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Dienhart: Big Ten's Best of Week 12

Illinois' Nathan Scheelhaase

Big Ten Blast: Nov. 15th Morning Edition

Just two weeks remain in the regular season, but there still is a lot to play for in the Big Ten. Michigan State could wrap up the Legends Division this week with a win at home over Indiana and a loss by Nebraska at Michigan. Regardless, if the Spartans win out, they are in the Big Ten title game on Dec. 3.

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Catch up on Monday's Hoops Action

Purdue's Anthony Johnson

High Point at Purdue - Men's Basketball Highlights

It was a busy night of Big Ten men’s hoops Monday. There were seven games, including Purdue barely topping High Point on BTN, and the Big Ten won all of them. Use our Big Ten scoreboard to catch up on all of the action and stats and watch all of the video highlights and analysis. Also, check out our feature on the renovations at Mackey Arena and watch our highlights from Purdue’s close scare now.

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Dienhart: Sneak peek at Saturday's games

Can’t wait for Saturday? Me neither. The top storylines for this weekend: Michigan State, Wisconsin and Penn State all control their destiny in their respective divisions. Can each stay on track? Also, Purdue and Northwestern look to become bowl eligible. Here’s a quickie look at each Big Ten game this weekend.

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Dienhart: Big Ten Trophy Tracker

Iowa's Marcus Coker

Montee Ball: One-on-One

Only two weeks remain for players to make a run at one of the Big Ten’s inaugural postseason trophies, and the races for the various hardware continue to scramble from week to week with many players still in contention. Who are the leaders? Check it out in my latest Trophy Tracker. And don’t forget to watch our interview with Wisconsin running back Montee Ball, whose name might just be in contention for some of the hardware in this post.

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2011-12 Season Preview: Minnesota

In Big Ten play, Minnesota was better than Michigan State last season.  Seriously.  And the season started out so well.  Through 20 games, the Gophers had 16 wins, including victories over UNC, West Virginia, Michigan, and Purdue.  But in January, Minnesota lost Al Nolen and Devoe Joseph, and the backcourt play crumbled.  It’s a remarkable feat to finish dead last in the Big Ten in three-point percentage even while carrying Blake Hoffarber on the roster.  With defenses focusing on guarding The Hoff, and no other outside threats to speak of, Minnesota finished the year on a 1-10 skid.

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Week 12 Football Power Rankings

Wisconsin's Russell Wilson

Brady Hoke on Win Over Illinois

Every week during the football season, Brent Yarina posts his latest Big Ten Power Rankings. Week 11 saw Penn State, the Big Ten’s last undefeated team in conference play, suffer its first Big Ten defeat. As for the power rankings, they are not meant to mimic the Big Ten standings. What fun would that be? They aren’t scientific, either. They’re simply Brent’s thoughts on where each Big Ten team stands after its latest game and entering its next contest. Agree? Disagree? Tweet @BTNBrentYarina.

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