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Big Ten links: No team appears safe at home

Adreian Payne

Coach John Groce Interview

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Tough loss for Wisconsin on its homecourt last night to Michigan State. Among legit Big Ten contenders, the Badgers, Gophers and Hoosiers all now have suffered defeats on their turf. Michigan State, Michigan and Ohio State have held serve at home, which is key. No shame in Wisconsin losing to a very good Michigan State team, which is where I will begin daily links on this chilly Wednesday.

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Dienhart: A look at the Big Ten in mock brackets

It’s never too early to think about March Madness and how the NCAA tourney bracket may fill out. The Big Ten figures to be well-represented in March, with as many as seven projected tourney teams in some mid-January brackets.

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Dienhart: Ranking this week's games

Aaron White

May Steals and Dunks

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There are some intriguing matchups this week that will go a long way toward determining the Big Ten race, led by Michigan State’s visit to Indiana on Sunday. Will the Hoosiers lose another game in Assembly Hall?

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Latest look at the week ahead in men's basketball

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Indiana at Northwestern - Men's Basketball Highlights

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Another week, another slate of big games in the Big Ten, which has five Top 25 teams this week: No. 2 Michigan; No. 7 Indiana; No. 12 Minnesota; No. 13 Michigan State; No. 14 Ohio State. Illinois dropped out, while Wisconsin looked poised to join the ranks of the ranked after winning at Indiana on Tuesday but then lost at Iowa on Saturday.

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Today's links: Big games ahead for Badgers

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Big Ten Blast: Jan. 22nd Afternoon Update

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This is a big week in Wisconsin hoops, with a visit from Michigan State tonight following by a visit from Minnesota on Saturday. That’s why I’m gonna begin daily links with the Badgers.

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Big Ten links: Division debate, Chris Street & much more

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Big Ten Blast: Jan. 21st Afternoon Update

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The Super Bowl matchup is set! But bigger news on the college front came from the recent NCAA convention, when it was announced that the governing body was altering rules to make them more user-friendly. Nice. Let’s start the daily links there.

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Three Big Ten hoops teams bump up stock

Jan 15 2013, Indianapolis, USA; Indiana Hoosiers do backflips during a game against the Wisconsin Badgers at Assembly Hall. Wisconsin defeats Indiana 64-59. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports.Credit: USA TODAY Sports

Michigan at Minnesota - Men's Basketball Highlights

What kind of week has it been in the Big Ten? With Northwestern winning at Illinois on Thursday, road teams have won six of the nine games this week. And we still have Saturday to go. Are you listening, Iowa and Michigan State? Wisconsin plays at Iowa while Ohio State plays at Michigan State in two big games on Saturday. If the Badgers and Buckeyes can continue the trend of road teams winning, it will be impressive.

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Dienhart: Purdue staff coming together

Purdue announced the official hirings of six assistants for new coach Darrell Hazell’s staff. Defensive coordinator Greg Hudson; offensive line coach Jim Bollman; linebackers coach Marcus Freeman; cornerbacks coach Jon Heacock; receivers coach Kevin Sherman; running backs coach Jafar Williams. It’s a nice blend of youth and experience, giving Hazell a good base to build from.

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Badgers QB Curt Phillips gets sixth year

News that Wisconsin quarterback Curt Phillips received a sixth season of eligibility is good for the Badgers—and for Phillips, who has endured a lot in his career.

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Dienhart: NFL's allure strong for coaches

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East-West Shrine Game Preview

Competitive people like challenges. And that’s exactly what Chip Kelly is going to get when he takes over the Philadelphia Eagles. Kelly is the latest college coach to make the move to the NFL. It’s becoming a trend in the NFL, the ultimate copycat league.

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Today's links: Gophers, Wolverines clash tonight

Trey Burke

Big Ten Blast: Jan. 17th Afternoon Update

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If it’s Thursday, it must mean there is a big game in the Big Ten, right? Yep. Brace yourself for No. 5 Michigan visiting No. 9 Minnesota. Let’s begin daily links right there. This will be the first meeting of top-10 teams in the venerable Barn since—are you ready for this?—1977.

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Dienhart's early 2013 football power rankings

Urban Meyer

Football Report - Jan. 14, 2013

The final punctuation mark has been put on the 2012 season and we closed that latest chapter. Now, we turn the page and look toward 2013. Before you know it, spring football will be here.

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Today's links: Stunning win shakes up Big Ten race

Christian Watford & Traevon Jackson

Big Ten Blast: Jan. 16th Morning Edition

Wisconsin’s win at No. 2 Indiana was impressive. Not only that, but the victory pushed the Badgers into sole possession of first place in a Big Ten race that looks to be wide open now. And, get this: Wisconsin isn’t even ranked, while six other Big Ten teams are: Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio State, Michigan State, Illinois. Let’s start the daily links there.

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Super Seven: Ranking the Big Ten's best big men

Adreian Payne

Great Block by Zeller

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We all know that come March, college basketball becomes all about the guards. In fact, whatever teams have the best guard play typically advance the farthest in the NCAA tourney. But, every coach loves to have a big man–especially a GOOD big man. And, look around: They typically are few and far between. But this year, the Big Ten has a plethora of good players who are 6-10 or taller—and three of them are freshmen.

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Leaders & Legends: Name change ahead?

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Big Ten Expansion: How to Shape Divisions

It seems the moment the Big Ten announced in 2010 that it would name its divisions “Leaders” and “Legends,” there was an outcry from people who found names are pretentious, arrogant and just downright confusing. Others preferred simple geographic names like, say, East and West.

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Today's links: Here comes Badgers vs. Hoosiers

Jared Berggren

Big Ten Blast: Jan. 15th Afternoon Edition

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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?

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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

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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

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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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