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It goes without saying that we will discover the true colors of Indiana this week. And could Maryland finally lose a Big Ten home game? Here is a ranking of this week’s 12 games.

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Bracketology: Don't forget about surging Wisconsin Badgers

Feb 4, 2016; Madison, WI, USA; Wisconsin Badgers fans display their affection for Wisconsin Badgers forward Nigel Hayes during the game with the Ohio State Buckeyes at the Kohl Center. Wisconsin defeated Ohio State 79-68. Mandatory Credit: Mary Langenfeld-USA TODAY Sports

Nigel Hayes, literally, drops the mic

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It’s time to take the temperature of the Big Ten’s NCAA hopes with a weekly check of the mock brackets from Jerry Palm of CBSSports.com and Joe Lunardi of ESPN. The Big Ten continues to look like a six-bid league. But Wisconsin—winners of five in a row–is making some noise in Lunardi’s analysis.

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Power Rankings: Iowa stays on top; Michigan State, Purdue climb

Feb 3, 2016; Iowa City, IA, USA; Iowa Hawkeyes forward Jarrod Uthoff (20) shoots the ball during the second half against the Penn State Nittany Lions at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Iowa won 73-49.

Iowa drops Illinois, stays on top

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We are now past the halfway point in conference play, and we have certainly learned a lot. There is still plenty of basketball to be played, but it’s time to start to identify the teams that are maintaining a high level of play and/or trending upward at the moment.

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Big Ten Whiteboard: An early look at the Big Ten week ahead

Jan 9, 2016; Madison, WI, USA; Maryland Terrapins guard Jared Nickens (11)  at the Kohl Center. Maryland defeated Wisconsin 63-60. Mandatory Credit: Mary Langenfeld-USA TODAY Sports

Melo Trimble beats the buzzer, Badgers

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Now that the Super Bowl is over, college basketball season officially has begun. Of course, I jest. But, no doubt, the second half of the season is gaining steam. This week’s slate has some key games that will shape the conference race. It’s a huge week for Indiana.

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