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Super Bowl 50: A Big Ten-centric look at the official rosters

Super Bowl 50 is just hours away. A total of 16 former Big Ten names will be playing for an NFL championship, not including former Maryland tight end Vernon Davis, as NFC champ Carolina faces AFC champ Denver at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California. Ten of the Big Ten’s 14 schools have at least one representative in Super Bowl 50, headlined by Ohio State, which features a nation’s best five players (4 Carolina; 1 Denver). Don’t have a horse in the race? For what it’s worth, Denver has nine former Big Ten stars, compared to Carolina’s seven. Check out

Tony Dungy, Orlando Pace selected to Pro Football Hall of Fame

The latest class of the Pro Football Hall of Fame was released Saturday night, the eve of Super Bowl 50, and two of the eight inductees are Big Ten personalities. [ MORE: Get all of our latest Big Ten pros coverage ] Former Minnesota quarterback Tony Dungy, who played and coached in the NFL, and ex-Ohio State offensive lineman Orlando Pace, the No. 1 pick in the 1997 NFL Draft and the inventor of the pancake block, were selected for enshrinement along with a group headlined by Brett Favre and Marvin Harrison. Dungy led the Indianapolis Colts to the Super

BTN LiveBIG: Iowa engineers find ingenuity in simplicity

The essence of engineering is problem-solving. And contrary to popular belief, that doesn’t mean finding solutions of intricate mathematical and technological complexity. Often, the best approach is a simple one. Such is the case with chulha ovens, the traditional method of cooking at home in India. There are two major problems with these ovens: They consume large amounts of wood, and they emit a great deal of carbon, causing severe respiratory problems among the people of India. A group of visiting University of Iowa professors and students took it upon themselves to improve this centuries-old cooking technique with a solution

Watch Saturday's top Big Ten men's basketball highlights

Four Big Ten games were on the schedule Saturday. Catch up on all of the day’s action on our Big Ten scoreboard. Penn State upset No. 22 Indiana, 68-63, on BTN. No. 10 Michigan State rolled rival Michigan, 89-73, behind Bryn Forbes’ career-high eight 3-pointers, Nebraska took care of Rutgers, 87-63, despite losing star Shavon Shields to injury, and No. 4 Maryland fended off No. 18 Purdue, 72-61, thanks to another balanced effort. Catch the latest episode of “The Journey: Big Ten Basketball 2016.” Watch preview clips here. Watch our favorite highlights of the day below.

Video: Matt Costello smiles into camera after big sequence

Look around the Big Ten, and one would struggle to find a more improved player than Matt Costello. The Michigan State senior forward nearly is averaging a double-double (9.8 points & 8.3 rebounds) — he has four in Big Ten play and six on the season, if you were curious. No doubt, Costello is enjoying the new role and all of his success. A couple weeks ago, if you remember, Costello bear-hugged and twirled Tom Izzo after he was taken out of the game in the final seconds of a big victory vs. Maryland. Saturday, the Spartans’ double-double machine came

Shavon Shields takes scary fall, has full movement in extremities

Shavon Shields took a hard fall and was carted off the court in the second half of Saturday afternoon’s 87-63 victory vs. Rutgers. The Nebraska star attempted to block D.J. Foreman’s shot in the paint with 8:49 left, but the Rutgers forward pump faked and Shields, already in the air, landed on his back. Shields spent several moments on the floor before being carted off on a stretcher. According to the school, Shields was “knocked out and unconscious for a while.” Trainer R.J. Pietig told Nebraska beat writer Brian Rosenthal that Shields has full movement in all extremities and was

Three Takes: Indiana's 25-0 run, Malcolm Hill & Corey Sanders

It’s time for my latest “Three Takes,” and this week I’m offering my thoughts on Indiana’s 25-0 run to close the first half at Michigan, Illinois star Malcolm Hill and Rutgers true freshman Corey Sanders. Get my latest thoughts below. So, that Indiana run happened Indiana’s 25-0 run at Michigan to end the first half was an explosive outburst that only a few teams in the country are capable of pulling off. This is how the 19-4 Hoosiers can dominate when everyone is playing hard and smart together. Indiana trailed 15-4 early in the contest, and for a few minutes

Don't miss the latest 'Journey' at 10 p.m. ET tonight

As the Big Ten men’s basketball season rolls on, so does our weekly show “The Journey: Big Ten Basketball 2016.” At 10 p.m. ET tonight, after the No. 21 Indiana-Penn State game, our award-wining show spotlights personalities from four Big Ten schools. We’ll introduce you to Michigan strength and conditioning coach Jon Sanderson, who has made “Camp Sanderson” an off-season tradition. Also, learn why Andrew White III left Kansas for Nebraska, go behind the scenes with Penn State coach Pat Chambers, and see how Max Bielfeldt is flourishing at Indiana as a graduate transfer from Michigan. As usual, we’ll have

Iowa wins share of fourth straight Big Ten wrestling crown

With its 45-0 win over No. 20 Indiana on Friday, No. 2 Iowa clinched a share of the Big Ten Wrestling Dual Meet Championship. [ MORE: Check out HawkeyeSports.com’s complete release ] The regular season conference title marks the fourth consecutive title for the Hawkeyes, including the eighth in the past nine years. Iowa concludes the 2016 conference campaign with a 9-0 mark, its second straight such finish. The Hawkeyes were 75-15 in their nine Big Ten matches, and have won 21 consecutive Big Ten duals, the fourth longest streak in program history. The Hawkeyes claimed all 10 bouts against

BTN LiveBIG: Michigan team attempts to breathe new life into braille

It’s a major literacy crisis in the United States that’s gone largely unnoticed for several years now: In 2011, the American Printing House for the Blind reported that out of the nearly 60,000 legally blind people aged 21 years and younger, a third were non-readers. Of the remaining two-thirds, 27 percent could still see well enough to read visually, and 21 percent were pre-readers. Fewer than 10 percent said braille was their preferred method of reading. There are several reasons why braille has declined as a writing system for the blind, ranging from fewer educational resources to the rise of