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BTN LiveBIG: NU grad’s start-up leverages the science of social

It’s not uncommon for college students to recall taking at least one course that was so profound and well-taught that it changed the way they view the world and opened their minds to new possibilities. For Northwestern alumnus Zachary Johnson, that class was on social network analysis. Johnson, co-founder of Chicago-based social analytics provider Syndio Social, was introduced to the topic by Professor Noshir (“Nosh”) Contractor. The lessons learned helped Johnson leverage social media for a startup record label that was trying to get attention online for budding artists. The most notable result was a collaboration in 2009 that shot

GIF: Solomon Vault's facemask keeps getting in the way on the sideline

This GIF, courtesy of sbnation.com, is too good not to share. That’s Northwestern true freshman running back Solomon Vault on the bench Saturday in West Lafayette, Indiana, trying to quench his thirst. Only problem is, his helmet – err, facemask – kept getting in the way. Hey, at least Vault had his helmet on and was ready to go should his number be called. The coaching staff has to like that. Vault, who has 108 total yards and two rushing touchdowns on the season, did not compile any stats in Northwestern’s 38-14 victory, which put it one win from bowl

Saturday's Big Ten basketball roundup: Wisconsin routs Boise State

There were five Big Ten basketball games on Saturday, headlined by No. 3 Wisconsin taking down Boise State, 78-54. Catch up on all of the action on our Big Ten scoreboard. NORTHWESTERN 68, ELON 67 – OT: BOX | PBP | AP RECAP Tre Demps scored 21 points and hit the game-winning basket for a second straight game and Northwestern rallied down the stretch for a 68-67 overtime victory over Elon on Saturday. RHODE ISLAND 66, NEBRASKA 62 – OT: BOX | PBP | AP RECAP E.C. Mathews scored 26 points, including six in overtime, to help Rhode Island upset

Catch up on Week 13 Big Ten action: Get scores, stats, recaps & video

Week 13 is in the books, and Ohio State has clinched a berth in the Big Ten title game. The Buckeyes will play the winner of next week’s Minnesota-Wisconsin game on BTN. Relive all of the Week 13 action on our Big Ten scoreboard. Here are today’s full results: Wisconsin edged Iowa and Maryland rallied past Michigan in afternoon action. In a busy slate of early action, Ohio State took down Indiana, Michigan State rolled Rutgers, Minnesota stunned Nebraska, Illinois nipped Penn State and Northwestern dropped Purdue. Get links to catch up on all of the Week 13 games below.

Four Big Ten coaches among 10 highest-paid in college football

USA TODAY released its annual list of NCAA college football coaches salaries Wednesday, and the Big Ten has four of the 10 highest-paid coaches. Michigan State’s Mark Dantonio comes in at No. 2 to pace Big Ten coaches ($5,636,145), trailing only Alabama’s Nick Saban ($7,160,187). Ohio State’s Urban Meyer is No. 6 ($4,536,640), Penn State’s James Franklin No. 8 ($4,300,000) and Iowa’s Kirk Ferentz No. 9 ($4,075,000). The Big Ten is tied with the SEC with four coaches in the top 10. Bob Stoops (Oklahoma) and Charlie Strong (Texas) are the only others among the 10 highest-paid coaches. How did