Badgers, Purdue tied for first in Big Ten.
Veteran second baseman hit .288, drove in 83 runs in 2016.
Boxer, firefighter Deandre Ware has battled hardships to become a top contender.
Stole victory when Denny Hamlin, Brad Keselowski wrecked on final lap.
Benefits are mutual for schools, players.
Open water action could mean an early spring bite.
Cooke has 20 to send Rams to another title.
Madison Jaso among 6 champions for Golden Bears.
Longenecker contributes with nontraditional background.
Navigato, Williams help Rockets to overtime victory.