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Twitter: OK, now 15-1 Minnesota is for real

Minnesota Huddle

Rodney Williams With the Flush

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Heading into Wednesday night’s game at No. 13 Illinois, No. 10 Minnesota still had its doubters. This was, for the most part, the same team that missed the NCAA tournament last season. So, it was only normal that it would have naysayers despite a 14-1 record, the lone loss coming to No. 1 Duke abroad.

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Video: Brandon Paul posterizes Trevor Mbakwe

Brandon Paul

Brandon Paul Drives and Dunks

Last night, it was Sam Thompson putting A.J. Hammons on a poster (Watch it). Wednesday night, it was Brandon Paul doing it to Trevor Mbakwe. Paul’s posterizing flush was as impressive as any we’ve seen this year, but it also was a little controversial. The Illini senior was called for a charge on the play, and yet the bucket counted. Maybe because the dunk was just THAT good? Watch the slam now and see the Twitter reaction to it in this post.

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Did You See This? Ed Hightower, meet scorer's table

Ed Hightower

Referee Ed Hightower Hits the Table

In the first half of No. 2 Michigan’s 62-47 victory over Nebraska on Wednesday at Crisler Center, well-known referee Ed Hightower got up close and personal with the scorer’s table. It all happened following a loose ball near the Nebraska bench, when Hightower, the ball and Shavon Shields all met at the same point. The result: Hightower, while trying to signal the call, fell onto the table. Watch the sequence here.

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Big Ten's best dunkers: One guy's top 5

Rodney Williams

Rodney Williams 360 Dunk

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This LostLettermen.com post got me thinking about the Big Ten’s top dunkers. There’s a bunch of them, and they’ve kept me busy this season on our Big Ten Dunk Archive. But who are the best of the best? I’ve come up with my top 5, plus honorable mention list, in this post. Let’s hear from you, too, though. There’s a poll included inside and feel free to send your nomination in the comment box.

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Power Rankings: Burke, Michigan bolster case

Trey Burke

Dunks of the Week - Jan. 7th, 2013

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It’s time for my latest Big Ten hoops power rankings. While it doesn’t take a genius to figure out the top team, there’s plenty of debate after No. 2 Michigan. See where I rank your team in this post.

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Kent State wears crazy helmet in Hazell's finale

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Sunday night’s GoDaddy.com Bowl marked new Purdue coach Darrell Hazell’s final day on the job at Kent State. Here’s to guessing college football fans won’t soon forget it. Interestingly, it had nothing to do with the close 17-13 decision. No, it had everything to do with Kent State’s head-turning helmets.

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Big Ten NFL wild card standouts

It’s playoff time in the NFL, and that means Big Ten products are making big plays on an even bigger stage. Check out my NFL Wild Card standouts in the photo gallery in this post. As a reminder, each player’s stats is listed below his photo.

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Tim Miles, Nebraska give Tom Osborne framed jersey

Tom Osborne

Tom Osborne Receives a Framed Jersey

Before Sunday’s game vs. Wisconsin, Nebraska coach Tim Miles presented recently retired athletic director Tom Osborne with a framed Nebraska jersey. It wasn’t any Nebraska jersey, either. It was the special alternate adidas jersey the Huskers wore Sunday, and it included Osborne’s name above the number, No. 1. Watch the presentation in this video now.

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Did You See This? Bo Ryan burns Tim Doyle

Bo Ryan

Tim Doyle Gets Burned by Bo Ryan

Let’s get two things out of the way here first: 1.) Bo Ryan gives pretty entertaining postgame interviews, ones often peppered with a joke or two; and 2.) BTN analyst Tim Doyle’s Northwestern career was a lot better than most remember. OK, now that that’s out of the way, it’s time to get to Ryan’s postgame interview with Doyle following Sunday’s 47-41 victory at Nebraska.

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Did You See This? Hardaway one-handed dunk

Tim Hardaway, Jr.

Hardaway One-Handed Dunk

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No. 2 Michigan came up with more than its share of highlights (watch all of them) during Sunday’s victory over Iowa. None, however, were bigger than Tim Hardaway Jr.‘s terrific one-handed slam. In transition, Hardaway Jr. outraced several Hawkeyes down the floor, took the pass from Trey Burke, and threw it down over Iowa’s Eric May. Watch the dunk here, and see some Twitter reaction in this post.

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Did You See This? Bertrand reverse alley-oop

Joseph Bertrand

Bertrand Behind the Back Alley-oop

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While not quite to the level of J.R. Smith a few days ago, Illinois’ Joseph Bertrand went for a silly reverse alley-oop of his own in Saturday’s rout of Ohio State. Brandon Paul set up the highlight-reel play with a pass that he delivered from just inside the halfcourt line. Watch the reverse alley-oop here and see a great picture of it in this post.

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D.J. Byrd grabs late rebound, on knees, calls timeout

D.J. Byrd

D.J. Byrd Quick Thinking Timeout

There are plays that fans never forget, and D.J. Byrd came up with one in Wednesday’s 68-61 win over Illinois that the Purdue faithful should have no trouble remembering. With 21.5 seconds left, Purdue leading 63-61 and Jacob Lawson at the free-throw line, Byrd corralled a missed freebie, on his knees, and managed to call a timeout before going out of bounds. Watch the play here.

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Video: Top 10 plays from Big Ten bowl games

Quentin Williams

Montee Ball 11-Yard TD Run

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While a 2-5 clip wasn’t the result the Big Ten was shooting for this bowl season, the conference put together its share of impressive plays. Watch our top 10 plays from the Big Ten bowls, including a pair of highlights from Northwestern’s first bowl victory since 1949.

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How did we do? Big Ten bowl predictions revisited

Quentin Williams

Quentin Williams Pick Six

Phil Sears-USA TODAY Sports

Every week this season, Tom Dienhart (@BTNTomDienhart) and myself (@BTNBrentYarina) offered our predictions for each Big Ten football game and provided polls for fans to pick their winners. We continued it this bowl season, and BTN.com fans and Dienhart each went 7-0, meaning the former claims the 2012 crown.

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In the year 1949, the last time NU won a bowl game...

Pat Fitzgerald

Venric Mark up the Middle

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Prior to Tuesday afternoon’s Gator Bowl win over Mississippi State, Northwestern hadn’t won a bowl game since beating Cal in the 1949 Rose Bowl. Sixty-four years and nine bowl defeats later, the run of futility is no more. Jump inside for a look at what was going on in the world in 1949, the last time Northwestern had won a bowl game.

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Yarina: My All-Big Ten noncon teams

Eastern Michigan at Michigan

Rodney Williams 360 Dunk

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And just like that, it’s time for the Big Ten season to tip. It was a highly successful nonconference season, with the Big Ten owning the national polls. We have even more to look forward in the coming months, however, as many feel this could be one of the better conference races in recent history. Check out my All-Big Ten Nonconference Teams in this post.

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Week 17 Big Ten NFL standouts

Every week during the NFL season, BTN.com’s Brent Yarina singles out the top performances by Big Ten products. Check out his Week 17 honorees in the photo gallery in this post. As a reminder, each player’s stats is listed below his photo.

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

Dan Conroy

Coleman's 3rd Dunk Against Lafayette

Field goals aren’t the most thrilling play in football. But when a struggling kicker makes a 47-yard field goal to lift a team to a bowl win, it draws its share of attention. Dan Conroy’s game-winning boot in Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl is proof of that. Where does the kick land on BTN.com’s top 10 most-viewed videos of the past week? Find out in this post.

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