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Top highlights from Thursday's Big Ten hoops games

Big Ten fans were treated to three conference games on Thursday night, highlighted by Wisconsin’s impressive 66-60 victory over Penn State on BTN. [ MORE: Check out Thursday’s scores on our college basketball scoreboard ] In other Big Ten action, Iowa cruised by Rutgers, 90-76, and Purdue beat Ohio State, 75-64. With six teams in action, we made it a point to grab the best moments from Thursday’s three games. Check out the top highlights from Thursday’s Big Ten men’s basketball action below. A beautiful bounce pass by Nigel Hayes results in easy @BadgerMBB two-hand dunk for Vitto Brown. https://t.co/d0X1JlOwtq

Brackets: Where does your Big Ten team land on updated mocks?

It’s time to take the temperature of the Big Ten’s NCAA hopes with a weekly check of the mock brackets from Jerry Palm of CBSSports.com and Joe Lunardi of ESPN. One thing is becoming abundantly clear: The Big Ten is looking like a six-bid league, but keep an eye on Ohio State, Northwestern and Wisconsin. Last week, Palm had five Big Ten teams in his field. This week, he has six, with Michigan joining the fray. No. 2 Iowa vs. No. 15 North Florida, South Region No. 2 Michigan State vs. No. 15 Texas A&M CC, West Region No. 4

Player Rankings: Iowa star Jarrod Uthoff takes over top perch

Iowa is white hot, jumping out to a 5-0 Big Ten clip, its best start since the 1996-97 season. [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Power Rankings | Player Rankings | Best of the week that was | Big Ten award winners | Polls | Standings | Stats | Scores ] It’s been a collective effort for the Hawkeyes, but there’s no doubt that senior forward Jarrod Uthoff has been the key. The Iowa star is playing so well that he has taken the top spot from Maryland point guard Melo Trimble in my latest Big Ten Player Rankings. Editor’s note:

Maryland (No. 7/No. 5) paces Big Ten in latest AP & Coaches polls

The latest AP & Coaches men’s basketball polls were released Monday, and each has five Big Ten teams ranked. [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Power Rankings | Player Rankings | Best of the week that was | Big Ten award winners | Polls | Standings | Stats | Scores ] Maryland paces the handful of Big Ten teams, at No. 7 (AP) and No. 5 (Coaches). Undefeated Iowa, which is 5-0 in the Big Ten for the first time since the 1996-97 season, comes in at No. 9 in both polls. Michigan State, fresh off a pair of losses, drops

Power Rankings: Iowa claims top spot in Jon Crispin's latest list

How about the Iowa Hawkeyes?! After last week’s wins at then-No. 4 Michigan State and vs. Michigan, the Hawkeyes improved to 5-0 in Big Ten play. [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Power Rankings | Player Rankings | Best of the week that was | Big Ten award winners | Polls | Standings | Stats | Scores ] If you’re keeping score at home, Fran McCaffery and company have won 11 consecutive Big Ten games, dating to last season. Even more impressive: Three of the wins this season have come vs. the then-No. 1, No. 14 and No. 4 teams. The

Big Ten Whiteboard: A look ahead to fourth week of Big Ten play

All eyes will fix their gaze on East Lansing, where the Spartans will play host to Maryland. This is a huge game for the Spartans, who lost two games last week when it fell vs. Iowa and at Wisconsin to fall to 3-3 in the Big Ten. And Northwestern has a great chance to buff its NCAA resume. [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Power Rankings | Best of the week that was | Big Ten award winners | Polls | Standings | Stats | Scores ] Here is a look at the week ahead. Game of the week: Maryland at

Iowa G Peter Jok claims top weekly Big Ten men's hoops honor

The Big Ten office released its latest Big Ten men’s basketball weekly honors Monday, and Iowa guard Peter Jok took home Player of the Week for his role in helping the Hawkeyes sweep Michigan State and take down Michigan. [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Power Rankings | Best of the week that was | Big Ten award winners | Polls | Standings | Stats | Scores ] Player of the Week: Peter Jok, Iowa, G – 6-6 – Jr. – West Des Moines, Iowa – Valley Averaged 19.5 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game in leading the Hawkeyes

Here's how ex-Big Ten names fared in NFL divisional playoff games

The AFC and NFC championship games are set, and it will be New England at Denver and Arizona at Carolina, respectively. Check out how former Big Ten names performed in NFL divisional playoff action Saturday and Sunday below. Editor’s note: Stats are from foxsports.com box scores. ILLINOIS Jeff Allen, OL, Kansas City Chiefs – No stats Tavon Wilson, DB, New England Patriots – No stats INDIANA Cody Latimer, WR, Denver Broncos – 2 rec., 18 yards IOWA Bryan Bulaga, T, Green Bay Packers – No stats Scott Chandler, TE, New England Patriots – No stats Mike Daniels, DT, Green Bay

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

It was a big week for Iowa, which solidified its status as the team to beat in the Big Ten with a rousing triumph at No. 4 Michigan State on Thursday and a victory over a hot Michigan club on Sunday. [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Polls | Standings | Stats | Scores ] And keep an eye on Indiana, which has won 10 in a row, and is tied with Iowa atop the Big Ten standings after the first three weeks of conference play. Biggest surprise: Nebraska. How about those Cornhuskers? After opening Big Ten play with losses to Northwestern,