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Week 1 Polls: Before the 2016 season kicks off Thursday night, pick your Week 1 Big Ten winners.

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Friday Sep 2
12:30 PMW. Illinois at IowaWatch
3:00 PMLSU at IndianaWatch
4:00 PMPepperdine at MarylandWatch
7:00 PMGeorgetown at Rutgers Watch
7:00 PMIowa St. at NebraskaWatch
7:30 PMGeorgetown at MarylandWatch
8:00 PMSan Diego at WisconsinWatch
8:00 PMArizona St. at IowaWatch

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Report: Conference title game restrictions to be relaxed by 2016

CBSSports.com is reporting that football conference title games will be deregulated in 2016. And, that’s OK. NCAA rules say a league must have at least 12 schools, and teams must play every other team in their division, if a conference wants to play a title game. The ACC, Big Ten, SEC and Pac 12 all have such a configuration, with two division winners meeting for the title. The Big 12 is the lone “major” league that lacks a conference title game, as it has only 10 schools. Now, the Big 12 and ACC want to change the rules—for different reasons,

Dienhart: Check out Indiana's 10-year NFL draft snapshot

The draft pickings have been slim for Indiana over the last 10 years with just 12 selections. [ MORE: Get Tom Dienhart’s team-by-team NFL draft snapshots ] The Hoosiers didn’t have any selections in 2012 or 2013. And they also went pick-less in 2007 and 2009. The last time Indiana had a first-round pick? You have to go back to 1994, when wideout Thomas Lewis went No. 24 overall to the Giants. Perhaps Indiana can break that drought this year with running back Tevin Coleman possibly sneaking into the top round. The NFL Draft is just over a month away,

Video: Final Four court being built at Lucas Oil Stadium

The court that this year’s Final Four will be played on is ready at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Will a Big Ten team be playing on that court on April 4? That is the million dollar question as the Sweet 16 round concludes tonight with both Wisconsin and Michigan State still playing for a spot in the Final Four. The Badgers defeated North Carolina last night and will advance to play Arizona in the Elite Eight. Michigan State is set to play Oklahoma tonight in a Sweet 16 matchup. The official NCAA March Madness Twitter feed, @marchmadness, posted an

Indiana freshman forward Max Hoetzel to transfer

Indiana University men’s basketball coach Tom Crean has announced that freshman forward Max Hoetzel has requested a release from his athletic scholarship to transfer to a program where he can compete for more playing time. “We were always impressed with Max’s upside and potential but unfortunately in his view it did not turn into the extended minutes he wanted,” said IU Coach Tom Crean. “He would like to find a clear cut opportunity to play more and we hope he finds that. He is a hard worker who we hope will fulfill his potential and have the chance to play

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54 Big Ten student-athletes seek national titles at NCAA Men’s Swimming & Diving Championships

The Campus Recreation and Wellness Center on the campus of the University of Iowa will play host to the 2015 NCAA Men’s Swimming & Diving Championships, which begins Thursday and concludes Saturday. Preliminary sessions begin at 11 a.m. CT each day, with nightly finals slated for 7 p.m. This year’s championships will feature 54 Big Ten student-athletes from nine different schools. Big Ten institutions have won 487 individual titles, including a conference-leading 167 crowns from Michigan student-athletes. Seven Big Ten squads are ranked in the top 25 of the latest national polls. Michigan appears at No. 5, followed by No.

Indiana sophomore guard Stanford Robinson to transfer

Tom Crean announced Wednesday that sophomore guard Stanford Robinson has requested a release from his athletic scholarship to transfer to an institution closer to his home where he can earn more playing time. Robinson will continue to have use of the team’s facilities and academic support during his remaining time at IU. “I respect Stan’s desire to contribute more on the court and understand that the opportunity to play closer to your family is something he would like to have happen,” said IU Coach Tom Crean. “I think he has grown a great deal and matured in the two years

Big Ten links: Tom Izzo NCAA praise, Yogi Ferrell & much more

In case you didn’t already have an inkling of Tom Izzo’s greatness in March, this story should seal the deal for you: He’s the best coach in modern NCAA tourney history. Period. And, it’s not even close. The story on FiveThirtyEight.com has some great numbers and data to back up the premise of Izzo’s March greatness. You should be impressed and feel the urge to get a “Tom Izzo Is Awesome” tattoo after reading it. *** There’s this: Yogi Ferrell recently said “Thank you” to Indiana fans on Instagram. Talk amongst yourselves. *** The gang at InsideNU.com recently discussed who