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4:00 PMPepperdine at MarylandWatch
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7:00 PMIowa St. at NebraskaWatch
7:30 PMGeorgetown at MarylandWatch
8:00 PMSan Diego at WisconsinWatch
8:00 PMArizona St. at IowaWatch

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Five Big Ten players in first round of Mel Kiper Jr.'s NFL Mock Draft 4.0

The NFL Draft is just three weeks away, which means experts are putting the final touches on their 2015 mock drafts. ESPN NFL Draft guru Mel Kiper Jr. recently released his 4.0 mock draft, which features five Big Ten players in the first round. The first Big Ten star Kiper Jr. projects to be off the board is Iowa offensive tackle Brandon Scherff, who he has going No. 6 overall to the New York Jets. “The new threats in the passing game are nice, but given the QB options on the roster, this team needs to be able to run

Dienhart: Check out Minnesota's 10-year NFL draft snapshot

Minnesota hasn’t been a hot-bed for producing NFL talent the last 10 years with just 11 draft choices in that span. In fact, the Golden Gophers did not have any players drafted four times in the last 10 years—2013, 2012, 2011 and 2009. And check this out: The last time Minnesota had a quarterback drafted was 1972, when Craig Curry went in the eighth round. Minnesota could have a few picks in this year’s draft, with TE Maxx Williams and RB David Cobb leading the way. Williams may be a first-round pick, as he is considered by most to be

Report: Conference title game restrictions to be relaxed by 2016

CBSSports.com is reporting that football conference title games will be deregulated in 2016. And, that’s OK. NCAA rules say a league must have at least 12 schools, and teams must play every other team in their division, if a conference wants to play a title game. The ACC, Big Ten, SEC and Pac 12 all have such a configuration, with two division winners meeting for the title. The Big 12 is the lone “major” league that lacks a conference title game, as it has only 10 schools. Now, the Big 12 and ACC want to change the rules—for different reasons,

BTN LiveBIG: Big Ten cancer centers springing into action

Spring Break has slowed down activities on many university campuses recently, but members of the Big Ten Cancer Research Consortium (BTCRC), an organization that unites the cancer centers and medical schools of all the universities in the conference, haven’t slowed down in their fight against this destructive disease. Here’s a look at the latest updates from some of the universities around the Big Ten: University of Wisconsin University of Wisconsin medical professors John S. Kuo, M.D., Ph.D., and Jamey Weichert, Ph.D., are spreading the word on new ways to monitor a particularly deadly form of cancer. They appeared on the

BTN LiveBIG: Minnesota researchers find a key to improving computer processing power

A series that covers the true revolutionaries, Game Changers explores how innovators from Big Ten universities — students, faculty and alums — are inventing or reinventing their chosen fields. Whether it’s a desktop PC or a mobile device, any computer you use is powered by processors that communicate with each other. And most improvements in computing efficiency and performance are fundamentally about making those processors send and receive messages faster. Researchers at the University of Minnesota have found a new way to potentially speed up that communication using black phosphorus, a crystalline material that’s plentiful, versatile and easy to develop.