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Magnificent 7: An early look at 2014-15 MVP race

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Kaminsky Shows Brust How to Finish a Dunk

The Big Ten has suffered some big attrition when it comes to players leaving early for the NBA Draft as Ohio State’s LaQuinton Ross, Indiana’s Noah Vonleh, Michigan State’s Gary Harris and Michigan’s Nik Stauskas and Glenn Robinson III all declared. Michigan’s Mitch McGary still is weighing his options. If he bolts, it will leave another gap to fill.

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B1G hoops coaches rarely leave for head coaching jobs

The speculation machine is in overdrive with chatter that Minnesota coach Richard Pitino is a target to fill the recently opened Tennessee job. Nebraska’s Tim Miles also has been mentioned. Bottom line: Neither is likely to leave their current posts. As Amelia Rayno from the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported, Minnesota Athletic Director Norwood Teague said on the Dan Barreiro show on KFAN that Pitino is not interested in the job.

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Thursday's links: Catch up on these B1G stories

NCAA Football: Western Michigan at Michigan State

James Franklin Vists #BTNLive

Can’t get enough college player union talk? Good. Here’s more: David Jones of talked to a law professor about Northwestern’s fight to unionize. Long story short: expect a long battle. Jones writes that “many hoops remain through which the process must jump before we see college athletic unions at even the private institutional level, let alone for public universities such as Penn State. Even if NU players vote to unionize, there certainly will be appeals.”

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Dienhart: Maryland spring football wrap

Randy Edsall Talks Maryland and B1G

Maryland is prepping, it’s getting ready for its maiden Big Ten voyage. The ride begins this fall. Randy Edsall is looking forward to the challenges and opportunities that come with the new venture. And Edsall will bring what looks like his best Maryland team yet, as he enters his fourth season in College Park, Md.

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Dienhart: Purdue spring football wrap

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Danny Anthrop Scores for Black

Hope springs eternal at Purdue, as it searched for myriad answers coming off a 1-11 season that arguably was the worst in school history. Offense? Defense? You name it, it needs to be addressed in West Lafayette.

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Dienhart: Indiana spring football wrap

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Coach Wilson Talks with #BTNLive

Slowly but surely, Kevin Wilson is building at Indiana. It has been a slow, steady process. He has gone from one win, to four to five last year, inching the Hoosiers closer to their first bowl since 2007. That breakthrough finally may come to fruition in 2014 – if a new 3-4 defensive scheme offers a modicum of improvement to what has been a woebegone unit.

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Dienhart: Minnesota spring football wrap

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Minnesota Spring Game Highlights

Few programs in the Big Ten can match the feel-good vibe that’s circulating in the Twin Cities. This is a Minnesota program that’s ascending and looks to have a legit shot to perhaps win the new Big Ten West. Jerry Kill continues to put his stamp on this team, a squad that plays smart and is stocked with personnel that fits what Kill wants to do on both sides of the ball.

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Dienhart: Illinois spring football wrap

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V'Angelo Bentley's Easy 92-Yard Interception Touchdown

If you watched closely, you could see the improvement in Illinois this spring. Good thing, because Tim Beckman needs to pad his win total as he embarks on this third season in Champaign. He is 6-18 overall and 1-15 in the Big Ten. And that one league win came vs. arguably the worst Purdue team in that school’s history. But, I digress. All eyes in Champaign this spring were on the quarterback derby and defense.

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Dienhart: Wisconsin spring football wrap

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Coach Andersen Talks Wisconsin Spring Game

Wisconsin’s Gary Andersen inherited some good talent from Bret Bielema, riding that skill to a nine-win season in 2013 that would have culminated with a BCS bowl if not for that Senior Day loss to Penn State. But now, Andersen faces some big voids—especially on defense. That side of the ball was a major emphasis for the Badgers this spring. And, the unit showed some spark during last Saturday’s spring game.

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Dienhart: Penn State spring football wrap

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Cole Chiappialle Breaks through Tackles for a Touchdown

The Penn State spring game ushered in the James Franklin era amid much excitement and energy in front of over 72,000 fans, the most for any spring game this year. It couldn’t be any other way with a coach like the enthusiastic Franklin. The Blue squad took a resounding 37-0 win over the White squad.

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Reader mail: Send Big Ten spring football questions

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Basketball season is over and spring football is reaching its peak. What’s it all mean? My email inbox is filling up. Let’s answer some of your questions. Remember that there are eight Big Ten schools conducting spring games Saturday and all eight will be available live via BTN2Go. The teams in action: Ohio State, Penn State, Purdue, Nebraska, Wisconsin, Illinois, Minnesota, and Indiana.

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Our Big Ten stories to read on this Thursday

Saturday is a huge day for spring football games. One of the teams in action will be Ohio State. Yes, many questions loom on a defense that too often was punchy when it came to defending the pass. But the offensive line also has work to do, as five starters are gone. Nebraska will conclude spring drills on Saturday, too. And, I’ll be honest: This could be a very good team. How good? Good enough to win the Big Ten West. Bo Pelini delivered a message along those lines to his team recently.

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Dienhart: Here's my top 5 incoming freshmen

Freshmen often are expected to contribute the moment they hit campus. Look at what guys like Wisconsin’s Nigel Hayes, Michigan’s Derrick Walton Jr., and Indiana’s Noah Vonleh—among others–meant to their teams last season.

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Dienhart: A sneak peek at 2014-15 Big Ten hoops

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Yogi Ferrell Makes 7 Three-Pointers

The 2013-14 season was punctuated with UConn’s win over Kentucky in the national championship game Monday night. Deep breath … exhale. That means it’s time to turn the page toward the 2014-15 season. Yes, already.

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Get an early, early look at 2014-15 hoops polls

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Traevon Jackson Talks Loss Against Kentucky

It’s crazy-nutty to do 2014-15 college hoops polls the moment the final buzzer sounds on the national title game. But, hey, media outlets do it. And, we post it. So, here you go: polls from Bleacher Report,,, USA Today and Yahoo! Sports.

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