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Big Ten links: Take a spin around Tuesday's latest headlines

Feb 24, 2016; Iowa City, IA, USA; Wisconsin Badgers forward Khalil Iverson (21) shoots the ball against the Iowa Hawkeyes during the second half at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Wisconsin won 67-59.

Check out these #BTNStandout plays

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Michigan State is two games behind first-place Indiana in men’s hoops, but are they best team in the nation? Bronson Koenig’s shooting is sparking Wisconsin. Spring football drills have begun at more schools. And we’ve got five pretty strong #BTNStandout plays from the last week in the video above, too. Dive in, read and watch, and get caught up.

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2016 spring football preview: Nebraska Cornhuskers

Oct 17, 2015; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Nebraska Cornhuskers running back Terrell Newby (34) rushes for a touchdown in the first half against the Minnesota Golden Gophers at TCF Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

Terrell Newby runs for long TD at Minnesota

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Optimism bubbles in Lincoln. Yes, Mike Riley’s debut didn’t go smoothly. It seemed each week, the Cornhuskers found a new way to lose a game. But the squad finished with some mojo, going 3-1 in its last four games with a bowl win vs. UCLA in an otherwise vexing 6-7 season.

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Big Ten Whiteboard: Can Indiana make it an outright Big Ten crown?

Feb 2, 2016; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Indiana Hoosiers forward Troy Williams (5) reacts to a foul in the first half against the Michigan Wolverines at Crisler Center. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Troy Williams throws it down at Illinois

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It’s finally here, the last week of the regular season. And Indiana already has wrapped a share of its 22nd Big Ten title and second in the last four years. Can the Hoosiers win the outright title? Michigan State, Maryland, Iowa and Wisconsin all hold out hope to take a share of the title.

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Big Ten links: Iowa's struggles, Big Ten football updates & more

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What on god’s green earth is wrong with Iowa? The Hawkeyes are letting a Cinderella season derail from the tracks, losing three in a row and four of five. It’s threatening to torpedo the program’s quest for its first Big Ten title since 1978-79. Jarrod Uthoff addresses the team’s confidence after a gut-punch loss at Ohio State on Sunday in this video.

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Tom’s Take: Honors, stock watch, top performers, notes & quotes

Feb 25, 2016; Champaign, IL, USA; Illinois Fighting Illini guard Jalen Coleman-Lands (5) shoots defended by Indiana Hoosiers forward OG Anunoby (3) and forward Juwan Morgan (13) during the first half at State Farm Center. Mandatory Credit: Mike Granse-USA TODAY Sports

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There is a week to go in the season, and Indiana already has clinched a share of the Big Ten title, by virtue of Ohio State upsetting No. 8 Iowa on Sunday night. Can the Hoosiers win the title outright? Or can someone grab a share of it?

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Big Ten links: Could Indiana's Yogi Ferrell make a run at MVP?

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Ferrell, Indiana roll through Illinois

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In today’s Big Ten news digest, our writer wonders: If Indiana wins the Big Ten, could Yogi Ferrell be the league’s Player of the Year? Also, Michigan State’s Tom Izzo isn’t worried about the Hall of Fame, we have a deeper look at the additions to Nebraska’s football team, and one NFL GM is gushing over Ohio State’s draft class. Let’s get to the latest headlines …

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2016 spring football preview: Minnesota Gophers

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Jerry Kill is gone. The Tracy Claeys era has begun. And, change is brewing … it has been for several months. The program is on solid footing, having been to a bowl each of the last four seasons. But the staff has been altered with a new offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach and offensive line coach. Still, there is momentum coming off a bowl win that capped a disappointing 6-7 season.

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MSU's Matt Costello: 'Only thing we are lacking is consistency'

Feb 6, 2016; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Michigan State Spartans forward Matt Costello (10) dunks the ball in the second half against the Michigan Wolverines at Crisler Center. Michigan State won 89-73.

Remember this Costello-Izzo hug?

