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  • No. 24 Ohio State comes back to beat Nebraska Mar 14, 2014 4:09 PM
    LaQuinton Ross had 26 points and 13 rebounds and No. 24 Ohio State rallied from an 18-point second-half deficit to beat fourth-seeded Nebraska 71-67 on Friday in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten tournament.

     
  • No, that’s not a misprint: Louisville routs Rutgers 92-31 Mar 13, 2014 6:27 PM
    Eddie Jordan’s first season at Rutgers finally is over, and fifth-ranked Louisville gave his Scarlet Knights a last reminder of how much work they face building the Big Ten-bound program. Rutgers not only had its worst scoring performance of the season but since 1982 in being routed 92-31 by Louisville on Thursday in the quarterfinals of the American Athletic Conference tournament.

     
  • Abrams leads Illinois past Indiana in Big Ten tourney Mar 13, 2014 2:52 PM
    Tracy Abrams’ second half Thursday was as good as any game he had during the Big Ten season. Illinois’ junior guard scored 17 of his season-high 25 points in the second half, including a game-clinching run in the No. 9-seeded Illini’s 64-54 win over No. 8 seed Indiana in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament.

     
  • No. 11 seed Northwestern upsets Iowa, 67-62 Mar 13, 2014 10:51 PM
    Tre Demps had 20 points, including four 3-pointers and Drew Crawford added 15 points and six assists to lead 11th-seeded Northwestern to a 67-62 victory over No. 6 Iowa in the Big Ten Tournament Thursday night. The Wildcats (14-18) became the first 11th-seed to win in the Big Ten tournament.

     
  • Applauding Mendenhall’s wise decision Mar 10, 2014 7:43 PM
    Rashard Mendenhall's retirement from the NFL at age 26 over concern for his overall health should indicate to people that the University of Illinois educates common sense into its students. “It’s disturbing that people are questioning my sanity for giving up the money,” Mendenhall wrote.

     
  • Miles’ popularity soaring among Nebraska fans Mar 10, 2014 7:34 PM
    Men’s basketball is still relevant at Nebraska in March, the time of year when spring football typically dominates the sports conversation in the Cornhusker state. Instead, it’s all hoops, all the time right now and all eyes are on Tim Miles.

     
  • Pick Six: A half-dozen to watch on the bubble Mar 10, 2014 7:22 PM
    When the NCAA selection committee draws up the brackets next Sunday, it’s hard to imagine the Nebraska Cornhuskers will be on the outside looking in. But Pittsburgh, Oregon, Arkansas, Florida State, Gonzaga and Witchita State are also part of the NCAA tourney talk.

     
  • Big Ten touts athletic, academic success Mar 10, 2014 8:14 PM
    In a room on the ground floor of its sparkling new headquarters, the Big Ten Conference is putting the final touches on its version of Cooperstown. It’s not quite a Hall of Fame. The Big Ten Experience is a shrine to the conference’s athletic and academic achievements. “This kind of exhibit exists in many of our campuses, and it allows us to create a zone for capturing the past and telling our story,” Commissioner Jim Delany said.

     
  • Cornhuskers stay red-hot, upend 9th-ranked Badgers Mar 9, 2014 11:37 PM
    Tim Miles is tired of hearing about the old Nebraska program that made a habit of bumbling and stumbling its way through the past two decades. His players must be tired of it, too. Shavon Shields and Terran Petteway scored 26 points apiece, and the host Cornhuskers beat No. 9 Wisconsin 77-68 on Sunday night to strengthen the school’s chance for its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1998.

     
  • Huskers’ Pelini receives 1-year contract extension Mar 7, 2014 5:34 PM
    Nebraska football coach Bo Pelini has received a one-year contract extension through February 2019. Athletic department spokeswoman Chris Anderson on Friday confirmed the extension, which was first reported by CBSSports.com. Anderson said terms were not immediately available for release.

     
  • Illini open spring football with more wins in mind Mar 3, 2014 2:16 PM
    Head coach Tim Beckman says the priority at Illinois this fall will be simple: Winning more games than the four the Illini won last season. Even with a fresh coat of snow on the ground the push to get there starts this week with spring football.

     
  • Nunn repeats as Big Ten freshman of the week Mar 3, 2014 11:33 AM
    Illinois guard Kendrick Nunn made it two in a row with the Big Ten’s decision Monday to name him its freshman of the week. Nunn averaged 10.5 points and 4.5 rebounds a game in upset wins over Nebraska and Michigan State during the past week. He also chipped in 3.5 assists a game.

