Big Ten links: Illini hoops toughs it out, football staffs fill out & more

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Great gutsy win by Illinois at home last night vs. Purdue. Freshman bull Leron Black was the best player on the court. The Illini have won three games since top player Rayvonte Rice suffered a season-ending injury. Oh, and Illinois also didn’t have injured Tracy Abrams and Aaron Cosby last night—and it still won. Very impressive. John Groce can flat-out coach.

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BTN Hockey Report: Badgers-Wolverines, Buckeyes-Spartans ahead

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It was a rivalry weekend showdown as the Gophers took on the Badgers, which included a brawl after a controversial hit to Minnesota’s Leon Bristedt. Michigan faced Ohio State in a game where the two teams combined to score 16 goals. Yes, you read that right – 16 goals.

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Dienhart: Building one Big Ten All-NFL Team from 2014

NCAA Football: Nebraska at Michigan State

Le'Veon Bell hurdles over a defender!

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What type of 2014 NFL team could be assembled with Big Ten alums? Well, BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart gives his best shot at creating a Big Ten All-NFL team in this post.

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