THIS WEEK IN THE BIG 10
[ONE // nittany lions earn outright regular season women’s soccer crown]
The Penn State women’s soccer team clinched the outright 2018 Big Ten Championship on Sunday afternoon with a 2-0 win at home over Minnesota. The Nittany Lions, who had secured a share of their conference-record 19th Big Ten title on Thursday, earned their first outright crown since 2014. Kerry Abello scored both goals for Penn State (13-5-0, 9-2-0 Big Ten) in Sunday’s title-clinching win over Minnesota. The Nittany Lions, who won their final seven games of the regular season, finished Big Ten play with 27 points and have earned the No. 1 seed for the Big Ten Tournament, which kicks off Oct. 28 with quarterfinal games on the campuses of the top four seeds. The semifinals and championship game will be played Nov. 2 & 4 at Grand Park in Westfield, Indiana, and all three games will be televised live on BTN, with additional coverage on BTN’s digital platform, BTN2Go, and the FOX Sports app. The full Big Ten Tournament bracket will be released following the completion of the regular season on Oct. 24.
[TWO // maryland and michigan share field hockey title]
After Maryland clinched a share of the Big Ten Field Hockey Championship on Friday with a 2-1 win against Northwestern, the Terrapins learned Sunday they would be denied the outright crown after Michigan knocked off Ohio State in double overtime, 2-1. Maryland captured Conference hardware for the fourth time in the last five years, while Michigan earned its 10thregular-season title, including the last two. The 10 titles are second only to Iowa’s 11 crowns in Big Ten history.
[THREE // boilers stun buckeyes, michigan maintains unbeaten mark in league play]
In a very spirited game, which was showcased beautifully by ESPN’s Tom Rinaldi, a Tyler Trent-inspired Purdue team upset No. 2 Ohio State, 49-20. D.J. Knox rushed for 128 yards and three touchdowns and David Blough threw for three more scores to give the Boilermakers their fourth straight win and their biggest upset since taking down then-No. 2 Ohio State 28-23 on Oct. 6, 1984. With the loss, Ohio State dropped behind Michigan in the Big Ten East Division, after the Wolverines moved to 5-0 in Conference action as Shea Patterson threw two touchdown passes to lead the Maize and Blue past Michigan State, 21-7. Elsewhere in the Big Ten, Nate Stanley threw for 86 yards and a touchdown and Iowa defeated Maryland 23-0 for its third straight victory. Isaiah Bowser scored on a five-yard run with 8:12 to play and Northwestern avoided a loss by converting two fourth-downs plays on the game-winning drive to defeat Rutgers, 18-15. Jonathan Taylor rushed for 159 yards and Taiwan Deal ran for 111 yards and two touchdowns as Wisconsin took advantage of five first-half turnovers to rout Illinois, 49-20. Nebraska built a four-touchdown lead in the first half and survived some nervous moments in the second before pulling away to beat Minnesota, 53-28. Trace McSorley passed for 220 yards, ran for 107 and had a hand in three touchdowns in Penn State’s 33-28 victory over Indiana.
[FOUR // welcome to the week of women’s basketball; tourney tickets on sale]
With the 2018-19 women’s college basketball season rapidly approaching, it was announced this past weekthat the Big Ten will hold its annual Women’s Basketball Week Oct. 22-26, with full information and a complete schedule of daily events available on the official Big Ten Women’s Basketball Week web site, bigten.org/WBBWeek. Now in its third year, Big Ten Women’s Basketball Week has taken the traditional preseason media day event and expanded it into a full week of coverage dedicated entirely to all 14 Big Ten women’s basketball programs. In addition to the great content across all platforms, it was also announced that all-session tickets for the 26th edition of the Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament are now on sale to the general public. Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, home of the WNBA’s Indiana Fever and NBA’s Indiana Pacers, will once again play host to this year’s tournament from March 6-10, marking the 22nd time the tournament will be played in the Circle City.
