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Player of the Year Tracker: It's Stauskas on top

There’s a different name atop my Big Ten Player of the Year Tracker for the third time in as many weeks. Entering the final week of the regular season, it’s Michigan’s Nik Stauskas coming in at No. 1, a spot held by Nebraska’s Terran Petteway and Iowa’s Devyn Marble the previous two weeks. Agree? Feel free to tweet your nominee my way, @BTNBrentYarina. [ MORE: View Stephen Bardo’s latest Big Ten Power Rankings ] 1. Nik Stauskas, Michigan – 48%, 17.1 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 3.5 apg. Stauskas put up a Stuaskas-like line of 21 points, three rebounds and four assists

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. Houser finished the game with two rebounds in four minutes. But the stats weren’t the story. VIDEO: @PurdueWBB senior KK Houser, torn ACL and all, started today on Senior Day. WATCH the incredible moment – http://t.co/n7Pd1SraaB —

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. Glenn Robinson III ™ https://t.co/6gu6Js9FgS — Mitch McGary (@mitchmcgary) March 1, 2014 Speaking of Michigan dances, it’s tough to top this Andrew Dakich one: About Brent Yarina BTN.com senior editor Brent Yarina covers football and men’s basketball for BTN.com. He writes the popular uniform feature “Clothes

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. Cream is a bold color, and I like it. It’s not a look we’re used to seeing in basketball, but baseball teams, like TCU and Oklahoma, have worn cream throwbacks/alternates in recent years. This marks the Huskers’ second special uniform this season. They have also donned this black alternate. According to Nebraska, other than the length of

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. Nowadays, following a pro career overseas and a stint with the Iowa Energy, Horner is the head coach at Valley High School in West Des Moines, Iowa. Read BTN.com’s full email Q&A with Horner in

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. Watch the game-winner below: INSTANT HIGHLIGHT: @umichbball's Glenn Robinson III hits the buzzer-beater to beat his daddy's team in OT. WATCH – http://t.co/CaE0LO6CJp — Michigan on BTN (@BTN_Michigan) February 27,

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. [ MORE: Video: Go directly to Austin Teitsma’s costume, impression ] “The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear,”

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. [ MORE: Check out Sean Merriman’s top 10 Big Ten freshmen ] G: Yogi Ferrell, Indiana. Ferrell has done a masterful job picking up the scoring load in the absence of last season’s four 1,000-point scorers. Don’t hold the

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.” [ MORE: Izzo rides Zamboni in Big Ten hockey promotion ] And, so he dances. With sunglasses. To Ginuwine. That is hilarious – and a little awkward. I love Izzo’s pose at the end, too. h/t: sbnation.com. About Brent

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. VIDEO: How hot were @GopherBBall's Austin Hollins and @IowaHoops Devyn Marble in first half? THIS hot. WATCH – http://t.co/4ySmLAGTyy — Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) February 26,