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Survey: Who is the most exciting Big Ten hoops player?

What Big Ten player is the most exciting? Who would you plunk down your hard-earned cash to watch? Who brings you out of your seat and makes you say “AHHHH!”? I asked some media members for their choice. Jess Settles, Big Ten Network: Denzel Valentine. Magic Johnson passes, hits H-O-R-S-E shots in big games, always a triple-double threat. Fearless. Marcus Fuller, St. Paul Pioneer Press: Most exciting to me is A.J. Hammons. In today’s world, the 7-footers are mainly shot blockers and rebounders. Or you’ll see them trying to be guards and hanging out on the perimeter. But Hammons is

BTN's Shane Sparks: Our look at this weekend's NWCA action

The National Championship Dual series highlights this weekend as eight Big Ten teams host six Division I conference champions from around the country and two wildcards. In his weekend preview, BTN wrestling analyst Shane Sparks takes a closer look at No. 1 Penn State's matchup.

Illinois F Leron Black suspended after Thursday's arrest

Illinois men’s basketball coach John Groce suspended Leron Black indefinitely after a Thursday night incident that led to Black’s arrest by police. According to this report by the  Champaign News-Gazette, University of Illinois Police said Black, 20, was arrested for aggravated assault after he allegedly threatened a security employee of the Canopy Club, 708 Goodwin, U. In a Friday morning statement, Groce said, “We are aware of the incident involving Leron Black. He has been suspended indefinitely from all team activities as we await the legal process.” Black has missed 19 games this season with a knee injury. In his seven

Big Ten links: Gophers' upset win tops Friday's news digest

Minnesota is still celebrating an incredible upset win. Illinois's new AD has challenges ahead. Which Iowa player has the highest NBA potential? We round up all of Friday's top headlines in this Big Ten news digest.

BTN LiveBIG: THON inspires Penn State faithful to go the extra miles

How are you spending this weekend? If your answer to that question is dancing without stopping for two straight days, there’s a good chance you’re a Penn State student participating in the giant annual dance marathon — a.k.a, THON — to raise awareness of and funding for treatment of children’s cancer. And if you’re planning to spend the weekend resting after a grueling relay run across Central Pennsylvania, you’re likely a PSU alum or another member of the Nittany Lions community supporting the same cause as the THON dancers through Hope Express. From 6 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 19, until

Top highlights from Thursday's Big Ten men's basketball games

What a night of Big Ten basketball! Minnesota kicked off the action with a memorable 68-63 win over No. 6 Maryland, snapping a 14-game losing streak and giving the Gophers their first conference win of the season. The crowd at Williams Arena stormed the court when time expired to celebrate Minnesota’s first Big Ten regular season win since beating Michigan State back on Feb. 26, 2015. The second game of the evening belonged to Denzel Valentine, who had 24 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds in Michigan State’s impressive 69-57 victory over Wisconsin. With two games on the slate, we

Minnesota pulls off 68-63 upset over No. 6 Maryland

Nate Mason had 18 points, six rebounds and six assists to help Minnesota get its first Big Ten win of the season with a stunning 68-63 upset of No. 6 Maryland, the Golden Gophers' first victory in more than two months.

Are you in favor of Michigan going to Florida for spring practice?

Welcome to the college football offseason. We are more than a month removed from the National Championship and still two months away from the start of spring football. But don't think for a second that means Jim Harbaugh is out of the news.

2016 spring football preview: Iowa Hawkeyes

Iowa is coming off a season of glory in which it raced to a school-record 12-0 start before losing its final two games of the season in falling in the Big Ten title game and the Rose Bowl.