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Three Takes: Purdue at UW, MSU at Iowa & top long-distance shooters

If you haven’t heard, Big Ten plays tips off Tuesday night, and BTN/BTN2Go is place to watch both openers. Things get started with Purdue at reigning Big Ten champ and national runner-up Wisconsin at 7 p.m. ET (watch on BTN2Go), followed by No. 1 Michigan State visiting Iowa (watch on BTN2Go). Below, in my latest “Three Takes,” I preview both Big Ten opening night matchups and offer my top long-distance shooters. Purdue at Wisconsin Purdue was only 2-of-19 from downtown against Vanderbilt, but that didn’t slow it down. The Boilers crushed Vandy, 68-55, behind 14 offensive rebounds and a stifling

Get Jon Crispin & Jess Settles' Big Ten non-conference wrap

With Big Ten conference play tipping off Tuesday night, it’s time to take a look back at the best from an entertaining and successful non-conference season. There were several highlights along the way to today, none bigger than Michigan State cruising to a program-best 13-0 start on its way to sitting atop the national polls. Also of note: The Big Ten registered victories over Kansas (Michigan State) and Kentucky (Ohio State), and it won the Big Ten/ACC Challenge, 8-6, running its unbeaten streak in the annual series to seven seasons. Get BTN analysts Jon Crispin and Jess Settles’ best of

Winners and losers of Big Ten hoops' unbalanced schedule

Not all Big Ten conference schedules are created equally. And, that doesn’t make for a fair and level playing field when it comes to crowning a conference champion. But, no one said life is fair. Back before the conference expanded beyond 10 teams, the Big Ten had a nice cut-and-dried system that saw every school play twice—home and road. It was scheduling perfection. But as the league has grown, a round-robin schedule hasn’t been possible. Now, with a 14-team conference, Big Ten squads play five teams twice and eight teams once (four home; four road). And, depending on the rise

Power Rankings: Maryland enters Big Ten play in No. 1 spot

The team that opened my preseason Big Ten Power Rankings atop the list will open Big Ten conference play in the same spot. Maryland, which spent the last four weeks at No. 2 or No. 3, wrestles away the top spot from undefeated and No. 1 Michigan State this week.

Michigan State QB Connor Cook says shoulder feels great

Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook says his shoulder is feeling great after a late-season injury. The third-ranked Spartans plays No. 2 Alabama on Thursday night in the Cotton Bowl semifinal of the College Football Playoff.

Player Rankings: Bryant McIntosh makes 2015-16 season debut

Before Big Ten conference play gets started Tuesday night, I wanted to share my latest look at the top 10 players in the Big Ten. Not much changed from last week, with the exception of Northwestern guard Bryant McIntosh making his debut on the list, at No. 10, fresh off pouring in a career-high 33 points Sunday night. Get my latest Big Ten Player Rankings below. 1. Melo Trimble, Maryland. How efficient has Trimble been this season? He’s averaging 14.8 points despite attempting just 8.6 shots per game, thanks in large part to shooting 54 percent from the field and

Michigan State remains No. 1 in latest AP & Coaches polls

Three Big Ten teams remain ranked in the latest AP and Coaches polls, released Monday. [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Power Rankings | Player Rankings | Big Ten award winners | Win a trip to the B1G tourney | Standings | Stats | Scoreboard | Polls ] The polls view the trio of Big Ten teams similarly, too, as Michigan State (No. 1), Maryland (No. 4) and Purdue (No. 14) are ranked the same in both polls. The Spartans (13-0), off to the best start in program history, are atop the polls for the fourth consecutive week, receiving 64 of