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Payne, Dawson dunk back-to-back in 3.7 seconds

Adreian Payne

Payne and Dawson Dunk Back to Back

NBA Hall of Famer Reggie Miller once scored eight points in 11 seconds. The Spartans had a quick – albeit less memorable – outburst of their own in Sunday’s defeat at Indiana. In a span of 3.7 seconds, Adreian Payne slammed home Travis Trice‘s miss and Branden Dawson, after stealing the ensuing inbound pass, dunked again. Yes, that’s two dunks in less than four seconds. Some teams don’t get two dunks in an entire game! Watch the sequence now.

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Did You See This? Doc Sadler drains halfcourt shot

Former Nebraska basketball coach Doc Sadler is doing just fine. Now the director of basketball operations at Kansas, Sadler’s team is ranked No. 1 in the latest Coaches Poll. He’s also having some fun with his new team, if a YouTube video uploaded today is any proof. The video opens with Jayhawks shooting halfcourt shots following shootaround at West Virginia, and ends with Sadler making his attempt.

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The week that was: BTN.com's top 10 stories, videos

Aaron Craft

A Jackson Jumper Beats the Buzzer

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It’s Monday, and that means it’s time to take a look at BTN.com’s top 10 most-read stories and most-watched videos from the past week. See both lists in this post.

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Ex-B1G stars live tweet during Indiana-Michigan State game

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Indiana’s A.J. Guyton and Michigan State’s Mateen Cleaves are some of the best players to wear their respective jerseys. During Sunday afternoon’s Michigan State-Indiana game at Assembly Hall, the two old rivals took to Twitter to interact about the big-time matchup that featured two one-loss Big Ten teams. See some of the highlights of their interactions in this post.

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Clothes Call: Coaches vs. Cancer kicks

Tim Miles

Thad Matta Coaches vs Cancer

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It’s Coaches vs. Cancer weekend, and that means coaching staffs around the nation are wearing gym shoes on the sidelines to help raise awareness for the deadly disease. And, in some cases, coaches opt for a more comfortable look, like Tom Crean. Check out photos of all the Big Ten coaches’ footwear from this weekend in this post.

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Traevon Jackson game-winner: Good or no good?

Traevon Jackson

A Jackson Jumper Beats the Buzzer

Traevon Jackson beat the shot clock in the final seconds to lift Wisconsin past No. 14 Minnesota on Saturday. Or did he? This one was about as close as buzzer-beaters come. Remember, if the shot clock buzzer sounds and the ball has yet to leave the shooter’s hand, it’s a violation. On this play, it’s hard to tell if the ball is out of Jackson’s fingertips before the horn goes off. See for yourself in this video and check out a screengrab in this post.

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Did You See This? Rodney Williams alley-oop

Rodney Williams

Rodney Wiliams "Brings it Down" Slam

Since his 360 slam in mid-December, Rodney Williams has been uncharacteristically quiet on the jaw-dropping dunk front. He’s had his share of slams (watch in our Dunk Archive), but nothing to the level we’re accustom to. That changed Wednesday at Northwestern, when Williams was on the receiving end of a nice alley-oop. To be honest, the pass, from Joe Coleman, might have been as pretty as the dunk. Watch it now.

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Did You See This? Craft jumps over expensive seats

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Aaron Craft Dives into Crowd

What is it about Aaron Craft’s style of play that makes so many respect him? Pardon the terrible cliches, but it’s that the Ohio State point guard gives 100 percent all the time and does whatever to help his team- even if it means he puts his body at risk. Craft showed these qualities in Tuesday’s win over Iowa, when he jumped over the first row of seats as he tried to keep the ball in play. Watch the play right now.

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Spartans, Buckeyes to wear Nike logo jerseys

No company outfits more Big Ten schools than Nike. Let’s see, there’s Illinois, Iowa, Michigan State, Minnesota, Ohio State, Penn State and Purdue, for a total of seven schools. If you caught the recent Gonzaga-Butler game, you probably have a good idea why this is being mentioned. Nike put Gonzaga in the awful (practice) jerseys that featured the school’s logo above the number.

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Did You See This? Crean, Painter star in commercial

Here’s something well worth your time. It’s a new Infiniti commercial that features ESPN’s Bill Raftery, Indiana’s Tom Crean, Purdue’s Matt Painter and Butler’s Brad Stephens as teammates in a Best Ball Scramble. Thing is, the rivals on the hardwood have a hard time understanding that they’re on the same team. It’s all in good fun, of course.

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NCAA nixed Iowa's 'Street' jersey request

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The “CMS40” patch and warm up shirts Iowa wore Saturday were a nice touch to honor former Hawkeye Chris Street on the 20th anniversary of his death. The Hawkeyes wanted to do even more to remember Street, however the NCAA nixed the team’s first idea. According to HawkCentral.com, the NCAA wouldn’t grant Iowa permission to wear special jerseys with “STREET” on the nameplate.

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Big Ten players in Super Bowl XLVII

The matchup for Super Bowl XLVII is set, and it will be the San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens meeting Feb. 3 in New Orleans. In all, there are 15 Big Ten products on the teams’ active rosters – San Francisco 10; Baltimore 5 – not including players on IR or practice squads. See all the former Big Ten players who will participate in the Super Bowl in this post.

