THIS WEEK IN THE BIG TEN
November 4, 2013INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
[ONE // indiana claims first big ten cross country title since 1980]
Indiana won its first Big Ten Men's Cross Country Championship since 1980 on Sunday, placing four runners in the top 10 at the Boilermaker Cross Country Course. Jason Crist placed fifth individually and was the first Hoosier to cross the 8,000-meter (8K) finish line, helping Indiana collect 51 team points for its 14th Big Ten title. Wisconsin's Malachy Schrobilgen finished first individually, finishing the race in 24:16.9. Michigan placed second in the team standings with 66 points, while Wisconsin finished third with 71 points.
[TWO // spartans take home women’s cross country championship]
On the women’s side, Michigan State won its fifth conference title on Sunday, placing three runners in the top 10 to earn its first crown since 2011. Leah O'Connor placed second individually with a 6K time of 20:56.9 to help the Spartans collect 43 points. Michigan's Erin Finn claimed individual medalist honors, crossing the finishing line in a time of 20:48.3 and guiding her team to a second-place finish with 55 points. Minnesota's Laura Docherty placed third, to aid the Golden Gophers in claiming a third-place finish (68).
[THREE // huskers clinch women’s soccer championship]
The No. 18 Nebraska women's soccer team clinched the outright Big Ten Championship with its 3-1 victory over Indiana in Lincoln, Neb., on Nov. 1. This is the first Big Ten title in Cornhusker history. Nebraska took the lead in the 34th minute on a goal by Mayme Conroy. The Hoosiers tallied the equalizer in the 47th minute (1-1) until Jaycie Johnson scored the game-winning goal in the 67th minute. Goalkeeper Emma Stevens scored the final goal, propelling the Cornhuskers to a 3-1 win.
[FOUR // big ten women’s soccer bracket released]
After winning its first Big Ten Championship, Nebraska earned the No. 1 seed in the 2013 Big Ten Women's Soccer Tournament. The tournament will be hosted by the University of Illinois in Champaign, Ill., beginning Wednesday, Nov. 6. The tournament champion will automatically qualify to the NCAA Championship. Nebraska finished its conference slate with a 10-1-0 record, including a 3-1 win over Indiana in its final conference game on Nov. 1. Michigan garnered the No. 2 seed, followed by No. 3 Penn State, No. 4 Indiana, No. 5 Illinois, No. 6 Wisconsin, No. 7 Iowa and No. 8 Minnesota. The Big Ten Women's Soccer Tournament semifinals will begin at 11 a.m. CT on Friday, Nov. 8, while the tournament will conclude with the championship game at 1 p.m. CT on Sunday, Nov. 10. BTN will stream the quarterfinals live on the Big Ten Digital Network, while the semifinals and finals will be available live on both BTN and BTN2Go.
[FIVE // field hockey field set]
The Big Ten announced the bracket on Sunday for the 2013 Big Ten Field Hockey Tournament, which will be held at Ohio State in Columbus, Ohio, from Nov. 7-10. The tournament winner will earn the Big Ten’s automatic berth to the NCAA Championships. Northwestern and Penn State finished the regular season as Big Ten co-Champions with matching 5-1 conference marks. Due to their head-to-head victory over the Wildcats, the Nittany Lions claimed the No. 1 seed and the Wildcats will be the No. 2 seed in the tournament. Michigan State earned the No. 3 seed, followed by No. 4 Michigan, No. 5 Iowa, No. 6 Indiana, and No. 7 Ohio State. BTN will provide live coverage of the quarterfinals, semifinals and final of the tournament. All three of Thursday’s games will be live streamed on the Big Ten Digital Network (BTDN). The first semifinal match on Friday will be live on BTN, while the second semifinal will air on delay at 11:30 p.m. ET that evening. The championship game will air live on BTN.
[SIX // three b1g bcs spots; six huge gridiron games]
Three Big Ten teams appear among the top 25 in the latest Bowl Championship Series (BCS) standings. Ohio State improved to 9-0 on the year to hold steady at No. 4 in the latest BCS poll. Michigan State knocked off Michigan to move to 8-1 and jump five spots to No. 17 in the BCS standings, the Spartans' first top-20 appearance since ranking No. 17 in the final BCS poll of the 2011 campaign. Wisconsin defeated Iowa and stands at 6-2 overall to remain at No. 24 in the BCS rankings. This past Saturday, all 12 B1G football teams were in action. Ohio State remained unbeaten with a 56-0 shutout at Purdue, while Wisconsin defeated Iowa 28-9 and Michigan State bested Michigan 29-6 in rivalry games. Penn State held on to beat Illinois 24-17 in overtime and Minnesota survived a 42-39 decision against Indiana. In what is likely to go down as “game of the year,” Jordan Westerkamp caught Ron Kellogg III's tipped desperation Hail Mary heave to the end zone with no time left to give Nebraska a 27-24 victory over Northwestern.