[FIVE // men’s basketball standouts named to national watch lists]
Big Ten men’s basketball standouts have been named to several national preseason watch lists as announced by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Michigan State’s Cassius Winston and Purdue’s Carsen Edwards has been named to the watch list for the Bob Cousy Award, Indiana’s Romeo Langford and Nebraska’s James Palmer, Jr., were recognized for the Jerry West Award, Maryland’s Aaron Wiggins and Penn State’s Lamar Stevens have been touted for the Julius Erving Award, and Indiana’s Juwan Morgan and Minnesota’s Jordan Murphy are being watched for the Karl Malone Award.
[SIX // super saturday tickets on sale]
Tickets for the fourth annual “Super Saturday College Hoops & Hockey” doubleheader, which will feature Illinois taking on Maryland in men’s basketball and Michigan facing Penn State in hockey at Madison Square Garden on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019, are now on sale to the general public. The men’s basketball contest will tip off at Noon ET, and the hockey game will begin at 7 p.m. The doubleheader will air on BTN. Tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster at www.ticketmaster.com, by calling (866) 858-0008 or at www.msg.com. Those interested in purchasing a suite for the doubleheader should contact Ryan England of Madison Square Garden at (212) 631-5605.
[SEVEN // hoosiers extend lead in men’s soccer race]
Indiana extended its lead in the Big Ten men’s soccer standings with a 1-0 victory over Rutgers on Friday, while second-place Michigan State battled to a scoreless draw with Northwestern. The No. 2/2 Hoosiers now own 18 points in league action, while the No. 13/22 Spartans boasts 13. Elsewhere in the Big Ten, Maryland blanked Ohio State 5-0, Wisconsin stunned No. 18/15 Michigan, 1-0, and Penn State fell Saturday to James Madison in non-conference action, 1-0.
[EIGHT // gophers remain golden in volleyball race]
In a week that saw two top-15 matchups go five sets and another reach four, No. 3 Minnesota maintained its lead in the Big Ten volleyball standings, reaching a perfect 10-0 on the year. The Golden Gophers opened the week with a 3-0 shutout over Iowa on Friday and then scored a 3-1 home victory over No. 5 Nebraska. It was the second top-10 setback in as many days for the Huskers, who fell in five sets to No. 9 Wisconsin on Friday. The other ranked five-setter came on Friday with No. 7 Illinois winning 3-2 at home against No. 13 Michigan. Trailing Minnesota in the standings is No. 4 Penn State, which blanked Rutgers on Thursday and Rutgers on Saturday. In fact, 10 of the 14 league contests this past week resulted in a sweep.
[NINE // here comes siriusxm big ten radio]
SiriusXM, the Big Ten Network (BTN), and the Big Ten announced this past weekthat they will launch SiriusXM Big Ten Radio, a new and exclusive 24/7 audio channel dedicated to Big Ten sports that will deliver fans and alumni across the country in-depth access to Big Ten-focused sports talk and news, plus an extensive schedule of Big Ten games. SiriusXM Big Ten Radio will launch on October 22 and will be available exclusively to SiriusXM subscribers via the SiriusXM app, on connected devices including smart TVs, Amazon Alexa devices, Sony PlayStation, and Roku, on the streaming web player at SiriusXM.com, and on select SiriusXM radios (channel 372). SiriusXM Big Ten Radio will feature live play-by-play broadcasts from several Big Ten men’s and women’s sports including football, basketball, baseball, softball and more.
[TEN // welcome to the big ten]
Finally this week, the Big Ten is pleased to announce the hiring of Delaney Osterday as assistant director of basketball and football operations. Osterday, a native of Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, comes to Big Ten from Washington, D.C., where she most recently served as the assistant director of women’s basketball operations at her alma mater, Georgetown University during the 2017-18 season. Prior to that, she worked in several capacities as an intern and assistant in Georgetown’s athletics department, spending time in the Hoyas’ athletic events and game operations, and athletic business and finance offices. A four-year letter winner on the Georgetown softball team, she graduated from the University’s McDonough School of Business in 2017 and is currently pursuing her master’s degree in sports industry management from GU. Welcome to the Big Ten, Delaney!