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Today's links: Here comes Badgers vs. Hoosiers

Jared Berggren

Big Ten Blast: Jan. 15th Afternoon Edition

Mary Langenfeld-USA TODAY Sports

Indiana has a big game tonight with Wisconsin visiting (read the preview here). Will the Hoosiers experience any sort of hangover following an emotional home victory over Minnesota on Saturday? Hmmm. This battle of Big Ten unbeatens seems like a good jumping off point for daily links.

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Dienhart: My top 10 games for this week

Aaron Craft & Thad Matta

Who Throws a Shoe?

Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports

This is a good but not a great week of games in the Big Ten, with three notable matchups: Michigan at Minnesota, Ohio State at Michigan State, and Wisconsin at Indiana. Why? And how do I rank the  games this week?

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Big Ten Whiteboard: Another big week in Big Ten hoops

Bo Ryan

Slam Dekker: Great One-Handed Dunk

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How can you top last week in the Big Ten, which saw Minnesota play at Indiana and Michigan travel to Ohio State? You can’t. Still, this week has some nice matchups. The top tilt is Michigan’s trip to Minnesota. But there also is Wisconsin at Indiana on Tuesday and Ohio State at Michigan State on Saturday, making this another key week in the Big Ten schedule.

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Today's links: Sort through another big hoops weekend

Trey Burke & Aaron Craft

Big Ten Blast: Jan. 14th Afternoon Update

Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports

What a big weekend of hoops in the Big Ten, with Titanic games between Minnesota and Indiana and Michigan and Ohio State. Great place to start daily links. Esteemed Indianapolis Star columnist Bob Kravitz came away impressed with Indiana freshman point guard Yogi Ferrell following the Hoosiers’ hang-on-for-dear-life win over Minnesota on Saturday.

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Who's climbing & who's dropping this week?

Stanford vs Minnesota

Dunks of the Week - Jan. 7th, 2013

There is a big weekend on tap, with several games that will go a long way in helping shape the Big Ten race. The headliner is Minnesota’s visit to Indiana on Saturday (noon ET on BTN/BTN2Go). And Michigan’s junket to Ohio State on Sunday also will tell us a lot about both teams—especially the Buckeyes, who must defend their home court to remain among the leaders.

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Reader mail: How will Gophers fare at Indiana?

Andre Hollins

Will Sheehey: One-on-One Interview

Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

It is time to reach into my weekly BTN.com bag of mail and deliver my answers. With hoops heating up, basketball is on the mind of many of you, but I continue to get several lingering questions from the bowl season. Keep them coming either via the submission box at the bottom of this post or on my mailbag page.

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Today's links: Iowa faces uphill battle

Mitch McGary

Big Ten Blast: Jan. 11th Morning Edition

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Iowa is off to a rough start in the Big Ten, an 0-3 start vs. three very good teams (Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State). The latest setback was a 62-59 defeat at home to the Spartans that the Hawkeyes had their chances to win. Let’s start the daily links right there in Iowa City, shall we? Mike Hlas of the Cedar Rapids Gazette says it’s more evidence that Iowa isn’t out of the Big Ten lowlands yet.

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Dienhart: Q&A with Nebraska's Brandon Ubel

First Team: F Brandon Ubel

Brandon Ubel Spin Move

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Brandon Ubel knows building a team is a process. That’s one reason why he relishes being a part of the construction of the Nebraska program under first-year coach Tim Miles.

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Dynasty debate: Alabama's titles, Nebraska's run

Nebraska's Herbie

Big Ten Elite: 1994 Nebraska Football

It’s a healthy debate and it’s a fun debate: Which of the two most recent college football dynasties is most impressive—Alabama or Nebraska? Alabama’s third national championship in four seasons has placed this current run into the “dynasty,” category, no matter what Nick Saban says. And more chapters may be added in 2013, 2014, and beyond. If so, that would render this debate moot.

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Today's links: More challenges ahead for Gophers

Rodney Williams

Big Ten Blast: Jan. 10th Afternoon Update

Bradley Leeb-USA TODAY Sports

Minnesota’s full power and glory was on display during its romp over Illinois last night. So, let’s start there with the daily links, shall we? The Golden Gophers showed they are a true top-10 team that will compete for the Big Ten title—and thus a Final Four bid—with the 84-67 victory.

