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Video: Watch Big Ten baseball, softball highlights

Looking for the top plays from this weekend’s Big Ten baseball and softball action? We clipped all of the highlight packages from both Saturday and Sunday’s games and posted them here. Watch the highlights in this post. [ MORE: Get Big Ten baseball recaps | Get Big Ten softball recaps ] Sunday Indiana 12, Purdue 3 – Baseball Nebraska 8, Penn State 4 – Baseball Iowa 17, Ohio State 2 – Baseball Illinois 10, Michigan State 9 – Baseball Illinois 6, Penn State 1 – Softball Saturday Indiana 7, Purdue 3 – Baseball Illinois 5, Michigan State 4 – Baseball

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Dienhart: My early 2014-15 hoops predictions

Last week, esteemed colleague Brent Yarina gave us a super-early look at the 2014-15 basketball season, picking an order of finish with three all-league teams. I’m gonna take a bit of a deeper dive into Brent’s early forecast. So, buckle up, and let’s take a ride into the future. Player of the Year: Nebraska G/F Terran Petteway. The athletic wing took the Big Ten by storm last season after transferring from Texas Tech and subsequently leading the conference in scoring. He had his draft stock evaluated and didn’t get high marks from NBA execs. So, expect an uber-motivate Petteway to

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Yarina: Ranking 2014 ACC/B1G Challenge games

The matchups for the 2014 ACC/Big Ten Challenge have been announced, and now it’s time to rank the 14 games. Remember, this year, Maryland switches sides and Rutgers also is added to the Big Ten ledger. See my rankings in this post. In case you’re wondering, the ACC leads the event, 10-3-2, although the Big Ten has won or tied each of the last five seasons. [ MORE: 2014 Big Ten/ACC Challenge matchups announced ] 1. Duke at Wisconsin – Wed., Dec. 3 Duke brings all-world recruits Jahlil Okafor, the nation’s top recruit, and Tyus Jones into Madison to face


ACC/Big Ten Challenge games announced

Ready for some hoops – or at least news to get you excited about the season that is still five months out? Here you go: The matchups for the 2014 ACC/Big Ten Challenge were announced Thursday, and there are some really intriguing pairings. For example, Duke at Wisconsin. This year’s event will feature 14 games, with the Big Ten’s addition of Maryland, which comes over from the opposition, and Rutgers. That’s two more games than the previous three years, and five more than there were when the event launched in 1999. Speaking of history, after losing the event’s first 10

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Dienhart: NFL draft Q&A with Mike Huguenin

The NFL draft begins a week from today. The build up has been lengthy. The anticipation is great. Intrigue dominates the top picks, as no one is sure what the Houston Texans will be do with the No. 1 overall pick. The Big Ten has to hope this year’s draft is more productive than last year’s, which was largely forgettable. How forgettable? The conference had only 22 picks, the conference’s lowest total since 1994, when it had 21 from a then 11-team conference. The Big Ten had fewer selections in the first three rounds (seven) than any of the power

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With recruiting spending up, will results follow?

Recruiting is the lifeblood of a good football program. Ask any coach. The team with the best players typically wins the game. Well, when it comes to an investment in talent procurement, the Big Ten is upping its ante. According to a story in the Cedar Rapids Gazette, Big Ten public schools have increased their football recruiting expenses by 57 percent in a two-year period. The Big Ten’s current 11 public schools combined to spend nearly $6.47 million in football recruiting in fiscal year 2013. That’s up from $4.1 million in 2011. Big Ten Recruiting Costs School 2011 2012 2013

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Yarina: These players will be missed the most

As we should see in next month’s NFL draft, the Big Ten is losing some serious talent. From the offensive side of the ball to the defensive side, there are plenty of All-Big Ten honorees and superlative winners to replace. Which NFL-bound players will be missed the most? See my top candidates, listed in alphabetical order, in this post. [ MORE: View all of our NFL draft coverage ] Jared Abbrederis, WR, Wisconsin. It’s been talked about at length, that the Wisconsin passing game wasn’t exactly stellar in 2013. In fact, the unit’s 2,562 passing yards ranked 82nd in FBS.

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Dienhart: 50 most pressing offseason questions

With the close of spring practices across the Big Ten, the offseason officially has begun. And, questions still pepper the conference landscape. Here are my 50 Most Pressing Big Ten Offseason Questions. We won’t get answers to them until September–or maybe later … or never at all. 1. Is Tommy Armstrong the answer at quarterback for Nebraska? 2. Will the Michigan offensive line be better? 3. Can Northwestern’s Venric Mark regain his form after injury ruined his 2013? 4. How will the Ohio State linebackers look without Ryan Shazier? 5. Can new coordinator Brian Knorr and his 3-4 scheme make

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Big Ten beat writers nominate 2014 spring stars

The Big Ten spring football season is officially in the books, which means it’s time to point out those who stood out and made an impact for their respective teams. I reached out to writers from every Big Ten school and asked them who they were most impressed with in their team’s spring football game and why. [ MORE: Dienhart: My 2014 All-Spring Football Team ] Illinois: Matt Daniels (@mdaniels_NG), News Gazette – WR Justin Hardee Based strictly on the spring game, which the Blue easily won 38-7 with Reilly O’Toole and Wes Lunt receiving roughly the same snaps at


Top Big Ten NFL-producing teams of last 5 years

Remember, not so long ago, when Purdue was deemed the name “The Den of Defensive Ends” for producing a massive amount of top-notch defensive ends who went on to play in the NFL? Names like Rosevelt Colvin, Chike Okeafor, Shaun Phillips and Anthony Spencer struck fear in opposing Big Ten quarterbacks throughout the late 90’s and early 2000’s. Even before that, Penn State became known as “Linebacker U” because of dominant linebackers such as Shane Conlan, LaVar Arrington and Paul Posluszny, all of whom had or are currently having success in the NFL. This year’s NFL Draft is loaded with