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Zeller, Indiana top Big Ten Power Rankings

North Carolina at Indiana

Dunks of the Week - Dec. 10th, 2012

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A month-plus into the men’s basketball season, it’s time to debut the Big Ten Power Rankings. With six teams landing in the top 19 of the latest major polls, it’s not an easy task to rank the top half of the conference. Indiana and Michigan are the top two teams so far, but what about after that? See my complete rankings in this post.

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Minnesota's Tubby Smith wins No. 500

Minnesota’s Tubby Smith notched his 500th career coaching victory in Saturday night’s 71-57 win at Southern Cal. A 22-year coaching veteran, Smith’s also been the head man at Tulsa (79 wins), Georgia (45) and Kentucky (263), where he won the 1998 national title in his first season in Lexington. Smith is 113-65 in five-plus season in Minneapolis, and he owns a career 500-210 clip.

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Did You See This? Oladipo brings down Assembly Hall

Victor Oladipo

Oladipo's Dunk Creates a Frenzy vs. Central Connecticut

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There are posterizing dunks, and then there is Victor Oladipo’s in-your-face slam from Saturday night. Oladipo, he of several highlight-reel dunks in his two-plus seasons (remember this one?), threw down perhaps the best poke of his career in the first half against Central Connecticut State. In transition, no one accounted for Oladipo, and he drove to the rim, where Terrell Allen went for the block. Needless to say, Allen didn’t get it.

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Did You See This? The Nittany Lion honors Army at halftime

The Nittany Lion

Nittany Lion: Flight Suited Up for Army

The Nittany Lion in a flight suit. The Nittany Lion balancing on a pair of rifles. The Nittany Lion marching and twirling a rifle. It was a special afternoon Saturday at the Bryce Jordan Center, as Penn State hosted Army, on the same day the service academy played its annual rivalry game vs. Navy on the gridiron. And with the Black Knights in town, the Penn State mascot teamed with Army Cadets to provide the halftime entertainment. Watch the Nittany Lion entertain the crowd now.

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Video: Watch Sam Thompson's Saturday dunk-a-thon

December 8, 2012; Columbus, OH, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes forward Sam Thompson (12) scores over the top of Long Beach State 49ers forward Dan Jennings (35) and guard/forward Kris Gulley (0) in the second half at Value City Arena. Ohio State won the game 89-55. Mandatory Credit: Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports.Credit: Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports

Thompson Dunks Again on Long Beach State

Only a sophomore, Sam Thompson has plenty of individual highlights ahead of him. Thing is, the high-flying Buckeye may have a difficult time topping the highlight reel he directed in Saturday’s rout of Long Beach State. Thompson made a living high above the rim, throwing down a pair of impressive alley-oops and slamming home an inbound pass. Watch Thompson dunk the inbound pass now, and see his two alley-oops in this post.

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Did You See This? This house screams Hoosiers hoops

No doubt about it, Indiana fans are passionate about their men’s basketball program. How much so, you may ask? Enough to light up a house this holiday season in a way that would leave every Indiana fan impressed. Check out a YouTube video of the house that screams Indiana basketball right here.

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Twitter: The tweets on Purdue's Darrell Hazell

Oct 13, 2012; West Point, NY, USA; Kent State Golden Flashes head coach Darrell Hazell watches the game against the Army Black Knights during the second half at Michie Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-US PRESSWIRE.Credit: US PRESSWIRE

Darrell Hazell One-on-One Interview

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Purdue made it official Wednesday night, introducing Kent State’s Darrell Hazell as its new head football coach. A former Ohio State assistant, Hazell replaces Danny Hope, who was fired last month after four seasons. As previously reported, Hazell will coach Kent State in its bowl game Jan. 6, 2013, and come to West Lafayette for good the following day. Check out some of the tweets on Hazell in this post.

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Ohio State to get new floor at Value City Arena

The Ohio State basketball teams will have a late present waiting for them when they return to the hardwood following the winter holiday. According to The Columbus Dispatch’s Bob Baptist, Value City Arena is getting a new floor that will be ready after Christmas. The design rivals that of Illinois’, particularly the school logo at midcourt superimposed over an outline of the state of Ohio.

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Twitter: Bret Bielema leaves Wisconsin for Arkansas

Bret Bielema

Gerry DiNardo on Bielema's Move to Arkansas

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Yahoo! Sports writer and “Big Ten Football & Beyond” correspondent Pat Forde set off quite the firestorm Tuesday when he reported Bret Bielema was headed to Arkansas. The move came out of nowhere and surprised everyone. After all, Bielema and the Badgers are headed to their third consecutive Rose Bowl. Check out some of the best tweets on Bielema’s move in this post.

