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Twitter Tips: Check out these Gopher accounts

Next up on our Twitter Tips series: Minnesota. Having already featured Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan and Michigan State, it’s time to turn our attention to the guys who tweet about the Gophers. Just as a refresher, this is a 12-installment series that spotlights every Big Ten institution, in alphabetical order. Our goal is to share some of our favorite school-specific Twitter accounts with the fans. Without further delay, let’s get to the Minnesota handles.

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NFL.com: All-time Big Ten NFL Draft Picks

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Kirk Cousins on NFL Draft Outlook

The 2012 NFL Draft kicks off Thursday night and runs through Saturday afternoon at Radio City Music Hall in New York. To get our readers excited for the three-day marathon of analysis and predictions, we’re taking you on a trip down memory lane. With the help of NFL.com, we’ve linked to the site’s school-specific all-time draft results. Wondering which Illinois players have been selected since the draft’s inception? Find the answer for every Big Ten school in this post. Also, watch our Russ Lunde talk about the NFL draft now.

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Twitter Tips: Check out these Spartan accounts

The next stop on our Twitter Tips series takes us to Michigan State. Having already featured Illinois, Indiana, Iowa and Michigan, it’s time to turn our 12-installment series over to the guys who tweet about the Spartans. The goal of this project is simple: to share some of our favorite school-specific Twitter accounts with our fans. With that out of the way, let’s get to the Michigan State handles.

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Did You See This? NU's "Dizzy Bat Race"

Ever watch something that leaves you feeling dizzy and nauseous? If not, a recent NUFootballFamily YouTube production will do the trick. We know, that’s not a very good sell for the video in this post. But believe us, the video is highly entertaining footage. It’s called “The Dizzy Bat Race,” a Northwestern spring tradition, and as you may have guessed, it involves football players spinning around baseball bats.

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Twitter Tips: Check out these Wolverine accounts

Next up on our Twitter Tips series: Michigan. Having already featured Illinois, Indiana and Iowa, it’s time to turn our attention to the guys who tweet about the Wolverines in our 12-installment series that spotlights every Big Ten institution, in alphabetical order. The goal is simple: to share some of our favorite school-specific Twitter accounts with our fans. That said, let’s get to the Michigan handles.

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Twitter Tips: Check out these Hawkeye accounts

Next stop on our Twitter Tips series: Iowa. We featured Illinois and Indiana the past two days, but now it’s time to turn our attention to the guys who tweet about the Hawkeyes. Just as a refresher, this is a 12-installment series that will spotlight every Big Ten institution, in alphabetical order. The goal is simple: to share some of our favorite school-specific Twitter accounts with our fans. Without further delay, let’s get to the Iowa handles.

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5 Early Big Ten Breakout Hoops Players

Every year, players who weren’t big-time contributors one season become just that the very next. For example, there was Meyers Leonard last year and Darius Morris two seasons ago. Get BTN.com Brent Yarina’s early top five 2012-13 breakout candidates in this post.

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Twitter Tips: Check out these Hoosier accounts

Day 2 of our Twitter Tips series takes us to Indiana. We kicked off the 12-installment project Tuesday with the Big Ten school at the top of the alphabet, Illinois, and will post a new one, in alphabetical order, every day until we reach Wisconsin. Our goal with this series is simple: to share some of our favorite school-specific Twitter accounts with our fans. Now, let’s get to the Indiana handles.

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Twitter Tips: Check out these Illini Accounts

Like it or not, Twitter is becoming a part of our everyday lives. Here at BTN.com, we’re constantly monitoring the social media site for all the latest news, analysis and happenings from each of the Big Ten’s 12 institutions. While we all have our collection of follows that we trust and rely on, we wanted to take this time to share our favorite school-specific accounts. Up first: Illinois.

