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Dienhart: 3 questions for Wildcats this spring

Pat Fitzgerald

2014 Signing Day - Northwestern

Entering 2013, Northwestern was coming off a 10-win season that saw the program win its first bowl game since the 1948 season, ending a nine-game postseason losing skid. But the Wildcats are ready to turn the page on a 2013 season that opened with great promise but morphed into a season to forget.

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No more tweets at Iowa? Read Tuesday's links

Traevon Jackson

Max Bullough Combine Interview

Yes, Nebraska is rolling. But no team is rolling better than Wisconsin, which has won five in a row. The Badgers are still two games off the Big Ten pace, but that doesn’t matter. What does matter is the fact Wisconsin is back on track after losing five of six games before going on its recent run. And the Badgers may be headed to Milwaukee to play their first two NCAA games as a No. 3 seed.

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B1G Whiteboard: Who's on upset alert this week?

Devyn Marble

Iowa Basketball Card Stunt

There isn’t a marquee matchup this week, but there are some interesting subplots to follow as we hit the homestretch of the season. Among them: Iowa. The Hawkeyes will play three games this week, traveling to Minnesota and Indiana while playing host to Purdue. That’s three games in five days. How will the Hawkeyes respond to this grueling run?

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Here are 10 Big Ten stories to check out today

Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Michigan State at Michigan - Men's Basketball Highlightss

The Big Ten is Michigan’s to lose after that big win on Sunday vs. Michigan State. I mean, look at the rest of the Wolverines’ schedule: at Purdue; Minnesota; at Illinois; Indiana. See what I mean? The victory put Michigan is a good spot to at least share the league crown, as long as it wins three of its last four. But I’m sure the Wolverines would like to win out and claim the school’s first out-right league crown since 1986.

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Read up on Friday's Big Ten headlines

Nebraska Huddle

Michigan State Breaks 3-Point School Record

“Nebrasketball” rolls on. This time, the victim was Penn State. So, if you are keeping count in places like Gretna, Beatrice and Scottsbluff—and I know you are—that’s four victories in a row for the Cornhuskers. I think the Huskers are going to make the Big Dance. Wow. Can’t believe I just typed that. Is Tim Miles the Big Ten Coach of the Year? Yep. He is right now. By the way: Don’t you think Miles looks like Sheldon Cooper with glasses?

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DeAndre Mathieu Q&A: I like the up-tempo style

DeAndre Mathieu

The Journey: Big Ten Basketball 2014 (Episode 3, Segment 2)

The Big Ten features many dynamic newcomers who have had a profound impact on the conference this season. Indiana’s Noah Vonleh, Nebraska’s Terran Petteway and Michigan’s Derrick Walton, Jr., among others. Minnesota’s DeAndre Mathieu also belongs in the conversation.

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Catch up with Wednesday's 10 Big Ten headlines

Traevon Jackson

#BTNLive on Assembly Hall Damage

It’s a great debate across the Midwest, stretching from Lincoln over to State College and up to Minneapolis and down to Bloomington: Is the Big Ten the best league in the nation? You can make a case for and against the notion, but the topsy-turvy nature of the season has been crazy. Get this: Since Jan. 25, road teams have won 22 of 40 games. And of the six games played last Saturday or Sunday, the visitor won five.

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Catch up with Tuesday's 10 Big Ten stories

Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

B1G Rewind - Feb. 16, 2014

Despite their missteps on Sunday, Michigan and Michigan State remain atop the Big Ten. But keep an eye on third-place Iowa, which begins a big week tonight with a trip to Indiana. Iowa is just a game behind the front-running Wolverines and Spartans. To have any shot to stake a claim of the crown, the Hawkeyes must win this game vs. the slumbering Hoosiers. That would set up a big visit to Iowa City by Wisconsin over the weekend. This is gonna be a fun ending to the regular-season.

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Ranking the games: No surprise at No. 1 this week

John Beilein

Nik Stauskas Blows Kisses to the Crowd

The spotlight this week swings on Ann Arbor, where Michigan will play host to Michigan State in a battle between Big Ten front-runners this weekend. Each squad is 10-3 in league action. Wisconsin and Iowa are right behind the Wolverines and Spartans. And, ironically, the Badgers and Hawkeyes meet in a big game in Iowa City this week.

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Dienhart: Iowa eyes first Big Ten crown since 1979

Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

Iowa at Penn State - Men's Basketball Highlights

B.J. Armstrong never did it. Neither did Acie Earl, Ed Horton, Les Jepsen, Dean Oliver, Reggie Evans, Ryan Bowen, Kevin Gamble or Andre Woolridge, among other former Iowa greats over the last 35 years. Not one of those studs won a Big Ten regular-season championship.

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B1G Whiteboard: Michigan-MSU again, anyone?

Nik Stauskas

B1G Rewind - Feb. 16, 2014

By all accounts, this week lacks much pizzazz. The one saving grace: The menu features what looks to be a de facto Big Ten championship game on Sunday, with Michigan State visiting Michigan. Both teams are coming off home losses Sunday – outcomes that have opened up the Big Ten title race. As a result, Iowa is one loss behind the co-leaders and has a big week.

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Who has Big Ten's best homecourt advantage?

Breslin Center

Mark Hollis Joins #BTNLive

There is no greater asset to a team than a good homecourt advantage. And, there are several intimidating venues in the Big Ten. I polled seven writers who cover the league and asked them what they thought was the most intimidating Big Ten arena.

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Catch up with these 10 Big Ten Friday headlines

Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

Tom Dienhart Talks B1G Recruiting Appeal

Something strange happened last night: There was no chaos in the Big Ten. No upsets. No unranked teams winning on the road vs. ranked teams. And, as you know, that’s not normal. So, instead of zaniness, we got a dose of predictable outcomes: Michigan State whipped Northwestern in East Lansing, and Wisconsin took care of business in the Kohl Center vs. Minnesota.

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Dienhart: What Gophers need for an NCAA bid

Richard Pitino

Tim Doyle Power Rankings - Feb. 11, 2014

Most of us can agree with the notion that five Big Ten schools appear headed for the NCAA tourney: Michigan, Michigan State, Iowa, Ohio State and Wisconsin. And there is one school that’s seemingly on the fringe: Minnesota. The Golden Gophers can spruce up their resume with a win tonight at Wisconsin. And, let’s be honest: Minnesota’s resume needs some polishing.

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