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When asked if Michigan State is a Final Four team, Michigan State’s Matt Costello said, “I think it is a national championship-caliber team. We have all the pieces, inside game, outside game, unselfish, running game. The only thing we are lacking is consistency.” Spartans face Penn State this Sunday on BTN/BTN2Go. Read our entire Q&A with Costello.

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Big Ten links: Catch up with Thursday's news digest

In Thursday’s Big Ten headlines digest, we”ve got the following stories: Jerry Kill won’t have a role with the Minnesota athletic department. Ever wonder which Big Ten players ran the fastest 40-yard dashes at the NFL Combine since 1999? Michigan Jim Harbaugh responded to another SEC coach. And here’s one idea for streamlining the football recruiting process. Read on.

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2016 spring football preview: Michigan Wolverines

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Amara Darboh makes the ridiculous catch

Jim Harbaugh’s debut could not have gone much better. He inherited a 5-7 team and turned it into a 10-3 squad that punctuated the season with a domination of Florida in the Citrus Bowl. The losses all were “quality,” as the Wolverines fell at Utah in the opener–barely, vs. Michigan State (in one of the craziest endings ever) and vs. an Ohio State club that no doubt is the better program … for now.

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Dienhart: 10 most dominant Big Ten hoops teams in last 25 years

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Big Ten's Best Duos: Cleaves & Peterson

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With the Golden State Warriors in the midst of a potential record-breaking season as they take aim on the Chicago Bulls’ 72-10 mark of 1995-96, I thought it would be fun to look back on what I think have been the most dominating Big Ten teams since 1990-91 … the last 25 years.

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Mailbag: Purdue's NCAA outlook, Iowa's offensive line & more

Feb 20, 2016; Bloomington, IN, USA; Purdue Boilermakers bench players cheer during a game against the Indiana Hoosiers at Assembly Hall. Indiana defeats Purdue 77-73. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Indiana holds off heated rival Purdue

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Cruising through my Big Ten Mailbag on a quiet February afternoon. What do I find? Questions about Purdue’s prospects, Iowa’s offensive line, an Indiana football recruit and Denzel Valentine’s award hopes, among other things. Enjoy!

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Big Ten links: Denzel Valentine, Iowa players-only meeting & more

Feb 23, 2016; Columbus, OH, USA; Michigan State Spartans guard Denzel Valentine (45) speeds past Ohio State Buckeyes center Daniel Giddens (4) during the second half at Value City Arena. The Spartans won 81-62. Mandatory Credit: Joe Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports

Michigan State runs away from Ohio State

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Good to see Michigan State promoting Denzel Valentine for postseason honors by sending out a trinket. And, it’s a perfect embodiment of the versatile Valentine: a multi-purpose tool that includes a small knife, flashlight and bottle opener. It is green and includes Valentine’s name, number, and the Spartans’ logo.

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2016 spring football preview: Maryland Terrapins

Oct 31, 2015; Iowa City, IA, USA; Maryland Terrapins defensive back William Likely (4) returns a kickoff against the Iowa Hawkeyes during the second half at Kinnick Stadium. Iowa won 31-15. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

William Likely returns kick 100 yards at Iowa

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Maryland turns the page on a new era with D.J. Durkin taking over in College Park. Durkin replaces Randy Edsall, who had a largely uneventful four-plus year tenure in going to just two bowls after taking over in 2011. Offensive coordinator Mike Locksley took over after Edsall was fired during last season, as Maryland finished 3-9 and lost nine in a row at one time.

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2016 spring football preview: Northwestern Wildcats

Oct 3, 2015; Evanston, IL, USA; Northwestern Wildcats linebacker Anthony Walker (18) picks up a fumble and returns it for a touchdown against the Minnesota Golden Gophers during the second half at Ryan Field. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

Anthony Walker makes another big play

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Northwestern is coming off a special season in which it won 10 games. And it was a much-needed elixir for a program that was coming off consecutive 5-7 seasons. Now, can the Wildcats continue their evolution?

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