The Big Ten opened conference dual action with Iowa sweeping a pair of meets. In the season’s first edition of BTN Wrestling Report, BTN wrestling analyst Jim Gibbons joins host Kara Lentz to recap the action and look ahead to the bevy of duals this coming weekend. (See the full BTN schedule here.) Nebraska’s Robert Kokesh also joins the show to talk about his season so far with Lentz.
The Big Ten continues to lead all conferences with six teams ranked in this week’s AP and USA Today Coaches polls, including two top-five teams and five top-15 squads.
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It all begins tonight for No. 8 Minnesota. And that’s why I’m beginning my daily links right here, America. You see, it’s put-up-or-shut-up time for the 14-1 Golden Gophers. And I love put-up-or-shut-up time. You should, too. We will discover how good this team is with a game at Illinois tonight (9 p.m. WET on BTN/BTN2Go) and a visit to Indiana on Saturday. Minnesota then returns home to play Michigan on Jan. 17. All together how: wow!
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Sam Thompson is quickly becoming the media’s best friend. Pretty much every game, the Ohio State sophomore gives us something to talk about, something to watch over and over. And we all appreciate it. Of course, I’m referring to his unbelievable dunks.
Deshaun Thomas scored 22 points to lead No. 14 Ohio State to a 74-64 victory over Purdue on Tuesday night. The angry Buckeyes (12-3, 2-1) rebounded from their first Big Ten loss by shooting 56.4 percent from the field. With the victory, Ohio State sent coach Thad Matta to his 100th Big Ten victory.