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BTN LiveBIG: For a Minnesota grad student, home is where his art is

During football and basketball games, BTN LiveBIG will spotlight notable examples of research, innovation and community service from around the conference. In-Game stories will provide more background on these features, and the opportunity to view the videos again. As the old saying goes, “Home is where the heart is” … but in today’s globalized, virtual world, is that still true? Do our ties to the communities we live in still run deep, and are they worth nurturing? For Jonathan Oppenheimer, a Master’s student pursuing a dual degree in social work and public policy at the University Of Minnesota Humphrey School

Big Ten Basketball: Watch our top plays from Super Wednesday

Big Ten fans were treated to a pair of entertaining men’s basketball games on Super Wednesday. Nebraska kicked off the evening with an impressive 72-71 upset win over Michigan State. The Huskers have now won four straight Big Ten games, while the Spartans have lost three straight conference games for the first time since the 2012-13 season. Michigan closed out the evening with a 74-69 victory over Minnesota behind 22 points from junior point guard Derrick Walton Jr. With both games being played on BTN, we were able to capture the top moments from Wednesday night’s action. Here is a

Power Rankings: Iowa claims top spot in Jon Crispin's latest list

How about the Iowa Hawkeyes?! After last week’s wins at then-No. 4 Michigan State and vs. Michigan, the Hawkeyes improved to 5-0 in Big Ten play. [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Power Rankings | Player Rankings | Best of the week that was | Big Ten award winners | Polls | Standings | Stats | Scores ] If you’re keeping score at home, Fran McCaffery and company have won 11 consecutive Big Ten games, dating to last season. Even more impressive: Three of the wins this season have come vs. the then-No. 1, No. 14 and No. 4 teams. The

Big Ten Whiteboard: A look ahead to fourth week of Big Ten play

All eyes will fix their gaze on East Lansing, where the Spartans will play host to Maryland. This is a huge game for the Spartans, who lost two games last week when it fell vs. Iowa and at Wisconsin to fall to 3-3 in the Big Ten. And Northwestern has a great chance to buff its NCAA resume. [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Power Rankings | Best of the week that was | Big Ten award winners | Polls | Standings | Stats | Scores ] Here is a look at the week ahead. Game of the week: Maryland at

BTN LiveBIG: Working to save lives from cervical cancer

January is National Cervical Cancer Awareness Month. According to the National Cancer Institute, last year this terrible disease caused more than 4,000 deaths in the U.S., and nearly 13,000 new cases emerged. Fortunately, the institutions of the Big Ten Cancer Research Consortium invest time, energy and resources into fighting this avoidable and treatable malady in this country and around the world. Here’s a look at some of the important work happening at Big Ten universities. Wisconsin Because of advanced detection and surgical techniques, cervical cancer is often treatable in the U.S. But developing countries like Bangladesh, it’s commonly among the

Here's how ex-Big Ten names fared in NFL divisional playoff games

The AFC and NFC championship games are set, and it will be New England at Denver and Arizona at Carolina, respectively. Check out how former Big Ten names performed in NFL divisional playoff action Saturday and Sunday below. Editor’s note: Stats are from foxsports.com box scores. ILLINOIS Jeff Allen, OL, Kansas City Chiefs – No stats Tavon Wilson, DB, New England Patriots – No stats INDIANA Cody Latimer, WR, Denver Broncos – 2 rec., 18 yards IOWA Bryan Bulaga, T, Green Bay Packers – No stats Scott Chandler, TE, New England Patriots – No stats Mike Daniels, DT, Green Bay

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

It was a big week for Iowa, which solidified its status as the team to beat in the Big Ten with a rousing triumph at No. 4 Michigan State on Thursday and a victory over a hot Michigan club on Sunday. [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Polls | Standings | Stats | Scores ] And keep an eye on Indiana, which has won 10 in a row, and is tied with Iowa atop the Big Ten standings after the first three weeks of conference play. Biggest surprise: Nebraska. How about those Cornhuskers? After opening Big Ten play with losses to Northwestern,

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

Four Big Ten men’s basketball games were featured on Saturday’s slate. [ MORE: Track all of Saturday’s action on our Big Ten scoreboard ] No. 3 Maryland throttled Ohio State in the first game of the day, 100-65, reaching the 100-point plateau in regulation of a conference game for the first time since 2002. Indiana held off Minnesota to improve to 5-0 in conference play, Nebraska took down Illinois, 78-67, and Penn State beat Northwestern, 71-62. Check out all of the top plays from Saturday’s Big Ten men’s basketball action:

Who makes your Minnesota basketball Mt. Rushmore?

Who gets your vote for the best players in Minnesota basketball history? We came up with a list of 12 former Gopher greats, and now it’s your job to rank them! Also, tune into BTN Saturday to watch the Gophers take on Indiana at 12:30 p.m. ET. Watch on BTN2Go. Read each player’s bio below, then scroll down and rank them, 1-12 via our SurveyMonkey poll. The results of this fan survey will be announced on TV’s “BTN Live” in February. You can only submit your list once, so make sure you get it right. We’re rolling out a survey per

2016 Football Forecast: Our writer's Big Ten West prediction

After making an early prediction for the order of finish in the Big Ten East for the fall of 2016, BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart gives his take on how he thinks the Big Ten West will wind up. Lots can happen between now and then, including developments from national signing day and spring football. Have a look at Dienhart's early outlook and rank the teams your way, too.