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Big Ten schedule breakdown: Who Big Ten West teams miss

For the first time since 1984, the Big Ten will play nine conference games. Schools will play the other six teams in their division … and three from the opposite division. And, schedule strengths can vary a great deal based on which schools a team does not have to play from the other division.

Best of Week 5: First week of 7 Big Ten matchups in 2016

Week 5 brings us the first full-blow Saturday of all Big Ten games, as all 14 teams are in action headlined by a big intra-division tilt with Wisconsin at Michigan. Nebraska will have revenge on its mind when Illinois comes to town. Last year in Champaign, the Huskers suffered an epic meltdown in a 14-13 loss. The Fighting Illini moved 72 yards in 41 seconds, scoring with 10 seconds to play on a 1-yard TD grab by Geronimo Allison. Illinois trailed 13-0 before scoring with 13:21 to play. Nebraska squandered chances, the last when it elected to throw on third

Big Ten links: Football satellite camp chatter flares up again

This week's Jim Harbaugh-Nick Saban flareup leads our writer to ask one of his favorite questions: What about a college football commissioner? Also in today's news digest: An assessment of the Iowa QB situation, an update from Michigan State's Mark Dantonio on his junior class, and Nebraska's Mike Riley make a fascinating move to educate his players on sexual assault.

Charles Buggs to transfer from Minnesota, pursue graduate degree

MINNESOTA ATHLETICS — University of Minnesota forward Charles Buggs, who completed his degree requirements and graduated earlier this month, has chosen to continue his playing career elsewhere, head coach Richard Pitino announced. Buggs will have one year of eligibility remaining as he pursues a graduate degree. “It has been a pleasure to coach Charles over the past three years and see his continued development and growth as a basketball player and a person,” Pitino said. “Charles has always represented the University with class and I am especially proud of him graduating. He has a bright future in basketball and life

Bret Bielema wants Big Ten/SEC Football Challenge

The SEC spring meetings are underway this week, and former Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema presented an idea that would match his current conference, the SEC, against his former conference, the Big Ten

Best of Week 4: 2016 weekend signals opening of league games

In week 4 of the 2016 football season, the Big Ten takes the lid off conference action. This season each team plays nine Big Ten games during the season for the first time since 1984. On this weekend, four leagues games are on the docket as the race to the 2016 title begins. BTN.com's Tom Dienhart delivers his fourth in a series of weekly looks at the upcoming 2016 football season.

Big Ten lands 3 teams in NCAA baseball tourney

Ohio State, Minnesota and Nebraska landed spots in the 64-team NCAA Baseball Tournament on Monday. All three play their opening regional games on Friday. Each of the 16 regionals features four teams, playing a double-elimination format. The regionals are scheduled to be conducted from Friday, June 3, to Monday, June 6 (if necessary). Selection of the eight super regional hosts will be announced Monday, June 6 at approximately 11 p.m. ET. The 70th Men’s College World Series begins play Saturday, June 18, at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha in Omaha, Nebraska. In the Louisville regional, Ohio State scored the automatic qualifier by winning

Video: Here's a fun montage from the Big Ten baseball tourney

Baseball players are quirky. We know this. You know this. Everyone knows this. The quirkiness was on full display throughout the 2016 Big Ten Baseball Tournament on Wednesday-Sunday at TD Ameritrade Park, home of the College World Series. Among the many highlights, there were the expected dugout antics and videobombing of coach interviews, plus some entertaining outtakes. Watch several of our favorite moments from the five-day event in Omaha above.

Vote: #BestCatch of 2016 Big Ten Baseball Tournament

BTN announcers Kevin Kugler and Danan Hughes debated the best catch of the 2016 Big Ten Baseball Tournament midway through the Ohio State-Michigan State semifinal Sunday morning. The two catches discussed were Minnesota CF Dan Motl and Michigan State RF Dan Chmielewski’s all-out diving grabs. Both were extremely impressive plays, the first of the over-the-head variety (watch it) and the second of the diving-near-the-foul-line variety (watch it). The debate made its way to Twitter, to the point that we decided to leave it up to the Big Ten fans. We synced the plays in the video above and provided a