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Trevor Mbakwe delights on Twitter

What were you doing around 1 p.m. ET Monday? Chances are, you weren’t having as much fun as Minnesota basketball player Trevor Mbakwe. In the wake of announcing he will use his sixth year of eligibility and return to the Gophers for the 2012-13 season, Mbakwe went to Twitter (@TMbakwe 32), started a hashtag, #imgetting2old4college, and got to tweeting. The result: Hilarity. See the 23-year-old star’s entertaining series of self deprecating tweets in this post.

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7 B1G Teams on Lunardi's 2013 Bracketology

It’s April, the NCAA just crowned its latest men’s basketball champion (Kentucky), so that means it’s time for ESPN.com’s Joe Lunardi to post his first installment of 2013 Bracketology. Lunardi has seven Big Ten teams dancing, as of right now, headlined by Indiana, the conference’s lone No. 1 seed. Michigan State and Michigan received No. 2 and No. 3 seeds, respectively. See all of Lunardi’s Big Ten predictions in this post.

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Gophers attend Gary Tinsley's funeral in Florida

Members of the Minnesota football attended former teammate Gary Tinsley’s funeral Saturday in Jacksonville, Fla. Tinsley, 22, was found dead at his campus apartment April 6. According to GopherSports.com, Tinsley was just weeks away from receiving his bachelor’s degree. At the funeral, Tinsley’s teammates and Tim Brewster, the coach who recruited him, posed for a picture where they used their hands to form Tinsley’s old number (51). See the photo in this post.

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MSU's Dawson: "I'm two months ahead of schedule"

Branden Dawson

Branden Dawson Windmill Dunk

Michigan State’s Branden Dawson gave Spartan basketball fans reason to be excited Sunday afternoon, tweeting the following: “Just receive good news from the Doc. He says I’m two months ahead of schedule.” Dawson, a talented, tough and athletic freshman, tore his left ACL on March 4. See the tweet in this post and watch one of Dawson’s best highlights from his freshman campaign right now.

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Buckeyes welcome fans on field for unique practice

Good thing Ohio State kicker Drew Basil isn’t claustrophobic. During Saturday’s practice at Ohio Stadium, players and fans surrounded Basil and the field goal teams — in a shape that looks a lot like Ohio State’s Block “O” — for a live field goal drill. The cool spectacle came late in the practice, one first-year coach Urban Meyer put on, in part, to bring the students closer to his team, and his team closer to students. Hundreds of students were invited onto the field to surround Basil, and he went on to make four of six attempts, with one being blocked and another sailing wide right.

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Michigan Wears Maize Shoelaces at Spring Game

The Michigan football team sported maize shoelaces during Saturday’s Spring Game at Michigan Stadium in an effort to support Lace up for Michigan (@LaceUpForUM), a fund-raising effort initiated and run by Wolverine student-athletes with support of the school’s athletic dept. And for those wondering, no, Denard “Shoelace” Robinson didn’t tie the maize strings.

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UK-IU, SU-UW land on SB Nation's top 10 games of 2011-12

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Hoosiers Upset #1 Kentucky

That Kentucky-Indiana men’s basketball game in December was pretty memorable, wasn’t it? The guys over at SBNation.com thought it was so great, in fact, the game that forever cemented Christian Watford in Indiana lore claimed the No. 2 spot in the publication’s Top 10 Best College Basketball Games of 2011-12. The only game better than Indiana’s buzzer-beating upset of No. 1 Kentucky at Assembly Hall (AP recap): No. 1 Kentucky’s win over No. 5 North Carolina (AP recap). Another Big Ten team’s game landed on the list, and while Wisconsin’s Sweet 16 defeat to Syracuse (AP recap) didn’t produce a buzzer-beater, it took home the No. 6 spot.

