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Big Ten announces distinguished scholar award recipients

The Big Ten Conference announced on Wednesday that 781 students competing in intercollegiate athletics have earned the Big Ten Distinguished Scholar Award. The list includes students from every institution and 38 different sports who have recorded a minimum grade-point average (GPA) of 3.7 or higher for the previous academic year. [ MORE: View the full list of distinguished scholars (PDF) ] The 2014-15 class of Distinguished Scholar Award recipients includes 119 students who maintained a perfect 4.0 GPA during the previous academic term. This group of honorees is pursuing diverse fields of study with a list of majors that include

Best Big Ten-themed food creations featured on Pinterest

Our friends over at Collegespun.com recently released an article of the 10 best Ohio State cakes on Pinterest. There are a number of creative cakes featured in the post, ranging from birthdays to weddings  to baby showers. This got me thinking: If Ohio State has so many creative cake designs on Pinterest, every Big Ten school probably has some type of extravagant food creations on the popular social media platform. So, I searched all 14 Big Ten schools and picked my favorite food creation for all 14 schools. Here we go. ILLINOIS: 146 birthday cupcakes – University of Illinois INDIANA:

Big Ten basketball leads nation in attendance in 2014-15

It is no secret, Big Ten fans love their basketball. Here’s the latest proof: The Big Ten Conference led the nation in attendance (3,195,137) during the 2014-15 season, according to data released Monday by the NCAA. For some perspective, the total is the second-highest number in history, trailing the 16-team Big East Conference’s 3,259,992 in 2006-07. Four Big Ten teams finished in the top 10 of all-games attendance, paced by Big Ten champion and national runner-up Wisconsin, which finished second (711,115 fans) behind Kentucky (845,594), which was chasing a perfect season until the Badgers topped the Wildcats in the national

BTN LiveBIG: Celebrate great Americans throughout the Big Ten

To commemorate this Independence Day, BTN LiveBIG is looking back on some of the incredible stories we’ve shared recently. Read the articles below to learn more about the interesting, important work that your fellow Americans (and Big Ten students, alums and faculty) are doing. Rutgers students put in long-term effort to help Jersey Shore recover from Hurricane Sandy Northwestern alumnus launches start-up business incubator for veteran entrepreneurs Michigan State alumna shows perseverance as she breaks a swimming record and beats breast cancer Penn State grad and Marine vet intends to make his mark in journalism Illini Paralympian Josh George rises above

NCAA Basketball: NCAA Tournament-2nd Round-Wisconsin vs Coastal Carolina

Three Big Ten players in ESPN's 2016 NBA Draft sneak peek

Three former Big Ten standouts were selected in the first round of the 2015 NBA Draft, with two more landing in the second round. Now that this year’s draft is in the books, experts are already looking ahead to next year’s big event. ESPN NBA Insider Chad Ford recently released his 2016 draft sneak peek, where he gave readers an inside look into some potential top picks in next year’s draft. While Ford did not list any Big Ten players in his “Top 5 2016 prospects,” he did list three Big Ten stars later on in his article. Maryland incoming

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Tonight on BTN/BTN2Go: Minnesota's 2008 Big Ten tourney win vs. Indiana

BTN is airing 18 different classic games, ranging from 2007-2014, as part of our new “Big Ten Classics” series. Tonight’s game, which will air at 8 p.m. ET on BTN/BTN2Go, is Minnesota’s incredible 59-58 upset victory over Indiana in the 2008 Big Ten Tournament. This game will always be remembered for Blake Hoffarber’s buzzer-beating shot to sink Eric Gordon, D.J. White and the Hoosiers. With 1.5 seconds remaining, Travis Busch, from under Indiana’s basketball, threw a baseball pass to Hoffarber, who caught the pass, spun around, and heaved up a left-handed shot that went in as time expired. Damian Johnson

BTN LiveBIG: Minnesota researchers find food for thought by studying diet, parenting

When broaching the sensitive subject of healthy eating and body weight with their children, parents often feel like they’re biting off more than they can chew. To explore this subject further, a team from the University of Minnesota published a study that examines how parents talk to their adolescent children about eating and weight, and how that differs based on a household’s status as food-secure or -insecure. And that, in turn, can have some interesting downstream effects on people’s health throughout their lives. “It isn’t always easy for parents to know what to do or say,” said Dianne Neumark-Sztainer, a

Oct 4, 2014; East Lansing, MI, USA; Nebraska Cornhuskers wide receiver De'Mornay Pierson-El (15) runs back a punt for a touchdown against the Michigan State Spartans during the 2nd half of a game at Spartan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: MSU won 27-22. Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

Unit Rankings: Nebraska highlights Big Ten West special teams

A look at the special teams units in the Big Ten West begins in Lincoln, where the Cornhuskers boast a boffo punter (Sam Foltz), a deadly return man (De’Mornay Pierson-El) and an emerging kicker (Drew Brown).