[SEVEN // spartans picked at media day to win men’s hoops title]
Michigan State was chosen as the unanimous Big Ten favorite heading into the 2013-14 men’s basketball season as voted on by a panel of conference media, it was announced at Big Ten Basketball Media Day. The media also tabbed Spartan sophomore Gary Harris as the Preseason Player of the Year. Michigan and Ohio State were selected to finish second and third, respectively. Harris led a six-member preseason All-Big Ten team, as the media vote resulted in additional honorees due to a tie. He was joined on the team by the Wolverines’ Mitch McGary and Glenn Robinson III, Michigan State’s Adreian Payne, the Buckeyes’ Aaron Craft and Penn State’s Tim Frazier.
[EIGHT // penn state’s lucas named preseason player of the year]
Penn State’s Maggie Lucas garnered Big Ten Preseason Player of the Year accolades from the coaches and media, the conference office announced on Thursday. In addition, the Nebraska Cornhuskers were selected as the preseason conference favorites by both voting panels. Two-time defending champion Penn State was picked to finish second by both the coaches and media this season, while Michigan State was picked to finish third this season by both voting panels. Lucas’ selection marks the third straight season a Lady Lion has been named Preseason Player of the Year, following former teammate Alex Bentley’s honors prior to the 2011 and 2012 seasons. Last year’s consensus pick as Big Ten Player of the Year, Lucas is a two-time first-team All-Big Ten selection and enters her senior campaign among the candidates for the Wade Trophy and Wooden Award. In addition, Lucas was joined by Minnesota’s Rachel Banham, Nebraska’s Jordan Hooper, and Purdue’s Courtney Moses as consensus Preseason All-Big Ten honorees, earning the nod from both the coaches and media.
[NINE // time to wrestle]
As Big Ten wrestling began its 2013-14 campaign this past week in search for its eighth-straight national championship, BTN’s 2013-14 wrestling coverage, presented by returning sponsor Cliff Keen Athletic, was also released and billed as the most extensive in network history. The television schedule includes a dual between Penn State and Iowa, winners of the past six national titles, a Monday night meet in primetime between Ohio State and Purdue, and live coverage of the entire Big Ten Wrestling Championships hosted by Wisconsin. Although Penn State and Iowa were not originally scheduled to meet as a result of the Big Ten’s rotating slate of eight regular-season duals, the two schools agreed to arrange a non-conference dual. The two schools have met every year since 1982. Additionally, a record 48 events will be streamed live on the Big Ten Digital Network (BTDN) at http://video.btn.com
[TEN // four football standouts earn national scholar-athlete awards]
The National Football Foundation (NFF) & College Hall of Fame named 16 recipients of the NFF National Scholar-Athlete Awards, including four Big Ten honorees - Iowa's James Morris, Michigan State's Max Bullough, Nebraska's Spencer Long and Penn State's John Urschel. The Big Ten quartet was selected from a nationwide pool of 171 student-athletes, representing all NCAA divisions as well as the NAIA. The four Big Ten student-athletes are now finalists for the 2013 William V. Campbell Trophy, which recognizes an individual as the absolute best scholar-athlete in the nation. The NFF's National Scholar-Athlete program, launched in 1959, is the first initiative in history to award scholar-athletes postgraduate scholarships for their combined athletic, academic and leadership abilities. Nebraska's Rex Burkhead and Northwestern's Patrick Ward earned NFF National Scholar-Athlete Awards last season. Two Big Ten standouts have won the Campbell Trophy - Ohio State's Bobby Hoying in 1995 and Craig Krenzel in 2003.
[ELEVEN // thirteen soccer stars named academic all-district]
The College of Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) announced its 2013-2014 Capital One Academic All-District Women's Soccer Team this past week, with nine student-athletes from the Big Ten earning recognition. First-team honorees include Illinois' Vanessa DiBernardo, Indiana's Rebecca Dreher and Shannon Flower, Iowa's Katie Nasenbenny and Purdue's Mollie Kuramoto. Earning second-team recognition included Indiana's Rebecca Candler, Michigan's Holly Hein and Shelina Zadorsky and Northwestern's Kate Allen. Four Big Ten student-athletes were named to the Capital One Academic All-District Men's Soccer Team. Earning recognition from the Big Ten included Indiana's A.J. Corrado, Ohio State's Alex Ivanov and Wisconsin's Jacob Brindle and Tomislav Zadro.
[TWELVE // ahead of the class]
Finally this week, four basketball players have been selected as candidates while three volleyball standouts have been named finalists for the 2013 Senior CLASS Award. Michigan's Jennifer Cross, Michigan State's Lauren Wicinksiand Penn State'sAriel Scott were three of 10 volleyball student-athletes selected as finalists for the 2013 Senior CLASS Award this past Thursday. The Big Ten's total of three finalists was the most among all conferences. Big Ten women's basketball student-athletes Jordan Hooper from Nebraska and Maggie Lucas from Penn State are among 30 candidates for the Senior CLASS Award, as are Ohio State's Aaron Craft and Penn State's Tim Frazier on the men’s side.