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Big Ten Survey: Most impressive men's hoops team so far is ...

The Big Ten hoops season is starting to gain steam. Which team has been most impressive? In my weekly Big Ten survey, I posed the question to some esteemed members of the media who cover the league. Thoughts? Leave them in the comments section below. Kevin Noon, BuckeyeGrove.com (@Kevin_Noon): I think it is Maryland. Michigan State has shown that it relies too heavily upon Denzel Valentine and I think Maryland is more diverse with its weapons and set up for a solid run this year. Steve Greenberg, Chicago Sun-Times/Bleacherreport.com (@SLGreenberg): Michigan State — the Denzel Valentine version — impressed me

Big Ten links: Football title game vote coming at NCAA Convention

The 2016 NCAA Convention is next week, and a vote will be taken on the Big 12 and ACC's proposal to deregulate rules surrounding league title football games. What exactly does that mean? Also in Friday's Big Ten headlines, two Big Ten football players wrote public letters to fans but for different reasons. Plus, Ohio State is dealing with seeing nine players entered the NFL Draft. Catch up in this post.

Minnesota's Rachel Banham sets 3-point record in win

Minnesota’s Rachel Banham had a night that will be talked about for a long time by Golden Gopher women’s basketball fans. Banham scored a career-high 39 points and made a school-record 10 3-pointers in Minnesota’s 106-75 win over Illinois on Thursday night. The Gophers’ senior guard drained 10 of her 15 3-point attempts as Minnesota tied the Big Ten single-game record for 3-pointers with 19. Minnesota’s 106 total points was its second-highest ever in a Big Ten game. Check out the complete highlight at the top of this post. WATCH: @RachelBanham15 with the new program record 10 threes in a

Big Ten Hockey Report: Minnesota-Penn State preview

This week, BTN’s Rick Pizzo and Paul Caponigri preview the weekend games between Minnesota and Penn State men’s hockey teams. Penn State hosts Minnesota Friday at 6:30 p.m. ET and Saturday at 3 p.m.. Friday’s game is on BTN and BTN2Go (via this link) and Saturday’s game is offered via our subscription service BTN Plus. Plus, we have a one-on-one interview with Minnesota head coach Don Lucia in this post, too. The Gophers are 7-1-0 all-time against the Nittany Lions in a series that began with the formation of the Big Ten Conference in 2013-14. Hudson Fasching is Minnesota’s active leading

BTN's Shane Sparks: Big Ten's wrestling schedule heats up

Ohio State's Kyle Snyder will debut this season. Iowa won the Midlands again. Penn State is packed with talent. Plus a look at a few key upcoming conference showdowns. BTN wrestling analyst Shane Sparks has all this and more in hos weekly wrestling report.

BTN LiveBIG: Living 'B1G' in 2015, Part II

Beyond athletics, 2015 was a big year for the Big Ten. On Monday, we looked back at several of the best stories from the previous year from universities in the East Division of the conference. Now, we turn our attention to the West Division. This roundup features Big Ten universities taking on issues that range from world hunger to apocalyptic asteroid strikes. Take a look below. ILLINOIS Illinois professor works to prevent asteroid armageddon Illinois’ Orange Krush drops dimes for team, local community IOWA Hawkeye homecoming queen takes on engineering, international aid and triathlons Hawkeyes get inspirational leadership from ‘Captains’

Eighty former Big Ten standouts listed on NFL playoff rosters

The NFL playoffs are set, and former Big Ten standouts litter the 12 teams’ active rosters. A total of 80 players find themselves on active rosters, paced by Ohio State (14), and every Big Ten team has at least one representative. To be clear, the number does not include players currently on injured reserve or Maryland, Nebraska and Rutgers players who played before the schools entered the Big Ten. See the team-by-team breakdown below. ILLINOIS (4) Jeff Allen, OL, Kansas City Chiefs Whitney Mercilus, DE, Houston Texans Pierre Thomas, RB, Washington Redskins Tavon Wilson, DB, New England Patriots INDIANA (1)