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B1G tourney bracket: Here's what it looks like, if season ended today

The 2016 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament is fast approaching. [ MORE: Power Rankings | Player Rankings | Game Rankings | Bracketology | Debate It: Player of the Year? | Best of the week that was | Standings | Stats | Scoreboard | Polls | Win a trip to B1G tourney ] Just three weeks remain in the regular season, in fact. We know it’s early, but we also know Big Ten fans enjoy taking an if-the-season-ended-today look at the tourney bracket. Here’s the latest look, entering Tuesday night’s trio of games: WEDNESDAY (MARCH 9) Game 1: No. 13 Rutgers

Jeopardy! contestant misses Jesse Owens, Ohio State question

Jesse Owens is one of the greatest athletes of all time, regardless of sport. The Ohio State track and field legend and four-time Olympic gold medalist took the No. 3 spot on BTN’s “Big Ten Icons” list, compiled in 2011. With Friday’s release of “Race,” a sports-drama based on Owens, the former Buckeyes standout is all over popular culture. That includes Jeopardy! Take it away, Alex Trebek: “Jesse Owens, known as the Buckeye Bullet, broke an astounding three world records and tied a fourth, all within 45 minutes, for this Big Ten school.” Easy, right? Welp, here’s the contestant’s response:

Game Rankings: Wisconsin-Michigan State rematch tops slate

The season is hitting the home stretch. And everyone is chasing Iowa, which sits atop the Big Ten standings a game head of Maryland and Indiana. And, it doesn’t look like the Hawkeyes are in peril of losing this week. [ MORE: Power Rankings | Player Rankings | Game Rankings | Bracketology | Debate It: Player of the Year? | Best of the week that was | Standings | Stats | Scoreboard | Polls | Win a trip to B1G tourney ] Indiana, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan State and Purdue have all reached the 20-wins plateau. Michigan enters tonight’s game at

Bracketology: Seven Big Ten teams listed in experts' latest mocks

It’s time to take the temperature of the Big Ten’s NCAA hopes with a weekly check of the mock brackets from Jerry Palm of CBSSports.com and Joe Lunardi of ESPN. The Big Ten has gone from a six-bid to a seven-bid league this week. Say “hello” to Wisconsin. [ MORE: Power Rankings | Player Rankings | Game Rankings | Bracketology | Debate It: Player of the Year? | Best of the week that was | Standings | Stats | Scoreboard | Polls | Win a trip to B1G tourney ] JERRY PALM No. 1 Iowa vs. No. 16 Montana, West

Big Ten links: Iowa bench production, Diamond Stone & more

There is a lot to like about Iowa, which sits alone atop the Big Ten standings. But are you worried about the sometime spotty production of the bench? The last two games, the Hawkeye bench has been outscored 55-6. HawkCentral.com points out that Iowa certainly will need more from sophomore Dom Uhl and freshmen Nicholas Baer, Ahmad Wagner and Brady Ellingson down the stretch. That quartet went scoreless in Thursday’s 85-78 loss at No. 22 Indiana and combined for six points Sunday. “I know those guys are working hard every single day in practice,” said Mike Gesell. “They’re not doing

Rachel Banham hits game-winner; Kobe Bryant tweets about it

The way Rachel Banham is torching the nets, we should just expect Kobe Bryant to tweet after every Minnesota game. Eight days removed from scoring a Big Ten women’s single-game record and an NCAA-tying 60 points, a performance the future NBA Hall of Famer tweeted about twice (here & here), Banham drained a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to send Minnesota past Iowa on Monday night. Naturally, Bryant went to Twitter to congratulate one of his biggest fans, tweeting, “Clutch @rachelbanham15 not many players can side fade, let alone for a game winner #mambablood.” Banham finished the game with 35 points, to go

Maryland suspends Diamond Stone for actions Saturday night

The Big Ten office announced that it agrees with Maryland’s one-game suspension of men’s basketball player Diamond Stone for violating the Big Ten Sportsmanship Policy on Saturday night. The conference also publicly reprimands Stone for his actions. Stone was issued a contact dead ball technical foul at the end of the first half during Saturday’s game against Wisconsin. He will serve the suspension Thursday at Minnesota. Stone’s actions were in violation of Big Ten Conference Agreement 10.01, which states in part that “The Big Ten Conference expects all contests involving a member institution to be conducted without compromise to any

Power Rankings: See where your team falls in Jon Crispin's list

Sunday night on “B1G Basketball & Beyond,” Mike DeCourcy brought up the point that now that we have reached the mid-point of February it is unofficially acceptable to begin to discuss the “Bubble.” [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Power Rankings | Player Rankings | Game Rankings | Bracketology | Debate It: Player of the Year? | Best of the week that was | Standings | Stats | Scoreboard | Polls | Win a trip to B1G tourney ] Initially, I would have felt that our Big Ten Bubble Team would be Ohio State, but Wisconsin continues to make statements and

Ohio State to honor 2010 national player of the year Evan Turner

As if the Michigan-Ohio State rivalry game Tuesday night needed extra juice, the Buckeyes will honor Evan Turner in a halftime ceremony. [ MORE: Get all of our latest Big Ten pros coverage ] Among the festivities, Turner, the 2010 national player of the year and No. 2 pick in the 2010 NBA Draft, will have his No. 21 raised to the rafters at Value City Arena. Turner shot 50 percent and averaged 15 points, 6.8 rebounds, 4.1 assists, 1.6 steals and 0.7 blocks in his three seasons in Columbus, Ohio. His memorable 2010 season included these head-turning stats: 52

Rutgers suspends star freshman guard Corey Sanders

(AP) Rutgers star freshman Corey Sanders has been suspended from basketball activities for two weeks for a violation of team rules, coach Eddie Jordan said in a statement released by the school. [ 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 ] Sanders will miss Rutgers’ next four games. Jordan said in a statement Monday: “Although I am disappointed to announce this suspension, I believe that it will serve as