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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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Big week leads up to big weekend of games

It has been an interesting week in the Big Ten, with the race coming into sharper focus as we hit the halfway point. Here’s what I know: Four schools have separated themselves from the pack, with Michigan, Indiana, Michigan State and Ohio State appearing to be a cuts-above the rest. But don’t count out Minnesota, Wisconsin and Illinois just yet.

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Our panel says the top hoops freshman is ...

Take a look around the Big Ten, and you’ll see many of them: freshmen playing big roles for teams. In fact, it has become common for freshmen to come in and not just contribute but grab the starring role.

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Today's links: Writers abuzz over big game

This weekend is all about No. 1 Michigan’s visit to No. 3 Indiana on Saturday night in this year’s first “Game of the Year.” And the hype and analysis already has begun—rightly so. It’s a battle for first place in the Big Ten and position atop the polls. Could this be a Final Four preview? Hmmm. Let’s begin this Harbaugh-free edition of daily links right there.

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Big Ten mailbag: Tourney outlook & signing day

Time to reach into my mail bag, as we head toward the halfway point of the hoop season and look forward to Signing Day on Wednesday. So, without further delay, let’s dig right in and start with a question about … Northwestern basketball?

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Super Seven: Who can bring the intimidation?

Basketball isn’t all about shooting, rebounding, passing and setting picks. Intimidation also is a factor. Remember those “Bad Boys” Detroit Pistons teams that won world titles? There’s nothing like having a rough and rugged player who strikes fear into opponents. His presence creates operating room for teammates, while also commanding respect from foes.

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Today's links: Michigan, Indiana showdown ahead

No. 1 Michigan took care of business in emphatic fashion vs. Northwestern last night to become the first Big Ten team to the 20-win mark. So, I’m gonna start daily links there, OK? Not impressed by the Wolverines’ thumping of the Wildcats? Well, you had to be wowed by how No. 3 Indiana destroyed Purdue by 37 points, giving the Boilermakers their worst home loss … ever.

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