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Debate It: Big Ten Fans Have Spoken

Wisconsin's Montee Ball

The Ultimate Montee Ball Highlight Reel

When BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart and I decided to debate 2012 Big Ten football statistical leaders a couple months ago, we made it a point to let Big Ten fans have a say, as well. We did so by including a poll and incorporating relevant tweets in each statistical debate. The 11-series installment now complete, check out who Big Ten fans predict to lead the conference in categories ranging from scoring to sacks.

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Have an extra schedule card? This guy wants it

Remember the uberly successful beanie babies promotional giveaway the Chicago Cubs launched in 1997? Chances are Kevin Schneider does. Schneider, like many hardcore sports fans, looks forward to any and every promotional giveaway. You might even say he circles his calendar for such days around the Chicago area.

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Get your first look at the redesigned Breslin Center floor

Another season, another new look for the Breslin Center floor. @MSU_Basketball tweeted a photo Friday afternoon of the school’s redesigned basketball court, its third look in as many years. If you recall, Michigan State introduced this court last season — a change made partly because of Nike’s new Michigan State logo — after playing several years on this court. See the picture in this post.

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A Day at BTN: Spartan coaches do our jobs

Tom Izzo

Spartan Coaches Visit BTN

Perhaps you heard BTN entertained Michigan State coaches Wednesday in our Chicago studios. Mark Dantonio, Tom Izzo and the rest of the coaches were in town as part of the athletic program’s Michigan State coaches tour. What better way to spend the day at BTN than give the coaches a chance to do what we do on a daily basis, we thought? Yep, we had the coaches put on a live show. From production to graphics to makeup artists to analysts, everyone had a role. Watch MSUSpartans.com’s behind-the scenes video of the experience now.

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BTN Awards Show: My award winners

Brandon Paul & Meyers Leonard

Whitney Mercilus Feature

BTN will air its fifth annual BTN Awards Show at 7:30 p.m. ET Monday. You also can watch it live on BTN2Go. On the one-hour special, we’ll announce the winners of the Big Ten’s prestigious Suzy Favor Award and Jesse Owens Award, in addition to crowning our picks for several different categories, including “Breakout Performer” and “Best Finish,” to name a couple.

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Chicago Bulls wowed by Nebraska's hoops facilities

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Nebraska's New Training Complex

Other than similar team colors, the Nebraska Cornhuskers and Chicago Bulls have very little in common. Actually, there is another thing: Eric Piatkowski played for both teams. In all seriousness, though, it probably surprises all that the Bulls, an NBA championship franchise, would consult the Huskers, a team without a conference title in more than six decades, about anything basketball related. They did, and it has to do with Nebraska’s impressive Hendricks Training Complex.

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Did You See This? Tom Izzo at Wrigley Field

On Wednesday, Michigan State’s Tom Izzo spent the day at BTN learning how we put on a live show. On Thursday, Izzo was at Wrigley Field, where he was spotted talking to Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland on the field prior to the first pitch. Oh, to be able to hear the conversation between those two coaching legends. Together, Izzo and Leyland have 2,026 wins and two world/national championships. See the picture of Izzo and Leyland, courtesy of @tigers, in this post.

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Brady Hoke gets brutally honest about Michigan State

Brady Hoke is an honest man. What he feels, more times than not, he says. We saw an example of it Wednesday at the Sound Mind, Sound Body camp in Southfield, Mich. Hoke, standing on a stage with other coaches, was talking about rivalries, more specifically Michigan’s three great rivals, and when he got to Michigan State, he offered brutally honest analysis, highlighted by a couple butt-kicking references — he used a different word. Watch the video, courtesy of AnnArbor.com, in this post.

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Debate it: 2012 Big Ten interception leader

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Brandin Hawthorne Interception - Michigan Spring Game

Yesterday, BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart and BTN.com web editor Brent Yarina hit email to debate the 2012 Big Ten reception leader, the eighth in our series of Big Ten statistical predictions. Next up: Interceptions. Who will lead the Big Ten in 2012? See Tom and Brent’s email thread in this post and vote for your leader, too.

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Brady Hoke, Urban Meyer enjoy ribs -- together

Wednesday was an interesting day in the revitalized Michigan-Ohio State rivalry. First, there was an action shot, courtesy of @MikeRothstein, showing Michigan’s Brady Hoke and Ohio State’s Urban Meyer eating ribs together at the Sound Mind, Sound Body camp near Detroit. Then, there was news that Hoke referred to Ohio State — which he always calls “Ohio” — as Ohio State. See the photo of Hoke and Meyer in this post.

