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Best of the first month of the Big Ten men's basketball season

We’re officially one month into the 2015-16 college basketball season. [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Big Ten standings | Big Ten stats | Big Ten scoreboard | Polls ] The first month saw a lot of good, from Michigan State and Purdue’s perfect starts to Spartans star Denzel Valentine’s across-the-board individual performances. But what has been the best of the best of the opening month? BTN.com writer Sean Merriman and BTN analyst Jess Settles break down the best teams, players, coaches and more from an entertaining first month. Best team: Michigan State (11-0) The Spartans are ranked No. 1 in the

Minnesota, Nebraska advance to NCAA volleyball Final Four

Minnesota and three-time NCAA champion Nebraska both recorded regional final victories Saturday to advance to next week's national semifinals at Century Link Center in Omaha, Nebraska.

Omaha Bound: Nebraska advances to national semifinals

There will be an unofficial home team for the 2015 NCAA women’s volleyball Final Four. [ MORE: View the official interactive NCAA bracket ] Nebraska topped Washington, 3-1, on Saturday afternoon to advance to next week’s Final Four in Omaha, Nebraska. The national semifinal berth is the Huskers’ first since the 2008 season, and it marks the ninth consecutive season the Big Ten has had a Final Four representative. Minnesota took down Hawaii on Saturday night, too, to give the Big Ten multiple Final Four teams for the third time in the last four seasons. Nebraska will face Kansas in

NCAA Volleyball Tournament: Huskers, Gophers advance

Here’s a look at Friday night’s action in the NCAA Women’s Volleyball Tournament: Nebraska swept BYU 3-0 (26-24, 25-17, 25-23) and Minnesota topped Illinois 3-0 (25-22, 25-23, 25-17). Wisconsin fell to Florida, Ohio State lost to Washington, and Hawaii knocked off Penn State. On Saturday, Minnesota faces Hawaii and Nebraska faces Washington. The winners advance to the Final Four. Track the entire NCAA Women’s Volleyball action by using the NCAA.com scoreboard. The fourth-seeded Nebraska volleyball team moved within one win of Omaha by sweeping 13th-seeded BYU, 26-24, 25-17, 25-23. The Huskers improved to 29-4 with the win and advanced to a regional final for the

All-Bowl Team: Let's spot the stars facing 10 Big Ten teams

The Big Ten has 10 teams in bowl games, with Michigan State vs. Alabama (Cotton), Iowa vs. Stanford (Rose) and Ohio State vs. Notre Dame (Fiesta) leading the way. And there will be no shortage of quality opponents for conference schools to contend with. [ MORE: Full 2015-16 bowl schedule | Best of the Bowls | Ranking the bowls, 1-40 | Big Ten bowl bags | Big Ten bowl factoids | Get all of our bowl coverage ] Heading the list are the top running backs in the nation in Alabama’s Derrick Henry and Stanford’s Christian McCaffrey, who are No.

Best highlights from Wednesday's Big Ten men's basketball games

It was a great night of Big Ten basketball as the conference went 4-2 in six games on Wednesday. [ MORE: Catch up on all of Wednesday’s action on our Big Ten scoreboard ] There were two games featured on BTN Wednesday night. Michigan State kicked off the action with a 78-35 win over Maryland Eastern Shore, while Wisconsin followed with a 68-67 loss to Milwaukee. In other Big Ten men’s basketball action: Indiana cruised by IPFW, 90-65, Purdue ran past Howard, 93-55, Illinois topped Yale, 69-65, and Nebraska fell to Creighton, 83-67. With two games on BTN and another

FOXSports.com's Clay Travis: 'SEC is still king of college football'

Let’s talk facts, OK? [ MORE: Full 2015-16 bowl schedule | Best of the Bowls | Ranking the bowls, 1-40 | Big Ten bowl bags | Big Ten bowl factoids | Get all of our bowl coverage ] The Big Ten is home to the reigning national champ (Ohio State). The SEC hasn’t won the the national crown since 2012, this after its unbelievable run of dominance at the end of the BCS era. The Big Ten has one team (Michigan State) in the second annual College Football Playoff. The SEC also has one (Alabama). The Big Ten went 2-2

Three Takes: Jess Settles on Sulaimon, transfers & Michigan

In this week’s “Three Takes,” I offer some insight on Maryland guard Rasheed Sulaimon, the Big Ten’s number of impact transfers and Michigan’s familiar struggles. [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Power Rankings | Player Rankings | Big Ten weekly honors | Big Ten standings | Big Ten stats | Big Ten scoreboard | Polls ] Rasheed Sulaimon’s instant impact Maryland Coach Mark Turgeon has had a great relationship with Rasheed Sulaimon and his family for years. If it wasn’t for the power of the Duke brand, the McDonald’s All-American would’ve probably committed to Turgeon and Texas A&M in high school.

Big Ten Mailbag: Our guy answers your postseason questions

You have questions? I have answers in my Big Ten Mailbag. Is Michigan State’s offense better than Alabama’s? Did I rank the Iowa-Stanford Rose Bowl matchup too low in my bowl rankings? Will Nebraska whip UCLA in its bowl? I address those topics and others. [ MORE: Full 2015-16 bowl schedule | Best of the Bowls | Ranking the bowls, 1-40 | Big Ten bowl bags | Big Ten bowl factoids | Get all of our bowl coverage ] Will Michigan State be better off running screens and draws instead of running into the teeth of Alabama’s defense? – Jeff

Dienhart: One storyline for every 2015-16 Big Ten bowl game

Every game has a storyline, right? So what are they for the 10 Big Ten bowl teams? From Michigan State and its playoff matchup with Alabama in the Cotton Bowl to Minnesota and its battle vs. Central Michigan in the Quick Lane Bowl, here is what to watch for. [ MORE: Full 2015-16 bowl schedule | Best of the Bowls | Ranking the bowls, 1-40 | Big Ten bowl bags | Big Ten bowl factoids | Get all of our bowl coverage ] Indiana. Just getting to a bowl is a big deal for the Hoosiers, who last went in