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Jon Crispin: Why you should be excited about Big Ten hoops

For years, I have listened to my fellow pundits around the country make comments and predictions about Big Ten basketball. Whether it be that they felt it was a “down year,” or if the style of play just doesn’t provide a favorable matchup for Big Ten teams, I always got the feeling that they never took a good enough look at what makes Big Ten basketball elite.

Big Ten Animated GIF Tuesday: May we have your attention, please?

And as November flies by, so too do our weekly installments of the Big Ten Animated GIF Tuesday posts. It seems like only – let’s see, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5,  6, 7, 8 –  nine weeks ago that we kicked this all off. And to think they said it wouldn’t last.* (* Nobody really said that.) Please, take note: We’re on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Vine, Instagram, and Snapchat (bigtennetwork). And we have links to available highlights below, too. BTN FAQ: Video highlights on social media BTN football highlights on Facebook BTN football highlights on YouTube Illinois football highlights Indiana football highlights Iowa football highlights Maryland football highlights Michigan

Watch Monday night's top Big Ten exhibition highlights

We had a trio of Big Ten men’s exhibition games on the BTN family of networks Monday night. [ MORE: Relive all of the 2015 men’s exhibition action ] Indiana and Michigan State carded victories over Bellarmine and Ferris State, respectively, on BTN Plus, while Nebraska had no trouble with Northern State in a special Student U production on BTN. With the exhibition season now complete, check out Jon Crispin’s power rankings and Jess Settles’ player rankings. Get our favorite highlights from the three exhibitions below: INDIANA 73, BELLARMINE 62 *** MICHIGAN STATE 93, FERRIS STATE 57 *** NEBRASKA 95,

B1G Volleyball Extravaganza debuts on BTN Wednesday night

On Wednesday, Nov. 11, BTN will debut a unique look at the country’s premier volleyball conference. B1G Volleyball Extravaganza, beginning at 7 P.M. ET, features live look-ins at all 14 Big Ten women’s volleyball teams playing in seven conference matches throughout the evening. The whip-around coverage will join the Purdue at Maryland, Indiana at Rutgers and No.18 Illinois at No. 12 Ohio State matches in progress at 7 P.M. ET, and continue to spotlight additional matches for three hours throughout the night. Full matches can also be streamed via the web, smartphones, tablets and connected devices on BTN Plus on

Dienhart: A quick look at current Big Ten athletic directors

With news that Illinois has fired athletic director Mike Thomas, the Big Ten now has two schools being led by interim ADs. [ MORE: Illinois fires director of athletics Mike Thomas ] Minnesota is being spearheaded by interim A.D. Beth Goetz after Norwood Teague was let go in August. Paul Kowalczyk is filling in for Thomas at Illinois. And both schools also have interim football coaches in Tracy Claeys at Minnesota and Bill Cubit at Illinois. The turnover at athletic director has been rapid in the Big Ten, as five of the current ADs have been hired since 2010. Once

Bowl Projections: 11 Big Ten teams make Jerry Palm's latest list

Big changes this week in the bowl projections of Jerry Palm of CBSSports.com, as the Big Ten went from eight bowl teams last week to 11 this week. [ MORE: Best of Week 10 | Week 10 scores | Big Ten standings | Big Ten stats | Latest polls | Power Rankings | Bowl Projections | Mailbag | What Tom Dienhart learned | Week 10 picks revisited | Week 10 award winners | Dienhart: Iowa isn’t going away, America | Gerry DiNardo tweets | Watch Nebraska celebrate in locker room | New Week 10 uniform designs | Mini LEGO stadiums

BTN LiveBIG: Nebraska laser lab generates light that's 'out of this world'

During football and basketball games, BTN LiveBIG will spotlight notable examples of research, innovation and community service from around the conference. In-Game stories will provide more background on these features, and the opportunity to view the videos again. A star you can fit in your pocket is the sort of idea that only exists in children’s poems or love songs. But at the University of Nebraska, this fanciful metaphor has become something of a reality. Nebraska’s Extreme Light Laboratory built a powerful (yet very small) laser that can operate on a scale that’s difficult for ordinary people to fathom. When