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Video: Purdue's KK Houser (ACL) starts on Senior Day

When KK Houser tore her ACL on Feb. 2 at Michigan State, it was assumed the Purdue senior would never touch the floor again in a college game. In a chilling moment Sunday, also Purdue’s Senior Day, the Boilermakers started Houser. She played the first 2:34, and then went back on the court in the closing moments to get her final curtain call.

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Video: Glenn Robinson III dances during shootaround

Michigan sits in first place and is eying its first outright Big Ten crown since 1985-86, so it’s only normal that the Wolverines are having fun. That applies on the court, on the bench, and in warmups. See Glenn Robinson III, he of the buzzer-beating game-winner Wednesday night, having a good time during shootaround.

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Nebraska unveils new adidas throwback uniform

Nebraska has unveiled a new cream throwback uniform for Saturday’s Legends Weekend game vs. Northwestern. The uniform, designed by adidas, will honor Nebraska’s 1911-12 team, which went 14-1 and won the Missouri Valley Conference. See a photo of the uniform in this post.

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Throwback Thursday Q&A: Iowa's Jeff Horner

Jeff Horner had a fantastic four-year career at Iowa. From 2002-06, Horner started 122 games and was a stat-sheet stuffing point guard who averaged 12.2 points, 4.6 rebounds, 4.9 assists, 1.3 steals and 2.1 3-pointers. He finished his career as Iowa’s all-time leader in 3-pointers (262) and assists (612). He also helped guide the Hawkeyes to their last two NCAA tournaments, in 2005 and 2006.

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Video: Glenn Robinson III hits buzzer-beater in OT

Needing a bucket in the final seconds to avoid an overtime loss at Purdue, whose number did John Beilein call? Nik Stauskas? Nope. Out of a timeout, and with 2.9 seconds left, the Wolverines sent the inbound pass to Glenn Robinson III. It was a dangerous pass, but Robinson III hauled it in, drove to the bucket, and put up a shot that danced on the rim before going down.

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Video: Illini's Austin Teitsma appears on The Ellen Show

The Ellen Show was on the Illinois campus for a segment Monday, and Illini defensive lineman Austin Teitsma made a cameo in the episode, which aired Wednesday afternoon. Ellen had asked Illinois students to dress up as their favorite movie character. Teitsma chose Will Ferrell’s Buddy The Elf, while a couple of the others selected “Wilson,” the volleyball from Cast Away, and The Joker, who won the contest. Watch the whole segment in this post.

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Yarina: My All-Big Ten most improved team

We’re fast approaching the end of the regular season, so that means it’s time to start considering an All-Big Ten most improved team. Who would make your 2013-14 team? Mine is headlined by a quartet of sophomores, including Big Ten Player of the Year candidate Nik Stauskas. See my full team, plus vote for your most improved player, in this post.

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Video: Tom Izzo dances on top of ladder in ad

As you can see from the photo above, Tom Izzo is no stranger to climbing a ladder and cutting down the net. That being the case, Werner Ladder decided to use the legendary Michigan State coach as a spokesman for its new ladder. “There’s so much room up here,” Izzo said about the top of the ladder, “I feel like dancing.”

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Video: Austin Hollins, Devyn Marble put on shooting clinic

There might not be a more entertaining half in the Big Ten this season than the one Iowa and Minnesota put on in the first 20 minutes Tuesday. The halftime score: 51-47, Minnesota. The team’s field goal percentages: Iowa (50 percent); Minnesota (67 percent, including 75 percent from distance). The stars: Devyn Marble (19 points on 7-11 FGs); Austin Hollins (18 points on 8-8 FGs). Watch the guards match each other shot for shot.

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While Ryan Miller was in Sochi, his frenchie toured MSU

What did the dog of former Michigan State goalie (1999-2001) and current Buffalo Sabre Ryan Miller do while his owner was minding the net for Team USA in Sochi? He toured Miller’s campus and visited all of the top spots, of course. See pictures of Miller’s french bulldog Puck in front of Magic’s statue and in the net at Munn Ice Arena, plus so much more, in this post.

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New Wisconsin RB coach: 'This is Tailback U'

New Wisconsin running backs coach Thomas Brown is excited about his new role, and for good reason. Brown, previously at Marshall, gets to coach star Melvin Gordon, in addition to Corey Clement, who produced as a freshman. Brown is so impressed by Wisconsin’s backs and its history of standout backs, from Alan Ameche to Ron Dayne to Montee Ball, that he called the Badgers “Tailback U” in a team’s YouTube video.

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Player of the Year Tracker: Petteway new No. 1

With a couple weeks left in the regular season, there’s a new No. 1 in my latest Big Ten Player of the Year Tracker. That man is Nebraska’s Terran Petteway, who knocks Devyn Marble out of the top spot. Agree? Feel free to enter your thoughts in the comment box at the bottom of the post.

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GIF: Andrew Dakich dances on Michigan sideline

Michigan fans loved what they saw in Sunday’s rivalry win over Michigan State. The same goes for the players, especially walk-on Andrew Dakich. After Caris LeVert hit a 3-pointer with 8:01 left in the second half, CBS cameras caught Dakich celebrating and doing an interesting dance. It was classic. See the video in this post.

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Photo: Young Nebraska fan has message for NCAA

Talk about the perfect sign for the perfect day. A young Nebraska fan brought a sign to Sunday night’s game vs. Purdue that read: “NCAA: Better Take Nebraska.” The Huskers, fully on the NCAA bubble after winning six of their last seven, promptly went on to flatten Purdue to move to 8-6 in the Big Ten.

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Video: Sam Thompson wows once ... twice ... thrice in comeback

It was all Sam Thompson and No. 24 Ohio State in the second half of Saturday night’s win over Minnesota. Down 10 at halftime, the Buckeyes erupted for 46 points in the second half to run away with a 64-46 home win. How good was Thompson? He scored 16 of his 19 points, including six that came on highlight-reel dunks. Watch all three flushes in this post.

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