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Twitter: Big Ten fans react to Heisman finalists

November 24, 2012; Columbus, OH, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Braxton Miller (5) shakes hands with fans on his way into the stadium before the game against the Michigan Wolverines at Ohio Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg Bartram-US PRESSWIRE

Braxton Miller Talks Offensive Player of the Year Honor

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The finalists for the 2012 Heisman Trophy were announced Monday night, and there are a couple surprises: 1. The list includes only three players; and 2. neither Braxton Miller nor Montee Ball received an invite. No. 1 is the real shocker, however, considering there have been five finalists two of the past three years. The last time there were three: 2008.

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Photos: Meet Big Ten bowl opponents' key players

Sep 22, 2012; Fort Worth, TX, USA; TCU Horned Frogs defensive end Devonte Fields (95) reacts after sacking Virginia Cavaliers quarterback Phillip Sims (14) and forcing a fumble during the second half at Amon G. Carter Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-US PRESSWIRE.Credit: US PRESSWIRE

Robert Marve interview - Bowl Selection Special

We found out where the Big Ten’s seven bowl teams were headed Sunday night. Read Tom Dienhart’s early thoughts on each game here. Now, it’s time to familiarize ourselves a little more with the seven opponents. Who is the key player for each team, and why should we keep our eye on him during the bowl game?

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How did we do? Big Ten title game picks revisited

Nebraska vs Wisconsin

Curt Phillips - Post Championship Game Interview

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The regular season is over, the Big Ten title game is in the books, and now it’s time for bowl season (view bowl schedule). Before we offer our bowl predictions, though, it’s time to find out how BTN.com fans, Tom Dienhart and yours truly did with our title game picks. Let’s just say no saw what was coming in Indy.

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Line up, naysayers: Badgers off to Rose Bowl

Montee Ball

Nebraska vs. Wisconsin - Big Ten Championship Highlights

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INDIANAPOLIS – Wisconsin spent the better part of the last month hearing about how it didn’t deserve to be in the 2012 Big Ten Football Championship Game. Now, for the next month, it will hear that it has no business playing in the Rose Bowl, the program’s third consecutive Grandaddy of Them All.

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Photos: Live from 2012 Big Ten Fan Fest

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Allen Robinson and Taylor Lewan Interview

Prior to Saturday’s 2012 Big Ten Football Championship Game, the conference hosted its second annual Big Ten Fan Fest at the Indiana Convention Center. There, “#BTNLive” hosted a live show that included interviews with Nebraska legend Tommie Frazier and Michigan’s Taylor Lewan, the 2012 Rimington-Pace Offensive Lineman of the Year, among others. Like last year, the event also featured tons of fan entertainment. See photos of the event in this gallery.

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Yarina: Big Ten title game offers plenty

This should be fun. The 2012 Big Ten Football Championship Game, that is. People will argue it’s not going to be much of a game, because it doesn’t feature the Big Ten’s top team – 12-0 Leaders Division champ Ohio State – it’s a rematch of a game earlier this season, and it includes a 7-5 Wisconsin team that has lost three of its last four.

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Debate it: Who plays for Big Ten title ... in 2013?

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What If Ohio State Wins AP Title?

Nebraska and Wisconsin are set to meet in the 2012 Big Ten Football Championship Game on Saturday night in Indianapolis, and BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart and Brent Yarina are there to cover it. Given they’ve been debating topics here all season long, the two of them thought it would be fun to look ahead to the 2013 Big Ten title game. So, who will represent the Legends and Leaders a year from now?

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Clothes Call: Check out these Northwestern shoes

Under Armour

When it was announced last week that Maryland was joining the Big Ten, I predicted Under Armour would come up with some crazy uniforms for future Maryland-Northwestern football games. Turns out, we didn’t have to wait until 2014 for it. Under Armour, which outfits both schools, designed some crazy shoes that select players wore during Tuesday’s ACC/Big Ten Challenge game.

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Ranking 2012 ACC/Big Ten Challenge games

Ohio State Basketball Fans

Duke at Ohio State - Men's Basketball Highlights

The 14th annual ACC/Big Ten Challenge tips off Tuesday night, starting with Minnesota-Florida State and Iowa-Virginia Tech at 7:15 p.m. ET. On the line: The Big Ten will try to win its fourth consecutive event, this after losing the first 10.

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Final Player Rankings: Bell, Hill reenter list

Nov 24, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA: Michigan State Spartans running back Le'Veon Bell (24) runs with the ball for a five yard gain in the second half against the Minnesota Golden Gophers at TCF Bank Stadium. Michigan State won 26-10. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-US PRESSWIRE

Le'Veon Bell 14 Yard Rush vs. Minnesota

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It’s time for my final regular season Big Ten Player Rankings. This week, Le’Veon Bell and Jordan Hill reenter the list following jaw-dropping individual performances. See all the latest changes in this post. Remember, this feature ranks the Big Ten’s top six offensive and defensive players. So, consider offense the Legends Division and the defense the Leaders Division, or vice versa.

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