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Big Ten links: Catch up with Thursday's news digest

In Thursday's Big Ten headlines digest, we''ve got the following stories: Jerry Kill won't have a role with the Minnesota athletic department. Ever wonder which Big Ten players ran the fastest 40-yard dashes at the NFL Combine since 1999? Michigan Jim Harbaugh responded to another SEC coach. And here's one idea for streamlining the football recruiting process. Read on.

Video: Wild finish in Minnesota vs. Ohio State women's game

Big Ten fans were treated to one of the best finishes of the season in Wednesday night’s Minnesota vs. Ohio State women’s basketball game. With the game tied, 76-76, and 15 seconds remaining in the game, Minnesota’s Rachel Banham missed a shot, but Jessie Edwards got the rebound and the putback to give Minnesota the lead as time expired. Check it out at the top of this post. After a lengthy review, the refs determined that there was 0.5 seconds left on the clock, meaning Ohio State would have a shot to tie it or win it. OSU ran an

Shelley Till's picks for Big Ten Women's Basketball awards

They say time flies when you’re having fun, and this Big Ten Women’s Basketball season is no exception. With only one week left until the Big Ten tournament, here are my picks for Big Ten Conference awards: Coach of the Year: Ohio State’s – Kevin McGuff Coach McGuff has managed to stay afloat of the Big Ten with only one conference loss to Northwestern. Currently riding a Big Ten best 11-game win streak, the Buckeyes look to be clicking on all cylinders and poised to make a run at the Big Ten tourney crown. Player of the Year: Rachel Banham

Game Rankings: Nothing tops Wisconsin at Iowa (BTN) this week

Another interesting week, as Indiana, Iowa and Maryland keep their sights set on the Big Ten title. The Hoosiers have a half-game edge over the Hawkeyes and a one game advantage over the Terrapins. [ MORE: Power Rankings | Player Rankings | Game Rankings | Bracketology | Ready for the week ahead? | Best of week that was | Early look at B1G tourney bracket | Standings | Stats | Scoreboard | Polls ] And Ohio State is making a push to get on the NCAA bubble, as the Buckeyes have won four in a row. Here is a ranking

Power Rankings: 9-5 Michigan State jumps up to No. 1 spot

Every week, I sit down and assemble my Big Ten Power Rankings, presented by ArcelorMittal. In the past, I’ve based it solely on what I see. Some of which is potential. [ MORE: Power Rankings | Player Rankings | Game Rankings | Bracketology | Ready for the week ahead? | Best of week that was | Early look at B1G tourney bracket | Standings | Stats | Scoreboard | Polls ] With only two weeks remaining in the regular season, potential has to be considered less and less. It is more about who you are at this moment that will

B1G tourney bracket: Here’s what it looks like, if season ended today

The 2016 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament is fast approaching. [ MORE: Power Rankings | Game Rankings | Bracketology | Ready for the week ahead? | Best of week that was | Early look at B1G tourney bracket | Standings | Stats | Scoreboard | Polls ] Just two weeks remain in the regular season, in fact. We know it’s early, but we also know Big Ten fans enjoy taking an if-the-season-ended-today look at the tourney bracket. Here’s the latest look, entering the penultimate week of games: WEDNESDAY (MARCH 9) Game 1, 4:30 pm. ET ESPN2: No. 13 Minnesota vs. No. 12

Big Ten Whiteboard: Wisconsin at Iowa (BTN) spotlights week's slate

The Big Ten has become a three-team race, with Indiana, Iowa and Maryland battling at the top with two weeks remaining in the regular season. Don’t sleep on Michigan State, either. [ MORE: Power Rankings | Ready for the week ahead? | Best of week that was | Early look at B1G tourney bracket | Standings | Stats | Scoreboard | Polls ] Here is a look at this week’s action. Game of the week: Wisconsin at Iowa, Wednesday (BTN/BTN2Go). The Hawkeyes have been in a bit of a funk, losing two of their last three games. Iowa lost at Maryland, then got stunned

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

An interesting rivalry week ends with Indiana riding atop the Big Ten. But Iowa and Maryland are just one-half game and one game off the pace, respectively. That said, could Michigan State be the best team in the Big Ten? [ MORE: Big Ten standings | Big Ten stats | Big Ten scoreboard | Polls ] Here’s a look back at the week that was. BEST OF THE B1G Best stat line: Denzel Valentine vs. Wisconsin. The Big Ten Player of the Year candidate had 24 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds, leading No. 8 Michigan State to a 69-57 victory over previously white-hot

Watch Rachel Banham set Big Ten all-time scoring record

Rachel Banham needed 50 points to become the Big Ten’s all-time leading scorer Sunday afternoon. The Minnesota star would have to wait until next week, right? Nope. Banham, she of the Big Ten women’s single-game record and NCAA-tying 60 points on Super Bowl Sunday, erupted for 52 points in Minnesota’s 114-106 loss at Michigan State. She set the record (2,921 points), appropriately, on a contested, deep 3-pointer in the closing seconds. Watch the record-setting triple in the video above. Banham wasn’t the only star in the Minnesota-Michigan State game, though. Michigan State’s Aerial Powers poured in a career-high 40 points