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Catch up with Tuesday's 10 Big Ten stories

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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 Spartans 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

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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?

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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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New rules could be coming in college football

The NCAA football rules committee is looking at making some alterations for the 2014 season. And the proposals could be impactful. The first proposal involves defensive player substitutions. The committee’s proposed change would allow defensive players to substitute within the first 10 seconds of the 40-second play clock, except for the final two minutes of each half. Offenses that begin a play before 29 seconds remain on the play clock would receive a 5-yard delay-of-game penalty.

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Aaron White Q&A: It's all about energy for Hawkeyes

Aaron White

Aaron White 4-Point Sequence vs. Michigan

In many ways, Aaron White is the epitome of Iowa basketball, a try-hard guy who continues to emerge as one of the Big Ten’s most versatile and indispensable players largely because of hard work. Bottom line: White is a player any coach would love to have. His ability to impact the game on myriad levels is unique.

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Let's look ahead: How this week's games stack up

Caris LeVert

B1G Rewind - Monday, Jan 9th, 2014

Another week of action is at our feet, and the best game of the week is the first game: Michigan at Ohio State. In fact, this is a big week for the Wolverines, who also play host to Wisconsin. Here are links to the daily game schedules through Sunday: Tonight, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. Also, click on your school’s name below to find the remaining scheduled games. Now, here is my weekly look at all 11 games coming up.

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Dienhart: Hot or not, players can't cross that line

The Big Ten coaches were buzzing Monday about this weekend’s incident where Oklahoma State’s Marcus Smart shoved an opposing team’s fan. Smart later apologized and was subsequently suspended.

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Read these 10 Big Ten Tuesday headlines

Aaron Craft

B1G Rewind - Monday, Jan 9th, 2014

Big game tonight, as Michigan plays at Ohio State. The Wolverines are tied for first place with Michigan State with a 9-2 record. But Michigan is slumping, losing two of its last three. And both defeats were on the road: at Indiana; at Iowa. Conversely, the Buckeyes are playing well, winning three in a row after losing five of six games. Here’s what to watch for tonight.

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B1G Whiteboard: Setting the stage for this week

Sam Thompson

Traevon Jackson Jumper for the Win Over MSU

An interesting week awaits, as teams jockey to improve their NCAA resume. As for the Big Ten title chase, Michigan State’s loss at Wisconsin on Sunday made things more interesting. The Spartans don’t have much very heavy lifting this week. Conversely, this will be a big week for Michigan, which is trying to keep pace. Here’s a look at what’s ahead.

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Who would be the first pick in a Big Ten Draft?

Gary Harris

Gary Harris Steal-Away Jam vs. Indiana

If it’s Friday, that means it’s time for my weekly survey. This week, I asked seven Big Ten writers the following question: If you had the first overall pick in a Big Ten draft, who would you select? And, it looks like Michigan State’s Gary Harris is the runaway winner, taking five of seven votes. Surprised?

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Review & preview: Track the latest ups & downs

Aaron Craft

Spartans on win Over Penn State

It’s good to be Ohio State … at least for this week. The Buckeyes have risen from the dead, notching two big wins in the last week to breathe life into a season that had gone terribly bad. Here’s a look back at the last week—with a peek ahead, too.

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Ten Big Ten stories worth reading Friday

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2014 Signing Day - Michigan State

Michigan State continues to wait on the signature of top recruit Malik McDowell, an in-state defensive end and the top player in Michigan who picks the Spartans over Ohio State and Florida State. This story explains the ramifications of an athlete not signing a letter-of-intent. It’s really no big whoop. No one needs to sign one to get a scholarship. In fact, I always have felt LOIs are a bad deal for touted prospects. In fact, they may be better off not signing them.

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36 Big Ten prospects competing at NFL Combine

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Russ Lande's B1G Board (12/23/2013)

Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

It’s February, and the Super Bowl is over. But that doesn’t mean the NFL is finished. Up next is the Combine, which will take place in Indianapolis from February 22-25. The official invite list is out, which includes 85 underclassmen. As for schools, Ohio State and Wisconsin lead the way for the Big Ten with six invites each. Check it all out here.

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