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Big Ten Whiteboard: Wisconsin at Iowa (BTN) spotlights week's slate

The Big Ten has become a three-team race, with Indiana, Iowa and Maryland battling at the top with two weeks remaining in the regular season. Don’t sleep on Michigan State, either. [ MORE: Power Rankings | Ready for the week ahead? | Best of week that was | Early look at B1G tourney bracket | Standings | Stats | Scoreboard | Polls ] Here is a look at this week’s action. Game of the week: Wisconsin at Iowa, Wednesday (BTN/BTN2Go). The Hawkeyes have been in a bit of a funk, losing two of their last three games. Iowa lost at Maryland, then got stunned

BTN LiveBIG: Artist helps students at Illinois move their feet for social change

Recent violence and heated rhetoric across the country has led to anger and racial tension in communities all over the U.S. And one performer working at the University of Illinois made an effort to help others address those feelings in a positive, productive way. National Arts medal winner Ping Chong spent the month of January as an artist-in-residence at the University of Illinois, working with Department of Dance students on a piece called Baldwin NOW. Chong’s residency was funded by a grant from the Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation and the Center for Advanced Study’s George A. Miller Endowment Visiting

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

An interesting rivalry week ends with Indiana riding atop the Big Ten. But Iowa and Maryland are just one-half game and one game off the pace, respectively. That said, could Michigan State be the best team in the Big Ten? [ MORE: Big Ten standings | Big Ten stats | Big Ten scoreboard | Polls ] Here’s a look back at the week that was. BEST OF THE B1G Best stat line: Denzel Valentine vs. Wisconsin. The Big Ten Player of the Year candidate had 24 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds, leading No. 8 Michigan State to a 69-57 victory over previously white-hot

Michigan wins first Big Ten women's swimming & diving crown since 2004

Michigan claimed the 2016 Big Ten Women’s Swimming & Diving Championship on Saturday at the Canham Natatorium on the campus of the University of Michigan. The title marks the Wolverines 15th conference crown, and first since 2004. Michigan compiled 1,361 total points throughout the four-day event. Indiana finished second after collecting 1,207.5 points and Minnesota was third with 927.5 points. Ohio State finished fourth with 859 points, while Purdue recorded 766.5 points to finish fifth. The Wolverines took home titles in the 100-yard freestyle, 100-yard backstroke, 200-yard freestyle, 200-yard backstroke, 200-yard individual medley, 400-yard medley relay, 400-yard freestyle relay and

Survey: Who is the most exciting Big Ten hoops player?

What Big Ten player is the most exciting? Who would you plunk down your hard-earned cash to watch? Who brings you out of your seat and makes you say “AHHHH!”? I asked some media members for their choice. Jess Settles, Big Ten Network: Denzel Valentine. Magic Johnson passes, hits H-O-R-S-E shots in big games, always a triple-double threat. Fearless. Marcus Fuller, St. Paul Pioneer Press: Most exciting to me is A.J. Hammons. In today’s world, the 7-footers are mainly shot blockers and rebounders. Or you’ll see them trying to be guards and hanging out on the perimeter. But Hammons is

Illinois F Leron Black suspended after Thursday's arrest

Illinois men’s basketball coach John Groce suspended Leron Black indefinitely after a Thursday night incident that led to Black’s arrest by police. According to this report by the  Champaign News-Gazette, University of Illinois Police said Black, 20, was arrested for aggravated assault after he allegedly threatened a security employee of the Canopy Club, 708 Goodwin, U. In a Friday morning statement, Groce said, “We are aware of the incident involving Leron Black. He has been suspended indefinitely from all team activities as we await the legal process.” Black has missed 19 games this season with a knee injury. In his seven

Big Ten links: Gophers' upset win tops Friday's news digest

Minnesota is still celebrating an incredible upset win. Illinois's new AD has challenges ahead. Which Iowa player has the highest NBA potential? We round up all of Friday's top headlines in this Big Ten news digest.

BTN's Jon Crispin: Add Malcolm Hill to the MVP discussion

Does the player of the year in the conference have to come from the best team in the conference? We seem to have that debate every February and March, writes BTN's Jon Crispin. We know about Iowa's Jarrod Uthoff and Michigan State's Denzel Valentine. If conference record or standing is not a determining factor, then add another name to the discussion: Illinois' Malcolm Hill.