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Player Rankings: Jarrod Uthoff takes over No. 2 spot this week

With the stat-stuffing games that dominate the nonconference season now history, it's a lot easier to assemble a weekly Big Ten Player Rankings. The first week of conference play featured no shortage of impressive individual performances.

Maryland freshman Diamond Stone sweeps weekly Big Ten honors

The Big Ten released its weekly men’s basketball honors Monday, and Maryland freshman Diamond Stone swept the honors. [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Power Rankings | Player Rankings | Best of week that was | Win trip for two to the Big Ten tourney | Polls | Standings | Stats | Scores ] Player and Freshman of the Week: Diamond Stone, Maryland, C – 6-11 – Fr. – Milwaukee, Wis. – Dominican Averaged 24.5 points, 7.5 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game in leading the Terrapins to wins over Penn State and Northwestern For the week, shot 73.7 percent (14-of-19)

Big Ten links: NFL draft entrants, Iowa basketball & much more

It was not a big shock to see Penn State QB Christian Hackenberg turn pro (or DT Austin Johnson, for that matter). But it did raise eyebrows when Hackenberg thanked myriad people as he left—but he omitted mentioning James Franklin. Interesting. I wish Hackenberg would have handled it better. Here is a look back at Hackenberg’s largely unfulfilling career at Penn State. Don’t you wonder how he would look now if Bill O’Brien had never left? *** Nice story on Ohio State’s Darron Lee, who arrived in Columbus having been a high school QB. Now, two years later, Lee was

BTN LiveBIG: Living 'B1G' in 2015

When we say the students, faculty and staff, and alumni of the universities of the Big Ten Conference “live big,” we aren’t overstating our case. Last year, we reported stories that took our readers from exotic locales like Sri Lanka and Uganda to galaxies far, far away. Whether it’s on-campus or in outer space, the Big Ten community is innovating, inspiring and improving. We told more than 200 of those stories in 2015. We loved them all, but there were a few that stood out to us as especially interesting and high-impact. Here are some of our favorites from the universities

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

The lid has been taken off Big Ten play, and five schools are off to 2-0 starts. Two of them aren’t a shock, as Maryland and Indiana are out of the gates quickly. But it’s a surprise to see Michigan, Ohio State and Iowa also 2-0 in Big Ten action.

Video: Ohio State survives Illinois' last-second heave

The Illinois-Ohio State men’s basketball game Sunday night featured an exciting finish. The teams traded baskets down the stretch, and the game wasn’t decided until the final shot. Trailing 74-73 after a Malcolm Hill 3-pointer with three seconds left, Illinois fouled Marc Loving, who hit the first free throw and missed the second. Hill grabbed the missed free throw, took a few dribbles and heaved a potential game-winner from the other side of the court. The shot looked like it was on line, but it went to the left the rim, meaning Ohio State survived, 75-73, and moved to 2-0

How did we do? 2015-16 Big Ten bowl game picks revisited

Every week during the 2015 football season, BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart, Brent Yarina, Sean Merriman and a Big Ten beat writer made their Big Ten game predictions. [ MORE: 2015-16 bowl schedule | Dienhart: Best of Big Ten bowls ] We also provided polls for Big Ten fans to pick their winners. With bowl season complete, it’s time to see how we fared with our postseason picks. Check out our predictions and the final season standings below. Rotating Beat Writer: Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB), foxsports.com 2015 record: 99-24 Bowl record: 6-4 Big Ten bowl picks: Duke 33, Indiana 27; UCLA 41, Nebraska

Dienhart: See my best of 2015-16 Big Ten bowl season

The Big Ten college football bowl season is officially in the books. Yes, the Big Ten came up short in its bid to defend the national title won last year by Ohio State. But the conference had some memorable moments during its 5-5 postseason.

BTN LiveBIG: NU alum and Hollywood legend named a Michigan 'Maverick & Maker'

There’s an old Hollywood saying: “The trouble with movies as a business is that they’re an art; the trouble with movies as an art is that they’re a business.” For Northwestern grad Ira Deutchman, such “trouble” has led to a prolific career spanning 40 years as a producer and marketer of independent films. Over those four decades, Deutchman worked with legendary directors like Robert Altman, John Sayles, Jonathan Demme and Gus Van Sant. Now, Deutchman will donate the personal papers from his life in film to the University of Michigan Library’s Mavericks & Makers Collection. You may be wondering: Why