Dienhart: Q&A with CBS Sports bracketologist Palm

Once again, I caught up with bracketologiest extraordinaire Jerry Palm for our weekly talk about all things Big Ten and NCAA tournament related. Listen to our conversation in this post. How many Big Ten teams does Palm have in the Big Dance? Are there any No. 1 seeds? I also asked Palm for  his mid-season Big Ten player of the year, coach of the year and freshman of the year.

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Dienhart's Daily Links for Wednesday

Scanning the Big Ten globe while you hit the refresh button on your computer looking for the latest update on your team’s signing class.

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Did You See This? Illinois' Leonard & Paul

Tuesday’s Michigan State-Illinois game was far from a thing of beauty. In the final minutes of the first half, in fact, ESPN play-by-play guy Mike Tirico begged, “This half NEEDS to end!” As inept as the offenses were in the 42-41 decision at Assembly Hall, there were a couple highlights: Meyers Leonard’s alley-oop and Brandon Paul’s poke.

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Illinois upsets MSU; Wisconsin tops PSU

Illinois upset No. 10 Michigan State, 42-41, (recap) and No. 20 Wisconsin topped Penn State, 52-46, for its sixth consecutive win (recap) Tuesday night. Perhaps worse than the loss for the Spartans, Draymond Green left the game with a left knee injury (AP story), and he’ll undergo tests Wednesday. Catch up on all the action with our Big Ten scoreboard and get stats, video and recaps in this post.

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Top 10 Big Ten dunks of 2011-12 season

LeBron James’ ridiculous dunk against Chicago on Sunday and Blake Griffin’s silly slam against Oklahoma City on Monday got us thinking about the best dunks of the 2011-12 Big Ten season. Rodney Williams, Victor Oladipo and Sam Thompson’s highlights immediately come to mind, but there have been so many other memorable dunks. See my top 10 slams in this post. Did I forget a dunk? If so, click “other” on the poll or enter your selection in the comment box at the bottom of this post. Also, check out a collection of our dunk-centric highlights with our Did You See This? archive.

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