Kobe Bryant congratulates Rachel Banham on 60-point game

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What a few days for Rachel Banham.

Two days after pouring in a Big Ten women’s single-game record and NCAA-tying 60 points (watch all of them) in a double overtime victory Sunday at Northwestern, the Minnesota star got a Twitter shout-out from her favorite player, Kobe Bryant, who is no stranger to reaching the 60-point plateau.

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BTN's Shelley Till: Banham wants to be 'the best player on the floor'

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We often overuse the word “greatness” in sports. You don’t just roll out of bed one day and become great; greatness is cultivated over time through hard work. In the case of Minnesota’s women’s basketball player Rachel Banham, greatness has arrived. I chatted with Banham after her epic 60-point performance at Northwestern, a showing that broke the Big Ten women’s basketball single-game scoring record, tied the NCAA one, and had the basketball world buzzing this weekend.

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Bracketology: Don't forget about surging Wisconsin Badgers

Feb 4, 2016; Madison, WI, USA; Wisconsin Badgers fans display their affection for Wisconsin Badgers forward Nigel Hayes during the game with the Ohio State Buckeyes at the Kohl Center. Wisconsin defeated Ohio State 79-68. Mandatory Credit: Mary Langenfeld-USA TODAY Sports

Nigel Hayes, literally, drops the mic

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It’s time to take the temperature of the Big Ten’s NCAA hopes with a weekly check of the mock brackets from Jerry Palm of CBSSports.com and Joe Lunardi of ESPN. The Big Ten continues to look like a six-bid league. But Wisconsin—winners of five in a row–is making some noise in Lunardi’s analysis.

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