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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?

Michigan at Minnesota

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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Big Ten links: No team appears safe at home

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Coach John Groce Interview

Mary Langenfeld-USA TODAY Sports

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

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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

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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

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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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