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#BTNLive asks: How many bowl games should there be?

If you’re on Twitter or Facebook, you can vote in our ongoing series of Big Ten social media polls for our weekday show #BTNLive. On tonight’s episode of #BTNLive at 6 p.m. ET, our experts discuss this question: How many college football bowl games should there be?

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Role playing: One ultimate Big Ten hoops roster

Here’s a question to ponder: What does every great college basketball team have in common? We know every one has a superstar. This year’s national champion UConn had Shabazz Napier, last year’s champion Louisville team had Russ Smith, and the 2012 Kentucky team had Anthony Davis, and so on.

Every great college basketball team also has players who fill specific roles. For example, in addition to superstar Nik Stauskas, this year’s Michigan Big Ten title team had a shooting specialist in Zak Irvin, a bench spark in Spike Albrecht and a team leader in senior Jordan Morgan. This got me thinking: What if we were to build a team while filling the actual roles a typical roster would fill in order to be successful?

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BTN LiveBIG: Innovation, opportunity at AutonomyWorks

What do you get when you match major marketing power to social cause efforts to increase employment opportunities for adults on the autism spectrum? You get AutonomyWorks, winner of the 2013 Chicago Innovation Awards.

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Video: J.J. Watt proves he's friends with young fan

We all have professional athletes who we have looked up to at one point or another. Well, former Wisconsin star J.J. Watt took that to a whole new level by posting the following video to his Instagram account.

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If B1G basketball players formed a football team ...

Here’s a question that college basketball fans have probably asked themselves at one point or another: How good would that guy be if he played football? The which-basketball-players-would-be-great-at-football topic always makes for a great conversation point, but rather than pointlessly flirting with the idea, let’s go ahead and actually put it into action.

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BTN LiveBIG: Share A Solution stories

We are just three days away from the deadline for Big Ten students to submit stories of solution coming from their universities. Here are two more showing the positive impact Big Ten students, staff and faculty can have.

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Branden Dawson will return to Spartans for senior season

Michigan State forward Branden Dawson will put the NBA on hold and return for his senior season. The 6-6 Dawson made the announcement official on Tuesday afternoon.

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ESPN selects Big Ten prime-time football games

ESPN/ABC tabbed its Big Ten prime-time games, and the list of six games includes the first November night game in the history of Ohio Stadium. The Buckeyes will host Illinois at 8 p.m. ET on Nov. 1. BTN/BTN2Go will announce its prime-time selection next Tuesday. See the full ESPN/ABC list of games in this post.

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BTN LiveBIG: An out of this world reunion at Purdue

Purdue University graduates have walked on the moon, worked in the Mir Space Station, and flown the Shuttle. They also have contributed many others who work at NASA or in the burgeoning private space programs.  And eight of the Purdue astronauts came back on campus to talk about their careers and experiences.

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Hooper, Lucas selected in second round of WNBA draft

The 2014 WNBA Draft was Monday night and a pair of Big Ten standouts were selected in the second round. Nebraska’s Jordan Hooper was the first Big Ten player off the board, going No. 13 overall to the Tulsa Shock. Hooper was the 2014 Big Ten Player of the Year and an AP Second-Team All-American. She averaged 20.4 points and 9.1 rebounds per game this season, both of which ranked among the top five in the Big Ten.

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Which undeclared B1G player is most NBA-ready?

It’s already mid-April, which means that the NBA draft is quickly approaching. Several Big Ten players have yet to officially announce their future plans. That list includes the likes of Branden Dawson (Michigan State), A.J. Hammons (Purdue), Gary Harris (Michigan State), Mitch McGary (Michigan), Glenn Robinson III (Michigan) and Nik Stauskas (Michigan).

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Nik Stauskas to announce NBA draft decision Tuesday

Michigan sophomore guard Nik Stauskas will announce his decision to return to school or enter the NBA Draft in a press conference on Tuesday.

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#BTNLive poll: Who's headed back to B1G title game?

If you’re on Twitter or Facebook, you can vote in our ongoing series of Big Ten social media polls for our weekday show #BTNLive. On tonight’s episode of #BTNLive at 6 p.m. ET, our experts discuss this question: Which previous Big Ten Football Championship Game participant has the best chance to get the title game back next fall?

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Nick Sergakis wins B1G Baseball Player of the Week

The Big Ten on Monday announced its baseball Players of the Week. See all of the honorees and read what they did to earn the distinction in this post.

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BTN LiveBIG: Monday Download

Recently, football players from the University of Iowa shared the importance of reading with local students.

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