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Big Ten primer: Is it Tuesday night yet?

Tom Izzo & Derrick Nix

Adreian Payne Dunks With Authority

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All eyes will be on Michigan State (22-4 overall; 11-2 Big Ten) this week. If the Spartans can beat Indiana (23-3; 11-2) and Ohio State (18-7; 8-5), they will be in control of the Big Ten race as we head toward the home stretch.

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Monday's web links: Oladipo & Hawkeyes, Illini's NCAA hopes

Victor Oladipo

Big Ten Blast: Feb. 19th Morning Edition

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After a less-than-scintillating Sunday of hoops—Who knew Penn State-Michigan would be the best game?–let’s hope Tuesday’s huge Indiana and Michigan State game lives up to the hype. So, I’m gonna jump ahead and start daily links there.

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Today's links: Experts assess Big Ten teams

Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

Wow. I can’t find a juicier way to open daily links than with a string of recent quotes from Michigan State’s Derrick Nick. Here’s just one gem:  “I just feel like Michigan State is always the underdog and we don’t get the credit we deserve.” What? There’s plenty more like that right here. The Michigan State beat writers thank you, Derrick.

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Survey says: Which coach works officials the best?

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Next time you watch a game, keep an eye on the sidelines. Watch the coaches jaw with the referees, calling them over and talking to them about a call or non-call. In the coaching biz, it’s called “working the officials,” and the Big Ten has some coaches who are masters at it.

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Dienhart: Look out for these lurking Badgers

Bo Ryan

Brust Brings The Badgers To Overtime

Reese Strickland-USA TODAY Sports

We may be witnessing Bo Ryan’s best coaching job in 12 seasons at Wisconsin. And that’s saying a lot.

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Today's links: Spin through Big Ten's headlines

NCAA Basketball: Nebraska at Indiana

Big Ten Blast: Feb. 14th Morning Edition

Seeing as how this is Valentine’s Day, I’ll start with this heart-warming tale of the enduring marriage of Minnesota coach Jerry Kill and his wife Rebecca. OK. My Valentine’s Day obligations have been met. On to the daily links, including a look at an uphill fight for Ohio State, an update on the slipping Gophers, an uptick for the Illini, and more.

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NCAA Brackets: What are the experts saying?

Wisconsin Fan

B1G Bracketology: Feb. 12th, 2013

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It’s time to look at the various mock brackets to see how the Big Ten is being forecast for the Big Dance. All four mock brackets that I check each week are in accord by having seven Big Ten teams in the NCAA tourney. The only other conference with as many is the Big East.

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Big Ten links: Experts weigh in on Big Ten race

Keith Appling

Big Ten Blast: Feb. 13th Morning Edition

Humbled. Embarrassed. Can you think of any other words to describe No. 4 Michigan after it was shellacked at No. 8 Michigan State 75-52 last night? Credit the mighty Spartans, who looked like a No. 1 team in the nation last night. Graham Couch of the Lansing State Journal notes: The Spartans put it all together at the perfect time. Yes, that sounds about right.

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Dienhart: Dropping FCS foes makes total sense

Talking on his radio show last night, Wisconsin A.D. Barry Alvarez said that Big Ten A.D.s have agreed to stop scheduling FCS schools in the future. Alvarez gave no indication on when Big Ten schools would stop playing FCS foes. But, it can’t happen soon enough in what often are little more than glorified scrimmages.

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Dienhart: Rule changes? Coaches say slow down

Indiana coach Kevin Wilson gets it. He understands the need for the NCAA to continue attempts to streamline its New York City-phone-book-thick rule book. In many instances, that’s OK as many feel there are too many rules that are too confusing and too difficult to track and enforce.

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Let's get to ranking this week's games

Amir Williams

Dunks of the Week: February 12th, 2013

Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports

This week is headlined by two great games, with Michigan playing at Michigan State tonight  Ohio State travelling to Wisconsin on Sunday. Those are the two really big blockbusters, but here’s how I see some other games falling into place after that – and we go No. 1 through No. 12.

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Big Ten Whiteboard: Who's on upset alert this week?

Joseph Bertrand

Brust Brings The Badgers To Overtime

Marilyn Indahl-USA TODAY Sports

Three of arguably the best games this season have involved Michigan: The Wolverines at Wisconsin; Ohio State at Michigan; the Wolverines at Indiana. There may be a fourth involving the Wolverines this week, as they travel to Michigan State in what is the biggest game of the week.

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Today's links: Here comes Spartans vs. Wolverines

Michigan State's Keith Appling

Big Ten Blast: Feb. 11th Afternoon Update

Get ready to hear a lot about it: Michigan and Michigan State play on Tuesday in what easily is the biggest game of the week in the Big Ten. Heck, I’m gonna call it the “Game of the Year.” Why? Because I can. So, let’s start daily links here. Nick Baumgardner of MLive.com say history rarely has seen both programs playing at a very high level at the same time … until now. That makes this clash even juicer.

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Dienhart: Ups & downs make for one amazing week

John Groce

John Groce On Win Over Indiana

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No school epitomized the state of college basketball in 2012-13 better than Indiana this week. The Hoosiers won a thrilling game over No. 1 Michigan on Saturday night to move into sole possession of first place in the Big Ten and atop the polls—only to suffer the low of lows last night by losing to an unranked Illinois team that had lost six of its last seven games.

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Dienhart: Q&A with Penn State's D.J. Newbill

D.J. Newbill

D.J. Newbill Rises and Dunks

Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

This has been a trying season for Penn State. You don’t have to remind D.J. Newbill who has overcome bigger things in his life, including a transfer and the loss of his mother. The 6-4 sophomore is doing his part to get the Nittany Lions on track. How tough has it been? Penn State is 0-10 in the Big Ten and 8-14 overall. Not having star point guard Tim Frazier has made matters challenging for Newbill and Penn State, as Frazier is out with a left Achilles tendon injury suffered just four games into the season.

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Big Ten links: Win brightens Illini tourney hopes

Tyler Griffey

Indiana at Illinois - Men's Basketball Highlights

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The denizens of Champaign-Urbana (Chambana to the hip natives) woke up this morning dreaming of the NCAA tourney. Why not? Illinois’ stunning 74-72 defeat of No. 1 Indiana last night has breathed life into what was listing team and set off a party on Green Street.

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