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Counting 'em down: Week's top plays

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Gus Johnson: Verdell Jones to Cody Zeller

The final week of the Big Ten men’s basketball season is in the books, meaning it’s time to run down the best plays from Feb. 27-March 4 action. What a final week it was, too, as we finished with three teams tied atop the Big Ten standings. There were also several highlight plays, but which ones found a spot on BTN.com blogger Brent Yarina’s latest Hardwood Highlights? See Brent’s top 10 plays in this post. Don’t agree? Cast your vote for the top play at the bottom of this post. Also, keep up with all the best highlights from across the Big Ten with our Did You See This? feature.

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Penn State claims 2nd straight Big Ten crown

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Big Ten Wrestling Championship Highlights

Penn State was simply dominant en route to winning its second consecutive Big Ten Wrestling Championship on Sunday, crowning three repeat champions in a memorable title match run at Mackey Arena. The Nittany Lions were nearly perfect throughout Sunday’s session and ran away from both Minnesota and Iowa in the team title race. Penn State also has qualified nine wrestlers for NCAAs, with a 10th alive for an at-large bid.

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Who won weekly softball honors?

On Monday, the Big Ten Conference announced its Softball Players of the Week for Feb. 27-March 4. See who took home the honors and check out what they did to earn the distinctions in this post.

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Gophers rout Huskers; Wildcats down Hawkeyes

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Nebraska at Minnesota - Men's Basketball Highlights

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Northwestern kept its NCAA tourney hopes alive with a much-needed victory at Iowa (recap) and Minnesota took down Nebraska (recap) in a Saturday BTN doubleheader. Catch up on all the action on our BTN.com scoreboard and get stats, video and recaps in this post. Like highlights? We post some of the best Big Ten highlights in our Did You See This? archive. Gopher fans will love these Rodney Williams dunks.

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Rodney Williams channels inner Blake Griffin

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Rodney Williams Channels Inner Blake Griffin

Put Minnesota’s Rodney Williams in a dunk contest against pretty much anyone, and he’s going to hold his own. What about 2011 NBA Dunk Contest winner Blake Griffin? Who knows how the Minnesota junior would fair against arguably the best dunker, but BTN color commentator Eddie Johnson made this interesting comment about one of Williams’ two highlight-reel jams Saturday: “That had Blake Griffin written all over it.” You know what? It did — only Williams actually dunked it. Watch Williams’ ridiculous jam now and compare it to Griffin’s in this post. Also, watch Williams’ alley-oop Saturday in this post.

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Purdue, Penn State, Ohio State, Nebraska move on

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Michigan vs. Ohio State - 2012 Big Ten Women's Basketball Tournament

The second day of the 2012 Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament features four more games, all live on BTN/BTN2Go. So far, Ohio State beat Michigan, 57-49, then Nebraska upset Iowa, 80-68. Also tonight, Penn State held off Minnesota, 78-74 and Purdue dropped Michigan State, 73-64. Get caught up on the action on the interactive bracket and find stats, video and recaps in this post.

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Dienhart: On Stars, Coaches & Tourney Chances

Draymond Green for Big Ten MVP? It’s an easy pick, says Terry Foster of the Detroit News. Who can argue with that? Green is the only player in the Big Ten who is averaging a double-double. And his leadership is unmatched, as he has led the Spartans to at least a share of Tom Izzo’s seventh league championship. Is there any way Michigan State will lose at home to Ohio State on Senior Day on Sunday? I will be shocked if it happens. Read more of my newsy links for Friday. And remember? I do this every weekday.

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