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Tuesday hoops roundup: B1G goes perfect 3-0

The Big Ten went a perfect 3-0 Tuesday night in men’s hoops action. Indiana cruised to an 81-54 victory over Oakland, while Minnesota topped South Dakota State 75-59 and Illinois edged out a victory over Dartmouth, 72-65. Catch up on all of Tuesday’s action in this post.

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Dienhart: All-Big Ten Assistant Coaching Team

Head coaches get plenty of accolades and awards. The players? They have myriad trophies they can win and postseason all-league teams they can be named to. But what about the assistant coaches? It’s time to shine the spotlight on the guys at heart of every program’s engine.

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Around the web: Ranking 2013-14 bowl games

The 2013-14 bowl schedule has been released, and that means it’s time for the national pundits to rank the games, from 1 to 35. Regardless of the ranking, the Big Ten’s best bowls are all over the top of the lists. No surprise there. See where several sites ranked the Big Ten bowls in this post.

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Tuesday links: Could football playoff go to 8 teams?

This is the last year for the BCS. Thank, goodness. A four-team playoff starts in 2014. But how soon will it give way to an eight-team playoff? David Jones of Pennlive.com thinks after the new 13-person College Football Playoff committee endures a couple of seasons trying to pick four participants, we’ll see another adjustment. Jones’ model makes sense: five major-conference champions, one mandated rep from among the six minor conferences and then two at-large berths will compose an 8-team tournament.

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Bardo: There's a new No. 1 in my Power Rankings

Who’s the best team in the Big Ten? The latest polls say it’s Ohio State. Barely, though. The top of the Big Ten is loaded, to the point where the No. 1 team could be up for debate on a weekly basis. This week, I have undefeated and tested Wisconsin atop my latest Power Rankings, presented by ArcelorMittal.

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Dienhart: My 2013 All-Freshman Football Team

Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg was Big Ten Freshman of the Year last week. And, he’s the headliner on the 2013 BTN.com All-Freshman Team. Led by Hackenberg, Penn State has five players on the squad, pacing all schools. Nebraska has four.

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