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Today's links: Iowa faces uphill battle

Mitch McGary

Big Ten Blast: Jan. 11th Morning Edition

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Iowa is off to a rough start in the Big Ten, an 0-3 start vs. three very good teams (Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State). The latest setback was a 62-59 defeat at home to the Spartans that the Hawkeyes had their chances to win. Let’s start the daily links right there in Iowa City, shall we? Mike Hlas of the Cedar Rapids Gazette says it’s more evidence that Iowa isn’t out of the Big Ten lowlands yet.

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Dienhart: Q&A with Nebraska's Brandon Ubel

First Team: F Brandon Ubel

Brandon Ubel Spin Move

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Brandon Ubel knows building a team is a process. That’s one reason why he relishes being a part of the construction of the Nebraska program under first-year coach Tim Miles.

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Dynasty debate: Alabama's titles, Nebraska's run

Nebraska's Herbie

Big Ten Elite: 1994 Nebraska Football

It’s a healthy debate and it’s a fun debate: Which of the two most recent college football dynasties is most impressive—Alabama or Nebraska? Alabama’s third national championship in four seasons has placed this current run into the “dynasty,” category, no matter what Nick Saban says. And more chapters may be added in 2013, 2014, and beyond. If so, that would render this debate moot.

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Today's links: More challenges ahead for Gophers

Rodney Williams

Big Ten Blast: Jan. 10th Afternoon Update

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Minnesota’s full power and glory was on display during its romp over Illinois last night. So, let’s start there with the daily links, shall we? The Golden Gophers showed they are a true top-10 team that will compete for the Big Ten title—and thus a Final Four bid—with the 84-67 victory.

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Lewan surprises, announces return to Michigan

Taylor Lewan

Taylor Lewan Staying at Michigan

It was a surprise to some that Michigan offensive tackle Taylor Lewan opted to return for his senior season. But it’s great news for the Wolverines, as Lewan will be among the top linemen in the nation in 2013.

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Dienhart: Let's drop cupcakes from football schedules

On Tuesday, Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany suggested the notion of not having victories over Football Championship Subdivision opponents count toward a Football Bowl Subdivision team’s bowl eligibility, and that sounds good to me. A team needs six wins to be eligible for a bowl, but the NCAA currently allows one of those wins to be a victory over a FCS team. Without that “cupcake win,” there would be schools that don’t reach that six-victory minimum.

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Today's links: Huge stretch for high-flying Gophers

Rodney Williams

Big Ten Blast: Jan. 9th Morning Edition

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It all begins tonight for No. 8 Minnesota. And that’s why I’m beginning my daily links right here, America. You see, it’s put-up-or-shut-up time for the 14-1 Golden Gophers. And I love put-up-or-shut-up time. You should, too. We will discover how good this team is with a game at Illinois tonight (9 p.m. WET on BTN/BTN2Go) and a visit to Indiana on Saturday. Minnesota then returns home to play Michigan on Jan. 17. All together how: wow!

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Super Seven: A look at the games that will matter most

Jacksonville at Indiana

Oladipo to Zeller for the Dunk

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This is a big week in the Big Ten, with myriad big games beginning with Minnesota’s contests at Illinois and at Indiana. Along those lines, I take a look at the seven Big Ten games that will go the longest way in determining who will win the conference championship.

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Dienhart: And now our Big Ten Bowl Honor Roll

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2012 Big Ten Football Images of the Year

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With the 2012 bowl season in the books, let’s take a look back at the best of the postseason for the Big Ten. The bowls didn’t go like the conference and the members had hoped, as the Big Ten posted a 2-5 mark with a 1-4 record on New Year’s Day. From the best game to the best defensive stop, here’s a look at my Big Ten Bowl Honor Roll.

