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Check out who was named to Big Ten all-conference teams and other end-of-season award winners

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Check out who was named to Big Ten all-conference teams and other end-of-season award winners

The Big Ten honored its best Monday afternoon.

The conference announced its slate of end-of-season awards a day after the regular season came to an end, headlined by Purdue big man Caleb Swanigan winning Big Ten Player of the Year honors.

Swanigan — who leads the league in rebounding and ranks second in scoring — was also named to the All-Big Ten First Team, joined by Wisconsin's Ethan Happ, Iowa's Peter Jok, Minnesota's Nate Mason and Maryland's Melo Trimble.

Jok is the conference's leading scorer, the only person averaging more points than Swanigan's 18.7 per game with an eye-popping 20.2 points per game on the season. The Iowa senior also ranks fourth in the conference with 75 made 3-pointers.

Trimble, Mason and Happ also rank in the top 15 in the league in scoring. Trimble averages 16.9 points per game to go along with 3.7 assists per game. Mason, the leading scorer for the resurgent Golden Gophers, averages 15.5 points per game and 5.1 assists per game. And Happ, the Badgers' big man, averages 13.9 points per game while also ranking just behind Swanigan's 12.6 rebounds a game with nine rebounds a game. Happ is also the league leader in steals with 62 takeaways on the season.

The Big Ten announced its other all-league teams, too. The All-Big Ten Second Team consisted of Michigan State's Miles Bridges, Illinois' Malcolm Hill, Northwestern's Bryant McIntosh, Michigan's Derrick Walton Jr., Wisconsin's Bronson Koenig and Nebraska's Tai Webster. The All-Big Ten Third Team consisted of Indiana's Thomas Bryant and James Blackmon Jr., Minnesota's Jordan Murphy, Northwestern's Scottie Lindsey, Wisconsin's Nigel Hayes and Purdue's Vincent Edwards.

Bridges was also the Big Ten Freshman of the Year. Bridges ranks in the top 10 in the league in scoring with 16.6 points per game, in the top five in the league in rebounding with 8.3 boards a game and in the top five in the league in blocked shots with 1.6 of them a game.

Bridges led the Big Ten All-Freshman Team, joined by Penn State's Tony Carr, Minnesota's Amir Coffey and the Iowa duo of Jordan Bohannon and Tyler Cook.

The conference's Defensive Player of the Year was Minnesota's Reggie Lynch, who is a shot-blocking machine for the Gophers. He's swatted a total of 106 shots this season, good for second in the entire country.

Lynch was joined on the Big Ten All-Defensive Team by Happ, Happ's Wisconsin teammate Zak Showalter, Northwestern's Vic Law and Purdue's Dakota Mathias.

Minnesota's Richard Pitino took home Big Ten Coach of the Year honors, while Iowa's Nicholas Baer was the conference's sixth man of the year.

Big Ten to play conference-only NCAA football schedule 'if able'

Big Ten to play conference-only NCAA football schedule 'if able'

The Big Ten announced on Thursday that they will not play any non-conference games this fall, if they’re able to play at all.

The move comes after the Ivy League cancelled all fall sports earlier in the week.

In the statement the Big Ten said, “By limiting competition to other Big Ten institutions, the Conference will have the greatest flexibility to adjust its own operations throughout the season and make quick decisions in real-time based on the most current evolving medical advice and the fluid nature of the pandemic.

“In addition, the Conference announced that summer athletic activities will continue to be voluntary in all sports currently permitted to engage in such activities. Furthermore, Big Ten student-athletes who choose not to participate in intercollegiate athletics at any time during the summer and/or the 2020-21 academic year due to concerns about COVID-19 will continue to have their scholarship honored by their institution and will remain in good standing with their team.”

The Big Ten also said they’re prepared to cancel their fall sports entirely, if needed to ensure the health and safety of student-athletes.

This all leads to more questions as to how the Big Ten schedule will ultimately take shape. For instance, the first three games on the University of Illinois’s schedule are all non-conference games. Will more in-conference games be scheduled to replace them, or will the Fighting Illini simply begin their season on Oct. 3 with their first conference game against Rutgers?

All of that remains to be seen, as the conference said more details regarding the conference-only schedule will be released later.


RELATED: Northwestern football will not host Wisconsin Badgers at Wrigley Field

Northwestern football will not host Wisconsin Badgers at Wrigley Field

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Northwestern football will not host Wisconsin Badgers at Wrigley Field

Northwestern football will no longer host their game against the Wisconsin Badgers at Wrigley Field. The university announced the decision on Wednesday.

The Wildcats were supposed to play the Badgers at the Friendly Confines on Nov. 7. Although the university didn’t officially announce it, team's website says the game will be played at Ryan Field.

“This is a disappointing conclusion to reach, but absolutely the right one in our current environment,” said Jim Phillips, Northwestern’s Combe Family Vice President for Athletics and Recreation. “The uncertainty of football and baseball schedules, and the possibility of limited attendance, made this an easy choice to make for our student-athletes and fans.

“We’re grateful for our outstanding partners from the Cubs, and look forward to bringing the passion and pageantry of college football gameday to the city’s north side when we can do so safely and securely with a packed house.”

Northwestern initially brought college football back to Wrigley in 2010. Previously the last college football game at Wrigley was played in 1938. Since then, Northwestern has hosted both lacrosse and baseball games at Clark and Addison.

The university is still on track to kick off their season on Sept. 5 at Michigan State.

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