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Super Seven: Ranking Big Ten's best starts

Tracy Abrams

Thompson Dunks Again on Long Beach State

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It’s a new season. So, it’s time for a new feature. Welcome to the “Super Seven.” Each week, I will look at different aspect of Big Ten basketball—and rank it from 1-7. The seven best coaches, seven best arenas, seven best shooters, etc. To kick things off, I’m looking at the seven most impressive starts to the season.

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Dienhart: No surprise Hankins will enter NFL draft

Johnathan Hankins

Russ Lande's Big Board (11/13/2012)

It was no surprise to see Ohio State defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins announce he’s bypassing his senior season to turn pro. He’s a likely first-round draft choice, and he spent most of the season atop BTN NFL draft expert Russ Lande’s Big Board.

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Dienhart: Purdue could use win over No. 24 Notre Dame

Purdue at Clemson

Oladipo Steals Then Dunks

Joshua S. Kelly-US PRESSWIRE

The hoop season continues to gain speed and momentum, as a bit more clarity is apparent with each passing week. Still, there are many unknowns. And that will remain so, as this is a slow week of action with many schools in finals week. Here’s a look at the week ahead, with the best games coming on Saturday.

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Monday's links: Expansion buzz & hot hoops starts

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Time to mix some hoops and basketball in my daily links. But this item on expansion caught my eye. Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez said that recent Big Ten expansion that added Rutgers and Maryland was done to keep Penn State happy.

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Big Ten Links: Well, that was an interesting week

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Darrell Hazell One-on-One Interview

What a week in the Big Ten! Purdue hires a coach. Wisconsin sees a coach bolt. The Silver Football is handed out. At least the Big Ten didn’t expand this week. But that didn’t stop the discussion about future growth.

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Dienhart: It's Alvarez for now, but who's next?

Barry Alvarez

UW QB Curt Phillips Reacts to Alvarez Coaching Decision

Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

A third consecutive trip to the Rose Bowl is something to celebrate for Wisconsin. But the euphoria is muted a bit by the unknown of who will be the next Badger head coach with Bret Bielema off to coach Arkansas after seven seasons and a 68-24 record.

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Big Ten mailbag: Bielema, Hazell, & expansion

Bret Bielema

Gerry DiNardo on Bielema's Move to Arkansas

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Time to open up the mail bag. And, as you would suspect, the bag was stuffed with questions about Bret Bielema’s shocking move from Wisconsin to Arkansas that still has the nation buzzing.

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Postseason brings Big Ten bowl swag

Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE

One of the perks of going to a bowl is the gifts players receive. The Sports Business Daily recently chronicled what each bowl gives to participating players. Here’s a look at the swag that Big Ten players will receive at each game.

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Tuesday's Links: Miller deserved Heisman invite

The Heisman Trophy announced the finalist for the greatest individual trophy in sports: Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel, Notre Dame’s Manti Te’o,  Kansas State’s Collin Klein, and … that’s it. No Braxton Miller. Read about that and other top Big Ten grid news in my daily links.

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Dienhart: Purdue's search & other coaching rumblings

It’s apparent that Cincinnati’s Butch Jones is the top target for the Purdue job. Colorado also is in hot pursuit of Jones. Jones was reported to be in West Lafayette on Sunday interviewing to replace Danny Hope, who was fired after four seasons with a 22-27 record. Outlets also report that Jones was in Colorado on Monday to interview.

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Big Ten links: What's next for Penn State?

Bill O'Brien

Bill O'Brien Interview

There is no rest for Penn State coaches, who in addition to recruiting prep players also must fight to retain their current players, who can transfer to other schools without penalty up until the start of training camp next August. Read about that and other Big Ten grid news in my daily links.

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Quick look at Big Ten's 7 bowl game matchups

Rose Bowl

Kain Colter Interview - Bowl Selection Special

The bowl matchups are set as the Big Ten filled seven of its eight bowl slots. Four of the matchups are rematches of previous bowls. Here is a quick take on each bowl, with more analysis in coming days.

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Dienhart: 4 things to watch for tonight

Lucas Oil Stadium

Tommie Frazier Interview

Kickoff of the second Big Ten title game is hours away between Nebraska and Wisconsin. A Big Ten title is on the line, and the winner will play Stanford in the Rose Bowl. Here are four things to watch.

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Dienhart: Big Ten Championship notes

Badgers arrive

Bret Bielema B1G Pre-Championship Game Press Conference

The Journey 2012

Injuries are a key factor in any game, and this game is no different. Nebraska will miss the presence of tackle Baker Steinkuhler on the interior of the defensive line. The Huskers need Chase Rome—among others—to step up with Steinkuhler out. And center Justin Jackson is out. It will be Mark Pelini or Cole Pensick at center.

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Pelini, Huskers eye first Big Ten football crown

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Bo Pelini B1G Pre-Championship Game Press Conference

The Journey 2012

This Big Ten title game is about more than celebrating the culmination of the season and crowning a conference champ. This Big Ten title game is about validating a program—and validating a coach. I’m talking about Nebraska and Bo Pelini. That’s what’s at stake on Saturday night inside Lucas Oil Stadium—the “House the Peyton Manning Built.”

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Game change gives Huskers long home stretch

Scheduling is everything in college football. And Nebraska’s 2013 slate figures to give the Cornhuskers a big advantage. Nebraska will open next season with five home games, not venturing on the road until playing at Purdue on Oct. 12. In all, the Huskers will play eight home games in 2013. That’s quite an advantage. Nebraska also played eight home games in 2008.

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