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Dienhart: Let's look at the week ahead

Wisconsin's Jordan Taylor

Derek Elston tallies 8 points in 70 seconds

This shapes up as one of the best weeks of the season with several marquee matchups. The teams most on the spot? It’s Michigan State and Indiana, which each has two big games. The Spartans play host to Michigan and travel to Illinois; the Hoosiers have two on the road: Michigan and archrival Purdue. But don’t forget about surging Wisconsin, either. The Badgers, winners of five straight and one game out of the Big Ten lead, travel to Penn State and host first-place Ohio State. Get ready for the week ahead in this post.

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Dienhart: Which Big Ten Stocks Are Rising?

Wisconsin Badgers head coach Bo Ryan

Aaron Craft 3-Pointer on Alley-Oop Attempt

As I wax nostalgic for Mike Bruesewitz’s floppy mop, it’s time to take a look around the Big Ten. Who’s hot? Who’s not? And what the heck should you be looking for and talking about around the Xerox machine? It’s all right here, people. Lace up your Chucks! And come tell me what you think!

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Dienhart's Daily Links for Friday

Michigan State's Branden Dawson

Sam Maniscalco - One-on-One

Here’s a quick look around what’s buzzing in the Big Ten while I marvel at Pat Sajak’s ability to work intoxicated. Who would have thought you could host “Wheel of Fortune” under those conditions? Guess the wheel wasn’t the only thing spinning those many years ago. Dive into my links for Friday

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Dienhart's Daily Links for Thursday

Part of my job keeps me on the Internet quite a bit and I come across all sorts of worthy reads. Here are some interesting links from around the Big Ten for Thursday, Jan. 26. Got a link to share with me? Send me your tip via the form at the bottom of this post, and I’ll try to have a look.

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One-on-One: ESPN's Stephen Bardo on Big Ten

The Big Ten race is starting to firm up—at least a little bit. Ohio State, Michigan State, Michigan and Wisconsin look like they may be the best teams in the league. But it’s too early to count out Indiana and Illinois. It’s gonna be a fun title chase to watch unfold.

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One-on-One: Penn State's Tim Frazier

Who’s the best player in the Big Ten? It’s a spirited debate. Many feel it’s Ohio State big man Jared Sullinger. Others think Michigan State’s Draymond Green is the top talent. But what about Penn State guard Tim Frazier? That’s right: A player off of a last-place Big Ten team. Before you dismiss the notion, watch Frazier play—and look at his numbers. Neither lies.

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Who sits atop Dienhart's Weekly Top 20?

The great debate of 2011-12 has only heated up: Who is the best men’s basketball player in the Big Ten? It looks like a case can be made by and for several players. Is it Ohio State’s Jared Sullinger? Michigan State’s Draymond Green? Penn State’s Tim Frazier? Here’s a look at my latest weekly ranking of the Big Ten’s top 20 players. It’s my way of gauging the talent (see my previous rankings), and there’s a poll at the bottom of this post with my top 10 and an open invitation for you to vote your No. 1 guy.

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Dienhart: Q&A with CBS Sports bracketologist Palm

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Michigan Postgame Locker Room Video

I caught up with Jerry Palm today to discuss the Big Ten and the NCAA field. Palm thinks the Big Ten still is in line to get nine bids to the Big Dance—with Iowa, Nebraska and Penn State left out. But he thinks Purdue is in peril of falling from the field. And, yes, Northwestern fans: Palm still has the Wildcats in the NCAA tourney despite their recent struggles.

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Dienhart: Let's look at the week ahead

Ohio State's William Buford

Big Ten Blast: Jan. 23rd Afternoon Update

Can you see it? I can. It’s stratification in this crazy Big Ten title chase. Ohio State, Michigan State and Michigan sit atop the standings with 5-2 league marks. Right behind that trio are Wisconsin, Illinois and Purdue with three conference defeats.

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Dienhart: Badgers top Illini, continue turnaround

Wisconsin's Josh Gasser

Wisconsin at Illinois - Men's Basketball Highlights

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — January is about to melt into February. Winter has set in, but spring isn’t that far out of sight. And neither is the NCAA tourney. Wisconsin knows that. So does Illinois. That’s what made today’s game so huge, as a topsy-turvy Big Ten races was about to take another step toward perhaps making some sense. Or, maybe not.

