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Dienhart: Let's look at the week ahead

Northwestern's John Shurna

Big Ten Pulse - Jan. 16, 2012

Up is down. In is out. Black is white. Welcome to Big Ten basketball 2012, a season filled with twists and turns that have jumbled the race (standings). And the conference season isn’t even half over. This past week was filled with tumult that scrambled the league standings and made one thing perfectly clear: This is going to be a wild race for the Big Ten championship.

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Big Ten hands out weekly hoops honors

Illinois's Brandon Paul

Big Ten Blast: Jan. 16th Afternoon Update

The Big Ten Conference released its Men’s Basketball Players of the Week for Jan. 9-15 action. It was a crazy week of action that saw several upsets, including Northwestern handing Michigan State its first Big Ten loss and first loss in it last 16 games. See the conference’s latest weekly winners and find out what they did to earn the prestigious honors in this post.

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Big Ten Geeks: At the turn

It’s certainly been an interesting start to the Big Ten season. Wisconsin looks vulnerable, Indiana looks much improved, and Minnesota is still fighting after losing its star. But what do that numbers say at the one-third mark?

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Highlights from the latest 'Journey'

Michigan's Zack Novak

The Journey 2012 - Wolverines Knock Off Wisconsin

On Sunday’s debut of the second episode of “The Journey,” our crew looked at a number of Big Ten stories. One of them involved tracking Zack Novak and Michigan as they knocked off Wisconsin and another looked at Illinois’ Meyers Leonard. Watch those segments here and be sure check our TV schedule and check “The Journey” posts on BTN.com. You can also watch the show on BTN2Go.

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Catch 'The Journey' tonight at 8 p.m.

The Journey 2012 logo

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

Say What?

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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