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

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Big Ten Blast: Feb. 4th Afternoon Update

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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

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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 ...

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

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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

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Big Ten Blast: Feb. 1st Morning Edition

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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

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

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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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Super Seven: Who can bring the intimidation?

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Dunks of the Week: Jan. 28th, 2013

Basketball isn’t all about shooting, rebounding, passing and setting picks. Intimidation also is a factor. Remember those “Bad Boys” Detroit Pistons teams that won world titles? There’s nothing like having a rough and rugged player who strikes fear into opponents. His presence creates operating room for teammates, while also commanding respect from foes.

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Today's links: Michigan, Indiana showdown ahead

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Big Ten Blast: Jan. 31st Afternoon Update

No. 1 Michigan took care of business in emphatic fashion vs. Northwestern last night to become the first Big Ten team to the 20-win mark. So, I’m gonna start daily links there, OK? Not impressed by the Wolverines’ thumping of the Wildcats? Well, you had to be wowed by how No. 3 Indiana destroyed Purdue by 37 points, giving the Boilermakers their worst home loss … ever.

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Signing Day: 12 teams look to fill needs

The Feb. 6 National Signing Day for football is a less than a week away, and it’s the first day recruits can ink letters of intent. It’s also the day when every fan dreams big while studying the list of players their school signed and wondering which players will be stars and which ones might be busts. But, honestly, they all look like studs on Signing Day, right?

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Dienhart: Q&A with Tim Hardaway Jr.

November 9, 2012; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Michigan Wolverines guard Tim Hardaway Jr. (10) goes up for a pass in the first half against Slippery Rock at Crisler Center. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE

Tim Hardaway, Jr. Scores 1,000th Career Point

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It’s all coming together for Tim Hardaway Jr., during his junior season at Michigan. He’s enjoying the best season of his Wolverine tenure—and Michigan is ranked No. 1 for the first time since 1992-93 as it tries to win the school’s first national title since Glen Rice led the school to the Promised Land in 1988-89.

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Today's links: Boilermakers vs. Hoosiers tonight

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It’s Super Wednesday, America. That means two games on BTN, including No. 3 Indiana at Purdue, one of the best rivalries in college sports. The Hoosiers want to remain in the Big Ten title hunt, while the Boilermakers are fighting for their postseason life and need all the quality wins they can muster. Let’s start daily links there.

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Mock brackets: Where do Big Ten teams land?

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The Case for No. 1 Seeds

It’s that time of the week, time to look at the mock brackets. And the Big Ten remains well-represented with seven teams in each of the mock brackets that I check each week. The only conference with more bids is the Big East, which has eight or nine tourney teams—depending on the bracket you check.

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Collision course: Ranking this week's big games

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Dunks of the Week: Jan. 28th, 2013

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This week is all about No. 1 Michigan’s trip to No. 3 Indiana on Saturday night. The winner will be in the driver’s seat in the Big Ten race—and solidify its case as a national championship contender.

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Today's links: On challenges, polls & ticking clocks

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Big Ten Blast: Jan. 29th Afternoon Update

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It’s no secret. In fact, it’s well-known to anyone who watches Big Ten hoops: Ohio State’s sophomores need to step up if the Buckeyes want to have a big season. Let’s begin daily links right there, since Ohio State has a big home game tonight vs. Wisconsin.

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Whiteboard: Purdue + Michigan = big week for IU

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Oladipo: Out of The Gate With a Dunk

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This is a nice week that is anchored by a Titanic prime-time clash on Saturday: No. 1 Michigan at No. 3 Indiana, which began the season No. 1. This should be a battle of first-place teams, with the winner in the driver’s seat to win the Big Ten.

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Dienhart: Ranking the top Big Ten teams of BCS era

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B1G Classics: Michigan at Ohio State, 11/23/2002

Got a case of the “football blues” with basketball season in full-tilt mode? If so, than chew on this piece from Athlon Sports that picks the 12 best Big Ten teams of the BCS era. Or, if you prefer, the 12 best Big Ten teams since 1998. As you would suspect, Ohio State is well-represented with half of the countdown being Buckeye squads: 2002 (No. 1); 1998 (No. 2); 2006 (No. 4); 2012 (No. 5); 2007 (No. 7); 2010 (No. 12).

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Today's links: Michigan keeps drawing praise

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Michigan at Illinois - Men's Basketball Highlights

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Let’s begin daily links with a homage to Michigan. I think it’s the best team in America, at least this week. And count the great Loren Tate of the Champaign News-Gazette among those who also are impressed with Michigan, which quelled any notion Illinois had of upsetting the Wolverines with impressive penetration and passing on Sunday en route to improving to 19-1 with a win over the Fighting Illini.

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Mailbag: Brackets, handshakes & clutch choices

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It’s that time of the week for me to reach into my mailbag and answer some of your questions. The buzz is about basketball, which makes sense as the conference season steams toward the midpoint with four teams in the thick of the race: Michigan, Indiana, Michigan State and Ohio State. So, let’s get right to your questions.

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Dienhart: Three rise up, three others fall

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Fortunes continue to rise and fall in the Big Ten race, which drips with intrigue. No game this weekend is more fascinating than Michigan State’s visit to Indiana on Sunday. The Hoosiers already have lost once at home to Wisconsin. And that loss isn’t looking too good in hindsight. Indiana surely can’t afford another slip, right? But here come the Spartans, winners of six in a row and the hottest team in the Big Ten.

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Today's links: Here comes Indiana vs. Michigan State

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Bill Carmody One-on-One Interview

There are story lines galore for this Sunday’s Michigan State at Indiana game. So, let’s start Friday’s daily links right there. Tom Izzo will be matching wits with his protégé, Tom Crean. The battle of big men Adreian Payne and Cody Zeller will be epic. Also fascinating: How Indiana fans will react to Michigan State freshman Gary Harris, an Indianapolis area product who shunned the Hoosiers for the Spartans.

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Today's links: Will Michigan jump up?

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Big Ten Blast: Jan. 24th Morning Edition

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With top-ranked Duke going down hard, and I mean hard, last night against the Miami Hurricanes, the No. 1 ranking in the AP Poll may be there for the taking for AP No. 2 Michigan if it beats Purdue at home tonight and then prevails at Illinois on Sunday. Right now, Michigan is No. 3 in the Coaches Poll behind Duke and Kansas.

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Who would you pick to take the last shot?

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Iowa at Ohio State - Men's Basketball Highlights

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Your team has the ball and is trailing by two points with less than 10 seconds to play. Who do you want to take the last shot? It’s no time for the faint at heart or the timid. Nope. This is the time for the clutch players with ice in their veins to step up.

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