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Photo: Northwestern knocks shot clock down before game at Iowa

Northwestern broke the shot clock in Carver having a dunk contest before the game. @BigTenNetwork — Blake Jorgensen™ (@Blake_Jorgensen) March 7, 2015 This happened Saturday prior to the Northwestern-Iowa game at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Blake Jorgensen, an Iowa journalism major, tweeted the picture above, saying the damage occurred when the Wildcats were dunking in pregame. Jorgensen said the hoop was lowered to set the shot clock upright again, and the basket is ready to go. Luckily, it happened well before the game, with 42:08 left before tip-off. Watch Iowa host Northwestern in both teams’ season finale at noon ET on

BTN LiveBig: Maryland students' food charity has more mouths to feed

During football and basketball games, BTN LiveBIG will spotlight notable examples of research, innovation and community service from around the conference. In-Game stories will provide more background on these features, and the opportunity to view the videos again. Few organizations have grown as much and as quickly as the Food Recovery Network (FRN). Founded by students at the University of Maryland in 2011, today it’s a powerhouse with a nationwide presence. “We’ve become the largest student movement against hunger in America,” said Ben Simon, co-founder and executive director of FRN. “We started about three years ago and are now at

Friday's updates on Big Ten tournament double-bye scenarios

Much of the talk during the final week of the Big Ten men’s basketball regular season revolves around the expanded conference tourney field, and, in particular, the coveted double-byes. The top four teams receive double-byes into next Friday’s quarterfinals at the United Center. Big Ten champ Wisconsin and Maryland have clinched double-byes, but who can claim the remaining two? BTN researcher Harold Shelton lays out the possible Big Ten Tournament scenarios below after Thursday night’s action. 1. Wisconsin (15-2): at Ohio State Already clinched double-bye and #1 seed 2. Maryland (13-4): at Nebraska Already clinched double-bye and #2 seed 3.

Big Ten Hoops: High drama Saturday for Purdue, Illinois and Indiana

The final weekend of the regular season is on our doorstep. And, there isn’t much drama at the top. Wisconsin has sewn up the Big Ten title outright, doing so with a win at Minnesota last night. Maryland, Ohio State, Michigan State and Iowa have NCAA bids basically wrapped up. But Purdue, Illinois and Indiana have some urgency, as they fight to enhance their NCAA resumes this weekend before the Big Ten tourney starts next week in Chicago. Indiana plays host to Michigan State on Saturday needing to taste victory. The Hoosiers began Big Ten play 5-1 and thinking big.

Big Ten releases brackets for weekend's Wrestling Championships

The 2015 Big Ten Wrestling Championships brackets are out! The 2015 Big Ten Wrestling Championships brackets are out! Click the image to the right to get the full bracket. Starting Saturday morning and continuing through Sunday afternoon, BTN is offering live coverage of the 2015 Big Ten Wrestling Championships from Columbus this Saturday and Sunday. Earlier this week, we posted video previewing each weight class. Then we also spoke with BTN wrestling analyst Shane Sparks about a number of storylines for this weekend. In this post, we have a few more followup questions for Sparks. Favorite Big Ten singlet? Sparks: I

Big Ten Football: Six key coaching changes made on existing staffs

The Big Ten saw three schools make coaching changes after last season, with Michigan, Wisconsin and Nebraska all bringing in new leaders. But other schools didn’t stand pat, making significant changes to their staffs. Here’s a look at the six key coaching changes made on existing staffs after 2014. 1. Ohio State: Tim Beck, co-offensive coordinator: When offensive coordinator Tom Herman took the Houston job, Urban Meyer scored a home run when he landed this former Nebraska play-caller. Beck is a Youngstown, Ohio, native who is well-connected in Ohio and Texas recruiting circles. And he’s smart. Beck will double as

Randy Gregory knocks the head off of ESPN’s Sport Science Dummy

So, @RandyGregory_4 knocked the #SportsScience tackling dummy's head off. Never been done before. — Rand Getlin (@Rand_Getlin) March 5, 2015 It is no secret that former Nebraska standout Randy Gregory is a hard hitter. The 6-6, 235 pound DE/LE prospect is projected to be a top 10 selection in the upcoming NFL Draft. But what he did during a recent shoot of ESPN’s Sports Science is truly incredible. During a test on the show, Gregory hit the tackling dummy with such force that he knocked the dummy’s head off, which has never been done before. At this year’s NFL