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Lewan surprises, announces return to Michigan

Taylor Lewan

Taylor Lewan Staying at Michigan

It was a surprise to some that Michigan offensive tackle Taylor Lewan opted to return for his senior season. But it’s great news for the Wolverines, as Lewan will be among the top linemen in the nation in 2013.

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Dienhart: Let's drop cupcakes from football schedules

On Tuesday, Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany suggested the notion of not having victories over Football Championship Subdivision opponents count toward a Football Bowl Subdivision team’s bowl eligibility, and that sounds good to me. A team needs six wins to be eligible for a bowl, but the NCAA currently allows one of those wins to be a victory over a FCS team. Without that “cupcake win,” there would be schools that don’t reach that six-victory minimum.

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Today's links: Huge stretch for high-flying Gophers

Rodney Williams

Big Ten Blast: Jan. 9th Morning Edition

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It all begins tonight for No. 8 Minnesota. And that’s why I’m beginning my daily links right here, America. You see, it’s put-up-or-shut-up time for the 14-1 Golden Gophers. And I love put-up-or-shut-up time. You should, too. We will discover how good this team is with a game at Illinois tonight (9 p.m. WET on BTN/BTN2Go) and a visit to Indiana on Saturday. Minnesota then returns home to play Michigan on Jan. 17. All together how: wow!

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Super Seven: A look at the games that will matter most

Jacksonville at Indiana

Oladipo to Zeller for the Dunk

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This is a big week in the Big Ten, with myriad big games beginning with Minnesota’s contests at Illinois and at Indiana. Along those lines, I take a look at the seven Big Ten games that will go the longest way in determining who will win the conference championship.

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Dienhart: And now our Big Ten Bowl Honor Roll

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2012 Big Ten Football Images of the Year

Melina Vastola-USA TODAY Sports

With the 2012 bowl season in the books, let’s take a look back at the best of the postseason for the Big Ten. The bowls didn’t go like the conference and the members had hoped, as the Big Ten posted a 2-5 mark with a 1-4 record on New Year’s Day. From the best game to the best defensive stop, here’s a look at my Big Ten Bowl Honor Roll.

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Today's links: Another football season in the books

Footballs stacked inside a yard mark before the game between the Michigan Wolverines and the Massachusetts Minutemen at Michigan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE

Big Ten Blast: Jan. 8th Morning Edition

Alabama put the finishing touches on the 2012 season with an annihilation of Notre Dame in the BCS championship game. And, never in the history of college football has a 42-14 score been so misleading. Truth be told: It wasn’t really that close. So, that’s three BCS titles in four years for Bama, and then seven in a row for the SEC. Maybe Ohio State can put an end to this SEC dominance in the near future. Until then, let’s kick off the daily links with a gander at the final polls, which still mean something in college football.

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Big Ten Whiteboard: Gophers return to Assembly Hall(s)

Rodney Williams & Jared Swopshire

Welch and Ellenson: Back-to-Back Dunks

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Buckle up, this is gonna be a big week, a week that goes a long way toward determining the early pecking order of a Big Ten race that should be spectacular. And, know this: The team that can win road games is going to win the Big Ten. So, here’s the formula: go unbeaten at home; and go 6-3 or 5-4 on the road. That should get you at least a share of the Big Ten championship.

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Dienhart: O'Brien staying is the right thing

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Big Ten Blast: Jan. 7th Morning Update

Bill O’Brien is a terrific coach. We saw that in just one season of work at Penn State. He walked into an untenable situation and promptly led a shorthanded team to an 8-4 record (6-2 Big Ten) when most forecast gloom. But, much heavy lifting remains. And O’Brien is going to be around for it.

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Monday's links: Football's comings & goings

Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE

Still have football percolating on my mind as I open today’s edition of the daily links. Why not? The BCS national title game is tonight. Surely, Michigan wishes it was in Miami playing. But, it’s just a dream for now. If it’s gonna happen next season, it will be because of these 10 players, says Kyle Meinke of MLive.com.

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Follow who's up & who's down in Big Ten hoops

December 29, 2012; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Michigan Wolverines players get ready before the game against the Central Michigan Chippewas at Crisler Center. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports.Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Best of Sam Thompson Dunk Montage

Welcome to the first installment of “Three Pointers,” a fun, informative and informal spin around Big Ten men’s basketball every Friday afternoon. There is a lot to explore with the start of Big Ten action this week. Early signs indicate the conference will be as good as advertised, as six Big Ten teams are ranked in the Top 20. And four are in the top 13.

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