staff, June 24, 2013

BTN will recognize the best of Big Ten sports in 2012-2013 with the sixth annual BTN Awards Show at 8 p.m. ET on Wednesday. Mike Hall will host the half-hour show. The announcement of two prestigious Big Ten Conference awards for the best female student-athlete and the best male student-athlete will highlight the evening?s festivities. The show also will feature interviews with selected award winners, both coaches and players.

Nominees for Men?s Coach of the Year are Michigan Basketball?s John Beilein, Penn State Football?s Bill O?Brien, Indiana Soccer?s Todd Yeagley, Indiana Baseball?s Tracy Smith, and Penn State Wrestling?s Cael Sanderson. Nominees for Women?s Coach of the Year are Northwestern Lacrosse?s Kelly Amonte Hiller, Minnesota Ice Hockey?s Brad Frost, Michigan Volleyball?s Mark Rosen, and Penn State Soccer?s Erica Walsh.

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The other award categories and nominees are as follows:

Breakout Performer of the Year

  • Trey Burke, Point Guard, Michigan Basketball
  • Venric Mark, Running Back, Northwestern Football
  • Victor Oladipo, Guard, Indiana Basketball
  • Allen Robinson, Wide Receiver, Penn State Football

Most Dominating Performance

  • Montee Ball, Wisconsin Football - 200+ rushing yards and 3 touchdowns, setting a new Big Ten touchdown record (vs. Purdue 10/13/2012)
  • Mitch McGary, Michigan Basketball - second player in the last 50 years with 21+ points, 14+ rebounds and field goal percentage of 70% or higher in consecutive NCAA Tournament games
  • Justin Parr, Illinois Baseball - set Illinois record for his 33-game hitting streak that lasted from March 9 - May 12, the longest streak in the nation at the time
  • Denard Robinson, Michigan Football - 200+ passing yards, 200+ rushing yards and 4 touchdowns, becoming the first player in FBS history to pass and rush for 200+ yards in a game three times in his career (vs. Air Force 9/8/2012)

Most Courageous Performance

  • Rachel Banham, Minnesota Basketball - sidelined for months after a blood clot was discovered in her lung last summer, she bounced back to earn first-team All-Big Ten honors
  • Jack Hoffman, Nebraska fan - 7-year-old brain cancer patient ran for a 69-yard touchdown at Nebraska?s 2013 spring game
  • Robert Marve, Purdue Football – overcame his third career ACL injury and returned to help the Boilermakers win their final three games and reach bowl eligibility
  • Drey Mingo, Purdue Basketball – suffered an ACL tear during the 2011-12 season. She came back this spring and led the Boilermakers to the Big Ten Tournament Championship where she was named the Tournament?s Most Outstanding

Best Finish

  • Michigan?s Kenny Demens tackles Northwestern?s Tyris Jones on fourth-and-2, giving Michigan the victory in overtime. (11/10/2012)
  • Illinois? Tyler Griffey?s layup at the buzzer leads the Illini past the top-ranked Hoosiers, 74-72. (2/7/2013)
  • Wisconsin?s Ben Brust hit a running half-court shot to force overtime, where the Badgers went on to win 65-62 against the Wolverines. (2/9/2013)
  • After Michigan?s Trey Burke forces overtime with a 30-foot shot, Michigan goes on to beat Kansas 87-85, extending Michigan?s NCAA Tournament run. (3/29/2013)

Men?s Team of the Year

  • Indiana, Soccer
  • Michigan, Swimming
  • Ohio State, Football
  • Penn State, Wrestling
  • Indiana, Baseball

Women?s Team of the Year

  • Minnesota, Ice Hockey
  • Northwestern, Lacrosse
  • Penn State, Soccer
  • Penn State, Volleyball

Game of the Year

  • Indiana vs. Illinois, Men?s Basketball (2/7/2013)
  • Michigan vs. Wisconsin, Men?s Basketball (2/9/2013)
  • Indiana vs. Michigan, Men?s Basketball (3/10/2013)
  • Michigan vs. Kansas, Men?s Basketball (3/29/2013)

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