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Where were you for that Spartans-Badgers play?

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Where was I during the Michigan State Hail Mary?

When Michigan State beat Wisconsin on a long, last-second touchdown pass from Kirk Cousins to Keith Nichol last fall, the eyes of the rest of the conference were on that game. In a feature story that ran on our pregame TV show this morning, BTN talked to a number of Big Ten names who recall watching that incredible play on TV. We’ve posted the whole video here.

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IU coaches profiled on 'Women's Report'

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Mick & Elizabeth Lyon Battle MS

Dara McIntosh, Kara Lentz, and Michelle McMahon appear on Friday’s “The Big Ten Women’s Sports Report” at 2:30 p.m. ET and bring you a profile on current Indiana women’s soccer coach Mick Lyon and his wife Elizabeth. Both suffer from multiple sclerosis but continue to fight it and have a positive outlook on life. (Update: Watch the feature in this post.) Also Friday, Big Ten volleyball and field hockey highlights, analysis and breakdowns as well as a look at the latest “Midnight Madness” events for women’s basketball.

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Michigan's Holly Hein overcomes cancer

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Holly Hein Overcomes Cancer

Michigan’s Holly Hein tore her ACL in 2010, then in 2011 just as she was about to return to the soccer field, she was diagnosed with thyroid cancer and missed the season, but has undergone successful treatment and returned to the field this fall.

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BTN Profiles Ohio State Softball's Alicia Herron

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Alicia Herron Feature

In the latest Big Ten player profile from the Big Ten Network, we meet Ohio State Buckeyes softball shortstop Alicia Herron, who lost her mother Janet Herron a year ago to gastric cancer. Herron’s mother was Alicia’s biggest fan attending every game and practice during her high school career. “She was really proud of us having a focus on something,” Alicia Herron said.

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A star on Nebraska's bench: Erstad enjoying new gig

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Darin Erstad Feature

First-year Nebraska baseball coach Darin Erstad is as polished and decorated as college coaches come. Let’s list a handful of the accolades: No. 1 pick in the 1995 MLB First-Year Player Draft; 2002 MLB champion; two-time MLB All-Star; three-time Gold Glove winner; .339 lifetime hitter in playoffs. And the list goes on. So, why did Erstad, a two-sport star during his time at Nebraska, decide to start coaching college baseball? “It’s in the blood,” Erstad told BTN.Watch our feature with the former Husker now.

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All-Access: Whitney Mercilus on NFL draft day

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Whitney Mercilus Feature

Former Illinois defensive end Whitney Mercilus didn’t have to wait long to hear his name called during the 2012 NFL Draft. With the 26th pick of Thursday night’s first round, the Houston Texans selected Mercilus, the first of four Illinois players taken in the opening 48 picks. Check out all the Big Ten draft picks and see who inked free-agent contracts. BTN cameras were at Mercilus’ family draft watching party in Akron, Ohio, to capture the nerves and jubilation of the memorable night. Watch the behind-the-scenes feature now.

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Meet Michigan State QB Andrew Maxwell

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Andrew Maxwell Feature

New Michigan State quarterback Andrew Maxwell missed Saturday’s Green-White game due to a sprained right knee, but Mark Dantonio and company know what they have in their junior signal-caller. Maxwell, who spent the past two seasons as Kirk Cousins’ backup, is a sharp product who understands the game and his role — just like his predecessor. In nine game career games, Maxwell has completed 29 of 51 passes (57 percent) for 294 yards and one touchdown.

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Meet Purdue Baseball's "Dream Team"

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Purdue Baseball - The Dream Team Feature

When you hear “Dream Team,” you think Magic, Bird and Jordan, and rightfully so. But there’s a current Dream Team in the Big Ten. The seniors on the Purdue baseball team gave themselves the nickname, and they break their huddles with the phrase. All this from a team that is trying to win its first Big Ten title since 1909. Leading the Big Ten by two games (standings) and ranked for the first time since 2001, the Boilers and their 14 seniors are on the right path. Watch our feature on the Dream Team now and catch an entertaining YouTube video of theirs in this post. Also, watch all of our Big Ten features.

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Roper, Illini help ravaged Harrisburg, Ill.

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Reid Roper – Helping Harrisburg

When a tornado touched down in Harrisburg, Ill., on Feb. 29, it ripped through much of the city and left seven people dead. However, the destruction was deemed too small for federal assistance. Good thing for Harrisburg,  the Illinois baseball team has a proud native, Reid Roper, who wanted to lend a helping hand. Roper, with the help of his coaches and teammates, delivered 32,000 pounds of food and supplies to Harrisburg and presented a $10,319 check to the mayor during its spring trip to Carbondale in mid-March. Watch the entire touching feature now.

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Thursday's Women's Basketball Roundup

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Illinois at Michigan State - Women's Basketball Highlights

All 12 of the Big Ten’s women basketball teams played Thursday night, including Illinois who beat Michigan State 71-62 in overtime. Catch up on our scoreboard page, dive inside for highlights as well as a video feature on Illinois women’s basketball coach Jolette Law, who helped raise money for charity by coaching a game in her bare feet.

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Women's Report: 5 Basketball Questions

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Meet Purdue's Amanda Miller

On the latest Big Ten Women’s Sports Report, former Purdue basketball star Stephanie White joined the usual cast of host Lisa Byington and analysts Kara Lentz and Megan Bower. White answered five important questions about the 2011-12 women’s hoops season. The show also featured a profile of Purdue volleyball player Amanda Miller. Watch the video to learn more about her.

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Feature Story: Illini's Lou Hernandez

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Meet Illinois' Lou Hernandez

What goes on behind the scenes at the Illinois football program? Tuesday night our crew from The Next Level profiled Lou Hernandez, the Illinois strength and conditioning coach who has helped several Illinois players make an impact in the NFL. Watch the video profile here and check out our entire collection of Big Ten video feature stories inside, including this feature on Wisconsin’s strength and conditioning coach.

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Born on September 11th

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Players Remember 9/11 Birthday

Watch now as Indiana’s Logan Young, Penn State’s JR Refice,and Nebraska’s Lester Ward, Big Ten football players who were born on September 11th, talk about what it is like to have your birthday on a date most commonly associated with an American tragedy.

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Big Ten Coaches Reflect on 9/11

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Big Ten Coaches Remember 9/11

September 11th, 2001 is a day that will forever resonate in America.  In this tribute to September 11th, several Big Ten coaches reflect on where they were when they heard about the attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon.  Watch now as the Big Ten coaches give their thoughts on how college football induced a sense of unity that helped America overcome the tragic events.

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Profiling Northwestern's Michelle Batts

Most people would describe Northwestern designated hitter Michelle Batts as funny and outgoing.  But if you think that Michelle has had a big impact on the Northwestern softball team, wait until you meet her sister Michaela.  Watch now to learn more about the relationship between the two siblings and how that it has affected the Wildcats.

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Jantel Lavender's Senior Year

To say that Ohio State’s Jantel Lavender was dominant in her time at OSU would be an understatement.  Lavender became the first men’s or women’s basketball player in conference history to win Player of the Year honors for four consecutive seasons, was selected fifth overall in the 2011 WNBA Draft by the Los Angeles Sparks, and ended her Buckeye career as the Big Ten’s all-time leading rebounder. She also set an NCAA record for most consecutive games with 10 or more points, scoring in double digits in each of her 136 career games.  Watch now as the BTN cameras followed Jantel around during her senior year in Columbus.

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