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BTN LiveBIG: Illinois freshmen document inequality

In the Zen tradition, there’s a saying that, “In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s mind there are few.” University of Illinois professor Terri Weissman was reminded of the joys of working with beginners’ minds last semester while teaching the freshman-level course, “Documenting Inequality.” Though it’s her eighth year teaching at the university, she’s primarily taken on art history classes for upperclassmen or graduate students. “It had been a long time since I had taught incoming freshmen, and it’s really different,” Weissman said. “It got me back in touch with what I love about teaching:

Three takes: MSU-Iowa, Illinois' defense & Michigan's hot shooting

With Wednesday night’s Big Ten games behind us and more basketball ahead tonight, here is my latest edition of “Three Takes!” This week I look at Michigan State vs. Iowa, Illinois’ ability to shut down Purdue’s big, and Michigan’s outstanding 3-point shooting. Spartans vs. Hawkeyes Tonight’s showdown in East Lansing will not make or break the season for the Spartans or the Hawkeyes, but it is a battle that is very significant in the Big Ten race. Michigan State is looking for revenge and can’t afford to fall two games behind the Hawkeyes after dropping a game in Iowa City.

How good was 2015 Big Ten football season? Here are the numbers!

One year after Ohio State claimed the inaugural College Football Playoff national crown, the Big Ten compiled another successful season that saw Michigan State make the national semifinals. [ MORE: 2015-16 bowl results | View final 2015 polls | Way-too-early 2016 polls ] A total of six Big Ten teams finished in the final AP poll, released Monday, including four in the top 12: No. 4 Ohio State; No. 6 Michigan State; No. 9 Iowa; No. 12 Michigan. No. 21 Wisconsin and No. 23 Northwestern round out the Big Ten contingent. Here are a couple more 2015 factoids: This is

BTN's ‘A Taste of Coaching’ features Jud Heathcote, Gary Williams, Tom Davis

At a table for four, coaching legends Jud Heathcote, Gary Williams and Tom Davis share the losses they never got over, the best players they coached and faced and their thoughts on NCAA basketball today. Their conversations were captured for season two of A Taste of Coaching, hosted by Steve Lavin and debuting at 9 PM ET on Monday, Jan. 18. The five-episode series will air on Monday evenings in January and February.

Ranking the games: Iowa-Michigan State rematch tops week's slate

Indiana, Iowa and Maryland sit atop the Big Ten standings, all unbeaten in league play. The Hoosiers and Terrapins are 4-0 in Big Ten games, while Iowa is 3-0. Indiana and Maryland have both won nine straight games, while the Hawkeyes have claimed five consecutive wins. Best of all, two of these teams meet this week, with Iowa playing at MSU. It’s gonna be sweet. [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Power Rankings | Player Rankings | Best of week that was | Win trip for two to the Big Ten tourney | Polls | Standings | Stats | Scores ]

Power Rankings: Iowa moves up to No. 3 in Jon Crispin's latest list

It’s Monday, and that means it’s time to offer up my latest Big Ten Power Rankings, presented by ArcelorMittal. [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Power Rankings | Player Rankings | Game Rankings | Bracketology | The week ahead | Polls | Standings | Stats | Scores ] Not much changed this week, although Iowa did replace Purdue in the No. 3 spot. Something tells me Iowa fans will appreciate the boost. Editor’s note: All records are through Sunday, Jan. 10 action. See my latest list below. 1. Maryland (15-1, 4-0). The Terps not only possess the most balanced team in

WSJ: Ohio State defends title of most valuable football program

They’re the reigning national champs – at least for a few more hours – and they’re college football’s most valuable program for the second consecutive season, according to a recent wsj.com study. The Ohio State Buckeyes lead the country with a value of $946.61 million, nearly $62 million more than second-place Texas, which has the nation’s largest revenue at $128 million. Rival Michigan places third ($811.30), while Penn State rounds out the top 10 ($481.39). Just missing the top 10 are No. 11 Nebraska ($443.13) and No. 12 Iowa ($439.57). The annual study was conducted by Ryan Brewer, an assistant

Top Big Ten matches showcased on 'Wrestling in 60' Monday nights

Tonight is the debut of “Wrestling in 60,” a one-hour show spotlighting the top dual wrestling matches from the past week across the Big Ten Conference. The first show airs at 8:30 p.m. ET tonight and several times again. “Wrestling in 60” will air on Monday nights. Find all available show times for “Wrestling in 60” on the show’s TV schedule page. This week’s spotlighted matches include: 149 pounds: Michigan’s Alec Pantaleo vs. Ohio State’s Hunter Stieber 133 pounds: Michigan’s Rossi Bruno vs. Ohio State’s Johnni DiJulius 197 pounds: Maryland’s Garrett Wesneski vs Minnesota’s Brett Pfarr 133 pounds: Iowa’s Cory Clark vs.

Big Ten Whiteboard: Keep an eye on Michigan State this week

The third week of the Big Ten season is upon us, and it’s becoming increasingly clear that Maryland, Michigan State, Iowa and Indiana are the teams to beat. And Thursday’s Iowa at Michigan State tilt will go a long way to shaping the race as we head into the teeth of winter. [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Power Rankings | Player Rankings | Best of week that was | Win trip for two to the Big Ten tourney | Polls | Standings | Stats | Scores ] Game of the week: Iowa at Michigan State, Thursday. When the Hawkeyes hit