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Tom Dienhart's top 5 players to replace: Purdue Boilermakers

Darrell Hazell continues to try to get this program on solid footing as he enters his fourth season at the helm. Hazell will move forward with a veteran roster that has potential. [ MORE: Get all of Tom Dienhart’s players to replace posts ] The quarterback situation has been a sore spot under Hazell, who has switched signal-callers during the season each of the last three years. Austin Appleby began the season No. 1 but lost his job and subsequently transferred to Florida. Who will be the guy this year: David Blough, who replaced Appleby, or Elijah Sindelar, a highly

Here's how Big Ten names fared in NFC, AFC title games

It was a big Sunday for former Big Ten stars in NFC and AFC title games. Four players scored at least one touchdown, with Owen Daniels (Wisconsin) hauling in a pair of scoring strikes in Denver’s win vs. New England. On defense, Kurt Coleman (Ohio State) picked off a pair of passes in Carolina’s rout of Arizona, and Bradley Roby (Ohio State) sealed Denver’s aforementioned AFC title game victory with an interception on New England’s potential game-tying two-point conversion in the final seconds. Before we consider how every former Big Ten star performed Sunday, let’s look ahead to Super Bowl

Big Ten links: White-hot Indiana, football updates & more

Indiana basketball remains hot despite losing one of the Hoosiers' stars. It's an open competition to be the top QB next year at Penn State. One writer takes a look at Jim Tressel's place in Ohio State history while another examines Michigan's strong corps of receivers. An what's all this about a Michigan vs. Michigan State night football game? Read today's headlines now.

BTN LiveBIG: Scoring 'B1G' in innovation rankings

The universities of the Big Ten Conference are known for being trailblazers in higher education, but their achievements aren’t limited to the lecture hall. They also fund a vast array of research and are home to groundbreaking entrepreneurial centers. Consequently, Reuters’ most recent list of the 100 Most Innovative Universities in the World includes 11 B1G schools, including three in the top 10. According to Reuters, the institutes on the list “most reliably produce original research, create useful technology, and have the greatest economic impact.” Here’s where the Big Ten universities placed in the rankings: 5. University of Michigan Bringing together

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