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Illinois men keep Big Ten streak alive

By Ryan Herrington

Led by reigning NCAA champion Thomas Pieters, Illinois won its fifth-straight Big Ten men's title, outpacing Minnesota by nine strokes at French Lick (Ind.) Resort's Pete Dye course. The Fighting Illini became only the third program in the 94-year history of the Big Ten tournament to win five straight titles, joining Michigan (1932-36) and Ohio State (1976-80, 1982-87) as the only programs to "five-peat."

Pieters won the medalist honors with a four-under 284 total, beating teammate Brian Campbell and Minnesota's Erik Van Rooyan by five strokes.

Other conference titles of note that were decided this weekend:

* Northwestern and Purdue shared the women's Big Ten title, each shooting 20-over 884 on the Donald Ross Course at French Lick. It's the sixth Big Ten crown for the Boilermakers but the first for the Wildcats. Purdue's Paula Reto was the individual champion with a four-under 212.

* Duke claimed the ACC men's title, ending Georgia Tech's four-year run at Old North State Club in New London, N.C. The Blue Devils shot a closing four-under 284 for a 25-under 839 total to pass Florida State in the final round. Virginia Tech tied with FSU for second, three strokes back of Duke, with Georgia Tech finishing fourth. Yellow Jacket sophomore Anders Albertson was the medalist with a 15-under 201 total.

Here is a look at the conference championships through this weekend:

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