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Dienhart: Ranking the week's Big Ten games

Ohio State's William Buford

John Shurna Visits "The Pulse"

Some interesting games are on tap this week, with the headliner being Wisconsin’s visit to Ohio State on Sunday. Also, front-running Michigan State may face a tough test at Minnesota, where the Gophers are a pesky team. But of all of the contenders, Michigan has the toughest tests in its quest for its first Big Ten crown since Antoine Joubert and his Jheri curl were roaming the court in 1985-86, with a game at Northwestern and a visit from Purdue.

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Dienhart: Setting the stage for the week ahead

Adreian Payne & Robbie Hummel

Branden Dawson Windmill Dunk

With each passing week, Michigan State is looking more and more dominant. In fact, this past week may have been the Spartans’ best yet, dominating Wisconsin, 69-55, in East Lansing and whipping Purdue, 76-62, in West Lafayette. Michigan State is looking to maintain its one-game lead this week, playing at Minnesota and playing host to Nebraska. Neither game looks threatening to the Spartans, but they must remain vigilant against a letdown.

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Check out Monday's Big Ten Web links

Michigan's Trey Burke

Big Ten Blast: Feb. 20th Afternoon Update

What a weekend, especially for Michigan, which remains in the hunt for a Big Ten title with that impressive win over Ohio State. Read all about the surging Wolverines’ quest for their first Big Ten regular-season title since 1985-86 and other Big Ten happenings with these links in this post.

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Dienhart: Q&A with Zack Novak

Michigan's Zack Novak

Zack Novak with a Thunderous Dunk

Zack Novak is the face of Michigan, the embodiment of what John Beilein is trying to build the Wolverine program into in his fifth year in Ann Arbor. Just watch Novak on the court. The energy, the desire, the passion. And, the production. He’s the inspirational leader of a Michigan team that is 19-7 overall and 9-4 in the Big Ten, very much in the hunt for the Big Ten title.

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Purdue Suspends Byrd for Sunday, Dismisses Barlow

Purdue suffered a big blow with guard Kelsey Barlow being dismissed from the program and guard/forward D.J. Byrd being suspended for a game. The duo was involved in an incident at a West Lafayette, Ind., bar that resulted in Byrd being arrested on suspicion of public intoxication early Friday. Purdue (17-9 overall, 7-6 Big Ten) plays host to Michigan State on Sunday.

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Three-Pointers: Sparty vs. Brutus

Sparty

John Beilein: One-on-One

It has been an interesting week, with the league title chase coming into sharper focus with Michigan State’s big win at Ohio State. It will come down to Sparty vs. Brutus for the title, which is what we thought would happen back in October. So, it looks like the other Big Ten teams are relegated to a chase for third place.

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Mailbag: Little football, hoops, & lots of answers

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Big Ten Blast: Feb. 16th Afternoon Update

It’s that time of the week where the best of your questions are posted and I do my very best to answer them. As you would suspect, there are plenty of basketball questions—and some very concerned Ohio State fans.

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Dienhart: Illini's Weber Poured It All Out

Illinois Fighting Illini head coach Bruce Weber

Bruce Weber Speaks After Purdue Loss

Say what you want about Illinois coach Bruce Weber. Debate his in-game strategy, complain about his inability to land the mega recruit, lament his seemingly kid-glove treatment of players. All legit beefs. But no one can argue with Weber’s sincerity and honesty.

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Scanning Thursday's Big Ten Headlines

Illinois Fighting Illini guard D.J. Richardson

Big Ten Blast; Feb. 16th Morning Update

Big game tonight, with Wisconsin invading Michigan State in a Big Ten battle of ranked teams. But that’s not the only news. Check out the latest scuttlebutt in Big Ten territory, including this story: Already making fall plans? Thank Matt Murschek of the Orlando Sentinel for looking ahead to five killer Big Ten games in 2012. Find more links lower in this post.

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Football Report: Dienhart joins the show

Tom Dienhart

Football Report Roundtable

Tuesday on Big Ten Football Report, BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart joined Dave Revsine, Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith on the weekly show. The crew tackled plenty of topics, including the NCAA Rules Committee proposing to move kickoffs to the 35-yard line and the Football Bowl Association considering increasing the number of wins for bowl eligibility, from six to seven. Watch the video now to see what our guys think about the issues and cast your vote on both in this post. Also, watch DiNardo’s interview with new Illinois coach Tim Beckman inside.

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Rematches headline week's slate

Wisconsin's Jordan TaylorJordan

Zack Novak joins The Pulse

The roster of games this week is littered with some intriguing matchups that will go a long way toward determining the pecking order at the top of the Big Ten standings as we enter the final few weeks of the season. And no tilt on this week’s list of contests is bigger than Wisconsin’s visit to Michigan State on Feb. 16. Now that you know BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart’s No. 1 game for this week, what about the others? Dienhart ranks them all, from 1 to 11, in this post.

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Dienhart: Let's look at the week ahead

Ohio State's Jared Sullinger

Kelsey Barlow with a poster dunk

With Michigan State’s huge—and surprisingly convincing–win at Ohio State on Saturday, the Big Ten title chase has become a jumbled four-team race (standings). The Spartans and Buckeyes are tied at the top with 9-3 league marks, while the Wolverines are one half-game behind, at 9-4, and the Badgers are one game behind, at 8-4.

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Three-Pointers: Who's Got What It Takes?

Michigan Wolverine head coach John Beilein

Deshaun Thomas Interview

The calendar says February, and the sense of urgency builds for teams with NCAA dreams. Ohio State, Michigan State, Wisconsin, Michigan and Indiana look like locks. But Illinois, Purdue, Minnesota and Northwestern? Work must be done down the home stretch.

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Big Ten Mail Call! Answering your letters

Illinois Fighting Illini fan

Big Ten Blast: Feb. 9th Afternoon Update

You have your questions. And, as usual, I have my answers. Put them together and you have another BTN.com mailbag. Basketball is on the minds of many, which is why I rank my top Big Ten point guards in this mailbag. But interest in football never wanes so we talk about some recruiting, too. Heck, some spring practices will begin in less than a month, if you can believe it.

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Dienhart: Q&A with Rodney Williams

Minnesota's Rodney Williams

Rodney Williams Break Away 360 Dunk

Is there a more electric player in the Big Ten than Minnesota’s Rodney Williams? Of course not. The 6-7, 200-pound junior forward from Minneapolis is a human highlight film, seemingly executing one jaw-dropping, make-your-heart pound dunk every game. Like, for instance, the 360-degree one in this post.

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A quick spin around the Big Ten headlines

Some stuff to read while you wait for the Illinois at Indiana game tonight, which will be highlighted by a battle of what the late Al McGuire used to call “aircraft carriers” between Meyers Leonard and Cody Zeller. That’s over 14-feet of uber talent that soon will be cashing checks with lots of zeros.

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Listen to Our Latest Q&A with Jerry Palm

How many Big Ten teams does Jerry Palm have in the Big Dance? Click inside to listen to my latest phone conversations with NCAA bracket guru Jerry Palm (full audio archive over here) to find out the answer to that question and others. But know this: Palm’s current bracket features zero No. 1 seeds from the Big Ten. That’s right, Brutus. You aren’t a No. 1 seed—at least for now.

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