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Former Commissioner Wayne Duke left his mark on Big Ten

Duke, 88, helped shepherd the Big Ten into the modern era during an 18-year run as commissioner, focusing on academic achievement while also helping build the NCAA tourney into its modern incarnation.

Dienhart: Early, early look at 2017-18 Big Ten Power Rankings

The season isn’t officially over, as the Final Four is this weekend. But let’s go ahead and cast our eyes to 2017-18. Players still could turn pro and key recruits added in the spring signing period, but here is an early, early, early look at how the conference could stack up next season.

Maryland meets Illinois in BTN League of Legends College Season Championship

On Monday, March 27 at 6 p.m. ET, BTN will air the first live esports match in network history when Maryland takes on Illinois in the BTN League of Legends Championship. The match will be held at the NA LCS Battle Theater in Los Angeles and can be seen on BTN2Go. Over the course of the inaugural season, 12 clubs from Big Ten universities were separated into BTN East and West divisions to compete against each other in the most played PC video game in the world. Not including Monday’s championship, seven matches have been streamed across BTN2Go, Facebook and

Illinois' NIT run comes to an end at UCF

Illinois fell behind big early at UCF in Wednesday night's NIT quarterfinal and couldn't complete a late-game comeback against the Knights despite 29 points from senior Malcolm Hill. The Illini finished the season with a 20-15 overall record.

Dienhart: Big Ten silencing critics in NCAA tournament

Remember way back when the national narrative was “the Big Ten is down?” It seems like a silly notion now, doesn’t it? The Big Ten has more than acquitted itself in the opening two rounds of the NCAA tourney.