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BTN LiveBIG: Iowa hospital patients get by with a little help from 'Furry Friends'

It’s 9 a.m. on a cold winter morning at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics (UIHC) main building. A patient named Darrell is sitting in a chair getting medicine that doesn’t require a co-pay. A rather large Labradoodle named Yuki is on his lap, slathering his face in doggie kisses. In an intensive-care hospital room on a different floor, the prescription is Sophie, a 12-year-old Pomeranian who is used to making “bed” calls. Sophie’s handler, Jean Reed, picks her up and gently places her next to one of the patients, who bursts into a thousand-megawatt grin. “We walk in the room,

'Big Ten Elite' spotlights Maryland, Indiana seasons in 2002

“Big Ten Elite: 2002 Maryland and Indiana Basketball” debuts Saturday at 9 p.m. ET on BTN/BTN2Go immediately after the Maryland-Princeton basketball game. The latest in the “Big Ten Elite” series takes you inside the Maryland and Indiana men’s basketball program in 2002 and looks at the seismic changes for both as they headed toward their eventual NCAA championship game in what was then a Big Ten-ACC showdown. For Indiana, assistant coach Mike Davis took over for Bobby Knight. At Maryland, former Ohio State coach Gary Williams was in the process of rebuilding a Terrapins program in the wake of the

Nebraska Huskers advance to NCAA Volleyball championship

Nebraska's volleyball team dropped Kansas to advance to Saturday's NCAA Volleyball Tournament Championship against Texas. Fourth-seeded Nebraska used a strong finish to push their way past Kansas and punch their ticket to the championship match. Nebraska won the final seven rallies of the match to defeat the Jayhawks in front of 17,551 fans at the CenturyLink Center, the largest volleyball crowd in NCAA history. Earlier, the Big Ten's Minnesota fell to Texas in the other semifinal.

Dienhart: Here's a look back at Maryland's 2015 season

Year Two in the Big Ten did not go smoothly for Maryland. A season after going 7-6 (4-4 Big Ten) and to a bowl, the Terrapins flopped to the basement of the Big Ten East. The problems were numerous and ultimately cost Randy Edsall his job in October.

Twitter community reacts to 'Mike' Dantonio Sports Illustrated cover

That “chip on the shoulder” just keeps getting bigger and bigger for Mark Dantonio and the Michigan State Spartans. Back in August, ESPN misspelled Dantonio’s name on SportsCenter, referring to him as Mike D’Antoni, who was a former NBA head coach, most notably with the Phoenix Suns and New York Knicks. Now, another mishap on Dantonio’s name has gone viral, this one coming on the cover of this week’s Sports Illustrated. The SI cover features MSU quarterback Connor Cook with the subhead reading, “How ‘Mike’ Dantonio rebuilt the Spartans.” Michael Rosenberg, a well-respected reporter who wrote the story, took to

Big Ten Survey: Most pleasant men's hoops surprise so far is ...

We are one month into the college basketball season, and conference play is just around the corner. Michigan State, Purdue and Maryland look to be a cut-above the rest of the Big Ten pack. But which Big Ten hoops team has been the most pleasant surprise so far? I asked some writers who cover the league for their opinion. Jon McNamara, BadgerBlitz.com: I’d have to say Northwestern. 9-1 with the only loss to North Carolina. There’s a chance the Wildcats break their NCAA tournament streak this year. Doug Bucshon, OrangeandBlueNews.com: Northwestern. Coming off of a 10th place finish in the B1G a

Bubble soccer & laser tag! Wildcats players enjoy a day off

With no practice scheduled this past Tuesday, the Northwestern football team probably had way more fun than you did. The proof is in this video. Team staff called in a video game truck, laser tag, and bubble soccer. Watch the intensity of the players in the bubble soccer game. It reminds us of another fun event Northwestern held for their players earlier this season, Anyone remember the Halloween costumes? Pat Fitzgerald and the players got together to plan a surprise on the assistant coaches for that Friday’s bye week practice. Coach Fitzgerald and the team dressed in Halloween costumes for

BTN to provide extensive coverage from Cotton Bowl and Rose Bowl

BTN will provide extensive, on-site coverage surrounding the College Football Playoff Semifinal matchup between Michigan State and Alabama in the Cotton Bowl, as well as Iowa’s first trip to the Rose Bowl in 25 years. Eight other Big Ten teams are slated to compete in postseason play, with BTN highlighting each of those matchups beginning on Thursday, Dec. 24. Cotton Bowl and Rose Bowl coverage begins on Tuesday, Dec. 29, at 3 p.m. ET with updates on the Spartans from Cotton Bowl Media Day. Rose Bowl Media Day coverage will also air on Tuesday, Dec. 29, bringing viewers up to

Holiday Bowl: Wisconsin takes on Southern Cal in San Diego

Back in August, neither school envisioned being here. But, that’s the cold, hard reality. The Holiday Bowl isn’t a bad place to be. It’s just not a playoff game or Selection Committee bowl. [ MORE: 2015-16 bowl schedule | Best of the Bowls | Ranking bowls, 1-40 | Big Ten bowl bags | Big Ten bowl factoids | Bowl storylines | Get all of our bowl coverage ] Now, who really wants to be here and will play like it? That may be the biggest key to this game. The Badgers have had to deal with injuries but still excelled,

Big Ten links: How would this 68-team football playoff shake out?

What if college football had a 68-team tourney like basketball? Ah, it’s fun to dream, isn’t it? Well, Athlon Sports has put together a bracket if we all lived in Fantasy Land. I don’t need a full-blown fantasy 68-team tourney. Still, Look at what the four-team playoff has done to drive weekly debate. Have a look at one publication's projections, the catch up on the rest today's news from around the Big Ten.