Only two weeks remain for players to make a run at one of the Big Ten’s inaugural postseason trophies, and the races for the various hardware continue to scramble from week to week with many players still in contention. Who are the leaders? Check it out in my latest Trophy Tracker. And don’t forget to watch our interview with Wisconsin running back Montee Ball, whose name might just be in contention for some of the hardware in this post.
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On Monday the Big Ten Conference announced it is removing Joe Paterno’s name from the Big Ten Conference Football Championship trophy. The trophy had been named the Stagg-Paterno Championship Trophy and it will now be the Stagg Championship Trophy. Watch the Big Ten Blast video in this post to get the latest details.
We’ve got the details on The Big Ten Pulse at 6:30 p.m. ET. Of course, you could have gone and asked them on Twitter @BTNThePulse, too. On tonight’s show Rick, Rack and Timmy D talk with Michigan breakout running back Fitzgerald Toussaint and ask him if he’s faster than quarterback Denard Robinson. See what else we’ll be talking about in this post.
On tonight’s Big Ten Breakdown with Howard Griffith and Chris Martin at 7 p.m. ET, Mike Hall joins our analysts to look back at the previous weekend and discuss how it impacts the upcoming Big Ten football picture. Find out what else our guys will be talking about on tonight’s show in this post, plus send in your nominations for “Howard’s Hero” and Chris Martin’s “On the Corner.”
(AP) John Shurna scored a 15 points and Luka Mirkovic added 12 to lead Northwestern to a 60-36 season-opening victory over Texas-Pan American on Sunday night. The Wildcats shook off a sluggish start, using an 11-1 run late in the first half to take control. They steadily extended the advantage behind 11 second-half points from Drew Crawford. Brandon Provost and Jared Maree had 12 points each for the Broncs, who are 0-2 in a season-opening Chicago swing. They lost at DePaul on Friday. Northwestern improved to 8-4 in season openers under head coach Bill Carmody and is 7-0 against Texas-Pan American in a series dating back to 1999. See the box score.
(AP) Victor Oladipo scored a career-high 21 points on Sunday to help Indiana beat Chattanooga 78-53. Jordan Hulls added 18 points and Verdell Jones III 16 for Indiana, which shot 50 percent from the floor and recorded seven blocks. Omar Wattad led Chattanooga, playing its season opener, with 24 points. The Mocs held a 45-36 rebounding advantage. The Hoosiers (2-0) have made 58 percent of their outside shots this season. They were coming off a 65 percent performance in Friday’s opener against Stony Brook. Indiana went on a 25-9 run to extend its lead to 61-33 midway through the second half. See the box score. Watch our interview with former Indiana star and current director of basketball operations Calbert Cheaney inside, plus see our Narrative Science recaps.