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Photo: Ohio State fan puts note on Michigan rental car

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Clip from BTN documentary "Tiebreaker"

Give Ohio State fans a rental car with Michigan license plates in Ohio, and they will not feel good about it. Aside from it not feeling right, they’re certain to receive dirty looks and get honked at, among other things. Well, to avoid such treatment in said scenario, an Ohio State fan found a creative way to prove allegiances Monday. See a picture of it in this post.

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Twitter: Tim Miles meets Nebraska fans for lunch

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Tim Miles Locker Room Speech

Not only is Tim Miles a great basketball mind, he’s a man of the people. Whether he’s making beat writers’ lives easier with a must-hear soundbite, tweeting at halftime or helping a fan propose to his girlfriend, Miles is easy to respect. Then there’s this: Miles, on Monday, made two Nebraska fans’ day by meeting them for lunch.

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Video: Victor Oladipo, Kofi Hughes swing for fences

It’s no secret former Indiana student-athletes Victor Oladipo and Kofi Hughes are very good at their respective sports. But, can they hit a baseball? Oladipo, the All-American basketball star, and Hughes, the receiver who hauled in 13 TD receptions, recently swung for the fences at Bart Kaufman Field. Check out their hacks in the rather entertaining the IU Athletics YouTube video in this post.

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Yarina: Ranking 2014 ACC/B1G Challenge games

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Notre Dame at Iowa - Men's Basketball Highlights

The matchups for the 2014 ACC/Big Ten Challenge have been announced, and now it’s time to rank the 14 games. Remember, this year, Maryland switches sides and Rutgers also is added to the Big Ten ledger. See my rankings in this post. In case you’re wondering, the ACC leads the event, 10-3-2, although the Big Ten has won or tied each of the last five seasons.

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Photo: Huskers join in on Jameis Winston crab legs fun

By now, you’ve surely heard about 2013 Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston being cited for stealing crab legs from a local Publix. If not, check out the Twitter buzz. Well, the Nebraska women’s basketball team decided to join the fun. Assistant coach Shimmy Gray-Miller tweeted a picture of a recent team meal, which included crab legs, with the text: “Our student athletes get their crab legs for free. #steaktoo

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Yarina: These players will be missed the most

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Allen Robinson 65-Yard Touchdown

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As we should see in next month’s NFL draft, the Big Ten is losing some serious talent. From the offensive side of the ball to the defensive side, there are plenty of All-Big Ten honorees and superlative winners to replace. Which NFL-bound players will be missed the most? See my top candidates, listed in alphabetical order, in this post.

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Jamal Crawford wins 2nd NBA Sixth Man of the Year

According to reports, former Michigan basketball player Jamal Crawford has won his second NBA Sixth Man of the Year. Crawford, who spent one season at Michigan, averaged 18.6 points, 2.3 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 0.9 steals and 2.3 3-pointers to help the Clippers earn the No. 3 seed in the Western Conference. Crawford also won the prestigious award in 2010.

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Ten B1G teams land on ESPN's Fab 50 for 2014-15

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Bo Ryan Feature

ESPN’s Jeff Goodman released his Fab 50 for 2014-15, a ranking of his top 50 men’s hoops teams, on Tuesday. Ten Big Ten teams make the list, including newcomer Maryland (No. 30), paced by reigning national semifinalist Wisconsin (No. 3). The No. 1 team? That’s Kentucky, of course. See Goodman’s analysis of all 10 Big Ten teams in this post.

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Michigan State's Rose Bowl ring is kind of impressive

Michigan State Rose Bowl Ring

Dantonio Addresses Spartan Stadium Crowd

BTN’s Lisa Byington gave Michigan State fans a sneak peek at the team’s Rose Bowl ring during Saturday afternoon’s spring game. The ring, which the Spartans haven’t seen yet, is quite impressive. It’s large, too. Like, really large. See a few pictures of the ring in this post.

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Photo: Spartans put '2013 Champions' on field, jersey

Michigan State is the reigning Big Ten champ, and football fans will get a friendly reminder of that any time they tune in to a Spartans game this fall. The Spartans added “2013 Champions” under the “B1G” logos on the field and put a “Big Ten Champions” patch on the jersey. See pictures in this post.

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Yarina: A super-early look at 2014-15 hoops predictions

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Stephen Bardo's Top Returning Big Ten Basketball Players

With Mitch McGary announcing Friday that he will enter the NBA draft, we officially know what each Big Ten team will return for the 2014-15 season. So, naturally, that means it’s time to take a SUPER-early stab at next year’s standings and All-Big Ten teams. See my way-too-early predictions in this post.

