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Big Ten Whiteboard: Let's get ready for the Big Ten week ahead

The season has hit the halfway point, and the race for the top remains fast, furious and wide open with Iowa and Indiana leading the pack. Here is a look at the week ahead. [ MORE: Power Rankings | Big Ten midterm grades | Best of the first half of B1G play | Previewing the week ahead | Ranking the week’s games | Bracketology | Scoreboard | Standings | Stats | Polls | Win a trip for two to the Big Ten tourney ] Game of the week: Michigan State at Michigan, Saturday. Nothing beats a rivalry. And no rivalry is

Ex-Michigan F Max Bielfeldt returns to Crisler Center

Max Bielfeldt is averaging career bests across the board, and now the Indiana forward returns to the place where his college career started. The former Wolverine will be back at the Crisler Center on Tuesday night, this time, for the first time, as the enemy. Bielfeldt played three seasons in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and graduated last spring before opting to go to Indiana as a graduate transfer, to earn a master’s degree from the Kelley School of Business. The decision has paid off, as Bielfeldt is shooting 58 percent and averaging 8.1 points, 4.6 rebounds, one steal and 0.5 blocks

Big Ten links: Football recruiting, basketball updates & more

This is pretty neat: An interactive analysis of Wisconsin recruiting from 2006-2015 from Madison.com. The map and graphs show a detailed look at Wisconsin football recruiting since 2006. On the map, each red circle represents a scholarship recruit signed by Wisconsin. The graphs show a breakdown of recruits by state, class and rating. There are more guys from California than you’d think. *** Penn State and James Franklin are in better shape for 2016 than you think, according to StateCollege.com. Penn State’s returning players for the 2016 season have a collective 276 starts to their credit. That’s more than twice

Audio: Listen to the lacrosse preseason teleconference

On Tuesday, the Big Ten men’s and women’s lacrosse coaches took questions from the media.  Listen now and hear what the coaches had to say as their teams prepare for the 2016 lacrosse season.

Power Rankings: Surprising Michigan makes jump to No. 4

We are officially in the second half of Big Ten Conference play. For some teams the schedule gets, somewhat, easier, while for others, such as Indiana, it gets considerably more challenging. [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Power Rankings | Big Ten midterm grades | Best of the first half of B1G play | Previewing the week ahead | Bracketology | Scoreboard | Standings | Stats | Polls | Win a trip for two to the Big Ten tourney ] While I predict that the elite programs in the conference will begin to separate themselves from the pack, this is where

Six more matches featured tonight on 'Wrestling in 60'

In this Monday night’s episode of “Wrestling in 60,” three of the six spotlighted Big Ten Conference wrestling matches come from the Iowa-Minnesota dual last week. The first show airs at 11:30 p.m. ET tonight and several times again. Find re-air times for this show here. “Wrestling in 60” airs Monday nights all season. Here are tonight’s spotlighted matches: 149 pounds: Zain Retherford (PSU) / Alec Pantaleo (MICH) 157 pounds: Jake Danishek (IU) / Justin Kresevic (OSU) 174 pounds: Jacob Morrissey (PUR) / Myles Martin (OSU) Heavyweight: Sam Stoll (IA) / Michael Kroells (MINN) 141 pounds: Tommy Thorn (MINN) / Brody Grothus

Big Ten Network plans eight hours of National Signing Day coverage

BTN will dedicate eight hours of programming to cover National Signing Day on Wednesday, the most coverage in network history, including: • Live look-ins at both Michigan’s “Signing of the Stars” and Northwestern’s special event at the iconic Harry Caray’s Restaurant in Chicago; • BTN Analyst Gerry DiNardo’s extensive one-on-one interview with Ohio State Head Coach Urban Meyer; • Behind-the-scenes action from war rooms at Nebraska and Penn State; • And interviews with coaches and signees already on campus. B1G Football & Beyond: Signing Day Special airs from 9 a.m. ET to 5 p.m. ET. Signing day coverage also will

Maryland (No. 4/No. 3) paces Big Ten in latest national polls

The debate over the Big Ten’s best men’s basketball team is one that includes at least a couple of candidates. [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Power Rankings | Big Ten midterm grades | Best of week that was | Players of the Week | Bracketology | Scoreboard | Standings | Stats | Polls | Win a trip for two to the Big Ten tourney ] For what it’s worth, the latest national polls, released Monday, agree that the answer is Maryland. The Terrapins come in at No. 4 (AP) and No. 3 (Coaches) to pace five Big Ten teams in

Allen Trieu: 'I think the conference has done extremely well'

Recruiting never ends. Once one class is signed, schools cast their eyes to the next one. Offers are always going out … and being accepted. Schools are putting the finishing touches on their 2016 classes. I talked to Allen Trieu, the Midwest Football Recruiting Manager for Scout.com, to get his insights on all things Big Ten recruiting as we head toward Signing Day on Wednesday. Q: How has the conference been doing heading toward Signing Day? A: I think the conference has done extremely well. You have five teams in the Top 20, and that should true through Signing Day.

Michigan signing day invite list to raise awareness for #ChadTough

It will be a who’s who cast of characters in Ann Arbor, Michigan, for National Signing Day on Wednesday. You’ve heard the names, by now, a list headlined by former Michigan quarterback and current NFL star Tom Brady, one-time Michigan baseball signee and former New York Yankees SS Derek Jeter and 1991 Heisman Trophy winner Desmond Howard. No doubt, non-Michigan fans are rolling their eyes at what they think is Jim Harbaugh’s latest gimmick (like this, for example) to make headlines in the never-ending recruiting battle. But all of the big-time personalities, also including pro wrestling legend Ric Flair, former