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This Week in the Big Ten

August 25, 2014
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[ONE // another season begins]
With all 14 Big Ten schools in action for the first time ever, the 2014-15 academic year officially got underway this past weekend as women’s soccer opened its non-conference slate.  Six Big Ten teams – Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Penn State, Rutgers and Wisconsin – opened the season a perfect 2-0, while seven other league programs earned splits to start the year 1-1.  Among the highlights from the season openers, Ohio State stunned No. 18 Duke 1-0 on Friday, while No. 24 Penn State did the same to 12th-ranked West Virginia, 3-1.  On Sunday, Northwestern earned a 1-0 upset shutout at No. 15 Marquette.  For a breakdown of this past week’s schedule and results, click here, or visit the updated conference statistics by clicking here.

[TWO // lady lions, badgers tabbed by soccer america]
Penn State and Wisconsin were each included in the Soccer America Preseason Women's Top 25 poll, released this past Tuesday. The Nittany Lions led the way at No. 9 followed by the Badgers at No. 21.  Penn State and Wisconsin recently topped the Big Ten Women's Soccer Preseason Coaches' Poll at No. 1 and No. 2, respectively.  The complete 2014 Soccer America Preseason Women's Top 25 can be seen here .

[THREE // soccer america honors big ten preseason all-americans]
Soccer America announced its 2014 Preseason Women's All-Americans this past week, with Wisconsin's Rose Lavelle and Illinois' Jannelle Flaws garnering recognition. Lavelle started all 19 of Wisconsin's matches last season and was named the 2013 Big Ten Freshman of the Year. She ranked second for the Badgers in goals with six, and led the team in shots with 73. Flaws was named the 2013 Big Ten Forward of the Year after tying for first in the NCAA with a school-record 23 goals last season. The complete list can be found here.

[FOUR // enhancing coverage of big ten soccer and field hockey]
The Big Ten announced this past week its television coverage for the 2014 men's and women's soccer and field hockey seasons, with more than 180 contests to be produced and distributed on BTN or BTN Plus.  BTN will televise 36 games in women's soccer, men's soccer and field hockey, including the semifinals and championship games of the Big Ten Men's Soccer, Women's Soccer and Field Hockey Tournaments. An additional 147 contests are scheduled to appear on BTN Plus, including select earlier rounds of the tournaments.  The 2014 Big Ten women's soccer season began on Friday, while the men's soccer and field hockey campaigns will get underway on Friday, Aug. 29. The complete list of contests scheduled to air on BTN can be found by clicking here.

[FIVE // big ten announces field hockey players to watch]
The Big Ten announced its 2014 Field Hockey Players to Watch List on Thursday, highlighted by 11 All-Big Ten selections from last season.  Five All-Big Ten first-team selections from the 2013 campaign highlight the list of honorees – Indiana’s Audra Heilman, Iowa’s Natalie Cafone and Dani Hemeon, Michigan State’s Abby Barker and Penn State’s Laura Gebhart. Preseason honorees who earned second-team All-Big Ten recognition last year include Indiana’s Sydney Supica, Michigan’s Lauren Thomas, Michigan State’s Becky Stiles, Northwestern’s Lisa McCarthy, Ohio State’s Peanut Johnson and Penn State’s Taylor Herold.  The 2014 season officially starts next weekend with all nine conference teams opening play. Indiana, Maryland, Michigan State, Northwestern, Ohio State, Penn State and Rutgers begin on Friday, Aug. 29, while Iowa and Michigan start their seasons on Saturday, Aug. 30.   The complete list of field hockey players to watch for the 2014 season can be found by clicking here.


[SIX // terps top big ten men’s soccer preseason poll]
The Big Ten announced its 2014 Men's Soccer Preseason Coaches' Poll and Players to Watch List on Wednesday, with Maryland claiming the top spot among the nine teams heading into its first year in the conference. The Terrapins reached the national championship game last season. Maryland concluded the 2013 campaign with a 17-4-5 record, and has advanced to the NCAA Tournament 19 times since 1994.  Michigan State checked in at No. 2 in the preseason poll, followed by Michigan at No. 3, defending Big Ten champion Penn State at No. 4 and Indiana, the 2013 Big Ten Tournament champions, at No. 5.  The Big Ten’s players to watch can be found by clicking here.

