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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.

Catch up on Saturday's 13 Big Ten men's basketball games

There were 13 Big Ten men’s basketball teams in action Saturday. Catch up on all of the action on our Big Ten scoreboard. No. 3 Michigan State and No. 11 Purdue highlighted the busy slate of action with victories over Binghamton and New Mexico, respectively. In all, the Big Ten went 12-1, with the lone loss coming in Minnesota’s double-overtime defeat to South Dakota. Here are several of the top plays from Saturday. *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***    

Big Ten/ACC Challenge recap: Big Ten goes 3-3 on Tuesday night

The second night of the annual Big Ten/ACC Challenge took place on Tuesday, with six Big Ten teams in action. [ MORE: Power Rankings | Player Rankings | Polls | Standings | Stats | Scoreboard ] Michigan kicked off the night with an impressive 66-59 victory over NC State, while Northwestern followed with a thrilling 81-79 overtime win at Virginia Tech. No. 2 Maryland fell to No. 9 North Carolina in the premier matchup of the night, 89-81. In other Big Ten hoops action: Ohio State fell short to Virginia, 64-58, Nebraska lost an overtime thriller to Miami (FL), 77-72,

Big Ten Player Rankings: Robert Carter Jr. makes debut

There are two new Big Ten names appearing on my latest Big Ten Player Rankings. One was on my preseason list (Illinois’ Malcolm Hill), while the other is making his debut (Maryland’s Robert Carter Jr.). [ MORE: Power Rankings | Polls | Standings | Stats | Scoreboard ] The top four remains the same this week, with Michigan State do-it-all star Denzel Valentine coming in at No. 1 for the second consecutive week. See my full latest list below: 1. Denzel Valentine, Michigan State. The Denzel Valentine show hit the West Coast this week for the Wooden Legacy, and those

Power Rankings: Michigan State takes over No. 1 spot this week

That didn’t take long! There’s a new team atop my latest Big Ten Power Rankings, presented by ArcelorMittal, and it’s impressive Michigan State. [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Polls | Standings | Stats | Scoreboard ] The Spartans (7-0) replace Maryland, undefeated itself, atop this week’s list because, well, no one is playing better than Denzel Valentine’s team. Don’t worry, Terrapins fans, your team is still among the nation’s best. Editor’s note: Team records are through Sunday, Nov. 29 action. See my full latest list below: 1. Michigan State (7-0). The Spartans are playing the best basketball in the country. Denzel

Jon Crispin: My take on the new 'Freedom of Movement' rule

Over the past few years, the style of play and “entertainment value” of college basketball has been under attack. Most of the individuals who took issue with the occasional lack of scoring and slow pace don’t even coach or play the game. Even UConn women’s coach Geno Auriemma voiced his displeasure, calling the men’s college game, “boring.” Truthfully, his opinion on the men’s game doesn’t matter, but numerous rule changes to (ideally) free up the game and make it more entertaining and fair were implemented this season. [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Power Rankings | Polls | Standings | Stats

Ohio State fans wear 'We Are Penn State' shirts to hoops game

This weekend, Ohio State and Michigan will meet on the football field in one of the most storied rivalries in all of sports. However, in order to grab a spot in the Big Ten title game, the winner of that game will need some help. To have a chance at playing in the conference title game, Ohio State and Michigan need Michigan State to lose to Penn State on Saturday. If the Nittany Lions were to pull off an upset over the Spartans, then the winner of the Ohio State vs. Michigan game would represent the Big Ten in the

Big Ten Player Rankings: Denzel Valentine takes over No. 1 spot

How good was Denzel Valentine’s triple-double vs. Kansas? So good, it played a big role in the Michigan State star winning Big Ten Player of the Week. [ MORE:  Power Rankings | Player Rankings | Big Ten award winners | Polls | Standings | Stats | Scoreboard ] The historic performance also was enough to place Valentine atop my latest Big Ten Player Rankings. That’s right, Valentine, previously No. 2 on my list, has taken the top spot from Maryland’s Melo Trimble. Check out my latest Big Ten Player Rankings below: 1. Denzel Valentine, Michigan State. Valentine’s epic performance against