The Gophers volleyball team, ranked No. 3 by the American Volleyball Coaches Association, plays at No. 15 Purdue at 6 p.m. Saturday.
If Minnesota (24-3, 16-1) wins, it clinches at least a tie for the Big Ten title. The Gophers have won the regular-season championship just once, in 2002.
A win would also give them a 16-match winning streak, which would be a program record.
The Gophers beat Purdue (21-7, 12-5) by a 3-1 set score earlier this season.
Augustana quarterback Trey Heid, a junior from Lakeville, was named the NSIC offensive player of the year and the Vikings' Jerry Olszewski the coach of the year.
Junior defensive end Josh Gordon of Minnesota State Mankato was named the defensive player of the year.
U's Zhou wins again
Yu Zhou of the Gophers won the women's 3-meter title at the Georgia Tech Invitational on Friday at the McAuley Aquatic Center in Atlanta with a score of 369.00. She is the reigning NCAA champion in that event.
Teammate Lexi Tenenbaum took third, tallying 355.75.
Zhou won the 1-meter event on Thursday with Tenenbaum placing fifth and teammate Jessica Ramberg sixth.
Gophers also did well in men's diving. Manny Pollard earned a second-place finish in the men's 1-meter competition, finishing with a score of 337.80. Matt Barnard placed fifth in the event with a 318.35 after taking home the gold in Thursday's 3-meter event. Dylan Zoe had a 315.85 for eighth place.
The meet will finish with platform diving Saturday.
• Wheaton (Ill.) defeated St. Olaf 2-1 in men's soccer in Dubuque, Iowa in an NCAA Division III third-round match on Max Carey's unassisted goal in the 95th minute. The Oles finish 15-8-1 after the Thunder beat them for the fifth time in as many all-time meetings. St. Olaf had not allowed a goal in its previous five postseason games. Jens Undlin scored the goal for St. Olaf in the second half; Kevin Skrip had the assist. Ben Braman had six saves for the Oles, Matt Paprocki eight for Wheaton.
• St. Olaf women's soccer coach Jeremy Driver is leaving after 10 seasons. His record was 80-83-18 overall, 49-49-13 in the MIAC. His 2012 team was second in the conference — the school's best finish ever.