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B1G Player Rankings: No. 20, Darqueze Dennard

We’re 20 days from the 2013 football season kicking off. Indiana (Indiana State) and Minnesota (UNLV) get things started for the Big Ten on Thursday, Aug. 29 on BTN/BTN2Go. To help count down the days to kickoff, BTN.com is ranking the top 25 players. Join us as we count it down, from 25-1, every day. No. 20: Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State With all the talent the Michigan State defense has rolled out the last two seasons, Darqueze Dennard hasn’t received the love and attention his play warrants. That’s not right, as the 5-11, 188-pound cornerback has averaged 47 tackles

Video: Payne gets high-fives from Dwarf Games players

So, evidently, the World Dwarf Games are on the campus of Michigan State this week. We know this because Michigan State star basketball player Adreian Payne posted a great video from the event on his Instagram account. In it, the players, who cannot exceed five feet, are running and jumping to give Payne – all 6-foot-10 of him – high-fives. Watch it in this post. [ MLive.com: Watch Adreian Payne get high-fives from World Dwarf Games players ] Michigan State coach Tom Izzo and his wife also made an appearance at Jenison. According to MLive.com, the basketball finals for the

NCAA to stop selling player merchandise on site

That was quick. Two days after Jay Bilas took to Twitter to call out the NCAA as hypocritical, NCAA president Mark Emmert announced Thursday afternoon that the NCAA will stop selling the individual jerseys of players on its website. [ NCAA.org: NCAA fan shop to no longer offer school merchandise ] What Bilas noticed Tuesday was that consumers could enter a current student-athletes name in the search field on ShopNCAASports.com, and all of his memorabilia would show up. Problem is, even though player names were not included on the back of the jerseys, the NCAA was profiting off its student-athletes,

SI.com: 7 Big Ten stars on Preseason All-America Team

SI.com released its 2013 Preseason All-America Team on Thursday, and seven Big Ten players made the cut. Michigan offensive tackle Taylor Lewan, Ohio State linebacker Ryan Shazier and Ohio State cornerback Bradley Roby led the way as first-teamers, while Nebraska guard Spencer Long, Michigan State linebacker Max Bullough, Wisconsin linebacker Chris Borland and Northwestern kicker Jeff Budzien made the second team. [ SI.com: 2013 Preseason All-America Team ] No, there’s no Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller. That’s not a huge shock, though, because there’s only two slots and reigning Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel returns. Louisville’s Teddy Bridgewater was the

Check out this photo inside Pinnacle Bank Arena

For a change, people are excited about Nebraska basketball. It’s easy to see why, too, what with Tim Miles’ track record and gregarious personality, and a young nucleus headlined by sophomore Shavon Shields. And then there’s the state-of-the-art Pinnacle Bank Arena, Nebraska’s new $179 million home this winter. [ RELATED: View our Nebraska homepage | Nebraska 2012-13 stats ] The place is ridiculously nice – at least it looks that way from the photo the team posted to its Facebook page Wednesday. It’s so new and so pristine that the photo almost looks fake. The court also looks great. Two-tone

Clothes Call: Buckeye Leaves official on '13 jersey

A month ago, pictures surfaced of Ohio State football jerseys that featured Buckeye Leaves on the back of the collar. There was some question about the authenticity, though, and at the time a school spokesman told BTN.com that the team had no updates regarding uniforms. [ RELATED: View all the 2013 Big Ten uniform/helmet changes ] Mark McClure, of The Buckeye Room, the Columbus retail store that posted the pictures, said the jerseys were officially licensed from Nike and would be worn this season. And they will. BTN’s Derek Reinglass took the photo below from our visit today to Ohio

Photo: OSU gives Delany helmet full of Buckeye stickers

Fact: Jim Delany is going to leave the 2013 BTN Football Tour with quite the stash of Big Ten memorabilia. One day after receiving a personalized No. 25 jersey and a (new) throwback helmet from Indiana on the trip’s first stop, the commissioner received an Ohio State helmet – decorated with 25 Buckeye stickers – Wednesday. [ PHOTO: It’s official: Ohio State adds Buckeye leaves to back of jersey collar ] As one can probably guess with the “25” theme, the gifts are in honor of Jim Delany’s 25th football season as Big Ten commissioner. Here’s Delany with the helmet

B1G Player Rankings: No. 22, Deion Barnes

We’re 22 days from the 2013 football season kicking off. Indiana (Indiana State) and Minnesota (UNLV) get things started for the Big Ten on Thursday, Aug. 29 on BTN/BTN2Go. To help count down the days to kickoff, BTN.com is ranking the top 25 players. Join us as we count it down, from 25-1, every day. No. 22: Deion Barnes, DE, Penn State Deion Barnes could be Penn State’s next great defensive end. As a redshirt freshman, the physically gifted Barnes tallied 10 tackles for loss, six sacks (both team highs) and thee forced fumbles (tied for team lead). That’s quite

Video: Victor Oladipo, Cody Zeller having some fun

Indiana products Victor Oladipo and Cody Zeller are no longer teammates, but they still play nice together. Tuesday at the NBA Rookie Photo Shoot, the former Hoosiers standouts had more than their share of fun together. First, they tossed around a frisbee on a random open field. Then, they  went around posterizing fellow rookies, with a trash can as the hoop. Oladipo was the No. 2 pick (Orlando) and Zeller No. 4 pick (Charlotte) in June’s draft, giving the Hoosiers two selections in the first four picks for the first time in program history. There was also this Oladipo video

Video: Indiana honors Jim Delany's 25th season

How does Jim Delany kick off his 25th year on the job? The Big Ten commissioner (boldly) joins the 2013 BTN bus tour for the first few stops on its trek across Big Ten country. At Tuesday’s opening stop in Bloomington, Ind., the Hoosiers and AD Fred Glass presented Delany with a couple gifts to commemorate the milestone season. [ Program Reminder: Watch the Indiana Preview Show at 8 p.m. ET Monday on BTN/BTN2Go ] And the bus will be a little fuller now that Delany has one of Indiana’s new helmets – with No. 25 on the sides –