June 17, 2012
MADISON, Wis. --Breakout performances, dominating play, a Big Ten Conference title and an NCAA championship have earned the University of Wisconsin six award nominations at the fifth annual Big Ten Network Awards Show.
BTN will recognize the best of this year’s Big Ten sports at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, June 18, in an hour-long show hosted by Dave Revsine, Mike Hall and Rick Pizzo.
Wisconsin’s athlete of the year winners, Montee Ball and Brianna Decker, are in the running for two prestigious Big Ten Conference awards, the Jesse Owens Award, for the best male student-athlete, and the Suzy Favor Award, for the best female student-athlete.
Established in 1982, Cathy Branta -- of the UW women’s cross country and track and field teams -- became the first Badger to win the Big Ten Athlete of the Year award in 1985. Wisconsin’s Suzy Favor claimed the honor three-consecutive years from 1988-90 and in 1992 the award’s name was renamed the Suzy Favor Athlete of the Year award as part of the celebration of the 10th anniversary of women’s athletics in the conference.
In 2000, Ron Dayne became the first Badger to receive the Jesse Owens Award.
Ball, a Heisman Trophy finalist, was one of the key components of Wisconsin’s run to a second-straight Big Ten championship in football. He led the nation in rushing, matched the NCAA single-season record for touchdowns and was a consensus first-team All-American.
Decker, the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award winner, led the nation in goals and tied for the top spot in scoring while helping get the Badgers back to the NCAA Frozen Four championship game.
Ball is also nominated for Breakout Performer of the Year and his 223-yard, three-touchdown performance against Purdue on Nov. 5 earned him a nomination for Most Dominating Performance.
Both of Wisconsin’s football games against Michigan State are in the running for Game of the Year, while the football team and men’s cross country team are nominated for Team of the Year.
The show will feature interviews with selected award winners, both coaches and players.
Men’s Coach of the Year
Indiana basketball’s Tom Crean
Michigan football’s Brady Hoke
Michigan State basketball’s Tom Izzo
Penn State wrestling’s Cael Sanderson
Women’s Coach of the Year
Northwestern lacrosse’s Kelly Amonte Hiller
Minnesota ice hockey’s Brad Frost
Illinois volleyball’s Kevin Hambly
Penn State basketball’s Coquese Washington
Breakout Performer of the Year
Montee Ball – Wisconsin
Tim Frazier – Penn State
Whitney Mercilus – Illinois
Cody Zeller – Indiana
Most Dominating Performance
Montee Ball, Wisconsin – has 200+ rushing yards and 3 touchdowns vs. Purdue on 11/5/2011Draymond Green, Michigan State – achieves second career NCAA Tournament triple-double vs. Long Island University – Brooklyn on 3/16/2012
Brandon Paul, Illinois – scores 43 points, the most points by any Big Ten player in the 2012 season vs. Ohio State 1/10/2012
Samantha Prahalis, Ohio State – scores school-record 42 points vs. Minnesota on 2/23/2012
Christian Watford’s buzzer-beater leads Indiana over Kentucky on 12/10/2011
Michigan stuns Irish with Denard Robinson’s 16 yard touchdown pass to Roy Roundtree on 9/10/2011
Michigan State beats Wisconsin with Hail Mary touchdown pass on 10/22/2011
William Buford’s 20-foot shot wins Ohio State a Big Ten title on 3/4/2012
Men’s Team of the Year
Ohio State – Basketball
Penn State – Wrestling
Wisconsin – Football
Wisconsin – Cross-country
Women’s Team of the Year
Illinois – Volleyball
Minnesota – Ice hockey
Northwestern – Lacrosse
Penn State – Basketball
Game of the Year
Notre Dame vs Michigan, Football, 9/10/2011
Wisconsin vs Michigan State, Football, 10/22/2011
Wisconsin vs Michigan State, Football, 12/4/2011
Kentucky vs Indiana, Basketball, 12/10/2011