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Michigan to paint #GOBLUE on field for spring game

It was only a matter of time before this happened. On Wednesday, Michigan announced it will paint “#GOBLUE” on its field for Saturday’s spring game, which BTN will air live at noon ET and also stream live on BTN2Go. The Twitter hashtag will straddle the the 25-yard line on the northeast and southwest sides of the field. According to the MGoBlue.com release, this is believed to be the second time a hashtag will be on a college field. The other occurrence: Mississippi State painted #HAILSTATE in an end zone last fall against Mississippi. See a picture of the hashtags in this post.

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Super-early 2012-13 Big Ten Hoops Predictions

Michigan's Trey Burke

The Journey 2012: Cody Zeller Reflects on Kentucky Win

The deadline for college basketball players to decide whether they’re coming back to school or entering the 2012 NBA Draft was Tuesday. Here’s what we know: Meyers Leonard and Jared Sullinger are gone, while Trey Burke, Deshaun Thomas and Christian Watford are back after testing the NBA waters. A lot of things will change before the season tips in November, but BTN.com’s Brent Yarina offers some super-early 2012-13 predictions. See all of them in this post.

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Bigger returnee: Trey Burke or Deshaun Thomas?

Deshaun Thomas & Trey Burke

Trey Burke's Room

Michigan star Trey Burke announced Monday that he will return to the Wolverines after flirting with entering the 2012 NBA Draft (story). About a week ago, Ohio State’s Deshaun Thomas announced the same thing (story), which got us thinking the following: Which player’s return is bigger? BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart and BTN.com blogger Brent Yarina debate the topic in this post. Also on Monday, Minnesota guard Chip Armelin announced he is transferring (story).

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Illinois to don camouflage jerseys May 6

As part of “Honor and Serve Day” on Sunday, May 6, the Illinois baseball team will wear special orange and blue camouflage jerseys in its series finale against Michigan State. The event, according to a FightingIllini.com release, is designed to honor University of Illinois student veterans and all of America’s military heroes, plus to serve the Champaign-Urbana community.

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Aristide, Henry place second in Purdue election

It was a valiant effort, but Purdue’s Ishmael Aristide and Rob Henry fell short in their attempt to become student body president and vice president, respectively. The duo came in second in the school’s recent student government election. Last month, we published a post spotlighting the creative campaign. According to the Purdue Exponent, Joe Rust and Lexi Hiland won the election. Even though Aristide and Henry didn’t win, their campaign videos were great. Watch both spots in this post.

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Weber thanks Illini Nation with full-page ad

Former Illinois coach Bruce Weber took out a full-page ad in the Champaign News Gazette on Sunday to thank Illini Nation. The ad reads: “Thanks to everyone in the Illini Nation for a memorable nine years.” It goes on to say: “Go Illini! & Go Cats! Coach Bruce Weber.” The ad features the Illinois and Kansas State logos, separated by a basketball that houses Weber’s aforementioned message. Weber was fired March 9 (story), one day after the Illini were eliminated from the Big Ten tournament, and hired at Kansas State on March 31 (story).

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Kain Colter freestyles at Wildcat practice

Kain Colter’s versatility doesn’t stop on the football field. The do-it-all Wildcat can rap, too. Colter, who racked up 1,793 total yards and accounted for 18 touchdowns in 2011, showed off his freestyling skills at a recent Northwestern practice. For the record, Colter was mic’d up for the practice, so who knows if he was winging it. It sure seems like he was, though, based on his reaction: “I’m embarrassing myself. On national TV, I’m mic’d up. I can’t believe this!” Watch Colter’s rapping skills in an NUFootballFamily YouTube video in this post.

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Stay or Go? Past Big Ten early NBA draft entrants

Illinois’ Meyers Leonard declared for the NBA draft Monday (story), and on Wednesday, it was Ohio State’s Jared Sullinger’s turn (story). With Leonard and Sullinger, both sophomores, leaving early and the deadlines to declare for the draft approaching (April 10, NCAA; April 29, NBA), BTN.com’s Brent Yarina considers some of the previous Big Ten sophomores – plus freshmen – who have left early since the new millennium. How did the decisions work out? Find out in this post.

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