Maggie Lucas shot 5 of 16 from the field and Alex Bentley went 8 of 21. To make matters worse, Nikki Greene played only 18 minutes because of foul trouble. Faced with some adversity for the first time in a while, No. 8 Penn State kept the pressure on until No. 23 Michigan finally ran out of responses.
In a special web-only “Big Ten Football Report” clip, Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith each offer up a couple of players Big Ten fans should keep their eye on in 2013. While all four talents are coming off breakout seasons, our guys think each is poised to be even better next fall.
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The Super Bowl matchup is set! But bigger news on the college front came from the recent NCAA convention, when it was announced that the governing body was altering rules to make them more user-friendly. Nice. Let’s start the daily links there.
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For the second consecutive week, there’s a new team atop my Big Ten power rankings. This week, it’s Michigan, the team that held the top spot two weeks ago. See where your team lands on my latest list in this post. Don’t agree with the rankings? Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comment box at the bottom of the post. Or tweet it my way (@BTNBrentYarina).
Cody Zeller scored 21 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, and No. 2 Indiana beat Northwestern 67-59 on Sunday. Jordan Hulls added 15 points, Christian Watford 14, and the Hoosiers (16-2, 4-1 Big Ten) hung on after things got tense down the stretch.
No. 1 Penn State tallied a dominant 35-3 road victory at Purdue on Sunday. The Nittany Lions received pins from David Taylor and Ed Ruth in the win. The Nittany Lions (7-0, 4-0) won all but one match, as Purdue’s Ivan Lopouchanski managed to card a victory over James English in the 149-pount bout. Watch our highlights here and read the full recap at GoPSUSports.com.