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Dienhart: 5 Jump Early to NFL Draft

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Big Ten Blast: Jan. 18th Afternoon Update

College football players had until Jan. 15 to declare for the NFL Draft, which begins Thursday, April 26 and continues through Saturday, April 28 (get more info at NFL.com). The Big Ten saw five players (Illinois’ Whitney Mercilus, Iowa’s Riley Reiff, Michigan State’s Jerel Worthy and Edwin Baker and Wisconsin’s Peter Konz) opt for the pros, so here’s my quick look at each one along with some handy links.

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Big Ten Geeks: Beilein Ball

Michigan and Michigan State played a highly entertaining game that lived up to advance billing, with the Wolverines prevailing by the slimmest of margins. This result flew in the face of the conventional wisdom that Michigan can’t win when its threes aren’t falling, as John Beilein’s team scored quite well despite shooting 29 percent from deep. As it usually does with a Beilein offense, the answer lied in a high conversion rate on twos and a low turnover rate.

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Michigan denies MSU; Purdue drops Iowa

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Michigan State at Michigan - Men's Basketball Highlights

No. 18 Michigan beat No. 9 Michigan State for the third consecutive time (recap) and Purdue held off Iowa (recap) in men’s hoops action Tuesday night. Catch up on all the action on our Big Ten scoreboard, plus get stats, recaps and in-game tweets in this post. Did you see the exciting final possession in the Wolverines-Spartans game? Watch the final 31.4 seconds and check out all of our popular highlight clips in our Did You See This? archive.

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Big Ten Stock Watch: 5 up, 5 down

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Big Ten Blast: Jan. 17th Afternoon Update

One-third of the way through the Big Ten schedule, it’s time to compile a quick stock report. What we’re analyzing here is whose stock is up and whose is down since Big Ten play opened late last month. In this post, you’ll find five players who have improved their play since the real season tipped and five who have struggled during that time.

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BTN Wrestling Report: Jim Gibbons Calls In

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BTN Wrestling Report - Jan. 17, 2012

In the latest “BTN Wrestling Report,” host Kara Lentz looks at the latest national rankings and highlights the Big Ten Wrestler of the Week recipients. BTN analyst Jim Gibbons also calls in to give his take on the latest conference action. A solid weekend of wrestling is coming up, and you can see a lot of it on BTN, BTN2Go and BTN.com.

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Dienhart: Intrastate battle headlines slate

Michigan State's Draymond Green

Big Ten Blast: Jan. 17th Morning Edition

The Big Ten features 11 men’s basketball games this week, including an interesting non-league contest that has Michigan playing at Arkansas. Will this week’s slate of games feature as many upsets, further jumbling the conference race? Here’s how I rank the games this week.

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Dienhart: Big Ten Hoops Player Rankings

BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart’s weekly Big Ten player rankings are in, with the same big men remaining at the head of the class. Those players, of course, are Indiana’s Cody Zeller, Michigan State’s Draymond Green and Ohio State’s Jared Sullinger.

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