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Spring football: Previewing Big Ten Legends Division

Spring football has kicked off in Big Ten territory, with Northwestern the first to take off the wraps this past Wednesday. Yesterday, we posted spring previews for the Leaders Division teams. Today, we take a look at the Legends Division, which is filled with many interesting story lines: How will Nebraska’s defensive front seven take shape? Will Michigan’s offense transition smoothly from the Denard Robinson era to a more conventional attack? How will the overhauled staff work at Iowa?

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Today's links: Spin around the Big Ten headlines

Michigan’s fall from grace has been swift and stunning. In their last seven games, the Wolverines are 3-4. Big Ten title and NCAA No. 1 seed dreams basically vaporized in that shock-the-world loss at Penn State. Before things careen totally out of control, Trey Burke insists changes are needed for a team that 28 days ago was No. 1 in the nation. But I’m not sure how much can be changed at this point. It’s March 1, for crying out loud!

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Spring Football: Previewing Big Ten Leaders Division

Snow is still on the ground in parts of the Midwest and the calendar still says “February.” No matter, Northwestern kicked off spring football on Wednesday, the first Big Ten school to take the lid off this beautiful annual rite. Yes, the 2013 season is a day closer. And, that’s a tremendous thing.

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Super Seven: Big Ten names flying under the radar

We all know who the superstars are in the Big Ten—Cody Zeller, Victor Oladipo, Trey Burke, Deshaun Thomas, Brandon Paul, Trevor Mbakwe. This year the list really could go on quite a bite. But who do I think have been some of the most underrated players this season in the conference? Glad you asked.

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Today's links: Another day, another upset

Please forgive John Beilein if he doesn’t want to get out of bed this morning. You see, his No. 4 Michigan team suffered arguably the biggest upset of the college season last night, falling 84-78 to a Penn State squad that was 0-14 in the Big Ten. The Wolverines were done in by a variety of issues. Trey Burke felt a lack of heart was the culprit in a defeat that likely kills any hope the Wolverines had of winning a share of the Big Ten title for a second season in a row. And a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tourney? It’s probably toast, too, after the Wolverines blew a 15-point second-half lead.

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Ripple effects from Gophers' upset win

It was a night to remember at Williams Arena. The joint was jumping. In fact, it seemed like the roof was about to blow off the place as Minnesota pushed its way to a stunning 77-73 win over No. 1 Indiana. That’s why my daily links starts right there.

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Mock brackets: See where your Big Ten team lands

It’s time for my weekly check of some mock brackets to see where the Big Ten ranks. The four brackets I examined all have seven Big Ten teams in the Big Dance. And that looks like a pretty solid number right up until Selection Sunday on March 17.

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Dienhart: Ranking this week's hoops battles

The penultimate week of the regular season isn’t loaded with top matchups, but there are several intriguing clashes beginning with tonight’s Indiana at Minnesota game. And I can’t wait for Michigan State’s visit to Michigan on Sunday. Here is how I rank this week’s 10 games.

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Big Ten links: On IU, hoops race & football updates

Should Indiana be on upset alert tonight when it plays at Minnesota? Hmmm. Maybe. Let’s start daily links there. The Hoosiers withstood a furious Minny rally to take an 88-81 victory back in January. But the Golden Gophers are struggling, having lost eight of the last 11 games and dropping their last two by an average of 23.5 points.

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Big Ten Mailbag: Hoops tourney on east coast?

Time for me to reach into my mailbag. Many comments on the post last week that ranked the football/basketball coaching combinations in the Big Ten. It seems many of you disagreed with my order!

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Big Ten Whiteboard: Look out for the Gophers, Hoosiers

The homestretch of the Big Ten season is here, with teams scrambling to improve their NCAA tournament stock over the final two weeks of the regular season.

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Monday links: Surf these Big Ten headlines

Gotta start daily links with Michigan and its impressive victory over Illinois on Sunday. The Wolverines flexed their muscles by thumping the Illini, 71-58. And in the process, Trey Burke surpassed the 1,000-point club. He is just the seventh Wolverine to turn the trick in less than two seasons.

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Hoosiers flex muscles as race hits homestretch

Indiana was a big winner this week, showing why it’s the No. 1 team in the nation and a favorite to win the school’s first national championship since 1987, when Keith Smart hit one of the biggest shots in school history to down Syracuse. The Hoosiers’ win in East Lansing against Michigan State was very impressive. But that’s not all that went on last week.

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Team up: Ranking football & hoops coaching combos

Here is how Athlon ranks the Big Ten tandems.

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Big Ten links: Could IU's Oladipo go No. 1 overall?

Self-important, fast-talking, arm-waving weather people who predicted a massive Midwest snow storm yesterday called “Winter Storm Q”? Over-hyped. Indiana hoops? Not over-hyped. That’s why the Hoosiers get the lead in my daily links. Michigan guard Trey Burke agrees with me on the formidable Hoosiers. In fact, he says Indiana is the best team the Wolverines have played this season, and another expert says Victor Oladipo’s NBA stock is rising.

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