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The Journey 2012 Bonus: Phil Hubbard and Rudy Tomjanovich Visit Michigan's Locker Room

In the second installment of the award-winning show “The Journey” tonight at 8 p.m. ET, our crew takes you inside several more compelling stories during this Big Ten Basketball season. We went to Lincoln for the Huskers’ first Big Ten game. In Ann Arbor, we’ll show you more about the Wolverine senior leader Zack Novak and then take you to Champaign to learn how Meyers Leonard went from a small town to the big time. We also spend time with first-year Penn State coach Pat Chambers.

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Dienhart: Who's Up & Down This Week

Wisconsin Badgers forward Mike Bruesewitz

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That was quite a week in Big Ten men’s basketball. When I wrote Monday about Wisconsin’s struggles, I didn’t imagine they’d shake it off at Purdue later in the week. Then I spoke with Jerry Palm and he told me the Big Ten had eight tourney teams as of right now – we’ll check back with him next week to see if that’s changed. The week got better when I attended the Illinois game and witnessed Brandon Paul’s amazing 43-point night. That will surely shake up my weekly Big Ten Player Rankings.

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Say What? Watch These Big Ten Sound Bites

Michigan State's Tom Izzo

Say What?

Our TV team took a look at the latest press conferences held by your Big Ten men’s coaches and then compiled this fun montage of sound bites. Can you feel the intensity coming through in every comment? Watch it now and tell us below which part you liked best. And remember: Each week we post the Big Ten men’s basketball coaches teleconferences for your convenience. Listen to your coaches talk with reporters from around the Big Ten.

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Dienhart: Predicting the Big Ten Race ... of 2012

The 2011 season was barely punctuated, and the 2012 football polls were already coming out. LSU looks like a consensus pick for No. 1, but the Big Ten is well represented. In the five polls I found, Michigan, Michigan State and Wisconsin all were ranked. And Nebraska appeared in all but one poll. Ohio State, which is ineligible to win the Big Ten title or play in a bowl in 2012 because of probation, is in two polls.

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Big Ten Geeks: The Brandon Paul Game

With an amazing 43-point performance from Brandon Paul, Illinois shocked Ohio State in Champaign. Coming in, this looked like a game that the Illini might hope to keep close with their defense, but it seemed unlikely that Bruce Weber’s struggling offense would be able to scrape together enough points against the nation’s top defense. That analysis went out the window once Paul got rolling.

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Dienhart: Paul's 43 amaze, lift Illinois

Illinois's Brandon Paul

Brandon Paul three off inbound and block

On a night when legendary Illinois coach Lou Henson was honored with a banner that was raised to the rafters of Assembly Hall, Illini guard Brandon Paul raised the roof on the place. Paul notched a career-high 43-point effort in propelling Illinois to a 79-74 victory over Ohio State in what could be a season-defining game for the Illini.

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