Big Ten Mailbag: You ask, Dienhart answers

It’s that time of the week, time to reach into my mailbag and answer your questions. Basketball season is in full swing, but football always is on the mind of readers. I like that. So, let’s begin.

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Big Ten Geeks: Inconvenient Truths

This may surprise you, but every now and then we say something that really gets fans riled up. The best example of this is our belief that while Aaron Craft is a very good defender, he is not, nor has he ever been, Ohio State’s best defender. And this year, he’s not even the team’s best perimeter defender. Rather than take this as a complement to Ohio State’s collection of outstanding defenders, a lot of people take this as a slight to Craft.

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Three Big Ten hoops teams bump up stock

What kind of week has it been in the Big Ten? With Northwestern winning at Illinois on Thursday, road teams have won six of the nine games this week. And we still have Saturday to go. Are you listening, Iowa and Michigan State? Wisconsin plays at Iowa while Ohio State plays at Michigan State in two big games on Saturday. If the Badgers and Buckeyes can continue the trend of road teams winning, it will be impressive.

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Dienhart: Purdue staff coming together

Purdue announced the official hirings of six assistants for new coach Darrell Hazell’s staff. Defensive coordinator Greg Hudson; offensive line coach Jim Bollman; linebackers coach Marcus Freeman; cornerbacks coach Jon Heacock; receivers coach Kevin Sherman; running backs coach Jafar Williams. It’s a nice blend of youth and experience, giving Hazell a good base to build from.

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BTN rewind: This week's top basketball videos

In a week where six of the nine Big Ten men’s basketball road teams won their games, we pulled a lot of great video clips from around the Big Ten. We’ve posted five of the most popular clips in this post, and link to all of the rest here.

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