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BTN's Jon Crispin, Mike DeCourcy debate Big Ten Player of the Year

Three weeks remain, and the race for Big Ten Player of the Year looks more and more like a great two-man battle. [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Power Rankings | Player Rankings | Debate It: Player of the Year? | Best of the week that was | Standings | Stats | Scoreboard | Polls | Win a trip to B1G tourney ] Big Ten fans know the top contenders well. They are Iowa’s Jarrod Uthoff (46%; 18.8 ppg; 6.7 rpg; 1.2 apg; 0.7 spg; 3 bpg) and Michigan State’s Denzel Valentine (47%; 19.5 ppg; 7.7 rpg; 7.1 apg; 1 spg).

Big Ten Whiteboard: Rivalry week, plus Wisconsin at Michigan State

An interesting week that is highlighted by a couple of rivalry games, with Purdue at Indiana and Michigan at Ohio State. But neither is even the best game—that’s Wisconsin at Michigan State. Plus, Iowa has a dangerous road game at Penn State. [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Power Rankings | Player Rankings | Debate It: Player of the Year? | Best of the week that was | Standings | Stats | Scoreboard | Polls | Win a trip to B1G tourney ] Here’s a look at this week’s action. Game of the week: Wisconsin at Michigan State, Thursday. Neither team

Big Ten links: White-hot Wisconsin, D'Angelo Russell & much more

Anymore questions about Greg Gard after that monster win at Maryland? I hope not. Here’s hoping the “interim” tag gets taken off at some point for Gard, whose team is riding a seven-game winning streak and making a push for the Big Dance. *** I am still miffed as to why Maryland’s Diamond Stone wasn’t booted from the game Saturday for intentionally trying to ram the head of Wisconsin’s Vitto Brown into the court. Officials say because Stone used an open hand instead of a closed hand, it wasn’t a flagrant 2 foul … just a flagrant 1. Open hand,

BTN to air seven Big Ten Winter Championships & Hockey tourney

BTN will televise seven winter Big Ten Championships, including wrestling, men’s and women’s swimming & diving, men’s and women’s indoor track & field and men’s and women’s gymnastics and the entire Big Ten Hockey Tournament in 2016. Coverage begins with the Big Ten Women’s Swimming & Diving Championships from Michigan on Feb. 22 at 7 p.m. ET, while the Big Ten Men’s Swimming & Diving Championships will air at 7 p.m. ET on Monday, Feb. 29, from Purdue. The opening night relays and preliminary rounds for both women (Feb. 17-20) and men (Feb. 24-27) can be viewed live on BTN

BTN LiveBIG: Rutgers' prison-to-college program opens up better life paths

Reflecting on when he began tutoring young inmates over a decade ago, Donald Roden modestly says, “I certainly didn’t anticipate this in 2002.” From those humble origins came the Mountainview Program, now a successful prison-to-college pathway at Rutgers. Roden, a professor of Japanese history at the university, began as a volunteer GED tutor at the Mountainview Youth Correctional Facility. Over time, he learned that community-college courses were offered to inmates who’d earned their GED. Two years later, he established a program to bridge the gap between correctional facilities and a college education. With support and advice from his colleagues and

Tom’s Take: Honors, stock watch, top performers, notes & quotes

An eventful week, with Maryland seeing a long home winning streak end, Indiana enduring highs (win vs. Iowa) and lows (loss at Michigan State) and Wisconsin emerging as the hottest team. When the dust settled, the Hawkeyes stood alone atop the Big Ten. [ MORE: Big Ten standings | Big Ten stats | Big Ten scoreboard | Polls | Win a trip to B1G tourney ] Here’s a look back at the week that was. B1G’s BEST Best win: Wisconsin at No. 2 Maryland. No Big Ten team had ever won a conference game at Maryland. Until Saturday night, that is,

No. 4 Iowa holds off upset-minded Minnesota, 75-71

(AP) Peter Jok scored 27 points and Jarrod Uthoff had 24 points, 15 rebounds and six blocked shots to help fourth-ranked Iowa hold off skidding Minnesota 75-71 on Sunday night. [ MORE: View Sunday’s complete Big Ten scoreboard ] Iowa rebounded from Thursday’s loss at Indiana to regain sole possession of first place in the Big Ten. Nate Mason scored 14 points to lead Minnesota, which has lost 14 straight games. Uthoff overcame a slow start shooting by recording a big dunk, three blocks and a pair of free throws in the final 1:17 to help secure the victory for

No. 8 Michigan State dominates second half, blows away Indiana

(AP) Denzel Valentine had 30 points and 13 assists, Matt Costello scored a career-high 22 points and grabbed 11 rebounds and No. 8 Michigan State beat Indiana 88-69 Sunday. [ MORE: View Sunday’s complete Big Ten scoreboard ] The Spartans (21-5, 8-5 Big Ten) closed the first half with a 9-0 run to take a one-point lead. They had a 24-3 run to go ahead by 17 midway through the second half. The Hoosiers (20-6, 10-3) fell out of a tie for first place behind No. 4 Iowa, which they beat on the road on Thursday. Indiana’s Yogi Ferrell was

Watch O.G. Anunoby elevate for highlight one-handed flush

O.G. Anunoby is developing into quite the talent. [ MORE: View Sunday’s complete Big Ten scoreboard ] The lengthy 6-foot-8 Indiana freshman can get it done on both ends of the court, plus he is no stranger to compiling the highlight-reel play. Anunoby flashed his big-play ability in the first half of Sunday afternoon’s game at No. 8 Michigan State, driving to the bucket and taking off for a powerful one-handed slam over Kenny Goins. Watch the highlight in the tweet embedded above. Advice: Notice how high Anunoby is before finally slamming the ball down. In a word, wow! Here