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Dienhart's Daily Links for Friday

Michigan State's Branden Dawson

Sam Maniscalco - One-on-One

Here’s a quick look around what’s buzzing in the Big Ten while I marvel at Pat Sajak’s ability to work intoxicated. Who would have thought you could host “Wheel of Fortune” under those conditions? Guess the wheel wasn’t the only thing spinning those many years ago. Dive into my links for Friday

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Thursday's Women's Basketball Roundup

Ohio State's Samantha Prahalis

Illinois at Michigan State - Women's Basketball Highlights

All 12 of the Big Ten’s women basketball teams played Thursday night, including Illinois who beat Michigan State 71-62 in overtime. Catch up on our scoreboard page, dive inside for highlights as well as a video feature on Illinois women’s basketball coach Jolette Law, who helped raise money for charity by coaching a game in her bare feet.

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Izzo gets No. 400; No. 3 Ohio State blasts Penn State

Tom Izzo Win 400

Tom Izzo 400th Career Win

No. 11 Michigan State topped Minnesota to hand Tom Izzo his 400th win (recap) and No. 3 Ohio State blasted Penn State (recap) in our Super Wednesday doubleheader, presented by Buffalo Wild Wings. Catch up on all the action on our Big Ten scoreboard and get stats, video and recaps in this post. Also, Gus Johnson was on the call for the Minnesota-Michigan State game, and here are his top calls. And don’t forget to enter the Buffalo Wild Wings Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament Promotion for a chance to win a prize pack that includes tourney passes.

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Craft, Welch hit halfcourters...on alley-oop attempts

Ohio State's Aaron Craft

Aaron Craft 3-Pointer on Alley-Oop Attempt

Here’s something you don’t see every night, much less twice in the same night: Ohio State’s Aaron Craft and Minnesota’s Julian Welch both hit halfcourt shots on attempted alley-oop passes Wednesday. We kid you not. Craft did it first, as his pass to Sam Thompson went through the rim in Ohio State’s easy win over Penn State. Later, Welch, from just behind the midcourt line, threw a pass in Rodney Williams’ direction and into the bucket in Minnesota’s loss at Michigan State. Watch Craft’s shot here and check out Welch’s in this post.

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Best of Gus: Minnesota at Michigan State

Gus Johnson

Gus Johnson: Draymond Green "Knocks it down...Ole' School"

Just as we did during 2010-2011 hoops season, we’re archiving Gus Johnson’s greatest calls this season. Johnson is calling men’s basketball for BTN all winter long. We clip and post his best calls and archive them here during games, so bookmark the page and come back all season right up through the Big Ten tourney. Right now, watch Johnson’s call of Draymond Green hitting a jump shot and get all of the announcer’s best calls from Michigan State’s win over Minnesota on Wednesday (recap).

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One-on-One: ESPN's Stephen Bardo on Big Ten

The Big Ten race is starting to firm up—at least a little bit. Ohio State, Michigan State, Michigan and Wisconsin look like they may be the best teams in the league. But it’s too early to count out Indiana and Illinois. It’s gonna be a fun title chase to watch unfold.

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