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Big Ten Mail Call! Answering your letters

You have your questions. And, as usual, I have my answers. Put them together and you have another BTN.com mailbag. Basketball is on the minds of many, which is why I rank my top Big Ten point guards in this mailbag. But interest in football never wanes so we talk about some recruiting, too. Heck, some spring practices will begin in less than a month, if you can believe it.

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Dienhart: Q&A with Rodney Williams

Is there a more electric player in the Big Ten than Minnesota’s Rodney Williams? Of course not. The 6-7, 200-pound junior forward from Minneapolis is a human highlight film, seemingly executing one jaw-dropping, make-your-heart pound dunk every game. Like, for instance, the 360-degree one in this post.

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A quick spin around the Big Ten headlines

Some stuff to read while you wait for the Illinois at Indiana game tonight, which will be highlighted by a battle of what the late Al McGuire used to call “aircraft carriers” between Meyers Leonard and Cody Zeller. That’s over 14-feet of uber talent that soon will be cashing checks with lots of zeros.

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Listen to Our Latest Q&A with Jerry Palm

How many Big Ten teams does Jerry Palm have in the Big Dance? Click inside to listen to my latest phone conversations with NCAA bracket guru Jerry Palm (full audio archive over here) to find out the answer to that question and others. But know this: Palm’s current bracket features zero No. 1 seeds from the Big Ten. That’s right, Brutus. You aren’t a No. 1 seed—at least for now.

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Early Look at Big Ten Spring Football Dates

Basketball season is hitting its stretch run, but spring football isn’t far away. That’s why I tracked down the spring football dates for each school. And I know you’re going to ask about TV coverage. BTN.com and BTN TV have covered spring football in the past and they’ll do the same this year. When we have more information on broadcast dates and times, we’ll write a post on that, too.

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Check out Wednesday's Big Ten Web Links

All the Big Ten-related stories fit to be linked to. And it’s all free. For instance, a “gentlemen’s agreement?” In football recruiting? Poppycock, writes Pete DiPrimio of the Ft. Wayne News-Sentinel. And don’t forget: I’ll be chatting live during tonight’s Super Wednesday games over on the BTN Facebook page. Come on over at 5:30 p.m. ET.

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Dienhart: Get your Big Ten player rankings

Jared Sullinger, Draymond Green. Draymond Green, Jared Sullinger. The player on top of my weekly player rankings seemingly changes each week. And it may continue to flip-flop the rest of the month, too. For now, I have to go with Sullinger, given his sterling effort in Ohio State’s first win at Wisconsin since 2000 and the fact Green hurt his knee in a loss at Illinois.

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Dienhart: Pros & Cons of Latest Playoff Idea

News that the Big Ten is offering structure ideas for a college football playoff is good news for those who dislike a BCS system that has been in place for 14 seasons. Teddy Greenstein of the Chicago Tribune reported this on Monday. I take a look at the benefits and problems with this idea, but you tell me what you think in the comments box below.

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Let's Take A Quick Spin Around the Big Ten

A national playoff? Proposed by the Big Ten? Maybe the Mayans are right—the world will come to an end in 2012. Until then, enjoy all the Big Ten news that’s fit to be linked to. Isn’t life great? My, my, how the times are changing: The Big Ten is mulling the idea for national four-team grid playoff, writes Teddy Greenstein of the Chicago Tribune. So here’s my take on that.

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Dienhart: Time to rank the games

This is a nice week of action with five matchups that will go a long way toward determining the Big Ten title chase—and possible NCAA bids. The steak vs. lobster match between the first-place Buckeyes and second-place Spartans is a five-star affair. Don’t miss it.

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Dienhart: My Guide to this Week in Hoops

With the Super Bowl behind us, college basketball now becomes the center of the sports universe. And the Big Ten will get a lot of that attention this week with a collection of nice games headlined by Michigan State’s titanic visit to Ohio State on Saturday in a showdown between the top two teams in the Big Ten. In this week’s Big Ten Whiteboard, I draw up my game of the week, a sleeper matchup, the head-to-head battle between players you need to see, plus a few more items.

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Dienhart: What's Buzzing Today in the Big Ten?

Got the “Super Bowl hangover blues” today? Have no fear. Here are some Big Ten links to perk you up after over indulging on the Rotel dip and Yoo-Hoo.

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Three-Pointers: Breaking down the week in hoops

It’s time for my weekly Three-Pointers and I’m firing shots as quickly as I can grab a basketball, giving you a quick look back and forward in the Big Ten. From Michigan State’s tough road loss at Illinois to the steady play of the Big Ten’s big men, it’s been another busy seven days of hoops.

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Dienhart: Q&A with Illinois' Brandon Paul

It was a night of singular greatness that has been unmatched by any other Big Ten player this season—and few across the nation, for that matter. I’m talking about Brandon Paul’s out-of-his mind, 43-point effort in a 79-74 win over No. 5 Ohio State back in January.

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Dienhart: Minnesota's Maturi steps down

Effective June 30, Joel Maturi will resign as Minnesota athletic director. Like him or not, Maturi did some good things for Minnesota and chief among those was the construction of $288.5 million TCF Bank Stadium, which opened on campus in 2009. Watch Thursday’s archived press conference video here.

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