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A look at 2016 Big Ten basketball signing classes

The early-signing period for men’s basketball began on Wednesday. And Michigan State was the big winner in the Big Ten. According to Scout.com, the Spartans inked the Big Ten’s top class and the No. 2 haul in the nation behind Duke. The four-man Spartan class is led by small forward Miles Bridges, the No. 11 player in the nation according to Scout.com. Shooting guard Josh Langford (No. 19), point guard Cassius Winston (No. 28) and center Nick Ward (No. 47) round out a star-studded haul that Tom Izzo has called his best ever. Penn State has the second-highest rated class, coming

Iowa vs. Minnesota on BTN highlights best of Big Ten's Week 11

The battle for Floyd of Rosedale is the highlight of this week, as Minnesota takes on Iowa for the iconic bronze pig bauble. The Golden Gophers are fighting for their bowl life, while the Hawkeyes are battling to stay perfect. Ohio State and Illinois will play for prized turtle Illibuck. The Buckeyes have won the last seven meetings. In fact, Ohio State hasn’t lost in Champaign since 1991. More OSU dominance: Since losing five in a row to the Fighting Illini from 1988-92, OSU is 16-4 vs. Illinois. And all four defeats have been in Columbus. Nebraska whipped Rutgers, 42-24,

Big Ten links: Ready for a projected hoops tourney bracket ... in November?

Today we have USA Today projection - wait for it - an early NCAA men 's basketball bracket. It's not even Thanksgiving yet! Also, which Ohio State assistant football coaches are ready to be come head coaches? And Tom Izzo is very high on his latest basketball recruiting class. Get caught up on these stories and more with Tom Dienhart's roundup of these Thursday Big Ten headlines.

Week 11 previews: Floyd of Rosedale under the lights? Yes, please!

The stretch run is heating up. Can Ohio State and Iowa stay unbeaten? Will Nebraska finally win two in a row? Can Michigan State get back on track? [ MORE: Week 11 previews | Week 11 scoreboard | Big Ten standings | Big Ten stats | Latest polls | Power Rankings | Bowl Projections | Mailbag | Breaking down division scenarios | Big Ten West 6, Big Ten East 5 | Hear your coach’s teleconference ] No. 5 Iowa hosts Minnesota in the biggest game of the week at 8 p.m. ET on BTN (watch on BTN2Go). The Big Ten West-leading Hawkeyes

Taking a quick look at Big Ten East vs. Big Ten West matchups

Last Saturday was a big one for the Big Ten West, a division that often is maligned and perceived to be less-than when compared to an East division that features power/elite programs like Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan State and Penn State.

Big Ten links: Iowa's CFP ranking, Alex Erickson's emergence & more

It was nice to see Iowa ascend to No. 5 in the recent CFP poll. The committee finally realized that the Hawkeyes have a pretty good resume that has included a good home win vs. Pitt and road victories vs. ranked Wisconsin and Northwestern teams. Honestly, I think Iowa’s resume is better than Ohio State’s, which his No. 3 in the poll. *** Yes, Michigan State fell from the ranks of the unbeaten last week after losing at Nebraska. But the Spartans still control their own destiny in the Big Ten East. So, don’t be sad, Sparty. You goals are

Your updated look at the Big Ten division scenarios

There are three weeks left in the season, and both Big Ten division races remain up for grabs. But know this: Iowa is in firm control in the West. In the East, Ohio State is in the driver’s seat. Both are unbeaten, the last perfect teams in the Big Ten.

Dienhart: My projections for tonight's second CFP rankings

The second College Football Playoff rankings will be released tonight. How will it look? [ MORE: Week 11 scoreboard | Big Ten standings | Big Ten stats | Latest polls | Power Rankings | Bowl Projections | Mailbag | Mini LEGO stadiums | Hear your coach’s teleconference | View your team’s homepage ] Last week, the first rankings had Clemson No. 1; LSU No. 2; Ohio State No. 3; Alabama No. 4. But, there will be change this week, as LSU lost to Alabama on Saturday. Clemson and Ohio State both took care of business. I expect 9-0 Clemson to