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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.

Big Ten links: Is men's hoops race now down to six teams?

One veteran Big Ten writer says the Big Ten hoops race is in two clear camps with six that look headed for the Big Dance and eight that do not. Also, Iowa is now the team to beat in the Big Ten after thrashing Michigan State. How good could Northwestern's Bryant McIntosh be? Read these stories and more in today's Big Ten roundup.

Tom Dienhart's Top 5 players to replace: Minnesota Gophers

In the latest of my stories examining the key departures from each football team, I take a look at Minnesota. Under new coach Tracy Claeys, who took over last year after Jerry Kill abruptly retired due to health concerns, the program is on solid footing with a bowl appearance in each of the last four seasons. The staff has been altered with a new offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach and offensive line coach. Still, there is momentum coming off a bowl win that capped a disappointing 6-7 season. Claeys has talent to work with in players like QB Mitch Leidner, RBs Shannon Brooks

How good was 2015 Big Ten football season? Here are the numbers!

One year after Ohio State claimed the inaugural College Football Playoff national crown, the Big Ten compiled another successful season that saw Michigan State make the national semifinals. [ MORE: 2015-16 bowl results | View final 2015 polls | Way-too-early 2016 polls ] A total of six Big Ten teams finished in the final AP poll, released Monday, including four in the top 12: No. 4 Ohio State; No. 6 Michigan State; No. 9 Iowa; No. 12 Michigan. No. 21 Wisconsin and No. 23 Northwestern round out the Big Ten contingent. Here are a couple more 2015 factoids: This is

BTN's ‘A Taste of Coaching’ features Jud Heathcote, Gary Williams, Tom Davis

At a table for four, coaching legends Jud Heathcote, Gary Williams and Tom Davis share the losses they never got over, the best players they coached and faced and their thoughts on NCAA basketball today. Their conversations were captured for season two of A Taste of Coaching, hosted by Steve Lavin and debuting at 9 PM ET on Monday, Jan. 18. The five-episode series will air on Monday evenings in January and February.

Top highlights from Tuesday's Big Ten men's basketball action

There were three Big Ten men’s basketball games on Tuesday. Northwestern kicked off the action with an impressive 70-65 win over Wisconsin. Michigan followed with a huge 70-67 upset victory over No. 3 Maryland. Nebraska closed out the evening with a commanding 84-59 win over Minnesota. With six Big Ten teams in action, we made sure to capture the best moments from every game. Here are the top highlights from Tuesday’s Big Ten men’s basketball games. Does @HuskerHoops' Glynn Watson Jr. have 👀 in the back of his head? How else do you explain this incredible pass!? https://t.co/qgdEWPsS0M — Nebraska