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Signing Day: 12 teams look to fill needs

The Feb. 6 National Signing Day for football is a less than a week away, and it’s the first day recruits can ink letters of intent. It’s also the day when every fan dreams big while studying the list of players their school signed and wondering which players will be stars and which ones might be busts. But, honestly, they all look like studs on Signing Day, right?

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Big Ten Geeks: Defense and Deshaun

Deshaun Thomas

Wisconsin at Ohio State - Men's Basketball Highlights

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In a matchup of the Big Ten’s two best defenses, it was Ohio State that prevailed with a nine-point home victory over Wisconsin. Both of these teams rely on good old fashioned B1G defense: make you miss (without fouling), then secure the carom. Turnovers are optional.

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Mock brackets: Where do Big Ten teams land?

Glenn Robinson III

The Case for No. 1 Seeds

It’s that time of the week, time to look at the mock brackets. And the Big Ten remains well-represented with seven teams in each of the mock brackets that I check each week. The only conference with more bids is the Big East, which has eight or nine tourney teams—depending on the bracket you check.

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Power Rankings: Minnesota continues to drop

Tubby Smith

Dunks of the Week: Jan. 28th, 2013

Just a couple weeks ago, Minnesota was 15-1 and in the top 10 of the national polls. Fast forward to today, and the Gophers have lost four straight – a funk that keeps them dropping in my Power Rankings. Where does your team land on my latest list? Find out in this post. Oh, and feel free to send me your thoughts, either in the comment box at the bottom of the post or on Twitter (@BTNBrentYarina).

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Payne, Dawson dunk back-to-back in 3.7 seconds

Adreian Payne

Payne and Dawson Dunk Back to Back

NBA Hall of Famer Reggie Miller once scored eight points in 11 seconds. The Spartans had a quick – albeit less memorable – outburst of their own in Sunday’s defeat at Indiana. In a span of 3.7 seconds, Adreian Payne slammed home Travis Trice‘s miss and Branden Dawson, after stealing the ensuing inbound pass, dunked again. Yes, that’s two dunks in less than four seconds. Some teams don’t get two dunks in an entire game! Watch the sequence now.

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Whiteboard: Purdue + Michigan = big week for IU

Tom Crean

Oladipo: Out of The Gate With a Dunk

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This is a nice week that is anchored by a Titanic prime-time clash on Saturday: No. 1 Michigan at No. 3 Indiana, which began the season No. 1. This should be a battle of first-place teams, with the winner in the driver’s seat to win the Big Ten.

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Video: Dion Sims 'Football Report' interview

Indiana Hoosiers wide receiver Kofi Hughes (13) celebrates with wide receiver Shane Wynn (1) after catching a pass for a touchdown in the second quarter against the Ball State Cardinals at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-US Presswire

Dion Sims Interview

On Monday night’s “Big Ten Football Report,” BTN analyst Gerry DiNardo broke down film with Indiana offensive coordinator Seth Littrell and talked about how Big Ten coaches handle the days leading up to National Signing Day. Also, host Mike Hall interviewed Michigan State tight end Dion Sims about his decision to leave early for the 2013 NFL Draft. Watch our interview with Sims right here.

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