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Today's links: Another football season in the books

Footballs stacked inside a yard mark before the game between the Michigan Wolverines and the Massachusetts Minutemen at Michigan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE

Big Ten Blast: Jan. 8th Morning Edition

Alabama put the finishing touches on the 2012 season with an annihilation of Notre Dame in the BCS championship game. And, never in the history of college football has a 42-14 score been so misleading. Truth be told: It wasn’t really that close. So, that’s three BCS titles in four years for Bama, and then seven in a row for the SEC. Maybe Ohio State can put an end to this SEC dominance in the near future. Until then, let’s kick off the daily links with a gander at the final polls, which still mean something in college football.

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Big Ten Whiteboard: Gophers return to Assembly Hall(s)

Rodney Williams & Jared Swopshire

Welch and Ellenson: Back-to-Back Dunks

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Buckle up, this is gonna be a big week, a week that goes a long way toward determining the early pecking order of a Big Ten race that should be spectacular. And, know this: The team that can win road games is going to win the Big Ten. So, here’s the formula: go unbeaten at home; and go 6-3 or 5-4 on the road. That should get you at least a share of the Big Ten championship.

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Dienhart: O'Brien staying is the right thing

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Big Ten Blast: Jan. 7th Morning Update

Bill O’Brien is a terrific coach. We saw that in just one season of work at Penn State. He walked into an untenable situation and promptly led a shorthanded team to an 8-4 record (6-2 Big Ten) when most forecast gloom. But, much heavy lifting remains. And O’Brien is going to be around for it.

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Monday's links: Football's comings & goings

Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE

Still have football percolating on my mind as I open today’s edition of the daily links. Why not? The BCS national title game is tonight. Surely, Michigan wishes it was in Miami playing. But, it’s just a dream for now. If it’s gonna happen next season, it will be because of these 10 players, says Kyle Meinke of MLive.com.

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Follow who's up & who's down in Big Ten hoops

December 29, 2012; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Michigan Wolverines players get ready before the game against the Central Michigan Chippewas at Crisler Center. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports.Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Best of Sam Thompson Dunk Montage

Welcome to the first installment of “Three Pointers,” a fun, informative and informal spin around Big Ten men’s basketball every Friday afternoon. There is a lot to explore with the start of Big Ten action this week. Early signs indicate the conference will be as good as advertised, as six Big Ten teams are ranked in the Top 20. And four are in the top 13.

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Today's links: O'Brien staying is a very good thing

Bill O'Brien

Big Ten Blast: Jan 4th Morning Edition

First he’s gone, then he’s staying. It has been a crazy few days tracking the saga of Penn State’s Bill O’Brien. But, according to many reports last night, O’Brien is staying in State College, Pa. So, let’s begin Friday’s daily links right there.

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Big Ten Q&A: Iowa's Roy Devyn Marble

NCAA Basketball: Big Ten Media Day

Devyn Marble Scores Six 3-Pointers

Reid Compton-US PRESSWIRE

The time is now for Iowa’s Roy Devyn Marble. This is his Hawkeyes team. He must be a leader and he must show the way if the program is to reach the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2006.

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Big Ten Mailbag: Bowl games bring lots of questions

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Nebraska at Ohio State - Men's Basketball Highlights

Jeff Griffith-USA TODAY Sports

It’s that time of the week when I reach into my mailbag and answer the best of your questions. This time of year, the bag is jammed with both football and hoops questions, and I have few of each this week. That includes one on Ohio State’s shooting struggles.

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Spartans' Le'Veon Bell headed to NFL

Andrew Weber-US Presswire

Please tell me you aren’t shocked by news that Michigan State running back Le’Veon Bell is going pro a year early. Running backs have only so many carries in their body. And Bell already has used up a lot of them at Michigan State. In three years, he ran 671 times for 3,346 yards and 33 touchdowns. He also caught 78 passes, which surely will impress NFL scouts.

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Super Seven: My top Big Ten freshman stars

Gary Harris

Nik Stauskas Puts on Shooting Display

Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

The Big Ten has a nice collection of freshmen who already are making a big impact. Michigan has the best group, with the likes of Mitch McGary, Glenn Robinson III and Nik Stauskas already shining.

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