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Today's links: Big games ahead for Badgers

This is a big week in Wisconsin hoops, with a visit from Michigan State tonight following by a visit from Minnesota on Saturday. That’s why I’m gonna begin daily links with the Badgers.

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Big Ten links: Division debate, Chris Street & much more

The Super Bowl matchup is set! But bigger news on the college front came from the recent NCAA convention, when it was announced that the governing body was altering rules to make them more user-friendly. Nice. Let’s start the daily links there.

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Big Ten Mailbag: You ask, Dienhart answers

It’s that time of the week, time to reach into my mailbag and answer your questions. Basketball season is in full swing, but football always is on the mind of readers. I like that. So, let’s begin.

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Three Big Ten hoops teams bump up stock

What kind of week has it been in the Big Ten? With Northwestern winning at Illinois on Thursday, road teams have won six of the nine games this week. And we still have Saturday to go. Are you listening, Iowa and Michigan State? Wisconsin plays at Iowa while Ohio State plays at Michigan State in two big games on Saturday. If the Badgers and Buckeyes can continue the trend of road teams winning, it will be impressive.

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Dienhart: Purdue staff coming together

Purdue announced the official hirings of six assistants for new coach Darrell Hazell’s staff. Defensive coordinator Greg Hudson; offensive line coach Jim Bollman; linebackers coach Marcus Freeman; cornerbacks coach Jon Heacock; receivers coach Kevin Sherman; running backs coach Jafar Williams. It’s a nice blend of youth and experience, giving Hazell a good base to build from.

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Today's links: Michigan flexes, Illinois vexes

No doubt, Wisconsin’s victory at Indiana on Tuesday was impressive. But Michigan’s win at Minnesota last night may have been even more impressive. So, let’s start daily links right there, OK?

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Badgers QB Curt Phillips gets sixth year

News that Wisconsin quarterback Curt Phillips received a sixth season of eligibility is good for the Badgers—and for Phillips, who has endured a lot in his career.

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Dienhart: NFL's allure strong for coaches

Competitive people like challenges. And that’s exactly what Chip Kelly is going to get when he takes over the Philadelphia Eagles. Kelly is the latest college coach to make the move to the NFL. It’s becoming a trend in the NFL, the ultimate copycat league.

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Today's links: Gophers, Wolverines clash tonight

If it’s Thursday, it must mean there is a big game in the Big Ten, right? Yep. Brace yourself for No. 5 Michigan visiting No. 9 Minnesota. Let’s begin daily links right there. This will be the first meeting of top-10 teams in the venerable Barn since—are you ready for this?—1977.

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Dienhart's early 2013 football power rankings

The final punctuation mark has been put on the 2012 season and we closed that latest chapter. Now, we turn the page and look toward 2013. Before you know it, spring football will be here.

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Dienhart: Q&A with Minnesota PG Andre Hollins

Minnesota point guard Andre Hollins knows what’s at stake on Thursday night when No. 5 Michigan visits the Barn.

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Today's links: Stunning win shakes up Big Ten race

Wisconsin’s win at No. 2 Indiana was impressive. Not only that, but the victory pushed the Badgers into sole possession of first place in a Big Ten race that looks to be wide open now. And, get this: Wisconsin isn’t even ranked, while six other Big Ten teams are: Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio State, Michigan State, Illinois. Let’s start the daily links there.

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Super Seven: Ranking the Big Ten's best big men

We all know that come March, college basketball becomes all about the guards. In fact, whatever teams have the best guard play typically advance the farthest in the NCAA tourney. But, every coach loves to have a big man–especially a GOOD big man. And, look around: They typically are few and far between. But this year, the Big Ten has a plethora of good players who are 6-10 or taller—and three of them are freshmen.

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Leaders & Legends: Name change ahead?

It seems the moment the Big Ten announced in 2010 that it would name its divisions “Leaders” and “Legends,” there was an outcry from people who found names are pretentious, arrogant and just downright confusing. Others preferred simple geographic names like, say, East and West.

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Today's links: Here comes Badgers vs. Hoosiers

Indiana has a big game tonight with Wisconsin visiting (read the preview here). Will the Hoosiers experience any sort of hangover following an emotional home victory over Minnesota on Saturday? Hmmm. This battle of Big Ten unbeatens seems like a good jumping off point for daily links.

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