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Shelley Till: Taking a look at hot and cold teams in Big Ten

As we approach the end of January, it may be cold outside, but a few Big Ten teams are heating up! This week we take a look at who’s hot, and who’s not? Who’s hot? Two teams are currently on five-game winning streaks: Maryland and Nebraska. The Terrapins’ offense is currently ranked fourth in the NCAA and, over their current streak, they’ve revved up on both ends of the floor with a commanding +21.8 average margin of victory. Their only hiccup thus far in Big Ten play was vs. the third-ranked offense in the country, the Ohio State Buckeyes. However,

Who makes your Wisconsin basketball Mount Rushmore?

It’s time to vote for the best players in Wisconsin basketball history. Who gets your vote? We created a list of 14 Badger greats, and now it’s your job to rank them. Read each player’s bio below, then scroll down and rank them, 1-14. The results of the fan survey will be announced on TV’s “BTN Live” in February. We’re rolling out a survey per school throughout the coming weeks. Sam Dekker 2012-15: Most Outstanding Player of NCAA Tournament West Region (2015). Member of two Final Four teams (2014-15) and the 2015 Big Ten Regular Season and Tournament Championship teams.

Here are the Big Ten names set to play in 2016 Pro Bowl

The 2016 Pro Bowl selections are changing by the minute, it seems, but there will be plenty of Big Ten representation at the annual event Sunday at Aloha Stadium. [ MORE: View the complete Pro Bowl roster at NFL.com ] As of Tuesday afternoon, 13 former Big Ten stars will suit up in Honolulu, Hawaii. That figure doesn’t include Tom Brady (Michigan), who was named to the team but withdrew, Kawann Short (Purdue), who will miss the game due to playing in Super Bowl 50, or a trio Nebraska players who all played before their schools entered the Big Ten.

Watch Wisconsin star LB Vince Biegel tackle snowman

Last offseason, former Penn State defensive lineman Anthony Zettel tackled a tree. [ MORE: Like this post? Check out our full Gone Viral section ] This offseason, Wisconsin linebacker Vince Biegel, in true Wisconsin fashion, is tackling snowmen. “Hey, in Wisconsin, we practice football 12 months a year,” Biegel says to open the video he tweeted Monday night. Biegel proceeds to destroy the snowman, leaving nothing but its base still intact. Watch the video in the tweet above.

Dienhart: What a school year to be an Iowa Hawkeyes fan

The 2015-16 school year for Iowa is shaping up to be one for the ages. [ MORE: Power Rankings: Iowa comes in at No. 1 | Player Rankings: Peter Jok enters the list | Game Rankings: Iowa-Maryland tops week’s slate ] The football team started it all, jumping out to a school-best 12-0 before finishing 12-2, dropping the Big Ten title game to Michigan State and the Rose Bowl to Stanford. It was Iowa’s first Rose Bowl since the 1990 season. Still, the 2015 Hawkeyes will forever have a special place in the hearts and memories of Iowa fans, as

Michigan State won't wear neon alternate again this season

Whether you loved them or hated them, you won’t see Michigan State wear its much-talked-about neon Nike “Hyper Elite Disruption” alternate uniform again this season, according to Joe Rexrode. The Spartans debuted the design in Saturday night’s victory vs. then-No. 5 Maryland. The reaction, to no surprise, was polarizing, with the younger generation liking the “Mean Green” color, as Nike called it, and the older generation disliking it. “I know they’re crazy, but 17-year-olds like them,” Tom Izzo said. “And right now, I like 17-year-olds more than 80-year-olds.” Izzo is right. These loud, head-turning designs are all about recruiting, the

Journey 100: Journey All-Stars Part 1

Over the past nine years and 99 episodes, “The Journey” has told the story of hundreds of Big Ten athletes as they navigate the twists and turns of football and basketball season. In celebration of the 100th episode, we selected 10 of the most successful athletes ever to appear on “The Journey” as our “Journey All-Stars.” The show airs Sunday at 9:30 p.m. ET. We’re posting Part One here and Part Two is here. Remember to find re-air times on our TV schedule page. Also, every episode of “The Journey” – this season and past – is available on BTN2Go,

Bracketology: CBSSports.com's Jerry Palm has Iowa as No. 1 seed

It’s time to take the temperature of the Big Ten’s NCAA hopes with a weekly check of the mock brackets from Jerry Palm of CBSSports.com and Joe Lunardi of ESPN. [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Power Rankings | Player Rankings | Ranking this week’s games | Best of week ahead | Scoreboard | Standings | Stats | Polls | Win a trip for two to the Big Ten tourney ] The Big Ten continues to look like a six-bid league. In fact, no other Big Ten teams are on the bubble, according to either bracket expert. The big news: Iowa

Big Ten links: Tom Izzo win total, Jarrod Uthoff praise & more

Tom Izzo now stands tied with Gene Keady on the all-time Big Ten wins list with 512. This is perfect. Has there ever been two coaches more alike? Rough, tough, defensive-minded. … The only league coach with more Big Ten wins is Bob Knight with 661. Can Izzo catch The General? Probably not. But, who cares? Izzo is an all-time great. “The only way you accomplish things like that is two things, you’ve got to have an administration that keeps you around, and you’ve got to have good players that have played for you, and I think I’ve got both,”