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Who's your team's midway Big Ten MVP?

Indiana's Cody Zeller

Tubby Smith Joins the Pulse

It’s time to release my latest Big Ten men’s hoops power rankings. The rankings are not meant to mimic the Big Ten standings. What fun would that be? They aren’t scientific, either. They’re simply my thoughts on where each Big Ten team stands right now and who would win on a neutral court. Agree? Disagree? Tweet @BTNBrentYarina or leave your comments below. This week’s rankings feature a new wrinkle, as I offer up my Big Ten MVP for all 12 teams now that we’ve reached the midpoint of the conference season. The stats that go along with each MVP includes conference games only.

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Illini considering new helmets for 2012

The Illinois football team may have a much different look when it takes the field in 2012. Already with a new head coach, Tim Beckman, the Illini could also have new helmets. According to Illinois SID Derek Neal, the team is displaying three helmets for recruits visiting campus.

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Oladipo, Hardaway nominated for dunk of the year

Michigan's Tim Hardaway Jr.

Victor Oladipo with a Thunderous Dunk

ESPN2 is running a contest on Facebook for the 2012 Dunk of the Year (you must like the page to vote), and Indiana’s Victor Oladipo and Michigan’s Tim Hardaway Jr. are both nominees. Oladipo is in the mix for his one-handed throwdown in Indiana’s upset of No. 1 Kentucky, while Hardaway is in there for his driving, one-handed flush at Indiana. Both dunks were terrific. Go to the page and cast your vote for the Big Ten. According to the page, the Dunk of the Year will be featured March 26 during Dunks of the Year on ESPN2.

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Senior Bowl: How did Big Ten players do?

Big Ten players were all over the field at the Senior Bowl on Saturday afternoon. Twenty-one Big Ten stars participated in the game, including 19 on the North Team, which won 23-13. Wisconsin’s Russell Wilson and Michigan State’s Kirk Cousins both threw one touchdown and Purdue’s Carson Wiggs hit three field goals and a pair of extra points to help the North Team tally the victory. See how all the former Big Ten players did in this post.

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Vote: Thompson's best in-bound alley-oop

Ohio State's Sam Thompson

Aaron Craft Inbound to Sam Thompson for a Dunk

Most teams go an entire season, if not longer, without even attempting an alley-oop on an inbound pass. Then again, most teams don’t have an athlete quite like Ohio State’s Sam Thompson. Only a freshman, Thompson was on the receiving end of his second such play in Big Ten action alone Wednesday night. Which inbound alley-oop was better, though: Tonight’s or the one at Indiana on New Year’s Eve? Watch both incredible plays and vote on the best one in this post.

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Way-too-early '12 Big Ten OPOY candidates

Now that the deadline to declare for the 2012 NFL Draft has passed, it’s a lot easier to analyze what could be in store for the Big Ten next season. This is far too early, admittedly, but you can find my list of the top candidates for the 2012 Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year in this post. Disagree? Did I leave someone off the list? Leave your thoughts in the comment box, or tweet @BTNBrentYarina.

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Big Ten well represented in Super Bowl XLVI

As many as 20 Big Ten products will participate in Super Bowl XLVI on Feb. 5, headlined by New England QB Tom Brady (Michigan), a three-time Super Bowl winner and two-time Super Bowl MVP. Brady is the biggest name, by far, but it’s the New York Giants who have the most Big Ten players (14 players to six). See all the Big Ten products in the Super Bowl in this post.

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Big Ten Hoops Power Rankings

Minnesota's Rodney Williams

Rodney Williams Acrobatic And-One

It’s time to release my latest Big Ten men’s hoops power rankings. The rankings are not meant to mimic the Big Ten standings. What fun would that be? They aren’t scientific, either. They’re simply my thoughts on where each Big Ten team stands right now and who would win on a neutral court. Agree? Disagree? Tweet @BTNBrentYarina or leave your comments below. See Brent’s rankings in this post.

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Iowa to wear throwback uniforms Feb. 4

Perhaps you’ve seen the throwback uniforms the Memphis men’s basketball team has worn this season (here’s a picture!). Get ready for a similar look in the Big Ten early next month. According to Iowa SID Matt Weitzel (@BigWeitz), the Haweyes will be wearing throwback uniforms Feb. 4 against Penn State. The unis are part of Lettermen’s Day, which will honor the 1986-1987 Elite Eight team, at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. See a picture of the uniforms in this post. Also, read more about them here.

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Penn State unveils new gray alternate uniform

The Penn State men’s basketball team broke out a new alternate uniform Thursday night against Illinois. Based on the result, a 54-52 victory over surging Illinois, the Nittany Lions do well in gray. As for the look, gray is a c0lor a ton of teams are incorporating in their rotation — Ohio State and Purdue are a couple examples in the Big Ten. While it’s not a school color for Penn State, we’ve seen gray look a lot worse. View a photo gallery of the uniforms, courtesy of GoPSUSports.com.

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Big Ten Stock Watch: 5 up, 5 down

Minnesota's Rodney Williams

Big Ten Blast: Jan. 17th Afternoon Update

One-third of the way through the Big Ten schedule, it’s time to compile a quick stock report. What we’re analyzing here is whose stock is up and whose is down since Big Ten play opened late last month. In this post, you’ll find five players who have improved their play since the real season tipped and five who have struggled during that time.

