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Big Ten links: Illini hoops toughs it out, football staffs fill out & more

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Great gutsy win by Illinois at home last night vs. Purdue. Freshman bull Leron Black was the best player on the court. The Illini have won three games since top player Rayvonte Rice suffered a season-ending injury. Oh, and Illinois also didn’t have injured Tracy Abrams and Aaron Cosby last night—and it still won. Very impressive. John Groce can flat-out coach.

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Dienhart: Building one Big Ten All-NFL Team from 2014

NCAA Football: Nebraska at Michigan State

Le'Veon Bell hurdles over a defender!

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What type of 2014 NFL team could be assembled with Big Ten alums? Well, BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart gives his best shot at creating a Big Ten All-NFL team in this post.

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Poll: Who would you have take a last-second shot to win a game?

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Traevon Jackson Jumper for the Win

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If the game was on the line and you needed to pick one player to take a shot to win a game, who would you select? I asked five writers who cover the Big Ten. Read what they said and then tell us in the comments below who you would pick to take one last shot.

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Big Ten links: Jones stays, no changes at Iowa & more football news

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Watch: 'My decision was very simple'

In Friday’s Big Ten links, we review the surprising news that Cardale Jones is staying at Ohio State. Plus, one writer looks at Kirk Ferentz’s latest plan for Iowa while another looks at Mike Riley’s desire to own the state of Nebraska in recruiting. BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart looks at all of these stories and more.

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Big Ten links: NFL Draft deadline looms for OSU QB Cardale Jones

National Championship-Ohio State vs Oregon

Jones talks after title game

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Today is the day that Ohio State QB Cardale Jones must decide if he’ll return for his junior season or turn pro. I think he should return to Columbus. Three starts aren’t enough even if they were incredibly impressive. Jones needs more seasoning. Then again, his stock never will be higher—and he risks sliding back to third-string. An interesting conundrum.

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Dienhart: For Ohio State, 2015 is a time to dream really big

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Cardale Jones talks about NFL option

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BTN’s Tom Dienhart writes: “Ohio State is on the precipice of becoming an “it” program, a college football bellwether and 10,000-pound beast. Urban Meyer’s program is 38-3 in three years and has yet to lose a Big Ten regular-season game en route to posting a 24-0 mark. This win last night may be first of a run of national championships for the Buckeyes.”

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