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Yogi Ferrell

Crean, Ferrell and Sheehey Talk Win Over Wisconsin

Big win last night for Indiana over unbeaten Wisconsin. BIG win. This was the signature victory that had been lacking from the Hoosiers’ resume. It’s also a victory that may spark Indiana in what thus far has been a lackluster season. How big was the win for IU fans? They rushed the court. Seemed a bit excessive, but, what the heck.

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Q&A: Gary Harris 'knew it was right' to come back

Gary Harris

Gary Harris Slam Dunk in Overtime vs. Minnesota

Michigan State’s Gary Harris is one of the Big Ten’s most talented players, a threat off the wing who can score in a variety of ways. But he has been a bit frustrated this season with his shooting. To wit: He missed two free throws in the waning moments of a recent game vs. Minnesota that could have iced victory for Michigan State.

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10 Big Ten stories to read today

Big news rocking the Big Ten world on this Tuesday morning with a report from Pete Thamel of SI.com about long-time Penn State defensive line coach Larry Johnson bolting for Ohio State. Not only is Johnson a terrific coach, but he’s also one of the top recruiters in the nation. With him apparently now on the Buckeye staff, Urban Meyer has another recruiting machine to dispatch on America’s blue-chippers in his quest to build a better football machine. Great news for OSU.

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Dienhart: Norm Parker was a 'quiet, humble' man

Norm Parker

Iowa DC Norm Parker Interview

It was sad to hear of the passing of former Iowa defensive coordinator Norm Parker. He was one of the best in the business, but you rarely heard about it because of the low profile he kept.

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B1G Whiteboard: Can Hoosiers solve Badgers?

Yogi Ferrell & Sam Dekker

Illinois at Northwestern - Top Plays

Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

It’s time to begin Week Three of the Big Ten season. Michigan State, Wisconsin and Michigan are unbeaten in conference play, while Iowa is coming on. And you know Ohio State will dig in after suffering back-to-back losses. There are no Titanic clashes but some that will go a long way toward shaping this Big Ten race.

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Dienhart: Franklin a 'home-run hire' for Penn State

Nov 23, 2013; Knoxville, TN, USA; Vanderbilt Commodores head coach James Franklin during the game against the Tennessee Volunteers at Neyland Stadium. Vanderbilt won 14 to 10.

Penn State at Wisconsin - Football Highlights

Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

Penn State acting athletic director Dave Joyner said the school was going to move quickly to fill its coaching vacancy, and he wasn’t kidding. The school will hold a 4:15 p.m. ET press conference on Saturday to introduce Vanderbilt’s James Franklin as the next Nittany Lions head football coach.

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B1G Hoops: Who would you pick to take the last shot?

Nik Stauskas

Nik Stauskas Puts on Shooting Display

OK, Big Ten Nation: If you could pick one player to take a last-second shot, who would it be? I polled seven Big Ten writers. And, here were their choices. Looks like the guy to pass to is … Michigan’s Nik Stauskas.

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Dienhart: Hoosiers shake up football staff

Can’t say it was a shock to see the release from Indiana that announced defensive coordinator Doug Mallory and defensive line coach Jon Fabris won’t be back. Wilson had to do something. The Hoosiers defense was an abomination in 2013 and a big reason why the school failed to reach a bowl for the sixth season in a row, as Indiana finished 5-7 overall and 3-5 in the Big Ten.

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Dienhart: Miller made right choice to return

Joshua S. Kelly

Braxton Miller on NFL Draft

Joshua S. Kelly

What was speculated is now official: Braxton Miller will return for his senior season. The school issued a statement tonight about Miller’s decision to return to Ohio State.

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Dienhart: What does new OC mean for Michigan?

NCAA Football: Iowa at Michigan

Gerry DiNardo Reacts to Al Borges News

It looks like Michigan already has hired a new offensive coordinator, as reports indicate Brady Hoke has tabbed Alabama’s Doug Nussmeier. That didn’t take long. Actually, it obviously likely has been in the works for a bit. The chair in deposed coordinator Al Borges’ office is still warm. Heck, pictures of his kids may still be on his desk.

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Who would have won Spartans-Seminoles?

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Denicos Allen Interview - 100th Rose Bowl Champion

The Spartan Rose Bowl champion football team was recognized at the No. 3 Ohio State at No. 5 Michigan State game last night. And, as you would suspect, the squad was met with a warm reception.

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Big Ten stories worth a read Wednesday

Tom Izzo

Ohio State at Michigan State - Top Plays

What a barnburner last night at the Breslin Center, as Michigan State had to work overtime to beat Ohio State after blowing a 17-point second-half lead. Give Adreian Payne major props. He didn’t start as he dealt with a foot injury but fought through the pain and discomfort to notch 18 points and six rebounds in 32 minutes. Heroic. And how about that big 3-pointer he hit in the dying moments? So clutch.

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Dienhart: Ready for an early 2014 football poll?

The grass stains and bruises are still fresh from last night’s BCS title game, a scintillating triumph for Florida State over Auburn that ended the SEC’s seven-season run of dominance. That hasn’t stopped some people from turning the page – and quickly. Mark Schlabach of ESPN.com already has an early, early—and I mean EARLY—2014 Top 25.

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Our 10 Big Ten stories worth a look today

Today is the day: It’s No. 3 Ohio State vs. No. 5 Michigan State. This tilt will help establish early pecking order at the top of the Big Ten. Cleveland.com has a nice breakdown on the huge contest. A big key will be the battle of point guards: The Spartans’ Keith Appling vs. the Buckeyes’ Aaron Craft. The Buckeyes have had success getting Appling off his game in year’s past. Keep an eye on it, people.

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Spartans land at No. 3 in final polls

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2013 Football Images of the Year

Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

The final polls are out, and Michigan State is No. 3 in the AP and Coaches polls – see the full lists here. The results are really no shock. I think the Spartans could have made a case to be ranked as high as No. 2. But, Auburn got that spot, even though the Tigers lost the BCS championship game to Florida State. Had Auburn been blown out by the Seminoles, Michigan State likely could have secured the No. 2 slot.

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