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Dienhart: A look back at Big Ten's last four recruiting classes

Signing Day is a day when rosters are stocked and every recruit looks like a can’t-miss prospect. I took a look back at the last four years of recruiting in the Big Ten to see which schools have lived up to hype generated on National Signing Day as compared to their record over that same span. Scout.com was the source of the recruiting data. Schools are ranked based on won-loss records. Editor’s note: Figures for Maryland and Rutgers are for just the two seasons they have been in the Big Ten. 1. Ohio State 50-4 overall 31-1 Big Ten Average

Jarrod Uthoff featured on Sports Illustrated regional cover

Jarrod Uthoff and Iowa are kind of a big deal. [ MORE: Dienhart: Midseason report cards | BTN analysts pick best of the first half ] At the unofficial midpoint of the Big Ten conference season, Uthoff is the frontrunner for Big Ten Player of the Year and the Hawkeyes, despite a grueling first-half schedule, are tied atop the Big Ten standings. Uthoff and Iowa’s reward for the program’s best start? A spot on the cover of Sports Illustrated. The star senior is featured on a regional issue of the publication’s latest magazine, with the headline “Holy Buckets! (…and blocks,

Game Rankings: Michigan State at Michigan highlights week's slate

There are three games this week that will go a long way in shaping the season. Is this the week Maryland finally loses a Big Ten home game? Can Michigan stay hot? And maybe we’ll get an upset along the way. [ 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 ] Here is a ranking of this week’s action. 1.

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