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Predicting Big Ten Football Honors

Wisconsin's Montee Ball

Ron Zook Statement

BTN will present the exclusive, live announcement of several Big Ten football awards during the All-Conference Selection Special at 7:30 p.m. ET on Monday. For the fifth straight year, Dave Revsine will host the show, alongside analysts Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith. Select award winners will be interviewed during the 60-minute program. Read the full release on our show.

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Nov. 27 Big Ten Hoops Roundup

Indiana's Jordan Hulls

Butler at Indiana - Men's Basketball Highlights

Sunday was a busy day of hoops on BTN. Indiana defeated Butler, the back-to-back reigning national runner-up, and Illinois destroyed Chicago State. In other action, Michigan State blasted Eastern Michigan and Dayton beat Minnesota, which lost star Trevor Mbakwe to a right knee injury. Catch up on all the action and stats on our Big Ten scoreboard. Also, did you see Cody Zeller’s big dunk? What about Meyers Leonard’s? Watch highlights, plus get halftime and recap stories, from the day’s games in this post.

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Final Football Power Rankings

Wisconsin's Louis Nzegwu

Joe Girardi at the Northwestern-Michigan State Game

Every week during the football season, Brent Yarina posts his latest Big Ten Power Rankings. Week 13 saw Wisconsin clinch the Leaders Division and a spot in the Big Ten title game. As for the power rankings, they are not meant to mimic the Big Ten standings. What fun would that be? They aren’t scientific, either. They’re simply Brent’s thoughts on where each Big Ten team stands after its latest game. Agree? Disagree? Tweet @BTNBrentYarina.

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Illinois fires head coach Ron Zook

Illinois' Ron Zook

Ron Zook Statement

In the end, Ron Zook couldn’t make Illinois a consistent winner. So, the school announced today that it’s turning the page by firing him after seven seasons. The Zook era will be remembered for tremendous highs and lows, finishing with a 34-51 mark and two bowls. The zenith of his tenure was a trip to the Rose Bowl following the 2007 season, the program’s first junket to Pasadena since the 1983 season. That year, Illinois finished as Big Ten runners-up and knocked off an unbeaten Ohio State team on the road.

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Did You See This? Illinois' Leonard

Illinois' Meyers Leonard

Meyers Leonard Dunk vs. Chicago State

If you’re fielding a dunk contest of only 7-footers, there might not be a better contestant than Illinois’ Meyers Leonard. The 7-foot-1 sophomore is an absolute freak of an athlete. People his size aren’t supposed to run the floor and move as smoothly and easily as he does. See what we’re talking about in this video of Leonard bringing down the house at Assembly Hall with a rim-rattling slam. Pretty impressive, huh?

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Huskers, 7 others make NCAA tourney

(BigTen,org) The Big Ten will be well-represented at the 2011 NCAA Volleyball Championship, as eight conference teams have been selected to the tournament’s field of 64 for the second consecutive season. The eight chosen squads ties a conference record and gives the Big Ten the most tournament teams of any conference in the country. See the official NCAA.com bracket.

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