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Reader mail: Who's my Big Ten Player of the Year?

It’s that time of the week when I reach into my mailbag to answer your questions. And, there’s a lot going on, what with the hoop season about to hit its full postseason stride and spring football about to heat up. So, let’s begin.

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Big finish looms for Big Ten regular season

Trey Burke & Will Sheehey

Examining Iowa's Tournament Chances

Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

The Big Ten will put on bow on the regular season this weekend, capping what has been a wild and wondrous ride during a season that has seen Indiana and Michigan each hold the No. 1 ranking at some point. And Ohio State, Michigan State, Wisconsin, Illinois and Minnesota all have been ranked in the top 10 at various points this season.

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How Spartans' win impacts race for Big Ten title

Wisconsin at Michigan State

Shannon Scott: One-on-One Interview

Michigan State’s 58-43 win over Wisconsin clears up the Big Ten title chase—a little bit. The Spartans’ victory eliminates the Badgers from being able to win a share of the Big Ten championship. Michigan State’s triumph also clinches the No. 1 seed in the Big Ten tournament for Indiana. The event starts next Thursday in Chicago.

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Super Seven: Biggest upsets in Big Ten men's play

Rodney Williams

Michigan at Penn State - Men's Basketball Highlights

Marilyn Indahl-USA TODAY Sports

The idea of David slaying Goliath is what makes sport great. Think about it: Upsets are the games we usually always remember. And the Big Ten has been filled with them this season. Just ask Indiana, which has been victimized more times than any Big Ten club this season. That’s the peril of being ranked so highly.

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Taking a close look at Big Ten title scenarios

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Ohio State at Indiana - Men's Basketball Highlights

Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports

Say “Hello” to chaos, Big Ten. Indiana’s 67-58 loss at home on Senior Night to Ohio State on Tuesday has opened the possibilities for Michigan, Michigan State, Wisconsin and Ohio State to claim a share of the Big Ten title.

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Big Ten links: Wild conference race continues

Sam Thompson

Big Ten Blast: March 6th Morning Edition

Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

The outright Big Ten title was there for the taking for Indiana and the Hoosiers blew it—on Senior Night, no less—falling 67-58 to Ohio State. It was Indiana’s lowest point total of the season. Gotta start the daily links there.

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Dienhart: Latest look at experts' mock brackets

Will Sheehey & Cody Zeller

Zeller Hustles All Over The Floor, Steals and Dunks

Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

It’s time to take the temperature of the Big Ten. How do the various mock brackets rate the conference entering the final week of the regular season?

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Today's links: IU seniors to get honored tonight

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Big Ten Blast: March 5th Afternoon Update

It’s Senior Night tonight in Bloomington, as Jordan Hulls, Christian Watford and Derek Elston will play their final games in venerable Assembly Hall. So, I’m gonna start daily links there. A big part of this annual rite is speeches by the seniors. And these speeches figure to be emotion-packed, given what these three seniors have witnessed in their time at Indiana.

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Today's links: Battle for tourney seeds tightens up

Cody Zeller

Big Ten Blast: March 4th Afternoon Update

Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Losses Sunday by Michigan State at Michigan and Wisconsin at home to Purdue allowed the Indiana Hoosiers to clinch at least a share of their first Big Ten championship since 2002. Indiana can claim its first outright league title since—are you ready for this?—1993 if it wins one of its last two games: vs. Ohio State on Tuesday and at Michigan on Sunday. Terry Hutchens of the Indianapolis Star says it has been quite a ride for a program that was 1-17 in Big Ten play as recently as 2009.

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Taking stock after another wild Big Ten week

Trevor Mbakwe

Trevor Mbakwe One-on-One Interview

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If you are a fan of rushing the court, then you should be loving this season. Upsets and unpredictability have been the norm. This week, began with No. 1 Indiana falling at unranked Minnesota on Tuesday. Then, No. 4 Michigan got unceremoniously dumped at unranked and Big Ten-winless Penn State on Wednesday. I can hardly wait to see what type of zaniness awaits this week.

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Spring football: Previewing Big Ten Legends Division

Spring football has kicked off in Big Ten territory, with Northwestern the first to take off the wraps this past Wednesday. Yesterday, we posted spring previews for the Leaders Division teams. Today, we take a look at the Legends Division, which is filled with many interesting story lines: How will Nebraska’s defensive front seven take shape? Will Michigan’s offense transition smoothly from the Denard Robinson era to a more conventional attack? How will the overhauled staff work at Iowa?

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Today's links: Spin around the Big Ten headlines

Derrick Nix

Big Ten Blast: March 1st Morning Edition

Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

Michigan’s fall from grace has been swift and stunning. In their last seven games, the Wolverines are 3-4. Big Ten title and NCAA No. 1 seed dreams basically vaporized in that shock-the-world loss at Penn State. Before things careen totally out of control, Trey Burke insists changes are needed for a team that 28 days ago was No. 1 in the nation. But I’m not sure how much can be changed at this point. It’s March 1, for crying out loud!

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Spring Football: Previewing Big Ten Leaders Division

Danny O'Brien

2012 Big Ten Football Images of the Year

Snow is still on the ground in parts of the Midwest and the calendar still says “February.” No matter, Northwestern kicked off spring football on Wednesday, the first Big Ten school to take the lid off this beautiful annual rite. Yes, the 2013 season is a day closer. And, that’s a tremendous thing.

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Super Seven: Big Ten names flying under the radar

Joseph Bertrand

Best of February Dunks

Bradley Leeb-USA TODAY Sports

We all know who the superstars are in the Big Ten—Cody Zeller, Victor Oladipo, Trey Burke, Deshaun Thomas, Brandon Paul, Trevor Mbakwe. This year the list really could go on quite a bite. But who do I think have been some of the most underrated players this season in the conference? Glad you asked.

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Today's links: Another day, another upset

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Big Ten Blast: Feb. 28th Morning Update

Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Please forgive John Beilein if he doesn’t want to get out of bed this morning. You see, his No. 4 Michigan team suffered arguably the biggest upset of the college season last night, falling 84-78 to a Penn State squad that was 0-14 in the Big Ten. The Wolverines were done in by a variety of issues. Trey Burke felt a lack of heart was the culprit in a defeat that likely kills any hope the Wolverines had of winning a share of the Big Ten title for a second season in a row. And a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tourney? It’s probably toast, too, after the Wolverines blew a 15-point second-half lead.

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Mock brackets: See where your Big Ten team lands

Penn State at Illinois

Jerry Palm Top Seed Projections

It’s time for my weekly check of some mock brackets to see where the Big Ten ranks. The four brackets I examined all have seven Big Ten teams in the Big Dance. And that looks like a pretty solid number right up until Selection Sunday on March 17.

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Dienhart: Ranking this week's hoops battles

Derrick Nix

Dunks of the Week - Feb. 25th, 2013

The penultimate week of the regular season isn’t loaded with top matchups, but there are several intriguing clashes beginning with tonight’s Indiana at Minnesota game. And I can’t wait for Michigan State’s visit to Michigan on Sunday. Here is how I rank this week’s 10 games.

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