Every Big Ten women’s basketball team was in action Sunday, the final day of the regular season. But it wasn’t until the sixth and final game of the day that a champion was crowned, as No. 7 Penn State dropped No. 20 Nebraska to win its second consecutive outright Big Ten championship. Get caught up on all the action with stats, recaps and video highlights/interviews in this post.
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On Saturday night’s “The Journey: Big Ten Basketball 2013,” we profiled first-year Nebraska coach Tim Miles, Iowa junior Melsahn Basabe and Michigan State’s Adreian Payne. In this segment from the show, learn what recent life situation had Miles saying this: “It’s the only time in my entire life I felt like I don’t want to coach this game.” Also, learn more about Basabe’s role with the Hawkeyes.
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There’s no denying it, Cody Zeller struggled in No. 1 Indiana’s loss Tuesday at Minnesota. The sophomore also got off to a rough start in Saturday’s win over Iowa, but he opened the game aggressive and was rewarded for his hustle on an incredible first-half sequence. It all started on defense, where Zeller dived from behind to knock the ball loose, and then got up to his feet and hammered down a powerful dunk. Watch the sequence here.
Cody Zeller overcame a sluggish start to score 22 points and Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell added a career-high 19 as No. 1 Indiana got past Iowa 73-60 on Saturday night. The Hoosiers (25-4, 13-3 Big Ten) rebounded from this week’s loss to Minnesota. It was no typical night for Indiana’s shooters, who were 38.9 percent from the field and didn’t hit a 3-pointer until the final minute.
Illinois used double-figure scoring from five players to hold off stubborn Nebraska Saturday, 72-65. The Huskers led 57-55 with just over 6 minutes to play. But the Illini (21-9, 8-8 Big Ten) went on a 7-0 run started by a 3-pointer from D.J. Richardson to go up 62-57. They never trailed again.
Four days after showing the basketball world how high he can get up, Rodney Williams decided to show everyone how long he can hang in the air. Spoiler alert: It’s a LONG time. At the end of the first half of the Penn State-Minnesota game on Saturday, Williams defied gravity, once again, with his latest highlight-reel alley-oop. Watch the dunk here.