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It’s Monday, and that means it’s time for my latest Big Ten hoops power rankings. This week, following Michigan’s first loss, there’s a new – and familiar – No. 1. See where I rank your team in this post. Don’t agree with the rankings? Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comment box at the bottom of the post. Or tweet it my way (@BTNBrentYarina).
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Last week, “Big Ten Football Report” compiled a Denard Robinson highlight package; this week, it was Montee Ball’s turn. And just like Robinson’s video, Ball’s 2012 piece does not disappoint. It should come as no surprise, though, as the 2012 Doak Walker Award winner ripped off his share of individual highlights this season on his way to becoming the NCAA career touchdown leader. Watch the video now.
Sam Ostarello had 22 points and 19 rebounds Monday night and No. 12 Purdue defeated Ohio State 82-75 in triple overtime. Courtney Moses led the Boilermakers (14-2, 3-0) with 24 points. Her layup late in the second extra period tied it at 68 after Ohio State had a 68-62 lead. All three of the Boilermakers’ Big Ten wins have come in overtime. Read the full AP recap, see the box score and watch our interviews in this post.
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What’s it like catching passes from future Hall of Famer Peyton Manning? That’s a great question, and one Howard Griffith asked former Minnesota standout Eric Decker in Part II of his sitdown with the Denver Broncos wide receiver. Watch Decker’s answer now, plus find out about his transition to the NFL and his relationship with Manning after just one season together.
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How can you top last week in the Big Ten, which saw Minnesota play at Indiana and Michigan travel to Ohio State? You can’t. Still, this week has some nice matchups. The top tilt is Michigan’s trip to Minnesota. But there also is Wisconsin at Indiana on Tuesday and Ohio State at Michigan State on Saturday, making this another key week in the Big Ten schedule.
What has been reported for days became official Monday with Illinois announcing Bill Cubit as the new offensive coordinator.
Two weeks of the NFL playoffs are down, and now we’re one week away from knowing the Super Bowl XLVII matchup. On Saturday and Sunday, several Big Ten players – headlined by New England’s Tom Brady (Michigan) – helped lead their teams to next week’s conference championship games. See a photo gallery of those players in this post.