[ONE // boilermakers stay on track, keep rolling through big ten men’s hoops]
In an intense in-state men’s basketball rivalry Sunday, No. 3 Purdue rallied to win at Indiana, 74-67. The Boilermakers extended the nation’s longest winning streak by earning their school-record 17th consecutive win, while also picking up another school record for their 12th consecutive Big Ten victory. Purdue, which outlasted Michigan 92-88 on Thursday, sits atop the league standings at 10-0, one game ahead of 9-1 Ohio State. The Buckeyes defeated Nebraska 64-59 on Monday, but were stunned at home by Penn State, 82-79, in one of the craziest finishes of the season. No. 6/6 Michigan State ended the week with three wins to move to 8-2 in Big Ten play. The Spartans topped Illinois 87-74 on Monday, beat Wisconsin 76-61 on Friday, and defeated Maryland 74-68 on Sunday.
[TWO // ohio state’s mitchell becomes all-time scorer in big ten women’s hoops]
Ohio State snapped a three-game losing streak as well as a three-game skid to Michigan State with a 78-62 victory over the Spartans on Saturday. And while the win was sweet, the day belonged to Kelsey Mitchell, who scored a game-high 23 points to eclipse Rachel Banham’s all-time Big Ten scoring record of 3,093 points. Mitchell now has 3,098 career points which is seventh all-time in NCAA history. Earlier in the week, the No. 12/14 Buckeyes were upended by No. RV/25 Iowa, 103-89. The Hawkeyes were then stunned at home on Sunday in a 92-74 setback against Nebraska. No. 16/16 Michigan picked up two wins on the week. On Tuesday, the Wolverines defeated Michigan State 74-48 and then responded with an 80-59 road win at Northwestern, which marked the 400th career victory for head coach Kim Barnes Arico. She becomes the seventh active Big Ten coach to the reach the mark. Maryland sits atop the Big Ten standings at 7-1, followed by Michigan (8-2), Nebraska (7-2) and Ohio State (6-3).
[THREE // fifteen former big ten standouts to play for super bowl]
Fifteen former Big Ten stars are on the active roster for Super Bowl LII, according to BTN.com’s Brett Yarina. Five-time Super Bowl champion and former Michigan quarterback Tom Brady highlights the collection of one-time Big Ten standouts. The future Hall of Famer is making his eighth Super Bowl appearance. The final ledger: New England 8, Philadelphia 7. Nine Big Ten schools have at least one Super Bowl LII representative, paced by Michigan (4). The Super Bowl kicks off at 5:30 p.m. ET Sunday, Feb. 2 in Minneapolis.
[FOUR // ohio state, penn state remain perfect for title showdown next saturday]
Two more Big Ten dual wins by both Ohio State and Penn State set up a Big Ten Wrestling Championship showdown next Saturday when the Nittany Lions play host to the Buckeyes. Ohio State topped Michigan State 32-12 and Purdue 35-7 this past week, while Penn State stopped Minnesota 35-8 and Rutgers by a count of 25-15. Both teams moved to 7-0 in Big Ten dual competition, while Michigan maintained its tie of third place at 5-1 with Nebraska following the Wolverines’ 19-7 stunner at Iowa and the Huskers’ 23-18 home win over Indiana. Elsewhere in the Big Ten, Wisconsin stopped the Hoosiers 24-19, Illinois bested Maryland 25-18, and Northwestern scored a 20-18 win at Minnesota.
[FIVE // illini, gophers pick up men’s gymnastics wins]
Five Big Ten men’s gymnastics programs were in action this past week, including two conference dual meets. Minnesota scored a 405.900-395.450 victory over Iowa, while Illinois netted a 412.500-405.900 win against Penn State. Outside of league action, Michigan fell at home to Oklahoma, 411.650-403.650.
[SIX // huskers home win over michigan highlights women’s gymnastics action]
No. 12 Nebraska edged No. 8 Michigan, 196.875-196.525, on Saturday to highlight this past week in Big Ten women’s gymnastics action. Iowa scored a dual win at Maryland, 196.000-195.350, and Illinois went on the road for a 195.750-195.475 victory at Penn State. Elsewhere in the league, Ohio State posted a season-best 196.775 to beat Minnesota (195.775) and Illinois State (190.875), while Michigan State (195.525) placed first in a home quad-meet with Eastern Michigan (194.950), Rutgers (194.225) and Pittsburgh (193.125).
[SEVEN // badgers, buckeyes earns sweeps on the ice]
Wisconsin and Ohio State took care of business in Big Ten ice hockey action this past week. OSU earned a sweep over rival Michigan with a 4-0 shutout on Friday and a 5-3 decision on Saturday. Wisconsin doubled-up Penn State 4-2 on Friday and then outlasted the Nittany Lions 1-0 in a shootout following a 4-4 tie. Elsewhere in the Big Ten, Minnesota and Notre Dame split on the weekend. The Golden Gophers blanked the Fighting Irish 1-0 in overtime on Friday, but the Irish stormed back with a 4-1 win over Minnesota on Saturday.
[EIGHT // five men’s lacrosse teams earn preseason rankings inside nation’s top 15]
Five Big Ten men’s lacrosse teams are ranked among the top 15 of the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA)/NIKE preseason coaches’ poll, released on Tuesday. Maryland led the way at No. 1, followed by Rutgers at No. 7 and Ohio State at No. 8. Johns Hopkins is ranked No. 11 in the preseason poll and Penn State followed at No. 12. The fourth season of Big Ten men’s lacrosse will begin on Feb. 3, when Ohio State, Penn State and Rutgers get their seasons underway.
[NINE // four women’s lacrosse programs garner preseason recognition]
Four Big Ten women’s lacrosse teams are ranked in the NIKE/US Lacrosse women’s preseason poll. Maryland tops the chart with the No. 1 ranking, followed by No. 4 Penn State and No. 11 Northwestern. Johns Hopkins was also considered for the preseason top-20 list. The fourth season of Big Ten women’s lacrosse begins Feb. 9, when Johns Hopkins and Michigan get their season underway.
[TEN // get well soon, dave]
Finally this week, we wish the best of luck to BTN lead anchor Dave Revsine, who penned an update this past week regarding his recent absence from BTN programming. Revsine, who has been with BTN since its inception in 2007 as hour of pregame, halftime and postgame coverage for men’s basketball and football, as well as its Emmy Award-winning football pregame show, announced he is recovering from Bell’s Palsy, which causes facial paralysis and can take weeks to months to run its course. GET WELL SOON, DAVE!