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Video: Michigan State scores on opening tip, without a dribble

The nation’s likely new No. 1 team showed plenty of flair in its latest win. [ MORE: Track all of today’s Big Ten action on our scoreboard ] Michigan State scored off the opening tip in Saturday afternoon’s 76-33 victory over Binghamton, and it did so without the benefit of a single dribble. Here’s how it happened: Big man Matt Costello tapped the tip to Javon Bess, who delivered a jump pass to point guard Tum Tum Nairn, who hit a streaking Denzel Valentine for the game-opening alley-oop. Talk about perfect ball movement. If you’re scoring at home, that was

Dienhart: Unbeaten Iowa or tested Michigan State? Here's my pick

BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart is in Indianapolis for the Big Ten Football Championship between Iowa and Michigan State. After watching both teams play all season he's ready to make his game prediction.

Dienhart: Four keys to Michigan State's success tonight

Earlier I posted my four keys to success for the Iowa Hawkeyes in the Big Ten Football Championship. Now, here are my four keys to success for the Michigan State Spartans. 1. Go deep. Look, Connor Cook is the best quarterback in the Big Ten. No one is gonna argue that. Heck, he’s one of the best in the nation. That’s why the Spartans need to chuck it deep vs. an Iowa secondary that is good—but not great. Desmond King is a ball hawk, but he isn’t Charles Woodson. And there isn’t a ton of athletic ability in the Iowa secondary

Dienhart: Four keys to Iowa Hawkeyes success tonight

I’m up and ready for today’s Big Ten Football Championship, and having watched both Iowa and Michigan State play all season long I have my thoughts on what each team needs to do to win. In this post, I give you my four keys for Iowa to succeed on Saturday. 1. Run the ball: It’s pretty simple. This is the bread and butter of Iowa’s attack. It has been dating back to when Hayden Fry took over a massive rehab project in 1979 in Iowa City and built some great teams around backs like Ronnie Harmon, Sedrick Shaw, Tavian Banks, Nick Bell

BTN LiveBIG: Iowa grad student attempts to unravel secrets of the universe

Space: The Final Frontier. That iconic phrase opened every episode of the original Star Trek series, which featured a team of intrepid space explorers that included the colorful, quotable Dr. Leonard “Bones” McCoy. Today, another McCoy is exploring new parts of outer space, even if he’s not actually going there. That would be Jake McCoy, an astrophysics graduate student at the University of Iowa who was recently selected for a three-year NASA Space Technology Research Fellowship. It’s hard for even the brightest scientific minds to break into NASA’s orbit, but McCoy managed it on his first attempt. “It was the

Penn State downs Rutgers, 2-0, to advance to NCAA final

The No. 6 Penn State women’s soccer team defeated No. 9 Rutgers, 2-0, Friday night at WakeMed Soccer Park to advance to the College Cup Final for the second time in the last four seasons (2012). [ MORE: View the official interactive NCAA tournament bracket ] The Nittany Lions held the opposition off the scoreboard for the seventh consecutive match and the 14th time this season. Penn State (21-3-2) took advantage of its first shot attempt of the night, as both defenses did not allow a shot attempt until the 24th minute. Sophomore Frannie Crouse capitalized on a Rutgers miscue

The 2015 Big Ten Football Championship Game from A to Z

The 2015 Big Ten Football Championship is set to kickoff at 8:17 p.m. ET on Saturday night. No. 4-ranked Iowa (12-0) will take on No. 5 Michigan State (11-1) for a conference title and a spot in the second annual College Football Playoff. In anticipation for Saturday, here’s an A to Z look at the Big Ten Championship Game. A is for athletes. This game will feature plenty of them. One of the top matchups in this contest will be Iowa cornerback Desmond King vs. Michigan State wide receiver Aaron Burbridge. Both are having All-American caliber seasons and both are outstanding

Images of the Year video: 2015 Big Ten football in review

Soon the Big Ten West champ Iowa and Big Ten East champ Michigan State will meet in the 2015 Big Ten Football Championship Game at 8:17 p.m. ET Saturday on Fox. But before we get to that game, watch our annual season-in-review video. Our Saturday pregame show starts at 6:30 p.m. ET on BTN/BTN2Go before switching to FOX at 7:30 p.m. for the remainder of the pregame and the game broadcast. BTN/BTN2Go will also have a postgame show following the FOX broadcast. More coverage: Championship game scoreboard | Video highlights on Twitter | Instagram photos from BTN and The Journey | BTN Vine

Check this out: 360-degree video from Big Ten Championship site

We’re covering the Big Ten Football Championship in Indianapolis this weekend and we broke out a 360-degree camera to take for a test drive. See a short clip from the sideline as the Michigan State Spartans walked through their light practice on Friday afternoon at Lucas Oil Stadium. Don’t forget: Big Ten West champ Iowa and Big Ten East champ Michigan State will meet in the 2015 Big Ten Football Championship Game at 8:17 p.m. ET. Our pregame show starts at 6:30 p.m. ET on BTN/BTN2Go before switching to FOX at 7:30 p.m. for the remainder of the pregame and the