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Dienhart: My best available Big Ten players

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Allen Robinson Joins #BTNLive

The Big Ten had just one way to go after producing only one selection in the first round of last year’s NFL draft: up. Last night, the Big Ten had four picks, with Michigan OT Taylor Lewan leading the way at No. 11 to the Titans. Ohio State LB Ryan Shazier went No. 15 to Pittsburgh, followed by Michigan State CB Darqueze Dennard at No. 24 to Cincinnati and Ohio State CB Bradley Roby at No. 31 to Denver.

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Mailbag: D.C., Gavitt games, 14-team tourney format

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Big Ten Basketball Tournament Heads to Washington D.C. in 2017

It has been a busy week, what with the announcements of a basketball series with the Big East and the hoop tourney moving to Washington, D.C., in 2017. Lots of mail on the subject of the Big Ten moving East. So, let’s dig in with some of your thoughts.

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Dienhart: Big Ten excited to put tourney in D.C.

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Big Ten Basketball Tournament Heads to Washington D.C. in 2017

WASHINGTON – Yesterday, it was New York. Today, it’s Washington. Welcome to the new Big Ten Eastern Wing. Soon after it was announced in 2012 that Rutgers and Maryland were joining the league, Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany pledged to build a bridge to the conference’s newcomers.

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Dienhart: Gavitt Games matchups I want to see

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Gavitt Tipoff Games Announced

Now that the Gavitt Tipoff Series has been officially announced, it’s time to think of some of the fun potential matchups. Note: Nebraska-Creighton and Wisconsin-Marquette already play annually. And Butler meets Indiana and Purdue often. But here are 10 I’d like to see.

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Dienhart: NFL draft Q&A with Mike Huguenin

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Russ Lande Talks 79th Annual NFL Draft

The NFL draft begins a week from today. The build up has been lengthy. The anticipation is great. Intrigue dominates the top picks, as no one is sure what the Houston Texans will be do with the No. 1 overall pick. The Big Ten has to hope this year’s draft is more productive than last year’s, which was largely forgettable.

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With recruiting spending up, will results follow?

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2013 Signing Day - Final Thoughts

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Recruiting is the lifeblood of a good football program. Ask any coach. The team with the best players typically wins the game. Well, when it comes to an investment in talent procurement, the Big Ten is upping its ante.

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Dienhart: 50 most pressing offseason questions

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B1G East Spring Football Recap

With the close of spring practices across the Big Ten, the offseason officially has begun. And, questions still pepper the conference landscape. Here are my 50 Most Pressing Big Ten Offseason Questions. We won’t get answers to them until September–or maybe later … or never at all.

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Check out Wednesday's 10 Big Ten headlines

I wrote recently about how college football needs uniformity when it comes to conference scheduling. The five major leagues all need to play the same number of conference games. The Big Ten, Pac-12, Big 12 and ACC are on board, with each now playing nine or with plans to. But not the SEC, which recently decided that it will remain at eight games. The College Football Playoff Committee won’t tell the leagues what to do. Too bad.

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Here are 10 Big Ten headlines for Tuesday

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B1G West Spring Football Recap

The final spring football attendance figures are in. And the Big Ten accounted for three of the nation’s top six crowds. The Big Ten’s largest? That would be Penn State, which welcomed 72,000 to get a first look at James Franklin’s team.

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Dienhart: Iowa spring football wrap

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Iowa Spring Game Highlights

Iowa is coming off a nice rebound season in 2013, forging an 8-5 mark (5-3 Big Ten) a year after going 4-8 (2-6). Now, expectations are high in Iowa City for a Hawkeyes program that brings back lots of talent and could win the inaugural Big Ten West as Kirk Ferentz begins his 16th season.

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