The Next Level: What They're Watching

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The Next Level - Sept. 20, 2011

Week 4 marks the final full week of nonconference football action. That said, our analysts on “The Next Level” tell you what they want to see Saturday before Big Ten play begins. One of our guys has his eye on the Illinois defense, which goes up against Western Michigan and talented quarterback Alex Carder, another wants to see Nebraska star cornerback Alfonzo Dennard’s return from a leg injury, while the final one has his sights set on a former Wildcat in the NFL. Watch the special Web-only segment now.

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Greatest Games: Minnesota at Northwestern (2007)

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Northwestern at Minnesota (2007)

 Seeking their first Big Ten win of the season Minnesota Gophers quarterback  Adam Weber connected with wideout Ernie Wheelwright seven times for 116 yards and three touchdowns in Evanston against the Wildcats. Get the full list of this season’s of upcoming Greatest Games right here.

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Catching up with Indiana's Keith Smart

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Keith Smart on Indiana memories

Everywhere Keith Smart goes, it seems, someone wants to talk about “The Shot.” It’s to be expected, though. After all, Smart was the one who hit the memorable baseline jumper in the final seconds of the 1987 national championship game to lift Indiana past Syracuse. Watch Smart’s iconic play here. Since that day, Smart went on to play pro ball, including one season in the NBA, and now has entered the coaching ranks, most recently serving as the Golden State Warriors head coach last season. Watch now as we ask the former Hoosier about his greatest Indiana highlight, excluding the shot, and his best Bob Knight story.

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Sept. 24: In the Booth for BTN

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Big Ten Blast: Sept. 20th Afternoon Edition

 In a look ahead to this weekend’s football games, the Tuesday afternoon Big Ten Blast brings a few injury updates from Nebraska and Wisconsin. Also, looking for the weekly lineup of our TV broadcasting teams for this Saturday’s football games on BTN? Look no further…

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Big Ten Blast: Expansion Notes

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Big Ten Blast: Sept. 20th Morning Edition

In this morning’s edition of the Big Ten Blast, we take a look at the latest expansion news and tell you what Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany said in his statement on why the Big Ten has not changed positions on this issue.  Remember: You can learn more about the Big Ten Blast weekday video update right here.

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Week 2 Big Ten NFL Stats

Week 2 of the NFL season is in the books, and just like last week, former Big Ten players compiled some very impressive days. All season long, use our Big Ten NFL Stat Tracker to see how ex-Big Ten stars performed each week. Simply click on a player’s name, and the link will lead you to his NFL.com game log. Every Tuesday morning, Brent Yarina will single out the Big Ten’s best offensive, defensive and special teams performances, plus link to their NFL.com highlights. See the Week 2 winners inside.

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Mic'd Mondays: Brown, Bennett

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Jonathan Brown Visits "The Pulse"

Monday night on BTN, we interviewed the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week, Illinois’ Jonathan Brown, and the Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week, Minnesota’s Duane Bennett. Brown met with “The Big Ten Pulse” to discuss the Illini’s big night against Arizona State and quarterback Brock Osweiler. The Illini sacked Osweiler six times, five more times than he went down in the first two games combined. How did Illinois do it? “It’s kind of hard to miss him when the guy’s 6-8, with those long legs. He can’t really go anywhere,” Brown said. Watch our interview with Brown now and click inside to see the Bennett interview.

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