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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

Wrestling: No. 1 Penn State defeats Ohio State on BTN

Big Ten wrestling fans got to see an outstanding wrestling match Friday night at the Bryce Jordan Center on the Big Ten Network. Top-ranked Penn State defeated No. 3 and reigning national champ Ohio State, 24-14, in front of the second-largest crowd (15,983) in Penn State history. The Nittany Lions improved to 13-0, including 8-0 in the Big Ten, with the win. No. 1-ranked Nathan Tomasello opened the dual with a 3-1 win over No. 4 Nico Megaludis at 125, giving Ohio State an early advantage. Tomasello improved to 16-0 with the victory. Check out that dual in the video

Whose recruiting fortunes rose/fell most from 2015 to 2016?

Let’s turn the clock back one year and look at the Big Ten recruiting rankings for from 247Sports. Whose fortunes rose? Whose fell? Eight of the 14 teams rose in the ranking by 247Sports from 2015 to 2016. The team that made the biggest jump was Michigan, which went from No. 48 to No. 5, a rise of 43 places. Having over a year to woo this class was a boon for Jim Harbaugh. Will he one day land the nation’s No. 1 class? He may. The next biggest jump was made by Minnesota, which made a jump of 15

Nebraska to wear throwback uniform Saturday vs. Rutgers

Nebraska will wear a throwback uniform Saturday afternoon vs. Rutgers. [ MORE: Nebraska set to wear Black History Month alternate three times ] The design, created by adidas, honors one of the program’s greatest teams, the 1990-91 edition that won a school-record 26 games and was ranked for 14 consecutive weeks, and is part of the fourth annual Legends Weekend. The white jersey features red and silver lettering and piping, while the shorts feature the script Husker logo that was used during that era. No team in Nebraska annals scored more than the 1990-91 Huskers, who averaged a school-record 87.6

Shane Sparks previews Penn State-Ohio State on BTN tonight

BTN's Shane Sparks is more than ready for Friday's nights main wrestling event. When the Big Ten wrestling schedule came out, this was the match he circled on the calendars as Penn Satte expects 16,000 fans to come see No. 1 Penn State hosts reigning national champion Ohio State. It airs live on BTN at 6 p.m. ET.

Mailbag: IU's schedule, tourney projections & POY thoughts

Why is it that everything about Indiana is about the schedule? How many Big Ten teams do you see reaching the NCAA Tournament? Is Greg Gard doing a good enough job to satisfy Wisconsin A.D. Barry Alvarez? You brought the questions and BTN's Tom Dienhart has his answers.

Big Ten links: Could Iowa get medical redshirt for DL Ott?

Could Iowa's Drew Ott get a fifth season of eligibility? Nebraska looks like it upgraded their pass coverage defense. There is QB news at Ohio State and Wisconsin. Plus, No Big Ten school inked a better collection of wideouts than Michigan State. Let's get into all of Friday's Big Ten headlines now.

BTN LiveBIG: Penn State student empowers children around the world

During football and basketball games, BTN LiveBIG will spotlight notable examples of research, innovation and community service from around the conference. In-Game stories will provide more background on these features, and the opportunity to view the videos again. Penn State student Neha Gupta’s interest in helping kids around the world started with — of all things — her birthday parties with her grandparents in Northern India. On the other side of the world from her home in Yardley, Penn., her family would celebrate these milestones, but they wouldn’t keep the revelry to themselves. “[My grandparents] had this tradition,” recalled Gupta,