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Dienhart: Marking The Passing of a Legend

Penn State Nittany Lions head coach Joe Paterno

The Legacy of Joe Paterno

Penn State, college football and the nation have lost an icon with the passing of Joe Paterno, who succumbed to a short battle with lung cancer. For almost the last 50 years, Paterno, 85, became the face of Penn State, if not the college football world. Prowling the sideline of Beaver Stadium in his pant legs rolled up exposing his white socks and sporting his famously thick, black glasses, Paterno would become the all-time winningest coach in major college history.

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One-on-One: Ohio State's William Buford Q&A

Ohio State Buckeyes guard William Buford

Northwestern at Ohio State - Men's Basketball Highlights

Expectations are big at Ohio State. And William Buford and the Buckeyes aren’t running away from them. It’s Final Four or bust for the Buckeyes. Why not? This team is loaded with talent, including Jared Sullinger, Aaron Craft, Deshaun Thomas, among others.

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Reader Mailbag: What a Season So Far

Michigan State Spartans head coach Tom Izzo

Indiana at Nebraska - Men's Basketball Highlights

You have questions, I have answers in this week’s Big Ten mailbag. A nice mix of football and basketball queries in this busy time of year. Should new Penn State coach Bill O’Brien be calling his own plays? What about Wisconsin and Matt Canada? Can Northwestern make the tourney? And what’s wrong with the Hoosiers?

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Dienhart: Q&A with CBS Sports bracketologist Palm

Indiana Hoosiers fans

Jared Sullinger: One-on-One

Each week, I visit with our friend CBSSports.com bracketologist Jerry Palm about how the Big Ten looks in his NCAA projections. This week, Palm has nine Big Ten teams in the Big Dance. That’s three-quarters of the conference, but no Big Ten teams are projected as No. 1 seeds. There’s lots of basketball to be played, of course, and the Big Ten is a strong league that figures to be well-represented. Click down into this post to listen to my conversation with Palm. And remember: You can go to CBSSports.com to check out Jerry’s updated bracket projections each week.

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Dienhart: 5 Jump Early to NFL Draft

Illinois Fighting Illini defensive lineman Whitney Mercilus

Big Ten Blast: Jan. 18th Afternoon Update

College football players had until Jan. 15 to declare for the NFL Draft, which begins Thursday, April 26 and continues through Saturday, April 28 (get more info at NFL.com). The Big Ten saw five players (Illinois’ Whitney Mercilus, Iowa’s Riley Reiff, Michigan State’s Jerel Worthy and Edwin Baker and Wisconsin’s Peter Konz) opt for the pros, so here’s my quick look at each one along with some handy links.

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Who's headed to the NFL Combine?

The NFL Combine will run from Feb. 22-28 in Indianapolis. It will be the chance for college players to work out and impress NFL executives in anticipation of the draft from April 26-28. The official list of Combine invitees has yet to be released by the NFL, but CBSSports.com has a list of 231 players who reportedly have received initial invites. This initial list includes seniors only and more players are expected to be invited in coming weeks.

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One-on-One: Wisconsin's Jordan Taylor

Wisconsin Badgers guard Jordan Taylor

Jordan Taylor: One-on-One

Crazy. There’s no other way to describe what has been a topsy-turvy Big Ten chase this season, and Wisconsin point guard Jordan Taylor has lived it. His Badgers entered the season with high hopes but struggled through a three-game losing skid from Dec. 31 to Jan. 8 that included two losses on Wisconsin’s home court, a rarity.

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Dienhart: Intrastate battle headlines slate

Michigan State's Draymond Green

Big Ten Blast: Jan. 17th Morning Edition

The Big Ten features 11 men’s basketball games this week, including an interesting non-league contest that has Michigan playing at Arkansas. Will this week’s slate of games feature as many upsets, further jumbling the conference race? Here’s how I rank the games this week.

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Dienhart: Big Ten Hoops Player Rankings

BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart’s weekly Big Ten player rankings are in, with the same big men remaining at the head of the class. Those players, of course, are Indiana’s Cody Zeller, Michigan State’s Draymond Green and Ohio State’s Jared Sullinger.

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Dienhart: Let's look at the week ahead

Northwestern's John Shurna

Big Ten Pulse - Jan. 16, 2012

Up is down. In is out. Black is white. Welcome to Big Ten basketball 2012, a season filled with twists and turns that have jumbled the race (standings). And the conference season isn’t even half over. This past week was filled with tumult that scrambled the league standings and made one thing perfectly clear: This is going to be a wild race for the Big Ten championship.

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