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Wes Lunt, Reilly O'Toole sing Backstreet Boys

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Illinois’ Wes Lunt and Reilly O’Toole are involved in a heated quarterback battle, but one would have never guessed it based on their demeanor prior to the team’s spring game. While warming up, the two signal-callers sang Backstreet Boys’ “I Want It That Way,” which was playing over the PA system. They took it seriously, too, with O’Toole, at one point, saying, “Dude, I’m killing this song. Hey, I’m killing this song.”

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B1G offensive players who deserve more fanfare

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Purdue at Indiana - Football Highlights

Spring football is nearing a close. There are three more spring games Saturday (Iowa, Michigan State, Rutgers), and that will mark the end of the Big Ten’s spring season. With most eyes already on the 2014 season, I decided to rank my top five offensive players (I took some liberties with that number) who should be receiving more attention entering the season.

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Maryland, Rutgers excited for BTN prime-time

BTN/BTN2Go released its 2014 prime-time football schedule Tuesday, and each of the Big Ten’s newest members are pumped to play under the lights. Maryland will host reigning Big Ten and Rose Bowl champ Michigan State on Nov. 15, while Rutgers will entertain Penn State on Sept. 13, its inaugural Big Ten game, and Michigan on Oct. 4. See the graphics and hashtags the schools tweeted out to announce the news in this post.

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Fourteen B1G products on 2014 NBA playoff rosters

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The Journey: Big Ten Basketball - Cody Zeller

Fourteen former Big Ten stars are listed on 2014 NBA playoff rosters. Ohio State paces the conference with four players: Mike Conley, Kosta Koufos, Greg Oden and Evan Turner. In all, six Big Ten schools are represented. The team with the most Big Ten products? That would be Memphis, which features the aforementioned Conley and Koufos and Jon Leuer and Zach Randolph.

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Meet Rutgers' notable NBA and NFL alumni

Soon enough, Maryland and Rutgers will be official members of the Big Ten. The big day is July 1, to be exact. To get Big Ten fans ready for the schools’ arrivals, we’re taking a look at each of the school’s notable NBA and NFL alumni. Today, we’re looking at Rutgers. See the Scarlet Knights’ top basketball and football pros in this post.

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Meet Maryland's notable NBA and NFL alumni

Soon enough, Maryland and Rutgers will be official members of the Big Ten. The big day is July 1, to be exact. To get Big Ten fans ready for the schools’ arrivals, we’re taking a look at each of the school’s notable NBA and NFL alumni. First up: Maryland. See the Terps’ top basketball and football pros in this post.

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Photos: Illinois unveils new Nike uniforms

Illinois unveiled its new uniforms, as part of the school’s long-awaited Nike rebrand, Wednesday night. The designs, which were leaked Tuesday night, should please Illini fans. For starters, the rebrand brought consistency across all of the school’s sports, to the point that every team will have the same shades of orange and blue, logos and fonts. See the uniforms in this post.

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Stay or go: What should Mitch McGary do?

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McGary One Handed Flush

No Big Ten player has a tougher decision to make about his future plans than Michigan’s Mitch McGary. A season ago, fresh off his breakout NCAA tourney performance, McGary was a hot name in the NBA draft. He elected to return to school, of course, and went on to play eight games before undergoing season-ending back surgery. Almost 22 and having not played since 2013, McGary is in a difficult position.

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Photos: Take a look at possible new Illinois uniforms

Illinois will unveil its new uniforms for the Nike rebrand at 8 p.m. ET Wednesday night. Several photos of the designs hit the web Tuesday night, and, according to IllinoisLoyalty.com, the picture above was posted to nikeinc.com. Whether the uniforms were leaked or these are just several of the designs Nike and Illinois drew up, they are fun to consider. See several pictures of the designs in this post.

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SportingNews: Meyer, Dantonio Big Ten's best

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Someone Get Mark Dantonio a Hat

SportingNews.com decided to rank the Big Ten’s football coaches, and there’s no surprise at the top of the list. Ohio State’s Urban Meyer, he of two national titles at Florida, is No. 1, and Michigan State’s Mark Dantonio, fresh off a Big Ten title and Rose Bowl Game win, is No. 2.

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Why is turf being removed at TCF Bank Stadium?

TCF Bank Stadium opened in 2009 and is, far and away, the Big Ten’s newest football stadium. That doesn’t mean it can’t undergo some updates. Thanks to the NFL’s Minnesota Vikings, who will share the stadium for the next two seasons while its new $1 billion home is under construction, the turf is being torn up make way for a hydronic heated field.

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