[SEVEN // big ten men’s hoops schedule, new bracket released]
The Big Ten announced its 2014-15 men's basketball conference schedule and the format for the 2015 Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament on Thursday. The conference season begins on Dec. 30, and culminates with the 18th annual Big Ten Tournament at the United Center in Chicago from March 11-15.  The Big Ten schedule gets started with four games on Tuesday, Dec. 30, including defending Big Ten champion Michigan hosting Illinois and Iowa at Ohio State.  The Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament will be held at the United Center for the ninth time, and will feature a five-day format for the first time in conference history. All 14 teams will advance to the tournament, with two first-round games slated for Wednesday, March 11. The No. 12 seed will face the No. 13 seed, while the No. 11 seed will take on the No. 14 seed. The top four teams will receive first and second round byes and advance to the quarterfinals on Friday, March 13.

 

[EIGHT // women’s basketball slate announced as well]
In addition to the men’s schedule, the Big Ten announced the 2014-15 women’s basketball conference slate and the format for the 2015 Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament on Thursday. This year’s schedule begins on Sunday, Dec. 28, and will culminate on Sunday, March 1, followed by the Big Ten Tournament from March 4-8. The first day of the conference season is highlighted with five matchups on Sunday, Dec. 28.  The Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament will be held at Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates, Ill., and will feature a five-day format for the first time in conference history. All 14 teams will advance to the tournament, with two first-round games slated for Wednesday, March 4. The No. 12 seed will face the No. 13 seed, while the No. 11 seed will take on the No. 14 seed. The top four teams will receive first and second round byes and advance to the quarterfinals on Friday, March 6, with the tournament title game contested on Sunday, March 8.

[NINE // earl campbell tyler rose watch list announced]
Six Big Ten student-athletes were named to the watch list for the second annual Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award on Wednesday. Big Ten standouts appearing on the watch list are Iowa running back Damon Bullock, Minnesota running back David Cobb, Nebraska wide receiver Jamal Turner, Northwestern running back Treyvon Green, Ohio State running back Dontre Wilson and Rutgers tight end Logan Lister. The Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award recognizes the top offensive player in Division I football who also exhibits the enduring characteristics that define Earl Campbell: integrity, performance, teamwork, sportsmanship, drive, community and tenacity; specifically tenacity to persist and determination to overcome adversity and injury in pursuit of reaching goals. In addition, the nominee must meet one or more of the following criteria: born in Texas and/or graduated from a Texas high school and/or played at a Texas-based junior college or four-year college.

[TEN // get your seats from a new source]
The Big Ten has designated leading Chicago-based ticket marketplace Vivid Seats as its Official Ticket Reseller, it was announced this past Tuesday. The partnership is effective immediately and set to extend through the 2016-17 season. As the conference's official ticket marketplace, Vivid Seats is the preferred method for fans interested in buying and selling tickets to Big Ten events nationwide.  Through links on the official website of the Big Ten (BigTen.org) or by visiting VividSeats.com directly, fans will have full access to Vivid Seats' online ticket marketplace for all conference events taking place across the country including the 2014 Big Ten Football Championship Game in Indianapolis and 2015 Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament in Chicago.

[ELEVEN // a hawkeye heads back home]
Tyler Stith has been named head men's golf coach at the University of Iowa, UI Director of Athletics Gary Barta announced Friday. Stith, a former assistant coach and student-athlete at Iowa, has served as assistant coach at Minnesota the last three years. With Stith on the Minnesota staff, the Gophers won the 2014 Big Ten title, their first team conference crown since 2007. Stith served as an assistant coach for three-and-a-half seasons at Iowa prior to joining the Minnesota staff.

[TWELVE // honoring a hoosier]
Finally this week, we look back and congratulate Indiana men’s tennis junior Sam Monette, who recently won the singles title at the 2014 ITA National Collegiate Summer Championships.  For winning the match and championship against No. 2 seed Zach McCourt from Princeton, Monette earned a spot in the ITA Men’s All-American Championships, Sept. 27-Oct. 5 at the University of Tulsa.  For the complete release, click here.


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