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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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Make the Call: Predict the Big Ten Bowl games

Phillip Nelson

Which Big Ten Team Needs Bowl Win Most?

Brace Hemmelgarn-US PRESSWIRE

Minnesota kicks off the first of seven football bowl games involving Big Ten teams when the Gophers face Texas Tech on Friday night. On Saturday, Michigan State plays TCU. On Sunday leading up to five Big Ten bowls on New Year’s Day, watch our “Bowl Preview Show” at 7 p.m. ET on BTN/BTN2Go.

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Power Rankings: 12-1 Minnesota on the way up

Joe Coleman

Coleman's 3rd Dunk Against Lafayette

Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Happy Holidays! I have a “present” for you. It’s my latest Big Ten Power Rankings. So, if you manage to get some free time from all the family and delicious eats, take a moment to see where your team ranks before the conference season tips off.

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Week 16 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 16 honorees in the photo gallery in this post. As a reminder, each player’s stats is listed below his photo.

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Did You See This? Bill O'Brien joins broadcast

Sep 1, 2012; University Park, PA, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions head coach Bill O'Brien leads the team onto the field prior to the game against Ohio Bobcats the at Beaver Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-US Presswire

Coach Bill O'Brien Interview

Andrew Weber-US Presswire

During Sunday’s Penn State game on BTN, a trio of Penn State coaches, including football’s Bill O’Brien, joined the telecast. O’Brien sat down with our crew following the first media timeout. The Big Ten Coach of the Year spent several minutes with us, and even provided his share of analysis. Watch O’Brien break down the action now. Looks like the coach has a career when he’s done coaching.

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5 on 5: Saturday's top hoops plays & players

Adreian Payne

Coppin State Eagles Dunked On by Eric May

Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

It was another busy Saturday on the Big Ten hardwood. Seven teams were in action (catch up on all the games), and even though Illinois (Missouri) and Ohio State (Kansas) fell in the day’s biggest tests, there were plenty of highlights and strong individual performances. Watch Saturday’s top plays and see the top statlines in this post.

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Did You See This? Eric May's ridiculous And-1

Eric May

Coppin State Eagles Dunked On by Eric May

Injuries have kept Iowa senior Eric May from being the player many thought he’d become following an impressive freshman campaign. That doesn’t mean he isn’t capable of the occasional big game or highlight-reel play, though. May flashed his incredible athleticism – not to mention strength – on a silly And-1 flush during Saturday’s win vs. Coppin State. Watch the dunk now.

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Video: Watch Devyn Marble hit trey after trey

NCAA Basketball: Big Ten Media Day

Devyn Marble Scores Six 3-Pointers vs. South Carolina State

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It’s heat-check time, and Iowa junior Devyn Marble keeps hitting. The guard, fresh off a 30-point effort Saturday, hit 6-of-8 3-pointers on his way to scoring  27 points in Wednesday’s 90-46 victory over South Carolina State. If it weren’t for the lopsided score, Marble, who sat much of the second half, probably would have tallied his first back-to-back 30-point games. Either way, Marble’s night was remarkable. Watch all six of Marble’s treys now.

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Michigan unveils Outback Bowl uniform

MGoBlue.com

As it did last year, Michigan will wear a special adidas uniform for its bowl game, the 2013 Outback Bowl. Like last year’s look, this one is a white road uniform. It features several new wrinkles, of course, the most obvious being the addition of a matte helmet.

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Photos: Early All-Big Ten most improved teams

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When talking most improved player, the Big Ten boasts plenty of candidates. There are proven guys who have taken their game to another level, such as Indiana’s Victor Oladipo, and there are previously unproven guys who have made the most of extra playing time, such as Ohio State’s Shannon Scott.

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Big Ten bowls: We predict all seven games

Northwestern's Kain Colter

Which Big Ten Team Needs Bowl Win Most?

Every week this season, BTN.com’s Brent Yarina (@BTNBrentYarina) and Tom Dienhart (@BTNTomDienhart) offered their predictions for each Big Ten football game and provided polls for fans to pick their winners. We’re doing the same this bowl season. Heading into the games, BTN.com fans are atop the season standings, two games ahead of Dienhart. See our bowl predictions and choose your winners in this post.

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Did You See This? MarQueis Gray gets married

MarQueis Gray

The Journey 2012: Big Ten Football - Episode 9 (Segment 3)

Minnesota senior MarQueis Gray will have no trouble remembering what he did on 12/12/12. The quarterback-turned-receiver-turned-quarterback-turned-receiver got married Wednesday. Gray tweeted a picture of the happy couple, with the message: “Thanks everyone for the best wishes!! From the newlywed couple @MissAlleyBehr and myself!!” See the picture in this post.

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Video: Top 10 plays of the 2012 football season

Nebraska vs Wisconsin

Denard Breaks Tackles, Goes 67 Yards for Score vs. Ohio State

Richard Mackson-US PRESSWIRE

As we await the start of bowl season, it’s a good time to look back at the Big Ten’s best plays of the 2012 season. From Devin Smith’s one-handed TD grab in Week 1 to Montee Ball’s highlight-reel touchdown run in the Big Ten title game, here are my top 10 plays of the 2012 season.

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