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Nebraska's Björn Barrefors

A track & field standout at Nebraska, Barrefors earned the Big Ten Medal of Honor in 2013. He is a six-time All-American, two-time conference champion, two-time All-Big Ten selection and holds the school record in the outdoor decathlon and indoor heptathlon events. The three-time captain won the decathlon at the 2012 Big Ten Outdoor Championships and finished fourth at the 2013 Big Ten Outdoor Championships. At the NCAA Championships in 2012, he finished fourth in the heptathlon and eighth in the decathlon. The Stockholm, Sweden native was the first four-time CoSIDA Academic All-American in Cornhusker history, and also won the NCAA Elite 88 award in 2010.  Barrefors is a two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection and won the Big Ten Distinguished Scholar award in both 2012 and 2013.

 

Four Teams Ranked in Top 15:

The Associated Press (AP) and USA Today Coaches polls were released on Monday, and the Big Ten was well-represented with five teams among the top 25 and four in the top 15...

 

The Week Ahead:

All 12 Big Ten teams will be in action this week, including a pair of matchups between ranked foes. In the first game of the week, No. 15/12 Iowa will host No. 7/6 Michigan State on Tuesday...

 

Wolverines' Historic Week:

Michigan defeated three consecutive Associated Press (AP) top-10 opponents for the first time in school history (No. 3 Wisconsin, No. 10 Iowa, No. 3 Michigan State) last week, becoming the first team since the 1986-87 Iowa Hawkeyes to win three straight contests against AP top-10 teams...

 

Filling it Up:

Big Ten teams have posted 80 games with at least 80 points this season, and enter this week averaging more than 74 points per game. Michigan, Minnesota and Nebraska each broke the 80-point barrier last week, while seven games featured Big Ten teams scoring at least 70 points...

 

Protecting the Rock:

Entering this week's slate of college basketball games, four Big Ten teams rank among the top 20 in the country in fewest turnovers per game...

 

Spartans Travel to Iowa City Tuesday Night:

Two of the most helpful teams in the nation will take the court on Tuesday night when Iowa entertains Michigan State at Carver-Hawkeye Arena...

 

RPI Tidbits:

The latest version of the NCAA Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) was released on Monday. Five Big Ten teams were ranked among the top 30 in the nation...

 

Big Ten Tops Sagarin Rankings:

The Big Ten is well-represented in Jeff Sagarin's most recent College Basketball Rankings, with four teams among the top 10 and three in the top five...

 

Petteway Pours in 35 Points Against Gophers:

Nebraska's Terran Petteway poured in a career-high 35 points in the Cornhuskers' win over Minnesota on Sunday, the most points scored by a Big Ten player this season...