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BTN.com's 2012-13 All-Big Ten teams

The 2012-13 All-Big Ten Men’s Basketball Teams will be released at 7 p.m. ET Monday on BTN/BTN2Go during the “All-Conference Selection Show” with Dave Revsine (@BTNDaveRevsine) and Jim Jackson (@BTNJimJackson). Interviews from select award winners will also be included during the 30-minute program.

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Today's links: IU's title win sets Big Ten abuzz

Hat’s off to Indiana for showing moxy and toughness—yes, toughness—in winning at Michigan, 72-71, to clinch the program’s first outright Big Ten championship since 1992-93. Indiana was down by five points with 52 seconds left. That’s when Cody Zeller went to work—and Michigan bricked some key field goals to blow the game. Daily links has to start from Ann Arbor, which is still pulsating.

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Reader mail: Who's my Big Ten Player of the Year?

It’s that time of the week when I reach into my mailbag to answer your questions. And, there’s a lot going on, what with the hoop season about to hit its full postseason stride and spring football about to heat up. So, let’s begin.

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Big finish looms for Big Ten regular season

The Big Ten will put on bow on the regular season this weekend, capping what has been a wild and wondrous ride during a season that has seen Indiana and Michigan each hold the No. 1 ranking at some point. And Ohio State, Michigan State, Wisconsin, Illinois and Minnesota all have been ranked in the top 10 at various points this season.

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Big Ten links: What's buzzing this weekend?

The Big Ten title chase cleared up a bit last night with Michigan State dumping Wisconsin, 58-43, in one of the ugliest games of the season.

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How Spartans' win impacts race for Big Ten title

Michigan State’s 58-43 win over Wisconsin clears up the Big Ten title chase—a little bit. The Spartans’ victory eliminates the Badgers from being able to win a share of the Big Ten championship. Michigan State’s triumph also clinches the No. 1 seed in the Big Ten tournament for Indiana. The event starts next Thursday in Chicago.

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Big Ten names make Football HOF ballot

The National Football Foundation released its College Football Hall of Fame ballot. The Big Ten is well-represented with 21 players among the 77 on the ballot. There are five coaches on the ballot, with one having Big Ten ties: Michigan State coach Darryl Rogers (1976-79).

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Super Seven: Biggest upsets in Big Ten men's play

The idea of David slaying Goliath is what makes sport great. Think about it: Upsets are the games we usually always remember. And the Big Ten has been filled with them this season. Just ask Indiana, which has been victimized more times than any Big Ten club this season. That’s the peril of being ranked so highly.

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Today's links: Buzz around Burke, title race & expansion

Purdue almost had Michigan beat last night, building a 12-point second-half lead. Then, the Boilermakers started talking some trash at Wolverines sophomore point man Trey Burke. Silly Boilermakers. Let’s start daily links here.

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USA Today lists athletic director salaries

Nobody does salary research better than USA Today. The five-day-a-week iconic newspaper recently released a database that chronicles the salaries of college athletic directors. It’s worth checking out.

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Taking a close look at Big Ten title scenarios

Say “Hello” to chaos, Big Ten. Indiana’s 67-58 loss at home on Senior Night to Ohio State on Tuesday has opened the possibilities for Michigan, Michigan State, Wisconsin and Ohio State to claim a share of the Big Ten title.

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Big Ten links: Wild conference race continues

The outright Big Ten title was there for the taking for Indiana and the Hoosiers blew it—on Senior Night, no less—falling 67-58 to Ohio State. It was Indiana’s lowest point total of the season. Gotta start the daily links there.

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Dienhart: Latest look at experts' mock brackets

It’s time to take the temperature of the Big Ten. How do the various mock brackets rate the conference entering the final week of the regular season?

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Dienhart: Ranking 1 more week of games

The last week of the regular season is at our feet. The Big Ten title already has been decided—well, at least a share of it. Indiana can claim the entire crown with a win tonight at home vs. Ohio State or with a victory at Michigan on Sunday.

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Today's links: IU seniors to get honored tonight

It’s Senior Night tonight in Bloomington, as Jordan Hulls, Christian Watford and Derek Elston will play their final games in venerable Assembly Hall. So, I’m gonna start daily links there. A big part of this annual rite is speeches by the seniors. And these speeches figure to be emotion-packed, given what these three seniors have witnessed in their time at Indiana.

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