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Big Ten Hoops Power Rankings

Illinois' D.J. Richardson

Spartans Head to Evanston

It’s time to release my latest Big Ten men’s hoops power rankings. The rankings are not meant to mimic the Big Ten standings. What fun would that be? They aren’t scientific, either. They’re simply my thoughts on where each Big Ten team stands right now and who would win on a neutral court. Agree? Disagree? Tweet @BTNBrentYarina or leave your comments below. See Brent’s rankings in this post. The latest national polls are out, as well. Where does your team land? And check out all of the Big Ten statistical leaders.

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Halfway done: 2011-12 midway Big Ten honors

With every Big Ten basketball team having played anywhere between 15-17 games, we’ve reached the unofficial midway point of the 2011-12 season. Pretty soon it will be March, and that means the Big Ten tourney and NCAA tourney aren’t that far off. OK, they’re still two months away, but the first couple of months sure didn’t take long. Find Brent Yarina’s midway Big Ten honors in this post.

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Big Ten Hoops Power Rankings

It’s time to release my latest Big Ten men’s hoops power rankings. The rankings are not meant to mimic the Big Ten standings. What fun would that be? They aren’t scientific, either. They’re simply my thoughts on where each Big Ten team stands right now and who would win on a neutral court. Agree? Disagree? Tweet @BTNBrentYarina or leave your comments below. See Brent’s rankings in this post.

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Did You See This? Eddie George as Caesar

A month ago, our friends over at LostLettermen.com alerted us that former Ohio State running back and 1995 Heisman Trophy winner Eddie George would be playing Julius Caesar at the upcoming Nashville Shakespeare Festival. The news is for real, and you can watch George as Caesar in a promo video from the NashvilleShakesorg YouTube page in this post. The festival runs Jan. 12-29 at the Troutt Theater on the campus of Belmont University.

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Big Ten Hoops Power Rankings

One week of Big Ten play in the books, it’s time to release my latest Big Ten men’s hoops power rankings. The rankings are not meant to mimic the Big Ten standings. What fun would that be? They aren’t scientific, either. They’re simply my thoughts on where each Big Ten team stands right now and who would win on a neutral court. Agree? Disagree? Tweet @BTNBrentYarina or leave your comments below. See Brent’s rankings in this post.

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Did You See This? Wisconsin's Ball

During Monday’s highly entertaining Rose Bowl, Wisconsin running back Montee Ball attempted a potential highlight-reel hurdle of an Oregon defender. He didn’t fully leap over Oregon’s John Boyett and he wasn’t able to continue running when he landed, but the great effort made for a really cool picture. See a series of photos, courtesy of US Presswire’s Richard Mackson, from the hurdle in this post. Also, read the Rose Bowl game recap.

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Best of the Best: Dec. 26-Jan. 1 Honors

Every Sunday night during the hoops season, BTN.com web editor Brent Yarina recaps the week that was on the men’s hardwood and hands out his weekly honors. See Brent’s latest installment, for action from Dec. 26-Jan.1, in this post. And get ready for the coming week of Big Ten action with our Big Ten scoreboard.

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Badgers unveil 2012 Rose Bowl uniforms

We already knew what Oregon was going to wear for the 2012 Rose Bowl, and now we know what Wisconsin will don Monday for the Granddaddy of Them All. The Badgers unveiled a new high-tech uniform, designed by adidas, that features rose petal graphics within the jersey numbers, the “W” helmet logo and stripes, the adidas TechFit compression base layer and the players’ gloves. View a photo gallery of the uniforms, courtesy of UWBadgers.com, and read more about the new look.

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12 for 12: A dozen 2012 Predictions

Michigan State's William Gholston

Keith Appling: One-on-One

Predictions. Everyone has them, and rarely do people prognosticate correctly. As the saying goes, that’s why they play the game. I’ve been burned with predictions several times, the most recent one coming when I said Illinois was for real and a Rose Bowl contender. We all know how that turned out! With the calendar flipping to 2012 Sunday, it’s time to offer up some more educated guesses, posted in a multiple choice test format to give it a different wrinkle. Feel free to post your answers or fill in your “other” selection in the comment box. The predictions are listed in chronological order and, just for clarity, many of the football ones take into account likely early NFL departures.

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3 future Big Ten players make Rivals 1st Team

Rivals.com’s Dallas Jackson released his 2011 RivalsHigh.com All-American Team on Wednesday, and a few future Big Ten talents made the cut. All three of the honorees play defense: Five-star defensive end Noah Spence (Ohio State) and four-star linebackers Vince Biegel (Wisconsin) and James Ross (Michigan). See Rivals.com’s entire All-American team. The team includes 11 players who are currently undecided, so there could be more future Big Ten products on the list.

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Badgers meet the media, play Big Buck Hunter

Wisconsin and Oregon met the Rose Bowl media on Wednesday at the Marriott Los Angeles Downtown. There, as they do leading up to any game during the season, the Badgers and Ducks fielded reporters’ questions. The crowd was bigger, though, considering this is the Granddaddy of Them All. Oh, and there was also some fun, with the players taking their turns on Big Buck Hunter. See a picture of Nick Toon playing the game in this post, plus other Rose Bowl pictures.

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Nine Big Ten products make NFL Pro Bowl

Nine Big Ten products were named to the NFL Pro Bowl on Tuesday, highlighted by quarterbacks Tom Brady (Michigan) and Drew Brees (Purdue). Brees, of course, broke Dan Marino’s 27-year-old record for passing yards in a season Monday night (read more about the record!). The other former Big Ten players joining the QB’s include: T Joe Thomas (Wisconsin), T Jake Long (Michigan), C Nick Mangold (Ohio State), G Marshal Yanda (Iowa), LB Tamba Hali (Penn State), G Carl Nicks (Nebraska) and DB Charles Woodson (Michigan). See the Pro Bowl rosters.

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