At 10:30 p.m. ET Tuesday, Mike Hall and our expert analyst Jim Jackson bring you Big Ten Hoops Hysteria, spotlighting all the highlights from this past weekend’s Midnight Madness events at Indiana, Michigan State and Minnesota. We’ll show you the best from the dunk contests, scrimmages and let you hear all of our interviews with special guests. Plus, Jackson will give his take on the things to watch and the top storylines for the 2011-12 season. Watch our interview with Indiana’s highly touted freshman Cody Zeller now and check out all the Midnight Madness videos in this post.
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Saturday night at Hoosier Hysteria, a concert broke out. No, Bloomington native and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer John Mellencamp didn’t put on an impromptu show. Instead, it was sophomore Victor Oladipo showing off his pipes. The high-flying guard performed Usher’s “U Got it Bad” to a pumped up Assembly Hall crowd. Watch the whole video and compare it to Usher’s original version in this post.
The weekend saw several of the conference’s soccer and volleyball teams in action. The 18th-ranked Indiana men’s soccer team rallied from a 1-0 deficit with four unanswered goals from Eriq Zavaleta, Alec Purdie and Nikita Kotlov in a 4-1 victory at Michigan on Saturday night. Watch the highlights now. Moving to volleyball, Nebraska won a five-set thriller over Minnesota, 3-2, on Saturday night at Williams Arena. Dive inside for highlights of that game, plus much more from around the conference.
Every week during the football season, Brent Yarina posts his latest Big Ten Power Rankings. Week 7 saw two of the Big Ten’s remaining perfect teams, Illinois and Michigan, fall from the ranks of the unbeaten. 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 and entering its next contest. Agree? Disagree? Tweet @BTNBrentYarina. See the rankings in this post and watch the well-orchestrated card stunt from Kinnick Stadium now.
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BTN.com has partnered with UPickEm.com to let Big Ten fans rank some of the best plays every week on the gridiron. Click here to rank 10 of the Big Ten’s best plays from Week 7. This feature is fun and simple. Simply watch all 10 plays and rank them, from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest). Your votes will help determine the week’s best play from here on out. The number of candidates will vary from week to week, depending on how many Big Ten teams are in action. Every week, BTN.com selects one play for each team to enter the contest. Watch our Northwestern-Iowa highlights from Saturday’s shootout on BTN.
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(AP) Quarterback Russell Wilson added a new chapter to his brief-but-growing legend, making a touchdown catch on a trick play as No. 4 Wisconsin routed Indiana 59-7 on Saturday. Wilson, who is being touted as a Heisman Trophy candidate by Wisconsin (6-0, 2-0 Big Ten), added another memorable moment to his resume when he caught a 25-yard score from running back Montee Ball in the second quarter. Ball had a huge day, rushing for three touchdowns. Wilson threw for 166 yards and a touchdown with 42 yards rushing. He was rested in the fourth quarter. Wisconsin was playing without top wide receiver Nick Toon, who sat out with a left foot injury. Read the full AP recap, see the box score and check out the Big Ten scoreboard.
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The Big Ten is set to record a first this week – a first that might fly under the radar but one that could play a significant role in determining which two teams square off in the first-ever Big Ten Championship Game on Saturday, Dec. 3. For the first time ever every conference game this weekend is also a divisional game. Remember, the divisional record is the next tie-breaker when a multiple-team tie can’t be broken by head-to-head record. A three-way tie seems eminently possible in the Legends Division where parity may reign (see full tiebreaker rules at BigTen.org).