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Super Seven: Big Ten names flying under the radar

Joseph Bertrand

Best of February Dunks

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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

Tim Hardaway Jr. & Jermaine Marshall

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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Big Ten links: On IU, hoops race & football updates

Victor Oladipo

Big Ten Blast: Feb. 26th Afternoon Update

Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Should Indiana be on upset alert tonight when it plays at Minnesota? Hmmm. Maybe. Let’s start daily links there. The Hoosiers withstood a furious Minny rally to take an 88-81 victory back in January. But the Golden Gophers are struggling, having lost eight of the last 11 games and dropping their last two by an average of 23.5 points.

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Big Ten Mailbag: Hoops tourney on east coast?

Tim Hardaway Jr.

Dunks of the Week - Feb. 25th, 2013

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Time for me to reach into my mailbag. Many comments on the post last week that ranked the football/basketball coaching combinations in the Big Ten. It seems many of you disagreed with my order!

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Monday links: Surf these Big Ten headlines

Trey Burke

Big Ten Blast: Feb. 25th Afternoon Update

Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Gotta start daily links with Michigan and its impressive victory over Illinois on Sunday. The Wolverines flexed their muscles by thumping the Illini, 71-58. And in the process, Trey Burke surpassed the 1,000-point club. He is just the seventh Wolverine to turn the trick in less than two seasons.

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Hoosiers flex muscles as race hits homestretch

Cody Zeller

Trey Burke One-on-One Interview

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Indiana was a big winner this week, showing why it’s the No. 1 team in the nation and a favorite to win the school’s first national championship since 1987, when Keith Smart hit one of the biggest shots in school history to down Syracuse. The Hoosiers’ win in East Lansing against Michigan State was very impressive. But that’s not all that went on last week.

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Big Ten links: Could IU's Oladipo go No. 1 overall?

Victor Oladipo

Big Ten Blast: Feb. 22nd Morning Edition

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Self-important, fast-talking, arm-waving weather people who predicted a massive Midwest snow storm yesterday called “Winter Storm Q”? Over-hyped. Indiana hoops? Not over-hyped. That’s why the Hoosiers get the lead in my daily links. Michigan guard Trey Burke agrees with me on the formidable Hoosiers. In fact, he says Indiana is the best team the Wolverines have played this season, and another expert says Victor Oladipo’s NBA stock is rising.

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Today's links: Hunker down with hoops headlines

John Groce

Big Ten Blast: Feb. 21st Morning Edition

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Please forgive me for any errors in daily links as I fret about the impending doom and havoc an on-coming snow/ice storm surely will bring to the Midlands. Time to race to my local Piggly Wiggly for eggs, bread and milk because, well, that’s what people do in times like this—make French toast, and worry.

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Big Ten Q&A: Illini's Richardson eyes tourney run

D.J. Richardson

The Journey 2013: Big Ten Basketball (Episode 5, Segment 4)

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Since slumping to 2-7 in the Big Ten, Illinois has ripped off four wins in a row to greatly enhance its NCAA profile. And, it’s an impressive profile, with wins over the likes of Gonzaga, Butler, Ohio State and Indiana. D.J. Richardson has played a big role in the Fighting Illini’s surge.

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Debate It: Is Burke or Oladipo Big Ten POY?

Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Victor Oladipo Dunk

As we near the stretch run of the Big Ten schedule, there are plenty of races to keep an eye on. The most intriguing one, other than the Big Ten title race, is the battle for Big Ten Player of the Year. Will it be the season-long frontrunner Trey Burke? Or the quickly surging Victor Oladipo? BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart and Brent Yarina debate the topic in this post.

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Today's links: What does Hoosiers' big win mean?

Cody Zeller & Derrick Nix

Big Ten Blast: Feb. 20th Morning Update

Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

No edition of daily links on this morning could start anywhere but with last night’s big Indiana 72-68 win at Michigan State. The victory ended a miserable 17-game losing skid for the No. 1 Hoosiers at Michigan State. But, more importantly, it put Indiana alone in first place in the Big Ten and in firm control of its destiny. In fact, it will take a big flop by the Hoosiers for them not to win the Big Ten for the first time since 2002 back when IU lost the national title game to Maryland. Games remain at Minnesota; vs. Iowa; vs. Ohio State; at Michigan.

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Mock brackets: Where do Big Ten teams land?

Andre Hollins

B1G Bracketology with Jerry Palm

Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

It’s time to check the mock brackets to see how the Big Ten rates for March Madness. The league holds steady with seven bids; the Big East also has seven in each bracket and as many as eight in some.

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Let's rank the games for this week

Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Dunks of the Week: Feb. 19th, 2013

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This is a relatively light week in the Big Ten with just eight games. But there is plenty of heft on top with tonight’s No. 1 Indiana vs. No. 5 Michigan State game, which will be the first battle of top-five teams in East Lansing. In fact, it’s a big week for the Spartans, who visit No. 18 Ohio State after playing host to the Hoosiers. Here is how I rank this week’s games.

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Today's links: Experts abuzz over big game

Denzel Valentine

Big Ten Blast: Feb. 19th Morning Edition

In case you hadn’t heard, there’s a big game tonight in East Lansing, as No. 1 Indiana visits No. 5 Michigan State. So, let’s start our daily links right there. The good news for the Hoosiers is that play star guard Victor Oladipo will play after hurting an ankle in the last game. Good thing, because IU will need him.

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Big Ten primer: Is it Tuesday night yet?

Tom Izzo & Derrick Nix

Adreian Payne Dunks With Authority

Bruce Thorson-USA TODAY Sports

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

Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

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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