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BTN to air seven Big Ten Winter Championships & Hockey tourney

BTN will televise seven winter Big Ten Championships, including wrestling, men’s and women’s swimming & diving, men’s and women’s indoor track & field and men’s and women’s gymnastics and the entire Big Ten Hockey Tournament in 2016. Coverage begins with the Big Ten Women’s Swimming & Diving Championships from Michigan on Feb. 22 at 7 p.m. ET, while the Big Ten Men’s Swimming & Diving Championships will air at 7 p.m. ET on Monday, Feb. 29, from Purdue. The opening night relays and preliminary rounds for both women (Feb. 17-20) and men (Feb. 24-27) can be viewed live on BTN

Tom’s Take: Honors, stock watch, top performers, notes & quotes

An eventful week, with Maryland seeing a long home winning streak end, Indiana enduring highs (win vs. Iowa) and lows (loss at Michigan State) and Wisconsin emerging as the hottest team. When the dust settled, the Hawkeyes stood alone atop the Big Ten. [ MORE: Big Ten standings | Big Ten stats | Big Ten scoreboard | Polls | Win a trip to B1G tourney ] Here’s a look back at the week that was. B1G’s BEST Best win: Wisconsin at No. 2 Maryland. No Big Ten team had ever won a conference game at Maryland. Until Saturday night, that is,

Poll: What is the most intimidating arena in the Big Ten?

Assembly Hall. Xfinity Center. Breslin Center. What is the most intimidating arena in the Big Ten? I asked some media members who cover the league, and here’s what I got. Bill Landis, @BillLandis25, Cleveland.com: Maryland. When that place gets going, that wall of students behind the basket has to be very intimidating for opposing teams. Maybe the loudest building I’ve ever been in. Tom Kakert, @HawkeyeReport, HawkeyeReport.com: It’s really close. Based on what I have seen and what players have indicated, I’d have to say Maryland. Very active and involved student section is always the key and they have that

Big Ten players invited to the 2016 NFL Combine

The invite list for the NFL Combine is out. And, it is loaded with Big Ten players–58 in all. [ MORE: These 10 players leave the biggest shoes to fill ] Ohio State leads the way among league schools with 14 players invited to the Combine, which will be held Feb. 23-29 in Indianapolis. All 14 schools have at least one player going. Jack Allen, C, Michigan State Geronimo Allison, WR, Illinois Eli Apple, CB, Ohio State Vonn Bell, S, Ohio State Austin Blythe, C, Iowa Briean Boddy-Calhoun, CB, Minnesota Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State Anthony Brown, CB, Purdue Aaron

BTN LiveBIG: Black history and the Big Ten

The histories of African-Americans and the universities of the Big Ten have intertwined for decades, centuries even. And they continue to move forward together, blazing new trails in areas ranging from the social sciences to social equality. In honor of Black History Month, we’re looking back at some of the stories we’ve told about how students, faculty and alumni at Big Ten schools are preserving the African-American story — and adding new chapters to it. An academic partnership between Nebraska and Maryland is exploring the historic, heroic struggle of African-Americans before the Civil War to fight their own enslavement through

Michigan picked to win 2016 Big Ten baseball championship

Michigan was voted the preseason favorite to claim the 2016 Big Ten Baseball Championship, as voted on by the conference coaches and announced on Wednesday. The coaches voted on the top six teams and also selected three students from their own squads to a Players to Watch list. The Wolverines were followed in the preseason poll by Maryland in second place, No. 3 Indiana, Iowa in fourth place, No. 5 Illinois and Michigan State in sixth place. Michigan is coming off its first trip to the NCAA Tournament since 2008 and posted a 39-25 record. The Wolverines return 19 letterwinners

2016 spring football preview: Illinois Fighting Illini

There is a lot to work on this spring in Champaign for an Illinois squad coming off a 5-7 record. Bill Cubit has shaken up his staff in hopes of impressing the administration with a good 2016. [ MORE: Get all of Tom Dienhart’s Big Ten spring football coverage ] Ex-Illinois signal-caller Nathan Scheelhaase will coach running backs; former Illini quarterback Jeff Hecklinski has been tabbed to coach tight ends and special teams; ex-Illinois o-line coach A.J. Ricker is back to reprise his role. Co-defensive coordinator Tim Banks has left, with Mike Phair taking over sole coordinator duties after sharing

Game Rankings: Two Indiana games top week's loaded slate

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. [ MORE: Power Rankings | Player Rankings | Game Rankings | Bracketology | Big Ten weekly honors (Feb. 8) | Polls | Standings | Stats | Scoreboard | Win a trip to B1G tourney ] 1. Iowa at Indiana, Thursday. Remember when the Hoosiers were riding a 12-game winning streak? Now, IU is 2-2 in its last four games and faces a rugged slate of games.

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

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. [ MORE: Power Rankings | Player Rankings | Game Rankings | Bracketology | Big Ten weekly honors (Feb. 8) | Polls | Standings | Stats | Scoreboard | Win a trip to B1G tourney ] The parity in college basketball and in the Big Ten in particular makes these rankings a