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Watch our 2016 Big Ten preseason lacrosse interviews on YouTube

Heading into the 2016 Big Ten men’s and women’s lacrosse seasons, BTN’s Mike Wolf talked with a coach and player from each of the six men’s and women’s teams earlier this month. We’ve collected them in a handy YouTube playlist in this post. Remember: Use the menu icon in the upper left of the YouTube video player below to expand the list of available videos. Moving forward, use the Big Ten Network’s deep YouTube page at www.youtube.com/bigtennetwork, or the actual Big Ten lacrosse playlist page for more highlights and news videos. Here are links to the team schedules for the men’s teams. Johns

Wisconsin's win streak, Michigan's shooting & Derrick Walton

It’s time for my latest “Three Takes,” and this week I’m offering my thoughts on Wisconsin’s six game winning streak, the Wolverines’ 3-point shooting and Michigan junior guard Derrick Walton Jr. Get my latest thoughts below. Remember early in the season when Wisconsin’s Nigel Hayes and Bronson Koenig had to play great in order for the Badgers to have any chance of winning? Those days are now over. Multiple players have stepped up during Wisconsin’s six game winning streak and the Badgers now have a true team. In last night’s win over Nebraska, four Badgers scored in double figures, and

Video: Northwestern wrestler Jason Tsirtsis' very strong Chewbacca imitation

Throughout the Big Ten wrestling season, BTN’s Kara Lentz delivers the BTN Wrestling Report, an online video segment spotlighting the wrestlers from around the conference. In talking with Northwestern’s Jason Tsirtsis ahead of this weekend’s wrestling action on BTN and BTN Plus, Lentz learned that Tsirtsis is a “Star Wars” fan who can do a very good Chewbacca imitiation. Could he answer a few questions in Chewbacca’s native language? “I don’t quite have the language down perfectly,” Tsirtsis tells Lentz,”but I can do my best.” Ever the good sport, Tsirtsis does exactly that. Watch the video above to get his answers to

Big Ten links: Do these 4 teams have tourney title shot?

Mike DeCourcy of Sporting News takes a look at 16 teams that could win it all in March. Stewart Mandel of FOXSports.com has built his dream football coaching staff. Who made the cut? And attention Penn State: There might just be a new "Linebacker U" in town. Catch up on Thursday's Big Ten basketball and football headlines.

BTN LiveBIG: Black history and the Big Ten

The histories of African-Americans and the universities of the Big Ten have intertwined for decades, centuries even. And they continue to move forward together, blazing new trails in areas ranging from the social sciences to social equality. In honor of Black History Month, we’re looking back at some of the stories we’ve told about how students, faculty and alumni at Big Ten schools are preserving the African-American story — and adding new chapters to it. An academic partnership between Nebraska and Maryland is exploring the historic, heroic struggle of African-Americans before the Civil War to fight their own enslavement through

Relive Zack Novak's @MichiganOnBTN takeover

Former Michigan star Zack Novak visited the BTN studio Wednesday night, and we had him all over social media during the Michigan-Minnesota BTN Super Wednesday doubleheader game. [ MORE: Follow Zack Novak (@novak3159) on Twitter ] Novak sat down with us to watch the Wolverines and take over @MichiganOnBTN during the game. He answered a wide array of questions, ones ranging from his thoughts on whether a hot dog is a sandwich to his favorite/least favorite Big Ten arenas. Check out some of our favorite highlights from Novak’s Twitter takeover below. *** *** *** *** *** *** ***

Watch the top plays from Super Wednesday hoops action

Another Super Wednesday is in the books. Wisconsin opened the action by taking down Nebraska, 72-61, for its sixth consecutive victory, and Michigan closed the night by holding off Minnesota, 82-74, to snap a two-game losing streak. Catch up on all of the Super Wednesday action on our Big Ten scoreboard. Throughout the Wolverines-Gophers game, former Michigan guard Zack Novak was in studio and took over @MichiganOnBTN. Relive the top questions and answers here. Watch our favorite Super Wednesday highlights below. And here is a look at the game wraps.  

Robert Carter Jr. Q&A: 'Whatever we need, I try to provide it'

This could be a special season for Maryland, a season that includes a Big Ten title, Final Four appearance … and maybe a national title. [ MORE: Power Rankings | Player Rankings | Game Rankings | Bracketology | Big Ten weekly honors (Feb. 8) | Polls | Standings | Stats | Scoreboard | Win a trip to B1G tourney ] Robert Carter Jr. knows that. The 6-9, 235-pound junior from Thomasville, Georgia, is doing his part to fuel the Terps’ push. After sitting out last year following his transfer from Georgia Tech, Carter is making a huge impact by averaging

Michigan picked to win 2016 Big Ten baseball championship

Michigan was voted the preseason favorite to claim the 2016 Big Ten Baseball Championship, as voted on by the conference coaches and announced on Wednesday. The coaches voted on the top six teams and also selected three students from their own squads to a Players to Watch list. The Wolverines were followed in the preseason poll by Maryland in second place, No. 3 Indiana, Iowa in fourth place, No. 5 Illinois and Michigan State in sixth place. Michigan is coming off its first trip to the NCAA Tournament since 2008 and posted a 39-25 record. The Wolverines return 19 letterwinners

Twitter: Did Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh just call out SEC?

Jim Harbaugh and Michigan want to take part of spring practice on the road to talent-laden Florida. [ MORE: Like this post? Check out our full Gone Viral section ] The SEC wants Michigan to have no part in this – even if it is during the University of Michigan’s spring break. The conference made that fact known Tuesday. Early Wednesday afternoon, Harbaugh sent out the tweet embedded above. Think the two are related? For what it’s worth, Harbaugh also tweeted a cryptic message after the San Francisco 49ers fired Jim Tomsula, who replaced Harbaugh.