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Volleyball Report: Time to get ready for tonight's Extravaganza

Tonight, we break new ground on the Big Ten Network with the first ever B1G Volleyball Extravaganza. All 14 teams will be playing on one night in seven matches over the course of three hours of whip-around coverage on our air. [ MORE: View the latest Big Ten standings | Check out the latest AVCA poll ] Every team has something at stake, and the matches tonight could impact the postseason hopes of several Big Ten members. Before the Extravaganza begins, here is a preview of all seven matches you can watch on BTN, beginning at 7 p.m. ET and

Taking a quick look at Big Ten East vs. Big Ten West matchups

Last Saturday was a big one for the Big Ten West, a division that often is maligned and perceived to be less-than when compared to an East division that features power/elite programs like Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan State and Penn State.

Big Ten links: Iowa's CFP ranking, Alex Erickson's emergence & more

It was nice to see Iowa ascend to No. 5 in the recent CFP poll. The committee finally realized that the Hawkeyes have a pretty good resume that has included a good home win vs. Pitt and road victories vs. ranked Wisconsin and Northwestern teams. Honestly, I think Iowa’s resume is better than Ohio State’s, which his No. 3 in the poll. *** Yes, Michigan State fell from the ranks of the unbeaten last week after losing at Nebraska. But the Spartans still control their own destiny in the Big Ten East. So, don’t be sad, Sparty. You goals are

Pilots, S'mores & a 34-year-old walk-on on this week's 'Journey'

On Wednesday’s episode of “The Journey” at 10:30 pm. ET, we follow Purdue freshman Markell Jones and David Blough, who are looking to restore the glory to the program and also take to the air as part of their studies as pilots in training. Also, see how the Minnesota Golden Gophers are moving forward after the sudden retirement of Jerry Kill, meet Northwestern’s Tom Hruby, a 34-year old walk-on and a military veteran, and go behind the scenes with the Ohio State linebackers hanging out together off the field.. All this and cinematic game highlights from Minnesota-Ohio State and Penn State-Northwestern games. Remember,

Jon Crispin: Why you should be excited about Big Ten hoops

For years, I have listened to my fellow pundits around the country make comments and predictions about Big Ten basketball. Whether it be that they felt it was a “down year,” or if the style of play just doesn’t provide a favorable matchup for Big Ten teams, I always got the feeling that they never took a good enough look at what makes Big Ten basketball elite.

Big Ten Animated GIF Tuesday: May we have your attention, please?

And as November flies by, so too do our weekly installments of the Big Ten Animated GIF Tuesday posts. It seems like only – let’s see, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5,  6, 7, 8 –  nine weeks ago that we kicked this all off. And to think they said it wouldn’t last.* (* Nobody really said that.) Please, take note: We’re on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Vine, Instagram, and Snapchat (bigtennetwork). And we have links to available highlights below, too. BTN FAQ: Video highlights on social media BTN football highlights on Facebook BTN football highlights on YouTube Illinois football highlights Indiana football highlights Iowa football highlights Maryland football highlights Michigan