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Fourteen Big Ten products win Super Bowl rings

Fourteen former Big Ten players will be fitted for rings after the New York Giants beat the New England Patriots, 21-17, Sunday night in Super Bowl XLVI (AP recap). Ex-Michigan WR Mario Manningham highlighted the group with five receptions for 73 yards, including a ridiculous 38-yard grab (watch the catch!) that helped set up New York’s game-winning score in the final minute. See how all Big Ten products did in the Super Bowl in this post.

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Counting 'em down: Watch top plays

Another week of Big Ten basketball is in the books, and that means it’s time to consider the best plays from Jan. 30-Feb. 5 action. There was a lot of competition as the calendar flipped to February, but which plays made BTN.com web editor Brent Yarina’s Hardwood Highlights? See Brent’s top 10 plays in this post. Don’t agree? Cast your vote for the top play at the bottom of this post.

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Clothes Call: Dialing up Big Ten designs

Big Ten schools often roll out interesting changes to team uniform and equipment design, and it most definitely strikes a chord with fans from all schools. So we launched Big Ten Clothes Call, our home for news on crazy theoretical helmet ideas, throwback uniforms, special football jerseys, unique basketball jerseys, and plenty more like this video from a few seasons ago on the evolution of Illinois’ uniforms.

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Designer's Big Ten helmet ideas hit Web

There’s a designer out there, Charles Sollars, who is designing FAUX Nike Pro Combat helmets for BCS conference schools. While the helmets are just concepts and something he does as a hobby, I assume, they’re still really fun for all of us to consider and critique. Many of the lids are pretty cool, too. He has a design for every Big Ten school — some good, some ridiculous — and you can see them in this post.

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Top 10 Big Ten dunks of 2011-12 season

LeBron James’ ridiculous dunk against Chicago on Sunday and Blake Griffin’s silly slam against Oklahoma City on Monday got us thinking about the best dunks of the 2011-12 Big Ten season. Rodney Williams, Victor Oladipo and Sam Thompson’s highlights immediately come to mind, but there have been so many other memorable dunks. See my top 10 slams in this post. Did I forget a dunk? If so, click “other” on the poll or enter your selection in the comment box at the bottom of this post. Also, check out a collection of our dunk-centric highlights with our Did You See This? archive.

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

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

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

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

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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