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Tom Izzo, Michigan State latest to honor Lacey Holsworth

Michigan State doesn’t need an excuse to remember or honor Lacey Holsworth. [ MORE: AP: 12th-ranked Spartans pound visiting Rutgers ] Holsworth’s story captivated the nation. Her well-chronicled friendship with the Spartans, in particular then-star Adreian Payne, was something so genuine. Neuroblastoma took Holsworth’s life in April of 2014, but, with it being Coaches vs. Cancer Week, teams and coaching staffs across the country, not just Michigan State or the Big Ten, have worn gold shoelaces to honor “Princess Lacey” and support the fight against pediatric cancer. It was the Spartans’ turn Sunday night. Making the occasion all the more

Watch Sunday's top Big Ten men's basketball highlights

The Big Ten men’s basketball schedule featured four games Sunday, including a trio involving ranked teams. [ MORE: Catch up on all of Sunday’s action on our Big Ten scoreboard ] No. 8 Maryland held off Ohio State, 66-61, behind Jake Layman’s double-double, No. 3 Iowa took care of Northwestern, 85-71, thanks to Peter Jok’s hot hand, and No. 12 Michigan State rolled Rutgers, 96-62, with the help of a school record-tying 17 3-pointers. In the other game, Wisconsin knocked off Illinois, 63-55, at Assembly Hall Check out our favorite plays from Sunday’s four games below. *** *** ***  

Randy Edsall hired as Lions' director of football research

Former Maryland coach Randy Edsall has been hired as the Detroit Lions’ director of football research and special projects. Edsall, who has more than 30 years of coaching experience, was fired by the Terrapins in October after compiling a 22-34 record in four-plus seasons and overseeing the program’s transition from the ACC to the Big Ten. According to reports, Edsall figures to be an assistant to new Detroit general manager Bob Quinn, who served as a graduate assistant at UConn during Edsall’s first season as the Huskies head coach. The 57-year-old last worked in the NFL from 1994-97 as a

Mount Rushmores: Last chance to vote for your all-time hoops stars

The debates pop up all the time. “Who was the greatest player to play at your school?” “Where would that current player rank on your school’s all-time team?” And so on. That’s why we created survey pages for each Big Ten men’s basketball program where fans have been ranking their favorite players over the past few weeks. At first look, it can seem like an easy task. But as you roll through any list, one realizes it’s a little harder. Where would Illinois’ Kendall Gill rank on the Fighting Illinois list? With Indiana’s long roster of talented players, who makes that

BTN LiveBIG: Ohio State astronomers track a 'super' spectacle in space

It was a discovery of epic proportions — so much so that the people who saw it had to pull examples from science fiction in order to describe it. Ohio State astronomy professor Krzysztof Stanek and his colleagues were recently the first to observe what could be the largest supernova ever viewed from Earth. To illustrate the significance of this possible exploding star, Stanek turns to — what else? — a “Star Wars” reference. “The Death Star can destroy a planet in one second,” he said of the Empire’s ultimate weapon. “This supernova is like a million Death Stars. If

Watch top goals from Michigan's Super Saturday win vs. Penn State

It was a super Saturday for Michigan athletics. [ MORE: Derrick Walton Jr. flirts with triple-double in win vs. Penn State ] The sixth-ranked Michigan hockey team took down No. 15 Penn State, 6-3, on Saturday night to clinch a sweep in the inaugural BTN Super Saturday doubleheader at Madison Square Garden. Earlier Saturday, the Michigan men’s basketball team beat Penn State, 79-72, to improve to 7-2 in the Big Ten. Watch our favorite goals from Michigan’s win over Penn State below.

Journey 100: Sunday's show spotlights Jok, Trimble, Vosters

This week’s episode of “The Journey,” the 100th of the award-winning series, airs at 9:30 p.m. ET Sunday, or immediately following the Wisconsin-Illinois men’s basketball game. The milestone episode will look at the amazing path Iowa’s Peter Jok has taken from war-torn Sudan to Des Moines to Iowa City, where he is now one of the Big Ten’s top players. [ MORE: ‘Journey’ celebrates 100 episodes |  Journey 100 All Stars Part I & Part II | Q&A: OSU walk-on & ‘Journey’ subject Mark Titus ] We’ll also hear NBA MVP Stephen Curry talk about Maryland super sophomore Melo Trimble, and

Watch A.J. Hammons' individual dunk contest vs. Nebraska

A.J. Hammons played the kind of game players dream about in Purdue’s 89-74 victory over Nebraska on Saturday. [ MORE: Watch Purdue honor Keady, 1994-96 three-peat team | Purdue busts out throwback uniform ] The senior big man scored a career-high 32 points, on a head-turning 14 of 17 from the field, to go along with 11 rebounds, five assists, four blocks and a steal. Simply put, Nebraska had absolutely no answer for Hammons, who also committed just one personal foul in 29 minutes. “A.J. Hammons is the best center in college basketball,” Matt Painter said after the game. It’s

Watch Purdue honor Gene Keady, 1994-96 three-peat team

It’s been 20 years since the Purdue men’s basketball team claimed its third consecutive outright Big Ten crown, and no team has done it since. [ MORE: Purdue wears throwback uniform to celebrate three-peat team ] Purdue honored the 1994-96 three-peat teams at halftime of Saturday’s game vs. Nebraska. Members of those teams, including Chad Austin and Brian Cardinal, to name a couple, were in attendance, as was legendary coach Gene Keady, who won Big Ten Coach of the Year all three of the championship seasons en route becoming the first and only to win the award three times in

Purdue busts out throwback to honor 1994-96 three-peat team

Purdue honored its 1994-96 Big Ten championship teams Saturday afternoon vs. Nebraska. [ MORE: Watch Purdue honor Gene Keady, 1994-96 teams at halftime ] Among the festivities, Purdue gave away 1996 replica championship rings to the first 1,996 fans, and held a halftime ceremony to honor legendary coach Gene Keady and members of the teams. The Boilermakers also donned throwback uniforms to commemorate the occasion. Even cooler: They warmed up in their usual home uniform, which you can see in the video embedded below, before coming back out in the 1994-inspired design before tip-off. To no one’s surprise, the fans