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Tom’s Take: Honors, stock watch, top performers, notes & quotes

After Sunday’s domination of Purdue, is there any question that Iowa is king of the Big Ten? Of course not. Yes, I know all about Indiana, but its resume pales compared to Iowa’s. [ MORE: Big Ten scoreboard | Big Ten standings | Big Ten statistics ] Here is a look back at the week that was. Biggest surprise: Nebraska. The Cornhuskers began the Big Ten season 0-3. Then, they won four in row—three of them on the road–the latest a surprising win at No. 11 Michigan State on Wednesday night. Nebraska fell vs. Michigan on Saturday, but it’s still

Watch the top plays from No. 9 Iowa's win over No. 22 Purdue

(AP) Jarrod Uthoff scored 13 of his 22 points in the first half and ninth-ranked Iowa toppled No. 22 Purdue 83-71 Sunday for its ninth straight win. [ MORE: Big Ten scoreboard | Big Ten standings | Big Ten stats ] Adam Woodbury added 13 points and 10 rebounds for the Hawkeyes (16-3, 7-0 Big Ten), who’ve beaten four ranked teams since late December ahead of Thursday’s meeting at No. 7 Maryland. Iowa broke open a tight game with a 23-6 run to start the second half, getting baskets from seven different players during that stretch. Vince Edwards had 19

Former Ohio State star Aaron Craft hits D-League buzzer-beater

Aaron Craft built his game around defense and hustle at Ohio State. That’s not to say the two-time Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year didn’t flash offensive skills or make clutch baskets during his four seasons in Columbus, Ohio. He did. For example, who could forget his buzzer-beater vs. Iowa State in the 2013 NCAA tournament to advance the Buckeyes to the Sweet 16? Craft was on the offensive again Saturday night, hitting a buzzer-beater in double overtime to send the Santa Cruz Warriors, the Golden State Warriors D-League affiliate, to a 128-126 victory.

Who makes your Rutgers basketball Mount Rushmore?

Who gets your vote for the best player in Rutgers basketball history? We came up with a list of 12 former Scarlet Knight greats, and now it’s your job to rank them! Read each player’s bio below, then scroll down and rank them, 1-12. The results of this fan survey will be announced on TV’s “BTN Live” in February. We’re rolling out a survey per school throughout the coming weeks. James Bailey (1975-79): One of four two-time All-American selections in school history (1978-79). His No. 20 is one of three retired jerseys by Rutgers. Two-time Atlantic 10 Player of the Year

BTN LiveBIG: Indiana researchers put their heads together to address concussions

It’s a strange situation: Even as football has reached the height of its popularity, there are serious doubts about its future viability. And the main reason for that is the health problems caused over time by concussions, which often go undiagnosed after they occur. This issue grabbed headlines in recent years with the untimely deaths of former professional players who believe they suffered cognitive and emotional problems later in life because of untreated injuries to their brains. (And a big-budget film, “Concussion,” was just released that depicts the medical investigation into the issue.) Beyond the immediate issues that creates for

Wisconsin's Michael Caputo wins Shrine Game Defensive MVP

The Big Ten knows all about Michael Caputo and what he adds to a defense. The former Wisconsin safety put his skills on display in the 91st East-West Shrine Game on Saturday at Tropicana Field. Caputo picked off a pair of passes, including one vs. ex-Wisconsin quarterback Joel Stave, and tallied three tackles en route to claiming defensive MVP honors in the West team’s 29-9 victory. Caputo’s second interception came vs. a familiar foe, as well, as he picked off former former Iowa and Michigan quarterback Jake Rudock in the fourth quarter. The two interceptions were just one fewer than the

Costello picks up, twirls Izzo in MSU's win over Maryland

Michigan State’s Matt Costello had himself a game on Saturday. The Spartans’ senior big man had 15 points and 12 rebounds in MSU’s impressive 74-65 victory over Maryland at the Breslin Center. This came just three days after Costello twisted his left ankle in a 72-71 home loss to Nebraska. His foot was in a walking boot this week leading up to the game. It was a heroic effort by Costello, but the best moment came in the final seconds as the Spartans’ big man ran to the sideline, picked up head coach Tom Izzo, and twirled him around in

Watch Jason Nolf pin reigning NCAA champ, No. 1 Isaiah Martinez

Penn State redshirt freshman Jason Nolf had a bright future entering Saturday afternoon’s match at Illinois. The Yatesboro, Pennsylvania, native’s future is ridiculously bright following an emphatic win over reigning national champ and No. 1 Isaiah Martinez. The victory grabbed the attention of college wrestling fans. For good reason, too. The decision snapped Martinez’s 61-match winning streak, and it moved the third-ranked Nolf to 21-0 on the season. “It doesn’t matter who I’m wresting,” Nolf told BTN sideline reporter Shane Sparks. “I always expect to score more points every single match.” Where did the redshirt freshman get the motivation to

Who makes your Illinois basketball Mount Rushmore?

Who gets your vote for the best player in Illinois basketball history? We came up with a list of 12 Fighting Illini greats, and now it’s your job to rank them! Then, tune into BTN tonight to watch the Illini take on Minnesota at 7:30 p.m. ET. Watch live on BTN/BTN2Go. Read each player’s bio below, then scroll down and rank them, 1-12. The results of this fan survey will be announced on TV’s “BTN Live” in February. We’re rolling out a survey per school throughout the coming weeks. Nick Anderson 1987-89: Named to 20-player Illinois All-Century team in 2005. 1989

Video: Watch Saturday's top Big Ten men's hoops plays

We had a quartet of Big Ten men’s basketball games Saturday. [ MORE: Catch up on all of Saturday’s action on our Big Ten scoreboard ] In the first game of the day, No. 23 Indiana took care of Northwestern, 89-57, to improve to 7-0 in the Big Ten for the first time since 1993. In other action: Michigan knocked off Nebraska, 81-68, Michigan State topped Maryland, 74-65, and Illinois got by Minnesota, 76-71. Watch Saturday’s top plays in the videos above and below: You gotta see this! @MSU_Basketball's Matt Costello gets a HUGE block and knocks down Kenny Goins