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Gimme 5: Minnesota's Rachel Banham

“Rachel The Rookie” certainly hasn’t been playing like one this season, although, Rachel Banham has been racking up the Big Ten Freshman of the Week awards. On Monday, the Minnesota freshman guard was named the Big Ten’s Freshman of the Week for the fifth time this season. Only two players in league history have won it more. Basketball analyst and writer Patricia Babcock McGraw talked to Banham in her latest Gimme 5 audio segment. Jump down in this post to read and hear more.

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Dienhart: Big Ten recruiting notebook

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Underrated Recruits - Signing Day 2012

The calendar says 2012, but it may as well be 1975. The Big Ten is all about Michigan and Ohio State on this Signing Day, hearkening to days of the “Big Two and the Little Eight.” Only in today’s world, it’s the “Big Two and the Little 10.” According to Scout.com, Ohio State and Michigan dominated the Big Ten in recruiting.

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Michigan downs Indiana; Iowa tops Minnesota

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Marble Gets in the Paint

No. 22 Michigan downed No. 20 Indiana (recap) and Iowa rallied past Minnesota (recap) in our latest Super Wednesday doubleheader, presented by Buffalo Wild Wings. Gus Johnson was on the call for the Hoosiers-Wolverines, and we’ve posted his best calls from the night. Catch up on both games on our Big Ten scoreboard and get stats, video and recaps in this post.

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Designer's Big Ten helmet ideas hit Web

There’s a designer out there, Charles Sollars, who is designing FAUX Nike Pro Combat helmets for BCS conference schools. While the helmets are just concepts and something he does as a hobby, I assume, they’re still really fun for all of us to consider and critique. Many of the lids are pretty cool, too. He has a design for every Big Ten school — some good, some ridiculous — and you can see them in this post.

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Signing Day: Minnesota

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Minnesota - Signing Day 2012

Head coach Jerry Kill and his crew emphasized the home state and the Gophers landed two of the state’s top three players and eight of the top ten. Leading the way are massive 6’9 offensive tackle Jonah Pirsig and Andre McDonald, a physical 6’3 wide receiver who was committed to Vanderbilt, but switched to the Gophers shortly before Signing Day.

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Big Ten Geeks: In the 40s

Illinois picked up a much needed home victory over Michigan State, and Illini fans would probably appreciate if the discussion ended right there. It was about as ugly as basketball can get, with turnovers and missed shots aplenty. The Spartans had more missed shots than points, and their 26.7 effective field goal percentage represented the program’s worst shooting night in at least 15 seasons (I only have eFG data back to 1997-98). To top it all off, conference player of the year contender Draymond Green, who hadn’t played anyway much due to foul trouble, left the game late with an apparent injury. Green has been diagnosed with a sprained left knee and is considered day-to-day, which is certainly better than many of the possible alternatives.

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