It’s time to release my latest Big Ten men’s hoops power rankings. The rankings are not meant to mimic the Big Ten standings. What fun would that be? They aren’t scientific, either. They’re simply my thoughts on where each Big Ten team stands right now and who would win on a neutral court. Agree? Disagree? Tweet @BTNBrentYarina or leave your comments below. See Brent’s rankings in this post. Also, watch our interview with Aaron Craft, whose Buckeyes host Lamar at 8:30 ET Tuesday on BTN.
Like big dunks? You’re in luck, because Michigan State’s Branden Dawson got up and threw one down with authority during Monday night’s game against UMKC at the Breslin Center. The freshman, you could say, wasn’t all that intimated by Kangaroos big man Brad Reid, all 6-foot-11 of him. No, instead Dawson posterized the poor guy. Watch the athletic freshman’s powerful dunk now.
The Big Ten went 4-0 on Monday, with Indiana blasting Howard (recap), Iowa throttling Central Arkansas (recap), Michigan State destroying UMKC (recap) and Illinois nipping Cornell (recap). All together, the Big Ten won the four games by an average of 34.3 points, and that includes Illinois’ four-point win. Catch up on the action on our Big Ten scoreboard and get recaps and video highlights in this post. Also, watch Victor Oladipo’s latest highlight-reel dunk now.
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Week 15 of the NFL season is in the books, and Big Ten products compiled some big days. All season long, use our Big Ten NFL Stat Tracker to see how ex-Big Ten stars perform. Simply click on a player’s name, and the link will lead you to his NFL.com game log. Every Tuesday, Brent Yarina singles out the best offensive, defensive and special teams performances, plus links to their NFL.com highlights. See Brent’s Week 15 winners in this post.
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This week BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart took his live Q&A to the BTN Facebook page. Our resident expert took the best of your questions and we’ve archived the exchange below. Don’t forget: Dienhart takes questions all week long via his mailbag page.
The Minnesota football team will have a different look for the 2012 season. The Gophers unveiled new helmets Monday and also will release new uniforms, designed by Nike, in mid-January, according to GopherSports.com’s story. Minnesota will debut the new digs in its 2012 season opener, Sept. 1 at UNLV. See a picture of the front of the new helmet here, a picture of the back of the new helmet here and a picture of the side of the new helmet here. Or view the complete gallery, courtesy of GopherSports.com.
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(AP) Ohio State head coach Thad Matta says star sophomore Jared Sullinger, who missed most of Saturday’s win at South Carolina with a sore foot, will play when the second-ranked Buckeyes host Lamar on Tuesday night. Matta says Sullinger told him he was feeling better each day since he hurt his foot. Read the full AP story.
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