     
  • No. 20 Iowa holds off Purdue Mar 2, 2014 4:25 PM
    Roy Devyn Marble scored 21 points and No. 20 Iowa snapped a three-game losing streak by beating Purdue 83-76 on Sunday. Aaron White and Mike Gesell added 15 points each for the Hawkeyes (20-9, 9-7 Big Ten), who have recorded consecutive 20-win seasons for the first time in eight years. Iowa blew a 13-point halftime lead, but an 8-0 run put the Hawkeyes back ahead 68-64 with 5:56 left. Gesell then hit five free throws in the final 41 seconds to help the Hawkeyes narrowly avoid losing their fourth home game in five tries. Rapheal Davis scored a career-high 18 points and A.J. Hammons had 16 points with 14 rebounds for Purdue (15-14, 5-11), which is on its second four-game losing streak in conference play. The Hawkeyes closed the first half on a 15-5 run and appeared to be just a few plays away from burying the Boilermakers. Purdue responded with a spurt that threatened to send Iowa tumbling to its fourth straight loss. The Boilermakers outscored Iowa 27-10 to open the second half, as the Hawkeyes again suffered through the defensive woes that marked road losses at Minnesota and Indiana. White steadied Iowa with a rare 3-pointer and two free throws, and the Hawkeyes held Purdue without a point for over 6 minutes in building a 68-64 lead. Marble then attacked Hammons in the paint for a crucial three-point play toward the end of the shot clock that gave Iowa a 75-70 lead with 2:39 to go. Josh Oglesby had 11 points for the Hawkeyes and Marble added five assists and four steals. Sunday’s game capped a stretch of four games in eight days for the Hawkeyes, who followed a scheduled bye week with another game forced upon them by a postponement at Indiana. Iowa didn’t exactly respond well to its scheduling adversity. The Hawkeyes lost 79-74 at home to Wisconsin before the defeats against the Gophers and Hoosiers — who are both below .500 in the Big Ten. Purdue was coming off a brutal overtime loss to league-leading Michigan, as Glenn Robinson III banked in the game-winner at the buzzer in West Lafayette that denied the Boilermakers a signature win. Both teams looked like they were worn out early. Iowa missed nine of its first 11 shots, and the Boilermakers made just one of six 3-point attempts to open play. But the Hawkeyes got a boost from their bench, which scored 15 points in the first half, and Marble followed a fadeaway 3 with a layup to help put Iowa ahead 50-37. The Boilermakers needed less than 5 minutes to get the deficit down to 52-49 — a run that sandwiched a stern tongue lashing from coach Fran McCaffery to the Hawkeyes — and a 3 by Kendall Stephens tied it at 60 with 12:25 left. Stephens and Errick Peck had 12 points each for Purdue, which committed 16 turnovers.

     
  • Illinois ends Nebraska streak with 60-49 win Feb 26, 2014 11:24 PM
    Illinois freshmen Kendrick Nunn and Malcolm Hill combined for 23 points and the Illini ended Nebraska’s five-game win streak on Wednesday night, 60-49. Nunn scored 13 on 4-of-6 shooting for the Illini (16-12, 5-10 Big Ten). He was 3 of 4 from 3-point range. Hill added 10 points and five rebounds.

     
  • Indiana snaps skid, beats Northwestern 61-56 Feb 22, 2014 10:28 PM
    Indiana got scoring from five different players during an 18-4 run midway through the game, then held on for a 61-56 win over Northwestern on Saturday night. Indiana’s Yogi Ferrell, Troy Williams, Noah Vonleh and Will Sheehey each had 12 points as the Hoosiers (15-11, 5-8 Big Ten) ended a three-game losing streak and extended Northwestern’s (12-16, 5-10) slide to five.

     
  • Northwestern coach testifies against unionization Feb 21, 2014 5:38 PM
    Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald testified for three hours Friday about a push by his players to form the nation’s first union for college athletes, sometimes putting himself awkwardly at odds with his senior quarterback. Fitzgerald answered questions before the National Labor Relations Board, which must decide in coming weeks if the football players qualify as employees under U.S. law.

     
  • Buckeyes, Gophers both desperate to build momentum Feb 21, 2014 5:31 PM
    No. 24 Ohio State, still dogged by a bad spell in January, is trying to stack together some solid games heading into the Big Ten and NCAA tournaments. Minnesota also needs to build some momentum, coming off a 62-49 home loss to struggling Illinois on Wednesday night.

     
  • Northwestern falls to Ohio State 76-60 in chippy game Feb 19, 2014 8:50 PM
    LaQuinton Ross scored 16 points before being ejected after a scuffle, leading No. 24 Ohio State to a 76-60 victory over Northwestern on Wednesday night. The fracas late in the game delayed play for several minutes while the officials deliberated penalties for the players. Northwestern’s Nikola Cerina also was ejected. The teams shot 10 free throws as a result of the shoving match.

