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WHKY_110617_Duggan_Meghan.jpgIt's fitting that as we look back at the 2010-11 season on UWBadgers.com that BTN (formerly Big Ten Network) sent out its release this morning about its end of the year awards show. The show will air on Monday, June 20 at 6:30 p.m. and be hosted by Mike Hall and Rick Pizzo.

Given the type of year UW's teams had it's not surprising to find them prominently among the nominees. In addition to the Suzy Favor Award for the best female student-athlete, and the Jesse Owens Award for the best male student-athlete, there are nine other categories on the show. 

Wisconsin student-athletes, coaches or teams are among the three nominees in six of those categories. That is tied with Michigan for the most. Below is the complete list of awards and nominees. Which ones do the Badgers deserve?

Men's Team of the Year
Ohio State Basketball
Penn State Wrestling
Wisconsin Football

Women's Team of the Year
Northwestern Lacrosse
Penn State Volleyball
Wisconsin Hockey

Game of the Year
Illinois at Michigan - football (11/6/2010)
Ohio State at Wisconsin - football (10/16/2010)
Ohio State at Wisconsin - men's basketball (2/12/2011)

Men's Coach of the Year
Thad Matta - Ohio State basketball
Matt Painter - Purdue basketball
Cael Sanderson - Penn State wrestling

Women's Coach of the Year
Carol Hutchins - Michigan softball
Mark Johnson - Wisconsin ice hockey
Coquese Washington - Penn State basketball

Most Dominating Performance
Denard Robinson - Michigan football (vs. Notre Dame, 9/11/2010)
Mikel Leshoure - Illinois football (vs. Northwestern, 11/20/2010)
Jordan Taylor - Wisconsin men's basketball (vs. Ohio State, 2/12/2011)

Best Finish
Notre Dame at Michigan State - football (9/18/2010)
Illinois at Michigan - football (11/6/2010)
Wisconsin at Michigan - men's basketball (2/23/2011)

Breakout Performer of the Year
Darius Morris - Michigan men's basketball
Denard Robinson - Michigan football
Jared Sullinger - Ohio State men's basketball

Most Courageous Performance
Mark Dantonio, Michigan State football
Jon Hoese, Minnesota football
Brock Mealer, brother of Michigan offensive lineman Elliott Mealer

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