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Big Ten Whiteboard: Let's get ready for the Big Ten week ahead

The season has hit the halfway point, and the race for the top remains fast, furious and wide open with Iowa and Indiana leading the pack. Here is a look at the week ahead. [ MORE: Power Rankings | Big Ten midterm grades | Best of the first half of B1G play | Previewing the week ahead | Ranking the week’s games | Bracketology | Scoreboard | Standings | Stats | Polls | Win a trip for two to the Big Ten tourney ] Game of the week: Michigan State at Michigan, Saturday. Nothing beats a rivalry. And no rivalry is

Audio: Listen to the lacrosse preseason teleconference

On Tuesday, the Big Ten men’s and women’s lacrosse coaches took questions from the media.  Listen now and hear what the coaches had to say as their teams prepare for the 2016 lacrosse season.

Power Rankings: Surprising Michigan makes jump to No. 4

We are officially in the second half of Big Ten Conference play. For some teams the schedule gets, somewhat, easier, while for others, such as Indiana, it gets considerably more challenging. [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Power Rankings | Big Ten midterm grades | Best of the first half of B1G play | Previewing the week ahead | Bracketology | Scoreboard | Standings | Stats | Polls | Win a trip for two to the Big Ten tourney ] While I predict that the elite programs in the conference will begin to separate themselves from the pack, this is where

Maryland (No. 4/No. 3) paces Big Ten in latest national polls

The debate over the Big Ten’s best men’s basketball team is one that includes at least a couple of candidates. [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Power Rankings | Big Ten midterm grades | Best of week that was | Players of the Week | Bracketology | Scoreboard | Standings | Stats | Polls | Win a trip for two to the Big Ten tourney ] For what it’s worth, the latest national polls, released Monday, agree that the answer is Maryland. The Terrapins come in at No. 4 (AP) and No. 3 (Coaches) to pace five Big Ten teams in

Allen Trieu: 'I think the conference has done extremely well'

Recruiting never ends. Once one class is signed, schools cast their eyes to the next one. Offers are always going out … and being accepted. Schools are putting the finishing touches on their 2016 classes. I talked to Allen Trieu, the Midwest Football Recruiting Manager for Scout.com, to get his insights on all things Big Ten recruiting as we head toward Signing Day on Wednesday. Q: How has the conference been doing heading toward Signing Day? A: I think the conference has done extremely well. You have five teams in the Top 20, and that should true through Signing Day.

Video: Draymond Green triple-doubles - again - visits NBA office

How did former Michigan State star Draymond Green celebrate his NBA-leading ninth triple-double of the season? [ MORE: Get all of our latest Big Ten pros coverage ] By spending his off day at the NBA office in New York City. Hours after registering a historic 20-points, 10-rebound, 10-assist line that included a perfect performance from the field (9 of 9) Sunday night at Madison Square Garden, the 2012 Big Ten Player of the Year and 2015 NBA champion was treated like the star that he is. Green had plenty of fun, too, between playing pop-a-shot and designing a custom

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

The Big Ten race is bunched at the top, with Iowa, Indiana, Maryland and Michigan leading the pack. And keep an eye on Purdue. [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Power Rankings | Big Ten midterm grades | Best of week that was | Players of the Week | Bracketology | Scoreboard | Standings | Stats | Polls | Win a trip for two to the Big Ten tourney ] Here is a look back at the week that was. Biggest surprise: Wisconsin. Don’t count out the Badgers from returning to the Big Dance just yet. Greg Gard’s program ended Indiana’s

Tom Dienhart hands out midseason Big Ten basketball grades

Following Sunday’s quartet of Big Ten games, every team has played at least nine conference games, exactly half of its league schedule. [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Power Rankings | Big Ten midterm grades | Best of week that was | Players of the Week | Bracketology | Scoreboard | Standings | Stats | Polls | Win a trip for two to the Big Ten tourney ] Halfway home, it’s seems like a great time to hand out some midseason grades. Get my report card for all 14 teams below. Illinois (10-12, 2-7): D. Injuries have impacted this roster greatly.

Tom Izzo, Michigan State latest to honor Lacey Holsworth

Michigan State doesn’t need an excuse to remember or honor Lacey Holsworth. [ MORE: AP: 12th-ranked Spartans pound visiting Rutgers ] Holsworth’s story captivated the nation. Her well-chronicled friendship with the Spartans, in particular then-star Adreian Payne, was something so genuine. Neuroblastoma took Holsworth’s life in April of 2014, but, with it being Coaches vs. Cancer Week, teams and coaching staffs across the country, not just Michigan State or the Big Ten, have worn gold shoelaces to honor “Princess Lacey” and support the fight against pediatric cancer. It was the Spartans’ turn Sunday night. Making the occasion all the more