See both polls in this post. AP Rankings Rankings as of 2/17/2014 Rank School Record Votes Prev Rank 1 Syracuse Orange 25-0 1624 (64) 1 2 Florida Gators 23-2 1543 (1) 3 3 Wichita State Shockers 27-0 1489 4 4 Arizona Wildcats 23-2 1427


Merriman: My Mount Rushmore of B1G hoops players

Who would make your Mount Rushmore of Big Ten basketball players? That has been a common question asked after four-time NBA MVP LeBron James selected Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird and Oscar Robertson. The same question can be posed to Big Ten fans. With so many good options, it is tough to choose just four top players in Big Ten basketball history. With that said, we wanted to make it a little easier for you. In honor of Presidents Day, here is my team-by-team breakdown of who would make Mount Rushmore. Big Ten Mount Rushmore (All Time) Magic Johnson,

Colorado State Rams head coach Tim Miles reacts during the second half against the TCU Horned Frogs of the first round of the 2012 Mountain West Tournament at the Thomas & Mack Center. The Rams defeated the Horned Frogs 81-60. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-US PRESSWIRE

Big Ten Geeks: I can see for Miles

Indiana’s season reached a new low in Saturday’s drubbing at Purdue. The Boilermakers busted the game open after intermission, and the one thing that had been a relative constant for the Hoosiers–a solid defense–went by the wayside. To be fair, some of this was just Purdue having a fantastic afternoon from the perimeter (10-for-18 on threes), but Indiana didn’t offer much resistance either. Even more impressive for the Boilermakers was that this outburst came largely without contributions from A.J. Hammons, who scored just five points and was mostly invisible on the floor (at least as invisible as a man that

Nebraska women's baketball

Nebraska's Connie Yori returned home Sunday evening

Nebraska women’s basketball coach Connie Yori returned home early Sunday evening after a brief stop at a Lincoln hospital for precautionary tests Sunday afternoon. Yori fainted on the sideline near the 12-minute mark in the second half of the Huskers’ win over Indiana at Pinnacle Bank Arena earlier in the day. NU went on to win the game, 76-61, with Associate Head Coach Sunny Smallwood leading the defense and Assistant Coach Dayna Finch guiding the offense. Yori, who walked off the court under her own power, was suffering from an infection and dehydration. She rested comfortably at home last night.

Nik Stauskas

B1G Whiteboard: Michigan-MSU again, anyone?

By all accounts, this week lacks much pizzazz. The one saving grace: The menu features what looks to be a de facto Big Ten championship game on Sunday, with Michigan State visiting Michigan. Both teams are coming off home losses Sunday – outcomes that have opened up the Big Ten title race. As a result, Iowa is one loss behind the co-leaders and has a big week. Game of the week: Michigan State at Michigan, Sun., Feb. 23. This is the game we’ve all been waiting for. While the rest of the Big Ten has been a jumbled mess, the

Tom Izzo

Here are 10 Big Ten stories to check out today

Michigan and Michigan State had been immune to most of the zaniness that has come to define this Big Ten season. But all that ended on Sunday for the league’s first-place teams. First, the Wolverines got dumped at home by Wisconsin. Michigan never really was in the game, trailing 35-19 at halftime. Caris LeVert was excellent, but Glenn Robinson and Nik Stauskas have to do more. They combined for 21 points on 9-of-20 shooting. And neither hit a three-pointer. *** The Badgers’ Frank Kaminsky was an unstoppable force, notching 25 points and 11 rebounds. He made sure the slow start

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Today on BTN: Semis and finals of NWCA National Duals

BTN/BTN2Go will provide live coverage of the semifinals (1 p.m ET) and finals (5) of the NWCA Wrestling Duals on Monday at Ohio State. The competition features 14 top Division I wrestling programs, including No. 1 Minnesota, No. 13 Ohio State and No. 18 Illinois. Track all the action here. [ MORE: NWCA National Duals home ] Get the latest updates from, and Some more numbers for the prestigious event: Ranked Teams: 10 Ranked Individuals ( 63 Returning All-Americans expected to compete: 24 Here are the latest Big Ten wrestling standings. Conference Overall W L T

Terran Petteway

Petteway, Kaminsky share top Big Ten weekly honor

The Big Ten office released its latest Big Ten Men’s Basketball Players of the Week on Monday, and three players were honored. Nebraska’s Terran Petteway and Wisconsin’s Frank Kaminsky shared Player of the Week honors, while Wisconsin’s Nigel Hayes claimed Freshman of the Week. Co-Players of the Week: Terran Petteway, Nebraska, G, So.  Averaged 19.5 points and 4.5 rebounds per game in leading Nebraska to a sweep over Illinois and #9/10 Michigan State In the road win at Michigan State, poured in 23 points, including four three-pointers, pulled down five rebounds, handed out two assists and swiped one steal in