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It’s good to be Pat Narduzzi. The Michigan State defensive coordinator has it rolling right now, pushing the buttons on what was the Big Ten’s best defense last season (274.4 ypg) and No. 4 in the nation. In fact, it was the second season in a row the Spartans paced the Big Ten in defense.
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It’s Monday, and that means it’s time to take a look at BTN.com’s top 10 most-read stories and most-watched videos from the past week. See both lists in this post.
The Big Ten softball season came to a close Sunday, and for the sixth consecutive season it was Michigan claiming the Big Ten crown. How much will the Wolverines’ dominance impact the All-Big Ten teams and superlative winners? That’s to be determined, but BTN analysts Garland Cooper and Tammy Williams offered their predictions on Sunday’s “Big Ten Diamond Report.” See the analysts’ winners in the video here.
Michigan State baseball beat Illinois on Sunday afternoon at McLane Stadium, 4-3, thanks to a three-run home run to left field by junior Joel Fisher. The Spartans (26-14, 9-6 Big Ten) were trailing 3-1 in the eighth before Fisher sent the seniors home with a win in the final home weekend at McLane. Illinois fell to 28-15 and 9-9 in the conference. Read full MSUSpartans.com recap and get all of Sunday’s scores and stats in this post.
Trailing 3-2 in the bottom of the third, junior Caitlin Blanchard crushed a two-run homer to put No. 10 Michigan on top for good in a 9-3 victory over Northwestern on Sunday at the Wilpon Complex, home of Alumni Field. Blanchard swung at the first pitch she saw and drove in freshman Sierra Romero, who had reached after being hit by a pitch. Read full MGoBlue.com recap and get all of Sunday’s scores and stats in this post.
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The 2013 NBA Draft isn’t until Thursday, June 27, but our “Journey” producers have compiled several of the show’s best feature stories on the Big Ten’s top draft eligible players. From Illinois’ Brandon Paul to Ohio State’s Deshaun Thomas, check out all of the well-done stories on the Big Ten players who are now preparing for the draft.