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Big Ten mailbag: Signing Day queries & hoops

Keep those cards and letters coming, America. Lots of good questions each week as we head into the home stretch of the hoop season and put a bow on the 2013 recruiting season.

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Dienhart: Ups & downs make for one amazing week

No school epitomized the state of college basketball in 2012-13 better than Indiana this week. The Hoosiers won a thrilling game over No. 1 Michigan on Saturday night to move into sole possession of first place in the Big Ten and atop the polls—only to suffer the low of lows last night by losing to an unranked Illinois team that had lost six of its last seven games.

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Dienhart: Q&A with Penn State's D.J. Newbill

This has been a trying season for Penn State. You don’t have to remind D.J. Newbill who has overcome bigger things in his life, including a transfer and the loss of his mother. The 6-4 sophomore is doing his part to get the Nittany Lions on track. How tough has it been? Penn State is 0-10 in the Big Ten and 8-14 overall. Not having star point guard Tim Frazier has made matters challenging for Newbill and Penn State, as Frazier is out with a left Achilles tendon injury suffered just four games into the season.

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Big Ten links: Win brightens Illini tourney hopes

The denizens of Champaign-Urbana (Chambana to the hip natives) woke up this morning dreaming of the NCAA tourney. Why not? Illinois’ stunning 74-72 defeat of No. 1 Indiana last night has breathed life into what was listing team and set off a party on Green Street.

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Big Ten survey: Toughest player in men's hoops?

Yes, the object in basketball is score. You need athletes, shooters, passers and rebounders. But good teams also possess toughness.

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Today's links: More analysis on Signing Day

The smoke has cleared on Signing Day 2013. And, from what I can tell, every coach in the Big Ten is smiling as they dream of the great possibilities for all of their signees. Having typed that, let’s lead daily links with myriad recruiting stories.

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Which Big Ten players got NFL Combine invites?

The official list of players invited to the NFL Combine is out. And the Big Ten is well represented with 32 invitees. Ohio State leads the way with seven players invited.

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Dienhart's 2013 National Signing Day Notebook

The fax machines have stopped spitting out letters-of-intent. In fact, they have been unplugged to prevent from overheating.

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Today's links: Writers assess Signing Day

Welcome to Signing Day 2013! It’s the day every coach fills every need in a recruiting class that’s loaded with promising prospects with big futures. Smiles abound and big dreams are encouraged. So, let’s begin Wednesday’s links there. How did Ohio State’s highly ranked recruiting class come together? Doug Lesmerises of the Cleveland Plain Dealer tells you right here.

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Take charge: A look at "Big 4's" remaining slates

There are four schools that I think have legit shots to win the Big Ten as we enter the final five weeks of the season: Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State. (Yes, Wisconsin still has a shot, but I don’t think it can match the other four.)

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Dienhart: Ranking the week's 11 games

The beat goes on in the Big Ten as we enter the second half of the season with Indiana sitting atop the polls for a second time this season. Three teams have a chance to make a statement this week: Michigan, Ohio State and Wisconsin. The Hoosiers will have their mettle tested by games at Illinois and at Ohio State.

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Tuesday's links: Big Ten race, Sheehey & tonight's big game

Big game tonight, with Ohio State at Michigan. So, let’s start daily links right there. It’s the first meeting between the schools in which each is ranked in the Top 10. So, naturally, it’s one of the biggest meetings ever between the football rivals on the hardwood. The Buckeyes won the first meeting, taking a 56-53 decision in Columbus. Expect another tight game tonight.

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Dienhart: Time for midseason Big Ten honors

We are halfway through the Big Ten season, and the conference hasn’t disappointed. All of that preseason hype about being the top conference has proven to be true, with Indiana and Michigan already haven taken turns sitting atop the national polls.

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Big Ten Whiteboard: It's Michigan v. Ohio State Part II

While the Big Ten world continues to buzz from the magical Michigan-Indiana game, it’s time to get ready for the second half of the schedule. And it begins with a big week.

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Today's links: Breaking down weekend's big clash

The Big Ten is still abuzz over the battle between No. 1 Michigan and No. 3 Indiana. The Hoosiers impressed in victory. And a big reason for the win was freshman point man Yogi Ferrell. The kid is proving to be every bit as special as anticipated. Terry Hutchens of the Indianapolis Star points out that Ferrell nailed a few early three-pointers and played good defense on Wolverines star Trey Burke—among other things. If Ferrell keeps it up, the Hoosiers will be very deadly in March, when guard play matters even more.

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