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Best highlights from Wednesday's Big Ten men's basketball games

It was a great night of Big Ten basketball as the conference went 4-2 in six games on Wednesday. [ MORE: Catch up on all of Wednesday’s action on our Big Ten scoreboard ] There were two games featured on BTN Wednesday night. Michigan State kicked off the action with a 78-35 win over Maryland Eastern Shore, while Wisconsin followed with a 68-67 loss to Milwaukee. In other Big Ten men’s basketball action: Indiana cruised by IPFW, 90-65, Purdue ran past Howard, 93-55, Illinois topped Yale, 69-65, and Nebraska fell to Creighton, 83-67. With two games on BTN and another

Video: Rick Pizzo anchors our 'BTN Hockey Report'

The Big Ten hockey season is underway, which means our BTN Hockey Report is back for the 2015-16 campaign. BTN studio host Rick Pizzo, who played hockey at Hamilton College, will anchor our Big Ten hockey coverage this season. The BTN Hockey Report will include weekend highlights, standouts and analysis surrounding all six Big Ten hockey programs. Check out this year’s first edition of our report in the video on top of this post. Also, follow our Big Ten hockey Twitter account, @HockeyonBTN, for updates throughout the season. Enjoy, Big Ten fans!

FOXSports.com's Clay Travis: 'SEC is still king of college football'

Let’s talk facts, OK? [ MORE: Full 2015-16 bowl schedule | Best of the Bowls | Ranking the bowls, 1-40 | Big Ten bowl bags | Big Ten bowl factoids | Get all of our bowl coverage ] The Big Ten is home to the reigning national champ (Ohio State). The SEC hasn’t won the the national crown since 2012, this after its unbelievable run of dominance at the end of the BCS era. The Big Ten has one team (Michigan State) in the second annual College Football Playoff. The SEC also has one (Alabama). The Big Ten went 2-2

Big Ten Mailbag: Our guy answers your postseason questions

You have questions? I have answers in my Big Ten Mailbag. Is Michigan State’s offense better than Alabama’s? Did I rank the Iowa-Stanford Rose Bowl matchup too low in my bowl rankings? Will Nebraska whip UCLA in its bowl? I address those topics and others. [ MORE: Full 2015-16 bowl schedule | Best of the Bowls | Ranking the bowls, 1-40 | Big Ten bowl bags | Big Ten bowl factoids | Get all of our bowl coverage ] Will Michigan State be better off running screens and draws instead of running into the teeth of Alabama’s defense? – Jeff

Dienhart: One storyline for every 2015-16 Big Ten bowl game

Every game has a storyline, right? So what are they for the 10 Big Ten bowl teams? From Michigan State and its playoff matchup with Alabama in the Cotton Bowl to Minnesota and its battle vs. Central Michigan in the Quick Lane Bowl, here is what to watch for. [ MORE: Full 2015-16 bowl schedule | Best of the Bowls | Ranking the bowls, 1-40 | Big Ten bowl bags | Big Ten bowl factoids | Get all of our bowl coverage ] Indiana. Just getting to a bowl is a big deal for the Hoosiers, who last went in

Title game gets 'Journey' treatment tonight @ 11 p.m. ET

The season finale of “The Journey: 2015 Big Ten Football” airs Wednesday at 11 p.m. ET and provides an all-encompassing look at the 2015 Big Ten Football Championship. From the moment the teams arrive to the victory celebration, our crew followed Michigan State and Iowa to capture the story of the game and some amazing images. Are you on social media? Follow “The Journey” on Twitter and go behind the scenes with show producers running @BTNJourney for updates, photos, videos and more. We’re also on Facebook and Instagram, too. Previous episodes of our weekly can be found on demand at

Connor Cook wins 2015 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award

Michigan State’s Connor Cook is the recipient of the 2015 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, presented annually since 1987 to the nation’s top college quarterback, it was announced Tuesday afternoon. The winningest quarterback in school history (34-4), Cook threw for 2,921 yards and 24 touchdowns while leading the Spartans (12-1) to an appearance in the College Football Playoff Semifinal against Alabama (12-1) in the Dec. 31 Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic. Cook beat out TCU’s Trevone Boykin, USC’s Cody Kessler, Memphis’ Paxton Lynch and Mississippi State’s Dak Prescott to become just the second Big Ten quarterback to claim the honor, following

Player Rankings: A.J. Hammons plays his way back onto list

Bad news, Big Ten fans: Purdue's A.J. Hammons is starting to heat up. The reigning Big Ten Player of the Week returns to Jess Settles' latest Big Ten Player Rankings, checking in at No. 6. The top 5 remains the same as last week.

It's time to see what's inside 2015-16 Big Ten bowl gift bags

Every year this comes out, and I love to check it out. It’s a look at the contents in the bowl goody bags given to players. And some of the loot is pretty sweet. [ MORE: Full 2015-16 bowl schedule | Ranking the bowls, 1-40 | Big Ten bowl bags | Big Ten bowl factoids | Get all of our bowl coverage ] Watches, sandals, sunglasses, $300 gift cards to Best Buy … even something called a Ogio backack with hydration bladder. I guess I want one. I don’t know. Maybe. Check it all out. It’s a nice haul for