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Learn about NU's Purple 'Gotcha Ball Kid Program'

Evanston’s Lincoln Elementary School has partnered with Northwestern for the “Gotcha Ball Kid Program” that rewards students’ good behavior with opportunities to be a ball kid at Northwestern men’s and women’s basketball games. When Lincoln students display exceptional sportsmanship, teamwork and respect, they receive a special purple Northwestern “gotcha” from a teacher or school staff member.

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Next on Big Ten Elite: 1979 Minnesota hockey

On Friday night at 10:30 p.m. ET BTN airs “Big Ten Elite: 1979 Minnesota hockey” right after the Boston College-Minnesota men’s hockey game at 8 p.m. ET. Watch it to learn more about Minnesota coach Herb Brooks and one of the best college hockey teams ever to take the ice for Minnesota’s storied program.

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Watch feature on Michigan State's Sally Nogle

Michigan State’s Sally Nogle isn’t just any athletic trainer. She’s one of the few female head athletic trainers in college athletics. In the latest edition of “Big Ten Women’s Sports Report,” Kara Lentz profiled Nogle and finds out how she worked her way to the top of her field.

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Next on Big Ten Elite: 2000 Purdue football

Drew Brees is one of the most popular NFL quarterbacks of this generation. But Brees first made a name for himself during his record-setting college career at Purdue. On Saturday at 4 p.m. ET, “Big Ten Elite” profiles the 2000 Purdue football team. In this documentary program, we look back at all the unforgettable moments that led to the Boilermakers’ Big Ten Championship season, the program’s first since 1966.

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Video: Watch our inspirational Darien Moran feature

Darien Moran is a big-time Wisconsin football fan. He’s also a 14-year-old battling Histiocytosis, a rare autoimmune disease that causes tumors throughout his body. Moran got involved with Make-A-Wish, and his wish was to have his bedroom turned into a Wisconsin fan’s palace. The place is awesome. Even better: The Badgers did the makeover themselves. Watch the complete feature here. Plus, read Tom Dienhart’s feature on Moran and the Badgers.

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Fan makes a wish, Badgers make it come true

Here comes Darien Moran with his red Wisconsin “W” hat flipped backward over his closely cropped hair. Typical 14-year-old, bounding with energy at the start of a new day. Anything seems possible to a teen, even something as big as overcoming a rare disease. And that’s good because that’s exactly what Darien is doing.

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Feature: What makes Tom Windle so good?

When it comes to Big Ten pitchers, it doesn’t get much better than Minnesota’s Tom Windle. A first-team All-Big Ten honoree, the southpaw led the Big Ten in strikeouts and twirled the conference’s lone solo no-hitter. What makes Windle so tough to hit? “I’m confident that I can get every batter out,” he told BTN.

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Profile: Wisconsin softball

A profile of Wisconsin head softball coach Yvette Healy and her assistant Randy Schneider – who have transformed the Wisconsin offense into a high-powered unit.

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Video: Wildcats vs. Wolverines at Wrigley Field

As part of its partnership with the Chicago Cubs, the Northwestern baseball team hosted Michigan on Saturday night at Wrigley Field. The Wildcats shut out the Wolverines, 6-0, behind Luke Farrell’s three-hit complete game gem. Read the full NUSports.com recap and view the box score. Watch our feature on the game at Wrigley Field now.

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Alex Bentley & Maggie Lucas, teammates and friends

A look at the relationship between Penn State women’s basketball stars Alex Bentley and Maggie Lucas.

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'Football Pioneers' show honors Black History Month

BTN will air a 30-minute special Black History Month presentation called “Football Pioneers” at 9:30 p.m. ET Friday Hosted by Howard Griffith, the show features interviews with former Northwestern head coach Dennis Green,who was just the second African-American head coach in Division I history. We also talk with Sidney Williams, a former Wisconsin quarterback who was Big Ten’s first African-American starting quarterback, and current Purdue head coach Darrell Hazell.

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Feature: Rachel Banham's Comeback

A profile of Minnesota women’s basketball player Rachel Banham – whose stellar season almost never happened this year due to a blood clot she suffered this past summer.

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Penn State Women's Ice Hockey Feature

Kara Lentz takes a look at the Penn State women’s ice hockey team which is playing its first season as a varsity team. Watch the feature now as Lentz talks with head coach Josh Brandwene and various players.

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Title IX: Profiling Karen Dennis

As part of our celebration of the 40th anniversary of Title IX, BTN profile’s Ohio State track coach Karen Dennis.

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Profiling Purdue's Drey Mingo

A profile of Purdue’s Drey Mingo who has overcome serious illness and injury to return for a 6th year. Learn more about Sounds of Serenity, a charity Mingo has started for children who cannot afford hearing aids, by visiting http://www.teamsounds.net.

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