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Jim Harbaugh tweets photo with MLB Hall of Famer Willie Mays

Just a few days ago, Jim Harbaugh was rubbing elbows with future MLB Hall of Famer Derek Jeter at Michigan’s “Signing of the Stars” event. [ MORE: Like this post? Check out our full Gone Viral section ] Monday, he was hanging out with MLB Hall of Famer Willie Mays. Harbaugh, dressed in a throwback baseball jersey, tweeted the photo above from his time with one of baseball’s greatest players. Here’s what Harbaugh said in the text of the tweet: “Feel like I’ve died & gone to heaven. Spending time with baseball’s greatest player & my friend, Willie Mays.” Yet

Big Ten Whiteboard: An early look at the Big Ten week ahead

Now that the Super Bowl is over, college basketball season officially has begun. Of course, I jest. But, no doubt, the second half of the season is gaining steam. This week’s slate has some key games that will shape the conference race. It’s a huge week for Indiana. [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Best of week that was | Scoreboard | Standings | Stats | Polls | Win a trip for 2 to B1G tourney | Early look at B1G tourney bracket ] Game of the week: Iowa at Indiana, Thursday. It won’t get much better than this, as two Big

Here's what Big Ten tourney would look like if season ended today

The 2016 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament is set to tip off March 9 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. [ MORE: View official tourney bracket | Check out latest B1G standings ] A month out, we decided it was a good time to start providing a weekly look at what the tournament would look like if the season ended today. No. 5 Iowa closed the latest week of conference play with a 77-65 win at Illinois on Sunday afternoon; with the win, coupled with Penn State’s upset of Indiana on Saturday night, the Hawkeyes (10-1) are in sole possession

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

This week provided some clarity, with Maryland and Iowa asserting their muscle. Meanwhile, Indiana, Michigan and Purdue all took steps back, with the Wolverines suffering the biggest setback. [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Scoreboard | Standings | Stats | Polls | Win a trip for two to the Big Ten tourney ] Here is a look at the week that was. B1G’s BEST Best stat line: Corey Sanders had career highs of 39 points, 12 assists and eight rebounds in Rutgers’ triple-overtime loss vs. Illinois on Wednesday night. Sanders’ scoring total was the most ever by a Rutgers’ freshman, breaking the

Watch Saturday's top Big Ten men's basketball highlights

Four Big Ten games were on the schedule Saturday. Catch up on all of the day’s action on our Big Ten scoreboard. Penn State upset No. 22 Indiana, 68-63, on BTN. No. 10 Michigan State rolled rival Michigan, 89-73, behind Bryn Forbes’ career-high eight 3-pointers, Nebraska took care of Rutgers, 87-63, despite losing star Shavon Shields to injury, and No. 4 Maryland fended off No. 18 Purdue, 72-61, thanks to another balanced effort. Catch the latest episode of “The Journey: Big Ten Basketball 2016.” Watch preview clips here. Watch our favorite highlights of the day below.

Don't miss the latest 'Journey' at 10 p.m. ET tonight

As the Big Ten men’s basketball season rolls on, so does our weekly show “The Journey: Big Ten Basketball 2016.” At 10 p.m. ET tonight, after the No. 21 Indiana-Penn State game, our award-wining show spotlights personalities from four Big Ten schools. We’ll introduce you to Michigan strength and conditioning coach Jon Sanderson, who has made “Camp Sanderson” an off-season tradition. Also, learn why Andrew White III left Kansas for Nebraska, go behind the scenes with Penn State coach Pat Chambers, and see how Max Bielfeldt is flourishing at Indiana as a graduate transfer from Michigan. As usual, we’ll have

BTN LiveBIG: Michigan team attempts to breathe new life into braille

It’s a major literacy crisis in the United States that’s gone largely unnoticed for several years now: In 2011, the American Printing House for the Blind reported that out of the nearly 60,000 legally blind people aged 21 years and younger, a third were non-readers. Of the remaining two-thirds, 27 percent could still see well enough to read visually, and 21 percent were pre-readers. Fewer than 10 percent said braille was their preferred method of reading. There are several reasons why braille has declined as a writing system for the blind, ranging from fewer educational resources to the rise of

Whose recruiting fortunes rose/fell most from 2015 to 2016?

Let’s turn the clock back one year and look at the Big Ten recruiting rankings for from 247Sports. Whose fortunes rose? Whose fell? Eight of the 14 teams rose in the ranking by 247Sports from 2015 to 2016. The team that made the biggest jump was Michigan, which went from No. 48 to No. 5, a rise of 43 places. Having over a year to woo this class was a boon for Jim Harbaugh. Will he one day land the nation’s No. 1 class? He may. The next biggest jump was made by Minnesota, which made a jump of 15

Mailbag: IU's schedule, tourney projections & POY thoughts

Why is it that everything about Indiana is about the schedule? How many Big Ten teams do you see reaching the NCAA Tournament? Is Greg Gard doing a good enough job to satisfy Wisconsin A.D. Barry Alvarez? You brought the questions and BTN's Tom Dienhart has his answers.