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Power Rankings: Michigan reclaims top spot

Glenn Robinson III

360 Dunk By Robinson

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For the second consecutive week, there’s a new team atop my Big Ten power rankings. This week, it’s Michigan, the team that held the top spot two weeks ago. See where your team lands on my latest list in this post. Don’t agree with the rankings? Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comment box at the bottom of the post. Or tweet it my way (@BTNBrentYarina).

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Did You See This? Iowa honors Chris Street

Chris Street

Iowa Honors Chris Street

Twenty years to the day of his death, Iowa honored former basketball player Chris Street at halftime of Saturday’s game against Wisconsin. Street died in a car accident on Jan. 19, 1993, during his junior season in Iowa City. On Saturday, the Hawkeyes welcomed back Street’s family, honored every Iowa Chris Street Award winner, first handed out in 1993, and aired a video montage of Street as a player and person. Watch the tribute now.

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Vote: Did Basabe or May have better dunk?

Eric May

May Steals and Dunks

Iowa didn’t only beat streaking Wisconsin on Saturday, it did so with some flair. The Hawkeyes have plays from Melsahn Basabe and Eric May to thank for that. Each player helped lift the roof off Carver-Hawkeye Arena with slams that should make all the highlight shows. Both dunks were nice, but they were even bigger because they came off great defensive plays. Which dunk was better? Watch both now and cast your vote in the poll inside.

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Floor to mouth: Craft disgusts Michigan State fans

Aaron Craft

Aaron Craft: A Big Believer in the 5-Second Rule

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Earlier this season, Indiana coach Tom Crean dropped a piece gum on the court and put it right back in his mouth (watch it here). To be fair, as Crean later tweeted, it was a fresh piece that he fumbled in the process of putting in his mouth. The five-second rule applies there. But what about a wet mouthpiece that rests on the floor for several seconds?

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Clothes Call: Iowa to wear Chris Street patch tonight

Iowa Athletics

Iowa will celebrate the 20th anniversary of Chris Street’s death at Saturday night’s game vs. Wisconsin on BTN/BTN2Go. Street, who died in a car accident on Jan. 19, 1993, will be honored at halftime, along with Iowa’s Chris Street Award winners, first handed out in 1993. The Hawkeyes also will wear a patch on their jerseys, just above the “B1G” logo, that includes Street’s initials and number (CMS 40).

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Did You See This? Check out this halftime show

Penn State Halftime

Halftime Show Moves

Quick Change. Frisbee Dog. Add shirtless man showing off his abdominal strength to the list of Big Ten halftime entertainment. That was the intermission show for Wednesday’s Michigan State-Penn State game at the Bryce Jordan Center. And our guys loved it, especially analyst Jim Jackson. Listen to Jackson and Dave Revsine analyze the halftime entertainment now.

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Tom Crean, Bo Ryan share hurried handshake

Indiana's Tom Crean

Tom Crean and Bo Ryan Handshake

Tom Crean and Bo Ryan have long been bitter rivals. The rivalry goes back to Crean’s Marquette days, when the two coaches faced off once a season. Nowadays, they typically play twice a year. And since Crean came to Indiana, in 2008, Ryan has owned the rivalry, to the tune of a 9-0 record. The latest win came in Tuesday’s upset at Assembly Hall, and neither coach seemed overly excited about greeting the other in the postgame handshake line. Watch the ultra-quick handshake now.

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Power Rankings: Indiana returns to top of list

Jordan Hulls & Joe Coleman

A Big Dunk for Zeller

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It’s Monday, and that means it’s time for my latest Big Ten hoops power rankings. This week, following Michigan’s first loss, there’s a new – and familiar – No. 1. See where I rank your team in this post. Don’t agree with the rankings? Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comment box at the bottom of the post. Or tweet it my way (@BTNBrentYarina).

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Big Ten NFL divisional round standouts

Two weeks of the NFL playoffs are down, and now we’re one week away from knowing the Super Bowl XLVII matchup. On Saturday and Sunday, several Big Ten players – headlined by New England’s Tom Brady (Michigan) – helped lead their teams to next week’s conference championship games. See a photo gallery of those players in this post.

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Who throws a shoe? McCaffery ducks flying shoe

Fran McCaffery

Who Throws a Shoe?

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Warning to the Big Ten: If a player loses a shoe in Aaron White’s vicinity, be alert. In Sunday’s win at Northwestern, the Iowa sophomore nearly took out Fran McCaffery when he threw Alex Marcotullio’s shoe off the court. It was an alert move by White, actually, because play continued despite the flat tire. Thing is, in his attempt to get rid of the footwear and return to his spot on the floor in a timely manner, White tossed an absolute laser toward the Iowa bench.

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Did You See This? Thad Matta 'Semi-Pro' reference

Thad Matta

Everybody Love Everybody

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Without ever seeing Thad Matta’s DVD collection or Netflix queue, it’s safe to say he’s watched Will Ferrell’s “Semi-Pro” a time or two. He’s had to, because the coach referenced one of the movie’s most popular catchphrases in Sunday’s postgame press conference following No. 14 Ohio State’s victory over No. 2 Michigan. The phrase: “E.L.E,” or “Everybody Love Everybody.” Watch Matta’s Hollywood reference now.

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