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Live from Chicago: BTN Social Media Summit

CHICAGO — There was a time when the Chicago Blackhawks games weren’t broadcast locally and the team played in front of a sparsely filled United Center. The season was 2007-08. Four years and one Stanley Cup later, the Blackhawks are one of the hottest tickets in hockey. Much of the credit goes to social media, said Adam Kempenaar, director of new media and creative services for the Blackhawks, Wednesday at the BTN Social Media Summit.

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Debate it: 2012 Big Ten reception leader

Yesterday, BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart and BTN.com web editor Brent Yarina hit email to debate the 2012 Big Ten receiving TDs leader, the seventh in our series of Big Ten statistical predictions. Up next: Receptions. Who will lead the Big Ten in 2012? See Tom and Brent’s email thread in this post and vote for your leader, too.

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CBSSports.com: B1G all over top non-con hoops games

Jeff Goodman, of CBSSports.com, posted his top non-conference contests for the 2012-13 campaign Tuesday, and the Big Ten is all over the 55-game list. In fact, the Big Ten is involved in three of the top 5 games, highlighted by North Carolina at Indiana, at No. 2, and 10 of the top 25. In all, 14 Big Ten contests make the cut. See the entire list here and view all the Big Ten games in this post.

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Debate it: 2012 Big Ten receiving TD leader

Yesterday, BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart and BTN.com web editor Brent Yarina hit email to debate the 2012 Big Ten receiving yards leader, the sixth in our series of Big Ten statistical predictions. Next up: Receiving touchdowns. Who will lead the Big Ten in 2012? See Tom and Brent’s email thread in this post and vote for your leader.

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Did You See This? Mark Titus' Groom's Cake

Former Ohio State basketball player Mark Titus loves many things in life. Atop the list are basketball and wrestling, it would seem. The ex-Buckeye nicknamed “The Shark” incorporated those two loves into his groom’s cake, which featured Larry Bird and Shawn Michaels in a wrestling ring, all held up by a basketball with the Ohio State logo.  See the cake for yourself in this post.

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RHCP drummer sings "The Victors" in Columbus

Here’s a safe assumption: Any time “The Victors” is played in Columbus, Ohio, it will be met with a cascade of boos. Chad Smith, the drummer for Red Hot Chili Peppers, realized this in a concert earlier this month at Value City Arena. Smith, wearing a Michigan hat, belted out the Michigan Fight Song and – surprise, surprise – was booed off the stage. Watch the YouTube video in this post.

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Debate it: 2012 Big Ten rushing yards leader

Yesterday, BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart and BTN.com web editor and blogger Brent Yarina hit email to debate the 2012 Big Ten leader in passing TDs, the third in our series of Big Ten statistical predictions. Now up: Rushing yards. Who will lead the Big Ten in 2012? See Tom and Brent’s email thread in this post and vote for your leader.

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NCAA Football 13 really likes Wisconsin

If the makers of NCAA Football 13 are right, the Wisconsin Badgers are in store for a memorable 2012 season. In fact, they might as well design the Big Ten championship shirts and print the Rose Bowl tickets now. If you’re curious why, it’s because select player and team ratings for the video game have been leaked, and the two-time reigning Big Ten champs earned an overall 99 rating. The only other teams to earn the max rating: LSU, Oregon, Texas and USC.

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Did You See This? Spartan Stadium Scoreboard

Perhaps you heard Spartan Stadium will have new scoreboards in 2012. Here’s a fact you probably didn’t know: The board’s video screen will be the fifth largest in the country, according to AD Mark Hollis. More important, the school says the $10 million project will give Michigan State the biggest scoreboard in Michigan. In other words, it will be bigger than anything at Michigan Stadium. It’s called a rivalry for a reason, people. See a picture of the scoreboard in this post and see more here.

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ESPN ranks Big Ten basketball coaching jobs

Many experts have Indiana atop their way-too-early 2012-13 men’s basketball polls. Here’s another accolade for the Hoosiers: ESPN.com ranks the Indiana job as the top position in the Big Ten (see the complete rankings). It’s amazing how fast a program can reclaim its status, isn’t it? What do you think is the best job in the Big Ten? Cast your vote on the poll inside or leave your thoughts in the comment box at the bottom of the post.

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