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

It was a big week for Iowa, which solidified its status as the team to beat in the Big Ten with a rousing triumph at No. 4 Michigan State on Thursday and a victory over a hot Michigan club on Sunday. [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Polls | Standings | Stats | Scores ] And keep an eye on Indiana, which has won 10 in a row, and is tied with Iowa atop the Big Ten standings after the first three weeks of conference play. Biggest surprise: Nebraska. How about those Cornhuskers? After opening Big Ten play with losses to Northwestern,

Watch: Wisconsin edges Michigan State, 77-76, in wild finish

Ethan Happ scored underneath the basket with 10 seconds left and Wisconsin beat No. 4 Michigan State 77-76 on Sunday. The Spartans had a final chance to win but Denzel Valentine missed a 3-pointer and Matt Costello's last-second side jumper bounced off the rim.

BTN LiveBIG: Big Ten students bring their 'A' game to national startup tournament

College basketball is in full swing, and in just a few weeks, we’ll be talking about seeds, bubbles and Cinderellas. But there’s another tournament that kicks off sooner: Student Startup Madness (SSM). This tournament features 64 startup “teams” created by students from 38 public and private colleges and universities across the country. And the Big Ten is well represented in this competition with 18 teams, more than a quarter of the total. As with men’s basketball, Michigan State is particularly strong, with 12 teams, the most of any university. The first two rounds of the “SSM64” will be held online,

Photo: Michigan State football fans welcome Jim Harbaugh

I Respect the preparation! #GoBlue! pic.twitter.com/PVnAuTw8we — Coach Harbaugh (@CoachJim4UM) January 15, 2016 [ MORE: Early predictions in Big Ten East | Early predictions in Big Ten West ] College football is over, which means coaches across the country are hitting the recruiting trail. Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh is one of those coaches. Harbaugh appeared to be in Rockford MI, a suburb of Grand Rapids, on Friday morning where he was greeted with a sign to remind him of how the Wolverines did this past season in their meeting with the Spartans. Check out the tweet from Harbaugh at the top

Sunday's 'Journey' looks at one unique Big Ten basketball friendship

This week on "The Journey: Big Ten Basketball 2016" see how three high school teammates and childhood friends – Michigan State’s Denzel Valentine and Bryn Forbes, and Iowa’s Anthony Clemmons – reunite in their hometown to square off in a Top 20 showdown. The show airs Sunday, Jan. 17 at 6:30 p.m. ET right after Michigan vs. Iowa on BTN.

Wrestling Report: Shane Sparks previews the weekend's action

Iowa vs. Wisconsin in Big Ten wrestling action Friday night and BTN has the match live on TV and BTN2Go at 9 p./m. ET. Four other matches are available live on BTN Plus via BTN2Go. BTN wrestling analyst Shane Sparks takes a look at some of the weekend's more interesting matchups in this week's Wrestling Report.

Big Ten links: Is men's hoops race now down to six teams?

One veteran Big Ten writer says the Big Ten hoops race is in two clear camps with six that look headed for the Big Dance and eight that do not. Also, Iowa is now the team to beat in the Big Ten after thrashing Michigan State. How good could Northwestern's Bryant McIntosh be? Read these stories and more in today's Big Ten roundup.

Highlights from Thursday's Michigan State vs. Iowa game

Peter Jok scored 21 points as No. 16 Iowa upset No. 4 Michigan State 76-59 Thursday night at the Breslin Center. The victory marked the first time the Hawkeyes have beaten Michigan State in East Lansing in 23 years. Iowa is now responsible for both of MSU’s losses this season. We made sure to capture the top moments from Thursday’s game and post them on Twitter, @MichiganStOnBTN and @IowaonBTN. Check out the best highlights from Thursday’s Michigan State vs. Iowa game. ICYMI: Peter Jok scored 23 points to help lead @IowaHoops to a 76-59 win over Michigan State. https://t.co/vqJAFcC8aW —

Three takes: MSU-Iowa, Illinois' defense & Michigan's hot shooting

With Wednesday night’s Big Ten games behind us and more basketball ahead tonight, here is my latest edition of “Three Takes!” This week I look at Michigan State vs. Iowa, Illinois’ ability to shut down Purdue’s big, and Michigan’s outstanding 3-point shooting. Spartans vs. Hawkeyes Tonight’s showdown in East Lansing will not make or break the season for the Spartans or the Hawkeyes, but it is a battle that is very significant in the Big Ten race. Michigan State is looking for revenge and can’t afford to fall two games behind the Hawkeyes after dropping a game in Iowa City.

Six Big Ten stars land on Mel Kiper's NFL Mock Draft 1.0

When Mel Kiper Jr. releases an NFL Mock Draft, both college and NFL football fans take notice. [MORE: Top replacements for 2016 | What are J.T. Barrett’s Heisman outlook? | Big Ten’s 2015 football season stands out | Final 2015 football standings ] The ESPN NFL Draft guru released his initial first round mock draft today, and it features six Big Ten names. Check out his Kiper’s full 2016 NFL Mock Draft 1.0 here. Highlighting the list is Ohio State DE Joey Bosa, who Kiper has going No. 1 overall to the Tennessee Titans. “Every team wants great D-linemen, and Bosa has the