Dienhart's Daily Links for Thursday

Part of my job keeps me on the Internet quite a bit and I come across all sorts of worthy reads. Here are some interesting links from around the Big Ten for Thursday, Jan. 26. Got a link to share with me? Send me your tip via the form at the bottom of this post, and I’ll try to have a look.

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Izzo gets No. 400; No. 3 Ohio State blasts Penn State

Tom Izzo Win 400

Tom Izzo 400th Career Win

No. 11 Michigan State topped Minnesota to hand Tom Izzo his 400th win (recap) and No. 3 Ohio State blasted Penn State (recap) in our Super Wednesday doubleheader, presented by Buffalo Wild Wings. Catch up on all the action on our Big Ten scoreboard and get stats, video and recaps in this post. Also, Gus Johnson was on the call for the Minnesota-Michigan State game, and here are his top calls. And don’t forget to enter the Buffalo Wild Wings Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament Promotion for a chance to win a prize pack that includes tourney passes.

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Gimme 5: Wisconsin's Anya Covington

Anya Covington is Miss Reliable for Wisconsin. The senior forward has played in 121 straight games and hasn’t missed one in her entire collegiate career. How has she become that durable? Basketball analyst and writer Patricia Babcock McGraw talked to Covington about that in her latest Gimme 5 audio segment. Jump down in this post to read and hear more.

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Craft, Welch hit halfcourters...on alley-oop attempts

Ohio State's Aaron Craft

Aaron Craft 3-Pointer on Alley-Oop Attempt

Here’s something you don’t see every night, much less twice in the same night: Ohio State’s Aaron Craft and Minnesota’s Julian Welch both hit halfcourt shots on attempted alley-oop passes Wednesday. We kid you not. Craft did it first, as his pass to Sam Thompson went through the rim in Ohio State’s easy win over Penn State. Later, Welch, from just behind the midcourt line, threw a pass in Rodney Williams’ direction and into the bucket in Minnesota’s loss at Michigan State. Watch Craft’s shot here and check out Welch’s in this post.

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Best of Gus: Minnesota at Michigan State

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Gus Johnson: Draymond Green "Knocks it down...Ole' School"

Just as we did during 2010-2011 hoops season, we’re archiving Gus Johnson’s greatest calls this season. Johnson is calling men’s basketball for BTN all winter long. We clip and post his best calls and archive them here during games, so bookmark the page and come back all season right up through the Big Ten tourney. Right now, watch Johnson’s call of Draymond Green hitting a jump shot and get all of the announcer’s best calls from Michigan State’s win over Minnesota on Wednesday (recap).

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Vote: Thompson's best in-bound alley-oop

Ohio State's Sam Thompson

Aaron Craft Inbound to Sam Thompson for a Dunk

Most teams go an entire season, if not longer, without even attempting an alley-oop on an inbound pass. Then again, most teams don’t have an athlete quite like Ohio State’s Sam Thompson. Only a freshman, Thompson was on the receiving end of his second such play in Big Ten action alone Wednesday night. Which inbound alley-oop was better, though: Tonight’s or the one at Indiana on New Year’s Eve? Watch both incredible plays and vote on the best one in this post.

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