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Branden Dawson

Chris Borland at the Senior Bowl

If it’s not one thing, it’s another for Michigan State. Or, so it seems. News broke late Thursday afternoon that Branden Dawson had broken his right hand and will be out four to five weeks. How did it happen? Dawson slammed his hand on a table in frustration while watching film. He explains in this video. Looks Kenny Kaminski will need to step up as a defender on Glenn Robinson III. Meanwhile, reaction in social media circles has been critical. And that has MSU coach Tom Izzo fuming.

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BTN LiveBIG: Friday Poll

From notable alumni making an impact to award-winning professors and research that’s shattering realities, there is a lot going on in the Big Ten. So, as 2014 continues, we’d like to know what you want to see featured on LiveBIG this year.

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Video: Nnanna Egwu uses floor mop to retrieve ball

Shannon Scott

Ball Gets Stuck, Egwu to the Rescue

Illinois and Ohio State had their share of misses from the field Thursday night. After all, the Illini shot 41 percent and the Buckeyes came in at 42 percent in the 62-55 Ohio State win. But there was one miss that neither team – nor anyone watching – will forget. That, of course, would be Lenzelle Smith Jr.’s 3-pointer in the second half that got stuck on top of the backboard. The ball remained there until Illinois big man Nnanna Egwu, with the help of a floor mop, jumped up at knocked the ball loose. Watch the scene in this post.

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B1G Hoops: Ohio State, Penn State end losing streak

Shannon Scott

Frazier to Newbill for Dunk and the Lead

There were two Big Ten men’s hoops games on the docket tonight, and both were filled with plenty of excitement. Ohio State kicked off the evening with a much-needed 62-55 win over Illinois, ending the Buckeyes’ four-game losing skid. Penn State followed with an impressive 58-52 victory over Nebraska, giving the Nittany Lions their first Big Ten win of the season.

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Eric LeGrand earns his degree from Rutgers

The incredible story of former Rutgers football player Eric LeGrand just added another inspiring chapter. LeGrand, who was paralyzed during a 2010 football game against Army, received his college diploma this week. He graduated with a degree in labor studies and is working to make a transition from playing football to the broadcasting booth.

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Branden Dawson breaks hand, out four-to-five weeks

Branden Dawson

Branden Dawson Tip Shot

Injuries have been an ongoing issue for Michigan State’s men’s basketball team this season, but this one is the most bizarre of them all. MSU junior forward Branden Dawson will miss four-to-five weeks after breaking a bone in his right hand. Dawson said the injury was caused after slamming his hand on a table in frustration during a Thursday morning film session.

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