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Power Rankings: Surging Illini continue ascent

John Groce

Evans Dunks It Back In With Gusto

Bradley Leeb-USA TODAY Sports

John Groce’s Illini continued their torrid play this week, dispatching Purdue and Northwestern, teams they lost to earlier this season. Winners of four straight, Illinois has moved to No. 5 in my latest Power Rankings. Where does your team land? Find out in this post. Oh, and feel free to send me your thoughts, either in the comment box in this post or on Twitter (@BTNBrentYarina).

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Monday's web links: Oladipo & Hawkeyes, Illini's NCAA hopes

Victor Oladipo

Big Ten Blast: Feb. 19th Morning Edition

Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

After a less-than-scintillating Sunday of hoops—Who knew Penn State-Michigan would be the best game?–let’s hope Tuesday’s huge Indiana and Michigan State game lives up to the hype. So, I’m gonna jump ahead and start daily links there.

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Wisconsin edges Minnesota at Soldier Field

Soldier Field

Hockey City Classic - Minnesota vs. Wisconsin

No. 18 Wisconsin took a 3-0 lead in the second period, but it had to hold off a furious comeback bid from No. 2 Minnesota in a 3-2 victory Sunday night at Soldier Field. The game was the nightcap of the OfficeMax Hockey City Classic, a college hockey doubleheader that marked the first time the iconic NFL stadium hosted hockey. Watch our highlights and see photos of the scene in this post.

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THON nets record $12.3 million, passes $100M all time

Bill O'Brien

Bill O'Brien THON Presentation

Penn State, you did it again. For the second consecutive year, THON, the school’s annual fundraiser, set a record for money raised to help fight pediatric cancer. This year, the students’ 46 straight hours of dancing, which concluded at 4 p.m. Sunday, resulted in $12.3 million. Add it all up, and since the event debuted in 1977, it’s raised more than $100 million for the Four Diamonds Fund at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital.

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