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Dienhart: Rule changes? Coaches say slow down

Indiana coach Kevin Wilson gets it. He understands the need for the NCAA to continue attempts to streamline its New York City-phone-book-thick rule book. In many instances, that’s OK as many feel there are too many rules that are too confusing and too difficult to track and enforce.

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Let's get to ranking this week's games

Amir Williams

Dunks of the Week: February 12th, 2013

Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports

This week is headlined by two great games, with Michigan playing at Michigan State tonight  Ohio State travelling to Wisconsin on Sunday. Those are the two really big blockbusters, but here’s how I see some other games falling into place after that – and we go No. 1 through No. 12.

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Big Ten Whiteboard: Who's on upset alert this week?

Joseph Bertrand

Brust Brings The Badgers To Overtime

Marilyn Indahl-USA TODAY Sports

Three of arguably the best games this season have involved Michigan: The Wolverines at Wisconsin; Ohio State at Michigan; the Wolverines at Indiana. There may be a fourth involving the Wolverines this week, as they travel to Michigan State in what is the biggest game of the week.

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Today's links: Here comes Spartans vs. Wolverines

Michigan State's Keith Appling

Big Ten Blast: Feb. 11th Afternoon Update

Get ready to hear a lot about it: Michigan and Michigan State play on Tuesday in what easily is the biggest game of the week in the Big Ten. Heck, I’m gonna call it the “Game of the Year.” Why? Because I can. So, let’s start daily links here. Nick Baumgardner of MLive.com say history rarely has seen both programs playing at a very high level at the same time … until now. That makes this clash even juicer.

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Dienhart: Ups & downs make for one amazing week

John Groce

John Groce On Win Over Indiana

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No school epitomized the state of college basketball in 2012-13 better than Indiana this week. The Hoosiers won a thrilling game over No. 1 Michigan on Saturday night to move into sole possession of first place in the Big Ten and atop the polls—only to suffer the low of lows last night by losing to an unranked Illinois team that had lost six of its last seven games.

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Dienhart: Q&A with Penn State's D.J. Newbill

D.J. Newbill

D.J. Newbill Rises and Dunks

Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

This has been a trying season for Penn State. You don’t have to remind D.J. Newbill who has overcome bigger things in his life, including a transfer and the loss of his mother. The 6-4 sophomore is doing his part to get the Nittany Lions on track. How tough has it been? Penn State is 0-10 in the Big Ten and 8-14 overall. Not having star point guard Tim Frazier has made matters challenging for Newbill and Penn State, as Frazier is out with a left Achilles tendon injury suffered just four games into the season.

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Big Ten links: Win brightens Illini tourney hopes

Tyler Griffey

Indiana at Illinois - Men's Basketball Highlights

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The denizens of Champaign-Urbana (Chambana to the hip natives) woke up this morning dreaming of the NCAA tourney. Why not? Illinois’ stunning 74-72 defeat of No. 1 Indiana last night has breathed life into what was listing team and set off a party on Green Street.

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Today's links: Writers assess Signing Day

Welcome to Signing Day 2013! It’s the day every coach fills every need in a recruiting class that’s loaded with promising prospects with big futures. Smiles abound and big dreams are encouraged. So, let’s begin Wednesday’s links there. How did Ohio State’s highly ranked recruiting class come together? Doug Lesmerises of the Cleveland Plain Dealer tells you right here.

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Take charge: A look at "Big 4's" remaining slates

Thad Matta

Zeller Saves The 3 With a Dunk

Bruce Thorson-USA TODAY Sports

There are four schools that I think have legit shots to win the Big Ten as we enter the final five weeks of the season: Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State. (Yes, Wisconsin still has a shot, but I don’t think it can match the other four.)

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Dienhart: Ranking the week's 11 games

Wisconsin Badgers

Dunks of the Week: February 5th, 2013

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The beat goes on in the Big Ten as we enter the second half of the season with Indiana sitting atop the polls for a second time this season. Three teams have a chance to make a statement this week: Michigan, Ohio State and Wisconsin. The Hoosiers will have their mettle tested by games at Illinois and at Ohio State.

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Tuesday's links: Big Ten race, Sheehey & tonight's big game

Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Big game tonight, with Ohio State at Michigan. So, let’s start daily links right there. It’s the first meeting between the schools in which each is ranked in the Top 10. So, naturally, it’s one of the biggest meetings ever between the football rivals on the hardwood. The Buckeyes won the first meeting, taking a 56-53 decision in Columbus. Expect another tight game tonight.

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Dienhart: Time for midseason Big Ten honors

Purdue at Michigan

Burke Steals and Dunks

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We are halfway through the Big Ten season, and the conference hasn’t disappointed. All of that preseason hype about being the top conference has proven to be true, with Indiana and Michigan already haven taken turns sitting atop the national polls.

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Today's links: Breaking down weekend's big clash

Cody Zell;er

Big Ten Blast: Feb. 4th Afternoon Update

Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

The Big Ten is still abuzz over the battle between No. 1 Michigan and No. 3 Indiana. The Hoosiers impressed in victory. And a big reason for the win was freshman point man Yogi Ferrell. The kid is proving to be every bit as special as anticipated. Terry Hutchens of the Indianapolis Star points out that Ferrell nailed a few early three-pointers and played good defense on Wolverines star Trey Burke—among other things. If Ferrell keeps it up, the Hoosiers will be very deadly in March, when guard play matters even more.

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Big week leads up to big weekend of games

Aaron Craft & Deshaun Thomas

Indiana at Purdue - Men's Basketball Highlights

Bradley Leeb-USA TODAY Sports

It has been an interesting week in the Big Ten, with the race coming into sharper focus as we hit the halfway point. Here’s what I know: Four schools have separated themselves from the pack, with Michigan, Indiana, Michigan State and Ohio State appearing to be a cuts-above the rest. But don’t count out Minnesota, Wisconsin and Illinois just yet.

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Our panel says the top hoops freshman is ...

A.J. Hammons

Watch "The Journey: Big Ten Basketball 2013" on Feb. 2nd

Sandra Dukes-USA TODAY Sports

Take a look around the Big Ten, and you’ll see many of them: freshmen playing big roles for teams. In fact, it has become common for freshmen to come in and not just contribute but grab the starring role.

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Today's links: Writers abuzz over big game

Will Sheehey

Big Ten Blast: Feb. 1st Morning Edition

Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

This weekend is all about No. 1 Michigan’s visit to No. 3 Indiana on Saturday night in this year’s first “Game of the Year.” And the hype and analysis already has begun—rightly so. It’s a battle for first place in the Big Ten and position atop the polls. Could this be a Final Four preview? Hmmm. Let’s begin this Harbaugh-free edition of daily links right there.

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Big Ten mailbag: Tourney outlook & signing day

Alex Marcotullio

Watch "The Journey: Big Ten Basketball 2013" on Feb. 2nd

Bruce Thorson-USA TODAY Sports

Time to reach into my mail bag, as we head toward the halfway point of the hoop season and look forward to Signing Day on Wednesday. So, without further delay, let’s dig right in and start with a question about … Northwestern basketball?

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