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B1G Whiteboard: Big week ahead for Michigan

Jon Horford

Caris LeVert Heads-Up Play, And-1

Another week, another raft of games that will go a long way toward shaping the Big Ten race. And this much is becoming clearer: Michigan State, Michigan and Iowa are the teams to beat. Speaking of the Big Ten’s holy trinity, it’s a big week for Michigan. BIG week. Here’s a look at the week that’s on our doorstep.

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Here are 10 Big Ten stories to check out today

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Roy Devyn Marble's 3-Pointer Leads to Dad's Slow Clap

There is so much to like about Iowa hoops. Where to start after witnessing its win over Minnesota? Let’s count the ways with this look at its remarkable depth. If Devyn Marble and Aaron White aren’t doing damage, guys like Josh Oglesby, Zach McCabe and Gabe Olaseni are. It’s quite impressive, really. Minnesota actually led Iowa on Sunday at halftime, 43-41. It lost, 94-73. Stunning.

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Survey says: Big Ten's toughest player

Keith Appling & Adreian Payne

Aaron Craft Shows Off His Motor

Toughness. It’s needed in any sport to be successful. And there are many definitions of toughness, which is displayed in various ways. Show me a successful team—and I’ll show you a tough team. Knowing that, I asked some writers who cover Big Ten hoops teams who they felt is the “toughest” player in the conference.

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Ups & downs: Reviewing & previewing hoops

Maurice Walker

Ohio State at Minnesota - Top Plays

It’s time for my Big Ten basketball 3-Pointers, my look back at the week that was in the Big Ten—with a sneak peek at what’s to come. It has been a good week to be Minnesota and Indiana. It hasn’t been such a good week to be Ohio State and Illinois. And if you’re Richard Pitno’s jacket from Thursday night, you had a little bit of good and bad this week.

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10 Big Ten stories to read this Friday

Minnesota vs UCLA

DeAndre Mathieu on Win Over Ohio State

The Ohio State tailspin continues, as the loss at Minnesota last night makes it three in a row for the Buckeyes. Weren’t they just ranked, like, No. 3 in the nation the other day? No one denies that this Ohio State team plays good defense. But the offense is struggling. More shooters are needed, among other things. And the turnovers need to be reduced. I’m looking at you, Aaron Craft and Shannon Scott.

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Big Ten letters: Your questions, Tom's answers

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Should athletes be able to transfer without penalty when their coach leaves?

Time for me to reach into my mail bag that runs deep with a thicket of letters from you, passionate readers. Thanks for your thoughts! Lots to get to, with many questions about football, even though we are neck-deep in hoops season.

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One look back at Big Ten's best BCS era teams


Big Ten Elite: 2002 Ohio State Football

The BCS era is over, and to me that is a very good thing. The era ran 16 seasons stretching from 1998-2013. As a way to celebrate the end of the BCS and with an eye on the first college football playoff after next season, I present to you my 10 best Big Ten teams of the BCS era.

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10 Thursday Big Ten stories to read up on

Matt Painter

Jan. 15 East-West Shrine Game Practice Report

Great win for Purdue at Illinois last night. In fact, the Boilermakers may look back on that cold January night in Champaign as a turning point in a 2013-14 season that just wasn’t getting off the ground. Watch this video to learn three things Purdue beat writer Nathan Baird learned about the Boilermakers’ victory in Champaign. I learned this – OK, I already knew it – but When A.J. Hammons and Ronnie Johnson play well, Purdue is difficult to beat. And, don’t look now, but Purdue soon could be 4-2 in the Big Ten after an 0-2 start.

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Dienhart: Big Ten to lose just 4 stars early to NFL draft

Allen Robinson

Shazier Forces Safety

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January 15 is the deadline for underclassmen to declare for the NFL draft. And, the Big Ten isn’t taking too many big hits, which would seem to bode well for the conference in 2014. Just four players have declared: Indiana WR Cody Latimer; Penn State WR Allen Robinson; Ohio State CB Bradley Roby; Ohio State LB Ryan Shazier.

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Here are 10 Big Ten stories to check out today

Yogi Ferrell

Crean, Ferrell and Sheehey Talk Win Over Wisconsin

Big win last night for Indiana over unbeaten Wisconsin. BIG win. This was the signature victory that had been lacking from the Hoosiers’ resume. It’s also a victory that may spark Indiana in what thus far has been a lackluster season. How big was the win for IU fans? They rushed the court. Seemed a bit excessive, but, what the heck.

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Q&A: Gary Harris 'knew it was right' to come back

Gary Harris

Gary Harris Slam Dunk in Overtime

Michigan State’s Gary Harris is one of the Big Ten’s most talented players, a threat off the wing who can score in a variety of ways. But he has been a bit frustrated this season with his shooting. To wit: He missed two free throws in the waning moments of a recent game vs. Minnesota that could have iced victory for Michigan State.

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10 Big Ten stories to read today

Big news rocking the Big Ten world on this Tuesday morning with a report from Pete Thamel of about long-time Penn State defensive line coach Larry Johnson bolting for Ohio State. Not only is Johnson a terrific coach, but he’s also one of the top recruiters in the nation. With him apparently now on the Buckeye staff, Urban Meyer has another recruiting machine to dispatch on America’s blue-chippers in his quest to build a better football machine. Great news for OSU.

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Dienhart: Norm Parker was a 'quiet, humble' man

Norm Parker

Iowa DC Norm Parker Interview

It was sad to hear of the passing of former Iowa defensive coordinator Norm Parker. He was one of the best in the business, but you rarely heard about it because of the low profile he kept.

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B1G Whiteboard: Can Hoosiers solve Badgers?

Yogi Ferrell & Sam Dekker

Illinois at Northwestern - Top Plays

Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

It’s time to begin Week Three of the Big Ten season. Michigan State, Wisconsin and Michigan are unbeaten in conference play, while Iowa is coming on. And you know Ohio State will dig in after suffering back-to-back losses. There are no Titanic clashes but some that will go a long way toward shaping this Big Ten race.

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Dienhart: Franklin a 'home-run hire' for Penn State

Nov 23, 2013; Knoxville, TN, USA; Vanderbilt Commodores head coach James Franklin during the game against the Tennessee Volunteers at Neyland Stadium. Vanderbilt won 14 to 10.

Penn State at Wisconsin - Football Highlights

Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

Penn State acting athletic director Dave Joyner said the school was going to move quickly to fill its coaching vacancy, and he wasn’t kidding. The school will hold a 4:15 p.m. ET press conference on Saturday to introduce Vanderbilt’s James Franklin as the next Nittany Lions head football coach.

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B1G Hoops: Who would you pick to take the last shot?

Nik Stauskas

Nik Stauskas Puts on Shooting Display

OK, Big Ten Nation: If you could pick one player to take a last-second shot, who would it be? I polled seven Big Ten writers. And, here were their choices. Looks like the guy to pass to is … Michigan’s Nik Stauskas.

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