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Keita Bates-Diop, Ohio State take care of Penn State, 66-46

(AP) Ohio State coach Thad Matta pushed a couple of buttons to help the Buckeyes beat Penn State 66-46 on Monday night and snap a two-game losing streak. The first came two days before the game, when he sat down Keita Bates-Diop to talk about a scoreless performance against Purdue his last time out. “I told him ‘I need you to be more aggressive,'” Matta said. The sophomore forward took the message to heart and responded with a game-high 22 points against the Nittany Lions. “When he said that, I didn’t want to let him down, come out and do

Power Rankings: Indiana rises to No. 2 in Jon Crispin's latest list

Every week, we put out my Power Rankings, presented by ArcelorMittal, and it often brings forth a variety of emotions from Big Ten fan bases. Some think their team is too high, some think their team is too low, and the rest just seem to think I’m clueless. Truth is, you all may be right to some extent. [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Power Rankings | Player Rankings | Bracketology | Ranking this week’s games | Best of week ahead | Scoreboard | Standings | Stats | Polls | Win a trip for two to the Big Ten tourney ]

Sixteen former Big Ten stars on Super Bowl 50 teams

The matchup is set, and it will be the Carolina Panthers and the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl 50. [ MORE: See how Big Ten names fared in AFC, NFC title games ] A total of 16 former Big Ten stars are on Super Bowl 50 active rosters, not including former Maryland TE Vernon Davis, who played for the Terrapins before they entered the Big Ten. Here are some more Big Ten-centric Super Bowl 50 stats: Of the two competitors, Denver has the most ex-Big Ten players (9). Ten Big Ten schools have at least one player in the Super

Who makes your Indiana basketball Mount Rushmore?

Who gets your vote for the best player in Indiana basketball history? We came up with a list of 12 Hoosier greats, and now it’s your job to rank them! Read each player’s bio below, then scroll down and rank them, 1-12. The results of this fan survey will be announced on TV’s “BTN Live” in February. We’re rolling out a survey per school throughout the coming weeks. Steve Alford 1983-87: Two-time Consensus First-Team All-American in 1986 and 1987. Two-time Big Ten Player of the Year in 1986 and 1987. Earned first team All-Big Ten honors three times. Alford was a

Player Rankings: Peter Jok, Malcolm Hill enter latest list

There’s not much change atop my latest Big Ten Player Rankings, other than Denzel Valentine and Melo Trimble flipping spots at No. 2 and No. 3. [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Power Rankings | Player Rankings | Bracketology | Ranking this week’s games | Best of week ahead | Scoreboard | Standings | Stats | Polls | Win a trip for two to the Big Ten tourney ] That said, there are a couple new names on the list, as Iowa’s Peter Jok makes his season debut and Illinois’ Malcolm Hill returns. Editor’s note: All stats are through Sunday, Jan.

Iowa moves up to No. 3/No. 4 in latest AP & Coaches polls

Just how high would Iowa soar in the latest men’s college basketball polls? [ 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 ] That was a common question following the Hawkeyes’ victory over Purdue on Sunday afternoon, improving Fran McCaffery’s crew to 7-0 in the Big Ten. The answer is in, and Iowa comes in at No. 3 (AP) and No. 4 (Coaches) in the latest national polls, released Monday.

Three Takes: Jess Settles looks at Indiana, Iowa, Michigan State

This feature is called “Three Takes,” but I’m going to bend the rules and offer four thoughts this week. [ 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 ] Here goes! Indiana, Iowa & Michigan State Indiana and Iowa have rolled to undefeated 7-0 records in conference play, and Michigan State seems to be back on track with Denzel Valentine returning to form. Something all three teams have in common:

BTN to provide complete coverage of Super Saturday doubleheader at MSG

BTN is taking the show on the road to New York City on Jan. 29th and 30th for the inaugural Super Saturday, a Big Ten basketball & hockey doubleheader at Madison Square Garden featuring Michigan and Penn State. BTN will provide complete coverage of both contests, including live game telecasts and studio shows originating from both Manhattan and on-site. “We are thrilled to get the games at Madison Square Garden, and we will use the opportunity to connect with the many Big Ten fans we have in Manhattan,” said BTN President Mark Silverman. #BTNinNYC begins at 5 PM ET Friday,

Ranking the games: It's all about Iowa at Maryland on Thursday

Iowa and Indiana have proven to be the class of the Big Ten so far. But keep an eye on Maryland, which can score a huge win when the Hawkeyes visit College Park, Maryland, on Thursday. Could IU go down when it visits Wisconsin? Hmmmm. [ 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 ] Here is a ranking of this week’s games. 1. Iowa at Maryland, Thursday. The “game

Tonight's 'Wrestling in 60' airs at 10:30 p.m. ET

Attention, wrestling fans: Tonight is the return of our weekly show “Wrestling in 60,” a one-hour spotlight on the top dual wrestling matches from the past week across the Big Ten Conference. The first show airs at 10:30 p.m. ET tonight and several times again. “Wrestling in 60” airs Monday nights. Find all available show times for “Wrestling in 60” on the show’s TV schedule page. One of the matches featured in tonight’s show is the upset victory pulled off by Penn State redshirt freshman Jason Nolf, who pinned No. 1 Isaiah Martinez of Illinois to break the 157-pound defending national champion’s 61-match