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Super Seven: Ranking best Big Ten hoops arenas

Nov 27, 2012; Bloomington, IN, USA; A general view of the opening tip of the game between the Indiana Hoosiers and the North Carolina Tar Heels at Assembly Hall. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE

Superhero Night at Assembly Hall

Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE

When it comes to the best hoop arenas in the nation, places like Kentucky’s Rupp Arena, Duke’s Cameron Indoor Stadium, UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion and Kansas’ Allen Fieldhouse often are mentioned. But the Big Ten has its share of iconic venues, and I rank the conference’s seven best in this week’s Super Seven.

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Season in review: Minnesota football

Jesse Johnson-US PRESSWIRE

In just his second season in Minneapolis, Jerry Kill delivered the Golden Gophers to a bowl for the first time since 2009. The team jetted to a 4-0 start, but went just 2-6 to finish the season. The offense struggled down the stretch, as the Gophers finished 10th in total offense (317.5 ypg).

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Today's links: Bowl battles loom for Big Ten

Benny Sieu-US PRESSWIRE

The bowl season kicked off last weekend with two games (full schedule here). Well, 33 more remain! And the Big Ten will be involved in seven of them. That’s a good place to start with my daily links. Most aren’t predicting much postseason success for the Big Ten, especially when it comes to the three bowl games vs. teams from the mighty SEC.

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Season in review: Indiana football

The Hoosiers still are searching for their first bowl trip since 2007, but they made strides in their second season under Kevin Wilson by winning four games after winning only one game overall and none in Big Ten action in 2011. And Indiana did this despite losing starting quarterback Tre Roberson for the season to a broken leg in the second game.

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Best Suggestions: All signs point to big weekend

Nik Stauskas

The Journey 2013: Big Ten Basketball - Michigan

Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

This week serves up a steady diet of cupcakes on the Big Ten men’s basketball schedule, but the weekend includes a number of high-profile games. And as we saw with Indiana’s stunning overtime loss to Butler that dropped the Hoosiers from No. 1 to No. 6 in the both polls, you always must be on guard.

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Nebraska inks 3-game series with Northern Illinois

Richard Mackson-US PRESSWIRE

Nebraska announced a three-game series with Northern Illinois in 2016, 2017 and 2019. The Huskies are one of the top non-AQ schools in the nation, advancing to the Orange Bowl this season to play Florida State.

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Big Ten bowls: We predict all seven games

Northwestern's Kain Colter

Which Big Ten Team Needs Bowl Win Most?

Every week this season, BTN.com’s Brent Yarina (@BTNBrentYarina) and Tom Dienhart (@BTNTomDienhart) offered their predictions for each Big Ten football game and provided polls for fans to pick their winners. We’re doing the same this bowl season. Heading into the games, BTN.com fans are atop the season standings, two games ahead of Dienhart. See our bowl predictions and choose your winners in this post.

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Season in review: Iowa football

Mark Weisman

Tatum-Woodson Defensive Back of the Year

This is a young Iowa team, so few expected a legit contender. But no one envisioned the Hawkeyes floundering. The offense was the root cause, ranking No. 11 in the Big Ten overall (310.4 ypg) and 11th in scoring (19.3 ppg). QB James Vandenberg took a big step back from a productive junior season, dropping from 25 touchdown passes to seven.

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Q&A: Ohio State's Deshaun Thomas

Ohio State Buckeyes forward Deshaun Thomas

Deshaun Thomas "Two-Handed Chin-Up"

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If Ohio State is going to return to the Final Four, Deshaun Thomas knows he must carry a big load. And he embraces that responsibility playing in a loaded Big Ten that most feel is the best conference in America.

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Season in review: Illinois football

Brace Hemmelgarn-US PRESSWIRE

Tim Beckman’s debut was one to forget, as the Fighting Illini struggled on both sides of the ball. Spotty play along the offensive line hindered an offense that was last in the Big Ten in scoring (16.7 ppg); No. 11 in rushing (127.8 ypg); No. 10 in passing (168.8 ypg).

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Season in review: Penn State football

Penn State Nittany Lions linebacker Gerald Hodges

The Journey 2012: Penn State's Michael Mauti

Evan Habeeb-US PRESSWIRE

The challenges were many for a program rocked by scandal and probation that saw some top players transfer before the season began. But Bill O’Brien and the Nittany Lions never flinched—not even after an 0-2 with losses to Ohio and at Virginia.

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Season in review: Ohio State football

Nov 24, 2012; Columbus, OH, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes defensive tackle Joel Hale (51) celebrates with teammate Braxton Miller (5) after defeating the Michigan Wolverines 26-21 to go undefeated on the season at Ohio Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-US PRESSWIRE

Braxton Miller 67-Yard TD Run

Andrew Weber-US PRESSWIRE

I’m rolling out some quick football season reviews during the lull between the end of football’s regular season and the bowl games, and I’m starting with Ohio State. In Urban Meyer’s much-anticipated debut, Ohio State went 12-0 and ranked No. 3 in the AP poll as one of just two FBS unbeatens. It was the sixth unbeaten and untied season in school annals. But, because of NCAA probation, the Buckeyes weren’t eligible to play in the Big Ten title game or a bowl.

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Daily links: A look at Thursday's Big Ten headlines

Ever wonder why John Beilein left West Virginia for Michigan? Well, it’s all right here in this story by Nick Baumgardner of MLive.com.Baumgardner also tells you why Beilein is not leaving Michigan. “I love rebuilding programs, (I wanted to) do one more,” Beilein said. “And the University of Michigan ended up being that choice.” It’s one of my many links today.

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Today's links: On football, hoops & expansion

Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE

No better way to get caught up with your daily Big Ten news fix than by surfing my daily links. And there’s no better way to start than by you checking out The Roundup with Lee Barfknecht of the Omaha World-News. Not familiar with it? It’s a chat where Lee hits all the hot topics. And you’re gonna want his opinion. The guy is good. Really good.

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Dienhart: Best of the Big Ten Bowls

Capital One Bowl

Montee Ball - Post Championship Game Interview

There are seven Big Ten teams in bowl games. And there would be two more, if not for Ohio State and Penn State being on probation. What’s the best quarterback duel? Wheres’ the best chance for an upset? Which game is the best candidate for a good, old shootout?

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Dienhart: Big Ten coaching news roundup

Byron Hetzler-USA TODAY Sports

All eyes are on Wisconsin as it continues to search for a replacement for Bret Bielema. Athletic director Barry Alvarez said last week he’d prefer to hire someone with head coaching experience, but some in the  industry have suggested that might be because he doesn’t have the time and/or energy to devote to grooming a young coach like he did with Bielema. Just something to consider.

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