     
  • Nunn helps Illinois shoot down Minnesota, 62-49 Feb 19, 2014 10:29 PM
    Freshman guard Kendrick Nunn hit five 3-pointers and led Illinois with 19 points as the last-place Illini beat Minnesota 62-49 on Wednesday night, putting a damper on the Gophers’ hopes for an at-large NCAA Tournament bid.

     
  • Penn State names FSU’s Barron as new president Feb 17, 2014 2:19 PM
    Eric Barron, a former professor and dean at Penn State University and president of Florida State University, was chosen Monday to lead Pennsylvania’s largest university as it continues grappling with fallout from the Jerry Sandusky scandal. He’ll bring with him the experience of managing a major state university known as much for its for storied athletic program as its academic mission, as well as the fallout from a sex-abuse scandal with ties to big-time college football. Penn State trustees unanimously approved the selection at a special meeting in State College after a 15-month search process in which university officials had kept the new president’s identity secret, refusing to confirm whether Barron was even being considered until the meeting began. Barron, who worked at Penn State for 20 years, including four as dean of its College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, will succeed President Rodney Erickson, who plans to retire when his contract expires in June. Barron is getting a five-year contract worth $1 million a year and will start in May, if not sooner. Erickson, Penn State’s former provost and executive vice president, was named president in November 2011 after then-president Graham Spanier was forced out following child molestation accusations against Sandusky, a former assistant football coach. Sandusky is serving a 30- to 60-year state prison sentence after being convicted in 2012 of 45 counts for the sexual abuse of 10 boys. Spanier was later charged in an alleged cover-up. Barron called the Sandusky scandal painful and saddening but focused on the changes it has brought. “What I see is an institution that has really taken control of compliance and is no doubt now a model university that I think a lot of other universities are going to look at and say this is way we should be operating to make sure we do things the right way,” he told reporters after the vote. Barron is expected to lead Penn State through the trial of Spanier and two other former administrators who were accused of a criminal cover-up. A trial date has not been scheduled. Barron said he never met Sandusky while working at Penn State, and he sidestepped a question about what the university should do regarding the late former head coach Joe Paterno, still a sensitive topic on campus and among alumni. “Whatever we do, we have to make sure that we do it with a high sense of dignity and honor,” Barron said. “Sometimes that takes time.” During his four years at Florida State, Barron has been an aggressive advocate for increased state funding and academic recognition for the university. He shocked FSU trustees Saturday by publicly talking about leaving the school in a newspaper interview in Florida. Barron’s academic career took off at Penn State. He joined the university’s faculty in 1986 as director of the Earth System Science Center and associate professor of geosciences. In 2002, he was elevated from director of the university’s Earth and Mineral Sciences (EMS) Environment Institute to dean of the school’s College of Earth and Mineral Sciences. “Eric’s track record as an accomplished educator, researcher, administrator, and internationally recognized scholar uniquely qualify him to guide the college’s development in the coming years,” Erickson, at the time Penn State’s executive vice president and provost, said then. In 2006, Barron left State College to become dean of the Jackson School of Geosciences at the University of Texas at Austin. In 2008, Barron became director of the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colo., where years earlier, he was a geology graduate student. Two years later, he moved on to Florida State, where he became the university’s 14th president. In Barron, Penn State is getting an administrator who understands just how important athletic success is to a university. “I really want successful athletic programs because it’s the front door. It’s absolutely the front door to your university,” he was quoted as saying by USA Today in June 2013. Like Penn State, FSU has recently dealt with a football scandal. Last fall, redshirt quarterback Jameis Winston became one of the biggest attractions in college football, winning the Heisman trophy and leading the Seminoles to the national title. But in November, a year-old sexual assault complaint against Winston became public and was passed along by Tallahassee police to the Florida state attorney’s office for a full investigation. A Florida State student claims Winston raped her. Winston’s attorney has said the sex was consensual. Prosecutors did not find enough evidence to charge him with a crime and the case was closed Dec. 5, two days before the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game. Barron had cautioned against a rush to judgment in the case. And, after no charges were to be filed, he issued a strong statement. “Recent weeks have provided a painful lesson, as we have witnessed harmful speculation and inappropriate conjecture about this situation and the individuals involved. As a result, we have all been hurt,” Barron said. “A respect for the principle of due process is essential to the integrity of our community. Our commitment to each and every one of our students is unwavering and will remain our priority.” With the return of Barron, the State College area will also be getting back an active former community member. According to FSU’s website, Molly Barron, a former teacher, was active in the State College Area School District during her husband’s tenure at Penn State, acting as president of the PTO, a volunteer in the library, a kindergarten aide and substitute. She eventually took a position in the district’s middle school technology program. A native of Lafayette, Ind., Eric Barron graduated from high school in Atlanta. He earned a geology degree from Florida State in 1973 and master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Miami.

     
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