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Dienhart: Q&A with Huskers G Bo Spencer

Bo Spencer has been a revelation for Nebraska in what is his one and only season in Lincoln. He transferred from LSU where he was a two-year starter, sat out 2010-11 and has proceeded to be the top player on a Cornhusker squad that recently ended a four-game losing skein with an impressive 80-57 demolition of Illinois

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Bracketology Talk with Jerry Palm

Just got off the phone with CBSSport.com’s Dr. of Bracketology Jerry Palm, as I do each and every week. His latest bracket doesn’t include any Big Ten teams as No. 1 seeds, but there’s still time for that to change. Minnesota and Northwestern still cling to Big Dance hopes, but Palm has only one of those two in his bracket.

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Surf Dienhart's Wednesday Big Ten Web Links

Illniois' Meyers Leonard

Big Ten Blast: Feb. 22nd Morning Edition

Forget about having the right cover sheet on that TPS Report. It can wait. You first must surf to these info-packed links to Big Ten stories. For example: Meyers Leonard opens up after sixth loss in a row, writes Tina Akouris of the Chicago Sun-Times while Sun-Times colleague Mark Potash wonders: What went wrong with Bruce Weber at Illinois? Read more links for Wednesday inside.

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Dienhart: My Top 25 Players This Week

John Shurna Fatheads

Big Ten Blast: Feb. 21st Afternoon Update

With his play in recent weeks, Michigan State’s Draymond Green has solidified his hold on the top spot in my weekly player rankings. The senior is a do-it-all talent who’s driven to leave campus standing side-by-side with players like Mateen Cleaves and Magic Johnson as an all-time great en route to leading the Spartans to a Big Ten title and spot in the Final Four. I am not gonna bet against him.

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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

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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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